First Thoughts On Some New Pokemon For Pokemon Sword & Shield

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I was a little late to the party, but I noticed some new Pokemon for Sword and Shield were flittering around the Internet the other day. All pictures of the Pokemon were taken from Serebii.net, which has more information on the Pokemon.

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Yamper

Yamper | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comI’m pleased to see there’s another puppy Pokemon through into the ever-growing Pokedex. The puppy Pokemon have always been adorable and they’ve done a nice job making sure the puppy Pokemon are various types. We’ve got fire, dark, normal, and now electric. (Though I guess you can say we technically already had that, but whatever.)

Yamper is an electrically charged pup who doesn’t know what to do with all its electricity, so he runs around rampant and is constantly energized. I find that utterly adorable and I can’t want to see this Pokemon in action both in the game and in the anime.

I always try to get an electric type Pokemon on my team the first time I play and Yamper will definitely be one I catch. I’m looking forward to seeing what its evolutions will be – assuming he has them, but I think he’ll have one or two.

Alcremie

Alcremie | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comThe cream Pokemon, Alcremie. Before I knew anything about it, not even its name, I immediately thought of strawberry shortcake. I assume that’s where the designer was going with this design. I think this Pokemon is absolutely adorable and, it being a fairy type, I know it’s going to be obnoxiously strong. I was iffy on fairy types when they were first introduced but the type has grown on me and I’m eager to see what Alcremie will be able to do.

I remember past “food” Pokemon were crapped on because no one liked Pokemon being made from inanimate objects – even though some of those Pokemon were absolutely the best. Everyone seems to adore Alcremie though, so… I guess we won’t hear complaints about that, huh? At least, not about this particular Pokemon.

Rolycoly

Rolycoly | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comOur new rock type is known as the coal Pokemon, Rolycoly. It reminds me of Roggenrola and I’m pleased to see one of its abilities is not sturdy. (Because, really, sturdy is only a good ability if the Pokemon is on your side.) He looks like a puff cloud though only… not fluffy. I feel like he would be able to float and hover around, though the Pokedex says it rolls around with ease.

Coal drops from Rolycoly’s body and people in the Galar region use it to heat up their homes. I always enjoy it when a Pokemon has an every-day function like that in addition to their battling. I wonder if he’ll get the chance to learn any fire moves?

Duraludon

Duraludon | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comThe alloy Pokemon, a steel and dragon type – Duraludon. This guy, even though he only weighs about 88-lbs, is going to be a beast. Although, according to his Pokedex entry, he seems as though he’s a gentle soul (despite battling with Tyranitar a lot). I love the look of him though. He’s so shiny and his arms, which is used to crush rock, are a cool design. I’m eager to see this guy in battle… on my side, of course.

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Would You Rather: Phoenix Wright Edition

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It’s been quite a while since we’ve done a “Would You Rather” post here, and this time we’re focusing on one of our favorite series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Our streams of the first game have been on a small hiatus, so this is us letting you know we haven’t forgotten about it, haha! Starting right off the bat, Rachel, would you rather be a character in the games from the original trilogy when Phoenix was the defense attorney or arrive during the Apollo Justice trilogy when Phoenix was… well, in the process of picking himself back up?

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I would want to be a character from the original trilogy. Miles, Gumshoe, Maya, Pearl, and other characters are there consistently while some of them aren’t really there in the later games. Kris, would you rather be the judge or the prosecutor against Phoenix?

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I’d rather be the prosecutor. I would hope I’d be the type to, you know, want the truth to come out rather than always want a guilty verdict. Would you rather be able to somehow communicate with spirits or have a handy little gadget, like a magatama or Athena’s mood matrix?

rachmii
Hm… Medium, magatama, or mood matrix. Lots of Ms there. I think I’d rather be a spirit medium. Despite my fear of ghosts, it would be awesome to communicate with the dead and talk to old friends again. Would you rather be Phoenix’s assistant or Gumshoe’s assistant?

krismii
My first instinct was totally Gumshoe’s assistant, haha! Phoenix is awesome, but Gumshoe is a giant teddy bear who works with Missile the dog and the prosecutors enough. Yeah, I think I’d go and hang out with Gumshoe. Would you rather help out Phoenix during the witch trials in the Professor Layton crossover game or help and stay with Apollo in Khura’in after Spirits of Justice?

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Wow, both of those are kind of creepy. Witches for one and the other is about dead people and monsters. I think I’d have to go with the Witch Trials though. Layton is there and I’d love to get to know him as well. If I’m with Phoenix at that point then I must know Apollo already. Final question, would you rather always get a guilty verdict or cheat to win the trial? Like, forging evidence or withholding it or something along those lines.

krismii
Hmm… Well, granted, I probably wouldn’t be in business for too long if I always get a guilty verdict, to be honest, but I would not want to cheat to win a trial. I suppose I’ll go with the guilty verdict and hope that the prosecutor just always knows what they’re doing. Maybe I’ve just always been picking the wrong clients!

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Maybe you put your faith in the wrong people, that’s true! Anyway, this was fun. I love a good round of Would You Rather, especially with a series such as Ace Attorney. We’ll have to do another round soon.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 Cover Art

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m anticipating the arrival of Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch. The official box art was revealed yesterday and it’s made me more excited than ever to play the game.

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I came across the official cover art of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the Internet yesterday and I was impressed immediately – though not surprised. The graphics for the Nintendo Switch have really come a long way compared to previous consoles and games. So, the fact that they added as much detail to the cover art as possible is not a surprise to me at all.

The flat, yet the 3D effect of the title looks like gummies to me that I could eat. Or those slime stickers that you can easily peel off the paper and stick to your windows. No matter what it looks like to you, it looks good. Gooigi, at the top, looks just like the title. Just less sticky and gooier, I guess.

I remember when Super Mario Odyssey came out and so many people were impressed by Mario’s hair and the slick effects on Bowser. Now, it’s Luigi’s turn for the spotlight. What stands out of the most to me is his hat. You can clearly see the thread lines in the “L” the fabric of his hat overall. Of course, Luigi’s hat is his trademark in a way, similar to how Mario’s hat is his own. Having the main feature and details in Luigi’s hat was a great choice.

On the other hand, I feel like the rest of Luigi looks like clay. Especially his mustache, eyebrows, and the sweatdrop on the side of his face. It doesn’t look bad, though. I think it looks cool.

Overall, the cover art looks great and I’m excited more than ever to play the game. The end of 2019 can’t come soon enough. (And yet, I hope the summer lasts a long time.)

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Top Tuesday: Favorite RPG Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

There are certain games I enjoy and they all usually have something in common. One genre I really enjoy is the RPG genre.

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Octopath Traveler

I mean, how many times can I talk about this game? I love it though. Even though the story can be a bit bland or repetitive at times, this is a top-notch RPG game with cool, fun gameplay mechanics and awesome characters. This is the kind of game that you can take your time with and is a decent length regardless of whether you speed through it or not. It’s an all-around great game.

Miitopia

If you’ve never played an RPG before or you enjoy light-hearted games, then Miitopia is the one for you. This is a silly game with lots of funny dialogue, simple yet fun gameplay, and plenty of things to do. While I’ve beaten the main storyline, I enjoy going back to this one once in a while for the extras and to spend some more time with my characters.

Dungeons & Dragons

While this isn’t technically a video game, Dungeons & Dragons is a great RPG. Not only are you involved in an engaging story, but you’re the character and you can be whoever you want and change the story as you go along. In addition, you play with real-life friends which is a plus and great for a lot of laughs.

Paper Mario

It’s Mario. It’s a RPG. They are a lot of fun, cool characters. It’s the same Mario-esque storyline, but with a great twist. I enjoy the Paper Mario games and will replay them again and again.

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Our Thoughts On Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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krismii
One of our first debates was Harvest Moon versus Animal Crossing as a couple of our favorite franchises, and we’ve even challenged each other to play games in each of the series to give them another try. Recently, I did get a new appreciation for New Leaf, even if my interest is waning a bit with it now. With that, I found myself a little more intrigued than I expected myself to be at the Animal Crossing: New Horizons news at E3 this year.

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I’ve wanted an Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch for so long now. As soon as they announced it, I was instantly excited. We finally got more news on it at E3 this year and they showed off an interesting trailer. It showcased some of the new mechanics of the game that, honestly, had me tilting my head.

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It did give us a few new mechanics that Rachel and I had been talking about recently for the games, such as having lawns to decorate instead of just decorating inside the houses. Having customizable characters is a plus as well. Something that I was interested in was the farming mechanic. I started laughing, marveling at how Animal Crossing is adopting some Harvest Moon aspects.

rachmii
Having a yard to call your own is great, I agree. As well as customizing your character. However, I wonder if they’ll still allow for a random option? I always enjoyed being surprised at how good or derpy I’d look. The farming mechanic is what made me tilt my head. As you all know by now, Harvest Moon is not my favorite game. I always preferred Animal Crossing because I found it be more chill and less “work.” You can make your own tools and, I assume, have to gather materials to make said tools. The farming itself seems fun, that I never minded too much. Although, with the real-time mechanic of the game, I have a feeling crops are going to die a lot.

krismii
It’d be nice if there was still a random option at the beginning for your looks, but I do enjoy the idea of customization. I like the different skin tones that are available! See, I always felt that Animal Crossing wasn’t as goal-orientated as Harvest Moon, which I disliked. Having played New Leaf a bit more, I do see the goals you can make but I feel that it’s more “work” and time restrictive than most Harvest Moon installments are. I’m hoping the farming mechanic will be akin to the earlier Harvest Moon games, in that you plant them, water them once a day, and there you go. Of course, I presume the farming — and even some of the tools — will be optional, so you can have your game be as chill as you want.

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I find it funny how I think Harvest Moon is more “work” and you think Animal Crossing is more “work.” Maybe farming and such will be optional, I don’t know. I’m all for new mechanics and ways on improving the gameplay, but seeing something so similar to Harvest Moon made me stop and think for a moment.

krismii
Isn’t it strange? I still believe you should give an earlier Harvest Moon game a try, perhaps More Friends of Mineral Town, as opposed to the Light of Hope that I had you try before. You may enjoy the simplicity of that more. I do hope you’ll still be excited for and enjoy Animal Crossing: New Horizons, considering it’s been one of your favorite franchises for years.

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I’m still excited for New Horizons and I’m intrigued by the changes. I know it’ll be a great game regardless. I’m curious how it’ll turn out though. The release can’t come soon enough.

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Our Favorite Nintendo 64 Games

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We’ve been able to have blasts from the past with the classic mini consoles, but there is another older console that is dear to our hearts. The N64 was probably one of our best eras of gaming, being old enough to complete games on our own with a better understanding and fondness for plenty of the series that were on the console. One of my favorites for the console — which will be a complete surprise to no one — is the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Being one of my first video games, it’s one of my favorites mainly for nostalgia and for introducing me to this amazing franchise.

rachmii
Ocarina of Time is hands-down one of the best games ever. Even though I never played it myself, I used to love watching you play through it – especially the harder temples. I still love watching you play. For me, though, I have to say Paper Mario. My, we are predictable, aren’t we?

krismii
We are definitely a bit predictable with some of our favorites, but they’re great games! Paper Mario for the N64 was the strong start of a series — even if it didn’t have the strongest finish — and continued the RPG genre for Mario and friends after Super Mario RPG. Speaking of being inspired by RPGs, my second favorite N64 game would be Pokemon Stadium 2. Both installments are the same concept, but the second has both generations of Pokemon that were out at the time.

rachmii
Oh, yeah. Pokemon Stadium 2 was a great one. I agree, I think the second one was better, but they had more to offer. Speaking of big franchises though, you can’t go wrong with the Mario Party series. Mario Party 1, 2, and 3 were all on the Nintendo 64. Mario Party 2 was definitely the best of the three, but they were all great fun.

krismii
The Mario Party series, especially the earlier games, is fantastic. Mario Party 2 is definitely a favorite, but I do miss Mario Party 3 a lot as well. It may be due to the fact that we have Mario Party 2 for the Wii’s Virtual Console and we haven’t played Mario Party 3 since the N64’s time. I also have fond memories of Mario Tennis. I remember renting that often enough from Blockbuster, but I really don’t remember why I was so interested in it, haha! It was just a fun game for me back then. Despite that, oddly enough, I have no interest in the Switch’s Mario Tennis game.

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Oh, wow. Mario Tennis. I honestly don’t even really remember that one. But really, though, how can we forget Super Mario 64? That game is iconic even though we didn’t fully beat it until just a couple years ago.

krismii
Ah, yes, Super Mario 64… That is still one of the best games out there, despite how frustrating it can be to play nowadays with the controls and Mario sometimes being a dork. Still, it was absolutely satisfying to get all 120 stars in the game! The N64 was a great era of gaming, and I wish now more than ever that there will one day be an N64 Classic.

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I can only keep my fingers crossed for a Nintendo 64 Classic someday. Seriously, Nintendo. They would make bank if they did that and so many people would be super happy.

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Diddy Kong Racing [Video Game Review]

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Title: Diddy Kong Racing DS
Developer: Rare, Ultimate Play the Game
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo DS
Category:
Racing, Adventure
Release Date: 
February 5, 2007
How we got the game: 
I got it as a gift long ago

 

 

 

Diddy Kong Racing will always have a special place in my heart. I remember playing this game originally on the Nintendo 64 when I was a kid, not that I was any good at it. I believe I got the Nintendo DS version for my birthday or Christmas the year it came out. Picking it up again, it was certainly a fun trip down memory lane.

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This is a racing game so, of course, you choose a character and you race through various courses. The roster isn’t huge with only eight playable characters plus four more to unlock making a total of 12 playable characters. Still, that’s not too bad considering the time the game was originally made. Also, instead of playing as Banjo or Conker, they were replaced with Tiny Kong and Dixie Kong.

In the regular adventure mode, you choose a character, a vehicle, and a track. Then you race. There are three different vehicles to choose from – kart, hovercraft, or plane. I was only good with the kart. The hovercraft was okay to control, but I was horrendous with the plane. These vehicles can be used in most of the tracks. Some tracks allow all three while other tracks allow certain vehicles. For example, you can’t use a kart or plane in Pirate Lagoon because it’s mostly water.

Speaking of tracks, there are six different areas, each one with four racing courses for a grand total of 24 tracks. Each course has balloons scattered about which give you an item. There aren’t too many items in this game and you get a certain item depending on which color balloon you pop. For example, a red balloon will give you a missile. You can upgrade your items by collecting Rareware coins that are scattered about the tracks. However, I mostly through my items blindly because I was too focused on trying to stay on the road.

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There is a story mode to this game, one that I didn’t complete. Taj the Genie is a blue elephant that rides around on a magic carpet. He aids you by giving you new vehicles and the like. Of course, to unlock them you need to beat him in a race and… well, that plane. As I said, I was horrendous with it.

Anyway, long story short, we need to race in order to stop Wizpig from taking over the island when Timber’s parents go away on vacation. Timber can’t fit Wizpig alone, so he calls on Diddy and the rest of the gang to help him out.

That’s pretty much all there is to it. It’s just a way to unlock more tracks and characters, which is a pretty clever way to do things. Although, I don’t think this particular game really needed a story.

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Graphics-wise, this game is definitely better than when it was originally released in 1997 for the Nintendo 64. Still, I don’t think the graphics are great. I’m not complaining though. It’s still charming.

The music is probably the best thing about this game. The beats are so energizing that even if I haven’t played the game in a while, I find myself humming the main menu tune.

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This game is fun to play if you’re feeling a bit nostalgic. I’m sure I’ll get back to it and play it again at some point in my life, though this isn’t a game I’d go to all the time. It’s fun to play once in a while though.

Diddy Kong Racing DS gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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