Top Thursday: Upcoming XBox Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I know it’s not Tuesday and I just did a Top Tuesday two days ago, but I thought I’d continue the fun with Xbox games I’m looking forward to from E3. So, here’s a Top Thursday… Which doesn’t have the same ring as Top Tuesday, but oh well.

Favorite Upcoming XBox Games

5. Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin’s Creed is a series Kris and I have been wanting to try. We bought a couple of the games but have yet to play them. The trailer for Origins looked so good and I’m excited to try it.

4. Super Lucky’s Tale

This game reminded me a lot of Nintendo. It was cartoony, had an adorable fox, and just looked like the kind of game I would play and enjoy.

3. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

I have no idea what this game is about. But they had a cool trailer, the graphics were really pretty, and I like the music that went along with it. I’m intrigued.

2. Deep Rock Galactic

Dwarves are good. And I like mining for treasure. I also enjoy battling enemies along the way. This seems like a different game and I’m willing to try it out.

1. The Darwin Project

I watched the Microsoft press conference through a YouTuber’s stream of the conference. When this game came was announced, he said it reminded him of The Hunger Games and I have to agree. It seems like a cross between that and Player Unknowns Battlegrounds. It looks cool and I want to give it a shot.

Now, all I need is to get another XBox…

Which XBox games are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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Review: The Girl and the Robot

Today, we’re over at Miketendo talking about The Girl and The Robot! Check out our review there.

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The Girl And The Robot Video Game Review

Title: The Girl and the Robot
Company: Flying Carpets Games
Console:
Nintendo Wii U (Originally on Steam)
Release Date:
August 2016
How we got the game:
We got a free digital download code from Miketendo64

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The Girl and the Robot was the first game produced by Flying Carpets Games, funded by generous Kickstarters. It boasted an interesting gameplay dynamic between the two titular characters as well as a cute rapport between the girl and her robot friend.

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When I saw the trailer for this game, I was certainly intrigued. I was thinking about it getting it before Miketendo reached out to us. We were more than happy to give the game a go.

gameplay

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The mechanics of the game comprised of switching between the girl and the robot, mostly in order to solve puzzles in the landscape to allow the heroes to move forward in their journey. While you played…

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Top Tuesday: Upcoming Nintendo Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

To continue the E3 hype, I’ve decided to list the Nintendo games that I’m looking forward to the most.

 

Upcoming Nintendo Games

5. Kirby

I don’t play Kirby games often, but Kirby is a character that has always had a special place in my heart. While I have to catch up on the latest games, I was pleased to see that there’s another new game coming to the Kirby series. I’m sure it’ll be awesome on the Switch.

4. Pokken Tournament DX

I wasn’t sure if I should count this or not, especially since a version of this game is already out, but I’ve never played it. I wanted to, but it wasn’t high on my list of games to play right away. Now that they’re updating it, adding new characters, and the fact that it’ll be on the Switch, I’m looking forward to getting it.

3. Mario Odyssey

Who is not looking forward to this game? It’s Mario and it seems similar to Super Mario 64 and Mario Sunshine. I’m not sure how I feel about Mario’s hat. I mean, it’s weird. But it’s something different and I’m looking forward to trying it out.

2. Yoshi

This game looks very similar to Yoshi’s Woolly World, but I do love the Yoshi games. I’m very much excited that they’re coming out with another game for Yoshi because he is one of my favorite characters and is utterly adorable.

1. Pokemon Switch

I can’t say too much about this one since we only got a confirmation that it will be a thing eventually, but… Pokemon.

Which Nintendo games are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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Of the Xbox Family

Double Jump Kris MiiThe presentations at E3 are still being gushed about all over the Internet, and it’s no different here. I’m still a bit bummed that we hadn’t been able to watch the presentations live, but seeing all the wonderful articles and videos from the conference has been great. One of the biggest news was Microsoft revealing that their Project Scorpio was a new member of the Xbox family, the Xbox One X!

Part of Microsoft’s E3 press conference was showing off the Xbox One X, previously known under its development code name Scorpio. Rachel and I don’t have a console that is part of the Xbox family at the moment, as our Xbox 360 had died on us a while ago. Due to the Xbox 360 croaking, we had been debating on whether or not we should invest in an Xbox One or wait for more information on “Scorpio.”

Considering we’re more Nintendo girls and that the Switch had been on its way at that point, we held off and were glad that we did so. The E3 conference had given gamers a better look at the Xbox One X and, honestly, it makes games look really pretty. Just take a gander at Minecraft here:

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The right side is the Xbox One X’s 4K image.

 

We were very impressed with how gorgeous the images of the games could look with the Xbox One X’s help, with Minecraft being one of the best examples that they showcased at E3. But, aside from the souped-up graphics card and the additional teraflops of GPU and higher RAM, there’s not much of a difference between the One X and the One S.

The prices are certainly different, with the One X being priced at about $500 while the One S is about $300. In fact, that may be the selling point for Rachel and me getting a One S rather than a One X. That, and we don’t have a television capable of 4K anyway, so while the extra power may be nice, we don’t believe it’ll be necessary for us. Considering the One X is part of the One family with no exclusive games to the One X being mentioned at E3, the One S may simply be the way for Rachel and me to go.

What did you think of the Xbox One X? Do you think you’ll be investing in the latest version of the Xbox One?

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Microsoft E3 2017 Press Conference

While we watched all the press conferences for E3, other than Nintendo, Microsoft was really the only one we truly cared about. We don’t play a lot of Sony or Bethesda games. Even though we’re currently out of a XBox console, we’re looking forward to some of the up and coming games.

The conference itself was great. We were trying to get work done while watching it a day later than it aired, but we kept getting distracted. Their pace was awesome between game trailers, talking in depth about certain games, then rapid fire game snippits, and then more game trailers.

In between, they talked about the next XBox One X as well as the backwards compatibility program.

It was just a few nights before that we were talking about getting a new XBox in the near future. Now that they’ve announced the X, we have some thinking to do.

Aside from it being an entertaining conference, we were pleased with a lot of the upcoming games. We love XBox, but we’re still Nintendo girls at heart and we don’t play a lot of Microsoft games.

Still, we’re excited about games such as The Darwin Project, Deep Rock Galactic, Super Lucky’s Tale, and more. We were surprised that we wrote down so many more games to look forward to and try than we originally thought.

Overall, Microsoft seemed to “win” the conferences this year in terms of being the most entertaining to watch. We’re looking forward to what Microsoft has in store for us this year.

And we realize that between Microsoft and Nintendo and the other companies, our wallets will be feeling pretty light soon enough.

What games are you looking forward to the most? Which press conference did you enjoy and look forward to the most?

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Friday Favorites: Switch Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

I know most people share their video game wish lists before E3, but I figured I would share mine now since Nintendo’s Spotlight just gave us a lot of little bites of some of their planned projects rather than giving us more to chew on. Here’s what I wish for the Switch’s future come next year!

Super Smash Bros.

With the deluxe editions of Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament making their way to the Switch, I’m wondering why Nintendo hasn’t hinted at doing a Smash Bros. installment, or even a port of Brawl for the Switch yet. The Smash franchise is a big project, I know, but even a deluxe port with the DLC from Brawl like they did with Mario Kart 8 would have been fine with me. I’m sure this is in the back of Nintendo’s mind right now, but a little hint would have been nice.

Virtual Console

This is the big one. Everyone has been hounding Nintendo about the Virtual Console, and even Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aime said, “Certainly, we recognize there’s an appetite for all of our great legacy content.” Some sort of time frame, even if it needs to be revised down the line, would have been great for those of us just waiting for the Virtual Console library to come to the Nintendo Switch. Here’s hoping we’ll hear more about it in 2018!

Ace Attorney and Professor Layton

Although these two franchises usually make their homes on the handheld devices, considering the Switch can be portable, I wouldn’t mind these detective games making their way to the console in the future. The Joy-Con and their technology would be perfect for the point-and-click puzzle games, and I would love to see the animated cut scenes on my television. (That, and Rachel and I like to play them together, and it gets a little cramped hunched over the same 3DS, haha!)

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Remake

This is actually something Rachel had mentioned the other night. We both adore the Legend of Zelda franchise, and Four Swords Adventures for the GameCube had been the perfect multiplayer experience for the series. Being able to easily split the Joy-Con between multiple players instead of dealing with setting up the wires for GameBoy Advances would be great for the game. That, and after seeing remakes of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on the 3DS, and then HD versions of WindWaker and Twilight Princess, I think seeing another older Zelda game remade wouldn’t be a bad idea.

What do you hope for the Switch’s future? Did Nintendo’s Spotlight answer any of your wishes?

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Not Much From Nintendo

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

We’re in the final home stretch for E3 2017. You heard our thoughts on Nintendo’s Spotlight, and you’ll be hearing our thoughts on everything else later.

But I wanted to talk a little bit more about what Nintendo is doing… And what they’re not doing.

As you all know, I wanted a third Luigi’s Mansion game along with a new Animal Crossing. It wasn’t a prediction, it was just a wishlist. Still, I wasn’t getting my hopes up for either one of them. I figured if one was going to get announced, it would be Animal Crossing.

With the Switch still new and so much hype about it, everyone wants Animal Crossing on the Switch. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder how I’ll like it on the Switch.

Animal Crossing originally came out for the Gamecube in 2002. I fell in love with the game and even 100% paid off my debt. I didn’t collect everything by any means, but I did “beat” the game. And there was Fang. I love Fang.

Animal Crossing: Wild World came out for the Nintendo DS in 2005 and, for some reason, I didn’t get as into it as I did for the original game.

When Animal Crossing: City Folk came out for the Nintendo Wii in 2008, I felt the same way. Though I think what did it for me was that I wasn’t a huge fan of the motion controls.

Then Animal Crossing: New Leaf came out for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. And I fell in love all over again.

I loved the first game, didn’t care too much for Wild World because I wasn’t a fan of it being on the handheld. Then City Folk came out and I realized it was better on the handheld. With New Leaf, I love it as it is.

With that said, I’m not sure how I would feel about a new Animal Crossing on the Switch. It’d be nice to see it on the big screen, but I do like to carry it around with me. Good thing the Switch is portable, but still, I don’t know how it would all work.

Then there’s the game itself. What else can they do to Animal Crossing? They added so much to New Leaf to make it “new and improved” from the other games. You’re the mayor, can update your town, you have your own private island, and you can go deep sea diving. So, what else is there for an Animal Crossing game?

It’s like the Paper Mario games. They had something good, felt the need to improve, and those changes haven’t been great.

They keep trying to change Pokemon and add new things after 20 years. I enjoyed the changes in Sun and Moon, but I don’t know what to expect from Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Then again, Pokemon is a different topic for a different day.

And yes, I know I’m speculating on games that we’re even talked about. But Animal Crossing is so popular that I do believe there will be another game at some point in the future, even if it’s five years away. And it makes me wonder if Nintendo is already thinking about it, but just don’t have enough to say anything yet, similar to them just simply confirming a core RPG Pokemon game for the Switch.

With all that said, I am happy with what Nintendo announced the other day. I think the games up and coming this year are great and I’m looking forward to them. However, since they didn’t talk about much, I can’t help but wonder what else they have up their sleeve.

Still, I’m not getting my hopes up. But I’m still curious. I’d love to be a fly on the wall at Nintendo Headquarters.

Lots of speculation here, but do you think they have more planned than what they let on? Let me know in the comments below!

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