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dave auto

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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.

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Posted by dave auto on 07 April 2020 - 01:31 AM

How about the Sega Ages stuff?

I'm reluctant to get any because I keep hoping to see a collection of them, but I had a lot of them on 3DS and they're very well done.
If I double dipped, which ones might be "essential"?

I’ll second Virtua Racing and Phantasy Star, but Outrun is the absolute highlight for me. So great to have all the additions from the amazing 3DS version, playable on a big screen. Heck, all three of those games are pretty much the definitive releases of some bona dude classics. I wish they’d do a compilation as well, but man, if M2 ain’t out there doing God’s work, going SO above and beyond with these releases. I’m happy to support them however they choose to get this stuff out there.

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Posted by dave auto on 24 March 2020 - 04:01 AM

It's a crazy-good deal - I also grabbed Gotcha Racing 2nd and the OG Guilty Gear. One thing I didn't realize is that even buying them on the JPN shop allows them to show up as purchased on my main account. Got a 1500 yen eshop card from Play-Asia and that thing has easily paid for itself with just getting all these games for $1 apiece AND getting a demo of Ghostbusters remastered to boot.

Welp, you guys finally convinced me to give it a shot. Just did the same thing myself: 1500 yen from Play-Asia. Purchased both Guilty Gears and Double Dragon IV. All 3 games show up as “Purchased” in my US eShop account, too. And because I used a Japanese account (that sits next to my US account on my Switch) instead of actually changing the region for my Switch, the funds in my US eShop balance are completely intact. Thanks for the nudge!

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Posted by dave auto on 20 March 2020 - 02:19 PM

Has anyone played Slain : Back From Hell? It looks cool and the music is a big pull in my interest in it. I’ve heard it’s very unforgiving though.

Tho it’s been as low as $3 on other platforms, I think $5 is a great price for Slain on Switch. It’s a very deliberate aesthetic, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I thought it was pretty cool, and that applies to the gameplay as well. I hate to overuse the Dark Souls comparison, but it definitely harkens back to the older Castlevanias, where every enemy encounter is significant and requires patience and thought to overcome.

It was poorly reviewed upon initial release, but the devs went back to the drawing board and completely overhauled the combat to make it better balanced, fair, but still challenging. They did a great job, and again, while the slow, deliberate pace isn’t for everyone, this is a really well-made Euro-platformer that feels like some lost Amiga classic.

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Posted by dave auto on 18 March 2020 - 01:24 PM

"My friend" is more interested in the Switch stuff.

Yeah, I’m very interested in grabbing the Switch Guilty Gear releases at these prices. I already have a Japanese Switch account set up on my system, that I used to download the JP versions of the Switch Online NES and SNES apps. But those were easy because they were free. The last time I looked into this, the easiest way to actually PAY for something on the JP eShop was to buy a pre-paid code from Play-Asia, but often the smallest denomination available was $50. Which was much more than I wanted to spend just to be able to grab a few $1 games :(

I also frequently carry a balance on the US eShop (I stock up on discount codes from Raise.com when there’s a sale) so I’m worried about losing my balance by adding a form of payment from a different region.

If anyone knows how to make this easy, I’m all ears.