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Male, 28, United States

Sat 17th August, 2013

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ericwithcheese2 commented on Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Da...:

I love reading personal Christmas reflections like this. I was also a Sega kid during the Genesis days (who secretly owned an SNES as well) . To date, the only console I actually opened up on Christmas morning was the Sega Saturn, which I really did like.

I'm glad Nintendoland got another mention here. It really is a great game for groups that I think gets unfairly overlooked.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - To...:

People like to mock Nintendo because they are somewhat behind on their online network and online multilayer, and how big they are on families. But I love that they keep local multiplayer alive. Games like Smash and Mario Kart 8 are great online, but there's just real magic when they are played together in person as a group activity. Christmas morning being a shining example of how Nintendo can provide real family/group fun that creates gaming memories that can last a lifetime.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - To...:

@Peach64 I'm so pleased to see Captain Toad get a lot of love here. It is ready an unexpectedly great game that is very cute but very addictive and challenging at the same time. I didn't expect much from it when it was first announced but this definitely falls into the category of good Nintendo Surprises.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Rosalina & Luma amiibo Exclusive to Target in ...:

@Sir_JBizzle Nintendo has been woefully under prepared for the popularity of thus figures. Whether it was because of the low Wii U install base or competition from Skylanders and Infinity (both of which sell very well on Nintendo platforms), they really miscalculated on how Amiibo would do. I'm thrilled they are doing so well because Nintendo needs good news, but It's really mind boggling that they weren't better prepared.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Rosalina & Luma amiibo Exclusive to Target in ...:

@ZenTurtle I think most of it is demand from fans. Most fellow Nintendo fans I know ran out and got them when they first came out and others have been searching for a select few ever since. There are no doubt some resellers out there, but from what i gather from comments on this site and on various social networking platforms, the greater frenzied demand comes from fans.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Rosalina & Luma amiibo Exclusive to Target in ...:

I'm not particularly a fan of having to run all over to several different stores to get specific amiibos - although from a business standpoint, I understand why retailers would want an exclusive figure.

It bothers me more when an exclusive retailer breaks street date and then proceeds to sell out. It's very unfair given how high in demand these are.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Agai...:

Competely understand his viewpoint. Why go to the trouble and expense to recode or update a game that didn't sell well enough on Wii that had a much larger install base. Indie games are better promoted on the eShop than on the Wii Shop Channel, but that is still a big risk for a developer. As much as I would love this on Wii U, his reasons are valid.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Super Smash Bros. Grabs Third Place in NPD Cha...:

I think Nintendo will have a respectable holiday season when it's all said and done. They should have had some eye catching hardware sales on Black Friday for sure to try and attempt to fend off all the damage that these great XBO deals had, but there are still a couple weeks before the season wraps up. Target's $50 off the Mario 3D World Wii U bundle beginning on Sunday has a chance to help and other deals certainly won't hurt.

I think Smash will have legs in terms of sales that other top games right now don't, especially when people get it for Christmas and word of mouth continues to spread about the game's high quality.

I'm probably overly optimistic but I do think that even though November sales came in list than hoped for that all is not lost.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Best Buy Offering $50 Off 3DS XL Systems Up To...:

There are a ton of great 3DS games out there now, so I wouldn't wait if one was really interested in jumping on these deals. They haven't even announced a date or an official timeframe for the new model release.

If you live near a Nintendo Mall Experience, they have 10% off coupons for Target, good on games, accessories and systems. With the Wii U Mario 3D World bundle being $249 next week, one could get it for $225 with the coupon! Fine print nor regular print makes any mention of the coupon only being good on regular prices. That makes for a great deal.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

I remember thinking how odd of a choice going cartridge was, knowing the benefits of durability and no load times but the restraints in game size and production costs.

I think, beyond Mario 64, the N64's lasting legacy was the four player built in support, really ushering in the fun of in person group gaming.

And GameTek was part of my Dream Team! I owned both Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune 64!



ericwithcheese2 commented on Weekend Best Buy Discounts on Nintendo Product...:

I went to this event today and picked up a ton of free stuff: a Captain Toad jigsaw puzzle, an NES Remix poster, Pokemon keychains, a Mario Kart 8 keychain, Pokemon Art Academy doodle pad and some stickers. This wasn't publicized much so there weren't a lot of people there when i was, but i did see about four Wii Us sold in a half hour thanks to the Nintendo rep being there and answering questions from parents.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Wins Four At The Game Awards 2014, Wh...:

Developer of the Year was huge! Slightly disappointed that Smash didn't win best handheld game, and Bayonetta 2 didn't get at least Best Action Game, but it was a great overall night for a Nintendo fan. They had such an amazing presence this year with great reveals and great games.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Reveals New Wii U Footage and Details...:

I seriously can't believe how great of a show this was for Nintendo. Winning a bunch of major awards and these huge reveals was not expected by this jaded gamer. I'm thrilled with how things turned out and Nintendo was so well represented on a big stage.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Feature: Five Reasons To Choose Nintendo 3DS T...:

I voted for the games. The 3DS is home to so many amazing games from Super Mario 3D Land to Animal Crossing to Persona Q to Four Emblem and more... there is something for everyone on it.

I do love streetpass though. There something very addictive about collecting those puzzle pieces. Haha



ericwithcheese2 commented on Research Firm's Black Friday Data Shows Wii U ...:

I would not get all worked up over some "research" that was done via a smartphone app. I personally think that - at least in North America - the race will be competitive. I think that some of those Xbox One deals will push that console over the top... some places offered gift cards on top of the discounted $329 price, making it in effect even cheaper than Wii U. And there is no denying that GTAV and COD are huge system sellers.

But I don't count the Wii U out. Nintendo traditionally does very well over the holiday season. Last year, it sold over half a million units when it had a much much weaker software lineup. I think this Christmas will see Nintendo do respectably and a game like Smash Bros has legs that COD doesn't and should propel Wii U to have higher sales year to year going forward.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Download: 27th November (North America):

Disappointed there is no Donkey Kong Country or Donkey Kong Land this week for North America. It would have been great timing with its 20th Anniversary for DKC just recently. I still have DKC on my Wii Virtual Console though, but I would love to give DKL another shot. I haven't played that since it first came out on Game Boy.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Turkey Fest from Nintendo Brings a Host of Gam...:

I know Miiverse isn't very popular anymore as the novelty has long wore off, but I think it's nice that they do these community events. It shows that Nintendo goes to decent lengths to engage its fans in a way that it is fun for people who use Miiverse and easy to ignore for those who don't.



ericwithcheese2 commented on This Mario Kart 8 Badge Set Brings Some Extra ...:

@Krambo42 To each his own. I think this appeals to diehard collectors. There needs to be stuff on there that anyone and everyone can enjoy.

The North American Club Nintendo has been dry of physical rewards for a long time (aside from that Smash Bros poster set). I'm not sure I would get this, but it would be nice to at least have the option.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Review: Tetris Ultimate (3DS):

I loved Tetris DS! It was such a great game with real fan service that made this Nintendo fan thrilled.

I liked Axis well enough (and I still play it) that I don't think Ultimate is worthy of $20 when there are so many other games this holiday season.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Anniversary: 20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrec...:

Talk about pushing a console beyond expectations! This game was a breakthrough in graphics and sound, surpassing systems that were supposedly more powerful like the 3DO and Atari Jaguar. The soundtrack is still beautiful - I love the underwater theme in particular.

I used to have nightmares about the mine cart level.



ericwithcheese2 commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

The Wii U has the benefit of having one of the best reviewed games of the year as an exclusive (Bayonetta 2) and two big buzzworthy titles in Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 - which I do consider buzzworthy still thanks to the very well received DLC.

It does hurt that the Wii U misses these huge third party games that seem to be coming out on every other system except the U. Today has a ton of hot titles coming out, none of which are on Wii U, giving the perception that it is lacking and out of step with the gaming world today.

I do hope that the sales boost that Smash Bros provides and a bigger 2015 release calendar will convince a few third parties to come back.