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Waiting on a physical release announcement. I'm interested.

Metroid car looks great.

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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: Today at 09:22:52 PM »
Technically, I completed Cave Story+ since I got the Bad and Normal endings. I'm currently in Blood Stained Sanctuary. I'm already not great at video games so the faulty D-Pad on the Switch Pro Controller is making this more difficult than it already is. I think I can get through this because Cave Story is a keep-failing-until-muscle-memory-gets-you-through-this-total-bullshit-area kind of game. I've failed countless times because I really need the booster to work flawlessly, and it doesn't due to the D-Pad. I haven't tried the Joy-Cons so maybe I should.

I'm torn between finishing this and just giving up because I'm tired of looking at this game. I'd like to jump back into Breath of the Wild.

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I'm surprised Cleveland got that much from Danny Ainge of all people, the grandmaster of decisively winning trades. Time will tell if this trade is as bad for Boston as it looks on paper. Really, it isn't terrible. Give the edge to the Cavs even though the Celtics didn't get swindled. They got the best player out of deal even if the team got worse. Personally, the only bad move here was including Jae Crowder because he vastly outplays his contract. I think Ainge could have wore down Koby Altman regarding Crowder.

Otherwise, I don't think Boston planned on re-signing Isaiah Thomas for the max contract he would have demanded given his hip injury and bone abnormality that caused said injury that is likely chronic. This trade puts the Celtics on a much better timeline with a younger, better player on a longer contract. They have Irving for two years or longer if he either opts in to that third year or re-signs.

And this is a win for Cleveland not just because of the assets it received. The Cavaliers are in a great position. They'll still be competitive this year, likely favorites to make it back to the Finals to lose to Golden State since Boston also got worse after this trade. Then, Cleveland can blow it up next summer while holding great assets. The Cavs have their own pick and Brooklyn's pick in 2018, and top 10 protections in 2019 and 2020 which they'll keep if they go into tank mode. They have assets to move to get more picks and okay to decent young players. Letting Thomas walk after Lebron walks gives them cap room to absorb bad contracts to accrue even more assets. Still, having assets and using them effectively are different things.

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It's absolutely an awesome plastic box, but those who only want the games wouldn't be competing for said awesome plastic box meaning more awesome plastic boxes available for everyone else.

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Nintendo is touting a feature relatively few people will be able to appreciate because they won't be able to get a Super Nintendo Classic to begin with. This is such a colossal LOL-Fail.

Some people just want the games at a decent price. Just make the collection available on Switch digital and retail. Problem solved.*

Credit to insanolord

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Who do you think made out the best in this trade?
The Warriors?
Ehh, Golden State was going to steamroll everyone this year regardless.

Honestly, Cleveland. They're still better than Boston, have Crowder on one of the best contracts in the league until 2020, get a new start with what will be an excellent draft pick once Lebron bolts again.

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General Chat / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: Yesterday at 07:27:05 AM »
Wonder Woman
Saw this about two months ago. I didn't think Wonder Woman was as amazing as reviews made it out to be. It's good, not great which is comforting since the previous two Detective Comics Comics movies were subpar. From what I remember, Wonder Woman's three biggest sins:

1. There's an unnecessary amount of slow-motion. Felt like Patty Jenkins tried to channel Zack Snyder. She isn't Zack Snyder, and that's a good thing. Snyder can direct an action scene well and like literally nothing else. I don't know if she was pressured into adhering to the aesthetic of Batman v Superman (or felt like she had to as part of a shared universe). Honestly, I think Jenkins is better than the final product. If she returns for the sequel, I'd like it to feel more her own.

2. The third act is the weak link. The plot twists were not as shocking as the writers thought they'd be. The villain delivers a fairly lengthy exposition dump. The villain is also not great, mostly due to being absent until the third act.

3. Maybe this is related to the above. My girlfriend said, "Of course, a female superhero would use love to defeat her enemies." I disagreed. I felt like Wonder Woman used love because it's the opposite of war which is less ridiculous but still ridiculous. It's lazy writing. I didn't buy the love story. Diana and Steve knew each other for a few weeks at best (depending on how long Steve was in Themyscira).

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Saw this on Sunday. Excellent. Spider-Man is my favorite superhero, and this is now my favorite Spider-Man film. I saw Spider-Man 2 again a few years ago, and it hasn't aged well. What it gets wrong, Spider-Man: Homecoming gets right. It doesn't dwell or even mention Uncle Ben. It never puts Aunt May or a (potential) love interest in mortal danger. Besides external antagonists, the film looks inward. It addresses Peter's internal conflict better than any previous Spider-Man film. Peter has a very believable character arc. He begins by spending his days counting the hours until he can be Spider-Man again, and ends by learning that it's a balance. Spider-Man isn't his life, merely one part of it. In a way, being Spider-Man is a sacrifice. Peter learns Uncle Ben's famous words without it being force fed to the audience.

I struggle to find any major negatives. Michael Keaton was an excellent villain. His motivation is refreshing, especially as far as Spider-Man villains. If I had to nitpick:

1. Explaining the Ferris Beuller reference. It was well-done until Watts cut to a TV playing Ferris Beuller. The 1989 Batman reference was great though.

2. Zendaya as "MJ" was just Joseph Gordon Levitt as "Robin". Either commit to it or don't. I wouldn't have had any problem with Zendaya playing Mary Jane Watson. I'm not a comic book purist so I generally don't care about changing a character's appearance such as race or gender as long as it doesn't matter. This is a little complicated for something that's ultimately inconsequential. Mary Jane Watson is a boring character. She's a love interest or damsel in distress depending on which lazy writing serves the story when she shows up, and supermodel hot because comic books. Generally speaking, while I think it's worth changing a character to make her more interesting, I wonder if that change makes it not worth referring to her as the same character anymore. So she's "MJ" but not the MJ. They went half-way with it though I don't really know why the connection even had to be there. Still, I liked Zendaya in the film. She did a good job. Michelle was funny, interesting, and the kind of off-beat that better fits Peter. And they set her up for future installments really well. She was present yet unobtrusive which is really good long-term storytelling. Nice try attempting to make Zendaya frumpy though. You can frizzy-up her hair, but she's still hella good-looking.

Again, really minor quibbles.

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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:33:31 PM »
I thought the biggest change was that Square Enix fixed Vaan's weird abs.

That's a shame about Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age though. I couldn't get into it, but my brother loved it on PS2.

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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:36:01 AM »
I mean, that link was probably too focused on romance stuff, but I'm talking about the sort of dudes that fit that profile, their attitude, aesthetic, and humor. I would venture to say there's a lot of overlap with like Hot Topic emo-punks. Theater techs is another proxy. Sensitive redditors. Like, people who quote Monty Python sketches at length, say things like "you amuse me", post anime reaction .gifs. I'm kind of punching down here, but it's not really straight nerd-dom either, as it involves a particular mix of pompousness, unintentional cringe humor, and twee sensibility. Fedoras are kind of an ineffable symbol of this (cringe), and I found that Undertale exuded that ethos with every fiber of its being, on top of being a plodding, shitty game.
This was a great response. Thanks for taking the time to explain that. I've been curious to see what all the fuss regarding Undertale was all about. If I eventually get around to playing it, I wonder if I'll feel the same way. I mean, I've read how the game kind of uses your save file in a unique way and that you have to play the game at least twice to see the true ending (as well as hear the aforementioned baller final boss music) which may be a deterrent in starting Undertale. I generally don't make time for multiple play throughs of a game unless I feel like it's transcendental, or I liked a game and many years have passed.

Recently, I started Castlevania: Circle of the Moon since I haven't beaten it in over a decade and Cave Story+ is killing me.

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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: August 17, 2017, 04:40:38 PM »
That was the impression I got. I generally associate fedoras with the hapless "nice guy" who says "m'lady" and doesn't understand the inconsistency of trumpeting his own niceness versus calling women bitches when they rebuff his (usually unwanted) advances. That said, I don't know what that means in regards to Undertale. I thought the game was about a human falling into the world of monsters. Is the main character a Fedora Lord®?

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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: August 17, 2017, 02:40:25 PM »
Yeah I actively wanted to punch Undertale. It was the most fedora-y game I've ever played, and the fawning reception it continues to receive says a lot about video game enthusiast culture.
Haha, may I ask what you mean by "ferdora-y"? I haven't played the game, but my brother sent me a Youtube video of the final boss music. Goddamn, it's so good.

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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: August 16, 2017, 08:21:28 PM »
Got to the last area of Cave Story+. This is difficult.

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Does it have to be Wii U ports?
Nah. Just have fun with the discussion. I just really wanted the Bayonetta 2 gag.
I don't have any desire for Wii U ports because I have a Wii U and most of the best games are still easy to find physical copies of.  I can see why people who didn't own a Wii U want all the games ported but I don't really understand why Wii U owners want them.  The only reason I can see is if you want portable versions of those games.  Some special editions that include all the DLC on the cart would be nice though.  I don't have SSB and would love a version with all the DLC.  I'd buy that on the Switch instead of getting the Wii U version.
You started your post with "I don't have any desire for Wii U ports" then ended it mentioning a few Wii U ports (enhanced ports are still ports). There's still a desire for Wii U games. Portability is a big reason for some, particularly if it gives those Wii U games new life. Switch made Wii U's already glaring flaws even more noticeable. I don't really like turning it on these days unless I have to.

There are Wii U games I'd never consider double dipping (e.g. New Super Mario Bros. U). The entire purpose of this thread is that there are specific instances in which we would. Besides the ones in the OP, I'd like another crack at The Wonderful 101. After using Switch in handheld mode, it's really hard to go back to the GamePad.

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And it only took one post for someone to say, "it's time to stop porting Wii U games and put out new titles."

Jebus.............

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In all seriousness, this is just your basic port-begging thread. Yeah, we all want new games. I'm just curious what Wii U ports you'd buy because you missed it the first time around or you just want it on Switch for whatever reason.

Here's my Top 3:
1. Bayonetta 1 and 2 because of the value, and Bayonetta is a fun character.
2. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD because it's gorgeous and my favorite pre-Breath of the Wild 3D Zelda.
3. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze because I didn't play it on Wii U and would be more likely to in handheld mode with a friend.

Super Mario Maker on Switch would be better as a sequel that introduced slopes, additional art styles (e.g. Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Land), and all power-ups added to all art styles.

There's an opportunity to add so much content to Super Smash Bros. that it would seem unfair to call it a port.

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Or work out something with Fox for F4 rights, and in exchange make merchandise, games and new comics for X-Men related crap, also help produce more X-related TV shows.
Marvel cancelled Fantastic Four two years ago so it isn't fucking around. I wish it was as easy as tossing money at Fox to relinquish the rights to at least Fantastic Four. I'm not a big Fantastic Four fan, but I want Marvel to get the rights to Galactus. I was under the impression that Fox just isn't willing to play ball. It made Fant-four-stic to build its own shared universe with X-Men which obviously didn't work out for the studio. Fox seems only willing to deal with Marvel when it can benefit (e.g. trading the film rights to Ego the Living Planet for permission to change Negasonic Teenage Warhead). That ultimately sucks for everyone including Fox because it has made more shitty movies than good ones. And as long as the shitty movies are profitable, those rights aren't going anywhere.
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I can't say that I don't care how they work it out, but they need to work something out so that I can get my MvC: Ultimate Edition on a Nintendo system please. With ALL the relevant Marvel Characters please.
That's the goal. It's a shame Marvel and Fox can't figure this out. I find myself in a tough position. I want all Marvel properties returned to Marvel because Marvel Studios has proven time and again that it can make great movies and shows consistently with very few duds (looking at you Iron Fist). The problem is that it often forces me to hope Fox shits the bed. I'm torn between wanting good movies but kind of hoping they fail at the same time. It's great that Deadpool was a hit, but it also encourages Fox to hold onto the rights. It won't sell the properties until it feels like it can't make money on them.

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Ian being the non-cynic in a thread currently discussing an influx of support from Capcom is cray.
It's comforting to know we aren't in the darkest timeline.

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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: August 03, 2017, 07:17:12 PM »
I looked over my Amazon pre-orders and I realized that I have four games scheduled to come out this year (I'm mildly skeptical that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still a 2017 game) so I'm making a concerted effort to complete Cave Story+ on Switch before returning to Breath of the Wild.

F you, Machine X. I'm past what I presume is a pretty pivotal section in which I lost Curly Brace. I have no idea how much longer this game is. Overall, I can see why it has a following. Cave Story+ is good, and it's impressive that the original was developed by a single person. I'll give more in-depth thoughts once I complete the game.

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TalkBack / Re: Resident Evil Revelations Games Coming To Switch
« on: August 01, 2017, 10:53:09 AM »
Something something both games should be on a single card something

Since Capcom is going the half-card half-code solution (probably to cut cost), I would have preferred Revelations 2 being on the card and Revelations 1 being a digital code since Revelations 2 has a larger file size. I'm trying to get through another generation without needing an SD card.

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Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Let's Talk Amiibo!
« on: July 31, 2017, 06:56:12 PM »
I have more Amiibo than I know what to do with. I don't know how it's come to this. I've reached a point in which I actually end up feeling whatever the opposite of buyer's remorse is when I don't buy an Amiibo I see in stores only for the price to skyrocket because it becomes difficult to find. I had my chance to get Callie and Marie, but I thought I could get them cheaper online. Did I really want the Callie and Marie Amiibo, or did I want them because they were new and cool looking?

I recommend stepping out of the Amiibo hunting game if at all possible. They're nice decorations. Recently, I looked at my collection and wondered why I have so many of these things yet I'll be there when the Samus/Metroid two-pack launches because I'm an a-hole.

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General Gaming / Re: What is your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: July 28, 2017, 06:51:59 PM »
Amazon charged me for Splatoon 2 yesterday so I'll get that sometime today.
The short version is I did not get Splatoon 2 delivered yesterday, but I now get it for free. Thanks for sucking, Amazon Logistics. Not sarcasm. Thanks for sucking since I now get a free game.
Wow, that's crazy! I've never heard of then giving out that much for a simple shipping error, usually it's like $10. I wonder what made this one so much...
Short version: I complained.

Long version: I have all my Amazon packages delivered to my employer so deliveries won't just sit outside my apartment. Splatoon 2 was maybe the fourth or fifth Amazon Logistics shipment in which they said the business was closed despite the fact that we're open until 10:00 PM. Amazon ships video games in padded envelopes so I stayed at work to wait for the delivery because I felt uncomfortable with it sitting at the front desk all weekend. Amazon Logistics didn't attempt to deliver it then sent me an email that the business was closed.

I called Amazon and explained everything. I was angling to have no future shipments sent via Amazon Logistics. They weren't able to do that but a manager "de-prioritized" Amazon Logistics as a carrier (will only send as a last resort) and added carrier instructions ("Go to the front desk, bruh.") then just offered me full credit for the game. I didn't ask or demand compensation. She said she didn't want to do a refund since I wouldn't get the game so she put the credit on the account. I wasn't going to tell her not to.

Semi-related: Amazon delivered Female Corrin today because sure. I don't think they even know when shipments are delayed/not delayed.

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RE4 portable (not the mobile ****) would be great. I already bought it for GameCube, Wii and PS4...what's another copy?
Probably $40 with the Switch tax. I'd gladly pay that for one of the best games ever made.

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I'd buy Resident Evil 4 for the third time.

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Iron Fist has been tough to watch. It's boring, the fight scenes are slow and poorly choreographed, and Danny Rand is an insufferable dickbag (so far anyway). I'm only on like episode three or four.

I have to get back into Agents of Shield. Season Three wasn't great despite a strong finish to Season Two. I heard great things about Season Four.

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General Gaming / Re: What is your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: July 26, 2017, 03:43:56 PM »
Roughly half an hour after someone on NeoGaf posted that Best Corrin was up on Amazon, I placed my order with an estimated delivery date of 08/14/2017 to 09/05/2017. On Saturday, Amazon adjusted my delivery date to Thursday (tomorrow). Today, I got an email stating that my Best Corrin order was delayed to 08/14/2017 to 09/05/2017, and I had to log in on a computer (no smartphones or tablets) to confirm I still wanted it.
I mean, I've yet to open any Amiibo and I don't plan on opening Female Corrin either so the delay isn't a big deal. I was fine with the original estimated delivery date, and I still am assuming, of course, my order doesn't just get outright cancelled. However, maybe get your **** together, Amazon. I don't understand how this even happens. That said...
I was so elated that Indivisible was announced for Switch that I almost preordered the Physical Collector's Edition bundle via Backerkit before a cooler head prevailed, and I thought, "Why the **** do I need that?" I can wait for the preorder to show up on Amazon. If the Collector's Edition is available then, great. If not, I can live with just the regular physical card on Switch and get my Prime discount.
Without any assurances that the physical card will be more than a limited release, I pre-ordered the physical Indivisible bundle via Backerkit just in case (which I can always cancel). Unless it's a major release (e.g. Super Mario Odyssey) or currently the only way to get a physical copy of a game (e.g. Axiom Verge), I don't feel comfortable taking my chances on Amazon. This is a shame because I was a big champion of Amazon. It just let me down so spectacularly several times in a row.

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