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LEGO City: Undercover to feature multiplayer? Nintendo says no, then yes?

September 25, 2012

Coffee Beans
Other than the “Grounds for Celebration! Award – LEGO City: Undercover” post, I haven’t seen this really talked or written about anywhere else, and I did “google” for it.

Apparently, LEGO City: Undercover is going to have a 2 player mutliplayer feature of some sort, though there was some confusion whether it did or didn’t, apparently. Nintendo has not specified if the 2 player feature will be a local multiplayer mode, an online multiplayer mode, and/or perhaps even some multiplayer function with the 3DS system.

How did Nintendo representatives respond when asked if LEGO City: Undercover had any form of multiplayer, local or online? What was the reason for confusion on whether the game has multiplayer? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
This was told in the “Grounds for Celebration! Award – LEGO City: Undercover” post, but I wanted to highlight this about LEGO City: Undercover with its own post, for the people that may skim over the other one.

The sources of my confusion.

Last week when I was working on the other post for LEGO City and about to publish it, I noticed the official page for the game and the fact sheet on the game had different information about the number of players that will be able to run around LEGO City.

The official page for the game, HERE, shows “No. of Players: 1”, while the fact sheet for the game shows “Players: 1-2”. I “googled” for other posts on the topic, looking for an announcement on it, but I didn’t find any post that was specifically about the multiplayer option in LEGO City: Undercover, or any post that even talked about it really.

So, I sent over an email to the press contact for the game, and waited on a response. 24 hours passed, and I didn’t receive a response, which I thought was kind of odd. Jeremy from NintendoFuse.com offered to send an email over, seeing if perhaps they could get clarification on the issue for me.

He did. The question he sent over was the question I had pretty much asked, “Does, LEGO City: Undercover have a multiplayer option?” and he mentioned how the official page and the fact sheet showed different things.

The response he received was, “The game is 1 player. No co-op/multiplayer of any kind.“, with the representative apologizing for the confusing language on the site and fact sheet. Pretty straight forward, right?

Well, yesterday, I decided to send one more email about it, just to attempt one last time from my side to get an answer before posting up the other story. I asked, “Does LEGO City: Undercover have a multiplayer option? Perhaps, a co-operative play mode like in other LEGO games?”

This is not what I did while waiting on a response…

I received a reply shortly after that said, “We are looking into this and will get back to you soon.” Interesting.

I wasn’t sure what “soon” was, but only about 5 minutes later I received a second response that said, “Please refer to the fact sheet that states there are 1-2 players.

With the time that my emails took to be responded to, I would imagine they were trying to get clarification from Nintendo on what they could/couldn’t say about the multiplayer options in the game, which still isn’t much other than verifying the game will have some form of a 2 player mode.

Caffeinated Thoughts
Many of the past LEGO video games have featured local co-op multiplayer on Nintendo systems, so that could be one option. Some of the LEGO games on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have featured online co-op, as well as local, so that multiplayer option would make sense as well.

After seeing the trailer for the game though, I’m wondering if there might perhaps be some sort of “hide-and-seek” mode in the game using the Wii U’s GamePad. One player would run around the city with either a Wii Remote and Nunchuk combination or a Wii U Pro Controller attempting to “hide”, while the player with the Wii U GamePad could use the controller’s scanning capability as they showed in the trailer for the game (seen below in the awards video), to try and locate the other player in the city.

I think a “hide-and-seek” sort of mode in LEGO City: Undercover, even if only as a local option, would be fun with its “open city” setting and perhaps a good way to use the GamePad for a multiplayer feature.

Also, a big thanks again to Jeremy for trying to help me out last week! You can visit NintendoFuse.com HERE, and enter their “Ultimate Mario Kart 7 Competition – Win a Wii U” contest HERE.

Questions
Are any of you planning to purchase LEGO City: Undercover when it releases for the Wii U? Would a multiplayer feature in the game make you more likely to buy it, or would it not really matter to you?

Any predictions as to what the 2 player mode will be in the game?

If any of you are interested in LEGO City: Undercover, you can pre-order the game on Amazon.com and GameStop.com below:
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Coffee Bean Counting: Are you planning to buy a Wii U day one?

September 22, 2012

Coffee Beans
The latest Coffee Bean Counting Poll closed Thursday, one week after the Nintendo Wii U preview events around the world. I tried to keep the question and answers pretty simple, but I was curious how the poll would end up since I get traffic here from a variety of sources, and I haven’t done polls very often on the site.

If you have read some of the comments here or on other sites since the Wii U preview event last week, you may know that I have pre-ordered (reserved) a Wii U console, but I haven’t clarified which one I went with yet. Did I choose to go with the Wii U Basic Set, or the Wii U Deluxe Set? Also, what were the poll results? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at the poll results!

The Brew
First, if you find this post closer to the Wii U’s launch (or after), the poll ran from Thursday, September 13, 2012 through Thursday, September 20, 2012. You can see the poll question underlined and in bold below, as well as the three answers to choose from I provided, with the answer that had the most votes in bold as well.

Are you planning to buy a Wii U day one?
Yes!     21 (67%)
No!        9  (29%)
Maybe.  1  (3%)

Caffeinated Thoughts
The largest vote total was “Yes!” with 21 votes, which was 67% of the total votes.

Now, I chose “Yes!” myself, and as I mentioned in the “Coffee Beans” section I did pre-order a Wii U console. As a matter of fact, I was on the phone with one GameStop store within minutes of the Wii U conference ending, but was informed they weren’t taking Wii U reservations yet. About 15 minutes later I received a call from that GameStop store (was on a “call list” there), letting me know they had just opened up the pre-orders on Wii U systems.

I grabbed my car keys, hopped in my car, and sped up to the GameStop closest to our house; only 3 minutes away! If you saw a pillar of smoke rising from the East last Thursday, around 11:30AM EST, that was probably smoke my tires (or engine!) on my way to GameStop.

When I walked in the store I asked the employee, “Are you taking reservations on the Wii U?“, and after the shocked look left his face he replied, “Yes. Did you call earlier?” He literally had just finished printing the Wii U information papers off the printer, and was looking over the information.

I made the choice of reserving the Black Wii U Deluxe Set, and being that I’m a member of the GameStop PowerUp Rewards program, I was able to reserve the system for just $25, instead of their standard $50.

The proof

As of now, I’m planning to buy the Black Wii U Deluxe Set day one, November 18, 2012 here in the US. The one thing that could significantly change my decision is if Nintendo fails to address their online service(s), before launch, because we really haven’t heard anything about it. I don’t want a repeat of the Wii with having initial launch games (see: Black Ops 2), not having online multiplayer options available, because Nintendo doesn’t have the service/servers ready.

Questions
Alright now, which one did you vote for? 

If you voted “Yes!”, which Wii U console bundle did you reserve? If you voted “Maybe.”, or perhaps didn’t vote in the poll, which Wii U console bundle are you most interested in?

GameStop Wii U Pre-order Reservations Now Open!

September 13, 2012

Coffee Beans
Do you want to skip the lines and not have to hunt for the Wii U when it releases on November 18th? Well, GameStop is now taking reservations for the Wii U system, both the $299.99 and $349.99 Wii U systems.

If you are a PowerUp Rewards member you can reserve a Wii U system for just $25, and if you’re not a GameStop PowerUp Rewards member you can reserve a Wii U system for $50.

You don’t even have to visit a GameStop store to reserve, or pre-order, the new Wii U console, as GameStop.com just opened up their Wii U page and are taking reservations for it directly online.

You can reserve the Wii U system and games from GameStop.comHERE.

>Pre-Order/Reserve PlayStation Vita Online Now

June 7, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     If you were watching Sony’s E3 press conference tonight, you may have been really surprised(as I was), about the price points for the PlayStation Vita(Click to pre-order now!).
     Sony announced the Vita will have two price points: one with WiFi only for $249.99, and one with WiFi an 3G service provided by AT&T for $299.99.

     If you’re ready to jump on the Vita bandwagon, you can click the images below to pre-order, or reserve, either(or both) versions of the handheld system on Amazon.com:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004L5MYJA&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B003O6EATE

     The $299.99 3G and WiFi system is on the left, the $249.99 WiFi only Vita system is on the right.
Filtered Thoughts:
     I think the price points are very good for what Sony showed the Vita seems capable of tonight at E3.  If I were to get one, I would probably go with just the WiFi system being that I don’t travel a lot, and I would use it mainly around the house.
Questions:
     Were any of you surprised by the price points for the PlayStation Vita, and did the revealed prices make your more/less interested in the system, than you perhaps were before the prices were revealed?

>Pre-Order/Reserve the 3DS Online Now – $249.99

January 19, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     Click on any “Nintendo 3DS” name in the post to jump to the pre-order page!(Or click this now!)
     Well, it has finally been officially announced that the Nintendo 3DS will be priced at $249.99, and will be releasing on March 27 in North America.
     I haven’t seen any other sites announce this yet, so that’s why I’m moving forward with it!

     If you are wanting to pre-order/reserve a Nintendo 3DS before it releases, there is at least one site already taking pre-orders on the system!

     Amazon.com is taking pre-orders on the Blue Nintendo 3DS system, so if you have the $249.99, I would suggest reserving one ASAP if you’re interested in the system.  As usual, it’s being offered with Free Super Saver Shipping, and will ship(as of now) on March 27, when it releases.  Here’s the image and another link to the pre-order page for the Nintendo 3DS system on Amazon.com.
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I090AG&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&m=amazon&f=ifr&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&asins=B002I096AA

     Here are some of the 3DS games available for pre-order, all included with free shipping.  Just clicking on the name of the game should redirect you to the pre-order page:

     Nintendogs + Cats for $39.99

     Baseball 3DS for $39.99
     Contra 3DS for $39.99
     Frogger 3DS for $39.99
     LEGO Star Wars III The Clone Wars 3D for $39.99
     Madden NFL Football 3DS for $39.99
     Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3DS for $39.99
     Pro Evolution Soccer 3DS for $39.99
     Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked for $39.99
     Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition for $39.99
     Winning Eleven 3DS for $39.99