Finished Kirby Dream Land 1 & 2 on Stream and Review!

So spur of the moment inspired by Hungrygoriya playing Kirby Super Star on her Meatstick Monday streaming series, I got inspired to finally play the first 2 Kirby games: Kirby Dream Land 1 and 2. Before this I had only played the NES title and Nightmare in Dreamland for gba, so I was excited to go back to Kirby’s roots!

Took 2 streams, but I finished both games! I finished Dream Land the first night and got more than halfway through Dream Land 2 before calling it a night. Rest of Dream Land 2 was a combination of failures and successes, but I made it in the wee morning hours, beating King Dedede a second time. I know Dream Land 2 has a hidden final boss upon collecting the Rainbow Drops, so I might go back to get some or all of them off-stream. Final percentage for Dream Land 2 was 78%. Review of games following videos.

So here’s the videos:

Review:
Kirby’s Dream Land 1 and 2 were released by Hal Laboratory in 1992 and 1995 and both games are platforming titles. The Kirby games are just plain fun! Not too hard and not too easy. Kirby floats, jumps and sucks his way to victory across many worlds to save Dream Land from King Dedede and his minions. It’s weird playing these early titles when my first Kirby games were the later ones, mainly Kirby’s Adventure on the NES, where some of the gameplay elements baked into the later titles aren’t a thing yet. Like inhaling enemies to gain abilities. The first two games you can suck enemies and their ammo to shoot back at them, its not until the second one that you can start gaining abilities from certain enemies. The second game also features Kirby’s animal friends who help you fly, swim and hop across various worlds. The first game has four worlds, culminating in a boss gauntlet of the previous 4 bosses before a frantic battle with King Dedede. Dream land 2 has 7 worlds of adventure and the game is feature din more of an adventure game format. Saving your progress as you go through each level in a world and adding to your completion percentage. A second good ending awaits after gaining all the Rainbow Drops and fighting the real final boss after another frantic fight with King Dedede.

Graphics and sound:
Graphics are large and easy to see in both games against the Game Boy’s grayscale. Dream Land 2 is beautiful when you put its Super Game Boy palette! Kirby, health items, and enemies are all easy to see in both games. The music is worth listening to, and you may find yourself whistling to some of it or finding mp3 files of them on your own later! I especially enjoy the boss themes, and the music fighting King Dedede in both games.

Play control:
Kirby is easy to control in both games. Even when Kirby is riding one of his animal friends and swimming, flying or hopping to victory in Dream Land 2 they’re easy to control. Trying to keep Kirby flying in air sometimes when he has an enemy in his mouth can be tough. Some of the bosses you need to keep maneuvering to be able to hit them with a learned ability, or to inhale their ammo to do damage to them.

Challenge:
The Kirby games aren’t that hard and they’re not so easy you’ll blow right through them either. Some of the boss fights can be tricky and will require patience waiting for the boss to release its ammo that you can inhale and shoot back at it to damage it. Getting one of your animal friends in Dream Land 2 require beating a mini-boss, which can be tricky, and you’ll have to fight all these mini-bosses again on your way to King Dedede. Dream Land 1 you have a boss gauntlet of the 4 bosses before king Dedede, but thankfully if you lose at Dedede you don’t have to fight the 4 of them again. Both titles have unlimited continues, so you can keep trying. Dream Land 2 saves your progress after each level along with unlimited continues, so you can pick up where you left off between long car trips even.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Kirbys for both games!!

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Final Fantasy 3/6 SNES Hacks Part 1: Return of the Dark Sorcerer and Ted Woosley Uncensored

So I’ve been wanting to get back to my FF3/6 roots, being it my favorite FF title. Then I got lost in the rabbit hole of hacks/improvements on romhacking.net. Found 2 of them I gave a try to and I really like! So here’s some mini reviews of two of them!

Return of the Dark Sorcerer:
Dark Sorcerer is a fanbased hack project that’s gone through many different versions since 2010. This mod isn’t just FF3 with a new coat of paint slapped on the heroes, gear, and towns. The plot is about the same from the original, but with enough changes and twists to make it fresh, along with the plot making more sense in parts. The new set of heroes aren’t just stand-ins for Terra, Locke, and the others, their storylines remain the same but with some changes too. Wait till you see who Gau’s replacement is! New gear and Espers were added. Even on the normal difficulty the game can be off-putting with the tougher boss fights, and there’s a new game+ feature. Some heroes were rebalanced, or some made too weak.

Espers can only be equipped by certain party members, limiting everyone knowing the same magics. The level up bonuses with each Esper were eliminated, replaced with the stat boosting tab items from Chrono Trigger. Some equipment even teaches you spells! You even have some heroes from other Final Fantasy titles! The music is a cornucopia of various tracks from other rpgs and games ranging from Lufia to Dragon Quest, and there’s a 2nd soundtrack to play with if you want to insert it into the mod. Speaking of, the enemies are all new and some range from previous FF games, DragonBall Z, Pokemon, Dragon Quest, and others! As of this writing, I’ve completed the 3 scenarios after the raft, and I plan to restart this on a stream soon to be surprised at what else shows up. I recommend this! As of this writing, latest update was February 2020, version 2.0.6.

You can get Return of the Dark Sorcerer here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/2207/

Ted Woosley Uncensored:
This mod could likely be the definitive Final Fantasy 3/6. When the game first came out, it was heavily censored with a different script, the psx was uncensored but used the old us FF3 script. The GBA port had a new script but not as well received and the sound was awful. This mod rewrites the script from the us edition done by Ted Woosley using elements from the GBA port and others who worked on this analyzing and reworking it for a better, more exciting experience to make it closer to the original title. The spells, gear and other issues were renamed, and the graphics were uncensored now.

This build is a combination of various smaller hacks as well that fixed various glitches and errors and some new stuff to make it a more rewarding title. Even the Opera script was reworked to the version from the GBA! You also have a dash button now which wasn’t in the original, but in the GBA and PSX versions. I can’t wait to play more of this and re-experience FF3! Highly recommended! As of this writing, last update to this improvement was November 2019, 2.0.7a.

You can get Ted Woosley Uncensored here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1386/

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My Final Fantasy 6 Collection (Updated 5/22/2020)

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This is me showing off my FF6 collection stuff. Will be updated as I get more various FF6 stuff. XD

So I’ve mentioned before i love the Final Fantasy titles, 6 is actually my favorite. My top 4 being 6, 9, 4, and 7. I really got into 6 at a teen with friends. The storylines, the heroes, the villain Kefka being one of the few to actually succeed in destroying the world and so on. Offhand only faults I have are that the game can be linear at a couple points and very open ended at another, and how every party member can learn all of the same magic from Espers. You can logically keep spamming the powerful Ulitma spells to bulldoze through the later half of the quest. And Gau still sucks like Edward in FF4.

I still ship Locke x and Celes forever. ❤

So over the years I’ve been trying to build a FF6 collection. I’m still working on the games themselves, mainly the snes FF3, and the US and Japanese gba FF6 Advance ports. Aside from those 3, I’ve built a nice little set of any supplemental guides and such.

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The above are the Japanese FF6 Remastered soundtrack, the Super Famicom FF6, and the 3 Japanese FF6 game guides. I never got a chance to get the American FF3/6 soundtrack in the 90’s called Kefka’s Domain, and I never had a chance to get the Japanese ost over the years. When I heard about the remastered osts of FF4-6, I jumped on getting the 6 ost. Very glad I did. The FF6 sfc cart is complete with the game, manuals, and cart. The game guides are really cool! They came in a set of 3, each displaying different information on the game: the weapons and armor, the timeline and story itself, the heroes and other characters, and works as a hint book too. The artwork is beautiful! I highly recommend trying to find the 3 of them either on ebay or a Japanese auction site.

I also finally got both the Japanese and US editions of FF6 Advance for the gba! I decided to treat myself for my birthday and took awhile but got the us FF6 Advance complete under $100. Dunno why it went up so much so fast. So glad i got both complete and had spare protector boxes for them. they’re so pretty too!

The first 2 of the above photos are the Final Fantasy Anthology guide and the old Nintendo Power FF3 guide. FF Anthology being the psx ports of FF5 and FF6. I’ve had the Nintendo Power FF3 guide for years, and it shows just by the one photo. lol Both guides have a wealth of information and maps. I do kinda like how one guide can have some different information then the other.

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My Sad Time with FF7

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So FF7 is in my top 4 Final Fantasy titles, the others being 6, 9, and 4. I’ve never finished any the psx or later FFs, even back in the day. 7 I always enjoyed watching the videos for for its story and characters, and the cool Materia system. But, never finished due to time, lost interest, etc. Story of my life with my dumb brain.

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So the pc version of FF7 was the first one I actually owned. It was glorious and I enjoyed it a lot. I think the pc version was when i got the Bradyguide which I still have, along with various sheets for extra stuff i would print from gamefaqs. Note: if I have a game guide I paperclip the page of where I leave off in case I forget, along with any extra stuff I print. I think when I stopped playing it for some reason I was still somewhere in Disc 1, I had Yuffie and Vincent. May have been sometime past the Rufus parade sequence.

At some point I got the psx FF7. I may have gotten it at Gamestop or EB Games (remember them?), or was gifted by an ex-friend who at the time, claimed he was giving up video games. But anyway, I enjoyed playing it again, but didn’t want to restart. So doing some looking around on early Google, I heard about the Dexdrive which would do the duty for me. Found one on clearance or cheap at EB Games. Tried it out. Couldn’t figure it out or get it to work. Boo!

Annoyed, I just restarted at some point when I got renewed interest. I think somewhere between then I got a new pc, or it broke, sold off the pc FF7 or something. Left off before things happened at the Wall Market. 😦

With the Steam and console remasters of FF7 through 9, I really liked the improved graphics and sound! I especially like the added gameplay elements to jump to level 99, turn off encounters and the like if you’re trying to go from point A to B, or want to experience just the story for the first time or again. Heck the turning off encounters is great with save spots far apart or if you’re trying to go somewhere or navigating a puzzle.

ff7-3So I recently rediscovered the remastered version. This being one the reasons I’d love to get a Nintendo Switch too. I may have to get it on Steam for pc once I have the extra money, especially since there aren’t any Steam sales coming up soon. I did try the apk’s for the Android version and love it! Once i get a new gamepad (long story) I’ll have to sit down with it more. Currently at Shinra HQ as of this writing. Really enjoying it all over again!
So for March with the upcoming FF7 Remake I planned to finally play FF& Crisis Core on-stream. I’d love to play 7 but debating playing it on my own so I can go when i want, or on a stream. Still don’t have a console hookup to my pc so it’d have to be psx emulator or wait some point to get the Steam version. I do plan to keep going with 7 this time, one way or another.ff7-6

(And how’d I make it through most of February without any blog posts?!)

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