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TalkBack / Re: Tents and Trees (Switch) Review
« on: March 16, 2023, 04:45:50 PM »
This sounds interesting!  I like the artstyle & am eager for a twist on Picross.

TalkBack / Re: Tinykin (Switch) Review
« on: January 09, 2023, 10:10:14 AM »
I started playing Tinykin based on a recommendation on NWR's Connectivity podcast.  Yeah, it's delightful.

TalkBack / Re: Pair Of Ys Games Revealed For Series's 35th Anniversary
« on: December 15, 2022, 10:36:13 PM »
Oath in Felghana was a revelation when I played it on the PSP.  It was my first Ys game, and I was not ready for how fast & agile the combat was.

I'm surprised it took this long, considering the Switch is a natural fit for PSP & Vita ports.

TalkBack / Re: Lunistice (Switch) Review Mini
« on: December 14, 2022, 11:37:28 PM »
It's nice to see all these indie 3D platformers popping up.  How do you think this compares to Demon Turf?

TalkBack / Re: Yuji Naka Facing More Charges Of Insider Trading In Japan
« on: December 07, 2022, 09:24:57 AM »
Looking forward to RFN's 800th episode, where they do a live prison break of Yuji Naka!

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 348: Wait, Was 2022 a Bad Year?
« on: December 06, 2022, 05:52:58 PM »
I feel like we're also hitting that general malaise as a system reaches end-of-life, regardless if Nintendo has a successor announced.  We're finishing Year 6.  This is just like Wii circa 2010-2012, where there's a few good games but I'm looking at other options (then Steam, now Steam Deck).

Also, I think Nintendo is probably holding things back for a Switch 2 launch in 2024, namely Mario Kart 9 and a mainline Mario.

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 797: Careful, Thwimps Can Still Hurt You
« on: November 19, 2022, 04:17:42 PM »
Die Hard with a Vengeance was a repurposed script called "Simon Says", which was originally intended to be a sequel to Brandon Lee's "Rapid Fire".

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 341: Our Favorite Sassy Microsoft Quotes
« on: October 16, 2022, 05:38:31 PM »
They are definitely Minecraft prose novels.  I bought one for my son written by Max Brooks, the writer of World War Z.  It's fine.

I also read a Resident Evil novel from the late 90s by SD Perry.  It reads like a movie novelization.  Perry wrote adaptations of all the games contemporaneously through Resident Evil 0, with original novels in-between each game.  It was fine but over-explained puzzles from the game.  They're still in print.

I'm glad to hear Radical Rescue holds up!  I played all three of the Game Boy TMNT games so much, so I have no clear idea if they're objectively good.

I really liked Alba: A Wildlife Adventure (Switch, Apple Arcade).  It's about 5 hours long.

You're a little girl who wants to save a wildlife preserve on an island, and to get signatures for your petition, you help people via quests.  You also need to take pictures of every animal on the island, which really creates that Pokemon Arceus/Go "Oh shoot I haven't seen that one! Gotta go track it down!" gameplay loop.

I can't speak to when Force Unleashed takes place, but Vader has decided to overthrow the Emperor before Return of the Jedi.  In Empire Strikes Back, he asks Luke to help him overthrow the Emperor ("Join me, and we'll rule the galaxy as father and son.")

My favorite explanation is the turn happens somewhere between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back.  Vader ends A New Hope wondering who this Force-sensitive Rebel pilot is ("The Force is strong with this one."). Vader begins ESB knowing that Rebel pilot was his son, and he's decided he's going to recruit Luke to his side. 

The recent Marvel comics show the moment Vader discovers the Rebel pilot is a kid named Skywalker from Tatooine, and he realizes the Emperor lied to him about his son being dead. And that creates the seed to kill the Emperor.

TalkBack / Re: THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD: Remake (Switch) Review
« on: April 07, 2022, 09:49:27 PM »
The sentence about the A & B buttons used to shoot & reload confused me.  Is there a standard "gun mode" where you hold the Joy-Con like a gun & ZR is the trigger?

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 315: Circle of the Moon
« on: April 03, 2022, 12:37:19 PM »
"Why did people like this in 2001 & it got such good Metacritic reciews?"

At the time, I only had Nintendo systems & missed Symphony of the Night.  So I went from the NES/SNES Castlevania games straight to a Metroidvania.  It also had been 7 years since the last major Metroid-style game on a Nintendo system. So Circle of the Moon was amazingly impressive.

I think your criticisms in retrospect make sense.  But at the time, we had very little to compare it to.

Oh wow!

The three versions of Tournament Fighters are completely different.  None are particularly good, but it's cool to see them back.

A highlight for me is the Game Boy "Radical Rescue", a Metroidvania from 1993.

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Switch Sports Online Trial Codes Being Distributed
« on: February 16, 2022, 10:33:32 AM »
Thanks for letting me know!

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 756: Kawaii Is in the Eye of the Beholder
« on: February 02, 2022, 08:57:16 AM »
For baby games:
Mario Kart 8 is really good with the auto-accelerate & safe rails.  The kid just moves forward & stays on the track, but has mild control.  My son was able to be "competitive" with me, which was good for his ego.

Mario Maker is also good because you can make a low barrier course where they can just jump around. Or they can draw a crazy course and make giant bosses and make a hellscape & watch their parent try to beat it.  It's hilarious to them. 

Toddlers lose attention real quick & just walk away.

TalkBack / Re: Neal’s Top 25 for 2021 and More
« on: December 30, 2021, 08:11:21 PM »
Thanks for all the recommendations!

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 750: Nowhere Left to Go but Backwards
« on: December 14, 2021, 03:17:15 PM »
Congratulations on reaching 750!

On franchises that got taken over by spinoffs, my prime examples are Wario Land and the Mario vs Donkey Kong series.

Wario Land 1 took over the Super Mario Land series, and then even within itself changed to the no-death transformations with Wario Land 2&3 and then going back to "normal" with Wario Land 4.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong started off as a continuation of Donkey Kong '94, with a Lemmings-style sidemode. The Lemmings mode took over the series for subsequent sequels.

My son doesn't really play the "game" but loves it as a remote-control car with a camera.  He loves using it to spy on family members.

GAMES I'VE BOUGHT THE MOST: Outside of Mario & Zelda, it's probably Borderlands 2.  And I don't even like Borderlands 2 (I loved Borderlands 1 because it was a novel take on FPS Diablo).  I own Borderlands 2 on PC, Vita, PS4 (as part of the Handsome Collection), and then Switch.

You're right!  It's a LOT of waiting!

TalkBack / Re: Ranking the Classic Metroid Series
« on: October 10, 2021, 02:46:49 PM »
I didn't really like Samus Returns, for the reasons you gave.  I'm concerned I'm not gonna like Dread either.  What are your thoughts on Dread?

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 741: Mario's Poop Joke Sommelier
« on: October 05, 2021, 11:28:57 PM »
The English-language version of the Mario Manga that came out this year is a "Best of" collection of clips throughout the years.

There's a Luigi's Mansion chapter leading me to believe there's probably a full volume adapting Luigi's Mansion in Japan.

One chapter also has a content warning about the death of a parent, but I don't know whose parent dies.

TalkBack / Re: Hot Wheels Unleashed (Switch) Review in Progress
« on: September 27, 2021, 04:31:59 PM »
How does this compare to Cruisin' Blast, another recent Switch arcadey racer?

TalkBack / Re: 8 Nintendo 64 Games We Need on Switch
« on: September 24, 2021, 01:33:11 PM »
I think the Mario Party games are unlikely, given the new Switch game is selling itself on just being several N64 boards with online functionality.

Otherwise this seems like a solid list.

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