Friday Favorites: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tracks

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

While I’m not the best racer out there, I’m still having fun playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Rachel did a Top Tuesday of her favorite tracks a couple of weeks ago, and today I’ll be sharing mine.

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Holy sugar, the sheer speed of this course is amazing! It gets insane the higher the CC level you pick, and it’s just tons of fun trying to ram into the other racers. The music itself just keeps you pumped up throughout the race.

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Baby Park was originally in Double Dash, one of my favorite installments of the Mario Kart franchise. The course itself my look like a simple oval, but it showcases the pure chaos that is the Mario Kart series with everyone lapping or being lapped on the course. It’s always hysterical and crazy with all the items flying everywhere, so much so that it often gets difficult to tell what place you’re in until you cross the finish line.

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This course brought a real sense of adventure, soaring among clouds and sky ships, dodging lightning bolts while trying to reach the speed boosts, and carefully maneuvering around the giant vine-like road. It always reminded me of the battleships from the original Mario games as well as the Rainbow Ride level of Super Mario 64.

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Being such a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda franchise, I was so excited to hear that Link and a track of his own would be joining the Mario Kart scene. While we never bought the DLC for the original Mario Kart 8 game, he’s quickly become one of my favorite racers in the Deluxe version, as has his track. The music, the backgrounds, the use of keese and deku babas in place of bats and pirahna plants, rupees instead of coins — the course is chock-full of indulgent Zelda references.

 

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This track is just pure adventure and adrenaline rush. Immediately you start at the top of a snowy mountain and traverse through ice, woodlands, and downward hills. It combines speed and technique, allowing every racer to bring their best strategies to the course.

What are your favorite or least favorite tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

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Friday Favorites: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Items

Double Jump Kris MiiYay for another Friday!

Considering I complained about the items in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that I find problematic, I figured today I would share the items that I love getting in that item box roulette.

Piranha Plant

I find it so amusing to have your character’s kart just have a giant pot sticking out the front of it and this man-eating plant helps tug you along while taking bites out of your opponents.

Bob-omb

Who doesn’t like explosions? I think this is a great item as long as you don’t accidentally blow up yourself. I love dropping it behind my kart to get rid of tailgaters.

Red Shells

Alright, this one is a bit of a cop-out, but how can you not love the red shells? They’re little homing devices that go directly to attack the opponent in front of you. While you can defend yourself against them, they are one of the most useful items in a race.

Mushrooms

I love the classic mushrooms! A decent little speed boost to pull in front of an opponent right before they cross the finish line, or to use during a mushroom shortcut on a course — I find them great to use in almost any situation (looking at you, Rainbow Road).

What do you think of the Mario Kart items? Which are your faves?

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Friday (Least) Favorites: Mario Kart Items

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch has become the best selling Mario Kart game to date, and it broke that record after only its third day! Rachel and I are really enjoying it, but there are definitely some items that I could do without flying around the tracks…

Lightning

I get so annoyed at this item. No warnings, lose your items, always spinning out… Although the tiny versions of your kart going zoom and the squeakier character voices are definitely amusing!

 

Blooper

I admit that the challenge of not being able to see with the Blooper clouding up your screen with ink is an interesting idea, I feel as if it falls flat. Half of the time, the ink doesn’t hinder your sight enough and it’s just more annoying than a challenge.

Fire Flower

While the Fire Flower is fairly creative when it comes to being added to the Mario Kart games, it’s not my favorite item. I feel as if it’s only useful if an opponent is right in front of you. Otherwise, I just fire them all off as soon as possible to free up an item slot.

Coin

These things are all over the tracks… Why waste an item slot with them? Even if they omitted them and all the players in the first couple of places in the race got banana peels instead, at least that would be another challenge and amusing to see everyone slipping everywhere.

What do you think of the Mario Kart items? Any favorites or least favorites?

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Friday Favorites: 1-2 Switch Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Going off of Rachel’s last Top Tuesday, I thought I would share the few 1-2 Switch mini games that I do not mind. Granted, 1-2 Switch is not a game that I play on a regular basis, but the few times Rachel can persuade me to turn it on, there are some mini games I won’t complain about.

Ball Count

If I were to have a favorite aspect about 1-2 Switch, it would be how well it shows off the technology of the console and the Joy-Con. Ball Count showed just how sensitive the Joy-Con were with the simulated marbles “hiding” in the controllers. I was amazed at the technology and enjoyed the challenge of the mini game.

Treasure Chest

This fast-paced puzzle mini game is a real challenge and it’s hilarious trying to focus and beat your opponent in it.

Zen

Yoga is pretty fun — I don’t do it often at all nowadays, but I remember enjoying the unit whenever I did it during P.E. and fitness classes back in school. Also, going against Rachel, who can barely keep still is awesome.

Quick Draw

I love the fast reflex games, and Quick Draw was tons of fun. It was simple, yes, but proving that you’re the fastest when it comes to pushing a button? Very satisfying.

Boxing Gym

The boxing mini game is one of my favorites, mostly due to the fact that I grew up wanting to be Batman, partner up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and know all sorts of martial arts. Play this game a few times in a row, and it’s a decent mini workout. Win-win!

Do you have any interest in the 1-2 Switch games? Any that you didn’t actually mind?

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Friday Favorites: BotW Weapons

Double Jump Kris MiiHopefully you’re not sick of Breath of the Wild posts, because here’s another one!

One of the aspects I love about the game is the variety of weapons. I have yet to find the Master Sword, but until then, I’m doing well with some of my favorite weapons that I find in the game!

Guardian Sword

I was entranced with how much this sword glowed when I first collected it! The swords are definitely my preferred weapon of choice — besides the bows — so far in this game, and the Guardian Sword seems to be a decently balanced blade for combat. Not too heavy but still deals a nice amount of damage.

Sledgehammer

Generally I’m not one for the heavier weapons, the ones that take a few precious seconds to swing around before colliding with an enemy. However, the hammer definitely was fun, even just for smashing items along with the toes of the bigger enemies!

Shock Arrow

I love bows. In Legend of Zelda games, Fire Emblem games, Minecraft… Bow and arrows were always fun for me, for sniping enemies and triggering traps from afar. Breath of the Wild has a variety of arrows to choose from as well, and I particularly enjoyed using the shock arrows on enemies. It was difficult not to appreciate them, especially after dying a few times to that Lynel enemy using them near Zoras Domain!

Lightscale Trident

Spears and lances, like the heavier weapons in games, never were really one of my favorites, but there’s just something so satisfying with stabbing your enemies with a trident. I never thought I would have that much fun with a trident!

What’s your favorite weapon in Breath of the Wild? Do you have a preferred fighting strategy?

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Friday Favorites: BotW Activities

Double Jump Kris MiiWe’re just going to be talking about Breath of the Wild for a while now, okay? I know, we’re about a month late, but we have to get all of our gushing out since we’re finally able to play the game!

While we’re not very far into the game, I do want to talk about the little quirky and new activities of Breath of the Wild that we get to do.

 

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I wish my food just cooked itself when I stare at it.

Cooking

 

I’m not the best cook in real life and I was a little dubious when it was revealed that Link would need to cook in order to regain health (whaddya mean we can’t just forage for wild hearts anymore?!). However, the cooking aspect is adorable and has that fun little jingle as the food bounces around in the pot! I’m looking forward to discovering all the different combinations for recipes and elixirs!

Bombing Mechanic

The Sheikah Slate is awesome and I love hearing how involved the Sheikah race has been in Hyrule’s history — way back with the introduction of Impa and Sheik in Ocarina of Time, I have always been intrigued about the Sheikah race! One of the mechanics of the Sheikah Slate is the ability to install Runes, which seem to be taking the place of many familiar Legend of Zelda items, like magnets, ice rods, and bombs. The bomb rune so far has been my favorite. For some reason, it’s so satisfying to toss bombs into enemy camps and remotely detonate them!

Hunting

I’m an animal-lover by nature, and I would honestly never hunt in real life. However, to go with the cooking ability in this game, hunting seems to be satisfying as well — stalking boars, birds, and fish for recipes, getting the necessary ingredients to cook so you can survive, it really went with the theme of the game.

Climbing and Paragliding

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See those mountains in the distance? I’m going to climb them!

 

Link is like Spiderman in this game, and I love it. He can climb almost any surface in the game and to just have that unlimited potential for exploring is amazing! That, and with our nifty jump button, we can launch ourselves off of mountains to soar through the air with paragliders to touch every nook of this gorgeous world.

Aside from the story and exploring, what’s your favorite thing to do in Breath of the Wild?

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Friday Favorites: Places to Buy Games

Double Jump Kris MiiYou know what I want? A thrift store that sells old video games from way-back-when at decent prices. I would so become a regular and probably not see much of my paycheck.

However, since a place like that does not exist near me, I do have a few favorite places to go whenever I need a new video game to play.

Toys R Us

Toys R Us was the number one toy shop for us when we were kids. Nowadays, we tend to go straight to the electronics section, of course, where we usually have a decent selection of video games to sift through. They also usually have a massive section for amiibos, so if we ever need to get our amiibo fix, Toys R Us is the place.

Amazon

Who doesn’t love Amazon? With the quick shipping and the mostly-painless clicking method of purchasing, Amazon is great when it comes to buying our new games. The boxes get delivered right to your door and it’s like coming home to a present after a long day of work!

GameStop

Most people tend to have a love-hate relationship with GameStop, as far as I hear. I know they tend to make the most profit off of selling used games and can be a bit loud when it comes to their rewards program, but the couple of GameStop stores around me tend to be pretty good. They’ve got great selections, and Rachel and I feel comfortable talking with the sales associates whenever we have questions about anything. Most of the associates at the stores we frequent are very knowledgeable and, when you have an expensive hobby like gaming, it’s fantastic!

Do you have any favorite places to shop for games?

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