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Day1PickUps: October 2018

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Day1PickUp is a list of games I’ve pre-ordered or plan to pick up on their release day.  They’re a little different than my other “hauls” because these are planned, and aren’t as random.  I will be discussing most of these games in the lead up to their release, and even after their release I’ll give impressions and/or reviews.   You can also count on me streaming these games upon release so tune in on the front page or at twitch.tv/theGamerPad

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mm11Mega Man 11 – Are you kidding me? A brand new Mega Man game (and it looks good!).  Of course I’m getting this Day 1

SMP.pngSuper Mario Party – I’m honestly not that excited about this game, but I know a lot of people in the Discord Server are getting it.  It’s also a Nintendo title, so I’m bound to get it anyways.

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Disgaea 1 Complete Edition – I only played a little of Disgaea 5, but what I played, I really liked.  This is a remaster of the first Disgaea, and I hope to jump into this.  I got the Collector’s Edition!

 

twewyThe World Ends With You Final Remix – I never played this when it came out on DS.  My wife did and she had high praises for it, I’m pretty excited for this release.

starlink.pngStar Link: Battle For Atlas – Ubisoft sure knows how to draw in Nintendo fans, I was sold on the Arwing toy alone, but the fact there are Star Fox missions makes this really cool.  It actually looks like a pretty good game too, hope it turns out that way.

mfl.pngMutant Football League – This has been one of my most anticipated games of the year, and a game I repeatedly begged the developers to bring to the Switch.  I loved the humor and fun of the original Mutant Leage games, I’m glad it’s almost here, I really can’t wait to sink some time in this!

yom.pngYomawari – I honestly don’t know much about this, but it’s a NISA Collector’s Edition so I again feel obligated to pick it up to keep my collection going

Day1PickUp: September 2018

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Day1PickUp is a list of games I’ve pre-ordered or plan to pick up on their release day.  They’re a little different than my other “hauls” because these are planned, and aren’t as random.  I will be discussing most of these games in the lead up to their release, and even after their release I’ll give impressions and/or reviews.   You can also count on me streaming these games upon release so tune in on the front page or at twitch.tv/theGamerPad

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God of Wars: The Complete Legend – I’m picking this up because it looks pretty fun, but my main draw as a Day 1 Pick-Up is because I’m getting the Collector’s Edition, and up to this point I’ve been able to get every NISA Collector’s Edition so far.  I wanna keep the whole set going

snkSNK Heroines – Again, like God Wars, my main draw for picking this up Day1 is because it’s a NISA Collector’s Edition and I’m trying to get the whole set.   This one actually has some cool, and odd stuff like a hat, tank-top and towel among more common items like art books and soundtracks.   It looks like a fun fighter, I enjoyed the old SNK fighters, but I still haven’t even played my copy of BlazBlue CrossTag Battle yet!

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NBA 2K19 – I spent about 150 Hours on NBA 2K18 for the Switch.  I didn’t play much of this series since the GameCube/XBox era, but 2K18 roped me back in.  The grind at the blacktop starts September 11th.

labrynthofrefrain.pngLabyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk – I’m not going to lie, I had to actually search this Read the rest of this entry

My Favorites of 2016

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I didn’t play everything this year, I didn’t play every game of every genre on every platform.  I don’t even play PC games.  I know I missed out on some of the highest praised games of the year.  But out of the games that I did play, I had some favorite ones and found some memorable ones.  Some of the games might be leftovers from 2015 that I didn’t play until 2016. Hell, I even included some retro games in My Favorites of 2016.

This is what I played, and this is what I enjoyed. But to get a feel for my taste in gaming, I thought you might be interested in seeing what it is that I liked.  If you enjoy or have interest in the same kind of games, then you might want to keep checking back here on thegamerpad.com or on my twitch channel (twitch.tv/thegamerpad) because I might be covering the exact kind of games that you want to see covered.

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Wii U Rarity Guide

banner2.jpgNow that the Wii U is wrapping up, I thought it would be a good time to go back and look at what are the rare, or hard to find games and how much they were selling for on eBay.  These prices are based on what the games have sold for, and not necessarily what people are asking.  There are always sellers who ask ridiculously high prices on rare or limited items, it’s not necessarily how much it’s actually worth (unless it’s the only one online).  Rarity is mainly based on the ability to get a new/sealed copy and their value.  All used games are priced on being complete with good/great condition case, manual and disc.  This is entirely based on North American releases. If I missed anything or you have any additions, please contact me.

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Release Date & MSRP: September 26th, 2014 – $69.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? Its only North American release was exclusive to the Nintendo World Store in New York City.  The game is the same as the standard version but it does include a cool scarf

Is It Holding Value?  Yes and it will probably remain high.  The Japanese Collector’s edition has even more items and can be purchased cheaper.  Fan-made scarfs can also be found online, but it is still holding its value strong

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Release Date & MSRP: May 29th, 2014 – $69.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? Its only North American release was exclusive to the Nintendo World Store in New York City.  This makes this item very limited and rare, all for the blue shell and packaging included

Is It Holding Value?  Very much so, and most likely will only go up.  There was a similar collector’s edition released overseas that was more widely available, but this still is highly sought after.

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Release Date & MSRP: November 24th, 2014 – $99.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? They only made enough of these to fulfill pre-orders, and maybe a handful of extras.   It sold out quickly online and was never brought back as a bundle.  The controller and adapter were sold separately but were hard to find for months.

Is It Holding Value?  It has remained at the $150 – $200 price range since release.  The controller and adapter are available separately, so the value really is just the packaging in a bundle.

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Release Date & MSRP: September 20th, 2014 – $69.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? This was a limited Collector’s Edition released exclusively at GameStop.  The game is the same as the regular edition but the packaging and inclusion of a Ganondorf figure are different.

Is It Holding Value?  It shot up to $150 right after selling out at release and has held that value since.  The new price for first print Wind Waker HD with a gold cover has gone up slightly.

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Nintendo NX – Plan A

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NX Plans:  With NX information coming next year, we’re all kind of curious to what approach Nintendo will make with their next console/device.  I’ve decided to have fun with this and speculate different plans/options Nintendo could have when releasing the NX.  None of this is actually based on information from Nintendo, this is not a leak, this is speculation and strategy ideas.  Over the next week I will be posting at least 4 different strategy plans laying out objectives and how it is expected to succeed.

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Plan B
Plan C


Plan A’s Objective:
To release a low cost system that re-introduces the Nintendo brand and franchises to gamers, families and new audiences.  A new console that is a re-branding of the Wii U, does not require a GamePad and has a faster improved operating system. The NX will also support a portable option through another hardware device (“NX GO”).  The 3DS has sold 55million worldwide and the Wii U has sold 10million world wide currently.  The portable’s market has shrunk from the previous generation (DS sold 153 million) and Nintendo’s market share in the console has decreased from 37% to 19% (still decreasing).  Combining the cross-functionality of the portable and console will allow the strengths of both to combine and hopefully exceed the current 3DS + Wii U sales totals.  Pushing digital purchases and opening up the back catalog of Nintendo franchises will allow more profitable sales from software.  The goal is to get Nintendo and it’s franchises back in the minds of consumers before the NEXT generation (PS5 & XB2?) launches.  The Wii U will be phased out, but still receive support when the NX is released, this is to instill confidence in consumers that Nintendo doesn’t abandon their products.  The NX will be priced closely to the the Wii U’s phasing out MSRP.


System Specs:
Slightly more powerful than Wii U.  Does not have to meet the power/standards of the Playstation 4 and XBox One.  Requires more processing power than a Wii U in order to better handle an operating system with an active interface. Extra RAM will be required to support streaming and recording functionality.  Graphical abilities are practically the same as the Wii U.


Format:
Physical discs, same format as the Wii U. Digital purchases also available from the eShop

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