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Wed 16th Jul 2008

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mikejonesuk commented on Nintendo America Posts Xenoblade Art on Facebook:

I'm really excited about this!

I don't know why though - I've already put over a hundred hours into Xenoblade Chronicles since I bought it on the first day it was released in the UK.

Anyway, I'm hoping it's true for our colonial cousins' sake.



mikejonesuk commented on UK Retail Pegs 3DS for New £140 Price Point:

"What's that equivalent to in American $ and how much was it normally before? Euros confuse me."

You must be confused! We don't use euros in the UK. We use the good old British pound.

£140 (ie 140 pounds) is about $226. (US dollars) and about 160 euros.



mikejonesuk commented on First Impressions: Nintendo Wii U:

Right at the end of the Wii U trailer shown at E3, we see the Wii U controller standing upright on a table

The video implies that someone has just put it on the table, but we only see the hand leaving the controller, not actually putting it in place - so it could have been leaning against a tin of beans for all we know. (There is a strange bulge in the shadow that could be something it's leaning against.)

Corbie, can you confirm that the controller does stand up on it's like that? Does it have a built in stand or is it just balanced so that it will stand upon it's bottom edge?



mikejonesuk commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Have Made the 3...:

"Apple's devices have created a generation of gamers that no longer believe that they should pay high prices for their software, and see the idea of purchasing physical carts as something of an anarchism."

Anarchism? Really? A political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy?

Don't you mean anachronism?



mikejonesuk commented on Talking Point: Your Nintendo Moment of 2010:

OK - I know you said to pick just one top Nintendo moment- but here are two. They are very closely related though - and both concern the shameful treatment of Wii owners by Electronic Arts.

My second-from-top moment was when I managed to get Amazon UK to change its listing for the Wii version of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. It had (in common with every other retailers' website in the UK) the details for the HD version, not the Wii version which is an entirely different game. (The salient points I raised were that it doesn't have online features, doesn't have Autolog, isn't set in Seacrest County and is not developed by Criterion). At first they said they weren't responsible as they relied on information from the publisher. I told them they were responsible under the Trades Description Act 1968, and they did then change the details on the website. (I'm still trying to get, and CDWow to change their listings.)

But my first, mostest, bestest top moment was when I got EA to admit that its advertising is misleading. They justified it by saying that other companies do the same. The actual quote is:

"I know the commercials are mis-leading when it comes to Wii games, but I know that many other companies do the same when it comes to the Wii's limited features."

That's from Angel R. at Electronic Arts Customer Support on 6th December. Note the word "misleading" in that quote.

Just before Christmas, I sent them a reply explaining their obligations under the Trade Descriptions Act and telling them I will report them to the Office of Fair Trading if they don't change their website.

For your info, The Trade Descriptions Act 1968 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which prevents manufacturers, retailers or service industry providers from misleading consumers as to what they are spending their money on. (Again, note the word "misleading"! The Act actually uses the word "misleading" so it's brave - or foolish - of EA to admit it.)

(For those of you who may be interested, I will be doing a blog about this in the New Year with my reasons for doing this and the correspondence I've had with various retailers and Electronic Arts,)

I would point out that I neither know nor care whether the Wii NFS:HP is a bad game or a good game. It's the fact that it's not the game being advertised by EA or online retailers that I find indefensible.

Anyway, enjoy what's left of the holidays and have a great New Year.



mikejonesuk commented on Competition Winners: Rabbids Sleep Over (UK):

I'm confused!
Are the three 'favourite answers' you have selected the winners?
I hope not because the original competition description stated that the you would 'randomly select the winners'. Choosing your favourites is not 'random'.
If I had thought the selection process was not random, I would have put more thought into my answer.



mikejonesuk commented on Lifting the Bonnet on TrackMania's Track Editor:

The online game would greatly benefit from Wii Speak.

This looks like a great game to play with my grand-kids, but Wii Speak would make it much better to play online with them.

If it had online play AND Wii Speak, I would buy three copies! (Me and two grand-kids.),



mikejonesuk commented on Review: Monster Hunter 3 (Tri~) (Wii):

Hi - firstly, has anyone else noticed how apt it is that it was launched in the UK on St George's Day?

A few comments:

I agree that MH3 does not deserve a 10 as the game is not perfect. I don't like the frequent loading screens and the fact that you are basically moving about in what is very obviously a series of rooms. It's not as expansive as the trailers (or scenery pics) suggest. But what really annoys me is that, after a loading screen, you are a few hundred yards or more away. It misses out the paths between areas. It's not very immersive and I don't feel that the areas are connected except by a wiggly line on the map.. You just jump from one big room to another with no real feeling of how you actually got there. (An easy example is the jump from Room 2 of Deserted Island to the Base Camp. Before the jump, you can vaguely see a waterfall way in the distance. After the jump, you're standing on the other side of the waterfall inside the camp, I find that very poor. The amazing views are just stage scenery. (Guild Wars on the PC, for example, does the same thing, but does it much better.)

Also, and I know there are those who will think I'm some kind of wuss for saying this, but I would really like a lock-on option. The game could penalise me in some way for using it to preserve its "hardcore" credentials, but, come on, some of us have got lives to live.

The text is much too small and can be difficult to read on my non-HD TV even though it's got a 32" screen.

But it is an amazing game and one which I expect will take up a huge amount of my time. If you see me online, say hello.



mikejonesuk commented on Interviews: Bplus - Bit Man!!:

I don't want to turn this into a Vektor Tank thread but as it was brought up in the interview, here goes...

Berndsays that he doesn't want to lose the 'Tron-style feeling' but alsi says he's getting poor feedback from younger players. I hope he's aware that there is anew Tron movie, "Tron Legacy",due out in December.

Check out:

If Bplus can adopt some of that dark, menacing, bright-light vibe and time the relase around the time of the new movie, I'm sure younger players wil be welcome it.



mikejonesuk commented on Review: Max & the Magic Marker (WiiWare):

I agree with the review in general although this is the first game I've played with a drawing mechanism (apart from Line Rider) and found it very refreshing.
I would disagree with the previous poster who said that there are only a few useful items to draw. I've drawn see-saws, swings, ladders, lifts (elevators) and much more. The game itself will inspire you with between-level diagrams. Also, watch the trailer for ideas.
I would also point out that this game is GREAT as a two player co-op. I played it with my granddaughter - me on Wiimote, her on nunchuck - and we had a great time. Try it with your younger family members.



mikejonesuk commented on Christmas-themed Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Raci...:

"As a little gift for Christmas,
Sega gives to you..."

As, presumably money will have to change hands before I can get a copy, it's neither a gift nor is Sega giving it to us.

At least they didn't say they are gifting it to us. "Gift" is a noun, not a verb. "Give" is a verb.


Pedantix the Small-minded



mikejonesuk commented on Icarian Gets a New Name: NyxQuest:

Could it be because of this game, do you think?


Icarian Adventure in the Clouds - Icarus the Cat wants to fly high and see what lies above. Collect the gold pebbles. Hearts will refill your energy.



mikejonesuk commented on Klonoa 3? Depends On Wiimake's Sales:

QUOTE: "Hideo Yoshizawa: I'm always thinking about the scenario and new gameplay ideas, but it all depends on the sales of the new Wii game, so I can't say anything derivative."

Derivative? Surely that should be "definitive".



mikejonesuk commented on Review: Helix (WiiWare):

Thanks for the comprehensive review.

I have been looking forward to this game for a while now. I am an avid user of Wii Fit and enjoy the step and jogging portions of that game. However, I feel the Wii Fit is lacking in aerobic exercise for the upper body. (I suffer from gout and get pain in my feet and knees which means that I can't always use Wii Fit effectively. ) Wii Sports tennis and boxing are good substitiutes but I think Helix will provide a much higher level of aerobic activity - as confirmed in the review.

The only problems I can see are that I still have to wait for a UK release -and I'll have to fork out for another Wii-mote.



mikejonesuk commented on Review: Pirates: The Key of Dreams:

No online multiplayer! What a disappointment.

It's insane. This game would be perfect for online play (it seems to me). Why are most Wiiware producers ignoring online play? I don't understand it. Whatever else you think of Major League Eating, at least it has online play - and not just some leaderboard that I'll never get on in a million years.

I work and live away from home during the week, but I can have a game of Dr Mario with my wife any time. If Pirate:TKOD had online play I'd buy it, no problem. Now, I doubt I will as the single player seems to be weak and I've got no friends. Sad, eh!



mikejonesuk commented on E3 2008: Miyamoto Discusses Limited Storage Sp...:

Although I would like to see a cheap solution to the Wii storage problem, I'm not sure how bad the problem is. I have only downloaded a few VC and WiiWare games, so I've still got some room left, but I can see that I may have a problem when I buy my next WiiWare game.

Can someone tell me how much of a hassle it really is to keep a 2GB SD in the Wii and just save and re-load games as needed?

For example, I just downloaded Paper Mario which is great fun. I also have Lylat Wars on my Wii. If I was short of space, how much hassle is it to swap between the two? How much time does it take to save a game to SD card, delete it and load another game from the card? Is Save data saved too, or would I have to save and load that seperately, or would I just leave it on the Wii?

What steps do I need to go through to, say, replace Paper Mario with Lylat Wars, and how long would it take?

And - sorry for all the questions - what happens to a game (like FFCH:My Life as King) with a load of DLC? Do you have to save and delete the game and extra downloads seperately - and reload them seperately later?

Having asked all that, I must confess that I don't really see what Nintendo's problem is. I would have thought that a simple firmware update would be possible to allow the playing of games directly from SD card.

But Omega seems to have the right attitude. After all, you're not likely to play more than one or two games in a session. Some of my games I hardly play at all, and would be happy to archive to SD until I get the urge again. (For example, I've got Star Tropics only because the hero is called Mike Jones. Guess what my name is? <grin> I very rarely actually play it and then only to show someone I've had a game hero "named after me".).

Sorry to waffle on - doo you think Nintendo have bigger problems than storage issues to worry about? They seem to have come up with a solution to the headset problem, but there are others.

It's the same dilemma I have every morning at work when I look at my To Do list. Should I start with the not-so-important but simple problems, or concentrate on the hard but vital stuff. I usually make a cup of coffee and play online Bejewelled for an hour.

If you were head of Ninty-Corps, what would be on your To Do list? And in what order?