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Veteran gamer

Male, United Kingdom

Freelancer. Ex-The Economist newspaper, ex-BBC, ex- a lot of things.

Wed 5th September, 2012

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Frapp commented on Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiri...:

Nice to see NL picking this story up.

Seeing the games list again, I've got some fond memories of playing Charlie Ninja one rainy Sunday in Soho twenty years ago. It's a 2D side-scrolling play on GunSmoke, but with a goofy ninja. Later levels are a bit Metal Sluggy/Cyber-Lip-esque and I remember one level was based on American Football with cheerleaders. Short, but pretty sweet. I must download it in MAME for another blast through.

Would be lovely if something comes of this eventually.



Frapp commented on Nintendo Download: 25th September (Europe):

I see the euro to pound conversion rates on eShop continue to be hilariously random.

Re: Two Tribes (above) – the publishing company is unaffected. Looking forward to seeing how Rive is progressing from Collin and Martijn and their new rebooted development studio.



Frapp commented on Animal Crossing Content Is Coming To Monster H...:

@JaxonH said: "I think this is charity to Capcom to help them sell a few more copies."
I think it's rather more symbiotic than that. So far we've got Nintendo's Zelda and Animal Crossing, Sega's Sonic, and Namco's Taiko Drum Master series all making an appearance in Capcom's Monster Hunter – one of Japan's biggest games of the year. With the pressure that console and handheld gaming is facing from smartphones, it's imperative that this game does well – for Capcom, for the other publishers, and for the Japanese gaming industry.

@Beetlejuice said: "If this happened once or twice, ok, but now we have three upcoming games (that we know about) that are getting these Nintendo-themed items/characters shoehorned into them for no other reason than to try and squeeze a few extra dollars out of people. It may have been a special bonus at one point, but if they keep doing it at this same rate its going to become very lame quickly."
Some very valid points there. It may be a good business initially, but there's a limit to how much the gaming public will accept. I'm very uneasy about Nintendo going down this path as they could easily go too far. We'll see.



Frapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Pilotwings 64:

Found a vid to relive the horror:

Funny, it doesn't look quite so bad watching someone else do it, but lining up those photos correctly and landing perfectly was a real nightmare.
Enjoying the 64 feature a lot. Hope to see some of my other faves. :-)



Frapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Pilotwings 64:

Long overdue. 100 percenting this game was a good challenge. I vaguely remember the hang-glider mission (where you had to photo the space shuttle, the cruise ship and the Nessie monster, I think?) causing some real grief. Marvellous game.



Frapp commented on Animal Crossing Content Is Coming To Monster H...:

I'm not a fan of crossovers generally, especially if they jar too much, but they're hardly new.
There have a been loads of crossovers – the first one I can remember was Bomb Jack appearing in Solomon's Key; there were Rathalos and Tigrex from Monster Hunter in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker; Everybody's Golf 2 on the PS had Gex and characters from Twisted Metal; Tony Hawks games have had several in there like Darth Maul, Wolverine, Jango Fett and Kelly Slater; Ridge Racer had the hornet car from Sega's Daytona USA; there were Minecraft bits in Borderlands 2. The list goes on and on.
I'm not a fan of this stuff being in Monster Hunter, particularly that Sonic reveal, but it does seem to be getting mostly positive feedback looking around the net this morning. Obviously the intent is to shift more hardware and software, and if it achieves that then I can overlook how much it grates with me.



Frapp commented on Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop):

@Plutonian @gatorboi352

I echo what you said. I will never understand the notion that sex is more offensive than excessive violence. The game is full of quite brutal moments with enemies tortured, decapitated, ripped to pieces and so on, and yet this is hardly touched upon – the focus is on the fact that the game has some partial nudity and mild suggestiveness, whilst this is going on.



Frapp commented on Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop):

Damo said: 'it's always good form (in my opinion, and clearly Tom's, too) to take the time to describe what the game is about...'

Absolutely, regardless of whether your readership numbers in the hundreds or reaches six figures.



Frapp commented on Mario Kart 64:

Never owned this, mostly due to the rubbish PAL conversion, but from what I played of it while dossing around my local HMV, I found it much more enjoyable than the SNES game, which left me cold. In my opinion, there were much better racers on the N64 in the form of World Driver Championship, F-Zero X, DKR, Ridge 64, Wave Race, Pod Racer and a few others.



Frapp commented on Review: Super Mario Ball (Wii U eShop / Game B...:

Surprisingly favourable review for this one from Fuse Games/Silverball Studios, in my opinion. I think it's a duffer. However, their next pinball games, Metroid Prime Pinball and Pinball Pulse, were absolutely stellar.



Frapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron:

Easily one of my favourite N64 games. Videogame fans might be interested to know that one the designers of this game was the British developer Mark Haigh-Hutchinson. He was a supremely talented man whose work includes Highway Encounter/Alien Highway on the Spectrum, some excellent arcade conversions and ports through to the camera system on Metroid Prime and the control system on Prime 3. Sadly, he succumbed to cancer in 2009, aged just 43. A great loss, in my opinion.
A short obit is available at:
Many of you will have played some of his games. Here's a partial list of the 40+ titles he worked on:
Android One (1984)
Highway Encounter (1985)
Alien Highway (1986)
Revolution (1986)
Paperboy (1987)
Overlander (1988)
Thunder Blade (1988)
Human Killing Machine (1988)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Action Game (1989)
World Cup Italia 1990 (1990)
Magic Boy (1993)
David Robinson's Supreme Court (1993)
Star Wars: Rebel Assault (1993)
Sam & Max Hit the Road (1993)
Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993)
Big Sky Trooper (1995)
Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995)
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996)
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (1998)
Star Wars: Episode I Racer (1999)
Metroid Prime (2002)
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (2007)



Frapp commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Collector's Edition ...:

I like the lanyard, but 60 bucks for the whole lot seems a smidgen excessive to me compared to some previous MH pre-order bonuses. And its a shame they've kept that awful box art. However, the game is guaranteed to spend around a thousand hours in my New 3DS, so I don't really care too much.
2015 is shaping up to be an unforgettable year in gaming.



Frapp commented on Review: Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper: ...:

Shame on you for questioning the integrity of the reviewer and the website. One has to ask, if you think so lowly of Nintendo Life, then why do you bother frequenting the site? No discrepancy is visible between the review and score. I'd say an apology is due.

Thank you for the well constructed and informative review, Nicola. My wife is a primary school teacher – I shall apprise her of this review as the software looks a good resource.



Frapp commented on The Japanese New 3DS Packaging Is Both Cute An...:

More packaging has come into view – the white standard new 3DS and its three differently coloured charging docks, plus more traditional packaging for the LL consoles and their dock:

Looks like adapters are sold separately again.



Frapp commented on Nintendo 64x64: ISS 64:

Guys, whilst this is running, would it be possible to have a link to this feature somewhere on the homepage?



Frapp commented on New Nintendo 3DS Shown Off by Monster Hunter S...:

@deejrandom said: "Anyone know the exact size of the New regular 3DS screen? I read 1.2 times bigger but i'm unsure how big that is."

That means 20% bigger in total screen area. The dimensions for the new model are 3.33 inch (84.6mm) width; 2 inch (50.76mm) height; 3.88 inch (98.66mm) diagonal.

Here's a comparison pic: Untitled