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Regulus

Sir Knightbot
Thracia 776 gets big points from me. Almost everyone has pants, for one. And it was the first main series game that Wada Sachiko worked on -- she did the portraits, which pretty much set the style for the series for most of the 2000s.

She eventually did the character design (and was director) for The Sacred Stones, which is my personal favorite as far as character art goes.
 

Becksworth

Aging Hipster Dragon Dad
So a Klonoa demo is live on the Japanese eShop. It has english language options so presumably the demo is dropping in the North American eShop at some point.

My initial impressions are keep your graphical expectations in check. It's had some touch ups over the Wii remake, but it's still in that general ballpark visually. It does look to have original difficulty options at least.
 

Becksworth

Aging Hipster Dragon Dad
The rumor mill is saying there is going to be a separate Ubisoft event Wednesday for Mario & Rabbids 2, so that potentially takes the main thing I was expecting to see in tomorrow's direct out of the picture.
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
So a Klonoa demo is live on the Japanese eShop. It has english language options so presumably the demo is dropping in the North American eShop at some point.

My initial impressions are keep your graphical expectations in check. It's had some touch ups over the Wii remake, but it's still in that general ballpark visually. It does look to have original difficulty options at least.

Can I interject here? (No? Well, I'm doing it anyway.)

I played through the Playstation version of Klonoa at the turn of the century, because a friend recommended it and loaned his copy to me. Years later, I bought the Wii version of the game but didn't play that one much. I mean, it's fine. It looks better than the Playstation version, because of course it does, but watching the footage on YouTube reminds me of a creative liberty which doesn't ruin the game outright, but does blunt its narrative.

Basically, Klonoa was aged up in the Wii game. They've made him roughly sixteen, he's got longer limbs, and he looks and acts a lot like Sonic... confident, cocky, headstrong, kind of puerile in a teenage way. He even sounds like Sonic if you turn on the English language option. Playstation Klonoa was not like this. He was probably eight, with a squat build and a squeaky voice and a youthful exuberance and a child-like innocence. He doesn't know the harsh realities of life... but he's about to find out.

The ending of Klonoa is harsh and traumatic. It wrings a tear out of your eye even as an adult, but for a CHILD, what happens would hit with the force of a wrecking ball. Making Klonoa older diminishes its narrative impact. A sixteen year old would be moderately affected by the loss, but for an eight year old, it would be seismic. It would change how they saw the world, forever leaving their perspective tarnished and cracked. That ending represents a loss of innocence and wonder, and at sixteen you'd have a lot less of both to lose.

Recently, I watched the demo of the new Klonoa remake. It looks a lot like the Wii version with sharper, shinier graphics, but they also used the eight year old version of Klonoa, which comes as a relief. The game just doesn't work as well with an older Klonoa.
 

Becksworth

Aging Hipster Dragon Dad
New voice? Sounded like Dominic Armato (who was already confirmed reprising the Guybrush role) to me.

I might be wrong. Been awhile since I played a Monkey Island. I was assuming Guybrush's original voice actor was older and was probably too gruff sounding now, but he's actually only like 6 or 7 seven years older than me.

The Monkey Mechanic guy's voice sounds a lot like him, you got to give me that.
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
Blanc looks beautiful but you know the ending will be depressing as hell.

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright looks very fun and creative! Apparently this is already out on Xbox but I'd never heard of it until now.

If Disney: Dreamlight Valley existed when I was a kid I likely would have been obsessed. Curious if their "early access" thing in September means free, if so I'll likely check it out. Having Scar and Ursula in the promo materials is especially cool.

Definitely going to check out today's Live a Live demo. Also I didn't realize until now you could queue up demos on the Switch from the browser, nice. For some reason I thought it was only full games you've bought.

The new Sonic Frontiers trailer gave me way more confidence in the game. Certainly going to wait for reviews.

Glad Mario Rabbids 2 has a date (Oct 20th)!
 

Sarcasmorator

Same as I ever was
(He/him)
At last, a chance to never play through the Persona games on my own terms!

re: RPG Time, goddammit, they found my weakness (Perler-style game sprites)
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
Blanc looks beautiful but you know the ending will be depressing as hell.

But on the plus side, that deer will be delicious.

The presentation initially made me think that Dreamlight Valley was going to be a civil war between Disney and Pixar characters, which would have been a more interesting concept than what they're actually giving us.

"Wait, was Chicken Little Disney or Pixar?"
"He sucks either way! Get him!"
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
I'm not really sure what other thread to put this in, so- who in the fucking WORLD wants that Limited Run version of Glover?! That game is truly, truly not good

It's like they saw Bubsy and thought, "Oh man, we can make a MUCH worse mascot than this." It's got the same problem as Billy Hatcher, in that it uses an awkward attack method that your character is chained to and pretty much worthless without. The thing is, Billy Hatcher had painfully twee graphics some people might find endearing, and Glover is clinical and devoid of artistic expression. One game has a chipper kid in a chicken suit, by a well known and occasionally liked video game artist. The other game has a hand, created by nobody. It is worth nothing.

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Positronic Brain

Out Of Warranty
(He/him)
Team Pixar would have formidable soldiers, but Team Disney has more warm bodies to throw into the meatgrinder of war - any conflict would be long and bloody. I think it's good that both sides have managed to settle aside their differences and coexist as a single community. For now.
 

gogglebob

The Goggles Do Nothing
(he/him)
Also: due to what I would presume to be a lack of planning, an overwhelming number of Pixar protagonists are, like, not even a foot tall. Disney got the whole cast of Hercules to stomp all over the likes of Woody, Nemo, or P.T. Flea.

Now if this were to be settled with a race...
 
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