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Starwolf_UK commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X Earns Modest UK Chart P...:

@sandman89 Based on what? No preload and its price (£50) are enough to scare people away frankly.

@AlternateButtons "most of Europe"? Europe has around 740 million people of which around 70 million live in the UK. Speaking of which shame the German and French charts are not so widely reported. The French charts are always a week behind and the German ones ones out late in the week. Nintendo tend to fare better in both.

@Angelic_Lapras_King I doubt it'll matter now. I feel lack of minecraft was used as an excuse and now it easy to once again move the goalposts as follows: Why would anyone buy Wii U that has a similar cost to a Ps4 or Xbox one because it has a more expensive, download-only version of Minecraft (the retail version is a big part of the console success) which is also on PS4 and Xbox one? Off-TV play is my only thought and even that seems like a niche with tablets now in the mainstream.



Starwolf_UK commented on Black Friday Sales Bring Little Joy for Ninten...:

Wow Chibi-Robo is out of the top 50 3DS chart (why does 3DS have a larger chart than all formats?). Not even £10 could save that and heck Code name STEAM is barely hanging in there at £5.

As for the chart itself. No surprise the Wii U hardware bundles were poorly priced and have not been getting better with time (these prices are rather static so logically if someone didn't want to pay £200 for the MK8 bundle w/free game offer in 2014 they're not going to be at all interested in paying £220 for a MK8+Splatoon bundle, especially if an Xbox One or PS4 which actually have more of a future are in that ballpark). For being "old" 3DS XL stock the deals on that system were not that great either. Likewise the New 3DS deals were also a disappointment (New 3DS w/Pokemon Alpha Sapphire was £105 a few months ago on Amazon UK, the MH and Xenoblade consoles offered this time I think were around £130, many people did not want Pokemon so were salivating over it returning with something they did want).

@ikki5 There are multiple charts published. All formats lumps all versions together while individual formats does not.

Some people prefer individual formats because all formats is sometimes odd when it comes to combining things. Pokemon X and Y wouldn't be combined due to being different games (despite being near identical) but Fifa 15 and Fifa 15 legacy edition (which is actually Fifa 12 with a roster update) would be combined though. Looking at both gives great insight into how little the lower rungs of the chart actually sell if you can find snippets of info about platform split and that.



Starwolf_UK commented on The eShop is Opening Up in More European Count...:

Unless they let people with existing NNID migrate these (why does NNID lock itself to a single country again?) it is a bit late. The fact it is € as well seems a little pointless as Nintendo has no IP locks and all Europe eShops (and South Africa) just pay NOE anyway sometimes in different currencies.

@belmont You are probably well aware that UK is currently (well past 5 years really) a really bad choice as a €10 game costs £9 (€12.79) outside of NES and SNES games which are at their 2006 Wii prices so a couple of cents cheaper than they would be in €. NOE insist this is fair.



Starwolf_UK commented on The NES Joins The High Definition Era With Thi...:

So much for Nintendo fixing their awful VC graphics if these comments of "oh its fine on my TV. you must be the ones wrong or are LIARS" are anything to go by.

Your eyes can get used to the dark screens and if you've not seen how it should look on the same screen it is easy to believe the darkness you are seeing is the same as how it should look when it isn't.

Really Nintendo give themselves an own goal here with things like Mario Maker and NES remix where the graphics look a lot different (NES remix still suffers from lag though). I hope the CRT filter doesn't go away as it is a good start.

Really options are useful here something Nintendo is adding at a glacial pace. It is also useful as sometimes darker can be correct for some GBA games which skewed themselves to brighter colours to compensate for the unlit screens (Tales of Phantasia is a good example where they actually darkened the palette back to normal for the US release but Japanese and EU releases used a very bright palette). DS might be similar.



Starwolf_UK commented on Video: Here's How Much Those Data Packs for Xe...:

@LaVelle Nope. Data packs are probably up so early in America to benefit US reviewers.

Speaking of which I pity European reviewers at this point because they don't have access to the packs. Will be interesting to see if the reviews themselves differ on loading time complaints due to this.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Titles Get Pushed Down But Hold On to...:

@Peach64 A few people had suspicion that thegamecollection were sell Australian (or some other imported) versions of Chibi Robo Zip Lash and hence they won'y count for charts at all.

In terms of such aggressive price dropping I'm reminded of Jam with the Band though I don't think Chibi Robo will reach €1 bin levels as that Rhythm Paradise and Sight Training saw. Poor chibi Robo misdirected constantly and his gravestone will read "not even an amiibo could save me"



Starwolf_UK commented on Rumour: Leading Japanese Game Company Kidnappe...:

Regarding kidnapping composer Junko Ozawa said the following in the rub bull music academy documentary, Diggin' the carts (
"At the time [early 80s], there were companies that copied games illegally and we were told not to show we were doing development on the company sign. They said that if I told anyone I did development at Namco, I'd be kidnapped and that they'd ask for a new game plan instead of a ransom. I wasn't sure if it was true or a lie"
Though of course that could be the 80s in general given how credits rarely had real names.



Starwolf_UK commented on English Version of SplatNet Website for Splato...:

The odd thing with this translations is I think the either the rank system has changed or is not translated properly as the formula in Japan was winsxrate (% as two decimal points)x10 while here the x10 is missing. Considering one of the my friends has a rank of 5 that suggests 1x0.5x10.

It also says it resets midnight Sunday but that is probably Japan time as I didn't play enough on Monday to get 168 points.

Checking right now I see why its translation was postponed. Poor Splatnet has a 500 server error



Starwolf_UK commented on Sonic Lost World's Wii U Exclusivity Ends With...:

I think bundled is the wrong word to use here as it implies it is forever rather than just a pre-order bonus.

The funny thing is SEGA racing had traces of console exclusive characters in it so this could mean Sonic Link and Yoshi have similar but more likely that will that have to left to modders (Sonic community has a dedicated bunch as the Sonic Unleashed day levels mod for Sonic generations shows)

@Seacliff I think the existence of the Sonic Unleashed day levels mod for Sonic generations has killed that happening (the day levels are the better half of the game and a free mod largely offers them)



Starwolf_UK commented on The Pokémon Company Sues Fan for Copyright In...:

I'd also like to know where this $4000 figure comes from. It specifically says damages and not expensive lawyer fees. Seems pretty self inflicted if it is legal fees. If you choose to nuke a mosquito don't ask for a nukes worth of damages. All this needed was a simple cease and desist letter.

I'd also like to see Nintendo sue the Pokemon Company for damages here since Nintendo are implicated in all this not to mention the number of games that don't support Pokemon amiibo.

@Chaoz I thought the pron was free. Also it is protected under parody and fair use of copyright. Things which using official artwork of Pikachu and Snivy sadly are not.



Starwolf_UK commented on Video: This Splatoon Glitch Makes Rainmaker Ve...:

Another map ruined for rianmaker. Kelp Dome already has the ability to get in the lead then head to the raised platform next to your spawn point which the other team will have great difficulty in reaching (as the only, probably unintended, entrance is overlooked by the spawn point).

As for this hammerhead one. It might be possible to position yourself in such a way that the rainmakers shield is impossible to break (thinking as in it gets large enough to push you off the platform but not so larger that is can be shot form elsewhere).

Some people would argue Slatspray is similar in that a winning team can retreat to the upper platform area to stall for time but the Kelp dome is far worse.



Starwolf_UK commented on Disney Infinity 3.0's Toy Box Mode Offers Blat...:

This is not Splatoon. You get points for the walls.

Also the thing some people tell me is this is user generated content despite it saying it is by the dev team? That would change it to just being cheeky (user generated content is always full of imitations).



Starwolf_UK commented on Rumour: Sega 3D Classics Such As Golden Axe Co...:

SNES games on Wii VC have a similar sort of list of titles and not all of them saw release. The SNES Wii VC ones had some really interesting third party things in there like Illusion of Gaia, Aladdin and Smash TV.

Such a list for these 3DS games here can be verified with a 'mere' decrypted dump of the game or a RAM dump of your own. It would be curious to see if the list changed over time or is abandoned.



Starwolf_UK commented on GAME Apologises for Super Mario Maker Pre-Orde...:

I'm still in shock about £3000 amiibo guy that came to light when this story was posted on Monday (they had pending charges done over 200 times for a Ganondorf amiibo).

In my case it is several repeat payments could trigger an automatic lock on my account affecting my ability to use the card at all even more than a lack of balance would.

@GloverMist That is just them matching the Amazon price on the amiibo.



Starwolf_UK commented on GAME Promises Quick Refunds After Charging Cus...:

@RadioShadow My debit card can overdraw actually (despite the whole point of debit cards being they can't) at a mere £15 per transaction. I discovered this ironically enough due to the Nintendo eShop (it has a daily spend limit but it still makes a pending charge if you try to spend beyond this, as a result I went below 0 on pending charges, since my actual account balance was never below zero I was able to contest the overdraft fees).

Of course had I ordered from GAME (I did not due to them not allowing gift cards to be used on pre-orders) it sounds like it would be harder to contest.



Starwolf_UK commented on New Style Boutique 2 New Nintendo 3DS Bundle W...:

@AnarKitty Yokai Watch is a multi million seller in Japan and a serious competitor to Pokemon. As a result a lot of people are interested in it and it is a big release complete with a TV show coming out the same time. Europe won't get that until 2016 (likely due to said TV show) so something needs to fill the gap.

Would you rather Europe gets nothing at all so you can not be upset about them enjoying something you personally have more interest in?



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 10th September (Europe):

@tysonfury Near RRP? Physical release RRP is £40 so it is less than RRP. Maybe NOE thought the 100 page physical book was worth £5?

Of course like always you can find the disc version for cheaper by retaliers who choose to make less profit.

@Piersen Atlus? NISA handle Etrian games (and a few others) in Europe for some reason. NISA never put anything on sale so are worse than Atlus themselves when it comes to publishing. I'd rather digital only and regular discounts than physical months later with no discounts (and the occasional horrendously expensive limited edition). Ghostlight did put Devil Survivor 1 on sale once (don't know if they're publishing 2 here).



Starwolf_UK commented on Some Western Splatoon Players Would Prefer Not...:

Really obvious thing missed in the call for regional matchmaking. It doesn't help Europe because the whole of Russia, South Africa and Australia are bundled into Europe. Now the former two are very minor but from my experience of MK8 (which tells you countries) were about 10% Australian.

@jariw That patch makes the game unplayable if you are on a connection with less than 0.6MBs upstream...which is like most ADSL connections in the UK. I have friends who can't play the game now because of that (they can't upgrade their connection either as nobody is laying fiber or cable down in rural England) and I myself had the game unplayable for a few weeks (NOE are still useless here and their support has yet to figure out the connection speed cause). It also ruins the chances of the team whose lost a player winning.

More on that point, the nature of upstream tending to choke downstream can also amplify lag issues. Plus many people have to share connections which also doesn't help.

tl;dr the games netcode is very bandwidth intensive because it isn't a problem in Japan. This can lead to increases in latency related issues and also limits who can make it playable. Finally, the fact the V1 netcode was used in the recent testfire could almost be viewed as false advertising (if someone with an ADSL connection was on the fence about the game found that worked well then decided to buy the game to be treated with "the connection is unstable" all the time).



Starwolf_UK commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:

The gold base confuses me because the one NoE are showing has a purple base:

Anyway. I don't like stuff being locked behind these figures especially when no cheaper alternative is offered like I don't know, a card?

As for the it is nice figure argument, you have to understand amiibo are only good if you want the figure. If you don't care about the figure they are just expensive DLC. That cuts me off from a lot of the amiibo content. I personally don't like the Splatoon figures (can't stand the colours used, though when it comes to poses etc they are a lot better than most of the SSB range) but would have loved to have played the challenges by say buying a few cards for a couple of € each (heck I might even be crazy enough to go up to €5 each) but since the option isn't there (maybe Nintendo are scared the figures won't sell?) Nintendo get no money and they get customers disappointed instead. Which is just a lose lose situation.



Starwolf_UK commented on iOS and Android Receive Pokémon Shuffle Mobil...:

In the beta version of this you saw things like some stages costing more hearts to retry.

The thing is the stamina system in this game offers no level of progression via increasing max stamina. While it is nice that all stages cost the same (in the 3DS version at least) being able to earn a higher stamina cap is a must for these sorts of games as you can time manage better by not having to sign in all the time to use your stamina.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 27th August (Europe):

Devil's Third is €60? I guess NOE see there is such a small market for this game that they might as well price it at the max as they won't sell more copies at a lower price. Then it has microtransactions on top of that. Oh man...

I guess some people would argue, you can buy eggs to skip the grind of earning eggs so having no buy option is worse here but it really rubs me the wrong way given you're paying €60 just to enter.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 20th August (Europe):

The thing about Wario master of Disguise is I remember hearing the European release was a lot better when it came to the recognition on the touch screen. Which makes a paragraph of the old review a little less relevant. Still the other issues do remain.

It could be turned into an interesting co-op game a little easier than you could on the DS I guess.



Starwolf_UK commented on Splatoon's Rainmaker Mode Is Coming Tomorrow:

I just hope this "the connection is unstable" problem gets fixed (nothing on my end will work and it wasn't a problem prior to v2.0.0). Disconnections during turf wars are annoying but in ranked it is a serious stuff as it means you send yourself and your team that bit closer to the pit known as C rank.

@rjejr I seem to recall when tower control came out it was always that mode for 24 hours. Not too different to new stages always being in the rotation for 24 hours.



Starwolf_UK commented on Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Hits The ...:

300Yen=£3.49? These exchange rates get worse by the day...

At least it is better than the £20 Argos was saying at one point.

I still have a feeling USA is going to be the place to get these from (card distribution makes more sense for completing the series)



Starwolf_UK commented on Here Are Some Handy Tips for Viewing Splatoon ...:

Should the equipment stats display all weapons you've used? If so looks like I've only used 9 weapons. If I ever get to play the game again I can fix that (accursed "the connection is unstable" problem happening during matches and which nothing on my end can fix and only started happening with the v2.0.0 patch).

@Spoony_Tech Those symbols are ガチ (gachi). A quick search finds:
Since the mode names translate literally to gachi area and gachi scaffold I guess gachi adds that bit excitement. The HTML of the Splatoon page itself lists it as earnest as well.



Starwolf_UK commented on Fire Emblem Fates Looks Set to be a Single Rel...:

Remember when Amazon UK said all copies of Bayonetta 2 came with the first game and then it was announced only the special edition would?

Well in that case Amazon got bombarded with customer support complaints but eventually upgraded everyone to the special edition free of charge. In the interim some people got upgrades while others were would told it would not happen and so canceled their orders (they were kicking themselves when the upgrade took place).



Starwolf_UK commented on The Legend of Legacy is Coming to Europe... in...:

Well at least there will be plenty of US impressions to go by.

Also I'd be happy to forgo a physical release for a quicker release (yes I know SMTIV took ages but Conception 2 did not) and actual eShop sales (something NISA Europe seem to be allergic to, I honestly find this point to be worse than the slow release dates, it is really hard to get excited for EO Untold 2 when I know America will be able to regularly get it for $20 if not $15 by the time it comes out in Europe and we will be expected to take £35 in the face like the mugs we are, sad that this game could well the same fate).

@Kogorn733 I don't think NISA have ever released a game in Europe that is in anything but English. The manuals are mandatory but the standards practically non-existent. There are still things like ratings and lot checks.



Starwolf_UK commented on First Impressions: Our Maiden Flight In Star F...:

So how do you lock onto enemies?

Reset gyro being left stick down? B, X and Y better do something here or I'll feel robbed (or is that Rob 64...).

"Oddly enough, and as far as I could tell, all the dialogue was directly lifted from Star Fox 64, verbatim."
I think that is because most of it is. I would think that is due to the English dub not being started. Take Treehouse live where a mission was played with the voices in Japanese (text was in English).

I remember when Star Fox Assault was shown at E3 treehouse dubbed it themselves. Maybe that would have been better than re-using Star Fox 64 3D lines.

It is just I see a lot of people picking up on this point and I'm not sure how relevant it is.



Starwolf_UK commented on Exclusive: eShop Publishers Are Dropping Relea...:

On Wii U at least you can just create another user in a different country to be able to purchase the games unavailable to you. It is not ideal splitting purchases across multiple NNID. Especially as it could have implications for Club NintenDeNA *or whatever the new membership scheme is).

You can do the same on the 3DS, if you never linked an NNID to it (this is actually a reason why I'm so annoyed at Nintendo insisting on having an NNID for so much these days on a 3DS, it is also changing the rules halfway through the game).

All that said the 3000 sales part is a really worrying part. As that can be compared to post 2009 WiiWare.

@1wiierdguy @Mario_Fart Initially the games were not rated for Australia (maybe the ratings were submitted and the ACB took too long). Looking at the ACB now they are rated now (including the unreleased Streets of Rage 2) so I really have no idea why they can't come out.



Starwolf_UK commented on ​The Prices of the Remaining Physical Goods ...:

So here I am in Europe waiting patiently for 3DS Game Card Case to come onto the catalogue (it should happen given America and Japan both had them in updates) only to see it get a price drop implying there was not much demand in America.



Starwolf_UK commented on Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush Fails to Brea...:

Part of me wonders if the effect of mainland Europe imports is also playing a part. If I'd purchased Puzzle and Dragons for instance I could have gotten it for sub £20 from Spain. Why would I want to pay £25 or more for a UK version?

Maybe one day NOE will wake up and notice it is not 2008 anymore.

@CreativeWelshman Look at the DS versions the titles reference. It was Canvas Curse in America, Power Paintbrush in Europe.

European titles (especially of Kirby games) tend to be more literal and dry. I feel the reason is because some customers won't have an excellent knowledge of English.



Starwolf_UK commented on Hacker Produces Region Free Exploit for Curren...:

@HopeNForever Since Super Smash Bros Melee Japanese and English have been both Japanese and US versions for Super Smash Bros although the options to switch have not been included since Melee.

As for why the Japanese SSB booted into English it is to do with how languages in games are handled. The default language is probably Japanese (testing on non-English system settings would be the test here) but the English system menu demands English where available so that boots up instead.

As far as the system goes all systems have English, Japanese and Russian alphabet support but not the Korean alphabet (see Streetpass Mii Plaza, I got one Korean pass and it just said ??????).



Starwolf_UK commented on The Legend of Zeldo: Lonk's Awakening is an iO...:

I much prefer Lunk. It would be a flappy bird clone as well...

A more concerning matter is that the game wants to know your location. Even while the app is not being used. Sometimes location data is used for targeted advertising but there is not need to harvest the info while the app is not running and there is no advertising here anyway.

It reminds me of how many free apps on the google play store just harvest information because they can (why does a flashlight app need to copy your contacts list for example).



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 30th April (Europe):

@Mario_Fart Super Star and 3D classics Adventure (stay away from NES VC version poor technical performance and 50Hz) are great 2d Kirby games. All the spin-off games are solid too so it depends on what you are after. Golf - Dream Course. Match puzzle game - star Stacker. Breakout - Blok Ball. Pinball - Pinball land.

@ShanaUnite The 3D classic version is not crippled by constant slowdown.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 23rd April (Europe):

Oh boy 10% off Kirby and the Rainbow Curse...or I could just buy the disc version for £25.

@Einherjar Sadly they edited the title screen on the 3DS so that will probably carry over. Also Yoshi here in Europe had the title screen edited to be Mario & Yoshi.

For your oddities you need to buy Super Probotector in Wii mode and get the upgrade fee for Contra 3 on the eShop.