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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXVI: Sign-up Thread
« on: September 16, 2021, 09:13:49 AM »
In. As for the mafia choices, some of them seem to depend on how many people sign up. But all three seem promising.

I pick Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence. With the Frozen movies' popularity, being royalty from the snow regions has never been so cool. The kids will come for the snow tunes and the adults will come for the nose flute!

I wonder how Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury will end up saleswise compared to other 3D Marios. Looks like it may sell more than would be expected for such a release.

Little Nightmares II has really blown up. I guess the first game was really well-received for the sequel to hit the ground running as it did.

Gotta love the Switch record-streak continuing. It's broken the 360's record by a good margin now.

I seem to have become the benefit man. Now this shady character with shades, King Gong, wants me to do a benefit for a girl that got hit with a football. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! "Oh. my nose!" indeed! Feels a bit of a step down from helping a hospital. Especially since I'm getting reports of malfeasance about that previous effort.

But I'll give this Gong guy one more chance. I managed to pull in one of the best rock bands ever! Well, actually just Vince Clarke, who was with them for a year. But, hey, a year of greatness is better than none at all! Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence

General Chat / Re: Space News
« on: March 09, 2021, 11:14:58 PM »
Best to use the Parrot Sketch excuse: That rocket didn't crash! It's resting!"

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Sales Thread
« on: March 09, 2021, 11:02:59 PM »
Even better.
Who can guess the closest to the number of PS5 sold when NSW crosses 20M sold?
I'll guess 812,812.

My career may be on the upswing! Some character named Qui-Gon Khush wants me to do a benefit concert for a hospital. Usually you do this stuff to help buy some equipment or build a new wing onto the hospital. But apparently, this benefit is to build a new one from scratch! I feel honored that they asked me to get in on the ground floor. Little fuzzy on what happened to the old hospital. People act like it went up in smoke...

I was asked to do a cover song for this performance. Here's one for all the ladies! Mantronix - Got To Have Your Love

I loved Advance Wars. It was sort of the first of its kind of strategy game I had ever really played. I got through almost the entire game before I hit a wall I just couldn't get past. I'd like to play it again some day, perhaps with a walkthrough for the last stages.

Fire Emblem was a big event for me. I had heard about the series for years and now it was finally coming out in English! When I started playing it for the very first time, it was probably the longest uninterrupted gameplaying session I've ever had. I played it for 8-9 hours. I've had many a 2-4 hour sessions in my life like many people who play games, but this was record-breaklingly noticable for me! I guess I got a taste of what it's like for MMORPG gamers. :P Lyn is still one of my favorite Fire Emblem characters.

I never finished Final Fantasy Tactics Advance but I enjoyed it since it was a Final Fantasy game (a rarity on Nintendo systems at that point!) and it had the gameplay style of Tactics Ogre, one of the Japan-only Super Famicom games I had wanted to play. How that game even came to be was wild. Square was so on board the Sony train, they had to create a seperate dev team made up of Quest people called Game Designer Studio. It was partly funded by Hiroshi Yamauchi's Q Fund, meant to invest in new studios (like Genius Sonority, ND Cube). And that studio was led by everyone's favorite Square developer, Akitoshi Kawazu!

Game & Watch Gallery 4 was a fun little collection of mini-games. Though I probably had more fun watching James Jones play it on Twitch. :P I wish Nintendo would make a Switch collection of all the Game & Watch games with updated graphics, historical info (like that SNK collection).

Drill Dozer is a gamer I only played briefly in a store demo. Everyone raves about it, so I should try to play the complete game. And I had never heard of Car Battler Joe before this topic so I need to check it out based on the title name alone!

I wasn't a 3DS Ambassador. I never got that (dubious?) distinction.

As far as Golden Sun and Camelot, I wonder how many people that made those games still work there. Is there a desire on their part to work on something besides sports games? Golden Sun: Dark Dawn for the DS felt like a game that wasn't quite ready from a concept/tech standpoint (3D polygons versus the old 2D sprites). Its commercial failure seems to have put the series in Nintendo's dog house and unless someone with power champions it, like F-Zero, it may be a cold day before we see anything new from the series.

Mario Pinball Land was a fun, little game. I wish Fuse Games still made pinball games, but they were absorbed by Barnstorm Games which seems to mostly make licensed quiz games for smartphones.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong may be the best in the series (not counting DK '94). Kind of too bad since it's the first. :P The puzzles could be pretty tough to figure out as the game went on, but the gameplay and animation made it worth trying again. NCL should equip NOA to make more games. Yeah, some of their games can be uninspiring sequels, but I wonder if that is due to lack of talent/experience or being on too much of a leash from Kyoto.

Kuru Kuru Kuruin could be such a fun yet enraging game. The type you kept trying over and over again to get to the next stage.Certainly one that should appear on a future GBA Classic.

I can't remember which Mega Man Battle Network game I played. It was either 3 or 4. I remember having fun with it and it seemed like the story wasn't bad. Like a cartoon series, really. It seems like Capcom has forgtten the series. Like they have/had a tendency to do, they drive series into the ground with too little changes between games. Maybe they'd release them in a package for another Mega Man anniversary, but only after the re-release all the other Mega Man games yet again.

To Mr. Bungle: I don't know if you were joking or not, but it seems that Hudson stopped making the Mario Party games after Mario Party 8 on the Wii due to Konami buying out Hudson. Around that time, several key figures at Hudson were leaving/retiring and alot of the people that made the Mario Party games went to work with NDCube, who have made the series ever since. I didn't realize that they helped develop the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game.

Wario Land 4 immediately caught my attention back then due to the graphics/animation and the title screen music. If you can't kick it with Wario, can you really kick it anywhere?

I had alot of fun with both Metroid games. I'd rank Fusion higher since it had a "better" sense of atmosphere, more foreboding for Samus. The remake was great and I'd recommend playing it over the original Metroid all day any day. NES Metroid's controls are just too unwieldly to me. I can't criticize it too much since it was the first game in the series doing the best it could at the time, but it doesn't hold up nearly as good as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda IMO.

I believe I only played the Polarium DS game rather than the GBA version. It was fine, but I'd need to revisit it as I didn't give it alot of time. I'm sure Steef's speculation about the GBA version coming out after the DS version due to Nintendo wanting everyone to buy a DS should be considered as fact. I think Nintendo was so fearful of the PSP gaining a strong foothold, they were willing to killshot the GBA (which could have, perhaps easily, hit the GB/GBC's lifetime sales if it had been allowed a normal lifecycle). What few games Nintendo did release for the GBA afterwards, they tried not to give too much attention.

It was very amusing when the GBA contnued to outsell the PS3 in the US in the spring and summer of 2007.

For GBA games not on the Wii U VC in the M to Z category:

Mother 3 :P
Rhythm Tengoku (Japan-only until the DS version, but it started it all! Even had an aracde version of the GBA game by Capcom in Japan)
Sheep (Capcom-published game about you and your dog herding sheep)
Sonic Advance
Tactics Ogre: Knights of Lodis
Tomato Adventure
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (impressive that the game could turn out and play so well on the GBA)

Hey, guys! The concert will start soon. Just shuffling some things behind the scenes!

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Buying New Panels For Upgraded Switch?
« on: March 05, 2021, 05:08:17 PM »
I would agree with you, Ian, that it could just be a Switch Next/2 for all practical purposes. But I wonder if portable tech has advanced fast enough (and more importantly, cheap enough) to allow for a big enough leap for everyone to go "Wow! The next-gen of Switch!" If it hasn't, then I think this next version of Switch will be positioned as something less than a PS4 Pro-type jump. Replace the Mariko Switch, then a year or two later, use this same tech to replace Switch Lite. A few years after that (2025), release a true (?) successor that's more powerful than PS4 Pro, etc.

To me, it's hard to read how Nintendo's next 5 years will be until we know for sure how big of a jump this next Switch will be. I think the main point of this releasse is just to keep it powerful enough to keep the third-party ports coming. It's also to sell more Switches, but one way to sell more Switches is to keep the third-party ecosystem thriving.

*A harmonica beautifully plays*

Bahbum bumbah babah bah bah
Bahbum bumbah babah bah bah

Thanks everybody! You know, I was a little wary of coming to the NWR Forums. I was told that one of your most esteemed citizens, a certain James Jones, referred to my music as nose flute music. Jason Ricci and the New Blood aren't about that negative scene. We try to send off nothing but positive vibes. So I thought I'd ignore the one bad apple and hang out with all the cool cats here!

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Not a hater but... (future prediction)
« on: March 04, 2021, 02:47:58 AM »
Still, you'd think Miyamoto would have had more faith in the Switch. I guess he spent too much time listening to Ishihara from The Pokemon Company!

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Not a hater but... (future prediction)
« on: March 04, 2021, 02:45:52 AM »
His last post was the day the Switch launched and he last visited two days after its first anniversary. Did its success hit him that hard? In fact, he never logged in again after the first time you brought this topic back to life. :p I would say you drove him away, but I guess he did that to himself. He's just biding his time, waiting for the Switch to fall!

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Buying New Panels For Upgraded Switch?
« on: March 04, 2021, 02:26:41 AM »
Do OLED screens still have trouble with screen burn-in, longevity? Those used to be the main knocks against them.

I just don't see how 4K will be possible without the system being significantly beefed up. Even with DLSS, you need some real power to pull it off.

But it does make sense that Nintendo getting a good deal would lead to them swicthing to OLED of all technologies.

It's hard to say what to do about getting the key since it depends on how you got Windows 10 in the first place. If all else fails, find one of the programs that gets around that for you. You have a legit copy, so it's not pirating.

I guess that movie was before even Transylvania 6-5000. A very young, raw Goldblum in action, so to speak. :p

TalkBack / Re: Wii U System Update Released; Yes, in 2021
« on: March 03, 2021, 08:30:01 PM »
Honestly this is cool Nintendo keeps updating...but I kinda hoping one day Nintendo will update the Switch to allow the Wii U controller to be a Switch Stream So you can leave it docked.  That would be cool.

That would be fantastic. But it seems like Nintendo wants to think about the Wii U as little as possible except to mine its catalog for future Switch titles.

I made a joke elsewhere that this firmware update makes the Wii U so stable the Wii U Gamepad can be used in place of the Balance Board to play Wii Fit U. :P

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Mario Golf: Super Rush
« on: March 03, 2021, 08:00:47 PM »
1. I believe I played one of the NES Open golf games, but I never owned it. My first real exposure to the series was Mario Golf for the N64. There's no telling how many hours I put into it. I later played the GBA and 3DS games.I'm not sure how different the 3DS game is from the GameCube version, but I enjoyed it. I don't know if that would have changed if I had played Toadstool Tour previously.

2. Story mode though speed golf would be a close second.

3. It hasn't been officially announced, but I believe that based on some screenshots/video frames, King Boo is a character.  I'd like Rosalina, MagiKoopa and Birdo to be included. Maybe Gooigi. For really unlikely characters, why not Geno and Frogfucius? Characters I'd like to NOT be in the game are any baby version of characters. In games like Mario Kart, they take up way too many slots.

General Gaming / Re: Sitting on the sidelines: PS5 vs XB Series X
« on: March 01, 2021, 08:14:27 PM »
I can see that the second pic is an homage to ICO, but what about the other three?

"Highly recommended if you get a PS5, so much so that I'm surprised Sony didn't charge for it beyond the console purchase."

Do you mean you're surprised the console doesn't cost even more or that the controllers don't cost more?

TalkBack / Re: Capcom Arcade Stadium (Switch) Review
« on: February 28, 2021, 01:26:09 AM »
Seems silly that they didn't add online and other functionality to games that already have them in other collections. Feels like something Sega would do: Have three different collections but none of them definitive. And have the later collections be inferior in some ways to the ones before it. :p

For Brillant Diamond and Shining Pearl, I wish the art-style had gone with a refined Let's Go-style. Why put in all the work for that engine if you're not going to use it? In battles, the game seems to shift to the Let's Go look, so why not be consistent? Do players really feel that much nostalgia for the chibi-style of the DS originals? Or is this a case that they don't trust the devs to make a game with those graphics at the necessary scale the games demand? I and others did get a good laugh when they said the game was made by the people who made Pokemon Home. What a pedigree! That surely prepared them for this! On second look at the Pokemon Direct, the game looked better than I initially thought, but it's still uninspired to my way of thinking. Because of that, I don't think these games are going to sell nearly as well as they could have. They'll still sell millions, but I tghink it will be a drop off.

For Pokemon Legends: Arceus, I thought the same as you, that this initial footage reminded me of what Breath of The Wild looked like when it was shown in 2014. Hopefully, the game will come to life just as Zelda did. Otherwise, it kind of looks like an empty tech demo. Not an impressive one at that. Some said that they wonder if this was the game that Monolith was advertising positions for last year. I hope not as I think it would be a waste if a team there was "stuck" making a Pokemon game versus Xenoblade or whatever other original game they could be working in instead. It's clearly using the same engine as Xenoblade X and BOTW, so I imagine at least some devs from Monolith are assisting Game Freak.

If Game Freak can fulfill their apparent ambitions for Arceus, it could be huge for the series going forward and for sales. They'll need it to make up for what I think is a loss as far as Brillant Diamond and Shining Pearl are concerned (in terms of both sales and ambition).

General Gaming / Re: Sitting on the sidelines: PS5 vs XB Series X
« on: February 27, 2021, 01:35:54 PM »
author=Mr. Bungle link=topic=64947.msg974158#msg974158 date=1614202744
I am planning to get a PS5 when the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel comes out.

That's sort of my plan at the moment as well. Seems like Fall 2021 will be its release date. Sony's big holiday game.

The chip shortage seems like it will help Nintendo as far as the Switch staying dominant and slowing down the introduction of next-gen systems.

Announcements / Re: Topic of the Day (2021 Edition)
« on: February 27, 2021, 12:37:30 PM »
Since I have a habit of missing/overlooking topics I'd be interested in on the forums, I'll be making this topic a guide.

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