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Mon 23rd June, 2008

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rjejr commented on New Wii U and 2DS Bundles Announced, Rolling O...:

Guess Ni tendo of America decided it didnt have enough for a ND so this and amiibo pricing today. Maybe Sept for the SSB and amiibo dates. And of course Capt Toad.

No SSB bundle b/c they know the game wont be ready for Christmas. ;-)



rjejr commented on Xenoblade's Shulk Confirmed For Super Smash Br...:

Super Sword Bros. So say we all.

My oldest son commeneted there are now almost as many swordsman now - 8 - as starting charachters in the original Smash - 12.

Guess I really need to play it now, stopped leaving 1st town a few hours in. And my kids misd watching Chuggaconroy - I banned him until we finish. They are happy to be watching WW now, just finished that this week.



rjejr commented on Nintendo Confirms amiibo Launch Range of 12 Fi...:

$12.99 is higher than most of the Disney and Skylanderd figures, but collectors wont care.

The big question is will Nintendo let retsilers discount them? We have about 40 Skylanders but always buy the B1G1 50% off sales.



rjejr commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

So is this for real? Ive spent the last 6 months saying the 3DS would get an upgrade - last time was last night which is a big conicindence this morning - and mostly getting ridiculed. And now this?

So what's it called? 3DSi, 3DS U - nice NFC for amiibo, I think I owe somebody an apology for them not showing a 3DS NFC adaptor now - 4DS? Guess I know what Im getting for my birthday now, too bad its 11 months away :-(

PS - posted from breakfast in the Hamptons, having a staycation day, so I probably wont be replying until tomorrow :-)



rjejr commented on Wii U Shooter Splatoon Almost Starred Mario As...:

@Nintenjoe64 - OK, they have made good games, Sports Resort deserves a Wii U sequel - I guess I was thinking along the lines of something like a promotable mascot? Pac Man, Sonic, Mario, the 3 PS2 platformers, LBP's Sackboy, Samus, Link, Kirby, Pokemon, Pit. Something iconic. I really like Pikmin, what can I say? I also really liked elebits but nobody anywhere ever mentions that game. The elebits could have had a sequel, they're like cannon fodder Pikmin. ;-)



rjejr commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets...:

@aaronsullivan - Yeah, it's really weird, my initial reaction was "Wow, they really went all out" and it looks great and the update was really smooth for me (unlike Disney Infinity which I kid you not took over 2 hours to install, not DL, install) but then I read your fist post, the one about it not being obtrusive. And boy is it ever. Have you noticed the top banner Quick Start screen on the Gamepad? Nobody is going to miss this.

And then I thought about people who buy the game this Christmas who don't read NL - I can't imagine even this site has 7 mil readers - and it really kind of makes it look like you are buying an incomplete game, they almost made it TOO integrated to the menu. Like maybe the menu should have a button that says - "add-on content at additional cost" where this is all hidden away.

But if I'm a shareholder, I think it's a win. And if I'm a tech guy I think it's a win. As a gamer, and a parent of 2 gamers, maybe its a little bit much. But we will be buying it. Well maybe, a lot can change in 3-8 months ;-)



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@WanderingPB - I used to make my kids play levels until they beat it, then my wife made me stop, convinced me it's just a game and games are meant to be fun and not aggravating, so know we play a lot of Lego and Skylanders games. Not sure if they even have real Game Over screens. I have to say the lack of screaming is nice :-)



rjejr commented on Wii U Shooter Splatoon Almost Starred Mario As...:

Considering the fairly bad reception FLUDD got, don't think it would have been a good idea.

If they want to make another non-platformer Mario still needs a baseball, hockey, soccer and basketball game on Wii U.

Oh, and it should star DeBlob b/c this looks like multiplayer DeBlob.

Glad it's new IP though, as far as I can tell last good new IP from Nintendo was Pikmin 10 years ago. I just can't count Miis and Fit Trainer as serious videogame characters. The Pikmin need to be over-exposed like Pokemon, they are so cute. Toys, games, movies, the works



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@vonseux - Oh, I'm going to buy it, when the 1st pack releases. I'll even pay for the 2nd pack 6 months early to get it 50% off, but I'm not buying it yesterday, today or tomorrow. It's not like it's going to go OOS. And it's not like I'll forget w/ that new 2.0 start-up screen and the locked cups. ;-)



rjejr commented on Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With...:

@unrandomsam -

That's why I wrote the last part - "if they can get the game to live up to its promise."

I think it could be a great co-op game w/ the dual Gamepad support they said was coming way back when, but I'm not sure how fun it will be solo. Though if they finally put that Gamepad camera and microphone to use it could be very fun online.

Besides all the talk of the Gamepad's 2nd screen not being used to its full potential there's also NFC, a camera and mic that have hardly been touched. So we shall see.



rjejr commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets...:

@andrea987 - "Aren't the first 8 tracks coming in less than 3 months (november)?"

Yes, in Nov. Which makes me wonder why Nitneod was so quick to update the entire MK8 game for something we can't even buy for another 3 months. If the 1st pack was available the day the update came out and the 2nd pack in Nov I never would l have made all the comments I did. But why update the game now? I'ld rather they spent that effort advertising SSB which still doesn't have a date yet. How about a SSB demo w/ the ability to buy the game built in? The MK8 2.0 update just seems too early for purchasable DLC. I can see why they would do it b/c I always believe advertising is good, but why buy it now? I'll just pick it up in Nov when it releases. Probably the day after it releases, I'm sure their servers will be swamped w/ the 1GB DL.



rjejr commented on The Last of Us Fails to Overtake Yokai Watch 2...:

@unrandomsam - Considering how low the Wii U and PS4 are selling I'ld say X1 has a chance to top hardware sales the week it releases, and maybe even have a game or 2 in the top 20. It may fall to 360 levels week 2 but for one week I think the numbers will be interesting. If MS can outsell both japnase consoles in Japan, even if only for 1 week, MS will be screaming it from the rooftops. The week after that we can all go back to ignoring it again.



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@vonseux - Guess I'm never closing the can of worms I opened, lets just say I don't see the point in paying for something this year I'm not getting until next year and leave it at that. Had the 1st pack come out yesterday instead of Nov then I could have seen paying the $12 to get half now, half later at a reduced price ($12 vs $16 US), but paying now for half in Nov and half next year, no, I don't get it.



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@WanderingPB - "how the GREATNESS of DKTF left u dumbfounded"

It didn't leave me dumbfunded, I'm just not good enough to play it, what can I say? Though I still think taking out something in a sequel that was in the first game - the auto play-thru or whatever it was - was a dumb idea. I really like all sorts of platforming, just not timed jumping minecart levels.



rjejr commented on Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With...:

I finished the storyline in WW HD Tues and I can attest the Gamepad was VERY useful.

And when they remake Sunshine and Luigis Mansion in HD it will be great as a FPS camera perspective as well. (Still dont understand why the sequel was on 3DS.) Splatoon should be awesome with the Gamepad if they can get the game to live up to its promise.

So as others have said, hardware is there, but the games are lacking. Well not all games, Nintendo Land and Game and Wario minigame compilations use it well, but it really needs a big game like Metroid or Starfox to show it off. Zelda will make use of it just like WW HD, and it will be very helpful, but being helpful isnt the same thing as showing it off.



rjejr commented on Nintendo Confirms a 3DS-Themed Japanese Ninten...:

So I was laying in bed this morning thinking Aug was almost over so Nintendo needed to announce an ND for tomorrow to match last years Aug ND that gave us the Wii U price cut and Zelda Wii U bundle. Was so excited when I saw this until I saw the "3DS" part.

I can see why people think the 3DS might need it more than Wii U based on it's upcoming game line-up, but Wii U still has a few games - SSB, Bayonetta 2, Captain toad Treasure Tracker - and amiibo than need launch dates. And the amiibo need a price. And what does the Wii U version of SSB have to offer to match Smash Run on the 3DS. And is there a level editor like in Brawl?

I can see why Nintnedo would focus on the 3DS version w/ it being close to release, but they really shouldn't wait until after the 3DS version releases to stat promoting the Wii U version, that's too late if it is really releasing in 2014. And way too late to start promoting amiibo to the holiday shopping general public.

On the bright side, maybe they are announcing the 3DS U ;-)



rjejr commented on The Last of Us Fails to Overtake Yokai Watch 2...:

Those across the board hardware numbers are too consistent to blame any one system, game or company, so last week being the big summer holiday makes sense.

Wii U just had HW to help it spike the last few weeks, and I think B2 is Sept, but I dont see it rising again until SSB.

Edit - X1 launches next Sat, now things get intersting ;-)



rjejr commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets...:

@unrandomsam - Its an industry wide phenomenon (just ask EA) Nintendo is part of the industry, everbody is always complaing how behind the curve Nintendo is, now they've caught up.

Is it deplorable? Yeah.
Will some people, parents, be annoyed at that persistent BUY ME billboard? Yeah.
But I think parents are so burned out buying Skylanders and Disney characters they're broken consumers at this point, and they'll buy this for their kids as well.

I guess you can say I'm impressed they sunk so low so fast. And the amiibo arent even out yet!



rjejr commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets...:

@aaronsullivan - Man, if I read your post correctly you are NOT going to be happy about in game advertising, its like a quartet of the game is locked away.

Thst said, I want to commend Nintendo for ramming the advertising down our throats. No MK8 owner will be able to refuse this. People will pay just to have courses and avarars unlocked just so the screens arent so "locked". Anybody who buys MK8 2.0 in the future is going to look st those screens and think they paid for a full game but only got 3/4 of it.

I applaud Nintendo for doing it, Im impressed at how they managed to get a disc based game to change that much, and I think it will earn them a lot of money going forward, but after the "gee wiz" factor wears off in a few hours or days and people get sick of looking at all those unusable icons the next 10 months I expect a backlash.



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@WanderingPB - "which color Yoshi im going to use later on today"

I have to say it boggles my mind that people care that much about skins. I know they do, and people spend lots of money on PSN for skins and avatars and wall paper. But I just don't get it. It was a nice incentive though, seems like it's really doing the trick. I wonder if Ntineod's stock price went up today, or maybe tomorrow if they announce the amount of pre-orders peeple paid for.

Good for them, good for everybody, but I just don't get it.



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@ikki5 - "Yes we all know that the NNID system is dumb and needs to be fixed but getting mad that they are offering pre-orders for DLC that is months away because a meteor could trike your house is a stupid way of thinking."

Oh, I think Nintendo is very smart for offering it, I just think people are dumb for paying for something now they won't get for another 10 months when there's no chance of there being a stock shortage. ;-) It's not like Gamestop is going to offer the DLC for $80 used.



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@ikki5 - Sincere thanks for that calendar info. Never ever seen that before and not only does the calendar make sense (I live in NY and we have similar weather patterns) but it explains a lot about how messed up I've always found Nintendo ;-)

As for SSB being released before Christmas, well there is this precedent for it NOT to be:

FYI game was postponed until Feb. And then in Jan. postponed AGAIN until Mar. So there's that.



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@ikki5 - "A) Fix it, or B) Send you another"

I was thinking more along the lines of destroyed, hence my Mother Nature joke. Though I can work with simply "stolen". Is Nitneod up to snuff w/ replacing "stolen" stuff?

My Wii U had issues when I bought it so I sent it in and they sent me a new 1 and I was able to re-download all my stuff (all my saves were gone, but that's another topic) so I know they have that process covered, but just going to a store to buy a new 1 and re-downloading all our stuff to our NNID would be nice. I know that's an issue w/ all digital, I understand that's part of digital life, but paying for something in Aug 2014 you wont get until May 2015 just seems odd, even w/ "skins" now. Though I suppose sadly probably more people who buy this will die before playing it than have Wii U issues but nobody wants to go there. The Wii U issue w/ NNID seems simple to address however if Nintendo wanted to.



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@Grumblevolcano - Oh, it's later than Nov, I'm sure of that, winter technically starts Dec 21, even if they got the year wrong ;-) Dec 19, 21, 26 or 28.

Seriously though I'm annoying myself by bringing it up so much, but the holidays are a busy time and I honestly NEED to know when it's coming out. My kids and I want SSB, B2, HW (at least that's dated) Skylanders TT, Capt Toad, LBP3 (PS3 in Nov) and Sonic Boom (which we'll probably rent). Santa can't afford all of those and the kids are already spending their own money on Pokemon AS and OR in Nov.

And then there are the amiibo toys which I suppose are launching the same time as SSB into a flooded NFC market of Disney Infinity and Skylanders. SSB needs a date, but the amiibo needed a date back at the NY toy fair in Feb.



rjejr commented on You Can't Count Nintendo Out, Says Activision CEO:

@DankeyKang - um, if you read the quoted paragraph, it says the Wii U is crap, but not to count out Nintendo "long term", meaning they'll bounce back with new hardware next gen. There is nothing nice said about Wii U, its a "rough hardware cycle".

Plus Nintendo has the only successful handheld, nobody wants to put their games on Vita, so companies have to say nice things about Nintendo, but not Wii U.



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

Im ok with the prices, but Im not paying $12 in Aug for something I wont get until next May. Plus this is Nintendo so probably next Aug. Pre-ordering digital - something that can NOT go OOS - makes no sense to me. When Nov finally rolls around 3 months from now then maybe I'll think about it to get the discount.

How come this has next May but SSB doesnt have a month yet?

if you pre-order and your Wii U dies before next May - hey its 10 long months, floods, earthquakes, tornados, volcanoes, Mother Nature has been pissed lately - do we get the DLC on our new console? ie does the DLC link to our account that we can transfe to a new Wii U?



rjejr commented on Weirdness: Earthbound Designer Shigesato Itoi ...:

So, are there any photos of him, you know, actually eating the peaches, or is he just a shill who knows better?

Sorry the only info I have is from this post, but personally I wouldnt eat anything grown within miles of those reactors.

For a somewhat similar story, see all the articles about the air being safe sround groundzero, and how many people who helped out there have since died.

Or Love Canal.

Newsflash, sometimes the govt lies.



rjejr commented on Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and...:

Had to vote for the "night on bald mountain" wizard (though honestly I have no idea who he is.). When you're a little kid and your parents take you to a theater to see a Disney film this scares the bejeebus outta ya, scarred for life even:

But I am glad to see mimics, don't think I've seen those in a game since the PS2 days. FF13 probably had them but I banished those thoughts from my brain.



rjejr commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Super Mario Platformer?:

SMG2 may be the better game, but it's always hard to choose the successor after the original when it doens't change all that much, just add stuff, so SMG it is.

I really do like Sunshine for it story adventure aspect, but it's such a strong story component that it almost doesn't feel like a Super Mario game.

I've never liked 64. I give it props for being 1st and basically creating an entirely new genre, but compared to almost every other open world 3D game platformer ever made it just isn't that good. I doubt you could find anybody in 2014 who's never played it before who would really like it.

Never liked 2D platofrmers, except Klonoa which was a weird 2 1/2D story driven adventure, so if there was a poll for 2D Mario games I woudln't vote.



rjejr commented on Ubisoft Executive Talks Up Super Smash Bros. a...:

@aaronsullivan - "just mean"

Yeah, thats the problem isnt it, JD15 on Wii will sell millions (not in the mood to look it up) but Wii U will probably hardly sell at all. Wii U version WOULD sell a whole lot more w/o a Wii version but not even close to Wii levels.

Disney Infinty 2.0 doesnt have a Wii version, which is the real reason I think we got 1 free on Wii U, so people can migrate from Wii to Wii U and take their game with them.

Boy it would really upset all the fanboys if DI 2.0 turned out to be a system seller ;-)



rjejr commented on Ubisoft Executive Talks Up Super Smash Bros. a...:

I honestly believe Just Dance 15 could be a system seller IF they had done away w/ the Wii version. People are addicted, they would have updated for their fix - and it's not like there aren't other games on Wii U at this point, JD would Just Be the impetus for mom to OK dad buying a Wii U for the kids this holiday.

But as along they keep putting out Wii versions JD sells 0 Wii U.

The more articles about SSB including the word "Christmas" the more likely it releases after Christmas. ;-)

Hey Nintendo, give us a freakin' DATE already. Oh, and Bayonetta 2 also.



rjejr commented on Monopoly: Pokémon Kanto Edition is Bringing R...:

Somewhere in the article you should mention the $45 price for what is basically a $15 board game. That's quite the mark-up, even for a Pokemon license. Probably $59 in the Nitneod store in Manhattan.




rjejr commented on GameStop President Says "Don't Bet Against Nin...:

@SetupDisk - I can see your point from a "gamers" perspective, or actually more a Nintendo fan really more than a gamer, but here's the reality for retailers who will need to decide how much shelf space to devote to these:

Wii U - about 8 mil sold

PS3 - 80m
360 - 80m
Wii - 100m
PS4 - 10m
X1 - 5m

Of course some of the math varies - No Disney Infinity 2.0 on Wii or 3DS, but Skylanders Trap Team will also play on a select few tablets. Any way you want to slice it, amiibo have a much smaller potential market than the other 2. amiibo will probably sell out day 1 as collectors items, but I just don't see the overall long term market demand being as strong.



rjejr commented on GameStop President Says "Don't Bet Against Nin...:

@SethNintendo - Do you really think Nintendo is going to sell that plain white hide in plain site circle as THE 3DS amiibo peripheral? Any mother cleaning up after her kids around the house will toss it in the trash. The amiibo bases themselves are pretty ugly brown and black, but a hide-in-plain-site white circle? Very hard to believe that that will be going on sale.

OK, since YOU seem to know so much about amiibo -

What day will the amiibo be available to purchase?
How much will they cost?
When will the 3DS peripheral be available to purchase?

You know, the basic "w" questions - who, what, where, when, how and why.



rjejr commented on GameStop President Says "Don't Bet Against Nin...:

""would not sell Amiibo short either""

Can't sell them short until you sell them. And since Nintnedo doesn't even have a date yet...

Oh, and the whole - "it plays on more than 1 game argument" - is nothing compared to what Disney and Skylanders can boost - plays on any SYSTEM. Have a Wii and buy a Wii U, toys come with you. PS3 to PS4, toys come with you. Own an Xbox and bring them to your friends Wii house, toys still work.

Have a Wii U, plays on Wii U. And maybe 3DS, if your friend has the required peripheral which none of us have actually seen yet.

Stores aren't going to promote a toy that plays on more than 1 game when they can be selling toys that play on every system they currently sell. So don't expect amiibo to have equal display space w/ Disney or Skylanders figures anytime soon.

On a brighter note - I do hope the reality of E3 and Pax start to get thru to the general public - X1 isn't selling much better than Wii U, Wii U has outsold PS4 in Japan week in and week out for months. Wii U is NOT being left in the dust by other consoles, it was just showing the future for home consoles, and that future sucks. (Yes, that is my brighter side, misery loves company.)



rjejr commented on Nintendo Download: 21st August (North America):

For almost everyone here -

2 reasons they are giving away DI for free:

1. DI 2.0 is NOT coming out on Wii, so they don't wont to PO people who have only a Wii and bought a Wii version and now need to buy a Wii U to play 2, but then they won't have 1 on U b/c it will be on their Wii. At least this way people who do buy a Wii U to play 2.0 can at least still have 1 on that system. (I'm assuming this is a lifetime offer, not 1 week only.)

2. Buy Skylanders Trap force on Wii, get Wii U download version for free. This is sort of a match for that.

Big question is, will Wii U version 2.0 portal work w/ game 1? If that's the case maybe we'll buy 2.0 and think of 1 as a free game bonus.



rjejr commented on Cubemen 2 Hits the Wii U eShop on 4th September:

My kids were very excited to see the level editor.

Anybody know if SSB U has a level creator yet? (Brawl had one in case anybody was wondering why I'm asking such a stupid question.)

Game like this could really use a demo. Looks like a cross between Mushroom Wars (PS3 version, not the awkward to play Android version) and Swords and Soldiers set in a Minecraft world. Or it could just b ea horrible uncontrollable mess.



rjejr commented on Wii U Pre-Orders Enjoy a Healthy Boost Followi...:

@Spoony_Tech - Wow, thats almost exactly word for word what I was going to write.

Year got off to a bad start, the Wii U gets some good E3 press coverage to go along with some new games releasing, other consoles are slowing; but for every good news beat like this we get no AC game, no COD game, its Nintendo or nothing, which may not be enough to get people to buy a Wii U. (Title could really use the word "games" in it.)

I wasn't going to mention indies - Im sick of indie articles - but I think any sane person would have to agree indies can be great fun to play but they arent selling any systems.