If you've been following the activity here at all, you'll know that I have been working on some projects to expand on the level of information available on NinDB.
Well, today the first efforts have gone online, alongside a few design tweaks to make the website a little less... bleurgh!
Shin Onigashima and Yuuyuuki have been completely updated with complete rewrites of game page information, cameo lists and the English-speaking walkthroughs for Shin Onigashima, Heisei: Shin Onigashima and Yuuyuuki, all of which I have worked really hard to compile.
There is, of course, more information that could go on these pages. I want to do a little more work on the game pages, include staff rolls and soundtrack information and perhaps some character lists, but this will get me started for the time being. After all... I'm getting a little bored of staring at these games now.
The Shin Onigashima page has a similar cameos page as well.
I'm so glad it's going down well. I knew I had to do something, but I couldn't afford to spend the time trawling through the entire website and making blanket changes to it... and this solution seems to work, which means I can get back to focusing on the content.
I'll be working on a few short-and-sweet ones next - probably Clu Clu Land, Ice Climber, Balloon Fight and Devil World, as they seem fitting. Then I'll work out whether I want to do another adventure game series (possibly Famicom Detective Club) or whether I want to tackle that Mario series.
I have extended the main menu to include a Home button (as I kept trying to click there for one instead of the logo) and a new "Features" area. I say new, but it actually only contains the History of Nintendo and Totaka's Song at the moment (there wasn't anywhere to put Totaka's Song after last week's update, and I forgot to put the History of Nintendo up again after the site update last August!) What I'm hoping is that some of our more intense forum battles and discoveries will be turned into features on the site.
For example, I'm already working on one feature about how the Koopa Kids are not Bowser's children, but perhaps it would be an idea to have features about the DK family inconsistencies or the Zelda timeline. Maybe not. Maybe I'm just trying to be controversial
There have been a few other very small changes that you might notice.
I've been busy working on a load of FC/NES updates for early action games. Devil World is already up, while similar work on characters, enemies and items has been completed for Balloon Fight, Clu Clu Land, Ice Climber, Kung Fu and a couple of others. Don't be surprised if Kung Fu is inexplicably next on the site (it only has one cameo... damn you WarioWare!)
When the 3PS started it was certainly required to stab those protective thoughts from the heads of the fanboys, but I almost feel like that mindset is lifting somewhat amongst the Nintendo faithful (perhaps one of the plus points of Nintendo not releasing much).
I also feel the 3PS was reaching a point where it needed its own website.
It did pop into my head again when working on the Features though! I didn't forget your noble contribution
nocturnal YL: My current plan is to play Atelier Firis DX now, which online guides suggest is long. Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX will likewise be long (longer than the original too, due to DLC, DX additions and I'll make the best items). I'll maybe play Ys Origin after.
Jun 14, 2021 10:28:43 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Not sure about what I'll play after. Another Atelier game will probably be out by then, either completing the Secret series or giving us Arland 5. Either way, I'll probably play those before going elsewhere. Dusk will have to wait for quite a bit…
Jun 14, 2021 10:31:02 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wondering if I should get Mario Golf at launch or wait a couple of months. I have so many other things to play that my gaming (and wallet) might need a little breathing room.
Jun 17, 2021 9:23:48 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The problem with playing Hyrule Warriors and a modern Ys game at the same time is that even though the combat feels somewhat similar, the controls are completely different, and I get confused.
Jun 23, 2021 8:57:58 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Yeah I'm here, but kinda vaguely. Sorry, I haven't had too much to say lately.
Jul 8, 2021 11:28:57 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: By the way, I don't know if you guys have been keeping up with OCR on YouTube, but apparently they're dropping an album for a game I grew up on, Jet Force Gemini. Really pumped; I'll post a review when they finish.
Jul 8, 2021 11:30:44 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Or at least when my Top 3 from that game are on the Toobz. Just one more song to go.
Jul 8, 2021 11:31:13 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I feel like I've been neglecting the forum more than usual lately. Been distracted by other things. I'll try to post something when I get the chance.
Jul 16, 2021 10:38:22 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't have time to make posts. Atelier Firis DX takes forever to play. When I'm not playing, I'm in a read-only mode, reading guides and watching (unrelated) videos.
Jul 17, 2021 13:25:38 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: On that note, I'll probably make a review on the whole trilogy, so it will be a while until I talk about these games in details here. I can say Atelier Firis DX has far exceeded my expectation and has taken over Totori as my 3rd fav.
Jul 17, 2021 13:31:06 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Uh, I take that back. Atelier Firis has a lot of merits, but also a lot of drawbacks. It's extremely tedious for 100% completion, and there are all kinds of other flaws. Still good for the exploration aspect and certain plots like Liane's character events.
Aug 9, 2021 13:38:12 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't know where I'd place it. A bit above Atelier Totori? A bit below it? I still think it's pretty good, at any rate. If only they could keep this game's engine but dial back its scale and make a traditional Atelier. Totally not foreshadowing anything.
Aug 9, 2021 13:45:07 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've finished Ys IX, so I'll be working on a detailed write-up and comparison with Ys VIII.
Aug 17, 2021 8:09:12 GMT -5
Spud: I try to keep up with here, but the proboard RSS feed suuuucks. And Thunderbird is barely passable as a feed aggregator. I feel like the internet was just better in 2007.
Sept 3, 2021 10:43:42 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I may have a little time to catch my breath...
Sept 6, 2021 19:09:08 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Game progress update: Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX — defeated Falgior, so it's about 1/3 done (about 1/4 if I count post-game item grinding); WarioWare: Get It Together! — played up to the staff credits (about 5%, I guess).
Sept 15, 2021 12:30:19 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This pic is how I'd rate my games on Nintendo Switch so far (subject to change). Numbers are meant to show relative positions; like temperatures in °C and °F, absolute values don't mean much.
Sept 15, 2021 12:36:36 GMT -5