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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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June 2024

Nintendo 64 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

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Borne as an adaptation of a series of comic books, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter launched at a time when Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64 titles, console first-person shooters, and fully-polygonal FPS like Quake were all a relative rarity. Capitalizing on the sparse launch library for some extra media and consumer attention, the Iguana-developed first-person shooter used a new, fully-3D game engine to build a content-rich, violent game that focused equally on combat and exploration. A 3D-accelerated PC / Windows PC port followed a year later, though without a lot of the technical trickery that made the console original shine. Nightdive Studios remedied this more recently with a remastered release on modern platforms that fixes control issues and significantly enhances the visuals and performance.

Play Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on
Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64
PC / Windows Windows
Microsoft Xbox One Xbox One
PlayStation 4 PlayStation 4
Nintendo Switch Switch

Complete any release of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter to earn the Turok badge:

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2024 Annual Franchise Publisher Challenge

Amiga Psygnosis Amiga

Psygnosis is a British developer and publisher founded nearly 40 years ago. While they made a name for themselves developing distinct titles for computer platforms like the Amiga and Atari ST, they achieved worldwide fame in 1991 with the release of Lemmings, which they ported to nearly every platform imaginable. Over time, they developed a reputation for original titles with advanced graphics, which caught the attention of Sony as they prepared for the launch of the PlayStation. Many of the PlayStation's early standout titles were developed by Psygnosis, and they continued to develop original titles and flesh out franchises on the platform - and others - for nearly two decades afterwards.

The Psygnosis portfolio is massive and diverse, even excluding the games they developed after rebranding as Studio Liverpool. Wikipedia has a comprehensive list that can be sorted and filtered to your tastes, but I've done my best to highlight some standout franchises below.

Suggested Games
Amiga Shadow of the Beast
Amiga Lemmings
PC / Windows Ecstatica
PC / Windows Defcon 5
PC / Windows Discworld
Super Nintendo Toy Story
PlayStation Destruction Derby
PlayStation WipEout
PlayStation Assault Rigs
PlayStation Formula 1
PlayStation Colony Wars
PlayStation Rollcage
PlayStation Alundra

Beat any game developed and/or published by Psygnosis in 2024 to earn the image Owl icon which will appear next to your username everywhere in the Retro Talkshop Thread.



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Beat the arcade version of any Game of the Month to earn its Back Room arcade cabinet badge.


2024 Recap

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May 2024 Edition - PC / Windows The Secret of Monkey Island
The Secret of Monkey Island stands out among early LucasArts adventure games for its artwork, its music, and its extraordinary sense of humor. Whereas many of its cousins were brilliant one-offs, Monkey Island launched a decades-spanning franchise of swashbuckling misadventures that began with a humble entry for personal computers like the PC / Windows IBM PC, Atari Atari ST, Amiga Amiga, and FM Towns Marty FM Towns. Aside from a Sega CD port, the game's mouse- and artwork-heavy gameplay didn't have much of a footing on consoles until a downloadable remaster crashed into digital stores on Microsoft Xbox 360 Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 PlayStation 3.

Complete any version of The Secret of Monkey Island to earn the Guybrush Threepwood badge:

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BONUS GAME: Complete the world tour in Top Gear to earn a bonus badge:

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April 2024 Edition - PlayStation Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness
Gender dynamics being what they are, while Pac-Man built an empire of arcade games, follow-ups, and power-ups, it took his poor wife 18 years to get the pseudo-sequel that her grown-breaking eponymous title deserved. Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness - a reimagining of the blockbuster classic arcade game - dropped for the PlayStation PlayStation in 2000 and infused the Pac Maze formula with 3D graphics, level progression, and a big bad that's after the world's treasures. The initial PlayStation release was followed up with spruced up ports for the Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64 and Sega Dreamcast Dreamcast, a 2D portable release for the Game Boy Advance Game Boy Advance, and a PC sequel that nobody cares about.

Complete the single player mode in any release of Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness to earn the 3D Ms. Pac-Man badge:

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March 2024 Edition - Nintendo Entertainment System Donkey Kong franchise
Sometimes a villain and sometimes just another stupid monkey, Donkey Kong began as a means of recycling failed arcade cabinets and ended up launching Shigeru Miyamoto's career as a superlative game designer and laying the foundation for Nintendo's video gaming empire. Even before Mario became a household name, Donkey Kong starred in numerous arcade and handheld names, sharing the pantheon with other mascots of the arcade like Pac-Man, Q-Bert, and Frogger. Since those humble single-screen arcade beginnings, DK - and the entire Kong family - have reappeared in platformers, rhythm games, racing games, and even a... math quiz?

Complete any Donkey Kong game to earn a barrel badge for the game that you played:

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February 2024 Edition - Sega Genesis Shaq Fu & PC / Windows Quake
At the peak of his presence in the zeitgeist, Shaquille O'Neal could do no wrong. Except free throws. And acting. It was only a matter of time before he would appear in a video game. Shaq Fu is the result of that odyssey, a 2D fighting game released for the Sega Genesis Genesis, Super Nintendo Super Nintendo, and Amiga Amiga - as well as some portables - that pits Shaq Daddy against a bunch of interdimensional weirdos to save a young boy. The game received a middling reception at launch, a sentiment that comically seems to have deteriorated over time. Today, the game is - some would argue, unfairly - remembered as one of the worst games of all time, not because of its objective gameplay quality but because of its blatant absurdity as a cash-in.

Play Shaq Fu on
Sega Genesis Sega Genesis
Super Nintendo Super Nintendo
Game Boy Game Boy
Game Gear Game Gear
Amiga Amiga

Complete Story Mode in any version of Shaq Fu (or Duel Mode in the Genesis, SNES, or Game Gear releases) to earn the a badge for the character you used:

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Quake's impact on its genre is arguably matched only by its older cousin Doom. While not the first fully-3D first-person shooter, its revolutionary engine set the new standard for competing games moving forward. Quake was one of the first killer apps for the PC / Windows PC's nascent 3D accelerator market, came with its own robust scripting language, and launched a multiplayer community and culture that still exists today. While not as omni-ported as Doom, it was later officially ported to the Sega Saturn Saturn and Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64, unofficially ported to numerous other platforms by the homebrew community, and recently remastered by Bethesda for modern platforms.

Play Quake on
PC / Windows DOS & Windows
Apple MacOS
Amiga Amiga
Sega Saturn Saturn
Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64
Microsoft Xbox One Xbox One
PlayStation 4 PlayStation 4
Nintendo Switch Switch

Buy it on Steam
Buy it on GOG
Buy it on Humble
Buy it on the Xbox Marketplace
Buy it on the PlayStation Store
Buy it on the Nintendo eShop

Complete any port or version of Quake to earn the Quad Damage badge:

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Complete any port or version of Quake II to earn the Quake II badge:

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January 2024 Edition - Sega Dreamcast Sonic Adventure
After a whole console generation without a mainline Sonic game, Sonic Adventure arrived on the Sega Dreamcast Dreamcast, ready to satiate a ravenous fanbase. The game, which launched in North America on 9/9/99 alongside the Dreamcast, catapulted the Blue Blur into the third dimension with a large, story-driven narrative that spanned many locales, challenges, and playable characters. After the release of a sequel and the failure of Sega's final console, the game was ported to PC / Windows Windows and Nintendo GameCube GameCube as Sonic Adventure DX with adjustments to suit the new platforms, and to the Microsoft Xbox 360 Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 PlayStation 3 as a rushed HD remaster. While Sonic Adventure's legacy is somewhat mixed, it is fondly remembered among Sonic superfans as the first time Sonic dropped on hardware that could match his attitude.

Play Sonic Adventure on
Sega Dreamcast Dreamcast
Microsoft Xbox 360 Xbox 360
PlayStation 3 PlayStation 3

Buy it on the Xbox Marketplace

Play Sonic Adventure DX on
Nintendo GameCube GameCube
PC / Windows Windows
Microsoft Xbox 360 Xbox 360
PlayStation 3 PlayStation 3

Buy it on Steam
Buy it on Humble
Buy it on the Xbox Marketplace

Finish any release of Sonic Adventure to earn the a badge for the character you used:

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2023 Recap

January Nintendo 64 Doom 64
February Super Nintendo Final Fantasy VI
March coin Virtua Fighter
April Game Boy Advance Golden Sun
May Atari Jaguar Rayman
June coin Daytona USA
July coin Bionic Commando
August coin Arcade August
September PlayStation Tomb Raider
October Birthday Cake R2K's Birthday Extravaganza
November Nintendo Entertainment System The Legend of Zelda
December Nintendo Entertainment System Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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December 2023 Edition - Nintendo Entertainment System Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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November 2023 Edition - Nintendo Entertainment System The Legend of Zelda
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October 2023 Edition - Birthday Cake R2K's Birthday Extravaganza
Play through any numbered Mega Man game to unlock the Mega Man badge.
Play through Mega Man 2 on any platform to gild your badge.
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Play through One Player Mode or Tournament Mode in either One Must Fall game to earn the One Must Fall badge.
Play through Tournament Mode in One Must Fall 2097 to gild your badge.
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Finish Warhawk: The Red Mercury Missions to unlock the Warhawk badge.
Unlock the "best" ending to gild your badge.
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Finish MDK or any version of MDK2 to unlock the MDK badge.
Watch the original music video ending of MDK to gild your badge.
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Play through the Career mode of Rollcage, the Career or Scramble modes of Rollcage: Stage II, or the Campaign mode of GRIP to unlock the Rollcage badge.
Unlock Yuri in Rollcage to gild your badge.
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Play through the One-Player Mode or Story Mode in any Twisted Metal game to unlock the Twisted Metal badge.
Play through the One-Player Mode of Twisted Metal Black to gild your badge.
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September 2023 Edition - PlayStation Tomb Raider
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coin Arcade August 2023 coin
Beat any of the Front Room arcade games (or complete one loop, where appropriate) or one of their home ports to earn the game's Front Room Arcade Machine badge:



July 2023 Edition - coin Nintendo Entertainment System Bionic Commando
Finish the original arcade release of Bionic Commando to earn the Super Joe badge:

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Finish Bionic Commando for the NES or Bionic Commando Re-armed to earn the FA Rad Spencer badge:

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Finish Bionic Commando for the Game Boy to earn the FF Rad Spencer badge:

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June 2023 Edition - coin Sega Saturn Daytona USA
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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May 2023 Edition - Atari Jaguar PlayStation Sega Saturn Rayman
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April 2023 Edition - Game Boy Advance Golden Sun
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March 2023 Edition - coin Virtua Fighter
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
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January 2023 Edition - Nintendo 64 Doom 64
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2022 Recap

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.

{imgt}https://i.imgur.com/VvcNsiC.gif 75 75{imgt}

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
{imgt}https://i.imgur.com/r65ITnG.gif 128 140{imgt}


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
Game Boy Advance Metroid Fusion {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/aeKEQL9.gif 66 72{imgt}


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

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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
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January 2019 Edition
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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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11-Mar(#2)
Happy 29th birthday, Chrono Trigger. Only one more year before college girls no longer find you attractive.

SupremeSarna
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* 14-Mar(#3)
I beat two more DK games: Donkey Kong Country Super Nintendo and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Nintendo GameCube .

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I raced a friend at DKC. To make it a bit more fair for him, I remapped my Joy-Con and played the game with one hand, even putting said Joy-Con in an awkward-to-hold peripheral. I won by a country mile, but we both expected that given my knowledge of DKC.

I love DKC. The challenge, the personality-filled foes, the Animal Buddies, rolling through enemies, finding bonus rooms, etc. the graphics are a product of their time, yet we’re also revolutionary for said time! My personal favorite stage is Misty Mine—you can practically feel the sweat on your brow as the cave becomes a snake-infested sauna! Poison Pond and Tree Top Town are the worst stages—one likes pelting you with fast hazards that come out of the limited camera, the other has annoying barrel cannon sequences.

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As for DKJB, it works way better than it has any right to. The would-be Super Mario Galaxy devs got DK flinging around stages, grabbing bananas, killing enemies with sound waves, and racking up combos… using a bongo-themed controller! The game is crazy fun, and even earned the very first E10+ rating from the ESRB. You beat the ever loving snot out of bosses, sometimes in a straight-up boxing match. It’s a blast, and you should really try it if you get a chance.
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14-Mar(#4)
Damn, @SupremeSarna is on a roll this month. I know I'm a little behind on badges - both of my PCs are in pieces at the moment - but I'll catch up shortly.

I'm still working on the GBC release of Donkey Kong Country. The 8-bit arrangement of Fear Factory (the music in the factory levels) is the remix I never knew I wanted.

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20-Mar(#6)
Mission complete. I finished Donkey Kong Country for the Game Boy Color.

https://twitter.com/Renaissance2K/status/177030808...

Definitely wild that they were able to cram most of the original game into such a limited platform, but it works fairly well. Unlike a lot of downsized games like this, the smaller viewport didn't seem to hinder the core gameplay all that much. Moving platforms and barrels, however, seemed to be a lot more finicky than their Super Nintendo counterparts. The original wasn't without its frustrating moments, too, but there were a couple of jumps, bees, and barrels that made me want to throw my Pocket out the window.

There was also something funny going on with the A and B buttons when both held down, but I don't know if this was an issue with the game or with the Analogue Pocket. Both seem equally likely. Both the jumpiness of the engine and the imprecision on the Pocket are well documented.

Next on my list is Donkey Kong Land 2. I played through most of the first world when OpenFPGA was released for the Pocket last year and will hopefully work my way through the rest of it before the end of the month. I've also managed to track down cabinets for all three of the original Donkey Kong arcade games at work, so I'm trying to figure out the logistics of hammering on them for a few hours next week.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
20-Mar(#7)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Mission complete. I finished Donkey Kong Country for the Game Boy Color.
>
>
> Definitely wild that they were able to cram most of the original game into such a
> limited platform, but it works fairly well. Unlike a lot of downsized games like
> this, the smaller viewport didn't seem to hinder the core gameplay all that much.
> Moving platforms and barrels, however, seemed to be a lot more finicky than their
> Super Nintendo counterparts. The original wasn't without its frustrating moments,
> too, but there were a couple of jumps, bees, and barrels that made me want to throw
> my Pocket out the window.
>
> There was also something funny going on with the A and B buttons when both held down,
> but I don't know if this was an issue with the game or with the Analogue Pocket.
> Both seem equally likely. Both the jumpiness of the engine and the imprecision on
> the Pocket are well documented.
>
> Next on my list is Donkey Kong Land 2. I played through most of the first world when
> OpenFPGA was released for the Pocket last year and will hopefully work my way through
> the rest of it before the end of the month. I've also managed to track down cabinets
> for all three of the original Donkey Kong arcade games at work, so I'm trying to
> figure out the logistics of hammering on them for a few hours next week.
>

You work in at a business with arcade machines? Keep an eye out for Donkey Kong 2, which I have played in an arcade. I have no clue if it’s an officially-licensed Nintendo game, but it looks the part.

I also beat DKC on GBC.
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It’s so much better than the GBA port that came two years later. This one feels like an earnest attempt to bring the original DKC to a handheld while adding a few neat extras, rather than an attempt to “improve” the original with really bad sound effects and colors grading (looking at you, GBA). It even contains a couple tunes from DK Land, which was refreshing.

Did you enjoy Necky Nutmare, Renaissance2K? It’s a completely unique stage, y’know.
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* 20-Mar(#8)
We're entering the last act of March, so let's look at all the monkeys among us that are the Kings of Kong this month:
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Many thanks to everyone who picked up a Donkey Kong game this month. Hopefully you found it a-peel-ing.

April 2024 marks a milestone anniversary for Final Fantasy VI and Super Mario Land, two classics that we've played before. Let's start taking nominations for the April 2024 Game of the Month and add some new titles to our pantheon.

We'll start voting on March 26 and call the winners on April 1. What does everyone want to play?

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
20-Mar(#9)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> We're entering the last act of March, so let's look at all the monkeys among us that
> are the Kings of Kong this month:
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> Many thanks to everyone who picked up a Donkey Kong game this month. Hopefully you
> found it a-peel-ing.
>
> April 2024 marks a milestone anniversary for Final Fantasy VI and Super Mario Land,
> two classics that we've played before. Let's start taking nominations for the April
> 2024 Game of the Month and add some new titles to our pantheon.
>
> We'll start voting on March 26 and call the winners on April 1. What does everyone
> want to play?

Don't forget my DKC GBC barrel!

I nominate Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn Nintendo Wii Nintendo 3DS , since it scored highly last month.
Renaissance2K
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* 20-Mar(#10)
SupremeSarna wrote:
> You work in at a business with arcade machines? Keep an eye out for Donkey Kong 2,
> which I have played in an arcade. I have no clue if it’s an officially-licensed
> Nintendo game, but it looks the part.
>
> I also beat DKC on GBC.
> It’s so much better than the GBA port that came two years later. This one feels
> like an earnest attempt to bring the original DKC to a handheld while adding a few
> neat extras, rather than an attempt to “improve” the original with really bad
> sound effects and colors grading (looking at you, GBA). It even contains a couple
> tunes from DK Land, which was refreshing.
>
> Did you enjoy Necky Nutmare, Renaissance2K? It’s a completely unique stage, y’know.

I work in Big Tech. A bunch of our buildings have dedicated Game Rooms, and some of them have arcade machines or consoles. There's a running spreadsheet of which buildings have which games, and I found two Donkey Kong machines on them. Hopefully, everything is up to date.

(Intentionally not mentioning the company name. I'm sure it's not a big deal, and I may have even mentioned it before on the forums - I know it's come up in Discord - but you never know these days.)

Necky's Nutmare would have been fine, except for those segments where you have to go through a crawlspace while Necky is spitting nuts at you. You have to take advantage of the crummy clipping to jump "through" the edge of the overhang to some extent, but that's not at all intuitive.


Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
20-Mar(#11)
@Renaissance2K didn't you say we'd get a barrel if we beat Mario vs. DK last month for Frank's thread? I did that, thought I said it before. I've not been playing much of anything after I beat Lies recently... need to get back into DKC2 and Trepang^2

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
20-Mar(#12)
Slickriven wrote:
> @Renaissance2K didn't you say we'd get a barrel if we beat Mario vs. DK last month
> for Frank's thread? I did that, thought I said it before. I've not been playing much
> of anything after I beat Lies recently... need to get back into DKC2 and Trepang^2

Updated. Sorry, I missed your original post where you reminded me that you beat it.

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
21-Mar(#13)
Anybody else a fan of LGR (Lazy Game Reviews)? His videos have been keeping me company lately as I do the dishes.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLx053rWZxCiYWsBE...

He leans very heavily into old PC hardware - especially oddities - but he occasionally looks at old consoles, console mods, and retro games.

He's a bit of a goofy guy, and his sense of humor is probably awesome for some and annoying for others, but I think his scripts are well written. He does an on-point Duke Nukem impression as well.

I've had a blast checking out videos about hardware I had when I was younger or at least wished I had. His videos about Orpheus soundcards, Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro, Zip drives, CompactFlash, etc. were great trips down memory lane. He even posted something on Patreon this week where he restored a Gateway 2000 G6 tower, which was my family's first "modern" PC back in the day.

Foxhack
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22-Mar(#14)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Anybody else a fan of LGR (Lazy Game Reviews)? His videos have been keeping me company
> lately as I do the dishes.

Yeah, you could say I know him. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO89FPclQjk
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
22-Mar(#15)
Foxhack wrote:
> Renaissance2K wrote:
>> Anybody else a fan of LGR (Lazy Game Reviews)? His videos have been keeping me
> company
>> lately as I do the dishes.
>
> Yeah, you could say I know him. :)

Well, that was a much cooler response than I was expecting. Where on Earth did you find that gun?

On the monkey front, I finished Donkey Kong Land 2.

https://twitter.com/Renaissance2K/status/177133294...

Other than Diddy and Dixie jumping much higher than the monkeys in Donkey Kong Country GBC, I don't have much to comment on here. Toxic Tower was a brutal way to start the endgame, especially not knowing about some of the animals' special moves going in.

I started Donkey Kong Land III immediately afterwards, and while I barely remembered 2, III came rushing back like a nostalgia tornado. The songs that back the overworld and the data screen must have been living in the back of my head all these years without paying rent.

Foxhack
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* 23-Mar(#16)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Well, that was a much cooler response than I was expecting. Where on Earth did you
> find that gun?

At one of the two flea markets in town. I think it was at the one that burned down four years ago. I left mentioned this in a comment EIGHT YEARS AGO, so I'm updating it a bit:

I bought some of these at my usual thrifts in the early 2010s, and sold them for a bit of cash. Then a few years later, a bunch more showed up; apparently a batch was donated to a Goodwill in California (which is where many of my sources got their stuff.) The online prices on these skyrocketed around that time.

I think I bought a few more and sold them, but kept one around for whatever reason. I found it while cleaning and figured he'd like it so I offered it to him and shipped it out.
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
23-Mar(#17)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Foxhack wrote:
>> Renaissance2K wrote:
> |>> Anybody else a fan of LGR (Lazy Game Reviews)? His videos have been keeping me
>> company
> |>> lately as I do the dishes.
>>
>> Yeah, you could say I know him. :)
>
> Well, that was a much cooler response than I was expecting. Where on Earth did you
> find that gun?
>
> On the monkey front, I finished Donkey Kong Land 2.
>
>
> Other than Diddy and Dixie jumping much higher than the monkeys in Donkey Kong Country
> GBC, I don't have much to comment on here. Toxic Tower was a brutal way to start
> the endgame, especially not knowing about some of the animals' special moves going
> in.
>
> I started Donkey Kong Land III immediately afterwards, and while I barely remembered
> 2, III came rushing back like a nostalgia tornado. The songs that back the overworld
> and the data screen must have been living in the back of my head all these years
> without paying rent.

I think just adding one new Animal Buddy would've made DKL2 a more memorable experience. DKL1 had a scrapped Animal Buddy--a ram named Rambunkshus, likely intended for the Monkey Mountains--so that idea wasn't off the table when the Game Boy series was conceptualized. It's a little interesting that technically-complicated stages like Castle Crush and Haunted Hall had to be replaced with unique ones, but that's sorta it for DKL2. It just leaned into DKC2 too hard to gain its own identity.

DKLIII at least has a new hub world, new stage names and arrangements, time trials, concentration, and a Bear with a teleporter. That's just enough to keep things fresh, which I appreciate.
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
23-Mar(#18)
I missed out when you explained it earlier, but Donkey Kong Land III got a full-color Game Boy Color port in Japan? I did some save file magic, downloaded a translation patch, and am going to work through that version of the game instead. I made it through the first two worlds already, but at least now I don't have to start over.

Anybody have any other games they want to nominate for next month?

benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
23-Mar(#19)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Anybody have any other games they want to nominate for next month?

Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness, came out for Sega Dreamcast and PlayStation if i recall (or any of the Pac-Man World games if that one's too obscure)


BloodPuppetX
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23-Mar(#20)
There's a version of Maze Madness on GBA as well. I have it on a cart with Pac-Man World.
BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
23-Mar(#21)
Ugh I love ms Pacman as well as Dreamcast.

Throw in a trip to Disneyland the LA Arboretum and some princess crap and thats the best 2024
I can imagine at this point. Unless something else pops up to add to
the festivities.
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
* 24-Mar(#22)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> I missed out when you explained it earlier, but Donkey Kong Land III got a full-color
> Game Boy Color port in Japan? I did some save file magic, downloaded a translation
> patch, and am going to work through that version of the game instead. I made it through
> the first two worlds already, but at least now I don't have to start over.
>
> Anybody have any other games they want to nominate for next month?

Bear has full animations in the original GB version, but is completely static in the GBC version. They also added a pit to the end of one stage in the GBC version to fix a barrel-related glitch. Small prices to pay for yellow Re-Koil enemies, I say.
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
24-Mar(#23)
I've got more work for you, @Renaissance2K : Four DK barrels, please!
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Super Nintendo
Donkey Kong Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong 3 Nintendo Entertainment System

I beat the NES ones in both Game A and B, doing multiple cycles and achieving a score of 50,000+ (or 100,000+ for DK3). To boost the challenge, I beat all four of these games with one hand, with the Joy-Con in a bizarre, nonergonomic peripheral that covers some of the buttons!

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DKC2 is excellent! It takes the framework established by DKC and expands it naturally. You can do team-up tosses, fight tougher bosses, use currency to buy help from new Kongs, and unlock secret stages to reach a secret final boss! The new Kong, Dixie, has a ponytail that she can spin like a helicopter--this makes platforming and boss-dodging easier. Additionally, Cranky hid Video Game Hero Coins in each stage, and you can top Mario's legendary rank as a hero if you nab them all. I did just that!

The game isn't perfect, of course. Stages flipflop on having two or three Bonus Rooms, so you can never be certain you've found everything until you finish the stage. Some Bonus Rooms and DK Coins are hidden in particularly obtuse locations, like hiding them inside solid walls with no indication. Two of the DK Coins are rewards you can get by hitting the end-of-stage target, so if you mess up the timing, you have to replay the whole stage. Web Woods is a pain in this regard, especially when using my one-handed setup.

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Donkey Kong is a great arcade game. It's fun jumping over barrels, platforming across girders, and loosening the bolts to defeat Cranky Kong and save Pauline. The fiery enemies are pretty tricky in the final stage, and the Pie Factory stage was removed from the NES version altogether (except on certain Red Wii Consoles in Europe and Australia and through a limited-time 3DS rewards program). Other than that, top-notch.

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I don't like Donkey Kong Jr. It's weird and finnicky, with bizarre obstacle courses that feel poorly thought-out. Climbing ropes isn't as fun as platforming to the top of a construction site, and the timing of the spring bounce in the second stage annoys me. Does anyone actually like the cheeky ape in the tanktop?

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Donkey Kong 3 is weird but fun. It's a space shooter-esque game in which Cranky Kong fools around in a greenhouse for some reason, and Stanley the Bug Man has to ward him off with pesticide. To progress to the next stage, you have to blast the ape with enough bug repellent to make him flee the top of the screen. But if you stick around without fending him off, you can blast the waves of incoming insects to rack up a high score. Which do you choose?

Given that light platforming is factored into this verticle shooter, it can be cumbersome trying to shoot the bugs. I always opt to blast Cranky as fast as possible to get to rack up a score that way.
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
25-Mar(#24)
Sweet monkey Christmas, @SupremeSarna!

I really need to play Donkey Kong Country 2 at some point. Donkey Kong Country is one of my favorite Super Nintendo games, and everybody seems to talk about the sequel like it's a perfect game.

Any other nominations for April?

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
26-Mar(#25)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Sweet monkey Christmas, @SupremeSarna!
>
> I really need to play Donkey Kong Country 2 at some point. Donkey Kong Country is
> one of my favorite Super Nintendo games, and everybody seems to talk about the sequel
> like it's a perfect game.
>
> Any other nominations for April?

The whole trilogy is phenomenal. Definitely play 2, 3, and the Competition Cartridge if you can.
benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
26-Mar(#26)
SNES DKC is one of the most bland, uninteresting platformers I've ever played.

I've always found the graphical style to be off-putting as well.

Maybe 2 and 3 are better, but I don't get the love for the first one, and never have, even back in the 90s when it was the new hot thing.

It came out the same year as Earthworm Jim, Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and Super Metroid, any of which make for a far more engaging platforming experience.

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
26-Mar(#27)
Let's start voting on the April Game(s) of the Month. We only had a handful of nominations this time around, so I padding things with some fairly well-known, fairly accessible games that are seeing notable anniversaries this month.

Nominees
Kirby's Epic Yarn Nintendo Wii
Ms. Pac-Man's Maze Madness PlayStation Nintendo 64 Sega Dreamcast Game Boy Advance
Pac-Man World series PlayStation Game Boy Advance PlayStation 2 PC / Windows Microsoft Xbox Nintendo GameCube
Painkiller (released April 2004) PC / Windows Microsoft Xbox
Super Mario Land (released April 1989) Game Boy

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 highest-scoring game will be the April Game of the Month.

Here are my votes:
Kirby's Epic Yarn - 5
Ms. Pac-Man's Maze Madness - 4
Pac-Man World series - 4
Painkiller - 3
Super Mario Land - 4

Vote!

Kommie
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26-Mar(#28)
Painkiller - 5
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
26-Mar(#29)
Kirby’s Epic Yarn - 5
Super Mario Land - 3
PAC-Man World Series - 1
benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
26-Mar(#30)

Kirby's Epic Yarn - 0 (the 3ds version is out of most people's budgets, and I'm one of the few here I think that still has a wii hooked up)
Ms. Pac-Man's Maze Madness - 5 (PS1 version may still be available on PSN for PS3 if I'm not mistaken)
Pac-Man World series - 5 (even the reboot on modern systems has gotten cheap)
Painkiller - 0 (I'm sure the modern versions on GoG are fine, but this had some bad copy protection mallard in it when it came out originally so 0 on principle)
Super Mario Land - 0 (could have sworn we just did this one last year?)


benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
* 26-Mar(#31)
benstylus wrote:
> Ms. Pac-Man's Maze Madness - 5 (PS1 version may still be available on PSN for PS3
> if I'm not mistaken)
|
I was mistaken. Just Pac Man world. (Keeping my vote of 5 for Ms Pac though)
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
26-Mar(#32)
benstylus wrote:
> Super Mario Land - 0 (could have sworn we just did this one last year?)

We did Mario Land 2 in 2022, and Frank's thread played it back in 2020, but we've never done it in the RTT, unless it was picked in prehistoric (i.e., before Lunar started recording them in the OP) times.

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
26-Mar(#33)
Kirby's Epic Yarn - 3 Would play on my WiiU
Ms. Pac-Man's Maze Madness - 3 Sure, why not
Pac-Man World series - 3 Sure, why not
Painkiller - 5 So long as the Black Edition counts, have that from Steam
Super Mario Land - 0 Beat it for Franks' club, then beat 2 for here, neither are worth replaying IMO

BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
26-Mar(#34)
Ms. Pac-Man's Maze Madness - 5
Pac-Man World series - 3
Painkiller - 4



I’m still working on DKC1 I started it yesterday but it is, as someone else
mentioned kinda bland. I tried starting DKC2 also but it stopped working
once before I could save my progress and I got annoyed. I figured the
Snes classic mini would be more reliable and I just want to finish one
of them before the month is over. So bland or not Imma try to finish
DKC1.
BloodPuppetX
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
26-Mar(#35)
Maze Madness - 5
Pac-Man World series - 5
Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
27-Mar(#36)
I've not made much progress on DKC2 lately, been trying to finish Trepang2 while it's still available via Luna, but also have a sick cat who may not be with us much longer and that's sad, frustrating and draining.
I will seek to beat it eventually, potentially in April as I don't think I'll get through it this month.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
27-Mar(#37)
Slickriven wrote:
> I've not made much progress on DKC2 lately, been trying to finish Trepang2 while
> it's still available via Luna, but also have a sick cat who may not be with us much
> longer and that's sad, frustrating and draining.
> I will seek to beat it eventually, potentially in April as I don't think I'll get
> through it this month.

Do whatever you can for that kitty. That's most important.
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
28-Mar(#38)
I beat Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Super Nintendo on TUFST difficulty, using only my right hand, and the controller was in an unergonomic peripheral that covered some of the buttons! The only way to make this tougher is the have someone kick me every time I press the jump button. laughing out loud
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This is one of my favorite games of all time. Many decry it for being gimmicky, but to be fair, the previous games weren't devoid of gimmicky stages. I find very few of these ones intrusive or poorly-implemented--just Murky Mill and Rocket Ride, really. The graphics are top-notch by this point in the series, too. I dig the Northern Kremisphere and its interactive world map, with secret caves to find and NPCs to assist for rewards. The soundtrack is the least of the series, but Eveline Novakovic composed a good one regardless. DKC3 is definitely worth your time if you're on the fence about playing it!
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
* 29-Mar(#39)
Donkey Kong Land III - erp, I mean Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong - finished rather abruptly.

https://twitter.com/Renaissance2K/status/177356287...
Despite hating Dinky Kong's "What if Baby Huey was a gorilla?" character design, this might be my favorite of the three Donkey Kong Land games. I'm not a big fan of the soundtrack, and losing both lives and Bear Coins with every reset seems like a terrible choice for a portable game, but I enjoyed the breezy level designs, being able to save for free again, and re-gaining access to a bruiser that can take down particularly surly Kremlings. The bosses were really annoying this time around, but I don't blame Rare for overcompensating, considering how simple the bosses in the original Donkey Kong Country/Land were.

In other gorilla news, my plans to play through the arcade Donkey Kong games didn't go as planned. I took a field trip to another office and indeed found a full-size Donkey Kong Jr. cabinet - complete with a CRT - but while I was expecting the game to progress like the console versions (Levels 1, 2, 3, and then 4 before looping), the International arcade release plays out with a 1, 4, 1, 2, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 pattern before it loops. My clumsy gorilla mitts could barely swing through the first instance of Level 4, so I didn't see myself completing all nine on a single credit.


I went down the street in search of an original Donkey Kong cabinet and found one, although this one had been modded with an LCD that wasn't to integer scale. No idea if it was emulation or original hardware with scaled output, but the sound was convincingly filtered, if it was indeed emulated hardware. Donkey Kong apparently follows the same level progression as Donkey Kong Jr., so completing a loop seemed equally unlikely.


I also came to the harsh realization that I just really suck at Donkey Kong. Maybe I'll load up the Japanese releases on MiSTer and see if I fare any better.

I hold the original Donkey Kong Country series in too much reverence to attempt the GBA ports right now, so I scratched the surface of DK: King of Swing. Unclear if it's a brilliant platform or just briliantly annoying, but I'll report back.

I also bought some Donkey Konga bongoes. If there was ever any doubt that @SupremeSarna was a bad influence, there's the proof. Speaking of which, I really need to catch up on barrel badges...

Slickriven wrote:
> I've not made much progress on DKC2 lately, been trying to finish Trepang2 while
> it's still available via Luna, but also have a sick cat who may not be with us much
> longer and that's sad, frustrating and draining.

Big hugs for you and your cat. Regardless of what a bunch of frozen-hearted souls say about pets, I still miss my wife's cat who we lost to cancer back in 2018.

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
30-Mar(#40)
Very sad update about my cat.... we recognized that his body was shutting down and to be as humane as possible we opted to give him rest on Wednesday evening. It was a super difficult decision.

He was my buddy, I found him as a baby kitten across the street (borough property, not someone's home) in a pricker bush and then he lived in a hole in my yard for a few months until he warmed up enough for us to touch him and bring him inside. From then on he lived with us for nearly 16 years and was a big bushy kitty, but often more scared of people vs. overly friendly. When he wanted to be around us though (normally at least once/day) he was a big purrer and would sit on your leg or next to you for long stretches of time and loved his chin scratched. After my wife had to put down our oldest cat a bit over 2 years ago, he grew closer to her, but was still my buddy.

I will for sure miss him but I know that we did the right thing, he had lost over a pound in ~3 weeks btwn 2 visits and stopped eating. We tried to force him to eat and gave him some meds, but he really wasn't interested. He also had his at least 3rd seizure (that we witnessed) in the past handful of years and was just seemingly 'out of it'. I believe his body was giving up even if I didn't want to accept that at first. It was pretty quick as we came home Sunday and he was not himself and isolated beside our bed all day. Monday evening we took him in and that's when we got the meds and mandate to get him eating again. He had some glimmers in the next ~12ish hours, but by Wednesday morning it started to feel cruel forcing meds into him when he just wasn't responding, nor himself. So we scheduled an appointment for that evening and said goodbye.

His nearly 16 years with us were filled with love that encompassed the vast majority of my adult life. It will take awhile to cope with his departure.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
30-Mar(#41)
@Slickriven You did the right thing. It's very hard losing a longtime feline companion, but 16ish happy years is a generous lifespan for him. May he rest in peace, and may you and your family relish the memories.
Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
30-Mar(#42)
Thanks @SupremeSarna (and @Renaissance2K) for your kind words. Yeah I've been realizing that 16ish years is exceedingly long for most cats and longer than lots of folks get with dogs or pets in general. So I'm grateful for the time I had with him, that was a blessing. But all that time also means coping with his absence will be possibly even tougher to deal with.

BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
30-Mar(#43)
I am sorry for your loss @Slickriven but you did make the right decision.

There are no real words of comfort when you lose someone you love so much.
And yes pets are people, moreso than other humans in our lives sometimes are.

They really are our best friends and family members.
I hope you are doing okay sir, I know I wouldn’t be but at least he is
Not suffering. 💜
Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
30-Mar(#44)
Thanks @BleedingViolet yeah he was akin to a child.
Honestly discussing him on here and with a friend today really helped, so I appreciate y'all reading or just letting me 'borrow' this thread for a moment to share about this, it's helpful to begin the healing process.
My wife and I could've tried to force more meds and food but we could simply see that there wasn't going to be a benefit to that beyond a little more time with him. And that wasn't even quality time due to how he looked so tired, mainly wanted to be alone to sleep and didn't seem to even recognize or acknowledge us. We knew that would've only been selfish, but calling the vet and scheduling that visit was brutal.

benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
30-Mar(#45)
So... I played some Donkey Kong on Game & Watch Gallery 4 on GBA. Made it through all 3 stages of thr modern version. Still working towards 5 stars/1000 points on hard mode but got it on easy.

Classic version throws me off due to the scrunched screen and having to switch between which one is big. But still fun.

benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
30-Mar(#46)
Also got a copy of Ms Pac-Man Maze Madness & Pac-Man World combo cart for GBA today, and found Pac-Man World Re-pac for PS5 at a local shop earlier this week. Already have both games for PS1 as well so hopefully one of them wins LOL

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
31-Mar(#47)
I just popped on to say that King of Swing is one of the most uniquely frustrating games I've ever played.

Davey Bones might be one of my bottom five bosses. It's not a bad game, necessarily. I actually think the swinging is a neat concept, especially when it's framed by Nintendo's experimental GBA/GameCube era. But the imprecision of it all is maddening, and being sent to the bottom of a level - as I've now done dozens of times - because you were one frame too early or late is really discouraging.

Oh well. I think I'm actually pretty close to the end, but with how the difficulty is spiking, that may be wishful thinking.

benstylus wrote:
> So... I played some Donkey Kong on Game & Watch Gallery 4 on GBA. Made it through
> all 3 stages of thr modern version. Still working towards 5 stars/1000 points on
> hard mode but got it on easy.

I guess I need to make a Game & Watch Gallery 4 barrel then. Your Agent of Chaos gland continues to function appropriately.

One more day to vote! I briefly considered announcing a different game on the 1st as an April Fools joke, but I don't have the energy.

BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
1-Apr(#48)
Just in time for the end of the month I finally passed Donkey Kong Country 1!

It gets to be more fun as the game goes along. Some of the levels are just gimmicky and annoying AF.
Its a pretty good game, I’d say overall about a 7 out of 10. I didn’t 101% it I think more around 60 something%
Playing it in a hurry like this makes it less fun and more anxiety inducing but whatever I had a long weird month and kept
putting it off so its mostly my own fault. The third set of levels were the most fun because they were beautiful
stages. There was even an Ewok village looking level or two that made me happy to see.

Also why tf was the first mine cart level so much more difficult than the second one that happened
near the end of the game? Thats just weird to have easier stages later on but I’m grateful in a way since the last levels were
more fun anyways. I liked it a little bit more than I remembered liking it before. Overall it was worth replaying and I’m
glad I did.
Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
1-Apr(#49)
Didn't get DKC2 completed in March. I just completed the 2nd main area's boss and after how the month ended for me, plus my focus on another game, I simply didn't get/put enough time into it. Was a big fan of the original as my good friend and I played it a lot back in the day, but I'm not sure if we beat it so I did back in '21 and while it wasn't as great as I remembered, certain sounds like the minecart hitting the rails are seared into my brain and are fond memories. After beating 1 I did want to get to 2 and 3, so I will keep playing this and hope to beat it before long. 3 will likely wait for a bit though as some sections of this are just annoying.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
1-Apr(#50)
BleedingViolet wrote:
> Just in time for the end of the month I finally passed Donkey Kong Country 1!
>
> It gets to be more fun as the game goes along. Some of the levels are just gimmicky
> and annoying AF.
> Its a pretty good game, I’d say overall about a 7 out of 10. I didn’t 101% it
> I think more around 60 something%
> Playing it in a hurry like this makes it less fun and more anxiety inducing but whatever
> I had a long weird month and kept
> putting it off so its mostly my own fault. The third set of levels were the most
> fun because they were beautiful
> stages. There was even an Ewok village looking level or two that made me happy to
> see.
>
> Also why tf was the first mine cart level so much more difficult than the second
> one that happened
> near the end of the game? Thats just weird to have easier stages later on but I’m
> grateful in a way since the last levels were
> more fun anyways. I liked it a little bit more than I remembered liking it before.
> Overall it was worth replaying and I’m
> glad I did.

Funny you should mention the Ewok thing--the Japanese soundtrack refers to the Treetop stage theme as "Ewok Village." Given Rare's sense of humor, it wouldn't surprise me if they saw that and delared it canon. laughing out loud

Wjat were your favorite and least favorite stages? Got any in mind?
Renaissance2K
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1-Apr(#51)
Donkey Kong has dived into his Banana Hoard, Scrooge McDonk style. Here are the results from this month:
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You folks have been busy!

Thanks to everyone who peeled back the banana on the Kong dynasty this month. Should you pay another visit to Donkey Kong Country, Land, Commonwealth, DMZ, or any other internationally recognized gorilla-ruled sovereign body, feel free to share here to add another barrel to your cache.

Here is the final tally for April's Game of the Month:

1. Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness - 22 points
2. Pac-Man World - 21 points
3. Painkiller - 17 points
4. Kirby's Epic Yard - 13 points
5. Super Mario Land - 7 points

Gender dynamics being what they are, while Pac-Man built an empire of arcade games, follow-ups, and power-ups, it took his poor wife 18 years to get the pseudo-sequel that her grown-breaking eponymous title deserved. Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness - a reimagining of the blockbuster classic arcade game - dropped for the PlayStation PlayStation in 2000 and infused the Pac Maze formula with 3D graphics, level progression, and a big bad that's after the world's treasures. The initial PlayStation release was followed up with spruced up ports for the Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64 and Sega Dreamcast Dreamcast, a 2D portable release for the Game Boy Advance Game Boy Advance, and a PC sequel that nobody cares about.

Play Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness on
PlayStation PlayStation
Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64
Sega Dreamcast Dreamcast
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Complete the single player mode in any release of Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness to earn the 3D Ms. Pac-Man badge:

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Not enough to satisfy your dot appetite? How 'bout a Bonus Game or two?

Complete the Quest Mode in any Pac-Man World game - or the Re-Pac remaster - to earn a bonus badge:

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Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
1-Apr(#52)
I just missed the deadline, but I finished DK: King of Swing early this morning. Or, it finished me, depending on your perspective.

https://twitter.com/Renaissance2K/status/177481260...

Having never heard of this game before and heard it described as "Donkey Kong controlled by shoulder buttons", I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't an evolution of Clu Clu Land. Donkey Kong leaps around, grabs pegs, smashes into barrels and enemies, and somehow floats his way up level after level. And he spins. Oh lawdy, he spins a lot.

While the first two worlds are straightforward and inoffensive, nearly everything that happens after that point seems engineered for maximum frustration. Missing one jump - which is extremely easy, considering how precise timing needs to be with DK almost never being stationary - could mean having to watch a monkey slowly fall back to the bottom of the level, forcing you to start all over. Boss fights - especially the final boss - feel chaotic and random, and take way too long, especially by Nintendo's standards.

I should have just played one of the other GBA games. At least I've checked off one of NIntendo's odd experimental games and no longer have to wonder if it was any good.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
1-Apr(#53)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> I just missed the deadline, but I finished DK: King of Swing early this morning.
> Or, it finished me, depending on your perspective.
>
>
> Having never heard of this game before and heard it described as "Donkey Kong controlled
> by shoulder buttons", I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't an evolution
> of Clu Clu Land. Donkey Kong leaps around, grabs pegs, smashes into barrels and enemies,
> and somehow floats his way up level after level. And he spins. Oh lawdy, he spins
> a lot.
>
> While the first two worlds are straightforward and inoffensive, nearly everything
> that happens after that point seems engineered for maximum frustration. Missing one
> jump - which is extremely easy, considering how precise timing needs to be with DK
> almost never being stationary - could mean having to watch a monkey slowly fall back
> to the bottom of the level, forcing you to start all over. Boss fights - especially
> the final boss - feel chaotic and random, and take way too long, especially by Nintendo's
> standards.
>
> I should have just played one of the other GBA games. At least I've checked off one
> of NIntendo's odd experimental games and no longer have to wonder if it was any good.

I started that last year but never finished it. From what I've heard, the DS sequel is a stark improvement.
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
* 2-Apr(#54)
SupremeSarna wrote:
> I started that last year but never finished it.

Coming from a King of Kong like you, that says a lot.


Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
2-Apr(#55)
Got started on Ms. Pac-Man on the Nintendo 64 - it's alright I guess. I played the first level twice and still didn't get all of the dang fruit nor yellow balls (actual name escapes me) which was annoying. I'm 4 levels in I think and finally got all of the fruit in 1 level.
Am pretty sure I won't be replaying levels to get all of the stars per, especially the time-attack type run, but for something I can play for just a handful of mins and make some progress, it's not too bad and worth sticking with.

benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
4-Apr(#56)
So.. GBA is not the ideal way to play this game. It's not terrible but the graphics aren't always clear where you can go due to the pseudo-3d angle.

Also I got to the boss (i think there is just the one) but it appears to be a multi part fight. I need 32 stars to do the next part and I have 19 now.

So that means replaying old levels. Boo.

BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
4-Apr(#57)
I just ordered the Dreamcast version off Ebay from a seller in the City of Orange here in CA,
which I mainly ordered from them because its not too far from me.

Like other sellers they didnt show the bottom of the disc so I am being kinda hopeful,
but they also listed it in very good condition so that made it a little easier too.
Hopefully we can both enjoy this game and get through it this month 😃

I’m excited because the veedjo clips I saw look like a mix between a 3d ms Pac-Man and
a puzzle game? Idk but it looks really cool to me 💜 Its going to be fun 😃
BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
4-Apr(#58)
Slickriven wrote:
> Got started on Ms. Pac-Man on the Nintendo 64 - it's alright I guess. I played the first
> level twice and still didn't get all of the dang fruit nor yellow balls (actual name
> escapes me) which was annoying. I'm 4 levels in I think and finally got all of the
> fruit in 1 level.
> Am pretty sure I won't be replaying levels to get all of the stars per, especially
> the time-attack type run, but for something I can play for just a handful of mins
> and make some progress, it's not too bad and worth sticking with.
>
>

Dots?
BleedingViolet
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
4-Apr(#59)
SupremeSarna wrote:
> BleedingViolet wrote:
>> Just in time for the end of the month I finally passed Donkey Kong Country 1!
>>
>> It gets to be more fun as the game goes along. Some of the levels are just gimmicky
>> and annoying AF.
>> Its a pretty good game, I’d say overall about a 7 out of 10. I didn’t 101%
> it
>> I think more around 60 something%
>> Playing it in a hurry like this makes it less fun and more anxiety inducing but
> whatever
>> I had a long weird month and kept
>> putting it off so its mostly my own fault. The third set of levels were the most
>> fun because they were beautiful
>> stages. There was even an Ewok village looking level or two that made me happy
> to
>> see.
>>
>> Also why tf was the first mine cart level so much more difficult than the second
>> one that happened
>> near the end of the game? Thats just weird to have easier stages later on but
> I’m
>> grateful in a way since the last levels were
>> more fun anyways. I liked it a little bit more than I remembered liking it before.
>> Overall it was worth replaying and I’m
>> glad I did.
>
> Funny you should mention the Ewok thing--the Japanese soundtrack refers to the Treetop
> stage theme as "Ewok Village." Given Rare's sense of humor, it wouldn't surprise
> me if they saw that and delared it canon. laughing out loud
>
> Wjat were your favorite and least favorite stages? Got any in mind?

I meant to reply to this the other day but there were more negative levels than positive ones.

Let me post the main ones imma power up the Snes Mini and tell you if you don’t mind 😉

Favorites:

Mine Cart Madness: (somehow this was a better easier and more fun version
of the first mine cart stage, which was too hard so early in the game)

TreeTop Town: its beautiful and maybe the best level in the game based on aesthetics alone.
Also its not too hard but still a challenge.

Coral Capers: The best and easiest underwater stage. Its just fair and pretty darn good.

Forest Frenzy: based on it being another beautiful level ….. basically everything in Vine Valley is pretty good.
so Imma stop listing favorites onto the gimmicky bullcrap that Rare was like what fudge ever bro about.

Least Favorites:

SlipSlide Ride: gimmicky and too difficult too be fun. Its OKAY but its also a fudging waste
of time like many of the more gimmicky stages of the game that were just not very well thought out.

Stop & Go Station: fudging stupid annoying garbage, seriously Rare ….. wtf?!?

Mine Cart Carnage: If pacing of difficulty means anything to yall this level belongs closer
to the end of the game. Really dum level placement here.

Blackout Basement: another annoying Gimmick based waste of time.

…..

Seriously though Rare clearly got their act together for the second game and the first one was just
more like a trial run. There were some levels that were just filler bullcrap and honestly that is frustrating
looking back because this game was clearly supposed to be either WAY better or just a random
flex of the graphics the SNES was supposed to always be capable of. And yet the DKC games were
almost the only games ever released that showed the SNES could compete with the Genesis as far as
graphics were concerned. Better mechanics, for the most part absolutely. Better graphics? Fudge no! Not ever.
Gameplay does MOSTLY matter more than graphics but still, I doubt anyone wants to play
Super Mario Bros 2 over whatever the newest platformer by Nintendo on Switch is.

I still think DKC1 is a really good game but future installments show how much better
it should have been. I imagine there was a rush to release it but who gives af?
People paid full price at release …. Sigh.

I guess this is partially why games these days take forever to release.
Gotta make sure its representative of the effort you pretended to put into it.

Fancy graphics and boring bullcrap gameplay do not a classic game make.
Case in point.
Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
4-Apr(#60)
BleedingViolet wrote:
> Slickriven wrote:
>> Got started on Ms. Pac-Man on the Nintendo 64 - it's alright I guess. I played the first
>> level twice and still didn't get all of the dang fruit nor yellow balls (actual
> name
>> escapes me) which was annoying. I'm 4 levels in I think and finally got all of
> the
>> fruit in 1 level.
>> Am pretty sure I won't be replaying levels to get all of the stars per, especially
>> the time-attack type run, but for something I can play for just a handful of mins
>> and make some progress, it's not too bad and worth sticking with.
>>
>>
>
> Dots?

Hahaha yeah.... those

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
5-Apr(#61)
I've collected 2 of the warp device's gems now and played 1 level after that. After benstylus' comment, seems like I'll need to get more stars for collecting stuff and am up to 15, but annoyingly missed like 2 dots and a fruit on a recent level. I guess it's good that stages aren't horrible to replay, but needing to collect all of 350+ dots in a level, even with that compass thing pointing some out has still left me missing just a few too often.

benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
5-Apr(#62)
BleedingViolet wrote:
> And yet the DKC
> games were
> almost the only games ever released that showed the SNES could compete with the Genesis
> as far as
> graphics were concerned. Better mechanics, for the most part absolutely. Better graphics?
> Fudge no! Not ever.

Um, what? There are a ton of amazing looking SNES games. If you don't like the more cartoony style of Mario and Kirby, there are still games like Contra, Castlevania, Axelay, Castlevania, Street Fighter, Final Fight, Metroid...

The Genesis had a far more limited color palette (512 total versus 32,768 on SNES) and also could display fewer on screen at a time (61 vs 256).

There is a lot the Genesis Does that Nintendon't, but SNES typically won out in the graphics department when you compared games side by side.

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
5-Apr(#63)
BleedingViolet wrote:
> Slickriven wrote:
>> Got started on Ms. Pac-Man on the Nintendo 64 - it's alright I guess. I played the first
>> level twice and still didn't get all of the dang fruit nor yellow balls (actual
> name
>> escapes me) which was annoying. I'm 4 levels in I think and finally got all of
> the
>> fruit in 1 level.
>> Am pretty sure I won't be replaying levels to get all of the stars per, especially
>> the time-attack type run, but for something I can play for just a handful of mins
>> and make some progress, it's not too bad and worth sticking with.
>
> Dots?

They're called Pac-Dots because of course they are.

My sentiments are in line with what @benstylus said. The perspective on the GBA makes depth perception impossible, and the small viewport makes everything feel claustrophobic.

I'm about to fight my first boss and wasn't aware of the star gatekeeping, but that's another bummer. I've done fairly well with dot pickups but not great with the others.


benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
5-Apr(#64)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> BleedingViolet wrote:
>> Slickriven wrote:
> |>> Got started on Ms. Pac-Man on the Nintendo 64 - it's alright I guess. I played the
> first
> |>> level twice and still didn't get all of the dang fruit nor yellow balls (actual
>> name
> |>> escapes me) which was annoying. I'm 4 levels in I think and finally got all of
>> the
> |>> fruit in 1 level.
> |>> Am pretty sure I won't be replaying levels to get all of the stars per, especially
> |>> the time-attack type run, but for something I can play for just a handful of
> mins
> |>> and make some progress, it's not too bad and worth sticking with.
>>
>> Dots?
>
> They're called Pac-Dots because of course they are.
>
> My sentiments are in line with what @benstylus said. The perspective on the GBA makes
> depth perception impossible, and the small viewport makes everything feel claustrophobic.
>
> I'm about to fight my first boss and wasn't aware of the star gatekeeping, but that's
> another bummer. I've done fairly well with dot pickups but not great with the others.
>

Up to 27 stars now. Just 5 to go.


benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
* 5-Apr(#65)
All righty, GBA version cleared.



Some bugs in the game. Had sound issues the first few times I started it, sound was all the way turned down in the options menu. Turned it up, played a bit and saved, and turned it off. When I came back the sound was all the way down again. I changed it, loaded my save, and started a level and it was immediately turned all the way down again. You can't access the volume from the pause menu, only the options, so every time I started playing it got muted. I then restarted the game and used the second save slot and had no troubles there.

During the game I had a bit of background flicker of a couple of the falling bridges you have to cross, but that doesn't affect gameplay.

One time during one of the ice block pushing stages, I pushed it, it went forward a space them back towards me and crushed me. I'm sure this was a bug because it never happened again.

@Renaissance2K if you got to the Gobblin boss fight, when you beat it you get a witch key they let's you open those green blocks you couldn't open before, which will let you complete some stars you couldn't before. However it seems that when you power off, that key goes away so you want to start with that boss before going back and star hunting.

Also, I have the Pac-Man World / Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness combo cart, so maybe the bugs are just in that version (was published by DSI so I wouldn't be at all surprised).

Looking forward to playing the PS1 version later, as this one was... mostly playable, I guess? It was mostly not unpleasant (except for the boulders and lightning block stages), but only very rarely veered into pleasant territory. Oh also segments with the ghosts that carry black powder are awful. It just seems random when they start dropping it so you basically can't lure them to explode boxes without some dumb luck.

I would say it is thoroughly average, or just slightly below.

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
5-Apr(#66)
benstylus wrote:
> @Renaissance2K if you got to the Gobblin boss fight, when you beat it you get a witch
> key they let's you open those green blocks you couldn't open before, which will let
> you complete some stars you couldn't before. However it seems that when you power
> off, that key goes away so you want to start with that boss before going back and
> star hunting.

{face_palm.gif}


benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
5-Apr(#67)
Trying out Pac-Man World GBA now. It's far more action oriented so far. You have actual attack moves for non-ghosts instead of just power pellets. And you can jump!

Maybe we picked the lesser game, but I still think Ms Pac-Man was the right call. It's one of those mostly forgotten games (especially now that Ms. Pac-Man is dead.)

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
* 5-Apr(#68)
Just beat Esmerelda with 24 stars and the Nintendo 64 version I'm playing says I need 42 to do the next part. I also hit a bonus level earlier in a boat that kept freezing on me, at first just randomly early in the stage but after some tries and reloading the ROM I could reach the end of the stage only for it to freeze consistently when the Stage Complete message came up. Might not be able to play that level to get more stars so hopefully they're not required.

EDIT - ugg, I think I'm going to need to do some time trial runs to get all 4 stars per level to get to 42 total - blah

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
6-Apr(#69)
Got to 41 stars, just 1 more to go. Finally got the boat level to pass thanks to hitting the pause button a bunch, so that was 3 stars that I relatively easily earned once I could get the game to avoid freezing. Ended up having to do some time trials which are annoying. I see there's some other bonus levels including one called Shock Therapy that I'd love to do, it's like Frogger and should be pretty easy, but I don't know how to unlock it, so if anyone knows please share, Google wasn't too helpful. I think I might need to get a certain high score threshold in the Haunted Halloween level, but I'm not certain.

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
6-Apr(#70)
Got the last star I needed and faced Esmerelda a 2nd time to #BeatIt. Certainly won't land in my top 300 games beat, heh, but it wasn't horrible, just mediocre. I am not sure that the Nintendo 64 version that I beat has the additional bonus levels that other versions do. If anyone hasn't started this, I don't recommend my version, do the Sega Dreamcast or PlayStation version instead.

Proof:



Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
* 7-Apr(#71)
I'm back to playing DKC2 and dang that honey region and the bee/hornet boss royally sucked. Didn't like getting stuck on the honey all the time, but that boss was brutal. The rollercoaster parts before him were decent, but you didn't jump with your cart every time and the sound when you hit the rails again was not the same, sad. Oh well, looks like I'm seemingly finally around 50% through. I'm for sure not getting all of the optional/hidden coins and such, but just nailing most jumps and such is enough for me.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
* 9-Apr(#72)
@Slickriven There are secret stages and a true final boss, but they require the Kremcoins. Fortunately, there’s a weird cheat you can do in the first stage to get all 75 coins instantly: https://youtu.be/B8XgZLQt5os?si=ErPXfo4h-cweuKWw
Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
* 9-Apr(#73)
Interesting @SupremeSarna - I was just playing and holy jumpin' did the levels I just do in the R. Kool's Keep totally stink - the windy cavern one, then the rising platform, the chain climb and icy lake weren't bad, but the F that toxic one where you need the stupid snake. I gave up after a LOT of deaths, will have to deal with that one later.
I was up to a pathetic 7 of the huge DK coins and 35+ of basic ones, not sure about the hidden ones behind the side-rooms mainly. I certainly wasn't trying to get them all and missed plenty but might do that trick when I'm near the final boss, thanks.

Ugg, been using a YT Let's Play to follow along and gage my progress and rarely spot a coin or something to go for. I just caught up and watched that Toxic level and gross there's the snake, then bird and finally the spider - that one is going to kick my butt for a while, can just feel it.

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
9-Apr(#74)
#BeatIt - Got DKC2 completed, proof below.

@SupremeSarna After beating it, the only 'special coins' thing I was shown was related to the seemingly 1/level huge DK branded coins and not the smallest ones that you get in levels or from that video you posted or even from the somewhat hidden rooms in most/all levels. But maybe there's some exchange? There are K. Rool (had that backwards in my last post) coins you get from beating bosses, too - I'm confused. I recall the golden animal statues you could collect in the first game, so this isn't new, but being all coins this time is a bit dumb, as it's a little hard to tell them apart, maybe that's in the manual... oh well. Nearly positive that I won't want to snap my controller and replay most of these levels seeking out any additional coins, just too frustrating. The Toxic one ended up not being too bad once I got through the snake section as I got the bird section in 1 or maybe 2 tries, ditto the spider, though I know I missed a bonus room that I saw the Let's Play hit as said spider.
Was not a fan of the final boss, but ramping difficulty was within reason I suppose.



SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
9-Apr(#75)
@Slickriven Did you find the Lost World? Klubba's Kiosk lets you access each one of those secret stages, but only if you pay him 15 Kremcoins (the ones with K. Rool's face that you get from Bonus Rooms) apiece. Beat all those and you can do a (slightly easier IMO) rematch against K. Rool and nuke Crocodile Isle once and for all!

I assume you got the regular ending where DK uppercuts K. Rool, sending him down the mountain into shark-infested waters?
Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
9-Apr(#76)
Yeah @SupremeSarna I got the Donkey Kong uppercut into shark waters ending. I never tried to pay Klubba 15 coins to access that secret world but just watched the Let's Play do it and yeah I don't think I would've done too well with most of those, but it was cool to watch. I do agree though that the other fight with K. Rool certainly seemed easier and was only really 1 phase vs. several for the main ending I got. I just loaded up the ROM and visited a Klubba Kiosk, I only had a paltry 18 coins for him, so I would've only made 1 trip. I'll stick with what I beat and be happy with that - those coins were from all of the generally hidden areas in the levels where you needed to collect the coin after a rather short section, correct?

benstylus
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
10-Apr(#77)
Sure is a lot of DKC talk still... just goes to show how big that game was.

Anyone else doing Pac-Man World? I'm struggling with the GBA version and I think I'm only on level 3. Lot of cheap fall deaths in this level.




Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
10-Apr(#78)
benstylus wrote:
> Anyone else doing Pac-Man World? I'm struggling with the GBA version and I think
> I'm only on level 3. Lot of cheap fall deaths in this level.

I'm still working on Ms. Pac Man, but I was going to start the GBA version of World after.

Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
10-Apr(#79)
Heh I forgot that World was an optional additional game, might have to see about playing one.

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
* 10-Apr(#80)
Just hit the star cutoff point in Maze Madness. Time to go farming, I guess.

Edit: Nine stars to go.

Edit 2: Two left!!

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