Nuzlockes and Wonderlocks with Adventure Rules!

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If you’ve been following along with our Twitch channel and our blog, you probably noticed that both Rachel and I are doing a couple of Nuzlocke runs with Pokemon Sword and Shield, respectively. We’re both enjoying our runs so far, and today we brought along a friend who has a couple of Nuzlocke runs up his sleeve as well. Please welcome Ian from Adventure Rules!

MiiIan
Thank you! I am really excited to be here (virtually, that is) chatting with the two of you, particularly about Pokemon. Even more particularly about Nuzlockes, because that’s the aspect of Pokemon that most draws me into the games these days. As soon as I finished Sword and Shield I was thinking about what it would be like to Nuzlocke the game, both from the perspective of how fun it would be but also any new game elements that might complicate the challenge. Were there any parts of it that you all were worried about or unsure about as you thought about Nuzlocking these games?

rachmii
We’re happy to have you here, Ian. I played through Shield first and I knew right away I wanted to do a Nuzlocke for Sword. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Nuzlocke (and actually followed through with it) so I figured now was the perfect opportunity to do so. As for rules, I looked up the general rules online and then checked to see how I could tweak them for the game. The Wild Area for one was a big concern. How exactly do you make that fit into a Nuzlocke?

krismii
Nuzlocking isn’t something we do normally, so I was excited for this new challenge. When trying to figure out the rules for our more basic Nuzlockes, the Wild Area rules did get modified a bit after I started my challenge. It’s actually stated on the first chapter of my Nuzlocke a few weeks ago. Originally I was going to have each section of Wild Area be a new “area” so to speak for a new capture, but seeing how vast the Wild Area is made me rethink it. Now, I allow myself one new capture from a new Wild Area zone after each gym badge. Ian, you’re not doing a regular Nuzlocke. Yours is a Wonderlocke (or Surpriselocke?), correct? How has that been working out? Do you like it better than the regular Nuzlocke rules?

MiiIan
It’s hard to say right off whether or not I prefer a standard Nuzlocke to a Wonderlocke – I think they offer different experiences. The classic Nuzlocke I would say is a bit harder, but if the aspect of Pokemon that is most exciting to you is meeting new Pokemon and having lots of variety for your team, then a Wonderlocke can have a bit more to offer. Particularly if you’ve already played the game recently, during a regular Nuzlocke you can find yourself ending up with a team that is pretty similar to what you’ve already used. I didn’t want to be using Corviknight, Inteleon, and Coalossal again, for example. But the Wonderlocke does come with some different challenges also.

rachmii
That’s true. Whenever I play a new Pokemon game I aim to have my team be all brand-new Pokemon. So, playing a Nuzlocke immediately after completing the main game some of my Pokemon are the same. I don’t mind though. I’ll need all the help I can get and it’ll be nice to know how certain Pokemon already work. I’d love to try a Wonderlocke for my next challenge though… what are some of the challenges you’re facing with that?

MiiIan
The biggest challenge is one I just ran in to my last play session. You know how there’s a limit – managed by your badges – to what level Pokemon you can capture in the wild area? Along with that limitation there is also a limit to what level your traded Pokemon can be when you level them up. So if you’re training a Pokemon that used to belong to someone else and it goes above a particular level, it will start to disobey you until you get the appropriate badge. Before you have any badges, that level is 20. But Milo’s ace is also level 20. So I trained my Pokemon to level 20 to be able to deal with Milo, but they hit 21 before I made it to the gym. Long story short, most of my team doesn’t obey my commands half the time now. So that’s definitely an issue unique to the Wonderlocke.

krismii
I honestly never even thought of the leveling aspect of traded Pokemon when you first mentioned you were doing a Wonderlocke! Considering I don’t do much trading — aside from when Rachel and I were trading to complete our Pokedexes in our original run-throughs of the games — I forgot about the accelerated growth rate of traded Pokemon. Are you worried about losing more Pokemon in a Wonderlocke than a regular Nuzlocke? For my regular Shield Nuzlocke, I’m finding that the heightened levels of the wild Pokemon, especially those in the Wild Area, to be dangerous when it comes to training my Pokemon. Trainers aren’t so bad, but wild Pokemon can get the best of my team. Rachel, are you finding any special challenges in your Nuzlocke, or any you’re anticipating?

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Oh, that’s tough. It makes it all the more challenging though. You’re using similar rules as a Nuzlocke, right? If a member of your team faints, it dies? That must be frustrating when they don’t listen to you but interesting all the same. As for me, I’m not too far ahead in the game at the time of writing this post. So, as for right now, I’m not finding any special challenges. Unless you count me needing to pay attention more. There were a handful of times I forgot I was doing a Nuzlocke and derped around the routes while trying to level-grind.

MiiIan
Kris’s point about the wild Pokemon being higher leveled has absolutely affected my approach as well, particularly in the wild area. Where the area is broken into separate smaller “regions,” when you cross the line from one region to another the Pokemon levels can jump significantly. At one point I crossed a line where I went from facing level 12s at most to regularly facing level 15s, and I nearly had a loss there. To answer your question, Rachel, having a Pokemon faint does still mean a permanent loss for me, and so far I have had one. I switched a Deino into an ice type thinking the level difference was enough for her to survive the hit, and that turned out not to be true. Have you all dealt with any losses yet?

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Ouch, that hurts. I think Sword and Shield upped the ante a bit this time around when it comes to the catch rate and even the damage. I find that when I’m a few levels higher than my opponent, it’s still tricky to get their health down. In past games, it was an automatic one-hit KO and it’s not like that anymore. This isn’t a bad thing, but when it comes to doing a nuzlocke, it really adds to the challenge. Luckily for me, I haven’t had to deal with any losses… yet.

krismii
I really enjoy that, even when my Pokemon are a few levels higher than wild Pokemon, it’s still a challenge to take down your opponents. Unfortunately, I have had a few losses, a couple that actually happened one right after another. Having to deal with the loss of a potentially awesome Pokemon teammate and then trying to level up another Pokemon to take their place can be troublesome. In a regular game, I always do my best to not allow any of my Pokemon to faint for friendship purposes — and because these guys are my teammates! — so I’m absolutely disheartened about these few losses already. I’m also doing my best to not heal during battles, but it’s not a hard rule for me so who knows if I will do so in a pinch, haha! When the Nuzlocke Challenge first became a thing in the world, the only two rules were to nickname your Pokemon for a stronger bond, and fainted Pokemon are to be considered dead. That was it. Since then, there have been tons of modifications, new versions of the challenge, and extra rules to make the challenge even more difficult. Considering that, are there any other personal rules that you guys have instigated in your challenges?

MiiIan
The most common optional rule I bring in is the Dupes Clause – if I get a Pokemon I already received in a trade and kept previously, I retrade it until I get something new. For me, all the fun of a Wonderlocke would be out the window if I just had six Charmander on my team. What excites me most is the variety of interesting Pokemon I could encounter and use, so having a rule that helps forward that purpose is valuable for me.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Having the Duplicate Clause in effect is a good idea. I too have that rule in my own Nuzlocke right now. Though, I’m sure it would be challenging enough to have an entire team of Galarian Zigzagoon. Maybe someday, but for now, we thank you for joining us on the blog today, Ian. Good luck with your Wonderlocke and I’m sure we’ll do this again soon.

MiiIan
Thanks for having me, it was a lot of fun making my first ever Double Jump cameo!

krismii
We’re so glad we were finally able to make this cameo happen! Thank you again for joining us. If you want to check out more of Ian’s work, give his blog Adventure Rules some love and you can also check him out on Twitter!

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Join Us For An Extra Life 25-Hour Charity Stream!

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Like last year, our good friend Jett over at InThirdPerson is hosting a 25-hour livestream for the charity Extra Life! It’s starting today at 9 am EST over on his twitch channel.

For those who may be unfamiliar with it, Extra Life focuses on helping sick kids in hospitals and is popular with the gaming community. It’s a fantastic cause, so if you’re interested in helping out a charity stream and enjoy video games, please go and hang out for a while if you can!

We’ll be making a remote appearance on the stream as well for a couple of hours, around 10 am to 1 pm, so come and join us! We hope to see you there!

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Who Are the DLC Fighters for Smash Ultimate?

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krismii
Ever since it was announced that there would be DLC fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there have been a plethora of speculation over who the new Smashers would be. Joker was revealed as the first DLC character, but who are the others? Speculating over this with us today is Justin from TWOTALL4UFOOL, and we are pleased and delighted he was able to join us again. Thank you for joining us, Justin!

justinmii
Sistas! Thanks once again for inviting your boy 2TALL on. I wish they would just announce the characters already.

rachmii
Always great to have you. I too wish they would just announce the characters though I don’t mind a little room for speculation. Nintendo can’t please everyone but they try their best. I’m sure they’re looking at people’s ideas and tucking them away for the future. There are a few characters I would love to have as fighters in Smash, but one I thought of the other night was Birdo from the Super Mario series. I don’t know why, but I think she would be a good fit, especially to be an echo fighter for Yoshi. I know they have a ton of Mario characters on there already, but I think Birdo would be a cool addition.

krismii
While I really enjoy the aspect of unlocking characters — I can remember how much fun it was to figure out and be surprised by the unlockable characters in Melee, for example — I am not so pleased with DLC as a whole. Having the characters announced already would allow us to pick and choose which characters to add to our games, perhaps saving a little money in the process. Honestly, I’m sure we’d get all the characters anyway just to complete the game, but the idea of saving money would be nice. As for DLC character I would like, I still stand by Geno from Mario RPG, even though he’s already in the World of Light as a spirit.

justinmii
My first pick for one of the characters would have to be Crash Bandicoot. I believe one of Activision’s franchises will be represented and i think he’s perfect. You already have Sonic so why not him.

rachmii
Geno would be a great addition to the game. And you bring up a good point that people would save money and not get the DLC if certain characters were announced. Crash Bandicoot would be an interesting fighter too. What kinds of moves would he have, do you think? My other vote, however, is Professor Layton. He’s kick butt in Layton Vs. Phoenix and I’d love to play him in Smash.

krismii
Birdo, Crash Bandicoot, and Layton would be awesome additions! I’d also like to see another female or two. I was a little disappointed that the other Street Fighter rep was not Chun-Li. Tifa Lockhart from the Final Fantasy series would be great to see, too. To add an IP that is not in Smash just yet, what about a Kingdom Hearts character? I haven’t really played those games, not yet, but Sora would be interesting… Or Mickey, haha!

justinmii
Geno I feel is a great choice. Birdo I feel should’ve been added as an echo fighter for Yoshi. I feel Crash would definitely have that spin move he does. I personally don’t think they will add a Kingdom Hearts character but you never know. Do you think any 3rd party villains could be added?

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Having a Kingdom Hearts character would be fun. I wouldn’t might playing as Sora with the Keyblade. As for Mickey… I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing a Disney Smash as its own game! Adding more villains is a great idea too… I feel like there aren’t that many in the game at this point.

justinmii
My next character I feel they should add. Dr. Eggman/Robotnik! I feel he would be a great villain to add.

krismii
More villains would be interesting… I was about to say Dr. Eggman for Sonic and I’m sure Mega Man has some good villain characters that would be good for Smash. Imagine Sephiroth to opposite Cloud! To add another IP into Smash, what about Spyro the Dragon? I’ve also seen a lot of speculation of Minecraft somehow being represented in Smash… Not sure how that would work?

justinmii
Spyro falls under Activision. So I feel that between Spyro and Crash it would be Crash that would get in.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Dr. Eggman would be a lot of fun to play as! I would love to see Spyro too. As for Minecraft… I don’t think I care too much to play as Steve or someone. We already have the Mii Fighters. I could see Minecraft zombies being an assist trophy or something though.

justinmii
Yeah I could see see Minecraft zombies being added in as assist trophies.

krismii
If third-parties didn’t matter as much so both Crash and Spyro could be in the game, I still feel like Spyro would be fun. Gliding around and breathing fireballs, but being small enough for some speed would be great. Going back to Minecraft, Steve does seem to be one of the more popular guesses. By popular, I mean lots of people are guessing that Steve will be there rather than people actually being excited to play as him. Imagine Creepers and Endermen being assist trophies!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Imagine playing as a Creeper! I’d love to sneak up behind people and just blow up. But I guess we’ll know soon enough what the other characters will be. It’ll be a fun surprise anyway. I’m looking forward to trying out Joker, even though we’ve never played Persona 5. I’m sure he’ll be great and so will the other characters.

justinmii
I feel if third-parties were no big deal there would be no problem letting this duo in the game. Banjo-Kazooie. That would be amazing. I also feel Nickelodeon would put in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to if that were the case. LOL!

krismii
I would LOVE the Ninja Turtles in the game! They had their own version of Smash back on the Wii, so why not put them officially in the Smash franchise? On that note, we’ve done a lot of speculating on this post and, as Rachel said, it’ll be interesting to see how all the characters officially mesh together. I think the last DLC isn’t being released until next year, which is a bit annoying to wait for… I wonder if they’ll add characters from brand new IPs, like Astral Chain that was shown in the Direct or a character from the new Fire Emblem: Three Houses game… Guess we’ll have to find out! Thank you again, Justin, for joining us! We’ll put his links up so everyone can go and check him out!

With the DLC for Smash Ultimate getting closer and closer, who do you want in Smash? Don’t forget to give Justin’s blog and his Game N’ Watch Podcast podcast some love!

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The History of Triple Jump

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krismii
It’s amazing how time flies! Back in June 2018, which was when I was on the hunt for other video game-centric blogs and found Jett. The poor sap was subjecting himself to the demo of the GameCube’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is not the best TMNT video game out there. It brought back memories of Rachel and me playing it when we were younger, as we are both fans of the the Ninja Turtles, and I wrote a little comment about the post and video. Little did I know that starting that little correspondence led to Double Jump and In Third Person becoming great friends, on our blogs, streams, and in real life.

rachmii
I was always looking for new gaming blogs to read and follow as well. I remember Kris mentioning the blog post to me and how she commented on it. Instead of thinking, “Cool, a new friends!” I thought, “Oh, my God! I forgot about that game. We should play it again!”

miijett
I was never planning on streaming that Ninja Turtles game. Actually forgot that I owned it. When I opened the Mario Kart: Double Dash case, there was a demo disc that had the Ninja Turtles demo on it, so I tried it on a whim. I hated my life in the moment, but put the video out there anyway cause the work was already done. Not long after, I saw Kris had commented on my video, and as I tend to do, I clicked through to see what she was writing on her end. That’s how I first found Double Jump. Talking a lot about Nintendo helped catch my eye, but as I read more of your posts on that first visit, I quickly grew to admire you as writers and as gamers. I loved (and still love) your point-of-view on this hobby. I respected your hustle in posting every day, which is really hard to do. And the sister dynamic really gave you something unique. I hit subscribe without hesitation. Even though I mixed you up in our first post together about Favorite Mario Spin-Offs, I started to get a sense of the differences between you two as well during the early days of reading your blog. It’s great to see your works as individuals as well, especially in areas where you two differ in interests and opinions.

At this point though, I didn’t think anything else of it. I’d read your posts and we traded a few comments across each other’s blogs. But over time, I felt this weird sensation in my gut that said I needed to reach out to you. This was particularly odd for me, as I very much consider myself to be a “lone wolf” in the world of blogging. Blogging is a very personal experience for me, and I didn’t make any sort of effort to build an audience, collaborate with others, or promote my site because that’s not what I do this for. I essentially look at my blog as a private online diary where I forgot to adjust the privacy settings. Even so, the feeling that I had to reach out to you two grew stronger over time, and I didn’t really know what do with that.

It got to a point where, out of the blue, I told my wife about you two while we were driving. I told her that I’d found your blog, loved it, and that I felt like I should reach out. Didn’t even know what for, really. We talked about it some more, and she told me to go for it. Even after that talk, it still took me a few days to muster up the courage to reach out. Eventually, I did. I figured at worst, you’d never get back to me and I’d carry on as I always did.

krismii
We’re actually floored by how our writing about our beloved hobby of gaming resonated so strongly with someone, but we’re so glad it did! Rachel and I definitely started our joint blog in order to reach out to fellow gamers, especially if one considers that the only close gaming buddy we have is each other. However, sometimes with our schedules — me with a day job and pet sitting, Rachel with working on and collaborating with other authors on her main blog along with babysitting — it’s difficult to reach out and develop even stronger relationships with other gamers. I’m definitely grateful that Jett made the first move past the occasional comment we tossed at each other’s posts, and quickly came to admire the posts, streams and videos Jett constantly puts out.

Working with Jett on streams, both his Boss Rush show and for the Extra Life charity stream, in these past six to seven months has given us so many more connections with fellow gamers and writers alike. The support to our own streams that Jett has given us has been nothing short of fantastic, as well!

rachmii
One of the big reasons I started blogging was because I wanted to share my passions with like-minded people but also to inspire others whether they have the same interests or not. I do that through my main blog but Kris and I decided to start Double Jump and reach out to the world through gaming. It blows my mind that, even though Double Jump is still a toddler, we had that kind of an impact on you, Jett. Because that’s what I’ve always wanted to do – inspire others, make friends, and share the love of gaming. Of course, I never imagined we’d be collaborating so much. You’ve helped us grow in more ways than one and we always value your opinions and help.

miijett
Aw, thank you both (blush)! Glad to have been a positive influence on you two, as you’ve done the same for me. We’ve collaborated a bunch all over the internet at this point, and all of our interactions big and small have been wonderful. Whether we’re liking each other’s Instagram posts, or getting super mushy in a written post like this, making appearances on each other’s Twitch channels – including the time you give me the opportunity to share fart stories on your Twitch channel – I cherish them all. Maybe not so much my fart story, but you can’t win them all. It’s so cool to me that we’ve lived completely separate lives up until this point and now they’ve converged in this really cool way.

Admittedly, I was not expecting our friendship to go the way it did. I greatly enjoyed writing those first posts with you, but I saw a potential outcome where we just never got around to collaborating again. Not for malicious reasons, but just we each move on with our respective agendas and nothing more comes out of it. Unbeknownst to me, around the time we were writing those posts, you two started streaming. I think I stumbled on it by happenstance and that’s where I first saw you two play The Lion King. I felt like that was a turning point, as that seemed like where we started to get to know each other better.

krismii
Hey, you voluntarily told that fart story, haha! Nevertheless, all the stories we’ve shared between streams and posts have been fantastic, and to have each other’s support for our endeavors — mostly video game related, but occasionally other life goals — is something that not everyone gets. I’ll forever be grateful that we have each other for that.

I’m glad that we became friends rather than mere acquaintances on this journey! While we’re always excited for the achievements that all of our blogging friends have made, being in a creative field such as writing and entertaining via streams, can be extremely competitive. Having others to be excited with you when good things come your way through hard work is absolutely squad goals!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
I’m so bummed (no pun intended) that I missed the fart story… I have plenty of fart stories. But anyway, we had been wanting to stream for so long and finally got around to it. Thankfully you were there to help fix our technically difficulties (more times than we can count). I think it was just all good timing. And I do agree with Kris – I love how we’re able to collaborate in various ways and cheer each other on all the time.

miijett
Rachel, I look forward to hearing your fart stories! Doesn’t matter where we are on the internet, I’m all ears. As for the streaming part, I vividly remember one night during one of your early streams where the frame rate started to drop really badly. Though we’d never actually spoken voice-to-voice before, I felt compelled to give you a call to try and troubleshoot the issue. Screen resolutions and bitrates are an odd icebreaker, but in the moment, it was more important to try and assist if I could. So proud to see your channel grow the way it has since then, and I’m always available to help you out however I can, even if that means playing the role of tech support, behind-the-scenes clipper, or whatever other role helps me contribute positively to your ventures.

Some of the most fun I’ve ever had during streaming was hanging out with you Kris while playing Pokemon on stream. The matches were great, but just hanging out and talking about completely unrelated stuff really felt like we’ve been friends all along. Considering how we didn’t even know each other at the start of the year, that was next-level cool. Rachel, you and I have yet to battle, but I look forward to us hanging out like that sometime, just chatting about life while Pokemon is in the background. Hopefully you’ve got an answer for my Snorlax though! And of course, all three of us hanging out in some form, whether the internet sees or not, will only get better with time.

At this point, I’ll collaborate with you two on anything and cheer you on in everything. Never foresaw any of this happening, but this friendship is really special and I’ve been blessed to have made this connection with you. Looking forward to what the future may hold for us!

krismii
Considering we were brand new to streaming and had no idea how the screen resolutions and bitrates could affect our stream, we are forever grateful for that icebreaker. Moreover, we’re incredibly thankful that you were kind enough to reach out to help us with that in the first place. Sharing what you’ve learned from your own streams to help us was wonderful of you!

Being able to stream with each other — whether watching and getting yelled at by your autobot for excitedly using all caps in your chat or joining each other’s streams for some Pokemon battles — is still amazing to me. If you allow me to go into Grandma mode for a moment, way back when I first started gaming as something to pass the time, I never imagined that I would be able to be in such close touch with a friend in another country! It’s been a fantastic ride so far, and here’s to it never slowing down!

Jett, thank you so much for being part of Triple Jump and for joining us again on our blog! Everyone, if you haven’t already, please check out Jett’s blog and Twitch channel!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
This is going to sound corny, but it really goes to show how powerful blogging and communication can really be. Thanks for all you do, Jett!

miijettThank you for Kris and Rachel for everything! I’m not sorry for making your blog all mushy. You deserve all of the love! I’m sure we’ll make it a point to continue crossing paths whenever we can. #teamkris #teamrachel #triplejump

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