Molehill Mountain Episode 74 – Happy Birthday, Wii U!


It’s the long-dead Wii U’s fifth birthday!

  • 0:10 – For the Wii U’s fifth birthday, we remember the 300 games that released on the PS3 and 360 (and often, a bunch of other platforms as well) but not the Wii U
  • 26:42 – Universal’s Illumination may be handling an animated Super Mario Bros. movie
  • 40:01 – Andrew is a Rampage fanboy and is annoyed by the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation
  • 51:06 – EA removes microtransactions for Star Wars Battlefront 2 launch, will put them back in later

If you missed Saturday’s live broadcast of Molehill Mountain, you can watch the video replay on YouTube. Alternatively, you can catch audio versions of the show on iTunes.

Molehill Mountain streams live at 7p PST every Saturday night on RandomTower!

Credits: Molehill Mountain is hosted by E. Zachary Knight and Andrew Eisen. The show is edited by Andrew Eisen. Music in the show includes “Albino” by Brian Boyko. It is in the public domain and free to use. Molehill Mountain logo by Scott Hepting.

Chat Transcript:

6:48 PME. Zachary KnightHEllo Everyone

7:00 PMFITNESS 100​Message deleted by Andrew Eisen.View deleted message

7:01 PMTheSonicx9So sad that over 300 games came to everything but the Wii U!

7:03 PMthelastgogetaThe video wasn’t even counting 3DS games which would have made sense to be on Wii U.

7:04 PMaddictedtochaosLove collecting for Wii U. Wish more were still coming.

7:04 PMWarren LewisHey guys! Happy 5th WiiU! Happy Birthday song is Public Domain now?

7:05 PMthelastgogetaI get what you mean, but a good number of 3DS titles wouldn’t be strangers on the PS4 and Switch (see One Piece Unlimited World Red – It was on Wii U though).

7:05 PMthelastgogetaYou did list some Vita games as well.

7:05 PMTheSonicx9Also the Wii U version Sniper Elite V2 did not have the DLC/multiplayer!

7:06 PMthelastgogetaYeah, many ports to Wii U were seriously nerfed. No DLC. No online. Missing modes.

7:07 PMaddictedtochaosMost wanted

7:08 PMaddictedtochaosEA is a hated company that has fought hard for their crappy reputation over the years.

7:08 PMthelastgogetaI’ll have to check the list again, I could swear I saw a Vita game or two which was initially Vita exclusive (probably a VN).

7:08 PMTheSonicx9Even shovelware games like Duke Dynasty and Monopoly said no to the Wii U, and the original Wii had tones of shovelware!

7:08 PMthelastgogetaPublisher order.

7:09 PMaddictedtochaosChaos actually but you aren’t the first person to make that mistake.

7:10 PMTheSonicx9Wii U could have gotten more ports if it was more successful!

7:11 PMTheSonicx9Fun fact most of the Skipped games where M rated Titles and realistic sports and racing games!

7:11 PMthelastgogetaThe Wonderful 101!

7:12 PMTheSonicx9And Duke Nukem 3D is the game on most platforms on the for everything but Wii U list!

7:12 PMthelastgogetaZombiU lost the multiplayer on other platforms. Not worth playing elsewhere.

7:13 PMthelastgogetaThe Wonderful 101 used the GamePad well anyway.

7:13 PMaddictedtochaosPaper Mario Color Spalsh Oct 2016.

7:14 PMthelastgogetaMario Tennis Ultra Smash?

7:14 PMTheSonicx9I would not be surprised if Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins got a remaster in the near future considering the main game got remastered!

7:14 PMaddictedtochaosWell it did still get Zelda. Axiom Verge physical release is still coming at some point.

7:15 PMthelastgogetaNot sure if Breath of the Wild counts since the Switch probably sold many more copies… I will continue to play the Wii U version though.

7:16 PMaddictedtochaosGameStop sells them preowned for $199 20 bucks off Black Friday.

7:16 PMthelastgogetaIs Axiom Verge physical in Europe?

7:16 PMthelastgogetaThe SNES is still alive through homebrew and Starfox 2

7:17 PMeathdemondid you see apparently it was disney that made EA pull the micro transactions

7:19 PMeathdemonI mean the switch is not much more powerful than the wiiu

7:19 PMthelastgogetaI’ve been conditioned into accepting (expecting?) weaker platforms from Nintendo for over a decade. Portables and consoles.

7:19 PMaddictedtochaosDon’t know if Europe is getting Axiom Verge physical

7:20 PMaddictedtochaosFrom a tech standpoint the Wii U was held back by a slower CPU and the Game Pad.

7:22 PMeathdemonstill think crono trigger should be getting the full remake, instead of ff7

7:23 PMeathdemonone major dif here is nintendo has combined their handheld/console teams, so we should get more games

7:23 PMaddictedtochaosSix Skyrim released on 11/11/11

7:24 PMTheSonicx9BTW the for everything but Nintendo stigma was a thing sense the Nintendo 64, where their was many PS1/Sega Saturn multi-platform games that skipped N64 because of the cartridges!

7:24 PMthelastgogetaWe just need Chrono Trigger DS on more platforms. I don’t want Square Enix to release a multi-episode retcon remake.

7:26 PMaddictedtochaosWhen they first showed Wii U at e3 they never showed the system just the Game Pad and people were confused. Nintendo never got the message right with it. Plus a major lack of marketing.

7:27 PMthelastgogetaThe Wii U is reportably fantastic for homebrew, allows you to play GameCube games on the GamePad exclusively aside from playing 99% of Ninty games ever.

7:29 PMadriaN$t3@mkinda liked it

7:29 PMeathdemonits a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad movie

7:31 PMthelastgogetaWhy are Goomba so tall that Mario couldn’t jump on them?

7:33 PMthelastgogetaMaybe the Sonic movie will be good.

7:33 PMWarren LewisI enjoyed it. Even if Hoskins hated it, I thought he was Mario.

7:33 PMeathdemonall the sonic cartoons were bad

7:36 PMWarren LewisI thought that’s how Mario sounded like. Then Super Mario 64 came out and I heard the official voice. “It’s a-me, Mario!” Back in1996, I was like “NO!”

7:36 PMeathdemonwhos fault is that?! I dont go to movies anymore

7:37 PMthelastgogetaSonic Boom is alright and Sonic OVA is good.

7:37 PMWarren LewisIt was good.

7:37 PMeathdemonzelda would make a better movie, than Mario.

7:38 PMWarren LewisIt shouldn’t be live action. Why does it always have to be live action??

7:38 PMWarren LewisAnimate it!

7:38 PMeathdemonthey could be worse, they could be rabids instead

7:39 PMaddictedtochaosLast reports I saw about the movie, the deal wasn’t finalized. Nintendo wants creative control and Miyamoto would be producer.

7:39 PMWarren LewisYuck. I couldn’t.

7:39 PMWarren LewisWhew

7:40 PMWarren LewisAn origin story?

7:43 PMWarren LewisSo they hadn’t changed it?

7:44 PMthelastgogetaAah… At least they have a “George”, rat thing and crocodile. Close enough?

7:46 PMeathdemononly good video game movie is reck it rough

7:46 PMeathdemonno others exist

7:46 PMthelastgogetaScott Pilgrim is a good video game movie.

7:46 PMthelastgogetaCheckmate, atheist.

7:47 PMeathdemontom raider

7:48 PMthelastgogetaEmoji Movie has video games in it. Bad movie.

7:48 PMaddictedtochaosFirst Mortal Kombat was fun.

7:48 PMeathdemontomb

7:48 PMeathdemonlike I said they are all bad

7:49 PMShinkei DEIKing of Kong; a fistful of quarters

7:50 PMaddictedtochaosNever saw meteor man. Do have the limited edition comics though.

7:50 PMthelastgogetaIs it possible that live action is the problem rather than being based on a game? Translating from a game to a movie can be hard even when animated.

7:51 PMaddictedtochaosFinal Fantasy was a decent sci fi film. But was FF in name only.

7:51 PMWarren LewisI loved The Spirits Within.

7:51 PMeathdemontotal side note, but Andrew might like PROJECT BLUE EARTH SOS its a anime from 2010, that is retro future. think war of the worlds sky captain and the world of tomorrow ect.

7:52 PMaddictedtochaosIt needed magic and summons etc.

7:54 PMaddictedtochaosScrew EA that is all.

7:54 PMeathdemonDisney forced the mtx removal if leaks are to be believed.

7:56 PMeathdemondid you see the venturebeat article, the first pitch was for a moddel that fallowed overwatch, I am betting EA wished they fallowed that model now

7:58 PMthelastgogetaI don’t like that Overwatch model either but it wouldn’t have done serious damage to their rep.

8:00 PMaddictedtochaosOne can help

8:00 PMaddictedtochaosHope

8:00 PMWarren LewisHope it sells terribly.

8:00 PMeathdemonhope so, give it to Obsidian for another kotor please

8:02 PMaddictedtochaosActivision was the publisher for Deadpool.

8:02 PMeathdemonwhich dev/publisher would you want to have star wars?

8:03 PMeathdemon2023 sadly

8:03 PMaddictedtochaosRealistically their are only a few publishers big enough to do Star Wars.

8:04 PMeathdemonI put my choice in chat

8:04 PMeathdemonthat was me

8:04 PMaddictedtochaosOnly EA, Activision, Ubisoft, and maybe Bandai Namco. Not counting the Big 3.

8:05 PMShinkei DEIIt’s sad because Battlefront 2 is genuinely fun

8:07 PMthelastgogetaNintendo don’t do gold editions for their own games. Unless it is a port to a future platform.

8:08 PMthelastgogetaSee Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

8:08 PMeathdemonstill has less stuff than swbf2(2005) version

8:09 PMeathdemonalso gog which patterned with disney, and patched it to bring multiplayer back online

8:10 PMTheRiverAnduinspinning tops of death

8:10 PMaddictedtochaosThe only EA game I would want would be a new Burnout similar to Burnout Revenge.

8:11 PMShinkei DEIIf they do a Zelda: BotW Gold Edition, Nintendo will print money like crazy

8:12 PMeathdemonAndrew the last time they did that, Gamecube, it did not work out.

8:13 PMaddictedtochaosWhat held back GameCube was the discs

8:13 PMthelastgogetaYou can never win a third console run in a row.

8:14 PMeathdemoncurrent market is pc,ps4,xb1, not sure if a nintendo systen that is the same power would fit. I think the switch was a smarter play

8:14 PMeathdemonfrom a market share pov

8:15 PMaddictedtochaosYes, slim PS2 had a small power brick.

8:16 PMeathdemonand lets not forget ps4 pro and xbox one x

8:17 PMeathdemondigital foundry prodicts no sooner than 2020, if they want it below $500

8:18 PMeathdemonbased on cost of parts

8:18 PMeathdemonnew console

8:18 PMthelastgogetaXbox 1.5 is the next Xbox.

8:19 PMeathdemonthe x is way more powerful than the pro, but bolth have awful cpus

8:19 PMeathdemonthe x has a 1060 eqv, where the ps4 pro has a 750 ti

8:20 PMeathdemon960 my bad

8:20 PMeathdemon1060 to 960

8:21 PMeathdemonwell reports are the x is selling well

8:21 PMthelastgogetaBarely any games on Xbox One X or PS4 Pro are proper 4K and stable (I’m not even asking for 30FPS) though.

8:21 PMeathdemonhonestly give me 1080p/60 over 4k30 any day

8:21 PMthelastgogetaYep. 1080p 60FPS for life.

8:22 PMeathdemonbut I am part of the minority that does care about frame rate.

8:22 PMaddictedtochaosYes, 1080/60 should be the standard. 4K games just too big and too expensive to make.

8:22 PMCeroneGames Godude

8:23 PMeathdemonwe are mostly on pc, where we get to make that choice

8:23 PMeathdemonmost console games are 30fps

8:23 PMthelastgogetaI think it is easier to market good graphics and high resolutions over a great framerate and performance. That might be what Matt meant.

8:23 PMShinkei DEIIt is selling well but there is no point in owning one, I haven’t turned my Xbone on in 4 months

8:24 PMeathdemonI will be morbidly interested to see how pubg sells on the xbox one

8:24 PMShinkei DEIgood night guys!!

8:24 PMCeroneGames GoEA is on suicide watch

8:24 PMthelastgogetaI watched it sort of casually.

8:26 PMthelastgogetaFashion police is back. Yes!

8:26 PMCeroneGames GoAfter December 16th Gamestop is no longer accepting PS3 and XBOX360 for trades.

8:28 PMDejaVoodeuxHello, I am from the united steaks of america and and wondering if this is indeed the Molehill Mountain show with Andrew Eisen? Episode 74?

8:28 PMthelastgogetaステキ

8:29 PMDejaVoodeux​ステキ​ステキ​ステキ

8:29 PMDejaVoodeuxI have no idea what I just watched he didn’t say

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