A belated Merry Christmas to everybody! I would have posted earlier, but I was still recovering from pigging out like a piggy thing at our Christmas family reunion. I actually skipped breakfast that morning because I was planning to do a real number on succulent roast chicken and roast pork, but my stomach gave out after the third plate. Traitor!
Since I knew from long years of experience that there’s nothing better for pig-out recovery than a long gaming session, out came the 3DS and on came The Legend of Legacy. And it was going pretty well to begin with. I started with Meurs as my main and explored the Forest Ruins quite thoroughly – I love maps that fill in as you explore. The battles seemed really hard at first, but after a few skirmishes Meurs and Bianca both picked up some extra HP and ATK and everything went much better. Went to the next area, found the Singing Stone, fought the flying boss, beat him on the last attack after both Garnet and Bianca went down like chumps. So far so good.
After that I went back to town, met the Lord-Mayor, got the elemental scale, went back to the dungeons and that’s where the trouble started. Back with Rune Factory 4 the Y button would randomly stick and unstick itself, skipping large bits of text, but it wasn’t that critical to gameplay. Now the button seems to be stuck permanently, so every time I get into a battle the screen pans up to the elemental chart thingy and just stays there. No chance to select anything in battle or even run away or even SEE the options on the screen below. Completely useless. And it’s super weird because Y is also what’s supposed to bring up the menu in town and on the map, but everything’s fine over there. It’s only when I get into battle that everything goes pie-shaped. So Y plus something is off? Is it the touchscreen? Something on that corner of the screen? I just don’t get it. The only thing I could do was turn the game off in sorrow.
I thought the internet would have some good ideas, but Nintendo recommends the toothbrush technique that did diddly-squat for me last time (but I tried it again anyway) and the other solution of dripping rubbing alcohol under the button and pressing it rapidly sounded too risky (but I tried it anyway). All that effort fixed the problem for ONE battle and then it was back to square one. It looks like nothing short of a replacement of all the keys and pads will solve this issue.
In the meantime, I’m going to drown my sorrows in cake, ice cream and more cake. I also downloaded the demos for 7th Dragon III, Stella Glow, Yo-kai Watch and Etrian Odyssey Untold in the hopes at least one of them can be played without triggering that error. But first, cake! And ice cream! And cake! See you *burp* later!