Has anyone actually done any research into Kid Icarus' password system? It's entirely possible that certain phrases simply have certain effects due to the placement of the letters, rather than that particular phrase being intentional.
I also suspect the same is true of Metroid...
"The dove's mothers are coming away" might technically be a grammatical sentence, but it also appears to be meaningless.
You suspicions are correct. emuWorks created a program that can generate passwords for Metroid. They even have a guide explaining the password system. Can't say for sure about Kid Icarus, but I expect it's probably similar since it runs on a similar engine.
The passwords aren't preprogrammed. Unless Nintendo created a password for every possible instance, which would likely take longer than making the actual game. I mean, think about it... they'd need to create a separate password for every possible combination of:
-location saved at -weapons collected -number of missiles -energy tanks collected -missile upgrades collected -doors opened -bosses beaten -suit worn -play time
The password is just a string of characters the game reads that information from. If entering your name puts you at Mother Brain with all weapons and a play time of 5 minutes, it doesn't mean Nintendo know who you are. It just means the game reads your name as that data.
Nester the Lark: Also, I know YL isn't into speedruns, but he might be interested to know that RPG Limit Break is having a Gust marathon all weekend, including several Atelier games.
Sept 25, 2020 22:01:18 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Ah… Bad timing. I didn't read this until now, when it's almost over.
Sept 27, 2020 12:59:22 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Well, if you're still interested, they'll be uploading the replays to their YouTube channel later this week.
Sept 27, 2020 17:58:41 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: I like that Mayles put her back in her kneepads. What's the last game they were in? One of the Kongas? It was a good look for her, albeit very 90's.
Oct 4, 2020 19:37:15 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: The jokes call to me, their siren song a temptation I can hardly bear, yet I must stay my tongue. Confound my dirty sense of humor.
Oct 16, 2020 13:05:51 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The replies I see to anything Nintendo posts on Twitter are probably an indication as to why they abandoned Miiverse and decided that social media should be someone else's responsibility.
Oct 20, 2020 16:48:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: As mentioned in Twitter, I'm currently playing Atelier Meruru DX. I'm thinking about writing reviews for the Arland series afterwards, as well as making a second Nintendo Switch review video after I finish either this or my next game.
Nov 7, 2020 8:46:05 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: ^ I would be interested in seeing your reviews of the Arland games.
Nov 7, 2020 10:56:31 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: So, there's been Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors. But guys, how about this: Punch-out Warriors! It's like Punch-out, but you fight all of your opponents at once!
Nov 12, 2020 12:12:00 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Sounds punchy, but unless it's a real knock-out I don't think it'd be a hit.
Nov 15, 2020 16:11:31 GMT -5