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Rocky2418 commented on Super Mario Maker Passes One Million Sales:

Yeah, I saw that door right by the end level block. There was no way I was gonna see where it went, though, in case it was one-way and dumped me out somewhere earlier. But I guess it was just the exit point of the alternate exit, heh.



Rocky2418 commented on Super Mario Maker Passes One Million Sales:

Just finished those two. That first one was brutal! I recognized several spots from Wario's Castle in SML2. It was very close to being hard enough that I might not have starred it, even if I'd beaten it. (I have done that with several insane levels that I've eventually cleared. I don't like to encourage masochism. ) But thankfully it was still on the non-masochistic side.

Here's my first level:
"Sacrificial Items"

And my second, which I just put up earlier this evening:
"World Class Flying Lessons"

The second one is pretty one-dimensional; I got the idea for it after watching my niece test out my first level, and seeing that she had no idea how SMB3's leaf worked. Got me to thinking, I wonder how many in the younger generation have no experience with either that leaf or SMW's feather. So I made a sort of SMW flying tutorial, but one that culminates in a pretty lengthy all-or-nothing test at the end.

Hope you try 'em out. "Sacrificial Items" is the one I'm particularly proud of.



Rocky2418 commented on Super Mario Maker Passes One Million Sales:

Yeah, I'm not a very creative person, by any means. But even though I've spent more time playing levels, I've definitely enjoyed designing my one that's up and my second that will be soon.

It was after watching the NWC that I realized how huge this game could potentially end up being--essentially unlimited content.



Rocky2418 commented on Super Mario Maker Passes One Million Sales:

Yes, you do keep the ratings. (I took down two versions of the one long level I've made thus far before the current, hopefully permanent version that's now up.)

I'd certainly be up for taking on your levels--very unlikely that they're worse than some of the sadistic levels I've cleared thus far. Post one here (assuming that's allowed--didn't see any in these comments), and I'll try that and your others out; and then you can feel free to try mine (I tried to make it more interesting, puzzling, and fun than over-the-top hard, but it's hard to gauge how it'll feel to others).



Rocky2418 commented on Reminder: There's Only One More Week Left To V...:

@Juampi "Crono from Chrono Trigger!"

So much this. I just put in the vote for him. (Will never happen, I'm sure, but why not try?) He has plenty of physical and magic techs from the game to fill out a full arsenal of moves; and his Smash Ball move could be "Luminaire." Eh, I can dream.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

@Lalivero @russellohh
Yeah, that's pretty much the only reason I can't justify switching to digital yet--not being comfortable having all my games bound to one system, in case something happens to it. (Well, also the fact that you can usually find a place where you can buy a game for cheaper than the normal MSRP in physical form, whereas the digital one is locked at the one price, excluding a rare sale now and then. Kind of ridiculous that the digital version will normally cost you more.)

If not for that, I'd definitely go digital. I do like the convenience of having all my games on the system, not having to switch them out, etc. Hopefully someday, when Nintendo gets on the ball with this.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

Hey, there's 37 of us, thank you very much.

No, nor do we know for sure if it's coming. (This is NOA, after all.) As I mentioned earlier, I pre-ordered this (in case it's all we ever get), but I plan on leaving it new and unopened through the end of the year. If they announce the non-bundle by then, I'll sell this and buy that one (the one I wanted, as I have zero interest in Animal Crossing, and am not enamored with having to pay $50 extra for stuff I don't want). If they don't by then, then I'll settle for this and open it up (and sell the AC stuff).



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

Well, I certainly am. But it's not the fairest of tests. We're currently being given only one way to get one, and it requires us to pay, not $30 less than the XL--like in every other region--but $20 more than the XL (so $50 more than just the system would be). And while that obviously includes a game and faceplates, what about the huge percentage (I would have think the majority) who have no interest in this offshoot game, or those who don't care for the series in general?

Just saying, anyone who really wants the standard size is being forced into paying a lot more for stuff that a lot of us have no interest in. Not exactly a true test of who really wanted this system, that's supposed to be cheaper.

Nevertheless, I pre-ordered it, because I am just that desperate to get one in some fashion. But as I commented earlier, I'm not even going to open it till the end of the year. I'm hoping the standalone white New 3DS gets announced between now and then, so I can get that and sell this one.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

I can certainly understand that (waiting for the one you want). And actually, I'd much prefer the standalone one myself (still in white, that is). Nevertheless, I pre-ordered this--largely because, after waiting all this time, I'm paranoid, thinking that I'll miss my chance to at least get it in this form. That said, I'm planning on not even opening it until the end of the year; if the standalone one is announced by then, I'll just sell this one new (or better yet just cancel my pre-order, in the unlikely event it gets announced in the next few weeks), and if it isn't, I'll go ahead and use this one. I may not want to miss my chance, but I can certainly wait a little longer, just in case the basic one does come.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

Ya know what's funny? Right after my last post, someone pointed out that banner to me over on GameFAQs. I hadn't paid much attention to it because it was just the message about the download written in Spanish and French, so I assumed it had nothing beyond what the English version stated. But this person pointed out the fact that both the Spanish and French translations used the phrase that's translated "download code" (and as you pointed out, you can make out "code" fairly easily in the French one). Anyway, thanks for pointing that out here too. That's welcome news.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

@ShikabaneHime13 "Many shots of the box say that it's a download code and not pre-installed"

Can you post a link showing off such a picture? So far all I've seen is the picture included in this article (the same picture used on Gamestop where you pre-order it), which merely says "Full Game Download Included."

Do we know for sure whether that means an actual code or pre-installed? If you could post a link of an official pic that actually says it's a code, that'd be very helpful. I'm really hoping to be able to sell the code... >_>



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

I was asking earlier, when a system comes bundled with a digital game, is it just already downloaded on the system when it comes, or does the bundle include a code for downloading the game. I ask because I have no interest in Animal Crossing, and it would be really helpful to be able to sell the code, rather than spend so much more money on a game I won't even play.

And if anyone else could answer this, I'd appreciate that as well.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

@sWiTcHeRoO "One could probably just get this bundle and get face plates off of the other regions that have variety already"

That's what I'm planning. I would have much preferred just the plain, non-bundle white system--both due to significantly cheaper cost and zero interest in AC. But hey, I'll take what I can get. (At least it's the white system, which is what I was hoping for.) I already pre-ordered it on Gamestop. I'll just sell the AC plates (and get the plain or other ones on ebay or something) and card. By the way, is it possible to sell the game? Does a code for the digital game come with it or is it just pre-installed? I'm guessing pre-installed, which would really be a bummer for me.



Rocky2418 commented on Movie Review: Pixels Proves Once Again That Vi...:

@JusticeColde "Is there any reason to be angry about it? No. Like I said, we knew what we were getting and anybody going to the theater only to come out angry afterwards is just looking for something to be angry at."

Agreed. The preview had told us that footage of '80s video games was send out into space for any potential aliens out there over 30 years ago (uh... why video games?), and then aliens responded by attacking earth with real-life versions of those games (and also that Adam Sandler was the main character). ... I don't understand how anyone could be righteously indignant over the fact that what they got was a stupid, silly 80s video games movie. I really don't.

@RalphaBoss "Meh... so harsh... You're taking the movie too seriously."

@dkxcalibur "It's unrealistic even beyond the obvious unrealistic story line and stuff doesn't always make sense but it's good as a brainless fun watching some cartoons on TV."

Exactly. I'm 31, and I saw it on Saturday with my 39-year-old brother and 12-year-old niece. And we all loved it. Not like 'this should win an oscar' loved it. Just loved it 'cause it was exactly what we were expecting it to be, and thought it was funny. (And the 3D worked quite well with it--especially in the Centipede battle.)

@Fazzie_Bear @TRON
I enjoyed it too, for what it was and was obviously going to be.

His warning was somewhat incomplete. The guy gets together with "Lady Lisa" (his lifetime video game crush) after the "real" one left and then Q*bert mysteriously just morphed into her. And by the way, probably my favorite line in the movie followed that (and perfectly demonstrates the fact that the movie wasn't pretending to be some great box office hit, and knew that it was just a silly video game movie to go see if you wanted to), when Sandler's character said something like: 'Seriously, nobody else is weirded out by the fact that Q-bert just became Lady Lisa?'



Rocky2418 commented on This Lovely Mario New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plate...:

I don't mind not being able to get this cover plate. It's not being able to get the smaller system itself that irritates me . . . Anyway, no worries, Nintendo Life. It's not your fault we don't have it here. No need to feel guilty about articles about cover plates and whatnot. I'm glad you to enjoy (most of) them.



Rocky2418 commented on Metallic Blue New Nintendo 3DS XL Looks Set fo...:

@iphys @Jake_homs @StephenYap3
Ditto to all that. Hope it gets announced sometime in the next few months--especially the white one, as you said, Stephen.

Possible. However, two things to note: 1) The comment was part of a reply to an inquiry as to the standard New 3DS's North American fate. In addition, he prefaced the SKU line with the phrase, "Not going to make any promises but..." I would find that preliminary phrase kind of silly if he was merely talking about releasing new colors for the XL. As in, 'Not going to make any promises, but... maybe, just MAYBE, we'll do the thing that we always do with every handheld system that you're already expecting--release additional colors.' See what I mean? It would be kind of ridiculous to speak of such a prospect like it was some shocking, unexpected notion. But more importantly, 2) There was a second interview with Reggie from E3 that was published, and in it he stated:

"Our focus is over the current six- to nine-months. In our handheld space, we’ve just launched the new Nintendo 3DS XL. So from that standpoint, there is no new hardware coming over the next six- to nine-month period. There might be some new variants. The thing about the handheld space, consumers love new designs, new colors. And we’ll continue to offer those types of experiences."

(I inserted the bold.) Source:

So, speaking of the next 6 to 9 months, he said that while there of course won't be any all-new (next gen) handheld system, they will continue to offer new variants--new colors AND new designs. Nothing is ever official until announced, of course, and maybe it won't come. But after this interview and the other one, I've become much more optimistic regarding the standard's release here. Either way, we'll have to wait and see.

I'm happy for those who wanted the Metallic Blue XL. I actually think that one looks the nicest of the XL colors. I can only hope the standard size comes soon too.



Rocky2418 commented on Gallery: The Splatoon T-Shirt Market Has More ...:

Funny. When I saw the cover picture for this article, I said to myself, 'Hey, those look like the graphics from the Red Bubble site.' And sure enough they were. I actually bought four different Chrono Trigger themed shirts from their site about a year or two ago. They do great work!



Rocky2418 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Hints at Smaller New Nintendo...:

No problem. Yeah, I was surprised by the data myself, considering how frequently I'd heard people casually throw around the line, 'Well, XL sales just dwarf non-XL sales in North America.' Whereas in reality--while XL sales do outnumber non-XL ones everywhere, including NA--non-XL sales actually make up a higher percentage of overall sales here in NA than anywhere else. So, yeah, that's clearly not the reason why the base model wasn't released here. Rather, to this point, they decided only to cater to the over 50% group--maybe in an effort to be stingy and limit production costs, maybe store shelf space issues, or maybe trying to force more consumers into buying the XL before trying to get them to double dip and buy the base model too. I don't know. But just "the numbers"? No, that doesn't compute.



Rocky2418 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Hints at Smaller New Nintendo...:

Being a pessimist (and with good cause), I'd normally be inclined to agree with you. However, he was specifically speaking about/to people who wanted "the base model":

"We've certainly taken note of all of the readers and consumers that expressed desire for the base model. . . . I would suggest to your readers that they stay tuned and maybe some special SKUs might show up."

Merely releasing a new New XL (ugh, name) would be completely irrelevant to that statement, as people who wanted the base model still wouldn't want that.



Rocky2418 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Hints at Smaller New Nintendo...:

@RatKing64 "Sales data shows that North Americans generally prefer the bigger screen of the XL (by a wide margin)"

This always seems to come up at least once in one of these kinds of stories' comments sections, so I'll copy and paste the following again--to clear up this misconception:

In reality, it seems the reason NOA didn't release it is that they are more stingy than the other regions--they chose to only release the model preferred by the greater than 50% group, and not "waste" resources on the mere 33% of the rest of us. Too, just as likely, they wanted to stagger the releases so as to get people to buy the one they didn't really want as much, so they'd have to buy a second one in order to get what they wanted. But just the sales data? No, the numbers don't support that theory.

Yeah, I found that odd too. Kind of makes me think they're not going to release the white one I've been hoping for, but rather some "unique" color and--of course--black, because we clearly don't have enough of that color as it is. >_>

@Sakura "The special bundles we have for the standard model here usually include the game (digital) and a set of faceplates (often a free corresponding theme too). The actual consoles are just white or black."

I hope that's what happens here. As long as I can get the actual console in white, I'll be happy.



Rocky2418 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Hints at Smaller New Nintendo...:

Well, I know I've certainly longed for the standard size, white New 3DS since seeing it when it was first announced last year in Japan. I will pre-order / buy it instantly if/when it releases here. It's funny--I had the OG 3DS for a year and a half, then switched to the XL, just to give it a chance, and have now had it for two years. But I've been so ready to switch back to the smaller size for good. I waited till E3, heard nothing, and decided I'd just go try and find another OG 3DS online. I was planning on purchasing one later tonight, and then saw this article . . .

Now I feel like I should just wait a little while longer, but . . . I also know Reggie very well could be trolling us again, and--as some have suggested--might reveal a New 2DS or just some additional LE New XLs. Sigh . . . Sure wish he'd just tell us what we'll be getting, even if not when. As it is, I still don't know what to do.



Rocky2418 commented on Take More Risks With Your eShop Purchases, Ple...:

"If I had one wish to be fulfilled, I would love to see Nintendo fans and consumers take more risks on eShop."

Yeah, and if I had one wish, I would love to see the standard New 3DS here in North America, as it is in every other region. But Nintendo clearly doesn't care about what the 33% who prefer that size want; hence, I couldn't care less what they want. And if I recall, Baker was the guy who "explained" the absence of said New 3DS by saying that it would be too confusing to NA consumers to have five different systems (3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, New 3DS, and New 3DS XL). He said that this way, we'd have three options that each offered a unique experience--the 3DS (OG), 2DS, and New 3DS XL. Funny thing about that, though: the OG 3DS hasn't been an option for a long, long time. Which is why, when--following E3 and seeing that the standard New still wasn't released--I decided to finally switch back from my old XL to the OG (I have good reasons), that meant I had to get one off ebay, the only way to buy any 3DS system of that size for me.

Anyway, yeah, Damon Baker is one guy that I can't take seriously. Sorry.



Rocky2418 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Promises 3DS E3 Reveals While...:

Oh, how tired I grow of Reggie . . . If you noticed, in the article, the person actually asked him two questions regarding the standard New 3DS in NA:

"What drove the decision to only release one version of the New 3DS in the US, and is there a chance we'll ever get a regular one?"

And yet, while he "answered" (not really) the first question, he literally ignored the second altogether:

"We made the decision that we felt was best in keeping with the needs of our user base at the time."

I understand wanting to keep reveals secret, but he didn't even dignify the question of whether we'd ever get it with an answer--not even a deflecting one. Wow, I didn't realize I could lose more respect for him until reading that. Now I know better.



Rocky2418 commented on Europe, You're Getting Three More New 3DS Cove...:

@kamifox1 "Really though, the sense of entitlement in America these days never fails to astound me.. It's just a few pieces of plastic with pretty pictures on them, do you REALLY care that much?"

About the pieces of plastic? No, I don't. And actually, like myself, the majority of people who are upset about the matter care more about the size of the system itself than about the cover plates. Many of us prefer having a smaller, lighter system as their portable.

As for the entitlement: Is it really entitlement to expect to get the same options that literally every other region got? Besides, it's not just about being the "left out" region. Thanks to the internet, we all saw the New 3DS and XL months in advance when Japan announced it. So that was three months during which those of us that wanted the standard model were looking forward to it--something that had nothing to do with which regions got what, since that hadn't even happened yet.

Anyway, keep some perspective. It's not like we're starting mass riots in the streets. We're merely expressing our disappointment over not getting something after months of looking forward to it and rightfully expecting that it would come, based on past situations.



Rocky2418 commented on Video: Footage From Nintendo World Championshi...:

(In most nerdy voice): 2nd video - 'The next Fred Savage'? More like the next Luke Edwards, who was the one who played Jimmy Woods, the actual "wizard" of the movie. Heh, I hope someone got fired over that one.

(Back to regular voice): Anyway, it's a shame that there were so few locations for these preliminaries. Living in upstate NY, it would've been about a 2 1/2 hour drive down to the city to try competing. Not bad, but even that long of a drive, then having to sit outside an NYC building in early morning hours . . . nah. Especially since I know I'd have no realistic shot of coming out on top. I know and am good at most of the old-school games in NES Remix, being 31, but I actually haven't play NES Remix itself. Besides, there's also the odds - 1 in who-knows-how-many-hundreds? Meh. I'll just enjoy watching the finals. Should be fun.



Rocky2418 commented on Pearl White Is The Latest New Nintendo 3DS XL ...:

@DreamOn "I can't believe in all the years we've seen 3DS models come and go on this continent this generation, we've not had a plain white 3DS. Dang you, Reggie. Dang you!"

I wholeheartedly agree. It's been quite disappointing to me. I'm quite sure we won't be getting this one either . . .

@SanderEvers "Looks nice.... But I'll stick to my regular size white new 3DS"

Ah, I envy you. That would be my first choice, hands down. But if this white XL at least somehow made it here, I'd consider getting it. Who am I kidding--I won't have to make that choice.



Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo is Discontinuing the Basic 8GB Wii U ...:

As a few others have commented, for me the 32GB to 8GB difference (which is actually more like 25 to 3, after the initial setup and whatnot) is actually pretty huge. I don't purchase any retail download games (won't make that switch until the account system is stronger, so that my games aren't linked only to the system itself; plus they're no cheaper, which makes no sense). So my used space would be spent on on VC, WiiWare, and DLC, which would take up very little--though 3GB would be pushing it. After all, the two MK8 DLC packs are over 2GB in themselves. So yeah, 32GB would be enough for me indefinitely, while 8GB wouldn't.

That said, from the start, I've wanted a white Wii U deluxe--that's the primary reason I still haven't bought one to this point--and just never really wanted to have to have an external device always sticking out of it, especially when I bring it elsewhere. (At the same time, I've been dealing with an unending left thumb soreness for over a year which was caused by persisting in some over-the-top bonus challenges in a few games, such as DKCR. Hence, avoiding getting a new system and playing a bunch of new games probably isn't the worst thing for me, in that respect.)

But if the white 32GB system ever does come here, I will buy/pre-order it instantly. Especially that one listed above--with no game, for $250. Then I could just pick and choose the games I'd really want. Sadly, I doubt that this announcement in Japan will have any bearing on the matter, though. And based on NOA's track record of the last few years, I certainly don't expect them to make any decision that would match up with something I want. (cough no white standard New 3DS cough)



Rocky2418 commented on Video: Let's Remind Ourselves How Totally Radi...:

That would be awesome! Born in '83, The Wizard was my favorite movie growing up--watched it tons of times, and still do every now and then. It would be really cool if the cast made an appearance (Christian Slater, Beau Bridges, etc.).

Yeah, the '90s will always be the decade I'm fondest of, for many reasons.



Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo "Currently Investigating" The Idea Of...:

@Funbunz "And that goes for games AND consoles. If the new 3ds was region free, I would have been able to import one of those white standard ones from Japan.
It's not too late Nintendo, you can still get my $200. Just allow me to purchase the one I want, the money is all yours."

Well said. I feel exactly the same way. If they would only give me the option of the white standard New 3DS, I'd dish out the $200 or whatever it costs right now. And that's why I hope they do away with region locking.



Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: What We Expect from Nintendo Di...:

The only thing I care about seeing is a release of the regular New 3DS (particularly the white one) here in NA. However, I highly doubt it'll happen, so this Direct will probably have nothing I care about, unfortunately.



Rocky2418 commented on Standard-Sized New Nintendo 3DS Photos Emerge ...:

@Meaty-cheeky "Both of you guys brought up some great points, but the fact of the matter is that the 3DS XL model is the preferred model for the 3-D gaming experience from consumers here in North America."

Well, it's the preferred model everywhere - in that it is chosen by at least 51% of consumers everywhere. But actually - as I mentioned - North America actually had the lowest percentage of consumers who preferred the XL in the "old" 3DS generation (56%, as opposed to every other region, where that number was over 60%; and again, that's excluding all smaller 3DS sales from prior to the XL's release). Here's the more thorough breakdown, FWIW:



Rocky2418 commented on Standard-Sized New Nintendo 3DS Photos Emerge ...:

@Meaty-cheeky "I agree with Nintendo of America decisions on releasing only the New Nintendo 3DS XL, because of these two reasons. First reason is consumer confusion"

NOA retained the name "New 3DS XL" for their new 3DS XL - am I to seriously believe that they withheld a different size because they're concerned with customer confusion? Try searching for a "New 3DS XL" on Ebay, and see how unambiguous the results are.

"Americans already had a rough time rapping there head around the difference between Wii to Wii U, how will Nintendo explain the difference between unknowledgeable consumers about (3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, N3DS, N3DS XL)"

The 3DS hasn't been marketed or stocked in stores in a long time (hence why they sell for so much on places like Ebay) - it's not an option for consumers; the 3DS XL is clearly in the process of being replaced by the New XL - this is backed up by the fact that it's not shown on NOA's official 3DS website anymore. In fact, only two models are even advertised on that site now - the 2DS and the New 3DS XL. Hence, it wouldn't have been 5 choices if they'd released the standard size here - it would've been 3 (which has already been the case in the past, with the old 3DS, old XL, and 2DS). I think we could rap our heads around that, considering we have before.

"My second reason is when you compare the Nintendo 3DS the 3DS XL, the 3DS XL out sold the old smaller model by a large margin."

True. The smaller size is chosen by roughly one third of consumers. Yet every other region still felt that 33% was substantial enough to not ignore. And here in NA - with regard to the "old" systems - the smaller size actually was responsible for a higher percentage of total system sales than in any other region (and that's only including 3DS sales from after the XL's release, so that it's a fair comparison).

NOA can do whatever they want, of course - they're a business. But I just still don't grasp the logic behind this decision. That said, they don't particularly care if I do, so . . . oh well.



Rocky2418 commented on Standard-Sized New Nintendo 3DS Photos Emerge ...:

@StephenYap3 "It better come to the US. I could care less for the Skittles buttons, but what matters is me getting the white model since that's the one I wanted since the announcement."

Same here, 100%. I want it for the smaller size and white color.

"I have been your utmost supporter and fan since the beginning, but you disappointed me there."




Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: It's Time for a Nintendo Direct...:

@IceClimbers "Just don't complain when the new handheld comes soon afterward."

Fair enough. In truth, though, I personally have never been a habitual complainer over such things; this is pretty much my first time, in regards to a matter like this. This was a special case, for me - I saw the standard, white New 3DS when revealed for Japan back in October and knew that it was everything I wanted for my handheld system. I was extremely excited. Then the January Direct came, and I was severely disappointed - partly because every region but mine was getting it, but mostly just because I'd simply been looking forward to it with much anticipation for 3 months.

Anyway, point is, I've only complained about this current matter (respectfully, mind you) because it was actually quite important to me. If they were to finally release it, I would buy it on day one and be very happy; if they then released the next system - even a week later - I wouldn't care. I feel no need to have the newest thing. I only care about being able to get the thing I wanted in the first place.

If they never release it, I'll live. NOA can live without me, and I without them. Life goes on.