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Thread Epic Games is acquiring Tonic Games Group, parent company of Mediatonic (Fall Guys dev)
I'm not particularly a fan of Epic Games based on how they run their store, but I am excited to see this game get an account system for cross-progression, especially with the Switch version on the way.


Thread Forza Horizon 4 coming to Steam on March 9th (crossplay with Xbox, Win10, xCloud streaming versions)
Yeah, this is super disappointing. I was planning on double-dipping, but not if my Xbox progress won’t carry over. It’s great that the game’s finally coming to Steam, though.


Thread What combination of gaming hardware do you have and actively use(PC,Xbox,PS)
PC for simulation games and FPSes. PS4 for exclusives and anything not covered by Switch and PC. Switch for exclusives and indies. I'm adding an XSX to the mix for exclusives (that I don't want to play on PC) and backwards compatibility to play all the Xbox games I've missed out on.


Thread Pikmin 3 is now available again on the Wii U eShop ($19.99)
Agreed. Personally, I was affected by the removal as a Wii U owner who hadn't had a chance to get around to playing it or buying all the DLC. When it was delisted, I was annoyed for two reasons: my collection of Wii U games would be incomplete without the DLC and because, well... I couldn't play it on my Wii U. Understandably, there was a lot of backlash for delisting a $20 game to encourage people to buy a $60 enhanced port, but I think the bigger issue was a game preservation one. While people could still get physical copies of Pikmin 3 for the Wii U, the removal of the DLC made it impossible to obtain for anyone who didn't already own it. The Wii U version of the game will remain a wholly unique way of playing it -- the Switch doesn't have a GamePad or Wii Remotes, meaning several gameplay features and control methods will always be locked to the Wii U.


Thread Pokémon fans, do you really want a Gen 4 remake after how Sword and Shield was handled?
I’ve lost faith in Game Freak’s ability to handle remakes after Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire—Gen III being my favorite. They weren’t bad games by any means, but they were disappointing considering everything that went into HeartGold and SoulSilver. With the cut corners seen in Sword and Shield, I really fear Game Freak will botch the inevitable Diamond/Pearl remakes if they don’t take their time with them. Also, I hope they incorporate improvements and story elements introduced in Platinum, but I’m not holding my breath.


Thread What's your favorite Kingdom Hearts tune?
As a kid, Ithought The 13th Reflection was the coolest battle theme. It’s even better in 2.5 HD ReMix: Otherwise, I think the Toy Box battle theme is the catchiest of all the world battle themes: And, of course, the Destiny Islands theme is just dripping in nostalgia for me:


Thread Where's your Wii U?
I still have mine plugged in in the living room and play it at least once a month. Usually Mario Party 10, but I still have a ton of Virtual Console games and several first-party games I haven't beat (like Pikmin 3 and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze). Still making my way through Super Mario 3D World, too.


Thread Is there a remake that actually makes the original game pointless?
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories is by far a much better game than the Game Boy Advance original with full voice acting, cutscenes, and more content in general. I'd also agree with Pokémon remakes being better than the originals -- except for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. FireRed and LeafGreen are better than Red and Blue, HeartGold and SoulSilver are better than Gold/Silver/Crystal, but Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire don't surpass Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald in terms of quality. They omit content from R/S/E whereas FR/LG and HG/SS only added things. Plus, OR/AS right. They totally messed it up. When I heard it the first time, I knew it was a sign of bad things to come.


Thread What are your favorite video game tracks in racing games?
I’ve always really liked the Circuit theme from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, which got a nice remix in 8: And the Circuit theme from Super Circuit, which also got a jazzy 8 remix: Electrodrome is cool, too.


Thread What's your favorite Animal Crossing main theme?
Nothing beats the GameCube’s. Wild World/City Folk‘s comes in second for me, probably followed by New Leaf’s, then New Horizons‘, and then Happy Home Designer‘s. I can’t stand Pocket Camp’s—I find it so grating for some reason.


Thread With New Horizons Being Excellent, Let's Look Back At The Weird and Terrible Animal Crossing Spin Offs
Happy Home Designer is a great game. While its gameplay isn't at all close to mainline Animal Crossing games (all you do is decorate houses and public buildings), it's relaxing and feels rewarding in its own way. Pocket Camp is also pretty good for a mobile spin-off; microtransactions don't get in the way of the gameplay, but the events are extremely repetitive and stale at this point. Amiibo Festival is horrible. I don't know what they were thinking. At least we got amiibo figures out of it, though. EDIT: Animal Crossing: Sweet Day in Nintendo Land is also really fun, although I wouldn't count it as a "spin-off," haha.


Thread Valve Index VR kits will be available for purchase (Update: And backordered)
Any idea the best method of contacting them? I don’t have the order in my history anymore so I can’t open a ticket for it unless I open one for an unrelated purchase.


Thread Valve Index VR kits will be available for purchase (Update: And backordered)
Got an order in this morning at exactly 10 a.m. Had a 2-4 week shipping estimate. An hour ago, I got an email saying my order was canceled. WHY? Did this happen to anyone else?


Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons Hype Thread
Yes! This is my most-wanted feature. New Horizons' soundtrack sounds phenomenal so far -- much closer to the GameCube version's than any other game's -- but I'm so nostalgic for the GCN game's soundtrack. It'd be awesome to be able to changes things up every once in a while. I envisioned a "GB Sounds"-like item prior to New Horizons' E3 reveal, but a NookPhone app makes too much sense. I was also only hoping for hourly music replacement, but after hearing the New Horizons museum takes cues from the Wild World/City Folk/New Leaf museum music, I'd also love if this hypothetical NookPhone app would also replace music in specific locations (like shops and the museum). The GCN museum music is so much better than what came after. It was so mysterious -- almost spooky, even.


Thread Anyone else try PC gaming only to fail hard and go back to their comfy Console?
I'm like you and purchased a gaming laptop (albeit more expensive). I mainly use it for simulation games, Xbox and PC exclusives, and first-person shooters (since I'm terrible at shooting with a controller). I have a Switch and PS4, too, and I play on all three pretty consistently. I definitely like playing on the couch and prefer that for most games, but I have a far better time using M/KB for first-person shooters at my desk/lapdesk. I opted for a laptop instead of building a desktop simply because I enjoy the ability to easily carry it around my place. I like spending time with my SO while playing and didn't want to limit myself to playing at my desk all the time (and when I'm at my desk I can just plug it into my monitor and enjoy everything on a bigger screen). I understand the comments from others about gaming laptops, but I disagree with a lot of the criticism. Sure, they aren't as future-proof or as cheap, but performance on mine has always been stellar and it suits my needs perfectly. I think as far as laptops go, you unfortunately just got a bad pick. But if money is an issue, I would say take others' advice and build your own desktop; you'll get something powerful for much less than the portable alternative. I wouldn't throw in your PC gaming towel just yet.


Thread How attached are you to the animals in Animal Crossing?
I‘m very attached to certain villagers—mostly those that were in my very first town on GameCube like Bones, Bob, Tangy, and Olivia. I was disappointed Betty the chicken and Murphy the cub were removed post-GCN (although Murphy later returned to New Leaf via the Welcome amiibo update). I’ve also grown fond of more recent villagers like Bam, Shep, and Colton simply due to their designs. I’m 90% sure my New Horizons roster will be exactly the same as New Leaf, with the exception of me adding that new gray cat with glasses, haha. P.S. Anyone worried their favorites from New Leaf might not be returning can rest easy: All villagers from New Leaf apart from the Sanrio collaboration ones and the amiibo figure ones like W. Link, Epona, etc. will be in New Horizons.


Thread Persona 5 Royal localization mitigates homophobic scenes
This is great to hear! Though, it's disheartening to see some of the negative reactions to this news. It's as if some people cannot fathom how something can possibly be negative without it directly impacting them. Media representation is so, so important, especially when consumed by impressionable people who may not even know any real-life gay men.


Thread Did KHIII Re Mind manage to redeem Kairi? *Spoilers*
No. Adding her as a playable character (albeit for one fight) was great and getting to see her potential as a fighter was wonderful. However, we still have no idea who she is outside of her relation to Sora; after all this time, she still isn't really a person -- just an occasional motivating force for him.


Thread What is your most heartbreaking game file delete/corrupted ?
Niine-year-old me deleted my first Animal Crossing save because I gave Rasher a stupid catchphrase and didn’t realize it wasn’t permanent. That town’s layout was absolutely perfect. I’ve never forgiven my idiot self.


Thread Nintendo mobile games reach $1 billion in lifetime player spending
Agreed. I really do enjoy the game for its courses and the returning/new items, but the characters you can get through the gacha mechanic are enticing at all. Although certainly more creative than the likes of Red Yoshi and Pink Gold Peach, I wouldn't even say Holiday Daisy and Bus Driver Waluigi are worth it. If they would release truly new characters from across the Mario universe (or even untapped ones from past Mario Kart games like Honey Queen and R.O.B.), I'd be more interested in maybe purchasing rubies, but for the most part we're just getting costumes and recolors.


Thread Bizarre, poorly advertised, obsolete, or underutilized console features
Asynchronous gameplay on the Wii U. It made local multiplayer games so much fun, but I can’t think of any games outside of Mario Party 10, Nintendo Land, or Game & Wario that embraced it.


Thread I think Kingdom Hearts overplayed its hand with the lore dumps throughout the series
I tend to agree with the opinion that Kingdom Hearts's plot has become nonsensical. The first game's was perfect -- a cabal of evil Disney villains after the Princesses of Heart while Ansem works in the shadows. Chain of Memories got a little crazy but it was still easy to follow. Once we hit Kingdom Hearts II, things kind of went off the rails and I felt like they were complicating the story for the sake of it. Ideally, I'd drop the Ansem-isn't-really-Ansem twist in KHII and eliminate Ansem the Wise from the overall narrative. The idea of the Ansem from KHI being a mad king was simple enough, but then they changed that to him being the Heartless of a guy named Xehanort and that's where I think the overall story went awry. A lot of where I think KH's story post-CoM went wrong was trying to explain Xehanort's complex origins. I'd also remove all of Dream Drop Distance's time travel wackiness, which only seemed to exist so we could have deceased villains in the game and KHIII.


Thread If Sony announced they were going to release all their WorldWide Studios games on PC, would that factor in your decision of getting a PS5?
No, I'd still get a PS5. I have an amazing gaming PC but some games (mostly third-person titles) I just prefer to play on the comfort of my couch without the hassle of moving my computer to the living room.


Thread Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC Wave 4 - Cindered Shadows Trailer (New Story, 4 New Characters, New Classes, New Activities)
include an ability to access our cleared-save files. I hate that I can't access my old units and play around with them at all like in Awakening, Fates, and Echoes' post-games.