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Stoked to participate in the upcoming Retroactive! Where is the best place for discussion these days? Discord? Here in the forums?

My top 3 picks for the game in question:

  • Super Mario Bros Lost Levels
  • Gargoyle’s Quest (GB)
  • Ninja Gaiden

Who's with me?!

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 810: Looking for the Contours of Fun
« on: February 22, 2023, 04:03:28 AM »
Got em pretty riled up this week! *High fives self*

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 798: That China Warrior Je Ne Sais Quoi
« on: December 01, 2022, 05:56:04 PM »

Podcast Discussion / Re: RetroActive 51: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
« on: December 01, 2022, 04:56:21 PM »
Thanks for giving me an excuse to check Canvas Curse off my thicc ass backlog! Finished it in 4.5 hours with 11.5% of the medals collected.
The gameplay is pretty unique, especially for the era before mobile games largely took over the portable space. It's quite fun once you get a handle on it and can pull off more advanced maneuvers. Underwater sections can be vexing but are a welcome change of pace for such a brief offering. The end-game difficulty ramps up oddly fast forcing you to navigate narrow spike mazes but, given how easy it is at first, the added challenge is mostly enjoyable. The background graphics are a visual hodgepodge and occasionally a tad gaudy but it fits the theme and certainly is distinct. The music is surprisingly underwhelming for a Kirby game but has a few bangers. The “boss challenge” minigames seem like a total copout and I would've preferred more battles using the magical brush. I guess HAL ran out of ideas or time to implement them!
I had a decently good time with Canvas Curse and I may consider going back for the rest of the medals. But for now, it’s time for the main course... To the library!

Any update on the upcoming Retroactive?

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 709: Invest in the Success of Amico
« on: February 17, 2021, 10:22:53 PM »
Retroactive recommendations:
1. Fire Emblem: Awakening
2. Cave Story
3. Pokémon X & Y
4. The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
5. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 706: The Age of Pissery
« on: January 26, 2021, 06:34:08 PM »
I'm so glad Hades is still being discussed – I was a little late to the game but I'm loving it! Guillaume, I'm impressed at how quickly you beat the last boss. It took me about 90 attempts. I realized later that avoiding the pact of punishment was a bad move!

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 656: Top 1010 of the Decade
« on: January 21, 2020, 04:53:34 PM »
This episode reminded me that i really need to play Ghost Trick. I got a few months ago, but havent started it yet.

Same here! I'm so glad I picked it up back in 2015 when it was only a third the price it's going for these days.
( /^ω^)/♪♪

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 656: Top 1010 of the Decade
« on: January 21, 2020, 01:34:08 AM »
I made an aggregate of their top 10s for y'alls enjoyment (if you're into that kinda thing). The top spot is the ONLY game that all 4 hosts had somewhere on their list. The top 11 (because of a 3-way tie for the 9th spot) only has one game that only one host had on his list and everything else after the 11th is unique to a single host's list. So not a lot of overlap! Great lists, guys. Now I know what to prioritize in my backlog. Without further adieu, I present RFNs Top 28 of the 2010s... (Did my best to keep it hidden. Highlight to reveal!)

35   1. Breath Of The Wild
18   2. Rhythm Heaven Fever
18   2. Super Smash Bros Ultimate
15   4. Ghost Trick
13   5. DKC Tropical Freeze
10   6. Pikmin 3
10   6. Super Mario Galaxy 2
10   6. Xenoblade Chronicles
9   9. Super Mario 3D World
9   9. Super Mario Odyssey
9   9. Xenoblade Chronicles X
8   12. Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe
7   13. Fire Emblem Awakening
6   14. Professor Layton And The Unwound Future
6   14. Super Mario 3D Land
5   16. Sin & Punishment 2
5   16. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
4   18. Bayonetta 2
4   18. Bravely Default
4   18. La Mulana
4   18. Super Mario Maker
3   22. Dragon Quest XI S
2   23. Metroid Samus Returns
2   23. Pacman Championship Edition 2 Plus
1   25. Etrian Odyssey IV
1   25. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
1   25. Radiant Historia
1   25. Shovel Knight

(Replaced your formatting with the Spoiler tag, which also works in the comments section of the article. -Gui)

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 630: Desperately Seeking Psychopaths
« on: July 13, 2019, 02:05:19 AM »
Greg, there actually is a "followed makers" tab in Super Mario Maker 2. It's stupidly indicated with a ⭐ in the "courses" section of Course World.
P.S. my maker ID is QF1-TRP-KFF. I typically make traditional-ish courses with a normal difficulty rating. Pls follow <( ̄︶ ̄)↗

The gameplay and graphics are superb.  But the soundtrack... It is such a departure from the music of other games in the series, both before and after.  Even the classic tunes have this late '80s/early '90s pop vibe. I almost expect Paula Abdul to start belting one out at any moment. (Looking at you Stage 5!)  Thankfully, the series later returned to the gothic/orchestral/hard rock styles in games following. 
The hidden alternate character, Maria, is VERY interesting.  A little blond girl wearing a frilly pink dress?  IN A CASTLEVANIA GAME?!?  She makes the game much easier with her little animal friends but it comes at the cost of emasculation.  Maria's ending furthers the conceptIt feels like the game is trolling you which is pretty cheeky but clever.  It's so unsatisfying that you really want to go back and beat it with Belmont.
One of the few Castlevania games I've actually beaten.  Definitely one of my favourites!

Podcast Discussion / Re: RFN RetroActive (Jr.) #33: Blaster Master
« on: August 08, 2015, 01:28:17 PM »
Enemies that don't appear until they're fully on-screen tho.  X(

Podcast Discussion / Re: RFN RetroActive (Jr.) #33: Blaster Master
« on: August 04, 2015, 04:34:43 AM »
I highly suggest anyone playing Blaster Master for the first time to look over the manual! ( It's got a few maps of varying detail which will definitely help.
I remember trying this game as a kid and just being totally overwhelmed with the branching pathways and overall difficulty.  Taking my first real attempt at it now, it's still very challenging at first.  A few hours in, though, I'm really getting the hang of it and making significant progress with each new game.  You really feel a sense of discovery when you finally come across the next boss or area.
The constant battle to keep your guy's gun powered up is a serious chore and a majour blight on this game.  Visually, it looks unique with it's muted colour palette.  Some of the backgrounds look great while others look strangely thrown together.  The music is pretty great overall.  Oh, and the slowdown?  You can't really complain about that.  It's a product of the hardware.  Besides, it's an advantage when you're being swarmed!
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it!


General impressions:Twilight Princess arrived at an interesting time in the Zelda series.  Coming after the highly stylized Wind Waker, it makes sense that Nintendo wanted to see what they could do in a more traditional style using the extra horsepower of a console two generations beyond Ocarina Of Time.  In the case of the Wii version, however, developer EAD added something entirely new to gaming as a whole in the way of motion controls.
I've only just beaten the third dungeon but I can safely say, I regret not getting the GameCube version.  I love using the pointer to aim but it seems pretty unanimous - the sword waggling is a huge drawback - especially after they got it so right in Skyward Sword IMO.
That said, there are a lot of things EAD exceeded at.  Though not as unnerving as Majora's Mask, the dark tone both graphically and aurally is effective and aesthetically pleasing.  I particularly love the way the shadow realm feels.  The music gets SO DARK and brooding.  The cool glitchy SFX go well with the Tron-inspired neon and pixelized particle effects.  I think the graphics have held up pretty well barring the odd texture.  The bloom lighting is actually refreshing after not seeing so much of it these days.
TP has some really endearing characters too - particularly Midna.  Telma is another favourite - I like that she's portrayed in a fairly realistic style compared to others like the postman but it's a little jarring having such disparate designs one character to the next.  I might have preferred a more lifelike approach like this overall.
I agree that Hyrule field is just too sparse.  I find myself plowing through it from departure point to destination rather than stopping to poke around and explore.  Here's hoping they find a good balance in the next one!
That's it for now!

TalkBack / Re: How to Make the Best Zelda TV Show
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:17:03 AM »
Let's face it!  A Legend Of Zelda TV series already has our attention and we Nintendo fans will watch it regardless of whether it stars Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Midna, or Tingle... well maybe not Tingle (but I would still watch it).  The bottom line for any company working within our capitalist confines is, of course, the almighty dollar, which means mass market appeal is absolutely necessary.  I have to imagine the broadest audience would be gained by starring a young (adult) Link, as the unlikely hero.  That would allow for plenty of room for character development under the proper writing team.  That said, I would actually prefer a side story starring the titular Zelda(/Sheik) or some other brand new character. But let's be real here, we're all in the minority.  Mass market appeal will have a huge influence on what we get, if we get anything at all.  If the show does feature Link, he will certainly NOT be mute and this could actually impact the game series itself if it is well received.  This could be the jump many of us have been waiting for:  A means to invigorate the Legend Of Zelda videogames and vault them into the modern era.

Podcast Discussion / Re: RFN RetroActive Game Nominations
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:10:30 PM »
Never played a Phantasy Star game.  I'd be down for PSII.

Podcast Discussion / Re: RFN RetroActive Game Nominations
« on: January 13, 2015, 03:28:56 AM »

My suggestions:
[/size] * Sonic 3D Blast (GEN/VC)
[/size] * Fluidity (Wii)
[/size] * Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES)
[/size] * Aliens: Infestation (DS)
[/size] * Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland (DS)
[/size]I'd gladly second:
[/size] *  Mega Man 10
[/size] * Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap
[/size] * Resident Evil (GC or HD remake)
[/size] * Pokemon Trading Card Game
[/size] * Startropics

[/size]Yay! Retroactive!

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 412: The Pink Bros
« on: January 13, 2015, 01:13:24 AM »
The NES top-loader is a collector's item, no doubt, but it actually has worse video/audio output quality than the original box.  To cut costs, Nintendo made it RF output only.  No composite RCA output.  It looks pretty bad, especially on a flat-screen. (Do modern flat-screens even have a coax input anymore?)  BUT! if you can get your hands on those "dog-bone" style controllers the top-loaders came with, they are MUCH more comfortable than those old palm-stabbers!

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 405: Quality of Fantasy Life
« on: November 17, 2014, 02:28:15 PM »
To activate the Master Sword shortcut in Hyrule Circuit, hit the three spin-boosters (now dressed as crystal switches) leading up to it.  It will disappear after a short time.  And, yes, Johnny, you CAN look behind you in Mario Kart 8.  Try pressing that mysterious button with an "X" on it. ;)

Podcast Discussion / How to "get good" at pronouncing "Theatrythm"
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:20:43 AM »
I can NOT WAIT... for Theatrhythm to stop making the news because I never want to hear someone mispronouncing it as THEE-AT-RHYTHM ever again!!  Now I know some of you are U.S. Americans and you spell the word theater "theatre" differently, and moreover, the name is an awkward one, but c'mon guys.  Is it REALLY that hard to get?  Theatre. Rhythm.  Theatre-Rhythm.  Theatrhythm!  BAM!  You're welcome.
Other than that, I love the podcast.  Keep up the mostly good work.   ;D

Thanks, Johnny!  You said you'd have your friend code up here?  What about the rest of you fellas?  And anyone else reading this... add me! (1160.5283.3801)  I've never had a "friends only" game (and, yes, I'm a little excited about the prospect).  Let's do this!

Is all we need for this NNID and Goldeneye friend code? Is there a Wii system friend code when playing on Wii U?
NNID:  pPatko
GE friend code:  116052833801

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 360: Holiday Fantasia
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:31:01 PM »
@Guillome  Dash Rendar?!  MIND BLOWN

TalkBack / Re: A Link Between Worlds: Melbourne Launch Gallery
« on: November 22, 2013, 10:41:44 PM »
OMG. Never thought I'd say this but... Sexy Tingle!


It's been forever since I've played either and I'm not sure I ever beat them.
Poll be damned, I'm gonna play BOTH!  ;D

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