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Christian, retro gamer

Male, 35, United States

32 years old, born and raised in Texas. Favorite consoles are NES and Super NES. Fave games include "Super Metroid", "Ocarina of Time", and "Super Mario Galaxy".

Mon 11th Mar 2013

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Moviefan2k4 commented on Mario Memories: Getting Creative With Mario Paint:

I used to play "Mario Paint" like crazy, and still have an actual cartridge of it around here somewhere. Years ago, I actually composed the original "Halloween" theme by ear, and animated a drawing of Michael Myers standing in his house's doorway. Sadly, the game had no way to save completed projects, and I didn't have a video camera back then. =(



Moviefan2k4 commented on Mario History: New Super Mario Bros. Wii - 2009:

I first played this game almost 2 years ago, and it took me at least a few months to get all the way through it...or so I thought. Later, I discovered a lot of the hidden exits and such, plus the Bonus World; its still very tough to access them sometimes, with the trick of timing everything properly.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Mario History: Super Mario 64 - 1996:

"Super Mario 64" debuted when I was a junior-high school student, and I recall being excited about it back then...but not obsessive like I was with "Ocarina of Time". I like the first 3D "Mario" game, but some stages still frustrate me a ton. I still end up smoking (figuratively) when attempting the Clock Tower, or spinning Bowser around on all three meetings.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Mario Memories: Conquering the First Level in ...:

I don't remember the first time I ever passed that level, or even the first time I played the game...but I was almost certainly either 8 or 9 years old. It took me a very long time to finish the whole game, especially 8-4 since I kept getting lost in the pipes. But now, I can usually do a complete run-through in about 45 minutes, all 32 levels...provided I don't lose a life.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Mario Memories: Treasuring Mario Games Across ...:

My first Mario game was probably the "Vs." arcade cabinet, which i plugged lots of quarters into as a kid in the late '80s. I got my first NES when I was 9, and have loved the main Mario games ever since. I'm not a fan of the peripherals though, like "Paper Mario" or "Mario Party". Thew new "Mario Maker" for the Wii-U sounds interesting, though.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Mario History: Super Mario All-Stars - 1993:

I love the SNES version of "All-Stars", but always felt the 5-game combo cart was a bit much. After all, "Super Mario World" came with most of the SNES systems back then, just like the original did with the why add it to "All-Stars" later on? Besides that, Nintendo did a great job with it; "Lost Levels" still kicks my ass more often than not, though.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Weirdness: Fred Savage Seems Very Much In Favo...:

A lot of people hated this movie, but I really don't understand why. The bulk of the film has nothing to do with video games; that's just how it was marketed. Fred Savage's character was trying to prevent his autistic brother from being committed, and the games were to prove how smart he really was. There was lots of comedy and heart in the film, plus a surprise twist for why Jimmy himself (the younger brother) was so determined to reach California.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Weirdness: Hands Up If You Knew About the Supe...:

I found out about this when I was probably about 12 years old, and I remember feeling both amazed yet angry at the same time. I was a hardcore Mario addict in those days, and the fact I couldn't beat the first game without warping or dying drove me nuts. Today, its still quite a challenge, but I can reach my goal in about 45 minutes when I focus.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Ninterview: Learning Retro Secrets With A Form...:

I wanted to be a Game Play Counselor so badly as a kid, and was pissed when they cancelled the service. Internet's definitely easier, but there's no personal interaction, 1-on-1. I have a very literal mind, and sometimes, text alone isn't much help. I've even struggled with strategy guides in the past, because they didn't take each step separately.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Video: Super Mario Bros. Invades TV's Dancing ...:

I didn't see it live last night, just the brief recap while waiting for "Castle" to start. But wow...that was both funny and amazing! I love how they included Luigi and Toad, and would be thrilled to hear what Mr. Miyamoto or Charles Martinet have to say about it.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Weirdness: This Wearable Power Glove Accessory...:

The only reason I'd want a Power Glove now, is if I was dressing like Captain N for Halloween or a gaming convention. That LED design looks cool, but $150 is fairly high...especially since there's two different sizes of the glove.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Super Mario World Speedrun Record Is Broken:

The shortest "regular play" path I know to beating the game is to finish World 1 normally, then access the Star Road from the Ghost House by the lower-right part of the lake. After that, its just a matter of beating a few stages of the Star World, until you reach the lower-right point which leads to Bowser's front door.



Moviefan2k4 commented on The GameCube is 13 Years Old:

The only games I got heavily into with the 'Cube were the first two "Metroid Prime" entries, and "Spider-Man 2". "The Wind Waker" was crap; I only reserved it at the time to get the Master Quest disc for "Ocarina of Time". I also liked "Mega Man Anniversary Collection", but it just wasn't the same as having the old carts.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Super Metroid is 20 Years Old Today:

This is definitely still a classic; I bought my current copy for $20, from a retro-themed store about 5 years ago. The shell had dirt and stickers all over it, but the label was nice and clean. I took the whole thing apart, cleaned the circuit board, scrubbed the case parts with Comet and water, then reassembled everything. Its run perfectly ever since.



Moviefan2k4 commented on One Man Is Bringing The N64 Kicking And Scream...:

@EdwardCORE Its very simple, really. Nintendo saves a ton of money by simply releasing SD emulations, versus spending tons of capital to research and adapt obsolete hardware. If they don't believe they'll make a sizeable profit, they won't bother. It sucks, but that's the nature of most businesses today.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Shinji Mikami Prefers The Sega Version Of Alad...:

I currently have a Genesis cartridge of "Aladdin", and it sucks compared to the SNES. The graphics look more rushed, the music is muffled, and the difficulty is insane. The SNES version is no cakewalk, but its developers struck a better balance on all counts.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Review: Double Dragon (3DS eShop / NES):

Even though its equal parts fun and frustrating, I still love the original "Double Dragon" on the NES. The second game was arguably better, while the third sucked due to its massive difficulty level. "Double Dragon Advance" was a cool update for the GBA several years ago, while "Super Double Dragon" on the SNES is great. Avoid "Double Dragon V" though, unless you're a fan of the 1990s carton series.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Prolific Video Game Box Art Illustrator Greg M...:

Never heard the name, nor did I ever suspect those pieces of artwork were painted. I always assumed some studio head had them drawn with markers or colored pencils...seriously. Since I never knew Mr. Martin, I can only say I hope he's in heaven with God now, and that his family's being comforted in every way.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Movie Review: The Wizard (1989):

I have this on DVD, and yes its a little corny, but still works. I love the fact that Haley's about as "anti-feminine" as you can get, without being mean. Corey tries scaring her with a skull mask at one point, only to be decked in the head for his trouble. =)
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Moviefan2k4 commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo Game Boy:

Let's be honest, shall we? The main reason the original Game Boy became a success at all was because it was bundled with "Tetris". Computer nerds who only knew the game from their desktops leaped at the chance to take it on the road, while the rest of us didn't even know it existed until the NES port was released in November of 1989.

I had this system as a kid, and yes, I loved "Tetris"...but that was about it. No other game held my interest, because of the blurry graphics and screen that only looked good when tilted toward a light source.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Sega's Most Successful Console Is 25 Years Old...:

For several years, I thought the Mega Drive was a completely different console from the Genesis, because I had no reason to think products had multiple names for different parts of the world. The main games I played on the console were all four "Sonic" titles and the "Streets of Rage" series. I was really surprised when "Mega Man: The Wily Wars" came out for the Sega Channel.



Moviefan2k4 commented on Overlay Gives an Old NES Controller Some New Z...:

I checked out the GamerGrafx site, and was struck by how little is actually offered in their replacement label section for original NES games. So many carts are in terrible shape these days, and labels are desperately needed for the most abused copies.

Also, I'm amused at the section of TV and film labels, but why would anyone want something like that, for an NES game that doesn't exist? For example, there's one for "The Breakfast Club"...seriously.



Moviefan2k4 commented on News Site Claims That Zelda "Takes A Dim View ...:

The guy who wrote that article is an idiot. While some traits are similar to different cultures, there's no direct correlation with any of them in the "Zelda" series, that I'm aware of. Also, one of the so-called "bad guys" (Nabooru) turns out to be the Sage of Spirit, helping Link defeat Ganondorf. Darunia also has brown skin, and remains an aide and "sworn brother" to Link through the whole game...funny how the author forgot about that.

The whole sexism bit is crap, too. Like it or not, most women are physically smaller and weaker than most men. We were designed to be their protectors, not abusers. Radical feminists always link (or it it Link?) dominance with oppression. =(