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About WackerJr

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  • Birthday 07/03/82

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  • Real Name
    Mike Wakely
  • Location
    South, UK
  • Interests
    Sport, Videogames, Trampoline Coaching
  • Occupation
    MI Analyst


  • Nintendo Systems Owned
    Switch, 3DS, WiiU, Wii, GameCube, N64, DS, GBA SP
  • Other Systems Owned
    PS4, X-Box 360, PS2
  • Favourite Game?
    Zelda: Oot / MM
  • Favourite Video Game Character?
    Conker, Phoenix Wright
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  1. N-E Café Podcast

    Just to add that I really enjoyed the nostalgic discussion about the N64 days. It still remains my favourite era of gaming, with many a multiplayer session with school friends. Wow, when you all just listed them it was a reminder of just how many good games came out for the N64! I’m glad to hear I wasn’t the only avid reader of N64 Magazine too. The Ocarina of Time review was my first copy & I enjoyed their sense of humour & honesty when reviewing. Randomly, Tim Weaver, who was editor around that time, appeared on ‘Pointless Celebrities’ on BBC here in the UK a week ago. It seems he’s now an author of thriller books!
  2. Mario Golf Super Rush (25th June 2021)

    Story mode = win. Speed mode = win. Mario Golf = win! 😄 (I’m happy with this announcement!)
  3. • I thought the same initially, but actually the more I think about it the more it seems feasible. I think it may happen, albeit with no other gameplay changes. • Zelda collection seems likely, although with the NES games on Switch Online I can see it being an Ocarina of Time / Master Quest / Majora’s Mask compilation. • Skyward Sword HD. • Could they port Twilight Princess onto a 4th console? Possible but I’m going to guess no on this occasion. • My prediction of other games in the Direct are Pokemon Snap, Monster Hunter Rise, Mario Golf, Silksong, Two Point Hospital expansion, No More Heroes 3, Crash 4. • Mention of but no gameplay of BotW 2 (cutscene only) plus Bayonetta 3 (no gameplay or videos, just a fleeting “still in development, don’t forget about me”) • Smash character reveal: Crash Bandicoot. • Mother 3...... oh who am I kidding!
  4. N-E Café Podcast

    I really enjoyed the discussion about my favourite gaming franchise. Great to hear all the thoughts and the associated memories. I was pleased to hear the praise for the often overlooked Oracle games too, which really were excellent & don’t receive anywhere near as much attention as Link’s Awakening. The crossovers question is a good one. I can only think of a few other games where Nintendo have allowed Zelda characters to appear, which given the popularity of the series is a little surprising and very restrained on Nintendo’s part. Saying that it does give more opportunity for ideas in your discussion though! Out of the existing ones, I did find Link’s inclusion in Mario Kart to be the worst fit, and surreal seeing him squeezed into the go-kart. Ironically though I loved the track that it inspired!
  5. N-E Café Podcast

    Looking forward to the Zelda discussion in future weeks. My favourite gaming series so it’ll be interesting to hear your thoughts. So the Balan Wonderland is out. I’m looking forward to giving it a try, with the background of the developers. I’m fully expecting it to be either really good or just really disappointing.
  6. N-Europe Video Game Club

    My thoughts having just completed it:
  7. Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

    More information on the fabled Stop N Swap was revealed today: Eurogamer / Rare Gamer news story (Admin: sorry for posting to an old topic. I wasn’t sure if the best place to post about it) While the reasons behind it not happening have been revealed by some of the team behind it in the past, I found the actual excerpt of an email from Nintendo themselves really interesting. Rare developers revealed they had made the ‘stop & swap’ concept very reliable, but whether Nintendo didn’t believe it or were genuinely concerned about hardware updates I’m not sure. Interesting to see that suggested possibly using codes in DK64 (& so presumably also Tooie) to access the same features, but Rare decided not to do that. I’m not sure why they didn’t do this, or officially release the sandcastle codes. I was one of those fascinated by the potential and I always find any new details interesting.
  8. Pokémon Go! (Android/iOS)

    If you or anyone else needs more then mine is 7302 5557 3396. I don’t play loads, but still tend to log in daily.
  9. That’s precisely the issue I found with the PS4 version. It was the only game in the 1.5 + 2.5 collection I gave up on.
  10. Switch eShop Thread

    I also picked up Night Trap in the sale. Not because I’ve heard it’s particularly good, but I’ve read & watched so much about the ‘controversy’ that this game caused when it was initially released, despite how cheesy it actually is. I’ve always wanted to play it just to understand that a little more, and so I’m going into it, like you, expecting a not-very-good cheesy horror!
  11. New Pokémon Snap (30th April 2021)

    Yeh, thanks for posting the YouTube version too, as I was thinking exactly the same after seeing it on Twitter. I’m still excited by this, and I’m fine with the fundamentals and scoring system being kept the same as I loved the original. I suppose, being honest, that while it looks great by 3D Pokemon standards, I wasn’t as wowed this time as I was by the first trailer. Besides that beautiful water I thought graphically it just looked ok.
  12. Games Done Quick

    The 2021 AGDQ has now been and gone, and yet again raised a ridiculous amount of money (well over £2m)! I only caught a little this year, and pleased to see some of my very first games get a showing (e.g., Donald Duck Lucky Dime Caper). The videos are all up as usual, and already my mind was blown by the blindfolded Super Mario 64 run! Not only with the memorisation but the back-up strats to recognise when Mario had missed something, and I’m learning new things about that game all the time, such as the different sound effects where walls join. I’m beginning to change my opinion on the no-crowds too. While some games lose energy due to lack of reaction, at least you don’t get those late-night games where only a handful of people are left in the auditorium watching. The tech team for these events do a fantastic job!
  13. N-Europe Video Game Club

    Ah, so torn between some good games, which is a rather nice position to be in! Inside gets my vote. Thanks.
  14. N-E Café Podcast

    Some good choices for the PodPals game, so I’ll make sure to head to the other thread and cast a vote. It’s always fun to hear predictions and speculation for the year ahead. If I was looking for some hopeful and optimistic ideas for what’s to come this year from Nintendo I clearly would’ve come to the wrong place! 😂. To be fair I did enjoy it, and actually fear you both may be right on a fair few of those. The ports suggestion especially. As you said, which did make me chuckle, we actually know very little about what is actually due to come out this year, although this does help to make the predictions all the more enjoyable. The talk of the Hollow Knight sequel has reminded me that I’ve got the original & really need to get around to playing it, so thanks!
  15. Yes that was my understanding. I believe it’s because it could take up to 10 days for symptoms to appear. So if you took a test on day one of her testing positive, you may return negative & yet symptoms may then appear the following day. I’m no expert mind, but that’s my understanding of the reasoning. It’s also why you would still have to self-isolate for those 10 days regardless. Good luck with the results. I’ve had two tests previously & my wife has had one. Thankfully each one returned negative, and each time results came back about 36 hours later. If you didn’t already know, then make sure to check your emails as well as texts, as we found the email arrive hours before the text.