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Rocky2418 commented on Rumour: Details of amiibo Features in The Lege...:

@AlexSora89 "So amiibo keeps nothing away from the base game"

But wouldn't the vastly larger wallet be something attainable through the amiibo that's kept away from the base game? As one other person said, that would be very refreshing for all the chests that don't let you take the money inside if your wallet can't hold it.

I'd personally prefer just the base game, but then I'd miss the much larger wallet--something I'd not want to miss, particularly since I'm a completionist...



Rocky2418 commented on A 'Big' Nintendo Announcement is Coming on Monday:

I'd love if it was the Nintendo Account. Ever since hearing about its start in Japan--specifically the two-month promo of $1 back for every $10 spent on the eshop--I've been hoping to hear about it for here, as I have lots of VC games to purchase, having recently purchased the white Wii U Deluxe from the online Nintendo store, and needing to catch up.



Rocky2418 commented on Video: This Is What An All-3D Version Of Chron...:

I think my head would explode if that happened. Sadly, it never will.

While it's true that Square Enix has been giving this series the shaft for 15 years, to be fair, they need to use their time and resources to make 10 more Final Fantasy games--there's not nearly enough of them yet. >_>



Rocky2418 commented on Random: Check Out This Saxophone Cover of the ...:

Thanks. Yeah, that one took me a few hours a day, for most of a week. (Guess I'm something of a perfectionist.) But the one I just uploaded yesterday, a piece from the game Chrono Cross, took me perhaps twice as long. >_> It's frustrating and time-consuming trying to work around the various limitations in the game. Of course, the game isn't exactly aimed at making music levels, so I'm not gonna complain much; I'm just glad they incorporated it at all--giving every item and enemy their own unique sound, for instance.



Rocky2418 commented on Random: Check Out This Saxophone Cover of the ...:

Very cool. Still my favorite Zelda game.

@mjc0961 @Auracle
Though not real life instruments, if you wanna hear some Ballad of the Wish Fish, Mario Maker-style, check out my creation: 6CB9-0000-00DB-7D4A. No controller input required, other than entering two pipes and a door.

I incorporated all 8 instrumental parts (plus Marin's harmony part for the second half), using sounds most closely resembling the in-game instruments, and working within the item/enemy number limits imposed by the game. Took a crazy amount of time to get it as good as possible, so I hope you like it--if you have the game, of course.



Rocky2418 commented on Video: We Want Your Super Mario Maker Levels f...:

Just finished the level. And then once more, as I wanted to see if it was possible to make it to the end still big (which it barely was). Tough but fair my butt. I'd say just plain tough.

My primary level would be closer to tough but fair. But with a 5% clear rate (8 clears out of 47 people and 157 attempts), even it would have to be more on the tough side, I guess. I meant it to be a more fun and interesting concept than hard, but I guess the sheer length hurts that. So I recently added some mild hints via comments, to help the player notice the clues a little easier and not waste as much time. Here it is, for any interested:

"Sacrificial Items": 07F1-0000-007D-1926

My music level has gotten far more stars, but it's essentially an auto-level, so wouldn't be good for this. But for any Link's Awakening fans here, feel free to check it out and enjoy. I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to get it as good as possible, within the game's items/enemies limits--but I managed to include a good amount for each of the 8 "Instruments of the Sirens" (plus some Marin harmony for the second half).

"Ballad of the Wind Fish": 1C8F-0000-009D-DCF9

I put many days into each level, and am proud of the results.



Rocky2418 commented on The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses...:

Yeah, it was still terrific, no doubt. It's just too bad that the Zelda game that's pretty much completely centered around music doesn't get its own "movement" in the concert like the newer games (and ALttP) did. Especially since MM got two by itself. Oh well.



Rocky2418 commented on The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses...:

I was at the NYC one tonight too! Just got home (about 2 1/2 hour drive each way). I saw the first concert also, in Philadelphia a couple years ago. Pretty sweet--though I was disappointed that they didn't even touch Link's Awakening this time. Pretty sure they did the Ballad of the Wind Fish in the first concert.



Rocky2418 commented on Takashi Tezuka Gives His Opinion on Hard Level...:

Yeah. I mean, there's nothing wrong with skipping, if a level gets too frustrating or you just don't think you'll be able to do it. But I say give it at least 4 or 5 tries; still won't take too long.

Yeah, same here (the comment about stuff not being obvious to others).



Rocky2418 commented on Takashi Tezuka Gives His Opinion on Hard Level...:

Well, I'm sure I'll have to eventually; thus far, the most deaths I've ever had on a single level is 30 or 40--which has happened two or three times, maybe. Man, there are some nasty ones out there. And others that are just intentionally annoying or obnoxious (like one where there were a bajillion invisible blocks that you had to navigate through, followed by having to randomly find a P-switch in an invisible block, which required an unnatural jump to even reach; and another level that was simply comprised of about 13 sets of 3-way multiple choice paths requiring blind luck--two of which would lead to certain death, ugh...). Nevertheless, I've persevered--and then made sure NOT to star the levels.



Rocky2418 commented on Takashi Tezuka Gives His Opinion on Hard Level...:

@Captain_Gonru "I have to wonder if there are players who try a level once, and if they die at all, they move on to another."

Yup, that's been my guess too. I'm just the opposite, as a player--whatever the level that comes up, my goal is to eventually beat it, however many times I die. I've done about 600 levels thus far, including 20 times through the easy 100 Mario (for amiibos for the mystery shroom), 20 times through the normal one (same), and once through expert, and never yet skipped a level. (Of course, if a Kaizo-type level comes up, such as the one that was shown in an article here, I think I'll make an exception; nothing to be gained by dying a million times and never beating it.)



Rocky2418 commented on Takashi Tezuka Gives His Opinion on Hard Level...:

The first of the two Tezuka quotes really hit the nail on the head! It turned out to be exactly that way with my first (and so far only main) level--"Sacrificial Items." I intended it to be an interesting and fun design of fair but not insane difficulty--the biggest challenge being the 500 second timer, as it's a very long level. Hasn't been the case thus far, as it has a clear % of between 5 and 6% (6 clears in just over 100 attempts).

I don't know, I guess I figured that people who didn't reach the end in time would try it a few more times until, if nothing else, they took the right paths by trial and error and remembered for the next time. (I did give clues for each right way to go, but I guess players might not pay attention to them or at least understand them.)

But alas, he's right--it's hard to accurately assess the difficulty of your own level. I'll have to factor that in next time.



Rocky2418 commented on Video: This Super Mario Maker Player Captures ...:

@Pahvi "One very frequent identifier of such stages when the checking the name fails: a Trampoline Blaster behind the player at start."

@sWiTcHeRoO "Sometimes I get 'don't move' stages with Japanese titles where I couldn't really tell. But just from glancing at a spring coming from somewhere to hit me after dying once and starting over, it's enough to realize what you need to do (or rather, not do)."

Yup, that's exactly how it goes for me too. One death (maybe two, tops, if I'm too distracted by all the chaos to notice the spring launcher the first time), and I set the controller down to see if it's one of "those" levels--which it almost certainly is, if there's that much chaos (another decent indicator that it's an auto-level).



Rocky2418 commented on Super Mario Maker Passes One Million Sales:

Yeah, I saw that door right by the end level block. There was no way I was gonna see where it went, though, in case it was one-way and dumped me out somewhere earlier. But I guess it was just the exit point of the alternate exit, heh.



Rocky2418 commented on Super Mario Maker Passes One Million Sales:

Just finished those two. That first one was brutal! I recognized several spots from Wario's Castle in SML2. It was very close to being hard enough that I might not have starred it, even if I'd beaten it. (I have done that with several insane levels that I've eventually cleared. I don't like to encourage masochism. ) But thankfully it was still on the non-masochistic side.

Here's my first level:
"Sacrificial Items"

And my second, which I just put up earlier this evening:
"World Class Flying Lessons"

The second one is pretty one-dimensional; I got the idea for it after watching my niece test out my first level, and seeing that she had no idea how SMB3's leaf worked. Got me to thinking, I wonder how many in the younger generation have no experience with either that leaf or SMW's feather. So I made a sort of SMW flying tutorial, but one that culminates in a pretty lengthy all-or-nothing test at the end.

Hope you try 'em out. "Sacrificial Items" is the one I'm particularly proud of.



Rocky2418 commented on Super Mario Maker Passes One Million Sales:

Yeah, I'm not a very creative person, by any means. But even though I've spent more time playing levels, I've definitely enjoyed designing my one that's up and my second that will be soon.

It was after watching the NWC that I realized how huge this game could potentially end up being--essentially unlimited content.



Rocky2418 commented on Super Mario Maker Passes One Million Sales:

Yes, you do keep the ratings. (I took down two versions of the one long level I've made thus far before the current, hopefully permanent version that's now up.)

I'd certainly be up for taking on your levels--very unlikely that they're worse than some of the sadistic levels I've cleared thus far. Post one here (assuming that's allowed--didn't see any in these comments), and I'll try that and your others out; and then you can feel free to try mine (I tried to make it more interesting, puzzling, and fun than over-the-top hard, but it's hard to gauge how it'll feel to others).



Rocky2418 commented on Reminder: There's Only One More Week Left To V...:

@Juampi "Crono from Chrono Trigger!"

So much this. I just put in the vote for him. (Will never happen, I'm sure, but why not try?) He has plenty of physical and magic techs from the game to fill out a full arsenal of moves; and his Smash Ball move could be "Luminaire." Eh, I can dream.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

@Lalivero @russellohh
Yeah, that's pretty much the only reason I can't justify switching to digital yet--not being comfortable having all my games bound to one system, in case something happens to it. (Well, also the fact that you can usually find a place where you can buy a game for cheaper than the normal MSRP in physical form, whereas the digital one is locked at the one price, excluding a rare sale now and then. Kind of ridiculous that the digital version will normally cost you more.)

If not for that, I'd definitely go digital. I do like the convenience of having all my games on the system, not having to switch them out, etc. Hopefully someday, when Nintendo gets on the ball with this.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

Hey, there's 37 of us, thank you very much.

No, nor do we know for sure if it's coming. (This is NOA, after all.) As I mentioned earlier, I pre-ordered this (in case it's all we ever get), but I plan on leaving it new and unopened through the end of the year. If they announce the non-bundle by then, I'll sell this and buy that one (the one I wanted, as I have zero interest in Animal Crossing, and am not enamored with having to pay $50 extra for stuff I don't want). If they don't by then, then I'll settle for this and open it up (and sell the AC stuff).



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

Well, I certainly am. But it's not the fairest of tests. We're currently being given only one way to get one, and it requires us to pay, not $30 less than the XL--like in every other region--but $20 more than the XL (so $50 more than just the system would be). And while that obviously includes a game and faceplates, what about the huge percentage (I would have think the majority) who have no interest in this offshoot game, or those who don't care for the series in general?

Just saying, anyone who really wants the standard size is being forced into paying a lot more for stuff that a lot of us have no interest in. Not exactly a true test of who really wanted this system, that's supposed to be cheaper.

Nevertheless, I pre-ordered it, because I am just that desperate to get one in some fashion. But as I commented earlier, I'm not even going to open it till the end of the year. I'm hoping the standalone white New 3DS gets announced between now and then, so I can get that and sell this one.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

I can certainly understand that (waiting for the one you want). And actually, I'd much prefer the standalone one myself (still in white, that is). Nevertheless, I pre-ordered this--largely because, after waiting all this time, I'm paranoid, thinking that I'll miss my chance to at least get it in this form. That said, I'm planning on not even opening it until the end of the year; if the standalone one is announced by then, I'll just sell this one new (or better yet just cancel my pre-order, in the unlikely event it gets announced in the next few weeks), and if it isn't, I'll go ahead and use this one. I may not want to miss my chance, but I can certainly wait a little longer, just in case the basic one does come.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

Ya know what's funny? Right after my last post, someone pointed out that banner to me over on GameFAQs. I hadn't paid much attention to it because it was just the message about the download written in Spanish and French, so I assumed it had nothing beyond what the English version stated. But this person pointed out the fact that both the Spanish and French translations used the phrase that's translated "download code" (and as you pointed out, you can make out "code" fairly easily in the French one). Anyway, thanks for pointing that out here too. That's welcome news.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

@ShikabaneHime13 "Many shots of the box say that it's a download code and not pre-installed"

Can you post a link showing off such a picture? So far all I've seen is the picture included in this article (the same picture used on Gamestop where you pre-order it), which merely says "Full Game Download Included."

Do we know for sure whether that means an actual code or pre-installed? If you could post a link of an official pic that actually says it's a code, that'd be very helpful. I'm really hoping to be able to sell the code... >_>



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

I was asking earlier, when a system comes bundled with a digital game, is it just already downloaded on the system when it comes, or does the bundle include a code for downloading the game. I ask because I have no interest in Animal Crossing, and it would be really helpful to be able to sell the code, rather than spend so much more money on a game I won't even play.

And if anyone else could answer this, I'd appreciate that as well.



Rocky2418 commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

@sWiTcHeRoO "One could probably just get this bundle and get face plates off of the other regions that have variety already"

That's what I'm planning. I would have much preferred just the plain, non-bundle white system--both due to significantly cheaper cost and zero interest in AC. But hey, I'll take what I can get. (At least it's the white system, which is what I was hoping for.) I already pre-ordered it on Gamestop. I'll just sell the AC plates (and get the plain or other ones on ebay or something) and card. By the way, is it possible to sell the game? Does a code for the digital game come with it or is it just pre-installed? I'm guessing pre-installed, which would really be a bummer for me.



Rocky2418 commented on Movie Review: Pixels Proves Once Again That Vi...:

@JusticeColde "Is there any reason to be angry about it? No. Like I said, we knew what we were getting and anybody going to the theater only to come out angry afterwards is just looking for something to be angry at."

Agreed. The preview had told us that footage of '80s video games was send out into space for any potential aliens out there over 30 years ago (uh... why video games?), and then aliens responded by attacking earth with real-life versions of those games (and also that Adam Sandler was the main character). ... I don't understand how anyone could be righteously indignant over the fact that what they got was a stupid, silly 80s video games movie. I really don't.

@RalphaBoss "Meh... so harsh... You're taking the movie too seriously."

@dkxcalibur "It's unrealistic even beyond the obvious unrealistic story line and stuff doesn't always make sense but it's good as a brainless fun watching some cartoons on TV."

Exactly. I'm 31, and I saw it on Saturday with my 39-year-old brother and 12-year-old niece. And we all loved it. Not like 'this should win an oscar' loved it. Just loved it 'cause it was exactly what we were expecting it to be, and thought it was funny. (And the 3D worked quite well with it--especially in the Centipede battle.)

@Fazzie_Bear @TRON
I enjoyed it too, for what it was and was obviously going to be.

His warning was somewhat incomplete. The guy gets together with "Lady Lisa" (his lifetime video game crush) after the "real" one left and then Q*bert mysteriously just morphed into her. And by the way, probably my favorite line in the movie followed that (and perfectly demonstrates the fact that the movie wasn't pretending to be some great box office hit, and knew that it was just a silly video game movie to go see if you wanted to), when Sandler's character said something like: 'Seriously, nobody else is weirded out by the fact that Q-bert just became Lady Lisa?'



Rocky2418 commented on This Lovely Mario New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plate...:

I don't mind not being able to get this cover plate. It's not being able to get the smaller system itself that irritates me . . . Anyway, no worries, Nintendo Life. It's not your fault we don't have it here. No need to feel guilty about articles about cover plates and whatnot. I'm glad you to enjoy (most of) them.



Rocky2418 commented on Metallic Blue New Nintendo 3DS XL Looks Set fo...:

@iphys @Jake_homs @StephenYap3
Ditto to all that. Hope it gets announced sometime in the next few months--especially the white one, as you said, Stephen.

Possible. However, two things to note: 1) The comment was part of a reply to an inquiry as to the standard New 3DS's North American fate. In addition, he prefaced the SKU line with the phrase, "Not going to make any promises but..." I would find that preliminary phrase kind of silly if he was merely talking about releasing new colors for the XL. As in, 'Not going to make any promises, but... maybe, just MAYBE, we'll do the thing that we always do with every handheld system that you're already expecting--release additional colors.' See what I mean? It would be kind of ridiculous to speak of such a prospect like it was some shocking, unexpected notion. But more importantly, 2) There was a second interview with Reggie from E3 that was published, and in it he stated:

"Our focus is over the current six- to nine-months. In our handheld space, we’ve just launched the new Nintendo 3DS XL. So from that standpoint, there is no new hardware coming over the next six- to nine-month period. There might be some new variants. The thing about the handheld space, consumers love new designs, new colors. And we’ll continue to offer those types of experiences."

(I inserted the bold.) Source:

So, speaking of the next 6 to 9 months, he said that while there of course won't be any all-new (next gen) handheld system, they will continue to offer new variants--new colors AND new designs. Nothing is ever official until announced, of course, and maybe it won't come. But after this interview and the other one, I've become much more optimistic regarding the standard's release here. Either way, we'll have to wait and see.

I'm happy for those who wanted the Metallic Blue XL. I actually think that one looks the nicest of the XL colors. I can only hope the standard size comes soon too.



Rocky2418 commented on Gallery: The Splatoon T-Shirt Market Has More ...:

Funny. When I saw the cover picture for this article, I said to myself, 'Hey, those look like the graphics from the Red Bubble site.' And sure enough they were. I actually bought four different Chrono Trigger themed shirts from their site about a year or two ago. They do great work!



Rocky2418 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Hints at Smaller New Nintendo...:

No problem. Yeah, I was surprised by the data myself, considering how frequently I'd heard people casually throw around the line, 'Well, XL sales just dwarf non-XL sales in North America.' Whereas in reality--while XL sales do outnumber non-XL ones everywhere, including NA--non-XL sales actually make up a higher percentage of overall sales here in NA than anywhere else. So, yeah, that's clearly not the reason why the base model wasn't released here. Rather, to this point, they decided only to cater to the over 50% group--maybe in an effort to be stingy and limit production costs, maybe store shelf space issues, or maybe trying to force more consumers into buying the XL before trying to get them to double dip and buy the base model too. I don't know. But just "the numbers"? No, that doesn't compute.



Rocky2418 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Hints at Smaller New Nintendo...:

Being a pessimist (and with good cause), I'd normally be inclined to agree with you. However, he was specifically speaking about/to people who wanted "the base model":

"We've certainly taken note of all of the readers and consumers that expressed desire for the base model. . . . I would suggest to your readers that they stay tuned and maybe some special SKUs might show up."

Merely releasing a new New XL (ugh, name) would be completely irrelevant to that statement, as people who wanted the base model still wouldn't want that.



Rocky2418 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Hints at Smaller New Nintendo...:

@RatKing64 "Sales data shows that North Americans generally prefer the bigger screen of the XL (by a wide margin)"

This always seems to come up at least once in one of these kinds of stories' comments sections, so I'll copy and paste the following again--to clear up this misconception:

In reality, it seems the reason NOA didn't release it is that they are more stingy than the other regions--they chose to only release the model preferred by the greater than 50% group, and not "waste" resources on the mere 33% of the rest of us. Too, just as likely, they wanted to stagger the releases so as to get people to buy the one they didn't really want as much, so they'd have to buy a second one in order to get what they wanted. But just the sales data? No, the numbers don't support that theory.

Yeah, I found that odd too. Kind of makes me think they're not going to release the white one I've been hoping for, but rather some "unique" color and--of course--black, because we clearly don't have enough of that color as it is. >_>

@Sakura "The special bundles we have for the standard model here usually include the game (digital) and a set of faceplates (often a free corresponding theme too). The actual consoles are just white or black."

I hope that's what happens here. As long as I can get the actual console in white, I'll be happy.



Rocky2418 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Hints at Smaller New Nintendo...:

Well, I know I've certainly longed for the standard size, white New 3DS since seeing it when it was first announced last year in Japan. I will pre-order / buy it instantly if/when it releases here. It's funny--I had the OG 3DS for a year and a half, then switched to the XL, just to give it a chance, and have now had it for two years. But I've been so ready to switch back to the smaller size for good. I waited till E3, heard nothing, and decided I'd just go try and find another OG 3DS online. I was planning on purchasing one later tonight, and then saw this article . . .

Now I feel like I should just wait a little while longer, but . . . I also know Reggie very well could be trolling us again, and--as some have suggested--might reveal a New 2DS or just some additional LE New XLs. Sigh . . . Sure wish he'd just tell us what we'll be getting, even if not when. As it is, I still don't know what to do.



Rocky2418 commented on Take More Risks With Your eShop Purchases, Ple...:

"If I had one wish to be fulfilled, I would love to see Nintendo fans and consumers take more risks on eShop."

Yeah, and if I had one wish, I would love to see the standard New 3DS here in North America, as it is in every other region. But Nintendo clearly doesn't care about what the 33% who prefer that size want; hence, I couldn't care less what they want. And if I recall, Baker was the guy who "explained" the absence of said New 3DS by saying that it would be too confusing to NA consumers to have five different systems (3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, New 3DS, and New 3DS XL). He said that this way, we'd have three options that each offered a unique experience--the 3DS (OG), 2DS, and New 3DS XL. Funny thing about that, though: the OG 3DS hasn't been an option for a long, long time. Which is why, when--following E3 and seeing that the standard New still wasn't released--I decided to finally switch back from my old XL to the OG (I have good reasons), that meant I had to get one off ebay, the only way to buy any 3DS system of that size for me.

Anyway, yeah, Damon Baker is one guy that I can't take seriously. Sorry.



Rocky2418 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Promises 3DS E3 Reveals While...:

Oh, how tired I grow of Reggie . . . If you noticed, in the article, the person actually asked him two questions regarding the standard New 3DS in NA:

"What drove the decision to only release one version of the New 3DS in the US, and is there a chance we'll ever get a regular one?"

And yet, while he "answered" (not really) the first question, he literally ignored the second altogether:

"We made the decision that we felt was best in keeping with the needs of our user base at the time."

I understand wanting to keep reveals secret, but he didn't even dignify the question of whether we'd ever get it with an answer--not even a deflecting one. Wow, I didn't realize I could lose more respect for him until reading that. Now I know better.



Rocky2418 commented on Europe, You're Getting Three More New 3DS Cove...:

@kamifox1 "Really though, the sense of entitlement in America these days never fails to astound me.. It's just a few pieces of plastic with pretty pictures on them, do you REALLY care that much?"

About the pieces of plastic? No, I don't. And actually, like myself, the majority of people who are upset about the matter care more about the size of the system itself than about the cover plates. Many of us prefer having a smaller, lighter system as their portable.

As for the entitlement: Is it really entitlement to expect to get the same options that literally every other region got? Besides, it's not just about being the "left out" region. Thanks to the internet, we all saw the New 3DS and XL months in advance when Japan announced it. So that was three months during which those of us that wanted the standard model were looking forward to it--something that had nothing to do with which regions got what, since that hadn't even happened yet.

Anyway, keep some perspective. It's not like we're starting mass riots in the streets. We're merely expressing our disappointment over not getting something after months of looking forward to it and rightfully expecting that it would come, based on past situations.



Rocky2418 commented on Video: Footage From Nintendo World Championshi...:

(In most nerdy voice): 2nd video - 'The next Fred Savage'? More like the next Luke Edwards, who was the one who played Jimmy Woods, the actual "wizard" of the movie. Heh, I hope someone got fired over that one.

(Back to regular voice): Anyway, it's a shame that there were so few locations for these preliminaries. Living in upstate NY, it would've been about a 2 1/2 hour drive down to the city to try competing. Not bad, but even that long of a drive, then having to sit outside an NYC building in early morning hours . . . nah. Especially since I know I'd have no realistic shot of coming out on top. I know and am good at most of the old-school games in NES Remix, being 31, but I actually haven't play NES Remix itself. Besides, there's also the odds - 1 in who-knows-how-many-hundreds? Meh. I'll just enjoy watching the finals. Should be fun.