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Everything posted by Nicktendo

  1. N-E Café Podcast

    Painstakingly close!
  2. N-E Café Podcast

    Transition tunes proving tough this week. Lee and Greg both stumped as well. It's an N64 game and one we mentioned on the show.
  3. Football Season 2020-21

    Amazing that Hungary managed to get two points from that group. Played brilliantly in all three games and can go home with their heads held high. Bring on Germany. Feeling better about our chances after that performance.
  4. Football Season 2020-21

    Ah. A man of NO culture, I see.
  5. Football Season 2020-21

    Hendo is from Boro. Google Middlesbrough Parmo and see the ultimate takeaway delight.
  6. Football Season 2020-21

    Who needs pizza or curry when you can have a heart-attack size fillet of chicken with cheese and mayo?
  7. I'll take it if no one else has!
  8. Your 2021 Gaming Diary

    Ristar is my favourite Mega Drive game. I first played it on Wii VC and went in completely blind. Very solid platformer with great visuals, music and level design. Glad you enjoyed it. I've played Nights briefly on PC and enjoyed what I've played of it. I know it's not the Saturn version, but you can definitely appreciate what it was doing at the time. Will need to go back.
  9. Your 2021 Gaming Diary

    I've been spending some time with the old Switch this week. Picked up a few games in the sale, Guacamelee, No More Heroes 2, and in a much-needed role reversal, @nekunando persuaded me to part with my cash and pick up Captain Toad at 33% off. I've been playing the latter quite a bit and got onto the second world. In a cruel twist of fate, there's no hope of me regretting my purchase, I'm really enjoying it. Sorry, Greg. Maybe next time you can exact your revenge. Will probably spend the remaining eShop cash on the Cadence of Hyrule DLC as I have just enough left + gold coins to cover it. I'm also probably going to pick up Mario Golf next week and Skyward Sword with a voucher. My hunt for a decently priced physical copy has been unsuccessful so far. The game I'm going to gush about today though is Box Boy + Box Girl. Picked it up in a sale a last month and have been working my way through it in handheld mode. Anyone who's familiar with the series will need no introduction to what's on offer here. 16 worlds and over 100 levels of puzzle-based joy. Each world introduces a new mechanic and 6-8 levels of gradually more challenging set-pieces based around it. As someone who only played the first 3DS adventure, it seems there is a lot new here, but I cannot say if it's all new to the series as I skipped the later 3DS games. It was, however, a refreshing experience coming hot off the Series S. The game is nicely designed with simple yet stylish graphics and a wonderfully pleasant soundtrack. There is a decent variety in the mechanics and the types of challenges you have to go through. Each world offers something fresh and never goes too deep into one type of challenge. The cutscenes after completing each world tell a cute story where some nice effects and a bit of colour is added to the games black-and-white look. These are done really well although the game does seem to chug at times during cutscenes which was... surprising. It took me about 5-6 hours to get through the main quest. I'm a long way from finishing the game though. I need to give praise to HAL and their implementation of difficulty. While there are no difficulty options, per se, the game clearly has an easy, medium and hard mode. Beating the game from start to finish is not that challenging (that's what I've done). Obviously there is going to be some kind of reward for beating each level using a set number of boxes and collecting the one or two collectable crowns positioned somewhere tricky in the level. I still have to go back and finish off 20 or so levels to get all the medals for doing this. Consider that medium. And then there's the rank you get for beating each level - where you do the all the above as fast as possible and using as few boxes as possible. Achieving an S rank on the first world was tough, so I can imagine there being hours and hours of gameplay if you attempt the rest of them. A lot more content than I could have imagined for a game with a £9.99 RRP. In addition, there's an extra quest that unlocks once you beat the game with a tall Box Boy. It seems there are an additional 9 or so worlds in this quest. There's also an unlockable balloon-popping mini game that has its own set of around 7 challenges, which adds to the already excellent price to content ratio. Really glad I picked this game up. Will definitely go through and sweep up all the medals in the main quest and try to do the unforgiving balloon challenge mode. As for getting the S ranks, I doubt I have the stomach for it. The additional quest can wait until I fancy playing again, I'm in no rush to do it now off the back of seeing the ending. A great eShop title, which really fills that 3DS pick-up-and-play hole. Highly recommended.
  10. Cruis'n Blast

    This game brings the nostalgia. I can’t wait.
  11. Football Season 2020-21

    What a shite game. England awful.
  12. - Super Monkey Ball - Super Monkey Ball - Super Monkey Ball - Super Monkey Ball - Super Monkey Ball
  13. Football Season 2020-21

    Yeah same for me. Russia were shocking in the first game, I think Finland could nick a point or even a win today. Turkey were very poor against Italy, Wales should have enough for the three points.
  14. Yeah I can come over. Don't have any spare DIYs. Anything you'd want in return?
  15. Don't think I have that one, let me check. Edit - according to Nook Link, I don't have it. Wanna traaaade?
  16. Mario Golf Super Rush (25th June 2021)

    Everything they've shown about this game has me so excited. Camelot finally getting back into the swing of their circa 2000 domination. There's nothing better than a meaty Mario Sports title.
  17. I've got a Perfect Painting if anyone would be able to trade it for another real piece of art / statue. Bought a second having not realised I'd already donated one to the museum.
  18. Game and Watch marking 35 years of Zelda is reprehensible. No way I'm buying that garbage.
  19. Metroid Dread

    Surprised that Metroid got mentioned at all. This looks good (gameplay, not graphics). Never got that 3DS game, so will happily spend money on this. Looks to be taking the series in a nice new direction.
  20. Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp (21st April 2023)

    I was expecting a Fire Emblem announcement. Will definitely take this though, never played the series. Another day 1 purchase.
  21. WarioWare Get It Together! (10th Sept)

    Unexpected and excellent. Day 1.
  22. Mario Party Superstars (29th Oct)

    Didn't think I'd ever spend money on a Mario Party game again, but here we are.