The golden age of gaming pretty much ending with the SNES...Actually, for me it ended in early 94' BUT, the Wii has brang some of that magic back with it's new exciting motion controls,
the retro rivival(Mega man 9 and Castlevania ReBirth ect) and the the glorious Wii Virtual console. And man, Wario Land Shake it! imo is one of the most amazing and revolutionary side scrollers in platformer history. Those tilt controls were absolutely amazing for the time.(When motion controls
were completely new to the industry, where as now it's all taken for granted) The first time i faced off against the 2nd Boss(Hotrod fredrick? Can't remember his name) where you're controlling Wario's Wheelie cart with the boxing glove put an enormous smile on my face. Never had i had so much fun in ages playing a game. And thanks to those tilt controls it made the experience far more intuitive and fun. The UFO jet rocket was another fantastic demonstration of tilt controls, as was the submarine stages ect. And shaking the wii remote to get coins out of the money bags felt far more fun and 'made sense' in comparison to tapping a button like you would normally.
Personally, i feel that WLSI completely anihilates NSMB Wii in everyway imaginable. NSMB Wii with it's playing it safe' with it's extremely minimal plastic looking graphics and samo locations kind of put me off.
At the core, the game played fantastic and the stage design from a gameplay standpoint were fantastic, but the visual asthetics and weak sauce challenge(the amount of 1-ups and even power ups that you'd get was absurd, which defeated the purpose of collecting coins
and going to the mushroom houses) kind of derailed me from the experience. It was a dissapointment after coming from Wario Land Shake it!, the unforgettable-surreal 'Klonoa' and the funkyAwesome-bizzare
Super Paper Mario.
Anyways, Wii rambling aside. Well that sucks, i was actually set on getting a 32" E5 Panasonic LED earlier next year once it dropped in price. but what's the point if it's pushing 2-3 frames....
If i had to, i'd just get a 32" LK450, or possibly this years LG 60hz 1080p LCD to get that 1 frame through component.
NOW, if i HAD to go for a smaller sized screen, it being a 27-32" i honestly don't know if i could even go LCD/LED if I had an HD CRT as option, but the extra bulk may be a bit of a problem. I think LCD/LED's are absolutely phenomenal for certain types of games, games that run slower like Super Mario galaxy, Klonoa, Kirby's Epic Yarn ect....The insane brightness levels that the LK450 can reach make these games pop and looking flat out magical. But because of the motion resolution smearing games like Metroid Prime 3, RE4: Wii Edition, anything in the 3rd or first person perspective were a nightmare(maybe i'm exagerating a little...nah. XP) to play. I then went back to my CRT and MetroidPrime looked and performed like a DREAM. The Black levels gave the image more depth and most importantly the motion handeling was 'perfect' We shouldn't have to deal with any
sort of motion blur issues, it's unrealistic and can be extremely distracting depending on the genre. Anyways, I have zero experience with these so called ALPHA IPS panels and if they can deliver less blur over a VA Panel.
Now if you don't mind motion blur and just 'ok' black levels, than you'll absolutely love the LK450.
Seems like one of the few lingering around that has that precious 1 frame that you're seeking.
Here's an idea, why not score a 32" LK450 AND a 27-34" HD CRT? I'm sure they're both cheap anyways, especially the CRT.
Use the CRT for movies(because trust me you wont want to watch movies on the LK450) Wii/Wii U first and 3rd person based titles,
retro/VC gaming and use the Wii U for everything else. :P