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  1. I think Mario Odyssey might be one in the future. It's good, but nowhere near as good as people make out. I think it benefited from the weird Switch hysteria that prevents people realising the machine is a host for 2-3 year old ports and little else. People love the machine and therefore an original flagship Nintendo title was always going to get the benefit of the doubt seeing's as there are maybe, what, two of them on there? It's Mario Sunshine 2 basically.
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    Shmups

    Yes, but for me at least, they can still be tricky. You can also credit spam your way through but you don't really improve much doing so. I haven't played properly for a while now but when I was I found it best to keep trying the same start to death process whether that be the first level or two or three. It helped me learn patterns and improve. DoDonPachi and its strong mode was the best game for me to do this as I never remember to bomb. Having the CPU do it for me was like having 9 more lives per credit.
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    Shmups

    Mushi is better, but dodonpachi is easier and would be what I’d recommend first. You can set it to auto bomb with the strong style and it’s the game I play first when I come back to shmups after a break.
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    Have you ever found a game too hard?

    It’s a patience thing with me. A game can be as hard as it likes if it remains fun. I finished Celeste, the basic game not all the extras, and was pleased with myself. I obviously can do it when I want to. My problem is with games where the difficulty impedes the fun rather than adds to it. Most recently, I gave up on Monster Boy because it got too annoying. It’s not especially hard but because it doesn’t have a natural difficulty they’ve made certain bits infuriating as if they want the game to be viewed as challenging. There’s no need. These days, with so many games available at cheap prices, something’s got to be really good to hold my attention. A lot of stuff is, but I’m probably less patient than I used to be with difficulty. If it’s clearly part of the game and done well I like it, when it’s just there to add time or get in the way I’ll fuck off to somewhere else.
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    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    I still think they should make a Zelda in the 3D World engine/style.
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    Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom

    Yep, that’s it done for me then I think. Onto CrossCode. Can’t be fucked with that bullshit.
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    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    Exactly.
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    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    Was it priced like a first edition hardback?
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    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    Knowing how things work and saying it’s okay are different things though. I’m not surprised at the pricing. I rebought DKTF and I’ll probably get this eventually. That doesn’t make the practice okay. Of course it’s up to me if I buy it and I’m part of the problem if I do. I wouldn’t grumble this much as like you say, we all know the score, I’m just surprised people are defending it when it seems pretty clear it’s a bit shit, no matter how much we might be used to it.
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    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    I’m sure people will decide they can’t understand metaphors but here goes. Here’s a cake. It’s £4. Hi, that cake’s been reduced to £2.50 now. Oh, you want to eat that same cake on a new plate? It’s £4 then. Theres nothing wrong with that, it’s up to the seller, but when there’s been minimal additional investment it seems a bit cynical to go back to full price just because you know you can. To complain about it is futile of course, but to pretend you can’t understand why it’s a bit ‘off’ seems odd.
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    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    How does that suggest you can't like both games? It was a joke based on the fact you can't say anything critical without some sort of backlash and I was speculating about the rage my comment must have started brewing - 'people getting upset' about the opinion I have - sure enough, the little red buttons were being pressed...
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    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    This is the polar opposite of my opinion, but I might just manage to accept it without getting too upset or imagining you've somehow attacked me by saying something you didn't.
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    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    I'm sure it is, I don't see where I suggested it wasn't.
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    CrossCode - PC RPG

    Just started this morning. Only done what I played in EA but it reminded me how impressed I was then. You can feel the polish instantly and it just plays well. One of those games you can tell is going to be good instantly. Anyone with a love for SNES RPGs should get it. It's not one, but it's what you might have imagined or hoped the next one to be in 1994. They should stick it on the Switch for £59.99 - that lot would love it.
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    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (2019)

    Yeah, that seems to be the popular opinion but I don't like those 'analogue' free roam type Mario games. I prefer tightly designed courses. People are already getting upset.
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