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EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
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I feel the same as you about black panther, but I thought Ragnarok was hilarious, and I really dug infinity war

Like you, I mostly enjoy the character moments, and I thought that spiderman's Snapture was powerful, as was scarlet witch's reaction to a key death... And there were so many cool moments that just kindof came quickly, like when cap first showed up across the train tracks in Edinburgh (my favorite city lol).

Infinity war had loads of these, they went by quickly, but they were good while they were there

Black Panther, to me, was... Well... I could see how much it meant to black marvel fans, and I was super happy for them, but the movie itself just did very little to me, and the praise heaped on the villain I felt was mostly undeserved... And I say that as somebody who absolutely adores that actor, I loved him in the wire, and I loved him in chronicle, and if nothing else I can say he looked awesome, with the gold teeth and hair and all ... If nothing else I'll give that to black panther as a whole it had fantastic style, Wakanda fashion is awesome
Ragnarok was funny, and pretty good. It just suffered from some of the same problems as other Marvel flicks (rushed third act, great actor trying to carry the villain role on pure charisma...which also happened in BP). Since Infinity War is at the cheap theater, I paid another $4 to re-watch it:

It was better on a second viewing. The first time, everything felt really truncated and fast. The pace felt like it had more room to breathe for the first 2/3 of the movie, now that I wasn't being blown away by constant spectacle. The non-Snap deaths did land a bit stronger because of it, although I could've done without the slow-mo pan from falling-Gamora back to Thanos. But Heimdall and Loki landed harder, and Vision even more so. The Snap deaths had more impact, too, because it wasn't a breathless "who's next?" like it was the first time.

I also dug that this was more of a Thor movie. You get the feeling that the next one will be more of a Cap movie*, but Thor deserved this one. He's had like the worst week ever - Odin dies, Mjolnir is destroyed, he has to instigate Ragnarok and raze Asgard to kill his sister, he inadvertently leads all of the remaining Asgardians to a slaughter, then watches his best friend and his brother get murdered by Thanos, then gets baked by a neutron star. The face time was deserved.

Also dug spending so much time with Thanos. That's a big gamble with this big of a cast, but it needed to be done. Marvel has so many undercooked villains that this one had to be done right, and if it took that much onscreen time to do it, then eff it, because it was worth it.

[*Although Cap's devastating "Oh, god" is probably among the best non-quip dialog Marvel has ever put in a film.]

Overall, I do like it. Not top-tier like it, but it's at the very top half of the middle. And I do respect it as one hell of an ambitious project. "This hasn't been done before in a comic-book movie" is common praise to read, but what Infinity War did hasn't been done before in movies, period. 10 years and 20 movies leading to one outcome.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
Ragnarok was funny, and pretty good. It just suffered from some of the same problems as other Marvel flicks (rushed third act, great actor trying to carry the villain role on pure charisma...which also happened in BP). Since Infinity War is at the cheap theater, I paid another $4 to re-watch it:

It was better on a second viewing. The first time, everything felt really truncated and fast. The pace felt like it had more room to breathe for the first 2/3 of the movie, now that I wasn't being blown away by constant spectacle. The non-Snap deaths did land a bit stronger because of it, although I could've done without the slow-mo pan from falling-Gamora back to Thanos. But Heimdall and Loki landed harder, and Vision even more so. The Snap deaths had more impact, too, because it wasn't a breathless "who's next?" like it was the first time.

I also dug that this was more of a Thor movie. You get the feeling that the next one will be more of a Cap movie*, but Thor deserved this one. He's had like the worst week ever - Odin dies, Mjolnir is destroyed, he has to instigate Ragnarok and raze Asgard to kill his sister, he inadvertently leads all of the remaining Asgardians to a slaughter, then watches his best friend and his brother get murdered by Thanos, then gets baked by a neutron star. The face time was deserved.

Also dug spending so much time with Thanos. That's a big gamble with this big of a cast, but it needed to be done. Marvel has so many undercooked villains that this one had to be done right, and if it took that much onscreen time to do it, then eff it, because it was worth it.

[*Although Cap's devastating "Oh, god" is probably among the best non-quip dialog Marvel has ever put in a film.]

Overall, I do like it. Not top-tier like it, but it's at the very top half of the middle. And I do respect it as one hell of an ambitious project. "This hasn't been done before in a comic-book movie" is common praise to read, but what Infinity War did hasn't been done before in movies, period. 10 years and 20 movies leading to one outcome.
There are individual moments too... The fight between doctor strange and thanos is the most comic book thing I have ever seen
 

simplyTravis

"A nice guy, but looks like a f'n Jedi!"
Well, I have to take back what I said regarding Splatoon nerfing my roller...they just decreased the ink usage by 33% when going full speed! I can finally get back up past the 1k mark regularly with it! Not only that but having all this extra ink at my disposal makes me about as deadly as I am with the octobrush...



THE ROLLER IS BACK BABY!
@mattavelle1 and myself are about to wreck all y'all fools!



We're back and lookin' for trouble!
 

mattavelle1

Crunk Ain’t Dead!!!
Moderator
Well, I have to take back what I said regarding Splatoon nerfing my roller...they just decreased the ink usage by 33% when going full speed! I can finally get back up past the 1k mark regularly with it! Not only that but having all this extra ink at my disposal makes me about as deadly as I am with the octobrush...



THE ROLLER IS BACK BABY!
@mattavelle1 and myself are about to wreck all y'all fools!



We're back and lookin' for trouble!
Last night was soooooooooooo good!!!

:msrs:
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
Hey literature snobs, I need some help

Watching a show caked Rellik that is a crime told in reverse

So it starts at the end, then keeps going backwards to the arrest, the investigation, the crime and lastly what leads to the crime

I think there is a term for this, but I can't place it .. My sister is dying conceit, but I think that is too general, I was thinking mcguffin, but that isn't quite it either

I tried a few Google searches but it isn't coming up

Basically I am looking for the term used to describe a structural element used to create the drama of the story... Basically where the narrative hook is tied to the structure of the story itself...

What is that called?

Or is there no name... Because if there isn't, I hereby name it a fartykoala
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
Moderator
Hey literature snobs, I need some help

Watching a show caked Rellik that is a crime told in reverse

So it starts at the end, then keeps going backwards to the arrest, the investigation, the crime and lastly what leads to the crime

I think there is a term for this, but I can't place it .. My sister is dying conceit, but I think that is too general, I was thinking mcguffin, but that isn't quite it either

I tried a few Google searches but it isn't coming up

Basically I am looking for the term used to describe a structural element used to create the drama of the story... Basically where the narrative hook is tied to the structure of the story itself...

What is that called?

Or is there no name... Because if there isn't, I hereby name it a fartykoala
This might help:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabula_and_syuzhet
 
A bit of an odd request, but does anyone here have much experience with meditation? And if so, would you mind sharing some tips for a complete newcomer?

Perhaps I am just a product of the information era, but I have an extremely hard time slowing down and focusing on tasks. I am hoping that meditation could help me refocus, but my own attempts have been undermined by my short attention span.
 
A bit of an odd request, but does anyone here have much experience with meditation? And if so, would you mind sharing some tips for a complete newcomer?

Perhaps I am just a product of the information era, but I have an extremely hard time slowing down and focusing on tasks. I am hoping that meditation could help me refocus, but my own attempts have been undermined by my short attention span.
My experiences with meditation were more so dealing with anxiety/chilling the fuck out rather than help on focusing so I can't say if what I did will help you. Essentially I sat in the dark with my eyes closed and just shut everything out. Sometimes I'd light incense sticks but nothing too strong, something less fragrant tend to help like Vanilla. To me it was all about shutting everything out and not thinking about anything which yeah, I got no advice on how to do that other than focus on breathing steadily.

If I felt like my mind was starting to wonder and I'd start thinking about something I'd just let it go and focus on my breathing again. I'd do this for around 10 minutes, not exact because I didn't want to think about "is time up yet?". Once I was done I did feel way more relaxed and the rest of the day/night I did feel better overall. I'm no expert and this might not work for everyone. All I can say is give it a try. You might have to sit differently, maybe even lean back. Scented meditation may not work for you, etc etc.
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
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A bit of an odd request, but does anyone here have much experience with meditation? And if so, would you mind sharing some tips for a complete newcomer?
Steve Hagen wrote a book called "Buddhism Plain & Simple" that has a good primer on meditation. But honestly, the best meditation advice I got was a brief guided course from a visiting monk* when I was in college. A step-by-step instruction is a good place to start, but it requires someone who knows what they're doing. Which I do not.

It was his one redeeming feature. When I and other guys tried to ask him questions, he blew us off to hit on college girls. Although, to be fair, I suppose it gets lonely in a monastery.

That said...
To me it was all about shutting everything out and not thinking about anything which yeah, I got no advice on how to do that other than focus on breathing steadily.

If I felt like my mind was starting to wonder and I'd start thinking about something I'd just let it go and focus on my breathing again.
This is the place to start.

EDIT: I screw it, I dug out the book. What you want is chapter 8. A primer:

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"Place your focus on your breath. Breathe naturally and quietly. Don't force the breath in any way - just follow it. As you inhale, be aware of breathing in. As you exhale, be aware of breathing out. In the beginning stages, since it's difficult to stay with the breath, counting each breath may help you maintain your concentration.

"...follow the breath. As you do, thoughts will arise. Don't be bothered by them. Don't think they're bad, or that you shouldn't be having them. Don't try to drive them away. If you leave them alone, they'll depart of their own accord. This is how to 'cease all movement of the conscious mind.' You cannot do it by direct application of your will. If you find you've been distracted by thoughts and feelings, and have forgotten your breath, just come back to the breathing. There's no need to scold yourself that you wandered away. To scold yourself is to wander away again.

"...all kinds of self comments may arise ("there I go again" or "I can't do this"). These comments are quite normal. Observe them, and let them go - they will depart if you let them.

"Don't strive for some special state of mind. There is no special state of mind. ...meditation is not trance. It is not rest. It is not relaxation. It is just awareness of breath, that's all. ...once you can stay with the breath fairly regularly, you can stop counting and breath alone. Beyond these simple instructions, the meditation will teach you what it is.

"You will gradually learn to sit like a mountain. Though thoughts will arise, they are merely clouds passing by the mountain. The mountain need not be perturbed by clouds. The clouds pass on, and the mountain continues to sit - observing all, grasping at nothing.

"(Give yourself permission to have thoughts. When you're disturbed by your thinking it tends to augment itself and go faster and louder. The more you try to control it, the more it will gain in strength. Give your mind a lot of space and it quiets down; try to control, quiet, or constrict it, and it goes wild. We only need to notice what's happening, and ease off. Let the thinking stop itself, it will if you leave it alone. Thoughts, feelings, and emotions come and go in the mind. But they don't stay. If you play with them, or prod them, or develop them, they hang on. They start to branch into other thoughts. That's what the mind does when it's not being attended to."

-Steve Hagen, Buddhism Plain & Simple, 105-107
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Maybe that helps, maybe it doesn't. The phrase used by the monk I briefly spent time with was "the mind leaning." The mind leans one way, then another, then another and another and another. Meditation is just about noticing that lean - observe your mind leaning, where its thoughts go, but don't overly indulge them. Just go back to breathing. The mind works its way back to the middle, and you learn to get there and stay there via meditation.

Or not. Or you beat off to porn and call it a night. Everyone is different.
 
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sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
A bit of an odd request, but does anyone here have much experience with meditation? And if so, would you mind sharing some tips for a complete newcomer?

Perhaps I am just a product of the information era, but I have an extremely hard time slowing down and focusing on tasks. I am hoping that meditation could help me refocus, but my own attempts have been undermined by my short attention span.
Funny enough, in college, one of my honors classes had a whole thing on guided meditation. It had two parts. One just about meditation and relaxation. The second part was a spirit animal journey. (If you're interested, I can add that part in later as well).

I'll tell you the things that worked for me.

First, lay flat on the floor, not a bed. Try to be in a room that is quieter. Close your eyes, focus on your breathing for a minute or two. Regular intervals. Don't force it. Just let it happen naturally.

Now, imagine yourself in a completely white room. Decorated however you see fit, made out of any materials you want. Look around the room, focus on the clean, crisp whiteness of things. (This is to represent the clear, white center of your mind.) Sit in the center of the room on the floor. If your mind starts to wander, look at a different object in the room and focus on what it is made out of, it's shape, and its clean, bright, white color.

Feel how calm you are in the room. It's warm and comforting, but not hot. It's that perfect relaxing temperature. You feel safe. You feel calm. You are relaxed and focused.

When you are ready, stand up. Behind you in the room is a white door. Open the door and walk out.
Open your eyes.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
I'm so close to finally finishing Xenoblade 2. I'm on Chapter 10. I fully admit that I put it aside for awhile because I got bored, but once I picked it up and forced myself through the chapter I was on, then starting with the next chapter, I was completely hooked and have been since. The story really picked up, and I cared about what was happening.

Something similar happened to me with the first Xenoblade. I got to the same point in the first one twice and gave up. Then third time through, I got hooked.

Taking each game as a whole, there is something I find truly special and compelling about all three Xenoblade games. Next time around, I'm going to give the next Xenoblade game the benefit of the doubt and remind myself that even if I hit a slow point, it will pick up. It always does.
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
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I'm so close to finally finishing Xenoblade 2. I'm on Chapter 10. I fully admit that I put it aside for awhile because I got bored, but once I picked it up and forced myself through the chapter I was on, then starting with the next chapter, I was completely hooked and have been since. The story really picked up, and I cared about what was happening.

Something similar happened to me with the first Xenoblade. I got to the same point in the first one twice and gave up. Then third time through, I got hooked.

Taking each game as a whole, there is something I find truly special and compelling about all three Xenoblade games. Next time around, I'm going to give the next Xenoblade game the benefit of the doubt and remind myself that even if I hit a slow point, it will pick up. It always does.
This has happened to me with every Xenoblade as well. I didn't really feel bored with them, though, I just let other games and life stuff get in the way. With the first one, it took me about 2 years of playing it on and off before I beat it, but every time I'd get back into it I'd play it for about 50 hours in a few sittings. Similar with X, I played it for about 50 hours, stopped, months later played about another 80 hours, stopped, months later played another 80 hours. Right now I'm still about 50 hours into XC2 but I haven't played it since December. I figure when I pick it back up I'll probably play it until finishing it.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
This has happened to me with every Xenoblade as well. I didn't really feel bored with them, though, I just let other games and life stuff get in the way. With the first one, it took me about 2 years of playing it on and off before I beat it, but every time I'd get back into it I'd play it for about 50 hours in a few sittings. Similar with X, I played it for about 50 hours, stopped, months later played about another 80 hours, stopped, months later played another 80 hours. Right now I'm still about 50 hours into XC2 but I haven't played it since December. I figure when I pick it back up I'll probably play it until finishing it.
it took me forever to get through 2, I had no such issue for the first game, and only a few problems with getting through x (which I still think is the worst of the 3)... but 2... I lost to the final boss a few times and then figure I should level up and do some side quests and grab some more rare blades... and THAT is the part of the game that made me get bored.... I did quite a bit and then just stopped and lost interest (again I remind you, I was AT the final boss)... like 6 months later, with octopath about to hit... I just said f' it... time to try and beat it again...

I had to play for a few hours just to remember how to play the game properly, I rearranged my blades a bit, and then jumped in and beat the boss on my first try (since stopping before)... then enjoyed msot of the ending, saved and started a new game plus (which I stopped as soon as I could save, and might never touch again, i dunno)

I had a few BIG gripes with X, and a ton of smaller issues with 2

right now I kind of want a non xeno game from monolithsoft... something less complex (mechanically) and more polished

Takashashi said he wants to make a more mature game, which, the lack of, is one of the issues with 2 (the overly shounen tropey aspect)

I would love to see this new rpg they are developing be kind of a testing ground for that, and hopefully have it be a more straight forward game (mechanically)... still lots of options, and lots of stuff to do, just not convoluted and mind numbing and repetitive like 2 got to be

then I want them to take those lessons in hand and make the next xenoblade... maybe just outright make x a monster hunter game.... now that nintendo isn't getting the main franchise of that anymore... the lack of story in x annoyed me, but maybe they can just flat out get rid of it and go full on monster hunter, even just the gameplay too... monster hunter with mechs

and then make the regular xenoblade series more story focused than ever
 
I have gone through all episodes of House (MD)

My list of Sherlock shows I've watched are now ranked as such:
1. Psych
2. House
3. Monk, because the seasons that had more Sherlock-allusions (Sharona) in them sucked
4. the animated one where Watson is a cyborg
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The gaping crevasse left in what was once California after the San Andreas fault splits
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5. Veronica Mars?
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99. Sherlock (BBC)

I plan on watching Miss Sherlock sometime soon, which is a japanese drama with gender-flips on most characters, so that sounds aces.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
I have gone through all episodes of House (MD)

My list of Sherlock shows I've watched are now ranked as such:
1. Psych
2. House
3. Monk, because the seasons that had more Sherlock-allusions (Sharona) in them sucked
4. the animated one where Watson is a cyborg
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The gaping crevasse left in what was once California after the San Andreas fault splits
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5. Veronica Mars?
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99. Sherlock (BBC)

I plan on watching Miss Sherlock sometime soon, which is a japanese drama with gender-flips on most characters, so that sounds aces.
Veronica Mars should be way higher on that list, and so should Sherlock, though the series did fall apart into a convoluted mess in the last few seasons.

Monk and House are both examples of okay shows with great central leads, house is super repetitive, and Monk can be cheesy as shit... I love psych, but the detective aspect is just connecting glue for the interactions between the characters... of the shows you listed... and going just on quality of the show and not necesarily how Sherlock Holmes it is...

1. Veronica Mars
2. Psych
3. Sherlock
4. Monk
5. House

I didn't even bother watching Elementary, and it seems you are in the same boat there
 
Veronica Mars should be way higher on that list, and so should Sherlock, though the series did fall apart into a convoluted mess in the last few seasons.

Monk and House are both examples of okay shows with great central leads, house is super repetitive, and Monk can be cheesy as shit... I love psych, but the detective aspect is just connecting glue for the interactions between the characters... of the shows you listed... and going just on quality of the show and not necesarily how Sherlock Holmes it is...

1. Veronica Mars
2. Psych
3. Sherlock
4. Monk
5. House

I didn't even bother watching Elementary, and it seems you are in the same boat there
I'd have to rewatch Veronica Mars to actually place it, but I remember it being super good. Every other show has their analogs of the Sherlock characters, their Watsons and Mycrofts and Lestrades and Moriartys, etc. VM just a really good detective show, which at least places it leagues above Sherlock imo, which fell apart for me way earlier than it did for others, but fuck I went through all of those terrible seasons. Its the reason I no longer stick with shows the moment they get to me (usually). Netflix has made dropping shows so much easier too.

I'm ok with repetitiveness in these types of shows, par for the course. House is admittedly, even by their own universe's logic, prone to following the "get three things wrong, epiphany, conclusion" formula. I'm more than fine with that, the situations are interesting enough to merit that, at least in the early seasons, and theres sometimes a twist or two. I think they killed a baby in the second or third episode, and didnt lose an adult patient until much later. Kinda wild. Everything else is propped up by strong characters and performances. Also, very weird hearing Hugh Laurie's non-american accent, I dont think I've seen him act in anything but.

I totally forgot about Elementary, I did not watch that nor do I plan to. I'll get my asian Watson fix in this japanese show, which is easily available thanks to Starz.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
Speaking of Sherlock Holmes....

What is everyone looking forward to this comic con?

Nothing has really blown me away yet

But hey... Mario Kart 8 update
it seems the girl who plays Starfire in Titans had to leave Twitter after a barrage of hate speech

*le sigh*

I don't like them making Starfire black, I mean I don't care what the race of the actress is, the CHARACTER isn't earthly, making her white would also suck, so my frustration is with choices made by the Producers, not in her casting, but in how they presented her

that being said...

1. She is just an actress, she had no voice in how Starfire would be presented, that comes from the Producers, Writers, and Showrunner, so the hate was directed to the wrong place.
2. There shouldn't have been HATE at all... if they ruined it for you, express your frustration in a civil way, and then bounce... don't subscribe or watch, vote with your dollars
3. The excessive racist comments are just scum spewings, and part of me thinks it is a coordinated effort thta doesn't even have much to do with the fandom at all, it comes from racist movements who foudn an opportunity, rather than from embittered fans being vile

I have no interest in watching Titans, but I almost want to watch it now just to say "f' you" to the people who did this... but that would be pointless as the people who really did this shit likely aren't even actual fans of the property, and reacting in anger just seems like something that they would want.

This... and the James Gunn firing...

 
Gunn didn't say directed racist comments he made more generalized dark jokes, that is a huge difference, and this jokes were made years ago and had already been brought up before Guardians 2 was made
The firing of Gunn for something so old (and something he had already apologized for) is downright sickening to me.

This has nothing to do with him being "inconsistent with the studio's values" but rather Disney trying to placate any potential bad PR, regardless of its validity. Frankly I find Disney's actions of firing him to be far more "indefensible" and morally bankrupt than what they have accused James Gunn of.

I adore Marvel films, but unless they backtrack in some capacity on this, I am going to skip Guardians 3.
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
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I'm 25 hours in with Hollow Knight. I've got like 95% of the map unlocked, and I've got the final bosses' locations.

The first 4-8 hours of this game are meh (and yes, the variance is that wide; I explored a lot). It doesn't truly open up until you get a weapon upgrade and access to some good charms, one of which can eliminate the crappy knock-back that every attack generates. Hour 8 until now has been pretty damn good. Not the stupid-high, legendary-GOAT hype that this game has garnered, but good enough that I recommend a purchase. If they got rid of the dumb lantern/spotlight lighting system, and did some smoothing of the difficulty, this game could have been top-tier. It could have been that game, the one everyone who has ever wanted a hand-drawn 2D spiritual successor to Super Metroid has always wanted.

But because we can't have nice things and the internet needs reasons to type "git gud," we get this. I'm on a boss that is straight-up, as the kid's say, "RNG garbage." It's a (multiple) 2-on-1 fight (one of them is easy, two is hell). And unlike prior bosses, which were skippable and not needed to finish the game, this one isn't (at least I'm pretty sure it isn't). I'm utterly stuck, to the point where I said eff it and watched youtube to see how to beat the boss. Which is either A) luck, or B) shade cloak. B, it is.
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
Moderator
...or C, charm-tanking the things to death, which is what I just did, like 12 hours after posting this. I stumbled onto it, and I'm pretty sure this wasn't what the developers had in mind, but it worked. Still, I felt no relief or sense of accomplishment. For me, grinding on a boss over and over does nothing but numb me to the game. HK could have been top-tier, but that boss sucked a lot of the joy out of the game for me.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
@sjmartin79

I see you playing Captain Toad, and it makes me very happy!:mlaugh: Can’t wait to hear your impressions
I played the shit out of it on WiiU and absolutely loved it, and after the long slog through Xenoblade 2, I needed Captain Toad as a nice in-between game before something else really long. They've changed some things up from the first one. I haven't gotten to the Odyssey stuff yet. I know you can access it with amiibo, but you can also do it via unlocking in the game, so I'm attempting to 100% the game right now.
 
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