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Mon 28th July, 2008

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AVahne commented on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D New Nintendo 3DS Cover...:

I think i'll be importing these for my imported JP New 3DS that I be an American...
On another thought, I finally got my JP New 3DS and holy fark it's NICE. REALLY NICE. They're finally at the level of the Vita Slim, which is also VERY nice.
Now I see why NoA didn't want to bring it over. It's just so nice and they don't feel like we deserve it. Instead, something more toy-like in feel and appearance like the XL would probably save them more money.



AVahne commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights the Crisis and Opportu...:

Trying to not make mistakes is respectable, but really does show how painfully behind they are. By the time they catch up to where everyone else was nearly a decade ago, they'll just be another decade late again.
Their game design is fine. They need to seriously catch up on the digital front though and they need to up their hardware design skills again. They can continue having painfully weak hardware like they've been doing for the past two generations, but at least get better at other design decisions. I used to admire Nintendo's ability to make well-built and well-designed consoles (both home and handheld), however they now make too many decisions that makes me doubt their skills nowadays.



AVahne commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

I had no problem with that Damon guy's laugh. What he said afterwards ticked me (and I bet most other people) off.
Acting as if they know their audience like with every other PR disaster in recent memory, such as their naming problem. Nintendo knows nothing about the NA market and refuses to learn.
It's the same bullpoopiedoodle response they always gives now. They're as confused about their decisions as we are.



AVahne commented on We're Really Feeling It With These Xenoblade C...:

Apparently there's already a way (or almost a way) to use a Gateway cart to actually switch your firmware to that of a different region. Not sure if it's working on New 3DS yet, but it should be soon.
Though...those carts be expensive....



AVahne commented on Nintendo Download: 19th February (North America):

Meh, nothing good as usual.
And it's the start the lunar new year, too. The Japanese may not celebrate it, but I still see this as something that will just generate more bad luck for Nintendo this year.



AVahne commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

And a nice little thing about the 2DS is that the "screens" (actually one screen split using software) are closer together and on the same plane. So it makes up for the smaller screens in games that allow you to move UI elements to the bottom screens like Monster Hunter since it'll be easier to see everything.



AVahne commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

Original 3DS was phased out and the old XL is going out the door really soon. What three models?
NoA repeatedly makes bad decisions. They think them explaining things will make them look any better?

"we're a different market"
So in other words, unlike the rest of the world, we're not worth the effort.
There are many people who want to buy this thing for this region, plain and simple. Of course many people rather get the XL and its shitty screen, but that happens everywhere else, too.

"The core audience... we weren't going to win with them on that decision."
YOUR CORE NINTENDO AUDIENCE IS ALL YOU HAVE LEFT. Most casuals left for mobile and the "hard-core" people don't care for 3DS. Of course many parents are still buying systems for their kids, but the majority of the people who actually buy the GAMES are your Nintendo fans. And every horrible decision you make is slowly making that audience dwindle.



AVahne commented on A Fire Emblem 25th Anniversary Symphony Concer...:

FE still isn't nearly popular enough in the west to go through the trouble of arranging an Orchestra here.
Besides most of the new fans of the series have only ever played Awakening, which is more anime than it is Fire Emblem.



AVahne commented on Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Ni...:

Would've gotten one but nope. GS had absolutely none in stock besides preorders. I was counting on the trade in to pay for a huge part of the system. Guess I'll just sell my LE 3DS on eBay and import a standard New 3DS from Japan and just learn Japanese. My existing English library will live on my 2DS.



AVahne commented on Review: IRONFALL Invasion (3DS eShop):

Question: Can someone with the full version of multiplayer play with people who only have the demo?
I wanna support these guys, so I'll buy myself a copy but I won't be buying it again for my younger brother.



AVahne commented on Review: Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ (3DS):

Loved the original release however this deserves a lower score. Nintendo and Bamco trying to make more money off an old game by as little improvement as possible.
If you're interested in this game, just get a used copy of the original. Don't support cruddy business decisions such as this game.



AVahne commented on Sonic Boom Sales Struggle to Explode as Sega C...:

What do they expect after wasting so much money on horrible Sonic game after horrible Sonic game this gen?
They need to put Sonic down (preferably violently) and focus on every other active franchise they have. Hell, revive old ones like Space Channel 5 for instance.



AVahne commented on Nintendo Download: 12th February (North America):

I hope Ace Combat is a huge flop so that Bamco will stop rereleasing the same game on the same system with EXTREMELY minimal changes in order to get the chance to sell it for full price again. Every single change in this plus version could've been added via update to the original release. If it had online play and free flight, then this would've been a different story.



AVahne commented on IronFall: Invasion Single and Multiplayer Mode...:

What's the point of having a buy both option if they're the same price?
Still, I'll get this game once it hits America to support these guys, but I didn't think it'd be so expensive. 3 times the price of Shadowgun, and I have doubts that it has more content than that.
Would've thought it'd be $15 tops, but oh well. Hope they can make money with this.
EDIT: Then again, it's just three guys (no clue how big Madfinger Games is), so they each had to do so much more work. Plus they delayed the game by a year just to create a multiplayer mode for their fans. So hopefully the sales are high enough for them to profit.



AVahne commented on ​Flipnote Studio 3D Now Available To North A...:

Pretty pointless without online, but I guess it's meant to just appeal to little kids and people who desperately want to animate in their 3DS for whatever reason.
I'll just stick to Toon Boom software on my PC...



AVahne commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Visuals Stand U...:

Wii version looks much better, but the New 3DS version is still acceptable considering how ancient the hardware is. Not something you can call "impressive", but still pretty cool. Will grab a copy of the 3DS version once I've finished the Wii version.



AVahne commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo ...:

Nintendo Network still has an extremely long way to go, but it's getting there. Perhaps another 5-10 years and it'll reach the minimum standards set by every other network system in the industry.
That aside, hopefully the next systems will be more successful to Nintendo and, more importantly, more appealing to more customers. I really do hope they go all handheld next gen and offer two models with an HDMI streaming dongle included. They could reach both their normal handheld market with a low end model and then go after the high end/usually-home console market with a high end model. And both could be used as "home consoles" using the streaming dongle and some wireless controllers for local play.
Now then...if Nintendo intends to continue using circle-pad type analogs for their next handheld(s), hopefully they can use hall effect sensors (and whatever else is needed) so that we can also get stick click inputs.



AVahne commented on Developers Outline Their Ideas for Nintendo's ...:

Hm, I think Nintendo should ditch a home console next gen and just create two handhelds.
One low end model that's cheaper and would succeed the 3DS and a higher end model that would take Wii U's price range.
Both would come with an HDMI dongle (that I guess could act as a "home console") to stream games to the TV when at home and both would be able to have 3-4 controllers (with the handheld also being a "controller") connected to them wirelessly.
And since both would use the same or similar CPU architecture, they could both get the same games. Of course the high end model would have better graphics and maybe some extra features, but the games would, at their core, still be the same gameplay-wise no matter what they're played on. And of course, the high end model would have some exclusives that take full advantage of it.
I could see the low end model following Nintendo's design philosophy of reusing old tech and use 2013 mobile tech. 2014 is also a possibility, and would make porting work much easier, especially if they use a 64-bit mobile CPU from that year, since 2014 mobile tech are compatible with today's APIs and engines. Meanwhile the high end model could use something from 2016-2017. Considering how impressive last year's and this year's mobile tech are, 2016 and 2017 tech should be able to achieve amazing results. At the very least they should keep up with the PS4 and XBone (which is probably good enough for Nintendo home console-wise nowadays). By 2017, the PS4 and XBone would be in their 4th year, and would probably have at least another 3 years on the market before they're replaced by successors (MS and Sony seem keen on turning their console brands into services rather than devices, so who knows if they get successors). Having a handheld model that keeps up with or slightly surpasses their competitors' home consoles then wouldn't be quite as bad as the Wii U situation. Maybe.
Considering that the 3DS is doing decently well worldwide and how badly Wii U is doing, I don't think an all handheld future from Nintendo would be so bad.



AVahne commented on Nintendo YouTube Creators Program Update Clari...:

In no way did I make it sound as such. Playing games and simply recording it is one thing, but these people take the time to plan out each video, record the footage they need and then editing each video so that it's presentable and enjoyable for the viewer.
Of course I don't expect Nintendo's white knights to understand any of this.
Keep in mind these people make money off of ADS FOR OTHER COMPANIES. Said companies use popular mediums to advertise their products, which in this case are videos of people playing games and doing other stuff. Are you saying Nintendo should be making money advertising other companies' products, even though they did absolutely nothing?



AVahne commented on Nintendo YouTube Creators Program Update Clari...:

People are actually applying for this? The rules are basically saying: "Hey, loyal fans. You should make channels controlled mostly by us to give us free advertising AND free money. You know, do all the hard recording work and editting for us. Use up all your free time, so that we could profit. In return, here's a chicken bone. Thank you mutts...I means 'loyal fans'!"