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Okay you sold me. I loved the NES, SNES, and original gameboy versions. I even liked the Metroid: Other M on the Wii. And really thought it was the best Metroid on the Wii. I never really got into the Prime titles. It was too much a "me too" first person shooter, or that is the way I felt. The SNES version was always my favorite.
3DS, DS, Game Boy, GB Color, GB Advance, Virtual Boy / Re: Metroid Samus Returns
« Last post by targetrasp on December 13, 2017, 10:12:59 PM »
its a must have.

I hear a lot of this "not as great as (insert favorite prime title)" but a lot of those people started with prime. Few of those that have compared it to prime have been into video gaming since the nes and snes metroid releases and while some have sense played these games on an emulator or virtual console there's soemthing about living the magic that was metroid in its infancy. I guess if my first taste of Metroid was a prime title this would feel much different, but for those lovers of grassroots metroid this brings samus back to where she belongs.
3DS, DS, Game Boy, GB Color, GB Advance, Virtual Boy / Re: Metroid Samus Returns
« Last post by retro junkie on December 13, 2017, 08:07:40 PM »
Sounds great. I was wondering how it played.
3DS, DS, Game Boy, GB Color, GB Advance, Virtual Boy / Metroid Samus Returns
« Last post by targetrasp on December 12, 2017, 09:56:06 PM »
I'm pretty sure we've talked about this before it came out on a thread somewhere but I couldn't find it...

This game is pretty great. I bought it a week or so after it came out but shelved it until I could spend some time on it. In between snows this Friday and Saturday I took the kids to Pigeon Forge TN to check out the Christmas shows at Dollywood and Dixie Stampede as well as drive around rural Tennessee in the snow. I live near Asheville so the Victorian Christmas Biltmore does and the Grove Park Inn's gingerbread house competition has gotten a little stale.

Of course, since the weather wasn't great there were limited activities (can't really bungee jump or ride rides in 30 degree temps) so the kids spent a lot of time at the indoor pool and I spent a lot of time with my 3ds.

The game is great. the combat is fluid, and aiming is amazing. The game is difficult but doable without a guide and wholly rewarding when you finally figure out how to reach that one area that's holding you back. My only complaint is how the melee counter feels like it was "shoe horned" in. It was a fantastic idea, and a neat addition, but it's a bit over emphasized. It would have been better if it were more successful in getting you out of a pickle when you land somewhere that was offscreen a little too close to an enemy, instead its a key component in taking down metroids.

There's enough short cuts, teleports, and elevators where going back to get that previously unreachable area is more of a reward and less of a chore. My guess is that I'm about 40% through the game (going solely on how many metroids I've killed) and I'm anxious to continue playing, my only problem is that I'm back home and riddled with responsibilities.

I can't wait to find out what functionality amiibos do for it but as of this writing i'm still refusing to do any research or utilize any advantages untill I can finish the game on my own.

Dreamcast / Re: Complete Dreamcast Collection?
« Last post by targetrasp on December 09, 2017, 11:14:30 AM »
It'd probably be one of the easier sets to complete. There's only 247 US titles and nothing I can think of that'll ebay for over $100. Once you get Powerstone 2, Project Justice, Skies of Arcadia, and a few others, you'll be on to collecting cheap games.

I'm not a fighter fan so the dreamcast collection has limited upside for me personally. It does feature some great shooters and two of my most favorite rpgs (grandia 2 and skies of arcadia) but there's a whole lot of outdated sports games (the 2k series was great but is now nearing 2 decades old) and 3rd party games (a la tony hawk) that haven't stood the test of time, not to mention some light gun titles that need crt tvs to play.

With all that said, if I was attempting a complete collection the Dreamcast would be it. If you're limiting it to a US library and was patient (and a little lucky) I'd bet you could do it under $5,000. If everything had to be complete and perfect I'd bet you'll still come in under $10,000. Even if you average paying 25 per game that's around 6,800 bucks. If it's still possible to find things out in the wild you'll do a whole lot better. I've purchased 50 dreamcast games + games, controllers, etc. for under $100 at a yardsale before. One lucky grab like that is 20% of your collection.

Dreamcast / Re: Complete Dreamcast Collection?
« Last post by retro junkie on December 09, 2017, 11:13:06 AM »
I love the Dreamcast and was totally disappointed in its demise. I have never considered going for a complete collection. I have sought out particular games though. I chased down a copy of Capcom vs. SNK at one point. Awesome game on the system.
3DS, DS, Game Boy, GB Color, GB Advance, Virtual Boy / Re: Majora's Mask New 3DS xl
« Last post by targetrasp on December 09, 2017, 10:41:41 AM »
General Discussion / Re: So about EA and SWB2
« Last post by targetrasp on December 09, 2017, 10:40:28 AM »
Micro transactions are taking the incentive out of making great games. Instead the incentive is shifting towards making games that can be easily and successfully monotized.

Lame Game A sells 100 copies @ 60 + 10k microtrans @ .99 = $15,900
Awesome Game B sells 200 copies @ 60 with no microtrans = 12,000

Awesome game was twice as popular but didn't make as much money and used more physical resources. Companies will still have to make great games to keep their brand power up but the focus will undoubtedly shift to games that'll produce more microtransactions with less incentive for said games to actually be great.

We'll still get good games but not nearly as many, at least not in the short run. One could argue that the extra money and fewer resources spent would grow the industy. More games would be released, increasing the odds of getting great games.

The audience isn't growing that fast. The wii and the tablet really inflated numbers by adding a large female component as well as a casual component to the audience. Theres not much more market to grab. Oversaturation will occur, followed by a collapse of the industry.

I'm no economist but when Rolling Stone realeases an article about how micro transactions are ruiening video games it raises concern. We've seen the video game industry go from billions to millions in 1983 (97% loss) so it could happen again.

If there is a silver lining Activision and Nintendo rose from those same ashes. Maybe we'll have to wait for a collapse to spark another renaissance.
3DS, DS, Game Boy, GB Color, GB Advance, Virtual Boy / Majora's Mask New 3DS xl
« Last post by retro junkie on December 09, 2017, 10:26:44 AM »
Okay.... the price was right.... and my money was right. And really, this is the only way I would have purchased another 3DS system. And it is nice, very good, well taken care of. Got the box and everything. I couldn't be happier. I even slipped in my copy of Majora's Mask N64 here for a cameo appearance.  There are only two tiny light scratches on the top, which I am okay with. The person said there was one dead pixel on the top screen but I have yet to notice. And the head tracker tech really works well if you get into playing your games in 3D. This should have been the launch system and this is the one to own. But I am sure that Nintendo did not fully explore every angle of the new 3D feature and its flaws at that point in time. Seems to have a better camera than any of the other portables in the 3DS and DS family of handhelds. Handles low light better and is sharper. The unit even feels better in your hands as there is a total redesign of the shell. If this had been my first 3DS I would have not looked in purchasing another. Love the Majora theme. Hate to say this, but my launch version 3DS xl will probably catch dust now. Other than the "New" internals which makes the system more powerful, it is the 3DS. And you will not notice the power unless you get a game that takes advantage of it. There is a noticeable difference in some games running a little smoother, but that is not the selling point for this system.

Now I got to get the 3DS Majora's Mask game..

Dreamcast / Complete Dreamcast Collection?
« Last post by NickThePunk on December 08, 2017, 11:39:53 PM »
Hey guys! I am thinking about going for a complete dreamcast collection. Not sure if anyone else has tried or is trying, but if you have let me know how it is! Dreamcast was one of my favorite systems at the time of its release and it seems more tangible to complete this set Vs. genesis or playstation. Do you guys think this is worth going for? What less known games are worth trying to hunt down first?
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