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Sat 17th August, 2013

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ericwithcheese2 commented on Kickstarter Project Aims to Fund a One Day Str...:

I would do this if i had the funds and lived nearby. I think it sounds like a day of fun, if not just for the streetpasses, but for the day of gaming with die-hard 3DS fans.

I think the documentary they are producing would be great to see.



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.



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

I fully expect a release date for the New 3DSV in North America (Feb 13th) and possibly Majora's Mask to be launched alongside it. We'll naturally see new footage about Kirby and Yoshi, and probably MewTwo for Smash. I don't expect any news about Flipnote because of what happened with Swapnote. And I'm hoping for an Animal Crossing Wii U teaser of some sort!



ericwithcheese2 commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:

The more people talk about a new console, the worse the chances of Wii U being modestly successful will be wiped out. When press and game retailers start talking about a new console, it will filter down to the consumer, and who would want to invest in a system with a known limited lifespan.

2016 is too early for a new hardware launch to replace Wii U because that will end up making this is the last meaningful year for Wii U games as they will start gearing up promotion and production for its successor.

If it comes out in 2017, that still gives Nintendo time to iron out bugs and it would also go along the previous timelines for Nintendo systems. There were five years between the SNES and N64, the N64 and the GameCube, and the GCN and the Wii. There were six years between the Wii and the Wii U. Four years is too short, in my opinion.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - July ...:

That Bayonetta 2 Direct was a thing of beauty.

And the way people literally list their minds over that Smash Bros demo was a sight to behold.

I was really pleased with how the Nintendo Treehouse was utilized last year, from their superior E3 virtually non-stop coverage to lengthy streams highlighted in this article. They were a great source of valuable information and brought unfiltered tastes of gameplay that we otherwise wouldn't have experienced. I hope the trend continues this year.



ericwithcheese2 commented on GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Stock on...:

I remember a time when Nintendo actually stocked stores with adequate supply for stuff people wanted to buy. Ah, those were the days!

I know scalpers are a problem, but Nintendo gets a ton of blame for mixed messages on Amiibo and such... those figures and adaptors in no way should have sold out so soon after release and stayed sold out this long.



ericwithcheese2 commented on New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Editions Already I...:

I really wish Nintendo wouldn't do these promotions for select or "most loyal" customers because people are bound to be left out and feelings hurt or anger ensures. They don't specify what their criteria is, so it's always left up to wonder. It's a quick way to delight a few but tick off many many more.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Dominated Japan During 2014, Despite ...:

@Quorthon I think that there were a lot of factors as to why the third year was a charm for the 360 and PS3. It may have been a combination of price breaks - remember the PS3 came out at a very high price tag, although I'm not sure when it's price began to drop. And HD TVs also started becoming affordable for the average household around this time as well. And, of course, software really began to hit it's stride here as well. I don't know for sure, so this is all speculation. But i do think all of those factors played into it.

The DS was such a monster runaway hit that it would be impossible approach those numbers, especially now with smartphones and tablets. I do think the 3DS has a rockier road ahead of it though.

I also think Nintendo launched both the 3DS and Wii U without being properly prepared, with bad promotion, bland games and horrible marketing. They've been playing catch up ever since then. Even though they have had some really amazing games the part couple years four both systems, it's always harder to compete when you're fighting from behind.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Dominated Japan During 2014, Despite ...:

@Quorthon PS4 had a dream year thanks to a flawless hardware launch. I don't see sales for it showing down much in North America at all. It's really quite impressive.

I feel 3DS still had a decent year, despite its sales decline. It's understandable with a weaker overall software lineup, and the fact that it's been out over three and a half years. A system of that age can't be expected to compete with a brand new system with the reputation of Sony's powerhouse. It did though do decently with all things considered, regularly coming in second or third in weekly sales both domestically and worldwide. It'll be interesting to see how sales go when the new 3DS launches this year.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Dominated Japan During 2014, Despite ...:

Japan is a very different market than North America. Aside from the launch window of the PS4, Wii U outsold it on a weekly average since then. But it didn't mean much when neither console sells more than 8,000 per week. Japan is dominated by handheld systems and I think Nintendo had a very solid showing for a system that's been out for over three years and had a weaker overall software lineup than in years past. And it's still selling quite well in North America, routinely coming in second in sales up until the holiday season and the XBO price cut.

I'm not sure how Wii U will finish up - I think it will be Nintendo's lowest selling home console, personally. So far, the race in Japan between PS4 and Wii U is very close, despite the hype the former had. And it's clear that it will be a distant third in North America. But I've had great fun with mine, and there's still a number of big titles in store.



ericwithcheese2 commented on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Limited-...:

@Quorthon You're taking this figure as a personal insult. A number of people like the game and it's a nice bonus for those who do. You have good overall points, but It's not that big of a deal. Let people who enjoy this game get something special.

I do wish they'd do more for other titles, particularly new IPs, but I'm not going to dog them for doing this, either.