Currently Playing: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

Happy Thursday!

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while and I’ve been hopping around on different games, but this is one that I love and haven’t played in a long time.

 

The Pokemon spin-off series, Mystery Dungeon, has always been a favorite series of mine. I love playing as a Pokemon with a special partner and exploring the unknown. The games are easy enough to play and I enjoy lurking through the various dungeons, each one being different every time you enter.

I’ve started playing Explorers of Sky not too long ago. This game is the fifth in the Mystery Dungeon series, which was released in North America in April 2009 for the Nintendo DS.

My favorite part of the games is that you don’t choose your own character. You take a quick personality quiz and you end up being a certain Pokemon based on the results. My results were oddly accurate to who I am in real life. I ended up getting Eevee.

I had never played as Eevee before, so I was excited. I love Eevee, but I don’t typically go for the normal types.

When it was time to choose my partner, there were a lot more choices than the earlier games. There were three pages of Pokemon to choose from. There were all of the starters, plus a few extra Pokemon.

I chose Vulpix. I love my fire types and I never choose Vulpix. I thought Eevee and Vulpix would make a good match with one another.

When it was time to name our team, I noticed Vulpix was a girl, so I went with the only logical name: Foxy Ladies.

Yeah, I know.

Anyway, I forgot how long these games could be. I’ve been playing for a while, but I don’t think I’m even halfway through the game yet.

I’m having fun though and it’s a great trip down memory lane.

Have you played the Mystery Dungeon games? What do you think of them? Also, what are you currently playing? Let me know in the comments below!

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Best Games To Bring On Vacation

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We’re going on a relaxing vacation next week, one where we just rent a cabin to lounge beside a lake. It’s the best kind of vacation for hanging out with family, reading books and, of course, playing video games. Aside from a suitcase full of books, our 3DS systems are always packed with plenty of games whenever we go away.

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I always tend to bring more games than I plan on playing. I never really have a specific game in mind when I go away, but I tend to bring as many games as I can. I mean, I’m not really a light packer anyway.

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I try not to pack too many, especially since we don’t take the cases for the games. Rather, the games all get shoved into a little Ziploc bag before going in the suitcase. I’m paranoid that I’m going to lose a game or two! That fear doesn’t stop me from always packing certain games, however. Whenever we go away, I need to bring one or two of my favorite Harvest Moon games. There’s just something about a relaxing farm game that goes hand-in-hand with vacation.

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Meanwhile, I always tend to bring a Pokemon game. I always plan on starting a new journey and beating the game before the week ends. That usually never happens, but one vacation I beat HeartGold from start to finish. I also tend to bring Pokemon Conquest, but I beat that a long time ago. I don’t know if I’ll bring it this time.

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Pokemon is another good franchise to bring. One of my old favorites that I used to bring all the time was Sonic Battle for the GameBoy Advance. It always had great replay value, because the little robot character could mimic moves from all the other Sonic characters, letting you customize its fighting style however you wanted.

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I don’t remember that game. I don’t think I’ve ever played it. But going off your Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing is a great game to bring as well. It’s calming and relaxing and the perfect thing to wake up and play right away.

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Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing do seem like the perfect vacation games, don’t they? When I want something with a little more adventure and strategy, though, I tend to reach for Fire Emblem. Awakening will probably be the one to come on vacation with us! There are also a couple of games that I’ve had for months but haven’t had the time to try playing them, like Monster Hunter Generation. I’ll have to bring that and give it a try!

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There are just too many games. In addition to these games, we now have the Nintendo Switch. We’ll see how much of our time is taken up by that.

Which games do you bring with you when you go away? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Gamecube Games

Happy Tuesday!

A few weeks ago I talked about my favorite 3DS games, so I thought I’d talk about another console I love.

 

5. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

This is a terrible game, Kris and I had so much fun playing it together. My favorite part was the Chao garden more so than the actual game, but it was still a lot of fun back then.

4. Mario Party 4

This is another game that wasn’t too great. It was my favorite Mario Party for a while, mostly because of the 2V2 mini-games that Kris and I dominated the CPU characters at. It’s not the best Mario Party now, but it’s still a good game.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

This is another game Kris and I played a lot together. I usually watch her play Zelda games, but I often played this one with her. She would battle while I picked up the force gems afterward. We had a lot of fun.

2. Animal Crossing

The original Animal Crossing games was one of the best. I never 100% the game, but I did completely pay off my debt and I felt as though that was a huge accomplishment. Now if only it were that easy in real life.

1. Luigi’s Mansion

Luigi is one of my favorite characters. I was so excited when I found out that there was going to be a game for him. A haunted mansion was involved too, which was really cool and different for a Mario-type game. It’s not just my favorite Gamecube game, but one of my all-time favorite games.

What are some of your favorite Gamecube games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Mario Kart in Virtual Reality

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

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

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

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

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

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Trailer Thoughts: Ever Oasis

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Ever Oasis is a game for the Nintendo 3DS that was recently released on June 23, 2017. I had seen the trailer before the release date through Twitter. Some people were talking about it and lots of them were excited about the game. The title is intriguing and the graphics are pretty and cute. Still, when I saw the trailer, it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be and I thought to myself, “is this a game I would actually buy and enjoy playing?”

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Honestly, seeing the game trailer, I fell in love with the music and the graphics. I’m not quite sure what’s going on with the plot or genre — is it an adventure game? mostly puzzles? an RPG? — but it looks and sounds wonderful!

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I agree. However, I’m not sure how I feel about being chief and adding shops and stuff. I love Animal Crossing, including Happy Home Designer, so it doesn’t seem like it would be much different. But when does the plot truly begin? Once you have your oasis established?

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I’ve no idea. I was definitely more intrigued with the game trailer than the intro trailer with the narration voice over. The game trailer looks as if you’re on an adventure to save the oasis, while the intro made it sound similar to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. You have a new town, you can spruce it up how you want it, and just make sure everyone is happy. I would be more interested in this game if the mayor aspect of it were just a bonus or side quest while the majority of the game was an adventure to save the world.

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I would prefer the adventure part too. Still, maybe the chief part isn’t a huge aspect. Seeing as the official game trailer doesn’t include that part, I wonder if they took it out for some reason (if they can even do that)? I think I’d be interested in giving this game a try. I’m just a little confused at its presence.

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Yes, the official game trailer didn’t mention it at all. It’s very possible they edited the game and the trailer footage to better showcase the game after all that time. I imagine being mayor of the oasis is still part of the game, but being a protector may be a bigger aspect of the game than it initially was. It’s definitely a game we’ll keep an eye out for. Check out the game trailer below and let us know what you think:

Have you tried Ever Oasis yet? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Breath of the Wild Armor

Double Jump Kris MiiSince Rachel and I are still slowly but surely working through the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, today I thought I would celebrate another of my favorite aspects of the game — the different armor. We’ve had other games where Link would need to swap clothes based on the environment, but having full sets of armor as opposed to a color change was a fun extra for the game!

Snowquill Armor Set

One of my favorite areas in the game is Rito Village, with the beautiful Rito characters milling about. This set grants Link a cold resistance bonus, which is great considering I love climbing up every mountain I find, where it tends to get cold. That, and the feathers in Link’s hair looks awesome!

Gerudo Armor Set

The Desert Vai set is received during the story, and Rachel and I definitely cooed over the adorable pose Link struck when he first received the clothes. The heat resistance was obviously welcomed in the desert area. I have a theory that the majority — if not all — of the Gerudo know that it’s a voe hiding behind the veil. They just think Link is too cute to call him out on it!

Climber Armor Set

Climbing every building, hill, and mountain that you can see is such a huge part of the game and one of my favorite things to do (because, honestly, if you haven’t paraglided off of the tallest mountain in the game yet, you’re missing out on some fantastic scenery!), and the climber set is a lifesaver in terms of speed and stamina that Link uses.

Stealth Armor Set

The Sheikah were always one of my favorite races — the lore, the looks, the skills — in the Legend of Zelda games ever since Sheik first appeared in Ocarina of Time. The aesthetics of the armor are a wonderful tribute to the Sheikah, and the stealth bonus is tons of fun to use at night to sneak up on monsters.

What are your favorite armor sets in Breath of the Wild?

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Confession: Physical Games

Happy Thursday!

I thought I’d elaborate a little more on why I love digital download games.

This isn’t exactly another reason, but more of a regret.

I have a small barrel that sits atop my dresser in my bedroom. I don’t know why, but I use that to hold all my handheld games.

I have my Gameboy Color games, Gameboy Advance/SP, DS, and 3DS games in it.

Every single one of these was, of course, a physical copy. In the drawer next to my bed I kept all the covers.

That is until the drawer was too filled to keep anything else in there.

I thought, why keep these when they’re just sitting in a dark drawer not even holding any of the games they came with?

So, I regret to say, I threw them out.

One day I would love to have tons of bookshelves to display my games, but I don’t have the room now and, at the time, I hadn’t even thought of that.

Needless to say, I don’t have very many covers to my games anymore. I was thinking about it the other way and I’m sad I made the decision to get rid of them. I love the cover art and feel bad for throwing something like that out.

Maybe, if I ever win the lottery, I’ll rebuy all the games just for display purposes. In the meantime, I just have a barrel full of games.

Do you keep your games on display? Let me know in the comments below!

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