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Super Mario 3D Land

Super Mario 3D Land

Game: Super Mario 3D Land
Start Date: February 4th, 2019
End Date: —
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I would put up a clever description of how Bowser once again kidnaps Princess Peach, forcing Mario into another grand adventure, but I feel like the guy is running a little empty on unique ways to accomplish that feat, so I’ll just chalk it up to Bowser getting bored and that he just wanted to do something to keep himself busy. That’s right, we have another Mario game to cover and this time we are covering the 3DS classic; Super Mario 3D Land. After spending a couple of titles in the 2D platformer space, Nintendo decided it was time to try another 3D adventure with less emphasis on exploring locales or traveling through space, and more emphasis on straight-up platforming. In addition to that, this title also seems to draw a lot of inspiration from other games from Mario’s past as well, whether it’s power-ups, gimmicks, music, secrets; just a nice celebration of Mario’s past.

My initial plan was to cover Super Mario 3D Land the previous year, but due to Fire Emblem and the Oracle games taking up a huge amount of that time, I had to delay my plans a few months, but decided I wanted to get through this game as soon as possible the following year just so I could continue my streak of covering a 3D Mario “almost” every year, or at least regularly enough. This was a game I knew I could get through easily enough and finish in a quick amount of time, so even with my reduced upload schedule in 2019, I knew it would be a quick one to slip in there.

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Wario Land 4

Game: Wario Land 4
Start Date: January 7th, 2019
End Date: February 1st, 2019
Videos: 11

After having some pretty successful and fun adventures on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, Wario decided it’s time to take things to the Game Boy Advance for his 4th installment. News of a mysterious pyramid full of treasure has started to spread and naturally Wario feels that pillaging and treasure hunting is right up his alley, so another adventure awaits. We have a pretty interesting and unique adventure in front of us this though, so let’s see what it’s all about!

I had initially intended for this project to be the closer of 2018, but with some projects taking a lot longer than I had anticipated (coughFIREEMBLEMcough), I figured there was no harm in starting the new year with it. Besides, with my upcoming trip to AGDQ 2019 and the start of a new upload schedule, something quick and painless seemed like the perfect fit here. The Game Boy Advance was actually quite perfect for those types of games, now that I think about it…maybe it was the best gaming system of that generation!

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Mario Party: Star Rush

Game: Mario Party: Star Rush
Start Date: January 5th, 2019
End Date: —
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Mario Party was starting to get stuck in a funk, at least as far as faithful, die-hard fans were concerned and Nintendo didn’t really seem to have any interest in going back to the roots of what made Mario Party such hit in the first place. However, when they decided to change things up, remove the car-based gameplay, and try something new with some elements from Mario Party of old…even fans like myself, who were losing hope and interest, took notice of this new change. Say hello to Mario Party: Star Rush!

I was really happy that both Mario Party 10 and Island Tour were over with at this point, because now I could start focusing on some games where I at least had some positivity to share with people, and my first impressions of Star Rush were generally very positive. I don’t think I would take it over a majority of the original 8 installments, but it was a pretty interesting take on the Mario Party gameplay and I applaud the effort that Nintendo decided to take with this one.

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Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Game: Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
Start Date: December 4th, 2018
End Date: December 20th, 2018
Videos: 10

When a game series does well for a new console, it’s only natural that you want to make a sequel as soon as possible to continue the hype, and that’s exactly what Naughty Dog did with Crash Bandicoot as they released the next game of their franchise not long after the first one had hit it big for the Playstation. Dr. Neo Cortex may have lost the battle with Crash in the last game, but now he has a devious ploy in order to do in his rival once and for all…trying to trick him into giving him crystals? What? Will Crash really fall for that?

I mentioned when I finished the first game that I wanted to jump right back into the series with Crash 2 at some point during the year and since I needed one small project to help complete 2018 with, I figured I may as well take the opportunity to take care of that loose end before the year wrapped up. I have to say though, despite overall liking this game more than the first game, I was way more prepared for the first game than I was for this one. There were definitely some difficult parts that threw me through a loop, especially near the end.

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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Game: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
Start Date: October 29th, 2018
End Date: January 2nd, 2019
Videos: 25

It’s time to enter the world of Zelda yet again, but this time with a two-for-one special! After the success of both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, Nintendo knew the Zelda train should continue on the Game Boy Color, and with the additional success of Pokemon and their strategy of creating multiple versions of essentially the same gameplay concept, the Oracle games were born!

I’ve been wanting to do Wind Waker for awhile now, but before I officially go on to tackle that beast, I wanted to get the Oracle games out of the way first, just so I can continue the Zelda series in the order of game release. I don’t have the most experience with playing the Oracle games, but I do enjoy the gameplay system set up by Link’s Awakening and thought it would be a good series of games to do in the chill-down period of 2018. I finished Oracle of Seasons a few days prior to the beginning of this LP, and continued straight after with this game, Oracle of Ages, using a Linked Game playthrough!

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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

Game: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
Start Date: September 4th, 2018
End Date: October 25th, 2018
Videos: 21

It’s time to enter the world of Zelda yet again, but this time with a two-for-one special! After the success of both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, Nintendo knew the Zelda train should continue on the Game Boy Color, and with the additional success of Pokemon and their strategy of creating multiple versions of essentially the same gameplay concept, the Oracle games were born! This is the first of the Oracle games I will be covering; Oracle of Seasons!

I’ve been wanting to do Wind Waker for awhile now, but before I officially go on to tackle that beast, I wanted to get the Oracle games out of the way first, just so I can continue the Zelda series in the order of game release. I don’t have the most experience with playing the Oracle games, but I do enjoy the gameplay system set up by Link’s Awakening and thought it would be a good series of games to do in the chill-down period of 2018. I will be covering Seasons first and then Ages following it.

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Mega Man 9

Mega Man 9

Game: Mega Man 9
Start Date: September 18th, 2018
End Date: September 28th, 2018
Videos: 6

After Mega Man 8, Capcom spent some time away from the Blue Bomber to work on the X-series and other games that they were currently trying to promote. Convinced he was forgotten about, the world was surprised to find that in 2008, Mega Man would be returning to form and out of what felt like a retirement, and thus Mega Man 9 was born! What’s Dr. Wily up to this time?

Mega Man 9 was a game I was not completely sure how I would be able to play until Capcom revealed a very convenient collection that was coming out to current-gen consoles; including the Nintendo Switch, a system I was very glad I owned at the time of that particular announcement. Because of this collection, I was finally able to get my hands on both Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 without any worry of having to buy DLC and having a single, convenient place to play all of the classic Mega Man games.

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Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart 7

Game: Mario Kart 7
Start Date: September 1st, 2018
End Date: October 21st, 2018
Videos: 14

It’s time for the next generation of Mario Kart, and this generation has handgliders and undersea driving…how adventurous! This installment of the game was released on the 3DS and became, easily, one of the 3DS’s biggest multiplayer and online games at the time! It’s time for another good-old fashioned race!

Mario Kart 7 was definitely a game I wanted to get done this year at some point, and since there was a convenient weekend project opening at the tail end of summer, it seemed like a good as time as any to get things moving here and get one step closer to being done/caught up with the Mario Kart series. I also feel like this is the first time I’ve been closer to finishing off the Mario Kart series than the Mario Party series. But anyway, back to what matters, another stroll through Mario Kart as I take a gander at all the grand prix cups on 150cc and Expert, look at some of the other modes that are available, and even take a few sessions of the game online for some fun and excitement!

Although this project is completed, I may return in the future with some more online sessions before the Mario Kart 8 project!

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Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot

Game: Crash Bandicoot (N. Sane Trilogy)
Start Date: July 10th, 2018
End Date: August 4th, 2018
Videos: 9

When Sony first came out with the Sony Playstation, they knew they needed a character along the same lines as Mario & Sonic to get the console going with a face their consumers could recognize. Enter Crash Bandicoot, a crazy and fuzzy creature who likes to spin his enemies to oblivion, collect lots of wumpa fruit, and provide general craziness as he goes through the world around him, trying not to die in this incredibly dangerous world. Two evil doctors have also kidnapped Crash’s girlfriend Tawna and he must also rescue from a fate worse than…whatever the hell those evil doctors are trying to accomplish.

Crash Bandicoot was a series I wanted to start this year on my channel, but I wanted to do the N. Sane Trilogy version which has much greater leniency and less difficulty than it’s original version on the Playstation. However, when this year came to be, I was unsure if the games would ever make it off of the PS4, so I did Ratchet & Clank instead. Then, after watching a Nintendo Direct and seeing that the collection was coming to Switch, I knew this was going to be one of my immediate summer projects!

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New Super Mario Bros. 2

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Game: New Super Mario Bros. 2
Start Date: May 15th, 2018
End Date: July 5th, 2018
Videos: 18

Nintendo got on a bit of a retro-kick during the late Wii and early Wii U era, releasing many games that went back to their roots and the New Super Mario Bros. games were the most obvious candidates of that. New Super Mario Bros. 2 was the third of four NSMB titles, and is perhaps the game that gets the most flak for this type of mindset. It doesn’t change the formula very much at all and adds millions and millions of coins to compensate for it. There’s also another story of Bowser kidnapping the princess somewhere in there, but Mario might be too busy collecting coins to notice it. Oh well, at least it’s another Mario game, right?

This was pretty much the last New Super Mario Bros. game I needed to cover before being done with the series. I might go back to the Wii U and cover New Super Luigi U at some point, but as far as the main four, this was really just a matter of taking care of loose ends. I’m admittedly looking more forward to getting to the Mario 3D games, which can only mean that Super Mario 3D Land should be on the horizon at some point soon! Until then though, hope you enjoy another Mario playthrough. With all my teasing aside, I do think this is a very good playthrough and I did have a bit of fun going back to this game because I didn’t remember much of it.

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