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Nintendo's portable systems, a review. Pt. 3 - The Nintendo DS

Posted on 07/19/2019 at 09:22 PM | Filed Under Blogs

I did Pokemon D/P on DS, and it had probably the only really decent port of Chrono Trigger I've ever seen (the PS1 port sucked ass). I also managed to pick up Infinite Space. The DS mostly ended up being a Dragon Quest player for me, with all the great ports of Dragon Quest 4-6, especially considering that was the US debut of 5 and 6.

Nintendo's portable systems, a review. Pt. 2 - The Game Boy Advance

Posted on 07/18/2019 at 03:57 PM | Filed Under Blogs

I bought the original in the same indigo color as the first batch of Gamecubes. My first game with it was Castlevania: CotM, then I got Golden Sun later on for it. The FF Advance games were great, and I also enjoyed FF Tactics Advance. Tales of Phantasia came out right on the heels of Symphonia, which I had just finished. Zero Mission was a lot better than I expected.

Minish Cap was good. Sadly, it was apparently the poorest-selling Zelda game of all time. 

Nintendo's portable systems, a review. Pt. 1 - The Game Boy

Posted on 07/17/2019 at 10:53 PM | Filed Under Blogs

I still have my launch Game Boy. It came with Tetris, and I asked for Super Mario Land. It was cool just playing Super Mario on the go.  Most of the early games were stripped down versions of console games and quick cash-in licensed games. Only Konami, Square, and Nintendo put any real effort into their portable games. I also had an Ultima game on my Game Boy that wasn't as good as the PC games but wasn't bad either. Then Nintendo came out with a Metroid sequel and a Kid Icarus that blew the NES game out of the water, and then came Link's Awakening, which brought some mad respectability to portable gaming. I have the Dragon Warrior games as well. I got a GBC in 1998, then a GBA a couple years later. 

Episode 156: Driving With the Top Down

Posted on 07/17/2019 at 10:44 PM | Filed Under Feature

Stage Select:

1. The Sheikah Slate. It's basically the Switch in-game. It's Hyrule's equivalent of the iPad. Except that I can insta-travel with it instead of having to book a flight on ahd paying several hundred rupees. If only it were that easy to travel to Cancun in real life.

2. Mr. Handy/Gutsy. It cooks. It cleans. It takes care of the baby. It performs minor surgery - albeit not very well, judging by what happened to Beatrice when she was in Vault 101's sick bay for a sprained ankle. And it comes equipped with a buzz saw and a flamethrower. Can't beat that.

3. KOS-MOS. She's err, a good, useful companion, and well... weeeell, I should really be saddling up now.... oh, found the fire door....

Cage Match:

I'm going with Okami, and this one isn't even close in my book. Okami is one of my all time favorite games. Its cel-shaded graphics rank right up there with Wind Waker, Valkyria Chronicles, Ni no Kuni, and Dragon Quest VIII, and it's the best Zelda game that isn't a Zelda game. It's a great retelling of the Japanese creation myth with a lot of humor and a lot of combat against weird Japanese enemies. I have a confession: I really tried to get into the Team Ico games. I got the ICO/SotC collection on PS3 looking to see what the hype was about. To me, Shadow of the Colossus was Twilight Princess without, well, pretty much anything in Twilight Princess except the bosses. I know there's a loyal fanbase that swears by this game, but sorry, it never did anything for me. 

Cary's Best Games of 2019 SO FAR Awards Show!

Posted on 07/17/2019 at 03:47 AM | Filed Under Blogs

I skipped over KH3 so far because of work being a bit busy. I may have to pick it up now. From what I understand it's been the best selling game of the year so far. I just wish it had more Final Fantasy stuff in it.

My most anticipated game of the year is Dragon Quest XI for Switch, my second most wanted game of the year comes out a week from Friday. My favorite games of the year so far are Mortal Kombat 11 and the Tales of Vesperia remake.

Simple Greatness - The Windwaker

Posted on 07/14/2019 at 08:35 PM | Filed Under Blogs

I was kind of taken aback by the Wind Waker's change in style from the GC demo, however, it was a great game. The GC Zeldas are my favorite of the series, along with A Link to the Past and Breath of the Wild. They were everything I wished the N64 Zeldas could have been.

I finally played Fallout 3

Posted on 07/11/2019 at 01:49 AM | Filed Under Blogs

Fallout 3 was my first experience with the series. I had seen screenshots of the first two games. It was great wandering through the wasteland. However, New Vegas was a much beefier experience. I hope that gets a HD remaster. Too bad about all the drama between Obsidian and Bethesda.

As far as game series I missed out on, I have, surprisingly, never picked up an Elder Scrolls game.

Die, Spaceman! - Xenophobe

Posted on 07/08/2019 at 02:33 AM | Filed Under Blogs

I saw this in the arcades a few times. Yes, it had a character who was a duck. I played it on collections later.

Episode 155: And now, magic rats.

Posted on 07/04/2019 at 03:02 AM | Filed Under Feature

Stage Select: I actually do rock out to game music when I'm alone in my car. One of my particular favorite pieces of car music is Fighting of the Spirit, which is the summon spirit battle theme from Tales of Symphonia.

CAGE MATCH: Both great games, but going to go with Space Invaders due to being an enduring classic, It's slow and deliberate (at first), not to mention graphically primitive, but it's about as tight of a design as Tetris was a few years later.

Have you guys ever considered doing a cage match of the major consoles of each generation? That would be an interesting series. 

Stare at My Butt, Dammit - Slalom for the NES

Posted on 07/02/2019 at 07:01 PM | Filed Under Blogs

This needs to be remade. With Bayonetta and Zero Suit Samus.

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