Nintendo Switch Games To Play With The Whole Family

Happy Thursday! Happy Thanksgiving!

Here I am doing another list on a Thursday… but it’s Thanksgiving! We all gather together with family and friends during this time. So, here are some games that can be played with the whole family.

A whole bunch of games has come out this month and the month before. It’s crazy and it’s hard to keep up with them all!

But that aside, there have just been a lot of games in general for the Nintendo Switch that are new and exciting. I know the Switch is meant to be played with others, but I’m sure we all know a few people who don’t play games. Yet, there’s still something for everyone.

Even if you don’t have many people in your family that are gamers, there are still games out there that everyone will enjoy.

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You can play with up to four people infuriating each other as they try to communicate with one another about how to solve the current puzzle. I don’t know about any of you, but Kris and I would get quite annoyed with each other playing this game. It’d be hard to explain what we wanted to say and then we wouldn’t understand each other. There were a few times one of us would just take both Joy-Con and show the other what we meant. I’m sure this game would be way more fun and chaotic with others. Turkey with a side of swears, please.

1-2 Switch

Okay, I haven’t really come across too many people who enjoy this game. I don’t even enjoy this game. Yet, I typically have a great time depending on who I’m playing with. It got pretty boring with just myself and Kris, but when we played with our cousins, we had a great time competing with each other. It’s 2 players, but definitely more fun with others.

Splatoon 2

Admittedly, I’ve never played this game. I couldn’t get into the first one so the second one hasn’t interested me. I’m sure this would be great fun with the family though, especially if you have two Switches and then you can go head to head in two teams of four.

ARMS

Come on, you know you want to see your parents, grandparents, or aunts and uncles duke it out.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Forget the racing, just battle it out in the various battle modes. Shine Thief is a great one to get competitive with. Though the races are great too.

Just Dance 2017/2018

My dad used to play this one a lot when my cousins were younger because they found it hilarious. Now that they’re older, I doubt I’d be able to get him to play again. But if you have any younger kids in your family, this will be a fun one for them. And they would most likely be able to convince any old geezers to join in, which would be a lot of great laughs for you.

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Dear Mario…

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So, Mario has his own email address now. This is a thing. As part of their Super Mario Odyssey promotion, Nintendo set up the former plumber with his own email so people can send him questions and he’ll answer with video responses. That, of course, got us thinking about what we would ask Mario…

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It kind of feels like sending letters to Santa in a way. I think it’s cool Nintendo is doing something like this. I honestly want to shook him an email, but I don’t know what I would say. The first question that popped into my mind was, “How did you forget to host your Mario Party games? Why don’t you party like you used to?”

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I’m sure many people are curious as to that answer… I’m wondering, “Why did you stop being a plumber? What made you go off on an adventure in the first place when you had a safe job?”

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Is being a plumber really a safe job, though? Is it…? How about this one: “Why did you go from red overalls to blue overalls?” I mean, he looks spiffy either way, but just curious.

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Probably safer than facing a fire-breathing oversized turtle every day. I want to know, “Do Yoshis have their own names? Do you just call them all Yoshi?”

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“Are you going to save that white tux and actually marry Peach before she realizes Bowser had the right idea? (Minus the kidnapping, of course.)”

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Does Peach even want to get married? You would think she would have strongly suggested getting hitched to Mario by now. I wonder how many, “Dear Mario, please come to the castle. I have baked a cake for you,” letters they’re going to get.

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Oh, yes! We shall write that letter! I’m actually really excited for this. I’m definitely going to write something to him if I can think of something cool enough.

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Top Tuesday: Least Favorite Super Mario 64 Levels

Happy Tuesday!

So, a couple weeks ago I talked about my favorite Mario 64 levels since we’ve been playing through Super Mario Odyssey. I’m sure I’ll talk about my favorite Odyssey levels at some point, but I thought I’d discuss some of my least favorite Mario 64 levels.

5. Tiny-Huge Island

While this level is super clever and I love the idea of growing big and small within the level, this is a tough one for me. It’s not even that hard of a level, but I fail miserably at it. And I get confused easily.

3. Rainbow Ride

While this level is pretty and well done, it’s definitely one of the hardest. I mean, I guess that’s why they saved it for last. Still, this level is a death trap for me.

2. Wet-Dry World

Admittedly, I hated this one when I was a kid. I appreciate it more now that I know what’s I’m doing in the level. Still, it’s not my all-time favorite. I find myself dying a lot inside this level and the water levels always confused me despite how easy they are.

2. Wing Mario Over The Rainbow

Death. This is just death. (Okay, so this isn’t technically considered a level, but it’s where you unlock the wing cap and you still get a star, so I’m counting it.)

1. Hazy Maze Cave

Is there really anyone out there who enjoys this level…? If you’re unsure, just think about getting the 8 red coins. That should infuriate you enough.

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[Review] Tallowmere (Nintendo Switch)

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Developer: Teyon

Publisher: Teyon

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Action, Platformer, Multiplayer & Strategy

Release Date: 9th of November, 2017 (EU & NA )

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Mario Party The Top 100 [Game Review]

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Title: Mario Party The Top 100
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo 3DS
Category: 
Party, Multiplayer
Release Date: 
November 10, 2017
How we got the game: 
We each preordered a physical copy

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Mario Party is one of those game franchises that makes or breaks friendships. It was one of the games that were a stable in our childhoods as we grew with the generations of Nintendo consoles. We have lots of fun memories with the earlier installments of the games, but the newer ones were disappointing to us. We were hoping for the Top 100 to bring back a little fun to the franchise.

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I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much for this game, but I was excited nonetheless. They were bringing back old school mini-games, what could go wrong? Well, they did some wrong… but it was still nice to replay some of the old mini-games again.

gameplay

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Mario Party The Top 100 celebrates the top one hundred mini-games from the main franchise. With several modes, the Top 100 allows players to compete and play mini-games either alone or by linking up wirelessly with friends. Each mini-game has been updated with their graphics and controls to bring it up to speed with today’s modern handheld technology, and they all use simple controls to play, usually only a couple of buttons and the control stick to move.

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There are five main modes of the game, one being only for the single player while you can play the other four modes with friends. 100 Minigames, Minigame Island, Minigame Match, Championship Battles, and Decathlon. Minigame Island was probably my favorite mode, but even that wasn’t too great, to be honest.

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100 Minigames is a free-for-all mode, where you can play whatever mini-games you’ve unlocked whenever you want. Minigame Island was the single-player mode, where you would go through a series of little “islands” connected via warp pipes and defeat minigames as levels. As a single player, you would choose your character at the beginning and the character you would like as your partner during two-versus-two games. Your opponents in the game are randomized, as are their difficulty level. Each minigame win earns you ten coins, which earns you a life after you collect 100, as well as star points similar to those in Mario Party 9 and 10. If you lose a minigame, you lose a life.

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Well, if you come in fourth you lose a life. If you come in third, you get one mini star. Second gets you two mini stars, and first place gets you three mini stars. You want to collect all the mini stars you can (300 total) so that you can unlock something at the end. I liked this mode because it was completely random and it was all minigames, but it definitely would have been more fun playing with other people rather than alone.

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I wonder, if you play through the Minigame Island again, if the mini-game levels would be random? I agree that the island would have been more fun if that was a mode you could link up with friends to play. The modes were you could link up with friends weren’t too bad, however, what fans seemed to really want were boards like the original series had. Instead, Top 100 reuses the Star Rush board with some tiny updates, a small board where everyone moves at once one to six spaces, and you play a mini-game only if someone catches a mini-game balloon. It’s… not the most fun experience.

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It’s boring, to put it bluntly. The board is small and not exciting at all. Not to mention that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Star Rush. It probably won’t be a mode I’ll play again. Another mode is Championship Battles and that wasn’t as great as it sounded. You play 3 to 5 minigames and see who can win the most. It sounds fun in theory, but they only allow 3 or 5 minigames. What about 10? What about 20 or 50? That would certainly raise the stakes and have a longer playtime with friends. It was easy for the games to become one-sided, especially when playing with CPU characters.

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Decathalon was similar enough to Championship Battles, but players would compete for earning the most points depending on their ranking in the mini-game as well as time or your score, if they applied. The higher ranking you are in the mini-game, the more points you earn. After so many mini-games, the player with the highest amount of points wins. It seemed pretty skewed, to be honest. The mini-games were random and, once you become in first place in a couple, you seemed golden on the road to win the Decathalon. With players that are fairly even in their mini-game skills, it’s not much of a challenge.

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The Decathalon wasn’t too bad. But yeah, I don’t think I’ll be playing that again anytime soon. The game also had minigame packs as well. Each pack was its own category of minigames from the various Mario Party games. (Gamecube Pack, Nintendo 64 Pack, Action Pack, Sports Pack, etc.) This is a cool idea in theory. When playing Minigame Match (similar to Star Rush), you choose a pack. Then you and the other players vote from your respective pack on which game to play. This is a cool idea, but you can only choose from the five games in your pack. I would have liked to be able to vote on a set of 30 or something, that 30 would be random each time you played. I would have liked to see more variety.

graphics-music

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The graphics and music weren’t bad. They weren’t spectacular, but they weren’t bad. Graphics-wise, the game’s images are clear and crisp on our 2DS handhelds.

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It’s certainly interesting to play minigames from Mario Party 1, 2, and 3 with updated graphics. I enjoyed seeing the characters and games in a new light, especially with their updated voices and such.

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While the music wasn’t bad, as they seem to be reminiscent of the Mario Party series, it has changed. Many of the minigames have “updated” music, which are different tracks rather than merely updated versions of the original songs. We did notice that, in Minigame Island, the victory song matches the song that was played in the Mario Party game that the minigame came from. It was a cute, nostalgic-inducing touch.

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I didn’t mind the music at all. I found it upbeat and lifting like any other Mario Party game. Also, there were the nostalgic tunes thrown in there. While updated, like Kris said, they were still nice to hear.

replay-value

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The Top 100, while not what we wanted it to be, was decent for nostalgic purposes. It may be a game that I pick up once in a while if I have a little time to kill. Once you unlock all the minigames, it can be fun just to go around and replay your favorites.

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I agree with Kris. However, Mario Party is the kind of game you want to play with your friends and I felt as though this game was better in single player mode than with friends only because there was more to do. Still, I’m glad I could revisit old games again.

Mario Party The Top 100 gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives
3 out of 5 lives.

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James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes [Game Review]

Title: James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes
Publisher:
Ubisoft
Platform: 
Nintendo 3DS
Category: 
Puzzles, Strategy
Release Date: 
August 30, 2011
How I got the game: 
I bought it

I remember when I first got my Nintendo 3DS way back in 2011. I got two of the same games for Christmas that year and my mom took me to Toys R Us to pick out a new game. There weren’t very many games out at the time, that I was interested, and James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes caught my eye. I love mysteries and I enjoy puzzles, so I thought I’d give it a try.

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Gameplay is simple as it’s mostly stylus-based. It showcased a lot of things that the 3DS could do. Even though we’ve had a touch screen before with the Nintendo DS, you don’t use any buttons in this game. You have to use your stylus to continue any dialogue and use the touch screen to solve all the puzzles that are thrown at you. I sometimes tried pushing the “A” button out of habit and the game would just do nothing.

You are the star of this game the camera being in first-person, though you don’t actually move anywhere on your own. All you have to do is read through the dialogue (or listen, it’s all voice acted) and solve the puzzles that come your way.

For the game show portion of the game, where you’re on the hit TV show Puzzle Masters, you get to choose which puzzles you want to solve out of 12 options. You have to get a certain amount of points to beat your opponent and move onto the next round.

This isn’t as hard as it seems though. Depending on the difficulty of the puzzles, you earn more points. You have three hints per puzzles and gain 5 points for each unused hint. So, I ended up gaining an extra 15 points on most of the puzzles.

What I didn’t like about the game though was that you were able to back out of the puzzle if it was too hard. That’s not a bad thing, but there were no consequences to it. You didn’t lose any points or a turn or anything like that. It was just like it never happened. The game made sure that no matter what, you always won – even when you lost.

In the final round, my opponent had 520 points when the highest he could have gotten – based on the points each puzzle was worth plus the extra hint points – was 405 points. The math didn’t add up at all. For that final round, I needed at least 480 points. See the problem? And guess what, I still won.

The game obviously wanted you to win no matter what, so they should have made it so that your opponent played after you. Then they could have calculated their score based on what you got.

The other half of the gameplay was in the actual story. Outside of the game show, you help catch a serial killer who is leaving puzzles as a calling card. So, in this game, when you’re not listening to the brief cutscenes, you’re solving a puzzle either for the game show or the police.

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The graphics were not great in the slightest… it just wasn’t the kind of art style that I’m a fan of. The characters were real people, but they were cartoon-ized (is that a word?) and their movements were played on a loop of what seemed like just 5 seconds. Their mouths didn’t match up with anything that they said and they moved too fast anyway. It just didn’t look good and it became annoying pretty quickly.

The music, on the other hand, was great. I didn’t remember much of the game since the last time I played it was about five or 6 years ago. I forgot how creepy the game could get and the music was a big part of that.

However, I will say that you’re so engrossed in the puzzles that the music isn’t really prominent. It’s when you’re investigating and you’re about to find something. You can tell because the music will get louder and creepier. That was very well done.
storyYou play as yourself auditioning to go on a game show, The Puzzle Masters. You don’t know anything about yourself other than what you look like (yes, this game uses the 3DS camera and yes, you have to take a picture of yourself). You start to learn more about yourself as the story plays through and you start to wonder who really is innocent and who isn’t.

Of course, you just want to win that grand prize, an all-expenses paid 1-year trip around the world. But an old friend of yours, an ex-boyfriend, gets in contact with you. He’s now an FBI agent and needs your help to solve a string of murders. This serial killer is killing past champions of the Puzzle Masters show and leaving puzzles behind as clues to his next victim.

All in all the story is pretty well done. However, there’s a lack of character development throughout the story. When you find out who the real killer is, the motive is pretty dumb.

But back to your ex-boyfriend, he at one point mentions your relationship and apologizes for it, but that’s it. I felt no connection to this guy. I really couldn’t have cared less about helping him out. Not to mention that he probably should have had a partner helping to back him up instead of his ex-girlfriend.

The ending gets a little twisty, which was clever, and it even leaves off on a cliffhanger. It made me wonder if there was a second game out there that I missed, but I couldn’t find one anywhere.

replay-value

There’s a ton of puzzles in this game. The ones you don’t play during the game show, you can go back to them later through the main menu. Based on your popularity with the show, you get fans who will send you fan mail. That’s how you get hints for the puzzles you solve with your FBI agent friend and it’ll allow you to play puzzles you’ve skipped.

I did not go back to do these. The puzzles were fun and certainly the best part of the game, but a few were redundant and just harder versions of ones you already played. So I didn’t care to go back and check them out.

This is a quick game, it took me 6 hours and 50 minutes to complete. So, if you’re looking for something quick and semi-challenging, go for this game, especially if you enjoy puzzles. If you’re looking for a great murder mystery with in-depth characters, go somewhere else.

James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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Our Favorite Ace Attorney Is Coming Back!

Happy Tuesday!

2017 has been a great year for gaming, especially fans of Nintendo and the Switch. And I just found out that it’s only going to get better.

 

According to Kotaku UK, Pheonix Wright will be making a comeback in 2018!

Capcom has confirmed that there will be three new Ace Attorney games coming out next year. Two may come between April 2018 and October 2018. Those two games will be compilations of previous Ace Attorney games. The first one being the first three games and the other being games four through six.

Of course, the first Ace Attorney trilogy is on the Nintendo 3DS, but these games will now be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

When Kris and I first discovered this series, we bought Trials and Tribulations (the third and final game of the first main trilogy… not realizing it was a trilogy). It was through the Wii Ware and we bought and played through all three games.

Then they kept coming out on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS between Miles Edgeworth and Apollo Justice. We kept buying and playing them.

I don’t know if we’ll get these games for the Switch, but it will be nice to play them on the big screen again. I’m eager to see how the Switch will make the games appear.

The best part of this news, however, is that the third game will be brand new. It’s going to be another Phoenix Wright game with Phoenix as the main playable protagonist and five brand new cases to start off with. It’s going to be the beginning of a new mainline Ace Attorney game… which, I assume (hope) that means there will be more new games to come after this one. Maybe this will be another trilogy? I hope so.

I was worried after playing through Spirit of Justice only because they brought a lot of old characters back and wrapped up a few loose ends. While they didn’t tie every knot, it really did seem as though it may be the last game. I’m glad that won’t be the case.

I love my Pokemon, Mario, and Zelda, but I am super excited that Phoenix will be making his way to the Nintendo Switch! I can’t wait to play as him again. I can only imagine what new adventures (and troubles) he’ll get into this time.

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