Too Good to Be True? Amazon Scammers Exploiting Nintendo Switch Shortages

In my previous blog post, I discussed the issues surrounding the shortages of Nintendo Switch consoles, where, Nintendo has announced to push its production from 2 million to 10 million consoles to help temporarily solve supply issues.

However, time-scales have not been set for when we should expect to see retailers carrying the Switch. Therefore, frustrated fans are utilising every avenue to try and get their hands on the elusive console and some get lucky, however, a few are falling victim to the hands of scammers exploiting the Switch shortage.

So, how would you know if an Amazon listing is a scam?

It’s getting harder and harder to detect what is genuine and what is not now-a-days, given the sophisticated nature of scammers who operate on the web. However, there are some tell-tell signs which may give away that a listing is fishy.

  • Nintendo Switch consoles listed by third-party sellers who have little to no reviews are often a sign that the listing is a scam.
  • Price offerings that seem too good to be true e.g. the sale price being 10% or more off of the proposed retail price, is often a sign that the listing is a fake.
  • Higher than normal costs. Due to the scarcity of the Nintendo Switch, scammers are confident that desperate fans will pay more than the consoles worth, in the fear of losing out to other buyers.
  • Long shipping estimates. Another thing to look out for is the expected shipping dates. Long shipping dates stall the buyer from filing a complaint and requesting their money back, giving scammers time to pack up shop and flee with your cash.

Now, let’s put our new knowledge to the test!

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Can you spot any listings that may be the work of scammers?

I can.

Bought a Nintendo Switch from an ungenuine Amazon seller? Worry not as Amazon guarantees purchases of anything on the site (even products from third-party sellers), so those who fall victim to scammers are likely to receive their money back in full. However, if the targeted seller has deactivated their account, the refund process can be a lengthy one.

Amazon will likely hold funds until appropriate paperwork is filled out prior to receiving your money back. Those who do not have £299+ lying around will inevitably be financially hurt the most in this situation.

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Fear No More, The Nintendo Switch Shortage is Coming to an End?

Nintendo’s newest home console, the Nintendo Switch was officially launched worldwide on the 3rd of March 2017. However, Nintendo hadn’t sufficiently forecasted the initial sales of the Switch, therefore, for retailers, the Switch was sold out in a matter of days prior to its initial launch.

Annoyingly enough, those (like myself) who were too slow to their local game retailer and/or didn’t see the benefit of preordering the console, lost out on getting their hands on the Switch at launch. Therefore, it is a relief to know that new consoles will be on their way to retailers shortly.

Only 2 million consoles were produced for the initial launch, which took place on the 3rd of March 2017. However, Nintendo has plans to produce a staggering 10 million more consoles to overcome the issue of supply shortages.

North America, Europe and Japan have all been facing shortages of the console since its release in early March. A production of 10 million more consoles will temporarily overcome issues of supply. However, Nintendo ought to think about upping its unit production if it intends to compete with Nintendo Wii sales before the year is up.

On another note – The initial sales of the Nintendo Switch have been promising.

GameStop’s Senior Director of Merchandising, Eric Bright, expressed on Game Rant: “The Nintendo Switch is off to a start right now that it could possibly eclipse the [Nintendo] Wii”.

“Initial sales on this have been phenomenal. I can’t give straight numbers, but I can say we’re seeing one of the highest attach rates of software and accessories to a device that we’ve seen in a long time,” Bright explained.

Hopes to exceed the 100+ million sales of the Nintendo Wii may be dashed due to the issue of supply/demand. Whereas, fans are becoming more and more disgruntled at the fact that Nintendo Switch supplies are scarce.

Fans are becoming more and more disgruntled at the fact that Nintendo Switch supplies are scarce. Many fans haven taken to social media to express their frustrations over the Nintendo Switch shortages.

For those who are wanting to get their hands on the Switch, retailers are urging people to act fast. As shortages are inevitable until the restock of consoles taking place sometime soon.

Have you managed to get your hands on the Nintendo Switch? Let me know in the comments section below. 

Pokémon GO: Shiny Pokémon are Finally Here!

To my surprise, Niantic has officially launched a new event to come to the Pokemon Go app.

The event rightfully named the Water Festival is an event which focuses on some of our most beloved water types, such as Lapras, Gyarados and Squirtle.

We can expect to see water Pokemon spawning more frequently, which is good news to those still on the tedious 300 candy quest to Gyarados. All water types will be up for grabs during this week-long event, even the elusive generation 2 starter, Totodile.

However, what makes this event even more tantalising is the chance to get our mitts on new shiny Pokemon. Yes, you heard correctly, shiny Pokemon have finally made their ever so shiny appearance to the Pokemon GO app!

Members of Pokemon GO and Reddit communities have been sharing their new shiny captures since the app’s update yesterday. However, for now, shiny Pokemon is limited to Magikarp and, for those who are lucky, Gyarados.

Some players have even been fortunate enough to evolve their shiny Magikarps, and the result is undeniably bad ass.

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A red Gyarados is enough to frighten any competitors away, and will surely look most noble standing (swimming?) next to trainers in a gym. However, if you’re wanting to get your hands on this new addition I recommend you get your hands on a shiny Magikarp as soon as you can, given the event only lasting a week long. Whether players will be able to get their hands on a shiny Magikarp prior to the event is unknown, so I suggest you act fast.

To celebrate the Water Festival event, Niantic has given the players the opportunity to sport their own Magikarp cap, which is adorable if I do say so myself.

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For those who are price conscious, I am happy to report that the Magikarp cap is indeed free to wear!

Whether Niantic will add more shiny Pokemon during the event is still up for question. Although, I believe Niantic still have a few surprises up their sleeves, as 2017 is the year for Pokemon Go.

Pokémon Coming to the Nintendo Switch Soon?

A recent Forbes article caught my attention, as the article went on to speculate the possibility of a Pokemon game coming to the Nintendo Switch soon.

Please click here to read the Forbes article.

These rumours started to appear after a tantalising job position was posted via Game Freak’s job board. The position was looking for those willing to work on an RPG of ‘global-scale’ and assured job seekers that it was a name that everyone knew.

We’ll have you work on the production an RPG game that is popular on a global scale.

Platform will be console.

It’s a title that just about anyone knows, a proposal that could be your future career.

– Game Freak

Thus, given Pokemon’s sudden rise in popularity and untouchable levels of brand recognition due to the highly popular Pokemon app: Pokemon Go, fans went on to speculate that this job listing was a direct reference to the Pokemon franchise.

While it’s safe to assume the Nintendo Switch will eventually see a Pokemon title, given as Nintendo are the publishers and Game Freak the developers of the franchise, some believe it is rather useless to speculate at this point given the lack of information around Nintendo’s new venture.

Nintendo is a well-known global company and possesses many loved titles and franchises under its belt which are just as recognisable as the Pokemon franchise. However, the idea of a new Pokemon title is exciting given that Pokemon Sun and Moon only launched 4 months go.

But, is it too soon for a new Pokemon title?

In my opinion (as a fan of the Pokemon franchise) nothing is too soon for a new Pokemon title, however looking at Nintendo’s new venture through a business perspective opinions may differ. Pokemon Sun and Moon were only just released 4 months ago, given that, it’s still a relatively new game to come to the Nintendo 3DS. A new Pokemon title is undoubtedly going to interrupt the sales of the new Sun and Moon title.

Those who love Pokemon Sun and Moon, and want to see it become a success worry not! As if rumours are true, game development has not yet taken off and developing a (good) title takes time, money and a lot of work. Therefore, by the time this supposed new Pokemon title is launched, Pokemon Sun and Moon will not be categorised as a recent title to the franchise and should have reaped its successes.

I for one am excited at the aspect of a new Pokemon title. Are you? Or do you believe it is still too early to speculate?

Let me know down in the comments, and don’t forget to follow my blog and keep updated with everything Nintendo.

Animal Crossing’s New Mobile App Coming Soon!

I wrote an extensive review about Animal Crossing in my top 5 Nintendo DS games. For more information about the game’s mechanics please read here before continuing.

Animal Crossing is a Nintendo published real-time simulation game that was originally released exclusively in Japan on the Nintendo 64 in 2001.

A year on from the game’s exclusive Japanese release, Nintendo made an executive decision to make Animal Crossing available in both European and North American markets. Thus, before it’s Western launch, Animal Crossing received a well-needed facelift, which included both graphic and playstyle enhancements more suitable for Western audiences.

Animal Crossing made its way onto the Nintendo GameCube in Europe during 2004. However, the franchise’s popularity didn’t take off until the launch of the Nintendo DS, with the title Animal Crossing: Wild World.

Animal Crossing: Wild Word quickly became the biggest selling game of the entire Animal Crossing franchise, as well as one of the best-selling games on the Nintendo DS itself.

Since Wild World’s official European release in 2006, the company [Nintendo] has gone on to publish four more games within the franchise, as well as a number of mobile applications and spin-off titles.

However, it’s Nintendo’s latest endeavour that has all fans of the well-loved franchise talking and salivating.

Nintendo is set to release a mobile application, which some assume may follow similar mechanics to Pokemon GO, set in the loveable world of Animal Crossing. This news was initially announced in 2016, however, little information had been provided at the time about just how this new application would work.

Nintendo is keeping very hush-hush about its new app. However, lucky for us, information regarding the Animal Crossing app is slowly coming to light, and we can put together piece by piece just how the app will work and look like.

Firstly, it’s safe to assume that the app’s in-game mechanics will follow those of the previous games within the franchise. We will take control of our villager as he or she explores the Animal Crossing world (in real-time) making friends, hunting bugs, collecting furniture, fishing and so on.

Features we can expect within the app:

  • The Animal Crossing App will be free to download – Much like Pokemon GO, the Animal Crossing app will be free to play via our smartphones.
  • Available for Android and iOS – No one is going to be left out as the app will be available for both Android and iOS devices, however, it is not yet known whether the app will be compatible with those using Windows OS.
  •  Available in-app Purchases – Like Pokemon Go, the Animal Crossing app will have available in-app purchases for the purpose of enhancing overall gameplay. Whether these in-app purchases will be familiar furniture, clothes or accessories found within the games is still up for question, however, it may be safe to assume so. In-app purchases are not necessary, however, the option is there for those who like to splash their cash on exclusive items.
  • Social Media – It is rumoured that FaceBook can be used alongside the Animal Crossing app to link up with friends and/or visit other’s towns. However, whether we can do that with other social networking sites such as Twitter, is still up in the air.

We can expect to see the Animal Crossing App available via the app store before the year is up. Being a fan of the Animal Crossing franchise, I for one, cannot wait to get my hands on this new game and will be following it until its official release sometime this year.

I just hope it is out in time for Summer!

 

Nintendo Switch: Super Smashes Sales Expectations

The Nintendo Switch has been on sale for a little over a week now and since it’s official release on March 3rd, the Nintendo Switch has managed, to Nintendo’s surprise, hit and exceed all national forecasted sales figures.

It seems the Nintendo Switch’s high costs and low storage capacity has not put fans off of buying the highly anticipated console, surpassing the sales of Nintendo’s most profitable console (The Nintendo Wii) in the first 48 hours of its release in Europe and North America. Where, Nintendo Japan has sold over 300,000 units during the first three days of the console’s release, and Nintendo shares jumped up a staggering 1.2% 5 days post the Nintendo Switches release.

Nintendo Japan had sold over 300,000 units during the first three days of the console’s release, and Nintendo shares jumped up by a staggering 1.2%, 5 days post the Nintendo Switches release.

Nintendo UK has also witnessed its share of success, announcing that the Switch had sold more units within the first 7 days than the beloved Nintendo Wii.

The Nintendo Wii sold a total of 100 million units worldwide during its initial release in 2006, which is a hard number to beat, however, Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch’s sales are ‘close to records’, which to me, sounds like a rather ambiguous guess.

However, hopes to set a new sales record may be dashed due to the Nintendo Switch’s limited games line-up.

Currently, The Nintendo Switch has only one playable game available to purchase or download from its e-shop, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Although sales for the title are at an all-time high, it is clear to see why being the only title available to play on the console itself.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has become the best selling Nintendo title in all of Europe to date, beating the overrated Wii Sports. However, Nintendo should expect upcoming stagnant sales if it chooses not to release new Switch titles anytime soon.

It’s safe to assume that, for now, the Switch will not be following in the footsteps of the pitiful Wii U, and may have the potential to set a new sales record for Nintendo. However, the lack of available games to purchase at hand may result in a falling number of sales a few weeks on from the console’s initial release.

I for one am rooting for Nintendo’s newest console and will be monitoring its sales figures until it does (or does not) beat those of the Nintendo Wii.

 

 

My Top 5: Nintendo GameCube Titles

With the Nintendo Switch newly upon us and rightfully distracting us all, I thought it may be the right time to reminisce into Nintendo’s past starting with (in my opinion) Nintendo’s best and most underrated games console: The Nintendo GameCube.

If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, then you will be aware that I have a rather soft heart for the home console shaped like a cube. The GameCube, for myself, was the initial introduction I had into the creative, dynamic and colourful world of Nintendo.

The GameCube introduced my young self to various franchises such as The Legend of Zelda, Mario and so on. Therefore, it was the GameCube that ignited my life-long obsession for both Nintendo and Japanese video game titles.

Even now, I still find myself returning to my trusty GameCube to play the games I once did as a child. The overall nostalgia gained re-playing these titles is priceless, however, it is clear to note that the titles themselves were way ahead of their time, and could potentially stand amongst current titles today.

OK, Enough of my sentiment. Let’s count down my top 5 Nintendo GameCube titles.


5. Starfox Adventure

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I believe it’s safe to assume that those familiar with the Starfox franchise, would agree with me and say that Starfox Adventure was the best title within the entire series. Starfox Adventure was the 4th in the Starfox series and unlike its predecessors was categorised as an action-adventure game, rather than a ‘shoot-em-up’.

This new dynamic allowed players to explore and interact with the game’s environment, much similar to that of The Legend of Zelda’s. Starfox Adventure, at the time, was highly praised for its high-quality graphics and beautiful landscapes.

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Starfox Adventures was released in 2002, so those of you thinking these graphics are mediocre need to be aware of the fact that graphics this clear and ‘realistic’ were almost unheard of at the time.

The game’s setting took place of Dinosaur Planet, a world inhabited by (yes, you guessed it) dinosaurs. A cute little dinosaur by the name of Prince Tricky (and heir to the throne, if you couldn’t guess) accompanies Fox on his adventure around Dinosaur Planet to free it from an unnecessary evil.

I totally recommend Starfox Adventures to anyone who enjoys a classic action-adventure game.

4. Pokemon Colosseum

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Pokemon Colosseum is a 3D RPG, published by Nintendo themselves.

Pokemon Colosseum was a GameCube exclusive, so those of you who do not/did not own a GameCube, unfortunately, wouldn’t have had the chance to play this gem of a game.

Like Starfox Adventures, Pokemon Colosseum drifted away from its original play style seen in earlier Pokemon titles. Random encounters with Pokemon just didn’t happen in Pokemon Colosseum, instead, players would have to steal Pokemon during confrontations.

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You play as bad-boy-turned-good, Wes (who can be renamed), as he tries to destroy and bring down Team Snagem, which he was once a member of. Accompanied by his trusty Umbreon and Espeon, and side-kick and occasional clutz Rui, Wes makes it his mission to become the best in order to bring down the malevolent Team Snagem.

Cities, villages and locations are free to explore in 3D, which had not yet been seen in the Pokemon Franchise. Pokemon Colosseum will forever be one to remember.

3. Super Mario Sunshine

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Super Mario Sunshine is the game I speak of most when discussing Super Mario titles. Sunshine has to be my all-time favourite Super Mario title to date, however, that position may be contested with the release of Super Mario Oydessy later this year.

Super Mario Sunshine is platform video game set in an open-ish world, much reminiscent of Super Mario 64. You play as Nintendo’s main man Mario as he tries to clean the world of a gooey substance (whether it’s slime or ink is up for debate) left by the game’s antagonist Shadow Mario. Mario and FLUDD (Flash Liquidizing Ultra Dousing Device) team up to take down the pesky Mario look-a-like.

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The open world aspect is what I love most about Super Mario Sunshine. Unlike other games in the Mario franchise, Sunshine gives players much more freedom to play how they want to play. Sunshine has many different lands and worlds to visit, all of them unique in their own way. However, the game’s hub location, The Isle of Delfino, has to be my all-time favourite followed by Pianta Village, Hotel Delfino and Sirena Beach.

2. Harvest Moon a Wonderful/Another Wonderful Life

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Harvest Moon a Wonderful/Another Wonderful Life is rather underrated. The farming RPG or sim (simulation game) was published by 505 Game Street for Europe in 2004.

If you’re not a fan of slow-paced, time demanding and repetitive games then the Harvest Moon franchise is not for you. However, I for one love a steady simulation game for when shooters and RPGs get a bit too much.

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Harvest Moon a Wonderful/Another Wonderful Life is set in a quiet village located in Forget-Me-Not Valley, and much like its name, the valley feels somewhat forgotten by the outside world. You play as either a male or female protagonist (depending on what title you purchase) taking over his/her grandfather’s derelict farm, after a hectic life in the big city.

Your sole mission is to rejuvenate the farm. This can be done by purchasing animals, crops etc. turning them into produce and then selling them to invest back into your farm. If this starts to get repetitive you can cook, dig for fossils and fish too!

Later on in the game, you’re required to get married and have children, who then grow up to make your life a living hell! But hey, we can’t have it all, can we?

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Harvest Moon a Wonderful/Another Wonderful Life is a great game for those who want to slow it down.

PS. Those wanting to play as a female protagonist in Europe (Another Wonderful Life) must use a free-loader, as this specific title is exclusive to North America.

Last but not least we have. Drum roll, please…

1. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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Did you really think I would forget to put this game on the list? If you did, then shame on you! Not only is the Wind Waker my favourite game ever to be released on the GameCube, it is one of my favourite Legend of Zelda games of all time. I have been hooked on its cartoonish, bright coloured art-style from the very start, however, it’s the game’s plot that kept me playing, even to today.

Like every other game in the Zelda franchise, you play as Link (although he can be renamed, but who on this earth renames Link?!) as he takes down villain Ganondorf while trying to save Princess Zelda and his sister Aryll from Ganondorf’s dirty mitts.

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The game starts off on Outset Island, a small beach village where Link lives with his Grandma and Sister Aryll. However, Link’s life gets turned upside down when his sister gets kidnapped by the nasty Helmaroc King, a giant hawk-like creature. Link then makes it his mission to rescue his sister and joins a bunch of swash-buckling pirates (one being Princess Zelda in disguise) to do so.

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Like Majora’s Mask and The Orcania of Time, The Wind Waker is set in an open world environment. However, in this game Link uses The Winder Waker’s power (a magic wand) to control the direction of the wind to get himself from island to island on his talking boat, the King of Red Lions. There are many islands to explore on your journeys, all filled with peculiar and interesting characters.

If you haven’t managed to play The Wind Waker, you really must.


There are many great games that I didn’t get to include within the post, given I can only select 5. However, I’d like to now give some honourable mentions to titles that didn’t make the list:

  • Super Smash Bros. Melee – Fighter
  • Bloody Roar – Fighter
  • Sonic Adventure DX Directors Cut – Action-Adventure
  • Luigi’s Mansion – Action-Adventure
  • Pikmin – Strategy
  • Skies of Arcadia – JRPG

If you haven’t played any of the above-listed titles, please do check them out as they’re all great games, and don’t forget to stay tuned for any future blog posts.