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Movies & TV / Re: Khushrenada Annual List of Watched Movies
« on: January 30, 2023, 07:59:07 PM »
So after posting this I realize that this thread is ostensibly for Khushrenada to post lists of movies.  :-[  Khush, feel free to move this post to another topic.

It's fine. I only said that since I felt I was likely the only one to do the most future posting in this thread and might as well use it like a sort of movie blog of my own or something. Nothing wrong with other users joining the discussion with films they've watched.

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Movies & TV / Re: Khushrenada Annual List of Watched Movies
« on: January 26, 2023, 01:03:23 AM »
But who cares about that previous list. It's old news. This is the current hotness. The list of films watched in 2022:

Yi Yi
Bridget Jones's Diary
The Mob
The Cheyenne Social Club
Fanny and Alexander
Live Free and Die Hard
Dark Passage
Stand and Deliver
Places in the Heart
Mississippi Burning
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
The Oklahoma Kid
Marathon Man
Broadway Melody of 1936
Lady For A Day
Nights of Cabiria
The Big House
Rosemary's Baby
The Love Parade
The Alamo
Days of Thunder
Anthony Adverse
America, America
Cold Mountain
My Best Friend's Wedding
The Human Comedy
Le Samurai
Bound For Glory
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Juliet of the Spirits
The Bonfire of the Vanities
The Housemaid
Day For Night
La Jetee
Eyes Without A Face
Smiles of a Summer Night
The Man With The Golden Arm
Red Sparrow
In Which We Serve
Arsine Lupine
Imitation of Life
One Foot In Heaven
The Goodbye Girl
The Hollywood Revue
Auntie Mame
The Sundowners
Julia
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Hombre
Lost Horizon
How to Save A Marriage and Ruin Your Life
King Richard
The White Balloon
The Ascent
Within Our Gates
Jurassic World: Dominion
Down 3 Dark Streets
Conflict
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath
They Live
Everything Everywhere All At Once
The Suicide Squad
Spiderman: No Way Home
The Wrestler
Living in a Big Way
Sorry To Bother You
Executive Suite
The Biggest Bundle of Them All
The First Travelling Saleslady
Eyes Wide Shut
Horror of Dracula
Coogan's Bluff
Zero for Conduct
Dead Reckoning
The Gauntlet
Virginia City
Marked Woman
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Men Are Such Fools
Black Widow
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
The Private Life of Henry VIII
Two Against the World / One Fatal Hour
Nomadland
China Clipper
Chimes at Midnight
The Wagons Roll at Night
Invisible Stripes
Wonder Woman 1984
The Great O'Malley
Promising Young Woman
Racket Busters
Tokyo Joe
Babes in Arms
Death on the Nile (2022)
The Square
The Tenant
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Trip to Spain
The Snake Pit
It All Came True
Meet the Parents
Fast Times at Ridgemont Hight
Close-Up
Glass Onion
Ironweed
Kiss the Girls
Frantic
The House Bunny
Reality Bites
Swing Your Lady
Beverly Hills Troop
The Money Pit
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
Fletch
Along Came a Spider
Wanda
Seems Like Old Times
Mystery Men
Christmas in Connecticut
The Hateful Eight
Horrible Bosses

For a little bit smaller total of 123 films watched in 2022 compared to last year's total but higher than 2020's 114. Honestly still kind of shocked at learning about 2021's total of 141. Nearly had an average of a new movie every two days. I think that may be a record for me. It's weird because I also spent time in 2021 playing stuff like XCX for a large portion of time and Clubhouse Games. How did I find the time? I guess lockdowns were still keeping me to myself indoors more than I realized.

Imagine if I made a post for each of these in the Rate the Last Movie You Saw Thread. *shudders at the though of all that extra typing* Anyways, if anyone does want feedback or a quick review of a movie listed, make a post and I'll answer you on that.

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Movies & TV / Re: Khushrenada Annual List of Watched Movies
« on: January 26, 2023, 12:46:53 AM »
And on that note, here is my 2021 list:

Sabotage
Brazil
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Gosford Park
The Shining
Withnail and I
The Unknown
The Pelican Brief
Secrets and Lies
Chocolat
The Last King of Scotland
Lilies of the Field
All of Me
The Wolverine
Caged Heat
Tully
Django Unchained
Prometheus
Alice Adams
Thelma and Louise
The Fighter
The Smiling Lieutenant
A Soldier's Story
The Champ (1932)
Robocop (1987)
Deathtrap
Four Daughters
The Marrying Kind
Blood Simple
Whistling in Brooklyn
The Chase (1966)
The Killing Fields
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
Barton Fink
The Front Page (1931)
Pal Joey
Shaft (1971)
Silverado
Pygmalion
The Secret of Santa Vittoria
The Talk of the Town
Pillow Talk
Pat And Mike
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
The Brass Bottle
I Vitelloni
Viva Villa!
Airport
To Sleep With Anger
Road to Bali
Being John Malkovich
Road to Hong Kong
The Silencers
Chain Lightning
Every Which Way But Loose
Knock On Any Door
Amistad
David Copperfield (1935)
Atlantic City
Missing
Major League
Waking Ned Divine
Rocky 2
The Dresser
Paisan
Big City Blues
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Wicker Man (1973)
The Decline of the American Empire
Falling Down
Tokyo Olympiad
Midnight Run
Peyton Place
Cutthroat Island
The Kid Brother
Looper
Murderer's Row
The Accidental Tourist
The Eiger Sanction
The Edge
The Cameraman
The Karate Kid (1984)
Sin City
Quick Change
Lake Placid
The Wife
The Wrecking Crew
Hearts Beat Loud
Jackie Brown
The Joker is Wild
Zabriskie Point
I Heart Huckabees
Traffic
The Beach
Fat City
The Red Balloon
Malcolm X
The Blob
Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror
The Citadel
The Little Shop of Horrors
The Intouchables
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Trial of the Chicago Seven
Palm Springs
A Hard Day's Night
In the Line of Fire
Poltergeist
Spite Marriage
My Brilliant Career
A Time To Kill
Hope and Glory
Lover Come Back
Across the Pacific
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
No Time To Die
Action in the North Atlantic
Dune (Part 1)
Rocco and His Brothers
Torchy Gets Her Man
Three on a Match
Dean Martin: King of Cool
Class Action
Pather Panchali
The Age Of Innocence
Das Boot
Magnolia
Dance, Girl, Dance
We're No Angels
Blossoms In The Dust
The Town
Shoot The Piano Player
All That Heaven Allows
Rocky 3
Louisiana Story
Come and See
Our Town
Airport 1975

For a big old total of 141 fresh films I'd seen for the first time.

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Movies & TV / Re: Khushrenada Annual List of Watched Movies
« on: January 26, 2023, 12:41:36 AM »
I thought I did this for 2021 but it seems I did not create another thread for it. Maybe for the best. It's not like this was a hotbed of discussion. So, I've changed the title of this thread. Unlike the Oscars which will get their own thread of discussion each year, I'll just keep bumping this each year to post my movie watching accomplishments.

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TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Downloads - January 26, 2023
« on: January 25, 2023, 01:28:28 PM »
I just learned about Onion Assault this morning. I saw a trailer of it posted and was curious to see what people meant when they were saying it was like SMB2. Didn't realize it was Horberg's latest or that he had made a new game until it started. It's immediately jumped up high on my wishlist. It's the most excited I've been for a game by Horberg.

I got Gunman Clive 1 and 2 because of the positive word of mouth but it took like a couple years to convince to give them a shot even at their low price. Did enjoy the games although they didn't fully grip me into wanting to play them over and again much. Just never had any enthusiasm for Mechstermination Force. It didn't seem to get as much positive press (or at least get people talking about it like Gunman Clive) and a game that is just a boss rush mode does not sound like a fun time to me. Even with the game hitting the same price level as Gunman Clive in sales, I've just never thought about picking it up and giving it a shot.

But Onion Assault has pretty much sold me on the trailer alone. Best gaming surprise of 2023 so far.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What's Next For The N64 Expansion Pack?
« on: January 25, 2023, 12:22:40 PM »
I'm already in my own family plan so can't help you there Khushrenada, but I'd be interested in playing these games with your group, if our schedules can match up.

Heh, that's fine. I wasn't looking for someone on the forums to join me. There was someone else I knew in life that would be interested and they joined up. So, that was taken care of some time ago.

I was going to bump this thread to talk about the sudden lack of titles being released for the app despite knowing 6 titles that were supposed to be added to it. And then Goldeneye is suddenly announced as being added this week. The one game a month schedule has suddenly become wonky the last few months. This seems to have happened as soon as I subscribed to it. Not sure what I did but I guess it must be my fault.

Super Mario 64 - I want to go back to my last post when I complained about the design for getting up to the balcony in the Boo House. I should have just played the worlds in order instead of jumping around as much as I did. Later, when playing Cool, Cool Mountain, I get some practice on wall jumps which I clearly needed for that section. I rescind my complaint about the level design. I just needed to brush off my SM64 skillz. All in all, I still like the game a lot and I enjoyed revisiting it after such a long absence. That's another game crossed off the N64 list.

Mario Party - Man, did they make it a long time to unlock everything. Glad they did away with having to buy the minigames so that you could then play them in the mini-game mode. Just been playing through it in single-player. I find I don't mind the single player like I once did. Just been starting a board and playing it for like 7 or 8 turns and then pausing and going off to other games but slowly chipping away at the game. Recently wrapped up a 20 turn round on Mario's Rainbow Castle. Got the happening star by being the only player to land on that type of space once during the whole match. What a brilliant play on my part. Still quite happy these games have come to the app. Can't wait for Mario Party 3 and two of the best characters, Waluigi and Daisy, to finally be playable options.

Yoshi's Story - It occurred to me when playing this that Yoshi's story was pretty much the only Nintendo property done in 2D during the N64 era. I suppose you could consider Super Smash Bros as 2D and Kirby 64 was 2.5D in that it played with the perspective more but Yoshi's Story was about the closest Nintendo came to the games that had been their main bread and butter through the SNES era. It's been a long time since revisiting this game and it is still a mixed bag of good and bad but I'm liking and appreciating it a bit more than my past memories of the game. Just been playing a couple levels at a time and chipping away at it that way also.

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Nintendo Gaming / Has anyone played....?
« on: January 24, 2023, 06:24:31 PM »
...Immortals Fenyx Rising?

I see it on sale cheap on the eShop. At the time of release, it just seemed like a hollow attempt to copy BotW and try to cash in on mimicking its style. Like the Carnival Games to Nintendo's Wii Sports. Yet, now I'm at the point where I'd be willing to play something that's similar to BotW since it has been years since I've last played that title. Of course, with Tears of the Kingdom soon to come in a few months, it would seem more prudent to just wait for that. Any comments from other users here about the game?


...Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin?

I've had the first game on my Wish List since around 2019 when it came up in discussions with pokepal148 and Mop it up and both of them giving the 3DS high praise. However, by that point in time, it was pretty hard to find a physical copy of the game and I've still yet to do so or play this. So, now I wonder if I should just forget about that and try this game out instead. It's getting pretty heavily discounted on the eShop. Is it better, worse or equal to the first? What's the word on Wings of Ruin?


...NEO: The World Ends With You?

Again, it is a game where I'd like to get around to playing the first one. In fact, I actually did start it once years ago like 2012 and got through the first chapter / opening. I remember feeling like the dual screen battle screen battle system wasn't quite gelling or clicking with me yet and I wanted to get the geography of locations a bit more firm in my mind but then I ended up setting it aside and never getting back to it. TWEWY was always regarded as a top DS game but this long asked for sequel seems to have come and gone pretty quietly. Anyone have anything to chime in about it? I imagine the battle system would be different for this game compared to the first. Is it better or worse?




As for this thread, I thought I'd try and take a page out of Discord and see if we can't blend some of that energy with these forums. In that sense, much like popping into the General chat and asking if anyone there has played a game or wanting to get some information on a title, users can hop into this thread and post their query. Responses may not be as fast but feel free to post anytime if you see something in this thread and want to comment on it. Much easier to bump threads here than on Discord.  ;)

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Sales Thread
« on: January 23, 2023, 08:59:37 PM »
Ooooo. This seems to have been a popular poll. 8 votes already. These days that's a big vote turnout for the old NWR electoral college.

I voted for 7 months in the poll. There's gotta be some PlayStation games that get in the charts with enough frequency against the aging Switch, right?

That's what I'm thinking. Like, the PS5 software situation sometimes feels pretty sparse / dire like Wii U levels as it still hardly has much exclusive software and it feels like long gaps in between when a game releases for the system. Or maybe it just feels like that because of the Switch putting such a chokehold on the chart. Still, a lot of games get released for both Switch and a PS system so a PS4 or PS5 game will likely chart then even if it drops off after a week or two. As long as some third parties keep staying multiplatform then it will be hard to pull off the 30 for 30. Plus, there's over 2,000,000 PS5 systems in Japan now. When is that going to start translating into some PS5 games having some legs? The 30th position just sold 1,640 copies. That's not a lot of software to be sold to make the chart. Which makes it all the worse for PS5 with it being unable to clear that low bar and have Nintendo take all 30 spots.

I've been meaning to check and see how many times Nintendo did pull off the Top 30 year but maybe someone here knows that answer already....?

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Oh man! I haven't seen that meme in so long! Thanks for reminding me of that one. Classic!

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NWR Forums Discord / Re: It’s Time for Fire Emblem to End
« on: January 18, 2023, 06:57:45 PM »
I wonder if this thread should be called "Fire Emblem: Dis-Engage".

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Sales Thread
« on: January 17, 2023, 10:59:21 AM »
Alright. You wanted another sales poll competition, you got another sales poll competition. Last year, the Japanese sales charts saw the top 30 software sold all belong to one console, the Nintendo Switch. Something that hadn't happened in like 30 years. Not only did it happen once, it happened multiple times.

The question is.... will it happen again in 2023? And if so, how many times? You've got 30 days to choose an option. Hurry and place your bets and we'll see how this year plays out. Although there is also the temptation to wait a bit and see what happens during this 30 day period to see if it happens at any point. Just don't wait too long and miss the cutoff.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Upcoming Switch games! What's on your wishlist
« on: January 16, 2023, 06:17:06 PM »
Thanks for bringing it up since it wasn't on the list of games listed in the OP but Metroid Prime 4 is my current most wanted game and top of my wish list. I've still got hype for it despite going on 4 years without a single image of the game yet.

Pikmin 4 is also a game that I should put on my wishlist. Definitely would be more eager to play that than Octopath Traveler 2 but that's just my preference.

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General Gaming / Re: Games Beaten, Completed, or Played in 2022
« on: January 16, 2023, 06:06:21 PM »
I just realized two games I left off my list. Fall Guys and Tetris 99. Tetris 99 is no big deal. Been playing that off and on throughout the Switch's lifespan. Fall Guys is something I played maybe 6 - 7 times over 2 - 3 weeks and then just never got back to. I mildly like it but I just hate all the loading and waiting in between rounds which led to it slowly sliding away on my Switch home page and eventually falling off it. Whatever happened to Party Animals? I wonder if it will be the same thing with wait times for loading and for matches to finish.

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Based on the predictions thread there are at least five Khushrenadas. I would think that at least one of them would have the time to host this game  :D

Clearly one of them is. Anti-Khushrenada. He's trying to kill the game.


Yeah, this has been on my mind the past couple weeks. I was wondering about sending out a mass pm to see if those who signed were still up for it and thinking about having start today but clearly that never happened. It's so much easier to just play Paper Mario and watch movies than type up a whole lot of text and work out rules. I need to rekindle my hosting fire. I had some ideas for this XC theme too. I just can't seem to take the time to hammer things without it seeming like a lot of work and then wanting to do anything else.

The idea of people choosing crops and animals in Harvest Moon seemed to help in having more posting activity in the past three - four games I've hosted. So, I wanted to do something like that this game with people being able to acquire collectables during the game day like the Sour Gooseberry or Retro Diode in Xenoblade to fill in their own Collectopaedia. It would sort of act like a personal bingo card and as people filled it in then they could get bonuses like two votes instead of one or maybe a free protection for one night or day. Again, I need to work out the details but that's the direction I was thinking there.

I was contemplating doing something with having Shulk as a role in which he could have visions of the future such as who the mafia or killer might target or who would be protected by the doctor. Various game actions like that. However, that would require a lot of orders needing to be sent in ahead of time and locked in so I'll probably just make Shulk the detective. Sharla would obviously be the doctor role.

The big twist that came to me for this game would be Killer role aka Zanza. Not to get into XC Spoiler territory (but it's been 12 years. Can't hold back on this stuff forever, right?) but I was thinking of allowing Zanza to recruit some players as disciples and sort of act like a second mafia. The main goal of Zanza will be to acquire the Monado from Shulk. The way to do that would be for Zanza to successfully eliminate the detective Shulk role. If Zanza does that, then all eliminated players in the game up to this point would come back as Telethia beasts with the goal of voting out and eliminating the remaining alive players. The remaining alive players would then need to regroup and work together to try and eliminate the Telethia and Zanza. I've got an idea of how to allow the alive players to fight back against the Telethia with a Break, Topple, and Daze vote system but I'm not going to break it all down right now as I'm still unsure if maybe this morph the game into something that is no longer really Mafia. But I do feel like this idea is close to being perhaps the best and possibly most successful way of bringing back eliminated players into the game without compromising what they may have already known when eliminated or learned since as the ties and alliances will be broken with those eliminated players coming back with a new goal and team opposite all those still alive.

So, yeah, I've had ideas percolating still on this. It's just how complex do I want to get for another game? How much rules and ability balancing will I have to spend time on writing up and working out? Do I really want to climb another rule mountain that most people won't read or be confused about?

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Upcoming Switch games! What's on your wishlist
« on: January 10, 2023, 05:37:57 PM »
I tried to do a thread on other user's wishlists once upon a time. No one else ever bothered to post theirs. But this thread did remind me to update the first post in that one in case anyone would still be bothering to check it.

As for the list of games you show in the first post, there are only 4 titles that would be on my varying tiers of wishlist. Fire Emblem: Engage in on my list because, like Pokemon, I keep buying the games but never really playing them.

Tears of the Kingdom aka BotW 2 has been on my wishlist since I created that thread. I'm not sure I've lost hype for the game since I'm not sure I've ever had hype for it to begin with. Seeing the second trailer or so when it looked to be reusing the BotW map made it seem like this game will struggle to feel as fresh as the original with a lot of assets being reused for a quick turnaround. Instead it will now be six years between BotW and TotK which is about how long it took to go from Skyward Sword to BotW. So, maybe that time in development has resulted in something surprising. Curious as to what may be shown as we get close to its release.

The other games sort of on my radar are Octopath Traveller 2 and Atelier Ryza 3 despite having not played either of the first games for those entries.

Right now, I'm more excited for more releases to the N64 app but, for new games, 2023 has only got sparse offerings announced so far that have much appeal to me.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Sales Thread
« on: January 10, 2023, 04:48:13 PM »
So from what I'm seeing, Nintendo closed out 2022 with another 30/30 Switch chart?

They stopped tracking 3DS and PS4 sales...the end of an era. Also, we need a new poll!

Yeah, well, what should it be? I can't think of too much at this point for a sales based competition.

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General Gaming / Re: Games Beaten, Completed, or Played in 2022
« on: January 09, 2023, 07:57:58 PM »
Games Beat / Complete


GameCube

Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue - Almost complete. There's one stupid outfit I just could not figure out how to unlock. With practically no info on this game on the internet, I have no idea what the requirement might be. This is a game that came from Backlaugust 2021. I had finished it but then was trying to wrap it up by year's end. However, it went into the first week of 2022 as I tried to get this last outfit but finally gave up. I'd beat this thing six ways to Sunday and finally had enough. It's definitely a kiddie game and it's world is charming enough for a quick playthough but it's basic gameplay will cause the charm to fade in multiple playthroughs in quick succession.

Pikmin - Beat and Complete. Replayed this because of the Mafia game. Got all 30 ship pieces in the 30 day time limit. Long time since I had last played this. In fact, this last time I recall playing it, I had the GameCube hooked up to a TV screen in a van with the power plugged in through the cigarette lighter and I thought that was the height of mobile gaming technology for a roadtrip. Still like the game even with its brutal kill or be killed nature.


Wii

WarioWare Smooth Moves - Beat, not complete. Played this during Backlaugust 2022. Have wanted to go back to complete with unlocking a few last things but have yet to do so. I'll get back to it at some point soon since I don't think it will take too long to do.

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 - Beat, not complete. Played this during Backlaugust 2022. Have wanted to go back to complete with unlocking a few costumes but have yet to do so. It's an odd games. Seemed more bare bones compared to the first game yet the mini-games felt a bit stronger in control compared to the first. Pretty forgettable though.

Just Dance 2 - Beat, not Complete. Played through all the songs. Still things to unlock and achievements to accomplish which I probably won't carry out.

Just Dance 3 - Beat, not Complete. Played through all the songs. Still things to unlock and achievements to accomplish which I probably won't carry out.


3DS

Picross e8 - Beat and Complete. You like Picross or you don't. Just something I'd usually boot up after Badge Arcade and play for a little while eventually all the puzzles were finished.

Picross 3D Round 2 - Beat but not Complete. Don't miss this gem before the 3DS eShop closes. Started this a bit after Backlaugust 2022 to see what it is like and as one of the few remaining games downloaded on my 3DS that I hadn't played. It was my big gaming obsession for September. Finished the first 40 books of puzzles to get the credits. However, I've been since dragging my feet on getting back to the game and going through the unlocked bonus puzzles. It's my part of my 2023 to-do list.


Wii U

Just Dance 4 - Beat, not Complete. Played through all the songs. Still things to unlock and achievements to accomplish which I probably won't carry out.

Splatoon - Beat, not Complete. Story mode is 100% complete but only at Level 7 for splatting. Need to get up to like Level 50 to unlock all outfits and weapons. Not sure that will happen especially with it being pretty hard to find matches at this point in the Wii U lifespan. I wish I had tried this out sooner as I've liked it more than I thought I might. Should probably move on to Splatoon 2 where it would likely be easier to get matches happening.

Super Mario Maker - Beat and Complete. Not much of a game left here at this point in the Wii U's life. As I write this, I have reminded myself that I meant to check out the old Mario Maker thread on the forums and see if other user's courses can still be found and played.


Switch

Hollow Knight - Beat. Maybe Complete. Did not expect to play this game as much as I did but it was an obsession for a few months this year. Was wondering if I could achieve 112% total completion. Got up 110%. Total completion would require having to play through every boss in the game in a row and I just can't see myself getting through all that without a lot more time spent memorizing boss patterns nor does it sound that fun. Trailed off from this game to get into Backlaugust 2022 and never returned but there were a couple more achievements I had felt I could tick off the list. With six months now passed, there's a lot I'd probably have to refresh my memory so I may finally be done with this one.

Lumines Remastered - Beat, not Complete. Another game that I left behind for Backlaugust 2022 and then never got back to. Unlike Hollow Knight, I still feel up to taking another few cracks at the challenges of this game. Have a few puzzles and missions to finish. Still surprised at how much I got into this game as I'm not a big falling block / puzzle gamer but this game ended up hitting a sweet spot of challenge and variety for me.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land - Beat and Complete. Not quite over the moon on this one like Neal who put it at number one of his top 25 of the year. However, it's definitely a top Kirby game and one of the best I've played this year. Enjoyed my time with it but after completing everything I haven't gone back or felt like replaying it unlike other games I've played this year.

Figment - Beat and Complete. Not great. Not sure I'd bother with Figment 2 after playing this. Pretty basic puzzles and gameplay and tonally weird.

Elli - Beat and Complete. Liked the look of it. Had BotW vibes with some of the visual palette. A bit of a step up from Figment but nothing truly memorable. You won't be hoping there is an Elli 2 coming soon. A bit unpolished at times to remind you this is an indie game. If you never play it, you won't have missed anything.

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Beat, not complete. Finished this during Backlaugust 2022 but still want to go back to accomplish a couple of the speed completions. The game feels smoother and easier to get around with difficulty progressing on a more even pace compared to the first game. However, it does feel a bit smaller and it comes at the cost of only two "puzzle" dungeons compared to four in the first game. (There is a third dungeon but it is basically just rushing through floors to beat up all enemies within a certain time limit.) Unlike other games I've mentioned so far, I am looking forward to the next game to play in the series.

BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! - Beat, not complete. First beat in Backlaugust 2022 in single player. I ended up getting to play through the whole 2 player campaign a couple months later with my brother during a vacation. That was fun. The two player element brought something fresh and new to the game as the single player didn't seem to be doing anything that hadn't been covered in the three games for 3DS. Just need to finish through the single player Tall Tale section in which you play the rectangle piece. I should work on wrapping that up this month.

Super Bomberman R - Beat, not complete. Doubt I'm ever going to work at completing this game to unlock all the costumes and maps. It's a game where you can enjoy yourself for a couple hours and then completely forget about it for a year. It's fine in short little bursts or as a brief competition with a second player. It will make you feel stupid many times when you get caught in your own bombs. It just feels like it works best in bite-size playtimes and not something you'd want to play for a long session.

Super Mario Maker 2 - Beat, not complete. Story mode beat in Backlaugust 2022 but still have some levels I need to play. Would like to take some time to try and design a couple courses as well as play other user's courses.

Mario Party Superstars - Beat, not complete. Finally got to take this game for a spin in 2022. Played through all the boards. Some multiple times. Still things I need to buy in the shop and achievements to accomplish. Just one of those games to casually chip away at over time as I play it with friends.

Wheel of Fortune - Beat and Complete. Complete in the sense that I've unlocked everything for the customization menus. I don't think I've gone through every puzzle in the game yet. No idea how many of those I've encountered. Haven't won a million in the game yet but have gotten the $100,000 before. Best total was just shy of $160,000. You know how Wii Sports was the big phenomenon to get non-gamers into play console gaming? Well, in 2022, it has been Wheel of Fortune that has had all manner of non-gamers in my life willing and excited to pick up a controller and play a console video game. In some ways, it is the Mario Kart of game shows.

Jeopardy - Beat and Complete. Again, complete in that I've reached the highest level for whatever that does in this game. Not sure if I've seen every question but sometimes it feels that way. Compared to Wheel of Fortune on Switch, this game feels like a failure. It seemed like around my 10th game I was seeing categories repeat already. Yet, I can still seemingly encounter new things even though it can feel like 80% of the other categories are repeating from before. The board does not look like a Jeopardy board as they divided all the trivia into 4 different colors / themes. There's no Jeopardy set you are playing on like Wheel of Fortune Switch or Jeopardy Wii. In my first game, in the Double Jeopardy round, both Daily Doubles were in the same category. Something that would never happen in a real game. That has happened in one other game so far. It's all multiple choice which makes the game much easier compared to the Wii where you had to type in answers and needed to know your stuff. That said, there was a time where for close to a month I'd come home and play a round or two of this game before I got tired from all the repetition. Best score was around $474,000. Kept hoping I could crack $500,000 but need those daily doubles to line up just right.

Super Mario 64 - Beat and Complete. Played it again via the Switch 64 app. Been a long time since I played it. Still pretty fun to play through it all.

Dr. Mario 64 - Beat and sort of Complete. Played through Story Mode a few times and unlocked the two hidden characters. Tried out the other modes for a round or two. Didn't bother playing through Hard mode of the Story. Pretty much seen it all. 4 player matches could be interesting if you could get the players.


Unbeaten So Far


Wii

Jeopardy Wii - Better package than the newer Switch version. Still have some achievements to finish. Couldn't figure out how to unlock outfits but I think that can only be done if playing with three human players. Meant to look into that but ended up letting the Switch version take over because of the speed in booting it up.


3DS

Fire Emblem: Birthright - Started out 2022 really into this and then enthusiasm waned as it became rather repetitive. Been telling myself I should finish it already but haven't gone back since maybe March.

Badge Arcade - Still checking in daily and chipping away at badges. Biggest reason I'm still using my 3DS right now in a year that has seen my time spent on the system crater compared to all the years past since 2011. Not like I don't have games to play for the system but Switch was definitely pulling more focus from me this year.


Wii U

Paper Mario: Color Splash - Just started this on Dec. 31. Was regretting that I hadn't done any major gaming during time off at the end of the year. Decided to jump into a title I've wanted to play for some time. Am currently now working towards the fifth big paint star. (In loud Homer Simpson whisper: Don't tell Evan_B but I've been really enjoying it.) Once I start playing it, I just don't want to stop. There's always things to keep track of and do and I just keep playing to take care of this thing or that. Objectively, it is probably a stronger overall package compared to Sticker Star. However, having played Sticker Star first, it doesn't feel as fresh and there are things I feel Sticker Star did better or that I prefer. But then Sticker Star is a favorite 3DS experience of mine and I'm not some YouTuber unable to accept change or need Paper Mario to be an RPG only. We'll see you again in the what did you play in 2023 topic, Paper Mario: Color Splash.


Switch

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles - Sort of beat. I finished the first five cases aka Great Ace Attorney 1 but still have the second game and its five cases to play. Wanted to put some space between them and not suffer Ace Attorney burnout like others who played through the whole package at once commented on.

Bastion - Played the beginning of this one night in August and wasn't that thrilled with what I was playing. Never got back to it. Nothing like an including a game you played for maybe an hour on this list. Would have forgot about this if I hadn't had done it during Backlaugust 2022.

Rime - Started this at the end of Backlaugust 2022. Was really digging and enjoying this and then.... I just didn't get back to it. It was a weird state of things. I was sort of pushing myself to see if I could finish it for the end of Backlaugust so I made a lot of forward progress at the expense of not quite learning some of the past geography of the island. Realizing I wouldn't complete it in time for the month, I wanted to go back and revisit and explore the earlier areas and just left it in that state of whether I should go forward or back and played Picross 3D Round 2 instead. I expect to get back to it this year but not sure when. I'm feeling like going back to part 2 of Great Ace Attorney once I finish Paper Mario.

The Talos Principle - I bought this based on the trailer for it and it looked like a simple game of exploring and solving puzzles like a sort of Myst type game. Got through the opening area and reached a zone that allows you to transport to like eight other islands / zones. Went to one of those islands and was exploring it and a bit stumped on it when I last stopped playing and didn't get back to it. It's been ok so far. Puzzles had been pretty simple until I got to that next zone with things being more vague. Part of the reason why I dropped off from playing it though is that it gave me weird vibes. I don't know if it was a combination of the music and mood or and something about the movement of the environment but, when I think of the game, I seem to trigger a feeling of slight nausea or unease. I have no idea if anyone else might have that effect. Not sure if it was just something coincidental at the time I was first playing it or if it might go away when playing it some more but that's probably been the biggest hurdle of me getting back into after a quick couple play sessions.

Kirby's Avalanche - Started playing this again with its release on the SNES app. Was curious to see if I could beat it thanks to save states and rewind feature. The challenge in this game is no joke. There's a three stage tutorial opening and I was struggling against the third part of the opening. Started getting on a bit of a role but opponents were getting tougher and faster and I still have regained the Puyo Puyo form I had 20 years ago when first playing this on the SNES and almost winning. I think I paused this just shortly before Backlaugust and never got back to it since possible leaving off against the Sun and Moon.

Mario Party 64 - Been playing this a bit with its release on the N64 Switch app to refresh myself on it. Will I keep going to unlock everything? Not sure but it's been eye-opening to go back to something I haven't played in 20 years particularly with the GC Mario Party games being what frequently get chosen and played when having people over. Would like to do some real multiplayer with it again rather than just the bit of single player I've done so far. (Also find it hilarious that the only options were 20, 35 and 50 turn games with 35 being what is recommended as a normal game. This would soon change to 20 being the normal or default amount.)

Yoshi's Story - Just barely started into this. Played through World 1-1 sometime in December and it is the next thing I want to replay right now in the N64 App. Juggling between it and Mario Party 1 for now.


Replayed Titles


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
51 Clubhouse Games


Just a couple Switch games that I've played before and already completed. I just know I've done some more gaming in them again with other people. (Although I still have yet to get into the Booster Pack stuff for MK8.) Throwing them in because I can remember playing a bit of them as well this year. Could be something else I'm forgetting like a Mario Party 5 or 6 or something else on the SNES app for example. I don't keep as careful notation of games played as I do movies watched although even with movies I'm more concerned with tracking new movies I've watched rather than when I rewatch a film. That's my 2022 gaming review. At least 38 games with varying levels of time spent on them.

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TalkBack / Re: Neal's Top 25 of 2022 and More
« on: January 05, 2023, 04:31:26 PM »
Jeepers. I completely forgot about Chrono Cross having released earlier this year. I should put that on my Wishlist so I don't forget about it again.

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TalkBack / Re: The Year In Too Many Downloads
« on: January 05, 2023, 02:53:49 PM »
I suppose I'll conclude this treatise on the eShop by saying that the current situation does remind me somewhat of the Wii console and the eventual Wall of Shame that became evident after 4 years of the system on the market. The 3rd Party Wall of Shame was a bit misunderstood at the time. People assumed that the point was that all games being released by 3rd parties for the Wii were junk. That was not point. Rather, it was too imagine being a customer looking to buy a game for the Wii and seeing the wall of games to buy looking something like this.




Are there some higher quality games in there? I'd say so. Again, it may also depend on one's gaming taste or what someone may consider higher quality. But how does someone know which is good and which is bad if they are unfamiliar with games or is a gaming fan like users of this website who would be familiar with these titles and reviews of them?

In some ways, scrolling through the eShop when games are on sale or seeing what is new can remind me of scrolling along all these third party Wii games and looking for the better stuff. Back then, third parties had themselves to blame for good software underperforming as they self-sabotaged themselves and buried their own titles under the large amount of shovelware they also threw at the system. At least now, we don't have the ecowaste of all those plastic cases and discs to get rid of rid for the shovelware being released on the eShop. I'd have to think Nintendo is also quite happy that store shelves don't look like that with the Switch and the physical games available for it. That shovelware was used as part of the dumb casual and hardcore gamer division and a way to knock the Wii as being a system that didn't have games worthy of "true" gamers. Now that shovelware for the Switch is kept neatly out of sight on the eShop. While store shelves are still mainly dominated by physical Nintendo games, at least the third party offerings also among them are likely to be more worth playing than the vast majority of the 3rd party games from the Wii era helping maintain the reputation of the Switch as a "system for gamers". Thus, the current eShop is great in those ways when comparing it to the Wii.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
« on: January 05, 2023, 01:15:45 PM »
Hmmm. That's not what I expected a malware screen to look like. That looks more legit than expected. I just went through the ban triggers to see if your username came up among all the banned spambots but there is nothing for Caterkiller.

EDIT: I see you edited while I was checking and typing on this. Glad things are good for you again.

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TalkBack / Re: The Year In Too Many Downloads
« on: January 05, 2023, 12:25:57 PM »
But perhaps I digress and go into a direction beyond what this thread and topic started about. I just questioned the idea that good publishers would step away from the platform because yet another Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire game was released it for it. I'd say the problem is currently facing is the one mobile phone gaming soon faced early on after successes of things like Doodle Jump and Angry Birds and it became flooded with quick cash grabs as various publishers sought to take advantage of that market. Ultimately, I don't think that problem has ever really been solved.

Apple Arcade was supposed to help salvage that market but being completely uninvolved in that gaming sphere, I have no idea how that has gone. If it hadn't been for the recent release of Pikmin Bloom, it seemed as though Nintendo themselves had moved on from mobile gaming after briefly dipping their toe in it. Nintendo has never seemed to care for the microtransaction nature of the mobile gaming market but did go that route as it seems to be what those users want and expect of their games. With the eShop, Nintendo can stick with their preferred desire of charging the price they want for a game and pretty much avoiding microtransactions. While Nintendo could seem like an example of a high quality publisher walking away from a market full of junk because their product was potentially getting buried in it, Nintendo's never really seemed to care or fully focus on that market to use as a perfect example.

Yet considering how many other major publishers constantly launch games for mobile gaming only to then shutter or close those games down in a year or less, trying to crack into the mobile gaming market in the hopes of having the next big thing to corner the microtransaction market just seems like a constant dead end for most game makers. Yet, it still hasn't stopped a bunch from trying. Square and Sega seem to love wasting time and money in that pursuit. If "good" or "big" developers haven't abandoned mobile despite their offerings potentially getting buried under all the crap there or not seeing the success they may have banked on then why should the eShop be different and publishers would walk away from there? Frankly, I think it would offer a better return on investment in that you can charge an amount up front for the game on the eShop and have an idea of the number of sales you need to make for that software unlike free to play and hoping you'll be able to get enough microtransactions to make a profit and cover the potential cost of maintenance for the game if it is supposed to add stuff over time.

Despite grumblings from game makers about good product getting lost in mobile gaming's abyss and Apple Arcade's efforts to curate and promote better quality software, to my knowledge, it hasn't stopped the amount of low quality stuff being released on it nor has it had much effect on getting better sales for the more higher quality software. Again, as far as I know, I haven't heard of Apple taking any steps to suddenly prevent publishers from being able to release low-grade stuff on their devices or doing anything more on quality control aside from Apple Arcade or sometimes taking action on games that have been blatant copyright infringement. I suspect that part of the reason is because Apple gets a percentage from software and microtransactions through the Apple Store so at the end of the day, the ecosystem is still making them money and they don't want to disrupt that too much. Might be the same situation with Nintendo and the eShop. If Apple (or Google or Steam) didn't want to clamp down and stop crap product, why must it be that Nintendo has to manage the industry?

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TalkBack / Re: The Year In Too Many Downloads
« on: January 05, 2023, 11:34:21 AM »
Basically, the eShop might not be great for users who feel they have to scroll through pages and pages of quick cash-grab offerings to find games worth their bucks. However, it seems to be working great for Nintendo in that publishers and developers do want to release things on the eShop and don't seem to be slowing down in doing so. I'm not sure how much money is being generated by Switch users or how many games are ultimately being bought through the eShop but I'm thinking Nintendo is happy enough with how things are going that they haven't felt the need to change the way it is currently playing out. It seems to be the "if if ain't broke, don't fix it" mindset.

Ultimately, what else are publishers going to do? The Sony ecosphere does not seem to be gaining much ground or offering much to make the PS4 or PS5 as a place where indie developers can succeed and sell a lot. Xbox / MS is going with their GamePass strategy and while they must offer some form of payment to publishers/developers for adding their titles to the service, it's unclear whether it is financially equal to releasing games on Steam or Switch. But since GamePass doesn't seem to exploding with 2,000+ titles being added to it in a year, that suggests to me that the compensation isn't enough for more game makers choosing to go with GamePass over Steam or the eShop. Heck, MS ended up bringing over the Ori games and Cuphead to Nintendo's eShop so clearly they saw value in allowing games to be sold there rather than limit them to something like GamePass.

Considering how many Apple Arcade games have been slowly shuffling over to the eShop, publishers either aren't content with how much they are getting in that space or want to cover all possible bases for getting some money from their software. Either reason works to Nintendo's benefit. If it is a low risk proposition to port something to Switch to try for a few more sales then it is in the interest of that company to do so. And with the Switch as now the second best highest selling console and on pace to challenge the PS2 for all-time best selling gaming hardware then why would a publisher choose to keep their games from that ecosphere and customer base at this point in time? That's potentially 100,000,000 gamers that you're going to avoid? To hope they'll purchase your software through some other means like Steam or a different console? And while Japan is its own region of unique gaming tastes, last year showed that Switch users are still buying plenty of software for the system. While North America sales are more murky, I'm pretty sure Switch software sales are pretty robust in this market as well. You've got a big selling system with a large userbase that is clearly willing to buy software for their system. You really want to avoid that because you are afraid users may not be able to find your game on the eShop? That's sort of an issue for marketing. Just because you get a store to put an item you are selling on a shelf doesn't mean that customers in the store are suddenly going to know it is there or look for it. You still gotta market the product and that's the same with publishers releasing stuff on the eShop that may have a higher quality product than most other offerings.

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TalkBack / Re: The Year In Too Many Downloads
« on: January 05, 2023, 11:24:43 AM »


But let me see if I can get back on track.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
« on: January 05, 2023, 10:19:07 AM »
I wouldn't be surprised if a number of people have been banned for no reason and that is why it is just the most dead it has ever been. I can't have this place be dead, my 20th year since registration anniversary is coming up!

If that is the case then hopefully a user would think to reach out to us on Discord to check the situation.

From Caterkiller's description, it sort of sounds more like some type of pop-up malware that is trying to fool a user. I just don't see why his account would be banned when using one computer and not another.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
« on: January 04, 2023, 05:25:10 PM »
Also did I get banned recently? Or is some weird forum joke going around?

There should not have been any ban on you nor was there any weird joke happening lately that I was aware of that would have resulted in users being banned temporarily. What issue did you experience to think that?

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