Monster Hunter Stories

Happy Thursday!

I know a lot of people are talking about the latest Monster Hunter game… Monster Hunter Stories.

I know nothing about this game or Monster Hunter in general, so let’s talk about it.

Monster Hunter is a game that I’ve always wanted to try out and play. However, other games always catch my attention. Therefore, Monster Hunter hasn’t been a huge priority for me.

Still, it’s in the back of my mind and definitely a series I want to try out.

But… where do I start?

The latest is Monster Hunter Stories, which just came out earlier this month on September 8th. After watching the trailer I realized this is a spin-off of the main series. (Like I said, I don’t know much about these games.)

I think it looks pretty good though. In a way, it reminds me of Pokemon. You grab an egg, hatch it, and then it joins your team.

Judging by the trailer, I think this game looks promising. The graphics are very well done and the music is good too. The game itself looks fun to play.

I feel like I want to give it a try, but then I have no idea what I’m doing. I feel like I should play some of the main games before this one.

What do you guys think? Where should I start?

Which Monster Hunter is your favorite? Have you tried Monster Hunter Stories yet? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Remember This? [The Kanto Pokedex]

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A long, long time ago, way back in the 90s, kids had the coolest toys. One of them, that popped into my head randomly, was the Kanto Pokedex from Pokemon.

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I wonder what happened to ours… I remember how excited I was at this toy. To me, it was one of the closest ways to become a Pokemon master like in the video games, haha! It let you look up the Pokemon’s information, create a favorites list, and make a “captured” list.

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Yes, I vaguely remember you and I going outside with our Pokedexes and pretending to go on a journey and “capture” invisible Pokemon. (Little did we know that years later we’d be able to do that on our phones!)

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Hey, our parents couldn’t complain that we were spending all our time inside playing video games! While it’d be amazing to have an upgraded Pokedex toy like this for all seven generations of Pokemon, it definitely would be redundant today with smartphones and Pokemon Go.

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I think they do have an updated Pokedex toy, though. I’m not sure what region it’s for. Still, seeing the picture of this toy makes me feel nostalgic. I wish I knew where the toy was, but I’m sure it’s long gone by now. But I would love to try to turn it on and see if it still works.

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Perhaps they’re in the attic somewhere with lots of the old figurines that we used to play with… It’d definitely be interesting to see what Pokemon we had saved on our favorites and captured lists. It’s probably full of the Eevee family, perhaps our go-to starters, and every other species we found cute.

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Yeah, probably. Either that or we had every single Pokemon on there that we could add because we wanted to “catch ’em all.” I’m definitely going to see if I can track down one of these toys though. I would love to try it out again.

Do you remember this toy? Did you have it or another version of the Pokedex? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Donkey Kong Family Members

Happy Tuesday!

Today I thought I’d talk about something a little random, something that most people probably haven’t thought about in a while.

 

Top tuesday: favorite Donkey Kong family members

Donkey Kong is obviously a great character and a favorite of mine, but I kept him off this list because he’s such an obvious choice for this list.

5. Funky Kong

According to the logic of little-kid-Rachel, Funky Kong was cool because one, his name was Funky. Two, he talked cool and had a surfboard with a plane.

4. Tiny Kong

I have to admit that Tiny Kong is a bit hard for me to remember. I didn’t play Donkey Kong 64 all that much but, like Dixie, I enjoyed being able to play as a girl. And, for some reason, I always felt close to her because she could shrink. And I’m short. That was, again, little-kid-Rachel logic way back when.

3. Cranky Kong

How can you not love him? I think my favorite part of Cranky Kong is the beginning of Donkey Kong Country before the game even starts when he throws a bomb at Donkey Kong for dancing. It’s one of my favorite opening sequences of all time.

2. Diddy Kong

I have to admit, I was surprised I didn’t put Diddy in the number one spot. He’s near and dear to my heart. Diddy is a wonderful character whether he’s by Donkey Kong’s side, starring in his own game, or beating people up in Smash Brothers. Still, there’s one thing that he can not do.

1. Dixie Kong

Yes, Diddy has his jetpack, but Dixie can fly. With her hair. Dixie was always a favorite of mine. I was pleased to see a playable girl in Diddy’s Kong Quest. She was a great addition and… well, her hair. She has nice hair.

Who are your favorite Donkey Kong family members? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Thoughts: Nintendo Direct

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We were definitely excited that we were both home to watch the Nintendo Direct live this time! While the few games that we had wanted to see were not showcased in the announcement, I don’t think Nintendo did too bad during their latest direct. Over 40 games were shown for both the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS families, ensuring that Nintendo fans will be busy during the next few months!

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Yes, that’s right. No Smash Brothers, Animal Crossing, or Luigi’s Mansion. I’m going to pretend that those games are going to be awesome because they’re working so hard on them. Still, I’m excited for what’s to come soon. I was certainly impressed with their latest Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games as well as Super Mario Odyssey. And yet, there were some surprises here and there as well.

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Considering how much Nintendo boasts about the Switch’s portable and multiplayer capabilities, I’m especially surprised that Super Smash Brothers — even a deluxe version like Mario Kart 8 — isn’t on their radar just yet. I think the biggest surprise to me was the Mario Party game coming to the 3DS. For nostalgia reasons, seeing that the game is going to have the top 100 minigames from the entire series sounds great! Here’s hoping that it’ll be true to the original games regarding party boards instead of the last couple of installments!

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I’m super excited for the Mario Party, however, I am worried that that’s all it’s going to be… mini-games. Like you said, for nostalgic reasons, it’s great, but I don’t know if there will be any other form of “gameplay.” They didn’t show anything else for it. Maybe Nintendo is finally hearing us all say we want the original games back. Maybe, after seeing what a success this will be, they’ll make Mario Party 11 just like Mario Party 2.

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I did read somewhere, perhaps My Nintendo News, that there was to be a board game play, but I may be making that up with wishful thinking. Other 3DS games I’m excited about are Lady Layton — I’d much rather have it for the 3DS rather than mobile — and the Alliance Alive and Radiant Historia, both from ATLUS. I’m itching for a new, good RPG to sink into.

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Oh, yes. I forgot about Lady Layton. I was super excited when I saw Apollo Justice, but then I realized that was just the first game… I thought it was going to be a new one. The other 3DS games look good as well. Now that we have the New 2DS XL, I’m excited to play some new games on it.
The Switch seems like it’s going to get some great games as well. I was happy to see that they’re adding more to Snipperclips. While that wasn’t our favorite game, it was still cute and enjoyable. I had wished for more levels and they’re giving it to us. I also think it’s cool that you can start in random shapes as well. That may make it easier or harder.

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It is nice that they’re creating some more levels for Snipperclips. The random shapes sounds entertaining, too! I’m definitely looking forward to Fire Emblem Warriors and was thrilled when they showed Lyn as playable (along with a couple of other characters that may have been shown in international versions of the trailer that us North Americans may not suppose to know about yet, shhh!). Having another female and another character from a game other than Fates and Awakening is great to me! Skyrim is another that I want to try, although I’d rather tame the dragons than kill them (someone who’s played Skyrim, let me know if that’s an option), and we’re definitely going to download the Octopath Traveler demo to check that out.

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Octopath looks great! I can’t wait to give that one a try. It will certainly be something different. Overall, I think Nintendo has a great lineup ahead and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

What did you think about the Direct? Which games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Gaming Brings People Together

Happy Thursday!

Some of you may know that I run the Sunday school program at the church I attend and grew up with. Last Sunday was the first day back after summer break and we did a fun exercise to catch up with one another and find out what we have in common.

I downloaded a puzzle template that had 12 pieces on it and cut out each individual piece. Then I gave the kids a piece and made them talk in one-on-one groups. They had to discover two things they had in common with each other (so they could each write something different on their puzzle piece).

They each did multiple pieces so that they had a chance to talk to everyone in the class, including the teachers.

I did this exercise with them in an attempt to get to know them a little better. These kids range in ages, but the group I had was mostly in upper elementary or just started middle school.

I sat down to talk to one boy. Even though he’s been coming to Sunday school for years, he didn’t seem to want to talk. I was his last person and by then I think he was just done with the exercise.

I kept asking him, “What’s your favorite color? What’s your favorite food? Season? Holiday?” He was giving me nothing and whatever he answered, I said the opposite.

Finally, he said he enjoyed Pokemon.

I had known this but completely forgot about it. I said I liked it too and he was eager to write “Pokemon” down on his puzzle piece.

Then I asked about Minecraft. I don’t know why that game was the first to pop in my head, but it was. He said he used to, but hasn’t played it in a while. Well, that’s great because I haven’t played it in a while either. So I wrote “Minecraft” on my puzzle piece.

Once everyone was done, we colored our puzzle pieces to make them stand out and look unique since I’ll be trying to tape them together.

I drew dark green squares on my Minecraft piece and colored the background a light green. Just as I finished that, the boy came up to me, proudly I may add, and showed me his Pokemon piece. He had decorated it to look like a Pokeball. I proudly showed him mine and we laughed how we decorated our pieces to look like the games without knowing that’s what the other was doing.

After class was over, we ended up talking a lot about Pokemon Sun and Moon.

It was a good class, probably one of the best I’ve had in a while with that group (and when I say that, I mean they’re good kids, but they’re all growing into teenagers and it’s driving me crazy).

I just love connecting with other people who have the same video game interests as you do. It’s something fun to talk about and you really get to know other people that way.

Have you ever connected with someone else through video games? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Super Mario 64 Online: Check It Out!

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There is a wonderful person out there in the world and his name is Kaze Emanuar. He creates hacks of the classic Super Mario 64. I found out about him through a YouTuber I watch quite often. He did a play-through of Mario Chaos, which was a super chaotic version of Super Mario 64 made by Kaze Emanuar. It’s a game I’ve been wanting to play myself but haven’t gotten around to. Well, now he’s struck again and this time, we downloaded it.

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This particular hack is a multiplayer online mode. Rachel and I were in separate rooms until I heard her pipe up, “We need to get this!” It honestly took a little while for me to download the hack considering I haven’t used emulators in a few years. Nevertheless, we seemed to have prevailed, for initial test-runs appeared to have worked.

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Super Mario 64 Online is just a new and improved hack of Super Mario 64 where you can play with others online. I believe the latest I heard was that you can play with up to 24 people. In the same level. You can play hide and seek in the levels, race each other, and more. It’s sure to get chaotic but a lot of fun.

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Obviously being online means you have your own screen to look at instead of trying to share a screen in a multiplayer mode. Of course, the number of people you can have on your server without your game crashing depends on how strong your Internet signal is, but it definitely seems like fun!

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Yes, that’s true. Being a hack, who knows how stable it actually is. Still, it’ll be worth a shot. This game has a bigger cast of characters to play as: Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Wario, Waluigi, Peach, Rosalina, etc. They each have one unique ability from the others and I’m eager to give them all a try.

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You’ll be able to see some examples from the video down below. Some have greater speed, more hit points, and Yoshi kept his extra floaty jump. I can only imagine how interesting it’ll be to play with friends all while trying to reach the same goal. We’ll either be a great team or try to sabotage each other to get the star, haha!

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Achievement Unlocked

Happy Tuesday!

Did you know that the Nintendo Switch has been out for six months now? Despite knowing that, I feel like I’ve had the Switch for a lot longer.

In its sudden old age, they may be adding a cool update.

This may be old news, but I just found out about it yesterday.

Apparently, there was a leak on a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread by an indie developer who is putting their game, Lichtspeer, onto the Nintendo Switch.

They said, and I quote:

“Nintendo doesn’t have an official support for Achievements and Leaderboards, like Sony or Microsoft but we know that they’re working on it.”

Yes, please.

I always loved the achievements on consoles. It was one of my favorite things about the XBox. There’s just something about it that makes you feel so accomplished.

Every time you get a notification that you earned something in the game or you did something so many times, it warms my heart. I feel good, feel accomplished, and feel as though I’m making progress in the game.

This is why I love it when games tell you the percentage you’re on in the game at the title screen. I like to see if I’m 57% through the game. Halfway, that’s amazing! Or, if I’m 33% through a game I really enjoy, I’m happy that I still have a while left to go.

I also love to see how many hours I’ve logged into a game. I don’t know why, but the more hours I put into a game, the more accomplished I feel. No, I don’t feel like I’m “wasting my time,” I feel like I’m putting a lot of hard work and effort into a game I really enjoy.

I don’t know if this is considered a “leak” or a “rumor.” I don’t even know if this is old news or new news. Still, it excites me.

I would love for Nintendo to add such a feature. It would make gaming a whole lot more competitive (for me) and would be so much fun, not to mention satisfying to keep up with.

Do you think Nintendo will add this feature? Do you want it to happen? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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