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Rocky2418

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#1

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)

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#2

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

@Shy_Guy
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.

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#3

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.

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#5

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.

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#6

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:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/997614-nintendo-3ds/71051940

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#7

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.

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#10

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."

Ditto.

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#11

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.

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#15

Rocky2418 commented on Chrono Trigger Turns 20, but is Ultimately Tim...:

@invictus4000 "I had to chuckle when you mentioned your tradition of naming Marle the name of your current crush. I did that too! (As I'm sure every 90's RPGer did.)"

True. Though I was likely more on the unusual side - I had a crush on just that one girl for 11 years (all of the '90s, plus a bit after that).

Your drawing is awesome, BTW. I don't have Colors 3D (is that game? or an app?), but I at least checked it out online.

@JellySplat
Yeah, sorry, I haven't learned any new ones recently; either way, I generally gravitate more toward learning the pieces that I feel an emotional connection to - based on the music itself, but more so based on what it's linked to in the game, story-wise. Wind Scene is very nice (of course, there's few that are NOT nice in this game), but being basically just an overworld piece of music, I'd be less likely to put in the effort to learn it, unfortunately.

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#16

Rocky2418 commented on Chrono Trigger Turns 20, but is Ultimately Tim...:

Oh yeah, and I also learned to play some of my favorite pieces of music from Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross (I purchased the official sheet music books years ago) over the last couple of years. (Though I'm far from enamored with Chrono Cross as a whole - due, partly, to the "fates" that it handed out to many of the characters I loved from Chrono Trigger - I do love its music.) Here's a link to 6 that I recorded and put up on YouTube last year, for any who might enjoy it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEBRh3esp0c&list=PLmHtaAyAgiciqiU05cx819OOHkMv0eirH

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#17

Rocky2418 commented on Chrono Trigger Turns 20, but is Ultimately Tim...:

Nice picture, Peppy. :-) As you can see from mine, Chrono Trigger is unquestionably my favorite game of all time. It's funny - prior to playing it, I didn't care for RPGs at all. Mainly, I hated random battle encounters (which CT turned out not to feature). But when I saw this in a rental store back in early '96 (when I was 12), I picked it up, not even realizing that it was an RPG at first. (I thought it was more like Secret of Mana or Illusion of Gaia.) Well, I put it in my SNES, and . . . the rest is history. I went out a plunked down $70 for my own copy, and I still have it to this day - as well as on the Wii VC and the DS version. (I also have some figurines of all the playable characters, as well as a Marle keychain on, well, my keychain.)

What I love most about the game, what always stays close to my heart, is the characters. I love their personal stories, their personalities, their flaws; I love how they are, in a way, misfits - kind of alone - until they band together, from completely different worlds, and form a tight-knit camaraderie as they take down that which threatens their world.

Marle, my favorite character, is the perfect example of why I love these people. She is a deeply emotional person (which I can relate to), and undergoes a drastic transformation during the game, due to a traumatic event involving one of the main characters. Early in the game, she's a very bubbly, cheerful, maybe even careless, optimist. But after this heavy event, her emotional state turns very dark - first in a state of shock, then despondent, and finally fiercely determined to defy reality and undo what has happened, no matter what. And until this is done, she has a one-track mind - it's all she can think about. Her pain always felt so real to me. And that's the kind of thing I most cared about in this game - the emotional states of all the characters as they underwent their respective trials. I just liked who they were. Anyway, that's just me.

Oh, and (since the article encouraged us to share our favorite memories regarding the game) every time I played through this game growing up, I would always give Marle the name of the girl I had crush on for a long time.

I can't believe it was 19 years ago that this game first entered my life . . .

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#20

Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo Held Back Western Launch Of New 3DS D...:

@JaxonH "NoA already confirmed that, and explained why. Based on the North American market, the XL sales account for the vast majority of purchases"

Even more so is that the case in all the regions that did get the smaller New choice:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/997614-nintendo-3ds/71051940

@Rob_mc_1 "It almost seems like the US got the XL and Europe got the regular size one as an easy way to divvy up the inventory."

While NA only got the XL, Europe actually got both options.

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#22

Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo Held Back Western Launch Of New 3DS D...:

@rjejr
Yeah, that's what I started excitedly thinking. Then, just as I was about to click on it, I realized it said "western release," which would include Europe as well. But yeah, would've been nice if he'd given any info on if/when the standard size would come here . . .

@TourianTourist
Ha, I love your picture! I'm a Zelda fan (which you likely know, assuming you're the same TourianTourist on GameFAQs), but also Lost is my all-time favorite show, so I got a kick out of the Dharma logo, heh.

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#24

Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@Platypus101 "What were the sales numbers once the XL was released versus the standard model? If the numbers were anything like they were for the new XL we could see why they may not have restocked standard models in particular regions..."

I posted a link to exactly those sales numbers back in comment #20. Feel free to look. In a nutshell, in NA, once the XL was released (so excluding all 3DS sales from prior to that), 14% of total sales came from the 2DS, 30% came from the 3DS, and 56% came from the 3DS XL. (BTW, that 56% for the old XL? Lower than in any other region. And yet we're the only region that was only given the New XL as a choice at launch...) Oh, and as a side note: In NA, during just the first first year of the old XL's availability - before the 2DS release, when the choices were just 3DS or 3DS XL - 2,130,000 standard 3DS systems were sold, and 2,140,000 XL systems were sold. That's 50.1% for the XL, and 49.9% for the standard - almost even, and about 5% higher for the standard here during that year than in any other region.

Yeah, we 'muricans clearly all want the big one...

@Shiner1776 "Every other part of life is filled with frustration, and Nintendo is supposed to be a sanctuary from those things- for a nominal price of course."

This. For me, so much this. Look, pretty much everyone here is well aware of the fact that these are just video games, and not something to completely devastate us. But in the "real" world - in areas that really matter - life for many or at least some of us can be very difficult, frustrating, and even depressing. Video games - or any hobby for that matter - can be a nice respite, a distraction, from those difficulties. So when frustration seeps over in these other parts of life - these distractions - it can feel exasperating.

I'm not trying to say, 'I'm frustrated, so give me what I want!' No. I'm saying let us simply feel the way we're feeling - even expressing our disappointment and frustration in video game news comments sections such as this (as long as we're respectful and not insulting anyone) - without feeling the need to jump down our throats or call us whiny crybabies, simply because we expressed our disappointment. Doing that is far more immature than someone who merely voices how they feel about something.

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#25

Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@Intrepid
As someone who only wants the white standard model, I can certainly relate when it comes to wanting a particular color. And what's more: red is actually favorite color, generally speaking (though I prefer white for electronics); and yet even I liked the blue New XL color more than the "red" one (more like reddish burgundy). I loved the red on the original 3DS, and it was fine on the old XL, too. But I just don't care much for this red. If I had been planning on getting a New XL (which I'm not), I would've picked the blue one (if it were an option here, which it's not). I think that one looks the nicest.

So yeah, I offer my condolences - I know the feeling. (It's also how I felt about the white Wii U Deluxe never coming here.)

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#26

Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@ShikabaneHime13
Yeah, it's funny - I went out to eat with my older brother about 5 hours ago, and we were talking about that first post of yours (we'd each read it separately, apparently). Regardless of the XL's approximately 2:1 dominance ratio, deciding not to release the smaller size at all really screws over younger kids - and this is a video game company. (I'm aware that it's not impossible for younger kids to hold and use an XL, but there's no question that it would be less comfortable than the standard for most of them.) So yeah, I can empathize with you; and it's just another reason why this decision was very perplexing.

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#28

Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@daveh30 "If you want my honest opinion, I'd bet money that the New 3ds releases"

No one would be happier than I if you end up being right. I sure hope you are. It's just, when it comes to the NOA that I've grown accustomed to over the last 5 years or so, them doing the opposite of what many would bet money on has become commonplace. Hopefully this isn't one of those times.

Of course, knowing my luck, you'll be completely right - they'll release that Xenoblade bundle (which would be the black system), and never sell the white system here, screwing me over yet again. (Don't worry, I know the color isn't an important matter, despite being important to me.)

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#29

Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@Samuel-Flutter
"It's not about faceplates, it's about the size. I like the slender regular size better. I don't care for a larger screen. And while yes I could carry the XL in my pocket, it wouldn't be as comfortable."

That's exactly why I want the smaller model, too. No, it's not impossible to carry the XL in a pocket (especially in the winter, when I carry it in my coat). But it's definitely less comfortable for me - especially in the summer, when I'm always wearing shorts. When I take a walk, and earn "coins" on the system, the XL weighs down said shorts significantly more than the standard does; it just feels more awkward, I guess.

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#30

Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@daveh30
"We voted with our wallets when the XL soundly outsold the original."

The XL soundly outsold the original in all other regions, as well - to an even greater degree, in fact, according to the official sales data report, linked above. All other regions still released the New standard, so that alone can't be the reason for them excluding it here.

"They've been in cost cutting mode for a while now, and it's clearly a business decision."

If that's actually the reason, then fine, I would accept that. But then at least afford us the dignity of telling us that straight out. Instead they give the explanations cited in my last comment - each of which I explained the fallacy of. If they're hurting financially, and that's the reason for this, then just say so. But no, they wouldn't want to admit such a thing, so instead they'll say it's to spare us confusion - sparing us confusion in our trip to the store to buy a new 3DS. I mean, a new 3DS XL, not a 3DS. I mean, a new New 3DS XL, not a 3DS XL. >_<

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#31

Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@TingLz
"I don't see why anyone even bothered asking why it didn't come to the States when no one will likely like the answer"

That may be true of some, but not everyone; not me. If the answer (and therefore the reason) had been, 'We don't have enough produced, so we're waiting until we do to release it to such a large market,' it would be a straightforward answer, and I'd be content to wait. Now, if they didn't want to let on that they would be releasing it later, so as to maximize current sales for the XL, then maybe they could've said, 'After the struggles that the Wii U had in selling, we are trying to be more efficient and cautious in our releases, so we made the decision to only release one New model in our region.' I'd be disappointed, but at least I'd have an honest answer that made sense, so I'd accept it and move on.

Instead, Damon Baker explained that, basically, they didn't want to make too many choices available so as to limit confusion and appeal to more of the general public. Why don't I believe that to be true, even for a second? They called their new 3DS the New 3DS. Consumer confusion is flat out not a key concern for them, if they were willing to do that. (They could've changed the name from New 3DS to Super 3DS, as they changed Famicom to Nintendo Entertainment System.)

Or the other, more nondescript reply: "We think New Nintendo 3DS XL makes the most sense for our market." As I've mentioned before, using a link posted earlier, the old XL was actually responsible for a lower percentage of overall old 3DS sales here in NA than in any other region. So if excluding the standard New 3DS "makes the most sense for our market," then it would make far more sense for all the other markets. But instead, those other markets did release the standard model. Maybe they felt it smarter to not upset one third of their fanbase (as the ratio is about 2:1, on average, everywhere) - a large chunk indeed.

In short: I would be more than happy to hear a valid, honest explanation. But the two that have been given thus far actually go against the sales data evidence or are contradictory with their actions. That's why it's so frustrating to me - they won't just come out with the real reason, whatever it is.

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#33

Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@aaronsullivan
"I do wonder about the regular 3DS though. . . . Is it as poorly stocked as people are saying?"

Go into any store's electronics section, and see if you can find one. They haven't stocked those in a long time. (Maybe you'll find one or two randomly at some store - but only if they've been sitting there for a year or two, and just never got sold.) How this Baker guy could say that the 3DS is one of 3 choices for NA consumers . . . Yeah, no - it's not a choice, and hasn't been for a long time. Even NOA's official website doesn't show it; it only shows the New XL and the 2DS. That's it.

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#34

Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@PvtOttobot
"Make a petition or something!"

We have. Here are two, one of which was actually mentioned in the article above, if you actually read it (search for "over 4000 names"):

https://www.change.org/p/nintendo-bring-the-regular-sized-new-3ds-to-america-stop-region-locking

https://www.change.org/p/nintendo-bring-the-normal-smaller-standard-version-of-the-new-nintendo-3ds-to-north-american-markets-and-or-stop-region-locking-the-available-3ds-models

"Have you SEEN the New XL vs New 3DS sales?! You're all talk, I'm sure the sales of the New 3DS would match those of other countries, if not be worse."

If your point is that the XL outsells the standard by a ratio of about 2:1, that's true of all regions; and yet all the other ones offer the choice of both, not wanting to piss off a third of their fans. If your point is that North America would have a worse sales ratio of standard to XL than the other regions, you're wrong - it's just the opposite, in fact, according to official sales data for old 3DS systems (OG sales prior to XL's release omitted, for that matter). NA chooses the XL a smaller percentage of the time than any other region. [See the link I posted in one of my earlier comments - comment #20.]

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#35

Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

Very nice video - glad to see that Operation Faceplate has so much support and recognition.

"What's going to happen in reality is people who don't know the difference are going to buy a 3DS because they want the small sized and then be mad when they later realize . . ."

If they can manage to find a 3DS in a store at all, then my hat is off to them.

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#37

Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@Wolfgabe
"But now if a person walks into a store looking for a 3DS it will be much simpler because he has the choice of a 3DS, 2DS, or New 3DS XL."

By all means, show me where I can find a 3DS currently in stores. No, there's actually just 2DS, 3DS XL, and New 3DS XL. For that matter, go to NOA's official 3DS website - they show off the 3DS XL and 2DS. That's all. What Damon Baker could possibly be thinking in stating that the 3DS is a choice, I have no clue. If it were, then OG 3DS systems would be selling for far less on ebay.

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#38

Rocky2418 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

As one who is incredibly disappointed over not being able to get a white, standard New 3DS, I must say: That was nice, fair article that broke down the situation very well.

@BensonUii
"I think NoA is looking on the numbers. . . . Initial data shows XL still outnumbers the smaller model."

Nope. Because based on just "the numbers," the XL made up a smaller percentage of total "old" 3DS sales in North America than in any other region (and that's excluding all OG 3DS sales from prior to the XL's release), as shown here:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/997614-nintendo-3ds/71051940

So if it made sense to exclude the smaller New 3DS from NA, then other regions really shouldn't have released it.

@Kaboom
"Well, regardless of the quality of their hardware and software, crappy companies don't get my business. . . . The day they announce the standard New 3DS is the day I start supporting them again."

Ditto.

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#39

Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

@icekirbyixi
Thanks, I appreciate the sentiments.

As opposed to you, this decision of NOA's has actually pushed me over the edge, and I will not be buying from them anymore (assuming they never release it). It's not a boycott thing - nor would I pressure anyone else to not buy from them. No, I'm just tired - tired of being in the minority with regard to my preferences, which, at this point, means being ignored by NOA. First there was Nintendo not allowing any non-Ambassadors to even purchase the GBA games - like it was somehow our fault that they overpriced their system. Then there was them not releasing the deluxe Wii U in white here, like Japan got, which was disappointing to me. But I'm a reasonable person; I realize that's merely a difference of color, which most don't consider a big deal, so I rarely complain about it. This current fiasco, though - I guess this just did it for me. I'm no longer a customer that Nintendo cares about, so I have no wish to support them anymore; a shame, since I've been a loyal Nintendo fan for 25 years since about age 6 - my whole life.

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#40

Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

"I thought they were discontinuing the original 3DS? why continue to produce it instead of the vasty superior "New" version?"

It is discontinued. Go check out NOA's official 3DS site:

http://www.nintendo.com/3ds

It advertises the 2DS and the New 3DS XL. That's it. There is no third option. This guy knows that. Hence, his entire argument is fallacious.

@SaGa_K
Exactly. I was thinking the same thing.

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#41

Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

"I have been a Nintendo fan for 20 yrs- but this is the straw that broke the camels back."

Funny, I used the exact same expression in a comment in a different article. That's what this decision was for me, too, and I also have been a loyal Nintendo fan for 20+ years.

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#42

Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

"Does anyone buy the standard size in NA anymore?"

Yes. I am one. And actually, a higher percentage of people bought the smaller models of the old 3DS in NA than in any other region, as shown in the link I've posted above 3 times. So yes, plenty of people buy the standard size here - more here than anywhere else.

"I can see from a production stand point why Nintendo axed it."

For the reasons I've just stated, I absolutely can't see why they withheld it only from here.

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#43

Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

"I mean, I understand WHY they did it, I just don't like it."

Whereas I both don't like it and don't understand it. It can't be about "preventing confusion" - by retaining the name "New 3DS" for, well, the new 3DS, they clearly showed that preventing confusion wasn't a priority. And it's not because of sales numbers for the old 3DS - based on those, NA should've been the most likely to get the smaller New 3DS.

So yeah, I can't even begin to understand or guess what the real reason is.

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#46

Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

Ah. Well, either way, it's awesome to see so much support for this.

Boy, I hope it won't just be for future decisions. This decision of theirs is pretty much the final straw for me. If this one doesn't get changed, I'll be saying bye-bye to my 25-year-long relationship with Nintendo. I'm just so tired of being disappointed by them.

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#48

Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

"I for one am not a fan if the XLs. I feel that they are too big, for my personal taste, to have as a portable gaming console.
It's not the faceplates. It's not the colored buttons. That is but a factor of what makes a regular N3DS. It fits better in my pocket."

Exactly how I feel. I like a more compact system for my portable handheld. I mean, I love the Super Famicom buttons, and the cover plates are a nice bonus, but for me it's just the size of the system (and the white color).

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#49

Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

@sykotek
Oh, I wasn't implying that former XL owners would switch to the smaller New model. (I mean, some would, but probably not a lot.) I was merely saying that if 33% of consumers bought the smaller old 3DS, then about 33% would probably buy the smaller New 3DS as well. And one third of all buyers - that's a LOT of buyers. Other regions had lower percentages of people who bought the smaller old model, and still released it for the New one; because, hey, 25% or 30% is still a lot of people to just ignore the preferences of. That's all I was saying. In a nutshell, it seems like they could've made it available, but only half as many of them as the New XL or something.

@Syrek24
This is the comment section of a site devoted to video game news. Of course this stuff means nothing compared to real world problems; but this isn't a place to discuss real world problems. I imagine doing so would even go against this site's Community Rules.

"It baffles me to no end that people continue to whine and complain online yet they do nothing to actually make a difference. You want change, you need to do something about it"

I . . . wasn't aware that there were a whole lot of things we could do that would actually make a difference. I'm not buying the XL (simply because I don't want it, not as a boycott or anything); I've signed petitions, I've sent NOA letters, e-mails, and online Customer Service "tickets," and left formal complaints via telephone twice. Yet even I know that none of that may make any difference. The truth is, there's not much we can do that they take notice of. So beyond not purchasing the model we don't want, I guess we just like to empathize with others who share our disappointment with this decision. As long as we aren't insulting to others or disruptive, what's so awful about that? (Again, this is a video game news site. Video game news is all we're allowed to talk about here.)

Rocky2418

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Rocky2418 commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

@sykotek
"Could Nintendo rerelease the smaller, unpopular middlechild version here in NA and would that even sell? Would it's associated accessories?"

I posted this link above, but I'll do so again:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/997614-nintendo-3ds/71051940

Even excluding the selling period prior to the old XL's release, the smaller model(s) actually was responsible for a higher percentage of total sales here in NA than in any other region (30% excluding 2DS sales, 44% including them). So even going by just "the numbers," yes, it would likely sell at least as well here. (And the old 3DS didn't even have the cover plate customization to help out its appeal.)

"My analysis: that'd be too many separate SKU sections for the market."

Well, it's not too many for Europe, which has everything we do, plus the standard size New 3DS. I understand it's a different market; just saying it can be done.