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Sun 20th January, 2008

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Starwolf_UK commented on Super Smash Bros. on 3DS Lacks Circle Pad Pro ...:

@mh1989 Why did Nintendo make the CPP you ask? Capcom asked them to and Monster Hunter is one of the most popular games on the 3DS in Japan so you go out of your way to keep Capcom on board.

Kid Icarus got the support it seems near the end of development for left handed players (it gives the 5% CPU story credence, they had optimised the game so had some spare at that point, they didn't announce it sooner as they unsure they could pull it off).



Starwolf_UK commented on Almost 50 Different System Themes Revealed Pri...:

Given we've heard that some games will come with themes, I'm guessing Pokemon OR/AS might be one of these. Unless they are making them exclusive to a limited edition console or something.

Images on the Nintendo website show you change theme/access the theme shop where you currently access brightness settings (those are still there). Also if you delete your NNID or eShop account you'll lose your themes (so they're linked to this).



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Direct: New Nintendo 3DS Models Comin...:

Those are the same prices as the 3DS systems currently are in AU apparantly. In other words these SKUs are replacing those.

For anyone comparing price remember sales tax in AU is 10% while for Europe it is 20%+.

As for "its not fair you suck McBain", Australia has a population of around 23 million, that is less than Canada. So much few units are needed compared to anywhere else.

News on the ground is that original 3DS SKU has not been seen in stores for months down in Australia.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Rolling Out New In-Store Digital Dist...:

Add-on content is interesting. Wonder if that applies to 3DS as you have to buy that in-game there (I guess they don't want accidental buys of content for games you don't have)

@Pigeon Gifts maybe. This begs the question though, if this tablet is essentially doing that, why can't I do it from my own home?



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 25th September (Europe):

@Thecoolmana777 Fantasy life in Japan had two versions. Fantasy life and then the Link expansion released some months later. Owners of the non-link version could buy an expansion pack upgrade. The Link version added online play as well as all the postgame stuff.

Now when the non-Japan release happened, rather than give us Link and all the content they give us the base game with online play from Link then are forced to pay up for the Link content (if you want to play that).

Maybe including the Link content would have made the game £40 and a lot of players won't get to the content but for those that do spend £7 to save £5? That just seems like a cash cow or some sort of online pass style make money off pre-owned players.

Yes it has generated publicity for the game but at the same time day 1 DLC is something that really puts players off (as this is uaully associated as witholding content). Especially the rumor that buying the DLC means you can't play at all with non-DLC owners.

Another way to look at it is last year Bravely Default came out here. We got the for the sequel version and didn't have to pay £7 for the improvements there (Bravely Defalut in Japan got the for the sequel verison as a boxed release and download upgrade about a year after the original release so similar to fantasy life; its improvements including be able to change encounter rates any time you like, this is useful as parts of the second half of the game drag out). Then again it was £40...



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 25th September (Europe):

Nobunaga's Ambition never made it to Wii Virtual Console in Europe. 5 years on and we can play it on Wii U...ah how times have changed. Hopefully Uncharted Waters and other Koei games follow suit.

Wait, a Wii U demo. Like when was the last time one of those was made? I don't care that it is spin the bottle...

I am sure this was discussed elsewhere but the "best" thing about the fantasy life DLC is it may disable you from playing online with non-DLC owners. Excluding the £7 DLC only made the game £5 cheaper so that argument falls flat too. It is all post-game content (and since 3DS DLC must be bought in-game, getting to that shop requires the game beaten)



Starwolf_UK commented on Video: We Take A Look At Super Smash Bros. 3DS...:

Powers and equips will be something to get used to here. For anyone with the demo the tips page gives tips for smash run which include what various enemies do (if you need to further wet your appetite, Koffing for instance can lower stats).



Starwolf_UK commented on Japanese Pokémon Centres Will Receive New 3DS...:

My take from it is that falceplates can be made from things other than plastic. Should be fun.

But aside from that. Wasn't the point of faceplates to kill off the ridiculous limited edition consoles and yet thee faceplates are only only available as that.



Starwolf_UK commented on Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bug Allows Miiverse ...:

@ShockeyRai I think the Kid Icarus one was using AR card mode. I think some games can disable screenshots while in those sorts of modes.

This Mario & Luigi one seems like a framebuffer bug (the instructions sound like Mario & Luigi doesn't get any time to update it from the photo you were viewing).



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 18th September (Europe):

Finally, Europe not only gets a 60Hz version of DK Original Edition (50Hz one being the Red Wii bundle) but can actually buy it too. Kind of lame for the 17 people who bought DK though having to rebuy it to get a better version...

Could Zelda Four Swords Anniversary be on the horizon?

@PLATINUM7 The PR put of last week said it would come on Friday. Not sure why it is missed here as other Friday releases are listed.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Patent Hints at Pokémon Standalone C...:

Given Ambrella is kind of a training studio I guess being given their own console means they can explore more genres. On the other hand it means noting of note is lost.

A thing to bear in mind is patents don't always lead to reality. Take that weird seat thing,...



Starwolf_UK commented on Demo for Super Smash Bros. 3DS Announced for N...:

EU requirements would have been nice. You would think a member of 12 years would be something but nothing so far :P I kind of can't get the limited use demo either due to refusing to link an NNID to my 3DS (I can't agree to being locked to a single eShop).

I didn't expect a demo either way so I'm not too bothered.



Starwolf_UK commented on Mega Camerupt, Mega Gallade, and Mega Sharpedo...:

I still worry for the durability of Gallade. I assume it doesn't lose Fighting type which doesn't help it live priority Brave Bird.

The others reek of version exclusive, sadly (I hate version exclusive stones, either I waste my time trading with someone or waste my money buying a cheat tool to get them...guess they want you to buy the other game...and a second system)



Starwolf_UK commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Will Suppor...:

As a recent CCP owner (for Kid icarus...which despite being left handed I play better playing like a right handed person) I don't like this precedent of no forward support. I see no reason why anything that supports the added buttons and sticks can't also support the CCP.

Likewise, it suggests these built-in buttons won't be BC as CCP...they're not going to release a New CCP leaving New 3DS with no good way to play Galaxy Force 2. Then again I'm not sure if the C-stick is a worthy replacement...
Edit: Ah Japanese page shows show the buttons are BC as CCP.

Some people have argued this lack of support here is for supporting the Amiibo stand (coming in 2015) as that uses IR on non-New 3DS...heres an idea. I don't plan on using Amiibo, give me full control.



Starwolf_UK commented on LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham DLC Season Pass i...:

"Whether there are issues and limitations with the Wii U infrastructure — such as the eShop — with season passes is unclear."
I expect better from you, Nintendo Life. Especially when Mario Kart just got a season pass and the 3DS can also do season passes (Mario Golf).

Here is the "technical" reason. WB games canceled a Batman game Season pass on Wii U (as they decided they couldn't be bothered to port DLC as there were too few sales). As a result people were refunded ($20, I think it was even the full pass cost). They want to keep the option of not releasing all the DLC this time without having any penalties...(as season pass buyers there got released DLC for free basically but the big part was never seen on Wii U)



Starwolf_UK commented on September's Club Nintendo Reward Details Are C...:

Why is Super-Punch Out so expensive? I wonder if was Kirby was supposed to be 250 as well...maybe they don't want people to redeem Super-Punch Out so they can stop offering Wii Shop channel downloads (under the reason few claim them).

@Beau_Skunk I think the prices are upped because people can (sadly) afford those prices. The lack of physical goods only furthers that. In part the problem is it is too easy to get coins (for $1 you can have 110 coins, 80 from free Disney Infinity, 30 from America's Test Kitchen from Gamestop), especially with intend to buy, post play and games having ridiculously long expiry times (seems whole systems get expired).

The Japanese and European systems expire games a bit more timely and the points themselves run out sooner (Japanese system also has older releases worth less).



Starwolf_UK commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Flipped The Tea Table with Hy...:

I have mixed feelings. Warriors game with Zelda in is a very safe and conservative game and comes accross as cheap and dull. It feels like the developers want to give something more ambitious a go.

In a way the creativity was stifled but at the same time Nintendo was the one taking risks (if it turned out too similar or bad or whatever, a proven game is a safe option) hence why I'm not sure how to feel.

Miyamoto is not all-wise though. He wanted Link Between worlds to be another Link to the Past port for instance (if it came out lie they I wouldn't have bought it as I already have that).



Starwolf_UK commented on Bayonetta 2 Casting Its Spell In Europe On Oct...:

I still want a pricing on special edition. The GAME price implies RRP for £55 and have 70 Euros. If those are accurate here is a tip for NOE. Bayonetta 1 was ported because many people have not played it (and so wouldn't want to play the sequel), making it stupidly expensive (rather than a freebie like America has it) is not going to make them jump in.

@Punished_Boss Complain to Nintendo about for caring about their limited edtions holding their value (UK retail drop everything like bricks to compete). The 15000 copies are for the whole of Europe and it isn't GAME exclusive outside of the UK (but other retailers probably won't get many as it will probably be treated as one copy for every 50 regular you buy). You could not bother with it (I think it looks naff), wait for the Nintendo Store to have it (they seem to get all LE even exclusive ones) or order form outside the UK.



Starwolf_UK commented on Diggin' In The Carts Aims To Give Japanese Vid...:

That website is terrible (the video at the top meant I couldn't watch the episode on the site as all my CPU was rendering that) but the content is really good. Seeing the Tower of Druaga waveforms just feels like a completely different era.



Starwolf_UK commented on Shovel Knight Rated By The Australian Classifi...:

NOE are keen for a 2014 release as they said in their schedule lasy Friday (same goes for Gunvolt) so you can sure once they get thier hands on it (i.e. it is submitted to them) they will work on getting it approved ASAP.

@BLPs You did notice in the timeline they got the ratings (and before the translations I might add). As for why they can't do UK/Aus only. Submitting to NOE is bad enough once having to do it a second time when the translations are done is not idea. Patches have to go through the same process too.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo UK Outlines September's Dazzling Zeld...:

In this comments thread. The grass is always greener, weather it is sales or Club Nintendo...

My thoughts on the 10% fan discount. A bit pointless when a GAME download code is highly likely to be cheaper than that and give you NNP points as if you bought it for £40. Then again you can not use existing NNP points at GAME.

OOT 3D Should be better as it has been at the past (disappointed it isn't). Then again given how physical copies still seem to sell well at a high price maybe that is reflected here (Amazon has gotten to the point where any copies new or used sell out a few times...except that one £200 used one)

30% seems to be the best discount they want A tier first party VC games (I should have gotten SMB2 when it was 50% off to celebrate the year of Luigi ending), excluding Link to the Past but that is a crappy 50Hz version so who would want that?

@Spoony_Tech It could still be $60. IIRC Pikmin 3 was and that was €50 here. Likewise WWHD was $50 but was €60. What I'm getting is while €=$ is the norm there are exceptions.

@ikki5 You should note earning 600 coins is a lot less (and easier) than spending 7500 stars. 600 coins is around 3000 stars if you compare full price Wii retail games. That means Europe has to work more than twice as hard...also consider the Platinum members also have those 600 coins to spend on anything they like. But none of this comes free which is probably why Club Nintendo is crashing and burning currently.



Starwolf_UK commented on New Nintendo 3DS Delays Planned Homebrew Channel:

Interesting thing to note or bear in mind. Playing an import game using region unlock hacks and going online with this may violate the Nintendo Network terms and conditions. Not sure if activation of streetpass or spotpass on these also does so (streetpassing via a Nintendo zone I guess uses Nintendo Network).

I guess if you have a spare 3DS such things won't matter though.

My only hope for Homebrew is a Virtual Boy emulator (being able to experience it minus the headaches would be great). I would have thought VB Wario Land would get a 3D Classics version (the cream of the crop of VB games, sounds like just the ticket) but it is clearly not going to happen officially at this point.

@retro_player_22 It is not OOT 3D. smealum gave hints that the game was cheap (OOT is not), on the eShop in some but not all regions (OOT is on all)...then got really made that people ran with this and speculated as to what the game was (as it is just making people waste money).



Starwolf_UK commented on Trust Us, You Need This Super Famicom Box Art ...:

I'm remind of a Japanese book of the Famicom (ファミリーコンピュータ 1983-1994) which contains photos of every game box and cart and a description in English and Japanese and some interviews (again bilingual). For a lot of the minor games it does cram several into a page (well how else do you fit 1252 games into 199 pages). I might try to get it one day, but it is long out of print and it looks like I'll have to use a mail forwarding company making it pricey.

@gspro15198 Given how it says "celebrates the Super Famicom's greatest games and box art, from obscurities to classics" suggests it is curated selection.

As for "I hope it will bring new fans to the 24 year-old console and its Japanese roots". Limiting it kind of defeats the purpose here.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 4th September (Europe):

Please mention that the 10% off Hyrule Warriors is only for the first week of release (19th-26th). Since I don't have time to get it then I guess this has steeled my resolve to wait for a sale.

The Zelda discounts are kind of crap though. OOT 3D has been 50% off in the past (better than this discount). LoZ 1+2 were also 30% in that NES remix promo a few weeks ago.

@Kyoto Probably not this week (apparently they are saying something tomorrow). If it isn't in the press release on the 22nd panic then.

@gurtifus NOE release schedlue released on Friday said 2014. Of course the developer need to finish the translations and submit the game to NOE first...without those NOE don't have anything release.



Starwolf_UK commented on Interchangeable Dashboard Themes Are Coming To...:

What does the Y button do? What do I mean? Look at the top screen on those theme menus. You see a box and a photo symbol activated by the Y button (replacing the left L+R camera one). Could this be a photo gallery, a background editor or a screenshot taker?



Starwolf_UK commented on Kirby Mini-Games Now Available on North Americ...:

"should you already own Kirby: Triple Deluxe and have StreetPass data for it, you can get even more content from the additional downloadable versions of the mini-games."
I don't like this kind of move. If you don't own the Kirby TD game you might be put off buying these because content is locked due to that while if you own Kirby TD the new content might not be enough for your to buy.

@arielp It doesn't support multiplayer? My first thought when this game came out was "oh I guess if you have 2 systems you could use this for multiplayer and it is cheaper than buying a second Kirby TD"



Starwolf_UK commented on Ultimate NES Remix Coming To 3DS This November:

Am I the only person who feels NOA/NOE rushed this news out to try and draw attention away from the New 3DS. It would explain why the press release is lacking screens or really any useful information whatsoever.

@DestinyMan It might be a cut down version as those have 28 games between them and this is only 16. IIRC NES Remix 1+2 have 2 golf games so there is filler to be cut.

But honestly for the price of 1+2 I'd rather 1+2 for all their flaws (2 has some terrible challenges, which I kind you not, are to watch the title screen demo).



Starwolf_UK commented on Win a Copy of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wri...:

I'm no eligible to enter but I found the bit in the terms saying "Canadian winners must answer skills question" confusing. Looking up it seems they mean a 'Skill testing question' which is (surprise, surprise) a Canadian thing.



Starwolf_UK commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Re...:

As someone becoming less interested in collecting cartridges and DVD cases (lack of room, becoming less convenient as libraries increasingly become digital) flash carts interest me from that perspective. But at the same time I don't play retro games very often so would be better off sticking with emulators.

@unrandomsam A bit off topic but I think the homebrew swiss for gamecube game be used without a modchip (using a Datel SD media launcher) and may also be able to force 480i (searching around finds forcing of 240p, 480p and 576p).



Starwolf_UK commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming In November, Features ...:

I think more fuss should be made the NOE have decided that 12 Euros is now £11 when in the past it would be £10.80. Both rates are behind the times (which is less than £10) and there may be bigger concerns to be had when it comes to eShop pricing but I feel this is a step in the wrong direction and trying it on a tad...and it seems to be working because "wots 20pee" "£11 is gr8 valu" and other statements that seem to miss the point.

I also don't like how the character and cup select show them, it is the kind of rubbing in your face I'd expect from a f2p game. Made even worse that it'll be like that until next May even if you bought the DLC

Character selection is a bit eh (but that seems to be Mario Kart these days). Did anyone want a 4th Mario, a 4th Peach and a second Bowser? Birdo would be nice, especially as the Yoshi and Shy Guy colours are missing Purple (Brown and light green too, so close to all Mii shirt colours too).



Starwolf_UK commented on Talking Point: A Virtual Console Revival Could...:

I think the conditional buys NOE did with NES remix were interesting (first 30% off NES Remix 2 if you have 1) and given the vauge statment Iwata said makes me wonder if they want to do that on a whole other level (almost personalising eShop prices based on what you own to nudge you towards certain things).

But % off is one thing and tiered pricing needs to happen more. The 3DS eShop has it for their VC games (4 Euro or 5 Euro) but it did not really transition over to Wii U and the tiers can be rather more...adventurous.



Starwolf_UK commented on 3DS Homebrew Channel Reportedly in Final Stage...:

I remember on the DS I had the cheap Games and Music flashcart. The data transfer was too slow to stream data. That means games had to fit inside the systems RAM. This had the side effect of meaning retail ROMs would not run. I assume this exploit has a similar limitation imposed on it.

@JoostinOnline There were gamecube games in Korea. It was English games in Japanese style packaging (packaging has Korean text). At least that is what the one play-asia was selling a few years ago was described to be (came with wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Mario Sunshine). However the games were Japanese region coded so it might well be that these were made specifically for people who imported Japanese Gamecubes but wanted to play English games and it is correct that their Wiis do not support Gamecube.

@Nibelilt @unrandomsam Powersaves has DRM where you need to connect to their servers and all the cheats are stored on their servers. This protects the livlihgood of Datel and allows the Pokemon Company to issue cease and desit orders (which they have done ). You also have no way to edit saves yourself using that (this is something I miss from the N64 days of action replay when you could make codes yourslef). Problem is a Japanese company came up with their own tool which just dumps the saves and someone made a Pokemon editor for that. Obvious hacks are barred from online.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Confirms Loads of "Veteran Fighters" ...:

@ChessboardMan DK94 is more than slightly different to the NES DK.The first 4 levels look familiar but it is a great fake out as it launches into almost a different game which is more like a puzzle platformer (think Toki Tori).

@AJWolfTill Better story that those two. Not the best story the franchise has ever had but it provides a good backdrop to the action and I certainly feel that their world is more alive (Awakening feels really like they couldn't be bothered with that). The forced tutorial in the first act is a bit irritating to veterans though (especailly when it forces you to promote a character at a low level) but it was nessecary for the series success.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Confirms Loads of "Veteran Fighters" ...:

The Fire Emblem deals are good. Not sure I like Awakening enough to double dip on a digital copy, especailly as I currently have no way to access the save ttransfer tool. FE7 is going to feel odd playing without the (US) Mario Kart DD Disc items.

The Mario deals are a complete and utter joke. Here is an illustration. NSMBU is £20 in John Lewis and Shopto. This eShop sale makes it £40. The eShop needs a sale to be twice as expensive as the best reail deal...missed opportunity to highlight Mario's Super Picross (it is the most unconventional Mario game I can think of on the VC).

Donkey Kong 94 is nice and all but there are only NES Donkey Kong as well (we got MM1-6 last week, DK 1-3 is not a huge leap) and that isn't even getting into DKCR.

Pokemon and Sonic are a complete waste of space, bad spinoffs (3DS rumble is okay I suppose but not for £26) and bad games respectively. That space could have gone to good Zelda, Metroid or even Wario games.

@Jmaster 3D Classics Kirby's Adventure is the one to buy. It fixes the cripling slowdown and flickering the NES game is notorious for (it really pushed the envelope on what the NES can do). Also being in Europe the Wii U VC version runs in 50Hz only (because it was translated into German, why the non-German verisons have to suffer in 50Hz I do not know) and worse than it did on the NES as the TV refresh rate remains 60Hz so the game is really jerky and stuttery (as the system outputs 50Hz as 60Hz by duplicating every 5th frame). Why Nintendo Life choose to gloss over this critical failing I never understand (maybe if there was more pressure Nintendo might fix it for good rather than the fixed when there is no German translation and a US release we have currently). I don't know.

@rjejr America has not had these sales. On the other hand Europe did not get the sales durinmg E3.



Starwolf_UK commented on Wii U System Update 5.1.2 Takes Stability to A...:

@unrandomsam Not really sure but some people started having problems they were not having before. I think for some people quick start won't work at all for games (the menu loads fine but loading the game won't work) or weird issues where some games do work but others do not for no reason. Maybe the Game & Wario problem @Chaos_Eevee is having is related.



Starwolf_UK commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS File Size i...:

@Chaos_Eevee Well thing is a 4GB 3DS cart costs a lot more to produce than a 2GB one (especially when you are talking millions of these made). I think this game is 2GB cart with the extra 0.1GB the eShop release takes up being due to the save file.

As soon as they mentioned on the direct about the 3DS version only having 2 music tracks per stage I knew it was a space limitation.



Starwolf_UK commented on Wii U System Update 5.1.2 Takes Stability to A...:

Guys, if we keep making stability jokes they'll tell us for sure that nothing really changed :P

But it is frustrating as I'd like to know if the hard drive issues 5.0 introduced have been fixed or any useful enhancements (like that time when LAN connections got a speed boost).



Starwolf_UK commented on Footage and Details Emerge of Mega Audino in P...:

@ModestFan93 Mega evolutions don't seem to give more EXP than regular versions so you just waste time watching the transform animation. As for traininers, battle Chateau Furosade girls only carry Audino, great EXP.

Wouldn't mind having an Audino horde though as Battle Chateau can only have 10 trainers inside and if it isn't the class with the Audino or elite 4 there is no point using Chateau.