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Sun 30th September, 2012

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Sakura commented on Reaction: There is a Positive Angle to Nintend...:

We shouldn't pre-order games because they might be bad? Surely, it doesn't matter in what cirmcumstances a purchase is made, since a game could still be "bad" for certain consumers months after launch and even after getting great reviews. I really dislike Smash, for example. You are allowed to make up your own mind. I honestly can't see how pre-ordering makes any difference to the quality of game releases. Now, if a game doesn't work/is buggy, then that is an issue and companies should be forced to remedy problems. If you want to wait to see that games do work fine, then okay, wait. Pre-ordering or not won't make any difference though. If people did not have the opportunity to pre-order, then many would just buy on launch day or shortly afterwards, but any issues would still remain. Forcing people to buy extra stuff to unlock content for a full game experience, now that's an issue.



Sakura commented on NPD Survey Outlines Bright Future For amiibo A...:

Unfortunately, amiibo have yet to add anything to games I have played because I don't like Smash and I can't get the ones that work in other games I play - STEAM, Kirby - not at a reasonable price anyway. It feels like a commercial trick that doesn't add anything to a game except cost. I still buy them though - got Olimar the other day even though I won't ever use it in a game, it will probably sit in a drawer and the only reason I went for it is because there might not be another opportunity and I do like Pikmin. It's only the rarity that makes these so desirable. It still feels at the moment that there will be something else, more potential, but even I can see it's con really. Amiibo TAP doesn't do it for me either. That just feels gimicky. If there is not a specialised game, then they really are just bits of plastic. I will wait to see if the speculative bubble is about to burst and then offload them except perhaps for a couple.



Sakura commented on More Club Nintendo Goodies Coming To The Europ...:

@GLA Well, there's Ebay... I'm sure lots of fans will put up their booty... Does feel unfair that this is not available worldwide and there was no clear indication of what was going to be added or even if stuff was going to be added. I really hope that the new club is fairer. And also that there are no surveys.



Sakura commented on Nintendo Hoping That Splatoon Will Tempt Lapse...:

I don't know that I'd use the term "lapsed" to describe those you are trying to woo into purchasing your product. It has some negative connotations that make it seem accusatory, like people have done something wrong. "lapsed fans" to me seems to be saying, "hey you people who said you were fans but then betrayed us by moving away, well look what you're missing." Probably just me. "Win back fans of the golden era" might be better?



Sakura commented on Nintendo Life Weekly: 15th May 2015:

@Alex_Olney I really like these bitesize updates. Mostly I don't comment because things have been discussed elsewhere already, but thought you ought to know that I do watch them and appreciate them. Looks from the paucity of comments that people don't watch, but I suspect they do.



Sakura commented on Fashionable Japanese 3DS Owners Can Strut Thei...:

Somehow I'm not entirely sure girly games are the way to interest female gamers. I can believe there's a market for this stuff that makes them worth making (just about believe anyway). Isn't it more the culture of gaming rather than the game type? There is quite a bit of sexualisation of female characters from Japan and that has some cultural bias that really doesn't sit well with a western (female) audience. It doesn't bother me that much because I avoid those games or just mock them. I can be quite happy with platformers, shooters, puzzlers. Games designed specifically to suit a female audience sound like a nightmare of nauseating and trite quasi-spiritual "this is a good way to live your life" platitudes, drowning in pink ribbons and glitter. They are really not appealing at all. Just make a good game. And please, no more animal sims.



Sakura commented on Splatoon Global Testfire is Confirmed for One ...:

Worldwide pricing is weird on this. EU doing best for once!! Though we do have Code Name Steam available with one amiibo for £46 on Nintendo Store. To be able to unlock the full experience, we need to pay £46 x 3, then extra for Ike since he isn't in stock on the Nintendo Store and then we get lumbered with 3 copies of the game. Yeah, great! Amiibo pay walls and really poor stocking is driving up the price of gaming in a way that I really don't like at all. Splatoon amiibo don't even feel like extras, they're more like integral to the game.

Still, back on topic, it's nice to get another chance at the Splatoon demo.



Sakura commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights The Planned Connectivi...:

I like the idea of an achievement system as long as the goals are not as absolutely ridiculous as the streetpass achievements - 1000000 hits, I think not!!! We'll all be making bequests of our accounts in our wills to our grandchildren given the rate that it's actually possible to rack up streetpass hits.

Not too keen on the social media aspect. I play games to escape from other people, not to spend more time with them! A helpful community would be good, but my experience of such things leads me to believe it will have to be heavily moderated in order to work. Too many idiots and not enough delete keys.

And it needs to be the same (or nearly so) WORLDWIDE!!

Good to have them thinking on it, though.



Sakura commented on Silver Edition Mario amiibo Hits North America...:

@rjejr Yes, but if we want all the amiibo and the game, Amazon is charging us £69.83 ($110) whereas you can get the same at best buy for $96 (£60). They give with one hand and take away with the other. It's the high cost of amiibo that does it for us. They are usually £12-20 each and that's from the regular retailers. Using Ebay, you're looking at £40+ per figure because there simply isn't any stock. Gold and silver Mario not even scheduled to be released!!

The Splatoon thing is weird though because EU is usually more expensive in EVERY way and it doesn't make any sense why US pricing is that high just for the game. And it would be cool to have silver paint!!!



Sakura commented on Great News, Just Dance Fans, Ubisoft Has Confi...:

Ubisoft have made some games I have really enjoyed (Rabbids 1, Rayman, ZombiU) and I'm disappointed they've moved away from the Wii U now. But, with so many rehashes of already existing games, I'm not sure I'm missing all that much after all. I hope they announce something "proper" new. Might at least have a chance on the NX, eventually. God, I hope Nintendo don't move too far away from what they do well. Bowing to market pressures alone might just break Nintendo for me.



Sakura commented on Reaction: Nintendo's E3 Plans are a Perfect Bl...:

Would be nice if Europe/Aus got something. Throw us a bone here? The regional differences in terms of Nintendo offerings are a little divisive a little too often. I like what they have planned in the main, though.



Sakura commented on Nintendo Unable To Promise When It Can Remedy ...:

I think it's all a marketing ploy. Make a few of each figure, demand outstrips supply and they become desirable simply because of their rarity. Release new waves, people think that they better buy them quick or they might not get the chance, so actual sales are increased opposed to what they might be if people thought they could just pick one up anytime. Remember it's the ones that everyone can have that are still available. These figures don't do much, except in Smash and then you only need one. Build hype and make them "collectible" and people think they need more. It's a thinly-veiled scam, folks!

Hey, you, I can see you sitting there stroking your Little Mac and whispering, "my precious!"

More stock in EU of some previous waves available 17th June. That's EU!! US and Canada, you already get 60% of the worldwide units shipped!



Sakura commented on Nintendo Has Shipped 10.5 Million amiibo World...:

Wait a minute! Is that sales demand or where they've shipped them to? Because obviously they can't be sold unless they've been shipped to a region. At any rate, starting to feel less sorry that the cover plate 3DS is not available in the US - they'd have the purchasing power to rip the plates from our hands too.

@Frank90 Many Amiibo are only available in the UK from scapling gits on Ebay for about £40-45 so cost everywhere is high for Amiibo and it's not even Nintendo getting the profits.



Sakura commented on Splatoon Mii Fighter Outfits Coming to Super S...:

Not bothered about Smash content as I flogged both versions when Mewtwo was released. Nice for the fans of that IP, though. GAME is offering an orange inkling hat in the UK, at least with the 3 amiibo bundle.



Sakura commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Launches Splatoon W...:

The gamepad skin is nice, but really I'd want the whole lot - boy, girl and squid amiibo as well as skin and strategy guide, even if that meant an increased price tag. This feels like another amiibo stock shortage problem. Either that or Nintendo is seriously making us pay to get hold of a complete package. It doesn't feel great.
And for those of us who already have a Wii U, would be nice to be able to get the faceplate separately. It's not like I'll buy another console just to get it, just like I didn't buy the Windwaker bundle to get the custom gamepad. I can definitely live without it and some things should stay exclusive, I suppose, but not including all the amiibo seems like a dumb decision.



Sakura commented on Nintendo 3DS System Update 9.7.0-25 Has Stabil...:

And people were already moaning about the customer service ethics of flashcard companies not releasing an update to work with 9.6. Ah, shame! But you wanted to use DLC on Smash? Well, how about, I don't know, you buy the game and the DLC legitimately? Damn shame it's soooo difficult going to site after site to find the pirated versions. Go on , Nintendo, "stabilise" their swashbuckling behinds off!



Sakura commented on First Impressions: The Addictive Futility of t...:

The streetpass theme is lame, btw. It's washed out and boring. They could have done more with that, like integrating your own mii or some such feature. And the VIP room could have been a free update really as it doesn't seem to offer much functionality. Having said that, I've still gone and got everything...



Sakura commented on First Impressions: The Addictive Futility of t...:

There's not much to say about VIP room yet. It stores 100 mii characters. I hope that after one playthrough of the games, you can hire old allies from that room with play coins because hte tasks seem to be quite specific - specific bait combinations and specific weapons. You also collect birthdays of people you streetpass. You get plaza tickets for that, which gives you costumes and speech bubbles.



Sakura commented on First Impressions: The Addictive Futility of t...:

You really need homepass to make these games stay fun. If not, they quickly descend into frustration. Stil,l I did like the option of getting my mii to be a zombie in other players' games. I hope that ends up being an unlockable costume. Also hoping that after one playthrough, old allies become available to hire. Otherwise the VIP room will have less usability. Can anyone confirm? I've not got that far yet...



Sakura commented on 3DS Homebrew App Turns 3DS Into PC Remote Desk...:

I quite like this messing around to see what can be done. Nintendo has to shut things down though because no matter what anyone says homebrew does get ripped off and used for piracy. A bit off-topic, but there's a very funny discussion on some of the forums about how the developers of illegal flashcarts "don't care" about their customer base, leaving them hanging for updates to make their consoles work on the latest firmwares. Go complain to Trading Standards and see how far you get then with enforcing your consumer rights! Everyone knows those cards are used predominantly for piracy.



Sakura commented on Those Yoshi's Woolly World Yarn amiibo Are Up ...:

Game has other Amiibo at £5 more than many other places. Might be worth seeing if the lower price offered by ShopTo is more the norm. The supermarkets are quite good for this, though their stock provision is terrible. I'll get one of these, but I can't see that the amiibo actaully do anything much in game. They just look cute as figures.



Sakura commented on Unity Support Is Coming To The New Nintendo 3DS:

@CreativeWelshman I'm just being honest. F2P is always pay to win and feels like a rip off for the consumer (because it is a rip off - no game is worth the ridiculous prices charged.) What I'm really saying is that I am not a fan of F2P in general so would probably avoid no matter how good the game is. There's plenty else to spend my money on without pouring it down the drain. I guess there's a cap on my generosity (and my stupidity).



Sakura commented on Unity Support Is Coming To The New Nintendo 3DS:

@CreativeWelshman Honestly, for £28.50 I'd want unlimited tries. I know that's not how these microtransactions work really, but that's what I'd prefer. Shuffle and Rumble on 3DS show the difference here. Shuffle is an endless money pit. Rumble lets you buy a limited number of pokediamonds then gives you an in-game mine, so I think you get the whole game experience for about £20+. Shuffle gives you nowhere near enough bang for your buck and is a shameless rip off with new and exclusive stages being added every couple of weeks.



Sakura commented on Akihiro Hino on Why Fantasy Life 2 is Not Comi...:

Seems like they're just switching to the lucrative smartphone market. I'm out. And I'm not buying that "adult" spin either. They'll be betting on getting lots of people to spend a little, rather than a relative few to spend a lot. I hate spin.



Sakura commented on Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Ch...:

Can we buy the amiibo and then flog them on when content has been unlocked or do we need to keep them? Could chip in with friends then to split the cost, use them on all machines and then get rid if you don't want them as playable characters. Hassle, but perhaps okay if you know someone buying them anyway?



Sakura commented on GAME Launches UK Pre-Orders for Splatoon amiib...:

And Jigglypuff is already available on Ebay right now for £44.99. And you thought GAME were scalpers. Monopoly stickers also available. You can get Park Lane, which isn't even the rarest, for £3000! World's full of scumbag opportunists. Going to check there's not a granny section on there too!



Sakura commented on International StreetPass Week to Bring New Str...:

@wolvesboy You don't usually have to connect to the Nintendo zone expressly. Usually it's enough to just go into a GAME store with your 3DS in sleep mode. They may have changed things though, with the free theme being released. A good idea to clear the plaza so you can get the full 6 hits, instead of the 3 that you get if you've hit another hotspot. I've never understood why a second hit doesn't make it up to ten. Some protocol somewhere that someone will be able to explain (but not to me, I'm not that fussed!).

The relays are a good idea, but still aren't really enough. The only way to get adequate streetpasses is to use Homepass (which I hope they don't shut down because it doesn't cost Nintendo anything and actually covers up for some of their inadequacies. Actually, it extends their network for free!) It's a ridiculous thing to give us some really quite good games and then not let us be able to play them properly because we can't get enough hits to get the characters needed. And special miis? They ought to release one every couple of months, not leave us with 18 months when you don't see a single one. And accomplishments? I know it's at least 100 000 hits. That's 16 667 visits to a hotspot. What's the point?



Sakura commented on Fantasy Life 2 Is Skipping 3DS In Favour Of Sm...:

Depends on the quailty of the final release, but since smartphone games are usually cheap and crappy and meant to be played for five minutes at a time while waiting for a bus or something, I'll probably pass. I wouldn't want only smartphone games and console games. I like handheld games.



Sakura commented on New StreetPass Mii Plaza Games Incoming, Along...:

The games I will buy because with Homepass they will be rather fun. Without Homepass, though, really frustrating. Surprised that hasn't been shut down in typical Nintendo Conservative style. Biggest problem for me with Nintendo is that they promise so much, deliver an astonishing amount while at the same time also leaving great gaping chasms of disappointment. The VIP room seems absurdly expensive for a teeny weeny upgrade that ought to be free anyway unless there's some kind of letterbox app attached. Even then, still ought to be free. I really don't think I'm going to be bothered about when a mii has a birthday, so the only thing of use so far announced is the ability to save useful miis so they don't get deleted. £4.49? Really? And when is that special mii out? NoE is so clueless re special miis that it wasn't even special in the Direct - had blue pants, not gold.



Sakura commented on Nintendo Download: 26th March (Europe):

Well, Asterix: Mansion of the Gods is worse than you thought it could be. It's aimed squarely at the unders 5s and even then, they'd have to be mentally-compromised to find any challenge in it. The same few minigames played over and over with no incremental challenge or, indeed, any challenge (or point) to start with. Maybe for £1.79 for your 2 year old, but otherwise, just avoid it. The village meandering is slightly distracting, but not enough to warrant purchase. Asterix and Obelix at the Olympic Games was much better, and that was kind of just passable. SMT though is great.



Sakura commented on New StreetPass Mii Plaza Games Incoming, Along...:

@Starwolf_UK I had no idea about any of that. I finished the old games with miis on bashed up consoles that I bought expressly for the mii plaza games so I guess I just kept streetpassing the same ones so they didn't get replaced. Nintendo don't do clarity, so I can't say I'm surprised they haven't explained any of this. Would be nice once in a while though, some clarity, that is.



Sakura commented on New StreetPass Mii Plaza Games Incoming, Along...:

I think the VIP room is just a place to store miis that you don't want deleted. Otherwise, after 3000 miis in the plaza, the oldest ones get kicked out and overwritten. Not sure I see the value at £4.49 or whatever it was. Maybe there is more. I hope so. Free if you buy the other two games in the bundle? Now if they could only disclose what the hidden achievements are... And it had better not be 100 000, 200 000.. Seriously who can bothered with that and what is the point? That can only be called an "accomplishment" for the anally-retentive OCD stricken.



Sakura commented on Super Mario 3D World and Kirby: Triple Deluxe ...:

@Achoo Why are you so desperate to convince everyone you're an okay guy? The only thing that confirms is that you're not entirely sure of your standpoint. You go ahead and soothe your ego by making it seem like anyone who disagrees with you has simply misunderstood the nature of Capitalism. I don't care, frankly. I'm just pointing out that it's a scumbag thing to do to buy up stuff with the express intent of selling it on at a massive profit and at far higher than an item is worth.



Sakura commented on Reminder: This is Your Last Day to Register Pr...:

Missed this article! However, yeah you can still register points from retail games until 30th Sep. All the newer games (Captain Toad, etc) have codes that end on 31 March, but older games are still registrable. provided they are still within their original date.
The official email said that new physical products will continue to be added, so don't waste your stars on digital games you can get for a few pounds anyway.



Sakura commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 1st April, With ...:

Hope they clear up the confusing Club Nintendo stuff.

Newly released games will no longer have CN points.
DL games from the ehsop will have points until 20th April
Cartridge game codes from the red leaflets can still be registered until 30th September, providing they are still within the original date limit set when they were released.
All stars must be redeemed by 30th Septemebr when the whole thing closes. There are now some digital games, but more physical products are set to be added, so don't blow you stars on games that cost only a few pounds anyway.



Sakura commented on Super Mario 3D World and Kirby: Triple Deluxe ...:


Edited your post, then? No, I already have LBW, Kirby and Mario CDs redeemed with points so I won't be getting one. Supply and demand is one thing. Buying stuff up or using stars (get them all in games you purchased did you?) expressly to sell on at an inflated price is profiteering and no, I won't support that. I'd rather go without.



Sakura commented on Super Mario 3D World and Kirby: Triple Deluxe ...:

Once again though, these things are plastered all over Ebay. LBW is on there for £30. No way I'm giving money to a scalper like that.

@Inkling The CN guff is pretty confusing, but after tomorrow, no newly released games will come with CN points cards (no points with Xenoblades, then). After April 20th, no downloaded games will come with CN points. You can still register any valid CN points codes from cartridge games right up till 30th September. That's how it reads, but Nintendo rarely makes anything clear.



Sakura commented on Head Teachers in the UK Issue Warning to Paren...:

LMAO Like teachers don't already have enough to do? The kids take in knives, jump out of windows. assault teachers, and much worse, and I know that because I've been in classrooms where stuff like that has happened. This is mere PR for headteachers, who, by the way, are much more likely to take a troublesome child to get a nice cup of tea than tell the child to belt up and get used to life sucking ' cos it ain't getting any easier from here on and having an outburst of whatever kind is never going to help. The bottom line is that if a kid is a little ****, then they will stay that way video game or not. This is a teeny weeny problem in the big scale of things - the main problem being, that actually for all our UK nanny-state rubbish, people simply do not care about others. Just look at the disgrace of the "Adult Health and Social Care Act" that comes into force on Wednesday. Anyone with a stable mental health problem is being discharged from services. Oh fabulous! So, a schizoprhrenic who is stable at the moment is being discharged with no monitoring and has to get a GP appointment to get back into the system if they have a problem later (with a 1-3 week wait because of the massive shortage of GPs)? Yes, absolutely yes. Aren't there other services? No, absolutley no. Well, pardon me, but I don't think that is fair on anyone and it is going to end in some kind of massive tragedy. And this is to save money, pure and simple. The reason that services are being cut is because people develop a dependency on services? Oh, so being dependent on a service, meaning you can't survive without it, is cured by scrapping the service entirely? Oh genius! What, you think people are suddenly going to develop the life skills they need that they aren't actually capable of developing, magically just because you said they should? "dependency" in that sense is a value judgement and by scrapping services you are saying that these people are not worthy of services. Well, remove the barriers to social inclusion, then maybe you'll have an argument. As it stands this is wholesale marginalisation and you're not going to dress it up as "efficiency savings". This is being pushed through without consultation by some faceless nithing, too cowardly to even identify themselves. And if you think it's fine to leave the most vulnerable people in society without services, then don't come a-crying when you or an innocent get stabbed or shot. Way off topic there, but it still stands.



Sakura commented on New Nintendo 3DS Region-Free Exploit Now Tweak...:

Since Smealeum's work with Cubic Ninja was hijacked by that illustrious illegal cart company, it's going to be very difficult for anyone to argue now that homebrew doesn't lead to piracy - heck, it's the direct door, if only one of 2 according to what I've read! That's why all this good stuff gets shut down too, patched out etc. There just isn't a way to force people to only use the "harmless" exploits. Having said that, and yes, I'm aware it is a tad hypocritical, I'm still keeping the Cubic Ninja'd gold mii on old 3dses because Nintendo simply does not release them. I have a workaround. I'll use it. They release them in the EU like they do everywhere else, I'll delete the miis.