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Male, 33, United States

Sun 20th January, 2008

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StarDust4Ever commented on UK Retail Survey Highlights the Challenges Fac...:

This is really a sad day indeed for Nintendo UK, if the 4% market share stats are true. Yes Wii-U is recovering in the USA much like how 3DS did. For the time being,

PS3 and 360 still have greater market penetration in the US compared to Any of the next gen consoles, though that statistic may change after this holiday season. It's a three way rat race right now but it's close with Nintendo only trailing slightly behind Xbone and PS4.

Sorry Nintendo is losing market in UK and Europe, but with NOE is even more reluctant to advertise than NOA, what can I say?



StarDust4Ever commented on Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams GamePad Sound Pa...:

@Nintendood Same thing. I actually played it on the gamepad for a time without audio. Made it to the second stage but it didn't feel right. Although I do use the HD screen for certain games, I do a lot of Off-tv play on the gamepad when it's convenient to do so. Mario Kart I play on the monitor because using the gamepad for extended periods of frantic gameplay is uncomfortable. Casual play is fine on it though.

And of course I do play games on the HD screen whenever a game uses the gamepad for auxillary purposes and not just duplicate output.

Either way I should finally be able to get my money's worth out of this title after like 2 years sitting on the home menu. Shame really, I love Giana sisters and the graphics are mesmerizing even if the 3+ Gb file size is bloated. Black forest, if you're reading this, try compressing the graphics slightly. What are you using to store the image data, 32-bit uncompressed BMP? If so, PNG would shrink the file size drastically with zero perceptible quality loss. :p



StarDust4Ever commented on Black Forest Games Confirms New Giana Sisters ...:

Please, please, please... Release that update you promised to get the Twisted Dreams audio working on the Gamepad. I do a lot of off-screen play, so the no gamepad audio bit was a deal-breaker for me. :'(

Also, why is the download for Twisted Dreams over 3 Gbytes for a 2D game? Many first-party 3D retail titles are smaller... :p

And NLife, is a news source for video games now? B-)



StarDust4Ever commented on One Of The Most Successful Nintendo Games Of 2...:

@MyBodyIsReggie Yes, 16-bit Aladdin! There was a time when developers poured their herat and soul into games based on movie franchises. Ditto for NES classics like Tiny Toon Adventures (a charming SMB3 clone), Duck Tales, and Rescue Rangers.

Now any time a movie based game comes out, it's shameless cash-in. To be totally fair, there was a fair share of shovel crap back in the day too. Home Alone 2, anyone? :P



StarDust4Ever commented on Video: Today's Teens Simply Cannot Handle The ...:

I still suck at Megaman, and I used a Game Genie for infinite health. Those areas in some episodes where you free-fall between walls of instant death spikes, or how after you beat all the robot madters in MM3, you've gotta go back and replay the MM2 robot masters... :p

MM2 is probably the best one though. Nice intro credits, more polish than MM1, and you don't have the IMO unnecessary slide mechanic.



StarDust4Ever commented on Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Agai...:

This was the first and only Wiiware game I've purchased since transferring all of my Wii content over to Wii-U. The DX update was a nice gesture even though the game hasn't earned him squat.

Also what's this January/February cutoof date all about? Is Wiiware about to be discontinued? :p



StarDust4Ever commented on Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smas...:

I'm currently collecting in pairs or "mini-sets." I have Mario, Peach, Kirby, Yoshi, Link, and Princess Zelda in my possession.

I've got Meta Knight and Kind Dedede on preorder at my local Best Buy. Fingers crossed I'll be able to pick them up at launch.

Rosalina I have preordered at Play Asia because I don't completely trust that Target will get enough stock in hand. If I find another Rosalina at retail, the Japanese one will stay boxed.

Bowser and Luigi are on my wishlist too to round out my Galaxy figures. I have a feeling he will be easy to procure at launch, although people said the same about Diddy. Fingers crossed.

I didn't get Donkey Kong because that means I would also need Diddy to go with him. If I can find a Diddy, I'll get Donkey too.

Duck Hunt dog is on my wishlist. I'm such a retro fan, he's probably the only character I'll be willing to fight scalpers for.

I'll probably get 3rd party Amiibos for Sonic and Pacman too, but not for scalper pricing....



StarDust4Ever commented on Talking Point: What's Next For amiibo?:

@Action51 I like your reasoning. As a retro gamer and collector, I understand the value of physical products. I get the impression however that all of the 9th gen systems will be downloads only, which will wreak havoc on people who wanna play games in the future after support for those consoles are pulled.



StarDust4Ever commented on Talking Point: What's Next For amiibo?:

I voted "No" on the survey question regarding an Amiibo only game. Skylanders and Disney are cash-grab money pits, pure and simple. Wanna explore the entire game? Buy one of every character...

If Nintendo makes their own game requiring Amiibos, it needs to be a free eShop download. People will be mad if they pay for content they cannot unlock (skylanders). Proving a free game with a sandbox atmosphere that interacts with Amiibos ala Skylanders / Infinity, would be great. Nintendo would quickly recoup the development costs on Amiibo sales and people won't feel ripped off if they don't have all te Amiibos. A retail starter pack would also be an option however that may offend people who already own the included figures.



StarDust4Ever commented on Feature: How We'd Like to See amiibo Used in C...:

A bit late to the party, but swiping Zelda could give you a Zelda costume, let you swing a sword, and unlock a couple DLC levels. A sword to defeat certain enemies like Shy Guys and stuff wouldn't break the game, even if it made a few of the levels feel a bit cheap. :)



StarDust4Ever commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

Nintendo 64 really did shine though. It has a small library once you cut the sports titles and shovelware (NFL Blitz being the lone exception), but the games Nintendo and RARE put out on the 64 are some of the best gameplay experiences of the 5th generation! Quality over quantity anyday ;)



StarDust4Ever commented on Shantae And The Pirate's Curse Delayed Into 20...:

@bofis Yeah I got the titles mixed up. I really wish the eShop had cross buy because lots of games and VC titles I've forked over on both platforms. I've already got Pirate's curse, Risky's Revenge (DSi), and Shantae (GBC VC) on 3DS but I selected Wii-U option for the 1/2 Genie Hero. I may double dip when it comes out on Wii-U, I dunno.



StarDust4Ever commented on Squeeze Begins on NINJHAX Homebrew Exploit in ...:

@BensonUii Nice1 Get some WWE/WCW action going on in Star Wars! :D

@OP Figures the Ninjax exploit wouldn't last long. But the story goes that only one out of 3 exploit methods were blocked, so is it still partially possible?

As for me, I'm having fun with the new themes shuffling.

@LordGeovanni I have 10 GBA games installed on my 3DS xL, and I didn't have to hack my system or run homebrew to get them. Consider them perks, courtesy of Nintendo for my being an early adopter! ;)



StarDust4Ever commented on Nintendo Shows Off NFC eShop Payments for New ...:

@Tsuchinoko Nintendo did it with several bonus NES VC and GBA games for participants in the Ambassador program, late 2011. Only people who bought the original 3DS for $250 and registered them on Club Nintendo prior to the 2011 price drop got the GBA games. The GBA titles load directly from the system menu and lock the 3DS into GBA mode while running.

So far nobody's been able to get GBA ROMs to run on 3DS using homebrew. This was entirely Nintendo's doing and the 10 GBA games were never made available in the 3DS eShop.



StarDust4Ever commented on Interview: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's De...:

Time attack mode, eh? Glad to know there will be more to do for replay value when I beat this thing. I'm halfway through Episode 2 right now and got crowns on the majority of the levels. I have unlocked the first three stages on Episode 3, but judging by the progressively larger amount of gems required to open each stage, I get the feeling there's a lot left to this game after I finish Episode 2. B-)



StarDust4Ever commented on Nintendo Shows Off NFC eShop Payments for New ...:

@Danrenfroe2016 The Wii-U can be forced into Game Cube compatability mode (homebrewers have verified it can be done under Wii mode) however doing so is mostly pointless since the Wii-U has no Game Cube ports and will not accept mini-discs. The USB Game Cube adapter isn't a viable alternative as it requires communication through Universal Serial Bus, which use a completely different protocol as well as completely different hardware registers compared to backwards-compatible Wiis.

The 3DS can also be forced into GBA compatability mode as well, owing to the fact that it is backwards compatible with DS which was backwards compatible with GBA. VC GBA games were released to Ambassador participants. But there is no standby mode when you close the lid (the screen blacks out but the game/CPU will continue to run) quickly draining the batteries, none of the DS or 3DS background functions are operable, and if I remember correctly you have to shut down/reset the console to get back to 3DS mode.

I was fine with this setup but other players may not be. Either way, GBA is now on Wii-U VC with full emulation perks (save states et al), albeit Genesis, TG-16, and N64 are nowhere to be found. It may be possible to crudgingly support Game Cube VC through compatability mode, but it would need some kind of frontend/modification/virtualization to handle the controller inputs. And compatability mode would block access to the Wii-U system memory where the VC games are stored or even Wii control inputs when running under compatability mode under Wii.

Don't hold your breath, but I would pay $$$ for a retail HD remake of Mario Sunshine similar to what they did with Wind Waker.



StarDust4Ever commented on Super Smash Bros. Wii U Basic Bundle Heading f...:

Yeah the 8Gb blows hard. When I preordered my 32Gb Deluxe in 2012, I took one look at the 8Gb Basic option and laughed. Pay $50 more; get a sensor bar, charging cradle, vertical Wii-U standoffs, 4x the storage and a $60 game included at no extra cost. Yes, please! Consumers aren't stupid, ya know...

Heck whenever Nintendo gets around to releasing the first DLC pack for Smash Bros with playable Bayonetta et al, it likely won't even fit in the 8Gb Wii-U's paltry flash memory. Remember, only ~3Gb of that thing is allocated to downloads and save data. By comparison, the 32Gb model has ~27Gb allocated to user data/downloads, so you could argue the Deluxe edition holds 9x the storage, not 4x... :p