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Sun 20th January, 2008

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StarDust4Ever commented on Nintendo Might Not Be Making More GameCube Con...:

@Ninteen84 Third party yes but officially licensed so you know it's good.

@64supermaio B button sticking? I don't seem to have any issues with mine.

IMO the worst parts about the PDP controller is the mushy Dpad and long travel on the "analog" triggers. Very much like the original Game Cube Controller. Other than that the Z-triggers and L+R triggers are swapped compared to a normal Game Cube. This is to match the current positioning on the Pro / CC Pro controllers, however the L and R triggers feel more comfortable to pull with my large man hands. Also the thumbstick is decent even as a Dpad substitue because the octagonal restricter allows you to hit 8-way precision with better accuracy than circular restrictor.

I would definitely recommend the PDP over the Mayflash adapter, because the PDP properly supports all buttons plus I've heard the Mayflash drains Wiimote batteries.

Still, due to a hardware limit of four controller slots not counting the game pad, at least one USB Game Cube Adapter is required to support 5-8 players in Smash, even if you use the PDP Game Cube Clones or Classic / Pro controllers for the first four players. If Nintendo refuses to make more USB GC adapters, I'm sure a third party will clone them. It's a completely digital interface for the adapter with standard controller ports on it, so it will be hard for them to screw up. Nintendo didn't supply enough Wii LAN dongles so Datel or Intec or whomever it was quick to supply 100% compatible clones.



StarDust4Ever commented on NES Remix Pack:

Looks like I'll be keeping this one sealed on the shelf next to Luigi-U (I collect retail titles but downloaded the eShop games / DLC before a retail disc was released). B-)



StarDust4Ever commented on Nintendo Might Not Be Making More GameCube Con...:

For crying out loud, just buy one of these if you have to have your Game Cube Fix. No rare or sold out adaper needed, and you can use it in Wii-U and Wii mode. IMO it's the best controller to play N64 VC titles...
I bought the Mario one and it does not disappoint. Works great for Mario Kart 8 and 3D World too. Nice classic Game Cube feel, although the analog travel is faked (I opened it up and there is no analog mechanism connected to the triggers unlike the original CC or Game Cube, just a spring for tension and a digital button at the end of travel) so it will never work for Game Cube VC.



StarDust4Ever commented on Amazon UK Offers Bargain Prices to Shift Its W...:

@Tritonus non-sequential writes seem to take a bit hit with flash, but random read access is faster. The peak bandwidth of USB 2.0 is fixed, but buying a 3.0 drive is safer because it will meet or exceed USB 2.0 performance in nearly all cases, unless you're writing a million 4kb files, which is a pathetic benchmark.

Wii-U uses a proprietary file system, which likely matches the block writing style of it's own internal flash.

Once a game file is saved to external storage, it stays put and does not change much. Game saves are written multiple times but seeing as there's no constant write-caching like a windows PC, there is very little reason to assume that flash memory will wear out faster when used on a game console. Constant spinning up and down will wear a hard drive much faster.

Either way my Wii-U deluxe is on the verge of being full but I plan on getting a 128Gb drive when prices drop a bit more. And Sandisk or some other name brand will be better for it if a bit more expensive.



StarDust4Ever commented on Amazon UK Offers Bargain Prices to Shift Its W...:

Yawn. I've nearly filled up my Wii-U Deluxe, with about 2Gb left. I know they recommend not to, but I plan on cramming a high performance 128Gb flash drive up the Wii-U's butt when they become affordable. After all, the Wii-U uses flash, right?



StarDust4Ever commented on Weirdness: Factory Error Results in Dual-Wield...:

That is pretty sweet though. And the up-side-down Fox as well. If I had one of these, I'd send it off to CGA/VGA/whatever to get it graded.

Unlike some people claim, the packaging is fairly tamper-resistant. There is a small vent in the bottom, but the plastic carton is glued to the paper backing and it would be impossible to pull the figure through the tiny slit at the bottom without destroying or damaging the package.

My fiance is getting me a Mario and Peach Amiibo for Christmas. Well my mom and fiance had to run errands and the Gamestop bag with the Amiibos was still in my car so I snuck them into the house to scan them into MK8 and unlock the Mii suits. I know, shame on me. :p

There's a half inch of space between the base of the Amiibo and the bottom of the box, and I can confirm they won't scan through the box. I have a Disney Infinity figure I bought used just to collect (Wizard Mickey) and I can confirm the Gamepad detects the object (but doesn't recognise it) at a distance of up to one inch.

So it should be scannable through the box, but isn't. I'm guessing there's a piece of foil or something in there that blocks the near field inductive RF signal?



StarDust4Ever commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GameCube Controlle...:

@Reznor52 You can transfer from one console to another provided both of them still work. If your game system breaks, ship it back to Nintendo and wait. If it's out of warranty or due to negligence, they'll bill you for the service. If it's lost, stolen, or destroyed (flood, fire, etc...), beg to Nintendo and pray. For stolen consoles, you'll need a copy of the police report. I'm assuming also if it's destroyed (flood, fire, etc) you'll likely need to provide an insurance claim. Don't carelessly leave your 3DS on a bus or somewhere or drop it in a lake or your eShop purchases are screwed. It makes me so nervous to carry my 3DS around. I've even thought of affixing my name, phone, and return address in case I lose it and a good samaritan finds it out somewhere. Honestly it's just assinine now that they have eshop accounts across both Wii-U and 3DS, they don't offer cross buy or the ability to transfer an account without having access to both consoles, like cough Sony PSN does.



StarDust4Ever commented on New Super Mario Bros. Wii Hits 10 Million Sale...:

The NSMB Mario + Luigi U bundle kicks NSMB-Wii's rump. For starters it has a unified Super Mario World style overworld map instead of generic SMB3 stylized World 1-8 maps. New Overture for the above ground music instead of the NSMB Mushroom Waltz, even if the rest of the soundtrack is recycled. Secret exits unlock new paths to other worlds instead of Warp cannons. Baby Yoshis are nice even though I personally don't use them much. And the Mario/Luigi components complement each other nicely with totally different pacing... ;)



StarDust4Ever commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (North America):

No love for DK King of Swing? It's a fun little title. I'm actually on the fence with Smash Bros U but I never download retail titles. I've got Bayonetta 2 coming for Xmas, and there's too many great Wii-U titles coming up (Zelda U, Yoshi Wooly World, Toad Treasure Tracker, etc...) I gotta save up for. I like Smash Bros but it sucks without any friends to game with, even if Rosalina's in it... :'(



StarDust4Ever commented on New Super Mario Bros. Wii Hits 10 Million Sale...:

In other news, does anybody else find the article/headline a little misleading?

"On release, New Super Mario Bros. Wii was critically acclaimed and a commercial success. As of March 2014, the title has sold 28.65 million copies, making it the fourth best selling Wii game of all-time, and second highest selling title in the Mario Wii line behind, Mario Kart Wii."

So which is it? 10 million or 28 million? :p



StarDust4Ever commented on New Super Mario Bros. Wii Hits 10 Million Sale...:

@WiiLovePeace Probably throw in the Donkey Kong, Kirby, and Yoshi games and you'll rack in the 2D platformers quick. It's pretty easy to come up with 11 titles seeing how Nintendo is the king of platformers.

Honestly the N64 / Game Cube years were the golden age of 3D platformers. Nearly everything got 3D-ified. Some were better than others though.



StarDust4Ever commented on The New Nintendo 3DS Doesn't Come With An Inte...:

Wii-U's HTML5 web browser is light-years better than the current 3DS. For the record I carry an old flip phone with no data plan and texting disabled. Sometimes when I'm on the go, I'll log onto a wifi hotspot with my 3DS and check my email, NLife, forum posts, etc. Half the time images do not load at all or worse the entire page blanks out with a "page too large to display" error. Watch 3D videos over HTML5? Yes please! The current Youtube app does not support 3D video at all even though they promised an update to support 3D long ago. :p

The 30c to permanently unlock the Internet filter is totally worth it IMHO, even though I believe Nintendo is being an asinine crybaby for requiring this step. Dang Nintendo; grow a pair already! Parents can and should lock access to or enable content filters on the Internet Browser for their child's 3DS. It's not Nintendo's job to be my "parents"; I'm 33 years old so I can view whatever the poopoocockadoodledoo I want. And what I do with my Wii-U/3DS is nobody's business but my own... B-)



StarDust4Ever commented on Mario Kart 8 Update Planned to Resolve MKTV Yo...:

I tried to upload some highlight reels of the new DCL content and it failed. I wanted to post videos of the Excite Bike track. I had this awesome 1st place finish playing as Tanooki with three other racers. Did not hit a single item! Saved in favorites... ;)



StarDust4Ever commented on Review: Super Mario Advance (Wii U eShop / Gam...:

Giant enemies, vegetables, lots of chances for 1ups and extra hearts. Unlike the original, you're not stuck with the same character throughout the entire stage as you can select a different player when/if you die. Honestly, the SMB2 GBA remake is far more accessible IMO than the original. If you struggled with SMB2 NES, pick this one up.



StarDust4Ever commented on Review: Kirby's Pinball Land (3DS eShop / Game...:

@ejamer @Beau_Skunk agreed, this review is bunk. Kirby's Pinball Land is easily a solid 7. I picked it up used from EB Games after I bought a GBA in 2004 and loved it. For more on this gameplay concept, Mario Pinball Land is kind of a spiritual sequel to this and quite good. Even the manuals are formatted similar. Also, if you own the original cart and play it on a Super Game Boy, you get full color with this title. Sadly this is not emulated on 3DS but it's still a fun game. NLife have botched low-ball review scores of so many classics, it isn't funny...



StarDust4Ever commented on Captain Toad Producer Says Nintendo Never Full...:

They're not human, they're fungi. Fungi are inherently asexual and reproduce by spores, unlike plants, many of which are technically hermaphrodites (flowers contain pistol and stamen, for instance).

BTW, since Yoshi was brought up, "he's" obviously female, since male dinosaurs don't lay eggs! Which makes the Birdo/Yoshi chemistry even wierder... :p



StarDust4Ever commented on Hands On: Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter:

You can use a maximum of five wireless controllers with the Wii-U. Gamepad, and up to four Wiimotes (with or without attachments) or Pro controllers. The Pro controller shares the same wireless protocol as a Wiimote although it's not recognized by Wii software. Each wireless controller takes up one of four blue tooth slots, plus the Game Pad which uses a proprietary 5Ghz connection ie not Bluetooth.

In order to play Smash with 8 players, you'll need a minimum of 3 wired controllers, hence the need for Game Cube controller adapters. People begged Nintendo for Game Cube controller support, so instead of creating a proprietary wired controller, they went retro. How cool is that? Two adapters makes up to 8 Game Cube controllers, or players can optionally utilize up to 4 Pro, CC, or Wiimote+Nunchucks.

I would like to see this device get supported for other uses in future updates, ie Game Cube VC and VC in general. Wii mode support may likely be technically impossible unfortunately. To Wii software, it would appear as an unknown device plugged into USB since they do not share the same hardware registers of the classic Game Cube ports.

I'm wondering what is under the hood in the adapter. If the adapter has standard HID drivers, it could be recognised by a PC as a USB gamepad. Even if not, it would be cool to get the adapter working in Dolphin or other emulators. If not HID compliant, driver signing would be an issue for 64-bit Windows though. Somebody with access to one please plug it into a PC and report your findings. Thanks...



StarDust4Ever commented on 3DS Homebrew Exploit Set to be Launched on 22n...:

This would be fun to play around with if I had a spare 3DS, but I would never install unauthorised content on the same unit with my eShop purchases. Maybe when I upgrade to the "new" 3DS and transfer my software over, I'll screw around with homebrew on the old one.

I just hope people don't use it to cheat online in MK7. Offline cheats and pokemon power saves, I couldn't give two craps about. You saw the loader screenshots. If it's like every other cheat system on modern consoles, you could preload the cheats into system RAM before booting the software.



StarDust4Ever commented on Poll: Who'll Be Your Main amiibo Buddy?:

I'll probably start with the Mario Series Characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Rosalina, Toad, Yoshi...

Rosalina's my fav so far. I'll be buying them for display more than anything though. If I have a game they work with, bonus for me!



StarDust4Ever commented on Nintendo Outlines Confusing amiibo Save Data L...:

I wonder if the Rosalina Amiibo will unlock any goodies in MK8. She's currently my goto racer although the DLC Cat Peach is a hottie. :*

A Waluigi character would be cool too although he's not on the Smash Bros roster but you can still play him in MK8 and potential future party/sports titles.

I may collect a few of the figures just to display them as well. If each Amiibo only stores save data for one game, sounds like a ploy to me to get gamers to buy multiples assuming more games utilize the save feature. :p