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Tue 18th Sep 2012

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MagicBox commented on Nintendo Confirms Super Mario amiibo - Gold Ed...:

I still haven't even seen most of **Wave 2** in person yet, let alone being able to buy them. I'm starting to wonder if they ever really existed. It's a good thing I'm not interested in the gold/silver editions.

If I can't just casually walk into a store, pick up figures, compare paint-jobs, and casually walk to the check-out line, then I'm not interested. "Hunt The Amiibo" is one game being released by Nintendo that I have no interest in playing.



MagicBox commented on Controversy Arises at U.S. Pokémon Nationals ...:

@torotoid64 "I have no problem with illegal Pokemon in competitive play why spend forever slaving away to get a decent Pokemon when you would just get one in a instant?"

Because it devalues the hard work of the people who actually did it the right way. Breeding an awesome monster in these games takes forever. Like, hours and hours. If you put in that much time and dedication, then you deserve those perfect stats. And yeah, I know. Insert "ain't nobody got time for that" meme here. And if you don't have the time for it, that's okay. It's a crazy undertaking. That still doesn't mean you can reap the benefits of something you didn't do.

I'm not really referring to you when I say "you," by the way. The rant above isn't directed to you, don't worry. I'm just talking about the people who do, for some reason, cheat at these games.

That said, I don't really think this guy should be penalized too harshly. The only thing wrong with his monster was the design of the ball, so I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he unknowingly used a hacked monster to breed it. That could happen to anyone. All of the Pokémon I've gotten via Wonder Trade are just sitting in my PC Box because I'm worried about accidentally using a hacked one in battle.

I just wish people would play the game properly in the first place. It all comes from slackers trying to get something for nothing.



MagicBox commented on Pokémon Center Online Store Returning to Nort...:

Aside from the Japanese blu-ray for "Pocket Monsters: The Origin," 100% of my Pokémon imports are the soundtrack CDs for the cartoon. I highly doubt these American stores will get anything like that, so I doubt this will replace Amazon Japan as my go-to Poké-store. Still, this will be really fun to browse for little things like plushies and such. Cool news.



MagicBox commented on Pokémon Orchestral Tour Premiering in August:

And just like that, this has rocketed to the top of my priorities list.

"Symphony Of The Goddesses" was such nerdy, dorky, geeky bliss. One of my favorite Nintendo experiences to date. I went with my girlfriend and a co-worker and we all had a great time. A lot of really nice people, really creative cosplayers, TONS of streetpasses, the whole shebang. And I've only been a Zelda fan for about eight years. I've been a Pokéfan for fifteen. If it comes to Atlanta, I'm sold.

Call me old-fashioned, but I hope we get a decent amount of classic Kanto music. I just can't get enough of it. Here's hoping we get a CD soundtrack release of some kind.



MagicBox commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Innovative E3 Approa...:

I can't say enough kind things about the Digital Event. It wasn't even the games (which were great); the presentation was what won me over.

This format is so much better than doing a press conference. No dry, awkward moments or hiccups in pacing. I get that some people love the press conferences because "anything can happen while it's live," but I just... don't like seeing things get messed up. It's awkward, it's not entertaining, and it stops the flow of information. What Nintendo did was pretty much everything I was hoping for. Following it up with the in-depth Treehouse streams was perfect; you've got constant coverage while not messing up the pacing and momentum of your main event.

The Digital Event was entertaining, funny, very informative, perfectly paced, and most importantly, it was SELF-AWARE. I hate it when company reps come onstage and it feels like they're talking in their own little bubble, completely unaware of the outside world (which was kinda the vibe I got from Sony's conference). The little Robot Chicken sketches gave them a perfect opportunity to address their most common criticisms ("Oh, great, another Mario game! What about Star Fox?!") while poking fun at those fans who are just never happy. How is it that the only conference not in front of a live audience managed to be the one that seemed to best understand its fanbase?

I think, even if you don't like Nintendo's franchises, one should still praise them for their presentation and focus. They came in, showed nothing but games, paced it perfectly, and got out. Never a dry moment, no boring statistics, no fluff. Just all business. I can't say that about any other press conference this year. I'd love it if the rest of the industry followed suit.



MagicBox commented on Reminder: Nintendo's Wi-Fi Service on Wii and ...:

This really didn't bother me until I remembered Dragon Quest IX. That's still on my "to-play" list. I've seen a lot of people these past few days saying that without wi-fi, they "might as well just sell their DQIX carts." Is the game really that reliant on the online features? How much of the game will I be able to play without them?

Also sad that I never got around to downloading all of those Professor Layton puzzles, but aside from that, I've had my fun. R.I.P. Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.



MagicBox commented on Satoru Iwata Announces 'Nintendo Figurine Plat...:

... Nintendo.

NINTENDO. Stop it. I have no shelf space left. It isn't fair to exploit my complete inability to resist these adorable little money-suckers. I only just caved on Disney Infinity a week ago. I've got a wife to feed, here!

Just wait, everyone. Soon they'll start doing it for Pokémon. The horror! Piles and piles of dead, empty wallets!



MagicBox commented on Rusty's Real Deal Baseball Has Some Interestin...:

I prefer the original version. I always thought that guy looked beyond creepy. Does the original character really look that Japanese? I honestly have a hard time seeing why any American or European would have a problem with him.

Changing the kid's hair color and opening his eyes are textbook examples of "changing for the sake of change." That's not a localization team's job. Just translate the material and only change something if absolutely necessary. This is abusing your power a tad.

But I'm afraid I couldn't care less about this game, so it's really only the principle of the thing that gets me.



MagicBox commented on Game Boy Advance Games On The Wii U Virtual Co...:

This really makes me appreciate companies like SEGA for going the extra mile on some of their Virtual Console releases and keeping certain features intact.

I guess I understand why Nintendo isn't bothering with it, even if I'm not happy. But still, you'd think that they would care about future-proofing these games now that we're in the digital distribution age. It'd be a waste if all these features were lost forever and these games were always sold as incomplete packages.



MagicBox commented on Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Warping To North Americ...:

I'm sorry if this point has been beaten to death already, but has any Nintendo branch (America, Europe, Japan) stated exactly why they chose the Game Boy Advance over, say, the Nintendo 64? More importantly, have they said anything about why these aren't coming to the 3DS? I prefer to keep my handheld games on handhelds and console games on consoles.

Don't get me wrong, I'm super excited for this news (and I happen to think that $7-$8 is fair). I'm just genuinely baffled.



MagicBox commented on Review: Inazuma Eleven (3DS eShop):

There's really no way to say this without sounding picky, so I'll just say it.

All those different language options and they can't be bothered to give us the original Japanese audio track? As someone who was really, really looking forward to hearing Junko Takeuchi as the main character, I can't help but be disappointed. I'll still probably get this down the line because I really want to play it. But for right now, my backlog is so huge that I can afford to be a little selective over things like this.



MagicBox commented on Video: This Pokémon XY The Movie - The Cocoon...:

The contradiction concerning Brock's mother is dub-only. In the original Japanese version, Brock/Takeshi has two deadbeat parents who both abandoned him and his siblings. Perhaps the American writers thought that was too dark, so they killed off his mom, not expecting that the Japanese writers would actually bring the character back later. It's a problem with the dub, not the series itself.

The "it's been two years" lines and stuff like that might be dub-only as well; I can't remember.

As for the new movie, that's a pretty cool trailer. I'll definitely be importing the Japanese blu-ray like I did with the "Best Wishes!" movies and the "Origin" special.



MagicBox commented on Poll: Did You Pick Up Pokémon X, Pokémon Y o...:

I was tempted to get X because I like the color blue, but I decided on Y for two reasons. 1.) Everyone else seems to be getting X, so I'll have an easier time of being able to trade with it. 2.) I always get the "second version" (Blue, Silver, Leaf Green, Soul Silver, etc.) of these games, so I should keep up tradition.

My girlfriend'll get X so we can have both anyway.



MagicBox commented on Review: Tails Adventure (3DS eShop / Game Gear):

Very happy to finally own this outside of my GameCube compilations. For me, Tails Adventure is the Game Gear game, and it's easily the best of the GG Sonic games, even if it is a spin-off. I'm very glad to see the review turn out so good.

I'm really, really hoping we also get Tails' SkyPatrol. Sure, it's an import, but they had no trouble releasing it twice on the GameCube Sonic games. I might send SEGA an e-mail about that one.



MagicBox commented on Link's Awakening Turns 20 Years Old:

Some friends and I were at the "Symphony of the Goddesses" concert yesterday in Atlanta and they actually started things off with a "Link's Awakening" suite in honor of its 20th birthday! It was one of the highlights of the night.



MagicBox commented on New Tour Dates Emerge For The Legend of Zelda:...:

You'd have to empty the StreetPass queue pretty often to get over 160 by the end of the concert. So, I guess that means we're allowed to check our StreetPasses during the show? I would have figured this concert was more of a "keep your cell phones and 3DS handhelds in your pocket to prevent flashing lights" kind of event.



MagicBox commented on Mother 3 Fan Offers Nintendo Free Translation ...:

May I ask what you're basing that statement on, exactly? I can't speak for the quality of Mandelin's Mother 3 translation, but he does a lot of official, professional work for other video games and for anime licensed by FUNimation (Dragon Ball, One Piece, Case Closed, etc.). Having read a lot of his work, I can say that his translations are quite good.

Of course, it's unlikely that Nintendo will actually take him up on his offer, but I think they should at least take notice of what their fans are willing to do. They've got a professional translator bending over backwards and offering to not only tweak his translation any way they see fit, but to even re-translate the game altogether, and for free.



MagicBox commented on Mega Man Soundtracks Released on U.S. Capcom S...:

I'm baffled by some of the complaints. I mean, yeah, the music has been "available" for a long time, but this is the first domestic, legal release of these tunes. I'd rather pay for what I own (and so should everyone), so this is great news to me. I know that for certain fans, this gesture is “too little too late,” but I’d gladly pay $9 to support an official release of iconic music.

The only complaints I understand are those regarding the audio issues on the first two games' soundtracks, which there's really no excuse for. Capcom could and should have easily fixed that.



MagicBox commented on Interview: Meet Christopher Robin Miller - Voi...:

For the record, Sebastian Cabot never voiced Owl in "Winnie The Pooh," but he was the narrator for the original Pooh featurettes. I know that's only barely relevant to the interview, but I figured I'd mention it in case anyone was curious.

Anyway, I'm loving the voice actor interviews! These are always so fascinating to read.



MagicBox commented on Gunman Clive Soundtrack Goes On Sale:

Thanks for the heads-up about this! Gunman Clive's soundtrack isn't particularly mind-blowing or anything, but I really enjoyed a lot of the tracks and I'll gladly pay a dollar to support the developer and get some cool tunes in the process.

Already bought and downloaded. The whole thing went really smoothly.



MagicBox commented on Wii U Update Will Be Available Out Of The Box ...:

I'm wondering what this will mean for the system memory. If I've been following the news correctly, people have been saying that this big update takes up roughly 5 GB on the console, which takes a significant chunk out of the 32 GB version and depletes over half of the 8 GB version.

If Nintendo starts pre-installing the update so that it's available out-of-the-box, wouldn't that mean that they'd either have to 1.) store the data for the update someplace else, or b.) stop advertising that the Wii U versions have 32 and 8 GB respectively? Or am I missing something (which is entirely likely)?