Top Tuesday: Favorite Things To Do In Animal Crossing

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I’ve got Animal Crossing on the brain lately since I played Happy Home Designer. I started playing New Leaf again and it’s been a while. I’ve rediscovered so many things I love about that game.

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Kapp’n

Going to the tropical island is one of my favorite things to do. Most people may skip the boat scene, but I always listen to it. I love reading what Kapp’n has to say mostly because it’s usually funny. I also just love the way his voice sounds. The character speak has always amused me, but Kapp’n voice is my favorite, hands down.

The Island

I can’t explain how many times I’ve gone to the island and spent hours there at one time just searching for and catching sharks. They sell so well and you pay off your debt, no matter how big, in about a day. The music is fun and it’s just relaxing and casual.

Writing Letters

I’ve heard people say they hate writing letters in Animal Crossing. It’s annoying and people will write down something random and send it because the characters aren’t actually reading it. However, I write actual letters and I love sending them. Is it annoying? Yes. But I do it because I love to get mail and the only mail I get in real life are bills.

Collecting Things

This should come as no surprise. I love to collect things no matter what it is. In Animal Crossing you’re trying to get all the bugs, fish, paintings, and fossils. Then there are the many kinds of furniture you can get along with the clothes. Even the villagers are collectibles. Though I don’t like “forcing” the villagers to move away… because then I feel bad.

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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer [Game Review]

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Title: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo 3DS
Category: 
Life simulator
Release Date: 
July 30, 2015 
How I got the game: 
I bought it

 

 

 

I love the Animal Crossing series. If you know me and have been following this blog for a while, you’d know that. I can’t get enough of Animal Crossing. I was excited when Happy Home Designer was announced because building and decorating houses is my favorite part of playing The Sims. Now I could do it with my Animal Crossing friends… except it wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped.

gameplay

The gameplay is simple enough. The touchscreen on the 3DS is a big portion of the controls. At least it was for me. I found it easier than pushing the buttons.

You get a client and go to their house to decorate the interior. Your character doesn’t have to move too much provided you utilize the touchscreen. The bottom screen has a grid showing off the size of the house. You go into your inventory and place items down and make sure it looks nice and pretty and goes along with what you’re client likes and wants. Eventually, you can choose where you want the house to go and decorate the exterior as well as the interior.

This isn’t a bad concept, but what bothered me was that you have a certain amount of items you can use. With each client, you gain new items. Those items are what your current client likes and wants. So when you decorate there’s no trying to “guess” what your client will enjoy. It’s all laid out for you. Plus, whenever you put something down your client will react positively, negatively, or indifferently. So you can tell by that as well.

Another thing was the search option. You could find items through their category (clothes, chairs, beds, etc.), you could type in the name, or you could just see all the items you need for that current client… Yeah, it lays it all out for you so there’s no thinking involved. It’s a casual game, yes, but that was a little too casual for me. I would have liked to have figured out myself what furniture to put down based on my client’s clues.

After you finish working for a client you write in your journal and the day ends. The next day you can find another client or Isabelle may show up and asks you to help with the town. There are many projects she has such as a school, hospital, office, stores, and more. Later she may ask you to add to them, like adding a second classroom to the school. It’s not much though and neither project was challenging or took a while.

Each project from Isabelle had a checklist of items you had to use. For example, when creating the concert hall the only item on the checklist was a microphone. So, that’s all I put down, despite the many new options I had for musical instruments and seating and the like. Isabella absolutely loved it and it was a hit. A single microphone in an empty room… all because I added the item from the checklist. In other words, it didn’t matter how well you decorated the room. If you used all the items on the checklist, it counted as a win and the clients were happy. Again, no challenge.

Isabelle didn’t come every day and even when she did you had the option to go out and find another client before helping her. I did Isabelle’s projects first to get them over with. However, when you finish all of that the credits roll and the game is “over.” At that point, I had only helped 10 clients. It was a short game.

You can continue playing and get new clients as well as redecorate old clients’ houses after the credits, but that was enough for me.

graphics-music

Like all Animal Crossing games, the graphics and music are great. I enjoy the 3D graphics and being able to turn the camera all the way around to get each and every angle of the characters, the homes, and any place you currently are. The design has a cutesie feel to it which is so calming and really brings out the casualness of the game.

The music is one of my favorite aspects of the game. It’s always soothing and allows you to just get immersed in the gameplay. While I felt as though the soundtrack for Happy Home Designer could have had a little more to it, I enjoyed it all the same.

The sound effects are as silly as ever between placing something down, turning it around, or not being able to turn it around. I enjoy interacting with the objects as well, especially the musical instruments. It’s something small and simple, but it really adds a lot.
storyThere’s not much of a story to this one. You create a character and join Nook’s Homes as an employee. Then you go out, find clients, and help design their homes. Isabelle will show up a few times with some town projects such as building a school or hospital. Once you finish helping her own, the credits roll. That’s just about it.

replay-value

There’s a lot more for me to do in the game. There are so many villagers who need help decorating their homes. I have a lot of more items and furniture to unlock. However, I don’t know if I’ll be picking up this game again. It was a nice casual game to play, but it was repetitive and got old quick.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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Super Mario Odyssey Was A Movie First

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Okay, so Super Mario Odyssey wasn’t actually a movie before the game came out. However, Kris and I were watching a movie the other night and I couldn’t stop thinking about Odyssey.

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Has anyone seen Disney’s Meet The Robinson’s? It’s an animated film about a smart boy, Lewis, who loves math and science and inventing things. He winds up in the future to help out a family whose time machine was stolen by a man with a bowler hat.

There’s more to it, obviously, but I’m going to assume you saw it because… it’s Disney.

The hat possesses living things. In the movie, the first thing the hat possesses is a frog. Then the bad guy goes back in time and possesses a T-Rex. Later, the movie takes a dark twist and begins to possess people.

Ring a bell?

I hadn’t seen the movie in a long time, but the farther along it got the more I remembered what happened and who the characters were.

I remembered the part of the T-Rex first and joked with Kris about how the movie is Odyssey. Then, before that part, the hat possesses a frog and it made me realize the movie really is like Odyssey.

That’s about it. I don’t really have anything else “intelligent” to say about it since neither one are actually connected in any way, shape, or form.

I guess this just goes to show that my mind is constantly thinking about video games.

Have you watched Meet The Robinson’s? Am I making any sense? Let me know in the comments below!

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Another Mobile Game: Mario Kart Tour

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I was scrolling through the news and something interesting caught my eye. Nintendo has been working hard getting games on our smartphones and here’s the next big one.

 

Mario Kart Tour is going to be the next mobile app game. It’s going to be free to start and release in Fiscal Year 2018. That’s all we know so far.

I’ve added my two cents with the mobile games before, but I guess I’ll explain it again.

I don’t know how I feel about the mobile games.

I tried a few of them, but in the end, I wanted my handheld or home console. I didn’t get into Mario Run, Miitomo, or even Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

I want a brand new mainstream Animal Crossing game. Pocket Camp is cool and they did a great job with it, but I can’t sit there and play for hours.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was a great game and it’s amazing on the Switch. I still want a brand new Mario Kart game. I want more. I don’t know how I feel about Mario Kart being on mobile. It’s certainly not going to play the same. If they’re working on that, are they even thinking about a Mario Kart 9?

Mario Kart Tour is definitely something I’ll download and give a shot, but I’m not super excited about it.

What are your thoughts on Mario Kart Tour? Are you excited or don’t care too much about it? Let me know in the comments! 

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Top Tuesday: 5 Games That Will Never Get Old

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Lately, I’ve been playing games that have been sitting in my game bucket for a while. Some of these games have been forgotten over the years, especially with new consoles and games constantly being announced and released. There are some games, however, that will always and forever just be awesome.

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Mario Party 2

Kris and I have played this game a couple times recently. I don’t know what made us decide to play it again but we did and we’ve been having a lot of fun with it. It’s refreshing to play again since there haven’t been many great Mario Party games in a long time.

Paper Mario

I will never get over this game. Paper Mario is just fantastic all around. Between the gameplay, characters, music, and graphics, Paper Mario is one of my favorites. I especially love the graphics. The Nintendo 64 had great graphics for its time, but I feel like Paper Mario took it up a level, despite how simple it is.

Animal Crossing

The original Animal Crossing game for the Gamecube was great. It was simple and casual. I love New Leaf, probably more so than the original game, but the Gamecube game has a certain charm to it. It was the beginning of a now huge series that everyone loves and adores. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for a Switch game.

Pokemon Crystal (or any old Pokemon game)

I say Crystal specifically because Nintendo just released it on the virtual console for the 3DS. Playing the older games now can be annoying because you can’t run right away or not at all, your item inventory is limited, etc. Still, the original games are wonderful and bring back a lot of memories.

Super Mario 64

Who doesn’t love this game? This game has made history. It’s hard for me to explain why I love this game so much because I just do. Like Paper Mario, I just love the goofy graphics, the random glitches (as annoying as they are), the music, and various levels and tasks. It’s great.

What are some games you’ve played and replayed over the years? Let me know in the comments below!

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Playing Through My Backlog Of Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday and the first day of February!

I have a ton of games stashed in my bedroom and office. How many of them have I played? I don’t know, but I don’t think the list is very long.

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I review books on my writing blog and for the first three months of 2018, I decided I wasn’t going to buy any new books. I’m only going to read and review books I already own that have been collecting dust on my bookshelves.

Now that we’re a month into the new year I decided to do the same thing with my collection of games.

The Switch came out a little less than a year ago and I’ve played a good amount of new games on that. More games will be coming out and if I get any opportunities for review copies or if Kris decides to spend her own money on new games, that’s fine. I’ll allow that to be a cheat for myself.

For my own personal reviews though I’m going to be playing games I’ve had for a while. I’ve already played Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon and I’m currently playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Happy Home is a game I’ve owned since it came out and never played.

I don’t know what I’ll be playing in the future, but I’m going to go through my handheld games and some old Gamecube, Wii, or Wii U games. I’m sure some Switch games will be thrown into the mix. I’ve had Has Been Heroes since we got the Switch and still have yet to play it.

I think this will be a great way to clear out my backlog as well as attempt to save money in a way. I don’t know about you, but I always look at my games, decide I have nothing to play, then hop onto the eShop and download something new.

With so much hype with new games for the Switch, I’m looking forward to looking back at some older games for a while.

Does anyone else have a huge backlog of games bought and never played? Let me know in the comments below!

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Character Spotlight: Fox McCloud

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Today’s Character Spotlight is a character who I don’t know very well. I’ve been talking about him and his games a lot this month though so… here it is. I know, I’m pretty original when coming up with my post ideas.

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Fox McCloud made his first appearance in Star Fox for the Nintendo SNES in 1993. He last appeared in Star Fox Zero for the Nintendo Wii U in 2016 and Star Fox 2 on the Nintendo SNES Classic in 2017. Being the protagonist, he’s been a busy guy starring in every Star Fox game as well as spinoffs such as the Super Smash Brothers series.

Fox was one of those characters I never paid too much attention to. The Star Fox games never really caught my interest, except Star Fox Adventures, but still, I never beat that game.

I do think Fox is a great, unique character. I enjoy his design and his background as well as what he stands for. His games just never caught my eye as much. Still, he’s fantastic in Super Smash Brothers. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more games with him fairly soon.

Have you played most of Fox’s games? Is he a favorite of yours? Let me know in the comments below!

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