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    NES; Game Boy; Game Boy Pocket; N64; GBA; GC; DS; Wii; 3DS; Wii U; Switch
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  1. Yeah, the colours don't look great. I'm still pretty tempted to pick them up, would be neat symmetry with the original releases gold wiimote but yeah, they aren't very attractive - should have just gone with gold again.
  2. Very surprised they're actually doing it, never thought they would be happy to compromise on the motion controls for handheld play but it looks like a good solution. I adored the game when it came out but haven't played through it since, guess I won't have to dust off my Wii to experience it again - coming right near my birthday too!
  3. Playstation 5 Console Discussion

    @martinist @Hero-of-Time Tonight and tomorrow should be our best chances yet of getting a PS5 - they'll be available at Argos from 1am and from Very at noon, seems to be quite a substantial restock too.
  4. Nintendo Direct : 17 / 02 / 21 - 10pm (UK time)

    It's a chunky one too - so excited! Outside of the next Smash character announcement (and more info about New Pokémon Snap) I'm struggling to come up with any predictions really - their slate is so blank right now it's hard to know what they're going to show. Obviously hoping for BOTW 2 and Metroid Prime 4 trailers but not holding my breath over those. I would love to see Xenoblade Chronicles X ported over from the Wii U, it's the only one in the series I haven't played yet and I've been tempted to pick up the Wii U version but holding out hope for a Switch release. An actual Nintendo Direct though, let's go!
  5. Indie Games

    Not sure if I'm going to pick it up on Switch or PS4, I played the demo on Switch and it does seem to run pretty well but it is a big blurry at times - I could forgive it with Unravel Two but the aesthetic is so important to this so I'm in two minds about whether to risk a bit of blurriness and play it on Switch or go for the higher fidelity version
  6. Your 2021 Gaming Diary

    First game I finished this year was Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, it's my first musou game so I wasn't sure what I was going to think to it but I got into it pretty quickly. It's disappointing that it's set in an alternate timeline, I was hoping we'd get to play through the actual prelude to BOTW - replete with all the death and destruction - but it's clear from basically the first moment that it's telling an alternate version of events. I was surprised by how much subtlety there is to the gameplay, my impression of the genre was that it's just a lot of button mashing without much strategy but, while there is still plenty of button mashing here, there are more levels to the combat than I had expected. It does a great job at utilising BOTW mechanics and translating them to musou gameplay, it's obviously a lot more rigid but you can still experiment with Sheikah runes to some extent and a lot of the charm from BOTW is present here too. One of the biggest surprises for me was how well it ran, I was expecting it to tank constantly and for the resolution to be dire but it is actually pretty consistent - sure, it doesn't run amazingly but the fact that it runs as well as it does is pretty impressive. I had a blast playing through it, even if the narrative wasn't as impactful as I had hoped, so I'm curious to check out the first Hyrule Warriors at some point down the line. I have been slowly working my way through the mainline Kirby games so I picked up Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards on the Wii U VC and played through it over the space of a couple of nights. It's absolutely a Kirby game, packed full of the charm I've come to expect from the series, but it's probably one of the weakest entries I've played thus far. There aren't really any major criticisms I can level against it, it doesn't do a lot wrong but it doesn't mix things up that much - the main hooks of the game are the 2.5d perspective and the ability to combine some copy abilities, a mechanic that I didn't really engage with that much. The ending feels like an anticlimax too, the final boss battle is way too short but like I said, still packed with charm and some fantastic music so it's a fun game to play through but I was hoping for a little bit more from it. As an aside, playing through Kirby 64 made me really annoyed we didn't get a 2.5d Metroid game on the N64 - it could have been incredible. I picked up When The Past Was Around when it came out on Switch a few weeks ago and spent an evening playing through it towards the end of January. It's a gorgeous point and click adventure game, telling the story of a young woman grieving for her partner. Everything is centred around memories, collecting groups of objects that each have sentimental value to the characters, taking you deeper into their relationship. The main characters are musicians, so melody plays a big part in linking the memories and the soundtrack gradually grows more complex and vibrant as the game progresses. It's another short but sweet game, it takes about 2 - 3 hours to make it through the story, and I really engaged with it, definitely recommend it to anyone who loves games like Florence. Finally I played DOOM III, also on Switch. I had never played a DOOM game until I picked up the first one in late 2019, since then I have been slowly working my way through the whole series and this is my favourite one so far. It reminded me a lot of Alien Isolation at times, just with more firepower at your disposal, it's much slower paced than previous entries which probably rubs some people the wrong way but it works better for me. I like how atmospheric it could feel at times, really feels like a survival horror game at certain moments - the desperate search for healing items when low on health, worried that you could be ambushed at any moment, I wasn't really a fan of the story but it did what it had to do I suppose, my main issue with the game is how ugly the human character models are - they look like they've been transferred into the game from a cheap mid-00's cg cartoon, just horrible to look at. Like I say though, overall I enjoyed it, the fact that its more modern in terms of design than the first few entries is probably a big factor in that so I'm keen to check out the 2016 reboot to see if I enjoy that even more. Still can't get a PS5 so my Switch is going to be busy for a while yet - I might look to my PS3 and other older consoles to help share the load, still plenty of games on my backlog for those systems too.
  7. General Switch Discussion

    I don't think it's entirely down to the pandemic, Animal Crossing has been steadily picking up pace as a franchise so I fully expected this one to be the best selling entry but to sell 30 million in less than a year is absolutely outrageous - the kinds of figures that only GTA and CoD can manage - to do it when it's exclusive to one platform is practically unheard of. If it is ever going to surpass MK8 Deluxe though I think it would have overtaken it in that last quarter, it's too consistent a seller to expect AC to have the legs to out do it but the fact it's even a possibility is insane.
  8. Football Season 2020-21

    Those VAR decisions were hard on Southampton, on the balance of play Villa didn't really deserve to win that but we've had enough bad luck this season that I'm not going to complain that it finally turned in our favour. Terrific goal though, the cross from Grealish was incredible but Barkley did really well with the header.
  9. The Tencent problem and Next-Gen.

    They're investing in Dontnod, similar sort of deal to the one with Platinum - basically just helping them to self publish their own games. It's pretty surprising really, outside of Life is Strange Dontnod's titles haven't been commercially successful, it seems like more of an altruistic move from Tencent than a financial investment. Hopefully it is as hands off as they say, would give Dontnod some wriggle room - the failure of a title they self publish wouldn't lead to them having to lay people off if they have this financial buffer.
  10. Football Season 2020-21

    I'm pretty sure he'll get another job very soon, whether that be at Celtic or back in the Championship, he won't be out of a job for long
  11. Football Season 2020-21

    It's not really a surprise and it's hard to deny that he has struggled to get the best out of a promising squad recently but he still deserved more time. I don't think Tuchel is much of an upgrade either, yes he won the German cup with Dortmund and took PSG to the Champions League final but that's hardly an impressive CV. Surely with Lampard's history at Chelsea the fans were willing to remain patient with him for a little while longer, yes they're down in 9th but it's a topsy turvy season - just look at where United were after the first 5 or 6 games, languishing in the bottom half and now they're top of the league. Pretty much all of the big teams have had bad runs so far and got through them, I'm confident Chelsea would have done the same under Lampard given the chance. It's clear that all Abramovich cares about it short term success, don't think anybody will ever build a legacy at the club - even the most successful managers only get a few years in before he gets rid of them. In other news, Villa are back to winning ways (after a frustrating couple of away trips to Manchester) - it never looked in doubt against a very poor Newcastle side. Burnley next offers a bigger test, they have shown how tough they are to break down recently so I expect it to be a challenging match but I would still back us to score, thankfully there don't seem to be any fitness issues following the COVID outbreak so we're sure to cause their defence a few problems with our pace and movement.
  12. It makes no sense at all, they're going to lose a lot of talented developers who don't want to work on mobile dreck, splitting up a successful team that produced a diverse collection of titles over the last few years to make them work on Blizzard properties seems so weird. Activision should be bolstering Vicarious Visions, giving them more resources to add variety to their release schedule - why does everything have the serve CoD and Blizzard?
  13. Playstation 5 Console Discussion

    Seems like stock is starting to trickle out in the UK again - Smyths, Game, AO and Currys have all had them for sale again the last few days but they're still like gold dust, selling out in a matter of minutes. Reseller prices are starting to trend downwards but they're still at a level where they can make a tidy profit so I don't think the use of bots is going to slow down for a few while, at this rate i'll be surprised if I can get one before the end of March.
  14. The Trump Presidency...is Over

    At this point even Trump conceding defeat won't get these thugs to stop, it's utterly appalling.
  15. 2021 PDC World Darts Championship

    That never really looked like a contest, Price wiped the floor with Anderson for most of the match but choked on the doubles to seal the title. Anderson's level never really changed, Price just dropped off as soon as he went 6 - 1 up but he got there in the end. Price's 5th set was unbelievable, he averaged 136 and missed double 12 for a 9 dart leg that would have taken his set average above 140. I don't think Anderson was expecting to win, he'd written off 2020 so a spot in the final is a bonus - he won't be too bothered by the defeat. Price deserved to win tonight and, despite his indiscretions in the past he's shown over the last couple of years that he truly is one of the best players in the world - worthy of winning the world title.