RPG Cast – Episode 729: “Zelda Goes to IKEA”

Kelley becomes a Battletoads Jedi. Chris visits Atelier Risa the pleasure planet. Robert will pay the price of free-to-play. Josh patents our new adult animation series.

Question of the Week
What was your favorite announcement from the Nintendo Direct?

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6 Responses

  1. Shaymin Shaymin says:

    It feels like “Danganronpa team making a strategy RPG” was aimed directly at me so I wouldn’t complain too loudly about the final two games being Metroid Prime 4 and a SECOND remake of the same SaGa game on the same system, so let’s go with that.

    Though strong runner up to Square Enix publishing Fantasian, because it means the prodigal Sakaguchi has come home in a fashion.

  2. Gameresq Gameresq says:

    Fans of the original Secret of Mana did not like the remake because it was a cheaply made cash grab by Square that failed to do justice to the original. Tam is right to the extent that Square should have done justice to the original while addressing shortfalls in gameplay—but they did neither of those things.

    There is an excellent YouTube video that highlights many of the remake’s deficiencies, but I will try to summarize here:

    Keep in mind that Square remade Adventures of Mana on mobile and sold it for $14. The SoM remake had a similar level of quality, used many of the same mobile assets and was sold for several times more. The graphical detail and attention to detail in the original SNES release was vastly superior to the remake. The character models in the 3D version were cheaply made. The voice acting was horrific—on par with Arc Rise Fantasia. A cheap remake like this would have been better off with text boxes instead of trying to voice every single character by using the same few voice actors. Character mouths were not animated which was weird and creepy because the game keeps focusing on them as their speaking. The audio in general was a disaster. The SNES version has one of the best soundtracks of all time. The remake’s soundtrack alternated between shrill, sappy and cheesy. Sure you can switch back to the original soundtrack, but given the cheap visuals in the remake, why bother buying this?

    AI was not improved at all in the remake. In many ways, it is worse because you cannot set character aggressiveness to same degree as original. This results in your party getting stuck and dying more often. Bosses were made much, much easier and the remake has almost no challenge.

    In short, those of us who love the original Secret of Mana disliked the remake because it is the most expensive, worst way to experience the game.

  3. Gameresq Gameresq says:

    QotW – Favorite announcement at the direct has to be Fantasian coming to consoles. I have waited years to try this and it will be a day one purchase.

    Strong runner up is the new Mario & Luigi Brothership release. The resemblance to Superstar Saga was clear and I consider that to be the best entry in the series.

  4. My favorite announcement was Mario & Luigi: Brothership. I adore the Mario & Luigi series despite not playing Paper Jam yet. I am excited by how Brothership looks; it already looks better than Paper Jam.

  5. Scar Scar says:

    I’m going to say Brothership. They have a strong bond, it’s TWO Brothers!

  6. Traceriii Traceriii says:

    My favorite announcement was for Dragon Quest 3. It was nice to get a release date for it to confirm it was coming out this year. The Dragon Quest 1and 2 announcement, was a nice bonus.

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