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Frapp

Frapp

Veteran gamer

Male, United Kingdom

Freelancer. Ex-The Economist, ex-BBC, ex- a lot of things.

Joined:
Wed 5th September, 2012

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Frapp

#4

Frapp commented on Book Review: Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Br...:

Not heard of this series of books before, but after reading a longer excerpt at Kotaku, I'm very interested in picking up a copy of this SMB 2 book some time soon.
I have always loved this game and much prefer it to the seminal game that followed. I hope Nintendo take the Mario series down a different road once more.
Thanks for the review, Tim.

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#7

Frapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: F-Zero X:

After your server probs, are you guys going to be able to retrieve and put back everyone's reviews for this one? If not, I've got the old page still open as a tab on my browser and can paste them in the comments box below.

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#8

Frapp commented on Video: Here Are Some Cool Facts Around the DS:

The DS family are probably my favourite gaming machines of all time. The library is truly fantastic and I'll still be collecting DS games when I'm 60. I personally didn't learn anything new from the vid, though, apart from the fact that I hate that guy's voice and reading with a passion.

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#11

Frapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Wave Race 64:

Special, special game that pushed the N64. Great looking, sounding and especially playing, Wave Race 64 is one of my favourites. Great fun.
This and the F-Zero series desperately deserve new entries – if Nintendo aren't up for it then I wish they'd let Monster Games or Sumo Digital have a shot.

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#17

Frapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Excitebike 64:

Does anyone know what the developers Left Field are working on now, if anything? it's been 3 years since Mayhem 3D. Their website hasn't been updated in ages.

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#20

Frapp commented on Nintendo Direct: New Nintendo 3DS Models Comin...:

Great news for the eternally dumped on Aussies. Also, even better chance now that Europe will also get the white Super Famicom model.
Just watch Reggie get those buttons coloured purple for you US and Canadian gamers.

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#23

Frapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Banjo-Kazooie:

I don't share quite the same opinion about this one.
Great humour and technically very good, apart from the ropey camera, I had quite a lot of fun with this game, and enjoyed the interesting gameplay dynamics that the two characters threw up, but I didn't like the focus on collecting at all. I completed it to 100%, but felt strangely ambivalent about the game. Having been a huge Rare fan since their debut on the Spectrum as Ultimate, the cracks in the Rare glaze that had started to show with DK Country were wide open for me now. With the exceptions of Jet Force Gemini and the majestic Perfect Dark, I disliked everything they came up with after BK. This was the start of the slide to where they are now, in my eyes.
A good, but flawed game some way short of the highs they reached with the seminal GoldenEye and Diddy Kong Racing.

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#26

Frapp commented on Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiri...:

Nice to see NL picking this story up.

Seeing the games list again, I've got some fond memories of playing Charlie Ninja one rainy Sunday in Soho twenty years ago. It's a 2D side-scrolling play on GunSmoke, but with a goofy ninja. Later levels are a bit Metal Sluggy/Cyber-Lip-esque and I remember one level was based on American Football with cheerleaders. Short, but pretty sweet. I must download it in MAME for another blast through.

Would be lovely if something comes of this eventually.

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#28

Frapp commented on Nintendo Download: 25th September (Europe):

I see the euro to pound conversion rates on eShop continue to be hilariously random.

Re: Two Tribes (above) – the publishing company is unaffected. Looking forward to seeing how Rive is progressing from Collin and Martijn and their new rebooted development studio.

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#29

Frapp commented on Animal Crossing Content Is Coming To Monster H...:

@JaxonH said: "I think this is charity to Capcom to help them sell a few more copies."
I think it's rather more symbiotic than that. So far we've got Nintendo's Zelda and Animal Crossing, Sega's Sonic, and Namco's Taiko Drum Master series all making an appearance in Capcom's Monster Hunter – one of Japan's biggest games of the year. With the pressure that console and handheld gaming is facing from smartphones, it's imperative that this game does well – for Capcom, for the other publishers, and for the Japanese gaming industry.

@Beetlejuice said: "If this happened once or twice, ok, but now we have three upcoming games (that we know about) that are getting these Nintendo-themed items/characters shoehorned into them for no other reason than to try and squeeze a few extra dollars out of people. It may have been a special bonus at one point, but if they keep doing it at this same rate its going to become very lame quickly."
Some very valid points there. It may be a good business initially, but there's a limit to how much the gaming public will accept. I'm very uneasy about Nintendo going down this path as they could easily go too far. We'll see.

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#30

Frapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Pilotwings 64:

@MegaWatts
Found a vid to relive the horror:

Funny, it doesn't look quite so bad watching someone else do it, but lining up those photos correctly and landing perfectly was a real nightmare.
Enjoying the 64 feature a lot. Hope to see some of my other faves. :-)

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#31

Frapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Pilotwings 64:

@Nintenjoe64
Long overdue. 100 percenting this game was a good challenge. I vaguely remember the hang-glider mission (where you had to photo the space shuttle, the cruise ship and the Nessie monster, I think?) causing some real grief. Marvellous game.

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#33

Frapp commented on Animal Crossing Content Is Coming To Monster H...:

I'm not a fan of crossovers generally, especially if they jar too much, but they're hardly new.
There have a been loads of crossovers – the first one I can remember was Bomb Jack appearing in Solomon's Key; there were Rathalos and Tigrex from Monster Hunter in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker; Everybody's Golf 2 on the PS had Gex and characters from Twisted Metal; Tony Hawks games have had several in there like Darth Maul, Wolverine, Jango Fett and Kelly Slater; Ridge Racer had the hornet car from Sega's Daytona USA; there were Minecraft bits in Borderlands 2. The list goes on and on.
I'm not a fan of this stuff being in Monster Hunter, particularly that Sonic reveal, but it does seem to be getting mostly positive feedback looking around the net this morning. Obviously the intent is to shift more hardware and software, and if it achieves that then I can overlook how much it grates with me.

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#34

Frapp commented on Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop):

@Plutonian @gatorboi352

I echo what you said. I will never understand the notion that sex is more offensive than excessive violence. The game is full of quite brutal moments with enemies tortured, decapitated, ripped to pieces and so on, and yet this is hardly touched upon – the focus is on the fact that the game has some partial nudity and mild suggestiveness, whilst this is going on.
Crazy.

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#37

Frapp commented on Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop):

Damo said: 'it's always good form (in my opinion, and clearly Tom's, too) to take the time to describe what the game is about...'

Absolutely, regardless of whether your readership numbers in the hundreds or reaches six figures.

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#42

Frapp commented on Mario Kart 64:

Never owned this, mostly due to the rubbish PAL conversion, but from what I played of it while dossing around my local HMV, I found it much more enjoyable than the SNES game, which left me cold. In my opinion, there were much better racers on the N64 in the form of World Driver Championship, F-Zero X, DKR, Ridge 64, Wave Race, Pod Racer and a few others.

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#44

Frapp commented on Review: Super Mario Ball (Wii U eShop / Game B...:

Surprisingly favourable review for this one from Fuse Games/Silverball Studios, in my opinion. I think it's a duffer. However, their next pinball games, Metroid Prime Pinball and Pinball Pulse, were absolutely stellar.