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When I play RPGs on ZSNES or VBA, I always set the fast forward button to be the R2 button on my gamepad. So leveling up is a breeze. Enter battle, hold R2, and A down, boom, fight's over in under 2 seconds. I played through this for the first time, took me two nights. Even when walking, I just hold down the FF button and breeze around stuff. Yeah, it may take a little bit out of the experience, but I still get all the items, and read all the dialogue, I just do it a little faster than everyone else. Who else uses the FF button religiously on their emulators?
It's just bad game design for half your total playtime (or more) to be menu navigation/waiting on text boxes/walking through unnecessarily long corridors/whatever. The fact that it hasn't been fixed in 25 years of RPGs is absurd. I'm pretty good at reading short blocks of text nearly instantly, so the wait for text boxes in 90% of RPGs is absolutely agonizing for me.
I can't imagine playing this without the fast forward button. Let alone EARTHBOUND. Jesus. I love both dearly, but so much time is wasted.
ya know, they're coalitoin forces, your just killing all different races at once. your just a highly efficient racist, i understand. -Confusious on Halo 2 TK's
Maybe I'm just patient by nature, but I own the cart and the speed of Earthbound has never bothered me. Even at the most "inconvenient" scene in the game, waiting three minutes for Grapefruit Falls to open up, I just get a drink or use the bathroom or something.
This game, I think the only time I used the speedup on my emulator was waiting for my HP roller to refill during the final boss fight.
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