Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 23, 2016 21:24:36 GMT -5
I may be a little late, but apparently it's the 25th anniversary of the SNES's North American release.
I remember getting it as an early birthday present not too long after it came out. It was exciting because it was my first 16-bit game console, and it really felt like a jump in power. (I didn't get a Genesis until a couple of years later.) I remember playing Super Mario World the first time and thinking to myself, "I am playing a 16-bit Mario game!" ...Seemed like a big deal at the time.
I have a lot of fond memories playing the SNES, and it still has some of my all-time favorite games, including Super Metroid, Yoshi's Island, Diddy's Kong Quest and Zelda: A Link to the Past. But a lot of the games still seem to hold up really well today.
I think I was still buying new games for it into the early 2000's. I could walk into a Toys R Us and find a lot of cheap games at bargain bin prices, and I remember picking up SimCity for $5 in 2001. Those were the days...
Post by nocturnal YL on Aug 24, 2016 9:03:05 GMT -5
All I remembered was "my computer is 32-bit. What's will all this 16-bit buzz?" I even assumed the Mega Drive was from an earlier era becuase of the giant "16-BIT" text printed there. (Technically, I was right; I didn't try either system until at least 1994.)
The Super Famicom remains one of the systems that I like better, mostly due to its audio capability. There's a unique ring to the synthesized music of the SNES that cannot be replicated by the many SNES remakes I've seen.
While there have been many anniversary's celebrated for various Nintendo hardware and software in November (GCN, Wii, Wii U, etc). There's a Nintendo "service" that also celebrates it's 10th anniversary with the Wii.
Happy 10th anniversary to the Virtual Console and it first 7 games: Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Pinball, Soccer, Solomon's Key, The Legend of Zelda and Wario's Woods!
I'm surprised to see Nintendo or even other gaming sites have not even acknowledged it.
Last Edit: Nov 27, 2016 1:54:05 GMT -5 by Da Robot
Post by nocturnal YL on Mar 3, 2018 12:18:05 GMT -5
Let's revive this kind-of-dead thread and use it to talk about the Switch.
Happy 1st anniversary, Nintendo Switch!
I happily ignored it and spent my day playing the PS4. Yay!
But seriously, now that the Switch is out for a year… actually, I don't have much to add. I didn't buy the Switch until more than half a year after its release, and at this moment, I have more third party games than Nintendo ones.
Buying the system half a year after release was a record breaker to me, actually. It sure caught my attention earlier than the Wii (18 months), 3DS (14 months) and Wii U (16 months).
The Switch has generally left me a good impression (portability and a clean system UI have won my heart), although its library isn't quite there yet. Games I want either aren't released yet, aren't available on Switch, or they have a Switch entry that I don't feel like buying (ports, cheap Unity games masquerading as full-fledged games, and so on). I already have enough games to keep myself entertained for the first half of this year, so this isn't really much of a complaint.
What I really want to see on Switch has yet to come. With main series Kirby and Fire Emblem coming in this year, I will probably like the system more when its 2nd anniversary comes.
As with before, I'm… cautiously optimistic about the Switch. The system itself is fine, but on a personal level, it's still very far from the 3DS in terms of being my favourite system.
Post by nocturnal YL on Nov 21, 2018 11:13:17 GMT -5
Happy anniversary to, um…
Well, 21 November is the release dates of several titles throughout Nintendo's history, so where should I even start?
I'm counting only Japanese releases from Nintendo or The Pokémon Company, since barring simultaneous worldwide sales, other branches of Nintendo don't seem to be as attracted to this date. They do release games on 21 November, but it doesn't feel like a "special" date as is the case with Japanese releases.
Mach Rider (1985) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (1987) Super Mario World (1990) F-ZERO (1990) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991) Yoshi's Cookie (Famicom/Game Boy) (1992) Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995) Diddy Kong Racing (1997) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) Pokémon Gold & Pokémon Silver (1999) Monster Tactics (2000) Sin & Punishment (2000) Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001) Pokémon Ruby & Pokémon Sapphire (2002) Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003) Pokémon Colosseum (2003) Super Mario 3D World (2013) Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (2014) Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (2014)
Post by nocturnal YL on Mar 3, 2019 14:53:20 GMT -5
Happy birthday, Nintendo Switch!
It also means Zelda BotW is turning 2 as well. And 1-2-Switch too, if anyone cares.
I have a dozen games on Switch and there are a dozen more I'm considering getting. I really like both the system's portable design and the intuitive system UI. If only its controllers are of a better quality…
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 21, 2019 22:58:42 GMT -5
April 21 was apparently the 30th anniversary of the original Game Boy.
I don't quite remember when I got mine. Maybe 1991? But I remember wanting one when it came out. There were kiosks for it in pretty much every department store and toy store, often with either Tetris or Super Mario Land. It seemed really cool at the time to have a "true" handheld video game system (as opposed to those LCD games like Game & Watch).
Over the years, I amassed a decent library of games for it, but I don't think I ever really appreciated it as much as just playing a console game.
Nester the Lark: Speaking of the song "Reincarnation," perhaps it might have sounded something like this if the game had gotten an English dub.
Jan 26, 2021 10:25:09 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: According to Nintendo's IR calendar, they're going to release their financial information up to December 2020 on 1 Feb. Switch sales (68.30 mil at Sep 2020) may very well surpass that of the 3DS (75.94 mil), but how will it compare to the GBA (81.51 mil)?
Jan 31, 2021 12:10:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It's closer to the GBA sales than I thought. Switch hardware sales up to December 2020 is 79.87 mil, while I expected about 78 mil.
Feb 1, 2021 8:07:53 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, while they stopped counting 3DS and Wii U hardware sales, software went up from 385.12 mil to 385.85 mil and 103.27 mil to 103.31 mil. Switch software sales went from 456.49 mil to 532.34 mil, surpassing that of NES and Game Boy.
Feb 1, 2021 8:09:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: So now that I have a capture device, I've been looking at my games and tried to figure out the resolution and frame rate they run at. Trials Rising is 540p30, Project DIVA Mega Mix has the UI at 720p60 and the simpler, single-singer PVs run at 540p60…?
Feb 6, 2021 11:42:34 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: All the Atelier games I've seen so far (Arland 1-4) run at 1080p30, which is a bit surprising as I expected a lower resolution for Lulua. Void Terrarium and Puyo Puyo Tetris 1 and 2 all run at 1080p60. PPT1 also ran at 1080p60 on Wii U, so no surprise.
Feb 6, 2021 11:45:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: ↑ In Atelier Lulua, the system UI and even some parts with 3D models (like the synthesis screen) run at full 1080p at 60 fps. That's a huge leap from the previous two games in the series. World map runs at 30 fps though, despite not being intensive.
Feb 8, 2021 11:13:44 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Rune Factory 4 Special runs at 720p60. Fire Emblem Three Houses is a weird case; it looks like 900p30 to me, but because of the way the edge of the models are drawn, the graphics end up looking very ugly.
Feb 8, 2021 11:15:06 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've been doing the same thing I do every time I consider getting Smash Ultimate: playing Smash for Wii U. It turns out there are still plenty of people playing it online. Makes me curious about Splatoon 1.
Feb 20, 2021 10:08:42 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The online also worked better than I remember. Maybe because there are fewer people...?
Feb 20, 2021 10:10:09 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: My skill curve in Smash Bros seems to be the opposite of other games: the more I play, the worse I get.
Feb 23, 2021 17:28:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: TIL I had not yet unlocked all the stages in Smash for Wii U. Just unlocked the last one today, six years after getting the game.
Feb 24, 2021 18:35:31 GMT -5