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What I’ve Been Playing – Level 0

Breath of the Wild

I haven’t really gotten into anything much recently. Instead, I tried to play everything at the same time, and got bored of it all before too long.

I started Breath of the Wild, accidentally wiped my save file, started again then didn’t really go back to it. I played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for about 20 hours in the two weeks after it came out, then haven’t been back to it at all. Also on Switch I bought World of Goo, I am Setsuna, Disgaea 5, Minecraft and never really got into any of them. Whoops. Just need Stardew Valley so I can buy that too, then not play it.

On PS4 I got back into Formula 1 2016 picking up my save from last September on the super easy mode, because driving F1 cars is hard. I am currently enjoying thoroughly beating everyone even though they basically all forgot how to drive.

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F1 2016 on PS4

I also started Dragon Quest Heroes. Are you seeing a trend yet? I like starting games, I like quitting them even more! I’ll probably go back to Dragon Quest Heroes next month, or maybe next year. Long winded story games are basically my nemesis.

I even started Omega Ruby again, with the hilarious plan of completing a Living Pokedex. It didn’t happen when I was at uni with 30 hours a week spare, and I really doubt I will ever complete a living Pokedex now, or any time in the future.

Going forward I am going to try and play a ‘few’ games a week, and blogg about them regularly. Maybe this will make me get through my backlog in a reasonable fashion. Maybe I could even set a target of beating 30 games before the end of 2018? We’ll see.

This guy is basically a hero. I do wonder if he has a job or a wife, though. Over 5 hours a day just playing games!

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OP WILL DELIVER!!!

Games I played a bit of recently:

  • Breath of the Wild
  • Dragon Quest Heroes
  • Zelda Picross
  • Magical Starsign
  • Monster Hunter 4
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby

Games I plan on completing soon:

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Nintendo Switch Activity Log

The Nintendo Switch doesn’t have an Activity Log built into it like those found on the 3DS or the Wii U. However, if you download the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app which is available for Android and iOS then you will be able to get a list of what games you’ve been playing.

It’s a shame there isn’t just a normal activity log… but this will have to do…

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Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App on iOS

The app is designed for parents to be able to limit their children’s playtime but you can disable all of that and just use it for the Activity Log goodness.

On thing to note, you will need the Parental Control PIN occasionally… changing Wifi settings, to log into social accounts for sharing and stuff like that. The PIN is emailed to you and you can find it in the app, so you shouldn’t lose it!

Update (Tues 7th March)

On your profile (click your icon in the top left corner of the home screen) you can see how long you’ve played a game for (for up to 100 hours..)

See this tweet….

Fire Emblem & Pokemon Snap

What does Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright & Pokémon Snap have in common? I completed them both last week!

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Two more games off the backlog! The girlfriend and I played Pokemon Snap to the credits in one sitting, and I completed FE Fates Birthright on super easy n00b mode.

Whatever… I am not ashamed, I was totally just playing for the story! Plus, I don’t have time for long-ass RPGs any more. So, having a way to breeze through the story was nice. Maybe one day I’ll go back and play Conquest & Revelations. Probably not though… A snippet of my RPG backlog includes highlights such as Dragon Quest 7, several Final Fantasy Tactics games, several Disgaea games, Skyrim, Morrowind, Witcher 3… you get the idea….

I enjoyed playing Fates on super-scrub mode, but I won’t be going back any time soon.

Pokemon Snap title screen

Pokémon Snap was an awesome game. I genuinely don’t know why we didn’t play it sooner. We got to the credits in about 4 hours and caught about 95% of the Pokémon in the game. Thoughts include: ‘WHY HASN’T NINTENDO MADE POKEMON SNAP 2!!!!!!’, and ‘FUCK YOU OAK! THAT PHOTO WAS AMAZING’. Great game!

I also discovered that two players can use different controllers but still control player 1 on the WiiU Virtual Console. This meant the gf could have the gamepad and I had a pro controller, and we didn’t need to keep passing the controller. Something small, but pretty neat.

Games Completed in 2017

This post is to remind me that I should not buy a Nintendo Switch until I have completed a shit load more games that I ALREADY OWN!!!!

There will be more games out then, they will be cheaper, and you do not need to spend over £300 in March just to play Zelda when you haven’t finished most of the Zelda titles you already own. Stop being an idiot.

Backloggery

Games I have completed this year

  1. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS) – Friday February 10th 2017 [17h40m]
  2. Pokémon Snap (WiiU)- Wednesday February 8th 2017 [3h31m]
  3. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) – Sunday 26th February 2017 [5h57m]

Currently Playing

  • Legend of Zelda: A link to the Past (WiiU)
  • Yo-Kai Watch (3DS)
  • Picross E

Games I would like to complete this year..

Among others….

  • Most of the Zelda series (I am only missing Zelda 2 and Skyward Sword from my extensive collection…)
  • Super Mario Advance Series on WiiU VC
  • SM3DL
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe
  • Pikmin 3
  • Yoshi’s Wooly World

And many more…..

3DS Download Retail Games to PlayeShop Games

Homepass with a Raspberry Pi 3

I used to use Homepass a few years back but my old Pi broke and I never got around to replacing it. I bought a pair of Raspberry Pi 3‘s recently and decided to put one to use as a StreetPass relay for my and my girlfriend’s 3DS as we seem to live in a desert of 3DS’s right now. Shame!

The Raspberry Pi 3 is perfect for this purpose as you need nothing more than an ethernet cable to your router and power. No need for a USB wireless adapter making everything that much simpler.

If you’re wondering what Homepass or Streetpass is, then no fear…

HomePass is a homebrew method of fooling your 3DS system into believing a Global StreetPass Relay exists in your house.

Nintendo released an update to the 3DS StreetPass system in the beginning of August 2013, that would allow users to receive and transmit StreetPass data via Nintendo Zone Wifi Access Points.

Nintendo calls this new system “StreetPass Relay”. Over at GBATemp.net, great minds came together and figured out how to utilize your home WiFi Router/Access Point as a Nintendo Zone StreetPass Relay — but not just a local one, a GLOBAL relay. You will be able to StreetPass people from around the world. Want tons of streetpasses in a single day, without ever leaving the house? Read on 🙂

 

I found some instructions and an image on Reddit which you can find here. This preprepared image deals with the bridging, firewall rules, run schedule etc.

If you are using Windows, try using Win32diskimager to write the Pi image to your SD card. On a Mac, I used Apple Pi Baker to great success. I tried a couple of times using terminal but it wouldn’t boot successfully. Apple Pi Baker solved my issue.

I have mine set as default to attempt to run every 6 minutes, with a 2% chance of succeeding. The default is 20%. Every six minutes, the script will attempt to start the access point with a Relay MAC address.

It is effectively a roll of the dice, as you don’t need to be getting StreetPass hits every 6 minutes all day. Well, maybe you do. Then you can set the run chance to 100%. My relay should effectively run 624.02 times per day on average (about 3) which suits my needs perfectly.

Happy Streetpassing!

Fantasy Life Item Duping/Duplication

There is a simple way to duplicate any item that is stackable by using the streetpass functionality built into Fantasy Life for Nintendo 3DS.

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Fantasy Life’s Streetpass revolves around choosing an item you wish to give to passers-by. However, it does not take the item from you….

It’s been found that you can choose multiples of an item to give away. Let’s start low… how about a stack of gold ore? Well now you and your friend has that stack of gold ore. I’m sure you can see where this is going! How about some Life Cures? They’ll come in handy no doubt. Rare ores like magic or, marine ore, maybe something from the DLC (which I’ve yet to bother buying) are all pretty good ideas. Mine or buy a stack of 99 of them, and voila. You’ll soon have 198 or them.

See what your friends want, and tell them what you want and you can be rich together!

The Steaming Backlog of Steam Games

Inspired by a Reddit post that I was reading whilst procrastinating, I’ve come up with a nice system for dealing with my Steam backlog that’s approaching nearly four hundred games… Gotta do something. And not change the password and forget it exists…

Anyway, the idea is to play every game for at least 1 hour to see if I enjoy it. If not, whatever, it’s done. Move on, if I do then keep playing. Easy? I’ve inputted my steam games into Excel (via SteamDB and excel’s Web data input wizard) and sorted them into one of four categories. Those I haven’t touched at all, or haven’t reach an hour in. Those that I’ve actually completed properly, ones that I am going to skip over and others that I might go back to later. The latter three all count as “completed” for backlog purposes. I’ll sort out separate lists for PS3, Gog.com games, 3DS and Vita titles that I own too.

  • Need to Play
  • Completed
  • One Hour Completed, It’s DONE
  • Might Continue

Backlog Categories

Going forward, I’ve selected the first game that appears for each letter. The first batch is as follows. I think I’ll actually complete more than a few of these (Machinarium, Doodles are Bugged) but there are more than a handful of massive games too (GalCiv, East India Company). I have been meaning to try them at some point, and now I can. This will probably take me till at least the Summer holidays. Wish me luck! Not a lot will get played before exams are over in three weeks. Time to play games revise.

  1. Ace of Spades
  2. Bad Rats
  3. Carrier Command: Gaea Mission
  4. Darkest Hour: Europe ’44-’45
  5. East India Company
  6. F.E.A.R.
  7. Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition
  8. Hack, Slash, Loot
  9. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
  10. Jamestown
  11. Killing Floor
  12. Lead and Gold Gangs of the Wild West
  13. Machinarium
  14. Napoleon: Total War
  15. Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus
  16. Paranautical Activity
  17. RAW Realms of Ancient War
  18. Saira
  19. Take Command: Second Manassas
  20. UFO: Afterlight
  21. Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines
  22. Wargame: European Escalation
  23. Your Doodles Are Bugged!
  24. Zen Bound® 2

Some more rules:

  • Multiplayer only games can be skipped entirely if I can’t find anyone to play them with.
  • Games incompatible with my PC can be skipped entirely.

Two more completed games!

I was in the mood to play some shorter games (as you may have gathered from my last post) so I started back on playing a few of the Level-5 Guild series games that I had on my console: Liberation Maiden and Attack of the Friday Monsters.

Liberation Maiden

Liberation Maiden

I finished Liberation Maiden in just over an hour on easy mode. It was still pretty challenging for me since I don’t particularly like arcade shooters, but it was a lot of fun. One day I might go back to the individual stages to try and beat my scores, but not any time soon.

Attack of the Friday Monsters

Attack of the Friday Monsters

Longer than Liberation Maiden, I also rather enjoyed Attack of the Friday Monsters but I feel that the ending was a bit rushed. The game plays like a visual novel (Think sort of Monkey Island) where you go around talking to various characters, looking for clues, and playing a card game to battle NPCs. The battle system was simple and worked, but probably could of been fleshed out a bit. The story was satsifying (I think, I am still going through it in my mind…) and I’d look forward to a sequel if one were to be announced.

On to the next games!

Three years of 3DS!

Nintendo 3DS

3ds The 3DS is three this year, now if you’re in Japan and next month everywhere else. Inspired by a post on Reddit, I thought I would take a look back at my 3DS’s Activity Log (which is something every gaming system ought to have!) Here we go:

2011

I bought my system just before the price drop so I got the Ambassador games. Still, it was a pretty bleak year for the 3DS. I was still playing DS games on the DSi XL I had at the time though, so that stats are probably a bit lower than they ought to be.

Total Playtime: 30:58

Total Steps: 60318

Titles: 36

Average / Title: 51 minutes

Mario Kart 7: 5:15

Ocarina of Time: 3:13

eShop: 3:03

2012

I completed a load of Professor Layton games this year, as well as both Generation V Pokemon games. Apparently I didn’t play much else, or what I did play for long with that poor average per game. I played some Mario games and realised I’m crap at platformers so I never got around to completing them, and various eShop titles. This was also the year that I took my 3DS to college every day as seen by the massive increase in steps throughout the year!

Total Playtime: 166:34

Total Steps: 591159

Titles: 73

Average / Title: 02:16

Pokémon Black 2: 20:03

Pokémon Black: 17:49

Streetpass Plaza: 10:54

2013

Aha, finally! Games are coming! I went from playing3 hours a week to over 7! This year mainly saw Animal Crossing (which was the main reason I bought a 3DS in the first place, I knew AC would arrive eventually!) and of course Pokémon Gen 6.

Total Playtime: 381:06

Total Steps: 430339

Titles: 57

Average / Title: 06:41

Animal Crossing New Leaf: 143:48

Pokémon X: 43:51

Animal Crossing Wild World: 35:34

2014

So far this year, I’ve just played Pokémon and Animal Crossing. Hmm. I have so many other great titles to play: MH3, Link Between Worlds, the various Level 5 Guild games from the eShop, Phoenix Wright (that I only bought as it was on sale) among many many others. I wonder what I’ll get around to completing this year!

Total Playtime: 104:44

Total Steps: 30674

Titles: 31

Average / Title: 03:22

Pokémon X: 42:43

Animal Crossing New Leaf: 25:23

Pokémon Black 2: 7:39

Activity Log Graph

Gaming Update

So, I said I was going to play Leviathan Warships, Link’s Awakening, Half Life, and GTA 5. So far I’ve played Link’s Awakening and Pokémon; I blame Pokémon Bank being released in Europe this morning.It’s made me restart my Heart Gold save to obtain the various legendaries found within it’s world of Kanto and Johto. And I’m loving it! I forgot how much I adored the Generation II remakes! It might be because I have vivid memories of playing Silver as a child. I’m not sure, but HGSS are probably my favourite Pokémon games out of the entire series.

Speaking of Bank and Transporter- whilst they work, they aren’t exactly seamless or fun to use. Transporter is a separate app used to transfer Pokémon from Box 1 of your generation 5 game (and only from Box 1, there is no choice here) and place it into the Transport box. Then you have to close Transporter, swap your cartridge out for X or Y and open Bank, not forgetting to swap the cartridge before you start bank, or else you’ll have to exit Bank to get it to recognize the cartridge. Now you can move the transported Pokémon either into permanent storage on the cloud or save them onto your copy of X or Y.

As for Four in February GTA:V is definitely out. I should get some time to play Half Life and Leviathan Warships this week or next, but I’m probably going to get sidetracked by Heart Gold and Monster Hunter 3 in the mean time… I shouldn’t commit myself to play specific games, should I?