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Mon 23rd June, 2008

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rjejr commented on Video: Catch Up With the Xenoblade Chronicles ...:


Dolls are now called Skells
Release date in NA is "later this year" but even that was an off the cuff remark and not written on screen

That was about it. Its a JRPG w/ mechs. All stuff we've already known for sbout a year now.

I will watch the 8 minute vid on tv, my 19" monitor cant do this beautiful game justice, but Im sure when Im done my thought will be - I wish they released this yestetday instead, the hour was uneccassary.

Thanks TW for linking to the summary vid, probably wouldnt have found it otherwise.



rjejr commented on Review: Pokémon Rumble World (3DS eShop):

Good review. It really is a fun little game, a much fuller and richer ecperience than Pokemon Rumble U which my kids finished in 2 days, 2 hours per day, and that cost $18. Even the 3D effect where Pokemon toys you capture seemi gly fly out of the screen towards you is nice, I dont think Shuffle has any 3D at all.

All that said, after 3 years of free to play games on tablets this is the first game Ive ever come across that feels like free to start. I just dont see how its possible to get enough diamonds to purchase those 100 cost balloons. I suppose there could be enough kings challenges to get you there but Id die of old sge before that. Shuffle I think Ive finished twice now - based on defeating the last Pokemon on the main screen. And it never even occurred to me to spend money on the gsme, I syill have 14 jewels. With Rumble Im stuck replaying the same balloons over and over again, dealing w/ that stupid roulette ststem which udually lands on the 1 no star island while the other 3 have 2 or 3 stars.

If the king gave you 5 jewels every day just b/c, and you could esrn more easily, Id say this was an excellent free to play game, but instead afyer all these years Nintenfo has finslly taught me what free to dtsrt means, which is funny as its the derogatory term Iwata said we'd never get.

Good game, but they might as well be transparent and put $ dollar signs next to those high level balloons - $1, $3, $5 - and stop pretending w/ the diamond purchases.



rjejr commented on Video: So, How Fast Is 200cc In Mario Kart 8?:

@FubumblR @Gerbwmu - Seriously? B? Thanks, I'm going to go try it out right now. I'll let you know how it went.

On Rainbow Road at 200cc, it doesn't matter what button the brake is. :-( Excitebike and BabyLAnd I managed to get by on drifting. So 200cc is still a work in progress.



rjejr commented on The Mechs of Xenoblade Chronicles X Are Named ...:

@Tsurii897 - If you go back and look over all the comments you'll see I did watch the stream. And my son was here w/ me watching so I have a witness.

But you tell me, what was the point of this? Over an hour of gameplay. We already knew it was coming out, this didn't really tell us anything all that new or dfiferent or great. If they had a normal ND first w/ the date and maybe amiibo support or whatever, then an hour of gameplay, ok, but this just out there for no reason. What was the point?

Oh, and @Ryno can vouch for my watching the stream as well.



rjejr commented on Call of Duty: Black Ops III "Ember" Tease Sets...:

@Quorthon - The year the article was written is VERY relevant. 7 years is a long time. They could have compltley new management, completely new sources, a completely different philosophy on managing their accuracy. Maybe they are exactly the same company, but I doubt it. Not everybody carried around a tablet or smartphone 7 years ago to track data or scan barcodes. Technology makes our lives easier and it should be able to make data tracking better.

Honestly if the company hasn't updated their methodology in 7 years then I trust them even less.



rjejr commented on Video: So, How Fast Is 200cc In Mario Kart 8?:

K, that was loud.

But really, how fast is it? Somebody point me to a link somewhere. I mean MK has been out for years, surely somebody must have done a KPH type of thing. Or at least % increase? 100cc is 25% faster than 50cc, 150cc is 25% (or maybe 50%) faster than 100cc.

I have to say, in every video I've seen, I've really felt this looks more like 250cc than 200cc based on differences in speed between 50, 100, 150 and now 200. though I've never known if the increase was incremental (25% more, 25% more, or exponential (25% more, 50% more). If 50 to 100 to 150 was exponential then it would explain why this looks like 250cc to me.

More importantly - how do I brake? It's not the drift button R is it? I know L is reverse, or items. OK, I don't know buttons at this point, I just drive and drift and occasionally use an item. I keep letting my finger off of the gas to brake but thats almost an instant dead stop which is hard to recover from.



rjejr commented on Nintendo Marketing Boss Says amiibo Expectatio...:

@aaronsullivan - Glad you added Skylanders there at the end b/c according to your entire first paragraph it should have already failed miserably. :-)

But seriously, Nintneod can promote Splatoon, a new IP game w/ ZERO nostaliga factor and it's 3 amiibo that only work in 1 game so far - but Disney can't promote Capt. Nemo and the Nuatius? That doesn't seem right at all. Wii Fit Trainer amiibo sold out, who wanted that oddity?

I do understand you - the marketing tie-ins for SW and Marvel are too huge to ignore, NOT putting them in DI would border on criminal negligence and their stock holders would revolt, but anybody should be able to market a 20k Leagues playset w/ a guy in a deep sea diving suit, a toy Nautilus, and a toy giant squid. Gold I tell you. gold!

I'll give you that a playset of the USS Cygnus, V.I.N.C.E.N.T. and Maximillian would be a tougher sell, but everybody has heard of those Jules Verne stories. Maybe if the Black Hole playset came w/ a DVD of the movie in the box? ;-)

Edit: Oops, wrong photo.




rjejr commented on Nintendo Marketing Boss Says amiibo Expectatio...:

@dkxcalibur - I knew what you meant, hot right now. Guess what I was trying to add to your point, not subtract from it, was Lego have been around long enough so that I think as another toy entry it's a safe bet that it will do well.

See Hogans #65 photo of the Beanie Babies. At some point, they too, were "hot right now" but that didn't last. Pet rocks. Motion controls. Chia pets All those things have had their "hot right now" moments, but they faded fast, Lego has legs.

I think Lego has long term staying power to outlast "hot right now". amiibo are more likely to be joining the Beanie Baby crowd. Scalpers always move on to the next big thing after hot right now turns into yesterdays leftovers. Scalpers will buy Lego NFC toys, but a lot of people who want them will as well. And I think Lego will make sure there are enough toys to go around. Not during the holidays, those things WILL be hard to find, but soon thereafter. And maybe many years to come.



rjejr commented on Call of Duty: Black Ops III "Ember" Tease Sets...:

@Quorthon - I had to stop reading that article after the 1st paragraph when I saw the date was June 2008. Not saying it was wrong at that time, but hardly anything in tech is the same now as 7 years ago.

And it's ok to bad mouth things, but the constant usage of that site, which is the only one ever used, is always accompanied by either 1 of 2 things - either the person referencing it bad mouths it, or if they don't somebody will bad mouth them for not bad mouthing it. At some point people either need to join a different political party or at the very least don't vote in the election (to borrow your comparison).

Guess I'm just sick of all the bad mouthing.



rjejr commented on Nintendo Marketing Boss Says amiibo Expectatio...:

@MoonKnight7 - "Factory work, depending on what you have at your disposal, is very taxing. It's great once everything is setup, but changing equipment to do other amiibos has to cost a fortune, and takes up a considerable amount of time and man-power. It simply isn't as easy as just flicking a switch."

I think that's what I find most annoying that not only did they switch to a new amiibo line for Mario Party 10 before they even finished w/ the SSB line, but those amiibo are almost identical. All they needed to do was add 1 Captain Toad amiibo for his game, not slightly rework 5 other characters. They could have used that effort to make more of the harder to find characters, or Wave 4. It just adds to how bad Nintnedo management looks right now.



rjejr commented on Nintendo Marketing Boss Says amiibo Expectatio...:

@aaronsullivan - "it would be a bit of an uphill battle to market that."

I don't think I want to live in a world where it would be an uphill battle to market giant squid, man-eating sharks, and the coolest submarine ever known to man. (I like the Atragon/Gotengo more but I know I'm niche.)



rjejr commented on Nintendo Marketing Boss Says amiibo Expectatio...:

@dkxcalibur - "Lego toys are super hot right now"

Legos have been hot for about 85 years or so I think. They defy all "fad" odds. From cheap packs to $200 computer toys to a wide range of $30 - $150 licensed products, hardly a male living in the US today hasn't played w/ Legos at some point in their life, and I think that gives them a leg up over all the other NFC products. Any other company joining the toys to life fad now I might say they are too late, but Lego has instant brand name recognition, I don't see how they can fail.

How much it harms the other toys is the only real question.



rjejr commented on Nintendo Marketing Boss Says amiibo Expectatio...:

@aaronsullivan - "I'm agreeing with you on this more now."

Sorry about that. :-(

I'm a huge Star Wars fan, but only of the first movie. And Yoda, b/c I was a huge Kermit the frog fan as a kid. Right place, right time kind of thing. So the new toys will likely hold no interest to me. Yoda will be Clone Wars CGI ugly, R2-D2 won't beep or light up. My family will see the movie in theaters, seems like a family thing to do and I try, but don't see how the game can hold any more interest than the other dozen Star Wars games I've already played.

I could still be tempted back to DI w/ the classics, but they really don't seem to want to go that route. Who wouldn't want this as a playset?




rjejr commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning F...:

@Ichiban - Well it's either MK8, XCX, Splatoon or amiibo failures. XCX has a live ND today in a few hours, and amiibo failures were yesterday. Splatoon is everyday. MK8 had a big 200cc update and DLC package yesterday that many people paid for over 6 months ago and are now finally able to use what they paid for, so MK8 seems as good a topic as any this morning. :-)



rjejr commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning F...:

My choice wasn't in the list - "'Mario Kart Channel' on the Wii."

I really enjoyed seeing the blue light shine on my Wii every other week. Racing around the new trial and getting to see my halo'd Mii (I only ever raced w/ the Wii Wheel) was something that was always fun to come back to. I never made the top 10 but I was always near the front of the big pack. And I liked the breakdown by friends, region, world.

I know MK8 has MKTV but I miss those missions. :-( And my blue glowing notification light.

And the article left out the biggest DLC update of all - track editor. I know it isn't likely, but MNR had it on PS3 5 years ago, so I know the hardware is more than capable. Home made tracks are never up to the real ones, but they gave us that very limited level editor in SSB, they could give us a comparable one in MK8. Maybe we could make our own battle arenas. :-)



rjejr commented on Nintendo Marketing Boss Says amiibo Expectatio...:

@aaronsullivan - "The Amiibo Tap is a stopgap."

I think you mean "amiibo is a stop gap until Lego Dimensions comes out." ;-)

We really really don't need another NFC game. Still waiting to see what Sklyanders 5 has in store, but DI sits unplayed, and probably always will at this point. But that Lego game has a siren's song. If Nintneod finally does announce "amiibo Land" at E3 this year for a holiday release we may just laugh it off as too little to late. :-)



rjejr commented on Call of Duty: Black Ops III "Ember" Tease Sets...:

@Quorthon - ""notoriously incorrect" VGChartz"

You know, for all the years I've heard about how bad VGA is, I've never heard once, not once, anybody give an alternative source. People either need to stop using it, or stop bad mouthing it, until somebody comes up w/ an alternative. I mean if it's always been as bad as everybody always says it is surely somebody, in this day and age of data in the cloud, could have come up w/ a better source of info, no? Some teen in some basement somewhere? Some N. Korean WoW superstar? TMZ? Anybody who could come up w/ a reliable source of data would have such a popular website they could put Facebook to shame. You know what I think? I think VGA is good enough that nobody else bothers. Heck even Sykpe has Facetime and Meerkat. Snapchat. Instagram. All these apps, but nobody wants to be the alternative to VGA and have a website w/ accurate videogame sales data? I don't believe it.

BTW, I'm not saying VGA is accurate, any more than my bathroom scale or the weatherman, but if it's the only thing we have people should just use it w/o all the adjectives, or not use.

End of rant.



rjejr commented on Nintendo Marketing Boss Says amiibo Expectatio...:

Thanks to whoever decided to use the photo showing how Nintneod messed up yet again. Rather than making more of the rare amiibo they retooled an entire manufacturing line to make 5 variations of the amiibo that could already be found on store shelves. What a wasted effort.

I am hoping Wave 4 and all the rest are in short supply due to Ntinedo going all out on making the Spaltoon amiibo. Those NEED to be readily available everywhere the game is sold.

Though on a contrary note - anybody know of any other game the Splatoon amiibo work in besides Spaltoon? I'm pretty sure Splatoon are supposed to be better than all the other NFC toys b/c they work in more than 1 game. Though I suppose at this point there are already a lot of other amiibo that only work in SSB, though the amiibo demo databse of amiibo Tap will sort of rectify that. I wonder if Splatoon amiibo wil work on that as well?



rjejr commented on Review: Cube Creator 3D (3DS eShop):

@Ebisumaru - 2 things

1. There are no columns when you use the mobile version of the website, just the main article side to side.

2. Both of the first 2 comments mentioned getting this now while the price was cheap, which made me think there was a launch week sale or something like that, which is why I asked.

The $4.99 is good to know though, so thanks for putting that where I could see it.

Edit - Checked the developers FB page where they said this: "NOW only $4.99. That price WON'T last. Hurry!" and this "The $4.99 price for #CubeCreator3D is for a LIMITED time!"

So I guess the first 2 comments were in reference to that.



rjejr commented on Call of Duty: Black Ops III "Ember" Tease Sets...:

@Captain_Gonru - "but there's always fun to be had in empty speculation."

Some times thats all we have as there are more games NOT coming to Wiii U than coming to Wii U. At least we have hope for this one. Blind unrealistic hope, but still. And then there's Guitar Hero Live coming to Wii U. We got Watch Dogs, so never say never. :-)



rjejr commented on Splatoon Producer Talks Up Post-Launch DLC to ...:

@outburst - "Didn't they get the memo?"

It's in an NFL executives office w/ the Ray Rice video. (That's probably not funny outside of the US, but it's what popped into my head. And I can only blame Reggie so often.)

As to why it's actually still $60, I don't know, maybe it really is Reggie's fault this time? Maybe they figure American's will pay it for an online shooter? Maybe they want the bundle to look like a better deal? Maybe they'll announce a Wii U price cut mid-May and that price $40 at the same time, maybe in a Splatoon Nintnedo Direct?

OK, those were all lame, sorry, I have no idea.



rjejr commented on Call of Duty: Black Ops III "Ember" Tease Sets...:

@Quorthon - "Ghosts sold ... a quarter million on the Wii U."

250k sounds like a good reason to port it to me. :-)

And while what you said makes sense as to why Wii U won't get a port, and I said as much at the end of my post, Wii U probably won't get this, but I was trying to find a reason why it would, and that was the best reason I could come up w/ supporting a lost cause.

So if Wii U did get this game, why do you think they would bother?

My other thought was the working relationship between Nintneod and Activision regarding Skylanders, but amiibo probbaly isn't helping that relationship much.

And why on earth is Activision putting GH Live on WiiU? I guess if we get 1 we get the other?



rjejr commented on Splatoon Producer Talks Up Post-Launch DLC to ...:

@TheRealThanos - "it does NOT gimp a game because a game is fully playable without them"

But 60 missions can't be played, and the weapons awarded used, w/o amiibo in Spaltoon. Sounds gimped to me.

"they have the option to offer additional stuff to several games instead of just the one game you bought them for"

Name 1 game the Splatoon amiibo work w/ not named Splatoon. I follow this stuff, but I can't recall reading Splatoon working anywhere else, not even "amiibo Tap: Nintnedo Bits" 3 minute demos.

I understand your sick of reading all of the negativity, I'm just saying Ntineod has brought some of it upon themselves.



rjejr commented on Call of Duty: Black Ops III "Ember" Tease Sets...:

@Spoony_Tech - "Still can't see why they would go to the trouble to sell less then 50k copies."

Maybe Activision has realized what most of the internet seemingly hasn't - Xbox One and Wii U have each sold 10mil units, troll bravado taunts of "X1 rulz, Wii U sux" to the contrary. So maybe they need those other 50k sales, and it keeps them from being so dependent on Sony?

Wii U probably isn't getting it, but if it did, I'd say poor X1 sales are the reason.



rjejr commented on Splatoon Producer Talks Up Post-Launch DLC to ...:

@aaronsullivan - As usual, I don't think we know enough about Splatoon - amiibo integration to know for sure how this will play out. It does look to me like it's a lot more than Captain Toad, Hyrule Warriors (though I really like my Triforce spinner) or even SSBU, where they seem completely unnecessary to me.

What we don't know is how will the earned weapons compare to the non-amiibo weapons? If the new weapons have actual advantages other than cosmetic then it's an issue. And will they be used online or offline only? And while I tihnk it's a good deal to get 20 missions per amiibo, thats 60 missions in the game you can't access w/o amiibo, and to me that seems like a large part of the game you've already paid for, but of course we won't know how the game feels w/o those missions b/c we don't know how many there already are.

And similar to discussions we've had about the MK8 spaces for DLC, if there is a giant amiibo statue standing in the middle of the play area in the game peopel w/o an amiibo are really going to notice.


I think that box will only appear in game after you tap an amiibo, but I don't know for sure.



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Available to Download ...:

@sinalefa - It's Nintedo, so as usual it's complicated ;-)

If you pick 1 player or 2 player on the first screen, and "VS Race" (thats the NA version, not sure if the menus are different where you are) on the 2nd screen - it's the 3rd choice under "Grand Prix" and "Time Trials", then you can chose 200cc in the speed line, it's 50cc, 100cc, 150cc, Mirror, 200cc, like they were trying to hide it. And it did let me play. Granted no glory playing in VS race mode, but you know me, I'm all about having fun, not proving anything to myself or anyone else.

So, yes, you can play 200cc, but no it doesn't count. How's that?



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Available to Download ...:

Anybody in NA still wondering my morning went something like this:

1. 11:30 turn on Wii U , nothing different.
2. Put in game disc and start it up, 3 minute DL and install to 4.0
3. Games asks if I want to DL DLC. Says 9 minutes, I play old tracks in 200cc after pressing Later.
4. Exit and restart game. Needs 4 more minutes to "install" 923MB DLC.

I'm hoping it will be ready to go after that, my patience is wearing thin. :-)



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Available to Download ...:

@sinalefa - "you don't need gold in all of the Mirror cups"

How did you miss that but noticed I mixed letters and numbers? :-)

200cc is available under speed in the "make your own race" settings. Coming in 12 out of 12 is a new feeling for me. I did get that "lucky 8" item for the very first time ever though. :-) I actually came in first on the Excitebike track but that really only has 2 turns so straightaway speed makes up for rubbing the walls at both ends.

Waiting for the DLC to install, then I'm out of here, my oldest son gets home from school in a few minutes, half day today. Google "common core".



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Available to Download ...:

@ULTRA-64 - My gold Mario amiibo is in the mail, ShopTo told me so ;-)

One good thing about the 200cc listing, it says you don't need the DLC to use it,which is nice. If you did need to buy the DLC tracks then they really coudln't list it as free.

FYI for anyone who cares - you can use 200cc in the vs mode. (Though in retrospect I don't think thats' what it's called., I'll check when my DLC is finished.)



rjejr commented on amiibo Tap Gets A New Title In Europe, Availab...:

Deja vu

"The game has just launched in Japan,"

Well I guess it is a game after all. ;-)

Have to say, US title is WAY better. And that's not rah rah nationalism talking, that's just common sense. Though I have to admit the EU title seems a more accurate description, but I still like the US title better. :-)



rjejr commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct Confirm...:

They WILL reveal the release date, I'll start the pool:

1. Summer
2. Fall
3. Holiday
4. 2016

I'll pick C, meaning January in the EU/UK.

Does anybody really think we'll get an actual release date date? Mario Maker doesn't have a date, Yoshi doesn't have a US date, but a 100 hour cut scene heavy (according to the review) JRPG is going to have a release date in the west before it even launches in Japan? :-p



rjejr commented on Splatoon Producer Talks Up Post-Launch DLC to ...:

@CTs_Lieutenant - Splatoon: Mario & Friends would make a nice DLC package, like The Luigi Levels, new skins, maps and weapons. Maybe a stand alone sequel for Christmas. :-)

@outburst - It's still $60 everywhere in the US, no amiibo in the box either.

@TheRealThanos - "Nintendo has already shown that they know how to do DLC the right way with Mario Kart and the DLC for Pikmin 3"

Problem is, they've also recently shown they know how to do it wrong w/ Mii fighter costumes in SSB and the amiibo missions in Splatoon. And they've started doing free-to-start w/ Pokemon Shuffle and Rumble, and they signed a deal w/ DeNA to bring their IP to smart devices. I think Nintnedo has earned a little leeriness from it's fan base.

@Dr_Corndog - Bingo!!

If they want to keep interest in this game long term, priority #1 needs to be keeping Splatoon amiibo in stock and on shelves. If they can't do that, the rest doesn't matter. I know the amiibo aren't necessary to the game, but they do seem integral, much more so than any previous amiibo game. I know the developers of the game have no input into Ntineod amiibo mismanagement, but I believe these amiibo need to be visible and readily available for the game to succeed.

My apologies to anyone feeling left out b/c I didn't reply to them ;-)



rjejr commented on Video: Nintendo Shows Off amiibo Tap: Nintendo...:

@ThomasBW84 -

"a free download"
"It's out today"
"This app is due"

Hey TW, just wondering if you naturally wrote this piece w/o ever calling it a game or did you make a conscious decision not to do so? (That's a sincere question, not sarcasm.) I noticed the lack of "Game" in the title, which got me thinking. Myself, I think this is a "demo database", an "amiibo demo database" if you will, but it took me a few seconds to think that up.

They should have added a slot machine front end like eShop has on Wii U, or Pokemon Rumble World has on 3DS for location selection, and then it would have been a "game of chance". ;-)

Maybe a 30 slot roulette wheel and the ball is themed like the amiibo you tap? Oh well, it's free.



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Available to Download ...:

@Gobelee - I only playing steering w/ the Gamepad, same as I did w/ all of Mario Kart Wii. 150cc might be fun once I get the hang of it, but I don't think getting Gold on every cup would be fun. Not at all. All golds and 3 stars on 50cc was almost too easy, but 100cc seems about right, though I do have 2 bronze and 2 silver cups and only 2 stars on a couple. I figure 150cc would be fun to play but I'm not going to care about winning. I thought 200cc would be like that as wel, just try it out to se how crazy it was w/o any expectations of doing well, just trying to keep my kart on the track :-)

Read post #78 above this and you'll see "no fun" in action.



rjejr commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Available to Download ...:

Played last night in anticipation. I still haven't played a single cup in 150cc so I guess I'll never see 200cc if you need to gold them all. Do you need to 3 star them as well or is Nitneod throwing us a bone? Yes, that's my tiff'd voice.

Well, at least it's free, I'm more interested in the 8 new tracks anyway. Unless we can only play them on Thursdays between 2 and 3PM after we've entered the Wii Fit amiibo (thinking of the Sonic DLC levels last year once per stupidity)

Nintnedo giveth, but Nitneod doesn't let us useth.



rjejr commented on Tales of More Super Smash Bros. amiibo Pre-Ord...:

@aaronsullivan - Well the ShopTo tuff this article focuses on is messed up, but if Ninteod would make more of these then we wouldn't be having this problem.

As I said, I knwo manufacturing is planned months in advance, but by now they shold have contracted for more amiibo to be made. Take the pre-orders, then make that many. Better yet, don't have pre-orders and just put them on store shelves. But make more. Many many more. No excuse. Either that or label every single amiibo "Limited Edition" on the box. This is ridiculous and has gone on long enough. And I'm not even buying them, I'm just sick of reading about it. :-) (I know, so don't. Maybe I'll stop.)

They better have plenty of Splatoon amiibo or it will hurt game sales. They aren't necessary per se, but they do play a part.