Animal Crossing Overhaul! [Gaming News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I have found some exciting news! That may or may not be that exciting… especially if it’s not true…

But we can still get our hopes up, right?

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There’s a rumor going around that Nintendo is revamping the Animal Crossing website.

There are placeholders on certain pages on their official Animal Crossing website, such as the news page. People are wondering if this means Nintendo is preparing to reveal something big.

A new game, maybe?

And when I say a new game, I mean a new main game? I want another New Leaf.

I’m sure they’re working on something new because so many people want it and it’s about time a new Animal Crossing game is made. Plus, Nintendo is very good at keeping secrets… Super Smash Bros. for the Switch being a prime example.

Keep your fingers crossed something is announced fairly soon.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you hope they’ll announce a new Animal Crossing game soon? Let me know in the comments below!

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Switch Smash Characters

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With the latest Nintendo Direct making the Internet go crazy with the Smash Bros announcement for the Nintendo Switch, there have been plenty of speculation about what characters will be featured in the fighting game. We can make out a few characters from the silhouettes about the characters that will return to the game, but I’m sure we’re going to get plenty of spoilers as new characters are slowly introduced before the game comes out.

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Then, of course, there are the characters we want to see in Super Smash Bros. Some are practical, some not so much. Still, it’s fun to dream and think about various characters trying to fight each other. Kris, who do you want to see in Smash this time around?

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Geno was always my number one character to see in this game. Hell, I’d love to see Geno in any other game considering how awesome he was in Super Mario RPG! I think his attacks are versatile enough for a fighting game and his Final Smash could have something to do with the stars, such as a meteor shower or something. Seeing as we’ve had Cloud from Square Enix, perhaps they could also add Geno…? What about you, Rachel?

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Geno would be awesome, of course. I want to see Phoenix Wright or Godot or any of the Ace Attorney characters. I know Phoenix is technically in his own fighting game, but that’s all the more reason to add him. He has experience.

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Phoenix would be fun, or Professor Layton, too! In cut scenes on a few of his games, we’ve definitely seen Layton defend himself well. I’d also like to see Chun Li in the series. Street Fighter was a series that was fun for playing once in a while to me, but I think Chun Li would be an awesome addition as a female brawler. Considering Ryu was put in the series, it shouldn’t be a stretch to add Chun Li.

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Oh, yeah. It’d definitely be nice to see another female thrown in. I think they’ve done a pretty good job keeping a balance though. Another character I would love to see is Professor E. Gadd from Luigi’s Mansion. He could certainly use the Poltergeist 3000 or 5000 (or whatever number he’s on) to his advantage. Similar to Kirby, he could suck his opponents up and spit them out without taking their powers. Some of the ghosts from the mansion can be used as assist trophies or items as well. Or the ghosts can be his final smash.

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He would certainly be an interesting addition! Does Luigi do anything with ghosts or the vacuum for his moves? I can’t remember. Speaking of assist trophies, I think it’d be great to see the Breath of the Wild Champions appear. Since the silhouette of Link in the direct seemed to be of his Breath of the Wild counterpart, having Urbosa show up with her lightning attack or Mipha doing a bit of healing to those who called on her would be a treat!

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I don’t believe he does. Having the champions thrown in would be amazing. That could be Link’s final smash. He could call all four of them and just destroy everyone on screen!
I would also love to see Toad. That is all.

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An Ode To Toys R Us

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Today was supposed to be another Top Tuesday post, but I decided to skip it and talk about something else.

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Toys R Us is closing. I’m sure that’s no news to anyone who reads this. We’ve all heard about it at this point. They filed for bankruptcy a couple of months ago and, while they tried to reassure us, we all knew this was coming.

This was, of course, one of my favorite stores growing up. I used to go with my sisters and parents most likely heading for the Pokemon or Ninja Turtle aisle. Kris and I would always look at the video games as well, though admittedly we usually bought our games at Gamestop. Still, we bought some things there.

I remember most going to the store to pick out something for a friend’s birthday party. I’d often get (or try to convince my mom) to get me a little something as well. It was usually a booster pack of Pokemon cards.

My mom found a $20 gift card to Toys R Us the other day. I had wanted to go to check out any sales and to walk through the store one last time. My mom gave me the card and told me to use it for whatever.

It’s been a while since I’ve been in my local store but I remember all the transformations and changes they made to the store. It’s huge – one half being Toys R Us and the other half being Babies R Us. I mean, I remember going there with my friend to pick out a crib for her daughter (who is now 3).

So, I went to Toys R Us while everyone else was at work. And believe me when I say it was a sad sight to see.

First, when I walked through the door there was a sign that said, “Now Hiring – all positions! (Temporary).”

I found that completely strange, but I’m sure some people are leaving without waiting for the doors to close. I guess if I found out I was going to be losing my job, I’d search for a new one. If something new came along before the store officially closed, I’d leave too.

The store was mobbed. So many people were there with their young kids allowing them to pick out toys – seriously, there were some people who were letting their kids get whatever they wanted. I wasn’t sure if they had originally gone to check out any sales (which, surprisingly enough, there were none) or if they were going for nostalgic reasons.

The store was a mess too. With so many customers rummaging through the shelves, none of the employees were bothering to clean the place up. Not that I blame them, they have other things to worry about, but it took me a while to find anything I was looking for.

The shelves were bare too. It didn’t occur to me that they wouldn’t restock the shelves, but it was such a sad sight to see. I went to the back of the store where the video games are kept and I looked inside the casing that held all the Nintendo Switch and 3DS games. There were sporadic choices and only about one or two copies of each game.

Long story short, I had no idea what to get. There were barely any games to choose from and the rest of the store was such a mess that I couldn’t find anything. There were no Pokemon cards… I checked the store top to bottom.

I ended up getting two Amiibo – Crom from Fire Emblem for Kris and Tom Nook from Animal Crossing for me. We don’t have any Fire Emblem or Animal Crossing Amiibo yet, so I figured, why not? I also ended up with a giant coloring pad of the movie Cars for my nephew.

I stood in line for about 15 minutes with my stuff, paid with a very unpleasant cashier, and then I walked out of the store for the very last time.

I haven’t been in Toys R Us in a long time, but I will miss it, that’s for sure.

Was Toys R Us a big part of your childhood? Have you gone to your local store recently? Let me know in the comments below!

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Of Lego Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well and staying warm. There’s more snow coming our way where we live.

As for Lego games, I don’t really get this series…

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There’s a rumor that there will be a Lego The Incredibles game coming to the Nintendo Switch. There are currently over a dozen video games starring Lego characters and… I dunno, I never really understood the hype.

They’re cute, yes, and playing with actual Legos was always awesome when I was a kid (and as an adult). As video games, however, they were never my favorite. We have a couple of Lego games, such as the Hobbit and Harry Potter, but playing through scenes of the movies and books wasn’t that great to me. There wasn’t much of a challenge in collecting Lego pieces and it seemed a little silly to have the need to do so to build up parts of the world to move on.

I suppose being Lego-fied, characters and stories like Batman and the Lord of the Rings are more accessible to kids and younger gamers rather than Arkham Asylum and Shadows of Mordor. For me, though, they weren’t games that tended to keep my interest.

What do you think of the Lego games? Do you enjoy them?

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Canada’s EGLX 2018

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Alright, where to begin?

This past weekend we had jetted off to Canada for their Enthusiastic Gaming Live Expo, or EGLX. It set our nerves on fire, as neither one of us have ever gotten the chance to go to a video game expo before, let alone fly out of the country!

Our main reason for going, aside from video games (duh), was due to the majority of our favorite YouTubers being guests at the expo. We figured that this kind of opportunity wouldn’t present itself very often, so we braved through whatever anxiety we had when it came to airplanes, hotels, passports, and whatever general adulting we needed to do to travel to a different country and went.

It was one of the best things we’ve ever done.

We had gotten a weekend pass to fully enjoy the experience. The place was packed, especially on Saturday. In the middle of the hall was a giant stage with four sides, each with a jumbo television to broadcast the tournaments and shows, such as Super Smash Bros, Halo, and Hearthstone. A screen for speedruns of games was set up in the back, rows of computers took up a side of the room for Rocket League and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and the other side of the room was filled with booths for artists and indie game developers. Right down the middle were old arcade cabinets and televisions set up with games from Nintendo 64, the GameCube, and the NES.

We spent a lot of our time in the retro gaming area, having tons of fun with the old games like Mario Kart 64 and Double Dash. The artist alley was also a great time, and we’ll be showing off all the cool merchandise that we got from there.

Hidden Block and Normal Boots are the YouTubers who headlined the main shows on Saturday, with the two groups of friends going against each other then pro player Allister Singh in Pokken Tournament DX. The two groups then played a hilarious Family Feud-style game using answers from a survey that had been put out to fans a couple of weeks before the expo.

Hidden Block and Normal Boots each had a Q & A panel throughout the weekend, and we went to both of them, enjoying the banter between the guys as they listened to and answered questions from fans. They were all delights, and very nice whenever we got the chance to speak or see them. We didn’t talk to many of them for long, not with how many other fans they had, but we did get a couple of pictures with a few of them.

Then, of course, there was the hotel and the room service that we got used to over the weekend, haha! It was an utterly fantastic weekend, a trip that we certainly wouldn’t mind taking again.

Have you ever been to a gaming expo? Which ones would you like to go to?

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The Best Nintendo Direct Ever

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

It’s weird to get back into the swing of things after a weekend away at EGLX. Something excited happened over the weekend though and that would be the latest Nintendo Direct.

Nintendo put on a Direct on Friday, March 8, 2018. I always get excited about the Directs and, like most people, I get my hopes up for certain games and features. Then the Direct happens and nothing I wanted was announced.

I have to say, however, this Direct was the best one so far.

I was hoping for my usual:

  • A brand new mainstream Animal Crossing game
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • A brand new mainstream Pokemon game
  • Super Smash Brothers
  • A new (good) Paper Mario
  • A new (good) Mario Party
  • Virtual Console features
  • YouTube, Twitch, and Netflix

Did we get all that? No, of course not. But I was still super excited for what they announced this Direct. It was filled with fist-pumping and excitement rather than disappointment.

My favorite highlights for the Nintendo 3DS:

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

I still haven’t played this game or any of the Mario & Luigi games. I still hope to though. It seems this game as the same as the last with some newly added features. I’ll be getting it at some point to finally play.

Detective Pikachu

We all knew about this one, but I can’t wait for it to come out. This isn’t a mainstream Pokemon game, but I’ll take any new Pokemon game at this time. Plus, we know they’re working on something else anyway.

Luigi’s Mansion remake

It’s not Luigi’s Mansion 3, but at least Nintendo hears us when we all say we love Luigi’s Mansion. While I love the Gamecube graphics (sue me) I look forward to playing this old classic on the 3DS. I’m still keeping my hopes up for a third game though… maybe they’re working on one for the Switch and this, in a way, is like a teaser.

My favorite highlights for the Nintendo Switch:

Octopath Traveler

We finally got a release date! I’ve played the demo and have been eagerly awaiting more information about this game. They added two new characters and it’ll be out July 2018.

Captain Toad

I loved this game for the Wii U. However, it was too short for me. I wanted more. This seems like a remake with a few extra levels built in. I’ll be getting it. I just hope there’s a good amount of new features added.

Undertale

I’ve never played Undertale, though I’ve seen play-throughs and have heard great things. Kris just downloaded it from Steam and have started playing through it herself. I’ll be getting a copy of this for the Switch though. I’d love to see it on the big screen.

Last, but not least:

Mario Tennis Aces

I was never much into the Mario sports games. I have a couple of them but never really played them that often. This game looks good though. I’m excited to give it a try.

Super Smash Brothers

I don’t think I need to explain this one. People are wondering if it’s a port, remake, or a brain new game. I believe it’s a brand new game with it’s “working title” and also new added characters (such as Splatoon) and Link’s silhouette looks like BOTW Link. It’s a new one, people. We’re excited.

Did you watch the Direct? Did you love it as much as I did? What are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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Japan’s Pokemon Cafe

Double Jump Kris MiiI totally wanna go here!

I recently heard of a certain cafe that just recently opened in Japan, dedicated to a certain franchise… Pokemon!

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Japan tends to have some cool-themed cafes, and the latest one to join the craze is the Pokemon Cafe.

The pictures of the place look clean and fun, with plenty of Pikachu images adorning the cafe and menu. The menu itself looks adorable (and tasty!) that star mostly Pikachu, with a few Eevee, Mimikyu, Jigglypuff, and Gengar-themed items. Along with food, sweets, and drinks, there is also merchandise available, like coffee cups and plushies of a Pikachu dressed as a waiter or chef.

If I ever make it to Japan one day, you can bet that the Pokemon Cafe will be on my list of places to visit! Apparently, though, you can only get in with a reservation. Right now, they’re taking reservations until the beginning of April. I presume they do reservations on a monthly basis.

What do you think? Would you ever visit a Pokemon Cafe? What other games would make good themed cafes?

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