Luigi’s Mansion 3 Cover Art

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m anticipating the arrival of Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch. The official box art was revealed yesterday and it’s made me more excited than ever to play the game.

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I came across the official cover art of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the Internet yesterday and I was impressed immediately – though not surprised. The graphics for the Nintendo Switch have really come a long way compared to previous consoles and games. So, the fact that they added as much detail to the cover art as possible is not a surprise to me at all.

The flat, yet the 3D effect of the title looks like gummies to me that I could eat. Or those slime stickers that you can easily peel off the paper and stick to your windows. No matter what it looks like to you, it looks good. Gooigi, at the top, looks just like the title. Just less sticky and gooier, I guess.

I remember when Super Mario Odyssey came out and so many people were impressed by Mario’s hair and the slick effects on Bowser. Now, it’s Luigi’s turn for the spotlight. What stands out of the most to me is his hat. You can clearly see the thread lines in the “L” the fabric of his hat overall. Of course, Luigi’s hat is his trademark in a way, similar to how Mario’s hat is his own. Having the main feature and details in Luigi’s hat was a great choice.

On the other hand, I feel like the rest of Luigi looks like clay. Especially his mustache, eyebrows, and the sweatdrop on the side of his face. It doesn’t look bad, though. I think it looks cool.

Overall, the cover art looks great and I’m excited more than ever to play the game. The end of 2019 can’t come soon enough. (And yet, I hope the summer lasts a long time.)

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Our Thoughts On Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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One of our first debates was Harvest Moon versus Animal Crossing as a couple of our favorite franchises, and we’ve even challenged each other to play games in each of the series to give them another try. Recently, I did get a new appreciation for New Leaf, even if my interest is waning a bit with it now. With that, I found myself a little more intrigued than I expected myself to be at the Animal Crossing: New Horizons news at E3 this year.

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I’ve wanted an Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch for so long now. As soon as they announced it, I was instantly excited. We finally got more news on it at E3 this year and they showed off an interesting trailer. It showcased some of the new mechanics of the game that, honestly, had me tilting my head.

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It did give us a few new mechanics that Rachel and I had been talking about recently for the games, such as having lawns to decorate instead of just decorating inside the houses. Having customizable characters is a plus as well. Something that I was interested in was the farming mechanic. I started laughing, marveling at how Animal Crossing is adopting some Harvest Moon aspects.

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Having a yard to call your own is great, I agree. As well as customizing your character. However, I wonder if they’ll still allow for a random option? I always enjoyed being surprised at how good or derpy I’d look. The farming mechanic is what made me tilt my head. As you all know by now, Harvest Moon is not my favorite game. I always preferred Animal Crossing because I found it be more chill and less “work.” You can make your own tools and, I assume, have to gather materials to make said tools. The farming itself seems fun, that I never minded too much. Although, with the real-time mechanic of the game, I have a feeling crops are going to die a lot.

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It’d be nice if there was still a random option at the beginning for your looks, but I do enjoy the idea of customization. I like the different skin tones that are available! See, I always felt that Animal Crossing wasn’t as goal-orientated as Harvest Moon, which I disliked. Having played New Leaf a bit more, I do see the goals you can make but I feel that it’s more “work” and time restrictive than most Harvest Moon installments are. I’m hoping the farming mechanic will be akin to the earlier Harvest Moon games, in that you plant them, water them once a day, and there you go. Of course, I presume the farming — and even some of the tools — will be optional, so you can have your game be as chill as you want.

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I find it funny how I think Harvest Moon is more “work” and you think Animal Crossing is more “work.” Maybe farming and such will be optional, I don’t know. I’m all for new mechanics and ways on improving the gameplay, but seeing something so similar to Harvest Moon made me stop and think for a moment.

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Isn’t it strange? I still believe you should give an earlier Harvest Moon game a try, perhaps More Friends of Mineral Town, as opposed to the Light of Hope that I had you try before. You may enjoy the simplicity of that more. I do hope you’ll still be excited for and enjoy Animal Crossing: New Horizons, considering it’s been one of your favorite franchises for years.

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I’m still excited for New Horizons and I’m intrigued by the changes. I know it’ll be a great game regardless. I’m curious how it’ll turn out though. The release can’t come soon enough.

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Our Favorite Nintendo 64 Games

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We’ve been able to have blasts from the past with the classic mini consoles, but there is another older console that is dear to our hearts. The N64 was probably one of our best eras of gaming, being old enough to complete games on our own with a better understanding and fondness for plenty of the series that were on the console. One of my favorites for the console — which will be a complete surprise to no one — is the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Being one of my first video games, it’s one of my favorites mainly for nostalgia and for introducing me to this amazing franchise.

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Ocarina of Time is hands-down one of the best games ever. Even though I never played it myself, I used to love watching you play through it – especially the harder temples. I still love watching you play. For me, though, I have to say Paper Mario. My, we are predictable, aren’t we?

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We are definitely a bit predictable with some of our favorites, but they’re great games! Paper Mario for the N64 was the strong start of a series — even if it didn’t have the strongest finish — and continued the RPG genre for Mario and friends after Super Mario RPG. Speaking of being inspired by RPGs, my second favorite N64 game would be Pokemon Stadium 2. Both installments are the same concept, but the second has both generations of Pokemon that were out at the time.

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Oh, yeah. Pokemon Stadium 2 was a great one. I agree, I think the second one was better, but they had more to offer. Speaking of big franchises though, you can’t go wrong with the Mario Party series. Mario Party 1, 2, and 3 were all on the Nintendo 64. Mario Party 2 was definitely the best of the three, but they were all great fun.

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The Mario Party series, especially the earlier games, is fantastic. Mario Party 2 is definitely a favorite, but I do miss Mario Party 3 a lot as well. It may be due to the fact that we have Mario Party 2 for the Wii’s Virtual Console and we haven’t played Mario Party 3 since the N64’s time. I also have fond memories of Mario Tennis. I remember renting that often enough from Blockbuster, but I really don’t remember why I was so interested in it, haha! It was just a fun game for me back then. Despite that, oddly enough, I have no interest in the Switch’s Mario Tennis game.

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Oh, wow. Mario Tennis. I honestly don’t even really remember that one. But really, though, how can we forget Super Mario 64? That game is iconic even though we didn’t fully beat it until just a couple years ago.

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Ah, yes, Super Mario 64… That is still one of the best games out there, despite how frustrating it can be to play nowadays with the controls and Mario sometimes being a dork. Still, it was absolutely satisfying to get all 120 stars in the game! The N64 was a great era of gaming, and I wish now more than ever that there will one day be an N64 Classic.

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I can only keep my fingers crossed for a Nintendo 64 Classic someday. Seriously, Nintendo. They would make bank if they did that and so many people would be super happy.

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Flashback Friday: Tomodachi Life

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Guys, June is pretty much over. The year is half over. How have you all been doing? We’ve been going through our older games, figuring out games to return to amid all of the new releases that have been coming out lately.

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Tomodachi Life was a game that I was a bit skeptical of when I first heard about it. It sounded so silly but I was looking forward to it nonetheless. Anything else that we could do with the Miis was amusing to me.

Tomodachi Life came out for the 3DS in Japan in April 2013 and in 2014 for the rest of the world. It’s a simulation game where one has an island of Miis that can interact with each other. It’s not a gameplay-heavy game. Rather, you move various Miis onto the island where their personalities influence the activities they do, such as eating, collecting outfits, and developing relationships — both platonic and romantic — with each other. It had positive reviews, inspiring the mobile app Miitomo and, a few years later, Miitopia.

It’s actually a fun little game that I need to return to and see what my Miis are up to. I’m pretty sure my “look-alike” Mii is married and has kids. I’ve been thinking about the game lately, mainly because I’ve returned to Miitopia.

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Diddy Kong Racing [Video Game Review]

Video Game Review: Diddy Kong Racing DS | Nintendo | Video Games | Gaming | Racing Games | Review | RachelPoli.com

Title: Diddy Kong Racing DS
Developer: Rare, Ultimate Play the Game
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo DS
Category:
Racing, Adventure
Release Date: 
February 5, 2007
How we got the game: 
I got it as a gift long ago

 

 

 

Diddy Kong Racing will always have a special place in my heart. I remember playing this game originally on the Nintendo 64 when I was a kid, not that I was any good at it. I believe I got the Nintendo DS version for my birthday or Christmas the year it came out. Picking it up again, it was certainly a fun trip down memory lane.

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This is a racing game so, of course, you choose a character and you race through various courses. The roster isn’t huge with only eight playable characters plus four more to unlock making a total of 12 playable characters. Still, that’s not too bad considering the time the game was originally made. Also, instead of playing as Banjo or Conker, they were replaced with Tiny Kong and Dixie Kong.

In the regular adventure mode, you choose a character, a vehicle, and a track. Then you race. There are three different vehicles to choose from – kart, hovercraft, or plane. I was only good with the kart. The hovercraft was okay to control, but I was horrendous with the plane. These vehicles can be used in most of the tracks. Some tracks allow all three while other tracks allow certain vehicles. For example, you can’t use a kart or plane in Pirate Lagoon because it’s mostly water.

Speaking of tracks, there are six different areas, each one with four racing courses for a grand total of 24 tracks. Each course has balloons scattered about which give you an item. There aren’t too many items in this game and you get a certain item depending on which color balloon you pop. For example, a red balloon will give you a missile. You can upgrade your items by collecting Rareware coins that are scattered about the tracks. However, I mostly through my items blindly because I was too focused on trying to stay on the road.

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There is a story mode to this game, one that I didn’t complete. Taj the Genie is a blue elephant that rides around on a magic carpet. He aids you by giving you new vehicles and the like. Of course, to unlock them you need to beat him in a race and… well, that plane. As I said, I was horrendous with it.

Anyway, long story short, we need to race in order to stop Wizpig from taking over the island when Timber’s parents go away on vacation. Timber can’t fit Wizpig alone, so he calls on Diddy and the rest of the gang to help him out.

That’s pretty much all there is to it. It’s just a way to unlock more tracks and characters, which is a pretty clever way to do things. Although, I don’t think this particular game really needed a story.

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Graphics-wise, this game is definitely better than when it was originally released in 1997 for the Nintendo 64. Still, I don’t think the graphics are great. I’m not complaining though. It’s still charming.

The music is probably the best thing about this game. The beats are so energizing that even if I haven’t played the game in a while, I find myself humming the main menu tune.

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This game is fun to play if you’re feeling a bit nostalgic. I’m sure I’ll get back to it and play it again at some point in my life, though this isn’t a game I’d go to all the time. It’s fun to play once in a while though.

Diddy Kong Racing DS gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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Mario Kart Choices

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has always been a staple when it comes to playing with friends and family. It’s generally simple enough for new gamers to pick up the concept, even if it does take practice to get used to the controls. Those who are more competitive tend to take a good look at the racers, the karts, and the karts’ components to optimize speed and handling for when racing around the tracks. While I glance at my character’s stats, I usually just go with a couple of favorites.

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I honestly never paid too much attention to the stats of the karts. As the Mario Kart franchise grew and newer games came out, picking your kart or bike along with the wheels and other accessories evolved. I always look at the different options and combinations as though I’m really thinking about the stats. In truth though, I just pick out what looks cool.

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My current picks tend to be just what I favor in terms of style rather than stats as well. Now that Link is go-karting with Mario, I tend to pick him with one of the Hyrule-themed bikes and parachutes. If I decide to pick a kart rather than bike, I think Koopa Troopa is adorable on a kart with the biggest wheels we have available. Before the game became saturated with characters — many of them near clones of each other — I don’t remember having a favorite. In Double Dash’s time, I think I always just picked Daisy because she was the “tomboy princess” rather than actually liking her as a character.

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I always go for the Standard Bike along with the azure wheels. Why? Standard is standard and the wheels are blue. I’ll change the parachute depending on my mood that day. When it comes to the characters, I basically pick King Boo each time. I used to use Yoshi all the time but then our cousin liked to use him so I always chose Luigi, despite having the ability to use different colored Yoshi. Then, one day, I decided to be King Boo for some reason and I never went back.

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Yes, you betrayed Luigi, haha! Link was an obvious choice for me when we got the game, for he’s one of my favorite video game characters of all time, but it was also nice to have a choice that wasn’t simply a clone or color-swap of the other characters. The Mario characters are wonderful, but there’s a good chunk that are just Koopalings, the baby characters, and metal versions of each other. Having Link, along with the Animal Crossing and Splatoon characters, gave the character roster a bit of fresh air. Obviously, it’s Mario Kart, so it being mainly Mario characters makes perfect sense, but a little variety is nice.

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If they really want to add more characters, they should include Goomba, Piranha Plant, and other Mario characters and enemies. I mean, Piranha Plant is in Smash and Boo is driving with no legs, so Goomba should have no trouble driving with no arms. I think it makes perfect sense.

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Especially since Goomba has joined Super Mario Party and does just fine in the mini-games with no arms, haha! I do wonder how much the stats affect the characters as they’re racing in comparison with the player’s skill. I’m not too bad at Mario Kart, but there are definitely times when I’m behind and am relying on the random chaos of items to try to catch up with a faster kart. Still, I enjoy playing with my favorite characters and karts rather than studying all the stats for the best chance of winning

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I’m not entirely sure how it all works together. Honestly, it could be all be in our heads. Still, it’s a fun time.

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Character Spotlight: Alfyn Greengrass

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

We’re already at the end of June, so here we are with another character spotlight.

Character Spotlight: Alfyn Greengrass | Octopath Traveler | Nintendo | Square Enix | Nintendo Switch | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Alfyn Greengrass is a 21-year-old apothecary in Octopath Traveler. He’s one of the eight main characters you can choose to play as and he is a great asset to your team. He’s a perky guy and seems to have everyone’s best interest at heart. Oddly enough, this is, more or less, what he struggles with throughout his main story.

The moment I heart Alfyn’s voice, I immediately loved his character. He’s adorable and an all-around good guy. While his particular storyline was pretty predictable for me, I loved going through his backstory and having him in battle.

In battle, Alfyn seems to have the most smart-ass comments to the enemies throughout whether he’s attacking or healing someone. It’s great and definitely adds a little more humor to the story. His attacks are also just really well done and can be pretty strong. If I remember correctly, he wasn’t our strongest physically or magically, but he pulled his own weight in battle nonetheless. I’d love to play the game again with him as our chosen character just to see how strong he’d get by the end.

Overall, Alfyn was a great character. He had a fun personality, great moves in battle, and an interesting story. He’s easily one of my favorites from Octopath Traveler.

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