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Weekly check-in; been working on a game that has stirred some conversation to say the least, but I'm enjoying nonetheless. However, the Sonic birthday challenge moved forward a game I was already thinking about doing for the challenge, and well, it completes the Genesis trilogy of Sonic games.

But first, the list so it doesn't get buried.

On 6/13/2024 at 7:11 PM, Agie said:

1. Super Mario RPG Remake

2. Kaze and the Wild Masks

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (100%)

4. Mega Man 1

5. Mega Man 2

6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game

7. Twinkle Star Sprites

8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (100%)

9. Sunset Riders

10. Mega Man 3

11. Mega Man 4 (sequel wars version)

12. Terminator Salvation (arcade)

13. Roll-Chan 5 (hack of Mega Man 5)

14. Kiki KaiKai

15. Roll-Chan 6 (hack of Mega Man 6)

16. Beeny

17. Roll-Chan World (hack of Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge)

18. Roll-Chan: Mini World (hack of Game Gear Mega Man)

19. Duke Nukem 1

20. Roll-Chan World 2 (hack of Game Boy Mega Man II)

21. Earthworm Jim

22. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 1

23. Duke Nukem II

24. Roll-Chan World 3 (hack of Game Boy Mega Man III)

25. The New Zealand Story

26. Sonic the Hedgehog CD

27. Roll-Chan World 4 (hack of Game Boy Mega Man IV)

28. Momodora

29. Roll-Chan World 5 (hack of Game Boy Mega Man V)

30. Mega Man: The Wily Wars (Wily Tower)

31. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back From the Sewers

32. Mega Man: Powered Up

33. Mega Man 7 Restoration + Refit (100%)

34. Mega Man: The Power Battle

35. Duke Nukem 3D: Total Meltdown

36. The Simpsons Arcade (Konami)

37. Jurassic Park Arcade (Raw Thrills)

38. Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure

39. Mega Man 8

40. Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters

41. Mega Man & Bass

42. Mega Man & Bass: Challenger of the Future (100%)

43. Earthworm Jim 2 (100%)

44. Mega Man: Battle & Chase

45. Liquid Kids (100%)

46. Mega Man 9 (100%)

47. Batman (Raw Thrills) (100%)

48. Halo: Fireteam Raven (100%)

49. Hi-Fi Rush

50. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants

51. Mega Man 10 (100%)

52. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sonic Jam version) (100%)

53. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (100%)

54. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge

55. Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Remake) (100%)

56. Sonic Drift (100%)

57. Mega Man 11

Honorable Mentions:
Ms. Pac-Man (Arcade)

Bomber Panel Panic

Big Challenge:
Big's Big Fishing Adventure 3

Knuckles Challenge:
Sonic 3D in 2D

Alright, we good? Okay, without further ado, let's go!

58. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles (Sonic Origins version) (Completed; got all the Chaos Emeralds and the Super Emeralds)

Now, this one is a classic, I must say. Many consider this to be the best of the classic games, if not one of the best in the series overall. I dunno if I'd completely agree with that, but I will say that this game is quite good for the most part.

Shortly after Sonic 2, Sonic and Tails go to Angel Island, where they meet Knuckles...and punches Super Sonic so hard that he loses all his emeralds. Turns out, Knuckles was being tricked by Eggman, and it's up to Sonic and Tails (or Amy in Origins Plus) to clear up this misunderstanding and stop Eggman's plot once again.

I did not do Knuckles' story in this playthrough, though I did complete last year alone. I can get evidence if need be, but I will say while there are differences, you are largely going through the same areas as Knuckles. The differences do make it worth it if you feel up to it, though, and he even gets his own final boss.

As far as the level design goes, it's quite good for the most part; I dunno if I'd call it the best out of even the 2D line, but I will say it's not too shabby for the most part. However, I find I do not care for Sandopolis Zone, and I will admit, I was kinda on autopilot in that one. The fact that I had all seven Super Emeralds at least made it so I wasn't forced to leave autopilot on this level.

Also, in you lose to the Eggman boss in the Death Egg Zone, you also have to fight him with no rings if you die.

The Blue Sphere special stages are pretty fun for the most part, except for that one stage where I swear, it is a good thing the Origins version lets you use coins to try special stage again, because I needed that just to be able to even have a vague idea of what I had to do to beat it. But at least I did.

Speaking of which, yes, I played the Origins version. To me, it's almost the definitive version of the game; I appreciate the fact that you can actually choose whether or not you wanna go in your Super/Hyper form, when in older versions, if you had all the emeralds and at least 50 rings, you would turn into it the moment you jumped. Here, you press the Y button (or whatever button you use in other versions of the game) to turn Super/Hyper, which is nice; i prefer being able to decide whether or not I wanna break it out.

And yes, some may not like the coin system, but personally? I like being given more than one shot at a special stage without having to track down another ring. Also, in Origins Plus, Amy being playable; I am biased towards Amy, so maybe that's just me, but that being there is what got me to grab Origins Plus. So what keeps this from being definitive?

Some music replacements. Now, I can't give the team too much sh*t for doing this, since it was done for legal reasons, but while I admit, I don't hate the replacements like a lot of others do, I do still prefer the original songs. I guess the PC version had a mod to restore these songs; maybe if they remove Denuvo, I'll consider it, and then have the best of both worlds. But for now, it is what it is. Again, I don't hate the replacements, but I don't love them, either. Either way, for me, it is a reason, small as it may be, to go back to an older version of the game.

Still, I'd say it's a good game in most forms you can play it in overall. While some stuff is still flawed, I'd say it holds up, and the quality of life improvements in Origins do make it a worthy take.

Also, I love the animated cutscenes. They're just very charming.

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