Friday Favorites: Video Game Dads

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

Father’s Day is this weekend, so I thought I would use a post to celebrate some of the best video game dads. I hope everyone else is able to celebrate with their father or someone close to them this weekend!

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Rusl from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Rusl is the father of Colin, the shy child who finds his courage throughout the game, from Twilight Princess. Rusl is the character from Link’s hometown, the swordsman, seemingly the guard of the village that most likely helped Link hone his own sword skills. Besides being a father figure to the hero of the game, Rusl is also a critical member of the resistance, saving Link during the attack on Hyrule Castle.

“Dad” from Dream Daddy

Dream Daddy is a visual novel where you play as a customizable dad and were able to romance several other (mostly) single dads. While your choices were crucial to the ending of the game, the player’s “Dad-sona” had an awesome relationship with his daughter Amanda. The interactions with her ranged from goofy and casual to affection and, well, fatherly. Their relationship is probably one of my favorite aspects about the game.

Bowser from the Super Mario series

Okay, we all remember that Switch Parental Control video, right? The adorable one when Bowser was the Most Responsible Parent of the Year because he was being sure his son Bowser Jr. was playing games that were appropriate for his age? Bowser is also a father figure to all of the Koopalings as well, allowing them to help him with his work and always very encouraging while doing so. Not only that, his motivation for kidnapping Peach in Super Mario Sunshine was literally just so Bowser Jr. could have a mom. Cool motive, still kidnapping, but the thought was sweet.

What are your favorite video game dads?

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Friday Favorites: Beaches in Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

Being June, it’s supposed to be warmer, the perfect weather for a day at the beach. Considering where I am is kind of lackluster at the moment, with the weather ranging from the fifties to the eighties in Fahrenheit degrees rather than being consistent “summer” temperature, I’m going to visit some in-game beaches and pretend I’m there.

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Lurelin Village from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild boasts a gorgeous open world for you to explore while on your quest to save Hyrule from Calamity Ganon. One of my favorite places to go was Lurelin Village, a small town near the southern end of Hyrule with plenty of spots to watch the ocean water reflect the sunset. It also had a pretty decent shrine puzzle that was fun to figure out!

Harvest Moon Beaches

The Harvest Moon games that I’ve played tended to have nice beach areas. Back when More Friends of Mineral Town was the main installment I played, I always enjoyed the shift in the music and the ocean sound effects whenever I visited the beach. I’ve been playing Light of Hope on the Switch recently and I’m enjoying that beach area as well. It’s great to dig up shells for easy cash!

Seaside Town from Super Mario RPG

Not exactly a “beach,” per se, but Seaside Town was the place right next to the ocean, right before you dove underwater to confront a pirate on a sunken ship for a Star Piece. The town is first filled with impostors who spout out ridiculous lines and reveal themselves to be a challenging boss after you resurface from the pirate ship.  The music is also one of my favorite tunes from the game, too!

Slateport City from the Pokemon Gen. 3

The Hoenn region of the Pokemon games is one of my favorites generation-wise with the Pokemon and locations. The beach at Slateport City was great when I first encountered it, finding the soda pop shop a cute idea and enjoying the battles on the beach. Running around and leaving footprints in the sand always amused me as well.

What are your favorite beaches in video games?

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Friday Favorites: Fire Levels

Double Jump Kris MiiHey, it’s June!

A little while ago, I did a Friday Favorites dedicated to video game levels that reminded me of or were set in winter. To celebrate the coming warmer months, this time around my Friday Favorites post is dedicated to summery or hot levels.

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Cinnabar Island from Pokemon

In the Kanto region of Pokemon, the seventh gym badge is one you earn from the Fire-type gym on Cinnabar Island. The island is tiny, but I remember from the original Pokemon Yellow the red palette of the pixels, the abandoned mansion filled with lore and Fire-type Pokemon, the riddles from the gym… I can’t wait to see what it looks like in the Let’s Go titles!

Mt. Lavalava from Paper Mario

Let’s be real, the original Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64 was the best title in that series. Mt. Lavalava, the volcano dungeon that you explore after meeting all the Yoshis, was not only a fun area to traverse, but you also had Kolorado hanging out with you. Kolorado was an archaeologist only following you for treasure, but his hilarious dialogue and mannerisms make him one of my favorite NPCs to date.

Barrel Volcano from Super Mario RPG

My favorite aspect of Barrel Volcano is the music, if I’m being honest. Super Mario RPG had fantastic level designs to begin with, and Barrel Volcano is no exception. Challenging bosses — both mini and the main bosses — were found here along with an amusing shopkeeper doing business in the middle of the volcano. The Axem Rangers, spoofs of the Power Rangers, were also some of my favorite bosses in this game.

Dodongo’s Cavern from Ocarina of Time

Dodongo’s Cavern was probably one of my first “fire levels” in my gaming history. Ocarina of Time, being one of the first games that I’ve played on my own, was an amazing experience and I remember being in awe at the idea of exploring the cavern. That, and the bombs that you received around the same time was awesome!

What are your favorite fire-based or summer levels in video games?

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Friday Favorites: Harvest Moon NPCs

Double Jump Kris MiiTime for another weekend!

Per Rachel’s and my last debate — Harvest Moon vs Animal Crossing — this Friday is dedicated to my favorite NPC characters of the franchise, minus the characters that are eligible to marry.

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Felicia from Island of Happiness/Sunshine Islands

Felicia is one of the “moms” of the setting in these games. She has a sweet disposition, helps with the shipping so you can turn a profit and, in the case of Island of Happiness, treats you like family almost immediately due to being shipwrecked together. Being one of the first available NPCs, and with such a kind nature, helps ease you into the game.

Hana from A New Beginning

Hana is the little old lady who runs the General Store in A New Beginning. She’s adorable and is quick to become friends with you. If you find and talk with her on rainy or stormy days, her dialogue is cute as she mildly scolds you for being out in the rain just to check on her.

Bo from Animal Parade

Bo is the quieter of the two carpenter apprentices, and his chill personality is one reason why I like the NPC. The other reason is that I find it funny how exasperated he can become — going so far as to even apologize for — the antics of Luke, the other carpenter apprentice!

Gotz from Friends of Mineral Town/More Friends of Mineral Town

The carpenter from the Mineral Games, Gotz is a bit gruff, but softens up once you befriend him. Like many of the other Mineral Town characters, he has a deeper backstory, one that I enjoy learning about whenever I play these games, as sad as it is.

 

Have you played any Harvest Moon games? What are your favorite characters from the games?

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Moms

Double Jump Kris MiiThank God it’s Friday!

Mother’s Day is this weekend, everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful mother figure to celebrate it with! When playing video games, mothers of the protagonists tend to… be nonexistent. If mothers existed at all, they tend to be part of the protagonist’s tragic backstory by being dead. In the Pokemon core series games, though, your mother is always present. This Friday, this is my personal ranking of the Mom character from the Pokemon games.

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7. Mom from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

The Pokemon Mom from Hoenn really doesn’t do much. Aside from giving the player the Running Shoes, like the majority of other Pokemon Moms before it became an automatic mechanic, and revealing that the protagonist’s father is a gym leader, she hangs out at home. Where she doesn’t even have her own room. Which isn’t even in the same town as her husband’s gym. Why did she move you guys to Littleroot Town again?

6. Mom from Black/White/Black 2/White 2

I’ll admit, the fifth generation of the Pokemon games are the ones that I’ve played the least. Unova did not capture my attention as well as the other regions had. The Mom from Unova likewise did not seem memorable, except for the Running Shoes, although I do know she had a bit more of backstory than some of the other Pokemon Moms. I found it a little interesting that she had been a receptionist working with Nurse Joy in the Unova sequels. Sure, she gave you the Xtransceiver, but I never remembered it existed until the story made it ring automatically from the NPCs.

5. Mom from Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Despite being the latest Pokemon Mom, the Alola Mom doesn’t even have a name nor the productivity to even fully unpack after moving to the island region. She has a nice personality and her backstory with being a Meowth trainer gives her a little depth, but it’s not much at all. With all the new aspects of the Alola region, Mom seems fairly forgettable, which may have been done on purpose. She seems to serve no other purpose other than to be the token adult figure that brought the protagonist to the region.

4. Grace from X/Y

Considering that the Kalos region didn’t have sequels or a third-tier game, we didn’t really get a chance to really meet Grace, the mother from X and Y. I enjoyed finding out that she was a Rhydon rider, and I would have loved to see a side game where there was a race, perhaps with Grace being a fellow competitor. Grace has a lot of missed potential, and I’m sorry that she wasn’t a bigger part of the protagonist’s story.

3. Mom from Red/Blue/Yellow/LeafGreen/FireRed

The original Pokemon Mom, the Mom in Kanto definitely stands out just for being the first. She doesn’t do much other than remain at home and quietly support you, healing your Pokemon if you ask. Still, she was one of the first introductions to the Pokemon core series, which have become such a staple to my video game collection.

2. Johanna from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

The Sinnoh Mom has a name. This is the first Pokemon Mom to get her own moniker, and she has a much more active lifestyle than just chilling at home while you’re off on an adventure. She actively participates in Pokemon Contests, which I always thought was a nice touch. I’m a sucker for minor or side characters having their own lives that don’t revolve around the protagonist.

1. Mom from Gold/Silver/Crystal and Heartgold/Soulsilver

While all the Pokemon Moms are supportive of your character, I feel as if Johto Mom is one of the most useful. When I was younger, I wasn’t thrilled with her taking some of my money, but in later play throughs, I found it definitely helpful. It kept me from spending all my money on decorations on my own — if Mom bought them, it was fine, haha! That, and with Crystal being one of my favorite games, it was nice to finally have a mom character to support my female protagonist.

Which Pokemon Mom is most memorable to you? What are your favorite video game mothers?

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Theme Songs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

With the 1000th episode of the Pokemon anime here in the US, the official Pokemon YouTube channel has recently been creating videos that show off all the theme songs of the anime throughout the years. Rachel and I watched them, the nostalgia coming in full force.

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Born to Be a Winner (Pokemon: Johto League Champions)

I think that the Johto region of the anime series had some of the best theme songs. The anime was still fairly young, and the theme songs gave such a strong sense of the journey and doing your best along the way. Lyrically, it also borrowed from the original theme song, which I always thought was a nice tribute.

Unbeatable (Pokemon: Advanced Battle)

Unbeatable was from the Hoenn leg of the anime, another favorite time frame of mine from the anime series as a whole. It was just a fun theme song about confidence and never giving up.

Stand Tall (Pokemon: XYZ)

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really watched the anime since some of the Sinnoh episodes. Once Brock left the show, I tuned out too. However, we have seen some of the other movies that were set in the later regions, like Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. That movie had a full-length version of “Stand Tall,” the theme song to the XYZ season of the anime. I really enjoyed the beat and low tones of the song, as well as the message. It definitely made me want to return to the games to battle again!

Original Pokemon Theme Song (Pokemon: Indigo League)

C’mon, how can you not put this on a favorites list? The original theme is a classic, evoking the original sense of adventure and journey that comes with the Pokemon games and anime.

What are your favorite Pokemon theme songs?

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Friday Favorites: Wii U Games

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With the Switch out, not many folks are talking about the Wii U. The Switch seems to be everything that the Wii U tried to be, with all the game ports and the gamepad screen. Truth be told, our Wii U is usually used for Netflix and YouTube nowadays, but there are still some games that we enjoy turning on from time to time.

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Hyrule Warriors

If there are Legend of Zelda characters in the game, I’m going to buy it. This game was tons of fun, playing as multiple characters from the Legend of Zelda franchise, most that you would never get a chance to play as otherwise, and just slashing through hoards of enemies with a wide variety of weapons and magic. Character- and weapon-wise, Hyrule Warriors is much more diverse than Fire Emblem Warriors, even if it didn’t have as much options when it came to directing allies in the battles themselves.

Super Mario Maker

How could you not get excited about this game? The announcement that you could create your own Super Mario levels to share with the world was astounding. The sheer creativity and the simplicity of making your own levels was amazing.

Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

I’m a sucker for Legend of Zelda games, but Wind Waker was one that I was skeptical about. When it came out for the GameCube, I was in the camp of players that was a bit confused about the different art style. I didn’t mind it, but when Twilight Princess came out, I abandoned Wind Waker in favor of Link being able to turn into a wolf. When Wind Waker HD came out, I was more than ready to give it another try, and I enjoyed it on the Wii U.

What are your favorite Wii U games?

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