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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Hard mode, chapter 19. Really disappointed with how easy this is. Gotta consider getting the JP version.

Updated about 21 hours ago

Normal was way too easy.
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GBA
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Hard mode, chapter 19. Complete with box and manual!

Updated about 2 weeks ago

☆★★★★ Easy, yes, but it's hard enough on hard mode to be good.
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PS2
Dance Dance Revolution X
Playing this partially for exercise. Also trying to improve my DDR skills since I finally have a good setup for it!

Updated about 3 weeks ago

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Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
Beat Story Mode on Hard, now starting Very Hard

Updated about 4 weeks ago

This is a really cool DDR spinoff. It's a shame that it's so easy, that kinda leaves its potential unfulfilled.
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PSVita
Ys: Memories of Celceta
Main reason I bought a Vita in '13 so I guess I should finally play it

Updated about 1 month ago

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GBA
Mario Golf: Advance Tour
Palm tournament cleared

Updated about 2 months ago

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1603 (U)
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503 (B)
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93 (C)
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32X 1 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 3 Total
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Atari 2600 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 35 Total
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Game Gear 6 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 16 Total
GameCube 58 (U) 31 (B) 3 (C) 133 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 63 (U) 13 (B) 1 (C) 120 Total
NES 81 (U) 10 (B) 4 (C) 136 Total
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TurboDuo 1 (U) 2 (B) 1 (C) 6 Total
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Wii 79 (U) 28 (B) 4 (C) 135 Total
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All Games 2831 Total
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about 5 days ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
FE4 first impressions:

I'm confused. Who's the leader? Sigmund, the guy on horseback? There's no already-promoted unit I can use as a shield? Why does this first map feel so large and crowded with enemies? Hopefully it'll all make sense.

Anyway, hopefully the remake of Fire Emblem 2 will be good. I'm glad I decided against getting a copy of the original game.
about 5 days ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
Oh, dammit; I was thinking of Adventure of Rad Gravity! Why do I always get those 2 mixed up?! That said, my glorious chin comment is apparently still valid; it's just now relegated to the box art.
about 1 week ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
Some crappy game with a cool title starring a man with a glorious chin. I found Dash Galaxy to be a fairly decent game - you could do better; you could do worse - if you're into Metroid-style games, but the final boss is a monument to frustration.
about 2 weeks ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Oh God, chapter 8, what a nightmarishly brutal chapter. My most hated chapter in all of FE. Every time I replay Path of Radiance now, I give up a few turns into chapter 8, realizing that recruiting Ilyana without sacrificing another unit is impossible. I haven't got a clue how I managed to do it the first time I played it. And that was all on normal... On hard, I don't even wanna imagine... Good luck, though it doesn't sound like you'll need it. What's your secret?

Also, hiya!
about 3 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
You're right on the money; I tend to prefer the 2D variety. I bought Soul Calibur 5 just to play dress-up, and when I heard that 4 had more weapon options, I got that, too and... kinda abandoned it, because the overall options are far fewer, though I do acknowledge that as an actual game, it's better and has more content; it's just not what I was looking for. My first experience with the series was the Arcade version of Soul Edge, which I beat with Siegfried just spamming that dashing thrust move, where he sounds like he says, "FISSSSSHHHHHH!" over and over again, and thought, "That was cool; Street Fighter with weapons." Sure, I'd played Samurai Shodown before (and kicked some college boys' asses pretty badly, much to their chagrin), but weapons weren't that common in Fighters back in the day, unless it was some kind of special move. I'd never really cared to own one until I saw 5's character creator and thought, "Well, Soul Calibur doesn't have bad fighting; I think I could enjoy the game part of the actual game."

And I may be missing something, but I feel that what's commonly billed as a 3D Fighter is really more 2.5D, in the Kirby 64 sense, more than the Doom sense. There aren't any 2D sprites, but all that makes it "3D" is the fact that the camera rotates; you're still locked into a 2D plane while you're actually fighting. Soul Calibur 4 sorta lets you move around in terms of depth, but you can't jump, so with height removed, it's still really only 2.5D. Yeah, there are jump attacks, but you can't strictly just jump. The only 2 that I've played that really struck me as 3D were Castlevania: Judgment and the Dissidia games; the former was okay, but just a bit too loose for a duel, and the latter had better lock-on options, but in my opinion were just terrible games overall.
about 1 month ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Man, it's been years since I played it, but all I can say is the more you play the more addicted you become! That's seriously what happened to me. When I first started playing I felt I was in over my head a bit, and then didn't find it that fun... but the more I played the more I couldn't put it down and became obsessive in my campaigns.

I'd recommend doing Wein's campaign first. All-around troop types get added. If you pick someone like Gongos you're stuck with beastmen for a long time - too one dimensional. Choose Wein and vary your team up with all kinds of troops to keep things fresh: soliders, mages, beastmen, ninjas, harpies, dragons, archers, etc.

When it comes to attacking, the command where you spread your army out to the top and bottom of the screen as they advance works best. When they get closer to the enemies troops or commander have them close in from the top and bottom and annihilate!
about 2 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Ov Corpse... I was kidding.
about 2 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Nice collection pics!
about 2 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
You got too many games dude!
about 2 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
So here's new collection pictures, now featured in my new game room for the first time: [Link]

There are still many improvements and additions to be made to the game room. Most notably, I need to get a series of big matching shelves. But still, as it stands, it's already The Greatest Room in the World™.
about 2 months ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Greetings, Som-oo-rye Sam. How fare you?

There's about to be a local classic gaming convention. I've been replaying the seventh Fire Emblem game and now I vie for a new console Fire Emblem. Say, out of the entire Super Famicom trilogy, which one reigns supreme? I only ask because unless I was a super fan, which I'm not, I'd care to play all three. (Though I'd imagine I'd eventually play all three anyway which would make that statement moot point.) Really, I'm not a super fan. It's an alright franchise. I've actually gotten rid of several in my collection (and got a decent amount of credit from them since they were complete.) The problem with the series is how samey a good chunk of them are. So I narrowed it down to owning the remake of 1, the 2003 GBA game, and the GameCube one. Heck, I even skipped the latest one on the 3DS, what does that tell you?

Where was I? Oh, right. Which SF one is the best one? It's gotta be Thracia 776, right? I'd imagine since how late it came out on the system that it'd be the most refined, complete of the three, right? Or is that not the case? Hard to believe that Pokémania was sweeping the nation at the time of its release.

I suppose one could make the same argument with Shining Force. There are nine games and one remake. Though with the Saturn trilogy, they pulled out all the stops, going as far as giving the characters full movement on the grid and even ripping off FEs weapon triangle system, and on top of that, making the combat the most polished and refined of the series (and those special moves the characters do are fantastic, being as cool as the criticals in FE.) FE really hasn't evolved much, but you can tell they care a lot by making sure it's more about survival. I guess they pull out all the stops in that department.
about 2 months ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Regarding Steins;Gate - I watched the anime first, and it made me get the game because I wanted to see the extra parts of the story that were cut from the anime adaptation. However, the parts that were cut were mostly uninteresting or highly controversial, and not very long anyway. I think the anime held up perfectly well without them. The anime also had some very nice songs that weren't in the VN, and an English dub that was surprisingly good. It might be best to watch the anime (the series, not the movie) and then play through the game afterwards if you're curious about what could have omitted.

On the other hand, there is one important scene later on that I think the VN handled much better by going into detail. That part takes about 2 hours to read (on Auto), but in the anime they skimmed over it in 12 minutes or so. That's a lot of descriptive information that was removed right there. Also, the VN is always told from one character's perspective, so it often goes into detail about what he's thinking - which reveals something in a very good way, because you get to see him realise it, whereas in the anime he just says what he realised and we don't get to hear the thought process leading up to it.

Come to think of it, I did try to read the VN first (the PC version), but I just couldn't handle the pacing. A few hours in and they were still talking about bananas, whereas in the anime they get to the point a lot faster. That's why I still recommend watching the anime first, and thinking of it as a sort of "lite" version of the story, and then if you enjoyed it, you have the VN to experience more of it.
about 2 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Nah, I keep hearing that the anime is really bad and that it's not worth bothering with. It is different to the Danganronpa V3 game, but... unfortunately, that game has been getting generally poor reviews on Amazon Japan and 4Gamer. Apparently it's very short and the ending is a cop-out which "leaves players feeling empty". The main theme of the game is "lie" and characters will often lie about things and confuse the player, which Japanese people didn't like. However, the director said last night on the NISA stream that the reason for the large gap between the Japanese and English releases is that he's working on improving the game, so maybe there's hope for it yet.

So now that I've finally gotten around to playing Danganronpa 2, do you think you could watch Steins;Gate within the next couple of years? Eh? Eehhh? It's similar to Danganronpa 2 in the sense that you have to get through a not-so-great first half (which isn't that bad, honestly) for a massive pay-off.
about 2 months ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I just finished Danganronpa 2, and it did get a lot better after unlocking the last island (and the trial that took place there was my favourite in the series). Did you notice that how the clean hammer got to the "crime scene" in the Mechamaru case was barely mentioned in that trial, and then was ignored completely during the closing arguments?

However, despite how interesting things got towards the end, I still prefer the first game overall. I felt that Trigger Happy Havoc had much better characters, and the minigames weren't as much of a chore in that game.
about 2 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Sam, about Danganronpa 2 - Do you remember if you thought it got better in the second half? I'm getting close to the fourth trial (with the strawberry/grape fun house), and there's that interesting hook about the Future Foundation and apparent traitor in the group, but I'm still not particularly fond of any of the characters, and the ones that I almost kinda liked have been killed off. I also find most of the minigames annoying, but I don't mind the concentration boarding minigame too much. I intend to keep going with it regardless, but do you think it's going to get more appealing to me as I continue into the latter stages of the story?
about 2 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
"No grief but good grief." - Snoopy Tennis review header from a 2001 issue of Game Informer.

Hey, joyous. You got yourself a copy of Wai Wai World 2. Join the club.

Isn't it weird how Japan got all the goofy, wacky 8-bit Konami games while we got all the serious games? We did get Kid Dracula on Game Boy but why not on NES? I guess Monster in my Pocket's bizarre too. I mean, the final boss has you beating up a television screen.

What else have you been playing lately? I tried out Willy Wombat, it has potential. Not liking the dashing method though. Pressing the direction button twice doesn't translate well to 3D compared to 2D games like Kirby.
about 3 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I figured. Take all the time you need. Your fellow Backloggians will be right here.

So anyway, I'm gonna give that 67 rating for Willy Wombat the benefit of the doubt, and get the game. If it's as good as you and your friend says it is, then I'm in for what may be a true gem (or maybe one of those flawed but great experiences.)

I saw that game Soh-kyoo-goo-ren-tie being talked about in Retro Gamer magazine (how did Barnes & Noble import a UK-based magazine?) and they said that despite the high import price, it's a terrific game. You already gave your recommendation for it, so it must be a darn good game. Perhaps I'll consider one of these days.

So we see that Nintendo has been hard at work with the Switch. With over eighty games being developed, some you don't even see coming (a new Super Bomberman despite Hudson tanking and Konami, owner of Hudson Soft properties, falling behind hard times? Whaaaaaaat?), how could they possibly fail? I told this to that guy Raritycatchme, but people need to stop comparing Nintendo to the other guys. Sony & Microsoft make more than just video games, so of course they'll have the extra money to pay for games that look as flashy as possible (or at least some kept in reserve in case of major hackings like for Sony in 2011 on PSN and again several years later for that movie The Interview.)NNintendo tries to focus hard on making great games and still believe in the local social aspect. You could play Mario Kart with someone across the country, but if you have friends in real life, you can share the fun together. All in all, though, it's really the games library that matters the most, and obviously the Wii U failed to have decent third party support. So in a way, they're obviously trying.

Actually putting more diverse games via digital download (how many times do we need to see the same ol' Ocarina of Time available for download?) would be nice too. Maybe start putting out games that haven't been ported too much. Flying Dragon:The Secret Scrolls was a good start.
about 4 months ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I have heard about that. Getting the guy who did Sonic R's soundtrack to do Shinobi X's soundtrack sounds pretty cool. Imagine getting T.J. Davis to sing a vocal or two in the game.

I've been playing Metroid Fusion during work intermissions. Do you know what it reminds me of? Nintendo at E3 2002. That may have been one of, if not the, most memorable showings for Nintendo at E3. They showcased the new Mario (which some people say was a bit of a disappointment, but eh, to each their own), the new Zelda, which wowed fans with the cartoony, expressive main character, and if that wasn't good enough... new Metroid. Not one, but two. One mind blowing 3D adventure (meaning Nintendo lived up to their promise with their Space World 2000 showcase) and one game that played like Super Metroid. They were both being developed at the same time and then they ended up being released on the same day. It didn't get any better than that.

It has come to my attention that, according to Wikipedia, Satoru Iwata took over in May 2002. However, I still feel that 2003 was the weird transitional period between the two terms and that the Nintendo games that came out in 2002 and the first half of 2003 were still Yamauchi-era-esque.

Replaying Metroid Fusion, it's easy to see why people keep clamoring for a new 2D Metroid (or any new Metroid period, probably not like Other M or Federation Force.) It has that certain sense of quality that Nintendo has had during those days. Of course, Metroid: Zero Mission was also pretty good, changing just enough from the first game to make it its own. Actually, I'd much rather like a new 2D Kid Icarus. Yeah, that'd be the bees knees.

I've been thinking back a lot on the GBA library. Without any gimmicks to focus on (like a touch screen), developers were able to focus on making really good games. Aside from all the fantastic ports and enhanced remakes, we get games like Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Drill Dozer, and the two Summon Night: Swordcraft Storys. In retrospect, the Game Boy Advance could very well be the greatest console of all time. Would you agree or disagree?
about 4 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
He did, and it helped a lot, but I was merely curious to see if you'd anything to add to it.

Hmm... Willy Wombat looks neat. Hudson Soft and Westone are good names, so I might consider it eventually (though it's a 66 out of 4 reviews on SEGA Retro.) I looked at Soh-kew-goo-ren-tie and it doesn't look any different from Raiden II, at least from the screenshots. Think I'll put it in the maybe pile.

Did you ever play Shinobi Legions? If so, would you say it does the series justice?
about 4 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Your extensive use of the , , and icons in your message to me was stellar!
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