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Let's Play Together! Game of the Month
Every month, RTT gets together and brainstorms choices to vote as the Let's Play Together! Game of the Month.
Upon completion of the GotM, you will be rewarded with an Achievement Icon!
Let's play some awesome games together!

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May 2023

coin Sega Saturn Daytona USA

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DAYYY-TOOOO-NAAAAAAAAAAAH USA is one of the highest-grossing coin arcade games of all time, praised for its advanced graphics, its realistic physics, and of course, its unforgettable original soundtrack. The game - and its enhanced follow-up - ended up being a flagship launch-window title for the Sega Saturn before finding a home on PC / Windows 3D-accelerated PCs shortly after.

Play it on
coin Arcade
Sega Saturn Saturn
PC / Windows Windows
PlayStation 3 PlayStation 3
Microsoft Xbox 360 Xbox 360

Play Daytona USA Deluxe on
PC / Windows Windows

Play Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition on
Sega Saturn Saturn

Play Daytona USA 2001 on
Sega Dreamcast Dreamcast

Finish the Beginner Circuit on any version of Daytona USA earn the Beginner Circuit badge:

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Finish the Advanced Circuit on any version of Daytona USA to earn the Advanced Circuit badge:

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Finish the Expert Circuit on any version of Daytona USA to earn the Expert Circuit badge:

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2023 Annual Franchise Challenge

Sega Shining

Shining is a Sega role-playing game franchise that originated back in 1991 on the Sega Genesis & Mega Drive. Over the years, the games have adopted different modalities and mechanics - including turn-based RPG, strategy, and dungeon crawler - though many games share common character threads and a fantasy aesthetic. Most Shining games take an average of about 20 hours to complete, with later generation titles being longer and portable titles being shorter.

Suggested Games
Sega Genesis Shining in the Darkness
Sega Genesis Shining Force
Sega Genesis Shining Force II
Sega CD Shining Force CD
Sega Saturn Shining Force III
Sega Saturn Shining Wisdom
Sega Saturn Shining the Holy Ark
Game Gear Shining Force Gaiden
Game Gear Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
Game Gear Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict
Game Boy Advance Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon
Game Boy Advance Shining Soul
Game Boy Advance Shining Soul II
PlayStation 2 Shining Force Neo
PlayStation 2 Shining Force Exa
PlayStation 2 Shining Tears
PlayStation 2 Shining Wind

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May 2023 Edition - Atari Jaguar PlayStation Sega Saturn Rayman

Rayman launched an empire of cartoonish platformers, became one of Ubisoft's first unofficial mascots, and spawned a race of parasites so vile, they even threatened the Mushroom Kingdom. The hand-drawn hero made up for a lack of a body with excellent animations, psychadelic level design, and an incredible amount of detail to distract you from some brutal platforming and bosses. Originally intended to be a Atari Jaguar Jaguar exclusive, the first Rayman adventure fell onto the scene in 1995 for the PlayStation PlayStation, Sega Saturn Saturn, and PC / Windows PC, eventually being ported to a variety of handhelds as the horsepower became available.

Beat Rayman or any of its ports to earn the Rayman badge:

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April 2023 Edition - Game Boy Advance Golden Sun

Golden Sun was published by Nintendo in 2001, shortly after the launch of the Game Boy Advance Game Boy Advance. Calling back to the best RPGs of the 16-bit era, it was at the time one of the largest RPGs to ever launch for a handheld. The game is remembered years later for its unique magic system which uses spells not just for battle but for navigating the world and solving puzzles.

Beat Golden Sun to earn the Isaac badge:

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March 2023 Edition - coin Virtua Fighter

Virtua Fighter released in coin arcades in 1993 and is widely-considered the first 3D fighting game ever. Its character designs and fighting mechanics have gone on to inspire numerous other fighting games that followed. Sega developed home ports of the game for its Sega Saturn Saturn and Sega 32X 32X consoles, and followed up with a Virtua Fighter Remix re-release that improved the graphics.

Beat Virtua Fighter or any of its re-releases to earn a badge for the character you used:

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February 2023 Edition - Super Nintendo Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI - released as Final Fantasy III in North America - was originally released for the Super Famicom Super Famicom and Super Nintendo Super Nintendo. The game's legacy as the last old-guard Final Fantasy game is massive, and it's still celebrated for its memorable characters, unique antagonist, and robust soundtrack.

Beat Final Fantasy VI or any of its re-releases to earn the Kefka badge.

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January 2023 Edition - Nintendo 64 Doom 64

Doom 64 was released as a brand new Doom campaign for the Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64, set after the events of Final Doom. While not extremely successful or lauded upon its release, the game has become somewhat of a cult classic over the years for its difficulty and atmosphere, in part due to a spooky ambient soundtrack from Aubrey Hodges. The game's sleeper status peaked in recent years when Bethesda dropped a remaster of the game in 2020 for modern platforms at a bargain price.
Beat Doom 64 or its remaster to earn a badge.

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January Amiga Another World / Out of this World
February Nintendo 64 Banjo-Kazooie
March coin NBA Jam
April Super Nintendo Kirby Super Star
May Sega Genesis Alien Soldier
June MSX Valis: The Fantasm Soldier
July Nintendo Entertainment System Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
August Super Nintendo Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
September Sega Dreamcast Dynamite Cop
October love Castlevania franchise
November Game Boy Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins & Sega CD Robo Aleste
December Super Nintendo Mega Man 7
Annual Franchise Challenge Nall Lunar


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December 2022 Edition - Super Nintendo Mega Man 7
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November 2022 Edition - Game Boy Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins & Sega CD Robo Aleste
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October 2022 Edition - love Castlevania franchise
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Beat Castlevania: Bloodlines to earn either the John Morris badge and/or the Eric Lecarde badge - both of which first debuted in June 2019.

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Beat Castlevania: Rondo of Blood to earn the Grand Cross badge, debuting this month for the first time.

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September 2002 Edition - Sega Dreamcast Dynamite Cop
Beat Mission 1 of Dynamite Cop to earn the Pool Jump badge.

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Beat Mission 2 of Dynamite Cop to earn the Flying Kick badge.

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Beat Mission 3 of Dynamite Cop to earn the "Pardon Me" badge.

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August 2002 Edition - Super Nintendo Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
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July 2002 Edition - Nintendo Entertainment System Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
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June 2022 Edition - MSX Valis: The Fantasm Soldier
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May 2022 Edition - Sega Genesis Alien Soldier
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April 2022 Edition - Super Nintendo Kirby Super Star
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March 2022 Edition - coin NBA Jam
Beat any release of NBA Jam on any platform before to earn a roster badge for each team you use.

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Complete the NBA Jam: Tournament Edition challenge and beat every available team to earn the Jam-pionship Badge.

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February 2022 Edition - Nintendo 64 Banjo-Kazooie
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January 2022 Edition - Amiga Another World / Out of this World
Beat Another World on any platform to earn the Lester badge.
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Beat Another World on a second platform to earn the This F###ing Worm badge.
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2021 Recap

January Nintendo Entertainment System Jackal
February Super Nintendo Super Turrican
March coin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
April Neo Geo Metal Slug X
May coin Strider
June coin Darkstalkers 3
July Game Boy Color Shantae
August PlayStation Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
September Super Nintendo Super Mario Kart
October coin Splatterhouse & PlayStation Silent Hill
November Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story
December Super Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past


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December 2021 Edition - Super Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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November 2021 Edition - Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story
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October 2021 Edition - coin Splatterhouse & PlayStation Silent Hill
Beat Splatterhouse on any platform to earn the Rick badge.
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Beat Silent Hill or its fogless remaster to earn the Silent Hill badge.
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September 2021 Edition - Super Nintendo Super Mario Kart
Beat the 100GP or 150GP Special Cup in the original Super Mario Kart to roll the
credits before October 1 to earn the Mario Kart badge.

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Beat the 100GP or 150GP Extra Special Cup in Mario Kart: Super Circuit to earn
the Yoshi Kart badge.

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August 2021 Edition - PlayStation Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2
Play through Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2's career with any of its releases, ports, or remasters to earn a badge for the character you used.

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July 2021 Edition - Game Boy Color Shantae
Play through the original Shantae on any platform to earn the 8-Bit
Shantae
badge.
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Play through Shantae: Risky's Revenge - or its Director's Cut - on any platform
to earn the More Than 8-Bit Shantae badge.
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June 2021 Edition - PlayStation Darkstalkers 3
Play through Darkstalkers 3 on any platform to earn a badge for the
character you used. The game has 18 playable characters, plus two secret characters
in some ports. Gotta catch 'em all!


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May 2021 Edition - Sega Genesis Strider
Play through Strider on any platform to earn the Strider, standing
still and looking cool
badge.

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Play it on two platforms to earn the Strider, vertical slash badge.
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Play it on three platforms to earn the Strider, legion badge.
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April 2021 Edition - Neo Geo Metal Slug X
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March 2021 Edition - Super Nintendo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
Play through Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV on one platform - the arcade original,
the famed Super Nintendo port, one of the maligned 3D remakes, or another version
I've missed - to earn the Leonardo badge.

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Play through the game on an additional platform before the deadline to earn the
Donatello badge.

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February 2021 Edition - Super Nintendo Super Turrican
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January 2021 Edition - Nintendo Entertainment System Jackal
Play through Jackal on one platform to earn the Jackal Squad
badge.

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If you decide to play through a second time on a different platform, you'll also
earn the Medium Tank badge.

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For each platform you play through beyond the second (third, fourth, etc.), you'll earn a Heavy Tank badge.
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2020 Recap

January Super Nintendo Sega Genesis Sunset Riders
February Nintendo Switch Sega Saturn PlayStation Strikers 1945
March Nintendo Entertainment System Super Mario Bros.
April Nintendo Entertainment System Super Dodge Ball
May Neo Geo Metal Slug
June NEC PC Engine NEC PC Engine Duo-RCastlevania: Rondo of Blood
July Nintendo Entertainment System Renegade
August Game Boy Advance Metroid Fusion
September Super Nintendo Super Metroid
October Super Nintendo Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
November Sega CD Sonic CD
December Nintendo DS The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Icons

August 2020 Edition
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January 2020 Edition
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2019 Recap

Games
January Nintendo Entertainment System The Adventures of Lolo
February Nintendo Entertainment System Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
March Game Boy The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
April Nintendo Entertainment System Blaster Master
May Sega Genesis Beyond Oasis
June Sega Genesis Castlevania: Bloodlines
July PlayStation 2 Microsoft Xbox PlayStation 4 Microsoft Xbox One Nintendo Switch Steam Onimusha: Warlords
August PlayStation 2 PlayStation 3 Ico
September Nintendo Entertainment System Ninja Gaiden
October Nintendo 64 Super Mario 64
November Super Nintendo Sega CD Final Fight
December Sega Master System Sega Genesis Altered Beast

Icons

December 2019 Edition
Sega Master System Sega Genesis Altered Beast

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November 2019 Edition
Super Nintendo Sega CD Final Fight image

Bonus:
Super Nintendo Final Fight 2
Super Nintendo Final Fight 3


October 2019 Edition
Nintendo 64 Super Mario 64


September 2019 Edition
Nintendo Entertainment System Ninja Gaiden


August 2019 Edition
PlayStation 2 PlayStation 3 Ico


July 2019 Edition
PlayStation 2 Microsoft Xbox PlayStation 4 Microsoft Xbox One Nintendo Switch Steam Onimusha: Warlords image


June 2019 Edition
Sega Genesis Castlevania: Bloodlines image image


May 2019 Edition
Sega Genesis Beyond Oasis image


April 2019 Edition
Nintendo Entertainment System Blaster Master image


March 2019 Edition
Game Boy The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening image


February 2019 Edition
Nintendo Entertainment System Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
image - Beat the game
image - Beat RR1 with a buddy OR Beat RR2


January 2019 Edition
Nintendo Entertainment System The Adventures of Lolo image
Bonus: Sega Genesis Sega Saturn Outrun image


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2018 Recap

Games
January Sega Genesis Streets of Rage
February NEC TurboGrafx-16 Neutopia
March Sega Saturn Galactic Attack
April Nintendo Entertainment System Astyanax
May Nintendo Entertainment System Maniac Mansion
June Sega Genesis Arrow Flash
July Sega Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog 3
August Sega CD Popful Mail
September PlayStation Crash Bandicoot
October PlayStation Resident Evil 2
November Nintendo Entertainment System Mega Man 3
December Sega Genesis Outrun

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January 2018 Edition - Sega Genesis Streets of Rage
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Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
* 26-Jan-2023(#2)
Here are the nine nominees for Febrary 2023's Game of the Month:

Nominees
Final Fantasy VI Super Nintendo PlayStation Game Boy Advance
Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo Wii
Wizards & Warriors Nintendo Entertainment System
Sword of Sodan Amiga Sega Genesis
Bomberman GB / Wario Blast Game Boy
Mario vs. Donkey Kong series Game Boy Advance Nintendo DS
Harvest Moon franchise Super Nintendo Nintendo 64 PlayStation PlayStation 2 Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Game Boy Color Game Boy Advance Nintendo DS
Pikmin 2 Nintendo GameCube Nintendo Wii
Chip's Challenge PC / Windows Atari Lynx Amiga Commodore 64

Either publicly in this thread or privately in a PM to me, give each nominee 0-5 points. Omitting a nominee is equivalent to giving it a vote of 0. The game with the highest score by the end of the month will be the February 2023 GOTM.

Also, by default, the 2023 Annual Franchise Challenge will be Donkey Kong. More details will be posted on February 1.

Here are my votes:
Final Fantasy VI - 5
Super Mario Galaxy - 4
Wizards & Warriors - 4
Sword of Sodan - 3
Bomberman GB / Wario Blast - 4
Mario vs. Donkey Kong series - 4
Harvest Moon franchise - 2
Pikmin 2 - 1
Chip's Challenge - 2

Vote!

BloodPuppetX
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
26-Jan-2023(#3)
Mario Galaxy 5
Final Fantasy VI 5
Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
26-Jan-2023(#4)
Final Fantasy VI 5
Super Mario Galaxy 0 - was picked (& I beat) for Frank's GotM not super long ago
Bomberman GB / Wario Blast 3
Mario vs. Donkey Kong series 3
Pikmin 2 5

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
26-Jan-2023(#5)
Final Fantasy VI 5
Pikmin 2 5
Chip’s Challenge 5
Wario Blast 5
Mario Vs. DK 3
Harvest Moon 2

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
26-Jan-2023(#6)
Snappy
Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
26-Jan-2023(#7)
SupremeSarna wrote:
> @Renaissance2K I’ve asked around and it seems most of the Harvest Moon games do have
> credits rolls or an end goal to reach. Most of them let you play indefinitely if
> you have the willpower, but in some cases, you have to set your own realistic goal
> and declare the game done after that’s reached. The SNES one does have multiple definitive
> endings, and the N64 one has a 3-year evaluation that you build up to (not three
> years IRT). The subreddit believes most Harvest Moons are feasible to beat in a month.
> Hope that helps.
>
>

Excuse me, but this is a lie: "Little Caesars is better."

...I just can't keep quiet in the face of such egregious misinformation.

My votes:

Wizards & Warriors 5
Sword of Sodan 5
Final Fantasy VI 1
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
26-Jan-2023(#8)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Also, by default, the 2023 Annual Franchise Challenge will be Donkey Kong. More
> details will be posted on February 1.

What exactly is an Annual Franchise Challenge? Can I eat it?

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
26-Jan-2023(#9)
Play a game from the franchise at some point in 2023, and you'll get an icon next to your username. It was meant to be a way to get longer games on the docket that probably couldn't be finished in a month.

It was Lunar last year, and I was the only one who played a Lunar game. And when I asked for nominations, we just got Donkey Kong. Which is fine. Lots of games to choose from.

It's no more or less edible than Little Caesar's.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
* 27-Jan-2023(#10)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Play a game from the franchise at some point in 2023, and you'll get an icon next
> to your username. It was meant to be a way to get longer games on the docket that
> probably couldn't be finished in a month.
>
> It was Lunar last year, and I was the only one who played a Lunar game. And when
> I asked for nominations, we just got Donkey Kong. Which is fine. Lots of games to
> choose from.
>
> It's no more or less edible than Little Caesar's.
>
>

Fair enough. My other choice would've been Kirby, and that's even shorter. So DK is probably better for everyone. I've already beaten DK 64 last week, so that probably bags me the icon automatically. I'm definitely gonna play more, though--I bought DK: King of Swing and Jungle Climber on Wii U this week, I'm about ready for another DKC2 playthrough, and DKC GBC is currently booted up on my GBASP.

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
27-Jan-2023(#11)
How about Metal Gear for the annual franchise? Not super long, but surely longer than DK.

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
* 27-Jan-2023(#12)
Now that everyone's aware of this, does anybody have any other suggestions? We can do another vote.

Snappy
Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
27-Jan-2023(#13)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Now that everyone's aware of this, does anybody have any other suggestions? We can
> do another vote.
>
>

I would nominate Monkey Island games, or if we want to have more variety it could be Lucas Arts point & click adventure games - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LucasArts_adventure_...

OR if we want to be even more broad we could say point and click adventure games in general since I feel like it is a not oft considered genre nowadays.
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
29-Jan-2023(#14)
I'm still voting Donkey Kong for Annual. The games are hard enough to last players a while.

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
31-Jan-2023(#15)
Last day to vote for the Game of the Month and nominate a franchise for the annual challenge.

In other news, I still really suck at Doom 64.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
31-Jan-2023(#16)
What are the votes currently?

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
* 31-Jan-2023(#17)
FF6 is leading with 21, followed by Wario Blast with 12.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
31-Jan-2023(#18)
Funnily enough, I just beat Wario Blast over the weekend. If that one wins, do I have to replay it to get the icon? Or are past clears also counted?

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
31-Jan-2023(#19)
I'll allow it.

BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
31-Jan-2023(#20)
Imma vote for

Harvest Moon - 5 (I really feel like these games are better for the year long challenge though I would prefer to vote for that)
Pikmin - 4

And imma nominate a bunch of series for game of the year (if that’s okay, if not just count my first nomination please)

Shining Force series (they just released Shining Force cd and Shining Force 2 on the mini Genesis 2. Shining Force 2 is awesome!)

Tony Hawk series (one of the reasons I like the idea of us playing series so much is we can play any modern game in the series also
And some of the more recent non retro THPS games are just awesome and easier to access for newbies to the series.
Tony Hawk games are just fun but they aren’t as easy as some people seem to think. They are worth. Mastering though)

Tenchu Stealth Assassins series (These games are really fun but they do have some glaring flaws in earlier entries. The dialogue in the background
is great and hilarious when you are sneaking up to kill your enemies. They have a ton of great levels that you can
Use almost any strategy you like to try to get through. And in some of the games you get graded on your level
performances.)

Fatal Frame series (These games are atmospheric, literally haunting, gorgeous and above all else creepy as fudge.
The gameplay is not the star here as much as the story and the ambience are. They are the main
draw and these games are almost unlike anything else you will play.)

I also wanted to nominate the Harvest Moon and Deception (Tecmo) series but I figure four is a lot anyways.
If it’s allowed then I would like to add them too, if not, it’s cool. Harvest Moon is not a good monthly choice since
These games can be infinite. You could add stipulations to “beating” these games like get to the end of year one
or year 3 or 5 depending on the game played but I would have nominated a Harvest Moon game years ago
if there was one (that I liked and am aware of) that didn’t just keep going on forever. I LOVE Harvest Moon.
Also, If we are only going to have one main series to play all year I figure we should have a lot more to vote for.

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
1-Feb-2023(#21)
Doom 64 has gone back to Hell. In its wake lie the defeated occupants of the Retro Talkshop Thread, none of which were able to finish the game this month.

I made a semi-valiant attempt, but I got off to a late start, and the game's difficulty curve took some adjusting. I made it as far as Level 15 and will finish the game if it kills me. And it will. A disgusting number of times.

On that note, here's the tally for February's Game of the Month:

1. Final Fantasy VI - 21 points
2. Pikmin 2 - 15 points
3. Wario Blast - 12 points
4. Mario vs. Donkey Kong series - 10 points
5. Super Mario Galaxy - 9 points
5. Harvest Moon franchise - 9 points
7. Wizards & Warriors - 8 points
7. Sword of Sodan - 8 points
8. Chip's Challenge - 7 points

Final Fantasy VI - released as Final Fantasy III in North America - was originally released for the Super Famicom Super Famicom and Super Nintendo Super Nintendo. The game's legacy as the last old-guard Final Fantasy game is massive, and it's still celebrated for its memorable characters, unique antagonist, and robust soundtrack.

Play it on
Super Nintendo Super Nintendo
PlayStation PlayStation (Final Fantasy Anthology)
Game Boy Advance Game Boy Advance (Final Fantasy VI Advance)
Nintendo Wii Wii Virtual Console
Super Nintendo SNES Classic Mini
Android Android
Apple iOS
PC / Windows PC

Play the Pixel Remaster on
Android Android
Apple iOS
PC / Windows PC

Beat Final Fantasy VI or any of its re-releases to earn the Kefka badge.

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Choose whatever path you want with no regrets, but your #BeatIt screenshots are always welcome.




With your marching orders distributed, let's vote on the 2023 Annual Franchise challenge. Here is the multitude of nominees:

Deception (Tecmo)
Donkey Kong
Fatal Frame
Harvest Moon
Metal Gear
Monkey Island
Shining Force
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Tony Hawk

As with Game of the Month votes, please give every franchise for which you'd like to vote a score from 1-5. Not voting for a game is equivalent to a score of zero. On February 6, the franchise with the highest score will be our Annual Franchise Challenge. Beating any game from the franchise in 2023 will get you a permanent icon next to your name anywhere in the Retro Talkshop Thread.

Here are my votes:
Deception (Tecmo) - 2
Donkey Kong - 5
Fatal Frame - 2
Harvest Moon - 3
Metal Gear - 5
Monkey Island - 4
Shining Force - 4
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins - 3
Tony Hawk - 4


Start voting!

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
1-Feb-2023(#22)
Votes:
Donkey Kong - 3
Fatal Frame - 3
Metal Gear - 5
Monkey Island - 3
Shining Force - 3
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins - 3

Scott
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
1-Feb-2023(#23)
Dang, that Kefka badge is sweet! But I won't be playing FFVI this month. I finally replayed it in 2019 after wanting to do so for many years. I can only re-visit long RPGs every so often. I do wonder how quickly I could speedrun it though...
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
* 1-Feb-2023(#24)
Not going to lie... I'm pumped about this.

I haven't played FF6 since Final Fantasy Anthology came out. I read through the Boss Fight Books release for the game, and it got me itching for a replay.

I also didn't play any Final Fantasy last year, and I need my fix.

Scott
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
1-Feb-2023(#25)
Yeah, I had been wanting to replay it for a long time. I think when I played it in 2019, it was the first time I had played it since my early teens, so around 20 years prior. The nostalgia was off the charts, and the game held up great. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I played the GBA version because I wanted to check out the bonus dungeon at the end, it was worth it.
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
1-Feb-2023(#26)
Donkey Kong - 5
Harvest Moon - 3
Fatal Frame - 2

BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
1-Feb-2023(#27)
I’m still on level 15 of Doom 64 as well. But I too plan on finishing it no matter what.
The difficulty is due to quite a few things that I would almost consider to be design flaws.
The controls aren’t really helping as simple as they are. Things like needing to run
with these controls mean you are going to take a LOT of damage that will feel
impossible to avoid.

I doubt very much I will play this Final Fantasy game this month or any of them after,
But I have the SNES Mini classic and it’s still hooked up to my tv I believe,
So I may start it. If I can slog through some of the other games we have played
Maybe this won’t be as hard for me to stomach since at least it shouldn’t be difficult.
And hopefully not too monotonous?

How many days do we have to start voting for game of the year?
It’s a much harder decision for me to make than game of the month since
I want to figure out which games I have the most of or could easily get more of
and which games I would enjoy playing the most for a whole year.
Snappy
Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
1-Feb-2023(#28)
Donkey Kong 3
Metal Gear 3
Monkey Island 5
Tony Hawk 3
BloodPuppetX
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
1-Feb-2023(#29)
Donkey Kong 3
Shining Force 5
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
1-Feb-2023(#30)
BleedingViolet wrote:
> How many days do we have to start voting for game of the year?

Five. We'll do the tally on 2/6.

BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
1-Feb-2023(#31)
Sounds good thank you!

I got a couple more levels done on Doom 64 level 15 is annoying af
BUT level 16 is pretty cool and then level 17 ….. might take a minute for me.
They are both cooler than 15 though, at least they look better.
You may want to save throughout these levels though jussayin.
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
1-Feb-2023(#32)
The N64 version doesn't let you save mid-level.

I was inches away from finishing 15, and then I got stuck on a corner and died to some fireballs. "That's enough video games for me today."

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
1-Feb-2023(#33)
I'm curious what you guys will name your FF crew. So far I've got...


Hintah the magic woman, Fiffey the thie--TREASURE HUNTER, Trige the king of Figaro, Lletch his brother, Ieeyii the former general, Aeomon the retainer, and Secwec the feral child. Xives the assassin left the party, but I'm sure we'll meet again.



I like funny names. smile

BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
1-Feb-2023(#34)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> The N64 version doesn't let you save mid-level.
>
> I was inches away from finishing 15, and then I got stuck on a corner and died to
> some fireballs. "That's enough video games for me today."
>
>

Honestly I might start again after I beat it on the Xbox. I want to play the 64 version too.
Is there 4 different difficulty levels in that version too? I’ve been playing on the “normal”
difficulty. This game is so scattershot, some levels are amazing mixed with levels that are
literally just there to annoy you. I’m not sure why they would do that unless maybe
There were different people designing each one. Idk. What are your thoughts about the
levels and the designs of the enemies for this installment?

Oh and also I hadn’t actually saved on level 16 after it started the first time I was playing it ….. until after I had
almost beaten it and there is a really negative thing right at the end of it. You will be pissed but I don’t like
spoilers unless you really wanna know.
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
* 1-Feb-2023(#35)
Yeah, there are four difficulty levels. I'm playing on the second easiest, which I think is equivalent to Normal. You can't change the difficulty mid-playthrough, or I probably wouldn't have done that by now.

I'm playing with a Brawler64 controller with the brightness turned all the way up. I don't know how anyone survived this with an OEM controller, or on stock brightness.

I like the enemy designs. I have an irrational appeal for the new Imps in this vs. vanilla Doom. The levels are all over the place because the devs tried really hard to differentiate the game from the original, for better or worse. I think they're fine... Not better than the original Doom, but fine.

I just need a reprieve. I fudging hate traps and "Gotcha!" triggers. It really sucks to limp through a level for 15 minutes just to die to a Baron of Hell that spawns point blank in front of the exit.

BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
2-Feb-2023(#36)
I feel ya, and yeah I’m not sure how they made it through this back then.
I did play through Final Doom on PS1 but it was way closer to Doom 1
Although it had a ton of new stuff too.

I’m not a huge fan of any of that spawning or gotcha bullcrap really but
it does give me some trepidation about playing like an idiot or ever feeling
invincible. They really wanted to slow the players roll with this type of pacing.
Every time you turn a corner something big might show up and kill you.
The main difference I feel like is that they give you way more firepower almost
Right away and then throughout the whole game.
I like the eyeball monster things (cacodemons?) much better now. They used to give me
the creeps, now I kinda like them. Overall I think this game is great despite
Some of the flaws I guess I just wish it were more consistent.
One level is wide open and fun almost kinda easy and the next is
a claustrophobic clusterfudge. I usually prefer the difficulty
Gradually bumping up. This game is all over the place.
Scott
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
2-Feb-2023(#37)
SupremeSarna wrote:
> I'm curious what you guys will name your FF crew. So far I've got...

I always keep the default names in video games.
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
4-Feb-2023(#38)
In other news, Banjo-Kazooie is the game that made Nick Offerman swear off video games.

https://movieweb.com/nick-offerman-banjo-kazooie/

BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
5-Feb-2023(#39)
Deception (Tecmo) - 4
Donkey Kong - 2
Fatal Frame - 4
Harvest Moon - 5
Metal Gear - 1
Monkey Island - 3
Shining Force - 5
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins - 4
Tony Hawk - 5
Renaissance2K
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6-Feb-2023(#40)
Get your last votes in for the Annual Franchise Challenge!

Lunar
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6-Feb-2023(#41)
Metal Gear 5
Shining Force 5

Renaissance2K
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* 6-Feb-2023(#42)
The votes are in. Here is the tally for the 2023 Annual Franchise Challenge:

1. Shining Force - 22 points
2. Donkey Kong - 21 points
3. Metal Gear - 19 points
4. Monkey Island - 15 points
5. Tony Hawk - 12 points
6. Fatal Frame - 11 points
6. Harvest Moon - 11 points
8. Tenchu: Stealth Assassins - 10 points
9. Deception (Tecmo) - 6 points

Shining is a Sega role-playing game franchise that originated back in 1991 on the Sega Genesis & Mega Drive. Over the years, the games have adopted different modalities and mechanics - including turn-based RPG, strategy, and dungeon crawler - though many games share common character threads and a fantasy aesthetic. Most Shining games take an average of about 20 hours to complete, with later generation titles being longer and portable titles being shorter.

Suggested Games
Sega Genesis Shining in the Darkness
Sega Genesis Shining Force
Sega Genesis Shining Force II
Sega CD Shining Force CD
Sega Saturn Shining Force III
Sega Saturn Shining Wisdom
Sega Saturn Shining the Holy Ark
Game Gear Shining Force Gaiden
Game Gear Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
Game Gear Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict
Game Boy Advance Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon
Game Boy Advance Shining Soul
Game Boy Advance Shining Soul II
PlayStation 2 Shining Force Neo
PlayStation 2 Shining Force Exa
PlayStation 2 Shining Tears
PlayStation 2 Shining Wind

Beat any game in the Shining franchise in 2023 to earn the {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/lh1uA37.gif 15 18{imgt} Max icon which will appear to your username everywhere in the Retro Talkshop Thread.

Having not grown up with Sega or Genesis, I've never played a Shining Force game before though they're mentioned everywhere in retro circles. I'm looking forward to trying one out.

BloodPuppetX
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6-Feb-2023(#43)
Wasn't expecting that to win. I'll use the opportunity to finally play Shining in the Darkness. Might try to beat the DKC games still, since I haven't done that yet.
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
6-Feb-2023(#44)
BloodPuppetX wrote:
> Wasn't expecting that to win. I'll use the opportunity to finally play Shining in
> the Darkness. Might try to beat the DKC games still, since I haven't done that yet.
I’m currently trying to beat them with one hand! Already got the third game finished.

Slickriven
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6-Feb-2023(#45)
I am a tiny bit familiar with the series from my Saturn days and am not a huge RPG fan generally, so taking a shot could be fun. Looks like the shortest 3 could be the 2x Souls titles on the Game Boy Advance or Wisdom on the Sega Saturn with Final Conflict on the Game Gear not being much longer.

If you're not looking to emulate, the original title is on the Sega Genesis mini.

Renaissance2K
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7-Feb-2023(#46)
I'm likely either going to play Shining in the Darkness because it's the first in the series, or one of the Gaiden games so I can play it on a portable.

Back to FF6...

There's a lot more information on the game now than there was 20 years ago, and it means I'm actually using Gau regularly for the early parts of the game. He's a freakin' powerhouse.

dunno001
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* 7-Feb-2023(#47)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> There's a lot more information on the game now than there was 20 years ago, and it
> means I'm actually using Gau regularly for the early parts of the game. He's a freakin'
> powerhouse.

2 words from me- Stray Cat. I make sure I have this rage before I leave the Veldt.

*pokes internet* Glad to see it mostly agrees with me, too.
Renaissance2K
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8-Feb-2023(#48)
dunno001 wrote:
> Renaissance2K wrote:
>> There's a lot more information on the game now than there was 20 years ago, and
> it
>> means I'm actually using Gau regularly for the early parts of the game. He's a
> freakin'
>> powerhouse.
>
> 2 words from me- Stray Cat. I make sure I have this rage before I leave the Veldt.
>
> *pokes internet* Glad to see it mostly agrees with me, too.

D'oh. I've had this one for a while but never used it. Just spent two hours learning the Rages from the Serpent Trench, too. Oy.


dunno001
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8-Feb-2023(#49)
Back 25+ years ago, I spent a few hours learning and experimenting with rages. Sure, I had the strategy guide, but all it tells me is the name of the specials from the rages. (This IS useful for Gau to teach Strago…)

That said, I wasn't without my mistakes. This one time…

…I was in Cyan's dream, where your party's locked. At the boss, I didn’t have anyone with X-Zone, and the Esper teaching it was on someone outside the party. I had to fight it as intended. To also extend this, Doom agave was also killed properly.



And in the fanatics' tower…

…I once locked them the boss to a weakness of earth. Faster to rasp him to death at that point.

Lunar
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8-Feb-2023(#50)
Starting FF6. Playing on the Ayaneo.

Renaissance2K
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* 8-Feb-2023(#51)
Mr. Thou! Mr. Thou!

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Kommie
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9-Feb-2023(#52)
Any tips on things to not skip or miss out on? I'm gonna start it up soon. I know some characters are missable like Shadow and Gau and remember nothing on how to get them.
Renaissance2K
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9-Feb-2023(#53)
Gau is not missable. His abilities come from monsters, and some of those monsters are missable, but the character itself is part of the main plot.

Shadow's behavior and ties to the plot are really complicated, so you may want to find a guide that lays it out plainly for you.

There are a handful of optional characters of varying functionality, but they're all in the second half of the game and are skippable, but not missable. Pretty sure you can just go to their hiding spot at any point after them becoming available and have them jump aboard.

Kommie
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14-Feb-2023(#54)
Just got Gau. I will eventually beat this but probably not this month.
Lunar
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14-Feb-2023(#55)
Same, I don't think I can finish it in the two weeks we got left.

SupremeSarna
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* 14-Feb-2023(#56)
I just learned the main woman’s backstory, and now I’m told to attack the Empire in the east. Where specifically should I go?

Scratch that, I have to spend time in Narshe.

Renaissance2K
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14-Feb-2023(#57)
I'm about to hit the Opera House, and I won't be able to play until next Monday most likely, so I'm also not going to finish it this month, but I'm going to stick with it. Really enjoying myself.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
14-Feb-2023(#58)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> I'm about to hit the Opera House, and I won't be able to play until next Monday most
> likely, so I'm also not going to finish it this month, but I'm going to stick with
> it. Really enjoying myself.

That octopus is bad news.

Renaissance2K
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15-Feb-2023(#59)
Meh, he's just misunderstood.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
15-Feb-2023(#60)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Meh, he's just misunderstood.

Well, the little girl (Sejess in my file) just made him self-conscious. This is going in a weird direction.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
* 18-Feb-2023(#61)

Holy cow, do I hate the floating continent. Getting Shadow back has been more of a curse than a blessing, as his health and defense are so poor. The enemy variety is horrid and the landscape is confusing, with only one save point (so far) at the very beginning. The cavalcade of boss fights leading up to it didn't help, either. Here's hoping the game eases up a bit after this.



dunno001
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18-Feb-2023(#62)
SupremeSarna wrote:
> ...
>

In response to your spoiler:

In my opinion, that area is, without a doubt, the hardest point of the game. Even the final dungeon is easier than there. I will tell you there is a second save point on the island, right before a boss fight. It's not out in the open, though. And yes, that boss is probably one of the harder ones in the game also. If memory serves me right, there should also be a return to ground point at the very beginning should your issue be supplies (or needing better stuff for Shadow).



And what may actually be spoilery:

As much as you may dislike the place, don't be in a huge rush at the very end. The game may prompt you to why, but let's just say there's some flair for a dramatic entrance…

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
19-Feb-2023(#63)
@dunno001 Thanks for the tip! I’m glad to know a bit more about what I’m up against. I’ll keep at it.

In other news, I’m the first person to give a +1 to this thread. You’re welcome, @Renaissance2K .

Renaissance2K
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19-Feb-2023(#64)
I think the votes get reset every time the thread is archived, but your enthusiasm is appreciated regardless.

SupremeSarna
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* 19-Feb-2023(#65)
Following up on my previous update... Dang, a single section in an RPG hasn't infuriated me this much in years. I'm serious, the Floating Continent is up there with Persona 5's last room as one of the most aggravating portions of a quest I've ever played. It just feels like the game is bullying you every step of the way.
Want to proceed? Heh, it's a maze.
Tired of fighting enemies? Heh, the Ninjas can't be escaped, and the Brainpans freeze you in place at their earliest opportunity, making it a slog to flee.
Want that one chest at the start? Heh, it's the first Monster-in-a-Box I've seen this whole game.
Liked your party? Heh, you're stuck with three characters and Shadow, who has been in and out of the group so much that he's underleveled with worse gear.
Want to switch members or buy items? Heh, you've gotta navigate the whole maze before bailing out, which forces you to restart from the beginning.
Want to save before the boss? Go for it, but the save point is pretty far from him, and the enemies won't let up.
Ready for a good boss? Loooool, he hits the whole party like a freight train and casts countdown-KO effects. And no, there's no save point afterward! Better backtrack, heh.
You like cutscenes, yeah? Hope you love 'em, because given what happens next, you're gonna see the same long one multiple times with no option to skip it!
Remember that countdown at the operahouse? The one where you had to fight common enemies quickly or dodge them under threat of failure? How about a ticking timer as you battle brand-new enemies that do their best to freeze or silence you? With a timed boss at the end, of course. smile Run out of time and it's a game over.

I was greatly enjoying FFVI up to this point, but holy frickin' fricks, this one area was an ordeal and a half. I eventually caved and looked up the Naughty weaknesses. The Thunder Blade was equipped by a non-present party member (Locke), so I had to leave to get him, then restart the continent. It's one of those RPG dungeons I won't forgive or forget, and will have serious influence on any plans I make to replay the game. Hope it gets better from here.

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I think Terra here sums it up.

dunno001
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* 20-Feb-2023(#66)
SupremeSarna wrote:
> I was greatly enjoying FFVI up to this point, but holy frickin' fricks, this one
> area was an ordeal and a half. I eventually caved and looked up the Naughty weaknesses.
> The Thunder Blade was equipped by a non-present party member (Locke), so I had to
> leave to get him, then restart the continent. It's one of those RPG dungeons I won't
> forgive or forget, and will have serious influence on any plans I make to replay
> the game. Hope it gets better from here.

In all honesty, that dungeon is my least favorite part of the game, though I never really had problems with the section after the cut scene. (I do spend quite a bit of time running from most enemies in the first half. There are still some maze-type dungeons in the second half of the game, but the enemies aren't nearly as brutal. I'll mention a few things I found helped me in the game-

-One of the most useful espers in the game for utility is in the auction house randomly. (There are 2 in there.) I use it on everyone to learn rasp and, most importantly, osmose. Just 7 magic points total will teach someone both.
-It may matter more in the second half: do not leave espers equipped on people outside your active party. Some spells have a very specific use at certain points, and you can't always get back and get someone else easily… Equipment for me seems to matter less overall, unless…
-At some point, you may get the choice of having a strong weapon or an esper. The choice is entirely yours; the weapon opens the path to getting the strongest non-situational weapon in the game (an imp with an imp halberd equipped is technically stronger), whereas the esper teaches what is arguably the strongest spell in the game. That said, those few extra attack points only benefit one character at a time, and the spell can be learned by a few characters through non-esper means (and can even be learned by Terra naturally at some insane level not needed to beat the game).
-There is exactly 1 esper in the game that raises speed on level up. And it has its own price…
-Lastly, and most importantly, do NOT stick with just a party of 4. There are a total of 14 characters in this game, and you're gonna want most of them… if you can even find them all…

Scott
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20-Feb-2023(#67)
I remember the Floating Continent kicking my butt on my first playthrough when I was a kid. I think it's a rite of passage.
Renaissance2K
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20-Feb-2023(#68)
I remember a few bosses from the Floating Continent consistently giving me trouble on my playthroughs. We'll see if my new strategies change that at all when the time comes. I still have quite a few areas to go before I make it there.

We're approaching the month's final lap. There are no badges earned yet for Final Fantasy VI, which is to be expected given the game's length. That hasn't stopped sandy-booted Kefka from laughing at us, though.

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fwaaa waa waa waa wop wop

Let's keep discussing our progress, and feel free to share if you've earned badges for any past monthly games so we can deck out the trophy case a little.

I briefly considered delaying the March GOTM since there are a few pending playthroughs being tracked, but that isn't really fair to the people that sat February out. With that in mind, let's start taking nominations for the March Game of the Month.

We'll start voting on February 25 and call the winners on March 1.

SupremeSarna
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21-Feb-2023(#69)
I’m going to try again with a nomination I made last month: Pikmin 2. Since we now have a firm release date on the long-awaited Pikmin 4, folks might want to revisit the series. 2 drops the stressful time limit from the first game, making it a good starting point.

BloodPuppetX
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21-Feb-2023(#70)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Let's keep discussing our progress, and feel free to share if you've earned badges
> for any past monthly games so we can deck out the trophy case a little.

I beat Super Mario Land 2 a couple of weeks ago.
BloodPuppetX
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21-Feb-2023(#71)
I'll nominate Metroid Prime for next month. Just hope those physical copies for Remastered start showing up in stock at retailers again tomorrow.
Renaissance2K
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22-Feb-2023(#72)
I don't often put nominations in the pool unless it's a quiet month, but since it's the 30th anniversary, I want to nominate the original Star Fox. I'm pretty sure it's not the first time it's been nominated, but there's any time it deserves its due, it's probably now.

DO A BARREL ROLL!

ErickRPG
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22-Feb-2023(#73)
Can I nominate all the kung fu movies I've been buyin? Lol, j/k. I'd buy and play metroid if I could get my hands on the physical.

Renaissance2K
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24-Feb-2023(#74)
One more day to nominate games for March before we vote!

BleedingViolet
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24-Feb-2023(#75)
I’ll nominate

Adventures of Lolo 2

NES and hopefully there are other ways and places to play this.
Renaissance2K
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* 25-Feb-2023(#76)
We submitted four nominees for March 2023's Game of the Month. To round out the list and add a non-Nintendo option, I added a fifth game from Sega that also celebrates its 30-year anniversary next month.

Here's the full list:

Nominees
Pikmin 2 Nintendo GameCube
Metroid Prime Nintendo GameCube
Star Fox Super Nintendo
Adventures of Lolo 2 Nintendo Entertainment System
Virtua Fighter coin Sega Saturn Sega 32X PC / Windows

Either publicly in this thread or privately in a PM to me, give each nominee 0-5 points. Omitting a nominee is equivalent to giving it a vote of 0. The game with the highest score by the end of the month will be the March 2023 GOTM.

Here are my votes:
Pikmin 2 - 1
Metroid Prime - 4
Star Fox - 5
Adventures of Lolo 2 - 3
Virtua Fighter - 4

Come forth and vote!

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
25-Feb-2023(#77)
Pikmin 2 - 5
Metroid Prime - 2

benstylus
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* 25-Feb-2023(#78)
Virtua Fighter- 5

Would give me an excuse to plug in the Astro City mini and also wouldn't take too long

BloodPuppetX
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25-Feb-2023(#79)
Prime - 5
BleedingViolet
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25-Feb-2023(#80)
Pikmin 2 - 5
Metroid Prime - 1
Star Fox - 4
Adventures of Lolo 2 - 5
Virtua Fighter - 3

I’m sure Metroid will win anyways but I’m down to
play everything else as long as I can get a copy
of them somehow. I may have a way to play 3 of these
games already and I always wanted to play Pikmin
so I might buy it if it does win 😃 this is a good list of games!

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