@Pierst179: Yeah, I think its a really nice touch. I know that the battery life is affected by this feature, but that doesn't bother me. Is there anything else about the 3D feature that may cause strain of any kind? Like, is it bad to have the 3D up all the way, because so far thats how i've been playing, and I just wanna know if thats bad for my 3DS in any way, other than battery life.
No. It's made to be used.
I always keep the slider all the way up. It adds something to every game I've played.
Wrong. This may have held true in the past, but gaming has evolved past the point of a pure software incentive. Paying customers care about their rights as consumers (especially in this day and age of digital distribution). Customers care for a great many things other than just great games, if this weren't the case, we'd be seeing the Wii U rocketing off the sales charts.
What consumer rights have Nintendo violated? If you're talking about digital software being lost if you lose your console, that's simply not what happens. The Wii and 3DS were like that, but Nintendo fixed that problem by introducing Nintendo Network IDs (which will come to the 3DS soon). Your purchase history is stored on Nintendo's servers, and Nintendo can remotely transfer your ID from a lost or broken console to the new one. It's not as easy as a user-accessible cloud account, but that's certainly not a consumer right.
If people are under the wrong impression and they REALLY care about that kind of thing (and I don't think most people do), then it's simply a messaging problem. Nintendo explained initially that the ID can only be used with the console on which it was created but also that they would change that in the future. They did change it sometime over the last year, but apparently nobody knows about it.
As for the TC, why don't they do accounts? I think a lot of Nintendo's decisions that strike us as nonsensical as consumers rightly are, but aren't for them. Nintendo wants strict control over their software and they more than likely see the emergence of the digital age (and unified accounts) as a potential threat to that control. I can see no other reason why. I also believe it has partly to do with greed. I don't think Nintendo has any trouble making things as inconvenient as possible to encourage people to re-buy a game when they make it more of a hassle to jump through their hoops to get it back if something happens. Many can't be bothered and you can rest assured that Nintendo has made money off the laziness of others because they've made it so troublesome.
So I think it's an anti-consumer policy to help make them money and retain control mostly.
Greedy? Anti-consumer? I don't think it's anything as nefarious as that. They do stuff like this for anti-piracy reasons, and they're clearly not as good at it as they should be. They don't hate you. They're not against you. They don't want to swindle you out of your money. There are more sensible reasons for these things.
Does the story follow much or any of alttp?
Not at all. The link to LttP is for fan service, that's all. But the story is one of the best aspects of the game, even though it's mostly told in the first and last five minutes of the game. It's a charming little story.
It's hard for me to rank this game amongst the other ones. It does some things perfectly but really disappoints in other areas. In the end, Skyward Sword was a much more memorable game for me. There are very few things about LBW that I'll be able to remember in a month. A few moments near the end are really awesome, but that's about it.
@Videodogg: It's tied to your account. We don't have access to it on our side, but Nintendo does. If you call them with your situation, they can revoke access to your account from the previous WiiU and tie it to your new WiiU. So it technically is still tied to hardware, but all of your purchase information from your Nintendo ID is stored on Nintendo's servers, so it can be moved from console to console. This was detailed by the host of Radio Free Nintendo after he lost his WiiU in the Colorado floods a few months ago.
It's not as easy as logging into a different console and instantly accessing your stuff, but really, how often does anyone do that? In an emergency, like a lost or stolen or broken console, Nintendo can transfer your account to new hardware. It's not ideal, but for the vast majority of people, it will never be an issue.
No one is going to buy a WiiU just because it has a console-wide achievement system. You're right about people buying certain games because of achievements (though I think that has lessened quite a bit over time), but it's not going to push someone to buy a console.... unless the games are already there and they would've gotten it anyway.
As for a better account system, that would be nice, but why would that push someone to buy a console, or why would the current system keep them from it? Your purchases are tied to your account on the WiiU, not the hardware, which was the biggest problem for Wii and 3DS. There's a ton of room for improvement, but I don't know of anything they could do that would make people buy the WiiU because of it.
Nintendo is right. It's all about the games. This other stuff can't drive sales like a strong software lineup can.
Wow, they actually replied and fixed it. I'm impressed. I'm not used to customer service being this quick and helpful.
I had an issue with Club Nintendo recently, and they responded within a business day with a very thorough and polite message. And it even turned out to by my own dumb fault in not understanding how digital games were registered.
Damn, I started Last Story a while back before taking a break, but now started it back up (I'm about 2/5 finished) while also starting up Xenogears (yes, PSX Xenogears). I'm hoping playing both simultaneously isn't too much of a hindrance as my goal is beat Xenogears ASAP so I can start Xenoblade (yeah I know they aren't directly related, but I still wanted to play Xenogears first).
The Last Story is pretty short, so you'll finish that well before Xenogears.... if you don't throw the disc out the window first. It's one of the most frustrating games I've ever played, in certain parts.
It's been years since I played Xenogears, but I remember being really impressed by it. And knowing the backstory of Xenogears will give you a good backdrop for the story of Xenoblade. They're related thematically if nothing else, though that doesn't really become clear until the very end.
@nep321a: Then it should be even easier! :p
If it's something you like doing, there's no point in hiding it. Especially with Nintendo, it seems that pretty much everyone our age has memories of Nintendo from their childhood. That should be a point of shared experience, not contention, I would think. At least, that's how it's been for me.
But the reality is, when you are an adult with a full time job and other responsibilities, there is simply less time and less desire to play games. I used to play games avidly from age 10-24. After that, my interest in gaming dropped like a rock as I became more interested in other things in life. I used to play about 20-25 games per year. Now I only play about 1 game per year. I guess that makes me a casual now?
That makes the WiiU the perfect console for you. It's relatively cheap, and the few games you'll actually have time to play need to REALLY be worth the time. It sounds like Nintendo's games will do that best for you.
I'm 29 as well, but I'm still more of an avid gamer than you are. But even I could get by with just a WiiU. I have a 3DS and PC as well, and there's way too much for me to play.
And about what people think about you for playing Nintendo games.... don't worry about it. If that's the reason for a girl to lose interest in you, then good riddance, right?
I have a hard time understanding why using the pro controller over the gamepad is so much better, aside from battery life and weight. The gamepad and pro controller have the same buttons. Your hands are farther apart when you use the gamepad, that's all. I play with my hands resting in my lap, so it's not like the slight weight difference or my hands being three more inches apart makes any difference whatsoever.
@TransformerRobo: Ehhhhh… I tried The Wonderful 101. Honestly, Platinum is a lot more hit and miss to me than most people make them out to be. The controls are honestly just bad. You can get used to them, sure. I got use to the controls in PN03 and ended up liking that game a good deal, but it's controls did suck.
The Wonderful 101 is a game to be mastered. Once you get good at it, it's a ton of fun, and it just pushes you to get better and better at it. I imagine it's the same kind of feeling that drives people to keep playing fighting games.
But I don't think it's a system seller. Maybe it would be for a certain type of gamer who loves games that force them to master a completely new skill set that years of gaming hasn't already prepared them for. But that's a pretty small subset of a subset of gamers, I think.
You telling people it's "awful" is just wrong and misleading.
Jason's scale of quality goes like this: Broken - Awful - Works - Amazing. And I think the only game to ever reach the level of Amazing is My Pokemon Ranch on the Wii.
They didn't say anything about the software not being tied to the system anymore though.
That's because even on WiiU, it's both tied to the system and stored in their servers. I wish I could remember which episode of Radio Free Nintendo it was, but Jonny Metts detailed his experience with recovering his digital WiiU content after his console was destroyed in the Colorado floods. He called Nintendo, and they basically switched off the content tied to his dead WiiU and switched it on in his new WiiU. They had a record of everything he had purchased and could easily allow access to it from his new console.
I assume it'll be the same with 3DS. Maybe it'll only record purchases made after the account is tied to an ID (you never know with Nintendo), but it could potentially read your download history and sync it to their servers.
Does that also count for the Wii Ware games I have already purchased?
WiiWare games will transfer over, but there's no upgrade option for WiiWare games. You can play them on the gamepad screen in Wii Mode on the WiiU, but you can't use the gamepad controls... you have to use a Wii remote or classic controller, as if the gamepad were just a TV with a Wii hooked up to it. The gamepad has a sensor bar built in.
Basically, once you do the transfer to WiiU, Wii Mode on your WiiU will be an exact replica of your Wii.
OK thanks, didn't know it would transfer to a Wii U. I guess I will wait until I get a Wii U and hold onto the points for now.
Just to be clear, the Wii Shop Channel balance is separate from the WiiU eShop balance. It's dumb. You can't buy eShop games with your Wii Shop Channel points.
Also, anything you have on your Wii can be transferred to your WiiU, so you can buy those VC games now if you want. After you transfer them to the WiiU, they're only available in Wii Mode unless you buy them again in the WiiU eShop. The system checks your console and discounts the price of any VC games already on your console to $1 for the upgrade, which lets you play them on the gamepad and adds a better save state system.
Man, that's way more confusing than it needs to be. I hope that's clear enough. :\
finally got past that loser lizard.. i snuck past him and stole the offering..
Now that you say that, I think that's what I did, too. I remember that place, going in for the first time and being like "oh no way..." when I saw all the guys in there. Then one time they just didn't see me.
To put it in a pithy one-liner: it used to take years to find out someone was a dick, now we can do it immediately
I think another part of this is how long the evidence lasts. If Gamespot had migrated its old ZDNet data when it upgraded forum software in the early 2000s, you could find posts from 15-year old me on this site. 29-year old me is a very different person.
On a related note, gamers on the internet skew young. My first post on this site was incredibly stupid, but luckily I was surrounded by older, wiser users at the time who beat me down immediately (somehow without seeming dismissive) and changed my perspective on literally everything in a matter of minutes. I still see that as a turning point in my life.
But I was an impressionable and timid kid. It takes some people longer to learn that lesson, I think (and it took me years and years to learn more about tone and attitude, and I'm still learning), and some never do. But you can see it happen if you pay attention. Just a few weeks ago, I finally noticed that a longish-time GS user who used to be closed-minded and rude and dismissive had become a friendly, pleasant person to talk to. I don't know when or how it happened, but it made me happy.
I guess my point is that there's a never ending treadmill of gamers coming in. The ones who were being hateful and rude a couple of years ago might have learned their lesson, but they're going to be replaced by new ones who haven't.
The laser in the Dreamcast wouldn't read properly and you needed to open it up and turn a little screw.
Maybe that was the problem with my roommate's Dreamcast in college. It would randomly stop reading the disc. I figured out that turning it upside-down lowered the chances of that, but it still happened. All I wanted to do was get through Grandia 2.... I went through so much trouble to do that, but that game was totally worth the hassle.