Weekend Confirmed 198 - 2014 Predictions

By Ozzie Mejia, Dec 31, 2013 11:00am PST

Weekend Confirmed is ready to say goodbye to 2013. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata are ready to usher in the new year with all of your favorite guests! The show starts with Naughty Dog's Jason Paul, The Escapist's Andrea Rene, Marcus Beer, and Shane Satterfield getting the ball rolling on some of 2014's most anticipated games, like the upcoming Uncharted, Watch Dogs, Titanfall, Infamous: Second Son, and Thief. Shacknews' Andrew Yoon, "Indie" Jeff Mattas, Christian Spicer, and Insomniac's James Stevenson jump into the second segment to talk about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Child of Light, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Dark Souls II. The third segment kicks off with James, Andrea, Jason, and Shane discussing what 2014 holds for driving games like DriveClub and The Crew, before jumping into The Elder Scrolls Online and what the upcoming year could mean for microtransactions in games. The final segment welcomes in Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia, Christian, "Indie" Jeff, and Marcus to discuss their predictions for 2014, including whether Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will have the better year. The show concludes with everyone giving one prediction for the new year and a very special announcement from Garnett regarding Weekend Confirmed in 2014. Happy New Year, everyone!

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 198: 12/31/2013

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Weekend Confirmed comes in four segments to make it easy to listen to in segments or all at once. Here's the timing for this week's episode:

    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:40 - 00:33:59

    Round 2 - 00:37:04 - 01:07:01

    Round 3 - 01:08:20 - 01:40:29

    Round 4/Final 2014 Predictions - 01:41:36 - 02:19:53

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  • On behalf of all the Wii U Owners out there I felt I had to say something about the "state" of the console after listening to this week's Podcast. I recently purchased the Wii U in the days after Thanksgiving and I can confidently say that it is the console that I am currently playing the most of right now (*I also have a PS4, PS3, & a 3DSXL) because of its games currently out. Obviously Super Mario 3D World is a huge part of my game playing on the Wii U, but I have also begun to play "Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD" and am loving every minute of it. The Wii U is going to blow up in 2014, mark my words. It is going to be just like the 3DS before it which struggled out of the gate and then came on strong after the games started pouring out. Nintendo has long been a company who DOES NOT GIVE UP ON IT'S HARDWARE and the Wii U is no different in that way. I will be the first one to admit that the Marketing team behind the Wii U in North America has done a very poor job getting viable info out to consumers about the system, but in their defense I think it was because Nintendo thought that everyone knew what the Wii was so they didn't have to explain all the bells and whistles. Where they did mess up with that approach was not identifying what the Wii U GamePad is all about. This was a horrible miss step and Nintendo has suffered greatly because of it. I know from personal experience that the first few times I tried the hardware at a couple of GameStop locations I frequent I disliked it. The GamePad felt too bulky and I said to myself, "Why doesn't Nintendo make a smaller GamePad like the size of my iPhone or slightly bigger?" To me the GamePad didn't feel right and the games seemed to be too focused on children/family. Fast Forward a year and a half later and here I am playing Super Mario in HD. For me it was getting a more extensive look at the system itself and it's accessories (GamePad & Pro Controller). I truly feel that if consumers who have been opposed to the Wii U could get some more play time with the console than their opinions could drastically change like mine did. In any event, the Wii U WILL DEFINITELY TURN SALES AROUND SOON and I'll be the one telling you, "I told you so", later this year.

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