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Fri 2nd May, 2014

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Noelemahc commented on Humble Bundle Issues Official Statement About ...:

@ryanator008 Not really. This is a checks and balances thing regarding the disinterest curve. The number of people who are willing to pay the $300 is smaller than the number of people who are willing to pay the $100, AND would most likely be sufficiently larger to cover the missed opportunity from those who would have gladly paid $300 but now won't, because for some folks, it's a matter of getting a Japan-exclusive N3DS with unique cover plates at least as much as it is a matter of getting a J-region console.

Much like ignoring the "try before you buy" benefits of piracy, however, corporate entities keep thinking that coercing people to pay is more lucrative than seducing them into paying.



Noelemahc commented on Humble Bundle Issues Official Statement About ...:

I still posit that Nintendo could save face by offering unregionlocking as a paid eShop service.
"Don't want to drop in excess of $300 for a J-region console? Pay $100 to make yours multiregion*!
*- Carts only, no J-eShop access possible at the time of this writing."

They would earn SO MUCH MORE than they currently do on people who import consoles.



Noelemahc commented on 3DS Web Browser Exploit Allows Game Boy Color ...:

Kids, the kids on GBATemp already did the number crunchies for you:

Your best bets for a base game is Shantae or Super Mario Land 2 or Mega Man V, as they're the largest in their respective colours.
You can't load a ROM larger than the ROM of the game in your VC, which is sensible, after all.
So if you're after MGS, go get Shantae. Or get Shantae in any case, it's good gaming.

As for the region-free thing: Nintendo mentioned maybe doing it, but isn't doing it. We all know WHY they aren't doing it (it would blow up their currently existing restrictions on which limited editions are on sale in which country, for example; then there's the rating boards issue to work with, as ESRB is more lenient than the Australian and German rating boards, which means games that will get banned for those countries will get censored or not released at all for Europe, etc), the question is are they willing to step over that or not.

For now, having an exploit that allows region-free but not piracy is actually their BEST bet. Maybe they leave another security hole like it so the N3DS can make use of it as well, and just... leave it alone.



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!