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16  General Boards / Map Requests / Re: Super NES Classic Edition - full map set on: August 24, 2017, 11:50:51 AM
Did anyone manage to preorder this?  Apparently a number of retailers started taking preorders at midnight yesterday morning...  I hope I haven't missed out (even though I've played many of these games back in the day, and still own a number of these cartridges).
17  General Boards / Map Gab / Re: ( SNES ) - The Legend of the Mystical Ninja on: August 16, 2017, 09:19:39 PM
It's been long enough, I'd say it's fair to do the maps.  Having submitted a few maps but not following through with more doesn't exactly retain "dibs", certainly not over a few years.

Though I think it would probably be better to redo them from scratch than to add to an existing map if you can't get their permission.

If the original mapper did perfectly (or exactly how you would have done it) with what they had already assembled, and that the end result is the same, one could argue that it would be a waste of time to do the work again just to be "above reproach".  I personally think that I would still do it though, if it were me.

(Though funnily enough, this very morning I had a brief moment where I mused about redoing all of the A Link To The Past maps (while I did the Light World, Iron Knuckle did the dungeons and Alex Foster did the Dark World), in a sense, to try to "claim" one of my favourite games of all time as mapped entirely by me, I also realized that (besides not having made a map myself in years), I probably don't have the time, and for so little gain.)

Looking forward to The Legend Of The Mystical Ninja maps.  I really like the Super NES game.  It's one of those games that may not be supremely well-known, but is still a high-quality game (comparable to the "AAA"s, even if not by popularity) and is of a decent length and lots of fun.  Could also say the same about the first N64 game (I didn't play much of the second).  A shame that Konami didn't bring more of its games over, but the Goemon series is full of Japanese quirkiness that makes it hard to sell, even though that's a big part of its charm, IMO.
18  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! on: August 07, 2017, 09:21:12 PM
A vlog this time about a local event called "Taste Of Edmonton", not sure if it would be of much appeal to most of you, but hey, here it is if you are interested; why not?

Also, please subscribe!  I have more game-related stuff in the pipeline and my personal goal is to get to 250 subscribers by the end of the year.  Thanks!
19  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / 2017/08: Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijyuurokubei no Karakuri Manji Katame (J) -gocha on: July 31, 2017, 09:19:56 PM

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to gocha's Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijyuurokubei no Karakuri Manji Katame (J) (Super NES) maps.

In the third main Goemon game for the Super Famicom, The Wise Old Man creates a time machine to chase after women in other time periods.  But in the future Neo-Edo, Ebisumaru's descendent, Sister Bisumaru, captures the Wise Old Man and has him build a robot army to take over the present-day Edo.  Once again it's up to the mystical ninja Goemon, Ebisumaru, Sasuke and Yae to save the day, in their usual wacky fashion!

Each of the four main characters has unique skills, to help them traverse this action-adventure game that has a lot of variety.  There are overhead areas, there are side-scrolling areas, there are times when you run away in little mechs (with Mode 7 scaling!) and there are times that you pilot the giant mech, Impact.  Thanks to the mapper gocha, VGMaps has got you covered.  Some areas are huge, and many of the side-scrolling platforming sections have two "layers", "front" and "back".  It's quite a sizeable game!

Now, two Japanese-only games recognized for "Maps Of The Month" in a row?  And the longest title by far (longer than even May 2006's King's Quest V: Absence Makes The Heart Go Yonder)!  Though the Goemon franchise includes quite a number of video games in Japan, only four of them have been released in North America: one each for the Super NES and Game Boy, and two on the Nintendo 64.  That being said, it's nice for gocha to have given one of several Japanese exclusives some attention, and shared its maps with us!

So for bringing us another look at the underappreciated Goemon, gocha's Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijyuurokubei no Karakuri Manji Katame (J) (Super NES) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for August 2017.
20  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: Vorpal86's Map Projects - Current and Complete on: July 31, 2017, 01:59:03 PM
I have received your latest bundle of maps and am excited to get home tonight to put up your Robotrek maps!  That's one of those games that I've wondered why it wasn't mapped earlier...
21  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: July 31, 2017, 07:07:13 AM
Some localization efforts are weird.  It's like the American branch/division of these game companies just want to do something more than just translate them or change cultural references.  Unless there really is some kind of spike in difficulty, it seems nearly pointless to shuffle puzzles around.  And adding puzzles is one thing, but removing some?  Why?
22  General Boards / Map Requests / Re: One request… on: July 25, 2017, 07:01:39 AM
Goemon games look great.  That said, I'm surprised we don't have more of The Legend Of The Mystical Ninja for the Super NES than we currently do...
23  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! on: July 23, 2017, 08:40:16 PM
Another book, and hey, some VGMaps maps in print!
24  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / Re: 2017/07: Magical Vacation (J) - Tropicon & Eishiya on: July 22, 2017, 10:56:50 AM
Someone just emailed me about this game.  I guess people really do notice these monthly recognitions after all!

Quote from: Fralinur8
Hey,

when I was a kid I saw picture in a magazine of a really good looking GBA game before the GBA was released and it was part of the reason I wanted the thing. But I never found out what the game was and if it belonged to an even released game and now I open your site and on the top I see some pictures of "Magical Vacation" and thought "wait a second, isn't that? omg it is".
And it never left Japan, so no wonder I never found it.
And there is an English language patch for it.
And it's kinda connected to Secret of Mana, no wonder I liked the look!

Thanks for "telling" me!
25  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Is there a way to sort image files by width/height aspect ratio? on: July 17, 2017, 11:58:21 AM
Is there a way to sort image files in a folder by the ratio of their widths to heights?  Like the aspect ratio?

One of my favourite image browser programs no longer compatible in the post-XP world was CompuPic Pro, which among many other things, was able to sort by "orientation" (tallest to widest, or vice-versa, by ratio).  I haven't seen anything like that for the more modern Windows.  Unless I'm blind I don't see anything like that in Windows Explorer, other than individual width/height fields, or together as "dimensions" (like "1920 x 1080"), but not divided to give a ratio.

This is I'd like to easily identify images that are at 16:9 (widescreen), 4:3 (standard), 1:1 (square), 3:4 and 9:16 ratios, and anything that doesn't fall into any of those.

Anyone?

EDIT: Yes, I know how to use Google, and any search for "sort by aspect ratio" leads me to "Dimensions 2 Folders", which is only semi-useful.  I can easily find things with those ratios or close to them so I can crop and resize as necessary, but ultimately it would be more handy to be able to sort by or at least see the aspect ratios of new images that are added without going through a big folder shuffle using that program every time.
26  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / 2017/07: Magical Vacation (J) (GBA) - Tropicon & Eishiya on: June 30, 2017, 09:10:43 PM

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to Tropicon's and Eishiya's Magical Vacation (J) (GBA) maps.

School's out!  It's time to go on a vacation!  How about...a MAGICAL vacation?  Like going to Valencia Beach, where you and your summer school classmates (from a MAGICAL school) can enjoy a view of the ocean, beautiful sunsets, and a creature known as Enigma that might capture some of your friends!  Or check out the Plane Of Light, where you can check out the market at Pippurusu Town, and marvel at the wondrously cheesy La Roche Tower.  Or the Plane Of Darkness, with its way-cool Icy Island, or take a trek through Riginio Jungle.  And then there's the oh-so-welcoming Plane Of Death...maybe?  (Okay, maybe not.)

The first game by the Nintendo-owned studio Brownie Brown (now 1-Up Studios, orginally comprised of ex-Square staff) is Magical Vacation (J).  This gorgeous game is reminiscent in look to the Mana series, which they also worked on (as they did Sword Of Mana and Heroes Of Mana).  This picturesque, yet often labyrinthine game - which is also underappreciated, as it didn't see a release outside of Japan - is a great choice for recognition here.

So for taking us on a magical RPG vacation, Tropicon's and Eishiya's Magical Vacation (J) (GBA) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for July 2017.
27  General Boards / Map Requests / Super NES Classic Edition - full map set on: June 27, 2017, 10:54:39 AM
The Super NES Classic Edition was announced yesterday!  Time for another "let's map them all" request topic.

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It comes as not much of a surprise, given the success of the NES Classic Edition last year, and the natural progression of moving on to the next console.

But this will also be crazy popular as it has some great games (even if "only" 21) including some of the greatest games of all time, plus the previously-unreleased Star Fox 2, and it comes with two controllers, and Nintendo plans to make more of these than the NES Classic.

As before, most have been fully mapped on VGMaps.com already, but not all.  At the time of writing this, all of them DO have some maps for them, with the exception of Star Fox 2.  This topic will track the progression to finishing these off, hopefully before its release date of Sept. 29.
28  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: YouTube channel! on: June 14, 2017, 06:58:15 AM
Took long enough, right?  I finally got my vlog of the Calgary Expo up last night.
29  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: The Most Online Today Counter? on: June 02, 2017, 11:17:33 AM
Well, 63 today.  That's a surprise...
30  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / 2017/06: Jill Of The Jungle (PC) - Will Mallia on: May 31, 2017, 07:40:25 PM

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to Will Mallia's Jill Of The Jungle (PC) maps.

Jill, an Amazon woman and apparently of the jungle, travels underground and rescues a prince in the Jill Of The Jungle trilogy.  She can throw daggers and transform into animals to traverse 50 levels of classic 1992 platforming action with VGA graphics!  What a wonder woman!

In the early 90s, games (mostly platformers) were popular on PCs via shareware.  Popularized by Apogee, games were encouraged to be copied and shared, with the idea being that if you like the game, you would buy additional episodes.  Epic MegaGames's major foray into shareware platforming was Jill Of The Jungle.  It was fairly successful, and allowed Epic MegaGames to create other classic games such as Jazz Jackrabbit and One Must Fall 2097.  And Epic would go on to make the Unreal Engine, a game engine now in its fourth iteration, which powers many video games today.  So this 25-year-old game may be, at least in part, responsible for some of your favourite video game memories.  And, hey, it's a decent game on its own, and a classic!

So for jumping into the jungle with Jill, Will Mallia's Jill Of The Jungle (PC) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for June 2017.
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