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Wed 28th Aug 2013

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JAG1981 commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

I've owned a Wii U since day one and have loved the system ever since. It clearly has had it troubles but personally I can look at some bright sides to the Wii U's past and even it's future.
While I would have liked to have seen more 3rd party support for the system I still have to fault the developers for the "lack of sales" on the Wii U. The constant delays to launch a game on Wii U compared to other systems and to take out so much content was getting ridiculous. An example I'll use is Watchdogs. So much hype and it came out for the other systems to the reaction of "meh" then Wii U owners wait an additional 6 months. If we hear the game is not good on other systems... what makes a developer think that we will buy it.
One thing I will say is good about the "lack of games" is that at least the first party games that come out are amazing, and they are ones that I'm constantly playing over and over again. I don't have an problem with that cause if I only have to buy a few games a year and they keep me entertained for an extended period of time then I'm fine with that. I play them cause I want to play them.
There is definitely one big positive that Nintendo can take away from the Wii U's lifecycle. That positive is that Nintendo alone can support a console almost single handily for several years. Think about that for a second, if the Wii U had all the AAA titles and all the third party support and the XBox One or PS4 had to rely on just the first party titles for as long as Nintendo has had to do, would either of those systems still be around? NO! Neither Sony or Microsoft have the overall quality of first party games released that would allow the system to survive. Those two live and die on third party support. Don't get me wrong, Nintendo needed/needs that support too but they have the characters, and the games to allow the Wii U to survive for the past two years on mainly first party games. So in the end they should be very proud of what those people have done.
As for the NX, regardless of its overall system power, or what (if any) "gimmick" Nintendo puts into it I know I will get one (Day one as long as I have the cash) Why? Same reason I bought a Wii U, and the Wii, and the Gamecube etc. I want to play those great Nintendo games in the future and it will be the only place I can do that. Hopefully third party support will be better so that I can use it for more, but time will tell. I still believe it should be a holiday 2017 release, anything earlier and they might lose some sales because people will think it's too soon.



JAG1981 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Approach to amiibo is In...:

I currently have mixed feelings on Amiibos. On one hand I love them because there are characters that you would never see an action figure of that you can now collect, display and own. I also have no issue with what they do in the games they work in. Granted I would prefer more features or a Skylander/Infinity type action game but I know that is a long shot.
One of my biggest issues with Amiibo's (aside from the stock issues) are the ridiculous die hard collectors. I'm not talking about the people who want to collect them, it's the ones that go way overboard for them. I work retail and sell Amiibos so everyday I have to deal with phone calls and people coming everyday asking for the same ones. I wouldn't necessary have a problem with it but the ones they want are ones I know they already have. The store I work at has a limit of 1 type per customer and these are people who will bring their entire family and 5-10 friends so that they each buy the same character so that the main individual can sell them online. I've seen these messages on facebook groups and reddit and I recognize these people so I know its happening. What makes this worse is some of these people have told me to my face that they love the policy cause they hate scalpers. They tell me this and then I see they are selling the character for over $100 online, what a bunch of hypocrites. If everyone just bought one for themselves (I don't care if you open it or not) then the stock issues wouldn't be as bad as they are now.
Part of me can see Nintendo's original issue when they allocated stock with Wave 1 and even Wave 2. They don't want to make too many because if they ended up not selling like crazy stores would be stuck with tons of figures that no one wanted. I makes sense to mass produce Mario and Luigi figures because those are main characters. But outside of collection completionists and maybe a few others some characters wouldn't sell. If stock was not a problem and you went into a store just to buy an Amiibo, if you weren't collecting every single one would you really want a Wii Fit Trainer over a Mario. The answer is probably no. Now people want one to finish their collection or because they know they can get more for it selling it online.
But now their really isn't much excuse for Nintendo to have ongoing stock issues for the newer waves. Now that they know how quickly these sell when a new wave is produced they should automatically increase the production numbers.
I still plan on getting a few more Amiibo's for my own collection but I am passed trying to get them all (the last wave the only one I wanted was Pac-Man). There are just too many for me to afford. But as long as I can get the few that I want I will be happy, If I can't get them I not going to go crazy trying to find them. Sorry for the long rant but I deal with these things everyday so I had a decent amount to say



JAG1981 commented on Video: Use Your amibo Figures Without Removing...:

I understand why Nintendo put that piece of foil in the package. In some cases you only ever have to tap the Amiibo once to unlock the reward (Mariokart 8). Placing that piece of foil was their way to ensure people who bought them kept them, its not a move to anger collectors but a move to make sure they sell their product and not all Amiibos are returned to stores and sitting on store shelves forever.
Now lets talk about collectors themselves. I am one but the overall obsessions some have with "unopened" stuff is crazy. With something like a star wars action figure I'm not going to "play" with them and they look really nice hanging on my wall. With Amiibos I want to collect them all but also want to use them so any I buy I open and have on display on a shelf. For those who say "once their opened they loose their value" I respond by saying a true collector doesn't care. if I was buying them to resell them at a later date then I'm not a collector, I'm a reseller. I plan to keep these forever so I'm going to enjoy them and don't care what the value is. Plus things are so mass produced now that in many cases there are millions of them out there and the long term value is nothing. Things from the 70's were not produced on the scale they are now thats why they became valuable.
Sorry for the long comment but had to get that off my shoulders



JAG1981 commented on Nintendo Might Not Be Making More GameCube Con...:

I highly doubt Nintendo isn't making more. The demand for the item is way too high for them to ignore. Also for me, I work retail selling all these fantastic Nintendo products (not at EB Games) and I've had many customers come from EB stores and ask me a question that EB had either made up or was just wrong. One of the biggest lately to give you an example is a few customers were told that Wii U isn't backwards compatible but Playstation 4 would play PS3 and PS2 games. I mean wow, how can I trust any information from a store where some of their people don't know the basics. Until I hear official word from Nintendo on this I won't believe it or any info from EB Games Canada



JAG1981 commented on Gallery: A Closer Look At 13 amiibo Toys:

For anyone who is a collector (like me) and wants one to use and one to keep mint in package keep in mind theses use similar technology that Infinity and Skylanders use. In both cases the chip in the character is detectable thru the packaging so you should be able to use them without opening them. Also there will more than likely be a way to reset the character to 0 if you ever wanted to. Hope this thru package reading works on these, then I only need one set of them



JAG1981 commented on Walmart Goes Early With the Link Between World...:

I see this at WalMart all the time. I've even told them they have street dated product out early and their associates don't care. I work retail selling games and nothing ever goes out until the street date hits. If it's on the sales floor, you cannot refuse to sell it to a customer cause they are seeing it. Many customers don't know street dates and don't care about them either. Plus when these items arrive in store they ALWAYS have a label telling the street date and that label says "DO NOT PLACE ON SALES FLOOR" Sometimes its worded differently but the meaning is the same. Plus when they do this kind of stuff it makes my job harder because customers tell me "Well (insert retailer name here) is already selling it so you can too" and I have to explain that I can't... its annoying.



JAG1981 commented on Say What You Will About Nabbit, But He's Helpe...:

This is what gaming is all about. Having fun times with friends and family and enjoying the experience, its not about graphics, or the power of the system but about the gameplay. That video showed this whole family having fun and the girl looked so happy at the end of the level. Nintendo should consider this one story as mission accomplished for the goals of the system.

Jennifer, your an awesome player! Keep on gaming