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Mon 11th Feb 2013

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Kaboom commented on Super Stable 3DS Update Adds HOME Menu Layouts...:

I don't WANT you to sell me an external NFC device for my old 3DS, Nintendo of America.

I want you to sell me a standard-size New 3DS so, among a host of other reasons, I can use my amiibo without extra accessories.



Kaboom commented on Talking Point: It's Time for a Nintendo Direct...:

@renaryuugufan92 It's just one of many perks. A big one for me, actually. I'm tired of being tempted by new "limited editions" all the time, and I'd much rather buy ONE system that I can easily customize in different ways at my whim. Add on the fact that I find the original 3DS a bit cramped but the body and screen size of the XLs too big for comfort, and the standard-size New 3DS is the perfect option for me.

@IceClimbers Better idea: Nintendo releases the damn thing here like they've done for everywhere else, I actually DO purchase it because it's showing no signs of being replaced yet, and it remains the best and ideal version of the 3DS, kept for posterity even after the advent of its successor.



Kaboom commented on Club Nintendo in Japan is Full of Delightful T...:

Well of COURSE Japan's Club Nintendo rewards are better than North America's, even for the entire system's last hurrah. At this point I'm so used to it that I can't even get upset anymore.

(I really, REALLY want that SNES shirt and the Mario Kart 8 OST...)



Kaboom commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@Wolfgabe I'm doing nothing but spitting the truth. When they give me reason to think otherwise, I'll change my tune.

If they'd said something like, "due to marketing/stock issues, the standard size New 3DS will be releasing later," which would be an HONEST and totally acceptable answer, there'd be no problems, no ill will, and everything would be fine. I'd be annoyed and a little disappointed by the further wait, but I'd continue happily buying Nintendo stuff and counting myself as a loyal fan. I might have even bought an XL from them to tide me over.

But they're not doing that. They're giving roundabout answers which are vague at best, and at worst sum up to, "screw our fans, they're not worth the effort," all the while clearly shortchanging their market in a way unlike any other Nintendo branch. For that, they deserve every ounce of harsh criticism I'm giving them.



Kaboom commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@AirElephant As much as this would be considered a bad thing in most other contexts, I really, REALLY hope you're right. If Nintendo of America's just using some twisted marketing strategy and stalling the standard New 3DS's release, that's still better than not releasing it at all.

I'm not going to be tricked into giving them money for an XL in the meantime (I'll probably grab a USED one sooner or later, though), but as long as the standard size is released one way or another, I'll be cool with it.



Kaboom commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

There are no alternate "perspectives" to be heard or debated about, there are no excuses, and there are no reasons possibly good enough for what Nintendo of America is doing.

The XL outselling the smaller models is a worldwide trend. It happens everywhere. But EVERY other region's Nintendo branch STILL had enough basic respect for its market to offer them the same fair choice between the smaller and larger models. In those regions, if you're part of the relative minority who has good reason to want the smaller model, YOU CAN GET ONE. You have the ability to go to a store, purchase a standard New 3DS, do a system transfer, and use it to play your games from that same region.

Nintendo of America evidently cares so little for its "core audience" that it does not think they deserve that same ability, and they won't even offer a straightforward or honest answer about it. When concerns are expressed, they're met with generic email replies about "business decisions," form letters that gloss over the issue and include paper trinkets to try to placate us, and tools like Damon Baker saying that they were willing to piss off the loyal gamers who help keep them afloat because they're somehow working with a "different market."

I don't know exactly what they think that means, but the only thing more than marginally "different" I see about sales in North America compared to other regions is that we like collecting Amiibo a LOT more than anyone else ( If Nintendo of America doesn't think that, with a little marketing push, we'd go bananas for collecting faceplates too, then they're an even more incompetent and disconnected company than we've all previously thought, and that says a LOT.

Because that's what the real "bottom line" is. The reason Nintendo of America hasn't (yet) released or announced the standard New 3DS is because they're a crappy company. They have a crappy attitude towards their fans and consumers, or they have a crappy excuse for a marketing strategy, or they have a crappy grip on reality, or some mix of all three.

Well, regardless of the quality of their hardware and software, crappy companies don't get my business. The letters, emails, phone calls, tweets, Facebook posts, and personal boycott of Nintendo's systems and games will continue until Nintendo of America owns up to their mistake. The day they announce the standard New 3DS is the day I start supporting them again.



Kaboom commented on Interview: Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop...:

"The core audience... we weren't going to win with them on that decision. But we had to think about expanding the user base, we had to be able to market it and make it easy to pick up for consumers."

You want to win over the "core audience" when it comes to the New 3DS, Mr. Baker? Here's an easy solution, free of charge.


You don't even have to confuse the poor, unintelligent American sheeple by putting it in physical stores. Just sell it to us directly online, as an OEM-style thing. We'll import our faceplates and accessories if we have to. But your company's asinine region-locking policies prevent us from enjoying our games on a standard New 3DS any other way.

I swear, everyone in charge at Nintendo of America must be smoking something really potent. It's just one pants-on-head stupid decision after another with this branch.



Kaboom commented on Reaction: Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reve...:

The lack of the non-XL New 3DS brought the Nintendo Direct down to a solid fly-covered F, when it would have otherwise been a B+.

You don't take a steaming dump on your market like that and expect them to like it.



Kaboom commented on Super Smash Bros. on 3DS Lacks Circle Pad Supp...:

To this day I've yet to have any need for a Circle Pad Pro, so I'm not particularly disappointed that Smash Bros won't support it. But it's still nice to know WHY that's the case, and this is certainly a good enough reason.



Kaboom commented on Talking Point: The Logic Behind Game Boy Advan...:

What SHOULD be happening with GBA Virtual Console games is that Nintendo should be bringing them to both the Wii U AND the 3DS simultaneously as part of introducing a proper cross-buy system.

But that would make too much sense and make too many people happy. So obviously Nintendo's not going to realize they should be doing it.

Nintendo, you make AWESOME games, but really awful decisions sometimes.



Kaboom commented on Nintendo Download: 28th November (North America):

Already planned to grab me some Space Harrier, and I think I'll indulge in another Ninja Gaiden game to suck at while I'm at it.

Kind of wondering if that ETA of "later this month" still stands for the YouTube app, though...



Kaboom commented on EA Outlines Its Reasons for Lack of Wii U Support:

Is it just me, or are developers like EA here almost trying to convince everyone the Wii U isn't worthwhile by not developing games for it in the first place? The Wii U is being singled out for no good reason, as if these companies WANT it to fail and are trying to handcraft a situation where that happens.



Kaboom commented on Nintendo Download: 23rd May (North America):

Niente for me this time around. Holding out for Zelda next week. If Kirby's Dream Land 2 were coming out today or something, then I may have squeezed a few bucks out of my reserve...



Kaboom commented on Nintendo Download: 7th March 2013 (North America):

Anyone who doesn't already have Sakura Samurai needs to get it NOW.

I'll be getting Nano Assault eventually, but right now I'm saving my eShop cash for when Mutant Mudds has its turn going on sale later this month. So this week it's just that Pokémon Mystery Dungeon demo for me.



Kaboom commented on Talking Point: The Emergence of "Niche" Japane...:

"Niche" Japanese titles getting Western attention are nice and all, but what about some of the bigger series that already have an audience in both the East and West? I'll be over here waiting for Dragon Quest announcements.