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as pretty as Princess Leia

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Fri 21st Feb 2014

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

Forgive me, I forgot about some of the details. It appears that this is indeed a Famiclone, but with CPU and PPU scrounged from old yellow Famicom hardware sitting on a shelf. Only the controllers are fully scrounged from old stock.

From the fine site:
"We were able to procure a large quantity of HVC-001 Famicom systems that were in cosmetically undesirable unsellable condition. The plastic enclosure of the HVC-001 systems are notoriously yellowed, brittle and damaged. While the poor enclosure quality left these systems undesirable and sitting on a shelf, fortunately the CPU and PPU inside remain untouched and fully functional.

Not only were we able to give new life to these systems but a large portion of the controllers have been refurbished and are available for sale too."

I'm still not buying one!



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

It's funny that no one seems to remember the original press about this game. Fair enough, I suppose it has been a while.
It's not a Famiclone, it's just an old NES/Famicom upcycled into a fancy new case, with adapters to different, modern video outputs.
It's expensive because it's a custom scrounge job in a fancy case.
It's not any more or less prone to breakdown than any other vintage hardware, but if you splash out for this, I would think you'd be out in the cold if it stops working. Just like if you found a flea market NES.
I know some people prefer original hardware to emulation, but this is neither, it's just a way for a fool and his or her money to say goodbye to each other. It's about as far from a Leica camera as anything could be.



flojomojo commented on Review: 3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop):

@ECMIM Good point! Super scaler < Mode 7
It's amusing/amazing what impressed us back then. People who say things like "mobile devices will never be able to play REAL GAMES like a console" forget how technology works.



flojomojo commented on Review: 3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop):

@DarthNocturnal Super Thunder Blade preceded Star Fox by several years, and the arcade game is even older. It's important to remember the context these games came from. It's not surprising that an almost 30 year old arcade game is no longer technically impressive. I think it's super fun to have these now, though, especially at the asking price and with all the extra 3d love thrown in.

The closest thing to this and Afterburner was Blue Lightning on the Atari Lynx, which could actually do the scaling graphics nicely. Effects like those didn't come to home consoles until much later on the Super Nintendo, and we certainly never saw any Sega games on that machine!



flojomojo commented on Reminder: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Out Now for ...:

I downloaded it right before taking a long airplane trip. Played six hours until my red battery light starting flashing. I love the story, soundtrack, and characters. The graphics are rough but the art design overcomes the low resolution.

This is definitely the type of game I like on a handheld, especially since it allows me to save almost anywhere (or just close the lid). I love the way quests and combat are streamlined to keep you playing. The repetition of useless random battles in "classic" JRPGs is a turn off. It's early but I think this might be one of the rare games I actually finish.

Other old people: do you remember Panzer Dragoon Saga on the Sega Saturn? Beautiful design on a technically limited device still results in a great looking game.



flojomojo commented on F-Zero: GP Legend Rated For North America Wii ...:

This really needs to be a cross buy game that works on the 3DS. I'm not playing GBA games on the big screen, and I'm certainly not buying them to play in that format. I have the GBA cartridge and would play on the Cube's GBA player if I wanted to!



flojomojo commented on Feature: Five Nintendo 64 Games We'd Love to P...:

I'd like to see the Rogue Squadron games back on the list, please. A remade sequel would be better than a simple remake, as the GOG release of RS3D showed how much this game has aged, but it's still fun.

F-Zero X and SM64 would be nice, but unlike Rogue Squadron, they look and play great in emulation (Nvidia Shield!) so it feels not-urgent to me to see them on 3DS.



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

I love the way the internet does away with stupid things like artificial scarcity. Now anyone who wants to play these games can do so at a reasonable price.

It's not like the scalpers are adding any value by jacking up the price of a "rare" piece of plastic. They didn't help create the game, and that extra money doesn't do anything for Nintendo.



flojomojo commented on This NES Arcade-Style Unit is a Thing of Beauty:

It's very cute, and the price is right for something with a real stick and buttons, a telescoping head, and a cartridge slot.

I'm finally awakening to the reality that pretty much anything can run NES games, including those $50 Windows tablets at MicroCenter and certainly any phone with a touch screen. Too many years (and too long ago) spent in dingy arcades on giant cabinets make me think that this moldy old tech is somehow sacred!



flojomojo commented on New Nintendo 3DS Release Date Confirmed for 13...:

I guess none of this should come as a surprise.

None of the other new 3DS units in other countries came with a power adapter. The US got it with the 3DS XL but no one else did.

The smaller (non-XL) 3DS doesn't really fit in a pocket any better than the big one.

I'm going to stick with my red XL. It would be nice to have a faster OS, but it still works great once a game is launched.



flojomojo commented on Nintendo Outlines Generous eShop Publication P...:

I want to see an eshop update to Intellivision Lives. I think that in the bad old DSi store days, it was rejected for looking too old and stinking up the store, and possibly something about not wanting emulators other than Nintendo's own. I'd love for it to make a return.



flojomojo commented on Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter:

I'm ready for this one as well — the DSi version flew under my radar but I really like this kind of game. It's the closet we're likely to get to a portable Rogue Squadron.



flojomojo commented on EA Explains Why It's Abandoning Dedicated Hand...:

@HeroOfCybertron Probably Capcom, and probably for financial reasons. Maybe just maybe they're finding that selling v.3 of an arcade fighting game for $40/unit doesn't fly in this market. In other words, they're probably shrinking out of desperation, not just greed or stupidity. All speculation on my part but that's what internet comments are all about.



flojomojo commented on EA Explains Why It's Abandoning Dedicated Hand...:

When I think of 3DS and Vita, I think Nintendo, Sony, and Indie games. Maybe a little Ubisoft since they're on everything. I can't recall any big name portable EA games since their licensed tie-ins to The Lord of the Rings. I wouldn't think that their $30 Plants vs. Zombies packages did well in sales.

It's probably simpler (and therefore cheaper, which means more profitable) for them to develop for mobile. Their driving games have been pretty fun and they have Popcap and Bioware. I don't hate them as much as many people do. Unlike many other game studios, at least they are still in business, and much of that is probably because of what we see as duck moves.



flojomojo commented on Talking Point: The GameCube Controller Adapter...:

Nintendo's controller support is a confusing mess of extra crap to lose, break, and charge. It's nice that they're supporting the old controllers, but without a rerelease of the (excellent) Wavebird, this just adds a mess of cords to the otherwise nicely wireless Wii U console. Adding in these retro things now is similar to supporting the Gameboy Link Cable accessory.

Of course, if they remake the Rogue Squadron games in HD, I'll forgive them for adding so much crap to my game drawer.



flojomojo commented on Nintendo Download: 17th April (North America):

I wish Super Mario Bros 3 were "cross buy" like Sony or Apple (buy once, play on Wii U and 3DS) but I guess we can't have that ... at least I get the Wii U for a sharp discount since I have the Wii Virtual Console version, right?



flojomojo commented on 3D OutRun Given a Release Date and Details for...:

Very excited for this. I wish they hadn't pooched the release of Outrun 2006 (no US PS3 version, pulled Steam version, no digital PSP release) but M2 Outrun on 3DS could redeem them. Given the pattern of the last batch, maybe the west will see an autumn release?



flojomojo commented on Video: These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To S...:

This is really bizarre ... why would anyone want ANY of those portable games on a big screen? They already look silly-bad on the 3DS XL, and that's still pretty tiny.

If these games were to be remade completely, maybe I'd be interested, but as they are? I'd prefer to keep them portable. Add SNES and N64 games to the 3DS while you're at it.



flojomojo commented on Remake Request: Virtua Fighter 2:

I would love a portable version of this game, or maybe one of its many sequels. Tekken and Street Fighter are already on everything, why not VF? It's criminal that this hasn't happened already.

Until then, Dead or Alive is a decent substitute, some technical fighting with a clean control system. The old Saturn version was great. The current iteration of Dead or Alive is brilliant on Vita and not too shabby on 3DS.

While we're asking, how come Dead or Alive and Tekken aren't digital downloads on the eShop in North America? I'd buy them again ...