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Zeppelin! Woooo!

General Chat / Re: Music recommendations
« on: Today at 11:43:25 AM »
Man! I'm crushing hard on these bands at the moment. Check 'em out.

Agreed. Kirby's Epic Yarn's soundtrack is exceptionally good.

This is still my favourite track from that game. At the 1:00 mark, that music still gives me chills.

TalkBack 2 / Re: The Euphemism Thread
« on: Today at 11:25:33 AM »

TalkBack 2 / Re: Happy...
« on: Today at 11:19:29 AM »

*said in a passive aggressive tone.


For the reasons already stated. Nintendo released plenty of games which appealed to their most dedicated fans.

On a slightly related note, I realised this week that I'm already getting slightly nostalgic for the Wii. I really do look back on things like Warioland: Shake It, Fluidity, Prime 3, Galaxy, Twilight Princess, Punch Out!! etc with a great amount of fondness.

TalkBack 2 / Re: Happy...
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:59:22 AM »
...Easter atheists!

TalkBack / Re: Secure Axcess Sues Nintendo for Patent Infringement
« on: April 19, 2014, 02:40:19 AM »

TalkBack / Re: Secure Axcess Sues Nintendo for Patent Infringement
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:41:21 PM »
As the legal owner of the patent for patenting both 'things' and 'stuff', I can assure you my lawyers will in contact with Secure Axcess.

TalkBack / Re: Top 10 3DS Playtimes
« on: April 18, 2014, 02:56:42 PM »
I don't think my top 10 has changed since the last time I posed them.

Now that I think about it, I haven't turned my 3DS on since A Link Between Worlds. This year has been a bummer for 3DS so far.

General Gaming / Re: What are your favorite video game soundtracks?
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:02:27 AM »
Some of my recent favourites have been the Galaxy games, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Luigi's Mansion 2, and Fire Emblem: Awakening.

There are so many good ones though.

Seriously, what is Nintendo's problem? I really do want to give them my money in return for GB, GBC and GBA Virtual Console releases on my 3DS. Why won't they let me do that?

TalkBack 2 / Re: The Euphemism Thread
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:10:31 AM »
Euphemism: Two can play that game.

Translation - You're not the only one who is capable of committing adultery.

Alternate Translation - Let's play Street Fighter Sweetie!

Euphemism - He put's s*** on the table to keep the flies off the butter.

TalkBack 2 / Re: The Euphemism Thread
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:46:49 AM »
Euphemism - Stay away from my special lady friend!

TalkBack 2 / Re: I have a date on Thursday. WHAT DO
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:02:56 AM »
You take that back! The Nintendo World Report Forums are the greatest and truest source of information known to man.

Don't forget suave and attractive.

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Trademarks New Game
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:02:06 AM »
Given that 'Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace' doesn't actually make any sense, I have no idea what this could be.

Hopefully it's just a protective trademark for a much better game title.

General Gaming / Pangram style (spoilers for Fez)
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:06:57 PM »
Fez was brought to PSN earlier this week, and although I do own it on Steam I had never put more than an hour or two into it, so I decided to pick up this version as I felt I was more inclined to stick with it on a console.

For the first few hours I was enjoying it on a very surface level, but I was also scrutinising each symbol and glyph I encountered and was very much aware that Fez had secrets to uncover.

Eventually, however, I ran out of places to explore and had still not worked out Fez's secret language. After spending several hours looking at symbols which made less sense to me the more I analysed them, I broke down and spoiled the secret for myself.

It turns out that the solution to Fez's alphabet is a non-descript engraving (in a game littered with tonnes of non-descript engravings) in what appears to be a not very important part of the world. In front of that engraving, however, a fox is seen jumping over a dog.

'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'

Which is what the engraving states. Apparently it's a well-known pangram. Unfortunately it's not one I had ever encountered.

To add insult to injury the engravings must also be read from top to bottom and right to left.

So, if I'm understanding correctly, the line of logic should have gone something like this.

At some point I would have encountered a specific pangram about a fox jumping over a dog. Upon seeing the fox and the dog in the background of this particular area I would then intuit that they were meaningful, as opposed to all the other animals in all the other areas in the game. The actions of the fox and dog would then bring to mind that one pangram that I know so well. I would then, somehow, also intuit that in the world of Fez words are written from top to bottom and from right to left. Oh, also, certain symbols can represent two different letters.

ahhhh...ok. That's cool.

Quick question though, What if I never encountered that one specific pangram? You know? 'Cause then the playful fox jumping over the lazy dog would just seem like a neat little piece of animation? Like the spinning turtle in the waterfall area, or the mouse that runs away from you in the city area. Without that one specific piece of information, without having knowledge of that one pangram, the fox and the dog really don't seem that important. In fact, the area itself is kind of forgettable, especially after you leave it. I mean, why would you ever return? The map even highlights the area in gold, indicating that there's nothing else to uncover. Why would you go back to that area or feel compelled to dig deeper when there are plenty of other areas on the map with '?' marks on them indicating that there's more to be done.

Why if that were the case, then...well then the whole premise of the game would seem like complete nonsense.

Good thing then that every person on the planet happens to know that one pangram. No need to have that line included in the game in some way. Neither is it necessary to highlight that area as being of huge importance. No siree!


Joking aside though. That code was crappy and it has kind of soured the game for me.

TalkBack / Re: New Mario in Development
« on: April 10, 2014, 03:27:03 PM »
It just goes to show how tainted the NSMB series is at this point that I see the words 'New' and 'Mario' together and think 'nope'.

General Gaming / Re: Your earliest gaming memories?
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:32:56 AM »
I've discussed this before, so I'll give ya the quick version.

Christmas...Age 5...NES...Super Mario Bros. changing.

TalkBack / Re: Greninja Makes His Smash Bros. Debut
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:28:08 AM »
Also, also, also, also, I have no intention of playing either of these games, but it's fun to consider the politics behind who's in and who's out.

TalkBack / Re: Greninja Makes His Smash Bros. Debut
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:25:57 AM »
Random Thoughts!

I kind of liked the idea of Pokémon trainer precisely because it condensed the number of roster spots being taken up by Pokémon. I mean, I finished Pokémon Y and I don't even know who Greninja is.

On that note, I do feel like certain series' have been over-represented while others have not received enough attention. I mean, do we really need Link and Toon link? Zelda and Sheik? Samus and Zero-suit Samus? It's great that those characters actually feel unique from each other, but I'd much prefer that they put that effort into filling out the roster with secondary and tertiary characters from each series, rather than creating different versions of the same character.

How about Goombas? They're pretty iconic (It writes itself. Up smash = Spike Helmet. Down Smash = Kuribo's Shoe. Air Dash = Winged Goomba).

Also, Mii's have got to in there right?

Also, also, Ridley isn't too big.

Also, also, also, where's Batman?

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 377: When Fun Just Isn't Enough
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:39:05 PM »
I've never really been into handheld gaming, but I did receive a GBA from my parents as a birthday present. Unfortunately, my ownership of it coincided with one of my waves of antipathy towards gaming. The only GBA games I recall owning were Super Mario Advance, WWF: Road to Wrestlemania, Chu Chu Rocket, and one of the Tony Hawk's games.

Which I think we can all agree, proves I had impeccable taste.

That's partially why I'm so bummed out that GBA games seemingly aren't coming to 3DS. I was hoping the 3DS would offer what the Wii did: access to classic games that I missed the first time 'round. I lapped up the ambassador games (all of which were new to me) and was very much looking forward to more of the same. I'd love to play Metroid: Zero Mission, or Golden Sun, or any of the great games in that platform's catalogue. I'm just not willing to buy a Wii U in order to do it.

I didn't think it was possible, but Nintendo's approach to Virtual Console on 3DS makes even less sense than it did on Wii. Not offering classic handheld Nintendo games on the relatively new and popular Nintendo handheld just makes zero sense to me.

In fact, things should be going in the other direction. Give me Earthbound on my 3DS!!

I wish it weren't so blatant. But you're welcome.

You're editing skills are beyond reproach. It wasn't blatant at all, but when you listen to enough RFN you get a sense of when Mr Jones is winding up to lampoon a game...

which, from what I've seen of that game, it more than deserves.

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 377: When Fun Just Isn't Enough
« on: April 07, 2014, 09:18:05 AM »
I'm going to guess that an actual discussion of Altered Beast for the GBA took place, and that it was edited out.

If so, thanks be to Gui!

TalkBack / Re: Retro City Rampage: DX Receives Huge Update
« on: April 06, 2014, 11:48:32 AM »
Did the primary guy behind this game not suffer from exhaustion after releasing the game on the initial batch of platforms? Yet we keep getting more ports and now even updates? I also seem to recall reading that some of those ports weren't even profitable. That's dedication for you.

I still haven't picked up this game, primarily because the '80's spoof stuff doesn't really appeal to my sense of humour, but I might pick it up if there's ever an eshop sale.

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