Too Many Style Options

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a thing now and will be here soon enough. There are four different color options or designs to choose from. I had my go-to color, blue, but then I noticed they’re coming out with a Pokemon design. So… now which one do I get?

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I’ve always been a fan of different color and style options when it comes to consoles and the controllers. The majority of my handhelds are the color blue because that’s my favorite color. My Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance are pink though. My DS and 3DS are decorated with stickers because I wanted to add a little extra to the solid color. They’re Pokemon stickers, of course, in case you were wondering.

With the Nintendo Switch, we grabbed whatever console we could since they sold out so quickly. We ended up with the gray Joy-Con and bought the red and blue separately so we had two sets. Then, they came out with red and blue on the opposite sides so you could have a red pair and blue pair. There’s green and pink, which I call the watermelon Joy-Con, and neon yellow. Not to mention there are various skins from Nintendo and people who just happen to be incredibly talented with that stuff. I want it all. Seriously, if I ever get rich, I’m buying different colored Joy-Con.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is being offered in four colors – gray, blue, and yellow. I want the blue to match my other handhelds and it’s my favorite color. Kris wants gray. Then I found out there’s a Pokemon Sword and Shield design. So, we need that one as well. But then that leaves out poor yellow, so we might as well buy that one too. We totally need five different versions of the Switch and a million Joy-Con, right?

I love collecting things, that’s no secret, but it never really bothered me too much until I got older. There are different colors of the Gamecube. We have the purple style, though it wasn’t until much later that I discovered the other colors. I see people on Instagram with so many different variations of the Nintendo 64 that I didn’t know existed. I want them all. I want a display case and showcase all of Nintendo’s handiwork. That would be awesome.

Of course, I’ll be talking about this more in-depth with a certain someone in the near future, but it was something on my mind that I needed to talk about sooner rather than later.

I know I’ll get the blue version of the Nintendo Switch Lite. But I would love to collect different colors and styles. Nintendo needs to stop making things so pretty.

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What’s In Our Gaming Buckets?

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Each of us has these mini “trash cans,” I believe they are. They’re small buckets with a flip top that’s decorated and has our names on them. We’ve had them since we were little and, admittedly, I don’t remember where they came from. Kris, I don’t know if you remember at all? Regardless, somewhere down the road, we decided to use these buckets to hold our handheld gaming cartridges.

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I do remember where they came from, actually! When we were kids — I think more so me than you, Rachel — there was a craft fair that we went to, joining Mom and our late Aunt Theresa, sometimes with Aunt Theresa’s sisters. I’m not sure where this craft fair was, but I remember it being huge and crowded and just filled with all sorts of fascinating art and homemade goods. There was a booth that had different kinds of home decor, like the mini trash cans, and I remember watching one of the workers actually paint our names on our buckets.

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Behold our gaming buckets!

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Now that you mention it, I think I vaguely remember the craft fair. Though I don’t remember actually getting the buckets. However long ago that was, we clearly still have them and use them to this day. They’re almost at the point of overflowing with games, but they’ve been awesome so far. I always love dumping the whole thing out to search for one single game. Or to look through them and decide which games to bring with me on vacation or something.

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That led us to actually dumping the buckets out to compare our handheld gaming collection, per Rachel’s idea. Considering the Switch tends to be our most gamed console nowadays, it was interesting to see all of the old Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, and DS/3DS games we still have. A few were missing, figuring that they’re in our Nintendo DSes or Gameboy SPs, but the majority of them splayed out on the floor was an interesting sight.

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It was certainly interesting to see a lot of the genres too. For example, my Gameboy Color games are mostly Disney, Winnie the Pooh, or Tom and Jerry. I also had a lot of puzzle games, sports games, and racing games. As the games evolved, or new handhelds came out, my genre tastes changed a bit. I have more simulation, Pokemon (well, actually half my collection is Pokemon), mystery/visual novels.

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My older games were mostly action and adventure, like Sonic the Hedgehog and Legend of Zelda, with a bit of Disney here and there. The Legend of Zelda games became a staple as I grew older, but plenty of simulation, RPGs, and story-driven games joined my collection, like the Harvest Moon and Fire Emblem series. Pokemon was the main reason why I first got a Gameboy Color and I’m still a big fan of the core series today. For the heck of it, we then took out all of the games that we had in common to see what our collections would look like.

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I have 43 games that Kris doesn’t have and she has 51 games that I don’t have. It was interesting to see the games we had in common. Even though I don’t have all of her games, I’m interested in playing a lot of them or I had wanted my own copy at some point but just never got around to getting it. For example, like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Plus, I have a lot of the Ace Attorney games like Apollo Justice that we share. That just happened to be in my pile and not Kris’s.

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I believe I also have more Professor Layton games that we play together, as another example. These are also just physical copies of games. We’ll have to compare all of the digital copies that are on our 3DS and 2DS systems one day. We’re betting that Rachel has more digital games, which goes hand-in-hand with an old debate we had on this blog, Physical vs Digital. It was fun to compare our collections!

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Newfound Appreciation

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Most of the time, we’re focusing on new games that are coming out, trying to plan what we want to play and experience. Every once in a while, we go back to old favorites and I’ve recently been playing a game that I’ve never really been interested in before…

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One of my favorite chill game franchises is Harvest Moon. In fact, I heard that another Harvest Moon game will be revealed at E3 next week, which is usually exciting for me. I’m looking forward to hearing more details about the game but… I realized I’m not as excited for it as I used to be for past Harvest Moon games.

In all honesty, my favorite Harvest Moon games tend to be the past ones. Newer Harvest Moon games — with their gimmicks and updated mechanics — tend to not impress me as much. My longest farm-run is on my More Friends of Mineral Town for the Game Boy Advance and probably A New Beginning for the 3DS. I prefer the ones with simpler stories, which is a bit ironic considering how invested I get in the stories of video games, that give me more freedom on growing my farm.

With that said, I haven’t picked up a Harvest Moon game in a while. However, lately I have been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

If you recall from one of the previous challenges Rachel and I have done, I had her play a Harvest Moon game while she wanted me to give the Animal Crossing franchise another chance. Neither of us really did too well on that challenge, both of us becoming bored with the other’s favorite franchise fairly quickly. However, lately Rachel and I watched a couple of our favorite YouTubers doing a quick Let’s Play with New Leaf, and I found myself asking Rachel questions about the game’s mechanics. Seeing a Let’s Play of what could be done in the game gave me the urge to give it one more try, and it’s something that I’ve been chilling out with lately at the end of the night.

If given the choice between the two franchises, I will would pick Harvest Moon over Animal Crossing, but I definitely have a newfound appreciation for Animal Crossing.

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The Definition of Retro Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

One of my favorite parts of EGLX, the game expo Rachel and I visited in Canada in 2018, was the aisles of arcade cabinets that were set up in the middle of the main room for guests to enjoy. Those retro games were some of the most popular attractions throughout the weekend.

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What do you consider to be a retro game? Is there a universal threshold that games have to pass until they are considered retro? Do you consider games from certain consoles as retro, or is any game older than ten, fifteen, or twenty years retro?

Retro games are held up as a pinnacle of gaming, games that were classics or are ripe with nostalgia for gamers of today’s day and age. While mechanics and graphics are outdated, retro games still find enthusiastic players. Emulators, virtual consoles, mini classic consoles, and even the original consoles and games are played to keep those retro games alive.

There are even games that emulate the retro style. Despite how far graphics have come in the past several years, the success of games mimicking the 16-bit art style have been a hit. Take a look at Cuphead and its old-school art style resembling cartoons from decades ago.

To me — if we’re talking in Nintendo terms — retro games are probably games from the Nintendo 64 era and before, maybe even the GameCube games. There are definitely some favorites from the SNES console that I bought several times over on various virtual consoles so I can continue to experience them again. Over on our Twitch channel, Rachel and I had played the SNES version of Disney’s The Lion King from Steam as one of the first games we were attempting, and I’m currently in the middle of playing Donkey Kong Country on the SNES Classic. Those to me are retro games just as arcade cabinets are nowadays.

I wonder how long it will take before Nintendo Switch games are considered retro?

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Why I Have Two Copies Of Pokemon Black [Throwback Thursday]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Since Kris and I went through all the video games we own recently, I realized that I still have two copies of Pokemon Black for the Nintendo DS. I laughed at seeing the second copy and I decided to write a blog post about it.

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Of course, now I’m wondering if I’ve already shared this story. I’m sure I have at one point or another, but maybe it wasn’t through the blog.

I babysit a lot and the first family I ever babysat for had three kids. They were all avid gamers and their middle child was especially into gaming. As much as I love gaming, we often fought because he wasn’t allowed to be playing video games all the time. He had an hour a day and that was it because he was so addicted.

We had a lot of fun playing games together though – from Smash Brothers to Mario Kart and everything in between. Pokemon was another game we played together a lot. We’d trade Pokemon cards and I’d often bring my DS or 3DS so we could battle against each other or simple continue our journeys together.

Fast-forward seven or eight years later and I ducked out. They were a lovely family to work with but I needed to move on and so did they. Their oldest was going to be 17-years-old and their middle child was going into high school. Despite their disabilities, it was time for me to leave so they could have more independence.

It wasn’t until a year or two after I stopped babysitting for them, I realized I had two copies of Pokemon Black. I had assumed one was Kris’s so I gave one to her. But then she checked her bucket of DS games and had one in there. She turned on her game and sure enough, it was her profile. I turned on one of the games I had and it was my profile.

I turned on the third cartridge and guess who’s name was on the profile? Yep, the kid I used to babysit for.

I remember when he lost his game. He spent a while looking for it and I even spent a great deal helping him look for it. These kids lost everything too and their bedrooms were a mess, so I wasn’t surprised when he lost the small DS cartridge. We never found it.

Until I stumbled upon it in my own bucket of handheld games.

I have no idea how it made it home with me. I assume I saw the cartridge on the kitchen table or something and, thinking it was mine, I took it. Or maybe he had put it in my bag or DS thinking it was mine. Whoever thought it was mine though, never thought that maybe I had brought it home with me through those many weeks of us searching high and low for his game.

It’s been three or four years since I’ve stopped babysitting for them. I’ve forgotten about it here and there. I think, at this point, the game is mine. I don’t think I’ll get the chance to give it back to him and honestly, he’s probably long forgotten about it by now.

If I talk to him again in the near future, I’ll try to remember to tell him I have it. But I probably won’t remember I have it until I decide to play that game again or I go through my bucket again.

Are there any games you have multiple copies of? Have you ever borrowed a game – on purpose or by accident – and forgotten to give it back? Let me know in the comments below and if you enjoyed this post, please share it around.

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Friday Favorites: Unopened Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

So, last week I wrote up a post of games from 2018 that I want to finish this year, and I’m going a step further with this week’s post. When we were cataloging our games, we’ve realized that a couple of games are still wrapped up. It’d be nice if, at some point this year, we opened them to give them a try!

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Nintendo Labo

We still have the original variety kit box hanging out in our den, still unopened. It’s become great friends with the floor plant. It was definitely a novelty when it first came out in the middle of April last year, and maybe Rachel and I will actually open it this year and try to put some of the cardboard things together.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

I haven’t heard anything bad about this game at all, but it has yet to be opened, waiting patiently until we give it a try. Not only that, but we don’t even have it for the Nintendo Switch… We have the Wii U version still unopened.

Rodea The Sky Soldier

Like Tropical Freeze, this is a Wii U game that we had gotten on a little spending spree before getting our Nintendo Switch. We had never heard of it before, but the cover art looked pretty and it seems like you can fly with the main character, so I was sold. Aaannnnd then the game sat on the shelves right next to Tropical Freeze, still looking pretty in the shrinkwrap.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix

Out of this list, this particular game is the most likely to be unwrapped and played this year. I was always interested in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, but we’ve never had the consoles for the games. We’ve had a Playstation 3 from our brother-in-law for years, a hand-me-down most likely after he got the Playstation 4, and we have very little games for it. I got the Kingdom Hearts game not only as an excuse to turn the PS3 on at some point, but also due to Kingdom Hearts 3 coming out this month. Considering the series’s story is so convoluted, figured I may as well start at the beginning!

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Cataloging Our Video Games

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Something we’ve been meaning to do for a while, that we finally did, was take stock of the video games we have. Between the consoles, handhelds, and PC, we have so many games and too many to keep track of. I wanted a list where we could remind ourselves of what we have, what we’ve played, and what we’ve reviewed. We finally got around to it and it took longer than I thought it would.

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It took a shorter amount of time than I thought it would, haha. We have a few shelves of our physical games in the closet of the den where we keep our consoles. Rachel typed up the titles while I shouted them out. There were quite a few that baffled us, wondering why we had the games or when we had gotten them. A couple of Xbox One games were on the shelves, for example, that apparently an old friend had given to me within the past year. It made me question whether or not we accidentally stole them.

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I don’t think we stole those. You guys were talking about them and I think he gave them to you to try. Whether it was to keep or to borrow, I have no idea. We also went through all the handheld games we have too. Each of us has a bucket filled with the small cartridges. We dumped them out and took stock of them all… even the Rugrats Gameboy Color games.

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We have a lot of really old Gameboy Color games, some of them making us laugh, such as Nickelodeon’s Rugrats games and too many games related to the Disney franchise which were definitely just money-making games. Seriously, we have about three different games based on Disney’s Tarzan for different systems. Aside from those, there were also games that were still shrink-wrapped.

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Shrink-wrapped games included some Wii U games. We had bought them before the Switch came out because we realized we didn’t have that many Wii U games. Then the Switch came out and we never got the chance to play them. Then we looked at the games we have on our PC, Steam, and the Epic Games Store. Expanding our PC game collection is something I want to do.

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I’d still like to play those Wii U games someday, but our gamepad for that system does not last without being on the charging stand any longer. We have a few regular controllers, but a couple had to be tossed because of corroding batteries. One day those games shall be opened and played! Our PC game library isn’t too bad at all, definitely one of the smallest libraries in our collection, though. Still, they’ve had some of my favorite games from last year on them.

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We have quite the collection of games that just keeps on growing. We have a good amount of digital games as well. We even turned on the Wii and Wii U to see what we had for the virtual console games. I wonder how much money it would all equal out to… but at least we have the list now. Now we just need to remember to keep it updated!

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We still have to finish up the list. While we have everything cataloged, our next step is to determine what’s been played and what’s been reviewed on here, if it’s going to be reviewed at all. Having to keep up with a list of video games by playing them isn’t the worst chore!

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