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I've resumed going low carb and avoiding fatty foods. Dieting sucks, but so is getting sick, especially during the holidays.

Updated about 10 hours ago

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Super Shell Monsters Story (repro)
I smell one big grinding session coming up...

Updated about 22 hours ago

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Get Going! Ebisumaru: Mechanical Maze: Mystery of the Missing Goemon!!
7/50 Passes - Not digging running into enemies and losing lives and having to repeat the set of levels all over again, but I'll keep trying

Updated about 3 days ago

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(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.
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230 (B)
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447 (C)
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Wishlist  0 ?         Top-Rated  34 ?????         Master Runs  2 (M)
Miscellaneous 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
NES 2 (U) 30 (B) 177 (C) 253 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 2 (U) 31 (B) 87 (C) 135 Total
Sega CD BEAT 6 (B) 10 (C) 17 Total
Saturn BEAT 3 (B) 12 (C) 24 Total
SNES 3 (U) 17 (B) 51 (C) 74 Total
Game Boy/Color BEAT 11 (B) 28 (C) 40 Total
Game Boy Advance BEAT 13 (B) 8 (C) 23 Total
Nintendo DS BEAT 16 (B) 4 (C) 25 Total
Nintendo 3DS 1 (U) 11 (B) 8 (C) 21 Total
Nintendo Switch 8 (U) 35 (B) 26 (C) 74 Total
PlayStation BEAT 13 (B) 14 (C) 39 Total
PlayStation 2 BEAT 14 (B) 7 (C) 24 Total
PlayStation 4 BEAT 9 (B) 0 (C) 13 Total
Wii BEAT 8 (B) 1 (C) 9 Total
Wii U BEAT 1 (B) 2 (C) 4 Total
TurboGrafx-16 BEAT 2 (B) 9 (C) 11 Total
GameCube BEAT 9 (B) 1 (C) 10 Total
Nintendo 64 BEAT 1 (B) 2 (C) 5 Total
All Games 802 Total
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about 6 hours ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
You see how your favourite games aren't necessarily the ones that first come to mind when thinking about a specific, individual piece of content?

1. Camel: Banjo-Kazooie (if a talking camel doesn't count as "normal", then Metal Slug X)
2. ...Tomater? Tomato? Retro Game Challenge
3. Peak: Ys VIII
4. Through lava/magma: Super Mario Bros. 3
5. Buff musclebound man: Marvel Super Heroes Vs Street Fighter
6. Sound effect in the title screen: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
7. Military tank: Earth Defense Force 2
8. Yellow: Samba De Amigo Ver. 2000
9. Play as feline: Astro Aqua Kitty
10. Traverse through the air: Grandia (Feena hurt her fanny )
about 9 hours ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Yes, in fact I DO mind

1. A regular horse.
2. Anything where you can look at it and say "that's a carrot".
5. It can be an animal or a robot, as long as it is known to be a female character in-game.
8. Not as a lead or major character. The game cannot contain any green characters at all, or any that are wearing anything green. No green allowed.
10. Traversing a body of water in any way, eg. ship, flying, swimming, walking, rafting, riding on a shark, submarine, teleporting to the other side, zip-lining across the water, etc.
about 10 hours ago

Badges
Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I was expecting it'd be a remake of the SNES game, not the arcade original (though I should have known by the name). I'm fine with the arcade original, but not as a limited continues game, especially if you get kicked back to the start of the stage when you die.

On top of that, the presentation just feels cheap. The new art style is fine, but the old art style was better (and this doesn't have the lovely animation of, say, the Wonder Boy and the Dragon's Trap remake). Then there's annoying issues like audio balancing, foreground objects blocking your view (I got killed by the fish boss multiple times because of a foreground palm tree), and the game overall just feeling a bit choppy and hard to play. The awkward translation doesn't help, either.

It's a shame, because there's an "extend mode" that redoes all the stages and while I only made it to the 2nd boss before I tapped out, they're actually quite good, maybe even better than the stages in the SNES originals. They're just... in the wrong game, you know?
about 22 hours ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
=== Consider Your Favourites Questionnaire ===

How well do you know the content of your favourite games? Here are some pretty "out there" questions for you to consider.

1. What is your favourite game that has a horse in it?

2. What is your favourite game that contains a carrot?

3. Which game that features a lighthouse that you can go inside is your favourite?

4. What's your favourite game that allows you to directly interact with the moon?

5. What's your favourite game where you can play as a female character that does NOT contain a hot springs or beach scene?

6. What's your favourite game that has no music on the title screen?

7. Which game that has a helicopter in it is your favourite?

8. Which game that does NOT feature a character who is/wears the colour green is your favourite?

9. What's your favourite game that lets you pet a dog?

10. What's your favourite game that shows the main character traversing water at some point?
about 1 day ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Yeah. It's actually the casuals that I feel the most sorry for. They see the big-name product, perhaps remembering the good times they had with that IP, and pick it up, expecting a high quality experience. They might even be buying it because they want their kids to get into it, and then they have something that they can talk about together. But these sloppy outputs ruin that. The kid is going to be confused, maybe even scared when the character's eyes start popping out and their favourite new pet randomly flies away or falls through the floor, never to be seen again. The adult is going to feel some major buyer's remorse, and probably tell their friends about it. The rabid fans are the ones who pretend that they never encountered any glitches at all (even though the NPCs T-pose in the intro) and had tons of fun with the broken game, tricking more casuals - who probably don't know how to research properly - into buying it.
about 1 day ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
The cycle of Pokémon disappointment will continue regardless. 10 million copies sold in 3 days... One person deciding not to buy won't make any difference. Even a huge boycott campaign, pointing out all of the flaws and spread all over the Internet, won't make much of a dent in sales like that. It's unstoppable at this point, and none of the companies involved have the integrity to provide a quality product when they can get rewarded for rushed, minimal effort projects.
about 3 days ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I know Tengai has quite a few games, but I never hear anyone talk about them. I just know the GBA game, Oriental Blue, looks really cool and has giant screen-filling boss sprites.

Dragon Quest and Pokémon, eh? So basically like Dragon Quest Monsters? Actually, I just looked it up again. Wow, I really like how this game looks visually! I think I might see about trying this one out sooner than later.

I actually only heard about Super Adventure Island II in one of davidvinc's recent "Best games you've never played" videos. I always just figured all the Adventure Island games were like, well, Adventure Island, and all the actual "adventure" aspects were confined to Wonder Boy. This looks just like my kinda vidya game!

The closest thing to Phoenotopia: Awakening is Zelda II, but it really feels like its own thing, rather than another retro homage. If Zelda II is an action game with adventure aspects, this is the vice versa of that. There's a ridiculous amount of places and things to discover. (My completion was 88% after nearly 50 hours.) The exploration is as close to a SotN style game you can get without feeling like Indie Platform Adventure #30,847. You do get new abilities that aid in exploration, but there's no giant map to complete. I dunno, it just feels organic to me. There's a bunch of really big towns, so there's tons of worldbuilding and dialogue to read. It's very well written and often times legit funny; There's no meta humor or memes or anything like that. Just nice, charming writing.

I dunno if I can say it's a game for everybody, but if you can find it on sale, it's definitely worth a try!
about 4 days ago (edited)

Badges
Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I do! I've got:

Kid Chameleon
Shining Force II
Ecco the Dolphin
Bare Knuckle
Streets of Rage 2
X-Men
Todd's Adventures in Slime World
Streets of Rage 3
Contra: Hard Corps
Death Duel
Ecco: The Tides of Time
Strong Bad's RhinoFeeder

Turns out I didn't sell all my carts. I still have a decent SNES collection too (including some valuable stuff like FFIII, Earthbound, and Metal Warriors). I remember now: my brother moved away for 5 years or so and took some games with him to play on portable systems, so when I sold off most of our old games in 2014, I didn't get them all. Then he moved back in and brought those games he took with him back, so I still have some left over.

I'll maybe give the game a shot if the fortune cookie picks it, but I don't recall it being a lot of fun. Not even sure why I bothered buying it. I don't even like Marvel comics at all. Maybe I'll just replay Kid Chameleon instead.
about 4 days ago

Badges
Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I'm tidying up my apartment and I found that I still have a fairly decent collection of carts lying around, including one I haven't beaten yet: X-Men on Genesis. Have you played that? Is it worth trying to beat it again? I haven't really played it since 1993 or so and could never get very far even on "Amateur" difficulty.
about 5 days ago

Badges
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Heyo! Gotta ask for some of your quick thoughts on Tengai Makyou Zero, Super Adventure Island II, and Super Shell Monster Story. These've all been on my to-do list for awhile (Super AI has been especially high up on that list) and I see you've been blasting through 'em!
about 5 days ago (edited)

Badges
Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I find Sokoban fine when it's a very small part of another game, like a block pushing puzzle in an RPG. But 50+ levels of just Sokoban? I don't think I'd want to play through that.

EDIT: Here's a five! Thanks for the correction notice. I guess my brain assumed "collection" because it's, well, a collection!
about 1 week ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Boss short loops

Arkanoid: Doh It Again - Giant Centipede - Well, this is a cool intro. I wish they would have followed it up with some more to flesh it out into a full piece of music, and I'm disappointed that they didn't.

Gradius NES boss - The original piece is great, but this NES version is butchered pretty badly. Not only do the instruments not really fit, but the speed is all wrong too.

Phantasy Star - Dark Phallus (FM) - This one goes long and hard. It penetrates the usual conventions of music and pounds away excitingly to give a visceral kind of pleasure. What?

Shadowgate NES - Wraith - I don't care for this. It does have a slightly creepy vibe, but that's the only nice thing I can say about it.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES boss 2 - This one is somewhat pleasant to listen to, but the melody is all over the place. I give the composer and A for effort.


Final / Penultimate

Battle of Olympus, The - I just don't care for this. It sounds like a typewriter, then they add an alarm sound, and it just gets worse from there.

Mega Man GB - Although it sounds great for a regular stage theme, it's way too upbeat to be suitable for a final stage theme. I like the percussion.

Sonic the Hedgehog SMS - This is great. It's fast, catchy, exciting, and sounds like something big is at stake, which is exactly what you'd want a final stage to sound like.

Sword of Vermilion - The first 15 seconds sucks, it sounds like it's out of sync. After that, it's great. It's reminiscent of an 80s action hero going to take matters into his own hands at the end of a movie.
about 1 week ago (edited)

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Remember when I said “comedians think insulting minorities is funny”? Well, let’s just say that his comments enabled violence on LGBT people, I mean even moreso than usual, because that kind of garbage always hurts people tenfold when given that big of a platform. So the kind of asshole that makes minorities the butt of jokes and calls for violence against them. Fuck that guy.

Yeah…sounds like I didn’t miss anything not really knowing about it. I didn’t care about any of those others like Drawn Together either. The only one I did have any exposure to was Happy Tree Friends, and only because people wouldn’t shut the fuck up about it.

Brave Battle Saga was one of the games that recently got re-released with Glover. I don’t know if I have the cart of that, or maybe it was Beggar Prince and Legend of Wukong. Maybe I’ll put BBS on the Genesis Mini 2, if that’s possible with it being a bootleg or something.

Even if it wasn’t, that guy that went crazy on people’s comments here last year left a long rambling anger post that made no sense on one of my Youtube videos (that was completely unrelated, it was a video about a music video about Beyond Reanimator). It was…super pathetic and kind of funny actually. Anyway, I locked all my Youtube comments the next day not really only because of him, but because Youtube is filled with idiots.

People say they’ll patch the performance issues out of Pokemon, but I’m not so sure. Why haven’t they done that with Age of Calamity? Bayonetta 3? They can’t make those games run better on a system that CAN’T run them to begin with.

Now in Rangle Mountains in Grandia. I heard that boss was supposed to be hard, but it was extremely easy for me, I did it first try without anyone dying.

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about 1 week ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
How is SWAT Kitties? Worth the hefty price tag, or what?
about 1 week ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Goemon 2 is amazing! Hope you enjoy.
about 1 week ago

Badges
Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Well, if it's fun, I guess keep it up, but that's one strange idea of fun, at least to me.
about 1 week ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
It's not that someone has been playing the new Pokémon games non-stop, without bathing or eating or sleeping, and pooping into a frying pan, while also somehow finding the time to edit their video. The games, like any prominent Switch release nowadays, leaked about a week ago. While the Nintendo fanboys were busy crying and arguing online that the awful framerate must be because these are really early betas or something, the Youtubers were actually playing the game and creating their content, ready to publish on the day the games officially released.
about 1 week ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I don't know about you, but I started hiding videos like that and checking "don't recommend again" (while Liking stuff I actually enjoy from content creators that I enjoy) and I don't get videos like "full Pokemon Violet/Scarlet playthrough" and "Sonic Frontiers review" in my feed anymore. I think you have to tell Youtube "no thanks" a bit aggressively.
about 2 weeks ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
That would explain why I remember finding it not funny. I don’t like stoners/stoner “humor” or whatever. Was this before or after it came out that Dave Chappelle is a bigot? I don’t think I remember Code Monkeys offhand, but I remember the rest, especially Drawn Together and Happy Tree Friends.


I’ll probably eventually give it a try. Maybe after Granda (and Grandia II replay) if the translation for Digital Museum isn’t out yet.

[Link]

“Surging Aura is Japanese RPG in anime style. Regular enemies are random, and battles are fought from first-person view. The combat is is a mixture between turn-based and real-time styles, like in contemporary Final Fantasy games. Enemies will attack even if the player doesn't perform any action during the battle. The game features full screen anime-style pictures as cutscenes.”
Sounds like it has an ATB of sorts. Interesting.

Oh, there’s an English translation that’s been “almost done” for over two years. Sounds like the guy has it, but isn’t responding in the thread or giving any updates. I am not at all surprised, given it is RHDN. Those guys are unreliable as hell and jerks. Did you know when MrFwibbles uploaded the Goemon translations (that I tested), I found that I already had a profile despite never registering? Some guy had cyber stalked me and dug up near decade old posts of mine from other websites. Creepy. Don’t do that shit.

The best part of Lost World was the final boss theme. Too bad it’s so easy that you barely get to hear any of it. I beat the Wii U version easily enough, but the 3DS version…the stages are way the fuck too long and the special stages are controlled entirely though gyro. Infuriating.


I don’t think that’s it. Banjo Kazooie, I never have control issues, and that’s the N64 version. My issues are mainly wall kicks (a complete nightmare to get working), and side flips. Wall kicks seem especially obtuse because you seem to have such a tight window to press A when you bonk, it rarely works right.

Apparently the new Pokemon game has performance issues. Completely unsurprising, given that it’s a potato.
about 2 weeks ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Aladdin Genesis boss - This sounds like a dial-up modem and a floppy disk drive going hayware. It is in no way pleasant to listen to, and the shrill parts are torturous. My reaction: [Link]

Ganbare! Daiku no Gen-san boss 1 (Track 9) - It's too easygoing for a boss theme. Sounds like a bonus stage or something. It reminds me of Greendog, for some reason.

Grandia II - Melfice (GR20004) - Fantastic. It actually sounds like a powerful and exciting clash of opposing forces, contains the game's leitmotif, and even unexpectedly repeats an intense portion of the normal boss theme to make sure the player knows that there's something special about this one.

Mario Paint - Big Robo Bug - Sounds pretty half-arsed to be honest. Too happy. Like a rejected Kirby theme.

Mega Bomberman boss 1 - AaaAAaAaaARRrrGGGHHH [Link]

Shining Force GBA - Darksol (Track 20) - Hmm. I think that the climb at the start lasts a little bit too long, and then I can't help but picture Mario throwing vegetables when I hear that weird, out of place sound effect. However, this is a pretty good piece overall.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 boss 1 - I like listening to this little beat away from the game, and the Michael Jackson influence is unmistakable, but I don't think the track works very well as boss music.

Star Ocean 3 - Crossell - I instantly loved this. Unlike most of the ones on this list, it actually sounds like a clash.
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