Take My Star — Yungtown

Happy Wednesday, everyone! As you may have noticed, we’re really enjoying Super Mario Party on the Nintendo Switch and this month’s music reflects that.

We’ve showcased Yungtown on here before with Settle It in Smash. This time around we’re showing his Mario Party game rap “Take My Star.” It’s a catchy song, with Rachel and I occasionally bursting out into the chorus while playing Mario Party.

While Yungtown hasn’t uploaded on YouTube in a while, his music is enjoyable on that platform, iTunes,  and Spotify. He does stream on Twitch as well, if you wanted to check him out there. Either way, we hope you enjoy “Take My Star!”

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Pioneer Times

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Our days are saturated with technology, especially for those of us who love video games. Watching a DVD of an old show led me to wonder about how we would survive in an age before all of these technical advancements…

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I don’t watch too much television. Rather, Rachel and I tend to stick on some of our favorite YouTube or Twitch channels to listen to while we work or hang out if we’re not gaming or writing. Lately, DVDs of the old show “I Love Lucy” is what I’ve been putting on as background noise.

It’s an older show, one that originally ran in the 1950s and is still prevalent today with its comedy. Rachel’s and my older sister Lisa is the expert on stars from that era, and it’s due to her influence that “I Love Lucy,” “The Dick van Dyke Show,” and “Happy Days” are a couple of our favorites to return to again and again.

“I Love Lucy” has an episode called Pioneer Woman where the husbands and wives bet each other that they couldn’t live like their grandparents had in the 1900s — no electricity, needing to churn their own butter, bake their own bread, sew their own clothes, etc. The wives revolted over housework and wanted “modern” conveniences, like an automatic dishwasher.

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“I Love Lucy,” Pioneer Woman

Many of their modern conveniences are technology that we take for granted nowadays and, honestly, many we cannot live without. When was the last time you didn’t use your cell phone for a day? Are you able to do your day job without the help of a computer or any type of technology? Does the last video game you played have online capabilities to play and connect with others?

I’m constantly on the computer with my job, and it’s beyond frustrating when some aspect of it doesn’t work, whether its our Internet, the computers themselves, or one of the many programs we use to keep everything running smoothly. Our blogs and social media are used everyday at home for our writing, gaming, and connecting with friends. It absolutely sucks whenever our Internet decides to be spotty — it’s like we’re cut off from the rest of the world.

Gaming is a huge part of my life, having connected me with amazing people and friends through the Internet, as well as inspiring my writing and art in more ways than one. I am constantly amazed at the advancements in technology we have made in my lifetime, and I truly wonder if we could ever spend even a day without the tech we have at our fingertips.

Do you realize how often you use technology? Do you think you could survive in the 1900s after the comfort and ease of today’s technology?

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#GamingTogether

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This month on Monday through Friday, we started doing a new hashtag called #GamingTogether on Twitter. Each day poses a new question to start up some more fun conversations about video games with fellow like-minded people and friends. We’re about halfway through the month and decided it was time to share our own answers for the questions.

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#GamingTogether is meant to bring out a fun community for gamers to get to know one and another and connect. It can be found on our Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. Today, we’ll answer questions from the first two weeks!

Day 1: Do you have a gaming buddy or someone special to play games with?

Kris: I feel as if the answer to this question is obvious to those who know us, haha! Rachel is my closest gaming buddy, and I’m lucky she started playing video games with me all those years ago.

Rachel: I feel obligated to say Kris. But no, really, Kris is my gaming buddy. Always has been, always will be.

Day 2: What’s your favorite home console?

Kris: At the moment, probably the Nintendo Switch, but I do have a lot of fond memories of the Nintendo 64.

Rachel: Echoing Kris, my favorite right now is the Nintendo Switch. But before that it was the Nintendo Gamecube. Though it’s hard to choose between that and the Nintendo 64.

Day 3: What’s your all-time favorite game?

Kris: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for the SNES.

Rachel: Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64.

Day 4: If you could live in any video game world, which would it be and why?

Kris: I’m torn between Pokemon and Hyrule from the Legend of Zelda series. Each would be an awesome adventure, with Pokemon definitely focused more on exploring and growing while Hyrule would be beautiful. For Hyrule, it would also depend on the timeline, I’m sure!

Rachel: I actually wrote a blog post about this more in depth. My short answer though would be Pokemon.

Day 5: In Pokemon, if Grass, Fire, and Water were not an option, what type would you like your starter to be?

Kris: I’d choose Flying or Ground as my starting type. Both have an abundance of weaknesses, yes, but they have some of my favorite moves and I enjoy the strategies I can come up with for them.

Rachel: I would choose to have a Ghost-type Pokemon. They’re my favorite type aside from Fire.

Day 6: Which piece of The Legend of Zelda’s Triforce would you wield — Power, Courage, or Wisdom?

Kris: Honestly… I like Power. Unlike Ganondorf, I’d use my Power for good to help the world. Courage would probably be second.

Rachel: I think Wisdom would be my best bet. I’m kind of a coward and I don’t think I’d handle the courage badge so well. Power? I just can’t see myself wielding that either.

Day 7: What class in Fire Emblem would you be?

Kris: My favorite classes are the rogue and sniper classes, but I totally wouldn’t mind being a wyvern rider. Having a giant dragon-like flying mount would be amazing!

Rachel: Being a wyvern rider would be awesome, but my go-to would be a Mage. I like magic and fire!

Day 8: What is your favorite piece of gaming merch that you own?

Kris: There’s so many to choose from… I have a little Jolteon plush, a Koopa Troopa plush from Rachel, and a perler bead Geno that I bought from a talented artist back in March at Canada’s EGLX that are all at the top of my list.

Rachel: My Pokemon card collection. Hands down. I love all my figurines, art, plushies, etc., but my Pokemon card collection just keeps growing and growing.

Day 9: Who is your preferred Mario brother — Mario or Luigi?

Kris: I’m probably leaning more towards Luigi as the underdog, but I don’t mind Mario.

Rachel: Luigi! I don’t even really have much of a reason why… I’ve just always gravitated towards him. Maybe it’s because I’m always second player too.

Day 10: Who is your favorite character on the Super Smash Bros Ultimate roster (so far)?

Kris: Sheik is my absolute favorite, but I’m excited to see Chrom there as well! Robin is also one of my favorite fighters.

Rachel: Zelda, of course. She’s always been a go-to. But I’m super excited to get the chance to play as Young Link and Roy again. They were always my favorites back in the day. And while I’ve never been a huge fan of Villager, I’m interested to see what Isabelle can do.

Did you get a chance to answer these questions? If not, what are your responses? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Super Mario Party Features

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Last Friday, Super Mario Party was released for the Switch, much to everyone’s excitement. Rachel and I streamed it last Friday night on our Twitch channel, having a great time exploring the game and being thrilled that it seemed to go back to its roots with a few of the better updated features from the more recent Mario Party games.

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Character Roster

Character rosters are usually a hit or miss for me. Fire Emblem Warriors, despite my love of the franchise’s characters, has too many sword users and Mario Kart 8 has too many clones — Pink Gold Peach, all the baby characters, the Koopalings — for example. Super Mario Party has a great character roster with a fantastic balance between the hero and villain characters. While I’m still on the fence with Bowser being on the roster, since I’m used to him being more an antagonist (as much as you can be an antagonist in a Mario Party game), I can’t deny it’s amusing seeing him marching around the board!

Special Character Die

Mario Party games are usually all about luck when it comes to going around the game boards with a bit of skill for the mini-games. With each character having their own special die, it brings a bit of strategy to going around the boards. The standard die allows you to move one to six spaces. Some characters have die that help you gain or lose some coins while giving you a chance to move more spaces than the standard die. There’s a risk with every die, but plenty of chances to get ahead if your plan pans out.

Allies

The allies is a feature that was first showed in Star Rush, which… wasn’t the best Mario Party game. I did enjoy the way the allies were featured in Super Mario Party, allowing you to use their specific character die as well as giving you an extra move or two. Some mini games also include your allies to give you a helping hand. It’s also just really amusing to watch a parade of Mario characters going around the board as your allies follow you!

Mini Games in between Turns

Having the mini games after every turn on the boards is back and it’s amazing! That feature is what defines the Mario Party series for me and I’m excited to see it back. That, and the mini games that we’ve played so far have all been pretty fun. I haven’t had a complaint about any of them yet!

What do you like best about Super Mario Party?

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Multi-Platform Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Being a gamer is an expensive hobby. It doesn’t help that, sometimes, awesome games are available in multiple platforms, either as updated versions or just ported to a system that may be better suited for it.

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Do you have any games on multiple platforms?

We have Stardew Valley, Death Road to Canada, and Undertale on the PC through Steam, but all three of those games are available for the Nintendo Switch as well. Fortnite is available on all consoles of the current generation (and all of them can now play together, finally). PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is also another game that crosses platforms.

Then there are ports of games — such as the Legend of Zelda: Windwaker and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — that get updated for the next generation console.

Assuming you enjoyed the original game, are you the type to buy games for multiple platforms, if you have them? Or the updated ports when they are released?

We have gotten Death Road to Canada for the Nintendo Switch when it came out, mostly to make it easier to play with friends. However, we’ve been toying with getting Undertale and Stardew Valley for the Switch as well, especially since the Switch makes it a little easier to take those kind of games on the go. To be honest, if Undertale came to the Switch before PC, we probably would have just gotten it for the Switch. Stardew Valley is in the same boat, but the PC version does have the co-op mode…

With that said, there are so many other games that we wish to play and buy that are already stretching our wallets thin. I suppose if a game we own is ported to another platform, we’d prefer if it was substantially updated to make it worth buying again.

Any games that you’ve bought multiple times for different platforms?

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Friday Favorites: Autumn Levels

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Being the beginning of October and living in New England means that it’s around the time the tree leaves begin to change color. Red, orange, and yellow leaves make it so pretty outside… and video game graphics nowadays are almost just as good.

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Fall in Pokemon Black and White/Black 2 and White 2

I’ll admit, Unova is not a Pokemon generation that I have played through. Honestly, it’s probably my least favorite region in the core Pokemon games. However, I did like the season mechanic and I always thought that fall looked and sounded really nice in those games. That, and it was always fun to wander through the leaf piles!

Maple Treeway from Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart is a fantastic series, even if racing is not my usual genre of choice. Maple Treeway, where you race around through fall foliage and giant tree limbs, is one of my favorite tracks, both visually and as a challenge.

Akkala Region in Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the most gorgeous games I’ve ever played. It’s very difficult to pinpoint my favorite area of the open world. However, the Akkala region does have some very autumn vibes. The trees have the red and orange colors and leaves decorate the ground, giving the area a striking look as you paraglide above it or ride through on your horse of choice.

What are your favorite autumn levels in video games?

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Never Ending Backlog

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Those of us who love to play video games not only have thin wallets, but also tend to have a ton of games on the back burner. With so many fantastic developers and publishers, dozens of video games can be released monthly and it can be difficult to keep up with all of them. Joining Rachel and me in venting about our giant backlog of games is our good friend Justin over at TWOTALL4UFOOL, a fellow gaming and tech site as well as one of the hosts of the Game N’ Watch Podcast. Justin, thanks so much for joining us!

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My pleasure. Thanks for having me.

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Kris and I have been meaning to go through our video games and organize them. There are a lot we haven’t played yet, some of them we’ve had for a few years. These are games old and new. One that especially comes to mind is Has Been Heroes. It came as a bundle when we got our Nintendo Switch back in April 2017. We still haven’t had a chance to play it even though we’ve been close to starting it quite a few times.

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That poor game, yes. Another Switch game that has been stuck on the back burner, surprisingly, is Octopath Traveler. It’s still fairly new, but with how much we enjoyed the game when it first came out, I feel bad that we haven’t finished the stories just yet. Justin, wasn’t the oldest game on your backlog list? Or is there a game you’ve been anxious to play but just haven’t gotten the chance yet?

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For me I’m stuck right now on Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4. So everything I’ve been playing before that is either on the back burner or I haven’t opened up. God of War is on the back burner. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is also on the back burner. Mario Is Missing…. I mean Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is on the back burner. Sometimes I tend to start games and just not finish them. But right now in terms of games that haven’t even been taken out of the plastic are Octopath Traveler, and believe it or not a PS3 game. Assassin’s Creed Rogue. It’s pretty old now. But I really wanted to play that game but I got in around the time I got my PS4. Kind of bad timing but I hope to get to it soon. Too bad the PS4 doesn’t have backwards compatibility. LOL!

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Wow, you’ve got a lot. I can’t believe you haven’t played Dark Moon . Though I can’t say anything because my backlog is just has big. It’s partly why I’ve been reviewing Nintendo DS games lately. I’ve been trying to catch up with games I’ve never played – even though I’ve had them for years – or games I started a long time ago and just never finished. We too had a couple of PS3 games that haven’t been opened… in fact, we haven’t even turned on our PS3. The backwards compatibility is the same problem we have with our Xbox One. All our 360 games that we haven’t touched can’t be played now.

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Glad we’re not the only one with PS3 games on our backlog! Backwards compatibility was always something I appreciated from Nintendo and, despite how awesome the Switch is, I’ll admit that I was disappointed when I first heard the Switch would not have backwards compatibility. Now there are a quite a few Wii U games that were ported to the Switch, which is great, but I’m not willing to spend money to buy a second copy of them just to play on the Switch. New consoles don’t seem to help our backlogs, haha!

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So will you two be picking up New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe? I know that this month is going to be a nightmare and just add to my backlog. There are so many fantastic games coming out. Super Mario Party, WWE 2K19, Red Dead Redemption II, Mega Man 11. The list goes on and on.

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I would personally love to pick up New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. I love those games and they haven’t come out with them in a while. However, it probably won’t be the first thing we pick up. October and beyond is going to be rough – on the backlog and on the wallet. I’m waiting for Super Mario Party and Luigi’s Mansion 3DS for this month. There are a few others I’d love to try but know I won’t get to right away.

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I’m not too excited about New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, I’ll admit. Those games are fun with company, but they don’t hit any of my top video game lists. Super Mario Party is what I’m mostly looking forward to this month. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey seems interesting too. It’s a series I’ve wanted to try, and we do have a few titles that were on our backlog for our Xbox 360. We never got a chance to try the games before our 360 got the red ring of death. I have to double check and see if any of the titles are backwards compatible now. If they are, our backlog list will grow!

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Those Assassins Creed games on the last gen consoles are amazing. You should definitely check them out. Sorry about the red ring of death by the way. I have a road map of games I would like to buy from now to end of the year. They include Mega Man 11, WWE 2K19, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I feel bad I will be playing more games before I even get to Octopath Traveler. Smh.

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As mentioned, Octopath Traveler is a game that we’ve started and reviewed but we haven’t had a chance to finish the game. There are so many we own and want to play, let alone the games coming out in the next few months. Octopath is definitely one I want to get back to soon though. I also have a few older games on my backlog that I want to try to work my way through. Games such as my DS and 3DS as well as the NE and SNES Classics.

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That’s the same problem I’m having with God of War right now. I’m more than half way through Spider-Man so I hope to get back on it soon. If WWE 2K19 doesn’t take up too much of my time. Too bad playing video games isn’t my day job. LOL!

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I remember you talking about God of War when it was first coming out. I’m sorry you haven’t gotten the chance to get back to it! There’s just so many games and so little time to play them all. I love how we talked about a lot of games not only on our backlog but games that will probably end up on our backlogs because of future games coming out, haha! Thank you again, Justin, for joining us on this post! Please go and visit Justin’s blog and be sure to give his podcast a listen! You can also find him on Twitter and Twitch!

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Thank you two sistas for having me. It’s good to know I’m not the only gamer out there with a full backlog of games they’re trying to get through.

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It was our pleasure! We’ll definitely have to have you back again.

How many games are on your backlog? Don’t forget to give Justin’s blog come love!

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