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  • Nintendo confirms SNES mini, including never-released Starfox 2

  • cawley1 27/06/2017

    I don't think I have genuinely been so fucked off about anything retail related in a long time.

    After missing initial batches yesterday, as I'm working and not tied to a phone or computer, I find out I've missed both Nintendo store and Amazon restock.

    What a cnuting joke.
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  • cawley1 26/06/2017

    I don't actually know why I am bothered - US SNES Jr sitting here with RGB mod on a CRT TV and an Everdrive, but I still bloody want two of these - a PAL one and a US one for the collection!

    Actually, make that three as there will be a Super Famicom as well!
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  • cawley1 26/06/2017

    For fuck's sakes - unavailable on Shopto, Amazon and Smyths!

    Ridiculous.
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  • cawley1 26/06/2017

    BOOM - Head Explodes! Reply -1
  • Watch: Chris and Aoife play Super Mario Odyssey

  • cawley1 15/06/2017

    @Volthis Was wondering the same thing, but I am sure they will have it covered. Reply 0
  • cawley1 15/06/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_ See, I didn't have a Wii U (but the kids do!) - so I didn't get into SM3DW, I played SM3DL on 3DS to death, so I'd quite like a Switch port of World.

    I also got a big Mario 64 vibe off this!
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  • cawley1 15/06/2017

    I was thinking this looked a bit pony when I saw the New York style stuff in the previous preview, and I still think it looks a bit odd here - but that desert level has me sold on it now! Reply +3
  • Sony downplays dream of PlayStation Vita successor

  • cawley1 07/06/2017

    Well, as with owning a Jaguar for just Tempest 2000, I will always love my OLED Vita for TxK, and I even bought a VitaTV so I can play it on any size TV I want to!

    Take that Atari/Infogrames, you wankers!
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  • The story of Mean Machines magazine

  • cawley1 04/06/2017

    @BaronVonBumpkin Jesus - that was probably horrendous! Reply +1
  • cawley1 04/06/2017

    Long day at work and I come in for tea to find this unbelievably awesome article begging for a read!

    Funny, last year I managed to get a complete set of Computer and Video games from the years that matter to me (Jan 84 - Apr 92), and I was reading through the Mean Machines sections of '87 - '90 the other day! I still have the original 24 Mean Machines magazines I bought on my paper round back in the early 90's... I would say that this along with Super Play (and Your Sinclair) are among my fondest gaming memories.

    What a bloody fantastic time!
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  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is coming to Switch next week

  • cawley1 30/05/2017

    Awesome! I'm pleased I didn't unseal my PSVita version now! Reply 0
  • Sonic Mania release date set for August

  • cawley1 30/05/2017

    Well, I never attempted a pre-order on a digital release before, but having just tried on Switch, it's a no-no, so won't be doing it today, either!

    Good old Nintendo!
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  • There's FIFA 18 - and there's EA Sports FIFA on the Nintendo Switch

  • cawley1 26/05/2017

    Well, I don't like football, and so FIFA on Switch is not an issue for me, but it's a shame EA don't just do FIFA 18 across all formats, regardless of system power.

    Then again, it's been like this since the SNES back in 1992! That's a good 25 years of shit EA support on a Nintendo system, not even the Wii managed to get a decent level of support from them.

    Hey ho!
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  • Extra Nintendo Switch dock costs £80

  • cawley1 22/05/2017

    I've docked my Switch once, to see it on the TV! I don't trust the dock not to scuff the screen or bezel, and I'd rather use it as a handheld anyway, so it's not a big issue for me.

    What I would like is a cable solution, so I don't have to slide it into anything to play it on the TV if I chose to - I am sure one will be along at some point, and it should cost bugger all as it will be a bundle with a couple of USB ports, an HDMI socket, and a power socket.
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  • GT Sport on PS4 Pro: 4K impresses, but what about 1080p support?

  • cawley1 21/05/2017

    Blimey! I'm quite impressed how realistic a lot of that looks! Reply +6
  • Sonic Forces will let you play as a custom Sonic character

  • cawley1 17/05/2017

    @crackdude I love my Dreamcast, but I stand by what I said, the Adventure games did not float my boat anywhere near as much as Mario 64, any number of the Rare platformers or the 16-Bit Sonic games. Reply -1
  • cawley1 17/05/2017

    Sonic has never been right since missing a beat on the Saturn, if you ask me - someone needs to port Mania to the Saturn then go back in time to 1996/97 and release it as Sonic 4.

    Maybe then, if it was successful, they would stick to proper 2D Sonic's or do a proper 3D adventure in the style of the N64 platformers.

    The problem is Sega has always perceived speed as the main differentiating factor with Sonic, and it's ALWAYS got to be in there, so even in a 3D open world title you get these fast linear running bits. I'd be happy to sod all that off for some proper 3D exploration platforming.
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  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Nintendo's first UK chart topper in six years

  • cawley1 02/05/2017

    I also bloody love my Switch, but I have been more of a handheld gamer for the last few years, so this is just perfect for me - I have only docked it once since launch to see what it looked like!

    My kids have a WiiU, and I bought Mario Kart for it, but never gave it any attention - I have been enjoying playing through the Switch version over the weekend, the only downside is it's stealing my Zelda time.

    Here's hoping for Super Mario 3D World, if these things are relatively easy to port, they could smash it out in late summer before Odyssey turns up.
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  • Night Trap is getting a 25th anniversary re-release for PS4 and Xbox One

  • cawley1 25/04/2017

    RIP Dana Plato Reply +4
  • Ultra Street Fighter 2 on Nintendo Switch costs £35

  • cawley1 20/04/2017

    All this moaning over price is only an issue if you want to buy something on day one - give it a few weeks and it will be around the £25 mark on Amazon and others. Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch to host an arcade full of Namco classics

  • cawley1 18/04/2017

    The only really good Namco Museum games were the Playstation originals - including the 'R' disc only released in Japan, which had Rolling Thunder on it. They took the time to create a CGI intro, the 3D virtual museum, plus plenty of info and background on the games - we've never had any of that in the subsequent releases.

    In fact, I just pulled just out the PSP version I bought back in 2005 which has 17 games on it, plus 4 'arranged' versions.

    I snap up most retro stuff, and even I have to say that's a limp line-up at 10 titles. It should have 30-odd games for that money, and Pac-Man & Dig Dug again???
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  • Older iPhone, iPad games now warn they'll soon become obsolete

  • cawley1 11/04/2017

    And Battle Squadron One!

    Seriously, if I have PAID for these Apps, how can Apple stop me running them?

    What a pile of shit.
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  • cawley1 11/04/2017

    There's something people are missing here as well...

    I use my phone for retro music - NesMusic, Pokey Player, Sid Player, SC68 Player, Mod Player. All of these let you download music files from external websites, something I think Apple cracked down on a while back.

    So, all these give me that wanky warning, and none of them are getting updated as even if they did, you couldn't download the files needed for them.

    For the first time in seven years, I am considering getting a Samsung, as I bet these are all on the Google Play store, or whatever it's called...

    Either that, or we need a way of running 32-bit apps on the iPhone, via an App Translator, or similar.
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  • Wonder Boy 3 remake introduces new playable lead: Wonder Girl

  • cawley1 23/03/2017

    I wonder if the password WE5TONE will work? Reply 0
  • Nintendo investigating Switch Joy-Con issues

  • cawley1 13/03/2017

    I've had no issues either, but I've been playing mainly in handheld mode, and I don't own a fishtank. Reply +10
  • Watch: Johnny cooks meat and mushroom skewers from Breath of the Wild

  • cawley1 08/03/2017

    No good without the cool sound that plays when you toss the ingredients onto the pan! Reply +4
  • Nintendo Switch off to solid sales start in UK

  • cawley1 06/03/2017

    I was in Smyths Toy Store in Watford yesterday (buying Horizon for my Son's birthday - Don't worry, I got my Switch and Zelda from Amazon on Friday!)

    I asked the girl behind the counter how it had sold, and she said well, I also asked if they had any stock and she said they had three pre-orders which had not been collected, and I could buy one of those if I wanted, she said they were officially reserved until close of business Monday, so if you have a Smyths near you and you are after a Switch, maybe give them a call first thing tomorrow and see if they have any uncollected pre-orders...
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  • Alert: Do not apply a vinyl skin or wrap to your Nintendo Switch

  • cawley1 04/03/2017

    Why would anyone want to put adhesive backed shit on their nice console, eh? Reply +8
  • GAME is having trouble with launch day Nintendo Switch deliveries

  • cawley1 03/03/2017

    I should have elaborated my earlier post - doing a fair bit of courier stuff, I have to say that DPD are utter shit (can you believe the UK Passport office also use them!)

    I have had nothing but issues from them in the past, and dread people using them when sending me stuff.

    UPS is king, then I would be tempted to say Royal Mail, after that, Yodel, DPD, UK Mail and Hermes all offer the same shitty service! Notice how many retailers use DPD, UK Mail and Yodel, all about cost cutting, the only reliable next day delivery I have found in my experience is UPS, and I have yet to see a retailer use them.

    I trust Amazon as I have only ever had them cock one delivery date up...
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  • cawley1 03/03/2017

    I'm lucky, my Amazon pre-order was delivered around 1pm - I'd pre-ordered it on the morning they opened orders, but I only ordered Zelda earlier in the week, still they came together.

    Wish I'd ordered the slip case at the same time, I didn't and it went out of stock, so I ordered from Game, an now it's available from Amazon again!
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  • cawley1 03/03/2017

    Urgh! Game and DPD, what an unholy clusterfuck of uselessness! Reply 0
  • The Nintendo 64 turns 20 in Europe

  • cawley1 01/03/2017

    I seem to remember they dropped the price by 50 quid 2/3 months after launch?

    No ambassador program back then!
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  • cawley1 01/03/2017

    I bought a Japanese N64 from somewhere on Tottenham Court Road in Summer 1996, it cost me £400, and Mario 64 was £96!

    I did a good job of getting Nintendo some day one sales with people that had played my import machine - pity they had to put up with shitty PAL versions, at least until Nintendo and particularly Rare (IIRC) did a much better job of optimising PAL games.

    I just can't believe it's been 20 years, man I am old now.
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  • cawley1 01/03/2017

    Holy Crap! 20 years ago... Reply +6
  • Family of Doom creator John Romero releases new game

  • cawley1 17/02/2017

    But will it make me his bitch?! Reply +10
  • Watch: Chris plays Resident Evil 4 for the first time

  • cawley1 15/01/2017

    I had an NTSC GameCube, so must have had this on pre-order from DVDBoxOffice or somewhere, and it turned up a good few weeks before the PAL version.

    My Missus was pregnant with our first, who was due in early March (12 in a few weeks, Jesus!), and we played this together -her watching of course, but offering advice!- we were having trouble deciding on a name, so when we had a son it was a no-brainer to call him Leon!

    Some people discussing the length of the game, in this case I was so happy it was a lengthy quest, because somehow Capcom kept up the quality throughout the entire game. I think the only bit I found slightly frustrating was the bit in some kind of maze with that super tough military bloke (on an island?) but even then it was not too difficult, and the final boss is actually pretty easy.

    Also have to say that although the GameCube version will always have a special place in my heart, for obvious reasons, the Wii version was even better, and we played that through a few years later all over again!
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  • Super Mario Run is now live on the App Store

  • cawley1 15/12/2016

    Haters gonna hate! It seems fine to me, and I've been playing Mario for 30 years.

    When I miss a coin, not being able to go back is going to take a while to get used to, though!
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  • The 3D-printed Nintendo Switch is one of the best video game fakes we've seen

  • cawley1 17/11/2016

    The best thing about this stuff is in a few years you'll be able to 3D print new cases, keyboards and accessories for all your old, yellowed consoles and computers.

    Happy days!
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  • Nintendo Classic Mini is selling on eBay for an average of £185

  • cawley1 17/11/2016

    Hmm, from looking I think it's more like an average of £120, just for the console.

    With the extra controller, it's a bit more.
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  • Jeff Minter is re-imagining urban legend Polybius for PlayStation VR

  • cawley1 07/10/2016

    @MonkeyMagik It's 'Supertapper Recharge' on TxK - calling it 'Superzapper' is precisely the problem Atari have with the game (the dicks!) Reply +2
  • Castle of Illusion remake will be removed from sale on Friday

  • cawley1 01/09/2016

    I'm in two minds about this - firstly I am no fan of the 'digital' model, as a crusty old gamer, I would rather have the physical medium any time to keep in my man cave with all my 80's-00's stuff!

    But on the other hand, licenses do expire. Sega cannot sell a game based on a Ferrari car, or a Disney character if the deal they have with the license holder has an expiry on it. The simplest thing to do would be to come to an arrangement with the license holder that a digital game's license would be good for the lifecycle of that format, but I'm guessing this would cost significantly more money - regardless someone, somewhere needs to sort it out.

    Failing this, Could publishers not give us the option of buying it on a disc directly from them (even if it's like a white label PS2 title with no fancy packaging) so that it's always going to be available to those that have purchased it. Surely simple enough to verify who has already paid for the download and if that person sent in a few quid for the medium and postage it could be sent out to them.

    But fear not, while you are waiting for that to happen, there's always hacked consoles and torrents... Before I get shot down for saying this, how can it actually be an issue if the title in question is genuinely no longer available??? Surely the publisher cannot cry foul of this if they are totally unable to make money from said game anyway, certainly if it is not available in any form whatsoever!
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  • PS Vita hacked: full system access enabled for homebrew

  • cawley1 30/07/2016

    And before anyone slags the Vita off - it's the only system you can play TxK on, that is enough for any handheld collection, in my book. Reply +15
  • cawley1 30/07/2016

    This is all well and good, but the cost of those *fucking* memory cards - no thanks!

    I will stick to my PSP 3000/Go for PS1 games and any emulators that run fast enough, and my JXD for everything else...
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  • NES mini won't connect online, won't get more games

  • cawley1 15/07/2016

    If anyone who was around at the time can remember, Super Mario All-Stars was around £50 just for the cartridge with four Mario games on it.

    This bad boy has 30 games, including 3 of the 4 on that card and is the same sort of price.

    Looks like a Bargain to me.
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  • Resident Evil 4 finally has a PlayStation 4, Xbox One release date

  • cawley1 07/07/2016

    I'm waiting for the Atari Lynx port - I have heard they've managed to cram two GC mini DVD on a 1024k card...

    Can't wait.
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  • cawley1 07/07/2016

    @sadakos_fury Agreed 100% Reply 0
  • The Nintendo 64 turns 20 today

  • cawley1 26/06/2016

    I know I am mentally late to comment, but I have to put my anecdote here!

    I first saw an N64 running in Ross Records in Fratton (near Portsmouth) a few weeks after the Japanese release. I literally could not believe what I was seeing with Mario 64 running on the screen!

    I had just moved from one role to another at work, and had been paid a lump sum of accrued holiday pay which I had splashed some of on a massive Toshiba 36" CRT telly, and as this was the first time I owned a TV with a Scart socket and capable of doing 60hz, I got my arse up to CEX in Rathbone Place and laid down *FOUR HUNDRED QUID* for the console, and *NINETY SIX QUID* for Mario 64!

    Still, back in those heady days of time on my hands and disposable income, that seemed perfectly reasonable...

    I still have that Japanese N64, although now modded for RGB output as it's such an early model. It always makes me shudder when I come across a bare bones N64 for about £10-£20 on eBay or a boot sale (the latter not likely these days!) as I now cannot believe how much I spent on it.

    Still, great games, and good days - and nobody else I knew got one for at least another nine months!!!
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  • Wonder Boy 3 is getting a modern remake

  • cawley1 05/06/2016

    It's purely for the reason that stuff like this gets released that I even bother with modern systems! Reply +1
  • Watch Sega's 1996 training video for game testers

  • cawley1 20/05/2016

    My God! Those warehouse shots! eBay seller's wet dream!

    Also, shot and edited on Sony hardware - who will shortly be coming to eat your lunch!
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  • Shadow of the Beast review

  • cawley1 16/05/2016

    Jaz Rignall has given it 4/5 over on US Gamer, so that's good enough for me. Reply +3