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Disgaea 5 Complete (Nintendo Switch) Entry #4 | GAME JOURNAL

ENTRY #4


PLAY TIME: 20h 05m

WEBSITE: www.nintendo.com/games/detail/disgaea-5-complete-switch

Welcome to another entry in my Disgaea 5 Complete gamethrough blog!

It is where I, Walapie Gamer, take you through my chronicles of playing Disgaea 5 Complete for the Nintendo Switch.

Disgaea 5 consumed my life this past week.

I was able to clock in over ten hours, and I want to do more. An interesting character appeared. His name? Gale Force Overlord Zeroken, to be precise. He’s a ninja type who constantly tries hard to show how awesome and worthy he is but ultimately fails at doing so. Very entertaining.

I enjoyed watching him interact with Killia who he has seemingly deemed his rival. While Zeroken is being introduced and doing Zeroken things, Red Magnus continued to be his big, clueless self. Don’t ever change, Red.

Moving on from the Prinny-Knife-Gun party and onto my next stop: The Poison world, Poisondise.

These demons are too cute. I could not wait to battle . . . oh, what? Zeroken?! Again? I should have expected this since the episode was named after him. Let’s see what he’s up to.

I laughed out loud at Seraphina’s response. The party was not having any of Zeroken’s overproduced and theatrical antics.

Zeroken quickly told us his motivation. But he decided not to give us the reason behind said motivation. The party agreed to let him fight alongside us as long as he didn’t get in the way. Killia, like always, didn’t even care. As long as he found Lord Void Dark, Killia was fine with Zeroken either way.

I was particularly glad the overzealous ninja was there to fight alongside us. I opened up the Cheat Shop earlier which allowed me to alter enemy strength among other things. I had increased enemy levels and had forgotten to lower them before stepping into battle. Silly me. I decided to try and beat the stage without having to exit the fight just to lower the enemy difficulty. Laziness won out, yet I was also up for the challenge.

With Zeroken at my side, I thought it was possible.

The battles in Poisondise, however, made it even more daunting due to the purple poison that surrounded us from all sides.

With careful, tactical play, I managed to snag a victory in the land of poison. I found out crossing the poison was much easier when I stacked all of my characters on top of each other to form a Tower. Then, I would toss the Tower onto safe land on the other side of the poison where the enemies were. It was easy goings–battling baddies–after that. I even unlocked a few monsters for myself by completing quests. Yup!

I unlocked an Undead as well as a Sludge monster to add to my party. I have yet to add either to my group, but I am glad the option to recruit monsters exists.

Before moving the story forward, I decided to do heavy level grinding on stage 2-1. It is a level with few enemies that and a 50% increase in experience. On top of this boost, the Cheat Shop allowed me to alter values until I had an additional 50% experience boost. I had to momentarily lower the amount of money and skill points I earned to do this but it was worth it.

Why grind levels? All of my characters were beginning to have level gaps before grinding and I always like to close that gap as much as I can. Additionally, their levels were also in the late teens to mid twenties, and I felt like they were not as powerful as I wanted them to be. Especially in Poisondise in which being poisoned meant taking damage every turn. Higher levels meant more health points which meant surviving longer in the poisonous demon world. My goal was to lower the gap in levels between party members and increase survival in Poisondise. And I completed both objectives.

All of my characters are now overpowered for the story portion, and all sit within the level forty to fifty plus range. I don’t feel god-like yet, but I am getting there.

I enjoy being challenged so whenever I want to be tested, I simply raise enemy strength at the Cheat Shop and my level fifty characters feel like level one characters in comparison. And since I can do this without penalty or cost–at any time–I always have the exact gaming experience I want. Thank you, Disgaea.

Eight to ten hours passed due to grinding levels for fun. Then, the Item World was introduced to me. A dream come true. I have a feeling I’ll be writing plenty more about this place in a future journal. It is an infinite world inside of each item in my inventory, full of power-ups and creatures. The deeper I went, the more powerful the item became as it leveled up. Yeah. Even items can gain levels; I can see myself grinding important items in the late game for hours on end.

Somebody take this game away from me . . . too late.

My introduction with the Item World was fairly quick. I was tasked at leveling up a Gate Key to Level 10. Then, I would be bale to open the Dimension Gate in order to get to the next area. This did not take long. Before I knew it, a Prinny was congratulating me on making the Gate Key strong enough to unlock the portal.

Of course, the Gate Key led us to a short fight with monsters and a new Overlord. Hedler, a giant moth Overlord of Poisondise, was easy to enough to defeat. Well, maybe that’s because I was in a hurry to leave the poison world so I lowered the enemy difficulty back to normal. The normal difficulty baddies did not stand a chance to my overpowered group.

And with that, I said goodbye to Poisondise and Episode 3.

Whatever happens, I will be sure to update you here of my ongoing adventures.

Thanks for reading, and I will see you next time.

Happy gaming, everyone!

–Walapie Gamer


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#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Blue Snowball Mic

Welcome to another #BlogapieGamer, a gaming blog series that chronicles a behind-the-scenes look at my creative career.

#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Blue Snowball Mic.

Today, I want to show you the mic I purchased.

I bought the Blue Snowball Mic from Amazon after doing a little research. I watched YouTube videos, read reviews, and price-compared before I bought the best quality mic I could get for a reasonable price.

I have been starting to use it regularly to record intros for my The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild playthrough videos, and I am very happy with the results and clarity. If anything sounds bad, that’s usually my lack of experience/incompetence at recording and editing audio rather than the quality of the mic. Ha!

STAY COOL WITH CLEAR AUDIO

The mic is large, sturdy, and feels like it can take a beating if I decided to lug it around in a backpack. I also really like the thick reinforced USB cable. So nice. So durable.

Over all, I would recommend this to anyone looking to record audio on a budget. I can’t wait to use it for future gaming projects, as long as time permits.

Thanks for reading and taking a look behind the scenes with me. See you next time!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

TWITTER: My Twitter feed has even more personalized content from me.

FLICKR: My Flickr account has a lot of gaming galleries and images galore.

 

 

Why the Nintendo Switch is a Bucket List Console

MY NINTENDO SWITCH

I have been purchasing Nintendo consoles at launch since 2001.

That has been sixteen years of standing in line and pre-ordering just to get my hands on the newest Nintendo hardware. After careful consideration due to being slightly burned by being an early adopter for the Wii U, I continued my tradition and procured a Nintendo Switch at launch.

Would I be filled with regrets?

More importantly, would there be games to play on my shiny, new $300 device?

Not only did I have not have any regrets, but I was filled with glee having snagged a Nintendo Switch at launch. And I am happy to report that it is a bonafide Bucket List console straight from Nintendo.


 

Happiness Cubed

Before I gush and delve into the reasons why I appreciate the Switch so much, let me take you back to 2001.

My friend’s brother and I decided to buy Nintendo’s upcoming home console, the GameCube, on day one. It was a glorious purple lunchbox of a device I have consistently called my favorite console of all time. And I am sticking to it (although the Switch is coming close to dethroning it).

We went to our local Kmart (a department store that was super popular before the rise of Walmart) to procure one. We stood in line about an hour before the store opened to snag a launch unit. And if my memory is correct, that would have been about 5 or 6am. Oh, we were dedicated gamers back then indeed.

When the doors parted at opening time, we made a mad dash to the electronics department—my friend’s brother actually bumped into me but I would not be knocked off course. I grabbed the GameCube (and a free blow-up chair with the GameCube logo on it) and headed home.

Fun times ahead and the start of my nearly two decade Nintendo home console launch-athon.

Wii, Wii, Wii, All the Way Home

In 2006, I vowed to get a Wii at launch and thought I would have an easy time doing so. After all, I was a die-hard Nintendo fan. I was one of the few who stood in line for the GameCube, Nintendo’s worst selling console at that time. Alas, the Wii had permeated popular culture before its arrival and everyone wanted one. My dreams and hopes were squashed.

It did not help that I worked the day of its release, too.

I threw my hands up in failure, but luckily, my mother did not. She told me to get ready before work, drove me to the local mall, and made me follow her as we searched electronic store after electronic store until we lucked out and found a female employee standing in front of the outer entrance to Sears. I remember thinking the search would be for naught, but then I noticed two white tickets in the employee’s hand. I asked for one; my mom looked at me and asked if we should grab the last ticket for my older brother. I said sure since my brother was supposed to meet us soon. The girl hesitated and handed the final ticket to my mother.

Success!

I was able to procure the Wii at launch after all. Even with a lot stacked against me. I had a blast over the next six years playing Nintendo’s motion controlled revolution machine.

The Wii U Acquisition

By the launch of the Wii U in 2012, I had developed a sixth sense: A console hype radar. I began to understand whether a Nintendo product would be sought after with a gut instinct. And the Wii U did not seem to have the same kind of excitement the Wii did. Or even the GameCube, looking back.

It was the easiest console for me to acquire and required little effort. I was able to walk into GameStop and plop money down for a pre-order oh so causally. Come launch day, I walked into the store and was handed my Wii U.

No fuss. Actually, no one else was in line to get one.

More so, no one seemed to know about the Wii U’s existence. I truly mean that. The employee in the electronic department at Best Buy did not even know what it was.

The Wii U launch was anti climatic (and that is an understatement). But I snagged a launch edition because I was, am, and always will be a Nintendo fan through thick and thin. The Wii U would turn out to be Nintendo’s worst selling console ever, casting doubt on Nintendo’s next hardware, doubt in the mind of Nintendo fans everywhere, as well as doubt in my mind.

Nintendo Switches Focus

As 2017 came around, it was starting to become clear that the Nintendo Switch would be more like the Wii and less like the Wii U in terms of demand. My tummy rumbled; it was my sixth sense telling me Nintendo was going to have a hit on their hands. And I needed to pre-order to secure one.

I stayed up later than usual and bounced from website to website right after the official Nintendo Switch presentation had ended in January. I stumbled upon a live show from one of my favorite podcasts, Radio Free Nintendo. My attention piqued when the host mentioned Nintendo Switch pre-orders had gone up on Walmart’s web site. I quickly pre-ordered a unit with a huge smile on my face, albeit with a little apprehension.

But it turned out being a greater deal than I had anticipated.

I did not have to pay for shipping because I shipped it to store, my tax was waived, and I got a free $20 gift card because it was not delivered on launch day as scheduled but during the following week. The following Monday after work, I sped to Walmart and picked up my shiny new Switch.

My Opinion Switched

The Nintendo Switch was everything the Wii U wanted to be: Sleek, modern, sophisticated with solid weight when held.

It was as if the Wii U GamePad had shrunk, lost weight, and put on a new set of clothes. The Switch’s high quality, higher resolution screen stood out as quality and the two separate Joy-Con controllers felt immediately comfortable in my hands. The unit felt like a solid, modern electronic device, something its predecessor lacked. Turning the Switch on only cemented this feeling of mine.

The Switch’s minimal and clean user interface loaded quickly, a far cry from what I was used to with the Wii U’s interface. With the Nintendo Switch, I checked my profile, altered settings, checked the eShop, and then jumped into a game all within seconds. Furthermore, the Sleep and Wake functions made playing games a snap. The Switch took the chore-like nature out of the game playing equation. I really appreciate the effort by everyone at Nintendo for making this device so quick and intuitive to use.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

AN IMAGE I TOOK WITH THE SWITCH CAPTURE BUTTON

What’s More . . .

The central feature of the Switch, the ability to switch the device from a handheld to a console, makes game playing more convenient than ever before. It is really eye opening to no longer have my play sessions dependent upon one form factor, something I felt with many games in the past.

I hated going through the cumbersome steps to get my Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate save file from 3DS to Wii U and back. I wish I could play my copy of Pokemon Moon on the television when at home. And it would have been cool to take my Wii U version of Darksiders 2 around with me as I have done with Breath of the Wild.

The Switch changed all of this: There is only one save file; only one game is needed; and both go everywhere the Switch goes. I could finally play how I wanted without having to buy two copies of a game–one handheld and one console version–and worry about how to transfer my save file without corrupting it. I have played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at home, then in a waiting room, and then continued playing the same game and file back at home on the big screen. Simple, painless, and capable.

The Nintendo Switch Versatility

Even more, there was a level of versatility the Switch instantly provided that I have never experienced in my near thirty years of collecting and playing games. I could finally play how I wanted and that included controller methods, too.

The main unit and Joy-Con combined felt similar to holding a modern Wii U GamePad or portable device. I used this comfortable play style whenever I wanted to scan amiibo for Breath of the Wild items.

When I brought my Switch to a friend’s house to play Zelda, I removed the Joy-Con from the unit and attached them to the included grip controller to better replicate a more traditional control method.

But whenever I felt lazy, I kept one Joy-Con in each hand and laid back. Wii Remote and Nunchuck style. All of these methods can be used in Zelda. Additionally, most games thus far support multiple play styles if not all of the ones I mentioned above. I am grateful to be able to play with the control style that fits my mood rather than being limited to a single way.

The Games Are Here

The Switch is an awesome all-in-one device but it would mean nothing without games. Luckily, the games are here.

I love the lineup that the Switch has as it seems to target people who love games for what they ultimately are: Fun, interactive media. That is why I have been having a blast playing Zelda for over 200 hours, Super Bomberman R with friends and family, Fast RMX solo, King of Fighters ’98 for the first time, Puyo Puyo Tetris competitively, Graceful Explosion Man, Snipperclips with my spouse, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe locally and online, and my very first Disgaea game. And that is just a small slice of the Switch’s stellar lineup it has amassed in three months.

I still have to get many quality digital games such as Square Enix’s RPG I am Setsuna, a charming retro inspired collecting game called Snake Pass, a frantic action game called Mr. Shifty, the return of an arcade basketball type game titled NBA Playgrounds, as well as many other SNK retro games, along with heavy hitters that are sure to come in the following weeks (ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Sonic Mania–I am looking at all of you).

I am really overwhelmed, in a good way, at the amount of quality games that have been made available in such a short time frame.

THANKS FOR READING!

Nintendo Switch. No Regrets.

I have been accruing Nintendo hardware at launch since 2001.

And although I felt a bit burned by getting a Wii U at launch, I am glad I ultimately did not let that get in the way of getting the Switch at launch.

I have had many memories so far with my spouse, her sister, our friends, online with strangers, and by myself in the last three months just playing games for the sake of fun. Zelda has been epic, Mario Kart has been a blast to play online, and delving into the King of Fighters series for the first time has been thrilling.

The Nintendo Switch is a solid hardware selection for anyone looking to reinvigorate their love of gaming, to fit into a busy life schedule, or to become a gamer’s primary console of choice.

It is a Bucket List console for sure, and I highly recommend procuring one when/if you can.

–Walapie Gamer


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GAME JOURNAL | Disgaea 5 Complete (Nintendo Switch) Entry #1

ENTRY #1


PLAY TIME: 1h 48m

WEBSITE: www.nintendo.com/games/detail/disgaea-5-complete-switch

I’ve been waiting for a Disgaea game on a Nintendo console forever. Yes. I dabbled with the DS version, but a full-fledged, modern Disgaea for a Nintendo home console escaped us Nintendo fans up until now. And the wait was worth it.

Since I primarily game on Nintendo hardware, as you might have guessed already, I did not play Disgaea 5 when it originally released, so I started this game pretty much blind. Well, besides watching a few videos to prep myself for what was about to come my way.

And of course, a tips and tricks video I would recommend.

The game’s intro did not disappoint. I quickly fell in love with Seraphina, the game’s Gorgeous Goddess who believes all men should fall to her whim. Oh. And she has never held anything heavier than a slice of cake. Then there is Killia, our main protagonist. He is a silent, brooding type of hero who loves to eat before each battle. Can’t fight on an empty stomach.

Through happenstance, the two end up together and our game begins.

I have only played two story missions in my nearly 2 hours of play time, but I have done so much. I’ve talked to every Non Player Character (N.P.C), read explanations on all of the game mechanics up to the point that I am at, and have grasped a bit of understanding about the battle mechanics and the weapons. The game is fun.

[SIDE BAR: For those new to tactic role playing games, the game’s battles take place on a grid. Think of a chess or checker board. And each turn, you move your characters across the grid towards enemy characters, do battle, and execute commands such as healing or using an item.]

I have not dedicated myself to playing a tactics game in ages, but this one has me hooked! I just found out the ability to stack my own characters one on top of each other to build a “tower”. And after the tower of characters is built, I was allowed to whack an enemy with my own characters for a lot of damage. Fun times, indeed.

So far, so good. The game is quick to begin and I can tell it will last hundreds of hours if I want it to. I am going to try some of the neat leveling up tricks I learned in the tips and tricks video above when I get the chance.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to put in a few hours over this weekend between real life obligations and the ongoing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gaming mandatory daily play sessions.

Thanks for reading, and I will see you next time.

Happy gaming, everyone!

–Walapie Gamer


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Public Service Announcement: Stock Up on Wii Nunchuks!

Hello, everyone! Walapie Gamer, the Nintendo Archiver, here with a Public Service Announcement.

mii


I recommend stocking up on Nintendo Wii product especially the awesome Nunchuk accessory.  Oh. Why, you ask? With the Nintendo Switch out in the marketplace, and some inside of homes across the globe, new copies of older products will surely be hard to come by.

I’M ALL SET!

For those who want a brand new Nunchuk–or two or three, as you can see from my personal collection from the image above–I suggest checking the links below.

BEST BUY

Best Buy is selling these goodies for $11.99. Wow! What a steal. In fact, this is how I purchased my trio of brand new ‘chuks. They’re on clearance so snag them while the deal lasts.

AMAZON

Amazon has plenty hovering around (above and below) the $15.00 range. The lowest price I saw today was $12.92!!! Wow, again! Just check out the many third party sellers if you do not see one from Amazon directly. Still a good deal for a product with a suggested retail price of $19.99.

NINTENDO STORE

But if you do not mind a refurbished Nunchuk, you can purchase one straight from the source from the online Nintendo Store. $10.00 is the asking price in the colors red or white.

Act as fast as you can if you can afford to do so. All dollars are U.S. and all links are for North American purposes. This is the internet so search around to find Wii Nunchuk deals in your part of the planet. One thing is for sure: New Wii games and accessories will surely be harder to come by as the years continue to pass.

Well, that will be it for this Public Service Announcement. I hope you have fun chucking in the coming days, months, and years with your brand new Wii Nunchuks.

This is Walpaie Gamer, the Nintendo Archiver, signing out.

HAPPY GAMING. EVERYONE!


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Hands-On With GameWill’s Steering Wheel for the Nintendo Switch

BEHOLD THE GAMEWILL STEERING WHEEL FOR NINTENDO SWITCH.

To accompany my purchase of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, I had to obtain a set of steering wheels for my Joy-Con controllers. And I did just that and found a perfect set on Amazon.com. GameWill’s Steering Wheel For Nintendo Switch is a set of two steering wheel shells for the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons.

SWITCH STEERING WHEEL (RIGHT) COMPARED TO WII WHEEL (LEFT) ADD-ON.

This controller shell is for those who want to play Nintendo Switch racing games, or Mario Kart 8: Deluxe specifically, in a fashion that mimics using the Joy-Con controllers as a steering wheel via motion controls.

FRONT OF BOX.

The controllers are matte black with a glossy finish underneath where the Joy-Con is seated and inside the plus and minus markers.

BACKSIDE OF BOX.

Both myself and my spouse agree that the steering wheel controller shell is comfortable to hold for small to average/large hands.

SL/SR BUTTONS.

There are two large buttons that activate the SL and SR when pressed allowing the use of the SL/SR buttons with ease and comfort.

I feel very comfortable with my purchase of these steering wheel shells. The quality is great, the controllers feel sturdy, the Joy-Cons stay inside even during the most heated race, and the price is just right for a set of two. My spouse really enjoys playing the game with motion controls so these really worked for her.

At the time of my purchase, GameWill’s Steering Wheel for Nintendo Switch can be purchased for $12.99 (U.S. dollars).

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I purchased this product for my own benefit; this is a non-sponsored article. This controller shell simply rocks and meets my needs. And I hope you enjoy them, too.