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Male, Canada

Wed 23rd January, 2008

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ejamer commented on Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Editio...:

Ouch. $120 CAD, and the soundtrack is only a sampler? The art stuff looks gorgeous, but for me the soundtrack was kind of a "make or break" item after absolutely loving the Xenoblade soundtrack...

Also, I've got a preorder locked in for half the special edition price... so not sure I can justify paying that much more for some supporting trinkets or not.



ejamer commented on European Club Nintendo Has a Lovely Last Hurra...:

Wow. Wildly jealous of all the CD soundtracks that were offered, but this one in particular seems appealing.

Oh well, NoA offered some good stuff too. Certainly not better stuff, at least not for me, but good and free is still hard to complain about.



ejamer commented on Kerbal Space Program On Wii U Is The “Defini...:

Too early to know if it's the definitive edition... but it's certainly possible. I think the touch screen is a huge plus for this game, and the GamePad could be put to really good use if the developers take advantage of it.

Very interested to see how this turns out!



ejamer commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:

It's very cool to see an indie Amiibo coming out, but (consider how garbage the supply situation STILL is almost a year later) the unlockable content described is the worst kind of physical DLC implementation in my opinion. Despite being skeptical, I sincerely hope that Nintendo actually creates enough figures to meet demand.



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

It's not "pirating Amiibo". The Amiibo figures are notably different in appearance, which is the reason many (not all) people buy into the system.

Amiiqo requires you to own both a console and the relevant software to get any value. It replaces figures have incredibly little in-game value (Smash Bros excepted) and are instead being used as simple keys to unlock already on-disc content for most games that do support them.

Nintendo has done a very poor job of providing reasonable Amiibo stock levels or any alternatives for people who are interested and willing to pay for the real thing. They have also done a very poor job of providing basic functionality (back-up Amiibo save data, for example).

If Nintendo had done a better job on any front in providing and supporting Amiibo figures, I might be inclined to think Amiiqo is a bad idea. But Nintendo hasn't - despite improving the supply situation slowly. To the contrary, their inability to support the platform makes Amiiqo not just a smart idea, but very nearly a necessity if people want to get full value from games they have already purchased.

If people start selling knock-off figures that don't add significant and meaningful functionality the way Amiiqo does, I might change my tune... but at the moment they are providing a service that Nintendo either won't or isn't able to. More power to them.



ejamer commented on Card Matching Game And Kirby's Dream Blanket A...:

Grass is always greener and all that, but Club Nintendo in Europe has really provided some amazing physical rewards. I know people complain about pricing, but this stuff is still awesome.

North America was really good about providing digital downloads. I would much rather have gotten some of the novelty items though.



ejamer commented on Wii U System Update Now Live, Finally Puts TVi...:

If TVii worked, it would have been pretty neat and a valid selling point for the console.

But it didn't work, at least not for me. I wish it had, but since that support never happened it's impossible to miss now that it's gone.



ejamer commented on Exclusive: MercurySteam Has Been Working On A ...:

I think the MercurySteam team has talent, but I really haven't enjoyed the design decisions in games they've released so far. Things always seem neat, but never fun.

So not quite sure how to take this news - it's cool that they gave a Metroid pitch, and kind of a shame they got turned down because I think they need a little assistance in design aspects. Oh well. It'll be interested to see what the game develops into (if it gets released).



ejamer commented on Woah Dave! Arrives On The Wii U eShop 20th Aug...:

Not everyone will love the simple, high-score chasing gameplay of Woah Dave!... but I do. The frantic action builds up quickly, the different stages to play on force you to try new and different strategies, and it's quick enough to be a perfect portable or filler game when you only have a few minutes.

Hearing the Wii U version will be cross-buy is awesome.



ejamer commented on A Resident Evil 2 Remake Has Been Confirmed:

It's "stupid" because this isn't really news. It's reporting on something that really doesn't even deserve to be called speculation yet.

Companies might talking about "we want to bring our games to that platform" build hype, but until they have any information about NX and deals in place with Nintendo, it's all empty marketing talk - not worth the ether it's virtually printed on.



ejamer commented on A Resident Evil 2 Remake Has Been Confirmed:

Don't hold your breath. Did the Resident Evil HD games come to Nintendo platforms? Or Revelations 2?

This is like that stupid "news" from Square Enix recently, that it's possible a Final Fantasy game could come out on NX (despite not having even started any negotiation about it). It's hardly even worth being called gossip.



ejamer commented on Chris Pranger From Nintendo Treehouse Discusse...:

Lots of factors at work here.

Translation and localization is expensive and typically more difficult than people expect. Especially if voice acting is involved.

NoA is trying to make the most money possible with limited resources. Maybe they can be profitable with Game_A, but not as profitable as if those resources work on Game_B instead because it takes less work. They choose Game_B.

But this is still a bad set of excuses being thrown out. NoE has shown more guts than NoA on multiple fronts, and generally been rewarded. NoA didn't release Fatal Frame or Pandora's Tower or Another Code R despite those games all being translated already. (Granted, there would still be cost... but it's not a resource issue and risks are much lower.) NoA didn't want to bring out Xenoblade either.

This isn't just a localization problem - it's a management issue where they aren't interested in catering to (or building a base of) fans of certain genres. And that's incredibly disappointing.

But hey, NIS and Atlus and XSeed are awesome. So at least we have the little guys filing in the gaps that Nintendo considers not worthwhile.



ejamer commented on Nintendo Download: 6th August (North America):

GetClose (Wii U) is totally worth buying if you do local multiplayer.

However, no Xenoblade means I'm not buying anything. Is it surprising that NoA didn't release the game here? No. Apparently NoA doesn't like RPGs. It certainly is disappointing though.



ejamer commented on Exciting Hints of amiibo Restocks Can Be Found...:

Oh awesome! So these will be available for another 5-10 minutes in the middle of the day on a random workday? The Amiibo issues are solved! Praise Nintendo!

Er, nope. Still don't give a damn. The ongoing supply issues have turned me so far off Amiibo that when my children saw some they liked and asked to buy them, I agreed to buy literally anything else they wanted. Nintendo isn't getting my money in this brutal money pit.



ejamer commented on Rumour: ZombiU Is Shedding Its Wii U Exclusivi...:

A port sounds cool. ZombiU got lots of flak, but I always thought it was a good game and would love to see it available to more people.

What distresses me about this news is that it means a sequel is possible, and that sequel would almost certain skip Wii U. Thus I wouldn't be able to play it... so yeah, kind of mixed emotions.



ejamer commented on Humble Nindie Bundle Adds Three New Games:

The bundle was already a great deal in my opinion, these games are icing on the cake. Sportsball in particular is an exciting add - a game that looked awesome, but wasn't really on my radar because I don't get a lot of local multiplayer these days.

Good stuff!



ejamer commented on Hardware Review: REVO K101 Plus:

Eh... So the sound and graphics aren't great, controls work but don't feel good, and build quality is only so-so? When you can still get GBA SP consoles in good condition for similar (sometimes lower) prices it seems like this is really only going to appeal to people who actively want to emulate, not anyone who own actual GBA games.



ejamer commented on Nintendo of America Apologises for amiibo Shor...:

Until Nintendo actually DOES something to improve the supply and availability issues, these words aren't worth the ether they are digitally published on.

Amiibo isn't a bad idea. The distribution has been a huge turn off though.



ejamer commented on Avengers: Age of Ultron DLC Rolling Out to Zen...:

They've put out three games for 3DS - a set of original tables, Marvel tables, and Star Wars tables. I know it's not the same as constant DLC, but it's still pretty awesome for people who want a pinball fix on the go. (It would just be more awesome if there weren't significant bugs left unfixed in some games.)



ejamer commented on Avengers: Age of Ultron DLC Rolling Out to Zen...:

I'm not sure what to think.

Wii U and 3DS support is slow, the quality of ports is relatively low, and there are often bugs or issues that are simply ignored instead of being fixed. Certainly I should feel happy about this news - or about any support coming to the Wii U platform - but it's hard to get excited about announcements from Zen Studios given the circumstances.

(To clarify: I don't even blame Zen Studios - Wii U development probably isn't that profitable or a high priority, and I understand that. But the whole "it's better than nothing" approach doesn't really work for me.)



ejamer commented on Review: Lucadian Chronicles (Wii U eShop):

The DLC (that is, unlocking the full game instead of sticking with the free version) is on sale this week. Totally worth full price in my opinion, and a steal for just $5...



ejamer commented on New Star Wars Rebels Table Announced For Star ...:

I like what Zen Studios does. But I'm not keen on supporting their Nintendo-based efforts because the level of ongoing support is so poor.

I don't really blame them - it makes sense to focus support on platforms that bring in the most revenue, and between the small install base and extra work required to port tables to Wii U I'm sure it doesn't fit that description. The end result isn't really satisfactory to anyone though.



ejamer commented on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U No Longer Set fo...:

This is hard to believe - Zelda games have never been delayed previously, have they?

Oh wait. Just about every Zelda game ever has missed the initial date. So yeah, this was pretty much expected from day 1. Keeping my fingers crossed about Xenoblade X - if that game arrives this year I'll be thrilled.



ejamer commented on Two Tribes Co-Founder Doesn't Think He Would H...:

Toki Tori 2 remains a fantastic game - probably one of the Top 10 for Wii U released so far, and that's pretty impressive because it's going against quite a few first-party, full retail games to make that list.



ejamer commented on Nintendo Download: 12th March (North America):

Oh, boo. I had enough credit for Might Switch Force 1 & 2 on Wii U is they were both 75% off... but the second game isn't. Maybe pricing in the US is different than Canada?

(Both are still great value at $2.50 per game, but I'm not sure if I want to buy extra funds to double-dip on the first game when I already own it via 3DS.)



ejamer commented on TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT, The Game Freak and ...:

Too bad - at first I didn't care but watching the trailer convinced me the game would be worth trying. Looks much better than Harmoknight, not as interesting as Drill Dozer.

Too bad it's skipping Nintendo platforms. I'll buy via Steam someday when it sells for less than a buck.



ejamer commented on Talking Point: The Limited Edition Battle With...:

As long as Nintendo gets paid, they don't care.

The only way for consumers to put pressure on retailers and/or Nintendo to fix this is by refusing to buy/support the artificial limitations on supply that is making these items such hot scalper finds.



ejamer commented on Club Nintendo in Japan is Full of Delightful T...:

Looking back a bit closer, Europe got a better selection of physical rewards while North America got better digital rewards and (I think) better prices most of the time. In both cases, there was a lot of "not so great" options and people usually didn't appreciate what was being offered.

But yeah, I think ringtones and wallpapers were the worst rewards of all.
(Yes, I actually did buy one of the wallpapers... Yes, it was a waste.)



ejamer commented on Club Nintendo in Japan is Full of Delightful T...:

So much silly complaining...

Europe has had a whole bunch of great Club Nintendo rewards that never came out in North America. The same is true in reverse, and I think the "end of life" digital rewards in particular are fantastic in North America. Yet so many seem focused on finding greener grass instead of appreciating what is right in front of them.

This article should be good for helping us all move past that pettiness though: clearly the grass is greenest in Japan, and we should all be jealous of gamers from that region.