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Thu 18th April, 2013

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Dark-Link73 commented on You Can Now Pre-Order eShop Games Via Nintendo...:

@unrandomsam You do live in an alternate reality, lol (j/k). Here in the US, pre-orders cost as much as the release price. So you pay $60USD whether you buy the game on or at the store. The only difference is that if you pre-order in the store, you can pay in installments vs. online where you have to pay in full at checkout.

Amazon is the only place where I've seen a bit of a discount on pre-orders vs. buying after release, but the discounts are usually from only a few cents to a couple of dollars max. Nothing significant. I've never shopped at Steam so I don't have any idea of their prices.

As for the prices of games in the UK, I know they're more expensive than in the US, but if think that's bad, you should see prices in Mexico. The Wii U in Mexico costs about $462USD and the PS4 is about $616USD. The games for U are about $81USD and for PS4 $76USD (odd isn't it?). The 3DS are chapter than in the UK (about $59USD) and the XL is about $316USD. What makes those prices even crazier is that, the average weekly salary in Mexico is what an average person makes in a day in the US.

In Mexico those items are luxury items so their open to free market pricing without any government intervention.



Dark-Link73 commented on You Can Now Pre-Order eShop Games Via Nintendo...:

@unrandomsam I'm sorry but with all due respect, in what alternate reality do you live because, in over 20 years of buying pre-order games, I've never paid less for a retail pre-ordered game (regardless of the Publisher) compared to a game after release date. They're the same price.

@King47 I know how pre-orders work. Also don't forget about the psychological effect of paying for a game in installments vs. the full price in one payment. But as we pointed out, there's no real benefit for the consumer to pre-order digital games since there isn't a physical inventory.

The only true benefit I see in this is for Nintendo. By allowing pre-orders of digital games and giving out the DL code, Nintendo is hooking up gamers into buying the game in advance (most avid gamers will pre-order a game in excitement and intoxication). Since the pre-order is digital, there won't be chance for the consumer to get "cold feet" and cancel the pre-order. The sale is locked.

Clever Nintendo. Very clever. He he.



Dark-Link73 commented on Weirdness: Realistic Mario Probably Wouldn't H...:

No game would be successful in a "realistic" approach. Can you imagine Pac-man? Ghosts walking through walls, Pac-man getting high from eating all those pills (you can't tell me they're Mentos), and him actually dying of an O.D. or from a heart attack from being scared of the ghosts.

Btw, I concur with my gaming colleagues: Mario punches the blocks.



Dark-Link73 commented on Subtle Character Design Changes Spotted for No...:

@Capt_N I know it's not all Americans, that's why I said "a lot". I've worked on retail, grocery, restaurant, office; studied at community college level, private university level, undergrad, postgraduate; and mingled in other social circles. It has been my experience over the years that, again, a lot of Americans are not as receptive to open sexual behaviors and expressions unless they conform, and fit, their societal expectations.

But I've known some of the same people commit the same actions they renounced when they thought they were in complete anonymity.



Dark-Link73 commented on Subtle Character Design Changes Spotted for No...:

When it comes to breaking the sexual stereotypes of gender roles, the American people are the quintessential example of hypocrisy. On the one hand, a lot of Americans tend to critic others for being open minded, outspoken, and show comfort in practicing sexual roles pertinent to the opposite gender; but on the other hand, those same people that critic and chastise such behaviors, have some of the craziest sexual behaviors behind doors.



Dark-Link73 commented on Job Cuts Hit Sega's London Office:

This truly sucks, but only from the standpoint of people losing their jobs, but also because of the bad image these layoffs might give SEGA since they are occurring not too long after the acquisition of ATLUS.

It seems that perhaps SEGA wasn't in a real position to but ATLUS. The best of luck to them and the people laid off. :-(



Dark-Link73 commented on Feature: How A Team Of Dedicated Fans Is Fixin...:

"For the folks that spent years learning the ins-and-outs of Melee, it (Brawl) came as a harsh surprise...."

I'm sorry but those folks need to move on and adapt. Making Brawl be like Melee is not "fixing it". Overall, there's nothing wrong with Brawl. Do the Project M people want to "fix Brawl"? Fix the online lag. Then you can say they're "fixing Brawl".



Dark-Link73 commented on New Online Multiplayer Modes Revealed for Supe...:

@Varoennauraa Exactly! Smash is about chaotic fighting with items in an ever changing arena. To all today people that complaint on Brawl about having items making the game OPed for beginners, they should just go and play on a traditional fighting game like Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter.

I think those people just can't handle being beat by a novice player, lol.



Dark-Link73 commented on New Online Multiplayer Modes Revealed for Supe...:

No items in "For Glory" mode huh? I guess that's made for all those people whining about having to use items in a game that puts emphasis on using items!!!

What is it going to be next? A Mario Kart game without items? I know! Let's have CoD without perks and kill/point streak items. Just one basic simple weapon and side arm. That should be fun too!



Dark-Link73 commented on 'Mr. Tetris', Henk Rogers, Discusses Game Boy ...:

"It was created by Alexey Pajitnov in the Soviet Union in 1984, and in one of the smartest video game business deals ever made Henk Rogers travelled to Russia to secure publication and licensing rights for distribution outside of Russia."

And us westerners wondered during the Cold War why them Commies didn't like us. We were, and still are, nothing but a bunch of "capitalist pigs". LoL. ;-)

My two favorite Tetris titles are Tetris for the GB and The New Tetris for the N64.



Dark-Link73 commented on Video: Check Out The Mario Kart 8 Visual Upgra...:

@JohnRedcorn I don't know if I speak for other "Nintendo fans" (as you call us), but for me, is not that "graphics do not matter"; is just that at the end of the day, doesn't matter how pretty or ugly the graphics are, what brings me back to play a game again and again, is the gameplay experience.

I still have my N64 with a library of over 70 games. Do you know howe painful to the eyes can N64 games be, specially nowadays when all TV's are at least 720 and the N64 image gets stretchded and distorted? My eyes are watering at the end of each N64 session. But I still love playing those games because they are fun and innovative in their time.

Graphics are as important to me as they are to the PS4/X1 fan. But they're not a deal breaker to me (and perhaps most Nintendo fans) as they are to the PS4/X1 fan.



Dark-Link73 commented on Hideki Konno Emphasizes That Mario Kart 8 Bala...:

@AshFoxX Just like you, I never had a problem with balancing issues online. However, I did feel that the precise timing in which I would get hit by consecutive red and blue shells in a way that would allow CPU opponents to catch up to me, was a bit OPed.

Nevertheless, I still love the series and I can't wait for May 30. I still have hope that NoA might announce a bundle by the last week of April. ;-)



Dark-Link73 commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Saturn:

I never really appreciated the Saturn. A friend of mine had it and we had lots of hours of fun playing with it. However, I was more immerse on my N64 so I never accepted the Saturn for how great it was. It was the middle of the Sega/Nintendo console war. I had picked sides. I couldn't bring myself to be disloyal to Nintendo.



Dark-Link73 commented on EA Boss Peter Moore Apologises For Frostbite's...:

@arkady77 You are correct. Disney owns Star Wars and all the properties under the Lucas Arts umbrella. However, Disney closed (or is still closing) LucasArts Interactive as a developer and they're outsourcing their games. Disney apparently doesn't trust their own Disney Interactive division because they (Disney) have EA (of all people) exclusive rights to make Star Wars games.

Go figure.



Dark-Link73 commented on Video: What Could The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward...:

@arkady77 @Action51 I want to start by saying I'm a huge Zelda fan, I even dressed as Link form SS flour Halloween twice in a row. That been said, I was rather disappointed by the ending of Skyward Sword and I wasn't too kin of the "Forth Goddess" plot.

To me the forth Goddess plot undermined the significance of the creation of Hyrule by the three (not four) Goddesses and undermined the symbolism and meaning of the Triforce (again, three, not four).

Anyway, going back to topic, I think Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, and Ocarina of Time would've been better candidates to see how would they look like in HD instead of SS.