Friday Favorites: Zelda Bosses

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Everyone loves a good boss fight, and the Legend of Zelda series has an abundance of them! Listed below are a few of my favorite boss fights from a few of my favorite Zelda games.

Volvagia (Ocarina of Time)

This boss may or may not be on this list just because I enjoyed using the Megaton Hammer. The boss fight was a good one, and I definitely liked Volvagia’s design. Even though it’s not canon, I also liked his more tragic role in the Ocarina of Time manga.

Helmaroc King (The Wind Waker)

This beast of a bird was an awesome battle! I love the battles that have that sense of urgency, the kind where you have to keep moving in order to stay alive. The first part of this fight had us dashing up stairs, avoiding both the Helmaroc King and bokoblins before we emerged on the roof for a show-down with the bird. It helped that we also used the hammer weapon in this battle, too.

Vaati (Four Swords Adventures)

Four Swords Adventures is one of my favorite games to play with others, most notably Rachel because we make an awesome team, even if we do spend time making our characters annoy the hell out of each other. Vaati was a challenge for us, especially when Rachel hysterically kept falling down the pits in the room!

Stallord (Twilight Princess)

Another always-on-the-move boss fight, Stallord was a great challenge. The spinner was an interesting choice of weapon, and I remember getting a little frustrated with this boss fight. All in all though, it was definitely fun. I honestly can’t wait to see this bugger in the HD version of the game when I get it!

Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)

This dude is just insane! Absolutely fabulous, but also insane. He was one of the first major boss fights of the game and presented a challenge, but his cut-scenes and dialogue were also right up there on my list of favorites. (Especially his dancing near the end of the game when he’s using Zelda to revive his master!)

Who or what are some of your favorite (or least favorite) bosses?

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Character Spotlight: Fang

Rachel Mii Double JumpIt’s Rachel!

I thought I would do a fun mini-feature on the blog called “Character Spotlight” where I showcase some of my favorite characters from video games.

 

Fang Animal Crossing
Via Animal Crossing Wikia

Everyone, meet Fang. If you’re an Animal Crossing lover, I’m sure you’ve met him plenty of times before.

I started playing Animal Crossing when it first came out on the Gamecube console. Fang was one of my villagers in the very first town I ever created. And I will never delete that town as long as he is there.

He’s got a bit of an attitude, but he can be semi-pleasant to your main character. I don’t know why, but his cranky personality made me love him all the more.

Despite him being a cartoon character in a video game, I thought to myself, “I can totally turn this guy around!”

Let’s keep in mind that I was 13 when this game came out in late 2002.

I visited him every day, talked to him all the time… I even wrote letters to him. Perhaps a few love letters here and there.

Anyway…

Out of all the Animal Crossing villagers there are out there and all the video game characters, Fang will always have a special place in my heart.

Who’s one of your favorite video game characters? Who is your favorite Animal Crossing villager?

Asagao Academy

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BRB, Kris and Rachel are busy giggling uncontrollably while trying to woo their fictional YouTube boyfriends in Asagao Academy!

(Seriously, even if you don’t watch the YouTubers that the characters are based upon, the game is a wonderful dating sim — the dialogue, the characters, the artwork, it’s all extremely well done! We encourage anyone who is interested in these types of games to give it a try. The ladies who created it did a marvelous job!)

Animals in Video Games

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Animals are everywhere and they’re some of the best companions to have when you’re going on an adventure.

 

poochy yoshi
Via Mario Wiki

Poochy is a fun, lovable dog that every gamer should know. He made his debut in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and has lately been seen in Yoshi’s newest game, Yoshi’s Woolly World.

He’s adorable, he’s fun and pretty helpful. For example, in Yoshi’s Woolly World he follows you around like the cute puppy he is and gets you to high places and retrieve items.

 

loftwing
Via Zelda Wiki

This is a Loftwing if you’re familiar with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Loftwings are loyal, lovable creatures that help their caretaker in anything. They come when called, they help get around to the different islands in the sky, and… They’re just all around gorgeous birds.

 

yoshi
Via Mario Wiki

This one may be cheating as Yoshi is now the main character in most Mario games and he even has a few games of his own.

I mean, just look at my first example.

However, Yoshi has been around for generations in the Mario world and he was, originally, a sidekick. Hatched from an egg, Mario would hop onto his back and Yoshi would attempt to fly, eat enemies and fruit, and overall aid Mario on his quest.

 

Now having animals as the main character of the game… That’s a whole other post in itself.

Who are some of your favorite animal companions?

Of Creators and Companies

Double Jump Kris MiiHey everyone! Here we are on Monday again!

Nowadays there are tons of different companies (and individuals!) creating video games. Do you have a favorite creator?

Growing up, Nintendo was the video game company that I was always loyal to. As a kid, I wasn’t playing “video games,” I was playing “Nintendo.” It took a few years for me to realize that there were other creators besides Nintendo that also produced video games, video games with mascots other than Mario, Link, and Pikachu.

Even now, though, Nintendo is still a favorite in my household. We tend to get every generation of systems, both console and portable, from Nintendo and we’re always on the look-out to see what new projects they have coming out.

When I was younger, I remember having a PlayStation as well (it’s honestly packed away somewhere with the other older generations of systems). Spyro was the main game I played on that and, while I had a few other games, it was basically the only use I had gotten out of the PlayStation.

Rachel and I now have an XBox 360 and a PlayStation 3, both obtained from a few good guy friends (one of whom is now our brother-in-law), but they don’t see much use at all. We’ve played a bit of Minecraft and Thief on the XBox, and Rachel’s played the Batman Arkham series, and honestly nothing really at all on the PlayStation. We’re trying to find more games to be interested in for those systems, but our gazes always wander to the Wii U and 3DS shelves at the game store.

Then there are all the amazing indie developers out there with so many games to try! So many games, so little time…

What about you? Is there a particular company you find yourself always playing, or are you a jack-of-all-trades kind of gamer?

 

Friday Favorites: Adaptations

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Rachel and I have been watching some throwback old-school movies and television shows lately, namely the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It got me thinking about some the video games based on the shows, and what other video games we had that were adapted from movies, books, and television. Adaptations are generally known as bad, considering they’re usually just used to milk the cash cow of the franchise, but there are some that can still be fun.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I have this game for the GameCube and it was as close to being able to go to Hogwarts myself as Pottermore is for fans in the present. It was amazing controlling Harry Potter around in the wizarding world, even if the controls were a bit weird.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up

Okay, so this is basically Super Smash Brothers with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters instead of the huge roster of Nintendo characters. Still, it was enjoyable for a ninja turtle nerd like myself. There are also plenty of adventure and arcade-style TMNT games out there, with a new one slated for this summer, that Rachel and I have enjoyed over the years.

Lego The Hobbit

Rachel and I are hysterical while we play this game. First off was the fact that we couldn’t figure out the controls. Secondly, the objectives weren’t as obvious to us as they may be to other players. Still, it was a lot of fun, both for the familiar, amazing story and characters, and just the fact that it was great running around as lego people.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

I personally haven’t played this one (yet), but Rachel has. I was always impressed with the graphics, storyline, and gameplay. It’s definitely on my list to play, and judging by Rachel’s opinion of the game, I’m sure it won’t disappoint!

What do you think of video game adaptations?

Stressful Games: Batman

Rachel Mii Double JumpHello everyone.

Video games make me panic.

I think that’s all I have to say about this one for an intro.

Batman: Arkham Ayslum

If you’ve been reading my posts for a while now, you should have gotten the sense that I don’t typically play these kinds of games. I love Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Sonic (even though those games have really gone down hill…), Animal Crossing, etc. I enjoy the laid back, “rated E for everyone” games.

But I love Batman and when this game came out I was super excited. It’s a fantastic game, one that I need to replay again.

Though it’s a stressful game. I’m not used to such a dark, combative game and I suffer from Second Player Syndrome. I tend to enjoy watching others play these kinds of games, not play them myself.

I panicked the entire time I played this game. When I got to the boss battle with the Scarecrow, it took me a long time. You want to know? I had to keep pausing to breathe and shake off the sweat from my hands.

The worst part is that the game is intense, but it’s not really. I’m probably the only person who freaks out when playing video games.

It’s entertaining for the people watching, though.

What kinds of games stress you out?