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Whatcha playing Ian? Dragon Quest V

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There’s one game series that I’ve always wanted to get into and love, but fail in doing so; that series is Dragon Quest. It’s not that the games are bad or anything, it’s more to do with me picking the game up, playing it for an hour, and then move on to something else where the game just gets abandoned. I known a fair number of these Dragon Quest games, 1 and 2 on my Android phone, 4 and 5 on the DS, 8 on the PS2, and 9 on the DS. However each of these games have not seen a lot of love from me, which is crazy considering that the Dragon Quest games are the biggest RPG franchise in Japan. I’ve really struggled to understand what makes the Dragon Quest games amazing until a set of fortunate events happened.

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Whilst listening to the Retronauts latest podcast, where they talk about the DS, Kat Bailey was gushing over the DS version of Dragon Quest V. She explained that it was the first Dragon Quest game she played, and her favourite game in the series. So I thought to myself, maybe I should actually play this game seeing as I have it. I booted it up, noticed that I only played about an hour and fifteen minutes of it before I abandoned it. So I plucked up the courage to play this game, and I’m finally in! Continue reading

GreatBitVlog 11: Pickups

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Today I got myself a whole handful of games, ranging from new to used at a pretty good price!

It was a good bargain find if I do say so myself! the whole lot came to about £40. Granted it wasn’t an awesome carboot sale moment. But when the mornings are dark, making carboot sales suck, it’s nice to get bargains from website and charity shops!

Did you find any bargains recently? Did you get anything from the GamesCollection’s January sale? Do you know any charity shops with awesome games in them? Tell me in the comments below!

What you should play: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!

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In 2005, Japan was treated to an awesome game that got so popular in the import scene that Nintendo took notice of it. That game was Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! Push! Hot Blooded! Cheer Team. This is a rhythm game based on Japanese cheer leading, which is done by males rather than females. Ouendan is typically performed at school sports events, but it is sometimes performed by request by those who are in need of encouragement and motivation.

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E3 Live Blog Part 3 (Nintendo Digital Event)

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In a few hours. Nintendo will hold their “Digital Event”, a live stream from Nintendo of America, rather than an actual E3 Press conference. Which to be honest is a smart idea considering that in the last few years the number of people attending E3 has slowly dropped. not to mention the large amount of people (like myself) watching these E3 press shows over the internet. Even Ubisoft knew about it when they had the Rabbids to remind you to keep you bandwidth optimal!

So let me make a list of what I would “like” to hear from Nintendo today.

  • Is Mario Maker real?
  • Will you be showing of the “Real” Zelda sequel, or just Zelda Dynasty Warriors?
  • What other key franchises will appear on Wii U? (F Zero, Metroid, Kirby, Excite Bike)
  • What’s Nintendo’s strategy on keeping the Wii U relevant?
  • Will Nondescript action figure ever get a game of his own? (LOLS)
  • Who are the last few characters to be seen in the Smash Bros for WiiU/3DS ?
  • What will Reggie Fils Amech do next!?

The Live Blog will begin at 9:00 AM PDT, 5:00 PM BST below when the digital event starts. Continue reading

A surprise from the post!

Good ole’ FocusRS was awesome enough to pick up a copy of limited run Intellivision Lives on the DS. However he teased me a little about a “surprise” in the package. What felt like the longest time ever, actually it was two weeks, I received the package right after I did a podcast with Jeremy, and here it is!

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Return to the Review: Mario Kart DS

Back in 2005, the DS was finally picking up steam in the game department as better games got released. Back then I wrote a reader review for Mario Kart DS. It was a pretty good game, that and it’s focus on Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, made playing Mario Kart online fun, despite it’s flaws and easy exploits. It’s a shame that the 3DS game didn’t interest me in the slightest…

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Game & Watch Collection for DS Review.

Many thanks to Vipp from RetroGaming RoundUp as he gave me his spare copy of the Club Nintendo exclusive Game & Watch Collection for DS. So I sent him a game on Steam, and I received this in the post a few days later!

The name “Game & Watch Collection” is a little misleading as you can download Game & Watch games onto the DSi and 3DS. But this game is a little special as it only has the Multi Screen Game & Watch games on it, which you can’t download from the DSi/3DS eShop. They should have called this the “Multi Screen Collection”, then again, I’m not Nintendo, and they are, so I better stop whining.

Let’s boot up this baby!
There are three games on the Game & Watch collection, these are the first three Game & Watch Multi Screen games that got launched in Japan in 1982. These are Oil Panic, Donkey Kong, and Green House.
Oil Panic is the first game in the collection, and it’s a simple game that plays a lot like Activision’s Kaboom on the Atari 2600. However, it’s not as simple as Kaboom. Not only do you have to catch droplets of flammable oil falling onto a stove at a petrol station (do they really have kitchens at petrol stations?), but you bucket can only hold three units of oil, and once you have filled your bucket, you have to empty it by throwing it out the window and into your college’s bucket (who you don’t control) outside below you on the bottom screen, who is aimlessly walking left and right and not being any real help to you. It’s an OK game, maybe a little bit too simple, but enjoyable non the less, I found out a trick where you don’t have to fill the bucket all the way before you go and empty it. In fact, sometimes it’s better to empty the bucket when you only have two units of oil inside. It’s a good game on the collection, but it’s not the best.

Next we have Donkey Kong. Well, I own Donkey Kong on the Game & Watch in physical form, so an emulation of it isn’t going to excite me too much. But for those who never played it before, here’s the gameplay. The game itself plays a bit like the arcade, with barrels heading for you, but what makes this different to the arcade game is that there are now moving suspended girders that pass by on the bottom screen where if Mario hits his head on it, you lose a life. Taking out Donkey Kong himself is a little different too as he’s standing on a platform suspended by four hooks that can be removed when Mario grabs a different hook from another crane to remove one of the hooks holding up DK’s platform. Remove all four hooks, and DK falls over and injures himself that cost 30 points.
You can read more about this on a previous blog post where I talk about the physical version of the game.

Finally we have Green House, the only game I haven’t played before I played this collection. I’ll have to say, out of all the games in this collection, this is my favourite. You simply play as a gardener working in a green house looking after flowers, as menacing worms and spiders appear that want to ruin your little garden. You have to protect the four flowers that appear in the four corners of the game, in this case as it’s two screens, two flowers on the lower left and right hand corners on the bottom screen, and two flowers on the upper left and right hand corners on the top screen. The worms appear on the top screen, starting from sprouting out of a plant pot, and head towards the flowers by inching across a vine. You need to climb up the ladder to the top screen, get under the worm and shoot insecticide at it to kill it before it eats the flower. The Spiders appear on the bottom screen from a web and crawl down a strand of web towards the flowers at the lower corners of the bottom screen. The Spiders are stronger against the insecticide, they move back a frame each time you shoot insecticide at them, so you have to push them back into their web, and they won’t come back out for a little while. Now the trick in this game to earn more point is to spray the insecticide just before they try to eat the flower, this will earn you 3 points instead of the typical 1 point. Do this to the spiders, not only do you earn 3 points, but you kill them out right, the insecticide works on them at close range, not long range.
Out of all the games in this collection, Green House is my favourite!
So, thanks to Vipp for giving me his spare copy of the Game & Watch Collection on the DS. It’s a good collection, though only one of the games got my seal of approval, but it’s still a great little compilation of Game & Watch Multi Screen games. The emulation of the games are pretty good, though you’re not going to get those smooth LCD sprites on the DS’s low resolution screen. The sound, well it’s a Game and Watch collection, the most sound you’re going to get are bleeps and bloops, you’re not really going to get a full blown symphony out of this, but the sound does what it has to do, and does it well it indicate movement, when you earn points and when you lose a life. There’s an added feature in the game to treat your DS as if it’s an alarm clock just like the alarm feature on the original Game & Watches, but what sucks is that it doesn’t work if you close the DS, meaning you’ll be kept awake as the glow from your DS’s screen fills your bedroom, not practical in the slightest, play the game, don’t use the alarm clock!

It’s worth getting if you earned enough stars and coins in your Club Nintendo account. Though it’s worth trying to get all those stars and coins for that Game & Watch Ball reproduction! 😀

I so want this! But it’s so expensive!