Post by Shrikeswind on Oct 7, 2022 14:25:20 GMT -5
First impression for me, unedited from the private Discord I first posted it to.
Surprisingly, this movie actually looks like it'll be really good. Surprising exactly nobody, Mario's VA is not a contributing factor to that opinion. Like, it's not bad and this is an opinion based on all of about two lines. But it's very mid. Good news is, it's not just Chris Pratt as Crisp Rat. But the performance is blandly safe, which is a far cry from Jack Black's awesome performance as Bowser or the hilarious surprise that Illumination's animation team can make something gorgeous.
Post by Nester the Lark on Oct 8, 2022 8:49:37 GMT -5
Maybe it's because there's such an emphasis on him in the trailer, but it's hard not to think that Bowser won't be the highlight of the movie. It's a little weird to hear him talking when he first opens his mouth, but the voice fits him well enough that I want to hear more of him. Also, Jack Black is doing an actual voice, and not just his normal speaking voice. (Same with Keegan-Michael Key as Toad.)
Chris Pratt... is fine. I don't think it sounds quite like his normal speaking voice, so he is doing something. It's not Charles Martinet's high-pitched voice, nor the gruff sound of Bob Hoskins or Lou Albano. If anything, it's closer to Peter Cullen from the original Donkey Kong cartoon in the early '80s. More of a "regular" voice, but I do hear some weight behind it.
I wonder if the criticism stems more from the baggage Chris Pratt brings with him rather than the performance, itself.
Post by Shrikeswind on Oct 8, 2022 10:59:56 GMT -5
I mean Chris has a lot of baggage to unpack even ignoring both the very real libel and slander and the simple fact that Chris is a really boring actor because so many of his characters are just Crisp Rat, generic everyman protagonist (re: white guy with barely any more personality than "sarcasm.") But even ignoring the baggage, Chris is definitely doing something (in those two lines) to show he's going to try to make Mario a unique performance, but it's the absolute bare minimum. It's really just fine at best, and with as energetic of a character as Mario, and especially with the rest of the cast being as energetic as Khary "Cyborg" Payton, Charlie "Pepe Silvia" Day, and Jack "I need no exemplifying nickname" Black, "fine at best" really just doesn't cut it.
Post by Nester the Lark on Feb 8, 2023 20:43:09 GMT -5
OK, overall, I didn't get too excited about this Direct, but there are a few things of note.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 DLC Wave 3 & 4
Wave 3 is due out February 15, so not long to wait. I'll talk about this in the XC3 thread.
- Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection
Just a day or so ago, I was wondering to myself why they never brought Etrian Odyssey to Switch, and assumed it was because it didn't have dual screens. And now, here it is! I assume you can still use the touchscreen if playing in handheld mode.
I'm not normally into first-person dungeon crawlers, but I'm a little bit interested in this. It's low priority, though.
- Game Boy for NSO and GBA for NSO Expansion Pass
This was surprising, but hey, I'm glad us low-tier NSO subscribers haven't been forgotten!
- Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 HD Remaster
This has been rumored for a while, and it was more or less confirmed just before the Direct due to some leaked artwork. (Also, the original artist tweeted some cryptic emoji yesterday.)
File these under my "games that got away" category. They came out during my phase of not wanting to play RPGs, even though they looked enticing. I've since regretting missing out on them, and now I'm happy to have the chance to right this wrong.
This will get its own thread.
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Another two-minute trailer. At this point, I assume this game will simply get its own big Direct sometime between now and April.
I'll talk about this in its own thread.
BONUS - Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg
This was not in the NA or EU Directs, but it is being released outside Japan. I wonder if this would be a good Atelier game to try...
I feel a bit lukewarm about this Direct. Even with Zelda and Xenoblade, I think Baten Kaitos is the most exciting thing for me because it's something I've been hoping for for a long time, and there wasn't much shown of the other things.
Post by nocturnal YL on Feb 9, 2023 14:08:12 GMT -5
Didn't expect much, didn't get much. I'm glad to have confirmation on Pikmin 4's release date and got a peek on Kirby Wii DX's Magolor Epilogue mode, but there isn't much to get excited about when there's no full-fledged new Nintendo game announcement at all. Just DLC info, release date confirmations and Metroid Prime 1 remaster.
We have remasters of Katamari Damacy, Etrian Odyssey, Ghost Trick and Baten Kaitos, and a new Professor Layton entry being announced. This presentation is trying its best to appeal to mid-2000s players.
And hey, Atelier Marie Remake is coming. I'm glad they didn't just make a console port of Atelier Marie DX (mobile) and call it a day. Kind of hoped the final 25th anniversary game to be a Nelke-styled crossover, but this is good too. I don't know what changes it will bring, but the original is considered one of the easier and newcomer-friendly games even with the time limit present. Except that you'll have to take notes by hand because it's a 1990s PS1 game and not the user-friendly database frontend that modern Atelier is known to be.
I'll admit I didn't realize until now they didn't announce any new games in the direct, but I enjoyed it overall because it felt like it managed to have an acknowledgement of nearly every fan base, especially with the GB/GBA games.
Here's some Mario for you, some Metroid, more Metroid, got some Kirby and look here's some obscure Kirby (shows Tilt N Tumble), Hey! Pokemon fans you can't say we excluded you! (show Pokemon TCG GBC game) Look! Golden Sun, Fire Emblem and look we even remembered that game series Captain Falcon come from! (with a game Falcon isn't in), you like Yoshi? There's a Yoshi Island track in MK8D DLC! Hey! Metroid fans, the shows not over! . . .
It's like outside of Donkey Kong, most of the major Nintendo series got referenced.
The only negative I can think is that Nintendo should have teased more GB and GBA games for future, including games that haven't been re-released yet. Showing Kirby Tilt N Tumble was good, but could have better if the GBA line up could have had WarioWare Twisted or Yoshi Topsy Turvy/Universal Gravitation or some of Bit Generation/Art Style GBA games.
The GB still has unreleased games like Wave Race, F1-Race, Solar Striker, Play Action Football (NA only), Magnetic Soccer (EU only) and there's still the unreleased English translation of X/Lunar Chase.
Another side effect of this, is that there should be less stress over the closure of the 3DS/Wii U eShop now that we know that GB/GBA games are on/coming to Switch.
Pikmin 4's Ice Pikmin are an interesting idea, while the dog/mount creature looks overpowered. So we can freeze water, or just swim thru it on the dog? Does the dog have any weakness?
Vehicle building in Zelda was unexpected, though will it be just for traversal or could we fight or solve puzzle with them. Watch as I beat the final dunegon and boss, using a Thunderbird 2 knockoff!
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2023 2:34:09 GMT -5 by Da Robot
I'll admit, that was a terrible Pokemon presentation and I regret staying up to watch it live. If your a Pokemon fan you probably got something out of it like the expected S/V DLC news.
I really think that TPC should have said something before hand about what content was going to be revealed because there were some strange false leads/speculation (Eg: like saying there would be no retro/GB/NSO content in the presentation).
- The promo video focusing on gen 1 sprites (and a balloons being colored red/blue/yellow, with some green in the background) didn't lead to anything . . . - The theory that a Pokemon Gen 1/2 and 3 and Pokemon Stadium release date/announcement would occur didn't happen . . . - The Japanese NSO video removing the "no Game Boy connectivity disclaimer" when showing Pokemon Stadium . . . - The copyright date for a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series/Spike Chunsoft on the Pokemon website being a sign of a new PMD didn't happen . . .
I know I shouldn't have hyped myself up, but yeah, it was pretty meh and that the big surprise was Pokemon Sleep news (first announced all the way back in 2019).
Post by nocturnal YL on Mar 27, 2023 10:43:33 GMT -5
This game is coming out in 7 weeks. I don't know what's the norm for Nintendo to go in full-scale advertisement mode for a game like this, but with games that aren't as big as Zelda, this usually comes about a month before release. And usually the game wouldn't be shrouded in mystery at this point.
I guess they really want to keep things in wraps for as long as they can.
nocturnal YL: I'll be on a trip to Osaka between the 5th and the 12th. I still travel somewhat regularly, but it's been 4 years since I went to Japan in 2020 and 6 years since I went to Osaka specifically in 2018.
Jan 31, 2024 13:29:50 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Riviera: The Promised Land is getting a remaster on Switch. I was wondering what's happened to it after all those other Dept. Heaven games got Switch versions.
Feb 1, 2024 11:07:45 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'll leave soon. Like before, I'll have Internet connection and will check this place, but I won't bother logging in.
Feb 4, 2024 11:07:31 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I just found out that Atelier Ayesha DX has an out-of-bounds glitch, and it's very easy to get. That's the third game I've found something like that, after Meruru and Firis. There isn't much interesting to see, though. You just fall off and respawn.
Feb 15, 2024 12:42:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Almost at the end of Atelier Ayesha DX. Got everything in the base game, but the extras are incredibly difficult.
Feb 18, 2024 14:40:03 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'm not sure if I have enough remaining time to prepare for the extra battles (large amounts of items are involved, and restocking takes time). If I can't do it, I'll just end my playthrough. I didn't miss any story contents as far as I know.
Feb 18, 2024 15:26:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: The synthesis puzzles are fun and a bit difficult, and the time limit is quite tight. It generally feels close to Arland (but more complex). The story and UI aren't good in comparison, but this game is otherwise great. Comparable with Totori overall.
Feb 18, 2024 15:57:20 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Cool. Atelier Ayesha DX has a save data corruption glitch, and now I cannot even start the game.
Feb 20, 2024 12:46:12 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It happened after I reached the ending. Something was off (the end credits did not show), and I looked around the Extra menu trying to launch it, and bam! Game crashed, and Launching the game now results in a black screen.
Feb 20, 2024 13:13:21 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: And I'm 100% sure it's save data corruption. Deleting the save data solved the problem, and restoring it would reinstate the issue.
Feb 20, 2024 13:14:49 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Ironically, I re-joined NSO to protect my Ciel nosurge DX save data, which ended up not needing it. I haven't closed my Atelier Ayesha DX session and have set my save data backup to fully manual. And it's this seemingly stable game that ended up failing.
Feb 20, 2024 13:46:19 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I hope you haven't lost too much.
Feb 20, 2024 15:15:25 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: That's the entire save file, about 70 hours of progress, possibly gone. I wrote to KOEI TECMO GAMES about that, but last time I told them about a Firis DX bug they replied "we could reproduce, but game is too old to reopen development", so I'm not hopeful.
Feb 20, 2024 15:23:25 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I almost 100% completed everything other than the original game's DLC or the Plus features too. Though I guess with better knowledge of the extra bosses, I'll be better prepared in a hypothetical 2nd run. Still prefer a proper New Game+ though.
Feb 20, 2024 15:28:16 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wow, and after you put all that time into it. That would really sour my impression of a game. Do you plan to redo everything?
Feb 20, 2024 18:17:54 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I think I'll most likely move on for now. Maybe I'll get back to it in the future; I'm thinking about replaying everything in the series at some point (since a few games have second-playthrough-only bonuses), which might be years from now.
Feb 21, 2024 9:13:09 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I started the demo for Unicorn Overlord. I've barely gotten into it, but it's already VERY impressive!
Feb 23, 2024 11:17:39 GMT -5