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2081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 11, 2006, 11:28:19 PM
Further impressions: I love it. It's sleek and the screens are megaawesome. One thing I noticed is it doesn't pay to overdue it with the brightess setting. I've ended up on setting 2 for now. I noticed when it's very bright, the picture is so sharp it actually brings out some flaws in games that I never really noticed before. These screens are so superb, I love them.
2082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 11, 2006, 04:09:57 PM
I went to Best Buy and they had many many DS Lites, so no lines or shortage around here. I picked one up and I am impressed. I did a check for dead pixels during set up and didn't see any. I went brightness setting 3. (4 is only supposed to last 5-8 hours I think). One was way too dim and 2 looked a lot like the DS's setting. Anyway, I loaded up Super Mario and WOWZERS. The difference is unbelievable. Seriously, it's like night and day. I even put it back in my DS just to be sure the difference was as big as I thought and WOW. Awesome new screens. Hope the battery life on setting 3 isn't too bad.

It's considerably lighter and smaller than the other model and looks sleeker. I always thought the DS itself got a bad rep for design as I thought it always looked neat, but whatever, the Lite is cooler looking. I also like where the LEDs are (on the spine of the clamshell). Much more visible. Thumbs up from me, now I am letting it charge! smile

ATB, if mine had (or ends up having) a dead pixel, I would return it. If they refuse then politely raise hell.
2083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 10, 2006, 09:19:53 PM
Does anyone know how the battery life of the DS Lite compares to the orignial DS?
2084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 04, 2006, 09:55:29 PM
Will probably be getting one soon after release. My girlfriend gave me the perfect excuse (at the expense of me almost killing her) by losing the DS I gave her for X-mas. When may depend on how often we are both vying for our one DS over the next week.
2085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 25, 2006, 01:30:52 AM
Dimmona THANK YOU for telling me that. The lack of save anywhere has kept me away from the game for almost a week. Now that I know that I will be able to save anywhere eventually, I am much MUCH happier!!!! smile
2086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / need help picking out my next DS game on: May 19, 2006, 01:20:59 PM
Just a warning, I am a Zelda/Metroid whore and Castlevania DS hasn't really done much for me. I plan to retry it again at some point, but for whatever reason it just seems too "slow" paced for me, yet I still found it kind of hard.
2087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Most anticipated games? on: May 19, 2006, 11:47:55 AM
You know if there is bad one thing that Nintendo did at E3, it pretty much got me way less excited for the game I have been dying for over the past *3* (including this year's) E3s. I was so psyched to play Zelda until this E3. Now, my anticipation has been dulled due to the uncertainty of which version I should play. I am going to have to wait for reviews before I decide on getting the cube version or waiting till I have a Wii.
2088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / need help picking out my next DS game on: May 18, 2006, 12:15:07 AM
Mario Kart. It is by far the best game for the DS and I am including the new Mario Bros in that comparison. (although it's great too!)

I almost didn't buy MK because of my general malaise for the cube version, but I am so happy I caved to the high review scores. It is a fantastic game.
2089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 17, 2006, 12:30:05 PM
I'm complaining about the saving because in every other handheld mario I have been able to save on the world map.

And no I can't just put it in sleep mode when I want to play a Sudoku puzzle before bed.

While I like the game more than LE, I think a lot of his complaints are valid - particularly nothing new being really added. I vehemently disagree about the graphics. I think the game looks fantastic.

I continue to be baffled that no review has mentioned the save system. That is just poor reporting.
2090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 16, 2006, 10:31:26 PM
Hmm replaying castles does not allow you to save your game. Nor does unlocking new areas via alt routes. This save system is going to cause me issues later on I think. Just a horrible. horrible lazy decision by Nintendo. BOO. BOO I say!

(The game is wonderful, otherwise.)
2091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 16, 2006, 04:53:41 PM
Picked it up at BB today at lunch. The game itself seems great after around an hour, but I can't believe you can't save anywhere you want. Very very lame given all of the recent Mario games let you - particularly all the SM Advance games. From what i have seen you only can save when clearing castles (mid way and at the end of each world) and when you buy a path via star coins. Not a huge factor, but definitely a negative for me.

I'm shocked that the controls are so simple (you only use 2 buttons). Anyway, had fun so far, but I am ass at unlocking hidden stuff, so I am sure I will have to read some walthroughs to start really getting to the meat of the game (the secrets). So far I cleared the first world. Definitely most reminiscent of the original SMB to me.
2092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/15) on: May 15, 2006, 01:29:34 PM
I am sure I won't be able to resist the call of Mario. I really need to finish other DS games first, but who am I kidding?
2093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NEW ZELDA GAME ANNOUNCED!!!!!! FOR THE DS!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: May 11, 2006, 06:52:50 PM
I'm a little worried about full touch screen control to be honest. I hope they offer an alt control scheme... This may be the first Zelda where I wait for reviews or at least impressions on how the control works.
2094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, Im excited now for the Wii on: May 11, 2006, 02:19:57 AM
IGN reports that in addition to Zelda:TP, Metroid 3 is confirmed as a launch title. That's pretty strong to have 2 heavy hitters at launch. (and who knows, maybe more?)

However, let the complaints begin... No online multiplayer. I am shocked at this omission.
2095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, Im excited now for the Wii on: May 10, 2006, 07:58:15 PM
I think he's getting it cause he's worried if he doesn't Nintendo may not make money.
2096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo E3 Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 11:24:16 PM
They didn't say that specifically during the press conference (unless it happened during one of my brief drops) but they have repeatedly said in interviews in the past that yes you can.
2097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft E3 Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 07:46:41 PM
IGN says it's 2007, episodic download content, and maybe not an exclusive. (GTA4)
2098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo E3 Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 07:24:47 PM
$250 seems awfully high for me. And Nintendo has NEVER come out with that expensive a system before. I hope it is $200 or less, or I think it will not do well.
2099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GC] Paper Mario sequel announced on: May 09, 2006, 06:52:02 PM
Either way, I'm thrilled!
2100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo E3 Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 05:44:15 PM
No price? BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That's the reason I watched. BOOOOOO!
2101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sony Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 02:55:41 AM
Hmmm. IGN has an article discussing what the PS3 controller does in comparison to Wii. They seem to dismiss the PS3 control as being tilt only, but I thought Sony indicated it would do more....Did IGN screw up? (shocker)
2102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sony Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 02:41:57 AM
I'm really surprised that Sony is coming out at a price point $100 higher than the 360. M$ can actually consider NOT cutting the price now for this holiday. And if they do, they could be $130 or $150 cheaper than Sony.

Sony must have a lot of confidence in their "killer apps" to keep them atop the mountain. There is a lot of power in their library. The PS2 was arguably the weakest system powerwise and they still crushed Nintendo and M$. But they were also first.

They should have offered a non-BluRay version or something, especially since BluRay will be worthless with no HDMI port.

Nintendo better have something up their sliive, or M$ may become the new kings of the castle.
2103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite - Out in US June 11th - (for $129) on: May 04, 2006, 05:47:37 PM
Thanks all! Glad to hear gamespot was wrong.
2104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite - Out in US June 11th - (for $129) on: May 04, 2006, 12:35:20 PM
Sigh... IGN and Gamespot agree it's out in the US (white only) on June 11th, but they don't agree on price. IGN says $130, Gamespot says $150. Anyone know who's right? Heaven forbid Nintendo put info up on their own website....

Edit: Gamespot was wrong. It's $129.
2105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mario - new moves, new powerups on: May 02, 2006, 03:11:28 AM
You know, the more I think about this game, the more I think, why do all 2D games have to be hand held only? Why in the hell couldn't Nintendo make a 2D Mario for the cube too (or the Wii)? I'm not against the 3D games - far from it! But, damn, they could have put this out for the cube and it would have sold billions too... wouldn't it? It surely would have been a bigger system seller than Sunshine was...

PS - The game looks awesome.
2106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: May 01, 2006, 10:01:02 PM
I would rather the name be something else, but I doubt Nintendo would create a phony name just to get a firestorm only to say "fool you" at E3. I think this is wishful thinking.
2107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 30, 2006, 07:21:01 PM
Nintendo's new name has already entered my vocabulary. My girlfriend and I were leaving the grocery store and I really needed to piss bad and I said, "We need to hurry home. I've got to take a wicked Nintendo."

I hope that's what their marketers intended.
2108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA on Madden for the ... ugh... Wii on: April 29, 2006, 05:07:15 AM
Very interesting interview with EA on IGN. I swear this may be the single greatest football game ever made... or quite easily the worst.
2109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 28, 2006, 12:06:55 PM
I don't know if I (or anyone else) will ever warm up to the "Wii" name, but I do find it amusing to hear everyone clamor they return to "Revolution". Wasn't everyone mocking that code name when it was announced?

I still *hate* Wii. It's a marketer's dream due to all the plays on it you can make in advertising, but it's a stupid, stupid name.
2110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 27, 2006, 05:38:13 PM
Awful, awful name.

I will still very likely purchase one, but good lord what a terrible name. Hopefully, there will be enough of a backlash for them to rename it outside of Japan. After all we didn't have the "Famicom" here either....
2111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Seiken Densetsu: Children of Mana impressions [DS] on: April 24, 2006, 02:49:04 AM
Hmmm, sounds pretty neat. Any timetable for a US release?
2112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying Baldur's Gate on: April 24, 2006, 12:27:02 AM
Hmmm. a few months ago I tried that normal Tutu thing and couldn't get it to work. I may try the Easy tutu if my backlog ever lightens (yeah right). Thanks for the heads up! smile
2113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to get processor upgrade in 2007 on: April 21, 2006, 09:47:04 PM
I think it's silly for console makers to announce things like this a full year in advance. I would hold off on these types of announcements until right up to the beginning of production of the new units. It seems to do nothing but disuade people from purchasing now. Is there any advantage to announcing this?
2114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Space Rangers 2 [US] Impressions on: April 20, 2006, 11:28:16 PM
Has anyone confirmed the D2D version does not have Starforce? Do you get a manual?
2115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Train that brain! (Brain Age Impressions) on: April 20, 2006, 11:25:40 PM
I have never had any problems with it recognizing colors. Definietly don't get too close to the mike. I don't move the DS at all when speaking to it.
2116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Train that brain! (Brain Age Impressions) on: April 18, 2006, 12:05:44 PM
I did stumble across this last night and picked it up. I think my first BA test was bugged as it was only 1 test, and it's supposed to be 3. Anyway, got something in the 50's the first time, and 34 this morning. (Crap I am 33.) On one practise last night I got 24, so hopefully 20 will not be beyond me. The voice recognition and stylus writing is very well done, though you'll still get a little miffed when it messes up. The one thing I don't like is when it randomly makes you draw 3 pictures. You can basically skip them, but still...

Sudoku is awesome. By far the best electronic way to play Sudoku that I have encountered. I wish there were more than "over a 100" puzzles, but it will still take me a while to play them all.... I also wish all difficulty levels of Sudoku were unlocked from the start. Beginner is easy to the point of not even being fun, and Intermediate is a little easier than I would like as well, but I haven't unlocked higer difficulties yet, so I am stuck playing through them until the next level opens up.

I see me tiring of the Brain Age stuff quickly, but Sudoku should last me a long time, and at $20... A no brainer if you're interested.
2117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Train that brain! (Brain Age Impressions) on: April 17, 2006, 09:09:53 PM
Me so in.

Not out around here today. I'm hoping I can pick it up tomorrow. I just want it for the Sudoku, everything else will be a bonus.
2118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I need help with Zelda: The Wind Waker on: April 14, 2006, 07:16:05 PM
Ok, now that you've disabled the lights you can go to the top of the tower and finish the FF (for now). (BTW, I thought this part of the FF should have been later in the game, it's pretty freaking hard to lose your sword that early in the game, but I digress.)

I don't know exactly where it is on the map, but you're looking for a room that you can enter from a door on either side. In the "middle" of the room is a set of steps that leads up to a double door, which from there you can climb up to the top. The room has two of those hippo/pig dudes who throw the fire at you and put you in the cell if they catch you. There is barrel by either entrance you can hide in. The room looks like this:

 EDIT: Well crap, I couldn't get the post to leave my spaces in  to show it properly... It's basically shaped like a door frame with the entrances on either side of the "bottom" of the frame and the stairs at the right side of the "top" of the doorframe.
2119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Brain Age (DS) on: April 10, 2006, 11:47:10 PM
So I found out the Japanese sensation "Brain Age" which comes out next week for the DS has Sudoku in it. Sudoku you play with the stylus writing in the #'s like you do in the newspaper. It will also cost $20.

IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GC] How is Baten Kaitos? on: April 06, 2006, 11:50:56 AM
I haven't played it for a while since Fire Emblem came out and distracted me from it. The graphics are fantastic. The voice acting is awful - among the worst I have ever heard in a game. The story was pretty uninteresting to me, though I was only maybe 10 hours in.

I did like the card battle system a lot, other than the stupid initial timer being impossibly short (on defense).

Hopefully, I will get back to it someday.
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