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Just finished a semi-speedrun of Samus Returns. By which I mean: I'm not a speedrunner in the slightest, but just beating the game while knowing where to go at all times and no dawdling for enemies or items. Final time: 2:46:56


I find it a little strange that even now in Pokkén Deluxe there are no Rock types. Every other type (except Normal) has at least one playable character, and Normal still has a bunch of support pokes. Rock just gets the shaft on both counts.


It's been a while since I played Pokkén, but I feel like I'm going to be into it for a while again. Decidueye feels good; flying stance seems quick and versatile, plus gives lots of ways to get people into his command throw.


I've been playing Samus Returns and AM2R side by side for the past couple of days, and it's really interesting to me that they are not even remotely recognizable as being (based off) the same game.


I'm absolutely loving the backgrounds in Samus Returns. Makes the planet feel as alive as in the Prime series.


PSA: If you've beaten Mario + Rabbids but want more, don't forget to do the co-op missions. You can even do them solo fairly well once you get used to switching controllers. There are some pretty nice challenges in there (plus difficulty settings).


We just had my father's funeral. It was a beautiful service, and people had come from all over the country to be there. Now I'm going to be replaying To The Moon for the rest of today. It seems fitting that way.


The Project Octopath Traveler demo is damn impressive. If this keeps up, this is looking to be a stellar JRPG.


Two truths and a lie: 1) I love you all. 2) I hate some of you. 3) I even really appreciate GajKnight even though he's, you know, GajKnight.


Cherish your dads, everyone. I deeply loved mine, but I regret to say that he passed a little over two hours ago.


I just completed Mario + Rabbids 100%. It's a fantastic game, but an even better proof-of-concept. It makes me feel that Mario + Rabbids 2 could be ace.


Despite everything that's going on in my life right now, Mario + Rabbids is absolutely joyful. It's super fun, and charming enough that even if it doesn't strictly make me feel better it at least takes my mind off things.


Today me and my family received the devastating news that my dad will not be with us for much longer. It feels surreal, and I'm at a loss as to how to process it all. Fuck cancer; fuck it so fucking hard. Hug your loved ones if you can.


It's like picking a favorite child, but harder. Also I like cute things.


Today Azure Striker Gunvolt 1 & 2 is releasing on Switch for €35. That seems somewhat expensive but I haven't played either of these games before. Worth it?


I think it's cool that the Nindies showcase doesn't just focus on the (rather paradoxical) big-name indies, but also shows a bunch of stuff I've literally never heard of. Granted, they don't all look strictly GOOD, but at least now I know they exist.


The movement options in Mario + Rabbids are completely bonkers in the best possible way. This may well be the first turn-based strategy game where the movement phase is the most exciting part, and the most satisfying when you pull of some sick stunts.


Currently watching a Longplay of Hellblade, and it's really interesting so far. People need to stop using the term "walking simulator" and being so dismissive of these types of games, because obviously cool stuff can be done with it.


Evidently Angela Merkel namedropped Dark Souls during her opening speech for Gamescom, saying that all the new games shown are pretty nice, but they ain't no Dark Souls. I'm not sure how I feel about this.


I've been watching a Nioh Let's Play today, and it led me to some musings: When does a popular and highly influential game (or style of game) become a genre? When does a game like Nioh stop being a "ripoff" and start being a "Soulslike"?


Played through Subsurface Circular just now, and I enjoyed it. You play it for the narrative and there are interesting takes on AI tropes towards the end. Also, I think it's neat how the Thomas Was Alone characters are religious figures to the robots now.


About ShadeOfLightone of us since 7:43 AM on 07.16.2010

The Dutch one, Grand Marshal of the Nintendo Defense Force, heckler of GajKnight, and zen personified; I am ShadeOfLight, one of your Community Managers .

I'm a Dutch lawyer who loves to play the vidya. I'm a Nintendo-fanboy at heart, but I don't feel that I'm blinded by that, at least not very often. I also used to be on the Cblog Recaps team for Thursdays, and I did that for 4 whole years.

I'm obsessed with the Monolith Soft RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and the Baten Kaitos series. I will not pass up the opportunity to mention them, ever, and I consider myself Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean's biggest fan. Xenoblade Chronicles X also knocked my socks off.

The WiiU is one of my favorite systems of all time, and my favorite games on this system include, but are most certainly not limited to;
New Super Mario Bros. U
Darksiders II
Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
Pikmin 3
Super Mario 3D World
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Mario Kart 8
Hyrule Warriors
Bayonetta 2
Super Smash Bros. WiiU
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Yoshi's Woolly World
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

And on the Nintendo front, let's not forget the 3DS I've had since early 2014! Like, say:
Super Smash Bros. 3DS
The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Fire Emblem Awakening
Pokemon X
Super Mario 3D Land
Bravely Default
Shin Megami Tensei IV
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright
Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
Crimson Shroud
Code of Princess
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Virtue's Last Reward
Bravely Second
Codename STEAM
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Pokémon Moon

Apart from Nintendo, I'm a huge indie game enthousiast. Give me a game like Trine, VVVVVV, Sequence or Recettear, and you've made me a happy camper for sure. You can keep your shooters to yourself.

Favorite indie game round-up:
Trine (+ Trine 2)
Super Meat Boy
The Binding of Isaac
Dungeons of Dredmor
Thomas Was Alone
Mark of the Ninja
Cthulhu Saves the World
Recettear - An Item Shop's Tale
To The Moon
Cave Story
Orcs Must Die! 2
The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
1001 Spikes
The Swapper
Ori and the Blind Forest
Her Story
and many, many more!

Besides gaming itself, I like reading up on gaming-related news on my favorite website in the whole wide world: Destructoid. I love all the people here, and I'm glad that I get to be a part of this. Wouldn't know what to do without you!

And it turns out you guys love me too!
I've had some blogs promoted:
- Digital Property: Entering the Third Age
- Better with Age: Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Waifu Wars: Midriff or Bust
- And posted as The Wombat: 2014: I want to make love to you. Seriously.

MikeyTurvey drew me as an archer:

StriderHoang made me a Trading Card:

and a Spell Card for The Wombat:

Meanderbot drew me plus himself and Pixielated drinking root beer:

RobertoPlankton drew the following scenario based on my username and avatar:

And Alphadeus wrote me a theme song:
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