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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tips for Lunar? on: November 14, 2015, 02:27:52 AM
Speaking of which, considering that Beyond the Beyond, Shining Wisdom, Shining the Holy Arc, and Shining Force 3 all came out within a three year period and were made by the same dev team afaik (also caveat, I kind of like BtB and I never played SW, only saw Let's Plays. Which is why I never played it), the gulf between the level of detail and polish in the former two and latter two is totally incomprehensible.

I suppose its due to having more experience with what was going into those games than BtB's CRPG or SW's ARPG. Then again, going by the Golden Sun games, Camelot didn't learn their lesson on how to make a better CRPG.
62  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: November 14, 2015, 02:12:24 AM
I was not expecting that in the slightest, but cool nonetheless. Looked like he's an Ike clone, which makes sense and I'm totally cool with if that's the case. Looking forward to getting him!

Anyone else notice that they seemed to purposely avoid showing Cloud vs. Link in the announcement?

Actually, his b moves are completely unique, and he has a limit mode mechanic as well. His a moves are a mix of Shulk and Ike, but he's defimitely not a clone aside from the similarity of their weapon and all that- even more exciting! /D

For one, he's basically the only Anime Swordsman with actual Sword Beams. His four B moves are:

B Blade Beam (Blade Beam+)
B→ Cross Slash (Cross Slash + Braver)
B↑ Climhazard (Climhazard+)
B↓ Limit Break (Finishing Touch)
Final Smash: Omnislash

Items in (parentheses) are what you get under Limit Break. Also, I could be wrong about the assignments of B and B→.

Also, I'm disappointed that he doesn't have his Cherry Blossom Limit Break as well (or a dress???).
63  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 14, 2015, 02:01:03 AM
Ended up getting Ducktales (GB) and Rocket Knight Adventures yesterday. So far Ducktales (GB) is basically like Ducktales (NES) (in that, they're basically identical aside from the smaller screen size, lack of color and weaker sound chip).
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 13, 2015, 09:45:29 PM

Putting this in a link due to possibly being NWS (and definitely being NMS).
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tips for Lunar? on: November 13, 2015, 09:40:20 PM
All I remember about Lunar is playing the GBA version, making it all the way to the second part of the final battle without much trouble and getting slaughtered in two or three turns. Then going back and fighting enemies in the final dungeon, realizing that I was high enough for it to take hours to gain one level, and quitting the game for good. Don't know if it's the same for other versions, but I thought that was the most ridiculous difficulty spike I've ever encountered in a video game.

Lunar Legend is

certainly a thing.

Its better than Dragon Song (although freaking Beyond the Beyond was better than Lunar: Dragon Song).
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 7, 8 and Bravely Second announced for 2016 on: November 13, 2015, 09:33:59 PM
Making a slime vita seems like a odd choice when it's competitor gets all the games.

On the fence on 7. On the one hand it's fun, on the other it's really frustrating how you have 5 characters and 4 party slots with forced rotations in a game with such focus on character building and I haven't heard anything about the remake fixing it.

From what I've heard, they do not fix this, and in fact, force specialization even harder since some Skills are locked to that particular Class, most of which show up in Advanced Classes like Paladin, Sage, Godhand and Summoner (or whatever they're going to be called this time around). Basically, the MC and Gabo are who you're going to want to build your team around since they never leave the main party and you'll want to make sure Melvin can actually fend for himself for the brief section where he has to go solo.
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon R/B/Y coming to 3DS! on: November 13, 2015, 08:39:34 PM
I always wanted to play Yellow.  And it would have all the Pokemon that I actually know, too. 

Fighting Brock really sucks in Yellow.
Other than that, the game was fine.

Can't I get a Goldeen early on to take out his Onix?  That'll work, right?
*knows nothing*

I'm pretty sure you don't get a rod that early on. But my memory is dire.

WiFi capabilities make this a tempting repurchase for me. I love the ugly sprites too. Who remembers when Mankey looked like a monkey?

Even if you did somehow get a Rod early, it'd be that godawful Old Rod that only catches Magicarp.

Fortunately, you can get a Mankey off on Route 23 along with some Nidoran♂/♀. Either a Mankey or Nidoran♂ can get a Fighting move like Low Kick or Double Kick. Otherwise, your best bet is a Butterfree or Pikachu itself since Brock's Onyx likes to use Bide instead of anything useful.

That all said, once you get past Brock, its basically smooth sailing the rest of the way since you can start getting the original three Starters around the point where you start dealing with Misty, provided that you've been pampering Pikachu up until then (otherwise you'll have to wait until after either Misty or Serge for them; which is no big deal at all given how easily Pikachu will run roughshod over Misty's entire Gym and Serge is a jobber anyways). Then you'll have a ridiculously solid team of Electric, Water, Grass/Poison and Fire/Flying for the rest of the game (you'll only need two of Larpas for Surf/Ice Beam/Blizzard duties, Snorlax for a broke ass Normal tank, Alakazam for a shitwrecking Psychic/second best Gen 1 Poke, Gengar for nearly complete Normal/Fighting shutdown or Aerodactyl if you don't want to burn a Move slot for Fly on Charizard).
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 7, 8 and Bravely Second announced for 2016 on: November 13, 2015, 08:15:17 PM
ughhhhhh with these announcements and FE fates, I've never been so tempted in my life to get a 3ds.........

The important question here is why you don't have one already? Because seriously.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 7, 8 and Bravely Second announced for 2016 on: November 13, 2015, 04:19:03 PM
I have always wanted to play DQVIII and never got the chance.  But... I don't really want to play it on the 3DS.... :(

You can get it used for like $20... Or do you not have a PS2?  Personally, it's one of my favorite console RPGs of all time.

But folks are saying the 3DS version is going to be better.... extra content... faster battles... etc....  WHAT DO I DO, NATROS!?

EDIT: I should clarify that I DO have a working PS2, on which I am playing a lot of Dark Cloud 2 lately.

You gotta ask yourself: What do you want out of your DQ VIII experience??

Personally, I don't like gaming on small screens at all (I haven't owned a handheld video game system since Game Gear), so I would forego all the fluffy foo foo enhancements and pay less money to play that sucker on a home theater.  That's just me, though.
I will say however, that faster battles sounds quite attractive for this game. They do tend to go on the slow side (but still fun) in the original version.

The important thing to note is that its not based upon the Android port. Squeenix rebuilt it from the ground up for the 3DS so it shouldn't have all of the Android port's problems.

That said, the extra characters offer little to nothing new. You are getting a version with faster load times, instant Alchemy right off the bat (in the original, that feature was locked behind beating the bonus boss at least once) and visible encounters instead of random, on top of being on a handheld, which makes it more pick up and play than getting tied to a CRT TV and console plugged into a wall (this alone makes DQVII's remake worth getting due to the game's sheer length, nevermind the retranslation, the rebalancing and the Dragon Shard Radar; among other things).
70  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: November 13, 2015, 01:38:31 AM
I love the way she looks (even if it's Dragon Crown's "elf" basically drawn up by a different artist), I'm kinda blue that this is a "Team Ninja thing" more than Nintendo might ever dare to use it again.  I'd love a gender option at the start of future titles.

Agreed. We need Gandorella. ;)

Wasn't that Twinrova? Or literally any other Graudo?

Dice Edit: And continuing on that note, Naburoo does ally with you as a Sage.
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 7, 8 and Bravely Second announced for 2016 on: November 12, 2015, 10:23:30 PM
And there was much rejoicing.

Love seeing people being able to finally 'blow up' for this release!  The west has been hungry.

72  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: November 12, 2015, 10:09:32 PM
All we need is goku and geno Master Chief and the circle is complete


Also relevant:

73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: Twilight Princess HD in March '16) on: November 12, 2015, 10:07:42 PM
I love remakes like the original Resident Evil on Gamecube and the now coming to America (fucking finally!) Dragon Quest VII.  If they want to go in and change a ton of stuff, then I'm on board.  I'm still bummed they didn't put the cut dungeons from Wind Waker back in.  Huge waste of an opportunity.

Also, I still think Link in the 2016 (yay, right...) Zelda looks like a girl and I still think they're being cagey as fuck about his/her appearance. 

IIRC they actually DID confess that a lot of ideas used in "scrapped dungeons" tend to be filed away and used in the future.  So it's likely we may have actually seen the same puzzles in TP or whatever. :P

I still agree, I think adding the third pearl dungeon (even if it meant the added assets or whatever else) would have been HUUuuuge.

Three words....Temple. Of. Time.

That's basically a Wind Waker dungeon in all but game. The Dominion Rod basically functioned like that one Wind Waker song that let you switch between Link and a Statue during the Tower of the Gods dungeon.

And while debatable, the one really good SS dungeon might have been a WW refugee as well given the only used for that dungeon's bossfight mechanic of 'picking up a foe's weapon to use against them' which was only really implemented in WW.

Also, in all the flurry of excitement, Triforce Heroes is getting an update with a new Super Dungeon and Linebeck and Fierce Deity outfits. ♪Doo Doo Do Doooot!♫
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 12, 2015, 06:35:06 PM
I expect to hear more about their new service plan for subscribers (formerly Club Nintendo), Black Friday/Holiday Shopping bundles, even more of Level 5's/Akihiro Hino's garbage, more Amiibo crap, a time frame for a Fall Winter 2016 Fates and Star Fox Zero: The Starfighters of Dark Water, the likely final wave of Smash DLC (i.e. character poll bullshit; even though we all know that Goku/Sephiroth/King K Rool/Ridley/Crono/Sailor Moon/L-Shaped Block/Sakurai/Reggie/Iwata was totally the winner; not Issac though, he never had a chance), something about how Iwata was a great man, more DLC for Monster Hunter/Splatoon/Super Mario Maker/Hyrule Warriors/Animal Crossing/etc... and maybe, just maybe, some new Zelda U footage + possible finalized literally thematic subtitle (its been almost a full year since the last time they put out footage for the game and I doubt that they'll want to associate with Teh Lame Awarts two years in a row).

Whiffed on the NX/Neo Club Nintendo bit, nailed the bundle, Level 5 stuffed featured but not to the extent I figured, Amiibo crap was definitely had, off by a month for Star Fox Zero but got Fates, I was sorta off my Smash prediction by a loving word "the likely final fantasy wave of Smash DLC", less time on Iwata than I thought, the DLC was more given than the free space in a bingo game, and nailed the Zelda U footage.

What I didn't get was the TP HD port (got leaked but I didn't really put any stock into the rumors, I was wrong there) and the DQ games (though we already knew about these anyways, just no official announcement).

Not a bad set of guesses there!

That puts it into perspective though, I think there were a few surprise moments, but overall we knew what was coming: there wasn't a big new release, any new releases were just ports/VC re-releases, just a few dates and trailers. What's coming does look good, but you kinda feel like they're building up to the end of the Wii U next year. Zelda Wii U is going to be its swan song.

Most excited for: Dragon Quest (never played VII, wanted to replay VIII for YEARS), FF Explorers, Smash stuff, those Pokemon re-releases and maaaaaybe XCX. I forgot how stunning that game looks. It's not a day-one buy though.

EDIT: Mother 3 for Japanese Virtual Console! Please please please bring it here.

That's how I figured it. This was mostly to cover the stuff that probably would've been covered in other Directs before Iwata's passing put a kibosh on that and left the latter half of 2015 mostly barren as far as Nintendo news was concerned. Heck, you can feel how they were mostly just shotgunning through the announcements just to get through their backlog in one go (and because this really is going to be their only Direct between now and Black Friday).
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest Heroes, CE on: November 12, 2015, 06:22:18 PM

Oh hai there PC port of a Koei Temco game.

Release Edit: http://gematsu.com/2015/11/dragon-quest-heroes-pc-launches-steam-december-3

Now with 'Release Date' flavor.
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