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Veteran gamer. Loves gifs.

Male, United Kingdom

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

Wed 5th September, 2012

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FritzFrapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Jet Force Gemini:

One of my absolute favourite Rare/Ultimate games. Flawed in some respects, but majestic in others—its whole is certainly greater than the sum of its parts. I have particular fondness for the tough final battle with Mizar and the [now very politically incorrect] hysterical Jimmy Savile bit in the ending sequence.
Tragically, it never sold in great numbers so we shall never get a sequel or even HD remake that the game deserves, which is a major shame because the gameplay could really benefit from modern console horsepower.
A jet force gem.



FritzFrapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Turok: Rage Wars:

I think that's totally fair. There will never be a consensus on what to include or omit, and the debate will likely continue after the last game takes that final slot. For example, looking at sketchturner's list above, I could easily pick another fifteen games of mine I think deserving of an airing: World Driver Championship, The New Tetris, Ridge Racer 64, Bust-a-Move 3 DX, Wetrix, Rakuga Kids, Top Gear Rally 2, V-Rally '99, International Track & Field 2000, 64 Ozumo, Pokemon Puzzle League, Fighters Destiny, Yoshi's Story, Rayman 2, Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth. All which go to show that the N64 had a much better library—outside the widely appreciated classics from Nintendo themselves—than it is normally given credit for.
Congrats to you and Martin for this excellent feature—thoroughly enjoyable.



FritzFrapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Shadows of the Empire:

Only twelve slots remaining. Allowing for the obvious first and second party games still unaccounted for, some top third party games are going to be left out. There'll be tears!



FritzFrapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Bangai-O:

Been waiting for this one's appearance. Fabulous game from one of my favourite developers. The DS game is also excellent.



FritzFrapp commented on Bayonetta 2 in North America Comes With a Rath...:

I'm not even accidentally confused. This has NOTHING to do with the eShop. It doesn't matter if the digital version costs the same on the eShop, or ten times more or 90% less, or whatever adjustments they care to make to pricing – it's irrelevant.

In NA the retail version of Bayo 2 comes with Bayo 1 packed in for free, as shown on the box. If you are in Europe and also want Bayo 1 as well as Bayo 2 on disc, then you will have to pay more than you would for just Bayo 2 for the privilege. How is this hard to understand?



FritzFrapp commented on New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By...:

I'm not really sure what you're trying to say, as I wasn't really making much of a point, beyond stating published facts that show the Japanese do seem to have a preference for the larger screens of the 3DS XL/LL rather than the original 3DS, and that this hasn't always been the case with previous models. It will be interesting to see the amount of Monster Hunter LL models that were sold, but over the coming weeks it will be easier to discern whether the larger screens/form factor or exclusive design were more important reasons for purchase.

"Likewise, the 3DS has grabbed Japan's attention while other regions have stuck almost exclusively to other mobile devices."
You need to read my second paragraph again, especially the third sentence. Your statement has little grounding with regards to actual figures.



FritzFrapp commented on New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By...:

Interesting. Flicking through Nintendo's annual reports shows that the Game Boy Micro sold roughly 50% better in Europe/Aus (870k) and North America (950k) than Japan (610k). However, the DSi XL/LL sold roughly 150% better in NA (5.85m) and 100% in Europe/Aus (4.73m) than Japan (2.35m).

I wonder what it is about the 3DS XL/LL that the Japanese like so much? It's been selling 33% more – to June 2014 – in Japan than the rest of the world. The figures for the original 3DS are much more even throughout the regions.

Anyway, regular white with face plates for me, all the way.



FritzFrapp commented on Video: Another Neat 1-UP Trick Has Been Found ...:

That's very interesting. I sold my Fami some years ago so I can't try for myself on actual hardware. I'll have to download the rom and give that a go some time.
It's funny how you can play a game literally well over a hundred times – as is my case with this one – and never get so much as a sniff of some of these tricks.

I'm not a massive fan of speed runs and exploits per se, but I enjoyed this one.



FritzFrapp commented on Video: New Nintendo 3DS Unboxing And Hands On:

It wouldn't be Nintendo, though, would it?
Yeah, I agree with some of that. I'm not too crazy about the position of the power button.
Besides the obvious region-free, the thing I miss most about the DS was the symmetrical screens. Several of my favourite DS games use the book position for play and it's a shame we'll never get that on the 3DS – would have loved twin wide screens. However, despite all that, the new 3DS does seem like their best handheld yet. There are many positives. I can't wait to get my hands on one.



FritzFrapp commented on Bayonetta 2 in North America Comes With a Rath...:

@scamander @ikki5
Your source figures are wrong. NoE's suggested retail price (SRP) of the two disc version in Europe is £49.99 in the UK and €59.99 in the EU.
The pre-tax UK price is £39.99 GBP which equates to $63.55 USD/$71.83 CAD/€50.27 EUR.
The pre-tax EU price is €47.99 EUR which equals $60.62 USD/$68.61 CAD/£38.17 GBP – as often, the EU gets a slightly better deal than the UK.

However, this is all irrelevant. The fact is that North America is getting a game bundled for free, whereas Europeans will have to pay a ten pound/euro surcharge for it, retailer discounts excepted; all for the joy of having an awkward sized box with a nasty, big USK logo on it.