World of Warcraft Classic goes live on August 27 and yes, I will be Day One In

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Blizzard took the time to whip together a Primer for those who never played WoW Back in 2006. I urge folks to check it out as it covers all the major stuff those who started playing WoW from its first expansion, The Burning Crusade and later should know about.

The one thing they announced last month not repeated there is you WILL need an active subscription to play WoW Classic. If you have an active subscription now for the current game, you’re good. So yes, you are getting two games for the price of one subcription. Given my toaster of a desktop PC doesn’t have the specs to run what most are calling the Retail version of WoW anymore, this gives me access to WoW Classic.

I bought 30 Days Prepaid Time last night just so I could log in during Thursday’s Stress Test and see for myself. The horrible lag made it impossible for me to do anything more than create a character on the sole Oceanic Server made for the Stress Test–because all three US Servers available for the stress test were full–and then spend the next 70 minutes trying to get into a building literally 15 feet away so I could use the Global Chat channel in-game and talk to folks. The lag was something else. Blizzard actually spent the two years between WoW Classic being announced and announcing its release date earlier this year making the game future-proof and by that I mean making it so the game will run on current and future operating systems. Windows XP was around when WoW first launched back in 2004.

We are getting WoW as it was in 2006: Just before The Burning Crusade was released. The Molten Core raid will be available when in launches while the other Raids will slowly become available in the weeks and months to follow. All the content is already in the game at launch. Blizzard is just going to make things live over time so players are not overwhelmed.

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Before I get to talking about my WoW Classic Plans, here’s some info those who played WoW from the first expansion and later need to be mindful of if they decide to give WoW Classic a try.

First, here’s what didn’t exist in WoW back in 2006:

  • Blood Elves as a Playable Race (Introduced in The Burning Crusade)
  • Draenei as a Playable Race (Introduced in The Burning Crusade)
  • Flying Mounts (Introduced in The Burning Crusade)
  • Guild Banks (Introduced in The Burning Crusade)
  • Heirlooms (Introduced in Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Achievements (Introduced in Wrath of the Lich King)
  • The Inscription Profession (Introduced in Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Death Knight Class (introduced in Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Dungeon Finder (Introduced in Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Flying on Kalimdor and The Eastern Kingdoms (Azerothian Flight, Introduced in Cataclysm)
  • The Archeology Profession (Introduced in Cataclysm)
  • Worgen as a Playable Race (Introduced in Cataclysm)
  • Goblins as a Playable Race (Introduced in Cataclysm)
  • Raid Finder (Introduced in Cataclysm)
  • Battle Pets (Introduced in Cataclysm)
  • Transmogrification (Introduced in Cataclysm)
  • Guild Perks (Introduced in Cataclysm)
  • AOE Looting (Introduced in Cataclysm)
  • Pandaren as a Playable Race (Introduced in Mists of Pandaria)
  • Monk Class (Introduced in Mists of Pandaria)
  • Bank Mats Tab (Introduced in Mists of Pandaria)
  • Demon Hunter Class (Introduced in Legion)
  • Profession Catch Up Mechanics (Introduced in Mists of Pandaria)

 

…Whew.

I know, it’s alot of stuff. In addition, Varian Wrynn is missing during the events of WoW Classic and The Burning Crusade. Bolvar Fordragon is the Human Faction Leader. Technically it’s Anduin but he’s nothing more than a figurehead in comparison. Magni is also the sole ruler of Ironforge. In addition, High Tinker Geblin Mekkatorque resides in Ironforge. Horde side, Thrall is Warchief and is located in the middle of the city alongside Vol’Jin, who is in the same room and requires a separate raid group to deal with him. That made getting to Thrall extra dangerous for Alliance Players looking to kill him since it gave time for Horde players to run to his defense. The Warchief is close to the front entrance after Wrath of the Lich King and Vol’Jin is not in the city anymore. Cairne Bloodhoof–father of Baine Bloodhoof–is Chieftain of the Tauren. This is before the Blood Elves and the Draenei enter the picture in The Burning Crusade.

 

Now here’s what’s different from Retail WoW:

  • You would have to manually walk or ride all the way to any dungeon or raid you wanted to do.
  • Hearthstones have a 60 Minute Cooldown (reduced to 30 Minutes as of Mists of Pandaria)
  • The Undercity and Darnassus still exist (destroyed at the beginning of Battle for Azeroth)
  • Must see Class Trainers to train skills (Learned automatically while leveling after Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Hunter’s Survival Specialization is Ranged (Changed to Melee in Legion)
  • The Dark Portal is inactive (Leads to Outland from The Burning Crusade to Mists of Pandaria)
  • Riding is learned at level 40 (Lowered to level 30 halfway through Wrath of the Lich King and again to level 20 by the end of the expansion)
  • Epic Riding is learned at level 60 (Lowered to 40 at the end of Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Can’t use other Races’ Mounts (changed halfway through Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Can turn in Cloth to gain Rep with playable factions (removed after Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Talent Tiers don’t exist yet (replaced Talent Trees after Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Leatherworking and Blacksmithing Specializations (Removed after Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Regents are needed to use certain skills like Runes for Portal/Teleport Spells (removed after Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Arrows, Bullets and/or Shells are needed to use Bows/Crossbows/Guns (Ammo requirement removed after Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Signature Core Abilities such as Summon Fel Guard and Titan’s Grip are unavailable until level 50+ (automatically learned at level 10 starting in Cataclysm)
  • Dwarves and Gnomes both start in Coldridge Valley in Dun Morogh. Gnomes start in New Tinker Town starting in Cataclysm.
  • Orcs and Darkspear Trolls both start in The Valley of Trials in Durotar. Darkspear Trolls start in the Echo Isles starting in Cataclysm.
  • Humans don’t get the Hunter class until Cataclysm.
  • Dwarves don’t get the Shaman class until Cataclysm.
  • Gnomes don’t get the Priest Class until Cataclysm. They gain the Hunter Class in Legion.
  • Night Elves don’t get the Mage Class until Cataclysm.
  • Orcs don’t get the Mage Class until Cataclysm.
  • Trolls don’t get the Druid Class until Cataclysm.
  • Tauren don’t get the Paladin and Priest Classes until Cataclysm.
  • Undead don’t get the Hunter Class until Cataclysm.
  • Keys, Explosives or Rogues are needed to open most locked doors (as well as chests). Keys are made using the Blacksmithing Profession while Explosives can be made using the  are removed from the game after Wrath of the Lich King.
  • Crafting Mats can only stack to 20. It was increased to 200 in Warlords of Draenor.
  • Crafting Mats must be in your bag for you to craft. You can craft using mats in your bank starting in Mists of Pandaria.

…Those are most of the big ones from memory I can recall right now.

 

Finally, here’s what’s different from many but not all zones changed in Cataclysm:

  • Stormwind Harbor, which is added after The Burning Crusade does not exist yet. Menethil Harbor in the Wetlands connects to Teldrassil and Theramore. Alternatively, one could ask a level 40+ Mage for a portal.
  • Auberdine, which is destroyed by The Cataclysm still exists. Boats to Theramore and Darnassus can be found here. A boat to Azuremyst Isle was added in The Burning Crusade and the boat to Theramore was replaced with a boat to Stormwind City in Wrath of the Lich King. After the Cataclysm, the docks were relocated to Teldrassil.
  • Horde Players looking to get into Darnassus would have to fight their way to the boat to Darnassus, killing the guards on the boat as soon as they respawn and all the way into the city. That’s in addition to Alliance Players who may move to intercept. After the Cataclysm, Horde Players with Epic Flying and Azerothian Flight can simply fly to Teldrassil before they run out of Stamina and oftentimes avoid detection entirely.
  • Speaking of Wetlands. Those who played as Night Elves or Draenei before Cataclysm may remember the imfamous Wetlands Run. Outside a Mage Portal, the only way for a Night Elf or Draenei to get to Stormwind was running through The Wetlands, which is a level 20-27 zone. A Night Elf or Draenei wanting to quest in Elwynn Forest or Dun Morogh would have to either ask a Mage for a port or do The Wetlands Run, which will certainly result in dying a few times for players far below the reccommended level range. Humans, Dwarves or Gnomes would likely be level 20+ by the time they pass through Wetlands from the south but likely not Night Elves.
  • The Wetlands Run takes you east out of Menethil Harbor across the length of the zone and south into Loch Modan. You would then go through one of the two western exits into Dun Morogh and onto Ironforge. From here, you could take the Deeprun Tram to Stormwind City (Don’t forget to set your Hearthstone to Stormwind City!). Did I forget to mention you would have to do the ENTIRE run on foot? Halfway through Wrath of the Lich King, the level requirement to learn Riding is lowered to 20 so it would be possible to do the run mounted. Stormwind Harbor being added in Wrath of the Lich King made The Wetlands Run obsolete.
  • Elwynn Forest, Durotar, Dun Morogh, Tirisfal Glades, Mulgore and Teldrassil do not have any flightmasters outside the faction capitals. They each gain at least one additional flightmaster in Cataclysm.
  • Most Level 10 to 40 Zones have only one Flightmaster or one per faction.
  • Azshara is a contested zone. It is taken by the Horde after Wrath of the Lich King.
  • The Eastern Plaguelands’ Towers are contestested World PvP Areas. The faction that controls all of them enjoys a PvE buff for their faction while in the zone.
  • The Alliance has Southshore in Hillsbrad Foothills. It’s destroyed by The Forsaken after Wrath of the Lich King.
  • The tunnel linking Arathi Highlands to The Hinterlands does not exist yet.
  • The overland road from Theramore through the middle of Duskwallow Marsh to The Barrens Boarder does not exist yet. Alliance players will have to use the existing overland road north of Theramore to reach The Barrens from Theramore. It’s the same distance but feels longer since most players do not have Riding the first time they get to Theramore.
  • The Barrens is a single zone pre-Cataclysm. Alliance Players looking to reach Theramore by land would have to run south from either Rachet or Ashenvale southeast being careful to avoid The Crossroads (and Horde Players on PvP Servers). Alternatively, Alliance Players could either take a boat from Menethil Harbor or get a Mage Portal.
  • Thousand Needles is not flooded pre-Cataclysm. It’s a Horde questing area but Alliance Players looking to go to Tanaris would have to pass through Thousand Needles from The Barrens or Feralas. Alternatively, Alliance Players can swim or use the Elixir of Water Walking to travel south from Theramore while hugging the coast.
  • Alliance Players looking to get into the Searing Gorge will need to go in via The Badlands. To get in from Loch Modan, you will need to kill spiders near the boarder from the Searing Gorge side until a key drops. Said key can be used to open the gate keeping low-level players from entering the Searing Gorge.
  • Horde players looking to do The Stockades should expect to die a few times just trying to get into Stormwind City, hopefully while mounted. If the guards don’t kill you, Alliance Players probably will. The same holds true for Alliance Players trying to get into Ragefire Chasm in Orgrimmar.
  • Mt. Hyjal, which isn’t accessible until Cataclysm can be see using the Shaman ability Far Sight. It was one of many areas that was going to be in the game at launch but was cut from the released game.
  • The portal entrance to Quel’Thalas is in the game but is not active until The Burning Crusade.
  • Blackrock Spire, which is a MASSIVE Dungeon was a 10-man Raid until Cataclysm. After Cataclysm, it was properly split into two 5-Man dungeons: Upper Blackrock Spire (UBRS) and Lower Blackrock Spire (LBRS). The final boss of UBRS required a second tank to deal with until it was returned as a 5-Man dungeon. The instance was not only MASSIVE but both dungeons were in the same instance. Completing both ends in the same instance would take at least 2 hours. UBRS was shortened in Warlords of Draenor.
  • Getting into the Blackwing Lair Raid required attunement that involved getting a quest item that drops from the final boss of UBRS. Those who were not attuned could be summoned into Blackwing Lair by a Warlock who was attuned though.
  • Speaking of attunements. Players who completed a quest to go to the entrance to Molten Core from within Blackfathom Deep or UBRS could instantly be teleported into the Molten Core Raid instead of first going through one of the dungeons, saving time. This attunement option is the only one that was never removed from the live game. A common practice was for a Warlock to go in with a Tank and Healer through BFD to Molten Core–which would take at least 30 minutes–and then summon the rest of the raid into the dungeon.
  • Statholme was still one dungeon prior to Wrath of the Lich King though it always had two entrances: The main entrance and the service gate entrance. The level 60 version of Naxxramas could only be accessed after beating Baron Rivendere. The level 80 version of Naxxramas in Northrend is a standalone raid but requires Flying to reach it.

 

…I’ve mostly played Alliance, hence all the “Alliance Players” lines above.

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…That brings me to my plans for when WoW Classic goes live. First, my plans Alliance side. Yes, I plan to play both Alliance and Horde. My Leveling path will likely be unchanged from how it’s always been since I started playing back in 2007/2008.

 

  • 1 to 30: Elwynn Forest until level 10, then Westfall until level 16. Hopefully get into Deadmines (aka VC). After that, do the entire Redridge Mountains and Duskwood Quest Chains while ignoring the Scythe of Elune Chain (since that sends you to Kalimdor). Upon Reaching Level 27, I go to Wetlands and Quest into Menethil Harbor before going to get the Flight Paths Arathi Highlands, Southshore, Aerie Peak and Western Plaguelands without questing in all those zones. At level 30, I go to Kalimdor.
  • Level 30 to 40: Go to Theramore for the Flight Path, then go back to Menethil Harbor and take the boat to Darnassus. Go to Darkshore and south into Ashenvale to Astranaar, getting the Flight Paths along the way. I take the cave pass Alliance Players must use to enter Stonetalon Mountain and go to the peak for the Flight Path. I then hook south to Desolace and Feralas for the Flight Paths. Then I go back to Nigel’s Point in Desolace to start questing. By the time I finish, I go to Feralas until 40.
  • Level 40 to 52: At 40, I immediately work on getting Riding + Mount. Once I have it, WOOT! Then, I head to Felwood and work on getting Neutral and Friendly with Timbermaw Hold so I can safely enter Moonglade and Winterspring. Once I’m around level 48, I head to Gadgetstan in Tanaris the long way: south through The Barrens through Thousand Needles and then east to Tanaris. I get the Flight Path and go on to Un’Goro Crater and then Silithus.
  • Level 52 to 60: I head to The Plaguelands until level 56 or 57 and then go to The Blasted Lands until level 60.

 

…Basically, I take my time questing. That’s the plan.

More so since I’ll be leveling five classes to 60, two on PvP Servers. I plan to roll a Human Paladin (Level as Protection to 60 but may respec to Holy for Raiding), Dwarf Warrior (Level as Arms to 60, then switch to Protection for Raiding) and Gnome Mage (Fire but will Respec Frost for AQ) for PvE. The reason I added a Warrior to the list is because after doing a bit of research, Paladin Tanks are only viable in leveling Dungeons. They lack a Taunt and have trouble holding aggro once lost unlike Bear Druids and Protection Warriors. So, it seems I’ll be leveling 3 PvE characters. I’ll level the Warrior in PvE but switch to Protection at 60.

I’ll roll a Human Warlock (Demonology until 60, then switch to Affliction) and Night Elf Druid (Feral) for PvP. I will train all skills as I level them since like I said, I’m in no rush. Warlocks and Paladins don’t need to buy their level 40 mounts since they get theirs via a quest while Druids get a travel form and Mages can teleport so…I’m good.

In terms of Primary Professions, here’s what I’m planning:

  • Paladin (PvE): Mining + Weapon Smith
  • Warrior (PvE): Mining + Armor Smith
  • Mage (PvE): Mageweave Tailoring + Herbalism (will switch Herb to Enchanting at 60)
  • Hunter (PvE, Bank Toon): Herbalism + Mining
  • Warlock (PvP): Felweave Tailoring + Herbalism (will switch Herb to Enchanting at 60)
  • Druid (PvP): Skinning + Tribal Leatherworking
  • Hunter (PvP, Bank Toon): Herbalism + Mining

Basically, what I’m doing in Retail. My Mage and Warlock will likely be my money makers between Portals, Summoning and Enchants and Mats. My Paladin, Warlock and Druid on Retail had those specializations as well. As for the bank toons. There are no Guild Banks until Burning Crusade. I will probably level the Hunters to 20, maybe 40 but won’t level them much since they will spend the majority of their time in Stormwind/Orgrimmar.

If The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King get legacy servers I’ll make a Draenei Shaman (Elemental) for PvE and a Dwarf Death Knight (Unholy) for PvP.

 

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Horde side…so glad I keep my Alliance and Horde chars on separate servers in general. I’m less likely to get mixed up this way. My leveling path to 60 as Horde…I can never remember consistently lol.

 

  • Level 1 to 30: Durotar or Tirisfal Glades until level 10, then go to Silverpine Forest until 20. Hopefully do Ragefire Chasm a few times at least get someone to run me through it. At 20, I go to Ashenvale and Stonetalon to quest until 30.
  • Level 30 to 40: I’ll probably go to Desolace and then go into Feralas until 40, then train riding (WOOT!).
  • Level 40 to 52: Same as Alliance side.
  • Level 52 to 60: Same as Alliance side.

…That’s it. There’s always crossover after I pass level 30 in general. I go with what works for me. I also plan to roll 5 Horde Characters. I plan to roll an Orc Shaman (Level as Restoration but Respec Enhancement at 60), Troll Mage (Frost) and Tauren Druid (Restoration) for PvE personally. I’ll roll an Orc Warrior (Fury) and Undead Warlock (Demonology) for PvP.

In terms of Primary Professions, here’s what I’m planning:

  • Shaman (PvE): Mining + Goblin Engineering
  • Mage (PvE): Herbalism + Tailoring
  • Druid (PvE): Skinning + Elemental Leatherworking
  • Hunter (PvE, Bank Toon): Herbalism + Mining
  • Warrior (PvP): Mining + Weapon Smithing
  • Warlock (PvP): Felweave Tailoring + Herbalism
  • Hunter (PvP, Bank Toon): Herbalism + Mining

Same as above.

If The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King get legacy servers I’ll make a Blood Elf Paladin (Retribution) for PvP and a Tauren Death Knight (Frost) for PvE.

There will be 4 chars on a PvE Server per faction including the Bank Toon and 3 chars on a PvP Server per faction including the Bank Toon, I am planning as much in advance as possible. The Bank Toon’s sole purpose is to hold the excess stuff for the other 2 or 3 chars on the server as well as work the AH in SW/Org. The reason I decided to make it a Hunter instead of a Mage is for the Movement Speed Buff Hunters get early on. I’ll run to all the faction capitals with all four Bank Toons as well.

 

Breaking News: Blizzard just released the names and types of Realms for WoW Classic in the US, Oceania and Europe today. Above are the US and Oceanic Servers. Those with an active subscription or make an account on August 12 at or after 3PM PST/6PM EST will be able to make up to 3 characters to reserve the names ahead of the official launch on August 26 in the US and Oceania and August 27 Worldwide. I will make two characters, one Horde and one Alliance but both on PvE Realms.

Blizzard was careful to go with Realm names not currently being used in Retail to avoid confusion. When I started playing WoW back in the day, I started on Uther but went on to play on the Darrowmere, Cenarius and Cairne servers as well. I spent close to $600 on Server Transfers alone. I don’t plan to do any server transfers this time.

Factoring Time Zones, these are the servers I will be playing on:

  • Alliance PvE: Pagle
  • Horde PvE: Mankirk
  • Alliance PvP: Stalagg*
  • Horde PvP: Sekram*

 

* Blizzard annonced due to how many chars have been made on Herod, it will be severely overcrowded on Day One and especially after they turn off Layering. They added two new East Coast PvP Servers, Stalagg and Sekram to head off the problem. I switched my Alliance PvP Server to Stalagg and my Horde PvP Server to Sekram as well since I’m looking to avoid long ques myself.

I didn’t reveal the names I will give my characters yet on purpose but I will reuse the names of my characters from Retail. I will also need to make Bank Alts since there’s no Guild Bank and no Mat Tab in WoW Classic (Or Vanilla WoW). 4 Additional characters, one per server. On Pagle and Stalagg, it’ll be a Night Elf Hunter. On Makirk and Sekram, it’ll be a Tauren Hunter. I will level both of them to 40, maybe 45 and then park them in Stormwind or Orgrimmar respectively where their services as Bank Alts can be used most effectively.

 

 

…Interesting design choice, don’t you think?

I’ve been doing quite a bit of research in recent weeks on MMO-Champion. For once, I’m happy to be able to be to hear from players who played WoW as it was in 2006. It’s worth pointing out the leveling experience in WoW Classic is MUCH slower than it is now. The general consensus I’ve been hearing is it could take a few weeks to two months for someone to level a character to 60 on average.

Another general consensus I do agree with is unlike the current game, the majority of players may not level a character to max level before they give up and drop out. Attacking is slower, there’s no Heirlooms, no Dungeon Finder, no bonus EXP, you’re not as durable + mobs hit harder, no riding until 40 (costs 100 Gold to train) and you have to walk everywhere. From what I’ve been hearing, the general consensus most players who burn out will before reaching level 40 which kinda makes sense. I do agree that most who reach 40+ will likely keep going and more so once they have their mount.

I have been hearing rolling many chars is harder than the current game because of the above reasons among others. When I first started playing WoW back in 2007/2008, it took me 2 months to level my first char to 40 and do the Felsteed Quest. I am in no hurry to 60. I am and always have been casual when it comes to the leveling experience in general. Warlords of Draenor was the first expansion I leveled more than 2 chars per faction to the max level in an expansion while it was current. I’m waiting until I have a new computer (or two!) before I buy the current expansion, Battle for Azeroth so…yeah.

 

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Would you pay $20 for a Playstation Classic console?

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…As a reminder, it launched 8 months ago and sold for $100. The price now? $20 at Best Buy, Wal Mart, Target and Amazon.

Here’s the full list of preloaded games for those who are probably looking it up right now or should be:

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

 

…I STILL own a physical copy of Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid even though I no longer have a PS1 console. Of course, I also have digital copies of both games (plus the Gamecube remake of MGS). $20 for 20 games is a steal. ONE of those two games is worth the money but both for $20 plus 18 other games? Madness to pass this up even if you’re a Nintendo or Microsoft fan.

In addition to the games, the console cames with an HDMI Cable and two wired controllers. The original PS1 used Wired Controllers and you didn’t see Wireless Controllers in the Playstation family until late in the Playstation 2’s lifespan (It was 100% Wireless from the PS3 onward). It also comes with a Virtual Memory Card, which basically means you don’t need a physical memory card to save your progress. For those with a PS3 or Vita who may be looking to buy and download all of these games, you will need at least $200 which is more than the original price of $100.

The PS Classic is a sample of the best of Sony’s first Playstation console.

One can’t help but note a few significant omissions I would’ve liked to have seen included:

  • Grand Theft Auto II
  • Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions
  • Gran Tourismo
  • Gran Tourismo 2
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Twisted Metal II
  • Tekken 2
  • Tomb Raider
  • Tomb Raider 2
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Crash Bandicoot 2
  • Cool Boarders
  • Driver
  • Suikoden
  • Suikoden 2
  • Chrono Cross
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Final Fantasy Origins (FF1 and FF2)
  • Final Fantasy Anthology (FFV and FFVI)
  • Final Fantasy Chronicles (FFIV and Chrono Trigger)

 

…LOL I realized after the fact this is anorher list of 20 games!

Anywho like I said, FFVII and MGS alone are worth getting this for if you never played them before. MGS2 and MGS3 were released on the PS2 while MGS4 was released on the PS3. MGSV–Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain–were released on the PS4. FFVIII and FFIX were also released on the PS1 along with Final Fantasy Tactics. FFX (and its sequel FFX-2) and FFXII (its sequel Revenant Wings was released on the Nintendo DS) were released on the PS2 (FFXI was an MMORPG released only in Japan). FFXIII (and its two sequels) was released on the PS3 and Xbox 360. FFIX (MMORPG) and FFXV were released on the PS4 and Xbox One.

Such a deep history from just those two titles!

Gran Tourismo, Tomb Raider and Crash Bandicoot are three HUGE omissions but I do think they were left off to keep the price down. I don’t think the PS Classic would be $20 right now if those three games were included. If you wanna play any of the games on my wish list you can but you will need a PS3 or a Vita since they are all digital on the Playstation Network. FF1, FFII, FFIII (the real FFIII), IV (as well as its sequel, The After Years), V and VI can all be bought from the Playstation network separately via the PSN.

Oh and yeah I do think Sony considered their attempt to get in on the Mini Retro Console bandwagon may be a failure. I think it’s salvagable and more so if Sony decides to make a PS2 Classic and PSP Classic respectively.

 

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Nintendo’s new Switch models reveal Nintendo has big plans for the future

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Nintendo’s new Switch Lite Model will be a 100% handheld. Unlike the original and a new version with an extended battey life, the Switch Lite will not be a Hybrid Console. Gamespot put together a nice comparison chart here for the current, new and Lite versions.

The Switch Lite will sell for $200 while the new Switch with longer battery life will sell for the same price as the current one, $300. The original Switch has a battery life of 2.5 to 6.5 hours on a single charge undocked. The Lite’s battery life is 3 to 7 hours. The new Switch’s battery life is a MONSTEROUS 4.5 to 9 hours undocked. The reason for the range in battery life is because the game you’re playing or software you’re running dictates how long the battery will last. A game Like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will probably drain the battery faster than say, the Super Mario Bros. (Virtual Console version).

…If I owned a Switch right now, I’d be PISSED. Two years ago, I almost bought one. I walked into a Gamestop knowing I was going to either buy a Switch or a Playstation 4. The one I didn’t buy then, I would buy in a few years. I left with a PS4 and I regret nothing. See, I’m not like most folks who buy a home console as soon as it comes out. I wait a few years. That way when I finally do buy it, there are a LOT of games released for it for me to choose from. I bought a Wii U the month before I bought my PS4 so…yeah.

I do plan to buy the Switch with the longer battery life obviously. I also plan to wait until next year to see if there will be a price drop or bundle involving the new Switch.

In terms of games I’m looking to play on the Switch, here’s a list of several games I’m looking at:

 

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses #
  • Pokemon Sword or Shield #
  • Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu! or Eevee!
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition #
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition*
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim*
  • Final Fantasy VII* (original)
  • Clannad*

* Denotes I already have the game on another console or PC
# Denoyes the game has not been released as of this writing

…All the more reason I am in no rush of course. In terms of prioritizing game purchases, I’ll either buy Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Clannad or Xenoblade Chroncles 2 and Clannd first.

I mentioned this several times over the last 5 years but I DO have two Nintendo 3DS consoles and by extension yes, I do have two My Nintendo Accounts. So in, I could own two Switch consoles and run it like I do with my 3DS consoles: Mostly physical on one, mostly digital on the other. I would get the Switch Lite second and run it with mostly digital and Virtual Console games. Of course, that’s just thinking ahead mind you.

Anywho, that’s my plans regarding the Switch in the next year or two. I do expect there to be a significant gap between the two Switch purchases as well. 6 to 12 month inbetween. Of course, all this is just speculation on my part and assumes I’ll have stable income to make just the first purchase as well. Time will tell.

 

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Nintendo confirms Pokemon not in the Galar Pokedex can’t be migrated into Sword and Shield

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I’m not surprised by the news but naturally this PokeHolic is also disappointed. What it means for me is I will need to wait until the games are released–and also wait until I get a Nintendo Switch as well–to know which Pokemon from the first 7 Gens are in the Galar Pokedex. Serebii.net has been keeping track and though the list is pretty big so far–looks like it will be as big as the 3rd Gen Hoenn Pokedex so far–I do have balancing concerns and more so given Game Freak Devs said more Pokemon will not be added to the Galar Dex over time.

Game Freak Devs explained–and I’m summarizing–this was gonna happen eventually. “This” being main series games being released that didn’t include every single Pokemon. We’re talking over 800 Pokemon as of the 8th Gen. The Devs also shut down hopes the other Pokemon could be added over time via patches, saying “that’s unlikely to happen”. The Devs also confirmed neither Mega Evolution–Introduced in the 6th Gen games–or Z-Moves–Introduced in the 7th Gen games–will be included in any way in Sword/Shield. The new games will feature a new mechanic called Dynamaxing where a Pokemon grows into a large size.

Backwards Compatability has long been a long standing feature for the main series games. Did you know Pokemon caught in the Original GBA Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire could be sent all the way to the 6th or 7th Gen games? Of course, the 4th and 5th Gen games would be needed but it’s possible. You could also directly migrate Pokemon from the Virtual Console versions of Red/Blue/Yellow and Gold/Silver/Crystal to the 6th and 7th Gen games via Pokemon Bank.

The last time we’ve seen a restriction like this was between the 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen Games. Due to hardware restrictions, it simply wasn’t possible to migrate Pokemon from the 1st or 2nd Gen games to the 3rd Gen Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. Nintendo eventually fixed this discrepency with the release of FireRed, LeafGreen, Pokemon Coliseum and Pokemon XD, which featured Pokemon from the first two Gens and could be transferred to Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. Those like myself who had a Cheat Device were able to confirm the data for the then 386 Pokemon was in Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald and the other games released confirmed Nintendo had a plan to bring back older Pokemon.

This time is different.

The biggest reason is because there are now 800+ Pokemon unlike 2003 when there were 386 Pokemon. As one article I recently read put it, longtime Pokemon fans have long outgrown the main series video games. There are so many more entry-level RPG options than there were 20 years ago. It is also clear The Pokemon Company has no plans on drastically changing the basic formula either.

What formula? Well, ALL of the main series games have all of the following included:

  • Choice of 3 Pokemon to start (for example Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle in Red/Blue)
  • No “Game Over” screen (When all your Pokemon faint, you’re warped back to the last Pokemon Center you visited and lose half your money)
  • 8 Pokemon Gyms (except Sun/Moon and UltraSun/UltraMoon, which has no gyms but uses a similar mechanic)
  • Elite 4 + Champion (You are the first Champion in Sun/Moon and UltraSun/UltraMoon)
  • Evil Team Organization (Team Rocket, Team Skull, etc.)
  • Rival Trainer (Blue, Hau, etc.)
  • Cover Legendaries (Lugia, Groudon, Dialga, Solgaleo, etc.)
  • Pokedex
  • Professor who offers guidance
  • Pokemon Storage PC
  • Version Exclusive Pokemon
  • Trading (Online as of the 4th Gen games)
  • 1 Master Ball given you (REAL Trainers get but don’t use theirs!)
  • Time (Day/Night and the actual time for example)

…Those are the main ones that immediately came to mind. Of course, some games have a Gen-wide gimmick like Mega Evolution in the 6th Gen and Z-Moves in the 7th Gen.

Anywho, I feel comfortable saying I’m not gonna sweat the 8th Gen games much. Like I did with the 5th Gen, I will probably play one or both of them at a much later time after a price drop. I don’t even have a Switch right now anyways (LOL!). Priorities and all that.

 

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Confirmed: A Level Squish in World of Warcraft IS coming!

MMO-Champion picked up a story that first broke on Reddit. The thing is, proof was included in screenshots from a survey apparently sent out to some active subscription holders.

 

 

Blizzard hasn’t publicly commented on a Level Squish to come though MMO-Champion did refer to an interview  of some of the Devs talking about the pros and Cons of a Level Squish if they were to do it. It seems we now know they decided the Pros outweight the Cons and more so for Newer Players.

Currently, the max level is 120. As you can see in the second screenshot the new level cap will be “dramatically lower” than 120. It’s fair to assume it will likely be lowered to 80, 60 or even less. 60 was the original level cap before the first expansion Burning Crusade raised it to 70. The second expansion Wrath of the Lich King raised it to 80. The next expansion Cataclysm raised the level cap to 85 while the one that followed, Mists of Pandaria raised it to 90. The following expansion Warlords of Draenor raised the level cap to 100 while the previous expansion Legion raised it to 110 and the current expansion Battle for Azeroth has it at 120.

Either way some significant changes would need to be made since certain features are unlocked at certain levels. Here’s the current list of things unlocked at specific levels currently:

  • Level 10: Class Specializations Unlocked
  • Level 15: Dungeon Finder, Level 15 Talents and Battlegrounds Unlocked
  • Level 20: Riding Unlocked
  • Level 30: Level 30 Talents Unlocked
  • Level 40: Fast Riding Unlocked
  • Level 45: Level 45 Talents Unlocked
  • Level 60: Vanilla Wow Raiding, Outland and Northrend (Level 58 to 80), Flying on Kalimdor + Eastern Kingdoms and Level 60 Talents Unlocked
  • Level 70: Burning Crusade Raiding, Epic Flying and the Isle of Quel’Danas (level 70) Unlocked
  • Level 75: Level 75 Talents Unlocked
  • Level 80: Northrend Raiding, Cataclysm Areas + Pandaria (Level 80 to 90) and Fast Flying Unlocked
  • Level 90: Cataclysm and Pandaria Raiding, Draenor (Level 90 to 100) and Level 90 Talents Unlocked
  • Level 100: Draenor Raiding, Tanaan Jungle (Level 90), The Broken Isles (Level 100 to 110) and Level 100 Talents Unlocked
  • Level 110: Legion Raiding, Suramar (level 110) Kul Tiras and Zandalar (Level 110 to 120) Unlocked
  • Level 120: BFA Raiding, War Fronts and PVP Talents Unlocked

 

…That of course doesn’t account for Classes learning skills while leveling among other things. There’s also the fact Worgen, Goblins, Death Knights and Demon Hunters have unique starting experiences and in the case of the two classes, their talents are learned at different levels from everyone else. A lot will need to be adjusted for the Level Squish to work while also factoring Starter Edition Accounts (which are capped at 20).

Anywho, my running theory is the new Level Cap will be 60 or 80. I also think Starter Editon Accounts will be have their level caps raised to 25.

If the new cap is 70, here is how I think expansion content and a few other things could be introduced:

  • Level 10: Riding Unlocked
  • Level 25: Epic Riding Unlocked and the new Starter Edition Level Cap
  • Level 30: Flying, Outland + Northrend Unlocked
  • Level 40: Cataclysm + Pandaria Areas Unlocked
  • Level 50: Epic Flying and Draenor Unlocked
  • Level 60: Fast Flying and Broken Isles Unlocked
  • Level 70: Kul Tiras + Zandalar Unlocked
  • Level 80: War Fronts and PvP Talents Unlocked

 

I factored PvE Talents. They would unlock every 10 levels. Dungeon Finder and Battlegrounds would still unlock at level 15.

If the new Cap is 60, here is how it could look:

  • Level 25: Same as above + Outland + Northrend Unlocked
  • Level 30: Cataclysm + Pandaria Areas Unlocked Unlocked
  • Level 40: Draenor Unlocked
  • Level 50: Broken Isles Unlocked
  • Level 55: Kul Tiras + Zandalar Unlocked
  • Level 60: War Fronts and PvP Talents Unlocked

 

Same idea as above in short. You can elect to level in the new expansion area to the cap or not in short. There would also be another EXP Squish as well to make it work. If the cap is UNDER 60…whew. I’ll leave that to Blizzard to figure out!

 

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Before I forget, yes I am on Twitter

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If you already follow me on Twitter, you’ll see this same post and another one multiple times since I posted them on ALL of my WordPress blogs at once.

I’ll keep this one short, though. Assuming you’re reading this first from WordPress, my Twitter handle is @LaVonDavis617. Feel free to Direct Message me on Twitter if you’d like–I only recently found out what and how to DM on that note–and I’ll get back to you when I can.

The easiest way to get in touch with me without knowing my phone number is via Google Hangouts or iMessage. I have an Android Phone but I also have an iPad. I can text an iPhone as long as I know the number but if you wanted to text my iPad first, you will need to know my iCloud Email. It’s the same with Google Hangouts, which requires either an Android Phone number or a Gmail account.

  • My iCloud is btboston1@gmail.com
  • My Gmail is btboston1@gmail.com

…My iPad is Wi-Fi only but I’m pretty good at getting back to people fairly quickly. This way, everyone has at least 3 different ways to get in touch with me. Of course, you can also just email me if you want.

One last thing: I am in need of Donations. Use the link below if you’re able and willing to donate!

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In general, I like to be consistent in what I do and say

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When I first launched this blog 7 years ago, it was meant to be a backup to my old website Serene Adventure.net. I never would have imagined back then that I would have gone on to make 10–soon to be 11–more blogs on WordPress. I spent almost $500 on just operating costs with my original website over an 8 year period. I was able to do WAY more than that for free these past 7 years with WordPress.

My personal life has been in limbo over the last three–no, five–years in particular. Even so, I have learned a lot over the last 3 years I have been unemployed. My work as an Independent Consultant is a new venture I started late last year. I’ve got some big aspirations but I am also realistic. I know my limitations but I don’t think that disqualifies me from needing and wanting to make some big life changes.

Priority #1 is being able to support myself financially. To that end, I decided to start a Consulting Firm. Of course it’s not currently licensed or registered but that will change once I have the money to make it happen. At the same time, I am still looking for employment. The money I do make as an Independent Consultant isn’t much and isn’t consistent enough to really be considered income. I can’t even report it for tax purposes or I would have already.

This is something I have been saying to the people I’ve met in the last few years a lot lately: People have learned to love things and use people when it should be the other way around. You’re not rich until you have something money can’t buy. I have no interest in being rich or famous. Doing things for others makes me happy at the end of the day. At the same time, I am far more likely to go out of my way for someone who I know will appreciate the help I provide.

Every time I get a Like for one of my blog posts, I know someone appreciated the effort I put into it as well as the content. I have written almost 1,000 articles across my 11 blogs. I took my time putting every single one of them together.

For almost two years now, you’ve seen this at the end of every article:

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Speaking of Sonic The Hedgehog: Remember the TWO TV Shows from 1993?

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Yes, I said TWO. This is the first and longer of the two.

It held its own and like the just revealed Sonic The Hedgehog Movie, it didn’t take itself too seriously. Unlike the other TV series, this one was episodic and did not have a continuous plot episode to episode outside 2 part specials. Each episode also ended with “Sonic Says”, which is a short 2-minute segment providing a positive lesson for kids or promoting something positive.

The Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog spanned 2 Seasons and lasted for 65 episodes. Aside from Sonic, Tails and Dr. Robotnik there no references to the video games. At the time it premiered, Sonic 3 was still in development at the time both series started airing but The Special Stage from Sonic 2 does make a cameo appearance in one episode. One of the aforementioned specials also features the Chaos Emeralds. Unlike the other show, this one was much more lighthearted and slapstick.

Here’s the first episode:

 

 

…If you wanna see the rest, you can either catch it on YouTube or watch it on Demand via Comcast/Xfinity.

Jaleel White–known at the time as Steve Urkel on ABC’s Family Matters during the early 1990s–voiced Sonic in BOTH TV series. This one aired weekly during the kids afternoon lineup at the time (who remembers that?) on UPN (now The CW). It was done in an effort to compete with FOX’s blockbuster afternoon lineup that included Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men and Spiderman: The Animated Series.

 

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This one was clearly much darker than the other after the Pilot Episode (see below). Unlike the other show, this one followed a continuous plot episode to episode to tell a longer story. That said, it only lasted two 13-episode seasons (!). The story was continued via Archie Comics until the publication folded in 2013. Almost 20 years!

 

Here is the Pilot Episode aka Episode 0:

 

 

 

As you can see, The Pilot was pretty similar to the other show and that was not ok. It needed to set itself apart from the other TV show so a darker tone is set in the first episode. Tails is also demoted to a minor character unlike the other show in which he’s Sonic’s faithful sidekick.

Here is the first Episode:

 

You can see it’s quite the departure from the Pilot. Dr. Robotnik is far more sinister and the danger factor is much higher. As each episode played out, you got more invested in the story and the characters. It’s a real shame it only lasted one year (1993 to 1994) though the episodes aired two more years afterward in reruns. I did some digging around. The more I found, the more it’s a shame ABC cut it after just two short seasons. My guess is they felt it didn’t fit with the rest of their Saturday Morning lineup. That and they may have felt the other Sonic show on UPN was more popular since it aired more.

Clearly, Sega planned for this one to tell a larger story to fit with the network it would air on.  The backstory centers around Princess Sally Acorn, who leads the Freedom Fighters in their war with Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik. Apparently, Sally was actually planned to have a role on both shows but she was cut from the other show. By the way both shows take place on the planet Mobius but each version is very different. In this one Dr. Robotnik–then known as Julian–worked with Sally’s father, who was the king of Mobopolis.

After the war, Julian betrayed the king and took over Mobopolis, transforming it into Robopolis. Julian changed his name to Dr. Robotnik and used his “Roboticizer” to turn the denizens into emotionless, loyal slaves or soldiers. Even Sonic’s own family is effected: Sonic’s uncle Chuck, who served the king was transformed into a “metal” Sonic. Even crueler is the transformation was not complete. Robotnik allowed Sonic’s uncle to retain his memories just to lure him into a trap. The silver lining is The Freedom Fighters learned from that and one of their own it may be possible to change everyone back to their normal selves. Bunny Rabbot was Robotacized but only her lower body and right arm were transformed before the process was interrupted and she was rescued.

The slower storytelling and darker tone for a kids show were likely why it was pulled after 2 seasons. The story takes place in a dystopian, dark world where the good buys are outgunned and outnumbered. Their ace and best soldier has a huge weakness that’s a gag in the other show: Sonic is very impatient (“I’m waiting!”). In the show, Sonic can boost his speed and power with a Power Ring, which Sally possesses. Sonic’s uncle Chuck made it for him and it was a large reason why Dr. Robotnik betrayed King Acorn. He wanted the power for himself.

It’s worth noting at the time the second season ended, Sonic 3 (finally) was released. Hints were dropped there would be a tie-in along with the introduction of Knuckles and The Chaos Emeralds but we know that ultimately did not happen. When the story relaunched as a comic book series, the whole story is retold and fleshed out more to suit the slower pacing. You should be able to find digital copies online now adays. I did buy a few volumes during the late 90s myself but I’ll have to check and see if I still have them now that I’m thinking of it.

 

…10 years after these shows, Sonic X ran for a few seasons on Fox Kids to tie in with the Sonic Adventure games. Sega bowed out of the Console Wars a around that time and it also seemed to be the end of it. Fast Forward to Sonic Boom, which ran a few fews ago to tie in with the release of the video game of the same name. Most recently, there’s the moving coming later this year. Despite being 30 years removed from his heyday in both video games and pop culture in general, Sonic the Hedgehog shows no signs of slowing down.

 

 

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The first trailer for the live action Sonic The Hedgehog Movie (2020) is now released!

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…And it confirmed one thing for long time Sonic fans: It may be so bad, it’s good.

Here’s the trailer for those who may not have seen it yet:

 

…To be fair, it’s being dubbed an Action Comedy. So, it won’t be taking itself too seriously. Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik was a smart move and should make this a very entertaining movie to watch. There is one thing that demands explaination and that’s Sonic’s The Flash-level speed. Being able to move so fast his perception of time can stop’s a straight up cheat code. I don’t mean a Mere UP DOWN LEFT RIGHT hold A and Press Start but a full on Debug Mode. By the way, that button input sequence I just mentioned is the Level Select Code for the original Sonic The Hedgehog game for the Sega Genesis. I can confirm it will work on all the ports released over the last 20 years, too.

A few days after the first trailer dropped, Paramount Pictures announced Sonic’s design will be changed in reaction to feedback from fans. It’s not yet known if the new look will be revealed in advance or if fans will have to wait until it hits theaters. It’s also not known if the change will delay the movie’s release but it should in my book. Time will tell.

Update 5/24/2019: It has been announced the movie’s release has been delayed until February. Looks like Paramount Pictures may be doing more than just post-production work to me.

In an upcoming post, I’ll discuss a related topic: The first two Sonic The Hedgehog animated TV shows from the early 1990s.

 

 

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The Nintendo 3DS is officially being phased out and that means incoming discounts!

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…I bought a launch Nintendo 3DS back on March 27, 2011. I remember selling half of my video games at the time for the money I needed to preorder it. At the time, the Nintendo 3DS sold for $250 and shipped without the eShop. A few weeks later when Sony announced their then upcoming handheld Playstation Vita would sell for $250, Nintendo cut the price of the 3DS to $170 and gave everyone who bought one prior to June 1, 2011 20 free Virtual Console games–10 NES and 10 Game Boy Advance–when the 3DS eShop officially launched. I bought my second Nintendo 3DS the following year. It wasn’t a replacement. Yes, I have two 3DS consoles.

I held off buying the New Nintendo 3DS–which was released in 2012–until 2017. I bought both of my New Nintendo 3DS consoles 3 months apart from each other and have had them ever since. Sadly, the upgraded console only got two exclusive titles which I have: Fire Emblem Warriors and Xenoblade Warriors 3D (originally released on the Nintendo Wii). The New 3DS was more powerful than the original model and in fact, 3DS games starting with Super Smash Bros. 3DS would have longer startups and load times on the older hardware compared to the New 3DS.

 

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…I forgot to mention this but the Nintendo 3DS family consoles–3DS, 2DS, New 3DS and New 2DS–have FULL compatability with ALL Nintendo DS games including wireless communications. Originally released back in 2004, the Nintendo DS was officially retired when the 3DS was released. The original model Nintendo DS (and the smaller DS Lite released a few years later) had an additional slot for Game Boy Advance games to play single player, which really came into play when the 4th Gen Pokemon games–Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver–were released. You could use the GBA slot to transfer Pokemon from the 3rd Gen GBA Pokemon games–Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed and LeafGreen–to the 4th Gen Pokemon games.

Like the Nintendo DS gave you access to GBA games, the 3DS gives you access to Nintendo DS games. If you go to a Gamestop, you can still buy Nintendo DS games just like you could still buy GBA games when the Nintendo DS was current. Backwards compatible consoles is not just good for the consumer but the developer, too. It means a game made many years ago can still be sold years later.

 

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I would be remiss if I didn’t get to the eShop. Unlike the Wii Shop Channel and the DSi Shop, the eShop brought Nintendo in line with the Playstation Network and Xbox Live. I’m talking about being able to buy retail games digitally. You could also buy DSi Ware games via the 3DS eShop (and there’s a lot of good games from the DSi Shop!) as well as (very) select Virtual Console games from the NES, SNES (SNES games being New 3DS and New 2DS only), Game Boy Color and Game Gear. Nintendo elected to only release Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games on the Wii U and Nintendo Switch consoles.

…I’ll close this out with what I call a “Nintendo 3DS Starter Pack”. These are 20 games I highly reccomend buying first regardless of weather you’ve never played video games before or experience with other game systems. It assumes you will own a New Nintendo 3DS. Some of the titles have Amiibo compatability or DLC (Download Content) but those are 100% optional. 10 will be retail only while the other 10 are Virtual Console or eShop exclusive.

 

  1. Tomadachi Life
  2. Fire Emblem Awakening
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  4. Super Smash Bros. 3DS
  5. Crosswords Plus
  6. Pokemon UltraSun or UltraMoon
  7. Tales of the Abyss
  8. Mario Kart 7
  9. Bravely Default
  10. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3

…I resisted featuring more than one game from the same series. You can get them all digital if you’d like as well. Fire Emblem Awakening is a good entry into the series. Fates requires playing all three campaigns–Birthright, Conquest and Revelations–to understand the full story while Echoes is a bit more complex than Awakening. There’s many more I can reccommend but I limited myself to 10. I still own all of these games of course.

Now, here are some digital-only titles I reccommend. With the Pokemon games, you will need either someone else or a friend to trade with each other but not to transfer Pokemon to the 6th and 7th Gen Pokemon games.

 

  1. Pokemon Red, Blue or Yellow
  2. Pokemon Gold, Silver or Crystal
  3. Super Mario Bros.
  4. Super Mario Bros. 3
  5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  6. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy
  7. Azure Striker Gun Volt
  8. Liberation Maiden
  9. Denpa Men: They Came By Wave
  10. Harvest December

 

The first five are Virtual Console games. The other five are eShop-only games. Again, I own ALL of these games myself and many more.

Denpa Men has 2 sequels. The games make use of the 3DS Gyroscopic Camera you may be familiar with if you’ve played Pokemon Go. I mentioned this in a previous post but ALL of the Ace Attorney games can be purchased digitally on the 3DS. I know because I actually do have ALL of them on one of my 3DS consoles. I also have the first 4 games as they were released on the Nintendo DS. Gun Volt got a sequel and even an OVA you can download directly from the eShop. Liberation Maiden is still considered over 5 years later to be one of if not the best digital-only 3DS game ever released. It’s hard to play if you’re left handed like I am though.

Harvest December…see my review for it is all I’ll say. It’s a gem. I do wish Nintendo followed Steam’s example and brought more Visual Novels to the 3DS though. Given Clannad is coming to the Nintendo Switch, I am holding out hope Nintendo will give it a digital only 3DS port. Nintendo could easily repurpose the 3DS as Sony did with the Vita as a go-to for indie developers looking for a platform to release games on.

The Pokemon games…note you do not need to have played the newer Pokemon games first. If you want to migrate Pokemon to the 7th Gen 3DS Pokemon games–Sun, Moon, UltraSun and UltraMoon–you do not need a 2nd 3DS to do it BUT you will need both the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter Apps. Note Pokemon Bank does have a $5 annual subscription since it is a cloud saving service. It can be used to store Pokemon from the 7th or 6th Gen games. I won’t digress further so just do a search of my blog for more details.

…The 3DS had quite a good run.

After 30 years, Nintendo is shutting down its handheld division. The original Game Boy launched 30 years ago on April 21, 1989 in Japan and 4 months later in the US. Unlike Sega’s ill-fated Game Gear the New 3DS hardware has staying power. Unlike Sony’s doomed to fail Playstation Vita the New 3DS will be profitable years from now.

 

 

…This will be the final major new game expected to be released on the Nintendo 3DS. It comes in June. Yours truly is definitely getting it but first, I need to finish the first one (!). Shame on me, I know.

 

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