First Impressions: Fire Emblem Echoes

Double Jump Kris MiiMonday is back… I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

The weather around where I am is supposed to be cloudy and a bit rainy all week, and I’m totally fine with that. It gives me more of an excuse to spend my downtime inside playing new video games!

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My copy of Fire Emblem Echoes arrived Friday evening and I didn’t get a chance to open the game until Saturday afternoon. It taunted me from atop my desk until I was able to start it up.

I’ve really enjoyed the past couple of Fire Emblem games, most notably Awakening and Fates was close behind it, so I was eager to try out Echoes. I know it’s a remake of a Japan-only Fire Emblem game from way back when but, other than that, I didn’t know too much about the plot.

I’ve reached about the end of the first act, and I’m really enjoying the characters! Gray so far seems to be my favorite, but the little entourage around Alm are all entertaining. The voice acting so far is phenomenal, and I was pleasantly surprised that the game has full voice acting rather than the partial acting that Awakening and Fates had.

The beginning cut scenes and story was cute, if a bit corny enough to make me chuckle at the drama. The male-fighter going off to find the more passive female main character is a little frustratingly cliche, as is the first two to three “missions” revolving around rescuing female characters, but the story isn’t too bad.

I was a little bummed when it came time to reclass a few members of my army. Some classes are back to being gender-locked after Fates had seemed to lift them, so I couldn’t have a male Pegasus Knight or Cleric or even a female Archer at the beginning. Being a remake of an older Fire Emblem game, Rachel pointed out that perhaps the gender-locked classes were kept in from the original game. It made some sense, but with the upgrades the game has had in the meantime, I’m disappointed that this aspect couldn’t be tweaked.

Overall, I’m enjoying this new Fire Emblem game and I can’t wait to keep going!

Are you playing Fire Emblem Echoes? Keeping spoilers to yourself, what do you think of it so far?

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Elliot Quest Game Review

Thanks to Miketendo, we got a free download code to play Elliot Quest on the Nintendo 3DS! Check out our review on their site:

Title: Elliot Quest Company: PlayEveryWare Console: 3DS version Release Date: May 2017 (3DS); November 2014 (Steam) How we got the game: We received a free digital download code for the Nintendo 3DS from the developers and Miketendo. Miketendo and PlayEveryware were gracious enough to provide us with a digital copy of Elliot Quest. Rachel and I had never […]

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Friday Favorites: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tracks

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

While I’m not the best racer out there, I’m still having fun playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Rachel did a Top Tuesday of her favorite tracks a couple of weeks ago, and today I’ll be sharing mine.

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Holy sugar, the sheer speed of this course is amazing! It gets insane the higher the CC level you pick, and it’s just tons of fun trying to ram into the other racers. The music itself just keeps you pumped up throughout the race.

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Baby Park was originally in Double Dash, one of my favorite installments of the Mario Kart franchise. The course itself my look like a simple oval, but it showcases the pure chaos that is the Mario Kart series with everyone lapping or being lapped on the course. It’s always hysterical and crazy with all the items flying everywhere, so much so that it often gets difficult to tell what place you’re in until you cross the finish line.

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This course brought a real sense of adventure, soaring among clouds and sky ships, dodging lightning bolts while trying to reach the speed boosts, and carefully maneuvering around the giant vine-like road. It always reminded me of the battleships from the original Mario games as well as the Rainbow Ride level of Super Mario 64.

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Being such a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda franchise, I was so excited to hear that Link and a track of his own would be joining the Mario Kart scene. While we never bought the DLC for the original Mario Kart 8 game, he’s quickly become one of my favorite racers in the Deluxe version, as has his track. The music, the backgrounds, the use of keese and deku babas in place of bats and pirahna plants, rupees instead of coins — the course is chock-full of indulgent Zelda references.

 

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This track is just pure adventure and adrenaline rush. Immediately you start at the top of a snowy mountain and traverse through ice, woodlands, and downward hills. It combines speed and technique, allowing every racer to bring their best strategies to the course.

What are your favorite or least favorite tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

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Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I haven’t done a throwback in a while and there’s a certain game that I’ve been thinking about a lot…

 

Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle originally came out in June 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube. 2001… that’s a long time ago.

Every once in a while, I think of this game. It’s not a great game by any means, but Kris and I absolutely loved playing it at the time it came out.

The game had two story modes, Hero and Dark. Both modes were the same story but through the different points of view of the hero characters, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, and the dark characters, Shadow, Eggman, and Rouge. It was fun to play as both the heroes and the villains in their own unique levels going along the same storyline.

Sonic and Shadow had speed levels while Tails and Eggman were in some sort of machine for their levels, and Knuckles and Rouge had treasure hunting levels searching for pieces of the broken Master Emerald.

Each character could find a Chao key in their levels that would allow them to go to Chao world. There you could hatch Chao, put them in Kindergarten, feed them and level them up, throw them in combat tournaments and races. Then you could have them make baby Chao together. It was a lot of fun and honestly, I think that was my favorite part of the whole game.

My other favorite part of the game was the 2-player where you competed against one another in races, battles, and treasure hunting. Kris and I would compete all the time and after we beat the game once, I think we mainly just played with our Chao (we each had about ten or so Chao on our accounts) and then competed against each other.

It was a lot of fun and I remember I recorded ourselves competing and put a few videos on Facebook.

I know the game isn’t too good. It was great when we were kids, but I would love to play this again just for the nostalgic purposes. The main reason I thought of writing about this game was mostly because of the music.

While playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I always start singing “City Escape” by Ted Poley whenever we’re racing on the Toad Harbor track. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle did have great music if nothing else.

Have you played Sonic Adventure 2 Battle? How much did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Mobile Madness

Nintendo Mobile Games

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There’s been so much hype about the Nintendo Switch, Breath of the Wild, and up and coming games. Switch aside, Nintendo has been working on other projects. Specifically, on-the-go games for our cell phones. And there’s a lot now: Miitomo, Fire Emblem Heroes, Super Mario Run, Pokemon Duel… They’re talking about an Animal Crossing game and now, they’re talking a Legend of Zelda app.

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I personally play Fire Emblem Heroes all the time. With Fire Emblem being one of my favorite franchises, being able to play a quick round of the game during the slower times of my day. A Legend of Zelda mobile game sounds intriguing, but I am curious as to how the app will run. Zelda games can be rather epic, so who knows how much data or how story-heavy the mobile game will be. Rachel, I’m sure you’re excited for Animal Crossing later this year, right?

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I too am intrigued by the Zelda app. I’m curious to see what they’ll do with it. I am excited for the Animal Crossing, but again, I’m curious about how they’ll go about it. I never imagined big Nintendo games would ever be on mobile. I have a few of the games downloaded on my iPad, but I haven’t been playing them as much as I would like to. Now that these other games are coming out, I want to give them a good try.

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Honestly, I was thinking of investing in an iPad if only for the mobile games. I like the idea of having Nintendo games with me wherever I go, but I don’t want my phone to carry the brunt of them, both for our data’s and the battery’s sake. To me, I think Animal Crossing may be more mobile ready, if you will, with the real-time aspect and the casual atmosphere. Zelda is more of an adventure franchise, so I’m not sure how they’ll pull that off. Unless they do something similar to Super Mario Run and focus on one of Link’s skills, like a target game with his bow and arrows.

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I think you should get an iPad anyway… It helps a lot with work like blogging. Still, I know what you mean. I don’t download any games on my phone due to the battery and data. Animal Crossing will most likely work well on the mobile, but Zelda, like you said, may be hard. They already have Link’s Crossbow Training for the Wii, though.

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I know they have the Crossbow Training, but a tapping game to take out enemies and targets for a high score, perhaps against others on a leader board, would be a simple premise for a Zelda mobile game. Considering how large the fanbase is for the Zelda games, it may do well just for having Link’s and Zelda’s faces on the game.

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That wouldn’t be a bad idea. It would definitely be a nice starting point for people who don’t typically play Zelda or people who just want to give it a try. Still, I’m looking forward to it coming out. I can’t wait to give it a try.

Are you excited for a Zelda mobile game? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Kart Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

It’s no secret that Kris and I have been playing a lot of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. I remember I didn’t play Mario Kart 8 as often when it came out because I still loved Mario Kart Wii. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a great game and I forgot how wonderful 8 was until now.

So, here are my favorite Mario Kart games!

Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Kart Games

5. Super Mario Kart

Since this game came out for the SNES, I’ll admit that I don’t remember it as much as I think I should. Still, it’s one of my favorites because it was, of course, the first one. I remember playing this game with Kris at our grandparents’ house. I wasn’t great at the game because I was so young, but I still enjoyed it all the same.

4. Mario Kart 7

I wasn’t sure how I liked a Mario Kart game on the handheld because I was so used to it being on the big screen with a console. Plus, it was harder to play with friends. It’s still one of my favorites though because I enjoyed the game a lot and I used to bring my 3DS to babysit and the kids and I would play together.

3. Mario Kart Double Dash

I have fond memories of this game. Kris and I played this together all the time. She’d be Daisy, I’d be Yoshi. She’d drive, and I’d throw all the items. We made a great team. And the fact that Nintendo made a Kart racing game with such a mechanic is awesome. I hope they bring that back a different racing mode or something someday.

2. Mario Kart Wii

Like I stated in my intro, Mario Kart Wii has always been my favorite. I loved the physical steering of the remote, the courses were unique and awesome, and Rainbow Road was just fantastic. Plus, I rarely lose at that game, so that’s definitely a plus. This one will always have a special place in my heart.

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Sorry, Mario Kart Wii… The updated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has beaten you. Between the various kart, wheel, and paraglider combinations, updated courses (including the DLC), various courses, and (my favorite) 200cc mode, I felt 8 Deluxe had to take over the number one spot. I feel like I’m cheating on the Wii version, but… what can I say? Technology, especially for the Nintendo Switch, just keeps getting better and better.

What’s you favorite Mario Kart game? Let me know in the comments below!

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Video Game Novels

Double Jump Kris MiiAnd it’s another week… How’s everyone doing on this fine Monday?

Rachel and I pretty much want to be done with our day jobs, haha! We would love to spend our days gaming, reading, and writing. And when you can combine all your favorite hobbies into one? It’s the best!

 

Remember when you were younger and your parents wanted you to read more books rather than spend all of your free time playing video games? Video games themselves have become such a big industry, reaching wider audiences and rightfully being treated as an art form. It makes sense that authors try to reach that same audience with novels set in video game worlds.

unofficialminecraftersadventure_gameknight999_trilogyI’ve definitely picked up some novels from Barnes and Noble simply because they’re set in game worlds. Mark Cheverton has a couple of series set in Minecraft, for example. They’re mostly aimed at a younger audience with lessons about cyberbullying, but it was a fun little trip to the world of Minecraft. 9781932796803_p0_v2_s192x300

R.A. Salvatore is an author known for his science fiction writing, with his credentials including stories taking place in the Dungeons & Dragons lore, like his Legend of Drizzt. (Not only has he authored novels, he’s also written stories for video games themselves, such as Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone for the XBox, Playstation 2, and PC.)

Ernest Cline has Ready Player One and Armada, both based on gaming worlds. Julia Durango authored The Leveller, Mark Alpert has The Six, Holly Jennings wrote Arena… There are a plethora of books out there that take place in video game settings. It’s amazing to me how far the video game industry reaches other art mediums!

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any other recommendations for books that take place in video game worlds?

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