First Impressions: Animal Crossing New Horizons

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

I’m a month late to the party, but I did recently buy and download Animal Crossing New Horizons for myself to see if all the hype around the game lived up to my expectations. So far, it’s not that bad at all.

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The Animal Crossing franchise has always been associated with Rachel more than me. When it comes to laid-back, slice-of-life simulation games, I leaned more towards the Harvest Moon series and, now, Stardew Valley. Ever since the first GameCube Animal Crossing game, it wasn’t something that was for me.

I never minded the games. I’ve tried my hand at a few of them, like the original and New Leaf for the 3DS. The original had been cute, a novelty, with the villagers roaming around and being able to share a town with other people in the family was interesting. Rachel and I used to send each other the occasional letter and it was always amusing to hear the animal villagers ask us about each other. Yet, the idea of collecting bugs and fish in order to dwindle your debt just to expand your house for a collection of random items wasn’t my cup of tea.

Rachel has always been the collector. It’s one reason why she enjoyed Super Mario Odyssey more than I did, despite the game’s praise. It didn’t impress me as much as all the critics claimed it would. While collecting would always be a staple in the Animal Crossing series, having something other to focus on was one reason why I thought maybe I wouldn’t mind New Leaf that much.

For a while, New Leaf was fun. Being the mayor of the town and having a few ways to improve the place gave me a few more goals, but I didn’t continue playing it much after the challenge Rachel and I had given each other that enticed me to play it in the first place. Still, I made an effort, but even in my conclusion post for that challenge, I mention how I will leave the Switch version of Animal Crossing to Rachel.

Within this past week, I caved and bought New Horizons for my Switch Lite. I’m not even a week into the game and I’m already enjoying it more than the previous installments that I’ve tried. I’m quite conscious that this could be due to “shiny new game,” but there are plenty of mechanics that I don’t mind.

The crafting is fun, although I would love some sort of durability indicator to let me know when my fishing rod and the like are going to poof out of existence. It allows me to strategize, figure out which of my supplies I’m going to use to craft tools or if I should save them for something else and just buy the flimsy versions of the tools from Nook’s Cranny as a temporary fix. DIY recipes is also a type of collection I can get behind, especially since I also just unlocked the customization feature. Here’s hoping there’s more to the customization rather than just changing the crafted items’ colors.

The Nook Miles is an interesting mechanic as well, and I’m rather amused at Tom Nook having his own brand in the shopping network. Earning Nook Miles allows me to have goals while working towards them at my own pace, something that I enjoy in games like Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley. There’s always something to strive for on the horizon, but there’s no rush to get there.

The other main aspect about this game that I like is the co-op modes, both locally and online. Considering I’m not far into the game at all, I haven’t yet had the chance to visit anyone’s islands or have anyone come to my own little place — no, not even Rachel — but seeing how excited everyone else is about it, I’m looking forward to it. I would just like to make my island a little more presentable before opening it to others, haha!

Honestly, what really changed my mind about getting the game was watching and listening to Rachel as she spontaneously joined Jett from In Third Person on his island to try to tag-team the fishing tourney together for more points.

I’m still a new kid to this franchise and, even though I’ve only been playing for a handful of days — and even some of those days were just for an hour or so at night — I’m hopeful that I’ll continue to enjoy New Horizons for a little while longer.

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Journey to Pokemon Home

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

I finally got Pokemon Home and gave it a whirl over this weekend. My first main experiment was to see how many Pokemon from some of my old favorite teams could go to the Galar region!

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Right before the weekend, I finally got Pokemon Home. It’s been out for about three weeks now — February 11 —  and I honestly kind of kept forgetting about it until recently. The successor to Pokemon Bank, Home is both a mobile and Nintendo Switch app for Pokemon storage. While there is a basic, free plan for Home, there are so many more options and storage for your Pokemon with the paid plan. Considering the paid plan is only 15 or so bucks a year, it’s not too bad. If you’re an avid Pokemon collector, it’s well worth it.

When I turned on Pokemon Home, I gave it a test run to see how it works and was greeted with this dude:

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I’ll admit, I was a bit startled.

After doing all the updates that were necessary for my original 3DS, I booted up Pokemon Bank to see if I even still had Pokemon in there. I had about half a box of legendary Pokemon that I received throughout special events during past years, so I figured they would be the first residents for Home.

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This little guy popped up once and then I never saw him again. I wonder how well this would have gone if Nintendo gave this job to the Pokeball Guy from Sword/Shield…

The process was simple enough, although it was interesting trying to juggle both my 3DS and my Switch Lite on my desk. During the move from Bank to Home, you need to input a Moving Key and have a limited amount of time to do so. Once the key is accepted, it takes a few good minutes for the Pokemon to move from Bank to Home, a progress during which you cannot use the software. It was nice to see the Pokemon in Home, and once you connect your Sword/Shield game to Home, the software allows you to easily move the Pokemon from Home to the boxes in Sword/Shield.

If Sword/Shield allows the Pokemon, that is. Conveniently, Home has icons that indicate whether or not a Pokemon can move from Home to Sword/Shield. Hopefully, there will eventually be DLC or a patch that allows more Pokemon in Sword/Shield, but for now it’ll be interesting to see which Pokemon from my past teams will be able to join my Rillaboom and company in Galar.

So I grabbed my Y version and got to work.

As a bit of background, my Y version is probably my Pokemon game with the most time sunk into it. I have a little over 210 hours on my Y version — first started on December 25, 2013 and I entered the Hall of Fame for the first time a mere three days later — compared to the almost 80 hours on my Sword version. While I don’t have my Y Pokedex complete, I have spent the majority of those hours collecting my favorite Pokemon to recreate my preferred teams from generations 1 through 5 to go alongside my generation 6 team from Kalos:

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Here are all my babies! 

Including my main Kalos team on the right, all these Pokemon were raised up to level 100 with the help of a plethora of Elite Four runs as well as challenges from the Battle Chateau.

It’s a bit bittersweet to think about, actually. Pokemon Bank, which came out in 2014 for the Americas, was first used to allow me to gather all of these Pokemon for the then-current Pokemon game so I could have all my favorites together. Now, Pokemon Bank will help me move all of these guys to Pokemon Home where we’ll see just how many of them I can bring to Galar.

Considering how much of a soft spot I have for my Y version, I was honestly considering breeding and hatching eggs of these guys to then move into Home. However, I realized that it’s been literally a year and a half since I last turned on Y. Case in point was a poor Eevee that was apparently stuck in an egg since July 2018. Instead, I spent a little time to get said eggs, but decided that the baby-versions of my favorites will remain behind in Y while the adults will travel to Home.

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SO. MANY. EGGS. Featuring Brady the Shiny Butterfree, who had been my first encounter/capture in Y as a little Caterpie.

If and when I decide to return to Pokemon Y, I’ll have a grand time hatching and raising my favorite Pokemon again, which is one of the best parts of these games.

With all the eggs created, it was time to actually move my teams to Pokemon Bank then to Home. I decided to just move my teams from generations 1 through 5 first; I haven’t quite figured out if I will leave my original Kalos team in Y and create eggs of them for Home and Galar, or if I will eventually also move my original Kalos team over as well. My Alola team will be for another time and day.

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Quite a difference between this screenshot and the previous cell phone pic of them all in Y, huh?

It didn’t take long at all for a box of 30 Pokemon to move from Pokemon Bank to Home. In fact, I’m sure it took a few minutes longer for Bank to actually just load up on my 3DS. It was rather exciting to see most of my favorites with updated sprites in Home!

Now the big test was to see just how many of them could be moved into Sword. I’ll be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the results:

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It was disheartening to see all of the glaring, red, “do not transport” symbols amid all of my favorites, particularly with the starter Pokemon (I want my Grovyle!). After separating the Pokemon that could go to Sword from the ones who are staying in Home, 13 out of 30 — almost half — of my trained Pokemon can visit Galar. Yet, the only true new Pokemon that can join me is my Venusaur (unless you count the pink Gastrodon, since I’ve only seen the blue version of the Pokemon in Sword); considering my Galar pokedex is complete, I have all the other Pokemon in my box already, albeit not as trained as the ones from Y.

Not only are the majority of my teams unable to come to Galar, some of the ones who can join me don’t have all of their moves available. The Pokemon with an exclamation point beside them indicate that at least one of their moves cannot be used in Sword/Shield, which I didn’t even think about but in hindsight wasn’t surprising. I expected the moves that weren’t available in Sword/Shield to just disappear from my Pokemon’s move pools, but apparently you need to do that yourself, if you read the moves’ descriptions:

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I never realized “Return” wasn’t in Sword/Shield until this happened, to be honest. “Flash,” “Hidden Power,” and “Flame Burst” were the other moves, in case anyone was curious.

I was initially hesitant to do this move with my teams generations 1 through 5 because I was afraid most of my favorite Pokemon would be forced to retire, so to speak, in Pokemon Home. I can’t move the rest of my teams back to Bank to bring them back in Y. All those Pokemon that I spent over 200 hours raising for battles are now stuck in Home.

To be honest, it’s okay that these Pokemon are retired. It was a startling realization that I hadn’t visited my Y game in well over a year, and at least I now have my favorites with me on my Switch Lite. With that said, Nintendo, I would love a feature in Pokemon Home reminiscent of My Pokemon Ranch — give me a mode where I can see all of my Pokemon milling about together, maybe even give me the ability to pat them or give them little treats here and there, please!

This move from Y to Bank to Home to Sword answered some questions, but also brought up new ones. Do I need to wait until the expansion pass in June for the pokedex to fully expand to bring over more of my teams? Or, considering this is a mere 30 Pokemon out of almost-900, are my particular favorites unlucky enough to be left out of the additional 200 Pokemon that are joining the Galar region? I know the Alolan starter Pokemon are invited to Galar — are the majority of the 200 additional Pokemon from Alola as well? Perhaps we’ll see when I decide to go through my Pokemon from my Moon games along with other Pokemon from Kalos.

In the meantime, I’ll be back in Pokemon Sword where I will be hard at work leveling up my Sword team to level 100 to match some of their veteran teammates.

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My Thoughts on Cindered Shadows

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

While I really didn’t need an excuse to get back into playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the Cindered Shadows DLC was a great reason to turn the game on again. And, honestly, I wouldn’t mind more DLC like this for the game!

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The Cindered Shadows DLC came out for Fire Emblem: Three Houses about a week and a half ago. Being only 7 chapters long, it took me between 8 and 9 hours to complete, especially when one considers that Cindered Shadows is mostly battles with a touch of exploration here and there. In fact, Cindered Shadows reminded me much of the earlier Fire Emblem games, where it would mostly be battles with bits of story in between fights.

I enjoyed the battles in Cindered Shadows, each battle offering a new challenge and seeing me use the Divine Pulse to edit my moves more times than I have in the regular routes I’ve played. I did miss the more involved aspects of the exploration parts, though. No support conversations or skill increases were a bit odd, as the character growth is one of my favorite parts of Fire Emblem games.

I was also intrigued by some things in the Abyss that really didn’t play much of a part in Cindered Shadows. Who was that mysterious woman by the pagan altar? What was up with the empty wayseer’s room? Are they the same person? Once I spend enough renown in the Abyss during the main story, I presume these questions will be answered, and it gives me more incentive to continue the main story to try to figure out the answers.

The four Abyssian characters are lots of fun, although I was confused as to Constance’s split personality with the sun and Hapi’s random sighing ability. They were interesting, brought a little more flavor to the characters, but I did not find them necessary. I also did find Balthus to seem very similar to Raphael from the Golden Deer house, especially if one considers that Balthus was originally from the Alliance territory as well. Still, he was a great big brother figure to the other characters, and I loved his war monk class. A brawler and a healer? Yes, please!

I really liked all four of the character classes from Abyss, actually. Yuri, I think, was the character I utilized the least in battle despite his high avoidance rate, but his personality was delightful. His past was interesting, especially since I’ve heard he has a couple of connections with the characters from the main story and I’m looking forward to unlocking his support conversations with everyone.

Speaking of pasts, it was nice to also learn more about Byleth. Her mother finally has a name! She’s no longer just the catalyst for Byleth’s mysterious past! While the main bad guy of the Cindered Shadows DLC was fairly obvious from the beginning, as was the plot, it was still a fun a side story.

Originally, I was hoping Cindered Shadows would be more of a full-fledged route rather than just a side story when I first heard of it. I was selfishly hoping that Cindered Shadows would involve a Golden Ending, one where all of the characters no matter what house could stay alive, especially since the three house leaders were with Byleth as a team when exploring the Abyss. I liked the interactions between them all and wished there were supports between the house leaders for you to unlock during that time.

I just want all the characters to be happy at the end, dammit.

With that said, I did enjoy the DLC overall. The new mechanics and aspects it brought to the main game are fun to explore and discover, and it brought along just the right amount of new characters without it getting overwhelming.

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First Impressions: Free Guy Trailer

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

We only have about two weeks left before Christmas! I hope everyone is doing well and are excited about looking into the future. This post is about something that is coming out next July, so that counts, right?

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Video games is such a popular medium, has been for decades. Movies based on video games are not a new phenomenon but, until Detective Pikachu (and possibly Sonic the Hedgehog? I dunno, the new trailer doesn’t seem that bad to me), the majority of movies based on video games haven’t been executed that well. Some have become cult favorites despite that — such as the Super Mario Bros. movie — but most have been dismissed by the masses.

A trailer recently dropped for a movie called Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds. Rather than be based off of a specific video game series — which can cause all sorts of problems, from canon aspects of the series to copyright issues — Free Guy is about a dude who realizes that he is living his day-to-day life as an NPC in a video game world.

Well, actually, it seems he has a bit of an existential crisis and decides to do the opposite of what he’s always done while his work is being robbed.

Ryan Reynolds is one of those actors that I’ve never minded watching, and I enjoyed his performance as Detective Pikachu. The premise of the movie is interesting as well, being something that I haven’t seen done before outside of some stories of my own and a few others I’ve seen floating around on the Internet.

Yet, does anyone else remember that era of fanfiction where it seemed everyone had one of those character-gets-sucked-into-a-video-game-world fic? They were a bit cringeworthy, but I thought the idea was always fun and harmless. That is what Free Guy reminds me of.

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here it is below. While the movie is not yet rated, there isn’t anything questionable, in my opinion, in it. Then again, I’m used to the kind of video game shenanigans that is shown here:

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Pokemon Masters [First Thoughts]

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Pokemon Masters was released at the end of August and we finally got a chance to open the app up and give it a try. At first glance, it wasn’t bad, with decent graphics, some partial voice-acting — even if, so far, some of the characters are a little too cutesy — and a simple way to do battles. We have only done the first couple of chapters, mainly the introduction, but it’s something we’re willing to keep playing to get a real feel of the story.

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I had been looking forward to this one for quite a while. I even pre-ordered it at the app store and then Kris and I decided to try it together. Needless to say, we’ve been busy and finally got the chance to check it out just the other day. I’m enjoying it though and have a feeling I’ll easily get addicted to it.

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We are just in the beginning stages of this “free to start” game, so I’m hoping down the line it won’t become one of those games that have wait times or the need to spend money to advance the story. I’d rather the game’s microtransactions be optional, much like Fire Emblem Heroes. Speaking of Fire Emblem Heroes, the star rating for each of the sync pairs of trainers and Pokemon remind me of that game. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of pairs I’ll be able to pull into the game, with the use of the gems.

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I don’t think microtransactions will be a problem and don’t think we’ll have to “wait” much at all. The game seems pretty straight forward. You do need gems to buy more sync pairs, but you get more pairs through the main story anyway. You basically just need to be smart with your gems, especially since you get daily rewards as gems when you log in and also receive gems when you complete certain chapters.

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Right, the beginning seems pretty generous with the gems, and I hope that it doesn’t taper off the further we go into the story. It’s a classic gimmick, giving us plenty of gems and pairs in the beginning to get us hooked on the game before backing off and having us wonder if we should spend twenty bucks on more gems to move forward. While I understand we’re right at the beginning of the game, I am a little disappointed that there’s not more variety to the pairs we’ve encountered so far. I was hoping to pick and choose pairs, for us to not be completely neck-and-neck for where we are in the story. Like, instead of getting Whitney automatically when trying out the scout mode maybe we could have had a choice to scout out one of three pairs or something.

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I actually don’t mind having the pairs be random when you scout. Of course, there are events and I thought I was going to get a certain pair, but it turned out that it’s still random. There’s just a chance I’d get that pair. As I said, I like it random though. I don’t mind the surprise and trying to work with a team with randomized types. What I do wish is that I could have picked my own partner. I love Pikachu and totally don’t mind having him as a partner, but I would love to have Charmander or Psyduck or Mimikyu or something. Pikachu can be cliche at this point and I would have loved it if they gave us a choice of five Pokemon or something. Or, you know, let us choose between all the starters, Pikachu, and Eevee or whatever.

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Random pairs as we scout are great, as it gives you more variety. I was speaking mainly of the beginning of the game where the app seems to throw a bunch of scripted pairs at the player. Starting with Brock and Misty is fine, but I did believe that, perhaps, we would have been able to choose between the pair, then maybe choose between Rosa and, for example, Barry to try to round out the first team. I would have also liked to choose my Pokemon partner, despite how adorable Pikachu is. Despite the small tutorial on one of the items that you can use promoting the evolution of the Pokemon on your team, I highly doubt that the game will allow you evolve Pikachu into Raichu down the road.

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Ah, I see what you mean. Though, again, I don’t think I mind that too much. It would be cool to pick who to start with, but I already swapped them out anyway. You don’t have them for too long before you encounter more pairs. Also, that’s true about the evolution. I don’t know if I would want to evolve Pikachu if they even give the option. We’ll just have to see what happens. I enjoy the battle part of the game though. I think the story is pretty cool, especially with the masked villains, though it’s definitely lacking. The “story” part of the chapters are two-seconds long. I much prefer the battles, which is fine considering that’s a huge part of the game anyway.

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I think I would want to evolve Pikachu just to have something different, in all honesty. In every instance that your character is gifted a Pikachu in the games, you are not allowed to evolve it, so having a Raichu instead of Pikachu would be interesting. I enjoy the battling as well, finding the quick pace of the battles fun, and I imagine they’ll become more challenging down the road. I do wonder how the story part of the game will evolve — pun intended — down the line and I hope it’ll be something deeper than these first few introductory parts.

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I like the triple battle format and even the way it works. It took me a minute to get used to it (mostly because I don’t read the directions), but I enjoy how the system works. Instead of PP, the Pokemon’s moves cost one or two charges. There’s a beam at the bottom of the screen and you use that to attack. For example, Pikachu’s Thunderbolt costs 2. If you have two full bars, you can use it. If you have one, you can’t. The good news is, it charges fairly quickly. Though, there were some moments when my Pokemon stared at their opponents for a bit while I waited for the bar to fully recharge.

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The triple battle is fun, yes, although there was at one point during a couple of my battles, the little tip or tutorial bubble stayed on my phone’s screen. It nearly blocked one of the opponent’s Pokemon, which was annoying. I presume it was a small hiccup. The interface for the battles isn’t bad at all, though, and it’ll be fun for the Pokemon to learn more moves. The quick-time strategy between opponents and your Pokemon’s moves is challenging. It’ll be interesting when Rachel and I get the chance to become friends in the game and will be able to try out co-op mode!

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There is an auto option for the battle though, which I tried out. That was pretty cool, though surprisingly, they didn’t automatically attack the Pokemon who had the type disadvantage. I was against three Pokemon weak to grass and instead of using Snivy, the auto-battle had Piplup spam bubble beam. I still won, but it was interesting to watch. Either way, I’m having fun with the game I too am looking forward to testing out co-op mode!

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Ring Fit Adventure (First Thoughts)

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Fitness and RPGs combined are now a thing with the newly announced Ring Fit Adventure from Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. When Nintendo showed a teaser about a week ago, we assumed it was fitness related. Though we didn’t see the RPG elements coming. I think it’s a cool idea though. This may be a game I didn’t know I wanted.

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I’m still a little puzzled about it, to be honest. While I’m intrigued by the idea — RPGs are right up my alley and I don’t mind doing a bit of exercise as well — I wonder how the development of the game went. I mean, someone at that meeting was like, “Alright, listen up… Exercise but as an adventure!” Still, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea.

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Agreed. I was confused as well (plus the hosts of the video were way too happy about it) but as the video went on, I became more and more intrigued. The Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus were popular. However, exercise is a new year’s resolution that people keep for a week and then throw it out the window. It always fizzles out. I think, combining fitness with an adventure will add more incentive for people to keep going with the game. You’re working toward fitness goals and also leveling up your character. Because – let’s be real – we’re more inclined to want to level up our fictional characters than ourselves.

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That’s true. The announcement said the release date is October 18, so I’m curious how that will affect the sales. I’m wondering why it is not closer to the holidays in time for those new year’s resolutions? Fitness Boxing, for example, was released this past January, and I don’t believe that did too badly in sales. And, absolutely, people are more invested in fictional characters, haha! Look at the Sims franchise. People are meticulous about giving their Sim characters the best life possible… Unless you’re the type to play for destruction, of course.

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I was surprised at the release date as well. They have so much coming out for the rest of 2019. This wasn’t part of the Nintendo Direct either, so it makes me wonder what they were trying to accomplish. Not that it matters. People will get it whenever it comes out. I do wonder, since they are a business, if they’re trying to fit a certain quota by the end of the year and that’s why they’re cramming so much for the rest of the year. Not that I’m complaining, of course.

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Granted, I feel as if a lot of games are coming out within the next couple of months rather than, say, December for the holidays. The last game for 2019 on my radar at the moment — and, honestly, I could be forgetting about some games that I may have originally been excited for — are Pokemon Sword and Shield for November. Mom is going to berate us for pre-ordering everything instead of waiting for Christmas, like usual, but many of Nintendo’s games seem to be coming out right before the major holiday months.

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That’s true. The Switch Lite and Link’s Awakening are coming this month, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and now the Ring Fit Adventure is October. Pokemon is November. There are so many other games in between and beyond. As of right now, though, nothing “major” seems to be coming out in December. Which makes me wonder… does Nintendo have something up their sleeve for the coming months?

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They very well could. Nintendo never seems to reveal all their cards at once, such as revealing the Ring Fit Adventure after a Nintendo Direct. Then again, they seem to be doing well with all the games coming out that they may ride right on through the holidays with everything they’ve announced so far. We’ll just have to wait and see!

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First Thoughts On Some New Pokemon For Pokemon Sword & Shield

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I was a little late to the party, but I noticed some new Pokemon for Sword and Shield were flittering around the Internet the other day. All pictures of the Pokemon were taken from Serebii.net, which has more information on the Pokemon.

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Yamper

Yamper | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comI’m pleased to see there’s another puppy Pokemon through into the ever-growing Pokedex. The puppy Pokemon have always been adorable and they’ve done a nice job making sure the puppy Pokemon are various types. We’ve got fire, dark, normal, and now electric. (Though I guess you can say we technically already had that, but whatever.)

Yamper is an electrically charged pup who doesn’t know what to do with all its electricity, so he runs around rampant and is constantly energized. I find that utterly adorable and I can’t want to see this Pokemon in action both in the game and in the anime.

I always try to get an electric type Pokemon on my team the first time I play and Yamper will definitely be one I catch. I’m looking forward to seeing what its evolutions will be – assuming he has them, but I think he’ll have one or two.

Alcremie

Alcremie | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comThe cream Pokemon, Alcremie. Before I knew anything about it, not even its name, I immediately thought of strawberry shortcake. I assume that’s where the designer was going with this design. I think this Pokemon is absolutely adorable and, it being a fairy type, I know it’s going to be obnoxiously strong. I was iffy on fairy types when they were first introduced but the type has grown on me and I’m eager to see what Alcremie will be able to do.

I remember past “food” Pokemon were crapped on because no one liked Pokemon being made from inanimate objects – even though some of those Pokemon were absolutely the best. Everyone seems to adore Alcremie though, so… I guess we won’t hear complaints about that, huh? At least, not about this particular Pokemon.

Rolycoly

Rolycoly | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comOur new rock type is known as the coal Pokemon, Rolycoly. It reminds me of Roggenrola and I’m pleased to see one of its abilities is not sturdy. (Because, really, sturdy is only a good ability if the Pokemon is on your side.) He looks like a puff cloud though only… not fluffy. I feel like he would be able to float and hover around, though the Pokedex says it rolls around with ease.

Coal drops from Rolycoly’s body and people in the Galar region use it to heat up their homes. I always enjoy it when a Pokemon has an every-day function like that in addition to their battling. I wonder if he’ll get the chance to learn any fire moves?

Duraludon

Duraludon | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comThe alloy Pokemon, a steel and dragon type – Duraludon. This guy, even though he only weighs about 88-lbs, is going to be a beast. Although, according to his Pokedex entry, he seems as though he’s a gentle soul (despite battling with Tyranitar a lot). I love the look of him though. He’s so shiny and his arms, which is used to crush rock, are a cool design. I’m eager to see this guy in battle… on my side, of course.

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Our Thoughts On Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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krismii
One of our first debates was Harvest Moon versus Animal Crossing as a couple of our favorite franchises, and we’ve even challenged each other to play games in each of the series to give them another try. Recently, I did get a new appreciation for New Leaf, even if my interest is waning a bit with it now. With that, I found myself a little more intrigued than I expected myself to be at the Animal Crossing: New Horizons news at E3 this year.

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I’ve wanted an Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch for so long now. As soon as they announced it, I was instantly excited. We finally got more news on it at E3 this year and they showed off an interesting trailer. It showcased some of the new mechanics of the game that, honestly, had me tilting my head.

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It did give us a few new mechanics that Rachel and I had been talking about recently for the games, such as having lawns to decorate instead of just decorating inside the houses. Having customizable characters is a plus as well. Something that I was interested in was the farming mechanic. I started laughing, marveling at how Animal Crossing is adopting some Harvest Moon aspects.

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Having a yard to call your own is great, I agree. As well as customizing your character. However, I wonder if they’ll still allow for a random option? I always enjoyed being surprised at how good or derpy I’d look. The farming mechanic is what made me tilt my head. As you all know by now, Harvest Moon is not my favorite game. I always preferred Animal Crossing because I found it be more chill and less “work.” You can make your own tools and, I assume, have to gather materials to make said tools. The farming itself seems fun, that I never minded too much. Although, with the real-time mechanic of the game, I have a feeling crops are going to die a lot.

krismii
It’d be nice if there was still a random option at the beginning for your looks, but I do enjoy the idea of customization. I like the different skin tones that are available! See, I always felt that Animal Crossing wasn’t as goal-orientated as Harvest Moon, which I disliked. Having played New Leaf a bit more, I do see the goals you can make but I feel that it’s more “work” and time restrictive than most Harvest Moon installments are. I’m hoping the farming mechanic will be akin to the earlier Harvest Moon games, in that you plant them, water them once a day, and there you go. Of course, I presume the farming — and even some of the tools — will be optional, so you can have your game be as chill as you want.

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I find it funny how I think Harvest Moon is more “work” and you think Animal Crossing is more “work.” Maybe farming and such will be optional, I don’t know. I’m all for new mechanics and ways on improving the gameplay, but seeing something so similar to Harvest Moon made me stop and think for a moment.

krismii
Isn’t it strange? I still believe you should give an earlier Harvest Moon game a try, perhaps More Friends of Mineral Town, as opposed to the Light of Hope that I had you try before. You may enjoy the simplicity of that more. I do hope you’ll still be excited for and enjoy Animal Crossing: New Horizons, considering it’s been one of your favorite franchises for years.

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I’m still excited for New Horizons and I’m intrigued by the changes. I know it’ll be a great game regardless. I’m curious how it’ll turn out though. The release can’t come soon enough.

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Animal Crossing Switch Wish List

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E3 is right around the corner and I’m super excited to see what Nintendo has to offer this year! Like many, I’m sure, I’m eager to learn more about Animal Crossing for the Switch. I mean, I hope they talk about it.

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The Big Ideas

I had a list of three or four things that I wanted to see in Animal Crossing Switch. As I wrote them down (because I knew I’d forget them before getting the chance to write this post), I kept coming up with more and more ideas. The list has grown to nine now, so I’ll talk in depth about the ones I really want.

Outside/Yards

I have a kiddie pool in my back room in Animal Crossing New Leaf. It makes no sense to have a kiddie pool in the house – especially if you can’t even use it. A rubber duck is just floating around in it forever alone and, honestly, that’s quite sad. I want to be able to have an actual garden in my yard, not plant flowers randomly about town. I want to have a lawn mower or a shed (more inventory space!), lawn chairs, or something. I want the house to be unique from all the others, inside and out.

Interactive Villagers/Friendship Levels

There are a few different personality types the villagers have. However, they don’t really different from each other that much. I’d like to see more of those personalities, if not new personalities. Give the villagers more things to do and say. When they invite you over, have coffee or something. When they come over, let’s sit and watch TV together. They just roam around mindlessly.

Having friendship levels would be cool too. I mean, it might make more work for an Animal Crossing game, but people are always trying to move in new villagers or get the pictures of their current villagers. Having a friendship level would be a great indicator of that. Plus, the villagers can have friendships with each other and you can settle disputes and such.

More Villagers & Bigger Villages

There are a lot of villagers and only ten can live in your village at a time. Give us bigger towns with more room to build public works projects and allow 15-20 villagers to live in our town. Plus, I was watching a playthrough of New Leaf and they were saying how they would love to see the villagers have different styled houses depending on their personality, such as a mansion or a shack or whatever. That would be so cool.

Different Biomes

Most of the stuff on this list is a long shot, I know. This is probably the weirdest request from me to Nintendo, but… I would love different biomes. Think Zootopia or we could just have multiple towns to travel to and take care of. We could visit the Tundra, Rain Forest, Desert, and more. Animals who live in those areas in real life are most likely to appear in their respective biomes. They have the camping ground so I think they could add two or three biomes off to the side for your town. It’ll be a surprise what you get. Maybe you could add more biomes down the road after you meet certain requirements in the game. I know there are different seasons, but I’m sure there are different bugs and fish that would appear only in the desert and stuff… we could catch Blathers a scorpion!

Honorable Mentions

  • More inventory space – let us have our pocket space plus a backpack that has even more room.
  • More than one save file – yes, this already exists but for the same town. I want to have multiples towns on one game.
  • Interactive decor – some are interactive, but not all. Seriously, if my character has a coffee pot, I want to turn it on and actually drink the coffee.
  • Fishing net – I believe this is in Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. A fishing net can catch eight fish at once. Wouldn’t that make life easier? (But then, yeah, we would definitely need the more inventory space.)
  • Send letters to friends – whether they’ve visited your town before or you have their Switch friend code, we should be able to communicate and send gifts to friends.
  • Pokemon Crossing

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Nintendo E3 2019 Predictions & Wish List

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krismii
E3 is right around the corner and I’m upset that I have to work during the events. Granted, if I was able to justify taking a couple of days off of my day job for E3, I’d mainly be interested in what Nintendo has to say. The other developers would be fun to listen to, but Nintendo is the company we know best.

rachmii
Nintendo is, as you’re probably well aware, our favorite company. We love their consoles and games and while we dapple in others, Nintendo is what we know best. Their games are what we look forward to the most – Mario, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda. It’s all great. With that said, what games are you hoping to see more about, Kris?

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Well, I’ve heard that Nintendo is focusing on software and games rather than hardware, so we won’t be hearing anything about the newer Switches that may be coming. As for games, I’m looking forward to a bit more information on Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I’m excited because it’s Fire Emblem, but I’m iffy on the idea of the school-like setting. What about you?

rachmii
Nintendo likes surprises though. I wonder if they’ll mention something about the newer Switches just to have some sort of cliff-hanger. I’m excited that you’re getting a new Fire Emblem game. When they first announced it, it reminded me a lot of Harry Potter and Hogwarts. It should be interesting. I mostly want to know more about Animal Crossing for the Switch and Luigi’s Mansion 3. I imagine Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be similar to the first two games but with new ghost types and such. There’s a lot of cool new things I’d like to see in Animal Crossing Switch, so I hope they make the game bigger and better.

krismii
I keep forgetting about Luigi’s Mansion 3. I hope we get some news for that for you! I think there would be a riot if there wasn’t anything for Animal Crossing. Considering even I’ve been playing more Animal Crossing New Leaf lately, I do hope there will be some improvements in the game, especially when it comes to the online capabilities. One such thing we were talking about lately was having yards with our homes. It’d make more sense to decorate our yards with grills and scarecrows rather than keep those kinds of decorations indoors!

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Yes, exactly! Plus, we know they’re capable of much more from Happy Home Designer. Though, I guess, that’s a post for another day. I also want to know who the next DLC fighter will be for Smash Ultimate. I hope they give a hint or announce who it will be.

krismii
I… know very little about Happy Home Designer, so I’ll take your word for it, haha! The next DLC Smash fighter won’t be available until next February, right? A hint or reveal wouldn’t be a bad thing to see during E3. I’d also like a little bit more about Super Mario Maker 2. There was that rumor about the online play not being available for friends, which sounds ridiculous, so if Nintendo could clarify and hopefully strike that rumor down, that would be great. We have plenty of blogging and gamer friends that I would love to play Super Mario Maker 2 with!

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All five DLC fighters will be available by February 2020. So, the other four are coming within the next few months. Revealing the character and/or giving us a release date for the second fighter would be great. I doubt they’ll say much on Super Mario Maker 2 since they had that Direct not too long ago and the release is right around the corner. However, it would be nice if they debunked those rumors.

krismii
Oh, that’s coming up quick, then! I’m excited to see who the rest of the fighters are, and a small part of me is still hoping for Geno. I keep forgetting that we’re in June at this point and Super Mario Maker 2 will be released at the end of this month. Still, some clarification regarding the online business would be great. Considering there is a Pokemon direct today as well as the press conference last week, I wonder if there will be anything extra for Pokemon during E3?

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As much as I would love to see more Pokemon, despite the Direct, I would love to see more Pokemon stuff at E3. Of course, I’m not getting my hopes up for that. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing what Nintendo has up their sleeve at E3. They always have great surprises and impress.

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