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« Reply #520 on: July 22, 2014, 04:05:13 AM »

I keep my gamepad in the charging cradle when I'm not using it.  That helps keep it ready for play.  I do use the pro controllers more though.  You heard right, they last a long time on one charge.

The gamepad is really nice for off-tv play.  The other day one of my kids was playing DK Tropical Freeze on the gamepad, the other was playing DK Country on the 3DS, and I was watching recorded dvr shows on the tv.  Pretty cool. 
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« Reply #521 on: July 31, 2014, 04:31:20 PM »

I bought one of those $200 refurbished Wii U consoles and just received it and set it up last night. I had returned my previous Wii U because I was having network connection issues.

This console looks brand new and works flawlessly! I bought the digital versions of Mario World and Mario Kart 8, looking forward to some local multiplayer on both.
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« Reply #522 on: July 31, 2014, 05:10:17 PM »

Quote from: Roguetad on July 22, 2014, 04:05:13 AM

I keep my gamepad in the charging cradle when I'm not using it.  That helps keep it ready for play.  I do use the pro controllers more though.  You heard right, they last a long time on one charge.

The gamepad is really nice for off-tv play.  The other day one of my kids was playing DK Tropical Freeze on the gamepad, the other was playing DK Country on the 3DS, and I was watching recorded dvr shows on the tv.  Pretty cool. 

You can also buy a new battery (from Nintendo, at least.  I don't remember if it's available elsewhere) that extends playtime on a charge for the gamepad.  This has made a big difference in longer play sessions for me.
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« Reply #523 on: July 31, 2014, 06:07:26 PM »

It so happens that I ordered one of those extended batteries for the pad from Amazon. At the time I ordered it, the cost was $65. Now it's up to about $75. It looks like Nintendo no longer sells the extended battery themselves. I checked the website and could not find it. If it is discontinued, the prices on Amazon are going to get ridiculous, so if anyone is interested in getting one, now would be the time to get it.

This is the product page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EZPU0E2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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« Reply #524 on: July 31, 2014, 11:07:35 PM »

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on July 31, 2014, 06:07:26 PM

It so happens that I ordered one of those extended batteries for the pad from Amazon. At the time I ordered it, the cost was $65. Now it's up to about $75. It looks like Nintendo no longer sells the extended battery themselves. I checked the website and could not find it. If it is discontinued, the prices on Amazon are going to get ridiculous, so if anyone is interested in getting one, now would be the time to get it.

This is the product page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EZPU0E2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Yeah, I had looked around for the one on Nintendo's site a few weeks back and could no longer find it.  I'm not sure why they quit selling it but I don't think I'm willing to spend $75 on it, I figured $35 or maybe $40.  It looks like PlayAsia still has them on sale for $35 though.
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« Reply #525 on: November 11, 2014, 08:41:26 PM »

So just a heads up, Best Buy is apparently having a ridiculous Black Friday deal on the WiiU this year.  With the number of great games releasing on the system lately it's a great time to jump in.

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Best Buy is offering the Super Mario 3D World Wii U bundle that also includes Nintendo Land, as well as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Smash Bros. for the low price of $360.
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« Reply #526 on: November 11, 2014, 09:24:38 PM »

Quote from: Lordnine on November 11, 2014, 08:41:26 PM

So just a heads up, Best Buy is apparently having a ridiculous Black Friday deal on the WiiU this year.  With the number of great games releasing on the system lately it's a great time to jump in.

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Best Buy is offering the Super Mario 3D World Wii U bundle that also includes Nintendo Land, as well as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Smash Bros. for the low price of $360.

I would think there would be better deals, since that's only $50 less than it would cost to buy all those separately (and only $30 less if you have Gamers Club Unlocked).
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« Reply #527 on: January 15, 2015, 12:15:21 PM »

Nintendo revealed in their latest Nintendo Direct that they will be selling downloadable Wii games on the WiiU.  Super Mario Galaxy 2 is out now, with Punch-Out and Metroid Prime Trilogy coming in the next two weeks.  Each game will be half-off for the first week, and you can get SMG2 for $10.
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« Reply #528 on: January 15, 2015, 05:00:22 PM »

I really wish they had gone full bore on some of those and instead made the Galaxy games an HD remake with full controller support.  I'd rather not have to dig out my dumb Wii-mote and nunchuck to play them. 
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« Reply #529 on: January 15, 2015, 06:20:54 PM »

Perhaps but for $10 it is a pretty great deal.

Now just announce Xenoblade!  Give me a game to play while waiting for Xenoblade Chronicles X.
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« Reply #530 on: February 01, 2015, 03:17:57 AM »

So I damn near impulse-purchased a Wii U at Gamestop tonight.  I had the Mario bundle along with Bayonetta in my hand, and I asked the kid at the register about controllers.  Said I thought playing an action oriented game like Bayonetta on that pad thing would be awkward, and to tell me what other options were available.  He points me towards the Wii U remote, which had me confused.  Told him I was looking for something more like this, and he launches into this huge story about how Nintendo doesn't make those anymore, the only way to get them is through E-bay, and you have to pay around $200 for them.  That sounded awfully fishy to me, so I put everything back and told him I needed to do a little more research.

My impulse has passed, and I think I may just wait now until the new Xenoblade hits.
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« Reply #531 on: February 01, 2015, 02:36:59 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on February 01, 2015, 03:17:57 AM

Said I thought playing an action oriented game like Bayonetta on that pad thing would be awkward

It's not. At least I didn't find it to be.
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« Reply #532 on: February 01, 2015, 04:58:48 PM »

As someone with large hands, the default WiiU pad is the most comfortable controller I’ve used in years.  Also, the cashier was either an idiot or thinking of the WiiU Gamecube controllers.
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« Reply #533 on: February 01, 2015, 09:00:31 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on February 01, 2015, 03:17:57 AM

My impulse has passed, and I think I may just wait now until the new Xenoblade hits.

OK, so I lied.  Spent most of last night doing research on the Wii U and decided to take the plunge.  (waits for the "I told you so" from Eddie smile)  This is a awfully slick console, and I actually love the big ol' touchpad controller.  Spent this morning bouncing between Bayonetta 2 and the new Super Mario World game.

I knew I'd love Bayonetta, as nothing else matches the sheer insanity it brings to the table.  However, I'm about to say something I haven't said in over 20 years...this Mario game is really damn fun.   I'm actually quite shocked at how much I'm enjoying it.  They also had a used copy of The Last Story (Wii), and I'm going to jump into that after Mario and Bayonetta 2 are done.  I've been wanting to go back to it for a while now, as I don't really think I have it a fair shake the first time around.

Time will tell if it holds up, but initial impressions have me very pleasantly surprised with this console.
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« Reply #534 on: February 01, 2015, 10:04:57 PM »

Well, you won't get any "I told you so" from me; I think the Wii U is a great console.  Not a great primary console for 3rd parties, but amazing if you like Nintendo games.
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« Reply #535 on: February 02, 2015, 06:44:31 AM »

People still shop at GameStop?
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« Reply #536 on: February 02, 2015, 02:33:47 PM »

Quote from: Lee on February 02, 2015, 06:44:31 AM

People still shop at GameStop?

There's one 3 minutes from my house.

The only other option that had both Bayonetta 2 and the Wii U console was a Walmart 20 minutes away, and I'd much rather buy from Gamestop than Walmart.
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« Reply #537 on: February 02, 2015, 03:09:25 PM »

Quote from: Lee on February 02, 2015, 06:44:31 AM

People still shop at GameStop?

I'll probably buy my WiiU there when it's time, because Amazon doesn't carry them directly and prices for the consoles are therefore obscene.

I also bought my PS4 there, because it was the easiest way to get the GTA5/TLoU bundle.

I won't buy games or anything else there, but they're perfectly fine for consoles.  And there's one 5 minutes from where I live.
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« Reply #538 on: February 02, 2015, 04:35:14 PM »

Just a heads up, if you are part of Club Nintendo, this is the last month of rewards…ever.
Their final list of rewards is awesome.  Pick up Wonderful101 if you don’t already have it.  It’s made by the developer of Bayonetta.
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Wii U:

[NES] Balloon Fight (200)
[NES] Baseball (200)
[NES] Clu Clu Land (200)
[NES] Donkey Kong 3 (200)
[NES] Donkey Kong Jr. (200)
[NES] Dr. Mario (200)
[NES] Excitebike (200)
[NES] Golf (200)
[NES] Ice Climber (200)
[NES] Ice Hockey (200)
[NES] Kid Icarus (200)
[NES] Mario Bros. (200)
[NES] Metroid (200)
[NES] NES Open Tournament Golf (200)
[NES] Pinball (200)
[NES] Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (200)
[NES] Super Mario Bros. (200)
[NES] Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (200)
[NES] Super Mario Bros. 2 (200)
[NES] Super Mario Bros. 3 (200)
[NES] Tennis (200)
[NES] Volleyball (200)
[NES] Urban Champion (200)
[NES] Wario’s Woods (200)
[NES] Wrecking Crew (200)
[NES] Yoshi (200)
[NES] Zelda II: the Adventure of Link (200)
[SNES] Earthbound (250)
[SNES] F-Zero (200)
[SNES] Pilotwings (200)
[SNES] Super Mario World (200)
[SNES] Super Metroid (200)
[SNES] Super Punch-Out!! (200)
[GBA] F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (200)
[GBA] Golden Sun (200)
[GBA] Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (200)
[WiiU] Dr. Luigi (300)
[WiiU] NES Remix (300)
[WiiU] Game & Wario (600)
[WiiU] Wii Fit U (600)
[WiiU] Wii Party U (850)
[WiiU] The Wonderful 101 (600)


3DS:

[GB] Baseball (150)
[GB] Donkey Kong (150)
[GB] Golf (150)
[GB] Kid Icarus of Myths and Monsters (150)
[GB] Mario’s Picross (150)
[GB] Metroid II: Return of Samus (150)
[GB] Radar Mission (150)
[GB] Super Mario Land (150)
[GB] Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (150)
[GB] Tennis (150)
[GBC] The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (200)
[GBC] Mario Golf (200)
[GBC] Wario Land 2 (200)
[NES] Donkey Kong 3 (200)
[NES] Donkey Kong Jr. (200)
[NES] The Legend of Zelda (200)
[NES] Metroid (200)
[NES] Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (200)
[3DS] 3D Classics: Excitebike (200)
[3DS] 3D Classics: Kid Icarus (200)
[3DS] 3D Classics: TwinBee (150)
[3DS] 3D Classics: Urban Champion (200)
[3DS] 3D Classics: Xevious (150)
[3DS] Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters (200)
[3DS] Brain Age Express: Math (200)
[3DS] Brain Age Express: Sudoku (200)
[3DS] A Kappa’s Tale (200) [3DS] Chibi Robo: Photo Finder (250)
[3DS] Crosswords Plus (600)
[3DS] Dillon’s Rolling Western (250)
[3DS] Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (300)
[3DS] Fluidity: Spin Cycle (300)
[3DS] HarmoKnight (300)
[3DS] Kersploosh (150)
[3DS] Ketzal’s Corridors (200)
[3DS] Looksley’s Line Up (200)
[3DS] Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (200)
[3DS] Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (250)
[3DS] Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (200)
[3DS] Sparkle Snapshots 3D (200)
[3DS] Tokyo Crash Mobs (200)
[3DS] Brain Age: Concentration Training (600)
[3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (600)
[3DS] Kid Icarus: Uprising (700)
[3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (600)
[3DS] Paper Mario: Sticker Star (700)
[3DS] Star Fox 64 3D (700)
[3DS] Super Mario 3D Land (600)
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« Reply #539 on: February 02, 2015, 06:28:58 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on February 01, 2015, 09:00:31 PM

Spent this morning bouncing between Bayonetta 2 and the new Super Mario World game.

I knew I'd love Bayonetta, as nothing else matches the sheer insanity it brings to the table.  However, I'm about to say something I haven't said in over 20 years...this Mario game is really damn fun.   I'm actually quite shocked at how much I'm enjoying it. 


I'm not sure from this context whether you're playing New Super Mario Bros. for Wii U which is structured very much like the original Super Mario World on SNES, or Super Mario 3D World which actually has "World" in the title.  Whichever one it is, though, you should definitely play the other when you're done -- they're both stupendous games!

And don't forget to play some Nintendoland with MrsGratch and Little B!  Some of those multiplayer games are tons of fun!

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« Reply #540 on: February 02, 2015, 07:00:15 PM »

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 02, 2015, 06:28:58 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 01, 2015, 09:00:31 PM

Spent this morning bouncing between Bayonetta 2 and the new Super Mario World game.

I knew I'd love Bayonetta, as nothing else matches the sheer insanity it brings to the table.  However, I'm about to say something I haven't said in over 20 years...this Mario game is really damn fun.   I'm actually quite shocked at how much I'm enjoying it. 


I'm not sure from this context whether you're playing New Super Mario Bros. for Wii U which is structured very much like the original Super Mario World on SNES, or Super Mario 3D World which actually has "World" in the title.  Whichever one it is, though, you should definitely play the other when you're done -- they're both stupendous games!

And don't forget to play some Nintendoland with MrsGratch and Little B!  Some of those multiplayer games are tons of fun!

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Super Mario 3D World.

I came to a realization yesterday as Little B 5.11 watched me playing.  She's watched me play plenty of games before, but I've never seen her as absolutely enthralled as she was while watching Mario.  The giggles, squeals, and "WATCH OUT DADDY!" were expressions of pure joy.  Regardless of how much I personally may or may not enjoy their games, Nintendo has an incredible ability to perfectly strike that "fun" nerve with kids.  So while this grumpy old cynical gamer may only end up spending time with a few games on Wii U, I'm certainly glad I got one for her to enjoy.

Now I just need to get a Mario Kart game...  smile

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« Reply #541 on: February 02, 2015, 09:51:18 PM »

If you're looking for a game that's fun to play and fun for children to watch, I'd recommend LEGO City Undercover.  It's also one of the games that makes the best use of the gamepad.
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« Reply #542 on: February 02, 2015, 10:06:59 PM »

I'd imagine Pikmin 3 might be another great one for the kids to watch.  It's a fun game either way.
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« Reply #543 on: February 06, 2015, 05:29:32 AM »

Introducing my young kids to gaming through the Wii U has been some of the most fun I've had playing video games.  A lot of the games have local co-op, which seems to be a dying a concept.  It's just fun gaming...like the experience I had as a kid and teenager playing NES and SNES games.
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« Reply #544 on: February 08, 2015, 04:38:09 AM »

I have to have a Wii-mote to run backwards compatible Wii games?  Bah.   I get it for games that have motion controls, but I just wanted to play The Last Story tonight.   icon_cry

While I enjoyed Super Mario 3D World, I pretty much hit my platforming skill limit around World 5.  After losing 15 lives on the gorram trapeze level, I remembered why I never really cared for Mario that much.  smile
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« Reply #545 on: February 08, 2015, 05:50:45 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on February 08, 2015, 04:38:09 AM

While I enjoyed Super Mario 3D World, I pretty much hit my platforming skill limit around World 5.  After losing 15 lives on the gorram trapeze level, I remembered why I never really cared for Mario that much.  smile
If you haven’t, try using Peach, it makes the game the game a whole lot easier as you get a little hover move.
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« Reply #546 on: February 11, 2015, 05:18:27 AM »

I just had a major gaming breakthrough.  In all my years as an avid gamer, I've never actually finished a Mario game...until tonight.   ninja

Super Mario 3D World was an absolute blast.
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