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Technosphile commented on Nintendo Confirms Super Mario Maker Console Bu...:

Let me get this straight: Fatal Frame is getting a nice LE edition in Europe, but no disc version at all in the US; while Devil's Third, which they didn't even want to publish, will have a physical release here?!

Nintendo of America is a blight on this company. Just incompetent.



Technosphile commented on Chris Pranger From Nintendo Treehouse Discusse...:

@Wolfgabe "things would need to be changed"

No. They don't. Cultural differences shouldn't have any effect on anything. This weird obsession with not offending white people, or not upsetting white parents, or altering "Japanese things" in games so that white people will get the joke/reference/point that certain Japanese video game companies have is so bizarre to me. What Hollywood film is ever changed to suit a certain audience's cultural makeup? Practically none. They subtitle it and that's that. So the guy watching in Hong Kong doesn't get the joke about Rabbis performing circumcision. Who cares?

This Chris Pranger sounds like an ass, towing the company line just like Reggie, and Bill, and every other NoA guy who thinks he has all the answers and that the fans know nothing. Hey Chris Pranger, how about you not worry about localization, and just tell your bosses to remove their retarded region lock so we can make up our own minds?



Technosphile commented on Review: 3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop):

God bless M2 for including all region versions in one release. Blaze's panty shot, long hidden from the west because WON'T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN, is gloriously present and zero apologies are made for it.

It's interesting, then, how this comes shortly after the censored, Poison-less US version of Final Fight One was once again foisted upon western players; with no option for us to make up our own minds as grown adults with what we want to see in our 2D beat em ups, and say so through our wallets. Even almost 30 years later, Sega is still cooler than Nintendo.



Technosphile commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

@LztheQuack What are you even trying to say in this post? The rumor, true or not, was that NoA wasn't going to publish the game in the US because reasons. Fan uproar, and lo and behold, they are publishing the game in the US. There is even precedent for them doing this with Xenoblade Chronicles, which they stubbornly drew out for a long while before caving. They actually listened to their fans and I will buy Devil's Third for them doing so. What problem can you possibly have with this?



Technosphile commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

@NintendoFan64 if content is included in one version but cut from another, then it was never truly offensive enough to warrant being cut at all. Regional differences in video games are often based on a perceived cultural attitude about violence or sex--and I am much more offended by someone deciding that I can't handle seeing Tharja's panties than just, you know, seeing Tharja's panties.



Technosphile commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

@NintendoFan64 good luck with what? Spending my own money how I want to? I think I'll be fine.

If you need regional censorship explained to you I would suggest using Google. And you do realize grown adults should be able to decide what is "okay" or offensive, or not, on their own without having some corporate ethic decide that for them, right? I mean you do realize that?



Technosphile commented on Shovel Knight is Coming to Retail:

In fairness it should be something like the God of War level on Sony and Battletoads on (ugh) Microsoft console versions. With that in mind, the more obscure, the better--crossing a third party character with Mario or Zelda is a boring cliche at this point.



Technosphile commented on Talking Point: The Mystery of Devil's Third an...:

Things are definitely not looking good for a US release of Devil's Third. Seems like the explanation for this is one of two things: either its believed that the game will flop and isn't worth publishing, or some of the game's content is making Nintendo of America wring its Puritan hands once again. Based on past history, the latter is much more likely; particularly if the company plans to go ahead with a physical release of Fatal Frame U, which is as surely to bomb in sales as Devil's Third would or will.

Nintendo of America is second only to Capcom as the worst US division of any Japanese gaming company. From inept marketing to senseless translations to impotent censorship, NoA has a lengthy track record of hampering games with some sort of applied regional flaw before they are even released. It might even be better to for NoA to keep their pure, white, virginal hands off of Devil's Third, since Fatal Frame is surely to have all of its "risque sexual content" ripped out of it by the Catholic chur--pardon me, The Nintendo Treehouse.

All this nonsense just makes me yearn harder for the day the Wii U is hacked and I can play Japanese versions of games on it and cut Nintendo of America out of my life forever.



Technosphile commented on Exclusive: We Almost Got A Wii U F-Zero Create...:

I can honestly say that not being whored out to a western dev is the best thing that ever happened to F-Zero and, in turn, me.

For every Luigi's Mansion 2, there's a western Final Fight reboot, and worse. Japanese games should stay Japanese.



Technosphile commented on Feature: Our Impressions of the Full Nindies@H...:

Only Lovely Planet seemed interesting; I mean really, how many hokey 16-bit sidescrollers do indies need to make?

Lovely Planet is lovely. Unique, fun, hectic, great music and presentation, and above all an original idea in an indie game. Was very surprised it is Indian-developed, quicktequila is based out of Dehli.

Can't wait to play the final version, though I could on Steam right now. Also, screw gyroscopic aiming, I just want Pro controller support.



Technosphile commented on Nintendo Is A Slave To Its Past Success, Says...:

You know what Nintendo needs more of? Splatoon.

You know what Nintendo needs way less of? Zelda Triforce Heroes.

New IP, new ideas, younger development talent. In fact, guys like Miyamoto, Aonuma, and Tezuka are just holding the company back at this point.



Technosphile commented on Poll: How Excited Are You About Nintendo's E3 ...:

@kensredemption don't read that the wrong way; Microsoft's conference seemed to hinge on backwards compatibility for their own failing console, and in retrospect Sony's was a lot of smoke and mirrors. Just saying that the little Nintendo presented was lackluster, at best.

And part of that is thanks to, as you said, last year's awesome E3 Direct. Crazy to think that this time last year they showed Splatoon and the NX--uh, pardon me--Wii U Zelda and had the kind of positive press that Sony is now enjoying. What a difference a year makes.



Technosphile commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3 Digi...:

If you say that was good, or even passable, you a drone of the lowest order.

How Nintendo can hear people begging for a new Metroid and then present them with some goofy sports thing is just baffling.

This was proof positive that not only does Nintendo not understand where the industry is or is going, but they don't even understand their own audience's wants. They kept trotting out those muppets like it was cute or funny, then ended with a 10-minute montage of YouTube idiots. Completely out of touch.



Technosphile commented on Metroid Prime: Federation Force Is The Metroid...:

The cringe in this Direct is off the charts. Nobody wants any of this except Star Fox.

See, Sony heard what people want and are delivering it. Nintendo hears what people want and just make whatever garbage they feel like. It is why they deserve to fail.



Technosphile commented on Video: Latest Teens React Episode Proves Age H...:

The most wrongly accused of being hard game ever. Here's how you destroy Contra:

*get the Spreadgun and never let it go
*duck during the "3D" levels

That is literally it. No extra lives code, no nonsense. Just spam the Spreadgun. Seriously, the game loops upon beating the last level, I went through the whole thing again and when it looped a 2nd time I shut it off out of boredom. It's a great game but it's not even the hardest in the series.



Technosphile commented on Poll: We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do ...:

@JaxonH so answer my question. Why are Amiibo synonymous with scalping if they are so easy to find as you are trying to prove? Why is Nintendo issuing apologies about the stock if they're so easy to find? Your solution might be to purchase these figures on a foreign branch of Amazon or Play-Asia or whatever but, again, that is not something most people are interested in doing. They want to either find what they want with no hassle or extra cost in-person, or they want to find it with no hassle and minimal extra cost online. So Amiibo are more like $20 in Japan, fantastic. They are not in the US and that is all that matters to the US consumer.

We're not talking about vintage toys here, either. Its a current product line that people can still find plentiful stock of the unwanted figures from the very first wave. Its reasonable for people to want what they want for the retail price in their own country.

And you might wave off SH Figuarts reissues and while it is true that we are talking about thousands vs. millions in relation to Amiibo, the greater point you're not understanding is that Bandai recognizes a problem when they see one and fix it not only accordingly, but very well. They speak to their fanbase and make it simple for everyone to get the toy they want: a figure with something like 40 moving parts, not a plastic statue with a low-end chip in the base.



Technosphile commented on Poll: We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do ...:

@JaxonH hey Bill Trinen, thanks for checking in.

So despite all your numbers and logic, Amiibo are infamous and synonymous with scalping and frustration. Why do you think that is? You mentioned Play-Asia, let's have a look at their general Amiibo offerings:

Yup, there's that Pit you mentioned...for $7 more than retail, PLUS shipping. Do you understand that this is not what people want to do? They want to walk into a store, see plenty of stock, and make their purchase without paying a markup or feel like they're being ripped off. Barring that, they want to pay the retail price online and just deal with the shipping. Note also that that Pit is right above Captain Falcon, one of the "unicorns", for $34.99. Truly, a sensible option!

Also the argument that store exclusives somehow make those figures easier to obtain is so ludicrous I don't even know how to respond to it. Limiting people's options for buying something does not benefit the consumer, it forces people to converge on a business and the lucky ones get the perhaps four figures the store received, while all the poor saps who were too slow are on the outside looking in. Even those slim restocks of Shulk and MetaKnight were snapped up and are being scalped. This is not good business.

When making the comparison to Skylanders, I'm always hesitant since I am not a Skylanders collector and so I have no idea if those fans have trouble finding certain figures in the way Amiibo collectors do. But I do know one thing: when I go into stores, I see tons of Skylander stock, many different ones, and it seems like something that wouldn't be too frustrating to be into. You know what Amiibo are like at literally every retailer I visit? The same ones that were overproduced and no one cares about: Mario, Peach, Pikachu. I have even see stores put out MORE Marios. If that is Nintendo's doing and they are issuing more of figures like that, that is about as good an example as I could ever hope for of how Nintendo has no idea what is really going on.

The region aspect is just amusing because of the inherent hypocrisy. One thing is fine to import but another is not. OK, Nintendo.

SH Figuarts handles the collector's market brilliantly. They produce a figure, it sells out, and then they see that scalpers are scalping it so they nip that in the bud and announce a reissue. They don't covertly ship tiny restocks to certain retailers, they don't let people camp websites to snag all the preorders, they communicate with people in ways other than "sorry about the stock issues, but we suspect the rarity is what people like".



Technosphile commented on Poll: We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do ...:

Amiibo are a really great example of how inept and out of touch Nintendo can be as a company. Much like how baffling it is that Nintendo can see how friends and messaging works on competing consoles, and then install the slowest, clumsiest system for the same idea on the Wii U, Nintendo can look at Rosalina or Ness Amiibo prices on eBay and still go with business as usual. How is it that the company hasn't made their own, dedicated Amiibo shop site where they sell them directly to the consumer? They control the stock, they cut out retailers entirely (while still selling Amiibo at retail as well), and they charge whatever price they want for shipping. This is such a sure-fire, no doubt about it way to make money off Amiibo that only Nintendo wouldn't have done it by now. Why bother, right Reggie? Just let those scalpers continue to make three times more than you do selling the same product on eBay. Good business! Store exclusives are another sickening means of selling these toys and only alienate everyone; Rosalina is as popular a character as anyone but you designate her to be an exclusive to a store that some fans have to drive 50 miles just to have a shot at? Nintendo should be ashamed of themselves with such business practices.

It is also funny that these toys are region-free, yet Nintendo themselves cling to region lock on their video game hardware. Why aren't they concerned with people buying import Amiibo, but a JPN Fatal Frame is a no-no?

Finally, they would make a lot of friends in the "community" if they released a wave entirely of the store exclusive and previously limited quantity figures, in Mario-type numbers. Or, y'know, make these available direct from Nintendo via their website. But that makes too much sense, just keep frustrating consumers and let cutthroat nerds cash in on your product.



Technosphile commented on Video: We Get Artistically Destructive With Th...:

I couldn't decide last night if this the best, or worst, weapon for Ranked.

+tapping ZR creates huge swaths of ink
+doing this charges Inkstrike faster than even the Aerospray
+you're pretty fast when holding ZR
+very satisfying to kill with

but then

-against anything with good range you're screwed
-the Sprinkler is honestly pretty worthless
-if your team is even 2/4 brushes you're likely not going to win

I got my record high for kills, 19, using it but we still lost.



Technosphile commented on First Footage Emerges of Bandai Namco's Projec...:

Looks fun actually. However the F2P methods Bandai used with Tekken Revolution and especially Ace Combat Infinity were really nauseating, so I'll need to watch from afar on this one until we hear more.

Interested though, love that it's U exclusive as well.



Technosphile commented on Poll: Early Impressions on Splatoon and That A...:

*Ranked battle should be available
*The 2nd mode should be available, and quickly, before people get burnt out on Turf Wars
*Being forcibly ejected from a lobby to hear what maps are in play sucks, this "feature" should be removed
*Committing to one weapon for a lobby also sucks, needs the ability to change loadout during matches and without leaving the lobby

Other than that stuff it's fun as hell, all the customization is great and the game is the most stylish thing I've ever seen. Anyone else seen the mockup Famicom box when you play Squid Jump in Inkopolis?