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Captain_Gonru

Captain_Gonru

Gamer for life.

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#3

Captain_Gonru commented on Nintendo Highlights Great Games in a Rather Pr...:

@edgedino I'm less interested in that kind of physical media playback these days. And when I am, I already have (and have had) devices that can do that. I've been telling people for the last couple years that bluray is the last physical media we're likely to see, with digital distribution becoming more convenient and common. Plus, the movie studios make more money off of it, so you know they'll be all for it, too.
Don't misunderstand. I'm not for this, but it seems the inevitable next step.

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#4

Captain_Gonru commented on Lucadian Chronicles:

I'm holding out for a review before I take the plunge (I'm running a bit short on hard drive space). I'm also a bit concerned that no one has any reviews yet. Like, at all. Weird.

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#5

Captain_Gonru commented on North American Release Date Confirmed for Duck...:

@rjejr No, you didn't miss it. How it went unreleased, though, I wont understand. It got a cameo treatment of sorts in the Wii Play shooting gallery (a couple of familiar-looking ducks cross the screen at one point), but no formal release. I even think a couple of the games that had Wii Zapper options were released, like Operation: Wolf, but with only the controller option available (which I found to be the much less useful, or fun, way to play).

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#6

Captain_Gonru commented on North American Release Date Confirmed for Duck...:

@rjejr You may have just found the first really good reason for that remote DL feature people suggest occasionally.
And I do wonder what else they may have added in addition to the crosshairs. The original was limited to the system it was on (obviously), so you could only have one other person controlling the ducks. Now, maybe we could get more people in on the fun (as I suggested in the previous post). Or multiple hunters? Co-op clay pigeon shoots?
Or maybe I'm just pitching ideas for the amiibo-supporting sequel (admit it, we all want one).

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#8

Captain_Gonru commented on Splatoon "Research Lab" Posts Now Have an Offi...:

@Quorthon Febuary would be nice, but I'm thinking March at the earliest. They get more of the upcoming DLC out, and squeeze in a Nintendo Direct to crank up the interest. Plus, Codename S.T.E.A.M. has a March release, and I feel like they would have given this a date (or even a quarter), if there was a chance it was going to be sooner than that. Fingers crossed I'm wrong, of course.
And yeah, Witcher 3 does look pretty good.

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#9

Captain_Gonru commented on Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smas...:

@rjejr Hahaha. I worked for a major retailer until a few months ago, so educating confused parents on what the heck their kids were asking for took up much of my time. I think I mentioned it before, but I could have used more parents like you.
I've tried to approach the amiibos by evaluating usefulness right now-ish. So I got Link for Hyrule Warriors (don't listen to people who crap on the Spinner, it's fun), Yoshi for Wooly World, and Kirby for Rainbow Curse. Now I did grab a Villager for my wife, because we're HUGE AC fans (been playing it in some form continuously since the GC version), but overall, I found the Smash Bros. functionality to be a secondary concern for me.
Off topic, Treasure Tracker is a great spectator game. My wife and I have a good time with one person playing, and the other calling out suggestions. So I'm hoping that works as well for toy and the kids.
(Quick theory: CT:TT amiibo support will be figures unlocking themed levels, similar to the SM3W levels already available. Imagine doing that first Deku Tree dungeon from Ocarina as Toad, and you get an idea of what I'm picturing.)

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#11

Captain_Gonru commented on Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smas...:

@rjejr Haha. Very true. I guess it's just that, in the internet age, couldn't also offer these through Nintendo's own online store?
I guess this could be some sort of appeasement for the retailers that felt shafted after the poor Wii U launch (though I think there was some sandbagging by some media sources that didn't help, but that's a separate conversation). But, like you said, this is way different than Nitro Magna Charge or Crystal Buzz Lightyear. This is more of that retailer-supplier coziness that I think undermines consumer confidence.
And don't knock the Amish. They make some ridiculously good food. Just saying.

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#13

Captain_Gonru commented on Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smas...:

@rjejr Totally agree on the store exclusive point. There are some stores that I will not give money to. Period. Don't make me choice between supporting a business I don't want to, and not buying a product I want.
As for the used game prices, I don't like it, but they wouldn't charge them if people wouldn't pay them. Taking advantage of a b2g1 sale helps, but still, like I said, there are some stores I don't want to give my money to.

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#16

Captain_Gonru commented on Video: We Go Hands On With Some 2nd Wave amiib...:

@shigulicious @TheGreatBrawler @NintendoHistory While i think the dates already mentioned are the "official" dates, I saw Little Mac, Captain Falcon, and Luigi on shelves at a Toys 'R Us a week and a half ago. Some Targets started prepping for the release around the same time, clearing out game cases for more hooks, while others still hadn't as of yesterday. None seem to have the stock in store yet, though.
So, in conclusion, no one knows what's going on :-)

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#17

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: What's Next For amiibo?:

@rjejr Nice. My wife bristled at the idea of amiibos initially. Not as a concept, but she reminded me that my K'Nex minifigs have "magically" migrated into the living room, and didn't want to see the same happen again. Luckily, she's softened on that stance a bit.
As for servers, I have no idea what they cost. What I do know is that I would be willing to trade 42 cents a month to never see a pop-up or banner ad. Plus, you'd invariably get some resistance from those that want the game, but don't want to pay for a service they won't use. I'm not saying that's what my opinion would be, mind you, but you and I both know there are those out there that would say that very thing.

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#19

Captain_Gonru commented on Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Agai...:

@Darknyht Did you have something happen when you did the system transfer? A buddy of mine had an issue (power outage during the Wii part), and tech support was able to help.
If so, that's a real shame. I liked those Crystal Chronicles games, and would recommend them to anyone interested in something a bit different.

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#21

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: What's Next For amiibo?:

@rjejr I would assume that, if asked, the $5 is for "server maintenence", which really is a legitimate reason. I think we all forget the hidden costs baked in to some of the other systems' online services (hey Microsoft, how much more would it cost me for an ad free home page?). Again, I would prefer offline to both avoid this, and to cater to those who either don't have a reliable connection, or choose not to connect to the internet.
As for an amiibo Plaza, that is frickin' brilliant. I literally sat here for two solid minutes picturing it. You could mirror so many aspects of Waru Waru, down to "posts" by the characters based on the last game you used them in.

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#23

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: What's Next For amiibo?:

Let's back things up a bit. Before we start making amiibo games or third-party amiibos, we need a fix to the "one game at a time" problem.
Solution. An amiibo app. With it, you could store your amiibos saved data when you want to play something different. It seems a better move than making you delete stuff all the time.
Don't tell Nintendo, but I might even be willing to pay a buck or two for it.

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#26

Captain_Gonru commented on Nintendo Maintains Its Vague Rhetoric on amiib...:

@Jujuman True, but I think @Vineleaf is likely right, too. I could easily see a whole line of Animal Crossing amiibo based on some of the most popular neighbors, allowing you to instantly have, say, Nate move into your town. Consider that the soon-to-be discontinued Animal Crossing app had a poll regarding favorites, it seems reasonable to see them using that data for just such an endeavor.

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#27

Captain_Gonru commented on Nintendo Maintains Its Vague Rhetoric on amiib...:

@ECMIM Thanks. And yeah, I've also done some figure chasing in my time (too much, if you ask my wife, who rolled her eyes the first time I mentioned amiibos). Once we had to start considering a separate room for it all, I decided to rein it in.
Honestly, I hope I'm wrong this time. The three rares from wave 1 are all relatively obscure (yes, Animal Crossing is popular, but not compared to Mario or Pokemon). So maybe this is just a case of lower initial production numbers on what they perceived to be less desired characters. Think about it. This article could have just as easily been about store shelves crammed with nothing but Wii Fit Trainers and Villagers, while everyone cried "But where's Mario? How could they not make enough Links? Of course we all want Pikachu? Is Nintendo stupid? Take my money!"

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#29

Captain_Gonru commented on Weirdness: Legless Peach amiibo Bidding Closes...:

@Janfeae While I would normally agree, I think the conversation changes slightly because of the nature of the marketplace. If this was about a person walking into a store and paying $25k, I could see it. But, as there is no way to physically check the product before buying (and confirm that it isn't a fake) I question if this bid is legit.

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#30

Captain_Gonru commented on Nintendo Maintains Its Vague Rhetoric on amiib...:

The wave 2s are already out. I saw Little Mac and other at Toys R Us today, and Target had the tags up (just no figures).
And to the few people trying to claim this scarcity "hype" is somehow the doing of retailers, read any comment section on this site regarding amiibos. There are certain figures that are very hard to find, and they seem to not get restocked at the same rate as others. This, and the absence of a cohesive message from Nintendo, is fueling this speculation.
Toys are routinely short-packed. Every line has a "chase" item, one that isn't shipped as much as the others. As a result, collectors buy up every one in a line, in case that one they find ends up being the rare one. While it would be nice if companies put out enough of every figure, the practice of making a rare figure ultimately drives sales of all the figures. Applied here, it would actually make sense for Nintendo to "short pack" the figures that will have the least use on any announced upcoming game. This way, you drive sales through scarcity while not fudging it up for people only trying to buy the more "useful" figures.
I'll take my tin foil hat back off now.

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#31

Captain_Gonru commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

The N64 will always be a treasure in my house. In college, it brought me and some of my classmates and coworkers together, forming friendships that endure to this day. My fondest gaming memories revolve around Goldeneye, Mario Party (palm destroying minigames and all), Diddy Kong Racing, Battletanx, and a bunch of obscure titles, too.

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#33

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

@rjejr Exactly. The SIM card would allow 'net access for Skype, messaging, etc. But, as its still their hardware, they have as much control as that would still allow them.
At some point, they will have to loosen their nanny grip. I think some clearer messaging on the built-in parental controls would help. While I'm sure you don't have this sort of issue, there are somehow still parents out there with no idea that they actually still have control over that $200 device they are inexplicably willing to hand over to their children with no further supervision. Trust me, I sold way to many iPads to parents for their two year olds. Some people just shouldn't breed.
Kind of went on a tangent there, didn't I.

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#35

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

@rjejr "Bono might sue". Nice :-)
The ability to connect to the web anywhere would be your biggest advantage with the SIM card issue. AT&T, T-Mobile, Net10, and others sell them for around $10, then you buy the data plan you want, same as with any other phone on their respective networks. The Vita had an option for this, but you had to buy the capable model up front, then were limited to AT&T for coverage. Plus, it was the Vita, so there's that.
Alternately, we could wait for nationwide Wi-Fi. I'm guessing we'll see that just after Half-Life 3 for the 3DSU3.

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#36

Captain_Gonru commented on Nintendo's New Response: Some amiibo "Likely" ...:

I have to wonder why they made a few of these in the first place, if they're just going to discontinue them before they're relevant. Marth makes perfect sense for whatever Fire Emblem makes it way out eventually, but if the figure is long gone, what's the point of having it support amiibo at all? So now you've got a figure that many people will have paid more than MSRP for, only to not have it supported by the most logical game for it to be used with.
And Wii Fit Trainer just seems like a waste of that oh so valuable shelf space in the first place.

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#38

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

@rjejr Hmm. So maybe the new 3DS (or 3DS2. There's your next article. "What's the dumbest name you could give to the next Nintendo handheld?") could have a SIM card slot? That's not a bad idea. The next hurdle would be, whose network does it connect to? Do you go exclusive with one of the major carriers, or ride everyone's on a lower tier? What would that cost?

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#39

Captain_Gonru commented on Animal Crossing Plaza Service Stops At the End...:

@rjejr Yeah, I knew what the second "D" stood for, smart aleck. I meant is it still available to newer units and/or bundles, as they are all deluxe these days. If it was limited to those early launch models, and not, say, the Mario Kart 8 or Super Mario 3D World, they might be handling it differently (I do recall that it was still there for the NSMBU bundle). I'm just throwing out guesses.

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#40

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

@JaxonH The prepaid part should be easy enough, so long as the unit uses a SIM card of some sort. Otherwise, it's still possible, of course, but not as convenient.
And I'm with you on the prepaid thing, btw. My wife and I made the switch about a year ago, and cut our monthly cell expense in half.

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#41

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

How did this article never once mention the closest analogue to a Nintendo phone, the Xbox linking Windows phone? You simply cannot weigh the pros and cons of such a device without examining what has and hasn't worked on that platform.
Pros: I've found that my Windows phone generally gets double the battery life of my wife's old iPhone, or current Galaxy phone. Linking to my Xbox live account allows me to keep in touch with my Xbox friends while on the go. Also, many of the games available include Xbox achievements. While you could argue how necessary this is, it does speak to how connected the device keeps you to your home gaming experience.
Cons: The apps available are limited, in some cases, particularly"free" apps offered by stores and other companies. Even many of the "free" games aren't free on a Windows phone. The Angry Birds games, for example, were only made free literally a few weeks ago. Other popular mobile games, like Clash of Clans, aren't available at all.
Now, whether you take this as reasons for or against Nintendo getting into this field is up to you. I'm just amazed the author never bothered to even mention it.

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#43

Captain_Gonru commented on Animal Crossing Plaza Service Stops At the End...:

@rjejr Hmm. I didn't notice the orange until you said something, but now I can't unsee it, so thanks for that ;-)
It would make sense to mention something about the DDP ending, if for no other reason than to push a few extra sales. Is everyone eligible for it, or was that just something for the earlier adopters, like the 3DS Ambassador program? If not, that may explain the silence. Personally, I'd like to see it continue at least for those of us that hopped on early. But, given their short memory regarding the people who gave them money early, I doubt it. (For those wondering what I mean, consider this. If I bought SMB3 on Wii's VC, then wished to upgrade it on Wii U, it costs me $6. Had I not given them my money the first time, it would only be $5. So I'm punished for supporting them sooner.)

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#48

Captain_Gonru commented on Lucadian Chronicles is the Latest Free-to-Play...:

@rjejr While I didn't play much either, I did find it to be a nice slice of not bad.
I think a better example may be Rusty's Real Deal Baseball. My only complaint is that it and Wii Sports Club Baseball show that Nintendo is capable of creating all the parts of a good baseball game, without giving us an actual full baseball game. Fingers crossed for an April surprise.