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Sakura

Sakura

FC 1633-4173-1234

Female, United Kingdom

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Sun 30th September, 2012

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Sakura

#1

Sakura commented on Wii U Owner Proves That Rejecting The End-User...:

@eza I agree completely about good journalistic practice and I concede I may be being too generous, but I still feel it is outside the remit of this site as it's more investigative journalism than reporting and getting it wrong could be very damaging.

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#2

Sakura commented on Wii U Owner Proves That Rejecting The End-User...:

@ZenTurtle @eza
I think perhaps that pinning down what is legal and what consumers' rights are regarding EULAs and the associated issues of homebrew and piracy is exactly the problem. No offense intended to NL staff, but it looks way too complicated an issue to be definitively dealt with by people without the legal training to keep themselves from being sued. I can see all sorts of trouble for anyone saying such and such is legal and such and is not legal... That's not really for journalists, albeit game journalists, to dictate. I certainly wouldn't take the risk. There are too many conditions in law that make something applicable or not applicable in any particular case. Sure, outside sources could be used, but those would still have to be seen to be reliable and they have exactly the same problems as anyone at NL.

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#3

Sakura commented on Wii U Owner Proves That Rejecting The End-User...:

Although EULAs may seem innocuous enough and simply look like a company is protecting its products/assets, actually this is quite an important issue for consumers of all electronic devices. According to consumer groups, changes to EULAs are essentially forced mandates and can often run contrary to law as they are not put through any legislative process. It's definitely a principle thing - should any company be able to impose any condition post-purchase and prevent you from using your stuff that was governed by different conditions at time of purchase if you don't agree? EULAs were introduced in the first place so that companies could limit warranties and disclaim liability. They aren't there to protect consumers and certainly curtail any user choice. Sure, you can refuse to agree to a new EULA, but if that means you can't use your device at all even under the previous conditions, is there really any choice? Just because a company states that it can change the terms at any time doesn't mean that the changes will always be legal!

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#5

Sakura commented on New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By...:

I want a white N3DS XL with snes buttons and changeable faceplates.... I'll probably get the "compact" N3DS in white though... and maybe later get an XL version if it's really worth it...I need to feel them both in my hands, see the screens, press the buttons...I need to know the prices... Must not forget in this age of rapid cycling of new technology that just because there's a new model, doesn't mean the old one is instantly obsolete... Listen to inner guru, do not be tempted by shiny shiny bling bling... but oh, soooo want...

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#6

Sakura commented on Super Smash Bros. Website Introduces amiibo De...:

This has some intriguing potential. I love the idea of leveling up and customisation options. Cross-game interaction would be uber cool if they choose the right games. Would really love a "my mii" amiibo...then maybe I could get my own gold pants at long last. Each would have to be modelled individually so a pipe dream, but that would still be neat...

Think they'll release a puzzle swap panel for Amiibos? I was expecting one for Smash, but maybe that will come with the WiiU version's release?

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#8

Sakura commented on Video: New Nintendo 3DS Unboxing And Hands On:

I really love this!!! The N3DS, the faceplates, the video... Please can I have one soon? Not too soon though because with all the stuff coming out, I'll be too broke. Would be nice to have confirmed release dates and pricing though. Not too long a delay either, mind. How far ahead do pre-orders usually start? I can imagine a fair few people being happy to wait a few months for a late Christmas present if this is the present. Hoping for March or before.

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#9

Sakura commented on Hardware Review: The New Nintendo 3DS Is The B...:

@Damo

Cheers for the info. Loving Nintendo has also sparked an interest in Japanese culture for me. I know France much better and there they have laws to try to stop commerical entreprises using foreign (read - English) words. Ironically given the historical shut out of all things foreign in Japan, Japan actually seems much more open in this respect. BTW, the French efforts are largely ignored by the population so we still have "un brushing" for a cut and blow dry, "le people" for celebrities, "un walkman"...

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#10

Sakura commented on Hardware Review: The New Nintendo 3DS Is The B...:

@Damo

Have you tested the transfer process yet? I wouldn't want to lose all my streetpass data.....ahhh There's a comment somewhere about it having failed.

Still can't decide between the "normal" and XL...like faceplates, like big screens...want both...is that deliberate?

As an aside, how much English is usually around in Japan? Why have they used the word "new" instead of whatever it is in Japanese? Is that common practice?

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#13

Sakura commented on New Nintendo 3DS Videos Show Off Compulsory Sc...:

Quite a lot of technology, including mobiles, have a micro sd slot inside in a fairly inconvenient place. It's something to do with the speed of data transfer/read/write and the extra component minerals it would take to create a pathway to an external slot, I believe (so, cost). There's precious minerals in them there contraptions!

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#15

Sakura commented on Nintendo Confirms GameCube Controller Adapter ...:

@HopeNForever @Sanderevers
Ah well, I gave up on Twilight Princess because I didn't really like the wiimote (and because of time constraints). Haven't tried Skyward Sword yet, but will keep the wiimote handy. The wiimote was great for Raving Rabbids etc, but for some games I'd prefer a more traditional controller. Really pleased to have the gamepad for WiiU.

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#17

Sakura commented on Official Nintendo Magazine Announces Closure i...:

Sadly, the immediacy of news on the web has done for many print publications. Reference items (specials on stuff like Mario or the Human Body) and instructions (like craft magazines, build a boat etc) seem to be doing well. Best of luck to all the staff.

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#19

Sakura commented on Win a Limited Edition Super Smash Bros. Ninten...:

Having a generally misanthropic nature, I also am not keen on twitter, though I think it has its uses. Have to wonder at why I would want to know everybody else's random and nonsensical secret musings when there's enough of that in my own head already. Makes most people look like nutjobs.

Entered though!

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#21

Sakura commented on Guide: How to Beat Everyone Else in Mario Kart 8:

Hmm, still rubbish at MK8, but slightly less rubbish than before so I guess that's progress! Maybe next year! Now, a fallblox tournament I might actually have a chance of winning...not very spectator-friendly though. My pride will have to make do with the ninja outfit I won for Chibi Robo photo finder....hmmm

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#24

Sakura commented on Guide: How To Beat Everyone At Super Smash Bro...:

Err..noob player and I can't seem to avoid falling off the edge while other characters seem to fall but somehow jump up again. How can I improve my ability to stay on the rotten stage (smash moves notwithstanding)?

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#25

Sakura commented on Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Har...:

There may be some truth to this, but Nintendo actually "locks" a fair bit regionally, from different iterations of it's hardware (special edition consoles) to vastly differing promotions and varying levels of customer-base involvement. There doesn't seem to be a worldwide strategy as such concerning these things, they seem to leave it up to the different regional teams, with resulting differing levels of fan happiness and frustration - cf special mii distribution, Club Nintendo, relay station provision...

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#26

Sakura commented on Player Profile: Mario Kart 8 Championship - Fi...:

@ricklongo
Hmm, I am really bad at Mario Kart... Drive too conservatively I think and tend to get nobbled by every banana, shell and fireball thrown. Need to watch some experts, but can only make EGX on Thursday. Must be footage somewhere on the net. Hope everyone has a great time. The skill baffles me.

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#28

Sakura commented on Nintendo Unleashes its Plans for EGX London 2014:

@AlexOlney
Thanks, but I was thinking of actual events like those at Birmingham New Street and Euston last year where Nintendo UK gave away prizes etc. There are a few events organised by StreetPass UK communities and those might well be worth a look, but I really meant official Nintendo things. And please Nintendo will you release a special mii for the EU for goodness sake? Wouldn't this be a great opportunity to boost StreetPass participation etc? Really not understanding your stance on this, Ninty.

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#30

Sakura commented on Player Profile: Mario Kart 8 Championship - Fi...:

I stink at Mario Kart worse than a dead goat decomposing in the midday desert sun, a goat whose abdomen has burst from internal rotting and is leaking guts and fluids into the cess pit in which it's lying surrounded by floating turds and seething masses of wee beasties, a stink that brings tears to the eyes and makes your skin crawl, the air's so thick you can almost taste it... Still, wish the finalists all the best!

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#31

Sakura commented on Nintendo Announces Super Smash Club for Canada:

Another inexplicable localisation of a feature/event that it would be nice to have available across regions/nations....Why do you do that, Nintendo? Surely there's a way to make the Nintendo gamers' experience more consistent no matter where you live and play. Why so much difference between the extra content, Club Nintendo, promotions etc? It is appreciated, so why so locally limited?

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#32

Sakura commented on A 3DS Can be Used as a Controller in Super Sma...:

Nintendo does some really amazingly cool stuff! I do wish they'd do it a bit more uniformally across whole systems/generations though. I guess the inconsistencies are the price of continually innovating, but I would love a more easily updateable set-up so we could create our individual mega consoles with all the options we crave. It's feeling more and more like the WiiU could be a stepping stone to something ultimate. And it's not bad at all in it's own right now we've got all the fabulous games. Imagine designing your own console like you can with a PC. Ahhhh!

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#34

Sakura commented on Guide: New Nintendo 3DS - Everything We Know S...:

I'd like one in white, but the new XL one not the new original one. Also, I like the idea of switchable faceplates. XL or original? What to do, what to do? Will have to wait and see what's actually confirmed for release in the different regions. Wouldn't it be good if these were region free? As it's not been announced I doubt it, but we could dream.

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#35

Sakura commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

I would like a white XL whatever they end up calling these, though I quite like the idea of switchable covers of the original upgraded console because it prevents scratches. Suppose there will be hard cases enough for the XL model soon enough.
I would not think there will be too many exclusive games - Nintendo would lose too much money by disregarding the current install base. This is a new iteration of an established console, not a brand new console, more like the ds lite upgrade to dsi, than the changes brought in by the introduction of the 3ds.

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#37

Sakura commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

Wow! Another massive surprise! Nintendo is awesome.

Nintendo's really good at keeping its developments secret. I wonder what the punishment would be for leaking this kind of info. I love this kind of innovation. I would think that there will be extras for those with older consoles like the amiibo pad thing. Not sure what the price point will be though for the new consoles. £109 seems a bargain considering that the current XL goes for £139 - 179. Have they chosen different, more efficient components or have prices decreased in electronics overall?

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#41

Sakura commented on Nintendo Life Set To Host Mario Kart 8 Tournam...:

Any more info on the Streetpass weekend? Any events nearer B'ham? At EGX only on Thurs at the moment. Is it worth turning up on Sat too?

Pretty sure MK8 will see me placed last in nearly every race. Fallblox on the 3DS and I might have a chance. MK8, just too rubbish.

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#46

Sakura commented on QOL Trademark Filings Point to Quality of Life...:

Looks like someone was comissioned to do some research into the mass appeal of last gen consoles and focussed in on the educative potential of those devices - Brain Training, Wii Fit, Art Academy etc. Now they want a "something" to (re)capture that market.

Big companies and organisations always use garbage graphics like that to explain relatively simple concepts. (You should see what they dish out in the NHS!) A "standalone" platform apparently? Then why does the graphic show links to Wii and DS software? At this stage could just be a diary where you write down what you've done that day in terms of "educative" gaming! More information needed.

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#47

Sakura commented on Nintendo Reports Losses for Q1 of Financial Ye...:

I don't know much about business, but the article does say that Nintendo expects a return to profit. Could that mean that investment has been made and products to be released are likely to make a return on that investment? Depends how much they are going to continue to invest in product development and how well sales actually perform.

The WiiU isn't a failing console, IMHO. It does what its does very well and is providing quality entertainment for many. It is, however, failing to have mass appeal in the marketplace, according to sales figures. Is there a business model that could work for Nintendo where they create for their hardcore fanbase staying true to their ideals and still remain a viable and vibrant company? Why not? What's wrong with a niche market? Does it necessarily mean lower profits and lower quality products? Certainly not the latter, for me at least. Whether Nintendo can generate profit without major mass appeal will be answered only in hindsight. Lots of things coming out though - Zelda, Amiibo, SSB, Splatoon, more Pokemon etc. May not appeal to everyone, but does it have to? And how big a role is negative press playing in all this? Stores in UK have also massively shrunk their displays. Is that because the press is saying what they think will sell? Always skeptical, I don't like to be told what I should and shouldn't like. There is no should and shouldn't...

Another 3DS promotion would be nice, btw. Streetpass day with exclusive content via spotpass (special mii, pokemon, whatever)? Pre-order bonus merchandise like that Zelda musical chest?

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#49

Sakura commented on Video: Don't Miss The Thrilling Final Episode ...:

Well, I love Tomodachi Life! It takes a somewhat quirky sense of humour to appreciate it and it's not for everyone, but for those that it suits it doesn't fail to provoke a smile or chuckle on a daily basis. I shall still be playing this while thousands of others dive into battle in SSB, for which I am struggling to raise any interest. It's great there's stuff for different audiences. The songs here on NL are fabulous!

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#50

Sakura commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

How about improving QOL by releasing special miis in EU!!! Yeah, I'm on about that again! Seriously, just release 2 more and I'll shut up because both my consoles will have the accomplishment. P.S. My mii's pants had best turn gold if I ever manage all those accomplishments. 100 000 mii encounters is years away...