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Wed 23rd January, 2008

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ejamer commented on Mega Video Game Fan Aaron "NintendoTwizer" Nor...:

Great. As I said before, my opinion differs from yours. I'm not saying your evaluation is wrong - just that there are scenarios where people might buy at an inflated price, and he only needs to find one person to make the listing worthwhile.



ejamer commented on Mega Video Game Fan Aaron "NintendoTwizer" Nor...:

People complaining here that it's overpriced aren't wrong about the value of loose carts... but it doesn't seem like a bad value all things considered.

Think of it this way: if someone was going to spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on an "instant" video game collection, then that person would probably be rich enough to care more about convenience than getting the lowest possible price. (At least, that's my guess.)



ejamer commented on Nintendo Announces amiibo Release Dates and Ne...:

They look nice, but still don't seem to do much.

I'm interested but not keen on the pricing given how close to useless they are (and how poorly Nintendo has traditionally supported optional accessories).



ejamer commented on Square Enix's Latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Exp...:

@ekreig Should point out that my 3D slider broke off because I dropped the 3DS XL - not due to normal usage. I've actually heard of it happening to at least one other person under the same circumstances, but this shouldn't be an issue for normal people.



ejamer commented on More Minecraft Mania Looks Set for Wii U With ...:

I'd be more likely to complain about a flood of clones if the original IP owner had any interest in publishing on Nintendo consoles.

Mojang has clearly indicated they aren't going to do it, so it looks to me like there are other developers hoping to help fill that hole. Hard to tell yet if any of these clones will be worth playing. Very unlikely any will be as well developed as MineCraft... but them's the breaks.

(Disclaimer: I think MineCraft is an interesting novelty that has far outlived it's value as a game. Obviously others feel differently.)



ejamer commented on Koei Tecmo Europe All But Confirms Fatal Frame...:

NoA didn't bother to bring the (already translated) Fatal Frame 2 Wii game over, they didn't care about Fatal Frame IV, so I fail to see how this is a surprise either.

Disappointment? Yes, it's a huge disappointment. But not a surprise. On the upside, at least it's easy to get both Wii Fatal Frame games running if you care enough to make the effort and import the games. (I did.)



ejamer commented on Review: Star Wars Pinball (3DS eShop):

Purchased this on my original 3DS and found it difficult to play and not very enjoyable. But upgrading to a 3DS XL has changed things considerably... Wow the upgraded screen size makes a HUGE difference! And with fixed leader boards suddenly this game is easy to enjoy and recommend.

It would be nice to see an update or "second opinion" posted for this review, as I really believe the 6/10 score isn't fair at this point in time.



ejamer commented on Nintendo Download: 25th September (North America):

Swords & Soldiers is a solid game and well worth $2.

Bumpie's Party is also pretty cool and worth the discounted price, although not a type of game that everyone will enjoy. (Try the demo and find out if it's your thing!)

But since I already own those games, the only thing this week that has me interested at all is Armillo. Looks cool, but I haven't tried the game yet...



ejamer commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

Is Watch Dogs worth buying on Wii U? Probably not. It is being released much later than on other platforms, has no marketing behind it, has more limitations than any other version of the game, and received mediocre reviews. The only thing it has going for it on Wii U is a lack of competing software... oh wait, Smash Bros. Well, there you go.



ejamer commented on Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack Now Available ...:

Thanks! Sounds like it would convert to about 400 or 500 coins in North America. Not cheap, but a reasonable price for a nice physical prize.

Sure would be nice if NoA at least offered one CD through Club Nintendo to see how people react. So far the only soundtrack we've received is Majora's Mask as an end-of-year platinum prize, and quite frankly calling a collection of N64 short clips and sound effects a "soundtrack" is a real stretch.



ejamer commented on Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack Now Available ...:

How difficult is it to amass 2000 stars?

This is a pretty awesome reward. CD Soundtracks are my personal "most wanted" item for the North American version of Club Nintendo, but NoA doesn't seem interested in offering them. Getting free eShop games is never a bad thing though... so I'm not complaining.



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.