Mailbag - Edition #3
Dec. 5th, 2000
a question, a rant, or just feel like seeing your letter in print? Forward all questions
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was wondering how or where i could order virtual pro wrestling 2 for
Buy-Rite.com or Gamecave.com. Make sure, however, that you have an
adapter to allow you to play Japanese games. For those of you that don’t
know, Nintendo games do not have a ‘country code’ or ‘territorial
lock-out’ like their competitors. Instead, they rely on the
differences in the physical characteristics of their cartridges to
prevent import gaming. On the N64, you can either take the lid off and
remove the bed it sits in (which also removes the dust protector
doors) or you can purchase a gameshark, which will sit in the bed and
provide a pass-thru for your import game.
Subject: GAME CUBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHAT IS DOG FOOD NEED TO FEED CATFISH??
IS NAME POOP??
HICKORY DICKORY DOCK,I HATE THIS STUPID CLOCK
individual has sent numerous messages to me this past week, and I can
only assume it was because school was out for Thanksgiving and he had
some extra time. Many of them were explicitly vulgar, which I most
certainly don’t appreciate, and in one, he made it clear that he was
looking for me to subject him to my personal brand of humor/ridicule,
so here goes.....
you ever heard of a game called E.V.O. its about the stages of
and that is it please write back and tell me all you about it my
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org please contact me
I seem to recall this title, but for the life of me, I can’t find
any info on it either. If you know the developer and/or publisher, I
may be able to dig some more up on it. Sorry bro. On another note,
allow me to take yet another opportunity to thank a reader for making
it clear they would like me to respond to your message, because the
fact that you sent it to the mailbag didn’t get that intention
across in the first place. Even better, you told me twice just
to be sure.
Subject: HELP ME OUT!!!!!!!
read everything i can find relating to the "Project
Dolphin",PD,Nintendo Game Cube,Game Cube,GC,NGC,N-Cube,and N-Game
Cube,but for the last month i haven't found anything new about it!!!
been to about 20 different web sites finding bits and pieces about
different things but nothing major about anything. I've also used many
search engines such as;MSN,Yahoo,Alta Vista,Home Page.com ect.
very excited about the release of the system, but im disappointed that
Nintendo; (instead of releasing more information about the next
generation console) released
a poem putting down Sony and the Playstation and Playstation2. :(
you haven't guessed; (with all my rambling about), I would like you to
e-mail me as soon as you catch wind of any new info about the system.
In case our readers aren’t aware, this is the first e-mail from the
individual who began sending me erroneous e-mails looking for
ridicule. Surprisingly, this one is well-planned and, in fact,
intelligently written. Add to that the fact that he shares my passion
for all things Nintendo and is quite diligent in his quest for more
information, and you begin to see that I am in a bit of a quandary
over my desires to both help and hate him. I’ll try to be a better
person for this response.
‘Diffey’, I am unable to assist you. Aside from the fact that I
have no clue how much information you have thus far gleaned from the
web, thereby making it impossible for me to know what you don’t
know, Nintendo is keeping themselves pretty tight-lipped. I do know
that there was a website run by a third-party developer (Retro
Studios) asking for resumés from people who wanted to work on the
next Metroid, but that page has since been shut down, no doubt by the
Big N itself. At least you know they’re making a sequel though,
course, I have another problem. I’m not about to personally e-mail
you with every last piece of news I come across, because I would then
have to do it for everyone. And if I were to do that for everyone, I
would be better off making a newsgroup or web-page announcing these
facts so that anyone who has an interest would be able to find out.
What’s that? Oh my gosh, you’re right, we
already have a website, not to mention all the other
available sources of info on the web, available through a little
perseverance and a few search engines. What was I thinking?
have seen on TV a new game that is actually played on tv. For example
on the tv it
would show a ping pong table and it would come with ping pong paddles
with sensors in them. So you would go to hit the ball with the paddle
and on the tv you would see the ball go flying across the table like
you had actually hit
it. is that too confusing? I guess it would be virtural games
or something and I think it had different games like baseball and ping
pong, I have seen the
commercial 2 times but it's so fast I can't remember who
makes it. Can you help me?
have actually seen that commercial, many times, but I never bothered
to get the name of the makers. This is mainly because I know from
experience that these types of entertainment are notoriously poorly
made, and the ‘fun’ they promise is suspiciously absent. I would
encourage you to look elsewhere if you find this type of thing
interesting. I say this for 3 reasons.
it does actually work, it most likely won’t work well, since even
the largest game makers have trouble getting items like this to
function effectively, and they have millions of dollars to pour into
These types of games are in fact horrible for a single-player
The amount you would spend on this unit would be better served
purchasing a dedicating gaming system, or a stellar title for a system
you already own.
go out on a limb here and guess that you’re interested in this for
your children, or children in your family. Taking that out to the next
logical step, your motivation is most likely to either to provide a
more physical activity that these children will play since it's still
in front of the television (and the novelty factor plays a strong
role) or because you have limited space, and don’t want to purchase
a Ping-Pong table, since it would be expensive, and you doubt there
would always be another person willing to play the game with the
to be so negative, but I really hate these goofy video game
alternatives that these companies try to push on the unsuspecting.
Tiger Electronics was infamous for their astounding range of
trash-heap handhelds that they actually convinced people were more
entertaining than a Gameboy. Don’t believe the hype. A good rule of
thumb is, if the actors look like they belong in a Sears commercial,
and their level of overacting threatens to spill out of the
television, the product is usually lame.
Sorry for the Outpouring.
Subject: how does nintendo put of releasing game cube info for soo
folks, it’s Diffey again! Enjoy the attention while you can Diffey,
I don’t give people the spotlight for so little reason more than
once. What you probably can’t tell, is that the message in this
e-mail was entirely contained in the subject line. And poorly written
at best. Furthermore, this is something that doesn’t really need my
attention to answer, but I will endeavor to explain this mentality for
those unfamiliar with marketing.
are two main reasons that Nintendo can delay press releases for such
lengths of time.
their company, their product, and their information. They can do
whatever the hell they want with it.
By keeping the info to a minimum, they keep people’s interest high.
Sort of like ‘supply and demand’. The information is in short
supply, therefore the demand goes up. And look at you. You’re a
prime example of the audience and mentality they are trying to cater
HAS A K I S S GAME , DO YOU HAVE ONE FOR NINTENDO 64 ?
appears that Bilingual Literate Monkey has once again failed to bring
about the demise of The Gamer Without a Clue!
we last saw our hero, he was outside the Sega head offices searching
for a way in to ask why they had delayed Metropolis Street Racer, only
to discover that he had been tricked. Bilingual Literate Monkey had
scrawled the letters ‘S’ and ‘G’ onto convenient spaces in the
EA headquarters logo, and Gamer Without a Clue was beaten soundly by
the staff there for reminding them that SEGA has survived without
in next week when our hero discovers that the Dreamcast needs to be
attached to a phone line to access the web, and that Seaman has been
dating his girlfriend.
will he do?
the bombs placed in his Maraca controllers by Bilingual Literate
Monkey be triggered? Or doesn’t The Gamer Without A Clue have enough
rhythm to activate them?
in next week for the exciting conclusion!
counterpart and i have been in a dispute whether star fox or stunt
race fx is the better snes game
..........................................................what do you
call here. I’m going to have to go with Star Fox, because it has a
plot, and the slowdown only occurs in minimal amounts. Also, polygonal
games were horrendous on the 16-bit systems, and while Star Fox used
the medium to enhance the game, Stunt Race was more of a gimmick. Look
at it this way, would you put down Sega GT, Crazy Taxi or Gran Turismo
because you see Stunt Race on the shelf? I know I wouldn’t. But I
would still jump on a game of Star Fox if it was available. In fact, I
think I’m going to do just that once I’m done with the mail. No
offense to either of you, since I did enjoy each game, but Star Fox
gets my vote.
I visit NGF fairly often and I am quite interested in Gamecube (Who
isn't?) anyway while looking through your release lists I noticed that
some titles such as Zelda 128 were in the confirmed release list.
I was wondering what you consider "confirmed". I would love
Zelda 128 as much as the next guy but on most Gamecube sites the only
evidence of this game was the demo at Spaceworld I had the impression
that these were only tech demos.
Obviously its highly likely the game will be made but I was interested
in whether or not you had any other reasons to belive that it is in
I also noticed Super Smash Bros. 2 in the rumoured list, again what
are these games based on? Is it simply games you would like to be made
that quite possibly could or something more than that?
I hope you take the time to answer these few queries.
answers: At this point the only evidence that Zelda 128 is in
development is the "demo" we saw at Spaceworld. Like you
said, it's still highly likely that Nintendo would produce a Zelda
game on Gamecube anyway, with or without the demo. There are two
reasons why we have it on our confirmed list:
Just take a look at the demo. Notice how detailed things are? Notice
all of the special effects thrown into that little demo? Notice how
even the background is fully fleshed out? Now, do you remember the N64
demo of Zelda shown at Spaceworld 1995? Remember how plain it was (the
Link in that demo was a MUCH simpler model than the one that
eventually turned up in Ocarina of Time), with just blackness for a
backdrop and very few textures? This would seem to indicate that the
title is in fact in development, and what we saw was early work on
getting the character models and such in place.
Miyamoto himself stated (I forget which interview this was in) that
the next Zelda title (for Gamecube) was in the preliminary design
stages. Even if the demo we saw at Spaceworld turns out to be nothing
like Zelda 128, you can rest assured that it's still in the works at
rumored list of games is usually made up of games that developers have
expressed an interest in developing, unless there is a special note
after the developer's name. In the case of Super Smash Bros. 2, HAL
has (again, in a past interview) expressed an interest in doing a
Super Smash Bros. sequel. Given the fact that the first one sold so
well and was such a "smash" hit, we don't see why Nintendo
wouldn't approve it. Other games on the rumored list are either pretty
logical (such as another Mario Kart game) or are inferred from clues
provided to us or other sources by the companies themselves (such as
Rare's hints towards "After Dark"). It's important to keep
in mind that with any game (confirmed or not) plans can change, so
there's no guarantee that any of those titles will eventually be
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