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What I’ve Been Playing – Level 1

I still haven’t really completed many games in 2017. I was going to avoid Super Mario Odyssey until I’d beaten Galaxy and Galaxy 2, but that didn’t happen. (I got to the credits in Odyssey, though so that’s OK. Maybe.)

I think NOW would be a good time to STOP buying games, for the last time. 😉


The romp through the story of Odyssey was great, and I definitely agree with the majority of reviews. The game is brilliant! I think it’ll now take its place as a 15 minute game whenever the urge strikes, complete some more mini games, go find some more power moons…  The photo mode is really good, btw…


Odyssey’s story took about 12 hours, over 3 gaming sessions. It pretty much consumed me last week.

On the Switch front, I also got myself heartily addicted to Stardew Valley in the last month. Welp, this game does ‘one more day’ perfectly. 25 hours later, and I am just about to start Year 2.


I really need to play some of my ‘other’ switch games such as Disgaea 5, and I am Setsuna… but I think November might be the month of short 3DS games from my backlog. I am pretty close to beating (the first half, anyway) of Pokemon Silver.

Maybe I won’t take the Switch with me on my travels this month….

The current ‘to play list’…

  • Stardew Valley (Switch)
  • Pokemon Silver (3DS Virtual Console)
  • Pullblox (3DS Download)
  • Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

Week 1

Things I am going to do this week, apparently by writing them down publicly I might stand more of a chance of doing these.productivity-1995786_1920.jpg

  • Complete Apple Watch Activity Rings 7/7 Days
  • 3x45minute workouts on Apple Health
  • Reach 4 hours of ‘Very Productive’ each day M-F on RescueTime
  • Blog about what games I’ve been playing (and not playing)
  • Throw out more shit I don’t need from my tiny flat
  • Focus on 2-3 games, not 12 different games.
    • Formula 1 2016 (PS4)
    • Magical Starsign on (DS)
    • Zelda Picross (3DS, I might even finish it this week!!)

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.


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]
  4. Formula 1 2016 (PS4)

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

Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic, comes to Android and iOS

Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic came out on iPad this week and it’s awesome fun. In every way, it is exactly like the original games I spent so long with as a child.

If only there were more mobile games like this! Imagine full versions of Theme Hospital, SimCity 2000, SimTower, Age of Empires…. It would be amazing.

I’ve played through an entire Park now (Dynamite Dunes) and everything feels perfect. The game plays exactly how I remember it, the touch controls are brilliant and I experienced no lag or crashes.

My favourite addition is probably the extra speed controls. You can now make your Park run super speed, which is helpful when waiting to finish a scenario.

If you liked the originals back in the day (or even still like & play them) then please buy RCT Classic and support decent mobile ports!

Too many games, not enough time

It’s been a while since I posted anything on my blogs.

I spent Christmas in South Wales, passed my January exams, and completed some games.

Super Mario 3D World was completed with the help of my girlfriend (We’ve not started the bonus challenge levels yet.), I got around to finishing Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies at last. Pretty good, but I should probably skip novel-like games in the future. I also completed Dragon Quest IV on the DS which had been nearly completed for months. That was a lot of fun, the last battle was phenomenally difficult.

Anyway, it’s back to studying for May exams (last ones ever!) and playing of more games in the between hours of uni/work/uni/work.

I bought Monster Hunter 4 this week so I could experience the online whilst it was still new. I’m also slowly playing through Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Fallout: New Vegas. Time is precious! Oh, I got an ambassador New 3DS too which I’ve been meaning to review at some point!

Weekends Off

It’s nice not having to go to work on a weekend, it rarely happens and I enjoy it very much when it happens. Even better when I have no uni work to do urgently, so this weekend is going to be all about relaxing (and doing fuck all).

So far, I’ve read the first Hunger Games book (syncing the further page read between the iPad and the kindle is brilliant), started to read Game of Thrones again (I put it down a few months back when stuff got hectic with uni!) and am about to start the first Dresden files book. (A wizard private investigator, or something. Sounds cool.) Back to vidya games, I’ve really gotten stuck into Pokemon Black again (I’m determined to complete it over the Easter break…) and the Secret of Monkey Island. And of course Peggle. Damn Peggle. I really want to start making headway through my massive backlog that I previously mentioned but progress is slow and I stupidly keep adding games to the list. Damn indie bundles…..

The next two days are going to be lost to games and books… but then I have to get on with writing up my second year project and finish a few essays for when I go back after Easter. At least I have next weekend off too!

So little time, so many games (and so much uni work!)

I don’t really have much to talk about this week. I have loads of work for uni to do, just three weeks left of project and plenty of assignments to be getting on with. So I thought I’d write a post about the books and games I am currently enjoying.

Since I just bought a PSP Go last week (That’s another story I’ve yet to share with you…) I bought a few classic PSP games on the PSN (Both GTA games, Disgaea, and Final Fantasy 1) and so far I’ve been playing Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Disgaea.

I can’t quite get my head around the fact that LCS game out in 2005. When I was fifteen. Seven years ago. It’s just as awesome as I remember it being, and it looks lovely on the Go’s screen.

Disgaea 3 was the reason I was going to buy a Vita (since the remake will be released in April) but I saw that the first two Disgaea games that I have yet to play where both on PSN for about £8. I still have so many DS and PC games that I’ve yet to play so it seems rather silly buying yet another launch console.

I tidied up my shelf last week, here is my DS and 3DS nook:

ds games

Out of all these games, I’ve only really completed… none of them fully except I guess the Pokémon games. Shameful I know. And yet I continue to buy games…. I’m not even going to look at the percentage of Steam games I own that I’ve actually played….

So much for posting every day.

Well that lasted for about four days. Oh well, it’s hard writing something vaguely interesting every day. I might just summarise my week for the poor souls who (don’t) read my blog.

You may of seen my post about Why I wasn’t going to preorder a PS Vita? That didn’t last very long, I’ve preordered the Wifi model since my parents are giving me some money towards it for my birthday. And Amazon are bundling an 8gb memory card and Lumines for an extra £15. It just made sense, even if I won’t be able to play my PS One Classics at launch. Who knows, maybe by the European launch I’ll be able to. Disgaea is out on the 20th of April and I would of bought it for that anyway, so again: It just made sense. Disgaea and Lumines, how could I refuse?

I managed to get hold of a copy of Tales of the Abyss this week for the retail price (rather than the inflated double retail Amazon marketplace price) and have played that through to the first boss. Having never played a Tales game before (I didn’t even look it up on Wikipedia before I dived into the game) I have stumbled across a rather funny active RPG. The battles are based on combos within a 2D plane (but you can move freely, if you want). It’s hard to explain not having played it for terribly long, but if you get a chance and you like JRPGs give it a shot.

I’ve even been playing games on steam this week. I know, right? What an (un)productive week! Turn 375/400 in a Civilization 4 game, and a few weeks into my first season in Football Manager 2011 (which I managed to pick up for 97p!). I should probably go and read some stuff for uni, but what sounds better? Civ 4 or Reactions of Benzene and Aromatic Molecules? Yeah, I thought so too.

I still feel like I should play through my backlog before I buy new games but… it doesn’t seem to work that way. Off the top of my head I really want to complete Skyrim, Saints Row the 3rd, Fallout New Vegas, and Cthulhu Saves the World (just on the PC). On other consoles the list exponentially grows. Such is life I guess? Maybe I should win the lottery and spend my days just playing computer games…

If you read this and have a 3DS please add me as a friend and leave your friend code in the comments so I can add you back and send you Swapnotes! My Friend Code is: 3609 ‒ 1116 ‒ 5585.

3DS Circle Pad Pro Review

I have pretty big hands, because I’m a pretty big guy. I love my DSi XL for this reason: it’s the most comfortable handheld console I’ve ever owned. I played three hours straight of Dragon Quest on it the other evening.  The 3DS is completely different: it makes my hands cramp within half an hour of playing. This is more prevalent in games that use the shoulder buttons such as Mario Kart 7, than it simpler controlled games such as Pushmo.

At the beginning of January I was going to order a Nyko Power Grip for around £30 from the US, but I saw Zavvi selling the Circle Pad Pro and RE: Revelations for £30 delivered so I ordered that instead thinking I’d get a free game and something to solve my hand cramping issues.

I was wrong.

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