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Sakura

Sakura

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Female, United Kingdom

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#1

Sakura commented on First Impressions: The Addictive Futility of t...:

The streetpass theme is lame, btw. It's washed out and boring. They could have done more with that, like integrating your own mii or some such feature. And the VIP room could have been a free update really as it doesn't seem to offer much functionality. Having said that, I've still gone and got everything...

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#2

Sakura commented on First Impressions: The Addictive Futility of t...:

@Dinofett
There's not much to say about VIP room yet. It stores 100 mii characters. I hope that after one playthrough of the games, you can hire old allies from that room with play coins because hte tasks seem to be quite specific - specific bait combinations and specific weapons. You also collect birthdays of people you streetpass. You get plaza tickets for that, which gives you costumes and speech bubbles.

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#3

Sakura commented on First Impressions: The Addictive Futility of t...:

You really need homepass to make these games stay fun. If not, they quickly descend into frustration. Stil,l I did like the option of getting my mii to be a zombie in other players' games. I hope that ends up being an unlockable costume. Also hoping that after one playthrough, old allies become available to hire. Otherwise the VIP room will have less usability. Can anyone confirm? I've not got that far yet...

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#4

Sakura commented on 3DS Homebrew App Turns 3DS Into PC Remote Desk...:

I quite like this messing around to see what can be done. Nintendo has to shut things down though because no matter what anyone says homebrew does get ripped off and used for piracy. A bit off-topic, but there's a very funny discussion on some of the forums about how the developers of illegal flashcarts "don't care" about their customer base, leaving them hanging for updates to make their consoles work on the latest firmwares. Go complain to Trading Standards and see how far you get then with enforcing your consumer rights! Everyone knows those cards are used predominantly for piracy.

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#5

Sakura commented on Those Yoshi's Woolly World Yarn amiibo Are Up ...:

Game has other Amiibo at £5 more than many other places. Might be worth seeing if the lower price offered by ShopTo is more the norm. The supermarkets are quite good for this, though their stock provision is terrible. I'll get one of these, but I can't see that the amiibo actaully do anything much in game. They just look cute as figures.

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#6

Sakura commented on Unity Support Is Coming To The New Nintendo 3DS:

@CreativeWelshman I'm just being honest. F2P is always pay to win and feels like a rip off for the consumer (because it is a rip off - no game is worth the ridiculous prices charged.) What I'm really saying is that I am not a fan of F2P in general so would probably avoid no matter how good the game is. There's plenty else to spend my money on without pouring it down the drain. I guess there's a cap on my generosity (and my stupidity).

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#7

Sakura commented on Unity Support Is Coming To The New Nintendo 3DS:

@CreativeWelshman Honestly, for £28.50 I'd want unlimited tries. I know that's not how these microtransactions work really, but that's what I'd prefer. Shuffle and Rumble on 3DS show the difference here. Shuffle is an endless money pit. Rumble lets you buy a limited number of pokediamonds then gives you an in-game mine, so I think you get the whole game experience for about £20+. Shuffle gives you nowhere near enough bang for your buck and is a shameless rip off with new and exclusive stages being added every couple of weeks.

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#8

Sakura commented on Akihiro Hino on Why Fantasy Life 2 is Not Comi...:

Seems like they're just switching to the lucrative smartphone market. I'm out. And I'm not buying that "adult" spin either. They'll be betting on getting lots of people to spend a little, rather than a relative few to spend a lot. I hate spin.

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#9

Sakura commented on Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Ch...:

Can we buy the amiibo and then flog them on when content has been unlocked or do we need to keep them? Could chip in with friends then to split the cost, use them on all machines and then get rid if you don't want them as playable characters. Hassle, but perhaps okay if you know someone buying them anyway?

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#10

Sakura commented on GAME Launches UK Pre-Orders for Splatoon amiib...:

And Jigglypuff is already available on Ebay right now for £44.99. And you thought GAME were scalpers. Monopoly stickers also available. You can get Park Lane, which isn't even the rarest, for £3000! World's full of scumbag opportunists. Going to check there's not a granny section on there too!

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#12

Sakura commented on International StreetPass Week to Bring New Str...:

@wolvesboy You don't usually have to connect to the Nintendo zone expressly. Usually it's enough to just go into a GAME store with your 3DS in sleep mode. They may have changed things though, with the free theme being released. A good idea to clear the plaza so you can get the full 6 hits, instead of the 3 that you get if you've hit another hotspot. I've never understood why a second hit doesn't make it up to ten. Some protocol somewhere that someone will be able to explain (but not to me, I'm not that fussed!).

The relays are a good idea, but still aren't really enough. The only way to get adequate streetpasses is to use Homepass (which I hope they don't shut down because it doesn't cost Nintendo anything and actually covers up for some of their inadequacies. Actually, it extends their network for free!) It's a ridiculous thing to give us some really quite good games and then not let us be able to play them properly because we can't get enough hits to get the characters needed. And special miis? They ought to release one every couple of months, not leave us with 18 months when you don't see a single one. And accomplishments? I know it's at least 100 000 hits. That's 16 667 visits to a hotspot. What's the point?

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#13

Sakura commented on Fantasy Life 2 Is Skipping 3DS In Favour Of Sm...:

Depends on the quailty of the final release, but since smartphone games are usually cheap and crappy and meant to be played for five minutes at a time while waiting for a bus or something, I'll probably pass. I wouldn't want only smartphone games and console games. I like handheld games.

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#15

Sakura commented on New StreetPass Mii Plaza Games Incoming, Along...:

The games I will buy because with Homepass they will be rather fun. Without Homepass, though, really frustrating. Surprised that hasn't been shut down in typical Nintendo Conservative style. Biggest problem for me with Nintendo is that they promise so much, deliver an astonishing amount while at the same time also leaving great gaping chasms of disappointment. The VIP room seems absurdly expensive for a teeny weeny upgrade that ought to be free anyway unless there's some kind of letterbox app attached. Even then, still ought to be free. I really don't think I'm going to be bothered about when a mii has a birthday, so the only thing of use so far announced is the ability to save useful miis so they don't get deleted. £4.49? Really? And when is that special mii out? NoE is so clueless re special miis that it wasn't even special in the Direct - had blue pants, not gold.

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#16

Sakura commented on Nintendo Download: 26th March (Europe):

Well, Asterix: Mansion of the Gods is worse than you thought it could be. It's aimed squarely at the unders 5s and even then, they'd have to be mentally-compromised to find any challenge in it. The same few minigames played over and over with no incremental challenge or, indeed, any challenge (or point) to start with. Maybe for £1.79 for your 2 year old, but otherwise, just avoid it. The village meandering is slightly distracting, but not enough to warrant purchase. Asterix and Obelix at the Olympic Games was much better, and that was kind of just passable. SMT though is great.

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#17

Sakura commented on New StreetPass Mii Plaza Games Incoming, Along...:

@Starwolf_UK I had no idea about any of that. I finished the old games with miis on bashed up consoles that I bought expressly for the mii plaza games so I guess I just kept streetpassing the same ones so they didn't get replaced. Nintendo don't do clarity, so I can't say I'm surprised they haven't explained any of this. Would be nice once in a while though, some clarity, that is.

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#19

Sakura commented on New StreetPass Mii Plaza Games Incoming, Along...:

I think the VIP room is just a place to store miis that you don't want deleted. Otherwise, after 3000 miis in the plaza, the oldest ones get kicked out and overwritten. Not sure I see the value at £4.49 or whatever it was. Maybe there is more. I hope so. Free if you buy the other two games in the bundle? Now if they could only disclose what the hidden achievements are... And it had better not be 100 000, 200 000.. Seriously who can bothered with that and what is the point? That can only be called an "accomplishment" for the anally-retentive OCD stricken.

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#21

Sakura commented on Super Mario 3D World and Kirby: Triple Deluxe ...:

@Achoo Why are you so desperate to convince everyone you're an okay guy? The only thing that confirms is that you're not entirely sure of your standpoint. You go ahead and soothe your ego by making it seem like anyone who disagrees with you has simply misunderstood the nature of Capitalism. I don't care, frankly. I'm just pointing out that it's a scumbag thing to do to buy up stuff with the express intent of selling it on at a massive profit and at far higher than an item is worth.

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#23

Sakura commented on Reminder: This is Your Last Day to Register Pr...:

Missed this article! However, yeah you can still register points from retail games until 30th Sep. All the newer games (Captain Toad, etc) have codes that end on 31 March, but older games are still registrable. provided they are still within their original date.
The official email said that new physical products will continue to be added, so don't waste your stars on digital games you can get for a few pounds anyway.

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#24

Sakura commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 1st April, With ...:

Hope they clear up the confusing Club Nintendo stuff.

Newly released games will no longer have CN points.
DL games from the ehsop will have points until 20th April
Cartridge game codes from the red leaflets can still be registered until 30th September, providing they are still within the original date limit set when they were released.
All stars must be redeemed by 30th Septemebr when the whole thing closes. There are now some digital games, but more physical products are set to be added, so don't blow you stars on games that cost only a few pounds anyway.

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#25

Sakura commented on Super Mario 3D World and Kirby: Triple Deluxe ...:

@Achoo

Edited your post, then? No, I already have LBW, Kirby and Mario CDs redeemed with points so I won't be getting one. Supply and demand is one thing. Buying stuff up or using stars (get them all in games you purchased did you?) expressly to sell on at an inflated price is profiteering and no, I won't support that. I'd rather go without.

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#26

Sakura commented on Super Mario 3D World and Kirby: Triple Deluxe ...:

Once again though, these things are plastered all over Ebay. LBW is on there for £30. No way I'm giving money to a scalper like that.

@Inkling The CN guff is pretty confusing, but after tomorrow, no newly released games will come with CN points cards (no points with Xenoblades, then). After April 20th, no downloaded games will come with CN points. You can still register any valid CN points codes from cartridge games right up till 30th September. That's how it reads, but Nintendo rarely makes anything clear.

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#27

Sakura commented on Head Teachers in the UK Issue Warning to Paren...:

LMAO Like teachers don't already have enough to do? The kids take in knives, jump out of windows. assault teachers, and much worse, and I know that because I've been in classrooms where stuff like that has happened. This is mere PR for headteachers, who, by the way, are much more likely to take a troublesome child to get a nice cup of tea than tell the child to belt up and get used to life sucking ' cos it ain't getting any easier from here on and having an outburst of whatever kind is never going to help. The bottom line is that if a kid is a little ****, then they will stay that way video game or not. This is a teeny weeny problem in the big scale of things - the main problem being, that actually for all our UK nanny-state rubbish, people simply do not care about others. Just look at the disgrace of the "Adult Health and Social Care Act" that comes into force on Wednesday. Anyone with a stable mental health problem is being discharged from services. Oh fabulous! So, a schizoprhrenic who is stable at the moment is being discharged with no monitoring and has to get a GP appointment to get back into the system if they have a problem later (with a 1-3 week wait because of the massive shortage of GPs)? Yes, absolutely yes. Aren't there other services? No, absolutley no. Well, pardon me, but I don't think that is fair on anyone and it is going to end in some kind of massive tragedy. And this is to save money, pure and simple. The reason that services are being cut is because people develop a dependency on services? Oh, so being dependent on a service, meaning you can't survive without it, is cured by scrapping the service entirely? Oh genius! What, you think people are suddenly going to develop the life skills they need that they aren't actually capable of developing, magically just because you said they should? "dependency" in that sense is a value judgement and by scrapping services you are saying that these people are not worthy of services. Well, remove the barriers to social inclusion, then maybe you'll have an argument. As it stands this is wholesale marginalisation and you're not going to dress it up as "efficiency savings". This is being pushed through without consultation by some faceless nithing, too cowardly to even identify themselves. And if you think it's fine to leave the most vulnerable people in society without services, then don't come a-crying when you or an innocent get stabbed or shot. Way off topic there, but it still stands.

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#28

Sakura commented on New Nintendo 3DS Region-Free Exploit Now Tweak...:

Since Smealeum's work with Cubic Ninja was hijacked by that illustrious illegal cart company, it's going to be very difficult for anyone to argue now that homebrew doesn't lead to piracy - heck, it's the direct door, if only one of 2 according to what I've read! That's why all this good stuff gets shut down too, patched out etc. There just isn't a way to force people to only use the "harmless" exploits. Having said that, and yes, I'm aware it is a tad hypocritical, I'm still keeping the Cubic Ninja'd gold mii on old 3dses because Nintendo simply does not release them. I have a workaround. I'll use it. They release them in the EU like they do everywhere else, I'll delete the miis.

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#30

Sakura commented on Nintendo Download: 26th March (Europe):

@andrea987 I did say that I know it's crap! But it does give free exploration of the village and the demo gives you only one minigame so hard to judge the whole thing. Was hoping for a deeper discount or to get the cart cheap on Ebay, but will have to import. Rareness might keep the price relatively high. Still probably like that more than Monster Hunter or Smash. I really cannot see what the fuss is about there and am going to flog.

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#31

Sakura commented on Nintendo Download: 26th March (Europe):

I fancy Adventure Bar Story and Trine. There's Asterix too, which reminds me of childhood etc, but the humour doesn't always compensate for poor gameplay. Exploring the Gaullish village though... I'd normally hold out for a cheap cartridge, but wait, it's not being sold as a cartridge game here! Does that mean it's really bad or just that the UK doesn't really do Asterix?

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#32

Sakura commented on New Nintendo 3DS Exploit Makes Japanese System...:

Unfortunately, because it is a pain for consumers, Nintendo does see region-locking as one of its tools against piracy. Piracy is still massive for Nintendo. That's part of the reason that some companies don't like to develop games for Nintendo systems. Back in the days of GTA: China Town Wars, there were millions of players online and yet only a few hundred thousand copies of the game sold. All the rest were on those illegal flashcarts. Now everybody has to pay. Yay!

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#33

Sakura commented on Nintendo Teases Cross-Platform Club Nintendo S...:

Welcome, but a little too soon to be announcing new platforms when they only just released the N3DS!!! Is that what NOA is referring to when they talk of not confusing consumers? "Look at this new device! Oh no, not that one, this new one here!" I'll be happier when a date is confirmed, 18 months to a couple of years for the NX please. Not bothered about games on mobile devices. Nintendo has to get that share really. As long as they still produce great games for their own hardware too, I'll still buy them. I kind of trust they will.

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#34

Sakura commented on Video: This Harmless Exploit Will Help You Gra...:

When the hell does the EU get any special miis that can be exploited in a cheat like this????? You can set up a special mii as your streetpass mii really easily without any illegal flashcart or anything that supports piracy. So, until we actually get special miis I'll be carrying my console with me so everyone can get the special mii hit! Not what Nintendo wants probably, but tough! That's what happens when you give us what, 12, and everyone else at least 4 times more. Note that turning your mii special doesn't get you all the pink pieces so you cannot distribute them unless you have them already.

To some it's cheating. To others, it's using initiative to get what you otherwise cannot in any other manner.

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#35

Sakura commented on Weirdness: The Mail on Sunday Still Thinks We'...:

Well, since when did anyone at The Mail group of newspapers ever actually do any proper research... all they ever have is a biased diatribe about what they consider "Benefits Britain" that appeals especially to the, let's face it, not all that bright, aspiring working class. Hardly any true journalistic or other insight at all. Helping to direct the prejudices of any poor sod unlucky enough to come across it. It's not like they dig deep into issues. Sure, you can find out which celebrity is doing what or not to another and how everyone in the entire world is responsible for everything except the people reading their utter drivel. It's not a newspaper, it's a party political broadcast on behalf of the uninformed, posing as authoritative journalism. What I want to know is who the hell was reading that in the first place to be able to report on it here..? Shred it!

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#36

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

I'd like to know what the hidden accomplishments are in the mii plaza. No-one has confirmed yet with evidence getting over 90 000 hits so I hope to god it's not just that. I've been wondering if it's not something to do with amiibo and they might finally open up accomplishments 55-64 when the adapter for old consoles is released.

Apart from that, pretty much all of the above.

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#37

Sakura commented on Go The Whole Hog With This Amazing SNES New Ni...:

@Farpun
Ah yes, but I still want the best of both worlds! My hands are small and womanly because I'm a small woman so no surprise there. The XL is just that bit too big to be entirely comfortable. But I do like the res for the VC games now I know about select. If I were to keep the XL I'd definitely go with some skins. I don't think I can though. Won't be able to afford any games if I do! Glad to at least have the choice in Europe. It might have been a real turn-off if I were told I was only capable of understanding the choice between a red or black XL, the choice of the smaller models providing a layer of complexity my tiny brain couldn't deal with! At least NOA distributes the Special Miis though! Another one today. That makes, what, 4 times as many at least than we've had. Well, Nintendo I hacked my old toad console with that retail game to put a special mii on that and now I'm all sorted. My one and only venture into anything remotely naughty, but really not caring. Sometimes I don't understand their decisions. Nintendo are brilliant, just not cohesively so.

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#38

Sakura commented on Go The Whole Hog With This Amazing SNES New Ni...:

@Farpun Thanks! I didn't know you could do that - press select on launch. Not sure that it will make me change my mind though because although that is way better on screen!!!, the size of my hands can't be changed and the XL is a bit unwieldy. And a fingerprint nightmare. And it's black. A red one might be alright, but that's not EU. And I can't change the look of the console easily. And it doesn't fit neatly into my bag... A real shame about the res on VC games though. If I had unlimited funds, then I might just have one of each. Can't justify that though and anyway, I'd have to have 2 sets of data because NNID etc can't easily be changed across consoles. I'll have to put up with the slightly less beautiful graphics for VC and DS :( It actually doesn't bother me unless I can see the direct comparison on the XL so the sooner I flog it, the better. Can't help wondering why Nintendo didn't just combine all the good features into one console... a white not-quite-so-big XL with changeable faceplaces, SNES buttons.. hmmm You're absolutely right though, the XL is better for retro when you use the select button...

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#39

Sakura commented on Go The Whole Hog With This Amazing SNES New Ni...:

ubercool! ordered! There are already skins for N3DSXL, mainly on Etsy and Ebay US. The coverplates are an awesome idea. I absolutley love how I can so easily change the whole look of the console. Bought both regular and XL at launch and will sell XL as extra screen size not mattering and actually smaller screen better for retro games (VC, Ambassador GBA and some nds carts)

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#40

Sakura commented on Feature: Why We're Still Playing... Monster H...:

I still don't understand the fuss...it makes me feel sick with all the jarring camera turns etc, but then I do have a balance problem so that'll be why. However, good to see others having a blast with this. And the cover plates are pretty rad even if I don't like the game itself.

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#42

Sakura commented on First Passcode Released for Pokémon Shuffle:

I sure was wondering what those passcode options were. Problem solved! I've played on 2 consoles, slightly different tactics. It is easier, from my experience, to catch all the pokemon as they appear rather than carry on without catching them. They make a massive difference in later battles, more so than the levels of pokemon chosen, although some later pokes can be fab at the earlier ones too, but they don't tend to be too far ahead in the order they appear ingame.

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#43

Sakura commented on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Off...:

Already gone before I knew anything about it! Shame. Still waiting for bonus Smash CD. The promo info has disappeared from my Club Nintendo account banner. Mew still there though.

I'd really like some games to be put on there, VC and full retail games.

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#44

Sakura commented on New amiibo Stock for Villager, Captain Falcon ...:

It's a hard task for Nintendo to make enough amiibo to meet demand, but not over-produce what is essentially a bit of plastic with not much actual game play for what are short-lived gaming systems. People are already excited that there could be a new console design unveiled at E3. So how many years are these things going to be valid for? Will they be compatible with any new console? Over-production could be a disaster. Sitting with a satisfied smile though, thinking of scalpers losing money on stock they imported when costs were very high and now won't gain them a profit. Ahh, shame!

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#45

Sakura commented on 3DS System Update Shuts Off Web Browser Exploi...:

Not bothered about shut down of hacks, though certainly region-locking needs to go. You could buy an import system if you're that bothered though. Want to play retro games? Buy a retro console. For other hacks, it's about cheating in game (too dumb or lazy to do it the proper way? and there's AR) or deliberate fraud to get games and content for free. Gold pants mii hack is useful since Nintendo do not release them, but did that without an illegal flashcard. A way to back up game data would be good too. Yeah, games locked to NNID and can be redownloaded to a new console if stolen, dies in a fire etc. But what about the hours put in on Pokemon games and streetpass etc? I want that data kept safe. So, Nintendo, we need a proper account system and the removal of region locking. I hate scumbag pirates, but you could combat piracy by providing the (legitimate) things your consumer base is clamouring after as well as by shutting down hacks.

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#47

Sakura commented on Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Eon Ticke...:

And I played through that awful cave, where a wild pokemon appears every two steps, for an hour in GAME Birmingham on the Eon release ticket day! All that effort and now it's a code? Hmph!

Does show that the StreetPass relays still aren't good enough in some parts of the world. And StreetPass can be one of the best elements of the 3DS. That's Nintendo though. Great promise, poor delivery in some respects. Recipe for frustration.

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#48

Sakura commented on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D HOME Theme Emerges, Fr...:

@Bushido_Fai Thanks! Japanese import looks like it's the only way to go. I don't think there's any difference in amiibo from different regions except the packaging. I assume there's some code stored in the base in some kind of binary or other computer type language and that it simply communicates something to the game in that binary computer language (or whatever it is) to activate locked content. Doesn't matter then what region the game is from and all the amiibo can be the same.

That's how it works in my head, anyway...

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#49

Sakura commented on Talking Point: The Limited Edition Battle With...:

I hope Walmart doesn't get enough stock to supply pre-orders. Then, to fulfill orders, scalpers have to buy from other scalpers at an even higher cost. That would be karma indeed.

Go on, Nintendo, cancel the exclusivity deal and sell directly! Prove you're on the side of your customers and are not willing to subsidize the exploitative profiteers. Willing to bet people would pay twice the rrp to get it from you, instead giving money away to scalpers.

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#50

Sakura commented on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D HOME Theme Emerges, Fr...:

Shulk amiibo unlocks some stuff too! If anyone could only find a Shulk... The fact that there are no bundles with him is not reassuring. Just gives extra tokens for character models and music tracks that can be bought. it says. So is that a discount if you have Shulk amiibo? Is the extra content otherwise available? How much, because £53 is expensive even if it does come with faceplates and a theme? I'd be much happier if the amiibo was included at that price.