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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Thu 16 Aug 2018 - 21:47

Oh blimey, the CDs! Mr. Ether and Planaria is surely a classic. The internet wasn't so big a "thing" when Wario Land 4 came out; I remember wishing I could explain/discuss this crazy shiz with more people. How would you explain the CD menu to someone who hadn't seen the game? Odd.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Thu 16 Aug 2018 - 21:58

The Short Futon. 'Enjoy'.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Thu 16 Aug 2018 - 22:21

I feel there's a story with that one that I should be following... but I can't.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Fri 17 Aug 2018 - 23:44

Fire Emblem 7. That game is pure class. Modern Fire Emblem really doesn't hold up to scrutiny now that I've seen how it should be done. There are many things I appreciate about FE7, which makes it better than many of its peers, but the best thing it has going for it is just how manageable it is. Modern Fire Emblem presents the player with too many stats and chances to worry about with every turn, while this classic title gives the player the basics to focus on (weapon triangle, important stats, movement ranges) making most turns feel like the result of carefully calculated decisions more of the time.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Sat 18 Aug 2018 - 21:42

Have you played PoR by any chance Fronk? I think that's the pinnacle of Fire Emblem in my eyes - it's very much in the style of FE7 in that it's not bloated with skills or stats, nor is it plagued with some of the awful writing in the 3DS games.

My only major gripe with FE7 with that the opening of the game was a tutorial that overstayed its welcome, but I appreciate that I returned to it as an experienced player and this was the West's first exposure to Fire Emblem.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Sun 19 Aug 2018 - 13:03

Not yet, it's absurdly expensive nowadays! But I've been meaning to.

The first act of Fire Emblem 7 does get going around chapter 5, but I agree that it should have gotten moving sooner. I think it would have worked better if it gave you more control of units - the last Advance Wars handled that perfectly by guiding you with information rather than commands.

7 really is near-perfect, though, like a lot of R&D1/Intelligent System's last output before Nintendo restructured in 2004-2005 (Wario Land 4, GBA Metroids, WarioWare Inc...). There's just such a high level of craftsmanship throughout the entire game, from the pixel-art in the menus and the unit/portrait sprites, to the animation work, to the sound effects and level design. Nothing feels like it's there to tick a box.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Sun 19 Aug 2018 - 16:13

I'm crossing my fingers for PoR/RD to get the Echoes treatment at some point and make their way Switchwards. I think there'd be a huge demand out there for them from the FE fanbase.

Oh, the pixel art in the battle animations is really something to behold. The critical hit animations specifically are wonderful. The battles aren't anywhere close to being a delight to the eyes as FE7/FE8, but I'm hopeful that the Switch FE is going to be a looker in that department.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 20:35

I'm late to the game, but I'm currently bashing through Metroid: Samus Returns. I really, really love 2D Metroid games, and I'm enjoying this a lot, but it's not quite... perfect. I think my main issue is that there aren't really many proper boss fights/setpieces and there aren't many varieties of the 40 Metroids you have to hunt down. Also not sure I'm totally sold on the melee parry attack as I find it slows things down; I know you don't have to use it but it feels like the game encourages it. Having said that, now I'm at the point where Samus is a powerhouse (just got the screw attack) which is always rad, and the exploration is still great. It's just an 85% kind of a game as opposed to 90%+ (a category I think Fusion and Super definitely fall into).
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 20:40

Ah, I love the parry! Not sold on the lack of boss fights, agreed: it's more impressive if you remember that it's originally a GB game, and they did actually put in a couple of all-new ones, but it's certainly noticeable.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 20:48

True dat.

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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Fri 19 Oct 2018 - 2:31

Omega Ruby. Having a Pokemon game on the go on my 3DS is ideal for train journeys, meal times, and killing time at work because I have a schedule with lots of long dull gaps at the moment.

I kind of bounced off this when it first launched, but I'm actually enjoying it this time. It's the only 3D game explicitly set in a Japanese region and I'm loving the aesthetic. I feel like a lot of this went over my head before.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Fri 19 Oct 2018 - 22:53

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Also not sure I'm totally sold on the melee parry attack as I find it slows things down

I get where you're coming from here, I think. I found the parry to be super satisfying in boss/hard enemy encounters, but for basic exploration it did slow the flow of moving around. A particular example is those bat enemies - it felt like to avoid a hit you need to parry them, so the movement and traversal felt a bit stop start because of that.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Sun 21 Oct 2018 - 0:28

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Also not sure I'm totally sold on the melee parry attack as I find it slows things down

I get where you're coming from here, I think. I found the parry to be super satisfying in boss/hard enemy encounters, but for basic exploration it did slow the flow of moving around. A particular example is those bat enemies - it felt like to avoid a hit you need to parry them, so the movement and traversal felt a bit stop start because of that.

Yes, exactly! It's satisfying when, for example, you slap the super-mutated Metroid-reptile things across the face when they try to bite you, and then you can missile their chests to heck. But otherwise, yes, it feels like you keep having to stop, wait for the enemy to approach you, smack them, and then continue on your way. I like the 360 degree aiming, though.

I beat the proper Diggernaut boss earlier today, which to me felt like a very un-Metroid encounter. I found it peculiarly unintuitive, and very much an encounter that was only challenging in that it was longer than it needed to be (that last stage where you could only damage the eye when the lights lined up and the electricity was off, three separate times, meaning you could get to that stage and then literally not be able to damage it so have to go through the previous stage again?!). I dunno, it was fine, but I am finding that encounters like that - and the later, more advanced Metroid fights - are a bit repetitive and boring, considering the exploration has that typical Metroid flair.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Sun 21 Oct 2018 - 17:52

Flaahgra (sp?) from Metroid Prime had quite a similar feel, I think.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Sun 18 Nov 2018 - 13:46

I fired up Pokemon Crystal to catch my Celebii while waiting for a taxi half-way down a mountain.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Tue 25 Dec 2018 - 14:15

Um...five minutes of Flower, Sun and Rain. I'll get to it next year I think, too much on my plate at the moment otherwise.

Apparently the North American version from XSEED has a much better script though - a lot of lines were rewritten to read more naturally, and going from the credits they had four people working on it. I'm guessing what shipped for Europe by Rising Star Games was an early, and rough, translation.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Tue 25 Dec 2018 - 16:22

I remember NGamer (Kittsy maybe?) absolutely ripping the pish out of FSaR. AH well...
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PostSubject: Re: What are you playing on your 3DS/DS right now?    Wed 2 Jan 2019 - 15:24

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Um...five minutes of Flower, Sun and Rain. I'll get to it next year I think, too much on my plate at the moment otherwise.

Apparently the North American version from XSEED has a much better script though - a lot of lines were rewritten to read more naturally, and going from the credits they had four people working on it. I'm guessing what shipped for Europe by Rising Star Games was an early, and rough, translation.

I didn't know that about the translation! It's a super memorable game, one day I'll replay it and actually finish it - some of the puzzles are tough as

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