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Male, 28, United States

Sat 17th August, 2013

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ericwithcheese2 commented on Impressions: Nintendo Made The Right Call With...:

Regardless of what people end up thinking about the game, this is the way Nintendo should do demos. No ridiculous email codes, no going into Gamestop to beg for a code... And as stated, this is a generous demo... this was the right call, even if it should be a no-brainer.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Sega's Digital Restructure Means 300 Staff Wil...:

Being a big Sega fan growing up, this is sad news to me. While their Sonic Boom games have been less than good, Sega has has a catalog of top titles. They are also the only ones still carrying on the 3D Classics line on 3DS - all of which that have been released are solid efforts. I hope this downsizing can help them turn the corner from an overall downward spiral.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Talking Point: It's Time to Salute The Nintend...:

I love my 3DS. It certainly hasn't approached the sales of the DS, but I feel it is a big success nonetheless. Given increased competition of smartphones, it's own horrible launch, and other factors, I think 50 million in worldwide sales and counting is pretty good. It was the top selling console overall in 2013, and was a consistently strong second or third month to month in 2014. It crushed it's direct handheld competitor (the Vita, which is technically superior) and has a top rate software library. Little addictive things like Streetpass just add to how great this handheld is.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Satoru Iwata States That Around 5.7 Million am...:

Ugh. More talk about a new console. 2016 is too early, especially with a redesign launching soon or having just launched In some regions. The 3DS still has a lot of life in it, but like @Quorthon said, it damages consumer confidence by continually prematurely talking about a new console when you're still trying to aggressively sell your current one.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Ocarina Of Time 3D Reportedly No Longer In Pro...:

I don't understand why a company would discontinue a game when it's clearly still very popular and part of one of the most beloved franchises in video game history.

I do agree with @Peach64 about their possible reasons for doing this as eShop sales are indeed practically pure profit. But its not like they wouldn't easily make their money back from a title like this that people will probably be looking for again after MM3D releases. Choices for the consumer is not a bad thing.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target,...:

To see Nintendo back in profitability is a great thing. I do think that they will have a hard time meeting their overall hardware sales goals though, especially when it comes to Wii U. Japan's home console numbers are generally low for everyone, and while I would have liked to see a bigger increase in the West, it could have done a lot worse.

At the very least, it is indeed far better than last year's admittedly awful numbers and it hints at Nintendo being on the right track.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Flirtation With Micr...:

I think F2P games can be done correctly, as Rusty and Steel Diver has proven (to me in my opinion). I think there's nothing wrong with this because, so far, we're only taking about some eShop releases - and only a small handful at this time. I don't think Nintendo would put microtransactions into their big retail releases. They have actually been great with great content at reasonable values as far as how they dived into DLC with stuff like Mario Kart 8 and Mario Golf. I think Nintendo will be smart about this. I think games with microtransactions will be few that they will work for people who want that and easy enough for the rest of us to ignore.



ericwithcheese2 commented on This Is What Happened When A Kid Pitched Super...:

I think this was a nice response. Other companies do the same all the time, so it's not a secret that Nintendo isn't unique in this case. It read to me like a canned response, but to a kid, any kind of kind response means more than being ignored.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Club Nintendo Rewards are Updated for January,...:

Waiting to see what final offers come next month. These current ones will run alongside the new ones until the program closes. Dozens of new choices next month and there's bound to be a few things I'd like.

It's important to stress that next months tears, as far as it's worded, are the last ones. There's no point in keeping unused coins/stars since they expire along with Club Nintendo, so i anticipate (after hopefully picking up a couple physical rewards) downloading a number of games I'd normally pass up just to spend the coins.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

They just updated the game selection also, and these are available until the end of the program. Many we already have, but at least they offering solid games, so far.

Super Mario Bros 2 (Wii U, 200 coins)
Excitebike (Wii U, 200)
Super Metroid (Wii, 250)
Super Punch Out (Wii, 250)
Super Mario Land (3DS, 150)
Donkey Kong (3DS, 150)
The Legend of Zelda (3DS, 200)
Warioland II (3DS, 200).

I wonder if they will add even more choices for downloads in February.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

I will miss CN. I know people loved to complain about the program, and many times rightfully so. But it provided me with a large number of collectibles and free games throughout the years. while the quality of the rewards have been questionable in recent times, it's a program Nintendo didn't have to offer in the first place. The free Flipnote Studio is a wonderfully surprising send off.

I have high hopes for their next loyalty program.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Hundreds of Limited Edition Majora's Mask New ...:

Nintendo could have done something to try and prevent this... It all started with their mishandling and short stock supplies of Amiibo and the GameCube adaptor. The frenzy and wild demand drew the scalpers' attention to Nintendo in spades and haven't let up since. While it may be tough to stop it now, they are guilty in my mind of setting it off. I saw a guy on eBay sell eight copies of MM Collector's Edition game for $134 each... that's like 150% of pure profit.

Nintendo and us fans aren't the only victims of scalpers. Do a search for that PlayStation 4 Anniversary Edition console and you'll see them going for over a thousand... And a share of them were in fact distributed by Sony in an invitation only promotion. They are everywhere and until stock is increased and stay increased on stuff like Amiibo, this will be a problem that we deal with for a long time to come.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

I'm all for being a realist, but its sad to see negative comments on something that is actually decent news. Sure Wii U could have done better this holiday and didn't match the sales of it's competitors. There are a number of things I would have maybe done differently to be more aggressive this past holiday, but its easy for us to be a Monday Morning Quarterback when we don't know all of the intricate financial details they are faced with.

But the fact that it increased sales year to year is a good thing. Nintendo pumped out a number of critically acclaimed titles in 2014. We have a number of great titles heading our way this year. I'm very happy with my Wii U, and while I wish there were more of us owners out there, I am quite satisfied that these figures provide Nintendo with a level of profit margin and makes it a viable platform that they will continue to support over the next couple of years at least.

Given the public perception of the Wii U heading into 2014, I'm quite pleased at how it did. It could always have done better, but it also could have faired much worse.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Hands On: We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL :

@Quorthon I think having variety in sizes is never a bad thing because some people just don't like the huge size of the XL. It kind of is less portable if it's too big for most pockets. Over saturation of so many models could be confusing to customers, but it didn't seem a problem since the standard size has or is launching everywhere else but here.

That being said, I do think the XL should have had faceplates also. Very disappointed that it doesn't.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Reaction: Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reve...:

@steamtrain I agree. These Directs well never please everyone. They do their best to try and put stuff in these to touch upon a wise swath of gamers, but in the process some will feel slighted because their favorites weren't given a full spotlight.

There were definitely disappointing things to me in this Direct, but there were good things as well. Responses like what @Quorthon did are ideal because he highlights both what he saw as good and bad, whereas many just focus on the latter.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Reaction: Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reve...:

@Quorthon Opinions are subjective. I happen to look forward to the new Mario Party. The cross-buy thing could also be looked at that Nintendo is far behind it's competitors like you said and everyone knows, but this is a clear signal that things are getting better in this area. It's just one game but it's a real start.

Directs like these are never going to please everyone. I thought it was good for what it was advertised to be... focusing on new 3DS info and games that are coming between now and the Spring. I think new game announcements will mainly happen at E3 and thereafter. Until then, we'll get a bunch of updates on games we already know about. And I'm okay with that.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Reaction: Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reve...:

I think given that last year was very Wii U focused that it shouldn't be surprising that this Direct was more focused on 3DS, especially with a new model coming. Last year, people were complaining that 3DS had a down year as far as releases, but Wii U had an excellent year. This year will probably be a slight reversal. It's always a back and forth when you have to support two different consoles with rabid fanbases at the same time.

I'm disappointed at no regular New 3DS as still as I was really digging those faceplates. But overall, I thought this Direct was pretty solid for what it promised to do, which is spotlight spring releases and the New console.



ericwithcheese2 commented on New Nintendo 3DS Release Date Confirmed for 13...:

That Zelda edition is already going for over $350 and more on eBay.

I'm not surprised that there is no charger. Other regions have done the same thing for longer so it was only a matter of time. It's a little underhanded way of adding to the base cost of the system though for those who don't have a spare.

And I'm quite stunned that the smaller model with Faceplates isn't coming to NA. Very disappointed in an otherwise solid Direct.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Splatoon Confirmed for May Release Along With ...:

Very very excited for this. Not as excited for all the Call of Duty talk though. I know there are similarities as I've played that franchise and there's definitely a reason why it's a top selling franchise, But let's talk about Splatoon after all!



ericwithcheese2 commented on Super Smash Bros. Double CD Soundtrack Listing...:

Quite excited to get this. Given the vast amount of music in the games, it'd be near impossible to please everyone. But also given how rare it is to get official music from directly from Nintendo (and how quick when it does come out how fast it goes out of print), - and that this cost $0 as I was buying both versions anyway - I'll take it. :)



ericwithcheese2 commented on Feature: Five Key Reveals We Want in 2015's Fi...:

I voted for upcoming release dates. Everyone knows we're getting New 3DS info tomorrow, so I voted for what I think would do the most good for Nintendo. Give us some firm release dates and/or a handful of surprizes and that will keep the positive perception that Wii U had last year going strong.



ericwithcheese2 commented on NF Magazine 2015 Renewals & New Subscriptions ...:

I haven't heard of this before! I miss Nintendo Power a lot, and even though this isn't seeking to replace it, it'll be nice to have a print Nintendo magazine again. imI took a peek at their YouTube channel and they appear to be on the level and passionate fans. I will be supporting.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 14th January, Wi...:

While I think teasers of unannounced games may happen (Animal Crossing for Wii U please!), it's also important to remember that this is "focusing on Spring 2015" releases. I'll be happy with the obvious New 3DS launch details we'll be getting and some release dates on games like Yoshi's Woolly World and DLC details about Mewtwo and MK8. While a surprise may be in the cards, I'd just keep that in mind so we don't come away from this Direct disappointed.