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About mikeblastdude

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    Fan of the obscure
  • Birthday 11/05/1984

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  1. Sonic Mania Plus: Official Reveal (Coming Summer 2018)

    So, this could mean nothing, but, Amazon has the release date listed as August 28. A bit far out, but, I'm fine waiting if this does end up being the actual release date. I've been hoping that there would be a physical release for Sonic Mania, so I'm definitely going to pre-order this. I try not to double dip too much with games these days, but this is definitely an exception that I'm perfectly fine with.
  2. SEGA Genesis collection for PC XBOX ONE & PS4

    Regarding Sonic 3 & Knuckles, I feel like there’s got to be something else going on with that. They’ve re-released those games numerous times in the past through Sonic Jam, Mega Collection, Wii VC, XBLA, the Classic Collection on DS, Steam, etc. It hasn’t been an issue to release these games in their original form for decades, so I’m not sure why it would be now for this collection. I’m trying not to get my hopes up or anything, but one possibility could be that they’re finally giving us Sonic 3 & Knuckles remastered, and so they don’t want it on this collection to conflict with it and take away potential sales. I would love if this turned out to be the reason for Sonic 3 & Knuckles not being in this collection. As for the collection itself, eh. I’ve got more than enough Genesis collections from over the years (not to mention still owning an original Genesis console itself), so I’ll probably pass on this, at least while it’s at full price. The number of games included is definitely nice though, even if one of the very most important ones is missing.
  3. I’m trying to stay cautiously excited about the panel. I’m definitely looking forward to anything Mania-related being announced though, whether it’s Project Plus, physical retail release, or whatever. I doubt that a new 3D Sonic game will be announced, but hey, you never know. Generations was announced shortly after Colors was released, so, it’s always possible that another team’s been secretly working on the next big game. I wouldn’t bet on it though. If the rumored Sonic kart racing game gets announced, then that would be pretty neat. I would definitely get it when it comes out, but, I always had a hard time convincing my friends to play the Sonic All-Stars Racing games over Mario Kart, and, I don’t think that’s going to change, especially with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being so great. Either way, yeah, I’m definitely interested to see what they have to announce/show, but, I’m not getting my hopes up too high.
  4. Toys R Us closing in United States and UK

    Sad news indeed. I grew up going to Toys "R" Us constantly as a kid. That place is even where I got my Sega CD system with Sonic CD way back in '94. I'll also never forget how much I got there in 2011 when they had all of the Sonic 20th Anniversary stuff. I was even just there a few days ago, and they still had a lot of great stuff.
  5. Super Smash Bros Coming to Nintendo Switch (2018)

    People are already dreaming big, I see. Nothing wrong with that; I’ve got a wish list going on in my head as well. I just hope that you all are keeping some of these as “wishes”, and not “expectations.” I remember seeing a lot of people lose it after Bayonetta was announced as the last DLC fighter for Smash 4, making characters and/or stages that people wanted and thought were absolutely guaranteed to be in, based on nothing other than them really wanting them, not included. I’m not trying to be negative or rain on anyone’s parade, since I’m extremely hyped about this as well. I just advise everyone to keep their expectations in check. I mean, Sonic hasn’t even been confirmed to be returning yet, and people are already asking for more Sonic characters and stages. With all that being said though, Sonic returning with a Studiopolis stage would be amazing. Also, I would absolutely love it if Dixie Kong made it in this time. She's my personal most-wanted new character.
  6. Super Smash Bros Coming to Nintendo Switch (2018)

    That short teaser alone was enough to get me incredibly excited and send my hype levels through the roof. Smash Bros. hype again; it feels so good! Also, the new website is up as well. Nothing much to see yet, but it'll definitely be something to keep an eye on. http://www.smashbros.com/
  7. How will Sonic Forces be remembered in the years to come?

    Outside of the Sonic fanbase, Sonic Forces probably won’t be remembered much at all, except for maybe as “that game with the Sonic OC creator”. It’s not bad enough to achieve a high level of notoriety like Sonic 2006 and Sonic Boom: RoL, but also not good enough to stand out and pique the interest of gamers who normally don’t care too much about Sonic, like Sonic Mania did. As far as how it will be remembered among Sonic fans down the line, well, I have absolutely no idea. I see Unleashed get a lot more praise now than it did around the time of its release, while I also tend to see Colors and Generations getting absolutely trashed in discussions when they were both pretty highly acclaimed by fans upon their releases. This is just from what I’ve observed, at least. So, it seems impossible for me to predict how Forces will be looked at by fans in 10, or even five, years down the line. I personally don’t see it being seen as an overlooked gem or anything myself, but, who knows. It definitely didn’t leave much of an impression on me the same way that the Adventure games, the Advance/Rush games, Heroes, Unleashed, Colors, Generations, and most recently, Sonic Mania, did, I can say that much.
  8. Favorite Platformer Soundtrack

    The Sonic soundtracks overall are definitely among my very favorites. The music is one of the many things that made me love the series so much. The Sonic 3 & Knuckles soundtrack is my personal favorite from the series, but I could go into detail about the soundtracks to most of the other Sonic games and why they're all so great. Outside of Sonic, I'm going to quote PC the Hedgehog, as I pretty much share this same exact opinion. The DKC2 soundtrack is so good! It's so atmospheric, yet so catchy at the same time. Lockjaw's Saga, Forest Interlude, Flight of the Zinger, Hot-Head Bop, and especially Stickerbrush Symphony... it's all amazing stuff. Stickerbrush Symphony is one of the top-played songs in my library because it's just such perfect music to drive to in my car. Some other favorites of mine are the soundtracks to Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil, Super Mario World, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mega Man 3 (which I actually liked a lot more than 2 because I'm weird).
  9. Sonic Mania Sales Thread

    Another Sonic Mania Switch sales rank update. http://www.nintendo.co.uk/News/2018/January/Take-a-look-at-the-30-most-downloaded-Nintendo-eShop-games-on-Nintendo-Switch-of-2017--1332939.html Sonic Mania ranks at #5 among the top downloaded titles in 2017 from the eShop in European territories. Once again, very impressive!
  10. Sonic Mania Sales Thread

    http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/01/nintendo_reveals_the_top_30_best_selling_digital_games_on_switch_in_2017 Nintendo has revealed the best-selling digital-only Switch titles from 2017. Not surprisingly, Sonic Mania isn't very high on Japan's list at #22 (but hey, at least it's in the top 30), but outside of Japan, the game impressively ranks at #3, just below the massively popular Stardew Valley and Minecraft. With only digital games taken into account, it's great to see Sonic Mania rank so highly! It definitely deserves it.
  11. The Sonic Mania Soundtrack thread!

    I'm in the exact same boat. I have the vinyl release and a game rip, but still purchased this soundtrack mostly to show support. I'm no audiophile by any means, but from what I can tell, the original Tee Lopes tracks (Studiopolis, Mirage Saloon, etc.) in this soundtrack release sound identical to the vinyl version from the digital download. The rest all sound pretty much the same (or close enough from what I can tell) to the game rip that I have, so it's not jarring to listen to say Chemical Plant Act 2 from my game rip and then Flying Battery Act 1 from the official soundtrack (no huge volume level differences or anything like that). I too am slightly regretting my impulse purchase on this, but keeping in mind that I did it to support SEGA officially releasing the Sonic Mania soundtrack digitally (even if incomplete) really does help.
  12. The world ends with you HD switch

    I would definitely have preferred a sequel, but ah well; I'm still excited to have this on my Switch. The World Ends With You is one of my all-time favorite games, so yeah, I was pretty happy to see this announced. The additional story content that was teased intrigues me as well.
  13. The Nintendo Switch Thread

    Even if it was pretty port-heavy with the announcements, I still really enjoyed this direct. I was extremely excited to see that The World Ends With You, one of my all-time favorite games, is coming to Switch. Can't wait for that! Also, having DKC Tropical Freeze and (non-3DS) Hyrule Warriors on the go will be nice.
  14. Badass game covers(and just...bad ones)

    This has always been one of my personal favorite game covers ever. I know the early '90s Western Sonic art gets a lot of hate with "ass-face Sonic" and "black-eyes Robotnik" and everything, but seeing Sonic blaze past a pit of lava through a mountain with a cocky grin and an extremely pissed-off Robotnik in the background just looks so cool to me. I was completely enthralled by this cover as a little kid. In fact, it was the box art of this game alone that made it my first Genesis game purchase after getting my system (which had already come with Sonic 2). As far as bad covers, there are so many I wouldn't even know where to begin. It looks like a lot of them have been covered already though, so I'll just put this out there. What is it with Bust-A-Move and horrible covers?
  15. Remember to vote for Sonic Mania in the Steam awards today!


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