Super Paper Mario

Game: Super Paper Mario
Start Date: December 5th, 2016
End Date: April 14th, 2017
Videos: 51

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.

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Question Corner #11 - 11/18/16

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

It has been awhile since my last update, but to be fair, questions have been slow going again. Honestly, it wouldn’t even surprise me if some of these questions were asked by the same people. Regardless though, I did promise whenever I would get 20 questions, I would immediately update, and here we are!

As usual, if you are interested in submitting a question, please go to the Contact page to submit one. Just remember that I will not be answering any questions that are too personal, questions that have been asked before, most “Will you LP/Have you played this game?” questions, and other questions that just don’t seem appropriate for this section. Also, if you have a question about how to do Let’s Plays or other in-general Youtube questions, check out the SlimKirby’s Workshop section to see if I haven’t answered it there already, as there was a question I got last time that revolved around that.

Anyway, let’s get this started, shall we?

Q: “What are the occupations of your parents?”
A: My mom is an elementary school librarian/media specialist. My dad is an instructor for kids with special needs at a middle school and teaches a few social studies courses on the side. I am very proud of my parents for all the work they do to help children!

Q: “What did you think of the Simpsons and Futurama crossover?”
A: I actually looked into it recently and really enjoyed it. It was fun seeing my two favorite shows come together for a special!

Q: “Who would you save from a burning building? Princess Peach or Princess Daisy?”
A: Do “I” really need to answer that? Haha, well, as you guys know, I like Daisy way better than Peach, so I would be more inclined to save her. However, even though Peach is a big meanieface, I wouldn’t intentionally wish anything like a burning death on her, so if possible, I would try to save both. If this question came down to people in real life, just to make this a little more interesting, I would definitely save my family and friends at all costs. Anybody else? I would do anything I could to help, but I wouldn’t be as motivated to jump in the middle of the flames or anything, if that makes sense.

Q: “What is the best April Fools joke you played?”
A: One time I convinced my dad it was snowing outside and got him to actually jump out of bed early and go to the other room to look. Aside from that, I don’t play a lot of April Fools pranks. Although I do love the “One Hour of Impact” joke I did on my channel a few years ago, when I fooled people into believing I was doing a Radiant Dawn Let’s Play, when it was actually an hour of “I am Impact” from Mystical Ninja: Starring Goemon.

Q: “What do you think of Star Fox Adventures compared to other Star Fox games?”
A: Star Fox definitely does better as a space shooter than an adventure Zelda-style game. I do appreciate the attempt to try something new (although it was moreso a different game altogether that didn’t have Star Fox characters until Nintendo got Rare to shoehorn the Star Fox name into the game), but I think Assault was overall the more enjoyable Gamecube Star Fox game. I don’t think Adventures is a bad game necessarily, but it does fall flat in a number of areas that I think Zelda games overall do better anyway.

Q: “Are there any perks to being an only child?”
A: You don’t have to share any of your toys or games with anybody. That’s really about it. Honestly, I think I would have much rather had a brother or sister growing up. I think it would have been more beneficial in developing my social skills because I always felt I was a little too awkward in trying to make friends at school, and aside from my parents, I just didn’t really have anybody to talk to. I suppose it would also be a bit easier for your parents to provide for you too, just because there would be less mouths to feed, less school supplies to be bought and less college funds to provide for, if that makes sense.

Q: “Have you ever listened to the rock band Muse?”
A: I’ve heard a few of their songs. The first time I heard them was through Guitar Hero III, because their song “Knights of Cydonia” is in that game and I always thought it was a pretty fun song to play through. But yeah, they’ve made some good music. Wouldn’t say they are a favorite artist of mine, but definitely not opposed to them either.

Q: “What do you think of the Kirby and Donkey Kong cartoons?”
A: The Kirby cartoon was all right. I wouldn’t say it was anything spectacular, but for what it was, it was watchable, at least in my opinion. The Donkey Kong cartoon on the other hand; again, I can’t say it was bad, but it was definitely a show that’s easier to mock than enjoy.

Q: “What are your thoughts on YouTube’s new advertiser-friendly content guidelines?”
A: I will admit, it is very silly that people like the Nostalgia Critic and the Angry Video Game Nerd, individuals who have spent years establishing themselves as channels with mature content (AVGN especially) can now have their monetization taken away due to updated content guidelines. As far as I’m concerned though, I’m kind of biased just because I try my hardest to keep my channel clean and accessible for all ages, so I don’t think I will personally have any issues. Heck, even my Walking Dead videos have been clear of issues and there are so many mature themes in those games. Otherwise though, I can’t really support the new guidelines, just because of examples like I mentioned earlier.

Q: “Do you think Spanky from Spanky’s Quest would make a good Smash Bros. addition?”
A: No. As fun as the game is, that’s just reaching way too far beyond the realm of possibility. He would have kind of an interesting playstyle though, I guess, lol.

Q: “What are we going to see for your 10th year anniversary”
A: You will definitely see a clip show (as promised) and there will definitely be a marathon stream following. As far as other specials, I’m still thinking. 10 years is a pretty big deal to me, in all honesty. Aside from that, don’t really want to mention anything about it as to keep it a surprise.

Q: “What video game do you find confusing?”
A: The only game I can think of is a game called “Populous” on the SNES, but only because my uncle had the game, but whenever I tried to play it, I couldn’t figure it out. HOWEVER, I was also only like 6-years-old when I tried it, so I would probably have a better understanding of it now.

Q: “Can I adopt you to be my son?”
A: First of all, no. Second of all, I don’t think my parents would be down for that. Third, I think I’m way too old to be adoptable. I appreciate the thought though, I guess…

Q: “How are your workouts coming along?”
A: I stopped going to the gym because I have an exercise bike at home now, but I am keeping up with it on a daily basis, so very well! Thank you! And with the weather getting alot cooler, it’s the perfect time for me to be going outside on more walks. I hate summer and early-fall temperatures.

Q: “What’s your favorite type of cake?”
A: I am very fond of cheesecake. Shoutouts to angel food cake and carrot cake though, as they are also very good in my opinion.

Q: “What’s your favorite and least favorite character in Scrubs?”
A: Favorite character is Dr. Percival Cox. Just a very funny and down-to-earth character that I really respected and loved on the show for who he was. Least favorite character? It’s hard to say, but of the main cast, probably Elliot, just because I couldn’t connect with her as well as some of the other characters, but even she was fine in doses.

Q: “Why do you play games like Walking Dead and not Resident Evil?”
A: For the very simple reason that I don’t have any Resident Evil games. Well…I guess I do have Resident Evil 4 now, but even then, I just haven’t gotten around to playing any of them yet. With Walking Dead, it’s easier because I am a fan of the show and graphic novel so the Walking Dead games appeal to me in a way Resident Evil doesn’t.

Q: “What type of car would you like to own?”
A: I really don’t care much. A car is just a device to get me from point “A” to point “B.” I would like to have a blue car (I own a silver one now since my old blue car is no longer in service), but I don’t need to have one. I guess I would also prefer cars as opposed to trucks and SUVs.

Q: “Why do you use your website as a medium to answer questions as opposed to your Youtube channel?”
A: I just think a website is more appropriate, especially since my website is kind of an archive dedicated to my online life as it is. That’s really all there is to it. Plus I’m not going to lie, it’s easier to write all of this down than get stumbled on various questions trying to think of answers. This way I have some time to think about it.

Q: “Is there a game that came out 10+ years ago that you remember initially loving, but now isn’t as good as you remember?”
A: Honestly, not really. When I go back to revisit old games, the nostalgia always seems to kick in no matter what. I remember Super Mario Kart being a lot easier than it is for me now, but I wouldn’t say it’s a bad game now because I don’t enjoy it as much. Also had a really hard time getting back into Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Mario Sunshine when I did them for my playthroughs awhile back, but again, can’t really say they are bad games, moreso I just don’t have the same enjoyment with them as I used to.

And that will do it for another Question Corner! Thanks everyone for submitting and if we get enough questions in a short period of time, maybe the next issue will be up sooner than this one!

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SlimKirby Central #10. November 2016

Hello everybody, SlimKirby here, and welcome to the newest addition to SlimKirby Central. If you’ve stumbled on this page, you’ll notice that this update isn’t going to be like the other updates I’ve done for this series. I’ll have a video posted on November 15th, 2016 explaining the circumstances, but this month’s update is going to be a written update and not a video update. My apologies if you wanted to have my angelic voice guide you through another month of stuff happening on the SlimKirby scene, alongside my video game music collection, but hopefully this will suffice for this month because the update I was going to make just wasn’t working for me. If you would like the advice of a soundtrack you could listen to during this read-through, I recommend the Yoshi’s Woolly World soundtrack, or a game I’ve played through recently all the way through again, Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword. Just to give a few suggestions…

So just like the normal videos, I’m going to go through all the mediums one by one and just update you on things going on, things coming up, and stuff of that nature. I’ll even throw in some shout-outs along the way.

Youtube

Currently I’ve been working on wrapping up The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and I’ve also playing through Wario Land 3 and all the boards of Mario Party DS. Ocarina of Time is about finished and will actually conclude on Thursday of this week (November 17th). Ocarina of Time has been an amazing project and I’m honestly surprised at how much I’ve had fun with it. Going into the project, it wasn’t my favorite Zelda game (heck, not sure I would even put it in my Top 5), but I have a newfound respect for it after playing it again. Thankfully, although the project is ending, it will not be the last we see of Ocarina of Time. It will return next year in a small mini-series where I play through all the dungeons Master Quest style on the 3DS version of the game. This way, you get a taste of Master Quest and you get a taste of the 3DS port of the game, which is honestly, in my opinion, the definitive version of Ocarina of Time.

As for the other two projects, I’ve been moving along quite swimmingly, or at least I like to think that I am. At this point I’m about half-way through Wario Land 3, and this weekend will be the fourth of five Mario Party DS boards I cover. However, while their ends will be certain (early December for the former, late November for the latter), at this point I’m a bit uncertain of how the extra videos will go, not to mention how long they will last. Because of this, once I get to the extra content, I’m going to try and get as much done as I can. This means that I won’t be starting any new projects until roughly December 5th or 6th at the earliest, and I don’t foresee any other new projects until I’ve maybe finished the extra content for one of the two games (or maybe even both).

My main goal is to finish both Mario Party DS and Wario Land 3 before the end of the year. As usual and as probably expected, I am once again hosting a Project of the Year video that will be posted on the last day of 2016, and I would like to qualify both Wario Land 3 and Mario Party DS for the voting of that video. Even though they may be cutting it pretty damn close, the main parts of their playthroughs will be finished before the first full week of December, and I think that more than qualifies them, even if they do have quite a bit of bonus and extra content to go. Anything else that starts in December will not be finished before December ends, so they will not be qualified, but they will be qualified for the following year’s list, undoubtedly.

So breaking all of this down into a calendar representation, this is how each week’s upload schedule will look like for the next 3-4 weeks. Next week (Thanksgiving week), Wario Land 3 will be uploaded every single weekday except Thanksgiving (I have something special planned for Thanksgiving), and I’ll post the final board of Mario Party DS on that weekend. The next week will finish out the main part of Wario Land 3 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while I’ll start posting extra videos of Mario Party DS on Tuesday and Thursday in addition to Saturday and Sunday. The following week (December 5th), is when I’ll start my new project (which I’ll get into next paragraph) and that will more than likely be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while I use the other 4 days to finish up whatever I have left of the other two projects. I know it might seem a little confusing, but trust me, I have everything worked out in my head and I’m pretty confident in what I’m doing.

As for the new project, it’s not really a surprise as this has been advertised for an entire year by this point, but the newest LP is going to be Super Paper Mario, a project I’m really excited about and really looking forward to, especially with how well Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door were received on my channel. They were both Project of the Year recipients and I’m very curious to see if this series can do it three times in a row. However, I probably shouldn’t even get into 2017’s Project of the Year when 2016’s hasn’t even been named yet. Anyway, I do have an idea of what projects I will release after the extras of both Wario Land 3 and Mario Party DS have been finished, and at this point, I’m 90% certain they are going to remain the same, but just for fun, or at least until next month, I’m going to keep quiet and see if I can keep the suspense going. After all, I also need to decide what projects I’m going to tease at the end of the Project of the Year video for 2017!

But what else can you expect on my channel in the coming weeks? Well, I did tease a special video to be released on Thanksgiving, and if you have been paying attention to my SlimKirby Central videos as of late, you probably have an idea of what that video is going to be (I have been working on it for the entire year after all). Also, I have returned to the world of Pokemon Go, FINALLY, after too many months of not playing the game. So maybe, JUST MAYBE, I can work on another log video talking about my experiences and some of the new features I have not discussed yet. And of course, as already mentioned in this section, it wouldn’t be the end of the year without my traditional “Project of the Year” video. Even though it really doesn’t pertain to November and will be more pressing in December, I will announce that voting for that video will start not long after I finish the main game of Wario Land 3 or after I finish the extras of Mario Party DS. So basically, before the next SlimKirby Central, so keep your eyes peeled.

I think that’s all I have to talk about though, so let’s move on to some shorter sections where I have less to talk about.

Twitch

Ok, so I’ll be talking about this a bit more in my November 15th update video, but at this current point in time, I am taking a bit of a break from Twitch for a few weeks. I know this is very disappointing to many of my Twitch fans, but at this point in time, I really need a break, and I feel like it’s a very good time to take one. I just recently finished three games, I’ve had a major lack of interest in RetroAchievements, and moving forward, there’s just not really a whole lot I want to stream at the moment. So instead of fighting the stress of streaming in addition to all of that other stuff, it just makes more sense to step away for a bit and refresh myself before jumping into the fray again.

However, please do not consider this to be the end of my streaming or my Twitch channel. This break is only temporary and I already have plenty of ideas for stuff I will be doing when I return. For one, the Digimon World stream, which has been highly requested since I finished Digimon World 2 and got my hands on Digimon World 1…it will no doubt be one of my top and first priorities when I return. With how much fun DW2 was last year, I would love to experience the same hype all over again (assuming I like the game and it doesn’t pull a DW3 on me). Also, with how much fun my Name That Tune special was last month, I’d love to host another event like that over the Holidays and potentially get more competitors for not only my contests, but also for Odinspack33’s trivia nights that he hosts on his stream channel.

Speaking of which, if you would like to fill the void of your stream viewing pleasures, I highly recommend you check out Odinspack and his brother Cypheron on their co-op Twitch channel called Ami_Bros. They host a stream event every single day and I’m very set on helping them get more followers and more exposure because they are very set on making this channel huge and I would like to see them accomplish that. I’ve known Odin for a very long time and he’s a very good friend of mine, so please, go and show him and his bro some support! I also have many other friends who stream pretty regularly as well, so don’t be afraid to check them out as well, as they are very good people; SMXLI, KingofKienzan, WolfSheikah, AlanEdgeHead

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Still do not have a lot to talk about on this front, but we are getting closer and closer to finishing our next project. We just have to do commentary for a few more parts and we should be good to go. We also have a few other projects on backlog that we are looking into, so just stick with us and maybe we will have something for you guys in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we are looking forward to the return of Magfest, which will be happening in the first week of January, so maybe we can get a few other things recorded there for you guys as well.

Website

Yeah, don’t have a lot of action here either, but I’m looking to having that change when we get into 2017. I know it may seem like a broken record, but to put things in perspective, I feel like 2016 has seen the most use of my website so far in the last 2 or 3 years of this site existing. I find it difficult for me to keep this updated just because the days I used to frequent message boards and write essays every day are over, so when it comes to writing articles or reviews, I’m just not as prolific as a writer as I once was, which is kind of the downside of this kind of work that I do. However, just from writing this update, I feel like it’s something that I really should try to get back into, because there are lots of things I have to say about video games and gaming in general. But yeah, that’s my plan anyway…whether or not I succeed, we’ll just have to see. Also, I’ll try to have a new Question Corner out this week. With no streams this week, I should be able to get that done.

Star Warrior Shout-Out

I already gave a handful of shout-outs earlier, but there is something I have neglected to mention so far that I really feel like highlighting because it potentially saved me from not only spending more money, but also preventing any delays on the channel as well.

So if you’ve been watching the Ocarina of Time playthrough, you know that I was having some slight issues with my capture device as of late. I really don’t know why that was the case, it’s still a mystery to me, and I’m not even 100% sure that the problem has been fixed. But, thanks to Youtube user General Snivy, I was able to not only contact Elgato technical support, but he also helped me run some tests to make sure everything was working properly. And as of right now, I think I might be good to go moving forward. Again, I’m not 100% convinced everything is working perfectly, but with how fickle technology can be and how it can be your worst enemy in this type of work, I feel a lot better moving forward.

So of course, this month’s Star Warrior shout-out goes out to General Snivy for helping me out of, honestly a situation that kind of freaked me out a little bit. I haven’t had any major tech issues (with exception to my Internet when it comes to streaming, but that’s another issue entirely) in a very long time and I was kind of hoping that I was done with that stuff. Given, I shouldn’t be so ignorant as there will no doubt always be some sort of issues that develop, but still, it was nice having a winning streak for once and it’s also nice to know that the streak can kind of continue. General Snivy has been a long-time watcher of my videos and he was also a frequent competitor in the Star Warrior Cup tournaments I used to host on Mario Kart 8. I also interact with him on Twitter sometimes (which is how all of this tech support started) and he is a very nice guy. He does Let’s Plays of his own on his own channel, consisting of Banjo Kazoie for X-Box Live Arcade, Diddy Kong Racing, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Final Mix and various other games, so check him out if you are interested in those games, and thank you General for saving me from a giant freak-out.

Conclusion

So with all of that said and done, I think I’m about ready to wrap this update up. Thanks to everyone for all of your continued support and patience, and again, I do apologize for this being a written update instead of a video one and of course for the stream hiatus, but I’m hoping with a month and a half left of 2016, we can end the year on a bang, so let’s see what we can do. I’m really excited for next month’s update as it’s looking to be more of a look-forward into 2017, and I’m very optimistic about the new year. 2016 has been a difficult year for sure, and with recent political updates, 2017 may not have a lot of high hopes right now, but I feel like the more negatively you look at something before it happens, you’re already setting yourself up for failure, which is not a good thing. So let’s all just try to be the best we can be and do what we can to make this world worth living, ok? I’ll talk you guys soon! Later folks!

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Mario Party DS

Game: Mario Party DS
Start Date: October 29th, 2016
End Date: —
Videos: —

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!

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SlimKirby's Name That VideoGame Tune - 10/24/16 @ 4:00 PM EDT

Introduction: Hey guys! I’m hosting a Video Game “Name That Tune” competition on Monday, October 24th 2016 at 4:00 PM EDT at my SlimKirby stream channel! This competition is heavily based and inspired by Odinspack33’s competition that he hosts on his Twitch channel, Ami_Bros, every week. I’m doing this merely as a one-off special stream and don’t intend on doing this regularly, unless the desire is heavily there. If you want to see more of these contests, follow the Ami_Bros at the link above. He does this every week (usually on Thursday) and it’s a very good time.

Concept: The concept is quite simple. I play a song, and you guys try to guess what game it is from. The fastest (and correct) users will get points for answering correctly and at the end, I will crown a winner. Don’t expect any rewards though, as this is merely for fun. I just want to test you guys and see how well you will do.

Games: Any video game console, handheld and PC game is eligible to have songs in this contest, and some series will no-doubt be covered multiple times. However, no single game will be used twice. Also, these are all games that I have played at some point in my life. There will be songs from games I have Let’s Played, but there are also a lot of songs from games I have NOT Let’s Played. I also tried to pick only a small number of songs that appear in my stream grinding playlist, and the ones I picked should be very recognizable tracks anyway.

Songs: When I am getting ready to play a song, I will mute my microphone and let people know in chat when I’m about to start playing the song. I’ll let the song play for about 30 seconds (maybe longer to account for twitch delay), so during that time, please post in chat what you think the song is from. After I stop the song, I will mute the audio again, write down who got the question correct, and then move on to the next song. After every 5 songs, I will recap the answers and who got points. This will continue for 50 songs.

Answers: There are a couple rules you need to keep in mind when answering.

a) Only the first 3 correct answers will be accepted and will get points. The first correct answer will get 2 points, while the following 2 correct answers will get one point. There will be a cut-off though for how long I accept additional correct answers, just to prevent copy/pasting and cheating.

b) You only get one answer, so only your first answer will be accepted if you answer multiple times.

c) If you don’t know the answer, GUESS! Sometimes you would be surprised how often your guess would be right, just by knowing certain styles and sound fonts of music.

d) You are answering with the game where that music track FIRST appeared in. Songs that are featured in subsequent games (unless they are remixed) will not count. Super Smash Bros is a big example here. Make sure you know the difference between original songs and remixes. If it’s a Smash Bros. remix, answer with the Smash Bros game, but if it’s the original, unchanged song, answer with where it’s from.

e) A correct answer must have correct spelling. If you spell something wrong, or make an accidental typo, sorry, your answer will not count. However, you don’t need to have exact punctuation. So don’t worry about colons or hyphens if you don’t include them. I’m also flexible when it comes to spacing as well.

f) Give full titles! Name abbreviations and acronyms are not correct answers. Example: Don’t shorten “Super Mario Bros. 3” to “SMB3” or “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” to “Zelda: OoT.” You need to spell out full game answers, only exception being the following subtitle rule.

g) Subtitles are unnecessary unless they differentiate the game in question. Example: All “The Legend of Zelda” games NEED their subtitle because if you just say “The Legend of Zelda,” that could mean the original game or any of the other games that have subtitles. However, “Zelda II: The Adventure Link” doesn’t need the subtitle, because there is only one “Zelda II” so “Zelda II” would be an acceptable answer. For another example, “Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest,” an answer of “Donkey Kong Country 2” is acceptable. You can still type out the full names, but you won’t get bonus points, and are potentially missing out on points by typing out more than necessary.

h) Stick with North American names only. If you live in a different region and are used to calling a game by a certain name, I may make an exception in that case, but only if it would give you a point otherwise. The answer is whatever it is on the box or game disc.

Cheating: If you are caught cheating, you will be timed out. Any further cheating will result in a disqualification or a ban on my stream channel. No exceptions. This is for fun and there are no prizes involved, so don’t cheat. Unfortunately, since this contest will rely a lot on the honor system, cheating can’t be policed very easily, but in my experience, cheaters usually slip up eventually, so just don’t do it.

Lag and Stream Buffering: If you are experiencing lag or stream buffer during the event, my only advice would be to refresh the stream or reset your router/connection. In between rounds, pause the stream and play again to get caught up for optimal performance. If you continue to have problems, there is not much I can do because unfortunately with streaming, there are a lot of factors that affect performance, like twitch servers, my internet, your internet, or sometimes just random luck. WHATEVER YOU DO THOUGH, DO NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT LAG OR TWITCH DELAY IN CHAT. We know it’s frustrating, but it can be ridiculously annoying watching someone complain about it over and over again. If you make a habit of complaining, you are risking a timeout or potential ban.

My Screen is Law: Sometimes, it may show you answering before someone else on your screen, but sometimes, due to people answering at the same time, on my screen it may show a different result. Whatever it shows on my screen is what is correct, even if it shows you first on your screen. That’s the only fair way to do this.

Common Courtesy and Respect: During the event, treat all individuals; streamer, moderators and fellow competitors with respect and kindness. Do not insult anyone and if you think someone is cheating, let the moderators take care of it and not yourself. If you have a problem with the contest and think something was done unjustly, address it in between rounds and we’ll discuss it before moving on to the next one.

I think that’s all I need to address. The only other thing I can think of is just to have fun and a good time listening to video game music with other like-minded gamers! See you then!
~SlimKirby

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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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