First Impressions: Ultra Moon

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? I hope you all had a great weekend filled with family, friends, and fantastic food!

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful… then Rachel and I spent the rest of the weekend playing Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon!

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Rachel and I tend to try to “reward” ourselves with new video games around Thanksgiving for completing NaNoWriMo. After Thanksgiving dinner is over, our family rents a house in the mountains for the weekend where Rachel and I spend the time playing our games (with the occasional break for going out to eat and maybe shop with our parents).

Last year, we had Pokemon Sun and Moon. This year, it’s Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

It was fun getting back to Alola, especially since I haven’t really played Sun and Moon since this time last year. However… I expected a much different opening.

Honestly, when I first turned on Ultra Moon and saw nearly the same opening story, I paused and wondered if I had accidentally put last year’s game into my 2DS. The only difference seemed to be the appearance of the Ultra Retcon Squad, or whatever the robotic characters are called. I expected the Ultra pair of games to have more of a different story, like how Black 2 and White 2 took place after the original Black and White games. Instead, the story so far seems to be remarkably similar and it was disappointing.

Don’t get me wrong, Ultra Moon is still fun, and it’s been nice seeing the plethora of Pokemon that inhabit the islands, but I’m looking forward to when the story really starts to pan out. Otherwise, it feels as if I just paid for the same games as last year, almost as if the Ultra pair are expensive DLC. If the Ultra pair are supposed to be an improved version of Sun and Moon, I almost wish that Nintendo would have waited the extra year and just released the Ultra pair rather than the original games.

I’m about halfway through the trials at this point. Let’s see if it gets more exciting from here!

How are you liking Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon so far?

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Team Rocket Is Back! [Pokemon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon]

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If for some strange reason you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the latest Pokemon games that will be released on the seventeenth. The major aspect of the games that is showcased is the reveal of Team Rainbow Rocket. It’s fantastic seeing Giovanni again, and the idea of all of the past villain teams arriving to challenge you is also amazing. However, seeing all the past faces makes us wonder one thing — is this the end of the Pokemon game series?

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Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon was something I was looking forward to only because they’re Pokemon games. But the more they reveal for it, the more excited I get. I’m happy to see Team Rocket come back (despite the odd name) and I’m excited all the villains are there as well! It does make me worried that this will be the “end” (I don’t think so… but it’s still in the back of my mind), but I’m sure the game is going to be great with this new development!

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I get excited the more they reveal as well, but I also wish I had discovered all the villains on my own while playing the game. My mind would have been blown to see Giovanni or Cyrus again if I had stumbled into the plot! It does make me wonder how Team Skull, since they were more entertaining than a threat (even to the games’ NPCs!) will fit into the villain group, if at all.

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I’m sure Giovanni will go to Team Skull and be like, “No, no. You’re doing this all wrong. Step aside.” I’m sure it’ll be great and just think of all the experience points we’ll get fighting all the various bosses and goons!

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Fingers crossed that the plot will be awesome! I’m a little worried that all the villain teams will make things a bit messy… unless they do so in a humorous way. Are they all on the same side? Are they all after their own goals? Is that what all the legendary Pokemon from the wormhole will be there for, to help your ten-year-old self-protect the world from all of the villain teams? It should be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to some epic fights.

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I believe they’re all on one side as “Rainbow Rocket” with Giovanni as the dictator leader. Having every single legendary available will be cool as well. I’m looking forward to completing my Pokedex from every single game! However, that’s another reason why I’m worried about the end of the series… but we won’t think about that for right now. While the legendaries are cool, I don’t understand the Battle Agency. I’m sure it’ll be fun and you’ll get rare items, but… I don’t know why I have to rent my Pokemon?

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It sounds like it’s bringing back aspects of the Battle Frontier from the older games, like in Emerald and onward, which had a section that allowed you to “rent” random Pokemon. I know Sun and Moon have the Battle Tree, but I haven’t fully explored that yet. Perhaps you’re “renting” Pokemon that other players from around the world have put up for the Battle Agency, although the trailer only showcased legendaries, and it mentioned battling alongside other trainers… It’d be interesting to borrow another random player’s Pokemon.

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If you’re renting other players’ Pokemon, that would be pretty cool. If it’s just random Pokemon, I don’t know how I feel about that. I’d rather just use my own Pokemon. You know, we have a bond. Either way, I’m looking forward to the new games. We preordered them so… 13 more days!

 

What do you think of the new trailer? Any predictions or speculations about the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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First Impressions: Super Mario Odyssey

Double Jump Kris MiiLike the rest of the gaming world, Rachel and I have been playing Super Mario Odyssey since it arrived at our house! And my opinion on it thus far is probably in the minority…

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We’ve had Super Mario Odyssey on pre-order for a while so we would have the game delivered to our house the day it was released. The majority of the gaming world was going crazy for the newest 3D Super Mario game, and with good reason. So far, it plays wonderfully, even if the controls took a little getting used to with the Joy-Con, and the levels remind us of the classic Super Mario 64 — different worlds that you can hop in and out of with collectible items to help power up your ship to reach even new worlds.

I like the game, from what we’ve played so far. However, unlike many other Nintendo fans, I find the 3D Mario games as just okay. Don’t get me wrong, Super Mario 64 was revolutionary for its time and it’s a fun game, but it was never a game that I would willingly turn on to play by myself. Likewise, Sunshine and the Galaxy pair were not my cup of tea. Sunshine just didn’t hold my attention at all and the first Galaxy game made me feel dizzy. It turned me off from playing the second Galaxy.

So when Odyssey was announced, I figured it would be a decent game. The Switch is a fantastic console and the mechanics from Odyssey’s trailer looked different enough to keep me interested. I was mostly impressed with Mayor Pauline singing the theme song! The music is entertaining!

After playing through the first few levels of Odyssey, I’m not completely on board with it. Not yet, anyway. I’ll finish the main story with Rachel, but I’m not invested in finding every Power Moon like I was with every shrine in Breath of the Wild. At this moment, I’m more interested in continuing Fire Emblem Warriors or even going back to the DLC for Breath of the Wild.

Super Mario Odyssey is being praised as one of the best games to be released, but I’m not seeing it just yet. It’s a good game, sure, but probably not one of my top favorites.

How are you liking Super Mario Odyssey so far?

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First Thoughts: Oceanhorn Nintendo Switch Demo

Happy Thursday!

I feel like with the Nintendo Switch, I’ve been widening my gameplay. I’m playing games I normally wouldn’t and trying games I wouldn’t bother thinking twice about.

When I saw a free demo of Oceanhorn, I thought, why not?

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The free demo of Oceanhorn came out on October 12. I downloaded it on October 13 and at that point, it was already available to buy. I had decided to continue on with the demo regardless just in case. The game looked charming, similar to The Legend of Zelda, but you still never know.

At least if I enjoyed the demo, I had the option to buy it right away and continue playing.

The game started off with an introduction and a little bit of backstory. Your father was leaving to defeat the Oceanhorn monster. And he, of course, never returns. He leaves you with your mother’s necklace and tells you to keep it safe.

Sometime later – could be years, could be months – the necklace awakens and calls you. You retrieve it, find your father’s sword and shield, and then the old man in the village tells you your destiny is to go after your father and save everyone.

Typical hero’s quest.

Just as your true adventure is about to get started, the demo ends. It took me about 20 minutes total to do.

I explored the island, listened to a couple of cutscenes, and learned the basics of the game and the controls. Just how a demo should be.

Still, I was hoping it’d be a little longer. The graphics were charming, the music was good, and the overall story and the setting around it are intriguing.

I honestly wasn’t expecting myself to buy the game right away since there are so many other games Kris and I are trying to get through right now. However, I think I’ll be getting it sooner rather than later.

Have you tried playing the demo of Oceanhorn? Did you buy the game? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Are You Excited For Pokemon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon?

Happy Thursday!

It’s no secret that Pokemon is one of my favorite game franchises of all time. So, with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon around the corner, I’m getting pretty excited.

 

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When Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were announced, I wasn’t impressed. I mean, I was excited about another Pokemon game, but I didn’t get it.

Whatever happened to Pokemon Z for Pokemon X and Y? What about Stars for Sun and Moon?

I liked having the third game. I wanted Gray or Rainbow for Black and White and ended up with Black 2 and White 2. So, I assumed X and Y would have Z or X-Squared and Y-Squared. But we got nothing.

Now they’ve gone back to giving us two more “sequel” games just one year later since the first ones came out.

I’d complain, but it’s Pokemon. I know I’m going to get both games. I know I’m going to enjoy both games. And, as I said earlier, now I know it’s about a month away from being released, I’m beginning to get super excited all over again.

In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, we’re able to finally go through the Wormhole and explore Ultra Space. I didn’t realize this was a thing I wanted until I saw the latest trailer for it.

New Ultra Beasts are introduced and so are new areas in an alternate dimension. It seems as though we have to play a certain “mini-game” to get there as well, which is a pretty cool touch. Who doesn’t want to ride Lunala or Solgaleo and control them? Even if it is for that one moment.

The areas inside the Ultra Space look pretty as well. Why we’re disturbed the poor Ultra Beasts in their home territory, I have no idea. However, there does seem to be a new plotline with new rivals, The Ultra Recon Squad.

Maybe they’re not “bad guys,” but they sure look like it.

And then, of course, there are new Pokemon. You can’t go wrong with new Pokemon.

I’m sure there are other updates to the game. I’ve heard there’s a new Trial and people are spreading rumors about Pokemon possibly being able to follow you, but… we’ll see.

Are you excited for this updated/sequel Sun and Moon? Let me know in the comments below!

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Project Octopath Traveler

Demos were never something that we regularly downloaded to play on Nintendo’s systems. Rather, we were usually content to experience the game as a whole whenever it eventually came out. With the Switch, however, we’ve been finding ourselves trying out demos more often, and the most recent demo was Project Octopath Traveler.

A working title, Project Octopath Traveler centers on eight heroes in an RPG developed by Square Enix. The trailer that the Nintendo Direct this month had presented had intrigued us enough to download the demo that was available, and we have yet to be disappointed.

We were enthralled immediately by the opening music, finding it comparable to The Lord of the Rings, and the graphics were charming, almost like they are 3D pixels. The mechanics were easy to pick up on, especially battling, and we’re looking forward to when the entire game comes out.

Are you playing the demo for Project Octopath Traveler? What do you think of it so far?

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Monster Hunter Stories

Happy Thursday!

I know a lot of people are talking about the latest Monster Hunter game… Monster Hunter Stories.

I know nothing about this game or Monster Hunter in general, so let’s talk about it.

Monster Hunter is a game that I’ve always wanted to try out and play. However, other games always catch my attention. Therefore, Monster Hunter hasn’t been a huge priority for me.

Still, it’s in the back of my mind and definitely a series I want to try out.

But… where do I start?

The latest is Monster Hunter Stories, which just came out earlier this month on September 8th. After watching the trailer I realized this is a spin-off of the main series. (Like I said, I don’t know much about these games.)

I think it looks pretty good though. In a way, it reminds me of Pokemon. You grab an egg, hatch it, and then it joins your team.

Judging by the trailer, I think this game looks promising. The graphics are very well done and the music is good too. The game itself looks fun to play.

I feel like I want to give it a try, but then I have no idea what I’m doing. I feel like I should play some of the main games before this one.

What do you guys think? Where should I start?

Which Monster Hunter is your favorite? Have you tried Monster Hunter Stories yet? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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