First Impressions: Fitness Boxing Demo

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

How was everyone’s weekend? We’ve entered the last month of 2018, and it’s a bit scary to think about. Before we know it, we’ll all be making new year’s resolutions!

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Not too long ago, I heard of a game that’s coming to the Nintendo Switch called Fitness Boxing that’s slated for a January release in North America. I’m thinking it’s supposed to be a spiritual successor to the Wii Fit games, focusing mainly on boxing rather than all different exercises, like jogging, hula hooping, and yoga.

With my day job consisting mainly of sitting at a desk, and writing, blogging, and gaming taking up time before and after said day job, it’s difficult for me to find the time to actually go to the gym or workout. I did have a gym membership at a place just a couple of streets over at one point with the aim to go early in the morning. It lasted maybe three days before I gave up on being awake before six a.m. After my day job hours wasn’t that great either, because everyone and their mother was there at that time and… people smell when they get sweaty.

I mean, hey, good for those people actually using their memberships! I just couldn’t stand it after dealing with people all day from work.

I always loved the idea of taking a martial arts class, and I have gone to free trial classes a couple of times before. However, things in life tended to pop up and prevent me from continuing on. When I heard that a game called Fitness Boxing was going to be a thing, I figured it’d be a decent middle ground to get me moving more. I wasn’t expecting a full workout, but something to keep me from being stationary.

The demo version of Fitness Boxing that is available is the European version and, considering Rachel and I have several accounts on our Switch for different continents due to doing reviews for a couple of other sites occasionally, we downloaded it.

I did Sunday’s daily workout and threw almost 400 punches. My arms were a little shaky, but it felt good. Also, I suck at uppercuts.

Fitness Boxing hands you to an instructor who takes you through basic punches to the rhythm of a song. Considering I have absolutely no rhythm, I tend to just try to watch the instructor and move when she moves. Aside from some boxing combos, the instructor can also do a stretching routing with you before and/or after the workouts.

While you cannot do so in the trial version, it seems the full version will let you put in your height and weight so the game can make a better estimate as to how many calories you burn during the workouts. You can also unlock outfits, apparently, for your boxing instructors because… I dunno, if you’re going to be staring at them, they may as well look good, right?

The demo of Fitness Boxing isn’t bad at all, and I’m glad I got a chance to try it before deciding on whether or not to buy the full game. It’ll be on my wish list for sure!

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First Impressions: The Adventure of Link

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While we wanted to do a review of The Adventure of Link for the NES for our Zelda Month, time escaped us with the holidays and such. Despite that, we were able to play a bit of the game and… it wasn’t too bad, in all honesty, especially with the controls. We’ve heard that The Adventure of Link was a bit awkward compared to the other games in the Legend of Zelda franchise, and I can agree.

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It wasn’t a bad game at all. It was awkward in the sense that we had no idea where to go on the map and Link himself looked a little odd. He looked like he had no pants. Still, I enjoyed the little bits we played… I say little bits because we’re terrible at the game.

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Being an NES game, the only buttons are used for Link’s sword and jumping, which amused me because I forgot there was a game before Breath of the Wild where Link had the ability to jump. The graphics were definitely interesting but I’m not sure I could go back to a Legend of Zelda game that’s a 2D side-scroller. I missed the story and the maps.

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Yeah, aside from the game play, there’s not much to the game at all. You’re thrown into this world where you wander around aimlessly until you find places to go and dungeons to beat. We didn’t get past the first dungeon though… I lost count of how many times we gamed over.

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Hey, I was proud that we got to some of the more difficult enemies in the first dungeon! Practicing our sword swings and jumping around like frogs to move forward was pretty fun. I think my favorite part of playing, though, was when you were trying to see one of the healing ladies and she shut the door on your face, Rachel.

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I know, right? That lady told me to follow her so she could heal me and then she shut the door before I made it into the house. Then she left and I had to talk to her again to get her to heal me. Overall, the game was fun. I do hope to get back to it eventually and actually beat it. Or, you know, get halfway through it or something. With the lesser of technology back then I assumed the older games would be “easier” than they are now… they’re not.

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It’s funny what the scale of difficulty is between games back then and now, isn’t it? Now, most games are equipped with tutorials and a little bit of hand-holding to get through the story and game itself. Back then, games gave you a couple of action buttons and threw you into the pixelated world. But, yes, it was fun to actually try it out.

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Overall, it was a fun game to try out. Like I said, I’d love to give it a try again sometime and see just how far we can really go.

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First Impressions: Skyrim

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

We don’t tend to play Rated M games, generally because we’ve grown up with Nintendo and their brand of family friendly games. Yet, when Skyrim was released for the Nintendo Switch, I got interested in the game mostly due to the dragons. I’m finally giving it a shot.

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I have no idea what I’m doing in Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch.

I mean, I follow along with the main quests and the little side quests I’ve picked up. The map is helpful in giving me a marker on where to go, otherwise I’d probably end up somewhere on the other side of the world, picking up an infinite number of side quests along the way.

On that note, I’m really enjoying the open world and the people populating it. The voice acting isn’t too bad and some of the more key characters have some personality, which is nice. Traveling and exploring is fun, even if I do randomly get attacked by wolves here and there. Luckily my flailing combat skills have kept me alive for most of the game. In fact, the first time I died was from a dragon, which sounds more epic than dying from a random wolf or bandit.

Speaking of bandits, I found a horse that was just chilling beside a dead bandit that I assume was once its rider. Logically, I looted the body and stole the horse to ride back to town on. The horse then decided to peace out after we arrived at the town, turning and walking back out. I followed it just to see where it would end up, wondering if the AI was loyal enough to return to the body of the dead bandit, but it went to the river and kind of glitched while it was standing near the water.

In regards to the dragons, I’m disappointed that we’re killing them. Do we ever get to tame or befriend them? The first appearance of a dragon in a game saves you from getting beheaded, and I was like, “Yes, this dragon is now my friend,” and then I had to run away without getting crushed from the debris the dragon was knocking around.

I want to soar around the skies and burn my enemies with a dragon rather than kill the flying lizards. I don’t know if that’s a thing that ever happens in Skyrim, but I would love it if it does!

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Octopath Traveler [First Impressions]

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Octopath Traveler is a game that we’ve all been waiting for a long time. Nintendo even gave us two demos for the game – the first we’ve played, the second we did not. Still, after the first demo and seeing various trailers, we were eager to get this game.

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It’s been a long while since we’ve sat down and played a good, long game with a heavy emphasis on the story. Octopath Traveler seemed to be just what the doctor ordered, and with Square Enix at the reins, we had a good feeling that Octopath would be worth the time and money.

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While we knew you got to pick a character to start, I thought we’d have to play the game 8 times to get the full story effect for all the characters. However, that’s not the case. As long as you have the character you’ve chosen in your party at all times, you can go through all 8 stories at once as you pick up each of the other characters on your journey, which is fantastic. We’re currently going through chapter 1 for all 8 characters.

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We’ve been having a great time going through each character’s story and learning about their background, but I’ve honestly been most impressed so far by the music and the sound effects. Even back when the first demo came out, the music was one of our favorite things about it. Not only is the soundtrack beautiful, but the little details for the sound effects had us gushing. We chose Therion the thief to start and there’s a point where you explore a manor. His footsteps click on the marble floor but hush as he travels over rugs, and his voice echoed when speaking in a grand room, as voices tend to do in fancy manor rooms. Those little details were amazing to us.

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To go along with the music and sound effects, the voice actors are on point. Listening to the quick cut scenes where the characters speak for themselves is always engaging to listen to. They all have distinct voices that seem to fit their personality perfectly. The voices vary in tones and emotion depending on what’s going on. You can tell the voice actors put their full effort into it.

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The game play and the characters’ stories (the ones we’ve started so far, anyway) are great as well, but it’s the game’s music and sound effects, along with the art style, that has fully captured our attention and helps to keep us excited to turn on the game again. As we go further along into the game, we’re sure the stories will keep us enraptured as well, but for the beginning, the music, acting, and art style are doing their jobs phenomenally.

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I’m eager to learn more about all their stories. I’m excited to play a lengthy game with an engaging story again. It’s been a while.

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Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Review

Double Jump Kris MiiHello, everyone!

The Sims franchise is a favorite of mine ever since a coworker back from college let me borrow her collection of Sims 2 expansion packs. Sims 2 turned into Sims 3, which I still have installed, before Sims 4 came around. Sims 4 is how I find myself wasting and enjoying time nowadays, especially with the newest expansion pack, Seasons.

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The Sims 4 Seasons expansion pack came out a couple of weeks ago on June 22. Being a Sims expansion pack, I bought it for myself just in time for Camp NaNoWriMo, a monthly writing challenge, and I’ve been playing it as a reward for whenever I reach my word count goal for the day.

The Pets expansion packs always tend to be my favorites, because who doesn’t love virtual dogs and cats? Aside from that, though, Seasons is right up there as it gives so much more variety to the world that you’re playing in. The temperature changes, holidays, the new clothes and accessories for the sims, Seasons was always a coveted expansion pack for the Sims.

The Sims 4 Seasons comes with all of those. The temperature changes bring about new deaths and interactions for the sims, depending on how hot or cold the weather is. A thermostat is a new item for homes and businesses, allowing sims to make the temperature inside the house comfortable… supposedly. I still had my sims automatically dress up in their outdoor winter gear around the house in the colder weather despite the thermostat being set to warm (not to mention a fireplace or two in the house).

Holidays were interesting, especially since you can create your own. A calendar button is included in the interface, allowing the player to see the coming seasons and holidays in the next couple of weeks. Each holiday has “traditions” that you can assign it, actions that your sims can take in order to really celebrate the holiday. For example, Lovefest is the Valentine’s Day equivalent, and traditions can include gifting flowers to someone or going on a date, while Harvestfest’s main tradition is eating a Grand Meal. A sim’s personality traits also effect how they feel about the individual traditions. A romantic sim loves the idea of going on a date during Lovefest, while a loner sim ignores the same tradition. It’s pretty interesting to play around with, creating your own holidays as well as being able to plan events like birthday parties in advance.

The biggest addition to Sims 4 Seasons is the Gardening career. The gardening skill got an overhaul, making plants seasonal, while also adding the Flower Arrangement skill. With the Gardening career, you can either become a botanist or florist. Botanist focuses more on research and the gardening skill, while florist utilizes the flower arrangement skill as well. Gardening is the type of career that allows you to work from home if you wish like the careers from City Living, or you can create your own retail store for your floral arrangements if you have Get to Work.

One of the disappointing aspects of the expansion pack, in my opinion, is that there was no beach world or beach area to allow the sims to swim in the ocean or just hang out, really. Imagine being able to have a 4th of July-based holiday on the beach or just a beach party to go with Seasons. In Sims 3, with its open world, being able to swim in the ocean was a major development, and I feel that Sims 4 is missing out on this.

Still, there are plenty of extra activities, such as rollerskating, ice skating, beekeeping, having snowball and water balloon fights, along with the new holidays and Gardening career to keep you entertained should you choose to purchase the expansion pack. If you’re a big fan of the Sims and have the cash to spare, Seasons is a pretty good expansion to add to your game.

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Pokemon 2018 Video Game Press Conference

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A few days ago, Nintendo released a press conference dedicated to future Pokemon games. Rachel and I were definitely impressed with the news we heard! They dropped news about four new Pokemon games, with plenty of info to whet our appetites. The first game they detailed was Pokemon Quest, which is a free-to-start game on the Nintendo Switch that was available the same day as the conference. We picked it up to give it a look-see and found it to be pretty cute!

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I was interested in Pokemon Quest the moment I saw the graphics. I know they’re “Cell Pokemon” but they look like Minecraft blocks and it pleases me so much. They’re all so adorable. We started playing the game the other day and we weren’t disappointed. Its laid-back gameplay and adorable artwork made the game a lot of fun.

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The next two games were Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee, throwbacks to the Kanto region and original Yellow version of the games from twenty years ago. I can’t tell you how absolutely amazed I am at the progress of the graphics! Pokemon Yellow was my first Pokemon game and to see Kanto on the Nintendo Switch, picking out and recognizing areas that I’ve known since they were just little itty-bitty pixels, is nostalgia heaven.

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I first started my Pokemon journey in the Johto region since I was pretty young when the Kanto region came out. However, I have played the Kanto games as I got older and seeing it updated, bright, and on the big screen is going to be a treat. I absolutely can’t wait for November! Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee are connected to Pokemon Go. We didn’t get into Pokemon Go that much so I’m glad it’s not required to use for the games. I’m impressed they added the catching mechanic from Pokemon Go into the new games though. I think it’s a great way to use the Joy-Con motion controls.

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I think I’m most excited about the local two-player co-op mode. Rachel and I can actually travel around together! Of course, I suspect that the supporting second player will “borrow” the first player’s Pokemon to help out with battles and the like, but it would be amazing if the Switch could “import” another account’s save file into the game as the second player. Still, it’ll be fun seeing two characters running around together!

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Yeah, I was hoping we’d be able to combine the games. We’ll just have to see how it goes though. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun anyway. To be honest, I’m most excited for the Pokeball Plus. My favorite part of HeartGold and SoulSilver was the Pokewalker. I can’t wait to bring my Pokemon around with me again and interact with them. Supposedly, other things may happen, but they’ll announce that later. Maybe at E3 in a few weeks?

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Hearing Pikachu purr through that Pokeball Plus was adorable! Also, seeing your character ride an Onix? Flying on a Charizard? I heard HMs still are not a thing, so to see us actually being able to ride presumably whatever Pokemon we want, along with having any Pokemon follow us, is definitely exciting! Here’s hoping we’ll hear more about them at E3, along with the next core Pokemon game that’s slated for late 2019. With all the updated graphics and mechanics that the Let’s Go! titles are showing, I wonder how the next core game will measure up.

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I’ll admit, I was worried there would be no core game since last year they announced they were working on a new Pokemon title for the Switch. I’m very excited for the Let’s Go games and now that I know there’s a new core game, I’m even more excited. Imagine exploring a brand new region with new species of Pokemon on the big screen with such graphics! We can’t wait!

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Nintendo’s Online Service [Gaming News]

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Nintendo recently announced more information on their online service that will be available in September, which… honestly, isn’t too far away at this point. (Seriously, where is this year going?) It detailed the pricing, what exactly we’ll get with it, and the news that the virtual console is not coming to the Switch anytime soon.

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Nintendo revealed a little more details about the service. First, is online gameplay. This is something we already have with certain games such as Splatoon 2, ARMS, or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. However, come September, when the online services are released, we’ll no longer be able to play online unless we become a member. I mean, it’s $20 a year, so I’m certainly not complaining about that.

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The price isn’t too bad, no. Twenty dollars is for the individual membership, while around thirty-five dollars is a family membership. I imagine the family membership will include all accounts on a Switch while the individual membership will be per account. Either way, the price isn’t bad at all, but it will be odd to lose the freedom of playing online after being so used to it being free at this point.

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It is weird. This isn’t something I ever imagined Nintendo doing, especially since the console itself as well as the games are so expensive. People are still going to buy it though, of course. They’ll also be releasing 20 NES games at launch of the service with more games to be added “regularly.” I’m not sure how often “regularly” is going to be, but I think it’s pretty cool they’re doing that anyway. At the same time, I wonder if they’ll release SNES games, Nintendo64 games, and so on… in which case, that’s kind of like the virtual console and also… maybe no Nintendo64 classic mini?

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I’m curious if the 20 NES games at launch will be switched out with the games that will be added “regularly,” or if they’ll be there for good. In which case, yes, that could be why the virtual console isn’t being planned at this point and time. It does seem cheap for the old games, if that’s what is going to happen, especially with the new cloud back-up that will be available with the service. Would you think a virtual console with the old games may be more profitable than the twenty to thirty-five dollar subscription service?

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Well, I also heard as a rumor that it’s just a trial for the games. The $20 a year is like renting the games and then after a certain amount of time, Nintendo will take the games away and you’ll have to buy them if you want to keep them. I’m not sure if that’s true or not.

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I think I vaguely remember that, and it may be what I mean when I was wondering if they’ll “switch” old games out every once in a while. What you just said would make more sense for Nintendo in a business sense, and may be the replacement for the virtual console. Not quite sure how I feel about it. On one hand, if we’re just “renting” an old game for a while, we won’t have to pay any extra to try it out, so I suppose that’s a nice perk with the paid subscription. I believe what I really want out of this subscription is to eventually have an actual chat system rather than a smartphone app.

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Yeah… I’m not too keen on having the app either. I barely have any storage left on my phone to begin with and I don’t want the battery to be wasted so quick. I mean, maybe it’ll be pretty cool once we try it, but for now, I’d rather have headsets or Discord.

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I remember Discord was interested in being the main chat service for Nintendo, but as far as I know, nothing is going on between the two companies. Perhaps one day Nintendo will have a better option than the smartphone app, especially to go with the online service that people are going to pay for. I think they’ll eventually need to have a better chat service. I suppose we’ll see, but for now, I’m interested in seeing how well the online service as it is will work.

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