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Male, 34, United States

Sun 20th January, 2008

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StarDust4Ever commented on 3DS System Update Shuts Off Web Browser Exploi...:

So no new useability features? Browser doesn't crash anymore with the "an error has occured" message if I attempt to access the gateway page.

I've had the Wii-U browser crash my system with a hard freeze on numerous occasions (press and hold the power button on the main console for 4 seconds to reset), so there may be yet an undiscovered browser exploit for Wii-U.



StarDust4Ever commented on Review: Mappy-Land (Wii U eShop / NES):

It's a fun little diversion. I like the arcadey quality of many Atari and early NES games. One reason I like many of the early Famicom games, many of which got skipped here. I got both Mappy and Mappy Land on Famicom carts.



StarDust4Ever commented on Video: This Unlockable Character in Hyrule War...:

@UGXwolf It was more tongue and cheek response to the "Yankee Doodle" comments posted earlier. There's a lot of misconcieved notions about Southern heritage / Civil War. There were great social and moral unjustices on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line with regards to Civil liberties, much of which continued for roughly another 100 years.

However, I believe sometimes political correctness goes a bit too far when they attempt to censor history/culture. Society would also do well to stop with the racial profiling. But I am by no means a backwoods redneck who believes in that "South shall rise again" bullcrap.

Also I feel any further discussion of the topic does not belong here. I appologize and hope I did not offend anyone.



StarDust4Ever commented on Video: This Unlockable Character in Hyrule War...:

Oh, and LOL on the cuccos! :D Sometimes when I get bored in a Zelda game, I'll hack up some cuccos just to see them chase me (save first though :p ).

Hyrule Warriors isn't my cup of tea, but I LOL'ed at the Cucco. BTW, is this an unlockable, a DLC, or an Easter Egg?



StarDust4Ever commented on Super Smash Bros. Club Nintendo Double CD Rewa...:

Unfortunately I wasn't interested in 3DS Smash and didn't buy the Wii-U game until after the promotion ended. So no soundtrack for me... :'(

Also I couldn't give two squats about the Mewtwo DLC since I could care less about the Pokemon characters.



StarDust4Ever commented on Study Finds That US Consumers Are Buying Wii U...:

@Quorthon Yeah I don't have a Virtual Boy. I also got several 3rd party consoles. Atari 2600, 7800, Genesis (and SMS via adapter), card-only TG-16, and PS3 to name a few. I have all the licensed Donkey Kong /Jr, Popeye, and Mario Bros Arcade ports for Atari systems. Sounds strange yes, but those games were licensed prior to the NES coming to the west (Atari 7800 was planned for a 1984 launch postponed due to the market crash and DK, Mario Bros were planned as launch titles). So Mario Bros and DK got "grandfathered" on Atari 7800.

Been scanning your posts, and please man, lay off the judgemental replies to people. Speaking for everyone here, not just myself.



StarDust4Ever commented on Talking Point: The Limited Edition Battle With...:


Holy crap that's complicated! One misstep and you could lose all your stuff! :o

Better stick to and and other places who specialize in imports. Yes, they will sell out of stock and might be slightly more expensive, but they won't sell out nearly as fast as US preorders and you get peace of mind.



StarDust4Ever commented on Iwata Remains Positive on the Future of the Wi...:

@IceClimbers How would a console Pokemon title kill the 3DS? Did either Pokemon Stadium release for N64 or Pokemon Colosseum for Game Cube kill the Game Boy? No, it only helped to sell consoles.

Even though I despise the Pokemon franchise in general, I don't see how a Pokemon Stadium U game would hurt 3DS or Wii-U. You could wirelessly transfer Pokemon from X, Y, Alpha Ruby, and Omega Sapphire using a 3DS with a minor software update for the 3DS titles. Print money and convince Pokemon fans to finally buy a Wii-U. ;)



StarDust4Ever commented on Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo C...:

@umegames Yeah they had the one per customer policy too at my local Best Buy. But I had a preorder on reserve for King Dedede and Meta Knight. I showed up at 8:55am 5 minutes to open and there were already 12 people in line. They had one Meta Knight that wasn't reserved. They formed two lines at customer service, one for preorders and one for walk-ins. I was first in line and picked up my two Amiibo no problem but the walkins were limited to one. I felt bad that all these people were lined up for Meta Knight and the first dude in line got it but he had been waiting in the cold pouring rain for 2 hours. They both look really nice, glad I could complete my Kirby series set. And yes, I unboxed them as soon as I got home... ;)



StarDust4Ever commented on Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo C...:

@spizzamarozzi But we are as passionate here about beer and [gridiron] football as you guys are of wine and soccer. Just stay away from the cheap ballpark beer. That stuff is nasty...

BTW, I did an Art History tour of Italy in 2005. Spent 6 days in Pompeii; 9 days in Rome. Beautiful country, friendly locals, excellent food and wine too! ;)



StarDust4Ever commented on Zen Pinball 2 Set to Hit a New High Score for ...:

I loved Zen Pinball 2. I have downloaded and purchased every non-Marvel themed table they've got. Just not a super hero fan so I left the others.

PS - I also got all the Star Wars packs. Yeah, they should have combined them, but I can see why they didn't. The whole dark side / light side aesthetic wouldn't work with Zen. And I always choose the path to the dark side... B-)



StarDust4Ever commented on Guide: Getting the Most out of Your amiibo wit...:

I actually got a nice collection of Amiibos prior to getting Smash Bros. I just set up a 99 stock match in 8 player mode using team battle. I like to set them up as four pairs. Grab a brewski and watch the fireworks. Twerk the Gamepad every now and then so the Wii-U doesn't go into idol shutdown (you'll lose your progress if it does). I don't feed them, just sick them on one another. Lazy as heck, but you need at least one human player or you don't earn squat in game. CPU/Amiibo matches done in autopilot mode don't award credit towards overall time played or work towards unlocking secret characters. Sure you can fight them but it ceases being fun once they start mercilessly kicking the crap out of you. They are awesome as teammates though.



StarDust4Ever commented on Yes, People Are Still Making NES Games In 2015:

@Smooching Because most of the new released RetroUSB games use a special homebrew mapper. The games actually save data directly to the PRG ROM which utilizes flash technology that didn't even exist in the NES lifetime so nothing remotely close to it ever existed. The read portion of the mapper does share similarities with the iNES UxROM mappers, but the registers are in different locations.

In order for these new homebrew to work with the Retron5, a new game dumping algorithm with have to be added in addition to mapper support of the [stolen] RetroArch emulators, which came with a GPL non-commercial license which Hyperkin basically ignored.



StarDust4Ever commented on New Nintendo 3DS Launch Sales in the West Surp...:

Yeah well sadly people living in North America don't have that luxury. The Faceplates themselves are region free, whereas the standard New Nintendo 3DS isn't. :p

Don't worry. PDP or Hori will make covers. I plan on getting the clear cover to protect my investment. B-)



StarDust4Ever commented on New Nintendo 3DS Launch Sales in the West Surp...:

@bofis I agree. While I generally prefer the larger variant because of my man hands, I know others and young people do have smaller hands and a standard console would be perfect for them.

Freedom of choice is never a bad thing, but due to region locking it's impossible for North Americans to own the standard size.

Also faceplates are cool, but nothing beats my Gold limited Majora's Mask 3DS. And before anybody asks, yes, I camped out for it. B-)



StarDust4Ever commented on Card Format amiibo Confirmed to be Heading our...:

I think the cards will come in randomized packs sealed in foil wrap so that they cannot be scanned. You buy a 15 pack of Amiibo cards for like $15 (because NFC chips aren't "free"), and you get 12 commons, 2 uncommons, and 1 rare. So you have to buy a metric ton of card packs and trade the rare cards at swap meets and resell shops in order to get a complete set. This is how nearly every collectible card game or series works.

As a result, there will be bazillions of unwanted Marios, Yoshis, Pikachus, Kirbys, etc floating about. Knowing Nintendo, there will probably be a Mario in a minimum 2 out of every 3 decks... :p



StarDust4Ever commented on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Director Teases...:

@Grumblevolcano To be perfectly fair, there are many people collecting Amiibo who don't even own a Wii-U or New 3DS. Some even prefer to keep them sealed, which actually defeats their primary function by preventing their use in the game.

I think it was a brilliant decision on Nintendo's part to encourage unboxing by placing the foil square in every box, but I confess I think they look better unboxed anyway.

Not everyone views these figures from purely a utilitarian purpose. If you can't appreciate the figures as something more tangible and collectible than simply a means of physical DLC, well that's just sad.

I recommend looking at one of your Amiibo up close and holding the figurine in your hands. A lot of detailed craftmanship went into making these toys. B-)



StarDust4Ever commented on Feature: The Heartwarming Tale of a Missing 3D...:

I dropped my cellphone in a college parking lot once. A guy picked up my phone and dialed my mom, who told him which dorm/room I resided in. I was so happy when he returned it, I gave him a big dude-to-dude bear hug. :p

I also went through the dispair of losing my Pink/white 3DS... Only to find it inside my couch two months later, with a heavy scratch the dual reclining steel mechanism had gouged into it. Still works fine and I got a Princess Peach cover for it... ;)



StarDust4Ever commented on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Director Teases...:

So sad that Rosalina came so close to being featured in the game... :'(

I hope they include a nice little bonus for scanning the Rosalina Amiibo... ;)

Also, those of you guys complaining "$15 to unlock lame-O DLC" are approaching it the wrong way. You're not buying the figures to unlock in-game content but because they're awesome! The fact that they give you bonus stuff in games is well, a bonus. B-)



StarDust4Ever commented on A Wild Update on Pokémon Shuffle Appears:

@BLPs LOL I collect Amiibos too! But I tend to pick and choose. I have little interest in the third party chars but I wanna collect all the Smash series Mario chars, but not the Mario Party lineup except for Toad. The MP Duplicates I can do without. And Kirby and Yoshi series. I got Zelda and Link but Toon Link is derpy looking so I'll pass, but I'd definitely get a Dr Mario if they come out with one. Also got DK, Diddy, Kirby (Meta Knight and Dedede still on reserve at Best Buy) Samus. Got my Rosetta & Chiko import from Japan too! Upcoming Amiibo on my radar: Wario, Zero Suit, Duck Hunt Dog.

But the Fire Emblems, Kid Icarus, Xenoblade, etc I don't care about collecting at all. And I unbox everything and use them. Good thing I'm a selective collector as I've had to fight over far fewer Amiibo than most people. I even ordered the Choco mini figs for Daisy and Waluigi as substitutes since they'll almost certainly not be getting Amiibos even though they are half the size and don't really match. Yeah I'm wierd like that. Gotta have Amiibo figures that don't even exist! :p

Also dealing with compulsive habbits... I spend more time posting online about video games than I do actually playing them. But playing them brings me so much more joy... Why I never joined Facebook? I don't agree with their privacy policy but also don't wanna get sucked into that addictive cesspool... :p

I agree gotta know your limits and stay within budget. I'm also a sucker for anything new homebrew release on retro consoles... B-)



StarDust4Ever commented on A Wild Update on Pokémon Shuffle Appears:

@BLPs The thing is, I am severe ADHD and do have addictive tendancies. As an example: It's one thing if I blow through 150 play coins that I've amassed over several weeks to beef up my Army in Warrior's way so I can blow through the next country with relative ease. Currently I'm playing the game as intended by the developer. If I miss out on some uber cool hat because I spent all my Plaza tickets on stupid lame ones, so be it. It's only a game. My play coins and street passes will slowly replenish. Street passes are preferable because you can use them in all games where as play coins are only usable in just one game at a time. So I make my rounds and often wait until I have more than 6 or 7 street passes queued up before I replay the games so I can maximize my Mii Force potential.

Fact is short of manipulating the date/time on the 3DS (which will totally screw up your pedometer and play records) or using a spare 3DS to earn "dummy" streetpasses, there's no real way to cheat the system. Were Nintendo to allow users to "buy" extra play coins to progress further in the game, instead of naturally allowing them to accrue or seek out street passes, either through relays or in the wild, at some point I would find myself in a situation where I just had to get the next stage or redeem that fancy new Mii hat. Instead of being forced to put the game away and try again later, it would be a very real temptation to me to spend the 99 cents here or there to get that extra perk.

As it stands, I've spent a grand total of $15 on the Streetpass Mii Plaza expansion pack and have thoroughly enjoyed it. That amount is fixed. I'll never have to spend additional money to continue playing it, unless Nintendo releases an additional one-and-done DLC pack in the future. I've spent a good deal of money on games over the years, probably more than most but all of it I have permanent access to enjoy at my leisure. If I ever get short on money, I'll just enjoy the stuff I have.

With the F2P business model, that temptation, "oh, it's just 99c here or there," could very well end up costing me hundreds of dollars in the end on what should have been a $5 game. The whole "pay to win" concept will cheapen my enjoyment of said game, then I'll feel guilty and mad at myself for paying so much.

It's easy for some to say "oh I just won't pay" and enjoy what they've got. But for others, it will become a problem. So I've never been sucked into one of those "pay to play" schemes, but I know that would potentially be a weakness for me. So I've made a commitment not to download such titles.

Rusty's All Star Sluggers taught me that I can't just say "no." I had to play through the whole story, and while haggling was fun and the story was charming, I'm still sinking real money into cheap throwaway minigames that are fun for like 30-40 minutes then get really boring. And you have to haggle and eventually buy every single minigame to finish the story. At least I can keep the minigames I've purchased.

I do not gamble, because I have a strong mathmatics foundation and I know that every single game in the casino is rigged so that the house always wins slightly more than it pays out. I bet one dollar at a casino, played the slots, walked out with $4.10. Cashed out while I was ahead and never went back.

Games are fun, new, retro, whatever, I love to collect games and I love to play them. Nintendo especially but I collect other systems as well. Yet I have confidence when I spend money on a game, retro or new, that it's mine to keep and play as little or as much as I want. I support developers of new games and help preserve old classics, because by patronizing businesses that deal them, it helps to keep these little pieces of gaming nostalgia in circulation and out of landfills.

But I have to draw the line at in game consumables. They aren't tangible; they aren't even tied to my console or NNID like digital or DLC content. You buy the consumable, you use it and it's gone. I have to commit not to download these titles, because the temptation to repeatedly spend money on consumables is always there.

Sorry for the long rant, but I cannot support this type of business model. I will not be anybody's "whale."