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Official Chozo Crazy 8s Game Night Thread

27 November 2017 - 12:41 PM

Welcome to the new and improved Thursday night experience, the Chozo Crazy 8s Game Night!



Grown out of 3 seasons of Mario Kart 8/DX tournaments, we're expanding out to include multiple games, sometimes in the same night! Smash 4? Sure! Mario Kart 7? You bet! Other things that we haven't even thought of? Most likely!
The basics are the same as the tournament:
Who: Humanz!
When: Thursday nights, 8:30 to 10:00 central.
Where: Your couch. But also in Discord (check out the voice chat thread for info).
Why: Because I'm The Man, and I say so.
Speaking of Discord, as of now we'll be using the same game-specific voice chat rooms, but using the all-encompassing #chozocrazy8s text channel, rather than splitting that up between games. This text channel is marked NSFW (mostly for fun because we can, but also because Plant likes to post pictures of animals pooping, and Morgil posts ... everything else), but don't let that scare anyone away. It's just a check box that I hit in the setup, and doesn't indicate that the company behind Discord is monitoring us any less or more than they would anyway.
For anyone who's new to the Thursday night fun, just contact me or another member that you know who has access to the Discord server, and you can get an invite link. The server itself is not set up as an public server, so I won't post an invite link here.
We also have a bot, the CC8 Helper Bot, that can tell people what the upcoming Game Night events are, and keeps track of who has what games that they can play, to help decide what upcoming events will be. Don't hesitate to ask it questions, and enjoy its weekly reminders of what the current event will be on Thursday nights.
Season 4 has its first event on November 30th, and this thread will be our new home for write-ups, general discussion, and announcements. Unlike previous seasons, overall season stats won't be tracked, but for nights that we play Mario Kart 8 I'll still do basic scoring. Otherwise write-ups will recap as best I can who "won", depending on the games we're playing.
Looking forward to many fun nights to come - thanks for playing!


Metroid: Samus Returns for Nintendo 3DS Post-Release Thread

16 September 2017 - 12:21 PM

The pre-release times are over, now it's time to talk post-release! Just keep it as spoiler-free as possible.


As for me, I've put a few hours into the game and am liking it a lot. Just opened up the 3rd area. It's fun to see all the creatures rendered in a modern way, after having just played the original in the last week. It feels so much more lush and alive than Metroid II (as you would expect), and far less confusing. Not even just because of the map, but because everything doesn't look the same everywhere. And the music is much better (although Metroid II had a couple of good tracks on it). Much more Prime-esque, both in music and sound effects that other handheld Metroids. I recommend headphones!


Would this have been amazing on Switch? Sure. But on 3DS, it still looks amazing. One of the few games these days that I make sure that the 3D is on for all the time, since the backgrounds are like little living dioramas that are really cool in 3D. I almost wish I had gotten that Samus New 3DS XL, but I'm too pragmatic to buy a new one when my current one works fine.


My new amiibo won't be here until Tuesday, but I scanned my two Smash ones to get my free energy reserve tank and free missile reserve tank.


Haven't opened my CD yet, but that'll come soon enough. Pity it's not the OST for the actual game, I'll still have to hunt that down.

Splatoon 2 Splatfests

06 August 2017 - 09:10 AM

Yo yo, fresh inklings, now that Splatoon 2 is out and Splatfests have started, I thought it'd be a good idea to have a separate Splatfest thread so we can keep the post-release Splatoon 2 thread more for info and announcements.


So post all Splatfest-related things in this thread. As a matter of introduction, we just got done with the first official Splatfest, Mayo vs. Ketchup, in which Mayo one.




Who knows what the next one will be, but we can discuss it here when it happens!



Edit: For anyone who wants a reference to how many Super Sea Snails you get:



Nintendo Summer of Play 2017 mall tour

29 June 2017 - 12:05 PM

Not sure if anyone really cares, but because I have a picture and some impressions, here's some info about this summer's Nintendo mall tour that we went to last weekend. (Full list of the remaining dates and malls here - link might not work in years to come, since it's just going to a generic events page)


First off, a warped panoramic of what was set up at the Mall of America. They got the big spot, the same one that they had the big Mario Kart 8 tournament at a few years ago that I posted about somewhere else (maybe in my Poohblog?), but there were no tournament-type things going on with the big screen this time around.



Picture taken at about 5 PM, the whole thing started at 11:00. Crowds had thinned a bit, and all the aluminum bottles were claimed. :O


They actually had the whole area roped off this time, unlike previous tours where people were just milling around randomly. Of course, those times were for Wii U things, so the turnout was lower. ;) We waited in the pre-line for less than 5 minutes before gaining entrance to the wonderland behind the ropes.


They had sections for MK8 DX, ARMS, Splatoon, and Pokken, and then an area for 3DS games, 1-2-Switch, and Bomberman, with Snipperclips and BotW tucked away on the far side of the picture.


Upon entering, you get a card with 8 places for stamps. They wanted you to play a session of ARMS, Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, and Pokken, and then the other 4 were just playing anything else (like 1-2-Switch and 3DS stuff). One guy gave us extra stamps because we were so cool, so we got our cards filled up pretty quickly. Then you took those to the area in the middle to get some random stuff, and if you showed them your Nintendo Account QR code, you got one of those fairly nice aluminum bottles they were giving away to members.


Sam and I wandered around, while Yabo and Torgina mostly attacked on their own. ARMS we got to play against each other, and did about as well as you'd expect for it being a new game. :)


Then we tried Pokken, and spent the entire match button-mashing and not knowing exactly what was going on. I think Sam let me win, as a nod to my status as his elder who kept ranting about the gol-durn pokie-mans not doing what he wanted them to do.


After that, we hit up Mario Kart 8. We did local wireless with that one, and raced against a couple of other kids. It was kind of unfair since they did team match, and Sam and I ended up on the same team. With only 4 racers and us on the same team, we cleaned up pretty well.


And finally, the longest line was for Splatoon. I think that one took close to 20 minutes to get through and wait. They actually had two lines, one for regular Turf War, and one off to the side for Salmon Run. They had two setups, one for each team, as can be seen in the picture, and they were doing spectator mode on the big screen near the back.

Also by that bigger TV was where Salmon Run was going on, which is what we stood in line for. Salmon Run was really fun, and does really benefit from actually being able to talk while you play. They had a rep playing one of the spots, and then 3 people in the other ones. I got set up with a couple of kids, and while they did their jobs pretty well to move golden eggs back to the net, we clearly won our run because of my sniping skills. :)

We only played at 5%, and it seemed pretty easy for people who know what they're doing, but I bet it's easy to get overwhelmed as the difficulty level goes up.


The only real "complaint" I'd say would be that there wasn't as much free stuff. :) Previously, as you walked around they'd be handing out like stickers and hats and shoelaces and stuff. But now it was all locked behind the "spin the random wheel once and see what you get" gate. But they put on a good show, and had a good turnout. This is the biggest mall tour setup I've seen in about the last 3 or 4 years, so I don't think they've heard Plant's tea-leaf readings that Switch is dad.


Sam has some other pictures, and a video I think. Maybe he'll post them here if we all ask nicely. :D


Super NES Classic Edition

26 June 2017 - 08:24 AM

Nintendo has announced the Super NES Classic Edition, releasing September 29, 2017.






It includes the following games, and two controllers (hopefully with cords longer than 2 feet):


  • Contra III: The Alien Wars™
  • Donkey Kong Country™
  • EarthBound™
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO™
  • Kirby™ Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course™
  • The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™
  • Mega Man® X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox™
  • Star Fox™ 2
  • Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV™
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts®
  • Super Mario Kart™
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars™
  • Super Mario World™
  • Super Metroid™
  • Super Punch-Out!! ™
  • Yoshi’s Island™

Yes, you read that right, Star Fox 2 is on there (apparently have you to beat the first level of Star Fox to unlock it).


MSRP will be $79.99, not much else in the way of info released other than that yet.


Will they make more than 12 of them? Will it be another, "Oh, this was just a holiday thing that we didn't realize people would want!" situation? We can only hope Nintendo learned from their NES Classic folly, especially now that Switch is already out and going strong.