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Nintendo Direct 9.13.17 – Speculation, Predictions & Wishful Thinking

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Intro:

A new Nintendo Direct is coming tomorrow and it’s reportedly focusing on the Switch’s next couple of months (Holiday Season) and the 3DS.  To have a little fun with this I decided to put together a little bit of what I think Nintendo is going to be announcing, and a lot of what I think they should be announcing.  I know there’s a lot of reasons why some of this stuff won’t happen, but I don’t think any of it’s too far fetched.

The Switch launch was a huge success, and unlike most successful system launches it was not during a holiday season.  Now 6 months later, it is my opinion that Nintendo needs to essentially re-launch and re-introduce the system to everyone for the holiday season.   Show us all what has gone so well, and what Switch owners have coming in the future, that’s what I hope to see from this Nintendo Direct

Sales/Success:

Nintendo should start off by hammering in the fact that the system has been a huge sales’ success so far and that the systems are flying off the shelf worldwide.  This past July the Switch outsold the PS4 and XBox One, it has also sold over 5 million units worldwide (1.5 million in Japan alone where thousands of people line up weekly to try and get one) and over 10million in software sales.

Games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and The Legend of Zelda: BOTW have all sold over a million copies (Splatoon 2 did it in 1 week!).  But even Third Parties such as Capcom and NISA have been very happy with the success of the sales on the Switch.  Nintendo should throw out all of this information in a concise way to just reiterate the fact that the Switch is doing good and developers are happy.   There is no need to worry about purchasing a Switch, this is not another Wii U.

Third Party Support

Transitioning from applauding the success of the Switch Hardware and Software sales, this would be a great time to announce some new third party support for the Switch and some details to recently announced games.   Some of the recently announced games we know of are: Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2 and L.A. Noire, but wouldn’t it be great if we found a few more surprises from third parties?

These major third parties are just testing the waters, and most have had development tools for less than a year, so to expect brand new full fledged releases would be a little unrealistic at this point in my opinion.  I expect to see some more ports/remasters to get Switch owners through the next year before the major players really commit a big AAA project to the Switch.   They’ll want to try out their reliable sellers and gauge it on that, that’s why I’m expecting some more ports, and I’m all for playing some of these great games with portable functionality…this makes the Switch version more appealing to me than others.

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We know Capcom and Ubisoft have some unannounced games up their sleeves, and something like Mega Man Legacy Collection, or the Disney Afternoon Collection seems like a very easy port and cash grab to try out on the Nintendo fanbase.  Read the rest of this entry

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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My Wii U Summer Goals

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My collection of games keeps growing and so does my backlog. There are plenty of games I want to 100%, finish the main campaign, or even play at all that I’ve never taken the time to do. I’ve decided this summer I’m going to focus on completing a lot of the games I have on the Wii U and I’m going to set specific goals towards completing them. I guess this is similar to an achievement/trophy system but I’m making these goals primarily progress and collectible-based. As I attempt to complete these games and reach these goals I’ll stream my progress on twitch through my channel twitch.tv/thegamerpad I’ll also keep this post updated here.

Anyone else tired of not finishing their games and building up a backlog? If so and you’re interested in doing the same,please feel free to set your own goals for games you want to play and share your information. I’ll later be adding goals for Virtual Console/Retro games, Wii Games, Playstation 3 games and specific franchises as well. Hope you enjoy!!

Updated 6/27: Completed Goals in Super Mario 3D World
Updated 6/28: Completed Legend Mode in Hyrule Warriors
Updated 7/4: Completed World Crown and Collected all of the Green Stars in Super Mario 3D World
Updated 7/6: Completed all the Challenges and found all the Pixel Toads in Episode 2 of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Completed Operation 002 in The Wonderful 101 and Reached Level 20 in Splatoon
Updated 7/11:
Collected all of the All Star Coins in World 1 & 2 of New Super Mario Bros. U
Updated 7/12:
Unlocked R.O.B., Completed All of the Solo Events & Completed All of the Co-op Events in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Updated 7/15:
Collected all of the Star Coins in World 3 & 4 of New Super Mario Bros. U
Updated 7/17: Achieved Gold on All of 100cc Cups in Mario Kart 8
Updated 7/18:
Collected All of the Fruit in the Twilight River and Distant Tundra in Pikmin 3
Updated 7/19:
Collected all of the Star Coins in World 5 & 6 of New Super Mario Bros. U
Updated 7/28:
Cleared Blue Sky Palace (World 4) in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Updated 7/29:
Cleared All of The Levels, Complated All of the Challenges and Collected All of the Gems in Episode 3 of Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
Updated 8/2:
Completed World 3 of Hero Mode in Splatoon


Super Smash Bros for Wii U – I want to 100% this game, and that’s probably unrealistic because I don’t know if I can actually complete all of the challenges (such as beating it on Intensity 7.5 with all characters) but I’ll try to do it all. Smaller goals I’m shooting for now are completing Classic & All-Star with all of the characters, unlocking R.O.B. and completing all of the events.

  • Unlock R.O.B.Cleared 7/12
  • Complete Classic Mode with all Characters
  • Complete All-Star Mode with all Characters
  • Complete All of the Solo EventsCleared 7/12
  • Complete All of the Co-Op EventsCleared 7/12
  • Collect Over 700 Trophies

Super Mario 3D World – I completed the main game’s 8 worlds but I’d still like to complete all of the levels from the secret worlds, also want to 100% all the collectibles. At the time of starting these goals I have 218 Stars and 55 Stamps.

  • Complete World StarCleared 6/27
  • Complete World MushroomCleared 6/27
  • Complete World Flower Cleared 6/28
  • Complete World CrownCleared 7/4
  • Collect all 380 of the Green StarsCleared 7/4
  • Collect all 85 of the Stamps (Currently at 80)

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Pikmin 3

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Mario Kart 8 + 4 Digital Titles $75 (Wii U + 6 Games for roughly $275)

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I previously mentioned there were good value deals to be found with the Wii U, but I think mentioning the other systems distracted readers from my main point, a good value deal.. Here is a good value I found on the Wii U that requires some trickery, but can all be accomplished with 1 trip to Best Buy and 15minutes on Club Nintendo.  I’ve figured out on how you can get yourself Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros U and Wii Party U for roughly $75…plus you’ll get around $20 in eShop credit, and a $5 Best Buy Reward Certificate.  There’s also a way to do this that will cause less hassle, but you’ll end up converting more money into Best Buy Store Credit, if that doesn’t bother you…it’s probably the most convenient.   The thing is, you have to hurry up now before Best Buy gets swamped with used Mario Kart 8’s and lower’s the trade-in value.   You can probably find similar deals though at any place that gives a good trade in of Mario Kart 8.  Those who don’t own a Wii U yet, can pick one up refurbished with Nintendo Land for $200Combined with this deal that’s 6 Games and a Wii U for around $275.

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Wii U Launch Preview

I’m a huge Nintendo fan, and I supported the Wii, GameCube and Nintendo64 strong at launch, so the Wii U wasn’t going to be any different.  I pre-ordered my Wii U (32GB) shortly after Nintendo unveiled the price and release date, then I started sorting through titles I wanted to pre-order for the launch.  So far I’ve pre-ordered a good amount, I’m unsure if I will actually end up purchasing all of them, some I’ll probably cancel if they get weak reviews/feedback.  Newegg had a promotion for $15 off $60 pre-orders, $12 off $50 pre-orders and $10 off $40 pre-orders, and I took advantage of this.   The following is the list of games I pre-ordered.

007 Legends ($45) – I have played almost every James Bond game that has been released since GoldenEye, and I can’t think of one that I didn’t enjoy (sure some weren’t great, but had their moments).  I’ve always preferred James Bond games on Nintendo consoles, I guess just for the nostalgia factor, but I chose to get this on Wii U since it’ll give me something different to play on the system.  If I were to get it for 360, it would get buried behind Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed III & Resident Evil 6.   Even if this receives weak reviews, I’m sure I’ll still stick with it.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii U ($45) – While I personally don’t like the idea of a 2D Platformer as Nintendo’s launch title on their new “powerful” system, it is still a Mario title, so it will be anywhere between good and classic.  There’s no chance I’m not getting this, even if I’m wishing it were a new Galaxy style Mario Read the rest of this entry