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Sun 20th January, 2008

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Starwolf_UK commented on Talking Point: A Virtual Console Revival Could...:

I think the conditional buys NOE did with NES remix were interesting (first 30% off NES Remix 2 if you have 1) and given the vauge statment Iwata said makes me wonder if they want to do that on a whole other level (almost personalising eShop prices based on what you own to nudge you towards certain things).

But % off is one thing and tiered pricing needs to happen more. The 3DS eShop has it for their VC games (4 Euro or 5 Euro) but it did not really transition over to Wii U and the tiers can be rather more...adventurous.



Starwolf_UK commented on 3DS Homebrew Channel Reportedly in Final Stage...:

I remember on the DS I had the cheap Games and Music flashcart. The data transfer was too slow to stream data. That means games had to fit inside the systems RAM. This had the side effect of meaning retail ROMs would not run. I assume this exploit has a similar limitation imposed on it.

@JoostinOnline There were gamecube games in Korea. It was English games in Japanese style packaging (packaging has Korean text). At least that is what the one play-asia was selling a few years ago was described to be (came with wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Mario Sunshine). However the games were Japanese region coded so it might well be that these were made specifically for people who imported Japanese Gamecubes but wanted to play English games and it is correct that their Wiis do not support Gamecube.

@Nibelilt @unrandomsam Powersaves has DRM where you need to connect to their servers and all the cheats are stored on their servers. This protects the livlihgood of Datel and allows the Pokemon Company to issue cease and desit orders (which they have done ). You also have no way to edit saves yourself using that (this is something I miss from the N64 days of action replay when you could make codes yourslef). Problem is a Japanese company came up with their own tool which just dumps the saves and someone made a Pokemon editor for that. Obvious hacks are barred from online.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Confirms Loads of "Veteran Fighters" ...:

@ChessboardMan DK94 is more than slightly different to the NES DK.The first 4 levels look familiar but it is a great fake out as it launches into almost a different game which is more like a puzzle platformer (think Toki Tori).

@AJWolfTill Better story that those two. Not the best story the franchise has ever had but it provides a good backdrop to the action and I certainly feel that their world is more alive (Awakening feels really like they couldn't be bothered with that). The forced tutorial in the first act is a bit irritating to veterans though (especailly when it forces you to promote a character at a low level) but it was nessecary for the series success.



Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Confirms Loads of "Veteran Fighters" ...:

The Fire Emblem deals are good. Not sure I like Awakening enough to double dip on a digital copy, especailly as I currently have no way to access the save ttransfer tool. FE7 is going to feel odd playing without the (US) Mario Kart DD Disc items.

The Mario deals are a complete and utter joke. Here is an illustration. NSMBU is £20 in John Lewis and Shopto. This eShop sale makes it £40. The eShop needs a sale to be twice as expensive as the best reail deal...missed opportunity to highlight Mario's Super Picross (it is the most unconventional Mario game I can think of on the VC).

Donkey Kong 94 is nice and all but there are only NES Donkey Kong as well (we got MM1-6 last week, DK 1-3 is not a huge leap) and that isn't even getting into DKCR.

Pokemon and Sonic are a complete waste of space, bad spinoffs (3DS rumble is okay I suppose but not for £26) and bad games respectively. That space could have gone to good Zelda, Metroid or even Wario games.

@Jmaster 3D Classics Kirby's Adventure is the one to buy. It fixes the cripling slowdown and flickering the NES game is notorious for (it really pushed the envelope on what the NES can do). Also being in Europe the Wii U VC version runs in 50Hz only (because it was translated into German, why the non-German verisons have to suffer in 50Hz I do not know) and worse than it did on the NES as the TV refresh rate remains 60Hz so the game is really jerky and stuttery (as the system outputs 50Hz as 60Hz by duplicating every 5th frame). Why Nintendo Life choose to gloss over this critical failing I never understand (maybe if there was more pressure Nintendo might fix it for good rather than the fixed when there is no German translation and a US release we have currently). I don't know.

@rjejr America has not had these sales. On the other hand Europe did not get the sales durinmg E3.



Starwolf_UK commented on Wii U System Update 5.1.2 Takes Stability to A...:

@unrandomsam Not really sure but some people started having problems they were not having before. I think for some people quick start won't work at all for games (the menu loads fine but loading the game won't work) or weird issues where some games do work but others do not for no reason. Maybe the Game & Wario problem @Chaos_Eevee is having is related.



Starwolf_UK commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS File Size i...:

@Chaos_Eevee Well thing is a 4GB 3DS cart costs a lot more to produce than a 2GB one (especially when you are talking millions of these made). I think this game is 2GB cart with the extra 0.1GB the eShop release takes up being due to the save file.

As soon as they mentioned on the direct about the 3DS version only having 2 music tracks per stage I knew it was a space limitation.



Starwolf_UK commented on Wii U System Update 5.1.2 Takes Stability to A...:

Guys, if we keep making stability jokes they'll tell us for sure that nothing really changed :P

But it is frustrating as I'd like to know if the hard drive issues 5.0 introduced have been fixed or any useful enhancements (like that time when LAN connections got a speed boost).



Starwolf_UK commented on Footage and Details Emerge of Mega Audino in P...:

@ModestFan93 Mega evolutions don't seem to give more EXP than regular versions so you just waste time watching the transform animation. As for traininers, battle Chateau Furosade girls only carry Audino, great EXP.

Wouldn't mind having an Audino horde though as Battle Chateau can only have 10 trainers inside and if it isn't the class with the Audino or elite 4 there is no point using Chateau.



Starwolf_UK commented on Princess Zelda A "Heroine in Her Own Right", L...:

Hyrule Historia has a version of the character height guide but with Mario characters on it as well. As for this book. I can't take the page-by-page teasing anymore, just dump the whole thing...

@DestinyMan I'm guessing the rep meant Twilight Princess. There is a boss fight against Zelda. Oh dear did I just say spoilers :(



Starwolf_UK commented on System Update 8.1.0-19 Now Available on 3DS:

eShop and NVer seem to be the only files that got changed. NVer does what it says on the tin (so always changes).

eShop last changed with firmware 8.0.0-18 (note 8.1.0-18 is the previous firmware to 8.1.0-19) released at start of July.



Starwolf_UK commented on Wii U System Update 5.1.1 is Now Available:

Makes me wonder if certain hard drives playing up since 5.0 is being looked at or can even be fixed. If I were Nintendo I would have feature updates in place and held back so when security patches happen they can brush it off as "lol no it was this"

What kind of features? Simple things like folders or being able to change the colour of the wara plaza or something...



Starwolf_UK commented on Looks Like You Can Only Install 300 Games And ...:

@KnightRider666 System settings manual page 20. It is written right there. Why would Nintendo lie in their own manual. From a memory management perspective in programming it is a very important thing to do (it you could have more icons than memory to load them in you can into nasty segmentation faults and other bugs).



Starwolf_UK commented on Looks Like You Can Only Install 300 Games And ...:

@2Sang Memory allocations for icons. They all load at once so that is the space limit here. Possibly for the data management screen in system settings as much as the system menu (I'll get to that).

@KnightRider666 Considering page 20 of the system settings manual where the 300 limit is mentioned talk abouts the data management screen there are 2 things that don't appear on that screen but would appear on the system menu:
-Bulit-in stuff (eShop, System settings, face raiders, mii plaza, 3ds sound, ar cards etc; these are can't be deleted and are internal)



Starwolf_UK commented on Looks Like You Can Only Install 300 Games And ...:

IIRC on PSVita is 100 apps. On Wii it was 200 on the SD card channel (I think you could keep downloading but would not display them).

I'm guessing like the Vita app limit it is due to memory in the OS to display the icons. Apparently the 3DS starts to get really sluggish at booting too after 100 (the Wii menu is bad after about 20 of the 48 slots filled)

Edit: It seems PSVita was updated to support 500...



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).