Infendo Radio Episode 326: Forgotten Gems

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IR Banner 326Hey all! Welcome to episode 326 of Infendo Radio! In this episode, Harrison Milfeld, Colin Crompton, and myself talk about what we’ve been playing (Hyrule Warriors, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and Fire Emblem: Awakening) and finish on a feature about obscure or forgotten, but great, games on past Nintendo systems. For those of us in North America, Colin provides a great sneak peek at Hyrule Warriors, so don’t miss out on that! Also, if you’re wondering about this episode’s banner: it seems many forgotten Nintendo games are on GameCube. Curious!

On that note, here’s a question for you listeners: which games do you consider to be forgotten gems from past Nintendo systems? Leave a comment below this post or send an e-mail to contact@infendo.com to let us know! As always, any other comments or questions you have are welcome as well.

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In addition to being a girl gamer, Holly prides herself on being a red-head. Consequently, the blue shell in the Mario Kart series is her natural enemy. Don't worry, though: she still loves Mario Kart and is very good, despite the occasional blue shell-sabotaged race. Like any Nintendo fan, Holly also loves Zelda, Pokemon, Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Kirby...you name it. But she'll try just about anything (besides horror games) and has a soft spot for unique, little-known rhythm games like Rhythm Heaven and Samba de Amigo. NNID: Aeroweth

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  1. Hah, one game I will never forget and hope to be resurrected one day: Lufia!
    Especially the second game: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. (SNES)

    It’s the first RPG I got in contact with and I loved it from the beginning, mostly due to the fact that is was completely written in Dutch, my native language, which helped understanding the story and RPG’s in general (since English was too hard to understand at the time).
    This game quickly became the “RPG-to-beat” when playing another one. Only Golden Sun came near. But in the end, Lufia II is still my all time favourite.

    A quick search online reveals that there have been six instalments of the game, the latest on the DS.
    I didn’t know about this. Supposedly this is a remake of Lufia II, so I might have to look into that.

    Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals is a real gem. Anyone who likes RPG’s should look into this. And play it on the SNES, if possible. Lots of great dialogues, great battles and a nice story. It’s also a prequel to the first Lufia, and the first one to actually make it into Europe. Definitely the one to start with in the series.

  2. Hm, interesting yet another RPG series I have never heard of. I will have to give this series a go, the price for the DS game isn’t too bad on Amazon.

    Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. You’re welcome, Colin!

    Reading the review on IGN of the DS remake, they changed quite a bit:
    http://www.ign.com/articles/2010/11/04/lufia-curse-of-the-sinistrals-review

    I don’t know if I’d like the turn-based combat being replaced by direct combat. It kind of loses its RPG feel. It’s more of an action game, now.

    That said and read, I would still go for the original SNES version. 🙂

  4. As far as hidden gems are concerned, I think one of the best places to look is the WiiWare service/selection of games. Toribash is an excellent and unique fighter (full disclosure: it can be played on PC/Mac, but there are differences/improvements on the WiiWare version). And Yet it Moves is pretty much the only puzzle platformer I’ve ever enjoyed (and has some really challenging levels/puzzles later in the game). Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Dark Lord (FFCC:MLaaK & FFCC:MLaaDL as I refered to them before) are some amazing, standout, non-traditional Final Fantasy games for WiiWare.

    As for other older hidden gems/games I kind of have a request (and yes, I know how specific my coming request is, so bear with me): I just got a “new” (fully functional) Gamecube…but no games. What are some game recommendations? Skip sports games (I really don’t care for them), Windwaker (have it on Wii U), Smash Bros (just going to play it on Wii U), Metroid Prime (have it on Wii), and Pikmin (already played them on Wii). Yes, I know it’s taking some of the big name games out of the list, but what can people recommend?

  5. I actually really liked Pokemon Colosseum. The storyline sticks out to me more than any other Pokemon game I’ve played. And the main character has a female companion follow him around the whole game: when you “lose” her in a certain town, it’s one of the creepiest feelings ever awaiting her inexplicable return. Yeah, that makes no sense…but it’s one of the best quirky moments I’ve ever experienced in a game. I think I’ll go back to that after work tonight… 😉

  6. Would you mind posting a list of the “forgotten gems” you guys discussed on the podcast? Thanks!

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