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TalkBack / Re: Terror of Hemasaurus (Switch) Review
« on: November 29, 2023, 09:24:43 AM »
I had not heard of this game before. Rampage was one of my favorite arcade games growing up. I just wishlisted it and with the right discount will probably pick this up.

I think we are all waiting for Khushrenada to finish Xenoblade Chronicles X before we start this game.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: 2023 NWR Forum Awards
« on: November 27, 2023, 08:09:24 AM »
Lies of P should definitely be in Best Independent Game.

So moved

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Downloads - November 30, 2023
« on: November 27, 2023, 08:08:08 AM »
I will definitely pick up SteamWorld Build at some point, but I will wait a little while for a possible cartridge version.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: 2023 NWR Forum Awards
« on: November 26, 2023, 10:32:42 AM »
I have heard that Dave the Diver is not an independent game. But, that does call into question what an independent game is, these days.

According to Wikipedia's article for the game
"Dave the Diver is the first game from Mintrocket, a subsidiary of Nexon. Taehwan Kim, Vice President of Nexon America stated that Dave the Diver, "may look like an indie, but it's not necessarily the case".[7]
The source cited there is Korean.

So it is "not necessarily" an independent game  ???
On the other hand, The Game Awards did nominate it for Best Independent Game.  :-\

Does anyone else think it should be moved to Best Switch game?

Nintendo Gaming / 2023 NWR Forum Awards
« on: November 19, 2023, 12:56:47 PM »
It is time to collect the nominations for the second annual Nintendo World Report Forum Awards. I have restructured the categories to be more Nintendo focused due to low interest in the other platforms last year. Here are my short lists for nominees:

Nintendo Switch Game of the Year
  • Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon
  • Detective Pikachu Returns
  • Disney Illusion Island
  • Fire Emblem Engage
  • Pikmin 4
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Multiplatform Game of the Year
  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Diablo IV
  • EA Sports FC 24
  • Octopath Traveler II
  • Street Fighter 6
  • Super Mega Baseball 4
  • Theatrhythm Final Bar Line

Best Remake, Remaster, or Compilation
  • Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp
  • Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection
  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
  • Kirby's Return to Dreamland Deluxe
  • The Making of Karateka
  • Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection 1
  • Metroid Prime Remastered
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Super Mario RPG

Best Independent Game
  • Anonymous;Code
  • Bomb Rush Cyberfunk
  • Cocoon
  • Dave the Diver
  • Dredge
  • Lies of P
  • Moving Out 2
  • OXENFREE II: Lost Signals
  • Rakuen: Deluxe Edition
  • Sea of Stars
  • Tents and Trees
  • The Case of the Golden Idol
  • This Way Madness Lies
  • Viewfinder
  • Wargroove 2

Again, these are just my short lists. Please comment below any games you want included in the list of nominations. Also let me know if you have questions about the categories or think a game should be included in a different category. Finally, we will try to implement nickmitch's "Backlogged Game of the Year". For that award we will just post replies to the polls to indicate which nominees are still on our backlog (i.e., we have not played them yet). The game backlogged by the most users will win the award.

I am hoping to start the voting December 1 so make sure to get in your nominees before then!

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Downloads - November 16, 2023
« on: November 13, 2023, 08:53:34 AM »
A pretty big week for releases. I am still just going to play the original Super Mario RPG via the SNES classic, when I get a chance. My partner is picking up Hogwarts Legacy after the long wait for the switch version.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Sales Thread
« on: November 11, 2023, 07:29:08 AM »
I looked up the Jinsei game and it appears to be a Japanese version of the board game "The Game of Life". Seems strange that this would be so popular.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: NSO November 2023! (AKA Not Another Forum Event!)
« on: November 06, 2023, 04:25:24 PM »
I only have the basic NSO and have played very little of it. Khush and I played through a handful of games some time ago and it was fun. I am definitely up for doing more of that with folks.
I am interested in playing a few of the games solo as well. I started Mario Land and plan to finish that so hopefully this will motivate me to do that.
I am up for playing some online Wii U before that goes away. check my backloggery to see what I have there.
You can message me here or in Discord.

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober 4: The Final Chapter
« on: November 06, 2023, 09:12:49 AM »
Demon's Souls is the 4th FromSoft game I've completed, following Bloodborne; Sekiro; & the original Dark Souls.

Which of these Souls games would you recommend to someone looking to play their first in this genre? I have come close to picking up Bloodborne, Dark Souls remastered, and Dark Souls 3 at times, but never was quite sure where to start.

TalkBack / Re: Atari Acquires Developer Digital Eclipse
« on: November 05, 2023, 09:58:15 AM »
I really enjoyed Atari 50. Not just the museum style interface, but the updated versions of games like Yar's revenge. If that is what Digital Eclipse focuses on, that is great, but who will make all the great compilations for Capcom and Konami?  ???

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober 4: The Final Chapter
« on: November 04, 2023, 11:12:03 AM »

I know Shocktober is over, but I just finished ZombiU on, you guessed it, Wii U. I always enjoy a Wii U game that attempts to make good use of the Gamepad and this Ubisoft launch game goes all it. Like so many other games, there is an in-game equivalent of the game-pad that your avatar character uses to scan things. The picture above is the TV view when scanning and the picture below is from the gamepad.
It made me think that a Wii U Metroid Prime could have done this same thing. The game feels a lot like Resident Evil but the enemy variety is quite limited. I think there are only five different enemy types. I remember Way Forwards Mummy Demastered and the mechanic of "when you die, you respawn as a new person and have to hunt down and kill your former self" being quite novel, but obviously ZombiU did it first. I ended up playing through 22 different survivors and taking about 16 hours to finish the game.

Looking forward, I am planning to host the NWR Forum Awards again so if folks have any suggestions for the awards feel free to message me. Look for a nominees post in late November with the voting period to follow in early December.

TalkBack / Re: Switch Twitch App To End Service On January 31
« on: November 02, 2023, 09:51:51 AM »
I used the Twitch app to watch The Game Awards last year. I suppose I will again this year but looks like that will be the last.

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober 4: The Final Chapter
« on: October 31, 2023, 08:57:39 AM »

Thanks to everyone that joined in the fun again this year. Keep posting in the next few days about any games you played or finished in Shocktober.

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober 4: The Final Chapter
« on: October 30, 2023, 09:30:45 AM »
Well I finally beat Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon. I really enjoyed this game. As someone who loved Astral Chain, this felt like the next step in the type of gameplay, trading in the legion for a demon. The metroidvania style world also worked well for me, until I had to get those last few collectibles and then it became a little frustrating. I think I already mentioned my love for the art style but the word "kaleidoscope" really sums it up. I was also picking up lots of Alice in Wonderland influence in the story and characters. I kind of want to go back and revisit Bayonetta 3 now that I know the backstory on Cheshire. I really hope Platinum continues to make this quality of games with Kamiya-san, as they are one of my favorite second-party developers for Nintendo. I did collect all the things but my completion is still at 97%. Looking online it was tough to determine what leads to 100% completion, but I am guessing I need to complete the time trials at Platinum level. If anyone here can confirm that would be helpful.

Also, I had some fun with Splatoween. I saw Mop it Up was also playing but on a different team. I sided with the Zombies for that one, though it looks like the Ghosts were victorious. The special Halloween outfits and music really made it fun.

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Downloads - November 2, 2023
« on: October 30, 2023, 09:19:06 AM »
I am on the fence with both Fashion Dreamer and WarioWare: Move It! so looking for reviews of either of those before deciding.

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober 4: The Final Chapter
« on: October 27, 2023, 08:07:00 PM »
I rounded up all the collectibles in Cereza but still need to complete the last part of the story. I hope to have that done this weekend. I did manage to finally beat The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on Switch. I rolled credits Wednesday night clocking in around 250 hours. Obviously I did not complete the game 100% but did complete all the shrines and side quests. My in-game completion was listed at around 60%.

Overall I was happy with all the changes made to the sequel. I think they addressed anything I would have suggested in terms of improvements to Breath of the Wild. I really like the side quests in this game and there sure are plenty. Some of the new materials made the combat more to my liking as well. I do wish there was a hard mode for replay value, but I suppose I can just avoid certain upgrades to keep things challenging. I hope everyone has a good pre-Halloween weekend.

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober 4: The Final Chapter
« on: October 25, 2023, 08:56:20 AM »
Okay, last one of these I promise. Here is a list of in-game Shocktober events on Switch.

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober 4: The Final Chapter
« on: October 20, 2023, 09:53:15 AM »

For folks looking for a good deal on a spooky Switch game, check out Nintendo's current Shocktober sales:

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober 4: The Final Chapter
« on: October 18, 2023, 08:47:29 AM »
I've been playing DooM Eternal, and boy do I have some mixed feelings about this one.

First off, let's just get this one out of the way: I don't care for how overly violent it is, it's unnecessary and disgusting. I s'pose this is still sort of like playing a horror game, as I often find myself closing my eyes or looking away!

I don't know if I have ever had that feeling with a video game, though I certainly have with films. I do have a rather high tolerance for violence, but I also don't play too many violent games.

Are you playing this on XBox or Switch?

TalkBack / Re: Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy (Switch) Review
« on: October 18, 2023, 08:39:07 AM »
The thing that made me get into the series was the support of stereoscopic 3d. The first three games all have it via the Playstation 4. It really makes those games shine and pop. I played all three solo with no complaints. With the fourth game not having 3D support I picked it up on Switch and played a little co-op but without someone else to play it just wasn't fun so I still haven't finished it.

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober 4: The Final Chapter
« on: October 16, 2023, 10:14:05 AM »
I completed Sabre Wulf via the Rare Replay collection on XBox One last week. This is one of the early (1984) ZX Spectrum games in the collection.

It is basically an elaborate maze that has you search a 20x20 screen area for four pieces of an amulet. There are also some huts (as in housing for the native folks) to find if you are looking to get all the achievements. I ended up breaking out the graph paper and drawing the map myself as that seemed to be the only thing adding challenge to the game. It took me about 2 hours to finish and I guess I got lucky as there was about 25% of the world I did not traverse. Once that was done there were some NES remix style challenges called Snapshots to complete. It was not as spooky as I thought, but there was a wulf or two. Maybe the sequel Underwurlde gets more scary. Tune in next year to find out  ;).

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober 4: The Final Chapter
« on: October 16, 2023, 10:06:31 AM »
I do wish Tecmo Koei would do me a solid and discount those Fatal Frame games. But, I’m not buying new games this year as a rule so that’s a non-issue.
I remember waiting years on a discount for Maiden of Black Water on Wii U and then just paying full price for the digital game. I picked up the Switch version of Mask of the Lunar Eclipse in Japan for about half price because it was second hand.

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Downloads - October 19, 2023
« on: October 16, 2023, 09:51:21 AM »
I just pre-ordered Super Mario Bros. Wonder with Best Buy to get that free art print. I really need to finish Tears of the Kingdom soon.

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober 4: The Final Chapter
« on: October 13, 2023, 12:16:52 PM »
In case folks don't get the Nintendo newsletter, here is their official list of Switch games for Shocktober.

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