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AuthorRe: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Old vs. New
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11,876. Posted:

(a) yes, I very much agree with you that the new version was much better than the old. The lame songs were left out (and the Oompa Loompas didn't have morals shoved into their mouths in Charlie; they actually used lines from the songs from the book!), the kids and their families were updated for modern times (Violet being a best-at-everything tomboy with a room full of trophies instead of just a salesman's daughter with a gum-chewing record; Mike being an insufferable know-it-all and into violent video games, which didn't exist back then or when the book was written; etc.), they didn't keep the awful schoolmaster scenes or the part with the fizzy lifting drinks (which didn't exist in the book) or the part with Wonka screaming at Charlie, and you're absolutely right -- the new version did a much better job of coherently telling an interesting story that was also visually pleasing. I think that's just the magic of Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, though, along with the narrator they utilized to keep everyone focused on what was happening.

(b) I have to disagree... I liked Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka much better than Gene Wilder's. Wilder portrayed a much more business-like Willy Wonka, and between the contract, the schemeing with the Slugworth impostor, and the screaming at Charlie at the end of the movie, it was hard to believe that such a whimsical factory was really any product of his own doing... Wilder's Wonka was more like a ringmaster or a frontman than a lighthearted soul capable of creating impossibilities at whim. In contrast, Depp's Wonka was so airheaded, flighty, and (for most of the movie) inwardly focused that it was easy to see he honestly believed he could do anything with candy, and thus, he was actually able to do it (and it helped to have the added backstory behind his current mindset). Depp's Wonka was still a child at heart, and even though he did yell or do things to prompt adverse responses at times, he was so silly about it that it was impossible to believe he was doing anything out of malice. Wilder's Wonka seemed truly angry and downright psycho at times, and there is never a time in Willy Wonka where I am able to believe that he is anything other than an old, cranky businessman at heart.

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AuthorRe: What's Your Favorite "Turn Based RPG" Currently Available on the VC?
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11,877. Posted:

@Ravage: I love SMRPG, Paper Mario, old (pre-VII) Final Fantasy games, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, and other old RPGs, and I also loved Breath of Fire II. I'd go for it if I were you, it's a great game.

The only advice I have to give about BoFII is this: you have the opportunity to be nice to people throughout the game, and then later on if you talk to those same people you'll have the ability to invite them to live back at your place. Some people will give you awesome stuff (they'll sell great weapons/armor/items for you), and others just take up space... and you only have so much space to fill, so visit GameFAQs and decide who you want to butter up. :)

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AuthorRe: Quality or quantity?
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11,878. Posted:

@Adamant: ... maybe you've missed other threads where PhoenixSage has replied, but nearly every single comment they leave here on NL talks about how they love Golden Sun and how they can't wait for the new one to eventually come out. it's their sacred cow, man. :3

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AuthorRe: Quality or quantity?
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11,879. Posted:

i'm not absolutely desperate for anything at the moment, but I do prefer quality over quantity. my money trees have been rather unproductive lately, so it's not like I have the extra dough lying around to purchase a VC game and hope I don't hate it. of course, my label of 'quality' translates directly into 'games from my retro collection that I loved playing the heck out of', so ymmv re: whether or not you'd agree with what I'd call a 'quality' game. :P

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AuthorRe: Unsober downloading
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11,880. Posted:

downloaded anything? no.
played anything? you bet. 'Drunken Mario' was a surprising hit last christmas with my friends, and then of course we had to bust out with the Guitar Hero World Tour because one of the dudes who lived in that apartment had gotten it from his girlfriend as an early present. :3

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AuthorRe: The "question Nintendo's support of VC" thread.
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11,881. Posted:

SuperSonic1990 wrote:

They truly only care about money when it comes to VC!!

Nintendo is a business. In order to remain a successful business, they need to cater to wherever the money is. If the money is in WiiWare at the moment, and they've got some good WiiWare titles lined up for release at the moment, that's what they're gonna focus on.

SuperSonic1990 wrote:

Even petitions are not going to change their minds, only decreasing sales numbers of WiiWare games.

Absolutely, because money talks louder than any words (unless you're talking contracts, but contracts are generally money-related anyhow) in the business world.

SuperSonic1990 wrote:

This also means we will more than likely not see a Virtual Handheld service on the DSiWare ever. If this is the case, NOA has made one of the worst decisions ever.

And if this is the case (i would be sad :/), then at least Reggie has been up-front with us from day one about it instead of dangling it over our heads.

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AuthorRe: Where do you guys/girls live?
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11,882. Posted:

@Stuffgamer1: in my yard, silly! :P

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AuthorRe: The Nintendo Life Forum's Video Games Trading Area
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11,883. Posted:

lol, that's pretty hilarious. i thought you were quoting this video :3

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AuthorRe: Where do you guys/girls live?
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11,884. Posted:

Where do I live? In a house! :D

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AuthorRe: Hey how about some Carmen sandiego for Wiiware?
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11,885. Posted:

@RJay: we had that game in one of my elementary school classes too... lol, I remember we only managed to catch her once, and that was because we left the computer on and running all day during class (this was back in the days before computers running Windows became standard fare in classrooms, and you turned a computer off when you were done with it). We played it before class started, played it during recess, and then we played it when we were done for the day and were waiting for the bell to ring.

either way, i don't think i'd bother with a WiiWare CS game, though it would make a great point-and-click educational title. :3

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AuthorRe: WTF acronyms
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11,886. Posted:

@Vendetta: oh now that's a good one. ;)

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AuthorRe: POLL: How many times have you seen the Orphan trailer? :D
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11,887. Posted:

do you mean the commercial on TV? if so, I'm pretty sure I've seen that come on more than 27 times. oh, it's another ad? my bad, carry on. D:

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AuthorRe: DSlite vs DSi for kids?
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11,888. Posted:

it depends on where you're located. If you're in Europe, it's white or black, but if you're in North America it's black or a teal-ish light blue color.

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AuthorRe: WTF acronyms
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11,889. Posted:

I don't think anyone purposefully set out to make FTW 'clean'; it was just that 'for the win' was a popular saying on the internet that got compressed into acronym form. lots of common things get compressed like that: 'IANAL' (i am not a lawyer), 'IAWTC' (i agree with this comment), 'IIRC' (if i recall correctly), 'YMMV' (your mileage may vary), 'YHBT' (you have been trolled), 'DIAF' (die in a fire), 'TBH' (to be honest), 'IMO/IME' (in my opinion/in my experience)... :)

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AuthorRe: HAT FAIL
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11,890. Posted:

that kind of thing is pretty common with pre-painted statues/figures IME... the glove/fingers have got problems too.

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AuthorRe: DSlite vs DSi for kids?
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11,891. Posted:

each DSi has its own Shop account and must make its own DSiWare purchases. :)

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AuthorRe: The "question Nintendo's support of VC" thread.
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11,892. Posted:

@SSBFan 12: lol, nice priorities there :)

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11,893. Posted:

meh, that's some nicely detailed hair for a statue anyway. it needs to be shown off. :)

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11,894. Posted:

Captain+Jack+Sparrow wrote:

theblackdragon wrote:

Captain+Jack+Sparrow wrote:

Hahaha... looks like you read my mind!! I bet he comes back though & sees the angry comments I said to him!! Maybe then he'll say something productive & not to incosiderate to me!! ;)

I'd hope he can find it in himself to be the bigger man about the things you've said to him as well. :(

Yeah right... like hell I am! When it comes to forums & sites like this I usually have certain people I have to despise/loathe entirely/hate! So don't get me started! This stupid NintendoLife is just like stupid NSider2; which I've been banned from too many times as well! :(

If you don't want to be nice and play by the forum rules, then of course they're gonna ban you. Seriously, chill out. You don't have to 'despise/loathe entirely/hate' anyone, not here, not there, not anywhere. Irrational hatred and explosions like these serve no purpose.

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11,895. Posted:

parrots are so awesome. i hope they don't really have a dog, though... talking parrots can drive dogs nuts. :3

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11,896. Posted:

@irken: that's a really nice collage. i like it. :)

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AuthorRe: The "question Nintendo's support of VC" thread.
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11,897. Posted:

Captain Jack Sparrow wrote:

Hahaha... looks like you read my mind!! I bet he comes back though & sees the angry comments I said to him!! Maybe then he'll say something productive & not to incosiderate to me!! ;)

I'd hope he can find it in himself to be the bigger man about the things you've said to him as well. :(

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11,898. Posted:

Ausden wrote:

... take your Ritalin... get some chocolate milk...

so first you say to take the ritalin, and then drink sugar? won't those two cancel each other out or something? :P

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11,899. Posted:

... suddenly the Mario Clock and Calculator don't seem so stupid, do they? They're keeping the series alive! :D

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11,900. Posted:

Chicken+Brutus wrote:

Can anybody point me toward the blood-sanctioned promise that NOA made to keep us well stocked with VC releases every week until the end of time?

Because I'd really love to see it.

amen, brother. :)

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