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Link’s Awakening Ending EXPLAINED
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Link’s Awakening Ending EXPLAINED

Most people beat The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, and are left thinking that everything was a dream, and it was a completely wasted plotline within the Zelda timeline. However, upon deeper analysis, you will learn that without waking the Windfish, this would end the timeline, and be the full demise of Link. Before we get into the details, let me just provide you with a quick summary, and then we'll continue forward with breaking those details down. In short: In the ending of Link's Awakening, upon waking the Windfish, Link saves three of the four real characters (the Windfish, Link, and Marin), while Nakura (the ghost) succumbs to the storm and cannot be saved. Ending the game, we learn that Koholint and the rest of its inhabitants only exist within the Windfish's dream. Eac...
The WORST Firebar in 1-1 with a Twist — and What it Means for Super Mario Maker 2
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The WORST Firebar in 1-1 with a Twist — and What it Means for Super Mario Maker 2

By now, everyone knows 1-1 with a Twist -- the Super Mario Maker 2 level which took a Super Mario Bros classic, and turned it into a firestorm from hell. So, what is it that truly makes it so painfully difficult? Of course, there is the blatant firebar spam which is difficult to navigate, but we wanted to know if there was more than meets the eye. Welp. We put it to the test, and we found exactly what ramps up the difficulty and left the level with such a low clear rate. Okay, to be totally honest; it wasn't our idea. We stream over on Twitch where we accept viewer level submissions -- and we finish EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. As soon as I saw 1-1 with a Twist, I knew some jerk would send it our way (I love you, Jupiter_oil... but you're still a jerk). One of our cruelest chatters sent in 1-...
First Impressions! Return of the Tentacle
Gaming, New Releases

First Impressions! Return of the Tentacle

Return of the Tentacle is the highly anticipated fan-made sequel to the classic Lucasart point-and-click adventure game Day of The Tentacle. It features the same lovable cast of misfits as the original and, of course, more puzzles than you can shake some chattering teeth at. The game was developed by the small five-man (and woman!) German team at Catmic -- and we are stunningly surprised by how great this early-release looks. Our favorite Purple Tentacle is back and his appetite for world domination has only gotten worse ever since we last squished him under our sneakers. Our favorite heroes Bernard, Laverne, and Hoagie are thrust into some more convoluted space-time-continuum-bending shenanigans in order to save the planet. As far as fan-made games go, this game goes above and beyond.  ...
First Impressions! The Funny Boneyard
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First Impressions! The Funny Boneyard

The Funny Boneyard is the freshly minted brainchild of Austrian-based game company ZORPEK. Founded by Josef Zorn and Andreas Capek, this is the duo’s first foray into the gaming world -- and we are excited. For all of you 90s kids that grew up on Lucas Art adventure games and Saturday morning cartoons, this game will feel like a blast-from-the-past, albeit with a few caveats. The game looks and feels like the retro point-and-clicks of our youth but with a tinge of social commentary. You play as Maria Romero, your typically disenchanted millennial, as she tries to save her local pub, The Funny Boneyard. Maria is a product of missed opportunities in university, an overactive social media presence and a crippling struggle with anxiety. If she seems a bit blasé at first, it’s probably be...
StudioMDHR releases ‘Legacy’ branch of Cuphead
Community Articles, New Releases, Speedruns

StudioMDHR releases ‘Legacy’ branch of Cuphead

A legacy version of Cuphead has now officially been released on Steam, which is the “exact launch build as Cuphead, with no applied patches and no future support”, StudioMDHR announced on patch notes from December 20th, 2017. The Legacy branch contains exploits and bugs of the launch version, however the legacy branch will not be supported nor modified in the future. This means that previous bugs are present in the legacy version. Additionally, using this branch may corrupt or erase player saves. The new branch offers the strategies from previous Cuphead runs to come back into the spotlight. Some of the patches that came later past the initial release had broken strategies that had accelerated the speed of completing the game. For the speedrunning leaderboard, however, this doesn’t chan...
LADX Rando Races
Gaming, New Releases, ROM Hacks, Tournaments & Races

LADX Rando Races

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX now has a randomizer! At the time of this post, the randomizer is in alpha. LADX speedrunners who know all the tricks may be able to work around this, but casual players can encounter unbeatable seeds. You never know where a door might lead, how you'll use it to your advantage, or how you might have to work around it! See what items you'll discover within the randomized chests. Where you end up, with whatever resources you have, can only be overcome using in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Link's Awakening universe matched with your skill and wit. Though it may sound overwhelming to someone who is new to Link's Awakening, the randomizer includes a very useful tool to help you along your way. You can mark the items you've found and entranc...
Super Mario Land 2 DX
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Super Mario Land 2 DX

On Christmas day 2017, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins DX will be available for download at romhacking.net The brilliant creator behind this romhack is Toruzz. He's the guy you'll want to thank! The entire game in color! In addition, this romhack will also introduce Luigi as a playable character! He moves differently than Mario allowing for new possible Luigi speedruns. As it stands at the time of this article, the original Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins has its Any% World Record set at a low time of 2 minutes and 46.266 seconds held by th3squirr3l. While in the main category, Any% Glitchless, Oh_DeeR holds an equally remarkable time of 26 minutes and 28.7 seconds with the top 30 runs all being sub 30 minutes. Lets see how much faster Luigi can go! This romhack will also be pl...