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Star Wars Episode VII
Oct 31 2012, 06:59 PM
To me episodes 1-6 were a story about Anakin and the rise and fall of the empire. The story seemed to end perfectly with the end of Ep. 6, I feel like additional films are just milking the name for more money.
George Lucas said many years ago that he envisioned Star Wars as being a trilogy of trilogies so 9 films total.

While Return of the Jedi did seem to be the conclusion to the Anakin Skywalker canon it's sets up the next three films to follow the exploits of Han and Leia's children or perhaps even Luke’s offspring. The latter could potentially have even stronger Force powers which opens up a world of interesting plot possibilities.

What has me rather curious is what political theme the next three Star Wars films will introduce. Episodes 1 thru 3 show the collapse of the Republic in to a dark and evil fascist Empire. A New Hope introduced us to the Rebellion determined to restore a free and peaceful society devoid of the tyrannical Darth Sidious. What will happen next? Perhaps a monarchy with an elder Luke Skywalker as king and a plot that mirrors that of Camelot?

Play an N64 game...
The Red Shadow
Oct 31 2012, 05:06 PM
I played a bunch of N64 games today. Had fun with South Park, GoldenEye, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 and Star Wars: Battle For Naboo.
I do this sometimes too, throw a bunch of N64 games on the ground and just start playing about 20 minutes of each for a few hours.

My Nintendo 64 Collection
You've got the beginnings of a very good collection! I also like the fact that you've got some games that are really fun to actually play.

Please say hello
Hello to Isabelle Marie! What a beautiful name.

Watcha Listenin' To?
Oct 30 2012, 11:57 PM
Nice find!

It's very common to confuse bits and bytes. Nowadays most people only use bits when they're talking about transmission speeds with respect to their internet service provider. Byte(s) is the more common term for storage capacity when talking about hard-drives or media capacity.

Watcha Listenin' To?
This is what I'm listening to!

Pay careful attention to what the song and video are about because people in the US are finally starting to wake up.

Oct 29 2012, 06:47 PM
So do you think it's possible that carts may have a place in the future,with tv's already able to display 4 x the resolution of 1080p. Is there going to be storage space enough on disc type formats such as blu ray.
In the future game consoles will have built-in hard-drives and you'll download your games to that.

Maybe I'm showing my age but it still blows my mind that something the size of a postage stamp can hold the entire N64 library of games. Of course I'm referring to modern day SD cards.

Oct 29 2012, 06:22 AM
Majora's Mask, Resident Evil 2, Conker's all used 512MB carts. They would have never been able to port RE2 to a 64Mb cart ;)
Aren't those games 512 Mb (small letter b meaning bits) which is equal to 64 MB or Mega Bytes?

512 bits/8 = 64 MB

Oct 28 2012, 05:44 PM
Just been wondering if the N64 came out today how much storage space would there be possible on the carts compared to other formats
N64 cartridges are physically about the size of modern hard-drives so I'm sure you could fit about 250 GB on them without much problem. That's a huge amount of data when you consider that it's 250 x 10^9 bytes as opposed to bits.

So while the N64 console itself still looks relatively sleek and modern Nintendo's choice for its media storage is even more archaic than ever. Nonetheless I still love the cartridge format for its overall durability!

N64 Lodgenet Controller raffle
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1000th member item giveaway!
Question 1: Do you own a Nintendo DS?

Yes a fat silver one.

Question 2: Do you own Mario Kart for DS already?

Yes, it's the reason I purchased my DS.

Question 3: How did you find Nintendo 64 Forever?

I think somebody over at the Gamefaqs forums made me aware of it by posting a link.

Question 4: What do you love about Nintendo 64 Forever?

Everything! The people, the stories, the pictures and the access to such a vast wealth of N64 knowledge.

I also enjoy the international aspect of this forum as I read much more than I write so inevitably I learn something new about the world every day.

Nintendo 64 Pro Controller
Oct 23 2012, 10:07 AM
That Ultra 64 controller has an enviable color scheme. With an Ultra 64 logo up top, that could be one sweet mod . . . .
Funny that you should mention that as I've often thought about modding one of my spare N64 consoles by swapping out the N64 logo for an Ultra 64 one. I'd probably also swap the existing red LED for a blue one and see if I could jokingly convince some of my gullible friends in to believing that I'd unearthed an extremely rare development unit. ;)

If nothing else it'd be a cool console to play Killer Instinct Gold on.

Nintendo 64 Forever Homecoming Celebration!
Oct 23 2012, 12:05 PM
Nice catch macN64 - 1000th member is rgs011 (wonder if he / she knows?)
Shouldn't he/she get a prize too?

1000 Member N64 Story
Oct 23 2012, 05:07 PM
Wow Grizz, that was quite an exceptional story. You definitely have a knack for writing. I think you should win this contest :yeah:
Thank you so much for your kind words! That's a story that I've been meaning to share for years but never got around to it. I'm glad an opportunity that properly inspired me finally presented itself.

Not all of my best N64 memories revolve around nostalgia, however. One of my fondest F-Zero X experiences happened fairly recently in late 2009 and I just had an epic Killer Instinct Gold match the other evening when my friend Jonathan spent the night.

My coolest collecting memory is definitely when I got my copy of Clayfighter Sculptor's Cut at a local used bookstore for just five dollars. :w00t: So yeah... I've got tons more stuff to share.

1000 Member N64 Story
Thanks for the nice comments guys but I have so many wonderful N64 stories that I can easily whip together something with 200 words or less.

My Mario Kart 64 story got a little long but I felt compelled to share it in its entirety so that's what happened there. :lol:

1000 Member N64 Story
During the holidays season of 1997 my local Blockbuster Video had replaced Super Mario 64 in the promotional kiosk with Mario Kart 64. As some of you may be aware MK64 is my favorite game on the N64 having spent literally hundreds if not thousands of hours playing it with friends. I was in Blockbuster browsing around Christmas time because N64 games were still rather pricey back then so I tended to rent before committing to a purchase.

There was a hardcore gamer looking guy of about 19 years old playing Mario Kart 64 and I could tell he had some skills because he was pulling off mini-turbos around just about every corner. He must have noticed me watching him because he arrogantly mentioned that MK64 was also a multiplayer game and would I like to race against him. I hesitated for just a brief moment but instinct got the better of me and before I knew it I had controller 2 clutched tightly in my hands and I was counter-picking Wario to his choice of Donkey Kong. I guess in the heady moments leading up to our race I reckoned he'd try to bump me off the track if I picked a lighter yet more forgiving character like Toad or Yoshi. I let him pick the track and engine size for our Versus bout; he showed absolutely no mercy by picking Royal Raceway and 150cc so immediately I knew this guy meant business.

We both got the turbo at the start of the race which seemed to take my opponent by surprise and I felt him hesitate ever so slightly as we approached the first turn. He compounded his error further by not getting a full mini-turbo which allowed me to pull ahead as we made our way down to the edge of the lake which rests tranquilly at the center of the track. As luck would have it I had picked up a single banana as my item and I opted to gamble by dropping it at the bend rather than dragging it behind me. My gambit paid off as I heard DK squeal in distress as he spun out of control and in to the lake. Within ten seconds of the start of the race my opponent standing next to me was already grumbling under his breath. He was far too skilled and hardened a warrior to admit defeat so early as he knew that Mario Kart 64 offers up a wicked level of handicap advantage to those who fall behind and sure enough his next trip through an item box rewarded him with a deadly red shell. By this point I had also been granted a practical implement, given the fact that I was in first place, in the form of a green shell and this time I wisely chose to drag it behind me for defense. Yeah, this guy was quite the tactician as he showed the patience to wait until I was on the other side of the ramp and in the S-turn before launching his homing shell but to no avail as it harmlessly hit the green shell I had in tow.

By this point a small crowd had gathered behind us to take in the spectacle. I never dared look back at them as I knew a victory would take every ounce of concentration I could muster but I was aware of the spectators at a subconscious level. Besides, they occasionally made their presence known by the guttural gasps they made whenever they sensed a possible lead change.

Royal Race way is a very long track and we did jockey for position several times as the slightest error on either of our behalves would cost us the lead. It became apparent the winner of this race wasn't going to be the person with the better driving ability but the challenger with the sharper mind and an edge in luck. Much luck was needed too as Versus also ramps up the excitement by placing yellow bombs on the track which can be and often are game-changers if one errantly collides with them.

On that day chance was on my side as I was able to lay down a suppressing field of bananas near the end of the track. In fact, there were so many bananas strewn about that we both started to slide on them as we headed down the homestretch. My victory was assured only because I was able to pull myself out of the slide by a deft tap of the brake and regain just enough control to stay on the course. As I did the half dozen or so people watching erupted in to a roar with some of them even stepping up to pat me on the back.

Yeah... that was a moment that I'll never forget and part of the reason why the N64 will always hold a special place in my heart. :wub:

Sounds like another elite N64 collector has joined our ranks. Welcome!

Microsoft finally fix the Red Ring of Death!!!
When you open an Xbox 360 it's apparent why they overheat. Two fans draw cool air in to the console from the back and over the heatsinks but there isn't a clear path for the hot air to escape. Very poor design which makes one wonder why Microsoft didn't put egress vents on the front of the unit.

If I get a chance to fix another 360 I'm probably going to drill 1/4 inch holes over the on/off switch to create a better path for heat to escape. I've even heard that some people remove the plastic case entirely in a desperate attempt to keep their Xbox 360 from overheating.

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