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flightsaber

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#1

flightsaber commented on Talking Point: The Logic Behind Game Boy Advan...:

I'm not the target audience for this (I don't own a Wii-U, and an HD Zelda wouldn't sell me on it atm), but I'll admit - GBA on Wii-U is attractive. I've started collecting the old GBA games I missed and repurchased a GBA a few months ago to play with the 'snes-style' controller I prefer over my DS Phat, but some games might prove cost prohibitive.

Of course, if Gamefreak and Nintendo announced tomorrow that a T-rated Pokemon MMO in the vein of Colosseum was coming on Wii-U, or Disney and EA launch the next Rogue Squadron and include Nintendo's console, I'd pick up a system and probably a GBA game or two to tie me over.

I'll keep dreaming, then.

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#3

flightsaber commented on Game Boy Classic Donkey Kong Land Is Coming To...:

My save battery on DKCII for GB died last year, and after a failed soldering attempt to replace it, I'll be looking forward to returning to my favorite portable games soon.

Hopefully they'll release the Pokemon TCG RPG on VC before that battery dies out too...

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#8

flightsaber commented on Donkey Kong 64 Required Expansion Pak to Preve...:

@bizcuthammer I know....my favorite genre too. I actually bought a 360 specifically to play Kameo from Rare. It's the spiritual sequel to DK 64, and well worth the purchase...Of course, it happened to be the only notable 3D platformer exclusive I'm aware of for the 360; so my brush away from Nintendo products didn't last long. Thank God for the Wii, Mario Galaxies, and Epic Mickey.

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#9

flightsaber commented on DICE Tested Its Frostbite Engine On Wii U, Was...:

That's too bad....I bought my N64 for Mario 64, My GCN for Rogue Squadron, my wii, ironically, for DKCR and wii sports but much later in the game (2012). Star wars was big in my N64 and GCN libraries, I would even say it was the staying power of the N64/GCN for me. If EA creates a spectacular Star Wars game with no chance of later release on PC, it could cause me to buy a different console this generation. As for now, though, The Old Republic on PC has kept the Wii plugged into my tv for those times I want to turn back to AMAZING platformers or brawl.

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#10

flightsaber commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

Super Smash Bros Brawl. My 3DS has been off for nearly a month (longer than ever, since I owned it), but that's mostly due to time constraints. I still have to beat the last few missions of Kid Icarus, haven't finished Mario 3D Land, am halfway through my first run ever of Ocarina of Time (how did I miss this on N64?), and just unlocked the Abyss difficulty on Revelations over Christmas. My Wii is still pretty new (I tend to be a home console generation behind), and I plan on tackling Mario Galaxy and DKC Returns before the fall.

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#11

flightsaber commented on Capcom Announce Street Fighter X Mega Man:

@Hyperstar96 Although this is a fan-made game, Capcom has provided weekly feedback on builds that have led to extensive revisions and QA treatments. Essentially, Capcom played the role of publisher. It's like Lego: City on Wii-U, how Nintendo gets their name on it because they assisted in the role of publishing that title, supporting development through development feedback and professional build testing, marketing promotions, and getting the product to consumers.

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#12

flightsaber commented on Miyamoto Puzzled As To Why Anyone Would Want A...:

He's got a point....I have a hard time imagining how to innovate the F-Zero series beyond what's been done before. If we can come up with some good ideas for innovating a game without car combat (as that can be done with mariokart), perhaps we can excite the developers about working on a new project.
Potential renovations and innovations:
I'd like to see an expansion of the death race from F-Zero X (local multiplayer death race), Zero-gravity sequences similar to Star Wars Episode 1: Pod Racing, Boss races (fly down a track while avoiding objects flung by a boss and other attacks. At the end of the race, cue a cutscene where you eject from your car, which slams into the boss and destroys it, saving the world), A gritty dialogue-wheel driven storyline allowing a player to race for money, for freedom, or for glory, Cooperative races where cars on a team can combine with each other once a lap to double the speed gained for a single boost before disconnecting (similar to Aegis Wing on Xbox live), etc.

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#13

flightsaber commented on Exclusive Chinese 3DS XL Models Revealed:

@R-L-A-George Yes and no....They've been in HK for a long time with the Ique brands, dating back to the Ique player (N64-like device with a unique controller and games only downloadable from a store kiosk for fear of piracy). In my experience, mainland Chinese gamers don't play consoles - they're prohibitively expensive when a pirated copy of PC games is sold for a buck from your local retailer. You can find a gameboy or a DS at a specialty electronics store in Tianjin (I found two on sale in a city of 14 million), but back in 2009 a regular DS with a copy of pokemon in traditional chinese cost around 1600 dollars worth of purchasing power (Over 250 actual USD after the exchange rate, at the time). The thought is that the units are shipped to the US after some manufacturing in Japan or China, where they are finished and resent back to China. So China pays double tarriffs and taxes, and retailers can jack the prices up due to the exclusivity of the items.

In the end, Chinese gamers have to pay nearly 6.5 times more per system of their purchasing power.
It would be like paying over $1500 for a NDS in 2009.
I suppose the upside is China has hacked GBA and NDS cartridges to death, so they generally don't pay much (or anything at all) for the games themselves.

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#14

flightsaber commented on Feature: Reinventing Nintendo's Major Franchis...:

Oh Starfox....
Wii was the revival of light-gun games, but I can't think of a decent AAA console on-rails flight-shooter released in the past 4 years ( The Old Republic's space missions notwithstanding, which were AMAZING). The whole genre needs some sort of new mechanic, IMO.Maybe the next Starfox could take a line from Aegis Wing and present coop play where ships could fuse on the fly to provide more powerful power-ups and a rear gunner in exchange for more sluggish control. The gamepad would show action happening behind your ar-wing, allowing you to fuse with your second player to fire back there.

Or, dare I say it....a return to a free-roaming rpg ala Startfox Adventures that also has new space missions incorporated into the story.

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#15

flightsaber commented on Review: Academy: Chess Puzzles (DSiWare):

I remember my first cell phone in China was the most basic Nokia phone on the market - and came with a free chess puzzle application. It's such a simple concept, but it's challenging and addicting enough to remain compelling over a long period of time. Definitely helped out for those long bus rides between Tianjin and Beijing. I actually saved my phone after moving back to the states just to play this app from time to time....so I'll definitely be picking this one up on 3DS.

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#17

flightsaber commented on Talking Point: What New Super Mario Bros. 2 Me...:

I feel that Nintendo's E3 will be completely focused on Wii-U, with maybe a single 1st-party title announcement for the 3DS. That said, it frees Nintendo to try alternative marketing strategies, such as Nintendo Direct. And by spreading out their announcements, Nintendo can keep it's name on the front page of the gaming websites virtually year-round.

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#18

flightsaber commented on Play NES With a Coffee Table Controller:

I used to play through Super Mario World with my little brother that way - one person on the D-Pad and L-trigger and the other on the buttons and R-trigger. It'd be fun to try it again with a coffee table....but not for $3500.