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Digital Down-Low for 09/21/2023: Good bye, Gloomy Doomsday

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
I don't know if Super Mario knows his times tables, you know? I just don't know.

So kicking off with a SECRET SURPRISE release from last week, and it was a much appreciated *doozy*; the latest in Nintendo adapting one of its old games to Battle Royale format; F-Zero 99. Because the one thing that F-Zero needed to make it more playable was one hundred other people crowding the track trying to make each other spin-out. And that soudns sarcastic, but it's super not; it makes the game a thousand times more fun and playable when everyone is bouncing around like hyoer-speed bumper-cars over lava fields and is playing at roughly the same skill level.

It's, quite probably, the most I've ever enjoyed F-Zero. Just needs to add the extended roster from the later games; I *needs* me Octoman.


The other big timey game this week, and the one which I was highly anticipating as opposed to being surprised by, is Gloomhaven! An adaptation of the board game, also called Gloomhaven! And that it exists as a board game is absolutely baffling, since it took me, like, two hours to get through the tutorial and that's with the computer handling all the gameplay minutia.

Anyway, this here is an SRPG that I would describe as "Fantasy XCom" which is an inaccurate description, but it's the one I'm using. Assemble a team of mercenaries and have them pillage and loot ancient temples. Or rob peasants for Wyzardes Moste Darke to they can fill their ancient temples with stuff. Or bust up monsters. Or bust up heroes on behalf of monsters. You know; however you want to earn your rent money this week.


Just as fantasy-y, but vastly easier to explain is Nayuta: Boundless Trails, which is an Ys-style action RPG. I had assumed it was part of the Trails series, since it has the word "Trails" right in its name, but this was a clever ruse designed to trick my credulous brain; it's actually an Ys spinoff; so the fact that it looks like Ys was *quite intentional*.


Wander around a magical fantasy land and chop the hell out of monsters because, dammit... there's monsters what need choppin.


Speaking of chopping the hell out of monsters we've got... <deep breath> Mon-Yu: Defeat Monsters And Gain Strong Weapons And Armor. You May Be Defeated, But Don’t Give Up. Become Stronger. I Believe There Will Be A Day When The Heroes Defeat The Devil King. Yes, that's the full title in the games logo. Yes, they could have shortened that to the much easier to remember and spell "Mon-Yu". No, they did not do that.

It's a first person dungeon crawler, and I like that genre, but it also doesn't look like it has a blessed thing to recommend it over other first person dungeon crawlers, except its title.



Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission is, as the title repeatedly implies, a remake of Operation Wolf; an early, and pretty darn fun, rail shooter. But now it uses fancy polygons instead of crude sprites. Well... it uses crude polygons Impressive Sprites. Travel automatically, while you kersplode every mother cusser you see like you're the original son of a gun.

One of the bulletpoints mentions "the addition of parody style voices"; which I'm sure makes the game high-larious


And we've got three entirely different SRPG Roguelites chock full of the undead for ya, too! Days of Doom is the one with zombies and has a kind of FTL-y level progression (and a bit of Mistover), and Warriors of the Nile 2 is the one with mummies and looks a bit more like Into the breach, and Evolings is the one with Pokemon by way of Slay the Spire.

Use Turn Based Strategy tactics to survive your triapses into the unknown! Or don't, and unlock more stuff so you can try again later with slightly higher chances of success! And all three of them are at least 50% of something I like!



Me and My Bestie
(He, him)
Unity's showing its ass and Microsoft wants to buy Nintendo as soon as they smell blood in the water again, but the one reliable bit of gaming news on our trip through time on this giant hell ball is "New week, new games"!

First off, over on early access on your computer man machines is a remake of Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord! Upon the social media tease, my initial excitement at the potential of Digital Eclipse doing a deep dive with a playable "Making of" featurette on one of the earliest cRPGs that was heavily influential on the Japanese RPGs made way for crushing disappointment when I found out it was just a 3D remake the next day.

Meh, I'll still take a look if it shows on consoles someday.

On all the consoles this week is Gloomhaven! In this tactical vidyagame adaptation of a board game, go through a macabre land fighing creepy monsters with your own creepy monsters! Or the more boringly human characters if you're boring like that.

Payday 3 is the latest in the co-op shooty crimemans game where people are always after that next big score. Think Payday 2 but with a fancier new engine and no years upon years of DLC (currently) backing it up and you get the picture.

Coming soon to Game Pass!

Seeing its proper release this week is Lies of P, yet another in the growing list of Pinocchio adaptations! This one is Bloodborne with killer robot puppets and a few peoples dressing like they came off the set of a Mad Max movie that had more clothes. And Pinocchio was all like Edward Scissorhands but with a noble outfit and one metal arm instead of leather belts and scissor hands.

Available on Game Pass now!

Also seeing its proper release on the consoles this week is Mortal Kombat 1! Already talked about it last week but here's a new photo anyway.

Party Animals is another game soon to hit the Game Pass and it's a physics based party game where adorable animals flail about and do a violence while trying to complete various goals.

And the last of the things I've covered with an Xbox release is Train Sim World 4! Drive all kinds of different trains across a selection of real world train routes.

Moving onto Switch stoof we have Truck Drag Racing Legends Simulator! In this very mobile gamey truck-driving game, commit all the crimes as you race people in blinged-out giant metal death boxes intended to carry cargo.

The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails is a port of a PSP Trails game that doesn't remotely look like a Trails game and has far more in common with Ys, Falcom's other big series! Go across multiple worlds to stop a wizard while fighting all kinds of crazy stuff in colorful 3D graphics.

You Suck at Parking is a chaotic racing game where your goal is to try not to suck at parking.

Lost Crystals is a first person game where you explore a fog-enshrouded valley while hunting for hidden crystals.

Evil Wizard is a "humorous" RPG where an evil wizard is gonna take back their castle from the heroes what stole it from them.

Live Stream 2: Escape from Togaezuka Happy Place is one of dem sidescroller adventure games where a bunch of anime girls try to get away from a scary mascot in the abandoned mall.

Osyaberi! Horijyo! Gekihori: Anna Holinski saves the universe, alright?! is one of those cutecore Japanese shooters where a girl got her loot stolen by UFOs and she will blow up anything and everything she can to get it back.

Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission is a 3D reimagining of the classic Taito light gun shooter, now with more guns and a more silly tone. Go around shooting up places to save POWs and stop dictators.

Paperman: Adventure Delivered is a 3D platformer where you and your paper and cardboard friends try to get back the mail from a greedy dragon.

MON-YU: DEFEAT MONSTERS And Gain STRONG WEAPONS And ARMOR You May Be DEFEATED But DON'T GIVE UP Become STRONGER *deep breath* I Believe There WILL Be A DAY When THE HEROES Defeat The DEVIL KiNG *pant* *pant* *pant* ...is a chibi first person Wizardry-like.

Super Adventure Hand is a 3D platformer where you're a disembodied hand ala Thing from The Addams Family who is questing to get his arm back from those sinister feet.

Warriors of the Nile 2 is a roguelite turn-based strategy game where you have warriors blessed by the Egyptian deities fight off the Romans. This is one of those days when I'm happy to happy to have villagers onhand who are perfect for an Egypt shoot.

Kind Heart Defenders is a game where a bunch of kind and morally supportive people who want everyone to be good to one another...get into starships and blow up lots of stuff to defend kind hearts.

Remember in E.C.O. Fighters, how you would save the environment from the capitalist shitlord villain by inevitably polluting the planet with loads and loads of exploded ships that would take jillions of dollars to clean up? It makes me think of that.

Magic Donut Adventure is one of those Candy Crushesque matching puzzle games.

Nobody: "But it's Match 3, Met!" Don't care.
Bud Spencer & Terence Hill - Slap and Beans 2 is the sequel to the game where the duo of iconic Italian action movie stars beat up people across various films. Not even being dead for seven years can stop Bud!

And finally, Cyber Citizen Shockman 2: A New Menace is a rerelease of a 1992 PC Engine game where bionic heroes Arnold and Sonia action platform it up against a legion of aliens and alien robots.
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The Goggles Do Nothing
previously, a few years later there was a flashback story that showed her seeing him leave his house in costume after Uncle Ben died. Either way, she has known

Also seeing its proper release on the consoles this week is Mortal Kombat 1! Already talked about it last week but here's a new photo anyway.

In the interest of proper reporting: Dead Ninja is now alive, Funny Joke Ninja is now a wizard, Ajnin Redaed is now alive, too. Please update the database.


Beyond (Art @dice9633)
(he / his / him)
Squid Alpha's back, baby!

For some reason, Konami's Jail Break didn't actually come out in North America last week, and seems to be in a bit of limbo. Unlikely to suffer the same fate is this week's Arcade Archive, Athena's Strike Gunner S.T.G. Hamster done bought the whole dang company's IP, so this will be the beginning of much more to come. As for the game in question, it's a vertically scrolling shooter set in 2008 (ooooo the distinct future past!) with a fighter jet taking on aliens. For me, it was Sunday.


Athena also made Dragon Unit, Daioh, and J.J. Squawkers, alongside some Famicom titles like Wit's, Castle of Dragon, Sword Master, and Lutter.

Til next time!