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About Dufniall

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    N-Europe Staff
  • Birthday 05/04/86

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  • Location
    the Netherlands
  • Interests
    Gaming, reading, making and listening music
  • Occupation
    Bass player


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    Commodore 64, PC
  • Favourite Game?
    Metroid Prime 2
  • Favourite Video Game Character?
    Samus Aran
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  1. Mario Strikers: Battle League Football (June 10th)

    A bumload of news about Mario Strikers came up today. First there's a demo that lets you play the tutorial. June 4 and 5 there's an online play test: Next, Nintendo has confirmed that there will be free post-launch updates, including characters. So I guess the same tactics as we've seen with Golf and Tennis. Last, hands-on sessions can be found online: https://www.nintendolife.com/features/hands-on-mario-strikers-battle-league-makes-a-furiously-good-first-impression https://www.videogameschronicle.com/features/mario-strikers-battle-league-could-be-the-best-mario-sports-title-yet/
  2. Nintendo Switch Sports (29th April 2022)

    It's quite an interesting read! Goes into a lot of subjects such as the long dev cycle, the choice for prominent online play, why they made the Sportsmates (and some scrapped ideas like the player controlling a robot). Also funny to read that they wanted to put in new sports and not rehash the old ones too much. While the general consensus online seems to be: "just give us the old sports!".
  3. Worst console design

    I'm also going to nominate the Virtual Boy. First of all it looks like some kind of weird UFO, and it looks cheap because of the shiny red plastic. But also in terms of ergonomics, I can't imagine this being comfortable in the long run:
  4. Worst console design

    I'm going for the Nokia NGage. It's equally bad as a phone as a console. I mean you had to call like this: Still, I remember playing Sonic on it on an event and I wanted it. Then a friend had one and I was quickly over that feeling.
  5. Your Gaming Diary 2022

    Time for another update! Other games I have been playing are Xenoblade 1 HD, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania and LEGO Jurassic World. But these games I've completed recently: Roguebook (Switch) I started writing for a Dutch Nintendo website and Roguebook is the first game I reviewed. It’s a roguelike deckbuilder from the creators of Faeria, in cooperation with the creator of Magic: The Gathering. It takes place in a blank storybook that you have to fill in using ink: the ink reveals the map and is obtained by defeating enemies. There are some cool mechanics at play, such as having two characters (four are available, for each run you pick two). It matters which one is in the front or the back, and adds a good level of strategy. Also nice is that even if your run is unsuccessful you gather pages which you can spend on permanent unlocks such as more starting health, more gold, etc. It gets a bit convoluted in the end, as there are a lot of elements in play (passives, items with certain effects, gems you can attach to cards etc.). Luck plays a big role. But when you get the right cards, items and gems and are steamrolling your enemies, that really feels good. The most obvious game to compare it with is Slay the Spire (@drahkon!), but I haven’t played that so I can’t say how they differ. I do know I enjoyed it for the 20 hours I played it, and if you want to unlock everything I think you can triple that time. Untitled Goose Game (Switch) We all remember the hype around this game when it first came out. I don’t think the hype was justified, but I did find this to be a short but pretty fun puzzler. The game is charming, the concept is great and I like how you’re able to approach certain tasks in different ways. You can get through it in a couple of hours and it is fun for as long as it lasts. I’m curious how it is in co-op, so hopefully I get the chance to try that out soon. Contra Anniversary Collection (Switch) I played through all of the Nintendo versions of Contra in the Contra Anniversary Collection. I have some nostalgic feelings for the series (well, for Probotector). Contra I and II on the NES were pretty fun to play through, with Contra II being the better game. Contra III: The Alien Wars is horrible though. The sidescrolling levels are a collection of semi-bosses with cheap shots (seriously, even with the save/load option some were awful). The top-down bits are nauseating with a rotating screen. The GB one was surprisingly fun as well. I did own Probotector II (which as it turns out is based on Contra III), but never played the first one. There are 2 Probotectors in the collection as well, so I’ll probably play them as well soon. Kingdom Rush / Kingdom Rush Frontiers (Android) I had to find a new time-wasting game on mobile and I ended up playing Kingdom Rush and one of its sequels. They are tower defense games, but with enough mechanics to make them interesting. For instance you have a hero to control, plus you have different upgrade paths for your towers. Frontiers builds on this, with more variety and it’s a bit easier. The first game is free if you ever feel like playing a good tower defense game. Kind of makes me wish Nintendo makes a tower defense game as it’s quite a fun genre.
  6. PC Gaming Discussion

    Anyone interested in a Steam key for Jurassic World Evolution? I bought the expansions via Humble Bundle but it also came with a key for the main game, which I already have.
  7. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PC, PS4)

    *bump* Coming to Switch and XBox on June 21. It will become free to play as well, and it will have cross-play between platforms.
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Thread

    Yep, rusty! Thanks for the games!
  9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Thread

    I'm able to join tonight, but may leave suddenly if the baby wakes up. It's been a while since I've played Smash so I'll probably be a bit rusty as well
  10. Yes they are. Bad puns, one of them talks reeaallyy slow and they try to sound dynamic but there are pauses between them. It isn't helping that the games shown so far are mediocre at best. Slightly interested in ElecHead, Gunbrella and that crab game.
  11. Monster Hunter Rise

    Starts in 3 minutes!
  12. I have to say I kind of forgot about Bloc Party, only ever listened to Silent Alarm. But this post made me put on the new album and it's definitely enjoyable! What's more, I put on Silent Alarm for the first time in years and hearing songs such as Like Eating Glass, Helicopter and Banquet again brought back memories! Looking back 2005 was a good year musically, with albums such as Silent Alarm, Employment by Kaiser Chiefs, The Back Room by Editors and You Could Have It So Much Better by Franz Ferdinand coming out. It was also the time I started going to festival so having seen these acts live definitely helps with the positive memories!
  13. Bit late in the day but happy birthday. Hope it's been good!

    1. Dufniall


      Thanks Ashley! Yeah it was good, celebrated with the family which I haven't done in 2 years due to covid.

    2. Ashley


      That's good, glad to hear

  14. Had to look up what Embracer does but THQ, Koch and Gearbox are part of it. With acquisitions going into the billions lately, 300 million seems like quite a good deal for Tomb Raider alone. Plus all the extra IPs. A new Thief would be a pleasant surprise! Reading that Twitter thread, someone is suggesting this may give Sony the opportunity to buy the Japanese part of Square Enix. I wonder if we see the Japanese part get sold as well.
  15. What Have You Bought?

    There was a clearance sale at work so I picked up a couple of things. First of all a load of ethernet cables, so now I have a wired connection in almost every room in the house. Oh the stability! I also got a cheap Google Nest Hub. I already have a Google Home speaker in the house, and this is a nice addition with the built-in display. I'm quite surprised by how decent the image quality is on it. It's currently sitting on my work desk playing concert videos from YouTube. Finally I picked up a second-hand DJI Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal. More as a try-out to see if we can make our band's DIY videoclips a bit more professional and interesting.