The Digital Age

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy July, everyone!

Recent news about game stores and physical games have made me come to a realization, one that I’m a bit bemused by…

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Fairly recently, I read a couple of stories about how GameStop is in buyout talks and physical copies of Fortnite are being sold for hundreds of dollars, and it made me realize something…

I’m old.

Not really, but considering how fast technology has grown during my lifetime, it makes me feel a little old. For example, I know that the “save” symbol in Microsoft Word is based off of a floppy disk. My cousins, who are about half of my age, have never seen a floppy disk nor do they even use Word anymore — it’s all Google Docs, which I have yet to fully figure out.

I have lived during the release of every Nintendo video game console with the exception of the original NES. I have seen Blockbuster at the height of its business as well as when they closed their doors for good. Guys, I’m as old as the World Wide WebAnd now nearly everything is at our fingertips — video games, groceries, clothes, these can all be bought at the click of a button and be delivered to your house if not able to be downloaded right away. I’m totally guilty with that too. I download games way more often lately than I do buy physical games, and if I do get a physical game, it’s probably ordered from Amazon.

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On a side note, Whose Line is it Anyway? was a fantastic show.

It’s amazing how many strides video games have made during my lifetime, from the NES’s blocky cartridges that only supported two players at most to being able to play with multiple people around the world while online to even virtual reality. These innovations are being programmed rapid-fire and, while feeling old is still there, I’m also excited to see how much farther programming and coding can leap while I’m alive.

Are you “old” like me? What are your favorite advancements in the digital age?

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N64 Classic Wish List

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Rumors abound that Nintendo will be giving us the N64 Classic at some point in the future. Everyone and their mother has a wish list detailing what games they would like to see on a classic version of the N64 console, and Rachel and I are no exception. Frankly, I think a couple of the obvious games would be the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, despite those having been remade for the Nintendo 3DS family.

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If this turns into a real thing, I really want the Mario Party 1, 2, and 3. I would hope, after hearing so many complaints from the latest Mario Party games, especially Top 100, Nintendo would listen and add the original 3 Mario Party games onto the tiny console.

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At least one of those has to be on there! I believe Mario Party 2 is the most popular, but Mario Party being the original probably has a better shot at being on there if Nintendo could only pick one. I’d love to see Pokemon Stadium, either one if not both, on the Classic console. Those games were so much fun!

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I would prefer both Pokemon Stadiums. While they’re at it, they can add a brand new one as well. Pokemon Snap would certainly be great to revisit as well. People would go nuts for that, I think.

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I wonder if the Poke Finder in the Rotom Dex in Sun and Moon was supposed to be a little nod to Pokemon Snap? People would love it if Snap made a comeback in the N64 Classic! The original Smash Bros., Super Mario 64, and Harvest Moon 64 would be great additions, if not shoe-ins, as well.

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I would love to play the original Smash game again. That’d be so much fun, especially with the new one coming out. Also, I’m sure this is a given for me, but I’d love to have Paper Mario on there. We have it on the Wii from the virtual console, but it’d be fun to play it on the Nintendo64 again… even if it shrunk.

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Yoshi’s Story would be adorable to see again, and Mario Kart 64 would be fun to revisit. I’m sure fans of Star Fox 64 would welcome it, as well as Donkey Kong 64. There are quite a few games with “64” in the title, aren’t there?

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I was just going to say, there are a lot of “64” games. I’d love to play Donkey Kong 64 again and even play Banjo Kazooie, which is a game I’ve never tried myself. Overall, the Nintendo64 was a classic and had so many great games. I really do hope they bring it back.

What N64 games would you like to see on an N64 Classic console? Let us know in the comments below!

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Animal Crossing Overhaul! [Gaming News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I have found some exciting news! That may or may not be that exciting… especially if it’s not true…

But we can still get our hopes up, right?

Animal Crossing Overhaul | Nintendo | Video Games | Gaming Rumors | DoublexJump.com

There’s a rumor going around that Nintendo is revamping the Animal Crossing website.

There are placeholders on certain pages on their official Animal Crossing website, such as the news page. People are wondering if this means Nintendo is preparing to reveal something big.

A new game, maybe?

And when I say a new game, I mean a new main game? I want another New Leaf.

I’m sure they’re working on something new because so many people want it and it’s about time a new Animal Crossing game is made. Plus, Nintendo is very good at keeping secrets… Super Smash Bros. for the Switch being a prime example.

Keep your fingers crossed something is announced fairly soon.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you hope they’ll announce a new Animal Crossing game soon? Let me know in the comments below!

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Of Lego Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well and staying warm. There’s more snow coming our way where we live.

As for Lego games, I don’t really get this series…

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There’s a rumor that there will be a Lego The Incredibles game coming to the Nintendo Switch. There are currently over a dozen video games starring Lego characters and… I dunno, I never really understood the hype.

They’re cute, yes, and playing with actual Legos was always awesome when I was a kid (and as an adult). As video games, however, they were never my favorite. We have a couple of Lego games, such as the Hobbit and Harry Potter, but playing through scenes of the movies and books wasn’t that great to me. There wasn’t much of a challenge in collecting Lego pieces and it seemed a little silly to have the need to do so to build up parts of the world to move on.

I suppose being Lego-fied, characters and stories like Batman and the Lord of the Rings are more accessible to kids and younger gamers rather than Arkham Asylum and Shadows of Mordor. For me, though, they weren’t games that tended to keep my interest.

What do you think of the Lego games? Do you enjoy them?

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Nintendo Direct On January 11 [Rumor]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday and Happy 2018!

With a new year comes a lot of new things. I feel like most people came into the new year with hope and positivity and I hope it stays that way.

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Word on the internet is that there will be a Nintendo Direct on Thursday, January 11th. This direct may showcase some up and coming games for the year for the Switch and 3DS.

Of course, this date is just a rumor but I get the feeling it’s most likely true. It’ll be happening sometime this month at the very least.

What am I hoping for? Well, I’m still hoping for some certain games that I’ve talked about plenty of times before.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Switch

Please? Anyone? Please.

Super Smash Brothers for the Switch

I’m eager to play this game on the Switch. I don’t care if it’s a deluxe version or a brand new version (though brand new would be preferable). I just want to duke it out with my favorite characters on Switch with my friends and pretty graphics.

Animal Crossing for the Switch and/or 3DS

I want another main Animal Crossing game. I want another New Left but bigger and better.

Pokemon

I know they’re coming out with something for the Switch. I’m hoping they shed some more light on what that will be about.

Mario Party for the Switch

A real Mario Party. A good one.

That’s all I really want. I mean, I’m sure I’m forgetting a few games, but I’ll keep it simple for now.

I don’t think those games are too much to ask for… right?

What games are you hoping they announce at the Nintendo Direct? Are they any special games you’re looking forward to in 2018? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to chat with you.

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Discord and Nintendo’s Voice Chat

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…!

While single-player games are amazing, especially since Rachel and I have each other as sometimes-snarky cheerleaders for each other whenever we play those games, multiplayer games can be so much fun. With the online capabilities of nowadays, being able to play with friends who don’t live around the corner is fantastic. Voice chatting definitely helps, but the platform needs to be done well…

How many of you actually use Nintendo’s voice chat? You know, the Nintendo Switch Online app on your phone? We personally haven’t. We’ve heard it wasn’t that great…

We do use Discord, however, mostly just between each other when we’re working in different rooms, but we’ve also played around with Discord’s voice chat while playing online games together. Recently, there was an article on My Nintendo News that mentioned how Discord would be willing to talk with Nintendo about powering Nintendo’s voice chat, and it honestly sounds like it would be a good partnership.

The article itself didn’t mention many details, but from what I’ve heard of the Nintendo Voice Chat, it needs an overhaul. Discord is a popular choice amid gamers nowadays, as forums, video, and voice chat. With all the games that Nintendo is bringing to the Switch, especially multiplayer games, having a well-working voice chat system is crucial.

 

Do you use Nintendo’s Voice Chat app? How well do you think Discord would work as Nintendo’s voice chat platform?

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Achievement Unlocked

Happy Tuesday!

Did you know that the Nintendo Switch has been out for six months now? Despite knowing that, I feel like I’ve had the Switch for a lot longer.

In its sudden old age, they may be adding a cool update.

This may be old news, but I just found out about it yesterday.

Apparently, there was a leak on a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread by an indie developer who is putting their game, Lichtspeer, onto the Nintendo Switch.

They said, and I quote:

“Nintendo doesn’t have an official support for Achievements and Leaderboards, like Sony or Microsoft but we know that they’re working on it.”

Yes, please.

I always loved the achievements on consoles. It was one of my favorite things about the XBox. There’s just something about it that makes you feel so accomplished.

Every time you get a notification that you earned something in the game or you did something so many times, it warms my heart. I feel good, feel accomplished, and feel as though I’m making progress in the game.

This is why I love it when games tell you the percentage you’re on in the game at the title screen. I like to see if I’m 57% through the game. Halfway, that’s amazing! Or, if I’m 33% through a game I really enjoy, I’m happy that I still have a while left to go.

I also love to see how many hours I’ve logged into a game. I don’t know why, but the more hours I put into a game, the more accomplished I feel. No, I don’t feel like I’m “wasting my time,” I feel like I’m putting a lot of hard work and effort into a game I really enjoy.

I don’t know if this is considered a “leak” or a “rumor.” I don’t even know if this is old news or new news. Still, it excites me.

I would love for Nintendo to add such a feature. It would make gaming a whole lot more competitive (for me) and would be so much fun, not to mention satisfying to keep up with.

Do you think Nintendo will add this feature? Do you want it to happen? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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