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Sun 20th January, 2008

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Starwolf_UK commented on ​The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Downl...:

@Dipper723 The extra languages are a few voice files (announcer and Sonic) and some text and it isn't much larger than the US version.

The 2.1 GB SSB size comes from a Japanese pre-order download card slip of paper. In other words not a reliable source at all (and proven wrong on many an occasion).

Hopefully the NOA website doesn't prove to be as unreliable.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd January (Europe):

I knew being too busy to get SMTIV would pay off. Shame the differential is being spent on the Theathrhythm DLC songs out that day too (that is one I don't like about these PR, they normally don't list DLC).

Also I'm most surprised DK Jr. Math(s) wasn't yet out in Europe.



Starwolf_UK commented on Pokémon Shuffle is a Match-Three Game With Sl...:

Am I going to download it? I can't. Quite literally because Nintendo decided that people who don't have an NNID linked to their can't download free software for absolutely no reason (apart from to give NNID a bullet point of great thing it does). But why don't I want NNID? Well being locked into a single eShop is really bad for European regions. I own content unavailable in the UK eShop (plus hate the prices there because I live in 2015, not 2008) and there is no eShop which covers everything I own.

But looking at this game I'm not sure I'm missing much. 30 hours of Pokemon Link Battle was enough for me. Fine so this has a stamina bar, mega evolutions etc...whatever. Plus like the article said Puzzle & Dragons is just around the corner.



Starwolf_UK commented on Video: Does Super Mario Galaxy 2 On Wii U Offe...:

I can't say I'm impressed with the standard prices that are essentially Nintendo selects prices (at least in Europe) only without the disc and can only play on Wii U but these week 1 offers are good.

Part of me wonders if the Gamepad as classic controller support will be for Wii mode in general as part of a firmware update since none of the 3 initial games support it and only two of the known upcoming games do. I certinaly will be unimpressed if it is like pay us €20 for a game you already have a disc for if you want to use the Gamepad as a classic controller .



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Steps Away From The Brazilian Market:

The $2000 PS4? Half of that is profit:
It is easy to blame taxes for everything but at some point people get trapped into thinking everything is expensive so companies take advantage to boost their margins.

The Wii U never even got a Brazilian eShop and as far as I know due to the outrageous local prices (and the Brazilian eShop on 3DS not allowing you add funds from most bank accounts as NOA couldn't be bothered to read up on Brazilian banking regulations, something Micorsoft and Sony managed to implement within a week) everybody used the Canadian eShop anyway (although I think that has the same problem of not being able to add funds from most banks). How outrageous were the local prices, let's just say I saw an image offering monthly installments as a payment option.

What is worse though is from a support perspective in terms of repairs etc but maybe that already was bad.



Starwolf_UK commented on Play-Asia is Taking Orders on This Multitap Ma...:

@Luna-Harmony The tax part is only 20% of the value of the product. The rest of it some handling fee that the courier companies/post office make up because they paid the tax beforehand and filled in a few forms that you are not allowed to fill in yourself. Some people have been able to waiver the handling fee by stating that under UK contract law they don't have to pay for it.

To be honest the handling fee just makes me use retailers who are willing to commit a form of mail fraud (that is lie about the value on the package so no taxes have to be paid, usually mail fraud is the opposite of a high value to claim off insurance for damages) losing the government tax revenue.



Starwolf_UK commented on Level-5 Confirms Some Handsome 3DS eShop Festi...:

@Magrane I'd put Crimson Shroud at the top of the Guild games I've played (not played Weapon Shop, Bugs vs. Tanks or Starship), it has a well written localisation and an interesting world. The downfall is the same as most of the Guild, it is not that long though (my first play was about 6.5 hours, maybe that is enough for you) in the sense of it leaving you wanting more it does have new game+ which the level 5 website suggests playing to the end. The dice rolling and static graphics mean it might not be for everyone though.

@OmegaPowerEX It only affects the games published by Level5ia. The games you named were published by Nintendo in Europe and Level5 in Japan.

@LawRulesALL You can not have the same NNID on two systems simultaneously. You can however use the system transfer tool to transfer over the NNID and all content associated with it to the new 3DS (provided an NNID isn't already linked to that). Read the system settings manual for more information.



Starwolf_UK commented on Snazzy Golf Balls Added to Club Nintendo in PA...:

You know I'm really suspicious of NOE, multiple physical rewards in a month like they're trying to get us to wipe our stars balance and this suspicion is mainly fueled by the following fact.

Recent games (Bayonetta, Pokémon, SSB U but not 3DS) have expiration dates of 31/03/15. Games are supposed to expire 3.5 years after their last release so these are quite a massive departure from there. That makes me wonder if NOE are reworking Club Nintendo or are going to wind it down and go out with a bang rather than a whimper which NOA seem to be doing.

Worldwide the Club Nintendo schemes are revised. New 3DS does not come with slips (though in Australia this might be related to the above), Japan no longer has elite membership (so just like Europe :) ) and the last few platinum gifts were digital games (including a DSiWare release of Advance Wars : Days of Ruin).

As for arguments, I'm out as the only winning move is not to play. No matter what you say everyone will claim the grass is greener.

@ikki5 Question. Would you spend 800 coins for 1000 Wii points? That is what you are saying Europeans who want download games should do. Also that website might not even work anymore, I got an error when I tried to log in. It claimed I had not linked a Club Nintendo account to my Wii (last time the Wii went on the Wii Shop it was linked) but that also makes it impossible for a Wii U owner to use (as you are unable to link CN account to the VWii Wii Shop).



Starwolf_UK commented on UK Retailer GAME Is Selling Captain Toad: Trea...:

The only way to get stock for the 2nd is to have it for the 18th. It makes me wonder what NOE was thinking with the release date. I always felt the January date was down to NNP ending then and due to the small DL size many would want a digital version. In that case they could always have taken the weird decision to delay the eShop release...but instead we're left with GAME being thrown a bone and the rest of Europe wanting mass street date breakage.

Still it should be interesting to see how this game charts as this staggered and sudden surprise launch has probably killed it somewhat...



Starwolf_UK commented on 3DS System Update 9.4.0-21 Brings a Whole New ...:

It changing home menu might mess with Gateway is all I can think (you can press a button to make a menu appear which swaps what game is loaded into the cartridge slot). Apparently it doesn't do anything more to homebrew than what was already done by the update a few days ago.



Starwolf_UK commented on Guide: Training The Ultimate Pokémon In Omega...:

@burninmylight I should have known better as I always use vitamins when EV training. Many people argue money puts them off vitamins but when you have several million money isn't an issue. Also a salesperson in ORAS has the half price every Monday (it doesn't stack with the bargain O-power and the discount is the same as that).

Personally since 252 is the normal goal going beyond 60 using them doesn't make sense (60+4 hordes=260=252, 100+4 hordes=300=252, one of these is 4 vitamins cheaper).

The vitamins also work great for allocating that last stat point in a 252/252/6 allocation.



Starwolf_UK commented on Guide: Training The Ultimate Pokémon In Omega...:

For battling and initiating the Hordes I recommend a Tropius as it can learn Fly, Sweet Scent, Razor Leaf and Earthquake. The last two will hit all targets and it is the only Pokemon that learns both of the first two moves (not counting Smeargle).

Shame that doesn't help you get to the Cave of Origin (Pokemon Center is on the wrong side of the city so you need surf).



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 27th November (Europe):

Why is the Pier Solar price in US $? Then again I've been seeing reports of an utterly baffling €11.49/£11.99 (£11.99 is over €15) so maybe the price isn't decided yet though the $15 price does suggest €14.99.

Some nice things this week even if they will be overshadowed by Smash and Pokemon.

I remember a while back the developers said little dew wouldn't be coming to Germany because of the USK rating being expensive, is that still true?

If you count the Squaresoft localisation of Breath of Fire then it is the first Square-Enix game on the Wii U VC. Still would prefer the GBA version as more exp awarded in battle helps the grinding issue. I can imagine it won't happen for a while now...



Starwolf_UK commented on Upcoming DLC for Mighty Gunvolt Unleashes New ...:

@rockodoodle The code shows up on screen once the download completes if you hit download now. If you hit sleep mode download instead you have to look at the eShop receipt found via purchase history for the code.

Given the constant tweets about the Shovel Knight theme here in Europe the eShop receipts thing is really unintuitive.



Starwolf_UK commented on Cubic Ninja Sales Spike Following Announcement...:

Welp with it announced at 5am the one of the 12 copies of Cubic Ninja in the UK stood no chance of being mine. Maybe next game. If there is one...

One thing is for sure Nintendo will try with patching. The obvious one is kill the exploit files on sight in the SD card (the solution is just don't have the SD card but does the 3DS generally like SD cards being inserted mid-gamplay).

Ultimately, they could blacklist the game from being launched or put it into some sort of sandbox. Both are very drastic though.



Starwolf_UK commented on 3DS Homebrew Exploit Set to be Launched on 22n...:

@StarDust4Ever I saw the original tweet that loader screenshot came from it said; "(the pokemon and zelda icons are just for testing; they're actually yeti3DS and ftpony)". From that I would guess there is no sort of game loader in the works (this makes me baffled by the region free comments, you need a way to either hack the system menu to remove the check or a loader to bypass that menu).

@fluggy I think it is not allowing but rather the hack is incapable of providing the steps necessary. As for the emulation is piracy argument. What if the game I want to play is not out on the eShop. Is it piracy then? What about owning or buying the cart in that circumstance (which btw makes no difference because the publisher doesn't see that money).



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (Europe):

@Peach64 What about if my critiscism for Watch Dogs is the price. £50 when it can be found for £20 on any other system is the textbook definition of sent to die (but that was the whole idea, as they now have an excuse to no longer port M rated games to Wii U). If we look at Shovel Knight. It has yet to go on sale on any platform (the cross-buy promotion is the closet thing to a sale).



Starwolf_UK commented on Announcement Of "Delta Episode" Brings More Le...:

Anyone expecting all 14 of the mirage spot legendaries to be accessible in one play through might be disappointed. I can see the Genies being like Gen 5 and the other three trios to be starter Pokemon based, like the birds in XY. If they're not it makes me wonder what on earth Gamefreak were thinking with how the bird trio were handled in XY.

Then again later entries in gens have always had more to catch but going from 4 to erm 20+ is quite a leap.



Starwolf_UK commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Claims Seco...:

@erv @ricklongo FYI VGChartz is largely fictional. Many publishers have commented that their numbers are wrong. A keen observer will notice the VGChartz numbers change whenever any numbers are made public. They also fail to disclose their methods or source of their data (the things they give on the methedology page are useless in the experimental sense of the method should be detailed enough for anyone to recreate). If we assume they are doing as they say you have to consider straw polls are vastly less accurate than the actual data. If they're well sampled they can be effective but it is easy to get it wrong.

There was also that time when they sales figures for Aliens Colonial Marines...on Wii U. You know, the game that never came out.

This article may be from 2008 but many of the points are sadly very relevant:



Starwolf_UK commented on Sonic Boom Exploit Allows Players to Skip Larg...:

To go with that old Miyamoto line about delayed games, a glitched game is glitched forever. Especially on Nintendo platforms where the update data is separate so can just be deleted (what you lose is incremental updates, for example there is no way to get a version 2.0 MK8 anymore). Even for the download.

Sonic games are inherently buggy, even Generations. I wonder how much of that is the internal SEGA QA process. Maybe they forgot to send copies to the QA and were like "they've not said anything, must be no glitches"



Starwolf_UK commented on Upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Pa...:

@GoshDangTravino You did read the "Now Starcraft 2 for example has gone through loads of balancing patches and guess what, all replays work so it is disapointing the same couldn't be done here." part, right? I am perfectly aware of the replays being macros for both Smash and Starcraft 2. My point was Blizzard figured out how to keep obsolete data for old replays to still work so I am disappointed the same care wasn't given for Smash.



Starwolf_UK commented on Upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Pa...:

Goodbye Wario Momentum glitch. You will not be missed. For those of you unaware:

So replay. Thing with smash is even if were to keep the V1.0.3 update data separate that may not help you with replays as the game goes into lockdown if you're playing on an older version (saves won't load until you are on the latest version).

Now Starcraft 2 for example has gone through loads of balancing patches and guess what, all replays work so it is disapointing the same couldn't be done here.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Outlines Confusing amiibo Save Data L...:

@Omarpixel9 Find some evidence of a 10 megabyte NFC chip even existing before saying things like that. It is hard enough to find ones a mere 1024th of the size at 10 kilobytes...

@SanderEvers I'd be interested to know where you found that info. It is plausible and to be honest that info seems to be hard to find for these sort of products and also how their storages compares to Skylanders and Disney Infinity. I do get the impression that 4kb is on the larger side for an NFC chip (as most functions seem to be less than 512 bytes).

Anyway, because of that I won't fault Nintendo for not putting bigger chips but I will fault them for not including data management (given you can register them to a user it seems silly not include this). Then again look at the data management of the Wii U in general, can't have have a the sensible solution of saves on internal, everything else on external, but you have to have a whole game (game, saves for all users, DLC and updates) in the same place.

But maybe I'm jumping the gun a bit as Amiibo data management could always come when some games come out that use them outside of read-only mode.

Thinking of that being locked keys, Nintendo thought so too as the boxes have a strip in them (gameexplain video) so you have to take the Amiibo out of the package to use it. This avoids not opening them, scanning them in the box, unlocking stuff and then returning them to the retailer.



Starwolf_UK commented on Review: Ultimate NES Remix (3DS):

Famicom remix unlocks reminds me of Super Mario World. Remember when you beat the special world you can play through the game with different graphics. Likewise, when you beat SMB1 you can replay a harder version. It feels a bit desperate to call a new game+ a selling point.

@JaxonH How is it technical limitations? From an emulation standpoint if you can include Kirby's Adventure (one of the most demanding NES games, as evidenced from the constant slowdown the NES suffers during it) you can include Wrecking Crew, Clu Clu Land, Wario's Woods and those NES sports games (I think that just about covers all the missing games).



Starwolf_UK commented on Bayonetta 2 Falls From UK Charts After One Week:

I have a feeling that if the all formats charts was a top 50 (like the 3DS charts are...) it would still be hanging on as you do see it in individual formats value and all formats full price in the mid-30s.

As for a return next week. Not a chance, CoD Adavanced War fair will dominate all formats and seriously clog up individual formats.

tl;dr, blame Minecraft & Forzen Olaf's Quest.



Starwolf_UK commented on Atlus Discounts 3DS eShop Titles in North America:

@Dave24 For the ones Atlus USA is in direct control in (I think they are a publisher of last resort when it comes to Europe as there are no physical versions) remember that US$ prices have 0% sales tax (as it varies from state to state) while European prices have 20% sales tax factored in (yes it varies from state to state in Europe but not as drastically as it does in the US). So factor in the US prices as having 20% sales tax (so $20 becomes $24) and yes the € prices are still higher, that is true (but not by 25%; €1.26 using today's rate). Still, I think the NOE currency conversion is a tad conservative here, especially for the £ as it is still treated as being worth €1.1 making SMTIV £18 (when $24 is close to £15 and €20 close to £16), I feel bad for people with NNID linked when looking at that.

That aside, I wished NISA (and the others) would care every now and then. NISA could do with some goodwill after increasing the prices of limited editions in Europe by around 70% (they opened an EU store, locked out their US store to EU customers and the EU store uses $=£ and charges a lot for shipping) and an eShop sale would be an easy way to do that.



Starwolf_UK commented on Atlus Discounts 3DS eShop Titles in North America:

@Dave24 Simple reason. All the but Conception II and SMTIV are not published by Atlus in Europe. NISA do all but Code of Princess on that list and they generally don't care (asked on their Facebook page they forgot that they even published EOIV). Code of Princess is published by the Japanese developer (they tried to find a European publisher but nobody wanted to bother) and went on sale a few weeks ago.

The be really fair to Atlus using the NOE $=€ currency conversion SMTIV will launch at the same price as this sale. If only they had permanently dropped Conception II to €25 (they dropped it €30 instead btw it is only sale now for €20)...

So that brings us to why do Atlus games go on sale on the US eShop like clockwork? I hear the US eShop is a pain to navigate so being on the sales page makes it more visible.



Starwolf_UK commented on Two Pokémon Game Boy Color Titles Dated For N...:

To all the people demanding main Pokemon VC games with online, trading, Pokemon bank support and hacked so you really can catch 'em all (don't forget unlimited use TMs as well). Why would the Pokemon company be interested in offering this? The $40 remakes sell millions of copies, why they would put that under threat for a $5 Virtual console release? They would have to sell 8 times as many to have the same revenue.

Plus all the demands to make them useful would be non-trivial to achieve (some moreso than others).



Starwolf_UK commented on These GameCube-style Mario Bros. Controllers O...:

@Wilford111 Have you considered the through that an officially licensed controller made by a Japanese company known for good quality is not the same thing.

I'm guessing from your description you bought a cheaply made Chinese counterfeit of the official gamecube controller (probably from somewhere like deal extreme...more like pirate extreme) which as it was cheaply made broke in no time.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 23rd October (Europe):

Did Bayonetta 1 really have to be £25? I think £20 is more appealing here (you don't get a discount if your copy of 2 is a disc game, I can see solos bombing but if you want 1 that extra £5 might make you better off finding disc special edition).

Quick question. Why was the following info not included in the news post:
"This is the European version of the game, which was optimised originally by the developer to offer gameplay and music speed similar to the US version. Demos and animations may run at PAL speed. The aspect ratio has been corrected for this release."
I think it is very important info. Yep DKC2 is the 50Hz version (the speed isn't the problem, the Wii U and Gamepad only putting at 60Hz is). This is despite the fact DKC1 was a surprise 60Hz release (and English only). I say surprise as the press release and eShop page unusually did not state either way.



Starwolf_UK commented on 3DS Homebrew Hacker Makes Progress on New Nint...:

It is sad I have to cheer this on for one reason. Virtual boy emulation. Why is it sad? I would have thought Virtual Boy Wario Land was worthy of being a 3D classic (as it quite literally was one) but apparently Urban Champion was more worthy, and I assume that and the rest of the range sold poorly and lead Nintendo to think 3D Classics were not things people wanted.

I can imagine it might be plagued with screen issues (just like the real virtual boy then I guess) given 3D classics Kid Icarus allegedly had the backdrops added to avoid screen issues.

Given I now own a second 3DS now (I need to trade Pokemon) that I have no interest taking online (previous owner left their NNID linked so including quite a few retail downloads, I don't want to risk losing those, as the previous owner appears to have a Wii U and could have deleted the NNID from there or might be able to convince Nintendo to revoke the NNID) I will certainly play with whatever comes out assuming I have the game which the exploit works with.



Starwolf_UK commented on It'll be Possible to Catch All 719 Pokémon Us...:

I'm pretty sure they've said before excluding mythical or maybe just saying can complete national is enough to imply that.

A thing for anyone wanting to do this themselves is while the 705 Pokemon needed to complete the National Dex will be possible I can't help but think Gamefreak will stingy in places again. Remember how in XY you could only get one of the legendary birds per play through.

The other legendary trios (which I'm guessing are in the sky too) will probably play out in the same way based on that.

In other news HG/SS transferred Unown became a whole lot less valuble (unless they do something kind of like Deerling/Sawsbuck and only have one variant represented in OR/AS).



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:

@FLUX_CAPACITOR lol, you must be extremely deluded if you think "there probably aren't two other people on the planet " who care about backing up saves.

As for the display. Oh thats it, blame the consumer. Such a sound argument. You've convinced me, I shouldn't blame Nintendo for making the Wii U output in limited RGB only and have to use it on a full RGB only monitor because that is the only device I have with HDMI in. I'll just and go and spend £300 I don't have right now on a new monitor just because Nintendo can't be like every other console manufacturer and support full RGB. In case you couldn't tell I was being sarcastic.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:

@FLUX_CAPACITOR @QuickSilver88 Sure thing. Here is why the Wii U OS is bad.

I want to back up my saves. There is no simple and sensible mechanism to do this. So I want to do the next best thing; have save games internal and games external (if the internal breaks any thing external is useless anyway). It doesn't let you do that. Everything to do with a game has to be in the same location.

The video output is limited RGB only. Many output devices (such as computer monitors) support full RGB only. This results in an extremely dull image unless you mess with the brightness and contrast on your device (which I did, using the game pad as a calibrator; great feature btw), I'm a bit oversaturated but that was a hassle I could have done without. I imagine many users don't bother with this potentially seeing an inferior image to what they should.

Yes the OS has come leaps and bounds from the launch, which was a joke in how under featured it was (no folders was ridiculous, I don't care PS4 still lacks them, 3DS had them at the time of Wii U launch) but there is still room for improvement.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:

This should be viewed in the context of 2013 which was a bad year for the Wii U in the UK and Europe, remember that quarter where they shipped negative units? (i.e. retailers returned units)

It is a step in the right direction but it isn't changing the destiny of the Wii U that is an underselling niche console that people will cherish for years kind of like the Dreamcast (Wii U doesn't have the 3rd party support to be Gamecube 2). Its got different downsides to the Dremacast (OS being terribe is not something you can say about the Dremacast) but many similar ones such as no EA.

Nintendo UK are not resourced to do the marketing push it needs and the system really needs another £50 slashed to fly better which is unlikely to happen considering it still sold at a loss.



Starwolf_UK commented on Transport Yourself To The Eighties With This T...:

Shame the game has a completely retro pricing of rip off the UK to an absurd amount. I'm sorry but £35 is not worth it when NES Remix 1+2 on the Wii U eShop total £18. Who greenlit that? It doesn't make sense. Unless they are trying to say the "free" hat is worth £17

I imagine the US pricing is $30 which is the same as NES Remix 1+2 cost over there.