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I'm glad to hear Radical Rescue holds up!  I played all three of the Game Boy TMNT games so much, so I have no clear idea if they're objectively good.

I really liked Alba: A Wildlife Adventure (Switch, Apple Arcade).  It's about 5 hours long.

You're a little girl who wants to save a wildlife preserve on an island, and to get signatures for your petition, you help people via quests.  You also need to take pictures of every animal on the island, which really creates that Pokemon Arceus/Go "Oh shoot I haven't seen that one! Gotta go track it down!" gameplay loop.

I can't speak to when Force Unleashed takes place, but Vader has decided to overthrow the Emperor before Return of the Jedi.  In Empire Strikes Back, he asks Luke to help him overthrow the Emperor ("Join me, and we'll rule the galaxy as father and son.")

My favorite explanation is the turn happens somewhere between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back.  Vader ends A New Hope wondering who this Force-sensitive Rebel pilot is ("The Force is strong with this one."). Vader begins ESB knowing that Rebel pilot was his son, and he's decided he's going to recruit Luke to his side. 

The recent Marvel comics show the moment Vader discovers the Rebel pilot is a kid named Skywalker from Tatooine, and he realizes the Emperor lied to him about his son being dead. And that creates the seed to kill the Emperor.

TalkBack / Re: THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD: Remake (Switch) Review
« on: April 07, 2022, 09:49:27 PM »
The sentence about the A & B buttons used to shoot & reload confused me.  Is there a standard "gun mode" where you hold the Joy-Con like a gun & ZR is the trigger?

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 315: Circle of the Moon
« on: April 03, 2022, 12:37:19 PM »
"Why did people like this in 2001 & it got such good Metacritic reciews?"

At the time, I only had Nintendo systems & missed Symphony of the Night.  So I went from the NES/SNES Castlevania games straight to a Metroidvania.  It also had been 7 years since the last major Metroid-style game on a Nintendo system. So Circle of the Moon was amazingly impressive.

I think your criticisms in retrospect make sense.  But at the time, we had very little to compare it to.

Oh wow!

The three versions of Tournament Fighters are completely different.  None are particularly good, but it's cool to see them back.

A highlight for me is the Game Boy "Radical Rescue", a Metroidvania from 1993.

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Switch Sports Online Trial Codes Being Distributed
« on: February 16, 2022, 10:33:32 AM »
Thanks for letting me know!

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 756: Kawaii Is in the Eye of the Beholder
« on: February 02, 2022, 08:57:16 AM »
For baby games:
Mario Kart 8 is really good with the auto-accelerate & safe rails.  The kid just moves forward & stays on the track, but has mild control.  My son was able to be "competitive" with me, which was good for his ego.

Mario Maker is also good because you can make a low barrier course where they can just jump around. Or they can draw a crazy course and make giant bosses and make a hellscape & watch their parent try to beat it.  It's hilarious to them. 

Toddlers lose attention real quick & just walk away.

TalkBack / Re: Neal’s Top 25 for 2021 and More
« on: December 30, 2021, 08:11:21 PM »
Thanks for all the recommendations!

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 750: Nowhere Left to Go but Backwards
« on: December 14, 2021, 03:17:15 PM »
Congratulations on reaching 750!

On franchises that got taken over by spinoffs, my prime examples are Wario Land and the Mario vs Donkey Kong series.

Wario Land 1 took over the Super Mario Land series, and then even within itself changed to the no-death transformations with Wario Land 2&3 and then going back to "normal" with Wario Land 4.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong started off as a continuation of Donkey Kong '94, with a Lemmings-style sidemode. The Lemmings mode took over the series for subsequent sequels.

My son doesn't really play the "game" but loves it as a remote-control car with a camera.  He loves using it to spy on family members.

GAMES I'VE BOUGHT THE MOST: Outside of Mario & Zelda, it's probably Borderlands 2.  And I don't even like Borderlands 2 (I loved Borderlands 1 because it was a novel take on FPS Diablo).  I own Borderlands 2 on PC, Vita, PS4 (as part of the Handsome Collection), and then Switch.

You're right!  It's a LOT of waiting!

TalkBack / Re: Ranking the Classic Metroid Series
« on: October 10, 2021, 02:46:49 PM »
I didn't really like Samus Returns, for the reasons you gave.  I'm concerned I'm not gonna like Dread either.  What are your thoughts on Dread?

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 741: Mario's Poop Joke Sommelier
« on: October 05, 2021, 11:28:57 PM »
The English-language version of the Mario Manga that came out this year is a "Best of" collection of clips throughout the years.

There's a Luigi's Mansion chapter leading me to believe there's probably a full volume adapting Luigi's Mansion in Japan.

One chapter also has a content warning about the death of a parent, but I don't know whose parent dies.

TalkBack / Re: Hot Wheels Unleashed (Switch) Review in Progress
« on: September 27, 2021, 04:31:59 PM »
How does this compare to Cruisin' Blast, another recent Switch arcadey racer?

TalkBack / Re: 8 Nintendo 64 Games We Need on Switch
« on: September 24, 2021, 01:33:11 PM »
I think the Mario Party games are unlikely, given the new Switch game is selling itself on just being several N64 boards with online functionality.

Otherwise this seems like a solid list.

TalkBack / Re: BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites (Switch) Review FAQ
« on: September 15, 2021, 09:10:49 AM »
That's a disappointment.  I had heard that this Bloodrayne game was one of the Shovel Knight team's last games before they broke off from Way Forward.

I thought it was a fun segment.

How'd you mail it in so only Jon saw the answers?  I've been wanting to email them a quiz of "What games are on the back of the console box?" (ex. What screenshots are on the back of the launch GBA?) but haven't gotten it together yet.

TalkBack / Re: Metroid Saga Game Club
« on: June 16, 2021, 11:47:12 PM »
This sounds like fun.  Zero Mission's my favorite of the series and a great place to start.

TalkBack / Re: Advance Wars Returning In 1+2 Re-Boot Camp December 3
« on: June 15, 2021, 10:05:53 PM »
WayForward is developing the remakes apparently.

Some More Book Recommendations: I highly recommend Boss Fight Books' "NBA Jam: The Book" by Reyan Ali.  It ends up being a great history of Midway & Williams in the 80s & 90s.

If you want books that describe a bunch of games, has Jeremy Parish's books that have writeups on every Game Boy, NES, and SNES games by chronological release.  A Virtual Boy book is forthcoming. HG101 also has great books on the Castlevania and Shin Megami Tensei series.

FanGamer also has a Legends of Localization series that goes in-depth on the language localization choices for the original Legend of Zelda and Earthbound, written by the guy who did the Mother 3 translation.

Lastly, I'd suggest keeping an eye out for  About twice a year, they have bundles of digital videogame books (like Humble Bundle), and I usually get something new that's good.  They also often have HG101, Boss Fight Books, and Jeremy Parish books in there.

This looks really neat.

TalkBack / Re: Oxenfree II Headlines First Indie World Of 2021
« on: April 14, 2021, 03:51:56 PM »
Well played on the subheader.

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 262: The Return of Jeopardy
« on: March 02, 2021, 07:18:39 PM »
Neal, Mad About You crossed over with Friends.  Lisa Kudrow played the Ursula, the waitresss at the Mad About You cafe.  In Friends, it was revealed that Ursula was Phoebe's evil twin sister.

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