Friday (Least) Favorites: Super Smash Bros. Items

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Last week, I shared a list of some of my favorite items from the Super Smash Bros. video game franchise. This week, I thought I would share a few items that are not my favorites. If these items below do not make an appearance for Smash Bros. on the Switch, I will not be heartbroken!

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Lip’s Stick

This item was always annoying to me, especially on the receiving end. I mean, that’s the point, but I still hated getting hit with this item and having a damage-causing flower pop up on my character’s head. It definitely wasn’t the most powerful battering item, either.

Banana Peel

Just like when I see them on the Mario Kart tracks, seeing a banana peel join the fight makes me groan. I almost always chuck it off the stage, if I’m able to, as I’m more wont to tripping on the peel myself during the melee.

Mr. Saturn

While I’m guessing his appearance is a nod to Earthbound fans, I don’t understand Mr. Saturn’s existence in the Smash Bros. games. Why is he there? He only makes an odd sound if he’s thrown at someone. Otherwise, he just kind of wanders around.

Screw Attack

This is a hit or miss for me. Generally, the characters I use in the Smash games are characters who have decent jumps and up-slashes. The Screw Attack kind of nullifies the jumps of the characters, and I tend to forget if I’m wearing the badge or not, generally ruining whatever combo I may have been planning.

What are your least favorite Super Smash Bros. items?

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Friday Favorites: Smash Bros. Items

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

With Super Smash Bros. for the Switch arriving this year, this week’s list is a look at some of my favorite items from the franchise. Sure, it’s a great challenge to take out the items from matches, but the chaos some of these items create can be fantastic!

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Bunny Hood

I always had a penchant for the speedier characters, and with the Bunny Hood, I was able to go even faster. The high jumps this item gave the characters was also so much fun!

Motion Sensor Bomb

Bombs are always great to mix a little chaos into the matches, with the motion sensor bomb being one of my favorites. In a battle with 4 or more people, it was great when you were able to sneak one of these bombs without anyone else noticing and watching as they go flying off the screen due to the unexpected explosion.

Warp Star

The Warp Star from Kirby’s games was a great item to deal that finishing blow on an opponent, as long as you were able to control it well enough. It’s quick and pretty and just fun to use in a fast-paced battle.

Pokeball

C’mon, who doesn’t love the pokeball item in the games? Aside from the random Pokemon being an addicting gamble, some of the Pokemon can be particularly devastating to your opponents. And they’re adorable!

What are your favorite Super Smash Bros. items?

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Friday Favorites: Multiplayer Games

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Growing up, my friends and I were always the group to crowd at one of our houses for pizza and video games. It was easy on our parents — they always knew where we were! Throughout the years, here are some of my top multiplayer games.

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Mario Kart

Mario Kart has always been a great series to play with friends, despite its reputation for ruining friendships like Monopoly. While I definitely enjoy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with the extra characters and the awesome battle modes, one of my favorites was always Double Dash for the GameCube. Working in tandem with someone else to destroy the opposition was always fun!

Overcooked

This is a newer game that Rachel and I discovered and, with our Xbox One gifted to us from our generous brother-in-law, we were finally able to play it. We first discovered the game through PB&Jeff, a series on the PBGGameplay YouTube channel. It’s a ridiculous little game where you need to cooperate with others to complete orders in absurd kitchens. It’s always a challenge no matter how many people you’re playing with!

Mario Party

Mario Party 1 through 6ish, of course. The latter Mario Party games, the ones with the microphone gimmicks and the cars that cart everyone around the board, seem to have forgotten what a Mario Party truly is, in my opinion. The older Mario Party games were also ripe with minigames that sometimes seemed to favor one player or team over another, bringing about another challenge (or argument) for the players.

Super Smash Bros.

Before this series, I wasn’t one for pure fighting games. Seeing how much fun it is to pummel your friends with one of your favorite Nintendo characters had changed my mind. Melee was probably my favorite installment of this series, but I’m always eager to see what future games will bring!

What are your favorite multiplayer games? Any that you would recommend to play or any that you felt were a waste of time?

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Friday (Least) Favorites: Super Smash Bros Stages

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

The Internet nearly lost its mind when Nintendo announced Smash 5 for the Switch recently. Since then, there’s been plenty of speculation about characters, stages, and assist trophies that will be in the next installment of the series. This is a list of stages that I will be happy not to see again.

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WarioWare, Inc.

Aside from the fact that I am not a fan of the WarioWare games in general, this stage was not a favorite a mine due to the microgames. I understand they’re supposed to be distracting, but I am not interested in trying to “win” a microgame when I want to focus on the fight.

Onett

I disliked how small this stage seemed. It appeared to be too busy with the city-like setting, with not much room to perform many combos when trying to fight your opponents.

Rumble Falls

Rumble Falls was the type of stage that moved vertically, forcing the players to keep up with the scrolling while also trying to focus on fighting the other players. I would much rather end up losing lives due to my opponents instead of missing small ledges and falling behind the scrolling platforms.

What are your least favorite Super Smash Bros. stages?

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Friday Favorites: Game Theories

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The Game Theorists is one of Rachel’s and my favorite YouTube channels. The channel does its best to solve or prove these theories about video games with real-world math and science. While some of the more technical terms can go over our heads, it’s always fascinating to see and hear some video game aspects being explained in a way that could work in reality. This list showcases some of my favorites.

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Game Theory: Luigi is the Richest Man in Mushroom Kingdom

Calculating the money and coins found in the Mushroom Kingdom, Game Theory speculates whether or not Luigi is the richest man in his fictional world, especially due to his mansion won in Luigi’s Mansion.

Culture Shock: Peach is a Goddess

Aside from game theories, the channel also hosts Culture Shock, where one of the team members delves into the history and culture that may have inspired certain parts of video games. One of my favorites is where he details how Peach may actually be a goddess rather than a mere princess of her kingdom. (As a side note, there is also a video speculating that Bowser is a god, which brings about a new dynamic to the Bowser and Peach relationship.)

Game Theory: The Pokedex is Full of Lies

Anyone who’s played Pokemon knows the Pokedex entries, the descriptions that give a little insight to the Pokemon species’ habits, behavior, what-have-you. Yet, there have been plenty of entries that are a little weird or even creepy. This particular episode of Game Theory debunks the entry for Gardevoir.

Do you watch the Game Theorists channel? What are some of your favorite videos from them?

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Friday (Least) Favorites: Miitopia Jobs

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Miitopia is an awesome game, one that I’ve recently returned to just for the fun of it. Playing with all the jobs in the game, there are a few that I’ve found were not my favorites… These are my least favorite jobs in Miitopia.

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Flower

I suppose the game gets points for trying something new with this class, but the Flower job just didn’t impress me. It was a cross between the Cleric and Mage classes with nothing really special about it except for the silly costumes.

Tank

I thought the Tank didn’t look too bad — I was amused that the character was a literal tank, both in battle and in the over world walking animations. While I liked their high defense and strength, I hated how their attacks could hit allies and cause resentment among the group.

Scientist

Scientist honestly wasn’t too bad, as I found some of their special skills to be rather unique in animation and purpose, with their buffs and all. I wasn’t a fan of their clothing, Lab Gear, finding it to look a bit ridiculous in battle. I probably sound really superficial by saying that, but for a game that otherwise looks adorable with the Miis running around as various jobs, it threw me off.

What are your least favorite Miitopia jobs?

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Gym Puzzles

Double Jump Kris MiiHow was everyone’s week?

I’ve been playing more Pokemon lately, finding the series to be rather relaxing after a week of work. I prefer the regions with gym challenges rather than Alola, both for the challenging battles and the puzzles that some gyms had in order to reach the leader. This week is all about my favorite Pokemon Gym puzzles!

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Mahogany Gym (Johto)

Mahogany Gym is the Ice-type gym in the second generation of the Pokemon games. It has one of those classic ice-sliding puzzles where one misstep can mess you up. While the original Gold/Silver/Crystal trio had just one room of this puzzle, the HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes had three.

Vermilion Gym (Kanto)

Lt. Surge’s Electric-type gym was a fun puzzle in which there are two switches hidden in trash cans that the player needs to press in order to open up the electric doors that the gym leader is behind. While the switches are always adjacent, if you guess the second one incorrectly, the switches reset.

Fuchsia Gym (Kanto)

This Poison-type gym used invisible walls that you had to walk around in order to reach the gym leader. As a kid playing the original first generation games, I was a little frustrated with this gym until I realized that you could very faintly make out where the walls are. Nevertheless, it was a good challenge.

Mistralton Gym (Unova)

In Black and White, this gym uses freaking cannons to blast the player around the room. Your character is supposed to be, what, a young teen? I feel as if this gym would get sued for human injuries. In Black 2 and White 2, there are giant fans that blow the player around, and I’m not sure they’re much better. While not particularly challenging, this is probably one of the gym designs that I found the most amusing while playing!

What are your favorite Pokemon Gym puzzles? Or did you prefer the gyms that were straightforward and led you immediately to the gym leader?

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