I know I haven’t made a post since April, but I really want to continue my tradition of thinking about all the games I’ve finish in the ending year, so here I am making my first post in a very long while. Hopefully this gets me out of my slump and I can try and write more posts from now on. Overall 2013 was a pretty good year for me as I’ve increased the amount of games I’ve finished to 28 (including everything I beat and completed)! Which is another step up from 2012’s 22! Granted I finished more short games this year as well, but still I’m quite proud. :D Like with last year’s Year End Musings, I will add a little title to each game to make it a bit more colourful and to avoid making this into a top 10 list. (Really how can people pick and choose? I love all my games for different reasons). As with previous years, this list includes games I’ve finished in 2013 and not just the ones that were released last year. With such a big backlog, I honestly only end up playing a handful of games (sometimes less!) from the same year. Anyways, onto the list~

fea mini bannerThe Sequel Which Managed to Exceed My Hype
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)

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Continuing the tradition I started last year, I’m doing another Year End Reflection for all the games I’ve played in 2012. Not to worry though, I haven’t finished very many (just 22), so this won’t be too long. That said, I’ve managed to out-do myself this year: I’ve beaten 18 games and completed 6 versus 2011’s 17 beaten and 4 completed. It’s not much, but it’s still something~ Last year I just listed the games I’ve finished with my thoughts, but I think that’s a little boring, so I’ll be trying something different this year. It’s not a top whatever list and I will still be listing all the games, but I thought adding little titles to them would make things more fun. Every spiel is spoiler free too. :)

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The Game that Took too Long to Finish
Breath of Fire II (SNES)

This game wasn’t particularly long nor did I end up clocking many hours in it (about 30 or so), but it took me forever to finish it because I kept playing it off and on for over a year! The fact that it was on my old laptop may have had something to do with it… Either way, BoFII was a fun game overall. The localization was pretty bad by today’s standards, but even then I managed to find a few characters I liked and got interested in the world and story of the game. There were definitely some very interesting concepts in this game for its time; like customizing your own town, and fusions that power-up and change the character’s appearance. For a sequel, it is one of the best, I feel, because it took what was good about the first game and strengthened the first game’s weak points; namely, story and characters were more complex and it added a few unique (for its time) features. I would say barring the translation, the game aged very well. (more…)

I recently decided to play through the Advanced upgraded port of Super Mario Bros. 3 and it’s pretty damn sadistic. I’m no longer surprised this game caused me so much grief on the NES when I was 6. To date, it’s the most challenging Mario platformer I’ve played. The game doesn’t really give you much time to breathe outside of World 1. I’m only on World 4 and the level designs are just evil. I can’t imagine what awaits me in the next 4 Worlds. D: Sure, the game has a help system. You can pick up extra power-ups and special items to help you with extra tricky levels. The Cloud item, for example, lets you bypass one level. Thing is, I want to actually finish all the levels the game has to offer, so I haven’t been making use of any of these. I am honestly in awe of anyone who was able to make it through the original NES version, that one had no save feature at all. Gameover and it’s back to World 1, level 1, no second chances.

The World map of World 4, the World I’m currently on.

This game frustrated me as a kid. Furthest I ever got without using the flute was World 2. In fact, SMB.3 and Sonic 2 are the two games responsible for me giving up on gaming until I discovered RPGs through Pokemon. Granted, me having trouble with Sonic 2 was probably more about my lack of skills back then, but SMB.3 would still give me trouble today if I had to play it on the NES with no save feature. I am honestly surprised just how mean the level designs are, especially compared to the successor series: New Super Mario Bros. It’s really a 180! Not that I hate how challenging the game is, I don’t. I just finally realized that my memories of this game being hard as nails were not an exaggeration. Although, I think World is probably the most well-rounded Mario platformer when it comes to challenge, so I’d love to see more Mario games returning to its level of challenge. SMB.3 is a tad bit too mean as it doesn’t ease you into the game as World does and I liked how World left the really mean levels as optional, so that there is more challenge if you want it. I personally like saving these for post-game. :)

In the meantime, I’m going to continue on with SMB.3 Advance and hopefully finally be able to beat the game that tormented me in my childhood. xD Currently at the first Sub-Castle in World 4. I’m not quite sure how I’m suppose to make a really high jump. I’m guessing I’ll need to charge run it, only problem being those annoying flames that follow you around. D: Well good luck to me~ Hope everyone is having a good summer!

–SW

It’s been fairly busy for me recently and adding E3 into the mix, it’s only gotten busier. I did want to write a little spiel on the topic nonetheless since it is the biggest video game event in North America. So far, I’ve only watched Nintendo and Sony’s conferences, so my thoughts will be about those two. I am not planning to watch Microsoft since I don’t have a 360.

Sony Conference: General Thoughts

  • I’m surprised how little Vita there was in the conference. It’s a brand new system, so Sony needs to push it more than this. But, seeing how it’s doing in Japan right now, I guess there isn’t much to show on the game front. I still need to check out what sorts of games they have on the show floor since I believe they were boasting that there would be like 20 or so Vita games at E3.
  • In a similar vein, cross-platform titles, while cool, aren’t going to sell me a Vita if I can just play the game on PS3. I’m not that rich, so if I can get a game without having to invest an extra 250~300 (depending on the memory card costs on just a Wi-Fi model) so that I can play it, you can bet I’m going to get that game for the other system I already own. This is coming from a handheld gamer that actually prefers to play on the go.
  • Outside Beyond and Last of Us, not much from Sony that really impressed me. This is probably because I do not like “realistic” or super violent games in general, so there really has to be a hook to get me on board. (more…)

Recently, Nintendo’s Club Nintendo has started giving out digital games as rewards. Since I’m no longer living in Canada (but still plan to import North American games), this is very good news to me since I can now use my coins again. What’s even better is that most of these games are actually games I wanted/considered getting. While this month’s offerings aren’t as good (only two games this time as opposed to four and both are ones I don’t really care for), the other two months both had great offerings. In fact, I redeemed one game from each month: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again in December and Kirby’s Dream Land in January. If I played my Wii more, I would have gotten two of their Wii offerings as well.

A few quick thoughts on those two games:

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again – I read a really positive review about this game, but never having a DSi (just a Lite) I couldn’t give it a try. So when I saw it up for grabs on Club Nintendo, I happily redeemed it for my 3DS. The game is great. It packs a lot of modes and play time into such a small package. You have your regular mode, plus mode (which is totally different from regular mode and in fact a continuation of the game’s story), rooftop, and basement. Plus an editing feature that lets you make your own levels and share them online. I don’t play a lot of downloadable games, so I wasn’t aware that they could be this extensive. This game was definitely worth the 150 coins Nintendo was asking for it. I still haven’t finished all the modes and I’ve only dabbed in the edit mode. I’m very happy with this reward.

Kirby’s Dream Land – This is a re-release of the Gameboy game and is available on the 3DS’s Virtual Console. It’s also the first Kirby game ever made. For a while now I’ve been interested in Kirby as he’s pink and marketed at both boys and girls (which I always found really ahead of its time given that this still rarely happens). So when Club Nintendo offered me the chance to get acquainted with the franchise via it’s very first instalment, I immediately jumped aboard. While the game is quite short, I still had a lot of fun with it and I don’t regret getting it for those 100 coins. I have yet to play the hard mode, so I still have that to look forward to as well. It’s a very friendly platformer (with a continue feature) and I really regret that I wasn’t introduced to Kirby earlier. I would have really appreciated him when I was younger and really bad at platformers. He’s definitely charmed his way into my books and I can definitely see myself getting more of his games. :3

Can’t wait to see what games we have in March~

–SW

This is kind of late, but I’ve been trying to finish moving all my old posts from Blogger onto this blog. Good news is I only have a few more posts left to move and because I’m almost done, I decided to go ahead and write a brand new post for this blog. =) I got the idea for this post from someone else’s blog a while ago and thought it was a really good idea so I’ve decided to do my own year end reflection about all the games I finished in 2011. So here we go~ (more…)

Originally posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 on Blogger

I’ve been really lazy about keeping up to date with all my nice pre-order bonus or freebies, so this post is basically a show case of all my game-related merchandise that I haven’t gotten around to showing up till now. It’s nothing fancy, mostly freebies and a few minor things that I’ve actually bought.

Club Nintendo 2009 Gold Member Award: Calendar

2009 CN Reward

This is the calendar I got in December 2009 for reaching Gold status on Club Nintendo. These pictures were taken a while back and I’ve been meaning to upload them onto this blog…but I just never got around to it. Basically it’s a little stand with cards that feature a Nintendo franchise and a calendar at the bottom. You switch the cards every month. If you flip the card over, you can see a calendar layout (bottom right – February) for each month. I usually just leave the one with the picture out since it looks nicer. As an additional bonus, Nintendo also gave me a mini mario calendar (top right). (more…)

Originally posted: Monday, September 7, 2009 on Blogger

So summer vacation is now finished, but I still haven’t made much of a dent on my backlog. If anything the monster grew. ^^;;; Anyways, here is what I’m currently playing:

1.Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (NDS)

I was playing this before, but I put it down for months because I got distracted and I basically forgot what I was doing, so I decided to restart from the very beginning, case one. I have finally made it back to case three, which is where I was when I put the game down. Hopefully, I can finish this game now without any interruptions. Well at least I’m pretty determined to do so >:)

No new impressions, since I’ve barely started case three, and I’ve already played the other two before. But I just want to say that it’s pretty amazing how much I still recall and how much I’ve forgotten. Also, what is up with Ace Attorney/ Gyakuten Saiben always having those innocent frail girls turn out to be conniving little b*tchs? hmmm? Well at least case three doesn’t seem to have any fake innocent girls, not that I hate these types of villains, because I don’t; I think the type is used well in the ace attorney games. It’s just that after a few of them, I want a different type of villain to mix things up a bit. =) (more…)