Post by Nester the Lark on Oct 25, 2018 11:25:14 GMT -5
This may be ground we've already covered on the forum, but if we did, it was probably a long time ago. I was just wondering about everyone's first experience playing a Nintendo game.
- What was the first Nintendo game you played (if you remember)? - Were you familiar with Nintendo before that? - Did you become a fan from that first experience, or did that happen later?
For me, we have to go back a long ways. I don't remember exactly what my first experience was, but it was likely the Atari 2600 version of Donkey Kong. (Although it also could've been an arcade game. Possibly either DK or Popeye.)
Was I familiar with Nintendo before that? No, and I don't think I was even aware of Nintendo as a company until the NES was out.
Did I become a fan from that first experience? Not of Nintendo, but I became familiar with Donkey Kong, as well as Mario. I recognized Mario when I saw him in other arcade games, such as Mario Bros (obviously) and Vs. Pinball. (This was probably also due to the Donkey Kong cartoon from the early '80s.)
So, yeah, this is basically a "how you got to know Nintendo" kind of thread.
Post by nocturnal YL on Oct 25, 2018 12:13:00 GMT -5
I was born in 1989.
My first Nintendo experience was quite orthodox. As an almost-2-year-old child (actually, how old was I exactly? Must be younger than 4, but my memories are blurry), played Super Mario Bros. 1 (well, more like saw others play it) in a relative's home. They also had TwinBee and City Connection. It was then when I knew about Mario and Luigi, and how SMB1 looked like up to World 1-3.
There, I also incorrectly got the impression that Luigi means 2. As a result, when I got to play Super Mario All-Stars later, I thought Luigi Game in The Lost Levels was a 2-player mode.
My mother had a Game Boy when I was 4, and, since I was a young child, I didn't get far in both Super Mario Land and Tetris. We also had this little gem.
My family had a home console when I was 5, with another relative lending us a Super Famicom (it was then 1994 already), with . I became aware of Nintendo as a company at that time, although my go-to games were the Super Bomberman series.
By the way, I played Super Famicom and N64 games with backup devices that play ROMs off floppy disks and CD-R discs (Game Doctor SF3, Doctor V64). I was a child back then, and my father was the one playing for the most part (though he now claims to be too old for action, preferring puzzles and escape games instead). Yep, I can not-so-proudly say that my homeland's favourite pastime was to actively harm the software industry. On the flip side, pirates get to have extended exposure of what the industry has to offer, although it doesn't mean much if said pirates don't eventually go back to buying legitimate software.
Here's another trivia: I thought Pokémon was a game based on an anime, not the other way around, until I played Smash 64. Didn't matter either way; I wasn't even attracted to RPGs in general until much, much later with Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
As for becoming a Nintendo fan, that happend when Melee came out. In retrospect, it was a rather foolish thing; I went so far as to denounce every other publisher, keeping a pure Nintendo profile for the most of GameCube and Wii's lifecycle. Eventually, I ran out of Nintendo franchises I could like, and there was also this realization that such a mentality was good for neither me as a player nor Nintendo as a console manufacturer, so I started looking elsewhere. I now think of myself as less of a Nintendo fan and more of a fan of several series that happen to be from Nintendo.
It's a tossup for me. I had an uncle who had a SNES and Super Mario World. That's likely the first time I played any Nintendo game. The Pizza Hut my family went to back in the day had one of those SNES arcade cabinets with Mario All-Stars, so that's also a possibility.
I was likely already familiar with Mario as an advertising icon, but we're talking real young here, so it doesn't really matter. I know I had a Super Mario Bros. Super Show VHS around that time.
Did it make me a fan? Yeah, probably. I've been playing Nintendo games from such a young age, though, it's sort of a moot question. Only console I had before getting a SNES myself was a Genesis, and that was when I was 4. Not much time to *not* be a game fan.
Post by Evie the Mother Hen ❤✿ on Apr 16, 2019 14:41:56 GMT -5
For me, I was born in the early 90s. As such the Game Boy era and Pokémon was very relevant to me, with many people at school liking these games and the later Game Boy Advance games (and my brother once liking it as well, but he now focuses on The Legend of Zelda which he is a big fan of (like he even cosplayed as Link for Halloween), and just preferred Generation I) and I've always had a natural love for animals and technology. Also when we got to secondary school, I would play Mario Kart DS with my friend but we lost touch. I'm still building on my real world social skills, but accepted it's OK to be shy as well. I was a more of an introvert then, now I am an ambivert. Me and my friend also played the non-Nintendo MMORPG Runescape.
Edit: As for actual first game I played, I'm unsure, my brother had a SNES so it could have been one of those games and one time we were playing Super Mario All-Stars, pulled out the controller quickly or some exploit like that and it glitched out (on Nintendo 64 its common knowledge there is such a thing as 'crooked cartridge' where you gently lift the side of a Game Pak - a well known exploit being a corrupted model Mario in Super Mario 64. There is actually an obscure exploit for the original Nintendo DS where you place the DS in Sleep Mode and quickly eject and reinsert the cartridge, presumably disabling new specific instructions from the ROM - you can get the crash debugger in Super Mario 64 DS, Animal Crossing (I think), New Super Mario Bros. that way). I do remember playing Pokémon Yellow at a certain point, which we found at a car boot sale (like an American garage sale but you go out into an open space park a car and set up goods, typically from a collapsible table). At that time it was much more often you would find things like Game Boy games there, I even remember there was a Game Boy bootleg of a certain game. I bought it by mistake because I was young and naive, but I personally don't believe in paying for them or collecting them so we just took it back.
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
Nester the Lark: If you want a new perspective on your own Mario Maker levels, just wait more than three years before playing them again.
Mar 6, 2021 9:44:32 GMT -5