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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Run the Developer 1: Shin'en Multimedia
« on: Yesterday at 02:56:13 PM »
According to the loose copies have gone from $10 to $30 in the past 6 years. Is that happening with most GBA games?
Common games like Mario Kart: Super Circuit can be found for ~$15 and free shipping. Sellers will still try to inflate the value. Just have to be patient.

Rarer games like Pokémon Emerald, for example, will cost you one kidney, 13 months of hard labor, your house, and first born child. If you do not have children, you must steal one in order to complete the transaction. May seem steep, but do you want to catch Rayquaza before facing the Elite Four or not?

Finally, Nintendo is providing its fans with tools to create their own games so it can then send DMCA takedown notices when they try to show off what they made on YouTube. I have to admire Nintendo’s commitment to the long con.

Andrew Garfield Denies Spider-Man: No Way Home Cameo Rumors: 'I Would've Gotten a Call By Now’
"I feel like I'm in a game of f---ing Werewolf or Mafia where I'm like 'I'm not the werewolf! I promise you I am not the werewolf!' and everyone's like 'You're the werewolf! You're the f---ing werewolf!'"

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Game Boy: Finally time to Play It Loud!®
« on: May 04, 2021, 11:13:30 PM »
I snagged Mario Kart: Super Circuit. I remember not liking this entry, but it was cheap so I wanted to give it another go.

I also managed to snag Game Boy Camera and Pokémon Crystal. The former is mostly for collection purposes. I never had one and always wanted it. I putzed around with it earlier. Not great. The latter was hella expensive. Pokémon Crystal is now the most expensive used game I’ve ever purchased, just edging out Metal Gear Solid (Ghost Babel) on Game Boy Color. I am embarrassed by how much I spent, but I will admit: After taxes, it was still under $100.

There may be an issue with Mario vs. Donkey Kong. I paid for it at the end of March and have yet to receive it. The last time I bought from a Canadian seller it took forever so I waited longer than usual this time before contacting the seller for an update. The seller has not responded yet. I will likely have to go through eBay for the money-back guarantee then find another copy. THANKS, CANADA.

I have to replace the battery on Pokémon Crystal. It’s the only game I bought that absolutely needs one. Game Boy and Game Boy Color games use CR2025 coin batteries. Unfortunately, I can only find off-brand CR2025 batteries with solder tabs. CR2032 batteries can fit and are more readily available from Panasonic, but they’re apparently a tight fit, and I’d rather not risk it. The Pokémon Crystal I just bought had an off-brand aftermarket battery installed, and it’s already dead. For comparison’s sake, the batteries Nintendo used in their cartridges typically last 20 to 30 years.

I’m considering doing this battery mod (here’s a tutorial by makho if you are interested/have half an hour). The short version is a modder, Martin Refseth AKA HDR, created a flex PCB that has solders to the cartridges and has solder points for a battery retainer (metal thing that holds batteries in place) so you can use CR2025 without solder tabs which are available everywhere. The flex PCB is ~$5.00, the retainer is ~$1.30, and a battery is ~$1.50. That’s almost $8.00 for a battery I may only have to replace one more time ever.

Battle Arena Toshinden on GB/GBC - Knew I liked Takara's take on Game Boy fighting games after Samurai Shodown, but I thought they kicked it up a notch here. Pretty sure I played it more than the original PSX game my brother had.
Interesting. I will look into this. Thanks!
Castlevania Legends - Another GB/GBC standout for me. Though it might just be because it was made after Symphony of the Night, yet it wasn't a metroidvania. Sometimes I just want to whip my way from point A to point B without having to backtrack.
I had every opportunity to get Castlevania Legends in the late 90s. I was partially scared off by EGM’s review. I wish I didn’t because this game is hella expensive now. Authentic cartridges are currently over $200 loose. This may have to be an EverDrive game for me.
Oh, & Kirby's Star Stacker. Everyone I let play it told me it was boring & both Tetris & Yoshi were better, yet I got addicted to it.
Hmm, I will also look into this. I’m not a big puzzle game person, but they’re perfect for these handhelds. I never played Kirby’s Star Stacker so it might be worth a shot.

First modded Game Boy Advance:

I gave this to a friend as I previously mentioned I would. I left the lens film on so he could officially do the honors, but you can still see how nice these displays look. He chose the aftermarket shell which is pre-cut for the larger display and does not require an aligning bracket so good thing I bought a bunch of those. 😒 This does not include a custom lens (used the one included with the IPS display from Funnyplaying) or the momentary switches for the shoulder buttons.

I actually broke a Game Boy Advance on my first attempt by accidentally desoldering a tiny component (which I immediately lost) while trying to remove one of the shoulder button switches. It can be repaired, but it’s probably not worth it because the component is stupid small, I’m not sure where to get the replacement part, and I’m not skilled nor invested enough to do so. I guess I now have a test/practice board to work on. 🤷‍♀️

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Run the Developer 1: Shin'en Multimedia
« on: May 04, 2021, 08:26:05 PM »
I have none of these games. I’m familiar with the developer. I’ll see if I can track down Iridion II.

So I didn’t watch the Lakers game, but these inexplicable weirdos lose to the m-f-ing Kings then beat the best team since the All-Star break.

The Lakers also gave up a 13 point lead in the fourth quarter so not an absolutely win, but I’ll take it.

I respectfully disagree. I really like the name, notably more than a generic “Black Panther II”.

Not that it matters because again, everything is non-canon. Thanos won.

I’d feel the same way except it’s all non-canon now. The MCU ended with Infinity War. Endgame was just a bedtime story Tony tells his daughter to make him feel better about failing the entire universe.

I don’t think the Lakers are making the playoffs this year. LeBron reaggravated his ankle injury and is out tonight against the Nuggets tonight because of course that would happen. Dennis Schröder is out for 10 to 14 days on health and safety protocols which is most covers most of the remaining games. Yeah, I don’t know how much basketball I’ll watch for the rest of this year. GG, guys. See you all next season.


LOL. These f-ing clown shoes lost another season series to a bottom feeding lottery team. They really want to be in the play in tournament. **** around and find out, guys.

Unfortunately, I just watched the slow-moving, pointless dumpster fire that was Season 3, so they have a lot of ground to make up after the fantastic Season 2.
That's fair though I'm not as hard on it. Season 3 was all escalation and setting the board for what will hopefully be a Season 4 closer to Season 2's highs. Ellis straight up didn't know what to do with Alucard, and there wasn't enough material as written for the Hector/Lenore thread to last an entire season. Season 3 was very uneven except it didn't have to be. It needed a little reprioritization. Take out Alucard's blatant stalling and maybe make Hector less of a simp-cuck. Give him a little agency, have him do something. Hector's thread was too slow of a burn. There were other, better ways to get him to be Lenore's slave than that ridiculous, unearned sex scene. For example, at some point mid-season Hector should have escaped, been found by Lenore then willingly returned with her. More manipulation to make him think he's making these choices on his own.

Otherwise, Season 3's highs are really high. Isaac's arc was excellent. The entirety of Saint Germain was excellent. Trevor and Sypha's Scooby Doo mystery thread was good until that largely unnecessary post-final battle swerve.
I don't know why they decided to only kinda, sorta adapt Curse of Darkness, a Castlevania game so few people played that Konami set fire to the entire franchise after it and rebooted it all with Lords of Shadow. I further don't know why they decided to kinda, sorta adapt it and then not really DO anything with it.
I'm glad Ellis cherrypicked parts of Curse of Darkness. He turned one of the coolest sounding Castlevania-anything (the Infinite Corridor) from a generic late-stage to a significant plot device. How much do you remember about Curse of Darkness? Game Hector was boring as hell, and the less said about what an insufferable edge-lord Game Isaac was the better along with his sister who inexplicably looked exactly like Game Hector's dead girlfriend or something. The plot was paint-by-numbers Castelvania.

I was under the impression that Marvel will write out T’Challa and continue with the Black Panther character. Maybe another character takes up the mantle. I’m on Team Recast. It’s sad that Boseman died, but T’Challa is too important culturally to tie the character to the actor who played him. I’m sure Marvel had its reasons.

Season 2 was my favorite. Season 3 was good but weird. The animation in the trailer is simply *chef’s kiss*

Apparently, Season 4 is expected to close the current arc so I’m curious how all the various threads close off. Warren Ellis has supposedly been dropped from the show presumably due to the egregious amount of sexual misconduct accusations against him. Collectively, this is such a bummer. First, control yourself. Is it really that difficult to not sexually harass others? Second, his writing on the show has been mostly excellent. I hope the writing doesn’t take a significant hit in future seasons.

At the very least, the title card at the end should have read “Captain America and the White Wolf” or something decidedly not “the Winter Soldier” because Bucky’s entire arc is about making amends for the harm he caused as the Winter Soldier so doubtful he wants that designation.

Goddammit, I really need a Warriors win tonight (playoff implications for Lakers and Warriors). I’m not watching the game, but I checked the box score, and they scored 29 points in the first half and are down by 43 points. Didn’t Klay Thompson once score 37 points in a quarter?

I’m hoping for theyhadusinthefirsthalfnotgonnalie.gif.

Blue / Re: YOU GUILTY!!! On all counts... ain't no denying it!!!
« on: April 27, 2021, 09:28:45 PM »
But then I realized I'd rather eat something more substantial, so I'd sneak in come Chipotle.  To make up for it, I would just buy two movie tickets.
No need. Just obtain the proper paperwork, and you’re golden.

General Chat / Re: Um, Apple thread
« on: April 27, 2021, 04:47:12 PM »
Apparently, Apple’s M2 chip has entered production and will ship as soon as July.

My guess is the X-variant of Apple's M-series chips is the plan for the company's desktop computers; it may have gotten disrupted by *broadly gestures at 2020/2021*. Also, isn't there currently a chip shortage? Is it possible that could affect things?

Ted Lasso is on the list. It's the only thing on AppleTV+ I've heard of. RABicle's assessment is interesting. I'll keep that in mind.

insanolord, what MacBook Pro are you eyeballing? If Apple finally releases the 14" model, that will probably be what I get. The MacBook Air is also an option though I remember feeling that the extra cost was worth upgrading to the Pro. We'll see if that holds up later this year.

Episode 6 was good, notably weaker than the previous episode. I don't want to write a big, long thing because no one reads those so here are some quick thoughts:

No issues with a black Captain America. Rather, I'm having trouble suspending disbelief because Sam is a regular, non-powered hero. When he got whipped into concrete tubes by a helicopter, I wondered why/how he was still alive.

John Walker is Steve Rogers' Wario.

"That's the Black Falcon there! I tell ya." / "Nah, that's Captain America!" is probably the worst bit of dialog in the entire show. Not needed, too on-the-nose.

"You don't think Lemar's life mattered?" is similarly bad dialog. I get it; I know what they're doing, and I didn't like it. The show tackled the topic of race really well that I felt invoking Black Lives Matter was unnecessary. It reminded me of when Coulson said "Fake news" in that one episode of Agents of Shield.

Sam's speech/lecture to the GRC in front of all those cameras was lazy writing. He isn't wrong. A big, expository dump is almost always the wrong choice. It felt very much like when shows wrap up "A Very Special Episode".

I liked the John Walker misdirection. I was really hoping he wouldn't do a full heel-turn. He can still be antagonistic without turning into a mustache twirling cartoon villain. Valentina calling him "U.S. Agent" could have been more subtle.

Sharon Carter as the Power Broker was a letdown. The writers leaned into it so hard, I was hoping they would swerve. They did not swerve.

The scene where Bucky's admitted he killed Yori's son was not as strong or emotionally resonant as I thought and wanted it to be. 🤷‍♀️

I have cast a total of 69 votes so unfortunately I cannot in good conscience vote on any more polls.

To answer the questions: Yes. A non-committal “when sales dip” but possibly when the rumored Switch Pro releases because the OG Switch could see a price cut as well. Probably most games. $29.99.

The original Player’s Choice line were games that reached over one million units sold. That isn’t especially difficult for Nintendo these days. What’s the criteria for Nintendo Selects? If it’s a broader “sold a bunch”, that’s most of those games even Astral Chain which I thought was going to bomb.

Movies & TV / Re: Disney+
« on: April 21, 2021, 09:03:15 PM »
So... conveniently after my promotional subscription deal ends? Cool, cool.

Blue / Re: YOU GUILTY!!! On all counts... ain't no denying it!!!
« on: April 21, 2021, 08:59:28 PM »
Man, I thought we were actually going to share sin confessionals. I’m bad at message boards.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Game Boy: Finally time to Play It Loud!®
« on: April 21, 2021, 12:49:50 AM »
I snagged Final Fantasy Adventure. The cartridge is a little bit yellowed so I need to figure out how to retrobright it without damaging the label which is in surprisingly good shape. I managed to get a 1991 original instead of the 1998 re-release published by Sunsoft. The battery still works though I should probably replace it.

Fun fact: Did you know you can replace the save battery in Super Nintendo cartridges without losing your save files? You can solder a battery holder with AA batteries to different solder points on the cartridge to continue driving power to the game while you replace the save battery.

I do not know if this is possible on GB/GBC/GBA games because they're so small. They may not have the necessary solder points. There are apparently also third party devices that allow you to upload your save so you can replace the battery then download your save after. The battery holder is likely a cheaper solution.

It turns out I actually have Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. I was rummaging through the mountain of boxes I haven't really touched in years. I came across the OG Game Boy my sister's ex-boyfriend gave me. The game was still in the system. Huzzah!

There was a surprise update to the Mother 3 fan translation which means my reproduction cart is outdated now. BOO/HISS! The last patch was three years ago and was considered to be complete. Anyway, the translation is largely the same, but the new patch (v1.3) fixes some bugs and technical issues, even some present in the original Japanese version. If you're interested, you can review the list of changes/updates HERE. I'll wait to read some impressions before committing to buying the inevitable reproduction cartridge of v1.3.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble finally got delivered. How did anyone play this game without a backlit display? I played it for a few minutes on a stock GBC. It was so hard to see what I was doing. I almost had a stroke trying to tilt the GBC and look at the screen at the same time.
The Gameboy Donkey Kong is one of my favorite Mario experiences.  A puzzle platformer that feels so classic and great.  I really hated when the sequels moved away from the original formula to the toy Marios and such.  I would love a remake or sequel to that original designed game because it was almost perfect.
How was the first sequel? I only played Mario vs. Donkey Kong briefly at Game Crazy back in like 2008. I remember the controls feeling a bit stiff.
Super Mario Land 2 is the premium GB Mario experience.  It feels like Mario 3, except the screen is too zoomed in.  I found that I would have rather worse graphics than play with such little level information.
Mario's jump felt floaty. I'm sure I just have to keep playing and I'll get used to it.
Super Mario Land 2 was a totally good game that needs an HD remake just like Metroid 2 got.  Nintendo really needs to revisit and release some of their old Gameboy games that were great ideas but could not be executed well and polish them up.  I would pay full price for a good remaster of Nintendo's best gameboy advance games with updated graphics.
I imagine a Super Mario Land 2 remake would be more Link's Awakening remake and less Samus Returns. There's a lot Nintendo can do with a remake. I'd start with new stages and obviously a larger viewing area.

Collectively, we really need to stop paying full price for remasters.

Blue / Re: YOU GUILTY!!! On all 3 counts... ain't no denying it!!!
« on: April 20, 2021, 06:27:18 PM »
Last year, I ordered a shelf from Amazon. While I was putting it together, I noticed I was missing a piece. I looked at the item’s reviews and others encountered the same issue. No big deal. I contacted Amazon customer service, and the rep had another shelf shipped to me which I thought was excessive. I was only missing the one piece, and I didn’t need nor have space for another shelf.

A little later, I noticed the rep actually ordered another shelf for me so I was charged another ~$150. Okay, still no big deal. I contacted customer service again. A different rep said they couldn’t just send the missing piece to me. Once the second shelf arrived, I could get the piece I needed then return the one of the shelves. The box was particularly heavy, unwieldy, and notably unable to fit in my car. There would have been no way for me to return this shelf in my own, and due to the pandemic, it was chaos with pickups of large items. The first rep didn’t explain why she was sending the second shelf or that I would be charged for it which I was actually annoyed about. The second rep canceled the order and added a partial refund on the first shelf as a credit/gift card on my account.

What am I confessing? Well...

Toward the end of the chat, I found the missing piece under some of the shelf’s packaging (i.e. bags, styrofoam etc). By then, the rep already offered the partial refund except I couldn’t tell her not to give me the credit/gift card without admitting what a stupid idiot I was.

General Chat / Re: Um, Apple thread
« on: April 20, 2021, 02:42:13 PM »
Lots of new Apple things today.

AirTags finally got officially announced after being rumored for 37 years. They're also cheaper than I thought they'd be ($30 for one) though still $10 more than I want them to be. I would have bought one for my keys prior to March 2020. Due to my own negligence and someone breaking into my car, I keep my key fob dealie in a faraday case (which is then placed in a faraday box when I'm home). Out of habit, I always know where my keys are so I probably don't need this.

Something something Apple Card something.

I signed up for the one year free trial of AppleTV+ and have yet to actually watch anything. I keep forgetting it exists. AppleTV got an update with 4K. The new remote looks neat-o.

Nice to see the iMac get its first real redesign in forever. Looks good though the white bezel is a bit surprising. Four USB C ports is kind of weak. I don't like that Apple placed the Ethernet port on the power brick. Then again, I don't and like will never use the Ethernet port so 🤷‍♀️.

I bought my iMac in July 2017. I'm sticking to a five year upgrade cycle since that was about how long my first MacBook Pro lasted before it started feeling slow/dated for my usage. I've noticed some instances in which my current iMac is like "Bruh, I don't have enough RAM to do what you're asking me to do." Google Chrome eats a lot of resources. Microsoft Office is also hella slow to start up. I will upgrade next year. For realsies (barring getting fired or something). It'll be 2022 before we know it so I'll just be over here contemplating my mortality until then.

Apple was frustratingly vague on details of the new Magic Keyboard, Magic TrackPad, and Magic Mouse. Do they still charge via Lightning? How much do they cost? I like the keypad so I'm particularly curious how much extra that is.

The new iPad Pro is about as expected. I'm in the market for a new iPad since I shattered the screen on my iPad Pro a couple months ago. Replacing the screen costs like $400 so I might as well just upgrade. 12.9" is too big so I'm eyeing up that 11" model. I don't care about Liquid Retina XDR. I don't know how that would benefit me for my purposes though I will (finally) benefit from ProMotion. I was hoping for an Apple Pencil 3 announcement. I would like to get back into drawing/revisit my comic (comedy, not superhero... maybe some superhero) instead of merely talking about it so this is as good a time as any try the Apple Pencil. Maybe that will be announced at the fall Apple Event. I'm sure the Apple Pencil 2 is fine for my needs. I'm just a mark for new things.

I'm hoping libraries open up again soon. I meant to buy a new MacBook Pro last year. It worked out. I might have bought one right before Apple switched to the ARM-based M1 chip. If Apple finally redesigns the MacBook line this year, I'll doubly benefit.

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