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Wed 23rd Jul 2008

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KingMike commented on Review: The Adventures of Bayou Billy (Wii U e...:

I remember watching the commercial for the Japanese version. "Mad City is a triple-hard action game."
I'm sure many know they made Bayou Billy even harder. (like in Mad City, you had a life bar in the driving stages)



KingMike commented on Fangamer Launches Legends Of Localization Book...:

Apparently there's a "deluxe" edition and a "limited deluxe" edition. Both include the "passport" book but the former it seems is not a limited-print offer.
He didn't limit himself to "just" the NES versions though, he did include differences with all the re-releases like the GameCube and VC.
Originally the book was supposed to be about both NES games but he found enough to talk about to split Zelda II into its own book later.

Tomato is also known for video game fan-translations including Star Ocean 1 (the original version, not the officially-released PSP remake) and Mother 3.



KingMike commented on The Man Responsible For Sega's Blast Processin...:

So the advantage of that feature was to draw static screens?
I don't quite see how it would help Sonic perform the Spin Dash (as Sega is most remembered for advertising BP as what made the newly-introduced iconic move possible in Sonic 2).



KingMike commented on Video: Remembering Bubsy The Bobcat, The 16-bi...:

I remember Aero was actually pretty good despite huge difficulty, though by the end of the game it turned into a Battletoads-level amount of non-platforming.

They tried to bring him back by porting the first game to GBA but I think that port suffered from slippery controls and bad aspect ratio.



KingMike commented on Square Enix Confirms Details of Gorgeous Final...:

Since Black Friday has earned the name Black Eye Friday from me for the violence it has encouraged, I should go and if I punch sue Nintendo for damage!

But DLC huh... I wonder if the Final Fantasy 1 eShop remake is also planned. I believe that was originally a bonus for first-print Japanese copies.



KingMike commented on Target Reservation Cards Re-Affirm Fire Emblem...:

Nintendo of A-meme-ica needs two games to fit all the memes in.

Because of DLC, I don't think expect you to pay TWICE.
... just 1.5x is good enough.

I should get around to playing the Japanese digital version to find out how it works. Do you get both at once, or is it you choose one path at the branch point (effectively turning the game into one of the single games) and then have to buy the other as DLC? Giving both paths to digital purchases would seem at least fair enticement away from physical.



KingMike commented on CyberGadget's Ridiculously Well-Equipped Retro...:

@Mogster N64 emulation is still pretty crappy, especially when not written by Nintendo itself (VC).

@MarkyVigoroth The original Famicom used a unique port for expansion controllers, but the newer (AV) Famicom used the same ports as the NES (though without support for the Zapper, etc.) for the main controllers (though it has an original FC port on the side). Thus Famicom dogbones are the same as NES (though I assume the controller cord is significantly shorter).



KingMike commented on Rejoice, The Wii U Has Finally Outsold Sega's ...:

10 million worldwide would still make it Nintendo's worst-selling home console yet, with only the Virtual Boy selling worse. ... and presumably the Pokemon Mini.

To people who thought the 3DS was going to turn into a color VB after it came out, the system has actually sold more than the SNES/SFC.



KingMike commented on A Different Mother 2 Cartridge Has Recently Su...:

Anyone asking what's different about the cart: because it looks more like the Nintendo Powerfest '94 carts, which were T-shaped (with the pin connector on the bottom, and a flat top that spreads across the top of the console).
That is assuming that label side is the TOP of the cartridge, which what it looks like, rather than the FRONT



KingMike commented on VS. Excitebike Launches Into Some Races Very S...:

@Kobeskillz The track editor in the cartridge version was designed to save to a data cassette tape recorder that was only released in Japan. According to the US manual, it was left it because they said they might support it later (by releasing an NES version of the tape drive) but they didn't. (the tape drive, as well as the FDS itself, the Famicom BASIC programming software and the keyboard for Family BASIC were all made as part of Nintendo's backup plan to repackage the NES as a cheap PC called the AVS in the US, but none got released here.
The disk version saves because it writes the custom track data to the disk.



KingMike commented on Ninterview: Dave Higgins And The Quest For A C...:

He already answered my question about Hammerin' Harry.
I saw one on ebay several years ago for only like $20 and considered buying it (I had heard it a potentially rare game), but it looked in pretty terrible condition (that was water on the label, right...?)



KingMike commented on Video: Say Hello To The SNES Game Which Ships ...:

@retro_player_22 You'd have to have considered the release dates of the SNES and GB versions of Space Invaders.
The Japanese version of GB SI was released in 1990 (so it did not have this SGB mode) and the Super Famicom version was released in 1994.
In the west, the GB version was released in 1994 and the SNES was not released until 1998, so unless you imported you wouldn't have been able to play the SNES version until a few years after the GB.



KingMike commented on Rumour: Rodea the Sky Soldier Release Pushed B...:

A shame but oh well, I got plenty to play until then. Hope it'll be worth the wait.

Until then I guess I should buy the world's greatest hoodie! (I swear that is the one thing that CONSTANTLY comes up on the Sponsored Links here)



KingMike commented on Reminder: Grab a Mythical Diancie in Pokémon...:

I guess Diancie is supposed to be Kalos mythical Pokemon? (and it looks like indeed it was originally released in Japan last year through local wireless for X/Y)
So it's ridiculous you can't get one with a Kalos game (I suppose Nintnedo didn't want players doubling up. Still a shame that once ORAS was released XY was basically thrown under the bus.)
Then again, I think Nintendo Network uses some kind of lockout that prevents you from getting more than one on the same console? (it does warn you that if lose connection during the gift transmission, you lose that gift forever)



KingMike commented on Video: Take A Drip Down Memory Lane With Game ...:

@PlywoodStick The FF enemy's name was likely intentionally changed to avoid trademark issues with the cigarette company it was obviously referencing.

I've wondered if the second game was canceled because it was so close to the PS1 launch (it was scheduled for September 1994, PS launched in December). It was close enough that at some point an ad was produced that I think even gave a price as well as Nintendo serial ID code. The only thing that stands out as incomplete is that the music seems to be broken in the full ending.

@TheWPCTraveler Yes, Sony was once a third-party publisher. Outside of a couple games like this and SNES puzzle-action-RPG Equinox, most of what they released was mediocre-to-bad and possibly why Sega was interested in supporting the PS.
A couple Sony Famicom that are almost hilariously bad: Paris-Dakar Rally Special, a game that just can't decide what it wants to be. I think it might include a couple top-down racing levels (like you'd expect) but also at least one shmup and a sidescroller, and the opening level is a text adventure.
And Captain Ed is a shooter, I think. But I couldn't get very far because it's probably the only shooter where you have to worry about the ship running out of fuel. I swear I clicked every option in the menu but I can't buy from the space gas station.
But in the 16-bit era, they were your typical license-game maker except of course their games were Sony movie games. Though 16-bit Hook was supposedly decent, unlike the NES version AVGN reviewed.



KingMike commented on Square's Romancing SaGa Finally Gets Translate...:

I've been tempted to try it out but during the bugtesting phase for the patch it was found out that the original game was apparently pretty buggy as it was. Supposedly the WonderSwan version was fixed up.
PS2 version sounds like it strays from the original, though I haven't played it.



KingMike commented on Satoru Iwata Didn't Apologise For Nintendo's E...:

I don't see what was so bad about that E3.
Seems Pokemon fans were upset that franchise was left out, but anyone seriously feeling THAT needs an apology for is a bit selfish. They've announced enough lately on that recently, even if it's not the Kalos third version they might have been hoping for.



KingMike commented on Weirdness: The Game Boy XXL Makes The New Nint...:

Reminds me of the person-sized original Game Boy demo stations I played years ago, at Best Buy (most other stores just had small countertop displays).
I think they are called "Demo Boy"
Although it was a huge Game Boy was a large screen demo, it was actually controlled with a normal size Game Boy attached to it.



KingMike commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

The thing that's disappointing is that in like 10-15 years these digital-only games will be as good as erased from existence if nobody will be able to play them anymore.
What about Zelda? Think of the two Satellaview games that we'll likely never be able to play them as they were meant. Unlikely to get an official rerelease by Nintendo, and fan emulation can only partially recreate.
Now imagine if that was every game.
But yeah that's because game developers are probably most concerned with making money today, not are we going to be able to appreciate their work in the future.



KingMike commented on Dark Half Is A Twisted SNES JRPG From The Make...:

I saw in looking over old Nintendo Powers that Enix had considered this for North America before they shut down.
Though from what I've heard of the theme, it sounds pretty unlikely NoA would've let it pass without major censorship.

Retron5 is itself an emulator. There are device to allow you to get a ROM from a legitimate purchased copy for use on other "illegal" emulators. Can't say more I don't think. (it's been said Retron5 is actually more illegal because it used PC emulators without respecting their licensing terms, but that's a different topic.)