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Fri 30th January, 2009

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Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target,...:

I think it's very hard to judge Nintendo against competitors because amongst "core" gamers they've arguably never recovered from their stumble with the N64 - I think everyone can agree that the success of the Wii was down to expanding the market and many of those folk have either stayed put or moved away from consoles completely.

Maybe Nintendo will never have a games machine that overpowers Sony and Microsoft, but unlike them they can have a successful business on the back of a dedicated fanbase of their unique software catalogue. I'm not seeing a problem here.



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo Wins Metacritic's Annual Game Publish...:

I think anyone who criticises Nintendo for relying upon spinning out sequels for revenue has a totally valued point as do critics dismissing each new franchise iteration as a retread of things we've seen before, but Nintendo does two very important things that differentiate them from the likes of EA, Activision and Ubisoft:

1. They don't do annual or even semi-annual franchise entries so they keep their core franchises feeling fresh (you can debate whether spin-offs count as separate)

2. They know what they're doing and rarely have a misstep when it comes to execution - they make a quality game.

So yes, there have been 8 Mario Kart games, but you're only getting one per console and you know it's going to be good. On the way they publish other titles some of which are a bit off-beat for them so it's not like they don't step outside their comfort zone.

Back in the N64 days I had no regard for Nintendo, but after taking the plunge with the Wii and immersing myself in their games even more with the Wii U I've come to appreciate what they do in terms of design and fan service - they know their audience and they give them what they want without cutting corners. They have well and truly made me a fan over the past eight years so my hat's off to them!



Sean_Aaron commented on Koei Tecmo Releases Awesome Hyrule Warriors Wa...:

Well-deserved. I've picked it up and put it down for awhile to play Pikmin 2, but I'm playing it again and I'm impressed with what a great job they did paying tribute to the Zelda games referenced. It's a direct result of this that I've finally bought the original NES game and re-purchased Twilight Princess and will buy Skyward Sword again when it (hopefully) appears in the eShop.

They put in so many references in the upgrade trees and the little victory movies, just shows a lot of respect for the series and fans and is clearly not a quick cash-in. I definitely like it better than Warriors Orochi 3 (though that has grown on me) and although I wouldn't mind seeing Samurai Warriors IV on the Wii U (they would be foolish not to play to Wii U fans now), I'd be perfectly happy with an HD or even download version of Samurai Warriors 3, which is just brilliant.



Sean_Aaron commented on Weirdness: Even Masahiro Sakurai Struggles to ...:

I managed to get Rosalina ordered from GAME and I got Lucario pre-ordered from Amazon along with Shulk (hopefully I'll still get that one when that wave hits) when Nintendo Online reported them sold out already.

Still hoping I can get a Pac Man since they're selling out even faster than before despite the "one per customer" rule (makes me wonder if people are registering multiple accounts to work around it).



Sean_Aaron commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Limits amiibo Purch...:

I have to say that although I'm glad Nintendo has limited orders to one per customer, I'm disappointed they aren't making enough figures to meet demand. I only found out about wave four pre-orders last night after coming home from the cinema and went to the site to find that the one figure I wanted was listed as sold out. GAME isn't offering these figures (Pac Man and Ness) for pre-order yet either, nor is Amazon and I'm willing to bet it's because they cannot confirm what they'll be getting.

Now with the promise of cards I don't think people who only care about unlocks need be concerned, but honestly they're leaving money on the table here and it feels quite unfair that even pre-ordering isn't a guaranteed possibility for those who want figures.

Donkey Kong is about the only figure I can think of that was sold out and came back into stock. I don't expect these things to be produced forever, but how about three months availability, Nintendo? Am I asking too much here?



Sean_Aaron commented on Interview: Wales Interactive on its Wii U Brea...:

My partner purchased both and she's enjoying Master Reboot. If I have one request for developers on Wii U it's to please consider an alternative to using the right stick for cameras in first-person games. I find it very clumsy and less intuitive than the Remote pointer (if you've ever played Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii I'm sure you'd agree). If Remote support isn't in the cards then the motion controls of the Gamepad itself should suffice: Nintendo is going to do this with Splatoon and whilst pivoting the Gamepad might not be as elegant it's a compromise I think it worthwhile for people who dislike or aren't used to dual-stick controls.



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo's amiibo Website and Compatibility Ch...:

Well that's annoying. So my Smash amiibos will work in mario party 10, but only if I wipe their smash data...yes we need a proper memory management tool. I only really want Toad from the new set, but I guess it all depends on how cool the utilisation is in mario party 10 ultimately...



Sean_Aaron commented on Wii Disc Software Heading to the Wii U eShop:

Great news; only wish I hadn't gotten Xenoblade as a gift since I'm positive that will be coming out in time for the release of Xenoblade X.

Just got the SMG2 signature edition as well - ah well gotta flog it!

Going to get Metroid Prime Trilogy and Punch Out of the other titles mentioned.



Sean_Aaron commented on Play-Asia is Taking Orders on This Multitap Ma...:

I'm still holding out hope Nintendo will make more of these; I also hope they'll take the step of limiting orders to two per address to stop people from hording them to artificially keep the price inflated.

If there's nothing from Nintendo by March I'll just get one of the Mayflash ones.



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo Download: 8th January:

I'll have to check out Crunchy Roll to see if that's worth a sub for me. I do wish they had some kind of age ratings on the shows to help guide viewing for my daughter (CERO at a minimum should be there) and the inclusion of Tatsunoko Productions would make it a done deal for me, but apparently I need to be a premium user to make these suggestions.

Dig Dug and Galaga NES versions make little sense to me given the GBA Namco Museum has arcade-quality versions of these games plus Ms. Pac-Man, but I guess if you only like Dig Dug and don't mind graphical and musical differences it's worth it. It would be nice to see classic arcade games (including Nintendo's) come to the Virtual Console as well!



Sean_Aaron commented on Smash Bros. 2v2 For Glory Exploit Makes Pac-Ma...:

This doesn't seem like a big deal to me, but like others have said it defeats the purpose of playing the game and it's stuff like this that makes anonymous online play less than desirable for many. You still cannot beat the madness of face-to-face matches and adding amiibos to the mix and the new play modes are extra nice.



Sean_Aaron commented on Year in Development: Nyamyam:

I bought this within a month of release on Wii U. Price isn't a factor for me when I have a choice between console and iPad, but I acknowledge I might be an exception there. It's a great experience and I'm going to enjoy completing it with my partner.



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

I think that makes for a good compromise - after all not everyone cares about figures, but being able to enjoy the in-game experience rather than having to track down hard to find figures means no one needs to miss out on their favourite characters. It might also put a dent in speculators trying to horde the things.



Sean_Aaron commented on Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smas...:

I've been pre-ordering amiibo from the official UK Nintendo online store and they've been fulfilled (Luigi should hopefully be delivered today). I pre-ordered Shulk and Lucario from Amazon because Shulk was sold-out on the Nintendo shop, so hopefully that will turn up.

I wasn't super keen on the adapter, but I'd like options for multi-player smash. I did get the new controller for SRP from the Nintendo online store, so I'm surprised it's going for so much at GAME retail or other online sources. I'll buy the adapter if Nintendo makes good and gets it back in stock, but I'm not paying more than SRP for it.



Sean_Aaron commented on Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Agai...:

I think it's worth the effort, but quite honestly I think Nintendo would be doing right by developers of WiiWare titles to put those games in the eShop to give them the visibility they should have had on the Wii. Add a method of having shortcuts to WiiWare titles in the Wii U desktop and everyone's happy.

Nintendo doesn't promote the Wii Shop and they don't sell Internet-connected Wiis any more so I don't see why it exists. Get back any bad faith by offering updated terms to companies (is they still exist) that had wares there and merge the two. I can understand not doing the VC stuff, but this would be a nice thing to do for all those outfits that backed WiiWare when it was risky.



Sean_Aaron commented on Demand For amiibo Continues As Pre-Orders For ...:

Well after checking the Nintendo UK Online store earlier today and seeing Donkey Kong and others sold out along with these figures mentioned in the article, I've don't a pre-order of Shulk and Lucario from Amazon - hopefully that will be honoured!

It's a shame about the Villager as Animal Crossing is popular with the kiddies. Given these are sidekicks in the game I'm getting more characters I'd like to pair up with as opposed to ones I actually want to play as.



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube C...:

It doesn't help reassure people when Nintendo pull the listing for the Gamecube controller adapter from their own online store!

I'd happily put in a pre-order now if they had a listing for it.

Incidentally what's up with the pricing at GAME stores for the Smash GC controller? £39.99 for something you can order direct from Nintendo for £24.99? Totally taking the piss there.



Sean_Aaron commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

I'm using my iPhone for portable music and films. I just don't play mobile games unless my iPad is all I have to hand or I want some pinball. I could see kids doing this, however, so I may not be the market, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.



Sean_Aaron commented on Super Smash Bros. Players Encounter Wii U Erro...:

It does sound like there could be a problem with the data save here and that it could happen with other games depending on how people treat their kit.

I think the main thing to note is that physical or digital doesnt confer immunity to data corruption, but using an external storage device for the save file makes it much less likely that you'll brick your system.



Sean_Aaron commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Facing Potential E...:

I'm using a download version on an external hard disk. I don't bother with online modes myself so hopefully an update will be out before long. I do wish I had done another backup of my game data, but it sounds like if I'm going to try that I should skip backing up Smash for now!



Sean_Aaron commented on This Lovely White Super Smash Bros. GameCube C...:

@Luffy That would seem to have been a more sensible compromise given no other Wii U games support GameCube controllers, but nearly all support Pro Controllers.

Plus there's the fight pad that acts like a Classic Controller Pro. I'm frankly surprised these adapters have sold out, unless there was a very low number produced - could there be that many people holding GameCubes ready to buy Wii Us to play Smash?



Sean_Aaron commented on Inflated Prices and Limited Stock Cause Frustr...:

@robwop I only have GameCube controllers because I have a Wii and a couple of GameCube games I play on it, so it would nice to also be able to use them to play Smash Bros. U. If I was coming into the Wii U cold and I wanted to use a GameCube-style controller, I'd get a Wii U bundle with a remote and the Hori fight pad, though I admit that would be more outlay than this adapter and a GC pad or two.

I think Nintendo didn't expect this kind of demand so hopefully they'll do another run of these adapters. I note that the adapter has completely disappeared from the UK Nintendo online store - not sure what to make of that; hopefully it doesn't mean that's it for these adapters!



Sean_Aaron commented on Inflated Prices and Limited Stock Cause Frustr...:

@robwop i shouldn't think a casual buyer would even know there was GameCube controller support, just look for the system and the game.

Really this isn't all Nintendo's fault, but retailers who have stopped selling their stuff. I can't get a Pro Controller anywhere but online. Honestly outside of used Wii games I don't even bother with the shops any more, so it just would have been nice if Nintendo made more of them or limited them to two per customer.



Sean_Aaron commented on This Lovely White Super Smash Bros. GameCube C...:

I got the Wii-era white one with the three metre cord because I don't find playing gamecube games on my Japanese Wii using a CCPRO and an adapter satisfying due to button placement and mapping. I used to have one of these and they're great except for the d-pad which seems to suck on all the gamecube controllers, surprisingly.

I'm surprised the new Smash edition controller is hard to find; I ordered mine from the UK Nintendo shop for £25 - only a couple of quid more than the Japanese Gamecube controller cost. I'm hoping it will also have a three metre cord (though I have a GC extension cord if not) and I'm hoping it will have a better d-pad, but I doubt it.

Love to get one of the multitaps to play Smash with too, so hopefully Nintendo will make more to suit demand!



Sean_Aaron commented on Inflated Prices and Limited Stock Cause Frustr...:

No issue getting Gamecube controllers, but this adapter is definitely scarce in physical shops and online. It seems like a lot of retailers are only stocking Wii U games, no accessories, possibly having been burned by low sales the past couple of years, so online is the best way to get any of it.

I want one just to increase options for play. I've got two classic controller pros, I've got an import Pro Controller coming from Japan (the White one that isn't on offer in the UK) and a couple of gamecube controllers (the White Japanese Wii-era one and the new smash one that's in the post). Hopefully the nintendo UK shop will get one soon!



Sean_Aaron commented on Amazon UK Offers Bargain Prices to Shift Its W...:

And I saw these bundles, but given the "pre-order" status and conflicting descriptions I don't trust that these are legit entries, but rather a placeholder for something they thought they would offer if they got stock. Amazon is pretty bad with that stuff like being able to pre-order things with "stub" (incomplete) catalogue entries that end up getting replaced with proper entries down the line.

Personally I would only place an order for something that's listed as "in stock" lest you miss out. That's why I'm steering my partner toward the bundle with the remote, Wii Party U and Nintendo Land and a hard drive, because I remember that was a bundle that was widely available before and I can just buy the download of Mario Kart 8 and the DLC without worrying about space.



Sean_Aaron commented on Amazon UK Offers Bargain Prices to Shift Its W...:

@Pod I totally agree. I went with the basic because I already had an external hard drive and knew I'd be buying too much software for the expense of the deluxe to be justified. Having said that the split probably didn't help less tech-savvy consumers who don't necessarily know much about the units of measurement involved in digital storage.

Given the sizes of the discs for the system even the deluxe won't last you long depending on what games you end up downloading. It's not a simple decision, but they are coming in at a lower price point than their competitors. I would have paid for the deluxe model if that was the only option because I was committed to the platform, but they obviously hoped more people would take the upgrade option at the lower price point.



Sean_Aaron commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Emphasizes the Nintendo Diffe...:

As others have said Nintendo's IP is their biggest strength and it's a great strength. My partner's kids wanted a new console and the fact is that looking at the shelves of the Xboxes and Playstations the number of titles targeting the pre-teen market is very very small. They get to play in my Wii U once or twice a month at best and they barely scratch the surface, so a Wii U was a no-brainer because it has a far more inclusive software lineup. The fact that they have a Wii and therefore don't need additional gear (beyond a hard drive - £35) means it's also nearly half the price of entry (depending upon the bundle) of the other two machines.

I don't think Nintendo has anythjng to worry about: continue to deliver the quality and people will be there. December is going to be big for Wii U!



Sean_Aaron commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U):

All anyone is commenting on is the score (or lack thereof)? Whatever.

Great review; I would like to note that the 50(+) things you need to know video did note that eventually you would be able to share your stages. It was also suggested that you'd be able to upload your customised screenshots to the Internet; I'd suggest that's why they're written to SD card: they might be saved as .png/.jpg and that way you could just pop the card in your PC to upload to whatever social media site you see fit.

Of course more interesting to me is that this indicates that the SD slot IS ACCESSIBLE BY THE WII U. Previously it was assumed the SD card slot was only for Wii Mode and not used by the Wii U because it could be a vector for hacking, but now, well why can't we use the SD slot for Wii U game storage Nintendo? On the same topic, can you save images to the same SD card you're using for your Wii Mode WiiWare/VC content? Swapping SD cards is something I'd rather not have to do, but it would be nice to know in advance along with how big these images are.

I'm also wanting to know: how does more than four player multiplayer work? Are you able to attach four Remotes and four Pro Controllers simultaneously? I'm planning to get a Wii U Pro Controller for two-player Hyrule Warriors, but I might get two if I knew I could play six player Smash using a combination of Remotes and CC Pros, Pro Controllers and Remotes.



Sean_Aaron commented on Peculiar Outfits and Details Revealed for Twil...:

Awesome, we didn't really get to see enough of Twilight Midna in Twilight Princess. This game is driving me to re-acquire both Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, partially because my daughter is also playing it. Getting a Pro Controller is also on my list because I really dislike the Remote+Nunchuk controls. Why oh why can't we remap buttons freely?