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Transfer of the Day #2341

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Transfer of the Day #2341

It was fortunate that today was a work-from-home day, since it happened to be the same day a new game system arrived at my door. It’s a rare special edition sort of thing, and I spent an inordinate amount of effort trying to get ahold of one – half because it’s themed after one of my very favorite games, and half because I wanted to play the weird capitalist race-for-the-shiny-collectible-thing game that certain people get so ravenous about. Having succeeded in this particular event, I think I’ll retire with an unbroken record; it’s better not to get too worked up over the things I can and can’t buy.

So while I untangled a few knots of code, some tiny pikmin transferred my games from my old 3DS to the new one. This is the progress screen: it actually shows the little plant creatures picking up bundles of data and carrying it across the border between systems, chanting and cheering and occasionally falling down. Little details like this are what make Nintendo so charming; while just about every other loading screen would give you a simple progress bar, someone actually took the time to build out these procedural animations. Not many people will see this, and the few who do will only see it once, but it’s nice to see bits of Nintendo’s fantastical worlds permeate even the more dreary aspects of their software.

I only had time to play for an hour or so tonight, but it’s nice to be saving the world again.

moon’s tear
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Written by Umbrella Man

February 19, 2015 at 12:45 am

Posted in games, pixels

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  1. Very cool! 🙂

    eu

    February 19, 2015 at 5:32 am


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