Friday Favorites: AR Games Wish List

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Aside from virtual reality, AR games are becoming much bigger with the likes of Pokemon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and even Minecraft Earth. If AR games were able to merge with virtual reality — games where you bring yourself to a franchise’s world — they would be perfect to me. Yet, even if all we’re really able to do is bring elements of video game worlds into our reality, I’m down to try out more AR games. Here are some franchises I would love to see touched upon in our world.

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The Legend of Zelda

I wouldn’t mind seeing a deku baba or a keese flying around in AR as long as it meant I could also see bits and pieces of Hyrule in our world through my phone. AR puzzles can give way to little rewards — hearts for replenishing health, rupees for in-game items, etc. — and players can take on big bosses together, similar to the raids in Pokemon GO. Players can have an inventory of weapons, with a sword probably being the most popular, but are able to switch them out through the menu. Little fairies, like Navi and Tatl, can be a constant companion to help navigate Hyrule. There can be an overarching story to find pieces of the Triforce, a race against Ganondorf, with teams of players — perhaps categorizing them into Hyrule’s races — working together or, perhaps, against one another. I just really want to explore Hyrule in my everyday life, okay?

Superheroes

Whether this ties into Marvel or DC or is a more original twist to the genre, I wouldn’t mind having a superhero AR game. I used to love playing the MMORPG City of Heroes when it was still around, and bringing back just a semblance of that would be great. Players can select simplified superpowers when they create their character and gain experience points to level up as they defeat AR monsters or bad guys. As players level up, their powers become stronger, such as a level 1 player’s fire ball evolving into a steadier fire blast at level 5 or so. NPC superhero characters can be mentors to the players, giving them solo or team missions to protect the AR world. Perhaps players can even create their own superhero “teams” with friend codes, and teams can participate in leader boards, gaining points depending on how many missions they fulfill or baddies they defeat.

Mystery Series

Being an AR detective could be interesting. Players can be detectives, with the game using your location to give you hints towards clues, such as claiming that a clue is within so many steps. These clues can be brought to a base, similar to Pokestops in Pokemon GO, and players can work together to figure out the clues and how they point to the NPC culprit, or however the case decides to end. Tie the game to a franchise with NPC mentors like Phoenix Wright, Professor Layton, or Sherlock Holmes. Give the game a friend list that are your fellow contacts and detectives in the AR world, being able to share clues and notes while collaborating on cases.

Super Mario Maker

I believe Mario already exists in AR, even if it’s just a demo, yet I haven’t heard too much more on it. Seeing the gameplay video of Minecraft Earth got me thinking about what Super Mario Maker would look like in AR. Minecraft Earth allows you to build structures to play around in, and I think it would be interesting to be able to build Super Mario “levels” in AR as well. Being able to see question mark blocks and little koopas dashing around in AR could be fun. Every once in a while, Bowser and the Koopalings could be causing havoc somewhere like a raid, and players can help defeat them by using koopa shells, fire flowers, or other power-up items in the Mario world.

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Friday Favorites: D&D Classes

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It’s no secret that my favorite kind of characters in video games, especially RPGs, are those that focus on speed and stealth. When Rachel and I played our first Dungeons & Dragons sessions with some friends, I was immediately drawn to the pre-made rogue character and had a grand old time rolling the dice to see what kind of loot I could lift from NPCs. We’ve made our own characters since then and there were several other classes I wanted to try.

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Ranger

Ranger is actually the class that I went with when we all began creating our own characters. I found the idea of having proficiency in animal handling and the possibility of having an animal companion down the line to be wonderful motivators. Bow and arrows have always been a fun weapon in video games to me as well, so to translate that into a Dungeons & Dragons character was another good point.

Cleric

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been one to play any kind of healing character. I’d rather be a character who is on the front lines or able to sneak up and stab the enemies. Yet, the idea of being a cranky cleric has crossed my mind more than once. Perhaps one who is quite aware that they are the ones who decides who lives and who dies when it comes to healing.

Paladin

Whenever I play video games, it’s to be the hero, to help save the world. The paladin class sounds the closest to the ideal “hero” archetype, with strong attacks and being able to heal as well.

Bard

The power of music is amazing, and bards are there to make sure you don’t forget it. One of our friends plays bard characters in our campaigns, and she enjoys belting out songs while performing her characters’ actions. My favorite was when her character was being a distraction for some guards while the rest of us almost got our asses kicked by monsters in another room.

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Friday Favorites: Ocarina of Time Songs

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On our Twitch channel, I started playing through The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on my solo streams. I adore the soundtrack of the game, especially with how much magic is part of the music. Today’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to the songs you learn in the game.

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Minuet of Forest

As one of the first songs you learn as adult Link, this song was always a little bittersweet to me. It starts with a high note but patters off like a memory. It’s fitting considering Link is returning to the place that is no longer his home.

Saria’s Song

This was the song that always got stuck in my head whenever we played this game, with its upbeat tempo. As kids, I always thought it Darunia’s dance when you played the tune was ridiculous!

Nocturne of Shadow

The Shadow Temple is one of the creepiest temples in Legend of Zelda history to me, but I adore the tune that goes with it. It’s a solemn song and a little ominous, warning you of whatever danger you’re about to face.

Song of Storms

I love the power that’s in this tune. Not only that, the origin of this song is so amusing to me. You learn the song as an adult from the man in the windmill, who learned it from you when you were a kid. The time loop is great!

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Friday Favorites: My Video Game Hall of Fame

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A couple of new games have recently been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame — Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, Colossal Cave Adventure, and Microsoft Windows Solitaire. While there are criteria as to which games are inducted, I thought it would be fun to make a small list of my own for Hall of Fame games.

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Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has rocketed in popularity since its original release in [date]. The calming atmosphere of the game has likened it to the Harvest Moon franchise while also giving players new mechanics and aspects to the farming sim genre. It added an RPG-like element with cave exploration and monster slaying, as well as allowing players to marry either gender, including fellow players in the co-op updates. Considering the small team that created the game that has since gone on to be published on other consoles, the feats it has done deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

This is definitely more of a personal preference than figuring out anything groundbreaking about the game’s mechanics or style. However, it did throw Mario into yet another genre of video games, showcasing his versatility as a video game character. It also was the ancestor, if you will, of the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series, games that are popular in their own right. The Final Fantasy and other Nintendo character Easter eggs in the game were fun, and the unique characters that were introduced are popular enough to be shown in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s World of Light mode.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

We’re not a pair of gamers that plays shooting games too often, if at all. However, we have tried out PUBG and have seen plenty of streams of the gameplay, finding it stressful when we play and amusing thanks to the content creators that we’ve watched. It was one of the first major battle royale games that hit the market and, while Fortnite’s popularity and gimmicks may propel it to the Hall of Fame before PUBG, I believe PUBG deserves its share of recognition.

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Friday Favorites: Game Boy Color Games

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Being the 30th anniversary of the Game Boy, this week I dug into my bucket of handheld games from ages ago to find my modest collection of Game Boy Color games. Here are some of my favorites!

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Disney’s Tarzan

When my parents — rather, =the Easter Bunny — surprised me with a Game Boy Color Easter morning ages ago, one of the games that game with the handheld was Disney’s Tarzan, most likely because Disney was a familiar company to my parents at the beginning of their video game shopping days. I remember the game to be fun, something shiny and new, but I did not get too far. Still, it was a game I appreciated when I was breaking in my Game Boy Color.

Pokemon Puzzle Challenge

Much like Pokemon Puzzle League for the Nintendo 64 released around the same time, Pokemon Puzzle Challenge was based off of Panel de Pon, but with Pokemon characters, particular characters from the second generation of the game franchise. It was fun and a little addicting with the puzzles, and it was charming to use Pokemon from the Johto region. It was a go-to game whenever I wanted to kill some time.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

The Oracle duo of the handheld Legend of Zelda games were fun games with unique mechanics. I think I prefer the Ages game over the Seasons, finding it fun how the game’s landscapes and settings changed between the past and present. And you can’t go wrong with the Legend of Zelda franchise!

Pokemon Crystal

All of the core Pokemon games hold a special place in my heart, especially the few from the first couple of generations. Pokemon Yellow came with my Game Boy Color, but I believe Pokemon Crystal surpasses it on my favorites list. The more colors, the animated sprites, the fact that you could play as a female trainer, just a new world to explore was fantastic to me.

Honorable Mention: Rugrats Totally Angelica

I don’t remember when I got this game, nor do I remember much about it. Looking up the game now, I’m realizing that I completely missed the point of it. Supposedly, as Angelica, you played mini games in the mall to win clothes and accessories to then complete an outfit for a fashion show. I have a few vague memories of a couple of mini games, but not much more than that. It’s probably one of the more random games I have in my collection!

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Friday Favorites: April 2019 Nintendo Switch Releases

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This year so far has been fantastic for games, especially those coming out to the Nintendo Switch. April itself has plenty of games to offer and, while my wallet itself isn’t thrilled, it’s great to see all these games coming out!

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

This series is near and dear to our hearts, and we’re thrilled to be able to play the original three games again (for, like, the fifth or so time) on the Nintendo Switch! The music, characters, beautiful story arcs, and a hint of demon possession make these games quite addicting.

Nintendo Labo VR Kit

I’ll be honest, we still have yet to open the original Nintendo Labo. The boxes are still hanging out in our den. I am intrigued by the idea of the VR kits, however, especially with Breath of the Wild.

Cuphead

This is a game that Rachel and I were always interested in trying — despite being positive that we’d be horrendous at it — and we kept meaning to get the game on the Xbox, but we kept getting distracted by other games and life. Now that it’s on the Switch, one of our favorite consoles to date, we’ll actually give it a shot.

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Friday Favorites: Ace Attorney Characters Part Two

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The original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy came out for the Nintendo Switch this week! Way back in October 2016, I did a Friday Favorites for favorite characters in the series, and this week I thought I would continue it, adding a few characters that have joined the franchise since then and other awesome mentions.

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Larry Butz

Larry is a dork. He gets caught in some unfortunate circumstances, but he’s endearing in that he is very loyal to his good friend Phoenix. He also just never gives up, no matter what life throws at him. He’s flighty but he does, somehow, improve throughout the games in the series.

Wendy Oldbag

This lady just amuses the hell out of me. Hearing her ramble against the “whippersnappers” of the game makes me laugh. And you got to give the old lady props for always having a job in security. She’s the kind of old lady I want to be when I grow up.

Dahlia Hawthorne

We were instantly suspicious of this woman when we first met her as she seemed too sweet, and we were horrified when proven correct. Still, she was a worthy — and batshit crazy — adversary for the games, and she is a villain that will always stick out in my mind for that.

Gregory Edgeworth

Okay, so he wasn’t a playable character, but Gregory Edgeworth as a background character heavily influenced Miles Edgeworth’s personality and development. I also enjoy the fact that Gregory seems to be a nod to Atticus Finch, the defense attorney from To Kill a Mockingbird whom was portrayed by the actor Gregory Peck.

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