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Sun 30th Sep 2012

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Sakura commented on Kirby Stars Alongside Wario and Steamy Strateg...:

@DiscoGentleman Yes, pre-order and initial prices can be some of the most competitive around for the AAA releases. Starfox is up for £29.99, that's 25% off of the RRP. Not sure that that will be one of the games to hold its value - it might. Prices are all over the place. Splatoon sells frequently for £25 or less. Mario Maker has been found for under £30. But, once those initial stocks are gone, the prices will increase again. Digital is much less competitive, but there are still some stores that undercut normal Nintendo prices by a fair margin. Games that sell particularly poorly (whatever their quality) get discounted much more heavily and much more quickly - CodeName Steam and Chibi Robo come to mind. You can pretty much ignore the RRP.

I wonder if we should just give up on Black Friday as a concept as it just doesn't fit into the fiscal/trading calendar for most companies in the UK. Really, all we've seen is older stock at prices that you'd normally expect to pay. You can get the decent deals at other times of the year so Black Friday seems a non-event imho even though Amazon is claiming the best day on record. Well, I did buy some water filters for 25% off at £4.50. Also got a magnet sheet from the Nintendo Store for 50p. That's it though.



Sakura commented on Random: Check Out the Most Expensive Super Mar...:

Rich? Too thick to tell the time using a traditional watchface? Like to posture and strut? This watch is for you!

Doesn't it defeat the fundamental purpose of a watch to have no watchface so the time has to be a sundial? For 20 grand, it could at least have the most basic function of a watch - accurately telling the time. Clearly an "I'm a rich cretin and I buy useless stuff because I mistakenly believe others will be impressed by my wealth and taste" statement piece.



Sakura commented on Guide: The Best Black Friday Nintendo Deals in...:

@wazlon I really want to Play Lego Dimensions - I even have the base pack -, but those prices just seem ridiculous. I know once I start, It'll be harder to stay sensible with it. Plus I don't want the figures themselves.

That's my poor old cat in the tumble dryer. He's getting on now and he has bad kidneys. Still chewing cables, swiping stuff from tables and generally being gorgeous though:)



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

Played it all the way through now. It is short and sometimes the platforming is clunky. The puzzles do require some working out sometimes, though they aren't really that hard if you just look at the letters you have and the obstruction in your way. There's always the hint system too. And you can use the gamepad for switching letters around instead of buttons to make things flow more quickly (looking at you Doom and Close problem).

I found it very enjoyable. It has a fairly dark atmosphere and is having a go at providing a commentary upon the meaning of life. The lack of instructions generating a compelling feeling of being lost, the slightly awkward controls and the surprise deaths when you clear an evident puzzle only to get squished under an elevator you weren't expecting, do in fact provide food for thought. And a pretty accurate picture of life. Good triumphs at the end though. I'd describe it as kind of an intentionally brutal experience - definitely not a light and fluffy Nintendo type game. But, I really like it! Refreshingly different.



Sakura commented on Nintendo of Europe Confirms Its Second Batch o...:

For Nintendo AAA titles, some of the best prices are the pre-order ones. Otherwise Nintendo games hold their value fairly steady, unless you purchase second hand. My only hesitation over digital is that a purchase becomes immediately valueless in the second hand market. No re-selling of digital. Digital = a license to play that is not transferable. Physical = a transferable license. These don't seem bad prices for the digital versions. But, buying, playing and selling physical might be the more cash sensible option.



Sakura commented on Give Thanks For The National StreetPass Weeken...:

@Priceless_Spork StreetPass needs to be enabled for whichever game you want data exchange for. Then, you can just leave the 3DS in sleep mode and it will automatically rack up the hits. Each relay gives six hits, so it's better to clear all visitors through the plaza as soon as the green light flashes, else you'll only get 3 more hits with the next relay to give a total of 9 (the maximum no of hits is 10 before the sytem stops counting them, seems to operate in either 6s or 3s). My experience has been that hitting 3 relays in a row still only gives a total of 9 hits. Just clear the plaza after every green light.

Each game seems to run differently too. Sometimes, although there are 6 people going through the plaza, another installed game can only register the details of one of the characters. So, although you have 6 people per green flashing light, you only get data for one of those in certain games even if Mii Plaza shows 4 of them were playing the same game.

Sometimes relays do not work and in the UK at least, the places having relays and those having Nintendo Zones are different. MacDonalds gives us hits via a relay, but only GAME has a proper Nintendo Zone that gives hits and allows connection to Nintendo servers for in-game promotions such as the Felyne in Happy Home Designer. The Nintendo Zone app is only useful very occassionally when there's a free home theme on offer. Otherwise, it's pretty pointless as it does nothing.



Sakura commented on Guide: The Best Black Friday Nintendo Deals in...:

Slightly off-topic (though it is an upcoming deal), this is just how expensive Lego Dimensions can be if you want everything

and this isn't even everything...

Is one game really worth this much? Merchandise is now not an optional extra, but integral to gameplay.

Meanwhile, Lego Marvel Super Heroes Wii U is available for £13.95 at Coolshop. That's the whole entire game...

The future looks decidedly expensive.



Sakura commented on Guide: The Best Black Friday Nintendo Deals in...:

@riChchestM It's certainly better than the normal prices now but it was £25 from 24Studio probably this time last year. Maybe a bit before. It's not that bad if you want it, but the game is quite old now. Nintendo games hold their value though. Gotta pay for good stuff.

It's just a bit disappointing that there's nothing comparable to the US eshop price cuts and I would have fancied some of those. There may still be something down the line. I have got to go to bed now though because I can't even see straight any more.



Sakura commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Launches 3DS Hardwa...:

Sorry, but it feels like these are not very good discounts and offers at all. The AC cd was cheaper last year! The discounts are off of the original RRP and those items can often be found for around those prices with perhaps the exception of the special editions. And the offers are the same as the usual offers - a free amiibo case etc. Alright if you want a special edition of an almost retired and certainly replaced console (New 3DS). More a charcoal grey Friday. UK is rubbish at this. Sorry for being a bit bleak. Seriously hope people find what they're looking for. The build a bundle might be the way to go.



Sakura commented on Give Thanks For The National StreetPass Weeken...:

And you only have to hit those 29 000 Nintendo Zones 35 times each to reach the max no. of hits at 999 999! StreetPass is great for ingame data exchange, but otherwise... Mii Plaza is one huge Nintendo troll. Good job it matters not one jot

dammit, maths is wrong! Hit each zone 6 times each.



Sakura commented on The Best amiibo so Far | Animal Crossing amiib...:

Have to disagree on the "best" claim, I'm afraid. R.O.B. looks amazing as an amiibo. Reminds me of the robot from the Short Circuit films. Loved those films back in the day. Quality of amiibo overall seems to have improved. Guess Nintendo can afford it now.



Sakura commented on Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival Has Modest Im...:

@LuciusHellmonde I'm not sure consumers who pay for products have any obligation to be grateful to companies. Sure, you might be, but you are paying the company for a product and not being granted a favour from the goodness of their heart. Gratefulness is expressed only in hard currency.

Innovation is important, but when a company innovates too far away from their core value of making games fun for as many people as possible at a reasonable cost, it becomes less innovation than degredation of established favourites. That's harsh, but it is the reality of feeling evidenced by people voting with their wallets.



Sakura commented on Guide: The Best Black Friday Nintendo Deals in...:

Not really a Black Friday deal but Trauma Centre New Blood for wii is £1.95 delivered from The Game Collection.

Amazon has Splatoon Squid bundle tomorrow from 11.30, but is a Prime early access deal and doesn't yet state the discount. Might be worth watching. Maybe.

Facebook Group Nintendo Bargains UK lists deals all year round. Got 4 amiibo for £16.97 delivered last week (Marth, Ike and 2 mii amiibo)!

I also just get a blank screen with the Nintendo Store links, literally just a white page.



Sakura commented on Guide: The Best Black Friday Nintendo Deals in...:

Amazon have daily deals, but many have Prime exclusive early access so the best deals will be gone before they are available to everyone. Could sign up for a trial though.

Clubcard boost at Tesco also includes all gaming stuff, so you could get lucky there. They had Yoshi's New Island for 7.50 yesterday. Gotta be quick as lightning.

Very have deals everyday and extra on Friday. Need an account though.

Swap Force Wii U £7.99 at Smyths, Disney Infinity 3 starter WiiU £22.99 at GAME

And as always, it's only a deal if you wanted it anyway and always check specs to ensure it's what you think it is.



Sakura commented on Editorial: It's Not Fun to Criticise Nintendo ...:

NintendoLife isn't laying the ground for a "poor" review of Amiibo Festival, are you?

There are valid criticisms of that game and of others. Nintendo themselves stated they were looking to new directions. They can't hit the target every time.



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

Well, as long as I'm not philogrobolized or in a zwodder due to the effects of ale-passion, I reckon this is right up my street.

Really enjoyed the demo and willing to overlook the sometimes clunky gameplay.



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

Looking for a visual of the Totem theme, I came across a website offering free 3ds themes in exchange for a FB like. You then get asked to fill in all sorts of bogus surveys etc.

I did put the address here, but I think people will be dumb enough to try it, so have removed it.

Pretty sure this is a phishing/other scam site and god knows where the FB likes go to - could be anywhere. There's no such group on Facebook. Be very wary. Has to be dodgy. They just want to clog up your inbox with spam or get access to your personal details to wipe out your bank account.

No such thing as free in the wider world of the internet.



Sakura commented on Editorial: Linkle May be a Clunky Introduction...:

Quite like the idea of a new female character that could reflect me more than the traditional Link. However, I think this is a case of art imitating life in that there are justifiable movements against inequality where women come off a lot worse all over the world. Popular culture picks up on these ideas and integrates them into output. Star Trek TNG was heavily influenced by the trend towards psychology and so we had Counsellor Troi, for example. I think it's important to have these issues explored. It's more than appeasing a vocal minority; it's an exploration of contemporary society.

Having said all that, I am more against than for changing Link. An extra character is great, but I don't like the idea of messing with an already established Link. There is always a swing too far when it comes to levelling out polarising opinions. There are certainly still horrendous abuses of women all over the place. But, there is also an acceptance that it's okay to belittle men that is not okay.

This is stupid, for example, and there would be an outcry if the genders were reversed:


I'll not be too bothered which way the series goes in the end, in the same way that knowing some saddo who can't get a real partner can waste a few tissues by watching pixel cleevage in his bedroom doesn't bother me in itself, but the extrapolation of seeing women as sex objects does.



Sakura commented on Hands On: Getting Pinned Down By Nintendo Badg...:

It's not a bad little game, though the bunny is a bit psycho. Some nice humour there too - "Peach is in another catcher". But the pricing is something to keep an eye on as it is pretty addictive even though I don't really know what to do with the badges as the themes I already have are enough for me.



Sakura commented on Pre-ordering Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Will Net...:

There are a fair few people who buy from Nintendo to get the bonus items to flog on Ebay, thus getting the actual game at quite a discount. Depends on the game and the bonuses, but you can always find the stuff on Ebay for exaggerated markups.



Sakura commented on These Are Nintendo's Black Friday Hardware And...:

@Antray1984 I wondered about that, but then I thought that they probably wouldn't care if it were still profitable for them. But I think they are right that shoppers don't want that kind of experience. I want no part of a crowd behaving like a savage mob. But they do have a website.

@DESS-M-8 There's always a catch. If you look at some of the offers in store, sometimes they are not even the cheapest way to buy. Buy 2 get 1 free @ £5 each or buy a three pack for £8, so the promotion costs you £2 more than the normal price. Or they have a promotion and stack the shelves in a way that doesn't make it clear that not all items are included. Always buyer beware. Marketing is almost as dishonest a profession as politician.

I'll check out Amazon - they had some good DVD box set deals last year. Otherwise I'll stick to my Clubcard and Nectar deals where shopping is much less fraught.



Sakura commented on These Are Nintendo's Black Friday Hardware And...:

Any news for Black Friday in the UK? Asda is not taking part, citing "shopper fatigue". Sounds like shorthand for "people aren't that interested and can spot the con of getting rid of end of line or unpopular stock". Amazon seems to be promoting deals, though, and I'd rather do online anyway. But, as with all these promotions, it's only a good deal if you were going to get things anyway. And always check the specs.



Sakura commented on Interview: Image & Form Discusses SteamWorld H...:

Looking forward to this. Big budget games get too much hype and are often disappointing, so it's a real treat to find a very pleasant surprise in a decently priced game where the development process is to make a really good game rather than cash in on a franchise, shoehorning in things that don't really fit to keep it fresh.



Sakura commented on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Is Rece...:

If there's amiibo support, they must be doing something more than an upscale. More details to come to convince me of epicness, but still getting that amiibo no matter what. I'm not that bothered by the visuals, but gamepad instead of wiimote would please me very much.



Sakura commented on Video: We Gawk at the Contents of Nintendo UK'...:

Loads of freebies from the Nintendo Store atm. Limited time only deals

Console bundles at a discount
Free amiibo display case when you spend £50 with code DISPLAYCASE1
Free Splatoon faceplate for wii U gamepad when you spend £75 with code SPLATOONCOVER1
Free Skull Kid statue when you spend £100 with code SKULL1
Free amiibo travel case when you spend £120 with code TRAVELCASE1

Only one code per transaction.



Sakura commented on All DeNA and Nintendo Smartphone Apps Currentl...:

"Strong virality of mii"

Although I know they mean that they hope that having one's own mii will be desirable and open potential revenue streams by increasing awareness of and attachment to the Nintendo brand, I can't help thinking of the plot of a low budget film where infected miis sneeze into the faces of mobile users spreading an incurable disease.



Sakura commented on Photos With Mario Arrives in Europe With Speci...:

Well, lots of announcements today! I expect them to feature in the Direct so not getting my hopes up too high for something epic on that front. Nevertheless, it's still nice to see this and the Badge Centre in the EU. Maybe the AC photos app for everyone, too? These photo apps aren't that great, but they are advertising and why bother creating them if they are not easily available?



Sakura commented on Nintendo's Share Value on the Rebound Followin...:

@SCAR I don't think a drop in share value means that Nintendo takes anything from investors. Nintendo gets a pay out from the initial sale of a share only. The investor "owns" a part of the company, may get dividends, but not always, instead relying on the increasing value of shares on the market over the long term. Investors obviously want the company to do well so that the perceived worth of their shares is increased; you can get more money for a share that is a safe bet. The $4 billion total drop in share value does not mean a loss of $4 billion for investors. Many of those investors will have bought their shares when the price was lower than the current low value; their portfolio is worth less if they want to sell right now than it was before the Miitomo announcement, but in terms of how much people have lost, it will not be $4 billion and many people will not have lost a cent in real terms. It is only the perceived value right now that is affected by drop in share value.



Sakura commented on Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash Endures Awful UK Launch ...:

Seems like Nintendo is experimenting with their "new directions" policy a little too much for most. Many of the new releases have a backlash of disappointment - Happy Home Designer, Amiibo Festival, Tri Force Heroes, Chibi Robo, Federation Force...

The games are not entirely bad, but neither are they generally perceived to be "epic" or even "very good". They seem to be viewed as just a little better than "acceptable", merely "fair to good". "Good" is usually good enough for me. I'm enjoying Tri Force Heroes (single player, mostly). HHD is alright, but a bit repetitive and lacking in challenge so I'm not overly impressed with that, despite its AC charm. Chibi Robo is sitting in the box waiting and I'm sure I'll enjoy it as a solid platformer. Amiibo Festival.. well, I'm missing that one entirely as it still has no appeal for me.

Could really do with some exciting news in the form of the promised Direct. Plenty of potential out there, but to get the general community hyped again, I feel there needs to be something more than what has been perceived as a slightly under par series of "spin-off" games. Maybe it was just too much change all at once.



Sakura commented on ​Parent Trap: Choosing The Right Nintendo 3D...:

@DontPlayDumb Well, that was just my experience. Downloaded Alpha Sapphire on a N3DS and it took probably about 10 minutes. Then immediately downloaded Omega Ruby on a 2DS and it was still going well after an hour, nearer 2. System transfer also took longer from the 2DS to a 3DS than it generally takes between two 3DSes. It could just have been that particular unit, I suppose, but download of Tomodachi Life on a different 2DS also took an age. I'm so used to the zippy speeds of 3DS that it took me by surprise.



Sakura commented on ​Parent Trap: Choosing The Right Nintendo 3D...:

I have a few systems now and have owned all of them at some point. I play mostly on the smaller N3DS, mainly because the fingerprints on the outside of the new XL drove me nuts and having changeable cover plates is great because I can still get a new feel without stumping up the money for an entirely new console.

The biggest difference I've noticed between systems is wifi download speed. This is extremely fast with the New 3DS models, fast enough with the original 3DS, but really quite bad with the 2DS. Retail game download times are a few minutes with the 3DS systems, but up to 80 minutes with the 2DS using the same internet connection and downloading the same game. That was a surprise, but shouldn't be a dealbreaker. The extra solidity of the 2DS and the price make it great as a child or budget system.



Sakura commented on Target Reservation Cards Re-Affirm Fire Emblem...:

If the third campaign was dlc no matter which of the two starter packs bought, I would tend to agree that the European single version could see you choose between paths at the beginning and then charge for unlocking the alternative. But, we'll have to wait and see. It always feels like the grass is greener on the other side - EU gets only 3 AC cards per pack for the same price as the 6 in the US; Splatoon was cheaper in the EU. Looking forward to Fire Emblem in any case.



Sakura commented on 1993 Kirby's Adventure Interview Reveals Cut C...:

Never heard of Kirby vaccum cleaners...just Henry. Kirby is a common surname though, meaning (someone from) "the settlement with/near/of a church (Kirk)". Now also used as a forename, but moreso in the US than in Britain. Definitely prefer Kirby to Gasper. These old interviews remind me of how innovative Nintendo has been through the years.



Sakura commented on Video: The Story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowd...:

The way I feel about Parliament at the moment, I think I'd prefer to celebrate the attempt to blow the whole thing up rather than the failure of the plot to succeed. Democracy has to win out, but there are times when it's really not all that democratic, so...

The bonfire was traditionally a celebratory fire following a feast in which the bones of the animals eaten were burnt (bone + fire = bonfire) and there were many bonefires in June, celebrating the solstice/Saints' days. Later, heretics were added to the fire to see their bones well and truly destroyed. Can't beat Medieval England for a bit of bloodthirsty destruction in the name of religion. So that's why there's an effigy of Guy Fawkes that is supposed to be burnt. Lewes is choosing a different effigy this year. I wonder if it's technically treason, though that isn't punishable any more.