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Gaming / Very Touching Zelda Comic
« on: January 18, 2013, 07:41:39 PM »
It may be a Deviantart fan comic, but this gave me chills:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
I especially like how the art style is somewhat reminiscent of the official art of the first NES Zelda game (i.e. the instruction manual).

Fixed the links. >_<

At last! And very well deserved. :D

And I'm definitely looking forward to the Master Quest maps. (And Majora's Mask. And the remaining bonus levels of Yoshi's Island GBA, etc. :P)

@Grizzly: Yeah, you definitely owe it to yourself to finish. The game gets even better after Jabu-Jabu's Belly.

Gaming / Re: What Games Are We Playing
« on: December 23, 2012, 10:04:44 PM »
Just beat Super Mario Galaxy! Heh, only took me over five years to actually start playing this true gem of a game.

And I feel I've hardly scratched the surface! I have 105 Power Stars, so now I need to get the 15 Purple Comet stars. Then after that, I have to do it ALL over again as Luigi, all 120 (I hear everything is harder as Luigi?). Then there's some sort of post-game award I think that awards each brother an additional Power Star each, bringing the grand total up to 242. Whew!

As for Sunshine, I ended up succeeding at gaining all 120 Shine Sprites in that one. I really liked it! The game was a rousing challenge, and while I'm glad the series didn't end up going in that direction, it (like Majora's Mask in the Zelda series) was a nice departure from the norm. I really liked the tropical feel and how the scenarios stayed true to each region of the island, but then adding old-fashioned platforming in the secret areas. Sunshine actually surprised me by how much I ended up liking it.

But Galaxy might just become my favorite game in the entire Mario series. We shall see!

Gaming / Re: What Games Are We Playing
« on: December 03, 2012, 10:57:53 AM »
62 Shines in! (Well, 76 if you count my 140 uncashed blue coins.)

I definitely like this game a lot more than I thought I would. And it beats Super Mario 64 on the basis of controls and inventiveness, I think. I really like the blend of main tropical settings, then those separate secret levels where the game developers really went all out for uber-platforming experiences.

I've totally cleaned out Bianco Hills, Ricco Harbor, Gelato Beach, and Pinna Park at this point. We'll see how I do with Sirena Beach, Noki Bay, and Pianta Village (and of course Corona Mountain after all that).

Gaming / Re: What Games Are We Playing
« on: November 27, 2012, 06:08:56 PM »
Oh God, that sounds like the worst. >_<

Yeah, I'm currently going back and playing all the main series Mario games, and Sunshine was one of the few I haven't been very excited about. In happier news, I have 120 Stars in SM64, have sent Bowser packing, and reunited with Yoshi! This game has always been horribly difficult for me, so despite people's warnings about SMS, after 100%ing SM64, I sort of feel like I can do anything right now. :P

Gaming / Re: What Games Are We Playing
« on: November 26, 2012, 05:35:27 PM »
Super Mario 64.

A bit shamefully, I've never beaten this game. As in, ever. I came pretty close when I first played it back in 2000. I'd gathered around 50 or 60 Power Stars and had beaten the first two Bowser battles. But I was interrupted when my brother introduced me to that Zelda 64 game, and I never looked back.

Until now! I've been at it since Thanksgiving and currently have 112 Stars. (I'm determined to collect all 120 before I finish.) I cleared Tick Tock Clock tonight, and that place is beastly. All that remains now are Rainbow Ride and Bowser in the Sky!

After this, I'm moving on to Super Mario Sunshine, a game that I've never so much as touched before. (I only hope the play control is better than in SM64.)

Gaming / Re: Wii U Countdown!
« on: November 18, 2012, 08:01:54 AM »
Today's the day!

Of course for me, I probably won't be getting one until March because I can't afford--and I'm not likely to be able to find one until then even if I did have the money to shell out.

VGMaps Social Board / Re: The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses
« on: November 08, 2012, 06:44:24 PM »
I think I heard this concert is coming to Atlanta? I'll have to make a trip to see it. I won't need any snow tires, though.

I guess that's the nice thing about living in the South. No need for snow tires or the like. :P

Maps In Progress / Re: Peardian's map projects in progress and planned
« on: October 20, 2012, 07:35:34 AM »
Ah, you're back! Yeah, I bet you did need a nice extended break after OoT.

Speaking of which, in the spirit of those maps, I've decided to post a list of Master Quest maps that I can cross off once you're done:
  • Inside the Deku Tree
  • Dodongo's Cavern
  • Inside Jabu-Jabu's Belly
  • Forest Temple
  • Fire Temple
  • Ice Cavern
  • Water Temple
  • Bottom of the Well
  • Shadow Temple
  • Gerudo Training Ground
  • Spirit Temple
  • Inside Ganon's Castle

The Majora's Mask list I think will be more fun, though. ;)

Also looking forward to seeing what you do with Wario Land: Shake It!

VGMaps Social Board / Re: vgmapper, get while it's there
« on: September 23, 2012, 08:16:14 AM »
Trop, I know I'm late on this, but I'm tremendously sorry to hear about your parents. That's got to be awful. :(

Maps Of The Month / Re: 2012/09: Little Samson (NES) - TerraEsperZ
« on: September 01, 2012, 07:46:41 AM »
No disrespect to Terra--those look like awesome maps--but I'm sort of unsure how Peardian's maps of Ocarina of Time didn't make it as the September Maps of the Month. :P

Gaming / R.I.P. Nintendo Power (1988-2012)
« on: August 25, 2012, 10:48:48 AM »
As Jon alluded to in an earlier post, this week we were met with the news of Nintendo Power's impending demise. And since the entire premise of this website has the old magazine and the maps therein as its inspiration, I think this is pretty big news for all of us goers.

I suppose I sort of have mixed feelings on the announcement myself. For one, I'm surprised it hasn't happened much sooner. In the era of GameFAQs, VGMaps, and online walkthroughs, it's actually rather impressive that NP has survived all the way to 2012. As superfluous as the magazine has become in recent years, it's almost held on more out of tradition and sentiment than anything else.

But it's very sad. Having been born in 1980 myself, I'm old enough to have experienced NP from its inception all the way on. I wasn't a subscriber in the beginning, though. I ended up using my weekly allowance to start a subscription in 1991 (maybe 1990?) and not only got the monthly issues, but back then NP had a really neat back issue order program too, so I started collecting backward too. I don't recall if I collected all the way back to Volume 1 from July/August 1988 or not, but I wasn't far off, I know that.

My best NP memories are from 1992, the entire year. For that year (when the Super NES was still brand new), NP ran a comic strip story based on both Super Mario World and A Link to the Past in all twelve issues. I got so into it that I would literally wait out by my mailbox in the desperate hope that the mailman was bringing that month's issue of Nintendo Power that day. I think because of this, even now there's this subconscious part of my brain that gets really excited whenever I see a mail truck, even today (despite the fact that nowadays the mail brings me bills more often than anything else!). Back then, I would go so far as to ask the mailman if he was sure that was everything for our house if the day's mail didn't include my NP issue.

I also really loved the Super Metroid comics they later ran, even though it didn't go a whole year as the Mario and Zelda ones did.

Anyway, at some point we ended up cancelling my subscription to Nintendo Power, either when I was in eighth or possibly ninth grade. So perhaps 1994 or (at the latest) 1995? Once I entered high school, my video game interest seemed to dwindle down to nothing. (I think Yoshi's Island, released my ninth grade year, was the last game I played for a very long time.) Sadly, I not only cancelled the subscription, but even later, having believed myself to have outgrown video games, I threw out all my NP issues. =/

Yes, I still rather regret that decision to this day. But I was a very erstwhile teenager, what can I say?

Oh, and I had collected a veritable library of those early Nintendo player's guides too. NES Atlas, Mario Mania, A Link to the Past, Super Metroid. In some ways, those were even better than the regular issues!

Anyway, even when I became addicted to gaming again in 2006, I never renewed my subscription--it was a bit pointless by then of course, due to the aforementioned GameFAQs. I still even now collect the occasional strategy guide (Prima nowadays, since NP let go of those in 2007).

Out of little more than sentiment, I have been keeping up with NP, occasionally thumbing through an issue when I see one in the stores. I'm also very keen on looking online to see what the cover for the next issue will look like. Hell, one day I put together a document listing the covers of all 200+ issues, from 1988 to the present! It's been interesting watching the progression from those old vintage clay model covers to the schnazzy computer art of today.

But now there will definitely be an end. Volume 285 will be the last issue, December 2012. So I suppose the Mayans were right after all--except they weren't counting down to the end of the world, just the end of Nintendo Power magazine. :P

Gaming / Re: Nintendo Gallery: OoT
« on: August 24, 2012, 06:03:18 PM »
Yeah, that's pretty much the greatest thing in the world.

I concur with Revned here, pretty much about this whole thread.

By the way, I especially love what you did at the end--including not only the bosses but also the poses of all the sages as they're sealing away Ganon!

Truly a stupendous effort, both on these models and especially the OoT maps themselves.

Maps In Progress / Re: Peardian's map projects in progress and planned
« on: August 24, 2012, 03:48:22 PM »

Congratulations! Yes, Ganon's Tower (exterior) looks rather interesting from above. I can't wait to see how you laid out the interior--I'm sure it was massive!

And yes, I noticed the revised Market maps. It looks much fuller now! There's something about the Treasure Box shop progression from green to blue to red to gold that's visually appealing. :)

Now just for posterity, I can post back to my list on page 8 (posted in February 2011!) of all the mappable areas of the game:

They're all crossed off! =D

Maps In Progress / Re: Peardian's map projects in progress and planned
« on: August 14, 2012, 05:44:07 AM »
Excellent--only the Ganon's Castle areas now remain! It's pretty exciting you've gotten this far. Kudos, Peardian!

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