Top Tuesday: Favorite Mini Games In Super Mario Party

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I’ve been playing Super Mario Party so much lately. There are about 80 new mini-games in the game so I thought I’d talk about some of my favorites.

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5. Net Worth

This is one of the four-player cooperative games from the River Survival mode. It’s a four-player game where you all have to work together instead of against each other. You all hold a fishing net and when a bunch of Cheep Cheep come swimming by you have to collectively pull your Joy-Con up to lift the net. This is a lot more fun when playing with other people because you have to actually communicate. It’s satisfying to get a lot of Cheep Cheep as well.

4. Bumper Brawl

This is a crazy version of Bumper Balls from Mario Party 2. The difference is that there will most likely always be a winner. This is a four-player ally mini-game which means it’s every man for himself but you have the help of your allies (should you be lucky enough to have any). The sound effects for this game is great as you’re all in hamster-like balls. Depending how many allies are on the board as well this game gets pretty crazy which is a lot of fun.

3. Absent Minded

This is a “quiz” from Toadette. It’s a four-player mini game. There are three rounds where you’re given three pictures and then have to choose which picture is missing from the big one. The pictures will pixelate slowly on screen or flash real quick throughout the screen. It’s a clever game and harder than it seems.

2. Rattle and Hmmm

This one is similar to Absent Minded except instead of seeing it’s about feeling. It’s another four-player mini game where Toadette “quizzes” you. There are three rounds of three characters doing something on screen and each one has a unique rumble you feel in the Joy-Con. The curtain closes, a rumble happens, and you have to guess who made the rumble. This is another one that’s not as easy as it seems.

1. Slaparazzi

Yet another four-player game and this is the best one, especially if you’re playing with three other people in real life. A Koopa has a camera and tries to get many different angles of you and your friends. You have to try to be the center of attention which means punching your friends out of the way. Once Koopa takes the photo, the picture is shown on screen. The pictures that come out – the poses and faces of the characters – are absolutely hilarious and well done. There are more than five rounds for this game too which is nice so you can really have a lot of fun with it.

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Luigi’s Mansion For The Nintendo 3DS Is Out Tomorrow!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

October is starting off really well! Super Mario Party was a great game – I’m so happy Nintendo finally listened to us! Now another great game comes out tomorrow, the original Luigi’s Mansion.

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Luigi’s Mansion has always been a favorite of mine. I loved the first game and the second game was great as well. I remember when Nintendo announced back in March 2018 a port of the original Luigi’s Mansion game from the Gamecube coming over to the Nintendo 3DS. I was excited, even though I remember saying to Kris, “I’ll take it but I was really hoping for Luigi’s Mansion 3.”

I’ve talked about how I played and replayed Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube. I’ve also talked about how my cousin got Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon on her 3DS and we were racing to beat the game while away on vacation. There’s about 10 years between us, her being younger of course. She enjoyed Dark Moon and I’ve always wanted her to play the original Luigi’s Mansion.

While our Gamecube games still work (I assume) and we could technically play on the Wii, all of our Gamecube controllers broke. It’s never been a priority either.

Now my cousin will finally be able to play the original and see what she missed out when she was younger! Of course, my other cousins used to bring their Gamecube up on vacation when the Gamecube was still hot and we used to watch them play Luigi’s Mansion out on the porch. So she knew of it even before Dark Moon came out.

Not only do I get to watch her experience how Luigi’s Mansion began, I also get to play with her in the co-op mode! I still think it’s weird that they have a full-green Luigi instead of Toad being brave enough to join him, but I’ll take what I can get.

Will you be getting Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS? Are you as excited as I am for it tomorrow? Let me know in the comments below!

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A Full Super Mario Party!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

We had a fabulous weekend playing Super Mario Party! If you haven’t picked up the game yet, you’re definitely missing out.

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Kris and I had pre-ordered Super Mario Party. We both waited eagerly all day Friday and it finally arrived around 7:30 at night. We had planned on streaming the new game so, naturally, right as we set everything up to stream Pokemon again, Super Mario Party arrived.

It was just on time so we set everything up to stream the new Switch game instead. If you missed it, you can watch it on Twitch here! (If you didn’t know, we stream three times a week so be sure to give us a follow on Twitch @xDoubleJump not to miss anything!)

We enjoyed the game a lot, needless to say. Mario Party was always a series we used to play with our two cousins. So, on Saturday, we invited them over to play the game with us.

We ended up playing for a good couple of hours with them. That couple of hours was filled with a lot of laughs and semi-sabotages (we always feel bad sabotaging each other but with four players… someone has to screw someone else at one point or another).

Overall, it was just great to sit down with my cousins and play a good game for a few hours. We haven’t done that since Mario Party 8 (which was eh) and Super Smash Brothers Brawl. It’s been a long time. I’m looking forward to playing more Super Mario Party with them as well as Super Smash Brothers Ultimate when that comes out.

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Day 4 Of #GamingTogether

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Kris and I are doing something fun and different on our social media platforms this month. We’ve come up with a hashtag game called #GamingTogether. Each day asks a question about gaming. The point is for gamers near and far to answer the questions and make connections with other gamers.

Today’s question is an easy one, but I thought I’d add a little more to my answer in a blog post.

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Today’s question is, “If you could live in any video game world, which would it be and why?”

Well, there are a lot of video game worlds I’d love to live in – The Legend of Zelda, Ace Attorney, Super Mario, and so much more. However, there is one that sticks out in my mind and I don’t think any of your will be surprised.

I would love to live in the world of Pokemon. I love the idea of having Pokemon as companionship or even as pets. I’m not entirely sure if I would battle with my Pokemon, get my badges, and go through the Pokemon League… okay, well I absolutely love collecting things, so I probably would try to get all the badges.

However, I think I would just try to collect as many Pokemon as I can, you know catch ’em all and all that. I’d love to have a ranch or farm similar to the Wii Ware game Pokemon Ranch. Then we could all just live in peace and harmony.

One of my goals in life is to move out and adopt as many animals as I can and give them all great homes and happy, healthy lives. If I lived in the Pokemon world, I would for sure do that.

Plus, another reason I’d love to live in the Pokemon world, would be to explore. I’d have to get the Pokemon from somewhere and exploring the different regions and areas within them would be so much fun and cool.

What about you? If you could live in any video game world, which would it be and why? Let me know in the comments below and join #GamingTogether on our Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Spooky Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday & October!

With the Fall officially here and Halloween around the corner, I though I’d talk about some spooky games I’ve played… well, the term “spooky” is used loosely.

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Take this list with a grain of salt. I don’t play horror games for a reason and some of these games aren’t even in the horror genre. Though I felt they were spooky enough.

3. Hello Neighbor

I’m already cheating on the first game. I’ve never actually played this one myself. I’ve seen a lot of other people play it though and… the story can be pretty unsettling. The learning AI and the premise is pretty spooky and this is technically a stealth horror game.

2. James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes

I’ve played this game for the Nintendo DS a couple of times and have even given it a review. This is a simple puzzle game and there isn’t too much to the story. However, you’re up against a psychopath and even get put into jail and have to escape. While the consequences aren’t that great, the game makes it seem like the stakes are high. When I first played it a long time ago, it kind of creeped me out.

1. Luigi’s Mansion

You should have seen this one coming. This is one of my favorite games. When I first played Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube way back in the day, I had a hard time playing it because our gaming systems were hooked up in the basement. I also couldn’t play it when I was home alone or when it was dark out. The cartoon ghosts spooked me despite how much I enjoyed the game. I pushed through the fear though!

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Throwback Thursday: My First Time Playing Luigi’s Mansion

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With the announcement of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the Nintendo Switch as well as the new co-op mode for the original Luigi’s Mansion remake, I got to thinking back to the first time I played Luigi’s Mansion.

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Luigi has always been one of my favorites (no offense, Mario), so when I heard Nintendo was making a game just for Luigi, I was stoked. I assume I got the Gamecube game for Christmas or something shortly after it came out. But I never finished it.

I got to the first boss, Baby Chauncey, and once I beat him, I stopped playing. I got stuck.

Yep. I got stuck in Luigi’s Mansion.

I had no idea where to go after that even though the same lays it out for you and it’s fairly obvious. I think I caught a few more ghosts but couldn’t find where to go after that. I don’t think I had a key or a certain item I needed. I’m pretty sure I missed a step somewhere and never realized it.

It was quite a while later when I decided to finally go back and play the game. I believe it was when Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon was announced. I had wanted to get and play the game so bad but I realized I never even beat the first one.

I remember sitting in the basement with the large screen TV playing the game. I got spooked by the ghosts, especially being in the basement, because I’m a child, but I did it. I played through the whole game. I also remember thinking to myself, “How did I get stuck on this game?” So, yeah, I don’t know what I did the first time I tried playing it. I screwed up somewhere.

I’m glad I went back to it and beat it though. Then I got Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon. I played through that, got stuck on the final boss, and then stopped playing it for about a year or so. It was when my cousin, who’s about nine years younger than me, got to the final boss on her copy of the game. My competitiveness came out and I didn’t want her to beat the game before me. We spent a week away on summer vacation each playing our games. I beat the game before her, but it still took her a lot less tries to beat it than it took me.

I’m a good gamer, that’s all there is to it.

We’ll see how Luigi’s Mansion 3 is for the Switch!

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Lost In Blue [Game Review]

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Title: Lost In Blue
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platform:
Nintendo DS
Category:
Survival
Release Date:
August 25, 2005
How we got the game:
We bought it

 

 

 

This is a game Kris has had for a long time. I had given the game a go a long time ago when Kris didn’t seem to be too into it. I never finished it and was curious to pick it back up again.

gameplay

Lost In Blue doesn’t have much of a learning curve to it. It’s a Nintendo DS game so, of course, the touch screen is used a good amount. However, you can use the analog stick to move your character around and there’s a task for every button. A allows your character to climb up and down things as well as search for items in the ground. X opens the menu and allows you check the items in your backpack or rest. Y is used when you find Skye and you can hold her hand to guide her to certain places. B allows you to run which is always a fabulous mechanic.

The touch screen is used when digging in the ground. The stylus is used to move the dirt around. It’s also used when you have a spear to fish. Once you see a fish swim by on the bottom screen, you can tap it with your stylus to send the spear down. The only problem with this is that the touch screen is pretty picky. A lot of times I thought I had the fish and it claimed I didn’t. Other times I caught a fish when I clearly didn’t even touch it.

The mic is also used. When making a fire, you need to alternate the L and R buttons to make the spark and then blow into the mic. I played this on my 2DS XL and it took me a minute to actually remember where the mic was.

That’s it for basic controls. The rest of the game play is simple and fairly repetitive. You explore the island as Keith, gathering food, finding new places to explore, and finding items to make new tools to use in order to survive longer. At the end of the day, you can go back to the cave and go to sleep, which will allow you to save your game and then start the process all over again.

Both Keith and Skye have three meters – stamina, hunger, and thirst. These will go down throughout the day. You have to make sure they both have enough to drink and eat. Keeping the thirst up is easy since you can drink from the river. However, making food, especially in the beginning, is hard since you don’t have a lot of resources. However, there are certain foods you can eat raw such as coconuts and carrots found on the island.

The stamina is really hard, especially for Keith. Since he’s the one exploring it goes down fast. He’s really slow at walking so I make him run all the time, which, I’m pretty sure, makes his stamina go down faster. However, when he climbs rocks, jumps, or pushes logs, it goes down even further. Each day is timed so there’s only so much he can do – only so far he can get – before you have to turn around and make it back to the cave. This gets harder the further you explore because you can spend the first half of the day just making it back to where you left off on the previous day.

Once you beat Keith’s story, you can start a new game and have the opportunity to play as Skye.

graphics-music

Being a Nintendo DS game, the graphics aren’t the best. However, they work well enough for the time the game came out. There aren’t any noticeable glitches or the like, so it definitely works. During the dialogue, there were pictures of the character speaking to one another which was a nice touch. It was a shift from the regular game play and animations.

The music was mellow. Seeing as you’re stuck on an island, the music isn’t too epic or anything. It flowed nicely along with the game play. The sound effects, on the other hand, were okay. The sound to gather items – digging in the sand or dirt, spearing fish – were just okay. However, sound effects to show danger – such as your hunger meter getting too low – were spot on and really grabbed my attention while playing.
storyIn this game you play as Keith, a boy who is washed ashore from a storm that made his cruise ship go off course. He’s all alone aside from Skye, a girl about his age who got washed ashore from the same storm on the same ship. There doesn’t seem to be anyone else around. They don’t know if there were any survivors and they don’t know if anyone will come looking for them.

Together, they must survive on the island and find a way off back to civilization. Keith explores daily and gathers food while Skye, whose glass broke and she can’t see, remains in the cave (most of the time) and does the cooking for whatever Keith brings back.

replay-value

This wasn’t a bad game, but it wasn’t great either. I can find myself trying to play this game again, but the beginning is pretty slow. It’s hard to get started because you have nothing. Keith tires easily and is hungry and thirsty so keeping the stamina is hard. There’s a lot to explore and items to find and make, but overall it’s pretty repetitive and can get kind of boring. I love these simulation kind of games but this one is just okay for me.

Lost In Blue gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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