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Female, 26, United States

Sun 1st September, 2013

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ShikabaneHime13 commented on Game Freak Emphasizes Its Ability to Go "In De...:

Is it the 21st yet....? My hype has built so much I've been struggling to keep myself occupied (and I have plent of 3DS and Vita games to do so) but my mind is on the games so much it's impossible. I guess my excitement comes from the fact that I never did finish Ruby or Sapphire back in the day nor did I play Emerald (lost my GBA) so the chance to partake in that which I never completed has me very happy. Also waiting to get my hands on the Corocoro Comic magazine for the Eon Ticket code since I will not only buy the NA versions of both games but both JP region games as well for my language studies.....

Ugh,... Time needs to move faster!!!!



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Pre-Orders Open For NES, Persona Q and Smash B...:

And that is perfectly fine. Like I said, we all know Nintendo made a bit of a blunder by not releasing the new models this year outside of Japan. But honestly, aside from the NES-themed XL, I can't see the point of releasing the LEs coming out later. Smash might make sense given its C-stick enhancement is a part of the game for quick smash. However, the Persona one especially seems lie it would be a poor choice to carry over for the next model given that has no enhancements that require the additional buttons, or faster processor. Just like I have no doubt whatsoever we will also see some form of Pokemon themed system (if we don't color me truly shocked given the hype and constant bugging from fans for the remakes in the first place...).

Xenoblade Chronicles, MH4G/U, Smash Bros and Final Fantasy Explorers are the only games so far listed to take advantage of the new systems features, so I personally think it really not as big a deal for the LEs to be released regardless of them not being the new models. I won't be surprised though if a Smash one is released next year. I mean, even Japan is getting the Smash LE as a new model but it will be at least a month after they are initially released anyway in Japan and ttwo months after Smash has released there



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Pre-Orders Open For NES, Persona Q and Smash B...:

@ekreig the epicness of that GiF

Even thogh I have the LoZ XL, I will happily trade it in for the Persona XL. Already put my deposit down on it at Gamestop.

Honestly, I can't understand why so many people are bashing Nintendo over the announcement of these LEs and saying they will hold off for the New 3DS models. We have no concrete date for the release in the West outside of 2015... I think it's silly to be so uppity about it.

Yes, Nintendo made a horrible decision not releasing them here this year for the Holiday season as these would certainly generate money along with Pokemon and Smash Bros 3DS... However, as we all know their main focus will be the Wii U. Why force parents/fans to have to choose (lets be honest, most people cannot or will not buy both). Yeah, any parent or fan not in the know will be salty once the new ones come out, but hey companies can't please everyone...

I, for one, have no problem keeping an original XL (the Persona one when it comes out), importing a New LL (that epic MH4G bundle) AND still buying one of the New XLs when they come to the US.

And let's also be honest... A LOT of us believed we'd be shafted on LE systems (so many in the US were praying for the Smash systems) as many of us outside of Japan do not get even remotely close to the number of special editions they get. SMTIV XL? Haha... Not happening, said Nintendo. FE:A XL? Nope! Long story short, we all have complained about limited editions being reserved mostly for Japan, and now that they are here, everyone is thumbing their noses at them saying, "Well, it's not the NEW 3DS models, so no dice!" It is for reasons like this we barely get LEs as is (well, one of the reasons anyway...)

All I'm saying is, when the new ones come out (short of the changeable plates on the small system) there will more than likely not be an LE for a while unless they surprise us with that MH4G system (highly unlikely but I have an inkling these systems will be out when MH4U comes out next year so who knows...) or some special colors for the XLs

(Note: This is just my personal opinions/observations and in no way intended to be rude toward others.)



ShikabaneHime13 commented on New Nintendo 3DS Shown Off by Monster Hunter S...:

No problem. Each has their pros and cons but while PlayAsia usually ships a day or so ahead of release date (With Fedex, I get pretty much everything delivered on release day) Nin Nin has slightly lower prices. The stuff is still marked up but not as bad. Though sometimes it pays to compare between them. For example, Yokai Watch 2 is almost $60 on Nin Nin but PlayAsia has the games for $49.99



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Brings Life to the 3DS...:

Definitely about to rearrange my finances to import this in October along with MH4G and the Japanese version of Smash (granted I will be picking up the NA Smash the week before) so that I may test out the system and see how it is. Just can't decide if I want the Metallic Black LL or the Monster Hunter Edition of the LL... Choices, choices....

Of course, when it comes out to the West, I'll have no problem double-dipping and will still keep my original NA and import XLs from last year as well (just like I have both versions of the Vita)



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Nintendo of America Keen to Boost StreetPass P...:

My Streetpass community for my city (DC) notified us that to help promote the Streetpass Weekend, Nintendo of America sent a box of the Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds treasure chests that came with the GAME collector's edition of the game. It's a first come, first served deal that the first 40 attendees to the event tomorrow afternoon will get one. Makes me happy since that means I now don't have to go on eBay and pay an outlandish price for one. I will be at the event at least an hour early to guarantee I get one! Will also have my LoZ XL with me :)



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Weirdness: Nintendo of America Unleashes a Pec...:

Just found out Nintendo of America sent my Streetpass community a box of the Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds treasure chests that were offered for UK/Europe as a promotion for the Streetpass Weekend! First come first serve to the first 40 people that attend the event. So stoked! Now I don't have to spend an outrageous price for one on eBay!



ShikabaneHime13 commented on New LovePlus Launching With Limited Edition 3D...:

Already pre-ordered my Manaka set from Play Asia! As a girl, I find the LovePlus series endearing and it's a good tool for showing how to properly treat women. There is nothing sexual or maturely themed in the games at all. I import them for 1. Collectibility and 2. use as a practice aide for studying Japanese since I take lessons (have an entire bookshelf's worth of imports for ds, 3ds, vita and ps3).

Oh, and those saying the dating sims are responsible for the declining birthrate need to do their research. Japan is restricitive to women that want progressive careers (once married, women are more often than not kept at the same position at their job. Once pregnant, they are pretty much expected to leave the workplace and become typical housewives) and both genders are finding it bothersome to have relationships at all outside of casual flings. This is just one of the multitude of reasons for the declining birthrate. Otakus are not the sole reason this is happening.



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Wo...:


I know what you mean. I was considering doing the same myself, but since I have already paid it off at the Gamestop I work at, I just decided to keep my reserve in place (also beats getting up in the early morning on Friday to be at a Walmart to purchase the bundle since I'm sure there will be scalpers at the ready to buy as much stock as possible). At least my boss told me I can come in at the midnight launch for the xbox 1 tonight and pick up my Zelda stuff (bundle, physical game and the collector's edition guide) since it is technically the release date come midnight. And, being an employee, i get a discount on the physical copy of the game.



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Safe and Family-Frie...:

@Benjamin i never said we couldn't be upset. Hell, I used Swapnote to keep in touch with my penpals in Japan. But those that are stating keeping children safe is a worthless endeavor clearly do not want to acknowledge there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Our FCs are tied to the system, not an actual account, making it harder to actually discern the users and ban them outright.



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Safe and Family-Frie...:


Let me ask you something: Do kids always listen to their parents? Answer: No. You can teach a child valuable lessons for life to ensure their safety but it is ultimately up to said child if they absorb said lesson and do so. As the saying goes: You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.

And seriously, most kids/teens today are so much more tech savvy than their parents, it's not even funny. I admit, when kids get a new piece of tech for their entertainment, the parents should take it upon themselves to know what that tech can do and what risks are present. By that logic, parents shouldn't allow their kids and teens to have cell phones or tablets as the temptation for misuse is always there, no matter how much a parent tries to teach their kid to do the right thing and be responsible. However, a lot of adults see Nintendo products as for kids (even though we know they're used by all ages) and so either don't think of a danger being present or don't honestly know. They might not know of the parental controls at all.

Point is, many of us are not happy about the Swapnote situation, however those of us with clearer heads and not just outright rage are doing our best to look at both sides of the story and all angles of the problem that caused this. It is easy to say one should've done this or that to prevent the stuff that happened. But in truth, nothing is as simple as black and white.



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Flipnote Studio 3D Friends Gallery Disabled in...:


I know, right? People are acting like Nintendo is intentionally slapping them in the face because of the idiots that abused the service. If I were in charge of any company that had a service being abused in such a manner, I'd do the same thing too. Is the action about saving face, yes. But it's also about safety of children. And all the people saying the parents should be monitoring their kids... Let's get real. Kids today are far more techno savvy than their parents (unless the parents are young enough themselves to have grown with today's technology) and many parents actually do not know of some of the safety features in place to keep their kids safe from online predators (or to keep them out of horrendous mischief in general). A lot of parents buy their kids some of this tech without knowing what it's really capable of doing ("Oh, this is the new game system you've been asking about? sure, we'll get it so you can keep yourself entertained with innocent fun."). There is blame to be had all around in the case of the misuse of Swapnote. For kids and their parents, it could be A) the child bypasses the security or doesn't tell their parents about said feature so they have free reign, B) Parents can be naive/uncaring about what their kids do online until the s*** hits the fan when they come across (accidentally or purposefully) what's been occuring. For the sick adults lurking online, they know better but don't care until they get caught.
As far as I'm concerned, Nintendo did the right thing. They never said it was a permanent choice either, so people are getting their knickers in a twist over something trivial that is likely temporary until a solution is found. I am no hardcore Nintendo fangirl as I have some issues with the company's choices in the past year, but I will wholeheartedly not let pure emotion (read as Rage) cloud my understanding of the reasons behind this move with Swapnote.



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Flipnote Studio 3D Friends Gallery Disabled in...:


It may be the minor's fault (and the inattentiveness of their parents) for intentionally sending such content.., However, the ADULT on the receiving end is just as guilty. And it's not always minors sending the stuff, I'm sure. Pedophiles do pose as younger people online to lure another into a false sense of security. The issues that happened to lead to Spotpass content of Swapnote being disabled is an entirely two-way street. You cannot blame one without the blaming the other. There could be kids sending stuff to kids, kids sending stuff to adults, adults sending stuff to kids and adults sending stuff to adults. There are so many potential factors of what may be going on with the abuse of Swapnote that Nintendo is likely playing it safe for the time being until a solution can be reached to prevent this crap. It is upsetting that I can no longer send fun messages to my penpals outside the US, but I'm understanding of the reasoning behind the move by the company.



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Video: These Fans at the Pokémon X & Y New Yo...:


I got to NY from DC at atound 1:30 pm on Friday the 11th. Met up with friends and we headed to the store, getting in line at roughly 1:45pm. They handed out wristbands for the event at 5 pm and my friends and I got the black ones which were slotted for 12:30 am purchase time and we were at least 200 feet from the start of the line. Now, when it was time for people to line up for purchase, it was a hectic mosh pit of people crowding near the doors of the store (which was worrying for me as I had to make sure I caught my 1:25am bus back to DC as no other bus left until 6:30 am). Despite the chaos of the crowd, my friends and I were in the store by 12:15 am and out by 12:50. Now... The line of people waiting to purchase the games after the event ended.... That was one long line stretching around the entire block and I have a feeling those people really had a multi-hours long wait (most looked like they had come from NYCC even though the Nintendo booth at the convention would be selling the games as well on the 12th).

I guess my point is that, yeah the line for the launch event was long, but it was possible to get there on Friday and get in to the event depending on when you arrived during the day. Though I do know there were instances of line-cutting where people were letting their friends who came late join them closer to the front of said line....



ShikabaneHime13 commented on Review: Pokémon X & Y (3DS):


I was referring to "stereotypical" in reference to many people, when they think of darker-skinned people, think of brown eyes. I'm aware that genetics play a major part in determining a person's features. But, just as every lighter skinned human doesn't have blue eyes and blonde hair, not every darker skinned human has brown eyes and black/brown hair (as in my case since I have violet eyes and dark blonde hair). That was why I was happy to hear about contact lenses in the game.