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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

 

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 003 – Super Mario Odyssey

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5 Retro Games That Need Online Play

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Nintendo announced a few months ago that their paid online service is going to come with 1 NES or SNES game a month. As an added bonus, those games will include newly added online play.   To a retro gamer and Nintendo fan like myself, this is more exciting than the free games offered through PS+ and XBox Gold.

Now as we wait for Nintendo to roll out the details, I have begun imagining what games I want to play online the most.  I am currently more interested in competitive multiplayer than co-op or leaderboards.  I feel with competitive multiplayer you can get more replay value and varied results than online 2player co-op.

Before we get into the 5 I want to see the most, let me quickly go over a few that I disqualified.   The main reasons for disqualifying some titles was because of licensing issues or that there is already an updated equivalent around that won’t want old school competition.   So here we go:


Disqualified Contenders:

  • Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers (NES) – Capcom recently released this in the “Disney Afternoon Collection”, it’s doubtful they’d release this again with online play)
  • Tetris (NES) – Puyo Puyo Tetris is already out on the Switch and it does a great job of filling the need for online Tetris
  • Kirby’s Avalanche (SNES) – This is a Puyo Puyo clone that I used to play on Super Nintendo, it also is not necessary for online additions since the release of Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • TMNT 2: The Arcade Game (NES) – I love this game, but I don’t see it coming ever to the Switch as an online NES port.  Maybe as a complete remake or an actual arcade port though.  
  • Street Fighter II (SNES) – With Ultra Street Fighter II on the Switch I don’t see any need for a Street Fighter II online port.  
  • Killer Instinct (SNES) – I don’t think Nintendo owns the IP anymore as they haven’t released it on Virtual Console before and Microsoft released a newer version on XB1
  • NBA Jam (SNES) – I know EA owns the rights to NBA Jam, but I don’t know if they can re-release the originals. Anyhow, this would be better served as an all new release like the XBLA/PS3 “On Fire Edition”

Ok, now onto the 5 (sorry I know Top 5 lists can be a pain in the ass)

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Believe it or not, this game used to actually be online for the Super Nintendo through the XBand service.  This was my favorite baseball game of the era and possibly my favorite baseball game of all-time.  I don’t think most people have as much of a desire to play this online as I do, but I really want to relive the online XBand matches from my childhood.


Ken Griffey is currently on the cover of MLB The Show ’17, so there might be some issues with him being the face of another game at the same time (this might have to wait until 2018).  But Nintendo shouldn’t have an issue acquiring the MLB rights since they are not exclusive to Sony, however if Nintendo wants to avoid the licensing they should be able to edit out the MLB and MLBPA properties fairly easily.   Read the rest of this entry

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Neo Turf Masters

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Shock Troopers

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The Perfect System for Indies & Remasters

 

banner2.jpgLast week Nintendo showcased a bunch of different Indie games that are coming to the Switch, and that is when it dawned on me that the Switch is the perfect system to play indie games on.

While the PC will always have the largest library of games, and does have the functionality or ability to play on a TV, outside of devices like NVidia Shield, it lacks a way to go portable.  Even more so, the PC struggles with local multiplayer on one device.  PS4 and XBox One both lack the ability to play indies on the go.

The Switch however gives the player the ability to play on the go, and also play local multiplayer with ease, while still having all the functionality of a home console.  Indie games rarely ever push the tech boundaries, so the technical limitations of the Switch should not be an issue with indie titles.   When playing a multiplayer or co-op game such as Shovel Knight or Towerfall (not announced for Switch), the player is able to go play on the TV with a friend, or go mobile and break off both joycons and play co-op together.   This adds amazing potential and opens up a lot more opportunities than all other devices.  Without a doubt, the Switch will now be my Indie System of choice.

That’s not all though, the portability of the Switch is also going to make it my HD Remaster device of choice too.  So far in this generation  we have seen 360 and PS3 games get ported/remastered to the XB1/PS4.  The graphical upgrades really haven’t been that noticeable, and in some cases the performance has actually been the same or worse.  I, and many others still get sucked into buying these HD remakes even if they seem unnecessary.

However now on the Switch, the added mobile option makes these HD Remakes even more appealing.  If Capcom released the past Resident Evil’s on the Switch, or Konami released HD Remakes of the Metal Gear Series, Square-Enix did their Final Fantasy X/X-2 remaster on the Switch, etc I would pick them all up on the Switch over any other system.   We’ve seen Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster released on the PSVita before, but it was mobile only.  The Switch has more game changing functionality for a HD Remake than the PS4/XB1 does.  Until we get into the 4K Remasters, or full-on Remakes (like what Sony did with Ratchet & Clank), I don’t see why Switch owners would buy an HD Remake on any other system.

Any downfalls of Indies or HD Remakes on the Switch that I’m missing? Or advantages of the others?

My Interest Level of the Upcoming Switch Library

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