Nep’s Month in Gaming: February 2021

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Hey hey, welcome to the monthly update! Today we have the shortest month of the year, but also one of the more eventful months for me for various reasons. One of course being my own birthday which I celebrated earlier this month! Though I couldn’t actively celebrate it, I did give myself a present… and then another one, which I’ll come back to in a bit. It was also a surprisingly busy month with the amount of streams and articles I’ve made! I’ll probably slow it down a bit though; not because I want to, but because I am beating games too fast without being able to catch up. Oh well, on to the monthly update!

I’m a Nintendo Switch Owner!

It only took what, four years? Honestly, I never buy consoles at a new price simply because my backlog is already massive on its own, and I’m more of a retro gamer anyway. But when I do buy a new console, it’s usually a special edition. It’s decently rare for the Nintendo Switch to get a limited edition and when I saw this one to celebrate the release of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, I just couldn’t resist. Since I knew it was coming, I also asked my family for Switch games for my birthday because I honestly couldn’t come up with anything else, which resulted in Immortals: Fenyx Rising and one my favourite franchises ever, the Collection of Mana! But then… disaster struck.

I was so happy to install my Switch but as if someone was not satisfied yet with me spending money for once, my TV died. I was hoping to postpone the purchase of a new TV until I moved out, but that was now an impossibility. So kind of against my will, I had to choose. Obviously, I didn’t want to buy a TV just for what might just be a year of living at home, so I just went with my other option: go all out. So now I have a 4K OLED TV so I can play my Switch games in… not 4K! But joking aside, I’m very glad to have it.

I also got a few other presents. Emphasis on a few since apparently a lot of people this year didn’t even want to bother, so I guess that will save me money this year as well. Every negative has a positive after all! From my two good friends, I’ve gotten Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana and Enter the Gungeon, and two of my brothers gave me a beer brewing kit!

Twitch

I streamed almost every weekday of the month with the exception of like one or two days, so I’d say that has been going well. The support has been great, and all of the games (except for Final Fantasy Mystic Quest) will get an article eventually. But as stated in the intro, I’ve been beating games a bit too fast while not being able to catch up with reviews, so I’ll probably take a small break after I finish Rayman Redemption. I’ll probably use that time as well to mess around a bit with the layout again, because I’m planning to do some randomizers soon. Anyhow, follow me on Twitter to keep informed on that matter!

Oh, and I probably won’t stream Nintendo Switch games for a while. My room just is not made for recording.

Posts on my website

Also as stated in the intro, I’ve been quite busy this month! Let’s recap since it feels like it’s been ages since I’ve written some of these!

We started this month with an article I’ve actually been working on for quite some time: My Ideal 3D Sonic the Hedgehog game. I’m not sure why I started writing this one again, but I guess my love for fangames inspired me to write it. Coincidentally, it’s also Sonic’s 30th birthday this year! …But surprisingly, it has been quiet on Sega’s side, so who knows what they have in stock for us this year. But given that we’re already in March now, I’m slightly worried.

A lot of reviews followed since well, that’s what I do after all! We started with Xanadu Next because it was too long since I covered a Nihon Falcom game, followed by a review of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past as a birthday special. A mini-review of Outdrive followed which I hadn’t actually planned, but seeing how this game got so many positive reviews while being complete garbage a not-so-good game just forced me to take action. Finally, I started a short marathon of the Bomberman games on Game Boy Colour! This also wasn’t really planned but since I was already planning on playing both Pocket Bomberman and Bomberman Quest, I figured I could do the last game as well which will be published somewhere this week.

And finally, there was the article for Ranking all of the Link to the Past Dungeons. I just didn’t want to celebrate my birthday with just a review, so I figured I’d make a complementary article as well! This is something I’d like to do in general, but I don’t always get the chance to do so. When I see my chance, I will try for sure though!

Posts in the community

Here are some of the articles I’ve really enjoyed reading this month! Not a lot this month because I haven’t been able to read a lot unfortunately.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light by Extra Life – The Fire Emblem series is one that I’ve never really been too big into. I don’t hate the games or anything, but I just haven’t really taken my time for them yet. So in the meantime, I’ll just read what others have to say about the game! Red Metal’s post on the first game in the franchise was definitely an interesting read, showing that it was very innovative for the time but also a product of its time. Now if only I could play it before Nintendo removes it from the store… It’s a good thing emulation exists I guess.

Pokemon Trading Card Game: Battle Babbling by Ace Asunder – I did have Pokemon Trading Cards as a child, just… nobody to actually play with. But that’s where one of my childhood games comes in: The Pokemon Trading Card Game! It’s one of those games that hasn’t really been talked about much, so it’s great to see other bloggers in the community bring it up!

Kanto Region – The original 151 Pokemon by Gaming Omnivore – Continuing with the Pokemon articles, here we have the Gaming Omnivore talk about the original generation and all of the remakes! I haven’t played the Let’s Go games myself, though I’m hoping to change that pretty soon.

Fanservice done right by Everything is bad for you – AK gives his opinion about the concept of fanservice which is an interesting topic, because a lot of people side with it being good or bad, but are usually unable to describe why it is good or bad. As for me, I don’t really mind it–I may not be interested in love, but that doesn’t mean that I’m completely against the nature of fanservice. But when it’s very cheap or happens for no reason other than ”we can do it” then yeah, count me out.


That’s all for this month! It’s been a busy month but most of all, it’s been a fun month. Except for my TV dying, that was not fun.

As hinted at before, next month might not be as busy–mostly because I have to catch up with reviews before I forget what the game was about. I have amnesia after all, so I already forgot what I played. But we’ll see! Thank you for reading~

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Nepiki

A gamer and writer at heart who wants to combine his hobbies into one. I am 25 years old and I'm from the Netherlands. Having played many games over the years, I wanted to express my love for them, however obscure they may be!

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Red Metal

Strangely, I’ve played all of the Mana games, but I haven’t actually completed any of them. Final Fantasy Adventure was the first instance I can remember in which I got completely stuck (as in, I just flat-out had no idea how to proceed; I’m not counting instances in which a boss or level was too difficult). I should try to fix that at some point.

And thanks for the shout! The Fire Emblem series is great, and although starting with the very first game in the series wouldn’t be impossible, I think Awakening or Fates would make for better introductions (possibly Three Houses as well if what I’ve played of it is any indication). Path of Radiance is great as well, although considering it’s a GameCube game, it’s pretty difficult to get ahold of (or at least for now – I’m hoping that will change in the future). The original game was definitely a great effort for its time, but it is very simplistic compared to what would come even just one or two installments later.

Red Metal

That is exactly what happened to me; I made it fairly far only for my game to end prematurely because I didn’t buy enough keys; it was totally infuriating. The ability to make the game unwinnable is not a design decision that has stood the test of time at all. I do want to complete it someday, though; I’m sure I would have an easier time now that I have much more experience with these types of games.

And the way you play the game is actually par for the course as far as Fire Emblem is concerned. Originally, the developers wanted players to go through the game ironman-style wherein they would take losses as they came, but most players just reset whenever they lose a character (even if it’s a character they don’t intend to use). It simply wouldn’t do if you put a lot of work into a character only to suddenly lose them permanently. Eventually, the developers caught onto this, and that’s the reason why later games tend to have 1-3 units per class as opposed to the first game wherein they swamped you with several redundant units you would never use beyond their introductory chapter.

Sacred Stones isn’t really one of the better games in the series, although it did manage to foreshadow a lot of mainstay features that, with a little fine tuning, really added to the overall experience.

Solarayo

Thank you so much for mentioning my article! I hope you enjoy that shiny new Switch

Jason McFadden

Congrats on getting a Switch!! You’ll love it, I’m sure. I look forward to your reviews of Switch games. There are so many Switch games…

Gaming Omnivore

Thanks for the mention and congrats on the Mario Switch!
I haven’t played any of the Mana games before, but Secret of Mana is one I want to get around to eventually. I haven’t played that many of the big SNES RPGs outside of Chrono Trigger…