New Switch Editions

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

With last week’s Nintendo Direct, a few new Switch editions were revealed. Both of them look great, but we’re not sure if we’d splurge even if we did have the money on them.

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There have been two new Switch editions that have been revealed, both having to do with a couple of the most anticipated Nintendo Switch games that are slated for released this year — the Pokemon Let’s Go duo and, of course, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Both of the Switch editions look great to Rachel and me, as we’re suckers for both franchises. With how popular the Nintendo Switch console itself has been and the two video game series, I wonder how many of the new editions Nintendo will sell.

On one hand, many people probably already have a Switch and they’re not too cheap (although, the Nintendo Switch may be one of the cheapest consoles on the market at the moment), especially with all the accessories. On the other hand, people are hyped for Let’s Go and Smash Bros Ultimate and, if people don’t have a Switch just yet, this may be the perfect time to get one.

Seeing the new editions also brought up a question that Rachel and I have been asking ourselves for a while — should we each have our own Switch? Nintendo, I’m sure, would prefer for everyone to have their own console for business reasons as well as to take advantage of the portability and playing games together on the go. Right now Rachel and I are good with sharing a Switch, considering we play together the majority of the time, but we’re both also conscious of the fact that we’d probably want to play our own Let’s Go games at the same time (yes, we’ll be able to play co-op, but we like our own adventures, too).

I suppose we’ll see.

What do you think of the new Switch editions? Are you planning on getting one?

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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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New Activity Books For Mario, Zelda, And Splatoon!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Nintendo has announced new activity children’s books that have been released by the publishing company, Random House.

I have a good amount of coloring books. I’ll admit I don’t color as often as I’d like and I should probably do it more so that I’m not so frazzled all the time. So, when I saw this I figured I’d have to get them at some point or another.

There are a good amount of activity books featuring Mario and friends, the Legend of Zelda, and Splatoon. You can find the collection here at Random House.

They look great and, if you go on the website, you can take a peek inside the books. Random House is a great company as is Nintendo so these books actually look like high quality coloring books with various activities such as mazes and stickers.

They’re fairly cheap too being only around $10 – through Amazon, anyway. These might be something I’ll invest in soon enough.

I’ve never gotten into Splatoon, but I definitely want Mario and Zelda… along with Pokemon and Animal Crossing should they ever make those.

Speaking of Animal Crossing, don’t forget there’s a Nintendo Direct tonight! It’s 3pm PDT, 6pm EST. I’m looking forward to it and while I’m not trying to get my hopes up… I’m totally getting my hopes up for Animal Crossing Switch.

We’ll see what happens though.

Will you be checking out the activity books? What are you hoping for in the Nintendo Direct tonight? Let me know in the comments! 

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Favorite Types Of Merch To Collect [Top Tuesday]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I bought more Pokemon cards the other day. And I want more. I always want more. I love collecting things, especially things I don’t really use and that has to do with video games. Thus, this Top Tuesday post.

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3. Figurines/Stuffed Animals

I love stuffed animals. I had a nice collection of figurines too. I have so much and no place to put them all that I haven’t gotten any in a while. However, someday, when I have money, I’m buying every single Pokemon figurine and stuffed animal there is. Also, Mario, Zelda, Sonic… anything and everything.

2. Game Guides

I’ve talked about this before, a long time ago. I love getting game guides. They’re pretty, they’re helpful, and they’re just something extra to have along with the games. The problem is, I barely have enough room on my bookshelves for my books let alone game guides.

1. Pokemon Cards

Someday I will show off my Pokemon card collection. It’s ever-growing and I try to keep it as organized as I can. I’m currently re-organizing them by region and it’s taking a while. Do I play the game? No. But I’m going to keep collecting them. I’d like to start collecting other cards such as Magic: The Gathering… and actually learn how to play that. Someday.

What’s some merch you love to get? Let me know in the comments below!

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EGLX 2018 Merch Haul

For our trip to Canada, we went to one of our banks to do a little currency exchange, thinking that we may need some Canadian cash for tips and food for the hotel, perhaps taxis. Considering that everything was just charged to our credit cards, we used all that cash at the artist alley at EGLX.

There were so many skilled artists in their own booths at the expo, and we were delighted to help support them. One of our first stops was Pixel Parasite by Daryl Santos.

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He recreates iconic video game characters and items from perler beads. As soon as I spotted Geno from Super Mario RPG, I had to nab it. Rachel chose the Charmander to bring home and, the next day, we returned for a couple of key chains. Rachel grabbed Boo while I opted for the ocarina from the Legend of Zelda. We had also gotten key chains of Yoshi and Pikachu for our younger cousins, but we gave the gifts to them before we had gotten a picture

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We had also gotten a couple of Batman lanyards (along with a Fenniken plush for Rachel) from a booth, and the lanyards became the home to pins and key chains that we collected throughout the weekend.

Other key chains came from gyoGUTS and Geek @ ❤. Rachel got a double-sided key chain of Breath of the Wild’s Link and Zelda, while my key chain had Urbosa from the same game and Sans from Undertale from gyoGUTS. From Geek @ ❤ came the hand-crafted Wonder Woman symbol and Gameboy icon.

Geek @ ❤ also made these gorgeous prints from all sorts of fandoms, looking like they were painted sketches over book pages or music sheets. I have to say, I believe these prints are some of my favorite treasures from the expo:

We also got plenty of other posters from Game Room Posters (at the time of this posting, the website is pending):

All in all, we got a pretty good haul from our first expo. The only question now is…. where do we put all this?

What do you think of our haul? What kind of merchandise would or have you picked up at a convention? Let us know in the comments below!

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Double Jump Bakes Pokemon Cookies

We’re going to be honest — neither of us are pros in the kitchen. Rachel is better than Kris when it comes to cooking and Kris’s baking attempts aren’t bad, but hanging out in the kitchen all day watching the stove isn’t something that either of us tend to do.

A couple of months ago, we bought some Pokemon cookie cutters that were on sale at GameStop. They were simple-ish, just the heads of Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. We figured we would make some sugar cookies and try our hand at how well we could capture (pun certainly intended) the likenesses of the Pokemon by decorating them with royal icing.

And, to our surprise, they didn’t come out too badly!

The image on the left features what the back of the cookie cutter box had and the image on the right shows how well our decorating skills matched up.

Rachel decorated the Pikachu and Charmander while Kris iced the Bulbasaur and Squirtle. We each did a little pokeball with the remaining dough as well. Our method was to try to ice the eyes and some of the other details first then flood the rest of the faces with color. Toothpicks were used to try to smooth everything out as well as “draw” the simpler details of the closed mouths, noses, and “eyebrows” on the Pokemon. It wasn’t easy with our limited tools and icing skills, but it was fun.

More importantly, they taste good! We used a cream cheese sugar cookie recipe from Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies cookbook, a pretty basic recipe but it was easy to make and everyone who’s tried a cookie enjoyed them. The cookies are soft and savory without being too loaded with flavor, which makes it great so it’s not fighting with the icing.

Making the cookies wasn’t too bad either, but we did use a lot of flour trying to ensure that the rolling pins and cookie cutters didn’t stick to the dough. Most of the shapes came out recognizable, but there were a few mishaps here and there. Pretty sure our favorite was “old man Pikachu,” there on the right:

All in all, we had a great time baking and decorating together. We’re definitely hoping to do more video game and geeky related baking in the future!

Have you ever made a recipe based on a video game? What are your favorite kind of cookies? Let us know in the comments below!

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