Friday Favorites: Super Mario 64 Worlds

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Last week, I talked about my least favorite worlds from Super Mario 64. While the game is not my favorite from the Nintendo 64 era, there is no denying how much it defined the face of video games!

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Cool, Cool Mountain

I enjoy snowy worlds. I think they’re generally really pretty to stare at and get lost in, and they tend to have some awesome music. Cool, Cool Mountain had a decent area to explore as well as a fun sliding race with the penguin. It was always amusing to have Mario leap off part of the level to land stuck face-down into the snow on a lower part!

Tick Tock Clock

Aside from having a fun title, Tick Tock Clock was a good challenge. The different stars were interesting to get and having the level’s speed correspond with what “time” was on the clock when you entered the world was a nice mechanic. The look and graphics of the level was a lot of fun, too.

Rainbow Ride

I really enjoy sky worlds and flying around — one of my favorite parts of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was soaring around on the Loftwing birds — and Rainbow Ride was no exception. Sure, the flying carpets were a little slow and could be annoying, but they were challenging and did great in showcasing the level.

What are your favorite courses from Super Mario 64?

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Nintendo September 2018 Direct

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Another Nintendo direct has come and gone, and… We thought this one was pretty good!

The direct opened with Luigi hunting down ghosts again and we at first chalked it up to, “Oh, look, footage from the 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion.” The more we saw of it, though, the more we grew confused.

That room wasn’t in the first game. That’s a new item in the hallways. The little ghost dog was in the second Luigi’s mansion, not the first one.

With the reveal that the game was Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch, Rachel leaped up from the couch and teared up with joy! That was something that’s been on her wish list for a long while now, so to see the direct brilliantly open with it (and to assure us that, no, Luigi did not die in the previous Super Smash Bros Ultimate direct) was a treat!

Most of the other announcements and reveals were decent as well. I’m looking forward to the Final Fantasy games, a series that she’s barely had the chance to try considering most of them were on the Playstation family of consoles. Cities Skylines didn’t seem too bad either, with how much we love simulation games. I have played Sim City before, and the game looks pretty damn similar, so we’ll see how Skylines runs on the Switch. Game Freak’s Town seems like it looks pretty good, and Yoshi’s Crafted World looks adorable as well.

It was interesting, but not too surprising, to hear that New Super Mario Bros. U is being remastered into a deluxe version for the Switch. Those games are decent, in my opinion, and wasn’t something I was too hyped about, but we’ll probably get it to have a good time with our cousins and friends.

(Although, what the hell is Peachette? Why is Toadette able to transform into her? Why can’t Peach just be able to do the double jump and floaty thing, and Toadette have her own abilities that make her stand out as her own character? Why do we need to make her combine with Peach?)

We thought the ending of the direct was amazing. Isabelle is adorable and it’s fantastic to see such a fan favorite heading to Smash as her own character rather than as an echo fighter! To top it off, Tom Nook then appeared and we got a pretty little place card announcement stating that Animal Crossing was coming in 2019 for the Switch! I don’t play Animal Crossing, but it was the second time in the direct that Rachel cried tears of joy.

All in all, we figured it was a pretty successful direct.

What did you think of Nintendo’s latest direct?

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Friday (Least) Favorites: Super Mario 64 Worlds

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Super Mario 64 is one of those classic favorites among Nintendo fans. While it’s not one of my favorite games, I do have a good time playing it with Rachel. However, there are definitely some courses in the game that I would not miss.

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Hazy Maze Cave

Does anyone like this world? I feel as if this is the least liked level in Super Mario 64 from what I’ve heard on the Internet. The graphics and music don’t tend to grab me as some of the other worlds do, and every section seems mish-mashed together rather than feeling like an entire world on its own like the other courses.

Dire, Dire Docks

Generally, I’m not a fan of water levels at all. I can appreciate them — like the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s Water Temple, despite how much of a pain it can be — but having to deal with air meters and swim controls were never my favorite part of video games. At least the water levels have some of the best music in Super Mario 64.

Wet-Dry World

The mechanic of the water level being dependent on where you enter the painting is probably the only interesting thing I find about this level. Other than that, I just find it… blah. Even the area with the house-like structures fails to impress me. Other levels definitely have better secrets and challenges than Wet-Dry World.

What are your least favorite courses from Super Mario 64?

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New Activity Books For Mario, Zelda, And Splatoon!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Nintendo has announced new activity children’s books that have been released by the publishing company, Random House.

I have a good amount of coloring books. I’ll admit I don’t color as often as I’d like and I should probably do it more so that I’m not so frazzled all the time. So, when I saw this I figured I’d have to get them at some point or another.

There are a good amount of activity books featuring Mario and friends, the Legend of Zelda, and Splatoon. You can find the collection here at Random House.

They look great and, if you go on the website, you can take a peek inside the books. Random House is a great company as is Nintendo so these books actually look like high quality coloring books with various activities such as mazes and stickers.

They’re fairly cheap too being only around $10 – through Amazon, anyway. These might be something I’ll invest in soon enough.

I’ve never gotten into Splatoon, but I definitely want Mario and Zelda… along with Pokemon and Animal Crossing should they ever make those.

Speaking of Animal Crossing, don’t forget there’s a Nintendo Direct tonight! It’s 3pm PDT, 6pm EST. I’m looking forward to it and while I’m not trying to get my hopes up… I’m totally getting my hopes up for Animal Crossing Switch.

We’ll see what happens though.

Will you be checking out the activity books? What are you hoping for in the Nintendo Direct tonight? Let me know in the comments! 

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Character Spotlight: Waluigi

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

It’s the last Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for another Character Spotlight! Today I’ll be talking about a Mario character who I’ve never really paid too much attention to.

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Waluigi first appeared in the Mario Tennis series for the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color way back in 2000/2001 respectively. He was created to serve as a bitter rival for Luigi since Mario had Wario as a rival. Wario and Walugi have sort of become the anti-super-Mario-bros, if you will.

I never really cared too much for the characters, to be honest. Kris and I used to play as Daisy and Yoshi in Mario Kart: Double Dash and Wario and Walugi, no matter what we did, they were always tailgating us and hassling us. So, we always had a vendetta against them.

I’ll admit though, Waluigi has grown on me a bit. I do feel bad that he hasn’t had his own game yet. He can’t even be an echo character to Wario in Super Smash Bros, at the very least.

However, Nintendo seems to always have something up their sleeve. Waluigi is so popular and people have been demanding he have his own game or more of a part in spin-offs for a long time. I’m sure – I hope – Nintendo will give him the spotlight soon enough.

Let me know how much you love Waluigi in the comments below. 

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Double Jump Bakes — Super Mario Star Cake

As many of you may know, we enjoy following Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies YouTube Channel. For fun, we went all the way to the beginning of her channel to see the stark differences between her latest videos and her very first upload, and it’s a bit of a trip to watch. The host’s first upload was (seven) years ago, without all the production lights and camera crews, and it was fun to watch her demonstrate how to bake a Super Mario star cake.

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Nerdy Nummies’ first video

And cake is delicious, so we thought why not make one that pays homage to one of Nintendo’s most famous franchises?

We semi-cheated and went the boxed cake mix route rather than baking from scratch, mostly due to timing and schedule issues… And we wanted funfetti cake.

With the help of our star-shaped pan from Wiltons (#NotSponsored #CouldBeSponsored #SponsorUs), we got our funfetti cake all baked and let the cake cool off completely before frosting it with our bright yellow-dyed frosting. The eyes were made with some of the cookie icing that we had left over from decorating our Pokemon cookies. We let the cake chill a little bit longer to let the frosting and icing set before digging in.

We screwed up a bit on the frosting, finding that the black icing we were trying to do for the eyes had softened a little too much from the heat we’ve been having lately. The black icing started to run, so we tried to correct it with a little more yellow frosting. It didn’t work out quite as planned, so we left it at that, haha!

At least it still looks like a star and, most importantly, it was delicious!

Top Tuesday: Favorite Bosses In Paper Mario

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I was thinking of Paper Mario the other day. Why? No idea. But I thought I’d talk about some of my favorite boss battles from the game.

For the sake of everything, I’m not including Bowser because… well, he’s in everything.

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3. Lava Piranha

I’ll be honest, there’s nothing too special about this boss fight other than Kolorado busting in every now and then. The Lava Piranha is found on Mt. Lavalava and is kind of a creepy looking dude, but completely awesome at the same time. Plus, fire.

2. Crystal King

This weird guy is found at the Crystal Palace – not to be mistaken for the breakfast buffet in Disney with Winnie the Pooh and friends. He’s the last major boss you fight before heading to battle Bowser. His move set is cool with illusions and the like. I’ve always liked the music and sound effects for him too. I mean, the music all around is good for the whole game, but this one always stood out to me.

1. Koopa Bros.

The very first major boss fight of the game in Koopa Bros. Fortress. These guys are hilarious. They really add a lightheartedness to the game (as if it wasn’t already). Bonus points, they remind me of the Ninja Turtles.

What were your favorite boss fights in Paper Mario? Let me know in the comments below!

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