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Wed 23rd January, 2008

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ejamer commented on Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U):

My expectations for this game were low... but then the Treehouse showcase made the game look much better than I had thought. A middling review isn't a surprise. Unfortunately it doesn't help make up my mind about whether to buy.

Hmm... choices, choices. (On the flip side, Wii U doesn't have that many choices so I'll probably buy eventually regardless.)



ejamer commented on Review: Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (...:

Played this on the original NES way back when it was originally released. Vaguely remembering thinking that the game was very good but had tough controls and a very high difficulty level. Expect that it will appeal to a very limited crowd today... but curious enough about reliving the experience that I'm considering giving a shot.



ejamer commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:


Actually I think it's fine to release the game on Wii U, although it's not something that interests me so I won't be buying. It's cool that the developer is so open to discussion - especially when so many people seem to get upset so easily.

My dirty little secret? More games is always better, since I can just choose to ignore whatever doesn't appeal to me.



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

Pretty nice month for me - I'm keen on both Kirby Super Star (assuming it comes back and the codes actually work) and Super Punch-Out!! Two new games at no cost to me? That's great news.

Shame that some people don't see anything they like or already own all the games, but the list isn't lacking in quality options. I'm curious about pricing though. Any guesses why Super Punch-Out costs 50 coins more than anything else?



ejamer commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

Yeah. So I just recently bought a 3DS XL and am kind of disappointed about the timing now. Oh well.

If Xenoblade 3DS comes out here I'll probably rebuy (again) anyway. sigh



ejamer commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

So which one sells better? Is this change in appearance an ethical decision, or a business one?

My take is that the changes made exist to increase appeal with a specific target demographic. That doesn't mean they are deeply considered, moral choices - they almost certainly aren't - but it's very hard for me to argue that Nintendo has done anything to damage the image of the character.



ejamer commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious amiibo Pla...:

Yep. Nintendo makes incredible games, but often comes up short with supporting materials and optional accessories. I've still got my e-Reader with a pack of Animal Crossing cards in my closet... sitting right beside the Kid Icarus AR promo pack distributed through Club Nintendo. Fantastic ideas, poor execution.

Here's hoping Amiibo does better than I expect.



ejamer commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious amiibo Pla...:

I want to be excited about Amiibo, and am exactly the kind of gamer+collector that this should be targeting. The potential is there. It's all about execution at this point.

Unfortunately I have extremely little confidence in Nintendo - especially NoA - to handle the idea properly.



ejamer commented on Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack Poses...:

Are you gaming, with active bluetooth connections the entire time, when reporting that number? (If so, good for you!) The average tablet doesn't offer that kind of battery life, although I'm sure some do.

Regardless, that just affirms what I'm saying: if people are complaining about tablet battery life then they'd better be just as upset about the Wii U controller.



ejamer commented on Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack Poses...:

Although I feel like the franchise is wearing thin, this is a bold and interesting move by Activision. Expand the potential audience, reduce initial buy-in for some families, and keep the game intact by providing a high-quality experience on tablets? Could be a huge win for them.

Very interested to see how sales bear out. From everything I've seen/heard, tablet-only gamers don't tend to buy full-price games... but Skylanders is a massive franchise so maybe it's got the cachet to sell anyway? Will people who own both a tablet and a home console choose this version over playing on a big screen (portable, private screen might be appealing)?

Battery life might seem like a concern... until you stop and think about the Wii U gamepad battery life. Not so different, eh?



ejamer commented on The Trending #WiiUDroughtAid Shows That, Actua...:

You can't deny that there is an on-going drought of original Wii U software. It's a fact.

There are still a handful of Wii U games in my backlog though, and a huge number of games in my Wii backlog. While the number of new games coming out is slim right now, I find claims that there is "nothing to play" on the system very difficult to believe.

(Also worth mentioning: I'm not seeing XBox One or PS4 release schedules that overwhelm me either. Do others feel the same way?)



ejamer commented on Talking Point: Deconstructing Nintendo's Retai...:

That's a good point. Retail shelf space is important if you want your console to get noticed... but right now Wii U has virtually no games being released and retailers have very little reason to reserve shelf space for the console.

As for physical versus retail releases, I'd suggest that Nintendo would be wise to cast the widest net possible and offer support for both. What I find problematic is the messaging that Nintendo is currently putting out. Physical releases aren't always available, aren't always announced in a timely fashion (NES Remix retail edition being announced shortly after that game was a Club Nintendo platinum reward is a prime example of poor timing), and sale pricing isn't consistent either.

It feels like they are inadvertently giving gamers incentive to "wait and see" instead of buying games outright.



ejamer commented on NES Remix Titles Coming in Physical Version to...:

Such a Nintendo thing to do. This news would've been awesome two weeks ago... before they encouraged many Nintendo fans like me to download the first game as a Club Nintendo platinum reward for being good customers. Now any interest I have in buying a retail release is (at best) cut in half.

I'm a huge "buy physical" fan, but will pass unless the game gets a ridiculous mark-down at retail.



ejamer commented on Takashi Tezuka: Mario Maker Won't Move Quite L...:

Disagree all the way. The new controls are slippery and awkward. I much much prefer the original physics - to the point where this might be a deal breaker for me. In fact, while playing NES Remix today one of my biggest peeves was that you could tell the in-game physics for Mario weren't the same and it messed with my timing. Hugely disappointing!

That said, it's all a matter of personal preference and what you get used to. I grew up spending countless hours playing the original NES games so it's no surprise that I prefer those controls. People who grow up with NSMB games will likely differ.



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

I get what people are saying about entitlement and appreciating what's offered. I do appreciate getting a free game (NES Remix in my case).

But this is still a disappointing year of rewards. Nothing exclusive, nothing physical, and a selection of games that many Platinum members probably already own. It's awesome of Nintendo to give prizes away, but this is the least appealing year for me since Club Nintendo starting giving away prizes.

That said, given their current financial situation (not awesome) and the fact that coins are easier to get than ever before (so probably more people able to claim rewards) I understand why the prizes are what they are.

Oh well. Life goes on.



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

There were only 2 games that I don't already own and have any interest in at all... and 1 of those games (DKCR) I already own on a different platform.

Yes, the selection is "good", but the more games you own the less helpful that is. Yes, a free game is "good", but especially for people like me who aren't keen on digital downloads this is a huge disappointment.

Oh well. I guess hoping for one of Nintendo's wonderfully orchestrated game soundtracks really was too much. :(



ejamer commented on Wii U Version Of Project CARS Drops To The Bac...:

Bad news for Wii U gamers - and probably for sales figures of the Wii U version.

Will there be an additional marketing push when the Wii U release comes out? Will people still care about the game? When games get released on other platforms first, the answer is usually "not really".



ejamer commented on Interview: Meet Naked War, The Wii Advance War...:

Best of luck to these guys. Sounds like an awesome idea, and would've been wonderful to see it on Wii. I'm a Nintendo fan... but it's a shame they don't have people in place to make smart innovation like this happen.

(On the upside, WiiWare sold so poorly that maybe this is a hidden blessing.)



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

Great price for Ghost Recon on 3DS - easily worth that much for any turn-based strategy fans. Glad to re-add that game to my collection after having sold my retail copy earlier.

None of the Wii U games are cheaper than retail versions if you shop around... but at least the digital pricing is comparable while the sale is going on.



ejamer commented on Weirdness: Classic Game Characters Part of Art...:

... or, assuming you believe in Kohlberg's stages, he could be acting at a low enough stage of reasoning that he hasn't reached conventional moral reasoning.

My opinion: what he's doing simply doesn't matter. There is no meaningful benefit to society and no significant harm (outside of maybe incurring some cost to taxpayers for removal/new signs). What he's doing isn't due to a sense of justice - instead it "just is". That's why I consider it a selfish act instead of anything motivated by higher reasoning.

But hey, to each their own. It's not hurting anything and gives us something to talk about, right?



ejamer commented on Weirdness: Classic Game Characters Part of Art...:

I guess I don't really get it. The Nintendo-themed images are cool, but not really fitting thematically for the signs so they just look out of place to me. I'd rather just see the characters put up as graffiti somewhere in this case.

That said, the vandalism doesn't look worse than those super creepy original signs. I don't think I'd want to live in a community filled with weird red houses where the occupants had nothing better to do than spy on others all day...



ejamer commented on Free Copy of Bayonetta Comes as a Separate Dis...:

Here's hoping for physical releases in the West as well! I'd MUCH rather have the game on disc than as a downloadable version.

Ideally, people who want digital can buy digital and get a download code for the first game while people who buy on disc can get both games on disc. Everyone walks away happy.



ejamer commented on Bayonetta Download Code Included With Retail a...:

Digital download instead of being on a disc? Boo!

(It's a freebie, so not really worth complaining about... but I'm staunchly pro-physical when it comes to games so this is unfortunate news for me because the freebie went from "super awesome news" to "I'm sure others will be happy with it". Shame they couldn't have made the physical version all physical and the digital version all digital to keep both camps happy.)



ejamer commented on E3 2014: Monolith's X Becomes Xenoblade Chroni...:

Not sure about the "prefect strategy"... that would probably involve having third party support to fill the gaps. But you've got a fair point about them spacing the major titles and keeping owners excited about the future.

Actually, I really don't mind waiting for this game and would rather wait another year (or more) than have the game rushed out early. As long as it does arrive eventually! News of a Xenoblade sequel was the reason I bought a Wii U though, so clearly I'm excited for the day to arrive. :)



ejamer commented on E3 2014: Bayonetta 2 Comes With The Original G...:

Always felt like not having access to the original Bayonetta was a pretty big miss for this title... but was willing to give Bayonetta a shot anyway. Finding out the original game is included is a HUGE bonus.