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Good morning everybody! Sorry this is a day late, but I was up until 2am finishing Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm; I’d rather foolishly believed I’d do this “afterwards”. Oh well!

Anyway, it’s been a busy week as always! Lots to catch up on if you’ve been busy — although chances are if you’re being good boys and girls and Staying At Home, Protecting the NHS (Or Local Equivalent) and Saving Lives, then you haven’t been that busy lately. Although my wife is finding time to hammer large holes in our house during her working day. She claims she has a “plan”. I’m staying out of the way.

Err, that aside, let’s catch up on what you might have missed in the last week. Hit the jump to find out!

Ninja Combat


Super Castlevania IV: Playing a Game “Right” – With modern rereleases of old games often coming with emulation staples such as save states or rewind functions, is there still value to playing the game as originally designed?

Ninja Combat: From a Distance – While not the most well-regarded title in the unusual ADK Damashii compilation by a long shot, Ninja Combat remains an interesting game in dire need of some balancing!

short;Play: Snack World – The Dungeon Crawl Gold – Here’s a new video series that I’ve had a lot of fun making so far! short;Play will be a bit of a “pot luck” series where I give you a brief tour of a game that I like. No particular theme — just something I enjoy and want to share.

It’s Our Birthday! – I turned 39 and MoeGamer turned 6 last Wednesday, so I took some time to reflect on where we’ve come from and where we’re going.

Sega Ages G-LOC Air Battle: Wish Fulfilment – I’ve been hoping for an arcade-perfect G-LOC Air Battle ever since I first played it in a seaside arcade in Newquay, Cornwall. Now, I finally have one, and I’m very happy indeed.

Final Fantasy Marathon: Pandaemonium (Final Fantasy II #18) – We finally finish Final Fantasy II! Well, apart from the bit after the ending that is. And we only get a bit lost in the final dungeon. All right, a lot lost for a long time. But that’s the way things roll sometimes.

Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm – Bursting into Battle – As a fairly combat-heavy installment in the Atelier series, Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm has some interesting battle mechanics to delve into. So let’s do just that!

The Explorer Update – And finally, a brief update on some revamped, simplified site navigation. Check this post out if you’re wondering where the million and one submenus went!

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week, we’ve got a party in a door factory, some dirt-bike racing and a frantic drive across the desert to save the human race from deadly radiation.

Patreon and SubscribeStar

Don’t forget that over on Patreon I post a daily behind-the scenes personal blog that is, effectively, a resurrection of my old #oneaday blog I used to host over at At the present time, this also includes exclusive patrons-only weekly vlogs and Let’s Plays at the weekends! If you’d like to get to know me a bit better, be sure to sign up; just $1 a month (about 80p) can get you in the club, and it also provides you with access to the MoeGamer Discord as well as helping to fund and support the things I do here on the site.

Find out more and sign up to Patreon here!

I’m also in the process of getting SubscribeStar rolling for those who don’t wish to or aren’t able to use Patreon for whatever reason — I’ve had a few requests for this, so I thought I’d actually get it done. Once that’s up and running and some people have signed up, I’ll offer all the same benefits there for the same price as Patreon.

Find out more and sign up to SubscribeStar here!

Cool Stuff By People Who Aren’t Me

First up, Patreon goodness! Right now, I’m supporting chaotic “old men attempt to talk about games, usually fail” collective Digitiser 2000, the ever-grumpy (and always hilarious) Cheap Show Podcast, gaming and gaming culture commentator Liana Kerzner, independent games writing collective The Well-Red Mage, fountain of retro computer gaming knowledge Rob “Hellfire64” Caporetto and blogger/YouTuber Megan Marie, all of whom you can find out a bit more about by clicking through to their profiles.

Here’s a selection of YouTube and podcast goodness from several of this lot:

And to wrap up, as always, it’s time to have a look around the broader WordPress community to see what people have been up to this week!

Blood on the Dance Floor Retrospective: Kawaii Monster (Lethargic Ramblings) – Leth’s been struggling a bit with motivation lately, so I’m glad he managed to get this post out. Go show him some love on this ambitious passion project!

One of the best 3D shooting games available, presented for your pleasure (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Kimimi gives us a look at Panzer Dragoon Zwei, a game that has clearly been a longstanding favourite.

After Five Hours, I’m Still a Pretty Big Leap from Eden (Adventure Rules) – Robert Ian Shepard has been playing One Step from Eden, a recent Nintendo Switch game that riffs on Mega Man Battle Network. Here, he shares his early experiences.

A Look at Star Wars Curio Deathstar Interceptor (Retro Arcadia) – stvnorman gives us a look at an unusual, forgotten and “partially licensed” Star Wars game for the dear old ZX Spectrum.

Let’s Talk About Review Scores (YuriReviews and More) – Rock The Vogt ponders various forms of review scores, and some lively, interesting discussion goes on in the comments, too. Join in!

All right, that’s your lot. Now I’m off to drink lots more coffee… I’m not built for late nights any more!

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