Of Kingdom Hearts

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday!

We’re actually in Disneyworld right now! Being around Mickey Mouse and his friends reminded me of the popular video game franchise Kingdom Hearts, an ambitious crossover of Disney characters published by Square Enix.

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I’ve only ever touched upon the Kingdom Hearts games when I was much younger. Having never owned the games myself, I was only able to play a bit of the first one whenever we visited our aunt and uncle a couple of towns over from where we lived (coincidentally, this is the same uncle that introduced me to video games and superheroes). If I had the chance, I would start up the game, usually create a new file and enjoy the main theme song, and give the game another try.

The farthest I’ve gotten was, perhaps, to Tarzan’s world, but I vaguely remember Aladdin’s world as well. I honestly cannot remember if Aladdin’s world was from watching my uncle or a friend play, or if there was a time that I had been able to borrow the game to play myself.

I always liked the idea of Kingdom Hearts, finding the narrative to be unique with exploring the Disney worlds to be a fun thought, even with the story line being a tad dark. And, while I don’t completely understand the line of sequels (why is there a game called “2.8 Final Chapter Prologue”? Why is there a Kingdom Hearts II when Chain of Memories is the direct sequel to the first game?), it is a franchise I would like to try.

What do you think of Kingdom Hearts? Have you ever played the games?

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Ace Attorney Anime [Episodes 1-4]

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Ace Attorney is one of our favorite video game franchises, with the original trilogy being some of the best games. And, while neither Rachel nor I were ever really into anime except for Pokemon, we were both interested in hearing that Ace Attorney got its own anime series.

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It’s been a long time coming, but we finally got a chance to sit down and watch it. Of course, we were going to get Crunchyroll when I noticed the website sells DVDs of Ace Attorney. I checked on Amazon, it was cheaper, and BAM! Impulse buy. We got it just in time too because the season one, volume 2 DVD set comes out in less than a month.

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Anime is definitely more dramatic or over exaggerated, if you will, than the American cartoons that I grew up watching, and Ace Attorney wasn’t an exception. It was great, of course, and we’re really enjoying it so far. We’ve watched the first four episodes which mirror the first two cases from the original game.

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We’ve played through the games a couple of times, so, for the most part, we remember what happens in each case. There are a couple of times we forget something here and there, but watching the anime we knew how everything was going to play out. Since each episode is only about 20-30 minutes long, the cases go by pretty quick. A few hours of gameplay is squished into 2 or 3 parts of 20-minute episodes. But it’s enjoyable all the same.

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Seeing the game scenes and characters come to life is so much fun. Phoenix and Maya tend to act as we always pictured they would, and we’re enjoying all the voice actors so far — the English voice actors, of course. It’ll be interesting to re-watch the episodes in Japanese to hear how the characters sound.

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Yeah, watching it in Japanese is something I want to try. Maya’s voice sounds a little young for her age, but it’s easy to get used to. Detective Gumshoe is more serious than he is in the games, but I enjoy his character all the same. And then there’s Edgeworth… his voice actor and animations are all sexy. I love it.

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I was actually really impressed with Redd White from the Turnabout Sisters case. His voice and mannerisms were spot-on, with his narcissism and arrogance. I do hope that the later episodes will show more of the scenery outside of the courtroom. While the trial portion of the episodes are fun, I would like to see a little more exploration.

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We’re starting to see a little bit more investigation as the episodes go on. That’s how they did it in the games too, which is pretty cool. I’m sure as the cases get longer we’ll start to see more. I love the show, but I would also love to see a movie. I know they do have a movie in Japan, but even if it’s anime, that would be amazing.

Have you ever seen the Ace Attorney anime? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday (Least) Favorites: Super Smash Bros. Items

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Last week, I shared a list of some of my favorite items from the Super Smash Bros. video game franchise. This week, I thought I would share a few items that are not my favorites. If these items below do not make an appearance for Smash Bros. on the Switch, I will not be heartbroken!

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Lip’s Stick

This item was always annoying to me, especially on the receiving end. I mean, that’s the point, but I still hated getting hit with this item and having a damage-causing flower pop up on my character’s head. It definitely wasn’t the most powerful battering item, either.

Banana Peel

Just like when I see them on the Mario Kart tracks, seeing a banana peel join the fight makes me groan. I almost always chuck it off the stage, if I’m able to, as I’m more wont to tripping on the peel myself during the melee.

Mr. Saturn

While I’m guessing his appearance is a nod to Earthbound fans, I don’t understand Mr. Saturn’s existence in the Smash Bros. games. Why is he there? He only makes an odd sound if he’s thrown at someone. Otherwise, he just kind of wanders around.

Screw Attack

This is a hit or miss for me. Generally, the characters I use in the Smash games are characters who have decent jumps and up-slashes. The Screw Attack kind of nullifies the jumps of the characters, and I tend to forget if I’m wearing the badge or not, generally ruining whatever combo I may have been planning.

What are your least favorite Super Smash Bros. items?

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Dungeons & Dragons

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Dungeons & Dragons was always something that was at the back of my mind, but it wasn’t something that was popular — that I knew of — around where I lived. Most of my friends weren’t exactly into video games like Rachel and I were, so I didn’t have as much hope for D&D.

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Dungeons & Dragons has existed since 1974, which sounds wild considering how little I had heard of it growing up. Of course, the few times I had heard of it was due to how “nerdy” the game was, even compared to video games.

For years, Dungeons & Dragons wasn’t really a thought in my mind until I realized that it was fairly popular with a couple of YouTubers that Rachel and I watch. Rachel and I spend what little downtime we have trying to catch up with “Dice, Camera, Action!” while now trying to stay up-to-date with “Trapped in the Birdcage.” The players in both those groups are fantastic, as are the Dungeon Masters with their storytelling abilities and antics.

For my birthday, Rachel got me the D&D Starter Set and, while it’s brilliant, I’m not sure where to start. It’s fun to go through and imagine different scenarios with characters I’ve thought of but haven’t fully fleshed out with character sheets because I don’t fully understand the character sheets, and… yeah. The dice are a really pretty blue!

Rachel and I are hoping to, sometime soon, have enough time to each make a character or two and just have a practice session, if you will, between the two of us. We both love creating stories and D&D seems to be another fun, creative way to do so.

Then, of course, there are all sorts of D&D video games to check out…

What do you think Dungeons & Dragons? Have you ever played? Any advice for new players?

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Friday Favorites: Smash Bros. Items

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

With Super Smash Bros. for the Switch arriving this year, this week’s list is a look at some of my favorite items from the franchise. Sure, it’s a great challenge to take out the items from matches, but the chaos some of these items create can be fantastic!

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Bunny Hood

I always had a penchant for the speedier characters, and with the Bunny Hood, I was able to go even faster. The high jumps this item gave the characters was also so much fun!

Motion Sensor Bomb

Bombs are always great to mix a little chaos into the matches, with the motion sensor bomb being one of my favorites. In a battle with 4 or more people, it was great when you were able to sneak one of these bombs without anyone else noticing and watching as they go flying off the screen due to the unexpected explosion.

Warp Star

The Warp Star from Kirby’s games was a great item to deal that finishing blow on an opponent, as long as you were able to control it well enough. It’s quick and pretty and just fun to use in a fast-paced battle.

Pokeball

C’mon, who doesn’t love the pokeball item in the games? Aside from the random Pokemon being an addicting gamble, some of the Pokemon can be particularly devastating to your opponents. And they’re adorable!

What are your favorite Super Smash Bros. items?

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The Liebster Award

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The wonderful TWOTALL4UFOOL has nominated Double Jump for the Liebster Award, which is an appreciation of other bloggers for their hard work and dedication in the blogging world. Thank you, TWOTALL4UFOOL! Be sure to check out his blog, he’s great!

Rules:
-Display the award, explain it, and thank the person who gave it to you linking back to their blog.
-Answer the questions and create your own for the people you nominate.
-Let the people you nominate know you’ve thought about them for the award. (We’re kind of boring and don’t typically nominate people, we like people to join if they choose. Plus, there are too many bloggers for us to mention!)

What made you want to start blogging?

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It honestly just seemed to be a fun way to connect to fellow writers and readers. I’ve enjoyed writing since I was in my early teens, if not before then, and blogging seemed to be a great outlet to share the love. Since then, my main focus is Double Jump to connect with other gamers and writers.

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I originally started blogging about six years ago and it was mainly to be an author platform for myself. I still don’t have any books published, but I’m getting closer each day. My blog has grown so much and there are some days where I wonder if I was meant to be a “blogger” more than an “author.” I started this blog a little over two years ago because I love video games, I wanted to do something creative with Kris, and similar to my writing, I wanted to share my love of video games.

What is something you’ve learned from blogging that has been valuable to you?

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It’s definitely a time commitment, something that I’ve needed to kick my butt into gear with my goals. Between working full-time and my flair for procrastination that I haven’t grown out of from high school (I’m working on it), having the commitment and passion for blogging has been valuable to me.

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Blogging is a lot of hard work and no “get rich quick” scheme. I’d like to make a steady income from my blog, but no one should blog because they want to make money out of it. It shows and it’s not easy. If you don’t have the passion for it, it’s just going to be work.

Any blogging advice you care to share with the blogging community?

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Keep being passionate about your work. Don’t pander to the masses or do what you believe to be “popular” at the time you start. Write about what you love, have fun, and you’ll make real connections with others.

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Connect with people and keep our blog updated. It allows people to know you’re still around and you also make a lot of great friends who share the same passions as you.

What are you passionate about?

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Creativity — writing, gaming, art — is one of my top passions. Animals as well as equality among people (sexuality, gender, race, everything) are a couple of others. I also am really passionate about people being nice to each other.

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Writing, video games, anything creative pretty much. I’m not picky when it comes to the arts.

What motivates you to keep blogging?

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Rachel, haha! Aside from being able to do something creative with my sister, connections with other gamers keeps me going. I’m always interested to share my thoughts and see what other people think of regarding the posts that we throw out there for everyone to read.

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The people I’ve “met.” I’ve made friends with so many writers and bloggers alike as well as people who absolutely love video games and basically anything I love. I’ve also met people who have similar mental health issues as I do and it’s great to have others to talk to and relate to about that.

What was your favorite TV show growing up?

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How young are we talking about? As a little kid, there was “That’s My Dog,” which was about a friendly competition — talent show, a maze race, an obstacle course — between two dog contestants and their families. One of my favorite episodes was the Great Dane versus the chihuahua! Batman: The Animated Series and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were also favorites of mine.

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Pokemon, of course. But I also loved Tom and Jerry. I want the DVDs of that show, I haven’t seen it in a while.

What’s your favorite sport?

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Martial arts, really. I’ve never really played or watched sports while growing up, but my superhero-obsessed self loved the idea of having a black belt. I’ve done a couple of “free trial” classes for martial arts, but haven’t found a place to stick with just yet. Archery was fun too, does that count?

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Dancing. I’m not one for hockey or baseball or anything like that, but I love watching people dance and I enjoy dancing myself.

If we were to hang out for one day, what would we do?

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Movies and video games are always good for a fun time, but if we want to be somewhat social, I’m cool with taking my/our dog(s) for a walk or getting ice cream.

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Probably play video games or watch people stream. Or we could stream together!

Do you prefer to wear dress shoes or sneakers?

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SNEAKERS.

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Sneakers. Hands down.

What is your guilty pleasure?

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Probably writing self-insert fanfiction, haha! Does blasting music from musicals and singing at the top of my lungs when I’m home alone count?

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I don’t know if this counts, but it’s the first thing that popped into my head… I love collecting things, most notably Pokemon cards. I have no idea how to play the card game, but I love collecting the cards and hope to “catch ’em all” someday.

Here are our questions for you to answer…

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1. If you had to change blog topics, what would your new blog be about?
2. What is your current favorite soundtrack or musical artist?
3. What book has been the longest resident on your bookshelves?
4. If you could switch places with any character from any medium (book, video game, movie, etc.) who would it be and why?
5. Are you an early bird, night owl, or afternoon sparrow?

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6. How long have you been blogging for?
7. Where do you think your blog will be 5 years from now? Or where do you want it to be?
8. What’s your favorite video game?
9. How did you get started in your hobby/passion/job? (Whether it be writing, playing video games, or something else.)
10. Pineapple on pizza: Yay or Nay?

Thanks again to TWOTALL4UFOOL for the nomination! Feel free to do these questions yourself!

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Crossover Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday to everyone, and happy Easter to those who celebrated it! Here’s hoping we all don’t get sick from chocolate!

I wonder how an egg-delivering rabbit became the symbol of the holiday. Wouldn’t a chicken make more sense?

aiw_master-1-960x540A couple of weeks ago there was a meme going around on Twitter regarding the newest Avengers movie coming out, with the movie claiming to be the “most ambitious crossover event” in history. The Internet had a field day tweeting out pictures of what they believed to be even bigger crossover events than Marvel’s upcoming movie.

That episode of Full House with Steve Urkel from Family Matters. Space Jam with Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Bill Nye the Science Guy appearing on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

Video games were, of course, also mentioned.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympics? Check. Kingdom Hearts? Duh. X-Men versus Street Fighter, or Marvel versus Capcom? C’mon, Marvel, you got characters in those. And do we even need to say Super Smash Bros.?

One of my favorite crossover games, if you will, is Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: tumblr_nbn6flz7yj1qzp9weo2_r1_1280Ace Attorney. It was Rachel’s and my first taste of the Professor Layton games, and including that kind of game play with Ace Attorney was perfect. Having the familiar characters work alongside ones from a franchise we’ve never played was a great introduction to the Layton games.

I’ve also enjoyed the Dynasty Warriors crossovers, Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors. They’re both such fun hack-and-slash games! Pokken Tournament, blending Pokemon with Bandai Namco’s Tekken series, is a great example as well. The fighting genre seems to lend itself well to crossovers among video games, but it’s always fun to see cameos and playable characters from other franchises visiting games outside their norm, isn’t it?

What do you think of crossover games? Do you have any favorites? Any that you believe didn’t work as well as they could have?

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