Kirby Super Star [Game Review]

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Title: Kirby Super Star
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
SNES; SNES Classic
Category: 
Action, Platforming
Release Date: September 1996; September 2017
How we got the game: 
We bought the SNES Classic

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My first introduction to Kirby was actually Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64. After that, the only actual Kirby game I’ve played was Kirby: The Crystal Shards, stolen borrowed from a family friend eons ago. It was nice to play one of the original Kirby games.

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I don’t think I’ve ever played a Kirby game… I had Nightmare in Dreamland for the Gameboy Advance but I don’t remember playing it at all. I ended up giving it to a kid I used to babysit because he was so much more into it than I was. So it was interesting to try this game out.

gameplay

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Kirby Super Star boasts eight games in one cartridge, with two of those games being classified as mini-games while the other six are shorter adventures with different gameplay. Kirby has his trademark moves — inhaling enemies and items, swallowing enemies for power-ups, or spitting them out as projectiles — but he is also able to turn his power-up abilities into a Helper. The Helper character can be an NPC that moves on its own as it helps Kirby against enemies or it can be controlled by a second player.

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I enjoyed the adventure games such as Dyna Blade and Spring Breeze. Since I haven’t played Kirby much if at all, it was fun to play a “normal” game as him. They were short and sweet, but it was fun to go through the levels eating people and exploring the many powerups.

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Our other favorite game was Gourmet Race, which was short and silly. It featured the player as Kirby racing King Dedede while eating as much food as possible. There were three courses and, between the three rounds, one must eat more food than King Dedede while also beating him in a footrace.

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Of course, we didn’t always eat more food but we beat King Dedede by a hair each time and ended up winning with both points combined. It was close and even though the races were short, both of us were very much into it. It was a tense few moments! One game I didn’t care too much for was The Great Cave Offensive. It was a treasure hunt game, which normally I would love, but it just didn’t do it for me. I found it to be a little boring.

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The Great Cave Offensive wasn’t my cup of tea either, but it was a little fun to see the treasures that were references to other Nintendo franchises, like the Legend of Zelda and Metroid. Revenge of Meta Knight and Milky Way Wishes were other adventure games, and The Arena was a boss mode game. Dream Course, while not part of Super Star, is another Kirby game on the SNES Classic where one uses Kirby as a “golf ball.” It did not hold our interest at all, although we felt as if it would have been at home with the other mini Kirby games on Super Star rather than its own game.

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Dream Course was going to be its own review, but there wasn’t much to it. We decided to tag it on here because we felt as though it was another “mini game” that would fit perfectly within Super Star.

graphics-music

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The SNES Classic has, so far, done very well capturing the nostalgia-inducing graphics of the original games. Kirby is one of Nintendo’s cutest characters and his world was usually colorful and bright with unique areas and images.

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Kirby was always a fun character and simple enough to draw and capture. The story of his games are usually pretty silly, but they’re always lighthearted and colorful.

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It was fun seeing all the different enemies and abilities play out on the screen! The music was as light-hearted as the graphics, keeping the game casual and enjoyable.

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I always get the Kirby music stuck in my head. The sound effects are fun too. I love listening to Kirby suck everything in!

replay-value

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Kirby’s Super Star didn’t age too badly. The games were quick and cute, easy to pick up and play again if one wants. However, the games weren’t very story-orientated and didn’t hold my interest for too long, so I’m not sure if I would pick it up again.

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We “beat” most of the games within it in one sitting. It’s something quick and mindless if you’re just looking to sit back and relax.

Kirby Super Star gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives
3 out of 5 lives.

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First Impression: Rocket League

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

We’ve been using our Xbox One more often lately, even if we really only have a couple of games on there. One such game is Rocket League.

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Rocket League is soccer with race cars and exploding balls. Neither Rachel nor I are really into sporty games, unless Mario Kart counts, so Rocket League was never on our radar.

Then our awesome brother-in-law got us an Xbox One with the game already on it. While we haven’t played it with him yet, we did get a couple of rounds in with another friend recently. Rachel and I were… not good, haha.

It was fun enough for playing the game the first time. We each got a goal or two into the opponents’ nets, all computer-controlled rather than other humans, with our friend being on our team and carrying us to victory. The only downside was some lag during the last couple of rounds. Rachel’s and my car would blink and teleport across the field, usually right when we were about to smack into the ball. Pretty sure Rachel’s car was frozen on the ceiling at one point, too.

It’s not a game that Rachel and I are raring to boot up again, but it wasn’t too bad. We’ll probably try it again soon, at least with our brother-in-law.

 

Have you played Rocket League? What do you think of it?

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I’m the Boss Music Video

It’s no secret that Rachel and I enjoy watching YouTube, our favorites mostly being gamers. Most of the videos that they produce are reviews or let’s plays, but there are a few out there who showcase their love of video games in other creative ways.

Below is a music video for a “villain boy band” called Big Bad Bosses. A few YouTubers personified Ganondorf from the Legend of Zelda series, Bowser from the Super Mario series, Dr. Eggman from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and Sephiroth from the Final Fantasy series. Respectively, they are Satchell Drakes, Jirard Khalil, Alex Faciane, and Nate Sharp.

In our opinion, they sound pretty damn good, and their music video is amusing, to say the least. We definitely hope you enjoy their music as much as we do!

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Gym Puzzles

Double Jump Kris MiiHow was everyone’s week?

I’ve been playing more Pokemon lately, finding the series to be rather relaxing after a week of work. I prefer the regions with gym challenges rather than Alola, both for the challenging battles and the puzzles that some gyms had in order to reach the leader. This week is all about my favorite Pokemon Gym puzzles!

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Mahogany Gym (Johto)

Mahogany Gym is the Ice-type gym in the second generation of the Pokemon games. It has one of those classic ice-sliding puzzles where one misstep can mess you up. While the original Gold/Silver/Crystal trio had just one room of this puzzle, the HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes had three.

Vermilion Gym (Kanto)

Lt. Surge’s Electric-type gym was a fun puzzle in which there are two switches hidden in trash cans that the player needs to press in order to open up the electric doors that the gym leader is behind. While the switches are always adjacent, if you guess the second one incorrectly, the switches reset.

Fuchsia Gym (Kanto)

This Poison-type gym used invisible walls that you had to walk around in order to reach the gym leader. As a kid playing the original first generation games, I was a little frustrated with this gym until I realized that you could very faintly make out where the walls are. Nevertheless, it was a good challenge.

Mistralton Gym (Unova)

In Black and White, this gym uses freaking cannons to blast the player around the room. Your character is supposed to be, what, a young teen? I feel as if this gym would get sued for human injuries. In Black 2 and White 2, there are giant fans that blow the player around, and I’m not sure they’re much better. While not particularly challenging, this is probably one of the gym designs that I found the most amusing while playing!

What are your favorite Pokemon Gym puzzles? Or did you prefer the gyms that were straightforward and led you immediately to the gym leader?

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Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness Review

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Title: Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness
Developer: Marvelous Interactive
Publisher: Natsume
Platform:
Nintendo DS
Category:
Simulation
Release Date:
August 2008
How I got the game:
I got it as a gift years ago.

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I’m usually a sucker for the Harvest Moon franchise — they’re my go-to relaxing games. The older games tend to have a basic story and simple goals, and I feel that the newer games are trying a bit too much in having overarching story lines and encompassing goals. Island of Happiness is one of those games that was in between, still simple enough to be relaxing but with a few gimmicks that, in my opinion, were not needed.

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Island of Happiness is similar to other games in the Harvest Moon franchise in that it’s premise is you, as the main character, starting a ranch from scratch. One of your main objectives is to raise crops and animals as best as you can while also befriending the villagers in the town. Wooing potential spouses and raising a family are also staple aspects of the Harvest Moon games, and Island of Happiness is no exception.

Harvest Moon games tend to give you free range when it comes to customizing your ranch, allowing you to grow whatever crops you want (in season, of course) and raise whatever combination of animals you wish. Want all chickens? Go for it. Want to have your field covered with tomato plants? You can do that. There’s no one telling you what to raise. Selling the crops and animal byproducts is the best way to earn money for your ranch, and some products are more profitable than others, so most take that into account. Products are also used in cooking dishes and gifts to friends and romantic interests as well.

With that said, Island of Happiness was on the Nintendo DS and, as such, Nintendo thought it would be best to utilize the touch screen as much as possible. It was more of an annoyance rather than feeling innovative. You move your character with the stylus on the touch screen while the D-Pad buttons was used to equip tools. This was rectified in the immediate sequel, Sunshine Islands.

Island of Happiness also had a more complicated method of growing your crops. In early Harvest Moon games, the best way to grow crops was to plant them in-season and water them once a day. Weather plays a part in helping crops grow and, unless there is a storm or blizzard, most days granted enough sunlight to help your ranch. Island of Happiness had some hidden mechanic where each type of crop needed a number of water and sun “points” in order to grow as quickly and strongly as possible. Later in the game, it is possible to build a Greenhouse to help control the weather. However, considering all of the possible crops that are in the game, trying to figure out and remember all the needed points was an unnecessary mechanic.

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The graphics of Island of Happiness took a little getting used to. When I first saw the 3D models, I wasn’t too sure of them. However, the graphics grew on me, with the areas of the island being vivid and fun to explore, and the villagers all being distinct (with the exception of the minor NPCs).

Music in the Harvest Moon series was always enjoyable to me, even if the tunes do tend to make me sleepy. They’re relaxing and calming as they play in the background while you farm or explore, being perfect in matching the mood of the genre and game play.
storyIsland of Happiness opens up with your character on a boat heading toward a new land. However, the boat gets caught in a bad storm, resulting in your character and a couple of others being shipwrecked on an island. Worry not, though — your fellow island refugees are a small family that has connections and experience with farming and shipping products.

Your character and the family, consisting of a brother and sister, their mother, and their grandfather, decide to stay on the island and work to make it habitable. You agree to be the rancher while the family runs a shipping business, helping to incite trade between your island and the mainland. Your goal is to really build up and clean the island to tempt other people to move in so the island can continue to flourish.

The more people that move in, the more relationships you can develop. Building up friendships can lead to new events and festivals, new areas to explore and, if you wish, romance that can lead to having a family.

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Island of Happiness, despite some of the gameplay mechanics, is one of my favorite Harvest Moon installments. Developing the island and luring new characters to move in is enough of a challenge so farming doesn’t become so routine. There’s always something to aim for, which is why this is one game that gets plenty of use.

Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness gets…
4-lives
4 out of 5 lives.

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Friday Favorites: Mario Party Boards

Double Jump Kris MiiYay for Friday!

Despite having the Switch and Xbox One, Rachel and I have been turning our Wii back on to play Mario Party 2 on they system’s Virtual Console. After the disappointing Top 100 3DS game, going back to one of the best Mario Party games was natural. Playing Mario Party 2 and its boards reminded me of some of the best boards from the series as a whole.

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Space Land (Mario Party 2)

Space Land is one of my top choices in Mario Party 2. The space aesthetics are fun, and the Bowser junction in the middle of the board can really mess up the standings. Once the countdown in the middle reaches zero, Bowser launches his Coin Beam to steal every coin from whoever may be caught in the crossfire.

Yoshi’s Tropical Island (Mario Party)

Yoshi was always a favorite character from the Mario franchise, and we always enjoyed his board from the original Mario Party game. Going back and forth between two islands for the star, there was always the chance that someone could land on a Happening space and make Bowser and the star switch places.

Goomba’s Greedy Gala (Mario Party 4)

This casino-based board is all about chances and gambling (of course). Yes, it easily got frustrating if you were never able to go the way you wanted based on the roulette wheel in the middle of the board. It was fun, though, to let chance that much control over who could reach the star space.

King Boo’s Haunted Hideaway (Mario Party 8)

Mario Party 8 is not my favorite Mario Party game due to the motion controls — I was never thrilled with them. This board was always fun, though. The night scenery and the fact that the board changed every time you played or were looking for the next star was a cool concept.

What are your favorite Mario Party boards? Which Mario Party game do you enjoy the most?

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Global Game Jam

Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s a brand new week — how is everyone doing?

While there are plenty of conventions that Rachel and I have heard of, we recently just heard of something called the Global Game Jam. It sounds like an awesome competition!

 

We’ve showcased String Player Gamer on this blog before, as we really enjoy his music and covers of video game tunes. A couple of days ago he posted a video on YouTube titled, “I made a video game!”

Rachel and I love hearing about indie games, especially ones from brand new creators trying their hand at making a game for the first time. Apparently, that’s exactly what Global Game Jam is. Applicants from all over meet and have about two days to create a game from scratch in teams, each bringing their skills to help create different aspects of the game.

It’s pretty damn cool! Who knows — maybe Rachel and I will be part of something like this one day! Both of us would like to help with storytelling, Rachel would be fantastic with voice acting, and I may be able to whip up some programming for a game. It’s something for the bucket list, anyway!

Have you ever heard of or participated in a Game Jam? What role would you play in a team?

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