Character Spotlight: Professor Layton

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Professor Layton is a stand-up guy and he’s a character I instantly fell in love with. I enjoy puzzle games (even if I’m not that great at them) but the Professor Layton games are ten-times better because the puzzles and the characters really make it what it is. 

Character Spotlight: Professor Layton | Nintendo | Nintendo DS | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Professor Hershel Layton, or just known as Professor Layton or simply Professor, is an archaeology professor known for his puzzle-solving skills. He’s a fine gentleman, keeps his cool at all costs, and is such a fun character to follow along and play as.

He first appeared in his own game, Professor Layton and the Curious Village for the Nintendo DS in 2007. Since then, he’s starred in his own series for a handful of games after that even having a cross-over game with the famous Phoenix Wright putting his court and investigative skills together with Layton’s investigative and puzzle-solving skills. It’s a great game, if you haven’t tried it.

In fact, that was the game that first introduced me to Professor Layton. Kris and I were curious about the Professor Layton games since we had such a love for Phoenix Wright. We were unsure if we’d enjoy it, so when the cross-over came out, we decided to start with that. We instantly fell in love with Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke. Thus, we bought a few Professor Layton games and really enjoy them.

Professor Layton even stars in his own anime movie, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, which came to North America in 2011. Kris and I watched the DVD a while ago and we really enjoyed the movie, hoping more movies (or a TV show) will come in the future.

Layton is a well-rounded character. He has a fun personality, the games are great, and he works well with the beloved Phoenix Wright. There’s nothing not to love about this guy.

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Character Spotlight: Pipit

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We’re already at the end of July, so this month we’re talking about Pipit from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword… why? Because he’s adorable, that’s why.

Character Spotlight: Pipit | The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword | Legend of Zelda | Video Games | Gaming | Nintendo | DoublexJump.com

Pipit is a character in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which came out for the Nintendo Wii in November 2011. He’s a graduate from the Knight Academy, which was the school Link was currently attending before he goes on his latest (or, I guess, first) journey to aid Princess Zelda. Pipit doesn’t do too much in the game. In fact, he really only has a couple of lines at the beginning of the game and that’s it.

You can talk to him here and there, of course. He typically stands in the same spot depending on the time of day in-game, as NPCs tend to do. I immediately enjoyed his character because he’s always smiling and I love his design. Sure, he’s in the same clothes as Link – just yellow – but he’s got cute freckles and his voice is on point. Even though he only says a single whenever Link starts to talk to him, he’s got my vote.

Also, Pipit stands with his arms folded and lean in close to Link and his face is just adorable. I totally don’t have a gaming crush on him. Look up fanart of Pipit and Link being shipped at your own risk. I remember, when this game came out, that was all over Deviant Art.

Anyway, that’s Pipit. He’s only appeared in the one game and he really didn’t have anything to do, but for some reason, he’s a character that I remember well. I’ve always loved him as a character even though he’s not playable and, again, doesn’t do much.

Sometimes, though, the NPCs in the background need a little spotlight and Pipit is one of those who are deserving of it. There are quite a few other NPCs that I love from Skyward Sword, but I’ll talk about them at another time.

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Character Spotlight: Alfyn Greengrass

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We’re already at the end of June, so here we are with another character spotlight.

Character Spotlight: Alfyn Greengrass | Octopath Traveler | Nintendo | Square Enix | Nintendo Switch | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Alfyn Greengrass is a 21-year-old apothecary in Octopath Traveler. He’s one of the eight main characters you can choose to play as and he is a great asset to your team. He’s a perky guy and seems to have everyone’s best interest at heart. Oddly enough, this is, more or less, what he struggles with throughout his main story.

The moment I heart Alfyn’s voice, I immediately loved his character. He’s adorable and an all-around good guy. While his particular storyline was pretty predictable for me, I loved going through his backstory and having him in battle.

In battle, Alfyn seems to have the most smart-ass comments to the enemies throughout whether he’s attacking or healing someone. It’s great and definitely adds a little more humor to the story. His attacks are also just really well done and can be pretty strong. If I remember correctly, he wasn’t our strongest physically or magically, but he pulled his own weight in battle nonetheless. I’d love to play the game again with him as our chosen character just to see how strong he’d get by the end.

Overall, Alfyn was a great character. He had a fun personality, great moves in battle, and an interesting story. He’s easily one of my favorites from Octopath Traveler.

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Character Spotlight: Baby Peach

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It’s time for another character spotlight and Baby Peach was on my radar. I don’t know why since she’s a devil child, but hey. Here we go.

Character Spotlight: Baby Peach | Super Mario Bros. | Nintendo | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

The infant counterpart of Princess Peach, Baby Peach is but a minor character. Baby Mario and Baby Luigi are a thing, so Baby Peach and Baby Daisy have made appearances. I don’t have much opinion on Baby Peach because, despite her being in a few games such as Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and Yoshi’s Island DS, I really only know her well through the Mario Kart series.

Mario Kart Wii, specifically.

Baby Peach, no matter what difficulty level or race speed or whatever, she was always in every single race I played and she was always tailgating me. The NPC had it out to get me. Why? I have no idea. The moment I turned on the game and unlocked her character (if she could be unlocked, I honestly don’t remember how that game worked), she was always trying to beat me.

I don’t know why Baby Peach specifically, especially since I was always Yoshi. I imagine there’s probably a better rival for Yoshi than Baby Peach, right?

Still, to this day, I can’t stand her. For that reason only. She will always be the devil to me.

The good news is, I always beat her.

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Character Spotlight: N

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After playing Pokemon White 2 again recently, I remembered N is a character in the Pokemon world. He’s a pretty good character so I thought I’d talk about him this month.

Character Spotlight: N | Pokemon | Pokemon Black & White | Unova Region | Nintendo | Nintendo DS | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Natural Harmonia Gropius, also known as N, is a character in the Pokemon games Black, White, Black 2, and White 2. He was the “leader” of Team Plasma, the bad guy group for the Unova region. N is the Mowgli of the Pokemon world. He was abandoned as a child and was raised by Pokemon. Of course, Ghetsis came along and claimed to be his father.

I always felt like N was a good character. He didn’t grow up with a human family and was brought up on biased views. We’re supposed to see him as a “bad guy” but even in-game, N is just doing what he was told to do. He’s not exactly bad, though he seems to enjoy a good challenge.

Then again, in the Pokemon world, who wouldn’t like a good challenge?

Unfortunately, I didn’t watch the anime during the Unova region, but apparently, he joins Ash and company a bit on their journey here and there.

Overall, I think N is a complex character. He has the ability to hear what the Pokemon is saying and he has interesting views, despite the way he was brought up. He doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s side and just goes with the flow of things.

I’ve always liked him. I never understood his name, though. While writing this post I discovered his real name and… now I understand why he goes by N.

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Character Spotlight: Mikk & Makk

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It’s time for another Character Spotlight. Kris and I have been playing a lot of Octopath Traveler lately and I thought Mikk and Makk would be fun to talk about!

Character Spotlight: Mikk & Makk | Octopath Traveler | Square Enix | Nintendo | Nintendo Switch | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Mikk and Makk are two minor characters from Octopath Traveler. They’re pirates, baddies at first, but are complete dopes. Well, they’re not dopes but their dialogue was entertaining and I immediately took a liking to them.

The two characters only show up in Tressa’s story. They’re the main boss of the first chapter for Tressa’s story. Mikk is the tall one on the right side of the photo and Makk is the shorter one on the left side of the photo. They’re two peas in a pod and they reminded me of Jasper and Horace from 101 Dalmations. They did their job but they were goofy about it.

Honestly, that’s all I can say about Mikk and Makk. They’re not in the game much as their very minor characters even though they’re the first boss battle for Tressa. Still, they were entertaining and I thought they were a great introduction the game itself. I would definitely love to see more of them in the future.

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Character Spotlight: Piranha Plant

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For this month, I decided to give some attention to a minor character who has finally gotten their chance in a spotlight in a popular game.

Character Spotlight: Piranha Plant | Video Games | Gaming | Video Game Characters | Nintendo | DoublexJump.com

Piranha Plant is a common enemy in the Mario franchise. Based off the Venus Flytraps in real, Piranha Plants are plants that will eat anything that comes near it, sometimes being able to spit fire.

This guy made his first appearance in Super Mario Bros. for the NES in 1985. Piranha Plants were traps laid by Bowser to slow Mario down from saving Princess Toadstool. Most often than not, they can been seen poking their heads in and out of pipes. However, in later games such as Super Mario 64, they’re planted in the ground unable to move. In Paper Mario, though, they’re able to move about the ground popping out like moles as they chase and attempt to catch Mario. As you can see, they’ve seemed to evolve over the years.

Piranha Plant has never been anything more than a common enemy in the Mario series. Petey Piranha is its own character, however, Piranha Plants in general have never gotten much of the spotlight. Common enemies such as Goombas, Boos, and Bom-ombs have also occurred in one way or another – Mario takes on these types of characters as partners in Paper Mario, King Bom-omb is a well known enemy as is King Boo.

Now Piranha Plant finally has a chance in the spotlight and can fight back as his own fighter in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. When Nintendo first announced Piranha Plant as a player fighter, I was confused and had my doubts at first. The more I thought about it, though, the more I really liked the idea. Piranha Plant doesn’t get talked about much and he does have a lot of skills despite being stuck inside a pot.

Good job, Piranha Plant. You finally have been able to show people what you’re made of!

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Character Spotlight: Blue Thieves

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I can’t believe January is already just about over. This month went by pretty fast and I had decided to do a character spotlight on these characters since the beginning of the month.

Character Spotlight: Blue Thieves | Spyro the Dragon | Spyro Reignited Trilogy | Video Games | Video Game Characters | Gaming | XBox One | Playstation | DoublexJump.com

The Blue Thieves are an enemy in the Spyro games. They first appeared in Spyro the Dragon (1998) and have most recently appeared in Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy (2018). These little guys are exactly what their name is. They wear blue robes that covers them from head to toe, not even revealing their face. It makes them look pretty creepy, but they’re voice counters that.

They’s also thieves (duh), stealing dragons eggs, gems, and other important items you need in the Spyro games. As Spyro, you chase them around certain areas of the levels and either ram into them or breathe fire on them to make them stop and drop whatever it is their holding.

I had forgotten about these characters until Kris started playing Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy. Their updated graphics are great and their voice is hilarious. Until Spyro starts chasing them, they taunt you by saying, “Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!” and then laughing. I find this absolutely hysterical and I love these characters.

They don’t do much, they’re bad guys, and they’re in most levels for just a few minutes (or until you catch them). But hearing them make fun of you from afar and laughing makes me laugh and I could listen to it all day.

The Blue Thieves are such small characters, but they definitely deserve to be in the spotlight some. They certainly made things interesting and gave you one more challenge throughout the Spyro games – even if they were fairly easy to catch most of the time.

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Character Spotlight: Young Link

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This is the last Character Spotlight for 2018. I’m doing it early this month too because we’ll be having some different posts for the end of the year.

Character Spotlight: Young Link | Legend of Zelda | Video games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Young Link has always been one of my favorite characters. He’s cute and innocent and I’ve always had a soft spot for him. Part of this is because he was always my main character to play as in Super Smash Brothers.

Young Link appears in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask both for the Nintendo 64. Since then, he’s appeared in Super Smash Brothers Melee for the Nintendo Gamecube, Hyrule Warriors for the Nintendo Wii U, and now Super Smash Brothers Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch.

I love getting the opportunity to play as Young Link again in the latest Smash Brothers game. Which his attacks are similar to Link’s, just a tad weaker in some ways, I always found him to be a little faster and more efficient with his attacks. This could very well just be me, but that’s how I feel anyway.

I do hope Young Link appears in another main Zelda game at some point. I’d love to play as him again other than just in fighting games. He’s an overall great character and the cute factor definitely works in his favor.

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Character Spotlight: Ghirahim

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It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for another Character Spotlight. Since it’s Zelda Month, I chose a character from the series to talk about.

Character Spotlight: Ghirahim | The Legend of Zelda | Skyward Sword | Nintendo Wii | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Ghirahim first appears in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword which came out for the Nintendo Wii back in 2011. Ghirahim is a demon and one of the antagonists in the game. He’s not very likeable, but I like him anyway. I think he has some funny lines and he’s completely full of himself, but not in an annoying way.

I absolutely love his character design as well. He’s sort of the opposite of Fi in a way, though she looks darker than him – which is interesting since the bad guys are usually “dark” while the good guys are usually “light.” Still, Ghirahim is dressed in white, wears makeup, and even has fancy hair. I’m not sure why, but I just enjoy his character design a whole lot. It feels completely new and unique.

Ghirahim is a character I would love to see in other games – whether it’s Zelda or something else like Smash. He would certainly be a fun character to play as and I’d love to see more of his personality come through. I think Ghirahim is one of my favorite villains in the Zelda series.

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