Discord and Nintendo’s Voice Chat

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…!

While single-player games are amazing, especially since Rachel and I have each other as sometimes-snarky cheerleaders for each other whenever we play those games, multiplayer games can be so much fun. With the online capabilities of nowadays, being able to play with friends who don’t live around the corner is fantastic. Voice chatting definitely helps, but the platform needs to be done well…

How many of you actually use Nintendo’s voice chat? You know, the Nintendo Switch Online app on your phone? We personally haven’t. We’ve heard it wasn’t that great…

We do use Discord, however, mostly just between each other when we’re working in different rooms, but we’ve also played around with Discord’s voice chat while playing online games together. Recently, there was an article on My Nintendo News that mentioned how Discord would be willing to talk with Nintendo about powering Nintendo’s voice chat, and it honestly sounds like it would be a good partnership.

The article itself didn’t mention many details, but from what I’ve heard of the Nintendo Voice Chat, it needs an overhaul. Discord is a popular choice amid gamers nowadays, as forums, video, and voice chat. With all the games that Nintendo is bringing to the Switch, especially multiplayer games, having a well-working voice chat system is crucial.

 

Do you use Nintendo’s Voice Chat app? How well do you think Discord would work as Nintendo’s voice chat platform?

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Reactions To The Game Awards 2017

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While we weren’t able to watch the Game Awards live, we watched the stream through YouTube this weekend. This was the fourth year for the Game Awards, but our first year watching. I wasn’t expecting them to showcase upcoming games and announce new ones. I honestly thought it was just going to strictly awards plus a few fun entertaining songs here and there. Needless to say, the Game Awards didn’t disappoint.

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We really enjoyed the show! Aside from the awards and seeing some trailers for new games, I really enjoyed the Game Awards Orchestra. Pretty sure we recognized Tina Guo — we’ve shared one of her videos before — with her electric cello, and the music from multiple video game franchises blending beautifully together was just awesome. Wish I could have heard it all live!

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Yes, the music was amazing, especially the final song when they ended the melody off with a live performance of Jump Up, Superstar! It amazes me how much work gets put into such a show.

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With the awards, we realized that we haven’t played as many games as we thought we did throughout the year. We heard of a good chunk of them but, honestly, the few that we really knew were Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Cuphead. It was still nice to hear and see the acceptance speeches and how excited the developers and the like got when they got the award!

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We knew pretty much only the games on the Nintendo Switch, while we’ve heard of some of the other games, we didn’t know anything about them. I got warm and fuzzy whenever someone won an award because I know how hard they’ve worked and I know that their video game is their baby, especially the Cuphead team.

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We knew Cuphead would win something with how innovative it seemed, especially with the graphics and action gameplay. We personally haven’t played Cuphead, but it’s been a great Let’s Play topic, and we’ve enjoyed seeing some of our favorite YouTubers play the game. Perhaps we’ll splurge ourselves on it, and see how well we can work together during the boss battles, haha! I was definitely excited to see the Game of Year award go to Breath of the Wild, their third award of the night!

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I was so happy that Breath of the Wild won a few awards! They certainly deserved it. Then again, every single game that won or was nominated in general, all deserved it. The gaming industry is truly a great one. They all work so hard and have fun doing so. It really brings people together.

Did you watch the Game Awards? What did you think of the winners and nominees? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: 2017 Games

Double Jump Kris MiiOnly a few more weeks until Christmas!

Amid everything happening in life, we’ve played quite a few awesome games that came out this year. This week, I’m celebrating some of my favorites that I’ve played!

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Alrightie, so this was more or less an improved version of a game that has been out for a few years. Nonetheless, when we had gotten the Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was one of the first games that we put on our list for the new console. With the new characters and tracks that had only been available previously as DLC, it was a good investment for us. Since then, we’ve had tons of fun playing the game with our cousins and the rest of our family!

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This addictive and, at times, silly RPG was one of my top games due to how well it was written and how charming the graphics and characters were. Being able to customize your party and characters however you wanted while going through an intriguing adventure all helped push the game onto this list!

Fire Emblem Warriors

Hyrule Warriors was a great game for the Wii U, with placing characters from a favorite franchise into a new style of gameplay. Fire Emblem Warriors did something similar, and I had so much fun with the hack-and-slash game! While Hyrule Warriors had more diversity when it came to characters and attacks, Fire Emblem Warriors had more of a strategy and battle chaos that made me enjoy the gameplay much more.

Pokemon: Ultra Moon

It’s Pokemon. Obviously, the Pokemon game of the year is going to be on this list. I’m still playing it and, honestly, the story isn’t too different from the original Moon game yet in a way that has disappointed me a bit, but it’s a great adventure nonetheless. Seeing the Pokemon additions to the world, letting you fill up the National Pokedex easier than the previous versions, is fantastic. While your avatar still has a dopey smile on nearly the entire game, the other characters — Hau, Gladion, Lillie, for example — are wonderfully written.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

You guys really shouldn’t be surprised that this game is at the top of my list. I’m a Zelda fangirl through-and-through, and I have been waiting years for this game to come out. To see it in all of its open-world glory with a new twist on the same wonderful story was amazing to me! It’s a game that I’ll return to again and, honestly, probably won’t mind the DLC that gets released for it. I’ll use any excuse to return to that version of Hyrule.

What are your favorite games from this year?

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Animal Crossing: Town Planner

Happy Thursday!

I’ll admit, I’ve barely played Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. The mobile game has been doing really well, but apparently, the game isn’t what it originally started as.

According to My Nintendo News, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was originally titled Animal Crossing: Town Planner.

It was nothing like what the game is now. It was what the old title suggests.

Town Planner was going to be a game where you mainly clicked menu options. There was no avatar to move around or such. You were going to have a plot of land and build a town.

Characters aside, it sounds as though it was similar to Happy Home Designer, except your focus was the whole town and not individual houses.

This is supposedly why the mobile game was delayed so long. Other than building a town and visiting towns of others, there wasn’t much to do. Nintendo felt the game was too bare bones and didn’t think it would sell well. So they redid the game completely.

Thus, now we have Pocket Camp.

I do wonder what the game would be like if they kept it as Town Planner though. Pocket Camp seems close to being more like the main game and I would prefer that on a handheld. Town Planner sounds as though it would be like The Sims where you build houses and buildings on bare lots, which is my favorite part of The Sims.

Yes, there is Happy Home Designer, and it sounds like Town Planner didn’t have much as far as “gameplay” goes, but I would definitely be interested in trying it out.

Nintendo has a way of making things better than they seem and I’m curious what their original goals were.

What are your thoughts on this? How are you enjoying Pocket Camp? Let me know in the comments below!

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Pokemon Mega Construx

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A few months ago, when Gamestop was having a sale on all Pokemon items, we had to go there and go wild. I mean, it’s Pokemon. Why not? We were actually pretty good and didn’t get too much, but we did splurge on something a little different. Pokemon Mega Contrux, which are Lego Pokemon.

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Although it’s not Lego brand, they’re very similar to the other building block company Construx. Each box gives you extensive instructions and the needed blocks to properly build your little Pokemon and the surrounding scene, if there is one. When we did the Gyarados build, we even realized that they gave us a few extra pieces just in case they were needed… Unless Rachel and I just somehow missed a step somewhere and had the leftover pieces as a result.

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(I didn’t realize they were different companies… you learn something new every day!) We very well could have missed a step, but if we did, you can’t notice. Gyarados looks wonderful! It actually amazed me how it all came together so quick. You look at the mess of pieces and think that it can’t possibly turn out the way it looks on the box. But the instructions were well put together and therefore, so was our Gyarados.

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I remember having a big bucket of Legos as a kid and creating large towers out of them. Dad once helped me make a windmill, and it was tons of fun to spend that time with him! I doubt he remembers it now, haha! Now we have memories of us goofing off while trying to create a Gyarados. We still have the Ivysaur to create. Being smaller, it probably won’t take us as long, but you never know with us.

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The Gyarados didn’t even take us too long. We watched the old Pokemon anime while we did it too, which was fun. I’m looking forward to making Ivysaur and getting all the other Pokemon. I want to get Charizard and there are smaller ones for Pikachu and Eevee.

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Our only problem with having these constructions is where to display them! Our Gyarados is sitting pretty on top of a stack of books that are on a wall shelf, which is a nice spot to both keep it out of the way and so the cat doesn’t try to play with it, especially since Gyarados came with a loose ultra ball. Still, it was a lot of fun to build, and I’m looking forward to creating more.

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We need to invest in display cases or shelves to store all our Amiibo and soon-to-be Contrux masterpieces! This was a fun, mindless project to work on that didn’t take too long. We enjoy puzzles, so this was a lot of fun!

Have you built the Pokemon Mega Contrux? What do you think of them? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Kingdoms In Super Mario Odyssey

Happy Tuesday!

Hype from Super Mario Odyssey has gone down a little bit. I haven’t had a chance to go back to the game and find the rest of the moons, but I did want to talk about some of my favorite levels from the game.

5. Cap Kingdom

This kingdom isn’t very large and, especially in the beginning of the game, you don’t do too much here. Still, I think it’s a cool place. It’s unique as far as Mario games go and I enjoy the atmosphere.

4. Bowser’s Kingdom

Bowser levels are usually one of my favorites in Mario games. While I enjoyed this one, it didn’t make it too high on the list. It was certainly different and not at all what I expected. I missed the lava pits, but it was a cool level anyway. The music was excellent.

3. Snow Kingdom

This was a pretty level. I especially loved the many doors you could go through to get to smaller levels within the main level. Also, crushing the snow was the most satisfying thing ever.

2. Sand Kingdom

I’m not one for the desert levels, though this didn’t feel like a typical Mario desert. The Sand Kingdom is the second main kingdom and it’s so big that it’s almost overwhelming. But I felt like I was playing Breath of the Wild again because it was so open and there were so many things to do. Of course, the other kingdoms were big as well, but the Sand Kingdom felt the biggest and had the most stuff to do.

1. Mushroom Kingdom

Call me cliche, but I really enjoyed the throwback to Super Mario 64. The way they did the castle and the outside were awesome as well as the music and the various paintings that you could find and hop into.

What are your favorite kingdoms in Odyssey? Have you completed the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

While Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are still our go-to games to play at this time, we’re always keeping an eye out for something new, and Niantic seems to be working on their next project….

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Pokemon GO, developed by Niantic, was revolutionary when it first came out — if it worked for you. Our accounts were a little fickle, probably due to the fact that there weren’t too many others (like, no one) around where we lived that also played the game. Wild Pokemon seemed to spawn in proportion to how many people around were playing.

While Pokemon GO didn’t last too long on our phones, the idea of it was awesome. I remember the feel-good stories from last summer of people coming together to catch Pokemon, battle at the gyms, and just meeting fellow Pokemon fans. The game still seems to be doing well, despite some mixed reviews when it was first released, with the updates for Gen II and III Pokemon as well as Legendaries and raids.

Now Niantic’s next mobile AR project is Harry Potter. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will allow players to learn spells, explore their surroundings for wizard secrets and beasts to battle and protect, as well as team up with other players, of course. As someone who grew up reading the Harry Potter series and loving every minute of it, I’m definitely interested in this idea for a mobile game!

Honestly, I would love a proper, open-world RPG Harry Potter-inspired game on modern hardware (perhaps even VR?), but it’ll be interesting to see how a Harry Potter AR game will turn out. There weren’t any date or hints as to when the game could come out, but it’s something to keep an eye out for.

Are you interested in a Harry Potter AR game? What other franchises would you be interested in seeing in AR?

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