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  1. The one downfall to Pikmin 3 being announced for Switch is that Nintendo has now delisted it from the Wii U eShop. The delisting even extends to the DLC packs, which could only be purchased in-game. There aren't going to be very many Wii U owners rushing out to download Pikmin 3, making it rather an irrational fear that Nintendo apparently has. While $40 cheaper on Wii U, most interested Wii U buyers bought it back when it was still $50 or when it hit the Selects line for $20. There aren't hundred of thousands of Wii U fans that don't own Pikmin 3 but would be rushing out to get it now that it's again being talked about by videogame media outlets and forums. Yet for a few that supported Nintendo the first time around, it could have a small negative impact. While I'm sure I don't have a lot of company, the Pikmin 3 DLC were some of the last items in my Wii U wish list. Hopefully they're quietly relisted, but I doubt it.
  2. GameCube HDMI adapters utilize the digital video port that the GameCube's component cables plugged into. The HDMI adapter should look great if the tv competently handles 480p. And it's better than RGB out of a PAL GCN since progressive scan is very common in NTSC GCN games, but isn't an option for PAL games. 480p offers a visual boost while also allowing the HDTV to skip deinterlacing, which can introduce a bit of noticeable input lag. As for GameCube on the Wii U, if you're curious how 480i games would look (Which at least from my 50 game collection are a rarity, with only two 480i games in the bunch) and happen to have MadWorld or any of the Resident Evil ports on the Wii other than RE4, give those a try. 480i Wii retail releases were even rarer than 480i only GCN games, but those are some of the notable exceptions for the Wii that can't do 480p and thus are deinterlaced when the Wii U upscales them. As for the quality of the Wii U, while it failed in a spectacular way commercially, I'll go to my grave extolling the virtues of its library. That the cornerstone of the 1st party lineup on the Switch are Wii U ports says a lot about the quality of the games there. Wii U failed, but not because it ultimately didn't have a lot of very solid games.
  3. While not the expected Super Mario 3D World that some members of the media say is coming, Nintendo announced Pikmin 3 Deluxe today. So scratch another Wii U exclusive off the list. While I think it's somewhat of a missed opportunity by not including ports of the first two games, it's always nice to see a good Wii U exclusive getting a second chance at life.
  4. They didn't go simultaneously. When my card was declined twice and I made a third attempt, the Pocket was removed from my cart as out of stock. Still in my cart and able to be purchased though was the dock.
  5. They're claiming they're going to produce more and have rolled out COVID-19 to explain the events of a few minutes ago. Looks like it was a marketing maneuver today.
  6. If quantities were extremely limited today just to create marketing buzz, it failed in at least one case since they've lost a customer going forward.
  7. I doubt it, Mega Sg's can still be added to the cart.
  8. Finally got through the shipping nonsense, but then my card was declined. Entered in a second time with the same result and by the time I got my debit card out for a 3rd attempt at payment, it was out of stock. I think I've been successfully cured of my attraction to Analogue products.
  9. Did you do anything special to get a shipping rate? I've backed up twice, but no luck.
  10. No, it was done unauthorized (although the author sure wanted to act otherwise).
  11. While there's always the chance it won't happen, we haven't been disappointed yet. Myself and many others are working under the assumption that we're preordering a machine that not only offers full cartridge compatibility with the supported platforms, but also can serve as its own multicart within a few days of release. I'm not worried. The Nt Mini, Super Nt, and Mega Sg leave me confident that history will repeat itself.
  12. If you're more a gamer than a collector, I'd consider investing in SD based multicarts like a Super Everdrive for your SNES (Or SD2SNES if you want to pay extra in order to be able to play all the expansion chip games), the Everdrive N8 for the NES, the Harmony cartridge for the Atari 2600 from the AtariAge store, etc. A good quality multicart isn't cheap, but they open up the vast majority of a console's library. Especially these days, the value proposition they offer is difficult to beat. And while 2600 game prices remain sane it seems, prices in recent years for the NES and SNES are getting rather crazy. And locating rom sets to download isn't particularly difficult. Of course nothing replaces the joy of using original cartridges, so I'm not advocating for using them as a replacement. Just as a supplement as you slowly grow your library, wait for the right deals to pop up, etc. They're also a great way to discover if you really want to pay the asking price for a particular game by allowing you to try before you buy, letting you demo a game on original hardware. And especially in the case of the 2600, they also open up the ability to enjoy a thriving homebrew scene. Some scoff when it's pointed out that there are non-piracy reasons for the average classic gamer to buy a multicart. But while that's perhaps a stretch for many systems, it's very much true for the 2600 where there's literally hundreds of good homebrew games to be had (Almost all of which have been freely distributed in rom form by their authors, much unlike the homebrew scene on many other platforms).
  13. Even if their non-infringing Lynx bios isn't perfect, Analogue products let you easily side load the official bios. So it won't be an issue.
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