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It's funny because it's poisonous!

Male, 34, Japan

I like music and cats and probably some other things.

Thu 9th September, 2010

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kurtasbestos commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

This was a great article. I've never had a problem with supporting the artists that I like by purchasing CDs, movies, books and games at full price (even when I was on a much more limited budget), and I find it very worrisome that more and more, the rest of the world seems to just want everything for free. Then again, I still foresee/blame smart phones for the downfall of society.



kurtasbestos commented on Monochroma For Wii U Scrapped Due To Technical...:

"We have serious performance problems that we can't overcome without developing the whole game from scratch again."

So develop the whole game from scratch around. Speaking as a programmer, it kinda sounds like they're just being lazy. Not that it wouldn't be a lot of work, but... that seems like an easy way to get out of a difficult promise.



kurtasbestos commented on Gallery: Get Hot Under the Collar in the Conti...:

Ahhhh jeez, My Wii U and Xenoblade Cross will show up in a week or so, but here I am still struggling to finish Xenoblade Chronicles. Well... only "struggling" in the sense that I want to get 100% in everything before finishing it. I should probably just finish the game.



kurtasbestos commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Dreamcast:

I bet I would have done a lot better in college if I hadn't bought a Dreamcast at launch. Though I have to disagree with this statement:

"the only title really worth bothering with on day one was Virtua Fighter 3: Team Battle"

PenPen TriIcelon was a horribly underrated game and is easily one of my all-time favorite multi-player games. ...though, yeah. I guess it wasn't really worth bothering with on day one. Or for most normal people, ever. So never mind.

Though I do have to agree with the people saying that PSO deserves a mention... as much as I hated (and still resent) how a cherished Sega franchise got modernized, I sunk a ton of hours into that game. In fact, it and Chu Chu Rocket are probably the only games I've ever played online for a significant amount of time.



kurtasbestos commented on Video: Traveller's Tales Animator Proposes To ...:

The thing I'm most impressed with is that HOLY CRAP THEY LIVE ON THE MOON!!!!!!

Seriously, though, this is awesome and way better than my proposal to my wife which was more like "so hey, if we don't get married we can't live in the same country".



kurtasbestos commented on Sales Fall Away in Japan as Xenoblade Chronicl...:

There was pretty much no warning of Rodea being released here in Japan... I didn't see anything in the eShop or in real shops until I went to buy Xenoblade 3D and just happened to see a bunch of shiny new boxes of Rodea sitting next to it. I probably would have bought it on launch day if I had known, but I spent a lot of money on other 3DS-related things recently so now I'm going to wait for a while. Poor Sky Soldier...



kurtasbestos commented on Empty Slots on Super Smash Bros. Site Suggests...:

@Jayvir I'm with you. As much as I'd love to see Bomberman or maybe even Tails, Smash Brothers is supposed to be about Nintendo characters duking it out, and there are tons of Nintendo characters that haven't been represented yet. It's become incredibly tedious having to see so many people going nuts with their dreams of all kinds of third-party characters getting added to the battle all the time.



kurtasbestos commented on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Takes Third Place in J...:

I totally bought Xenoblade Chronicles 3D on release day! Only one copy, though, not all 56,932 copies. Also, I still don't have a 3DS. Which I imagine is why the game didn't sell more... I know two other people besides myself who really want to buy the game but aren't ready to spend a million billion Yen on a 3DS when their current 3DSses S are still working just fine.



kurtasbestos commented on Poll: Which Characters Do You Want to Win the ...:

I did Nintendo's poll in multiple languages BEGGING for anyone else from Xenoblade chronicles, but seeing Isaac at the top of this list made me realize that I should have been begging for Golden Sun. I'm sure both of those games will lose out to something boring and predictable (i.e. popular), but still, it's something slightly realistic to hope for.



kurtasbestos commented on Review: BOXBOY! (3DS eShop):

This review is pretty much exactly how I felt about this game. Especially this:

"Everything feels like it's in a perpetual state of teaching."

It was fun while it lasted, but it was too easy, pretty much every level felt too short, the art style and music were nice but could have easily been made better, and by the time you get to the part where you have to combine all of the skills you've learned, it felt like way too little way too late. Not to mention the story that COULD have made the game more interesting, but because it was so incredibly sparse it mostly just raised more questions and felt unnecessary.

That being said... it WAS still a pretty fun game and worth the money in the end. It just could have been a million times better with not a whole lot of effort.



kurtasbestos commented on Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New Nintendo ...:

I didn't need to read the review to know that I'll be picking up a copy next week, but it's still nice to hear that I can look forward to this version. With a 40 minute commute each way to work, I'm not worried about finding time to play it, either. What I am worried about is when I'll be able to get around to buying a New 3DS. Oh yeah, and when I'll finally get around to finishing the Wii version, which I've logged 230+ hours on. Also, it sure would be nice if Shulk Amiibos actually existed since that's the one Amiibo I wanted more than anything else since the beginning. Man... this game is hard.



kurtasbestos commented on Final Fantasy Creator Hironobu Sakaguchi Reall...:

This is exactly why I never really liked the Final Fantasy series. If you're so determined to make a brand new cast of characters set in a whole new world, then doesn't the game itself deserve a brand-new name, instead of just a number tacked on to the name of something completely unrelated (other than various cosmetic similarities)?



kurtasbestos commented on Nintendo Confirms Wil Wheaton as Voice Actor f...:

Wow, I was surprised to see how many people complained about this in just the first few comments, but then I remembered that I'm old. And I grew up with Star Trek: TNG fan. Obviously being born in the 80's ruined me as a human being. But after I started typing this comment I went back and looked at the rest of the comments and noticed that there are just as many people that are just as confused about all the anti-Wheaton rhetoric as I am, so I guess I feel slightly better. As a side note, I have no idea what this Biggest Bang Theorem thing is, so I guess I really am old.



kurtasbestos commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Mega CD:

I have a billion fond memories of my Sega CD, and it always saddens me when Sega goes and re-releases classics but opts for the Genesis / Mega Drive versions rather than the far superior Sega CD versions (Ecco the Dolphin, Eternal Champions, etc.). It was far from the best system ever (that title is reserved for Sega Saturn, OBVIOUSLY), but it had quite a few gems. Did anyone ever play Soul Star? I loved that game, but apparently I'm the only person who ever bought it.



kurtasbestos commented on Amazon UK Delays Some Shulk Pre-Orders to Late...:

Shulk just got released in Japan yesterday, and I couldn't find him anywhere. I guess I finally understand when people in other territories talk about stock shortages, since I haven't had trouble finding any of the other Amiibos I wanted in Japan so far.



kurtasbestos commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X to Feature an Enemy Enc...:

Does anyone remember Panzer Dragoon Saga for Sega Saturn? No? Oh. Well anyway, that game had amazing game world accompanied by fantastic character/monster/ship designs, and the in-game enemy encyclopedia made the game feel like even more of an actual fleshed-out world. I would have loved to have had something like that in Xenoblade, and I'm glad to hear it'll be in both the 3DS version and the sequel. EGGCITE!!!



kurtasbestos commented on Details For The New Langrisser Title On 3DS Em...:

I've never played any games in this series, but I always wanted to and will be sure to pick this up. But more importantly, speaking of tactical RPGs, where's my 3DS-exclusive remake of the Shining Force trilogy (with corresponding Amiibos for every single character), huh???



kurtasbestos commented on LEGO Jurassic World Teaser Trailer and Snippet...:

I will buy this game for 3DS so that I can play it while riding my Jurassic Park-themed motorbike to the theater to watch Jurassic Park. Then I'll eat a big bucket of popcorn made out of LEGOs during the movie just to complete the circle of life.



kurtasbestos commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D ...:

Dang, for a game that got a 10, people sure sound grumpy in the comments. Like they're convinced that this game isn't any good, even though they haven't played it (no, the original doesn't count because the original isn't the game being revieweed).

I never played the original, and what I did play of Ocarina of Time for N64 I didn't especially like, but I mostly like WILL buy this game. Partly out of curiosity, but mostly because I trust Nintendolife's reviews, and they sure convinced me that I need to play this game.



kurtasbestos commented on Editorial: Nintendo's YouTube Creators Program...:

I mostly find it strange that people take YouTube so seriously. And not just the people trying to make a profit off of it. I wonder if I had been born ten years later if I would actually care whenever I saw a link to a YouTube video. Or if I would subscribe to channels and actually watch them.



kurtasbestos commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X Will Feature An "Outsta...:

I can understand people wanting to hear something in their own language, but personally I like things to be in the language they were originally created in. My wife is Japanese and feels the same way. So if we watch a Japanese movie, we watch it in Japanese with English subtitles. If we watch an American or British movie, we watch it in English with Japanese subtitles. And if we watch something in some other language (or when there aren't English subtitles), then I get to test my Japanese reading ability and wish that I had been a better student in college.

With Xenoblade Chronicles, I listened to enough of the English version to decide that I didn't like it. But what really surprised me is that the Japanese voice acting is VERY good. Every member of the main cast other than Fiora sounds like a REAL person (or Nopon), rather than sounding like some voice actor using a fake voice. And that's a very rare thing in Japan.

For those of you that don't speak Japanese, voice acting in most games, movies, TV shows, etc. here is terrible because most of it is incredibly over-acted. But because those are the voices that people are used to hearing, no one seems to notice. It's like the people producing things here see someone else's work and go "yeeaah, that's TOTALLY what it sounds like when people are sounding cool/important/serious/emotional/whatever!" and get people to do the exact same voices for the work they're producing.

Anyway.... "outstanding voice cast" or not, the way I see it, avoiding the same stereotypical character voices that we've heard a billion times before is the only way to truly make Xenoblade Chronicles X outstanding, and from what I've seen so far I'm not sure that'll happen, but after the fantastic job they did with Chronicles, I have high hopes.



kurtasbestos commented on New Screenshots for Rock 'N Racing Off Road Sp...:

Well, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who was mildly disappointed to find out that this game is a lot more like Super Off Road than Rock n' Roll Racing. Don't get me wrong, I loved both of those games, but while there are/were a billion games similar to Super Off Road, I can't think of any games that I ever played that are similar to Rock n' Roll Racing.

@Danrenfroe2016 @OorWullie After reading your comments, I had to do some digging to find my all-time favorite arcade racing game (non-3D games, I suppose, since I have many fond memories of games like F-ZERO AX and Scud Race), Hot Rod by Sega. And I'm glad I finally figured out what that game is called, because I've had the music stuck in my head for over 15 years.



kurtasbestos commented on Donkey Kong Grabs a Place in List of Highest-G...:

Shortly after I moved out of the country forever, one of my best friends back home went and opened a bar / arcade with all kinds of classic games and a ton of pinball tables. Then later he opened ANOTHER one because it turns out people our age have all kinds of fuzzy memories of arcades. Last summer on a trip back to the motherland I finally got to visit both of his establishments, and they were AMAZING. Then I slapped him in the face for not opening them a year or so sooner when I could have donated all of my money to his 1943 machine.



kurtasbestos commented on Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Da...:

I grew up with an Atari 2600 (did I even get the number right?), but the Genesis / Master Drive was the first console that I was at least a partial owner of. When SNES came out, my older brother and I pooled our resources to buy one and I was proud to support both sides of the war. After that, the love for Sega beat out any other companies and lasted for me well into the Dreamcast years, but when Sega went software-only I finally realized how much Nintendo meant to me. My Sega Saturn and Wii both came with me when I moved permanently to Japan, but I'll always remember the 16-bit era with the most fondness. Fortunately, my Wii and my 3DS let me relive many of those memories. Now I'm looking forward to the day I can share that sort of feeling with my own children.



kurtasbestos commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

Probably the only way I'll ever actually be convinced to buy a smart phone is if Nintendo makes one. But don't worry, even if I owned one I'd still spend as much time as possible complaining about smart phones, because I know how much people love that. And because I know how much you were all worried about it.



kurtasbestos commented on This Ancient Promotional Calendar Is Filled Wi...:

Weird, I live in Japan and own a Japanese phone, and yet when I tried those phone numbers just now, neither of them worked.

Also, after clicking the link I found this comment:
"An amazing find! Too bad Nintendo or some other party didn't try to save the lot before it was torn down."
I totally understand, because I also think it's a shame when good parking lots get torn down.