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TrueWiiMaster

TrueWiiMaster

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TrueWiiMaster

#2

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

@Coldpancakes
Actually, that's exactly the point of this. Just look on Club Nintendo. They say you should join for special rewards and exclusive benefits. Getting a free game is nice, but it's not a "special reward" if you can pick it up in any game store.

No, you only get one game. Platinum users can choose from the Platinum and Gold games, but they still only get one game. The DDP gives you $3 if you get Game & Wario, $1.50 or less for every other game.

"So they're only about 3.75 times as valuable as the most valuable past physical rewards?"
Actually, the most valuable reward, the SNES Wii remote, which didn't come to America, sells for well over $50 on ebay. Other rewards sell for $20-50. That value comes from the exclusivity you seem so against.

This isn't an exclusive club. Anyone can get in and earn Platinum status if they want to. The Platinum reward is supposed to be a reward for those that actually do, almost like a trophy, albeit without any competition. If the trophy you get can be bought in any store, it's not much of a trophy.

"Bottom line is, there is more value here for the customer"
That depends entirely on the customer. If someone already owns DK3D, and doesn't have a Wii U, the value is $10 at most. If someone only has a Wii U, but already has Game & Wario, the value is $15 at most. Perhaps the strangest thing about these rewards is how they punish customers for their purchases. The more games you bought, the fewer options you have.

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#3

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

@Coldpancakes
That's kind of the point of clubs and rewards. People who aren't in the club don't get club-exclusive items. People who don't "earn" the rewards don't get the rewards. If anyone can just go out and get them it makes the club somewhat pointless.

Also, none of these games have "up to 50 dollars value". Game & Wario and DK3D are both $30.

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#4

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

I'm not sure what to make of these rewards. I love that I'll be getting Game & Wario for free, but in the end it's just a game. These rewards are great, but they have nothing to do with achieving Elite Status. Unlike past rewards like statues, pins, posters, and CD's, anyone can go out and buy these games. Honestly, I was kinda hoping for a 3D World soundtrack, or maybe a CD of the Zelda symphony.

That said, this is still awesome. Nintendo's giving free games, including retail games. There's not really anything to complain about there, especially when you compare it to what competitors give (pretty much nothing). The rewards could have been better, but they're still good and they're still free.

I wonder if Game & Wario will count towards the Deluxe program like Wind Waker did. Assuming it does, that'll be a free game plus $3 eshop credit.

TrueWiiMaster

#5

TrueWiiMaster commented on Sega Still Considering Its Options For The Wii...:

Though I'd like to see Genesis games come to the Wii U VC, I'd be much more interested in Dreamcast games. It's probably not very likely, especially when Nintendo hasn't even put their own 3D systems on the service, but I can get Genesis games on the Wii VC, and I've played very few Dreamcast games.

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#6

TrueWiiMaster commented on Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who S...:

I plan on getting a PS3, actually, because the PS4 lacks backwards compatibility and charges $50 a year. I wouldn't have minded the subscription too much (I probably just wouldn't have gotten it; I don't play online much anyway) but the lack of backwards compatibility is a deal breaker.

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#7

TrueWiiMaster commented on Mighty No. 9 Has Another Crowdfunding Campaign...:

What he got in the original Kickstarter should be more than enough to make an amazing 2D platformer. Many indies have made great 2D games with thousands (and some make them just for fun for free), but apparently one of the most veteran developers in the industry needs millions.

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#8

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

Hopefully Pokemon TCG comes out in America too. It's definitely one of my favorite Game Boy games. Though I'm sure it's wishful thinking, it would be great if Nintendo was testing the waters for a new TCG game by releasing the classic game.

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#11

TrueWiiMaster commented on Ubisoft Runs Another eShop Discount Bonanza in...:

I don't want/already have the Wii U games, but I might get Rayman 3D and/or Ghost Recon. I've been wanting them for a long time, and these prices actually beat the retail prices, even on used copies. These great 3DS eshop sales are making it hard to save money for the upcoming Wii U eshop games.

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#12

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

I'll be sticking with the Wii U this gen. At some point, I plan on finally getting a PS3. As someone who skipped the PS3 last gen, backwards compatibility on the PS4 would have been a major selling point, but since it doesn't have that, has virtually no games I want, and charges for online, I have almost no interest in buying it.

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#16

TrueWiiMaster commented on Reminder: Nintendo's Wi-Fi Service on Wii and ...:

It's sad to see the games cut off (especially the ones I haven't even gotten yet), but I have to admit that I haven't played online on the Wii or DS in a long time, possibly not since Pokemon Black 2 came out. I'd imagine there aren't very many players on most of the games anymore, which is why Nintendo isn't migrating the games to new servers.

That said, I'll try to play some games online tonight, probably Excitebots, Mario Kart, Brawl, and/or Pokemon. As the article said, it's the end of an era. It may not be a glowing era for everyone, but it was a lot of fun while it lasted.

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#17

TrueWiiMaster commented on Rumour: Nintendo Will Reveal New Hardware At T...:

Honestly, I'd be surprised if they didn't announce some sort of QoL hardware. They already said it was going to be a separate platform from their existing hardware, and they wouldn't have announced its existence if they didn't have something to show fairly soon after.

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#18

TrueWiiMaster commented on Mario Kart 8 Club Nintendo Promotion Offers a ...:

Just yesterday I was wondering if Nintendo would do a promotion like this, since they've done several "free game" promotions on the 3DS. I even guessed that if they did such a promotion, Wind Waker would probably be one of the choices, and would probably be the game I'd choose. Weird coincidence.

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#19

TrueWiiMaster commented on Review: Child of Light (Wii U eShop):

I have a ton of games to play from the eshop thanks to all the Winter sales, but pretty much all of them are 2D platformers, so I might get this early on to add some variety and support the game (maybe Ubisoft will change its mind and bring Valiant Hearts to the Wii U if this game gets enough support?). Between this and Stick it to the Man (which I'm also considering) it could be a very good week.

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#20

TrueWiiMaster commented on Download Developer Hits a "Brick Wall" When Tr...:

"A developer of a 3D action game sold 1,000 units in the U.S., and 400 in Europe in their first month"
What 3D action game is even on the Wii U eshop?

As for his other complaints, I think he's exaggerating. Most indies who have spoken about developing for the eshop have specifically said that communication was excellent. What's more, Nintendo does feature indie games in most of their presentations and conferences. The supposed sales he cited are from mystery developers, whose games may well be deserving of their numbers. Also, we know Nintendo has been reaching out to indie developers, as some have said they were approached and even offered free dev kits.

And what publisher "which is very experienced in the eShop space" is he referring to, when there are so few that fit that description and haven't already praised the eshop?

All that said, he's right that Nintendo needs to market better. Marketing has been, by far, their greatest weakness the last couple years. They need to do better at marketing themselves, their systems, and their potential to both developers and consumers.

TrueWiiMaster

#21

TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Shows Off Its Mario Golf: World Tour ...:

Two 18 hole courses equals 36 "levels", right? So for $6 you get 36 levels and a new character? Seems like a pretty good deal to me.

Though I'm usually very against day 1 DLC, I don't mind it in this game because of the price. If you buy the game and the day 1 DLC on launch day, it will still be $4 less than a full priced 3DS game.

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#26

TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Provides Some Context to 2013's Tomod...:

"In that respect, it's still looking like an exceptionally cautious, conservative approach from the development team and its management."
I think "exceptionally" is too strong a word. While Nintendo is avoiding a somewhat volatile topic, it's more the norm for game developers than a strange or unique occurrence from Nintendo. That said, I wouldn't say it was the wrong choice. The majority of people either don't want the "feature" or don't care either way, and it would attract attention to Nintendo in an area they probably don't want attention. I want Nintendo to stay out of politics/religion.

Besides, if you really want to marry someone of the same gender, you can just make a Mii of the opposite gender that looks like your gender, or make your own Mii the other gender but look like yourself. It's not a difficult workaround for those that really want it.

As for myself, the Nintendo Direct got me interested in this game, and I'm more likely to get it knowing that men won't be hitting on me in game (if that even happens in this game; I still know little about it). I'd also prefer not to have the option to date male Mii's popping up when I talk to them.

TrueWiiMaster

#30

TrueWiiMaster commented on Review: Pure Chess (Wii U eShop):

I enjoyed it so far in single player, but I haven't tried the multiplayer yet.

While I recommend the game, I would caution against getting the DLC. When the game was first put up, the DLC was all $1 each, so I bought all three level packs. Thing is, they're not easy to use. The chess pieces look nice, but it's hard to keep track of what piece is what when they no longer look like chess pieces (especially with the Roman set). The levels that come with the packs only allow play with the included set too, though it hardly matters, because as long as you're actually playing chess you don't see the scenery, and there doesn't seem to be any difference in music or any special ambient sounds. I got all three packs for $3 total (they usually go for almost $3 each), and I feel like it was wasted money.

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#31

TrueWiiMaster commented on Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Warping To North Americ...:

@JohnRedcorn
Nintendo places a higher value on their games than Sony. While most PS1 games are $6, some (I guess the "more valuable" ones?) are $10, the same price Nintendo thinks all of its N64 games are worth (they were $10 on the Wii VC). In other words, Nintendo considers all of its games valuable, and for good reason. They have made many of the best games ever made, after all.

I do agree about cross-buy, though. I'd buy many more VC games if they could be played on both my 3DS and Wii U. As it is, I'm never going to buy a VC game twice just to play it on each system. I probably won't be getting any of these GBA games without a sale either, not because they're too expensive, but because they're too expensive for games I already have.

I expect that Gamecube games, if they ever come to the VC, will be no more than $15.

TrueWiiMaster

#33

TrueWiiMaster commented on Ubisoft Discounts 18 Games on the North Americ...:

Most of these sale prices should be the regular prices by now. I'd get Ghost Recon and Rayman 3D if they were on sale for $10 or less, but I could get both as hard copies for cheaper than these sale prices (the same goes for almost every game on the list, but those are the two I want and don't have). I'll probably just pick up Cloudberry Kingdom.

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#34

TrueWiiMaster commented on Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Warping To North Americ...:

@JohnRedcorn
Then you'll have to wait until you find the games you're looking for at a yard sale, thrift store, etc. The digital copies are cheaper than their used cartridges on Amazon, more convenient to obtain and play than cartridges, and have features the originals lack. If you'd prefer to save a few dollars by searching for cheaper copies without modern features, feel free.

These games are not easier to obtain on cartridge than on the eshop. You can either search for them in person, pay more for them online, or steal them (which isn't a legal option).

You'd have a point if not for the fact that these GBA games went for almost quadruple their digital price when they came out, and were well worth it. Their quality hasn't declined, even if they've gotten older. Besides, you're not paying for the technology of the game, but the game itself. And again, many eshop games sell for $15, almost double the price of these GBA games.

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#35

TrueWiiMaster commented on Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Warping To North Americ...:

@JohnRedcorn
Metroid Fusion currently starts at $15 on Amazon. Golden Sun starts at $7.50. Yoshi's Island starts at $12. Advance Wars starts at $13. Mario & Luigi starts at about $11. $8 for a digital copy isn't a bad deal on any of them, especially considering the new features that will be included.

"I could instead download a brand new Wii-U eShop indie game with better graphics, sound, and online features."
When it's on sale. Few of those games start at lower than $10, with many selling for $15. Besides, better graphics and sound don't make a better game. Some of these GBA games are among the best.

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#37

TrueWiiMaster commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@Zach
Again, I don't think that was what the author meant. I think he was just saying that men and women are indeed different, and oftentimes do have trouble understanding each other. I don't think pointing that out is sexist or derogatory, especially in the context of the quote. Nowhere in the book does it imply that women's dreams have to be different from men's, nor does it ever imply that women's dreams are at all inferior to men's. As I said before, the story is about a boy and a girl both pursuing lofty dreams.

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#39

TrueWiiMaster commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@Zach
I remembered the line but not the context, so I checked my copy. The quote is from the father, but said by the mother. It was, "Men have dreams that women will never be able to understand." In the context, the mom doesn't understand why her son wants to pursue his particular dream, but the dad does. I don't think it was meant to undermine women's dreams, just to say that men and women are different. As I said before, the manga itself is about a boy and a girl both pursuing their dreams to the best of their ability.

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#40

TrueWiiMaster commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@AJWolfTill
Many people who have the game have commented that that wasn't the case, saying that the characters have a lot of personality, and can even be good examples of a strong female character. Nintendo Life itself said the game was quite good, giving it an 8. Senran Kagura may use its characters' looks to grab attention, but the game seems to stand well on its own.

TrueWiiMaster

#42

TrueWiiMaster commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@AJWolfTill
What you're describing sounds more graphic than this game. As far as I can tell (I don't own the game), the least these girls wear is basically bikinis, which are generally accepted. In other words, the clothing isn't really where the controversy is coming from. Some of the controversy certainly stems from the way their clothes are destroyed (which isn't unlike male characters losing their shirts so often it's become a cliche), but most of it probably comes from their exaggerated bodies (which aren't unlike the exaggerated men often found in games, movies, etc). Again, if you're against this game, but fine with buff, shirtless men, you're being hypocritical.

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#43

TrueWiiMaster commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

This reeks of hypocrisy. So this game shouldn't be supported because of how it depicts women, but similar depictions of men in video games don't matter? That's a double standard. If you complain about this but have no problem with buff, shirtless guys, you're probably a hypocrite.

TrueWiiMaster

#44

TrueWiiMaster commented on Tyrone Rodriguez Continues to Lobby Nintendo t...:

@Kodeen
If that was where it ended, it wouldn't be that big a deal. I mean, it would still be unnecessarily gross and graphic, but it wouldn't be as bad. The biggest problems are the characters (imo). BoI is a twisted, disgusting retelling of the story of Isaac. If the plot had been just slightly different, and different names had been used, this game wouldn't have been any worse, and it would have been far less controversial and offensive.

TrueWiiMaster

#45

TrueWiiMaster commented on Tyrone Rodriguez Continues to Lobby Nintendo t...:

@JohnRedcorn
Hate is hate. Whether the game was bashing a race, a sexual orientation, or a religion, it would still be bashing people. And what do you mean by "as the law attests"?

Also, BoI isn't questioning or debating religion, and satire is putting it too lightly. It's taking something personal and sacred to millions (if not billions) of people, and doing its absolute best to twist, distort, and dirty it. This game should be avoided simply out of respect for other people's beliefs. To support the game is to join it in throwing their views in the mud.

TrueWiiMaster

#46

TrueWiiMaster commented on Tyrone Rodriguez Continues to Lobby Nintendo t...:

Honestly, I wish he'd just give up. I have no desire to see this game on the eshop when I check for sales every week, ever the reminder of its insulting existence. I think Nintendo should stick to its policies here, and keep its distance from real religious themes, especially when it comes to offensive themes like those in BoI. So, to answer the question "Who wouldn't want to see this icon on their 3DS?", me.

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#48

TrueWiiMaster commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:

I agree that most of the time the developers aren't to blame for stuff like this, but I don't think it's fair to blame Nintendo either. If the game had released later on the PS3 than on the Wii U or 360, do you think Sony would have been excited to advertise it? No. The blame here lies almost entirely with EA.

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#50

TrueWiiMaster commented on Pokémon Movies And TV Shows Coming To Netflix...:

Eh. I love the Pokemon anime (at least the old episodes) but I already have 2/3rds of the Indigo League on DVD (I've been watching 3 episodes every Saturday, and I have several months worth left to watch at that rate). I'll probably watch the movies and the Black/White series at least. I wish they were including the Orange Islands, Johto, and/or the early movies.