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kurtasbestos

kurtasbestos

It's funny because it's poisonous!

Male, 34, Japan

I like music and cats and probably some other things.

Joined:
Thu 9th September, 2010
Website:
http://kurtasbestos.blogspot.com/

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#2

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.

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#4

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)?

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#5

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.

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#7

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.

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#14

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.

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#15

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!!!

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#18

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???

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#19

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.

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#20

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.

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#22

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.

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#27

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.

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#28

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyt3o4CqUvU

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#31

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.

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#32

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.

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#34

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.

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#35

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.

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#39

kurtasbestos commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philos...:

"What the other companies are doing makes business sense. But it’s boring. The same games appear on every system. At Nintendo we want an environment where game creators can collaborate and think of ideas for games that could have never happened before."

And that's why Miyamoto and/or Nintendo is/are awesome.

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#41

kurtasbestos commented on Video: Nintendo Unleashes a Super Smash Bros. ...:

Hey, I've played 10-player Saturn Bomberman (my personal favorite game of all time) in all kinds of cramped places over the past... uh... holy crap that game is almost 20 years old. Gross. Anyway... most recently I managed to get together a 7-player game in the living room of my new house, and it was pretty nice. The point of this is that if I'm able to convince/trick my wife into letting me buy a Wii U at some point, I WILL make 8-player Smash Brothers happen in my spacious living room with my devilishly attractive friends. Except... I guess that being a foreigner living in Japan, I'LL be the only person of color like in the commercial. Weird.

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#43

kurtasbestos commented on Review: Rock Zombie (Wii U eShop):

If this had multiplayer it sounds like something I would enjoy. It kind of bring backs fond memories of Goldman from The House of the Dead 2 or that super weird (and awesome) Dreamcast horror survival game Illbleed.

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#46

kurtasbestos commented on Weirdness: Mike Tyson Fights Himself in Punch-...:

@LUIGITORNADO
I was going to post a reply saying I feel exactly the same way. The last time I went back to the States I ended up watching his crappy show, and my mom had the unmitigated gall to say that he's pretty funny. But then I saw the reply to your comment by @Dipper723 about Jimmy Kimmel and my face imploded because I ALWAYS THOUGHT THEY WERE THE SAME PERSON!!! Or at least, I never payed enough attention to their last names to realize that it was two different comedians that I thought were terrible instead of just one. TRUE STORY.

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#47

kurtasbestos commented on Wii U Owner Proves That Rejecting The End-User...:

What exactly is this guy trying to do that he feels like he should dedicate a good portion of his life to whining about it rather than just accepting that he can't have everything his way. It seems like he either wants to do something shady... or he just likes arguing about semantics. If Nintendo issued a system update that states that they get to come into your house and slap you around and take off with your Wii U, then yeah, I can TOTALLY sympathize. Otherwise... it kinda seems like he should just deal with it and go on with his life and realize that it probably isn't REALLY hurting him in any significant way.

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#49

kurtasbestos commented on Video: Your Heart Will Melt At This Sega Genes...:

That... was as weird of an idea as it was awesome. I was 11 or so when I got my Genesis and loved the crap out of it, as well as about half the games in this video. Also... that 5-year old kid beat DJ Boy three times??? Holy crap, he must be amazing at video games.