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FireHorsePrime

FireHorsePrime

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Male, 47, United States

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#1

FireHorsePrime commented on One Man Is Bringing The N64 Kicking And Scream...:

For those complaining about not enough Virtual Console options, keep in mind that the library of Nintendo games is so huge, they could literally supply us with games for the 3DS and Wii U for years. Just the NES catalog has over 700 games. This is counter productive to their intent on bringing newer games that use the hardware more efficiently and with greater spectacle than what the older systems provide. Fan favorites like Mario, Zelda and Metroid are already available, which is a given. But they need 3rd party support and they won't get it if they flood their own landscape with older titles that take revenue away via vc game sales, from developers who want to make new games for their systems. Don't get me wrong, I love VC and would enjoy HD versions of titles that are expensive to acquire in the collectors market, which is why I bought Earthbound on the Wii U, a cartridge that normally goes for close to $100 and close to $500 NIB (new in box). But the resale market is still the best way to get the games you loved again that have not arrived on VC. Part of that is publishers and developers go belly-up, or contractual arrangements between developer parties inhibits resale (i.e. Banjo Kazooie will never make it to a Nintendo console again) so it's not like Big N can flip a switch and give us what we want just because it was on an older console. Many N64 titles on the Wii are a viable alternative, albeit not in HD, but they've been upscaled. I personally see DS games starting to show up by the end of the year, with some popular out of print titles like Chrono Trigger making it to the E-Shop. But don't hold your breath for a huge library of games, the Wii U is struggling and the only thing that's going to save it is brand new killer games. Otherwise consumers will flock to the other guys.

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#2

FireHorsePrime commented on One Man Is Bringing The N64 Kicking And Scream...:

Are those supposed to be screen shots of the units output? Looks the same to me. Unless this board actually forces the unit to remap textures and the reality signal processor to HD resolutions, rather than just a signal upgrade, I can't see it making much of a difference. It might remove interlacing and aliasing (which would be a nice thing) but it won't ad resolution, with an effect similar to what we see with Super Nintendo games on Wii U VC. They look great, but they are still blocky 16bit images. I bought an HDMI upscaler for my N64 and the improvement was minimal even while using the SVideo output, and the dithering and interlacing was so prominent, I just ended up buying a used Sony Trinitron CRT to play my N64 in glorious standard definition. The TV was a steal at $20 and looks amazing actually. A much simpler solution, no soldering required, and you're keeping TV's out of landfills. If it's really a serious upgrade, the bulk of their buyers would be the modders who have the technical know-how and can install and sell the units on E-Bay. They would be pricey though. Average would be close to a new console now I would think.

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#3

FireHorsePrime commented on Pokémon Movies And TV Shows Coming To Netflix...:

Dennō Senshi Porygon!!!

Anybody else remember episode thirty eight of Pokemon Anime? Would be cool if they offered it, but not without a disclaimer of course, that is if it's not edited.

I love Netflix on my 3DS but audio is in mono, which ruins musicals and sound effects heavy Sci Fi. Still, it's nice to know I can catch up on the Pokemon craze from the beginnings.

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#4

FireHorsePrime commented on Month Of Kong: The Making Of Donkey Kong Country:

Thank you for this! Rare has always been an enigmatic yet magical company in my eyes and you have helped me see the forest through the trees, so to speak. Banjo Kazooie won my heart instantly, and from then on I was hooked on their games. While I love the FPS genre, Goldeneye's learning curve turned me off a little, but Perfect Dark is a title I joyously return to on my new (used) Jungle Green N64, despite the controls perhaps being even harder. Along with DK64 waiting to be played as well, anytime I can find a used copy of a Rare game, I snatch it up. Just like acquiring my N64, a used SNES is also in my future JUST to play Rare games since Microsoft now owns their catalog and I'm not about to give them more of my money, that is unless they commission Rare to make a new game, that's inspired and as joyous as their legacy titles. Once again, thank you.

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#5

FireHorsePrime commented on Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Servic...:

@Kolzig I doubt they will port MPH or Mario Kart DS to the Wii U because they've got MK8 coming and (speculatively) a new Metroid. But it would have been cool to play with others through the Wii U, combining online play with DS users, 3DS users and Wii and Wii U users. Four consoles linked together in various formats through virtual console, and native cartridges. But that would just be too much trouble for Nintendo I guess. Their marketing teams have already determined that's not what we want. It's a shame however that Nintendo used to stimulate our imaginations with off the wall products that didn't make much profit but they gave it a chance and we loved the variety. Where did that passion for new interactive experiences go? Sad.

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#6

FireHorsePrime commented on Investor Wants Nintendo To Create Mobile Title...:

I HATE playing games on my smartphone! I have some well rated titles too and as much as I tried, the touch screen does not work! I also rarely get in-game upgrades because of one bad experience. N.O.V.A. was one such purchase, and when I bought the unlock for the game, it never registered. I contacted the developer's customer support line and they said to uninstall and re-install, but I still got stuck in the same area and couldn't move forward. Still, the touch screen is not accurate enough for any action game, at least not for most of us with big hands or fat fingers. Fast reflexes require accurate and responsive controls and touch screens are not capable of it. Additionally I would feel that MY investment in Nintendo was diminished if I started seeing people play games like Super Mario 64 or Luigi's Mansion on their smartphones. Let them have Fruit Ninja or Angry Birds, the fact that so many great games are ONLY available on Nintendo hardware adds to their value. Additionally, the popularity of the 3DS is proof that people would rather have a dedicated portable gaming machine. I'm glad I can play Zelda or Metroid on my 3DS, not only because they look fantastic, but I can get calls and texts on my phone without interrupting my game. Sure there's money to be made for everything popular, but it doesn't necessarily make it right. Need I remind anyone what fossil fuels are doing this planet? Ultimately I think Nintendo needs to stay out of the mobile arena because it's for losers who are bored while riding on the train or the bus, not for serious gamers who take value in their game collections, their hardware or the legacy that the likes of Nintendo has created for us all. Tablets are a little closer to quality, but still the controls are an issue, and for a device intended for reading books and balancing your checkbook, playing Nintendo games on it would feel like eating Kobe steak on a paper plate.

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#7

FireHorsePrime commented on Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Servic...:

You know my faith in the big N is diminishing. One rule of business is, you can't really play it safe and succeed. They are playing it too safe, cutting off one artery to feed another. I scream foul. They need to stop sitting on that five billion they've got locked away in their vaults and EXPAND! You have to think big to be big, but Nintendo is thinking small. TOO SMALL!

It's a shame they are doing this BEFORE bringing DS titles to the Wii U! They are going to alienate players even more. Metroid Prime Hunters still has a huge on-line following and since ther isn't even a follow up for the game on the 3DS (unlike Mario Fart!) fans will not be happy about losing that functionality. There's even a thriving Facebook page devoted to the game and people swap their codes and schedule matches regularly. I am a bit torn personally. I never played much of the game on-line, but it's nice to know it's there. I was hoping that eventually they would bring the game to the Wii U and we could play it on-line with other DS users, expanding the audience for the title but I guess that was a waste of brain power on my part. Whatever Nintendo. Whatever!

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#11

FireHorsePrime commented on Talking Point: NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed...:

I could maybe see some success with a "Ring System". The NFC code contained in rings you can wear or put on a pendant. I'm not talking big plastic Cracker Jack rings, but well made jewelry. They would come in all sorts of collectible designs and maybe even have adult sizes for older players. What they would do is up to the game or even Nintendo. The obvious app would be something of Lord of the Rings. But I see a broader audience for this. Adventures would definitely be well suited for tracking players and interactions on-line. If you could assign your NFC code to your Mii, playing with others on compatible titles would be just a matter of swiping your ring. I could see this opening up a new dimension to Nintendo that would expand their merchandise market in a new direction. But something tells me they've thought of this already. My take on this is based on the fact that kids are enjoying interactive gameplay with their friends using their skylanders/infinity figures. For the NFC take it down a notch and give the user something they can transport easier than a collection of figurines.

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#14

FireHorsePrime commented on Hacking Group Claims To Have Discovered Wii U ...:

@theadrock13 I understand what you're saying but I have to point out that Nintendo has never had top tier hardware, with the possible exception of the N64 which was kind of a fluke/mutant/gamble all rolled into one. The NES was not top of the line tech when it was released, they just had larger and better games than what you could find on the other 8 bit systems, and with Sega's 16bit genesis there was no comparison. As the Genesis wasn't technically strong enough, the Amiga and Atari ST were blazing through 16bit gaming by the time the SNES arrived. The Gamecube was trying to be a playstation without DVD, and the Wii was a control gimmick that paid off but still the hardware wasn't revolutionary. Nintendo has never been on the forefront of technology, but they HAVE been at the forefront of providing great games, and that should always be their focus. I just hope that games can pull the Wii U out of it's rut because it's getting very sad to watch.

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#15

FireHorsePrime commented on Hacking Group Claims To Have Discovered Wii U ...:

Nintendo will just brick the console if there's any hint of corruption. Not to mention your e-shop account will probably be DOA. Not worth it just to play burns of Super Mario Galaxy or run emulators. I buy my games legitimately and there are still so many I haven't gotten to yet. But some people need more more more and without paying for it. Sad.

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#19

FireHorsePrime commented on The Keep Getting Ready to Explore the 3DS eSho...:

I try not to let my expectations get the best of me anymore where games are concerned. Seems like the hype is never equal to the reality, with a few exceptions (Bravely Default) so I will wait for your review. Let's just hope it's got a lot of content, great visuals and music.

@Kroisos
It's too early to tell, not even a teaser screen shot. My mind is thinking "Skyrim" on the 3DS, but with no open world environments, just dungeons. I could be wrong, and hope I am, as long as whatever they're doing is epic. I have Rytmik Retrobits for DSiWare and love it. Been considering buying the other music apps as they are really a lot of fun and sound good.

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#20

FireHorsePrime commented on Review: Jet Force Gemini (Nintendo 64):

Bought this one new on the day of release and as much as I wanted to like it, I just couldn't. It's a gorgeous game and some elements were fun, but the controls were frustrating and for me, immersion is the first step to a great game. If I can't fall into it like I'm falling into bed, it's not going to happen. JFG is a gem but unless you've got the patience to devote to it, it might as well be a brick.

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#22

FireHorsePrime commented on Console Wars Book Paves The Way For Movie Writ...:

If Seth Rogan has anything to do with it, count me out. He's a talentless smudge of an entertainer who's capitalized on the sloth generation of pot smokers and internet trolls and I don't find anything he's done to be funny or entertaining. Why not someone who's got a bit more tech under his belt, and was a 20 something at the time of the actual wars, say Jon Favreau (Iron Man) or J.J. Abrams? Not this jockstrap of a human being...

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#23

FireHorsePrime commented on Month Of Kong: The Making Of Diddy Kong Racing:

I ignored DKRacing when it was first released, writing it off as a MKart clone. But after having reacquired an N64 a few months ago and deciding I was going to focus on best loved games for my retro collection, I saw the game was above MK on many Greatest Hits lists, so I bought a used copy and now I'm totally in love with it, and have no intention of getting a replacement copy of Mario Kart. Truly one of the best racing games ever.

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#24

FireHorsePrime commented on Bravely Default Producer Outlines a Continued ...:

I honestly didn't consider getting this game but was saving my money for Chrono Trigger DS and then thought it would be nice to play a current title for a change, and so I picked it up and haven't put it down. I just finished the introduction level and started chapter one (I'm a slow gamer) and it's beautiful.

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#25

FireHorsePrime commented on NPD Data Shows More U.S. Gamers Switching to D...:

@SuperMarioBros3 I bought a 16gb SD card for my flame red 3DS that I've carred with me through two additional upgrades. It's now in my Zelda 3DS XL which stores all my games including Link Between Worlds, and over 20 other games and I still have 90000 blocks. VC games don't take that much space and when it comes to new games, there's still plenty of room. But yes, physical is better in the long run. I made sure to pick up the cartridge for Bravely Default.

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#27

FireHorsePrime commented on NPD Data Shows More U.S. Gamers Switching to D...:

I would like to point out that gamers should continue to urge publishers to release physical discs of their games. They have collectible and monetary value and we should always buy physical when we can. However I DID just purchase a 320gb HD for my 360 so I can download free games with gold and remixed HD classics like REZ that can't be found anywhere else without a heafty price tag and/or needing the original console it was released on.

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#30

FireHorsePrime commented on Developer Interview: PhobosLab on XType Plus, ...:

This is why I'm faithful to Nintendo. They embrace innovation and new things, new ideas, all while keeping a strong grip on in what's established. They don't have to coddle huge studios to keep their brand relevant, and somewhere in the mix we will find a new Psygnosis, or Rareware ready to take the lead with their hardware. Nice!

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#36

FireHorsePrime commented on Review: ZombiU (Wii U):

This review is so completely wrong that I really don't know where to start. Zombi U is a confused, frustrating and ugly mess of a game, with poor controls that are disguised as "unique gameplay", environments that are dull, AI that often refuses to give you a fighting chance, and finally, a poorly coded game with hidden glitches that force you to lose your progress. I played this game for about a month's time, even restarting and getting used to the controls so I could say I mastered the game. I WANTED To like Zombi U! But after finding my shortcuts gone after dying during the final sequence, then on my second play through getting trapped by a glitch in a safe room in Buckingham palace where the only thing I could do at all was quit the game, I unflinchingly decree Zombi U is one of the worst games ever made.

I defend my abilities as well, for these factors have nothing to do with my ability to master a game, and everything to do with a substandard experience that has been said was rushed to launch, but I think it was intentionally "dumbed-down" for the very purpose of getting it out there. As in the old 8 -bit days, tough controls and the need to backtrack environments were used to compensate for lack of content, but to find that in a game today is a slap in the face to those of us who put faith into the game companies who provide these entertainments at the prices they do, to give us the most bang for our buck. In the end, Zombie U could have been done much cheaper in 2D on a mobile device and called "Bash the Zombies", because that's all it is.

But getting onto the subject of expectations, I think at this stage in the technology of gaming we have a right to expect a game experience to be fluid, varied, logical with a lot of content, and bug free. But Zombi U is NONE of those things, and I personally resent anyone saying my expectations are out of line for this game or that I just can't handle it. I played by Zombi U's rules, I gave it as much time anyone could, and it was still disappointing.

For those who defend this game, save it. I've been there, I know what's wrong with it, I know it could have been better, it could have been bug-free, it could have been fun. But just like the story of the Emperor's New Clothes, there are always people who defend crap, because they don't want to admit they are eating crap, and try to convince the rest of us it isn't crap. BUT ZOMBI U IS CRAP!

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#38

FireHorsePrime commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Direct Pointed to Anot...:

Lately I can't help feeling that Nintendo has been positioning themselves as a subordinate in a market they have reluctantly dominated for almost 30 years. Taking a back seat with unexpected technological offerings such as the cartridge format for N64 (when optical was feasible and would have yielded greater games and knocked Sony out of the ballpark), but they seem to invariably nurture the competition by taking conservative strides in the hardware wars. Could it be because their friends and neighbors work for the competition? Keeping it friendly isn't really progressive, but I suppose it is what it is, but this time it's failing to work in their favor. With all the virtual console offerings I'm tempted to call the Wii U - "Wii U Turn". Meanwhile the PS4 is looking more and more attractive. By September when "Destiny" arrives, if there isn't anything equally amazing on the Wii U for me, I may start to budget for other platforms. Right after I finish Metroid Fusion. :-)

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#39

FireHorsePrime commented on Soapbox: A Case For The Defence: Castlevania 64:

To be fair I have to admit I didn't read your review completely, but I will. I just wanted to say I had this game when it was originally released and was sadly disappointed, particularly in the lack of music after such a fantastic score in Symphony of the Night, which brought the romanticism of vampire lore into the series magnificently. But that's not all. I thought the controls were terrible and I was not swept away by what should have been a rich and powerful gaming experience. Perhaps if I wasn't so ticked off, I would have given the game more of a chance, but I wrote it off fairly quickly and have no regrets. It's one thing to give props to an interactive experience based on what it is on it's own, and I can see your appreciation for this game is fairly strong. But it was not fair using the Castlevania universe up to that point to throw a curve ball at those of us who were in love with the side scrolling series. That's not to say I wasn't ready for a change. When I found out they were making it for the 64 I was elated, and ready for an epic 3D experience with fun monsters and great music. What I felt I got was a slap in the face by the publishers who seem to have the attitude..."We're going in this direction now, so if you don't like it, play one of the older games". Where I come from that's called "Bait and Switch" and nothing diminishes my loyalty more. I'm sorry to say I've been jaded ever since. I have not played another Castlevania game published after Symphony of the Night, and I really don't plan to.

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#41

FireHorsePrime commented on KORG M01D:

Sorry to see there hasn't been an update to this article, as the M01D has been released, I have it and think it's totally worth the money if you're a musician and want something to make professional quality music with on your 3DS. While it doesn't utilize the systems graphics hardly at all (one color scheme, no visualizations, 3D is hardly used) the application is very easy to pick up and start making music with. Probably the best reason for putting this workstation on the 3DS, the kaos pad is very well implemented, with 29 different scalings and multiple configurations for each. While the resolution of the notes is relative to the size of your patterns (called "Scenes"), they can be adjusted per scene from 1 to 64 events. With eight discreet instruments (one rhythm) playing one of over 300 tones, and each with adjustable attack and release parameters, the possibilities are almost limitless, and, they truly do become limitless if you export your song to Midi Format and load it into your studio DAW to add your own gear and patches to the mix. Serious power in the palm of your hand. I love it.

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#43

FireHorsePrime commented on Congo Calling's Bandi Mbubi Urges Gamers To Pr...:

Thanks for posting this. I heard that Nintendo was under the microscope with organizations like Greenpeace, now it's much clearer to be sure. I like his approach that we should use our tech as a means of reaching out and education, not demonizing it. There is a flow to the universe and death is just as much of a part of life. We cannot judge Nintendo, only encourage them to be as gentle and caring about how they obtain their materials as they are about keeping violent or disturbing content out of their games where children are concerned. This is why I love Nintendo games, where anyone, young and old can play. Judging them is the last thing we should do, or summon dark clouds over their products (as another member did at the beginning of this thread). If we are to throw stones, let us throw them at ourselves for what we are doing to our oceans and our environment, because we need petrol belching trucks to deliver organic yogurt to our favorite health food stores. There should be no blame here, only awareness and letting our favorite game company know we care what we hold in our hands.

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#44

FireHorsePrime commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 13t...:

Bayonetta looks as messy as Wonderful 101. Ick. Would prefer to play Metroid Fusion on my 3DS, but it is what it is. I WILL have it either way. Peppy caught my attention immediately. WHAT A TEASER!!! Will have to look into the game, but I'm not into Pay as you Play, unless of course it's Moon Chronicles. THAT looks like fun!

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#45

FireHorsePrime commented on Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio & Super Retro Advan...:

I have a retro-bit N64 wireless and the memory pak adapter doesn't work and the company said it doesn't when I wrote them back, forcing me to use the original controller. I already have a genesis and with the virtual console options expanding on the Nintendo E-Shops, I won't be getting this and probably won't be buying anything from Retro-bit either.

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#47

FireHorsePrime commented on Review: Mario Bros. (3DS eShop / NES):

Lol! In many ways I'm glad this one got a 4, as it's just one more virtual console game I don't have to buy. I have been collecting the classics but when it comes to the arcade ports and 8-bit groundlings, I'm seriously putting a cap on my spending. I think I will give SMB2 and 3 (when it's released) my last bit of virtual cash, but these games from the early days have worn out their welcome for me.

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#50

FireHorsePrime commented on Review: 3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Ma...:

Your reviews of the Sega 3D Classics are brilliant. I have Sonic and Ecco and will be getting Galaxy Force II or Shinobi soon. Haven't decided yet which I will spend my money on, but you've helped me narrow down the choices considerably, if, I don't just buy them all. I just hope M2 and Sega do not stop here, like Nintendo did with their 3D NES Classics which hasn't seen a new release in years.