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Magrane

Magrane

Life-long retro gamer & nice guy

Male, 38, United States

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Thu 6th December, 2012

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#2

Magrane commented on Review: The Mysterious Murasame Castle (3DS eS...:

Woooo! Nothing like a NintendoLife review to get me to buy this game. This would probably the first 9-bit original game that I would pick up for my 3DS that I did not play as a kid. Nintendo probably made the decision to release it to the Western Hemisphere after the clamoring from their surveys of the people who buy Virtual Console games. Looking forward to regressing this weekend!

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#4

Magrane commented on Review: Pac-Land (Wii U eShop / NES):

@shredmeister
I was waiting for someone to mention the connection to the Saturday Morning cartoon. I almost bought this game, which I never played or seen before on the Famicom, because of that connection......until someone mentioned the horrible controls. Ah well!

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#5

Magrane commented on Nintendo Download: 10th July (North America):

@statnut Woo Hoo! Thank you for that. I remember my best friend at the time had the game and he was raving how great of a game it was. I think it was because he was a brainy guy, and he would create a team, monitor a season, etc. Gave it a lot of kudos so I took his word on it. Looks like your trifecta recommendation matches from what I remember as the "word" of that time.

@Spoony_Tech RBI Baseball was that Tengen game :) I remember the box at the stores. Thanks for that recommendation too.

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#6

Magrane commented on Interview: Bertil Hörberg Jumps Back Into the...:

-Loved the first game (music, replayability, graphics, modes).
-Loved the fact it's a two-man team with incredible success.
-Loved the inspiration it has sent to other indie developers.
-Loved how they reminded the big software corporations that they don't need much complexity in gaming when it comes to big sales (just another sign of the normal casual gamer market?), but passion. Passion leads to quality game crafting.
-Loved this interview.
....................and loved the new trailer for the sequel. :)

Glad to see things won't change much.

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#7

Magrane commented on Nintendo Download: 10th July (North America):

Bases Loaded for my "retro" 3DS? Yes please! So many hours in front of the TV because of this game back in the day. One of the first where the players got tired over the course of the innings and you had to replace them. Buying this one for the same reason as my other NES classics - simple nostalgia.

I heard about parts 2 through 4, but the only other one I remember enjoying was Super Bases Loaded on the SNES. I heard SNK's baseball game (forgot the name, on the tip of my tongue....) was the other really good baseball game on the NES.

Any other baseball suggestions on the NES?

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#9

Magrane commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U eShop Games - Summer...:

I don't believe Ducktales: Remastered should be on this list. It was available both digitally and retail on the same day. Not because it can't compare to the others, but because it belongs on another list.

It's just like saying Mario Kart 8 should be on the list because it's sold on the Wii U E-shop too.

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#10

Magrane commented on Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profi...:

@StarDust4Ever
I'm siding with you on your choice of characters. For me, it was Mario in Super Mario Kart, Mario and Wario in Mario Kart 64, and Waluigi since Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. They all feel like well-rounded characters despite the differences in class size. In Mario Kart 7, I stuck with my Mii :)

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#12

Magrane commented on Mario Kart Month: A History of the Mario Kart ...:

@NinjaWaddleDee Haven't played Super Mario Kart or Mario Kart 64? You ARE missing out :)

Good article! I agree though, part of my Mario Kart memories are associated with the music too. That's why I think, like most commenters on here, that MK: Double Dash!! is one of the better titles. I was a gamer in 1992 and have many Super Mario Kart memories, as well as the sequels. Each one had their own distinctive improvement.

But Mario Kart 8? Great visual game, but disappointment on the music so far! :( This gameplay almost feels like Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Wii had a child, so I'm not totally flattered by it either. I don't feel a real gameplay improvement, but "an enhanced copy" of the games I mentioned.

I also agree that MK: Super Circuit probably is the worst title in the series......but maybe it's because I haven't played it enough. Saying it's "worst" in this case by the way is like saying "my diamond isn't shiny enough" :)

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#13

Magrane commented on Mario Kart Month: What Mario Kart Means To Me:

Great story, and even though I can't relate to the hospital part, I can relate to the countless, countless hours of Super Mario Kart and playing with friends with Battle Mode in 1992. Especially when one of those friends' dads owned a pizza restaurant, and we'd order pizza every night that summer. I even remember the first time I saw that game at the Summer CES and realizing how much potential the game system had (also saw a very big preview of Mega Man X, before it was even called that.....). The game was always so much fun; there was just nothing else like it that came beforehand.

So much fun that in fact when the N64 sequel came out many moons later, and I remember how PATIENT I was those 5-6 years, waiting for AT LEAST a rumored "Super Mario Kart Champion/Gold Edition" on the SNES, it was a big graphical jump and I had to get used to the 3D effects that were super new at the time. Never really played Mario Kart Super Circuit on the GBA that much, however.

Of course, MK: Double Dash!! was the beginning of my eternal Super Mario Kart summer nostalgia :)

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#14

Magrane commented on Review: Double Dragon II: The Revenge (3DS eSh...:

Best Double Dragon (and overall) beat-em-up on the NES. Every time my old school friends remember Double Dragon, they remember this sequel and not the torrid first one (for it's time, when we were so tempted with the multi-player on the arcade). I remember the hours I played this game and how excited I got finally reaching the last boss. Definite download once it hits the States.

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#16

Magrane commented on Review: Turtle Tale (3DS eShop):

I picked up this game for my love of simple platformers and the price. This review pretty much nails it on the score, but I would have given it a "6" because the graphics and 3D effects are just beautiful. However, this game is waaay too average - just a character with a jump and a weapon. Nothing else to this game. So much potential from a developer's perspective that would make this game great, but they didn't go there. Maybe for Turtle Tale 2? :P

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#19

Magrane commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd May (North America):

Mega Man V is a must-download for me. I remember it being a great, great game, especially if you loved the previous Game Boy titles. I'm also going to try out Turtle Tale. For what seems to be platforming at 3 bucks? I'll support!

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#20

Magrane commented on Review: Mega Man IV (3DS eShop / Game Boy):

Owned this one as a young gamer lad, and still have the small paper with my passcode written down, smudged inside my game and clear game case. Never made it past the first four bosses back then (didn't spend that much time on it) but now with this download, I can retrace those steps and bring my quest to a close!

So far this game is just another notch up from Mega Man III as the reviewer indicated. Much detail to this game - loving the Mega Man nostalgia this month!

Now excuse me while I sic Beat on to Ballade :)

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#22

Magrane commented on Review: Mega Man Xtreme (3DS eShop / Game Boy ...:

Bought this on the original system but never really had a chance to play it. This may have been during my gamer phase of "buy game, play later", so it remains unopened I think along with Mega Man Xtreme 2! Anyway, glad I'm able to handily download it onto my 3DS and experience this retro game. It's a complete simplified version of Mega Man X, offering nothing new to level design, but I do agree it's an average game. I'm a little disappointed with some of the graphics but it's neat to play this game and imagine how it would have been like if Mega Man X was ported to the NES back in the day. :)

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#23

Magrane commented on Review: Mega Man II (3DS eShop / Game Boy):

Completely disagree with this review. This game is just a downstep from Mega Man III on the Game Boy, but still as fun and challenging. I don't understand the review's emphasis on how horrible the scaling and music were (the boss fight music is perennially stuck in my head!); it was fine by me when you understand the Game Boy's technical limits. But I loved this game as a kid with a Game Boy and even now it holds up compared to the other sequels.

The reviewer's score doesn't do justice. A score of "3" keeps new Mega Man gamers away from this game. Give this game a shot, folks, for only $3.99 if you love the other Mega Man games.

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#24

Magrane commented on Review: Mega Man III (3DS eShop / Game Boy):

Never had the opportunity to purchase this title in my Game Boy days, but went forward to download it. I totally picked up on the "cramped" feeling one gets when playing the levels, but I do notice a significant graphical improvement from the rest. Love it! It's like playing a new Mega Man game for me!

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#26

Magrane commented on Review: Metroid II: Return of Samus (Game Boy):

I like how one of the reviewer's main gripes was that there's a lack of a "map" feature. And that you have to draw the map yourself.

..........Really? This kid just gave his age away. This is just one of the cool features of Metroid in general, or any expansive adventure game in those times. You have to work at it to finish it, even if it means drawing a 'crude' map or waiting for the latest issue of EGM or Nintendo Power.

I don't think it's a reason to complain at all. Today's gaming generation seriously has their Master Swords handed to them......smh

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#27

Magrane commented on Review: City Connection (3DS eShop / NES):

I am with you, KnightRider666. I grew up on this game as an NES kid and I was hoping someday it'd arrive! I want to own all my original NES games on the 3DS, so I am still hoping to see someday Bases Loaded also! I downloaded River City Ransom this week and I'm in heaven!

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#28

Magrane commented on Nintendo of America Confirms 23 Locations for ...:

Wow, first time I've ever heard they're coming to Culver City's mall! This is one of the two closer Los Angeles locations, so I'm going to bet that week will be pretty packed. Looking forward to getting my hands on Super Mario 3D World! The only Northern California location is Santa Clara.......pretty skimpy.

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#30

Magrane commented on Review: Pinball (Wii U eShop / NES):

Great review, Dave! You pretty much nailed it on your description, balancing the retro gamer perspective with someone fresh-faced approaching it. Calling it for the potential replayability factor on the 3DS also cemented how I felt about this game: fun, straightforward but not much else to bring to the bring to the table.

Is Zen's Pinball recommended by the NL audience? Is that from Nintendo or some other publisher?

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#31

Magrane commented on Weirdness: If Only The Dark Knight Was a Retro...:

I would have LOVED to see a version of The Dark Knight in the same 8-bit fashion as the first Sunsoft Batman game. Could totally work!

This video was entertaining to watch. Besides the obvious Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past references, I picked up The Addams Family as well.

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#32

Magrane commented on Weirdness: There's a Game of Thrones 8-Bit Game:

When I saw the color palette, as one mentioned above, it looked like a Turbo-Grafx 16 game. You know: a 16-bit system that's not really a 16-bit system because it has dual 8-bit processors? The NEC/Hudson system was to me a more colorful and slightly stronger NES system.

Sure enough, the Keith Courage reference in the last few seconds of the video sealed the deal ;) Well...........at least I think it's Keith Courage!

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#34

Magrane commented on Mighty No. 9 Passes Wii U Stretch Goal With A ...:

The really sad thing is that this is what would have been an HD sequel to Mega Man, most likely Mega Man 11, had Capcom retained Inafune and trusted his creative direction. What a shame. I sincerely think Capcom is looking at this situation with regret - that is a potential 2 million loss of profit for them. Or whatever dollar figure if you multiply the total amount of people that pledged times......20 bucks.

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#36

Magrane commented on River City Ransom: Underground Dev Wants To Br...:

I won't really feel this is a true River City Ransom sequel without Technos or any of the original programmers involved. This has that "homebrew" feel to it so I have a hard time accepting. However, after reading that the original creator of the series is on board as a consultant, I'm totally sold.

The video, as a River City Ransom fan, is semi-inspiring. It's cool to see a sequel that is a hyper 8-bit game but maybe it's the color palette - it just doesn't FEEL like a River City Ransom game. Maybe it's also because I own "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" and even though it was intended as an homage, it filled in my 20-year gap of missing Kunio-kun games.

But like I said, if it wasn't for the backing of the creator, I wouldn't pay much attention to this attempt. I'm going to take their word that they will make it feel like a respectable follow-up in the same way the GBA version enhanced the original!

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#39

Magrane commented on Feature: Great Nintendo 64 Multiplayer Games Y...:

Guys, I have good Diddy Kong Racing, Mario Kart 64 & Super Smash Bros. memories and especially great Goldeneye 007 friend moments......but one that's definitely underrated or hardy mentioned is Acclaim's WWF WarZone!

What a blast that game was with friends. It was one of the first multiplayer games where you designed your own player to fight against others. So it was cool to see "me" fight against Stone Cold or one of my friends in a 3D polygon environment. Good times!

Star Fox 64 (multiplayer shooter, very awesome) & Killer Instinct also had it's moments........but not as many for me as the ones above.

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#40

Magrane commented on Keiji Inafune Shares His Thoughts on PlatinumG...:

Great article. Long live InafunKing! Not that I'm biased or anything.....

By the way, hyped and excited about Mighty No.9. First Kickstarter I've ever supported.

I don't see nothing wrong with anyone starting up a project on Kickstarter with the prospect of getting a game as a reward. It's as almost you're taking a blind leap of faith with a developer, and there's the chance you can be disappointed and stuck with a lousy game.......but this is a true test of a developer earning street credit with fans. If the game is a success, they can count on more and more future investments.

I honestly think it's the new future of a developer and their creative design process.

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#42

Magrane commented on Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell Claims Nintendo "...:

I'm going eventually read the entire Nolan Bushnell transcript, but I have a distinct feeling he's talking out of his "bum" and not backing his statements with facts and figures. Of course it's obvious that tablets and smartphones have uprooted the handheld market, but if Nintendo is making a solid profit from the 3DS, his point is still arguable. There will always be a market for the 12 and under crowd (as he calls it) so if you have parents of those children who grew up on a well-known brand, chances are they're going to raise/support their kids on the same gaming technology!

And that's the problem with saying that Nintendo is headed down a path of irrevelance. It's house name brand with timeless IP's. Atari's Jaguar never had any of those nor third-party support I would think it would be very difficult to knock the big N out. They will adapt (as they were forced to with optical disc tech and having an internal social network) and survive. History has shown this.

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#44

Magrane commented on Konami Picks Up New Contra Trademark:

I second that it sounds like an iOs game to me too.

Has anyone played the Contra game that's called something else entirely? It's called "Hard Corps: Uprising" and it's on the PSN. It's the prequel to Contra: Hard Corps and to me its what classic Contra would be on the PS3.

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#45

Magrane commented on Review: Mega Man Zero (Game Boy Advance):

Great article Philip! I don't know where my head was when Mega Man Zero 1-4 came out many moons ago, but I do remember a friend of mine constantly reminding me how good it was. Missed on on all the GBA titles but I woke up in time to purchase the DS collection last year. Still on MMZ1, but looking forward to enjoying this 'new' series.

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#47

Magrane commented on Video: Eight Reasons to Avoid The Walking Dead...:

Sorry Rory, I'm a huge fan of the show and so far your arguments (except for #5) don't sound strong enough to completely avoid it. Maybe NL's and the other existing bad reviews in other sites support getting this game in a bargain bin, but you never addressed the story or voice acting of this game! Was it AMC quality, or just completely coffee table coaster-worth?

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#49

Magrane commented on Review: Mega Man 4 (NES):

Spot-on review Phillip. This was my exact same impression of playing this game after downloading it - my memory served me as this game being a "step down", but replaying it made me re-think my opinion. It's a little more fun and colorful than what I remember it to be, but some of the level music probably needs work on the catchiness Mega Man 3 left us. Definitely still worth getting though based on the things you pointed out above. And on its own, it's a solid and enjoyable platformer.

This game also has one of my favorite Mega Man boss music tracks.......up there with Mega Man 2, 3, and X2.

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#50

Magrane commented on Developer Interview: Image & Form on SteamWorl...:

Really well written article - I enjoyed the interview and seeing not only the perspective but the history of a Scandinavian game publisher. Brjann also had an opinion of the DSiWare shop that didn't occur to me before. I'm an advanced gamer but I do thoroughly enjoy platfomers (the late 80's and early 90's made a big impact on my taste), so I'm hoping Steamworld Dig has a storyline that expands as the game goes on. There's a lot of good word about this new title so I will be checking it out in depth once it arrives into the "stores"!

P.S. More interviews like this, please, Nintendo Life! Brjann had a lot of good insight about the industry and this is the kind of stuff the gamers should be exposed to.