Currently Playing: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

Happy Thursday!

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while and I’ve been hopping around on different games, but this is one that I love and haven’t played in a long time.

 

The Pokemon spin-off series, Mystery Dungeon, has always been a favorite series of mine. I love playing as a Pokemon with a special partner and exploring the unknown. The games are easy enough to play and I enjoy lurking through the various dungeons, each one being different every time you enter.

I’ve started playing Explorers of Sky not too long ago. This game is the fifth in the Mystery Dungeon series, which was released in North America in April 2009 for the Nintendo DS.

My favorite part of the games is that you don’t choose your own character. You take a quick personality quiz and you end up being a certain Pokemon based on the results. My results were oddly accurate to who I am in real life. I ended up getting Eevee.

I had never played as Eevee before, so I was excited. I love Eevee, but I don’t typically go for the normal types.

When it was time to choose my partner, there were a lot more choices than the earlier games. There were three pages of Pokemon to choose from. There were all of the starters, plus a few extra Pokemon.

I chose Vulpix. I love my fire types and I never choose Vulpix. I thought Eevee and Vulpix would make a good match with one another.

When it was time to name our team, I noticed Vulpix was a girl, so I went with the only logical name: Foxy Ladies.

Yeah, I know.

Anyway, I forgot how long these games could be. I’ve been playing for a while, but I don’t think I’m even halfway through the game yet.

I’m having fun though and it’s a great trip down memory lane.

Have you played the Mystery Dungeon games? What do you think of them? Also, what are you currently playing? Let me know in the comments below!

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Best Games To Bring On Vacation

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We’re going on a relaxing vacation next week, one where we just rent a cabin to lounge beside a lake. It’s the best kind of vacation for hanging out with family, reading books and, of course, playing video games. Aside from a suitcase full of books, our 3DS systems are always packed with plenty of games whenever we go away.

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I always tend to bring more games than I plan on playing. I never really have a specific game in mind when I go away, but I tend to bring as many games as I can. I mean, I’m not really a light packer anyway.

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I try not to pack too many, especially since we don’t take the cases for the games. Rather, the games all get shoved into a little Ziploc bag before going in the suitcase. I’m paranoid that I’m going to lose a game or two! That fear doesn’t stop me from always packing certain games, however. Whenever we go away, I need to bring one or two of my favorite Harvest Moon games. There’s just something about a relaxing farm game that goes hand-in-hand with vacation.

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Meanwhile, I always tend to bring a Pokemon game. I always plan on starting a new journey and beating the game before the week ends. That usually never happens, but one vacation I beat HeartGold from start to finish. I also tend to bring Pokemon Conquest, but I beat that a long time ago. I don’t know if I’ll bring it this time.

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Pokemon is another good franchise to bring. One of my old favorites that I used to bring all the time was Sonic Battle for the GameBoy Advance. It always had great replay value, because the little robot character could mimic moves from all the other Sonic characters, letting you customize its fighting style however you wanted.

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I don’t remember that game. I don’t think I’ve ever played it. But going off your Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing is a great game to bring as well. It’s calming and relaxing and the perfect thing to wake up and play right away.

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Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing do seem like the perfect vacation games, don’t they? When I want something with a little more adventure and strategy, though, I tend to reach for Fire Emblem. Awakening will probably be the one to come on vacation with us! There are also a couple of games that I’ve had for months but haven’t had the time to try playing them, like Monster Hunter Generation. I’ll have to bring that and give it a try!

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There are just too many games. In addition to these games, we now have the Nintendo Switch. We’ll see how much of our time is taken up by that.

Which games do you bring with you when you go away? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Gamecube Games

Happy Tuesday!

A few weeks ago I talked about my favorite 3DS games, so I thought I’d talk about another console I love.

 

5. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

This is a terrible game, Kris and I had so much fun playing it together. My favorite part was the Chao garden more so than the actual game, but it was still a lot of fun back then.

4. Mario Party 4

This is another game that wasn’t too great. It was my favorite Mario Party for a while, mostly because of the 2V2 mini-games that Kris and I dominated the CPU characters at. It’s not the best Mario Party now, but it’s still a good game.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

This is another game Kris and I played a lot together. I usually watch her play Zelda games, but I often played this one with her. She would battle while I picked up the force gems afterward. We had a lot of fun.

2. Animal Crossing

The original Animal Crossing games was one of the best. I never 100% the game, but I did completely pay off my debt and I felt as though that was a huge accomplishment. Now if only it were that easy in real life.

1. Luigi’s Mansion

Luigi is one of my favorite characters. I was so excited when I found out that there was going to be a game for him. A haunted mansion was involved too, which was really cool and different for a Mario-type game. It’s not just my favorite Gamecube game, but one of my all-time favorite games.

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Trailer Thoughts: Ever Oasis

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Ever Oasis is a game for the Nintendo 3DS that was recently released on June 23, 2017. I had seen the trailer before the release date through Twitter. Some people were talking about it and lots of them were excited about the game. The title is intriguing and the graphics are pretty and cute. Still, when I saw the trailer, it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be and I thought to myself, “is this a game I would actually buy and enjoy playing?”

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Honestly, seeing the game trailer, I fell in love with the music and the graphics. I’m not quite sure what’s going on with the plot or genre — is it an adventure game? mostly puzzles? an RPG? — but it looks and sounds wonderful!

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I agree. However, I’m not sure how I feel about being chief and adding shops and stuff. I love Animal Crossing, including Happy Home Designer, so it doesn’t seem like it would be much different. But when does the plot truly begin? Once you have your oasis established?

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I’ve no idea. I was definitely more intrigued with the game trailer than the intro trailer with the narration voice over. The game trailer looks as if you’re on an adventure to save the oasis, while the intro made it sound similar to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. You have a new town, you can spruce it up how you want it, and just make sure everyone is happy. I would be more interested in this game if the mayor aspect of it were just a bonus or side quest while the majority of the game was an adventure to save the world.

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I would prefer the adventure part too. Still, maybe the chief part isn’t a huge aspect. Seeing as the official game trailer doesn’t include that part, I wonder if they took it out for some reason (if they can even do that)? I think I’d be interested in giving this game a try. I’m just a little confused at its presence.

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Yes, the official game trailer didn’t mention it at all. It’s very possible they edited the game and the trailer footage to better showcase the game after all that time. I imagine being mayor of the oasis is still part of the game, but being a protector may be a bigger aspect of the game than it initially was. It’s definitely a game we’ll keep an eye out for. Check out the game trailer below and let us know what you think:

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Confession: Physical Games

Happy Thursday!

I thought I’d elaborate a little more on why I love digital download games.

This isn’t exactly another reason, but more of a regret.

I have a small barrel that sits atop my dresser in my bedroom. I don’t know why, but I use that to hold all my handheld games.

I have my Gameboy Color games, Gameboy Advance/SP, DS, and 3DS games in it.

Every single one of these was, of course, a physical copy. In the drawer next to my bed I kept all the covers.

That is until the drawer was too filled to keep anything else in there.

I thought, why keep these when they’re just sitting in a dark drawer not even holding any of the games they came with?

So, I regret to say, I threw them out.

One day I would love to have tons of bookshelves to display my games, but I don’t have the room now and, at the time, I hadn’t even thought of that.

Needless to say, I don’t have very many covers to my games anymore. I was thinking about it the other way and I’m sad I made the decision to get rid of them. I love the cover art and feel bad for throwing something like that out.

Maybe, if I ever win the lottery, I’ll rebuy all the games just for display purposes. In the meantime, I just have a barrel full of games.

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Why I Love Digital Downloads

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been playing a lot of Nintendo 3DS games lately and it got me thinking about just what I have on my 3DS.

Why I Love Digital Downloads

When the virtual console became a thing, I was impressed. I was excited. I wanted to play older games on my newer consoles. I mean, when we tried hooking up our Nintendo 64 a few months ago, the games were all messed up. Simply because they’re old, but I still miss playing them.

It wasn’t too long after that that downloading digital versions of games became a thing. I didn’t care too much for that.

Like books, I prefer the physical copies of video games. I like having the cover art and the small cartridge. I have a small bucket where I keep all my handheld games.

Then a few games, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies, for example, came out only as digital versions. I was disappointed because, as I said, I like having the cartridge.

It wasn’t until I started exploring more of the eShop and started downloading more digital games that I’ve begun to appreciate them more.

There are two reasons for this:

1. When I take my 3DS anyway, I have a plethora of games at my fingertips.

I always take my 3DS on vacation with me, along with a Ziploc bag of games. I still bring extra games, of course, but it’s nice to know that I have a good amount of games either way. I can take my pick if I’m playing in the car and the extra games are in my bag in the trunk.

2. This is the most important reason and what made me think of this post:

I was lying in bed the other night, wanted to play a different game, but I didn’t want to get up.

There you go, the secret’s out.

I have a ton of games to keep me occupied late at night when I’m too tired to move, but not tired enough to actually stop playing my games and go to sleep.

Sounds crazy, I know, but I’m sure I’m not the only one.

What’s crazy is that you should all see my eShop wishlist…

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Mario Party Star Rush Game Review

Mario Party Star Rush Game Review

Title: Mario Party Star Rush
Company: Nintendo 
Console: 
Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: 
November 2016
How we got the game: 
I got it as a gift

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The Main Game

I’d like to say that this game plays like the other Mario Party games, but it doesn’t. You and your opponents all move during the same turn, but not in a car. You have free reign to move where ever you want. And when I say that, I really mean it. The boards aren’t linear at all so you can run in little circles if you so choose.

That’s the main mode of the game, called Toad Scramble. You don’t choose your own character, everyone is a different-colored Toad. Along the board, there are hidden block spots. Land on one of those and you’ll get an item. The items aren’t that great, so I always wish for a mushroom (which adds 3 to your roll), a gold mushroom (which adds 5 to your roll), or a double dice block. You can grab coins where they appear and coin balloons. When popped, a mini game happens. The overall idea is to make it to the boss space, which holds a star. You collectively battle a boss and whoever gets the most points gets the star. This happens three times, the third and final boss holding two stars.

Ally Characters

During the game, ally characters appear to help you out. These characters include Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Waluigi, most typical characters you can play in Mario Party. Each ally has its own unique dice block and a certain skill. For example, if you have Yoshi on your team and you stand next to an apple, he’ll eat it and coins will appear.

The allys appear randomly on the board and you have to race your opponents to get to them. You’re allowed to have four allys with you and trust me, it helps. They’re CPUs, but they’re on your team. So, during the boss battles, you have five characters adding to your points. Plus, they roll a dice block with you. Your dice block goes up to six and while they have unique blocks, if you’re not playing as them, they’ll roll a block that goes up to two. So, you can roll a six and if you have four partners and they each get a two, you’ll end up moving 14 spaces.

Coins

Coins are super important, like in all Mario Party games, but I find them more important in this game. At the end of each game, they tally your coins. You get a star for each ten coins you have. So, if you end the game with 56 coins, you get five extra stars.

Coins are hard to come by though. The game is pretty cheap when it comes to handing out coins. Sometimes they’re scattered along the board and you just have to get there before your opponents do. Even then, it’s only one coin. Balloons will sometimes appear. That holds a small handful of coins and brings on a mini game. If you get first in a mini game, you get 5 coins. Second place will award you 3 coins, third will get you 2 coins, and fourth place will give you only 1 coin. If you land on the boss space, you’ll be rewarded with five coins.

The Boards

There are five “worlds,” but the first one is called World 0, which is mainly for practice and learning the tools of the game. So, there’s really only four playable Worlds.

Each World has three levels of the same board. World 1 has a beach theme, World 2 has a Haunted Boo House theme, World 3 has a cake theme, and World 4 is a Bowser Castle theme. So, yeah… four worlds, four boards. The third level of each board isn’t that hard and the game still doesn’t take long to play.

So, in this department, the game kind of failed for me. I was hoping for more variety in boards and for them to be a little harder. Sure, they each had some good qualities to them, but it wasn’t anything major and it really didn’t make the game any more difficult.

Boss Battles

There are ten bosses total. They’re all pretty straight forward and simple. Bowser is one of the bosses, but he only appears when you’re playing the Bowser Castle board. So, if you’re playing any other board there are only nine bosses.

They hold the stars you need to get. The first two bosses each have one star and the final boss has two stars. Get the most points in these battles and you’ll get the star. It’s simple enough, but it’s pretty one-sided.

If you have a ton of ally characters, you’re almost guaranteed a win. If you reach the space first and your opponents are far away, they have to rapidly mash the “A” button to reach the space, so you get a head start on the battle. If you get the last hit on the boss, then you get an extra 3 points, which often makes or breaks who wins.

I like some battles more than others. For example, battling Mega Goomba and Mega Blooper are kind of random. You’re not directly battling the bosses. You’re stealing apples from Goomba and you’re playing music with Blooper. Whereas when you encounter Mega Boo you have to bring flashlights to him in order to hit him and for Mega Monty Mole, it’s a big whack-a-mole game. Those are fun.

Still, the bosses can get repetitive depending on how much you play and, like I said before, they can be one-sided and you know who will win the battle before it even starts.

Mini Games

This game only has 53 mini games total. The includes the boss battles, the Bowser games, and the coin games from the Coinathlon mode. I think the amount of mini games you can play for the main mode, Toad Scramble, is 26. It’s not much at all.

The games that are available aren’t that great, either. No mini games compare to Mario Party 2 or any of the older Mario Party games, but I felt as though they could have at least added more.

The Other Modes

I have to say that I had more fun with the other modes than the regular party mode. I didn’t enjoy Toad Scramble as much as I should have. There are six other modes: Coinathlon, Mario Shuffle, Balloon Bash, Rhythm Recital, Challenge Tower, and Boo’s Block Party. Some are pretty out of place for the Mario Party game (like Rhythm Recital, Challenge Tower, and Boo’s Block Party). However, I had more fun with those modes than the others.

My Overall Thoughts

Toad Scramble was one-sided and little boring at times. It was an interesting concept, but I think they could have done better with it. I unlocked the master difficulty setting for the CPUs, which is the hardest setting for them, and I still dominated them. It was too easy, especially with the ally characters and the final hit on the boss battles.

Sometimes you don’t get all the stars, but you get most of the bonus stars as well as have a lot of coins at the end. You still end up winning. I think I only lost one or two times and I played a lot of this game to get my points up. (The more points you have, you level up and unlock things such as new characters. There wasn’t even much to that though… I’m on level 11 about to get to level 12 and the unlockable is the staff credits.)

This game is worth playing, if only for the other modes.

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The graphics in this game are great. They’re 3D, going along with the 3DS and modern times. The characters run smoothly and they each have their own facial expressions, though it’s not very varied. Still, it’s a Mario Party game, so they really only need to happy to win, sad to lose, or neutral.

I played multiplayer with Kris to try it out and that ran smoothly as well. I wanted to show her a lot since she doesn’t have the game, but through the download play on the 3DS we were limited to three modes: Toad Scramble, Balloon Bash, and Coinathlon. I only enjoy Coinathlon, but we had fun either way (I think she had fun). Still, it ran nicely through the Wi-Fi so I can’t complain about that.

The music was good, as always. I always enjoy Mario Party music. Especially through the Rhythm Recital mode and even Bloopers boss battle. I was always bopping my head to that music.

replay-value

Now that I’ve made it as far as I can go in this game, I’m not sure how much I’ll go back to play. I can’t see myself getting “in the mood” to play this game. If I want to play Mario Party, I’m going to play one of the older games. If I do ever go back to this game, it won’t be to play the main mode. I’ll be playing Boo’s Block Party or trying to beat the Challenge Tower.

Mario Party Star Rush gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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