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#1891 io

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:25 AM

I don't mind the flippers trying to sell these things for a profit, but they're just so stupid and arrogant... that's what irritates me.


Yeah, same here. But the picture of a buttload of them in the back of a car just reeks of arrogance. And it isn't a great marketing tool either - don't know what that person was thinking. It seems like some sort of fishy back-alley sale ;).

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:14 PM

...the picture of a buttload of them in the back of a car just reeks of arrogance. And it isn't a great marketing tool either - don't know what that person was thinking. It seems like some sort of fishy back-alley sale ;).


My thoughts exactly. It just puts a smile on my face knowing that this particular person raped her own wallet. :applause:

It'll be interesting to see if this (or any!) online roll playing game can dethrone Ultima Online. I also hear that Blizzard's working on something but I can't see that doing any better for them then Diablo has.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

The battery on the gamepad officially has started to annoy me, it dies way too quick.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:15 PM

I'm planning on grabbing one of these as soon as it comes out.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

Considering the battery compartment is much bigger than the battery, they probably planned on having a bigger battery but had to reduce it to cut costs. The compartment being bigger leaves a lot of room open for 3rd party solutions, which is great.
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#1896 Blaster man

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:19 PM

Considering the battery compartment is much bigger than the battery, they probably planned on having a bigger battery but had to reduce it to cut costs. The compartment being bigger leaves a lot of room open for 3rd party solutions, which is great.


Or they plan on selling you a better battery in the future for some stupid high price. They probably have some dumbass microchip on it so 3rd parties can't put theirs in it. :P

#1897 Tronny

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

Yeah, same here. But the picture of a buttload of them in the back of a car just reeks of arrogance. And it isn't a great marketing tool either - don't know what that person was thinking. It seems like some sort of fishy back-alley sale ;).


I feel like we should all spam her account and ask her how much money she estimates she will end up losing...

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:34 PM

I feel like we should all spam her account and ask her how much money she estimates she will end up losing...


There might be an opportunity after Christmas to buy consoles out of this lot super cheap (at a loss for her). Hahaha.

It'll be interesting to see if this (or any!) online roll playing game can dethrone Ultima Online. I also hear that Blizzard's working on something but I can't see that doing any better for them then Diablo has.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:12 PM

I hate to burst everyone's bubble, but most stores have a default "christmas returns" program that means anything purchased between November 1st (give or take) and Christmas Day can be returned by mid January as long as you have a receipt.

Worst case scenario, she loses shipping costs, but if she bought them all locally, she is guaranteed to break even.

(My brother's daughter has a heart problem and he horded Wii U's as a means of paying for a major unexpected surgery she had to have in the summer. I'm not a big fan of his methods, but his intentions weren't based in greed. That said, i have a hard time judging someone on eBay right now without knowing her story).
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:35 PM

I was at Best Buy today and I saw what looked liked a grandpa buying a deluxe set for his grandson's Christmas present. It makes me happy that scalpers are losing their money trying to resell the Wii U.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:16 AM

Ugh. Now on my 11th survivor on ZombiU. The game is pretty damn tough.

Anyway, anyone picked up Nano Assault Neo? I keep watching videos and wanting to play it, but I'm a bit hesitant to bite the bullet.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:18 AM

My local Kmart had 6 deluxe models in stock today. I picked up one, good to know the flippers failed.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:37 PM

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:30 AM

So I was in the Nintendo Store today in NYC and played the Wii U for the first time (well, I watched my son play it) and it was pretty neat. Mario in full HD was really a treat and brought a smile to my face. We didn't play anything else but we got to see people playing Nintendo Land (the Zelda minigame looked fun) and the Rayman demo which was absolutely stunning - probably the best looking game 2D game I've ever seen. I mean, there is almost no discernible difference between it and a cartoon. I'm still not buying a system for a while but I'm pretty sure someone will be asking Santa for one - maybe grammie will be able to find one? hahaha...

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:00 AM

I don't believe Mario is full HD.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:05 AM

Well it looked sweet on the giant TVs they had in there.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:13 AM

I don't believe Mario is full HD.




Well good for you. Myself, I don't really care too much. it looks as good or better than anything this gen to me, but it's still a blast to play.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:45 AM

So my first Nintendo Shop purchase is Trine 2 DC. And it's taking about 15 minutes to install the game? What the?

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:57 AM

Okay, the whole Wii U Pro controller is confusing as hell for me... I bought two of them from TRU's BOGO 50%, a decent deal. However, I realized those controllers don't work on the Mario U game. I assumed that the official Wii U controllers are "better" than the Wiimotes, so they should workl? Alas, no! I have Wiimotes from the Wii and I don't mind using them, but come on man, it's Wii U and I want to play with the new comfortable controller damn it!

If the game doesn't support the Pro controller, the controller just power itself off... It works on the Wii U main menu of course, but it blink itself off once the game started (like Mario U). Man, that's a turn off... I'm wondering what good is the Pro controllers are for. So far I can't play any of the games I got with Pro controllers :-(

It's damn $50 a pair too, come on, with that price, it should be able to play "horizontal" Wiimote kind of games, I don't see why not... Man, it really sucks! I don't want to use the damn Wiimotes, especially I got the shiny new controller that looks like a Xbox controller...


The back of the games list whether or not the Pro controller is compatible.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:09 PM

The back of the games list whether or not the Pro controller is compatible.


This. If anything, I don't think that Nintendo did quite enough to make people realize that the Pro controllers are an OPTION, not an across-the-board supported accessory. I'm happy I picked one up for games that don't really use the second screen (Black Ops is the big one), but I was aware of the limitations going in.

I mean, I'm glad the Pro controller exists, but... honestly, it doesn't have a huge need to right now. Outside of local multiplayer for something like Black Ops, it's really not all that 'OH MAN I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT THIS' useful. Especially for $50.

I also think that as time passes, you'll actually find less uses for it, as many developers will begin to use the second screen for other things to make it 'worthwhile', as it were. Having only owned the system for 2 weeks, I already find it weird when a game like Black Ops doesn't really *use* the screen for anything other than a basic list of objectives. It's a trend that, really, I don't think will continue... I feel like we'll get to the point where, sure, you can play the games with the Pro, but you'll be missing out on something. I think a decent example is AC3... yes, it's totally playable with the Pro controller, but just freeing up a spot by putting the horse whistle on the touch screen is helpful. To me, that's where the difference will come in.

So, that was a lot longer than I intended it to be, but the Pro controller is kind of a bizarre thing. It really is. My gut would tell me that if the GamePad was cheaper and able to connect more than one at a time to the system, the Pro wouldn't even exist. It's a strange inbetween kind of solution.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed supports the Pro Controller even though it doesn't mention it on the back of the box.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:06 PM

I think a decent example is AC3... yes, it's totally playable with the Pro controller, but just freeing up a spot by putting the horse whistle on the touch screen is helpful.

"Easily accessible horse whistle" is a decent example of touch screen use?

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:20 PM

So I'm clear, I'll need the wiimote and gamepad, the pro controller and classic controller/classic controller pro in order to play games on Wii U. Are there titles that require the Pro Controller at all? Or is it pretty much optional?

Additional things I'm unclear on, but think I have a handle on:
- Classic controller (pro) does not work on Wii U games.
- Wii U Pro Controller doesn't serve as a substitute for the classic controller for Wii games.
- Wiimotes are Wiimotes, so I can keep the ones I have for my Wii and use them just fine on any Wii U game (small followup: is the motionplus adapter necessary in all cases, b/c I only have old pre-motionplus Wiimotes?)
- All Wii digital content (VC) works on the Wii U (i.e., it's not like the PS Vita, which can only play a portion of PSN Store digital content for the PSP)
- The only thing the Wii U can't do that the Wii could is play GCN games (which is even disputable, since it was removed from the Wii 1-2 years back).
- external USB-powered HDD can be used for storage for the Wii U; the internal storage can not be replaced.

I think I got all that. I'm kinda sorta maybe interested in a Wii U, but willing to wait until the price drops on the console or I can score one on the cheap. It's not a terribly overpriced console in and of itself, but all the accessories are overwhelming and make me feel like the "real cost" is hidden. I got a deal on a PS Vita, but the damned expensive proprietary memory card cost make me hesitant to get into another scenario like that. Perhaps that's an apples to oranges comparison, though.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:37 PM

"Easily accessible horse whistle" is a decent example of touch screen use?

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A decent example of something that would drive me to use the GamePad instead of the Pro controller, yes.

Not necessarily a 'great use' in a general sense. Distinctions.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

Additional things I'm unclear on, but think I have a handle on:
- Wii U Pro Controller doesn't serve as a substitute for the classic controller for Wii games.
- Wiimotes are Wiimotes, so I can keep the ones I have for my Wii and use them just fine on any Wii U game (small followup: is the motionplus adapter necessary in all cases, b/c I only have old pre-motionplus Wiimotes?)
- The only thing the Wii U can't do that the Wii could is play GCN games (which is even disputable, since it was removed from the Wii 1-2 years back).
- external USB-powered HDD can be used for storage for the Wii U; the internal storage can not be replaced.


1. Correct
2. Correct, but some games (Nintendoland) specify Motion Plus as a necessity.
3. That and use the GCN controller for Wii games that support it (obviously). Read the post above mine too. I can't speak for the online portion.
4. That's kind of iffy. Nintendo has said that only some will work, and I think that it's been reported that games can't run off of a USB-powered HDD.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:07 PM

The back of the games list whether or not the Pro controller is compatible.


That's not really the complaint though, is it?

My complaint is that it doesn't support it. Period. It's freaking Mario. The second screen does nothing. Give me the ergonomic 80 hour controller over the bulky 3 hour one that serves no purpose in this game.

I'm only a few worlds in but so far there's no excuse as to why they couldn't support it. I assume there is some lame motion later on that the Pro Controller can't do.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

So I was in the Nintendo Store today in NYC and played the Wii U for the first time (well, I watched my son play it) and it was pretty neat. Mario in full HD was really a treat and brought a smile to my face. We didn't play anything else but we got to see people playing Nintendo Land (the Zelda minigame looked fun) and the Rayman demo which was absolutely stunning - probably the best looking game 2D game I've ever seen. I mean, there is almost no discernible difference between it and a cartoon. I'm still not buying a system for a while but I'm pretty sure someone will be asking Santa for one - maybe grammie will be able to find one? hahaha...


Woah I was in there yesterday too. I agree Rayman looked sweet. No interest in buying a Wii U though.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:18 PM

1. Correct
2. Correct, but some games (Nintendoland) specify Motion Plus as a necessity.
3. That and use the GCN controller for Wii games that support it (obviously). Read the post above mine too. I can't speak for the online portion.
4. That's kind of iffy. Nintendo has said that only some will work, and I think that it's been reported that games can't run off of a USB-powered HDD.


Thanks a bunch! Kinda odd about the HDD, since the internal storage is limited. I really don't want to juggle downloading and archiving digital content.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:34 PM

4. That's kind of iffy. Nintendo has said that only some will work, and I think that it's been reported that games can't run off of a USB-powered HDD.


Apologies for barging in chaps, but I'd just like to add a point. Nintendo has a (rather brief) list of tested external HDD's up on their website. You'll have to click on the loader to the left. In addition to functioning perfectly, both drives match the aesthetics of the Wii U rather nicely.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:41 PM

Forgot to mention if anyone is looking for one Toys R Us in Times Square NYC had mountains of these:

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