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Sep 16 2015
So Super Mario Maker just came out a few days ago, and I've got to say it is a lot of fun so far. Both playing creative levels and making them.
I've really only gone through about half of my ideas regarding levels... and I am constantly adding more.
I thought I would share some of the ideas I've already shared on my tumblr here.
This stage is the battleship Halberd from the Kirby series. You adventure over it, past the Combo Canon and even fight a few bosses.This is currently my most popular stage, and I'm pretty dang proud of it.
Course ID: 1071-0000-002C-2041
If you do not have Super Mario Maker and are curious you can see the stage here:
Next up we have Ashley's Spooky Mansion:
Who's the girl next door living in the haunted mansion?
This stage takes you through Ashley's Song. The course ID is: 0023-0000-0035-50D5
For those of you who have the game you can see these stages and more. I have 13 stages up so far, so I will share a few more very soon. I do post them under my Super Mario Maker tag on tumblr first. I just posted one a short while ago too.
Now... before I start off let me just say that Lego Dimensions looks absolutely fantastic and I really want to like this game. I honestly do. It looks witty and funny. But... they aren't selling you a complete game. Why? Because the model works. Look at Activision's Skylanders series and Disney's Infinity series.
But with Skylanders you don't need every figure to be able to play and enjoy the games. The figures add do the series and you do need some level packs for additional content but you are still getting a full game.
Disney infinity however... uses the same model as Lego Dimensions does. If you want to play all the levels... you need the figures. Or at the very least the playsets that unlock the content.
The problem I have is Lego Dimensions is really trying to get that cash from everyone. If you add up the cost of the starter pack, the level packs, the team packs, and the character packs it comes to an incredible $784.62. (If you are curious about my calculations you can see them all here in a google doc. All prices are USD and before tax.)
But Kohaku, they aren't releasing all of this at the same time and the game has stuff with the $99.99 starter pack. Ahhh but the starter pack only has three worlds. If you want to experience the entire story that the game has to offer you need the level packs. Those will run you a total of $179.94. It adds up very fast.
Now let's say you want different characters and teams, then you you have to pay $24.99 for those team packs. The level packs themselves cost $29.99! Team packs are $5 cheaper but offer a lot less content for your money.
Now add in the fun packs at $14.99 each which have one character and one gadget/vehicle and the price really shoots up. Those fun packs add up to a whopping $404.73. Let's face it the fun packs are basically just character packs. Now I know not every one is going to get every single one. But this is just glorified DLC... except the content is already on the disc. You just can't access it without buying these expensive character packs.
My point is to be able to make the most out of Lego Dimensions you need to throw down a lot of money. (As we all know I have little money to throw down.) And the way that they do it I really don't like. I don't like this as a Lego fan or as a gamer.
Lego may be a very profitable company right now, but some of their decisions... I really don't care for lately. This being the largest of them.
Remember that price of $784.62. It is currently cheaper to buy every character in the Smash Bros. line up at MSRP (now I am including unreleased ones, but Nintendo has said every character including DLC like Lucas and Ryu is getting an amiibo.)
That cost is $714.45. And those amiibo all work in multiple games across the Wii U and New 3DS platforms. Also for the most part they look really good and are even suitable to be put on display.
The Minifigs from Lego Dimensions... I can see that stuff all getting lost very easily. Especially as they are aimed at kids. Sorry little Timmy, but we can't afford to get you that character pack again. It's just too expensive.
Now I should note that they have said they plan to update it yearly. But to get that content even after they update the game... guess what you are going to need to buy? More level packs, team packs and you guessed it some more character packs.
I really wanted to like Lego Dimensions... but right now I hate the model they went with. And honestly... with Skylanders, Disney Infinity, Amiibo, and now Lego Dimensions... the Toys to Life market is becoming crowded. I do think someone is going to crash and burn much like things did years ago with Guitar Hero and Rockband. Too much of the same idea will lead to lower profits for all of these companies. It is very hard for a newcomer into the market. Lego Dimensions does have a great marketing team, but Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Nintendo's Amiibo have all proven themselves. They all print money. But if I had to predict a company having issues with profitability it would be Lego followed by Disney Infinity. These two companies seem to be the ones that are milking their fans the most.
But Kohaku, what about Amiibo and Skylanders? Amiibo are from Nintendo. They've been a massive success and Nintendo can't keep up with demand. Skylanders you also get a full game. They also have Nintendo's support with the Bowser and Donkey Kong figures that will be compatible with both Skylanders(only on Nintendo systems though, sorry, Microsoft and Sony) and Amiibo.
Sorry Lego, but as good as Lego Dimensions looks... I'm going to be giving it a pass.
(I do also plan to have another entry up later about Super Mario Maker. It might happen tonight or tomorrow.)
Hey everyone! I figured I would give you all a little update on how I've been doing since whenever the heck my last entry was. I still pop in every once in awhile and look around/read the news. (Please update the front page. It gets older by the day and is well past it's prime.)
Anyway, I'll start with the good news. I'm still alive. Sometimes I do wonder how, there have still been so many ups and downs since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
I did manage to pick up all of the new Toa. i only paid full price for Kopaka and that was near the start of the year. The others... I got lucky with at Sears. They kept giving me points so I managed to get them all for very cheap. As in around $20 cheap. I haven't picked up any other Lego besides Bionicle... and to be honest Lego just doesn't seem like a good value to me anymore... although I don't really have disposable income anymore.
Splatoon is a lot of fun. Have some decepticon propaganda.
So, now for the bad news.
We still are not back home. We are still dealing with New York Rising and suing the insurance company. Things are going good with the litigation as the insurance company is one of the ones that sent unlicensed engineers, such as the one they sent to us. One of the thing we are trying to get them to pay for is attorney fees, otherwise we loose a huge amount of money to our lawyers. Money that we need to build the house. In the meantime we are continuing to pay for a place we can't live and for the rent here. The rent prices are crazy and we have a cheaper place.
As for this past week, we've been there mowing and weed wacking for 4 days. It isn't as easy as you would think as we have to maneuver around a condemned house that is off of its foundation. The town gave us a notice about them and has been super picky. honestly though it feels kinda shady with how picky he is being, but we have to do it. It was also my first time ever using a lawnmower... it was terrifying. And it sucks doing it to make it so freaking perfect. Not only did we have to rent a lawnmower (keep in mind our original one is still under a house) we had to buy a new weed wacker plus the plastic string they use to cut and that all set us back over $100 so far. ;_;
Hopefully things will look up soon though... I don't think I can take much more of this... especially as we are coming up on the three year anniversary of the storm and we still aren't home. :/
Anyway... I'll try to pop in a little bit more... I've wanted to make a post for ages here but I just haven't really had the time.
Username:Kohaku Name:Joseph Proto: Title:Record-Setting Speed Builder & Senior Staff Group:Premier Retired Staff Posts:It's not about post count, it is about making your posts count. Joined:17-May 03 Member No.:8824 Gender: Nonbinary Sexual Orientation: Andro-Skoliosexual Location: I'm from Belgium, WI. I'm currently located in Seaford, NY. I'm currently relocated to Westbury, NY until our house can be lived in. Hobbies: Cute things, frilly things, wearing dresses, video games, reading, anime/manga, being fabulous.