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Wed 21st April, 2010

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sillygostly commented on Talking Point: The Pokémon Trading Card Game ...:

This is all well and good, and the iPad is arguably the perfect platform for the TCG as the screen (and by extension, the resolution) is quite large so the cards can be seen in all of their detailed glory, plus, a touch screen interface is also ideal for this sort of experience. I just hate the fact that I'll need to be online in order to play the game so I can't play it on the train or anywhere outside of home for that matter (and I'm not going to pay the extortionate $250+ premium for an iPad just because it includes 3G connectivity).

My other gripe (and it's a major one) is that Game Freak may implement micro transactions for the iOS release, which I'm not down with. I think the PC/Mac versions offer an expansion pack once per day or so but the whole appeal of the GBC game was that I was able to access all of the cards in as much abundance as I wish (though it was heavily chance based) without having to pay or otherwise hunt for the cards themselves (though I did buy a bunch of physical decks on impulse about a year ago).

I actually wouldn't mind if Game Freak decided to make the TCG an annual franchise for 3DS and basically re-release the same game year in year out (with the only difference in gameplay being the addition of the new cards that were released throughout the year), but I won't fork over cash for virtual booster packs as I may as well just buy the physical cards themselves.



sillygostly commented on Beautiful Limited Edition Super Smash Bros. 3D...:

I would have been tempted if the characters were in colour… but I'm quite happy with my Pikachu 3DS XL. I may get a Japanese one at one point though. It's just too bad that the ship has long sailed on the Charizard LL (and I'm not willing to pay $900+ for it).



sillygostly commented on Mega Slowbro and Mega Audino Leaked for Pokém...:

Mega Slowbro looks absolutely ridiculous!! :D

I never liked Altaria and I stopped caring for Slowbro once the much prettier Slowking entered the scene (yes, I'm shallow), but their mega evolutions have converted me. I must have them both in my party. :D

I really hope that they include a mega evolution for Slowking as well, and I'd love to see my favourite fairy types also receive mega evolutions (e.g. Wigglytuff, Clefable, Togekiss etc.). A Blissey mega evolution would be epic as well (the HP!!!!).



sillygostly commented on Capcom Releases Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -...:

I too am waiting for the trilogy. I know it's already available on iOS, and a while ago, the trilogy was available for an obscenely cheap price ($8 or so), but I would much rather play it on the hardware that it was originally designed for.

The price difference doesn't really bother. Sure, it's unfair, but we must accept the differences between the two online marketplaces. Besides, I'm sure that the 3DS version will have fewer (if any) bugs (so it won't be prone to seemingly random crashes) and I won't need to squint to read the on-screen text when playing on an iPhone. Given the lack of a physical retail release however, the iOS version still offers substantially superior value as I can install the game on both my iPad and iPhone (I would have never considered obtaining an iPhone, but it was a free hand-me-down).

Nevertheless, I am glad that there are at least some high-calibre games available for iOS devices, even though the vast majority of customers seem to prefer inane time-guzzlers such as the "Saga" and "Ville" games.



sillygostly commented on CoroCoro Magazine Reveals Three Mega Evolution...:

I never liked Altaria… or Swablu. I hated them, even…

Never thought I'd ever want to train the little turds in a million years...

Until I laid eyes on Mega Altaria…

I'm beguiled... it's beautiful. =O <3 <3 <3

Welcome to the team, Altaria. =P



sillygostly commented on August Is Officially Princess Peach Month, Acc...:

I'm still holding out for Super Princess Peach sequels on both 3DS and Wii U.

Hell, I would even settle for New Princess Peach U DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U… but who else would be playable…? Peach and Daisy are a given. Pauline can be included as she too is a damsel in distress (and proud of it?!)… which leaves an opening for Toadette, Rosalina or even Birdo (with Birdo being invulnerable, helping fill the shoes of Nabbit for novice players).



sillygostly commented on Hyrule Warriors DLC Floodgates Opened with Alt...:

Ugh. This was to be expected considering Koei's history of costume pack DLC. The amount of DLC available for Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper is absolutely obscene. It would cost around AU$120 alone just to download all of the DLC packs.



sillygostly commented on Shin Megami Tensei IV Set For September Releas...:

@DarkCoolEdge: Nintendo of Europe assumes responsibility for what gets licensed for sale in Europe and by extension, Australia, so yes, they do play a part (though publishers will ultimately decide whether their software is worth selling to the ANZ market only after considering if a title is worth releasing to the European market).

This was not the case in the past. Now, if any 3DS/Wii U software is denied release for the European market, then the Australian market also misses out completely (publishers previously had the choice to release a game to the Australian market irrespective of its status in Europe). We also used to receive the U.S. versions of the games as opposed to the European versions, but now we only ever receive the European version (for better or for worse) as a result of Nintendo's region locking practices.



sillygostly commented on Shin Megami Tensei IV Set For September Releas...:

I bought Soul Hackers in anticipation of also picking this up at retail. Now I'll only consider this at a rather heavy discount as I do not wish to support Atlus' decision to release their titles exclusively via the eShop in Europe (and by extension, Australia). I would have bought Conception II at retail at full price ($59.95), but thanks to Nintendo of Europe not receiving a retail release, we've been deprived of it too. The worst part of all is that not only does the U.S. get a physical release of most Atlus games, but they also often include additional bonuses (such as the soundtrack CD with Conception II).

I really hate that Nintendo have systemically plonked us with the Europeans after the release of the 3DS. Now we're subjected to their release schedule, their delays and their localisations (or lack of). During the lifespan of the original DS, we'd occasionally get games that were released in the U.S. but not the U.K. (such as WarioWare: Twisted) and vice versa. Now, we're bound only by whatever Nintendo of Europe dictates. >=(



sillygostly commented on Review: Comic Workshop (3DS eShop):

Even if this doesn't come to the EU, there is no reason why it couldn't come to Australia as applications such as these do not need an age classification (as the Art Academy titles were among the very few Nintendo titles that were exempt from classification).



sillygostly commented on Dragon Quest X All-In-One Retail Package Will ...:

"Each will still, nevertheless, contain copies for all three platforms."

This is still wrong. Each version of the software reads "All-In-One Package". They aren't selling all three versions in one package. This "All-In-One Package" is the equivalent of a GOTY edition of an PS/Xbox game. The game simply contains the base Dragon Quest X game as well as its two expansion packs. Plus, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to package the Wii version with the Wii U version. Who would play the Wii version? If anything, to sell three versions for the price of a single game would be a colossally stupid move as buyers could simply give away the other two versions to friends or trade them in (thus depriving Square Enix of potential sales).

I've been reading a lot of criticism about some of the "click bait" articles here on Nintendo Life and it only appears to be getting worse. Doesn't anybody care to verify their facts anymore? =/ I strongly suggest changing the title of the article to better reflect the facts.



sillygostly commented on Nintendo of Europe Launching Wii U Virtual Con...:

I'm much more tempted to buy NES titles at that price. I may even be swayed to buy all of them on impulse as the usual asking price of $6.50 is rather ridiculous, but I wouldn't mind paying $3.25 apiece. The $10.40 that they charge for SNES games is just obscene though.



sillygostly commented on Violetta: Rhythm & Music Coming To 3DS, Wii an...:

I strongly, strongly doubt that this will be released in Australasia.

Zumba: World Party wasn't even given an eShop release here despite being released on Wii and Xbox 360 at retail. Barbie: Dreamhouse Party and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge were eShop only (mind you, the latter was publicised in the Australian media for being the first game to be issued an R18+ classification), and One Piece wasn't even released at all (despite the availability of the 3DS version at retail as well as the $120+ limited edition for PS3 -.-).



sillygostly commented on Golden Sun: The Lost Age Hitting Japanese Wii ...:

@Nintenjoe64 : Each VC release has its own emulator as each emulator is tailored to each specific game. With "black market" emulators, you may have noticed that the frame rate may fluctuate wildly from game to game, depending on the computer's CPU/RAM and the quality of the emulator itself.

Nintendo has endeavoured to ensure that each VC release plays as closely to the original version as possible, hence the slow release of VC games.



sillygostly commented on Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who S...:

I don't understand the hype behind the PS4, I really don't. There isn't a single game that would make me want to buy the system… even for free. Perhaps the PSN store would have an abundance of content that would tickle my fancy, but I'm not keen on paying an ongoing subscription fee for Sony's online services.

I am however, tempted to get a 12GB PS3 just so I can play Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (as I LOVED Dimensions on 3DS, which was my first Dead or Alive game, and unfortunately, there don't seem to be any plans to bring the game to Wii U).

I have a cousin who has an Xbox 360 and a PS4, and his only PS4 games are Fifa 14 and Watch_Dogs… two games that are also available on his 360. Think about it… $750 or so to play two games that he could have just bought for his 360. It's insanity. Mind you, this is the same kid who bought a 3DS without any games (he claimed to have bought it for the 3D cameras -.-), and then disparages the system for not having any games. He did the very same thing when he bought a DS Lite some years earlier.



sillygostly commented on Report Suggests Bayonetta 2 Will Come With Ori...:

I hope that the 2-disc version will be released in Australia. The original Bayonetta has been reclassified in Australia (perhaps to factor in whatever new content is featured in the Wii U version). Bayonetta was rated MA15+ for "Strong violence", while Bayonetta 2 was rated MA15+ for "Strong fantasy violence".



sillygostly commented on Nintendo Download: 10th July (Europe):

HOLY MOLEY! YES! :o :D Pokemon TCG!!! I love that game so, so much. I can't wait to play it and finally own it legitimately (I never had a Gameboy growing up). :D :D :D

I hope that they will also release Pokémon Puzzle Challenge as it was one of my favourite GBC games ever.

I wonder if the Jynx card will be recoloured for this release or even… gulp removed (though I hope not).



sillygostly commented on Vblank Entertainment Provides Sales Threshold ...:

It's not available in the Wii Shop in Australia so there's nothing I can do to help. Considering that the game has been classified and released on 3DS and other platforms, why then, hasn't the game been released in the Wii Shop in Australia?

Of course, if the Australian Wii Shop has its own sales threshold (as opposed to being tallied with EU), then I totally understand why it was never released.



sillygostly commented on Tomodachi Life on the Rise in UK Charts:

I'd love to see a Wii U version of Tomodachi Life, even if it's an Animal Crossing Plaza style app without any real interactivity (I just want to see my Miis interact with one another on the big screen). :P



sillygostly commented on Cross-Buy is Now a Thing on Nintendo Platforms:

@ModestFan93 : They won't as they're both completely different games designed from the ground up for their respective platforms. They both share certain elements, sure (e.g. the title, the roster), however, the 3DS version will have gameplay modes and stages that the Wii U version won't and vice versa. Nintendo could coax fence sitters by providing a discount on the Wii U version for those who have already purchased the 3DS version via the eShop, however, I doubt that they would just give it away for free.

Playstation All Stars, on the other hand, was identical across both platforms (if I'm not mistaken), hence why the handheld version was given away for free for those who had bought the PS3 version.



sillygostly commented on Exclusive: Free Mutant Mudds Deluxe 3DS Update...:

If Renegade Kid had kept the original title of "Mutant Mudds" instead of renaming it to "Mutant Mudds Deluxe" for the Wii U release, then they could just release the bloody game as is on Wii U without having to reclassify it. :/



sillygostly commented on Review: Farming Simulator 14 (3DS):

I played the demo of the first Farming Simulator game on 3DS (Farming Simulator 2012?) and I thought it was absolutely atrocious. I was surprised that this was a retail release in Australia as none of the previous games had been released on 3DS. The price was even more surprising as the PC versions tend to be available for under $20.

Why in the hell do they even release these games annually? It's not as if there are roster changes to be made or significant advancements in the agriculture industry to justify releasing these games year in and year out (though the same can be said about about the [Insert Banal Activity] Simulator 20XX games.



sillygostly commented on Feature: Add The Nintendo Life Team To Your To...:

@Mqblank : 100 islander maximum. Mii homes can in turn accommodate up to 50 couples, as long as you have 50 "grown-up" males who are married to 50 "grown-up" females. Babies can eventually become islanders or travellers, but I don't know if travellers are included as part of that 100 islander limit, or if there is a separate limit for travelling babies (as travelling babies will never become full islanders).



sillygostly commented on Bayonetta Download Code Included With Retail a...:

@IxC : Of course you can. You can keep a copy of your save data/software on both the internal storage and your USB hard drive, if you have enough free space, HOWEVER, if you move your save data to a USB device, the Wii U will write to the USB device by default (or USB drive 1 if you happen to have two USB drives plugged in).



sillygostly commented on Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your...:

This release seems to be a limited time promotion until Nintendo decides to officially launch DS games in the eShop…

The Miiverse subtitle for the Brain Training community reads:
"This community is open for a limited time only."



sillygostly commented on Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your...:

Just a few notes about those curious about how the game is emulated...

  • No suspend play feature (though this game would not benefit from it anyway)
  • And by extension, no Virtual Console menu of any kind (Home menu is still fully functional)
  • Wii U-specific controls/details are not specified in the manual (there is a "page" that includes a scanned version of the original European manual). The only other information in the manual is the default Wii U legal/warranty information
  • No option to smooth out the edges like with GBA games on Wii U
  • No wireless support for other DS or 3DS systems
  • Both the TV and Gamepad display the two DS screens horizontally