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  1. 11 points
    We're with Alder Hey He was born earlier today, doing really well.
  2. 8 points
    His surgery was today, and it went well. It was a very long day, he went away at 9AM and we didn't hear a single thing until half 5. The surgeons are very pleased. There are still a few weeks of recovery, and he will get better/worse as they find the right balance of everything, but the worst is over.
  3. 7 points
    Its getting close to baby Cube arriving, a bit sooner than expected. I'm excited but also terrified. He was diagnosed at the 20 week scan with a heart condition called TGA, this essentially means that his heart is not wired up correctly, where the oxygenated blood will just be pumped back into his lungs and not the rest of his body. While he's in the womb, babies have an open valve which allows the blood to mix. The first part of this treatment is to keep this open (first with medicine but 50% need a simple keyhole surgery) until he's ready for surgery (10-14 days), where they'll get to his heart and switch things around so it's all connected properly, then they'll keep an eye on him for a few more weeks. Most of the time, this is the only treatment he'll ever need for this condition. We've met quite a few members of the team that will be treating him (both at the hospital doing the C-section and the children's hospital) and they've given us a ton of confidence and we feel like he's in good hands My girlfriend has been on blood pressure tablets and the latest scans have shown that he's dropped down in size, so they've decided that he's coming out a bit early - within the next week. It's amazing what they can do to treat babies with this condition.
  4. 7 points
    They really were playing the long game with this tweet
  5. 6 points
  6. 5 points
    I'll have to take a nose around and revive some old threads when I get around to them I think from what I understand and can see on HLTB they're not terribly long games, probably a few weekday nights, so I'm hoping it gets me back to playing some relatively shorter games. I've played a lot of longer games this year, and while I've loved most of them, I haven't exactly put a dent in my wall of backlog games, hopefully they'll be a nice change of pace! I'm hoping to cap off playing these and God of War III Remastered by getting back to God of War (2018), as I never got the Platinum for it. Having now played Red Dead Redemption II I'm really looking forward to reviving the 2018 GOTY debate I won't lie, it can definitely be daunting playing some of these games for the first time, just knowing how much they mean to so many people, especially when I feel I'm fairly entrenched in the gaming landscape now – it's hard to escape how important some of these games are when they're in 'Best of' lists. Playing through Ocarina of Time all the way through for the first time earlier this year was a huge example of this for me, it's hard to not occasionally find yourself wondering "does this still hold up?" It's like watching a classic film from the 60's or 70's today for the first time, things like The Godfather or Apocalypse Now, where you've heard how great it is, and I think it puts a lot of pressure on the film up until that point where you just find yourself sinking into it. Despite some of the intimidation, just getting on with it always immediately quells that feeling, and I do always enjoy going back and having the conversation about these games, whichever side I land on, especially on here with people who are open to having discussions and hearing other thoughts about those games
  7. 5 points
    Reading @darksnowman play through this again gave me the itch, so I took this with me when I went on holiday last week for somethin to play in the evening. Link's Awakening on the GameBoy was my first venture into the world of Zelda it was my favourite then and it is still my favourite Zelda game (sorry BotW). I had already played though this twice when I first got it, the second time going for the no death route. I love what they did in updating the graphics and the style they went with. It really does feel dream like. Whilst the island is a lot smaller than probably every other Zelda game it still gives of a vibe that it has a decent size to it. Whilst it does have a little non linear to it,, the game does push you in the direction you need to go. Dungeons need to be done in order and as always rocks and holes block your path until you have the right items. But it never takes away from how great the gameplay is and how much I love it. The first dungeon is easy and may seem too easy, but it is the first one after all, and by the time you get to the 7th you are wanting them to be like that. That one gave me issues when I first played it and it did again. I knew the general way round and that I had to get that ball to the right rooms, but it still had me running around in circles a few times until I sorted it. As with the last two times the final boos gave me no issues, I had beaten that so many times on the GB that I pretty much have it down to a tee, but it's still a joy to play and satisfying to jump those arms and hit the eye with an arrow. I'll no doubt be back to play again one day.
  8. 5 points
    I've got a few games I need to add to my list, but it's almost midnight, and most of you already know what I think of them. So I'll just say that I completely spaced on Kirby and the Forgotten Land, a game that while absolutely solid, isn't even close to the best Kirby game ever like a lot of people seem to think. It is good, though. There's also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, which is the best TMNT game ever. Hell, it's a serious contender for best game of 2022! I'm not big on beat 'em ups, but this one is real special!
  9. 5 points
    I'm dodging around this thread a little as someone that hasn't played Link's Awakening before, but when someone posts music, I can't help but listen, at least a little bit, and it's always interesting without context. It's a track I've had pop up once or twice on YouTube and Spotify autoplay by accident, so it's not necessarily completely new to me I guess? So, to give an alternative take on this music as someone that hasn't played the game before and has no idea what it's tied to in the game, I think it's a great track because I feel like it implies a lot about what is happening/has happened. It's immediately foreboding, and at 0:25 you get this back and forth of the strings which clearly state Dies irae, a Latin sequence which has been used in orchestral music dating back centuries, and is incredibly popular even today in modern scores across cinema and gaming (if you're wondering how it fits, just say the phrase as the strings go back and forth and you'll notice it's in sync with the track, and once you realise what it is you'll start hearing it everywhere). Dies irae roughly translates to "the day of Wrath" or "day of Judgment", and it's a bit of a musical cheat to imply impending doom or reckoning, so coupled with the foreboding nature of the piece at the start, I think it's really safe to say that some sort of reckoning is happening. Is this reckoning internal or external? I have no idea, but the whining and strain of the strings makes me think it's some sort of internal reckoning (I mean, to hazard a guess, relating to whatever Link's titular "awakening" is), as external reckoning, at least musically, tends to be a bit more directly oppressive than I feel this piece is. That it's stated consecutively just adds to this overbearing feeling of something unchangeable, if that makes sense – like whatever type of impending doom is at hand, it's not something which can be taken back, like some sort of permanent change or a realisation which recontextualises things. Further, at 0:50 I feel like the feeling of pain and melancholy in the track is really doubled down on as you get what I can only imagine is a sample or recreation of the original GB game's music (which is awesome), and with Dies irae playing out under and over this, it further strengthens the back and forth of the phrase. No idea how close that mini analysis is, but if it's anywhere near, I think that's another clear indicator of how good a track it is. If not it still sounds great all the same I really need to get around to Link's Awakening, don't I?
  10. 4 points
    That’s awesome! Nice work BTW, worth keeping in mind that you can also download game updates/patches for any game on 3DS, even if you don’t actually own the game itself! If you have the SD Card space to spare, you can grab them by typing in “update” into the search bar on the eShop.
  11. 4 points
  12. 4 points
    It's all right if you don't get familiar with them because if you're at the back then you'll be on @S.C.G's stream.
  13. 4 points
    Disclaimer: we do not have poisonous Woopers wallowing in our mud. I should know. However, after some digging, I found out that Lusitanian (read:Portuguese) salamanders are brown during their baby/larval stage... So yeah. Hometown hero Quagsire might be a thing. For the love of God, GameFreak, do not ruin Quagsire... Fidough looks like bread, which is excellent. That's like... the fourth Pokémon revealed so far based off of food? Love it. Bijou is the most popular bread in Portugal and it looks like this. There's also a very popular pastry called Bola de Berlim (usually eaten at the beach) that looks like this. So this little bread douggie looks promising. And tasty. I don't like it. Kill it with fire. What is it made of, snow? Fictional substance, as far as I'm concerned. Can confirm
  14. 4 points
    I'm not going to blog everything that happens, however... there was a code red situation. The goal for the day was to bring down the Vehement Phosbat. I'd softened it up the day before and hoping the damage might carry over, I did a bit of investigating (got a few pieces of fruit and discovered the spicy berries) before heading back around to the caves. I'd burned up most of the day getting sidetracked but was able to quickly finish the creature off thanks to it not having recovered its health from our initial encounter. All good, then. A productive day in the tundra. I sent some Pikmin off with the carcass and a piece of fruit then pulled up the map to auto-send one of the characters to the ship. As time was ticking, I wanted someone to be in position to ring the bell to call everyone in for the night. With two seconds left I got the notification that they'd arrived at their destination so I flicked control over... to discover I'd sent them not to the ship but a plantpot!! There was no time to rectify. About ~14 Pikmin made it safely into orbit.
  15. 4 points
    But isn't he 30 something yea...
  16. 4 points
    Steam Deck has arrived in one piece Man, I wonder what I'll buy for it first...
  17. 4 points
    Not surprising. Reyn was never passing any IQ tests.
  18. 4 points
    Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is a MASSIVE EXPANSION to the Switch/PC game, Monster Hunter Rise. Much like the Iceborne expansion in the previous game, World, this adds a new "Master Rank" that becomes available for those who have already finished High Rank. New monsters, new subspecies of monsters, new attacks for old monsters, as well as a whole host of new mechanics and abilities for you to utilise, and of course, loads of armour and weapons to make. Normally, I'd write about a game once I had finished playing it, but well, it'll be ages before that happens, so now that I've seen the credits alongside @Mokong, I'm gonna do that now. And for the sake of not repeating myself, I'll just remind you all that Rise is my favourite Monster Hunter game to date. It's a game that wastes no time, has lots of fun movement options, and of course, the co-op aspect is top notch. So I'm gonna focus on the new stuff. After solving the problems with a certain monster in Kamura Village, your hunter gets recruited by the Knight's Order from a port town called Elgado. They have a problem, and guess what? It involves monsters. So you have to brush off your endgame high rank armour that will no doubt become obsolete very quickly and sort things out. It's basically an excuse for more Monster Hunter Rise, and that's fine by me. Also, Bayonetta is involved for some reason. Guess that's why the third game took so long. Yes, that's my hunter on the left. This MASSIVE EXPANSION introduces a decent amount of new monsters to Rise, whether it be returning ones like Astalos, or completely new ones, such as Malzeno (Probably my favourite new monster so far). It even has Espinas from Monster Hunter Frontier, making it the first time a monster from that rubbish MMO has gotten into a proper Monster Hunter game. The music for that monster is hilarious, BTW. One of the new mechanics is the "Switch Skill Swap", which lets you swap between two sets of Switch Skills (Equippable skills that alter your movesets). This lets you quickly swap what you can do to fit the situation. There's also another mechanic that shows up after the credits that adds a neat little twist to hunts which I more then welcome. Now, while the focus of this EXPANSION that is MASSIVE is on the multiplayer, there is some single player content as well. These come in the form of "Follower Quests" where you are accompanied by AI controlled hunters (Bayo above is one of them). Each of these AI hunters specialise in one aspect of hunting, so you can have a lot of variety depending on who you choose to bring with you. It's a cool little change to things that can make solo quests a little less lonely. These DLC expansions are effectively replacements for the rereleases of MH titles we saw in the past, and it's fine by me, seeing as they're cheaper, and don't involve having to repeat content from the base game. It's a welcome change. The only real criticism I have is that there's no kind of crossplay with the PC version, so I can't play with people who moved on to the PC version (Such as @RedShell). Don't get me wrong, I've very much enjoyed playing through the plot with Mokong, but more hunters is always better. (That might be a blessing in disguise, I've heard that a few people have started modding it to cheat recently, which ruins the fun for those who want to play legitimately) That PC version likely means we won't be getting any Nintendo based crossovers as well, which is a bit of a bummer. Yeah, more options for platforms is nice, but I'll miss running around in Samus' Power Suit. The quest name matches what's going on, I guess. Oh right, one of my dogs is Amaterasu from Okami, no big deal.
  19. 4 points
    His levels oxygen level was a bit low yesterday, but we're told that it's expected. When they do the keyhole surgery, they like to see how they get one without any medicine but most of the file the medicine is still needed. Since he was put on the lowest dose, he's been doing really well. Hopefully he stays like this while they get him ready for surgery.
  20. 4 points
    Was gonna look for the Jobs thread of the good stuff but saw this and thought might be appropriate here. Been doing an Oracle Database SQL (1Z0-071) course for the last 5 months, took the exam today. PASSED with 74%, certified baby (63% is the min) Just waiting for Oracle to cough up the official cert for it now, which can apparently take up to 48 hours.... Bloody hell was it a tough exam though, questions were a lot harder than any of the practice exams the course gave me. I was slowed down on a lot of questions just reading stuff over and over to try get things right in my head. 2 hour exam, finished it with just 14 seconds left. Think when I was down to the last 10 questions I only had like 11 mins left and panicked a little, tried to speed up and then paranoid I'd be getting stuff wrong if I wasn't reading properly. When I was pressing the last button that would grade the exam I was fully prepared to see a fail result come up, was delighted to see it saw Pass and to see the score was a good 11% in the clear Totally drained after that course and wrecked after the exam. Gonna take a few weeks to enjoy the summer with the kids, then planning to do a Python course as a lot of Job adverts I see for SQL are also looking for Python so will probably be a good idea to have both on the CV and hopefully soon it'll all help me give two fingers to the current job
  21. 4 points
    Fired the game up this evening and was met with this as my first cutscene... There's just no escaping the heat at the moment.
  22. 4 points
    Far Cry 5 This starts off extremely well. The “crazy religious cult” setting is interesting and the combat is a lot of fun. After the first recommended region, I was loving the game. The side missions are a lot of fun, and the leader of this faction of the crazed cult was a great villain. After this, unfortunately, the story just goes off the rails. The other two areas have utterly terrible storylines, and it doesn't help that it keeps interrupting the actual fun stuff, before having an utterly terrible ending. While the story keeps getting in the way, the gameplay still remains fun and the sidequests are the main highlights of this game GoldenCry The arcade mode of Far Cry 5 includes a massive amount of fan-made levels, including a complete fan remake of GoldenEye. It’s nice seeing the levels in a new visual style, although it does feel somewhat “basic” as the objectives that can be done in the level creator are a bit basic. Still worth checking out if you have Far Cry 5, though. Road 96 Set in a country led by a corrupt dictator, you play as various teens as they try to make their way across the border, trying to avoid being caught and sent to work in mines or being killed. You play through them one at a time, approaching the border from different areas. Along the way you will meet and interact with a cast of interesting characters, making choices which can sway their stories - and potentially even the path of the entire country. There are some action scenes that are a bit wonky, but the setting and characters are interesting enough that you want to see the full story play out. Yakuza 0 I honestly didn’t know what to expect from Yakuza 0, but it definitely wasn’t what I got. The start of it was a little bit of what I expected, but felt really slow, but as it picked up it just got crazy in all the best ways. There’s so many side games and minigames, some that are surprisingly deep (like the Cabaret Club), and some of the fighting styles are a ton of fun, particularly breakdancing. I found the more serious moments a bit lacking (and not helped by multiple different styles of cutscenes), but the amount of over the top fun is just wonderful
  23. 4 points
    And adding //I don't know how this works
  24. 4 points
    This morning ticked off a long distance swim off from my swim targets list. Probably not gonna get much longer distances than this ..though there is another beach further down coast from where I started so could go from there maybe Was with a group and we had someone on a canoe and another on a surf board following us for safety
  25. 4 points
    Credits have rolled. That's good enough for me. Besides, I refuse to listen to someone who struggles with Gary on easy mode.
  26. 4 points
    Sooo... turn that mode on to avoid being turned on? Wonder if there's a pop-up like when games recommend assist/ casual mode. "Getting turned on? Consider Naive Angel Mode if you'd prefer to have less of a hard time." Please enjoy.
  27. 3 points
    Starting to put together my long list of 3DS/DSi games now. This is mostly taken from recommendations around the internet, I'll later go through and narrow down based on games I'd actually like. Doesn't include any games that I already have, so it might not be a great list for anybody else to use! Aero Porter - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/AERO-PORTER--678646.html A-Train 3D City Simulator - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/A-Train-3D-City-Simulator-984188.html Attack of the Friday Monsters A Tokyo Tale - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/ATTACK-OF-THE-FRIDAY-MONSTERS-A-TOKYO-TALE--781531.html Bugs vs Tanks - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/BUGS-vs-TANKS--769317.html Gourmet Dream - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Gourmet-Dream-1173979.html Conveni Dream - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Conveni-Dream-1115233.html Publisher Dream - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Publisher-Dream-752757.html Bookstore Dream - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Bookstore-Dream-523448.html Johnny's Payday Panic - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Johnny-s-Payday-Panic-1069136.html Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Dedede-s-Drum-Dash-Deluxe-950473.html Liberation Maiden - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/LIBERATION-MAIDEN--641297.html Pokemon Dream Radar - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Pokemon-Dream-Radar-523679.html The Denpa Men - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/THE-DENPA-MEN-They-Came-By-Wave-679041.html The Denpa Men 2 - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/THE-DENPA-MEN-2-Beyond-the-Waves-760354.html The Denpa Men 3 - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/THE-DENPA-MEN-3-The-Rise-of-Digitoll-874100.html The Starship Damrey - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/THE-STARSHIP-DAMREY--754414.html Cave Story - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Cave-Story-879350.html (3D has been delisted) 3D Classics TwinBee - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/3D-Classics-TwinBee-275152.html 3D Classics Xevious - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/3D-Classics-Xevious--275174.html 3D Classics Urban Champion - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/3D-Classics-Urban-Champion-275163.html Mighty Flip Champs - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Mighty-Flip-Champs-264149.html Mighty Milky Way - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Mighty-Milky-Way-264160.html Art Style PiCOPiCT - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Art-Style-PiCOPiCT-261872.html Art Style INTERSECT - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Art-Style-INTERSECT--261839.html Art Style Code - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Art-Style-Code-261828.html Art Style Aquite - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Art-Style-Aquite-261806.html 3D Space Tank - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/3D-Space-Tank--261377.html Dark Void Zero Paper Plane https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Paper-Plane-264567.html#Overview Art Style NEMREM Art Style KUBOS Art Style BOXLIFE Reflect Missile Electroplankton DSiWare Series (?) Ferrari GT Evolution (I have weird nostalgia for Asphalt Urban GT on DS, and this by the same people) https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Ferrari-GT-Evolution-263060.html Face Pilot https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Face-Pilot-Fly-With-Your-Nintendo-DSi-Camera--263049.html Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon (Made by the same people who did Metroid Prime Pinball!) https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Pinball-Pulse-The-Ancients-Beckon--264666.html A Little Bit of... DSiWare Series (?) 2-in-1 Solitaire Game & Watch DSiWare Series e.g. https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Game-Watch-Judge-263335.html Dragon's Lair & Dragon's Lair II (Controversial but I don't like this game but interested about how it is on DSiWare) https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Dragon-s-Lair--262818.html https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Dragon-s-Lair-II-Time-Warp-262807.html Jagged Alliance https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Jagged-Alliance-263830.html SteamWorld Tower Defense https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/SteamWorld-Tower-Defense-265260.html Puzzle Quest Challenge of the Warlords https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Puzzle-Quest-Challenge-of-the-Warlords-860567.html Shantae Risky's Revenge (Available elsewhere now but might be nice to have the original version) https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Shantae-Risky-s-Revenge--265084.html Rayman DSiWare https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/RAYMAN--264930.html Bomberman Blitz Minecraft New Nintendo 3DS Edition (Available elsewhere but I'd like to see how it plays on 3DS) https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/New-Nintendo-3DS/Minecraft-New-Nintendo-3DS-Edition-1275925.html Mario vs. Donkey Kong Tipping Stars https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Mario-vs-Donkey-Kong-Tipping-Stars-954726.html Hydroventure Spin Cycle - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Hydroventure-Spin-Cycle-692446.html Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-games/Jake-Hunter-Detective-Story-Ghost-of-the-Dusk-1452674.html Langrisser Re:Incarnation -TENSEI- - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Langrisser-Re-Incarnation-TENSEI-1099926.html Legna Tactica - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Legna-Tactica-1182440.html Lord of Magna Maiden Heaven - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Lord-of-Magna-Maiden-Heaven-990094.html Mighty Switch Force - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Mighty-Switch-Force--275295.html Mighty Switch Force 2 - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Mighty-Switch-Force-2-773329.html Aura Aura Climber - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Aura-Aura-Climber--261894.html Zenonia - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/ZENONIA--265821.html Cat Frenzy - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Cat-Frenzy-262378.html PictureBook Games: The Royal Bluff - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/PictureBook-Games-The-Royal-Bluff-264655.html Sanrio Characters Picross (From the people who made the Picross e Series) - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Sanrio-characters-Picross-1395729.html River City Tokyo Rumble - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/River-City-Tokyo-Rumble-1141801.html Thorium Wars - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-DSiWare/Thorium-Wars-265645.html Thorium Wars - Attack of the Skyfighter - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Thorium-Wars-Attack-of-the-Skyfighter-1398944.html Here are some (non-exhaustive) retail games that are cheaper digitally than on CEX: Inazuma Eleven 3 Lightning Bolt https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-games/Inazuma-Eleven-3-Lightning-Bolt-796260.html Inazuma Eleven 3 Bomb Blast https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-games/Inazuma-Eleven-3-Bomb-Blast-796144.html Inazuma Eleven 3 Team Ogre Attacks https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-games/Inazuma-Eleven-3-Team-Ogre-Attacks--846138.html Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones Wildfire https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-games/Inazuma-Eleven-GO-Chrono-Stones-Wildfire-952795.html Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones Thunderflash https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-games/Inazuma-Eleven-GO-Chrono-Stones-Thunderflash-952796.html All the Shin Megami Tensei games Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson & Senran Kagura Burst Shantae and The Pirate's Curse Yo-Kai Watch 3 All the Etrian Odyssey games Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology 7th Dragon III Code VFD Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright Rhythm Paradise Megamix Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Kirby: Planet Robobot Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth & Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Culdcept Revolt Stella Glow Rhythm Thief & The Emperor's Treasure Yo Kai Watch Blasters Red Cat Corps https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-games/YO-KAI-WATCH-BLASTERS-Red-Cat-Corps-1403164.html Yo Kai Watch Blasters White Dog Corps https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-games/YO-KAI-WATCH-BLASTERS-White-Dog-Squad-1403163.html Ultimate NES Remix Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King It seems all the EA DSiWare has been delisted within the last 12 months or so. Need for Speed Nitro-X, Bejeweled Twist, MySims Camera are no longer available. Other games that have disappeared: Mr Driller Drill Till You Drop Games with Ports. Mentioning these seperately because sometimes that second screen does make a difference. Mercenaries Saga 2 & 3. These two plus the original game have been releaesed on Switch as Mercenaries Saga Chronicles, largely unchanged. Rune Factory 4. Released as Rune Factory 4 Special on Switch with very few changes. Picross e Series. There is a sequel series on Switch called Picross s. I'm unsure if there is cross over in the puzzles. The Binding of Isaac Rebirth. The expanded version is available on Switch as The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+. Steel Empire - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Steel-Empire-1076921.html. Available on Steam. Corpse Party - https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS-download-software/Corpse-Party-1149770.html. Available on Switch with a few additional features. This Switch version was also ported to Steam later on. I'm gonna struggle with looking into the Wii U side of things. My Wii U is currently packed away (along with everything else) while I'm renovating my house.
  28. 3 points
    N-Europe Review Thanks go to @S.C.G, @Jonnas and @RedShell for helping get it up. I mentioned I would rank it once the review is up, so:
  29. 3 points
    It looks like a ticker tape of the news will run in the top left of the screen when you start the game and you have to click the L Stick to actually watch it, which if so, is a pretty good solution. But yeah, I struggle to see how that, and everything else shown in this Direct couldn't have just been added to Splatoon 2 as further DLC. The Tricolour turf war looks cool, but again, why not just add it to Splatoon 2?
  30. 3 points
    @Happenstance you traitor! It's hilarious watching the blokes in the video talk about their favourite girl in the game. Please, it has nothing to do with Tifa being a strong female character. We all know the reasons they chose her but they are too afraid to say it in today's PC climate.
  31. 3 points
    I've had a blazingly busy summer so far. Work has been hard, free time has been filled to the brim, and my videogame time may have been zero in July... ...but I have still stuff to mention. I've actually purchased King of Fighters '98 for Switch. I've played that game before on Steam, and wanted to have a more readily accessible version of it. Problem is, the Steam version is a home edition with multiple patches after the fact. The Switch version is a straight Arcade port. This means that the version on my Switch has a number of flaws: Super jank game-feel. Not sure if this is from my settings or what, but hitboxes are so whack here; No Training Mode or movelists. I knew this would be an issue, but I underestimated how much it'd bother me. KOF tends to change movesets, so the lack of a reference point hurts this series in particluarly badly. Heck, Terry alone has a different moveset from Smash Bros!; Increased difficulty. And somehow Rugal became easier. So yeah, a smidge disappointing, but it still allows me to practice some of my less-used characters like Iori or Kyo, so it's still nice. And also: Capcom Arcade Stadium (1st & 2nd) I kinda love these posters When the first Capcom Arcade Stadium was announced, I was happy to cross a few Capcom classic off my bucket list. Sadly, it launched with a stupidly cumbersome system where you have to buy the whole thing in thirds, instead of purchasing the few titles we want. And thus I ignored it for a long time. Recently, I don't know when, they actually altered that awful system and now allow you to purchase these titles individually. Furthermore, they launched the 2nd Stadium recently too! So I decided to go about purchasing those titles I wanted (except for Cyberbots, as that one has been since then announced as part of yet another Capcom Collection I also want, so... bullet dodged, I guess). I just waited for a sale and... voilá: 1943: The Battle of Midway - This one came free. Definitely not the kind of game I'd ever put a coin in. Not a fan of the genre or setting. Right, it's a shoot'em up set in World War II, Pacific Theatre. You control an American plane, you play through short levels shooting down Japanese planes, culminating with a boss battle against a Battleship. Due to the auto-scroller nature of the game, you have a limited time to destroy the ship, and if you fail, you replay the level. I appreciate how it is made, but it absolutely is not my kind of game. I grew bored of it and stopped; SonSon - Also came free. A more endearing shoot'em up, you control Sun Wukong / Son Goku during one of the many times that Tripitaka got kidnapped. You play through an auto-scroller platformer in which you collect fruit, shoot enemies... and yeah, that's it. There are rules to the whole thing, centred around accumulating points, and it's a fun time. Problem is, too hard of a game, too many enemies that can kill you in one hit; and unlike most other games here, you can't continue with more coins. If you die, you die. I got as far as I could (around 6 stones from the end), and after dying at that point, I decided to stop playing, for my own good. A cool extra detail: Son Son from Marvel vs Capcom 2 is a direct reference to this game; Chiki Chiki Boys (or Mega Twins, as the Stadium lazily calls it) - I have very fond memories of this game on the Mega Drive, so I wanted this one badly. It's a fantasy-themed, Dragon Quest-looking Beat'em Up with some platforming elements. I was afraid it had aged poorly, but in fact... no! The game is still excellent, aged really well. Great visual style, memorable bosses, varied levels, surprising variety in moves for the time... In fact, I actually removed the CRT filters on this one, the game looked so good on its own. Had a blast replaying it to the end, but... I'm sad to say, it's kind of imperfect: once again, the fact that this was based off the Arcade version instead of the Home port means that it feels incomplete. No shop or equipment system, no way to pick your character at the beginning (seriously, wtf!?), and the difficulty is ramped up immensely compared to the Mega Drive. Imagine a modern port of Super Mario World that's perfect, except you can't store items: that's how this game felt to me; Strider - Another Marvel vs. Capcom figure, I've always wanted to try out his games. So here it is, and it is pretty fun. The blade does a *shing* sound that's satisfying, and the game looks great for 1989. The power-ups are creative and unpredictable, which kind of makes the experience more exciting. For the first level, Strider's jank movement and hectic enemies feel great and crazy in a good way. In the second level, the going gets tough and frustrating (like "enemies spawn on top of you" frustrating, and also you must memorise levels to not get hit, and also there's no post-hit invincibility, and also...), and the fun kind of fades away. The loose game-feel of Strider isn't so fun when you need to deal with so much difficult bullshit, and it leads to stuff just not working as intended, like Strider not grabbing those ships properly. One of my attempts, Strider failed to grab a ship and he slipped so hard he fell back half a level, Bennett Foddy style. I stopped playing there. A shame, because the game has a solid fun core, but it needs severe refinements to feel fair; The collections themselves are neat in some parts, what with the display options, and the overall Arcade aesthetic... but dear God, those additional bells and whistles to the whole thing (the CASPO points, the mandatory tutorials, the challenges, the achievements...) feel so unnecessary. I really just want the games on an accessible state, but all of this crap that they keep putting in your face distracts from it. At least it's just at the beginning, but sheesh. Also, I didn't see much in the way of Making Of documents or artwork. We do have stuff that matters, like rewind features, save states, properly written instructions... but proper historical goodies would help in making it something truly special and worth having. Anyway, I'll revisit the Stadiums when I eventually purchase the arcade Mega Man Power Battle games. When they enter a sale, you know? I think that's the last thing I'll want out of these collections. This might also be a good spot to rant about something... It annoys me that whenever Capcom rereleases classics, it's always the Arcade version. They have very alluring home versions in their repertoire (home version of Chiki Chiki Boys, the GBA version of Street Fighter II, the incredibly updated Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX for the PSP...), but every time they have an opportunity to release these, it's always the Arcade versions. Valuable history, sure, but not the complete version of it! SNK manages to have both their Arcade Classics and their polished Home Versions on the market simultaneously, why can't Capcom? [/rant]
  32. 3 points
    Btw this isn't a karaoke game. Sorry. Och go on. Just for a couple of songs sure. It'll only take ten mins of your time then you can get back to the big boy gaming. Don't think I got around to min-maxing the character loadout but I'm partial to the Onion Knight. Just been back into the Chaos Shrine for a few runs. I subbed in two lvl 99 characters to pick up the slack from the others I was levelling and down some bosses in the meantime. A few shards dropped but I burned through my ribbons in the process--didn't realise/forgot they were consumable. I could do with clearing the list out so I can get a look at the queue of street pass pickups that are waiting. That Into the Giant music has got me hungry for some FF IV. Now where'd the DS cartridge get to...?
  33. 3 points
    My main concern is that they have the right components to make joysticks that don't drift. Those rooftop Super Mario Party parties got heated enough before drift started wreaking havoc with player control.
  34. 3 points
    Well... Game Freak considers Madrid a hell hole Hope that helps
  35. 3 points
    Pikmin, eh? I continually count these games out... until I get around to playing one that is, then I realise how much care goes into them. Note to self: don't be lackadaisical about Pikmin 4. These games don't deserve to be put on the to-buy-when-on-sale list. Of the Wii U ports I've bothered with so far (Mario 3D World, TMS #FE), it looks like Pikmin 3 is the best of the bunch. Well, okay, MK 8 DX is probably up there with it too, I'll give you that one. It's early days for me on PNF-404. Reunited with Brittany. Got red, rock and yellow Pikmin at my disposal. Getting in the odd bit of fruit. Looking for the captain. There've been some funny bits of dialogue like when they talk about how people from Hocotate (like Olimar and Louis) survive on vegetables and they, who are from Koppai, are fruit eaters. All colours of Pikmin are stored in a single Onion now. My personal preference has me wanting an Onion per colour purely because it gives more of an impression that I'm building a base of operations. It's handy to just need to go to the one Onion, though. Something I assume is a holdover from the Wii U is d-pad for swapping between characters? When you want to swap, a d-pad plus appears on screen and due to that visual cue, I keep thumbing it on the controller before remembering the joystick does the job. The first time I tried to do this I was pretty confused for a minute or two as to why my d-pad inputs were not being recognised. Other than that, so far so great. The last thing I did was lose two red Pikmin to the darkling cave creatures. The reds were building a bridge and I watched on from my vantage point, wondering if they'd be preyed upon without me there to launch them into combat first. Now I know. Still, it's not like the first Pikmin where every loss was dearly felt -- I'll have some more sprouted in a jiffy. ...listening to their speech, Professor E Gadd is a giant Koppaite...? He has the look, too.
  36. 3 points
    Get ready for the best quick time events in gaming history. And I'm not talking about boss fights.
  37. 3 points
    While I continue to procrastinate on updating the Gaming Diary thread for the first time this year, one of my aims for the year was to get through the God of War games I could before Ragnarök launches. For some odd reason they're not all available as part of the new PS Plus, and I just don't like being beholden to streaming, so now that we know Ragnarök coming in November, I decided to pull the trigger: (Not pictured: God of War III Remastered, because it's on PS4, and kind of not retro? Wait, is PS3 even considered retro? Well it is to me ) Looking forward to playing through these for the first time in the next few months before I replay God of War (2018) to get ready for Ragnarök
  38. 3 points
    Here we go then, Marvel announced the Phase 5 block of movies/shows I'd say I'm mostly interested in Secret Invasion (although I think it needed more build up than the few hints we've had so far, Agatha, Daredevil and Thunderbolts.
  39. 3 points
    To be honest at this point I'm just happy to watch and see where it goes. I'm enjoying the majority of what they've put out so far this phase and anything I'm not I just skip and read up on any important bits I may need to know later. I know this isn't necessarily what some people will want to do as has been mentioning with people missing info because they don't watch the tv shows but if this is how Marvel is going to do it from now on then there isn't really much people can do. It's very much like what the Wachowski's wanted to do with the Matrix and the interconnected stories throughout various media, only a lot more successful at pulling it off.
  40. 3 points
    I've been watching a few demonstrations of this game on YouTube and Twitch, as it was being shown off at San Diego Comic Con and it really looks like Konami put a lot of care into this title. You can switch each game between Japanese and American versions. There's a rewind feature which is a big help for TMNT NES. There is an enhanced menu for each game which lets you turn on any cheats that were originally in those games (basically saving you the bother of having to input button codes). You can also turn off stuff like sprite flicker and slowdown so you can either play as these games as they originally where or an enhanced version. There is a 'watch mode' where the game is played for you an you can take over control at any point. The mega drive version of Tournament fighters lets you play as the boss characters which is something that was not in the original. Each game has an interactive strategy guide which is designed to look like the old Nintendo Power guides. It lets you replay sections of the game to practice. There's a museum with covers, box art, art, original PR releases, soundtracks for all the games and design documents.
  41. 3 points
    I'm not a pet person at all but I figured I would given the awaited PS+ game a go and see if the four legged pet could win me over. It's not a bad game, I mean there's not much to it really. Lots of walking, a bit of platforming and a few collectibles here and there. It was a pretty nippy experience, lasting around 4 hours. I think this was a good thing because any longer and it would have outstayed its welcome. Despite my dislike of pets, it did have a certain charm to it all. I didn't get a platinum but here are the trophies I did nab during my playthrough...
  42. 3 points
    I don't know any Python, but I'm guessing that European-style comma isn't going to cut it for a decimal place. So I think what you've done there is make "Kelvin" into an array where the first part is your sum, and the second part is just the number 15
  43. 3 points
  44. 3 points
    Loaded up another unplayed eShop purchase I pounced on one time it was on sale in years gone by. The Bridge. 2D puzzle game where you're goal is to get to the exit door. Easy to grasp. Sometimes you need keys, always you'll need to rotate the stage to utilise gravity and build momentum. Walls and ceilings are all potential floors. There are also some boulders to avoid (that look like the Chomp rocks in Yoshi's Island crossed with the moon from Majora's Mask), vortices to contend with, buttons to press, and some other bits and pieces get added into the mix as you go. Like all good puzzlers, it starts off basic and gradually turns the screw with each passing chapter. Before you realise it, the old grey matter has been eased through the gears, half the game is done and you're loading back in for the mirror stages. It wasn't until the last two levels of the first half that I found it taxing, then the back half got devious enough at points that I'm not even sure I got through some parts using the intended solution. With gravity and momentum being in play there could well have been different ways to get to the exits. Due to the hand-drawn style of the graphics (it's really nice looking), there are times when it can be difficult to discern what's foreground or background but if you find you've walked around half the stage just to be blocked off by a pillar, or tipped the level in a way that's left you floating off into oblivion, pressing and holding B rewinds the puzzle. So you can easily get back to where you want to diverge from your previous actions without needing to restart the whole thing from scratch. Pretty nifty. I've crossed the bridge though I didn't come away with all the achievements in this one. Still, definitely got my money's worth--this and Paratopic are very much examples of the kind of games I trawl through the eShop to unearth. Brisk and memorable. There's a demo if anyone wants to check it out.
  45. 3 points
    Got finished up with Obi-Wan. I've enjoyed The Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett however I found this Obi-Wan storyline was something I just didn't need to know about. Obviously, there was never going to be any true jeopardy because spoilers, the characters all star in A New Hope, but I still thought they'd be capable of slotting in something that provided a bit of decent insight into things. Especially with the low episode count, you don't expect these series to be filler/ inconsequential. Sadly, it seemed poorly thought out, cheaply put together, and I just was never properly able to suspend my disbelief and get drawn into it. Tala was probably the most interesting, imo.
  46. 3 points
    With a heavy heart, goosebumps and a lump in my throat (maybe it's time I saw someone about that?), it is done once again. I would that it could have been different but I'm an off-island outsider who happened to wash up on the shore. Everyone knew I'd be wanting to get back on my way. I'll be on my way then, Old Man Ulrira. Thanks for everything. You be sure to take care, too. Marin! How'd you get stuck up here? There, you're back on safe ground now. Right you big old Yoshi egg, the time has come for you to hear the Song of Awakening. And that's it done again. Overwritten into file one this time. The memory of it is already fading... Koholint echoes through future Zelda entries much more than Fi, that's for sure.
  47. 3 points
  48. 3 points
    Is it possible to listen to this and not get constant chills? I'm just through the Face Shrine again and it was as cruel a mix of emotions as ever. Incredible. Then before you can gather yourself, you're off up and across Tal Tal Heights where the music is triumphant and you're fighting against knowing it isn't right, yet you're driven anyway to see it out. There's just level 8 to go now and then the time of Link's awakening will be upon him once again. Well, I say Link but this time it's actually... Top game.
  49. 3 points
  50. 3 points
    Isn't that kind of Bayonetta's deal?
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