A very fond memory I have is playing Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars. When I first saw the box art I was intrigued; Mario, Peach and Bowser in different shapes to the 2-D we were all used to? What is that strange sword in the background in the castle? What are these seven stars? I had to answer these questions. I most warn you, if you haven't played this game (which you should be doing by now) this includes massive spoilers.
This is where my adventure started, this is where it all began. I hadn't had any experience with RPG's at the time, I was a adventure-scrolling toddler when I convinced my parents (if not harassed) to buy this game at Sears, sure I was doing extremely well at school and my parents wanted to reward me, and with Nintendo on my side I managed to get this game instead of a horrible outfit my mother wanted to purchase (seriously it looked like Ness but on a Pride Parade). I got home, kicked my brother out of the SNES, and put the cart right in, I won't develop the amazing story that much, but I can tell you that this sword came from the sky, and 7 stars fell down. I got a hammer, became friends with Mallow (talking marshmallow), got his coin back and as I was triumphantly going back to the Mushroom Kingdom to get the famous "Cricket Pie", something had happened to this once joyous place. It was dark, it had bumping shy guys, something had gone wrong!
His name was Mack, he was a talking sword, he had a star and he didn't want it to let go, he meant business. My first boss battle, music changed,you could taste that is was a hostile environment, I had to defeat him and bring back peace to the kingdom. His minions started firing fire balls towards me, but we didn't bulge, then this foe casted a Flame Wall, I got screwed. I knew I wasn't strong enough, so I went to Bandit's Way and got tough. I went back to get a revenge, he casted his spells but me and the Marshmallow were standing in the end, he disappeared into a pile of coins (who would have said he was a piņata in the end). Thus I got my first star, a shiny blue star. But it wasn't over, the king in his wisdom said that more of these foes were out there and we had to get the princess back. (You see the kingdom was a in financial crisis so to motivate the people there beloved icon the princess had to be brought back). So we started our journey to the unknown.
I went through the sewers, I met the frog-grandfather of the marshmallow (I thought he had a wild party at Mushroom Gras), and arrived at a town to spend the night, but the town was to in despair, arrows fell from the sky and I had to help them. We ventured into a forest with a catchy tune, and after getting lost for quite a while I found my second enemy.
These caffeine-loving abomination was named Bowyer, he had the second star and like Mack, didn't want to hand it in. So we had to battle him. These time we now had made acquaintance with a talking doll who knew about the stars, and like me wanted them. But Bowyer was in our way, in the battle he summons 3 squares which had the buttons that matched the A,X and Y in my controller, he would shoot an arrow and it will land in a block and well block me the access to it. I thought it was a good twist to the battles, but in the end still standing, we collected our second star. Geno, the talking doll, explained how these evil guys were after the stars and that no wishes would come true unless we fixed the star road. I had to defend wishes, I had to get the stars. I kept on with my journey.
In the time between I met my next foe I had managed to get the 3rd, 4th, and 5th star, to do this I had to fight a bomb-loving maniac in a mine, joined troops with Bowser to rescue Peach from a twisted hotel owner, battled a sour cake, and fought like a pirate with the captain of a sunken ship. As I was leaving from the battlefield I stumbled that the crack-addict town of ever shaking mushrooms, wasn't the crack-addict town of ever shaking mushrooms I thought it was, but to my surprise they were all part of a foe called Yaridovich, who until recently I found out he was based on a lance, but anyway. This Yaridovich was threatening me to hand him the star, I gave it to him to save the hostages from cruel beatings and possible torturte. As he was trying to get away Johnny came to my help, and thus the villian with no where to go, we battled. In between the last villain and these one I had gotten stronger, so it wasn't that hard, sure he could dopplegang himself, but it didn't matter, I won. I had 5 stars, i was so close to the end yet I didn't want it to end.
I jumped back into my journey closer to the last star, I found out how the marshmallow was part of the royalty and that the throne had been taken by a boob shaking diva. I managed to vanquish her and found out the location of a star, it was on a volcano. I managed to get into the volcano, fought a fire dragon and got the star. But Mario is a person that doesn't learn the easy way and gets his star stolen again, this time, by the Axem Rangers.
I liked them, they were some sort of japanese version of the power rangers, minus the blue one but that was good with me. They were insanely tough, they bitch slapped my team around 4-6 times, until I went into a process some gamers might be familiar with, overlevel. (Which pretty much means you are sick and tired of having your ass handed to you so you level like there was no tomorrow) One after one the toy soldiers started to fall, until I fought them all and there strange megazord machine. And got my 6th star, I was just 1 star away from saving the wishes, my journey had to go on.
I managed to get myself a pimped flying cab, mangled threw the castle and was face to face with Smithy, the talking sword, to my surprise, he wasn't Smithy but another henchmen, and also a gate to a realm of terror, weapons, machines and the final star.
So the gate transported me to a place with several minions, a clock, a big-ass snake, and found out how those bosses I faced, those star loving minions were just simple machines, cold, lifeless, solid machines. But I was close to the last star, and was soon facing Smithy himself, he had the last star.
He ain't no Burger King, he is a weapon loving fanatic that wants to fill these world with weapons instead of wishes, I had to kill him. And so after tense filled minutes I managed to obliterate him, it was done, I had managed to get a hold of the final star. The 7th one, I had completed my journey. I had saved the world.
It's a sad time when a videogame ends, you get that tiny hope about how something will make the journey longer, how a boss will pop out of nowhere and you'll be forced to keep grinding levels, but this wasn't the case, the game had ended, all that was left was to see how these stars made wishes true, beautiful wishes, but not mine. Because as I can remember, there hasn't been a sequel to this game.
But back in the subject, after watching the ending once again I am not afraid to say how I got a tear in my eye, small tear, because the adventure was finally over, sad, but glad to know how I had managed to bring wishes back into the world.
I'm truly sorry I haven't blogged in a long time, but started some heavy subjects on college and haven't had the time to blog or play videogames at all. But I'll make up for it with this entry. I don't know how this started but it's a cool trend these days so I'll hope in.
1. I'm very fond of music, started with rap and punk and have now crossover to other genres such as metal, rockabilly, ska, indie, and classic rock. If you want proof then here ya go http://www.last.fm/user/dasbierhaus (be warned it does not contain all my music, but I been away from the computer for a while).
2. I used to smoke, drink coke, and drank alcohol like there was no tomorrow, I don't drink coke that often (mostly on emergencies), quit smoking, and only drink very rarely.
3. I'm really a sociable person, and have a slight degree of Isolophobia. I don't want to lose my friends, I know a lot of people but hardly ever get the courage to call someone my friends, thankfully, I have them.
4. I have this really big interest on mythology (greek, roman, japense, slavic, etc...).
5. I sing in a church choir.
6. I used to be a pretty stuck up person, thinking myself as better than others. I was the guy that usually labeled people for what I saw such as fat, geeks, loners, metalheads, dorks, etc... and I hated that part of my life because I know I missed meeting a lot of people. I'm not like that anymore, I guess that I was narcissistic and thought of myself as better than other just because I belonged to the A list clique in school. I grew out of them and saw that labels do hurt people and that they are the most idiotic bias people can fall in. (This was not meant to offend anyone).
7. I also used to envy a lot of people that I thought were better than me, when I stopped doing this to myself I felt so much better.
8. I don't like clubs that much, I'd prefer bars and parties.
9. I can still watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Scooby Doo, and the Muppets and feel fine.
10. I have braces, but thankfully they are coming out this april. (That's what she said!)
I'm a really big fan of old Japanese animation and more hardcore fan of fighting games, what if certain game developers decided to join this forces of nature and make an animation of fighting games, better yet, a fighting game with loved awesome game characters fight those beloved old Japanese icons of the past. What will be the offspring of this event? What?
I could insert some text, but that image is enough to make any geek orgasm, wait, double-orgasm. That's how hot it is.
I find the complexity of fighting games to be one of the best attributes of gaming, it all started way back then with Street Fighter 2 when you discovered you just couldn't win (almost all the time) with random button spamming. Starting with techniques, Shoryuken, or Buddha's Flame, but also adding some more structure to it, afterwards games like King of Fighters introduced cancels, mid-air cancels, combo techniques, multi-character combo techniques. Any person could read this and don't understand it or think of it as nerdy talk, but a person that plays fighting games know that this complexities make a great gaming experience.
Fighting games in the current generations are okay, getting more combo's, adding more cancel techniques, and introducing more franchises and characters. Thing is there aren't that many new games in this genre, sure we love the old franchises that always find a way to make a comeback, but how just many times will SF 2 be remade? And King of Fighters XII just doesn't arrive any sooner. I distract your attention with Tatsunoko vs Capcom.
Sure Capcom vs Insert Anything in Here has gotten pretty repetitive, we had some good deals with this one. Who could forget the marvelous Marvel vs Capcom 2? Or Capcom vs SNK? Personal favorite games in my collection. Now Capcom takes it a step further and introduces what to me is a innovative experience in fighting gaming. Usually when fighting games collide the basic concept is one franchise vs another franchise, both of them usually well known. But why I hype this game more than what I usually hype is the concept of introducing popular japanese characters, but not from video games but from anime and manga. I know most people think that anime is stupid (the next step in fanboyism) but this game doesn't include the all popular anime of this era (sucks to be you, Inuyasha and Naruto fans) but goes on to add some of the those old animes we loved back then. I know I watched Gatchaman religiously, or waited like a girl to prom sex for another Yatterman episode.
The characters introduced in this game are well mostly unknown outside of Japan, but after watching some videos I did some research and found out some of them are pretty cool, of course I am not a wikipedia and know anything about most of the characters but the ones I know are going to be the ones I main in this game. This is also a good bargain since you get something unexpected in fighting gaming.
Not only that but it also includes some fan favorites from Capcom, I mean what would a Capcom fighting game be without it's Ryu Shoryuking the hell out of characters? Or the lonely boys who spam Chun-li and Morrigan's techniques that show brief digital oriental private body parts? The characters that capcom brought to this game are pretty good and acceptable but it also introduces some fresh meat that are the Tatsunoko characters.
Currently it's going to be a Japan only title, the good thing is Capcom is fighting to bring this game over to the america's, and what I want this christmas is nothing more than to hear the good news of it coming to America.
Hello members of the Dtoid community, my name is PK Startstorm but offline people call me Serge.
I been lurking a lot in Dtoid the past months until I found the balls to join and make an account, I made it a long time ago cause blogging isn't something I'm good at, but I might as well give it a try now no?
I guess I might as well introduce myself properly to all of you, I'm Serge, born in Brasil July 12 1988 and living in Mexico since 1993, in San Pedro, it's pretty close to the border. I belong to a family of 6, my progenitors and my siblings, I am the oldest so I'm the one my parents usually test their parenting skills with.
I'm studying International Business and Finance in Mexico, I really like this career because it brings me closer to my goal of traveling the world. Of course in this career you must speak multiple languages, which is a big passion I have, languages. I speak Spanish, Portuguese, English(duh), Italian, German and Arabic. Took me quite a while to finish German and Arabic currently on the last year which consists mostly of conversation. Besides being a polyglot I play rugby in my school's team, the swimming team and practice Muay Thai. I'm very fond of sports, the thing is while I might be good on real life sport I suck, and literally suck at videogame sports( just broke one of the videogamers commandment! ), which is why I won't talk a lot of about them, if at all.
Apart from the geek skills I party with my friends and like to meet new people, which defies all laws of geekdom. Other hobbies include reading ( Haruki Murakami and Kurt Vonnegut are IMO the best authors of the century ), eating asian food in alarming amounts, comedy and horror movie fandom, hearing music while moving my head like I just don't care, and of course, one of the most important hobbies in my life, videogames.
Since I was a little I guess I was very videogame oriented, my mother bought me Super Mario/ Duck Hunt and my first console, my NES, which I still have and treasure. I was then introduced to Ducktales and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, games I must have played to death, getting excited over all the secrets, getting pumped when you finished a level, or when you defeated a boss. The rush, the adrenaline, the excitement are what made me a videogame junkie.
Then came a new age of gaming on Christmas 1992, I was 4 years old and Santa Claus must have not checked his list twice because he brought me not only a SNES console, but also Contra III The Alien Wars and Krusty's Super Fun House. You might as well expect that I stayed home for about a week playing because I did, seriously at the end of the week I must have lost 3/20 of my eyesight for being glued to the television screen because I woke up, played, ate, played, and slept. The SNES era was where I discovered my favorite gaming genres and played some of the games that I love. The list includes but is not limited to:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4
Earthbound (seriously, it's quality Japan for you)
Donkey Kong 1-3 ( <3 )
Super Mario World 2
Monopoly ( weekends were lonely )
Final Fantasy 6
Super Mario RPG
Legend of Zelda
Mortal Kombat 3
Street Fighter 2
and more that I can't remember, but you get the idea that I played the best games of those times.
Then Japan strikes again! With the N64 and PS1, of course this is were I confirmed I was a RPG junkie, I played and still do with many of the games in those times. I could go on about each new generation of console games but I think I pushed this writer stage to much.
My favorite genres come down to Adventure, Strategy, RPG, Shooters, Fighiting, and dislike Sports. I'm proud of this entire piece I wrote because I managed to do this and finish up a plate of Japanese Curry at the same time.