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PostSubject: NGamer Issue 10   Sat 13 May 2017 - 12:48



JUNE 2007

Following on from the hype-train that was Super Paper Mario last month, Saturn classic Nights into Dreams is this month's wankfest. The strapline "Why Nights Changes Wii Forever" is funny to look back on now, putting it alongside Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3 as the games that will convince you of Wii's "next-gen" graphical abilities and makes other consoles' "grumpy games look very silly". I'm guessing this was a defence against the Wii naysayers at the time dismissing the system?

Review-wise, it's a treat for fans of Japanese handheld games, as well as animal-lovers. Hamsters, horses and cats are all catered for, all games that feel overrated, with Picross DS' review reading like a 90%-er. Enjoyed Picross a few years back but unfortunately don't have a DS to revisit this one.

Anyone played Meet the Robinsons or was Greener overdoing the coffee? Aside from G1 Jockey which I'll wait for the UK release of before buying (always been curious of this series), I'll likely be (finally) delving in to SSX Blur, me thinks!

Any interest in this lot?

*REVIEWS*




Good (70-84%):
 

Not so bad (50-69%):
 




For those interested in what the DS was offering us a decade ago:

Good (70-84%):
 

Not so bad (50-69%):
 

Mostly Useless (30-49%):
 

Terrible (0-29%):
 
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Sat 13 May 2017 - 17:48

Another month where I wouldn't have bought anything for either of these.
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Sun 14 May 2017 - 13:19

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Bomberman Land (JAPAN IMPORT) - 60

"We can't dismiss it entirely because it does have a nice-looking bonus update of classic Bomberman. But the adventure mode is seriously poor. Think twice, bomber fans."

The good thing is things have improved since then. Oh wait



I'll get-a-reading this soon! But I remember thinking that about NIghtS at the time... this looks like a game that they'd make up on a 90s sitcom.
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Sun 14 May 2017 - 22:45

Giving that score to Heroes Of Mana is a bit much, in my humble, unsubtle and often wrong opinion. I know it's not my genre but it really isn't that good. Meh That aside, the mighty Picross DS strides out to bat and, for a game of such quality, is pretty underrated by the team.
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Sun 14 May 2017 - 22:57

The drunka man had this issue (I think) at the meet up yesterday, I only had a little flick through of it but I was surprised to see & remember that Zack & wiki used to be called Project treasure Island Z - after a wee google just now it was down to the Japanese name being Takarajima Z: Barbaros no Hihō. (Treasure Island Z: Barbaros' Secret Treasure)

The name change was the right thing to do.
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Mon 15 May 2017 - 18:11

It was this issue, yes! I've not had a major read yet but I've flicked through.
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Mon 15 May 2017 - 23:04

I've started proper now - and my Nights fears were confirmed. You're right GJ - I con't get why this was a big thing for Wii, when Sonic had already turned up. Also not so clever in hindsight was where Greener
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Sun 21 May 2017 - 10:50

Sorry, I'm a DoPoMoFo

Highlights so far:

  • Preview of Puchi Puchi Virus: ' "The cabin began the medical treatment of people of a village instantly" (it says here)'
  • The crayons making Greener caption a cut-out of a mountain
  • G1 Jockey: 'With both of you waggling the nunchuck like crazy and whipping the Wii remote, it's clearly going to be one of those close-the-curtains games"
  • I want to play Purr Pals now.


There's an interesting feature about Animal Crossing which I'll hide in spoilers if anyone's planning to read this still:
 
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Sun 21 May 2017 - 11:06

Jimbob wrote:
Sorry, I'm a DoPoMoFo

Highlights so far:

  • Preview of Puchi Puchi Virus: ' "The cabin began the medical treatment of people of a village instantly" (it says here)'
  • The crayons making Greener caption a cut-out of a mountain
  • G1 Jockey: 'With both of you waggling the nunchuck like crazy and whipping the Wii remote, it's clearly going to be one of those close-the-curtains games"
  • I want to play Purr Pals now.



You reminded why not to overlook any word in these magazines - there's gems everywhere.

Had another brief gander and discovered this:



Does yer man Scully need to do some explaining?
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Sun 21 May 2017 - 11:09

*gaaaasp* oh the days when there could be two actively-competing Nintendo magazines...
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Sun 21 May 2017 - 11:52

I always liked the Beano and Dandy rivalry between ONM and NGamer, especially as someone who bought both. I'm glad they were all mates really.
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Mon 22 May 2017 - 6:02

From Chris' Twitter response, it doesn't sound like he felt it was entirely in jest...
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Mon 22 May 2017 - 8:48

I remember his and Matthew's write-ups towards the ends of both mags. It sounds like there was a little bitterness at first but eventually they realised they were all part of one family.
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Mon 22 May 2017 - 20:12

Mmm - I wasn't sure the man Scullion was happy. Oh well, as you say, it doesn't matter in the end, I'm reading a GamesMaster with very few laffs.

Speaking of laffs, the results of the "Nintendo joke" request are in the letters page. My favourite, from now until the day I die will be
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Mon 22 May 2017 - 21:32

I fucking laughed.
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Mon 22 May 2017 - 21:34

But how did they know!?
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Mon 22 May 2017 - 21:38

I knew it was going to be that before I clicked on the spoiler! Aye, that was an all-time classic. Right up there with "Smells like DIC" as one of those NGamer quotes that just about made me pish myself.

IIRC, it was all about the Virtual Console in mid 2007. I wasn't paying any attention to the likes of TMNT - my eyes were squarely on what would be coming out every Friday morning. Fair enough, the stock was a bit rubbish in the shops, but digitally you were getting quality stuff like Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Lylat Wars and Streets of Rage 2 all at the same time, every single week. Good times.
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Mon 22 May 2017 - 21:41

And then came the Wii U...
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PostSubject: Re: NGamer Issue 10   Mon 22 May 2017 - 21:52

The Cappuccino Kid wrote:
IIRC, it was all about the Virtual Console in mid 2007. I wasn't paying any attention to the likes of TMNT - my eyes were squarely on what would be coming out every Friday morning. Fair enough, the stock was a bit rubbish in the shops, but digitally you were getting quality stuff like Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Lylat Wars and Streets of Rage 2 all at the same time, every single week. Good times.

It's easy to forget about it ten years on, but at the time having this wealth of Nintendo history at our fingertips was a seriously exciting prospect.
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