-Dragon Quest IX
-Zak and Wiki
Am 28 years old, live in Northampton, England, work as a internet administrator. Like horror films, rock music, zombie books etc etc.
My gamertag is Happyhead UK, I really really want to play online games with friendly people,as I hate playing with strangers, I really feel like I'm missing out on online games due to this fact so am envious of all the people with thier fancy 'friend lists'!
Anyway my first console was a BBC Acorn Electron, I loved it, had hundreds of games for it. My fave games were the Repton ones, as well as Crazy Rider, and a game set in a underground base that I can't recall the title of. All good things come to an end though. One day the cassette box thing broke, rather then get a new one my parents chucked the whole thing away, and sold all the games to some dodgy bloke at a car boot sale for £5.
That was the end of my console owning days I assumed. My friends all had Master Systems, so we would spend hours playing Alex Kidd and Sonic, I thought the graphics and sound were unbelivable.
One birthday I find a big present, I open it to find surrounded by a legion of angels a Megadrive, a pure virgin Megadrive, with Altered Beast and Sonic. Before that day I had not even realised such a beast of power existed.
I become the cool kid in the neighbourhood with everyone wanting to play it. A year later a bitter war erupted, a enemy appeared on the horizon - the Super NES...
It was a bitter and bloody battle over the next few years. Some of my friends got Megadrives, while other friends were torn asunder and got Super NES's, a civil war of apocalyptic proportions. Fighting in the streets, gangs armed with Game Gears and Gameboys beating each other into bloody chunks, a literal Hell on Earth.
Looking back I think this is were my dislike of Nintendo appeared. Don't get me wrong, nowadays I love Nintendo games, I own a GBA, DS, Gamecube and Wii, but at the root of my being I will always love Sega more. To this day I dislike Mario. I think the games are amazing, but he himself I detest. I refuse to believe there is such a thing as a bad Sonic game, I just turn a blind eye to the bad ones...anyway I digress.
After that I brought a NES, sold it, though liked it, brought a Super NES (my fave game of all time is the Super NES version of Batman Returns), sold it to get a Playstation, sold that when I got a Playstation 2, brought an almighty Dreamcast (RIP), and got a N64 for Goldeneye. Swallowed my pride and brought a Xbox. The rest is history.
Now I own a Dreamcast, Wii, Xbox, 360, Playstation 2, Master System, Megadrive (my pride, over 200 games), GBA, DS, NES, Super NES, and a Gamecube (which I have misplaced somewhere).
Whew, I've just completed Super Mario RPG, so can finally move on to one of the billion other RPG's I have yet to do.
I had only ever played this via a ROM on my PC before, and had soon given up on it. I had the impression the game was too serious and boring, and I didn't realise it was the first of the Paper Mario style games (obviously the whole paper mario bit doesn't feature in this). But still I got it as soon as it appeared on the Virtual Console. It had been a game I had long been waiting for.
The game is much better than my memories of it. The game is very funny, laugh out loud funny in places, one of my favourite things about the Paper Mario series is it's unique goofy humour. I was pleasently surprised to see a lot of the mechanics which turned up in the Paper Mario games originate here. Things such as the ability to increase attack and increase defence by pressing a button at the right time, sound effects, and some music.
The graphics have dated really badly. I know at the time it would have looked fantastic, but now to me everything just looks so ugly.
The characters are cool, it's great having Bowser on your team, and not having to rescue Princess Toadstool for a change (well you do, but it's not the main plot of the game). I found the magic to be next to useless, only Toadstools healing magic I used, other than that I found it much easier just to attack with my strongest characters. One thing I really liked was that characters not in your party leveled up at the same rate as your main ones. Also if anyone died in battle they would still get all the experiance points come fights end.
I really enjoyed the game, it was cool seeing the origins of the Paper Mario/Mario and Luigi games, the plot was decent, and funny, combat interesting, and was an enjoyable experiance.