Friday Favorites: April 2019 Nintendo Switch Releases

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

This year so far has been fantastic for games, especially those coming out to the Nintendo Switch. April itself has plenty of games to offer and, while my wallet itself isn’t thrilled, it’s great to see all these games coming out!

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

This series is near and dear to our hearts, and we’re thrilled to be able to play the original three games again (for, like, the fifth or so time) on the Nintendo Switch! The music, characters, beautiful story arcs, and a hint of demon possession make these games quite addicting.

Nintendo Labo VR Kit

I’ll be honest, we still have yet to open the original Nintendo Labo. The boxes are still hanging out in our den. I am intrigued by the idea of the VR kits, however, especially with Breath of the Wild.

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This is a game that Rachel and I were always interested in trying — despite being positive that we’d be horrendous at it — and we kept meaning to get the game on the Xbox, but we kept getting distracted by other games and life. Now that it’s on the Switch, one of our favorite consoles to date, we’ll actually give it a shot.

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Monday Memories: Ace Up My Sleeve

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Technically, this memory is only about three years old. This post is a bit more personal and it took me a little too long to write and decide to share it. However, I believe it’s an important topic and it is certainly something that has shaped who I am today. 

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I am passionate about representation in media, obviously including video games. Gender, race, and especially sexuality need to be represented so they are normalized as much in media as they are in the real world.

The success of movies like Wonder Woman, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel testify to the need of representation. The same goes for the later Pokemon and Harvest Moon games that allow female and darker skinned avatars. One of Stardew Valley’s biggest selling points was that your avatar could marry any love interest despite their gender.

It was due to a video game that I realized my sexuality.

Three years ago, a visual novel dating sim featuring the popular YouTubers from the groups Normal Boots and Hidden Block was released. Considering that the two groups were some of our favorite content creators — and the ones who inspired us to talk and share more of our love of gaming — we were excited about the game, and really enjoyed its the writing, art, and music.

One of the characters in the game is gay. He states it after the female avatar asks him to go to a festival with her. Literally, he says, “You do know that I’m gay, right?” complete with the music cutting out with a record scratch sound effect. The character is a fan favorite and was prominent in the fandom through art and stories.

It was through this fandom that I found out about asexuality, the absence of feeling sexual attraction.

I was in my mid-twenties and had never heard of this sexuality. Throughout high school, I’ve had friends and acquaintances who had come out as lesbian or bisexual, and we were always supportive of each other. I had believed I was completely straight, but as I got older, I realized I wasn’t looking at men the same way my friends were. They had… interesting stories from their college campuses about being with another and I couldn’t for the life of me see what the appeal was. I had fallen for a couple of men throughout my lifetime, ones that were easy on the eyes and made me laugh, but I had no interest in any more physical acts.

Then Asagao Academy came out, I met some fellow fans online, specifically Tumblr, and the representation of a positive LGBT+ character helped so many teenagers and young adults, people who had grown up without seeing much of anything other than the “default” straight way to be. Including me.

One day, someone I followed mentioned that she believed she was asexual. I was surprised at how relieved I was from the epiphany I had that the word asexuality fit me. It was closure that I never knew I needed.

I am a heteromantic asexual.

Asexuality is still a fairly new concept — rather, new in the sense that it is being talked more about — but it has gained rapid support within the past couple of decades. Despite this, asexuals still get flak both from the LGBT+ community — for wishing to be “special” or, especially in a heteromantic ace’s case, “basically straight” — and straights who are not allies. We’re only about one percent of the population, and it wasn’t until 2013 that asexuality was excluded as a mental illness in the DSM.

I spend my time advocating for representation in media and by being available and open to those who may need the support of a friend. I’ve connected with a handful of others online, ones who have reached out because they took a chance from seeing my LBGT+ positivity posts. I’ve spoken to fellow aces, transgender people trying to figure themselves out, and those who merely needed a stranger to listen as they navigated through their own labels. Most, if not all, of them are teens, and I hope that I can help just a little.

Because, while my memories of going through puberty consist of feeling like I was missing a puzzle piece, we should be moving forward with representation. There is no default hero, and all media — video games included — should showcase that. Strides are being taken, but it will still be a while before we’re all on equal footing. No one should have to grow up without being represented as the hero.

(Besides, think of all the years I spent unable to make asexual puns. All of those times I could have told people that I have an ace up my sleeve… because it’s me. I am the ace.)

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Lord of the Rings: Quest to Mount Doom [Board Game Review]

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This game has been on our radar ever since we first saw it at our local Barnes and Noble. Supposedly it’s a Barnes and Noble exclusive, but there are similar-looking games on Amazon. Being fans of the Lord of the Rings franchise, we eventually splurged on the large board game and finally got around to playing it.

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This game, at the time we bought it, was about $50. While the game was fun, I don’t think it was worth $50.

 

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The board itself is rather big, which was fine. It consisted of all the locations that are mentioned in the movies (and probably some from the books) with pathways connecting them. Each pathway had a number of move values that it would take to travel and you could move up to the number you rolled or less than your roll value.

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So, for example, if you rolled a two and had two branching paths – one that had a two and one that had a three, you could only go on the number-two path. Moving around the board was pretty simple and it was a fun way to do it rather than going through one linear path. Plus, there are events cards so that you can move anywhere on the board or move someone else anywhere. Then, of course, you have the cards that tell you a specific place to go.

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The point of visiting as many locations as you can is due to the item cards that can be found. At the start of the game, each location has an item card randomly assigned to it, items that no one knows about because one of the items is the One Ring itself. The object of the game is to obtain the One Ring and deliver it to the Mount Doom location.

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Of course, you need to keep the ring secret from the other players. There are ways to find out if someone has the ring. There’s a Gollum event card that forces whoever has the ring to announce it to everyone. You can also lose the ring if the Eye of Sauron and you land on the same space. It forces to go back to one of the starting points of the game and you have to drop the ring in that location.

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While we imagine that the game can get a little chaotic the more people you play with — as you’ll have more opportunities to sabotage each other, use more event cards, and crash into each other on the board — we were getting a little tired of getting similar event cards and our turns going so quickly. The little character tokens weren’t the greatest quality, either. In fact, I accidentally broke a couple’s feet while trying to snap them out of their grid when first opening the box.

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Hence, my point earlier when I don’t think this game is worth the $50. The character tokens were cheap plastic – Kris actually sliced her thumb open trying to get one out – and the event and item cards were repetitive. I don’t think they had enough ideas. Not to mention the fact that the event and item cards had the same backing. So, when we were supposed to put the item cards around the board at each place, we accidentally put the event cards down first.

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I think they had the same backing on purpose, though, considering the creators of the game probably expected the players to be sitting at a table with their hands of cards held up and hidden from the other players. If the character tokens were similar to the tokens in Monopoly — better quality, a little weighted — and the events were much more varied, we probably would have had a better time with the game. Of course, we still had fun and may try the game out with a few friends, but we probably won’t break the game out again too soon.

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Overall, the game was pretty good and we did have fun. I think this is one of those games that need more people for it to be more “chaotic” and really have a good time.

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Butterfly from Dance Dance Revolution — Claire Anne Carr

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Remember Dance Dance Revolution? It was a game we personally never had, but I remember playing it years ago at a good friend’s house. One of the best songs we enjoyed playing was Butterfly.

Recently we discovered a channel on YouTube called Claire Anne Carr who does some “crazy piano” mixes covering various types of songs, including ones from video games. It was nostalgic to hear Butterfly again, even as a remix, and it was fun to watch the video with all the notes that were used during the remix. We thought you guys would enjoy it too!

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Friday Favorites: Ace Attorney Characters Part Two

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy came out for the Nintendo Switch this week! Way back in October 2016, I did a Friday Favorites for favorite characters in the series, and this week I thought I would continue it, adding a few characters that have joined the franchise since then and other awesome mentions.

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Larry Butz

Larry is a dork. He gets caught in some unfortunate circumstances, but he’s endearing in that he is very loyal to his good friend Phoenix. He also just never gives up, no matter what life throws at him. He’s flighty but he does, somehow, improve throughout the games in the series.

Wendy Oldbag

This lady just amuses the hell out of me. Hearing her ramble against the “whippersnappers” of the game makes me laugh. And you got to give the old lady props for always having a job in security. She’s the kind of old lady I want to be when I grow up.

Dahlia Hawthorne

We were instantly suspicious of this woman when we first met her as she seemed too sweet, and we were horrified when proven correct. Still, she was a worthy — and batshit crazy — adversary for the games, and she is a villain that will always stick out in my mind for that.

Gregory Edgeworth

Okay, so he wasn’t a playable character, but Gregory Edgeworth as a background character heavily influenced Miles Edgeworth’s personality and development. I also enjoy the fact that Gregory seems to be a nod to Atticus Finch, the defense attorney from To Kill a Mockingbird whom was portrayed by the actor Gregory Peck.

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Collecting Memorabilia

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

During slow times at the day job, I’m often reading random news articles and this particular one about a gentleman and his extensive collection caught my eye.

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Everyone knows that being a geek is an expensive hobby, what with the video games, the art books, the comics, the soundtracks, among other types of merchandise to collect. Rachel and I have a decent collection, and have showed off a few results when it comes to our shopping sprees and gift hauls. Our only issue is the lack of space we have for all of our merchandise.

Then there’s this dude who has over $150k worth of X-Men memorabilia and a giant basement dedicated to everything. He holds the Guinness World Record for largest X-Men collection since 2012, and is on the page opposite of the late legend Stan Lee, whom he’s met. The pictures in the article look fantastic, and having the space to dedicate to such a large collection is part of Rachel’s and my plans when we save up enough to buy a house.

I have a sizable comic book collection and Rachel has tons of Pokemon cards, but neither of us could ever come up with a collection as extensive as the gentleman in the article (perhaps in a decade or so — his collection has been growing for the past 30 years). Being able to have a big enough collection to properly display is a good enough reason to splurge on merchandise, right?

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The Switch Stream is a Wrap!

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Yesterday was our 6-hour long stream, and we considered it a success!

The stream itself was to celebrate our personal 2-year anniversary with our Nintendo Switch, and we had a great time playing through a bunch of the games. We did some Mario Kart racing, somehow made it through a few levels of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, did a tourney in Smash Bros. Ultimate, did a quick round of Super Mario Party, and completed a couple of levels in Yoshi’s Crafted World. Our cousin Kat joined us for most of the stream, and we had a great time!

We were also thrilled that our WiFi did not cut out at all during the stream, haha! We got a new WiFi extender that seemed to work really well yesterday, keeping our Internet nice and steady during all that gaming.

Many thanks to everyone who happened to pop in and join us in the chat, as well as the half a dozen new followers! We’re excited to reach out and connect with even more fellow gamers via streaming. If you happened to miss the stream, feel free to go to our Twitch channel and watch the VOD.

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