At 9/30/10 12:13 AM, SoulMaster71 wrote:
You know, I've liked the Overthinker for a few months now, but it's only been the last two, three days where I've realized how right the man really was.
Maybe a bit TOO right. I think he's a witch. Should we push him off a cliff, or drown him in a pond?
It started the other day with the fake Apokélypse trailer. Any of you interested have already seen it: a darker reinterpretation of Pokémon made as a parody of similarly dark reinterpretations of other game franchises.
I swear, that trailer was one of the funniest things I've seen all month. And I think I once heard it's a trailer to a real, fan-made movie. Which I'd be down to see. I love it when people do this kind of crap. Even the low-budget stuff.
The tradition goes back to the, ah, less-than-stellar Super Mario Bros. movie,
I actually enjoyed this movie when I was young. Not sure why. I must've been glad that I got a proper story behind Super Mario Bros. Deluxe on my Gameboy Color. I have always been convinced that Mario and Luigi were two working class plumbers from Brooklyn.
I watched the anime during its 10th anniversary marathon on Cartoon Network, or at least a few episodes and Destiny Deoxys. All this while thinking it jumped the Sharpedo the moment it introduced him.
That May bitch will never replace Misty. Never.
Then I came back this last spring and found how stupidly wrong I had been, and it was a moment of pure childlike and nostalgic joy the moment I grabbed SoulSilver and found Johto as I knew it, but better.
I remember immediately working my magic from the beginning of the game. Picking up my favorite pokemon as a kid, just for the hell of it. A Mareep, Ekans, and a Spinarak to name a few. It almost didn't matter that there were better pokemon out there. These were MY memories. Moderately enhanced with new attacks and possibilities.
So I wrote and posted a reply talking about how our childhood fortresses and treehouses are bulldozed to make parking lots and strip malls,
I swear I read Moviebob say something similar about a sand lot he played on as a kid. In one of his articles on The Escapist. The one that I linked earlier in this thread, probably.
how rule 34 has made every innocent childhood memory into a pornographic comic or five,
"There's no way that there's porn of everything out there.", I thought in my 13 year old mind. I was proven wrong. :(
So I posted that comment, and then I looked it over and realized: that was Episode 7.
The Nintendo fanboy in me was crying tears of joy in that episode.
And then this. An interview with Satoru Iwata, mostly about the 3DS. It's a long interview, but only maybe the first five minutes, where he talks about the release of Black and White and mentions the demographics that picked up D/P versus HG/SS, matter for this. Based on Club Nintendo signups from each game, it was figured out that D/P was mostly picked up by elementary schoolers. That's only natural: older players like me had supposedly graduated out of the series after hitting high school. What was surprising was that HG/SS had a different story to tell. A significant percentage of the Club Nintendo signups were from people ages 19-25 (full disclosure: I was 19 at the time of American release). People who would probably have started with Generation 1, and who would have gone in for Generation 2 when it came out. Iwata made the comment that the trend is continuing and driving B/W's success as one of the fastest sellers in Japanese video game history.
Now this is what I like to hear. First is how Nintendo is looking at the age of the demographics buying their software. Second is how they see that fans are willing to come back to a series with a little motivation. I mean, sure. Remake a game that's nearly a decade old. What a cheap move, right? But how often do you find developers catering specifically to the old fans, in a way that allows the new kids a chance at playing along as well? At my High School, I would look out at our lunch time to see as many as over a dozen kids at once connecting pokewalkers and battling each other on their DSs. I, of course, joined in on the fun. It was the first time since really the second grade for me, where students had such a great interest in these almost addicting RPG games. Incidentally, that was also the same time we were all playing Gold and Silver.
I honestly don't know why I'm posting this now. But it came to me as a pleasant surprise that people had lived similar stories before I did. And out there, in the world? There's countless others like me.
Moar Sole-mastahs? Where were they during our game of Crusades, damn it?
Like Iwata said, a lot of fans my age came back to Pokémon because of HG/SS.
GameFreak has claimed that B/W is supposed to be much like our first Pokemon adventure. I'd like to know how they could pull that off. Without spoiling too much, that is. I respectfully avoided the new pokedex article, and all new information on the game. I'm willing to give them the chance to wow me the same way Yellow version wowed me at age 6. And if they fail? I'll still have a new game that is supposed to be damn near amazing in its own right.
How many older fans were brought back by New Super Mario Bros. on DS and Wii?
DS certainly brought me back. But NSMB Wii came around after I downloaded SMB 3 and SMW on Virtual Console. Still though, I had some fun with the game's coop feature.
How many who were kids not too long ago saw the Super Mario 64 remake when the DS came out and picked it up for nostalgia, and it propelled them back into the hobby or the fandom?
But I never quit video games altogether, at any point in my life.
And how many people who abandoned gaming shortly after Ocarina of Time are going to see the 3DS remake and get that 3DS because of it?
When I get the 3DS, perhaps on the first price drop, it'll mainly be because of Paper Mario 3D. It's not another Super Paper Mario, which is Nintendo answering one of my old prayers. And take away the "D", and the title becomes Paper Mario 3. Hell Yeah.
Oh, and the Kid Icarus game looks badass, and there's a Resi game I should pick up at some point. Unless there's something totally new or awesome about OoT3D, I'll probably skip it. I've played and replayed that game way too much.
I guess what I'm trying to say is... I'm not alone, for once. And it feels good.
I could never believe there are people just like me. That's just too farfetched. But there are always people similar to you. In their hobbies, in their opinions, and in their minds. They're the kind of people who instantly became your friend in reality. In school and college, they're the guys who take the same, optional classes that you did, or the same clubs. Or just the guy that dressed up as Mario on Halloween when you dressed as Luigi.