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Nintendo's Pre-TGS 2011 Conference and Discussion

12 September 2011 - 10:16 PM

It is scheduled to start tonight at 8pm PDT. The rumors suggest it is a conference centered around the 3DS. But who knows?

Here's where the official stream of tonight's conference should be:


Just 4:45 left till start time! :D

Sushi Recommendations in AZ?

31 August 2011 - 12:04 AM

Specifically, AYCE sushi is what I'm looking for. In the Phoenix area.

I went with some friends to a regular sushi restaurant that they were all crazy about. I ended up spending $16 with tax and tip and I would have rather paid $16 for and eaten human fecal matter than the tripe they served.

I have never eaten sushi in SF or Japan (never even been to either place), so I may not know what good sushi is. But I certainly know when McDonald's could do a better job at it (if they ever decided to venture in that direction) than a place that has crappy sushi.

Honestly, the only time I have ever had good sushi is at certain AYCE locations and a few regular restaurants that are as expensive as AYCE for individual rolls. All my friends here swear that this place we went to is marvelous and they balk at the idea of AYCE being good. They all think it's going to be like a Chinese buffet. So I am wanting to get them to go somewhere of my choosing and showing them what good (and affordable) sushi can be like (as good as you're going to get in the middle of the desert, anyway).

I have researched as much as I can online, but I'm afraid there isn't much to go on out there. So I'm turning to you all. I have found "Takamatsu of Chandler" to be the most universally high rated place in the Phoenix Valley that serves AYCE. Is there anyone who can vouch for this? Are there any other suggestions?

Bottom line? I'd rather pay $25-30 per person (including tax + tip + possible sake bomber for the itamae) for awesome AYCE sushi than $15-20 for crappy Happy Sumo (or worse) quality garbage any day of the week.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Xenoblade and The Last Story in the US?

08 July 2011 - 08:40 PM

Source: NTSC Xenoblade Done, The Last Story In Progress
NTSC Xenoblade Finished Prior to E3 Nintendo of America Sitting on Announcement

July 7, 2011

American localization of Xenoblade is complete, The Last Story is currently being translated to English for an American release, but there is no word on Pandora’s Tower localization. This information was disclosed to Operation Rainfall today from a source within Nintendo who wishes to remain anonymous. There is currently no indication of when Nintendo of America plans to formally announce these titles.

Last week Nintendo of America told its followers on Facebook and Twitter that it had no plans to bring Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s tower to America “at this time.” Nintendo intentionally left open the possibility of release. Allegedly, the Redmond, WA branch has been working with other branches to bring Xenoblade and The Last Story to North America.

According to our source, The NTSC version of Xenoblade was completed just over a month ago, while testing for the PAL and NTSC versions of The Last Story could begin in a month. There is currently no word on localization for an NTSC version of Pandora’s Tower.

Remember, this information was disclosed to Operation Rainfall in confidence. Until Nintendo of America makes an announcement, there will be no official word of an NTSC release. However, this news has increased our hope for a North American release of these games. It could also explain why retailers like Amazon continue to have Xenoblade (Monado: Beginning of the World) listed on their website.

Make of this information what you will, but after much internal discussion Operation Rainfall believed it would be best to share this information with our followers. Consider this our announcement of a forthcoming announcement.

Help us keep the pressure on Nintendo, and hopefully we will get a formal announcement of Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower sooner rather than later.


Just a rumor at this point, but there is hope. I see no reason for the people who started this campaign to pull a hoax.

UPDATE: 15 July 2011

Nintendo Issued The Last Story Trademark in US
Release of missing Wii game is still unlikely.

Nintendo of America has been officially issued a trademark for The Last Story,one of the missing Wii games that the company said it had no plans to bring to the US.

Nintendo filed for the trademark back in January 2010, but only received it this week. This doesn't mean that the company will release the game, but it could spark hope in those fans still holding out on the Mistwalker RPG.

The game is still on track for a 2012 release in Europe.


Doesn't necessarily mean anything, but it's not bad news.

"Go the F**k to Sleep" - a "Children's" book

15 June 2011 - 08:52 PM

The #1 best selling book on Amazon right now.

Haha. My favorite review:

It made my four year old cry!!![/B]"]This is the worst goodnight book I've ever read. It made my four year old cry every single night I read it to him. And then just the other night when it was time to put his baby brother down, he said, "Why won't he go the f*** to sleep?" What sort of lesson is that?

I don't normally give one star reviews. I would have given this a two star review if the authors had used a better word like "fudge" or "flock", as in "Go the Flock to Sleep", but now, thanks to this horrible book, my four year old is using the f-word every day and my baby son just said "flluch", so his first word was the f-word. Am I supposed to tell him this when he gets older? "Son, your first word was the f-word"? What's he going to grow up to be now? A tattoo parlor artist? A Democrat? This book is a disgrace.

Just thought this was awesome and wanted to share.:bouncy:

Also amusing:
All My Friends Are Dead
Monsters Eat Whiny Children
That's Not Your Mommy Anymore: A Zombie Tale
I Hate Everything

The Taking Tree: A Selfish Parody by Shrill Travesty

Needed: Advice on Getting Out of a New Car Loan

11 May 2011 - 11:49 PM

So I get a call from my cousin last week saying for me to come check out some cars at a tent sale they have going on. Turns out he just started working as a sales guy. Cool. My car got totaled by some idiot a few weeks ago. I need a car, why not look? (I work at home, so I was in no rush for a replacement.) He says the sale is going through Sunday. Since it is Friday I figure I can check out what they have and sleep on it.

The kid shows me some cars. I don't really like what they have going on. I try to get into a couple of models, but just wasn't digging them. I tell him thanks and that I'll let him know. He tells me to wait because he'll get fired if he doesn't let someone else talk to me before I leave. I'm like, "Whatever". He walks away and a minute later his manager comes over and starts in on some high pressure crap. I don't want to cause my cousin problems at his new job, so I try to be nice to the douche. I do tell him flat out that I'm not buying tonight, that I never buy anything on the spot. Well, I'm not sure what happened, but somehow he made me feel guilty or something because I drove away in one of their cars.

I felt I was stuck with the car unless something major went out on it, so I haven't looked into getting out of it. I'm extremely unhappy with it. I never would have purchased this car on my own. The payments are very high (the loan is only like 3 years). I can make the payments, but life won't be fun doing so. In fact, life will be pretty miserable considering some of the other high expenses I have right now (some pretty good coverage health insurance w/ an HSA and student loans being a big part of it).

But it turns out that my loan hasn't been finalized, it seems. Is this a way out without costing me anything and without hurting my credit? So I have been out of town for a few days and I come home to a message of the dealership's loan guy saying that he's been trying to get a hold of me. Apparently he lost some of the papers I gave him (proof of income and personal references). He says he needs them faxed ASAP or else my loan approval that is on hold could be cancelled!

I was ready to bend over and take it up the rear from them, but is this a way out? If the loan is being held up, can they hit me financially or credit-wise for anything if I just turn the car back in and say I want out? I did pay $1000 down, which I don't know if I could get back (if they refuse, I could always try and do a charge back). But that's a lot better than what I thought I would eventually lose if I traded the car in at some point.

Anyway, if anyone knows anything about this stuff, I'd love some help! Thanks. :)

I was an idiot. Bought a new car I didn't want. Realized I was hosed with no way out. But today I got a message from the finance dude at the dealership saying that they lost the proof of income and references I gave them and if I don't get new copies to them ASAP, the loan approval that is currently on hold will be cancelled. If I don't have a loan, does that mean they don't have a sale and I can just turn in the car without a financial or credit hit? Thanks. :)