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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'.



kenzo commented on Developers Outline Their Ideas for Nintendo's ...:

The 3DS NEXT has to have TWO inner high resolution cameras.

The selfie craze needs to be capitalised on.

Surely the ability to show ones face and head in 3D is useful for real-to-life Miis, for 3DS video chat, for avatar creation, for virtual makeup or hairstyling or cosmetic surgery, and for manga-fication.

If these images could be exported to 3D printing, either locally or by online mail order, then personalised amiibos or caricatures could become all the rage.

The 3d cameras on the 3DS are a great idea but poorly implemented so far.



kenzo commented on Video: New Nintendo 3DS In-Depth Review: Episo...:

If people are having trouble keeping in the 3D sweetspot, then maybe a version of Nintendo Cardboard should be developed.

Its like a cardboard box strapped to your head which forms an inter-face between the 3DS and your face. It keeps the top screen locked at the right distance and position to see the 3D fully, but allows viewing and access to all the other controls on the lower screen with the hands.

Could cost less than $2.



kenzo commented on Hands On: We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL :


I have actually constructed the circularly polarized filter from the plastic lens of Real3D glasses and mounted it on the NEW 3DS XL.

It is positioned at the top of the screen over the inside camera and red eye light.

If fits quite well. I cut a section 35 mm x 10 mm from one lens polarizer, using a knife and then trimmed it down with scissors.

I used tissue to clean both sides of the film, before attaching with regular clear tape at both left and right sides. The tape folded nicely over the top edge, avoiding the screen and outside cameras.

Does it actually work.

It seems to work very well in game. I have played Resident Evil Mercenaries a few time to gauge its performance stability. I like it and will keep it on my 3DS.

There are aspects to the 'filter' which may have no bearing on super stability, and thus won't offer any possible advantages. I don't know what these modes are, but shimmering effects are still visible 'outside' of the game play - in normal usage.

Super stability could be affected by the gyroscopes, screen brightness, tilt of lower screen, blinking, head motion or smeared glasses - just to name a few variables.

In any case I will keep the filter on as it seems 'better' to use, and it seems no worse than without it. Thanks.



kenzo commented on Hands On: We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL :


Ideally, circularly polarized light will change handedness upon specular reflection. So if a light beam (red eye light) goes outbound through a right handed circular polarizer (3D glasses film), it will be specularly reflected back (from the spectacles) as a left handed circularly polarized beam. This part of the reflected light will be blocked by the right handed circular polarizer covering the inside camera (and will be attenuated).

There are complications in practice - of course.

Not all the reflected light will be fully reversed (especially off the metallic glasses frame), and not all of the reversed light will be blocked (because of birefringence in the quarter wave retarder film comprising the circular polariser AND the circular polarizer may not polarize the infra-red portion of the red eye light either ... ).

Look, its just a throw away idea and I will try it. Wish me luck.



kenzo commented on Hands On: We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL :

I have noticed some minor stuttering in the 3D super stability whilst using the 3DS XL in the dark with glasses. Paradoxically, I cannot really check for the same effect without the glasses because its not easy to see the screen without them. Ha ha.

I wonder if the occassional break in lock is 'normal' but is just more noticeable in the dark than during daylight ....

I am going to try something to eliminate this perceived effect.

I want to tape a thin film of circular polarizer material over the red eye light and the inside camera. This should suppress unwanted reflections of the red eye light from the glasses - as long as it doesn't impair the regular super stability function because of too much general darkening of the reflected light.

The material for the polarizer comes from those cheap throwaway 3D glasses they hand out at the 3D movies. This will be interesting, if slightly mad.

I must say that using reading glasses has a benefit that it magnifies the screen slightly, and makes the viewing experience more immersive than without them.



kenzo commented on Hands On: We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL :

I think there is a bit of rose coloured glasses going on with the NEW 3DS XL.

I like it too - but all the hype about it is not believable.

1. The c-stick is not a "second circle pad".

It is not as easy to use as a circle pad for a number of reasons.

Its travel is too short and stiff for precise use, it cannot be custom calibrated in the settings (so far), and in-game it can be confused with the X or Y buttons in gameplay.

2. The shoulder buttons are awkwardly placed, and can result in both buttons on a side being pressed at once, screwing up gameplay. Also to get a good reach to all shoulder buttons the hands must be moved up a little on the 3DS. This is even a bigger problem on the larger XL model than the regular one. Its just not right ergonomically and very un-Nintendo like.

The shape and relative placement of the shoulder buttons could have been much better.

3. The stereoscopic 3D is very good.

The super stable 3D works very well in stabilising side-to-side and rocking motions.

However there is not the same stability in the distance of viewing aspect.

The NEW 3DS needs to be held at the recommended 35cm distance from the eyes. If the console is not kept with about +/- 5cm of that recommended distance then double images will start appearing in one or both eyes.

This is the most disappointing aspect of the 3D.

For an older person like myself who needs to hold the unit slightly further out to see it clearly, this is not ideal. I bought a pair of cheap 2.5 dioptre reading glasses to make the ideal 35 cm screen viewing distance comfortable.

I believe there may also be some flickering issues playing in darkness with glasses on as well.

Hopefully some software updates can correct some of these issues.



kenzo commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

I don't know what people are really complaining about.

The NEW 3DS Ambassidor model is way cheaper than the original one !

If people are disappointed for not being eligible for 'a limited edition', then that's the whole point of 'limited edition'.

Look, Nintendo games customers and customers game Nintendo.

Its just a game with dollars, not play coins. Don't be upset.

Anyway, an investment in electronics is a bad investment, thanks to rapid obsolescence.

Nintendo will happily sell you a razor to make money on blades. You may even get a haircut in the process.



kenzo commented on Mario Kart 8 Beats Stern Competition To Become...:

Nintendo could make a cross-over game combining Smash and Mario Kart.

It could be called Road Rage Kart.

Art imitates life. You get to smash into the other drivers and then beat them up at the scene of the accident.



kenzo commented on Pixar Movie, Up, is Now Available for 3DS in J...:

What happened to the 10 minute limit on 3D movies. Has it been removed.

I have watched Avatar in 3D on the 3DS but in 10 minute chunks.

'Hopefully' the NEW 3DS with its wireless PC access and higher speed WIFI connectivity, will allow streaming or uploading of full 3D movies from PC.



kenzo commented on Sharp Gearing Up to Supply 'Free-Form' LCD Scr...:

With this freeform LCD technology, its not too hard to see where this is going.

The front face of the WiiU gamepad or 3DS handheld could be made from a complete screen, with real buttons and controls poking through it.



kenzo commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

I think there may be a small problem with Nintendo making a phone with its video games on it.

I don't know what the laws are in your respective countries, but I thought a minor (under 18 years old or equivalent in your jurisdiction), cannot technically own a mobile phone.

I see plenty of young people with phones, but I assume they are bought in the name of an adult for use by a minor. It surprises me that adults who buy phones for their youngsters seem never to get put before the courts when those youngsters break the law using those same phones.

There needs to be some legal clarity and certainty on this point, or Nintendo will be making a risky business case if it proceeds.



kenzo commented on Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry Almost Made Our D...:

A Dirty Harry Video Game would be great as long as it wasn't one dimensional.

There is certainly a lot of material to work with even today. Just turn on the news.

A sort of anti-hero game would be good. Marvellous in fact.



kenzo commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philos...:

Hey Shiggy,

The 3DS could be easily modified for a virtual reality headset.

It doesnt have to be as 'good' as an oculus rift, since the 3DS screen is not as good as a cell phone screen but stills does the job.

The idea is to take the two screen format from the 3DS and mount them together on a suitable visor with low powered reading lenses, and then use a separate controller/touch pad to operate the screen / console remotely.

The visor can be relatively open at the sides and below for better situational awareness and for better social interaction.

The ingedients are already there, but Nintendo needs to package it up in an attractive form.