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I wonder how RNG works in these games and if using save states could work for scoring those lucky crits...

TalkBack / Re: E3 2023 Officially Cancelled
« on: April 04, 2023, 03:51:48 PM »
Twenty years ago, this wold have been some sort of April Fools joke.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: What's Next For The N64 Expansion Pack?
« on: April 04, 2023, 03:42:29 PM »
Nope, nothing for March either! This is why Switch sales are tanking.

At least there will be one this month...

Tera Raid Battles do not provide experience so they're not that useful.  They do give you items and you can catch Pokemon using them but since you can't level up your Pokemon with them,
The raids are mainly something to do in multiplayer, but they can still be used to catch quite a few Monz instead of doing trades, which is nice. They are used for weekly events to offer extra challenges and sometimes catch a new Mon not available elsewhere. Also, one of the rewards for completing them is XP candies, so the raids can be used to level up your Monz and is generally a faster method than fighting Monz out in the wild.

I barely used the sandwich system which seems like something they focused on that isn't that useful.
I hear it's mainly useful for shiny hunting but I never tried to figure out the effects meself. This is another thing that's fun to do in multiplayer, as having four players attempt to build up a big sandwich without any of the ingredients falling off is quite the challenge!

Nintendo Gaming / Re: What's Next For The N64 Expansion Pack?
« on: March 07, 2023, 02:57:36 PM »
Aw phooey, there wasn't one in February either! I guess since they added the GBA section, they figured that was enough for the month. Seeing as they're adding a GBA game in early March, hopefully there will be an N64 release later this month.

I'm mainly hoping to see the games that I was planning to buy from the VCs on Wii U and 3DS if this didn't happen. Some games on that service probably have a higher chance of appearing than most other games.

For regular Game Boy, three I was considering were Balloon Kid, Kid Icarus: Of Myth and Monsters, and Kirby's Pinball Land. I never did pull the trigger on them, since I've a feeling they'd be the sort of curiosity I'd enjoy playing once, and then that would be enough for me. These kinds of games are perfect for the NSO service.

For GBC, because Nintendo's able to get ahold of the Tetris licence again, I hope they don't stop at just the original. There was also a GBC version called Tetris DX and it included more extras than just color. I was also curious about Blaster Master Enemy Below. It looks similar to the NES game, but the level layouts appear to have some differences that could be neat to see.

I'm more interested in the GBA prospects. One game I really hope we see is Zelda Four Swords, since now it could be played online. I always thought this game looked pretty neat, but I never had the means to try out any version of it. Since they're getting Kirby Tilt ' Tumble to work, I'm hoping we'll also see WarioWare Twisted! and Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, those two games also look inventive. I've heard good things about the Sonic Advance games, since Sega's already involved in NSO with the Genesis offerings then hopefully they'll play nice and allow some GBA stuff as well. Drill Dozer looks like a fun puzzle game. I'm curious about the changes in the remake Kirby's Nightmare in Dream Land, as well as the more subtle ones in Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World.

There are probably some more I'd want if I gave it some thought besides what was on the previous VC.

It can be anything you'd like, regardless of how realistic it is or isn't.

For a refresher, here is the current lineup and the list of announced titles:

Game Boy / Color
Alone in the Dark
Game & Watch Gallery 3
Gargoyle's Quest
Kirby's Dream Land
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
Metroid II: Return of Samus
Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins
Wario Land 3

Kirby Tilt 'n Tumble
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
Pokémon Trading Card Game

Game Boy Advance
Kuru Kuru Kururin
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Mario Kart Super Circuit
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (+ e-Reader levels)
WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$

Fire Emblem
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Golden Sun
Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
Metroid Fusion

NWR Forums Discord / Re: I want money
« on: February 18, 2023, 06:46:01 PM »
I also want some money.

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TalkBack / Re: Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective To Revive This Summer
« on: February 09, 2023, 01:43:23 PM »
I was always curious about Ghost Trick but never managed to find it, so I might check it out this time.

Will these be available separately or only as a bundle? I have Origins for GameCube but never snagged the first game, so if I could, I'd just buy the one. Sounds like the GCN version may still have its merits if they're not using the original localization.

Whenever a series has a prequel, I'm never sure in which order the games should be played. Release order or chronological order?

This is good timing! I was holding out until the last minute of the Wii U and 3DS eShops closing before going on a spending spree, just in case anything was announced, so this saved me a bundle I would have spent on GB/C/A games for those systems! I did however, already buy SMA4 for the e-Reader levels on Wii U, but at least I played it when I bought it so it wasn't a complete waste.

I s'pose there's still a question of which games might release onto this service and if there may still be a few games I want to download on Wii U or 3DS... hm...

Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2023?
« on: February 09, 2023, 11:57:49 AM »
Thanks, nickmitch!

Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2023?
« on: February 08, 2023, 06:36:51 PM »
D'oh! I had totally intended to predict a Splatoon 3 DLC expansion, but it slipped my mind when I sat down to type things out. :(

TalkBack / Re: First Nintendo Direct Of 2023 To Air February 8
« on: February 07, 2023, 03:49:32 PM »
I wonder if they will show much of Zelda in this Direct, or if they will instead schedule a separate Direct for the game which they may announce here.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Has anyone played....?
« on: February 07, 2023, 03:46:37 PM »
The only one I can comment on is Monster Hunter Stories 2.

The game is pretty similar to its predecessor and features a largely new cast of characters including a new protag, and in different locations, so the story has little relation to the original. Your character still has Navirou as a helper, the same helper from the first game, and he's mainly the one who references those events. Some nods may go over your head but there's not really anything you need to know pertinent to the story so you shouldn't have any trouble jumping straight into 2.

I would say that the game is better but also feels pretty samey to the original so it's a little disappointing as a sequel. If you never played the original though then this won't matter to you. There are a few improvements here and there, a couple more wrinkles to battles to mix things up and building monsters is a little less convoluted, and a few other odds and ends. Overall the flow of exploration, combat, and monster collecting is very similar to the first game. Unless you think you'd really like this game and would want as much of it as you could possibly get, there's little reason to play the first over its sequel.

While playing the regular Monster Hunter games is certainly no requirement, you may not appreciate the game as much as someone familiar with the franchise and monsters.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: What's Next For The N64 Expansion Pack?
« on: February 07, 2023, 03:31:08 PM »
Yeah, I'm not sure what's going on with the schedule. Releasing both Mario Party 1 and 2 in November made up for the lack of a game in September to bring the average back to one a month, but then there wasn't one in December for some odd reason so I'm not sure what's going on. I wouldn't be surprised if they put out Pokémon Stadium 1 and 2 at the same time as well, maybe even this month for the Pokémon Day event. That would even it out again to one a month.

Tip for Mario Party: On the final turn, set all CPU players to humans and then you get to keep any coins and stars they collected at the end of the game.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2023?
« on: February 07, 2023, 03:26:24 PM »
Yikes! It feels like every year, I say that I'm not gonna wait until the last minute to get these in, and yet here we are...!

-The new Zelda will release this year.
This may no longer be a bold prediction, but it's gonna happen this year I can feel it...

-No new hardware will be released or announced.
No revisions, no successors. I think I'll go ahead and double down on this one.

-A new 3D Mario game will be the big holiday title.
There are some rumours that it will be 2D instead, hopefully I'll still get a half point if that occurs...

-A new 2D platformer from Good Feel will be announced, and it will not be another Yoshi game.
It's been a few years since they last put out a game, so they seem due. I think it won't be Yoshi again, but not sure what it might be. Maybe Wario Land?

-A new Mario Baseball game will release in the spring or summer.
Every previous sport has been covered so far, I believe, so now we're due for this.

-Advance Wars 1+2 will release this year and its date will be announced in tomorrow's Direct.
I decided to be recklessly bold with that specific add-on.

-DLC expansion for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be announced, will release in two packs a few months apart.
I'm simply guessing the DLC will follow a similar pattern to Sword 'n Shield.
-Game Boy announced for NSO+.
I don't actually think this will happen, but am struggling to think of things I think may happen.

-Another Rare game gets announced for NSO N64, my money's on Diddy Kong Racing.
I phrased it this way in the hopes that I'll still get a half point if a different Rare game happens instead, such as Banjo-Tooie.

-At least one more port or remaster of a Wii or Wii U game.
I haven't thought of any more specific guesses, so I'll add this more vague one just to reach ten.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2023?
« on: January 01, 2023, 01:57:01 PM »
I haven't yet thought about what could possibly release this year, so I'll have to do some research to figure out some probabilities. Last time, six of my guesses were right in some way, which is definitely the best I've done for something like this! I've a feeling I'll be back to tanking for this one though...

Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2022?
« on: January 01, 2023, 01:38:49 PM »
I s'pose I gotta stop putting in so many conditionals with this strict scoring system, as vague seems to be the way to go! But I won't try to argue with the tally, hee hee.

What I will mention, however, is that there was a new Wii port announced: Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe! It didn't release in 2022 though, so not full credit, but I think I should get a half point for it being announced in 2022.

As always, thanks for hosting this and putting everything together, it's always fun. Looking forward to next year's.

-Call of Duty finally comes to Switch in some form or another. "Heh heh, heh heh, you said doody, heh heh."
Funnily enough, this one was kinda almost sorta true. Though the announcement was so ill-defined that I wouldn't want to count this prediction even if it were one of my "official" ones, ha ha.

TalkBack / Re: Pokemon Scarlet And Violet (Switch) Review
« on: November 29, 2022, 12:49:58 PM »
Oof, I wasn't expecting the score to be quite this low around here, though the review itself still has a number of positive things to say. For me, the co-op adventure alone is enough to propel this up to being the most enjoyable Pokémon game.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
« on: November 27, 2022, 01:56:58 PM »
The performance is unfortunate, but the co-op adventure alone is already making this the most enjoyable Pokémon game, and in a number of ways it feels like what Sword and Shield should have been.

I've mainly been playing the game with my significant other, but through the launch weekend we also had two friends join us; it was a lot of fun to goof around in the early game as we figured out how everything works. We're taking our time playing through this one and focusing on exploring each area as we come to it, so we have only two total badges so far, the Bug gym and the first titan. We've filled out a lot of the PokéDex though, catching as many of the Monz as we can locate. We like how there's also lots of items scattered around the land to find.

When the four of us were playing, we tried making sandwiches together, which is a pretty funny minigame of sorts! Here's the first one we made, which definitely looks like something a group of kids would concoct:

Nintendo Gaming / Re: What's Next For The N64 Expansion Pack?
« on: November 01, 2022, 03:22:56 PM »
I guess they didn't want to release the first Mario Party game on its own because of the stick-spinning stuff. I'm guessing Goldeneye 007 will be in December then.

I'm already in my own family plan so can't help you there Khushrenada, but I'd be interested in playing these games with your group, if our schedules can match up.

Dr. Mario 64 was indeed a budget title that was released only in NA in 2001, MSRP $30 USD. Its main claim to fame is that it's still the only Dr. Mario game with a four-player mode. Pretty crazy I know, but it's true! Or at least, in terms of regular gameplay. The WiiWare game has some four-player side mode where everyone cooperates to drop pills in the same bottle, but that was it.

General Gaming / Re: Shocktober III: Season of the Witch
« on: October 29, 2022, 02:02:31 PM »
If it counts, I played through Kid Dracula on the Castlevania Anniversary Collection. A curious little oddity that released only in Japan before this, I guess this is a sort of prequel / origin story for Castlevania? It's fairly short with nine levels, and not particularly difficult until the final stage. The general gameplay reminded me more of Mega Man, with a similar stiff jump and "firing" three shots at a time, though at least Kid Dracula can aim *gasp* upwards! It starts out in a typical Castlevania-style stage, but diverges from there with other locales like a city, sky, temple, ship, etc. Hearing an upbeat version of the classic Castlevania theme is a bit surreal.

Time to begin Operation Mafiafall! Let's end this Mafia drought!

Wait, the person who voiced Bayonetta was named Hellena? What a funny coincidence!

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