Halloween At The Pokemon Center

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday and Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my least favorite holiday. I’m easily spooked and will get nightmares at the slightest thing. I don’t even like the dark. Though I do like Pokemon. And I like ghost Pokemon. So, naturally, I want all the Halloween stuff from the Pokemon Center.

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The Pokemon Center website is a place that I need to have restricted access to. I’m good with my money and don’t buy things on a whim from Pokemon Center, but I always go on the website and stare longingly at everything I want… which is pretty much everything.

In the spirit of Halloween, Pokemon Center has some new things up. I, of course, want them all. But there are three things that stick out to me that I would love to have.

Pumpkin Pikachu Tealight Holders

These things are adorable. I enjoy candles, though I don’t use them as much. But seriously, if I had these Pikachu Pumpkins, I’d be burning tealights all the time.

Gengar Treat Bowl

I do not need a treat bowl. I have one and, if I’m honest, I hide with the dog while trick-or-treaters come to my house and my mother answers the door. But this Gengar bowl, as heavy as it looks, is too sweet to pass up. If I had my own house, I’d be buying this in a heartbeat and using it this Halloween, tonight.

Gengar Mug

I don’t need any more mugs, but that’s not going to stop me from buying them. I would love to get a mug for every game that I play so that I can sip my coffee while live-streaming matching the game to my mug. Why? Because that would be cool, I don’t care how ridiculous it sounds. And who doesn’t like things that match? Plus, Gengar is one of my favorite Pokemon and I don’t have a mug with his face on it.

I’m not one for cutesie decor like this, but… come on, Pokemon, take my money.

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Collecting Memorabilia

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

During slow times at the day job, I’m often reading random news articles and this particular one about a gentleman and his extensive collection caught my eye.

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Everyone knows that being a geek is an expensive hobby, what with the video games, the art books, the comics, the soundtracks, among other types of merchandise to collect. Rachel and I have a decent collection, and have showed off a few results when it comes to our shopping sprees and gift hauls. Our only issue is the lack of space we have for all of our merchandise.

Then there’s this dude who has over $150k worth of X-Men memorabilia and a giant basement dedicated to everything. He holds the Guinness World Record for largest X-Men collection since 2012, and is on the page opposite of the late legend Stan Lee, whom he’s met. The pictures in the article look fantastic, and having the space to dedicate to such a large collection is part of Rachel’s and my plans when we save up enough to buy a house.

I have a sizable comic book collection and Rachel has tons of Pokemon cards, but neither of us could ever come up with a collection as extensive as the gentleman in the article (perhaps in a decade or so — his collection has been growing for the past 30 years). Being able to have a big enough collection to properly display is a good enough reason to splurge on merchandise, right?

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Christmas Haul 2018

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful holiday filled with good times, good family and friends, and presents. This was a pretty low-key Christmas for us, our immediate family opting to just exchange a few gifts together.

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We always look forward to Christmas, but we all know the best day of the year is December 26th. It’s great to see everyone, but it’s nice to have that calm when it’s all said and done. Plus, we can play with our new toys. My mom loved how I’m 25-years-old and she was still wrapping up “toys” for me from “Santa.”

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The main video game I had received was the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy for the Xbox One. The Spyro trilogy was one of the few games I had for our old original Playstation years ago, so it’ll be fun to go back to that world and see how well it’s been remastered. I haven’t heard anything bad yet about the new game. I was also surprised with the complete soundtrack of Octopath Traveler, imported from Japan. Thankfully the little booklet inside the cover has the English names of the songs, as they’re all listed in Japanese on the back cover!

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I’m excited to get back to Spyro as well. Plus, listening to the soundtrack, there are four CDs to it! The main video game I got was the Lego Harry Potter Collection for the Nintendo Switch. This game came out in October and I’ve never played any of the Lego Harry Potter games before. Having all seven in one game will be a treat and I can’t wait to finally go to Hogwarts. I also got two packs of Pokemon cards – one had a jumbo Tsareena card, which I was excited about. Tsareena was on my main team in Pokemon Sun & Moon. The other pack had a Pokeball card holder to go along with Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. I also got the game guide to those games as well.

 

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I also got Rachel a Mimikyu doll that the dog thought belongs to her, haha! Aside from those games, we’ve also each gotten an eShop gift card which I’m planning on using to download Gris on the Nintendo Switch. I’ve had my eye on the game for a while, so it seems like the perfect game for the end of the year. Our grandparents gave us some cash, and I already spent mine on the new expansion pack — Get Famous — and a couple of stuff packs for the Sims 4. We have plenty of games to keep us occupied for a little while… At least until the new year!

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I also got a new Monopoly game, the Cheater’s Edition. The point is to cheat and not get caught… but I kind of do that in regular Monopoly anyway. So I’m hoping the game will be a blast. However, I know people are expecting me to cheat, so it’ll be more of a challenge. We do have plenty of games to keep us busy for the new year and I know so many new games are going to come out in 2019. I can’t wait to dive into our new games!

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The Legend of Zelda: Uno Card Game

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The Uno card game has a simple enough premise. Each player starts with a handful of cards and you take turns discarding them into the main pile according to either color — blue, yellow, green and red — or by matching the number of the previous card that was put down. The goal is to be the first player to discard all of their cards first. There is apparently a point system that we recently discovered, but our house rules were always, “Whoever has an empty hand first, wins.”

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Yeah, who knew Uno had actual rules with a point system? Anyway, for Zelda Month, I was scrolling through Amazon to find a Zelda game that’s not a video game. Yahtzee and Chess popped up, but then I saw Uno. I love Uno and have a Super Mario Uno game. Aside from the pretty Zelda artwork on the cards, this particular edition has it’s own “Triforce rule” that I wanted to try out.

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Aside from regular numbered cards, Uno employs quite a few trick cards as well. There’s the reverse card that reverses the turn order, the skip card so the next person’s turn is skipped, and some cards that make the next person have to draw even more cards from the unused pile. There are also wild cards that allow the person who plays it to change the current color that’s in play, either to give themselves an advantage or to try to give others more of a challenge. This particular deck’s “Triforce rule” involved a new wild card.

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There’s a wild card with a Triforce symbol on it which acts as a normal wild card. However, the next person needs to put down a card of the color that was changed to and that card also needs to have a Triforce symbol on it. The cards that had this symbol were 3, 6, and 9 in all the colors. If the next player doesn’t have a card with a Triforce symbol in the color the deck changes to, they need to draw three cards.

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It’s a bit of an extra challenge in an otherwise normal game of Uno. Uno itself is one of those games where it’s simple to screw other people over in order to be the winner. The more people playing, the more fun it is. Uno was a card game that we used to play all the time when we were younger, so it was fun to go back to it with this Zelda deck and the Mario deck from a few months ago.

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This was certainly a fun edition of the Uno game. While the Triforce rule added a bit more strategy, it didn’t make the game much harder, especially since it’s mostly luck anyway. Still, it was fun and I’m glad we bought it.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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 @ <3. 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 @ <3 came the hand-crafted Wonder Woman symbol and Gameboy icon.

Geek @ <3 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?

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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!

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