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Sun 16th March, 2008

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Mario_maniac commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:

I'm inclined to agree with both sides in the argument going on here. On one hand, amiibo do need their uses and it's good they're actively seeking ideas for it.

On the other, the stuff that impacts the games beyond an aesthetic — Link's spinner in Hyrule Warriors, pixel Toad in Captain Toad, co-op in this... well, I'm just saying that not everybody wants amiibo and it's a little unfair to ask consumers to buy them to see that sort of thing. I agree with whoever said above that Nintendo could offer that particular content (i.e not the Mario Kart costumes etc.) as paid eShop purchases while remaining "free" for amiibo supporters.

At the end of the day though, trading barbs with each other here is not conducive and being disrespectful to each other won't make your arguments heard any louder. We all have different thoughts towards what we want from our purchases and as such we all should have the right to say what we think about it without calling one party entitled and the other one sheep.



Mario_maniac commented on Double Dose Of Sin & Punishment Arrives On Nor...:

@BulbasaurusRex That's not how I see it. They could still (and would) charge for the update from Wii > Wii U even if the price was lower on the latter service. Did you see my comment earlier about how N64 games are AU$15 on Wii's Virtual Console and AU$13 on Wii U's Virtual Console? It's still another AU$2.60 to upgrade from Wii to Wii U in Australia, making it $17.60 for people who bought the game earlier compared to those who bought it just on Wii U.

So it'd be the latter case you mentioned happening, but the thing the complainers would need to keep in mind is that they've had the game for a longer time, and that the game was altered to specifically suit the service they downloaded it from. I'm not complaining about having to pay $4.60 more for Paper Mario, because I had all that time with it back on the Wii. There is no compelling argument I can see as to why Nintendo should be charging a premium for these games.



Mario_maniac commented on Double Dose Of Sin & Punishment Arrives On Nor...:

@EarthboundBenjy Ah, good call. But I mean, they've also altered games like when it came to the advertisements in Wave Race 64, and then there was the photo gallery feature in Pokémon Snap. They didn't charge any extra for those alterations, and keeping SMRPG politically correct by going over the dialogue shouldn't have come out of the customer's pockets either. But you're right when you suggest that they do care about their audiences when they do things like that.

It's hardly the worst thing in the world to pay a couple of bucks extra given the quality of the titles — I love Nintendo forever for bring SMRPG into my life back during the Wii days haha — but I think the whole premium-price thing is silly when they would otherwise charge the same amount for shallow experiences like NES Tennis and fuller games like Super Mario Bros. They seem to value their older games based on what regions they were released in moreso than the actual quality of the games, and that's my biggest issue with it all.



Mario_maniac commented on Double Dose Of Sin & Punishment Arrives On Nor...:

@Other_Dave That's strange. The prices are actually the opposite in Aus. They're AU$15/£6.93 on the Wii Virtual Console (1000 points), whereas on Wii U they're AU$13/£6.01.

So other than a small credit card fee for overseas transaction it'd probably be cheaper to buy those from the Australian eShop.



Mario_maniac commented on Double Dose Of Sin & Punishment Arrives On Nor...:

@BulbasaurusRex No, you don't get what I mean by how the translation was done years earlier. The localisation costs should have already been covered by the Wii Virtual Console release, which was fair when they charged another 200 points given they actually changed things within the game for the English VC release. There was no reason for them not to charge the usual N64 cost for the Wii U Virtual Console, though.

As for the other two... they weren't converted. They're still 60hz NTSC games that would run just as they would on any other emulator. So yes, I do think they could "snap their fingers" with those if you consider bringing over any other game snapping their fingers, given they didn't actually do anything with the "European language support" with those games. Not to mention we've gotten the 60hz versions of VC games recently without being charged a surplus for those.



Mario_maniac commented on Double Dose Of Sin & Punishment Arrives On Nor...:

Is there an excuse for charging a premium for the Wii U VC version of the first game beyond the fact it's an "import"? The translation work was already done years ago and it's not like it's a physical product here...

Not trying to stir the pot, it's a genuine question. It's like how I never understood why SMRPG and Earthbound cost more than regular VC games on European/Aussie services just because they weren't released there initially. It's still the same service and there was nothing about them unique to any other game you could download.



Mario_maniac commented on Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Director's Cut G...:

If the content isn't released as DLC — free or otherwise — I'm going to be really disappointed. I bought the game when it was first released and I'm not buying the disc version.

Actually, I was pretty disappointed that time they released the update like in the middle of the year and teased the Xmas content with the updated title screen... but nothing happened. No Xmas levels. They reverted it to the original screen eventually.



Mario_maniac commented on Video: Pokémon Gold & Silver Glitches Deliver...:

I'd love to try this, but the battery save in my copy of Gold died some time ago and I don't intend to get a replacement battery put in if that'll eventually die too.

I remember being blown away when I attempted the Mew glitch in Blue for a mate and it actually worked. People must be crazy or brilliant to find stuff like this.



Mario_maniac commented on Vote For The Next Character To Appear In Disne...:

I was thinking the same thing as above posters when I saw "Alice Kingsleigh". Was that even her name in the original, or did Burton take liberty with that? Liddell would've been more appropriate. Classic Alice and Queen of Hearts or bust. >: (

Not that I'm buying this either way.



Mario_maniac commented on The Animal Crossing amiibo Range is Bigger Tha...:

The moment I read "This writer" I knew it was a Thomas Whitehead article.

Anyhoo, I thought the eight amiibo were established not long after the game's announcement, even though it was just the first four initially announced. I also read recently that Isabelle and Digby will be the two included with retail copies.



Mario_maniac commented on Shovel Knight is Coming to Retail:

I'm taking their use of MEGATON in a couple of possible ways:

1. Google tells me Nintendo were known for their use of "megaton" announcements in the past. Which tbh seems the most likely reference here.
2. Volvagia was the boss of the Fire Temple, home of the Megaton Hammer. Dragons fit the Shovel Knight theme, and so would a potential "Hammer Knight". Scraping the barrel, but ideas are fun.

I actually pitched an idea recently to them and the guys were awesome enough to give a real, positive response to it. I wonder... >;D



Mario_maniac commented on Gold Mario amiibo Exclusive To Target Australi...:

I managed to score one when I had a feeling it'd be put up early. Orange is the New Black kept me company while I waited. All the negativity on Twitter makes me feel bad for the Target employees who'd be berated by annoyed customers.



Mario_maniac commented on More Club Nintendo Goodies Coming To The Europ...:

I'm bummed about the Toad light. I'd switch my Majora light (which isn't even due to arrive 'til July for me...) for that in a heartbeat. And that Luigi statue, I thought they were completely gone. Oh well. I'm hoping to at least get that coin, but I guess if I really want the stuff later then there's eBay.



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. 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.)