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It looks like I'll have to get Monster Hunter Tri a try. 
On an unrelated note.  What's with this score thing?  I see my score is a "-1".  What does this mean?

Hello lolmonade.
Welcome to the site.

What types of games do you like and what games have you picked up this year?

Hey, thanks.

Genre-wise, My preferences are usually fighting games, action/adventure, platforming, or anything that provides a fun, new experience (Heavy Rain being the last game that made me feel was unique).

I've purchased several games this year, but due to finishing up my graduate degree, haven't been able to play through several of them, so I'll just mention a few I've had a chance to play:

Kirby's Epic Yarn - This game is just bursting with charm.  Between the fun storybook narrative, simple to play and challenging to perfect level difficulty, and completely unique art style, this is one of my contenders for game of the year.  Also commendable for how they took out the main function of every other Kirby game (eating enemies to gain their powers) and made it still feel like a Kirby game.

Heavy Rain - Glorified Quick-Time Event simulator comments aside, it accomplished reeling me in to play through it a few times to see what the outcomes were.  Wasn't quite worth retail price, and isn't a leap forward for storytelling in general, but was a step in the right direction for video game narrative and multiple ending stories

Super Street Fighter IV - This is what should have been released in the first place.  I fear the cycle is going to repeat itself with Capcom releasing yearly updated games with small tweaks & features, further dividing the online community.

Super Mario All Stars Wii - Never owned a copy, and preferred getting these games on a disc than VC.  Good times with my wife, but wish it would have been $5 cheaper for what was in there.

Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks - Played about 5 hours worth.  I enjoy the deviation from the console versions in terms of story and premise, but feel like something was lost in translation gameplay wise.  It seems too easy, for the lack of a better word (maybe I'm just too early in the game).  I'm also not the biggest fan of touch screen combat.  I wish it was more like Chrono Trigger DS with touch screen menu & maps at the bottom, and ability to use buttons, or at least an option to do so. 

Demon's Souls - I haven't been more aggravated by a game since Super Ghouls N Ghosts, but I'm a glutton for punishment so I can't help but love both games, and it's very rewarding to finally finish a boss after such a lengthy trial & error process.  I haven't yet figured out the RPG elements and what each stat does though.

Games I'm looking forward to playing: Dragon Quest IX, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Any suggestions of other games to be on the lookout for?

Hey all,

Been registered for a month or so, but haven't posted until tonight.  Got introduced to Radio Free Nintendo by an old co-worker, was my first podcast and so far still my favorite (for video game discussion at least) .  Everything else I've heard so far sounds like people being paid by their respective company, or apologists for bad gameplay.

Anyway, I look forward to being a more active member within the next coming months.  Seems like a cool community here.

Reader Reviews / Re: Rate The Last Game You Played
« on: December 18, 2010, 02:04:48 AM »
Super Mario All Stars 25th Anniversary Edition - 7 out of 10 for new owners, 4/10 for anyone who owns any of these games already.

Everyone knows the drill by now.  I purchased this version because I grew up playing the Mario All-Stars versions of Mario 1-3 (cousins owned them, I was a Sega Genesis kid), and this is the first chance I've gotten to own those copies. 

The extra CD & booklet are still factory sealed, which should give you an indication as to how much worth I give those, so I'm essentially paying $10 extra over the VC releases for the updated graphics and the ability to own it on a disc.  Since my Wii seems to be on its way out (disc read errors left & right and other problems), it makes the extra $10 digestible, but I can't say it doesn't leave a bad aftertaste.

My complaint is the same as everyone else who has rated the game:  Why the hell couldn't they have added more games to the list.  Sega at least did one thing right in the past 10 years: include a ton of value in their Sonic Mega Collection (Also see the Legend of Zelda Collectors Edition).  If they would have added that much value in this re-release, and added say Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island, Super Mario Land Games, and possibly 1 or 2 3D games, I would have easily paid full retail price.

Even as someone who didn't own any of these games, it's still a toss-up as to whether I'm getting value out of my purchase, but they're still great games.  I can't see any scenario to buy this if you already own the games other than if you're a collector nut.

TalkBack / Re: Super Mario All-Stars Review
« on: December 17, 2010, 11:35:33 PM »
I would love to have Super Mario All-Stars on my Wii. I would not love to pay $30 for it and put in a disc every time.

Agree with the price.  I would not want to pay for VC games and then have to re-buy them if the wii breaks beyond repair.

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