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« on: January 02, 2020, 08:41:43 AM »
As Assistant to the Community Manager  8), I'm still scheming about how to keep conversations and interest on this forum happening. I still maintain that my "5 posts a day" idea would be all this forum needs if the regulars participated (and it could probably drop down to 3 if enough were doing it) but, unlike the cost of coffee per day, it seems to be too much for people here.   ;)

So, moving on to my next idea. Each day of the week (except for Saturday and Sunday which will have just have 1 topic for the weekend), I thought I'd highlight a topic, conversation or event for the interest of the community to participate in or be aware of. This could be anything from a topic in the gaming forums, a news item, a review whether it be Talkback, Reader or Movie/TV, a Funhouse joke thread, etc. I have sometimes noticed on NWR's Discord that there can be an interesting topic for discussion that will arise and get a bit of activity but then can be lost as the conversation and infinite scroll moves on. From time to time, I may pull a topic from there to discuss further here.

I'll try to have something chosen by 1:00 PM EST though depending on what is going on for me that day then I may not always meet that deadline. (And I'm sure it will be later on Saturday for the weekend. :P ) You can check in here for the link to the Topic of the Day as I will post it here in a new post in reply to this thread.

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Re: Topic of the Day
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2020, 08:43:44 AM »
Today's Forum Highlight: January 2020 is Meme Avatar Month

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Re: Topic of the Day
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2020, 11:31:25 AM »
FWIW, I hate infinite scroll in discord so never check there, but I get the feeling it's way more happening then the forums these days? All the cool cats go there right?  I'm just too old...
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2020, 12:13:44 PM »
Some days it is. Yes, on average, there are more posts there per day than the forums but there can be long periods without any major discussion happening as well. I keep up with the scroll for the most part but 75% of the time it is also a lot of stuff and posting that kind of bores me so... :shrug:

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2020, 07:36:58 PM »
As long as no one is talking about me behind my back.

But topics of the day sound fun.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2020, 11:04:08 AM »
Welp. It's a bit past the deadline I was going to set and the topic I thought of creating is going to take some more work. Meanwhile, Discord is practically dead soooooo, let's go with.....

Who likes hot sauce?


Also, although it was created before this topic of the day idea, if you haven't checked out Daan's Top 30 Games for 2019, it is still worth a perusal.

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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2020, 11:25:00 AM »
As long as no one is talking about me behind my back.

But topics of the day sound fun.

Fear not. We prefer to say bad things face-to-face for the full impact.


... soooooo, let's go with.....
Who likes hot sauce?

Spicy!
But Daan's article is way more interesting... even if it is yesterday's news.
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2020, 11:32:48 AM »
Weekend Reading!

With 84th Mafia game about to start soon, let's go with the Sign-Up Thread for the game as the main topic for the weekend and give a final reminder for everyone about joining it in time.


A couple other things worth-highlighting would be:

Shaymin/Donald's Predictions for the year as we wait for the first Nintendo Direct to drop and start giving us some legit info for 2020.

If he had started it earlier on Friday, I'd have made it the topic of the day but I was too anxious to post something sooner. In any case, if you are looking for an outlet to post something stupid with cats then pokepal's lolcat takeover is the place to be.

And with The Mandalorian over, the discussion is already beginning on whether D+ is still worth it and the future of that streaming service in the Disney+ Thread.. Feel free to jump in there with your thoughts on the shiny digital streaming future.

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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2020, 10:57:47 AM »
There's a chance you may have already checked it out yesterday. I was hoping it might have been released closer in the evening but in any case so that it would be a little fresher but I'm still going to go with NWR's 2019 Game Awards as the topic of the day.

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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2020, 11:04:33 AM »
Continuing the theme of 2019 review, today's topic is what you played in 2019 whether it was a 2019 release or not.

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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2020, 04:52:35 PM »
Reading a whole topic in one day?! I'm out of breath just thinking about it.

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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2020, 12:01:22 AM »
Reading a whole topic in one day?! I'm out of breath just thinking about it.

That could be a topic!

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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2020, 01:08:35 PM »
I'm late, I'm late. Well, one thread getting more attention of late is the NBA thread and injury talk so let's make that the Topic of the Day.

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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2020, 02:26:57 PM »
Your topic for the weekend is the unwanted return of Safe Words. Please sign-up while you have the chance

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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2020, 12:53:45 PM »
Tough call. Various topics have some activity happening. There is the weekly downloads topic I could highlight but it doesn't have the spreadsheet anymore or a link to a site listing all the sales available for Nintendo's eShops.

But I think I'm going to go with the place generating the most user heat right now and that is the Mafia 84 Day 3 Thread Critical time for the players as the mafia side continues to elude the townie side and the game could soon be split into three groups making for a tough endgame. How's it going to play out?

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« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2020, 10:41:18 AM »
Well, it may not be the hottest topic on the forums based on posts so far but the news that the next Smash DLC character will be revealed Friday has got the Discord channel buzzing. Topic of the day! (And I know what Friday's topic will be too.  ;D )

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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2020, 01:11:24 PM »
Another slower day so let's do something stale a blast from the past. No one has been able to win this game yet but maybe it can happen now. Will you be the one to make UncleBob reply to this thread?

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« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2020, 10:33:47 AM »
As predicted, today's topic is the news on Smash's latest character addition.

Except, I thought the 16th was Friday earlier this week so I did make a bit of a mistake in that prediction.  :-[

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« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2020, 01:31:46 PM »
Not too much for topics happening right now. Even though it ain't new, guess I'll go with Daan's Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore review with that game releasing today.


For added reference, Daan reviewed the game when it first came out the Wii U here and Donald also did a review of the Wii U version here for a second opinion.

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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2020, 05:51:43 AM »
Not too much for topics happening right now. Even though it ain't new, guess I'll go with Daan's Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore review with that game releasing today.


For added reference, Daan reviewed the game when it first came out the Wii U here and Donald also did a review of the Wii U version here for a second opinion.

Dang... Have this game on Wii U, but haven't gotten around to playing it yet.
Sounds like I need to make time sooner than later, given how strong the review impressions are.
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« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2020, 06:15:28 AM »
Dang... Have this game on Wii U, but haven't gotten around to playing it yet.
Sounds like I need to make time sooner than later, given how strong the review impressions are.

Tokyo Mirage is unironically a very good game. I think it suffers from a bad early dungeon, and a lot of the non-story specific sidequests are just dull fetchquests. And I'd wager the setting doesn't do it many favours for most of us. But once the battle system clicks and you start begrudgingly liking some of the characters, despite their anime behaviour tropes, the game really starts ramping up.

Comfortably in my top 10 Wii U releases.

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« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2020, 10:18:29 AM »
Bit late with the Weekend topic. After getting voted out of Mafia, I then got a cold bringing to an end my almost 2 and half year streak of not getting sick. As such, I've been drifting in and out of sleep with little energy. But enough about me. What you really want is to talk about the Trevorrow Star Wars script differences. Or so it would seem based on how that topic has been heating up in the Movie/TV forum.



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« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2020, 01:31:56 PM »
Although it was posted a couple days ago, I don't really follow Podcast Discussion stuff. That said, I see there is this thread for a retroactive on Rhythm Thief 3DS which is still one of my favorite games for the 3DS and I think everyone should check out. Best thing Sega released last decade and I wish it got the sequel it wanted. Topic of the day!

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« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2020, 04:30:57 PM »
That's a bummer, get well soon!

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« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2020, 12:20:14 AM »
Well, when I was on for a bit early afternoon, I didn't really see much activity happening and a couple topics I've planned I just didn't have the energy to create so I decided to let it slide. But I'll give BeautifulShy her wish and highlight her WNBA Thread as the topic of the day. Sports!

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« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2020, 02:11:30 AM »
Well, when I was on for a bit early afternoon, I didn't really see much activity happening and a couple topics I've planned I just didn't have the energy to create so I decided to let it slide. But I'll give BeautifulShy her wish and highlight her WNBA Thread as the topic of the day. Sports!
Thank you. I figured you would get around to my topic sooner or later.   Hope you feel better Khushrenada. :)
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« Reply #28 on: January 22, 2020, 01:15:28 PM »
Thanks for all the well-wishes everyone. Couldn't get to sleep last night until like 4 AM. But when I did and I woke up after noon, today is the first day I woke up feeling alright. Still suffering through some of the symptoms but I just seem to have a bit more energy and the tightness in my chest seems to have finally loosened a bit. Finally some progress with this virus.


As for today's topic, I think I'm going to go with the Mafia Day 7 Thread. I've had some info revealed to me so I pretty much now who's who and what's what at this point. Thus, I can't comment too much about it but I am very curious to see how things play out today. But don't just take my word for it...

Think I had more enjoyment following than actually being in it. I may start lurking in this forum after this.

Nice thought but if everyone watches and no one participates then there is nothing to watch. Topic of the daaaaayyyyyy.

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« Reply #29 on: January 23, 2020, 02:04:48 PM »
Again, I don't really follow much of the podcasts here but I have noticed the recent RFN Podcast discussing the top 10 games of the past decade has been getting a few comments each day as people add their own lists and comment on the choices. (Presumably this is for games on Nintendo systems only but I'm just guessing on that.) So, if you are looking for more of that Best of the Decade type discussion than this may be of interest to you.

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« Reply #30 on: January 24, 2020, 02:22:33 PM »
I've been waiting and, sure enough, we got one of my favorite topics launched today: The Mafia Game End Thread where all the players get together and hash out how the game went for them and make their angry declarations of revenge on the players who wronged them to pump us up for next game. If you thought the Dead Thread was starting to look like a Springer talk show the Endgame thread will put that to shame now. Topic. ofthe. Day.

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« Reply #31 on: January 24, 2020, 02:31:26 PM »
I've been waiting and, sure enough, we got one of my favorite topics launched today: The Mafia Game End Thread where all the players get together and hash out how the game went for them and make their angry declarations of revenge on the players who wronged them to pump us up for next game. If you thought the Dead Thread was starting to look like a Springer talk show the Endgame thread will put that to shame now. Topic. ofthe. Day.
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« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2020, 12:00:04 PM »
I was already leaning towards making this the Weekend topic yesterday but dragged my feet on it. However, with the recent Kobe Byrant news, I'd say the NBA thread is definitely going to be the topic for this weekend.

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« Reply #33 on: January 27, 2020, 09:14:08 AM »
Today's topic goes to Steefosaurus who wants you to try and predict what Nintendo will be announcing/releasing in 2020. Are you up to the task? Have you sacrificed a goat recently and examined what the entrails reveal for the future? Then please join in posting your 100% accurate predictions in the thread.

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« Reply #34 on: January 28, 2020, 01:35:48 PM »
Is a movie club a feasible idea for this forum? How would it work? Who'd be interested in it? This and more are all up for discussion in today's topic.

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« Reply #35 on: January 29, 2020, 01:48:00 PM »
I've been meaning to highlight this thread a few times so let's make today it's moment in the sun. The Club Nintendo Retrospective shall finally get its due as topic of the day.

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« Reply #36 on: January 30, 2020, 09:50:08 AM »
Let's do this early today. One of the favorite topics of discussion on this forum has often been sales numbers and figures for Nintendo. Maybe that is because of UncleBob and the six shares of stock he owns in the company. Whatever the reason, the big topic of the day has got to be Nintendo's 2019 Third Quarter Fiscal Results. Although the margins are slim, it is looking like Nintendo will still be around for another year so I guess they aren't doomed just yet.

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« Reply #37 on: January 31, 2020, 12:41:09 PM »
The trip through the 3DS eshop continues with a look into the first releases of 2012. Talk about what you've played and what you liked or didn't like. Remind yourself of past games you maybe meant to pick up but forgot about. Keep the 3DS alive in your hearts before Switch kills it some more in sales. Day of the Topic.

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« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2020, 11:35:32 AM »
Weekend Reading!

Well, the big topic for the weekend is probably the big game. So, you'll probably want to keep up with the action as it unfolds and a winner is declared this weekend for Safe Words 15. Which of the Final Four players will be able to secure victory?


Other Reading

Of course, there is some other sporting event happening at some point this weekend. If you really feel like keeping up with two games then maybe you'll want to make some comments in a little thread about discussin' the NFL. But with the Browns not playing anytime soon, is there really anything to discuss?

Although a lot of the discussion has been about the headline, let's give Xander his due and promote his actual thoughts about Paper Mario and what he thinks might happen for the Switch with that series.

And while I hate to burn through a lot of topics, I did want to throw a spotlight on a recent eShop Switch release: Aviary Attorney: Definitive Edition. If you're an Ace Attorney fan then the name may have got your attention like it did mine. From the look of it, it might scratch that itch for that style of play. Plus, it got an 8 so it is one of the higher rated titles for games released on the eShop over the past week.

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« Reply #39 on: February 03, 2020, 12:49:53 PM »
Welp, since griping about the Switch joy-cons still seems to be a thing that gets people posting, I guess I'll give the Joy-Con Graveyard the prestigious Topic of the Day award. Hopefully, this will get everyone who needs to post about the problematic joysticks to do so now and get it out of their system so that they can finally move on to the Pro Controllers.  8) Then you'll be playing with power.

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« Reply #40 on: February 04, 2020, 10:25:52 AM »
Mop it up started a trend in the Switch Discussion Thread about listing what your most played games have been on the Switch so far according to one's system. Always interesting to see what other users have enjoyed playing so hopefully more will join in on that discussion. T to the opic of the Day.

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« Reply #41 on: February 05, 2020, 04:54:04 PM »
Back when I started this Topic of the Day, I mentioned...

I have sometimes noticed on NWR's Discord that there can be an interesting topic for discussion that will arise and get a bit of activity but then can be lost as the conversation and infinite scroll moves on. From time to time, I may pull a topic from there to discuss further here.


And yet, I've never acted on that...... until now!!! Pulled from the NWR Discord, the most important topic of this slow chatting day is not the YIIK ridicule pokepal is trying to engage in there but the fact that the Nintendo GameCube is poised to be the best-selling console of all time thanks to Nintendo's hardware strategy. Now that's a topic worth discussing!

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« Reply #42 on: February 06, 2020, 02:12:42 PM »
The trade deadline seems to have sparked another flurry of discussion in the NBA Thread so I guess it will take another turn as topic of the day.

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« Reply #43 on: February 07, 2020, 02:05:25 PM »
While it is not getting as much discussion on the forums as it has on Discord this morning, the Animal Crossing Switch game save situation has seemed to irk a lot of Nintendo gamers and sparked a lot of complaints. In any case, anyone looking forward to the next Animal Crossing game may want to make sure they are aware of the save situation in order to decide how they want to play the game if their town/island cannot move over to another console. Obviously, the best way to make players aware of this is by making this news........ the topic of the daaaaaaaayyyyyy.

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« Reply #44 on: February 08, 2020, 12:24:30 PM »
Weekend Reading!

You knew it was coming and my Annual Oscar Thread is here. Got it started with a long and pointless introduction just like the ceremony (ZING?) and will keep updating over the weekend leading into the big show with my thoughts on the films nominated and my Oscar Predictions. Feel free to chime in with yours as always.


Other topics of interest:

If you are looking for something to play instead of talkin' films then here a few reviews posted for some games recently released on the Switch eShop this week which were positively received by NWR staff which you may have missed reading about.

Kentucky Route Zero received a 9.5 review.
Kunai scored a 9 in its review.
And Knights and Bikes was awarded a score of 8.

Of course, a game is more than just a review score so do try to check out the articles to see what is appealing about those titles and if they might appeal to you also.

As always, you may want to check in and let us know what you are playing or the latest game you've just beat. (Or maybe even do a Reader Review about a game and possibly have that become a Topic of the Day. :o )


And if none of that interest you then maybe you're getting old and want to let everyone know just how old you are.

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« Reply #45 on: February 10, 2020, 04:47:47 PM »
Was thinking of giving nothing the Topic of the Day with such little activity. Even Discord is hardly moving. I guess everyone is still hung over from the Oscars after parties. I've still got a lot of topics I've been creating lately that I want to get back to and post some more in before starting another topic. But, rather than do nothing, I suppose I'll highlight lolmonade's review of Not Tonight which has garnered some attention by being a post-Brexit game. Since a couple new users on Discord mentioned they joined because of the site's reviews then maybe highlighting more reviews can have an effect with the forums too.  ;)

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« Reply #46 on: February 11, 2020, 03:58:39 PM »
After some recent successes like Joker, DC is back to fighting box office blues with Birds of Prey and what to do about it. It's got some of our users talking about the film also so that can be the Topic of the Day. (Although the real topic might be how long Nintendo is going to keep stringing us along without a Direct already. Bring back Nintendo Power if you're not going to keep making Directs in a timely manner.)

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« Reply #47 on: February 12, 2020, 01:00:13 PM »
Although the discussion of it started late yesterday, I'm going with the upcoming NES/SNES Switch Online titles soon to be added to the service as the big 'ol topicoftheday. Didn't expect these games for the next update, did ya? Since there are no likes or dislikes buttons on the forum (except for the honks), you'll have to leave a post for everyone to know what you think of the news.

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« Reply #48 on: February 13, 2020, 03:53:59 PM »
I don't know about you but life has been getting kind of hectic of late. Insanolord might have to take over the Topic of the Day for a few days. But can we trust his judgement as to what is truly the TOPIC of the DAY? *insert thinking emoji that the forum software lacks* Personally, I'm not sure what to make today's topic. For whatever reason, Avatar is back in movie review form. But is a ten-year old movie really the most relevant topic ere or should we not be looking at the hip new games now available for download and purchasing as well as what's on sale? I guess for today's topic, YOU can decide. topic topic topic

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« Reply #49 on: February 14, 2020, 04:50:59 PM »
If you've got some Gaming Valentine's Day jokes then today is probably the best day to post them. How topical for today.

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« Reply #50 on: February 15, 2020, 03:33:01 PM »
With Khush away for the weekend, I thought I’d pick a topic of the day that reminds us of him being a Ducks fan with the discussion of Emilio Estevez returning for the new Mighty Ducks reboot in the Disney+ thread.
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« Reply #51 on: February 17, 2020, 03:46:46 PM »
Todays topic is the topic of the day thread in honor of Khushrenada and Insanolord both forgetting to name a Topic of the Day. I call this Topic-ception.
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« Reply #52 on: February 17, 2020, 04:04:42 PM »
I didn’t forget, I just hadn’t done it yet. It’s not even 7:00 on the east coast and there hasn’t been much activity today. Anyway, today’s thread is the NBA thread, which has been the topic of the day before but has seen a high amount of posts the last couple days because of the recent NBA All-Star Game.
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« Reply #53 on: February 18, 2020, 05:18:38 PM »
Thanks Insanolord for stepping in while I was away. Looks like Nintendo's finally getting around to doing the Animal Crossing Direct everyone's been expecting them to do for weeks. Get ready to watch people move furniture around, catch fish and shake trees for fruit. The excitement is real.

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« Reply #54 on: February 19, 2020, 05:33:19 PM »
Since there was no Weekend Reading while I was away, I thought I'd use the current forum activity slowdown to highlight a game that came out last week and got a 9.5 review from NWR. That game is Florence and you can read the review here. Now it can further have its day in the sun as Topic of the Day.

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« Reply #55 on: February 20, 2020, 11:04:24 AM »
What? No love for my topic of the day choice? I poured my heart and soul into that. So much blood, sweat and tears went into that decision. It's way more creative than making the NBA thread topic of the day for the 18th time.
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« Reply #56 on: February 20, 2020, 12:36:22 PM »
What? No love for my topic of the day choice? I poured my heart and soul into that. So much blood, sweat and tears went into that decision. It's way more creative than making the NBA thread topic of the day for the 18th time.

Couldn't accept it. It was factually incorrect. I didn't forget the thread. I had asked Insanolord to cover for me from Feb. 15-17. Next time get your facts straight and maybe your suggestion will be considered.

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« Reply #57 on: February 20, 2020, 06:18:03 PM »
Since it was a rare Nintendo Direct day, might as well go with the actual Animal Crossing Switch Direct as the topic of the day. The save state situation for the game has definitely been a big talking point on Discord. What a topic.

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« Reply #58 on: February 21, 2020, 05:30:57 PM »
Perhaps it seems to be happening more and more but when a game gets a 10/10 score then I think most people will still take notice of that. The review for Two Point Hospital is one of those rare reviews to hand out such a score. Take that, The Stretchers! Tooooooooopppppppppiiiiccccccc oftheday.

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« Reply #59 on: February 26, 2020, 06:11:52 PM »
I'm just going to declare the Streetpass retrospective bit I did as the Topic of the Day since Khush has abandoned us.

The NBA thread is getting alot of attention as well but I'd prefer to bring a fresh face in here.
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« Reply #60 on: February 27, 2020, 06:10:27 AM »
I'm just going to declare the Streetpass retrospective bit I did as the Topic of the Day since Khush has abandoned us.

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« Reply #61 on: February 27, 2020, 01:03:12 PM »
Well Khush hasn't come back to kick me out yet so today's Topic of the Day will be my 2020 gaming resolutions thread that's apparently returned to the forefront.

Another good one is this Talkback thread on the new mythical Pokémon. Come one and come all to try and outnerd me in Pokémon.

For anyone who doesn't want to deal with me, the Amazon customer service thread has come back from the dead and sparked some discussion.
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« Reply #62 on: February 28, 2020, 12:41:10 PM »
I've seen Khush around recently so I suspect this will be my last go around with this but just in case he's still busy I'm going to name the Arms Manga discussion in Talkback as topic of the day. It had some discussion on both discord and here on the forums so here's hoping this keeps going strong.
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« Reply #63 on: February 29, 2020, 03:37:00 PM »
GDC was canceled which seems to have generated some fun discussion on Discord. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to have translated to the forums but maybe making it Topic of the Day will fix that.
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« Reply #64 on: March 01, 2020, 12:18:29 AM »
Feb. 22, 2020

Weekend Reading!

It may not have much to do with gaming but I am pretty excited about the return of Better Call Saul. Season 5's first episode airs this Sunday night and AMC has decided to burn through episode two by having it air on Monday the next night. Hopefully there are other users out there who've been following along with this series and will be keeping me company in the Better Call Saul Thread in the TV/Movie forum as the show plays out.

(Although perhaps the real topic should be how much car accidents suck. One of life's biggest bummers.)


Other topics of interest:

If you are looking for something to play instead of talkin' TV then allow me to mention some games recently released on the Switch eShop this week which were positively received by NWR staff. I already highlighted the 10/10 review for Two Point Hospital yesterday but you might have missed these titles and reviews:

Sega Ages: Puyo Puyo 2 managed to get a review high score of 9.
Vitamin Connection may be the cure for your boredom based on its 9.0 review.

Meanwhile, the Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Cindered Shadows DLC, Devil May Cry 3, and Double Dragon & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle also received high praise with 8.5 reviews while Depixtion and Darksiders Genesis were awarded scores of 8.

Of course, a game is more than just a review score so do try to check out the articles to see what is appealing about those titles and if they might appeal to you also.



As always, you may want to check in and let us know what you are playing or the latest game you've just beat. (Or maybe even do a Reader Review about a game and possibly have that become a Topic of the Day. :o )

And if none of that interests you then maybe you can try and figure out just what ThePerm is trying to do or hint at in his Name That Movie Thread.

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« Reply #65 on: March 01, 2020, 12:21:26 AM »
Feb. 24, 2020

After having highlighted the NBA thread a few times, I'd like to highlight the NHL (Hockey Discussion) Thread particularly since today is the Trade Deadline so there should be some intriguing moves happening. Since hockey is about the only major sport I sort of follow, it'd be nice to see a bit more chatting happening there like the NBA thread seems to get. Topic of the day.

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« Reply #66 on: March 01, 2020, 12:24:37 AM »
Feb. 25, 2020

At this point, I think it may be clear I've got a soft spot for the 3DS and will be a lifelong fan of the system. Thus, any thread or topic about it is going to immediately catch my interest and hopefully it will also be of interest to other Nintendo gamers. Therefore, the question on What games made the best use of Streetpass on 3DS? is absolutely NWR's TOPIC OF THE DAYYYYYYYY.

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« Reply #67 on: March 01, 2020, 12:28:38 AM »
Feb. 26, 2020

Do you find it intriguing to go back to an older topic and find out how things have progressed on the matter for discussion since then? I do and that's why I've found the recent postings in the New Year's Gaming Resolution Thread to be of interest. Even if you may not have posted any specific gaming resolutions yourself when it first started, you may want to join in by letting other user's in on how your gaming in the new year has been going so far as well.

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« Reply #68 on: March 01, 2020, 12:32:28 AM »
Feb. 27, 2020

Apparently, it is Pokemon Day. Since that is one major Nintendo series I'm still out of the loop on, I'm afraid I'm not even sure why today is specifically Pokemon Day. However, it does mean the announcement of a new mythical Pokemon so I'm guessing that is big news for the 13 or so million players who are into Pokemon. Pokemon Topic of the Day.

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« Reply #69 on: March 01, 2020, 12:38:47 AM »
Feb. 28, 2020

I wanted to do this a lot sooner but I delayed it since there was more I meant to post in Part 1. However, I don't want to delay this forever so the part two in the Best of the 3DS eShop: 2012 Releases is here. And while there may not be any slam dunk titles listed, there might still be a hidden gem or two someone here has played that they'd like to recommend. I've found this series of reviewing the eShop to be informative and, at the very least, I hope it has been the same for others and maybe encouraged a bit more exploration on a title or two you may have forgotten about or knew existed.

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« Reply #70 on: March 01, 2020, 01:24:21 AM »
Weekend Reading!

The Topic of the Day or Weekend is all about.... the Topic of the Day!  :o Or more specifically, find out if there are other users who would like to post the Topic of the Day like Pokepal started doing this week while I delayed on doing so. If so, check out the thread and sign on up.


Other topics of interest:

If you are looking for something to play instead of posting on this forum then SHAME ON YOU!! >:(  But I'll still try to help you out by highlighting some games recently released on the Switch eShop this week which were positively received by NWR staff. Games with a pretty positive score this week are:

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection which blasted its way to a very respectable score of 9.0.

Managing to pull off a fine score of 8.5 are Bloodroots and poorly-titled-gibberish-word-salad Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r].

And let's not forget about Rune Factory 4 Special, a series that may be trying to make a comeback and developed a few diehard fans over the years, which managed to get a score of 8.

Of course, a game is more than just a review score so do try to check out the articles to see what is appealing about those titles and if they might appeal to you also. (Especially when the title gives you no idea what the game is about. Isn't that right, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]?)



As always, you may want to check in and let us know what you are playing or the latest game you've just beat. (Or maybe even do a Reader Review about a game and possibly have that become a Topic of the Day. :o )

Otherwise, you may just want to wish everyone here a Happy Leap Day while you can. (And judging by when I finally made this post, you now can't.  :-[  ;) ).
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Re: Topic of the Day
« Reply #71 on: March 02, 2020, 05:54:13 PM »
It's here! It's here!!! The sign-up thread for the next Mafia game has arrived and for the 85th game, NWR Mafia is finally tackling the Metroid franchise. You can sign-up here as the details for the game continue to be revealed leading up to its launch. It may have taken 15 years but Metroid Dread is finally here and exclusive to the NWR Forum members.  :o 8)

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« Reply #72 on: March 03, 2020, 02:16:05 PM »
Well, it is the dawn of Year 4 for the Nintendo Switch and you know what that means: Terrible takes! But while it might seem that the Topic of the Day is rather obvious based on where most of the posting is happening today, I'm afraid I must go with another golden oldie and let us never forget how the Switch's doom was predicted months (MONTHS!) before it launched. Forever shall it be March 3rd's TOPIC OF THE DAY!

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« Reply #73 on: March 04, 2020, 11:28:53 AM »
I have dozens upon dozens of cold takes on NWR so I don't take pleasure in other people being wrong about things. Still, I'm glad Switch has been successful from a discussion perspective if only because I probably would have left the forums if I had to deal with forum-user Miyamoto incessantly gloating and disrupting whole threads. He hasn't been active in two years so he probably has at least one shame regarding how smug he was being with his Switch takes.

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« Reply #74 on: March 04, 2020, 02:40:53 PM »
I probably would have left the forums if I had to deal with forum-user Miyamoto incessantly gloating and disrupting whole threads.
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« Reply #75 on: March 04, 2020, 03:24:10 PM »
I probably would have left the forums if I had to deal with forum-user Miyamoto incessantly gloating and disrupting whole threads.
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« Reply #76 on: March 04, 2020, 07:43:12 PM »
I probably would have left the forums if I had to deal with forum-user Miyamoto incessantly gloating and disrupting whole threads.
Would you be okay with the real Miyamoto doing this?
Obviously.

Wait? You're saying that wasn't actually Miyamoto on these forums dunking on the new generation of Nintendo product developers in the company?  :o :o :o


Honestly, I probably wouldn't bump that thread if Miyamoto had ever come back and posted on here about being sorry for taking his prediction so personal and getting hyperbolic about it. Maybe if he'd have also self-mocked himself or something at how wrong a lot of his statements ended up being. Chances are, he'd have learned a lesson and been a bit more humble and open to other opinions aside from his own if he'd stuck around here after. But he never did and he tripled down on his stance so hard that I like the laugh that thread at least provides now compared to when the whole thing was him getting so smug to everyone without having anything to back that attitude up.
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« Reply #77 on: March 04, 2020, 07:55:56 PM »
In any case, I guess we will move from one badly aged opinion to another that doesn't look likely to age well either and give JusDBerube the attention he seeks with his negative opinion on Breath of the Wildthat he just can't let go of. If he's still worked up about the game now, I don't know how he's going to cope when it wins the Battle of the Decades for Best Nintendo Game. Topic of the yesterDay.

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« Reply #78 on: March 05, 2020, 04:01:28 PM »
Despite the pleothora of titles being released on Switch's eShop, I find that I rarely get hyped about most of the games it has to offer. Untitled Goose Game was one game that I was hyped in from its initial announcement. Murder By Numbers is another such title that I've been waiting for since I first saw it announced. The idea of a game mixing Ace Attorney like story and characters with Picross puzzles excited me with the potential that could have. I'm not the only one as Neal also mentions having been hopeful that this game could be a winner in his review. As such, I want to highlight this game and the Murder By Numbers Review since it is definitely my Topic of the Day. Does the game deliver on the hype I've been feeling for it? You'll have to read the review to find out...

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« Reply #79 on: March 06, 2020, 06:22:05 PM »
With it being Friday, it is the usual date for another entry in the Best of the 3DS eShop series. With the series not getting the comments and attention that it did during the GB phase, I guess there is little point in trying to keep spacing out the entries for longer discussion so might as well just keep moving it along and getting through the listings in a more regular manner and wrap up the 2012 listings. Congrats Best of the 3DS eShop: 2012 Releases (Part 3) for being Topic of the Day on a slow day that has seen 24 scattered posts over a 24 hour period.

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« Reply #80 on: March 07, 2020, 11:26:01 PM »
Weekend Reading!

Although it may not have much action yet, I'm going with ejamer's What Are You Kickstarting? thread as the headlining Topic of the Day for the weekend. I know kickstarting stuff and Kickstarter in general seems to get a lot of chat on Discord so there's a good chance of carry over here even if it is just people gripping about Kickstarter becoming a corporate tool now.


Other topics of interest:

As always, here's a bit of a round-up on some of the games released for the Switch which received some highly positive scores. The highest rated game for the week, Underhero also was enthusiastically received and nabbed a 9.0.

Meanwhile, Oddmar and Afterparty both managed to score a respectable 8.0 from their reviewers.

Of course, a game is more than just a review score so do try to check out the articles to see what is appealing about those titles and if they might appeal to you also. And don't be shy of leaving your own take or thoughts about any of those titles now or in the future.



As always, you may want to check in and let us know what you are playing or the latest game you've just beat. (Or maybe even do a Reader Review about a game and possibly have that become a Topic of the Day. ;) )

Otherwise, you can always take the plunge and sign-up for the upcoming Metroid Mafia Game. 7 players are in and it would be great to see 9 more as 16 players (or more) often seems to bring about the best games. Or you could always sign-up to try your hand at doing the Topic of the Day for a week. Pokepal148 will get his chance at controlling the content of the thread for this upcoming week. So, if you don't want to see that happen again then you should probably sign-up so that there are other choices to do it.  ;) ;D

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« Reply #81 on: March 09, 2020, 03:46:56 PM »
Game of the Decade has finally arrived and taken the title of the topic of the day quite decisively. However even so, there is plenty of interesting content on the forums. That said i'm not waiting another decade to name GotD  as the Topic of the Day
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« Reply #82 on: March 10, 2020, 04:14:30 PM »
There is alot happening on the forums these days and plenty to talk about so I'll probably do some kind of midweek round up tomorrow.

For now, I will embrace the tradition Khushrenada started of using Topic of the Day to shamelessly plug his own threads over threads created by other people by naming the Khushrenada Country Music Festival as Topic of the Day. Will you help us figure out why one of my failed forum threads somehow garnered thousands of views and help us make it the most viewed thread on the forums?
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« Reply #83 on: March 11, 2020, 05:02:10 PM »
I know i was planning to do a roundup post but with e3 being canceled seems to have dominated the discussion around here I don't feel I can do it justice while talking about other things.

Either way e3 being canceled has earned that thread a spot as the topic of the day.
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« Reply #84 on: March 12, 2020, 05:06:54 PM »
The Coronavirus is taking over and has become the topic of the day. Covid19 coming for us. Are you ready for this?
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« Reply #85 on: March 13, 2020, 06:27:12 PM »
It's kind of died out recently since it kept being overshadowed by Coronavirus but the thread about mortgage rates made for some interesting reading.

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« Reply #86 on: March 15, 2020, 04:10:14 PM »
Unfortunately I don't have time for a full weekend roundup post so I'm going to have to phone this in. Who can think of a better way to do that than to name the Cell phone thread as topic of the day.
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« Reply #87 on: March 16, 2020, 06:43:44 PM »
Well, I guess I will continue my domination of the Nintendo Gaming forum by adding yet another of a thread I've created to the top of the discussions currently happening there. While I try to find 4 more players for my Metroid Mafia game, why not incite more Metroid fever on this forum by Running through the Metroid series to allow everyone has probably brought up for every new entry. Still, I think talking about Metroid is always a good Topic of the Day.

(And be prepared for personal begging from me to you to be a part of a different type of Metroid game since Insanolord seems to have lost the ability to post new articles to the NWR Homepage.  :P

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« Reply #88 on: March 17, 2020, 08:01:40 PM »
Oh shoot! Completely forgot about Topic of the Day.  :-[ You let someone do it for a week and you lose your whole rhythm. I guess it's just been that kind of day. I could have done this hours ago because I knew when it was announced yesterday that today's Indie Direct would be the Topic of the Daaaaaaay-yo.

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« Reply #89 on: March 18, 2020, 02:18:44 PM »
I thought it might generate some action on the forums but it all seems to be happening on Discord. With PS5 specs now being released in the wild, techno-talk is through the roof in General Chat. Personally, spec talk doesn't interest me but it might interest someone else (or you may just want to make jokes about it) so I won't let me feelings on specs keep from naming it as the Topic Of The Day. And if you want to see what others are saying about it then you can Join the Official NWR Discord Server today!

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« Reply #90 on: March 18, 2020, 06:33:42 PM »
Traitor. :ph:
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« Reply #91 on: March 18, 2020, 10:39:29 PM »
I have sometimes noticed on NWR's Discord that there can be an interesting topic for discussion that will arise and get a bit of activity but then can be lost as the conversation and infinite scroll moves on. From time to time, I may pull a topic from there to discuss further here.

It's in the freakin' rules.

However, if you'd like to create a thread on the forums for discussion on the PS5 specs, I'd be happy to include a link to that in the post instead of just referencing Discord only. :D But I don't want to seem like I'm creating every topic for Discussion here. I'm already taking over the Nintendo Gaming forum from past TotD. (And that has now left the door open for pokepal148 to fill the Funhouse with terrible threads. As I take over one subforum, I lose my grasp on another. It's forum whack-a-mole here.  >:( )

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« Reply #92 on: March 19, 2020, 08:00:57 PM »
Since it seems to be constantly dominating everybody's conversations and affecting how we currently live, I guess it shouldn't be surprising that COVID-19 is still a hot topic for forum users. That constant chatter has made it the Topic of the Day again even if might already feel like the topic of the century at this point.

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« Reply #93 on: March 20, 2020, 12:45:47 PM »
It's here, it's here. Oh lowdy, it's here. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has arrived. Not to be confused with Animal Crossing: New Leaf or New Super Mario Bros. Horizons 2. Millions of gamers are checking out Tom Nook's Pandemic Survival Guide of self-isolating on your own private island and how to craft the necessary tools you'll need to live. If you haven't done so already, you may want to check out Daan's review of the New Horizons in which he boldly withholds giving it a grade until he can judge the online component. Meanwhile, if you want want to meet up with other Islanders or talk about how your VR life is unfolding, you can do so with this flimsily crafted New Horizons Thread or on the NWR Discord. The Topic of the 3 twenty twenty twenty.

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« Reply #94 on: March 22, 2020, 11:53:07 PM »
Weekend Reading!

Didn't forget about Topic of the Day. Just exhibited poor time management skills this weekend and the idea of doing a round-up just seemed harder than usual.  :P My plan was to highlight an older thread from the week: Shaymin's list of games played in Self-Isolation. The COVID-19 talk seems to have no end in sight much like the virus so there are plenty of threads that could be selected in regards to it. However, I thought this topic might be able to generate a bit more interest than it has if others wanted to chime in on their recommendations for any games they might be playing in their own isolation or for others to check out if they are looking for something to play.


Perhaps I'll do a bit of a round up yet and edit that in this thread but I've got a Mafia game to launch as well now so motivation is going to be a big factor on how I feel after that.  ;)

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« Reply #95 on: March 23, 2020, 05:15:34 PM »
I was hoping this would gain traction after seeing it posted late yesterday and I'm glad to see it is getting some activity today. Nothing like some good old Comfort Food talk to assist you in what's for dinner while you play videogames indoors to outlast COVID-19. Topic of the Day - It's what's for dinner!

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« Reply #96 on: March 24, 2020, 04:33:53 PM »
Still no announcement of a Direct?! I think it is getting time to fire Doug Bowser. He's clearly in over his head. Reggie wouldn't let us go this long without news. Reggie knew you had to keep some kind of hype train going for a product even when that product was Wii U. Welp, this wasn't going to be my choice for today's topic but then I don't want to seem like I'm always hoarding this title or self-promoting with it so I'm going to give ejamer another Topic of the Day for his quest to get forum feedback on the Nintendo Virtual Tours. Let's see if making it the Topic of the Day helps get him the info he's after. Now quit hoarding the Topic of the Day from everyone else. It ain't toilet paper.  >:(

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« Reply #97 on: March 25, 2020, 04:50:43 PM »
Today's Topic shall be the next entry in the Best of the eShop series: Best of the 3DS eShop 2013 (Part 1). I just got $60.00 in eShop money and I need to know how to spend it.

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« Reply #98 on: March 26, 2020, 03:12:05 PM »
Still no announcement of a Direct?! I think it is getting time to fire Doug Bowser. He's clearly in over his head.

I knew if we put some heat on Doug we'd finally get some action. You're welcome. Normally, I try and link to one singular thread if I can but today's Topic is on the shadow-dropped Mini Direct that happened today and we don't seem to have a singular thread highlighting all the news that came from it today. Instead, I'm just going to post a link to The Talkback Forum and you can scroll through the headlines for info that way and click on the news you want more of. And, of course, there is also the NWR Discord which has also had people chatting away about the various tidbits there. Direct Topic of the Day!

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« Reply #99 on: March 27, 2020, 10:36:19 PM »
Oh right. Topic of the Day. Shoot. Uhhhhhhhh, let's follow up on the 2K Switch games announcement which seems to have got the most traction post-Direct but has now morphed into a conversation about Switch memory capacity and the physical vs digital debate in the news of incomplete games on physical cartridges.

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« Reply #100 on: March 28, 2020, 09:28:25 PM »
Weekend Reading!

Well, most likely I could just do a coin flip to choose between New Horizons and COVID-19 talk as the choice for the actual Topic of the Day based on user comments. But I've always envisioned this thread as highlighting other topics happening that may not be getting as much attention as others as a way of letting users realize other threads that might be of interest or worth checking out instead of the same old, same old. In that regard, I've wanted to mention Kairon's thread about the upcoming PS5 vs XBox Something-or-other-more-Xs console war that may or may not start this year. Like Kairon, I don't really pay much attention to the competition or what they are doing but there's no denying they have an impact on the industry. So, you may also want to throw in your two cents as to how well you think the next gen is going to go for them.


Other topics of interest:

As always, here's a bit of a round-up on some of the games released for the Switch which received some highly positive scores. Not too much to report this time around as just a couple games managed to score past the 8 mark.


Doom 64 returned to a Nintendo console to rip and tear up an 8.5 score.

Operencia: The Stolen Sun likewise managed to nab an 8.5 review score.

Perhaps next week will be different after all the surprise announcements and same day releases from the Mini Direct. I know I'm curious to see how games like Shinsekai and Good Job! end up faring once review and user feedback is made on them.

Of course, a game is more than just a review score so do try to check out the articles to see what is appealing about those titles and if they might appeal to you also. And don't be shy of leaving your own take or thoughts about any of those titles now or in the future.


As always, you may want to check in and let us know what you are playing or the latest game you've just beat. (Or maybe even do a Reader Review about a game and possibly have that become a Topic of the Day. ;) )

Otherwise, you can always follow along in the latest Mafia madness. Day 3 has now begun and with the game still in the early stages, I think this day could go in many different directions yet. And if that doesn't interest you then you could always try your hand at misinforming the masses like so many others are busying doing in these trying times or maybe help pokepal148 in his goal of promoting country music as the most widely viewed thread ever on the forums. Yee-haw!

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« Reply #101 on: March 28, 2020, 09:39:51 PM »
FWIW, I hate infinite scroll in discord so never check there, but I get the feeling it's way more happening then the forums these days? All the cool cats go there right?  I'm just too old...


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« Reply #102 on: March 28, 2020, 09:56:22 PM »
FWIW, I hate infinite scroll in discord so never check there, but I get the feeling it's way more happening then the forums these days? All the cool cats go there right?  I'm just too old...


I try to do the Discord thing, but I think I'm just too old as well. I *get* it, but it's not very interesting to me.

I patrol Discord regularly and keep up with everything posted there even when the conversation doesn't interest me and that happens A LOT. There's been stuff I wonder why I'm even bothering to read through. Yet, once in awhile, a conversation will happen that I'd like to see continue on or get back to later but with the infinite scroll it makes it hard to do. That's why I like forums since you have that record you can get back to. Like a library. Take a book (topic) off the shelf. Read (post) some of it for a while then put it away and move on to another book. But if you want to go back to the first one later, you can still do so. I've thought about copy and pasting some comments from Discord to then create a thread on here with for Topic of the Day but haven't really followed up too much on that. Mostly, I can't recall seeing anything there in the past while worth doing. Maybe something will come up in the future and those that want to discuss on Discord can do so there and those that want to comment on it in the forums will have the conversation brought to them here to do so.

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« Reply #103 on: March 30, 2020, 02:46:42 PM »
Let's start the week off with the rumor of 3D Mario remasters that Nintendo may be planning to release this year. It's got some buzz here and on Discord where the news allowed Windyman and myself to remind everyone of the greatness of Super Mario Sunshine (remastered or not). Topic ooooooffffffffff the day.

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« Reply #104 on: March 31, 2020, 03:18:13 PM »
I've learned that today is Transgender Day of Visibility which I think means it is the one day of the year where the sun hits the Earth just right and makes them just visible to the naked eye...?  ;) (I guess I haven't learnt the part of what it means yet.  :-[ ). Jokes aside, I suppose it only fitting to make the Topic of the Day tie into that and link BeautifulShy's Gender and Sexual Minorities Thread for today's Topic. Best of all, thanks to #30, she's taking any questions you want to ask her. So now's your chance to find out what what her social security number and bank account P.I.N. is.

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« Reply #105 on: April 01, 2020, 04:49:11 PM »
Although it is April Fools Day, today's topic is no joke. I thought April might make for a good chance to go back to an idea that was used when Topic of the Day was first announced: Community Themed Avatar Months! On that note, as NWR's Best Forum Manager (job title currently pending approval), I've decided to embrace the only game people want to talk about right now and declare April 2020 as Animal Crossing Avatar Month! You can read all about it by clicking the link or visiting the General Chat Forum although I do think the title is pretty self-explanatory as well. Topic of the... Month??!?!   :o ??? ???

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« Reply #106 on: April 02, 2020, 06:07:08 PM »
Today's topic goes to a subject that's been a big conversation point about the Switch since its second year although it did start a bit during its first year on the market: Ports. The amount of ports for the system has had an effect on my view of the system. Sometimes positive for bring back strong third party support not seen for a Nintendo system since perhaps the SNES (although I could see an argument for the DS on the matter. Sometimes the porting is negative particularly when it comes to Nintendo's offerings as I'm more familiar with them then releases on non-Nintendo consoles. When Neal posted his method to quantify how much porting Nintendo has done in the past few years, it was a topic I was sold on from the title. I wish I'd thought of it first and done it myself. (So you know that's high praise. ;) ). I think it's absolutely worth checking out and easily deserving of the highly sought after seal of approval that is Topic of the Day!

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« Reply #107 on: April 03, 2020, 11:29:59 PM »
You know, last week things got hectic with the shadowdrop Mini Direct which is a shame since I wanted to highlight the Sales thread which saw some action last week with the talk of how Switch had surpassed the 3DS in Japan. This week, when sales were posted, there was a little bit of discussion but it got overshadowed by the Port Index topic that was released yesterday. However, with no major topic happening right now, I'm going to give Enner and his long-time work on the Official Sales Thread his due today and promote that Switch domination.

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« Reply #108 on: April 15, 2020, 12:08:43 PM »
So after a brief and unexpected hiatus (during which nobody missed us) topic of the day is back!

Have you picked your Animal Crossing avatar yet? Well you should. To further shame you into picking one we are going to name the Animal Crossing avatar thread thing topic of the day!
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« Reply #109 on: April 16, 2020, 04:09:22 PM »
So that new iPhone got announced and it seems that the place to get all the latest thoughts and impressions on it is the Cell Phone thread.

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« Reply #110 on: April 18, 2020, 03:39:15 PM »
I'm going to give the currently belated yesterday's Topic of the day reward to the Animal Crossing thread. Animal Crossing has dominated our discussions around here and anyone who hasn't jumped on board yet needs to do so.
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« Reply #111 on: April 19, 2020, 03:27:43 PM »
Have you voted in NWR's mario spinoff madness poll or whatever it's called? Well get on it! We must treat the Mario sports games like the blight they are upon our society.

TOPIC OF THE DAY of the weekend!

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« Reply #112 on: April 20, 2020, 05:54:23 PM »
From my point of view the Talkback thread on Star Wars podracer is topic of the day.

EDIT: WHAT THE? WHAT ARE YOU DOING MAKING A TOPIC OF THE DAY WHEN I'M MAKING A TOPIC OF THE DAY?!!?
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« Reply #113 on: April 20, 2020, 05:55:36 PM »
Covid, covid, covid. You win! Apparently I cannot flatten the curve of Covid discussion on the forum so I'll concede and make it the Topic of the Day again. Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the virus.

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« Reply #114 on: April 20, 2020, 09:45:26 PM »
I forgot today is Monday. Oh well. You folks can enjoy a freebie.
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« Reply #115 on: April 21, 2020, 05:12:20 PM »
Historic Sales Numbers for Nintendo but in a good way?!?! How is Nintendo ever going to learn their lesson and go third party if people keep buying their stuff?  >:( What a strange 10 years for Nintendo. Might as well enjoy the highs while they happen before the new lows in 5 years. ;) No better way to enjoy them than making them Topic of the Day!  ;D

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« Reply #116 on: April 22, 2020, 08:11:18 PM »
Oh, right! Topic of the Day. Boy, I've really lost my ability to schedule here. It may not be a flashy subject but keeping your Nintendo Account secure is a topic worth thinking about and remembering. Although I suppose to some people, like Harold Finch, maintaining good internet security can be a hot topic.

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« Reply #117 on: April 23, 2020, 06:12:52 PM »
The Mario Spin-off Tournament has hit the Final Four and it is a mess. Please vote for Mario Kart: Double Dash as it is the only worthy title left. I don't want to see Thousand Year Door win this. It is been getting much too over-rated in the last decade. It should have been Super Mario RPG that was triumphant against TTYD, I tells ya! So, the importance of voting Double Dash is definitely something worth making a Topic of the Day. (I think there is a good chance we see a GameCube vs Wii U final battle. Let's hear it for Nintendo's greatest systems.  ;D )

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« Reply #118 on: April 24, 2020, 08:51:02 PM »
In a search for something that isn't Covid or Animal Crossing related right now, I'm going with a subject that got a bit of discussion here and on Discord: The new doctor for Dr. Mario World! Who will be next? That profound question truly deserves some heavy discussion making it a perfect ToPiC oF tHe DaY.

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« Reply #119 on: April 28, 2020, 10:39:25 AM »
Weekend Reading! (Late Edition)  :P

I guess I'll go with the game everyone is still talking about: Super Mario Maker 2. It got an update this week that I had contemplated as making topic of the day earlier but went with some other choices instead. However, that update has got some people uploading some new and old creations and sparking a bit of interest in the title again so let's promote it while it is hot.


Other topics of interest

It has been awhile since there was a big weekend reading update. In fact, the shadow-drop Nintendo Mini-Direct had just released a couple days prior to the last big update. As such, I'm going to look back at some games that were released a few weeks back but had some positive reviews to give them a bit more spotlight even if that attention was a bit delayed.


Good Job!, an action puzzler, does a.... good job... at entertaining and received a performance review of 9.

Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition, a roguelike in abandoned spaceships, scrounges up an 8.5.

Wunderling is a non-stop platformer that is able to bump into a score of 8.

Grimvalor, a Metroidvania-esque platformer battles its way to an 8.

Gunbrick: Reloaded, a puzzle platformer, also solves the puzzle of how to get a score of 8.


Last time, I mentioned being interested in Shinsekai: Into the Depths and Good Job! after that Mini Direct. While Good Job! ended up with a very positive review but Shinsekai and the Panzer Dragoon: Remake that also was released in that same period ended up getting a 7.5 score which is still decent. I usually highlight the more positive due to the amount of games always coming out and getting reviewed but the first half of April seemed to get a lot of games ending up with scores in the 6 and 5 range with Cooking Mama: Cookstar the worst of the bunch with a score of 4.5. My one regret of not keeping up with Topic of the Day for awhile was highlighting the discussion regarding the behind the scenes drama of that games release.

Of course, a game is more than just a review score so do try to check out the articles to see what is appealing about those titles and if they might appeal to you also. And don't be shy of leaving your own take or thoughts about any of those titles now or in the future.



As always, you may want to check in and let us know what you are playing or the latest game you've just beat. However, with people staying in, there's probably been a lot more movie and TV watching so you may want to create a topic on a program or film you've seen recently in the Movies & TV Subforum.


And if none of that interests you then perhaps you might want to try guessing the Personal Text of the forum users here from past and present.

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« Reply #120 on: April 28, 2020, 05:04:19 PM »
Monday's Late Topic

The Mario Spinoff Final's Battle that no one wanted. Going with Mario Kart 64 because I still think a Mario Kart should win it over TTYD.

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« Reply #121 on: April 28, 2020, 05:09:06 PM »
While it may not affect most users here, the fact that there will be some 3DS and Wii U eShop closures in much of Latin America should be seen as an early warning to start getting your digital house in order for those systems as the end may be coming for them in other markets at some point as well. It's also a reminder for me to keep pumping out those Best of the eShop threads now to review its offerings before it gets shuttered one of these days.

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« Reply #122 on: April 29, 2020, 04:45:11 PM »
Let's highlight a topic that's getting some action right now on these forums about other non-Nintendo developers and what started on the bad news for Naughty Dog is now morphing into musings about the videogame industry as a whole. Drop your takes while they're hot!

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« Reply #123 on: May 14, 2020, 07:24:04 AM »
Paper frickin' Mario! When I talk post about how after 2017, I just haven't been feeling the hype or saying wow at a lot of what Nintendo has been releasing since, this is what I've been missing! That trailer looks hype and as one of the few people who enjoyed Sticker Star, I ain't worried if this is an RPG or not. It just looks like an adventure I want to take in any form. This origami idea? *chef's kiss* Inspired. What a bold, perfect direction for this series. TOPIC OF THE DAY! (Don't call it a comeback.)

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« Reply #124 on: May 15, 2020, 11:20:36 PM »
Since the topic of the day will never be about soccer, I guess I'll just re-highlight the news of some more additions to the Switch NES/SNES Online libraries. The day of topic!

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« Reply #125 on: May 18, 2020, 03:10:51 PM »
It occurs to me that I don't think RFN has ever gotten topic of the day. I know almost everyone reading this except Khushrenada already listens to the show so this is largely a formality but the time has come to give the best and/or worst Nintendo podcast on the internet it's due.

And with an episode title like this now seems like the perfect time to go forward with this.
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« Reply #126 on: May 19, 2020, 01:19:48 PM »
Extra, extra, read all about it.

The fast paced discussion on the Talkback thread for new NES/SNES games on the online service will get you up to speed on Nintendo's latest and greatest retro game releases faster than you can say Virtual Console Mondays. Also make sure to submit your retroactive nominations from the current selection of NES/SNES online to RFN at this email
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« Reply #127 on: May 20, 2020, 01:26:32 PM »
Everyone is going crazy for Animal Crossing and a very generous, humble, and handsome member of our little community has decided to share his luck in potentially nabbing a bunch of rare items. Click the link for more information while I declare that Topic of the Day.
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« Reply #128 on: May 23, 2020, 12:47:59 PM »
Topic of the every-other-day is continuing strong by following hot on the heels of the beginning of next gen. Do you want the Switch 2 to have 4K? A second SD card slot? Maybe a stylus. Chime in here with all of your reasonable or crazy next gen demands and predictions.
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« Reply #129 on: May 25, 2020, 11:20:19 PM »
Oh shoot! I guess it is my week for Topic of the Day.  :-[  Well, not much really happening here right now aside from the usual Animal Crossing stuff with just a couple posts elsewhere. So, I guess I'll reference the NWR Discord because of all the talk on 1939 (and other years) classic films. Is this a case of Khushrenada once again using Topic of the Day to highlight topics he likes or has majorly contributed in? I can't help it if I'm just in the right place at the right time and driving most of the conversation around here.  8) Topic of the Day!

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« Reply #130 on: May 27, 2020, 07:59:03 AM »
Aw nuts! Already spaced on the Topic of the Day. Well, what I had been leaning to was the topic of sports. The various leagues are all announcing their plans and thoughts on starting and continuing seasons. As such, it has got the ol' NBA Discussion thread getting some attention while on Discord the talk was more hockey focused (and thus better 8) ). This has been Andy Richter's Sports Blast!, er, Topic of the Day! (Sports!)

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« Reply #131 on: May 27, 2020, 08:10:09 AM »
Let's do something unusual and post the Topic of the Day earlier for once! There better not be a sudden shadow drop Direct, Nintendo!!!  >:(  For today's topic, what could be more timely then the upcoming port of a 10-year old game coming to its fourth console in a decade. Originally released on the Wii then ported to the 3DS and Wii U on its VC, the game is now being rehashed for yet another port to now release on Switch. Publishers sure love the port part of the Switch's portability. ;) You can read the review of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition here. Personally, I think it proves the Monado isn't that powerful. Otherwise, Shulk should have been able to see into the future and fix the criticisms of the game the reviewer has in order to make sure the score would be a 10 instead of a 9.5.

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« Reply #132 on: May 28, 2020, 08:27:13 PM »
Early one day. Late the next. You just never know when Topic of the Day is going to strike! But the time has arrived for it to once again reign down hell on these forums by choosing that lightning rod of a topic: HBO MAX!!!. Yes, more streaming for the masses. With the service launching now (and the additional talk of the Snyder Justice League cut which was talked about more in the DC thread), I thought I'd show some love to the TV/Movie forums this time and select something from there. Spread this topic love around and create a forum pandemic we can call our own. The Day Topic Of!

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« Reply #133 on: June 01, 2020, 06:50:27 PM »
Aw shoot. I almost wound up treating Topic of the Day with the same level of dedication and dignity that our great leader, Khushrenada has treated it with lately. ;) That would be unfortunate.

Regardless, my throwing rocks from a glass house segues quite nicely into the Topic of the Day, where we ignore the original topic to demand new forum software and make Khush look like a lemming in the process. That's always a recipe for success.
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« Reply #134 on: June 02, 2020, 03:36:35 PM »
It's time for everyone to Pokémon Go to today's Topic of the Day.
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« Reply #135 on: June 04, 2020, 10:00:01 PM »
Is the return of forgamers topic of the day material? I say yes
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« Reply #136 on: June 05, 2020, 09:42:49 PM »
Apparently I'm doing these at midnight now for some reason. Today's topic is the J and J dram factory's funhouse debut. BUSINESS!
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« Reply #137 on: June 07, 2020, 06:01:38 PM »
Getting away from the midnight time slot, Retroactive has officially started. You can check it out and participate in today's Topic of the Day by clicking here.
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« Reply #138 on: June 08, 2020, 08:39:56 PM »
Well, with Nintendo having released their big game for June, I suppose a moment should be taken to highlight it. Particularly since Daan has now updated his review of Clubhouse Games with a score. Topic of the every other day!

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« Reply #139 on: June 10, 2020, 12:05:57 AM »
Oh nuts. It's later than I meant to post this. I was just going to highlight the major Switch eShop sale that has begun. Personally, I was hoping for some word of sales for the 3DS and Wii U but I guess by the time I finally got interested in their offerings, Switch had already taken over. Will we ever see Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers on sale again?

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Re: Topic of the Day
« Reply #140 on: June 10, 2020, 06:31:59 PM »
Oh nuts. It's later than I meant to post this. I was just going to highlight the major Switch eShop sale that has begun. Personally, I was hoping for some word of sales for the 3DS and Wii U but I guess by the time I finally got interested in their offerings, Switch had already taken over. Will we ever see Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers on sale again?

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« Reply #141 on: June 10, 2020, 11:31:08 PM »
I thought about posting the odd topic of Xenoblade's Best Grass as the topic of the day but I felt that might put it too close to the territory for Topic of the Day is like watching grass grow jokes so I rejected that. (Besides we all know TotD is like watching grass blow.) So, instead I will try and broaden my topic horizons by referencing the latest podcast this site puts out since that seems to be the way most users learn about the site these days and I guess people really like it. I like turtles but you don't hear me bragging about it all over the internet. Truly the topic of the day and not anything else like protests and debate.

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« Reply #142 on: June 11, 2020, 03:43:06 PM »
Well, generally don't care that much about the competition but with Sony unveiling the PS5 and titles coming to it, it's like E3 is sort of happening after all! And it is the big discussion on the NWR Discord today. Not so much with the PS5 Thread we've got on the forums that had its last comment posted in 2019 but maybe it is about to spring to life now. Therefore, I might as well let Sony have one day in the sun and get a win as Topic of the Day!

EDIT: Gotta love the timing! While making this post, MagicCow64 made a thread about the PS5 reveal and impressions. Sorry ShyGuy! Looks like your old PS5 thread is going to be obsolete now.  :-\
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« Reply #143 on: June 15, 2020, 03:38:42 PM »
The PS5 thread was already taken and the other thread I'm interested in working with has veered a bit closely to political discussion for my taste so I'm going to go with the look back on Tricky Towers thing that was posted on the site.
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« Reply #144 on: June 16, 2020, 03:48:12 PM »
I recently acquired a new 1tb SD card so i guess I'll celebrate by making the Switch Storage situation thread the topic of the day.
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« Reply #145 on: June 18, 2020, 07:52:02 PM »
Today EA announced that they're making 7 new games for Switch. You can read all about this unprecedented partnership in the Topic of the Day here.
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« Reply #146 on: June 21, 2020, 03:46:02 PM »
I'm going to name the Darius collection review as the topic of the day. I love that all these retro collections are coming to the Switch. It makes it easy to build a legit collection of retro games.
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« Reply #147 on: June 22, 2020, 07:15:32 PM »
I thought I should wait in case some surprise news popped up but I should have just made the Min-Min addition to Smash Topic of the Day right away and leave it at that. So there it is. I'm sure you all are very surprised at this selection. You just never know what Topic of the Day will be!

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« Reply #148 on: June 23, 2020, 08:03:48 PM »
Hmmmm. Curious. The Pokemon Direct last week was never considered for Topic of the Day. And with the big announcement of Pokemon Snap finally getting a sequel too after all these years. Man, all the times people on these forums used to talk about wanting it again particularly when it first came out on Wii Virtual Console. And with another Pokemon announcement that is supposed to be coming tomorrow, you may want to make sure you are keeping up on your Pokemon News! Topic of the last week Day!

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« Reply #149 on: June 24, 2020, 08:17:21 PM »
Allow me to tear myself away from XC:DE for a moment or two in order to post the Topic of the Day. Originally, I had figured I'd probably end up doing whatever Pokemon game was announced today but that seems too predictable. Plus, I figure most people will be aware of it already. If yesterday's topic is any indication than it can wait until next week anyways for its day in the sun. However, a different topic that may have not gotten your attention today is this one about the Steam Summer Festival in which thedobaga talks about 19 different demos he tried out. It's the closest feeling to E3 we've had so far back when there used to be a bunch of topics discussing the impressions upcoming games made as people tried a whole lot of titles at once on the show floor. Good job, sir! Here's your Topic of the Day spotlight.

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« Reply #150 on: June 25, 2020, 10:33:09 PM »
Should have pulled myself away from XC:DE sooner but finally needed a break so I should use that time to post today's topic.... or is really tomorrow's topic at this point? So many existential questions I never expected when starting that. I thought I'd highlight an odd topic that has made a recent comeback in the past few days with users here talking about their dreams. So, if you've had a dream then you can join on in the fun too and try to figure out the existential questions that may have arisen from that activity. The Topic Day Of!

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« Reply #151 on: June 26, 2020, 09:15:30 PM »
At one time, Friday Night was always Nintendo Trivia night in the Chatroom here. Those days have gone away replaced by the Radio Trivia podcast. Yet, on this particular Friday, a new episode of Radio Trivia has been posted perhaps out of some kind of instinct by its host. You, too, can create your own Friday Flashback by listening and playing along to the podcast like it was 2005 all over again. Topic of the.... I forget.

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« Reply #152 on: June 29, 2020, 10:25:11 AM »
And I was doing alright with keeping up on TotD until the weekend. I had desired to do a tradition weekend reading post but after a bunch of time spent typing in the Xenoblade thread, I was post-fatigues and just wanted to keep playing the game as well as take care of other life chores so did very little interneting instead. Mainly, I'd have just gone with the recent Animal Crossing Update since the Animal Crossing madness has still continued to hold many Switch users in its clutches although perhaps not at the fever it first had on launch. So there it is. A lite post-weekend reading topic.
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« Reply #153 on: June 29, 2020, 12:06:28 PM »
Oi, this is my week. Not yours. :ph:
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« Reply #154 on: June 29, 2020, 12:32:03 PM »
As long as you haven't posted a topic yet for today and started your week then it is still my week and I can finish it!

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« Reply #155 on: June 30, 2020, 03:42:08 PM »
For the low low of price of free, you can visit the Animal Crossing New Horizons DLC thingy, which is today's topic of the day.
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« Reply #156 on: July 01, 2020, 10:36:39 PM »
It's still Wednesday somewhere so I am just in time to name the Animal Crossing trading thread Topic of the Day.
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« Reply #157 on: July 02, 2020, 07:21:00 PM »
As much as I kind of want to just keep naming Animal Crossing threads Topic of the Day apparently people are really gravitating to my Music challenge thread. Even if you aren't planning to participate I kind of already have all my choices lined up and it's a bizzare mix of stuff so look forward to that.
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« Reply #158 on: July 02, 2020, 07:29:15 PM »
As much as I kind of want to just keep naming Animal Crossing threads Topic of the Day apparently people are really gravitating to my Music challenge thread. Even if you aren't planning to participate I kind of already have all my choices lined up and it's a bizzare mix of stuff so look forward to that.

I was wondering if this was going to turn into some weird theme week for Topic of the Day.  :rolleyes:

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« Reply #159 on: July 03, 2020, 03:57:28 PM »
In today's world of lies and fake news, it's important to acknowledge the truth that is the fact that Lasagna is 100% a sandwich.
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« Reply #160 on: July 06, 2020, 05:20:50 AM »
As long as you haven't posted a topic yet for today and started your week then it is still my week and I can finish it!
In that case, today's Topic of the Day is the recent FGC controversies. As they say, what goes around, comes around. :D
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« Reply #161 on: July 09, 2020, 08:39:53 PM »
Today's Topic of the Day is the end of Topic of the Day.

When I was thinking about this idea, I'd had it in my mind to set July as a possible end date to give it a good shot and test. If I found it became a regular habit for my forum usage than I was willing to maybe extend it another 6 months and go a full year. And, at first, it was working out pretty well and it seemed like it could be a regular part of my forum rhythm / usage. However, things charged in March in two ways. First, is the obvious in that March is when the world basically went into lockdown. That really limited the news and topics to highlight. However, like I have done in the Funhouse from time to time of bumping and stickying an old thread, I was open to the idea of highlighting an older / forgotten topic if I felt there could be some interest in revisting it. The idea was always about trying to foster a bit more discussion here and find different subjects that users either cared about enough post or they might be want to follow the discussion happening on it which might later lead to them joining in.


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« Reply #162 on: July 09, 2020, 08:40:11 PM »
However, the second change in March was in regards to my job. I've kind of avoided talking about my situation much in the Covid thread or in other topics where people have talked about lockdown because I seem to have been one of the few to sort of thrive during this time. I had accepted the new job and duties back in mid-January but it wasn't until March that the change suddenly came into effect. It actually happened the Monday I was supposed to originally launch my Metroid Mafia game so I was glad I put it off a week to get more players. I can't believe I pulled off doing that while also starting to learn the duties and tasks of this new position. In addition, since the place I'm working fell under the essential service side of things, it never closed so I still had to travel into work every day. That was some mixed emotion since I know many people were worried about their economic future and many still are or are trying to cope with the financial repercussions of lockdown. Yet, when you are one of the few vehicles on the road early morning and so much is closed and empty around you, it's hard not think about how nice it would be to quarantine at home for a few weeks. I had food in my pantry and my expenses are low. I'd be able to survive a month with $2000. Moreover, I'm pretty much a homebody anyways. I don't really get cabin fever and I'd have no problem staying indoors. It's pretty much what I was doing anyways. Going to work and coming home where I'd stay the rest of the night unless I decided to go get a few more groceries, get some gas or grab some takeout. Yet, since so many people would come into our business and say how lucky we were to still be working, it just seemed wrong to complain about not working so I've never spoken much about it until now. I suppose it could be a case of the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence but I'd say there was just a general mood throughout the world of being demoralized by so much shutting down in that time.

There was a point at first in the start of April where business was pretty slow and there was talk of possibly doing a shortened work week. Instead, the business laid a bunch of different people off. I was kind of worried at first that maybe there would be a rethink of needing me in this new position but nothing was ever said about it. Ironically, a couple days after the layoffs, we started getting more and more busy. In a couple weeks, they basically rehired most of the people they had just let go. It's a weird thing but I thought it might be a slower year yet work has gotten very exhausting the past few months. I'm surprised at some of the expensive items people are buying as well. I don't understand it since the expectation is that people would be tightening their wallets and sales could be slow. Maybe people are suddenly finding extra money by not being able to eat out at restaurants? There are some other factors with other businesses in the same line of work as mine which may have made poor decisions during the major lockdown period which has caused more people coming to us for product. We've had weird staff issues also. One person just up and quit a few weeks ago and moved across the country. Others have had medical issues with a couple needing surgery and time to heal and others have had days off or limited hours as well. This has led to us being short-staffed at times during our busy season plus you still have people booking off time for vacation. Not sure why. Not like you can really fly off somewhere or do much but its their right to get that time off. As such, I found myself not only having to my job but also the duties of two or three people in the same day. And let me just say, it has gotten to be pretty exhausting of late.

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« Reply #163 on: July 09, 2020, 08:40:35 PM »
The end result is that it is I hardly have spare time in the day to check in and catch up on the forums or the NWR Discord, let alone think about posting topics or getting into much discussion with others. Topic of the Day then went from a fun little extra to do on these forums to an extra task that I just didn't need. I mainly come home from work and just lay out on the couch to decompress a bit by watching a show or two or playing a game. As such, it just became easier to find some new thread in Talkback or thread getting a few posts that day and just highlight that to get Topic of the Day done with. Even then, there were still days I struggled to find something that seemed worthwhile as highlighting. It basically just seemed to turn the idea of Topic of the Day into an echo chamber pointing out things that people were probably already aware of and discussing or, at worse, a redundant news bulletin.

There were a lot of things I thought would be happening in this time like sports playoffs / championships, new movie releases, E3 which would probably be supplemented by other ideas and topics from users. When those ideas suddenly dried up, it made this a much harder task when I just wanted an easy evening at home. I thank pokepal148 a lot for liking the initial idea and goal of this thread that he was willing to help out by doing it for a week here and there until we decided on a rotating schedule because we were both busy. Even then, it was still hard to keep this as regular as when it first began. I send some thanks to Insanolord who was able to also help a bit in the earlier period of the thread. He sent me a message that he also really liked this idea for the forums and that simple message actually had a big impact in motivating me to trying to keep pushing forward with this thread and keep pushing to this July goal.

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« Reply #164 on: July 09, 2020, 08:41:22 PM »
I'm not sure what the impact of this thread ended up being or how much it helped in keeping NWR a regular part of a user's online activity. I wondered if the lockdown might see a rise in activity and posting here but it really didn't seem to cause much effect. At the same time, there wasn't that much to post or talk about either since the news was pretty much the same for so long. I suppose it's probably the biggest sign that we'll probably never see the activity this place once had in the double 0 decade. Nintendo Switch is the dominant market force right now with a large amount of people who should have had extra time in their day to post here and yet neither of those factors seems to have made much change here. I get it though. When we were young and posting on here, we did it because we'd see an instant or very quick response to a thought we'd made and could have a rapid conversation. Now, people are going to get that instant reaction on something like Reddit or Twitter. These forums aren't going to provide that instant gratification anymore. In some ways, it's more like letter writing. We make a post and mail our letter and maybe check back in a day or two for a reply letter or post. It's not necessarily always that slow but it's definitely been outpaced by other social media like the NWR Discord where a discussion on a topic of interest can suddenly take off.

And, at this point, I'm ok with that. Posting here may take more of an effort but that's usually because a post here nowadays often seems to be made with some thought behind it. Just posting yes or no or an emoji to a post doesn't seem worth making unlike perhaps Discord where it's a much quicker and easier process. Although, maybe if the software had been changed sometime ago to incorporate new technology and broaden resources so that video imbedding, YouTube linking and a large variety of emojis and images were available then there's a chance that could have seen more engagement. I know there are times I post on here and am disappointed at the lack of emoji options to add some spice and flavor to a post. After all, some forums out there are still flourishing and getting new members. Yet, with the older user base here and the usually more balanced and well-reasoned posts that come from more life experience, it may be harder for that to attract new users who could be intimidated at matching that level (or word count of at least one certain user here who just seems to be addicted to posting walls of text :-X ). Still, many of these thoughts have come up over the past decade and this probably hasn't added anything new to that. The main takeaway from this might just be more that I'm admitting and realizing that it's highly likely even I can no longer keep up the amount of posting and time spent here as I've done for so long. It's probably going to be sporadic activity from me now as well although I may have reached that point sometime ago and thought I was still staying pretty active here.



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« Reply #165 on: July 09, 2020, 08:41:28 PM »
But this is not a goodbye from me. I'm still looking forward to checking in here and posting things when I can and still trying to be a part of the community and discussions. It's more that I'm appreciating circumstances in my life are changing as they do for everyone and that change affects the way I spend my time and days in new ways. While Topic of the Day may not have seemed like something worth spending such a long wrap-up on, it is the thread which has most made clear to me that a change in my thinking and forum engagement has already occurred and is probably necessary. Because of that, I just wanted to post on that reflection and how it has happened. Rather than just posting out of some obligation I've put on myself for keeping things active or to rouse up enthusiasm to have others follow my lead in increasing activity, it's time to just post because it is something I feel like posting and because I happen to have the time to do so.

Even though days or maybe even weeks might pass in between my postings, don't worry. You can still find me here because.... I'll be around.


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« Reply #166 on: July 09, 2020, 09:06:34 PM »
Also, I'd say it is time to lose the Animal Crossing avatars. That's so pandemic lockdown ago.

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« Reply #167 on: July 10, 2020, 09:50:40 AM »
Understandable Khush, no worries. I usually click every category with new posts because I don't like unread sections (great idea for me to be on Discord too :rolleyes:). As such I've read most of the posts in this thread, and yeah, it's a bit redundant to highlight new posts - but it's also a lot to ask for you to dig up old topics every day.
Regardless though, thanks for the effort over the months.

Also, I'd say it is time to lose the Animal Crossing avatars. That's so pandemic lockdown ago.

I'm just waiting for Metroid Mafia avatars to become retro cool.