Game: Metroid II: Return of Samus
Start Date: February 2nd, 2017
End Date: February 7th, 2017
Samus Aran is back in action and this time, she’s armed to take down some Metroids. SR388 is the Metroid homeworld and Samus has strict orders to take down every Metroid for fear they will once again be used for malicious intentions in the galaxy. She’ll need to brave the deepest and darkest caverns to accomplish this task and may come face to face with Metroid royalty.
This project pretty much came out of nowhere due to some computer issues I was having and needing some smaller projects to do in the meantime while I was getting the computer fixed up. Metroid II was a game I finished for the first time not long before this happened, so I decided to give this project a shot. It was on my list to do this year anyway, but it was nice to move it up for this occasion as I had fun doing this game for you guys.
Game: Wario Ware Inc., Mega Microgame$
Start Date: January 7th, 2017
End Date: February 26th, 2017
Mario has a lot of spinoff games. In fact, you could almost consider the Wario series to be a spinoff of the Mario series in its own right. That kind of logic will not fly with Wario however, as he’s going to do what he can to make a name for himself without that pesky Mario bro. Enter the Wario Ware series, a series that prides itself on being…strange; for lack of a better word. Even with it’s oddities though, it still has managed to crank out a smile and some enjoyment out of gamers, and that ain’t too shabby.
Since I’m once again running out of Mario Party games and since we’ve made some pretty decent progress on the Mario Kart series, I decided to try something else for this weekend project and decided to start going through the Wario Ware series, a game series I have thoroughly enjoyed since its release back in 2003. It’s a pretty fun and hilarious game that I’m very eager to share with you guys!
Game: Kirby Super Star Ultra
Start Date: December 18th, 2016
End Date: February 16th, 2017
A common trend you will see with handheld games for Nintendo is releasing a ported version of an older game. For this game in particular, Nintendo and HAL Laboratories decided to bring back the SNES classic known as Kirby Super Star and put it on the Nintendo DS in the form of Kirby Super Star Ultra. It’s the same classic game we know and love with some additional content as well. What’s not to like?
This was a game I definitely wanted to get around to at some point once I had my permanent DS capturing device. I don’t remember what my plans initially were for this game back when I did the vanilla version of Kirby Super Star for the channel, whether I planned to just show off the new content or heck, not even show the game at all because DS capturing seemed like such an impossibility back then, but I decided to go for it anyway because it is such an amazing game as it is.
I have also included stream clips at the end of this project featuring my additional Helper to Hero runs to unlock the final movie!
Game: Super Paper Mario
Start Date: December 5th, 2016
End Date: April 14th, 2017
The Mushroom Kingdom is once again greeted by a new foe, and this one hopes to destroy the very fabric of all worlds and dimensions. Mario must once again save the day in an all-new adventure that will literally take him to places where he has never been before. But first, what has happened to Peach, Bowser and his brother Luigi?
“The mighty has fallen,” is a phrase you hear a lot when referring to the Paper Mario series. While most consider that falling point to be Sticker Star, there are some who believe this game’s departure from the traditional Paper Mario experience to be the beginning of the end. I for one do not agree with this logic as this game definitely features some charm and intriguing gameplay to boot, so I was looking forward to seeing this game in action again.
Game: Mario Party DS
Start Date: October 29th, 2016
End Date: December 11th, 2016
Mario Party Adance wasn’t exactly the Mario Party game people were looking for when it came to a Mario Party handheld experience. However, when the DS was doing some really nice things with Mario games, attempting the true Mario Party formula with this new hardware was a really great idea becasue Mario Party DS is the definitive Mario Party handheld experience. It’s a little rough around the edges and this game does introduce the tradition of capable Mario Party games not featuring online play, but I think this game is really good and in fact better than some of the console games.
SlimKirby, when will you do Mario Party DS? This was the question I got nonstop for many, many years. Heck, I wish I knew the answer myself, but this was a long road of uncertainy for me. With me giving my old capture card away as a gift to someone who really wanted a DS and no idea of when I would get a new one, this project was in jeopardy. However, once I received my capture card via donations, I knew this had to be one of the first projects I did, so I made sure Mario Party DS was on the agenda. Now I am proudly happy to present Mario Party DS Board Playthroughs!
Game: Wario Land 3
Start Date: October 20th, 2016
End Date: December 17th, 2016
After noticing how many games Mario has to his name, Wario decides to have yet another adventure in the Wario Land series. But while piloting his airplane, something goes wrong and Wario crashes near a cave that contains a magical music box. After messing around with it, Wario gets sucked into the world inside the box and must retrieve the five sacred treasures to break free, and nab a bunch of other treasure for himself, of course.
I had gotten a lot of requests to do this game; a surprising amount in fact. Although I would never say a project of mine was bad (if it was, I would never upload it), Wario Land 2 did not make any major waves, so it was interesting to see people request more. I think it’s because Wario Land 3 seems to have a cult following from people who absolutely love the game and claim it’s one of their all-time favorites. When I played it a few months back for RetroAchievements, I wouldn’t say I was “quite” on board with those sentiments, but I do appreciate some of the uniqueness the game tried to put forth. So, why not do a project on it?
Game: The Walking Dead: Michonne
Start Date: September 20th, 2016
End Date: October 18th, 2016
The genius of what makes Telltale’s Walking Dead series so great is that they can take elements of what makes The Walking Dead so great and make their own story where the game player can make their own choices and decisions and watch as the story around them unravels. After Season 2, the idea to make a new DLC came around, but not for the current story in progress, but rather for a character from the television and graphic novel series; the samurai-sword wielding chick named Michonne.
So with Season 3 around the horizon and nothing horror or survival related to cover for this year’s Halloween month, I figured I would go light this year and hit Season 3 hard next year when every episode is out and I can do it all in one smooth strike. So for this year, I decided to do the Michonne DLC that came out earlier this year, a three episode/part short-story that follows Michonne’s journey in between Issues #126 and #139 of the graphic novel, where she mysteriously disappears from the Rick Grimes group. It was an interesting piece of DLC and I’m glad I got to cover it.
Game: Mario Kart DS
Start Date: September 10th, 2016
End Date: October 23rd, 2016
Mario Kart always seems to be a staple of every Nintendo system, and Mario Kart DS was the answer for Nintendo’s newest (at the time) DS handheld. Although the two screens and touch screen functionality were kind of the main draw for the handheld, Mario Kart DS was a game that didn’t really try to use those features as a crutch for its design. The second screen was used as a map, which was kind of nice, but for the most part, Nintendo just tried to push the same solid racing gameplay that had been present in all the games prior. In addition to that, the DS system also incorporated Nintendo’s newest Wifi Connection which allowed people to finally play this multiplayer beast of a series online, which was a huge draw for the game and system during its initial run. Although it’s my least favorite game of Mario Kart’s modern era, I can’t deny or ignore the impact that this game had on the rest of the series.
I was going back and forth for what game I wanted to cover first now that I had my new 3DS Capture card; Mario Kart DS or Mario Party DS. I knew there was a bigger desire for Mario Party DS, but I felt more comfortable with this as my first project with the new capture card, so I decided to go for it and hold off on Mario Party DS for one final delay (it is coming though). This project will feature several videos of Grand Prix Mode, the Mission Mode, and some other modes I feel like covering as well.
Game: Spanky’s Quest
Start Date: September 6th, 2016
End Date: September 15th, 2016
Growing up with the SNES meant that I was often in a “renting games” phase with that system, and I have definitely rented some really cool and interesting games through this method. I feel like with renting, you are more inclined to check out a game that you probably wouldn’t just purchase if you saw it at a store, and Spanky’s Quest was definitely a game like that for me. In this game, a monkey named Spanky is trapped in an evil witch’s dungeon of….dangerous fruit enemies…and Spanky has to bounce his way out of dodge and defeat the witch once and for all.
As I said, this was a game I rented a lot as a kid, but I was never able to find the game in stores. Then, after going to a Game Xchange store near where I live, I saw this game in the display case for a mere 10 dollars. Feeling nostalgic, I picked up the game and I’m very glad I did! Because this was going to make for an interesting mini-project to go alongside Ocarina of Time!
Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Start Date: September 1st, 2016
End Date: November 17th, 2016
A dark cloud of evil has been cast over Hyrule. An evil man from the desert has come driven by his own desires to fill this world with darkness. The only way to stop him? A lone kid from the Kokiri Forest who just so happens to not have a fairy to guide him. That’s all about to change in this epic and timeless tale to save Hyrule from the brink of destruction and darkness.
Ocarina of Time has been a long-time coming on the channel, but before diving into the game, there were definitely some titles I wanted to get through first. However, with all of that taken care of now, it’s time to get things moving on a game that almost everyone has very fond memories of.
NOTE: This project also includes a follow-up to Ocarina of Time in the form of Master Quest. I play through the dungeons of this slightly-updated version on the 3DS remastering of this particular game; The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.