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It looks fun but yeah, it's getting a little formulaic and speaks volumes about why Nintendo LOVES to use their mascots as system-sellers since they've bullied the living daylights out of third parties from the get-go.

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http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/01...the_switch

I hope this is true. Super Lucky's Tale would be right at home on the Switch, and Minecraft (another MS property) exists on the Switch. It's plausible, but it's just a rumor for now.

With my preferred Pinball sims having good Switch ports as well, will 2019 finally be the year I make the switch to Linux full time? The only roadblock will be getting my video capture devices to work.

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Lately, I have been watching a lot of videos from this guy, Scott Wozniak, aka "Scott the Woz". Most of his videos are video game themed, and he has a bit of a focus on Nintendo consoles. This here is his retrospective on the Nintendo DS line.

I mentioned on the FB chat that I never bought a DS during my college years, when both the Wii and DS were huge. It was an affordable handheld, being around $99 USD towards the end of the 2000s. I'd imagine if I got a DS Lite then, I would have really enjoyed it, and it would have made my college years much more interesting.

Then again, my focus at that time was retro games. I was just building my old game collection back then and had more interest in the retro games than newer stuff. Perhaps that is why I never played a DS game until after I was gifted my first 3DS in 2013. My first DS game? New Super Mario Bros, of course. I'm starting to build up my DS collection, alongside my 3DS library too. It's never too late to enjoy those DS games that are now considered classics, but Nintendo shut down their Wifi services for the old DS and Wii, killing online play. As for DSiWare, all but 10 titles made it to the 3DS eShop, and I may want to start finding out which DSiWare games are worth getting before the 3DS eShop reaches it's inevitable closure.

As for Scott dissing Yoshi's Island DS, I'll let it slide. I'd imagine he will make a video about the Yoshi's Island series eventually. He has made a few videos regarding controversial Nintendo games, such as StarFox Zero and Wii Music.

I also haven't even played through half of Yoshi's Island DS yet, but it's better than the 3DS "New" Island thing.

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My Dazzle DVC100 capture device works under PCLinuxOS, but I need to see if I can get the audio working. OBS sees both devices, and the video looks good. I may have to ask the forums about this, but I'll see if I can't figure it out on my own first.

I will give Ubuntu another go as well. Being an older device, the old Dazzle may end up being my best capture option under Linux until the Vidbox gains support.

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I'm making progress in getting the Dazzle DVC100 working in Linux. After finding some command line options from the Linux Mint forums, I can get OBS to record the Dazzle's audio input now and I can see the monitor moving, yet the OS doesn't output the audio from the Dazzle. This may not be necessary if I'm recording from live TV, but from VHS, hearing the VCR audio can be important since audio issues can arise from old VHS tapes.

There's also the issue of frame dropping, and it's more prevalent in Linux. There's no option in OBS to enable NVENC, and to use that, you need to build several things direct from source, namely the latest OBS and ffmpeg libraries.

I wonder if the Intel IGP would work? Yes, I'd lose the powerful graphics of the Nvidia card, but if I could gain hardware accelerated encoding, I could switch to Linux full time. More testing is needed.

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(01-06-2019, 11:09 AM)cpd2009 Wrote:  I'm making progress in getting the Dazzle DVC100 working in Linux. After finding some command line options from the Linux Mint forums, I can get OBS to record the Dazzle's audio input now and I can see the monitor moving, yet the OS doesn't output the audio from the Dazzle. This may not be necessary if I'm recording from live TV, but from VHS, hearing the VCR audio can be important since audio issues can arise from old VHS tapes.

There's also the issue of frame dropping, and it's more prevalent in Linux. There's no option in OBS to enable NVENC, and to use that, you need to build several things direct from source, namely the latest OBS and ffmpeg libraries.

I wonder if the Intel IGP would work? Yes, I'd lose the powerful graphics of the Nvidia card, but if I could gain hardware accelerated encoding, I could switch to Linux full time. More testing is needed.
In my case, I am really over the fence with dual-booting my G4560 setup to run macOS as I've been busy and recent corporate moves by Apple, particularly the rumoured switch to ARM SoCs for their mainline Macintosh machines have discouraged me somewhat. But maybe I'll find the much-needed zeal some time.

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I currently can't decide whether or not I should change my variation of new 3DS console. The Galaxy Style is great, but I originally wanted a red version to match my old Fire Red 3DS.

There's also the regular size New 3DS, which is nearly the same size as a DS Lite/original 3DS. It would be odd going from an XL to a smaller size, but the non-XL New 3DS has a nifty feature... changeable faceplates. You can still buy new faceplates off Amazon or eBay for a good price, and there's some Animal Crossing ones that I particularly admire.

Price is an issue for one of those smaller New 3DS consoles. That variant never saw wide release in the states, so scalpers on eBay/Amazon charge upwards to $300 or more for brand new consoles. I wouldn't mind buying a used console, as long as it's in good cosmetic condition and doesn't have CFW installed.

The XL models are still a bit inexpensive. Nintendo sells refurbs on their online store for $150, and I've read that Nintendo refurbs are close to brand new as possible. Very high quality stuff.

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(01-07-2019, 12:37 AM)cpd2009 Wrote:  I currently can't decide whether or not I should change my variation of new 3DS console. The Galaxy Style is great, but I originally wanted a red version to match my old Fire Red 3DS.

There's also the regular size New 3DS, which is nearly the same size as a DS Lite/original 3DS. It would be odd going from an XL to a smaller size, but the non-XL New 3DS has a nifty feature... changeable faceplates. You can still buy new faceplates off Amazon or eBay for a good price, and there's some Animal Crossing ones that I particularly admire.

Price is an issue for one of those smaller New 3DS consoles. That variant never saw wide release in the states, so scalpers on eBay/Amazon charge upwards to $300 or more for brand new consoles. I wouldn't mind buying a used console, as long as it's in good cosmetic condition and doesn't have CFW installed.

The XL models are still a bit inexpensive. Nintendo sells refurbs on their online store for $150, and I've read that Nintendo refurbs are close to brand new as possible. Very high quality stuff.
Oh you're tempting me to buy a (used) 3DS... ...though survey says I'm not going to due to my opinion on Nintendo's brutish policies towards their community.

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(01-07-2019, 09:10 AM)huckleberrypie Wrote:  
(01-07-2019, 12:37 AM)cpd2009 Wrote:  I currently can't decide whether or not I should change my variation of new 3DS console. The Galaxy Style is great, but I originally wanted a red version to match my old Fire Red 3DS.

There's also the regular size New 3DS, which is nearly the same size as a DS Lite/original 3DS. It would be odd going from an XL to a smaller size, but the non-XL New 3DS has a nifty feature... changeable faceplates. You can still buy new faceplates off Amazon or eBay for a good price, and there's some Animal Crossing ones that I particularly admire.

Price is an issue for one of those smaller New 3DS consoles. That variant never saw wide release in the states, so scalpers on eBay/Amazon charge upwards to $300 or more for brand new consoles. I wouldn't mind buying a used console, as long as it's in good cosmetic condition and doesn't have CFW installed.

The XL models are still a bit inexpensive. Nintendo sells refurbs on their online store for $150, and I've read that Nintendo refurbs are close to brand new as possible. Very high quality stuff.
Oh you're tempting me to buy a (used) 3DS... ...though survey says I'm not going to due to my opinion on Nintendo's brutish policies towards their community.

There are ways to get a used 3DS and not worry about your money going to Nintendo. Buy second hand games, or load CFW on the 3DS and run ROMs of said games. Invest in an R4 card as well. I normally don't recommend such things, but the 3DS is region locked (thanks Nintendo) so if it's American games you're interested in, be prepared to spend lots of money importing an American 3DS console and games, or go the easy route and mod the system to load ROMs.

The Switch is region free, so Nintendo improved on portability from a multi-region standpoint. Why they region-locked the DSi/3DS line is a mystery. It should have been region free like the original DS and Game Boy.

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Yeah I've been thinking about using a flash cart for a 3DS and those a readily available. I don't mind buying used actually, as I'm not going to fork over the money indirectly to Nintendo anyway.

And I am glad that AMD decided to actually provide proper, generic drivers themselves rather than leave laptop users at the mercy of OEMs who may or may not cough up an update. 'Tis announced to roll out this first quarter of the year, but right now I am more than eager to try it out:


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