Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 13, 2021 11:40:43 GMT -5
According to Nintendo Life, Walker Boone, who voiced Mario in the Super Mario Bros 3 and Super Mario World cartoons of the early '90s, passed away earlier this year.
I used to watch the SMB3 cartoon as a kid (as well as the Super Mario Bros Super Show, where Mario was portrayed by Lou Albano in both the live action and animated segments). I didn't watch the Super Mario World cartoon much, but looking back on it now, it really wasn't worth watching anyway.
It's sad to lose these actors that portrayed Mario in the early days.
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 27, 2021 8:43:20 GMT -5
According to Nintendo Life, Lance Barr, who designed the North American NES and SNES (and "small" SNES redesign) consoles, as well as the Wii Nunchuck controller, is retiring from Nintendo after working there since 1982.
This is my personal opinion, but I've never understood why people disliked the NA SNES design. It's one of those things where it never even remotely occurred to me until I had internet access and saw so many people online comment on it.
Post by Nester the Lark on Dec 8, 2021 10:28:32 GMT -5
Here's an interesting interview with Yoichi Erikawa, the founder of Koei. I didn't know they originally started out making business software.
Random musings: So, Dynasty Warriors is basically the action-game version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and Samurai Warriors is the action-game version of Nobunaga's Ambition. In the mid '90s, Koei also made a simulation based on the American Revolutionary War called Liberty or Death. It didn't turn into a series, but if there were a Warriors game based on it, what would it be called? Revolution Warriors? Colonial Warriors? Liberty Warriors?
Come to think of it, it wouldn't be a hack-and-slash game because the war was fought with firearms. So maybe it would be a shooter more like WinBack (also by Omega Force)? But then it wouldn't be a Warriors game...
Post by Nester the Lark on May 13, 2022 9:05:11 GMT -5
And now, according to Nintendo Life, the Yamauchi family has announced that they want to renovate the areas around the hotel. It'll be a gradual, long-term project starting in 2025, and could go on until 2050, with cooperation from local residents.
Post by Nester the Lark on Oct 9, 2022 8:47:13 GMT -5
This is interesting. Here's a scan from a rare flyer given out at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in 1987, and it shows mockup box art for The Legend of Zelda and Punch-out!! (before the Mike Tyson license) done in the original black box style.
There's been fan art of what black box artwork for non-black box game would look like, but these are actually real, and haven't been seen by most people for decades.
Game historian Frank Cifaldi comments on the rarity of it in this Twitter thread:
Friedman was loosely the basis for the character Barry Goodman in Tokyo Mirage Sessions. He was the guitarist for the band Megadeth before going solo and moving to Japan. (Barry was in the fictional band Teradeth before doing the same thing.)
This article does not mention that, however. Instead, it talks about some guitar work he did for the soundtrack of the original Bravely Default. The author also talks about her experience meeting Friedman in person:
I was actually lucky enough to meet the guitar god himself back in late 2018. At that time, Marty Friedman announced a tour across the United States. As soon as I saw that he was coming to my hometown, I ran down the stairs, barged into my parents’ bedroom, and told my mother the news. The very next day, I purchased tickets and VIP passes for both myself and my parents. Finally, after four long months of waiting, my family hopped into the car and sped off to the concert. Once we arrived at the venue, we were taken to a waiting room with a group of VIPs who were all waiting to climb aboard Marty’s tour bus for a meet-and-greet. When my turn finally came, I could barely contain myself. I entered the tour bus and greeted Marty, who instantly came across as humble, down-to-earth, and a complete gentleman. I gave him a binder I had made for him, along with a box of Cap’n’ Crunch, his favorite cereal. Marty was quite excited to receive the gifts, going so far as to say he’d be having Cap’n’ Crunch for breakfast the next day! Finally, Marty seemed impressed that I knew of his work on Bravely Default, saying that when he returned to Japan, he would tell Bravely Default composer Revo that he met a fan in Pittsburgh.
nocturnal YL: Finished the main goal and started the final year. Still have to make powerful items and get the rest of the events.
Jan 30, 2024 12:48:48 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'll be on a trip to Osaka between the 5th and the 12th. I still travel somewhat regularly, but it's been 4 years since I went to Japan in 2020 and 6 years since I went to Osaka specifically in 2018.
Jan 31, 2024 13:29:50 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Riviera: The Promised Land is getting a remaster on Switch. I was wondering what's happened to it after all those other Dept. Heaven games got Switch versions.
Feb 1, 2024 11:07:45 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'll leave soon. Like before, I'll have Internet connection and will check this place, but I won't bother logging in.
Feb 4, 2024 11:07:31 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I just found out that Atelier Ayesha DX has an out-of-bounds glitch, and it's very easy to get. That's the third game I've found something like that, after Meruru and Firis. There isn't much interesting to see, though. You just fall off and respawn.
Feb 15, 2024 12:42:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Almost at the end of Atelier Ayesha DX. Got everything in the base game, but the extras are incredibly difficult.
Feb 18, 2024 14:40:03 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'm not sure if I have enough remaining time to prepare for the extra battles (large amounts of items are involved, and restocking takes time). If I can't do it, I'll just end my playthrough. I didn't miss any story contents as far as I know.
Feb 18, 2024 15:26:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: The synthesis puzzles are fun and a bit difficult, and the time limit is quite tight. It generally feels close to Arland (but more complex). The story and UI aren't good in comparison, but this game is otherwise great. Comparable with Totori overall.
Feb 18, 2024 15:57:20 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Cool. Atelier Ayesha DX has a save data corruption glitch, and now I cannot even start the game.
Feb 20, 2024 12:46:12 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It happened after I reached the ending. Something was off (the end credits did not show), and I looked around the Extra menu trying to launch it, and bam! Game crashed, and Launching the game now results in a black screen.
Feb 20, 2024 13:13:21 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: And I'm 100% sure it's save data corruption. Deleting the save data solved the problem, and restoring it would reinstate the issue.
Feb 20, 2024 13:14:49 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Ironically, I re-joined NSO to protect my Ciel nosurge DX save data, which ended up not needing it. I haven't closed my Atelier Ayesha DX session and have set my save data backup to fully manual. And it's this seemingly stable game that ended up failing.
Feb 20, 2024 13:46:19 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I hope you haven't lost too much.
Feb 20, 2024 15:15:25 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: That's the entire save file, about 70 hours of progress, possibly gone. I wrote to KOEI TECMO GAMES about that, but last time I told them about a Firis DX bug they replied "we could reproduce, but game is too old to reopen development", so I'm not hopeful.
Feb 20, 2024 15:23:25 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I almost 100% completed everything other than the original game's DLC or the Plus features too. Though I guess with better knowledge of the extra bosses, I'll be better prepared in a hypothetical 2nd run. Still prefer a proper New Game+ though.
Feb 20, 2024 15:28:16 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wow, and after you put all that time into it. That would really sour my impression of a game. Do you plan to redo everything?
Feb 20, 2024 18:17:54 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I think I'll most likely move on for now. Maybe I'll get back to it in the future; I'm thinking about replaying everything in the series at some point (since a few games have second-playthrough-only bonuses), which might be years from now.
Feb 21, 2024 9:13:09 GMT -5