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Talking Point: eMail response from Nintendo of America

I recently asked Nintendo of America support about their lack of updates on Channels and VC, and this is what I got:

“Dear Jorge,
We understand your concern about the lack of service on the VC as of late. Due to sales numbers being far greater recently on Wiiware than on Virtual Console, we have decided to steer in the direction of WiiWare.
Also, we in America have NO plans to update the Internet Channel or the Nintendo Channel. We hope you understand”



July 25, 2009 Posted by | Talking Points | | 21 Comments

Review: My Pok√©mon Ranch

For today’s review, I’m featuring the 1000 point game, My Pokemon Ranch. This is a second party title published by Nintendo which works as a storage method of your pokemon captured in the games Pokemon Diamond Version, Pokemon Pearl Version, and most recently, Pokemon Platinum Version. When you first start up the game, a confirmation screen will show the time and date saved on your Wii Console, and ask if it’s the correct time. After that, you’ll be greeted by the main character of the game, she’ll go into a little ramble then transport you to the ranch. She’ll introduce how it works, and then you’re thrown into the gameplay.
Every day the game will go through a routine. The Ranch Hand will go though dialogue, show that she’s brought pokemon. Add them to the ranch, and then youll just be set to observe, that’s what you’ll be doing, observing the antics of what pokemon will interact with. Admittingly, it does have charm to see how the pokemon will act when you mess around like with the toys that are provided everyday, when idle, what formations they’ll perform and so on. But it gets stale within a matter of minutes and then you’ll want to leave. The ranchn hand will go through more dialogue, ask if the type of pokemon she wants to bring to the ranch is acceptable, then you leave.
The game’s true “use,” comes in the form of being able to transfer your pokemon from Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and/or Platinum. The game attempts to keep you coming back by limiting your initial space, which is 20 pokemon. The ranch will expand once you reach a certain number of pokemon within the ranch. The ranch supports up to 8 different game carts, which seems nice at first but the limitations which were set will put you off. You may not switch ownership of the pokemon between game carts. If you restart your game on one cart, the pokemon within the ranch CANNOT be recovered. You cannnot train or level the pokemon in any way whatsoever. That actually renders the game useless as a storage mechanism because ownership is not interchangable.
The game offers a wide array of features which are a bit irrelevant. First, if you are to connect your Nintendo DS to the game, your pokedex will be checked, and the ranch hand will ask you to capture specific pokemon within a week. The game also supports Miis which will act much like the pokemon. Pictures can be taken within the game and sent to the Wii Message Board or an SD Card. If any of your Wii Console friends own the game also, and WiiConnect24 us active, you will be asked to come visit their ranch and see what pokemon they’ve stored there. To top it all off the art style is grotesque and the pokemon resemble their 2D forms only slightly.

My Pokemon Ranch is a game with a lot of potential, but is quickly thrown out, with limited connectivity and functionality, although it has charm, it does little to redeem itself in the slightest.

Value: 500/1000 Wii Points
Recommendation: Not Recommended
Score: 3/10

July 25, 2009 Posted by | Reviews | 2 Comments