The Legend Of Zelda Dungeons Vs. Divine Beasts [Debate]

Debate: Divine Beasts Vs Dungeons | The Legend of Zelda | Nintendo | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

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There was some controversy regarding the Divine Beasts — and, I suppose, the shrines — in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild replacing the traditional dungeons. Many fans of the franchise miss the traditional dungeons and, I’ll admit, it was a bit jarring to me as well to have the Divine Beasts instead. I’m probably in the minority here when I say that I wouldn’t mind if Divine Beasts, or mini-dungeons, were featured in future Zelda games instead of the traditional dungeons.

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I did enjoy the Divine Beasts and the Shrines. It was a nice change of pace. However, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the dungeons or temples in the other Legend of Zelda games. There aren’t nearly as many dungeons in the games as there are shrines, but they’re all unique from one another and can take some time to complete. There’s a lot of exploring involved and once you get to the end, it’s satisfying.

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It can be satisfying to explore and complete the Divine Beasts as well. The Divine Beasts are, essentially, a big puzzle with a boss at the end. They’re the reward after exploring the main area of the over world and, unlike the traditional dungeons, you have more freedom of how to complete them. Traditional dungeons tend to have the obligatory dungeon item, no matter how awesome they are, while Divine Beasts give you more rein on how to defeat them.

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True, though while you have more freedom, they’re usually smaller. There are a lot of shrines and, after completing a bunch of them, you start to repeat some ways to go through them. You get a new item in each dungeon while you only have the Sheikah Slate to get through all the shrines. Also, each dungeon has an awesome boss at the end while the Divine Beasts had a different form of the same boss. Plus, there’s only four of them. In other Zelda games, there’s usually about seven give or take.

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I disagree that you “only” have the Sheikah Slate in order to help you get through the Divine Beasts and the shrines. You do also get plenty of different types of weapons — swords, clubs, axes, various arrows, the paraglider — to help you navigate the Divine Beasts and shrines, as well as the abilities compacted into the Sheikah Slate. It’s an extra challenge that the weapons and shields break as well. Having four Divine Beasts and over a hundred shrines, most with unique puzzles with multiple ways to solve them, makes up for the seven or so traditional dungeons.

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Fair enough, but because the weapons break so often it’s harder to hold onto your resources if you have trouble at a certain spot. Also, I like quality over quantity. I enjoyed going searching for the shrines and all, but again, I like the variety of the dungeons. The Divine Beasts were the same except they were different shapes. The puzzles are cool, but there are no stakes. There are no enemies to really get through or anything. You just wander around until you figure it out. There’s a lot more to do in the dungeons.

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Being able to have all sorts of different weapons, abilities, and ways to complete a Divine Beast — or shrine — gives you more replayability. The Divine Beasts did have some enemies, and the stakes were the Champion’s ability that you gained after defeating whatever Ganon-Blight was at the end of it as well as helping you against Calamity Ganon in the final match. Not only that, you can explore the Divine Beasts and the world in whatever order you want. It’s not linear like traditional dungeons, giving you more freedom and ways to explore and go through the story however you want.

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I see your points, but I still think the dungeons are better than the Divine Beasts, as clever as they were. I guess we’ll let the readers decide this one.

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Double Jump Bakes 8-Bit Heart Sugar Cookies

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We haven’t done any Double Jump Bakes posts in quite some time. In all honesty, the last time we did one of these kind of posts was back last summer with a Super Mario Star Cake and some coffee and tea inspired by Pokemon.

This month we’re back with a simple enough sugar cookie recipe. Like, really simple. Instead of making the cookies from scratch, we picked up a couple of pouches of mixes. And even then we had a few difficulties:

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After running out to the store again, we were able to make the cookies. We chose simple sugar cookies mainly to use one of our new cookie cutters. From Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies baking line is a cutter in the shape of an 8-bit heart. We got about a dozen sugar cookies out of the dough and we tried a couple of different decorating ideas.

We had some leftover cookie icing which… did not settle as well as we would have liked. Indeed, the heart I tried to outline looked like it was bleeding or that darkness was taking over it (is that what happens in the Kingdom Hearts series?). Eventually, we frosted a few and used red sprinkles.

They didn’t come out too bad, all things considered! At the very least, there aren’t too many cookies left since we baked them, so they must taste pretty good!

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Nintendo Direct: February 2019

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When it was announced that there would be a Nintendo Direct today, with a focus on Fire Emblem Three Houses, I was excited! Considering the Direct overall, I thought it was well done! We got excited at seeing the opening sequence showing off Super Mario Maker 2, which I’m sure will do fantastic on the Switch with its portability, touch screen, and the online mode.

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When it comes to any Nintendo Direct, sometimes I’m sure impressed and other times not so much. That’s mostly because of my taste in games though. One thing that I will say though is that, no matter what, the Directs always start off strong and end strong. The moment Mario died to the Spiny, I immediately knew we were finally getting Super Mario Maker 2. I was super excited! I enjoyed Super Mario Maker on the Wii U and I’m sure the sequel will be even more popular with the new items and just being on the Switch.

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We then rolled into an announcement for the new update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, mostly for Joker and reminding us that we should probably get the Fighter’s Pass for the DLC characters… Still haven’t done that yet, whoops. I was also interested in seeing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. I’ve never played a Marvel Ultimate Alliance game before, but this one looks pretty good and there’s both local and online multiplayer modes.

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Yeah, totally forgot about the Fighter’s Pass. Definitely something to add to the to do list. Anyway, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order definitely looks nice! I’m willing to give that one a try. Another headline was announcing BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! which is a game Kris and I have never played. However, now that we can play co-op, I’ll consider giving it a try. I was personally excited for Treasure Tracker. I never got the same for the Switch because I have it on the Wii U. Since more courses will be added as well as co-op, I’m thinking of getting it for the Switch now. Though, I’ll admit, I really just want a sequel.

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I found it interesting that Assassin’s Creed III will be coming to the Switch. It’s a franchise I was always interested in playing, and we even had a few titles for our Xbox 360 but didn’t get a chance to play them before we got the red ring of death for the console. I may be picking this up to finally play the franchise. It was also fun to see that Deltarune will be making its way to Switch as well as a promise for more chapters for the game! Considering that I’ve enjoyed both Undertale and Deltarune, this was great to see!

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Another game I’m fairly excited for is Tetris 99. I’m getting tired of battle royales, but this is putting a fun twist on it. I love a good game of Tetris so this is one I’ll definitely be picking up. We’re getting so many brand new titles as well as games we all know and love… I absolutely can’t believe they’re bringing Link’s Awakening to the Switch in a remastered version. Link and his surroundings look like toys, but it looks great. I’m looking forward to that one!

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Oh my goodness, it was so exciting to see a Legend of Zelda title! Link’s Awakening is, admittedly, a Zelda title that I have never gotten a chance to finish, so it’s awesome to see it remastered on the Switch! Seeing the first few seconds of the remastered opening was great! Of course, I was personally looking forward to seeing the Fire Emblem information, and I wasn’t disappointed. I was a little confused, admittedly, because seeing that your character is a professor in a school with three houses kind of reminded me of Hogwarts, but I’m optimistic. The characters and art look great, and I’m looking forward to hearing just a little more about the story.

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Fire Emblem looks great, I agree. I was confused as well, but I also don’t know the game as well as you do. Overall, the Drirect was great. There was no more information on Luigi’s Mansion 3 or Animal Crossing, but at least I know they’re coming. We were surprised with the release dates as well – it’s going to be a busy summer for gamers!

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Minecraft Card Game [Card Game Review]

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Minecraft Card Game plays off of the crafting mechanic in the popular Minecraft game. While Rachel and I have dabbled in playing Minecraft, it’s not something either of us play regularly, although I personally would love to try my hand at it more.

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I found this card game by accident on Amazon and decided to get it for Kris for her birthday. The game, surprisingly, wasn’t too bad.

 

 

 

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There are two different types of cards, the Resource cards and the Crafting cards. The object of the game is to craft the most tools — each of which have a point value — using the various resource cards. According to the rule book, whichever player reaches a certain number of points first wins. For a two player game, the point goal was 24 points, but Rachel and I decided to keep going until all the Craft cards were complete.

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Each crafting card also has some sort of power. Each player can only use two actions per turn and some cards can allow you to add an extra action to your turn or take away an action from your opponent’s turn. These actions you can do on your turn is either pick up materials or craft something. However, if you need to pick up two materials for a craft, picking up those two materials is your two actions. It allows your opponent to have an opportunity to craft it themselves if they already have the materials – or they can steal materials you need.

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Aside from mining resources and crafting tools, reserving a craft card is a third action. Reserving a craft card ensures that your opponent won’t be able to craft it and snag the points or the power that the tool grants you. Reserving wasn’t an action that we used often — in all honesty, I believe I did it once — as Rachel and I did our best to just beat each other to the resources and craft the best tools. Resource cards were wood, stone, iron, gold, and diamond, with each card indicating the number of “blocks” of the resource you had. In order to craft a tool, you needed the appropriate amount of resources. Once the resources are used, you put the resource cards into the discard pile, waiting to be used again if one of the five stacks of resource cards ever ran out in the game.

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Honestly, the game wasn’t too bad. I think we had a good time with it. However, if we were to play again, I definitely want to try to put the materials in one pile face-down and not show our materials to each other. I think that would make the game more random and we’d be constantly wondering what our opponent has forcing us to use what we have whenever we can. I think it would make the game more intense, but it’s still fun with the way it’s supposed to be played.

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Double Jump Is 3-Years-Old!

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Happy belated birthday to Double Jump! Back on February 3rd, our little blog turned three years old! They grow so fast… It’s been quite a year, actually, with some changes and updates made to our blog and Double Jump as a whole.

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We might have thought Double Jump’s birthday was February 16th, which is why we never said anything on the actual birthday. Yeah, a lot has changed since the beginning of Double Jump. Not just with the blog, but we’ve branched out quite a bit between collabs, streaming, and more.

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By “we,” we mean Rachel, but at least she remembered around the time the blog’s birthday was. I vaguely remembered that it was in February and that’s about it. Considering the original intent of this blog when we started it three years ago was to branch out and maybe connect with others who also enjoyed gaming, I’m pretty proud of the connections we made due to collab posts and our Twitch channel.

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For sure. We’ve come a long way in these past three years. To “celebrate,” if you will, we’ve decided to do another gaming challenge! We chose for this challenge to be Pokemon based because… well, we love Pokemon, so why not? We’re not necessarily competing against each other or racing one another. We’ll be doing the same thing differently. If that makes any sense at all.

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We each used a randomizer to pick only three of the eighteen Pokemon types for us to raise for a play-through of one of the core games. My random types are Dark, Dragon, and Ground, which sounds like a decent balance of physical and special attacks. I’m excited to have Ground, as it’s one of my favorites, and Dark is right up there as well. Dragon may be interesting, as that is one of the rarer types.

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The random types I got were Electric, Normal, and Bug. That will certainly be an interesting team. I’ve raised electric and normal a ton but I’ve only ever raised a bug once. We then randomized which game we’ll each play. I got a Pokemon from the Unova region so I’ll be playing either Black, White, Black 2, or White 2. Most likely one of the sequels.

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My region is Hoenn, which I’m totally fine with. It’s been a while since I’ve played through those games, and I’ll probably pick one of the remakes to play rather than the original Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald trio. We’ve decided that Legendaries are off-limits — so no Latias or Latios for me — but we can train any Pokemon that has the types that we generated, whether it be the first or secondary type. So, Rachel, with Normal, you could have a much more varied team than I will. A lot of Flying-type Pokemon are also Normal-type, at the very least. Like Rachel mentioned, this challenge is more about the journey rather than a winner, so we’ll see how our teams and games go.

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It’ll certainly be interesting to see how our journey goes. I know it’s not a competition, but I’m curious who will get to the Champion first or how many Pokemon will faint. Unova isn’t my favorite, but I’m excited to go back there and explore it once again.

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New Pokemon Cards Are Here!

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The other day, Kris discovered a new Pokemon Trading Card Game pack called Team Up. This is the ninth expansion pack for the Sun & Moon TCG. This expansion has an emphasis on the Kanto region, though it has Pokemon from all over. Team Up packs may have special duo GX cards such as Pikachu-Zekrom-GX. Team Up was released on February 1, 2019 and we went out and bought some the following day.

Rachel has a huge collection of Pokemon cards while Kris has none. So, we went out and Rachel was eager to get the four booster packs of Team Up – Pikachu & Zekrom, Eevee & Snorlax, Gengar & Mimikyu, and Venusaur & Celebi. While Rachel didn’t get any of the team GX cards, she got some other great cards including an Incineroar GX.

Kris, on the other hand, bought two themed decks along with a mini binder that had a Team Up booster pack inside. With those 130 cards, she’s starting off her collection quite nicely with a mini binder that holds about 60 cards as well.

In the Team Pack expansion, there are about 196 cards in all – 181 plus 15 secret cards. (According to Bulbapedia, that its.) We’re determined to catch ’em all!

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How To Make Octopath Traveler Harder

How To Make Octopath Traveler Harder | Video Games | Gaming | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.com

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It’s no secret that we’ve been playing through Octopath Traveler again – rather, we’re still trying to beat it for the first time. We were thinking of some new challenge ideas and it reminded us of the time when we thought of ways to make Breath of the Wild harder. It got us thinking of various ways to make Octopath Traveler harder.

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A couple of ideas we came up with were rather simple. Instead of having all eight characters, with having all classes available to go against the enemies, pick just a team of four. Before unlocking second jobs, it will be a challenge to only have half of the classes available.

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Not only would you only have half of the classes available, but you’d have less time to level up in between chapters since you’re not traveling through 32 chapters, but instead only 16. Another way you could make it harder is using Pokemon Nuzlocke rules. Have your team of eight but, if someone dies, they’re dead. See how long you can last.

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Which, with the way we play, wouldn’t last too long. It would be a great challenge not only because you wouldn’t be getting all the stories, but the party banter between the characters would be lacking as well. Other simple ways to make the game more difficult would be to limit item usage. No attacking items like soulstones or no healing items aside from the cleric or apothecary skills.

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Using items in battle can waste a turn anyway – depending on how poorly you’re doing. With the no items though, does the olive of life count or do you need to go to the Inn if someone dies? Actually, that’s something else you can do. Never go to the Inn. Only use items outside of battle. You could also use only the talents. For example, you can’t buy anything at the armory. Any new weapons you get must be from chests or Therion’s steal talent or Tressa’s purchase talent.

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Playing off on using only talents, how about not being able to use the class-specific skills? Only perform regular attacks rather than magical attacks, or vice versa. Of course, if you spend most of the battles using skills, you would need to invest in a lot of SP healing items, like the energizing pomegranates.

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That would be interesting for sure. You could also make the boss battles harder by only allowing the story character to break the shield. It doesn’t seem like much, but I bet it would raise the stakes a bit.

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As mentioned, we’re still working on our first playthrough of Octopath Traveler, having a few more Chapter Fours to complete. However, it’s a game that we know we’ll go back to, and a few of these challenges are on our list to try.

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