Post by nocturnal YL on Jul 15, 2014 6:30:01 GMT -5
Whoa! I'm surprised to hear that. I can imagine how using the FDS today feels like, although I'm more impressed that there are FDS disks still surviving today, given that they're magnetic disks from almost 30 years ago.
Fans have figured out how to repair them. Most of the time they need their drive belt replaced or the magnetic head slightly adjusted. The person who sold me mine fixed it herself before sending it to me.
So I made the Platinum status for 2014... and I'm torn between Game & Wario and NES Remix. I already got most of the games that Club Nintendo is offering as digital rewards so those two games are the Wii U games I don't have yet.
I have been holding onto hope that Nintendo would release NES Remix 1+2 as a retail game in North America for months but it doesn't look like it's happening. I'm not sure if Game & Wario will entertain me for too long since it seems to have about 20 microgames instead of 100+ microgames like in other WarioWare games... and I usually don't have other people to play games with me in person.
Oh, and I just got Wind Waker HD for free by registering Mario Kart 8. Well, it was either that or Wii Party U and I already got the other two games last Christmas.
I went with Game & Wario because it's the better offer... I can see myself paying fifteen actual dollars for NES Remix or Dr. Luigi, but not thirty dollars for Game & Wario, so I thought: "Why not get this game I don't really plan on paying for?"
If you have DDP to think about, it's also the best thing there since it'll net you 300 points towards a new gift card (so because of this, choosing Game & Wario also meant that I could get Wrecking Crew).
I finally got a GBASP AGS-101 model. That's the one with the backlight. It's something that has been on the backburner for a while, since I had an AGS-001 (frontlit) model and it wasn't really pressing to get the AGS-101, but it was pretty painful to transition between the beautiful 3DS and GamePad to the AGS-001. This one showed up on eBay in a lot for $65, so it came with the games pictured (and also Namco Museum and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, which I gave to my girlfriend) as well as pretty much every fathomable cord: wall charger, car charger, link cable, some weird robotic stand. The only thing it didn't come with is the GCN connector... fortunately I already have one. I guess it didn't come with the headphone adapter either, which is a minor bummer.
The games it came with if you can't make them out: Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (this is really what sealed the deal, since I've been looking to pick this up as well), Pokemon Silver, Dynasty Warriors Advance, Texas Hold 'Em Poker (ehhh whatever), and of course the previously mentioned SMB3 and Namco Museum.
It was also supposed to come with a Drake & Josh game for the GBA, but that wasn't in the box. I'm not too bent about it
Mostly it's just a matter of finding the right inserts over at thecoverproject.net and fitting them into an old DS case with a GBA slot. Game Boy and Game Boy Color games requiring the case to be a little more modified, but then for other systems it can be a little more involved.
I'm not too great with image programs, but I do make my own inserts if I can't find any already made:
Little Shop of Horrors soundtrack in a Genesis case:
Meh, I've decided to just get Dillon's Rolling Western. It's a new franchise that I've never tried before... against my better judgment and get Dr. Luigi, I think I'll use my Platinum status to get Dillon's Rolling Western... at least it's free.
Oh, I also got Advance Wars from Wii U eShop. This is my first time playing a game in this series. I really like it... it's a little hard to remember which units are strong/weak against which units... I just cleared the tutorial missions and now I'm starting the campaign missions.
I also got The Mysterious Murasame Castle from 3DS eShop. It's fun but I hate how I'm always dying and there's no way to expand my life meter (like Heart Containers in Zelda games). At least Takamaru can deflect ninja stars with his sword.
Post by nocturnal YL on Jun 23, 2015 8:23:29 GMT -5
Fire Emblem if came out early. I'm so fortunate that: (1) all those leaks happen in Hong Kong, and (2) there are game stores close to my office.
So I got it. I got the Fire Emblem if Special Edition. I was very disappointed that I couldn't get the 3DS bundle when Awakening came out, so I'm so glad that I managed to get Special Edition this time. Not that they're anywhere close to running out of stock for now.
If you want spoilers, Serenes Forest has got many. I don't think I'll uncover anything that's not already known by now. Those eary players have an entire day of advantage.
Sooo excited. Now excuse me while I play it.
EDIT - Cleared the first 4 chapters. So far, I like the story more than I thought I would. This also feels more like Fire Emblem than Awakening did to me, and you actually have to think a bit instead of relying on the Pair Up system.
Difficulty-wise, it's easy thus far (at Lunatic Classic).
Post by nocturnal YL on Jul 29, 2015 12:58:57 GMT -5
Just bought Daigasso Band Prothers P Debut, a lite version with only 4 starting songs plus 5 are exclusively free for this version (and 4 more that are presently free anyway) and no recording and composition function. I've always wanted to get Band Brothers, but I'm also not interested in the majority of the songs, so getting a lite version at only 200 yen is quite a bargain to me.
Editing this since I don't think anyone would bother talking about Band Brothers.
I have been wondering what the radio function does. Turns out that there're quite a few fictional radio programs that will play on-demand. There are also advertisements (as full-fledged video) for in-game contents (both free and paid). The contents change regularly.
They also have this program featuring virtual idol You Ayasaki. The fact that this comes from Nintendo took me off guard.
All in all, this thing proved t be more entertaining than I thought as first, even though I failed pretty hard at the actual game. 200 yen well spent.
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