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(B)
Wii
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
Beaten arcade mode on the default settings, but I'm gonna spend a lot more time with this sweet game

Updated about 1 week ago

(U)
PSVita
Ys: Memories of Celceta
Main reason I bought a Vita in '13 so I guess I should finally play it

Updated about 2 weeks ago

(B)
GCN
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
Normal story mode cleared, going for 100% completion

Updated about 2 weeks ago

This is a really cool DDR spinoff. It's a shame that it's so easy, that kinda leaves its potential unfulfilled.
(U)
GBA
Mario Golf: Advance Tour
Palm tournament cleared

Updated about 1 month ago

(B)
GBA
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Hard mode, Eirika, chapter 14. Complete with box and manual!

Updated about 2 months ago

☆★★★★ Easy, yes, but it's hard enough on hard mode to be good.

SamuraiSam's Status

(U) Unfinished ?No significant accomplishments.     (B) Beaten ?The main objective has been accomplished. Usually marked by the defeat of a final boss and/or viewing of credits.     (C) Completed ?For games which are 100% done. All extras and modes have been unlocked and finished. All significant items have been collected.
1595 (U)
  8 Unplayed  
0.5% of Unfinished
0.4% of Total
72.8%
503 (B)
23%
93 (C)
4.2%
Wishlist  804 ?         Top-Rated  37 ?????         Master Runs  0 (M)
32X 1 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 3 Total
3DS Downloads 17 (U) 9 (B) 4 (C) 33 Total
Atari 2600 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 35 Total
Dreamcast 19 (U) 6 (B) 1 (C) 32 Total
e-Reader C O M P L E T E ! 8 Total
DSiWare 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
Game Boy 34 (U) 12 (B) 2 (C) 58 Total
Game Boy/Color 31 (U) 11 (B) 3 (C) 51 Total
Game Boy Advance 44 (U) 35 (B) 1 (C) 100 Total
Game Gear 6 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 16 Total
GameCube 58 (U) 31 (B) 3 (C) 133 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 62 (U) 13 (B) 1 (C) 118 Total
NES 79 (U) 10 (B) 4 (C) 130 Total
Nintendo 3DS 17 (U) 16 (B) 1 (C) 35 Total
Nintendo 64 43 (U) 17 (B) 9 (C) 80 Total
Nintendo 64DD BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Nintendo DS 69 (U) 36 (B) 17 (C) 127 Total
PC 3 (U) 0 (B) 6 (C) 9 Total
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PlayStation Network 45 (U) 3 (B) 0 (C) 59 Total
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PlayStation Vita 7 (U) 8 (B) 1 (C) 17 Total
Saturn 66 (U) 34 (B) 4 (C) 131 Total
Sega CD 6 (U) 4 (B) 0 (C) 12 Total
SNES 163 (U) 65 (B) 13 (C) 274 Total
TurboDuo 1 (U) 2 (B) 1 (C) 6 Total
Virtual Console (Wii) 15 (U) 1 (B) 1 (C) 18 Total
Virtual Console (WiiU) 3 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 3 Total
Wii 79 (U) 28 (B) 4 (C) 135 Total
WiiWare 10 (U) 3 (B) 0 (C) 14 Total
Wii U 13 (U) 9 (B) 1 (C) 23 Total
Wii U Downloads 9 (U) 5 (B) 0 (C) 14 Total
Xbox 144 (U) 14 (B) 0 (C) 224 Total
Xbox 360 82 (U) 10 (B) 1 (C) 137 Total
Xbox LIVE Arcade 7 (U) 6 (B) 0 (C) 18 Total
All Games 2811 Total
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about 5 days 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 weeks 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 weeks ago

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

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete 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 weeks ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
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 1 month ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
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 1 month ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
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 1 month ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
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 1 month ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
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 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
"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 2 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
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 3 months ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
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 3 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
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 3 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!
about 3 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
More on Kirby 64.

What'd you think of that one song that played in 6-2 (the Catacombs?) Seems like there was an era where the Nintendo games had that one eerie sounding song. Ocarina of Time had the original Fire Temple, Pokémon had Lavender Town, and Kirby 64 had the Ripple Star Catacombs. It sounds downright freaky.

On another note, you got any Saturn games to recommend? I've heard of games like Bulk Slash 2, Madou Monogatari, and Gunbird, but would you have any personal recommendations? Like, is it worth tracking down a copy of Dragon Force II even if it's in Japanese?
about 3 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Merry Christmas everybody! May your stockings be stuffed with games!!
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Yo are you going to be able to finish all of these games in your lifetime? I have nearly 500 and from my calculations I'm not going to be able to finish them all.
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Definitely. Sounds good man
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Thanks man, glad you liked the blurbs. New place? What town? We should try and meet up someday given that we have this same interest (I don't really know anyone who is into retro games as much as I am)
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