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Sforzando

Sforzando

Crash fan, animation fan, game fan.

Male, 18, United States

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Tue 27th September, 2011
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Sforzando

#8

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

@IxC
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.

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#10

Sforzando commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Re...:

On the DS, you can dump your own DS ROMs over WiFi, using the DS Backup Tool. I did this to 90% of my DS games. And it is probably legal.

I don't think you can backup games with a retro cart, though. No WiFi. Although I think there is hardware you can find online to make your own backups for your retro flashcart.

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#11

Sforzando commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Re...:

Legal does not always equal moral.

Laws are created by politicians, who are flawed humans with their own incentives. One incentive being the extremely rich copyright lobbyists.

Remember when slavery was legal? It stayed legal for so long in the U.S. because rich people relied on it to make more money, and didn't want it to go away.

Sound familiar?

(Of course, the IP industry, while corrupt and old-fashioned, is not as heinous as a slave-owner.)

Sforzando

#12

Sforzando commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Re...:

@AlexOlney
When it comes to getting games that are unavailable or overly expensive to obtain legitimately, I don't see anything morally wrong with pirating games. Or music, for that matter. If a band posts a song on YouTube but not iTunes, I download it with no qualms, and if it's later released on iTunes I purchase it there.

This could also be extended to games unavailable in your region. If a publisher doesn't bring a game outside of Japan, for instance, then I'm not even considered a prospective buyer. If it's not worth it for them to make it available to me, why should I import it? This is a bit more morally questionable, but I will admit to using this logic on a few Japan-only DS games.

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#13

Sforzando commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Re...:

I was actually unaware that there were Retro flash carts until now. That is actually very cool.

The article states that people "should" be paying for these old games. I tend to disagree, especially titles as old as NES games! The original duration for a copyright (in the U.S.) was 14 years with the option to renew once for another 14 years. If this was still the case, a lot of NES games would be approaching public domain territory, even if the publisher had renewed. Publishers and developers deserve to make money off their games, but only for a certain amount of time.

These days, there are only two legit ways to get NES games: hunt them down online or use the Virtual Console. This can be costly for rare games such as Fire N Ice, an amazing prequel to Solomon's Key with Lode-Runner like elements, great music and graphics, and devilish block puzzles. Love this game.

http://www.amazon.com/Fire-N-Ice-Nintendo-entertainment-system/dp/B00004SVPM

This game is $95 used (at least on Amazon), and not available on the VC. No, I didn't get this game legitimately. And I don't recommend you do! It's great but not worth $95.

I wouldn't mind paying $5 for great NES games if the VC had an exhaustive library, but so many publishers have since gone out of business or simply don't care about their old NES properties, keeping many games unavailable. These games that are an important part of culture are continuously held under copyright, at best being monetized to line the publisher's pocket 20 years after their release, and at worse being unavailable in any digital format.

Free the games! Reform copyright!

I am starting to sound like a techdirt article.

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#14

Sforzando commented on Nintendo Has Nothing to Say About Recent Smash...:

I believe the roster is legit.
However, the DLC characters are likely untrue. I heard it was somebody who used the same username as the leaker. Or maybe the leaker is mentally unbalanced.

In any case many of these leaks are DEFINITELY legit. The videos for one. There is NO WAY anybody could have faked those. Look at the animations. Neogafers have pointed out other details I don't understand, such as how Bowser's flame breath works matches how it works in ssb4 rather than brawl. It's not a brawl mod.

This is most likely a NOA employee who got hold of what Nintendo was sending to ESRB and released it online. Adding credence to this is the contents of an imgur image dump. It shows a bunch of trophies of female characters zoomed in on the crotch, butt and chest. Content that would be sent to ESRB as it would affect the rating. I am convinced of this.

However, I am highly unsure about the DLC characters. The leaker trolled Nintendo, he is likely trolling us in that regard.

I think the roster is legit for sure. But it is almost certainly incomplete. One of the screenshots leaked shows All-Star Battle mode (I think that's what it's called--the mode you unlock after you get every character) is still locked. So there are still a few more slots.

And Duck Hunt dog reminds me so much of my initial reaction to the pac-man reveal that I sincerely believe he's included.

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#19

Sforzando commented on Mario Kart 8's Hackers Open Up Over Their Plan...:

They are not releasing the exploit! The exploit was on an old firmware! The online play will not be corrupted. And if it does, Nintendo needs to put other measures in place. Such as the ability to boot cheaters.

As for "piracy" I would bet that R4 cards sold more DS hardware than any one game!

Actually, what really annoyed me about R4 cards is that a lot of kids got them from their parents, having no idea every game on there was illegal.

In any case, it's difficult to show that piracy actually hurts sales much, since every pirated game does not equal a lost sale. The DS games I pirated, I never would have bought, either because they were only released in Japan or they weren't very good.

(Also: I bought far more games than I pirated. Also: I frequently bought used games, so the publisher got just as much money from me as they would have if I pirated.)

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#21

Sforzando commented on Flipnote Studio 3D:

Flipnote Hatena is not back.
Sudomemo is cool, but doesn't make up for Nintendo's failure to deliver.
Especially since, you know, Nintendo had nothing to do with Sudomemo.

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#22

Sforzando commented on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Delay in Europe...:

NOE "explained" the Flipnote delay too, at least at first. NOA on the other hand hasn't said a word since the Flipnote Direct in March 2013. Meanwhile in Japan, it's very popular and successful, having been updated three times.
#EndtheFlipnoteDelay

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#23

Sforzando commented on Flipnote Studio 3D:

@atariman Doctors have patients.

And we have had *patience for almost a year. Over a year, if you're counting from when Hatena shut down.

Believe me...the fans are justified to start taking action.

Sforzando

#25

Sforzando commented on Review: Comic Workshop (3DS eShop):

@Xtremetdifan
Well, what has happened to Flipnote Studio 3D?
It was delayed at one point. And then they never released it, even after the issues were resolved.
The Friends (SpotPass, like SwapNote) Gallery feature was removed in Japan. But the World (like Hatena) gallery is still alive and active.
The app has received at least 3 updates, adding cool new features.
Nintendo of America and Europe have pretended it never existed since then.

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#26

Sforzando commented on Tomodachi Life Stage Drops Into Super Smash Br...:

Not that impressed...because I'm almost getting as tired of Tomodachi Life as I am with Animal Crossing!
I think a Flipnote themed stage would be cool. It would be similar to the Pictochat Brawl stage, but with a Flipnote Frog!!

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#28

Sforzando commented on Flipnote Studio 3D:

ALL THE ISSUES ARE FIXED IN JAPAN.

THE ONLY ISSUE IS THAT NINTENDO DOESN'T CARE ENOUGH TO JUST UPLOAD FLIPNOTE TO THE eSHOP.

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#29

Sforzando commented on Flipnote Studio 3D European Release is Delayed:

This is my least favorite article. Of all time. I remember the good old days, when I commented above. I was so frustrated, yet so naive. I expected them to actually care about this application they had promised, and even created a Nintendo Direct for! But no...it has been ignored outside of Japan for about a year now.

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#33

Sforzando commented on Review: 2048 (3DS eShop):

Threes wasn't free.
And the concept was so simple. A clone was bound to happen. If you want to come out on top, add more features. Or release it for free with occasional advertisements, with a 99 cent cost to remove ads.

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#44

Sforzando commented on Weirdness: These "Anywhere Buttons" Look Daft ...:

Hey, don't diss...I had this idea a while back! Like, elementary school...
Actually, I envisioned a console that was a tablet as well--the WiiU if the Gamepad was the console. It had a touch screen, and you could place and move buttons wherever you want on the screen.
Of course, in retrospect, it makes more sense to have the buttons built in. But Nintendo should pay me for inventing the WiiU.

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#45

Sforzando commented on Senran Kagura Burst:

My dad thinks I'm a pervert because I bought Dead or Alive Dimensions...and in this game, girls lose their clothes as they fight better? That idea just gives me a yucky taste in my mouth...and for the record, the perviness in DOAD is my least favorite part of the game.

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#47

Sforzando commented on Flipnote Studio 3D World Gallery Priced and De...:

Ah, to read about Flipnotes in English... I've been using Google Translate to read Japanese websites since the 24th!
I really like how much thought has been put into the World Gallery system, with everything from Coins to Collectors designed to eliminate problems with the DSi Flipnote Hatena. The more I read about the Collector system, the more reassured I am that it will work really well. I have such big plans as a Creator and Collector. Love flipnotes so much.
Although what the heck, NOA? No word for us? It better be released Thursday!!

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#48

Sforzando commented on Nintendo Wins Another Court Battle with R4 Car...:

I think Nintendo should allow anyone to self-publish games on the eShop, with some reviewing process, of course. The main enemy in the way of this idea is ESRB...maybe if gamers submit "ratings" of games they download? Like, 98% of people who played this said it should be rated "E."

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#49

Sforzando commented on Flipnote Studio 3D:

Hopefully we can see footage of the app after its Japanese release...so excited to figure out how the app works, so I can get right into animating come August.