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1  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: May 06, 2019, 07:50:17 PM

My first 4K video is of the POW!: Parade Of Wonders and opening ceremony of the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2019!
2  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / 2019/05: Popful Mail (J) (Super NES) - George s on: April 30, 2019, 08:37:26 PM

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to George s's Popful Mail (J) (Super NES) maps.

Mail is a bounty hunter down on her luck, repeatedly unable to capture the technomancer, Nuts Cracker, who gets away yet again. But she soon learns of a new bounty, a magician-turned-criminal, Muttonhead, worth two million gold. Mail eventually teams up with Muttonhead's apprentice, Tatt, and a creature named Gaw, in her adventure which will turn out to be more grand than anything she has ever imagined (even if the stakes are totally expected from any Japanese fantasy adventure game)!

There have been many versions of Popful Mail, with different ports handled or published by NEC, Sega, SIMS and Working Designs, but the Super Famicom version was remade by Nihon Falcom, the creators of the original PC-88 version. While Falcom is known for their Japanese RPGs, Popful Mail is a 2D platformer with some RPG elements. But for any platformer, RPG-like or not, the areas here can be quite sprawling and twisty. Good luck trying to navigate the Gades Ruins or Castle without some help from George s!

So to recognize the effort put into mapping this Japanese gem, George s's Popful Mail (J) (Super NES) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for May 2019.
3  General Boards / Gaming / Re: Sonic 3 Competition Plus - my fungame on: April 23, 2019, 02:03:31 PM
I'm surprised you haven't mentioned Sonic Unleashed (2008) and Sonic And The Black Knight (2009).

I didn't play either of these, but I remember reading that people thought that having Sonic be a "werehog" (seems like an inaccurate term if you ask me, but whatever) in the first case and wielding a sword in a fantasy setting in the other, felt like Sonic Team was trying too hard to mix things up.
4  General Boards / Gaming / Re: James Farr's mashup animations on: April 20, 2019, 11:46:39 AM
Updated the first post with another Ghostbusters/Mario mashup, this time with the 2016 Ghostbusters film with the female main cast.
5  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: Cleaning up special characters on VGMaps ("©", letters with accents, etc.) on: April 20, 2019, 11:42:20 AM
I found a bunch more errors (including different apostrophes and hyphens and ellipses), so I did a lot of cleanup this morning.  Hopefully I've taken care of all the "�"s now.
6  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: April 08, 2019, 03:07:18 PM
The Triforce symbol?  Copyright reasons?  What?

Is Nintendo going to sue The American Academy of Actuaries?  There are other uses of the three-triangle logo as well.
7  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / 2019/04: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue (GB) - qwert_vs_qwerty on: March 31, 2019, 08:14:58 PM

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to qwert_vs_qwerty's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue (Game Boy) maps.

"Yikes!! We gotta go save April." That's what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles say, yet again, as Shredder has made a prison break. But this time, April O'Neil isn't the only one in trouble, as the three Ninja Turtles that stormed Shredder's fortress get captured as well! It's up to Michaelangelo, who was not part of the initial rescue attempt because he was at the pizza joint, to save the other turtles and Master Splinter, and together they can stop Shredder and save April yet again!

This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game features a large fortress for the Ninja Turtles to explore. They'll have to use their unique abilities to get around, and look for key cards to unlock doors and get deeper into the labyrinth to face Shredder. By defeating mutant bosses they can obtain keys to unlock cell doors to free another Ninja Turtle to use, or their friends Splinter and April. It's not linear like some other games featuring these heores in a half-shell, but while not as deep as a Metroid game, you will be happy that qwert_vs_qwerty has already taken on Shredder's fortress and mapped it all out to help you save the day (and April) yet again!

So to recognize this underrated but actually radical rescue, qwert_vs_qwerty's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue (Game Boy) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for April 2019.
8  General Boards / Map Gab / Re: What is this? on: March 27, 2019, 06:44:55 AM
That game is Lode Runner.

Apparently it's a computer game classic, but I grew up with it on the NES.  Specifically, the Famicom version on a 32-in-1 multicart.

I always thought it was interesting that they used the same sprite as Bomberman for the enemies, and always wondered if they were supposed to be Bombermen.
9  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: March 26, 2019, 10:10:13 AM
So Final Fantasy VII is now available for the Switch!  And Xbox One.  Who knows what's going on with the perpetually-in-limbo remake, but I guess if you've somehow been a Nintendo-only or Xbox-only person here's a chance to see what's up, I guess?  (But maybe don't be so monogamous and beholden to one company's line of machines?)

I am curious if the full world map is still in progress, if it ever was?
10  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: March 23, 2019, 09:12:11 AM

Yet another book review!  This time I review Geeks-Line Publishing's GameCube Anthology: Ultimate Edition, which covers the history, hardware, and of course, reviews of every single GameCube game!  What do you think of all these book reviews?
11  General Boards / Gaming / Re: Google @ GDC 2019 - what will they announce for gaming? on: March 23, 2019, 09:09:48 AM
The idea of streaming games isn't new, I remember when OnLive was all about this.  But of course Google has the resources to make this more possible.

It's technically impressive, there is some potential for sure, assuming that enough people has access to that much Internet speed and bandwidth.

Of course, ultimately it comes down to the games, and to start, it seems like it's just going to be Western developers.  Maybe I'll be more interested if they get some more Japanese support...
12  General Boards / Gaming / Google @ GDC 2019 - what will they announce for gaming? on: March 19, 2019, 07:06:14 AM

Google is getting into gaming - somehow.  A controller patent has been found, and this teaser for something to be revealed in three hours clearly states it will "unveil Google’s vision for the future of gaming."

Is it a new console?  Is it some kind of games-streaming service?  Will it be better than the Ouya?

Especially if it is a new console or device, how will it distinguish itself from the competition?

I don't know if I should be excited, but hey, I'm definitely intrigued.  How about you?
13  General Boards / Gaming / Re: It's MAR10 today. So what Mario game are you playing or replaying? on: March 10, 2019, 12:37:47 PM
Happy MAR10 Day yet again!

I didn't pick up New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch) yet, not in a hurry since I played the original two games it is comprised of back on the Wii U.  I guess it could be neat to play as Toadette, but they didn't add much else, did they?  Also, I didn't pick up Super Mario Party (Switch), either.  What's wrong with me?

But my biggest Mario deficits are with the Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario games.  I didn't play Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS), for some reason I just didn't get around to it, but that's the fourth Mario & Luigi game, and since then Nintendo has rereleased the first and third games with an extra story in each, so I wonder if at this point they might remake the fourth soon and I could just play that instead.  However, they skipped the second (Partners In Time) so there's no guarantee, and then should I be replaying those rereleases of Superstar Saga and Bowser's Inside Story for their extra stories (Bowser's Minions & Bowser Jr.'s Journey) anyway?  And there's also the crossover with the Paper Mario series, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS) but I haven't played Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS) (even though I heard it isn't as good, I should at least try it).  And then there's also Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U).  I'm kind of a horrible Mario fan, like why haven't I made the time?  Especially considering that I really really loved the previous Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario games that I have played...

I mean I guess today I did play some Super Mario Run (mobile) and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (mobile) which features Mario items today, but I should find something more substantial to play.  There's still a good chunk of the day left still, so maybe I'll cruise the eShop and see what I'm missing.
14  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: March 02, 2019, 08:45:38 PM

A rare instance of me being able to edit a video in less than a day, here's my take on the two best lines from the recently-released second trailer for the "Pokémon: Detective Pikachu" movie.
15  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / 2019/03: Inindo: Way Of The Ninja (Super NES) - zagato blackfist on: February 28, 2019, 10:07:39 PM

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to zagato blackfist's Inindo: Way Of The Ninja (Super NES) maps.

The year is 1582, and the demonic warlord Oda Nobunaga has destroyed your village. As an Iga ninja seeking to avenge your clan, you must travel across feudal Japan. But the path to killing Nobunaga is not an easy one. It could take years, yet you only have until the year 1601 to complete your quest. And being a ninja is not a lonely existence - here, you will need to earn the trust of a number of different allies, to have them aid you in battle and survive maze-like dungeons.

Inindo: Way Of The Ninja is different from many other Super NES RPGs. It's a bit less fantastical, taking place in feudal Japan, though a fictionalized version of it. It's less linear than more story-heavy RPGs, and has a very large number of recruitable characters, but you have to earn their trust first, usually by talking to them at inns and tea houses. Turn-based battles take place, as you would expect, but in this game your position on the battlefield is important, so you will be moving around a lot. Fighting for or against certain daimyo can affect these feudal lords' possession of provinces, which affect your progress. And there are two different storyline paths, and the one you are on is determined upon exiting the first cave, the Password Dungeon. So there are a few things that make this game unique.

The various floors of any dungeon, however, are not so unique from each other in design, and there tends to be a sameness across the levels of any particular cave or mountain. Without help, you will most definitely get lost in these mazes - good thing zagato blackfist has taken on this game. In fact, he has mapped this once before in 2010, but redid these maps in 2019, consolidating the floors per dungeon and providing lots of information. Sure, there's the usual treasure contents in dungeons and the price lists of town shops, but also, the times there are differences based on which storyline you are on are indicated. Here at VGMaps.com we value improvement, and so it's good to see when someone takes the time to perfect their work. Thanks twice over, zagato!

So to recognize the effort put into mapping out the way of the ninja, zagato blackfist's Inindo: Way Of The Ninja (Super NES) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for March 2019.
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