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Dufniall

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  1. On 14-6-2022 at 1:04 PM, drahkon said:

    No :( And I probably won't be able to see them anytime soon. Their tickets are a tad too expensive (and their upcoming shows aren't really close to my location :p).

    Thanks to festivals doing proper livestreams there is a ton of live material out there, including this proshot show from their gig at Tempelhof Sounds:

    Behold, the Power Glove lives @53:00 :grin:

    I've been enjoying a lot of the Hellfest Content on that channel, plus saw some streams from Graspop and Pinkpop over the weekend.


  2. 6 hours ago, Ike said:

    Is Panzer Dragoon worth getting for £2.24?

    I don't know how much storage you have, but it's somewhere between 8-9GB. Of course you can always archive it after playing it.


  3. Speculations are going all over the place already. First of all looks like Koraidon is a chopper-style motorcycle (like Glen said) and Miraidon some kind of jet/spaceship. I wonder if you can ride them?

    Professor Sada, based on Pasada = past
    Professor Turo, based on Futuro = future
    Koraidon, korai is Japanese for past
    Miraidon, mirai is Japanese for future

    The scarlet logo is old and the violet logo futuristic. So time/time travel seems to be a theme here.

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  4. Looks like it's "truly open world" as well:

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    You can experience a new style of adventure, with a world that you’re free to explore at your leisure and not in an order dictated by the story. You will, of course, journey to hone your skills as a Pokémon Trainer, but many more discoveries and stories await you. Meet a variety of people and Pokémon, and adventure in the world of Pokémon the way you want to.

     


  5. Sudomemo has uploaded a 12TB archive consisting of Flipnote creations. If I'm correct it is a collection of Flipnotes created in Flipnote Studio, and were uploaded on the Flipnote Hatena site.

    Ah well, I don't know how exactly all these websites relate to each other, but it's fun browsing all these Flipnotes!

    https://archive.sudomemo.net/

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  6. I see I haven't updated in a while! Since my last post I've finished The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Definitely not my favourite fantasy series.

    I also read After the Quake, a series of short stories from Murakami. Always good to read Murakami.

    Vad3r is a book by a Dutch musician about being the father of 2 kids with a 3rd on the way. It's more of a diary but was a fun read with the prospect of becoming a father myself.

    And this weekend I finished Game Over: Press Start To Continue - How Nintendo Conquered The World. A very interesting read that gives an insight in the rise of Nintendo in Japan and America, how they launched the NES and Game Boy systems, the business practices they used (definitely aggressive for such a kid-friendly company :grin:). Some cool anecdotes in there, plus some chapters about Atari and Tetris as well. It also talks a bit about the deal with Sony for the Super Nintendo PlayStation and how they ended up with the Philips CD-i instead. In places it's a bit dated, but it's definitely a cool read for anyone interested in the business side of things, especially how Nintendo rose to fame with the NES.


  7. 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/


  8. 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!".

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  9. 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:

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  10. 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:

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    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.

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  11. 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)

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    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.

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