cawley1

DF Retro: Revisiting E3 2004 - PlayStation Portable vs Nintendo DS

cawley1

3 days ago

I have vivid memories of this time - I had just turned 30, and my Son had been born at the start of March. I had a PSP on pre-order with a US website (maybe DVDboxoffice.com?!) and I was utterly desperate for it to arrive. I was up in London at a work tribunal of all things, and went into Rathbone Computer Exchange one lunch and they had a Japanese one running, probably Ridge Racer, and that just made me want one even more!

At the same time this was going on, I had bought my Stepson a DS for his 10th birthday at the end of March. Despite being a massive GBA fan, I was totally convinced that the PSP was going to destroy the DS, and when it arrived (also from the US) in that clunky original form factor, with that odd Metroid Hunters demo, I was even more certain that Nintendo was about to lose it's handheld dominance to Nintendo, the same way it had with the Playstation vs. the N64.

But, an odd thing happened along the way. This was also around the time I was losing interest in conventional console gaming. I liked my PS2 and Xbox, but preferred my GameCube, and had spent ages playing through Resi4 with the missus during the end of her pregnancy. Once I actually got the PSP, for all it's loveliness, and outside of Ridge Racer and Wipeout, I wasn't massively struck with it. Death Jr and MediEvil didn't click with me, and I found myself more interested in what would likely now be online store indie games, like Exit.

Fast forward a year or so, and when Nintendo released the DS Lite I was sold, getting one with NSMB just before a holiday abroad. I reckon I played that more in a week than I played the PSP the entire previous year!

Anyway, when all is said and done I love both systems, for different reasons, and my PSPgo is still my go to portable emulation solution, as I can stuff the internal memory and M2 with PSP, PSone and stacks of emulators! On the flip side, a DS with an R4 and all those Japanese titles that never got localised, it's probably the last system that had a real Japanese side to it's library.

Ahh, good times!!!
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze re-review - an exceptional platformer that rivals Nintendo's best

cawley1

2 weeks ago

@stephaneruscher1 : And I am all for that! Super Mario 3D World next, then New Super Mario Bros U / New Super Luigi U, please Nintendo...

They could call New Super Mario Bros U, New Super Mario Bros uSwitch, but they will have to pay the price comparison website some bunts.
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cawley1

3 weeks ago

Bugger me! All this moaning about the price - just don't bloody buy it, or wait for a retailer offer at some point.

As for me, I am happy to have paid £40 from Amazon for a game I didn't have a WiiU to play it on, so looking forward to experiencing it for the first time.
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Pre-orders are live for the resurrected Xbox Duke controller

cawley1

3 weeks ago

@CaptainTrips - God, I was really into Gunvalkyrie for a while back then! It always seemed to me like being in Starship Troopers, or something!

But the controls (especially for flying, or some flying jump type move) were wank!
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The rules of a gaming friendship

cawley1

4 weeks ago

Ha ha! That Bubble Bobble anecdote! I remember doing similar stuff with mates back in the 80's!

My twins are doing *exactly* the same yesterday and today with their Labo kits - neither is allowed to build and play a new thing before the other - they have to build them at the same time!!!
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Switch hacked: unpatchable exploit is a security nightmare for Nintendo

cawley1

4 weeks ago

All this crap about making the platform more open from the start so people can port Doom and emulators is just bollocks, as well - it will still get hacked, the hackers live to find ways to do this stuff and be the first in their exciting little world to do so.

Back in the day it was a rush for the cracking groups to be the first to break and spread the latest hot game - the more hyped the protection, the better - more kudos when they inevitably broke it in an hour or two!
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cawley1

4 weeks ago

Well, from personal experience, Amiga, PS1, Wii and DS all thrived because of piracy, and as Nintendo makes money on it's hardware from that point of view it can't lose.

However, to see their software profits hit, and the effect it could have on third parties, that will be a big problem for them.

If I am reading this right, it's not Nintendo's fault, or anything down to their firmware, though, right? It's Nvidia's fault, and affects more than just the Switch, it's any device with the same chip in it...
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Payday special offers on Switch and 2DS consoles from Nintendo's UK store

cawley1

4 weeks ago

I must admit I cancelled my boys Amazon pre-orders for the Labo Variety Kit, just to get the free pencils and case from Nintendo!

I then checked out that Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze price. £49.99 at Nintendo with a mug, or £40.00 on Amazon without - I haven't ordered either, but who would want to pay a tenner for a mug?

A mug?!
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The back catalogue of Zuntata, Taito's legendary house band, just hit Spotify

cawley1

3 months ago

I am sure most of you are aware of the site, but head over to VGMRips and enjoy all the Arcade, Mega Drive and X68000 goodness to be had (plus loads of other sound chips!)
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Jelly Deals roundup: Dark Souls 3, Nintendo eShop sale, Bayonetta 2 and more

cawley1

3 months ago

@MrTomFTW - You are correct. The Amstrad Grey +2 has a better keyboard and RGB output than a 'toastrack' 128K, but obviously purists will never agree with this.

I have a grey +2 I had cut down at the cassette deck (just next to the power LED) and then replaced the massive heatsink with a modern component and did the audio mod so that the speaker and sound chip is the correct volume. It's the nuts...

The +3 or +2a/b is a different story, as you say!
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Where do downloadable games go when they die?

cawley1

4 months ago

I'll have a read through the comments shortly, but my gut feeling...

1) This is why I detest the 'digital only' future of everything content related (games, films, music, whatever) - if I can buy physical, I always will. Younger colleagues at work do not understand this, they actually *choose* the download option, which I cannot get my crusty old head around.

2) This won't be a popular opinion, and will get me some negs, but this is one time I cannot see any downside to piracy. If the title in question is no longer available to download, then thank Christ someone has hacked it and saved it to run on a hacked console. This is the reason I know I will always be able to access OutRun 2, Rally Côte d'Azur or Daytona USA as long as my PS3 or 360 is working - all those WiiWare games are thankfully hacked and saved for future generations.
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Legendary cover artist Bob Wakelin passes away

cawley1

4 months ago

I was just looking at that Rastan artwork in an old mag yesterday, literally, and thinking with a wry smile how he did a good job of nicking the Conan typeface - from reading interviews over the years I know he was quite open about a bit of good old fashioned plagiarism!
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cawley1

4 months ago

Just got in from work, and read this.

I am lucky enough to know who Bob Wakelin is, and the art he produced, having lived through gaming in the 80's - and that actually makes this news even more sad.

I love Ocean and Imagine titles, and I am sure the main reason for this is the incredible artwork. I don't do retro conventions, but had I gone to one, I would have been starstruck if I was in Bob's company.

His artwork means so much, given that it's a window into many childhoods from a time long gone.

Genuinely gutted, what a sad start to 2018...
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Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 50-41

cawley1

5 months ago

>Christian Donlan: This time we got his best game since Space Giraffe...

What the absolute fuck? I am assuming you forgot TxK came out *after* Space Giraffe, Mr Donlan???!
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Capcom confirms it has new Switch games in the works, including an Ace Attorney

cawley1

6 months ago

Black Tiger update, please!

But still in 2D - get WayForward to do it.
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Nintendo sold 2m SNES mini consoles in a month

cawley1

7 months ago

@OurDogFudge Just wish I knew enough about computers and were brave enough to do the same to mine.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1444556

It's an utter piece of piss to do, just don't overload the folders (have a good read on that forum).

I have about 85 games on there right now. Final Fight, Parodius, Turtles in Time FTW!!!
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cawley1

7 months ago

Last Wednesday I had to go into Watford to take my iPhone back to Apple as it had stopped working, this led to me having an hour of time to kill.

I walked into CEX, was utterly disgusted at the twenty odd units they had in there at £140 a pop - greedy cnuts, especially when you consider the going eBay rate now appears to be around £110, when they actually sell.

I then later went into Game and was amazed to see six units behind the till for £79.99 each! I already have mine, but my Brother was after one, so managed to bag him one with no grief.

So, they are out there, just need to keep your eyes peeled and have some luck.

And FUCK CEX!!!
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Sonic Mania and its impact on the future of the Sonic series

cawley1

7 months ago

@TheGreenYamo >I agree Super Mario World is the best 2D platformer ever.

I cannot believe I am playing through it *yet again* on my SNES Mini! I promised myself this would not happen, and suddenly I'm in the Forest of Illusion!
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Gran Turismo Sport finishes first in UK chart

cawley1

7 months ago

But... Will Mario Odyssey knock it off the top spot in a week, though?
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How one Mega Drive dev cheekily slipped through Sega's certification process

cawley1

8 months ago

Here's another odd discovery I made with some mates back in the day.

I had Super Monaco GP (can't remember if it was PAL or USA), but somehow worked out that if you pulled it out while the console was on *shudder* and put another game in and pressed reset, rather than powered off, it often brought up level selects or debug menus - certainly in the earlier Mega Drive titles. I had about three or four games that it made something odd happen, and I didn't have a big library.

It used to bring up the Sonic 1 level select/debug screen, this was before the button combination was known.

I have no idea why Super Monaco triggered this, still can't explain it to this day...
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cawley1

8 months ago

Bloody interesting stuff! I clean all my old cart contacts with white spirit, which means the contact is usually spot on and I don't get any game freezes, even if I knock the cartridge.

Before cleaning, some games will crash if the table the console is on takes a knock, they are that sensitive due to all the filth on the connector!
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Nintendo Super NES Classic mini review

cawley1

8 months ago

Given I own both a 1-Chip RGB modded American SNES 'Jr' and the SNES Mini, I would say that for the majority of people who have picked one up and not played a Super Nintendo game in many years (or bought for their kids), they will be blown away by this - they are not going to notice a slight lag in audio, or that the CRT filter has a blurry image. Hell, on my LCD TV, it looks great, in my opinion.

These guys are going to be used to a PAL SNES running at 50hz with borders, often through RF! The SNES Mini will be a massive upgrade over what they remember.

For the rest of us - the retrogamers and collectors - We already probably own a SNES with the best possible configuration and a CRT TV or monitor to go with it (plus an Everdrive!), so no real bother.
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Nintendo's half-arsed online cripples FIFA 18 on Switch

cawley1

8 months ago

See, I don't give a toss about playing online, or about FIFA or EA games in general, and I am a fully paid up Nintendo fanboy...

But...

They need to sort this shit out, seriously! I was in the queue for my SNES Mini at Smyths last night. There were probably 40 people there by Midnight, but only three of us for a SNES, and everyone else was there for FIFA.

These are the people that Nintendo SHOULD be working hard to call out to... The guy who works with me who always takes holiday when FIFA comes out, and laughed when I told him there was a Switch version coming. No surprise every pre-order I saw being collected was in a blue or green case.

WAKE UP, Nintendo! You might have a hit on your hands, but to be truly great and have far more mass market appeal you need to work on this stuff that people expect as a minimum in this day and age...
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Tokyo Game Show may have underwhelmed, but Japan remains the heart of gaming

cawley1

8 months ago

More's the bloody pity that Japan is no longer the heart of gaming!
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The doors close on The Chinese Room - for now

cawley1

8 months ago

Joking aside, it's a shame that the cost of being a developer is so notoriously difficult - how many excellent studios have hit the skids over the last 10 years?

This despite how good or bad their output is, it shows that something is wrong in the way games are funded, and why smaller studios turn to crowdfunding.

I mean, if The Chinese Room can't secure funding from a publisher, despite their obvious success over the past year or two (and those BAFTA's), what hope is there?
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cawley1

8 months ago

Everybody's Gone to the Job Centre more like...
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It looks like Dragon's Crown Pro is coming to PS4

cawley1

8 months ago

Get it on Switch, please Nintendo...
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Capcom re-releasing Street Fighter 2 on a SNES cart with one hell of a safety warning

cawley1

9 months ago

See, although I missed out on this, I'm not too bothered (I already have all three flavours of Street Fighter II on the SNES). Nice to see the cost is in line with what it was back in the day!

I would much rather pay the entry cost of Paprium on the Mega Drive, which I did, and should be out soon! Looking forward to some new, fresh 16-Bit brawling, that looks like it will push my Mega Drive to the limit!
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Much-loved UK video game mag Super Play returns for a one-off to celebrate the SNES mini launch

cawley1

9 months ago

I foolishly sold all my Super Play magazines on eBay in the early 00's, made some good money and I was pleased at the time, then regretted it and ended up buying them all again (on eBay) a few years ago!

The issues after number 40 were, a) a bastard to track down and b) bloody expensive.

I shall look forward to adding this to the collection!
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CEX suffers security breach that may affect up to two million customers

cawley1

9 months ago

Jesus, I used to LOVE 'Computer Exchange' back in the mid-90's. Every trip to London was like an exciting pilgrimage, never knowing what you'd find in Rathbone Place or Tottenham Court Road.

They employed people who were awesome to talk to, had the latest imports and a load of great import games to buy at really good prices - they even started up a Retro store (which only lasted a couple of years, but it was fun while it lasted). The music was a bit loud, but that was fine as the shop was grey import heaven.

Then they stopped selling import Nintendo gear, so they could get PAL GameCubes off Nintendo, then they started 'diversifying' into other tech and particularly phones, started calling themselves 'CEX' and promptly became total shit.

Mind you, they are the last 'independent', if you can call them that, so they deserve some credit, I guess.
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There's a special edition Metroid: Samus Returns 3DS

cawley1

10 months ago

Hang on, so the New 3DS is cancelled and only the New 2DS clam thing is available now, unless a special edition comes along, when they roll out the 3D again...?

Is that right, or am I being thick?
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Tempest 4000 is real, Jeff Minter is developing it and Atari is publishing it

cawley1

10 months ago

Still think Atari are dicks for pulling their shit with TxK, but if Jeff has made up with them, who am I to complain?

Now - let's get this bad boy on the Switch, as well as PS4 and Xbone, please...
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Spelunky, Downwell and more indie devs announce 8-bit game anthology UFO 50

cawley1

10 months ago

Is this like Cascade's Cassette 50?

If so, I demand it available on every format under the sun and black and white adverts in the gaming press (even you can have some round the edges Eurogamer - as long as it's still black and white!), but it must come with a free digital watch...
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Why Wii U ports on Switch are good for Nintendo - and for us

cawley1

10 months ago

I get that a lot of people who stuck by Nintendo in the Wii U years will be upset at all these ports, but for those of us, for whatever reason, did not own a Wii U (and my Kids have one with a healthy collection of games, I just didn't get any time to play on it!) it's awesome being able to play some of these titles.

It's more about form factor for me - I prefer handhelds these days as I can fit in half an hour here, a couple of hours there, when waiting to pick the kids up from school, or in the bedroom where we don't have a TV.

I am well up for a number of Wii U games making the crossing to Switch - I would personally love Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World (we didn't even get DK on Wii U, so that would be a day one purchase for me). At the same time a Mario Galaxy compilation would be good as I never spent any time on these on Wii, also a New Super Mario Brothers All-Stars with all the New Super Mario games on it would be awesome!
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Thoughts on three months spent with Zelda: Breath of the Wild

cawley1

10 months ago

>it's probably more accurate to say that I've spent 3 months living with Breath of the Wild.

I can agree with this statement completely. This is the first time I have been completely into a 'modern' game in years (I'd say Resi4 was the last one), and I never even liked Zelda before this!

Bloody awesome game.
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Sports Direct buys chunk of GAME

cawley1

10 months ago

@the_ewan I get that, but would still be an easy way to get hold of a laod of sites in one swoop...
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cawley1

10 months ago

Maybe everyone is missing the point here - what if Mike Ashley only wants the 'bricks and mortar' long term? He might have seen an opportunity to snap up the shops and when Game goes tits-up (or before if he continues to buy more shares and force it's hand) he can then re-brand and re-fit them as high street Sports Direct shops.

It looks like he only paid £10m for a quarter of the company! Could be an easy way to get a large high street presence for less than £50m.

If he does get more involved and ends up running it as a videogame store, then I would imagine e-sports will have some kind of a presence.
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Summer Games Done Quick raises over $1.7m, smashes previous record

cawley1

11 months ago

I thought this was something to do with the old Epyx games on the Atari & Commodore 64!

I really am an old bastard!!!
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Cuphead will never come to PS4

cawley1

11 months ago

Resident Evil 4 was a GameCube exclusive as well...
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Tequila Works opens up about turbulent development of Rime

cawley1

11 months ago

When are we going to get an actual release date for the Switch version?

I was hoping to have it in time for my holiday, but that's now in five weeks, so I'm guessing that's a no!
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Namco Museum is coming to Switch next month with Pac-Man Vs.

cawley1

11 months ago

What a piss poor selection of games! Namco has never gotten Museum right since the Playstation originals.
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UK shops get SNES mini in stock

cawley1

11 months ago

Anyone thinking of paying £150+ on eBay for one would do well to just buy an unboxed SNES unit and a standard Everdrive cart, then you can play all games with the exception of a few with special chips.

Admittedly this rules out Mario Kart, Starfox, Yoshi's Island and Pilotwings, but you could just pick those up separately if really wanted.
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Nintendo confirms SNES mini, including never-released Starfox 2

cawley1

11 months ago

In-Store pre-orders working on Smyths right now, but I'm not sure if they take the £79.99 upfront?
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cawley1

11 months ago

Everyone fretting over the Amazon price drop, they will honour the lower price, it's part of their pre-order guarantee.

I've never experienced them charging the higher price on a pre order.

Mind you, if their notification of this is as good as the email they should have sent me alerting it was available to order again, you'll likely get it in a couple of weeks.
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cawley1

11 months ago

Well I never! Before the Nintendo store miss yesterday, I'd gone on ShopTo and thought I was filling out a notification email request, but I've got an email this morning saying I've secured a pre-order, and sure enough it's there in my account!

Happy days. Good job ShopTo. Anyone else struggling could give this method a go.

Now, just need to get a US one and a Super Famicom one now!
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cawley1

11 months ago

Well, I just managed to add one to a cart on the ebgames website...

Pity it's in bloody Australia!!!
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cawley1

11 months ago

I read somewhere long ago the US SNES was designed that way (by the same bloke who designed the NES), as Nintendo of America had many NES units returned damaged due to drinks being spilt on them as the flat top design allowed drinks and the suchlike to be placed on top.

The US SNES is clearly lumpy and bumpy on the top, so it would be difficult to place a drink on it, the Super Famicom shape not so much, you could definitely get a large glass on the back of the console.

So, while I have no idea if this is true, or even where I read it, it sounds like it could be the case. Lance Barr (the designer) still works for Nintendo, so maybe someone could find his details and ask him.

Still no pissing pre-order for me, though. At this point I am resigned to taking the day off and going to Game, Smyths and they supermarkets and hoping for the best, assuming there is not another round of pre-orders I luck out and manage to be part of in the next few weeks.
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cawley1

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

Ridiculous.
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