New Pokemon Forms

Double Jump Kris MiiThe majority of Pokemon change forms as they grow, evolving into usually stronger creatures. It’s one of the main components to the games, enabling players to create all sorts of strategies for their adventure to play out.

While evolution usually happens when a Pokemon levels up, there are different criteria for some species, such as Lycanroc, whose form depends on the time of day…

Lycanroc was one of the first Alolan Pokemon to be revealed to the public and, within the games, its pre-evolved form Rockruff is one of the first wild Pokemon the player encounters when starting their journey in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. With Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon coming out in November, more information regarding the new forms of the Alolan Pokemon is starting to slowly make its way onto the Internet.

Where Lycanroc is concerned, there will be a new form to go along with its Midday and Midnight appearance: Dusk Lycanroc.

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It’s a decent design, in my opinion. As Rachel pointed out, “It looks like a sunset!” Caught between the Midday and Midnight forms, the Dusk Lycanroc looks as if it’ll fit right in.

Yet, I wonder how many Pokemon are going to get new forms for the games. Most likely due to its werewolf motif, Lycanroc was one of — if not the only — Pokemon with an alternate form based on the time of day in the seventh generation to go with the day and night aspect of the games. Will other Pokemon get more forms for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon?

With Mega Evolution, then Z-Moves, Alolan variations of first generation Pokemon, now Ultra forms for the Sun and Moon legendaries, I’m curious as to how all of this will play out.

What do you think of Dusk Lycanroc? Are you hoping for other Pokemon to get different forms? Or do you think these are too many forms and variations to keep track of?

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Mario Kart in Virtual Reality

Double Jump Kris MiiMario Kart is such a classic franchise, spanning from the Super Nintendo Entertainment all the way to the Switch port. The rosters have evolved from simply choosing between eight characters to deciding the driver, the kart, the wheels, the glider. Now there seems to be another way to play the game…

There is a virtual reality Mario Kart arcade game. My stomach is already doing barrel-rolls at the very idea of it, but despite any fears of nausea, a VR Mario Kart sounds like so much fun!

Presently, this game is only available in an arcade in Japan, but who knows if it’ll become available internationally at some point in the future. Having Nintendo dabble in virtual reality games just makes me excited to think of a Legend of Zelda or Pokemon VR game!

Also, that hammer item just looks like fun! Why don’t we have that in the latest version of Mario Kart?

What do you think of playing Mario Kart in Virtual Reality? What other franchises should go the VR route?

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Friday Favorites: SNES Classic Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiWith the news of the SNES Classic coming out in a couple of months, people have been scrutinizing the list of games the console will be loaded with. While I have no complaints about the game list, there are a few that I wish made an appearance on the console.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time

This classic arcade beat-em-up game was a favorite of Rachel’s and mine back when we were kids. It was perfect as a co-op game and quick enough to play within a couple of hours. Hearing the old school Ninja Turtles’ voices were great too!

Disney’s The Lion King

Disney had a few licensed games with Nintendo, like Aladdin and the Jungle Book, and The Lion King was one of the best. With the fun music and scenes from the movie, it worked well with the original SNES console. The game was short and sweet, making it a great game to play during an afternoon.

Tiny Toons Adventures: Buster Busts Loose

This was definitely a guilty pleasure game, a game filled with the ridiculousness that came with the Looney Toons. Tiny Toons was a spin-off of the Looney Toons for a younger generation, filled with characters that were the “students” of the original Looney Toons. I honestly don’t remember much of the plot of Buster Busts Loose, but I remember the fun, colorful scenes and high-energy music!

Goof Troop

This particular game I never really wanted to play as a kid. In fact, it was one of Rachel’s favorite games and, while it was never my first choice to play, I do remember having fun with Rachel while playing it. She was Max and I was Goofy and she had a penchant for throwing barrels at my character instead of actually trying to solve the puzzles!

What video games would you have liked to see on the SNES Classic console?

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Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass DLC

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still a fantastic game and, with the end of last month, the game’s first expansion pass DLC was released. It brought plenty of fresh content to a game that already has so much to do and explore!

 

bfsexyjThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been out for only four months and it continues to make headlines as one of the best games in the Legend of Zelda franchise. Much of that credit is due to the enormous open world that players can explore, allowing them to play out the story in any order they wish (should they even want to play out the story because that’s an option too).

Rachel and I have yet to actually beat the story, but we’re getting there! When we had pre-ordered our Switch bundle a few months ago, not only was the Breath of the Wild included but so was the first DLC pass ready to be downloaded when June 30th rolled around. The Expansion Pass DLC includes the Trial of the Sword, Hero’s Path Mode, and Master Mode, along with the Travel Medallion, more armor, and the Korok Mask hidden throughout the world.

While we haven’t downloaded the DLC just yet, I think I’m looking forward to the Trial of the Sword challenge the most. It seems like an awesome challenge and to strengthen the Master Sword even further is just sweet. The Hero’s Path Mode will also be helpful to us. Rachel and I tend to just make a beeline to whatever Tower or Shrine we see in our line of sight, so exploration can be a second thought. Using the Hero’s Path Mode to see where we’ve been and, more importantly, where we haven’t been sounds so useful.

For those of you who do have the DLC on their Breath of the Wild games, I hope you’re enjoying it!

What do you think of the expansion pass DLC? What’s your favorite part of the pass?

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SNES Classic Edition

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We all know Nintendo is launching the SNES Classic Edition, right? Last I heard, it will be out September 29 this year, and pre-orders are not happening right now. If pre-orders had happened, they went so fast that I hadn’t noticed. The mini console will have 21 games on it along with two controllers with actually decently-lengthed cords. While I can remember the NES, it was the SNES console that I had really started playing and getting into games, so having the Classic Edition would be very nostalgic for me.

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This is definitely something I want. Since we weren’t able to get our hands on the NES Classic, I hope we’re able to get our hands on this one. I remember watching Kris play the SNES when I was younger and even playing a little bit of it myself. It was the beginning of our video game craze.

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I was actually a little iffy on wanting the console because, honestly, the games that we truly loved from that era we still have either in their original cartridges or on the Virtual Consoles on the Wii or Wii U. However, the game line-up doesn’t look too bad at all, with plenty of games that could be new for us, such as the two Star Fox games. The only Star Fox game we’ve ever played was Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube, so to see the original one and the never-before-released sequel to it is great.

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Even if we do have most of the games, it’d be great to try out some “new” ones for us. Not to mention, it would be nice just to have the games all in one spot. And, who doesn’t want another console to add to their collection?

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The SNES Classic Edition will be a perfect addition to our collection. It’s how we started this gaming journey, and how cute would it be next to our original SNES console? The most amazing thing about these classic editions is how excited everyone is for them. It just proves how timeless these games are and how many people have such fond memories of the old Nintendo games. Minus the scalpers, of course, who are only in the race for the money. Let’s hope there’s enough supply to go around this time…

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Well, they did say they were only making it for 2017, right? We’ll see what happens… maybe they’ll end up making some extra upon learning their lesson the first time.

What do you think of the SNES Classic Edition? Let us know in the comments below!

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Samsung CGH90 Monitor

Double Jump Kris MiiRachel and I are generally Nintendo girls, having grown up with the consoles (and having the adults around us always call video games “Nintendo” no matter what kind of games they were). Fairly recently, though, I’ve been wanting to get more into the PC gaming scene, having used to play a couple of MMORPGs and now looking more into Twitch and games like Stardew Valley and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground. With that, I’ve been more interested in PC gaming accessories, like pretty monitors…

Gamers generally want to be as immersed as possible in their video game worlds. Take a look at all the virtual reality consoles and games that are on the market nowadays.

Recently a friend of mine told me about this gaming monitor from Samsung, the Samsung CHG90. This massive screen that would keep you in the game without the need for virtual reality headsets. Just take a look at this baby:

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Spanning about 49-inches wide, it’ll probably be difficult to just to find the space for the monitor, but isn’t it gorgeous? Imagine the expanse of Minecraft’s landscape or being able to keep an eye on your surroundings in PlayerUnknown’s Battleground. It’s pretty pricey, though, coming at a whopping $1499.99 — for that amount of money, you could probably get a nice dual, or even triple, monitor set up.

It’s a nice dream for a P.C. gamer!

What do you think of this computer monitor? Too much or would you like a chance to experience how it would work with one of your favorite PC games?

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Of the Xbox Family

Double Jump Kris MiiThe presentations at E3 are still being gushed about all over the Internet, and it’s no different here. I’m still a bit bummed that we hadn’t been able to watch the presentations live, but seeing all the wonderful articles and videos from the conference has been great. One of the biggest news was Microsoft revealing that their Project Scorpio was a new member of the Xbox family, the Xbox One X!

Part of Microsoft’s E3 press conference was showing off the Xbox One X, previously known under its development code name Scorpio. Rachel and I don’t have a console that is part of the Xbox family at the moment, as our Xbox 360 had died on us a while ago. Due to the Xbox 360 croaking, we had been debating on whether or not we should invest in an Xbox One or wait for more information on “Scorpio.”

Considering we’re more Nintendo girls and that the Switch had been on its way at that point, we held off and were glad that we did so. The E3 conference had given gamers a better look at the Xbox One X and, honestly, it makes games look really pretty. Just take a gander at Minecraft here:

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The right side is the Xbox One X’s 4K image.

 

We were very impressed with how gorgeous the images of the games could look with the Xbox One X’s help, with Minecraft being one of the best examples that they showcased at E3. But, aside from the souped-up graphics card and the additional teraflops of GPU and higher RAM, there’s not much of a difference between the One X and the One S.

The prices are certainly different, with the One X being priced at about $500 while the One S is about $300. In fact, that may be the selling point for Rachel and me getting a One S rather than a One X. That, and we don’t have a television capable of 4K anyway, so while the extra power may be nice, we don’t believe it’ll be necessary for us. Considering the One X is part of the One family with no exclusive games to the One X being mentioned at E3, the One S may simply be the way for Rachel and me to go.

What did you think of the Xbox One X? Do you think you’ll be investing in the latest version of the Xbox One?

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