Harvest Moon Vs. Animal Crossing [Debate]

Debate: Harvest Moon Vs Animal Crossing | Nintendo | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

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Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing are both wonderful franchises that we find relaxing with life simulation-like goals to improve our towns, relationships with others, and our protagonist’s life in general. Harvest Moon is my preferred franchise. While the main point is to work hard and improve a farm from a sad, desolate piece of land, you set your own other goals and live as you like.

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Meanwhile, I’m a bigger fan of Animal Crossing. While you don’t have a farm to take care of, you can work on your house. Decorating it, expanding upon it, and even bettering the shops and museum in your village. Plus, you meet a plethora of animal characters, building relationships with them, and overall living life.

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I feel as if the main difference between the franchises is that Animal Crossing focuses more on the house while Harvest Moon focuses on the farm. Bettering your farm allows you to raise whatever crops and adorable animals you want, selling the produce to earn money to invest further into your farm and the main village itself. Bettering your house in Animal Crossing allows you to… pay back your debts to a raccoon.

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Bettering your house allows you to become an interior designer, duh. While the farming is cool and all, I like being able to collect various styles of furniture, objects, and other collectible items to fill my home with. I can mail items to villagers in my town and they can send me items back. It’s a win-win. Plus, there are new items in the shops every day and there are bugs and fish to collect to sell and put into a museum.

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Hey, plenty of the Harvest Moon games allow you to better your house as well. It’s usually a requirement, actually, to build a bigger house if you want to get married and have children. Some games have the ability to change the wallpaper and flooring, to decorate your house as you see fit. It’s limited, of course, but when you’re busy getting rich off your farm, it’s something that takes a backseat. If you like collecting, try finding every item you can forage, growing every crop you can, and completing the little produce checklist.

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In Animal Crossing, I can get rich easily off of fishing. I can collect fish, bugs, paintings, and so much more. I get my fill, sure enough. And yeah, you can marry and have children in Harvest Moon, but it’s pretty slim pickings. While you don’t get married in Animal Crossing, there are over 300 villagers to meet, become friends, and collect their pictures. Trying to meet all the villagers and getting them all to move in your town adds a lot of replayability.

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Don’t you have to kick out villagers from your town in order to get new ones to move in? What kind of neighbor are you to do that? Besides, over 300 villagers would be annoying to keep up with. The Harvest Moon games have fun casts to grow relationships with. If you want replayability, try shaping your farm differently during each play through. Harvest Moon games allow you to pass time more quickly than Animal Crossing as well. If you want to go to the next day in Harvest Moon, you just save and sleep in your bed. Animal Crossing makes you a slave to its real-time mechanics, especially when it comes to the shops.

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While some people kick their villagers out, I wait until the villagers move out on their own. And yes, the real-time can get a bit annoying, but most people just change the clock on the handheld or console. Plus, in New Leaf, they added ordinances where you can make your town an early bird or night owl allowing the shops and villagers to wake up and go to sleep either earlier or later, respectively. This was great for me since I typically play in the evening and was able to keep the shops open until well after I actually go to bed in real life. But I guess we’ll let everyone else decide.

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Debate: Digital vs Physical Games

Debate Digital Vs Physical

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When you get a video game, do you prefer physical or digital copies? Myself, I prefer the physical copies. Sure, the boxes of the games can take up some space, but they’ve slimmed down some in the past couple of years. To me, physical copies are nostalgic — I’m old enough to have been gaming before the online and digital trend of games became available.

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While I’ll agree it’s nice to have a collection of box art, I enjoy digital copies. I’ll admit it took me a while to hop on that trend, but it’s got me hooked now. I love being able to want a game, log onto my console, and buy and download the game right then and there. I don’t have to leave the house or get out of my pajamas. I can have the game in a matter of minutes.

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Okay, sure, digital copies can be readily available, but cost-wise, they almost never go on sale unless it’s once in a blue moon, and Nintendo has never discounted their premier titles. Physical copies in stores can get all sorts of deals, especially around the holidays when many major games are released. Not only that, but to stick all those digital copies onto your Switch, you may need a decent SD card, and those aren’t that cheap.

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They do go on sale once in a while, yeah. And yeah, the SD card can be pricey but I’m willing to invest. Not to mention digital copies have more of an array of games. A lot of indie games come out on the eShop, not necessarily in physical form. So, it’s easier to branch out more and those indie games are pretty easy on the wallet.

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Indie games can be fun, I’ll give you that. But, like the other games, they’d all be stuck on your Switch. Physical games give you the ability to share with your friends, as swapping cartridges are simpler than swapping Switch consoles. And if both you and your friend are done playing with the games? You can get some of your money back by reselling the game, and save a few bucks while purchasing pre-owned games. When you’re done with a digital game, it stays on your Switch until you delete it to make room for a new game… if you don’t mind the fact that you had paid for the download in the first place.

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First, I would never delete a game… unless it was utter crap. Second, sure, you can resell games and make an extra buck or two depending on where you go. I’ll give you that one, but most serious gamers don’t resell their games. Not that I’ve seen, anyway. They keep them for a collector’s sake. Third, the whole point of the Switch is to take it around with you. Yes, it’s easier to carry a small cartridge around, but people are bringing their Switch’s everywhere now. If you have the game on the Switch, you can play it whether your friend has it or not. Speaking of tiny cartridges, I know plenty of people who have misplaced their games. You can’t play the game if you don’t have the cartridge.

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Perhaps you wouldn’t like to delete a game, but if you wanted to download a new title and had no other room on the Switch due to your other downloads, there goes your first point — you’d have to leave the house to buy a new SD card, at least. I’ll give you that the Switch is perfect for carrying around to a friend’s house. Nowadays, one of the joys of being a gamer is connecting with others, after all. Yet, if your friend doesn’t have a Switch dock themselves, it’s not going to be very comfortable staring at the small screen. And are you going to let them borrow the entire console if they wanted to continue playing one of your games? Swapping physical games is a simpler way to connect with fellow gamers. And, if you’re really a serious gamer, you wouldn’t go around losing your cartridges. You’d keep them to resell those that aren’t your favorites when you’re done because gaming is an expensive hobby. Physical games are my choice because they’re cost-effective and simple to share with others.

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I’d buy an SD card through Amazon and it would arrive the next day. Problem solved. I’ll take your points but still deem you wrong. I’m going with digital games because they’re convenient and there’s more to offer.

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Of Different Play Styles

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Rachel and I realized that we really need to just start carrying around recording devices to catch our impromptu conversations about video games when we’re not writing posts together. One such topic that came up recently was how our play styles differ and overlap when it comes to gaming. We tend to play games together, but you can always tell who is at the controller based on the game and how the main character is running about.

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I typically watch Kris play games most of the time, but since we started this blog and do game reviews together, we tend to pass the controller back and forth. Yet, depending on the game, one of us will play more than the other.

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I’m definitely more in favor of games with a good story line. If I don’t care about the story, I tend not to be as invested in the game. The Legend of Zelda games, while most share the same formula of Courage and Wisdom versus Power, all have deep story lines and brilliant characters for me to care about. The worlds are always rich to explore as well, and I never feel like I’m wasting time even if I’m goofing off on a side quest.

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I agree with that. A video game needs to have an excellent storyline with well-crafted characters to care about. However, I’ve noticed that I tend to gravitate towards the platformer games. I like making “progress” and going to one level right after another. I like to see my completion and collect things.

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Which also explains why you tend to be better at racing and the other few sports games that we play. Seeing those gold trophies lined up must be a good motivator for you! I need to be more immersed in the world itself. Give me a main goal and let me get to it on my own while exploring the areas around me. I enjoy puzzles and thinking my way out of situations rather than level-hopping.

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Yes, my competitive side really comes out! It’s funny how we just noticed this through Super Mario Odyssey. Of course, we both enjoy all kinds of games even if we prefer one over the other. But I was super excited that Odyssey is similar to Super Mario 64.

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Thinking about our styles with Odyssey, it almost seems to be the opposite. While Odyssey is a fun game, I’m not nearly as invested in it as I was, say, Breath of the Wild. The family of 3D Mario games were never my favorites — just due to personal preference — so I tend to go for the main goal of the Odyssey levels instead of fully exploring to trip over more Power Moons like Rachel does.

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I find the levels to be massive and even though the Power Moons are sometimes too easy to find, I have the urge to collect them all. I think this is what Pokemon did to me… Still, I think it’s funny how similar yet different our gaming tastes are.

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Nintendo Wii U Versus The Switch

Nintendo Wii U VS the Switch

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The Nintendo Switch had a lot of pressure put on it, considering how poorly in sales the Wii U did. The Switch itself is going strong, partly due to all of the games — both first-party and third-party — that are scheduled to appear on the console, something that the Wii U did not have. Yet, a handful of the Switch’s best selling games are Wii U ports.

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I think the Switch is mainly what the Wii U didn’t–and couldn’t–do. For example, they put so much hype into the gamepad so you could play the game “on the go.” Yet, it only lasts about three feet. Now we have the Switch, where you can literally take it anywhere. And not only that but play it anywhere with friends or yourself as a handheld.

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The Switch definitely has the portability that the Wii U failed with. With the ported Wii U games, Nintendo does seem to be hyping up the Switch to be the better Wii U. Along with the updated version of Mario Kart 8 on the Switch and Pokken Tournament coming to the console in a couple of months, the Switch has games promised throughout the rest of the year and beyond, a far cry from the scheduled list of games that the Wii U had gotten.

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When the Switch was announced, we wanted to play through a few of our Wii U games because we knew we would be focusing on the Switch. When we went through our games, we realized that we really didn’t have a lot of Wii U games. Yet, we use our Wii U all the time. However, at this point, we mostly use it for Netflix and YouTube.

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Yes, YouTube seems to be the Wii U’s greatest workout, haha! Honestly, we’ve even used the original Wii’s Virtual Console more than the Wii U. We still have a few Wii U games that we haven’t tried just yet, due to us being focused on the Switch. Still, the Wii U had some great games, and I’m curious as to what else Nintendo may port over to the Switch. I’d be surprised if there were no plans to bring over the Super Smash Bros. franchise onto the new console.

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Yes, we still have quite a few Wii U games to play through. But the bottom line is, Kris, which console is your favorite?

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I’m quite enjoying the Switch, but it could also be because it’s still new and shiny for us. I’m loving Breath of the Wild and the extra content of Mario Kart 8, and the Joy-Con are fun, easy to use controllers for the games. The major downside of the console, however, is the price. Not just for the main console itself, which wasn’t too bad, but for all the accessories. What about you?

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As of right now, I’d have to say the Switch. Mainly for the same reasons you just said. But, while the Wii U got a lot of backlash and I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of it, I absolutely love the Wii U. Not just because of Netflix and YouTube, but I found the overall console to be great and they had a lot of good games for it as well. It reminded me of the 3DS, which I love. Even with the Switch, I’m sure we’ll be playing our Wii U for a long time to come.

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Walkthroughs: Yay or Nay?

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Hello, everyone! Today we’d like to throw an interesting question at you all — what do you think of video game walkthroughs? I tend not to use them much, not unless I’m truly stuck on a level or something equivalent to that. I’m definitely more of an explorer when it comes to video games, and figuring out what needs to be done next on my own is definitely part of that experience.

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Meanwhile, I collect game guides. I try not to use them too often, especially if it’s my first time playing the game. I don’t want to spoil things for myself. Yet I still need the guide to find all those extra things in the game and have some help here and there if I get really stuck.

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Some would say using a walkthrough is cheating. However, with how quickly walkthroughs, hacks, and spoilers appear on the Internet for games, I’m not sure if I entirely agree. It does take out the element of surprise from the games if the guides are used, but the surprise may already be gone if you’re an avid Internet browser.

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Using a walkthrough is a choice. I don’t think it necessarily cheating. It’s there to help and give you hints and tricks on hidden gems in the game. Seriously, if I didn’t know the levels of the gym leaders in Pokemon, my whole team would suffer.

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With that, though, you can lose the sense of challenge with the use of a guide. I think we had a happy medium going when we were using guides to find the Wonder Wools for Yoshi’s Woolly World to collect the Yoshis at the end of each stage. While we beat the levels ourselves, if we missed a Wonder Wool, we looked it up before diving back into the level so we wouldn’t miss it again.

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There’s no point in playing a video game if there is no challenge to it. However, I love having the walkthrough there by my side just in case.

What about you? Do you like using walkthroughs?

Console vs Handheld

Debate:
Console vs Handheld

 krismii
Hi everyone! We hope you’re all having a good week! Today Rachel and I are debating on whether or not consoles — like the Wii U — or handhelds — like the Nintendo 3DS — are better platforms for games. Personally, I prefer the consoles. There’s nothing like playing a fantastic adventure game and seeing the gorgeous details of the world on a big television screen. Handhelds, while their graphics can be pretty, just don’t hold a candle to consoles.

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It’s hard to pick and choose one or the other. Though for the post’s sake, I’m going to say that I prefer handhelds. Yes, the screen is bigger on a TV, but the XL 3DS is pretty good as well. Plus I love being able to put my 3DS in my pocket and bring it with me where ever I go.

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Okay, so the handhelds have the pro of being portable. That’s cool and great for vacations, but with the convenient travel size also comes smaller games. Not only are they easier to lose, I feel as if the game data themselves are smaller. The console games are bigger, more expansive than the handheld ones.

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Yes, but you can download so many games onto the handheld. You don’t even have to bring a cartridge with you. Sure, the games may not hold as much information, but you can still get hours of play from each game.

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You can download a plethora of games onto the consoles as well. It’s something that they’re all starting to do, as well as include special apps like Netflix and YouTube. While it is awesome being able to bring Netflix and YouTube around with you on a handheld, there is nothing like watching it on the television with the help of your console.

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But you can’t take those games with you… So there.
I never use YouTube and Netflix on my 3DS because the screen is so small. It’s supposed to be used for video games anyway. Not watching TV. Tell me, how often do we play video games on our Wii U and how often do we watch Let’s Plays on YouTube on the Wii U? We play more games on the handheld than we do the console.

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Yes, the handhelds are more convenient for playing games… But how often do we wish for games like Professor Layton to be on the console so we don’t have to huddle over one little 3DS screen to play together? Games for consoles like the Wii U are fantastic for sharing with friends, especially ones like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Yes, there’s a nifty thing called WiFi to let you play with others through the Internet, but that can be spotty, even in today’s age of technology.

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Okay, okay… Good point.
However not much of our friends enjoy video games like we do. We don’t really have anyone to play with. Sure it would be nice to play games on the big screen with each other, but we manage. Sometimes it can be nice to lay on the couch with coffee in hand, relaxing and quiet.

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We can force encourage our friends to enjoy video games like us… Seriously, we have a decent handful who love our video game nights and are annoyed that we don’t do them more often. Maybe we should fix that…
We can relax just as well with console games too, such as Pokemon Ranch or, again, Super Smash Bros. with computer characters duking it out. My vote, with the bigger screen, fuller games, and sociability, goes to the consoles!

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My vote is the smaller screen, shorter games, yet portable!
That sounds pretty bad when I say it like that, but I was just trying to write the opposite of what you said… Oh well!
I’ll play video games no matter what platform they’re on.

Whose side are you on? Do you prefer console games or handhelds?