Airing of Grievances

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Lets get the video game portion of this blog out of the way first.  The other day when I was visiting the Sega Dude, he gave me a physical copy of the PS4 game Mighty Number 9… thanks man!.  I knew it began as a Kickstarter campaign, and that it is basically an homage to Mega Man.  Same style of game play, etc..  In fact some of the music that I’ve heard could easily have been produced by Capcom.  Now I don’t play many video games anymore, but as this is one I’ve had my eye on for a while now I figured I would give it a try.

This game was poorly reviewed for the graphics/artwork, available useful weaponry, and annoyingly long dialogue scenes.  I must say that I agree with the last complaint… wow are the cut scenes poorly done and annoyingly long… especially in the opening level!  I’ve not played a lot, but I really hope it doesn’t get worse as the game moves forward.  I hear it is a short game… does that mean it could have been really short if you could skip the cut scenes (another shortfall).  I don’t have enough experience to comment on the available weapons, but as for the graphics I don’t really see what people are complaining about.  While perhaps not the best, it is what I would expect from a good 2D platformer.

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Some are complaining about the artwork and how it isn’t realistic.  For example that this dude has legs way too small to support his body.  My response to this; since when has anime ever been realistic?!  No one has eyes THAT big!  Nor do we bleed that much when we are wounded!

Some complain that the “dash” ability is over used, but I mean you get it within the first two minutes of game play so obviously you were meant to have it as a major part of the game.  It’s rather essential… unlike the gravity/platform cannon from the original Mega Man… you didn’t need it, but damn was it ever helpful in an otherwise very difficult game!

A couple of other issues:  What’s with the points?  Who cares how many you get?!  Also there is a bit of lag at times, but you know in a way I don’t mind as it is rather retro of most NES games when there were too many sprites on the screen.  I’m sure this wasn’t the intention though so I get why some might not like it.

Overall I like the game so far, and while some of the complaints are valid, others must be made by crazy people.

As far as a Mega Man clone/ripoff… that’s really what we wanted.  I think a better comparison can be made when Mega Man 11 is released on October 2nd (less than a week from today!)  This is clearly a cash grab, but I’ll happily pay as Mega Man is one of my favorite Nintendo franchises!

Okay, now onto other other thoughts:

Who do you think would win in a fight, Nicky Manaj or Cardi B?  Apparently they are having a war of words on social media!  They’re just crazy nuts!  If your answer as to who would win the fight is “who the hell cares”, then we would be in agreement.  I care for nothing for either of their music, and as with most celebrity’s, REALLY don’t care what their opinion is on absolutely anything… just put the ball through the hoop like you are paid millions for and shut up!  But then what do I know as these dudes have millions of downloads, and views on YouTube.  Rock/Metal is a dying art and you know what, I’m going down with the ship!  Any rock band (even Blur or any other band Cory likes) would eat these two for breakfast!  Metal rules!

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In other news, I had a view the other day from Australia!  Welcome to my world of retro video games.  As your Australian ambassador Paul Hogan once said, “how a’bout we toss another shrimp on the barby?!”  I would love to eat some prawns, have a few beers, and play some Super Metroid… mmmmmmm BEER (Homer Simpson)

That brings me to my next point.  As some of you know I barley earned my B.Sc degree, but that makes me a genuine scientist!  My latest experiment has been to test which light beer tastes has the fewest calories, yet offers maximum taste.

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There were five contenders:  Coors, Busch, Michelob Ultra, Miller, and But Light.  Which offered the most flavor and fewest calories/carbs, yet cost effective?!  We used the same sized can (473mL), and all had the same alcohol content (4%).  In other words, the only variable was the brand of beer.  This is a mystery that needed to be solved, and thus I put my scientific mind to the task!

Coors Light:  $2.60 per can, 5/10 taste, and kind of felt like a normal beer

Busch Light:  $2.60 per can, 2/10 taste… it was basically water with some alcohol hiding in the corner

Michelob Ultra:  $2.75 per can, 4/10 taste, and brings back memories of Washington D.C.

Miller Lite:  $2.60 per can, 6/10 taste, and kind of felt like a normal beer… plus the Dude in the Big Lebowski drinks this at the bowling alley, so that’s an added plus!

Bud Light:  $2.60 per can, 4/10 taste, even though it is the official beer of the NFL, I can’t help but think this brand just has the most in-your-face advertising.

Winner… Miler Lite.  Best tasting light beer that makes you feel like your a real human-being.

Now all that being said, there are many other cheaper options that are pretty good and available at your local LCBO (Gosser isn’t bad for $2.10 a can… plus it is the name of the evil god in Ghostbusters!), however it is a full on calorie/carb beer.

I have much more to complain about, but we’ll save it for the next blog.

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

3DS XL!!!

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As the name of the post indicates I was able to get my hands on a Nintendo 3DS XL.  It came with a hefty price tag of $140, but they guy threw in an in a boxed Link Amiibo with the deal.  I have no idea how to use the thing other than that i believe it goes with Super Smash Bros..  How ever you use it, it looks in the collection.

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For whatever reason I just can’t get into the Smash Bros. games.  I have the N64 version, and Brawl on the Wii, but the games just seem rather pointless.  Knock your opponent off the cliff… only to have him/her come flying right back to do it all over again..  Where is the fun in this?  This isn’t to say that I don’t want them all for my collection, but that’s just because I’ve become obsessive about Nintendo.  The other day I was at the Swap Shop (a local pawn store) and they had a pretty good copy of Melee, but for a whopping price of $79!  He asked it I was interested, and I was like “no way dude”.  IMG_5268

With the 3DS XL, I also scored a copy of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Project X Zone.  I have yet to play either, but I hear the latter is kind of like Final Fantasy Tactics (which is a great game) except they use Capcom characters.  I really hope you get to play some of the villains as well as heroes.

So apparently I have to start collecting Amiibos now… in the box no less.  This is why I got into collecting Nintendo in the first place… it would be unending.  My collecting obsession started back in university with G1 Transformers.  Thankfully I got into these before they became super popular, and I managed to score most of my 250+ figures for not a whole lot.  What I’m trying to get at is that the Transformer collection is pretty much done.  I have no use for the Pretender, or micro series as you have to set your limit somewhere.  Nor do I have much use for the new remade figures except a few select ones (Optiumus and Megatron) for these two look glorious.

transformers_g1__the_autobots_by_ooo19415-d55lsp1Anyways this blog isn’t about Transformers, but they still are really cool.  Someday I will make a list of the ones I need and actually complete the collection.  My wife even gave me permission to do this, so perhaps I should do this quickly before she can change her mind!IMG_5270

 

I had some store credit to use so I bought up the N64 title Clay Fighter 63 1/3, Double Dare and Peter Pan for the NES.  It’s not really a big deal, but I have been hanging on to this credit for over eight months now.  I was hoping to trade it for something good like putting it towards a copy of Earthbound or one of the Mega Man X sequels, but the guy just wasn’t getting in games of this calibre.  While there I did notice that he had a copy of The Legend of Zelda Collectors Edition for the Game Cube that had been evaluated/rated as to the overall condition of the game… thus why it carried a price tag of over one hundred bucks.  To me this feels like a waste of money.  All I care about is that it is complete and in great condition.  To have some guy tell me that my game is a 9.1 instead of a 9 really doesn’t interest me.  I think this particular copy was a 9.8, but who really cares?!

maxresdefaultIn other news, I think I’ve given up on the Secret of Mana.  I’ve invested over 20 hours into this game, but I just can’t do it.  Over all this was a really cool game, but I had a heck of a time navigating around in it or trying to figure out where to go next… without cheating, and this made it lose all it’s fun.  The game became especially difficult once you acquired a dragon which transport you around the world.  While it looked really cool, I became lost so often that I couldn’t make up from down.  I can see why this game was so popular back in it’s day, but I just don’t have the patience for a game like this anymore.  The graphics were pretty good, the spells were fun (as were the way you levelled them up), and the menus were really efficient… even the story was interesting and translated well for a JRPG.  There were however several things that really annoyed me.  First and foremost while you controlled three characters at the same time, you really only had control of one.  When you select a character, the other two become NPCs with absolutely no intelligence whatsoever.  I applaud Square’s effort at designing a game in this manner, but it just didn’t work well for me at times.  Either way, I enjoyed my time with Mana, but it might be time to move onto other games.

Sega Corner: No updates at this time:(

That’s all for this edition.

Nintendo Joe 🙂