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I have a hard time finishing games lately. I have the most fun in the beginning/middle when you’re learning the mechanics, unlocking new abilities and all that good stuff. Then you hit a plateau of sorts and it kind of peters out. Anyone recognize that?


Mario Odyssey 100% complete, barring coin farming. Lovely game all the way. Breath of the Wild had a bigger "wow"-factor to me, but Mario was more consistently fun. Gonna be a tough GotY pick this year...


I was not prepared for Mario Odyssey's late game. Everything post-Luncheon has been one big train of WOOOAAAAHH.


Evidently scooters in New Donk City provide...options. Silly pic in comments.


My personal Mario Odyssey challenge is to never do the boss missions unless I already have enough moons to go to the next world.


Found a friend in Mario Odyssey! Spoilers in comments.


Thought I had bricked my iPhone for a good while there. Solved the problem after hours of trying in a completely random fashion that by all accounts shouldn't have worked. Back to Mario for stress relief. Also screw iOS, iTunes, and everything else 'i'.


The wait for the mailman is going to be excruciating. How will I ever survive the next few hours? Well, DOOM on sale for 20 bucks might help.


After finishing FFVI on the SNES Classic, I decided to replay the other old FFs too, starting with 1. Here's the team, featuring: Valiant warrior Shade, Mike (who plays dirty), wielder of the dark arts Nekro, and useless healslave Gaj.


Just finished Rise of the Tomb Raider. Was pretty great, would raid tombs again. It felt like a much longer game than it actually was, not because it was boring because so much was happening all the time.


I bought The Witcher 3 (base-game only) for €30 on September 27th. It's now on sale for €20 for the GotY version. Yet despite being a week after the 14-day deadline, Steam just accepted my refund request no questions asked. So that was nice of them!


It's a little surreal having to pay attention to AAA PC games now. Seeing reviews of Evil Within and Divinity, just a few months ago I would've dismissed them with "Eh, I can't run it anyway". Now I have to actually consider whether I'd like them or not.


Just came back from seeing Blade Runner with colleagues. I realize it's not that interesting for me to tell you it's just as good as everyone says it is...but it's just as good as everyone says it is. (thoughts and spoilers in comments)


Yesterday I posted my first blog in some time. It's a heavy and personal one though, about some of the last moments I had with my dad about a month ago. It's an important memory to me, so I thought I'd share. https://www.destructoid.com/--466413.phtml


As a somewhat lighter addendum to my earlier blog, I'm really enjoying Rise of the Tomb Raider. It strikes a nice balance between the feelings of "Surviving against impossible odds" and "Combing through ancient ruins no one has seen for ages and ages".


I like a thing. I like liking things, even.


I don't mean to be all "git gud, filthy casuals" but I'm honestly not finding Cuphead to be THAT difficult yet. At least not hard enough to warrant the barrage of articles on it. Got a World 2 boss on my first try. Super fun though!


So Mario Odyssey comes out in just three weeks. However, the SNES Classic has four JRPGs on it plus I just got Superstar Saga in the mail. The math just doesn't add up. How am I supposed to play all these games, Nintendo?


So what was the first game everyone played on their shiny new SNES Classic? Personally I've been replaying a bunch of Metroid games after I beat Samus Returns, so no points for guessing where I started.


I've been listening to a Top 500 list of 2000 to 2009. Such nostalgia, wow. It does make we wonder what the hell went wrong with the Black Eyed Peas though. "Where is the love?" was so good!


When my dad fell ill, we decided that we still wanted to build my first high-end PC together. We did, but I only got all the software installed and ready yesterday. However, now I need to get games for this beast to utterly dominate. Suggest me some!


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.


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:
Radiant Umbrae (ShadeOfLight)
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