SM64O Take Down

Double Jump Kris MiiVideo games bring some of the best art out of the woodwork, be they fanfictions, fan art, music covers and renditions, or mods for the games themselves. Kaze Emanuar is a talented modder, being brilliant with programming new challenges and twists into video games, most notably for Nintendo’s Super Mario games. Nintendo, however, doesn’t seem to appreciate the mods as much as the fans do…

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Not too long ago, Rachel and I mentioned how there was a new mod going around for the emulated version of Super Mario 64. This particular mod gave friends the ability to set up servers to play Super Mario 64 online together in a multiplayer mode. Predictably, Nintendo heard about the mod and got the YouTube videos regarding it shut down on the grounds of copyright. Rachel and I were able to snag the download (and follow the instructional video) before they were taken down.

You can still get the mod by the Super Mario 64 Online site and forum, of course, but beware if you try to upload any videos on it.

While it was only a matter of time as to when Nintendo would strike a copyright issue regarding the mod, we were really surprised when we heard that not only were the modder’s videos on YouTube taken down, but also his Patreon. Considering that we personally haven’t been on his Patreon, we can’t say for certain that the SM64O links were also available there or what sort of art the modder offered to those that pledged to his Patreon.

Rachel and I know plenty of creators whose Patreons are their source of income as they share their gifts with those who appreciate the art enough to pledge to the creators. We were a bit shocked to find out that the modder’s Patreon was shut down — either temporarily or permanently, we’re unsure — due to this situation.

It’s a bit of a strange situation. On one hand, we all knew that Nintendo would want to strike down the mod, as they are wont to do in these sorts of situations. On the other, however, one could argue that mods generate more interest in the video game, which could be good publicity for the developer. It’s understandable that Nintendo doesn’t wish for any modders to make money off of their video games, such as rewards on Patreon, but I have heard that the modder’s Patreon had nothing to do with SM64O. Why would the modder offer it on his Patreon if it was free for all on YouTube and the created forum for it?

What do you all think? Did Nintendo go a little too far in targeting the modder’s Patreon, or is the game company merely defending what is rightfully theirs?

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Friday Favorites: September Nintendo Direct News

Double Jump Kris MiiLast week, Nintendo had a direct that showcased over 40 different game titles for their 3DS family of systems and the Nintendo Switch. While Rachel and I briefly talked about what we had liked about the direct, today I’m going to go a little more in-depth with some of my favorite news.

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Project Octopath Traveler

Rachel and I downloaded the demo for this game a couple of days after the direct, finding the trailer that had been shown to boast awesome graphics and fantastic music. While we’re not very far into it just yet, we’re definitely excited by what we’ve been seeing! We can’t wait to meet the other characters when the full game comes out.

Fire Emblem Warriors

I made everyone else shush when this game came on. There wasn’t really anything new aside from Lyn being showcased (yay!), but I’m still looking forward to the game. One of the best aspects of Fire Emblem is the characters, in my opinion, so to see a bunch of fan favorites in a different styled game will definitely be interesting. That, and I’ve enjoyed Hyrule Warriors, so I’m hoping Fire Emblem Warriors will be fun to play as well.

Arena of Valor

While this game is available to download from Google Play (with Batman!), it’ll be interesting to have on the Switch. A multiplayer online battle game sounds fantastic, and I’ll probably be awful at it when it comes out, but it looks like too much fun to not try! Anyone have this game from Google Play already?

Nintendo 3DS Titles

Considering that Rachel and I recently got the new 2DS XL’s, it’s nice to hear all of the news for the 3DS family of systems, especially since there were rumors of the Switch being Nintendo’s flagship for both console and handheld games with its portability. Lady Layton, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the rerelease of Apollo Justice and the original Gold and Silver versions of Pokemon… There’s so much in the future to look forward to!

What are looking forward to the most from Nintendo’s latest direct?

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Windows Mixed Reality

Double Jump Kris MiiAs a kid, joining the heroes in my video games was a mere dream. Those dreams cultivated my love of writing, my creativity, but we now have virtual reality video games to bring us a step closer. While there are already a few VR systems out there, there is another that is joining the party.

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There are several well-known virtual reality systems on the market right now — HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard — but there is another that will be starting to ship out next month. Microsoft has developed a virtual reality platform what they’re calling Windows Mixed Reality and, honestly, it doesn’t look too bad.

Honestly, I’m a little skeptical when it comes to VR systems, mostly because I grew up with my parents telling me, “Don’t sit so close to the television when playing games, you’ll hurt your eyes!” Seeing VR systems more or less appear to be giant goggles that sit right on your head with screens to rest a couple of inches in front of your eyes made me question my parents’ concerns. However, the idea of VR — not to mention augmented reality — intrigues me enough to put down a VR system on my wish list.

With the exception of the fifteen dollar Google Cardboard, most VR systems are a little pricey, usually ranging between 400 to 600 dollars. Microsoft’s system, simply called Visor, is about $450 if you package the system with the controllers. However, there are reports boasting about the Visor’s comfort and clarity, and it’s supposed to be compatible with Steam games as well. It’s something that I want to keep an eye on in the news, to see if more game developers believe in Microsoft’s Mixed Reality dreams as well.

Picking up a VR system will be something I do one day, after I save up some extra money to splurge on it, along with games that I’m interested in playing. I would adore a virtual reality version of Pokemon. Perhaps one that enables you to connect with others who may be playing, so you can see their avatars through your VR window as well. Legend of Zelda would be a great series, but I’m not too keen on navigating through the Water Temple or encountering a Redead!

Do you have a virtual reality system? Which one do you have? Or are you thinking of investing in one anytime soon?

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Thoughts: Nintendo Direct

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We were definitely excited that we were both home to watch the Nintendo Direct live this time! While the few games that we had wanted to see were not showcased in the announcement, I don’t think Nintendo did too bad during their latest direct. Over 40 games were shown for both the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS families, ensuring that Nintendo fans will be busy during the next few months!

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Yes, that’s right. No Smash Brothers, Animal Crossing, or Luigi’s Mansion. I’m going to pretend that those games are going to be awesome because they’re working so hard on them. Still, I’m excited for what’s to come soon. I was certainly impressed with their latest Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games as well as Super Mario Odyssey. And yet, there were some surprises here and there as well.

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Considering how much Nintendo boasts about the Switch’s portable and multiplayer capabilities, I’m especially surprised that Super Smash Brothers — even a deluxe version like Mario Kart 8 — isn’t on their radar just yet. I think the biggest surprise to me was the Mario Party game coming to the 3DS. For nostalgia reasons, seeing that the game is going to have the top 100 minigames from the entire series sounds great! Here’s hoping that it’ll be true to the original games regarding party boards instead of the last couple of installments!

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I’m super excited for the Mario Party, however, I am worried that that’s all it’s going to be… mini-games. Like you said, for nostalgic reasons, it’s great, but I don’t know if there will be any other form of “gameplay.” They didn’t show anything else for it. Maybe Nintendo is finally hearing us all say we want the original games back. Maybe, after seeing what a success this will be, they’ll make Mario Party 11 just like Mario Party 2.

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I did read somewhere, perhaps My Nintendo News, that there was to be a board game play, but I may be making that up with wishful thinking. Other 3DS games I’m excited about are Lady Layton — I’d much rather have it for the 3DS rather than mobile — and the Alliance Alive and Radiant Historia, both from ATLUS. I’m itching for a new, good RPG to sink into.

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Oh, yes. I forgot about Lady Layton. I was super excited when I saw Apollo Justice, but then I realized that was just the first game… I thought it was going to be a new one. The other 3DS games look good as well. Now that we have the New 2DS XL, I’m excited to play some new games on it.
The Switch seems like it’s going to get some great games as well. I was happy to see that they’re adding more to Snipperclips. While that wasn’t our favorite game, it was still cute and enjoyable. I had wished for more levels and they’re giving it to us. I also think it’s cool that you can start in random shapes as well. That may make it easier or harder.

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It is nice that they’re creating some more levels for Snipperclips. The random shapes sounds entertaining, too! I’m definitely looking forward to Fire Emblem Warriors and was thrilled when they showed Lyn as playable (along with a couple of other characters that may have been shown in international versions of the trailer that us North Americans may not suppose to know about yet, shhh!). Having another female and another character from a game other than Fates and Awakening is great to me! Skyrim is another that I want to try, although I’d rather tame the dragons than kill them (someone who’s played Skyrim, let me know if that’s an option), and we’re definitely going to download the Octopath Traveler demo to check that out.

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Octopath looks great! I can’t wait to give that one a try. It will certainly be something different. Overall, I think Nintendo has a great lineup ahead and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

What did you think about the Direct? Which games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Super Mario 64 Online: Check It Out!

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There is a wonderful person out there in the world and his name is Kaze Emanuar. He creates hacks of the classic Super Mario 64. I found out about him through a YouTuber I watch quite often. He did a play-through of Mario Chaos, which was a super chaotic version of Super Mario 64 made by Kaze Emanuar. It’s a game I’ve been wanting to play myself but haven’t gotten around to. Well, now he’s struck again and this time, we downloaded it.

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This particular hack is a multiplayer online mode. Rachel and I were in separate rooms until I heard her pipe up, “We need to get this!” It honestly took a little while for me to download the hack considering I haven’t used emulators in a few years. Nevertheless, we seemed to have prevailed, for initial test-runs appeared to have worked.

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Super Mario 64 Online is just a new and improved hack of Super Mario 64 where you can play with others online. I believe the latest I heard was that you can play with up to 24 people. In the same level. You can play hide and seek in the levels, race each other, and more. It’s sure to get chaotic but a lot of fun.

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Obviously being online means you have your own screen to look at instead of trying to share a screen in a multiplayer mode. Of course, the number of people you can have on your server without your game crashing depends on how strong your Internet signal is, but it definitely seems like fun!

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Yes, that’s true. Being a hack, who knows how stable it actually is. Still, it’ll be worth a shot. This game has a bigger cast of characters to play as: Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Wario, Waluigi, Peach, Rosalina, etc. They each have one unique ability from the others and I’m eager to give them all a try.

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You’ll be able to see some examples from the video down below. Some have greater speed, more hit points, and Yoshi kept his extra floaty jump. I can only imagine how interesting it’ll be to play with friends all while trying to reach the same goal. We’ll either be a great team or try to sabotage each other to get the star, haha!

Are you going to try this game? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Achievement Unlocked

Happy Tuesday!

Did you know that the Nintendo Switch has been out for six months now? Despite knowing that, I feel like I’ve had the Switch for a lot longer.

In its sudden old age, they may be adding a cool update.

This may be old news, but I just found out about it yesterday.

Apparently, there was a leak on a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread by an indie developer who is putting their game, Lichtspeer, onto the Nintendo Switch.

They said, and I quote:

“Nintendo doesn’t have an official support for Achievements and Leaderboards, like Sony or Microsoft but we know that they’re working on it.”

Yes, please.

I always loved the achievements on consoles. It was one of my favorite things about the XBox. There’s just something about it that makes you feel so accomplished.

Every time you get a notification that you earned something in the game or you did something so many times, it warms my heart. I feel good, feel accomplished, and feel as though I’m making progress in the game.

This is why I love it when games tell you the percentage you’re on in the game at the title screen. I like to see if I’m 57% through the game. Halfway, that’s amazing! Or, if I’m 33% through a game I really enjoy, I’m happy that I still have a while left to go.

I also love to see how many hours I’ve logged into a game. I don’t know why, but the more hours I put into a game, the more accomplished I feel. No, I don’t feel like I’m “wasting my time,” I feel like I’m putting a lot of hard work and effort into a game I really enjoy.

I don’t know if this is considered a “leak” or a “rumor.” I don’t even know if this is old news or new news. Still, it excites me.

I would love for Nintendo to add such a feature. It would make gaming a whole lot more competitive (for me) and would be so much fun, not to mention satisfying to keep up with.

Do you think Nintendo will add this feature? Do you want it to happen? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Video Game Bundles

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy September!

As kids, Rachel and I tended to wait until Christmas or our birthdays for new video games and consoles but, as adults, we squirrel away some money for these kind of occasions. Getting a new game here or there isn’t bad, but when they’re hard to find consoles or such, bundles look more appealing…

Usually when a shiny new game or console comes out, plenty of stores offer some sort of bundle to include the game or console with other trinkets. Generally speaking, these trinkets usually aren’t anything that we’d be interested in — such as little posters or figurines that, while look cool, would do nothing more than collect dust.

Case in point were the bundles that ThinkGeek were offering with the SNES Classic console. The SNES Classic itself is only about $80… I’m not convinced that the extra toys that come with the console even out the high price of the bundles. Is it really another eighty bucks for a mushroom plush, a mug, and a calendar? Most of the bundles looked nice, especially the Zelda-themed chess set, but I’m more interested in the console itself rather than the add-ons.

Of course, there are bundles that I wouldn’t mind getting. I’m honestly considering the Fire Emblem Warriors bundle that Nintendo is offering. Along with the Switch version of the game, you get a duel-sided poster, art cards, and 3 CDs of the game music. The art cards and poster look nice, but what I’m really interested in is the music. Video game soundtracks are my favorite kind of music, enough so that I don’t know anything on the radio nowadays.

The Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon bundle doesn’t seem too bad either. It comes with art cards and a code to get 200 pokeballs along with a version of each game. Rachel and I were considering it so each of us would get a game out of the deal and she could keep the art cards.

Price-wise, both bundles are about eighty dollars (which seems to be the magic number of this post). It’s about twenty bucks more than what the game would be by itself, but music comes along with it! It’s also the price of both Pokemon games put together, so that doesn’t seem too bad either.

It’s a shame gaming is such an expensive hobby, isn’t it?

Do you take advantage of video game bundles? What do you think of them?

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