Our Thoughts On Super Mario Maker 2

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Super Mario Maker 2 is coming out at the end of next month! We enjoyed the original Super Mario Maker on the Wii U and the direct from last week showed off some great new features for the sequel.

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We didn’t play too much of the first Super Mario Maker game. I think I enjoyed it more than Kris did, but when we watched the Direct of this upcoming sequel, we both were impressed and are excited to play the game.

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While the idea of a story mode sounds a little silly with a game that’s so focused on creativity, I think I’m rather excited for it. I think it’s only single-player, but the idea of having being taught the different tools and aspects of the game through a “story” is great. With all the other new features, I feel that the story mode will help people feel less overwhelmed at all the options in the main mode.

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The story mode definitely seems odd, but I love the idea of it. I’m eager to play a Mario game from Nintendo that’s harder than the typical Mario platformer – even though it’s the same tools and elements. They’ve also added a lot more new tools as well, which I’m excited about. Although, that just means the levels people create are going to be that much crazier! But that makes it more fun.

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Some of the new tools are the snake blocks, auto-scroll settings, on/off switches, and even Cat Mario to go along with the other Super Mario 3D World inspired content. Not only that, the direct showed Super Mario 3D World in a section of the level aesthetics that had plenty of room for other games… I wonder if they’re going to add any other games that your levels can be based upon as DLC or something?

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I would love to see Paper Mario levels. That would be awesome. I’m most excited for the co-op part of the game though. I can’t wait for the two of us to create levels together and even go through some of the levels together as well. It will most likely be way harder, but it would be so much fun.

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It will be fantastic for us to play together like that, especially with all the latest platform Mario games being up to four-player co-op. I think the multiplayer in Super Mario Maker 2 makes perfect sense. We’re going to be ridiculous trying to create levels together, probably even playing through them, but it’ll be fun! Not only that, it sounds like the online play will be great as well! I’m certainly looking forward to online multiplayer.

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Online multiplayer is definitely another plus. I’m happy the game is coming out at the end of June. I’m eager to get my hands on a copy!

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Throwback Thursday: Mario Party 4

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m a huge fan of the Mario Party series – well, most of them, anyway. Way back in the day, my all-time favorite Mario Party game was number 4. It’s not anymore, but it still holds a special place in my heart.

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Mario Party 4 was originally released on October 21, 2002, for the Nintendo Gamecube. Kris and I played this one to death. We absolutely loved it.

Every time we played, we played on a team. It was always us versus two hard CPU. We’d always crush them, but it would be close and we’d have a blast every game.

Then we’d play just the mini-games because there were two that were our absolute favorites: Team Treasure Trek and Dungeon Duos. The first game was a maze – one needed to find the chest and the other needed to find the key and meet up somewhere to win. Dungeon Duos was an obstacle course inside a dungeon, cave-like place.

It was always a good time and when we recently got our Gamecube back up and running, we decided to play a round of Mario Party 4. You know, for old time’s sake.

However, the game is so easy. Even the CPUs on the hardest setting was dumb. The mini-games were still fun, but the gameplay with the CPUs on the boards wasn’t. It was definitely a lot harder when we were kids… or maybe we just weren’t as good as we thought. Still, we won each time.

It was fun to go back to it again though. I’m sure we’ll play through the game on stream sometime. I want to give it a shot again even though it was way easier than I remembered it.

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I Need More Paper Mario

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

It’s been quite the weekend. Kris and I did a six-hour live stream showing off some of our favorite Nintendo Switch stream. We were totally dead afterward. It was a lot of fun though and I can’t wait to do it again sometime!

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While it was fun to play some games we haven’t in a long time, it got me thinking about how we’ve been in sort of a “gaming slump” lately. Keeping up with game reviews this year have been tough. Which is weird since there are a ton of great games coming soon or recently came out. Still, Kris and I have been more interested in playing games we started and never finished. Or maybe we’ve played them over and over again but had an itch to play them yet again.

I don’t know why – though I’ll blame Jett – I’ve been having a craving for Paper Mario.

I wanted to replay the beloved game for a while now, but there are so many other games on my list that are new, so I’ve decided to do those first.

I have Paper Mario on the Nintendo Wii. It’s been quite a while since I’ve turned that console on so who knows how well it would even work (though it should work just fine). I could play The Thousand-Year Door on the Gamecube. It’s been way longer since I’ve played that one and I don’t remember it by heart like I do with the original Nintendo 64 Paper Mario.

I definitely want to play through the whole series again. Maybe I’ll do so on stream if I can get all the games to work. But I honestly want a new Paper Mario.

The last Paper Mario game we got was Color Splash for the Nintendo Wii U. I would love a brand new Paper Mario game for the Nintendo Switch. You know, one that’s like the original game and Thousand-Year Door. Granted, I was pleased with Color Splash, though it’s not my favorite.

Having a Paper Mario game on the Switch – whether they port the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube ones to the Switch or make a brand new one – would make me extremely happy. Actually, they can just do all of that. Port the first two games and give me a brand new Paper Mario similar to the first two games.

I don’t like be like, “I need this” or “I want this.”

But…

I need this. I want this. Please and thank you, Nintendo.

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Character Spotlight: Piranha Plant

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

For this month, I decided to give some attention to a minor character who has finally gotten their chance in a spotlight in a popular game.

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Piranha Plant is a common enemy in the Mario franchise. Based off the Venus Flytraps in real, Piranha Plants are plants that will eat anything that comes near it, sometimes being able to spit fire.

This guy made his first appearance in Super Mario Bros. for the NES in 1985. Piranha Plants were traps laid by Bowser to slow Mario down from saving Princess Toadstool. Most often than not, they can been seen poking their heads in and out of pipes. However, in later games such as Super Mario 64, they’re planted in the ground unable to move. In Paper Mario, though, they’re able to move about the ground popping out like moles as they chase and attempt to catch Mario. As you can see, they’ve seemed to evolve over the years.

Piranha Plant has never been anything more than a common enemy in the Mario series. Petey Piranha is its own character, however, Piranha Plants in general have never gotten much of the spotlight. Common enemies such as Goombas, Boos, and Bom-ombs have also occurred in one way or another – Mario takes on these types of characters as partners in Paper Mario, King Bom-omb is a well known enemy as is King Boo.

Now Piranha Plant finally has a chance in the spotlight and can fight back as his own fighter in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. When Nintendo first announced Piranha Plant as a player fighter, I was confused and had my doubts at first. The more I thought about it, though, the more I really liked the idea. Piranha Plant doesn’t get talked about much and he does have a lot of skills despite being stuck inside a pot.

Good job, Piranha Plant. You finally have been able to show people what you’re made of!

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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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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe [Video Game Review]

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Title: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo Switch
Category:
Action, Adventure, Multiplayer, Platform
Release Date: 
January 11, 2019
How we got the game: 
We pre-ordered it on the Nintendo eShop

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Considering we never reviewed the Wii U version of this game, we thought we’d use the Deluxe version as a good excuse to give our thoughts on it. After all, not too much is different between the two games.

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I enjoy these kinds of games and there are so many. We have the Wii U version, but it’s always great to see it as a new light on the Nintendo Switch.

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The New Super Mario Bros. titles pay homage to the original Super Mario Bros. titles on the NES and SNES consoles, where you have about eight worlds filled with levels to bust through on your way to the castle to save the princess. Along the way, there are some Toad/mushroom houses that allow you to pick up a couple of extra items or one-ups.

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Each world has it’s own atmosphere where it be plains, water, ice, desert, what have you. When it comes to these kinds of Mario platformers, you know what kind of areas you’re going to get. However, the levels themselves in each area vary and with each new level, they get harder and harder.

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The main objective in each level is to reach the end where the flagpole is within the time frame. Each level has its own hazards as you make your way through in terms of platforming, enemies, and even your friends if you’re playing with multiple people. The levels hand out plenty of power-ups as well to try to help you along, most of them being influenced by the level itself.

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Most of the levels are fairly short, each one having a checkpoint halfway through. Almost every level has some sort of secret or pipe to go down to go to a separate part of the level. Each level also has three big coins to collect so, if you’re a completionist, you can always aim to collect those as you go through the game.

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Then, of course, there were some levels where we were running out of time because we were goofing off or too busy chasing runaway Yoshis. Controlling the characters are simple enough, as the only buttons that truly matter are jumping, running, and using your power-up, should there be a button trigger to use the abilities. The levels are able to be completed without power-ups, but they help get through the level quicker.

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You can hold onto to some items as well and use one or two before entering a level. This is something we always forgot and there are limited spaces. Often time, we’d be carrying as many items as we could and would have to throw away some when we got new ones at the Toad Houses. That was something we should have utilized better.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe includes the port of the Wii U game as well as the New Super Luigi U DLC for that game, including Nabbit as a playable character. Playing as Nabbit is basically playing the game in super easy mode or if you want to speedrun through the levels. While he cannot use power-ups, he is impervious to enemy attacks, and playing him adds an extra 100 seconds to the level clock.

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Nabbit is great for younger kids or people just learning how to pick up the controller. You can also play as Toadette, which is harder than playing as Nabbit, but still makes the levels easier. Toadette has a special crown where she can turn into Peach. Peach floats and is able to save herself from time to time. For example, she can bounce on lava. However, she can only do so once.

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The graphics of the game on the Switch look great, even though the game isn’t different at all from the Wii U version nor from the previous 3D Mario games. Nothing in particular stands out, graphics-wise, but the picture is still clean and crisp.

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The picture is wonderful. I absolutely love the ice and water levels. The water looks awesome and the ice is so shiny. The background have always been nice as well. The game as a whole is vivid and appealing to the eye.

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The music is also well done, giving way to the familiar Mario tunes as you make your way through the levels. Voice clips give the characters a bit of depth, such as the Koopalings’ laughter or the main characters asking for help out of their bubbles while returning to the level after losing a life. My favorite thing about the music is the enemies in the background dancing along!

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The music is fun, as always. I’m always humming along. And yeah, the enemies dancing or singing along with the music is an awesome touch. I love how Nintendo actually felt the need to code that in.
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As with most Super Mario games, the story for this platformer revolves around Bowser showing up at Princess Peach’s castle, taking over while kidnapping her, and Mario and friends racing through the multiple levels and worlds to rescue her.

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The beginning sequence was funny, in my opinion. I enjoyed how everyone prepared to help Peach, when Bowser went after them instead and threw them all out of the castle. Bowser’s children then station themselves in their own world and it’s off to Mario and friends go to save the world, once again!

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has decent replay value. There are a few secrets in the levels and special coins to collect, not to mention the multiplayer aspect of the game. The true replay value of this game comes with having people to play with.

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This game is fun, but not as fun alone. It’s for four-players, so if you have a lot of friends, there’s a lot of replay value. No two play-throughs will be alike either, depending on who you play with – also who you play as. Overall, it’s a fun game and I’m glad we got it.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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Best Multiplayer Game: Super Mario Party Vs. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate [Debate]

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2018 was a great year for gamers. Nintendo especially spoiled us at the end of the year with quite a few games. Two of those games being popular multiplayers – Super Mario Party and Super Smash Brother Ultimate. The question is, which is a better multiplayer?

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Both the Mario Party and Smash Bros. franchises started off on the Nintendo 64 and probably have been the result of much yelling and backstabbing fun among friends and family. While I’ve greatly enjoyed both games, my pick for the better multiplayer would be Super Mario Party. A big reason for that is the accessibility for non-gamers and casual gamers alike to join right in. We have a friend who loves the game whenever we bring our Switch over to her place, even though she’s not a gamer herself. Smash Brothers Ultimate was definitely a learning curve when she gave it a try, and she was much more at ease when we played Super Mario Party later.

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Sure, Super Mario Party may be easier and slightly more casual for everyone to jump right in, but do you typically have game nights with friends who are “non-gamers?” If you’re going to have play a game with a group, my pick would be Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Speaking of having game nights, Smash allows up to eight players at a time, whereas only four people can play Super Mario Party at a time. Smash takes a few minutes so others aren’t wait long for a turn while Super Mario Party takes at least an hour.

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For Smash, it depends on the mode, your personal rules, and the skill of people playing. If you decide to do a stock match among eight players, those who get lost in the chaos — not to mention potential lag from dropped frames with everyone attacking each other — and get out of the match early will have to sit and wait anyway. With Super Mario Party, half of the game is luck, giving everyone playing even footing right from the get-go. Even if the traditional Mario Party game takes at least an hour, I assume you’re committing some time to hang out with said friends and won’t mind waiting and watching other people’s turns. After all, despite the luck, Super Mario Party takes some strategy too, and your friends’ turns may affect your character.

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The lag is really just in the online mode. Despite that, the online mode for Smash is better than Mario Party anyway. There’s so much more you can do. But Smash is faced paced and it doesn’t matter if people get out of the match early. They’re still not waiting too long for the next match. Speaking of the modes, there’s a whole lot more you can do in Smash. You can customize games to everyone’s liking and even set up challenges for yourself. Super Mario Party has only a handful of modes and you have to play by the rules no matter what.

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There are more modes in Smash, one of the biggest ones which is only single-player. While I enjoy World of Light, I would have loved a co-op mode for it. As for the online mode, we haven’t heard too many great things about it. What’s the point of being able to fight online if the lag is awful? Yes, you can do more challenges in Smash, but with Super Mario Party it’s simple to just play. Pick your character, pick the mode, and buckle up for the ride. The modes in Super Mario Party may be few, but they are diverse — co-op, music and rhythm, traditional boards, and mini games.

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Despite your points, I still think Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is the better multiplayer game. It’s quick and easy to pick up, fun to button-mash, and great with a large group of friends. There’s always something new to try as well. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate definitely has my vote.

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Super Mario Party is arguably even easier to pick up to play, with great mini games incorporated into the bigger modes, and brings everyone together with it’s simple premise, even with the strategy and luck that goes with it. While you brought up fantastic points for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, I’m going to go with Super Mario Party.

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