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Starwolf_UK

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Starwolf_UK

#1

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.

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#2

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.

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#3

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).

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#4

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).

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#5

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.

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#6

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:
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/109870/Analysis_What_VGChartz_Does_And_Doesnt_Do_For_The_Game_Biz.php

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#7

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"

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#8

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.

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#10

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:
https://vine.co/v/OAMg71Qga1m

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.

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#11

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.

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#13

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).

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#14

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.

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#18

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.

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#19

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.

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#20

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).

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#21

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.

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#22

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.

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#23

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.

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#25

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).

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#26

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.

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#27

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.

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#29

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.

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#30

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.

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#32

Starwolf_UK commented on Inquisitive Gamers Stumble Across Potential eS...:

The icons for games appear to be uploaded (even for the EU side). They use the same URL format as the NNP website but the file extension is different. The NNP site ones are JPEGs while these are PNG. 128*128 for Wii U games and 72*72 for 3DS games.

This is probably for showing purchases in your account.

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#33

Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Releases Drop in UK Charts in Face of...:

Those charts have a glitch in them. The press release mentions Skylanders at number 7, the console specific charts have Skylanders yet the all formats charts seem to missing it entirely.

@unrandomsam From their website:
"GfK Chart-Track reports are based on retail/web sales where the data is captured electronically each day via EPoS systems. Reports are generated using an Oracle relational database, integrated with a custom-built PC-based processing system."

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#34

Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 16th October (Europe):

I have a feeling DKC 1-3 are going to be 50Hz. It is isn't a problem from a game speed front as they run as fast as their 60Hz versions. The problem is the Wii U and the Gamepad only output in 60Hz, they do this by duplicating every 5th frame; resulting in scrolling being noticeably jerky.

I kind of want DKC TF but the purchase of a crap 50-Hz version of DKC kind of puts me off (and also largely offsets the saving).

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#35

Starwolf_UK commented on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy States a ...:

@Kolzig NOE recommend the following $=€=£0.9. In other words on that metric the UK price should be £27. Convert that to Euros. Complete rip-off. Now you see why I didn't link an NNID and lock myself into the UK eShop. I guess the silver lining is the publishers get more money if you pay more for games...

I guess if there something to be disappointed by it is comparing to Dual Destines. That was £20 in the UK and the US version was $30. Likewise the iOS version of trilogy is cheaper. Why should 3DS version be $12 more? Apple take the same cut as Nintendo. Unless we're saying the DS version music and fixed animations are worth that extra (speaking of which aren't those things easy to patch into the iOS version, especially the music).

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#39

Starwolf_UK commented on Super Smash Bros. on 3DS Lacks Circle Pad Pro ...:

@mh1989 Why did Nintendo make the CPP you ask? Capcom asked them to and Monster Hunter is one of the most popular games on the 3DS in Japan so you go out of your way to keep Capcom on board.

Kid Icarus got the support it seems near the end of development for left handed players (it gives the 5% CPU story credence, they had optimised the game so had some spare at that point, they didn't announce it sooner as they unsure they could pull it off).

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#40

Starwolf_UK commented on Almost 50 Different System Themes Revealed Pri...:

Given we've heard that some games will come with themes, I'm guessing Pokemon OR/AS might be one of these. Unless they are making them exclusive to a limited edition console or something.

Images on the Nintendo website show you change theme/access the theme shop where you currently access brightness settings (those are still there). Also if you delete your NNID or eShop account you'll lose your themes (so they're linked to this).

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#42

Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Direct: New Nintendo 3DS Models Comin...:

Those are the same prices as the 3DS systems currently are in AU apparantly. In other words these SKUs are replacing those.

For anyone comparing price remember sales tax in AU is 10% while for Europe it is 20%+.

As for "its not fair you suck McBain", Australia has a population of around 23 million, that is less than Canada. So much few units are needed compared to anywhere else.

News on the ground is that original 3DS SKU has not been seen in stores for months down in Australia.

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#43

Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Rolling Out New In-Store Digital Dist...:

Add-on content is interesting. Wonder if that applies to 3DS as you have to buy that in-game there (I guess they don't want accidental buys of content for games you don't have)

@Pigeon Gifts maybe. This begs the question though, if this tablet is essentially doing that, why can't I do it from my own home?

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#45

Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 25th September (Europe):

@Thecoolmana777 Fantasy life in Japan had two versions. Fantasy life and then the Link expansion released some months later. Owners of the non-link version could buy an expansion pack upgrade. The Link version added online play as well as all the postgame stuff.

Now when the non-Japan release happened, rather than give us Link and all the content they give us the base game with online play from Link then are forced to pay up for the Link content (if you want to play that).

Maybe including the Link content would have made the game £40 and a lot of players won't get to the content but for those that do spend £7 to save £5? That just seems like a cash cow or some sort of online pass style make money off pre-owned players.

Yes it has generated publicity for the game but at the same time day 1 DLC is something that really puts players off (as this is uaully associated as witholding content). Especially the rumor that buying the DLC means you can't play at all with non-DLC owners.

Another way to look at it is last year Bravely Default came out here. We got the for the sequel version and didn't have to pay £7 for the improvements there (Bravely Defalut in Japan got the for the sequel verison as a boxed release and download upgrade about a year after the original release so similar to fantasy life; its improvements including be able to change encounter rates any time you like, this is useful as parts of the second half of the game drag out). Then again it was £40...

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#46

Starwolf_UK commented on Nintendo Download: 25th September (Europe):

Nobunaga's Ambition never made it to Wii Virtual Console in Europe. 5 years on and we can play it on Wii U...ah how times have changed. Hopefully Uncharted Waters and other Koei games follow suit.

Wait, a Wii U demo. Like when was the last time one of those was made? I don't care that it is spin the bottle...

I am sure this was discussed elsewhere but the "best" thing about the fantasy life DLC is it may disable you from playing online with non-DLC owners. Excluding the £7 DLC only made the game £5 cheaper so that argument falls flat too. It is all post-game content (and since 3DS DLC must be bought in-game, getting to that shop requires the game beaten)

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#47

Starwolf_UK commented on Video: We Take A Look At Super Smash Bros. 3DS...:

Powers and equips will be something to get used to here. For anyone with the demo the tips page gives tips for smash run which include what various enemies do (if you need to further wet your appetite, Koffing for instance can lower stats).

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#48

Starwolf_UK commented on Japanese Pokémon Centres Will Receive New 3DS...:

My take from it is that falceplates can be made from things other than plastic. Should be fun.

But aside from that. Wasn't the point of faceplates to kill off the ridiculous limited edition consoles and yet thee faceplates are only only available as that.

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#49

Starwolf_UK commented on Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bug Allows Miiverse ...:

@ShockeyRai I think the Kid Icarus one was using AR card mode. I think some games can disable screenshots while in those sorts of modes.

This Mario & Luigi one seems like a framebuffer bug (the instructions sound like Mario & Luigi doesn't get any time to update it from the photo you were viewing).

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#50

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

Finally, Europe not only gets a 60Hz version of DK Original Edition (50Hz one being the Red Wii bundle) but can actually buy it too. Kind of lame for the 17 people who bought DK though having to rebuy it to get a better version...

Could Zelda Four Swords Anniversary be on the horizon?

@PLATINUM7 The PR put of last week said it would come on Friday. Not sure why it is missed here as other Friday releases are listed.