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    Default 2017 Game Completion Challenge

    As a way to do something fun together here, encourage working through our backlogs, and have some friendly competition, I present the 2017 Game Completion Challenge. Here are the rules:

    -Every week, there will be three games presented to take on. I will select two, and the third will be chosen by each individual player, guided by a simple stipulation.

    -In addition, for each month there will be one RPG, strategy RPG, or action RPG posted.

    -For every game completed from the week, one point will be awarded.

    -Completing all three games in a week scores a bonus point.

    -Beating the monthly RPG will award 5 points.

    -Emulation is allowed, but no save states (other than to continue at a later time) or cheats are allowed.

    The goal here is just to have some fun and have some common games to talk about, but I will have prizes of some kind for the top two or three point scorers at the end of the year. You don't have to play every game or every week, and this format is designed to include both structure and freedom. I'll track points and such. We're going on the honor system here, so if you say you beat it, you did, no pics required... but feel free to post any fun screens, love, or hate for any games involved!

    One final note: if you have just recently completed the monthly RPG and have no desire to return to it, let me know and I'll offer up an alternate game.

    Week 1 post to follow!
    Let's try and have some fun together!

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    Default Week 1

    Here are the week one games. I'll keep them short, as we only have a few days. Weeks that follow will pop up Saturday nights.

    Breakthru (NES, Arcade)

    Marvel Land (Genesis, Arcade)

    Player's Choice: Any game that has the word "Super" in the title or subtitle.

    RPG of the month: Any entry in Quest's Ogre franchise. These include Ogre Battle and its ports, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together and its ports, Ogre Battle 64, Ogre Battle Gaiden for NGPC, and Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis for GBA.

    Good luck, and beat somethin', will ya?
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    Well, I'm pretty sure that I have several games with Super in the title, so there's something I can play. I might actually have NES Breakthru as well now that I think about it.

    I suppose I'm in then.

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    Question Question:

    For player's choice, with games that don't end, like puzzle games, or games that loop, are they still eligible?

    Like, if I play Super Stardust HD, which I don't think has an actual ending, does it count if I play past the final stage before the game loops to the first stage again? I think that would fly, but I'm assuming infinite puzzlers like Super Breakout aren't eligible for the challenge, amirite?

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    Yes, clearing a loop is fine for endless games

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    What about continues? Default difficulties? Adding extra lives in options menu? Just push start and go?

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    Default or Normal difficulty, continues are okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celerystalker View Post
    Default or Normal difficulty, continues are okay.
    So, no hard modes allowed? Meh, count me out then. :^p

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor Megas View Post
    So, no hard modes allowed? Meh, count me out then. :^p
    NES Breakthru without using continues = hard mode


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    Quote Originally Posted by jperryss View Post
    NES Breakthru without using continues = hard mode

    I have not done that. I think it would hurt my feelings.

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    I may give this a go. I've been meaning to play Ogre Battle again and I have several "Super" games.

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    Woohoo, I'm on the board! Breakthru (NES) completed. Took me a bunch of continues to finish but it was a fun one to revisit. Unfortunately this'll probably be my only entry this week.


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    Picked Super Fantasy Zone for the players choice game. Made it to the boss rush in a single life, I could finish it with a bit more practice.

    Couldn't get into Marvel Land. The floaty jumps and invisible warp zones that take you backwards a few levels pissed me off. And the cutsiness made me want to vomit.

    Don't have time to sharpen up on Breakthru and no way I'm touching any of those Ogre games.

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    I played Breakthru for the first time and I'm a little confused about the game play. Does anyone know if there are any bugs or glitches playing this on the Retron 5?

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    I can't help with the Retron question but the game play is pretty straightforward so maybe it's having trouble running it.

    After hitting Start on the title screen you should see a map and description of the level, then the level starts. Your vehicle is always going right but you can speed up or slow down by pressing right or left respectively. B shoots, A jumps, and you jump higher when you're moving faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jperryss View Post
    I can't help with the Retron question but the game play is pretty straightforward so maybe it's having trouble running it.

    After hitting Start on the title screen you should see a map and description of the level, then the level starts. Your vehicle is always going right but you can speed up or slow down by pressing right or left respectively. B shoots, A jumps, and you jump higher when you're moving faster.
    I'm not able to jump. I didn't know you could jump. I just keep hitting a pile of rocks. I'll have to check the controls out and see if something wonky is going on there.

    I hope I can fix it, because this game looks awesome.

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    Super Fantasy Zone barely beaten, to hell with another loop. And this site has a bullshit attachment manager.
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    You don't have to post screenshots to play! Your word is good enough.

    Also, week one ends at midnight. Make sure and post if you cleared any games so I can track it! Congrats to jperryss on firat blood!
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    I'm already liking challenge thing. I'll definitely not get to finish Breakthru, but I'll get an super cheesy point for finishing Super Stardust HD (or something I've ended a million times like Super Mario Bros.). I'm liking that I'm going to finally PLAY some of my games this year, and learn some new stuff along the way. Like I said, I can tell from the seconds I've played that I'll enjoy Breakthru. I didn't even realize it was this sort of game (the name makes it sound like an Arkanoid clone).

    I'll also get to add some games to me to get list. I don't own Marvel Land, so it's getting added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FieryReign View Post
    Super Fantasy Zone barely beaten, to hell with another loop. And this site has a bullshit attachment manager.
    Nice! And yes, the attachment manager is rough. I can't tell you how many times it'd fail to upload pics I took for GOTD topics. Sometimes, seemingly at random, it just starts failing over and over, and once an attachment fails, it will never work ever again. I end up taking, like 40-50 pictures for GOTD topics each, and sometimes the best ones don't make it. When you see one that only has five or six pics, that means literally dozens failed.

    Nice score, though. I suck balls at any form of Fantasy Zone. It's a blind spot for me.

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