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About Ealdst

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  • Location
    Medway, Kent
  • Interests
    Gaming, playing guitar
  • Occupation
    Frontend web developer


  • Nintendo Systems Owned
    NES, Gameboy, SNES, Gameboy Color, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy Advance SP, DSi, Wii, 3DS, WiiU, Switch
  • Other Systems Owned
    Commodore 64, PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One X
  • Favourite Game?
    Either Ocarina of Time or Xenoblade Chronicles
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    Fenix Downed
  1. N-E Cafe Podcast

    Not been on in a while (currently preparing to move house so busy packing stuff away) so I'm not fully up to date on the podcast. I do however have a contribution for gaming sins. So, brace yourself for this one, my favourite Castlevania game is Simon's Quest! This is partly down to nostalgia as this is one of the games I unwrapped along with my NES many Christmases ago but even replaying through the NES Castlevanias on the Castlevania collection that was released last year I enjoyed replaying Simon's Quest so much more than 1 and 3. I never really understood why the game had such a bad reputation - yes there are some questionable design choices (mostly thinking of the blocks you just fall through with no way of knowing unless you throw holy water on everything) and the translation does make it very difficult to progress sometimes without a guide, but these are criticisms that can be said for a lot of games of this era. This game set the blueprint for some of the most popular games in the franchise being the first one to incorporate exploration and item gating and yet most people speak about it like it was a completely failed experiment. Also it was the first game to include "Bloody Tears" in the soundtrack and that alone should be enough to consider it a classic 😝.
  2. This is something that concerns me, given how quickly some Nintendo stuff sells out on preorder. Hopefully this one will not be quite as bad as the links awakening special edition!
  3. I need that collector's edition!
  4. N-E Cafe Podcast

    So finally listened to the newest episode yesterday, enjoyed the quiz a lot and think this was a smart way to fill an episode when there isn't so much news to talk about. @londragon have some thoughts regarding your experience with Pokemon - while I would agree the main story part is not the most challenging thing out there, based on your specific complaints you may want to try going into the options and changing the battle style from "switch" to "set". This will stop the game giving you the option to switch your pokemon for "free" when you take out each of your opponents pokemon. I doubt this would be enough to completely change your mind, but it would at least give you a little more to think about during the battles.
  5. N-E Cafe Podcast

    I have a question for a future episode, is there any franchise or single game/unreleased concept that would you like to see get a new instalment on switch, and what would you like to see in that new entry - so any shortcomings in past games you'd want to see improved or just new ideas to freshen up an old formula etc. For me this would have to be Mario Strikers, had so much fun with Charged on the Wii and would love a new entry with an expanded roster, a few new arenas and some slightly better balanced special abilities (Waluigi was definitely always my pick for his ability to wall himself off for special shots).
  6. N-E Cafe Podcast

    Been busy the last few weeks so need to catch up on episodes but just listened to the pod pals one, another good episode. Regarding the transitions tune stuff mentioned, I do try to play along but just haven't had any idea on the last few hence no guesses, which makes me feel like I haven't played nearly enough games! Also wanted to clarify something regarding the spoilers thing - my intention wasn't for everyone to put their guesses in spoilers, just for the answer reveal to be. Otherwise I go into the episode with the answer already and so can't play along, especially as I usually listen via YouTube so am a bit later to the episode in general.
  7. Your 2020 Gaming Diary

    So after the customary period between finishing games and not knowing what to pick up next I have started playing: Jurassic World Evolution (Xbox One): so was excited for this as soon as I heard about it as I poured hours into games like theme park and rollercoaster tycoon back in the day. Took a little bit to get my head around some of the systems but once I had the controls down I was having a blast. Highlight so far, releasing my first carnivore into its enclosure only to find I'd somehow left a gap in the fence. It immediately escapes but luckily I manage to tranq it before it reaches any guests! Have reached the second island where I didn't manage my cash well at the start so had very slow progress but got a handle on that now. Also have just made veloceraptors viable which I'm sure will only end well for my guests 😆.
  8. N-E Cafe Podcast

    Can't remember if this was already mentioned so excuse me if I'm repeating something but another thing on Xbox is every weekend they tend to make 2 or 3 games free to play for Xbox live gold members under the title "free play days", usually selected to coincide with said games being included in deals with gold discounts, so even without game pass you still get to try quite a few games which maybe you wouldn't normally if you had to buy them. As someone who very rarely plays any online multiplayer I really don't get much value from NSO, but Xbox live gold pays for itself with all the extra discounts and things thrown in, even without including the games with gold offerings.
  9. N-E Cafe Podcast

    Your prediction for a Mario sports title has got me thinking I really want a new Mario Strikers game...
  10. Your 2020 Gaming Diary

    Yeah it is certainly enjoyable and I would recommend anyone with even a slight interest in it to definitely give it a go. Hellblade is another that I will definitely give a playthrough at some point and I'm looking forward to see what they put out under Microsoft. Not at all interested in their first reveal since the buyout, Bleeding Edge, though.
  11. N-E Cafe Podcast

    A little idea - can you use spoiler tags when revealing a transition tunes answer? I now know the answer before I've had a chance to listen to the episode
  12. Your 2020 Gaming Diary

    I thought I'd contribute rather than just read for a change so here's what I've finished so far this year: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch): I would rank the original Xenoblade Chronicles as one of my all time favourite games, but Xenoblade Chronicles X never really clicked with me so I didn't know where I would fall on this one. I was very pleased to find it felt much more like the original and once I got used to the battle system changes (stack as many elements as possible before using the chain attacks) I found it hard to put down. I didn't bother trying to unlock all the rare blades, but I do plan to go back and play again with the new game plus feature so maybe I will do that then. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Xbox 360): This one has been on my list of things I'd like to play for a fair few years but I just never got around to it. Decided it was finally time so tracked down a cheap copy and gave it a go. Nothing special just a very enjoyable third person action adventure game. I would say the controls felt a bit stiff at times but nothing game breaking. Also the ending came a bit out of nowhere and I don't really know if I feel like it resolved very well. Not sure what's next on my list to play, have such a backlog it usually takes a while to decide on something!
  13. N-E Cafe Podcast

    N64 games included for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Probably more wishful thinking on my part but with how slow the updates to the NES and SNES apps have been plus I remember reading something about Nintendo stating they needed to find a way to add value to the service as not many people were renewing their subscription, I think this could happen sooner rather than later. I also predict it will launch with only around 5 games (Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart 64, Kirby 64 and Pilot wings 64) and almost never be updated with new games again!
  14. So, continuing this for the new year, my new year's resolution is to not buy nearly so much stuff and get through some of the horrendously large backlog I have instead. There's a couple of games I know I will be buying however, namely Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition and Animal Crossing. So now I'm just awaiting that Jan/Feb direct full of announcements that make me break my resolution!