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    Super Nintendo Appreciation Thread

    I’m pretty sure that Final Fantasy II US/IV J is the RPG I’ve started the most times yet never actually completed (first time in 1997, most recently with the rock-hard remake on the Nintendo DS). Probably didn’t get halfway through in any case. Yet I’ve positive memories of the game. First turn-based JRPG I ever played, first JRPG of any sort with any significant narrative too.
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    Nintendo Switch

    I’ve been offered the chance to borrow Doom on the Switch – is it worth playing for non-FPS fans?
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    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - December 7th

    There's an issue? My Wii U adapter seems to work fine on my Switch. Although come to think of it, there's no rumble when I'm using a Gamecube controller to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe...
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    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - December 7th

    The official one does.
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    Wireframe - a new gaming magazine (yes, on real paper)

    In my defence, I did get the magazine out to read Kim Justice’s feature, which was done well, on a topic that has been done quite often by various publications. Liked the short guide to Treasure games too. Just with all the technical stuff, I’m not the target market, so I find it utterly alienating. Sorry.
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    Bah, only discovered this had happened when loading up the CR app yesterday, and seeing that two older series I was watching through had been removed. As had something else I had queued up for later. Disappointing.
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    Wireframe - a new gaming magazine (yes, on real paper)

    I think the above post explains why my copy ended up straight in the recycling bin after ten minutes or so. Give me an entertaining magazine, not a technical manual filled with charts and impenetrable jargon.
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    Digitiser:The Show: Episode 2 out now!

    Found it unwatchable, to be honest. Not sure that it could've been edited to even 25 minutes of worthwhile footage. Reminded me too much of when my brother and mates from secondary school used to make stupid sketches and film them on a camcorder, and not in a good way.
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    Diet Coke/ Coke Zero

    There’s a seasonal Cinammon Coke Zero out now. Tastes reasonably nice, would give it 7.3/10 for an artificially sweetened diet cola. Probably works as a great mixer with certain spirits, although as a non-drinker I can’t say which ones.
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    The Good Place

    Can’t fault Jason’s choice of pet animal.
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    Dave Perry is back...

    I always found it weird that Perry claimed he hadn’t played Super Mario 64 as it wasn’t yet available in the UK. This was someone who had by then worked exclusively on console magazines like Sega Pro, whose review pages were usually wall-to-wall import games. I mean, try finding a ‘90s console magazine without at least one import games review – even nominally official magazines like Nintendo Magazine System started reviewing imported Super NES JRPGs at one point.
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    Dave Perry is back...

    I can count at least three YouTube channels I immediately stopped watching whenever Top Twat made a guest appearance. However much I like someone’s videos, if they’re happy to put that sort of lowlife on it too, then they’re irredeemably tainted as far as I’m concerned.
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    Games you keep buying despite not liking them

    Super Smash Bros. They've all come during software droughts for their respective formats. N64 SSB happened when the Nintendo 64 was beginning to wind down. SSB had great novelty appeal – it had Nintendo characters from multiple series, long before pop-culture mashups were a predictable trope, and was a Nintendo produced beat 'em up (yet also not a beat 'em up), and had a hidden character from Earthbound of all games! I didn't enjoy the gameplay enormously, but it was great fun in three and four player mode, and something very new in what it offered, and what it featured. Later on there was Super Smash Bros on the GC... Came out when there wasn't much else out on the 'Cube. Great technical showcase. Played it to collect the figurines, and occasionally multiplayer, quickly lost interest because of the infuriating and confusing gameplay. Then later, SSB on the Wii and Wii U... Basically the same game and the GC one, but with better graphics and more characters, released among sparse release lists, and in some ways worse games than their GC predecessor. I won't buy the Switch one. Bought Monster Hunter 3 on the Wii U, disliked it, was persuaded by my brother to try Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS. Nope. No enjoyment to be had. Totally opaque game. Bought Sonic Mania despite disliking the Sonic series. I don't own any Sonic games for my Mega Drive, never have, yet oddly I own the Sonic Mega Compilation, Sonic Gems, and the 3D-ised versions of Sonic and Sonic 2 for the 3DS.
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    Digitiser:The Show: Episode 2 out now!

    Biffo needs an editor, or handler, or just someone to keep his creative excesses in-check and tolerable. IMO.

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