Friday Favorites: September Nintendo Direct News

Double Jump Kris MiiLast week, Nintendo had a direct that showcased over 40 different game titles for their 3DS family of systems and the Nintendo Switch. While Rachel and I briefly talked about what we had liked about the direct, today I’m going to go a little more in-depth with some of my favorite news.

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Project Octopath Traveler

Rachel and I downloaded the demo for this game a couple of days after the direct, finding the trailer that had been shown to boast awesome graphics and fantastic music. While we’re not very far into it just yet, we’re definitely excited by what we’ve been seeing! We can’t wait to meet the other characters when the full game comes out.

Fire Emblem Warriors

I made everyone else shush when this game came on. There wasn’t really anything new aside from Lyn being showcased (yay!), but I’m still looking forward to the game. One of the best aspects of Fire Emblem is the characters, in my opinion, so to see a bunch of fan favorites in a different styled game will definitely be interesting. That, and I’ve enjoyed Hyrule Warriors, so I’m hoping Fire Emblem Warriors will be fun to play as well.

Arena of Valor

While this game is available to download from Google Play (with Batman!), it’ll be interesting to have on the Switch. A multiplayer online battle game sounds fantastic, and I’ll probably be awful at it when it comes out, but it looks like too much fun to not try! Anyone have this game from Google Play already?

Nintendo 3DS Titles

Considering that Rachel and I recently got the new 2DS XL’s, it’s nice to hear all of the news for the 3DS family of systems, especially since there were rumors of the Switch being Nintendo’s flagship for both console and handheld games with its portability. Lady Layton, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the rerelease of Apollo Justice and the original Gold and Silver versions of Pokemon… There’s so much in the future to look forward to!

What are looking forward to the most from Nintendo’s latest direct?

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Friday Favorites: Fire Emblem Warriors Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiHow has everyone been this week?

With more and more information being shown for Fire Emblem Warriors lately, I’ve been thinking about what kind of characters I would like to see in the game. I’m aware that the game is focusing mostly on fan favorites from Fates and Awakening, it seems, but I can always hope, right?

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Shinon from Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn

I loved this grumpy, sarcastic sniper when I played through the game. His character development through Path of Radiance was also really interesting to me — not dealing well with his commander’s death, deflecting to the enemy, finding his way back to the right side while also trying to figure out himself — and his sniper skills weren’t bad at all.

Mae or Boey from Shadows of Valentia

Mae and Boey were both a couple of my favorites from Shadows of Valentia, and I think both of them would be interesting additions to Warriors. Their personalities and skills would fit right in, and I would love to see their reactions to some of the other characters in the Warriors world!

Tiki from Archanea/Awakening

I want to be able to stomp around as a dragon in Warriors! The Corrins may have that ability in the game, or perhaps gain it during the story mode, but I would still love the idea of being Tiki and changing into a dragon to destroy your enemies.

Matthew from The Blazing Blade

Rather, any thief/ninja character would be fine with me, but Matthew was always cool. In the Warriors game, I imagine thief characters would be some of the faster ones, with swift combos and, perhaps, one-hit kill special attacks. I would love to see thief mechanics in the Warriors game!

What are some of your Fire Emblem Warriors hopefuls?

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Friday Favorites: Games on Steam

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Steam is an awesome digital gaming platform, and Rachel and I have been trying to get more use out of it lately. We have a handful of games on the platform that we’re trying to give more love during our down times. Below are a few of the games that are on our “to-be played more” Steam list.

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Player Unknown Battlegrounds

I do not play shooter games. Like, at all. It just wasn’t a genre that I grew up with. Nintendo, with most of its kid- and family-friendly games, didn’t have too many games in that genre available as I started gaming. However, Rachel and I found out about Player Unknown Battlegrounds through a few of our favorite YouTubers, and the fast-paced, tense, kill-or-be-killed situation looks like so much fun!

Dream Daddy

Dream Daddy is a dating sim game that is unique in so many ways. We were a bit perplexed at first when we heard that the main premise is a single dad dating other single dads, but only because it’s not a typical dating sim scenario. Developed by Game Grumps, another YouTube channel that we occasionally watch, we are in love with the writing, the graphics, the music, and the characters themselves. It also just gives me warm and fuzzy feelings to see the inclusiveness and canon gay and transgender characters in the game — those representations are so important!

Sonic Mania

The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is one that I’ve kind of fallen out of lately. However, with Sonic Mania, it seems to be reviving and I’m definitely interested in trying out the game. The trailers themselves seem so nostalgic for the old-school Sonic games that I’m eager to see what Sonic Mania will bring to the franchise.

Lumo

A game Rachel discovered fairly recently, Lumo is a puzzle, isometric adventure game. Featuring a little wizard-looking character, you make your way out of rooms full of puzzles. The music and graphics look utterly charming, and it seems casual enough to do a couple of rooms at a time.

What are your favorite games on Steam?

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Friday Favorites: Miitopia Jobs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday and September! Give a shout-out to Rachel since today is her birthday!

Aside from Pokemon, one of the main games Rachel and I have been playing through is Miitopia. We’re having tons of fun with this game, especially when it comes to the personalities and the jobs! Below are the jobs that I’ve had the most fun with so far in the game.

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Thief Kris and Mage Rachel, at your service!

Mage

Everyone loves magic, right? While initially a bit frail, after leveling up a bit, the mage becomes quite the powerhouse with their abilities. The Lightning and Explosion spells were some of my favorites!

Pop Star

One of the aspects of the Pop Star job that I liked the best was how gender-neutral it was. My first job change was to the Pop Star class, and I chose the male outfit rather than the female because I liked the hats much better than the giant bow. The skills were unique, with different melodies being used for different reasons, either to harm everyone or help heal a bit of magic to other members.

Cat

I was a little skeptical about this job (to be fair, I was skeptical about many of the “new” jobs), but I figured I would give it a shot when it came time to make more party members. And, holy crap, my cat character was a beast! He was definitely one of my strongest members to date! His adorable walking animation was awesome too, haha!

Thief

While this may not come as a surprise to many, the Thief job is one of my favorites. Seeing the gear, the daggers, and the awesome “sneak” walk during the adventure mode were some great aspects that were added to the job. The tricky skills and actions just made it better!

What are your favorite Miitopia jobs?

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Friday Favorites: Rivals

Double Jump Kris MiiHello, everyone!

The Pokemon games boast adventure for your little character as you explore and grow with your team of Pokemon. Battling is a sure way for your Pokemon to grow, and what’s better than having someone — friend or not — always be lurking around the corner to compare your teams’ strength? This week, I’m detailing my favorite rival characters from the games!

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Alright, so technically Calem/Serena are supposed to be your main rivals, but I really enjoyed the group effort when it came to the Kalos games. Instead of just having that one rival that is always one step ahead (even if you always kick their ass in battle), you have this little group of friends who are all pursuing their Pokemon-related dreams. I just remember marveling at the Santalune Forest part at the beginning of the game, seeing everyone scatter about as they explore and engage in battles with you as you make your way through. That sense of community and friendship is something that the entire franchise is about.

Gary

The original rival in the games, this guy was an arrogant kid who always talked down to you even after you beat his team in a battle. He was rather clear-cut when it came to rivals with his simple motivation to just be better than you. While I did feel a little bad defeating him after he had been Champion for a mere two minutes, it was due to his pushes, to his name always being on the gym leaders’ pedestals before mine, that made my kid-self want to carefully grow and nurture my team.

Barry

This kid was ridiculous. His energetic mannerisms amused the hell out of me when I started playing the fourth generation of Pokemon games. Really, I think he just reminded me of Rachel, haha! Nevertheless, it was refreshing to have such a bouncy friend for your character considering many rivals tend to be a bit stoic when it comes to reaching their goals.

Silver

While Kanto was the first region my game-self had explored, it was Johto that really made me fall in love with the Pokemon franchise. Having Silver as a rival added to the depth of the story, especially when I got older and read the stories of him being Giovanni’s father. He was a rival whose main goal wasn’t just to beat you — he was trying to find his own place in the world himself. Even if he did steal his first Pokemon, he was really just looking for someone to be his friend for himself. I’m a sap for those kind of character development stories!

Who are some of your favorite Pokemon rivals?

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Friday Favorites: Villain Teams

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Despite the main Pokemon games’ stories starting off with you as a beginner trainer just trying to take on everyday challenges, the world inevitably falls into danger and only your ten-year-old self can save it. Throughout the years, though, there have been some villains who followed their dreams better than others. Below are a few of my favorite antagonists.

Team Skull

I’ll admit, I’m still not entirely sure as to what their goal was. I believe it was simply just to survive, perhaps make enough money to do so. They were one of the more amusing teams to date, and despite them trying to make nuisances of themselves around the Alola islands, their family bond to one another was endearing.

Team Aqua and Magma

Both of these teams had clear-cut goals and went for them, whether it be raising the sea levels or creating more land for the “good of the world.” They all had something to believe in and even had the strength to acknowledge later on that, “maybe this isn’t such a good idea.”

 

Team Rocket

This team was good enough to be the antagonists for not one, but two generations of Pokemon games. Even though their main goals were making money and controlling Pokemon, their methods and motives were simple and effective to work with the games’ story lines. It was a delight to my young self when playing Pokemon Yellow to go up against Jessie, James, and Meowth in a fight!

What are some of your favorite villain teams?

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Friday Favorites: Starter Pokemon

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

One of the most important decisions you make as a character at the beginning of a main Pokemon game is your starter Pokemon. Your first partner helps to determine the rest of your team and how difficult the beginning of your journey will be. While I tend to always pick the Grass-type starters for at least one of the games in a generation, there are definitely a few exceptions I’ll make.

Pikachu

Pokemon Yellow was my first Pokemon game, and eight-year-old me was delighted to be able to have Pikachu as my first partner. Watching Pikachu slowly start to trust me more while also being able to collect the rest of the Kanto starters like Ash did in the anime was really special to me.

Cyndaquil

I’m in the minority in that I honestly don’t pick the Fire-type starters at all. However, I always found Johto’s Cyndaquil to be a fun partner. The evolution line’s designs were both simple and functional in showing the Pokemon’s powers, and I was able to get a taste as to why Fire-types are one of Rachel’s favorites.

Rowlett

The Alola starter Pokemon were all great designs, in my opinion, but the little owl was utterly adorable. Combining two of my favorites types into one — Grass and Flying — only to later gain the rarer pairing of Grass and Ghost, Rowlett’s line certainly did not disappoint on my journey through the newest region.

Froakie

I loved all three of the starter Pokemon in the Kalos region. Having the final three evolutions be based off traditional RPG classes — Chesnaught the Warrior, Delphox the Mage, and Greninja the Ninja — touched my inner nerd. Of course I naturally gravitated toward the ninja-like final evolution, and I wasn’t disappointed when choosing Froakie for my second Kalos run-through.

Treecko

The Treecko line was always one of my favorites. There’s no real rhyme or reason — I believe I just preferred the design of the Pokemon in the line, as well as finding Ash’s Treecko’s “tough guy” persona in the few episodes of the Hoenn anime I watched. The Treecko I’ve raised always had great Speed stats, something that was doubled with its Hidden Ability.

What are some of your favorite Starter Pokemon?

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