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Wed 31st March, 2010

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sykotek commented on Renegade Kid Wants to Release Physical Version...:

I'm personally not a fan of this trend and really wish this was an option to begin with since I prefer physical releases, but it's great news to those who haven't already played games from Renegade Kid. I'm sure it'll be well worth the asking price.

I'm not going to purchase this as I've already purchased every single RK game at release ever since Dementium for the Nintendo DS. I have no need for a compilation cart also.



sykotek commented on Save Data Hackers Top Competition Leaderboards...:

I don't understand why anyone playing Shuffle would be upset about the hacking for the current competitions except for those top players who battle for the top spot every competition not being able to see their scores. Those manipulated scores are definitely getting disqualified, there's even a line about getting disqualified for utilising unauthorized save data in the competition info itself. Let the hackers waste their time with this stupid stunt. The mobile versions will be easy enough to fix and they're just going to end up causing Nintendo to close the homebrew loophole they're currently exploiting on the 3DS.



sykotek commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against am...:

I'd be interested if it can write to the actual Amiibo figures. I already have one of each released in my region and I'd only be interested in being able to back up my data or taking it along when I'm traveling..., of course, Nintendo could also just release the ability to back up data onto the Wii U/New 3DS XL and I'd be just as happy without one.



sykotek commented on Chris Prangar, Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Who ...:

He's responsible for getting himself fired. It's very likely a combination of NDA and code of conduct violation. When you talk about internal workings, you also represent the company and the best interests of the company. His explanations can be interpreted as damaging the Nintendo of America brand. It has at least in my eyes.

The gist of it was "Nintendo of America doesn't care what the hardcore audience wants. If it's niche, unless some other entity fits the bill for it, don't hold your breath on it being released for the US. We don't make enough money from it." Which is BS because other, smaller companies localize niche games and somehow stay in business.



sykotek commented on Chris Prangar, Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Who ...:

It's really hard not to feel bad for the guy, considering he's a shortsighted moron. If talking about things your company wouldn't want you to divulge got you fired in the first place, what's the sense in going on social media and announcing to the world that you've been fired too? Should've just learned the first time and kept your mouth shut.

A quick Google search will probably now be enough to deter most employers from hiring this guy. If I searched "Chris Pranger" and saw all this, I very likely wouldn't hire him. Wouldn't be worth all the trouble.

Also, on topic of whether he deserved to be fired, it's almost certainly yes. Besides NDAs, there aren't any companies I know of that would want to remind their customers that they're there to maximize profits over their wants, it hurts the image of the company.



sykotek commented on Chris Prangar, Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Who ...:

According to his comments, it's not like he was tremendously busy at Nintendo localizing things I'd be willing to pay good money for anyway. If that's the truth of the department he worked for, maybe it should've been downsized sooner. Maybe he can find work as a translator or something, just not for anyone with any sensitive information.



sykotek commented on Nintendo Localises Saitaro Komatsu's "Link's H...:

Yeah, so, where's the money to be made by Nintendo for spending time localizing this? Wouldn't those who wanted a Zelda manga to be translated be a far smaller group of fans vs those who would've wanted a Mother 3 or Captain Rainbow?



sykotek commented on Mighty No. 9 Producer Shares Regret Over Delay...:

I'm not mad. I never backed the Kickstarter campaign because I don't believe in the concept of Kickstarter. I'm totally fine with buying the game when it's completed and on the shelves.

Only thing I would've done differently if I were in their shoes, since Comcept is a brand new company, is wait to release their first game before going out and asking for money to start a second one. That seems like such a basic concept. Of course people are going to be mad.

It's like asking a friend for money for a sandwich, saying you'll pay it back next time and then when next time comes, instead of paying the money back, asking for money for a hamburger. Who'd want to be your friend after that?



sykotek commented on Weirdness: Revenge is a Dish Best Sold on eBay...:

I mean, this is petty, but really, I've heard a lot worse over the years on the internet that this is tame in comparison. At least this is something that can be fixed by spending more money in order to get another one.

I've heard about legal battles with divorcees about custody over pets only for the winning party to turn around and euthanize them just to hurt the other party. Now that's truly evil stuff and I think that's the sort of thing that should carry heavy legal repercussions.



sykotek commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

@Rocky2418 From the data I saw, I saw overall declining sales for the standard 3DS vs the XL. Also, take into account that given the choice, would most projected consumers, that 66% XL owners, would they upgrade to a New XL or take a perceived downgrade to the smaller version, I just dunno about that.

I guess time will tell with overall EU sales whether it was even worth releasing the smaller version along with the new XL, time will tell. NOA hasn't not been wrong before as with Xeno, but I personally doubt they are this time.

@k8sMum I realized that after I posted that you mentioned you specifically didn't want faceplates. I took the time to re-edit my post and left that bit out. One of the things I erased was the fact that I think if the New 3DS were released to the retail market, the faceplates would have to be as well. As for shelf space, I don't live in the UK, but think about how shelves were formatted at your local stores vs the introduction of Amiibos and if Nintendo doesn't purchase more shelf space, how they would appear with faceplates as well, it ain't pretty.

Nintendo doesn't want to be your daddy, nobody thinks you are stupid, they're just going by average shopping habits and chances are your intellect and tastes are higher and more sophisticated than the average consumer.

You said 'we are brats whinging(*whining) for what we can't have.' No argument with you there, your words, not mine.



sykotek commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

@k8sMum I get what you are saying, but I know it's a bad business decision. Nintendo doesn't want to be your dad or mom, they want to make money for their investors to be happy, stay out of controversy, and maintain their position in the market. There's already a low price point kids and small hands friendly 2DS on the market and the uber successful 3DSXL. Could Nintendo rerelease the smaller, unpopular middlechild version here in NA and would that even sell? Would it's associated accessories?

My analysis: that'd be too many separate SKU sections for the market. Take into account the further shelf space needed for faceplate displays at retailers if they want to give you a decent choice or selection. You'd have Wii U games, 3DS games, Amiibos, Faceplates, Consoles, Handhelds, Accessories, Handheld accessories, Points cards, and sometimes Preorder cards for both classes too.

Let's say the faceplates sell like Amiibos as I'm predicting, mostly to scalpers. Then there'd be entire sections dedicated to unmoving or empty slots of product. Generally, that's shelf space that is paid for by those occupying it, Nintendo. The core would end up needing to go online to places like eBay for those anyways and complain about Nintendo and scalpers here anyways.

I get that you want the New 3DS small version. I'm saying, it's just bad business. On the retail level, they would need to discontinue the 2DS and add shelf space to make room for faceplates which doesn't make a lot of sense since it's their low price point model and there's no incentive to spend more than they need.

On the bright side, Nintendo could release everything, the New 3DS and faceplates through an online store though, but they'd likely need to set limits on purchases and again that would likely only be for the core and would probably be another thing the core would complain about, not being able to just buy it in store. Of course, the negative side to that is it could damage relations between them and the B&M retail sector.

@Buob For a person that posts in double meanings, you have a hard time realizing that I joked twice about no one caring about how the outside of their 3DS looks only to follow it with me playing with the New MM 3DS XL.

Also, your hate should be reserved for those that bought the stock of the New XL to resell and those that pay ridiculous prices to scalpers to allow this to continue. I don't scalp, I just put forth the effort and persistence to preorder the New XL after I just missed my opportunity the first time online after the announcement for my own personal use.

I accept your envy. ^_^ .|/



sykotek commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

@Buob I, for one, like your suggestion that those complaining about the lack of faceplates in NA simply goes online and buys from decalgirl instead. That doesn't conflict with what I said about faceplates not necessarily being a good business decision here in NA. I personally have had no want to further decorate my shiny New MM 3DS XL.



sykotek commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

I don't get the anger. The smaller 3DS always left my hands feeling cramped when I used it. I was so glad that the XL line was reintroduced for the 3DS, I felt like I was getting carpal tunnel with the old ones.

Also, faceplates are so 2005-2006 anyways, ask Microsoft, even they've acknowledged faceplates for their consoles were a failure too. If Nintendo made them available to NA, think about how often you'd see new ones anyways with scalpers snatching up $14 Amiibos any chance they'd get, the even cheaper faceplates would just end up being an online only commodity and it'd just be another thing core consumers would complain about.

Besides, who really cares what the outside of their 3DS looks like anyways? It's not like we all just sit there admire the outside of it.

goes back to playing with the New MM 3DS XL



sykotek commented on Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire to Be Ava...:

Wow, everyone getting so worked up about this bundle! If it's not for you, just don't buy it. There are plenty of other deals elsewhere, Target, TRU...and to those getting mad at Nintendo of America for not releasing the limited editions in North America, I'm positive they will announce it as coming soon...exclusively to the Nintendo World store in NYC. -_-



sykotek commented on Poll: Tell Us What You Think of the New Ninten...:

I'm pretty sure this is just the DSi all over again. It's just too late to introduce a hardware change for the 3DS family. This is just a stop gap before they release a real follow-up to the 3DS. I think it'll have the same problems as the DSi too, with little to no support from third parties that will take advantage of the extra horsepower and new hardware. This will be a waste of money for consumers and developers. I foresee all development will still be focused on existing 3DS hardware until Nintendo releases their next handheld. I'll still buy it, but I'll wait for a special edition XL. What they really should do is just have a customizable build your own new 3DS/XL and faces sold direct from Nintendo.



sykotek commented on Nintendo Offers Condolences to Robin Williams'...:

I normally keep these sort of thoughts to myself, but how about a free/paid DLC combo that reskins or recolors the new Link as a stylized Mork in red jumpsuit, the one with an upside down triangle on the chest and space helmet.

Have the paid version be identical to the free version, but instead donates to charity that helps people dealing with depression.

People that want to pay honor to Robin Williams in Zelda would get to, those who want to help further, could donate and those that don't want it, just won't download the DLC.



sykotek commented on Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Could Have Been ...:

This is just my opinion, but I don't think an alternate universe Nintendo exclusive Skylanders would've been anywhere near as successful as it is now since one of the major selling points for parents in the beginning was allowing kids to be able to bring their characters with their own custom stats and decorations to their friend's place to play no matter what system they had as long as their friends also had a copy of Spyro's Adventure.

Being a Nintendo exclusive from the start would've severely limited the audience for the game. Also, let's not forget all the hate Skylanders received for being a game with expensive on disc locked content unless there were extra purchases made. If Nintendo partnered with Activision for an exclusive, they would've received much of that criticism as well. How many parents would've wanted to spend that much on Skylanders when it's possible their choice of the Wii console would likely be because it's the lowest price compared to PS3 and 360?

Skylanders being an exclusive (for any console) would just be a bad business decision, both back when it started and right now. Activision and TFB should be really grateful Nintendo didn't partner with them on Skylanders. If they had, I think it's very likely Activision just wouldn't have the Skylanders money machine they have today. Nintendo totally made the right decision and it was to the benefit to all parties involved.

I still would like a Skylanders and Pokemon crossover game though...that also used existing figures from the Skylanders series and the few released for Rumble U. Maybe for the 3DS versions, c'mon!!



sykotek commented on Book Focused on EarthBound's Development and L...:

I'm not sure what the exact issue Nintendo has with this, but if Nintendo's issue with this is that Lindblom would be securing profits through Nintendo's IP and he was just going to gift it to the community anyways, he could just bypass securing publishing altogether and release it to the EarthBound community as a free to download e-book. If he's worried about incurring any costs such as from the downloading of the e-book, I'm sure Starmen would host it for free.



sykotek commented on Virtue's Last Reward Glitch Resolved in eShop ...:

@Irbricksceo: In regards to patching hard copies, couldn't the publishers/developers simply enlist the help of Nintendo to perhaps release a free eShop launcher app that detects a physical Virtue's Last Reward cart and get that glitch fixed that way? It was a relatively early 3DS title afterall. Maybe they could have it run in the background? Even if you had to launch the game using that app every single time, at least the glitch would be fixed then wouldn't it? I mean, it may not be the most elegant solution, but it'd be worth doing for those that bought the hard copies instead of just leaving them with a bad taste in their mouths.



sykotek commented on The Story of an Abandoned Mega Man FPS, Maveri...:

That looked awful.

I know with all the cancellations, Mega Man fans really want a new Mega Man game, but you can't blindly complain about it every time a Mega Man game gets canned..., sometimes it's for a good reason.

Seriously, who wants to play a generic Mega Man FPS anyways, ugh. Just go play Halo or Conduit or something.



sykotek commented on Wii Mini Is Official And Has No Online Connect...:

No online, eh? That's very curious. Will I at least be able to install games for faster loading/less drive wear? If so, I'm sold... should've made the controllers two tone too though. ...mmm, those colors remind me of the Virtual Boy.



sykotek commented on The Binding of Isaac Creator Still Thinks the ...:

I wouldn't get all worked up about it. Since religion is mostly based around where you are brought up geographically, there's really no telling if you're backing the right deities until you've officially run out of time.

With that said though...

Food for thought.



sykotek commented on Rumour: Sega Is Working On Skies of Arcadia Re...:

I'd be okay with either an HD remake or a quality made sequel!!!

... ;__;

I just had a sad realization,
if SoA is a HD remake, Legends will be paid DLC
if SoA is a sequel, it'll be episodic DLC: Episode I, Episode II...

No longer want.



sykotek commented on The Binding of Isaac Creator Still Thinks the ...:

@Linkstrikesback: Definitely, I would too! I think it'd be a win-win for all! Just wanted to point out that you wouldn't be limited to just playing either TBoI: Uncensored or TBoI: Sugary Sweets Edition either, imagine being able to make your own custom sprites for the game... I mean, at its core, it's just an Adventure game with Rogue-like elements. I think it'd stop the complaining and bring in a new audience.



sykotek commented on The Binding of Isaac Creator Still Thinks the ...:

I have the perfect solution to this! Just release the game with all the sprites changed to family friendly sprites.

Instead of Isaac, change it to a smiley faced cherub.
Instead of shooting out tears, have him toss out heart tipped arrows.
Instead of fighting demons, have unicorns and rainbow colored ponies and happy clouds and trees and stuff.
Instead of enemies exploding, have them swoon or fall asleep.
Instead of vomiting blood as an attack, have him vomit rainbows.
Instead of gory environments, have them be happy kiddy environments.

...and then include a sprite editor or QR code scanner with the ability to scan for the original uncensored version, host those codes on Team Meat's website behind disclaimers and EULAs and stuff and releasing Nintendo from responsibility for that content. That stuff gets downloaded to an SD card as a custom mod.

Those that just want to play the uber friendly sugar sweet, non offensive version of the game can get that on eShop and those that know better and want to unlock the original uncensored graphics have no one but themselves to blame for downloading them to their own SD card.

All problems solved!



sykotek commented on Grab a Gold Nunchuk from US Club Nintendo:

@Gamesake: The Gold Race Wheel was never officially made available to North America...I mean, unless you're counting the Japanese Club Nintendo prizes on eBay...

Besides...what would Link ever need a Gold Race Wheel for...?

Anyways, if it ever is made available though, I should be able to easily modify my pic to add it in!