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Wed 10th February, 2010

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Ernest_The_Crab commented on You Can Now Purchase Select Digital Titles on ...:

@unrandomsam What premium? I went to and they had Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World at pretty much their retail prices (about $60 and missing Hyrule Warriors completely). Unless of course Nintendo of Europe is screwing you guys on exchange rate, then you guys have my condolences.

Is anyone having issues trying to purchase right now? I got an error message from the fat man himself that they couldn't retrieve some kind of "code."

@Olmectron I think they email it to you in case you don't want to install the game immediately (or if you want to gift it). I went to the checkout with Hyrule Warriors (I was signed in), a game that's already released (in case preordering makes a difference). They have a short blurb that mentions that you can send the game to your console for automatic download or enter the code manually for later. I noticed that out of the 3 steps they have listed there these options are listed as Step 2 after Step 1, which is purchasing. I'm guessing they ask for a confirmation after you buy (like Steam does with its "is this a gift or for yourself" message, though Steam asks before you purchase).

EDIT: Nevermind, I think it might be an issue related to a Canadian trying to purchase from the American site as I could log in and reach the purchase details through the Canadian site, whoops indeed.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Hardware Review: The New Nintendo 3DS Is The B...:

@JJtheTexan The thing I find ironic is that more and more publishers are moving in that direction not the other way around.

Take Steam for example, they've been locking down more and more games recently. Also, being Canadian I am now getting exchange rates applied TWICE if I purchase a Steam wallet card due to exchange already being in effect on the store after their change to Canadian dollars and the fact the cards sold in stores are already at exchange prices.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Release Dates Conf...:

@rjejr Actually Nintendo Europe has the release date as Dec. 5. Nintendo of America has it for Nov. 21, at least according to the article.

@SanderEvers You mean outside of North America. Canadians cross the border the border each year to take advantage of the sales, so much so that retailers at home generally drop their prices to retain business..



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Mega Rayquaza Confirmed for Pokémon Omega Rub...:

Has anyone noticed that Primal Kyrogre is pretty much less effective against BOTH Primal Groudon and Mega Rayquaza?

Desolate Land (Groudon's Primal ability) prevents Water attacks from working. Seeing as he's now a Fire/Ground type in Primal form, that pretty much removes the 4x weakness AND reduces any other super-effective damage Kyogre can do to Groudon down to normal damage (for example Ice).

Meanwhile, Primordial Sea (Kyogre's Primal Ability) only prevents Fire attacks from working. Seeing as Kyogre is a Water type already that already cuts that damage type in half it would have made more sense for it to cut damage for something Kyogre is actually weak against, for example the couple of Electric and Grass type moves that Groudon can learn. Also, kind of odd that Kyogre didn't get a second type.

Seems pretty unbalanced and stinks of favouritism.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Super Smash Bros. on 3DS Lacks Circle Pad Pro ...:

@XFsWorld Online coop for TWO people.

As they pointed out already (@Guitardude7), Smash Bros supports 4 people online. This isn't even factoring in the amount of stuff that occurs on screen at any given moment especially when items are on "Very High" while maintaining 60fps in 3D mode.

I've played Revelations before and I can tell you it has the occasional fps drop. This happens a lot more when 3D is turned on. We also need to factor in that in Revelations, despite the game being in 3D, like all 3D games not every area on a map is visible at any given time. This is one of the major ways of saving resources in game development, you don't render what the player can't see. If you can't see something due to a wall or being behind you it uses less resources. On the other hand, you're looking at a 2D game which is rendering 100% of the time as the map is essentially in full view for the entire game. This applies even when the players are all off of the central map location (for example if they all collided with a Bob-omb that just fell onto the map), in fact they get a magnifier to keep even them in view at all times. This also doesn't take into consideration that despite the game being played on a 2D plane, the actual characters and levels are 3D models.

@Yorumi Uh why did you say Nintendo? Sakurai and Namco are in charge of development. Sakurai is also an independent contractor now and has been for awhile. If you're going to point fingers at least do it to the right party. Certainly the power issues can be attributed to Nintendo, however the actual accusations appear to be made by someone else.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Bayonetta on Wii U Bewitches as the Best Version:

@Crimzonlogic Depends on the country, school, and region.

The grading system fluctuates considerably even within the same country. Look at any two universities (even within the same school it can be different) and you can see that GPA can be calculated quite differently. This is especially noticeable for schools that don't have "+" and "-" especially in the example you provided.

Take Harvard as an example. Their science department does not have an A+ grade (they stop at A) but have "-" and "+" for pretty much any other grade level. Or taken from the same university, their business school doesn't use letters at all or set "grade" percentage ranges. Instead, they base their scores on the percentage of students that should be achieving each level of excellence they have set out.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

@rjejr If we didnt know already, they just keep trying harder and harder to gimp their Wii U titles. I guess they must not have been happy when the Wii U version of Rayman Legends pretty much outsold every other platform (or came close) despite having a smaller install base and Ubisoft messing around with release dates.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Cancelled Mario Volleyball/Wrestling Wii Title...:

@dkxcalibur There was one for the Wii (and a different one for the Gamecube). Super Sluggers if I remember right.

If there is a Mario Baseball in development for the Wii U we probably wouldn't hear about it until later since Nintendo is very often tight lipped in regards to their game projects (unless they're close to releasing).



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop):

@Mega719 I'd say it's due to lack of 3rd party support this time around, not really the lack of actual M rated titles developed. With so many big 3rd parties jumping ship, most of our content comes from Nintendo itself (whom generally don't create M titles) or indies.

Back in the Wii days it was more due to stigma of being filled with "casuals" (I hate that term as much as I hate the "hardcore" label) and being family oriented. 3rd parties assumed the fanbase was filled with soccer moms and grandparents, so to speak.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Sells Over ...:

@Tsuchinoko That's probably a decision that Sakurai is in charge of. He did free DLC for Kid Icarus but at most those were just weapons with different stats (but identical to existing weapons).

The problem is that he wants things like characters to remain consistent between both games. This is unfortunately held back by the 3DS version of the game unless he wants to break his word on consistency. I mean we already saw Ice Climbers excluded from both versions due to the AI issues, so it could be problematic for other characters as well. If he plans to use the new 3DS as the base model for DLC characters, I doubt many regular 3DS owners are going to be happy.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets...:

@unrandomsam vgchartz has some data on Mario Kart Double Dash and Wave Race Blue Storm.

Also threw in F-Zero GX:

Both Wave Race and F-Zero sold about 1/10 each of the Double Dash numbers. They're not even remotely near the 1 million mark. I suspect those two titles probably require more development work due to higher physics requirements and a more realistic look. Between the sales and the costs of development it's probably not worth it for them to develop more F-Zero or Wave Race.

Not to say the sales are particularly bad, but they're probably not enough to recoup costs.

However, it might still be a good idea for them to develop titles in those series (and 1080) as those niches are noticeably missing quality titles on Nintendo's platforms since the Wii days. That is, futuristic racers, snowboarding, and jet skiing.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on The Last of Us Fails to Overtake Yokai Watch 2...:

@unrandomsam I'm pretty sure the Wii alone has done that at least once in the past thanks to its superior market share and long legs that Nintendo titles have. I'm almost certain that the Wii U has not achieved this yet nor has the PS4. It IS possible that the Wii U could come close, before the end of this year, providing Nintendo doesn't screw up their marketing again.

EDIT: The PS4 has done this launch. At the moment I have not managed to find the launch data for the Wii U for Japan.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Amazon Opens Pre-Orders For Super Smash Bros. ...:

@Lebon14 Not even. That's not factoring in our on average higher tax rate (which is applied after the shipping costs too! I suggest applying for the student designation, at least it comes with free shipping).

That's a pretty pricey bundle. Together it's like 180ish dollars Canadian.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on CoroCoro Magazine Reveals Three Mega Evolution...:


So it can't be hit by ghost types and can hit ghost types?

Maybe it's sole purpose is to be a counter to Mega Gengar though the stat distribution isn't out yet so I'll have to reserve judgement until I see that.


They probably will have balance changes like they did for X and Y. We most likely won't see information on those until it gets closer to the release date (I'm guessing Mega forms generate more hype than stat changes).

Btw does anyone know who the trainer to the right of May is?

Also, anyone else find it slightly odd that the games would be called Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby yet most sites and news releases order them as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire? Seems a little strange when the names are derived from the first letter of the greek alphabet (alpha) and the last letter (omega).



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Check Out the Evolution of Visuals in Pokémon...:

@Geonjaha The problem is that 3D already had issues with frame rate when it was on (especially if you battled a Butterfree/anything that flies by flapping wings).

It seems like this could be a problem in this game as well judging by the screenshot with the Beautiflys flying around above the grass (screen shot 11).

Who knows though, maybe Gamefreak has had some time to work out any kinks in their engine before starting work on these remakes.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on CoroCoro Magazine Reveals Mega Metagross for P...:

@Yorumi There's a problem with giving a Pokemon too many moves as well. You do that and that Pokemon becomes rather difficult to counter.

A lot of the more powerful Pokemon have smaller movepools to deal with the fact that they'd be "too" powerful if their movepools were any larger (there are exceptions especially with legendaries).

Many weaker Pokemon have pretty big move pools but very poor stats. In order to balance out some of the weaker Pokemon they'd have to carefully make changes in stats AND movesets. Frankly it's doubtful that GameFreak has that kind of manpower, otherwise we'd have seen a lot more balance changes by now.

Eh I'm not really a fan of the seems like they just swapped his four legs for four arms instead.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Pier Solar HD Delayed, Wii U Version Will Now ...:

@shingi_70 The major problem is that Microsoft has a track record of incurring delays due to exclusivity contracts. It also doesn't help that the article doesn't make it clear.

The original Joystiq article has it worded much better than over here. Not everyone has the time to do more than a read over of an article and an additional search on the topic so you may want to add an additional link in your comment that leads to the blog. Odd that this article doesn't have it included, usually the other indie posts have links to their respective blogs if I remember right.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Pier Solar HD Delayed, Wii U Version Will Now ...:

@shingi_70 I think most people are more annoyed by the fact that if the delay was caused by Microsoft it would hold back every version due to their policies. I'd still be annoyed by a delay caused by Nintendo but I doubt other platform owners would be quite as annoyed, as their versions wouldn't be held back.

This essentially holds back 9 different versions of the game. A delay by Nintendo would have effectively delayed 1 version of the game.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

@Mahe Well their marketing is based on whom they want to target and I'm pretty sure the GamePad came around from them trying to target a specific market (or multiple depending on how you look at it). It's true the GamePad is causing some problems but it isn't the origin point for most if all of the problems the Wii U is having. The problem is Nintendo has NO idea on whom they want to target anymore. The Wii U is the result of their lack of direction.

Well I'd say there is some good that comes out of this though. Nintendo seems to create their better games when they are backed into a corner and it's doubtful that they'll sink after one lackluster generation.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

@Mahe Regardless of controller type I doubt the Wii U would have outsold the Wii. In fact, it seems very doubtful that ANY of this generation's consoles will outsell the Wii.

At the time, the Wii would have been considered a disruptive and revolutionary product. From a pure sales perspective it would already have an edge because of that; having a casual oriented approach at that time would also have been a bonus.

That being said the Wii U is not doing that well compared to say the Xbox 360 and the PS3 which are a better comparison.

Marketing is probably the bigger problem at the moment than the controller. When the console was first revealed, it wasn't clear if the controller was an add-on. It certainly didn't help that the console itself did not really have its own distinctive look. It looks generic to say the least. Probably wouldn't have helped if it had a "traditional" controller as it would just make the console look even more generic. The competition was careful enough to make their current generation console distinctive looking compared to their predecessors. Nintendo wasn't careful enough in that sense.

EDIT: Spelling errors



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Mario Kart 8 Drives Wii U Sales In The UK, Cla...:

@Peach64 However, Nintendo games (especially the ones from the really popular series) have longer legs than most other titles. It's quite possible that those extra days would make a difference in the sales numbers. Their titles are notorious for having a different sales trend (unless they are poorly reviewed).