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Sun 30th September, 2012

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Sakura commented on New amiibo Stock for Villager, Captain Falcon ...:

It's a hard task for Nintendo to make enough amiibo to meet demand, but not over-produce what is essentially a bit of plastic with not much actual game play for what are short-lived gaming systems. People are already excited that there could be a new console design unveiled at E3. So how many years are these things going to be valid for? Will they be compatible with any new console? Over-production could be a disaster. Sitting with a satisfied smile though, thinking of scalpers losing money on stock they imported when costs were very high and now won't gain them a profit. Ahh, shame!



Sakura commented on 3DS System Update Shuts Off Web Browser Exploi...:

Not bothered about shut down of hacks, though certainly region-locking needs to go. You could buy an import system if you're that bothered though. Want to play retro games? Buy a retro console. For other hacks, it's about cheating in game (too dumb or lazy to do it the proper way? and there's AR) or deliberate fraud to get games and content for free. Gold pants mii hack is useful since Nintendo do not release them, but did that without an illegal flashcard. A way to back up game data would be good too. Yeah, games locked to NNID and can be redownloaded to a new console if stolen, dies in a fire etc. But what about the hours put in on Pokemon games and streetpass etc? I want that data kept safe. So, Nintendo, we need a proper account system and the removal of region locking. I hate scumbag pirates, but you could combat piracy by providing the (legitimate) things your consumer base is clamouring after as well as by shutting down hacks.



Sakura commented on Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Eon Ticke...:

And I played through that awful cave, where a wild pokemon appears every two steps, for an hour in GAME Birmingham on the Eon release ticket day! All that effort and now it's a code? Hmph!

Does show that the StreetPass relays still aren't good enough in some parts of the world. And StreetPass can be one of the best elements of the 3DS. That's Nintendo though. Great promise, poor delivery in some respects. Recipe for frustration.



Sakura commented on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D HOME Theme Emerges, Fr...:

@Bushido_Fai Thanks! Japanese import looks like it's the only way to go. I don't think there's any difference in amiibo from different regions except the packaging. I assume there's some code stored in the base in some kind of binary or other computer type language and that it simply communicates something to the game in that binary computer language (or whatever it is) to activate locked content. Doesn't matter then what region the game is from and all the amiibo can be the same.

That's how it works in my head, anyway...



Sakura commented on Talking Point: The Limited Edition Battle With...:

I hope Walmart doesn't get enough stock to supply pre-orders. Then, to fulfill orders, scalpers have to buy from other scalpers at an even higher cost. That would be karma indeed.

Go on, Nintendo, cancel the exclusivity deal and sell directly! Prove you're on the side of your customers and are not willing to subsidize the exploitative profiteers. Willing to bet people would pay twice the rrp to get it from you, instead giving money away to scalpers.



Sakura commented on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D HOME Theme Emerges, Fr...:

Shulk amiibo unlocks some stuff too! If anyone could only find a Shulk... The fact that there are no bundles with him is not reassuring. Just gives extra tokens for character models and music tracks that can be bought. it says. So is that a discount if you have Shulk amiibo? Is the extra content otherwise available? How much, because £53 is expensive even if it does come with faceplates and a theme? I'd be much happier if the amiibo was included at that price.



Sakura commented on Club Nintendo in Japan is Full of Delightful T...:


Might even be tempted to get some stuff on Ebay if someone could let the Japanese know that it would be best not to have free shipping. When shipping is included in the purchase price, it means that something worth about £10 goes up to over the threshold for customs VAT so then I get stuck with say £17 cost (item and shipping), then £8 customs processing and then 20% of the £17. I'd rather pay £14 for an item and £6 shipping to avoid those unnecessary customs fees. Can't speak Japanese though...



Sakura commented on 3DS Browser Exploit Hackers Bypass Pokémon S...:

This is expressly to avoid paying for content so yeah, needs patching. Cheat devices and other hacks that do not involve the avoidance of paying for what you have in game are one thing, but something that exists just to avoid paying is not an okay use of any hacker's time, no matter how talented they may be. Might think it gains them kudos, but it's still not right.



Sakura commented on Sonic and Mega Man amiibo Available Again from...:

I was a bit miffed at the statement put out on Facebook about the release of wave 4 amiibo. Technically, they did say that Sonic and Mega Man, part of wave 4 amiibo, are out now, but it was worded as if all wave 4 amiibo are in shops now with Sonic and Mega Man being part of that range. Small, but significant distinction. I felt deceived, knowing that Shulk, Meta Knight and Dedede are not in stock anywhere. Doesn't really matter I suppose, but can't stand PR crapology.



Sakura commented on Gold Mario amiibo Set to Shine as Walmart Excl...:

There's no photo of an actual amiibo so hard to tell. Not really all that tempting a concept though. A bit showy/blingy/common/pretentious/unnecessary? Not sure what I mean, but not appealing. Some of the repainted amiibo on Etsy look way more inspired. Anything special about these amiibo in game? Think I can live without these.



Sakura commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

Anyone know if there's a place where different firmware can be flashed to a new unit, EU on an NTSC console and vice versa?

Owning both a New 3DS and a New 3DS XL, I much prefer the smaller version as it's much more comfortable to hold and play. And the fingerprints that jump onto the XL's outside cover make it look cheap and beaten up. I'll be getting rid of the XL.



Sakura commented on Feature: The Heartwarming Tale of a Missing 3D...:

Good on her for doing the right thing! Humanity is often so inhumane, it's reassuring to find kindness and decency around.

A bit of a damning indictment on all societies that a kind and honest act is considered unusual though. I'm liking the sound of New Zealand.



Sakura commented on Nintendo Download: 19th February (Europe):

Also, there don't seem to be any Club Nintendo stars for Wii downloads. And the next wave of amiibo will be released on Friday so they also will be competing for my dosh this week.



Sakura commented on Nintendo's 'Stability' 3DS Update 9.5.0-22 Tak...:

I don't like piracy, but there are a couple of things that Nintendo could do to make it less tempting - remove region locking and release things worldwide. I used ninjhax (not piracy, but hacking) with the required game to install a gold pants mii on an old console in order to get the "ten special mii" accomplishment on my other consoles because Nintendo simply does not release enough special miis in the EU, about a quarter of the number in the US and gaps of 18 months between releases. I'd like to play the Animal Crossing photo app, but the EU doesn't even have Photos with Mario yet, so not hopeful about a release here. Still no Scribblenauts Unmasked. Sorely tempted to get a card to play, but will not. Can understand those who do though for such reasons. Consider myself law-abiding, but can still feel the temptation.



Sakura commented on Nintendo Shows Off Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's...:

Even with the most powerful electron microscope known to man, it would still be impossible for me to locate my interest in this game. Chase monsters, kill monsters, repeat, die of boredom. I'll be playing Majora's Mask, thank you.



Sakura commented on Video: See How The New Nintendo 3DS Compares T...:

Thanks for that! Already have the white regular and that is my favourite of them all. Will upgrade to an XL too, but will go for the black as opposed to the blue because I don't like the outside colour much - inside blue looks fine. Would have preferred red or white. May not have to wait that long anyway - a new design about every month.



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

Not surprised by this, but disappointed in humanity. Always needing to take advantage to the detriment of others, then justifying with some spurious rhetoric about freedoms and seizing opportunities. It is exploiting the situation to pre-order limited stock with the sole intention of reselling immediately at an inflated price. That's Capitalism? Sounds more like profiteering to me.



Sakura commented on Poll: Which New Nintendo 3DS Will You be Buying?:

I don't really like the MMN3DS XL. gasp It's too showy/blingy for me. I really like the white N3DS, which I already have. I don't understand why it isn't being released in the US. "'Cos we decided not to" is not an acceptable explanation. Not just the firmware that's region-locked - Nintendo is not global, it's 3 separate regional companies :(

But the name is ridiculous in whatever region - search for "New 3DS" and you get all 3DS consoles ever released - they are new, but they're not the "New 3DS".

I really like the embossed faceplates so have pre-ordered those. Would have liked a red XL too, but no go here in the UK. A bit crappy all round really, but particularly crappy for those in the US who wanted the regular and have no options at all for it. How's that for expanding consumer choice?



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

If they don't think they'll sell as many, why not simply produce fewer of the regular-sized model? They could use the same production run as for other regions - it's just the firmware and packaging that's different, isn't it? Cover plates could then be imported. Really wish Ninty would act with more transparency and coherency. Nintendo presents itself as a global company, but it operates as 3 distinct regional companies. They seem to be oblivious that people from all over the world talk to each other! I really like my regular white N3DS, but would go with a red XL also if it were available in the EU.

I have an email from Nintendo asking for my experiences as a Nintendo customer. Now, how to be tactful...



Sakura commented on Nintendo of America Issues Non-Statement on th...:

I'd like to know WHY they let different territories make such vastly different decisions. Maybe there are sound economic reasons, but they never tell us. I also fail to see how witholding products from certain regions when demand is apparent can be good for customer relations. Thinking especially about the Club Nintendo sites here - if it's free, then claiming things won't sell will not wash. I would like to see a fairer worldwide business approach. Abandoning region locking would eliminate much of this, it would seem.



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

@rjejr In previous generations I believe that generalisation is probably correct :) The regular n3DS has screens that are slightly bigger so it doesn't feel as much of a downgrade as I suspected, so we'll have to wait and see for this generation. If anything, the (original) 3DS XL now feels clunky, but I don't know about the n3DS XL. I expect the XL model might outsell the regular in all regions because of the bigger screens, though the real bonus is extended battery life for me.

I'm not keen on the 2DS design either. I wonder if in Japan the market was already considered saturated? I think the 2DS is aimed as a budget model for emerging markets. Gaming does tend to be about a third more expensive in Europe compared to the US so that might account for an EU release, but not sure why they bothered in the US unless to tap into emerging South American markets.

For the n3DS releases, I wonder if they are testing the Western markets in the EU to see whether it would be worth it for the US or perhaps whether it is a simple stock issue. I do wish they'd unify decisions a bit more and explain the decisions they take. Variation across regions is crazy and decisions are baffling at times.

As for the charger, could not including one be an eco move? Less fuel for transport because the package weighs less, less packaging (conveniently missing the point that chargers will have to be bought and sent seperately anyway)? These initiatives attract subsidies worldwide. The EU has had chargerless XLs from the beginning. US is just catching up. And, of course, it saves them money. All of their decisions are about maximising profit in the end, even if they do provide some fantastic experiences for consumers along the way.



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

@rjejr That makes a lot of sense, apart from the regular being just for kids! Hmm, thanks...:) It actually feels really good in my hands when I play and I really like the idea of keeping it fresh by changing the cover plates. Will keep it looking new too if there are any scratches, though I don't like many of the cover plate designs. Have always used a case protector on all my 3ds consoles, but that means I can't use the charging cradle and it covers up the design. I really want a white XL with cover plates!!!

@jos Cheers! I used the first code listed.



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

@Tsurii897 The Club Nintendo account is linked to the Nnid and not the console so it makes no difference which console one is on once the nnid is registered. Anyway, have transferred everything and there is nothing in my Club Nintendo account so it would appear there isn't a mechanism to register a new console if an existing nnid is transferred to it :(



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

@Tsurii897 Perhaps, but my NNID is already registered because I've had it on another system for ages so cannot be re-registered, which means that there's nothing for the new console unless a new account is created (which is against the EULA). Hoping for something more...



Sakura commented on Fresh Batch of New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Ema...:

@ZenTurtle @Peach64 You have some valid points there, but this is the chance to play a seriously sweeter system before general launch (which will be when?) and MH3 is compatible with the new c stick. Other games, smash esp, play better IMHO because it feels more responsive. Also, the face plates feature makes this the preferred model for some, despite the smaller screens. My XL feels clunky after having played on my imported faceplate edition. Wondering whether I'll bother with a new XL at all.



Sakura commented on Review: Underground (Wii U eShop):

I like the sound and look of this. Likely to pick it up. Wii U eshop is picking up nicely (with minimal exceptions). Now, if we could only have worldwide releases. It costs an awful lot to lauch a game though, so small studios are a bit hampered :/



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

And again, this has nothing to do with how big/good/huge a fan you are. Ambassador in this case simply means you get to try the system before others. It is random luck. Those claiming they have bought loads, have had a system since day one, nope, that's not why you got an email! Plenty of others in the same position did not. The original Ambassador program was a reward for purchasing early. This is not a reward of any kind - it's a lucky dip. What if their criteria is the number of letters in your name? Or whether you've downloaded a particular game? Or whether you haven't participated in other promotions? Or whether a randomiser chooses your email from a list? You're not special, you're just lucky. And if you've listed on Ebay for £500, well then you're also a bit of a mercenary. How long from seeing the email to having dollar signs spinning in front of your eyes? Or pounds at least.



Sakura commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

Has it been confirmed that The New 3DS will not launch until June in the EU? Darkhaste is stating that in his/her listing for the Ambassador model on Ebay. As far as I know that's hogwash and a lie used to artificially increase value. If I'm mistaken I apologise, but... where's the proof? And there's no way to report it to Ebay as false because the options are too restricted in the reporting tool.



Sakura commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

Unless you are selling at cost with extra for fees only, then you are cashing in. At least have the balls to admit that. That absolutely is your right. But you can't expect people who would really have liked the deal not to feel a bit annoyed - you have something they would like and you're not even going to keep it, just selling it for profit. Even if someone is happy to buy it at well over cost that still doesn't mean you're not cashing in. Is there no-one who scrutinises their choices and takes responsibility for their actions for what they are? Continually justifying a position makes that position seem rather wobbly in your own mind. I don't care what you do, but I do think you should be self-aware.

This is not Nintendo's fault. They don't hold a moral compass over each and every Club Nintendo member! How would that even be possible? This is nothing to do with being a true fan. It's an arbitrary, random system of choosing a select few members, nothing whatsoever to do with worth or merit.



Sakura commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

It is unquestiongly exploitative - a seller knows there is high demand and low availablity and they can make some money so they list on Ebay. The issue arises over whether that exploitation is morally okay. No-one is actually forced to buy, but if they want it they must choose whether it's worth it for them. Listing publically is a service to the buyer in one sense since it makes available a product that otherwise would not be.

However, I still feel a little aggrieved when I see these things for sale at outrageous prices when it is clearly about cashing in, no matter how anyone defends it. If sellers were not acting like mercenaries might they not offer to purchase at cost for someone else? Clearly not, because it's listed on Ebay at well over cost.



Sakura commented on Nintendo Europe Shipping Ambassador Edition Ne...:

It's not to do with being signed up to all promotional emails. I am and did not get an email. It's not lots of stars/points either because I have loads of those too. And it's not being an ambassador because I am that. It must be something else.

@Damo Feeling your pain. I am crushed not to be considered worthy. Someone else ordered it for me via their account so I'll get it anyway, but still :/

The EU/US saga is still shambolic. Nintendo does not have a worldwide policy for promotions/releases/Club Nintendo etc and it isn't fair for consumers. They don't seem to want to address it though. However, I can't see this not coming to the US. Anyway really, it's just the faceplates that are unique, nothing else is special, so I expect you'll be able to buy those on Ebay pretty soon.

Anybody know what the Japanese says?



Sakura commented on Nintendo Download: 8th January:

Damn middle-class infiltration of ideas into the subconscious! When I first saw Coaster Creator listed there I really thought it was an app for designing coasters (you know, the things you put under drinks to not mark the table). I'm so old and sad :/

Might check out Crunchy Roll, though content will have to be good for me to shell out for a subscription. Underground and Chariot might be worth getting too depending on the reviews/descriptions. But I have such a backloggery of other games, things are going to have to really grab me if I'm to get them at the moment.



Sakura commented on Video: Hacker Demonstrates Fully Functional Ga...:

I'd like a mii amiibo, but how this could be implemented without the figure being either outrageously expensive as a one-off or desperately disappointing as a mii logo or generic mii, I do not know. Perhaps a digital picture? I'd like more game compatibility too. They don't do much except in Smash and Smash is a great game, but not for me having now had a good go at playing. Stock shortages are shambolic, though whether this is a stroke of genius on Nintendo's part to create and prolong hype or simple incompetence somewhere in the supply chain, again I cannot say.



Sakura commented on Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015:

There are still a few unknown plaza accomplishments. I'd love to know what they are. Surely it's time to reveal those this year? Amiibo accomplishments maybe? Othewise, I'm looking forward to Majora's Mask and some of the eshop titles. An amiibo streetpass plaza game for the new 3ds launch would be sweet.