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Sat 30th October, 2010

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shazeobock commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

I, for one, was disappointed with Nintendo's lack of releasing the regular New 3DS. I like the original's size and it fits so well for portability and in my hands that I naturally had my heart set on purchasing the regular New 3DS. I won't be purchasing a New 3DS XL and the "rat race" of limited edition models don't tantalize me.

Personally, I think Nintendo will slowly phase out the old 3DS XL first, leaving only the 2DS and the New 3DS XL, bringing the stock placement down to two handheld systems. I would guess this will happen between now and next February. In this time, the New 3DS XL will have the benefit of gaining a few extra exclusive games not playable on the original 3DS XL and the coveted holiday season where lots of kids will be wanting the latest handheld from their parents.

As this phase completes, and if Nintendo sees demand/interest for the New 3DS XL system starting to wane or game/system sales seem slow in general for that time of year, they may decide to put the "shot in the arm" - that is introduce the regular New 3DS and its faceplates, bringing the choices back up to three, where confusion between products will be less likely. You'll only be able to choose the 2DS, New 3DS and 3DSXL. It's possible this might not happen until E3 or Christmas of 2016. On top of this, production costs will have gone down on the regular New 3DS because it's been produced in large quantities elsewhere in the world.

This is just a gut feel and an opinion. Nintendo might surprise us with the regular New 3DS if enough people make noise asking for it, but they have always drummed to their own beat. (Remember how long it took for Operation Rainfall.) Nintendo doesn't readily listen to their fan-base, as impassioned and willing to spend money, as it is. The company does what it wants based on it's own market research, goals, committee meetings and stock interests. Nintendo doesn't owe us anything if they feel it's in their best interest, at the moment, not to release a particular system.

Again, as a previous opinion on this site had stated, vote with your wallet. You might not be able to get the system you want right away - a shiny new toy! - but if you ride out the wait time, Nintendo may yet release the system you want.

Waiting - it's always the hardest part...



shazeobock commented on Rumour: Upcoming Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Cu...:

@SteveButler2210 Before yesterday's update there were 74 DLC tracks and 6 DLC characters bringing everything to about $80 plus tax. All of the tracks have been tempting but I've been finding myself picking and choosing most of the non-Final Fantasy tracks so I don't wipe myself out of cash too quickly. I just wish Square-Enix would drop the price of the DLC a couple of years from the last DLCs release, even if it were by ten cents. They'd still be making a profit anyway. At least with this version of Theatrhythm, you can listen to the DLC in the music player; not so with the previous game.



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

Wasn't there some kind of Wi-fi Transfer feature to PC for pics, sound, video, etc. that the New 3DS was supposed to sport? If this is the case, the only real reason you'd need to access the slot is to upgrade the card. A lot of cellphones have this now where you have to slide off the back cover. Inconvenient, sure, but when you have a way of pulling files off and backing them up without the need of removing the card (ie. Wi-fi), I don't think this is a deal-breaker.



shazeobock commented on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Announ...:

@Tsuchinoko Awesome! Thanks for the heads-up! I was pretty disappointed when I first downloaded some DLC in the first Theatrhythm and noticed it didn't come up as a playable option in the Music Player. If you're paying $0.99 per song it should at least give you the option to play it like an MP3 alongside actually playing it in game mode.

The first game was pretty awesome - I stopped playing it regularly to play other games but I still pick it up from time-to-time to complete more achievements. I'm looking forward, even more now, to Curtain Call now that you've confirmed DLC music player playback and DLC previewing! Thanks!



shazeobock commented on Nintendo Bringing Pokémon to the Midwest Gami...:

Totally cool! I'm looking forward to going and to hear that Nintendo is going to be there now? REPRESENT! I've gone the last two years and haven't been disappointed. Great speakers, awesome place to get Spotpasses (seriously, checking every few minutes to clear the queue), not to mention lots of games to play and buy. What's not to love?! Now if only the RetroN5 would have come out like they announced at last years' show. A little 'Mon action on the GBA player would be cool.



shazeobock commented on Video: Watch Us Hungrily Unbox The McDonald's ...:

Thanks for the unboxing! Personally, I would have ripped the boxes open (ever so carefully) like a box of cereal with a toy inside. Your restrained enthusiasm was quite enjoyable and entertaining! Most McDonald's I've gone to you can purchase the toys separately without the food. Now, if these Happy Meals would just come to the US... We just had Adventure Time and Peabody and Sherman toys recently. I hope Mario's coming soon!



shazeobock commented on Soapbox: Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?:

I totally agree with this article. I don't know how many occasions I would have bought a soundtrack to a game if one was available here in the states. I've imported a few soundtracks through Amazon and its vendors but it would be nice if Nintendo would just release these stateside, either physically for more or less on Amazon and/or iTunes. I've emailed Club Nintendo to offer more soundtracks several times now (at least it would be an easier way to "buy" them) but I usually get the same response in that my message will "noted."



shazeobock commented on Weirdness: Hackers Use NES Pad To Drive Car:

This is both cool (real life Rad Racer!) and kind of scary at the same time.

From a non-gaming standpoint: With lots of cars being made with internet-compatible capabilities, I imagine Darpa is trying to get ahead of the game where other people could "hijack" controls in vehicles. Imagine where someday your car can drive autonomously without your input (similar to a Google car). Now imagine someone with malicious intent suddenly able to "hack" your vehicle because its online enabled and connected to an satellite with your exact location. So many horrible scenarios seem to unfold in the imagination. Celebrities, politicians and other people of great importance to society will need to have greater security in their car's online capabilities. Car companies and manufacturers will need to think ahead to stem these possibilities. Existing hacking events in recent history have already proven security may be a problem someday in the average car.

By the way, sorry to be a downer to the board on this topic. As quoted above: "We would love for everyone to start having a discussion about this, and for manufacturers to listen and improve the security of cars." I just think it's important to share ideas like this besides the normal "Oooo! Cool! Driving with an NES controller!" :)



shazeobock commented on Rumour: Nintendo May Cut Wii Price to $150 Nex...:

Actually, a price cut could also mean Nintendo is trying to get both a 3DS AND a Wii into it's customers hands. Nintendo could be working on an update to the Wii to make interfacing between the console and the handheld. The Wii menu and feature set is certainly in need of an update! What better time to introduce new features to the Wii, when also introducing (unlocking) the online components (3DSWare, Internet Browser, etc.) of the 3DS?