I haven't dropped the ball. The rest of the site's system updates are going to go ahead as planned, but I'm going to do the rest of them in a block before E3.
The hold-up is that I am slaving away on putting all the cameos online. Yup. All of them. But how, I hear you ask? Well...
First of all, I have scoured my site archives and pulled up the last lot of cameos that were featured on NinDB. I have so far reformatted around 70% of them for the site, and the rest won't take long. That's the easy part, and I expect the archived cameos will be online in time for E3 as well.
The hard part is scouring the Cameos board for submissions. I have been super-crap! I am basically making a master list of submissions going all the way back to 2004, and there are so many that I never got around to adding or simply skimmed over. And I'm only up to the end of 2006! I already have what looks like hundreds of cameos to add... which doesn't include Smash Bros...
All of the information and images gathered for the Smash Bros. guide is still all in existence, just not finished. However, given how many times I've worked on chunks of it, I expect it won't take long to sort out.
What will take a long time is scouring the SSB board to make sure I haven't missed anything.
I really needed to get my shit together in order to get the cameos back online. There's the cameos that were online but were taken down when I moved to nindb.net, then there's the hundreds, possibly thousands, of submissions since then. Then there's the issue with more than one person submitting the same cameo, sometimes with a gap of years between them.
So, I have scoured the entire cameos board, my emails and the website and created a number of archives. There's one huge archive containing every submission between 2004-2011. So many of them are - and always have been - missing from NinDB that I am ashamed in myself.
I have locked the system-based cameo topics in the cameos board because now I have these archives I would like to go back to individual game-based cameo topics straight away.
The next step is to do a rush on them, and the system cameos, getting as much as possible online before E3. But this time it's actually happening!
Oops- turns out this is a photoshop from NeoGAF. Earlier in a thread, somebody typo'd SML2 to SMB2 and somebody mocked that up. Man, I feel dumb.
EDIT: On a completely unrelated sidenote, the reason Nintendo doesn't make N&B Blocks anymore, from a post on NeoGAF:
Lego tried to sue Nintendo over the bricks, not the level. It wasn't exactly surprising, though, since N&B was a pretty shameless rip-off; the bricks even had the same size as Lego bricks. But the main reason Lego went to court was apparently Nintendo's TV spots, in which two children tried to build a rocket, but only one them used the cool rounded N&B bricks while the other one used the lame, blocky bricks by another company... and he wasn't satisfied with them.
The commercial didn't mention Lego by name, but it was enough for Lego to sue Nintendo over comparative advertising and also plagiarism.
I was gonna say, I'm sure that level didn't have N&B written anywhere!
All I have left to do is the lost Starbeans cameos for Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and then I'm down to just the DS cameos. While there's a lot of these, I have in fact done most of the work reformatting and rewriting them already. They just need link and submission info.
I'm not exaggerating when I say there have been hundreds of cameo submissions, some dating back to 2004, that have never been on the site. Plus the huge number that were on the site and had to be taken down when the site moved to nindb.net.
Then I'll take a break from cameos and focus on E3 and the site's 10th birthday in June.
I'm having some forums nostalgia! Going through my old emails, I've found one from Johans Nidorino introducing himself and the original "Smelly Hippie" email that encouraged Tei to join the board (as "Tei the Smelly Hippie" no less).
The exciting discoveries of Kazumi Totaka's Song in VB Wario Land, Pikmin 2 and Luigi's Mansion, a request from NoA to review Chibi-Robo (didn't happen thanks to not being American) and loads more!
I think they were trying to drum up fan support for the game by getting fansites to review the game on their sites. They were going to send out a copy of the game and all I'd have had to do was play it and write up my opinions...
It would have gone something like this:
Chibi-Robo! is one of the most disappointing games on the GameCube. I put the disc in, turned it on and the first thing I was greeted with was a title screen that doesn't match the title on the box, but I wouldn't recommend any game called "This game does not work on your system"... I couldn't even work out how to get off the title screen, the controls are so bad!
Seriously though, I love Chibi-Robo so much I probably would have put a review up even though my site doesn't do reviews. It's one of the few games to make me feel something other than "I Win!"
Post by nocturnal YL on Jun 4, 2011 0:41:57 GMT -5
I've seen a non-English language system that allows GPs (likes) and BPs (dislikes), counted separetely, with whoever done it known to others. The member's profile shows how many GPs did they get as well. In other words, it's like dA's favs (plus the dislike part, but I haven't seen anyone use that).
But I don't think this is enough reward for Fry. Maybe we as NinDB regulars should think of something.... hmm...
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