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Mon 23rd June, 2008

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rjejr commented on Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (...:

@mushroomer - Nice thought on the gold Mario amiibo, and thanks for the website link. Considering how limited the amiibo have been outside of SSBU - their use in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is almost an embarrassment - that seems like a good idea. Codename STEAM looks like it's using them properly, but that's not out yet, and the amiibo portal for the old 3DS still isn't available to purchase yet anyway.



rjejr commented on Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (...:

@JaxonH - I am your vice, huh? Guess the shoe fits, but I like debating dates rather than prices more :-) Think its time to move on from MvDK:TS now though. I'll let you know how it goes when we pick it up.

It will be worth $20 for us as we'll have 3 people playing it on 2 different systems, my argument was only ever meant for prospective 3DS only purchasers anyway.



rjejr commented on Free-To-Play Puzzler Pokémon Shuffle Gets Upd...:

"Updated To Version 1.1.1"

Sounds more like a patch - like @xcwarrior said - than an update. An update I would expect to change the game somewhat, like new and improved, if this is really simply removing a glitch that was letting you cheat I really don't see it as an update, more of a downgrade ;-)



rjejr commented on Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (...:

@mushroomer - "i think the 10 price was aimed at the digital download only games."

Sorry to jump in, but in the US this is a digital DL only game, which I think is causing some of the issues in comparison to previous games. If it were a $20 Wii U disc game w/ a free download code for 3DS I don't think peole would be complaing as much. But it really does look a lot like this video fomr 2009 for a $8 game.



rjejr commented on Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (...:

@JaxonH - "But anyways, I'd give this game a 9/10 all day. It's just really fun, Idk what else to say. It gets Jaxon's Stamp of Approval, so you know it's good."

Yeah, but what don't you like? ;-) Well probably FPS, you do have good taste in games.

"I have a vice- Monster Hunter" That's not your vice, that's your life. A vice is what you do when your 3DS breaks and you need to kill time for a week while it gets repaired :-)

I'm not amiibo hunting thankfully. You know how psychotic I am about dates and stuff, I'd turn into a serial killer if I tried to collect those things ;-)



rjejr commented on Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (...:

@JaxonH - "AI involved" I haven't played it yet, but from what I've seen in the trailer the AI involves bad guys walking back and forth, no? Hardly AI.

And the problem w/ the full retail price of older games is the last game was $7.99 on DSiWare in 2009. And it looks a WHOLE LOT like this one. And it had a construction zone. And you could share levels w/ others. So it's 6 years later so the game should be better, and maybe a couple bucks more at $9.99. Maybe I'll still "pony up" anyway, but thats the comparison people are making, between that game and this one, and I believe it's a valid argument.

You can watch a vid on the page below.



rjejr commented on Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (...:

@Nintendude789 - "If you think about it, each version is $10. You're just paying both combined."

Problem is, there are 50 million 3DS in the world but only 10 million Wii U, so the majority of 3DS owners don't own a Wii U and therefore would have to pay $20 for only the 3DS version. Maybe $20 for Wii U, $10 for 3DS but you get the 3DS version free w/ Wii U? Fairer anyway I think.



rjejr commented on Indie Developers Praise Nintendo's Policies an...:

@Spoony_Tech - The music at the reception was awesome - though 98% of the people there thought it was the theme from Star Wars - my wife just now reciting the words in the next room BEFORE the narrator says them is pure geekdom. (So says the guy w/ the Mr. Spock avatar)



rjejr commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Right to Take Its Ti...:

@OorWullie - I think I'm a day behind on replying, but I'm still not expecting a huge promotional push for MvDK in the EU/UK either ;-) Maybe Nitneod is embarrassed they're charging $20 for a 3DS download game. Free code wont do any go dfor the 40mil people who own a 3DS but not a Wii U. I'm actually ok w/ it $20 on Wii U as most of the 10mil Wii U owners probably own a 3DS.



rjejr commented on Feature: Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Wa...:

@sinalefa - Yeah, not to much of a stretch to guess which one I voted for :-)

Runbow looks like it could be a good game w/ the kids.
Affordablde Space Adventures makes me want No Man's Sky on PS4.
Steamworld Heist could be fun, though I had no use for the orignal but this one reminds me of Awesomenauts, which, if nothing else had the best trailer in the history of videogames.

I was less than impressed w/ that long list yesterday, but some of these do look good.

And I don't mind multiplats, but I like them a whole lot better when they are simultaneous. I just find it hard to get excited over year old ports like Octodad evenif it is new to Wii U.

And as always, price matters on indies as they can range from 99 cents to $10 or $15 or even $20. I just can't separate the 2. I think Mario vs DK Tipping Stars may have been better served as $10 on each console rather than $20 and a "free" code. I just don't see it as a good deal for anybody who only owns 1 system, and w/ 40mil 3DS and 10mil Wii U that's a lot of anybodys.



rjejr commented on Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (...:

@AlexOlney - "but considering this is just a quick download title"

Well it's a quick download title that costs $20, so it's not exactly 1 of those Unity $1.99 games.

I know this isn't MK8 or SSBU as you referenced, but how does it compare to Nitnedo's other download only title Pushmo World? That game had a level editor workshop and let you share games online as well. All for only $10.



rjejr commented on Nintendo Download: 5th March (North America):

@AmyGrrl - "to promote the new release."

Nintnedo's idea of promotion is to do absolutely nothing and just expect the game to sell itself b/c they made it. When's the last time you saw so little press for a $20 download only game? And they have 2 systems to promote this one on.



rjejr commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Right to Take Its Ti...:

@ThomasBW84 - Another nice Talking Point TW.

One current example of Nintendos digital weakness is tomorrows (well today for you actually) release of Mario vs Donkey Kong. Its a $19.99 game releasing on both Wij U and 3DS with cross-buy but I really havent seen it promoted. Not even on NL, and you guys cover everything practically around the clock. I was on the 3DS eShop this afternoon and the game is only listed as "coming soon" and I cant even recall seeing it on Wii U. Thats not how you sell a $20 eShop game. Shovel Knight, Shantae, Guacamelee, lots of coverage for those. And no amiibo support also seems like a glaring omission. Even just a star a day, something to advertise and market.

If Im an indie company watching Nintendo treat its own game like this would make me nervous about mine.

Edit on my Wii U. OK its on top on the eShop page, so they did that, but it still says Coming Soon for a game that releases in 1 hour or 12 depending.



rjejr commented on Indie Developers Praise Nintendo's Policies an...:

@Ryno - Maybe they could speed themselves up if they watched more bad 80's music videos in the office ;-) (I didn't click on the vid, songs still stuck in my head. Will be fine once my wife gets home from work, her ringtone is Jessie's Girl. How'd you like to hear the chorus to that 20-30 times a night? )



rjejr commented on Indie Developers Praise Nintendo's Policies an...:

Seems like it would have been a nice time to announce whatever is replacing Club Nintendo and the DDP. 10% may not have been a lot of money but it was a program that encouraged buying digitally. W/ these Nindie games you have to buy them digitally, but getting money back - and more importantly using that "gift" money to buy even more games - is something that helps sell games.

Several of these games are coming out on other systems - or are already out - and those other systems have programs promoting these games. The eShop is a worldwind of color that lacks rhyme or reason. If you don't pick up a game the week it releases it may become every difficult to find after that.

Also, Wii U may be in punching weight w/ PS4 and X1 right now, but it had a year head start, and Wii U already has MK8 and SSBU. Zelda will help this holiday but I can easily see it getting left farther and farther behind over the next 2 or 3 years, so I hope everyone is happy with 10 mil, not sure how much higher it will get. Price cut wouldn't hurt.



rjejr commented on Nintendo Announces Fresh Release Details on a ...:

Swords and Soldiers 2 finally in May. Much later than the original Q4 2014 date but at least now I can stop looking for it.

Kinda surprised Ninteod stuck Mario vs DK in the middle of a long indie line-up. The game is due out tomorrow - w/ cross-buy, level editor, Miiverse interation - but I keep forgetting about it.

They should have added amiibo support into M v DK and then it would get some coverage. I actualy still see the DK amiibo in stores occasionally.



rjejr commented on Unity 5 Development Engine Launches, Includes ...:

@XCWarrior - Considering EAs unprecedented support, and Ubis better late then never approach (except for the 2 Assassins Creed games which were never even though Wii U got earlier games) Id say anything 3rd party coming to Wii U is news.

And besides, if this wasnt posted, at least 8 people in other threads would be asking why NL wasnt covering this.

I was actually going to ask why Unreal 4 being free was NOT covered, but then I remembered it works on every platform not owned by Nintendo. But I WAS going to ask ;-)



rjejr commented on Nintendo Unleashes Commercials and Minigame Vi...:

I just want this game to come out already so we can start hearing about Yoshi's Wooly World and Mario Maker as both were due 1st half of 2015 so that only leaves 3 months after this releases, and Splatoon is already in May.

Edit: Bonus points to Nintendo for getting this out the same day in the US and UK/EU.



rjejr commented on More Marth amiibo Stock Heading to North Ameri...:

@sinalefa - Does that mean the original portal pic was a troll? I'd make it my avatar but that would be more than a bit silly since I don't own a 3DS. ;-)

@Grumblevolcano - "If only Nintendo would..."

Nintendo should officially change it's name to "If only". OK, lame joke, we all know the new name should be "PleaseUnderstand".




rjejr commented on Weirdness: eBay Trolls amiibo Fans With Gold M...:

@JaxonH - That thread is the main reason why I've been busting your chops the past few days. Usually I do it just because ;-)

One of the true unfair facts of life - women have a built in "get out of jail free card" for acting nutty every month, men have no such excuse and are expected to tough it out and keep a stiff upper lip all the time. From deep personal introspection the past 35 years and too many years studying in grad school I honestly think men loose it occasionally as well, only western civilization views it as w/o explanation, "Just one of those days". Maybe less rhyme and reason w/ males, but I think it exists.



rjejr commented on Review: Pokémon Shuffle (3DS eShop):

Wasnt expecting a serious, and good, review for this, but its spot on.

Dont know much about Pokemon but the move limited puzzle aspect makes this quite different than other match 3 games Ive played. Do wish you could play a bit longer - 1 of the 5 move puzzles kept doing me in - but its not terrible.

I do like that you have to jump thru hoops to actually buy something, as a parent Im not worried about my kids making an accidental purchase - see Apple horror stories. You have to REALLY want something to buy it. Though I suppose if you have money in your wallet it would be quiker, but I dont.

Im at level 65, about 45 Pokemon caught, almost couldnt get past 60, and play once every day or so. Good enough for free.



rjejr commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Free DLC, Including ...:

@JaxonH - I micro manage my household and kids, I don't need to mircromanage in a game :-) Also, after playing thru most of MH Tri on Wii I really hate the lack of lock-on - yes I'm one of THOSE people. And TBH the game got a bit difficult around the 5th or 6th boss in, not a big fan of the 60 minute time limit. Seriously, I'm out in a hot dessert dieing of dehydration and getting attacked by sand sharks and I have limited room for inventory supplies, do I really need to miraculously lose the fight 60 minutes in while my pray is stumbling around severely wounded? Though I finally beat that boss. And the underwater one.

Ever play FF12? Lousy 50 hour storyline (can't remember a thing) but I spent another 100+ hours after that hunting monsters while both my kids watched me - they were littl'uns at the time. So I do like hunting monsters, just not all the rest. FF13 was similar, bad story, fun monster fetch quests.

Oh, and no 3DS yet either.



rjejr commented on Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power Announced for ...:

Wow that looks awesome. Never finished 1 or 2 but this just looks fantastic. Hopefully it makes it to a console - any console - b/c I'm not a PC gamer.

Oh, enjoyed the first 2 alot b/c there are only so many 3 player couch co-op games in the world I can play w/ my sons. Though I'll still get this one even if it's single player, looks that good.



rjejr commented on Weirdness: eBay Trolls amiibo Fans With Gold M...:

@dariusq - That was my initial response when this was announced. Of all the hard to find amiibo - Fit Trainer, Villager, Little Mac - this "gold" Mario is nothing more than a paint job on any other Mario amiibo which I see everywhere. Let the scalpers have it.



rjejr commented on Weirdness: eBay Trolls amiibo Fans With Gold M...:

Gotta agree w/ @Peach64 on this one, it seems like a straight up business promotion post, not a troll. May be intentionally walking a fine line on eBay's part, but it doesn't seem nasty, just informative. But as stupid as this may sound, if there were winky face ;-) after "right now!" then it might read trolly.

I do think promoting pre-orders should be banned on eBay though. Nothing to do w/ amiibo, just a person shouldn't be able to sell something before they actually have it in their possession, or at least it's already been released so they can have it in there possession. Nobody has these yet.



rjejr commented on Site News: A New Readership Survey Has Appeared:

Already filled it out from Pushsquare, Survey Monkey site won't let me fill it out again.

Anybody think having retail prices start at $45 was a swipe at the 3DS? Not to mention Captain Toad and Kirby both retailing for $40. Just seemed odd rigth after a question about ocnsole ownership including 3DS and 2DS.

There were some other odd questions but that one seemed the most glaring. They should have set the lower price limit at $30, there aren't too many indie or DL only games priced that high.



rjejr commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Free DLC, Including ...:

@JaxonH - Good for you, maybe your mood will improve now :-)

Mine was improving, but our 1-3 inches of snow changing to rain turned into 6" of heavy snow, and now my back is killing me from shoveling this morning :-( I may need to get a snowblower instead of a PS4 next Christmas, realities of getting old.

My last job I worked all day on Mondays then just about 20 minutes a day Tues-Fri. Stupidily I quit to become a house-spouse (our new home needed some remodeling work before my wife started poppin out puppies) and then I transitioned into stay-at-home dad. Now here I am 13 years later and my only friend is an underworking overpaid videogame junkie ;-)