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PlywoodStick

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#2

PlywoodStick commented on Masahiro Sakurai Shares His Positive Feelings ...:

I appreciate the back-breaking labor Sakurai and his team have done... But he is not alone in gaming history. There have been many fighting games throughout gaming history where there were many fighters with large move pools available, many with more than Smash, both with 2D sprites and 3D models... yet the developers of those titles were not making public comments like "charging $4 for one extra character in addition to the rest of our roster is our fair due".

This has nothing to do with value/balance of extra characters, it is all about the publisher jumping on an opportunity to extract more money because they know for a fact people will jump for the carrot when enticed. This is no different from when other companies charge money for one extra character. Comparing severity with others does not excuse Nintendo either, they are still doing it.

Also, the developers don't get paid more if we buy the DLC locked characters, the publisher's coffers just get further stuffed. The publisher managers still make their own determinations how their employees will be treated and paid, regardless of extra developer work leading to increased income.

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#5

PlywoodStick commented on Nintendo Marketing Boss Says amiibo Expectatio...:

"I'm sure it will give our retail partners some headaches in trying to find enough space on shelf but they are very experienced in this sort of thing..."

He forgot to add, "...from our NES years, where we did the exact same thing as we're doing now for amiibo: artificially limit stock enough so that suppliers and customers will always clamor for more. We will only partially meet demand, so that our clients will continue to grovel and beg us for more; and even eventually be forced to crawl back to us when profits go down, if they are foolish enough to refuse to stock our products in protest."

This was all intentional, definitely a return to the dark side of the "Boutique Era" of gaming in the 80's and 90's... Of course, this time around, Nintendo no longer holds a monopoly. I doubt their (Sith) lightning will strike from the same bottle twice, though.

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#6

PlywoodStick commented on Nintendo Marketing Boss Says amiibo Expectatio...:

There's ALWAYS amiibo in stock in the Best Buy across the street from where I work. Of course, they're the more common ones, like Mario series characters, Sheik, Pikachu, and Kirby, but there is always some of them on the shelves.

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#8

PlywoodStick commented on The Mechs of Xenoblade Chronicles X Are Named ...:

The "doll" terminology has been used since at least as far back as the debut of the anime "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing", back in 1995, where many of the mechs were referred to as "mobile dolls". Xenoblade X using this term is simply a throwback which the mecha genre audience has long been familiar with.

"Doll" was probably originally used as a metaphorical term referring to humanoid inanimate objects being used by people to their own ends, especially for war, in the same way as "puppets" being directed at an enemy. They may have went for "Doll" instead of "Puppet" back then, though, since the term "puppet" often has a distinctly negative connotation.

However... the "dolls" in the Gundam series were essentially their version of our Drones. They were not piloted by people, like the Xenoblade X mechs are. So, the name was inappropriate to begin with, anyways. If they're going with the term "exoskeleton", though, then "X-Skell" or even just "X" might be a more appropriate name, seeing as how the name of the game is Xenoblade "X".

...Then again, the term "X" would turn into a stupid sitcom joke pretty quickly: "Hey, I'm going to pilot my X (ex) now..." "Wait, you have an ex (X)?" "Of course I do, it's right there!" "You dated your mech suit???" "WHAT! What gave you that idea!?" "Well, you just said it's your ex (X)..." "Not that kind of ex, pervert!" "You're the one who keeps going inside it's abdomen, calling it your ex..." "stamps foot Baka Baka Baka!"

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#12

PlywoodStick commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning F...:

@Mk_II The way the maps are setup do not allow for any proper strategy or tactics. Even the SNES managed to allow for clever trap setting, feather wall jumping, and labyrinth weaving. The regular tracks are not conducive to any of those things, and neither are the simplified versions of those tracks. That just makes for a silly case of "see who can hit the boxes and trip over your opponents the fastest!"

There's a big difference between plotting out one's moves while atop one of the Block Forts, then bolting into the trenches to hit a mark in MK64, and just scrambling around a mostly open field in MK8.

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#13

PlywoodStick commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning F...:

It's sad that a true, proper battle mode does not exist in MK8. It's a gimped, watered down version of all it's predecessors. (Yes, even the SNES battle mode was better.) It's one of the reasons I will not buy MK8. It shouldn't have needed a DLC to correct that, and if it's paid DLC, then that would be putting a standard traditional feature behind a paywall.

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#14

PlywoodStick commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

@aaronsullivan True, but even so, if Nintendo really wanted their old catalog to be available, they wouldn't let legal issues stop them from eventually making it work out. GOG.com is now selling several games in their storefront that took them years trying to acquire the rights to get running on modern systems and to sell them. (In some cases, the better part of 5 years!)

If Nintendo is truly dedicated, then even as a profitable business with license deals to uphold, legal matters should not be a permanent barrier, just a temporary one.

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#15

PlywoodStick commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

@Einherjar Hey now, I've only downloaded games like Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776; all old titles that either have no official English translation or no NTSC-U release. (Or rare and difficult to come by these days, like Lufia 2.) I bought much more than a few old titles on the Wii VC, and I have bought plenty of old PC titles on GOG.com. It's possible to monetize old games, they just have to do it right.

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#18

PlywoodStick commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

@Einherjar Yes, Star Fox on Wii and vWii emulators is running 100% error free at this point. A bunch of volunteers pulled that off in their free time. What excuse does Nintendo's paid software tech department have? Nintendo needs to take a page from GOG.com's software tech department, they shouldn't be losing out to unpaid volunteers.

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#20

PlywoodStick commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

"Moved on" from the SNES? One of the shining jewels of Nintendo's history??? That tells you a lot about whoever is calling the shots on Virtual Console right now. Nintendo needs to get rid of whoever is currently making the decisions on this matter immediately, and get back someone like the ones who were in charge during the early-mid Wii VC years.

If you throw out your treasures into the trash, someone else (e.g. hackers, homebrewers, and emulators) will pick them up. Make no mistake about it.

Things like the FX chip are not a valid excuse either; people who got paid nothing managed to get them running on homebrew and emulators, including softmodded Wiis. I would expect a large professional company to at least be able to match the standards of a fragmented network of smart volunteers.

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#21

PlywoodStick commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct Confirm...:

@IceClimbers Most stores don't sell new 250 GB stuff cheaply, and if you want them cheap, you usually need to buy them used or during holiday sales. About the cheapest thing I can think of is to get a $15-20 Used 250GB internal desktop hard drive (e.g. from Western Digital), and a $10 SATA/IDE to USB converter (e.g. from Patuoxun).

Otherwise, you're likely going to spend $40-60 on an external drive, and 250-500 GB drives completely lose out in that price-performance ratio range to things like the external Silicon Power A60 1TB Rugged, which is $60 New. ($10 more than a typical new 500GB external drive, with extra shock absorption and an extra 500GB.) It's about $1 per 10GB on new 500GB external drives when not on sale, and up to $1.25 per 10GB on new 250GB drives; whereas new 1TB+ drives can be $0.60-1.20 per 10GB.

The market is not kind to those without plenty of disposable income.

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#22

PlywoodStick commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct Confirm...:

It's good that we're getting all of this information, but I've been intentionally staying away from most of it, just because I don't want to spoil the experience of playing it after watching too much. The last game I read about to death before release was Pokemon Red/Blue, and I only had 28.8k internet back then, so... not many details to spoil.

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#23

PlywoodStick commented on Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem’s Character...:

"As far as characters go, we have discussions such as 'what we should do in terms of bust size?' with suggestions like 'they could be large and have glasses to go with them "

Ooh, whoever suggested that has good taste. Rule 34 forces, activate! Go forth, brave doujin artists! :D

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#25

PlywoodStick commented on Splatoon Producer Talks Up Post-Launch DLC to ...:

Why am I suddenly reminded of the business tactics used for shooters on other platforms which also announced DLC before releasing, like Destiny...

Sigh... This isn't going to end well... All of these things that people have been burned on before is going to cause Splatoon to not work out. Interest is not going to be held in this way. You do it by focusing on your core game design, and keeping it accessible, not by limiting features and promising plans with a history of burning customers.

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#26

PlywoodStick commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and...:

@OMC79 It's not that fair use rights of the public cease to exist in the case of the profit sector, rather, they are habitually weakened or even ignored by the profit sector. Without repercussions, since the profit sector kind of fuels the lawmakers.

http://scholarship.law.wm.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1295&context=popular_media

"Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A in the Copyright Act of 1976, section 107 provides that the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research, is not an infringement of copyright."

In other words, a LOT of Youtube content is covered by fair use law, including some things by those who profit from their channels. There's also a possibility of Youtubers referring to their copyrighted materials displayed as "intermediate use", which could possibly clear them of "commercial use" status, since the channel's host might not be directly profiting from the subject materials, but rather from their channel.

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#27

PlywoodStick commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and...:

@Kirk I dunno... Hiroshi Yamauchi, the first CEO of Nintendo as a gaming company, was a pretty damn ruthless guy. He was far, far more brutal a person than your typical enterprising white collar suit. The irony being, of course, he's the guy who hired Miyamoto when he was in his younger 20s, simply because Shiggy's father was a friend of a friend. I'm pretty sure the Nintendo employees made some Easter eggs somewhere joking about Yamauchi being a tyrant. ;)

The sociopathic principles which guide the top grossing corporate entities do not distinguish between nationality, creed, or genetic history. The Mammon Machine engulfs all who fall prey to it.

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#28

PlywoodStick commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and...:

Interesting, all of this mess was started because the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) allows and even encourages behavior such as that Nintendo and other companies are using... (Or abusing, depending on the situation.) Almost nary a peep about the DMCA details, and how it was originally drawn up, though.

This is one perspective that sheds some light on it:

http://www.wired.com/2008/10/ten-years-later/

The DMCA was originally drawn up to the benefit of companies such as Google, and by proxy, Youtube. However, there also exists another facet:

"...The privilege also comes with a price. The law demands intermediaries such as YouTube to take down content immediately in response to a notice, without evaluating the claim for reasonableness or accuracy, or considering the fair use rights of users. If YouTube doesn’t abide by the notice, it loses its immunity and subjects itself to copyright liability."

Don't blame/thank Nintendo or Google (or the public, for that matter) for the actions taking place, now... blame/thank the revolving door corporate elite politics controlling the American Congress. Nintendo and Google are just playing by the top authority's rules.

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#29

PlywoodStick commented on Fire Emblem: If Special Edition Bundle Sold Ou...:

@Chaoz Hey now, don't say that... I'm thinking about all those people who are being forced to spend the equivalent of $80 for the full experience, because they don't want to buy a digital version of the path they didn't buy, nor do they want to spend the extra money on the extras in the collector edition. I get that not everyone will like the games enough to get both, but for those who ARE getting both (you know, the faithfuls), this is doing some of them a disservice. If they're going to split paths with a paywall, then they could at least charge $30 each on the eShop. That would save $10 for all those people who would have ended up being dissatisfied with a $40 digital purchase.

Technical limitations do matter, they guide what developers are capable of outputting. They commonly remark in interviews about how the limitations of 20-30 years ago have been blasted away. Sure, not everyone would have paid for both Oracle games back then, and yet, shouldn't Nintendo be catering to their faithfuls, the ones who WILL buy both?

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#30

PlywoodStick commented on Fire Emblem: If Special Edition Bundle Sold Ou...:

@JaxonH @Dr_Lugae Kaze_Mameryu's and Kyranosaurus's point was that the two sides didn't HAVE to be split up as they were. The games were intentionally split up to appear as separate titles, to justify the higher price point. The two paths CAN fit into a single 8GB 3DS card together, therefore, it was not necessary to artificially edit their content to appear separate. All Nintendo needed to do was charge $60 MSRP for the base price of one 8GB game.

And yes, this is all just one game, albeit a large game. Let's not get into semantics based on conflating length with value- that idea was defeated when Nintendo charged the same MSRP of $50 at release for The Legend of Zelda on NES as for their tiny earlier titles, like Excitebike, instead of jacking the price up due to being a bigger game with a then-special circuit board with coin battery.

The paths could have operated similarly, with different difficulty and gameplay settings being optional, but Nintendo chose not to do that.

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#32

PlywoodStick commented on Fire Emblem: If Special Edition Bundle Sold Ou...:

"The Japanese Special Edition bundle has a price tag of 77,37 $ (9,200 yen [JPY]) - around $80 – and will include one cartridge containing the whole game with two paths, the White Kingdom and the Black Kingdom. The bundle also includes a third path that will be made available to download on launch day"

So the whole game CAN fit into an 8GB card! Yep, Nintendo is milking their faithfuls, alright. :( $80 instead of $60? And no, it's not like paying $80 for Chrono Trigger back on the SNES. It would be understandable to raise the price back then, with the major circuit board tech changes needed back in the SNES days for high capacity carts, but the differences are not so significant between a 2GB and an 8GB 3DS card.

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#35

PlywoodStick commented on Poll: Would You Like Mario Kart 8 and Super Sm...:

@R_Champ Mewtwo and Lucas don't have to be boring clones of their predecessors, Nintendo just doesn't want to go the extra mile by significantly differentiating them from their counterparts, as the Project M team did the work for. It takes less work to nickel and dime people over nothing, than to continually re-balance a freely available community project.

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#36

PlywoodStick commented on Poll: Would You Like Mario Kart 8 and Super Sm...:

I don't have the games, but even if I did, I wouldn't get the DLC. I'd rather just pay for the whole package and be done with it; the only items in recent memory for which I've made an exception were massive discounts on Civilization 5 DLC a while back. This doesn't affect me.

Still prefer Project M's style of "DLC", though- they're optional patches, no money needed; they're a reward for buying the original product.

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#37

PlywoodStick commented on Fan Ports Hideo Kojima's Cyberpunk Classic, Sn...:

This would REALLY be glorious if the Virtual Boy were not rushed to market, and was allowed to have a full color display. Still think it should have been a portable console that could just optionally plug into the 3D headset.

Regardless, this is awesome! Kudos to them for crossing the tech divide in a fallen friend's honor!

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#38

PlywoodStick commented on Editorial: Why We Don't Plan to Provide Furthe...:

Have to agree with @Kirk, @nintendomasterr, @Wouwter, @CM30, and @Red_XIII.

It's unfortunate, but the world essentially needs organizations such as Wikileaks to prevent (or at least slow down) an eventual Deus Ex style situation among the world's superpower governments, megacorporate conglomerates, and central/big bankers. It might sound rather farfetched today, but if one pays attention to how the world's more vulnerable communities (including entire areas within supposed first world countries, e.g. in the city of Detroit and the state of West Virginia) are treated as "the cost of doing business", it becomes clear that we must treat those involved at the top from the perspective of Empire.

Issues like the Sony Pictures leaks are collateral damage, which is unfortunate, but it's become a necessary evil to acquire information from the top (since they won't reveal it to us) in the interests of scouting out their more dangerous implements. Anyone who's been paying attention to publicly available research, such as that conducted by organizations like the Center for Responsive Politics, knows that plans like Project Goliath have increasingly had their roads paved with the blessing of the top authorities. (Which is ironic in this case, since Google is one of the biggest PAC money donors. Not to mention, all of the organizations referring to Google as a goliath are also goliaths.)

This was part of the payback against Google for their recent support of the FCC decision to implement Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, classifying the internet as a regulated telecommunications service, instead of as a wild west style "information service".

"If you've done nothing wrong, then there's no reason to fear further intrusion." This should be a two way street. A one way street in this case leads towards tyranny; it happened to Imperial Rome, and it'll happen again without intervention.

I understand that this might be treading in an area from which NintendoLife does not want to potentially endanger themselves. So, I accept the decision on this matter.

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#40

PlywoodStick commented on Video: Check Out Every Fire Emblem Intro So Fa...:

@Peach64 Radiant Dawn is pretty shallow characters and story wise without the background of Path of Radiance. It's worth picking up, if you're interested in the Tellius saga.

Edit: GOOD GOD! It's $90+ Used now!?!? I had no idea... Well, I guess it's a nice nest egg to have...

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#41

PlywoodStick commented on Video: Check Out Every Fire Emblem Intro So Fa...:

@DarthNocturnal It doesn't look like SMTxFE is going to have anything like Mara, Astaroth, or the bondage version of the Angel; it looks pretty tame by comparison to Strange Journey and SMT4. Teen rating looks appropriate for it, unless they pull out some more objectionable material. (Bikini summoners don't count, for all those puritans out there!)

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#42

PlywoodStick commented on Video: Check Out Every Fire Emblem Intro So Fa...:

Ah, silly mortals arguing over which newer Fire Emblem is better then the other... It's not really a fair fight, since the SNES Fire Emblems never made it into the Western hemisphere, past the Epic Center coverage in Nintendo Power on the eve of the Nintendo 64's release. If it had, I'm willing to bet there would be some individuals going for nostalgia and classic gameplay over all of the more complicated newer titles.

It also doesn't help that almost none of us can read the FE4 intro properly... It's kind of like a grim mythological creation story that doesn't pretend humans are the ones in charge, nor does it assert that human arrogance alone has an all-encompassing effect on the world's events- there's always someone pulling strings. There's no... deus ex machina... glares at Awakening... to bail us out of eventual destruction, not even with intervention, and our getting caught up in a greater struggle is inevitable.

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#43

PlywoodStick commented on Video: Check Out Every Fire Emblem Intro So Fa...:

I haven't gone through them yet, but so far, I would say the Jugdral saga piques my interest the most of the continental sagas. Though, the Elibe and Tellius continents are the most well known...

From the FE wiki, this is the gist of the FE: Genealogy of the Holy War opening:

"Hundreds of years before the beginning of the game, the world of Jugdral suffered under the grip of the Loptyr Empire, whose lineage of emperors acted as vessels for their "dark god", the Earth Dragon Loptyr. This changed in the year 643 with the Miracle of Darna, where twelve dragon gods led by Naga descended upon the city of Darna, the last bastion of a battered resistance force, and in a blood bond bestowed their power upon twelve warriors. These twelve became the Twelve Crusaders, and under their leadership the Lopt Empire fell after a decades-long holy war. The Crusaders then parted, with seven of them forming the Kingdom of Grannvale and its six duchies, while the other five founded their own kingdoms: Isaach, Agustria, Silesse and Thracia, which itself later partially splintered off into the Manster District."

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#44

PlywoodStick commented on Feature: A Day in The Future Life of a Nintend...:

@Quorthon Ah, yes, I can see it now...

"Having trouble landing precise jumps in your New Super Mobile Brothers game? Pay us $1 to complete that difficult stage for you! In fact, feel free to pay us $100 to play all 100 levels for you! It's optional, no one is forcing you to do it!"

"Congratulations on reaching the end of the first region of Super Other Mobile Prime! Need more missiles to open that pesky red door that we honestly forgot to provide the player missiles to open? (Our bad!) Pay us $5 to unlock your first 10 pack of missiles! Be careful not to use them on that hardshell creature blocking the door, which requires missiles to kill, or else you'll need to... SHELL out again! (I KNOW! Who wrote this stuff!?)"

"You're doing great in the first dungeon of Legend of Mobile: A Physical Connection of the Past! Now open your first big treasure chest to LOOK OUT FOR THAT QUICKTIME EVENT! Oh no, you dropped the master key into a deep crack in the ceiling! How did you manage to do that, you silly butterfingers? It's OK, we'll unlock that chest for you... For $2. What's that, you still need the master key to reach the boss room? Don't worry about that, we'll cross that bridge when we the cross the bridge to there..."

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#45

PlywoodStick commented on Feature: A Day in The Future Life of a Nintend...:

@FlaygletheBagel "Nintendo has already established that they aren't bringing their preexisting "core" franchises to the mobile platform, only new games."

Nintendo also previously established that they would not invest in mobile, free to play, or micro transactions. So much for that. Going mobile is the conclusion of what going software only would realistically mean, no matter what they tell the public. Their hardware division will eventually fade away if NX doesn't succeed. What recourse would be left in that case? Utilizing their DeNA capital alliance to go mobile only. Again, you do realize that in this situation, that's what would happen if NX fails?

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#46

PlywoodStick commented on Feature: A Day in The Future Life of a Nintend...:

@FlaygletheBagel "I personally don't like mobile games and won't support them, but I'd be a fool to deny that this will help keep Nintendo relevant and alive."

Even if it means bringing over core Nintendo titles over to mobile, while ending the dedicated portable console line in favor of a hybrid with mobile connectivity? Remember that this is a one way street, mobile is just going to continue infiltrating Nintendo's operations until that's the main portable device they develop for. You do realize that's what going software only would mean, right?

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#47

PlywoodStick commented on Feature: A Day in The Future Life of a Nintend...:

@IceClimbers I tried to find some appropriately silly gifs. :p This is probably the page with the most blatant Nintendoomed comments I've ever seen.

I turned off geotagging on my smartphone as soon as I found where the setting was hiding, and made sure the usage manager is on the front page. If I'm really desperate, maybe I'll turn it back on for GPS.

Have you seen the photos of the Game Boy that survived a bomb explosion in the First Gulf War?

http://www.doobybrain.com/2008/02/26/this-original-game-boy-survived-the-gulf-war/

"There’s no two ways about it: the original Game Boy is one of the hardest gadgets ever conceived. Rumour has it this beige behemoth isn’t made of plastic, but from the skulls of fallen Gurkha soldiers. If you ever saw one that was broken, it’s because it lost a boxing match with a nuclear bomb — on points."

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#50

PlywoodStick commented on Feature: A Day in The Future Life of a Nintend...:

Incidentally, I just received my first smartphone as a gift, since my old clamshell phone was falling apart, and family/friends were getting some bad sound effects on their end while I was talking to them through the clam. In fact... I'm posting this message through the new smartphone!

That's right... I've defected over to the dark side! I'm ready for the Nintendocalypse!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!¡¡¡¡¡
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