I Am Setsuna (Switch) Review

Winter is Coming

If you’re a fan of old-school Super Nintendo RPGs, then I Am Setsuna may have caught your eye at least once. RPG juggernaut Square Enix formed the studio Tokyo RPG Factory, specifically to develop throwbacks to that era, and I Am Setsuna is its debut project. While there are clear comparisons to the time-travel classic Chrono Trigger, this game manages to stand out from its inspirations, but not necessarily in the best way.

Here is my video review for your viewing pleasure!

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Weekly Panda Roundup – (S)NES Classic

Hi everyone! Welcome to the third edition of Weekly Panda Roundup! My wife and I had another exciting weekend, mostly due to a big comic convention that we attended. I’ll have more to share about that in the next few weeks, but first I have a story.

Behind the SNES Classic Video

Our latest video, a wish list of 30 games we’d like for the rumored SNES Classic Edition, wasn’t actually the planned video for this week. I originally had another video ready to go, until something went wrong with the audio, making the video nearly unwatchable. I salvaged what I could but no longer felt that it was worth uploading. I was devastated, but I was determined to get something up for our subscribers.

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That night, we channeled all that energy into making something bigger and better, and I actually had to learn some new editing skills to put the video together. And after many long hours of writing, recording, and editing, I’m so pleased about the final product! It’s truly a video that has risen from the ashes of something that could have been. And although I’m still a little bummed about the other video, I’m so glad that this new video has been received well. Thank you for your insightful comments and awesome ideas for the system! Be sure to check out the fun video that we poured our hearts into below!

Without further ado, it’s time to round ‘em up!

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SNES Classic Top 30 Wish List

I sincerely hope you enjoy this video where Crystal Dragon and I discuss which 30 games we’d like to see on a hypothetical SNES Classic, why we think they’d be good fits for the mini console, and the likelihood that they could appear. The SNES has such a huge legacy, and there were many games we could have chosen. Please be sure to let us know what you want to see from our list as well as what you would like to see on your hypothetical SNES Classic! Enjoy!

Pandas at Play – Snipperclips Co-Op Part 4 – It’s-a-BE-AUT-I-FUL!

Part 4 our co-op playthrough of Snipperclips is up! In this episode, we start the second world, Retro Reboot, and make some of the most BE-AUT-I-FUL shapes. End sarcasm. Find out what ridiculous figures we cut each other up into in the video below! As always, you can start with this video or from the first episode here.

You can find the full playlist starting at Part 1 – Stabby Sticks here: http://bit.ly/2nFmc5v

Snake Pass – 2 Players with Separated Joy-Cons

Due to the aforementioned issue with the broken video, I apologize that we couldn’t upload the second part of our Snake Pass playthrough of us holding separate Joy-Con controllers. Though I had considered putting it up the day before or after the Snipperclips video, we ultimately decided to keep it consistently on Saturdays. It’ll also allow us to put the best content we can out there! So please look forward to that next Saturday!

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Until then, you can find the playlist with the first episode here – http://bit.ly/2pezKUq

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NES Classic!

Closely related to the rumored SNES Classic, we finally got our hands on the real deal, the NES Classic! After months of repeatedly missing out on this rare 30-game compilation and the news that Nintendo was discontinuing the system, I believed it was all over.

And I was fine with that. It’s a 30-game collection on a fun miniature console, yes, but I played most of those games or could get them on Virtual Console. Besides, I had never even seen the NES Classic on shelves. The closest I ever got to one was being right behind another lucky individual who brought his NES Classic home. At least I hope he did as opposed to what else he could do with the system… Then came word of Best Buy’s reported final shipment, and we were determined to line up early for this.

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It wasn’t our first time lining up for something. After all, just at this past convention, we did a lot of that for autographs. Not to mention, we’ve had to line up for amiibo multiple times to fulfill our extensive collection. Even then, we weren’t always successful in these endeavors. Recently, I even had a nightmare story about the horrors that happened during the Wal-Mart midnight Nintendo Switch launch!

Arriving early on the morning of the final shipment, we got one out of only seven mini consoles in a line of 20+ people! Though I wish there were more stock for all the people waiting, I was so ecstatic once I held it in my hands! After nearly missing out on this system forever and a horrible Switch launch experience, it felt so good to have a launch go well…even though this is technically a release of a system that’s been out since November. Hmm, there are so many things wrong with this NES Classic situation. If the SNES Classic actually happens, I can only hope Nintendo learns from this. Oh well, one thing at time, I guess. 🙂

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I’ll be sure to write more about my acquisition in the next few weeks!

Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading this issue Weekly Panda Roundup! On Thursday, I’ll be posting a new video review! And for the next roundup, I’ll be writing a special feature about those comic conventions we’ve been attending! See you next time!

How was your weekend? Have you ever lined up for a console, amiibo, or any other product? Were you able to get the NES Classic, anytime between launch and now? What would you like on the rumored SNES Classic? Let me know what you think about NES Classic, the unconfirmed SNES Classic, or any of our videos in the comments section below! Thank you for reading! Have a great week!

SNES Classic Games Wish List

The NES Classic Edition has come and gone. Though many of us have missed out on obtaining this prized miniature console with 30 NES games, a rumor from Eurogamer suggests that Nintendo could already be looking at an SNES Classic Edition by the end of the year. I would absolutely love to see 30 Super Nintendo games all in one tiny system. But what games to include? I created a wish list of the games I’d like to see make it to this hypothetical system. Though there are some unrealistic choices, I put some thought into what games would be more likely than others, so there aren’t any licensed games on here. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of great titles to choose from! Here’s my top 30!

I also put together a video version of this list for your enjoyment!

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Weekly Panda Roundup – Snake Pass and Zelda Escape Game – Defenders of the Triforce

Hi everyone! Welcome to the second edition of Weekly Panda Roundup! Happy Belated Easter! My wife and I had a jampacked weekend with family and friends, including our first road trip with the Switch and a very special experience. We got to participate in Defenders of the Triforce, the premiere “Real Escape Game” based on The Legend of Zelda. I have some spoiler-free impressions about the event.

Let’s start with this week’s uploaded videos, starting with a very special video that where we experience co-op in a unique way! Without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!

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Snake Pass – 2 Players with Separated Joy-Cons

Our first video is very special! We played Snake Pass for Switch together, each holding a separate Joy-Con for a unique co-op experience. Crystal Dragon was in charge of steering the snake, and I pushed its gas pedal. Attempting to coordinate our controls made us laugh so hard, despite all the frustrating deaths. This is worth watching just to see our ridiculously silly faces, because yes, we now have a facecam! It’s definitely odd for us to see our faces on the YouTubes, and we hope it looks good! This was a very fun experiment that we want to continue, so please enjoy!

Currently, my plan is to upload them on Saturdays, but I may move it to an earlier day of the week, so be on the lookout. Either way, the playlist can be found here – http://bit.ly/2pezKUq

Pandas at Play – Snipperclips

Part 3 of our playthrough of Snipperclips is up! If you haven’t watched the first episode, you can start with this one or catch the first part here. In one of our oddest episodes yet, we destroy tons of Easter eggs, contemplate bird parenthood, and give birth to the Owl Rangers! GO GO OWL RANGERS!

You can find the full playlist starting at Part 1 – Stabby Sticks here: http://bit.ly/2nFmc5v

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Defenders of the Triforce – Zelda Escape Game Impressions

Note: There are no spoilers for any clues or solutions. These are impressions of the event itself.

This past weekend, my wife, some of our very close friends, and I participated in Scrap Entertainment’s Real Escape Game based on Zelda – Defenders of the Triforce (http://scrapzelda.com/). It was our first time being in an escape game, although we’d always wanted to try one ever since playing through the excellent Zero Escape trilogy. If you’ve ever played an escape room, the concept is very similar. Instead of being locked in a room, you and your team of six sit at a table in a large banquet hall.

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The premise is that you have one hour (which Zelda informs you in a humorous video) to retrieve the Master Sword to defeat Ganon. And what an hour of puzzles it is! Though you start out solving brain teasers together at the table, the game requires you to physically explore the hall to reach locations based on Ocarina of Time – for instance, Zora’s Domain and Kokiri Forest. In each station, cosplaying actors guide you inside the areas, provided you have access. As you get more clues, props, and additional puzzles, you are tasked with putting all the pieces together in mind-benders that test all kinds of intelligence, including thinking outside the box.

Our group was one of the 13 out of 32 that successfully obtained the Master Sword! It didn’t come easy, but I was so proud of our team’s excellent camaraderie as we moved from puzzle to puzzle. This escape game values teamwork and the different strengths each member may have. It’s a thrill traveling with your team and making huge revelations that others may have missed.

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After the hour was up, the emcee went over the answers with the group, resulting in laughter and sighs. Afterwards, we took photobooth pictures with fun Zelda props. Finally, we all got to play in a special Switch lounge, where we could try out Breath of the Wild, Snipperclips, and 1-2 Switch. Of course, I tried out 1-2 Switch, playing the notorious milking game and “copy dance,” which actually ended up being fun, especially in an energetic setting.

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Overall, I had a blast in the Defenders of the Triforce. It was one of the most unique and fun experiences that I was so thankful to have finally had. I had qualms going in, thinking that it wouldn’t be as good as a traditional escape room and that having 31 other teams would be distracting. The game does an excellent job putting clues all over the place, preventing it from being a strict paper-and-pencil ordeal. And even though the tables are bunched up next to each other, we were so focused on our own puzzles that we did not overhear other teams (and vice versa). The cosplay actors and props were pretty good, and the OoT domains looked decent with colored curtains surrounding them. However, I wish there was more of an effort to pretty up the banquet hall. The setting literally consisted of round tables in a warehouse-looking joint.

Obviously, I wouldn’t be able to do this game again, but I’d love to try other Real Escape Games. They advertised ones based on Final Fantasy XIV and Attack on Titan, and I’d jump on any of those opportunities. Currently, the Defenders of the Triforce game is reaching its end. Chances are, you either went or didn’t at this point. That said, I hope that if they do a second round of cities, that anyone who wants to try it out gets the chance. It’s an awesome experience to share with friends – and they don’t even have to like Zelda to solve the puzzles or enjoy themselves! I highly recommend the Defenders of the Triforce and eagerly anticipate anything else Scrap Entertainment puts out!

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Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading this issue Weekly Panda Roundup! On Thursday, I’ll hopefully be posting a special video that our subscribers will appreciate! Thanks again for your support! See you next time!

How was your weekend? Did you have a great Easter if you celebrated it? What did you think of the videos? Have you ever done the Zelda Escape Game or any other kind of “Escape Room” experience, and what did you think? What kind of themed escape games would you like to try? Let me know in the comments section below! Have a great week!

Jackbox Party Pack 3 (PS4) Review

What’s in the Box?

Jackbox Party Pack 3 keeps the party going with a new set of five multiplayer games: Quiplash 2, Trivia Murder Party, Guesspionage, Fakin’ It, and Tee K.O. While the selection is diverse, there are a few duds that won’t appeal to most groups and are unlikely to sustain a party’s attention. Each game requires players to use a phone or tablet to answer questions or draw pictures, and anyone with an internet-ready device can play along, whether a party guest or online stream viewer. Most games support up to eight players, and an audience of up to 10,000 people can join in too. The humor can get raunchy, but censoring options allows groups to cater to younger players.

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CARLOS!

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