PlayStation Classic

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

I’m amused at all the “classic” editions of consoles popping up. Miniature versions of the original consoles, these classic ones are more Rachel’s and my size!  

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So. The PlayStation Classic. It’s coming out December 3rd for about 100 bucks with 20 games, two wired controllers and an HDMI cable to connect the console to the television. It does not include a USB AC adapter to, you know, power the console on.

(Which I really don’t understand? Nintendo’s NES Classic also didn’t include an AC adapter, which baffled my mind. Granted, we have the SNES Classic’s adapter, but still. Did Nintendo assume everyone would already have that? Does Sony assume everyone would have that? I’m not even sure if the SNES Classic’s adapter would work with the PlayStation Classic–and I’ll stop ranting about this.)

 

We actually had an original PlayStation when we were younger — and still do, actually, it’s chilling in a storage box with a few other decades-old consoles — but it wasn’t a console we used too often.

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I completely forgot we even HAD the Final Fantasy games VIII and IX before I dug all these out for a picture! I have no memory of them.

Our collection of PlayStation games wasn’t that extensive. I’m certain the games we mostly played were the Spyro trilogy (and Peter Pan: Return to Neverland… I seem to remember that one). Taking a look at the list of 20 games that will be on the PlayStation Classic, there’s not much there for us. While there are plenty of titles I recognize — rather, I’ve recognized the titles of their sequels or spiritual successors — the only game on the Classic that I’ve actually tried playing before would be Final Fantasy VII.

We’re pretty certain this is a classic console that we’ll skip. I wonder, how much nostalgic does it have for people who regularly played the original?

Are you interested in the PlayStation Classic? Is it worth it to you?

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Multi-Platform Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Being a gamer is an expensive hobby. It doesn’t help that, sometimes, awesome games are available in multiple platforms, either as updated versions or just ported to a system that may be better suited for it.

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Do you have any games on multiple platforms?

We have Stardew Valley, Death Road to Canada, and Undertale on the PC through Steam, but all three of those games are available for the Nintendo Switch as well. Fortnite is available on all consoles of the current generation (and all of them can now play together, finally). PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is also another game that crosses platforms.

Then there are ports of games — such as the Legend of Zelda: Windwaker and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — that get updated for the next generation console.

Assuming you enjoyed the original game, are you the type to buy games for multiple platforms, if you have them? Or the updated ports when they are released?

We have gotten Death Road to Canada for the Nintendo Switch when it came out, mostly to make it easier to play with friends. However, we’ve been toying with getting Undertale and Stardew Valley for the Switch as well, especially since the Switch makes it a little easier to take those kind of games on the go. To be honest, if Undertale came to the Switch before PC, we probably would have just gotten it for the Switch. Stardew Valley is in the same boat, but the PC version does have the co-op mode…

With that said, there are so many other games that we wish to play and buy that are already stretching our wallets thin. I suppose if a game we own is ported to another platform, we’d prefer if it was substantially updated to make it worth buying again.

Any games that you’ve bought multiple times for different platforms?

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Never Ending Backlog

Never Ending Backlog | Video games | gaming | blogging | DoublexJump.com

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Those of us who love to play video games not only have thin wallets, but also tend to have a ton of games on the back burner. With so many fantastic developers and publishers, dozens of video games can be released monthly and it can be difficult to keep up with all of them. Joining Rachel and me in venting about our giant backlog of games is our good friend Justin over at TWOTALL4UFOOL, a fellow gaming and tech site as well as one of the hosts of the Game N’ Watch Podcast. Justin, thanks so much for joining us!

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My pleasure. Thanks for having me.

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Kris and I have been meaning to go through our video games and organize them. There are a lot we haven’t played yet, some of them we’ve had for a few years. These are games old and new. One that especially comes to mind is Has Been Heroes. It came as a bundle when we got our Nintendo Switch back in April 2017. We still haven’t had a chance to play it even though we’ve been close to starting it quite a few times.

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That poor game, yes. Another Switch game that has been stuck on the back burner, surprisingly, is Octopath Traveler. It’s still fairly new, but with how much we enjoyed the game when it first came out, I feel bad that we haven’t finished the stories just yet. Justin, wasn’t the oldest game on your backlog list? Or is there a game you’ve been anxious to play but just haven’t gotten the chance yet?

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For me I’m stuck right now on Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4. So everything I’ve been playing before that is either on the back burner or I haven’t opened up. God of War is on the back burner. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is also on the back burner. Mario Is Missing…. I mean Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is on the back burner. Sometimes I tend to start games and just not finish them. But right now in terms of games that haven’t even been taken out of the plastic are Octopath Traveler, and believe it or not a PS3 game. Assassin’s Creed Rogue. It’s pretty old now. But I really wanted to play that game but I got in around the time I got my PS4. Kind of bad timing but I hope to get to it soon. Too bad the PS4 doesn’t have backwards compatibility. LOL!

rachmii
Wow, you’ve got a lot. I can’t believe you haven’t played Dark Moon . Though I can’t say anything because my backlog is just has big. It’s partly why I’ve been reviewing Nintendo DS games lately. I’ve been trying to catch up with games I’ve never played – even though I’ve had them for years – or games I started a long time ago and just never finished. We too had a couple of PS3 games that haven’t been opened… in fact, we haven’t even turned on our PS3. The backwards compatibility is the same problem we have with our Xbox One. All our 360 games that we haven’t touched can’t be played now.

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Glad we’re not the only one with PS3 games on our backlog! Backwards compatibility was always something I appreciated from Nintendo and, despite how awesome the Switch is, I’ll admit that I was disappointed when I first heard the Switch would not have backwards compatibility. Now there are a quite a few Wii U games that were ported to the Switch, which is great, but I’m not willing to spend money to buy a second copy of them just to play on the Switch. New consoles don’t seem to help our backlogs, haha!

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So will you two be picking up New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe? I know that this month is going to be a nightmare and just add to my backlog. There are so many fantastic games coming out. Super Mario Party, WWE 2K19, Red Dead Redemption II, Mega Man 11. The list goes on and on.

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I would personally love to pick up New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. I love those games and they haven’t come out with them in a while. However, it probably won’t be the first thing we pick up. October and beyond is going to be rough – on the backlog and on the wallet. I’m waiting for Super Mario Party and Luigi’s Mansion 3DS for this month. There are a few others I’d love to try but know I won’t get to right away.

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I’m not too excited about New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, I’ll admit. Those games are fun with company, but they don’t hit any of my top video game lists. Super Mario Party is what I’m mostly looking forward to this month. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey seems interesting too. It’s a series I’ve wanted to try, and we do have a few titles that were on our backlog for our Xbox 360. We never got a chance to try the games before our 360 got the red ring of death. I have to double check and see if any of the titles are backwards compatible now. If they are, our backlog list will grow!

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Those Assassins Creed games on the last gen consoles are amazing. You should definitely check them out. Sorry about the red ring of death by the way. I have a road map of games I would like to buy from now to end of the year. They include Mega Man 11, WWE 2K19, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I feel bad I will be playing more games before I even get to Octopath Traveler. Smh.

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As mentioned, Octopath Traveler is a game that we’ve started and reviewed but we haven’t had a chance to finish the game. There are so many we own and want to play, let alone the games coming out in the next few months. Octopath is definitely one I want to get back to soon though. I also have a few older games on my backlog that I want to try to work my way through. Games such as my DS and 3DS as well as the NE and SNES Classics.

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That’s the same problem I’m having with God of War right now. I’m more than half way through Spider-Man so I hope to get back on it soon. If WWE 2K19 doesn’t take up too much of my time. Too bad playing video games isn’t my day job. LOL!

krismii
I remember you talking about God of War when it was first coming out. I’m sorry you haven’t gotten the chance to get back to it! There’s just so many games and so little time to play them all. I love how we talked about a lot of games not only on our backlog but games that will probably end up on our backlogs because of future games coming out, haha! Thank you again, Justin, for joining us on this post! Please go and visit Justin’s blog and be sure to give his podcast a listen! You can also find him on Twitter and Twitch!

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Thank you two sistas for having me. It’s good to know I’m not the only gamer out there with a full backlog of games they’re trying to get through.

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It was our pleasure! We’ll definitely have to have you back again.

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Building our Pokemon Mega Construx Collection

Despite our love of video games, sometimes you just need a break from staring at the screen. About a year ago, Rachel and I discovered Pokemon Mega Construx at our local GameStop and we’ve enjoyed building them whenever we each have a couple of hours to kill. Gyarados had been our first masterpiece, and we’ve built a few more since then.

Last night, we started building Blastoise and Charizard, two Construx kits that Rachel had gotten for her birthday earlier this month.

Blastoise had almost 100 pieces more than Charizard, so Rachel was also going to build Wartortle — which we’ve had for a few months at this point — when Charizard was finished, but we didn’t have the time to break open the Wartortle box (don’t worry, Wartortle, we will build you one day!).

We both really enjoy these puzzles and Lego-like building kits, so with Twitch’s Pokemon anime marathon playing in the background, we got to work. Initially, I think we started building like a race, but that didn’t last too long, especially since I needed Rachel’s help in finding certain pieces among my pile of blocks and Rachel needed my help in snapping some pieces together.

With the Construx, the pieces all come in several bags, and Rachel was smart to keep the pieces all in piles according to the bags. I just dumped them all out together, because that’s how organized I am. Luckily our cat Chase didn’t appear to try to “help,” since he tends to pounce on the puzzle pieces.

We’re definitely looking forward to growing our collection!

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Have you built any Construx? Do you enjoy puzzles or building kits like these?

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Trade or Keep

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One point in favor of the digital age of gaming is that it saves so much physical space around the home. Let’s face it, consoles and game cartridges can take up some space in the living room. Assuming people haven’t completely switched over to downloading games digitally, there are still going to be physical copies of games laying around. When you’re done with those games, do you keep them or trade them in to help go toward new games?

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Keep them. I always keep them. Unless there’s a game I just know I will never play or didn’t care for, I’ll always keep my games. Yes, they take up so much space and I wish we had more room, but I love seeing them displayed. I also love having the satisfaction of saying, “Yep. I’ve played all these games.”

krismii
I don’t think we’ve ever traded in any games… Except for maybe that zombie game that came with the Wii U. Think we got about two bucks for it. I wouldn’t mind trading in games for a little bit of money to go toward new ones, but the first place that pops into mind when it comes to trading in games would be GameStop and… they kind of suck when it comes to giving fair prices. Going on eBay would probably be the better way to go when it comes to that.

rachmii
Yeah, but we didn’t even open Zombie U. If we wanted to sell any games eBay would definitely be the way to go. However, knowing us, we’d get rid of a game and then look for the game later with an urge to play it.

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Thinking about it, there aren’t many games that we’ve bought and were so disappointed by that we thought about returning them. Yes, there are some games that we picked up only once or twice, but for the most part, we’ve kept all our games that we’ve bought. Trading in a game, or a console even, have never really crossed our minds, except in the instance of our Xbox 360 games. We have a handful of those that we bought and then the 360 died.

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Right, unless we actually can’t play them anymore, there’s no reason for us to get rid of them. I like seeing the physical games displayed for the same reason I love to see all our digital downloads lined up on the Switch.

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Ah, but what about all the SNES and N64 game cartridges we have? We have them still hanging out, but we’re unable to play them anymore. Should we trade or sell them? I wouldn’t want to, since those two consoles were the beginning of my gamer life, but they’re not really doing much.

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Why would we sell them if they don’t work anymore? That’d be mean. But no, we’ll find a way to display them at some point. Simple as that.

Do you usually trade in your games or keep them all? Let us know in the comments below!

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Would You Rather: Mini Console Edition

Would You Rather | Video Games | Nintendo | SNES | NES | Classic Consoles | Mini Consoles

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Hello everyone! With the second release of the NES Classic at the end of June — along with the fact that it outsold the Playstation 4 and Xbox One with its resurgence — we decided that mini Nintendo consoles would be the topic of our latest round of “Would You Rather?” With us for this go-round is our good friend Jett from In Third Person.

Thanks for joining us, Jett! To welcome you, I’ll start off with asking if you would rather have a mini console, doesn’t matter which one, that has every game from its library on it or if you would rather be able to choose your top ten games from the library for a customizable mini console.

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Thank you Kris & Rachel for having me! I’m an avid reader of your site and I also love this modern wave of mini consoles, so this is great all-around! Between those two choices, I would have to go with the mini console that has every game from its library. Yes, it would be full of crappy games that I would never play. Yes, it would be a pain to navigate from game-to-game if the console didn’t allow for segmenting the list by favorites. But it would also have all of the games I would want, plus a few rare titles that I would never have access to if I tried to track them down in the aftermarket. I would grin and bear the poor user experience for a mini console with my favourite games, all of the rarities, and filler that I might play for a laugh.

Question for you, Rachel. Would you rather have the existing SNES Classic that has 21 games, or a Sega Genesis equivalent with 30 of the best games in that library? If not, what number of Genesis games would tip the scale?

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Ah, that’s an easy one. We’ve never had the Sega Genesis before so I don’t really know what I’m missing and have no attachment to those games. With that said, I’d rather just have the SNES Classic. It’s familiar and honestly, a lot of those games are pretty new to me since I wasn’t even born yet when the SNES was first released in 1991.

Kris, if Nintendo were allowed to make only one more mini console, would you rather have a Nintendo 64 Classic or Gamecube Classic?

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That’s a tough one. Those two were great consoles with fantastic games. I think I would go with the Nintendo 64 Classic. While we do have all of our old consoles and games, it’s easier to set up and keep playing our GameCube rather than our older Nintendo 64. Best to keep a bit of history with the Nintendo 64 Classic.

Speaking of older games, Jett, would you prefer to have Nintendo’s Virtual Console back or a mini version of any — Nintendo or otherwise — console?

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One of the biggest benefits to the current mini console formatting is that it’s a great value proposition. We get dozens of games for a fraction of the cost of buying them separately. Where they falter is in their game selection. None of these consoles at this point are built with expandability in mind, which ultimately limits their value. Even if it costs more in the end, I would prefer a Virtual Console style infrastructure that would allow players to expand and customize their game library well beyond what’s possible within the current mini console price range.

Rachel, let’s revisit the idea of the Nintendo 64 Classic. The N64 controller is often criticized for its unusual form factor, as well as its flimsy analog stick that quickly grinds into dust, making them less precise over time. If/when Nintendo releases the Nintendo 64 Classic, would you rather it come with the original controller with all of its faults? Or a modified one that addresses the issues relating to form factor and/or durability?

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I think I’d want the classic N64 controller. That controller was always hard for me because I have small hands and, let’s be real, how do you hold it? But if they came out with a mini console, the controller would be mini. Plus, I believe it would be better made because there’s a lot more technology and knowledge now. I assume – I would hope – Nintendo would fix those issues with the mini controller.

Kris, if Nintendo had the ability to add updates to the NES and SNES classic consoles, would you rather have them update them with better experiences such as more games, customization for the home screen, and more always working to make them better (and never work on another mini console) – or would you rather leave them alone once they’re out and work on the next mini console?

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I think I would want them to update the NES and SNES classics. Those games are the hardest to come by, unless you were able to completely preserve your original console and games, and I imagine that a Virtual Console-like aspect will come with the online subscription service. I’m hoping that more popular games from the N64 and GameCube era will be available with that.

Jett, would you rather enjoy the classic consoles as they are, in all their old-school glory, or be able to equip the classic consoles with online capabilities so you can play with Internet friends rather than just local co-op?

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With the consoles already seeing adjustments for modern times, such as the units being mini, the controller ports not being the same, and with HDMI out instead of RF or AV, the mini consoles already stray from their original forms quite a bit. On top of that, we got NES controllers that were authentic in cable length, and those are awful to use in modern times. As such, I’m all for adding online play to those classic games if possible. It’ll greatly extend the lifespan of the console and its games to be able to play with friends at any time, even if the magic of playing together in the same room is lost. Even then, just invite them over!

Rachel, if Nintendo were to release a Game Boy Classic, would you want it to look and function like the original Game Boy in its iconic gray casing and green screen? Or would you want it to look and function like the newer Game Boy Color with its slimmer form-factor and colored screen?

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I’d love to have the Game Boy. I only have the Game Boy Color and I do love it and still try to use it sometimes. However, I’d love to see what the Game Boy would have been like. Though maybe they could just keep it the same size rather than making a mini version… it’s kind of already on the small side.Kris, speaking of the handhelds, they’re already pretty small with Nintendo creating XL versions. Would you rather have Nintendo create classics of the handhelds such as the Gameboy Advance, SP, and DS, or have them keep coming out with new handhelds, despite the Switch?

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I think I would rather Nintendo come out with new handhelds. I use the Switch docked most of the time, and I believe the games for the Advance, SP, and DS aged better than the older consoles. Most of them you can still use with backwards compatibility and many of the favorites are available on the eShop as well. This was a great round of “Would You Rather?” and it brought up some great ideas for the development of the mini consoles. Nintendo, take note! We’re going to wrap it up here, and we want to give another shout out and thank you to Jett for joining us on this post!

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Thank you for having me! It’s been a pleasure chatting about mini consoles. Fingers crossed that the rumored Nintendo 64 Classic is true and coming soon!

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It was a pleasure having you here, Jett. I hope to see a Nintendo 64 Classic in the future as well. Thanks for joining us!

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Octopath Traveler Flaws

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Octopath Traveler is such a fun game in our opinion, if you couldn’t tell from the posts we’ve been writing about lately, haha! Still, most of the posts have been praising Octopath Traveler and everything about it. Today, here are a couple of things I’m not too fond of when it comes to the game.

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We’ve been gushing about Octopath quite a bit on this blog, from the music and the graphics to the characters. There are a few aspects of the game that leaves us feeling a little disappointed, though.

I play RPGs mainly for the stories and the characters. I mean, those two elements of a game are arguably some of the most important aspects of an RPG, right? The characters of Octopath are great, there’s no dispute about that, but I do wish their characterization went deeper, especially when it comes to each other.

The “party banter” interaction is wonderful, but I definitely want more of it. Rachel and I, while playing the game, go through each character’s chapters by imagining how the rest of the party would be reacting to the events going on. For example, in Tressa’s chapter two, there’s a rival merchant who outsells her. We’re sitting on the couch mentioning how Cyrus would probably be lecturing about good sportsmanship while Therion would be stealing the rival’s goods before he could sell it all.

Obviously, programming more in depth interactions between all the characters would be difficult with the myriad of parties you can create, but a little more than the party banter would have been nice.

Going along with that, we feel that Octopath Traveler holds your hand during much of the stories. There’s a little map on the bottom right corner of the screen and, if you can get rid of it, we haven’t figured it out yet. While the map is useful, your next step is always in green, as well as the speech bubbles of NPCs that you need to speak to next. There’s usually a line of text on the top of the screen telling you what you need to do, as well. It really doesn’t leave much room for mystery or exploration when it comes to the chapters.

I really think Octopath’s main strengths are its music and graphics, as well as the battle system. Its characters are wonderful, and the stories aren’t bad, but the way the stories are executed with the hand-holding… They leave a little something to be desired, in my opinion.

What do you think of the way Octopath Traveler does the chapters for its characters?

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