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Tue 2nd Apr 2013

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kenzo commented on Soapbox: If Nintendo Took On Virtual Reality, ...:

Nintendo have always been innovators in virtual reality.

Yes, the Virtual boy was not a success, but many people at Nintendo must have thought it had potential at the time. Success has a thousand fathers but failure was the orphan Gunpei.

But wait, there is more.

Motion control on the Wii is Virtual Reality too, and it was an original idea and a huge success. Just as the Virtual Boy was not completely ready when launched, it could be argued the Wii, initially without the motion plus gyros, was potentially a waggly failure waiting to happen too.

Finally, Nintendo implemented Virtual Reality sound with the Wiimote and the TV speakers. The Zelda and Link arrow sound effect is one subtle example. However this effect was not helped by the limited sound quality of the Wiimote.

So Nintendo have been innovative in virtual reality all the way to the present systems.



kenzo commented on Nintendo Is "Looking At" Virtual Reality, But ...:

It would be strange if Nintendo did not carry their 3D stereoscopic technology far into the future.

Firstly, many Wii and GameCube games perform successfully in 3D with the Dolphin emulator - on PC.

Secondly, the existing base of 3DS games are in 3D.

Thirdly, Nintendo have secured the intellectual property rights and patents to use its 3D technology for at least 20 years - until the relevant patents expire.

Knowing that Nintendo have made such a risky bet on 3D and have been successful, it seems a sound business decision to continue building upon its existing 3D infrastructure into the future, for both software and hardware.

I can see a hybrid WiiU and 3DS gamepad.

In portrait mode the gamepad displays in 3D and works just like a 3D version of the 2DS.

In landscape mode the gamepad works conventionally in 2D mode.

It can be done now.



kenzo commented on Nintendo Is "Looking At" Virtual Reality, But ...:

The Nintendo 3DS is not far off being a virtual reality headset.

The screen is already 3D and all it takes is some suitable lenses to make the screen appear wider and much more virtual.

It doesn't have to have super-resolution or a super-wide field of view, as long as it looks acceptable, is easy on the eyes and fun to play.

A 3DS screen worn on the head will also solve the 3D 'head tracking' stability issue as there wont be any instability.



kenzo commented on Editorial: Nintendo and Virtual Reality Aren't...:

What planet are you guys on.

Some of the best virtual reality gaming experiences can be found using Nintendo games.

These games were not designed for VR, but some actually work quite well, and a few so far may even be the definitive version of the game.

DolphinVR by Carl Kenner is a fantastic hack of Dolphin - the Wii and Gamecube emulator - to make Nintendo games compatible with Virtual Reality such as the Oculus Rift.

Its been an incredible effort by a small group of gaming and VR enthusiasts.

Nintendo are definitely missing an opportunity here.



kenzo commented on Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Believes Virtual ...:

Perhaps Palmer Luckey should just jump back into his time machine and see if he could have done a better job than Gunpei Yokoi.

Nintendo have a different strategy than Oculus.

Nintendo have a cultural policy of "Lateral Thinking with Withered Technology". They did well considering the primitive technology used with Virtual Boy, and that it was released before it was fully developed..

On the other hand the Oculus Rift is using expensive cutting edge technology which has still not been commercially released and has no track record of success.

And Oculus Rift is 20 years later Virtual Boy.

Palmer, try getting Oculus Rift to run on a Win 95 using a PC from that era.



kenzo commented on Talking Point: The Easily Forgotten Hardware R...:


Ideally, the 3D effect is good on the old 3DS if the unit is kept still.

But .... what about first person shooter/horror games like Resident Evil, pinball games, or even gyroscopic games where motion is going to happen whether you like it or not.

Good to see that 3D is moving with the times.



kenzo commented on Talking Point: The Easily Forgotten Hardware R...:

The NEW 3DS is essential for Nintendo.

The 3D had to be improved over the old model.

Its is clear, stop-gap or not, the NEW 3DS has been globally embraced as a step forward.

I love how older games like Luigis Mansion 2 and Castlevania: Mirror of Fate look great with the new model. Get the demo for the latter on the eshop and see for yourself.

With the hacking being made on the 3DS, if Nintendo don't exploit the hardware features then the modding community will. More CPU, no problem.

I still think the 3D cameras were very undersold and neglected the whole time. If they had two inner cameras and better resolution all round, there could have been a potential killer app for it.



kenzo commented on Nintendo Remains Bullish Around the 3DS and It...:

I doubt Nintendo will discontinue the 3DS for a number of reasons.

1. The 3ds is still maturing and can certainly be bumped up in screen size, resolution and processing power. 3DS games are capable of higher resolution graphics, as seen in some emulators already.

2. The 3DS has no comparable competition. If any company copied its technology, then Nintendo would be onto them.

3. The 3DS is a cash cow for Nintendo. They are the highest performing listed stockmarket company in the gaming sector. They would be mad to retire the 3DS prematurely, especially when there is no established platform to replace it. Nintendo have doggedly held on during the woeful days of WiiU and old 3DS, so they are unlikely to throw it all away when things are looking up.

4, The New 3DS has recently been introduced as is going very well, despite few games taking advantage of the increased CPU and c-stick. And despite losing circle pad pro optionality.

So there. Long live the 3DS.



kenzo commented on Fascinating Patent Shows Nintendo Portable Uti...:

" Sure, the best thing in the world is to play with your thumbs covering half the screen!! "

That problem is easily solved.

Just put the actual screen above the touch screen controllers and sticks.

Perhaps with 3D technology, the apparent screen depth can be put where the touch screen physically is.



kenzo commented on Intriguing Nintendo Patent Points to 'Suppleme...:

What if the supplemental device is a mobile phone or something similar.

For instance, if the supplemental device contained all the phone functionality except for use as an actual phone, then essentially it is a smart wireless controller - with memory, CPU, graphics display, inertial sensors and cameras.

Just think.

Why buy a Wiimote for $50 say, when there are so many more capable mobile phone type controller devices available today for the same price.

The wiimote is nearly 10 years old, yet phone technology is cutting edge and beating PC technologies.

So my bet about the next Nintendo gaming system, is that it needs some kind of mobile phone type controller technology to stay competitive. The phone stick could even look like a wiimote, and could eventually have programmable surround touch sensors and even a wrap around display in future versions. Why not ....



kenzo commented on Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition is Creeping Up On...:

RE4 for Wii was the definitive version.

I would not bother playing it on PC.

It could be argued this was the pinnacle of the RE series.

Now, you can buy a second hand Wii and copy of RE4 for the price of a new game.

And, you haven't really played RE4 unless you have a proper Wiimote gun such as the Blaze Scorpion Vii. Good luck finding one now.



kenzo commented on Video: Gain Some Insight Into How Retro Game M...:


Googled the datasheet :

The BU8844FV sound chip has more capabilities than direct streaming of ADPCM. The question is what else can it do given the limited memory and input/output bandwidth of sound data in the Wiimote.

You have to say Nintendo made hard work of sound production in the Wii Remote, and it was not entirely successful. They could have, for better effect, used the dormant Bluetooth sound channel.

The Wii Remote design was locked in by 2005 and chip technology keeps advancing rapidly. After 10 years its all a bit archaic now, but strangely, out of all the Wii Remote functions, the audio features have not been fully reverse engineered (and may never be).



kenzo commented on Feature: The Unexpected Legacy of Wii Music:

The Wii remote sound output is one of the only things that has not been properly reverse engineered.

It would be great for many hobbyists and academic projects if Nintendo or someone can successfully implement chip-tunes and sounds on it without a digital signal processor emulator, as exists when using the Dolphin emulator (for example).



kenzo commented on Scathing Nikkei Report Hints At Shameful Treat...:

At least working at Konami is still better than North Korea.

If you fail there your whole extended family goes to the gulag.

It won't be long before there is photoshopping of the official company photos at Konami as senior staff get the chop (and fed to the dogs).



kenzo commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

Sad passing of Mr Iwata.

My father passed away at 55. All I can say is - it was a rip off.

I suppose we can reflect and appreciate each day we get, and not be too over-concerned about minor things.

I am sure Iwata san will want you to put down your console occasionally and go outside and look more deeply at the marvellous world we live in.

Good bye.



kenzo commented on Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Exposé Reveals Torrid St...:

There is a reason it was called Project Hammer.

there is a Japanese saying - " The nail that sticks out get hammered down ".

Obviously there were too many American nails that stuck out of the woodwork. Unfortunately, all the Japanese management made was a packing crate.



kenzo commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Could Use Google's Android...:

Has anyone told Nintendo that Android OS no longer supports Wii remote functionality since 4.2.

Google knows about this problem but has been VERY SLOW to bother fixing it.

Gives you real confidence in their OS.



kenzo commented on How Some Of Rare's Leading Lights Traded Platf...:

They should base their pension financial software on the game Snakes and Ladders.

As you would know, the more ladders you climb, the more snakes you are likely to run into. Eventually you will end up on the bottom rung.

A board game like snakes and ladders mimics the maze of bureaucratic regulations needing to be worked through to get a pension. Perhaps they should put a help desk on one of the squares, and hope you don't get a snake charmer on the other end of the line.



kenzo commented on 3DS Homebrew App Turns 3DS Into PC Remote Desk...:

I am sure the PC streaming capability of the 3DS can be improved.

Its just a matter of working out the best streaming protocol and knowing the inner workings of the 3DS.

After all, Nintendo have improved the 'downloading' capability of the wi-fi in the New 3DS models, and Youtube online plays videos quickly in both 2d and 3d formats.

This article should also have mentioned the 3DS being used as a game controller too.



kenzo commented on Weirdness: Should Rap Star Iggy Azalea Ever Go...:

I love how all these unknown Australians go to the United States and out-American the Americans.

Its revenge for all those American shows we sat through growing up.

Where do you think Iggy learned all her extravagant flossing and blinging from.

One thing looks wrong though. Those fine tattoos on her hands will look like unreadable smudges within two years.



kenzo commented on We Have Shigeru Miyamoto To Thank For The Supe...:

Super Stable 3D - Chop chop, Get Shiggy With It !!.

What is the point of developing this technology if it was not meant to be used.

Makes you wonder what eventual products they really intended to use it for.

Perhaps its about time Nintendo made a 3DS game called 'Up-ending the Tea Table'.