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Thu 28th Feb 2013

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ASonic3582 commented on Super Smash Bros. + Splatoon Wii U Hardware Bu...:

Another noteworthy fact of that ad that seems to have passed over is that a Gamestop exclusive
Ike restock will happen around that time, which more or less confirms that amiibo exclusitivity will rotate different ones in and out.



ASonic3582 commented on Nintendo's Awesome Super Mario Maker Overview ...:

I saw this and said "Holy cow, there's FINALLY a game other than Smash that has a meaningful function for Pikachu (and the other Pokemon)" Seriously why did it take Nintendo this long to release a game besides Smash to utilize their 3rd most popular amiibo and mascot of their 2nd biggest IP?



ASonic3582 commented on GameStop Confirms amiibo 3-Pack Pre-Order Even...:

@Rafie Your right in Getting to know the employees is pretty much the best way to get what you want at GS. Before I worked there, I knew the whole staff at my store and they wanted me there so badly. It was literally reach working age, submit the application, come in the next day. A lot has changed since then but to get back on topic, they likely were able to set aside a preorder for you for both facts that you know them and odds are an employee who doesn't care about amiibo didn't want his/her hold to go to waste since each store was given a number that would be relatively high compared to Ness/Shulk numbers regardless if employees used the 1 hold they were given



ASonic3582 commented on Nintendo Confirms September amiibo Release Det...:

@UnseatingKDawg Yeah it might be unlikely, but it would've given Walmart a hidden pattern in exclusives like every other store that has gotten 2 exclusives by the end of July. The other patterns I've noticed are
GS: cult classic RPG protagonists (Shulk/Ness)
BB: "Edgy fliers" (Meta Knight/Dark Pit)
TRU: blue/not gen 1 Pokémon (Lucario/Greninja)
Target: female characters from the big names (Rosalina/Jigglypuff)
Though assuming the retro pack is GS exclusive, odds are these patterns were pure coincidence



ASonic3582 commented on Nintendo Confirms September amiibo Release Det...:

@bstoppel Odds are that means that those 2 will also be exclusives, as the amiibo kiosks hinted at beforehand (the kiosks in May only had ZSS, Ganon, and Olimar in their coming soon section, and each retailer only shows its own exclusives in the kiosks)
My guesses
Retro pack-Gamestop (read all the evidence this week)
Bowser Jr-Toys R Us (closest thing to a blue Pokémon this wave, and just wishing since TRU did good with Greninja)
Dr Mario-Walmart (been a while since Walmarts had an exclusive, and they seem to like different versions of Mario)



ASonic3582 commented on Rumours and Contradictions Are Everywhere in T...:

As a GS employee and fellow fan I'd like to clear up a few things that I personally know:
1. Employees were allowed ONE hold during wave 4 ie we could've held Robin or Lucina but not both (didn't use mine since I already had them preordered)
2. The holds had to be picked up within an hour of the store opening
3. There's a few mystery SKUs in the system which MAY mean the rest of wave 5/6 will be available for preorder as well that day
4. The final say in holds is at the managers discretion, our DM let us put holds but our manager ultimately decided NOT to hold them
So ultimately panicking about holds will depend on if it's just the 3 pack and what managers ultimately choose to do. Odds are employees will have to get in line just like you will (I personally won't since I don't care about any Septembers amiibo)



ASonic3582 commented on Dark Pit and Palutena amiibo Are Retailer Excl...:

Exclusives don't necessarily mean less stock, just means you need to go to a specific store. For example, Marth sold out within an hour during the Target restock in the US over the weekend, whereas Rosalina lasted the whole day and Jigglypuff is STILL available as I write this comment. Toys R Us got an average of 100 Greninja per store, and there was likely a grand total of 100 each of Robin and Lucina in every state. Best Buy got a decent stock of Meta Knight during the restock and expects an average of 100 Dark Pit per store. Gamestop had decent (for the characters obscurity) stock of Ness and Shulk during both rounds, but even after 2 shipments of Ike couldn't even meet their preorders (well some of that was due to uninformed employees) point is exclusives have decent at their stores whereas some amiibo that are universally available vanish in instants namely Fire Emblem but still.



ASonic3582 commented on Dark Pit amiibo Exclusive To Best Buy In North...:

@NintyMan I think a reasonable guess for Palutena's exclusitivity is Walmart. Wave 3 had Shulk, MK, Lucario and Rosalina as exclusives at Gamestop, Best buy, Toys R Us, and Target respectively. The Mario series had Gold Mario as a Walmart exclusive. Wave 4 had Ness, Greninja and Jigglypuff as GS, TRU, and Target exclusives respectively. And now Best Buy picked up Dark Pit as their exclusive. So to date the exclusive count is as follows
Best Buy-2
Toys R Us-2
So it's most likely Palutena will be Walmart since they haven't had more than 1 so far.



ASonic3582 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Acknowledges the Need to Impr...:

I just want more games to use my Pikachu amiibo. Seriously 3rd best selling amiibo, mascot of the 2nd most popular IP, and still no support outside Smash? Well that and to stop the exclusives since they cost me the chance to get Lucario, if Dark Pit, Palutena, Falco, or Mewtwo is exclusive I'll be pretty mad.



ASonic3582 commented on Metroid-Style 'Blast Ball' Unveiled For Ninten...:

The negativity here just screams "This is why Nintendo doesn't make new ips often". Seriously Steam got so much hate for not being Golden Sin (which isn't even remotely related to Intelligent Systems other than the Nintendo logo) and now people complain about this asking for Metroid. And here I thought Splatoon made people willing to try new IPs.



ASonic3582 commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Flogs Rare amiibo i...:

@Ogbert completely agree with you. STEAM id a horribly underappreaciated game. If Nintendo has to force amiibo bundles to get STEAM the attention it deserves than let them.
Also PSA for NA, many rare/unicorn amiibo, namely Villager, WFT, Rosalina, Lucario, Captain Falcon, Ness, and Jigglypuff, have updated CISPAs with added production runs. Possible restock incoming?



ASonic3582 commented on Nintendo Unable To Promise When It Can Remedy ...:

I say this on every amiibo story and I'll say it again. Toys aren't as easy to manufacture as games, of course there gonna stick primarily to characters who appeal to everyone like Mario and Pikachu. On top of that, and again I say this every story, but Skylanders had the same issue from launch day until Giants came out. That was a full year, so as such amiibo will most likely have the same stock issues until next November, be patient.



ASonic3582 commented on Nintendo of America Apologises for amiibo Shor...:

Am I the only one who remembers that Skylanders and Disney Infinity had the same issues of no supply and ridiculous demand (heck Wham Shell from the 1st Skylanders is still worth a few hundred on ebay) for the first year of existence? The toys to life genre seems to be by nature a demand>supply situation with the toys for a year or 2 as the developer tries to get enough of every figure to stores (which by that point the sequel is out with newer, better supplied figures), though I'll wait and see how Lego Dimensions toys play our before accepting my hypothesis as fact. At least amiibos only unlock fully optional content for games (as opposed to the others, which requires them), and Nintendo's trying to get figures back as they become relavant in more games.



ASonic3582 commented on Head Teachers in the UK Issue Warning to Paren...:

I completely agree with quite a few of you, parents should be the ones to decide what their kids can play. While I'm never thrilled to see parents come to my Gamestop buying gta or cod for their kids (especially the hypocrites who yelledat me about my age the first few months I worked there), it's the parents decision and others can't dictate how they raise their kids.



ASonic3582 commented on Mysterious Murasame Castle's Takamaru Was Cons...:

You know being an assist trophy can help a franchise a lot. After all Brawl had Little Mac, Issac, and Saki as assist trophies, and within 2 years we got a new entry and generally more popularity for each of those series.



ASonic3582 commented on New Pokkén Tournament Controller and Gameplay...:

For everyone complaining about no confirmed Wii U plans, calm down! BN has been this way with Tekken for quite a while.
Tekken 6: started on arcades, came to console a year later.
Tekken Tag 2: started on arcades, came to console a year later.
While Pokémon are the stars, this is still a Tekken game. BN likes to give this series time in arcades before launching it on console. Just be patient, I'd assume mid-late 2016 for the console launch so they can clear the arcades for Tekken 7 before launching that on PS4/XB1.



ASonic3582 commented on Super Smash Bros. Pro Players Tackle the Probl...:

So what I still don't get.
Pikachu dominates 64 scene, everyone complains he's broken (and still do).
Meta Knight dominates Brawl scene, everyone complains everyone complains he's broken.
Diddy Kong dominates Wii U/3DS scene, everyone complains he's broken.
Fox dominates Melee scene, everyone's somehow fine with that.



ASonic3582 commented on Looks Like Batman: Arkham Origins Isn't Gettin...:

This is getting out of hand. First Wii U owners had to pay the same price for little to no bonus content if it came out at the same time, and more if the Wii U version came out later (90% of 3rd-party games), Then they charge more for it with the same content situation (Deus Ex and NG3 in NA), and now they still expect us to pay full price for half-hearted versions (BAO and pretty much every EA game). No wonder the Wii U versions sell horribly.