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Persona 5 Royal
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[SPECIAL] Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Episode 13 / 66 - Wes Weasley is quite the... well, weasel. "Aw, a weasel." - Homestar.

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Thundercade (Multicart)
Got close to the end but lost to a bunch of pop up missile turrets

Updated about 1 day ago

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Will I ever beat Sagaia?

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"BUTTS!!" - Nelson Muntz

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Super Mario 64 DS
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Updated about 3 days ago

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about 18 hours ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Well, I've had a bud helping me out with it, but I think I really like the lv. 5 S. Laser that has the option which tracks enemies later on. That's a really useful tool.
about 22 hours ago

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Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Yeah, $70 USD does sound quite steep for a 1 hour long game. I just emulated it, personally. Seems like one to keep an eye out for while thrifting and garage saling, probably. It's a alleged to have a fairly large print run, so I'm sure lots of people out there have it sitting around with no idea that it's a bit of a cult classic.
about 2 days ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
So James Rolfe just uploaded a video of him playing his 3-year old daughter's Mario Maker 2 courses. Puts a lot of the stuff I find in the Challenge mode into perspective.

I knew little kids were making courses, but 3 year olds? When I was 3 I think I was just getting used to the Atari 2600 joystick.
about 3 days ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Oh they absolutely did. If I'm not mistaken, Atlus West did the localization + Atlus Japan definitely needed to work closely with them to ensure story continuity at the bare minimum. If you haven't played the Japanese demo yet, give it a whirl.
about 4 days ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Oh, for sure. I think they did a great job expanding on characters for the most part. They developed cowardly Luigi based solely on the way he kicks his legs around scaredy-cat like when he jumps in SMB2, I think. I also rather liked the characterizations they gave Link and Zelda, memes and all. Even some of the Captain N characters were fine, and I guess some of the weird characterizations there were done in the way to create contrast between the heroes.

Haha, I was pretty active on YTMND, so yes, I'm well versed in the memes.

I feel a lot of shows of that era were trying to be Ren & Stimpy but none of them really nailed the cynicism and style of humour properly. Part of that was probably because they had to still try and resemble kids cartoons, whereas with Ren & Stimpy, well, it aired on a music video channel here in Canada and only during the evening, so it was definitely not marketed as a kid's show.

I think the fact that Adventures was more "true" to Sonic is the reason I preferred it as a kid. Same reason I get so overwhelmingly nostalgic feelings from SMB2 music because of the way it was used on the Super Show. James Rolfe described it really well in some of his TV reviews where he said hearing/seeing video game sounds in a cartoon was a big deal as a kid. Well, that and I sorta preferred "silly" cartoons at that point in my life (Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, etc)

That's interesting though. We all know TMNT was made to sell toys, but the thought that the Sonic cartoons were also promoting upcoming games makes sense.

That'd be fascinating for sure, even just as a retrospective on how much cartoons have changed or how the idea of video game cartoon adaptations evolved over time. Or how cartoons/Archie comics/etc have influenced the character development as a whole and how American media portrayals of the characters seemed to shape the direction in which further character development went. As an adamant defender of SMB2 who groans at "it's not a real Mario game" and "we should have gotten the REAL SMB2 here" and insists that SMB2 added a lot of endearing stuff to the series, this stuff always interests me.
about 5 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
Maybe if they knew how to spell correctly.

Thanks for the recommendations! I wound up getting so much on the sale that I haven't added all of it. I wish I could get those two Darius collections, but that's pretty pricey... I'll wait on a sale. I want to play Super Nova again. As for Darius Gaiden, I think I got the Saturn version burned on CD-R, so I can play that on my Sony Wega.

That's a good pickup, by the way. I want an NES flashcart, myself, but that's still cool.
about 5 days ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I really enjoy Clash at Demonhead. Can't say I necessarily love it, but I definitely enjoy it. I remember playing it when I was very, very little, and it stuck with me all these years. Was fun to beat it again!
about 5 days ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Just bought a multicart NES cart that has 150 games on it, which contains some pretty hard to find titles. I'd figured that after years of paying a bunch of money for old games that it was time to cut myself a break. For $25, I'd nothing to lose, and I now have access to titles like Kickmaster and The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak. I'll be adding these games to my NES list soon with the addendum " (Multicart) "

Sure, flash carts are better, but this was easier since it was just sitting at the store I went to. I already don't regret getting it.
about 6 days ago

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Backlog Beaten: May 29th, 2009
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
It's... decent? I'm not too much a fan of the 3D zeldas in part because the puzzle aspect of the dungeons just hurts my brain. I prefer the combat hacky slashy action. It's fun though, I just can't play it in long stretches.
about 6 days ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Glad you were able to "appreciate" El Viento. I did enjoy Trouble Shooter, too... definitely have a soft spot for that one. Some day I'll play the squeakquel, but I still don't have it. Also finished with Luigi's Mansion 2. I dunno, was just kinda chore-ish for me. Had some charm and polish, of course. I wonder if LM3 is better?
about 6 days ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
I watched SatAM occasionally as a kid but wasn't really into it. That's not a criticism of the show itself, mind you. I just wasn't a big Sonic fan. I know I missed out. I'm also in Canada so I didn't have Toon Disney. I think it aired on CBS or something, though we also have this channel called YTV that aired a lot of kids stuff. I know Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was on there, and I didn't really watch that too much either.

I also wasn't a huge fan of serialized cartoons back then, though oddly enough that's one of the things that, looking back as an adult, I feel these shows lacked.

I was obsessed with Mega Man, personally! Sonic was always a bit "abrasive" for a wimpy sensitive kid like me. That said, my dad had a Genesis, and I must have rented Sonic 2 god knows how many times during my visits there.

Agree! There's always the mastermind hot-tempered villain and his bumbling henchmen. Even the Mega Man cartoon sorta did this with Guts Man and Cut Man being in every episode as the Scratch and Grounder archetypes. The Super Mario Brothers Super Show sorta had it too with Mouser as the hapless henchman to King Koopa, didn't it? I feel DiC had a lot to do with it, honestly. They had a formula, it worked, so they repeated it and swapped the characters, relying on the novelty of the cartoons being based on popular video games.

That reminds me of Super Mario World and how they took "Dinosaur Land" literally and populated the world with cavemen, and you can really easily tell when a character is a DiC original, like the caveman character sidekick featured in most of the episodes. They had a weird way with characters in general (see also: Captain N), but I always did love the way they characterized Princess Toadstool (my first cartoon girl crush!)

I think my brother used to watch Sonic Underground and he said it wasn't all that bad. It seems to be quite different in tone from the other two shows, but then again, they're all quite a bit different. And then there's the Sonic Boom cartoon which, well, I don't even know what to make of it.

I'm so excited to play the translations! I've actually beaten all the games in the series in Japanese, so I know what to expect gameplay wise. SCW3 is similarish but has a full-fledged RPG mode as well and it also features more controllable characters than just Jack and Ryu. The fighting is a bit more fighting-game ish which makes sense because we got a decent 2D fighter based on the series shortly after.
about 1 week ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
You may be interested to hear that the guy who translated Grandia for Saturn is thinking about Digital Museum or Phantasy Star Collection next
about 1 week ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Hello!

Both SMS and Genesis / Mega Drive were extremely popular here in Brazil, thanks to the local distributor (Tec Toy). Both are still commercialized - Mega Drive 2 was relaunched a few years ago (tried to copy the original hardware but it turned out little better than a bootleg), SMS is still marketed in various forms in retail and is very cheap here, but like the Mega Drive, it is not much better than a bootleg (despite the video being in Portuguese, I believe you can understand how it works [Link]

Regarding my experience with SMS, I didn't have one in person, but my cousin did, so I didn't play as many games as I would like, but I did play some excellent games like Shinobi, Sonic 1/2 / Chaos, Golden Axe Warrior, Kenseiden , etc. Currently, I only emulate it , but I would like to purchase an original SMS with the FM sound unit. I'm currently playing Aleste, but I cant beat Stage 4, its too damn hard!!!

BTW, SMS was so popular here that some games were developed exclusively for the brazilian market, like the port of Street Fighter 2 [Link] This is fascinating, considering that the game development scenario in Brazil in the late 90s was very small.

NES was also quite popular, but for another reason: there were several clones for sale here, and piracy was very intense at that time - I myself had one of these clones (one called Phantom System, whose design somewhat resembled the Atari 7800).
about 1 week ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
It's weird because there was actually a slew of Culture Brain releases on Virtual Console for the Wii U late into the system's life (and I bought most of them), so in some capacity they still exist and are still licensing their titles. I wonder who owns the rights. They never were a very big company but they're my favourite niche developer by far. Such ambitious games. Too ambitious for their own good most of the time, but always fun.

I should really play Flying Dragon again too. I made the mistake of playing it on Hard on my first playthrough and found it frustrating near the end but the core gameplay was great. Again, I've never played anything like it. And again, I feel I could just play NES for the rest of my life and be happy.

What a pleasant surprise! I'm actually somewhat surprised we didn't get a "Peasant's Quest" style Main Page until now.

And yes, that could work well. Given you can have fiery Cheep Cheeps as enemies (i.e frying fish), it seems there's some potential here.
about 1 week ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Thank you man! I feel strongth welling inside.
about 1 week ago

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Backlog Beaten: July 1, 2020
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
It's relatively simple to make a Japanese switch account at the very least to download the Aleste collection and other shmups that way! I just bought the physical version of this collection to make it simple but I have a 2nd account so I could play Dragon Quest X and Rivals for a bit. The new GG Aleste 3 is pretty cool so I'm hoping this will get released in English for a wider audience.
I forgot about M2 announcing that Toaplan collection, seems they've gone somewhat silent about it though for a while. Hopefully it'll come out soon.
about 1 week ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Ahh, yes. Gaming magazines/websites of that era had a weird "tude" to them that we're probably never going to see again. I would get the occasional copy of EGM in the late 90's/early 2000s and, I dunno, people often say that game journalism was about the games back then rather than the politics. While its true they were mostly politic-free, the game reviews weren't exactly substantial, informative, or all that fair. Then again, print was a much different medium than website reviews.

That said, I had a Nintendo Power subscription growing up and the only stuff I really read much was the game strategies/coverage.

I wouldn't even attempt to game collect now what with secondary prices being what they are. Most of my collection as a kid was stuff I got as gifts as a kid or stuff I bought cheap from my local game store (I recall getting Dragon Warrior III for less than 20 bucks)

I'm thinking of diving into some of the stuff included on Nintendo Switch Online. I don't know why I haven't beaten Journey to Silius or Rygar yet. Lone Ranger looks great too though. And I'm sorta wanting to replay Magic of Scheherazade, Little Ninja Brothers, and Willow. See what I mean about the NES? I could probably just play that from now on and be happy.

And yes, for sure. I am pretty sure I recall a developer flat out admitting they had to make games more difficult for the rental market. I know Nintendo didn't do that with their games, but stuff like Ninja Gaiden III and Streets of Rage 3 immediately come to mind where the North American release is way harder.

And yeah, now that you bring that up, I didn't even consider games that were made for the North American market like Vectorman and Ecco and Comix Zone being deliberately designed to be difficult.

Uggh, I really wanted to like Vectorman. I just have a serious problem with the way off-screen enemies just pop in so you basically can never stop shooting, and the fact that you have these huge sprawling non-linear levels and a strict time limit. It's one of the first games I recall playing where I could consciously criticize a game for bad game design.
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
Focus: Only playing one game
Probably not; the game doesn't really interest me.

4-in-1 Fun Pak Volume II (GB) - I wasn't expecting much, but these are actually pretty good. Not much detail I can really provide, but pretty damn solid.

Dragon Spirit (TG16) - Starts off with a bit of a Space Harrier vibe, which is interesting. Not bad, but after years of A New Legend, it just sounds... wrong. Volcano has some nice inflections to it. Several of them approach being really good, but then flub somewhere along the line. I've actually heard the Arcade version, too, and it has the same problem, but I like that better.

Jill of the Jungle - *Obnoxiously loud evil Fred Flintstone laugh* Played this plenty, but didn't really notice the music all that much. I'm recalling some of the tracks, but I must not have had an Adlib sound card back in the day, because these sound different from what I remember. Took me on a weird journey that I really enjoyed, though, especially Peaks.

Milon's Secret Castle (GB) - This is WEIRD for a Hudson title that sounds so damn Hudson on the NES. Got much more of a circus vibe to it... and yet, that main indoor tune really has its moments, doesn't it? I'm actually into this on some level. The rest of it is decent. Lots of new tracks here, too, which is interesting; makes me wonder how they'd have sounded on the NES.

Pitfall II (2600) - Not bad for Atari, I suppose; low bitrate aside, I do like it better than the NES version.

Simpsons Wrestling (PSX) - I'd be lying if I said I knew what to expect, but this was actually pretty good; surprising variety of genres, too, but you can tell it was made in the late '90s. Burns's Mansion is probably my favorite.

Shining Force Neo (PS2) - I got bored with this pretty quickly; it's so basic that it has "Live, Laugh, Love" tattooed on its thigh. Something's off about the sound, too; was this RedBook Audio?

Talos Principle - Not terrible as far as meditative music goes, but eh. Didn't like the game, either.

Twisted Metal (PSX) - This sounds like something more from the early '90s; I was expecting a LOT more butt rock, or at least grunge.

❤ Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (GB) - Lots of it is kinda goofy, like the main tune that you usually hear, but what's good is DAMN good. You've got those serene areas that sound like an early spring morning, that tune that's ominous as fuck and sounds like you're in a large oven, and the ending credits are pretty heartfelt.
about 2 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Thank ya! So Flinthook, it was a grind for sure. I really loved the core gameplay so I didn't mind it much - I wish it had more content so I could continue on hookin' and shootin'. But alas. For the past few months I was looking for a roguelite with not much variance between runs so I could Git Gud faster. Flinthook scratched that itch. Something like Enter the Gungeon has too much variance for my liking, too many bad or frankly boring runs dictated by random drops.

The game also has amazing music and pixel art. The only critique I have here are the stage hazards. They don't stick out very well. Even tens of hours into the game I sometimes took damage because my brain didn't recognize that part of the stage as a hazard. Colorizing them seems like an easy fix. Most rooms let you stand still and observe the room to plan your movement. On harder ships (7 skulls or more) there are some rooms that put you in harms way immediately. Those sucked, and usually lead to me taking even more damage in a panic to get to safety.

For the grinding... The final bounty has you going through 12 ships! Baron Von Guu was only 5, so the jump up to 12 was daunting. This final bounty gives you the traditional roguelite experience where you have to fight all the bosses in one run before the final boss. It's... A lot, but again the core gameplay was what I enjoyed most in Flinthook so it was just an excuse to play moar.

I think there's missed opportunities in the 3 secret boss fights and the hardcore runs.

Only the last of the 3 secrets has a pattern to learn and master. The other two secret bosses don't put up much of a fight so it was kind of a ho-hum experience to get to them & defeat them. Secrets should be exciting instead of feeling like I'm going through the motions.

In Hardcore I hoped for harder rooms or maybe some modifiers to spice things up. All "Hardcore" does is cut your health by 25%. Even the boss itself is the same as the non-Hardcore version.

That may seem like a lot of negatives but it's more like constructive criticism to make a game I love even better. I'm a simple dude, if the gameplay is good enough I can overlook any gripes I have with a game.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
I actually don't remember that. I wasn't actively tracking anything Nintendo related at that time (didn't really get back into Nintendo until roughly 2012 when I got my 3DS) so I stopped reading anything relating to them starting around 2000-ish.

My old consoles are all at my mom's house save for my N64, PS2, and Gamecube which I've given to my brother. I've sold off most of my older games save for a small random assortment my brother took with him when he moved out for a few years.

I sorta feel guilty about resorting to emulation, but I only really play stuff that's unavailable, or in the case of something like Skies of Arcadia Legends where I own the game but can't play it on my TV. I just can't do the secondary market thing or the physical collection thing: I don't have the space or the money, as much as I'd love to have a cool game room.

That said, I love just being able to load up my Pi and play a random NES title. I gave Gremlins 2: The New Batch and Wacky Races a quick playthrough each in the past week or so and I'm just reminded how much I love the NES.

I think SM64DS was a wise purchase because, yeah, the portability is a lot of the appeal. I think my brother used to play it at school on the DS or on the bus to school or something. At any rate, he has fond memories of it, and it was fun to play it together a few years back.

I watched it and it was quite nice. I wasn't aware that the Famicom variant of Dracula's Curse was easier, so I played it a bit last night and sure enough it really is. Then it dawned on me: this was released around the point when Konami and other developers were wise to the fact that game rentals existed, so they had to start making NES releases more difficult than their Famicom counterparts. So THAT'S why in Dracula's stage you have to go all the way back to the start of the stage when you die.
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