Nintendo Releases New Micro Nintendo Direct!

What’s more, not only does it cover the exact same games shown at yesterday’s Japanese Nintendo Direct, but it has a few other ‘gimmicks’ present as well.  Here’s the video:

So what do we think of the video and its announcements?  Well, let’s go through the whole thing and see, shall we?

First up, the micro part.  They weren’t exactly kidding about that idea, were they?

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That’s a very small version of Bill Trinen, isn’t it?  Where’s that Mario Paint style flyswatter when you need it?

And then… we get this Chibi Robo game again.  Does this series have some massive fanbase we’re not aware of or something?  Because as cool as the concept is, it’s not exactly the kind of million seller that ever took the world by storm.  Heck, where’s our Wario Land game?  That probably sold more than anything with this guy in it…

Questionable priorities aside (Wario?  Metroid?  F-Zero?  Nah, let’s go for the tiny robot from that Gamecube game we made), Chibi Robo’s new game does look interesting enough. For one thing, it seems like he’s gone from house cleaner to action hero this time around, with his adventures being like a 6 inch high version of Bionic Commando:

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It seems like a nice change of pace if you ask us.  A platformer made entirely of Macro Zone style levels?  Where do we sign up?

It’s also apparently Amiibo compatible, with the Amiibo needed being specific to a certain 3DS bundle that includes the game.  Using it transforms him into Super Chibi Robo, who’s much stronger, faster and better in general.  Like Gold Mario from New Super Mario Bros 2.

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But hang on, are we the only ones really worried about this?

Because come on.  You’re locking content away behind a free gift included in a 300 quid video game bundle.  You’re making people buy a whole new system just to get a single Amiibo for a single game for content which is presumably always on the disc…

That’s just plain greedy if you ask us.  Imagine how rightfully annoyed people would be if you told them they need to buy a special pack with an included television to get exclusive extras on their new DVD.  Or if you needed to buy a new computer in order to get all the features from a new program…

Dr Mario Miracle Cure is next.  It looks pretty good:

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The new Miracle Cure mechanic is nice.

And hey, is that Dr Luigi in the multiplayer mode?  Glad to see Nintendo didn’t forget about that Year of Luigi title:

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There’s also a multiplayer mode, which lets you screw up other people by using the cures to reverse controls, stop them rotating capsules or make them drop faster.  It’s certainly a unique idea, but our suspicion is that most serious players will turn it off pretty quickly, kind of like how pro players disable items in Super Smash Bros.

Oh, it’s available to get June 11th, with prepurchases open today.

Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon now.  Sounds like a decent enough game for those that like the series.

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And then… Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Oh boy.

Maybe it’s just us being a bit close minded, but does anyone actually enjoy these games?

Because they’ve always been a bit… how we put it nicely… mediocre.  The gameplay is rarely ever anything special, thanks to overly gimmicky motion controls or other such things. The gameplay is about half interesting events and half poorly done versions of real world sports that are far more enjoyable to play in a dedicated game (or to watch on television).  And the cast list is going to include someone from Sonic Lost World?

What is the point of any of this?  I mean, you’ll get a nice enough soundtrack given the franchise history, but it’s never been more than a disposable yearly sequel that you’ll probably lose interest in within the month or two.

Either way, apparently Rugby and Golf are part of this one.  So it’s a little different we suppose.

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Nintendo of Japan Doesn’t Show Tax on the eShop?

Usually, you’d think Nintendo would be a fairly… ethical company.  Okay, they’ve done a couple of questionable things in the past with the Nintendo Creator Program and the whole claiming on ad revenues, but they haven’t usually done anything classed as legally grey.

But now, it turns out their Japanese branch may be doing something a bit less justifiable.  Namely, their online shop does not list the prices for games with tax included, making them appear significantly cheaper than they actually are.

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And do you know what’s worse here?

They’re not even doing this across the board.  They’re listing prices minus tax for first party games, but including it in the price for third party ones.  That’s pretty dodgy if you ask us, coming across as trying to unfairly promote their own work above that of their partners and third party companies.

So is this legal?  Well, we are not lawyers.  But from what we can understand of various resources about tax laws and display taxes in product prices, it seems like various places outside of the US tend to require taxes to be included in the price.  From the UK Trading Standards Quick Guide:

http://www.businesscompanion.info/en/quick-guides/pricing-and-payment/price-marking-of-goods-for-retail-sale#WhataboutVATandothercharges

All price indications that can be seen by consumers must include VAT and any other compulsory charges or taxes. Postage, packing or delivery charges may be shown separately as long as they are unambiguous, easily identifiable and clearly legible.

And from the Australian equivalent:

https://www.accc.gov.au/business/pricing/displaying-prices

When you present prices to your customers, you must state the total price of the good or service as a single figure, which is the minimum total cost that is able to be calculated. This should include any tax, duty, fee, levy or other additional charges (e.g. GST or airport tax).

But that’s just how the law is over here.  The Japanese law may differ, so perhaps over there you can simply state the taxes as a separate line and be legally okay.  We don’t know.  Our regional equivalents of the eShop do tend to include taxes in the displayed prices.

Is anyone out there an expert in Japanese law that has any interesting insights to whether this is legal or not?  Or whether it would be breaching some trading standards style guidelines to only include taxes in displayed prices for competitor products?

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Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon

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