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There already was a desert course but getting two more courses is substantial. I don't think anyone is that excited for Koopa Troopa but playable Ninji is novel.

Here's hoping for a Limited Run physical version of the Castlevania Advance collection.

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXVI: Sign-up Thread
« on: September 14, 2021, 12:50:45 PM »
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General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: September 02, 2021, 07:43:22 PM »
This is a pretty good game, yeah! I never finished it because it went on way too long like you say. Personally I found the writing deeply grating too, but the core gameplay is very solid. At a price like that I'd recommend it, it was like $25 on Wii U back in the day.

Sadly I paid $25 for it. It came out in the middle of one of those famous Wii U droughts. I liked the gameplay and story mode but hit a wall about halfway through. I just couldn't see how to solve the puzzles without going through move by move and then reversing everything, which just wasn't fun. Maybe I just not smrt enough.

So North America is not getting "Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch"?
Is this Big Brain game NA only or worldwide?

General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 31, 2021, 11:05:41 PM »
Looks like I've got the 5 Game Beat Club all to myself now. I know RAB is worried about my taking down a bunch of games but I wonder if he should be more nervous about Mr. Bungle. He started the month off strong finishing four game and has since gone radio silent. What has he been up to?

A whole lot of paid obligations  ;). I did manage to finish one more though. You can add Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams to the list. I played it on Wii U. I switched to the pro-controller about half-way through as the game-pad is only used for off-tv play. I only collected all the gems in a third of the levels and probably won't go back for more, rather replay on the harder difficulty. It has its moments and when it's good I was really into it. The levels are really long but they are sometimes very well designed. My favorite aspect of the game is by far the dual cross-fading soundtrack. There are two versions of every song and when you switch between the sisters the song switches ends up sounding really cool.

I have also been playing A Link to the Past and some Mega Man games but I was not going to count replays.

General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 31, 2021, 10:52:50 PM »
I have a bunch of paid obligations over the next few days
So you don't get paid to play video games   :D
Seriously, I love this phrasing and will not refer to my jobby job as my "paid obligations"

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Amazing Deals!
« on: August 26, 2021, 10:44:40 AM »
Bravely Default II is $30 on Amazon right now.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Sales Thread
« on: August 20, 2021, 02:57:07 PM »
Was this another all Switch top 30?
It was! In spot 30 there is Mario Maker 2 selling 3,580 copies. There are almost a million PS5's and no PS5 game can sell better than that?!

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Mario Golf: Super Rush
« on: August 15, 2021, 11:46:53 PM »
I jumped back in to check out the new content. I played a round in New Donk City and one of the randomly selected AI players was Toadette. It is an interesting course and made me want to replay Super Mario Odyssey. All the holes are par 3 and most of the putting greens are completely flat. It seems like a good course to get a hole in one on. Of course, I still haven't gotten one. Toad, who was also playing against me, scored two in a row!  >:(. Also the music is nice on the course. Worth checking out for sure. The other added mode is ranked online, where you get matched with online players and there is a set level that rotates every couple hours. You can pick regular or speed golf, and buttons or motion controls. Based on how well you do you get a letter grade. This is similar to the online in Mario Tennis Aces except there, the ranked battles did not have any of the cool levels, it was always the same tournament court. Remember, before this update the only online was just playing someone so you could improve stats for a character. I think the new mode is much better, unless you are playing with friends.

General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 15, 2021, 11:38:31 PM »
I have one more to add the list of completed games, Splatoon 2. I figured with over 100 hours spent on multiplayer and Splatoon 3 scheduled for next year, it was time I played through the single player campaign. I think it is called Octo Canyon, at least that is what is says on the menu. I beat each level and found all the Sardinium and Sea Scrolls. It was as good as the campaign in the first game, though the final boss battle was not as epic. It was cool to try out some of the other weapons. I had not used the umbrella or brush before. I also did not realize I should be mashing jump when swimming up a wall. Worth playing if you have the game but I don't think I will buy the DLC single player content. I am about halfway done with Giana Sisters and starting to like it more.

General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 13, 2021, 10:01:43 PM »
    • Ring Fit Adventure: I'm including this out of guilt as a leftover from last year. I don't think it's actually possible for me to finish all the story worlds, at a suitable level of difficulty without risking minor injury to my body within the remaining time so my personal goal is to at least make this game fit into something resembling a health routine by the end of the month. I will not submit it as a beaten game though unless I really do see the credits. I'm currently on World 5.

    I am on World 12 with no end in sight. Be careful as the game is not meant to be speed-ran. I recommend a half-hour to an hour per day.

    General Gaming / Re: Parenthood, Kids, & Gaming
    « on: August 13, 2021, 09:57:09 PM »
    Disclaimer: I am not a parent, however I have friends and family that have little ones so I have a little experience trying to get them into gaming.

    When did you introduce (or plan to introduce) gaming to your kids?
    What games and systems do you recommend for various age groups?
    Best family games?

    I have had the most luck with Mario Maker. Young kids (as young as five) are able to have quite a bit of fun using it as a sandbox to make levels. You can also make really easy levels that don't require running or even jumping. I think I have a few uploaded online that are like this. I bought the wedge 2DS for at least four kids and it is a really good fit for young people. I think they would still need to be about 4 years old, but those things are really solid and don't break easily. They were about $70 but I don't know if you can still get them anymore so I guess you would get a switch lite with a tough case now  ???. Any younger and you probably just want to use tablets with touch controls as the sticks/d-pads will be to difficulty to control.

    General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
    « on: August 09, 2021, 01:28:52 PM »
    I finished the following up on my vacation:
    • Mega Man Zero - This is a GBA game that was re-released as part of a DS collection that I played on a 3DS, thus spanning 3 generations of Nintendo handhelds. It is also available on Switch. This collection has been on my backlog for years so it was good to finally finish one game of the four. It is quite different from the main game and some differences I liked e.g., different weapons, upgradable weapons, elemental weaknesses; while other differences I did not care for: time limits on some stages, letter grades for performances, inability to revisit previous levels.
    • Maze Walker - Also known as Maze Hunter 3D, this is a Sega Master system game that is included on the Sega 3D Classics collection for 3DS. I don't think you can buy it a la carte. The 3D works really well and the game is pretty short (took me about 3 hours). Pretty impressive for an 8-bit game. If anybody has the SegaScope 3-D glasses I would be interested to hear about how well they work.
    • Mighty Switch Force! 2 - The sequel to WayForward's puzzle action platformer where you can control switch blocks that move in and out of the screen. Another short title (under 5 hours for me). I managed to rescue all the Hooligan sisters and USBs (Ugly Secret Babies). I got the par time for the first incident but after struggling the with second I gave up on that. If you liked the first game then you should enjoy this one as well.

    I am back home now and started up Giana Sisters on Wii U. I am also working on the Octo Canyon campaign in Splatoon 2. Should have those wrapped up before the month is over.

    General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
    « on: August 09, 2021, 01:14:37 PM »
    Tumbleweeds! Who knew that'd be the biggest pain for upgrading equipment?
    There are spots in the Lanayru desert where they spawn frequently and you can farm them.

    TalkBack / Re: Darksiders III Bringing Fury To Switch On September 30
    « on: August 09, 2021, 01:03:58 PM »
    Since the series is based on the four horsemen of the apocalypse, isn't there supposed to be a fourth game?

    Now my question is, does this drop on HBO Max on Day 1? (8/6)

    It does, and with no 3D version in theaters that is how I will probably watch it.

    Nintendo Gaming / Re: Amazing Deals!
    « on: August 02, 2021, 06:11:03 PM »
    PUSS! is on sale in the US eShop right now for a mere $3. The game was a 7 when reviewed by NWR Link to review but it's psychedelic and cat themed so that is good enough for me. With some spare gold coins I got it for about $1.

    General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
    « on: August 02, 2021, 06:08:08 PM »
    I am traveling right now so I just have my 3DS's. I am working on Mega Man Zero (from the DS collection) now and then plan to start Maze Walker (from the Sega 3D classics collection). Hopefully that is the start of a productive month. I am getting No More Heroes 3 this month but thankfully that is at the end of the month so I will just try to clear my plate before then. Also, thanks for hosting this Pokepal!

    General Gaming / Re: What Is Your White Whale of Gaming?
    « 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?

    Nintendo Gaming / Re: Mario Golf: Super Rush
    « 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.

    Nintendo Gaming / Re: Mario Golf: Super Rush
    « on: July 10, 2021, 08:55:33 PM »
    I finished the Golf Adventure. It ended taking about 9 hours for me. There are some optional challenges that are pretty tough. I thought it was just the right length though it does end rather abruptly.
    Anyway, I am down for some online multiplayer now.
    Also, I played a round with motion controls with my six year old niece. It worked well enough. It has been a while since I played Wii golf so it is hard to compare.

    Nintendo Gaming / Re: Mario Golf: Super Rush
    « on: July 02, 2021, 12:39:55 PM »
    I am also not as good at this as I would have thought. Admittedly, this is my first Mario golf game but factoring in the distance, slope, wind, rain, etc is tough. The speed golf makes it harder by not giving you time to think. I am still liking the adventure mode which is almost as good as the one from Mario Tennis Aces. I should be able to play online in another week, once my training is complete  ;)

    Nintendo Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch Wishlist Game Recommendations
    « on: July 02, 2021, 12:36:02 PM »
    I will throw a recommendation out there for Ring Fit Adventure. If it was not already obvious this is a fitness program as opposed to a video game. I think of it like watching a workout video and following along. If you like doing indoor workouts along with the TV, then this is a great one. The pilates ring is well made and the workouts are very balanced. The workouts can be modified to be slow paced or high intensity. I try to do the latter to be more efficient with time. I have fallen off since the weather is nice now and I prefer to run outside, but Ring Fit got me through those cold winter months without gaining too much weight. I also picked it up for $60 but think it is worth the MSRP.

    Nintendo Gaming / Re: Run[ner] the Developer 3: Choice Provisions
    « on: July 02, 2021, 12:24:33 PM »
    Well, would you recommend it to others?

    I would provided you A. Enjoyed Runner3 and B. Got the game on sale. Both of these were true for me. I got the limited edition for under $25 with shipping and tax. 

    Pros: Great music, responsive controls, multiple play-styles, short duration (7.5 hours to complete)
    Cons: frustrating to 100%, re-used assets makes it kind of repetitive, characters are kind of annoying, overly difficult with the precision required for some jumps.

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