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1516  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Famitsu announces a new Lufia (Estpolis) game on: March 07, 2010, 03:09:23 PM
Unfortunately (?), the horrible sales also mean we won't be seeing it over here.

That would suck. Lufia II is kind of special to us, because it was the first (and only?) Japanese RPG to ever be translated to Dutch. We (= Dutch magazine [N]gamer) just filled two pages with a preview and the game got a lot of attention on our forums. People are looking forward to this even if the game is 'pretty good' at best.
1517  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Japan: It's not funny anymore" on: March 04, 2010, 03:32:54 AM
Also, games tend to pretty much always cost $100 on their release dates here.

Huh, I thought console games were somewhere in the 5000-7000 yen range? And music CDs 2000-3000 yen? Uhm, 1000 yen is something like 11,50 dollar... That's crappier than I thought, but not as crappy as he claims it to be.

I'm willing to believe the smoking thing though. People being burnt by careless smokers is surprisingly common in manga. But then again, many countries have people smoking everywhere. Atleast the Japanese have those portable ashtrays. Here in the Netherlands people just throw everything on the street.
1518  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Ace Attorney Investigations: Crime pays on: February 19, 2010, 03:34:38 AM
Capcom-distributor Brizamila has made a few gamers just a tad upset. The distributor has announced that they will not be handling distribution of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth in the Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg. What's the reason behind all this? Brizamila says that the R4 has ruined the market in these areas, and it's simply not profitable for them to publish the game. If you ever wanted a reason why Nintendo is going after piracy so hard, this would be it.


The irony is strong in this one.

There is still a releasedate for our region, but in the end we won't get more than 300 copies. The pirates won :(

1519  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Birthdays on: February 19, 2010, 02:34:41 AM
I don't really celebrate my birthday. If it's my day, then why should it be a social obligation?

Anyway, on september 26:
# 1687 – The city council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.
# 1820 – Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson proved tomatoes weren't poisonous by eating several on the steps of the courthouse in Salem, New Jersey.
# 1969 – The Beatles release their last studio album, Abbey Road.
Other than that it's mostly disasters and other shitty things.
1520  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Keyboard has "LOL" Button on: February 16, 2010, 04:15:11 PM
Actually, the QWERTY layout is based on how often letters are used. Put the popular letters too close together and the metal rod thingies inside a typewriter start hitting eachother. QWERTY has been the standards for typewriters, and now keyboards, for almost 150 years.

(We had a typewriter at home and I llearned how to type on that. Kinda weird, because I was born into a family with a Commodore64... )
1521  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NIS Financial Earnings on: February 06, 2010, 02:58:00 AM
Yep, they're still making a profit. NIS probably got some good years because of Disgaea. NIS will likely rely on what's left of the success of Disgaea to find something new and extremely profitable.

BTW here's another usual twist: profit may be down because of unusual expenses. Perhaps they invested in new hardware or moved to a new, bigger building or whatever.
1522  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Post pictures of awesome animals. on: February 05, 2010, 01:15:07 PM
Jesus that thing reminds me of a dog from a Resident Evil game or something.

That's nothing.

Now that's a zombie dog.

I wish that were my dog then I could pretend to be necromancer or something. And it would make walking the dog a lot easier, nobody would want to pet that.

Oh, do you know what's creepier than an albino rabbit? An albino rabbit with almost no fur.

1523  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Post pictures of awesome animals. on: February 05, 2010, 04:18:52 AM
This is a real dog:

The Irish Wolfhound. The talles dogbreed there is (though the Great Dane is a close second). Males can reach shoulderheight of 95cm/36 inches, that's as big as a small pony! They are loyal, patient and laidback.

This is the kind of retarded attention whore my sister owns:

It yaps all day long at everything and everyone for whatever reason it can think of. Only a few people (including me) try to correct it when it does something naughty. Others just think it's cute when it jumps on the dinner table or tries to attack the mail. Stupid dogs makes people act stupid.

My pet is much cooler and smarter:

Albino rabbits are cool too, because they look creepy, but cute at the same time. This one was nearly immortal albino:

1524  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nintendo reveals new RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi and Monado becomes Xenoblade on: January 30, 2010, 04:44:23 AM
The next one could be good. Maybe.
1525  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 17, 2010, 03:48:33 PM
That one's a household name in the Netherlands. Which is kinda funny, because today's parents would likely complain if someone made and aired a similar show. Gnome breasts were an uncommon sight on television back then, now it would probably start riots. Riots with pitchforks, torches and SUVs.

The late eighties and early ninties were kinda weird. Good, wholesome cartoons came from Japan, the merchandise pushers from the US and my own country produced shows that were not affraid to discuss the anatomy of the adult female (gnome).

Anyway, I should my 5-year-old cousin the first episode today. We watched it together on my laptop and she thought it was great! I enjoyed it as well, the wolf's antics are still pretty funny :)
1526  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Something similar to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on: January 17, 2010, 11:08:32 AM
Er, right, 7. My bad. While I did say that FE7 was the easiest of the FE games, I certainly don't mean it's an easy game by any stretch. FE games are pretty infamous for their high difficulty. Still, I feel that the introductory stages were more than enough to introduce you to how the game works. The only thing I would accuse it of is having a steep difficulty curve. I don't think that has to do with understanding how the game works.

That steep difficulty curve is actually quite problematic. Difficult levels smacking you in the face while you just got the hang of the game, can be a big turn-off. Shadow Dragon is more balanced. The game is also more polished. There are more battle speed settings, the menu's are a bit easier to navigate etc.

Besides, Shadow Dragon isn't rare yet, I heard you can get it for $10 at Wal-mart. The first GBA Fire Emblem is much harder to find and more expensive. If you're new to the genre, would you track down a rare game or just buy the recent one that got good reviews as well? Well, you could cheat and use an emulator, but...


I enjoyed Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on the Ds. Can anyone suggest something similar for the DS?

Hey Zool!  Fire Emblem DS was my first strategy RPG, and I enjoyed it so much that I went out and bought every srpg I could get my hands on.

I'm not saying Shadow Dragon is the best game in the series, but it's a good place to start. This topic proves that, right?
1527  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Something similar to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on: January 17, 2010, 04:28:02 AM
That's Fire Emblem 7 and I doubt I underestimate the intelligence of the avarage gamer. Even some of my fellow reviewers thought it was too hard and frustrating. Don't forget that fans of particular genres (like us RPGfans) aren't exactly avarage.

If someone is really having that much trouble understanding it, Advance Wars is a better way to get into the basics of strategy games since it doesn't have all those levels and classes nonsense.

But it still has plenty to keep track of, especially the later games. Just because the concept is fairly simple, doesn't mean the game is. Also, it does have classes and stats, they're just less prominent or named differently.
1528  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 16, 2010, 05:13:02 AM
I'm watching old cartoons/anime from my childhood. Apparantly 90% of the cartoons the wholesome networks broadcasted were from Japan, so I actually saw lots of anime as a kid.

The intro tunes are all so awesome!

De Tovenaar van Oz

The Dutch translators had lots of fun with that one. The first 2 minutes of the first episode is like 50% pun.


Het nieuuuuwe graaaaaan
heeft de orkaaaaaaan doorstaaaaaan!

Familie Robinson

I wanted to live on that island... Again, the translators really loved their puns.

Maple Town

I adored Maple Town!
1529  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Something similar to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on: January 15, 2010, 01:18:27 PM

And yeah, Shadow Dragon's definately the weakest in the series. I'd say go check out the GBA games because they're superior in pretty much every way.

I thought the gameplay was a bit better than in the other games, more streamlined. Sure, it goes back to the basics, but that makes it a game for newcomers.

Anyway, if you like Shadow Dragon, you should also consider the remake of another classic SRPG: Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon (GBA). It's not the most balanced game out there, but it's fun and easy to get into. Or just play the original on the Xbox 360 or Wii. The second game is even better by the way.
1530  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Sega Saturn and Apple bracelets on: January 12, 2010, 06:59:55 AM
I made an octopi army :D

And a pokéball keychain.

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