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1  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: September 03, 2018, 07:25:07 PM

More of The Geek Fiction Multiverse!  I finally connect Astro Boy and Mega Man, thanks to some Switch games!
2  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / 2018/09: Holy Diver (J) (NES) - King-Hyrule on: August 31, 2018, 09:12:11 PM

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to King-Hyrule's Holy Diver (J) (NES) maps.

The Black Slayer, the "Emperor Of The Darkness", wreaks havoc upon the world with his black magic and army of followers and creatures.  Our hero, Randy, seeks five emblem seals of the King Crimson family, with which he can draw upon holy magic to expel the Black Slayer and his followers from this world.

This platformer with gothic architecture in a medieval setting swarming with monsters may remind you of the Castlevania series, though now with a heavier dose of magic.  Though progression is mostly linear, there are a few places where you may have to step aside to another screen or out-of-the-way part of a room, and later on, alternate paths, in order to find bonuses like extra lives and "Mana Extenders" to help you on your holy quest to save the world.  And you'll need everything you can get your hands on - especially King-Hyrule's maps which point all these out - because like the early Castlevania games, it also has a ridiculous difficulty level.

Though it was originally only published for the Famicom in Japan in 1989, if you pre-ordered one of the very limited Holy Diver: Collector's Edition cartridges published by Retro-Bit® and sold at CastleMania Games, you'll now be able to enjoy this on your NES!  Though this game is described as "holy", you might be cursing a lot, though...

So to recognize the effort put into diving into this difficult and (formerly-) Japanese-only game that deserves a look, King-Hyrule's Holy Diver (J) (NES) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for September 2018.
3  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Cleaning up special characters on VGMaps ("©", letters with accents, etc.) on: August 24, 2018, 07:59:16 PM
Hi everyone, sorry that it took me a while to get to this.

At some point earlier this year, I'm not sure what happened, but the HTML pages were being interpreted differently.  It's probably on the server side of things, because regardless of device or browser, "©" started appearing as "�".  This was a result of me using "©" itself directly in the HTML code, which, you'd think would be as simple as can be, but apparently not.  So I had to change it to the universally-understood "©" in the code - which if you ask me, is not at all intuitive.  And I don't get why it would suddenly appear as the "�" way despite being fine for 16 years...

I changed the "©" on a few popular pages and as I updated them, but today I finally got around to thoroughly fixing the "©" on every main atlas page.  I also fixed "Pokémon", "Alien³", "720°", Solstice's "Kâstleröck", and the Carmen Sandiego game developer, "Brøderbund".  If you reload the pages they should appear correctly now.

However, I'm pretty sure there are likely other special characters lurking about, and I may have missed them, so if you see some nonsensical or garbled text (not ZZT's "Castle Of *@#%&!!", but I mean something definitely wrong) in place of something, or any other errors, let me know and I'll fix it.  Thanks!

EDIT: Also, now that Project Wonderful's service ended (they managed the auction-based ads) I have purged the code from the pages that had it.  I don't know if people had some pages hang up because of that, but if so, it's one less thing to be concerned about.
4  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: August 23, 2018, 06:06:26 PM

More 16-bit love!  Since it is the 27th birthday of the Super NES, I look at Jeffrey Wittenhagen's "The Complete SNES: Collector's Book & Ultimate Guide - Definitive Edition".  What do you guys think of the Super NES library, and do you like books like this?
5  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: August 09, 2018, 07:41:08 PM

Yay!  A bit late, but here are my picks for the 16 best map sets, as well as the 16 best 16-bit map sets, here on VGMaps.com for its (belated) 16th anniversary!  No, the video's not 16 minutes.  >_>

This was particularly frustrating because there appeared to be a rendering error.  After trying a few more days to fix it with no luck, I decided to upload it anyway - only to find that the error does not appear on YouTube.  Sigh.  What a pointless delay.

Anyway, here we go!  Anyone here going to comment on this?
6  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: August 05, 2018, 09:21:34 PM

Here's a clip of iJustine responding to me (at the 8:26 mark).  I started this video a few times but for some reason never finished it.  I randomly clicked on it, randomly clicked near the end, and then saw that she actually responded to my question.  How about that?  An almost-missed celebrity interaction, found months later!

I guess you guys don't seem to respond much to my YouTube videos but I should have another one up (hopefully tomorrow or the day after at the latest) that will be VERY VGMaps.com-related.
7  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / 2018/08: Pooh And Tigger's Hunny Safari (GBC) - Shiny on: July 31, 2018, 08:43:58 PM

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to Shiny's Pooh And Tigger's Hunny Safari (GBC) maps.

Tigger and Pooh are out to throw a Thursday Party, but of course you can't have a Thursday Party without honey!  (Though really, that just goes without saying, right?)  It's time to seek out all the honey pots around the Hundred Acre Wood (which are just scattered about, for some reason)!

Pooh And Tigger's Hunny Safari is a portable platformer featuring Disney's version of Winnie-The-Pooh, Tigger, Christopher Robin, and all their friends.  Considering it is on the Game Boy Color, its impressive graphics and smooth animation are even more remarkable.  Sure, you would expect video games with cartoony characters to be animated well, but more often than not, they are not as fluid as on your TV on Saturday mornings, though this game does an exceptional job.  Shiny, no stranger to the Game Boy Color, has mapped this out for all to see, which is good because, let's be honest, licensed games aren't usually known for their quality, but this one at least looks and plays well!  Is it "bouncy trouncy flouncy pouncy fun fun fun fun FUN"?  Well, it's more so than many other cartoon-based games, at least.

So the recognize the effort put into mapping the Hundred Acre Wood, Shiny's Pooh And Tigger's Hunny Safari (GBC) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for August 2018.
8  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: July 03, 2018, 06:35:20 PM

Here's a look at the LEGO set 70917: The Ultimate Batmobile, from The LEGO Batman Movie series.  This took me a while to make, partly because I had other projects, and partly because doing a time lapse was a bit more involved than I originally thought.
9  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / 2018/07: Vice: Project Doom (NES) - Will Mallia on: July 01, 2018, 11:37:58 AM

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to Will Mallia's Vice: Project Doom (NES) maps.

Detective Hart of the Vice unit investigates the mysterious BEDA Corporation, which is involved in military technology, but also turns out to be a front operated by aliens.  The aliens' "Gel" is a substance used as a drug which has serious effects on humans.  Hart will have to drive, jump and shoot to get to the bottom of this convoluted story and save the world.

Vice: Project Doom is often compared to the Ninja Gaiden series because of its partly animated cutscenes telling a slightly more mature story (by NES standards) and the highly detailed graphics that make up the dark locales that our hero must traverse.  But in addition to the side-scrolling action, the game also features a couple "Spy Hunter"-style driving sections as well as two arcade-style first-person shooting segments.  It really is a underrated game that never came close to being as popular as its ninja-themed cousins on the NES, but is still a comparably good time.

So the recognize the effort put into mapping this "dystopian future Ninja Gaiden with aliens" that deserves to be better known, Will Mallia's Vice: Project Doom (NES) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for July 2018.
10  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: June 26, 2018, 09:51:13 PM

Just a fun thing I did.  "Take On Me" by a-ha is one of my favourite songs, after all!
11  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: June 09, 2018, 06:28:58 PM

Sorry it's so late, but here's the full vlog of the Calgary (Comic & Entertainment) Expo 2018!  More geeky (but non-vlog) videos are on the way!
12  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / 2018/06: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (GBA) - BumFengShui on: May 31, 2018, 07:34:09 PM

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to BumFengShui's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (GBA) maps.

Summer is upon us!  Bust out your boards, or this sick GBA game!

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 was a launch title for the Game Boy Advance way back in 2001. While scaled down from its console counterparts, what is still here is technically impressive for a handheld at the time (and this GBA game is leagues above the Game Boy Color version). The skaters, despite being small because this is on a handheld, have enough detail and are animated smoothly that you can make out what they are doing, be it an ollie or a 900. (Well, if you can make out what is happening at all on the infamously dark, non-backlit screens of the original GBA model, that is...)

Despite being technically 2D, the isometric perspective does a good job of conveying the three-dimensional landscapes of half-pipes and ramps. From the Hangar to the Warehouse, from the streets of New York to a skate park in France, there are all sorts of opportunities to shred and grind and all the other things you can do with a skateboard!

Fun fact: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is considered one of the best sports games ever, and according to Wikipedia, shares this recognition with Pong, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, NBA Jam and Wii Sports, all games that not-really-sporty gamers (like myself) can, and most certainly have enjoyed. And we can enjoy this game on the go, and also now with a deep understanding of all the skateable areas of this game, thanks to BumFengShui.  Hit all those crates and spell S-K-A-T-E!

So the recognize the effort put into mapping this GBA launch title, BumFengShui's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (GBA) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for June 2018.
13  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: May 05, 2018, 08:53:19 PM

I was at the Calgary (Comic & Entertainment) Expo last weekend, so here's my first video about it, showing the POW!: Parade Of Wonders cosplay parade!  (Neither me nor my brother participated this year...)
14  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / 2018/05: The Legend Of The Mystical Ninja (Super NES) - Vorpal86 on: April 30, 2018, 09:34:31 PM

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to Vorpal86's The Legend Of The Mystical Ninja (Super NES) maps.

In this Konami action game, Kid Ying (Goemon) and Dr. Yang (Ebisumaru) first investigate a ghost woman at the local temple, but soon find themselves fighting against the Otafu army while attempting to save a princess.

The Goemon series is very wacky, and very Japanese. So much so, that only a handful of Goemon games (out of dozens) were released outside of Japan - the first was The Legend Of The Mystical Ninja, for the Super NES, in 1992. But in this game, Goemon (based on Japanese folk hero Ishikawa Goemon) is instead named "Kid Ying", and his friend and partner Ebisumaru is known here as "Dr. Yang". Localization has its quirks, but what isn't lost in translation is the fun and zaniness of these bizarre adventures in a cartoon-like version of Feudal Japan. Ninja, samurai, kabuki, sumo, tengu, tanooki, saunas, cherry blossoms... if it's at all associated with Japan, it's probably in here somewhere.

These solidly-made maps by Vorpal86 show us this colourful and cutesy, yet diverse world. We've got the Otafu base, with rooms that rotate! We've got a bridge guarded by a giant (but somehow adorable) octopus (tip: you can walk by it without fighting it)! We've got villages thoroughly mapped (including price lists of shops)! Do you need passwords? Vorpal86 has provided those too.

So the recognize the effort put into mapping this mystical legend, Vorpal86's The Legend Of The Mystical Ninja (Super NES) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for May 2018.
15  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! (JonLeung1) on: April 05, 2018, 05:09:11 PM

Another "Games About Games" video, where my friends try to distinguish between Metal Gear and Mega Man X characters.

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?  Remember April Fool's Day twelve years ago?  Yes, I mention Revned, bustin98, osrevad and Grizzly in this video...
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