I started this week off making as much of a tribute as I could to the late, great Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo who passed away last week. Naturally, I had to play one of my favorite classic Nintendo games from his era, and the obvious choice was Super Mario Sunshine. This was actually one of the first games I ever played, and it still holds up 13 years later. To play it, you’d never know that it was only their second foray into 3D platforming with the series, the first being Mario 64, and it’s still quick and fluid (pardon the pun). I love pretty much everything about this game. It’s colorful, inventive, and really just a hell of a lot of fun. I sunk about 4 hours into it on Monday via a ROM I found online using the Dolphin emulator (I let myself sleep at night by saying it’s okay since I physically do own a GCN version of the game) and will probably be going back to it at some point this week. I recommend it wholeheartedly, though I know it’s a rather tough game to find these days, being two console generations old as it is.
Next, of course was Team Fortress 2. I went back to the Mann vs Machine pretty hard this week, reuniting with a couple of my gaming buddies from last summer when we did much the same, and we also had fun working a couple of our Gun Mettle contracts. One particularly notable contract rewarded me with a sticky bomb launcher with an unusual effect. For the TF2-uninitiated, that basically means it doesn’t do anything special that a normal sticky bomb launcher doesn’t, but it looks pretty cool and is fairly rare. Rare enough, evidently, for me to sell it on Steam’s community market for $250. Which was pretty awesome. In celebration, I bought a copy of Rocket League, and that’s where I sunk the rest of my time this week.
Most of my thoughts on Rocket League can be found in my review (linked above), but in essence it’s a sufficient amount of fun, and if you have a couple of friends who are as bad at it as you are, hours of enjoyment and hilarity await. It’s free for PS+ members at the moment, and it’s only $20 on Steam. Pick it up.
Next time on Weekly Update – likely more TF2 and Rocket League, and most likely some Fire Emblem and some Psychonauts, which has been on my list for a while now. Stay tuned!