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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Flashback Friday: Pokemon Red and Blue

Double Jump Kris MiiGuys… We’re a quarter of the way done with 2018. Isn’t that weird?

Tomorrow the 1000th episode of the Pokemon anime will air here in the US. Considering I was in elementary school when this whole Pokemon business first started, that’s an amazing feat! This month, we’re going to take a little look at the original games that started it all — Pokemon Red and Blue.

 

Pokemon Red and Blue were released in the US in September 1998, twenty years ago. In Japan, the Pokemon craze was already in full swing, as the games (with Pokemon Blue under the title Pokemon Green) had been released two years earlier in February. Pokemon Yellow, the special edition of the duo where the protagonist starts with a Pikachu just like Ash in the anime, was released roughly a year after Red and Blue in the US.

In case you’ve lived under a rock, the Pokemon games feature a protagonist who travels throughout the game’s region, catching and training Pokemon to become the very best. Pokemon Red and Blue were the original games, featuring the Kanto region and 150 Pokemon that the protagonist could obtain while trying to “catch ’em all.” The games have been on IGN’s Top 100 Games of All Time list multiple times, as well as being featured in the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records under “Best selling RPG on the GameBoy” and “Best Selling RPG of all time.”

Red and Blue have gotten remakes in the form of FireRed and LeafGreen, both for the GameBoy Advance in 2004. The original Red and Blue were also released on the 3DS family’s Virtual Console as a celebration for the franchise’s 20th anniversary in 2016.

Playing Red and Blue were not my first introduction to the Pokemon games. That honor goes to Pokemon Snap over at a friends’ house, twin girls that I was close with until they moved to another state back in elementary school. Pokemon Snap (and Mario Golf) on the Nintendo 64 were a couple of games that we enjoyed playing, and they introduced me to Red and Blue. I was lucky enough to receive a GameBoy Color and Red, Blue, and Yellow for the handheld from the “Easter Bunny,” later on.

Red and Blue were a couple of games that helped cement my life as a gamer. I have yet to miss a main series Pokemon game, and the franchise has stayed dear to my heart. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Generation 8 looks like on the Nintendo Switch!

Are you a fan of the Pokemon games? What’s your favorite aspect of the Pokemon franchise?

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Of Nintendo Labo

Double Jump Kris MiiThe start of another week, and April is nearly over. On the plus side, it’s finally almost resembling spring where I am!

We’re still getting back into the swing of things after being on vacation last week. One of the items on our to-do list was to take stock of our games and try to get back into a relaxing routine of gaming… Naturally, I went on Amazon to see what I could buy.

Last week I wrote up a post about Kingdom Hearts and got quite a few positive responses saying, “Yes, get it!” So, hey, I had a gift card to Amazon and decided may as well spend it on one of the games to try to get into that series.

nintendo-laboAlong with Kingdom Hearts, though, I was also looking up Nintendo Labo. I’ll admit, upon first seeing the advertisements for these cardboard accessories to a Switch game, I was skeptical. It all seemed cute, perhaps more for kids (although, the robot looks pretty cool), and wasn’t exactly something I was gearing up to get. Seventy dollars for a variety kit of cardboard was a little steep to me.

Yet, it came up on Amazon and I was like, “You know what? Into the cart it goes!”

So we’ll be getting the Nintendo Labo variety kit in a couple of days. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have gotten it if Rachel and I hadn’t watched Mr. Panda’s YouTube video where Alex and Tiffa unbox the variety kit and give a little insight to the product. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s right here for you to enjoy:

Rachel and I are excited to try it out for ourselves and to let you know what we think of the kit as well!

What do you think of Nintendo Labo? Do you have one or both of the kits?

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Friday Favorites: Wii U Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

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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Top Tuesday: Favorite Nintendo Wii U Games I Own

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Since I talked about my favorite Wii games, I thought I’d give a shoutout to my favorite Wii U games.

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4. Yoshi’s Woolly World

This game is just so darn cute. It was great to have another platformer starring Yoshi. It’s difficult to play with other people at times (you know, sabotage), but it’s a lot of fun. It’s a game I haven’t played since it first came out and I want to revisit it again.

3. Paper Mario: Color Splash

This was actually a good game, one I want to revisit again. It’s not exactly like the first two Paper Mario games but it’s improved from the three after that… I still shudder thinking about Sticker Star. This one wasn’t bad though and I had a lot of fun with it. It was decently long too, but not too long.

2. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

This is another cute game. It’s short and I certainly wished there were more to it, but it’s a fun, casual puzzle game that you can pick up and play at any time.

1. Mario Kart 8

It’s Mario Kart. A new and improved Mario Kart. That is all.

What are some of your favorite Nintendo Wii U games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Nintendo Wii Games I Own

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday and happy April!

I don’t know where you are in the world but it’s still pretty chilly here and I’m not happy about it… all the more reason to stay inside and play games.

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4. Wii Fit

This is kind of a weird one to put on the list, I know. But I remember having so much fun with this game. It’s the only time I’ve ever done yoga or strength training of any kind and I actually enjoyed myself. If only I kept up with it… Still, I remember playing the hula-hoop game and just dominating it.

3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Do I really need to say anything about this? It’s Smash.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

I hear mixed reviews about Skyward Sword. The motion controls weren’t great, no, but I thought the game was fantastic. The soundtrack was wonderful, the character designs were adorable (I’m looking at you, Pipit), and the overall plot, character development, and area layouts were great.

1. Mario Kart Wii

Similar to Smash, this is Mario Kart. I don’t think I have to explain this one. It’s just great.

What are some of your favorite Nintendo Wii games? Let me know in the comments below!

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