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ShikabaneHime13

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#1

ShikabaneHime13 commented on First Impressions: Getting Into The Spirit Wit...:

@MightyKrypto
The only reason I'm getting mad is because people are making claims and assumptions without doing their homeowrk. Yes, Yo-kai Watch is a "monster" game but that is its only real similarity to Pokemon. There is no linear story, no random encounters, no training or trading monsters, no silent protagonist.... And no, it doesn't even truly borrow mechanics from Pokemon as written here -

"While it draws superficial comparisons to Pokémon thanks to its monster collecting ('befriending', in this case) and combat, Yo-Kai Watch's real-time battle system really sets it apart, and we absolutely loved it - it's fast-paced, interactive, and incredibly engaging. You'll field all six Yo-Kai on your team at once, using a wheel system. Your Yo-Kai are arranged in a circle on your watch, and moving this circle (by physically spinning it on the touchscreen) will change up the formation - the three Yo-Kai up front will be actively engaged in battle, while the three Yo-Kai in the back part of the circle will be off the field. Crucially, you can spin the wheel around whenever you like, so all your monsters are immediately accessible whenever you want them, and you don't have to wait for any 'turns' to pass to change things up."

So no, I don't don't see this not becoming a hit. I admit it won't get to Pokemon levels of popular but it certainly has a lot working in its favor to still make it a hit, if not with younger gamers then certainly with older ones that have been interested in it since it released in Japan.

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#2

ShikabaneHime13 commented on First Impressions: Getting Into The Spirit Wit...:

@MightyKrypto
What part of "it's not a 'Pokemon-clone' at all" are you and others not able to understand? If you took the time to fully read the impression piece, you'd see that it was pointed out the only real similarity is the "monster-collecting" and that even that is a stretch given you don't catch the Yo-kai but "befriend" them by earning a summoning medal from them after defeating them in a battle.

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#4

ShikabaneHime13 commented on First Impressions: Getting Into The Spirit Wit...:

@miiandmario

It's actually pretty laid back in terms of pacing as you can go as fast or as slow as you'd like. For me, I spent a massive amount of time tackling side quests in the first game as well as the "Honke" and "Ganso" versions of the second game before bothering to progress through the main plot line. The game pretty much gives just that much freedom to go about stuff at your choosing, so if you'd rather dive right into the main quests (with a few side quests sprinkled in as necessary) then by all means, you can. Or, if you wish to get as much time out of the game (I have already sunk a couple hundred hours each game) then you can do that too by hunting for youkai, going fishing/bug collecting, tackling sidequests. And there is also a crap ton of post-game stuff to further the longevity of the game

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#5

ShikabaneHime13 commented on First Impressions: Getting Into The Spirit Wit...:

Finally, an impression piece! I've been playing the Japanese copies of the games and loved it and have been waiting on the localization (I have no shame about double dipping on the games and toys again) since Level 5 asked if people wanted the game outside of Japan back in 2014. I just hope this article helps dispel some of the negative/standoff-ish attitudes about Yo-kai Watch being a mere "clone" of Pokemon and that many of the nay-sayers might read this and decide to go ahead and give the game a try. As a die-hard pokemon fan, I have found Yo-kai Watch to be far more immersive and entertaining after all these years of girtually the same thing from Pokemon but I will always play Pokemon in addition to this new (for us anyway) franchise. I iust really hope it takes off in the West even though it likely won't reach anywhere near Pokemon's popularity levels

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#9

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Video: Feast Your Eyes On The Brand New Bravel...:

@JellySplat

Lol, even Japan's original Bravely Default CE was vastly superior to the ones for EU and NA. That said, I ended up getting this CE because, having missed out on the replica of the "D" journal, I had to have the "U" journal included in this set and I know the likelihood of getting the same CE whenever the game is localized is slim to none

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#13

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Level-5 Announces Yo-Kai Watch 3 For Nintendo ...:

@Dpullam

Yeah, given the anime, manga and toys are all centered around the first series, it would make more sense to chronologically release them. I would've actually been upset had they localized the third game first, tbh.... Even if it puts us drastically behind Japan, I'd rather play in order (even though I've already played the games in Japanese). But will preorder the 3rd game asap to keep mu 3ds library up to date >.<

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#14

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Yo-Kai Watch Busters Hitting 3DS This Year, Ma...:

While I don't see the series being Pokemon-level successful, I believe there will be enough success for the series given how hard I'm sure Hasbro will push the toy line and anime. And with those things being tied to the game, it should do well enough. But I feel the series could actually end up garnering the attention of older gaming/anime/manga fans even more so than young ones, particularly those of us that have been following the Yokai Watch news since its beginning...

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#18

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Nintendo of America Suggests That Fans Hoping ...:

The gold Mario just looks gaudy (same sentiments regarding the Majora's Mask LE n3DSXL) so it will be easy to skip this amiibo.

Have Pit, Link, Toon Link, Zelda, Sheik, Ike, Shulk (4), Rosalina (2) and Peach. Robin and Lucina have already been reserved and paid off via FYE and waiting on the US re-release of Marth. Only other amiibo from the Smash line after that would be Dark Pit, Palutena and Zero Suit Samus and I'd be done with the Smash Bros. line. Unless Nintendo releases amiibo for different franchises later down the line (New line with new characters for the upcoming Fire Emblem title for example), I think I'd see no reason to continue buying anymore amiibo after that

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#20

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo C...:

@midnafanboy Don't put words in my mouth. I never said I believe every one of the stories. The one about the guy buying all the Captain Falcons and the Target manager hoarding all the stock are actually believable, but I suppose context isn't your strong point. And many of us here have been witness to things like this in person. If you can't understand stuff like this can and does happen, then essentially you live in a bubble. Human nature at its core is survival of the fittest and a scalper's mentality in these situations is: "Gonna make money by any means necessary even if I have to step on others to do so." So again, do NOT put words in my mouth about what I do and don't believe regarding these stories. And I should know about human nature as I am on the front lines every day in my community as a police officer, so I see some pretty ugly things. But if you choose not to believe that this stuff happens, that's your prerogative. But do not come in here spewing nonsense about the rest of us being unintelligible for believeing what we do or don't.
With that have a good day.

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#22

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo C...:

@midnafanboy
Ok, so explain why you find it so hard to believe children dress up as their favoritve characters in anticipation of a launch? I have seen teens and adults donning cosplay for Pokemon launches, Harry Potter premieres, Lord of the Rings, Marvel/DC movies... Why is a child wearing a Captain Falcon getup on the launch of the Captain Falcon amiibo so absurd to you?

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#23

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo C...:

@midnafanboy
As I replied earlier, the stories may come across as far-fetched but many of us have seen the madness in person.
As I noted to another individual above:
"On the day Rosalina released in the US, there was a line for her before Target opened (she was exclusive to the store). The store got 24 in that morning. I was 8th in line of about 20 people. The entire stock was sold to 4 people, the last of which purchased the remaining 12. The guy started making a sales pitch while they were still in his cart inside the store, trying to get the rest of us to buy her for $45... Needless to say, many were ready to put their hands on him but he was simply escorted off the premesis by security with his 12 Rosalina in tow."

Thing is, Nintendo made this Amiibo craze a scalper paradise by stating that certain figures would be discontinued after their inital run which led to panic as of course no one knows which characters will get the chopping block (Nintendo only told of Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer when they made the statement) and which will be plentiful. As it stands, non Nintendo-centric charcters are of course the most rare as Nintendo has no desire to focus on anything that is not their top-selling IPs which is why we see a crap ton of Link, Zelda, Mario, Peach, Pikachu, Kirby, etc... Those tend to be the "faces" of their most popular franchises. Rosalina is a known character to the Smash/Mario Kart/Mario Galaxy fandom and so only appeals to those whom know of her, hence her immediate sell out. The Fire Emblem characters are hard to get a hold of (trying to secure Ike as we speak) but given they will have some degree of functionality in the heavily-advertised Codename STEAM, Nintendo announced a reprint of Marth is on the horizon because let's be honest, if you're advertising the use but very few people have him (or the other FE amiibo) then it doesn't make for much of a selling point. Same with Shulk. Knowing this New Nintendo 3DS-exclusive game is coming up, they reopend preorders for Shulk at Gamestop via Web-In-Store. Sure, the in-game tokens can be earned via Streetpass as well but Nintendo knows this is one of the ways to get people interested in the game (as many have said the graphical downgrade doesn't necessarily entice them to buy the game, especially if they already played it on the Wii).

Long story short, yes, the scalpers have actually been doing things like these stories suggest. All you have to really do is look at that guy, mariotehplumber, to see that this stuff is happening

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#25

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo C...:

@MasterBlaster

Same. I was able to secure a Japanese Rosalina at an anime convention I work at after that but it was a pain in the rear to have to resort to paying an import dealer (she was marked up to $35) to get her since she is one of my favorites. From that point I have made it top priority to preorder with Gamestop (though I had to go to an FYE to preorder Robin and Lucina since most places still don't have the next wave for preorder yet)

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#27

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo C...:

@MasterBlaster

They may sound unnatural but when there is money to be made, believe me when I say I have witnessed some of this ludacris behavior. For example, and I kid you not... On the day Rosalina released in the US, there was a line for her before Target opened (she was exclusive to the store). The store got 24 in that morning. I was 8th in line of about 20 people. The entire stock was sold to 4 people, the last of which purchased the remaining 12. The guy started making a sales pitch while they were still in his cart inside the store, trying to get the rest of us to buy her for $45... Needless to say, many were ready to put their hands on him but he was simply escorted off the premesis by security with his 12 Rosalina in tow

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#28

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo C...:

@MasterBlaster

I fail to see how the stories could be BS as you are implying. Yes, some might possibly be exaggerated but given the craziness surroung Amiibo and the lengths many scalpers ( ie mariotehplumber) have gone to to secure rare amiibo to resell, I am inclined to believe many of them. Catching whiff that there are desperate customers to be taken advantage of opens the door for scalpers to go out of their way to make a fast buck. Just look at the hell that was the Majora's Mask game limited edition and New 3DS XL limited editions for example, or the guy (mariotehplumer) that bought up a crap ton of Rosalina and other rare amiibo... And those situations are simply the tip of the iceberg... Heck, even a couple import sites have grown wise to drastically marking up amiibo and certain New 3DS faceplates (Legend of Zelda, Xenoblade and even the glow-in-the-dark Boo plates...) because they know people will do whatever to get their hands on them...
Honestly, if Nintendo had not mentioned that certain characters would be discontinued after a certain length of time or their initial run, a lot of the mass panic over securing the figures would likely not be as bad as it is now. And now that the official Nintendo UK online store has resorted to canceling certain preorders because of the shortage, the feeding frenzy is only going to get worse for the rare figures...

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#29

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo C...:

That Target employee that hoarded all the amiibo... There'd be only one way to deal with her (or others like her) and that's to say, "Oh? Well, what's your name? I'm sure both your District Manager and Corporate would love to hear this..." When you threaten to go to a higher up regarding bad employee behavior, they will change their tune real fast

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#30

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@k8sMum

I can say as a dedicated XL user that I find the screens on the smaller New 3DS as pretty amazing. The image is far sharper and I actually find the 3D even better on the smaller screen. Having been recently playing the Bravely Second demo on both my imports, I have been blown away by the smaller system, especially when playing with the 3D all the way up in comparison to my import XL. I mean, yes, the pixelation on the XL is minor, but the smaller screen did it far more justice now that even more detail had been added to the overworld in the sequel. And another thing I might add about the smaller screen: Reading the text on Monster Hunter and Final Fantasy Explorers is far easier as the XL blurs the text due to the image being stretched.

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#31

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@ShadyKnights

Well, I appreciate the clarification on your statement and apologize if I misconstrued anything. However, I would like to disagree with you on the chance of faceplates coming along for the XL. Again, I point out that the XL is the easiest way for Nintendo to market their limited editions. Also, it would take some working to get the front cover off of an XL inless they were to release only back plates which would then, in turn, defeat the purpose imo.

Alos, on the subject of most people stating they want the system simply for the faceplates: it does still serve as a valid reason as that is pretty much the main selling point to differentiate the smaller model from the XL. I think, when Nintendo worked on these, they were thinking along the lines of, "Oh, the XL/XL limited edition is not to your liking? Well then, there is a smaller system which also allows you to change the look whenever you want if you aren't happy at the thought of buying mutliple systems just to have a different look." I mean of course that's only my speculation as to how they thought to only put faceplates on the smaller system, so...

But yeah, I at least speak for myself and my children as to why I wish to see the release of the smaller system here in the US. Sure, my kids are sold on the faceplates (had me import some for them in anticipation of getting the smaller model months ago) but as I cited, they carry their systems in their jacket/sweathirt pockets as even my girls don't carry bags but they all carry their systems along with them. And none of them like the XL, even after trying mine. So for these reasons, an XL is not an acceptable choice for them and they now feel left out of enjoying the system

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#32

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@ShadyKnights

Please, enlighten me as to why you wholeheartedly believe those interested in the smaller system would have "less fun" with it? Many here have already pointed out a multitude of reasons as to why they desire the smaller system outside of the faceplates, so apparently faceplates are in fact NOT the only reason people are campaigning for the standard sized system. And, to be frank, the likelihood of convincing Nintendo to release the smaller system is far more feasible than persuading them to spend what could be an insane amount of money to redesign the XLs to utilize faceplates. They have marketed the XLs without them as that is the easiest way to push Limited Editions, something of which, outside of Japan, the smaller model rarely got (Fire Emblem and Legend of Zelda are the only limited edition standard size units I ever saw in the US). Also, given the upcoming faceplates featuring Legend of Zelda and Xenoblade, interest has surged trememndously (almost all import sites sold out of the Xenoblade plates in no time at all, with others marking them up to ridiculous prices). Having imported both sizes of the New 3DS, I found the smaller system a nice middle ground as my US XL does not leave the house for a variety or reasons even though I wish to indulge in Streetpass, but the smaller system would fit perfectly into my small purse which would mean I could finally take the system out and about. And all four of my kids only use the origianl size 3DS, which they carry everywhere in their pockets so the standard size New 3DS is perfect for them as well. So do NOT tell us what our preferred model is just because Nintendo made the asinine statement that the XL is the only thing the American market would want. People have cited portability, screen resolution, price and customizability as reasons for wanting the smaller system. You want an XL? Well then, by default, customization is not in the cards unless you do it yourself or buy a special edition.

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#33

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@Rocky2418

Exactly! I mean, no matter how Nintendo tries to spin it in the long run, the smaller units and its faceplates alone can generate some pretty sizeable revenue beyond the inital purchase. I'm already fighting to find the damn Xenoblade set for myself (i have imported both sizes of the new 3DS line for Japanese studies but immedately sold my XL after playing with the smaller unit for a while) and trying to figure if I want to also import the Monster Hunter set from Europe... Ah, the choices....

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#35

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@daveh30

"my impression of what Baker said was that it sounds like there's something he's not allowed to say yet, and he made a silly statement just trying to say something...
Like I said previously, I'd bet money the New 3DS launches alongside Xenoblade with a limited edition bundle. Baker knows that, he's just not allowed to say. Tripped up and sounded foolish trying to cover his butt..."

If that turns out to be the case, I don't think I'd be able to throw money at Nintendo fast enough....

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#36

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@daveh30

"Why is it that I've never heard anyone complain about the portability of their Vita, but the almost identically sized XL (when closed) is apparently a non-transportable anchor?"

Here's my reasoning: My Vita (along with my XL) stays at home (though that might change now only because NIS America literally just announced Danganronpa Another Episode coming West this Fall)

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#37

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@Funbunz
"I'm getting pretty sick of people telling me how well the 3ds xl should fit in my pocket. My pockets are my business, right? I don't need to hear from anyone how I should get to carry my 3ds. Yes, I can cram an xl in my pocket. It's uncomfortable and I feel like I'm going to break it if I crouch down. Also stop telling me I should enjoy the blown up display. Thanks."

This. And this is true for my children. My kids don't carry bags everywhere and more often than not carry their systems in their jacket/sweatshirt pockets. So an XL in a child's pocket is NOT an option

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#40

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@HandheldGuru97

Speak for yourself. Yes, some may have caved in to get the New XL, but given the vocal accounts on preety much all social medias (twitter, fb, neogaf, etc) there are a crapton of people the did, in fact, NOT purchase the XL because they want the smaller one.

And btw, that comparison to an abusive relationship was a rather poor one

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#41

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@PvtOttobot

There are petitions if you bothered to read the above article, at least one with over 4000 supporters.

And regardless of whether the standard size sells more or not, many of us have valid reasons ASIDE from the faceplates for wanting it (take a look at my ealier comment regarding why I want these, not for myself but for my kids). And at the end of the day, it's about being fair as well.

Honestly, the vocal fans may be a minority compared to the XL owners, but we just want to make the effort to get Nintendo's attention on the matter nonetheless. Will our effort bear fruit? We don't know. But we certainly get nothing if we don't let the company know our displeasure at all

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#43

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

@dsparil

The XL, being the better seller, makes it far easier for Nintendo to offer Limited Editions basically. Knowing that the larger part of the markets purchase XLs, it makes it easier to get consumers to double or even triple dip for thise special editions, especially if said consumers are collectors/early adopters that missed on prior limited editions (such as the Majora's Mask XL)

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#44

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

Honestly, if Nintendo of America is solely going on the premise that only the XL would sell, then could not the same be said for all markets?

And Damon Baker stated we still have 4 models for sale (2DS, 3DS, 3DS XL and New 3DS XL) but that is actually NOT the case. The standard size original 3DS has not been (readily) available on shelves for at least the past year or so, having fallen well off the radar once the XL was introduced. And given Nintendo just officially announced the discontinuation of said original model (no longer even listed on their site nor on any retailer sites unless used), that essentially leaves the market with only the 2DS, 3DS XL and New 3DS XL. And of course, it is very likely the original 3DS XL will be phased out sooner or later because let's be honest: two different XLs on the market is actually far more confusing to the casual consumers than having the 2DS, New 3DS and New 3DS XL present. If I recall, the 2DS even sells far less here in the US compared to the European/Australian markets, so it would've made far more sense actually to phase that out and replace it with the smaller New 3DS.

Now, I have 4 kids, all of whom use the original 3DS as they not only game in 3D but the XL is not comfortable for them so they don't like it (and therefore a 2DS for them is not an option either as it can't easily be carried without a bag and no 3D) I, as a dedicated Nintendo fan and XL user, figured they could have the standard New 3DS while my spouse and I got XLs. So this is not simply about faceplates for many of us. Yeah, my kids would certainly love the faceplates (they actually got me to import some for them months ago in anticipation so they could have their favorite designs...) but the primary issue is their comfort and now they have been excluded from enjoying a product they were looking forward to. Another issue here is price. Say the smaller unit were available here for... $160-$170... Yeah, by itself not much of a price difference. But when you throw in the faceplates for those that end up buying them (let's say priced between $15-$25 depending on design/texture/rarity), an smaller unit owner could actually easily outspend an XL owner as a one time $200+ pricetag vs $160/$170 + faceplates will in turn make for better revenue down the road unless an XL owner is willing to shell out that $200+ every time a limited edition system were to come out... In the case of my kids alone, let's break it down: 4 kids = 4 systems ($160/$170 each) + 3-4 sets of face plates for each child ($15-$25 each faceplate set)... See how much money that could add up to be for Nintendo from our one household alone? And that's not even factoring in my spouse and I purchasing New XLs for ourselves along with multiple copies of game software for the kids and ourselves.... Hell, as it stands now, I'd probably purchase a 5th standard New 3DS for myself to take along when I go out....

All I'm saying is that there are plenty of reasons as to why, in fact, Nintendo of America should be able to easily market both sizes here.

-Price
-Size (Screens are 33% bigger so not too small anymore and more comfortable to hold over previous design)
-Customizability (If people can go nuts for Amiibo, they can and will go nuts for faceplates with certain character/franchise/texture designs)
-Portability (My kids don't carry bags so the systems go into jacket/sweatshirt pockets)

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#46

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Dated for North Americ...:

Honestly, at the rate the amiibo are being handled (particularly in NA), the Shulk amiibo will mean nothing unless he gets a reprint in the same manner that Marth is for Codename S.T.E.A.M given the Fire Emblem characters are usable in that game.....

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#48

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a...:

@Jesh

This is actually one of the reasons we are encouraging people to call them directly versus the email. The email they send in response (now woth a wait time of a day or two once read by customer support) does come across scripted but someone actually has to read it before you get the response back.

If you wish to call to leave feedback about how you feel regarding the lack of the smaller system, you can reach them here: 1-800-255-3700 ext 5 then 4

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#49

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a...:

A Nintendo customer service rep I spoke with today was super awesome. She stated she herself had been looking forward to the smaller New 3DS and had even planned which faceplates she would've liked to get. She also mentioned that the center is still receiving a ton of calls with complaints over the exclusion of the n3DS and actively encouraged me to get more feedback sent in. So it doesn't hurt to let them know!

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#50

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a...:

@Wilford111

Even though people are getting responses by email, I personally find calling far more effective. It allows them to hear "me" instead of just some nameless, voiceless stranger behind a wall of text in an email. And I can convey more by pointing reasons "why" the XL is not a good fit for "me". Everyone will have different reasons, hence why we are encouraging others to take to the campaign. Even if you plan to get the nXL, leave feedback in support of your fellow consumer's right to choose for themselves.