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Nintendo Gaming / Re: The Animal Crossing Switch Thread of Madness
« on: February 22, 2020, 04:51:30 AM »
They're gonna sell so many copies of this, aren't they? 10 Million easily, calling it now.

Personally I've never really played any of these, although I did watch someone play the Wii game a few times. This new one looks a lot prettier, and the landscaping seems more advanced, but I agree with Khush it seems very iterative otherwise.
I'm not convinced Animal Crossing appeals to me, but maybe it's worth a shot one day. The setting and vibe seem very chill and pleasing, which is something of a rarity in gaming. What does the multiplayer entail, really, besides Turnip mafia? Is there synchronous online multiplayer, or only local? Maybe I oughta watch the Direct...

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2020?
« on: February 18, 2020, 02:47:41 PM »
Nintendo's "no plans for new hardware beyond Animal Crossing themed Switch" lasted a full 18 days.

New Coral colour variant will release March 20th in Japan to coincide with Animal Crossing, while in the Americas it won't be out until April 3rd.



EDIT: February 20th they'll also air an Animal Crossing themed Direct. Last call to predict a port of Amiibo Festival!


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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: February 12, 2020, 02:33:20 PM »
Sounds about right regarding MadWorld's playtime. I think my system time was just over 7 hours, which includes loading times/pausing/etc. I liked the game, but it definitely grew stale before the end arrived. It's kinda neat how some PlatinumGames traditions trace back to it, particularly the Bayonetta motorcycle stage.

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TalkBack / Re: The Thirsty Mage - NieR: Automata
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:37:23 PM »
It's so bizarre Square-Enix haven't ported this to Switch yet. If it's even remotely feasible, they should do so imo.

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Movies & TV / Re: Khushrenada's Annual Oscar Thread. 2020 Edition.
« on: February 09, 2020, 09:53:53 AM »
(And as a final aside, I would not consider Le Mans "the ultimate auto-racing movie" nor would I give that title to Ford vs Ferrari or Grand Prix or Ricky Bobby. For me, that goes to Rush directed by Ron Howard back in 2013.

Strange spelling of Speed Racer 2008 there Khush, must be a regional thing.

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Stale Jokes / Re: Safe Words 15 - Fast Food Frenzy. Game Over.
« on: February 06, 2020, 10:30:52 AM »
Congrats Tophatant!
Also yo check me out, Season 2 top 10 finish! I fully support this retcon!

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Stale Jokes / Re: Safe Words 15 - Fast Food Frenzy. Final Round.
« on: February 05, 2020, 10:45:05 AM »
Could a case be made that the relatively least unhealthy fast food restaurants survived here the longest? Stay tuned for my op-ed.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Best of the 3DS eShop: 2012 Releases (Part 1)
« on: February 03, 2020, 10:18:00 AM »
You're confusing this with the most-recent, third game in the series. The first game - which is in this poll - and the second game, are exclusive to the eShop in all regions.

Oh whoops, sorry! My curiosity grows milder by the minute!

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Stale Jokes / Re: So the super bowl is today.
« on: February 02, 2020, 03:51:30 PM »
At least the official superbowl Reddit page is still available: https://www.reddit.com/r/Superbowl/

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2020?
« on: February 02, 2020, 03:50:07 PM »
Rhythm Heaven or maybe WarioWare could be good, yeah!
I still think Super Mario Party 2 is inevitable since the first one will probably surpass 10 MILLION sales this year, but then again... Since that one's selling well regardless, you don't want to cut it legs by announcing a sequel too early, so your idea might be more salient.

As for the Switch Pro... The quote reads "Please note that we have no plans to launch a new Nintendo Switch model during 2020."
I don't know how much wiggle room that gives them to say "well obviously we meant the fiscal year of 2020!"
(An easier reversal would probably be to say "well we had no plans last time, but now we do!".)

Nintendo does have a history of this kinda of stuff...
"We don't have plans to announce new hardware at E3" -> announces Switch Lite right after E3.
"No DS Lite is planned" -> DS Lite announced weeks later.
But I think those were statements to press, rather than investors. I don't really know where the line is for this kinda stuff regarding securities fraud? Presumably that's why they always talk about "no plans"... Because plans can always change.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Best of the 3DS eShop: 2012 Releases (Part 1)
« on: February 02, 2020, 01:39:38 PM »
I like the Art of Balance games. They're simple block-stacking games set in zen gardens. Sure there's been similar free flash games, but the aesthetics do kinda elevate this series a bit. Not a must-play or anything though, plus it looks nicer on Wii U and Switch.

Always been the most mildest of curious about Dillon's Rolling Western. That game got physical releases in Australasia/Europe/Japan, but never in the Americas. Just seems odd for a Western themed project.


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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2020?
« on: February 02, 2020, 01:21:50 PM »
Switch Pro releases alongside BotW2, has more battery power than current model, and less framerate drops when docked.

The NCL President said during their recent investor briefing that no new Switch models are planned for 2020. So this prediction could still happen in 2021, but probably not this year.

That said, they are releasing an Animal Crossing themed one. Looks nice!


Comes with some embossed stuff on the back too and a colour-coordinated case.

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Stale Jokes / Re: Safe Words 15 - Fast Food Frenzy. Round 6.
« on: January 31, 2020, 02:31:36 PM »
We should've renamed the funhaus to Stale Foods for this one!

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Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 657: Killing ARMS
« on: January 31, 2020, 10:44:39 AM »
Wanna throw out an incredibly minor correction here: not sure if it was in 656 or 657, but on the podcast it's mentioned in a throwaway sentence how Smash Bros. Melee saved Fire Emblem after the SNES. That's not the full story, though.


Fire Emblem 6: The Binding Blade (starring Roy, who was in Smash Melee) was what came out of the scrapped N64 game (formerly titled Fire Emblem: Maiden of Darkness) that got repurposed to release on GBA in March 2002 in Japan. I imagine the long development cycle is why Sakurai got the heads-up about Roy and crammed him in Smash Melee. Note that Melee precedes FE6 in Japan by ~4 months.


Fire Emblem 7: The Blazing Blade was already planned, but took longer to come out due to the protracted dev cycle of part 6. Note how Fire Emblem 7 is a prequel to 6, set in the same world. That delay between 6 and 7 allowed the game to get localised, and it would be the first in the series to release in the West (simply as Fire Emblem on GBA).
That decision to localise it was spurred by two reasons: the reception of Marth and Roy in Smash Melee, but also the success of Advance Wars during the GBA launch in the West. In some ways, this was simply the earliest project Intelligent Systems could launch to follow-up Advance Wars with. (It's my personal theory this is also why FE8: The Sacred Stones was rushed to market on GBA too; the success of Advance Wars and FE7 proved turn-based combat sold on handhelds in the West.)

So yes, this is some real hair splitting, but technically I think that if Smash Melee never existed, at the very least Fire Emblem 6 and 7 would still have released. They would just have stayed Japan-only, as the series had been until then.
Did Smash Melee launch the series in the West? Partially yes, although Advance Wars proved the viability of turn based strategy on handhelds in the West too. I do definitely think Smash greatly contributed to the localisation of the series, and yeah they probably would've never greenlit two moneysinks like Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn on GC/Wii without Melee bringing these characters into the GameCube ecosphere... But I think the series would probably have survived on handhelds in Japan regardless.

Sorry for sounding so nitpicky, but RFN is usually great with minutiae like this, so I figured I'd chuck some extra nuance in the comments.  ;)

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Stale Jokes / Re: Safe Words 15 - Fast Food Frenzy. Round 4.
« on: January 29, 2020, 02:38:40 PM »
Dang I just read up on Papa John, he's a real piece of crap huh. Multiple cases of sexual misconduct, usage of racial slurs, financially supporting **** politicians.

Guess I oughta be glad all this pizza did was explode.

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Stale Jokes / Re: Safe Words 15 - Fast Food Frenzy. Round 3.
« on: January 29, 2020, 10:16:21 AM »
Gonna insult all of Italy by picking Papa John's Pizza.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Paper Mario 3DS Beta (2010)
« on: January 28, 2020, 06:46:38 AM »
Might be worth trying to contact the staffer who uploaded this footage, see if they have more of it parked on a harddrive somewhere? Jared Rosenberg appears to have been the one who posted it, although I can't guarantee they're the ones who shot the footage. If I'm not mistaken, NWR used to divide up E3 tasks over 2 teams; one on-site doing interviews and footage, and one team hammering out that content into postable articles (hotel Internet is bad today; imagine how it was a decade ago).

As for those broken X-Shockwave-Flash links, Inspect Object reveals that you're right, the main one is just a link to that YouTube clip you posted. The audio clip can be recovered this way too, it's 1 minute 8 seconds and located here.

I'm assuming you're much more knowledgeable about what 2010 Paper Mario media was out there, so apologies if this is all old hat to you, but it's noteworthy that the Wayback Machine can recover some stuff:
Here's 16 screenshots that no longer work on NintendoLife's website, for example. NWR has a bigger collection of screenshots, but I'm not sure which ones belong to the 2010 demo build, and which ones are from Sticker Star. Maybe only the bottom ones are relevant to you.

Speaking of that demo build, this article states it was a non-interactive demo. Might explain the lack of footage?

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« on: January 28, 2020, 05:30:58 AM »
Do we know how Switch Lites are holding up in this regard? I still want to upgrade to a Switch this year, but between the Joy-con fragility and paid online stuff Nintendo are making it real easy to postpone that purchase.

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Nintendo Gaming / What will Nintendo release in 2020?
« on: January 26, 2020, 09:38:01 AM »
Get your Tarot deck out and set your eyes on the future, let's try and predict the rest of this year's Nintendo releases in this thread! I'll stick to first party releases and closely adjacent projects for now, but feel free to chime in with anything you'd like.



Here's what we know:
January
- Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training, January 3rd in Europe/Australasia. No NA release (yet?).
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, January 17th. Enhanced port. Nintendo published it.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC 5 - Byleth, January 28th. DLC content pack.

February
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses Expansion Pass - Wave 4, February 12th. Adds a side story, new characters.
- Pokémon Home, out now. The successor to the Pokémon Bank storage service.
- Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training gets free DLC content in Japan.
- Pop'n TwinBee, , Namco's Smash Tennis, Shadow of the Ninja, and Eliminator Boat Duel are added to Switch Online on February 19th.

March
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, March 6th. Remake. Demo already out.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons, March 20th. This will release this financial year, come hell or high water. An Animal Crossing themed Switch releases March 13th.
- Hardware: Switch Lite Coral variant releases March 20th in Japan, hits N.A. April 3rd.

June
- Pokémon Sword/Shield Expansion Pass: The Isle of Armor, no exact date. Part 1 of Expansion Pass.

2020 projects without release dates
- Pokémon Sword/Shield Expansion Pass: The Crown Tundra, slated for Fall 2020. Part 2 of Expansion Pass.
- No More Heroes 3, 2020. Nintendo publishes the physical releases in NA and PAL regions.
- Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, 2020. I feel like this could be a June/July thing.
- Pokémon Sleep, 2020. Don't snooze on the sleeper hit of the year.

Announced projects without a release window
- Bayonetta 3, I suspect it's a while out still. Platinum have to finish Babylon's Fall for PS4 first.
- The Legend of Zelda: Gasp of the Urbane, I think 2020 would be wishful thinking, but I'll gladly be wrong.
- Metroid Prime 4, project was apparantly scrapped and restarted 12 months ago.

It feels like we know a lot about the current year already, but simultaneously very little. Will we see another Nintendo Mobile game, or will Pokémon Sleep fill that void? Will we see any hardware releases (Switch Pro rumours resurface like clockwork)?

Here's my dumb predictions:
- Nintendo finally launches their sleep sensor for Pokémon Sleep. It's a Bluetooth device that counts snores.
- Ring Fit Adventure will get a big expansion pass. Maybe it's a sequel with a different exercise device.
- Super Mario Party 2 comes out. The last one sold close to EIGHT MILLION copies.
- Super Mario Maker 2 gets another big content update centered around a Nintendo character. (DK? Wario? WALUIGI AT LAST?)
- A new Nintendo project by Ubisoft Milan & Paris is announced, but won't release until 2021.
- Splatoon: Paint Bucket (spin-off). It's a drawing tool made by the Art Academy studio, to tap into Splatoon's artsy fanbase.
- Captain Toad 2 comes out. They've had a team porting this game twice in 2018, and added DLC to it in February last year. I think those people have been building levels ever since and a sequel releases this year.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Future Mafia Games
« on: January 26, 2020, 06:48:57 AM »
I s'pose you didn't play in the one before this, so that makes sense for you.

True, I guess I haven't hit my Breakpoint yet, but yeah it's understandable if you'd like to Quarantine yourself from the next one.  ;)

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Stale Jokes / Re: Safe Words 15 - Fast Food Frenzy. Round 1.
« on: January 26, 2020, 06:37:14 AM »
Let's go with Wendy's, I heard they have a Twitter account.

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Thanks for hosting BeautifulShy, good streamlined sequel to your previous one.

I liked how Ashford could turn people during the Day to get earlier access to a Night hit. (Apologies to people who didn't realise this; I'm partially to blame here since I purposefully pushed a wrong narrative on multiple occassions how Neighbourise only happened at Night. Sorry you had to keep pointing out my lie there, B-Shy.)

Helluva late game swerve from Team Townie though! I was sure it'd end in an Ashford v. Wesker standoff. Major props to Mop It Up, Nickmitch, Mr. Bungle and Tophatant (sorry I suspected you).

I wasn't very active on this one unfortunatrly and outright missed 2 days before getting killed. Pokepal played very smart I thought, certainly tricked me - I only realised their plan once I died. That'd be my MVP nomination.



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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Future Mafia Games
« on: January 24, 2020, 04:41:26 PM »
Nahhh keep 'em coming, if it works for Ubisoft it must be a solid strategy!

Will this be the inevitable Safe Words/Mafia crossover though....?

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia 84 RE:CV Dead Thread
« on: January 23, 2020, 01:53:59 PM »
Dang these days moved so fast I'm already out! >:(
I have a theory but don't want to influence the players... Will keep to myself for now.

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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: January 20, 2020, 01:25:54 PM »
Started playing The Kore Gang (Wii), and got to stage 9 before calling it a night.  This is a weird little Wii platformer that feels released in 2010... but reportedly started development a decade earlier than that. That age shows in the design, but it's still perfectly playable.

Is this based on a license or something? Never heard of it. It does seem very reminiscent of Mushroom Men, Psychonauts and the like.

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