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I really hope we get Film & 40s for both GoldenEye and Cradle 2 the Grave out of this.

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Shout out to Dan for that "(golf) seems like a hole to do" stealth pun.

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I vividly remember Baten Kaitos for the music and its once-in-a-console-generation twist, but I'm in the same boat with forgetting the nuances of the card combat. You had to stack them so they went up or down in a straight to get the most benefit, I think? They never released Baten Kaitos Origins over here so I can't tell you much about that one. It was the first time Monolith Soft worked with Nintendo, though, which was a partnership that lead to many great things IMO.

(P.S. I also thought Rakuen was great, and was sad that Vinny and Abby missed it since it seemed right up their alley. I might recommend they play it for a GBE PlayDate, but it might be uncomfortable to watch them openly bawling.)

(P.P.S. The Danganronpa games would be more fun as anime I suspect. Those courtroom mini-games are kinda bad, especially in 2. I'll reserve judgement for V3 until after I've played it.)

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Ooh, more games I'm attached to this time. I have to say, I'm looking forward to seeing what your one Tales game will be (unless you have two: a 2D and a 3D one).

Illusion of Gaia's one of those "Hella Nostalgic" picks for me also. I recall it was the first time I'd ever been super invested in a game's story. It was written by a professional light novel author, so it frequently took these strange narrative flights of fancy you just didn't see in other RPGs of its type: sequences like Kara and Will adrift for weeks, or the Angel Village, or the Russian Roulette gambler. I also loved that game's soundtrack enough to make a deep-dive blog on it - I particularly liked its orchestral samples and the way some of the more haunting tracks have stuck with me. There's certainly a case to be made for it being the weakest of the Soul Blazer trilogy, especially as Terranigma doubled down on that narrative weirdness, but I'll take any opportunity to gush about it. Rudely. On someone else's blog.

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Welcome back, Pixel! Though maybe I should've posted that on your 2018 GOTY blog I somehow missed. Whoops.

Sorry your images got a bit blurred; the site redesign is still working out the kinks. Looking forward to more entries - a top 200 list is quite an ambitious project, especially with all these visuals. I'll see about getting this featured on the community showcase.

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Pyryckertas and his newfound love of triangles is a strong running goof.

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 would be an amazing follow-up to Steal My Sunshine. "Grab My Galaxy"? Maybe some phrasing issues with that one. "Gumballs and Galaxies"? I should probably just let GBE (the inventors of "Mass Alex") figure it out.

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Can't wait to see where Super Famista, Super Famista 2, Super Famista 3, Super Famista 4 and Super Famista 5 rank.

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I'm sitting three feet away from an original boxed copy of Wizards & Warriors and I couldn't tell you the first thing about it, besides the history. I'm sure I played it at some point but those memories have long since evaporated.

I received the PS4 version of Divinity OS2 for Xmas, so it's definitely a priority in the year ahead. I've heard nothing but effusive praise.

I feel like I should've done more to warn you about Symphonia 2. While I don't have a whole lot of experience with the other canonical Tales sequels (Xillia 2, Destiny 2), they both sound like they're better than that one. Though that reminds me that I've been procrastinating on updating that character tiers list...

At any rate, I look forward to seeing you sink even deeper into an anime RPG hole with other Tales entries this year. Here's also to you scrounging up the reserves to finally put PoE2 to rest.

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Wait, you didn't like Final Fantasy XIII? What will this mean for the upcoming 100% all-endings FFXIII-2 playthrough you and Gino will soon embark on?