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V. Amoleo

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  1. Just a reminder that there's only two months left until the 3DS and Wii U eshops close forever.  There's also only a month left to buy Fire Emblem Fates.


    Anybody's long lists down to a short list yet?  The sales for both the EU and Japan seem to just be rotating now between the same set of games.  So I think it's time to start buying.

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  2. We're definitely at the end of the Switch's life but we're still getting really solid games.  Up until 2022 I was using it for playing pretty much any game in it's portable form but the Steam Deck has taken that away from it for me.  But that doesn't stop it being an amazing machine on the first party output alone and it's still probably my most used gaming device.

    The theoretical Switch Pro wouldn't have helped with Pokemon Scarlet/Violet's performance issues.  If you overclock (more accurately: remove the underclock. Which is what the rumour was) the Switch, the performance issues remain.  That game's issues stem from the engine itself.  This wouldn't have entirely gone away even with a much more powerful machine to brute force it.

    Either way I'm past wanting a Switch Pro now, that ship sailed in 2021.  Do I want a Switch 2?  I guess yes but it does make me sad that it'll likely be a straight forward successor rather than something game changing.


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  3. I've been playing this game over the weekend and I love it.  I've done three gyms, two titans and one star boss.

    Seems to be loads of variety of pokemon, is it the most we've ever had in a game?

    This has been said a lot online but the performance is janky, visuals are a step back from Sw/Sh and it doesn't feel polished at all.  When I'm back in the house I'll use my old switch to play it docked and OC'd to see if it helps.  Some of the gameplay seems to be a step backwards from Arceus in places e.g. why no overworld catching and the crafting is now limited to TMs.  Which, in world, doesn't seem to make much sense.  How do bits of Pokemon end up being a disc?

  4. Can't believe it's been 10 years.  I remember being in my first job waiting for the pre-orders to go up.  Then being on here with you guys on release day while I was working as a junior dev in a tiny office waiting for the notification that it had been delivered to my parents' house, where I lived at the time!  If I remember right these are the games I bought at launch: Nintendo Land (bundled), Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, New Super Mario Bros. U, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and ZombiU.

    I loved the Wii U but here's some of my highlights:

    Nintendo Land = Great party game with lots of asynchronous games.  Pretty sure this came bundled with my Black Wii U.

    ZombiU = A game that was supposed to show us the mature third party support.  That never really happened BUT I still firmly believe the Wii U is the best place to play this and it still has a great local asynchronous multiplayer.

    Pikmin 3 = I think it was a title update that brought in Wiimote control for this game, and it was glorious.  I still prefer this to the Switch DX version.

    Lego City Undercover = This was a great exclusive.  No longer exclusive and I think all the Wii U specific features were ported to the Switch version.

    Super Mario 3D World = A mario game with solid mechanics.  Better on Switch now though.

    Splatoon = I guess this is Nintendo's take on the FPS genre and it was lots of fun.  Only let down because it had no real single player story and I'm not much of an online multiplayer person.

    Mario Kart 8 = This was an almost perfect game.  Better on Switch.

    Super Mario Maker = This is the sort of thing I'd wanted for years.  Really enjoyed it.  Very much superseded by it's sequel on Switch though.

    The Zelda HD Remakes = A fresh lick of paint on already excellent games.  Twilight Princess HD was basically the version we would have gotten if the Wii had joined the HD generation.

    Miiverse = I'm not one for social media but this little Nintendo style social network was so nice. I'm guessing it was costing too much money to moderate though.

    Pokken Tournament = A new look at Pokemon via the fighting genre lens.  Better on Switch.

    The Wii U times were tough but there was shining gems in there.  I know some people like to write it off as a prototype Switch but the asynchronous gameplay was great... when it was used.  Plus it was the first time we got to see Nintendo characters in HD.

    As an aside here is a list of Wii U games yet to be ported to the Switch:

    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    • Xenoblade Chronicles X
    • NES Remix 1 & 2
    • Nintendo Land - Unlikely due to using Wii U's unique features.
    • Yoshi’s Woolly World
    • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
    • Paper Mario: Color Splash
    • Wii Fit U - Unlikely, seems to have been replaced with the more game-like Ring Fit
    • Wii Party U - Unlikely due to using Wii U's unique features.
    • Star Fox Zero - Tough one, this uses the Wii U's unique features but... did it need to?
    • Game & Wario - Unlikely due to using Wii U's unique features.
    • Splatoon - Has a sequel on Switch that has everything this game has and more but is still technically a different game.
    • Super Mario Maker - Has a sequel on Switch that has everything this game has and more but is still technically a different game.



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  5. A few more Japanese exclusives on sale on the Japanese eShop this week.

    Kunio-kun Nekketsu Complete: Famicom Compilation 600円 No translation patch available but some of the Famicom games should be playable without knowledge of Japanese.

    Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun Special 100円 No translation patch available. A remake of Nekketsu Renegade Kunio-kun.

    Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki 500円 No translation patch available.  I'd say this one is pretty much unplayable without knowledge of Japanese.

    BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma 100円 No translation patch available.  This was released in English, but only in America.  BlazBlue Contiuum Shift II is also available for 100円, but had a worldwide release.

    Jake Hunter Rondo of Revenge 500円 No translation patch available.  This is a visual novel type game and would be impossible without knowledge of Japanese.

    Stardust Amazoness 500円 No translation patch available.  Looks like an RPG in the vein of games like Senran Kagura.  I think it would need a knowledge of Japanese to play.

    Ends 07/11.

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  6. On 23/09/2022 at 11:44 AM, V. Amoleo said:

    The Japanese exclusive enhanced version of this is now on sale on the eShop too.  But be aware there is no translation patch as far as I can find.

    Story of Seasons Twin Villages+ 1480円

    Ends 19/10.

  7. Some exclusive Natsume games are on sale at the moment:


    A-Train and the River City games.  Ends on 27/09.


    Probably worth mentioning that the new Theathrhythm game is unlikely to support the touchscreen because it's based on the arcade game (thanks to Glen-i for explaining this).  Which means that you shouldn't scratch the DLC for the Curtain Call off your list if you particularly enjoy playing using the touchscreen.

  8. There was an update to this situation a few days ago.


    As a result, we moved the decommission date from 1 September 2022 to 1 October 2022, and the single-player downloadable content (DLC) of several games on PC – Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed III (2012 release), Far Cry 3 and Splinter Cell Blacklist – will be available to download and keep before that date.
    If you own these games on PC, activate your DLC before the decommissioning on 1 October 2022 to continue playing it. There will be no impact to the same single-player DLC on consoles, and you will continue to be able to download and play them after 1 October 2022. You can find out more in an update from the Assassin’s Creed team.
    More, there is still an active game team working on Anno at Ubisoft Mainz, and a taskforce was dedicated to deploying an update to Anno 2070 that will upgrade the game and replace its old online services, allowing players to enjoy its online features into the future.

    Unfortunately I'm still yet to understand what 'activating' the DLC means.  Does it mean buying it?  Does it mean starting the game?  Does it mean getting to a certain point in the game?  Still means that it's dead if you ever lose that install I think.

    There's a bit more specifically about Assassin's Creed here: https://discussions.ubisoft.com/topic/168795/decommissioning-of-online-services-for-several-ac-games-october-2022?lang=en-US

    It still doesn't make it clear what 'activating' means though.

  9. On 16/08/2022 at 2:36 PM, Glen-i said:

    Harvest Moon 64 jumps out at me in that above diagram. How likely is that these days? Hell, is it even possible?

    Harvest Moon 64 was released on the Wii U VC in 2017, which I believe is well after the disputes over the name.  So maaaybe?

    I think we're less likely to get any of the Square Enix games as they've had zero presence on NSO so far.  Cruisin' USA might have Midway issues?  Bomberman surprises me though because Konami have been prolific on NSO.  All the others on the diagram are just a matter of time.

  10. This is fairly off topic but it came to my head while I was creating the lists.

    After looking at all the Wii U and 3DS stuff the past couple of weeks, it's really made me sad how little love the Wii U got.  From DLC just stopping half way through or barebone ports.  I think the worst thing I saw was the massive changes that Breath of the Wild underwent to fit the Switch.


    I mean this is loads better than the black screen it ended up getting.


    The weird thing is though.  There are some Wii U exclusive games you should pick up before they're gone forever.  Nintendo Land is great and I don't think we'll ever see anything like it again.  Game & Wario, which isn't great but does use the Wii U's features really well.  It also seems to have gotten to stupid prices physically.  Xenoblade Chronicles X, The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess are the three still exclusive games that I'm shocked haven't been ported.  They use the touchscreen mainly for inventory management, which I really wish Switch games would do.  I would even say that ZombiU is the definitive way to play Zombi because of the asynchronous local multiplayer, the awesome use of the GamePad and the Wiimote support (multiplayer only).  The Call of Duty games on Wii U support Wiimotes too and that is a great way to play those games.  Controversially, I still believe Pikmin 3 is best on the Wii U while using Wiimotes.

    The 3DS got a lot of love though.  There are some real gems on there and I'd argue even the games that got ports are worth picking up on 3DS because of the dual screen nature (and the 3D!).  I'd really be interested on people's less-known recommendations.

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  11. On 14/08/2022 at 10:04 AM, markderoos said:

    Hi all, anyone know an easy way to create a list of all first party digital exclusives on Wii U and/or 3DS?

    Easiest would be a link to an article/list but my own Google skills weren’t good enough to find what I’m looking for… :) 

    I've started trying to put together something for this, but I really doubt I'm going to be able to finish it completely.  I'm currently at E in the alphabet :laughing:


    Update:  I've finished the list.

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  12. 8 hours ago, markderoos said:

    Hi all, anyone know an easy way to create a list of all first party digital exclusives on Wii U and/or 3DS?

    Easiest would be a link to an article/list but my own Google skills weren’t good enough to find what I’m looking for… :) 

    I've mentioned this list before https://www.resetera.com/threads/wii-u-3ds-eshop-shutdown-exclusive-games-dlc-and-features-list-thread.553420/ so it might not be good enough.  I've also been unable to find a definitive list of digital exclusives, let alone first party only.

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  13. So I may have gone a little bit mental and actually ordered a Japanese Wii U and 3DS so I can access their eShop.

    As such here a list of Nintendo 3DS games that are unavailable in the European region: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10TMkT2PocjHm4MpHNab27iVUJN7cPJu3fhzLIkZLGrY

    It's just quickly knocked up from Wikipedia.  I've added stuff like Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi and Tempura, because we got a version of Yo-Kai Watch 3 based on the Japanese 'third game' Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki.

    I've put together a list of 3DS VC games that are unavailable in the European region: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DnAjAXtynKOG6KUqOLWs2K3dZho2NhtEcTTYKzQUIyU/edit?usp=sharing

    and a list of Wii U VC games that are unavailable in the European region: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QvMkYK0fA-C8KXhIz8TDVoYN5J9dwNcyM84H_L2b4yU

    and a list of DSiWare games that are unavailable in the European region: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15m_jsxVn5Cgm0wD2JSQPo1BB9MQW-FeNgmQyQ0YclWY/edit?usp=sharing

  14. Starting to put together my long list of 3DS/DSi games now.  This is mostly taken from recommendations around the internet, I'll later go through and narrow down based on games I'd actually like. Doesn't include any games that I already have, so it might not be a great list for anybody else to use!

    Here are some (non-exhaustive) retail games that are cheaper digitally than on CEX:

    It seems all the EA DSiWare has been delisted within the last 12 months or so.  Need for Speed Nitro-X, Bejeweled Twist, MySims Camera are no longer available.  Other games that have disappeared: Mr Driller Drill Till You Drop

    Games with Ports.  Mentioning these seperately because sometimes that second screen does make a difference.

    I'm gonna struggle with looking into the Wii U side of things.  My Wii U is currently packed away (along with everything else) while I'm renovating my house.

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