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I've been meaning to check out this series for awhile, and don't I just wind up with this as an anniversary present? Thank you so much, Lilith!

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The Spirit of Zelda – The 3D Era

Alice Kojiro follows Zelda to its logical conclusion: the 3D titles. Has Zelda truly fallen from grace, or is it closer to its origins than we think?

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about 1 day ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
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From what I've played of Transformed, it's pretty fun. you transform from a cart to a boat and a plane at various points (and the courses even changes between laps) so it's basically the racing equivalent of Sunsoft's Battle Formula. you can also unlock mods (all named after Sega's consoles) that will tweak your chosen character's stats a little. the AI doesn't seem to be as brutal, either (at least, not to the extent of Mario Kart). the only issue I have is its unlocking system and how the DLC was handled for the console versions (but I'll save the explanation for when you respond back).

It seems that Japan now uses the "Metroidvania" term officially. [Link] (the red text says "This time, Umihara Kawase is a Metroidvania?!"

So regarding Smash, I have some useless fun facts for you.

--Melee is the only game in the series to lack character-specific intros (they all appear on a podium instead).
--Brawl is the only game where no new female characters were introduced.
--Smash 64 is the only game where the Pokemon summons were sprites (for obvious reasons) as well as being the only one to lack legendary summons (well, apart from Mew, I guess).
--Every single stage from the first game was either directly ported (Kongo Jungle, Peach's Castle, Hyrule Castle, Yoshi's Story, Dream Land) or "remade" (Corneria is basically Sector Z but in a different location, Brinstar was basically Planet Zebes but with a platform that can be separated, Mushroom Kingdom didn't get a name change but both it and its 64 counterpart are SMB1-inspired levels) into later games Saffron City is the only stage that never got ported (until Ultimate).
--All 6 Kirby stages are from games that Sakurai directed (KDL 1, Adventure, Super Star).
--This is one of only TWO crossovers involving FE (Heroes being the other) to actually have playable characters from a universe OTHER than Archanea. whereas Tokyo Mirage Sessions and FE Warriors stick to characters only from that universe, Smash 4 (and Ultimate) has Eilbe (Roy), Tellius (Ike), and the unnamed continent from Fates (Corrin).
--The Yoshi sub-series is (currently) the only series represented by a playable character in Smash to not get an summonable character.
--Fire Emblem is the only franchise represented in in the series where none of the stages come from a specific game.
about 2 days ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
There was a puzzle involving moving blocks around to form a cross (no surprise that this was changed) [Link] and another that was removed entirely. [Link] you have to step on the tiles so that the ones with symbols on it form a X.

That is quite the outfit he's wearing.

When you look at the list, a lot of it makes sense from a certain standpoint; some of the games are either violent or were meant for an overseas audience. Madworld stands out because it was released in Japan uncut with a Z rating (Some of the Oneechanbara games and the 360 version of NMH are the only other games to be uncut and rated Z), and it wasn't published by Sega, but by Spike; they even got a black label, too. [Link] the Advance Wars games were part of the Famicom Wars series, which, like FE, was Japan-only; it's so weird to go from a Japan-only series to having two of its games released in the west with no problems but straight up cancelled in Japan. then you have Ever Oasis, an Action RPG that is basically a mix of Actraiser (having action and "sim" elements) and Seiken Densetsu (3 characters that you can switch to; it's even directe/designed by the same guy).

NMH 2 was also uncut in Europe.

That's kinda funny; Freeman also played God in the two Almighty films. I wonder if they hired him specifically because of that...

A: Typically, Nintendo-published games rarely go down in price at retail; unless it's getting a NS reprint; the only HUGE exception is Codename Steam and Metroid: Other M, which can be found for $5 or so. online is a different story; give it a several months and you're bound to find a Nintendo game for cheaper than retail, even more so if you're buying it online and you get cash back or a discount. typically, $40 is my limit for console games; anymore than that and I'd wait for a price drop. the only exceptions are Smash and maybe some compilations (if they're well-made). the only issue with this point is if you want a game that's only available in Asia and you KNOW it's not coming over.

B: True. This is why I didn't buy any of the NRS games at launch.

C: I think that's why I've been looking around for retro games sometimes. you can get several at the cost of a new game.

D: You're lucky. that never happens to me.
about 3 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Technically, Nintendo treats the 3DS and Wii U installments as separate games, so Special/Ultimate is the sixth game to Nintendo.

Sakurai and Iwata actually made their protoype behind Nintendo's back, thinking that they would turn it down.

The only explanation I can think of is that the announcement for a proper ROM cartridge release (remember, the game was originally a NP-only release) might have been done mere weeks before it was scheduled to come out. the ROM cartridge came out 4 months after the NP release; more than enough time to make some original artwork for it. the others that did get a later physical release (Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 and Kirby no Kirakira Kids) do have proper box art.

BTW, the copy I got came with all of the characters unlocked!

Here's how the game is SUPPOSED to sound. [Link]

that just had blown-up sprites of the game
Funnily enough, Namco did this in Japan with some of the games they published. [Link]

Yeah, no kidding. the JP version usually goes for slightly more than the amount I bought (the most I've seen is $20), but it's still nowhere near as expensive as the NA or EU version.

If you're talking about this occurrence at Submarine Shrine [Link] then no; according to some people, that glitch did not exist in the JP version. neither did this graphic bug at the final floor of the Ancient Cave. [Link] some of the other glitches ("Level 0" bug, text overflow when equipping items, garbled level names) also don't occur in this version. seems that Natsume REALLY epic failed when it came to working on the translation. it reminds me of Gold/Silver, as there was a glitch regarding the Coin Case that can be pulled off in the US release, but not in any other language or version (not even the EU English release!). [Link]

Actually, the Japanese version had a different puzzle altogether. you had to maneuver through a maze. [Link] so if they were planning on replacing the puzzle to one that Otello pieces, they must have had to replace the graphics due to licensing issues (the VC version of Breath of Fire also no longer mentions Othello).
about 4 days ago (edited)

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Wow, the TSA commandeered your laptop AND you'd to see Ready Player One? You poor thing. Yes, it's exactly as I said when I saw it: a gross and pandering mess. Remember when I made that comment about how pandering to nerd culture was becoming effin' annoying? Ready Player One is one of the high apex's of it. Now, I loved Wreck-it Ralph, and yeah, I'd say it handled the references better, because one: it was generally limited to classic games. Hell, even the much maligned Pixels handled the references better, because at least one can watch that film and get a kick out of the way the classic games are represented (Q-Bert and arcade Donkey Kong supposedly having a cheat code aside.) Ready Player One just had references and cameos left and right, sometimes for no rhyme or reason, and even if it doesn't make sense (why did a little girl have a DKJR poster? That doesn't sound accurate.)

I say Ready Player One was trying to be a mesh of Tron (virtual world) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (cameos, for better or worse.) The movie was beyond irritating with its references, and it's what kills the movie for me. There was literally a moment that made me go "Oh my God", and it was when that big guy was talking about Tootsie rolls, because at that point, I knew they just wouldn't stop. The most pandering part was when they did DC superhero references (Clark Kent disguse, Harley Quinn cameo.)

I'm just rambling at this point, but yeah, it was an irritating movie, which is a shame because I'm the one who wanted to go see it with my friends. It could've been a classic Spielberg film that was on par with the first Jurassic Park, but instead it was a huge clusterfuck that was nothing more than Present Day Nerd Culture: The Movie lol (actual title.) If you wanna hear more on why the movie's trash, listen here at 5:20: [Link]

By the way... didn't Spielberg greenlight Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain?

I agree with Maddox in this classic 2012 article: [Link] When did it become cool to label yourself a nerd? To think this was written six years back, and it's only gotten much, much worse from there. I'd go as far as to say that I wouldn't call myself a nerd, because that would make me on par with the thousands of people who think that enjoying Game of Thrones and Dr. Who automatically classifies you as a nerd.
about 2 days ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
I'll be honest with you... I've never seen Elton John perform his songs at all. only heard them.

lol real music. sounds like a fan-made song. *Reads* oh, it's from The Lego Movie. wow.

There are a bunch of other games that came out in the west first aside from Contra.

Mach Rider (the US got it a month before Japan)
Werewolf: The Last Warrior (came out in the US 7 months before Japan; I mentioned this to you before)
Metroid (all entries except for the original and Super came out in America first)
Battle Clash (US release was 8 months before Japan, who got it last)
Punch-Out (notably, SNES Super, which came out in NA/EU in 1994/1995, came out in Japan in 1998)
Balloon Kid -- Came out in NA/EU in October 1990/January 1991, while Japan didn't get a release until July 2000 (unless you count the Famicom port)
Wario Land 2 (NA/EU got it 7 months before Japan)
Little King's Story (came out in Europe first in April 2009 and was more successful there than it was in Japan who got it 5 months later, probably on account of its European setting and art style)
No More Heroes 2 (US got it 9 months before Japan, probably because the first game completely flopped in Japan)
Madworld (11 month difference, although its sequel was released in Japan first and its western release was delayed!)
Advance Wars (September 2001 in the US; JP release was cancelled due to 9/11 and later saw a release in November 2004 in a combo cart along with its sequel)
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (came out in NA/EU/AU in 2008, while in Japan it was constantly delayed until July 2010 when it was cancelled; finally saw a Club Nintendo-exclusive release in Japan in October 2013)
Ever Oasis
Super Smash Brothers For Wii U (the only Smash game to get this distinction, as Ultimate will be released worldwide on the same day)

It's still pretty rare, but it's more common than you think.

So I'm replaying Super Mario RPG and I noticed something interesting that never crossed my mind
when I played it as a kid; the Toads in Rose Town have round circles on their heads that resemble targets, and Bowyer's arrows are flying down at their heads... he's shooting his arrows at targets.
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Who's she?

That looks more of a "...really?" face... XD

Reminds me of how Vinny from Vinesauce was doing a SMB1 corruption stream. at one point (he was typing a message on this phone, IIRC), he said "if this doesn't work out, this dick ain't going to suck itself".
about 5 days ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
I can only imagine what your house is like. the floor must be filled with clothes and stuff.

Some of those people are called "neat freaks".

Dragon Crystal, you mean. that came out on both SMS and Game Gear (just that the SMS one is EU-exclusive), but Crystal Warriors is GG-exclusive. it plays like FE, but with a few differences

--You need 10 EXP points to level up, and each battle will always yield 4 EXP points if the enemy gets killed, regardless of the level of your character. the max level is 9.
--It uses a element triangle, similar to the weapon triangle introduced in Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu (although this predates it by 5 years), where Water > Fire > Wind > Water. Earth has no weaknesses/strengths.
--There is no promotion.
--There are monsters that you can tame by defeating them with a warrior, and then use them to battle other monsters if you wish. so you can take a fire-attribute monster to defend a water-attribute warrior against a wind-attribute enemy. however, the monsters can only be healed by finishing the "Round" with them while they're still alive.
--Battles are not automatic like in FE or SF; when you get into a battle with an enemy, you actually have a choice of commands to use like in a typical RPG battle (kinda like Bahamut Lagoon).
--After each chapter, you're taken to a hub where you can buy spells and equipment or pay to recruit certain characters (so no having to talk to them on the field by approaching them with certain characters).

It saw a sequel in 1995 called Royal Stone, but that one never left Japan. the original game came out worldwide on the 3DS eShop in 2013.

You're welcome.

Wrecking Crew '98 actually includes both the NES game and the sequel on one cartridge (unless you already know/remember that, then I apologize in advance). [Link] however, the sound emulation is off, so you're better off sticking with the original release if that bothers you.

Also the cover art is pretty lazy; it literally uses the game's title screen. [Link]

I bought the JP version of Lufia 2 because it was much, MUCH cheaper (got mine for $5) than the overseas release. although there were some differences with the puzzles between versions, there were no changes that affected the actual difficulty.
about 3 days ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
(I got your PM, so I assumed that you've returned. I'll respond now.)

The Wonderswan also had Gunpei Yokoi's involvement, as he had left Nintendo to form Koto Laboratory, and Bandai approached his company. it's why one of the launch titles was named in his honor.

I remember seeing the 7up commercial growing up. [Link] one of my favorite parts is the random fender bender.

But really, you have a 7up shirt?

I just looked at the picture closely... yeah, he kinda does. guess James Rolfe has a foreign relative somewhere who likes to insult terrible games in his own creative way... or maybe he's trying something new.

If you look closely, you can see him using his right hand to grab his biceps. [Link]

Maybe it was a common offensive gesture in the US back then, and it's died down, but Nintendo still wanted to play it safe.

I first heard about this when I was reading up the Porygon episode.

Yeah. apparently, the whole talk about "dicks" was based on a true story. [Link]

Looking at the Chinpokomon [Link] I can't help but noticed that "Roostor" resembles Skarmory. both even have that "notch" on the top of their heads. Gold/Silver was only 3 weeks away from being released when the episode aired.

This could very well be the last Smash Brothers game, then. gonna miss this franchise. (and now another character has been announced...)

I don't know if you've heard, but Nintendo actually had zero faith in Smash at first, to the point that they gave Sakurai a small budget and it was going to be Japan-only. it makes me wonder why Nintendo thought a crossover game involving characters from their own franchises was not worthy of exporting.

Then again, the exact opposite happened with Sega's crossover games; of the 4 Sega crossover games that got produced, only the most recent game (All-Stars Racing Transformed) saw a Japanese release... and it completely tanked. it didn't help that...

--It came out 18 months later.
--It was exclusive to PS3 and Wii U (I can understand it not getting a localized 360 release, but no PS Vita or 3DS release?)
--It was released 2 weeks before Mario Kart 8.

I wasn't expecting it to be a runaway hit there, but wow.
about 6 days ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Same here, really. My only vivid memory of light gun rail shooters was beating House of the Dead III with my stepsister. Those games are surprisingly more difficult playing solo than I remember. I actually just played some Saturn light gun games the other night, in order to really test whether or not my CRT is compatible. It's weird; some flat CRTs work with light guns, and some supposedly don't. Maybe it's all a misconception, and there's more to it than simply flat vs. curved screens, because my flat screen works just fine.

Isn't music on NES a more distinctive way to make out developers than the SNES? In the case of Sunsoft and Tim Follin, their sound is always instantly recognizable, but I don't really get that as much with the SNES, although the Mega Man X and Super Mario Kart soundfonts come to mind.

I'll admit that I always assumed Elm Street was developed by LJN, as most people would; did AVGN bring that up in his review? I haven't seen it in forever. There were more things to like about it than Friday the 13th, that's for sure. Oh, so I have played a Rare NES game! RC Pro-Am was one of the first games for the console I ever owned, in a big lot someone had given me; his dad was a garbage man, and he found a shit ton of NES/N64 carts just buried one day. Paper Boy, Bubble Bobble and Legacy of the Wizard were among those. Anyway, I could see myself eventually favoring the NES era of Rare, as well, since Donkey Kong Country and Killer Instinct were mainly all they had to show for on SNES.

There's a deleted scene in Conker's Bad Fur Day that could've remained unseen forever, until someone found an early build of the game. In it, Pikachu makes a cameo appearance, and gets beaten. His model consists of just his tail, and it's hilarious. Shame Nintendo had to pull it out. [Link]
about 6 days ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
From what I'm hearing others say about Shenmue, such as Jim Sterling, Dunkey and Silent Rob, I can guarantee you'll hate it. Seems to be more of a novelty that's worn off, but I can easily appreciate those; I mean, I love The D. Shenmue is often described as a game that simulates living in Japan; you walk around (a lot), talking to people and inspecting things in the environment, like arcade machines, vending machines, cabinets, etc. The tech of the Dreamcast was the main focus, with gameplay taking the backseat. So, what about it makes me know you'll hate it? The game runs on a clock system... meaning, you have to be at certain places at certain times, leading to many points when you're kind of just left sitting there dicking around, waiting for things to happen. There is a time limit, but from what I've heard, it's forgiving enough that you should never unintentionally get the 'bad ending' to happen. Yakuza definitely looks to be everything Shenmue was, but better, and I can't wait to get to them, starting with 1 and 2 on PS2.

You calling me a basic bro? I hate Mc Donald's, but hey, MC Kids was pretty alright; even if it was mostly just trying to be Super Mario Bros. 3. There exists a hack that removes all relation to the company, because... because. [Link]

See this yet? [Link] Two new NES translations! Idol Hakkenden is a really cute-looking adventure. There's a little manual included with the patch, showing the character art and the game's layout; not much, but I like little extras like that. Patching it now, might give it a go tomorrow. It's nice seeing more NES adventure games getting translated, after Metal Slader Glory.

Also, this. [Link]

I'm still super freakin' jealous, but if anyone in the world rightfully deserved TRIP for free, it is you. I'd just love to explore it for myself one day. I don't believe I asked much about the sound design, but from what I understand, there's not a single track in the game, right? Actually, I expect to read that the entire game is almost completely mute, like how it starts.
about 6 days ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
While on the topic of weird games, I've found a new addiction - it's a video series on YouTube, featuring a let's play of an unreleased PS1 game called Petscop; ever heard of it? [Link] The game itself is a fake, and the series is akin to a creepypasta; although, calling it just that would be a disservice, because there's much more to it than something like Ben Drowned. The visuals are so authentically PS1, it's crazy; it even has that Composite look, as if it were captured from an actual console. Videos are still being put out, each being a long wait, but it looks to be leading up to more than just the six billionth story of a ghost haunting a video game. I still don't know what the hell is going on, but it's all very surreal and interesting. The commentary is also excellent, for being an act. The game gave me Yume Nikki vibes quite a bit, too.

But, who else was going to save all of Algol from Dark Force?! I don't believe I've heard of Valkyrie, but I guess I'd be down for some lesbian anime; and I know you've told me of Keijo before.

Some of my SNES rips have abrupt endings, come to think of it, like my Last Bible III rip; I'm not picky about it, so long as it at least loops once. I'd certainly want those "'the" tracks to be an extended length, though.

I'll try to get to Outland sooner than later, if only for the chance of us playing co-op, then! We'll see if I care enough about the achievements or not.

Yeah, I wasn't too sure what he meant by that, but the conversation was like seven years ago; perhaps he was talking more so about the NPCs, than the main cast. Did you know that Lufia was going to be released on the Genesis at one point? [Link] [Link] [Link] [Link] It would've been really neat to have two separate soundtracks, being able to hear what it could've sounded like on the Genesis, since none of the beta footage has any music, sadly. I'm surprised no one on YouTube has ever tried replicating what it could've been like.

Perhaps it's more accurate to say Mystic Ark's soundfont is similar to Mega Man X (or X2? Did they even have different fonts?)... I don't know; something about that electric guitar-like instrument was what made me think Popful Mail at first.
about 6 days ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I just love how Bob was reaching for his fucking beer right before the mother abuse skit. *sip*- "NO MOMMY, DON'T DO IT AG-"

I certainly wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that... or would I? It would just be great if the remake turned out to have unlockable (A.K.A. DLC) costumes for each character of their original models remade: including Tifa, pointy bits and all.

It's a shame, because I'm sure Sutherland's involvement took a damn large portion of Phantom Pain's budget as a whole. I feel that wasted resources like that have a lot to do with Konami's reason for getting rid of Kojima in the first place; not that I'm remotely defending the company.

"that bullshit time limit thing really pushes me away." Hmm. I don't remember a time limit in Shadow Hearts, unless you're referring to the judgement ring battle system. The timing of it works very similarly to Legend of Dragoon, but better, because there's more depth and customization to it - especially in Shadow Hearts: Covenant and From the New World. I feel that you'd wind up really enjoying the series; I personally adore Koudelka (it's among my all time favorites) but it's skippable. Get Shadow Hearts 1, or emulate it - I implore you, please try it out at some point. More people need to experience these amazing games: the charming dialogue and cast of characters, (including the best protagonist in a JRPG ever forever) the gothic-horror vibe, and the real world inspired, early 1900s setting. It's pretty good.

I had a big crush on Miley Cyrus when she first started appearing on TV, as well. 2004, I think. Only reason I always watched Hannah Montana, whenever it was on.

Same. [Link]

I've watched his entire Ultima retrospective more times than I can count! I really do want to give it another revisit. So much unfortunate wasted potential with his channel and the way it wound up in the end; although, I am aware that he struggles with mental illness. He's the only YouTuber I've watched that can make a review of a VHS boardgame about fucking birding, of all things, interesting. His movie reviews were always great too, especially Massacre at Central High.

Another great sewer stage theme, and probably the best: [Link]
about 6 days ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Well, at least someone finally recommends that EarthBound hack now. [Link] It doesn't even say that anymore, strangely; I don't know if the project description changed yet again, but it now openly admits the hack is irrelevant and stupid. I bet the person behind it wound up being harassed by people taking it way too seriously.

I just realized the entire soundtrack is made up of commercial music. [Link] Even Darude Sandstorm is in there...

Yup, those chemical-ridden bullets all add up to make the trucks they unload fine torture chambers.

Should definitely be gone by now, then; it's been so long since I last had ivy, I can't remember how long it'd last.

Hope your vacation's been fun!


Edit: Saw your comment over on Prophallus' page. That sucks to hear about your laptop; I hope you got it back just fine. What reason would they ever have to confiscate that, though?

I'd imagine that Ready Player One is one of those "so bad, it's funny" movies... on second thought, it's probably worse; isn't fucking Minecraft one of the biggest video game references they could come up with?
about 2 weeks ago

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
[Link]

Hey, a SEGA RPG that came out in 1994? It has to be amazing. I may be able to make do with it in Japanese, and there may be a good walkthrough to go along with, and there's apparently a Let's Play where the player translates the dialogue, but I dunno, I'd hate to get a repro of it in JP and then an English patch would come soon after, if it's been in development. It's incredibly baffling how there's no English patch for it yet. Even someone translated those Phantasy Star II Adventure games in English! Hmm, I wonder if any of those would be good?

[Link]
about 2 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
I'm skipping town; see y'all after a long weekend of debauchery. I should be back late Monday/early Tuesday. [Link]
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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Apparently The Atlas is where you can upload your findings. you don't need it to explore. [Link]

Yeah, I mean, wouldn't you at least check the main script before releasing your patch
There was a case of official developers forgetting to check the text to see if it loaded correctly; see Ganbare Goemon Gaiden 1 and its garbled staff credits. [Link] and no, this isn't an emulation problem you're looking at; I own the real cart and that happened to me. it was fixed for the 2012 Virtual Console release. [Link]

Found some more SFC classics; Wrecking Crew '98, Estpolis Denki II (AKA Lufia: Rise of the Sinistrals), and Super Mario: Yoshi Island (AKA Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island). also got Rushing Beat Shura a while back and finished a single playthrough, so if you're still thinking of trying that game out in the future, I'm open to a few questions.

I have a question; if a game you like comes out, do you buy it immediately, or do you wait for a price drop first? lately, I've been doing the latter (or buy some cheap retro games from Japan); in fact, only a few things I would buy Day 1 (like Smash).
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
It is a reference to this commercial that I've first viewed in Gaming Age in 2004: [Link]

I just found out that SEGA made an RPG that was never localized that uses the PSIV engine.

[Link]

I've gotta get a reproduction of this. How could I not?

EDIT: What the hell, there's only a French translation available. How's it possible that this isn't in English yet?

Anyway, you know of any other great JP Mega Drive RPGs? Already did Langrisser II and Rent A Hero.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Sure, but a holy day? Debauchery is usually supposed to be absent from those.
I was actually making a joke that someone would love to have a holiday like that (but I guess it wasn't that obvious), but I didn't thought that can actually be a thing.

Huh, never knew that. especially interesting that there was a penguin because it took until Diamond/Pearl for us to get a penguin-like Pokemon (Piplup and its evolved forms). from what I've read, the Chinpokomon episode never aired in Japan (allegedly because NCL did not find the Pokemon parody to be amusing, among other things; guess their overseas branches weren't too bothered by it to complain). also, something else I learned while looking up the name of the episode; Chinpoko is a slang word for "small penis", mon is obviously shortened from Monsuta (Monster), but if you also consider that Komon can be pronounced exactly like Koumon (which can mean Anus)...

Interestingly, in Japan, it's going to be called Dairantou Smash Brothers Special instead. kinda like Fatal Fury Special (updated version of FF 2). guess Special has different connations in Japan.

So, you don't have room on the floor, then?

That room at least looks like it can be manuvered around... the living room in my house go from "easily walked around" to absolutely clogged thanks to my nieces and nephews clothes being all over the place. I slipped and almost broke my back once... :

It's not that weird when you think about it; Contra was more popular in the US than it was in Japan (as an example, you can at least find a few copies of the US version of Hard Corps here and there, but good luck finding an equivalent Japanese copy that isn't a bootleg). most Contra games either come out first (this and Contra 4) or shortly after Japan, with only one coming out over here last (Rebirth, and even then, it was only a 3 day difference). as for the game itself, there was even an idea that can please both sides of the Contra fanbase; add in the option to disable the life-bar. like how Fire Emblem: Awakening and onward had a "Casual" option for people who want to have an easier time through the game.

Oh yeah, speaking of FE, have you ever heard of Crystal Warriors (AKA Arliel: Crystal Densetsu)? that one is even more like Fire Emblem than Shining Force is.

Turns out you don't need PS+ to use No Man Sky's online functions; you just need an internet connection to upload your findings to the Atlas.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Actually, Monster Party was made by Human Entertainment (the guys behind Fire Pro Wrestling, Clock Tower, etc). in fact, they didn't even handle the cancelled Famicom version; it was going to be handled by Shinsei instead (who coincidentally became part of Bandai 6 months later). Bandai never developed anything in-house; they only ever published the games (usually, they get TOSE to make the games, but there have been other companies). and I wouldn't say that they're not big; maybe not in the US or Europe, but they were one of the most prolific video games companies in Japan. [Link] they once had a subdivision called Angel and even made a few products (notably the Wonderswan).

Also, I just remembered that the Sega Channel does run on a satellite signal in the US. it's OTHER countries that didn't need one.

I remember you telling me that.

Royal Mail as in the mail company that services the Royal Family
That one, yes.

You mean this? [Link] I heard about this on TMK but they never disclosed WHY it was altered (the article just said "we'll let the pictures speak for themselves...). as it turns out, he's actually supposed to be grabbing his bicep as a show of strength, and Square edited because it resembles the offensive gesture. funny thing is, I've never seen anyone do this ever, so I was surprised that they changed it to begin with...

I've seen other characters do this as well, and they're inconsistent about editing it out.

The Sailor class does this pose in both Gold/Silver and Ruby/Sapphire, but only the latter one was changed internationally. [Link]

Frog from Chrono Trigger has this as a victory pose and it wasn't edited out in the US release. even when the game was later ported to the DS and released worldwide (including Europe and Australia), the pose remained.

The female Inkling from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, when she succeeded in hitting an enemy with an item, did this pose in every version. a later patch changed it, including the JP version. [Link]

It actually only took me a few seconds to search, surprisingly enough.
about 2 weeks ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Thanks a lot!
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
[Knocking on browser window] Yo, video game dude, talk to me!

Would you be interested in playing NES games in October? The past few Octobers have been a celebration of the NES for me, and next month will be no exception. I'm hoping to finish some games I haven't played yet, as well as an opportunity to play some old favorites. Would you be wanting to do that? I'm trying to get other people to join, namely those who have big NES collections, like you, anticit1zen, and SamuraiSam.
You will not find me... I am safe in here...