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Male, 44, United Kingdom

Fri 30th January, 2009

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Sean_Aaron commented on Discontinued amiibo Figures Could Be Released ...:

I think that makes for a good compromise - after all not everyone cares about figures, but being able to enjoy the in-game experience rather than having to track down hard to find figures means no one needs to miss out on their favourite characters. It might also put a dent in speculators trying to horde the things.



Sean_Aaron commented on Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smas...:

I've been pre-ordering amiibo from the official UK Nintendo online store and they've been fulfilled (Luigi should hopefully be delivered today). I pre-ordered Shulk and Lucario from Amazon because Shulk was sold-out on the Nintendo shop, so hopefully that will turn up.

I wasn't super keen on the adapter, but I'd like options for multi-player smash. I did get the new controller for SRP from the Nintendo online store, so I'm surprised it's going for so much at GAME retail or other online sources. I'll buy the adapter if Nintendo makes good and gets it back in stock, but I'm not paying more than SRP for it.



Sean_Aaron commented on Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Agai...:

I think it's worth the effort, but quite honestly I think Nintendo would be doing right by developers of WiiWare titles to put those games in the eShop to give them the visibility they should have had on the Wii. Add a method of having shortcuts to WiiWare titles in the Wii U desktop and everyone's happy.

Nintendo doesn't promote the Wii Shop and they don't sell Internet-connected Wiis any more so I don't see why it exists. Get back any bad faith by offering updated terms to companies (is they still exist) that had wares there and merge the two. I can understand not doing the VC stuff, but this would be a nice thing to do for all those outfits that backed WiiWare when it was risky.



Sean_Aaron commented on Demand For amiibo Continues As Pre-Orders For ...:

Well after checking the Nintendo UK Online store earlier today and seeing Donkey Kong and others sold out along with these figures mentioned in the article, I've don't a pre-order of Shulk and Lucario from Amazon - hopefully that will be honoured!

It's a shame about the Villager as Animal Crossing is popular with the kiddies. Given these are sidekicks in the game I'm getting more characters I'd like to pair up with as opposed to ones I actually want to play as.



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube C...:

It doesn't help reassure people when Nintendo pull the listing for the Gamecube controller adapter from their own online store!

I'd happily put in a pre-order now if they had a listing for it.

Incidentally what's up with the pricing at GAME stores for the Smash GC controller? £39.99 for something you can order direct from Nintendo for £24.99? Totally taking the piss there.



Sean_Aaron commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

I'm using my iPhone for portable music and films. I just don't play mobile games unless my iPad is all I have to hand or I want some pinball. I could see kids doing this, however, so I may not be the market, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.



Sean_Aaron commented on Super Smash Bros. Players Encounter Wii U Erro...:

It does sound like there could be a problem with the data save here and that it could happen with other games depending on how people treat their kit.

I think the main thing to note is that physical or digital doesnt confer immunity to data corruption, but using an external storage device for the save file makes it much less likely that you'll brick your system.



Sean_Aaron commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Facing Potential E...:

I'm using a download version on an external hard disk. I don't bother with online modes myself so hopefully an update will be out before long. I do wish I had done another backup of my game data, but it sounds like if I'm going to try that I should skip backing up Smash for now!



Sean_Aaron commented on This Lovely White Super Smash Bros. GameCube C...:

@Luffy That would seem to have been a more sensible compromise given no other Wii U games support GameCube controllers, but nearly all support Pro Controllers.

Plus there's the fight pad that acts like a Classic Controller Pro. I'm frankly surprised these adapters have sold out, unless there was a very low number produced - could there be that many people holding GameCubes ready to buy Wii Us to play Smash?



Sean_Aaron commented on Inflated Prices and Limited Stock Cause Frustr...:

@robwop I only have GameCube controllers because I have a Wii and a couple of GameCube games I play on it, so it would nice to also be able to use them to play Smash Bros. U. If I was coming into the Wii U cold and I wanted to use a GameCube-style controller, I'd get a Wii U bundle with a remote and the Hori fight pad, though I admit that would be more outlay than this adapter and a GC pad or two.

I think Nintendo didn't expect this kind of demand so hopefully they'll do another run of these adapters. I note that the adapter has completely disappeared from the UK Nintendo online store - not sure what to make of that; hopefully it doesn't mean that's it for these adapters!



Sean_Aaron commented on Inflated Prices and Limited Stock Cause Frustr...:

@robwop i shouldn't think a casual buyer would even know there was GameCube controller support, just look for the system and the game.

Really this isn't all Nintendo's fault, but retailers who have stopped selling their stuff. I can't get a Pro Controller anywhere but online. Honestly outside of used Wii games I don't even bother with the shops any more, so it just would have been nice if Nintendo made more of them or limited them to two per customer.



Sean_Aaron commented on This Lovely White Super Smash Bros. GameCube C...:

I got the Wii-era white one with the three metre cord because I don't find playing gamecube games on my Japanese Wii using a CCPRO and an adapter satisfying due to button placement and mapping. I used to have one of these and they're great except for the d-pad which seems to suck on all the gamecube controllers, surprisingly.

I'm surprised the new Smash edition controller is hard to find; I ordered mine from the UK Nintendo shop for £25 - only a couple of quid more than the Japanese Gamecube controller cost. I'm hoping it will also have a three metre cord (though I have a GC extension cord if not) and I'm hoping it will have a better d-pad, but I doubt it.

Love to get one of the multitaps to play Smash with too, so hopefully Nintendo will make more to suit demand!



Sean_Aaron commented on Inflated Prices and Limited Stock Cause Frustr...:

No issue getting Gamecube controllers, but this adapter is definitely scarce in physical shops and online. It seems like a lot of retailers are only stocking Wii U games, no accessories, possibly having been burned by low sales the past couple of years, so online is the best way to get any of it.

I want one just to increase options for play. I've got two classic controller pros, I've got an import Pro Controller coming from Japan (the White one that isn't on offer in the UK) and a couple of gamecube controllers (the White Japanese Wii-era one and the new smash one that's in the post). Hopefully the nintendo UK shop will get one soon!



Sean_Aaron commented on Amazon UK Offers Bargain Prices to Shift Its W...:

And I saw these bundles, but given the "pre-order" status and conflicting descriptions I don't trust that these are legit entries, but rather a placeholder for something they thought they would offer if they got stock. Amazon is pretty bad with that stuff like being able to pre-order things with "stub" (incomplete) catalogue entries that end up getting replaced with proper entries down the line.

Personally I would only place an order for something that's listed as "in stock" lest you miss out. That's why I'm steering my partner toward the bundle with the remote, Wii Party U and Nintendo Land and a hard drive, because I remember that was a bundle that was widely available before and I can just buy the download of Mario Kart 8 and the DLC without worrying about space.



Sean_Aaron commented on Amazon UK Offers Bargain Prices to Shift Its W...:

@Pod I totally agree. I went with the basic because I already had an external hard drive and knew I'd be buying too much software for the expense of the deluxe to be justified. Having said that the split probably didn't help less tech-savvy consumers who don't necessarily know much about the units of measurement involved in digital storage.

Given the sizes of the discs for the system even the deluxe won't last you long depending on what games you end up downloading. It's not a simple decision, but they are coming in at a lower price point than their competitors. I would have paid for the deluxe model if that was the only option because I was committed to the platform, but they obviously hoped more people would take the upgrade option at the lower price point.



Sean_Aaron commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Emphasizes the Nintendo Diffe...:

As others have said Nintendo's IP is their biggest strength and it's a great strength. My partner's kids wanted a new console and the fact is that looking at the shelves of the Xboxes and Playstations the number of titles targeting the pre-teen market is very very small. They get to play in my Wii U once or twice a month at best and they barely scratch the surface, so a Wii U was a no-brainer because it has a far more inclusive software lineup. The fact that they have a Wii and therefore don't need additional gear (beyond a hard drive - £35) means it's also nearly half the price of entry (depending upon the bundle) of the other two machines.

I don't think Nintendo has anythjng to worry about: continue to deliver the quality and people will be there. December is going to be big for Wii U!



Sean_Aaron commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U):

All anyone is commenting on is the score (or lack thereof)? Whatever.

Great review; I would like to note that the 50(+) things you need to know video did note that eventually you would be able to share your stages. It was also suggested that you'd be able to upload your customised screenshots to the Internet; I'd suggest that's why they're written to SD card: they might be saved as .png/.jpg and that way you could just pop the card in your PC to upload to whatever social media site you see fit.

Of course more interesting to me is that this indicates that the SD slot IS ACCESSIBLE BY THE WII U. Previously it was assumed the SD card slot was only for Wii Mode and not used by the Wii U because it could be a vector for hacking, but now, well why can't we use the SD slot for Wii U game storage Nintendo? On the same topic, can you save images to the same SD card you're using for your Wii Mode WiiWare/VC content? Swapping SD cards is something I'd rather not have to do, but it would be nice to know in advance along with how big these images are.

I'm also wanting to know: how does more than four player multiplayer work? Are you able to attach four Remotes and four Pro Controllers simultaneously? I'm planning to get a Wii U Pro Controller for two-player Hyrule Warriors, but I might get two if I knew I could play six player Smash using a combination of Remotes and CC Pros, Pro Controllers and Remotes.



Sean_Aaron commented on Peculiar Outfits and Details Revealed for Twil...:

Awesome, we didn't really get to see enough of Twilight Midna in Twilight Princess. This game is driving me to re-acquire both Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, partially because my daughter is also playing it. Getting a Pro Controller is also on my list because I really dislike the Remote+Nunchuk controls. Why oh why can't we remap buttons freely?



Sean_Aaron commented on Review: The Swapper (Wii U eShop):

@S-Miyahon well using A and B buttons immediately springs to mind as solutions.

It would be nice to see developers exploring multiple control options. I wouldn't say no Remote support in this game is a deal-breaker for me, but it would be nice.

Let me also agree with people who say don't wait for a sale to show support. £12 seems fair to me for a download title with this level of time investment. It's not like a Tetris game you play for fifteen minutes occasionally, though I do agree for a title that's been on the market awhile, a lower initial price point to get those launch sales makes more sense to me.



Sean_Aaron commented on Review: Devil World (Wii U eShop / NES):

I really enjoy this so I'm happy to drop 99p to double-dip and not go to Wii Mode to play it on my Wii U.

Nice to see there's someone else out there who can appreciate a good maze game. Now that's a genre I'd like to see make an indie comeback.



Sean_Aaron commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Pla...:

I'll have to find out more before I consider it for myself, however given the use of the Wii+Balance Board for physical therapy and the use of the DS in Japan for helping users track prescriptions via a free app, I think moving into health-related technology makes a lot of sense.



Sean_Aaron commented on Review: Namco Museum (Wii U eShop / Game Boy A...:

@TruenoGT Rotation is not supported in this one, only the 50th Anniversary edition (which I think I reviewed here). I'm pretty sure the emulation in this one is superior however, so regardless I think I'd choose this even if offered a choice. I'll have to try scrolling mode to see if it's visually more detailed; definitely not a title to smooth graphics for!



Sean_Aaron commented on Review: Namco Museum (Wii U eShop / Game Boy A...:

I have most of these in emulated form for VCA on my Japanese Wii, but I don't switch that on as often so I went for this anyway. Here's hoping we'll see all the VCA releases from Japan on the Wii U that we never got on the Wii along with shocking omissions like Pac-Man which never got a standalone release on the Wii outside of the NES version.



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo 64x64: Tetrisphere:

I remember when this was a Jaguar exclusive and was gutted when it was (sensibly) switched to Nintendo's platform. You ain't never known gaming frustration like being a Jaguar supporter that generation...



Sean_Aaron commented on Mad Men Football Shows Off Its New N64-Inspire...:

I think if this is well-executed it could be quite a hit. The question is whether the retro graphics will be accompanied by some clever AI and controls. It's all down to the programming chops of the people behind the old school polys now...



Sean_Aaron commented on Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Wii U Delay Seems to b...:

I have an 8GB unit and had a drive day one. If this game is over 5GB in size I'd say it's basically a retail release. When you buy a large game like that doesn't the eShop tell you if you lack space? I don't see the point in catering to anyone who isn't serious enough about buying download titles not to have some kind of additional storage. Shame Nintendo didn't make it a wee bit easier by allowing installs to SD rather than limiting that to Wii mode - would have made things even easier.



Sean_Aaron commented on Wii U System Update 5.2.0 Brings Folders, New ...:

@tysonfury Totally. I accept the reasons given for a lack of Gamepad use (Wii mode isn't an emulator, but running the system as a Wii), but I cannot imagine they can't at least give us shortcuts to stuff in our Wii menu/SD card to act like a quick start mode.

I'm jazzed about the folders - no more scrolling!



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

The only way this makes a difference is if a large percentage of the userbase makes the upgrade and there's more software that only runs on the new model. So far we have only one title which apparently won't run on anything but and it's a niche release.

Comparisons with the iPhone seem appropriate. Is the 3DS/2DS to continue on for years to come without major changes? Could be a new, cheaper direction for Nintendo which isn't as dependent upon big launch days but rather a steady stream of hardware revenue.