I dunno about you but I'm fucking ready for some TRUMPETS!
Let's not mince words: I'm excited to hell for the Ruby/Sapphire remakes. Sapphire was my favorite generation despite the horrifying map padding by forcing you to surf and dive through 60% of the game, not to mention this puts you in constant exposure with wild encounters. But we have Gen III to thank for the introduction of abilities, natures, weather metagame, and the best terrorist organization ever, Team Magma/Aqua. Yeah, split the dimensions asunder Team Galactic? What a cliche supervillain plot. Team Magma and Aqua had more relatable evil aspirations by being discriminatory against an entire class of organisms, whether they were land based creatures or water based creatures. They then decide to either raise the continental land masses or flood the world in favor of their chose bias. Hardcore.
If you've missed it, there's definitely something... off, about Groudon and Kygore in their covers. Obviously, though, when you think about it, it can only be one thing: mega evolutions. And this snowballs into more possibilities. After all, as remakes, they won't expand the national dex. But mega evolutions don't count towards the dex number. For the purposes of organization and classification, mega evos are just powered up forms of their base forms. Finally, Mega Sceptile and Mega Swampert will join Mega Blaziken. They'll need serious advantages to even come close to how Mega Blaziken crushes brick walls and steel bars with its arms and legs.
The fun on the 3DS doesn't stop there (my god, how on Earth is the 3DS just doing ok with everything going on it?). I finished Kirby Triple Deluxe this part weekend and I have to say, this may be my favorite Kirby game yet (besides Superstar. Nothing surpassed Superstar). Dare I say it, this game actually got challenging at time later on in the levels. It was never crushingly difficult. It never even came close to Mario levels of challenge. They even brought back the Superstar amount of depth in each power with different directional combination attacks and moves. Fighter is a classic power and example with staple moves like machine gun punch, rising break (shoryuken!), and the divekick (now on Steam). Ninja is probably my favorite but Archer is so damn flexible. I'm still working on a blog draft but I wish Suplex came back from Superstar. Instead, we get Beetle, which has the spirit of Suplex but not the mechanics. Dammit, I don't want to get in close and do some grappling! I want to send myself hurtling towards my hapless foes so that I can grab them with some sticky fingers, ready for the most bone crunching pile driver ever!
And I'm still in the process of 100%'ing it too. With the secret modes you can unlock that I probably shouldn't spoil, there's still a lot of kick left in the damn game. It just won't die! Those lucky European's get Dreamland 2 for free, complete with animal friends. Makes me wish Dreamland 3 was available on eShop for 3DS so I can just get back together with my old buddy Nago and crack some skulls with some random ass powers like stone or spark.
It feels like it's been a decade since we've seen the rise of the crowdfunded game. I'm always surprised when I remind myself that crowdfunding has been a thing long before the first crowdfunded video game, but nowadays a crowdfunded game seems like a dime a dozen.
Of course such a phrase is an incredible disservice to some of the great games that have come out thanks to websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Games like FTL, Shovel Knight, and even Undertale are around thanks to crowdfunding; thanks to people gathering around and literally putting their money where their mouth is, a game they want gets funded and inevitably the greater landscape of gaming benefits from it. Most of the time the landscape gets to benefit from it anyways.
Don't worry though, this month's bloggers wanted prompt isn't an exploratory thesis on the effects of crowdfunding on video game development. We just want you to talk about your favorite games, as long as they were crowdfunded. This topic can be simultaneously broad and narrow, because you can talk about whatever game you want, however you want, as long as it was crowdfunded.
For me, FTL is the original crowdfunded game, and it was great. It was somehow minimalist and incredibly detailed at the same time, and it was all done because a man wanted to do it, but needed the money, and thousands of other people wanted to see where his idea would go. Shovel Knight to me feels like this natural evolution of the classic 8-bit gaming of yore without also throwing myself back to a time when gaming was honestly comparatively archaic. And everyone's talked to death about Undertale, so we all know where I'd go with that.
To participate in this month's bloggers wanted, just start a blog! Oh, and title it "Crowdfunded: [your blog title here]." I bet this month is going to be pretty diverse, since it's basically writing about your favorite crowdfunded game. So I hope to hear about some good games revisited or amazing games no one has heard about.
Remember: Persona 5 was not crowdfunded, but excuse me as I plow through it.
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