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  1. Your 2019 Gaming Diary

    Started playing Super Mario Maker (Wii U) for Youtube, recording myself trying to remember how levels I designed three to four years ago were built. First episode went up today. Also recently bought Hollow Knight (Switch). It was on my indie game watch list and it's gotten great reviews in the past so I thought while it was on sale I would buy the game... it is the game that forced me to delete software on Switch to make way for Hollow Knight. I have yet to start playing the game...
  2. Your 2019 Gaming Diary

    Happy new year everyone. New year, new gaming diary. This is shaping up to be an exciting year for many gamers out there, with big games like Kingdom Hearts III, Luigi's Mansion 3, Animal Crossing Switch, Pokemon Generation 8, The Last of Us 2, Sekiro Shadows Die Twice, Devil May Cry 5, Mortal Kombat 11 and Shenmue III and that's not even counting all the games that might get announced at E3 this year, such as a certain Metroid Prime 4... and of course an indie game could come out of nowhere to become a must play. Smash Ultimate has a bunch of character reveal trailers still to go as it's DLC gradually drops, so this should hopefully be a great year for gaming.
  3. Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield (2019, Switch)

    I've got a better in-universe explanation for why we can't get all the Pokemon which I'm amazed nobody else has thought of.
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    I hear the Dragon Quest composer is really finnicky about his music being used by anyone other than himself. Hopefully they put more songs in the game than just the main theme...
  5. Your 2019 Gaming Diary

    So yeah, finished Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Nintendo Switch) the other day. Here is me facing the final boss: Overall a pretty solid game. If you like Xenoblade and Final Fantasy I would recommend you give this game a go, but do be warned that the story isn't particularly great and is more focused on the world around the characters than the actual characters themselves. However, the map design is some of the best in the series. I may yet go back to the game at a later date to try Trial Mode and to finish the Gilgamesh Hunt which I never finished because the second fight he's at Level 70. If anyone is curious these were my final levels that I was facing the final boss in the video above. However, I think with Super Mario Maker 2 due out it might be a good time to go back and play Super Mario Maker (Wii U) in preperation.
  6. Cadence of Hyrule (Spring 2019)

    Fun fact, Youtuber FamilyJules was involved in the soundtrack for this game
  7. Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield (2019, Switch)

    This is the way I see it. While Pokemon is the most valuable media franchise in the world... there are a lot of different companies that the profit is divided between. With the games alone we have four different companies involved in the creation, Nintendo, Creatures, Game Freak and the Pokemon Company itself. The profits from the sale of each game would theoretically be divided between the four companies. Here's where we go into unknown territory. we don't know the profit split between the four companies. Three of these companies are only really involved in Pokemon or, in Game Freak's case, do not make the same kind of money they do from anything that isn't Pokemon. Nintendo has several IP that they can rely on to help drive sales... but who is the company that's actually acting as the publisher? I believe that would be the Pokemon Company. So, you have a company named after a franchise designed to be based around brand management. They have been responsible for the advertising of the franchise on all fronts and have been responsible for making sure everything aligned properly. All other products are designed to be adverts to sell the games. So, what if the Pokemon Company is taking the majority of the profit from the sales of the game? That would imply that Game Freak doesn't actually make as much money from the sales of the games as we would think. We also know from the games that Game Freak's office is kind of small. They are literally on a single floor in a building in Japan and if you've played Sun/Moon the Game Freak office there is modelled exactly as it was in real life. Getting a bigger headquarters might allow them more room to be able to hire more employees but it's not likely something they have the time for or even necessarily actively seeking. From interviews with Game Freak they seem to like being a small company as everyone knows everyone and gets along with each other (possibly not too much of an issue given Japanese culture demands a strong level of respect between everyone but still) They could ask for more funds and resources from the Pokemon Company to help but with the Pokemon Company involved in many different projects at once and still trying to keep making profits themselves, perhaps the amount of money they are willing to spend on each project is limited. OK, all of the above is probably a load of tosh but it does seem like the move to the Switch could be a key moment in the series' history as everyone's expectations have been raised by the game being on a console far more powerful. It is sharing a platform with games like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and is one of the best selling franchises in the history of video games so should theoretically have enough money to produce a high quality title, but every time we see this game or it's shown off there always seems to be a few concessions of sorts like "you can control the camera, but only in this area (that may not actually be true but the implication so far is that camera control is wild area only)" or "you can only transfer Pokemon if they are in the Galar Pokedex" and I think this is a direct result of having multiple companies take shares of the profit. The grey area is that we don't know how much each company makes but if Game Freak really aren't coming out of the games as well off as we might think it may explain why they are having to make concessions like this. Or, they are simply too stubborn to ask for help. Possibly everything.
  8. The Witcher 3: Complete Edition

    Do I need to have played the previous two Witcher games and have read the book to be able to understand what's going on in this game? Not much coming out is actually of interest in the second half of the year with Pokemon being the exception so I was considering picking this up on Switch, but since it's the third game in the series it kind of implies a need to have played the previous two games.
  9. Smash Bros Switch Roster Prediction Competition

    Erm, thanks for @ing me to remind me just how much I suck at this...
  10. The Best Gaming Music Ever.

    Wanted to post some music from an under appreciated Final Fantasy soundtrack. FFXII's soundtrack may not be as memorable as the earlier games but in a different way it's still a good soundtrack with some good music: Here's some of my favourites:
  11. Your 2019 Gaming Diary

    So, um, when was my last update? *checks thread* May 18th? Yikes, I've done quite a bit since then. I still haven't finished Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Nintendo Switch) but then again I haven't necessarily been playing it consistently. I want to finish the game before Mario Maker 2 comes out but the problem is with me and FF games, I simply do not see it enough to finish the game, I want to be able to get the best spells and weapons possible so after Giruvegan and The Great Crystal I took a break from the story having pretty much the entire map of Ivalice unlocked and started exploring side quests and areas for the equipment I want to get. Granted, this trend of mine dates back to Final Fantasy VI which had an endgame structure that was open ended so you could do anything in any order you wanted before choosing when to take on the final dungeon (oh hey, FFVI was doing Breath of the Wild well before Breath of the Wild). So yeah, I have made a considerable amount of progress and here are my levels: 3 guesses as to who the main three characters I use are So yeah, I trecked through Mosphoran Highwastes, The Salikawood, Phon Coast, Tchita Uplands and the Sochen Cave Palace in order to reach Archades. The story then took me through the Feywood to Giruvegan and The Great Crystal where I obtained the third story esper and the last quarter of the game came up, which I thought was a good time to seriously consider doing sidequests and getting the best magic. I have obtained the Scathe spell after taking inspiration from Xenoblade Chronicles and running through high level monster areas while trying to avoid fighting said monsters and taking massive damage as a result. The same thing happened with The Great Crystal, of which I had to use a guide to help me through to get the spells I wanted because that place is so confusing... (no, seriously, it took me multiple tries to beat this boss because it kept inflicting my party with Stop so I couldn't do anything to it, it also hits like a truck.) (This is no longer relevant anymore because Scathe pretty much is better than any of these spells) Also been playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch) purely for the Mii Fighter tournament and Stage Showcase videos I've done over on my Youtube channel #ShamelessPlug. I already posted the videos in the Smash Bros. thread though so you have already seen them. The last game I've been playing is Pro Evolution Soccer 4 (PS2) a game I've owned for many years and which has had by far the longest time spent in the PS2 out of any game in my collection but mostly because I use it as a means to watch football matches and edit the data to try and make it more accurate to the season it's supposed to represent. The acquisition of an Elgato last year really brought this back to the spotlight for me though as after so many years editing I finally had a way to show these online so I decided to record the matches. However... that doesn't really count as me playing the game personally so I went and did the American Cup with Brazil... forgetting that I had already won the American Cup with Chile on my option file. Whoops. Oh well. I then did the African Cup which I had never done before and with edited International squads that are more true to what they actually were at the time I took Senegal to the final where they beat Tunisia to win the African Cup. Mahmadou Niang and Diomansy Kamara were beasts for me and scored hattricks during the course of the competition. So I've added the African Cup to the PES Museum. Returing to FFXII for a brief moment because I have one more tweet from the previous batch to post but since spoiler boxes tend to glitch out for me I had to move it towards the bottom of the page.
  12. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

    I am reliably informed that this game's story is incredibly childish and basic so I'm going to give it a pass.
  13. I have a major question regarding this whole thing and it includes a game that can be nominated for this console as well as future editions. So, if a game is a remake or a port of an older game but that game was NOT originally on a Nintendo console is that game elegible for nomination provided it was the first time it was ported over? E.g. Metal Gear Solid, Okami, Batman Arkham City, Mass Effect 3 As for the Gamecube, this was the first home console I ever owned and it's one of my largest gaming libraries to this day, the most recent edition was in fact only a few years ago when I picked up F-Zero GX for the console. The console also happens to be home to one of my favourite games of all time so this is definitely going on the list. Metroid Prime The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Soulcalibur II I have had to leave out a lot of games like Sonic Adventure 2 Battle which actually was my favourite game of all time at one point, though now I can obviously see the many flaws in the game. I still put a ton of time into that game though and it's one of the most solid 3D Sonic titles to date in spite of atrocious voice acting and deus ex machina script. I also owned many stone cold classics like Super Smash Bros. Melee which was the first Smash game but it misses out because I only got the game towards the tail end of it being the "newest" Smash games. Super Mario Sunshine didn't make the cut as I feel like although it's a good game the other 3D Mario games are a lot better. I also really enjoyed Super Monkey Ball at the time but can I honestly say that I enjoyed it that much? It was really hard to choose a definitive list of five. There's also Mario Kart: Double Dash, Timesplitters 2,F-Zero GX... man the PS2/Xbox/Gamecube era of gaming really did have some fantastic games. I'm not even counting the multiplatform games which I ended up playing on PS2 like the Prince of Persia Sands of Time trilogy. I think it says something about the pre-HD era of gaming that I'm continuing to buy and play games that came out in that era, that generation was absolutely stacked with classics. Also, the rules of this whole thing meant I had to include Twilight Princess in the Gamecube section even though I played it on Wii, Twilight Princess may not be my favourite Zelda but it still holds special memories for me, I am one of the few people who can say that they owned Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as their first Wii game over the bundled Wii Sports because I actually got that game BEFORE getting the Wii.
  14. Pokémon Direct - June 5th: 2pm

    True. Still though, for a franchise as big as Pokemon I think we all would want more than tech demos confined to singular areas to be used as selling points. I guess after playing games like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Final Fantasy XII on the Switch recently I know it is capable of more. Those games have the kind of structure that could still make Pokemon Pokemon while not being TOO open ended, ie, a bunch of smaller open areas that act as wide open paths to your next objective and in FFXII's case those paths are interlinked with each other to make this expansive world. Given Game Freak's development trends we will probably not see something like that until Gen 9.
  15. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Last lot of stages, this is all I have for now, probably best not to make any more until after I put the current ones online. Yes, I made a meme stage...
  16. Pokémon Direct - June 5th: 2pm

    I'll probably be getting the Double Pack simply because my brother and I have differing views over which versions we now prefer. I'm going with Pokemon Dark Souls version. Also, looking at the Galar map, the trailer is misleading, there is only ONE Wild Area in the entire region. It's this region's equivalent of "Tech demo used to sell the game, the rest isn't like this" that Castelia and Lumoise were before it. Typical Game Freak... Corviknight is my favourite of the new pokemon so far. Drednaw also looks cool but ugh, it's typing is horrible. Water/Rock isn't great so unless there's something really cool then Sobble will probably survive the entire run. I don't want to get too deep into team planning because I want to have a bit more organic playthrough where I don't know my entire team before the game is released but Corviknight is looking cool and Skarmory is no longer the only Steel/Flying type. Corviknight could be a more attacking variant statwise compared to the more defensive Skarmory, though for an in-game team I don't mind. Means for the second generation in a row I will be dropping any plans of using an Aegislash on my team due to a type clash. I know I want a Psychic type on the team. I guess a Ground type would be ideal to counter Corviknight's weakness to Electricity... I think British names is going to take over as the naming theme, I'm not feeling the footballer names for everyone, the only one that could fit could be calling Scorbunny "Will Grigg". But since I'm going with Sobble I'm going to call it "James Bond" with the Psychic type being either "Harry Potter" or "Hermione Grainger" depending on gender.
  17. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    R.I.P Pichu as a top tier character. Also, here are MOAR stages
  18. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Nice stages @RedShell. Having a proper stylus to draw them with certainly helps (I had considered investing in a phone stylus for use with the Switch and Mario Maker 2) but not everyone can draw well, some people are terrible at drawing. So, mad props to you for making the objects look so good. Speaking of stages, I did another one of those showcase video thingeys I did in my last post in this thread. Some of these stages have already been posted in this thread, but I highly recommend you check out the Super Hexagon stage in this video to see how crazy it really is.
  19. Super Mario Maker 2 -- June 2019

    Anyone gone back to Mario Maker 1 since they announced the second game? Seems like a good opportunity to jump back on and see what crazy stuff people have been making for the last few years.
  20. Ah, the GBA. The second console I owned and the first console where I really felt the generational transition and how my Game Boy Color wasn't really going to have any more games made for it, they were all going to be on the GBA. While I technically played Mario Kart: Super Circuit on a GBA before owning one it was never mine and it wasn't until 2003 that I managed to get one. The GBA was also the console on which I played what would become my favourite game of all time... ...unfortunately however that game is a port of an SNES game and so is inillegible for this list. I did however do a tier list for GBA games not so long ago so I will use that list as the basis for my picks. 1. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap 2. Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (I don't FireRed and LeafGreen count despite the expanded content giving the game a much longer post-game and the progression being slightly different) 3. Metroid Zero Mission 4. Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga 5. Mario Kart: Super Circuit Golden Sun: The Lost Age just narrowly missed out this list. I would have loved to have been able to notimate Crash Bandicoot XS and Pokemon Pinball Ruby and Sapphire but I feel that the five nominees here and Golden Sun: Lost Age are in my opinion the best original GBA games. By the way, the tiermaker I suggested is here:
  21. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Well, that finale fell flat on it's face... Oh well, got something a bit more relevant to current Smash now, I've been posting screenshots of the stages in this thread sometimes but, better to see some of these on video
  22. Pokémon Direct - June 5th: 2pm

  23. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Here it is at last, the TRUE FINALE to the Smash Bros. Ultimate Mii Fighter Tournament Been fun to do these, hope you guys enjoyed.
  24. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    OK, here it is, the final. I put a lot of effort into this one to make it seem final-ish so I would appreciate you give it a watch:
  25. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Two Mii Fighter tournament videos for you all The second one has a match that has an amazing ending.