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It's funny because it's poisonous!

Male, 34, Japan

I like music and cats and probably some other things.

Thu 9th September, 2010

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kurtasbestos commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

I look forward to the time in the future when you won't an expensive console in order to play the games you want to play, all you'll need is some sort of expensive device on which to play the games that you want to play.




kurtasbestos commented on Review: Star Sky (Wii U eShop):

Dang, we get so few western games in the Japanese eShop, and it looked interesting enough that I was hoping for a good rating. But... now I'm not so sure if I'll for it or not. At any rate, the "only need one finger" and "about as relaxing as a video game will ever be" things just makes me want to play Art Style: Orbient all over again.



kurtasbestos commented on Rumour: Sega 3D Classics Such As Golden Axe Co...:

Gyylleaaaarrrghghhh any one of Shining Force, Toejam & Earl, and Columns would be enough for me to find a way to surgically graft my 3DS to my hands. Even M.U.S.H.A. would make me consider some kind of body modification involving velcro. I have half of those games on my Wii, and have been seriously considering getting the other half, but since I'm not able to find much Wii-time these days, having them on my 3DS would guarantee that I'd actually play them regularly during my daily commute and get my money's worth. I'm going to go download the other 3D classics that I skipped now in order to make this dream ever so slightly closer to reality.



kurtasbestos commented on Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Editio...:

Whaaaaat??? This looks WAY Better than the Xenoblade X Wii U Box set I bought. Seriously... even if it's not a full soundtrack it's AWESOME, and my art book only has like... 20 pages. I'm kinda tempted to buy this even though I can't actually use it...



kurtasbestos commented on Nintendo's Awesome Super Mario Maker Overview ...:

The time unlock thing seems like a pretty awesome idea... partly because it tricks/forces you to get to know how to use the tools a little at a time, but also because it'll trick/force someone like me with a short attention span into playing the game enough so that I get good enough to not forget about it and stop playing. Assuming that made any sense. The important thing is that, holy crap, this game is looking more and more awesome all the time!



kurtasbestos commented on Yoshi's Woolly World Has Limited Impact in Jap...:

Awwww, after rushing to the store to pick up my copy (and a Yoshii Amiibo) on day 1, I was hoping (unrealistically) to see Yoshi at the top of that list. I've seen plenty of commercials for it, too, and typically games that get TV time sell well over here. Oh well, maybe I'll go buy another 70,000 or so copies so that it can at least hit 6 digits. Also, I still haven't gotten around to playing it so maybe I'll do that in the near future, too.



kurtasbestos commented on Japanese Gamers Share Their Views on Xenoblade...:

I wish I could find more free time to play this game. Also that it was in English. Or at least they didn't cram the screen with as much microscopic Japanese text as possible at every possible moment (which, to be fair, is pretty much how everything in Japan works, screen-based or otherwise). Still, what little I've played so far has been pretty awesome.



kurtasbestos commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Asks for Fan Trust With Metro...:

I still kinda don't get why the internet is so dang ANGRY over this game... but... the internet seems to hate everything. I've always wanted a Metroid game to show more of a complete universe, and seeing it through the visor of the same solitary person every time (who also happens to lose all of her powers at the start of every new mission) has barely done anything to that effect. I never got around to finishing Metroid Prime: Hunters, but I loved the idea that you could play as someone other than Samus, so I'm very happy to see that idea return.



kurtasbestos commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Asks for Fan Trust With Metro...:

I still kinda don't get why the internet is so dang ANGRY over this game... but... the internet seems to hate everything. I've always wanted a Metroid game to show more of a complete universe, and seeing it through the visor of the same solitary person every time (who also happens to lose all of her powers at the start of every new mission) has barely done anything to that effect. I never got around to finishing Metroid Prime: Hunters, but I loved the idea that you could play as someone other than Samus, so I'm very happy to see that idea return.



kurtasbestos commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Acknowledges the Need to Impr...:

@JaxonH Other than the super-common (i.e. boring) Amiibos, they're nigh impossible to find in stores in Japan. Every time a new set gets released I go around to the stores that stock them, whether I'm actually interested in the new figures or not, and they're always completely sold out by the time I get there. I guess the lesson to be learned is that I should skip out on work on those days. Or just order them from Amazon, though I still haven't figured out exactly how to explain to my wife that I'm spending over 1000 Yen on a chunk of plastic that is so futuristic that it interacts with games I don't own.



kurtasbestos commented on Weirdness: You Can Buy About 300 Copies of Jur...:

The only REAL way to collect and showcase a stupid amount of Jurassic Park media is like this:

This guy TOTALLY stole his idea from me. I bet. Just like how the guy who took a picture of his baby surrounded by money and Jurassic Park VHS tapes stole his idea from me. And by "stole" I mean "at least half of my collection came from him in the first place until he moved away and decided to CRUSH my collection because it was much harder to mail VHS tapes across the country instead of dropping them through my mail slot on a daily basis." Also, after I moved to Japan my entire collection ended up back with him anyway.

At any rate... amassing a ridiculously and pointlessly large collection of a single game / movie / album / whatever can be strangely entertaining, and I totally support large collections of anything Jurassic Park-related, but selling it on eBay is NOT cool. Or maybe I'm just jealous.



kurtasbestos commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

This was a great article. I've never had a problem with supporting the artists that I like by purchasing CDs, movies, books and games at full price (even when I was on a much more limited budget), and I find it very worrisome that more and more, the rest of the world seems to just want everything for free. Then again, I still foresee/blame smart phones for the downfall of society.



kurtasbestos commented on Monochroma For Wii U Scrapped Due To Technical...:

"We have serious performance problems that we can't overcome without developing the whole game from scratch again."

So develop the whole game from scratch around. Speaking as a programmer, it kinda sounds like they're just being lazy. Not that it wouldn't be a lot of work, but... that seems like an easy way to get out of a difficult promise.



kurtasbestos commented on Gallery: Get Hot Under the Collar in the Conti...:

Ahhhh jeez, My Wii U and Xenoblade Cross will show up in a week or so, but here I am still struggling to finish Xenoblade Chronicles. Well... only "struggling" in the sense that I want to get 100% in everything before finishing it. I should probably just finish the game.



kurtasbestos commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Dreamcast:

I bet I would have done a lot better in college if I hadn't bought a Dreamcast at launch. Though I have to disagree with this statement:

"the only title really worth bothering with on day one was Virtua Fighter 3: Team Battle"

PenPen TriIcelon was a horribly underrated game and is easily one of my all-time favorite multi-player games. ...though, yeah. I guess it wasn't really worth bothering with on day one. Or for most normal people, ever. So never mind.

Though I do have to agree with the people saying that PSO deserves a mention... as much as I hated (and still resent) how a cherished Sega franchise got modernized, I sunk a ton of hours into that game. In fact, it and Chu Chu Rocket are probably the only games I've ever played online for a significant amount of time.



kurtasbestos commented on Video: Traveller's Tales Animator Proposes To ...:

The thing I'm most impressed with is that HOLY CRAP THEY LIVE ON THE MOON!!!!!!

Seriously, though, this is awesome and way better than my proposal to my wife which was more like "so hey, if we don't get married we can't live in the same country".



kurtasbestos commented on Sales Fall Away in Japan as Xenoblade Chronicl...:

There was pretty much no warning of Rodea being released here in Japan... I didn't see anything in the eShop or in real shops until I went to buy Xenoblade 3D and just happened to see a bunch of shiny new boxes of Rodea sitting next to it. I probably would have bought it on launch day if I had known, but I spent a lot of money on other 3DS-related things recently so now I'm going to wait for a while. Poor Sky Soldier...



kurtasbestos commented on Empty Slots on Super Smash Bros. Site Suggests...:

@Jayvir I'm with you. As much as I'd love to see Bomberman or maybe even Tails, Smash Brothers is supposed to be about Nintendo characters duking it out, and there are tons of Nintendo characters that haven't been represented yet. It's become incredibly tedious having to see so many people going nuts with their dreams of all kinds of third-party characters getting added to the battle all the time.



kurtasbestos commented on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Takes Third Place in J...:

I totally bought Xenoblade Chronicles 3D on release day! Only one copy, though, not all 56,932 copies. Also, I still don't have a 3DS. Which I imagine is why the game didn't sell more... I know two other people besides myself who really want to buy the game but aren't ready to spend a million billion Yen on a 3DS when their current 3DSses S are still working just fine.



kurtasbestos commented on Poll: Which Characters Do You Want to Win the ...:

I did Nintendo's poll in multiple languages BEGGING for anyone else from Xenoblade chronicles, but seeing Isaac at the top of this list made me realize that I should have been begging for Golden Sun. I'm sure both of those games will lose out to something boring and predictable (i.e. popular), but still, it's something slightly realistic to hope for.



kurtasbestos commented on Review: BOXBOY! (3DS eShop):

This review is pretty much exactly how I felt about this game. Especially this:

"Everything feels like it's in a perpetual state of teaching."

It was fun while it lasted, but it was too easy, pretty much every level felt too short, the art style and music were nice but could have easily been made better, and by the time you get to the part where you have to combine all of the skills you've learned, it felt like way too little way too late. Not to mention the story that COULD have made the game more interesting, but because it was so incredibly sparse it mostly just raised more questions and felt unnecessary.

That being said... it WAS still a pretty fun game and worth the money in the end. It just could have been a million times better with not a whole lot of effort.



kurtasbestos commented on Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New Nintendo ...:

I didn't need to read the review to know that I'll be picking up a copy next week, but it's still nice to hear that I can look forward to this version. With a 40 minute commute each way to work, I'm not worried about finding time to play it, either. What I am worried about is when I'll be able to get around to buying a New 3DS. Oh yeah, and when I'll finally get around to finishing the Wii version, which I've logged 230+ hours on. Also, it sure would be nice if Shulk Amiibos actually existed since that's the one Amiibo I wanted more than anything else since the beginning. Man... this game is hard.



kurtasbestos commented on Final Fantasy Creator Hironobu Sakaguchi Reall...:

This is exactly why I never really liked the Final Fantasy series. If you're so determined to make a brand new cast of characters set in a whole new world, then doesn't the game itself deserve a brand-new name, instead of just a number tacked on to the name of something completely unrelated (other than various cosmetic similarities)?



kurtasbestos commented on Nintendo Confirms Wil Wheaton as Voice Actor f...:

Wow, I was surprised to see how many people complained about this in just the first few comments, but then I remembered that I'm old. And I grew up with Star Trek: TNG fan. Obviously being born in the 80's ruined me as a human being. But after I started typing this comment I went back and looked at the rest of the comments and noticed that there are just as many people that are just as confused about all the anti-Wheaton rhetoric as I am, so I guess I feel slightly better. As a side note, I have no idea what this Biggest Bang Theorem thing is, so I guess I really am old.



kurtasbestos commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Mega CD:

I have a billion fond memories of my Sega CD, and it always saddens me when Sega goes and re-releases classics but opts for the Genesis / Mega Drive versions rather than the far superior Sega CD versions (Ecco the Dolphin, Eternal Champions, etc.). It was far from the best system ever (that title is reserved for Sega Saturn, OBVIOUSLY), but it had quite a few gems. Did anyone ever play Soul Star? I loved that game, but apparently I'm the only person who ever bought it.



kurtasbestos commented on Amazon UK Delays Some Shulk Pre-Orders to Late...:

Shulk just got released in Japan yesterday, and I couldn't find him anywhere. I guess I finally understand when people in other territories talk about stock shortages, since I haven't had trouble finding any of the other Amiibos I wanted in Japan so far.



kurtasbestos commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X to Feature an Enemy Enc...:

Does anyone remember Panzer Dragoon Saga for Sega Saturn? No? Oh. Well anyway, that game had amazing game world accompanied by fantastic character/monster/ship designs, and the in-game enemy encyclopedia made the game feel like even more of an actual fleshed-out world. I would have loved to have had something like that in Xenoblade, and I'm glad to hear it'll be in both the 3DS version and the sequel. EGGCITE!!!