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Starwolf_UK commented on Ocarina Of Time Began Life As A Remake Of Zeld...:

Didn't know about the sound trivia stuff. Nintendo is really good at hiding things which become obvious when slowed down/sped up (Gamecube menu =FDS, Mario end stage=Mario Power up). Won't be able to unhear hear slightly Engerish Minda now though.



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

I wonder if Pop'n Twinbee Rainbow Bell Adventures coming so soon means Parodious might be coming soon. Shame NOE continue to needlessly ruin these by forced 50Hz then have the cheek to say the sound is the correct speed (almost as if the someone at Nintendo thought sound was the only complaint about 50Hz). It is a SNES, you did nothing, music always plays correctly.

@Anguspuss The problem is people only buy when it is on sale. If that was the normal price people would not care. That is what happened to JCPenney (in 2012 they dropped inflated RRP and the like, their reward was about a 30% drop in sales).



Starwolf_UK commented on 3DS System Update 8.1.0-18 is Now Live:

Must make highly origfinal stability joke.

The Japanese Pokemon Global Link site is saying that communication errors were hreported to be happening in battles and they are hopeful this update fixes those. Anecdotally, some people were saying they were getting a lot more communication errors as of late when wonder trading etc...

Elsewhere on the web I can find "CVer and the HTTP system-module were updated. Both of these titles still use the original NCCH encryption.". Gobbledegook to me but maybe that is related (I would imagine battle communicate via the HTTP module so if the encryption messes up that would lead to errors).



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

Nintendo is distancing itself from the WiiWare past of dictating the pirces, dictating when the game would come out (to some extent they still do as lot check still exists but once that is over the developer is free) and trying to force quality by only paying developers once they sold enough copies which only served to completely deter developers from the service as hardly anyone put their Wiis online.

Everyone having a go is a consequence of this but if it leads to more and better content being on the eShop the service will be strongher as a whole. It is the open and inclusive image they are gunning for that I mentioned in the opening (sadly, gagging their main eShop guy from Twitter possibly because he said something negative about region locking is not helping this open appearance).

Much like XNA this might lead to a treasure trove of hidden gems but there is yet to be enough of a flood for people to be lucky dipping in this regard.



Starwolf_UK commented on Mario Kart 8 Sales Increase By Nearly a Third ...:

There are rumors of people having games revoked by Mario Kart abuse (one person with 5 games had 2 taken away, seems a bit wrong to me and not a way to get good PR). I also hear someone who recieved a phone call regarding it (but I guess this can only happen if you have such details in your CN account). Technically they could ban your Club Nintendo account though (in terms and conditions about one person can only have one account).

A thing to really take note of if Pokmon Gen 5 went from out of the charts to high (Individual formats) by just doubling sales then sales must be pretty low. We are likely back to numver 1`is 10,000 units where we were a few months ago.

@Jazzer94 Look at how many copies of Watch Dogs CeX has. Now thats what I call a lot. Though to be fair Watch dogs is Ubisoft so will be £20 in about 6 months. At the same time it is important that Mairo Kart is unusually high numbers when compared to anything else on the Wii U (on the PS4 other games like killzone also have 1000s).

@sinalefa Gen VI needed grinding? EXP share meant I was getting too much EXP and had to rotate a team of about 30 to keep my levels getting high. If you mean postgame stuff then there are trainers with Audino in Battle Cheteau (and black writ makes them 20 levels higher which can give a max of about 33k EXP a kill). I did like Gen V for trying different things like the dark patches of grass and the general set up of giving you an optional area around most Gyms (which tended to have types that would help).



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

US version of Mega Man Battle network is because the EU version has an Ubisoft logo/splash screen.

Hmm the NES discounts I take as an admission that the prices should have been tiered to start with. Why else would SMB and LOZ being 30% off while the rest 50% off (when Nintendo typically gives 30% off). If they were all 30% off the "lesser" teir would be €3.59 instead of €4.99.



Starwolf_UK commented on Review: Pop'n Twinbee (Wii U eShop / Super Nin...:

The fact it is 50Hz completely puts me off the game (the fixed scrolling must look terrible on the gamepad as it judders to a halt 10 times a second). I think it is a critical point that deserves to be in the review (dpends on what the review should be, is it a review of the game itself or the package it is in, I personally think it should be the latter).



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

I got the code on 26th June so rollout of these must be slow and in batches or something. I guess they want to extend the legs of the game so they don't want everyone to recieve it at once.

@WiiLovePeace I too was happy to see this. Speaking of NNID links, that Super Mario Bros DX promotion a while back. An Australian made and linked a UK NNID to their 3DS. For some reason the Super Mario Bros DX code they got given was an Australian one (remember how Australia have different download codes to Europe for some reason) which being stuck on the UK eShop they could not actually use.



Starwolf_UK commented on Yumi's Odd Odyssey Hooks In Permanent Price Dr...:

Agatsuma Entertainment have never put Code of Princess on sale here in Europe (it is the only game they've published on European eShop). Then again NISA have never put Etrian Oddysey on sale (this one irritates more seeing it for $15 in America now) so the antics of Atlus USA can't be used as a gauge.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

@SonataAndante Here is a list of what you get for things in Europe:
Basically 250 stars a game most of the time. The opening up of 3rd parties for 3DS and Wii U helps greately too. It should be noted post play surveys are very rare though (only if you register in first week, appear about a month after release and vanish a month later, no reminders or anything sent out). 3DS eShop and Wii eShop exclusives give out 50 stars when a survey is done (DSi Shop and Wii Shop no longer give anything). Stars earned expire after 24 months (so it is a good idea to hold back slips until they are close to expiring that way you are never forced to spend too many stars at once) with regisration slips for games expire after 3.5 years of release (barring reprint or budget versions which extend them to unknown).

It should be noted Japan is utterly brutal. I think 2 coins = 1 point is the conversion but Japanese games not only expire but fall in value too (as in give way less points 6 months after release). It would be helpful when sites post rewards to break down the relaity of them as that would stem a lot of the grass is greener that tends to happen.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

@ikki5 I will try again. You are crying about the fact you can't spend 800 coins for $10 of games on two dead systems (one of which is pointless in Europe due to NOE deciding they should run in crappy 50Hz). The fact that earning 600 coins you get one of 2 $30 games for free on mordern systems is nothing to scoff at and you then have 600 coins to spend. Sure the physical goods are in dire need of a restock but you have over 2 years for that to happen.

Grass is always bloody greener, isn't it.

@roccochacon Have you not thought that is it because of people like you that the gifts in general are so bad? 4 accounts to platinum, I don't believe you can do that legitimately. Prove me wrong :)



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

You can sell or give away digital codes easier than you can sell on physical goods. Plus no waiting until November.

Would have been nice to see the traditional calender on offer and Doc Louis Punch-Out though.

@ikki5 If we use 1 coin=5 stars as a conversion factor the Wii points you want so badly work out at 800 coins for 1000 while you regularly get games worth about that for less than 300 coins.

As for the CDs Mario 3D World is 600 and the Mario Galaxy ones go up to about 1000 coins. Let's not even get into the buyable platinum prizes (spend 1400 coins for something that was given away for earning 600, thanks...still did it as the Mario statue is great and there was nothing else I wanted).

As for our platinum prize it was great. Here it is, in the backets:
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Thats right there is nothing there. Remember for earning a platinum prize you also have 600 coins to spend so personally I would be more irate at how that part of the club nintendo system seems to have gone on vacation as that is meant to be the real prize, the platinum is just a bonus.



Starwolf_UK commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

You know on the scale of "Gather around. I've figured out HOW TO SAVE NINTENDO" ideas this is pretty terrible if the GamePad is left in its current state. If it had an OS which was able to do more (especially outside of the Wii U range) you might have an argument as the GamePad would be a tablet then rather than a screen (even as a screen, compared to your average tablet falls short on the resolution front quite massively) but that is what should have happened at launch but would have probably made the system $599 and so perform even worse.

I think the last thing Nintendo needs to do now is muddy the waters even more about what the Wii U is supposed to be (especially as they constantly sway from the GamePad being a TV liberator to a unique part of the experience).

In fact I wonder if Quest 64 is more of a Final Fantasy VII killer than the GamdPad is an iPad killer (sure it is, players may be put off JRPGs for life by Quest 64 thus they never play FFVII, war never was pretty...).



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 17th July (Europe):

@Emblem You need an NNID to get demos and free applications (e.g. Youtube, Pokemon Bank, Steel Diver Sub Wars). Oddly enough beofre NNID you didn't. Carrot and stick, eh. You are locked to one country with an NNID (rather than being able to use any in that region with seperate wallets in each). Remember how the UK didn't get Inazuma Eleven because level 5 thought British dubs were more important than sales? I could easily get around that but many others were left without the option. Remember how only Austrlaia got Snapdots? I bought that that. Btw, I have to connect ot he Australian eShop to redownload it (erorrs out on UK eShop); which an NNID not linked to Australia would prevent, it is ironic how the account system fails to safegaurd my purchases in that respect. Why not link to Australia then? Terrible prices and loads of game don't come out in Australia.

From what I remember a Japanese 3DS only has one contry to choose anyway (Japan) so it doesn't matter there.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 17th July (Europe):

Just Earthbound for me. Interested in Steel Diver but since Nintendo deems me unworthy to download it because 'thou must hath an NNID' (I refuse to lock my 3DS to one country which having an NNID does), I can't.

@Noelemahc On the 3DS VC has been dead for a few months in Japan (which is what made Pokemon Trading Card game in Europe such a surprise). On the Wii U, what do you think Kirby is? But for both the probelm with VC is there is so little 3rd party support outside of Japan and lack of supported systems mean there is not much that can released and as a result not a lot left.

@Kolzig I could swear Steel Diver and Pilotwings were on the eShop but at a 'why even bother?' price point of £40.



Starwolf_UK commented on Retail Promotions Prompt Tomodachi Life to Con...:

The thing with Mario Kart 8 is GAME had it for £30 on their website for one day (free game promo still valid and CeX give £29 cash for it...). Also other retailers have dropped the price of the limited edition a bit. Both those things are short term boosts which won't stem its continual decline.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 10th July (Europe):

Looks like I'm buying NES remix at last...

@Frapp They hide the borders for SNES games. Still slower and jerky (duplicates every 5th frame to keep 60Hz on gamepad) though.

Stupid Konami for not releasing these in America in the day (there is no US version to use instead) and stupid Nintendo for thinking the game will break if it is run at 60Hz.



Starwolf_UK commented on The Unreleased Super Mario 64 DD Edition Appea...:

This was used for demonstration purposes to show off the potential loading times of 64DD games. Apparently the build date is 1996 (64 DD was ready for a while but I guess games weren't) which explains why it seems to be like Japan v1.0 (no peach letter reading, some slightly different music).

Edit: LOL beaten.
There might be more than one of these floating around. This was seen several months ago:
23k Yen with a prototype (that may have vanished into the void as tends to happen when Japanese people buy prototypes). Some stores really don't know the value of what they have.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 26th June (Europe):

@Dave24 I'm confused. I thought the devs had the PEGI rating sorted and it was NOE lot check and translation the operations guide (or maybe even the game) that was the holdup.

@Gnoll Was $10. Do understand that this is the worst Chibi Robo entry and later on getting enough currency to buy film to take photos is horrible as the prices rise by a lot (to make the game longer). The terrible cameras on the 3DS don't help things and it is especially painful if you fail to take a photo the game wants you to take (you have to buy the film again and try again, no refund or discount for your failure).



Starwolf_UK commented on Summer Games Done Quick Gearing Up For 22nd June:

Had a peek at a the schedule. Not good times for me but some interesting stuff in there, especially the potential buffer period #5 bonus game.

I guess Ninjabread man is the start of the bad games block (seems like a fairly small block this year).



Starwolf_UK commented on The World's Largest Video Game Collection is S...:

So Eurogamer, did peeps pay already? I think him and catch were shill bidders. One of them activity of taking the auction from 100k to 500k all by them-self is very suspicious for one. I think their aim was not to win but give it to someone below by blocking any other bids from taking place (as you would have to beat 500k rather than 70k). The collection is not worth 700k at all (the interviews make it sound like it is padded out by buying anything that is $10 or less) in the traditional sense. In a time and effort sense, possibly.

So yeah until there is evidence of being collected by someone and money transfered it is not a closed book if you ask me. The auction ending at 750k is fact but it is unclear if it has been sold.

If it does go trough I wonder if gamegravel will waive some of the fixed 5% fee here. 37.5k is a lot...

@slidecage He reached 10,000 and contacted the records people (he thought it was a good figure). They came round to verify 10,000 unique titles.

@shigulicious I think he has plans to rebuild a collection.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 19th June (Europe):

As far as Toki Tori 2 goes I have a strange feeling it will be a similar price in the Steam Summer Sale. Though in that case it is harder to pick which system to get it for. PC version does have the level editor but will I really play user generated content?



Starwolf_UK commented on Don't Worry, Nintendo Hasn't Forgotten About T...:

Third party support largely drying up in the west is not helping here. Square Enix, what do I need to give for you to care about the west, also Konami what do I need to do for you to release Hudson content? Nintendo does not have a lot else to release without going into uncharted territory like Zapper games (I know many emulators have on-screen crosshairs but I think that makes the games too easy as the original releases lacked these).

As for NES and SNES. The additional frame of delay on the gamepad is irritating (post a screenshot on Miiverse, the gamepad one is a frame behind the TV one...that is before accounting for the 1 frame transmission delay so really it is 2 frames behind the action) as it has no reason to exist.

Regarding N64. They were all translated into German meaning Europe will be stuck with sub-par 50Hz versions (heres an interesting thing, the Zelda Bonus discs could be played in German but only ran at 60Hz) and stuttering image.

@baba_944 I think Super-FX chip is a legal matter at this point in time as Nintendo were not the creators. The chip patent should expire soon and Argonaut died a while back (but maybe someone bought rights).



Starwolf_UK commented on Miyamoto Confirms Next Wii U System Update Is ...:

Given how well the quick start menu works (I've turned it off because every time I turned the system on it told me the menu was not ready yet) they need to take all the time they can on an update with features. Who knows what will happen if folders were to appear?

Who knows maybe they will write a change log that is more than "stability improvmantz" (keep trolling them, it is a shame as there are actual changes that are meaningful, remember the LAN speed boost?).

To people suggesting cross buy, there is no update needed. The eShop is already equipped to offer users specific offers based on purchases in thier NNID. See the Pullblox World promo. It just requires a change of mindset from Nintendo (which is gradually happening).

I would personally like to see a better offline mode than having to delete all connection settings (if you don't it will try to connect to those every time you boot up or close software).

@BakaKnight Wait, you can't move saves on their own to the NAND? I was under the impression you could. Irritating. Saves on their own on the NAND are the best backup you'll get currently because if the NAND breaks the external drive will be useless anyway (as a repair will be a different system). Edit: If Nintendo is keen on not having end users with public key encrypted saves (as these are easier to hack) then a cloud based solution linked to the NNID is an idea.



Starwolf_UK commented on Mario Kart 8 and Tomodachi Life Hold Firm in U...:

@Spoony_Tech Assuming all regions follow the same drop in sales seen in UK and Japan and WW was 1.2 million week 1. UK and Japan were down about 75% week 2 which would put WW at 1.5 million, week 3 we only have UK to go by but that would be about 1.7 million. Depending on how much more sales slow I think it will be a few months until 2 million is reached.



Starwolf_UK commented on Free Copy of Bayonetta Comes as a Separate Dis...:

I'll just impor...oh yeah region lock, silly me.

That aside, the packaging looks like it is 2 DVD cases wide. I wonder if they're getting a separate box for Bayonetta 1 too.

@MetalK9 All the costumes look like something made by the create a fighter mode in the soul calibur games. You can see the intent but the result looks wrong to the point of it being amusing.



Starwolf_UK commented on Bayonetta Download Code Included With Retail a...:

I hope this isn't the only way to get Bayonetta 1. I don't like it when publishers make very limited games, especially in digital download form.

I personally see something like Bayonetta 1 being $20 on the eShop and the Bayonetta 2 code in box gives you that ($20 worth of DDP credit) while on the eShop you get a $20 discount on it ($0 worth of DDP credit) or maybe the opposite (like the Super Mario Kart promo, the DDP credit is based on my experiences with NNP there).

@Taceus DDP has always been NNP outside of America.



Starwolf_UK commented on Wii Owners Are Upgrading To PlayStation 4, Cla...:

31-17=14 so couldn't they have just said 14% of owners had Xbox360 while 17% had Wii or older? But that would make things clear and missinformation s good (maybe I'm doing just that :) )

I think most Wii owners are upgrading to nothing at all. Nor will they ever. Wii Sports a few time, left in closet since.



Starwolf_UK commented on Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your...:

I wonder why they waited until after E3? I thought it not happening with firmware 5.0 was them holding it back but maybe they needed to get the software rated or whatever. I guess if it launched during E3 it would draw in questions about DS VC releases or get lost in the mayhem.

@Ruthven If you opted into spotpass downloads or whatever the option is and left your Wii U in standby you might find it has downloaded itself (I know of a few people who woke up to find it on the thier Wii U menu).



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 12th June (North America):

The thing about RE Revelaitons is how large the eShop download is. Is it such a great saving if you have to empty the fridge or buy a new SD card?

In case anyone wanted to throw the yellow card of "no fair why no Europe IE sale", we got the sale (this can be the problem with Monday PR is some sales are not planned so far in advance).



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 12th June (Europe):

Update this news post please (or mention next week) Inazuma Eleven also has a discount in Europe:
It is out on every eShop but the UK one because Level 5 think British Dubs for British people...

Or is this going to be a repeat of Pullbox where the sale was a seperate news post and it never got mentioned in either of the Nintendo Download news posts?



Starwolf_UK commented on E3 2014: PDP Shows Off its New GameCube-Styled...:

@yuwarite As far as tournaments go EVO ban all wireless controllers. Latency and potential radio interferance are problems (see: Miyamoto demonstrating Zelda Skyward Sword). Also if you've been playing with one controller for a decade you are more used to it.

For home users though, Pro controller is fine (personally, I'll probably get adaptor and dig out my Gamecube controllers).

@SCAR392 They are plugged into Wii remotes which makes the likelihood of them being registered as pro controllers a bit low. I find it weird how Giotek can offer a pro controller that works both as CC Pro and Wii U pro controller (a switch on the back changes between these) and is fully wireless for about the same as these wired ones but hey uncanny official gamecune controller mold and Nintendo branding cost $$s.



Starwolf_UK commented on Shin Megami Tensei IV Confirmed For Q3 eShop R...:

I really wonder what Nintendo France are smoking sometimes. I'm guessing all their talk about working hard translating the game was about translating the operations guide.

As for the game release. I am pleased I can start to put this sorry saga behind me (I stopped caring about the game long ago, it was painful so easier to stop caring). I will say one thing though. It is an utter insult to wait over a year from announcement with no info from either the announcer (Nintendo) or the developer (Atlus) about where it is only to half release it in the end. At the very least it is polite to inform people about why it took so long (it shouldn't have PEGI rating+changing one byte of the ROM header is not a year long task).

If it is £31.99/€40 ala Conception 2 I'll wait for the half price sale. I think Atlus USA will have no problem with waiting a year for my purchase (and if they do then they are hypocrites). That is assuming they remember to give Europe sales on eShop games (like they seem to do every month in America) otherwise they can wait forever.



Starwolf_UK commented on E3 2014: Wii U eShop Version of Bayonetta 2 Do...:

The NOE page implies the Bayonetta 1 version is a seperate package (special edition) though that may be due to the first game having a different PEGI rating (was revised to 18 after release).

I'm guessing it is like Sonic Deadly six edition but given how much of a deal they made about it there feels like there is more to this story.



Starwolf_UK commented on Mario Kart 8 Stays Second in UK as Tomodachi L...:

When the entire top 10 is down like 20%+ on last week (Watch dogs is down by 81%) and is relatively unchanged it makes you realise the rest of chart must be sub 10k and practically dead.

Anyway Tomodachi life. I guess next week is about number 30 and the week after off the charts, business as usual for first party 3DS game. There is always hope for a second wind and out of the charts/=/0.

@faint Just UK. It will be interesting to see if later in the week Japan suffers from a drop in MK sales and if it is a similar amount (as that is the only country with good charts for this purpose).



Starwolf_UK commented on 130 Jobs To Go In Nintendo Of Europe Reshuffle:

Their other office in Frankfurt is pretty near (40km), in case any one compares this to when NOA marketing was moved to New York (from Redmond) and lost a lot of talent who didn't want to move halfway across the country (but could they gain new talent from that).

But given this is where the warehouses were, are they getting new ones in Frankfurt? They still need to store goods.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Spain Secures Win Over R4 Card Retailer:

Quite a contrast to Italy where pre-loading Wiis with homebrew to add functionality not present in the system was considered fine (I think it went to a European court) as there was no mention or ability to play pirated software with those provided services.

Then again that ability to run pirated software is the main difference with the R4 cart (and thus this case). If it was something like Games N' Music (the DS flashcart I own) that would be a different matter (it can't run commercial games, heck some homebrew struggles too).

@gurtifus The fact you need an almost 2 year old firmware to use it is a pretty good deterrent. Also the thing is its own worst enemy with the high cost of it.



Starwolf_UK commented on Rumour: Grainy Image of "Mario Maker" and Nint...:

Hiring a showroom is a lot more effort than printing off a game list and taking a photo or writing crap on bubblews so if it is a fake this what I want to see more of (I'm still reeling from the Warios Woods remake April hoax someone did years ago).

Odd thing is the smash bros posters. The Mario Maker one is much taller. Not sure how to think either way.