Post by Evie the Mother Hen ❤✿ on Dec 11, 2019 12:09:09 GMT -5
Discuss. Mine must be the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube; many of my favourite games are on this platform, especially Melee, the Starfy series, F-Zero and Tomato Adventure. However, 3DS and Switch are amazing.
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Post by nocturnal YL on Dec 14, 2019 0:22:27 GMT -5
Um… I thought this is a topic that came up several times? No one outright asked "what's your favourite system", but I think I already have a rough idea on what each still-active member likes…
A little bit of disclosure for context: for GBA and older for handhelds and N64 and older for home consoles, I often get games through illicit means (Game Doctor SFIII, Doctor V64, downloaded ROMs), mostly because my parents and/or I didn't want to spend money (the "what do megacorporations lose from one fewer purchase?" mindset came to play). As such, the games I got for the older generations tend to have more variety, while I played safe on GameCube and early Wii, getting mostly what I knew for sure I would like.
I'd rank mine as such:
#1: Nintendo 3DS I went into great length to talk about this, but the gist is that there are multiple games that had me captivated, including Luigi's Mansion 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Fire Emblem Awakening, Kirby Planet Robobot and many others.
#2: Nintendo Switch This one is somewhat debatable. I have a large Switch library compared to other systems, but said library consists of games also available elsewhere on PC, other consoles and older Nintendo systems. Still, it's the Switch's versatility that convinced me to forego graphics and ease of data management to get games on the Switch over the rival consoles. And even on the merits of Switch exclusives alone, it's the home of excellent games like Luigi's Mansion 3 and Kirby Star Allies.
#3: Wii It has Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn on it. It also plays GameCube games and gives us the one update to Excitebike that I've really wanted. It's also the only Nintendo system to run Flash Player of any kind, even though it's a pretty bad implementation (Flash Lite 4, and it lags quite a lot).
#4: Game Boy Advance It's hard to pick between #4 to #8, and if I'm asked again, I may arrange them differently. The Game Boy Advance gave me the first real taste of RPGs in Fire Emblem, Golden Sun, Mario Golf and Sting's Riviera: The Promised Land. The ports on the GBA tend to be inferior to the originals due to the system's lower resolution and sound developers not taking time to translate music to GBA properly, but games that originate on the GBA fit the system really well. It's also home to the WarioWare and Rhythm Heaven series, and I really like the former.
#5 Nintendo DS Four Kirby games. And you know I love Kirby. (The 3DS has 9, but they consist of remakes and expanded sub-games.) Other than that, it's home to a large variety of games both touch-oriented and traditional, and sees the return of 2D Mario (which did get annoying later on, but at the time, there were no new 2D Mario in over a decade). It's also the first handheld to have an intuitive sleep mode (compare this to how GBA sleep mode works).
#6: Wii U I made it pretty obvious that I like Super Mario 3D World and Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, and I also started playing Puyo Puyo on this system. I also enjoyed some of the other games like Paper Mario: Color Splash and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, although those games have more obvious flaws. The Wii U is a case of not having many games I like, but the ones I do made me stick to them for a long time.
#7: Nintendo GameCube The GameCube is home to fun games such as Mario Party 4, Mario Party 5, Mario Party 6 and Mario Party 7 (I don't have 5). Joking aside, the GameCube feels like a fun toy that I can do a lot of stuff with it: transfer games to a GBA, use mic input, and play unusual games like Super Mario Strikers (which also made people complain about modern Mario being "too safe") and Kirby Air Ride. I played the latter for a really long time, just for the scenic tracks and excellent music. It's also home to bug-fixed versions of Sonic Adventure 1 and 2, although I don't have those games.
#8: Super Famicom I having fond memories playing the various versions of Super Bomberman (2-5) and Parodius (2-4) on it. There's also Super Mario World, although I was a primary schooler at the time, and neither my father (who did most of the playing back then, although now he mostly plays escape games on mobile, citing lowered dexterity) nor I couldn't get over Vanilla Dome back then. Also, Super Famicom had excellent music, particularly from the aforementioned Parodius, as well as Kirby Super Star, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Sutte Hakkun.
#9: Game Boy / Game Boy Color Starting from here, these are the systems I don't like as much as the others. In Game Boy's case, the low resolution is too low for most use cases. My favourite Game Boy games are the Game & Watch Gallery series. Besides that, I also like the GBC version of Mario Tennis. Most other games just don't work well, like Tetris and Puzzle League, where the Game Boy screen means fewer rows are in the play field than their respective standards.
#10: Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64 is where I can only find a few games I like. Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Banjo-Kazooie (the first game), Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Super Smash Bros.… and not much else, really. Bomberman on N64 was no contest compared to his ventures on SFC and Saturn, and many other classic 2D games simply weren't on N64. Oh, it also started my long tradition of buying and subsequently disliking Star Fox. It hurts to see an IP with good potentials getting hurt by the difficulty every single time.
#11: Famicom / Famicom Disk System Too low-tech for my taste. Screens are flashy due to imperfect screen refresh mechanism, music is often high-pitch and consist of 4 or fewer channels, which is really annoying, there's no save mechanism for earlier games (though this might be a blessing in disguise, since the save data depend on a battery), and whose brilliant idea is that a rectangle makes for a good controller? Anyway, my favourite game is Kirby's Adventure, while the other games I'm interested in all have better remakes on later systems.
Extra trivia: Puyo Puyo Tetris was the trigger point for me to get a Wii U (I was already wanting one for 3D World and ♯FE), and Fire Emblem Warriors got me to get a Switch (although I was already looking forward tko FE16 at the time). Both are multiplatform games that are also on (New) 3DS.
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