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Sun 20th Jan 2008

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Manaman commented on Review: Solomon's Key (Virtual Console / Virtu...:

Hi Drake, Slimes first appear in stage 7 (dropping out of the gate thingy above the dragon) and there are different colours with varying degrees of difficulty.

I believe the mages first appear in stage 23 (drop out of gates if you take your sweet time), but stage 30 is where they feature prominently (and this is a level not used in the NES version):



Manaman commented on Review: Solomon's Key (Virtual Console / Virtu...:

Sorry, but I have to correct the review on aspects that are wrong:

The Arcade version DOES in fact have more monsters than the NES version and this changes the scope and how you actually approach the levels (as opposed to the NES version):

Slime - Slow moving but can be between blocks to slaughter you.

Mages - These monsters have the same abilities as you; create blocks, destroy blocks and will chase you relentlessly throughout.

This alone makes the arcade version a LOT more challenging and well worth dishing out the points for. There just seems to be a misconception that these two versions are near identical when they have enough differences to point out.



Manaman commented on EU VC Releases - 9th November - Super Mario Br...:

Not a bad selection. Now there's one step closer to getting the final Mario platformer (and my personal favourite) which is Yoshi's Island. Probably download SMB3 eventually, but it is by no means a priority.



Manaman commented on Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly Paradise:

Being a massive fan of the hugely enjoyable original, I came into Super Air Zonk expecting the same kind of exhilaration. I was left disappointed.

Everything that was fantastic about the original - the variety of weapon choices, companions, enemy types and fast-paced actions - seems to have taken a tumble with everything seeming much more subdued, slow and downgraded. Levels just seem sparse, enemies are boring and the freedom of choice simply isn't there.

The soundtrack is the one thing positive I can say about this otherwise underwhelming sequel.



Manaman commented on SMB: The Lost Levels removed from EU Wii Shop:

Given that Mario's Super Picross is one of the best versions of an awesomely addictive puzzle game, I most certain don't want to see this 'replaced' at all for the US market. More people needs to get into this series.



Manaman commented on EU VC Releases - 28th September - Sci-Fi Week:

Steve, although the dialogue was already in English, the translations for the menus and the training are most welcome, especially so someone doesn't accidentally erase their own saves due to not understanding the language.



Manaman commented on EU VC Releases - 28th September - Sci-Fi Week:

Great news to see some effort put into localising a Japanese game into English, and hopefully this should pave way for possible translations of JP games in the future.

I'm seriously hoping for the SNES Fire Emblems to be given the same treatment. Given how text heavy these games are, I'm willing to wait months for these games.



Manaman commented on US VC Releases - 17th September - Yoshi's Story:

I'm glad Europe got hold of SMB2j (which is by far a superior platformer to Yoshi's Story) and a brilliant puzzle spin-off in Mario Picross. If it was the other way round, I would've been envious of those that got SMB2 and Picross.



Manaman commented on Super Metroid:

A decent enough game, though I do prefer some of the other Metroid games over this.



Manaman commented on Mario's Super Picross:

An absolute classic. I was always hoping it would appear ever since Japan got it last December, and I'm glad to see some of the classic ditties from GB version is in this game.

One of the best puzzle games around and in many ways, it's much better playing Picross on the telly than the handheld... this is especially true with the larger puzzles where scrolling spoiled the experience somewhat in Picross DS.

Puzzle fans should grab this now. It really is a truly awesome experience.



Manaman commented on US VC Releases - 6th August - Wave Race 64:

What the heck are you on about, BJDJ2012? The US have always got their VC games on Mondays, never Wednesdays so I don't know where you got the impression that US VC titles are released mid-week. Also, stop complaining that Europeans are treated as 3rd class... especially since we have on occasion got some top quality games before the US.




Manaman commented on Drop Off:

IMO, the WORST Breakout style game has to be Alleyway for the original GB. Utterly devoid of any interesting gameplay elements or level design. Drop Off looks interesting, but it hasn't surfaced on Hudson's VC list for Europe yet.



Manaman commented on Shining Force:

Shining Force will mark the second well-known RPG series after the Zelda series to hit the Virtual Console. I have always considered SF (especially Shining Force 2) to be much better than Sega's other RPG titles - Phantasy Star - and I'm glad to see this one appear first. Top stuff.



Manaman commented on The Legend of Kage:

No offense, but to suggest Legend of Kage as a game for people that 'care about gameplay, not graphics' is ludicrous. There is practically no redeeming factor about the gameplay in this rubbish that deserves any mention whatsoever. It was terrible back then and it's (predictably) hasn't aged well in this day and age. One to avoid.



Manaman commented on Adventures of Lolo:

This game is finally out in Europe! So so glad about this, and I'm most certainly more ecstatic about this week's VC selection (Lolo and Balloon Fight) than I was for any of Sega's offerings last week. Top stuff. This game's an instant download for me and I can't wait to spend my weekend on this.



Manaman commented on Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest:

A very welcome surprise indeed. I have always considered DKC2 the strongest in the SNES series and I'm delighted that this has come out today. I didn't expect to see this any time soon. Simply a superb game - fantastic soundtrack, great level design and polished through and through.



Manaman commented on Pac-Man:

I never really cared for Pac Man and still don't. Ms Pac Man was more enjoyable in that there was at least some variation to the maze layout.



Manaman commented on Excitebike:

I always found this game pretty 'meh' to be honest, even back in the day. I also have this on Animal Crossing so I find it hard to justify wasting 500 points on this.



Manaman commented on Europe VC Releases - 13th April - Actraiser:

Actraiser was released on the Japanese VC weeks ago, so no, we weren't the first.

Excellent week ESPECIALLY with ActRaiser being out. I agree that if this had been the only game this week, I'd still be very happy.

As someone said, if you don't like this week's (or any other week) selection, then go play or do something else. The Virtual Console really isn't the be-all and end-all of gaming now, is it? Have patience.



Manaman commented on Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle:

This game just doesn't do it for me at all. Maybe it's the somewhat floaty controls that's off-putting, but those horrid Rock-Paper-Scissor games are just ugh. Making you lose a life because you were unlucky at the game (which is all about luck) just plain sucks. I can't imagine spending 800 points on this.



Manaman commented on US VC Releases - 9th April - Alex Kidd:

The Story of Thor is a very decent RPG coming from someone who's playing it for the first time. I find it patronising at the suggestion that anybody who likes RPG would hate this game. The soundtrack is most unusual, the combat takes a little getting used to, but the dungeon design is very good. I like it. It's a better Mega Drive role playing game than Sword of Vermillion, that's for sure...



Manaman commented on Europe VC Releases - 5th April - Megadrive Trio:

The 3 Sega games and their release date were announced weeks ago. This reallly shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone, and in all honesty, it was easy to guess that Lylat Wars wasn't going to be released at the same time as them.

Story of Thor marks my 3rd MD download, since the other two I already own in compilations.



Manaman commented on Adventures of Lolo:

This game is bloody brilliant. It certain rivals Solomon's Key as one of the best puzzlers on this console. The tune is especially annoyingly catchy, much like Bubble Bobble.

So looking forward to this.



Manaman commented on US VC Releases - 26th March - RoTK IV:

Jeremy, if you are 'not sure about the quality of RotTK', then how can you possibly call it a piece of crap?

Romance of the Three Kingdoms might be a niche title, but that doesn't mean people don't care about it. Yes, there could have been more variety but it could have been worse...



Manaman commented on US VC Releases - 19th March - Beyond Oasis:

"Come on, Nintendo, I want to play the great games that I want!"

Don't we all. But on a different note, if I only wanted to play games I'm familiar with, then I would NEVER have discovered wonderful gems like Military Madness, Gunstar Heroes, and especially Chew Man Fu. These are games I played for the first time thanks to the VC and I'm glad they're putting more obscure titles ahead of the more obvious mainstream classics. I love the good old classics like Mario and Zelda, but they can wait.



Manaman commented on Soccer:

That's quite a wild assumption there, dk. Of course there'll be people who would splash out 500 points for THIS version of football even if better titles were made available from the start. The same logic can be applied to most of the other games on the VC whose sequels were or have been released first, and arguably much better than the original games.



Manaman commented on Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts:

I never realised until I played the PAL version of this game for the first time just how much easier the whole game is compared to the US and Japanese versions. The number of monsters inhabiting each level has been reduced, and this is particularly so with the little fire demons that come out of those fiery pits in level 3. In all other versions, you had 1 coming out of each pit; here, no matter which difficulty I play in, this simply is not the case. The awkwardly placed monsters were removed.

It's a brilliant game, but I'm a little disappointed at how watered down the PAL version is, making the 'professional' setting not that much more difficult than 'normal' or 'hard'.



Manaman commented on Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts:

Famous Roy, this game is tougher than Kid Icarus. Kid Icarus's first level was pretty much the hardest bit in the game when you were still weak and had one bar of energy. Once you start gaining Health and weapon upgrades, the game gets much, much easier to handle.



Manaman commented on Beyond Oasis:

This will probably be my next Megadrive VC download. The only other RPG offering 'Sword of Vermillion' proved to be quite disappointing on the Sega Mega Drive Collection, and this is one of the very few games that's not already in a compilation.



Manaman commented on Baseball:

lol Baseball.

Another one also found in Animal Crossing.



Manaman commented on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time:

It's the Japan VC that has had the Zelda games (amongst others) inflated in terms of Wii points. Anyhoo, I really don't feel the need to purchase this one again as I already have the Master Quest edition and the Zelda Collection for the GC.

The only Zelda I'd contemplate buying again is Majora's Mask, which had bad emulation on the Zelda Collection disc.



Manaman commented on Kirby's Adventure:

Kirby's Dreamland was fun but it was extremely limited and very short (unsurprising as it's the first Kirby game). This NES game trounces it in almost every way... and there's even a level that's based on the GB game, right down to the black and white visuals.



Manaman commented on Dungeon Explorer:

I wouldn't say I regret buying this, but it is easily my least played out of all my VC downloads. I appreciate the difficulty (especially playing solo), but other than that, it doesn't really grab me.



Manaman commented on Soccer:

Played this on Animal Crossing. It was free in that game and even then, I felt cheated! This reeally is a steaming pile of crap.

Heck, even that NES world cup game would've been a better choice.



Manaman commented on Gradius:

Gradius is nice and all, but what I really want is Life Force. Hope that's coming next...



Manaman commented on Columns:

Ugh... I downloaded this before I knew of the Sega Megadrive Collection with 27 games at a bargain 16 quid. Picked the PSP version instead so I had a portable version of Columns, which made me feel a little better at wasting 800 points on this. I blame my sister...



Manaman commented on Soldier Blade:

Love this game, love the music, love the speed!

I'm currently stuck on Operation 5 (Hard mode) but oh boy, this is one heck of an addictive shoot-em-up.



Manaman commented on Kid Icarus:

I'll probably buy this even though I imported the Famicom Mini version. It's that good!



Manaman commented on Zelda II: The Adventure of Link:

This is one of the best games in the series, and is only 1 of the 2 Zeldas that actually tries something new and deviate from the formula (other being Majora's Mask).