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Fri 2nd May, 2014

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Noelemahc commented on New Exploit Makes The 3DS Region Free Without ...:

@belmont There's also Devil Survivor for 3DS (its sequel may or may not be spared the same fate), another ATLUS-doesn't-care-for-Europe victim, and the only-recently-released Rune Factory 4.

@BLPs That was a problem in the DS era, yes, when people would import US releases and EU releases would get canned BECAUSE EU RELEASES WERE PLANNED WITH A HUGE DELAY.
In the any era, there's still a ton of Japanese games that don't ever get localized for reasons other than "no consumer interest" (such as Super Robot Taisen and its ilk, since there are huge licensing issues).



Noelemahc commented on Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Br...:

@davidevoid There's significant changes in the demon line-up between the two games, new skills and more New Game Plus options (at least if you compare the DS versions; Devil Survivor Overclocked gained most of these from DS2), you have tons more companions, the relationships with them operate on a stripped-down version of the Social Link system from Persona which provides gameplay bonuses on top of unlocking endings as you make friends.

Vanilla DS2 also had more endings than vanilla DS (the branchiness of the prior game only happened in Devil Survivor Overclocked; and Record Breaker tops that with the almost-as-long-as-the-original extra story).

But yeah, I wish they'd do more with the top screen. Both of the Devil Survivor games felt like GBA games that got lazy DS ports to begin with.



Noelemahc commented on Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Br...:

One of the best non-fantasy TRPGs on the DS with twice the length?
I sincerely hope its arrival in Europe won't be as brutal as either of its predecessors (Devil Survivor Overclocked was released in Europe a year and a half later than in USAica, and Devil Survivor 2 itself half a year AFTER THAT).



Noelemahc commented on Squeeze Begins on NINJHAX Homebrew Exploit in ...:

@BLPs They had no trouble blocking DS flashcarts with DSi and 3DS software updates, as well as playing cat-and-mouse with the Gateway for a while which now sees Gateway users having to fiddle with emulated NAND to play newer games.

I'm not cross with them for cutting out homebrew options. I'm cross with them for not letting me play SNES games WITHOUT relying on homebrew.



Noelemahc commented on Nintendo Download: 13th November (Europe):

@JoakimZ You could download the theme either via a button on the "you have purchased the game, hurrah" screen, OR you can go deep into the eShop app and check your purchase logs for the receipt, you'll find a download code there, which you put into the Theme Shop.



Noelemahc commented on Activision Retail Titles Are Coming To The Wii...:

Strongly recommend Rise of the Dark Spark. While its 8-to-10-hour-long not-replayable-at-all campaign is daylight robbery as a full-priced retail game, it can do well on the eShop at a third of that price.

Come on, it's the closest to an American-made Super Robot Wars we'll EVER get, and it's pretty good even if you're not an SRW or Transformers fan (though it does make you wonder how an SRW ABOUT TRANSFORMERS would look, especially since JAM Project, the longtime SRW-theme-song-makers, did several songs for Transformers EVO).



Noelemahc commented on Shin Megami Tensei IV Dated for 30th October i...:

@Jazzer94 The timeline is actually closer to what Shovel Knight has experienced: two to three months, and that's WITH doing the translations too.

It's just that Atlus is notoriously lenient in terms of getting its games published in Europe, preferring to let side publishers handle this as much as possible (hence Ghostlight being responsible for many of the SMT/Persona releases for our region in the past).



Noelemahc commented on Shin Megami Tensei IV Dated for 30th October i...:

@Jazzer94 Rating certification. To release a game for a Nintendo console for the Euro region, you have to get the game certified with ALL the rating boards covered by the PAL region. PEGI covers a good portion of Europe, but not all, as Russia, UK, Germany, Australia all have their own, each with their own list of allowed content that is banned in Amerikastan, and vice versa (for example, Germany has way stricter control in regard of graphic violence, but significantly looser restrictions on nudity, while Russia has restrictions (as in, steeper age ratings) for depictions of suicide and smoking)).

Hence the oddly censored EU release of Fire Emblem Awakening's DLCs, for example, as Nintendo didn't want to give the game a higher rating.



Noelemahc commented on Weirdness: Sony Fan Creates Petition In Hope O...:

This is hilarious if you remember that the previous generations also had a Smash Bros counterpart -> Dream Mix TV Fighters (the Konami/Hudson Smash Bros wannabe, featuring Optimus Prime, Solid Snake and Bomberman, among others) was on PS2 and GameCube.
One of the numerous Shrek games was a Smash Bros like game as well - and that even got to the EcksBocks.



Noelemahc commented on 3DS Homebrew Hacker Makes Progress on New Nint...:

@Kaze_Memaryu "Trying to use" and "possible to use" are slightly different things, though I get where you're coming from now.

I'm not in this for the junk, I'm waiting for the 1%, like Colors DS which was homebrew and resulted in Colors 3DS, the Nintendo-licensed app. Or Aperture Science, which is a technological marvel and, you know, a portable Portal.

Oh, and emulation of course, since I find Nintendo's efforts in VC rather unspirited.



Noelemahc commented on 3DS Homebrew Hacker Makes Progress on New Nint...:

@Kaze_Memaryu As I understand, there's a huge technical limitation to what you can actually do with this hack, and piracy isn't one of them (something about kernel access, IIRC?), Smealum repeats this ad nauseam.

And if you can't grasp the difference between gaming on the 3DS and on the PC, homebrew or otherwise, then I'm not entirely sure why you own one in the first place. Your counter-argument to 3DS homebrew seems to be "both can play games, why not play games on PC instead of 3DS?". Indeed, why.



Noelemahc commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

Blah. This sounds like blatant money siphoning now.
If they would'a made it region-free, then maybe. As it stands, I will regard it as any other new console purchase: until it has a dozen games worth owning that I can't get elsewhere.



Noelemahc commented on Nintendo Direct: New Nintendo 3DS Models Comin...:

@3dcaleb 1. Because normally Australia gets stuff after Europe gets stuff, and Europe gets stuff in 1 to 49 months after America does.
2. Test run to look at the demand, I suppose?
3. Australia is close to Japan. It's almost-Japan, in a way. Nega-Japan. Mirror-Japan?
4. Koalas.



Noelemahc commented on Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Har...:

I think the lost sales of games-that-could-have-been-importable far outweigh the earned sales of regionlocked consoles.

The only thing regionlocking DOES protect, is importing of games that WILL be released localized, but after a delay - except most of the people who import them end up buying the localized copy as well, at least among the people I know IRL.



Noelemahc commented on Sorry, Contrary to Rumours the New Nintendo 3D...:

@Azooooz There's the West and then there's the West. A crapton of games were released in Americas but not in Europe, and therefore are unavailable for Europe, most of Africa, most of the Middle East, non-Japanese-speaking Asia and Australia; despite having been released in English (and, in a few cases, French and Spanish).




Noelemahc commented on Shin Megami Tensei IV's European Release Pushe...:

@AndymanMessiah Devil Survivor Overclocked shipped in the EU with several game-breaking bugs (literally, GAME BREAKING, the game would randomly crash in the Demon Auction or if you used certain skills during battles) that were not present in any other releases, AND retaining any and all bugs of the NA release (like untranslated text, undubbed Japanese speech, etc).



Noelemahc commented on Poll: Tell Us What You Think of the New Ninten...:

If the region-free rumour is confirmed, day one purchase. Otherwise, I will dither until the day my current 3DS starts losing functioning buttons, since I already own a CPP.

Granted, at this rate it will die BEFORE the N3DS comes to the EU region.



Noelemahc commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Re...:

It's the same old tired abandonware argument. If you're gonna be buying the game on the second-hand market for thousands of dollars or buying a two-hundred-dollar flashcart, or playing it on an emulator, the original devs won't be seeing a nickel of that money ANYWAY.

But here's the trick. If you're in this for the playing, not the collecting, you WON'T be paying the thousand dollars, but you might pay for the two hundred (and then some more for the spare parts and accessories to keep your old console running — like newer-TV-friendly connection cables, or fresh undamaged controllers, etc), if at all.

This is actually why I keep yammering about the need to develop VC better: it offers the companies to earn money from the people that would have otherwise simply emulated their games and not paid them anything. They are LITERALLY refusing to let people give them money for something the people would have had at their fingertips anyway. And so long as they continue to do it, I see no evil in flashcarts.



Noelemahc commented on Nintendo Download: 28th August (Europe):

Aw, come on. Nintendo and CAPCOM are sitting on a veritable treasure trove of games they could be VCing, and they release one in a week, if anything.

It's like they don't WANT our money!



Noelemahc commented on Review: LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids (3DS):

I find the isometric decision for the portables, beginning with the Marvel superheroes one on the 3DS, was a terribad one even as they showed in most of the DS games and LEGO City that the portable games can handle a proper 3D world just as easily as the home console ones.



Noelemahc commented on Nintendo Download: 14th August (Europe):

Why are they releasing Megaman piecemeal instead of all at once and spending the update slots on the 3DS for something genuinely NEW in the remaining weeks? This is all stuff the NA region has had for a while now, after all.



Noelemahc commented on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Delay in Europe...:

TLDR: Nintendo continues to forget its promise (made when they introduced regionlocking to 3DS) that its regionlocking practices will not hurt the gaming lives of Europeans.

Don't they understand that by starving the market of games, they shrink the demand for consoles, which shrinks the demand for games, which affects the output of the focus tests they do that will say "people aren't interested in this sort of game" (of course they aren't if you're releasing them a year or two later than in the US!).



Noelemahc commented on Talking Point: Deconstructing Nintendo's Retai...:

I don't mind the physical editions of download-only games existing. I prefer physical editions. What I abhor is the need to equate physical prices with digital ones. That's not how the economic process works, as the physical-only and digital-only purchasers of equal-availability games don't overlap, and the cost breakdowns for either avenue are vastly different.



Noelemahc commented on Reaction: Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Big...:

What the 3DS needs is a redesign.

Integrate the Circle Pad Pro components (second analog, more buttons).
Ruggeder matte design (a-la DSi).
Sturdier buttons (my DSi is twice my 3DSs age, but is in a better shape despite similar regimen of use).

EXTRA IDEA: One-time pay-to-add-extra-region to your device.
eShop, "$200 lets you play NA games on your JP 3DS, Y/N?"

EXTRA IDEA: The Sequel. DS games have a "convert to 3D" function that tries to guess voluminity based on Z-buffer data (for 3D games and side-scrolley 2D games this would be exceptionally easy as long as they fix the "load DS games in a "I'm not a 3DS, I'm a DSi" mode).

EXTRA IDEA: The Quickening: SNES VC. TG-16 VC. CPS VS. GBA VC. Just sayin', all those VC games we had on the Wii can easily be run on the 3DS's hardware if it had just a wee bit extra juice to go around the aforementioned "I'm a DS" mode, but the DS's redesigns added extra RAM with every revision (DSi has more RAM than the DS, it was the main reason it can use a web browser while the DS needed a RAM expansion cart for that). Yes, this will lock these to the 3DS-2, but it will also drive sales for it. And fuel the processing power of the DS-to-3D mode!