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Sat 25th June, 2011

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WaxxyOne commented on Video: Fan Manages to Port F-Zero to the Mega ...:

Sega's already admitted that "Blast Processing" was purely a marketing term that had zero basis in reality. They needed something they could say the Genesis had that the SNES didn't. They could have talked about the higher clock speed, but using technical terms like megahertz in a commercial aimed at kids and their technically-illiterate parents (especially in the 90s!) was a surefire way to lose your audience. So they invented the term Blast Processing because it sounded cool and technical at the same time. Basically, they just lied to the viewer, which honestly happens all the time in marketing so it shouldn't come as a surprise.

The Genesis has already been shown to be the inferior system in every important way. Anyone who has coded software for a variety of systems can tell you how little the MHz rating of the CPU matters compared to hardware features like the amount and speed of the RAM, the video chip's capabilities and specs, etc. SNES had the better hardware in every other case, and it clearly shows in the games that hit both systems.

Which only makes sense, when you think about it. The Genesis came out 2 years before the SNES, in 1988. They designed a system to beat out the NES, and they succeeded.



WaxxyOne commented on Sonic Team Boss States That There Are No Plans...:

No no, please let Sonic die. He hasn't had a good game in decades, and it's debatable whether he ever did. Why people keep looking forward to new games that turn out to be disappointment after disappointment is beyond me, but you're enabling Sega to pretend that the character is still (and ever was) viable! Stop buying the trash, folks!



WaxxyOne commented on Video: See the Virtual Boy's Star Fox Wannabe,...:

Anyone have advice for how to get these YouTube 3D videos to play on a PC using NVidia 3D glasses? It's kind of silly that I have to have a new 3DS to view these properly since my PC is fully set up for 3D and I can already use it to game or watch movies in 3D.



WaxxyOne commented on Launch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask N...:

I am mad at Nintendo for stock issues. When they formally announced the new 3DS for NA in the Direct, I was instantly sold on it, but then they flash this Majora collector's edition that they apparently can't keep in stock for more than 30 seconds at a time. If I can't buy the one I want, I'm questioning why Nintendo deserves my money at all.

I'll probably pick up the New 3DS at some point, but I'm tired of stock issues and I'm pretty fed up with the whole company at this point.



WaxxyOne commented on Link’s Swimming is a Notable Change in The L...:

This change is great, guys. I can't count the number of times I slammed into things while trying to maneuver where it actually mattered — in the underwater dungeon sections. Yeah, swimming around in the ocean (all 10 feet of it) was fun, but it was never practical and there was no reason to do it for more than a minute before moving on to actually completing the game.



WaxxyOne commented on Weirdness: Hands Up If You Knew About the Supe...:

Um. Really? I've known about this trick since the game came out, and I assumed everyone else did as well. Also, I don't know why people are saying Start + A, when it's far easier to hold A and THEN hit Start. (A doesn't do anything when held by itself) Also also, to my knowledge there is and has never been a way to continue from a level in world 8 and start on 7-1. If that happened, either your copy is messed up, you weren't actually in world 8, or... I dunno, ghosts? In any case, you always start on the first level of the world you lost your last life on when using that trick.

While we're at things I thought were obvious, you do know that after beating the game once, you can select the starting world from the title screen using the B button, right?

The Zelda trick is to start a new file on the original Legend of Zelda, and enter your file name as ZELDA. If done properly, Link will immediately be holding a sword on the file select screen, indicating the game is on the second quest. You can use this to go straight to the second quest without having to complete the game first.

....Also, in Zelda, there's a second quest. (You guys at least had to know that one, I assume......)

Any other obvious things I can share? NARPAS SWORD? JUSTIN BAILEY? Konami code? Capcom code? Maybe the reverse Mario glitch from SMB?

(Oh, and another bonus one people might not know — Try playing Mega Man 3 while holding right on the 2nd controller....)



WaxxyOne commented on Video: Donkey Kong Country Returns...To Wii U:

@BLPs I love it when a non-programmer who knows basically nothing about how to code starts pretending they understand how it works. You do not have to go "line by line" through anything to update something as simple as "If the player is shaking the Wiimote, perform action" to "If the player is pressing a button, perform action." Hell, most likely Nintendo could make that change without even cracking the code of the game itself open. Just add a simple wrapper around it that maps a button or two to a simulated input of the controller being shaken. Pretty sure anybody who's coded an emulator could tell you how easy it is to "trick" a game into believing a control is being used when it's not.

Nintendo's continued laziness with VC games has always been frustrating to me. It took far too long for them to add something as simple as button remapping and save states to VC titles, and the way they implemented Wii mode in the Wii U is just embarrassing. Hopefully once they start releasing Wii games with the promised gamepad support, they'll also patch the system to allow the gamepad to be used as a classic controller throughout the Wii mode and its hosted games, but with Nintendo you can never be sure they'll make the logical choice.



WaxxyOne commented on Awesome Games Done Quick Raises Over $1.5 Mill...:

AGDQ was fantastic as always. I'm glad this time I was able to contribute a small portion of that amazing donation sum. If I had half the talent those guys have at gaming, I'd love to join them during their marathons sometime.



WaxxyOne commented on Weirdness: This Interpretation of Super Smash ...:

GameTheory videos by this guy always simultaneously entertain me and piss me off. I have to remind myself these are just theories, and they're not claiming that anything they say is fact. At the same time, it's frustrating how much only the supporting evidence is used and silly minor details like in-game canon and word of god are never touched on unless they support the one-sided theory being presented.

In this case, one major issue is the flaw with the narrator's interpretation of the character of Tabuu. He suggests that Tabuu represents the taboo of society that adults shouldn't play with toys and/or shouldn't make video games "that aren't Call of Duty."

The thing is, unlike in most of western civilization, in Japan spending your entire life playing with video games, reading comic books or doing other things that might be seen as childish isn't a taboo. It's highly doubtful Sakurai would have created a character to represent a concept that is foreign to his home country.



WaxxyOne commented on Gamer Proposes To Girlfriend During Mischief M...:

AGDQ is a fantastic event for a great cause, and it's full of awesome stuff happening. I've been fortunate enough this year to be able to see a lot of ridiculous runs live, including an amazing Ninja Gaiden 1-3 team relay race that ended with a nearly simultaneous boss kill, and a new world record set for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. If you haven't been watching them during the live broadcast this week on Twitch, now's the time to get on there and check it out.

Congrats to the happy couple, I wish them all the best.



WaxxyOne commented on Video: Hacker Demonstrates Fully Functional Ga...:

None of these hacks prove that Nintendo is planning for or will every release Amiibo for these characters, people. The game does not have to be specifically programmed for each character that can be used as an Amiibo. The hack is probably just changing one value in the Amiibo activation routine to specify a different character than the one read into the console. I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see someone show they can activate Sonic or Pac-Man on the game, and I highly doubt Nintendo is planning to release those characters as Amiibo.



WaxxyOne commented on Smash Bros. 2v2 For Glory Exploit Makes Pac-Ma...:

@retro_player_22 Couldn't disagree more. Nerfing the trampoline because some people have found a way to abuse it is not the answer. The variety of moves and the ways they can affect matches is what makes Smash Bros fun, and is way more important than a couple of jokers finding a way to abuse something. It sounds to me like if you made Smash Bros every character would have the same move set and the game would be dull and boring. No thanks!



WaxxyOne commented on Smash Bros. 2v2 For Glory Exploit Makes Pac-Ma...:

I would love to see Nintendo quietly fix this by insta-banning any team caught using it. All they'd have to do is check for teams staying out of the top of the screen for longer than a reasonable amount of time without doing any damage to their opponents.

They could also simply take away the end game for this cheat by making it so sudden death kills you if you're off the top of the screen when the bombs start dropping.

People whining about this also need to remember it's publicity means it will be patched out sooner or later, and it would never work in a tournament setting where actual money's on the line because nobody in their right mind would see this strategy and not immediately kick the offending team out of the tournament for cheating.



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

The comments from the players at the end of the video make me wonder why more companies don't realize that YES, CHALLENGING GAMES CAN BE FUN TOO. It's disappointing that mainstream games are just creating weak gamers who have their hands held through every part of the game while they themselves are trying to find ways to make it more of a challenge.



WaxxyOne commented on Parent Trap: amiibo Packs a Hidden Family Payload:

Nintendo could take over this market by releasing a Skylanders-like game that is free-to-play but requires that you own the amiibos to unlock characters. If they added bonuses like extra levels or abilities for amiibos that already have data from other games, even better. Imagine taking your level 50 Samus character from Smash and using it to unlock a Samus character on Nintendo's game that has an extra bonus outfit, custom abilities or other extra content. Creating that kind of cross-game incentive not only encourages buying lots of amiibo but also adds value and temptation to game purchases you might not otherwise consider.

I'd say that Nintendo is still in the early stages of amiibo and I hope they know how to properly utilize them. Done right, they could really be beneficial to Nintendo's image and struggling home console sales.



WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo 64x64: Wetrix:

I'd forgotten about this gem. I would LOVE to see an updated "HD" version of this game come out on the Wii U or PC.



WaxxyOne commented on Video: How Much Faster Is The New Nintendo 3DS?:

Definitely a good speed bump, but the biggest improvement seems to be with loading Home menu resources, which is probably an improvement in RAM more than CPU. It looks to me like it's able to store the menu graphics etc. in a separate area of memory thus making it quick and easy to bring up the home menu even when software is running. It's great to see the download speed improved, though.



WaxxyOne commented on Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Wii U Delay Seems to b...:

@NavySpheal It was a great idea if they wanted to keep the price of the system under $450, which they did. Regardless of the type or size of the drive they put in the system, they would have had to charge more per GB than the consumer would pay by buying an external drive of their own choosing. Ex: You can get a 1TB external HDD on Amazon for under $80. If Nintendo had chosen to include an HDD, they would have had to increase the price of the console by a minimum of $100, and the hard drive would have been at most a quarter the size of the one I could get myself for less.

Also, 32GB is enough for people who are planning on buying most of their games in disc form but want to purchase a few smaller games off the eShop from time to time. I have both a brother and sister in that situation and neither had problems until my brother decided (a year after purchasing the system) that he wanted to start getting digital versions of retail games. At which point he spent $50 on a 500GB external drive. Problem solved. Your statement might sound good on paper, but it's not true in the real world.



WaxxyOne commented on Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Wii U Delay Seems to b...:

If they want to include people who bought an 8GB model and don't own an external drive, release it on disc. 99% of those people wouldn't consider buying a large retail download anyway. If they were the type of people that would consider that, they would have either bought the 32GB model or (more likely) an external hard drive!



WaxxyOne commented on Wii U Owner Proves That Rejecting The End-User...:

OK, he's a huge nerd, but he does have a point. It's a point that should have been made over a decade ago when companies like Microsoft and Sony started "licensing" their products to customers rather than selling them, but it's still a valid point nonetheless.

Nintendo is entering an online world that has been well-defined by much shadier companies. Based on EULAs, and barring any local laws to the contrary, online companies would have us believe:

1. We are selling you a license, not a product.
2. Even after you spend a ton of money to license our product, we can take it away from you at any time for any reason whatsoever.
3. You can't resell your product because you don't own it; therefore, you have no recourse to receive any kind of return on your investment.
4. If you don't like any of this, too bad. Your one option is to not use the system you paid for but don't own, and you won't be receiving a refund.
5. We still expect you to fork over money like the sheep you are despite these draconian terms.

The sad thing is, for the vast majority of people, they are absolutely correct. Companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Blizzard (the list goes on) have shown repeatedly that this is the case. And they will continue to push it further and further into absurdity (um, anyone still remember the original plan for game licenses on the Xbox One?); unless and until the consumers start using their purchasing power and legal resources to show them that it doesn't work, there is no deterrent for them from finding more ways to screw consumers.

Now all that said, while every company is playing in the same arena and most or all of them will have BS like this buried in their EULA for that reason, not all companies are equal. I firmly believe the current leadership of Nintendo would not dream of trying to pull some of the crap that Microsoft and EA have tried in recent times (or in EAs case, not-so-recent... seriously, WHY do they still have customers??). I think in Nintendo's case they are following the standards set by companies before them and at the same time trying to protect their systems from becoming havens for hackers and thieves. While I don't necessarily agree with being forced to accept terms you might not like to use their system, I do trust that they aren't looking for ways to abuse it and upset the loyal fan base that they have right now.



WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Confirms GameCube Controller Adapter ...:

@HopeNForever Oh BS. Skyward Sword uses the MotionPlus to do one thing well — directional sword swinging. Well, you move sword swinging to the right analog stick or simplify it or something and you've got that solved. Literally everything else that uses motion control in that game could have been done (usually BETTER) with an analog stick.



WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Confirms GameCube Controller Adapter ...:

@SCAR392 Not sure how they'll address the missing buttons for WPC. The GC-to-Wii 3rd-party adapter I have solves it by making the Start button do triple duty as + (Start), - (Select) and Home all in one. A single-press does select (for some reason), while a double-click does Start and pressing-and-holding for a few seconds is Home. They also just ignore the existence of a ZL button completely.

For 95% of the uses people will put it to, though, I don't think it really matters.



WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Confirms GameCube Controller Adapter ...:

I was pretty concerned about this when I saw the adapter announced. It's great to hear they've thought of everything, even going so far as to include Wii U Pro Controller support.

Next to an authentic N64 replica controller, the GC controller is hands-down the best way to play N64 games, so I'll be glad to be able to do so once again on my N64 VC titles. This also paves the way for GC VC games to come to the Wii U, and I'm all about that!

Good work, Ninty.



WaxxyOne commented on Square Enix's Latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Exp...:

If I were Nintendo I'd refuse to let them publish it without 3D support. It'd be like somebody releasing a title that doesn't support Achievements or Xbox Live on the 360 or Xbone, which Microsoft would never allow to happen. There is no valid reason for them to not support a staple feature of the console, and it could get Nintendo in trouble for false advertising, to boot.



WaxxyOne commented on Weirdness: Modder Recreates Donkey Kong Countr...:

As somebody who has modded (G)ZDoom in the past, I know how tough it is to rework Doom's FPS-based engine into a fully functional side-scrolling game. I'm impressed that it runs as well as it does. Most of the "jerky" movement cannot be helped, it's just how the Doom engine was designed to work.



WaxxyOne commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

I think it's funny that the OP and the developer said exactly the same thing. We shouldn't buy crappy games because it will encourage developers to put more crappy games on the console. I'm in agreement with that because I happened to be alive during the video game crash in the 70s and 80s when so much garbage was coming out for the home systems at the time that everybody stopped buying the good games for fear they might be another lemon. Nintendo essentially saved the gaming industry in the US by bringing the NES over here and imposing harsh guidelines on the kind of content 3rd parties could release on their system. They would never have allowed crap like Flappy Bird, The Letter, etc. at the time. They would not put their seal of quality on such turds, because it directly reflected on them and ran the risk of crashing the industry once again.

Fast forward to today, and we have the Internet which largely helps us avoid wasting money on crappy games; however, if people continue to buy them anyway, more and more developers will throw more garbage onto the service. Is that really what we want? An eShop with a million games where 90% of them aren't worth the time of day? Think before you spend your cash, folks.



WaxxyOne commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Will Suppor...:

That seems underhanded.... Why would Nintendo screw some of their most loyal fans and first adopters? I really don't see how it's difficult to add support for an existing peripheral which provides the exact same buttons as the New 3DS. Bad move, Nintendo, you have some explaining to do.

(Maybe it was a bad translation? We can always hope...)



WaxxyOne commented on Capcom Is Suing Koei Tecmo For Patent Infringe...:

"A function that lets you acquire new content by combining an existing game with another piece of software."

Um. Didn't Sonic and Knuckles do that first? Does Capcom have an example that came before then?

Seriously, what is wrong with these companies? If you start suing for every tiny feature of gameplay, it will stifle creativity and ruin the games industry. Do they WANT another video game crash?



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

@IxC Everyone's free to their own opinion, but I really do believe that Nintendo is doing everything they can to do right by their fan base. They have not thus far pulled content that was obviously meant to be part of the base game out and charged extra for it. They're not pulling any funny business with multiplayer unlock keys or garbage like that. Mario Kart 8 was released as a complete game, with the standard 32 tracks and plenty of characters. What is wrong them adding additional content for people who want to pay extra for it? I think it's a really smart move for them financially and so long as they continue to operate in good faith I will continue to support them. EA, on the other hand, can go to hell.......



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

Sweet! I don't mind paying for extra DLC if it's truly extra. Mario Kart 8 gave us the standard 32 courses and plenty of character selection and kart customization. The only thing that was lacking was the battle mode, which I'm still hoping they will release a free patch for at some point.



WaxxyOne commented on Night Trap ReVamped Developer May Flip-Flop on...:

This is still an incredibly stupid game that should remain buried deep in the past with the likes of ET on the Atari and Big Rig Racing on the PC. The early days of CD-ROM gaming was embarrassing for the entire industry, and Night Trap is a prime example of that. Why in the hell would anyone want to see it rereleased?