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Ashley Winchester Jan 18, 2017

I know this could/should be a separate thread in another category, but I'm surprised no one has made mention of who's slated to score Xenoblade 2.

Amazingu Jan 18, 2017 (edited Jan 18, 2017)

Ashley Winchester wrote:

I know this could/should be a separate thread in another category, but I'm surprised no one has made mention of who's slated to score Xenoblade 2.

The trailer mentioned Mitsuda and ACE.

If the first game is any indication, Mitsuda will compose a theme song (probably played during the end credits) and the rest of the game will be scored by ACE, which is perfectly fine by me, because the first game's soundtrack kicked ass.

On the other hand, Shimomura doesn't seem to be involved this time, so maybe Mitsuda gets to do a little bit more (title screen, maybe?). I bet/hope the majority of the music will still be done by ACE though.

raynebc wrote:

I'm waiting to see how much better the Switch version of the new Zelda is.  The new Mario game isn't enough to sway me to buy a new Nintendo console given how little I've played the Wii U.

From what I've read, the Switch version runs a bit smoother, but they're both still 30FPS, just with (frequent?) frame rate dips on Wii U.

Also, Switch has slightly higher resolution and better sound.
And the Wii U version has a mandatory install of 3GB, which apparently doesn't work on USB sticks:

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/switch … 0-6447008/

Ashley Winchester Jan 18, 2017

Amazingu wrote:

If the first game is any indication, Mitsuda will compose a theme song (probably played during the end credits) and the rest of the game will be scored by ACE, which is perfectly fine by me, because the first game's soundtrack kicked ass.

Oh, sry, my bad.

Ashley Winchester Mar 8, 2017

Speaking of the Switch and borrowing a bit from avatar's one thread:

Am I the only one that's a bit annoyed that Gamestop is trying to bundle Switch stuff together already? No, putting Just Dance in a bundle with all the Zelda stuff isn't going to make me want that game. Yes, you may save in the end but I don't know why this bugs me as much as it does? Does it reek of desperation? Eh, hell if I know.

Jodo Kast Mar 26, 2017 (edited Mar 26, 2017)

I just placed an order for Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Ultra Street Fighter II and Mario Odyssey from Amazon. The total, after tax and Prime Savings, came to $195 for all four of them. That's $48.75 per game. I'm pretty happy with that, but now I have to find a Switch system for the list price. It's easy enough to find one for $450 and higher, but I'm not looking to support the exploitation marketplace.

The turning point for me wasn't one thing. I can't say specifically what it was, but a combination of many positive things. The lack of an optical drive, the cart-like games, the dual nature of the system, the need to escape from reality (Breath of Wild seems to deliver on that point), etc. - all positives that influenced me.

Edit: I got a notice from the Bloodstained Kickstarter I backed that the Wii U version was cancelled and is being replaced with a Switch version. That was a significant factor as well.

Jodo Kast Apr 1, 2017

I went to a Gamestop today to order a Switch and I learned they don't do that - you can't put your name on a list and then pick it up when it arrives. I just assumed that was how people are getting these things, and that's how I used to buy consoles in the past. Rather than having a reserve system, and thus getting more money, the Gamestop employees actually told me to check Walmart and Best Buy. Wouldn't they rather collect $300 from me and then call me when it arrives? Well, they lost my business.

So I headed to two Walmarts and two Best Buys and had no luck. And then, I remembered the Toy R Us near me, so I drove there and found it boarded up. I had no idea it was closed. That was a cool store, since they sold me Super Mario All Stars before the official release date, back when I was a teenager.

I felt like a Game Chaser today.

GoldfishX Apr 1, 2017

Jodo Kast wrote:

Rather than having a reserve system, and thus getting more money, the Gamestop employees actually told me to check Walmart and Best Buy. Wouldn't they rather collect $300 from me and then call me when it arrives? Well, they lost my business.

From what I gather, their profit margin on new hardware and games is low. So that isn't too farfetched for them. Plus, they probably get bothered by people looking to buy at $300 and sell for $450 a lot, that they can't distinguish between people who actually want the system and people who are looking to scalp.

I honestly can't believe the situation with the Switch. I can't tell if it's demand or if it's just low supply. I have trouble seeing the system thriving in this current marketplace, unless Nintendo decides to unload a string of hits.

Zorbfish Apr 3, 2017

I managed to get one last week during the BestBuy restock blitz. Spent 45 mins hitting pay on their website desperately trying to keep my site session alive so it didn't empty out my cart while it tried to process my credit card.

The whole process has started to turn me off of gaming. You're either forced to pay up immediately to ensure you get something you may eventually down the line want or pay upwards of triple later. I can't even find any accessories in store or online unless I want to pay scalpers at this point.

As for gamestop the whole store is decorated with switch advertising and the front window even said they had stuff in stock but when I asked about ANYTHING they said it was all out of stock.

Jodo Kast Apr 10, 2017

Zorbfish wrote:

I managed to get one last week during the BestBuy restock blitz. Spent 45 mins hitting pay on their website desperately trying to keep my site session alive so it didn't empty out my cart while it tried to process my credit card.

The whole process has started to turn me off of gaming. You're either forced to pay up immediately to ensure you get something you may eventually down the line want or pay upwards of triple later. I can't even find any accessories in store or online unless I want to pay scalpers at this point.

You got lucky. Very lucky. Last Tuesday, I decided to give Best Buy another chance, since the employees were more accommodating than Gamestop employees. Or so I thought. Rather than wasting gas and driving around again, I decided to check Best Buy's website first and it stated that the store nearest to me had the Switch with gray joy-cons in stock. That made sense. When I was talking to the employees in the store last Saturday, they commented that the version with gray joy-cons was much easier to find.

So when I got to Best Buy, I walked to the gaming display and there were no Switch consoles on the shelf. Plenty of games and accessories (especially 3rd party accessories), but no consoles. I found an employee standing near a computer.
"Are the Switch consoles in stock?"
He looks them up in inventory and I can see that the model with gray joy-cons is indeed in stock, while the model with pink and blue joy-cons is not in stock. He shows genuine surprise to see that any are in stock.
"I noticed there were none on the shelves."
He states, "We don't put those on the shelves."
He then heads into the warehouse to grab a Switch console.
As I'm standing there, I notice a very thin LG OLED display behind me, so I start to check it out. Another guy is also looking at it. A woman notices us both looking at the set and approaches us. She introduces herself as a sales rep for LG. The other guy quickly disappears, but I'm waiting for my Switch console, so I have to stand there. I explained to her that I was waiting for a Switch console and I wasn't interested in the TV, but she would not shut up or walk away.
A Best Buy employee approaches me and he was not the same one that headed into the warehouse.
"We do have the Switch consoles in stock, but we can't sell you one. They are ticketed items and are going to be for sale this Sunday."
I ask, "Can I reserve one of them and pick it up on Sunday?"
"We don't take preorders or reservations."
"Can you at least tell me how many are in stock so I can count the people in line on Sunday and know whether it's worth my time or not?"
"No, I can't tell you that."

As I was walking out of the store, I considered complaining to the store manager and then going to the corporate level, if necessary. They admitted they had the item in stock and refused to sell it to me. I did decide not to wait in line on Sunday, because this isn't communist Russia. In the end, I've now boycotted both Gamestop and Best Buy. Best Buy really pissed me off that day, between the combination of the pushy LG sales rep and the refusal to sell me a Switch.

The real problem is that places like Ebay and Amazon allow scalpers to flourish. It should be illegal for anyone to attempt to sell a Switch console for a price higher than the MSRP. Once Switch production shuts down, years from now, and the console is no longer supported, then sure, anything goes. But this is a new item and has a MSRP of $300. So that means whether my neighbor Joe wants to sell it or Best Buy wants to sell it, they have to sell it for $300. No exceptions, no excuses.

Another serious issue are bundles. That should also be illegal.

XISMZERO Apr 10, 2017

Jodo Kast wrote:

The real problem is that places like Ebay and Amazon allow scalpers to flourish. It should be illegal for anyone to attempt to sell a Switch console for a price higher than the MSRP. Once Switch production shuts down, years from now, and the console is no longer supported, then sure, anything goes. But this is a new item and has a MSRP of $300. So that means whether my neighbor Joe wants to sell it or Best Buy wants to sell it, they have to sell it for $300. No exceptions, no excuses.

You've just summed up the whole problem with Best Buy and why savvy people are shopping elsewhere and online. So despicably anti-consumer, robotic treatment of customers and the ugliest side of corporate disservice -- every reason you should go out of your way not to spend a penny there (or GameStop) and let these awful companies change their ways or die.

As much as I despise the scalpers (as mostly evidenced during the Pepsi Perfect and NES Classic Edition issue), the marketplace ultimately still decides with actual bids on demand product. The real culprit is Nintendo not producing enough units as they've recently, embarrassingly done with the NES Classic Edition (to which I still haven't found 5+ months following release). I've even mentioned how, I kid you not, everytime I go to Target the Nintendo case is EMPTY -- this is not an exaggeration -- this is a real problem for a company who cannot supply a product they're pushing so hard.

I've always said eBay should take advantage like the scalpers take advantage of the marketplace and charge exorbitant closing fees so eBay can deter these practices. Of course, eBay won't do this because it'll deter sellers thus deters their bottom line.

I did see one (colored version) myself in a Walmart last week. I haven't stepped into a Walmart in over a year and found one left upon that visit. If I knew you were looking for one, I would've picked it up for you.

Zorbfish Apr 10, 2017

Jodo Kast wrote:

You got lucky. Very lucky. Last Tuesday, I decided to give Best Buy another chance, since the employees were more accommodating than Gamestop employees. Or so I thought. Rather than wasting gas and driving around again, I decided to check Best Buy's website first and it stated that the store nearest to me had the Switch with gray joy-cons in stock. That made sense. When I was talking to the employees in the store last Saturday, they commented that the version with gray joy-cons was much easier to find.

Can I ask why if you saw it on the website as in stock you didn't order it and ask for store pickup? That's how I got mine. I saw the site listed 3 as in stock at my local store, so I ordered one and placed it on store pickup. Went in, showed the order ticket and walked out. I wouldn't walk into the store and ask for one given the demand, that hasn't worked for years.

Jodo Kast Apr 11, 2017

Zorbfish wrote:

Can I ask why if you saw it on the website as in stock you didn't order it and ask for store pickup? That's how I got mine. I saw the site listed 3 as in stock at my local store, so I ordered one and placed it on store pickup. Went in, showed the order ticket and walked out. I wouldn't walk into the store and ask for one given the demand, that hasn't worked for years.

It was the timing. I got the idea to check as I was leaving for work and I looked it up on my cell phone, saw the green in stock checkmark and quickly drove there, as it's close to my workplace. I didn't even consider the possibility that they would not sell me one. I'm not sure, now, if ordering online would've made a difference with those people. Back when I bought a SNES, I just walked into Best Buy, grabbed one off a shelf and bought it. Why are things different now? Game consoles used to be placed in plain view.

Jodo Kast Apr 11, 2017

XISMZERO wrote:

I did see one (colored version) myself in a Walmart last week. I haven't stepped into a Walmart in over a year and found one left upon that visit. If I knew you were looking for one, I would've picked it up for you.

That would've been cool. I'll find one. I didn't think about checking Target. There is a Wal-Mart within walking distance of me and the electronics dept. said they've haven't received any new Switch consoles since the launch date. It was not encouraging when one of the employees told me he can't find one either.

I forgot to mention that the first time I checked Best Buy, the employee looking for Switches in inventory started talking. He told me that he bought the console, beat Zelda, and sold it for a profit. He also said Zelda was boring. So that's a typical scalper. They work at Best Buy. Even more reason to stay away.

Qui-Gon Joe Apr 11, 2017

If you have any Meijers in your area (or similar less-popular-for-video-games stores), check there.  I saw three there last week.  Of course they were gone the next day.  I also know someone who found one at Toys R Us this past weekend.  They ARE getting shipped out but are still selling out super quickly when they do show up.  Odd experience for you at Best Buy, though... I had a very positive experience getting mine on Launch night from our local one.

vert1 Apr 12, 2017 (edited Apr 12, 2017)

Nintendo Direct 4.12.2017

YouTube
NA : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqgF7eS8WlQ
UK : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgnCvlG2hJ0
FR : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAwq7lNdSBI

Twitch
https://www.twitch.tv/nintendo

Japanese stream:
https://www.nintendo.co.jp/nintendo_dir … index.html

Nintendo Switch Neon Yellow Joy-Con, Battery Pack Accessory Announced

Release Date: June 16th
Source: (1)

That's a good looking controller. Additional pictures here: Nintendo flickr page

Zane Apr 13, 2017

Let me rephrase

Zane wrote:

I don't give a shiiiiiiiiiiit 0% of that video is relevant to my current interests

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