WRUP: Super Mario Maker 2 review edition

    
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In Super Mario Maker 2 you can theoretically make a fun Mario level for you and your friends to play, according to the back of the package. This, however, is not the case. First, when you bring the title home, you will find that it is inexplicably disc-based when the Nintendo Switch doesn’t actually have a disc drive. Then, when you drive back to the store, you’ll be informed that you bought the first Super Mario Maker for the Wii U, which was on the shelf for four dollars because someone forgot to throw it away.

You will subsequently be informed that the store is sold out and that this Target is a family establishment, so your profanity is not appreciated, and certainly not at that volume. You will next be informed that you are not allowed to remove the Nerf blasters from their packaging without a purchase, and then it will be “suggested” that the police might be interested in speaking with you regarding your behavior. Then you’ll go home and someone will tell you that you can just buy it digitally, at which point you will remember you have other video games to play. The end.

This review was based upon absolutely nothing but self-inflicted misery. Please let us know about your experiences not playing this game in the comments for What Are You Playing.

Bonus question: If obvious questions about legality, availability, and safety weren’t a concern, what animal would you like to have as a pet?


Andy McAdams: I’m expecting to be up to my eyeballs in Shadowbringers this weekend, and maybe some Rimworld if I need a change of pace. I’ve been plugging away at both for the last few weeks.

Animal… I’m going to say an octopus because they are wicked smart and I feel like you could get into a lot of fun shenanigans with a four… er… I mean eight-legged sidekick with the intellect of a five-year-old.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Guests in town this weekend – and actually for the next month! – so my game time is about to sink to new lows. However, it’s a sure bet I’ll be popping in to Star Wars Galaxies Legends for my harvesters and vendors and City of Heroes to kill some skuls as they say. I have really slacked off on CoH, and I miss it!

I want a gubbur. Wait, does it have to be a real animal? Ummm. I’m gonna be boring: I’d be a horse girl if I could.

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): Probably going to try and get my Shai to level 58, just got my Tamer to 60 and I think I’m at a good stopping point with her to try another class and focus in learning more about lifeskilling. I might also squeeze in some time with Astellia, its got me curious, especially considering how divisive it seems with us Massively folks.

I’m a simple guy. I’ll have a flesh golem for a pet. I’ll name him Pet Rock.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): It’s Shadowbringers every day and every hour possible. First on my plan (and Eliot was right in his latest Wisdom of Nym, having a plan is a good idea): Level the new classes. I have a pair of Roeladies who are perfect matches for the Gunbreaker and Dancer respectively.

I’m gonna be boring here and say I would love to own a horse. An ex-girlfriend of mine and I rescued a horse and it was some of the hardest but most satisfying animals to raise and own. If money were no object, I would love to do that again.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Hush. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is happening. Go away.

I love my cats, but I’d also love to have a fox. And a lot of reptiles. And a bear. Maybe a rhino.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): The Steam and GOG summer sales have laden my carts with games like A Plague Tale and Age of Empires II HD, but I will be putting those off to get some time in to explore Lord of the Rings Online’s Anduin and The Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr. And World of Warcraft: Classic has me tempted (a bit) to go back to the regular game for a while with the new patch and all.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I will be running my Shai character in Black Desert Online up to level 50+. I don’t think that will take all weekend, but I have other hobbies that have been on the back burner that I hope to work on also.

I had sugar gliders a long time ago, and I wouldn’t mind having them again if they weren’t illegal in my state and if I weren’t neck deep in kids and grandkids already. I don’t have a lot of time for non-humans at this stage of my life.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): My skyscale journey really stalled hard the past couple weeks, but I hope to get at least a few hours in Guild Wars 2. Other than that I’ve been thinking of popping in to Black Desert Online or maybe DC Universe Online.

Favorite animal to have might be the rusty spotted cat. They are teensy and fantasticly cute!

Tyler Edwards: D&D on Sunday but otherwise not sure. City of Heroes is starting to lose some luster, I feel a bit burnt out on Grim Dawn, and I’m not sure I want to go back to The Division 2. I feel like I’m in a bit of rut this week.

Honestly I always thought having a pet bear would be fun. They’re adorable, and so fluffy.

Every Saturday, join the Massively OP community and staff for What Are You Playing, our roundup of what MMORPGs and other games we’re hoping to play this weekend (with a bonus question or two for our amusement). Tell us what you’re up to! Go off-topic! And don’t forget to have fun!

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Maggie May

Summer mode for me. Playing pretty casually Wurm and LOTRO. Breeding horses in wurm and working on multiple projects. Community is pretty engaged on the server I play in and I’ve set up a personal merchant, so making stuffs for my store.
Slowly getting back into lotro playing the summer content on my low lvl runekeeper and going into the old forest. Will be back playing my Burg through Rohan, wondering if I will see any diff after the changes in class, Burg has always been slower and more difficult to lvl and play. It’s hard to get back into mmos and all the onrails mechanics, I love being able to do what I want when I want.

Any animal that pick up its own poo is one I want to own. Other than that, a Sloth or Platypus. (If Goobbue’s aren’t available.)

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Nick Smith

Elder Scrolls Online (lvling my Necro)
City of Heroes (lvling everything, slowly narrowing to my top 10 toons, the other 20 ill lvl later)
Trove (login for dailies)

And on a lesser playtime….

SMITE
Paladins
Elder Scrolls Legends
Faeria

I’d definitely own a Murloc AND a Leet. They would be best friends.

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mysecretid

Sneaking in late to WRUP this week — good thing I know where Eliot keeps the key! (Dude, everybody hides keys under the mat. Find a new spot! :-) )

Played a lot of Destiny 2 this week. It seems like the game is slowly coming back to life, in terms of story appeal.

I also played a lot of Fortnite: Save The World. That one’s just enjoyable PvE fun for me.

I reinstalled Secret World Legends this week — but I was so close to the end of the original The Secret World game when it went into maintenance mode, I’m not sure I have the will to play through basically all the same content again, just to see some new stuff at the end.

I’m intrigued that World of Warcraft is reportedly coming out of its'”storytelling written by drunk monkeys” phase.

I never need WoW to be perfect, but there is a “minimum effort storytelling required” line with me. If they manage to raise the game above that threshold, and keep it there for a good while. I’ll probably start playing again.

Last thing: as a semi-geezer, one of the things I’ve learned about life is that it contains both great joy and terrible horrors — so it’s really important to try to move toward the good stuff in your life as much as you can, and to stay away from the bad stuff.

The good stuff is what feeds us and strengthens, us as humans so that we can survive through any bad stuff that might catch us by surprise.

To that end, Massively friends … it took a lot of work, and it was not exactly within my budget, but I got one. I got one. We have to seek joy every chance we get. (see pics)

Take care of yourselves, and each other, and I’ll see you next time! Tell Captain Christophert Pike that I’ll see him soonest!

(Bonus Answer: bottlenose dolphin; white tiger)

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Malcolm Swoboda

Same stuff as last time, except picking up Harry Potter Wizards Unite (with pop-ins to stock up on Pogo items at stops) as an excuse to walk for HOURS NEARLY EVERY DAY this week.

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mysecretid

The caps make me wonder if the walking is a good thing, or not? Are you having fun, Malcolm? :-)

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Malcolm Swoboda

Haha its more a slight amazement in myself. Its good though.

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mysecretid

It’s good to amaze yourself — have fun with the Hogwarts curriculum!

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Mordyjuice

I bought Witcher 3 Wild Hunt on Steam for $15 only to find out my PC doesn’t meet the min requirements, oops. So far it seems playable at low Post Processing and Medium Graphics but I’ve got to screw around with keybindings to put these weird combos on single number buttons like Heavy Attacks, bombs, etc, like MMO abilities.

Is there a site for this game like an Icy Veins for WoW with build guides?

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cursedseishi

Builds aren’t too big a deal in The Witcher, especially in 3 you can work with plenty even at a basic level. If you’re struggling a little–especially against the frame rate–focusing on preventatives might be a good idea though. Quen is universally a strong choice, since Light Armor and the quicker stamina regen means you’ll be able to cast it multiple times more easily. Whilst heavier armor may limit casting, but if you are aiming for heavier armor and melee you’re likely not using the stamina for much else anyways–and Quen is a safety net and a good tool to even knock things back as you upgrade it. Axii too, both because of the dialogue-related advantages it carries as well as simply how strong it is to be able to interrupt or turn enemies. Human baddies can be put against one another, and even if they are resistant to the turning effect it still stuns and staggers them for an easy opening.
Alchemy is another one that’s worth putting work into. That will come into play should you want to focus on oil buffs and potions as well as the many bombs you can find. It’s also a common tree for most builds as well.

There are places with builds listed though, but nothing specific to The Witcher.
https://thewitcher3.wiki.fextralife.com/Builds

Those are all worth a look, but honestly? Unless you’re planning on a Nightmare run, you don’t need the greatest bit of optimization. Between armor bonuses, potions, and mutagens you can tweak plenty for your character without delving into the talents.

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Mordyjuice

Thanks for the advice. How set in stone are the minimum specs for this game?

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cursedseishi

That’s one thing I can’t quite speak to, as I played it on PS4. But… If the game is running okay enough for you at the moment? It should be fine for the most part. Minimum and Recommended specs are always more of a guideline than a rule after all. You might have to tweak things further for some of the bigger fights, but aside from a few moments through the story as well as the final few fights? Nothing is all that graphically intensive.

If you got the DLC with that purchase though, some of that will also definitely need a graphics tweaking as well as they can go to a wild place at times.

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Mordyjuice

Thanks for the advice I’ll just pop it down to min, hell it seems even at low settings the game looks better than Skyrim Special Edition at Ultra with Mods.

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Danny Smith

Aside from some Malifaux games at my FLGS in the evenins now 3rd launched? A LOT OF FFXIV. Early thoughts about Shadowbringers:
-I enjoy the zones more than Stormblood or BfA to compare to the last two mmo expansion i played through
-Battle music is really not fitting
-Dancer is RDM and NIN mixed with hunting horn and its great fun. Also its aoe damage if you get in close is frankly disugsting. A WHM and DNC makes the other dps pointless its so gross. Which really makes them the physical version of BLM in terms of damage. The rhythmn stuff is much slower and simpler than i expected but still nice. So if you played Octopath Traveller and want your primrose job this is it alright.
-Gunbreaker feels too similar to DRK
-I’m not touching AST till a patch fixes it, this is BRDs ‘you cant move while attacking anymore’ period and i can’t stand it.
-This is the best story in a Final Fantasy game since the PS2 thus far.
-There is a moment of body horror early on that i would call legitimately horrifying in a way the secret world wishes it could pull off
-Vieras still dont outnumber catgirls which surprised me
-Hrothgar are more popular than people that dont know furries exist expected which did not surprise me.
-Not had one crash, bug, DC or queue so far
-Overall it feels early on like another Heavensward rather than another Stormblood and thats a very good thing.

It could all change at endgame or in patches but so far this is the best first few days i’ve had in an mmo expansion since Heavensward back in 2015 and anyone who played through that knows thats a pretty high standard for modern mmo expansions which seem to be step downs rather than improvements more often than not. If you weren’t fond of stormblood i recommend checking this out, its not continuing the trend but returning to form, thus far at least.

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mysecretid

For some reason, I never figured you for a Final Fantasy XIV fan, Danny — but I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

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Utakata

This week: It sure looked like tree sized ears of pink coral to me. But I couldn’t really tell. As I had taken a wrong turn at Nazjatar, and found myself quickly surrounded by angry mobs and a dead end surrounded by high impassable walls. For the wary adventurer who happens upon there may find a limb, a pigtail or other bits of me where I met an untimely but spectacular demise. Presuming the local fauna has not already consumed those as well. /le sigh

Also this week: I am amazed that Blizz in an apparent ode to City of Heroes, managed to take one of it’s layer cake cave instances and stretched it out to an entire zone. Save that we’re not bowling for the Circle of Thorns this time, but the Naga…only the Naga are bowling for us (see: above paragraph for details). I wish though that they took the better elements of that game-now-gone-rogue instead. >.<

Err…have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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mysecretid

It’s tough to be the hero, Uta. Here’s to better days. Salute o7

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Utakata

I wasn’t trying to be hero…but just get a quest done. :(

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mysecretid

Humble heroes usually say things like that, Uta :-)

But seriously, I hope the quests are treating you better today!

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Utakata

Thanks!

Not really. Though Enhanced Shamans seem to have better tool kit to deal with problematic quests. So my respective character doesn’t get eaten nearly as much. :)

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zoward

I’ve spent a couple of hours a day with my daughter at the beach down the street, and I don’t see that changing much over the weekend. I’m also leaving for a rock concert in an hour or so. If I have some free time tomorrow, I’ll probably knock off a few dungeons in Dungeons and Dragons Online.

Have a great weekend all!

Hmmm … pets. Back when I used to work in a pet supply shop, I had a pet flying squirrel (oculus volans – literally “flying eye” – google a pic and you’ll see why) rather unimaginatively named “Rocky”. He was a fun pet, but damn was he ever hard to get back into his cage if he didn’t want to go back.

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mysecretid

If I could fly at will, I’d hate cages too, zoward! :-)

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Sray

If I could have any pets I wanted with no concern for the law, logistics, and other stuff, I would have a cat and a ferret. I know that those are readily available pets right now, but I’m allergic to cat dander and ferrets are a lot of work that I’m unwilling to do, ergo I don’t have them as pets. Anyhoo, if I had a cat and a ferret, the cat would be named Mitch, and the ferret would be named Lloyd. I like giving animals that won’t respond to names anyway human names because it reminds me that no one really listens to me anyway, and that’s oddly comforting to me because it allows me to smuggly say “I told you so, but you didn’t listen to me” all the time. Also, I’d get a fox, and name her Senko-san.

As for what I’m playing this weekend, that depends on what I can stream via GeForce Now: it’s getting a bit hot this weekend where I live, and trying to keep things a bit cooler around my place by minimizing the amount of time that I use my PC, PS4, and/or Xbone. That means I can play yet more Assassin’s Creed Odyssey if I want, but I’m worried about getting burnt out before I finish the DLCs, so I’m cutting down a bit on that for a while. And after sampling it on my Game Pass trial, I just picked up Vampyr… for my PS4, which I’m not using right now because of the aforementioned reasons. So I might have to dive into my Steam backlog, or I might just splurge on something new during the sale, but I’m avoiding buying anything on Steam whenever possible these days (avoiding, not boycotting: just weighing options, and generally, but not always, going with alternatives).

Aside from that, I’m binging DanMachi (followed by the Sword Oratoria spin off afterward) this weekend in preparation for season 2’s imminent arrival.

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mysecretid

Heya, Sray — if you really want a pet cat, consider a Russian Blue. They don’t have cat hair (i.e. no dander), they have fur like a rabbit.

It’s what my family did (twice) because cat-dander allergies are a thing here. Both were rescue pets, actually. Even though purebred Russian Blues can be expensive, they don’t have to be if you’re willing to search. The breed is not rare these days — it’s just making sure you get a real one (fur, not cat hair) .

Wouldn’t you like a little friend like mine? :-)

Be well, pal,

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Utakata

Nyaa! <3

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mysecretid

She loves you too, Uta. :-)

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Utakata

<3

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Dankey Kang

I knew Mario Maker 2 was going to be good, but it’s really blown my expectations out of the water. This game is so incredibly fun that I can see myself playing it for years.

Why couldn’t you have released a month earlier FFXIV? Then I could have rushed to max level when I had the time.