Ready.ZeroJones: [three, two, one... points finger at actors]ZeroJones:
Good day to you, dear reader! It's time for another Admintendo. Tonight I, Zero of the clan Jones, will be playing the role of your humble host. Sitting at the other end of the Internet connection is...JayMoyles:
*removes Balladeer mask* IT'S ME ZERO. IT WAS ME ALL ALONG. And by me, it's JayMoyles. Hello, and thanks for having me on.ZeroJones:
Nyargh! You'd have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for these meddling kids?JayMoyles:
It came down to me and a cardboard cutout of Patrick Kielty for this Admintendo - luckily, I made it in!ZeroJones:
It was a close vote, let me tell you! In all seriousness, we're very glad to have you here whilst Balla is located in STUDYING, poor sod.JayMoyles:
And I'm glad to be here! Best of luck to Balla with his studies - having just wrapped up four years of uni, the thought of further study sends chills down my spine.
So instead, I get to chat about games! Wahaha!ZeroJones:
Yes, lots of luck to Balla! Anyway, let's begin that chat right now! What are your personal highlights from the forum over its last quarter?JayMoyles:
I think my biggest highlight has been the Counting Classics thread. It's been fun reliving Nintendo's greatest hits and having a bit of a friendly debate about what constitutes as a classic game. And of course, getting a bit salty when your personal favourite doesn't make it into the list. I'm looking forward to Mas's continuation of the thread - especially once it starts getting into more recent years, as my knowledge of games before the NES era is shaky to say the least!
Besides that, I've been enjoying sharing my Metal Gear Solid experiences over on Nontendo, and I think the folks reading that thread have been enjoying reliving MGS vicariously through me, so that's a plus!
What about you, Sir Zero?ZeroJones:
Can only agree with you on the Classics thread - Balla's put some sterling work into that and I feel like we've all made great contributions to it. Mas's switch to a time-based rather than console-based set-up should breathe new life into it, too - great timing.JayMoyles:
Absolutely - and it avoids the issue of having multiplatform games pop up multiple times. ZeroJones:
Very much so! Things were getting heated for a while on that very issue.
Since Admintendo X, we've had the utterly tragic passing of Satoru Iwata. All the threads in which respect was paid to him were touching and real. From my personal perspective, it's always fun to carry out a vote thread and see the top ten take shape.JayMoyles:
I neglected to mention Iwata as his passing was anything but a highlight, but you're right in saying the tribute shown to him was fantastic from us all. It was a genuine and heartbreaking shock, and I think we all helped each other remember him by sharing our best Iwata memories.ZeroJones:
The whole Internet, near enough, came together for Mr. Iwata's passing in a positive way and it was beautiful, in a way.JayMoyles:
Absolutely. My Twitter feed was full of people sharing Iwata interviews or talking about the effect of him and his games on their lives. Here's to you, Mr. Iwata.ZeroJones: *raises glass*JayMoyles:
Shall we move onto some games?ZeroJones:
We shall! Mr. Iwata was a gamer first, and so are we... you mentioned that you've been playing some Metal Gearage, Sir Jay?JayMoyles:
Indeed! I shan't bore you with the intricate details - no podcast repeats here! - but I will say that I've totally fallen in love with the series. Kojima is bonkers in the best possible way, and the series has surprised me with its emotional depth. I hadn't really expected anything beyond a stealth-em-up with some military mumbo jumbo thrown in, but it's much more than that. MGS3 in particular blew me away, and the ending made me tear up a little! Did you get a chance to check out MGS3 when it came to 3DS, Zero?ZeroJones:
I didn't, I'm afraid, though the aforehinted-at podcast gents suggested I should get hold of it. I'm generally not a fan of stealth, to be honest, although so many people have said how ace the story is... and I've not properly played on my 3DS for a month.JayMoyles:
I wasn't really a fan of stealth either (I'm responsible for the Wind Waker stealth segment not existing in the year 3000, after all) before my Metal Gear journey began, but I've grew to enjoy it. And unlike the other games in the series, MGS3 is easily played as a standalone title. Its story doesn't really need any background knowledge to understand. So yeah, it's recommended!
Besides that, I've spent the past week obsessing over a little game called Undertale. It's the closest thing to a Mother game that I've played which hasn't come from Itoi himself. I've noticed a bit of a trend in indie RPGs lately where they purposefully try to emulate the Mother series with varying success (am I right in saying you've played Citizens of Earth? I heard that wasn't fantastic) but Undertale feels almost exactly like a Mother game, besides its unique combat system. It shares the Mother sense of humour, its memorable soundtrack, its aesthetic and most importantly, its emotional heart. I really can't recommend it enough. I hope it reaches other platforms besides PC/Mac so folks have a chance to play it.
I've got a review half-written that'll be going up on Gintendo this weekend (*cough*cheapplug*cough*), so I'll get into it more detail there. ZeroJones:
I read your write-up of it for the Last Game You Finished thread and it sounds right up my street (and Citizens Of Earth promised much but delivered little).JayMoyles:
Yeah, I think you'd really enjoy it Zero. I'd go as far to say that it's a must-play for anyone who enjoyed Earthbound.ZeroJones:
I look forward to your review!JayMoyles:
But I'll stop writing essays about what I've been playing now! What's been on your various gameboxes recently?ZeroJones:
In between Code Name S.T.E.A.M., YWW and Super Mario Maker, the eShop has propped up my gaming time with Picross e97235, Bike Rider DX2 (not as good as the original), Year Walk (really quite unsettling), Runbow (bloody brilliant) and my current Wii U squeeze, the Plague Of Shadows DLC for Shovel Knight!
Have you had a chance to partake in that, Jay Knight?JayMoyles:
Indeed I have, Zero Knight. I've not played much of yet - only a few stages - but I'm surprised at how different the game feels playing as Plague Knight. How are you getting on with it?ZeroJones:
I'm a couple of stages before the end and I have loved it from the moment I worked out how Plague Knight's boost jump works. You're totally right: it almost completely changes how you play the game in a level, and the way the story has been remade has impressed me, too. Great stuff and makes the whole Shovel Knight package even easier to recommend!
To be honest, though, the very best time I'm having on a game at the moment is playing Final Fantasy V on my phone. JayMoyles:
Ah! That's one of the few Final Fantasy games I've not had the chance to play. How's it holding up?ZeroJones:
It feels like all the others I've played - strictly a 6-and-below guy until very recently, when 7 came out on iOS - and it's just the kind of old-school RPG I love. It's making me hanker for 3DS Dragon Quests VII and VIII to get a release date in the West!JayMoyles:
Perhaps I'll check out FFV then. Although considering my gargantuan backlog, I've no idea when that'd be!ZeroJones:
I know what you mean - I've got over 60 games lying around, crying at me to finish them! And then Nintendo go and release Super Mario Maker: a brilliant game which you can spend hours on and not really finish!JayMoyles:
I've been enjoying watching videos of the crazy levels folks have made - it looks like a blast! What sort of levels have you been making?ZeroJones:
I've really stalled recently, as my creative muse has deserted me! I have a couple out there: my first one just had a load of Paragoombas to jump on, and my second one was a level with a really low ceiling and a few obstacles to negotiate. That one unlocked a few more toys and now I'm stuck with what to do with them! There's a half-finished pseudo-shmup level in storage that I really should dust down, but the options for levels are incredible. It makes me wonder about the future of 2D Mario games...JayMoyles:
It does seem like they've shot themselves in the foot in regards to future 2D Mario games, considering they've basically perfected the 2D Mario game here. That's a credit to Mario Maker - the variety of levels you can make is staggering!ZeroJones:
It is - I understand that the global total of SMM levels was 2.2 million a day or two ago, which is more than enough by far. Never mind the Mario series - where does the 2D platformer genre go from here?!JayMoyles:
Woah, that's great! Glad to see it's selling well. And, well, obviously Mega Sonic Crafter is next. ZeroJones:
SMM already has the sideways springs and ability to play as Sonic, mind you...JayMoyles:
Welp, that's SEGA doomed.
Sorry Mas. ZeroJones:
It'd make a nice change from Nintendo being doomed, to be fair... speaking of which, the company is obviously in a bit of a transition phase at the moment. What direction do you see them taking in the next couple of years?JayMoyles:
Ah, the big question of Nintendo's future. It's a tough one - there seems to be a bit of a gloomy atmosphere around the Wii U just now (the purchase of my PS4 seemed to prompt a bit of chat about that) and it might be valid. The Christmas line-up is a bit sparse now that Star Fox has barrel-rolled his way into next year. But I think 2016 will be good for the Wii U - a year with Star Fox and Zelda (fingers crossed) in it? That's a stellar year.
But in terms of beyond that, Ninty does seem to be gearing up for the NX, whatever it may be. So it's a tough little limbo period for the Big N right now. And of course, there is the concerning spectre of *MOBILE GAMING* there...
How do you reckon Ninty are going to do over the next couple of years, Zero?ZeroJones:
It's pretty clear to me that they're going through the motions - with both their consoles - until the NX appears. I feel a bit sad about that, because there's still potential in both, and there is always the usual franchises that have not had an update for ages that they could revive, purely to generate buzz.JayMoyles:
*thinks wistfully on a potential new F-Zero or a proper Metroid* ...sigh.ZeroJones:
Having said that, your point about a Star Fox and a Zelda coming next year for the Wii U is a good one, and there must be more in the works. At any rate, NX to hit in early 2017, with a good chunk of revenue coming from whatever the mobile games are in the meantime. I would so very much like to hear more about them... but Nintendo always keep their cards close to their chest - cards they've probably made themselves, to be fair. And, yes, let someone, somewhere, be working on a console Metroid game, be it 2D or 3D!JayMoyles:
I think we're all needing more information about NX - everything's still a bit up in the air! We don't even know if it's a handheld, a home console, a hybrid, a series of AI dedicated to controlling the world's armies... give me info, please!ZeroJones:
Yeah, it's definitely time for Nintendo to play that card... it's all the fault of Christmas, I reckon. Grrr!JayMoyles:
You did this, Santa Claus!ZeroJones:
*insert .gif of Captain Kirk screaming*ZeroJones:
Ultimately, though, they should be alright, I'd say? NX needs to be successful, though.JayMoyles:
Yeah, Nintendo will be fine. They're still shifting software, the 3DS is still doing pretty well, and mobile will plug any gaps. If all else fails, they can just release another Pokemon game for that free Pokemon money.ZeroJones:
Pokémon Z in 2016! You heard it here first... unless you saw that hoax on Twitter. JayMoyles:
ADMINTENDO BREAKING NEWS, BROUGHT TO YOU BY ZERO AND JAY!
Also breaking news, the NX probably isn't a network of AI.
Just to clarify. ZeroJones:
Calm down, Arnold Schwarzenegger...JayMoyles:
I think it might be coming up to time for me to say hasta la vista!ZeroJones:
Indeed! It's just about time to wind this train into the station and shut up shop. It has been an absolute pleasure chatting with you, Sir Jay Knight!JayMoyles:
And to you, Sir Zero of the House Jones! Always fun chatting on Admintendo. I'm one appearance away from getting my own admin badge - that's how it works, right? :pZeroJones:
I'll get back to you on that! In the meantime, it's goodbye from him...JayMoyles:
And it's a goodbye from him too! Ciao!ZeroJones:
Goodnight, everybody![recording light fades out]
...curses, that was meant to be in bold text.
I did the asterisks for ‘whispers’, so, who knows what's going on?!JayMoyles:
Hmm. Odd!ZeroJones: Rubbish
, is what I call it!JayMoyles:
* test2 *
Oh well! Rubbish indeed.ZeroJones:
Your Skype is busted, mate. It'll take us a week to get the part we need to fix it.JayMoyles:
Admintendo is doomed, I had about five witty asides that all revolved around bold text.