Flashback Friday: Pokemon Puzzle Challenge

Double Jump Kris Mii Happy Friday, everyone! Are you all ready for the new year?

With New Year’s Day on the way, many people look toward the future, with resolutions and ideas on how we can improve ourselves and our lives. Today, however, we’re going to take a step back and soak in some nostalgia with Pokemon Puzzle Challenge.

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Released in North America in December 2000, Pokemon Puzzle Challenge was a side Pokemon game for the GameBoy Color. It was styled after the Japan-released Panel de Pon, which was then known as Tetris Attack in North America, despite having no resemblance to the actual Tetris game.

The concept — being faced with a grid of stacks of colored blocks that are cleared when three or more of the same colored blocks are arranged horizontally or vertically — was used with several side games from Nintendo, including a minigame in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and the Nintendo 64 version of this game Pokemon Puzzle League.

While the Nintendo 64 port of this game focused on the anime characters, Pokemon Puzzle Challenge follows the main Pokemon characters of the Gold and Silver games, like Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile, along with the second generation’s main protagonist. During the Challenge mode, the player battles with the Johto gym leaders and their Pokemon. The opponent Pokemon has an HP bar that the player and his/her chosen Pokemon partner for the battle can deplete with combos created by clearing blocks. Challenge also allows players to unlock even more Pokemon partners (and even eggs!) by defeating certain conditions.

Other modes include Marathon, Time Zone, Line Clear, Puzzle, and Garbage. Marathon plays until the player loses when the grid of blocks reaches the top of the screen. Time Zone is timed play, and Line Clear is beaten when a player clears blocks beneath a line. Puzzle involves certain conditions — such as a limited number of moves or combo requirements — to beat, and Garbage is a more difficult version of Marathon, where barriers fall and hinder the player.

Pokemon Puzzle Challenge was released on Nintendo’s Virtual Console for North America in November 2014, going for less than $10 at the time of this post. It’s a fun puzzle game that’s not too long or strenuous, a perfect game to sit and play while relaxing. And it’s Pokemon — what more could you want?

 

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Gamer Goals

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

A new year means new beginnings.

Here are some of my goals for 2017.

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I can’t believe 2017 is just a couple days away. I make resolutions every year, sometimes I stick to them and sometimes… You know.

Kris and I started Double Jump back in February and it’s weird that it’s been almost a full year of running this blog. A lot has happened since then, we’ve made a lot of cool gaming friends through WordPress, and we have new aspirations for ourselves.

We sat down together and discussed the future of this blog and what we hope to accomplish with it in 2017. Some ideas we’ll reveal, other ideas we’ll keep to ourselves and just work on them in our own time.

I’m pretty excited, to say the least.

I do have some of my own gaming goals, though. When you work full time with two part-time jobs on the side, plus run two blogs, and are trying to jump-start your writing career, time finds a way of getting from you. Time spent playing video games.

One of the reasons Kris and I started this blog was because we wanted to share our love of games and we wanted to branch out more, gaming-wise. We wanted to play more video games and try new games that we wouldn’t typically play.

Between the two of us, we’ve reviewed 18 games in 11 months. That’s almost two games per month. That’s a good amount and seems like a lot.

Yet, we skipped a lot of “new release” games, mostly because we ran out of time or we lacked the money to buy the new games. That’s one of the downsides of this… video games are expensive.

Now the Nintendo Switch is coming out and we still need to get another Xbox… Well, that’s a post for another time, I guess.

Anyway, one of my goals for next year is to play more video games. Seems a cliche, I know, and I don’t even have a set amount of games I want to play, either. It’s not like I want to play one game a month or two games a month, I just want to play more.

I don’t think that’s too much to ask for. We’ll see what 2017 brings!

What are some of your gaming goals for the new year?

Bye, 2016!

Bye, 2016!

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Well, look at that! A year has come and gone. We had started this blog back in February and look at how far we have come! Video games are one of our passions and we had just wanted to carve out a little nook of the Internet to share our favorite obsessions with anyone willing to listen to a pair of rambling, geeky sisters. Know that we continuously feel warm and fuzzy from the support that we have received this past year for our little blog!

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Namely, Miketendo and Mr. Panda. You guys rock and we’re so happy that we’ve met you guys and have been able to share our love of video games with you! Yes, 2016 has been quite the busy year and it’s amazing how far this blog has come in just a short amount of time.

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Nintendobound and Seb’s Gaming World are also a couple of awesome blogs and bloggers out there that we discovered with the help of our little Double Jump. There are definitely plenty of more out there, and I wish we could just have a running list of shout-outs for this post!

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Thank you to everyone who has made Double Jump’s first year a success! Even though it hasn’t technically been a year yet… But anyway…

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Eh, close enough, haha! We’ve been having a great time with this blog, and we hope that you all will continue to enjoy hanging around with us as we head into our second year. We’re hoping to have some new features and types of posts in the works for 2017!

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Oh, yes! We have ideas and plenty of them! We can’t wait to share them all with you. 2017 is going to be a great year! 2016 was great year as well. What was your favorite post we did this year, Kris?

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I enjoyed our Player One and Player Two syndrome posts, especially since we reference them every once in a while, haha! I was also excited about the step towards gender diversity that the Sims 4 took. One of my favorite game reviews that we did was Yoshi’s Woolly World. I love how hyped up on the adorableness we had been! What about you?

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I think my favorite posts we did together was when we challenged each other play something we wouldn’t normally. You played Luigi’s Mansion and I played Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones. I also loved our movie review of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva and our game review of Asagao Academy. Our discussion on old PC games was great, too! We covered a wide variety of topics this year and it was a lot of fun! I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as we did.

How did 2016 treat you? Do you have any goals in mind for 2017? Let us know in the comments! 

Top Tuesday: Alola Pokemon

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

Wow, I’ve gone through all the Pokemon regions. I can’t believe this is coming to an end. 

While I still haven’t beaten Pokemon Sun, here are my favorite Pokemon so far.

Top Tuesday: Favorite Alola Pokemon

5. Oricorio

Oriocorio is an interesting one based on his design alone. Depending on where you find him, his physical appearance is different, which also changes his type. I have the electric Oricorio and he’s definitely fun to have on my team.

4. Yungoos

When I first saw Yungoos I wasn’t sure if he was going to be the “Bidoof” of the Alola region. Nothing against Bidoof, of course, but he was made fun of a lot. Yungoos surprised me as he’s pretty strong and he’s carried my team a couple of times.

3. Cutiefly

Cutiefly is adorable. I like Fairy-types, though I’m not one for Bug-types. It’s a good combination and Cutiefly can really pack a wallop!

2. Pikipek

The first bird Pokemon you encounter in any Pokemon game is always the best bird Pokemon ever, in my opinion. Pikipek is adorable and strong and I loved its evolved forms.

1. Litten

Surprise! The fire starter is my number one. I feel like I don’t need to really explain this one… but I’m eager to find out what my fire and dark will be able to do.

Who are you favorite Pokemon from this new region?

Holiday Finds

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had some lovely holidays!

Rachel and I had a great time with our families, and spent plenty of time getting acquainted with some new video games.

 

Video games — or gift cards towards the Nintendo eShop, Steam, what-have-you — tend to be a standard gift for Rachel and me. We did fairly well this Christmas season, and we can’t wait to share our thoughts about the new games!

From our older sister and brother-in-law, we had each gotten the other version of Pokemon Sun and Moon. We’re definitely looking forward to being able to explore the Alola region with a new team!

Our grandparents gave Rachel Mario Party Star Rush for the Nintendo 3DS while I got Monster Hunters Generations for the same system. I have never played a Monster Hunter game, but Rachel and I heard and watched good things about the series from some of our favorite YouTubers. Here’s hoping I can figure it out!

Paper Mario Color Splash for the Wii U was another game that had been under the tree for Rachel, while Sonic Generations for the 3DS was wrapped up for me. It’d been awhile since I played a decent Sonic the Hedgehog game, so hopefully Sonic Generations won’t be bad at all. We had also received the newest expansion for the Sims 4, City Living.

I know Rachel already spent some of her Nintendo eShop gift cards on Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. I’m not too sure what I’m going to spend my gift cards on just yet… Any suggestions?

Friday Favorites: Fan Comics

Double Jump Kris MiiVideo games, with all of their creative genius, have spawned plenty of other creators to share their skills, via fan art, fanfiction, comics, music, whatever. Being an avid gamer and reader who appreciates art, today I’m sharing a few of my favorite video game fan comics.

Awkward Zombie

Awkward Zombie is a series of mostly one-shot comics based off of various video game scenarios. Most of them are cheeky kind of jokes, poking fun at game mechanics that probably shouldn’t work. The artist, Katie Tiedrich, has been creating these comics for about ten years, starting on DeviantArt before moving everything to her own website. It updates weekly on Mondays.

The GaMERCaT

The GaMERCaT is a comic about an adorable cat who loves video games. That’s pretty much the tagline! The art is simple and clean, with a well-rounded cast of characters enjoying the nuances of gaming life. Samantha Whitten is the artist of this comic, and she tends to update it on her site every Monday.

Random Doom

Random Doom is a Pokemon fan comic following the adventures of a Sinnoh trainer and her team of Pokemon. What started off as fun little one-shots has evolved (pun certainly intended) into chaptered comics starring the teams of Pokemon. TamarinFrog, or Jenna, is the artist behind these brilliant adventures, and Ice Climbers and Splatoon comics as well, on her DeviantArt. She tends to update the next page of Random Doom every Saturday on both DeviantArt and her Tumblr.

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An honorable mention I would like to add is Nutty, or Kelsey. I first found her on DeviantArt years ago thanks to her wonderful Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars comics. She’s more active on Tumblr nowadays, but her older comics are definitely fun to read through every once in a while.

 

What are some of your favorite fan comics?

4 Gift Ideas for Gamers

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

The holidays are right around the corner… Have you finished your shopping yet?

No? You procrastinate on that kind of stuff? Well, then. Here are some gift ideas for that special gamer in your life.

Gift Ideas for Gamers

Pacman Mug

Pacman Mug

This is such a classic mug with a cool design. It looks like it’s a decent size to hold whatever drink you choose to get yourself through that next boss battle!

Game Over Mug

Game Over Mug

Even though this mug looks like it would be awkward to hold, I like the design. The picture may be hard to see, but the bottom says “Game Over.” I’m sad when my coffee is all gone, too.

Gamers Respawn Pillow

Gamers Respawn Pillow

If you’re gaming for hours on end, you need a comfy pillow to rest one. And what’s a better pillow than one that speaks the truth?

Gamer Mousepad

Gamer Mousepad

Every PC gamer needs a mousepad.

What else can you get a gamer?

Anything Zelda, anything Mario, anything Pokemon, etc. Gift cards for Nintendo eShop, Xbox, or Steam. Actual video games, game guides, game accessories like headphones.

We’re pretty easy to please.

What gaming related gift do you want?