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Sun 23rd January, 2011

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ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 29th January (Europe):

I had the good sense to buy Metroid Prime Trilogy on disc the first time around, so I don't need to buy it again.....anyone who didn't should snap it up at that price though.

I'll take Castlevania Circle Of The Moon and the Hyrule Warriors DLC I've already paid for this week I think, along with possibly Gunman Clive 2 on 3DS.



ToxieDogg commented on Feature: 20 Wii Games We'd Love To Download Fr...:

@Shiryu Anarchy Reigns on the PS3/Xbox 360 technically is the sequel to Mad World. It also bombed and sold even less on those supposedly popular mature formats than Mad World did on Wii so it's very unlikely we'll see a Wii U version unfortunately :(

On topic, I'd love Excitebots as it was never released here in the UK, and in return they should also put up Disaster: Day Of Crisis as it was a great game that never got a US release.



ToxieDogg commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Kicks Off amiibo Pr...:

Managed to snag preorders for 1 of each, so my complete collection continues for now :D

Interestingly, if you look on now, they've limited all amiibo purchases to 1 per customer. I know that will annoy some people who want 2 or 3 but let's be honest, it's probably the only fair way to combat scalpers at the moment. Hopefully this will make future amiibo a little easier to get hold of.



ToxieDogg commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Had a Strong Start W...:

@Quorthon Yeah, I saw that :D I'm a multiformat owner so if it happens, I'll be all over it....Battletoads is one of my all time favourite franchises :)

On a side note, , now have all the wave 5 amiibos up for preorder so I've just preordered them all. Crisis averted for now....until the next wave :)



ToxieDogg commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Had a Strong Start W...:

I just wish Nintendo would get it's act together. I've bought them all so far (only one of each, I'm not a scalper :p ) direct from but they haven't said anything about Wave 4 yet (Ness, Pac-Man, Robin etc) even though the preorders are now sold out on at least 2 other sites I use.

I'll be royally pissed if I can't get those amiibo for RRP and Nintendo UK aren't stocking them on their own site as they haven't said anything about giving exclusivity to any retailers over here :(

I am interested in the Super Mario range too, but I'll initially just be concentrating on the characters I've not already got from the Smash set, and picking up the others later.



ToxieDogg commented on Sonic Boom Gets a Whopping 1GB+ Update in Euro...:

@sonicmeerkat Sonic '06 still retains the title of worst Sonic game as it actually is broken. Some sections are so glitchy that you'll often fall through solid looking platforms to your death, and the final stages (where you play as every other character and have to collect Chaos Emeralds to revive Sonic who's been KO'd at that point in order for him to fight the final boss) are just complete pot luck as to whether you beat them or holes keep appearing in mid air to kill you and appear in different places every time, making progress completely random. That, and the horrendous loading times (even when you've installed the game to the Xbox 360 HDD) make it an exercise in torture to play.

Sonic Boom is bad, but it will never be quite that bad.



ToxieDogg commented on Sonic Boom Gets a Whopping 1GB+ Update in Euro...:

First off, it's not a 'broken' can still be played from beginning to end with few problems if you're not actively looking for glitches or actively trying to find ways to jump outside of the obvious borders surrounding the game world. So anybody playing this game in years to come can still go through it.

That being said, the glitches are easy to find, it has severe frame rate issues on top of that, and should never have been released in the state it's in. it's ridiculous that the patch is so huge given that Super Mario 3D World is a near perfect game and doesn't take up much more room. Sega really should publicly apologise for it.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd January (Europe):

I'd have bought DKCR if it had incorporated proper Gamepad or Classic Controller Pro controls, but I've still got it on disc anyway and as much as I enjoyed the level designs, I absolutely HATED the enforced 'waggle' controls for doing Donkey's roll was very nearly a game breaker for me the first time around.

Not even going to bother with Metroid next week, but again I've got it on disc anyway...if it's not been enhanced in any way and it's just the original Wii version booting in original Wii mode, what's the point of spending even more money on it? Superb trilogy for anyone who doesn't already own it though, and the nunchuck/wiimote controls really add to the first 2 games.

This week I'll probably grab Citizens Of Earth (Wii U), and DK: King Of Swing a little further down the line...never played it, but I have played DK: Jungle Climber on the DS which was a direct sequel to it (I think?) and that was really good. :)



ToxieDogg commented on New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Editions Already I...:

I've been a stanch Nintendo fan, buying nearly all of their first party games and consoles at launch since the original Game Boy,

No email.

sadface :(


(in all seriousness, well done to everyone who got one, hopefully that means they'll be launching them at retail in Europe quite soon)



ToxieDogg commented on Discontinued amiibo Figures Could Be Released ...:

@JellySplat I opened my Villager and Wii Fit Trainer too ;)

But some people (like myself) enjoying using them with the games and aren't intending to just keep them sealed for the next 50 years hoping to make an extra couple of bucks so it's all good. I've never bought into the whole idea of buying things you don't want solely to profit from them.



ToxieDogg commented on UK Retail Survey Highlights the Challenges Fac...:

Let's be honest here, the only real reason the Xbox One is suddenly selling well anywhere is because Microsoft went into panic mode and have been practically giving it away for the last couple of months.

The console launched for over £400 last year with enforced Kinect, so didn't sell that great and worldwide sales have been behind the Wii U all forward to Black Friday and nearly every single website is promoting Xbox Ones with 3 or 4 games including latest stuff like either Assassin's Creed Unity or GTA V or whatever for around £299. Of course that's going to capture the public's attention, they think they're getting all the latest stuff at a bargain price right before Xmas.

So I'm not surprised in the slightest that Xbox One sales have suddenly shot up. Wii U prices are of course also lower than they were at launch now too but you usually only get one bundled game (albiet a brilliant one like Mario Kart or Smash Bros), and Nintendo didn't do any prominent price slashing right on top of Black Friday/Xmas like Microsoft did.

Xbox One's even finally overtook PS4s in terms of sales, why not mention that too?

Point is, Nintendo really need better marketing and pricing like Microsoft (and Sony last year) in order to grab the public's attention and make them buy.

I also don't understand the mentality of gamers either. On any given day, I can read at least a few websites (including UK centric ones) full of people complaining that they've bought a PS4 or Xbox One and there's hardly any games on it they want that haven't also been released for previous gen, and they're sick of games like The Last Of Us and GTA V that only came out last year just being re-released again at full price. Yet these people will still stubbornly stick to their guns that buying a PS4/Xbox One during 2014 was a better decision than buying a Wii U that had Mario Kart 8, DK Country Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros as major exclusives all in the same year, and a recent back catalogue including Pikmin 3, Zombi U, Zelda Wind Waker HD (a game that hasn't been around for a while and was actually worth bringing back) and Super Mario 3D World.




ToxieDogg commented on Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smas...:

There's no amiibo option for 'I got them all, but had to pay more for one'...only one I paid more than £10.99 for was Villager, I paid £15 to import it from Amazon Germany after a tip off from another user on this site.

I got all of my preordered Wave 2 amiibos today :)

I also got the GC adapter on launch day, and the Smash branded controller a week later, both preordered online.

I guess I've been one of the very lucky ones.



ToxieDogg commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

@Damo I just thought it was worth mentioning because both Mystical Ninja and Qiuake 2 are pictured in your article above, and South Park too which also used the Controller Pak for save data rather than battery back up. Castlevania 64's another one I can think of that required it.

The N64 was my main console at the time and I've still got loads of my old games, and I was forced to own 2 Controller Paks to deal with save data.....I was always grateful when Nintendo published games had battery back up.



ToxieDogg commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

@Damo That's not entirely true, there were quite a number of third party N64 games that didn't have battery back up and used the Memory Pack for level save data, such as Duke Nukem 64, Mystical Ninja, Doom and Quake.

I assume they did that to cut costs because I remember a lot of third party publishers complaining about the costs of manufacturing carts vs CDs, which was the beginnings of Nintendo's poor relationship with them.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo's New Response: Some amiibo "Likely" ...:

I've got a Villager on the way to me from Amazon Germany, got the email about it an hour ago. I've got a Kirby ordered with them as well, but nothing about that yet...they're meant to be back in stock this week.

I've also got a Yoshi back ordered from for as soon as they come in and I've currently got Wii Fit Trainer, Pikachu, Fox, Samus and Peach on the way as well (due to be delivered on Thursday). I've already got Donkey Kong, Marth, Link and Mario.

I've just gone ahead and preordered all of the rest. I knew they'd sell, but I wasn't expecting quite this level of demand. :/



ToxieDogg commented on Rumour: Villager, Marth & Wii Fit Trainer amii...:

@Hy8ogen But what about people like me who are just big Nintendo fans in general and fans of ALL their games? Sure, they're not the kind of characters you expect to see in a fighting game. But they do have a prominent place in Nintendo's roster, they're playable characters in Smash 3DS/Wii U and as such it's cool to have their amiibos which are modelled on their Classic Mode trophies in Smash.

If you haven't got an interest in the quirkier characters, that's entirely up to you but there's a lot of us out there who LOVE stuff like this, and also really enjoy the original games these characters featured in too. :)



ToxieDogg commented on Rumour: Villager, Marth & Wii Fit Trainer amii...:

@awesomeunclet Brilliant news, thank you! I didn't think to check there. They deliver to the UK so just ordered a Villager amiibo, cost £16.95 in total inc. shipping....I can live with paying £6 more than I would have had to have paid buying it from or a high street store, didn't want to end up paying £30+ for it though.



ToxieDogg commented on Rumour: Villager, Marth & Wii Fit Trainer amii...:

@TeeJay I hope it is just a rumour, or at least that they won't be discontinued until early next year. Because if there is any truth in it, that's just crazy considering the demand for them. They should make another batch at least, not just 'Oh by the way, tough luck if you didn't buy those amiibos as soon as they launched because they're gone now...Please Understand.' :(



ToxieDogg commented on Rumour: Villager, Marth & Wii Fit Trainer amii...:

Ah.....crap. :( Villager's one of the two I still need (the other being Kirby) I noticed the prices were getting a bit ridiculous but I wasn't aware of this announcement. This has actually made me a bit angry, how on earth are people meant to accurately predict which ones will be discontinued and which ones won't? We aren't all just made of money and can buy each and every one as soon as they're released :(



ToxieDogg commented on UK Retailer GAME Cashes In On Intense amiibo D...:

@Ryu_Niiyama That is honestly what the guy behind the counter said :D My (now ex) girlfriend was with me at the time and we were both trying really hard not to laugh because it just seemed so ridiculous that a store clerk could blatantly lie to a customer like that and keep a straight face. At least I got a replacement though, I feel bad for @datamonkey getting screwed over. They are an awful store with an awful reputation for the most part, there are a couple of decent branches about though.



ToxieDogg commented on UK Retailer GAME Cashes In On Intense amiibo D...:

@datamonkey I've had nearly that exact same experience, and it also put me off shopping at GAME. Back when Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga first came out on GBA, I bought what I thought was a brand new copy from GAME which I paid full price for, got home and there was an existing save file on it for about 24 hours gameplay! I took it back the next morning (less than 24 hours later,from the time showing on my receipt so they couldn't accuse me of playing it) and the excuse they came up with was 'It came from the factory like that' (!) So I asked if I could have one that didn't come from the factory like that ;) and made them replace it, then stood and tested it on my GBA in front of them to make sure.

They're a pathetic company, I can't understand how they've managed to stay in business, let alone remain the biggest videogame retailer on the high street.



ToxieDogg commented on UK Retailer GAME Cashes In On Intense amiibo D...:

Well, as a result of this article (and luckily I've got the savings to do it), I've bought some more from for £10.99 each....Peach, Samus, Fox, Wii Fit Trainer and Pikachu to go with the Mario, Donkey Kong, Marth, and Link I've already got. I've had no problems with delivery from before, bought quite a bit of stuff from them.

I managed to get a back order in for Yoshi as well last week, although now I'm a bit dubious as to whether I'll get that or not. I'm going to eventually buy these things anyway, I just want to pay RRP for them, not GAME's inflated prices. The problem is, because they're doing this, everybody else will put their prices up too. Supply and demand is one thing, but GAME being the biggest videogame retailer on the high street doing this is going to create headaches.



ToxieDogg commented on UK Retailer GAME Cashes In On Intense amiibo D...:

@Nintendoyle That's....horrible. I received my Smash Gamecube controller this morning (I got my copy of the game and Gamecube adaptor last week) from priced one of their preorder options wrong a while back so I got a copy of the game and Gamecube controller for just over £50.....they quickly removed the option from their site after I preordered it, but they honoured their their preorders. I'm giving the other copy of the game to my nephew for Xmas (I was going to buy it for him anyway) so I've effectively gotten the controller dirt cheap :D

No way I'd have paid £40 for it by itself :o



ToxieDogg commented on Inflated Prices and Limited Stock Cause Frustr...:

I received the game/Gamecube controller adaptor bundle from on Friday, but I also preordered a Smash branded Gamecube controller from them and due to some kind of supply problem from Nintendo (apparently), that hasn't been dispatched yet.

At least I've still got my old Wavebird to use for now :)



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 27th November (Europe):

@brandonbwii I bought and completed Thomas Was Alone ages ago on PC.
I could've got Iddle Dew on PC as well, but I've been holding out for the Wii U version, would've done the same with Thomas Was Alone if I'd known back when I got it that it was eventually coming to Wii U.



ToxieDogg commented on Feature: Five Reasons To Choose Wii U This Hol...:

@dumedum Absolutely. I think Nintendo's actually done a great job with the E-shop and their various promotions so far this generation. They allow publishers to discount their own games whenever they want (which has netted me some good bargains) and I think they'll likely do another Christmas sale this year, like they did last year....I managed to get all the Zen Pinball DLC for rock bottom prices, and as I'm in the UK they also launched Super Mario Bros 3 on Virtual Console at the end of last December for 99p! And that's not forgetting when they first launched the Virtual Console service too, and sold a game a month for 30p, including stuff like F-Zero, Super Metroid and Punch Out. Then there's been the recent 'Smash Bros Characters' sales where any games on the Virtual Console associated with characters in Smash Bros were heavily discounted. It also happened when NES Remix launched as well.

Then there's also things like the 'Zelda' discounts they did when Hyrule Warriors launched. In the UK they offered a discount on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze when they put the DKC trilogy on the Wii U Virtual console, and I'd be surprised if they don't do the same in the US when the DKC trilogy appear over there.

For anybody to say Nintendo are bad at offering sales and discounts is just plain wrong, there's frequent discounts and offers on the E-shop.



ToxieDogg commented on Feature: Five Reasons To Choose Wii U This Hol...:

@Ralek85 The problem is, is that you don't really get 'discounts' or 'sales' with PS+ or XBL Gold, you've already paid a substantial amount of money to subscribe to those services so they're just basically offering you your money back. With PSN+, if you stop subscribing for any reason then you lose all those 'free' games you downloaded.

And have you forgotten about the Nintendo Premium promotion? Since the Wii U launched, anyone who purchased a Premium (32gb) Wii U earns points any time they pay to download a game or DLC, and for every 500 points you get a code for free E-Shop credit, effectively giving you cash back. From a service you never had to pay for. The full details are here if you're interested:-



ToxieDogg commented on Sonic Boom Wii U And 3DS Both Stall Outside Of...:

Nobody can really complain about this though or use it to say 'the Wii U is doomed!' or 'third party games just don't sell well on Wii U!'....the fact is, Sonic Boom hasn't had a single decent review and as someone who's bought and played it....I agree with the reviews :p Whilst I'm not hugely sorry I got it, I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anybody else at full price unless they're a hardcore Sonic fan.

The 3DS game does seem better from the demo (haven't picked it up yet) but it's still doesn't feel right as a Sonic game. Fact is, Sega screwed up and tried rushing crap onto the shelf before it was ready in order to get Xmas's not worked and it's completely their own fault it's not going to sell.



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U):

I bought it. :( Wasn't expecting it to be great, but Sonic's one of the game series I collect and there was nothing else fighting for my cash last week.....anyway, whilst I'm not gonna disagree with the review above and think it's mostly fair, I will say that Sonic Boom is a much better game than Sonic '06 at least...the glitches in Sonic Boom can be annoying at times whereas the glitches in Sonic '06 (along with the horrendous loading times) made it nearly unplayable. And I say that as someone who struggled right through to the last stage of Sonic '06 before deciding enough was enough.

Sonic Boom's just very average for the most part, and a little below average the rest of the time. The side on 2D platforming sections are decent and there's a couple of good action sequences but inbetween it's dull and slow paced, constantly having to swap characters gets annoying fast, and the combat is just uninspired button mashing with no skill involved or any sure fire way to rack up decent combos (not that it makes any difference :p )

On a side note, even though the rings meter/energy bar is capped at 100, you still need to keep collecting them as you need them to unlock artwork and music bonuses in the 'collectibles' section from the main menu. And you need to collect literally thousands of rings for the unlocks :p



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 27th November (Europe):

Ittle Dew! I've been waiting months for that to hit the EU E-shop. I'm getting Smash as well, of course, but a physical copy.

I'll grab that Hyrule Warriors DLC too, seeing as I bought the Season Pass :p



ToxieDogg commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

The Vita has a couple of fantastic games (I loved Gravity Rush for instance and 100%'d it, including all the DLC) but better than the 3DS? Only in terms of specs and (largely useless/not used much) features. The 3DS absolutely destroys the Vita in terms of it's software library. It's not even close.

The Wii brand is a shadow of it's former self, sure. But look at those preorders for Smash Bros U, Sony. ;) and still quite a lot of great looking announced games to come. Sure, the PS4 will continue to dominate, but I don't think Sony will get those casual gamers that Nintendo lost either, they're gone....they've moved onto tablets and smartphones now.

And I think it's also pretty fair to say that the Xbox brand is a shadow of it's former self as well. I'm not sure how they're marketing the XO in the USA but here in the UK Microsoft are practically giving it away at the moment, £329 with Halo Master Chief Collection and Forza 5 is just one of the many deals doing the rounds.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (Europe):

@Peach64 What? So you're saying that a game being released for full (£50) price by a major publisher that's coming 6 months later than every other platform (and is now readily available to buy on those platforms for £20 max) and doesn't even include the original DLC packs (they're charging extra for them) is the same as a small download only game by an indie company that was funded on Kickstarter and only being sold for £12.99, that was only delayed in Europe because of localisation problems?

That's one of the most absurd comparisons I've ever seen.

@electrolite77 Don't be ridiculous, Captain Toad is only delayed by a single month in Europe and isn't already available on every other platform out there (for much cheaper) like Watch Dogs, its nowhere near the same kind of thing. And nobody's forcing anybody to buy an original 3DS now the New 3DS is coming out, it's not like it's some kind of big secret that there's an improved model on the way and people can wait until after Xmas if they want.

"we hope it's not a dog's dinner of a port". Probably still better than AC Unity.

Well, that's debateable isn't it? No confirmed Wii U screenshots so far, and no reviews so far. And this is even coming from someone who owns AC Unity on PS4 and doesn't think it's all that bad.



ToxieDogg commented on Sonic Boom Exploit Allows Players to Skip Larg...:

Well...despite what I've said before, I really can't defend garbage like this in a modern day game.

Sega need to get this patched pronto, or it's a massive embarrassment for them. Why has this game seemingly not been developed properly? That's what I want to know.



ToxieDogg commented on Free Sonic Boom 3DS Theme Now Available For Do...:

I'm not expecting this game to be some kind of top notch Mario beater but I'm at least cautiously optimistic until I see more reviews. Many people were too quick to slate Sonic Lost World as being a poor or average game without even playing it (I still say it's a very good game, more worthy of an 8/10 than a 7/10) so I reserve judgement on Sonic Boom until I've had a chance to try it myself.

Of course, it might be an awful game :p And it's not a good sign at all that they've been slow sending review copies out (same as Ubisoft with Assassin's Creed Unity recently), but I'm not going to jump on the hate bandwagon just for the fun of it.



ToxieDogg commented on Video: Early Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric Footage...:

Oh noes! One guy encounters a single glitch before the game is even released (which can be patched easily) that came as a result of him trying to jump up somewhere he obviously shouldn't have been going, that means the entire game is crappy and glitches and will be as bad as Sonic '06!

Er, no. Have some perspective people. You can ride up a near vertical surface on horseback in Skyrim, does that make Skyrim crappy?

I'm not saying this will be an amazing game that beats Super Mario 3D World, but lets wait until we have a chance to play it ourselves, eh? Sonic Lost World is a really good title, and I don't understand the level of hate it got in reviews....if you look beyond the final scores, most reviewers just seemed upset that it was too hard for them and they had trouble with just doing normal jumps and homing attacks when they needed to, even though the tutorial clearly states the difference between pressing the A and B buttons. I played through it fine and didn't encounter any problems.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 13th November (Europe):

Mario Kart DLC and Dracula X on the Wii U, and Bionic Commando Elite Forces and maybe AiRace Xeno on 3DS, plus I'll put Picross e5 on my Watch List so I'll have something to download during a 'quiet' week in the future.

Tengami looks really interesting but judging from the iOS reviews I've seen then £7.99 is probably a little steep for it and I'll wait for a discount.



ToxieDogg commented on The Man Behind Sega's Wonder Boy Series Hates ...:

A lot of people claim not to have played the original Wonder Boy....have you ever played Adventure Island on NES? It's pretty much identical to Wonder Boy asides from the main sprite and music.

So that being said, people complaining about having to hold a button to run and lean their thumb onto jump....exactly the same on Wonder Boy, only with Wonder Boy if you're not holding down run then his jumps are always pathetic. As much as I enjoy the game, I find the controls a lot more infuriating than Mario's.

There's a reason Mario was a mega success and Wonder Boy/Adventure Island was only a minor one, but I still respect that they guy was driven to try and make a better game after playing Mario :) just shows how seminal and influential Super Mario Bros really was.



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Tetrobot & Co (Wii U eShop):

I was hoping this would be good so added it to my watch list. Will probably download it next month (along with Stealth 2) once the horribly expensive month of November is out of the way :p



ToxieDogg commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

I think the biggest divide on this topic seems to be between those who think that Nintendo titles are 'AAA' games because of their personal preference and unmistakeable quality of the games anyway, and those who think that only hugely selling franchises like GTA, The Elder Scrolls etc. can be 'AAA' games (don't get me wrong, those games are also excellent), mostly because of their big budgets and big sales.

Of course, this being a Nintendo centric site, many people (myself included at times) will big up Nintendo titles and defend them pretty passionately.

If anybody wants to big up the other formats, there's plenty of other sites more focused around them to go and voice your opinion on. That doesn't necessarily make people here right or you wrong, but by the same token I wouldn't go onto a forum showing support for one football team and start going on about how much better their rivals are and expect people to just accept it and not argue with me, lol



ToxieDogg commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

Wow, hilarious how almost this entire thread has basically descended into a trollfight and one upmanship contest about who's allowed a valid opinion based on what consoles they own because....shock horror...the president of Nintendo Of America is supporting his own company.



ToxieDogg commented on Bayonetta 2 Falls From UK Charts After One Week:

@Kirk Actually there is truth in what you say. I'm really enjoying it and think there's a lot of depth beyond it being a button masher but you really have to take time to learn the stages and how the enemies attack and when to dodge. The first time you play any stage it is just complete sensory overload until you replay them, put the practice in and improve, but a lot of gamers today don't have the patience or will to do that unfortunately and will just judge Bayonetta completely on how it first appears to them.