Super Mario Maker 2 [Video Game Review]

Video Game Review: Super Mario Maker 2 | Nintendo | Nintendo Switch | Game Review | DoublexJump.com

Title: Super Mario Maker 2
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo Switch
Category: 
Action, Platformer
Release Date: 
June 28, 2019
How we got the game: 
We bought it on the Nintendo Switch eShop

Pssst…. There may be story or gameplay spoilers in this review! You’ve been warned!

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Super Mario Maker 2 was highly anticipated as soon as it was announced. People went crazy for this sequel, especially with all of the new tools and options that came with it. We were no exception.

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I enjoyed the first Super Mario Maker though I didn’t have too many people to play it with. I’m excited to finally have more options and more people to create and beat courses with.

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There are several modes for this game. A story mode — which we give more details about in one of the below sections — the course world mode, and the course creator mode, of course. The course world mode, along with the course bot, allows the players to attempt to complete levels that other players around the world have created and uploaded.

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This is, in my opinion, the best part of the game. Of course, you have some levels that are super easy or levels that troll you hard. Still, it’s all in good fun. The best part about this though is that they added a co-op option. You have to download the game in order to play two-player, but that’s not too bad. Kris and I can play through certain levels which is a lot of fun – and frustrating at the same time. There are some levels that I don’t know are best suited for single players or not.

 krismii
It was definitely great to try to play a few levels with you, although we did get in each other’s way quite a bit, haha! With that said, there is the tagging system in Super Mario Maker 2 — I’m afraid I cannot remember if the first Super Mario Maker had a tagging system — and one of the tags were for multiplayer versus. Eventually, I’d love to play with some friends and Nintendo has promised that an update would happen that will allow us to do so.

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I don’t think the first game had a tagging system. At least, I very quickly forgot about it if it did have a tagging system. With all the additional tools you can use to create courses, the levels are way more fun, challenging, and extra creative. Though, we did try to create a course together since there’s co-op on that mode.

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That was a bit annoying, in my opinion. The first player has access to many of the buttons, almost as the director of the scene, while the second player can only select and put down so many elements. Granted, we also skipped the tutorial, so I can admit that perhaps we missed a couple of things, haha! Regardless, it was easier to create a level with one person at the controls, either with the Joy-Con or using the Switch’s touchscreen in handheld mode while the second person gave their advice and opinion.

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Skip the tutorial or not, we tried a lot of things and played it both in the handheld and docked. Plus, if I was in the middle of something and you decided to do something, being the first player, my action automatically got canceled. So, I agree. It’s definitely better to create a course yourself or docked with people throwing ideas while one is behind the wheel.

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This game has the beloved modern Mario graphics that the current games have brought to life. When it comes to creating and playing courses, the game also includes the graphics and art styles — with some updates — of several Super Mario games in the series, including Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Super Mario 3D World.

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The graphics, of course, are as they should be. They all look great on the Nintendo Switch, even the older game graphics. They stay true to their games as well. The end of the older games has that hurdle thing you have to jump through while the newer games have the flagpole for you to reach the top.

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The music is the good, familiar Super Mario music as well, and the game allows you to add crazy sound effects to parts of your levels, too. I think one of my favorite aspects of the game is when we’re building our own courses and every tap you do to add a new element plays the next note of the Super Mario theme.

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Yes, depending on what “theme” you have set from the different Mario games, the music is pretty much the same. It’s refreshing and well done. Plus, when you create a course, a robotic voice says what the object is as you place it. If you place a lot at once, it says the object’s name to the tune of whatever theme you’re in.
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New to the Super Mario Maker series, the sequel has a Story mode, which allows the players to go through over 100 Nintendo-created courses in order to earn coins to help rebuild Princess Peach’s castle after the mischievous Undo Dog obliterated it.

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The story mode is, in fact, a tutorial of sorts. The Nintendo courses range in various levels of difficulty but they’re all fun and show off all the new and old tools you can plus, plus different ways to use them to make a course unique. I’ve really enjoyed going through the story mode courses.

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There is literally no possibility for any repeat courses here. Each level is as unique as the person (or people) that created them. There are plenty of ways to filter out and categorize levels with tags and difficulties, and there are millions of courses already published for others to enjoy.

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This is definitely a game that we’ll be playing on and off for quite a while.

Super Mario Maker 2 gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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D&D Adventures: Continuing The Tale

D&D Adventures: Continuing The Tale | Dungeons and Dragons | Role-Playing | Tabletop Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

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Well, better late than never! Our last D&D Adventure was back in May. We met with our group again in June and basically forgot to continue the tale. A lot of things happened when we met again and surprisingly enough, our characters are still standing tall their own two feet.

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Yes, everyone is still alive, there has been no need for any death saves… And we gained a couple of new “party” members in the meantime. Our previous session had left our characters with the task of finding the goblin king and killing him in order to save the warrior that had originally been traveling with the dwarf that had given our party the mission to deliver goods to another town. That was a really long sentence.

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That was a really long sentence. I thought that as I was reading that to myself. Anyway, our crew went forth to bring the goblin king’s head to the guy who we were trying to save… his name escapes me at the moment. Both of their names, actually. I don’t even remember who we were trying to save. I’d like to say this is just my bad memory, but this is how our actual D&D characters are like. We’re not a dependable group, yet we still manage to get stuff done.

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Yes, I don’t know how… My favorite part of the last session, though, was us going against the goblin king, and he had a couple of wolves on his side. Instead of fighting the wolves, which my ranger (and me) was loathing to do, I rolled a high enough Animal Handling skill, and now my character has a wolf companion named Ripper. Our DM even gave me the stats that she used for the wolf so I’m more or less playing two characters, haha!

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Which I think is awesome. Our group is slowly growing especially since another member took a goblin. He was originally a hostage, but we’ve taken him along to the next town with us.

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So, yes, we made it to the next town after rescuing the warrior, although our dwarf contact is still missing. Our group decided to recuperate, perhaps get supplies, when we also got word of a band of bandits beginning to terrorize the town. We headed toward the tavern that the bandits had claimed as theirs and tore them to shreds — at least Ripper did, I remember getting some damn good attack rolls for him — after attempting to talk to them about why they were here. I think the next time we’ll be gathering more information and, perhaps, trying to eradicate the town of bandits. Hopefully, we remember our dwarf contact, though.

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Didn’t myself and another member decide to walk in on some bad guys because we were curious if we could steal anything? That might have been another adventure, but I’m pretty sure we ended up finding/causing some trouble ourselves. Which, is pretty on par for us.

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I believe so. Our group is not out to be heroes, it seems, haha! We’re pretty much motivated by money and the fact that we’re not all completely evil. I think we figure that, hey, if we’re here when there’s trouble and there’s a treasure to be found, we’ll help. We’ll have to see where the next leg of this adventure will take us!

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What’s In Our Gaming Buckets?

What's In Our Gaming Buckets? | Video Games | Handheld Games | Gaming | Nintendo | DoublexJump.com

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Each of us has these mini “trash cans,” I believe they are. They’re small buckets with a flip top that’s decorated and has our names on them. We’ve had them since we were little and, admittedly, I don’t remember where they came from. Kris, I don’t know if you remember at all? Regardless, somewhere down the road, we decided to use these buckets to hold our handheld gaming cartridges.

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I do remember where they came from, actually! When we were kids — I think more so me than you, Rachel — there was a craft fair that we went to, joining Mom and our late Aunt Theresa, sometimes with Aunt Theresa’s sisters. I’m not sure where this craft fair was, but I remember it being huge and crowded and just filled with all sorts of fascinating art and homemade goods. There was a booth that had different kinds of home decor, like the mini trash cans, and I remember watching one of the workers actually paint our names on our buckets.

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Behold our gaming buckets!

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Now that you mention it, I think I vaguely remember the craft fair. Though I don’t remember actually getting the buckets. However long ago that was, we clearly still have them and use them to this day. They’re almost at the point of overflowing with games, but they’ve been awesome so far. I always love dumping the whole thing out to search for one single game. Or to look through them and decide which games to bring with me on vacation or something.

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That led us to actually dumping the buckets out to compare our handheld gaming collection, per Rachel’s idea. Considering the Switch tends to be our most gamed console nowadays, it was interesting to see all of the old Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, and DS/3DS games we still have. A few were missing, figuring that they’re in our Nintendo DSes or Gameboy SPs, but the majority of them splayed out on the floor was an interesting sight.

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It was certainly interesting to see a lot of the genres too. For example, my Gameboy Color games are mostly Disney, Winnie the Pooh, or Tom and Jerry. I also had a lot of puzzle games, sports games, and racing games. As the games evolved, or new handhelds came out, my genre tastes changed a bit. I have more simulation, Pokemon (well, actually half my collection is Pokemon), mystery/visual novels.

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My older games were mostly action and adventure, like Sonic the Hedgehog and Legend of Zelda, with a bit of Disney here and there. The Legend of Zelda games became a staple as I grew older, but plenty of simulation, RPGs, and story-driven games joined my collection, like the Harvest Moon and Fire Emblem series. Pokemon was the main reason why I first got a Gameboy Color and I’m still a big fan of the core series today. For the heck of it, we then took out all of the games that we had in common to see what our collections would look like.

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I have 43 games that Kris doesn’t have and she has 51 games that I don’t have. It was interesting to see the games we had in common. Even though I don’t have all of her games, I’m interested in playing a lot of them or I had wanted my own copy at some point but just never got around to getting it. For example, like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Plus, I have a lot of the Ace Attorney games like Apollo Justice that we share. That just happened to be in my pile and not Kris’s.

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I believe I also have more Professor Layton games that we play together, as another example. These are also just physical copies of games. We’ll have to compare all of the digital copies that are on our 3DS and 2DS systems one day. We’re betting that Rachel has more digital games, which goes hand-in-hand with an old debate we had on this blog, Physical vs Digital. It was fun to compare our collections!

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Switch Lite Thoughts

First Thoughts: Nintendo Switch Lite | Nintendo | Video Games | Gaming News | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

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Nintendo announced the Switch Lite a week ago, sending the Internet into a frenzy. Granted, we were sure that a “Switch mini” was going to be announced at some point, so seeing the Lite wasn’t too much of a surprise, despite the sudden drop of the news. Upon first glance, I personally got excited at the idea of the Lite, mainly because I found the colors to pretty and… It’s Nintendo. We always buy Nintendo consoles.

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As always, we’re excited about this new addition in the Nintendo Switch family tree, but we also have a few concerns as well. The colors are pretty (we definitely need to get them all) and the design is great – of course, it’s similar to the Switch, just smaller and the Joy-Con don’t detach. I’m excited we’re getting a new mini version of the Switch for two reasons. 1, I enjoy handhelds more than home consoles and 2, we can finally play games together at the same time. For example, we’ll be able to explore the Galar region at the same time.

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We’ve always considered buying a second Switch — which we would have, if money was no object — so we could play other games together, but at this point, we both have an account on the original Switch and about one hundred games, so we always balked at having to “start over” with a second Switch. It would have been nice to have when the Let’s Go Pokemon duo came out, but we made do with taking turns with the Switch whenever we wanted to play our accounts.

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Yes, we’re good sharers (surprisingly). Still, we were planning on saving up and buying a second Switch down the road, but with so many rumors of a “mini” version coming out, we held off. Thankfully, we did. Of course, we’ll probably each get a Switch Lite anyway because… well, why not? They’re pretty and will most likely replace the 3DS/2DS. It actually amazes me at how many people are saying they’re not going to buy the Lite. Because, essentially, it’s the same thing as the Switch and they most likely don’t want to play the same game simultaneously with their sibling.

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Nintendo has stated that support for the 3DS family would not stop, but… I dunno, it certainly seems like the Switch Lite will be the new star of Nintendo’s handheld line. I understand people not wishing to buy the Switch Lite. The original Switch is portable in its own right and, while the Lite boasts a bit more power than the original Switch’s handheld mode, it may not be enough of a difference to warrant people to buy one at $200. It’ll be a good investment for us, even if we just get one because we’ll have more opportunities to play together, even if we need to purchase some games a second time.

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I understand that as well. I do think people who say they’re not going to get it, will end up getting it anyway though. I can’t imagine the Switch Lite not doing well. Also, buying games a second time isn’t really a big deal to us… how many copies of Pokemon do we have? We both have some of the same Zelda games and Mario games as well. On the other hand, how are the profiles and accounts going to work? To my understanding, if I have saved gameplay on our Switch, I can transfer the data to the Switch Lite. Then will all my data on the Switch be erased or just copied? I enjoy handhelds more, but what if there’s a day I just want to lounge on the couch with the game on the big screen? Also, there are games that we’ve played together on your account. So, I suppose I need to play for a few minutes on my account, save, and then the data will transfer over and I’ll have the game on my Lite?

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I actually asked those kinds of questions on our Twitter when the Lite was first announced, getting some discussions going regarding them. Jett, actually, did a lot of research for us, haha! If I understand correctly before the Switch Lite existed, you could have the same account on multiple Switch consoles so you can play with your data on either one, but the first Switch would be your “primary” Switch. I’m guessing it will be similar with the Lite. I was concerned about the family online membership we have between our two accounts, but if the accounts can stretch between consoles, then the online membership should go with them. Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America, has said the same regarding the Switch Lite, but no actual details about the transfers.

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Yes, I remember. But I’m still concerned about it either way. Losing saved game data is no laughing matter. I’m sure they’ll give us more news on that soon enough. I know the handheld will be here in September, but I have a feeling they’ll do a Direct or something in August giving us a tad more info about it. My other concern – well, I guess maybe it’s more of a nit-pick – is the screen. I love handhelds and I adore my DS family plus the Advance SP because they snap shut and I can fit them in my pocket. I’m not going to be able to fit the Switch Lite in my pocket and the screen is going to be out in the open. Of course, the screen on my Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance was the same way, but I feel like they weren’t as fragile back then. Maybe I’m wrong and I just didn’t have the concern back then because 1, I was younger and 2, I didn’t think to have an open or shut handheld was possible. I’m sure there will be plenty of accessories, like a travel case, to go along with the Nintendo Switch Lite (more money, of course), but it’s still something I think about. I don’t want to scratch up my screen or crack it if I drop it.

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Those are completely valid concerns. We’re careful with our hardware anyway, but knowing how sturdy the Switch Lite will be remains to be seen. Remember the issue with the original Switch consoles’ screens getting scratched when they were returned to the dock? Thankfully that hasn’t happened to ours, but I do wonder how scratch-resistant the Switch Lite screens will be. Of course, as you stated, there will most likely be accessories for us to buy, similar to cell phones these days — you need a cover as well as screen protectors for cell phones, no matter how durable the companies may boast them to be.

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Right, all we can do is wait for more information from Nintendo or just buy it and see for ourselves. Because really, no matter what, we’re going to buy it anyway. It’s Nintendo.

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The Cuphead Show

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It was recently announced that Cuphead is going to get its chance as an animated TV show. It’s called The Cuphead Show (Also Starring Mugman) and Netflix animators have picked it up. There’s no set release date as of yet. I have to say, I’m not surprised this is becoming a thing.

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It’s nice to see how much attention and praise the Cuphead game has gotten since its release. Now the game will be up there with Super Mario Bros. and the Legend of Zelda has having cartoons under its belt! Considering the art style of Cuphead, it lends itself so easily to a cartoon.

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It’s based off 1930s cartoons anyway, so I believe it’ll fit right in. I assume Netflix will do it justice. At the same time, I wonder how the actual dialogue and storytelling will go. When it comes to shows based on games, they always come off a little silly.

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Yes, the art style reminded me of the old Mickey Mouse cartoons from Disney, so it’s exciting to see. Quite a few video games recently have been announced to get adaptations as well — The Witcher and Halo, for example — and, after seeing the success of Detective Pikachu, I believe more people are interested in seeing their favorite video games as other media.

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They should just remake all the Pokemon anime and movies into live-action movies and tv shows. I know that would be a lot, but… that’d just be awesome. It’s funny how we sort of grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons and now they’re all going to come back in the form of our favorite video games.

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Even better, the shows are going to be on Netflix so we can binge them instead of having to wake up early on Saturdays! I wonder how the Cuphead show will portray the plot of the game. Having boss rush gameplay, I imagine the show will be more action-orientated with, perhaps, a boss fight at the end of each episode. With that said, there’s not much room for many story elements in the game except for the basic plot. Will the show expand on the plot at all or stick mainly to action?

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That’s a good point. I imagine it’ll have the same plot as the game with a lot of action and such. Depending on how popular it turns out to be, I’m sure they’ll expand on it. Then again, most of those older cartoons like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. were only a season or two long. I wonder if Cuphead will follow suit or if it’ll blow everything else out of the water.

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I would love an expanded Legend of Zelda cartoon series, just saying, as charming and amusing as the old series was. The thing with expanding a plot like Cuphead, which doesn’t have a very deep one to begin with, is that the show could be stretched too thin. I imagine that the first season of the show would be Cuphead and Mugman, presumably, beating the Devil at his own deal, but they’d be grasping for straws if they went beyond it. We’ll just have to keep an eye out for more news of the show and see what happens.

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Yahtzee [Board Game Review]

Board Game Review: Yahtzee | Gaming | Review | DoublexJump.com

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Yahtzee is a simple enough game of chance with the main components of the game being five dice. It’s a game that we used to play all the time eons ago while vacationing with family, but we haven’t played it in a long time until recently.

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I house-sat recently and we were going through the games they had. Admittedly, they didn’t have much and while we planned on playing something new, we saw they had Yahtzee and just had to play it again.

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You have a scorecard that details what kind of rolls you should be aiming to get with your three shakes of the dice. The top part of the scorecard has you counting the numbers that you roll, such as twos and threes, while the bottom part is a little more complicated with three of a kind and full house. Of course, there is the Yahtzee part of the scorecard, where you can get fifty points for having all the dice land face up as the same number.

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With each roll, you can take out certain dice that you want to keep if you’re trying to aim for a certain score. For example, if you have three threes, you want to take them out so you can aim for a full house by getting two fours, for example, or even a Yahtzee by getting two more threes. Of course, when we played, my luck was not with me.

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I ended up winning all three games, haha! Honestly, Rachel tends to have higher luck in games of chance than me, so I was surprised. It’s a game that you can probably play just about anywhere as long as you have the dice and a pen and paper to keep score.

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I kept rolling high which is more than I can say when we play DnD, but I couldn’t get the numbers that I needed. Once you get a score for something, you can’t score it again – even if it happens to be better. There’s also some strategy to the game too though which makes it so much harder. There’s a “chance” score where you can just count up the total of the dice and put that down as your score. However, there’s always the possibility of you scoring higher later. If you need to get some scores for having certain numbers, which one do you go for? It’s all chance.

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It is just all chance. The game ends when everyone has something filled in on all spots of their scorecard, even if you’ve taken zero points as certain scores. You cannot pass your turn — rather, we’ve never played it that way — as I’m sure otherwise the game would be a lot longer than it really is. It’s a good game to pass the time and it’s fun to see just how the dice will roll for everyone.

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It’s definitely one of those “classic” games to play. It’s great to play with friends but it’s also not a bad game to play with yourself either. Yahtzee is just a win overall.

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Would You Rather: Phoenix Wright Edition

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It’s been quite a while since we’ve done a “Would You Rather” post here, and this time we’re focusing on one of our favorite series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Our streams of the first game have been on a small hiatus, so this is us letting you know we haven’t forgotten about it, haha! Starting right off the bat, Rachel, would you rather be a character in the games from the original trilogy when Phoenix was the defense attorney or arrive during the Apollo Justice trilogy when Phoenix was… well, in the process of picking himself back up?

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I would want to be a character from the original trilogy. Miles, Gumshoe, Maya, Pearl, and other characters are there consistently while some of them aren’t really there in the later games. Kris, would you rather be the judge or the prosecutor against Phoenix?

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I’d rather be the prosecutor. I would hope I’d be the type to, you know, want the truth to come out rather than always want a guilty verdict. Would you rather be able to somehow communicate with spirits or have a handy little gadget, like a magatama or Athena’s mood matrix?

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Hm… Medium, magatama, or mood matrix. Lots of Ms there. I think I’d rather be a spirit medium. Despite my fear of ghosts, it would be awesome to communicate with the dead and talk to old friends again. Would you rather be Phoenix’s assistant or Gumshoe’s assistant?

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My first instinct was totally Gumshoe’s assistant, haha! Phoenix is awesome, but Gumshoe is a giant teddy bear who works with Missile the dog and the prosecutors enough. Yeah, I think I’d go and hang out with Gumshoe. Would you rather help out Phoenix during the witch trials in the Professor Layton crossover game or help and stay with Apollo in Khura’in after Spirits of Justice?

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Wow, both of those are kind of creepy. Witches for one and the other is about dead people and monsters. I think I’d have to go with the Witch Trials though. Layton is there and I’d love to get to know him as well. If I’m with Phoenix at that point then I must know Apollo already. Final question, would you rather always get a guilty verdict or cheat to win the trial? Like, forging evidence or withholding it or something along those lines.

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Hmm… Well, granted, I probably wouldn’t be in business for too long if I always get a guilty verdict, to be honest, but I would not want to cheat to win a trial. I suppose I’ll go with the guilty verdict and hope that the prosecutor just always knows what they’re doing. Maybe I’ve just always been picking the wrong clients!

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Maybe you put your faith in the wrong people, that’s true! Anyway, this was fun. I love a good round of Would You Rather, especially with a series such as Ace Attorney. We’ll have to do another round soon.

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