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AuthorRe: Screen protectors
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12,901. Posted:

The screen protector is taking the damage your screen would itself. If it's got scratch lines in it, great -- that's what it's there for. Mine was scratched up to all hell when i finally traded in my DS Lite, but the scratches on the protector weren't visible if I was playing a game; they were only visible if I held it up to the light just the right way. No big deal. Also, that screen protector is taking damage that alternative styluses (read: fingernails) might leave behind if you get lazy and don't bother with digging out the stylus just to get past the warning screen and into the game.

also, you do know your DS itself came with an extra stylus, right? Even Nintendo acknowledges that some people are going to be silly and lose their styluses by mistake. It happens, I just wish they wouldn't sell them in a package because I know I won't need them and I'd like to pay less for the protectors overall (a penny saved is a penny spent on another game) and not have as much clutter sitting around. :P

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AuthorRe: Movie thread.
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12,902. Posted:

I don't think I've seen anything in a theater since Rambo (and I saw it in like May of last year, not when it first came out). I still want to see Coraline, but i'll wait for the DVD at this point. Next movie I am definitely seeing in the theater is going to be Star Trek... I have this gnawing feeling in the pit of my stomach that this movie is going to be so terrible that I'm going to love it because it is so very terrible. :/

edit: good lord, you're right. i don't know where i got it in my head that Bay had anything to do with this... i guess it's because it's shiny and reminds me of the Transformers movie. o_O;; i still think it's going to wind up lovably terrible, though. :P

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AuthorRe: Whats your Avatar?
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12,903. Posted:

@MarkyVigoroth: I did indeed, but it was temporary until i decided on a video game related one. :3

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AuthorRe: 4/27/09 NA Predictions
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12,904. Posted:

hoping for Moving Memo (as I have been since day one of the DSi Shop), but I won't be holding my breath for it. :3

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12,905. Posted:

Aenaida wrote:

Ultra Inter-Galactic Cybot-G, Marina! (From Mischief Makers.)

I loved that game! hope they'll end up releasing it for VC eventually. :3

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AuthorRe: How many DS systems have you purchased?
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12,906. Posted:

2x DS Lite (both white, both traded in toward the DSis)
2x DSi (black for my husband, blue for me)

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AuthorRe: Screen protectors
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12,907. Posted:

geek-master wrote:

i would strongly recomend one but i have never used them before. i just wonder how they stay on your screen then you can replace them can someone tell me what i would exspect when i buy one i might be getting a dsi starters kit.

watch out that you don't get a DS Lite set by mistake -- the screens on the DSi are larger, so Lite screen protectors won't be big enough. They stay on your screen with a light adhesive... be careful to clean your screens really good beforehand so that there's no dust/oil from your hands to keep the adhesive from sticking properly, and do your best to find a room in your house that isn't dusty, because airborne dust will get stuck to your protector just as quickly as dust on the glass itself will. You should be able to peel it back off and reposition it a couple times if you accidentally get some air-bubbles or put it on a little askew, but it's not something you're going to want to peel off again after it's all set until you need to replace it for whatever reason.

The protectors I got were like 8 bucks or so, they came with three styluses, a screen cleaning cloth, and a little case that holds four DSi game cards. it's all pretty cheap, though (the game case i especially don't like very much; i'm afraid i'm going to damage one of my games trying to get it out of there one of these days), and i wish they'd just had the protectors available for purchase instead of the entire set, because (in my experience with the DS Lite) none of the rest of it is going to be used. :3

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AuthorRe: If there was a Retro Game Challenge 2...
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12,908. Posted:

geek-master wrote:

they should first bring retro game challenge to wii.

haaaaaaaaahahahaha seconded! that could make the best drinking/party game ever, lol, especially if it featured a wide variety of voiceover insults from the narrator.

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AuthorRe: Will we ever see the GameBoy on the VC?
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12,909. Posted:

i certainly hope so, but after the kerfluffle that went on about it being confirmed and then suddenly not confirmed a month ago or whatev', I'm not holding my breath. if it's going to happen, it'll happen. :3

edit: oh, wait, you meant Wii shop. I dunno... i would think they'd bring GB games to the DSi before the Wii, considering they were originally designed to be handheld/portable games in the first place.

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AuthorRe: Nintendo E3 09 What games do you think will be annouced?
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12,910. Posted:

__adam wrote:

exchange 'Shining Force' for 'FFT' and i would be down with that. :)
Or an Earthbound style game, though that would limit the amount of characters you could have in play at once, unfortunately.

I could go for Earthbound-style, too. anything but Shining Force, and we've got a deal. :3

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AuthorRe: Nintendo E3 09 What games do you think will be annouced?
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12,911. Posted:

greyelephant wrote:

How about a new RPG styled game where you can lead a team around like in Shining Force that consists of all the Nintendo characters. Your group could consist of around 8 at a time with the possibility to rest some in exchange for others. Your team could consist of a group like Mario, Zelda, DK, Yoshi, Link, Rosalina, Luigi, and Toad that have unique abilities that can be upgraded each time you level up that certain character.

exchange 'Shining Force' for 'FFT' and i would be down with that. i still haven't gotten through Shining Force because I got so bored... the story just didn't do it for me after a while of slogging through those battles. :(

or hell, some kind of Nintendo-character based Kingdom Hearts-ish game... that could have potential. :3

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12,912. Posted:

i just changed mine again to hopefully what i'll end up using for a while. it's the chick from the second case in PW: Trials and Tribulations; my husband and I had a good lol over her because we share the same given name and she's kinda pushy, too. :3

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AuthorRe: Why?
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12,913. Posted:

__Stevie wrote:

You is all just been pwned by my epic win, lol

U FAIL

L8R

P.S. I will ban myself from this site if i hear myself typing like that again

lol wut ;)

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AuthorRe: 2D or 3D Adventure?
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12,914. Posted:

CowLaunch wrote:

I haven't played NSMB as I was put off by it's appearance, but I might give it a go.

NSMB uses the 2.5D more in the level-selection. The levels/toad houses themselves are straight-up 2D with 3D (think Mario 64) sprites, so there's no weirdness with the actual gameplay at all.

I liked the way Yoshi's Story looked and the way the levels were set up... the story was lame, though, there weren't enough levels, and the 'the goal of the game is to get a high score and then try and beat it' deal was BS. I loved Yoshi's Island and was sad that Yoshi's Story was nowhere near it in overall fun.

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AuthorRe: 2D or 3D Adventure?
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12,915. Posted:

Kirby had Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (I believe it's available on VC actually), but it was pretty much 2D platforming in a 3D setting. I preferred the cutesy, fully 2D look of the prior Kirby games than the 3D graphics. :(

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AuthorRe: Screen protectors
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12,916. Posted:

there's a game or three (Elite Beat Agents, Ouendan, Rhythm Heaven) that I would absolutely not recommend playing without a screen protector... when I traded in my DS Lite, I cleaned the stuff out of it first with alcohol and a soft cloth, and when i got to the touch-screen I noticed that if I tilted it the right way there was a cloud of tiny scratches in a circular pattern. definitely EBA/Ouendan's fault.

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AuthorRe: Dress to impress (yourself + other Nintendophiliacs)
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12,917. Posted:

I can't walk into Hot Topic anymore without seeing some kind of Nintendo-related clothing or fashion accessory that I want. With all the other 'retro' stuff that's in fashion now, it's definitely a good time to have been born in the '80s. :3

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AuthorRe: DSi MP3 to AAC Sound Quality
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12,918. Posted:

Nickname wrote:

So I also checked what bitrate I was using I it resulted I encoded the files at 96 kbps and 44100 KHz. Does this make the converted file one with less quality?

96 kbps is radio quality; there's a distinct hiss in the background and some warbling/distortion going on. 128 is standard (or good enough to sound right, lol), and 256 is near-CD quality.

you can re-encode a file at a higher bitrate to a lower bitrate with no problem, but attempting to re-encode a file at a lower bitrate to a higher bitrate will do nothing with regard to sound quality. It's like attempting to save a jpeg as a bitmap file; the compression damage has already been done.

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AuthorRe: Why?
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12,919. Posted:

Danny+August wrote:

One thing that I don't quite understand is the majority of the players that post online seem to have a negative outlook.

when you realize that the people happy with what they've got are busy playing what they've got, it starts to make more sense. :)

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AuthorRe: Final Fantasy 7
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12,920. Posted:

Supermarioman wrote:

#6: Well what about the Gameboy.

what about the Game Boy? the last thing they developed for the GB was Final Fantasy Legend II, and they were releasing FFIV and FFV before and after respectively. Square released games for the GBA (FFTA, FFCC, some DQ-based stuff and ports of console Final Fantasy games), too.

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AuthorRe: DSi MP3 to AAC Sound Quality
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12,921. Posted:

it could be that iTunes default bitrate is larger than that of your original MP3s... re-encoding a 128kbps MP3 file at 256kbps, for example, would make the file larger (even though it wouldn't do anything to the sound quality; it would still sound like the original file).

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AuthorRe: Final Fantasy 7
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12,922. Posted:

as i understand it (after wallowing through Wikipedia and its offsite references), it came down to memory capacity between CDs and cartridges. FFVII was originally going to be in 2D. However, for some big convention they (Square) came up with a demo showing what they thought the next evolution in RPGs would look like (it was a 3D battle featuring Shadow, Locke, and Terra against an enemy with animations for spells and attacks and stuff) and they decided that they wanted to have FFVII in that kind of style. The new graphics/motions made the game so large it could only be on a CD (three of them, in fact, lol). The game was moved to the N64 while they were still mulling over having the N64 be a CD-based system, but when Nintendo told them to put their game on a cartridge, Square got pissed and ended up taking their game to Sony.

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AuthorRe: Wii Repair
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12,923. Posted:

Definitely a question for Nintendo, you never know what repairing your Wii will require. Back up your save files just in case... If they end up formatting your Wii system memory, you'll lose all your existing save and channel data, though without erasing your Wii Shop account you should still be able to re-download everything you had bought previously.

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AuthorRe: What are the very best Gameboy Color games?
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12,924. Posted:

Original GB games are indeed compatible with the GBC, though their palettes will be limited just like they were on the Super Game Boy. If you've got a Super Game Boy, it'll run GBC games too (and some GBC games will have special palettes/frames available for use).

As for games, I think I only really played Pokemon and Zelda: Ages/Seasons on my GBC. the various incarnations of Pokemon were enough, lol... I had red, blue, yellow, and silver games all running at once at one point hahaha.

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AuthorRe: Super Mario Bros. 2 ('USA') - like it?
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12,925. Posted:

__Stevie wrote:

Wasn't SMB2 the first Mario title to introduce the different character abilities, ie Luigi can jump farther but is less steady on his feet, Daisy can glide with her umbrella. I know these are the same abilities the Doki Doki Panic characters had but in all future Mario titles Luigi/Daisy have these same characteristics.

The parasol was first featured in Donkey Kong as one of Pauline's lost items you could collect for points in certain stages. The official art for SMB2 shows Toadstool/Peach (pink dress, Daisy always wears yellow though her hair has fluctuated from blond to brunette), and she kinda floats along with the dress, not any kind of parasol. Toadstool first used the parasol as a weapon in Super Mario RPG.

To be fair, though, Toad being quick and Peach's affinity for floating first appeared in this game, iirc. I think it's also the game where Mario is first singled out as the most well-rounded character of them all; he's not really the best at jumping high, jumping long, running fast, or at pulling things out of the ground, but he's decent enough to not suck outright at anything, either. :3

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