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  1. I really do resent how hellbent Sega are on burying every past iteration of Sonic.

    What the hell would be so bad about ever using characters and concepts from SatAM, Sonic X, or Sonic Boom again?

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      Mr Loopone

      It isn't Sega to blame but rather the people who handle the entire Sonic department. Whoever is in charge of that wants a very narrow view, it's been mismanaged for years perhaps decades. Not just Sonic but Atlus seems to also have problems regarding the first two Persona games to the point that it has become a meme.

      Taking another Sega owned but part of a different department (TMS) example regarding Lupin, a very positive example:

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      Green jacket? Part 1 has been made available on more places including Amazon. It might have even got and would have got an English dub except sound materials either don't exist anymore or in poor quality. Castle of Cagliostro got a 4K release and a 4D experience, wouldn't be surprised next year Discotek releases it in the US in 4K.

      Red jacket? It got a TV special this year with another rumored on the way. The TV specials were axed a few years back but TMS brought them back. One of the more recent TV Specials was dubbed into English and got a good reception. In the US, all of Part 2 has been released on DVD with the final volume on the way. Also in the US, TMS has been uploading a couple of episodes of Part 2 officially on Youtube.

      Pink jacket? Got an episode in Part 5 that is a surprise since it hasn't been referenced since Green vs Red (and before that, its original airdate if it got aired...), got a dub of the Legend of the Gold of Babylon a movie that is known to have a mixed reception and the fanbase for Part 3 that was very low increased over the years to the praise that it never got back in 1984/85. It went from something that TMS shoved aside ala Sonic 06 to even been referenced on official channels. Not a LOL JOKE either but empathising the positives inside. There might even be a possibility of an English dub of Part 3 in the future. Had it been from Sonic Team, then the Pink Jacket would have never been seen again.

      Blue jacket? The English dub for Part 5 is still airing and that will have a Blu-ray release when its done for both the US and the UK (if Anime Ltd actually do it). Speaking of which, Part 5 referenced the other three jackets and even the manga. It had characters from Parts 1, 2, 3 4 and the TV Specials all pop up in the last few episodes.

      Fujiko Mine universe? Got a new movie this year and it was simudubbed with Japan, not even Italy got the latest movie and they get nearly everything Lupin. Even the 3D movie is confirmed to have an Italian dub but not Fujiko Mine's Lie.

       

      The new movie looks like it will add another subsection but all sections (green, red, pink, blue jacket, Fujiko Mine) all co-exist just fine. The only thing that is off limits is a re-release of The Fuma Conspiracy but apart from that, nearly everything is up for grabs. Now the issue of places outside of Japan, US and Italy getting things is a completely different matter...

      Had this been Sonic Team (or whoever runs the Sonic series now), we would have stuck with Blue Jacket only. Maybe "classic red" popping up now and again.

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  2. Street Fighter Alpha games have some weird ass ports.

    Alpha 1 on GBC? Alpha 2 on SNES? Alpha 3 on GBA? Like, whaaaaaaat?

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      Mr Loopone

      It was a case of it sells, let's put it on anything. Then again Alpha 1 and 3 think had the same developer being involved so it was to see whether it could be done with those specs and all things considering did a good job adapting those games. Better than many console to handheld ports of that era. Alpha 2 used some crazy compression chip and the previous Street Fighter games sold well on the SNES. At least it took until the PSP where a handheld could do a pretty faithful port of 3 (technically 1 and 2 as well but that would be PS1 emulation).

      There's also the Game Boy port of Street Fighter 2 and the Brazilian only Master System version.

      Not just Street Fighter but the "port" of Virtua Fighter 2 to the Genesis (technically a remake). The Mortal Kombat series was ported to all sorts of things. Then there's Fatal Fury Special on the Game Gear, says it all.

      (I wouldn't count the SNK Game Boy ports because they technically have a different name in Japan, same thing for Battle Arena Toshinden on the GB even though ironically it is better than the main game itself.)

  3. My Hero One's Justice 2 was announced and the comments on YT and Twitter are just filled with hate LOL. I never played the first game (was waiting for a price drop) but I did play Jump Force and this kinda reminds me of that in terms of reaction. Game looked pretty average but I guess it didn't go over well with fans 

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      Mr Loopone

      I thought the thing that people complained about the game were the name (similar issue to the Attack on Titan games) and the lack of an English dub mainly.

      It is a decent game though especially since its a licensed game all things considering.

      @tailsBOOM! That's more on an issue since it's Bandai Namco and they have a metric ton of anime licenses including Gundam that's pretty much for free. Almost monopoly-esque in terms of series that they have the rights to. Name a famous anime and chances are that they got it, even stuff that hasn't had a game in over a decade they have rights to.

      Yeah, I do feel that the Namco side is getting pushed out and has been since the takeover, where the company often handles Nintendo games just to have something. Even the games department has been smaller when compared to the anime stuff where it is mostly outsourced. Now I'm starting to think that Sega got lucky that the merger back then didn't happen otherwise they would have been making anime games.

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  4. Does anyone else feel like Mario's oversaturation is starting to catch up to him, not just from the RPGs?

    Sure, he still has great games recently like Odyssey, SMM2, MK8D, Tennis Aces and even the Rabbids game ended up being way better than it had any right to be. Luigi's Mansion 3 looks to knock it outta the park too. (If you over look the paid DLC for the multiplayer modes) Now, let's look at the flip side:

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    • Mario Kart's last real new installment, as stellar as it is, was five and half years ago. And right now, we got a mediocre mobile app no thanks Nintendo being forced to pander to the mobile market, where players can blindly roll for all of the baby charcters from the start, but not Luigi.

     

    • 2D Mario still ain't getting the proper attention and tuneup it needs. Besides Maker and Run, the only "New" Super Mario Bros right now is a Wii U port with an added Rule 63 influencing Easy Mode. It surprising that an actual New SMB for Switch hasn't even been annouced at this point. Then again, do we even want another anyway?

     

    • Super Mario Party has been stuck with the same four tiny board maps for a whole year, yet there's no sign of DLC for it anywhere. It can go back to the old gameplay but still can hardy scratch what the Hudson era games had; even the first Mario Party had more content than this

     

    • Mario & Luigi faces getting discontinued if the bankrupcy falls through and no one else steps in to take control of the series.

     

    • Paper Mario these days is dreaded more than impatiently anticipated. Where it will go next is uncertain.

     

    • Any other Mario sports game not made by Camelot or SEGA have not yet been greenlit for a Switch installment.

     

    • And the Mini Mario Vs DK. series needs to burn in a dumpster fire and never come back.

     

            Plus, if we count character spinoffs:

    • Donkey Kong tooks his best game, put it on a better console and gave it a Funky Mode. Retro Studio was barely heard from untill they were brought in to work on MP4, so the series is now left in the dark. (This could change with the company opening up new job positions.)

     

    • Yoshi's Crafted World wasn't called as good as Wooley World, so it's possible they can't rely on Good-Feel doing the games forever.

    I'll make it clear that none of this is at the scale Sonic is in. It's not really a dire situation by any strech, but it does look kinda bumpy in general quality. For people who complain there are too many Mario games releasing, their opinion holds a bit more weight now. Not that I think any Mario spinoff shouldn't get a second chance, but I wonder if Nintendo is thinking about slowing down on Mario releases.

    (Somewhat expecting to eat those words on that last part when 2020 gets more Mario than ever)

    1. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      Well...

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      - Mario Kart 8 was done by Bandai Namco who probably finishing up Smash Bros and they have various things going at the moment. I don't know if they worked on Mario Kart Tour... Looking at it, probably not.

      - The Mario RPGs are probably as done as dead now... Mario & Luigi died with Alpha Dream and Intelligent Systems are too busy focused on their mobile cash cow. Even IS have been having problems due to partially outsourcing Fire Emblem 3 Houses to Koei and don't forget Tokyo Mirage Sessions where both them and Atlus had problems moving to HD development.

      I don't know how well Color Splash did so Paper Mario is currently um... 

      If we are going to get any Mario RPGs expect a different company to take in charge and to do a new take on them. Question is who?

      - We are most likely going to get a Super Mario Party 2 instead of DLC or even an update for the Switch Lite since the original did well for Nintendo. Don't be surprised if a Nintendo Direct in the future will talk about this, probably next year.

      - The sports games are also not sure outside of Tokyo Olympics (even then have doubts whether there will be more on that series in 4 years time). We might get a Mario Golf on the Switch, Mario Sports Superstars did decently enough to might get another multisport game but any other Mario sports games are likely not coming back.

      - Since Mario vs. DK has been declining for years, chances are that there isn't much left in that series and the last game was a throwaway Amiibo thing that doubt many people played. Mario Maker replaced the idea of creating levels and Captain Toad had puzzle exploration, both that NST worked on ports. Unless we get a reboot closer to the first game and I wouldn't mind that.

      It's probably ever since the new boss at Nintendo took over and focusing more on mega hits or ones that are profitable. Less quirky games that they have been bringing out and can see this hitting some of the smaller studios.

       

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  5. Hey you weebs what you watching/reading

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      Mr Loopone

      Watching: Lupin III (Green Jacket) and Sherlock Hound, yeah I know they're old but they have been entertaining. Tried Bubblegum Crisis 2040 last night but couldn't get into it at all.

      Reading: ugh... Haven't read anything in years.

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  6. The PS2 ports of Sonic games are the worst ones but they really don't look as bad as I thought they did.

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      Mr Loopone

      It's really the Sonic Team USA games that were affected but then again it was bad programming on a console that was hard to program on, the Renderware engine (that was used for the Burnout games among others) was fine on the PS2 and don't recall any other games that got as bad port as that with the same engine. Bad as it that usually it kept parity between the PS2, the Gamecube if it came out on that and the Xbox, some did get improvements on the latter but they were often done by other studios/members and might be released later like the GTA games. Strangely Puyo Puyo Fever 1 and 2 probably turned out to be the best of the Sonic Team ports.

      Besides Shadow's graphical choice of grittiness probably translates better to the PS2 that had a desaturated look on many of its games.

      The other Sonic games though were handled better. I know Sonic Mega Collection +/Sonic Gems Collection were probably made with the PS2 in mind* but Sonic Unleashed (Dimps version) was made for the Wii. Not sure about Riders though.

      * - It's completely hard to say for sure but MC+ was done by a Japanese studio and can recall the Xbox version having a few problems (stuck on 50Hz for the PAL version even when set to 60hz, various graphical/sound effects that can happen). Gems Collection was done by 4 different studios (Comolink, AM2, Traveller's Tales and forgot who did CD). Sonic the Fighters had parity since AM2 worked on both the PS2 and the GC, the retro games probably PS2 first but the others not sure.

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  7. (Tweet)

    The Sly Cooper franchise turns 17-years old today!

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      Mr Loopone

      Happy birthday Lupin the 3rd ripoff Sly Cooper. Hope that something comes out of the series in the future whether its the TV series or another game. I know it isn't Sony's most famous series and they are focusing more on mature story based games or VR stuff but who knows, maybe the master thief gets another chance.

      Sly Cooper 1 remains to be one of my faves, there's just something about the first that makes it great to play. Did enjoy 2, 3 and really enjoyed Thieves in Time though.

  8. Alright SSMB, it's time for your yearly "Favorite Cereal" Survey!

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      Mr Loopone

      Probably own brand Chocolate Weetabix.

      A lot of cereal just wouldn't eat anymore. Well there was W. K. Kellogg Sin Azucar Granola, but can't seem to get that anymore since it was in stores very briefly.

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  9. What games do you own the Greatest Hits versions of?

    I own Super Paper Mario, Mario Strikers Charged, and Mario Power Tennis, btw. Funny how they’re all Mario games, lol

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      Mr Loopone

      A metric ton whether it was cost, the version that I got or was intentional (due to extras, complete game, bug fixes):

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      Original Xbox: Colin McRae Rally 3, Spider-Man: The Movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Project Gotham Racing 1 and 2, Need for Speed Underground, Conflict Desert Storm, Shrek 2 (will get rid of), Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance, Star Wars: Battlefront, Knights of the Old Republic (only version that I can find), Medal of Honor Frontline (and a bunch more), GTA San Andreas

      Only released on budget where I'm from: Fable: The Lost Chapters, Ninja Gaiden Black

      360: Lego Star Wars 2, The Complete Saga, Crackdown, Borderlands: GOTY, Mafia 2 (took me months to find this since its the complete version, no joke!), Burnout Revenge, Race Driver GRID, Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate, Midnight Club LA Complete, Oblivion: 5th Anniversary Edition, Fight Night Round 3, Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY

      Only released on budget where I'm from: Lost Planet Colonies Edition

      PS3: Driver San Francisco, Uncharted 1 and 2, Rayman Origins and Legends, Lego Movie, God of War Collection 1 and 2, Ni no Kuni, Sniper Ghost Warrior, Heavy Rain, Assassin's Creed 2: GOTY, Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Complete, Saints Row 2 (only the case, disc is original)

      3DS: Ocarina of Time 3DS, Kirby Triple Deluxe, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Yoshi's New Island, Link Between Worlds (I think?)

      Wii U: Pikmin 3, Fast Racing NEO (only on budget), Steamworld Collection (only on budget)

      PSP: Got plenty but can only think of The 3rd Birthday so far...

       

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  10. The big downside to places like Blockbuster being all but dead is that game rentals have become less of a thing, at least here in the U.S. Redbox has the newest big releases and a few other mega popular games (the first Red Dead Redemption is a mainstay, for example) but if you're looking for something less popular that came out more than a year ago well fuck you.

    There's Gamefly but it's kinda expensive. I guess right now PS Now and (especially) Xbox Game Pass are the best things we have.

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      Mr Loopone

      Outside of the US is even worse, I think there's only one company left in the UK and anywhere else doesn't have that anymore.

      It's not just rentals that are more or less gone but demos. There are still a couple now and again (or in the case of Spyro on the Switch, unless you have the 10GB update is pretty much a paying demo) but nothing compared to the past where the PS1/Dreamcast era was gold regarding this where any major game and some lesser known ones got demos. They might not be the same as the final but often gave an opportunity to try the game.

      Like there are a bunch of games that I might be interested in but without knowing for sure whether you like it or not parting with your money is a bit umm... Unless you are willing to wait for a price drop or in the case of some selected Japanese made games/limited run esque games actually go up in price. e.g. saw Persona Q2 the other day but £48 used minimum is gulp and that is way too much for a game that I might not even like.

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  11. I'm sitting here thinking about the Dreamcast and tbh, if it survived, then the 6th gen would've been crowded af. Plus Sonic would've stayed 1st party. If you were an all-around gamer and really wanted to experience the likes of Sonic, Mario, Jak & Daxter and Halo, you'd need 4 consoles. Most kids' parents weren't made of money like that though so more often than not I'm sure kids raised on nintendo or playstation never would've even gotten into Sonic until way later.

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      Mr Loopone

      It would have been tight but then again maybe not? People were hyping up the PS2 a year before that came out and that pretty much coasted an easy win throughout the generation especially worldwide, Sega would have still struggled and would had to bring a new console or a revision based on a cutdown NAOMI 2 to match up with the Gamecube and the Xbox, plus the DC would have been getting old unable to cope with later games on the other three systems due to the GD ROM that was more restricted in space than the GC discs that itself got criticism. If anything, the Xbox would have struggled more due to no Sega, no Tecmo and Halo might have not been a hit making it no different than some of the failed competitors such as the 3DO. The Gamecube also benefited from Sega so the console would have sold less too.

      By this new 7th gen, it would have been a two horse race between Sony and Nintendo with Sega being third if they even survived by 2006. Then by 2012, the gaming market might not even be a thing or at least different than what we imagined it.

      Besides the Dreamcast getting discontinued was just an accelerator for Microsoft to get into the console business. Some original Xbox games were actually cancelled Dreamcast games and I wouldn't have been surprised if Dead or Alive 3 and Ninja Gaiden would have been on that or Sega's next console had they had the cash to make one. Either that or Sega gets Dead or Alive while Nintendo gets Ninja Gaiden.

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  12. It’s always weird for me to hear about how successful the Sega Saturn was in Japan since it was such a major flop everywhere else. I’ve never known anyone irl who had one, I’ve never even seen one, and I only know about a tiny handful of games for it. I guess I feel like we missed out in the west, is all.

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      Mr Loopone

      Seen a few Saturns in my time and they usually go quite quickly. When I was younger, I wanted one but got a Mega Drive instead, probably a wiser choice all things considering.

      As for the games, well... basically what Tornado already said but it doesn't help that the 32X pissed away all the goodwill Sega had then it got worse from there. Apparently the NA Saturn launch burned through retailers, launch games were released unfinished even in Japan where Virtua Fighter and Daytona USA had to have remakes and sequels on the same system and strained developers more so Western ones because it was hard to develop and any documentation if they got any was in Japanese. Speaking of which SoA was banking on a Sonic game that never came out.

      Plus there was the stigma of any 2D made games during this time and that was a thing, more so in the US and Europe. Not just Bernie Stolar but many magazines gave any 2D game a lower score than a 3D one even if it was fantastic. While the PS1 got a mix of both 2D (and even good selling 2D games such as Rayman and Mickey's Wild Adventure in Europe, GTA sort of) and 3D, the Saturn was more 2D or 2.5D biased. Since many of the exclusives and the arcade ports were 2D, the mainstream sort of dismissed them with a few exceptions. The Arcade ports and RPGs probably were a reason why the Saturn sold well in Japan and the N64 sold crap over there, vice versa elsewhere even though Sega Rally and Virtua Fighter 2 were reasons to own the Saturn back then.

      Regarding RPGs, that might have not helped too much at least back then (now, probably the Saturn would have been like what the PS3 at best or the Vita at worst ended up). In America, they were still a niche yet it was growing and most of them weren't released in Europe until Final Fantasy VII and even then, it took years before we even got to parity with the US. Funny how Sega was the one who did bring RPGs into Europe like Phantasy Star, Dragon Force, Shining series and yes, Panzer Dragoon Saga while Square said screw Europe and lucky to even get Secret of Mana all thanks to Nintendo, Enix said screw Europe with Dragon Quest but at least gave a few lesser known ones in return and Working Designs also said screw Europe as well (Psygnosis had to publish Alundra, the only one that I can recall right now).

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  13. Wish I knew and understood how to rip sprites from a game.

    I have an idea for a little something that could use the help of the Super Neptunia RPG sprites.

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      Mr Loopone

      Ripping sprites are either as simple as getting the PNG files or as hard as hitting your head on a desk as your pretty much have to be a programmer (e.g. knowing file formats and in the case of many old games their compression routines). The more popular games have tools or at least have a community e.g. Nintendo games but lesser known games, yeah... Some games are hard to rip and from experience, they can be blooming hard depending on what system and what game it is. Used to sprite rip back in the day but more or less retired now.

      As for Super Neptunia RPG, there's one ripper in particular who would know. Maybe he can help you rip the sprites. I know the Neptunia Rebirth series store their stuff in .pac files but not sure for this one.

      @Failinhearts What games in particular? Just curious...

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  14. So just like with Dragon Quest, are there any fans of SNK games that can recommend me a couple that I should play? Y'know, so I'm more familiar with Terry.

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      Mr Loopone

      Garou: Mark of the Wolves is usually considered one of the pinnacle SNK fighting games and it says a lot since they made so many. It has Terry in it but has a different design than he normally wears.

      Other go to ones are Fatal Fury Special, King of Fighters 98 (probably best for the UM versions now, the original probably has balancing issues), maybe XIII and XIV for the modern ones. There are plenty to try, most are quite solid apart from KOF 2001-2002, KOF XII (unfinished) and their 3D fighters. If you want more SNK and not just Terry, there's also Art of Fighting 3, the Last Blade series, the Metal Slug series, and there's a Samurai Shodown collection coming soon but the new game is apparently good.

      Oh and be careful for the final boss in those fighting games...

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  15. With Jedi Outcast being ported to Switch, what does that mean for other old Star Wars games?

    Are we going to see the old Battlefronts? Actually, no. I'll say what I mentioned in the Motobug chat again. Elite Squadron remade into what it was originally meant to be. If Switch can't get EA's Battlefront, then it should at least get some sort of new Battlefront.

    Maybe next year.

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      Mr Loopone

      Well Jedi Outcast got a port due to that the source code was already available (as well as that I think it runs on the Quake 3 engine so even if it got lost, it could be remade).

      As for the other Star Wars games, well... I can see its sequel Jedi Academy getting a release since it used the same engine. Oh wait... it is coming out next year. Others are a bit tricky. Apart from the older games that can be emulated, most ran on custom engines and some may need a lot of work to port onto a console or the PC. Republic Commando has a chance since its Unreal but the others look doubtful at best.

      I don't think the Switch is going to get any of the Battlefront games and doubtful for future Nintendo consoles (or PS5 onwards if there's no PS2 emulation). Maybe if EA's contract runs out, you might see the older ones but for Disney they'll consider it too much effort required, the PC got an update but there's a difference between making a patch and porting a game. Most of the Star Wars games since Disney took over were the easier route (emulation, backwards compatibility, patches for PC versions, released source code). If there were going to be any more Star Wars games on the Switch then its just the Super Star Wars Trilogy whether SNES Online or the 2015 emulated package.

      I would personally like to see that Rogue Squadron Trilogy that Factor 5 was working on that was basically a remake of Rogue Squadron (that has its issues today with a dodgy PC port and emulation only just got that working after so many years) and a port of the two Gamecube games. Dream game is of course Sega's Star Wars Trilogy but I know that has a snowballs chance of ever getting a home release.

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  16. Man, I’m still shocked at the 180 SEGA pulled with the Mega Drive Mini. Gone from being another cheap piece of shit ATGames model to something that actually looks high quality and made an effort to get rarer titles on.

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      Mr Loopone

      Well, there are a lot of passionate Mega Drive fans out there that had enough of atGames trash for years.

      Going from that to M2 is a massive improvement. The only issues reported so far are the lack of quality control on the controllers used that might or might not work and there's audio lag. Oh and the silly idea to have a 3 button controller when you have Street Fighter 2 on the system. All serious issues, the latter only on Western consoles.

      I'm sure when it comes out, there'll be people being really picky with the emulation usually the Sonic games will be the first to know.

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  17. Redoing a post from SEGA Forever FB page, it's 30 years of Genesis, which are your 30 fav games from the console?

    Those are mines. Tried to make a rank, but I'm not sure. Afraid of forgetting something.

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    Sonic 3 & Knuckles
    Sonic 2
    Comix Zone
    Streets of Rage 2
    Bonanza Bros.
    Kid Chamaleon
    Ristar
    Phantasy Star IV
    Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
    Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
    James Bond 007: The Duel
    Flicky
    Marble Madness
    Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament
    Lemmings
    Virtual Bart
    Columns
    Ecco Jr.
    Gunstar Heroes
    Sonic 1
    Virtua Racing
    OutRun
    The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare
    Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
    FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 Genesis
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Action Game
    Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
    Golden Axe
    World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
    Shinobi

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      Mr Loopone

      Out of the ones that I've played, it's been a while since I've played any games:

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      Adventures of Batman & Robin
      Bare Knuckle 3
      Castle of Illusion
      Castlevania Bloodlines
      The Chaos Engine
      Columns
      Decap Attack
      Desert Strike
      Fire Shark
      Gauntlet (IV)
      Gunstar Heroes
      Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition
      Marble Madness (Tengen JP version)
      Mega Bomberman
      Mega Turrican
      Micro Machines 96
      Monster World IV
      Panorama Cotton
      RoadBlasters (pretty good arcade port)
      Road Rash 2
      RoboCop vs The Terminator
      Rolling Thunder 3
      Revenge of Shinobi
      Second Samurai
      Shadow Dancer
      Shui Hu - Feng Yun Zhuan (Water Margin)
      Sonic 1
      Sonic 2
      Streets of Rage 2
      Thunder Force IV

      While I really do like Bonanza Bros, I prefer the other ports of the game such as the PC Engine CD, Sharp X68000 and the PS2 versions as the Mega Drive version was cut down. Once you play the other versions, its very hard to go back to the MD version.

       

  18. What happened to The Witcher 3 for Switch? Haven't heard a release date yet and I'm really considering getting it.

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      Mr Loopone

      Just checked and from the looks of things it might be delayed since it just says TBD. Considering how much its pushing the limits of the handheld, not surprised if it does.

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  19. How the actual fuck is Hollow Knight PEGI 7?

    I mean, E10+ is understandable, but I wouldn't want my 7 year old playing this if it has stuff that's nightmare fuel for even me.

    (Disclaimer, I don't have a 7 year old, nor am I European.)

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      Mr Loopone

      The PEGI rating system is done by context rather than content.

      Hollow Knight got a PEGI 7 because it is the rating that are usually given to platformers (e.g. Sonic, some Mario games) while Super Smash Bros. got a 12 because of the violence as in that you beat people and things up, the latter in a cartoony way otherwise it would be a 16. Smash Bros. has the same rating as Dragon Ball games.

      At the end of the day, it is just guidance even if yeah, the chances of a child playing Hollow Knight are slim because Metroidvanias are usually played by adults and then we get towards where the child can handle it scenario. Not that people read the ratings anyway if GTA and COD are any indication.

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      Mr Loopone

      I'm sure some of the early Mortal Kombat games were released in Japan, usually they were from Acclaim who generally release anything. The Nintendo ones were censored more so for MKII but the Sega ones weren't. It was when Midway took over that they stopped coming, then again Midway generally didn't bother releasing games to Japan and in many cases Europe anyway.

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  21. When SegaSonic Arcade was considered for Sonic Gems Collection, would it have been translated? 

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      Mr Loopone

      Actually funnily enough the game was actually translated and even localized but it went unused: http://randomhoohaas.flyingomelette.com/shr/segasonic/gfx.html Only thing missing is the How to Play screen.

      It shouldn't take too much work to do (and actually surprised that there isn't a hack that already does this). There might even be an English ROM lurking somewhere in Sega's HQ like what happened to the arcade version of Wonder Boy in Monster Land.

  22. Okay, a question about a PAL Dreamcast.

    . . .

    There's one game that made them to start over and over again, like the whole starting animation thing and all, like every once in 5 or so seconds, until I shut them down and let them be for couple of hours.

    I did some talking to them after that and there hasn't been any problems like that afterwards, though I haven't played that particular game after that episode.

    I did play couple of hours with just a short pause since there was a fingermark on the disk and I tried to get rid of it, could either of those be the cause..? I tried to be gentle with the fingermark but I might've messed up with that, I'm not really accustomed with fingermarks... the game crashed thus I checked the disk and found the fingermark to begin with.

    Anyway, my question is, do I need to worry for them and try to find some technical help or are they safe?

    I'm such a newbie with technical difficulties... please bear with me.

    Even when I'm not that interested in bears...

    You know, there're many synnonyms for bear in Finnish, I suppose it was about some belief about calling it by its name, bear...

     

    1. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      The Dreamcast especially the PAL version is so delicate that you could sneeze and it'll be busted, both the console and the cases. It is one console that you have to treat it like a baby.

      As for your problem, it could either be that your disc needs a clean. Clean it with a slightly damp cloth should remove the fingermark. If it still has issues resetting then you would have to open your console up. I can't remember exactly but it involves the power supply on the console and its pins. Remove it and put it back in. Even someone who doesn't trust myself with electronics at all could do it.

      It could be down to the game. Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi had dodgy print runs. I gave up getting Ferrari F355 Challenge to work on mine despite that I had about 4 copies that I tried.

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  23. It’s hard for me to believe that the same people who animated Akira of all things also animated Sonic X.

    I just can’t fathom it. 

    1. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      Actually not quite... Anime is a series of complex outsourcing among outsourcing among outsourcing, more so than Western animation and it is even rare for 1 episode to be done by a single company. Akira even had GAINAX and Studio Pierrot being involved. Besides when people think of TMS, much of the time it is from Telecom who are usually considering their A studio.

      The only involvement that Telecom had with Sonic X AFAIK was with the unaired pilot, some backgrounds and small bits here and there. Much of the work on Sonic X was done by cheaper studios, most that you haven't heard of (the only ones that I've heard of were Dr. Movie that's from South Korea, Nakamura Production who seems to do a LOT of anime out there and Oh Production who was considered one of the better studios that TMS used especially back in the 70s).

      Besides TMS actually rarely animate anything themselves since most of the time they are a producer and usually a really good one at that. Just not for Sonic X.

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  24. Is it really a bad idea to buy a DVD for a movie you’ve never watched?

    1. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      Not really... DVDs (unless they are certain anime boxsets) are cheap enough and even Blu-rays can be cheap, some are literally pennies and worth a shot to try. Plus your mom doesn't realise that you have to try new things, you won't get buyers remorse from a blooming Miyazaki movie one that many consider the best Japanese animation of all time. At worse, you wasted 2 hours or so and if somehow you don't like, you can get rid of it.

      Also ignore your sister, not everything is on streaming sites legal or otherwise and if they are, they might be region locked and many are even blocking VPNs if you have the money for those. They might also only be in one language and not available in another (e.g. Lupin Part IV is only in Japanese outside of the US, if you want it in English you have to get the Blu-ray). Sadly DVD/Blu-rays also suffer from the same issue and not every player is region free... She also doesn't realise that there are advantages to watching stuff on DVD/Blu-ray such as no buffering for one, no degrading picture quality when your Internet connection is dodgy (instead you get macroblocking or interlacing if it was mastered poorly for DVDs or a scratch affecting playback). They might even have extras that you'll never get from a stream.

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  25. Friendly reminder that this commercial was a thing:

    and it aged poorly.

    1. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      @Dee Dude There were attempts of bringing it back, think the most recent was a 2D platformer. The problem lies is that the creators of Ty are an Australian company (Krome Studios) and their main focus have been PC ports of the first 3 games with improvements. Last I heard they have ported 3 as an early access. It is doubtful whether they will be ported to consoles and indeed any future games as the company focuses on either PC or shovelware elsewhere. EA don't own the series and only published them back in the day.

      If anything it was when Activision took over publishing it was what killed the series as the 3rd game wasn't even released in Europe (it was in Australia but good luck getting a copy!), apparently the game was also weaker than the other two.

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