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The man who fears the unknown will one day take fright of his own backside.

Wed 5th September, 2012

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Frapp commented on Talking Point: A Virtual Console Revival Could...:

What planet are some of you guys on? The prices are monumentally high!

The Famicom 30th Anniversary prices were the correct ones for NES games – and saw great numbers shifted accordingly: 30 pence/30 cents.

When you look back at previous generations and their excellent compilations – like Taito Legends 1 & 2, the Midway Arcade Treasures, Capcom Classics, Sega Mega Drive Collection, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary, Metal Slug Anthology, SNK Vol 1, Konami's Arcade Classics on DS, and many more, most with tons of games on them and all released at very reasonable prices – you realise just how much publishers, and Nintendo in particular, are taking the mickey with these exorbitant prices.



Frapp commented on SteamWorld Dig Wii U Release Date and Pricing ...:

If there's no real new content then I shan't be double-dipping except for silly money in a sale. Excellent game that looks lovely on the 3DS with very nice 3D. Looking forward to the sequel, but I think the game is made for DLC.



Frapp commented on Retro Studios Ramps Up Recruitment for a Varie...:

Cannot agree about controls of Galaxy and especially Skyward Sword, which has exemplary motion controls. Prime 3 controls were fine, especially the aiming, but I did have a few pushing/pulling problems – nothing too major.

I'd argue that as a Nintendo 1st party developer, their first game for a new system – that's main selling point is an innovative new controller – absolutely should have featured some use of said controller.



Frapp commented on Retro Studios Ramps Up Recruitment for a Varie...:

@Kaze_Memaryu "The GamePad is an excellent tool in the right hands, and I can hardly imagine any comany utilizing it better than Retro."

Really? After their last game, which was hardly rushed out to retail, I can imagine just about every company utilizing it better than Retro.



Frapp commented on Feature: HD Remasters That Would Be Perfect fo...:

Hideous choices. Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion or Skyward Sword would be the most obvious games for Nintendo to do quick remasters for fast bucks. Moreover, there is exigence for a remaster of latter game, at least for PAL gamers, seeing as the end credits of European copies of Skyward suffered a terribly stuttering framerate. For me, Wave Race and F-Zero were both better on N64, and Eternal Darkness has that cloud over it regarding one of the writers being jailed for child porn.

Personally, I'd like to see these games that definitely deserve another shot at retail on Wii U:
1. Disaster: Day of Crisis
2. Chibi Robo
3. Excite Truck & Bots combo
4. Fire Emblem Path of Radiance & Radiant Dawn combo
5. Kid Icarus Uprising

It's probably going to be Sunshine, I think. Can't wait if so.



Frapp commented on Goodbye Galaxy Games Reveals First Teaser Imag...:

"it's been provided by composer Wiklund, who was apparently flattered by comments from members of the Nintendo Life community with regards to his work"
Guilty as charged. And I'll still keep praising him! Really excellent, melodic soundtrack.
Very intrigued by Hugo's new game here.



Frapp commented on Capcom's Latest Monster Hunter Figurine is Pur...:

For 17 grand I'd be expecting the armour to be made out of real Rathalos hide; it'd be no more fantastical than this price. The figurine is quite nice, but that stand looks like it's come free with a box of corn flakes.



Frapp commented on The Legend of Zelda Monopoly Dated for 15th Se...:

Nice playing pieces, but not impressed by that board. Couldn't they have found better quality images?
A game for a few people to keep hidden away, sealed in the hope that it's worth a lot one day to someone whom will do the same thing, which I've always thought as quite sad.



Frapp commented on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Delay in Europe...:

Of course it's a strategic decision. Every release date is a strategic decision. I seldom disagree with Nintendo with regard to their choices of release dates - it's some of their choices of price points that occasionally baffle.



Frapp commented on Video: The 10 Best Zelda Games As Selected By You:

Not bad overall. Legend of Zelda and The Minish Cap need to be much higher. I'd demote A Link To The Past a little and Twilight Princess somewhat. List is sorely missing the excellent Four Swords Adventures on GameCube. Zelda II isn't a bad game per se, but it's comfortably the worst Zelda game.



Frapp commented on Looks Like You Can Only Install 300 Games And ...:

The System Settings electronic manual on the PAL 3DS clearly states on section 20 (1: Nintendo 3DS Data Management):
"Note: You can save up to 300 Nintendo 3DS software titles. Add-on content and extra data may exceed 300 titles, but the data management screen can only display up to 300 titles."



Frapp commented on This Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Box Art May Get...:

Awful boxart. Amateur-hour stuff that could only be partially redeemed by being lenticular. It's by far the worst one in the series. They should have gone with the Japanese Monster Hunter 4 box.
Thankfully the game will be awesome, but if they're trying to nudge punters along the download route, then they're making the right moves with this assault on the eyes.
@Gerbwmu Capcom have stated there are no plans for a Wii U release this time.



Frapp commented on Review: The Letter (Wii U eShop):

At 0:38 in the video it states 'Why am I here?'

I found it quite eerie that they seemed able to read my thoughts, so perhaps it's a little unfair to say there is absolutely no suspense or horror in this game.

Regardless, perhaps a Gallic update could upgrade this to a French Letter – that might at least be interesting. As it stands, this is just junk mail.



Frapp commented on Nintendo of Europe Distributing Tomodachi Life...:

For crying out loud... I've only got getting on for 400 products registered on Club Nintendo going back to the Cube's launch day, have been a fan and owned countless Nintendo products since my first in 1980, have been a demonstrator for the company, and am a shareholder to boot. So can I get a demo code for this game that I'd love to own but can't now I've hit financial hard times? Can I ....!



Frapp commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

This is always the problem if you offer a selection of games to download – the risk that your customers won't be happy with the selection offered, or even that some already have all the games you're offering. It's at that point that it becomes not a reward, but a bit of a slap in the face for loyalty.

If there are no physical items available – implausible as that sounds – then a possible solution might be if they also offered the choice of a certain amount of eShop credit as an alternative.



Frapp commented on The NES Story Began On This Day 31 Years Ago:

Rare is indeed a British company. Before they started trading under the name of Rare Ltd, the founders Tim and Chris Stamper traded under the moniker Ultimate Play The Game. Jetpac was the first game from Ultimate in 1983, released on the ZX Spectrum 16K and BBC Micro and later ported to the Commodore VIC-20. It was a massive seller – something like a third of all Spectrum owners had a (legal) copy.
The Stampers got an early look at the Famicom, decided that's where the future would lie, set up a new company within Ultimate called Rare Ltd that would start Famicom development, sold Ultimate (name and catalogue of games) to US Gold in 1985, and continued under the Rare Ltd brand. I believe they bought back the Ultimate rights from US Gold a few years later.
During the two years in their Ultimate Play The Game guise they enjoyed almost god-like reverence by Spectrum owners.



Frapp commented on The NES Story Began On This Day 31 Years Ago:

Gameplay in combination with price (and novelty) is always going to be a good formula.
Britain had experienced a very heavy recession in the early 80s, the effects of which lasted in some parts of the country well into the late 80s. It's easy to overlook some things when they are the best you're going to be able to afford, or if they are simply the first time you could experience something like that in your own home.
The Spectrum launched in 1982 and was one of the very first affordable home computers in Britain. It made programming cool for a short while and was majorly responsible for the birth of the UK games industry. I myself learnt machine code and wrote and sold a couple of games on tape (26 copies!). Many of the famous names in European gaming you see today cut their teeth on the Spectrum or other computers of the time such as the Commodore 64 and the BBC Micro and Electron. The low price helped to generate a large userbase and the restrictive hardware encouraged programmers to find creative solutions. A good combination that made Spectrum software retain popularity, until the technological and bang-for-buck gulf to competitors started to become too great – around 1987/88 after the 16 bit Commodore Amiga and Atari ST were launched, and the Sega Master System and NES started to kick in.
With regards to your final question: in an audio-visual medium graphics and sound are always going to matter to some extent, but gameplay will always matter the most. Always.



Frapp commented on The NES Story Began On This Day 31 Years Ago:

@xj0462 "why was the ZX spectrum so popular in europe?"
A combination of affordable hardware and software, and an architecture that encouraged creativity – hence, a vast and greatly varied software library. I could easily pick a Top 50 Spectrum games list and each game would be substantially different, then I could pick another 50 list and the same would apply. And, without risk of exaggerating, probably another after that.



Frapp commented on The NES Story Began On This Day 31 Years Ago:

A very happy birthday! Still remember getting mine from a shop in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia a few months later. As a teenager in the early 80s I'd bought all my Game & Watches, handhelds and electronics gear from that marvellous shop run by a lovely Lebanese guy. I haggled a very good price for the Fami, bless him.

Brilliant little machine to have at launch, though the software didn't really start hitting its stride until a couple of years later. Consoles still had a bit of a stigma to them, and I have to say a good 80% of my gaming at home was done on my Spectrum – a machine that I still feel had one of the greatest libraries of all time. The release of the Disk Drive in 1986 is when things became really special for the Famicom and the games just kept on coming. So many great games.

I'm very grateful to have been there at the birth of gaming from the early 70s onwards, as there'll never be quite the same level of excitement again.



Frapp commented on Here's What Metroid's Samus Aran Would Look Li...:

This might be my favourite I've seen of anything Wil's ever done. Really lovely.

What ever happened to Smart Bomb? I remember seeing the cover to the second issue somewhere, but beyond that...nothing. Presume it never happened? Shame, if so.



Frapp commented on Wii U Version Of Project CARS Drops To The Bac...:

They can get stuffed. One of the original platforms the crowdfunded game was announced for gets shafted for two johnny-come-latelys? That's about as low as it gets. WAY worse than Ubi with Rayman Legends.



Frapp commented on Interview: Meet Naked War, The Wii Advance War...:

Thanks for the interview, it was a nice read.
I think I have just about every Spectrum game John and Ste have worked on. I never got around to playing Naked War - major shame about the proposed Wii version.
Hope Nintendo are reading and sort them out with a dev kit. These are seriously talented guys who make original games, who love Nintendo and should be making games for Nintendo systems.



Frapp commented on 3DS System Update 8.0.0-18 is Now Live:

As Dodger stated, the Mario clock is a DSi app so it temporarily disables spotpass and streetpass. Personally, it's also too busy for me – I just want a simple time display. It's not much too ask – it used to, and should, be built-in.
Like its owner! It does the job, though, and has a great battery life. I've got an iPad, so don't really see the need for a smartphone and I certainly cannot afford a contract at the moment.