Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 26, 2013 14:40:17 GMT -5
Things are really slow around here lately, but maybe we still have enuff energy for a bit of fun, so let's give this try.
I don't know if any of you are fans of the Japanese TV show GameCenter CX, but there's a segment on it called "To Catch a Copy." In it, they read an old "catch copy," which is basically an advertising slogan, and they have to guess which Famicom game the slogan was used for. Well, I thought it would be fun to use that as the basis for a new round of Guess the Game.
Here's how it's going to work: I'm going to provide some slogans that were used on the back of game boxes/cases, and you try to guess what game each slogan was used for. To make it a little easier, I'll let you know what system each game was on. I'm also going to provide five clues at once, and you can make a guess for as many of them as you want. New clues will not be provided until all current clues have been correctly guessed or revealed.
The scoreboard is being reset, so we'll all start from scratch. You get one point for each correct answer.
Also, as usual, only games on Nintendo systems will be used.
Let's ease into this. Some of these should be fairly easy.
Ready? Guess the game(s)!
NES: “Tropical adventure of epic dimensions!” SNES: “Now you're playing with fire!” N64: “If the suspense doesn't kill you, something else will...” GCN: “An evil wind is rising” Wii: “Brutal... Shocking... Unreal... An all-new thrill ride”
An additional hint: All of these come from North American packaging, but that may not always be the case in the future.
Post by nocturnal YL on Apr 26, 2013 15:43:51 GMT -5
Aha. I was thinking a bit about posting some music-based questions, but then I figured that no one will be able to get them anyway when I'm not even on the same wavelength as most of you.
I'm horrible at guessing this stuff (not havng North American games doesn't help), but here I go.
.... I really can't think of anything. So have five random wild guesses instead.
NES: StarTropics? It does involve some sort of interdimensional travel... I think. SNES: Contra 3? That's pretty much the only thing I can associate with plaing with fire... (The slogan reminds me of something I watched today. The NA Minish Cap commercial, I think.) N64: GoldenEye 007? (I'm tempted to say Mario 64, since the Mad Piano's room is exactly that.) GCN: Eternal Darkness? I have absolutely no idea on this one. Wii: Thrillville: Off the Rails?
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 26, 2013 19:05:09 GMT -5
YL was right on StarTropics. Leon got the rest. That's how it's done!
YL +1 Leon +4
Scoreboard Leon - 4 YL - 1
It's actually kind of tricky to find slogans that aren't either so vague that they could apply to any game, or just plain give away the answer. I suppose in the latter case, could censor out the parts that are too obvious.
Post by nocturnal YL on Apr 27, 2013 0:25:32 GMT -5
Ouch. I once thought of Wind Waker, but then decided it's too obvious. I have no access to NA games and I'll try to avoid searching online for answers, so it's unlikely I'll get to anywhere in this quiz.
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 27, 2013 14:59:48 GMT -5
Actually, I expect people to do a little research to figure out the answers. I don't think you could simply put the slogans into a search engine and get the answers (at least, not for most of them), but I suppose that would be a form of cheating if you could.
A good strategy I suggest is that if you have an idea of what game a slogan might belong to, there's a certain website you can check with.
Anyway, today's clues feature handheld systems. Again, these should be fairly easy.
Game Boy: “The legend lives on” GBC: “A Hero for the Ages” GBA: “Sorrow never fades” NDS: “Get ready for total sensory overload!” 3DS: “Sweep the Heavens, Scourge the Earth!”
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 28, 2013 12:36:31 GMT -5
The Qu +2
Scoreboard Leon - 7 The Qu - 2 YL - 1
NES: “Calling all Viper Pilots – the galaxy's on the edge of doom again!” GB: “He's a-maze-ing!” SNES: “The sky's the limit!” Virtual Boy: “A Striking Game with Red Hot Action!” N64: “The adventure begins when you leave the road”
Post by nocturnal YL on Apr 28, 2013 13:32:34 GMT -5
NES: Gradius II GB: Kwirk (Thanks, Google) SNES: Pilotwings VB: Nester's Funky Bowling (Thanks again, Google) N64: Beetle Adventure Racing (See, you really can get the answers by just some simple Internet searches!)
I guess I should refrain from using search engines, after all.
Nester the Lark: I was thinking how I considered the original Donkey Kong Country to be a generic Super Mario Bros clone with fancy graphics, but SMB Wonder only just caught up to the level of quality that DKC Tropical Freeze gave us almost a decade ago.
Nov 20, 2023 14:57:21 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This is surprising. I see DKC as the least Mario-like platformer to feature a Mario character. The Wario Land games still feature Mario-style blocks and pipes, for example, while DKC lacks many Mario elements.
Nov 21, 2023 8:16:55 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: True that DKC lacks a lot of specific Mario-like details, but it has the basic gameplay in that you run, jump, and defeat enemies by landing on them. I didn't see it as having much more than this, thus why I considered it generic.
Nov 21, 2023 9:27:07 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: Yeah, psychologically there is a 'first example' thing. When something new is released and is thought to be innovative, and becomes popular it can lead to comparing newer games to be like it (so we have newer genres like "Metroidvania").
Nov 24, 2023 18:28:16 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: I find it interesting with platformers, it's less often that we regard platform games after Mario as "Mario-like". On this note, I also find it interesting how certain genres are treated differently.
Nov 24, 2023 18:29:32 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: In addition to the "platform" (rather than Mario-like) and Metroidvania examples (incidentally there were games like Metroid and Castlevania before their release), some games are seen as "rip-offs" if people think they're too similar.
Nov 24, 2023 18:31:26 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: An example is how some people treat Fossil Fighters, Robopon, Yo-Kai Watch as Pokémon 'rip-offs' or clones, and the 'monster-battling' genre is often seen as less 'mainstream' than something like 'platformer'.
Nov 24, 2023 18:32:39 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: Also on that note, often people on databases, wikis, etc. stick to only a few genre labels like "platform", "arcade", "fighting", "racing" etc. but there are many more ways to describe a game.
Nov 24, 2023 18:35:03 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: The developers may choose to advertise their game using their own genre, so for instance Starfy was given the label "marine action" in Japan rather than "platformer". I think in essence these don't exist in isolation though.
Nov 24, 2023 18:36:28 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: It also reminds me of how there was apparently a debate on whether NES The Legend of Zelda is an adventure game or RPG (or something like that).
Nov 24, 2023 18:37:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Happy 6th anniversary to my favorite RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 2!
Nov 30, 2023 20:54:33 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: The Super Mario Bros. Wonder speedruns don't feel much like Mario speedruns. Any% takes more than 80 minutes, and features slow Wonder Seed segments and a lot of loading time. They're rather boring to watch compared to even the New SMB games.
Dec 2, 2023 6:08:10 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I've got a lot of Nintendo Switch demos that I haven't got to play. At this rate I'll never clear my backlog even if I don't buy anything.
Dec 2, 2023 10:36:45 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I've finally finished Ciel nosurge DX. Its end is directly connected to the beginning of Ion's part in Ar nosurge DX, which means I'll have to play through that to experience the whole story.
Dec 2, 2023 12:45:14 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Going through everything takes more time than finishing an entire quadrilogy in the Atelier series. I think it'll be another few months before I even touch another game.
Dec 2, 2023 12:46:32 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, this is of no use to most people reading this, but Surge Concerto confusingly has save data bonus that goes both ways. To experience the story in chronological order, do Sekai Link in Ar nosurge DX as soon as possible, then play Ciel nosurge DX.
Dec 2, 2023 13:05:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Any advice you find online about needing to advance Ar nosurge's story to a certain point does not apply to the DX version. Just make the save data and leave it behind to avoid Ciel nosurge spoilers and not understanding Ar nosurge's story.
Dec 2, 2023 13:07:17 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: (By the way, the PS3 and PS Vita versions of Ar nosurge is available in English, but not Ciel nosurge. The DX version is entirely Japan-only. I have much to complain when it comes to localisation for both Gust and the whole of KOEI TECMO GAMES.)
Dec 2, 2023 13:12:43 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Been a bit busy recently and haven't had a chance to respond to things until now.
Dec 7, 2023 10:50:24 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Stories I've read that deal with fantasy races tend to have only a few named members in those races, and those tend to be outlier individuals. We don't get to know generic members in great detail. One exception is Xenoblade, which does the exact opposite.
Dec 9, 2023 23:29:12 GMT -5