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General Gaming / Re: Atari VCS, Amico, Micro Consoles
« Last post by Kairon on Today at 01:10:44 PM »
The internet is going all crazy over the Valve Steam Deck, and all I can think of is meh.



The steamdeck looks like a great piece of tech honestly. So have other handheld pcs in its niche product category too actually, like the GPDWin or Aya Neo. And with Valve's size and ability to make money on the valve ecosystem and the choice to have a low storage 64GB SKU the price is starting to get close enough to bring up comparisons to Nintendo and console instead of full-priced laptops. (Though the much more expensive SKUs are the true full experience, and you have to buy a dock separately, so the more appropriate comparison is against the Switch Lite.)

I think it looks pretty neat but the biggest question is how much of a mass market product it's going to be. It sounds like reservations are already stretching into 2022 so I don't think they're planning to manufacture huge quantities of it and right now I'd guess it's probably going to be pretty niche when it first arrives purely due to unit quantities available. That right now seems to be the biggest limit on it. That and a lack of an audience rallying "killer app" to market it with (Half-Life 3?).

I think the more interesting thing about it is it offers either a comparison or a ceiling to a future Switch 2, both in price and performance. My take right now is that an eventual Switch 2 from Nintendo will be slightly under the raw performance of this Steam Deck, or match it, but due to being a closed system will be able to look more optimized in actual outcomes. And Nintendo will also probably have to be aware of that when pricing a Switch 2.
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Let me tell you of the demons of gacha so you may never have to feel it for yourselves!

When you say "best practices", are those determined to be such by the fans? Like is this considered acceptable/the line most paying players won't cross? Or is it determined by developers/publishers? Just sort of informal standards of equilibrium most game producers have wound up at?
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Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 731: The Amiibo Shuffle ft. Zachary Ty Bryan
« Last post by Crimm on Yesterday at 10:05:53 PM »
But what if... you didnt

This is a great writeup but I'm struggling to understand how the FOMO is this powerful
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Give us Hotel Mario, Wand of Gamelon, and Mario Teaches Typing!
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TalkBack / Re: Smashterpieces Podcast Episode 27: Pokémon Snap
« Last post by Morningshark on Yesterday at 12:20:09 PM »
Like many, I have a lot of fun memories playing this as a kid. I think it is surprisingly still playable, and enjoyable despite its age and limitations. I also think, it and Paper Mario may have had kiosks in some locations? I want to say McDonalds, and I am pretty sure they had one at a hospital in my area many years ago. I remember struggling to figure out how to snap a picture of Muk, who was the last Pokémon I snapped as a kid, and years later as an adult. That Grimer challenge is tricky!
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I've never heard of these, they look interesting, and I'll check them out. I'm also hoping they add some more obscure first party games too, like all of those spin-off Mario games, or maybe even some of the Satellaview content.
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Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 731: The Amiibo Shuffle ft. Zachary Ty Bryan
« Last post by Enner on July 22, 2021, 04:59:03 PM »
Good show, especially with that tough question of the predatory monetary practices common to free-to-play games, gacha systems, loot boxes, and EA's FIFA Ultimate Team schemes.

Let me tell you of the demons of gacha so you may never have to feel it for yourselves!

Dragalia Lost, the original mobile game from Nintendo and Cygames, does have a system where you are guaranteed to get the 5-star (the maximum) character from a given gacha banner. This system is present in Cygame's web-based gacha JRPG, Granblue Fantasy, and is colloquially referred to as a "sparking" system. Basically, you gain a special token for each gacha pull in Dragalia Lost. 300 of those tokens can be exchanged for any featured character in the current gacha banner.

The "best practice" in the gacha space is that each 10-pull is equivalent to 25-30 USD. In Dragalia Lost, they sell a premium currency pack of 1230 Diamantium at US$24.99. You need 1200 Diamantium for a 10-pull on a gacha banner. So, discounting the free gacha currency, free summoning tickets, the pity rate system, the maximum amount a player can spend in getting a desired 5-star character in Dragalia Lost is (napkin math) about 750 USD.

If you wanted to know about the hot gacha-anime-ARPG-BOTW of Genshin Impact, that has the "best practices" of limited time banners, bonuses for pulling 10 times at once, and a cost rate of $20-27 per a 10-pull (depending on if you buy the worse value or the "best value" pack of premium currency. Genshin has a "guarantee system" where at 90 pulls you get the coin flip (50/50 chance) of getting a banner's featured 5-star character or weapon and at 180 pulls you are guaranteed to get the banner's featured 5-star. So, the napkin math to that is a player could be spending a maximum of US$360-480 to get their waifu. Now the fucked thing is that there's a character perk system where getting extra copies of a character (up to six extra copies, meaning pulling the same character seven times to unlock all the perks) will grant them bonuses that are sometimes very powerful, depending on the character.

Finally, you have Fate/Grand Order which has a 0.6% of summoning the featured 5-star Servant per pull and no pity, sparking, or guarantee system whatsoever. As you can guess, there are salt/horror stories of people spending a grand or more and not getting the limited-time 5-star Servant.
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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Sales Thread
« Last post by Enner on July 22, 2021, 03:43:50 PM »
JAPAN NUMBERS!

https://www.resetera.com/threads/media-create-sales-week-28-2021-jul-12-jul-18.460722/

TOP GAME: 01./00. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD <ADV> (Nintendo) {2021.07.16} (¥5.980) - 159.089 / NEW

Famitsu Sales: Week 29, 2021 (Jul 12 - Jul 18)

01./00. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD <ADV> (Nintendo) {2021.07.16} (¥5.980) - 159.089 / NEW
02./00. [NSW] Crayon Shin-Chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi - Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi # <ADV> (Neos) {2021.07.15} (¥5.982) - 107.319 / NEW
03./01. [NSW] Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin <RPG> (Capcom) {2021.07.09} (¥6.990) - 32.111 / 169.787 (-77%)
04./02. [NSW] eBaseball Professional Baseball Spirits 2021: Grand Slam <SPT> (Konami) {2021.07.08} (¥6.980) - 20.711 / 127.308 (-81%)
05./05. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) - 12.164 / 2.694.102 (-5%)
06./06. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 11.565 / 2.056.556 (-6%)
07./04. [NSW] Game Builder Garage <EDU> (Nintendo) {2021.06.11} (¥3.164) - 10.634 / 168.387 (-25%)
08./03. [NSW] Mario Golf: Super Rush <SPT> (Nintendo) {2021.06.25} (¥5.980) - 10.339 / 139.787 (-40%)
09./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 9.945 / 3.919.253 (-6%)
10./00. [NSW] Earth Defense Force 2 for Nintendo Switch <ACT> (D3Publisher) {2021.07.15} (¥3.618) - 9.379 / NEW

Top 10

NSW - 10

HARDWARE
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+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|System |  This Week |  Last Week |  Last Year |     YTD    |  Last YTD  |     LTD     |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW # |     64.107 |     69.283 |    113.197 |  3.219.341 |  2.929.208 |  20.559.715 |
| PS5 # |     10.107 |     14.404 |            |    644.298 |            |     899.448 |
| XBS # |      1.874 |      1.066 |            |     31.610 |            |      63.034 |
| 3DS # |        584 |        628 |        903 |     17.807 |     35.977 |  24.576.715 |
| PS4 # |        295 |        678 |      4.523 |     82.315 |    448.318 |   9.373.205 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  ALL  |     76.967 |     86.059 |    118.654 |  3.995.371 |  3.416.298 |  56.640.680 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  PS5  |      8.640 |     12.271 |            |    546.395 |            |     753.017 |
| PS5DE |      1.467 |      2.133 |            |     97.903 |            |     146.431 |
| XBS X |      1.503 |        579 |            |     21.920 |            |      46.796 |
| XBS S |        371 |        487 |            |      9.690 |            |      16.238 |
| NSW L |     11.577 |     16.416 |     17.433 |    887.104 |  1.363.141 |   3.959.196 |
|  NSW  |     52.530 |     52.867 |     95.764 |  2.332.237 |  1.566.067 |  16.600.519 |
|  PS4  |        295 |        678 |      3.053 |     82.091 |    275.530 |   7.797.482 |
|n-2DSLL|        584 |        628 |        827 |     17.807 |     33.749 |   1.181.770 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+

Skyward Sword followed by Shin-chan top last weeks sales.
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General Gaming / Re: What Is Your White Whale of Gaming?
« Last post by Mr. Bungle on July 21, 2021, 09:46:24 PM »
Well I haven't read Moby Dick so I guess that is my "white whale" for literature.  8)
For video games I have been drawn to the Sega Saturn for a while now. It is a tough console to collect so I have been hoping for a mini-version like the Genesis and SNES had. I have played some of the games that have been ported to other consoles but quite a few are locked on that thing. I would also be happy with a collection or some Sega Ages releases of the games. If anyone has one or some experience with it I would love to hear about it.
The other thought I had is Punch-Out. I have all three main Punch-Out!! games but have never completed any of them. I think I probably could if I spent the time but I just keep putting it off. Does anyone know which games is easiest of the three?
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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Mario Golf: Super Rush
« Last post by Mr. Bungle on July 21, 2021, 09:41:45 PM »
After playing through Golf Adventure I played a full round (18 holes) on each course with the Standard Golf mode. I played against 3 random AI opponents. This made me realize two things. First, the thing I would have like added is a set of tournaments, like those in Mario Tennis Aces. As far as I can tell there is no way to change the difficulty of the AI and they are pretty bad, averaging +10 per game. As you go through the courses they do get harder so while I started with a score around -10, by the last course I was breaking even. Since the AI do about the same on each course there is some felling of them getting more difficult but the game was never close. The other thing I realized is that you can unlock star clubs. These are leveled up sets of clubs assigned to each character. I played the 72 holes I mentioned above and was able to get about 1000 character points which unlocked the star clubs for Rosalina, the character I have been using. To get the double star clubs you need 3000 character points! This is quite a lot of playing and this is for one character. To unlock all the clubs for all the characters would require a lot of playing. I think it is too slow, much like the unlocks in Mario Kart 8.
I just tried out the Battle Golf mode tonight and it was okay. Probably better with real people. The games are very short and there are only two courses. Next up is Speed Golf with each course. I know GK mentioned not liking XC golf but I kind of liked it. The only problem is it appears to only occur in the Golf Adventure. I can see this being added as an additional mode later though.
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