Wario Land 3

Game: Wario Land 3
Start Date: October 20th, 2016
End Date: —
Videos: —

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?

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Question Corner #10 - 9/26/16

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

I don’t have much to say this time around. I appreciate people being patient with me and not trying to force me to rush these out. It may not seem like these issues take a lot of work, but when you are constantly and consistently working on Youtube, Twitch and various other mediums, it definitely takes a toll after awhile. 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. So let’s get this started now, shall we?

Q: “What is your best score at golf?”
A: Nothing spectacular, I’ll tell you that right now. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten anything lower than a +15. I have been able to get pars and birdies before, even on Par 4s, but my skill at golf is nothing that amazing.

Q: “How has 2016 been in general?”
A: To be bluntly honest, 2016 hasn’t been that great for me. I wouldn’t say it was the worst year ever or anything, and there have been some really nice highlights (Magfest 2016, Momocon 2016, reconnecting with old friends, etc.), but the year has also been filled with a lot of just very slow to no progression on a lot of different fronts. Finding work has been absolutely terrible, and I don’t even want to get into how depressing the world of politics has defined this year.

Q: “What is your favorite Disney movie?”
A: Hands down, my favorite Disney movie is Aladdin. That’s the first Disney movie I remember seeing at a movie theater, I think it still holds up very well today, and as a child, I had the biggest crush on Jasmine…although admittedly, I still kind of do. Shoutouts to The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast for being solid runner-ups.

Q: “Would you like to see another Mario Kart game like Double Dash?”
A: Would I mind it? No, because Double Dash was fun and it worked very well, but a part of me thinks they don’t need to go in that direction again. The last few Mario Kart games have been very solid and I just don’t think there is a need to drift away from their current trend; no pun intended

Q: “What are your thoughts on Pokemon Gen VII?”
A: I’m excited for Gen 7 and have thoroughly enjoyed all the news and updates about it. Although I think Alolan Exeggutor is stupid, I love all the other Alolan forms and am really curious to see how all of the new Pokemon are going to work and play out. I was also really enjoying the footage we got to see at E3. The interface looks neat and with the additional options and data we can now see inside the game, it just feels like we won’t need to rely on sites like Serebii or Bulbapedia as much. I also appreciate them trying to keep the gameplay fresh, by trying something new for the gym system. Not that there was anything wrong with it, but sometimes just mixing it up a little can be good for a series, because aside from general mechanic updates, Pokemon really hasn’t changed much since Gen 1; at least in terms of going to 8 gyms across the land, stopping the evil team, and becoming League Champion.

Q: “What is your opinion on the direction of the Paper Mario series?”
A: Right now, it’s not good. I was incredibly disappointed by Sticker Star and Color Splash seems to be more of the same which is not what I wanted from Paper Mario. I really do want them to go back to the old days of Paper Mario as I’m sure they will not regret that decision one bit if they do because it seems pretty apparent that it is what people want over what the series is now.

Q: “Do you wish you had magical powers to change some of the stuff in your life?”
A: Definitely! I think everyone secretly wants that power just because it would make things a lot easier for people, despite being extremely unrealistic. Don’t get me wrong, I like putting in the effort to do it myself and it will be more rewarding that way, but just to make the journey a little easier…

Q: “What was the most rage-inducing moment in your gaming career?”
A: I seem to run into a very specific moment in certain games all the time where I attempt a really hard challenge, potentially the hardest challenge in the game, have a really good start, and then just proceed to choke big time, watching that golden moment just fly away from my grasp. One moment recently was when I was playing 100% Orange Juice, trying to beat every single player mode on “Expert.” I was playing the hardest map, I set myself up to win the game, but then for like 10-15 turns, I couldn’t move at all, which pretty much caused me to lose the game. I was getting so mad and frustrated, I created some new profanities in my rage. But that is only just one instance of many that have happened over the years.

Q: “Has the NES Marathon inspired you to do another NES marathon at a future date and time or do a marathon with another classic system?”
A: Honestly, I have already thought about the potential for a follow up NES Marathon next year because this marathon has been a lot of fun to do and there are plenty of NES games I still have to do. As for other systems, maybe, but it’s a little harder with other systems because I definitely grew up with Nintendo games and many of the games shown in the NES Marathon are games where I played a future entry in the series, but not the first one.

Q: “What’s your favorite game from each Nintendo console?”
A: NES – Super Mario Bros. 3, SNES – Super Mario World, N64 – Paper Mario, GCN – Tales of Symphonia, Wii – Super Mario Galaxy, Wii U – Hyrule Warriors, GB – Pokemon RBY, GBA – Fire Emblem, DS – Pokemon Heart Gold, 3DS – Animal Crossing New Leaf

Q: “What inspired you to do the NES Marathon?”
A: Pretty much as stated in the introduction video, I never grew up with the NES and many of the series I love in gaming started on the NES, so I felt it was appropriate to take some time and visit/revisit those games for the channel. And since they are all short games, why not just get them all done in a month?

Q: “How does your family and friends feel about what you do on Youtube?”
A: My parents have always been very supportive of my Youtube channel. In fact, they tell their students about my channel all the time and I have gotten a few new subscribers out of it. My friends are also aware and are very proud of me and think what I do is pretty cool. My other family members are usually the same way, but there are some members of my family who don’t really get or understand it, but they also come from a much different generation than I do.

Q: “Would you ever do another 24-hour Mario Party Marathon again?”
A: Definitely! Not right away, but I would be down to do it again in the future. Heck, I wouldn’t mind doing other marathons either.

Q: “Why do you allow only 20 questions per episode?”
A: At first it was because I was getting a lot of questions at once and thought it would be a good number to cover multiple issues instead of just doing one long issue. If an article/page is too long, some people may not want to read the whole thing.

Q: “What is it like to have your birthday on the day after Christmas?”
A: There’s not really a whole lot to it. On the 25th we celebrate Christmas and on the 26th we celebrate my birthday. Usually the 25th is reserved for a family gathering where we exchange all of our gifts and get to see everybody (and I usually get all my birthday cards/money on that day too), and then my birthday is usually just a celebration with my parents (we go to my favorite restaurant) or my friends. As a kid, this never really affected any gifts I got. I usually got some kind of toy or game for Christmas and some extra money for my birthday. Plus, I was never really that picky or spoiled of a child, so I didn’t put a lot of emphasis on gifts anyway. I was always happy just to have the family together.

Q: “Do you find gorons cute?”
A: Why does it seem like I get a lot of “is this cute?” questions every now and then? Well, regardless, I don’t think they look ugly, necessarily, but I don’t know if cute would be my definition of them.

Q: “Did you keep up with the 2016 Summer Olympics?”
A: Honestly, no, I have not. I’m not really big into professional sports as it is, so I wouldn’t really find a lot of enjoyment out of the Olympics either. I think it’s cool that every few years the entire world gets together to compete, but it’s just not something I would personally watch or invest my time into.

Q: “What game could you play over and over again and never get bored with?”
A: Super Mario World is the definitive answer. I would probably also add Kirby Superstar and Paper Mario to that list as well.

Q: “What is your favorite season of the year?”
A: It’s hard to say, because honestly, I like cool and breezy weather; nothing too hot or nothing too cold. So with that being said, probably either spring or fall. If I had to pick one though, I would probably go for fall, especially the month leading into winter. That always just seems to be a time where I am feeling the best.

Q: “Do you want to visit the Kirby Café?”
A: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD YES! That would be so cool!

I’m going to answer one more question because it’s very relevant to recent happenings and I don’t know when the next Question Corner will be up, so it makes the most sense to address it now when it’s still on my mind.

Q: “Do you watch Big Brother and if so, what is your opinion of the most recentseason?”
A: I’m guessing this question was brought on by a few of the tweets I made over the past few weeks. Anyway, yeah, I do watch the CBS reality show Big Brother. I’ve been a fan since Season 12 when I saw my parents watching it and decided to watch along with them, and I actually found it kind of interesting. From there, I went back, watched all the seasons (some a few times) and have kept up with it every year since. As far as this most recent season is concerned though, I was very disappointed. The season had way too many twists and way too many ways for players to come back into the game after they had already been evicted/kicked out. The returning/veteran players (people who had played before) were terrible choices and they either played terribly or didn’t play the game at all, and the fact that the production staff had tried so hard to rig the game so those players would win or get far was absolutely frustrating. The only saving graces of this year were Paul and Victor who were very engaging to the audiences and very entertaining, and I think it’s an absolute travesty that Paul lost to Nicole, who did nothing but lay in bed with her boy-toy for like….80% of the show. Yeah, she played at the end of the game, and of all sixteen houseguests, she was still probably in the upper-tier of the players, but compared to Paul, she should have lost big time. Paul played the entire game, was always in the thick of things, came up with many strategic moves, won competitions when he had to and laid low when he had to, and doing all of that for a player who had never played or watched the game before was absolutely amazing. Next to Danielle from Season 3 and Vanessa from Season 17, he is one of the greatest players of Big Brother to never win the game. Victor was also a really good player, but didn’t deserve to win because he got evicted three times, although him making history by winning his way back into the house twice was amazing to watch. Aside from that though, I don’t really have much else to say about this season because honestly, it was one of the worst seasons to watch as a fan and I really hope they step up their game for next summer. I’m also not going to watch the CBS All Access version of Big Brother that’s about to debut because I don’t want to pay money to watch a show I normally watch for free.

But yeah, that’s about it for this Question Corner. Like I said before, I don’t know when to expect the next one, so if you want to see the next one as soon as possible, send in those questions because you may get lucky with an early release! Just don’t spam any random question though and try to at least put some thought into it, just so we don’t get a bunch of questions like, “What color are your shoes?” X_X

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SlimKirby Central #8. September 2016

Welcome to the eighth 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 September, there wasn’t a whole lot to mention, despite the length of the video probably saying otherwise. Just giving an update of projects to expect by the end of the year, and I also start talking about some things on my mind and do a little reflection on my attitude when responding to comments.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne

Game: The Walking Dead: Michonne
Start Date: September 20th, 2016
End Date: October 18th, 2016
Videos: 9

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.

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Mario Kart DS

Game: Mario Kart DS
Start Date: September 10th, 2016
End Date: October 23rd, 2016
Videos: 14

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.

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Spanky's Quest

Game: Spanky’s Quest
Start Date: September 6th, 2016
End Date: September 15th, 2016
Videos: 4

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!

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Start Date: September 1st, 2016
End Date: November 17th, 2016
Videos: 34

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: In 2017, I will be doing a follow-up of this project where I cover all the Master Quest dungeons on the 3DS version of the game.

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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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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

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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