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smikey

smikey

Male, 34, United Kingdom

Nintendo collector for life, fully intend to own & review a copy of every pal & nstc game ever released for every Nintendo console home & handheld. (god help my wallet) & A whole load of other Nintendo themed goodies (and some junk) See the blog link for reviews & console check lists ect.

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Tue 7th January, 2014

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smikey

#1

smikey commented on Review: Cosmophony (Wii U eShop):

I got the game last week and still can't really work out why it's suppose to be a rhythm game (yes it has one but if that's what you're relying on to even beat level 1 you'll be seeing game over a lot)

The game is a shooter in respects to the fact you shoot the triangles as part of your star earning efforts but it's not the true essence of the game (at least nowhere near as much as survival is)

I can promise by the end of Thursday Miiverse will be full of oh it's impossible I can't even beat level 1 posts (I'm on level 3)
The more you play a level the more you'll remember it and in theory the better you'll do next time (of course one slip at any moment and you're dead)

I'm not a fan of this type of music at all but it suits the game very well (in particular level 2) (not played level 4 or 5 yet)

For the price it's a bargain, highly addictive and entirely possible to beat every level, it will take dedication & every single death while there are many of them are entirely you're own fault)

smikey

#2

smikey commented on Rhythmic Rail Shooter Cosmophony Arriving In E...:

It's absolutely fantastic
Luca gave me my copy last night after 2 hours I've got all 4 stars on level 1, 2 stars on level 2 (practice mode) & up to 83% of normal mode on level 2 (which means nothing because if you die you're back at the start anyway)
highly addictive & full of deaths

It's hard but so far at least never feels impossible every death was clearly my fault
just one tap too many or a tiny slip & you're gone!
I do like the non hand holding games

smikey

#3

smikey commented on Review: Mon Premier Karaoké (Wii U eShop):

Nice review I did one for it on miiverse on the day it launched (so many stupid people comment on games aimed at young kids)

I never found much issue with the game pad microphone (I did score pretty well too despite being below average at french)

My kids are 3 & 1 & like to watch the videos this version has more songs than it's English equivalent (some are the same)

I will say though you can sing the entire song in english & still score well (as long as you're in tune) being aimed at youg kids I assume they deemed it too hard for the kids for the kids to be in tune & getting all the words right

@ ueI

It's likely due to it being diffrent reviewers
Scores are pointless as if you gave a copy to every member of the review team you'd get multiple different scores
(or if a game aimed at young kids is reviewed by someone who has either zero knowledge of what young kids like or a general dislike of the fact consoles have kids games on them they'll always mark down games

The only difference is this one has more songs even the videos of the songs both versions have are exactly the same

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#4

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

I gave up on the mag when Chandra left & barely visted the site in the last 4 months either
In my opinion it went down hill rather quickly from that point on
Some of the staffs comments to people expressing an opinion on the site were beyond stupid they more or less asked people to stop reading (or at least gave them good reasons to)
While everyone is entitled to an opinion & it's never nice to see anyone lose their job I certainly won't read or vist anything to do with the ex staff

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#5

smikey commented on Review: SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop):

Can't help but wonder if this exact game was made by say a new developer on wii u would it have scored as high as a 4?

I know Nintendo life will claim it would and the developer in question has no influence on the score but considering this is a self advertised rip off and scores higher than some games that while bad are still of a more playable experience you have to wonder.

This is just further proof that review scores in general are a complete waste of time

smikey

#6

smikey commented on Review: Chimpuzzle Pro (Wii U eShop):

@Dazza

It does clear things up a little bit I did slightly misread a little of the review (being dyslexic it happens sometimes)

I understand what you mean with the level select issue now though it still sounds like you can't select any level (which obviously you can)

In any event I do love the site (I log on almost every day) & even when I don't agree with a review (though a lot of this one I do generally agree with) I have always said everyone is free to judge a game for themselves & many will often disagree

With regards to the broken game part maybe I just got lucky with block generation or used diffrent blocks (as they're multiple ways to do most levels) For any reader who wants to play the game the first block (at least for me) has always generated on the right & should be considered when playing a level

Thanks for your reply either way
Apologies for any confusion caused on my part

smikey

#7

smikey commented on Review: Chimpuzzle Pro (Wii U eShop):

I've got the game already & my review will be on miiverse tomorrow.

The game has faults as I've noted in my own review (already written and awaiting to put on miiverse)

This review however is full of misinformation and false statements (not something I'd normally expect on Nintendo life

Firstly you CAN select any of the 15 levels in any order you want!!!

@galachef55
"The level select menu is also no help here — it appears to allow free access to all levels (there are no lock indicators or greyed-out buttons), but if you try to go to a level you haven’t completed only the last uncompleted level will load."

This statement is completely untrue I've beat all 15 levels but I did not play them in order and I can & could select any level and get that level anytime I wanted

The blocks do spawn randomly however the first block you choose 99% of the time will be on the right side of the screen and the next block and almost all other blocks will be in the middle or left of the screen

The review above doesn't mention that you can earn up to 3 stars based on score but the game doesn't save them anyway neither does it save remember your high scores of any kind
or the fact you can beat all 15 levels in well under an hour!

The games idea is well done the amount of levels and lack of any kind of score remembering ect is a pain
The graphics aren't fantastic so at least I can agree with the reviewer on that

smikey

#8

smikey commented on Feature: Ahead Of Hyrule Warriors, We Take A L...:

Love the Dynasty warriors series (Gang Ning in particular) not really bothered about Samurai ones
Maybe if this one takes off on wii u we'll actually get one of the Dynasty warriors games on a Nintendo system
(doubt it though)
So basically this article is saying it's like these other games you'll never play unless you own non Nintendo systems
of course Since everyone thinks Nintendo fans only buy Nintendo themed games I guess it's hardly surprising
I have almost all 3 rd party games on wii u ( including over 90% of all e-shop games)
but if i'm in the minority notthing is likely to change before the new console (which will probably end up being in the same position after a couple of years regardless of how powerful it is)
Still looking forward to this game all the same

smikey

#9

smikey commented on Nintendo Download: 18th September (Europe):

@ThomasBW84

When you round up the kids to test the karaoke game you might want to use the game as an excuse for an expenses paid business trip to France!
The game is the same as my first songs but in French and it features 20 songs rather than 15 in the English version some of the songs are in both versions but not that many
Game plays exactly the same way (with the same issues) though overall better (if you can understand or at least sing French)

got my copy of that & chimppuzzle pro today both my miiverse reviews for them will go live with the communities on Thursday (other reviews throughout the week) thankfully I know a little French and I can at least see the words on the screen

@rjejr
What's even more Annoying than capcom skipping wii U for revelations 2 is when your on their press release list and are only suppose to get emails about games on Nintendo systems but in the last few weeks I've had at least 4 emails about the game and every one lists what t will be released on Nintendo obviously not being on any of them!

It's going to be released in 4 parts over a few weeks period in early 2015

I've put over 60 hours into revelations on Wii u but I'll be putting zero hours into revelations 2 unless they give it a late port next year

smikey

#10

smikey commented on Retailer Lists Super Smash Bros. Wii U for 21s...:

@aaronsullivan
I agree
why would Nintendo put out a date for the wii u version before the 3ds games releases
Let the 3ds game release the internet will light up with smash bros news even more then drop the wii u release date
(& I said it would land a week before black friday a year ago) so I fully expect it to be the 21st myself

smikey

#11

smikey commented on Demo for Super Smash Bros. 3DS Announced for N...:

I'm in uk got an email with 4 codes about 2hours ago
Since the only 3ds I use currently has faulty shoulder buttons (2nd time too Nintendo fixed it once) I guess I won't be using any of the codes
Certainly not using my collectors consoles just for a demo
I'm sure they'll give them out to nearly everyone soon enough

Before anyone asks I'm giving them out to my Miiverse friends but ifvI've got any left tomorrow I'll post them on here

smikey

#12

smikey commented on Game Schedule Outlined for Nintendo Treehouse ...:

I'm in the uk & I will more than likely be up until after it's all finished but I don't think I'll be watching 5 hours of smash bros 3ds by which time every single thing will have already been revealed & shown off anyway (they've really messed the timing of that up after mario kart 8 if nothing else they must realise games get delivered early)

As for the others They'll all mostly be out soon except captain toad which got moved back to January for us anyway

I'll certainly watch a bit & I'm usually intent on watching Nintendo presentations, directs & all but I'm really not bothered about any of this one anymore if that's all they're doing

smikey

#13

smikey commented on Retro City Rampage: DX Will Benefit From Addit...:

Nice to hear some are willing to update games to accommodate the new buttons
I'd still rather have it on wii u but that's never going to happen
Bought the game ages ago but haven't even started it on the 3ds yet

smikey

#14

smikey commented on This Adorable Yoshi Plush Soft Toy Is Now Avai...:

Just got it for the wife to be (completely obsessed with Yoshi even though she's not really a gamer)
Had over 20,000 stars for ages so it was nice t use a few up
Still hoping for a limited edition amiibo or smash figurine so I'll be keeping hold of the rest now I think

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#15

smikey commented on Armillo Patch Rolls Onto Wii U to Fix Framerat...:

Guess I stil won't play ituntil the eu update then
I've got plently to play anyway but I bought the game on lauch day & by the time it's finally fixed over here it looks like being closer to xmas than launch day!
Do quite like what little of it I've played but I'll not be adding it to my animal themed miiverse reviews week in a couple of weeks
I'll try to be fair & wait until the patch arrives

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#18

smikey commented on BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION Coming To The Wii U...:

Due this fall presumably means in north america only I assume?
Since none of the other games are in Europe yet
(probably because not all of Europe has block drop either I suppose)

I buy everything so I'll be picking them all up when / if they finally make it but I think of them all block drop looks to be my favourite and I beat that in less than half an hour

smikey

#19

smikey commented on Interview: Zen Studios Outlines Its Ongoing Su...:

Kick beat arrives on wii u on September 18th (In europe) according to the e-shop
the video doesn't show that much really though.
I am looking forward to the pinball tables I own all the others & while I'll never be top of the world rankings I'm pretty content beating the default high scores & then my own scores & at the very least not ranking bottom of my Miiverse friends

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#20

smikey commented on Resident Evil Revelations 2 Assets Spotted:

I also loved resident evil revelations on wii u, though didn't really like it at all on 3ds
It's my 2nd most played wii u game at just under 60 hours and would love a sequel
if it does skip wii u I won't be buying it at all since I have no desire to buy any non Nintendo console nor the time to play on them even if I did
I might eventually pick up a ps4 cheap when it's near the end of it's life and grab bargin bin games that never made it to Nintendo (like I did with ps3 even though I still don't really use it)

So it's Nintendo or nothing for me at least in terms of brand new games anyway

smikey

#21

smikey commented on SteamWorld Dig Wii U Release Date and Pricing ...:

@OorWullie

I do attempt to complete as many as possible (if only I were skilled enough)
for the ones that remain uncompleted it's a minimum 6 hours game play for miiverse reviews & 8 hours for the blog so at least they'e had a decent amount of play / test time
Blog should look at least semi reasonable by the end of august already got pal master lists for nes, wii u, n64, wii ware, wii vc, wii u eshop & wii u vc.
snes, game cube master lists will be complete by the end of august & wii master list by mid september then onto the hand helds
once each games got it's own page it's much faster to start writing up blog reviews until then i'm mostly concentrating on the miiverse reviews (which are much shorter) & making sure each game has it's page layout
I'll be doing the same for the ntsc region from November onwards

thankfully most developers / publishers are interested in my challenge / goals & passion for Nintendo & games on it's systems
Only really had a negative experince with one publisher (no names) but they actually said weren't interested in advertising / promoting older games they've published (by multiple developers some only months old) they are only pushing the newest game.

I'll never be as big or as popular as sites like Nintendo life (neither are my reviews remotely written in a similar way) But it's a project for me as a collector as much as anything and anyone it helps along the way all the better :)

smikey

#22

smikey commented on SteamWorld Dig Wii U Release Date and Pricing ...:

@OorWullie

I got mine the same way Nintendo life get theirs the developers gave me a review copy nearly 2 weeks ago
I review all Nintendo games from the nes - wii u & game boy to 3ds (pal & ntsc) on my blog (still getting up & running) & miiverse
it's a long & difficult challange & will take very many years to catch up but I'm up for the challenge of it either way.

I actually have really good relationships with loads of developers / publishers & I've had quite a few e-shop games early including super toy cars, steam world dig, bombinb b*****ds, & a fair few more with many future titles already promised

My entire work life revolves around gaming & Nintendo ;)

smikey

#24

smikey commented on Watch Dogs Will be the Only "Mature" Ubisoft G...:

I own all the ubisoft games on wii u (even the very bad ones) haven't even opened a couple of them (including AC 4) & I'll buy watch dogs too but as ubisoft well know late / poor ports will never sell as well as other versions of the game if they did a port of a ps4 game & put it on ps3 but took out half the features & charged the orginal price (when ps4 version was now half price) it would still sell badly!

I'm not a ubisoft basher their company they can do as they like, & in general Nintendo consoles don't always move the so called mature games that well hpefully games like devils third ( that i'm really looking forward to) & bayonetta might change perception a bit
they're a mature titles & published by Nintendo not publishers fans have a grudge against.
If they succeed the ubisoft argument is dead in the water if they both bomb too no one can really complain about missing out on the so called mature games.

smikey

#25

smikey commented on Dolphin Up is Joining the Sea of Wii U eShop G...:

@ejvirzi

I stand corrected ;) that's the first time I've ever heard that (and quickly looked it up) in my entire life
Thanks for teaching me something new next time the wife to be says she wants to swim with dolphins I'll be sure to ask her if that's what she has in mind.

smikey

#26

smikey commented on Dolphin Up is Joining the Sea of Wii U eShop G...:

It's called dolphin up and 18 seconds into the video it's being played as a killer whale which is in no way a dolphin.
in any event I wouldn't remotely compare it to Ecco either (not that the subtitle did just the answer to that question was a resounding no ;)) it looks like a basic high score chaser which might do ok if it's got a cheap price but I love in the uk anyway and there seem to be plenty of low priced wii u e-shop games that haven't made it over here yet (not always a bad thing perhaps)

smikey

#27

smikey commented on Nintendo Download: 21st August (Europe):

@Goginho
Capcom said a while ago they'd put out at least 1 megaman game a week for the whole of August so brace yourself for gameboy mega man 5 next week

& I thought everyone in europe was well aware by now Shovel knights is months away!!!

not one or 2 weeks months!

I'm guessing every week the where is shovel knight in the european download post will resemble the where is mario 3 & mario kart in the usa ones earlier this year.

They got their games & we'll get shovel knight just much closer to Xmas than August

smikey

#28

smikey commented on Nintendo Download: 21st August (Europe):

Another quiet week
But at least it's steam world dig on wii u in europe next week.
I got my wii u copy last week and have most enjoyed it (never played the 3ds one)
what games Nintendo will put in the sale with smash bros regulars might be interesting but I'll likely own them all the only 2 I didn't have from last weeks sale was mega man 5 & 6

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#29

smikey commented on Weirdness: Check Out this LEGO Bob-Omb Battlef...:

Quite impressed I never had much creativity with lego either as a kid or with my kids now.
Wasn't there a koopa in the level though as soon as you go up the first bridge I'm sure I use to ride his shell and steal a blue coin

Not that it much matters it's still well done

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#30

smikey commented on Nintendo Offers Condolences to Robin Williams'...:

It's certainly possible & would be nice but would likely only happen if Robin's family either requested such things themselves or backed the petition with their own signatures (neither of which they are like currently considering or have given much thought to)
Would be nice to see him in a village in hd on zelda u though

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#31

smikey commented on Night Trap ReVamped Developer May Flip-Flop on...:

Which basically means we're never going to hit the target maybe those nintendo fans can throw some money our way!
Of course they should realise once you upset the Nintendo fan they never forgive you just look at almost every ubisoft post on here good or bad news (I know there isn't really any good news ubisoft posts but still even if there were)

I buy everything on a Nintendo console & I always will if this ever made it I'd buy it.
Thankfully It's never going to happen & I don't have to :)

smikey

#33

smikey commented on The Hyrule Warriors Artbook Catches The Eye Wi...:

where is the book in the west available?
I'm a collector & I haven't seen it (or I've looked in the wrong place)
I've already ordered the Nintendo uk store one with the scarf (would have preferred a figure)
As for a female link I think the pics look pretty good & I wouldn't really mind either way

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#35

smikey commented on Weirdness: A Resident Evil TV Show Has Been Pr...:

With the overwhelming success of the walking dead it's hardly surprising they'd think of cashing in with a tv show really
& done right it could actually work
of course it won't be done right it's most likely a quick cash in job while zombies are in favour

Once walking dead finishes zombies will go back to being unpopular for a number of years until the next thing brings them back up just like vampires & other various things

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#36

smikey commented on Review: SHUT THE BOX (Wii U eShop):

I use to play the game with an old guy that use to come in my bar every weekend.
His tiles & dice were actually kept in a little wood box full of very detailed carving

he got it while skiing in the alps years ago & played it on his skiing trips every night in the cabin.
He nearly always beat me too even though it really is 99% luck

my kids even play a version of it on neo pets.

Score unsurprisingly seems a bit high but I'll still buy it & the others when they make it to europe

smikey

#37

smikey commented on Interview: Eclipse Games on Driving for the Po...:

Spent a fair amount of time talking to Eduardo my self over the last 2 weeks,
Very helpful & open to suggestions & comments on the game (both before & after release)
The game isn't too bad but it definitely has a reasonably clear divide where most will end up on the like / dislike of it.

If you find the right car for your style you'll likely cruise through most of career mode fairly quickly.

smikey

#38

smikey commented on Midtown Crazy Race:

I got a copy on monday for review purposes (along with Bombing B*****ds & ice cream surfer) the motion controls are a bit on the loose side the mini is a challenging drive.
The game it's self isn't the worst game on wii u but the if you could actually switch the controls to the analogue stick I'd probably be half way through the 25 levels by now (2 modes standard racing and check point hitting)

smikey

#39

smikey commented on Gallery: A Closer Look At 13 amiibo Toys:

I'm definitely buying them all (& every amiibo ever (released)
of the ones shown above I'd get yoshi first, of all the smash cast I want pac man most.
but regardless of how many release in the first batch I expect to be buying at least 1 of each as one big bulk order. (as soon as I decide where to order them from. ( definitely won't be game uk)

smikey

#40

smikey commented on Orders Open For Xbox One in China as Nintendo ...:

I don't doubt microsoft & sony to a slightly lesser extent will face many issues in China a vast majority of games on those consoles that make the serious money will never get in.
I do think however Nintendo even if they Don't want to drop the wii u in there should at the very least have given them the wii.
far easier that basically starting from complete zero.

smikey

#41

smikey commented on Nintendo Download: 31st July (Europe):

Just got Ice cream surfer about half hour ago i'll be reviewing it on miiverse as soon as the community goes live on Thursday.
I'm sure I'll be spending some money on Thursday too though I always am.

smikey

#42

smikey commented on Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Toug...:

@Emblem

"Quality control is about functioning games not about how much fun you think they are. As long as they don't brake your hardware, have acceptable content and are not buggy messes they should be allowed on the store.
99 people might hate games like The Letter but if 1 person likes it and is satisfied with the purchase does it not deserve at least to be sold?
There are plenty of review sites that will give reviews and plenty of Lets Plays so people know what their getting into. Making a purchase is a choice and its up to buyers to make sure that choice is an informed one.
TL DR; Popular opinion is not quality control."

I agree with all of that 100%

Every game has an audience regardless of how many people might dislike that game.
Microsoft and sony also have "poor games" on their e- stores
I'm not especially fond of the my farm series (played and completed the 2 on the pal wii u) (before anyone wants to condem that I intend to own, complete & review every game on a Nintendo console regardless of your opinion) my kids are young and quite like them.
In addition the my farm series got ok scores for the dsi versions different reviewer to the wii u ones but basically same game so clearly everyone has a different opinion.

Like a game buy it, don't like it leave it for the ones that do and buy something else.
Unless the game has serious issues Nintendo have no reason to step in.

I'll also note I spent yesterday and part of today playing Super Toy cars on wii u (releases this week on Thursday) it has a few issues (non game breaking that I've had) I've already relayed to the developer (who is working on them) and I'm sure Nintendo life will point them out in their review but as long as these are made clear to the buyers who bother to do any research (I''ll at least post them on miiverse as soon as the community goes live) before buying it's surely up to the buyer to make their own choice.

smikey

#43

smikey commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Master System:

@Damo
It was a typo it was suppose to say hated not hate.
I have no real feelings about the master system at all either way anymore I'm more than content with the Nintendo consoles and games I own (and will eventually own)
At the time I was very upset and it did make me more determined to be a Nintendo gamer for life and I have been since I got the snes without any regret I've had other non Nintendo consoles in the house (Still do) but they never really get plugged in.

smikey

#44

smikey commented on Wii U Purchasing Intent Doubles In The Wake Of...:

I've bought 2 wii u consoles (1 for me and 1 for the kids)
I'm getting a nstc one in the next couple of months too it's genuinely my favourite Nintendo console and controller (as unpopular as that is)
The n64 still has my favourite set of games but I'm sure the wii u will win that by the end of it's life time too :)

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#45

smikey commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Master System:

I live in the uk and I hated the master system with a passion!

All my friends had one or were getting one at the end of the 80's and all I wanted for xmas that year was a Nes (always been the odd one out)
My dad went t the shop and eneded up getting talked into the master system (he wasn't that clued up on these things) they convinced him that it would have been the master system that I wanted and did him a "great deal" with a fair few games.
I cried my eyes out that xmas.
My dad tried to take it back but they wouldn't swap it.
Didn't own a Nes until the late 90's but that Xmas I made a promise I'd be faithful to Nintendo for the rest of my life and own all their games (getting there 1 game at a time)

Thankfully I did get the snes for xmas when it came outeven though again most of my friends went mega drive

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#46

smikey commented on UK Government Effectively Decriminalises Downl...:

Trying to get the service providers to do anything in the first place was always going to be a waste of time.
They've made them all block certain websites but you can still access every single one of them in less than 10 seconds without downloading any extra software or paying a penny so it's never going to stop anyone.

Bigger fines / tougher penalties for the up loaders is about the only chance they've got but even then most of them won't care some people in the world will always want something for free and others will always want the popularity of providing it.

smikey

#47

smikey commented on Nintendo Download: 24th July (Europe):

I got super toy cars this afternoon I'll be taking it for a spin while I watch the pdc matchplay darts this evening.
Hoping to have it all beat by the time of release on Thursday for a miiverse and blog review but I'll see how hard it is before I commit to that (will definitely give a mini miiverese review once the community launches though.

@Marshi I wouldn't mid seeing a couple of them in hd but I own them all anyway (never even opened metroid) I'd rather have sequels than wii hd ports myself though unless they were included in the box with the sequel.

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#49

smikey commented on Poll: Which is Your Favourite Super Smash Bros...:

I voted for pac man as he's been my favourite video game character for 30 years.
I also picked try to buy all amiibos but it should really say will buy all because there will be no trying involved I've already banked the money for them nice collectors items & even though I've never been a big fan of smash bros I'll still be getting it day 1.

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#50

smikey commented on Nintendo of Europe Distributing Tomodachi Life...:

It's the only main stream Nintendo game I haven't bought this year & I also received a code via email from noe over a month ago & gave it away on this site.
I thought perhaps it's because I register so many games (it said i'd been specially selected) but maybe now there just throwing them out there to keep momentum going.