My Gaming Checklist

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

It’s hard to believe we’re already in April. With so many things closed down and not being able to leave the house much, gaming seems to be just about all you can do. (That is, if you choose to ignore work.)

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My favorite games

We all have our favorite genres and our go-to games after a long day or just need to escape reality for a bit. I’ll admit, I can’t pinpoint an exact genre that does this for me but I have a handful of games that are my favorite.

By favorite, I mean games that I will never get tired of playing. Games that I have played over and over again that I know by heart.

Pokemon

This, of course, is no secret. One of my favorite games is Pokemon. I’ve played all the spin-offs and mobile games and such, but there’s nothing quite like a main-stream Pokemon game. I could pick up Pokemon Silver, Pearl, X, Shield, or any of the other Pokemon games and have a great time with it. I could start my journey over, go shiny-hunting, grow my team to level 100 and then raise a new team, enter the Pokemon League over and over again, and so much more.

Whenever I run out of games to play or I’m in a slump, I find myself going back to a Pokemon game.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

Maybe I could have put this with Pokemon in general, but aside from the main games, I could play and replay the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games forever. I don’t know what it is about these games – the gameplay is simple, the story and the dialogue is young – but I love them just the same.

Luigi’s Mansion

One of my all-time favorite games. Luigi’s Mansion is a classic and I can’t get enough of it. Luigi has always been one of my favorites and I have a soft spot for ghosts and the like, so Luigi’s Mansion is a perfect series for me. Plus, the gameplay is simple and the games themselves are fairly short and sweet to get through.

Of course, I wouldn’t mind them being longer, but hey – I’ll take what I can get.

Animal Crossing

This is a game that happens in real-time. So, of course, this is something I’ll go back to now and again. Animal Crossing is one of my favorites, yes, but it’s not something I could play every single day of my life (though I wouldn’t mind trying). Still, it’s easy to get sucked into the Animal Crossing world and forget about reality – which, let’s be honest, is nice sometimes.

Paper Mario

Finally, my all-time favorite game – Paper Mario. I’ve played the Nintendo 64 game so many times and I can breeze right through it in about 24 hours. This game is quirky with fun music and awesome characters. Maybe that’s it, but I don’t know why I have such a love for this game. It could also be because it was the first game I completed myself.

What I need from Nintendo

Nintendo has given me all brand new versions of my favorite games in less than a year. Pokemon Sword and Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX (not a new game, but a remake of the first one so I’ll take it – it was fun to see the Gameboy Advance game on the Switch!), and finally, Animal Crossing New Horizons.

I said to Kris the other day, “All Nintendo needs to do now is give me a new Paper Mario game and I’ll be all set.” (That is, then I can start asking for more sequels for these games all over again.)

Ironically enough, the next day, a rumor appeared. Nintendo will be celebrating Mario’s 35th anniversary this year and a new Paper Mario game (going back to its original Nintendo 64 roots) may be in the works. There have been rumors about a new Paper Mario game before. I don’t know if I can believe this one or not.

I would love either Nintendo to remake the original Paper Mario onto the Switch (like what they did with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon) or create a brand new Paper Mario game that’s similar to the original Paper Mario. (Or Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door – that one was good too, though I still prefer the original over any of the sequels.)

Supposedly, with this rumor, Super Mario 64 may be coming to the Switch among others. We’ll see what happens, I suppose. I can’t wait to see what Nintendo has up their sleeve. I just need Paper Mario and then I’ll complete my Bingo card before I can start it again!

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Animal Crossing New Horizons Is On The Horizon!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I called an Animal Crossing Direct about a week or so ago. Nintendo said more info would come before the game releases and still not hearing anything halfway through February, I had a feeling they’d wait until the 20th, one month away from this grand new adventure.

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I have to admit, when I found out there was going to be a direct at 9 am my time on a Thursday morning, I wasn’t surprised. I’ve tried to live stream on Thursday mornings for the past two months and something has always come up where I couldn’t – three Nintendo Directs included.

I was excited to finally get more information on Animal Crossing New Horizons. Although I’ll admit, I would have been okay being surprised when the actual game comes out. Nintendo packed a lot in the 30-minute direct and showed off so much from the game. It seems to me that the game is keeping just about all the old mechanics from previous Animal Crossing games (especially New Leaf) in addition to adding a bunch of new mechanics that definitely seem like they’ll work for the game overall.

I took notes while watching the direct and it’s a huge one-block paragraph of me rambling. I can’t make sense of it and, because there was so much to take in, I’m going to ignore my notes and talk about what I remember. So, I apologize if this particular article seems a bit jumbled itself.

First, it seems as though the game itself is going to be similar to past games. You move to a new area – in this case, an island – and choose the layout. You get a tent to start off with but can upgrade to build a house and expand upon your house down the road. Since you’re on a getaway package, you’re not the only one to move onto the island. Some villagers are moving in along with you and you can choose where they put their tent.

There’s a DIY workbench where you can make tools and furniture yourself. The furniture can have custom designs and the tools can be upgraded as such as well based on your materials. This particular service is open 24/hours a day and you can buy and sell items. However, Nook will still run a separate shop that sells items and furniture that you can’t make yourself.

In addition, the museum and the Able Sisters will be there. Other small shops, such as the flower shop and Kicks from New Leaf, won’t be there but they’ll appear once in a while as special visitors with pop-up shops. Speaking of special visitors, free updates will occur throughout the year for special occasions and holidays. For example, the first free update will be available the same day the game releases to celebrate Bunny Day.

Instead of a bus or train station, you get to the island by plane, which makes sense. The airport is used as a way to visit other islands either locally or online. You can also send postcards, so it acts as the post office as well.

It looked like you have more pocket space. The slots were smaller than they are in the previous Animal Crossing games so maybe it’s the same amount. I didn’t count it while watching the direct and I don’t know the exact amount of pocket space you have in the other games (10, maybe?) but it seemed as though you’re given more pocket space in New Horizons. Plus, you can change tools easier. Whether they’re in their own inventory slot or part of your pocket, I’m not sure. That one was hard to tell. If the tools go in your pocket then that’s almost some space gone.

Of course, fishing, bug catching, and fossil hunting are still a big part of the game. Certain creatures are available in specific seasons. Yes, even though we’re on an island, the seasons still exist. This is great and I’m looking forward to building snowmen in winter.

I will say this though – they’ve made so many changes to this game to the point that you can rearrange the terrain. Yep, destroy a cliff with your shovel and create a waterfall into the river. This is a super cool concept and I’m looking forward to making the island on my own.

With that said, in addition to the seasons… I now want to ice skate. They showed off winter a bit in the direct and the water was never frozen. I think, down the line, it would be cool if a special event occurred where the rivers froze. You can ice skate on them, go ice fishing and only be able to get certain fish through ice fishing, or only have the ability to fish in the ocean. Also, igloos. We should be able to build igloos and have a snowball fight.

I just had to get that off my chest. I’m happy with the add-ons they’ve made but I’m realizing skating and ice fishing maybe something in Animal Crossing none of us knew we needed.

Speaking of a wish list though, I wrote an Animal Crossing Switch Wish List almost a year ago. Surprisingly enough, some of the things I mentioned seem to be there. There are no biomes, like a desert area, but they did show off a scorpion and I specifically said I wanted to get Blathers a scorpion. So, there’s that.

Honestly, I could go on and on about everything that the direct showed off. We have so many new and old things to look forward to in New Horizons and I absolutely cannot wait for the game to release.

There’s so much I didn’t touch upon that was shown in the direct, but… I’m going to leave it at that. It’ll take me a week to get through it all and I think I’ll sit back and begin counting down the days.

Just for fun, you can read my jumbled notes about the direct while I watched it:

deep dive into deserted island life choose island north or south hemisphere all four seasons orientation session with other villagers to get a tent and pick where everyone lives resident services open 24 hours buy and sell diy workshop learn a recipe and make it gather materials like wood from trees and stuff custom design furniture airport to use internet or local to invite friends to my island i can also visit other islands up to 8 people can be on the island at one time send postcards nookphone will add new apps at some point nook broadcast milage program can be used to pay debt and other rewards quickly change between tools dangerous creatures nighttime castaway sighting gulliver rescue service resetti? optional extras building a house more pocket space interior decorating similar to happy home designer house additions as well nook miles ticket can travel to island tours mystery tours take stuff home YOU CAN JUMP party play four residents can play together if they live on the same island whoever calls the others is the leader but that’s easy to change while you play recycle box nooklink for new leaf and happy home designer to bring them to the switch chat system on switch online app this launches in march 2020 shortly after the game on march 20 2020 that was only part one, holy crap, onto part two additional residents wanted invite new villagers nook’s cranny museum able sisters campground residents services expansion ISABELLE lots of visitiors  i want a magic wand participate in planned events fishing and bugging free updates seasonal stuff ladder in pocket bridges and ramps paths and change terrain the sims in animal crossing form i can’t wait I’m going to cry can i play with my family on one switch can have 8 people on one island total support amiibo yes from animal crossing series photopia more info about visiting friends can play with friends or not friends can be restricted with parental controls cannot use tools unless on a “best friend” island what if i lose save data does not support save data cloud a service will allow to restore this in certain cases new animal crossing switch system free updates will happen after game launches first one will be on march 20 celebrate bunny day in april pocket camp connection social media plug where’s fang

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January 2020 Pokemon Direct Reaction

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This past Thursday, we got a Pokemon Direct from Nintendo and holy crap. Let’s just say that we were pleased by this direct, despite the complaints that we’ve seen bopping around the Internet. The first two minutes of the direct showcased the remake of the Red and Blue Rescue Team Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games and, while the mystery dungeon games weren’t my cup of tea, I think Rachel enjoyed seeing the tease.

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Like many others, I’ve been waiting for a new Mystery Dungeon game for quite some time. The latest Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game came out in 2015. It’s been some time and while this isn’t a brand new Mystery Dungeon game, I’m pleased the two original titles of the series (originally for the Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS) are getting a chance in the spotlight once again. It seems as though they smooshed the two games together into one and not only remastered it but updating it with new elements such as mega evolution. I’m excited!

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I’m glad you, and so many others, are excited for Mystery Dungeon! Personally, I was much more excited for the rest of the direct. I’ve always enjoyed the third-tier Pokemon games that gave more lore and story elements to the regions, and have been disappointed by the “sequels” that didn’t give much new content. They were too similar in story to the original pair of games for the region to warrant the full price of a new game. I think having DLC for Sword and Shield is a great happy medium. To give us more content past the champion route without having to play the story again, along with some more Pokemon included, is perfect.

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I have to admit I was wrong about what they were going to do next with Sword and Shield. So many people speculated DLC and I said a hard “no.” Pokemon has never had DLC before. I didn’t think they’d start now. While I’m not pleased with the idea that they might go down the “DLC rabbit hole” I’m excited for the expansion pass for the games. I can’t wait to have more story, more max raid battles, more places to explore, and new Pokemon to meet!

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Generally, I’m not a fan of DLC either, but I feel like Nintendo does DLC well. They release full games and DLC is an expansion on what we already have. Just take a look at Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses for a few examples. The DLC is usually not the price for a full game, either. While I prefer free DLC, as I’m sure everyone does, I don’t mind paying a bit to support the developers for giving us a fuller experience in games. In Sword and Shield, I enjoyed having something to do after becoming champion, and I’m excited to see what comes next with the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra!

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While this is true, Nintendo also usually comes out with “deluxe” versions later on that end up having the full game plus all the DLC included. We were lucky not to buy any DLC for Mario Kart 8 so when we got Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there were some new things for us. Overall though, I am looking forward to the expansion pass. It’s $30, which is cheaper than I expected it to be. I’m certainly not complaining about that. I only wonder if we’ll have to buy it twice? Sword and Shield don’t have cloud save data. I’m playing through Sword twice on the same profile, but one is on our home Switch and the other is on my Switch Lite. If we buy the DLC on our home Switch, will it appear on my Sword file on my Switch Lite? We have a physical copy of the game, but without the cloud save data it doesn’t matter if I play the game on the same profile on different consoles. I hope I’ll be able to use the DLC on both consoles so I can have it for all of my save files of the games, especially since I one-hundred-percented Shield on my Switch Lite.

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I’m hoping we can download the expansion pass per Nintendo account and profile. That way, even if you switch between your Sword games on the home Switch and your Lite, your profile will still recognize that you have the expansion pass. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see, though. That’s a concern, unlike some of the harsher reactions we’ve seen on the Internet regarding the expansion pass. It’s a shame people were complaining about “Game Freak turning into EA” when it comes to paid DLC, but that doesn’t even make sense. In previous Pokemon generations, you would have to buy another whole game, one that only enhanced the original story, for full price. I suppose the expansion pass for both Sword and Shield is still the price of a full game put together, but I feel like it’s better than having each version’s expansion pass be a whole $60 or so. Hearing folks complain about the old Pokemon just arriving now is a bit silly as well. True, it would have been nice to see as many Pokemon as possible already in the Galar region, but I would like to believe that Game Freak is adding more Pokemon due to the backlash of no National Dex. Besides, it’ll make the new areas seem fresher with new species to the Galar region.

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I think it’s ridiculous how people are overreacting to this. Honestly, everyone is going to buy it and enjoy it anyway. I think part of the reason Game Freak chose to do this was due to the backlash, yes. But I also believe it was done as a business move because they had already announced Pokemon Home. It’s easy to suck people into the “catch ’em all” mentality. So, adding more Pokemon – new and old – are going to make people buy this regardless of the new areas. For some people, anyway. I’m looking forward to it overall and I do hope I’ll be able to truly catch them all in a single game, though I know that’s a bit unrealistic. So, for now, I’m super excited and my only “complaint” about all this (which isn’t really a complaint at all) is the fact that my Pokemon Sword and Shield guide and Pokedex are already outdated and I just got them. So, I hope they come out with an updated guide and an updated Galar pokedex for my collection at home.

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I’m curious as to how Pokemon Home is going to work between Let’s Go and Sword and Shield. It’s supposed to be similar to Pokemon Bank, but the only compatible games at the moment for it are those on the Switch and, even then, only a percentage of the Let’s Go Pokemon will be able to transfer to Pokemon Sword and Shield. I’m cautiously optimistic that more Pokemon games will be coming to the Switch, like a couple of remastered Sinnoh versions or a duo of Let’s Go titles for Johto.

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(Yes, like Psyduck.) I hope they remaster some of the older games and slowly bring more and more Pokemon from those games to Home to Sword and Shield… I’d also be happy with an updated version of Pokemon Ranch. But I guess that’s another topic of conversation for another day.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons Cover Art

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

We’re officially in 2020 and I’m looking forward to what the world of gaming has in store for us this year.

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As of right now, the game I’m most excited about is Animal Crossing New Horizons. I’ve been a hot minute since we’ve had a new Animal Crossing game and I can’t wait to head to the island and decorate my house – inside and out.

Nintendo has added a new commercial for the game and even though it’s in Japanese and shows off a bit of what we already know of the game, I’m pleased with it. I think it’s adorable that Nook and his sons are showing off the island to the villagers which makes me wonder what Nook is up to now. I mean, what exactly is Nook, Inc.? Is he a travel agent now?

A lot of people were excited to see Isabelle among the other villagers. I see why but I don’t at the same time… were people thinking Isabelle might not be in this game? I figured she’s a staple at this point and Nintendo knows that. She is in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate after all.

What I love most about this commercial though is that the cover art has been revealed. There’s a lot to the cover. It shows off a male and female villager, Nook and his sons, along with Isabelle and a couple of villagers in the background. Not to mention some of the various things you can do in the game such as fish and chop wood.

I really think Animal Crossing New Horizons is going to be the best Animal Crossing game yet.

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Our Reactions To The Game Awards 2019

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The Game Awards are the equivalent to the Emmys or the Oscars but for video games. This awards show was founded and is hosted by the lovely Geoff Keighley and this was its fifth year running. The Game Awards is something I tend to look forward to every December because I think it’s great the gaming industry and the creative people behind these games are being recognized and get a chance in the spotlight. Plus, we get sneak peeks at what games (and consoles) are to come soon.

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The show as a whole is well-done. I can’t imagine all the preparation and hard work that goes into creating this event, and I have to give everyone who had a hand in it applause. With that said… I wasn’t thrilled with the show this year. I’ll acknowledge that most of it were probably due to my personal gaming preferences. However, I feel as if most of the games that premiered involved too many dark openings, ominous narration, and gore. I don’t mind seeing a bit of fake blood in games, but when the majority of the world premieres show that off? I tune out.

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I agree. Every world premiere seemed to be the same game showcased over again. That is our gaming preferences and likes and dislikes. I don’t like games that have a lot of violence and blood and such. So, when just about every game that was announced revolved around that? 2020 isn’t looking like a fun year for me gaming-wise. On the flip side, none of those games included Nintendo really. Nintendo was barely in the show at all and didn’t announce anything at all and that’s what I really want to see. However, given that Nintendo just had their Indie World direct and typically have a direct in January, I bet Nintendo is biding their time and will blow everything else out of the water.

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I’m sure Nintendo will have something special soon enough. It’s a company that enjoys surprising its fans like that! Aside from the live musical performances and the global gaming citizen segments, there really wasn’t much for us at the Game Awards. I was thrilled to see Gris and Fire Emblem: Three Houses win a couple of awards — including the latter winning the Player’s Voice despite not getting a Game of the Year nominee — and seeing Reggie back up on the stage was fantastic.

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Yes, it was great to see Gris and Fire Emblem: Three Houses win. Luigi’s Mansion 3 also got some recognition for being the best family game, which was nice to see. Smash Ultimate also got the best fighting game award. Other than those games, though, I haven’t played anything else and some games I hadn’t even heard of. Regardless, congrats to all the games, devs, publishers, teams, whathaveyou, on their awards. Everyone in the gaming industry truly works hard and deserves it.

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Everyone does deserve the recognition for their hard work they do, and I’m glad that the Game Awards can give them it. It’s a shame, though, that some of the awards are given just in passing while others have a bit more fanfare. I admittedly almost forgot about the best family game award because it was just stated rather than given a bigger segment. With that said, we were a bit let down by the show this year. There wasn’t much for us in terms of announcements, and I feel like the pacing of the show could have been better. I believe the show could have ended with a bang if the next Xbox console, for example, was shown off last.

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Yes, I don’t understand why some awards are passed off rapid-fire. I guess it’s to save a bit of time – the show is about three hours, after all. But what makes one award “better” over the other? Maybe it’s the people they’re able to get to actually come in person to receive the award or something? I don’t know. And the balance was certainly off. They announced the big things at the beginning of the show – the Xbox X, for example – leaving the rest of the show lackluster. One last thing: this may be a nitpick of mine and I have nothing against Vin Diesel, but… why they chose him of all people to announce the Game of The Year… I’ll never know.

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Saving time is a valid reason, yes, but I agree that I’m not sure what makes one award better than the other. Vin Diesel didn’t do anything for me either. I completely zoned out, and I didn’t care for the game that won the award either, although I know plenty of people enjoyed Sekiro. The presenters and announcers weren’t bad, but of course my favorites were Reggie and Ikumi Nakamura. I have nothing against Geoff Keighley, he does fantastic work and I enjoy him as a host, but I was way more interested in seeing Reggie and Ikumi Nakamura announce and present, haha! The best thing about the show this year was hanging out in a Twitch chat with Jett, Ian, and Hannie. I think chatting with some good friends was definitely the best part of the night (although Reggie was a close second).

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The chat helped for sure. Otherwise, I would have turned off the awards show long before it was over. I think the main reason I was so bummed by the show was that it wasn’t balanced well with big and small news and there was such a lack of Nintendo stuff. Of course, I’m going to pretend that means Nintendo has something big up their sleeve. Overall, the show wasn’t bad. Everyone who worked on the show as a whole plus all the winners and nominees definitely deserve recognition. I’ll still look forward to next year’s show. 

krismii
Agreed. The Game Awards show wasn’t our favorite this year, although it wasn’t for lack of trying on their part. If we actually enjoyed more of the games they spoke of, it may have been better for us. Being mainly Nintendo fans, the short and sweet Nintendo Directs are more up our alley. Still, the balancing definitely could have been better for this years show. We’ll see how they up the ante for next year.

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Indie World Direct

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It’s always nice when a Nintendo Direct coincidentally falls during my lunch break. We were able to watch most of the 20-ish minute direct live, getting hints of the upcoming Indie titles that will grace the Nintendo Switch next year.

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This direct was unexpected but one I looked forward to. I enjoy indie games and was eager to see what’s upcoming for the new year. In total, Indie World announced 16 games coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2020. While there were a few I’m interested in trying, there were four games that I’m truly looking forward to trying – Sports Story, Bake’n Switch, Supermash, and Murder by Numbers.

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Most of the games looked pretty, while there were a couple that puzzled us. I believe I’m more interested in some of the games that had unique art styles and stories to tell, such as Gleamlight, Liberated, and Dreamscaper. Murder by Numbers, though, also seems great — we’re suckers for visual novels, and the music was created by Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney’s composer Masakazu Sugimori — and Supermash is definitely interesting as well. I wouldn’t mind trying Survivalists, if only because it features local and online multiplayer. If it was a single-player experience,  I probably would pass.

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I’d be willing to give most of those games a try. Survivalists looked cool as well. I thought it was going to be a Minecraft mimic at first, but it seems to have more to it than just crafting and gaining experience points. And who wouldn’t want to have monkeys on their side?

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The monkeys made me laugh, admittedly. As stated, though, I’m more interested in joining up with friends to try to survive, similarly to how I’d like to try Stardew Valley in co-op mode. Another game that made me laugh was SkateBIRD. I’m not interested in the premise of it, but it seemed cute! I’m a bit surprised you haven’t mentioned Sail Forth, Rachel. I thought sailing around the high seas for treasure would be right up your alley.

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SkateBIRD looks cute. I’m not sure if that’s one I’ll get, but I’d love to see what it’s all about. Sail Forth is a game I’d get. It looked pretty and I do like my treasure. Plus, it’s a simulation game. However, when they showed off the game, I didn’t get what it was “about.” Maybe I wasn’t paying too much attention to it, but the game just didn’t stick out in my mind like the other four games I listed did. Boyfriend Dungeon sticks out in my mind. While the gameplay looks cool, I’m iffy with the premise. It’s definitely a unique kind of game.

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Boyfriend Dungeon just made question marks dance around my head, but that could just be me. I don’t mind dungeon crawlers or dating sims, but with the way it was combined together was a bit odd to me. Still, kudos to the developers for taking that leap. The art style is interesting, and while I’m most likely not going to get the game, I’ll keep an eye out on the reviews out of curiosity.

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The art style looks great, I agree. I do enjoy dungeon crawlers but the mechanics of the whole boyfriend thing seem odd to mean. I’m sure it’ll be one of those hidden gem games though. It looked solid and if we ever come across it, I wouldn’t mind giving it a try. Overall, all the games coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2020 looked smooth and solid. I think 2020 is going to be a great year for gaming.

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Interactive Storytelling

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One of my favorite genres of video games is RPGs, mainly due to the storytelling elements and the choices I get to make while exploring said story. Interactive storytelling is on the rise in other mediums rather than just video games.

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Has anyone ever read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury? It’s about a “fireman,” whose job is not to prevent fires but to burn books. One of the mindless ways of entertainment that is described in the book are these parlor walls, giant televisions that span across entire walls. The main character’s wife in particular really enjoys the programs, particularly some family sitcom-like shows that the viewer “participates” in by reading from a script at designated moments in the show.

I was reminded by that detail of the book when I saw that YouTube debuted a trailer for “A Heist with Markiplier,” an apparent choose-your-own-adventure YouTube series that will start streaming this week. Markiplier has reportedly done other choose-your-own-adventure series on YouTube, and I know Netflix has series as well that use the viewer’s input to help determine the course of the story.

Interactive storytelling is popular in its own right, and one of the reasons why I adore video games, even in games where the plot is fairly linear. To see that method used outside of video games — and the book series’ that made it popular — is interesting, especially with television. A click of a button to make a choice and alter the outcome of the show is something that I believe will become more popular as time goes on. Nowadays, people want the interaction and to be part of their favorite universes.

Still, I find it odd regarding television shows, as there’s not much for the viewer to do other than clicking a few buttons and making a choice here or there. Case in point, Rachel and I did a short review on Minecraft Story Mode last year for Netflix. It… wasn’t that great, but it could have been due to the story aimed probably at younger viewers than ourselves. We found it a bit boring and redundant with the choices, even if we admit that was well-done for the medium.

With that said, I suppose one could say the same for the visual novel genre of video games, a genre which I generally enjoy. It’s also probably why I’ve been enjoying Dungeons & Dragons. It’s a wonder what other kinds of shows that both YouTube and Netflix — and, presumably, other streaming services — will imbue with interactive storytelling in the near future.

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The Unicorn Pokemon

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On Monday, Kris talked about the possibility of Galarian Ponyta being confirmed for Pokemon Sword & Shield. Well, Galarian Ponyta is officially here.

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I didn’t pay attention to that 24-hour live stream at all. Normally, I’d be all over that but, for some reason, it didn’t tickle my fancy. Also, having that on for 24 hours straight waiting for something to happen is a bit much for me. Normally, I’d have it on in the background as I worked, but I would have felt obligated to keep my eyes on that screen at all times.

Long story short, so many people were speculating Ponyta to have a Galar form and they were right. What they weren’t right about, however, is its type.

Galarian Ponyta | Pokemon Sword and Shield | Pokemon News | Gaming News | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comGalarian Ponyta is a majestic Pokemon at its finest. Yes, it’s a baby and that’s why I can’t wait to see what Rapidash looks like. Kris hopes Rapidash will be Psychic-Flying and sprout wings to be a pegasus. It’s not far off base – I mean, Ponyta is a literal unicorn here. There’s the horn on its forehead and cotton candy colors. (However, it’s classified as the “Unique Horn Pokemon.”)

And yeah, you read that right. Galarian Ponyta is not Fairy, despite its looks, but is Psychic. It reminds me of Espeon color-wise, so if it wasn’t going to be Fairy, then I’ll take Psychic instead. Although, again, Rapidash could have an added type as some evolutions do. It could end up being Psychic-Fairy. You never know.

According to the Pokedex, there is only a handful of Psychic-Flying Pokemon (the includes evolutions) and there’s only one Psychic-Fairy type. Though, that doesn’t mean anything for Galarian Ponyta. If there’s anything to be said about Pokemon types, it’s that they are never even.

I appreciate Galarian Ponyta’s design though. It’s adorable and magical looking. To be honest, my first thought was that they took a character from My Little Pony and gave it an upgrade. Or, Galarian Ponyta would be the all-magical being in the next My Little Pony movie or something.

I don’t raise Psychic Pokemon often on my team, but I would love to have Galarian Ponyta travel with me. I want to see its movement on the battlefield and also play with it in the Pokemon Camp.

I believe Galarian Ponyta is exclusive to Pokemon Shield like how Sirfetch’d is exclusive to Pokemon Sword. I can’t find where I saw that information though, so don’t quote me. I’m getting both versions anyway, so it doesn’t matter to me.

With the game releasing in about a month, including Galarian forms and evolutions, about 25 Pokemon have been officially been revealed. 20 of those are new to the Galar region. There’s no national dex and, without counting any of the Galar region Pokemon, there is 809 Pokemon total. Will they make it to 1,000 in the Galar region?

I’m not sure, but I hope so. I think they will because they tend to release more legendary Pokemon here and there even after the games come out. If not, I’ll look forward to generation nine after completing Sword and Shield.

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Galarian Ponyta?

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Did anyone watch that 24-hour livestream of the Galar Region to try to spot new Pokemon or information for the Sword and Shield Pokemon games? I did not.

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So, recently there was that livestream of, I don’t know, a forest scene of the Galar Region that was set up to tease everyone regarding new Pokemon for the eighth generation. I didn’t watch any of it, admittedly, but I did see enough people on Twitter mentioning the few things of interest and then a lot of disinterest in supposedly the dead air that the livestream offered at times.

By the sounds of it, the best thing to come out of that livestream was the reveal of the Galarian Ponyta. With a mane looking as if it was made out of clouds and some of the biggest eyes I’ve ever seen on a Pokemon, it looks adorable!

Was it confirmed as a Galar form of Ponyta yet by Nintendo? Could this actually be an entirely new line of Pokemon?

(Seriously, do you all remember Bouffalant from Gen. V? How we were all sure it was part of a Taurus evolution line but they’re both stand-alone Pokemon? Yeah.)

There’s been plenty of speculation about the Pokemon’s typing as well. I’ve seen Fairy as a good contender, and due to the forest location, some are speculating Grass as well. The Pokemon’s eyes and fluffy mane first reminded me of the Vulpix line, admittedly, particularly their Alolan forms. It makes me think that this Pokemon may be Fairy and Ice type.

Flying may be a good contender, though, especially for an evolution. Imagine Galarian Rapidash sprouting wings to go with its cloud-like mane and tail, becoming a Pegasus Pokemon!

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Pokemon Sword & Shield Updates

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Pokemon Sword & Shield are getting closer to being released. We have a little over two months left to go and they’re still talking about new mechanics and features of the game.

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The Gyms

First off, these games are going to have 18 gyms. After Sun and Moon where there weren’t any gyms at all, I’m excited to get back into the gym battles. To make it even better, instead of having the eight gym badges and then moving onto the Elite Four and Champion, there will be 18 gyms to go through – one for every Pokemon type. Apparently, the gyms are split between the major leagues and the minor leagues and I don’t know if you need to go through them all in order to reach the Champion (assuming there is one) or if you can pick and choose. Me, personally, I’d love to battle them all and collect 18 badges (assuming there are badges).

I’m mainly excited about this because the types for the gyms and Elite Four have been so uneven over the years. I made a list of how many times each type is the main for a gym battle or Elite Four member or Champion and it’s crazy uneven. Champions and Elite Four members tend to favor Ice and Dragon types and, of course, even though Dark was introduced in Johto, it has never had itd own gym. Three different Elit Four members have mained in Dark, but there are no Dark gym badges. Fairy got its own gym when it was introduced in the Alola region, but that’s the only time it’s appeared.

I think it’ll be cool to have a gym battle for each type this time around.

Auto-Save

People have been talking about this one a decent amount. There will be an auto-save feature in the game. While I think this is a good idea, I’m happy there will be an option to turn it off. Supposedly, “it’ll constantly save the game” and I like to save before gym battles or if I’m searching for a certain Pokemon. If I try to catch a legendary and miss it, I just reset my game and try again. If it saves after a battle and I missed catching a Pokemon, I’m going to be pretty sad about that.

Still, I do think it’s a good idea to have the option to auto-save, just in case.

EXP Share

In Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, there’s no EXP share. If you have Pokemon in your party, they automatically get EXP for every catch or battle. It seems as though that will be the case for Sword and Shield as well. I don’t really mind this, though I have turned the EXP share on and off in the past in case one or two of my Pokemon get a few levels ahead of everyone else. There’s no word on whether this will be able to get turned off or not but it’ll be there.

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