Rushin’ Through

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We play a lot of video games for this blog, and we like playing a lot of video games. Otherwise, this blog wouldn’t exist. However, there are definitely times when we feel that we rush through games more than take our time and just enjoy the games for what they are.

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Writing game reviews is fun and I love being able to contribute to gamers and devs alike. I enjoy sharing and promoting games we liked and even games we didn’t care for too much. However, playing video games take time and it can be tricky to get their reviews out in a timely manner.

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It’s a downside to doing reviews, I suppose. Obviously, we want the reviews to be timely and relevant, especially with how quickly games come onto the market. It’s a stark difference from when we were kids and could only afford games a couple of times a year. We’d take our time with those games, exploring every world and level, then replay them and old favorites while waiting for new games for Christmas and our birthdays. Now we pre-order games that are coming out months later to take advantage of Amazon Prime savings.

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We’ve noticed lately that we constantly have a backlog of games. There are so many old ones we own that we still have yet to play and then there are the new games that were just released or will be soon that are currently in the news that all gamers are playing right now. We’ve tried to get on a “gaming” schedule before but with real life and Kris’s day job, it’s tough to stick to one.

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Even if a gaming schedule worked, it would also mean trying to shoehorn in gaming during times that we may not feel like it. We wouldn’t really enjoy the games if we felt like we were being forced to play them on a set schedule. I mean, if gaming wasn’t such an expensive hobby, the logical solution would be to quit my day job for more gaming time, haha!

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It would totally be nice to have the ability to play video games all the time again. What got us thinking about this was Octopath Traveler. It’s been such a long time since we’ve gotten excited about a lengthy game. Breath of the Wild was exciting for us and we released a “review” long after everyone else had because we were simply taking our time with it. It’s great to dive into another long story with in-depth storytelling and plot.

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While we’re not planning on taking as long with Octopath as we did with Breath of the Wild, we are definitely trying to savor it. The Nintendo Switch has been fantastic for indie games, especially smaller puzzle ones, but a nice story-driven RPG is perfect for us at this time. We’re curious as to what other people do when they find themselves with a backlog of games they want to play.

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Gaming is not meant to be stressful and we’re enjoying every minute of it. Which is why we’re excited to play more of Octopath Traveler and to seek out even more games we haven’t played yet.

Do you prefer to take your time with games and complete? Or play just enough to get a feel of it for a review? Let us know in the comments below!

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NES Classic Console Review

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Hey, we finally got an NES Classic! I’ll admit, it wasn’t really on my radar after there wasn’t enough stock to go around the first time they were released, mostly because they were games I didn’t remember too well. Yet, when we got the chance, we were lucky enough to get one during the second release this past June.

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I’ll be honest – I pretty much wanted one because I want to collect all the consoles and it compliments our tiny SNES so well. I’m excited to get to play older games that I never played as a kid because… well, I wasn’t born when some of them came out.

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It is a nice little console and my first reaction to seeing it was chuckling like an idiot because “it’s so tiny!” That turned to a perplexed, “Wait… There’s only one controller?” and “Why would it NOT include an AC adapter?” Thankfully, because we have the SNES Classic, we’re able to share that AC adapter with the NES Classic as well as the SNES controllers in case we want to play a two-player game. Were there other models of this system that include two controllers and/or an AC adapter? I’m not sure if we’re just dorks and didn’t notice the box excluding those when we ordered or if they’re all like that.

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Well, I’m glad the SNES controllers work with it. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to play together. Again, maybe we were just clueless and not paying attention, but I just assumed there would be two controllers since there are two-player games. At least we had no trouble fitting the controllers in like we did with the SNES though!

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That’s true… but we will have a little trouble with sitting back from the television with the NES controller. We heard the cords were short, but we weren’t quite prepared for them being half of the length of the SNES controllers. Maybe that’s part of the nostalgia. The short cords make it so we have to sit as close to the television as we did when we were kids so our parents will come in and tell us, “Don’t sit so close to the screen, you’ll ruin your eyes!”

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We have a fairly big TV too so I don’t think we’ll be able to sit too close to it for very long. I enjoyed holding that controller in my hand though. Even though it’s an old one, I never really played with it when I was a kid. So it was like we just got a brand new console. Which, in a way, we did… but I guess I’m trying to say I don’t feel nostalgia over the console itself. So it was cool to use that controller.

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It was fun to hold that controller again. Like Rachel, even I wasn’t around when the original NES came to town — I was only one when the original SNES came out — but I remember a few of the NES games from our older sister and our uncles. I’ve played some of the Mario games, usually on the SNES All-Stars cartridge, but that’s pretty much it for the NES Classic library. Despite the shortcomings of the NES Classic and its controller (pun intended), I am looking forward to trying out some of the games, especially the original Legend of Zelda titles.

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It’s definitely a great little console and I’m looking forward to delving into some games from before my time. Plus, revisiting the old Mario games as well as playing the first two Zelda games for the first time.

Have you gotten the NES Classic? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Of Art Books and Collections

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday!

Aside from collecting the actual games, Rachel and I enjoy collecting other aspects of our favorite games and franchises to celebrate them. Rachel, for instance, loves to collect Pokemon cards. For me, it’s all about the art books and posters of my favorite games.

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You know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” No one listens to that when taken literally. Everyone judges books by their covers, as they are the first aspect of a book that will potentially snag a reader’s attention. It’s the same with video games.

Aside from box art — which, considering the digital age of gaming nowadays, may not exist — the art style and graphics of a game are one of the first impressions a game makes to a potential player. Screenshots and trailers are shared before the game is officially out to entice gamers, and I for one Google games before buying them to see if I can gauge how well I may like it, art style included.

Graphics are one of my favorite aspects to gush over when it comes to games and I am forever amazed at the designers and animators. So when Nintendo announces books dedicated to the art of some of their most popular games, I’m ready to say, “Take my money!”

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Take the Legend of Zelda series alone. We have the history collection — Hyrule Historia, Art & Artifacts, and Encyclopedia — along with the Creating a Champion coming out in November. There’s also The Art of Fire Emblem: Awakening, which looks gorgeous. Honestly, with the popularity of Octopath Traveler and its art style, I bet an art book for that game won’t be far behind. They have posters for all the main characters, which I would love to collect.

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I would love to collect these books and posters dedicated to the art of some of my favorite games and franchises. For now, though, Nintendo, space and money is a bit of an issue.

Do you enjoy collecting the art books or posters for video games? What are some of your favorites?

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I’ve Been Doing More Buying Than Playing

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

There are too many games and not enough time. That’s pretty much what I’m going to rant about in this post.

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I remember when the Nintendo Switch came out over a year ago. Kris and I got the console late because they were all sold out. Honestly, we were bummed, but other than Breath of the Wild, we didn’t mind because there weren’t too many games out at the time.

Now there’s a ton.

In addition to the review copies we get as well as re-discovering our Steam accounts and new games coming out for the Switch and then also going through our old games to play because “we have no games,” there’s just so many games to get through and not enough hours in the day.

Ideally, I would love for my life to just be me, my pets, the couch, and all my gaming consoles. I would love to have the chance to sit and play a game in its entirety in one day.

I’m tried coming up with a “schedule” for myself and nothing’s worked since something always comes up. So, in the meantime, I just have to play when I can. Usually it’s at the end of the day so I can kick back and relax.

I’m looking forward to a lot of games coming up and also some new releases as well as oldies that I’ve just discovered.

Kris and I downloaded Minit on our Steam account, I’m playing The Witness for the first time on the Xbox, The Lion’s Song on the Switch, Octopath Traveler for the Switch is coming tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to getting Overcooked 2 both for the Switch when it comes out.

I’m sure there are plenty more I’m missing, but those are the ones that are on my brain for the moment.

What games have you gotten lately? Any you’re looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: How I Got My Pokemon Blue Game

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With the announcement of Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! it’s got me thinking about the original Kanto games that game out in the 90s.

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I didn’t officially start my Pokemon journey until Johto because I was pretty young with Red, Blue, and Yellow came out. The first time I played Kanto was when FireRed and LeafGreen came out, though I had played Yellow and Blue later in life.

I still don’t have Pokemon Red – it’s the last game I need in order to complete my full Pokemon games collection. However, the Gameboy Color games are pretty hard to come by these days.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue on a whim on day years ago. I was searching eBay (I have no idea why) and I noticed there was Pokemon Blue on auction for a dollar – and there was only 10 minutes left of the auction.

I immediately texted my friend, who I knew had an eBay buyers account, and she let me sign into it so I could give it a go.

Once I was on, I set up a bid and waited. I constantly refreshed the page, but I realized if people hadn’t bid on it yet, who would?

People who wait until others bid on it first because, apparently, people like to wait until the last possible minute to bid so they can get it. Clever, definitely.

Let me tell you – those 10 minutes were the most stressful of my life. I ended up in a bidding war with one other person. For 10 minutes, I upped my bid just just a little bit every few seconds as the other person wasn’t letting up.

I won, needless to say. I remember I refreshed the page when the timer ticked to zero and the other guy’s username was still the latest bid. I’m not sure how I won, but I somehow managed to get my latest bid in right before the end.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue for $8.00. That’s it.

And it still works.

Are there any games you’ve gotten in a special way? Let me know in the comments below!

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Game Within a Game

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! Is everyone ready for the summer?

Here on the east coast in North America, we’ve been getting… interesting weather. Nothing too fancy, just the temperatures going up and down like a roller coaster lately instead of the warmer weather that so many people like about the summer. Summer also generally means vacations and breaks from everyday life. Some video games do something similar where they put a “game within a game.”

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Beetle Mania from Super Mario RPG

There are plenty of video games out there with little mini games or “games within the game” to help break up the monotony of the story line or actions of the main game. Some mini games have relevance to the original game at hand — such as Final Fantasy’s VII chocobo racing — but others are there just as Easter Eggs or for fun.

One such game is Beetle Mania in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. For five hundred coins after the Marrymore section of the game, Mario can buy a Game Boy from a Toad child at the Mushroom Kingdom Inn. The game is simple enough in which you control a little beetle at the bottom of the screen and shoot little stars at falling red koopa shells. The koopa shells explode for points and, if they are near other koopa shells, may start a chain reaction for higher points.

Beetle Mania has absolutely no relevance to the plot of Super Mario RPG, but it’s a fun break from chasing after Star Pieces.

The original Animal Crossing also had a bunch of classic NES games that you could decorate your house with and play, such as Balloon Fighter and Donkey Kong Jr. Math. New Leaf also included a couple of new games, such as one based off of Panel de Pon titled Puzzle League. Likewise, the popular Stardew Valley also has a couple of arcade games that one can play while hanging out in the Saloon.

What other “games within a game” can you think of? Any favorites?

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Playing Fairune Collection On The Nintendo Switch

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’ve received a review copy of the Fairune Collection on the Nintendo Switch, courtesy of Pure Nintendo. It was a fun, quick game and I wrote a review for it for Pure Nintendo, but here are some quick thoughts on it.

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Fairune is an RPG that was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS. Though, I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of the games before now. I’m a fan of RPGs and was excited to give this game a try.

Fairune Collection for the Nintendo Switch contains Fairune, Fairune 2, a prequel game, and an unlockable spin-off game. I was surprised that they released all the games in one pack for less for $10, but when I started playing I realized that it was a good price for the four games.

They’re very short and honestly, I wouldn’t classify them as RPGs. There’s no battle mechanics at all – you get a sword and literally step on the enemies squishing them into the ground in the over world. It’s certainly not what I expected, but it wasn’t bad either. I actually didn’t mind it.

The majority of the game play is collecting certain items and solving puzzles to progress. Despite the puzzles, they’re pretty straightforward so this is a casual, semi-mindless game.

Again, it’s not at all what I expected and the games are super quick to get through (the first game took me a total of 2.5 hours) but they’re relaxing. I can’t see myself playing through the games again, but the first time around is a treat.

Have you played Fairune on the Nintendo Switch? What are your thoughts on the game? Let me know in the comments below!

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