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Sun 16th March, 2008

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Mario_maniac commented on Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo C...:

@Samurairu Well, yeah, kinda. I wouldn't judge a fan of something based on age or financial status, nor do I see it as acceptable practice for someone to take things people line up for to make a profit. Shutting down a kid like that is awful and suggesting that he may have deserved to miss out is just as bad.

I attended one queue when wave 3 launched in Australia, and there was a mother and son waiting alongside maybe another 5 of us. The staff had the amiibos behind the counter, and a line formed. The first guy asked for 2 of each (making a few of us groan — there were literally only 2 of Shulk). I walked out and found them elsewhere, but I saw the mum dragging her son around the wrong section in the media department, looking frantically. I asked if they were after amiibos and she confirmed. The boys eyes were wide and excited, but given the line, I told them to get out of there and go to the nearby Target before the others did. I don't know if they did, but I was right in leaving — there was only one other person in Target and plenty of stock to go around.

I really do hope stores start enforcing stricter rules. That Target manager is just corrupt.



Mario_maniac commented on Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profi...:

@MadAdam81 Well, that shut me up. :P That's interesting to think that DK has different generations adventuring with the gang. I guess it's plausible that Baby DK is like a retcon of DK Jr., or (more likely) grew up to become the current DK's father. Either way I'm totally confused now haha.



Mario_maniac commented on Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profi...:

@3DSLUIGI An argument on your side is that both Mario and Baby Mario were featured in the same game too.

I'm not saying it is and I'm not saying it isn't, because Nintendo themselves never discuss it. But if there's a 3rd generation DK now (as suggested earlier) with Baby DK, and that 3rd generation DK is the star of the new DKC games, then what happened to Diddy and Dixie and Funky from the original DKC games? Surely the "aging" rule wouldn't be limited to just DK, and they wouldn't just vanish.

And I have a hard time believing Baby DK is Cranky Kong. Apart from the baby appearing in that baseball game with DK and not Cranky (and the rest of the babies having their adult selves too), Nintendo would want to be showing off Baby DK as the young version of the current one, since that's the one kids know and love. So where does that leave Junior?



Mario_maniac commented on Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profi...:

@MadAdam81 I looked at the relevant trophies on both Brawl and Melee, and there's nothing there about Cranky being a father or grandfather to, or even being the original DK. As for Wiki sites, I'll believe them when they add official sources. To think any Wiki has relevancy to an argument without a source is a joke.

All I'm saying is, there are people who are so certain that DK isn't the one from the arcade, when it was pretty much something hinted at decades ago by a company that had creative freedom over the series. We won't know for certain until someone asks Miyamoto.



Mario_maniac commented on Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profi...:

I don't see DK Jr. as the current DK, despite what Cranky alluded to back then. The whole thing's a big mess really, with Baby DK being brought into the franchise. Would that make him the baby version of Cranky? I can't imagine Nintendo prioritising Cranky's background over the "current" DK. Would be nice to hear from Miyamoto about it, like how he stated the Koopalings weren't Bowser's kids.

(That said, I'm not denying that was the concept Rare was going for back then. Just that I think Nintendo dumped the idea.)



Mario_maniac commented on LostWinds Now Available For Wii to Wii U Transfer:

@ToxieDogg You can create a new NNID and set that to Australia, I do the same to access the UK Wii Shop Channel and it's how I transferred a few Europe-only WiiWare titles over — even after the new NNID rules came into place.

Just remember that when you select the Australian NNID you also have to set the region of the console in Settings to Australia as well, otherwise you'll just get error codes when you try to go online. Hope this helps you get Axelay on your Wii U!

Edit: And yes, you can switch the regions back again after, no worries. Make sure you have no credit on your Wii Shop Channel account before doing all this though, or you'll lose it during the change. The Wii U eShop is unaffected by the process, but I'm unsure if it will be affected if you try to access it before you change the region back.



Mario_maniac commented on LostWinds Now Available For Wii to Wii U Transfer:

Like @Sonic_Phantom, I've downloaded the update but still can't do the transfer. LostWinds shows up in the list of software that can't be brought over and sends me back to the Wii Menu, since there's apparently nothing I can bring over at all.

I'm in Australia, btw, but since I downloaded the update and everything I don't see why I'd be having an issue with it.



Mario_maniac commented on Club Nintendo Adds Some Awesome Premium Mario ...:

Having looked at an unboxing video, they're undeniably pretty. But I'm not spending 2000 stars on them when Nintendo Australia has been kinda promising with CN lately, and I already have the Mario Party 8 playing cards. I'm still annoyed that I got the Paper Mario notepads before the Luigi statue was announced.



Mario_maniac commented on Mario's Iconic Hat Is Now Available From Club ...:

I already have Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and Toad plush hats. Even though this one looks a bit nicer, I'm not interested.

Kinda wish I didn't get all the crap I did from CN back when I thought we'd never get anything decent, and waited for the diorama. At least I got the medallion, that'll be a collector's item for sure.



Mario_maniac commented on Final Fantasy VI On Android Is Pricey and Look...:

Aren't these new sprites following the trend of the PSP remakes? Or has there been some stylistic change from those remakes that I can't spot? (Legit question, I haven't played the others in yonks.)

Nobody complained about the sprites on the other remakes, most people loved them. Rose-tinted glasses for VI, I think.



Mario_maniac commented on Rumour: Could This Contra III Image Mean That ...:

@WYLD-WOO I don't think I understand what you're saying. Are you saying that it's a SNES title so they need to put the logo there? I knew that already. I'm saying they went out of their way to make a template featuring the SNES logo superimposed over the 3DS. The "Wii U" in the bottom right does complicate it but it seems silly to make a template like that if SNES games weren't coming.



Mario_maniac commented on New Nintendo Selects Titles Coming to Australi...:

@SKTTR Australians could buy the two-in-one disc separately in addition to the bundle #21 mentioned. Off the top of my head I think it was already $49 AUS. Wii Sports could also be bought by itself for $29.95.

Other regions, I'm unsure, but the Aus copy would work on any PAL console.



Mario_maniac commented on Yoshi's Cookie to Be Removed From European Wii...:

It's sad that games are being pulled down from the store, but weren't a few restored just recently? That's gotta give some hope.

Regardless, I already downloaded this one during the Ambassador promotion so I'll make sure to give it some lovin' at some stage.



Mario_maniac commented on Alarm Raised After Tekken Producer Goes AWOL, ...:

If it was a publicity stunt, it would be pretty disgusting. People go missing all the time and that's not something to capitalise on.

I hope he's safe and well. Logging into Steam daily isn't the same comfort as just calling your office and telling them you're unwell.



Mario_maniac commented on Mario & Sonic eShop App Hits the UK:

@clubmini, if you want to access the app in Australia, change your region settings to somewhere in Europe (personally, I stick with England): you don't lose your funds like on the Wii; you just lose access to them until you switch back to Australia.



Mario_maniac commented on Nintendo Serves Up Mario Tennis History Infogr...:

@CowLaunch, the GBC version of the game had a whole bunch of extra characters from the story mode to play as. Can't remember the actual number, but I remember there being a fair few new humans introduced. Now I'm getting all nostalgic. :o

@Fonisto, that'd be because it actually was considered a sequel to the GBC game and served as a compliment to the GameCube version.



Mario_maniac commented on Japanese eShop Takes a Trip to Wario Land Next...:

"The game was rated by an Australian organisation, so hey, Europe and North America should see it soon!"

Sorry, I get the whole "dual release" thing with Virtual Console titles. But I just found it odd you didn't reference Australia or simply the PAL region, considering the source used was... well, Australian. :p Eh, nitpicking.



Mario_maniac commented on Nintendo Download: 13th May 2011 (Europe):

I'm unsure if you know this, but Axelay is available on the Australian and New Zealand server. (And it's the only VC game that's "exclusive" to us... hm.) If you change your region to one of these and have a credit/debit card to use, you can download it. :) It'll cost a bit more than usual due to the exchange rates, but it's a quick way for you to get it.



Mario_maniac commented on Takashi Iizuka Interested in Creating NiGHTS 3:

Those kids in the second game have creepy eyes. = / It was enjoyable though; this article's inspired me to start it again! I'd love to see NiGHTS appear in more games... it's definitely one of the more interesting videogame characters I've come across.