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Crash fan, animation fan, game fan.

Male, 18, United States

Tue 27th September, 2011

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Sforzando commented on 3DS Homebrew Hacker Makes Progress on New Nint...:

@Capt_N I'm actually in favor of copyright reform with much shorter copyright terms, as was originally intended. This would increase the openness of culture, while allowing a reasonable period for the creator to profit. In the meantime, I support the virtual console where possible, but when games simply aren't available legitimately (short of tracking down a $200 cartridge and a NES) I feel downloading the rom is justified, if not legal.

Where to begin... There was quite a lot of good home brew for the DS. And developing games for flash carts isn't some "illusion." I've been saying for years that Nintendo should allow anyone to develop games for their systems. That would make flashcarts/hacking unnecessary.

although following what's happening with the Wii u, I would recommend that the homebrew generally be distributed through means other than the eShop. Spikey Walls and Meme Run should be free, lol.



Sforzando commented on 3DS Homebrew Hacker Makes Progress on New Nint...:

@Specter_Twilight Not all games are available in the eShop, and especially not in every region. And great taste, DSTwo is best flashcart.

@Kaze_Memaryu "which is especially hypocritical when keeping in mind that Homebrew apps/games are developed on a PC, anyway"

What? Seriously, what? Nintendo uses computers to develop their games too. So I'm really not sure what point you're trying to make. Besides, the hack will not run 3DS ROMs. So if anybody ever does create a ROM loader, it will be on them, not smealum.

Saying smealum is responsible for somebody creating a rom loader would be like saying Nintendo is responsible for what people do with Swapnote. ...oh wait. Nintendo thinks they are. That explains a lot.



Sforzando commented on 3DS Homebrew Hacker Makes Progress on New Nint...:

Ooh, comment section!

Why is making it run games from any region questionable in any way? It's circumventing an unethical means of boosting hardware sales by taking advantage of niche games who import.

As for emulators, I'mma say they're okay. You shouldn't have to pay for games as old as the NES or SNES. That's my personal opinion, but emulators themselves are legal any way you look at it.

Go smea go! Keep up the good work.



Sforzando commented on Hardware Review: The New Nintendo 3DS Is The B...:

Even if FS3D is for some reason a New 3DS exclusive, I wouldn't mind since it's finally being released. It wouldn't make a lick of sense but I'd take it.

Actually, it would make sense. What if FS3D hasn't come West, because Nintendo was hoping to encourage die-hard Flipnote fans to buy a second system? By making it a New 3DS exclusive, fans would still have to get another system!

What? I'm not crazy. -puts on tinfoil hat-



Sforzando commented on Hardware Review: The New Nintendo 3DS Is The B...:

Dat Flipnote Frog on the home menu is the reason I want one of these. That's right, Flipnote Studio 3D is preinstalled on them. Hopefully this bodes well for the animation application coming West. There are clearly no more server issues if they're giving it to everyone with a New 3DS.

@Damo, considering you have Flipnote on your New 3DS, think we might see a review of the application? I think attention from the media could have a chance at reminding Nintendo that Western fans still want Flipnote Studio 3D. Fans are still writing and calling, but if NL reviewed FS3D, Nintendo might take the hint.

Help us, Nintendo Life. You're our only hope.



Sforzando commented on Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Finally Shakes ...:

Release date! Release date! Release date!

Wait. $20? ...and I thought Risky's Revenge was pricy. Think about it, Shovel Knight was $15. This seems a bit steep! This had better be really good and decent length to make that worth it.

Well, I'm playing through the GBC Shantae now, since it was so cheap!



Sforzando commented on Video: Take a Look at All of the 3DS HOME Menu...:

The themes are a good start, but there's a lot holding them back.

Firstly, the music. It's much louder and far less background-y than the ambiance of the default themes, as has been mentioned before.

Second, the folders look pretty bad in most of the themes. Do they really all HAVE to be all rounded? Then again, I use a Windows phone, so I'm used to nice tiles rather than rounded bubbly folders and icons.

Also, you know how the music stops playing when you select an icon on the Home Menu? Yeah, I hate that.

I picked the Hanafuda theme, it's the best-designed of the lot. The bottom screen isn't too loud, and neither is the music. The folders even look okay. But I am really kind of hate most of the Mario themes, as they look plain bad. The Zelda one seems okay I guess.

One last gripe: Shouldn't "no theme" be called SImple White?? It technically is a theme, it's just the default theme.

Anyway, Nintendo's themes look pretty bad so far, but I'm just hoping tons of developers are able put their own themes out there. Themes that are better-designed. Shantae and/or Cave Story anyone?



Sforzando commented on 3DS System Update 9.0.0-20 Is Now Live with Ho...:

The Hanafuda theme is glorious! I would imagine the Mario and Zelda music is a bit too loud and upbeat for a home screen, but the Hanafuda music is catchy and relaxed. And it's very pretty.

Seriously, I love this idea, and hope a lot of developers get on board making themes.



Sforzando commented on Rumour: Nintendo Removed Tharja From Super Sma...:

It's not just a rumor.

This "alleged" ESRB leak was the same one that confirmed Duck Hunt, Bowser Jr, and Dr Mario. And it included several other trophies un-revealed at the time, that do match the ones in the game. Why you think there is any chance that the leaker forged a trophy to throw into the mix is beyond me.

I've nothing against healthy skepticism, but saying this is a rumor baffles me.

And meh, don't care about Fire Emblem, and if you're that bothered about one trophy being cut from the game, then your priorities are all out of wack!



Sforzando commented on Tadpole Treble's New Trailer Shows the Lighter...:

I hope he puts it in the eShop at a very decent price, like $5 or less. Keep it low to compete with crap like Spikey Walls!

I've always liked the model used by the iOS version of Ghost Trick. Game is free and includes a few levels, then you can buy "chapter packs" or full game. Has this model been used on the Wii U?



Sforzando commented on More Minecraft Mania Looks Set for Wii U With ...:

At the very least, this game has the best title of the lot!

In my opinion, Minecraft is its own genre, calling it "theft" or a knockoff misunderstands the nature of innovation. Unless you build on another's ideas, you can't make anything. See the YouTube documentary "Everything is a remix." I say let as many developers as possible make Mining/crafting style games, one is sure to emerge as the best, and there's no guarantee it will be Minecraft. Why let Mojang reign supreme just because they had the idea first? I wish these developers the best of luck.

Remember: The second game in any genre was likely considered a knockoff.



Sforzando commented on Nexis Games is Developing U Craft, a Minecraft...:

Minecraft is a pretty basic game, so clones aren't too hard to do well. But from an inexperienced developer, not too confident about this one. Good luck to them, though.

I have nothing against Minecraft clones. The game template is so simple that if other developers can offer a similar or better product, it's fair competition.



Sforzando commented on Capcom Shows Off Comparison Screens For Phoeni...:

I actually see a difference
And prefer the pixel-sprites as they have a little more personality. The shading has hard edges, rather than this airbrushed look.
Of course it's a nitpick as they're not that different, and the new ones do look cleaner.
I got the first two Phoenix Wright games for Christmas last year, so I'm a little annoyed that I hadn't heard of the trilogy remake at that point, or I would have waited. Which reminds me, I still need to finish the final mission of the second game!



Sforzando commented on Developer Interview: How Two Graduates From No...:

Nintendo should release an easy-to-use SNES devkit for fans to use. That would really be something!

Of course, easier access to a 3DS devkit would be even better. For Wii U, they seem to be giving them to anyone who asks (cough spikey walls cough meme run).



Sforzando commented on Mother 4 Is On The Way, But It's Not Being Mad...:

I'm weighing in because I have opinions.
Fan games are cool and I support them 100%. Copyright owners CAN legally shut them down, but there is no reason that they need to in most cases.

When I think fan games, I think Fighting is Magic, the MLP fighting game. Hasbro shut them down about a month before their first official release was ready. This after years of dedicated development. This move definitely made Hasbro look like the bad guys in this case, but the game was getting so big that it was being considered for EVO, the fighting game tournament. In this case, Hasbro kinda didn't have much of a choice. It was about their brand image. I'm sure they didn't want to shut down the project, but it was at the point where they had to support it or make it cease and desist, and they couldn't really endorse associating their characters with violence.

Of course, even though the public never got their hooves on the game (although some fans created a "finished" version later,) the developers themselves learned a lot from the development of the game. So much that they are currently making a new Fighting is Magic game starring various, non-Hasbro-owned cartoon quadrupeds including cows and llamas. Designed by MLP:FIM creator Lauren Faust, who reached out to them after their original project was shut down.

Fan games are cool. And can lead to even cooler things.

Despite Crash Bandicoot being an iconic and recognizable platforming mascot, Activision hasn't done squat with the property for something like five years. Fans have worked on several fan games since then, the most impressive (imo) being Crystal's Wrath. Development on the fan game has been slow (the whole thing was rebooted from the ground up at one point), but it is all that Crash fans have had.

That being said, calling this game Mother 4 does seem a little bold. I don't know much about the series, but maybe a different subtitle would be better for this fan game.



Sforzando commented on Developer Profile: Masahiro Sakurai:

@xj0462 All he ever did was tease Ridley as a stage boss. Anything else is fans making stuff up, IMO. I have heard from enough sources (leaks) that there will be DLC for Ridley, Dixie, Metwo, and Chorus Men, that I would be surprised if it ended up being untrue. That being said, the current number of characters is overwhelming enough, I'll never be good with all 51 of them! More with custom specials.



Sforzando commented on Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringe...:

How about a subscription service similar to Pandora or Netflix? Let's call this fictional service NESflix.
For, say, $5 a month, you get access to a vast library of NES, SNES, Genesis, etc games, which you can play on any console, computer, or tablet. Ideally, all publishers would come to agreements and each console's entire library would be available. At the least the library would have to be better than the VC.



Sforzando commented on Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringe...:

@Zobocop Yeah, no.
There is a fantastic NES puzzle game called Fire n' Ice. It costs $100 for a cartidge used. It's not on the Virtual Console on any Nintendo system. Downloading this old game isn't stealing from anyone. Is it "illegal?" Yes, but I don't see it as unethical at all. Emulation makes it possible to play these games that have been lost and forgotten. And to play games that you have legitimately backed up, yourself. It's not theft software.



Sforzando commented on Preview: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Go...:

I can't stop playing as Mega Man!! The demo is fantastic. Hope my 2DS can handle the nightly beating it's going to receive from me playing Smash.

I actually really like having a small roster in the demo, it's much easier to learn the characters idiosyncrasies when there are only 5 available. 49 characters is overwhelming!! I'm sure I'll have mastered all five by Oct 3 though.
I am so hype.



Sforzando commented on Review: Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe (3DS eShop):

I like the game quite a bit but it seems... Lacking in a few ways. I don't think it would have hurt the game to include the songs from Triple deluxe, especially since those songs are more iconic and catchy. Price point is a bit steep imo. I'd recommend waiting to see if it goes on sale.

But still a great game. If price/value is included in my score, 7/10. Otherwise I agree with NL.



Sforzando commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming In November, Features ...:

It is a shame that future gamers might not have access to these tracks and costumes, but it will be available to those who purchased it ten years before.
The same can't be said for online play. Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart DS will never be the same since the online play shut down. Does this make them lesser games? No, it's just that they are now in the past. You will never be able to see the original Star Wars in its original theatrical run. So in some ways, anytime you watch the movie, your experience is "incomplete."

DLC does not make the original release of the game incomplete. It's like a book receiving a sequel. You can choose to buy it and place it next to the original on your shelf, or you can choose to ignore it and enjoy the story contained in the first.

Claiming that gamers in the future won't be able to play the new courses is simply inaccurate. Used Wii U's might be sold as "Containing the Mario Kart 8 DLC." It will be harder to track down, but dedicated Nintendo fans of the future will be able to do it. Heck, maybe hackers will even make it possible. But the online portion of the game? One day that is all going away, and that experience to me is more sad than a handful of bonus tracks.

Besides, each entry in the Mario Kart series largely replaces the previous. No new 3DS user, after playing Mario Kart 7 for a long time, is likely to go back and buy Mario Kart DS. It would be a graphical downgrade with no online. For example I never played Mario Kart DS but I am not planning on it now, because Mario Kart 7 would be a superior replacement/alternative. So in the future, interest in MK8 is likely to be about at the level of current interest in Double Dash. Not much.