LAN Time!! ๐ŸŽฎ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Today is the first day of the LAN! I was up early to head to Gamestop about an hour and a half before opening. I promised Christopher I would do whatever it took to get his Skyward Sword joy-cons. I was first in line!

They only had eight. I was able to get one! Later in the day, the game, which he pre-ordered, arrived too:

After I got home I spent the rest of the day prepping. Finally right before everyone arrived I changed into my usual “first day of LAN” outfit:

Grogu was my little LAN companion. He has a necklace now –I’ll post a photo of that later.

A little later people began to arrive and soon things were quite busy. I accompanied our friend Ezequiel to get cider and he got me an early birthday present, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin! ๐Ÿ˜

Buuuut… for now, I have something much more important to play first… ๐Ÿ˜

๐ŸŒˆ Back To Domina ๐ŸŒˆ

As you all known I’m beyond excited about finally getting my hands on my Collector’s Edition copy of the remastered Legend of Mana for the Nintendo Switch.

Originally a PS1 game, it is one of the most important games in my life and one of those media experiences that was life-changing: like a good book, there is a time before and after Legend of Mana in my life. To be able to return to this world in HD is simply beyond amazing.

Everything from the art, to the music (most of all the music) is sublime and gives me chills. The moment when you place down the mailbox and the music begins I just truly feel like I’m home.

The story is kind of all over the place, still, I love it just the way it is.

The Sproutling’s description of how you create the world from your imagination is very “Neverending Story” to me (which also happens to be my favorite book.)

Domina exists once again!

But before I actually ventured into town, I went back to visit Li’l Cactus, one of my (and many people’s) fondest memories about this game:

Part of my reason to love Li’l Cactus so much as that growing up we had a cactus exactly like this one. Well, it didn’t have a face or keep a diary, but you know what I mean. ๐Ÿ˜… It bloomed once a year, I think for just one night.

Li’l Cactus, as his bio points out, is of few words. But he will write at length in his diary, as long as you go and talk to him after each adventure you have. It’s a pointless and adorable concept.

I didn’t get to record that bit, but after the above, he hops out of the pot and goes to write on those hanging leaves on the wood beam.

Here’s examples of his diary entries:

Then I did go to Domina, eager to see my favorite character not just of this game, but any and all games I’ve ever played:

I wondered in the back of my mind, why did I like him so much? I was soon reminded. Lol.

Add all of that to his uber-protective streak and he’s irresistible. ๐Ÿ˜

Every character in this game is delightful. There’s funny things and hilarious bits of dialogue all over the place. Repeatedly talking to characters is rewarded.

The first boss! I remember shitting a brick when his massive shape filled my TV screen!

The nice thing about LoM is that, while it has an overarching story (…I think?) it’s comprised of many little ones. So you feel a quick boost of accomplishment time and time again.

With Elazul and Pearl’s first quest complete, it’s time to meet another two favorites once again –Bud and Lisa:

I remember that the first time (just as this time!) I felt terribly having to defeat them, especially poor Lisa…

But, Bud is so thrilled by your might that he begs to become your apprentice:

I’ve played further, but I’ll share that later. I wanted to at least share this bit for now. I really, really recommend this game. Especially to fellow Littles. It’s such a cute and colorful journey.