Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Online Tournament

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

Generally my Friday posts aren’t for recent news, but I thought this was some good information to pass on to the blog. Anyone else participating in this?

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Nintendo is hosting an online tournament for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe this coming Sunday, September 22nd. It’s open to all racers, regardless of skill level, and all vehicles and characters are welcome to be used. The races will be 150cc-level and racers will compete in a series of 24 races. The top eight racers will be awarded 2,500 gold points (or, rather, $25).

And, despite not having picked up the game in a while and not being a regular online competitor, Rachel is planning on playing just for the fun of it.

The tournament itself says it will be going from 1pm to 11pm EST and Nintendo revealed a simple way to enter by giving a number (2093-5045-4827) to input into the Search by Code field in Tournaments. I presume one does not need to play through the entire block and will only need to play long enough to compete in 24 races.

There was one summer where Rachel and I, along with our cousins, played through all of the available courses and it took us only a couple of hours, if I remember correctly. To have to sit down and race for 10 hours for a tournament would be a little excessive.

While it’s nice to have a tournament not catered to certain skill levels, I doubt beginners will be able to have good luck with the tournament. I wonder if it would be worth it to Nintendo to do more online tournaments for beginner, intermediate, and expert racers?

With a growing library on the Switch — both for current and retro games — more online tournaments may become a thing. There are the big name games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon, and I wonder what other games Nintendo may use for tournaments.

Fire Emblem battles with custom armies. Overcooked teams competing for high scores. Retro Super Mario Kart tournaments. There are plenty of possibilities for Nintendo to exploit, and I’m interested in seeing what kind of tournaments they’ll do next!

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Ring Fit Adventure (First Thoughts)

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Fitness and RPGs combined are now a thing with the newly announced Ring Fit Adventure from Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. When Nintendo showed a teaser about a week ago, we assumed it was fitness related. Though we didn’t see the RPG elements coming. I think it’s a cool idea though. This may be a game I didn’t know I wanted.

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I’m still a little puzzled about it, to be honest. While I’m intrigued by the idea — RPGs are right up my alley and I don’t mind doing a bit of exercise as well — I wonder how the development of the game went. I mean, someone at that meeting was like, “Alright, listen up… Exercise but as an adventure!” Still, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea.

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Agreed. I was confused as well (plus the hosts of the video were way too happy about it) but as the video went on, I became more and more intrigued. The Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus were popular. However, exercise is a new year’s resolution that people keep for a week and then throw it out the window. It always fizzles out. I think, combining fitness with an adventure will add more incentive for people to keep going with the game. You’re working toward fitness goals and also leveling up your character. Because – let’s be real – we’re more inclined to want to level up our fictional characters than ourselves.

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That’s true. The announcement said the release date is October 18, so I’m curious how that will affect the sales. I’m wondering why it is not closer to the holidays in time for those new year’s resolutions? Fitness Boxing, for example, was released this past January, and I don’t believe that did too badly in sales. And, absolutely, people are more invested in fictional characters, haha! Look at the Sims franchise. People are meticulous about giving their Sim characters the best life possible… Unless you’re the type to play for destruction, of course.

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I was surprised at the release date as well. They have so much coming out for the rest of 2019. This wasn’t part of the Nintendo Direct either, so it makes me wonder what they were trying to accomplish. Not that it matters. People will get it whenever it comes out. I do wonder, since they are a business, if they’re trying to fit a certain quota by the end of the year and that’s why they’re cramming so much for the rest of the year. Not that I’m complaining, of course.

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Granted, I feel as if a lot of games are coming out within the next couple of months rather than, say, December for the holidays. The last game for 2019 on my radar at the moment — and, honestly, I could be forgetting about some games that I may have originally been excited for — are Pokemon Sword and Shield for November. Mom is going to berate us for pre-ordering everything instead of waiting for Christmas, like usual, but many of Nintendo’s games seem to be coming out right before the major holiday months.

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That’s true. The Switch Lite and Link’s Awakening are coming this month, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and now the Ring Fit Adventure is October. Pokemon is November. There are so many other games in between and beyond. As of right now, though, nothing “major” seems to be coming out in December. Which makes me wonder… does Nintendo have something up their sleeve for the coming months?

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They very well could. Nintendo never seems to reveal all their cards at once, such as revealing the Ring Fit Adventure after a Nintendo Direct. Then again, they seem to be doing well with all the games coming out that they may ride right on through the holidays with everything they’ve announced so far. We’ll just have to wait and see!

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Friday Favorites: Three Houses Students

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The Golden Deer are my children. I will admit that I have yet to try out game files with the other houses since I am so invested in the Golden Deer and their stories. However, I love exploring the monastery during free days to talk to everyone, regardless of house. Excluding the house leaders — because Claude would probably win by a landslide, and I feel I cannot properly invest in Edelgard and Dimitri without playing their routes — here is a list of some of my favorite Three Houses students so far.

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Ashe

This kid is adorable. Despite him not starting off in my house, I got invested in his background and story due to one of the earlier chapters before the time-skip. He was the first student I invited to join me on a mission and the first I recruited into Golden Deer after figuring out the logistics of it. His gentle and amusing supports with other students, like Marianne and Caspar, were fun to read and listen to, and I’m enjoying his perseverance despite his background.

Caspar

I just laugh out loud from this kid. His zeal for justice is admirable but the fact that he’s willing to throw down with whoever is in his way or causing trouble amuses the hell out of me. I loved his second support conversation with Hilda, him trying to avoid a fight before deciding, “Nope,” and diving in. That, and he’s a pretty decent unit if you train him enough.

Lysithea

Admittedly, at first I was a touch annoyed at how her attitude was always on the defensive side with everyone “treating her like a child.” However, reading some of her supports with other characters opened her up in ways I was not expecting, and I admire her tenacity for bettering herself with whatever time she has left in the world. She’s also a beast with her magic in battles!

Ignatz

Archers have always been some of my favorite units (hence, Claude and one of the main reasons why I picked Golden Deer) and Ignatz was such a shy deer dear that he soon became one of my favorites. His hobby of art and his friendship with the others in Golden Deer make me feel warm and fuzzy, and I’m proud of how more confident he is after the time-skip. He’s also a kick-ass assassin in my army.

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Friday Favorites: FE Three Houses Details

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

While I feel I could have found a better word than “details,” I felt as if this encompassed everything that I enjoy so far about Three Houses that didn’t fit into one box, so to speak. This is just a random list of things that I wish to gush over. Please note that, at the timing of this post, I’m only around chapter 12 so please no spoilers in the comments!

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The Gatekeeper

This guy is adorable. He’s almost always enthusiastic, tells me there’s nothing to report, then promptly reports something, even if it’s just his thoughts on the current events. Considering that there is fanart and fanfiction of this guy, I’m not the only one who enjoys his presence! I don’t know if this guy has a name, but he should. I would love nothing more than for the game to start reaching the end and then we finally find out this gatekeeper’s name. This amount of characterization this NPC has astounds me. With that said, I adore how other random NPCs always have thoughts and reactions to the current events, even the ones that just show a speech bubble over their heads.

Voice Acting

Something that Shadows of Valentia did right was the voice acting and I’m pleased that Three Houses had full voice acting as well. Even random NPCs that had something to say had their dialogue completely recorded by actors. The tones and voices helped bring all of the characters to life in a way that simple quips and partial voice-acting couldn’t.

Exploration

Exploring the monastery was something that I admittedly had some reservations about. I had believed that it would be too similar to the dungeon crawling parts of Shadows of Valentia, sections that I didn’t care for due to their similarities to one another and tedious battles. To me, Fire Emblem was all about strategic battles that moved the story forward. The Exploration option in Three Houses, however, is one of my favorites. There is plenty to see, activities to do, and it helps promote support among the characters outside of battles. Giving gifts, finding lost items (seriously, these teenagers and knights lose everything), and little quests all keep me running around like a headless chicken, and I’m greatly enjoying it.

Student Friendships

Support conversations were always something I enjoyed about Fire Emblem, mainly so I could force the characters to be friends and spouses with one another and to also find out more about their backstories. In Three Houses, your character joins after everyone else is already there, the opposite of most Fire Emblem games. It makes sense that the students know one another, some closer in friendship to others, rivalries here and there, and I love these details. Even in the dining together activity, I was delighted when I had two characters simply talking and reacting to each other due to their history, like Claude and Lorenz or Caspar and Ashe.

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Super Mario Maker 2 [Video Game Review]

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Title: Super Mario Maker 2
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo Switch
Category: 
Action, Platformer
Release Date: 
June 28, 2019
How we got the game: 
We bought it on the Nintendo Switch eShop

Pssst…. There may be story or gameplay spoilers in this review! You’ve been warned!

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Super Mario Maker 2 was highly anticipated as soon as it was announced. People went crazy for this sequel, especially with all of the new tools and options that came with it. We were no exception.

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I enjoyed the first Super Mario Maker though I didn’t have too many people to play it with. I’m excited to finally have more options and more people to create and beat courses with.

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There are several modes for this game. A story mode — which we give more details about in one of the below sections — the course world mode, and the course creator mode, of course. The course world mode, along with the course bot, allows the players to attempt to complete levels that other players around the world have created and uploaded.

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This is, in my opinion, the best part of the game. Of course, you have some levels that are super easy or levels that troll you hard. Still, it’s all in good fun. The best part about this though is that they added a co-op option. You have to download the game in order to play two-player, but that’s not too bad. Kris and I can play through certain levels which is a lot of fun – and frustrating at the same time. There are some levels that I don’t know are best suited for single players or not.

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It was definitely great to try to play a few levels with you, although we did get in each other’s way quite a bit, haha! With that said, there is the tagging system in Super Mario Maker 2 — I’m afraid I cannot remember if the first Super Mario Maker had a tagging system — and one of the tags were for multiplayer versus. Eventually, I’d love to play with some friends and Nintendo has promised that an update would happen that will allow us to do so.

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I don’t think the first game had a tagging system. At least, I very quickly forgot about it if it did have a tagging system. With all the additional tools you can use to create courses, the levels are way more fun, challenging, and extra creative. Though, we did try to create a course together since there’s co-op on that mode.

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That was a bit annoying, in my opinion. The first player has access to many of the buttons, almost as the director of the scene, while the second player can only select and put down so many elements. Granted, we also skipped the tutorial, so I can admit that perhaps we missed a couple of things, haha! Regardless, it was easier to create a level with one person at the controls, either with the Joy-Con or using the Switch’s touchscreen in handheld mode while the second person gave their advice and opinion.

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Skip the tutorial or not, we tried a lot of things and played it both in the handheld and docked. Plus, if I was in the middle of something and you decided to do something, being the first player, my action automatically got canceled. So, I agree. It’s definitely better to create a course yourself or docked with people throwing ideas while one is behind the wheel.

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This game has the beloved modern Mario graphics that the current games have brought to life. When it comes to creating and playing courses, the game also includes the graphics and art styles — with some updates — of several Super Mario games in the series, including Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Super Mario 3D World.

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The graphics, of course, are as they should be. They all look great on the Nintendo Switch, even the older game graphics. They stay true to their games as well. The end of the older games has that hurdle thing you have to jump through while the newer games have the flagpole for you to reach the top.

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The music is the good, familiar Super Mario music as well, and the game allows you to add crazy sound effects to parts of your levels, too. I think one of my favorite aspects of the game is when we’re building our own courses and every tap you do to add a new element plays the next note of the Super Mario theme.

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Yes, depending on what “theme” you have set from the different Mario games, the music is pretty much the same. It’s refreshing and well done. Plus, when you create a course, a robotic voice says what the object is as you place it. If you place a lot at once, it says the object’s name to the tune of whatever theme you’re in.
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New to the Super Mario Maker series, the sequel has a Story mode, which allows the players to go through over 100 Nintendo-created courses in order to earn coins to help rebuild Princess Peach’s castle after the mischievous Undo Dog obliterated it.

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The story mode is, in fact, a tutorial of sorts. The Nintendo courses range in various levels of difficulty but they’re all fun and show off all the new and old tools you can plus, plus different ways to use them to make a course unique. I’ve really enjoyed going through the story mode courses.

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There is literally no possibility for any repeat courses here. Each level is as unique as the person (or people) that created them. There are plenty of ways to filter out and categorize levels with tags and difficulties, and there are millions of courses already published for others to enjoy.

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This is definitely a game that we’ll be playing on and off for quite a while.

Super Mario Maker 2 gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Stardew Valley [Game Review]

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Title: Stardew Valley
Developer: ConcernedApe
Publisher: Chucklefish, ConcernedApe
Platform: Steam, Mobile, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch
Category: Simulation, Role-playing

Release Date: Originally February 26, 2016

How we got the game: Bought it on Steam and Nintendo Switch

Pssst…. There may be story or gameplay spoilers in this review! You’ve been warned!

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Stardew Valley is the game that I wish the Harvest Moon series was. With the main focus on just building the farm of your dreams and forging relationships with the people in the town, it takes away all of the gimmicks that the more recent Harvest Moon games have become known for. This particular review focuses more on the Nintendo Switch version of the game.

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Gameplay for Stardew Valley is pretty simple and intuitive. With the main objective being to spruce up your farmland so it, you know, actually grows stuff, you spend your time doing various tasks that will help you better not only your farm but also the community of Pelican Town.

As your character, you clear out your farmland using various tools, such as an axe and pickax to break up lumber and stone. The hoe and watering can come in handy for planting and growing crops, and there are specific tools like the shears and milker if you have any animals on your farm. When not on your farm, you can forage for items around the forest, town, and the mines, which is also a handy place to gather ore, gems, and other material to improve your farm. Fishing is a leisurely activity that can still net you some in-game money as well as some staple cooking ingredients.

Another core mechanic is developing your relationships with the people in Pelican Town. There are plenty of friends to make in town, either by talking to them daily, giving them gifts, and random events. There are even marriage candidates, regardless of gender, that you can woo and, if you’d like, have a child with down the line.

While the game is pretty open-ended, giving the player tons of choice in what they want to do, there is a Community Center. The Community Center stars off rather rundown, but that can be restored by completing tasks called bundles. Completing these bundles will grant you rewards, such as opening up new areas for your character to go or special tools and makers to make life on the farm a little easier. Or you can buy a Joja Membership and get it turned into a warehouse.

A unique aspect of this game is the combat system. It’s simplistic, considering the game is mainly a farming simulator, but when exploring the mines, there are monsters and enemies to vanquish. These monsters drop loot and material, and you can usually find stronger weapons while exploring or buy items from the Adventurer’s Guild.

With the latest updates of the game, you can also farm together with friends in online co-op mode. Build a cottage or three on your farm for your friends to live, and you can all build up the farm together. Your friends can also get married to the local bachelors and bachelorettes… and you, if you want.

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The graphics of this game are well done, going the pixel style route. The characters all look unique, easily distinguishable from each other, and they even have little animations — shocked faces, laughter, eating — that are fun to watch depending on their dialogue.

I absolutely adore the music in this game. Each tune is charming and pixel-perfect, and I find myself streaming the soundtrack on Spotify when not playing the game. The main winter theme is probably my favorite!
Story | Video Game Reviews | Video Games | Gaming | Blogging | DoublexJump.comTired of the uninspiring city life as an office drone, the main character inherits their grandfather’s old farm in Pelican Town, a small town filled with all sorts of interesting characters just living their lives in the valley. The farm itself is dilapidated at first, but with hard work and perseverance, the main character focuses on restoring it to its former glory while carving out a life for themselves. The story is directed by the player.

While at the start of your third year on the farm, you get evaluated on your accomplishments, there is no true end point to Stardew Valley. Even if, at that time, you do not like your evaluation, you can trigger another evaluation to earn more points at any time with version 1.1 of the game.

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With five different farm plots to choose from, twelve eligable marriage candidates regardless of your character’s gender, a plethora of items to farm, forage, and ship, and literally any way you wish to grow your farm, you will not be bored with Stardew Valley. Not only is it tons of fun to play on your own, you can also play co-op with up to four people tending to the same farm.

Stardew Valley gets…
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5 out of 5 lives.

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Reunion in Mineral Town

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

If you follow us on Twitter or Tumblr, fairly recently, I made little posts just celebrating my excitement at the fact that there will be remakes of a couple of my favorite games from the Harvest Moon series.

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I’ve been playing Stardew Valley recently, mostly because it reminds me of the simpler, older Harvest Moon games from when I was younger. While some of the more recent Harvest Moon games aren’t too bad, I do feel that some of them are somewhat gimmicky and have moved away from the charming gameplay that was just, “Build up your farm however you want, make friends, maybe get married and have a kid,” that the original games had.

My first Harvest Moon experience was Friends of Mineral Town for the Gameboy Advance and the idea of designing my own farm and taking care of the ranch animals was addictive and satisfying. I became more hooked on the series when More Friends of Mineral Town became a thing because, hey, I was able to play as a girl. Now, there are reports of a remake of Friends/More Friends of Mineral Town for the Switch coming out later this fall!

Rather, the fall date is for Japan, but it has been confirmed that the game will come out in North America as well. I am very excited and I’m hoping that maybe Rachel would like this one better than Light of Hope.

The only concern I have for it is that I’ve become accustomed to Stardew Valley’s lack of regard for gender when it comes to marriage. I don’t marry in these kind of games often at all, but the freedom is nice. Hopefully this is one of the updated mechanics that I’m sure this remake will have!

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