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Sun 20th January, 2008

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chiefeagle02 commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

Nintendo has become the new Apple, releasing a newer (and marginally better) version of its hardware every year or so. That being said, I've got mixed feelings on this one.

The Good:
-I love me a good web browser! I'd like to see a more comprehensive real world test, but the prospect is promising.
-Considering that a lot of phones and tablets (Android flavor, mind you) use the Micro SD format, it's cool to see Nintendo adopting this style of memory card for its 3DS line (my memory card is a Micro SD in an SD Adapter).
-As much as Nintendo is hyping Amiibo, having native support is a plus. Still have the Amiibo portal for the other 3DS systems in the back of my mind...

The Meh:
-Circle Pad. Not for me. Sorry.

The Bad:
-I don't like the colors on the buttons (the one that's passible is the white console because it reminds me of a European SNES controller, but I didn't like the look of the others).
-Just a pet peeve, but I don't like yearly marginal updates. It's one big reason I don't like the smartphone races. You can pay +$200 for a brand new smartphone only to have something new roll out in a year or so. The original Game Boy was THE thing for nearly a decade before the Game Boy Pocket came out in 1996 (and even then, the last compatible game came out in 2001)! However, I also have to realize and accept that CPUs and RAM are getting faster and more efficient all the time, so it makes sense that consumer hardware would constantly evolve as time goes on (Moore's Law: Plus, Nintendo will still make games that work on the older 3DS models for at least a few more years, so those who don't upgrade aren't entirely left out. But as far as me upgrading to the new 3DS, I would need a more substantial reason to upgrade as opposed to "Hey, it's the new thing!". I upgraded from my DS Lite to a DSi XL because of the bigger screens and WPA internet, but a just a faster browser isn't going to cut it for me. Otherwise, I think I'll be happy with Mario Kart 7 and Smash Bros (both of which will play on my trusty 3DS XL).
-I assume other titles are in development to take advantage of the added hardware, but Xenoblade Chronicles isn't enough to get me onboard. I think I'd pay the $60 to play it on Wii instead of +$200 on the 3DS (cost of both the game and hardware).

The Hopes
-I'm curious to see where developers will go with the beefed up CPU. Right now I feel like it can be the 3DS's answer to the N64 Expansion Pak, where developers CAN put in added effects or other enhancements, but the game can still run on any hardware (eg: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron). Only a select handful of titles would require the Expansion Pak (eg: Majora's Mask).
-Just on my wishlist, but please Nintendo, please make it so that there isn't a limited number of slots for Wi-Fi settings! The reason my 3DS XL isn't my main mobile device is because I'm constantly deleting wi-fi settings whenever I'm somewhere other than home or my girlfriend's mom's house (I don't like asking my friend for his Wi-Fi password everytime I visit his house). Do this and we'll talk...



chiefeagle02 commented on Xenoblade's Shulk Confirmed For Super Smash Br...:

Still looks fake. ... Joking! :P The vibe I'm getting from Nintendo is that its Xenoblade franchise will be getting a lot more attention in the coming year (between the Smash Bros reveal, the 3DS version of the first game, and the sequel on the Wii U). I'm curious to see where this will go.



chiefeagle02 commented on Xenoblade Chronicles Coming to 3DS in Japan:

I think I'll pay the $60 to get it on the Wii versus shelling out for a brand new console just to play the game. On the other hand, with it on the 3DS (and likely the eShop), it'd be a breath of relief to see distrubution rights out of GameStop's hands. THAT IS, of course, if the game is released in North America.



chiefeagle02 commented on Rumour: Unconfirmed Smash Bros. Footage Suppos...:

I only saw the photos yesterday and the videos today. Until Nintendo officially announces something, my salt is within arm's reach. All the same, I'd be disappointed to see the Ice Climbers out (hoping the DLC rumor is true), but the Duck Hunt Dog could be fun to play as (assuming the leak is legit).



chiefeagle02 commented on QOL Trademark Filings Point to Quality of Life...:

The YouTube Channel "Extra Credits" did a few videos on the concept of Gamification, in that you're making the pursuit of health and education like one big video game (which basically sounds like what Nintendo is aiming for with the QOL platform). Here is one video which I would recommend: Overall, I am interested in the QOL platform. Brain Age was my first DS game and I still do Wii Fit Plus. I'm curious to see what else Nintendo will do with this concept of gamification.



chiefeagle02 commented on Poll: Which is Your Favourite Super Smash Bros...:

@unrandomsam Good call. Maybe Wario's an unlockable? I remember the Smash Bros. Dojo website was still revealing characters for Brawl even after it was released (came out March 9th, 2008. Last character reveal was March 31st).

Now if we're banking on game assets as clues for the roster, here is my hope for the Ice Climbers:




chiefeagle02 commented on Poll: Which is Your Favourite Super Smash Bros...:

I'm probably in the minority here but (as much as I'd love the Ice Climbers to return) I'd be fine if we were looking at the final additions to the roster. This new Smash Bros looks to have a TON of content, comparable to Brawl, so I wouldn't complain if Sakurai had no one else left. Not saying I'm not open to hidden characters or more surprise reveals though... ;)

I have to wonder: Which characters revealed for Smash Bros 4 are default characters? How many of them are unlockables (like how Solid Snake and Sonic were in Brawl, despite the former being revealed on day one)?



chiefeagle02 commented on Sega Still Considering Its Options For The Wii...:

@Darknyht I can relate. I picked up the Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for PS3 because I remember loving Sega Smash Pack for the Dreamcast (and I had Sega Geneis Collection for the PS2). I felt I only played Sonic's largely to get the trophies (easiest platinum trophy ever).



chiefeagle02 commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

I think this is the first year I'm bummed for not hitting Platinum (last time I got it was when they gave out Doc Louis Punch-Out. Got Gold every year since then) because Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D has been on my wishlist for a while. Oh well, I'm getting either Wario Land 2 or Donkey Kong 3 as I have the other prizes in one form or another.

I don't know how I feel about digital-only prizes. Usually I would send my physical prize to my nephew as an early birthday present (a Nintendo calendar or something), so it feels strange getting something this year (my nephew has all but abandoned his 3DS for his Android tablet with Minecraft, otherwise I'd send him a code for Super Mario Land 2).



chiefeagle02 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

In a parent's mind, a fifty dollar tablet from Wal-Mart on Black Friday seems more attractive than a one-hundred dollar 2DS system. My nieces and nephew each got one last Christmas (ages 2, 4, and 10 respectively), mainly as an educational device for the girls and a gaming (ie: Minecraft) device for the boy. Whenever I visited though, one of my nieces ogled over my 3DS XL, loving the drawing feature in the 3DS camera app (so we'll see).



chiefeagle02 commented on Ubisoft Runs Another eShop Discount Bonanza in...:

MAYBE Rayman Origins on 3DS. Thing is I've already played it to death on the Wii and I also have a digital copy on the PS3 that I've barely touched (got it for $10 in a sale). Also, the 3DS version forgoes multiplayer, something that made the console versions great. Origins is a great game, but I'm not sure if I'll get it.



chiefeagle02 commented on Review: Brain Age: Concentration Training (3DS):

My girlfriend bought this for me a few months ago. I miss the "Book Mode" the older games had (turning the DS on its side)...and the Sudoku, but it's still a great overall update to the formula. Devilish Training is frustratingly hard at times, but breaking through that mental plateau is an amazing feeling.



chiefeagle02 commented on Review: Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Ol...:

I fall in that category where Brain Age was the reason I bought a DS Lite back in the day (that, and the portable system of choice in college was the DS). It did stagnate about a month or so after unlocking everything (at which point, I moved on to other Touch Generations titles), but it was still a great title. Earning "Rocket Speed" on Calculations x20 gives one an immense feeling of self-satisfaction.