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ShikabaneHime13

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#1

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Review: SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson (3DS):

@MarvinTheMartian
Thank you. I mean, seriously, the argument is kind of sillly from my perspective because not everyone likes the same thing and a person's interest in a particular subject/genre is no more valid than another person whom has a different set of tastes.

If I may be as so frank to give another example: I love to read and tend to gravitate toward fantasy, horror, thriller and classical works. Recently I read through several written works of the infamous Marquis de Sade and thoroughly enjoyed them. In my book club, since I was the one that suggested reading Justine and 120 Days of Sodom (I had long desired to read these works for myself but wished to discuss with others on his work), I asked the others (men and women) for their feedback on the two books. It was almost a unanimous dislike for everyone else but we did sit and discuss our differing views in a civil manner and, at the end of the meeting, I (can't speak for the others) at least walked away with valid insight from both sides of the fence and respect for their reasoning behind their discomfort with the books (his work really isn't for the faint of heart) and would hope they felt the same for my reasoning since I enjoyed them.

As I said above in my post, we all do not have to like the same thing but we should be respectful to those with differing tastes. I play these games but my husband (who is Japanese and almost as big an otaku as I am) is certainly no fan of them yet he respects that I like them

@Ralizah Yeah, I did omit that part >.< And yeah, I can certainly understand your gripes about how the reviewer tackled the game. However, I have always been firm in my belief that one must experience something for themselves. I get the purpose of reviews, but reviewers are nonetheless injecting their personal feelings into their final conclusion. And while that's not a bad thing in itself, our personal feelings are still likely to be different. Many times reviewers have been known to outright praise certain games but, to the actual consumer, the game might not live up to their own expectations upon trying it for themselves and vice-versa. Hence why I take all reviews (professional ones anyway) with a grain of salt. Sure, I'll read some consumer reviews because there's a range of differing opinions and not just one, but at the end of the day, I want to know for myself whether something is enjoyable or noth

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#2

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Review: SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson (3DS):

As a 27 year old mother of 3, I have quite enjoyed the Senran Kagura series, so... Just exactly what does that make me since people are insulting the fans of the series by calling them "basement-dwelling weeaboos" and other such nonsense?

I get it, not everyone will be open to its high level of fanservice but players that enjoy these games are, in my honest opinion, no more disgusting than people whom enjoy gratuitous gore-fest games or love My Little Pony. I mean, what would you call female fans that enjoy games like Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, games with a rather shameless protagonist? I also like games such as Oneechanbara Z2. Man or woman, games are for entertainment. Like all forms of media for entertainment purposes, you pick what caters to your tastes and move on. Do I, as a woman, feel objectified by a game like Senran Kagura? Not in the slightest. But another woman might and I respect that stance. I'm not gonna tell her to toughen up and grow thicker skin because of it.

In a nutshell, if it's not your cup of tea, fine. But don't go about insulting those whom do enjoy it. Heck, I have been known to play these titles in public and not bat an eye when people crane their necks to see what I'm doing. Why? Because there's no shame to be had.

PS: Don't really care about the score because it's one person's opinion and bears no weight on my decision to buy a game I want to experience for myself

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#3

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Nintendo Confirms Xenoblade Chronicles X Panel...:

Why do they not have Yo-kai Watch as a playable title? The only way to raise awareness and dispel the current negative stigma a lot of players have against the game (calling it a Pokemon clone when it's clearly not) is to let them experience it for themselves

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#6

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Updated 'Roadmap' Infographic Shows Nintendo's...:

Chibi Robo, Triforce Heroes, and Yo-kai Watch (most anticipated) are my day-1 3DS choices from the list but I'm still on the fence about Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer. I also plan to indulge in Senran Kagura 2, Return to PopoloCrois, Drangon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden and Project X Zone 2.
As for amiibo: Ganondorf, all three Yarn Yoshi, Isabelle, K.K Slider, Mewtwo and Chibi Robo.

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#7

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Yo-kai Watch Hits North America on 6th Novembe...:

@Daemonite
As someone that has played the games, they are in no way "crappy". Will it appeal to everyone? No. But do not put down those that are excited for it and wish to spread awareness on the franchise to others that might not have even given it a second thought. We just want to see people give the game an honest try before outright bashing it, is all.

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#8

ShikabaneHime13 commented on Yo-kai Watch Hits North America on 6th Novembe...:

@Kimite

This! Played the first game and all three versions of the 2nd game (eagerly awaiting 3's release next year) on my import system and loved it to bits and I grew up a diehard Pokemaniac during my youth.

Yeah, it borrows "some" elements of Pokemon, but honestly all monster catching/battling games do (and remember, Pokemon borrowed some elements from the Shin Megami series). Now, is this gonna snowball to Pokemon levels? No, that ship sailed in the 90s and Western kids are more likely to play on a phone or tablet nowadays. Heck, when I worked at Gamestop for the holidays, more parents asked about regular DS systems than the 3DS (origianal or New) and I just don't see too many kids with handheld systems as I did in my childhood (only just recently turned 27 this past weekend so I'm not that old). The Nintendo handheld is mostly used among the older Nintendo fans which far outnumbers what children today do use them. So for the Yo-kai Watch franchise to be even remotely successful outside of Japan, we Nintendo fans need to support it and stop making waves out of stubborn nostalgia for Pokemon. All of my children play Nintendo handhelds because I've made it a point to expose them to it since gaming is my leisure. They are excited because they have seen me playing the Japanese versions and watch me do multiple replays while their pokemon games have sat untouched for the past 4-5 months in their desks because they lost interest after completing the story.

Tl; ldr: People need to stop being blinded by nostalgia for the Pokemon franchise and give Yo-kai Watch an honest-to-goodness try and not simply bash on it because of what very few similarities it shares with Pokemon. The game is not perfect, I admit, but it takes steps in directions that Pokemon, after 20 years, still has trouble embracing. And it won't share the same level of success outside of Japan but it can still be a success nonetheless.

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#13

ShikabaneHime13 commented on CoroCoro Reveals Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Danc...:

To all those saying this game marks the end of Yo-kai Watch's popularity, let me point something out: The several different theme songs to the Yo-kai Watch anime all have excercise dances as the animation with very catchy beats. So this game actually makes a lot of sense. Look up "Yo-kai Watch dance" and you'll see what I mean

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#16

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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#17

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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#19

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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#20

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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#24

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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#28

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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#29

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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#33

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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#35

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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#37

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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#38

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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#40

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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#42

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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#43

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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#44

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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#45

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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#46

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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#47

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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#48

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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#50

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....