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5 hours ago, Twinkie said:

I am at 325 hours currently.
 

Hero Mode is what is compelling me to buy that game to begin with. Maybe it is just me, but I consider Link's Awakening to be pretty tough at the start. Not sure how I could handle Hero Mode.

Replaying the game right now, I’m not noticing any of the supposed slow down the Switch version has, both on my TV and in handheld mode. It’s a great remake from Grezzo, which I can say confidently after how well the remakes of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask turned out (ignoring the Zora swimming changes).


Oh, one thing I forgot to mention about my replay: since it’s a challenge run, I named Link “MAH BOI!” which is my go-to name. 3 guesses where the name comes from. Maybe wonder what’s for dinner while doing so. Using the name “MAH BOI!” always leads to hilarious moments, such as Marin saying the following when Link breaks a clay pot:

”Ah, you are a bad boy, MAH BOI!!!”

And this one from her dad, Tarin, when continuing the trading sidequest while he’s trying to get honey from a tree:

”Oh?! MAH BOI!, I see ya have a nice stick...”

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Powered through the rest of Link’s Awakening and just finished off my Hero Mode playthrough. I was going to stop once I reached the Eagle’s Tower (dungeon #7)...but next thing I knew I had beaten both it and Turtle Rock, was hunting down the last heart piece (damn fishing mini game had one I missed since I never got the standard fish 🤬) and last two secret sea shells (one in a spot I realized right away I had never entered right outside Kahalet Castle and the last one in the same spot I forgot about last time I played the game) and finished off the final boss.

Phew! Hero Mode was no joke, and I know it would have been an even rougher time if I didn’t have the blue armor. It was fun playing in Hero Mode though, and it was fun to replay the game in general. Link’s Awakening is such an odd Zelda game, but that’s one of its charms for sure. I think I got about 15 hours or so of playtime in this replay, and I enjoyed that it is a shorter game. It’s why I like to go back to DQ1 or 2 every now and then: you get that quick fix since they are shorter games by today’s standards, but they are still fun experiences.

Definitely glad I did this sudden replay of Link’s Awakening. I’m sure the challenge adventures of MAH BOI! will continue in another Zelda game at some point, hopefully in a duo remake of Oracle of Seasons and Ages. PLEASE Nintendo, let those games be the next Zelda remakes you do! Those are two of my favorite Zelda games and I would love to see them in the style of the Link’s Awakening remake.

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I've started a few games:
God of War - I did not expect it to have such a good story, especially having played the previous games which were all nothing but death and gore. The game is just so much different now... I'd even say that I don't regret playing the previous games when I was younger, just because I can see how the series has changed with this game compared to the old ones. Fantastic story, combat is simple but engaging and deep, everything is intuitive and feels perfectly crafted. 

Sakura Wars - it went on discount, so I thought now's the best time to get it, considering that I was planning to buy the game day one anyway... I'm very surprised by how good the game, just finished the first chapter, will continue tomorrow. Great soundtrack, motivational and engaging story, characters, unique and not stereotypical voice-actors, fun exploration. My favorite thing is that the game does have some romance/dating sim elements but it's all done with style and respect to the characters, not like those "romance" visual novels which flooded the market. Mentioning visual novels.. the game definitely feels like a rich visual novel, not sure how they managed to get the funding for such a risky project, hopefully the game sold enough copies.

I wish there were more games like Sakura Wars with this shonen-like atmosphere, setting and inspiring story. I find it to be an interesting contrast how something like SW goes unnoticed when something like Last of Us Part 2 or Doom with its disgusting gore and torture porn are always in the spotlight. Do people really like to see those grim stories with nothing but death?

Well, that's me rambling a bit.. I strongly recommend both God of War and Sakura Wars to everyone.

 

Oh, and I also played Phantasy Star Online 2 (an RPG, so a little bit of an off-topic but I'll just mention it here). There were a few interesting things in the game but I got seriously confused by... pretty much everything annd I felt like the game does not explain anything or make things intuitive. Combat wasn't really satisfying, navigating the areas and just doing anything. Seems like a good game but not for me, I guess. I'll just return to collecting plants in No Man's Sky 😛 Wish Microsoft would bring Dragon Quest X instead of PSO2 and try to tackle the traditional JRPG market once more, they could even do like an agreement with Square Enix where M. would handle the servers and help out with translation and Square Enix would do the rest of the job. But yeah... wishes!

The customization was fantastic in PSO2. I liked creating a character, wish I liked the game.. oh well! Final Fantasy XIV Online remains my one and only MMORPG :wuvwuv:

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I've been bouncing around between a few different games lately.  Picked up Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 and have gotten through MM7-9 so far.  Also been playing through Ion Fury on Switch as well.  I recently replayed Final Fantasy 8 and finished that this weekend.  Next I'll be picking up Y's: Memories of Celceta on PS4.  So glad it finally got a console release.  I'd also like to play Phantasy Star Online 2 but I'm hoping it comes to PS4 or Switch as well.  My PC can run it but I'd have to upgrade to Windows 10 first.

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Well it took a lot of months, but I’ve gotten every spirit in Smash Ultimate up to level 99. I just used the training gym with Doc Louis (from Punch Out) and leveled up 4 spirits at a time, then would pop the game in the next day or two at some point and choose another four to have train.

Kind of crazy I now have all of them (that can be leveled anyway) at level 99.

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Got Super Mario Odyssey. It's awesome. So glad for this purchase.

With the assist mode it's so easy to let my kids play. I take a nap on the floor and if they have problems with a boss battle they poke me awake and I control Cappy, we win, I go back to sleep.

Seriously, best babysitter/I-get-to-take-a-nap game ever. My wife is excited because she gets more alone time away from us needy boys. After 99% time spent together for 4 months, it's great for her.

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A friend recommend Yakuza a while back so I bought 0 pretty cheap for PS4 but didn't get past the first chapter. Getting to lockdown, I've not finished the main story and am going through the side missions, but I might jump into Kiwami before much longer. TBH I was reluctant to start it because my wife and I were due to be in Osaka/Tokyo over the summer but obviously "Plans change", I'm really glad I got back in to it. The main story is great, especially the evolution of Majima, but I loved the silly side-stories. I've just battered a yakuza captain but OF COURSE I don't mind pretending to be your boyfriend to trick your dad!

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I picked up Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town on the Switch. Really enjoying it. I actually prefer it over Stardew Valley. I don't feel as stressed when it comes to the game. No quests and such to relax more to. Probably going to be playing this for a couple weeks.

Still playing Animal Crossing as well.

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I picked up Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town on the Switch. Really enjoying it. I actually prefer it over Stardew Valley. I don't feel as stressed when it comes to the game. No quests and such to relax more to. Probably going to be playing this for a couple weeks.

Still playing Animal Crossing as well.
I definitely don't prefer it over SDV, but it's pretty great. Reminiscing over some teenhood memories.

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5 hours ago, AustNerevar said:

I definitely don't prefer it over SDV, but it's pretty great. Reminiscing over some teenhood memories.

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Friends of Mineral Town is probably the one game of the series I really didn't play much of. So it is a new experience for me.

Then again, I am probably only saying that because I have over 300 hours on Stardew. So anything new is welcome at that point lol

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I get that. I have 300 on Stardew for PC and another 60 on Stardew for Switch. I love SDV to death but I don't play it much anymore.

Unless my wife wants to play. Multiplayer is something no HM/SoS game has ever offered and frankly it's kind of a no-brainer.

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On 8/12/2020 at 7:41 AM, avensis said:

I haven't played Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town and really wanted to try it

It is pretty good. I am really enjoying it so far. But the price tag for the game is kinda steep when you compare it to other farming life sim games out there. 

If you have a Wii U you can pick up the GBA original on the Virtual Console if you don't want to wait on a sale for the remaster.

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I’ve slowly worked my way through the Spyro Reignited Trilogy on my Switch. Got the PS4 version last year but wanted to pick it up for my Switch since I enjoyed it so much, and just now I finished off Spyro 2 100%. I may take a break before jumping into Spyro 3. Honestly Spyro 3 is my least favorite of the original trilogy, but I still think it’s a good game.

Anyway, it’s been fun to have the trilogy on my Switch and replaying them. The originals were one of the few times I was able to play PS1 games as a kid, so these games do have a bit of nostalgia for me.

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Been playing Spyro 3 on my Switch via the Reignited Trilogy. I figured I was going to get bored of the game if I tried playing it right after 2, but I’m actually having more fun with 3 than I was expecting. I’m finding it more fun to go through again than 2 was in all honesty, which surprises me as every other time I’ve replayed Spyro 3 I’ve been kind of “meh,” about it. Not really sure what the secret is that’s made it click this time, but hey, I’m having fun, so that’s all I care about.

Currently I’m in the Evening Lake area and have two more worlds to clear before moving on. One of them is unfortunately the Fireworks Factory stage, and that Chinese twin dragon boss fight can take way too long if you aren’t lucky. Already had to deal with the having to redo the hockey mission in Frozen Alter, so I REALLY don’t want to have to redo the dragon boss fight again if something happens. The Evening Lake worlds are my least favorite in the game, and probably in the original Spyro trilogy.

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I have been playing Super Mario 3D All-Stars. I have played through Super Mario 64 several times but never got all 120 stars. I finally managed to complete it. My big complaints with this "port" is the input lag. I am noticing about a 100ms input lag. All because this is emulated. Not to mention this is the Shindou version. So the famous BLJ glitch no longer works. But they didn't bother fixing any of the other exploits in the game. Kinda a shame that such a fun glitch was removed in favor of shitty vibration for controllers that I turn off anyways. Oh well.

I started Sunshine. Having some fun with it. But this is probably my least favorite 3D Mario. I find Mario's moveset in 64 to be a lot more fun personally, and I don't like how the game is structured along with the infamous blue coins. Otherwise not a bad game.

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52 minutes ago, Twinkie said:

I have been playing Super Mario 3D All-Stars. I have played through Super Mario 64 several times but never got all 120 stars. I finally managed to complete it. My big complaints with this "port" is the input lag. I am noticing about a 100ms input lag. All because this is emulated. Not to mention this is the Shindou version. So the famous BLJ glitch no longer works. But they didn't bother fixing any of the other exploits in the game. Kinda a shame that such a fun glitch was removed in favor of shitty vibration for controllers that I turn off anyways. Oh well.

I started Sunshine. Having some fun with it. But this is probably my least favorite 3D Mario. I find Mario's moveset in 64 to be a lot more fun personally, and I don't like how the game is structured along with the infamous blue coins. Otherwise not a bad game.

Huh. I’ve never noticed any input delay while playing Mario 64 on this collection. I’ve noticed some changes like a few of Mario’s voice clips being higher pitched though, which is apparently due to the version you mentioned. I’d have preferred the original version we got (not because of the long jump glitch) back in the day, but I’m just glad the game controls so well with the Switch pro controller. I’ve been having a lot of fun with the game again.

Only played a little of Sunshine so far, and it keeps confusing me that I need to push R for the stay in place water spray and that ZR is the run and spray option. My brain is having a hard time with that since muscle memory wants me to use the larger button for everything and either barely hold it for run and spray or fully press it for stand and spray. 

Other than that, been having fun messing with Sunshine some. I forgot how flexible levels are with progression depending on what you can pull off, the game’s visuals look very nice, and I appreciate the 16:9 screen view.

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2 hours ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Huh. I’ve never noticed any input delay while playing Mario 64 on this collection. I’ve noticed some changes like a few of Mario’s voice clips being higher pitched though, which is apparently due to the version you mentioned. I’d have preferred the original version we got (not because of the long jump glitch) back in the day, but I’m just glad the game controls so well with the Switch pro controller. I’ve been having a lot of fun with the game again.

Only played a little of Sunshine so far, and it keeps confusing me that I need to push R for the stay in place water spray and that ZR is the run and spray option. My brain is having a hard time with that since muscle memory wants me to use the larger button for everything and either barely hold it for run and spray or fully press it for stand and spray. 

Other than that, been having fun messing with Sunshine some. I forgot how flexible levels are with progression depending on what you can pull off, the game’s visuals look very nice, and I appreciate the 16:9 screen view.

The input lag isn't too terrible. At least comparing it to the Wii and the god awful Wii U VC versions. Just kinda wish we had the option of the original. Also not a big fan of higher pitch Mario.

Sunshine looks fantastic though! I feel it got the most benefit from the rework. I actually had trouble dealing with the new uninverted controls. Surprised that my muscle memory kicked in for a game I haven't played in many years.

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35 minutes ago, Twinkie said:

Just kinda wish we had the option of the original. Also not a big fan of higher pitch Mario.

Yeah, I can’t figure out why they would have raised the pitch on some of Mario’s voice clips. I get why they changed the “So long-a Bowser,” because of what people think it sounds like, but not sure about the others. All it makes me think of is how Luigi’s voice sounds in Smash 64 and Melee.

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Sunshine and Galaxy are two Marios I never actually played. I started a Sunshine save, but find myself more attracted to Galaxy at the moment. I kind of wrote the game off back in 2007, as I didn't have a Wii when it came out and when I did get one I mainly played Zelda.

I didn't really like the linearity of Galaxy whenever I watched my mom play it. But I'm ready for a straightforward platformer now.

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38 minutes ago, AustNerevar said:

Sunshine and Galaxy are two Marios I never actually played. I started a Sunshine save, but find myself more attracted to Galaxy at the moment. I kind of wrote the game off back in 2007, as I didn't have a Wii when it came out and when I did get one I mainly played Zelda.

I didn't really like the linearity of Galaxy whenever I watched my mom play it. But I'm ready for a straightforward platformer now.

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I prefer the free form exploring of 64, Sunshine and Odyssey, but Galaxy 1 and 2 are good games. I remember Galaxy 2 had more explorable galaxies like the first three games I mentioned, but Galaxy 1 does have good level design and some fun ideas. Bee suit Mario is still one of my favorite power ups.

Hope you enjoy your time with it!

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Finished Super Mario 64 and got all 120 stars! I played it for quite awhile yesterday on my day off once I finished my other tasks for the day, and I found myself having some genuine fun while playing. Levels like Tick Tock Clock and Rainbow Ride didn’t give me as much trouble as I thought they would, and I actually really enjoyed playing through them! They were so hard as a young’un.

It was a lot of fun replaying the game, and I’m very happy with how well it plays with the Switch’s pro controller. Couldn’t tell you the last time I did a full replay of Mario 64, but so many things about the game have stuck with me all these years and I still consider it one of my favorite games.

Now it’s time for some fun in the sun with Super Mario Sunshine! Woo-hoo!

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15 hours ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Finished Super Mario 64 and got all 120 stars! I played it for quite awhile yesterday on my day off once I finished my other tasks for the day, and I found myself having some genuine fun while playing. Levels like Tick Tock Clock and Rainbow Ride didn’t give me as much trouble as I thought they would, and I actually really enjoyed playing through them! They were so hard as a young’un.

It was a lot of fun replaying the game, and I’m very happy with how well it plays with the Switch’s pro controller. Couldn’t tell you the last time I did a full replay of Mario 64, but so many things about the game have stuck with me all these years and I still consider it one of my favorite games.

Now it’s time for some fun in the sun with Super Mario Sunshine! Woo-hoo!

My only complaint with the end courses is the waiting you have to do for Rainbow Ride. I actually like Tick Tock since it puts everything to the test. It isn't that bad once you know the gimmick on when to enter the painting.

I don't think they are nearly as bad as many make it out to be. I struggled more with Shifting Sand Land.

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8 minutes ago, Twinkie said:

My only complaint with the end courses is the waiting you have to do for Rainbow Ride. I actually like Tick Tock since it puts everything to the test. It isn't that bad once you know the gimmick on when to enter the painting.

I don't think they are nearly as bad as many make it out to be. I struggled more with Shifting Sand Land.

No, they weren’t as bad as I remembered. Getting to the house in Rainbow Ride really sucks for that star, but otherwise I enjoy the level. I prefer Tick Tock Clock of the two top floor levels.

The level I had the most trouble with this time was Tiny Huge Island. Good lord, I died so many times on that level for one reason or another! It got kind of ridiculous.

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