E3 2018 Thoughts

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E3 is one of the biggest gaming shows, with many developers eager to show-off what they’ve been working on in the video game industry. Personally, I wasn’t able to watch most of the presentations live due to work obligations, but the shows were thankfully streamed and archived so I could catch up. Watching the presentations while already having an idea as to how they went thanks to social media prepared me to brace myself for what the next big games can be. While some of the shows were a little lackluster, there were still a good amount of games that will make my wallet thinner in the coming year.

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Since I work from home now, I was able to watch most of the presentations live. It was a treat to give my full attention to one of my favorite hobbies. I was pleased with most of the presentations. Some were a bit boring (I’m looking at you, EA) and some where pretty entertaining (I still don’t understand the dancing Panda for Ubisoft), but I was pleased with most of the games I saw. I wrote down a couple games from each company, Nintendo being the most and my favorite.

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Nintendo was definitely a highlight for us, with that being the publisher we grew up with. I was definitely pleased with seeing a little bit of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, even if I am disappointed that it won’t be out until next year. Still, the troop formations seem interesting and will definitely add to a bit more strategy with the game play. Seeing Overcooked 2 come over to the Switch is exciting, too — Rachel and I had a great time playing the first together and with friends

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I’m super excited for Overcooked 2. Our friends each have a Switch now so we’ll be able to play with them online since that’s a new feature as well! I’ll admit I was disappointed Animal Crossing wasn’t announced, but I was hopeful for another Mario Party and that wish came true. It seems as though Nintendo has finally listened to us and is going back to the old school way of doing things. No car, no moving at the same time, and the boards look “normal.”

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Yes, Mario Party seems to be returning to its original friendship-wrecking roots! Of course, the biggest game that Nintendo showed off was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where every fighter that has ever been on the roster is returning. The reveals and character cards explaining some of the finer details and upgrades of the fighters was fun to watch, and I’m sure the arrivals to the roster will do well. Personally, I’m always gunning for Geno from Super Mario RPG to join the fight, but I’ve heard how many people wanted Ridley and the Inklings will be interesting, I’m sure.

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Of course, Smash was the biggest thing about Nintendo’s presentation. I was happy with all the information they shared. I honestly wasn’t expecting them to announce all the characters. There are some characters I would love to see, for sure, but I am super happy they’re bringing old characters back. Young Link and Roy were always my go-to characters and I can’t wait to play as them again!

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Microsoft didn’t seem to do too badly during their presentation. They showed tons of games, but many of them aren’t slated to come out until next year or were also showed off on other platforms. They obtained a few new studios into the Microsoft team, which was interesting to see. Truth be told, Rachel and I are a little lukewarm with Microsoft’s games, not having found those IPs that we’re really interested in.

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Microsoft has a lot of mature games and we prefer Nintendo because we’re children. But, we do enjoy our Xbox One and were interested to see what Microsoft had to offer. They showed off more Cuphead. We still have yet to play that game, but I’m sure we’ll download it soon for the new content.

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Cuphead is a game we want to try out and the new content sounds fun, so that’s on the list. Ori & Will of the Wisps looks both adorable and heartbreaking, so we’ll probably get that and bawl. Our first reaction to Tunic was “Look, it’s Fox Link!” and it looks utterly charming. Forza Horizon 4 looked really pretty and slick, and we may try that out for ourselves despite never having played a game from that franchise before.

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Of course, we never played the first Ori game. It was on the list, but just something that we never ended up getting because other games came first. So, now we’ve got both on the list of games to get again. Sea of Solitude looks great as well. That was announced at EA’s press conference, but it will be available for Xbox One in 2019. The topic seems a bit heavy, but the graphics are gorgeous and we’re looking forward to that when it comes out.

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Sea of Solitude looks fantastic, having the crisp graphics with such a heavy theme. That was the biggest of the few games at EA’s press conference that piqued our interest. Square’s Kingdom Hearts III was shown a few times during E3, showing off smooth graphics and some of Disney’s latest movie universes that Sora and company will travel to. We still haven’t played any of the Kingdom Hearts games, but we recently bought Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix for our woefully underused PlayStation 3 to try to get into both the Kingdom Hearts games and, perhaps, more games from Sony’s consoles.

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Though, I’ll admit, I didn’t really care for anything Sony introduced. A lot of the games they showed were graphic and pretty gory for my tastes. I didn’t even finish watching the conference. Overall, I think this was a successful E3. There are a lot of great upcoming games and, for the most part, the presentations were pretty entertaining. I can’t wait to try out the new games and I’m already looking forward to next year’s.

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My E3 2018 Live Experience

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

What an eventful week it’s been with E3 2018!

In the past, I’ve always been at work and have never been able to watch the live stream of E3 before. This year was different and watched it all.

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E3 is one of the best gaming events of the year and I’m sure I’m not the only one to think that.

Every year it comes along I always got disappointed because I was never able to watch any of it live. I was always at work. Well, now I work from home so I was able to watch it live.

It was great. I enjoyed having the conferences on while I worked and enjoyed live tweeting during some of it.

Now, I thought I’d be able to watch absolutely all of it, but it turned out I wasn’t able to. I still got a chance to watch all the conferences, but I was only able to watch some of them live.

Nintendo was not one of them, which was disappointing, but Kris and I watched it together later that same night.

There’s something different about watching something like that live. Watching the vods are fine and all, but it’s awesome to be up to date with the news as it’s happening.

I grabbed some popcorn, sat down with my notebook and pen, and watched most of E3 live without another care in the world.

I only hope next year I’m able to watch the entire thing live. I’ll admit, I’m sad it’s over.

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Unravel Two Is Not Coming To Nintendo Switch

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

E3 2018 is almost over. It’s been a wild ride.

Nintendo will have their conference later today though there’s one game they won’t be announcing.

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Unravel Two was announced at EA’s press conference on Saturday, June 9th. It looks like a great game – fun and inclusive co-op, a pretty design, and overall cute.

I’ll be honest, I have never even heard of Unravel before. I didn’t realize it was a thing, so now that they’ve announced the sequel, I want to get the first one and play both.

Kris and I of course have a Nintendo Switch and XBox One, but we prefer the Switch. When they announced Unravel Two for PC, Playstation, and Xbox, I figured it would come to the Nintendo Switch later. But it’s not.

According to My Nintendo News, Unravel Two will not be coming to the Nintendo Switch. It’s too big of a game to port over with such a small team to work on it. It’d be too much. They would love to, but it’s just not an option right now.

Maybe someday, but in the meantime I’ll settle for PC and Xbox. We need more games to play on our Xbox One anyway.

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Nintendo E3 Predictions & Wish List

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E3 is on the horizon, being scheduled from June 12 to the 14 this year. Presentations from the video game industry’s most popular developers and publishers — like Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Activision — highlight the show, garnering major attention. Last year, almost 70,000 people were in attendance for the show! Considering it’s across the country from us, Rachel and I catch the show online. Rather, Rachel will. I’ll see highlights later since I’ll be at work during the show.

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I don’t understand why the show in smack in the middle of the week, but I’m not here to complain about that. I’m sad I can’t watch it live with Kris, but I’m excited I’ll have a chance to watch it live for once. Of course, if I’m to be honest, I mostly care about what Nintendo and Microsoft have to say. Still, I’m always interested to see what the other companies are working on and for which platforms and such.

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Nintendo is mainly what I pay attention to, but we are starting to play more Xbox games as well. Seeing the technology and gameplay brought on by other companies is always amazing to see, of course. What I’m looking forward to most from Nintendo is possibly some more new regarding the Pokemon games that are coming out, the Let’s Go! titles and the core game that’s slated for 2019. A hint or teaser would be nice for those!

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Honestly, while I certainly want to know more about the core game, I doubt we’ll find anything else out about it until E3 2019. Maybe they could give us the title or something, but I feel like they’ll hold onto their secrets. I’m sure they’ll talk about the Let’s Go! games some more though! What I really want to see from Nintendo is an original, new core Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch. New Leaf came out for the 3DS in 2012. We’re due for something new.

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I’m sure many people are hoping for Animal Crossing. I’m wondering how much info for the Switch Super Smash Bros. we’ll get. Perhaps more of an idea if it is an original addition to the franchise or a port of the Wii U and 3DS version? A trailer for Fire Emblem Switch would be fun to see too!

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Yes, Smash will definitely be a thing. A Fire Emblem game would look great on the Switch. I still want them to announce a Luigi’s Mansion 3, even though they’re remaking the original to the Nintendo 3DS. So, I doubt that will happen. I’m also certain we’ll most like see more of the new Yoshi game. Or, I hope we do anyway.

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Perhaps Nintendo will also announce a N64 Classic console. Rumors are flying for it and the other two Classic consoles did so well that they’re being re-released, so E3 may be a good opportunity for them to let us know about the N64 Classic’s existence. I’m also hoping for, perhaps, a little more on the online paid service. That is supposed to start this September, I believe, so a few finalizing comments on it would be nice.

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Oh, right. I’m sure they’ll talk about the paid service some more too. And yeah, I’d love to see a Nintendo64 Classic. There’s so much I want to see from Nintendo as a whole. I’m excited to see what they come up with.

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N64 Classic Wish List

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Rumors abound that Nintendo will be giving us the N64 Classic at some point in the future. Everyone and their mother has a wish list detailing what games they would like to see on a classic version of the N64 console, and Rachel and I are no exception. Frankly, I think a couple of the obvious games would be the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, despite those having been remade for the Nintendo 3DS family.

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If this turns into a real thing, I really want the Mario Party 1, 2, and 3. I would hope, after hearing so many complaints from the latest Mario Party games, especially Top 100, Nintendo would listen and add the original 3 Mario Party games onto the tiny console.

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At least one of those has to be on there! I believe Mario Party 2 is the most popular, but Mario Party being the original probably has a better shot at being on there if Nintendo could only pick one. I’d love to see Pokemon Stadium, either one if not both, on the Classic console. Those games were so much fun!

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I would prefer both Pokemon Stadiums. While they’re at it, they can add a brand new one as well. Pokemon Snap would certainly be great to revisit as well. People would go nuts for that, I think.

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I wonder if the Poke Finder in the Rotom Dex in Sun and Moon was supposed to be a little nod to Pokemon Snap? People would love it if Snap made a comeback in the N64 Classic! The original Smash Bros., Super Mario 64, and Harvest Moon 64 would be great additions, if not shoe-ins, as well.

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I would love to play the original Smash game again. That’d be so much fun, especially with the new one coming out. Also, I’m sure this is a given for me, but I’d love to have Paper Mario on there. We have it on the Wii from the virtual console, but it’d be fun to play it on the Nintendo64 again… even if it shrunk.

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Yoshi’s Story would be adorable to see again, and Mario Kart 64 would be fun to revisit. I’m sure fans of Star Fox 64 would welcome it, as well as Donkey Kong 64. There are quite a few games with “64” in the title, aren’t there?

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I was just going to say, there are a lot of “64” games. I’d love to play Donkey Kong 64 again and even play Banjo Kazooie, which is a game I’ve never tried myself. Overall, the Nintendo64 was a classic and had so many great games. I really do hope they bring it back.

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Pokemon 2018 Video Game Press Conference

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A few days ago, Nintendo released a press conference dedicated to future Pokemon games. Rachel and I were definitely impressed with the news we heard! They dropped news about four new Pokemon games, with plenty of info to whet our appetites. The first game they detailed was Pokemon Quest, which is a free-to-start game on the Nintendo Switch that was available the same day as the conference. We picked it up to give it a look-see and found it to be pretty cute!

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I was interested in Pokemon Quest the moment I saw the graphics. I know they’re “Cell Pokemon” but they look like Minecraft blocks and it pleases me so much. They’re all so adorable. We started playing the game the other day and we weren’t disappointed. Its laid-back gameplay and adorable artwork made the game a lot of fun.

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The next two games were Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee, throwbacks to the Kanto region and original Yellow version of the games from twenty years ago. I can’t tell you how absolutely amazed I am at the progress of the graphics! Pokemon Yellow was my first Pokemon game and to see Kanto on the Nintendo Switch, picking out and recognizing areas that I’ve known since they were just little itty-bitty pixels, is nostalgia heaven.

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I first started my Pokemon journey in the Johto region since I was pretty young when the Kanto region came out. However, I have played the Kanto games as I got older and seeing it updated, bright, and on the big screen is going to be a treat. I absolutely can’t wait for November! Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee are connected to Pokemon Go. We didn’t get into Pokemon Go that much so I’m glad it’s not required to use for the games. I’m impressed they added the catching mechanic from Pokemon Go into the new games though. I think it’s a great way to use the Joy-Con motion controls.

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I think I’m most excited about the local two-player co-op mode. Rachel and I can actually travel around together! Of course, I suspect that the supporting second player will “borrow” the first player’s Pokemon to help out with battles and the like, but it would be amazing if the Switch could “import” another account’s save file into the game as the second player. Still, it’ll be fun seeing two characters running around together!

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Yeah, I was hoping we’d be able to combine the games. We’ll just have to see how it goes though. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun anyway. To be honest, I’m most excited for the Pokeball Plus. My favorite part of HeartGold and SoulSilver was the Pokewalker. I can’t wait to bring my Pokemon around with me again and interact with them. Supposedly, other things may happen, but they’ll announce that later. Maybe at E3 in a few weeks?

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Hearing Pikachu purr through that Pokeball Plus was adorable! Also, seeing your character ride an Onix? Flying on a Charizard? I heard HMs still are not a thing, so to see us actually being able to ride presumably whatever Pokemon we want, along with having any Pokemon follow us, is definitely exciting! Here’s hoping we’ll hear more about them at E3, along with the next core Pokemon game that’s slated for late 2019. With all the updated graphics and mechanics that the Let’s Go! titles are showing, I wonder how the next core game will measure up.

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I’ll admit, I was worried there would be no core game since last year they announced they were working on a new Pokemon title for the Switch. I’m very excited for the Let’s Go games and now that I know there’s a new core game, I’m even more excited. Imagine exploring a brand new region with new species of Pokemon on the big screen with such graphics! We can’t wait!

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The Return of the NES Classic

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Memorial Day! I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!

We had a pretty chill weekend, with Rachel and me going out of town with a friend. Filled with movies, books, and video games, we had a good time. We went to a place that Rachel and I have been going with the family for ages, a nice house in the mountains filled with nostalgia. Nostalgia is what I thought I would feel when thinking of the NES Classic, but now that we have a second chance to get one, I’m not so sure about it…

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The NES Classic (along with the SNES Classic) is supposed to return to stores in about a month, on June 29th. When I first heard about the news that the NES Classic was going to be a thing, I thought it was a great idea. Plenty of gamers love their old favorites and the nostalgia that was sure to come with the mini version of the console made it popular.

Too popular, if there was such a thing. Scalpers overtook the stock NES Classic and the consoles were out of stock within minutes of hitting Amazon or store shelves, only to be resold on eBay for thrice the original price. Rachel and I were disappointed, of course. I remember having the NES as a kid (and, honestly, we still have our original one packed away), but I myself never played too many of the games. I played mainly on the SNES when we had gotten that. Rachel herself wasn’t born when the NES came out, so it would have been great to see her get to experience some of the NES games.

With that said, though… I don’t really remember the games of the NES. Our disappointment didn’t last too long considering we never had too much of a tie with the original NES as kids. I imagine the nostalgia would be much stronger with gamers who had grown up with it.

Seeing the news that the NES Classic would be returning, I found myself finding it nice but… I’m not really as interested as I was back when it was first announced. If we get an NES Classic, it’ll be cool, but it’s not something that’s on my wish list anymore. I just hope that scalpers don’t ruin this batch for those who truly want the NES Classic and hadn’t gotten the chance to get them before!

Are you planning on trying to get the NES Classic this time around? If you already have it, what do you think of it?

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