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Tue 11th June, 2013

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FX102A commented on Next Wave Of Super Smash Bros. amiibo Now Avai...:

Having finally obtained a Shulk from GAME (£15 I know but au wanted this to end) I hopefully have brought to an end my Amiibo buying time; having restricted myself to specific series. However Mewtwo is enticing; although it means I'll also have to pick up Pikachu, Charizard & Greninja to round it all up.



FX102A commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against am...:

My biggest issue with amiibo is that there is no alternative way to obtain the items unlocked by them in certain games.

Since buying Ace Combat 3D+, I wanted to unlock all the schemes but certain ones needed amiibos, many of which I didn't own nor want. I was lucky I had a friend who collected then so I just took my N3DS over and scanned the lot.

If Nintendo had only offered a cheaper alternative or BN offered them as DLC, I would have followed suite. I'm also in the same scenario as Damien; I want the Captain Falcon outfit in MK8 but I don't want a Captain Falcon amiibo.

With the arrival of Shulk, I now own all the Amiibo I want and hopefully it is the last.

Amiibos are popular, but Nintendo should give us the choice so those of us who don't want them will not find game content denied to us. If this isn't done, then this Amiiqo may be our only alternative.



FX102A commented on Nintendo Confirms Super Mario Maker Console Bu...:

Got my Fatal Frame preordered and there were rumours of an Arwing Amiibo so wouldn't be surprised on a special bundle. Xenoblade and Mario Maker also in my sights while awaiting more Intel of Devil's Third though intrigued enough by it to keep it mind. The "poor graphics" quip going round doesn't bother me I the slightest.



FX102A commented on Review: 3D Gunstar Heroes (3DS eShop):

Downloaded it last night. Had a little trouble with the controls at first but I think that's cod I was still getting to grips with the mechanics (or I may have accidentally pressed X). The 3D was also a bit wonky but that's cod I was using the stabilisation system of the N3DS in a dark room (I notice it tends to have trouble keeping things in focus).

In short I need to give it another round but I remember it being tonnes of fun on the Wii.



FX102A commented on M2's Porting of Gunstar Heroes To 3DS Was Almo...:

Definitely buying on Thursday!

And if this goes well, I can only hope that Sega will consider releasing maybe some Saturn games too. Especially some Japanese exclusive ones.

(My dream of playing Battle Garegga and Hyper Duel continues....)



FX102A commented on Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water's Limited ...:

@Alundra-1998 Totally correct, this is the only physical version to be released on Europe.

To those outside the UK, I do think it will be released in the rest of the continent, its just so far the Nintendo UK store is the only place preorders can currently be made.

I believe other places will be stocking it as they announced it as a "Retail" version (which to me implies brick & mortar stores too). I'd imagine preorders will be going up in the near future.



FX102A commented on Freedom Planet Runs into Delay:

@GreatPlayer Some of the slowdown, in particular during some of the boss fights, is actually deliberate as its meant to recreate the experience of playing on a 16 BIT machine (minus the full voice acting).

Well at least this delay means it will be released after I return from holiday, I just hope its before I go on my next one!

Anyone know if there exists a SNES, Mega Drive or Saturn shaped pad that works on a Wii U? (I know the Gamepad D-pad is like one of the best out there IMHO but I'd like to recreate that classic retro feel).



FX102A commented on Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water's Limited ...:

Was worried when I discovered the listing yesterday afternoon and it said "Out of Stock". Thought we were in for a repeat of the Bayonetta 2 L.E. Thankfully it was just a placeholder as orders went up around 1800.

Preordered, despite I wonder if I have the guts to play it XD.



FX102A commented on 3DS Can Last For Another Two To Three Years In...:

It kind of totally depends on what the NX is and its price point. Until then its pure speculation as to how much life is left in the 3DS. But yeah, even if the NX comes out next year and has an air of portability, the 3DS could continue as a platform for niche games that don't need fancy production values and desire lower development costs.

The Vita will likely live on as a niche console, supported primarily by Japanese publishers and indies. I see several upcoming games that will release variants for both PS4 and Vita, plus the handheld nature and lower development costs of the Vita over the PS4 makes them popular in Japan amongst its relatively small but dedicated market. I mysself have seen my Vita game collection grow faster this past year than for any other system.

But yeah, I think the 3DS and Vita have a few more years left but I think they will likely be the last dedicated portable systems. Sony will unlikely make a direct Vita replacement whilst Nintendo may go for a hybrid or in an all new direction.

One can only imagine at this point.



FX102A commented on Nintendo Download: 6th August (Europe):

Pretty standard for a summer release. I expect few big releases over August. Well at least more time to go outside and enjoy the few bouts of good weather or work through that backlog!



FX102A commented on Freedom Planet is Speeding Onto the Wii U Soon:

That boss fight pictured was probably my favourite in the game with one of the best background music pieces in the game.

Can anyone say Force 7 from Gunstar Heroes?

In fact there are loads of little Nods to Treasure and its earlier creations.



FX102A commented on Video: We Get To Grips With F-Zero Inspired Ne...:

I tried Lifespeed out at London MCM and was pleasantly surprised by it (even though I managed to glitch out of the track, though it was an warly build so I basically ended up being a Tester!)

Hipe to pick it up on release. It definetely felt like a sort of Starfox racer as you could move in multiple directions yet you were constantly moving forward (though you can accelerate & decelerate) plus use boost rings.



FX102A commented on Tomonobu Itagaki Outlines His Goals With Devil...:

Gotta commend thw guy for his determination. Still on the wall but leaning towards a buy due to curiosity. May wait for some reviews but I'll be reading a broad number from all types of sites and even then I plan to let myself be the final judge.



FX102A commented on Mario Kart 8 Soundtrack CD Club Nintendo Rewar...:

Been waiting for this so order is in. Wonder if they include the DLC themes? (Want that Big Blue remix).

Hopefully there'll be no more OST's as I had 5900 stars prior to this transaction and 3000 Stars tends to be the standard (though I think Kirby had a "price drop").



FX102A commented on Mario Kart 8 Soundtrack CD Club Nintendo Rewar...:

@Alundra-1998 So did I, except one came with a crushed case and the other crushed case AND disc. They replaced one whilst I need to acquire a replacement CD case for the other.

Unfortunately they still sometimes have a tendency to send CD's in those thin cardboard envelopes with no protection.



FX102A commented on Nintendo Download: 30th July (Europe):

@brandonbwii Basically took the words it of my mouth. I mean do we even need an amazing content filled update every week? Have people seriously finished the games they currently have that they desperately need one this week.

I'm actually glad its a week weak as it means I save money and can work on my backlog; also I can push back the need to buy an external HD.



FX102A commented on Players Reached Splatoon's Level Cap So Fast T...:

Around Level 11-12 I think I am, but I doubt I'll go much higher. Its a great game but I guess I've just readfirmed my realisation that I just don't enjoy online multiplayer games much due to their repetitive nature. I may dive in for the odd few matches but its like 4-6 matches and then I'm good for the next month.



FX102A commented on Yoshi's Woolly World Cuddles Up to Fourth Spot...:

Whilst I love Wooly World, the fact that you can repeatedly flutter jump rather than just once before you have to return to terra firma annoys me as it can take away the challenge. I was practically able to fly horizontally at one point, albeit slowly.

Though I won't deny its undeniable charm and adorable design.



FX102A commented on Nintendo Download: 2nd June (Europe):

Hmm, tempted by Karous but reciew kinda dissuades me.

Want Attack on Titan but can't pay that amount for a digital only title, no matter how niche. Will grab it when on sale.

May pick up Phoenix Wright.

All this talk about Bootleg Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon has me worried. Bought mine as a 2nd hand EU copy from my friends' store for a tenner. Will check when I get home.



FX102A commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U eShop Games of 2015...:

Kickstarted Mighty No. 9 but will be getting PC & Vita copies; will buy physical Wii U copy.

Already own Freedom Planet on PC but getting it again cos I love it so much. Hope it eventually gets the planned DLC.

Fast Racing lioks cool but I've never been good at racing games so I'll keep an eye on it.

A few others interest me but will depend on price.



FX102A commented on Review: Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U):

Its gonna be tough, I have the limited edition with the woolly amiibo on order for a friend, whist I'm getting the standard one to avoid the USK logo; plus I want to call it quits on amiibos.

Bit it all looks so cuddly!!!

I just don't know whether to buy now or wait till next month as I've already spent a fair bit this month.



FX102A commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Attempts To Explain Why Zelda...:

Thats all good Reggie, now lenme explain how E3 works in the real world. It is basically Christmas time for gamers, the one time we can have tonnes of amazong new stuff dangled before our eyes no matter how long we have to wait. It generates hype and chatter, which if done correctly can act as advertising, word spreading and an almost obsession to obtain such games upon release, which translates into higher net profits for the console manufacturers, publishers and retailers.

You had so many guns in your arsenal and yet you chose to leave them at home.

Yes, Nintendo marches to its own drumbeat; but when the beat is out of tune or your fans are not liking the music, you probably have to stop and march to a different tune.



FX102A commented on Talking Point: Metroid Prime: Federation Force...:

The "fans" reaction is without a doubt overblown but some of the blame lies with Nintendo. I mean seriously, SOMEONE during the E3 planning committe must have raised their hand and said "based on what's being discussed on the internet, don't you think we stand pissing off more fans by revealing this now? They expect more from us. Shouldn't we wait for a Mini Direct perhaps?"

Personally, I feel as if Nintendo chose poorly in what to show off during the event, what to concentrate on, what order to reveal everything and what to skip on. Project Zero should have had its trailer and some discussion, Devil's Third should have had a quick look. Maybe a bit more on Xenoblade. We DID NOT need a long look at the history behind Yoshi's woolly look (no offense to the lady who inspired it but there is such a thing as a proper time & place).

Obviously a counter argument is that Nintendo merely lacked alternatives to show but it could have done so much more to make it better with some retweaking and more information. Even an Indie game montage would have helped; give the little guys some exposure and all. Or even a blunt explanation that this year will be a little brief on new content due to a major shift planned in 2016.

Yes, Nintendo marches to its own beat. Yes, Nintendo's fans can be a fickle bunch. Yes, sometimes gamers do not actually know what they want until its given to them; otherwise we'd have the same old stuff. But at this rate, I'm starting to wonder if Nintendo knows its own fanbase because if I had previewed this event, I could have foreseen the fan reaction a continent away. The fact that Nintendo itself didn't is somewhat worrying.



FX102A commented on Bloodstained Is Officially Kickstarter's Most ...:

I want to back it, but pay day is not till Monday and its been an expensive month.

I wanted the Dark Grimoire version but $50 extra for just the art book?! Maybe I'll go for the Alchemist's Treasure as it at least includes the Soundtrack CD.



FX102A commented on Video: Latest Teens React Episode Proves Age H...:

Ironically this was the first game I ever completed, well its European release Probotector. I just loved that game.

Oh and I never knew about the Konami code.

TBH probably my best gaming achievement, loved being called a "Hero" at the end. As an 8-year ild it really hit home.



FX102A commented on Poll: We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do ...:

Ironically, yesterday I made the decision to call quits on amiibo. Its gotten to the point here in the UK that shops are now taking advantage of it with price increases. My intention had been just to stick to 4 main series: Fire Emblem, Kid Icarus, Metroid & Legend of Zelda (with the odd outsider like Mega Man).

However, this month's wave of 4 are all part of the ones I planned to collect and whilst I have preorders with ShopTo, they raised the prices to £14.86, basically costing me £60. Despite I can afford it, I just can't warrant this purchase any more, especially as I barely use amiibo (which I am seeing more and more being used as physical keys for on-disc DLC like on Splatoon). I just don't think the figure quality warrants a £15 charge (which has since gone up to £20 on ShopTo!!! Although my preorder price still stands.) Still, with me having completionist tendencies in collections, to cancel three of these orders would force me to have to get rid of all my Zelda & Kid Icarus amiibos. Plus with Zelda U round the corner, you can bet they will be used.

Anyways, end of rant. In short, they had potential but Nintendo are using them all wrong. At the very least they should have offered cards or even DLC as alternatives, I mean what if you want the unlockable but its not worth the price or you don't want the figure?



FX102A commented on Splatoon Grabs Second Place in UK Chart Début:

The UK is probably one of Nintendo of Europe's toughest market (I swear so many people here have fears regarding their masculinity) so to make it just behind a behemoth like The Witcher 3 is no small feat.

Whilst I agree the game is a bit shy on content at the moment hopefully the free updates will come soon and it's still loads of fun (I usually despise multiplayer but here I couldn't stop playing just to buy more gear). I wonder if there may be a resurgence of sales once those updates are out (though considering it was technically a budget release in the UK I feel many would have just taken the plunge regardless).

On a side note, a friend of mine suggested that the way the game works, he wondered if it may have originally been considered as a Free to Play game. After trying it out for myself, I'm almost inclined to agree; just glad they didn't go that way.



FX102A commented on Nintendo Download: 4th June (Europe):

I hope to order Lord of Magna from the U.S (I have an original US 3DS and hope to buy a U.S. New 3DS XL in the future).

If it goes on sale for half price in the future I may pick it up.

Considering Marvelous are doing the Senran Kagura 2 copies on demand and taking money immediately, I wish they did the same for this. I'd gladly pay £40 for a hard copy.



FX102A commented on Monster Hunter X (Cross) Confirmed for Japanes...:

I'm starting to see a trend of rapid franchise releases in Japan, something I'm not too keen on. Then again, we in the West aren't innocent with out remasterings, director's cuts, Game of the Year editions (even if it probably won no such award, looking at you Lords of the Fallen!)

How long ago did MH4 originally release in Japan in its original form?



FX102A commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

I almost exclusively buy physical unless it's for games I would have only rented just to play then once and they are a cheap sale price.

Besides, personally I think we're more likely to "loose" digital games due to servers shutting down than disc rot.



FX102A commented on Exclusive: eShop Publishers Are Dropping Relea...:

If this results in the eradication of that awful USK logo then good. It's basically one of the reasons I'm not getting the special editions of Splatoon & Yoshi's Woolly World as the covers look fugly and totally spoilt by them!



FX102A commented on Feature: A Nintendo Fan's Guide to E3 2015:

Oh I forgot to add to the "Wishful Thinking Section" that Nintendo buys the rights to Mega Man off Capcom and begins with Megaman X9 and resurrecting Mega Man Legends 3 (with re-releases of Mega Man Legends 1 & 2). Oh and perhaps does a deal with Inticreates to work on a new Mega Man game in the guise of the Zero & ZX titles (After Azure Striker Gunvolt 2).



FX102A commented on Feature: A Nintendo Fan's Guide to E3 2015:

Ok, let's divide them up:

Likely Announcements:

More Amiibo
Splatoon Update with DLC
Mario Maker
More Smash Bros Content
SMT x Fire Emblem
More Zelda U Info
Star Fox U
That Giant Robot Game
Xenoblade Chronicles Localisation
Fire Emblem If
Devils Third

Mildly Possible:

Metroid U
Animal Crossing U
Some Dragon Quest or Bravely Second info
Rides the Sky Soldier

Wishful thinking:

New F-Zero
Vanquish 2
Valkyria Chronicles Trilogy
New Platinum Games Exclusive IP
New Final Fantasy game for Wii U & 3DS that interact
The Wonderful 102
Sonic Adventure 3 (with direct input from Nintendo)
New 1080 Snowboarding Digital title
Mario Kart Hyperdrive (F-Zero style MK)
Metroid Dread



FX102A commented on Nintendo Download: 14th May (Europe):

Whilst I would love to have all 4 MMZ games on the Wii U, owning the original GBA cartridges and the DS collection means I'll probably wait for a sale.

Plus I'm already running low on space and I'm not sure I have any sockets left for a hard drive.



FX102A commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning F...:

I don't mind the return of challenges but UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES do I want to see the "get in top 1000" to win a prize challenges. Some of us simply don't want to invest immense amounts of time to reach such a high level or we may be unable or simply don't feel like playing at the time the challenge is taking place. I have seen these mechanics appear in other games and the merely destroy the appeal I have for them as I do not wish to be told when I should play a game.

Make them unlockable for everyone as long as they have either the funds or the opportunity in challenges that you can take on at any time of your pleasing.



FX102A commented on Tales of More Wave Four Super Smash Bros. amii...:

Yikes, guess I should call myself lucky that my Lucina & Robin arrived today from ShopTo. And they were from the second preorder period.

I just hope the next 4 come through.

I also hope there are no more Amiibos I want as being a fan of them is just too frustrating and involves too much risk taking.

I wonder when Shulk will reappear.



FX102A commented on Review: Yoshi's Island DS (Wii U eShop / DS):

I had the same issue with when it released on the DS. Overall it was a very good and fun game but it just felt kind of "meh" in the end; I've seen it all before.

Plus I'm sure they changed that awesome jungle theme from World 3 in the SNES game. I loved that world and music!