The summer has arrived–and, with it, the annual Lusipurr.com Donation Drive!
Flash back to the summer of 2009: Lusipurr.com launches the first site-wide, participatory feature, a playthrough of Final Fantasy IX. Now, flash forward to the summer of 2016: Lusipurr.com launches another site-wide feature, this time for a Smash Bros. Tournament. Now flash back again to the Summer of 2011: Lusipurr.com launches a Summer Fundraiser drive. Now flash forward again to the summer of 2016 as Lusipurr.com refines the Summer Fundraiser once again in an attempt to give readers even more participation than ever before (as evaluated on a sliding, relative-scale evaluative matrix). For the present, hold temporal position as the preceding series of flash backs and flash forwards momentarily pauses.
Overview: Time to flash forward to the second paragraph of this featured post: Lusipurr.com begins an explanation of the fundraiser rules, terms, and conditions for the benefit of would-be participants. At the beginning of June, a Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament will be held without any human players. Instead, the tournament will use Amiibo figure players, fully levelled but without customisation. Each Amiibo will represent a donation in the Summer Fundraiser. All events will be broadcast live on Twitch, with commentary from Lusipurr and other staff members as available. Flash forward to a list of prizes.
First Place: A Lusipurr-completed playthrough and featured review (at least 1,000 words) of the selected game (exclusions apply as below).
Second and Third Place: A Lusipurr weekly livestream episode of at least one hour playing the selected game (handheld games excluded), with associated commentary. Other staff members may be included to commentate as available.
Fourth Place: A hardcover copy of The Once and Future King signed by Lusipurr, and inscribed with a personalised message for the winner.
All Participants: Entry into the end-of-the-year drawing to win a new game on Amazon or Steam valued at up to $60 US.
Shipping Note: Physical prizes require the provision of a mailing address.
How to Participate
1. Each $5 donated will allow for the selection of an Amiibo from the display below. Unclaimed Amiibos are transparent in the image. The image is updated daily.
2. Entrants will select the available Amiibo of their choice, and will post their selection in the comments thread below. Once an Amiibo has been claimed, it may not be claimed by any other entrant. (Note that if the Cloud, Bayonetta, and Corrin Amiibos are not available in early June, max-level CPU players will be used instead).
3. Entrants will also select a game of their choice, subject to the exclusions below. Once a game has been selected, it may not be selected again for any other entry.
4. Stages may not be selected by entrants. For each non-final round, stages will be chosen at random, in advance, from a list provided by Lusipurr, with each stage on the list used once. In non-final rounds, item availability will be on, with default load-out and frequency.
5. The final round will be played on Final Destination with no items.
6. Donations will be accepted until midnight (US Eastern), 1 June, 2016. The tournament bracket is available online in the post below, and will be updated with a daily broadcast schedule at a variety of times. Broadcasts will take place in the first two weeks of June.
7. Multiple entries are permitted. Staff members may participate as well.
• Battles will be set to three stock with a fifteen minute timer (used to enforce a result).
• In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by coin toss.
• In the qualifying and knock-out rounds, eight characters compete in a single battle with the top four characters proceeding to the next round.
• In the quarter-final and semi-final rounds, four characters compete in a single battle with the top two characters proceeding to the next round.
• For non-Final rounds, stages are selected from a list at random with default item activation, as given above.
• The Final round takes place between four characters in a single battle, competing for first through fourth place.
• The Final round will be played on Final Destination with no items.
Platforms: Available for play on Nintendo consoles or handhelds (excluding Virtual Boy), Sony consoles or handhelds, Sega Genesis, or Steam for Mac OS X.
Region: Released in the North America region in English.
Publisher: Legitimately published full releases: no self-published, pre-release, knock-off, unofficial, browser, or otherwise incomplete titles.
Availability: In circumstances where availability is a problem (due to scarcity, cost, or compatibility), entrants will be offered the chance to select an alternative game or receive a refund.
Exclusions: No MMOs, no games requiring a subscription or monetary transactions, and no non-game ‘entertainment software’ (i.e. there must be valid victory/defeat conditions, rules, possibility of failure, etc.). Games with an online component may be rejected at Lusipurr’s discretion. In addition, several games have already received a full LusiReview and are excluded from selection: Deadly Towers, Eternal Sonata, Fable, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Milon’s Secret Castle, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Characters and Games Selected
Bayonetta: Tactics Ogre (Sebastian)
Bowser: The 7th Guest (Sebastian)
Bowser Jr.: Suikoden Tierkreis (Imitanis)
Captain Falcon: Battlestoads and Double Dragon (Lane)
Charizard: Infinite Space (Imitanis)
Cloud: Final Fantasy VII (Sebastian)
Corrin: Legend of Dragoon (Tim P.)
Dark Pit: Final Fantasy Legend II (Lane)
Diddy Kong: Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) (Imitanis)
Donkey Kong: Brave Fencer Musashi (Lane)
Dr. Mario: Lester the Unlikely (Lane)
Duck Hunt: Kingdom Hearts (Imitanis)
Falco: Fist of the North Star (Lane)
Fox: Streets of Rage (Corrine)
Ganondorf: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (Sebastian)
Greninja: Persona 4 (Tim P.)
Ike: Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (Legendary Zoltan)
Jigglypuff: Daikatana (Corrine)
King Dedede: TMNT (Lane)
Kirby: Trauma Center: New Blood (Deb)
Link: The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (Dancing Matt)
Little Mac: Super Pitfall (Lane)
Lucario: Jade Cocoon 2 (Imitanis)
Lucas: Rap Jam Vol. 1 (Lane)
Lucina: Secret of Mana (Dancing Matt)
Luigi: Banjo-Kazooie (Corrine)
Mario: Suikoden (Imitanis)
Marth: Uniracers (Lane)
Mega Man: Mega Man 2 (Dancing Matt)
Mewtwo: Final Fantasy Tactics (Lane)
Meta Knight: Tazmania (Lane)
Mii Brawler: Baten Kaitos (Lane)
Mii Gunner: Super Castlevania IV (Lane)
Mii Swordfighter: Vandal Hearts (Lane)
Mr. Game & Watch: Disgaea (Imitanis)
Ness: Mega Man X (Lane)
Olimar: Mario Party (Corrine)
Pac-Man: Fallout 3 (Imitanis)
Palutena: Valkyrie Profile (Legendary Zoltan)
Peach: Hey You, Pikachu! (Corrine)
Pikachu: Pokemon Yellow (Imitanis)
Pit: The Secret of Monkey Island, Classic (Dancing Matt)
R.O.B. The World Ends with You (Jububale)
Robin: Grandia (Imitanis)
Rosalina: Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria (Legendary Zoltan)
Roy: Star Ocean: The Last Hope (Legendary Zoltan)
Ryu: Earthbound (Imitanis)
Samus: Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (Corrine)
Sheik: Willow (Dancing Matt)
Shulk: Suikoden II (Cari)
Sonic: Final Fantasy VIII (Imitanis)
Toon Link: Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Imitanis)
Villager: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Lane)
Wario: Fester’s Quest (Dancing Matt)
Wii Fit Trainer: Contra III: Alien Wars (Lane)
Yoshi: Shaq-Fu (Lane)
Zelda: Super Baseball Simulator 1000 (Lane)
Zero Suit Samus: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (Lane)
Adeki for Losers: UNLOCKED!
Nothing says “I’m a Lusipurr.com Reader!” like being a loser, because at Lusipurr.com, Losers are Winners™! (Note: Just like Adeki, losers are still also losers). Losers deserve something, too–usually a swift kick in the pants–and this tournament recognises the contributions that losers make to the world in general. Upon reaching this stretch goal, a Loser Bracket will be created comprised of the eight individual last-place finishers taken from the qualifying rounds of the tournament.
• The last-place entrant in the Loser Bracket will get the same rewards as the second- and third-place finishers in the tournament with the following changes:
• Adeki will be forced to play through (or, if Adeki lacks the correct hardware, commentate upon Lusipurr playing) the last place entry, after which Adeki will review it for the site.
• Lusipurr will also write a song commemorating the last-place entrant’s complete and utter defeat, which Adeki will perform LIVE on camera whilst dancing and wearing a sombrero.
Get out there and lose some games, loser! You deserve it!
Poetically AustralianNooB: UNLOCKED!
When people think ‘Lusipurr.com’, they also think ‘what the hell is that’ and ‘did he say Lucifer’. But sometimes, if they are a reader and generously inclined, they also think, ‘high culture’ and ‘literature’ and ‘please God don’t let Bup be on the podcast’. Upon reaching this stretch goal, Lusipurr will create long-form poetic evaluations (i.e. poetical reviews) of the first-, second-, and third-place game entries, written in the form of Galileo’s A Dialogue Concerning Two World Systems, albeit much shorter, much more poetic (probably), and much less scientifically accomplished (definitely).
• SiliconNooB will perform these dialogues on the podcast, utilising the wide range of voice acting prowess which he lately displayed at InfoNewsNow!, where his ‘Scottish Lady’ voice won numerous awards and has resulted in him being banned for life from Edinburgh.
• Note: SiliconNooB will probably need to be very drunk in order to be persuaded to do this task, so there may be some noticeable vocal slurring and/or a fist-fight with Lusipurr.
Nothing says ‘Australia’ like a drunken punch-out!
Bupcentric: UNLOCKED! This is it. This is the big one. And what else could it be but a complete Bup-centric overhaul of our content? For one week, (and one week only) running Sunday to Sunday, Lusipurr.com will be completely controlled by Bup:
• Bup will select the news, and dictate the approach, for SiliconNooB’s weekly news post.
• Bup will determine the topic, scope, and overall content for Adeki’s weekly editorial.
• Bup will finally have a week off from the Greenlight Round-Up. Instead, Lusipurr will take his place and will be forced to play and review Steam Greenlight games selected by Bup.
• Bup will select Adeki’s livestream game for the Sunday stream, and Bup will force Lusipurr to do the Steam Greenlight stream. For his part, Bup will stream games that he likes, such as Fallout and Don’t Shit Your Pants.
• Finally, most worryingly, most terrifyingly of all, Bup will host, direct, and otherwise control the Starlight Megaphone podcast, to be renamed ‘The Fartbutt MegaBup’ (for one week).
And may the Lord God almighty have mercy upon us all.
FIRST PLACE – Ness: Mega Man X for the SNES (Lane)
SECOND PLACE – Falco: Fist of the North Star for the NES (Lane)
THIRD PLACE – Wii Fit Trainer: Contra III: Alien Wars for the SNES (Lane)
LOSER BRACKET – Captain Falcon: Battletoads and Double Dragon for the NES (Lane)