#GamingTogether – June 2019

#GamingTogether June 2019 Questions | Video Games | Gaming | Gaming Asks | Video Game Questions | DoublexJump.com

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For those of you who follow us on our other social media accounts (all the links down below!), we’ve been doing #GamingTogether questions for… I dunno, since last October or November? They’ve been pretty fun and today we’re going to do another batch from this month.

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Yeah, it’s been almost a year, I think. They’re fun to do and it’s great to engage with other gamers through social media. Here are some rapid-fire questions and answers from this month’s roster.

1: Name a game that came out the year you were born. Have you played it?

Kris: In North America, Nintendo released Super Mario Bros. 3 in the year I was born. And, while I’ve played it, I don’t believe I’ve ever beaten it myself.

Rachel: Star Fox for the SNES came out the year I was born. And, surprisingly, I can say I’ve played it now that we have the SNES Classic.

2: What’s your favorite party game?

Kris: The Mario Party series is great, but I’ve also enjoyed Drawful 2 and Super Smash Bros., if that series counts!

Rachel: Mario Party, of course. No two games are ever the same and it’s extra fun depending on the people you’re playing with.

3: What are your top 3 Legend of Zelda games?

Kris: Breath of the Wild, Twilight Princess, and Four Swords Adventures.

Rachel: My top three are Skyward Sword, Wind Waker, and Four Swords Adventures.

4: Do you prefer the Pokemon gym battles or the contest/dancing competitions?

Kris: The gym battles all the way. I definitely missed those in the Alola region and I’m excited that some version of them seems to be returning for the Galar region!

Rachel: Definitely gym battles! They’re more fun and intense for me.

5: What is your favorite video game soundtrack?

Kris: I could cheat and say the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate soundtrack, considering all the tracks from a plethora of video games, but… I really enjoyed the Fire Emblem Awakening soundtrack as well as Miitopia.

Rachel: Miitopia is fabulous, I agree. This is a tough one, but as of lately, my favorite has been Octopath Traveler.

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Pandemic [Board Game Review]

Board Game Review: Pandemic | Board Games | Gaming | Pandemic | Game Review | Pandemic Review | DoublexJump.com

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This game has been on our radar for quite some time. We’ve heard nothing but good things about the board game and it was really different from other board games we’ve played. The biggest learning curve for us, I believe, was to remember that it was a cooperative game rather than a competition between all the players.

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Playing a cooperative game was a nice change of pace though. Especially since we normally play just the two of us, most competitive games are harder and would be more fun if there were more of us. Of course, the first time we played (and learned) Pandemic, we played with our cousin Kat.

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Yes, Kat was a great addition to the board game, giving us another to bounce ideas off of and a third voice to help interpret the rules. The main objective of the game is to find cures for four deadly diseases before the population of the world succumbs to them. To do so, you need to find enough “data” on each disease — also known as collecting enough city cards of the same color — and bring your findings to a city with a research center. Once you do so, that particular disease will have a cure. With a limited number of turns determined by the player deck, it’s definitely a challenge!

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“Interpret the rules.” That’s code for Kris reading the rules and trying to explain it to us while Kat and I played with the game pieces. The rules are a lot of fun though. Once you start playing, the game is easy enough to understand, but it’s difficult. We played so many games – with just us or with three people – and I think we won twice.

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Yes, we do not have a great win streak with this game so far. Speaking of the game pieces, there is a bit to set up. Aside from the character pawns — each of which represents a certain role with a special ability or two — there was also the disease tokens, the outbreak and infection rate tokens, and the two deck of cards. The player deck consisted of the many cities you could travel to and the infection deck indicated which city became more infected at the end of every turn.

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To set up the game, you need to spread the virus around a bit so you can, you know, have something to cure. This is done by taking nine cards from the infection deck and, depending on their color – red, blue, yellow, or black – you need to place the virus block on those places. One infection on three places, two infections on three other places, and three infections on the last three places. Now, if a place has three infections already and they get infected again, an outbreak occurs. A place can’t have more than three infections so all the connecting places will end up getting one infection. Get seven outbreaks and the game ends.

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All of the characters start in Atlanta at a research center along with a handful of cards from the player deck, indicating cities that they can charter a flight to. Working together, players must visit cities to start eradicating diseases. When you visit a city, you can take away a virus block as one of your actions. Players can take up to four actions during their turn, including traveling to another city, building a research center, or sharing knowledge with another player that is in the same city as them. Sharing knowledge is crucial, as it enables players to share city cards of the city they are meeting in. Collecting enough city cards of the same color is key to curing the diseases once and for all. During some of our games, we tended to assign a “disease” to each player, saying one would do her best to collect enough blue cards and another to collect black cards as a goal to find cures.

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Depending on which character you choose, you have special skills as well. For example, I personally loved being the Medic because instead of taking away one infection in a city per action, I could take them all away as one action. It helped out a lot, but… we still lost the game a lot. And, honestly, I think we even fudged the rules a couple of times accidentally too. We still kept losing though, but it was a fun challenge nonetheless!

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E3 2019: Nintendo

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Nintendo’s Direct for E3 2019 has come and gone. Yes, they’re still showing off games at the Treehouse, but all has been revealed and we’re, of course, happy about what Nintendo had to offer. For starters, they’ve announced the next two DLC fighters for Smash Ultimate, which isn’t what I was expecting at all. I mean, I was hoping for one, but two was certainly a surprise.

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Seeing two DLC fighters was a surprise, but I think they did it right. Showing off the Hero character from Dragon’s Quest first was smart, considering the game itself was already seen at Square Enix’s E3 show. I don’t believe the Hero was a popular guess for a DLC fighter, so it was a surprise all around. Of course, showing off Banjo-Kazooie at the very end made everyone go wild!

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For sure. If they announced Banjo-Kazooie first, they wouldn’t have been able to top that for the entire show… except maybe the ending, but we’ll get to that in a minute. I think having The Hero will be interesting, but I can’t imagine him being too much different than the sword fighters we already have, even though they showed off some cool moves from him. Banjo-Kazooie, I imagine, will mimic Duck Hunt in some ways, but there are only the two characters like that so it should be fine. Also, I really enjoyed how they announced Banjo-Kazooie with DK, Diddy, and K. Rool all hanging out together.

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Seeing K. Rool hanging out with Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong was probably one of my favorite parts of that reveal, haha! Not only was the throwback to K. Rool’s announcement great, but just to see the supposed enemies napping together was amusing. I do have the same thoughts about the Hero, too, about him being yet another swordsman. It was one of the first things I said upon seeing him. Granted, neither of us have played the Dragon Quest series, so there may be some other surprises in store regarding his move set.

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Totally. After announcing The Hero for Smash Ultimate coming this summer, they announced Dragon Quest for September and showed off a nice chunk of Luigi’s Mansion 3 showing off some new mechanics. Whether I’ll like those changes or not will be decided when I get to try them out, but what I love most about it is the setting. The first two games are set in a mansion and are fast games because the mansions are large, but the game is quick enough. Luigi is in a hotel this time and it looks much larger than the two mansions so I’m hoping the game will have longer gameplay. Not to mention, he’s rescuing not just Mario but also Peach and two Toads.

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The game looks great, even coming from someone who only played the first game as a challenge issued by her sister. Luigi’s Mansion 3 seems to have some co-op play mechanics as well, so I wouldn’t mind giving it a try together. We also got more of a look at Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which seems like it’ll have a time-jump between the school part of the game and a larger war that the three main characters — and the teacher avatar — will be engulfed in. I’m definitely intrigued by that!

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Yes, Fire Emblem: Three looks like it’ll be great. We didn’t get a set release date for Luigi’s Mansion 3, though they did say 2019, but Fire Emblem: Three House will be out this July, which is exciting. In fact, Nintendo has just about all of their games coming out within the next few months. Cadence of Hyrule and Super Mario Maker 2 come out this month, a couple of games are coming out in July and August, and they have a ton of games coming out in September with another couple for November. Which leads me to believe that Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be set for another Halloween release because they clearly need something for October.

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October or maybe even a holiday release to go with Pokemon Sword and Shield. Either way, it was thrilling to see so many actual release dates, especially when I feel that many of the other developers didn’t have as many solid dates for the games they showed off. Of course, we screamed in excitement at the very end of the direct, at Nintendo’s “one more surprise.” Seeing a confirmed sequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was insane! Upon seeing the first few seconds of the clip, we at first thought maybe it would be more DLC, which would have been great as well, but an entire sequel just blew our minds. I’m not expecting it for another three years or so, but seeing that it’s happening is wonderful.

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Pokemon will be coming November 15, so who really knows. I’m sure they’re trying to spread out their big releases a bit. Especially since they showed off a bit of Animal Crossing and shared the title, New Horizons, with us. I love that name and it’s so fitting for an Animal Crossing game! However, that’s been delayed until March 2020, which is fine with me because I want them to make it the best it can be and honestly, there are plenty of games to keep me busy in the meantime. Unfortunately, the Breath of the Wild sequel will not be part of that, but I’m super excited to have that to look forward to in the coming years!

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Despite Nintendo giving us a direct rather than a show like many of the other developers, I think I was most impressed with Nintendo this year. Granted, we’re big Nintendo fangirls anyway, so we may be a bit biased. Yet, plenty of their games we’re interested in playing and their game news flowed really well as the direct went along. And, while we missed seeing Reggie in the direct, Doug Bowser’s entrance was definitely pleasing to us. We think he’ll do just fine!

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Nintendo E3 2019 Predictions & Wish List

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E3 is right around the corner and I’m upset that I have to work during the events. Granted, if I was able to justify taking a couple of days off of my day job for E3, I’d mainly be interested in what Nintendo has to say. The other developers would be fun to listen to, but Nintendo is the company we know best.

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Nintendo is, as you’re probably well aware, our favorite company. We love their consoles and games and while we dapple in others, Nintendo is what we know best. Their games are what we look forward to the most – Mario, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda. It’s all great. With that said, what games are you hoping to see more about, Kris?

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Well, I’ve heard that Nintendo is focusing on software and games rather than hardware, so we won’t be hearing anything about the newer Switches that may be coming. As for games, I’m looking forward to a bit more information on Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I’m excited because it’s Fire Emblem, but I’m iffy on the idea of the school-like setting. What about you?

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Nintendo likes surprises though. I wonder if they’ll mention something about the newer Switches just to have some sort of cliff-hanger. I’m excited that you’re getting a new Fire Emblem game. When they first announced it, it reminded me a lot of Harry Potter and Hogwarts. It should be interesting. I mostly want to know more about Animal Crossing for the Switch and Luigi’s Mansion 3. I imagine Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be similar to the first two games but with new ghost types and such. There’s a lot of cool new things I’d like to see in Animal Crossing Switch, so I hope they make the game bigger and better.

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I keep forgetting about Luigi’s Mansion 3. I hope we get some news for that for you! I think there would be a riot if there wasn’t anything for Animal Crossing. Considering even I’ve been playing more Animal Crossing New Leaf lately, I do hope there will be some improvements in the game, especially when it comes to the online capabilities. One such thing we were talking about lately was having yards with our homes. It’d make more sense to decorate our yards with grills and scarecrows rather than keep those kinds of decorations indoors!

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Yes, exactly! Plus, we know they’re capable of much more from Happy Home Designer. Though, I guess, that’s a post for another day. I also want to know who the next DLC fighter will be for Smash Ultimate. I hope they give a hint or announce who it will be.

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I… know very little about Happy Home Designer, so I’ll take your word for it, haha! The next DLC Smash fighter won’t be available until next February, right? A hint or reveal wouldn’t be a bad thing to see during E3. I’d also like a little bit more about Super Mario Maker 2. There was that rumor about the online play not being available for friends, which sounds ridiculous, so if Nintendo could clarify and hopefully strike that rumor down, that would be great. We have plenty of blogging and gamer friends that I would love to play Super Mario Maker 2 with!

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All five DLC fighters will be available by February 2020. So, the other four are coming within the next few months. Revealing the character and/or giving us a release date for the second fighter would be great. I doubt they’ll say much on Super Mario Maker 2 since they had that Direct not too long ago and the release is right around the corner. However, it would be nice if they debunked those rumors.

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Oh, that’s coming up quick, then! I’m excited to see who the rest of the fighters are, and a small part of me is still hoping for Geno. I keep forgetting that we’re in June at this point and Super Mario Maker 2 will be released at the end of this month. Still, some clarification regarding the online business would be great. Considering there is a Pokemon direct today as well as the press conference last week, I wonder if there will be anything extra for Pokemon during E3?

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As much as I would love to see more Pokemon, despite the Direct, I would love to see more Pokemon stuff at E3. Of course, I’m not getting my hopes up for that. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing what Nintendo has up their sleeve at E3. They always have great surprises and impress.

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Our Thoughts On Super Mario Maker 2

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Super Mario Maker 2 is coming out at the end of next month! We enjoyed the original Super Mario Maker on the Wii U and the direct from last week showed off some great new features for the sequel.

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We didn’t play too much of the first Super Mario Maker game. I think I enjoyed it more than Kris did, but when we watched the Direct of this upcoming sequel, we both were impressed and are excited to play the game.

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While the idea of a story mode sounds a little silly with a game that’s so focused on creativity, I think I’m rather excited for it. I think it’s only single-player, but the idea of having being taught the different tools and aspects of the game through a “story” is great. With all the other new features, I feel that the story mode will help people feel less overwhelmed at all the options in the main mode.

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The story mode definitely seems odd, but I love the idea of it. I’m eager to play a Mario game from Nintendo that’s harder than the typical Mario platformer – even though it’s the same tools and elements. They’ve also added a lot more new tools as well, which I’m excited about. Although, that just means the levels people create are going to be that much crazier! But that makes it more fun.

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Some of the new tools are the snake blocks, auto-scroll settings, on/off switches, and even Cat Mario to go along with the other Super Mario 3D World inspired content. Not only that, the direct showed Super Mario 3D World in a section of the level aesthetics that had plenty of room for other games… I wonder if they’re going to add any other games that your levels can be based upon as DLC or something?

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I would love to see Paper Mario levels. That would be awesome. I’m most excited for the co-op part of the game though. I can’t wait for the two of us to create levels together and even go through some of the levels together as well. It will most likely be way harder, but it would be so much fun.

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It will be fantastic for us to play together like that, especially with all the latest platform Mario games being up to four-player co-op. I think the multiplayer in Super Mario Maker 2 makes perfect sense. We’re going to be ridiculous trying to create levels together, probably even playing through them, but it’ll be fun! Not only that, it sounds like the online play will be great as well! I’m certainly looking forward to online multiplayer.

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Online multiplayer is definitely another plus. I’m happy the game is coming out at the end of June. I’m eager to get my hands on a copy!

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D&D Adventures: A New Tale

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With a couple of Dungeons & Dragons sessions under our belts, our little newbie group decided to try out a longer campaign with original characters rather than the pre-made characters from the starter kit. We did well enough creating our own characters, although their backstories aren’t much yet. I decided to go with a ranger half-elf named Kalythra who is much better with animals than she is with people.

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And my character is named Sapphire, a sorcerer wood elf. Our group has a new member as well – we play with two members of our local writer’s group and their roommate but now the host of our writer’s group has joined us. So, there’s six of us – our DM and five players.

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It was actually funny how our workshop facilitator joined. At the end of the last writer’s group meeting, he made a point to make the rest of us pause and we thought we were going to discuss the future of the workshop, considering our library’s remodel has made many more people ask to join. However, instead, he clasped his hands and pleaded to join our D&D sessions, haha! It was a great time, though, especially since he has much more experience in D&D than the rest of us.

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Yes, he has more experience than us which made us realize that we’ve been playing wrong. We were adding our “attack bonus” to our damage this whole time rather than our initial rolls to see if we actually hit our target.

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I mean, we’ve been doing alright, but it would have been helpful to know our attack bonuses for the previous sessions when we kept missing most of our hits, haha! The rest of the characters consisted of a human bard, a human cleric, and a dragonborn rogue, so we were a well-rounded group. The campaign is based on the one that is found in the starting kit, and we were tasked with delivering a caravan of goods to another trading post by a dwarf. Our group didn’t get too far before finding the dead horses of the dwarf and the warrior that had been escorting him.

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Needless to say, we ended up getting sidetracked and ended up in a cave when a bunch of goblins attacked the group ahead of us. Now, in order to save them, we must kill the goblin in charge so the goblin holding our guy captive can be in charge. We’ll see how that goes.

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With our track record, we’ll execute our plans poorly, but they’ll still work somehow. Granted, this is also just to save the warrior — I can’t quite remember what happened to the dwarf that had contracted us for this task in the first place. Our group is a bunch of misfits rather than a heroic team. The dragonborn “adopted” a goblin as a pet, our bard actually has a ukulele to play at the table, Rachel’s wood elf is constantly like, “Wtf am I doing here?” and my half-elf is more concerned with the various animals we’ve encountered than actually completing this mission. The cleric seems to somewhat have his head on straight, thank goodness, but it is quite amusing to hear him continuously preach the good word of his patron god, the God of Doctors.

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We really are quite the bunch… I personally didn’t give my character a personality or backstory just yet because I want to see how she plays out in certain situations. So far, she’s a bit of a coward but can definitely fight. I had pretty good luck on my rolls. We’ll see what happens next time though.

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Detective Pikachu [Movie Review]

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This past Friday we went and saw Detective Pikachu in the theaters with a good friend of ours. Growing up with the Pokemon games and anime, and being hyped for the new Switch titles later this year, we were optimistic for this movie despite movies based on video games getting bad reputations. Honestly, as fans of the franchise, we were not disappointed.

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I had been looking forward to this movie since it was announced a while ago. The CGI and Pokemon designs were awesome and the movie as a whole was well done.

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We did have some issues with the pacing of the movie — some of it just went too fast — but the overall movie was well done. Considering that the movie was able to cater to both fans and non-fans alike was wonderful. When our friend first saw the trailer, she immediately said, “We’re going to see that,” and she enjoyed it as much as we did. True, she wasn’t able to pick out all the Pokemon in the movie, but there were enough details that she followed the plot just fine.

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The pacing was a bit too fast. The plot still made sense – especially if you’ve played the Detective Pikachu 3DS game – but I wanted more of the characters. There were a few characters that I felt we didn’t get to know as well as we could or should have.

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Still, I enjoyed the characters we did see. The CGI for the Pokemon was fantastic, too, and I absolutely cooed over seeing Bulbasaur and Treecko — two of my favorite starter lines — “live.” Now that we’ve seen this movie, though, we’re totally ready for more movies featuring journeys and longer battles!

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I agree and I would have loved to see more Pokemon battles. I know that’s not the point of Ryme City, but the battles were fabulous. Knowing what they’re capable of, they have no excuse not to come out with more live action Pokemon movies. Bring Ash and his various Pokemon journeys to life! (Especially from the Kalos anime.)

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