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Sun 30th September, 2012

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Sakura commented on Video: See How The New Nintendo 3DS Compares T...:

Thanks for that! Already have the white regular and that is my favourite of them all. Will upgrade to an XL too, but will go for the black as opposed to the blue because I don't like the outside colour much - inside blue looks fine. Would have preferred red or white. May not have to wait that long anyway - a new design about every month.



Sakura commented on Hundreds of Limited Edition Majora's Mask New ...:

Not surprised by this, but disappointed in humanity. Always needing to take advantage to the detriment of others, then justifying with some spurious rhetoric about freedoms and seizing opportunities. It is exploiting the situation to pre-order limited stock with the sole intention of reselling immediately at an inflated price. That's Capitalism? Sounds more like profiteering to me.



Sakura commented on Poll: Which New Nintendo 3DS Will You be Buying?:

I don't really like the MMN3DS XL. gasp It's too showy/blingy for me. I really like the white N3DS, which I already have. I don't understand why it isn't being released in the US. "'Cos we decided not to" is not an acceptable explanation. Not just the firmware that's region-locked - Nintendo is not global, it's 3 separate regional companies :(

But the name is ridiculous in whatever region - search for "New 3DS" and you get all 3DS consoles ever released - they are new, but they're not the "New 3DS".

I really like the embossed faceplates so have pre-ordered those. Would have liked a red XL too, but no go here in the UK. A bit crappy all round really, but particularly crappy for those in the US who wanted the regular and have no options at all for it. How's that for expanding consumer choice?



Sakura commented on Hands On: We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL :

If they don't think they'll sell as many, why not simply produce fewer of the regular-sized model? They could use the same production run as for other regions - it's just the firmware and packaging that's different, isn't it? Cover plates could then be imported. Really wish Ninty would act with more transparency and coherency. Nintendo presents itself as a global company, but it operates as 3 distinct regional companies. They seem to be oblivious that people from all over the world talk to each other! I really like my regular white N3DS, but would go with a red XL also if it were available in the EU.

I have an email from Nintendo asking for my experiences as a Nintendo customer. Now, how to be tactful...



Sakura commented on Nintendo of America Issues Non-Statement on th...:

I'd like to know WHY they let different territories make such vastly different decisions. Maybe there are sound economic reasons, but they never tell us. I also fail to see how witholding products from certain regions when demand is apparent can be good for customer relations. Thinking especially about the Club Nintendo sites here - if it's free, then claiming things won't sell will not wash. I would like to see a fairer worldwide business approach. Abandoning region locking would eliminate much of this, it would seem.



Sakura commented on New Nintendo 3DS Release Date Confirmed for 13...:

@rjejr In previous generations I believe that generalisation is probably correct :) The regular n3DS has screens that are slightly bigger so it doesn't feel as much of a downgrade as I suspected, so we'll have to wait and see for this generation. If anything, the (original) 3DS XL now feels clunky, but I don't know about the n3DS XL. I expect the XL model might outsell the regular in all regions because of the bigger screens, though the real bonus is extended battery life for me.

I'm not keen on the 2DS design either. I wonder if in Japan the market was already considered saturated? I think the 2DS is aimed as a budget model for emerging markets. Gaming does tend to be about a third more expensive in Europe compared to the US so that might account for an EU release, but not sure why they bothered in the US unless to tap into emerging South American markets.

For the n3DS releases, I wonder if they are testing the Western markets in the EU to see whether it would be worth it for the US or perhaps whether it is a simple stock issue. I do wish they'd unify decisions a bit more and explain the decisions they take. Variation across regions is crazy and decisions are baffling at times.

As for the charger, could not including one be an eco move? Less fuel for transport because the package weighs less, less packaging (conveniently missing the point that chargers will have to be bought and sent seperately anyway)? These initiatives attract subsidies worldwide. The EU has had chargerless XLs from the beginning. US is just catching up. And, of course, it saves them money. All of their decisions are about maximising profit in the end, even if they do provide some fantastic experiences for consumers along the way.



Sakura commented on New Nintendo 3DS Release Date Confirmed for 13...:

@rjejr That makes a lot of sense, apart from the regular being just for kids! Hmm, thanks...:) It actually feels really good in my hands when I play and I really like the idea of keeping it fresh by changing the cover plates. Will keep it looking new too if there are any scratches, though I don't like many of the cover plate designs. Have always used a case protector on all my 3ds consoles, but that means I can't use the charging cradle and it covers up the design. I really want a white XL with cover plates!!!

@jos Cheers! I used the first code listed.



Sakura commented on Feature: Five Key Reveals We Want in 2015's Fi...:

@Tsurii897 The Club Nintendo account is linked to the Nnid and not the console so it makes no difference which console one is on once the nnid is registered. Anyway, have transferred everything and there is nothing in my Club Nintendo account so it would appear there isn't a mechanism to register a new console if an existing nnid is transferred to it :(



Sakura commented on Feature: Five Key Reveals We Want in 2015's Fi...:

@Tsurii897 Perhaps, but my NNID is already registered because I've had it on another system for ages so cannot be re-registered, which means that there's nothing for the new console unless a new account is created (which is against the EULA). Hoping for something more...



Sakura commented on Fresh Batch of New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Ema...:

@ZenTurtle @Peach64 You have some valid points there, but this is the chance to play a seriously sweeter system before general launch (which will be when?) and MH3 is compatible with the new c stick. Other games, smash esp, play better IMHO because it feels more responsive. Also, the face plates feature makes this the preferred model for some, despite the smaller screens. My XL feels clunky after having played on my imported faceplate edition. Wondering whether I'll bother with a new XL at all.



Sakura commented on Review: Underground (Wii U eShop):

I like the sound and look of this. Likely to pick it up. Wii U eshop is picking up nicely (with minimal exceptions). Now, if we could only have worldwide releases. It costs an awful lot to lauch a game though, so small studios are a bit hampered :/



Sakura commented on New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Editions Already I...:

And again, this has nothing to do with how big/good/huge a fan you are. Ambassador in this case simply means you get to try the system before others. It is random luck. Those claiming they have bought loads, have had a system since day one, nope, that's not why you got an email! Plenty of others in the same position did not. The original Ambassador program was a reward for purchasing early. This is not a reward of any kind - it's a lucky dip. What if their criteria is the number of letters in your name? Or whether you've downloaded a particular game? Or whether you haven't participated in other promotions? Or whether a randomiser chooses your email from a list? You're not special, you're just lucky. And if you've listed on Ebay for £500, well then you're also a bit of a mercenary. How long from seeing the email to having dollar signs spinning in front of your eyes? Or pounds at least.



Sakura commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

Has it been confirmed that The New 3DS will not launch until June in the EU? Darkhaste is stating that in his/her listing for the Ambassador model on Ebay. As far as I know that's hogwash and a lie used to artificially increase value. If I'm mistaken I apologise, but... where's the proof? And there's no way to report it to Ebay as false because the options are too restricted in the reporting tool.



Sakura commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

Unless you are selling at cost with extra for fees only, then you are cashing in. At least have the balls to admit that. That absolutely is your right. But you can't expect people who would really have liked the deal not to feel a bit annoyed - you have something they would like and you're not even going to keep it, just selling it for profit. Even if someone is happy to buy it at well over cost that still doesn't mean you're not cashing in. Is there no-one who scrutinises their choices and takes responsibility for their actions for what they are? Continually justifying a position makes that position seem rather wobbly in your own mind. I don't care what you do, but I do think you should be self-aware.

This is not Nintendo's fault. They don't hold a moral compass over each and every Club Nintendo member! How would that even be possible? This is nothing to do with being a true fan. It's an arbitrary, random system of choosing a select few members, nothing whatsoever to do with worth or merit.



Sakura commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

It is unquestiongly exploitative - a seller knows there is high demand and low availablity and they can make some money so they list on Ebay. The issue arises over whether that exploitation is morally okay. No-one is actually forced to buy, but if they want it they must choose whether it's worth it for them. Listing publically is a service to the buyer in one sense since it makes available a product that otherwise would not be.

However, I still feel a little aggrieved when I see these things for sale at outrageous prices when it is clearly about cashing in, no matter how anyone defends it. If sellers were not acting like mercenaries might they not offer to purchase at cost for someone else? Clearly not, because it's listed on Ebay at well over cost.



Sakura commented on Nintendo Europe Shipping Ambassador Edition Ne...:

It's not to do with being signed up to all promotional emails. I am and did not get an email. It's not lots of stars/points either because I have loads of those too. And it's not being an ambassador because I am that. It must be something else.

@Damo Feeling your pain. I am crushed not to be considered worthy. Someone else ordered it for me via their account so I'll get it anyway, but still :/

The EU/US saga is still shambolic. Nintendo does not have a worldwide policy for promotions/releases/Club Nintendo etc and it isn't fair for consumers. They don't seem to want to address it though. However, I can't see this not coming to the US. Anyway really, it's just the faceplates that are unique, nothing else is special, so I expect you'll be able to buy those on Ebay pretty soon.

Anybody know what the Japanese says?



Sakura commented on Nintendo Download: 8th January:

Damn middle-class infiltration of ideas into the subconscious! When I first saw Coaster Creator listed there I really thought it was an app for designing coasters (you know, the things you put under drinks to not mark the table). I'm so old and sad :/

Might check out Crunchy Roll, though content will have to be good for me to shell out for a subscription. Underground and Chariot might be worth getting too depending on the reviews/descriptions. But I have such a backloggery of other games, things are going to have to really grab me if I'm to get them at the moment.



Sakura commented on Video: Hacker Demonstrates Fully Functional Ga...:

I'd like a mii amiibo, but how this could be implemented without the figure being either outrageously expensive as a one-off or desperately disappointing as a mii logo or generic mii, I do not know. Perhaps a digital picture? I'd like more game compatibility too. They don't do much except in Smash and Smash is a great game, but not for me having now had a good go at playing. Stock shortages are shambolic, though whether this is a stroke of genius on Nintendo's part to create and prolong hype or simple incompetence somewhere in the supply chain, again I cannot say.



Sakura commented on Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015:

There are still a few unknown plaza accomplishments. I'd love to know what they are. Surely it's time to reveal those this year? Amiibo accomplishments maybe? Othewise, I'm looking forward to Majora's Mask and some of the eshop titles. An amiibo streetpass plaza game for the new 3ds launch would be sweet.



Sakura commented on Talking Point: Five New Year's Resolutions for...:

Agreeing here with the above. I love that Nintendo is creative, but they don't half need someone to organise that creativity into some kind of cohesive management plan! (Often) vastly different release dates - Scribblenauts unmasked?, differing Club Nintendo everything, promises made that seem to evaporate or show up randomly as one-off events - UP!, don't get me started on Special miis, missed opportunities and wasted potential... I still love the Big N because they offer closest to my ideal experience, but it could be even better. @Quorthorn - what you said!



Sakura commented on Review: A World of Keflings (Wii U eShop):

Not in the EU...again. A shame because I would have bought this. Any news on that photos with Mario app or Scribblenauts Unmasked? That's another 2 I'm waiting for and haven't any news of.



Sakura commented on Nintendo Rolls Out Kirby and the Rainbow Curse...:

In terms of amiibo unlocking things like costumes, do you just need to touch the amiibo to the gamepad once for the content to be available every time you play or do you have to initialise it every time on start-up? And does it matter if an amiibo is already being used for a different game when unlocking content - eg. if I take the Mario amiibo I'm using in Smash, can I also unlock the content on MK8 without losing the data?



Sakura commented on Video: A Christmas Year In Review:

Brilliant!!!! Thank you! And it has been a good year with 2015 looking promising also. The New 3DS is so sweet to play on, even if I'm not keen on the faceplates - need to upgrade to some premium ones once they become available. Then there's Zelda WiiU, new Yoshi and Kirby, Mario Maker...Feels good to be a Nintendo nut at the moment.



Sakura commented on Feature: 12 Days of Nintendo Christmas - Day Ten:

11 Marios warp-piping? Though you have to add in an extra beat. And I'm pretty sure "to warp-pipe" is not in the dictionary. 11 Marios warping? 12 g'rillas bongo-ing? 11/12 rare amiibos? 11/12 epic fails 11/12 final smashes



Sakura commented on Discontinued amiibo Figures Could Be Released ...:

Nintendo's marketing dep gets full stars from me for creating demand for amiibo. First the stock shortage prompts a sort of "panic buying" so that many rush out to buy the figures till they're sold out. Then more stock miraculously appears and again people rush out to buy it. Simutanesously, new wave pre-orders sell out, you know, just in case you can't get the one you want, you just have to pre-order it. Then there's the hint that perahps some of these will be short production runs and maybe a card alternative will be introduced. That's utter genius if you consider that amiibo were criticised before release for not really doing anything much in games. Would shelves full of amiibo really have created the same "need to buy" issue we are seeing now? That's clever, Nintendo, verging on the manipulative, but so clever.



Sakura commented on UK Retail Survey Highlights the Challenges Fac...:

Oh a survey, must be a useful measure then! What, like the 2013 NHS survey that found that people who take a lot of medication die before those who do not? No mention that the people who take a lot of medication are sicker than those who do not and so that is the likely reason for earlier death and not the medication in itself.

We know Nintendo are struggling in some aspects in western markets. We know the stores don't stock Nintendo products in the same ratios as Sony and Microsoft goods. We know British teens are more hooked into FPS type games than the offerings of Nintendo. So what? Does Nintendo really need the UK market? Other consoles are fine as long as the cognitive dissonance needed to stop people acting out game scenarios is not disturbed. Even though I feel like these realistic multiplayer blood fests are more of a glorified measuring competition than a true charcter-building experience, I still won't condemn anyone just for liking the genre. Each to his own. Perhaps there is more to it than I can imagine. Don't think it's for me though. I prefer Nintendo games. Grow a pair and stand up for what you believe in and who you are. What you think of yourself is more important than what others think of you (providing you are not certifiable). Are you really so insecure that you need to see the brands you like plastered everywhere all the time so you can be reminded of how well you fit in? Take a look at modern culture and decide how much you really WANT to fit in.



Sakura commented on Weirdness: Nintendo Wins More Great Publicity ...:

Isn't there anyone in tabloid journalism who believes that people can take responsibility for themselves instead of being force-fed a cart load of Nanny-State-driven manure? Hey, numpties, I can work out all on my own when I need to be careful...sheesh... It was the Daily Mail though - you lose about 35 IQ points just for picking it up so guess they're targeting their readership.



Sakura commented on Feature: 12 Days of Nintendo Christmas - Day Six:

I like the "Swannas swimming".

Some of the enforced festive schmaltz on Channel 5 this afternoon has left me feeling a tad cynical so "Eight executives mercilessly a-milking successful franchises, producing game after game and many merchandise tie-ins in a shameless heist on wallets". Hmm. Not quite pithy enough - "Eight execs a-milking". Not saying that I don't like this because Nintendo have franchises that deserve many games and much merchandise. Remember that video of Link continuously opening chests until he collapses, though? Maybe there's room for a little skepticism ;)?