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Fri 27th Jun 2008

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Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Review: Cube Tactics (3DS eShop):

This game undoubtedly uses peer-to-peer networking (meaning the 3DSes communicate directly with each other, not through some game-managing server other than for the initial handshake to punch a hole through each other's NATs). If true, the lag is the fault of the Internet, not the game, and isn't going to go away. It's just an annoying fact of life.



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Miiverse Gets a Fresh Update for Wii U and 3DS:

Search apparently only searches your own region (even if you switch the community list to a different region). I was not able to find the KORG M01D community using search (since it only exists in the European community list). Extremely annoying.



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Level-5 Wants to Know Whether You Want Yo-kai ...:

Did someone say "ideas similar to those seen in franchises such as Dragon Quest"??? I'm a Dragon Quest fanatic. I played DQIX until the cartridge almost burst into flames.

I don't (and won't) have a Facebook account so I hope Level-5 is reading these comments too.



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Rune Factory 4 in Short Supply in North America:

XSEED can't mention the eShop option because some sociopath was spewing venom on their Facebook page about the games XSEED has only published digitally. The XSEED rep was politely and patiently trying to explain (over and over) that it is financially unfeasible to release some games physically. And the sociopath would just respond with more hateful, oblivious venom.

Bought my copy of RF4 on the eShop (on day 1, hour 1). Love not having to hunt for a cartridge to play the game.



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Review: ARC STYLE: Solitaire (3DS eShop):

Classic Games Overload: Card and Puzzle Edition ($19.99 in the eshop) has over 200 variations of solitaire. It also has some casino games like poker but I'm not a poker player so I cannot give a qualified opinion about the quality of implementation (rules, AI, etc.).

I own a copy but I only play the solitaire card games. The user interface is adequate...not great but it gets the job done.

Here are some links for more info:



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Talking Point: Is There A Future For The Wii U...:

It's too late to abandon the GamePad. Sacrifices were made to the main console to compensate for the cost of the GamePad. It's too late to turn back now unless they are going to update (i.e., replace) the main console with something more capable (which is very unlikely to happen).



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on The Nikkei Reports Potential Nintendo Smartpho...:

Google won't care what Nintendo does with its Android apps but isn't Apple extremely defensive about its territory? I think if Nintendo tries to promote its own hardware and software platform in iOS apps, Apple is going to boot them out of the app store. That's just my prediction.



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Wii U Skylanders Bundle Deal Heading to GameSt...:

Also remember that Nintendo specifically recommends AGAINST using USB flash memory:

"Because these devices have a limited number of rewrites and are not suited to long-term storage of important game data, we do not recommend the use of Flash/thumb drives as an external storage device solution. For best results, we recommend using a hard drive with its own power supply that connects to the Wii U via the USB port on the console."



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Nintendo of America Announces StreetPass Weeke...:

Our local AT&T Mobile store and McDonald's don't work but Home Depot, Barnes and Noble (with a Starbucks), and Best Buy work great. I'll hit those places next weekend.

Oh, our local Best Buy had about 50 Wii U consoles in stock the last time I was in there. They were just piled on the floor. Not locked in a cabinet. I was tempted. One of these days I'm going to buy one.



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Reggie Fils-Aime: Petitions Don't Affect Ninte...:

I didn't sign any petition but I bought Xenoblade directly from Nintendo of America's online store. I wasn't able to buy the other two games because my Wii's disc drive died before they were released. Playing so many hours of Xenoblade probably killed it.



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on EDGE: you can do all sorts of stuff you couldn't do in RUSH (WiiWare). It's like RUSH on steroids.



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Review: KORG M01D (3DS eShop):

Woohoo! I bought it and I've started punching in Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag (sheet music available in PDF format on the web). Nothing like diving into the deep end with some ragtime music. I haven't read music in decades so I had to give myself a crash refresher course on the web.

The default piano sounds great! I predict playing the Maple Leaf Rag with different instruments will be really amusing.

OK, I'll post my future blatherings in the forum thread.



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Review: KORG M01D (3DS eShop):

No one has mentioned it so I'm going to say it: GREAT REVIEW. Thanks!

I have no artistic talent whatsoever but I've been debating about buying this anyway just to "play with music". And it's vastly, vastly, vastly cheaper (and more portable) than buying almost any other kind of musical instrument (not including the cost of the 3DS since I already own it, of course).



Zaphod_Beeblebrox commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Resilience Against W...:

I may express doubts about the Wii U from time to time but I've never been foolish enough to think that Nintendo is "doomed". Nintendo has the resources to learn from its mistakes. Whether the Wii U turns out to be successful or not, Nintendo will carry on.