Pokemon: Past and Future

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I hope you’re not sick of all the Pokemon related posts yet, haha!

To wrap up February’s celebration of 20 years of Pokemon, here’s a post dedicated to the first generation of the amazing franchise: Red, Blue, and Yellow!

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I had gotten all three of the first generation of Pokemon games eons ago with the translucent purple GameBoy Color nearly twenty years ago on a very happy Easter morning. I had just recently joined the Pokemon fandom thanks to a couple of good friends way back from elementary school, and they were awestruck when I showed them my Pokemon Yellow game days later.

Since then, I’ve been hooked. I have enjoyed every new Pokemon game since the first generation, with the vast regions, new Pokemon, the music, and game play… It’s definitely a franchise that I cannot imagine dying off.

The games have only improved throughout the years (with some, uh, hiccups in my opinion around the fifth generation there) and now we’ve gotten word of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon for the next installments! Not much was shown from them aside from a few early art concepts, but it was revealed that Red, Blue, and Yellow can transfer Pokemon to Pokemon Bank to Sun and Moon. We could be playing with our first generation of favorites in the seventh generation games!

Seven generations of Pokemon games in 20 years… Can you believe it? Here’s hoping for 20 more years!

Which generation of Pokemon got you hooked? Any certain favorites?

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Flashback Friday: Super Mario RPG

Double Jump Kris Mii Hey everyone, Kris here!

Going along with the majority of posts for the rest of this week, today I’m raving about my favorite Mario game, a classic from the past – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

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Super Mario RPG was a game originally released in 1996 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. In 2008, it was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console. I didn’t hesitate to download it.

Super Mario RPG was probably the game that first got me hooked to video games. My younger self was always bothering my very patient uncle to play the game for my entertainment until I eventually tried to play it on my own. Since then, it cemented my love of video games, and Super Mario RPG is the game that I’ve replayed and completed the most to this date.

This game was the first to give Mario a taste of a role-playing game and was responsible for the famous spiritual successor Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series. It granted the player a vast world to explore and a unique party of characters. Bowser and Princess Toadstool (now known simply as Peach — this is how old the game is!) join Mario, along with two new characters, Mallow and Geno. Geno, especially, rose to a famed popularity, enough so he’s a favorite contender for the Super Smash Brothers franchise despite being owned by Square Enix rather than Nintendo.

Although the story line is a bit cheesy, especially to some older players, Super Mario RPG is a timeless game that continues to be enjoyable no matter how many times it’s played through.

Things I Shout When Playing Super Mario 64

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If you missed it, Kris and I reviewed Super Mario 64 yesterday. We re-played the game, getting all 120 stars–something we’ve never done before.

If you remember playing this game, you know that Mario can be somewhat difficult to control at times. He can only jump sometimes, he slips and slides around, some of the levels are difficult. With that being said, I get frustrated with Mario quite easily.

  • Jump, Mario, jump!
  • Stop sliding!
  • No, don’t fall off the cliff!
  • MARIO!!!
  • You’re Jumpman! So why don’t you know how to jump??
  • Why can’t you just run in a straight line…?
  • Get the coin. It’s right in front of you.
  • Stop running into Bowser and grab his tail!
  • (When Mario catches on fire) You’re fine! Walk it off!
  • Mario… What are you doing??
  • Why do you hate me…?
  • Mario, JUMP!

There are plenty of other things I shout at Mario while playing the game. Considering it mostly contains swears, I decided not to include them for your sake.

What game(s) cause you to shout at the TV?

Super Mario 64

  

Title: Super Mario 64
Company: Nintendo
Console: Nintendo 64
How we got the game: We do have the original N64 cartridge, but we recently played it on the Wii virtual console

Our Review:

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Everyone knows this game, right? Super Mario 64? It’s probably one of the most famous Mario games out there, with its hub-world, level portals, and the amazing (in those days) graphics on the Nintendo 64 console. It had come out twenty years ago and is still rightly talked about.

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The graphics are amazing, I think. The only thing about it is Mario slips and slides everywhere. It’s annoying, but it makes everything funnier when you watch others play.
I love how there are so many things to do in the game. There are only a few levels, but you can catch seven different stars in each one. The game does eventually end, but it seems as though it’s endless.

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When we were younger (like, a lot younger) and played this, there were always our favorite levels that we stuck by like Princess Peach’s slide and Cool, Cool Mountain. We were able to beat Bowser in the end every once in a while, but this time around we decided to personally challenge ourselves to get all 120 stars in the game.

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It took us a while. I think we played the game for a couple of weeks. There certainly was some stars that stumped us more than others. For example, Hazy Maze Cave and Rainbow Ride. The funny thing is, we knew where the star was and how to get it, but Mario just slid everywhere and never jumped the right way when we wanted him to. Though I think that’s just us, not him.

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It was still nice to blame Mario, though! Then, of course, there were those 100-coin stars. Most 100-coin stars didn’t take too long to get. Then there were others, like Tick Tock Clock and Snowman’s Land, where we were ready to scream at the screen. It was like, “I got 99 problems and they’re all coins!”

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Yeah, some levels are super easy, some are not. Even though I’ve played it plenty of times, and now I can officially say that I’ve completed the game in full, it will still be fun to go back and play it again soon. The graphics, the levels, the story, and even the music are all classic.

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Yes, it is an enjoyable game, especially when we’re beginning to get a bit sleep-deprived. I believe the harder levels will become easier in time the more often we play them. The ones on the top floor of the castle — such as Wet-Dry World and Tiny-Huge Island — definitely aren’t ones that I would play on my own, but it will be fun playing the game again.

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Tiny-Huge Island is not my favorite, though it is an interesting concept for a level, to go into two different paintings to be big or small. But Koopa the Quick is a pain that one, I have to admit.
Overall, it’s a game that will not be forgotten.

Super Mario 64 gets…

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Top Tuesday: Mario Games

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For this Top Tuesday’s post, I’ll be talking about my favorite Mario games.

Mario is probably one of the most beloved game franchises of all time and I, like most of you, have grown up playing Mario games.

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5. Super Mario RPG

I have to admit that I’ve never actually played this game myself. Suffering from Second Player Syndrome, I always watched Kris play it. Though I do love the game.

The old school graphics, the fun and upbeat music, new unique characters, and interesting villains is why this game is one of the best.

4. New Super Mario Bros.

I used to always play the old school Super Mario Bros. games with my sisters when we were younger. The original games are obviously awesome, but I love the remakes just as much.

The controls can be slippery sometimes as the characters tend to slide around a lot, but I think that makes it much more fun. I don’t know about you guys, but we can never keep our footing making the game that much more difficult. Plus, you can pick up your teammates and throw them off the edge just to piss them off.

3. Mario Kart Wii

Who doesn’t love a great kart racing game? Mario Kart has been around for a long, long time and I have to say that Mario Kart Wii is one of the best.

The controls are fun and the courses are pretty and unique. I always seem to do better at the harder courses than the easier ones, my favorites being Rainbow Road and Wario’s Gold Mine. This is a great game for me to play with my friends because I win most of the time and… Well, who doesn’t love winning?

When it comes to any Mario Kart game, it’s not about fun. It’s about winning.

2. Super Mario 64

I have a love-hate relationship with this game. But I must love it more than I hate it because it made number two on this list.

The different level possibilities is probably my favorite part of this game. The old school graphics are refreshing to see and the story line is easy and simple. Mario is a pain to control sometimes and he doesn’t always cooperate, but that makes the game that much more fun and challenging at the same time.

Either that, or I just really can’t play the game.

1. Paper Mario

If you’ve read my Top Tuesday post about my overall favorite video games, then I’m sure you could have guessed that this would be my top Mario game.

From the first time I played this game, I fell in love. The characters are witty and funny, the music is catchy, and the graphics are great–you know, for it to be “paper” and originally on the Nintendo 64.

The story is just like any other Mario game where Peach is kidnapped. But I love how we can play as Peach, even if she doesn’t do much, and Twink was a fun addition to the cast. The different worlds are unique and fun to play as well as trying to figure out how to get to each world.

Paper Mario definitely takes the cake!

What’s your favorite Mario game?

Top 5 Anticipated Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHi everyone! Kris here with a post that will hopefully help you get through the Monday of the week.

This year has a plethora of great games scheduled to come out! I’m sure you all have your own list of anticipated games, and I’d love for you to share them in the comments. For now, though, here are my top five anticipated games for 2016 (for the moment, anyway).

5. Fire Emblem Fates

Fire Emblem is one of my favorite franchises. The intricate characters, the classes, the support systems, the strategy you need in order to keep your units alive… There are so many brilliant aspects to the games all wrapped up in fantastic worlds with gorgeous settings and lore. Fire Emblem Fates seems to be no exception.

Although I’m not too thrilled with the idea of the separate paths with their own prices (and then there’s the third path to boot) — it just seems to be a way to milk the cash cow — I’ll definitely end up with the whole collection.

4. Yooka-Laylee

The spiritual successor of Nintendo 64’s Banjo-Kazooie, many fans have been keeping an eye on this game. Although I myself wasn’t too big of a fan of the Banjo-Kazooie games, I think Yooka-Laylee looks fantastic. The graphics are stunning, the characters are adorable, and I’m interested in seeing what Yooka and Laylee can do.

There’s no definite release date yet, but rumors have the release dated this October on every major platform. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

3. Star Fox Zero

I was introduced to the character Fox way back on the Nintendo 64 with the first installment of Super Smash Brothers. I had never played any of his games until Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube. While I have yet to beat that particular game, I did enjoy his character enough to start looking forward to Star Fox Zero.

Shooting games aren’t exactly my forte, but I’m definitely willing to try something new in regards to video games! At the very least, I’m sure it’ll be entertaining to Rachel to see how well I do shooting!

2. Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow

Yes, I know they’re not new at all, but the Pokemon Yellow, Blue, and Red versions helped define my childhood, and I am very much looking forward to playing the games again on the virtual console. The Yellow version was my first introduction to Pokemon and my love for it has yet to waver.

In all honesty, with how spoiled I am from the newer games, it’s a wonder how my reaction will be to the virtual console games. The music, the old graphics, the lack of running shoes, I’m sure I’ll be lost in nostalgia quick enough!

1. Zelda Wii U

I remember how mind-blown I was upon seeing that first sneak peek of the new world of Hyrule for the Zelda Wii U game. The graphics look utterly gorgeous in the video and I’m eager to explore the vast world that is promised to us.

Although the end of the video lies and says, “2015,” Nintendo has confirmed it for this year (maybe even on the new generation console NX). Hopefully the game won’t need to be delayed any longer. We’ll have the HD remake of Twilight Princess to tide us over for a while, but I’m not sure I can take another year of waiting for this new Zelda game!

Amiibo Bandwagon

Double Jump Kris Mii Hello, hello, everyone and happy Friday!

Today’s post is all about those fun little figurines that Nintendo is producing called Amiibo! Let me know what you think of them in the comments.

Amiibos are figurines of popular video game characters from Nintendo. They are able to be used in conjunction with some of Nintendo’s latest games, most notably Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U.

wp-1455926305505.jpgWhen the amiibos first came out my reaction was caught between, “Oh, they’re cute,” and “Wtf.” I didn’t understand the concept of them other than that they may have been created just as collectibles (which is something that plenty of people do with them) before realizing that they can be “leveled up” in games like Super Smash Brothers. It wasn’t something I was into at all — I would have much rather just play the games without worrying about what level my toy was at.

Then the green yarn Yoshi came out in celebration of Yoshi’s Woolly World.

Holy fudgesicle, that thing is adorable! I just saw it available when I was at Toys R Us for something — I can’t even remember what — and they were just sitting there. I bought one on impulse (they wouldn’t let me have two) and have found myself looking more and more at amiibos.

(Technically, our Classic Mario amiibo was the first one we had gotten with our Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle, which was pretty cool. But the Yoshi’s cute factor trumped it.)

After that, Rachel and I started thinking more about the amiibos. Rachel even gave me Sheik for my birthday, where it sits proudly on my desk. We still don’t use them in games — in fact, the few we have are still in their boxes and we’re not sure if we’ll ever open them — but we keep looking at them whenever we pass them by at our favorite video game stores.

Who will be next? Charizard and Greninja? Fox or Roy, maybe? Perhaps we’ll have an updated picture of all our amiibos later down the road!

Do you collect amiibos? Which ones are your favorite?