I’m a little bit vexed. In fact, stuff that – I’m downright cross.
Aside from having a rather irksome finish to my day at work (for which I can only be grateful that today is Friday), I’m once again disappointed upon checking today’s WiiWare releases.
I’m sure Dragon Master Spell Caster is entertaining enough, just as Copter Crisis may also be fun. And since I’m currently playing through Pokémon Pearl on my DS (what an admission to make!), last week’s Pokémon Rumble did actually tickle my interest a tiny bit.
But there’s a simple, hard fact. None of those games are the ones I want to see. Yep… it’s time for a rant about the continued lack of a solid release date for Wii Cave Story. And other related stuff, like Saira [link], Nifflas‘ promising new game.
I’m sure I’ll end up sounding like an impatient fanboy who’s just angry that a game he wants still isn’t out, but that’s tough luck. My spleen needs venting.
*takes deep breath*
So, Nicalis, this is how I see it.
In January you went on record to say that you were hoping to release Cave Story in time for Christmas 2008, but that it hadn’t been possible. A few months down the line, you then hinted that it’d be out “very, very soon”. Time ticked by painfully, eased by pictures of new sprites and the occasional screenshot, and you once again gave us hope by telling us you’d be releasing “a few games in ’09”. Great! But the months have kept dragging by, and barring some vague murmurs about CS‘s submission and later re-submission to Nintendo, there’s been no explanation for why we aren’t playing the game yet. Presumably it failed at one of its submission stages. Couldn’t you have told us this? Was there an NDA enforcing your silence?
I realise I’m the voice of a single person on a smalltime blog, and surely you could care less about my opinion. Nevertheless, I want to say that you’re frustrating me more and more each week.
Why bite off so much by announcing the Wii port of La-Mulana before seeing Cave Story safely out the door? I expressed my trepidation regarding this when that particular storm of hype broke out. Then, to top it off, you followed up barely weeks later with more bombshell news of Project Q, which we now know will go by the name of Saira… a game that, laughably, seems likely to be released on PC early next month before everything else you’ve announced. So… yeah. I’m thinking that’s a major WTF right there.
Where is the logic in this? Allow me to answer that for you. It’s hiding in an old, forgotten cupboard with a thick layer of dust on it.
Honestly, I think you’ve gravely underestimated the pressure people would put you under, and worse, it sometimes appears you’re not taking it as seriously as you should be. I’d have expected a little more communication about the whole release date thing by this point, along with some reasons for the delay. You’ve been walking a fine line between spreading hype and simply stringing people along, and it’s starting to backfire.
One last thing. When Cave Story is released, it absolutely must be up to scratch. The portion of the fan base (including me) that you’re so exquisitely managing to irritate right now is the same one that may also be giving you their cash for La-Mulana; if you don’t go a decent way toward meeting their expectations, you can wave goodbye to an awful lot of potential customers.
For all my frustration I really do want you guys to succeed. Please, just make it a little easier on the fans and give us something concrete…