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ei8htbit

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#3

ei8htbit commented on Iwata Explains Where The Name HAL Laboratory C...:

Not to be "that guy" but isn't this widely known as a pun since the late 1960s when 2001: A Space Oddyssey was released? Whether or not it's true that Arthur C. Clarke intentionally named HAL so closely to IBM as a criticism I didn't think this was such a "bombshell" of a reveal for Iwata to suggest this as it's always been widely and popularly discussed with any reference to HAL (the computer) for THE PAST 40 YEARS. I find it even more surprising that the article suggests it is a surprise given that it acknowledges that the common theory was that HAL Labs was named after the HAL 9000 computer from the movie in the first place (which it clearly was, even with the IBM pun and all).

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#4

ei8htbit commented on Feature: EU Wii U Launch Day - Live!:

Woohoo!! So excited for Nintendo fans in Europe, let the celebrations begin!! Opening day is always the most exciting time!! ENJOY!!!! The MiiForce grows stronger today!!!

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#5

ei8htbit commented on Some Euro Wii U Buyers Reporting A Distinct La...:

I can almost guarantee this is not a Nintendo mess up. Here's why:
Considering the Wii U boxes aren't sealed and the Nintendo Land pack-In games are still factory-wrapped but do not have individual serial numbers like the consoles (that are matched to serial numbers on their boxes) I would not be surprised at all if it's a case of Amazon personnel (or employees at the warehouse level) nicking the sealed games out of the unsealed boxes for their own personal gain.

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#6

ei8htbit commented on Some Euro Wii U Buyers Reporting A Distinct La...:

Wow, the Amazon-Nintendo fallout continues!! It's interesting to note that Nintendo console boxes are never "sealed" (at least not in Japan and North America, I can only assume the same for EU). Which is nice for collectors who aren't left with a bunch of glue or an ugly sticker tearing apart the flaps on the box.
All anyone at the warehouse at Amazon would have to do is open the flap on the cardboard box, slide out the top tray, pocket the sealed box copy of Nintendo Land, and then just close the box and flap again without any trace of tampering or opening being present. That game retails for $59.99USD so I'm sure they could turn a tidy profit selling it on the street for half that price (or even re-selling it on Amazon).
I feel really bad for those poor sods who pre-ordered and are left in the cold with a nerfed package.
I hope this doesn't lead to Nintendo sticker sealing all their boxes moving forward..

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#7

ei8htbit commented on Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition Dogged By ...:

I don't understand this mentality that just because a console is brand new it must be infallible or that for some reason journalists actually give a poo about Xbox or PS3 to the point where they would fabricate criticism against any and everything else. I mean think about that, what is there possibly to even gain from making up criticism against Wii U? No one in real life actually gives a flying flower if it is "better" or "worse" than some other brand, they just want to have fun and enjoy the experience regardless of whose logo is on the damn box. I get that people don't like hearing negative reports about something they really want and expect to like, but to ignore the truth (and the truth is that the Wii U is simply underperforming on almost all of it's launch multi-plats) is just silly.
Chin up, this is just launch, systems always evolve and improve, and there is certainly room for improvement with the Wii U, and as an owner of one I hope that it does. But you won't find me blindly defending it's performance because of some made up allegiance to a company who has only ever loved me for my money...

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#8

ei8htbit commented on Wii Mini Is Official And Has No Online Connect...:

@Red_Kinetic
Haha welcome to the world of cross-border furstration. It's frustrating being right next door to each other and not being able to have it shipped don't it? As an American you have it SO GOOD for ALMOST EVERYTHING SOLD ONLINE. For the past decade I can't tell you how frustrating it is seeing how cheap everything is in the US when trying to buy stuff online but not being able to buy it simply because my postal address is in Canada. Also you guys get free (most times next-day) shipping on everything. And that's just BestBuy/Amazon/NewEgg, don't even get me started on eBay and the fact that even sellers from Canada list items in USD so you lose money on the conversion even buying within your own country..
Anyway my point in all of this, don't sweat The WiiNi, you have it so good in all other areas of online purchasing. Also, might I ask, why the heck would you want one of these things anyway? Is it simply to put next to the Virtual Boy you have on display (that you could probably purchase for less than $40 and have shipped for free from eBay unlike everyone else in the world btw). My next point, I will gladly ship this item to you at cost if you let me ship all my US purchases through your address in the future;)

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#9

ei8htbit commented on Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition Dogged By ...:

I own both Blops2 and Batman for Wii U (as well as both for Xbox360). Blops 2 is more than comparable on WiiU (I certainly wouldn't say it runs better, but it is definitely on par and still looks great on Wii U - especially online multiplayer runs silky smooth and crisp with absolutely no difference compared to Xbox that I could tell plus you can use the second screen on the gamepad as your split screen). Batman Armoured Edition on Wii U however, is completely broken. People who say they can't perceive any difference or don't notice any lag are either lying or have gotten too used to low-resolution Wii games in the past 6 years.
The cut-scenes are horribly stuttered (sometimes it's subtle tiny little jerks, but it is consistently juttery and happens during EVERY cut-scene) I believe that it is a read-rate issue with the proprietary Nintendo blueray discs. Added to that, there is no question that the game slows down considerably in mob situations (which is pretty much the entire engine of Batman) it's like you can feel the Wii U trying to lift a 400-lb weight off it's chest as you churn through baddies - it serves as an incentive for you to beat them up sooner so the system doesn't need to process as many polygons and framerate can get back up to par.

GAMEPAD STUFF: There is absolutely no real must-have feature of the gamepad for this game, everything can still be manipulated with buttons and looking at the map serves no advantage because you really can't explore the map independent of the action you do on the TV screen. THE ONLY COOL FEATURE OF THE GAMEPAD for this game is the use of radio messages coming through from Alfred, etc. it is a simple effect but helps make the experience feel more immersive (very much like how ZombiU implemented this nice little touch).
There is absolutely no incentive to anyone to buy this game for Wii U especially if they have the option to get the PS3 or 360 version. If you don't have either of those systems and want some Batman in your life, then it's your only real option.

BOTTOM LINE: Batman Armoured Edition for Wii U is a bit of a steaming pile. Okay that's harsh, the game itself is quite fun, I should say that the performance of this particular game on the Wii U is very disappointing. BLOPS 2 on Wii U is fantastic don't let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

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#11

ei8htbit commented on Wii Mini Is Official And Has No Online Connect...:

hmm... I know that typically here in Canada we like to "Go for the Bronze" but this is just plain odd. I get the idea of making a stripped down version to keep the price point ultra appealing, but could they really not have sprung for a $10 proprietary wireless adaptor? Heck they could have even co-branded with NetFlix to help subsidize the cost of the adaptor and have both logos on the box so mom gets excited to buy it whether she likes games or just cheap movies...
Strictly from a functionality point of view, the weird thing is that a used GameCube or even a used N64 would be better purchases than this.
The only positive thing about it is that it looks like it was designed in the 80's from the chunky angles, to the two-tone red and black colours, many call it ugly, but I like the subtle throwback to yesteryear...

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#12

ei8htbit commented on Guide: Transferring your Mii to the Wii U:

umm, doesn't it take like 30 seconds to make a Mii from scratch?? they only have like 5 options to choose from - this transfer process feels like it would take just as long as creating a new one from memory...

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#13

ei8htbit commented on The Godfather of Video Games Is Baffled By The...:

Isn't Nolan Bushnell the architect of The Matrix? (just google image search, trust me it's him) He seemed to know what he was doing in that movie. Also, I don't think it's a coincidence that the chosen one was named "Neo" (or put another way "NintEndO" (or NoE)...CONSPIRACY ABOUNDS!!!!!

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#14

ei8htbit commented on The Godfather of Video Games Is Baffled By The...:

I think we also have to step back and realize that this is largely a forum (that appears to be at least) full of UK Nintendo die-hards in the ravenous days prior to the (EU) launch. The sheer anticipation in the final days and hours before having a shiny, glossy, new Nintendo console unleashed is enough to inspire wilderness-level rage in the form of blind and irrational defence against any and all criticism of that which has been promised to (and pre-ordered by) us.

Indeed on that fateful day you will tremble with giddiness at the decent heft and size of the package alone, and just the unboxing of said prize will be a glorious experience, holding that heavenly-perfect-weighted GamePad controller that heretofore never existed in console gaming (and until that very moment nary a fingerprint was present). Knowing that it was inspired in part by the creator of Super Mario and his Brother, the inner child in you will be satisfied and not begrudge the hundreds of (insert appropriate currency units here) that you happily handed over within this blinding shining light of a blissful moment that comes but once every 5-6 years.

After you plug it in and turn it on you will smile at the familiar and gentle ambient soundtracks you have come to know and love from Nintendo. You will become intimately familiar with this soundtrack as you stare at the Wii U-Blue progress bar of the initial patch update that draws out like a sentence at Shawshank, but you will still be smiling because you know "it is almost here".

And then the patch is installed, you create your user account and you play some Nintendo Land or Mario U and are happy to see that the obligatory health and safety warning screen has been omitted on load up but discover that MiiVerse instead becomes the slightly annoying reminder screen after you finish every little achievement. You discover that it's a slightly more relevant form of Twitter only that it's relegated to a 100-character limit (be prepared for about a MILLION hand-written "Happy Launch Day" notifications). But it still has a sense of community and excitement because it's full of Nintendo love and you use it and happily play on, still riding the high of launch day, perhaps your system hard-locks out of nowhere an hour or two in, but you reset and all is fine again.

A week later, after the high of blind acceptance subsides somewhat and you realize that the Wii U is not perfect by any means, you read this same article again and resolve that Bushnell is still a bit of an irrelevant geezer, but you are perhaps less quick to dismiss any and all criticism of the machine you now know (but still love).

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#15

ei8htbit commented on The Godfather of Video Games Is Baffled By The...:

I think a lot of videogame enthusiasts are baffled** by the Wii U and despite it's initial sellout I think an overwhelming majority of consumers in general aren't even fully aware of it's existence as a new console, partially due to a combination of a cooling and increasing saturation of the market overall. Perhaps this is what Mr. Bushnell is getting at in terms of the "end of an era" where consoles are no longer perceived as the be all and end all of personal entertainment at the present time.

**For instance why would Nintendo simply re-enter the console race with what is essentially current-gen tech parity so late in the cycle, why would they finally introduce user accounts without unifying the user experience across platforms, or even within their own (currently 3 independent) online marketplaces? The user account is essentially just a folder disguised as a GamerTag to store game saves and system settings considering it is hard-locked to the serial-numbered console without any portability or eShop flexibility that would actually make it meaningful considering both Microsoft and Sony have already paved the way for unified account experiences in the past 7 years? Those are baffling decisions. However, these hardly conclude that the Wii U will be a failure or simply "sputter along" I'm just trying to apply rational thought to Bushnell's remarks.

Personally, I am enjoying my Wii U experience one week in. From a gaming perspective I am a little disappointed with the performance of some of the ports (noticeable lagging framerate in Tekken, Sonic, and even Batman) but I can forgive them for being launch-rushed, however Super Mario U is absolutely inspired and holds up as one of the greatest in the franchise since Mario World (no joke). MiiVerse is wonderful and shows huge potential. The eShop looks slick. I have high hopes for the potential of this machine even though there are other glaring aspects that, admittedly, baffle me even as a loyal Nintendo consumer.

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#18

ei8htbit commented on TVii Application Won't Be Available On Wii U L...:

Sheer joy at the prospect of finally having the Wii U in a matter of days has blinded me from being upset over something like this - or anything in general. I probably wouldn't have tried TVii out for a couple weeks anyway after tearing into a few of the launch games.

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#19

ei8htbit commented on Nintendo's Recommended Range For GamePad Use I...:

The folks at Gamexplain did a funny distance test from his multilevel flat that gives a pretty good estimation of what is realistic in terms of walls and different floors, etc. You can check it out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gXJew8JXjYg
Of course the experience will be entirely different for everyone but I'm liking my odds of being able to play from my bedroom that is a floor above the vicinity of my gaming setup. I think it will be a revelation.
ALSO guys, fret not - keep in mind that any game that just require the GamePad for single player use (like NSMBU) doesn't actually need the sensor bar at all or any other junk for that matter - what this means is that you can literally just plug in the Wii U to any power outlet in the room you're in and you can play entirely without a TV (or on your back deck etc).

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#20

ei8htbit commented on Review: Ninja Gaiden (3DS eShop / NES):

@Tsuchiya
Time to get an XL;)

You are right though, the launch 3DS does not do well for VC games at all, everything feels scaled down too small.. I find the XL helps solve this to some degree just because of the extra real estate..

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#21

ei8htbit commented on Talking Point: The Realities of Wii U System M...:

@SCAR392
I think that's what people are fussed about though, Nintendo is saying that you actually can't even use the sd card memory for any wii u content at all - it is there purely for legacy wii content (wiiware, wii vc, wii game saves, etc) wii U will have an entirely separate VC and will only use the internal memory or USB storage. Essentially anything related to wii u can not use the SD card for memory expansion.

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#23

ei8htbit commented on Wii U External Hard Drive Usage Outlined by Sa...:

@Kohaku
I would imagine they recommend an independent power source for the external hard drive in order to avoid the drive going into hibernation or standby unintentionally like most unpowered external drives do when not active for 5 minutes. It's just more stable to have an always on device.

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#24

ei8htbit commented on Ubisoft Boss Thinks Wii U Is Cheap, But Is Sti...:

Not to sound elitist, but $300 (or £250) is not a lot of money at all to anyone who doesn't rely on their parents for income. It's expensive for a meal, sure, but that only lasts you one night. Expensive for a pair of jeans maybe, but those might help you get lucky. My point is that the Wii U isn't a pack of gum, it's an EFFING HD Gaming machine that comes packed with a wireless streaming video player for chrissakes!! £250 is less than the cost of the phone you are reading this page on right now, and all that's really good for is calling mum and playing Angry Birds.
There is absolutely no reason why anyone living above the poverty line** can't save up for this system in the 2-3 months leading up to it's launch since it was officially dated without affecting their quality of life and certainly not going into debt. That's about £20 a week (or two hours of part time, minimum wage work). If you can't set that aside, how do you justify paying £60 for a full retail game? While we're on that comparison, if you figure the lifespan of the console is 4 - 5 years than you are only paying £60 a year (the cost of one game) to own the thing. How in the hell is that too expensive?? Hell, 10 Million subscribers to World of Warcraft can justify spending almost $160 a year just to play the same never-ending horribly boring and crap game(wink) for years on end. In fact if WoW was a console with a 5-year lifespan it would cost $800 for the subscription alone..
Please children, be big boys and girls and wait for Christmas like the rest of us had to from the non self-entitled generation. Otherwise don't complain about paying anything less than $500 for a game console (because your parents are most likely the ones paying for it anyways).

**those living below poverty line probably have more important priorities than investing in a Wii U and there is certainly nothing wrong with that, in fact I wish them well and hope they get what they need**

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#26

ei8htbit commented on Ubisoft Boss Thinks Wii U Is Cheap, But Is Sti...:

Considering Nintendo is already selling these to retailers at a loss I wouldn't be surprised if retailers actually make less than $10USD markup on each unit based on the MSRP. I don't know how much blame can be put on the retailer, we all have free choice in a free market to determine true value.

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#27

ei8htbit commented on Ubisoft Boss Thinks Wii U Is Cheap, But Is Sti...:

@LEGEND_MARIOID
Wowzers! you're right!! By the time you run the math on those crazy magical nuggets of weight you use as currency in the UK, the British consumer spends quite a few more hours of sweaty hard labour in order to play the Wii U and enjoy at their leisure.

Now before everyone chimes in with the values of currency in the context of the market in which they reside, I did some quick American Fox News style investigating and did a 5 minute search on the web to put it in perspective (at least against North America). So it's legit. kind of.

According to the OECD Better Life Index (oecdbetterlifeindex.org) here is what the average person earns each year in their respective countries (adjusted to USD for comparison):
US = $37,708 USD /year
CANADA = $27,138 USD/year
UK = $26,552 USD/year

Cost of Wii U Deluxe Bundle (the only bundle anyone should consider purchasing)
US = $349.99 USD
CANADA = $349.99 USD ($349.99 CAD)
UK = $476.10 USD (299.99 GBP)

Now, for everyone keeping score, here are the relative differences against those lucky Yankees who make more and pay less for everything.

Canadians earn 28% LESS than Americans and are paying the SAME relative price for the Wii U (Deluxe)
Britons earn 29% LESS than Americans and are paying 26% MORE than the relative price of the Wii U (Deluxe).

Is it irresponsible logic to suggest in that case that it is 55% MORE expensive for UK residents to AFFORD a Wii U Deluxe bundle compared to Americans?

**it should be noted that the American average income includes a decent portion of some of the world's wealthiest people - the top 20% earn 8x more than the lowest 20% so grains of salt and all that..

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#28

ei8htbit commented on Wii U Holiday Sales Projected to Exceed Wii La...:

Wii U is going to do just fine, it doesn't need to top legacy Wii sales so long as it has enough depth to outpace the competition from Microsoft and Sony:

Wii U is a new toy with the Nintendo Name stamped on it for a new generation of touch-savvy moms and kids who may not need to look past the fact that their kids can play Mario while they watch Oprah, and it can be used as a fancy universal remote with some extra iPad-like qualities in order to put it under the tree or for their birthday. Considering it is the first system out of the gate for this cycle it will undoubtedly be the cheapest option in the market for the next 4 years on top of all that. Oh yeah, there's also the handful of millions of devoted fans who will continue to lap up every delicious first party title that launches unconditionally which pretty much guarantees a significant windfall of revenue once or twice a year without fail.

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#29

ei8htbit commented on Wii U Software Storage on USB Devices Detailed:

OUTTAKE FROM THE NINTENDO DIRECT VIDEO CHAT BETWEEN REGGIE AND SATORU
IWATA: "Do you think anyone will notice or care that they have to transfer all content from USB storage over to Internal storage in order to actually use it?
REGGIE: "....and I love Wii U also, let's make good launch. I'm in Redmond!!"
IWATA: "No, I said regarding the USB--"
REGGIE: "My USB is Ready" draws heart on screen
IWATA: "Okay I'm glad this is resolved (LAUGHS)"
(MORE LAUGHTER)
REGGIE: "Okay, I'm coming down the hall now let's grab some curry and hit up one of them crazy maid cafes or hostess bars I hear are all the rage over here".

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#31

ei8htbit commented on Wii U Software Storage on USB Devices Detailed:

@SilentHunter382
Oh I completely agree, I know why they stuck with USB 2.0 from a cost perspective (especially if they are already selling the hardware at a loss according to reports) but I also fear that perhaps it is potentially the data transfer limitations of USB 2.0 that necessitates moving all content to the internal hdd in order to play (although I'm not a tech expert who knows enough to say that Blu-Ray disc reading data transfer is just as fast if not slower than USB 2.0 HDD data transfer which would quickly negate that claim)

I know you can run 3DS games off the SD card, but 3DS games also aren't buffering 1080p textures and millions of polygons into it's 128MB of RAM, whereas the WiiU has 2GB available RAM (split CPU/GPU) which requires a whole lot more pushing of data to keep the stream a flowin...

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#34

ei8htbit commented on Wii U Software Storage on USB Devices Detailed:

Just sit down and think about this. The Basic Set is 8GB internal storage. Let's call that closer to 6.5GB of available space after you back out OS, system reserve, and admin.

The Tekken example of 16GB aside, on average current XBOX games are frequently 6GB to 8GB minimum. There is no way Nintendo would release a system they make less money on to begin with (the 8GB) that doesn't even have the capacity to play ANY full retail download games EVER (from which they make all teh moneys on the backend). Because if you believe the nonsensical claim that all game data needs to be moved from your USB Flash Storage to your internal flash storage in order to play, you are by virtue of that logic claiming that the Wii U Basic is not capable of playing any digital game that exceeds roughly 6.5GB.

Think about how ridiculous and irresponsible a reporting claim that is. How would ANY 3rd party developer agree to produce content that only half the population of Wii U owners would ever have access to?

Just use common sense guys.

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#35

ei8htbit commented on Wii U Software Storage on USB Devices Detailed:

OK guys, just chill. The only actual source mentioned in the article on ONM this post refers to is the Official Nintendo Japan website. They link to it. Go there using a little search engine called "Google" (Google it) and select "Translate". This is what you get lifted directly from that page regarding the storage (NOTHING ELSE IS MENTIONED REGARDING PLAYING OFF THE USB DRIVE OR THE NEED TO MOVE DATA TO INTERNAL STORAGE, IT JUST MENTIONS THAT YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO MOVE DATA BACK AND FORTH (as opposed to Copy) THAT IS ALL THAT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED! onm pulled the rest of that info out of their ass because they didn't cite any other credible source that confirms otherwise:

(Directly from Google Translate Nintendo Japan page)
Are you able to connect the storage media USB, to extend the storage memory body?
Use the storage media USB, you can expand the memory storage unit. SD card is not available as a recording media to extend the main storage memory. Will be announced at a later date our website for more information about USB storage media have been tested.

Are you able to copy or move between storage memory and USB storage media body?
I can not copy can be moved. For details, refer to the "Data Management" in "System Settings" Wii U menu.

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#36

ei8htbit commented on Wii U Won't Include Trophies Or Achievements:

The real genius behind MiiVerse, much like Club Nintendo, is that it will essentially serve as free market research for Nintendo. They will surely have a team moderating and curating the different servers hosting the posts and I'm sure they will keep track or log trending comments or feedback like a massive thinktank for future use - they basically will have a huge database of direct user experience (whether they do anything of value with it is another thing).

My point in all of this; before getting panties in a bunch actually try the MiiVerse system they have in place and see if you even miss the achievement score. If you do, talk about it on the MiiVerse - put it out there, if enough people voice their opinion I'm sure Big Bros. Nintendo will hear - or at least will be watching;)

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#37

ei8htbit commented on Rest Easy, You Can Replace The Wii U GamePad B...:

Wii U GAMEPAD BATTERY BY THE NUMBERS:
2,500: Total Full Capacity Charge Life Expectancy (In Hours)
To put things in perspective, assuming you can squeeze out 5 hours per charge, here's how long you can expect the Gamepad to last before it drops to 70% capacity based on your weekly average usage (it's not that bad actually):

1hr/day (7hrs/week) = 6 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks and 2 Days (battery Life) **
2hr/day (14hr/week) = 3 Years, 5 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day (battery Life)
3hr/day (21hr/week) = 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day (battery Life)
4hr/day (28hr/week) = 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks (battery Life)
5hr/day (35hr/week) = 1 Year, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days (battery Life) ***
24hr/day (168hr/week) = 3 Months, 2 Weeks ****

** = if you charge it once to twice a week (give or take)
*** = if you charge it once EVERY day (or 7 times EVERY week)
**** = (technically this is flawed because it is impossible to have the unit on for 24 hours without taking into account the hours required to charge it each time within that 24-hour period)
NOTE: I took the liberty of allocating an average of 4 weeks per month in the life expectancy calculation (which is based off of hours).

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#38

ei8htbit commented on Reaction: Wii U's Social Potential Takes Shape:

Actually I just took a closer look at that summary video (linked at the start of this article) and I have to say that even though the 3DS style menu may seem bland at first glance, they actually seem to have done a really good job of making the tiles themselves appear glossy and reflective and hi-res as they have some movement to them as well (especially compared to the chunkiness of the resolution on 3DS) so I guess I can concede that at least in that respect it does look a little cool.

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#39

ei8htbit commented on Reaction: Wii U's Social Potential Takes Shape:

@GazPlant I kind of agree with you. I wouldn't call it "lazy" so much as "a little boring" in terms of re-using the simple grid 3DS-style interface on the gamepad. I guess I just sort of hoped it would look a little more slick, maybe even sexy - or maybe even make use of fun bright happy characters in it's presentation (for example, how they used retro Super Mario in the Wii Shop Download screen - why not incorporate some character interaction in a very Nintendo way for the general user interface).
They've got this gorgeous sleek glossy black gamepad that comes to a screeching halt with an excel spreadsheet interface slapped on the screen. BUT then again, this is a very family-friendly, Lego-Block/Fischer-Price simplified interface that is very much Nintendo, and I'm okay with that too. After all, it just takes one tap to get wherever you want to go (similar to how even the nicest hotel room is really only used to sleep at night, it's the rest of the city that you actually explore, not the inside of the hotel room so you might as well only pay for a Motel 8 and spend the money you save on a nice meal instead).
All of this is a wash anyway in the real world of firmware updates so the interface could always evolve dynamically in the future if it really doesn't work out..

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#40

ei8htbit commented on Wii U Will Require Day One Update for Key Feat...:

@KingyBooBoo:
I think he was just making a social commentary on the shift to digital-only content and the fact that more and more the sweet-smelling glossy full-colour instruction booklet that contained oodles of both exciting and mundane informative notes and know-how that used to be included "in the box" is going the way of the casette tape (much like "the box" itself)...

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#41

ei8htbit commented on Talking Point: Wii U and the Importance of Bac...:

I think it's a great value proposition to support the previous generation, especially considering the entire library for "Full Retail" Wii titles that people amassed were all disc-based - so it's nice that people aren't forced to re-purchase digital copies to play on the new hardware (much like the GameCube to Wii transition).

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#42

ei8htbit commented on Talking Point: Games That Need Wii U - World o...:

Super Smash Bros: The MMO **drops the mic**
**picks up mic again** co-produced by Masahiro Sakurai and Shigeru Miyamoto **drops the mic again**
BACK OF THE BOX:
Utilizes whole catalogue of characters from the entire Nintendo Universe (including legends from Capcom, Konami, Rare, and NamcoBandai) with locales mashed together from the Mushroom Kingdom, Hyrule, Onett, DreamLand, DonkeyKong Country, and beyond.

Oh yeah, Astroboy and Speed Racer also get licenced and thrown into the mix after the first year, with potential future updates to include other licences like Street Fighter and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Scrooge McDuck...

For all that is holy in the name of taking all of my money make this happen.

My Party Preference:
MONK: Little Mac from Punch-Out (with upgrade-able gloves, sneakers, and shorts)
WARRIOR: Ness (with baseball bat upgraded to Link's Master Sword and backpack upgraded to increase inventory capacity)
TANK: Donkey Kong (with upgradeable tie)
DARK MAGE: Kirby (with everything imaginable customizable)
WHITE MAGE: Princess Zelda (nothing more needs to be said here)
THIEF: Solid Snake (or Fox McCloud)

**proceeds to stare at the wall in silence until this game becomes a reality and slips deeper and deeper into the space madness**

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#43

ei8htbit commented on Watch: First US Wii U Advert Appears:

@DocDoak
Rest assured, even if Nintendo doesn't care about us personally, they care about making money and they finally have a console that does HD and online that hardcore games require and hardcore games make money so developers will want to make some of that money and in the end both will help support the hardcore contingent by taking all of our money. So don't worry, just save your money and get ready to spend it all on hardcore WiiU games.

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#44

ei8htbit commented on Watch: First US Wii U Advert Appears:

This is it guys, it's almost here!! Can U feel it? Are U Ready? So Exciting!!! I'm going to sit down in a dark room and stare at the wall for 16 days as time draws out like a blade and I succumb to a slow-drowning pool of madness! SPACE MADNESS!!! Who's with me?

ei8htbit

#45

ei8htbit commented on Watch: First US Wii U Advert Appears:

For the love of Reggie, can somebody please mash-up the best informative parts of the UK ad, take out the awful "pew pew pew pew" bits, keep the sexy colourful images from the US ad, and change the music to something that's still top-40 friendly and energetic like Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette "Hello" so they can properly introduce this glorious piece of magic to the world.
PLZ!
and change the slogan to "U Can Haz Cheezeburgrr!"

ei8htbit

#47

ei8htbit commented on Watch: First US Wii U Advert Appears:

Also I think it's funny that people are already messing up the intention of the slogan that I'm sure the marketing guys spent a ton of time and resources on.
Everyone's first recollection of it seems to be "How Will U Play Next?" (even going so far as to add the question mark) because this seems like a more natural phrase (generally, most people don't begin a sentence with the word "How" unless it is in the form of a question). They don't want people to answer a question like that because there are so many options available (and some of them aren't from Nintendo).
WHICH IS WHY the true intention of the slogan is more definitive and is actually a statement shouting "How U Will Play Next" fullstop.

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#48

ei8htbit commented on Watch: First US Wii U Advert Appears:

All things considered, this ad is better than the UK spot - but they're both super lowest-common-denominator (which makes sense since they're launch ads trying to introduce 10 different messages in less than 60 seconds).

In my opinion, Nintendo's secret has always been marketing itself like cereal. Think about the box art for Super Mario Bros. 3 or Mario Galaxy 2...if those games were boxes of cereal I wouldn't hesitate to grab that thing and throw it in my shopping cart because I'll be damned if that doesn't look like the most fun tasty and exciting breakfast cereal around - hooray for Saturday morning cartoons wooo! And that is exactly what this US ad is, a shiny fun cereal ad that will definitely work to sell this thing.

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#49

ei8htbit commented on Watch: First US Wii U Advert Appears:

This ad needed more of that British comic saying "pew pew pew pew pew" like it's the 1980s and videogames only exist in arcade cabinets....

Overall messaging in the UK ad was more direct, but the equivalent to reading the back of the box. But, this US ad definitely makes the system look more exciting and shiny and new and you should buy one right now even if you don't know why, just buy it already and the music will stop. BUY IT NOW!

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#50

ei8htbit commented on Wii U Comparison Video Shows How It Sizes Up A...:

@EdeN: yeah I quite like the design too, simple. The actual size of the gamepad (the outline size at least) is nearly identical to that of the console itself (see 5:35 - 5:40 where they are right on top of each other). The website lists the dimensions of the console part as 27cm x 17cm, but having played it at some of the events it is amazing how light and comfortable the gamepad is to hold onto despite it`s seemingly large size. It`s about 1 pound (500 grams or so) but I think because it is distributed across the wide interface it really doesn`t feel like it.