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Male, 39, United States

I am a long time Nintendo fan who started off with a game & watch handheld in the early 1980s, before the Famicom/NES came out. I have followed Nintendo since and remain a loyal fan.

Thu 5th December, 2013

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Agent721 commented on Mario History: Super Mario Land - 1989:

Nope, plays game boy games as well. I'm talking about the adapter that attaches to the bottom of the cube. It plays GBA & regular, OG, game boy games. I literally just played the game. It even plays them in more colors than what the Gameboy used to put out.



Agent721 commented on Mario History: Super Mario Land - 1989:

I never played this, but my fiancée still has her copy and I have the GBA player for the GCN, so it'll be a treat to look forward too. I love how Nintendo games keep working, decade after decade...there's always something you missed, that is new to uncover, today. Who doesn't love some brand new, Nostalgia?!



Agent721 commented on Mario History: Super Mario Bros. 2 - 1988:

I loved the dream ending sequence at the end of this game. This was a great Mario game, one that changed the formula and did it well. I remember playing this right when it came out with all my friends, and for years after its release. It's not the best Mario, but it's certainly a unique classic.



Agent721 commented on Wii U Squeezes Past 10 Million Lifetime Sales ...:


Expectations are low, but the sales trend is growing and positive. The Wii U will never be the PS4 sales wise, but I do enjoy mine quite a bit. Truth be told, I own all the consoles, except the PS4! I maybe in the minority, but I believe the games are better on the Wii U and the Xbox One, and both are an overall much better value. There's no exclusive I would want to play currently on the PS4...perhaps No Man's Sky will change that.



Agent721 commented on Wii U Squeezes Past 10 Million Lifetime Sales ...:

I am glad to see the Wii U finally cross the 10 million mark. Its only a psychological figure, but it is important to reach that mark. Bravo to Splatoon...I thought it would be a flop, but I am glad I was wrong! Still haven't played it...I'm more into hardcore shooters, but I will admit my interest is a bit more peaked given how much everyone enjoys it.



Agent721 commented on Say Hello To What Could Be The Most Obscure Pi...:


The Nintendo helpline cost no more than a long distance call. Nintendo didn't charge anything. I called well over a dozen times in the 80s & never had any marketing questions either. Where are your getting your info?! Nintendo did some things like purposely hold back game supply to make the appearance of demand seem great, but I called the phone line all the time, and what you say is not true.



Agent721 commented on Analogue Nt Starts Shipping To Buyers, Pitched...:


I ordered one of these the day they announced it. They kept delaying it, over and over again, but never missed a deadline to let us know what was up.

They're also very friendly via customer service. The wait was too long, but much like a game rushed out to meet a sales date, that ends up sucking, I am glad they took the time to do it right. I prefer a delay that serves to deliver a high quality product, then a mediocre product that doesn't meet it's aspirations.



Agent721 commented on Analogue Nt Starts Shipping To Buyers, Pitched...:

I bought one the day it was announced & I'm trying it out this weekend, as I received it yesterday. I've played it just a tad thus far, but from the little I saw it looks very good. As far as price, this is a luxury item intended for those with disposable income. I know it's expensive, but I have worked hard all my life to be able to afford whatever I want & it is a small reward, for a lifetime of hard work. I work in Private Equity. Some people buy cars...I buy video games.

It uses all original parts, the shell is well made & quiet heavy, and overall, it feels like a really good product...super luxury! I currently use an NES-2, prior to this, and the picture quality is much better than that, due to the RF only output of that particular model. However, it plays Famicom games, which the NES-1 doesn't. This console plays it all, Famicom or NES, and gives you a ton of video output options.

I'll give my thoughts on it after this weekend. What I am most excited about is the ability to plug in the original Famicom disc system to it & play the original Zelda, as it was intended. Can Nintendo Life test this function? I do not have the famicom disc system, yet, but plan on getting one.

For a lifelong Nintendo fanatic, this feels like the Rolls Royce of NES. Sometimes, you just need to treat yourself, price be damned.



Agent721 commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

I'll add that lauching the Wii U with 3rd party games that were 6 to 18 months old, and expecting consumers to get excited about that, was a very poorly thought out launch idea. It contributed to the consumer lack of interest after the Xmas launch and in a vicious cycle, helped seal the deal for ever less 3rd party titles down the road. You contribute this problem with ZERO sports games of any value and you have left out a sizable chunk of the gaming population from the Wii U.



Agent721 commented on Review: Metal Marines (Wii U eShop / Super Nin...:

I love strategy games, this one is right up my alley...but I think I might try to procur the original SNES cartridge. My favorite strategy game from the SNES era is Aerobiz, an airline simulator. Anyone remember that one??



Agent721 commented on Video: Get The Best Picture From Your NES With...:

I have an analogue NT preordered. It uses all the original chips from the NES, as well as plays the games via the original NES & Famicom cartridges. No emulation, straight retro goodness, and upscaled via HDMI, or an array of other video port options. I can't wait to see what it look likes.



Agent721 commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

I think the abundance of free games has changed the market. How many times have we seen people complain that SMB1 is $5, because they're used to buying games for cheap on their Android? I will gladly pay $5, on any new device, to have SMB on that device permanently. The Flat White coffee i buy once or twice a week at Starbucks is $4.45, and it last less than one hour. Why would I then question spending $5 on a game i will have forever on a new device?

Also, the free games on XBL, PSN and even via the old Nintendo Club, have made us be patient for that free offering every month or so. Why pay for game A today, when I have a subscription to get games B, C & D, free next month?

Because we have been trained to expect free stuff digitally. It pains me to hear that some games don't sell more than 3k copies...that is terrible. I will admit that I do wait for sales on games that look interesting but are not #1 on my radar, but I gladly pay full price for games I am looking forward to.

I paid full price for Paper Mario, Mario 64 and DK64, because even at $10, those games are still a bargain and still great. Day one for me.

As far as pricing, it all comes down to quality and each game is different in that regard, but for me, paying $10-$15 for a good quality downloadable game is a bargain, and I will gladly pay it for games I truly enjoy.

As far as those who wait for the discount? That is their choice to make, as its their money to spend...but I do agree with Thomas, that for good quality games, I don't mind paying full price to reward the maker, and especially the independent game makers.



Agent721 commented on Nintendo Has Shipped 10.5 Million amiibo World...:

I have a ton of these. I live in L.A. & and they are very hard to find. I have to resort to importing them from Amazon France, asking my sister in Australia to grab me some or go the unfortunate EBay route. I use them in smash, hyrule warriors, MK, and Toad'S Treasure Tracker. They spice up the games and are simply fun to collect.



Agent721 commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

I hope this is correct. The opportunity for an all one one system is great. Make it 3rd party friendly, add in different controller options, and make it more powerful than the PS4/Xbone, and you'd have a popular system.



Agent721 commented on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Tops Jap...:

My girlfriend of ten years, now my fiancee (getting married next year), has a gift coming from Amazon to me for our anniversary...It was delayed...I hope its the 3DS Majora bundle!!! I love Zelda, but have never played this game, so I would be a great way to experience it!!



Agent721 commented on Card Format amiibo Confirmed to be Heading our...:

Right?! The rest of the game makers used the same lame excuse, when in reality its We'll save a couple bucks not printing the manual! I think EA started this trend of no manuals and now, its the norm as gamers kept buying anyways. At least on the Wii U, you can use the home button to bring up the manual, unlike with Sony or Microsoft's consoles, where you have to go to a website to download a PDF.



Agent721 commented on Reaction: Satoru Iwata Holds Off on Major Anno...:

Thank god I am not a shareholder. The heads of Nintendo are totally lost, haven't got a clue anymore on how to properly run a business and have no clear business direction going forward. Putting money in its shares amounts to dead money at this point.

Great games for sure, but my god have they lost their minds in how they run the company.



Agent721 commented on Ninterview: Learning Retro Secrets With A Form...:

Great article through Nostalgia. I used to call the line quit a bit, but it was often busy! I remember specifically calling about Simons Quest, Dragon Warrior and Faxanadu. It is true that they tried to lead you on with the answers!



Agent721 commented on Nintendo Download: 5th February (North America):

So are we to assume, given that Mappy Land, of all games, is being released, that N64 games are never going released?! How can a company with such a rich catalogue of games to choose from, just omit an entire generation from download? What about GCN games? Is it due to the hard drive size? What reasonable logic can there be?



Agent721 commented on Club Nintendo Goes Rewards Crazy With Final Up...:

Its now day 2 of the website problems and I still haven't gotten a single order in. Which is quite ridiculous, considering I was sick yesterday and at home all day! Despite hundreds of attempts, I couldn't get a single order in. Nice going Nintendo, you really thought this one all the way through!



Agent721 commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

I can't believe you guys called Ebay resellers greedy capitalists!!! Truly, a UK website!!!
I own the disc and I have no plans on selling it. As far as the greedy capitalists, that is a risk you take and every business has risks. I wouldn't feel sorry or happy for them either way, a business is a business.



Agent721 commented on This Is What Happened When A Kid Pitched Super...:

Truly a Nintendo story. Mr. Yamauchi knew that if you treat the customer well, they will come back. We can debate the quality and appeal of Nintendo's products all day long, but we can never question their commitment to excellent customer service.