Monthly Archives: August 2016

Kid Icarus

Kid Icarus

Game: Kid Icarus
Start Date: August 26th, 2016
End Date: August 30th, 2016
Videos: 5

When Pit was added to the Super Smash Bros. roster in Brawl, many people became interested in the little guy’s backstory, which dates all the way back to this game, Kid Icarus. The Goddess Palutena has been captured by Medusa and it’s up to Pit to rescue her from all the evil forces.

I was never really fond of Kid Icarus at first, but when I finally got around to beating it recently, I was intrigued by the type of game it was. I don’t particularly like the difficulty curve used (hard at beginning, easy at end), but I do love some of the mechanics.

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SlimKirby Central #7. August 2016

SlimKirby Central #7. August 2016

Welcome to the seventh issue of SlimKirby Central! This is a series where I get into what’s currently going on with my Youtube channel, my Twitch channel and everything else I do in between; including some updates of what’s going on for me outside of the Internet world!

 

 

For August’s update, I talk about the progress of the NES Marathon and the upcoming projects to follow it. Also speak pretty in-depth about the status of streaming and my website.

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Kirby’s Adventure

Kirby's Adventure

Game: Kirby’s Adventure
Start Date: August 19th, 2016
End Date: August 25th, 2016
Videos: 7

Kirby is a very unique case for this marathon, as Kirby’s Adventure didn’t exactly launch his series of games, but it did debut one of Kirby’s most prominent and utilized features; the copy ability. King Dedede is up to some shady things at the Dream Fountain, so it’s up to Kirby to see what the heck is going on in Dream Land.

One question I had been getting for the longest time was “When are you going to do Kirby’s Adventure/Nightmare in Dreamland?” And honestly, I had been trying to fit it into my schedule at some point, but the timing just never felt right. However, when thoughts of the NES Marathon started entering my head, I knew Kirby’s Adventure had to be covered.

NOTE: If I do cover Nightmare in Dreamland at some point, it will be the MetaKnightmare mode and that’s probably it, considering it’s the same exact game as Kirby’s Adventure with updated graphics.

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Bomberman

Bomberman

Game: Bomberman
Start Date: August 14th, 2016
End Date: August 18th, 2016
Videos: 5

Good ol’ Bomberman has also had his beginnings on the NES console, although his beginnings are a little….more basic and barebones. Regardless, it’s interesting (at least for me) to go back and see what this guy was made of at the very beginning. In this game, robots have been enslaved by the forces of evil to make bombs in their underground tunnels, and there is a rumor that the one who makes it to the surface can become a human and stop living in a world of nonstop bomb manufacturing.

After streaming this game awhile back, I wanted to give this game another go on Youtube and actually complete it for a Youtube project. I had the entire Super Bomberman series completed on my Youtube channel, but there technically were some Bomberman games before that too, so why not get those taken care of?

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Question Corner #9 – 8/11/2016

Question Corner #9 - 8/11/2016

Hello everybody, SlimKirby here, and welcome to another edition of Question Corner!

Like I said during the last Question Corner, there was a bit of a backlog I was working with, so I am not surprised at all that this issue came out as soon as it did. I don’t expect the next one to be as immediate though. With that being said, if you want to submit a question of your own, please go to the Contact page and send one.

As usual though, make sure your question is appropriate before you send it. Leave all personal and private matters out of the equation. Also, try to avoid very basic “yes” or “no” questions and questions that have a very narrow topic; like questions that ask if I’ve played a certain game series and what my opinion on that game series is (especially if it requires me to play that series, because chances are that I have not played it yet and cannot give an opinion on it. Let’s get started though.

Q: “What would your reaction be if Nintendo went out of business or got bought out by Apple?”
A: Honestly, I would be sad if Nintendo went out of business. I’ve grown up with Nintendo my entire life and it would absolute devastate me to hear that there would be no more Nintendo games. I mean, even I agree that Nintendo hasn’t been making great decisions lately, but I still enjoy their games regardless. So yeah, it would devastate me. Also, I am ignoring the secondary “Apple” question because…reasons. I just really don’t want to think about that possibility.

Q: “On a scale of 1-10, how cute are lumas?”
A: They are an out-of-this-galaxy, ’11!’ So freaking cute!

Q: “What’s your current opinion of Shigeru Miyamoto?”
A: I think he is a straight-up, honest and lovable guy. Do I think he is as great as he once was in the video game world? Probably not, but I give credit where it’s due and he’s been a part of some of the greatest video games of all time and I can’t ignore that. I think it would be cool to meet him and shake his hand someday, but we’ll see.

Q: “Have you thought about doing a personal documentary for your 10th year anniversary?”
A: That sounds more like a project for when I ever decide to throw in the towel, which won’t be anytime soon.

Q: “In what room do you film your 1-up Box videos?”
A: I normally film them in my office. The room I used in my May video (and one other video) was my bedroom, and the one I used in my July video was the living room.

Q: “What are your favourite levels on both Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie?”
A: In Banjo-Kazooie, my favorite level is probably Freezeezy Peak. In Banjo-Tooie it is definitely Witchyworld. I will give shout-outs to Gobi’s Valley and Grunty Industries for being solid runner-ups though.

Q: “Do you like cats?”
A: Cats are fine. I do like how they aren’t as chaotic as dogs in terms of energy, but I am probably still more of a dog person. At the end of the day though, I probably wouldn’t own either unless it was an absolute requirement of my future spouse, whenever that becomes relevant.

Q: “Do you remember the Fruit Vendor on Seinfield?”
A: Yes…why is this a question?

Q: “Do you see any value on tackling the Super Mario Advance GBA remakes on your channel?”
A: It’s really hard to say just because while there is some unique content for each game…they are still pretty much the same games at the end of the day. Super Mario Advance 1 is probably the most unique of the series, but even I’m not crazy about doing it. I’ve already done the secret levels of SMA3 on my channel as SMW2:YI extra videos. Super Mario Advance 4 has the E-Reader levels (but that’s it). And Super Mario Advance 2, while I think it does have the least amount of changes…it is a port of my all-time favorite game with a mediocre sound chip. So honestly, I have no idea how I want to handle these games, IF I ever even want to do these games.

Q: “What things scare you?”
A: I don’t have any big fears. There are things that can freak me out, but never to extent where I can’t function. Insect infestations, heights, being trapped in a small, secluded space, being alone for a long period of time, dangerous animals…again, all things that are perfectly harmless until the point where I’m actually having to deal with them, which in most cases won’t even happen.

Q: “If you could choose the gender of your child, what would you want first?”
A: Honestly, I would want a boy first just so I could continue the family name. Otherwise, it wouldn’t matter too much and I wouldn’t be disappointed if I ended up only getting girls as my children.

Q: “What is your favourite thing and least favourite thing about making Let’s Plays?”
A: Quite simply, my favorite part of making Let’s Plays is just being able to play the games that I love all over again! As for the things I dislike…the inevitable rough recording sessions where everything goes wrong and makes me feel “meh” about what I’m playing at that moment.

Q: “Should Mario Kart have a drag-racing mode? And as a follow-up, should Mario Kart have racing venues from the real world, like Daytona and Indianapolis?”
A: No. I just don’t find drag racing very interesting. As for the real world racing venues, I feel like the realism would take away from the cartoony and fun fantasy world of the Mario series, so double negative for this question.

Q: “What conventions do you see yourself attending in the future?”
A: As far as 2016 is considered, I’m done with conventions. I’ve already spent all of my available funds for trips this year and need to start saving for next year. As far as next year is concerned, Magfest will be top priority. I am also interested in attending Con Bravo to see some of my Canadian friends, but there is no guarantee yet. Momocon might also be a possibility yet again as well.

Q: “Do you think they should have made a Pokemon Snap 2?”
A: Honestly, I think it’s something that could have been done for sure. Heck, even the Wii U Gamepad software would have been perfect for that. Not to mention that there are over 700 Pokemon and the first Pokemon Snap only had 63. So yeah, I think there would have been plenty of potential for it.

Q: “Do you enjoy taking photos in real life of anything and everything?”
A: I’m not really a big camera or photo guy. If I see something interesting or funny, I’ll usually take a picture of it with my phone or something, but that’s really about it.

Q: “Who is your favorite sage in Ocarina of Time?”
A: Honestly, I like all the sages with exception to Rauru and Nabooru. Rauru just seems so boring and unlikable and Nabooru was basically just, “We need someone to be a sage for the desert area, so let’s just make it this character we just met.” If I had to pick one I really liked though, I guess I would have to go with Darunia. I just like his attitude when you meet him in the Fire Temple, where it’s like you both are working together to stop Volvagia and save the gorons.

Q: “Have you ever watched an LP of yours and thought, ‘Do I really sound like that?’”
A: All the time. In fact, I think that’s a common feeling anybody has to watching their own work. I think it’s because you spend your entire life with your voice, so when you hear it back, you are completely underwhelmed because there is no mystery to it. It’s just like… ”well, this is just me,” opposed to watching a video by someone else, hearing their voice for the first time and just having that initial reaction of taking it all in.

Q: “How is everything in Indiana?”
A: Uh, it’s fine, I guess? The weather is starting to get cooler, which is good because I hate hot and dry summers. We’re losing our terrible, terrible governor that has ruined our state for too many years, which is always a good thing. In general, I don’t mind living in Indiana, but there are times where I yearn to live somewhere different.

Q: “Would you want to see more of the United Kingdom?”
A: This question is in reference to me talking about Brighton in one of my Super Mario Galaxy videos. Basically, I went to the UK during my senior year of high school for a class trip. We spent about one week in England (and a miserable day in France (it was only miserable because it was a very gloomy day and we literally only got to see like…2 hours of Paris)). We saw a lot of stuff and went to a lot of places during that week (most of which I can’t really remember), but some of the highlights were Brighton, Stonehenge, Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, and various places across London. It was a really cool trip, I got to go with a lot of my friends, and overall was just a really good time. Would I ever want to go back and see more of the UK? I would definitely not be against it, but I wouldn’t be disappointed if I never got the chance to go back either.

Well guys, thanks for joining me for another Question Corner! I will see you guys next time when I get enough questions!

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Metroid

Metroid

Game: Metroid
Start Date: August 9th, 2016
End Date: August 13th, 2016
Videos: 5

Metroid is another series that had its glorious beginnings on the NES console. This was Samus Aran’s true first mission (as far as game releases are concerned) and now we are going to experience it in all of its old school, NES glory. Let’s take down that Mother Brain!

Much like Zelda, Metroid was another game that I just didn’t have the drive to finish for a really long time, after being spoiled to the updated controls of Super Metroid and pretty much any other Metroid game. However, there is definitely some charm to this game as well and I’d be a fool to ignore it.

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Double Dragon (NES)

Double Dragon (NES)

Game: Double Dragon (NES)
Start Date: August 7th, 2016
End Date: August 8th, 2016
Videos: 2

Like them or not, beat-em-ups were definitely some of the most popular video games back in the olden days. Just the thought of starting from a very basic level with weaklings and making your way up the ladder of strength to fighting harder enemies and bosses just seemed like a natural progression in the video game world. In this game, Billy Lee is off to beat the crap out of any foe that gets in his way to rescue his girlfriend Marion from the Black Warriors gang.

I first played this game a few years ago when FiyahKitteh, her friend and I decided to do a series of video game challenge videos on our Youtube channels. I actually had fun during that challenge, so I figured that since I was doing an NES Marathon, it would be a good choice of game to do, since I even remarked during that challenge that I could see myself doing a Let’s Play of the game at a future date and time. So for this marathon, I made it a reality.

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Question Corner #8 – 8/1/2016

Question Corner #8 - 8/1/2016

Hello everybody, SlimKirby here, and welcome to another edition of Question Corner!

It was slow-going with questions for awhile, but once we got to the month of July, things started picking up again. In fact, I meant to have this issue up last week, but I had a lot of stuff going on, including participation in PowerToMario’s Mario Masters Invitational competition. Posting this issue was not off my mind, but so many other things came up. However, I will not leave you guys empty-handed, I promised you an update, and I will give you an update. Heck, Question Corner #9 is about filled up as well!

Just a few reminders, as usual, make sure your question meets the qualifications as explained on the previous page; please leave personal and inappropriate questions out of your submissions, and please try to avoid simple questions like “Have you played this game?” because chances are, I will not have a very long or in-depth response to that. Also, I only make these posts when I have enough questions AND at my earliest convenience. Threats or intimidation will not speed up these posts, so if you are going to do that in order to make the next part come out, you are a waste of space and you need to find something in your life that has meaning, so seriously grow up and get over it. But with that said, if you have a question, please go to the Contact page to send one.

Q: “Are you a fan of the Dragon Ball series?”
A: I tried watching Dragon Ball Z when I was younger but could never get into it. Then one night a few years back, I watched an arc of the original Dragon Ball (it was a tournament series), and actually found it somewhat interesting. Aside from that though, I don’t have any major interest in the series. If I did ever watch it, it would be the original DB series and not DBZ.

Q: “Do you enjoy the PC or console version of the Sims series?”
A: I feel like the Sims games were made for PC, but some of the console variations are interesting. To answer the question though, I would pick the PC over a console for Sims.

Q: “Would you ever want to see a Futurama Hit & Run, a game like Simpsons: Hit & Run with Futurama characters?”
A: I would like to see a Futurama game where they put a lot of work into it much like they did with Simpsons: Hit & Run, but as far as type of game is concerned, not sure if the sandbox style of game would work as well as it would for Simpsons. The Futurama world isn’t as established as the Simpsons world because the technology of the Futurama world kind of makes the idea of vehicular transport kind of moot and pointless, if that makes sense. Again, that kind of assumes that they stick with the sandbox style of game though, which they might not. Honestly, a Futurama game that’s set up kinda like The Simpsons Game (the Wii/Xbox360/PS3 video game) could work. In fact, I think they did make a game like that, it just didn’t do incredibly well.

Q: “Do you like the Gamecube game Wario World?”
A: Heh…I wonder if the person asking this actually saw the stream I did for the game….because I didn’t exactly have the greatest time with it. Honestly, I think it’s a fine game, but it has some really weird and annoying design choices that I’m not really a fan of. I can’t say I hate the game, but I’m not exactly fond of it either.

Q: “Do you think you will ever be a guest on a collab channel like The Runaway Guys, SuperGamingBros or BrainScratchComms?”
A: Personally, someday I am sure I will be featured, at least on TRG, in some form, whether it’s in one of their tournaments or something that has some kind of relevance to my channel (like Mario Party or Fortune Street), but at the same time, that is not up to me. That is up to the people who own those channels and I have no control or say in that. I would be interested and have voiced that interest many times, but the timing has never been there yet, I guess. I don’t think I would fit in the SuperGamingBros channel, but only because when I think of that channel, I can only picture that channel being Johnny, Elliot and Matt because they are the “Super Gaming Brothers,” like…literally. I would absolutely be honored to be a guest on BrainScratchComms at some point in the future.

Q: “What individual game do you think is stronger in the Sonic 3 & Knuckles combination?”
A: I think Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is the stronger game. I love both games individually, but I feel like Sonic & Knuckles has kind of a weaker mid-game. It tried to focus a little more on story with how Knuckles gets deceived by Robotnik, which is cool in its own right, but Hidden Palace and Sky Sanctuary just feel so short and are so empty in Knuckles playthrough. But again, at this point it feels like I’m splitting really thin hedgehog hairs because they are both really good games.

Q: “Would you like to see Daisy or Waluigi get their own spinoff games?”
A: No. I think enough of the Mario franchise characters have gotten their own games, and even though both Daisy and Waluigi have their own kind of fame (and/or notoriety), I just don’t have any desire to see a game with them as the main characters, in my own personal opinion.

Q: “Would you do a video on imitating Kirby’s dance?”
A: No, for a number of reasons. I can’t move as fast as Kirby. I can’t squish my body down as thin as Kirby can, I can’t jump as high as Kirby can….there are just a number of factors for why this isn’t a good idea and why it couldn’t work! Sorry though, lol.

Q: “Have you ever woken up one day and just thought ‘I just don’t feel like Let’s Playing today,’ and not done it as a result?”
A: Interesting question, mainly because that kind of depends on how Let’s Play videos are done from person to person. With the way I do videos, I do multiple videos on one day, so I’m not necessarily recording one episode per day. I just upload one episode a day, which isn’t exactly a super hands-on process. I just make the title, the video description, and it’s done. Because of this schedule though, I’m really only working on Let’s Play videos 4-5 days per week, and if I keep that going, I can essentially get a lot of videos done in advance which means I have a few extra days I can take off before I need to worry about a new episode needing to be done. I used to do one video per day (the recording, editing, etc.), but after a while, it just made more sense to record multiple and have them done ahead of time. I think it was around Majora’s Mask when I had this revelation, because it would have been annoying to save and quit when I was like, in the middle of a dungeon or something. But again, it varies from person to person. There are some days where I feel like postponing my work a little bit, but I’m usually ahead enough that it doesn’t usually lead to me missing an update or anything like that, so consider this a “yes” to your question, but technically a “no” as well, as there are very few (if any) days I’ve missed unless I absolutely had to miss them.

Q: “What character is your favorite and least favorite in Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones?
A: If you couldn’t tell from my playthrough, I’m really fond of Tana, just because she starts out as this character who needs to be saved and protected and is supposed to stay out of combat. However, when you actually get to use her and as her level starts increasing, she can freaking destroy everything. I am also very fond of Gerik and Cormag as well, but that is because they are awesome no matter what. As for characters I don’t like story wise, I can’t stand Riev because a part of me doesn’t really understand what the hell is he supposed to be. A priest corrupted by magic? A straight-up zombie? He just doesn’t really make a lot of sense. Clearly he is supposed to be evil, but unlike Caellach and Valter, he just isn’t very flushed out. I’m also not a fan of Eirika’s depiction during her route at the end of the game, as I talked about in the bonus episode for that project. As far as combat though, Moulder has never really seemed to be that good of a character for me, and Knoll with his piss-poor defenses seems like more trouble than he is worth.

Q: “How do you think Smash Bros. should handle Target Test in the future Smash installements?”
A: I know people tell me that making over 50 individual target stages, one for each character, isn’t exactly optimal, and I do understand and get that, but at the same time, the thing I liked about the target stages were how they tested the character’s individual attributes and moves. That’s what made the stages fun and I think that’s the best way to use the mode in my eyes. So even though it’s more work than probably desired, I don’t care, I think there should be target stages for every character; UNIQUE target stages. Not the stage for each difficulty in Brawl or the Angry Birds knock-off in Smash 4. I want to see individual target test stages again.

Q: “What are your thoughts on Yooka-Laylee so far?”
A: So far, I’m honestly very, very interested and would like to see more about it and eventually get the game as well. It looks like a game I would really, really enjoy playing!

Q: “Will you have more reviews posted on your website?”
A: I would like to do more gaming reviews, but I’ve been holding back because I’m not sure what kind of reviewer I would want to be. I’d actually be more interested in doing more game retrospectives and stuff of that nature aside from just looking at an individual game and comparing it and contrasting it to others. I would still probably do that in retrospectives anyway, but my mind would probably be a little more focused as I would be playing the entire series at once. But basically, I have no idea. I’m still trying to figure it out and at the moment, I’m under the mindset that I should focus on my Let’s Playing first and foremost before I add anything extra.

Q: “Do you like the television show Scrubs?”
A: I used to watch Scrubs all the time when it was on and it will always remain one of my all-time favorite shows. It’s so funny and also so touching and beautiful at the same time. It’s really a shame how some of the later seasons went though. It had a beautiful ending at the end of Season 8, but then it tried to do a Season 9 with new characters and a new set-up which just didn’t work very well. Aside from that though, the first 6 seasons are classics, Season 7 was ok, and Season 8 was a good finisher, at the absolute least. We just won’t speak of Season 9.

Q: “What are your thoughts on Wario Land 3 and 4 and will you do Let’s Plays on them?”
A: Wario Land 3 is pretty cool and I will admit that an LP of the game is kind of in the works. It’s on my “To-Do” list for LPs, but not my immediate one. Wario Land 4, I don’t know too much about. I think it’s going to be a case, much like Sonic CD and Mega Man 7 where I want to play through the game first before I actually do a playthrough on it.

Q: “How do you maintain your focus, energy and stamina when you host those 24-hour streams?”
A: I do what I can, for the most part. The human body is a very interesting thing, especially because it really does need that downtime to recuperate from nonstop alertness. I can usually make it twenty hours with no issues, but trying to make it to the twenty-four hour mark is a very difficult challenge. My only advice is to get plenty of sleep beforehand and have various meals throughout the day. Only hit the caffeine or sodas if you really need them, and make sure you have someone alongside you to keep you company and your focus on point. Also, make sure the reason for why you are doing a 24-hour stream is always fresh in your mind. For example, my recent Mario Party stream was my way of saying “thank you” to my fans while also raising money for charity on the side. Those incentives kept me going strong through the entire marathon!

Q: “Do you have plans to ever bring back the Star Warrior Cup?”
A: I actually get the question more often than I ever expected to. Honestly, I would like to bring this back at some point, but I want it to be a streaming thing so I can interact with people during the event. The only problem is that my Internet hasn’t been very kind when it comes to streaming and playing games online at the same time. It just doesn’t really work and one of the two things always crashes. I may consider it again when I get better Internet sometime in the future, but for now, it’s not really an option, so my apologies.

Q: “What is your motivation for working out and getting into shape?”
A: Honestly, I’ve been battling a weight problem for my entire life and I would like to make some permanent changes to my physique. I don’t really intend to massively slim down or anything like that, but just to lose some weight and take better care of myself. I want to live a long and healthy life.

Q: “Have you any interest in the game L.A. Noire?”
A: Believe it or not, I do. I saw the SuperGamingBros playthrough of the game last year and really enjoyed what I saw. The fact that it’s really similar to Grand Theft Auto with the twist of being on the law enforcement side of crime really interested me, alongside the interrogation segments as well. I did purchase the game this year on the Xbox360, so I do have it in my collection. I plan to do my own playthrough (by myself and NOT on Youtube or Twitch) very soon!

Q: “Has anyone told you that you look incredibly different wearing glasses?”
A: No one needs to tell me, I see it too. I look incredibly different with glasses. In fact, I once did an online picture quiz where it guessed my age based on a picture of myself. I took two pictures, same exact pose, one with glasses and one without, and there was like a 10 year difference with the age, no lie.

And there we go for another twenty questions. Thanks to everybody for submitting! Have a great day!

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SlimKirby Central #6. July 2016

SlimKirby Central #6. July 2016

Welcome to the sixth issue of SlimKirby Central! This is a series where I get into what’s currently going on with my Youtube channel, my Twitch channel and everything else I do in between; including some updates of what’s going on for me outside of the Internet world!

 

 

For July’s update, I talked about the upcoming NES Marathon on my channel for the month of August. Also talked a little bit about streaming, the revival of PuddlePlains for a new Puddles project, and some other things on my mind.

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SlimKirby Central #5 – May 2016

SlimKirby Central #5 - May 2016

Welcome to the fifth issue of SlimKirby Central! This is a series where I get into what’s currently going on with my Youtube channel, my Twitch channel and everything else I do in between; including some updates of what’s going on for me outside of the Internet world!

 

 

As of this month, I’ve decided not to include the outline because it’s all in the video description of the above video, so if you want to see it, click on the “Youtube” button in the video window to go to the actual page. From now on I’ll just give a brief summary below the video to address what was going on during this time.

As for May’s update, I talked about the upcoming Momocon 2016 convention and how that will affect my stream schedule over the following few weeks and bounced a few other ideas around for the most part.

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