Game: Mario Kart Wii
Start Date: July 15th, 2017
End Date: —
You can’t have a new Nintendo Console without a Mario Kart game, and when Nintendo was making the Wii version of the series, they definitely did not disappoint. Building on the fast-paced, but still arcade-styled racing gameplay, and the online functionality that was introduced in Mario Kart DS; Mario Kart Wii definitely brought the Mario Kart game to a whole new level.
Mario Kart Wii is probably my favorite Mario Kart game. I just have a lot of history with it (especially with the guys and gals of CrystalStarStudio and the Blargg Pit community), and just brought a lot to the table when it released, in the form of time trial leaderboards, solid & accessible online, and just the classic Mario Kart gameplay that always come with a solid Mario Kart title. So safe to say, I was looking forward to coming back to this game for the playthrough. Let’s get ready to race once again!
Start Date: July 10th, 2017
End Date: —
Every now and then, an indie-game comes out and it gets a pretty big following. However, the game known as Undertale didn’t just get a big following, but an incredibly HUGE following. Who would have thought the journey of a kid falling into a hole filled with monsters would turn into the phenomenon that it did? However, from it’s incredible soundtrack, colorful characters, and unique gameplay style, I don’t find it to be too much of a surprise.
So here is a fun-fact for you guys…even though this project did release on July 10th, 2017, this particular playthrough started back in April of 2016, when I played Undertale for the very first time. Yes, this is a blind playthrough that I recorded a very long time ago that I hadn’t released until now because, for one, I wasn’t quite ready for it, and two, it was a playthrough I really wanted to save for a very specific period of time. With my 10th Year Anniversary on the horizon, I decided that would have been a good of a time as any to finally release the project to the masses. I hope you guys enjoy!
Game: Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge
Start Date: June 20th, 2017
End Date: June 27th, 2017
That Dr. Wily seems content on not keeping the peace, as he is up to his old tricks, but this time on the Game Boy! Capcom decided that with all the Mega Man love the NES was getting, that it made sense to put the series on the Nintendo handheld as well. And let me just tell you…these games are not just simple ports.
So I needed something short to kill some time before my anniversary. Banjo Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge ran a bit short, so I needed another game about revenge. Enter Mega Man! I had plans to start the Game Boy series at some point this year. This seemed like an appropriate time to, I guess.
Game: Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Start Date: June 19th, 2017
End Date: —
Advance Wars was a big player on the GBA, especially in terms of turn-based strategy games, and even though franchises were starting to move to the Nintendo DS, that didn’t stop Intelligent Systems from using the well-established “Advance Wars” name. All our favorite COs have returned, with some new faces as well, for a new installment that throws a few new twists, and another screen, to the mix.
Advance Wars has always been a main staple of my channel, but truth be told, I was considering putting this off for a bit, even after getting the 3DS Capture Card. I just wasn’t sure if I was ready to get into ANOTHER Advance Wars game, just because of how time-consuming they can be. However, after thinking about it, and revisiting the game for a afternoon, I realized that I actually had missed the Advance Wars gameplay, and Dual Strike didn’t seem like it would be that big of an investment. Because of that, I decided to go for it!
Game: Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge
Start Date: May 29th, 2017
End Date: June 15th, 2017
The dynamic duo has returned, but this is definitely not the latest adventure the classic bear and bird team-up has had. In between their two N64 outings, Gruntilda and her minions were up to no good, even when Grunty was buried under a massive boulder. And now, before the events of Tooie unfold, the colorful cast returns for another mini-adventure on the GBA handheld. It’s the least Rareware could do, you know, considering the next console installment wasn’t going to be on any Nintendo system.
I wanted to do something short before getting into the marathon that will end up being Advance Wars: Dual Strike, and when I was looking through my pile of short projects to do, this was one that caught my eye. It had been awhile since I did Tooie, and who knows when I was going to get my hands on *sigh* Nuts & Bolts. This was a game I found enjoyable, albeit, not as enjoyable as the amazing games that preceded it. Still though, I think it’s worth checking out!
Game: NES Remix
Start Date: May 6th, 2017
End Date: July 8th, 2017
The NES was definitely the system that put home consoles on the map. From Super Mario Bros. to The Legend of Zelda to Punch-Out, so many classics series and classic games debuted on this magnificent platform. During the last generation and the era of the Wii U, Nintendo decided to honor the system by making a game that would revisit the old system and challenge gamers to master all the challenges those games could put out there. This game was called NES Remix!
I discovered this game pretty late into the NES Remix hype. I didn’t get any of the games until Ultimate NES Remix came out for the Nintendo 3DS. However, once I did get around to playing it, I enjoyed every moment of it and thought it would be an interesting playthrough to do for the channel. So here I am today with NES Remix for the Nintendo Wii U!
Game: Dynasty Warriors 2
Start Date: April 18th, 2017
End Date: June 16th, 2017
Ancient China; a land at constant war and strife as various dynasties and ruling families try to take the land for themselves and their own desires. Each empire with their own unique strengths and powerful warriors at their disposal. This series puts you in control of these warriors as you fight for superiority on the battlefield; pitting yourself against hundreds and hundreds of warriors. It may seem impossible, but welcome to the hack and slash genre, where all you need is just one powerful fighter, and then you can watch the KO count rise.
So I’ve been mentioning that I’m a huge fan of the Dynasty Warriors series for years now, but I’ve never actually LPed any of the games. Normally my answer for that is because as much as I would love to do the series, the amount of content I would like to cover is just beyond what I would normally expect to be watchable as a Let’s Play project. With that being said though, Dynasty Warriors 2 is probably a good start just because of how barebones, repetitious and unrewarding it is. Because of that, it will make future grinding redundant and unnecessary, meaning I can do a simple level run through and leave it at that. But once this project is done, I’ll need to figure out what I’m going to do about Dynasty Warriors 3, because THAT will be quite the grind…
Game: Pokemon Trading Card Game
Start Date: March 21st, 2017
End Date: May 25th, 2017
Pokemon fever was running wild during the Late 90’s and with an anime and video game gaining popularity…naturally a trading card game was needed to further capitalize on it’s domination. And with a new card game, why not have a video game iteration of the card game as well? Sounds like a swell idea to me!
This was a game that I’ve owned for the longest time, but was never able to complete it until recent years (thanks to the encouragement of Puddle Plains HD). I’m happy to show this game in full, because it’s honestly a lot of fun once you have a grasp on how to play it effectively. Let the card memes begin!
Game: Mega Man 8
Start Date: February 21st, 2017
End Date: March 15th, 2017
Strange things are going on once again and Dr. Wily is yet again at the helm of the chaos. A mysterious robot has been found, a weird energy has been discovered, and eight more robot masters have been unleashed. This is Mega Man’s most colorful adventure yet, but can he outlast the evil doctor’s assault and get through extremely cheesy cutscenes with bad voice acting all in the name of everlasting peace?
It’s no secret that I was going to do this game eventually, and it did take me a while to sit down and finally play through it all, but I knew that I had to do it at some point, and before I started on any other big projects, I figured it was time to get it out of the way. This is probably my least favorite Mega Man game, at the time of uploading this project, but it’s still worth a gander at for sure. Just hope you have good luck finding it or the Anniversary Collection.
Game: Donkey Kong Land
Start Date: February 8th, 2017
End Date: February 13th, 2017
Donkey Kong Country was a huge success on the Super Nintendo. However, Cranky Kong was a bit unconvinced on how well it did, saying that the only reason it sold well was due to the high quality graphics at the time. To counter this, DK and Diddy once again go on another quest, this time on the Game Boy, to show that graphics aren’t everything and that Donkey Kong is just a fun series in general.
Here’s the thing about computer repairs; sometimes it takes more than just one Game Boy project to last the entirety of the repair duration. So after Metroid II was completed, I went to another Game Boy game that I had yet to cover and this time it was Donkey Kong Land. Although not as amazing as the Country games, it was still very interesting to check these games out.