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Episode 250: Fire Emblem The Sacred Stones

Do you know those people who get grumpy if they don’t get their coffee in the morning? Well, some nations get grumpy if they don’t have all the magical stones that keep the realm in balance in the morning. What can you do to protect your home from such invading neighbors after they mysteriously lose all sense of reason, promote a bunch of jerks to hunt after you, and engage in a guerilla war with your brother? The only way to find out is to listen!

Episode 227: Castlevania Circle of the Moon

Nothing says "dark age fun times" like resurrecting the legendary Lord of Darkness and draining the life from an old man! Plus, the guest of honor is sure to enjoy the pre-meal entertainment: two teens aimlessly wandering the remains of his old castle. One of them seems to be particularly plucky. Follow Nathan "Definitely-Not-A-Belmont" Graves through traps and travails with us as we dive into the first mobile Castlevania!

Episode 213: Pocky and Rocky with Becky

Ever wonder what ancient tanuki got up to?  Apparently, the answer is "hang out with adorable priestesses and learn shinto demon banishing techniques".  Also, destroy a lot of paper in pursuit of those two hobbies.  Thankfully, this game is true enough to its cutesy aesthetic that things never get to rocky, so you could probably be nomming some pocky while you're playing.  Also, something about Becky.

Episode 198: The More Missiles Upgrade Gives You More Missiles [Metroid Zero Mission]

Samus is back!  To celebrate that (though mostly because of this month's theme), we're revisiting the first real Metroid remake: Zero Mission.  The team learned a bunch of things from Super Metroid and haphazardly applied them to the original game.  What results is an odd, but relatively solid, of bad map design and progression and reasonable controls.  Fun!

Ah, my powerups - again!  Better download some more lasers.

Show Notes

(08:00) The Long Dark in a nutshell.

(15:00) Battletechnomancy.

(17:30) CAWW

(18:30) Because Blizzard needed more tie-ins.

(21:15) Essentially a Pendulum Eyes Time Dragon.

(29:30) Getting into the game.

(41:30) Zero rankings.

(47:00) Gotta go fast.

Next time on Last Time, Metal Slug X!

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Episode 196: Why Do You Keep Hitting Yourself? [Final Fantasy 2]

Finally, the ultimate entry in an unfortunately truncated series!  Oh, nevermind.  There are apparently, like, 20 more of these floating about.  Oh, well.  Join a team of beleaguered youths fighting against a dystopian empire in order to save their ragtag rebellion, which is conveniently based out of well-known and well-funded country of sympathizers.  This time, your stats are directly affected by your actions, so that sets it apart a bit from other entries in the series.  Grinding has rarely been so entertaining!

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Show Notes

(01:00) A tangent about other FF games.

(09:45) Talking about the difficulty (or lack thereof) in Pokémon games.

(14:30) Gunpoint is witty, intriguing, and challenging.

(16:45) "Tactical Stealth Operations"

(24:30) Monado boiz

(25:30) Brave Exvius is apparently the mobile FF game.  Also, DO NOT play the phone port of FFII.  It's garbage, and whoever ported it should feel bad.

(29:00) For the spoonily lacking.

(30:00) We spend a bit going over the GBA/NES differences, such as how stats are not inversely tied to each other in newer versions.

(38:00) Gordon.  Also, teaching Tyler the true meaning of shanghai.  More ProZD surprisingly relevant to Leila.

(49:00) Did this game get hit in the face enough to achieve max rank?

(56:30) None of Geremy's assessments about Secret Command are accurate.  Run!

Next time on Last Time, Secret Command!

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Episode 189: I Wish This Was FF6 [Golden Sun]

When the world needs a hero, it looks to the JRPG protagonist: stolid, inoffensive, generally teenaged.  Throw in some magic spirits that can be swapped during combat to summon giant monsters, and a sprawling overworld, and you've got yourself a solid game.  Will Isaac save the world?  Will our narrators quit out of boredom before that happens?

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Show Notes

(02:00) Zach’s only human, so he’s playing Mass Effect Andromeda

(21:00) Shovel Knight, Available on Steam with all DLC included for free!  Also every console.

(22:30) Team Four Star Does Dragon Ball Super.

(24:00) Dragon Ball Super!  If you only watch one episode, Geremy highly recommends this one.

(26:00) The assignment, Golden Sun.

(34:00) All About Random Battles

(49:00) Here’s our episode on the superlative Final Fantasy VI since we’re comparing them so much.

(55:00) It's Ranking Time!

NOTE: A quick correction here.  Zach played the wrong game, so we're not doing Fantasy Zone 2 next week.

Next time on Last Time, Mighty Bomb Jack!

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Episode 173: Rock, Paper, Helicopter [Advance Wars]

Of course, the big guy makes melee guns hit harder, what else would he do?  And that guy constantly making verbal snipes?  He's also adept at making physical snipes... transitively through his units.  Obviously.  Enter the world of wars that seem to be progressing, or maybe proceeding.  On the square grid of conflict, only one quirky character can triumph!

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Show Notes

(01:30) Over the Garden Wall is great, and that's a rock fact!

(09:00) The Joker and Trump.

(09:30) Eh, it's better than dying of ennui.

(27:30) Not strictly Atlus, but Disgaea 2 is on Steam now.  Also, more Frog Fractions, now with more fairies.

(29:30) A mostly functional RTS about the history of Egypt.

(31:30) Wars that are advanced may include tanks.

(37:00) CO powers sound like that.

(41:30) You're a Chinook.  Your mom's a Chinook!

(49:00) CO is obviously the highest rank, and so is this game?!

Next time on Last Time, Super Mario 64!

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Episode 132: Pokémon WIZARD [Pokémon Pinball RS]

Somehow... it has taken us over 130 episodes to finally play a pinball game.  Perhaps more surprising is that this is only our third Pokémon game.  On a vaguely related note, everyone I know pronounces it "Pókemon", but we were all kids who didn't understand accents at the time.  At any rate, we're going to loop our way through hatching, catching, evolving... Really, everything in this game comes down to shooting 1 of 4 loops.  Also, occasionally annoying a Pelipper enough to cause it to eat you.

2 ramp shots is enough to activate the download, but the 3rd gives you a chance for the stinger.

Show Notes

(02:30) Sunk cost fallacy and the Nigerian prince scam.

(03:30) Stupid Sweeper bonus.

(05:30) Yoshi's Wooly World is really good!  Play it!

(15:30) 7DTD tales.  The other players decided to ignore existing buildings and made a death spire.

(24:00) Getting into the game proper.  There are a lot of problems that mar this otherwise promising game.

(44:00) Pinball, Force style.

Next time on Last Time, Street Fighter 2010!  Sadly, no shoryukens.

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Episode 98: Ugly-Nosed Peasants [Fire Emblem]

Nintendo's lesser known child, Fire Emblem, and its first appearance on our podcast!  Sword some guys, ax some lances, shoot fireballs.  This game's got it all... except telling you how to talk to other people.  I suppose, though, that's a life skill that no game has taught.

This Killer Download has a 35% chance of being critically awesome.

Show Notes

(08:40) Norse mythology is weird!  Also, ShinTen.

(11:30) Bravely vampire!

(16:00) That thing with a 'C' that's Fallen London currency is Cryptic Clue.  Yes, clues and secrets are currency.  As is a Tale of Terror.  This game is weird.

(20:00) Sunless Sea looks pretty good.

(22:00) Fire Emblem is fun, guys!  We attempt to dissect why the combat in this is fun.  We also talk about the general mechanics and how the story (which is "good") is mostly just a frame for some fantasy tactics time.

(29:00) Lyn is a Disney Princess!

Next time on Last Time, Zanac!  Hopefully less construction this time.

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