Top Tuesday: Favorite Worlds In New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

We’ve been playing a lot of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe lately. Even though it’s a port and I’ve probably talked about this before, I thought I’d go over some of my favorite worlds from the game.

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Layer Cake Desert

I have to admit, desert areas were never my favorite kind of levels. However, seeing the various desert areas on the Switch is really great. I enjoyed the graphics and the vividness of the scorching sun on the land.

Sparkling Waters

Same as the desert levels, I’m not a fan of water levels. I always hating the swimming mechanics in games. I was never able to control them well. Mix in the fish and other water enemies and I lose quite a bit of lives. However, water levels are always one of the most beautiful areas in the game. Especially when it’s on the Switch and the colors are as bright as a game such as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The waters truly are sparkling and the waves and bubbles are so cool to look at and watch.

Frosted Glacier

Ice levels have always been pretty, there’s no doubt about that. However, with this particular area in the latest Switch game, Frosted Glacier really stands up and takes the crown. Even though this list is in no particular order, I think I have to say this is my absolutely favorite. I loved the way the night starry skies glistened in the back ground and the shimmering ice on the ground added a certain flair to the level. Overall, it was just really well done.

Honestly, I could put every world on this list. But, if I’m going to narrow it down and just focus on the levels that I absolutely love to look at the most, these three worlds definitely take it.

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My 2019 Game Release Predictions

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

If you know me, then you know there are three games I’m super excited for in 2019. They all come from Nintendo and they’re all games I’ve been wishing for since… well, forever. But at least since the Switch came out.

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There was a rumor going around that there would be a Nintendo Direct on January 10, 2019. Usually those rumors ending up being true, but this time it wasn’t. Nintendo revealed a couple of release dates earlier in the month without a Direct. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn will be released on the Nintendo 3DS March 8, 2019 and Yoshi’s Crafted World will be released on the Nintendo Switch on March 29, 2019.

I’m looking forward to both of these titles, but there’s three games I absolutely can’t wait for.

Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch has finally been announced! We don’t know anything about the game yet other than it’ll be coming in 2019. Looking back at the other Animal Crossing games, they’ve been released in April, December, November, and June respectively. For some reason, I always thought the Animal Crossing games came out in April or summer time, but apparently that’s only been the original for the Gamecube and the latest main game, New Leaf for the 3DS.

With that said, I was originally thinking this game will come out in April. Now that two other titles are being released in March, I’ve decided to change it to sometime in the summer – either June or July.

We don’t know anything about the game and usually we know some things that will come long before the release date. However, I get the feeling Nintendo has been working on this for quite a while and just kept their mouth shut. The more we complained about there being “no Animal Crossing for the Switch,” I feel like Nintendo said, “Eh, make them wait a little longer before we tell them we’ve been working on it all along.”

I think we’ll have a couple Nintendo Directs between now and the summer and they’ll give a summer release date.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion for the Gamecube came out in September. Dark Moon came out in March. The original was ported to the 3DS this past October. So, that’s two releases in the fall and one in the spring.

Again, Nintendo has two games coming out in March and they haven’t revealed anything for Luigi’s Mansion 3, so I doubt it’ll make a surprise release in the spring. Nintendo did, however, seem to enjoy hyping up Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS around Halloween.

Nintendo releases a lot in the fall anyway, most likely in time for the holidays, so I’m thinking Luigi’s Mansion 3 will follow suit with the original post and have a release date in October in time for Halloween and for the very beginning of the holiday shopping season.

Pokemon

The main games almost always have a November release date. We’ve known about this game being in development for a while. We don’t know anything about the game yet, but I’m guessing their original aim was for November 2019.

Let’s just hope, right or wrong, none of these games get pushed back and delayed until 2020. I’m not sure I can wait that long.

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My Most Played Game On The Nintendo Switch

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Everyone is going nuts over the fact that Fortnite was the most played game in 2018. I’ve never minded Fortnite as a game – I just can’t stand the hype around it. Still, I’ve tried playing it and since then, it’s been deleted off my Switch – mostly because neither of us played it and it constantly updated. Seriously. It updated all. The. Time.

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I always love when the console, games, or handhelds tell you how many hours you’ve logged into your game. I don’t know why, but I love seeing that I’ve played a game for so many hours. I think it gives me some sort of feeling of accomplishment. I like seeing how long it takes me to complete a game. I’m always going on the How Long To Beat website to see the average playtime of the games I play. I enjoy checking to see if I’m average, faster, or slower.

With all that said, I was curious to see which game I’ve played the most on the Nintendo Switch. I looked at my own profile on the console, not Kris’s. A lot of the games we play together, we play on her account. This includes one-player games that I usually watch her play or we sometimes pass the controller back and forth. Still, I’m only counting games I’ve played myself on my own profile.

Also, the Switch doesn’t add dates. So instead of figuring out which I played the most in 2018, I decided to see which game I’ve played the most of on my profile.

Ready?

The game I’ve played the most of on my Nintendo Switch is…

(If I could add some sort of drum-roll effect to my post, I would insert it here.)

(Now I’m just pausing for dramatic effect.)

Pokemon Quest.

Yep. The game you don’t even “play” is my most played game on the Switch logging in “70 hours or more.)

This came as a surprise to me, but then once I realized it, it wasn’t such a shock. This was something I already knew. I’ve had people comment to me how they can’t believe I’ve logged in so many hours to the game.

I work from home, there’s an “auto” feature on the game, and the music is cool. It takes about 30-40 minutes to get through one battery life before you need to wait for the full thing to charge again in-game. I often undock my Switch and put the game on, listing to the music as background, and get some things done in that 30-minute chunk of time only taking 2-minute breaks to send my Pokemon to the next area.

The sad thing is, I still have not beaten the game. My team isn’t strong enough to keep going and, for a game where you don’t do anything, it’s hard and it calls for a lot of grinding – especially if you lose the battle. Then you don’t get any food and you can’t call new Pokemon to the island… it’s a vicious cycle and honestly, not a great game.

But I have fun with it anyway because it’s Pokemon. It’s simple and minimal.

It’ll be interesting to see what kinds of games I play in 2019… I know Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and the new Pokemon game are going to end up fighting for that spot… then again, I’m not expecting those games to come out until the end of the year.

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Pokemon Adventure Mode

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Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is a little over a month old now. If you own the game, I assume you’ve played the Adventure mode. Kris and I were playing it the other night and a Pokemon battle came up. It made me think of the new Pokemon game coming to the Switch and crossing it with the Adventure mode in Smash Ultimate.

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There are 809 Pokemon. We know a brand new generation and region is coming to the Nintendo Switch, which means the Pokemon count will most likely be over 1,000. After playing Let’s Go, I can’t wait for the new game to come out. I’m eager to meet new species of Pokemon!

There are a lot of Pokemon spin-off games and even crossovers. Remember Pokemon Conquest? That was a good one!

Anyway, Kris and I were playing Smash and I had this brilliant idea – at least, I think it’s brilliant. I would love the Adventure mode from Smash Ultimate but just have it all be Pokemon.

Like Smash, you can start off with one Pokemon. This can be random or you can choose from any of the main starters – either from Kanto or you can choose from all the regions. You have that one Pokemon and move around the board encountering the “spirits” but they’re actually Pokemon. You can battle the Pokemon and, once defeated, you can have that Pokemon join your team.

Once you’ve gathered more than six Pokemon, you can switch them out of your box, mix and match them, and go through the map with different teams changing out certain Pokemon as you wish.

There can be chests hidden around the map that contain potions and other items found in Pokemon. Boss battles can be the legendary Pokemon that, once defeated, give your team an ability to power them up or something. Maybe there can be trainers around the map as well with their own team. The map could go through the many regions in the Pokemon world as well so it’s all familiar.

There can be obstacles that you need a certain Pokemon with a certain move to help you own with – just like how the Master Hand breaks a bridge and you need a certain spirit to fix it. Of course, you don’t need to worry about teaching Pokemon any moves in this, but a certain move that can be known by a certain Pokemon and it can automatically be used to further you along, if that makes sense.

The Adventure mode in Smash is huge and given that there will soon be over 1,000 Pokemon (I assume), then I think a Pokemon version of the Adventure mode would be awesome.

This is something that would never happen, but it’s nice to think about. I may be alone in this dream, but I would play the crap out of that game if it existed.

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Favorite Board Games Growing Up [Top Tuesday]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Since we’ve started doing more board game reviews, I decided to talk about some oldies that I used to love growing up.

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5. Scrabble

For being a writer, I was never good at this game. I wasn’t great at trying to make words out of only seven random letters and placing them strategically on the board to score the most points. In fact, I remember my mother always helping me even though we were playing against each other. She didn’t let me win all the time, but I think she definitely did some of the time. Still, it’s a great game and a lot of fun.

4. LIFE

I always enjoyed playing the game of LIFE because I was a stupid child and believed that would be how my life would actually end up. I was honestly confused the outcome would change each time I played. It was fun to imagine though and choose different life paths. I still play this game to this day with the kids I babysit. It’s a popular one.

3. Sorry!

I believe this is my mom’s favorite game and, if I’m honest, I haven’t played it in a really long time. This was a fantastic (and frustrating at times) game. Bringing all four of your pegs to “home” and having the ability to send people backwards is fun. It’s one I need to go back to soon.

2. Clue

We’ve talked about this a few times. Clue is a favorite of mine and my cousins. We play it a lot – the board game and the DVD game. I love a good mystery and a game where you need to think and figure things out. It’s harder with the more people you play with, but it’s great all around.

1. Monopoly

Monopoly has always been a favorite of mine. I have a lot of different versions – Nintendo, I Love Lucy, Snoopy, and a few others. I’m terrible at math, but I’ve always loved it. Maybe it’s because you’re collecting things and I’m a sucker for that. Either way, this is my top favorite game – even if it takes hours to play.

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A Handheld Only Nintendo Switch [Rumor]

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Nintendo has always been known for being predictable – and yet – totally unpredictable. They’re always trying to surprise us, always taking risks, and doing something out of the ordinary. One thing is normal though and that’s Nintendo Directs.

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Nintendo usually puts on a Direct in January and a lot of people (just check Twitter) are expecting one. There’s even a rumor going around that it’ll be on the 10th, which is a week from today. I obviously don’t know if this will actually happen or not – hence “rumor” – but people have been making predictions of what Nintendo may show.

I have to be honest – I don’t have any true predictions other than hopefully they’ll show more of Luigi’s Mansion 3, Animal Crossing for the Switch, and Pokemon for the Switch. They may announce a new DLC character for Smash Ultimate too. Maybe they’ll announce a release date for Piranha Plant for Smash. Who knows?

Okay, I guess I did have a couple of predictions.

That’s not the point of this post. Some other people have been making predictions of what Nintendo might plan to do for 2019 – not necessarily what they may announce in this supposed Direct in a week.

Wow, that was an interesting sentence.

Anyway, some Analysts got together to predict Nintendo’s plans for 2019. One guy, Michael Pachter, said:

“Nintendo will launch a fully handheld version of the Switch at $199.”

Would that be a good idea? I’ve gone back and forth about buying my own Switch so Kris and I can trade Pokemon in the Let’s Go games and play other games together. But all our games are on the Switch we have so I’d have to start from scratch. Not to mention I already have my own account on the Switch and I don’t know how I feel about making yet another Nintendo account.

I do, however, use the Switch in handheld mode a lot. I loved the 3DS and I think I prefer handhelds over home consoles, even though I enjoy seeing my games on the big screen.

Honestly, I could use the Switch we have now as a handheld only and just use the dock as a charging station. However, the battery life in handheld mode isn’t great.

Getting a Switch without the dock for $100 less wouldn’t be a bad deal. I assume a charger would come with it. The only thing is, again, they would have make it so the battery life of the Switch lasts longer. Whether that’s possible or not, I don’t know.

Also, would they change the Switch in any way to make sure it didn’t fit in a dock so people didn’t cheat out on buying the $300 Switch? I assume they would keep the game cartridges the same… but who knows with Nintendo. They can be fickle sometimes.

I know they once said their aim was to have a Switch per person in every household. For my house and each one of us having our own Switch, that would cost us $1,200 – not including multiple $60 games or $80 extra Joy-Con and other accessories.

Granted, this is just a prediction, but I wouldn’t put it past Nintendo to do this. It’d be cheaper (though not by much). There would certainly be pros and cons to buying the handheld version over the docked version and vice versa.

The Switch is still doing extremely well, but it’ll be two-years-old two months from today. I expect they’re thinking of a new console or handheld or something to add to the Switch.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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2019 Game Releases I’m Looking Forward To

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday & Happy New Year!

It’s weird how 2019 is already upon us. I feel like 2018 never happened. Still, it was a good year for gaming and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings us.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 – January 29, 2019

It’s no secret that I’ve never played Kingdom Hearts before. I’m familiar with the series and we have a game for the Playstation 3 but neither Kris or I have had time to play it. We’re hoping to soon because I’ve love to play the new games and the series as a whole. I’ve heard crazy things about it but I remember watching a friend play it way back in the day when I used to sleep over her house. It’s just one of those games that fell to the wayside for me.

Sonic Team Racing – May 21, 2019

I haven’t played a Sonic game in a while, but I do enjoy a good racing game. I’m interested to see how this turns out.

Animal Crossing – N/A

I mean, duh.

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course – N/A

I still have to play the first game.

Jenny LeClue – Available for Preorder

I saw the trailer for this one and it looked pretty interesting. I love mystery and detective games and this one looks like it’ll be a gem.

Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn – N/A

While I never got a chance to beat the first game, I enjoyed it. I don’t play Kirby games that often, but he’s cute and the games are great anyway. So, this is one to look out for.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 – N/A

Do I need to say anything about this?

Minecraft: Dungeons – N/A

I’m no good at Minecraft, but I can dream.

Ori and The Will of the Wisps – N/A

I have the first game – still need to play it. But I’ll get to it and get this game.

Pokemon – N/A

Who isn’t waiting for this one?

The Last Campfire – N/A

Okay, I’ll be honest. This might be a different game than what I’m thinking of. I remember seeing this game at The Game Awards and it caught my eye. It’ll be something different and I’m looking forward to trying it.

It’s funny – looking at the game releases for the year – which probably isn’t even all of them – I barely recognize any of them. I’m hoping, in 2019, I can expand my horizons a bit. I love Nintendo and will be sticking close by, but I do want to try to go out of my comfort zone a bit and check out some games I wouldn’t normally check out.

I’m looking forward to 2019 being a great gaming year.

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