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Linguist. Musician. Adventurer.

Male, United Kingdom

Ex-The Economist. Ex-BBC. Ex-many things.

Wed 5th September, 2012

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FritzFrapp commented on Video: 90's Arcade Racer Is Still Alive, And H...:

Had to play it in Chrome on my Mac because the codec they've used for compression hates Firefox with a vengeance.
Watched it a couple of times and have to say I'm disappointed. Track design should be the number one concern in a racer and here it's looking like an afterthought, to be frank. Also, there are numerous glitches throughout the vid which makes me wonder how well the engine will hold up to more cars being on track. They need to fix that tyre smoke and some of the shadows too.
Hope they can sort these things out, but so far I'm cold on this one.



FritzFrapp commented on Feature: 20 Wii Games We'd Love To Download Fr...:

My Wii collection numbers three figures, so I'd like to see some of the games that never arrived in Pal Land. Too many to list, so I'll just throw a few out there:
Japan: Captain Rainbow and New Play Control Chibi-Robo!, Earth Seeker, SD Gundam: Scad Hammers, and Takt of Magic.
US: Excite Bots, Trauma Team, Data East Arcade Classics, Dragon's Lair Trilogy.



FritzFrapp commented on Review: Space Lift Danger Panic! (3DS eShop):

Seems like a cross between Missile Command and Game & Watch Parachute. Doesn't really do it for me, but there's worse on the eShop than this. Not too bad considering the price I suppose, but I like to see more originality.



FritzFrapp commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

Nintendo VIP 24:7 was the best. It may have taken literally months to receive the items in the post, but there were some great freebies (such as games and limited consoles), the exchange rates were good and just registering one Nintendo published game could give you free screensavers, wallpapers, iron-on t-shirt transfers and music.

It started to go downhill when it changed into Club Nintendo 5 years later—surveys... endless surveys, the end of free wallpapers/screensavers etc, a much worse exchange rate for stars, a less frequently restocked Stars Catalogue and the introduction of the dreaded expiry dates to pin codes. There have still been some occasional great items, particularly in the last couple of years, but not really comparing with the best that Nintendo VIP 24:7 had to offer.

I won't look forward to a totally digital replacement. Really hope there will still be some physical rewards.



FritzFrapp commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

Wonder if they'll keep your purchase history with the new scheme? Would be sad if it all gets reset. Just looking at my account I've earned approaching 100,000 stars since the UK Stars Catalogue began on May 3rd 2002 and purchased over 130 items. It may be wise to put them everything on a spreadsheet in case they wipe the lot.
Big shame to see the European Stars Catalogue finally go. Ours is the longest-running, even pre-dating the Japanese by 18 months. :'(



FritzFrapp commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

I won't be be surprised to see some really good stuff appear on the Star Catalogue as they empty the warehouse, just as everyone's points expire. Miss the days of the old Nintendo VIP when GameCube and GBA games would suddenly appear for 3500 to 4000 stars.



FritzFrapp commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

Not really a surprise—it's been on the cards for a while with drastically reduced expiration dates on pin codes within the last few months and Japan getting rid of Platinum and Gold ranks back in September.
I expect a new subscription service.



FritzFrapp commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a...:

If you are going to complain to a company, it is better to do it the old-fashioned way: by hand-written letter or telephone call. Preferably both. Be succinct, always polite, but clear in your grievance. Avoid getting angry if possible. Most importantly—keep complaining and encourage others to do so.

Some posters above have stated that Nintendo owes its customers nothing. While that may be true, it also follows that its customers owe Nintendo nothing either and the company may need that fact reasserted.



FritzFrapp commented on First Impressions: We're Really Feeling It Wit...:


They wanted a game to show off the extra oomph of the CPU in the new 3DS—and what better than one of the most highly regarded Wii games that had a limited run in the West?
Personally, I am happy for Monster Games that they are working on porting big titles, but am also disappointed that they don't appear to be developing their own games at the moment. I ADORED Excite Truck and would love to see them create another great racer. They are an excellent partner to Nintendo and hugely underrated in my opinion.



FritzFrapp commented on Nintendo of America Issues Non-Statement on th...:

You don't improve your customer base by limiting choice in this way. It seems that many announcements from NoA (and NCL) over the last few years have been either bittersweet, crass or with glaring omissions such as major games not localized for one territory, region-locking handhelds, still no unified accounts after 8 years, Reggie claiming that fan campaigns have no effect on the company(!), and, of course, this latest no-show of regular new 3DS.

If the company is so dismissive of positive externalities and the benefits that some of the above could bring, then I feel there needs to be a overhaul of management.

When a business makes poor decisions, the customer often takes their business elsewhere, as NoA have seen so much in the last few years.



FritzFrapp commented on New Nintendo 3DS Release Date Confirmed for 13...:

Cushty. Yeah, Game tweeted yesterday that they weren't stocking the Majora and advised to check out the official store. Then the game's official UK website appeared with this on it, so it looks pretty certain to be Nintendo Store exclusive:
You've done well, I'd say.



FritzFrapp commented on New Nintendo 3DS Pre-Orders Emerge at GameStop...:

For those in UK/Europe not interested in the Majora's and Monster Hunter Special Edition consoles, Zavvi have some pretty good bundles of the standard new 3DS and new XL, usually including either a charge cradle, a Majora's Mask retail copy or both—with discounts from RRP of up to £20. Worth a look, I reckon: