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The website is going through some changes, the current goal is to engage more Twitch viewers and members of the Discord Server.  I plan to tweak/redo some of the older posts and bring some new content to the site very soon.  Please join the Discord and chat with the community, we are growing strong.  The majority of members are Switch owners looking for other online players, but we want players from all around.

Where Does The Retro Era End?

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It’s easy to figure out where “Retro Gaming” begins, but where does it end?  Where do we draw the line that defines retro gaming, and gaming outside of the current generation? The definition of “retro” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it in relation to fashion, but says “relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned“.  All this leaves us with is a very vague “of the past” or “nostalgic” to apply towards Retro Gaming.

My Definition

I have a way that I personally define it, but I admit there are some flaws or outliers in my definition too.  I use my classification of “Retro Gaming” as a way to include more games into the definition, and also to simplify things.   My definition is this:  Retro games are games from the generation before last. (Example: PS4 is current generation, PS3 is last generation, PS2 is retro gaming).

The Argument Against My Definition

I’m sure some of you disagree with that definition, and have some good reasons to reject it.  A strong case could be made that something like the Playstation 2 generation can’t be considered retro because they still had releases as recent as 2013 (FIFA 14 and Pro Evolution Soccer 14).  That’s a very good point, but it’s a bit of an outlier, along with some other titles from the PS2.   The vast majority of PS2 games released in 2007 and beyond were released side by side with the PSP and Wii, ported from the PSP, sports games, music games, or multi-platform movie licensed games.  There are a few exceptions though, like 2008’s Persona 4.   Now I’m not trying to say these games don’t count, but the PS2 was a system that sold over 158 million units and that install base was too large to ignore worldwide for soccer games, and too large for developers to not port the weaker PSP games, or equally powered Wii games to.    Those games gave the PS2 releases way past it’s time, that really make it hard to make a case for it as a “Retro Console”.    From that same generation, the GameCube’s final release was Madden ’08 in August 2007, and the XBox’s final release was Madden ’09 in August 2008, both well after the system was dead.   I have a strong feeling that with digital releases being so popular now, and that almost every indie game doesn’t require much tech power, we will see today’s consoles get releases well into the next generation and maybe even the one after that (if there is one).

How Much Time Has to Pass?

Trying to group a console or generation into the Retro classification is just simpler to do.  Games like Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Time Splitters, and Midnight Club launched with the PS2, they’re 18 years old!  Read the rest of this entry

Day1PickUps: October 2018

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Day1PickUp is a list of games I’ve pre-ordered or plan to pick up on their release day.  They’re a little different than my other “hauls” because these are planned, and aren’t as random.  I will be discussing most of these games in the lead up to their release, and even after their release I’ll give impressions and/or reviews.   You can also count on me streaming these games upon release so tune in on the front page or at twitch.tv/theGamerPad

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mm11Mega Man 11 – Are you kidding me? A brand new Mega Man game (and it looks good!).  Of course I’m getting this Day 1

SMP.pngSuper Mario Party – I’m honestly not that excited about this game, but I know a lot of people in the Discord Server are getting it.  It’s also a Nintendo title, so I’m bound to get it anyways.

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Disgaea 1 Complete Edition – I only played a little of Disgaea 5, but what I played, I really liked.  This is a remaster of the first Disgaea, and I hope to jump into this.  I got the Collector’s Edition!

 

twewyThe World Ends With You Final Remix – I never played this when it came out on DS.  My wife did and she had high praises for it, I’m pretty excited for this release.

starlink.pngStar Link: Battle For Atlas – Ubisoft sure knows how to draw in Nintendo fans, I was sold on the Arwing toy alone, but the fact there are Star Fox missions makes this really cool.  It actually looks like a pretty good game too, hope it turns out that way.

mfl.pngMutant Football League – This has been one of my most anticipated games of the year, and a game I repeatedly begged the developers to bring to the Switch.  I loved the humor and fun of the original Mutant Leage games, I’m glad it’s almost here, I really can’t wait to sink some time in this!

yom.pngYomawari – I honestly don’t know much about this, but it’s a NISA Collector’s Edition so I again feel obligated to pick it up to keep my collection going

October 2018: Games of the Month

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Day1PickUp: September 2018

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Day1PickUp is a list of games I’ve pre-ordered or plan to pick up on their release day.  They’re a little different than my other “hauls” because these are planned, and aren’t as random.  I will be discussing most of these games in the lead up to their release, and even after their release I’ll give impressions and/or reviews.   You can also count on me streaming these games upon release so tune in on the front page or at twitch.tv/theGamerPad

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God of Wars: The Complete Legend – I’m picking this up because it looks pretty fun, but my main draw as a Day 1 Pick-Up is because I’m getting the Collector’s Edition, and up to this point I’ve been able to get every NISA Collector’s Edition so far.  I wanna keep the whole set going

snkSNK Heroines – Again, like God Wars, my main draw for picking this up Day1 is because it’s a NISA Collector’s Edition and I’m trying to get the whole set.   This one actually has some cool, and odd stuff like a hat, tank-top and towel among more common items like art books and soundtracks.   It looks like a fun fighter, I enjoyed the old SNK fighters, but I still haven’t even played my copy of BlazBlue CrossTag Battle yet!

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NBA 2K19 – I spent about 150 Hours on NBA 2K18 for the Switch.  I didn’t play much of this series since the GameCube/XBox era, but 2K18 roped me back in.  The grind at the blacktop starts September 11th.

labrynthofrefrain.pngLabyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk – I’m not going to lie, I had to actually search this Read the rest of this entry

Pokken Tournament DX – August 2018 Tournament

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We’re going to have a tournament for Pokken Tournament DX this month!   More details will be added soon

Signing-Up

We will have a sign-up for people that want to participate in the tournament, contact the admin/mods in the Discord if you’d like to sign-up.  After the sign-up is period is over, we will put together a tournament bracket and randomly choose who gets matched up.

Playing Your Match

Players will be assigned an opponent and given a deadline to set up and complete a matches.  If you are unable to set up a match with your opponent within the deadline, you may be rescheduled with a different opponent, you may also be disqualified if you’re unable to make it in time for the deadline.

Reporting Your Results

After completing your match with your opponent, you will have to report to admin/mods the results of your match.  The results will be recorded and the winner will advance to the next round.   The loser (if not disqualified) will be entered in a prize raffle, the winner will await information on their next round match-up.

Information Updates

All information updates will be posted here on this site, as well as in the #tournament channel in the Discord Server.


Game Rules/Settings

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VS Mode:  Basic Battle
Country/Region:  Anywhere
VS Code:  Use
Enter VS Code:  (Up to your Discretion)

Winner is decided by a Best of 3 Series (Whoever wins 2 matches first)

 

Dinosaurhead vs Yoshi

MrAdam vs Saintwave

Glxywingz vs Gobo

Zain vs theGamerPad

Papa Harry vs Brrrenan

 

Week 1: John Madden ’93 Football (SNES)

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Mario Tennis Aces – July 2018 Tournament

 

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We’re going to have a Mario Aces Tournament!

Unfortunately the in-game settings don’t make organizing this very easy, so there’s going to have to be a lot of management from the admin/mods on setting these matches up.

Signing-Up

We will have a sign-up for people that want to participate in the tournament, contact the admin/mods in the Discord if you’d like to sign-up.  After the sign-up is period is over, we will put together a tournament bracket and randomly choose who gets matched up.

Playing Your Match

Players will be assigned an opponent and given a deadline to set up and complete a matches.  If you are unable to set up a match with your opponent within the deadline, you may be rescheduled with a different opponent, you may also be disqualified if you’re unable to make it in time for the deadline.

Reporting Your Results

After completing your match with your opponent, you will have to report to admin/mods the results of your match.  The results will be recorded and the winner will advance to the next round.   The loser (if not disqualified) will be entered in a prize raffle, the winner will await information on their next round match-up.

Information Updates

All information updates will be posted here on this site, as well as in the #tournament channel in the Discord Server.


Game Rules/Settings

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Match Type: Singles Only

COM Difficulty: Intermediate (N/A)

Play Style: Standard

Play Time: Extended Play

Court: All

KO Loss: Yes


Results:

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Challenge 004 – Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Games from the Backlog – Spring Cleaning

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Spring is here and it’s time to do some cleaning in my backlog of games, particularly on the Switch.  There’s a group of new games soon to release and I still haven’t got around to playing a sizable amount of games that I bought the past year.  For the entire Spring season I’m going to try and work my way through a few games I’ve been meaning to play, no more putting them off!   Below is what I intend to play, I will be streaming them on the Twitch channel.


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Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – 
I’ve never played this series, and I heard great things about it.  The art style looks cool and I love old-school games, this one apparently stays true to it’s mechanics and feels like a real retro title.  I bought it on sale on the eShop last year and never launched it.

Update: I completed Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, it definitely had old school mechanics and gameplay, but it had a beautiful art style that really made the game much more pleasant to play than it’s original aesthetics.  It took a while to get an understanding of the game world/rules, but once things fell into place I found myself really enjoying the challenge and discoveries within the game.


bayonetta.pngBayonetta – I beat this before when it originally came out on the 360, but I’ve been wanting to go back and play it again ever since I finished Bayonetta 2 on Wii U.  Now that it’s on the Switch, I get another opportunity to do so.

Update: I beat Bayonetta on Normal Difficulty and got a LOT of “Stone” Awards, so I’m not very good at it!  The game got off to a bit of a slow start, and was even boring or bland at times, but the second half really picked up with a lot more variety in enviornments, gameplay and battle. I think Bayonetta 2 is the better game, as it has that intensity from start to finish, but the original is still a very good game that deserves a playthrough from fans of action/beat-em-up games and especially Bayonetta 2 fans.
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Challenge 003 – Super Mario Odyssey

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