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ChristopherM

ChristopherM

United Kingdom

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ChristopherM

#1

ChristopherM commented on Nintendo Download: 11th December (Europe):

GBA Pokemon Pinball transcends its franchise and stands as the best hand-held pinball game ever. Far more playable than the Mario pinball game and easier to follow than Zen's pinball games on 3DS. Plus the collection factor leads to obsessive "one more go" sessions.

Not sure what the frame rate will look like on a big screen, and the layout will probably appear a bit basic, but it'll probably be fine for playing on the WiiU tablet. A full-blooded remake would have been preferable though, for either 3DS or WiiU.

Perhaps this is being released to test demand for a remake, although those of us who love it still play the original cart. Also there's a danger it will be buried this week under the avalanche of Zen tables.

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#3

ChristopherM commented on Nintendo UK Store Launches "24 Days of Christm...:

I was looking at the hoodie as a gift, but can anybody make sense of the size guide? Even on XL the chest measurement is only a tiny 56cm. Even worse, the same size guide appears on the Mario Kart T-Shirt and the (non-Sale) men's hoodie. 56cm? XL? Really?

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#4

ChristopherM commented on Adam West Dusts Off His Bat-Vocals for LEGO Ba...:

Perhaps worth mentioning that Adam West has already provided the voice for a "Lego-compatible" C3 Batman figure - in the animated short "Batman: New Times". Mark Hamill voiced the Joker and Dick Van Dyke was Commissioner Gordon.

The DVD is long out-of-print, but the short can still be streamed from DAVE School, where it was made.

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#5

ChristopherM commented on Iwata: Wii Fit U's Free Trial Period Will Impr...:

If Nintendo wants to improve sales momentum in the UK over Christmas then it needs to get stock on the High Street. The Wii U Fit Meter is not available in my local HMV, Game, Blockbuster, Argos or Asda. The staff I spoke to hadn't even heard of it.

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#6

ChristopherM commented on 3D Versions Of Shinobi III And Streets Of Rage...:

shinobi88 / Kaine - I agree about the soundtrack. You may already know this, but the soundtracks for all three SoR/Bare Knuckle games - plus Shinobi - are available on the Japanese triple CD "Yuzo Koshiro Best Collection Vol 2". Not sure if it's still available though.

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#9

ChristopherM commented on Crazy Taxi Wannabe Coming to the Japanese eShop:

"We're not convinced this'll make it West (as the series never has to date)..."

Actually Thomas, at least one of the Simple DS series has been released in the West. The Volume 4 cartridge was released here as "Break 'em All".

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#10

ChristopherM commented on Review: Puzzler World 2013 (DS):

Thanks for the review Martin, but is there really "no dumbing down"?

I bought an earlier edition of Puzzler World purely for the Link-A-Pix puzzles but they were painfully easy, compared to the equivalent puzzles on Pic Pic.

Since Conceptis provided the puzzles for both games, I can only assume that Ubisoft deliberately set the bar lower for Puzzler World than 505 did for Pic Pic.

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#11

ChristopherM commented on You, Me, and the Cubes Designer Dies Ages 42:

Very sad. Back in the '90s, Kenji Eno's name and personality lit up the game world in big, bright and bold letters.

His original "D" was a 3DO classic - original, innovative and in many ways ahead of it's time. It also featured tremendously atmospheric music, which he composed himself.

If you ever played the N64's New Tetris and enjoyed merging the giant gold and silver blocks, you should know that Kenji Eno had already created the concept in his own delightful falling block game "Trip'd" (also on 3DO, and a perfect candidate for an eShop remake).

Many on this forum would also have delighted in his very public anti-Sony antics.

RIP Kenji Eno. The world of videogames will be a shade more grey without you.

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#12

ChristopherM commented on 3DS XL UK Prices Will be Decided by Retailers:

Three points about converting the US price to UK currency...

First - One could argue that we should be using Purchasing Power Parities rather than exchange rates. This would push the UK equivalent price closer to £135.

Second - I don't believe the $199 includes any sales tax, does it? (Perhaps the US readers can correct me if I'm wrong). UK Sales Tax is 20%

Third - Nintendo is obliged to let UK retailers set their own profit margins. Unless an aggressive retailer makes an early move, these margins will tend to start high and move lower over time, after the retailers have mopped up the early adopters.

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#13

ChristopherM commented on Amazon UK Lists Wii U at £199.99:

American readers should note that any price advertised on Amazon UK will include the UK's 20% purchase tax. You should adjust Thomas's currency conversion for your own local taxes.

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#14

ChristopherM commented on Amazon UK Lists Wii U at £199.99:

@Knuckles

You won't hear a price from Nintendo. Nintendo never sets a retail price for Europe. It sets a wholesale price and leaves retailers to set their own retail prices. It's been that way ever since Nintendo was fined by the EU for price fixing.

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#15

ChristopherM commented on E3 2012: Wii U Supports Two GamePads:

There's no point buying a second pad until somebody produces a game that can use a second pad.

Unless I've missed something, every game shown so far is either single-player (eg Takamaru's Ninja Castle), asymmetric (eg Luigi's Ghost Mansion) or turn-based (presumably the golf - if it progresses beyond a tech demo).

Even if somebody does produce a 2-pad game it would have to be a really good one to justify the extra expense.

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#16

ChristopherM commented on Goooooal Europa 2012 Has the Best Name on DSiWare:

I don't want to get pedantic, but is this actually foosball? I thought foosball was the more popular version of table football with the players on horizontal rods?

However, I do remember a physical set like this in my local toyshop back in the 70s. A kind of alternative Subbuteo with the players in fixed positions.

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#17

ChristopherM commented on Nintendo Zone Launched in Europe:

@Bliquid : I already had a good idea where my local hotspot was. The light on my 3DS didn't flash when I got there, but maybe I opened it too soon. Once I opened it, a message window appeared over the main menu asking me if I wanted to download the Nintendo Zone software.

The link in the main article above provides a hotspot map that seems to search on Italian city names. Have you tried that?

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#19

ChristopherM commented on Nintendo Zone Launched in Europe:

Earlier today, I stopped outside a local hotspot, downloaded the app and opened it. At a quick glance the current demos were all for titles that have already had demos available via eShop. It was possible to stream the "3D Machine" video for free, but only within range of the hotspot. There were some other menu options (eg "3DS Games") but rain stopped play. Once I had moved away from the hotspot the Nintendo Zone icon remained on my menu but it's not possible to open the app properly away from a public hotspot (no, home-based wifi is not sufficient). Hopefully my 3DS will eventually be able to download content when I pass by the public hotspot, without my having to open the app each time. Hope that answers some questions.

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#20

ChristopherM commented on Review: Puzzle to Go Planets and Universe (DSi...:

OK, I'll admit I was wrong - at least partially.

As pointed out by the Nintendo Helpdesk, this software does work on the 3DS, provided the photos are stored on the 3DS system memory.

Am I the only one who thinks that both the eShop description and the game instructions should mention the requirement to move photos from the SD card onto the system memory?

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#21

ChristopherM commented on Review: Puzzle to Go Planets and Universe (DSi...:

***Warning to 3DS owners***

This software was written for the DSi and does not seem to recognise the 3DS photo album. This means it works only with the ten built-in puzzles, which are clearly not worth the asking price.

I have written to Nintendo customer services suggesting they remove it from the 3DS eShop - and have asked for a refund.

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#23

ChristopherM commented on Nintendo Rep Backpedals on Game Boy Advance Kirby:

Pretty obvious what happened - even at the time. The GBA version of Yoshi's Island is subtitled Super Mario Advance 3. A Nintendo rep simply misread that as "Super Mario Bros 3".

Super Mario Bros 3 is not being withdrawn or cancelled because it was never on the list.

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#24

ChristopherM commented on As Predicted, Wii Drops to £99 in UK Today:

Just for info - Sainsbury (for one) is today selling the Wii bundle for £99 without the obligation to buy a chart title.

I for one don't think the Wii is dying - Nintendo is clearly repositioning it as the industry's "entry" console for young families and new gamers. The PS One survived for years in such a market position.