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dave auto

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#14392010 Nintendo eShop Deals and Discussions

Posted by dave auto on 20 April 2021 - 12:43 PM

I'm a million years late to the Breath of the Wild party, but I just started it the other day. Blown me away so far. At what point do y'all recommend buying the DLC? I've only just left the Great Plateau.

BotW is easily my “game of the generation” (whatever that means anymore) and the DLC makes an already huge game that much more massive, but honestly, it’s hard to give it a blanket recommendation. I found some of the goals obnoxiously hard to accomplish, so I STILL haven’t seen all the story stuff the DLC adds. I still think it’s worth it, tho, for all the extra items and shrines it adds to extend an already great game, but YMMV.

And I got it just a few weeks after I started playing the game, and its inclusion just felt nice and seamless, as if all that stuff was always meant to be there. Then again, if it wasn’t there, I never would have noticed its absence, as none of it is really essential. So it’s a tough call, but if you’re loving the game as much as I did, I say grab it right away.

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Posted by dave auto on 19 January 2021 - 04:38 PM

Got my code from Walmart quickly and just tried to redeem it on the eShop. As I posted above, looks like this stock refresh is DLC only, no full game. Here's what it looks like when I try to redeem on the shop:


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Posted by dave auto on 19 January 2021 - 04:18 PM

I just placed an order, I'll let you all know asap.

UPDATE: looks like these new codes are just the DLC, folks :(

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Posted by dave auto on 30 October 2020 - 01:13 PM

If anyone's still on the fence about Hades: grab it. Switch version has been praised for the quality of the port by several outlets; I personally haven't encountered any performance issues. I had previously missed the launch sale by one day, but my podcast co-host convinced me that it was a game that was well-worth full price, and he wasn't wrong.


I hesitated because even universally-praised Roguelites sometimes just don't click with me. That same friend also convinced me to try Dead Cells, and while I did enjoy it, and appreciated the quality of the game, it just wasn't for me. But Hades is... phew, this game, man. Supergiant is really firing on all cylinders here. I tired of their debut hit Bastion quickly (again, an excellent game that just wasn't for me) but I can't put Hades down. And the combo of voice acting, art and music create this aesthetic that's just cool. Effortlessly cool, without seeming like it's trying, which is hard to pull off.

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Posted by dave auto on 05 August 2020 - 01:47 AM

Digital Foundry had great things to say about Skyrim when the Switch version was first released:

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Posted by dave auto on 09 July 2020 - 04:10 AM

Another eShop related PSA for new 2DS owners (like myself) you can get a Zelda themed Picross game (via eShop code) for just 1000 platinum coins. Since mobile game rewards and such count towards platinum coins I was able to earn the game in about 10 minutes, after installing a few games on my phone, linking my nnid, and then uninstalling them.

The Zelda Picross is well made, and made by Jupiter. I'm much more interested in their many picross games as a result of playing this one

Completely forgot this game existed! Thanks for the reminder, just happened to have exactly 1000 platinum coins on hand to grab it.

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Posted by dave auto on 05 July 2020 - 01:55 PM

Can you go into any detail on why? I was looking into it, and while there’s not a lot of information, it kinda sounds like, at least graphically, it’s the worst version. What makes Gurumin 3D stand out?

I’m playing on a New 2DS XL, and even without the 3D, the graphics are fine. All you’re losing from other versions is resolution, as the original 2006 PC game was hard-capped at 30 fps. What makes it stand out for me, as I mentioned in an earlier post, is that it’s a particularly well-made example of a JP 3D platformer of that era. It’s by Falcom, and localized by Mastiff, so the degree of Japanese “quirk” is straight outta the turn of the century, if you’re at all nostalgic for that period. Because of the JRPG elements, it’s easy to compare it Zelda, and while it does feels like it sits somewhere in between that series and Mario in terms of platforming, the structure of the levels reminds me more of Ape Escape than anything else: find a switch in one room that opens a path elsewhere; long corridors that hide streaming in new areas, etc.

So for me, there’s an amount of nostalgia in play, as it really takes me back to the early Dreamcast/PS2 era, when devs were still experimenting with 3D adventure platformers. But this one just happens to be pretty free of the technical jank and bland art direction you saw in more forgettable Western takes. Think of it as a long-lost Dreamcast JP import you never got to try, that holds up a lot better than something like “Vexx” or “Darkened Skye” ;)

EDIT: I should also point out that, like Ape Escape, neither the combat nor the environmental puzzle-solving is as challenging as something like a proper Zelda. So for me and my 8yr old, right now, it’s kind of a perfect, breezy-summertime-adventure, a chance to dip our toes into something Zelda-like without having to think too hard.

EDIT 2: I see now that it looks like you were just asking about why this version is the “definitive” version, not for praise for the game itself. Sorry for the word vomit :)

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Posted by dave auto on 04 July 2020 - 02:34 PM

I highly recommend Gurumin for 3DS it's like the definitive edition of that game. It's very much like a Zelda game.

I’ll third this sentiment! Have always been curious about Gurumin after reading a HG101 writeup years ago. Sat down to check it out with my daughter this morning, and wow: I had no idea I had this much nostalgia for this particular era of gaming, but MAN does this game take me back to the late 90s/early 2000s. “Zelda-lite” is probably the best overall descriptor, but the level design and manic Japanese energy that pervades this game feels like Ape Escape to me, with some Mega Man Legends vibes mixed in there too.

It’s from Falcom, the “Ys” people, so it has a solid action-JRPG pedigree behind it. Camera control is of the vintage, unfortunately (it WAS originally released in 2006), but we didn’t encounter anything so difficult that the camera was a real problem. If any of this nonsense strikes your fancy, $3.59 is a great price.

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Posted by dave auto on 14 June 2020 - 03:27 AM

For any of you guys who have a PS4 and Switch, which do you recommend purchasing non-exclusive arcade archives titles for? It looks like they are never discounted as far as I can tell.

For games where performance isn’t an issue (such as emulated releases like the Arcade Archives series, but also less-demanding indie titles), I almost always grab the Switch version, even if there’s a slight price premium. The allure of having the option for portability is usually too tempting.

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Posted by dave auto on 16 May 2020 - 09:57 PM

I was not sure what it unlocked either.  All I cared about was the Shmup Star Soldier.


Sorry I gave the wrong impression about the Basic part unlocking.  Thanks for doing the additional research too :)

Don't sweat it! You're right about this particular shmup, too: spectacular clone of Compile's classic series. Star Soldier fans would do well to check it out. And it remained in the app even after I closed it down, so it must be saved to system memory, but I couldn't resume from the level I left off on, so either that's just not a feature of the game, or (more likely) you can't store save data in the demo. Still, awesome to get to try out SmileBASIC 4! Looks like you're allowed to download a new game every 8 hours (that's the limitation of not purchasing a "server ticket") so I'm excited to try some more down the line.


Thanks for your detailed instructions about how to find it in the JPN eShop, too! For anyone else who already made a JPN account for the Nintendo Online FC and SFC apps, SmileBASIC 4 is a cool thing to check out.


EDIT: if you're not sure what the heck we're talking about, Retronauts did a great write up:

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Posted by dave auto on 16 May 2020 - 06:05 PM

Public service announcement for Shmups fans. On the Japanese eshop there is an app called "smile basic" which has games in it. Presumably written in smile basic. It has a free demo and you can unlock the full application following these steps:

1. Login to the eshop with your Japanese account search for "smile basic"
2. You want the one that is listed as 2500 yen.
3. Click on the button above the heart to download the free demo.
4. Launch the application and press the Y button from the top menu
5. From the Play menu press the R button 3 times.
6. Enter the following code: 444S5EEF3

That's all there is to it. Now you can play an amazing shooter called "Star Soldier" and presumably write basic code. I only got it for the shooter.

A friend on my twitter feed mentioned this. He said it is better than many of the Shmups you pay money for on the eshop and I tend to agree.

I already had a Japanese account mainly so I could download the Japanese versions of the NES/SNES games from Nintendo Online.

Thanks for passing this along, as I’ve been interested in SmileBasic4 for a while, but I’m not actually sure what this procedure unlocks. After following these instructions, neither the US or JPN stores indicate that I’ve purchased the full game. I know that SmileBasic 4 requires the purchase of what they call a “ticket” to be able to download and play games by other creators... is it possible that what you’ve shared is a single ticket to enable the download of this single shmup, as opposed to unlocking the full version of SmileBasic itself?

EDIT: okay, did some research, and FYI to everyone, this code does NOT unlock the full version of SmileBASIC 4. It’s an identification code for a single game called “Solid Soldier Collection,” a Star Soldier clone. And apparently, one of the limitations of the demo version of SmileBASIC 4 is that you cannot “save a program,” though I’m unsure if that means that you can’t store user-made games that you’ve downloaded locally (i.e. you can only play them while they’re loaded into system memory; presumably when you quit the app, the downloaded game is gone) or if it simply means you can’t save your PROGRESS in said game.

Appreciate your enthusiasm, OP, and grateful to know that a demo of SmileBASIC exists. Just want to make sure people don’t get the wrong idea.

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Posted by dave auto on 12 May 2020 - 02:29 PM

I took the plunge and finally bought 2064 Read Only Memories the other day. Admittedly, I've never been a point-and-click/visual novel fan, but this game is something special.

Surprised no one has mentioned this yet, but if anyone needs a further push, 2064 Read Only Memories is also a deliberate homage to Hideo Kojima’s classic PC Engine/Sega CD adventure game Snatcher, which was one of the few examples of Japanese point and click adventure games (which had a distinctly different style than their western counterparts) that ever made it to the west.

I got to interview development lead JJ Signal for my podcast a couple of years ago. We had a great conversation about how he wanted to make a game that wouldn’t be labeled a “queer game,” but that just happened to have a lot of great LGBTQ+ representation, as a normal matter of course.

So if you’re bummed that “Snatcher” isn’t playable in English on the new PC Engine/Turbografx-16 Mini consoles, and want to try something similar (why haven’t there been more “Snatcher-clones” in the indie dev scene, I wonder?) definitely give this game a shot. It’s already been in a few Humble Bundles but seems perfect for Switch, especially at this sale price.

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Posted by dave auto on 05 May 2020 - 02:28 PM

Posting before this deal ends. Cool Small Games has a sale going on rn.

Just Glide is 11 cents. When you buy that game, Adrenaline Rush - Miami Drive becomes free.

Buy owning either of those two games^, you get Blood Breed at 90% off (bringing it to 59 cents).

You can then download Perseverance for free (or get Blood Breed for free if you already own Perseverance).

If you don't own any of these, you're essentially getting 4 games for 70 cents (worth a little over 16 dollars). Hurry up though because Blood Breed's sale ends today.

(I have not played them yet and half of their stuff look like cheap mobile games, but it's not like you're spending much).





Thanks a ton for posting this! I also grabbed Perseverance before Blood Breed, being only $.49 instead of $.59, so I was able to get both games for $.10 less. Grabbed Deadly Fighter 2 while I was at it. Run Fish Run! is also part of this sale, but somehow another $.09 was too rich for my blood ;)

Kinda love it when publishers do this. It’s almost a fun little game in and of itself to chase down the right games in the right order, and even if they’re not great, it gives my kids something new to play every now and then for pocket change.

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Posted by dave auto on 15 April 2020 - 11:26 AM

I did not grow up with a genesis. I am also a bit lazy. Would you mind sharing what you mapped everything to? I started to mess with it and it blew my feeble mind. Thanks!

A -> Y
R1 -> A
X -> L1
Y -> R1
L1 -> X
Don’t feel bad; this also took me a surprising amount of mental calculus ;) This configuration also works perfectly for the Genesis games included in Konami’s recent Contra and Castlevania compilations. Those already allowed for button configuration in-game, but it’s nice to just have a system-level custom controller profile that’s easy to enable/disable.
EDIT: these settings assume that the firmware-level button config on the M30 is set to default. I.e. I haven’t swapped the A/B or X/Y buttons with the controller’s built-in options.

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Posted by dave auto on 07 April 2020 - 01:36 AM

I'm considering Sega Genesis Classics at $11.99 as well as Fast RMX at $13.99. Wish they were $9.99 each or even $7.99 each.

It’s exactly what it says on the tin: a pretty bare-bones collection of some admittedly great games. But the lack of certain options has me really frustrated with it, button mapping in particular. I have 8bitdo’s amazing M30 pad, and there’s no way to change the button layout to match an actual Genesis controller. I think it’s worth the money, but when I need a quick Genesis fix, I find myself ignoring it and just switching the TV input to my Raspberry Pi instead.