User Profile



United Kingdom

Wed 18th June, 2008

Recent Comments



Mayhem commented on Review: Sky Kid (Wii U eShop / NES):

You can also try out Kamikaze on the C64, as the mechanics are quite similar. Although you can guess from the title what you have to actually do! That's quite a fun game, and it was a budget title back in the day.



Mayhem commented on Majora’s Mask 3D Patch Irons Out Honey & Dar...:

Thanks for the explanation. I played the original N64 version all the way through to 100% back in the day and never encountered the problem. I suspect my save game might not quite still be there on the cartridge however, battery backup gods save me :p



Mayhem commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

@BensonUii I suspect that's probably a reason for those two staying high, yes.

@DiscoGentleman But that's a reverse argument to my point. The only real way people can play Metroid Prime Trilogy currently is to have the physical Wii release. You can play Earthbound and Shantae via downloaded ROMs in emulation, or through the VC, or a physical cartridge. And yet, those two have held their price despite the availability in piracy or legit VC.



Mayhem commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

Some games seem to dip in price post VC release, and some do not. Shantae and Earthbound originals certainly don't seem to be dropping much after their release! Maybe it's because MP Trilogy is a lot newer.



Mayhem commented on Anniversary: The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old:

Was going to see a friend for Thanksgiving in 2004, and then a few weeks after booking my flights, Nintendo announced the DS would launch first in the US, the day after I arrived! Cue heading to Best Buy at 7am, expecting queues. Nothing. Walked in, asked the nearest customer agent how many DS I could buy. He said as many as I wanted. So I bought ten hah hah, mostly to bring back for other people. All well and good, but that purchase got my credit card locked two days later, and took another two days to unlock!

Arguably the best handheld system ever, with strong competition from the GBA and NGPC.



Mayhem commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U):

I'm glad they're waiting to score based on the online, because that's a major part. You never can tell how a game will react and be moulded until it is released upon the unwashed hordes. Pity many other publications don't do the same, especially with major FPS titles...



Mayhem commented on These GameCube-style Mario Bros. Controllers O...:

Designs are very similar to the old Club Nintendo Mario and Luigi Cube pads in the past. Hori are a reputable manufacturers, and aside from Mad Catz in the last few years, are the only third party maker I trust outside of Nintendo.



Mayhem commented on Feature: The Nintendo 64 Controller and the Ri...:

Nice article... just two points about it:
1) Not all analog sticks were massive and cumbersome, evidently the writer may not have played a Vectrex console before. Yes, the whole joypad is large, but that fits a stick and four buttons and is excellent in general for arcade style games.
2) The 3D Control Pad for the Saturn did NOT pre-date the N64, it launched with NiGHTS two weeks after the launch of the N64. So it was in development simultaneously at most.



Mayhem commented on Mario Kart Month: The Developers Who Tried To ...:

Diddy Kong Racing to me, is a better one player experience than MK64. Multiplayer... the N64 version still bests DKR. Bit surprised to see no mention of Konami's Krazy Racers or Ubisoft's Street Racer though, as they were the two first real clones to emerge.



Mayhem commented on Review: Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Wii U eShop / ...:

"There seems to be a slight hiccup at the beginning of each battle as the game freezes for a second..." - due to the decompression needed to fit everything onto the cartridge, it's still pulling all the graphics out when the fight starts! A bit annoying, but I got used to it eventually.



Mayhem commented on Reaction: Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales P...:

If I want to race, I'll play Grand Prix or Time Trial. Battle Mode SHOULD be about it being "FPS on wheels", and evidently I'm not the only person who thinks that and is disappointed about the change.



Mayhem commented on Myth Becomes Reality As Atari's E.T. Cartridge...:

There hasn't been a lot of doubt that something was buried there for quite a while... we're talking years here. The question was "what". They didn't even break through the stuff buried under the concrete either, just the first dumping portion back from 1983 that was stopped when kids started to raid the dump. That's why the rest was buried under concrete, to stop anyone getting at what was there. Whether they carry on to break the seal remains to be seen.



Mayhem commented on Ninterview: Legendary Designer Julian Gollop O...:

Julian is one of the finest game designers of all time, and Laser Squad and X-Com are two of my favourite games. Wasn't quite as into Chaos / Lords of Chaos as those two, but I look forward to supporting the Kickstarter :)



Mayhem commented on Matters of Import: Prepare To Die In Fire Embl...:

Only just seen this entry now (been on holiday). Own an original of this, the limited edition with the plush toys etc. Quite a nice set actually. May consider selling it on at some point, but it looks nice on the shelf next to the 64DD heh.



Mayhem commented on Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Servic...:

To all those complaining about Nintendo's decision... the move was inevitable, but Nintendo has kept support far, far longer than almost any other company, such as Electronic Arts, who usually pull online for a game in under two years.



Mayhem commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Pas...:

In answer to the comments, the vast majority of VC games are the original 60Hz versions that the US got, even in the Euro store. LttP happens to be one of the few that are the original 50Hz release back in the day instead.



Mayhem commented on Feature: Why I Love Import Gaming:

I've been import gaming since 1991, when a US SNES arrived to banish the blues and I never looked back. The only times I've gotten a PAL console in the 20 years since was either when having a chipped PAL console was the better option (PS2) or having the hardware fail would be very difficult to replace (Xbox 360). With simultaneous release schedules and hi-def pictures the norm now, most of the reasons to import have gone.

Except price. And with region locking mostly going (bar Nintendo's daft decision to put it on for the 3DS), then having a foreign account for digital games often makes them much cheaper. And potentially another way to also get games that may not be released in Europe.



Mayhem commented on Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox...:

No one should buy a console at launch, because it takes about a year before it starts to hit its stride and has many of the technical issues/glitches bedded out. As shown by the PS4 and XB One, lots of people still do though. And oh, it's been about a year since the Wii U came out and look... now more classic games are starting to emerge...



Mayhem commented on Hardware Review: Neo Geo X Gold & Mega Pack Vo...:

"Finally, the mechanic for disturbing new games feels outdated."

Why, are there new methods to disturb games today compared to yesteryear? ;)

On a serious note, having tried the Neo Geo X myself, I am mostly in agreement with Damien's assessment...



Mayhem commented on Soapbox: Mobile And Tablet Gaming Is Creating ...:

It really depends if you're into playing thinking games or reflex games. The former isn't really going to be an issue if you're playing on a touch screen, a pad, a joystick, or waving a Wii remote around. The latter? I'll stick to my arcade stick and joypad thanks.

The more serious concern is that the freemium model of gaming is going to infiltrate and infect mainstream console games, and that IS what worries me. There was a panel at San Diego Comic-Con that discussed this in some detail, and opinion was heavily divided whether it would be a good thing or not.



Mayhem commented on First Impressions: DuckTales Remastered:

@sinalefa - Yes, to my knowledge, all the original voice talent is present. I got to meet June Foray a few years ago, lovely woman to chat with. And I got to meet a few others of the Duck Tales voice cast this year as well.

Oh, and the game is just as hard as it was mwa hah hah, having tried the demo out at San Diego...



Mayhem commented on Talking Point: The Uncertain Collectible Futur...:

Preservation? The future? The ability to still play downloaded games long after they have ceased to be available? Pirates.

Say what you will about folks who pirate current games, but having worked on projects to record, document and preserve games on a number of 70s and 80s platforms, those folks are often the main way anything gets saved for posterity.

I don't condone piracy, but it's a very evident fact of life that what they do eventually benefits various communities.



Mayhem commented on Impressions: The Best Buy "Nintendo Experience":

The Best Buy experience with added Microsoft at some places. Pity this wasn't next month when I'm over there so I could have both tried it, and given the M$ rep a piece of my mind for gatecrashing the events...



Mayhem commented on Weirdness: Someone Is Planning On Digging Up A...:

There are ET cartridges buried there... there's also a lot of other stuff buried there as it was apparently a clear out of a manufacturing plant's inventory before switching over to more automated processes. So they'd probably find Pac-Man carts as well, maybe Combat, and other mass produced titles.



Mayhem commented on Miiverse: Super Metroid - Too Taxing For Today...:

This is what you get when you take manuals out of game boxes, making kids think that they only exist in-game as tutorials and hint screens. I guess none of them ventured to check the virtual manual for the game?