Original or Definitive Edition

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Nintendo Switch has been wildly successful in its year and a half out in the world. We are definitely impressed with ours, enjoying both the games and the multiple ways we can play.

Speaking of the games, though, many games have been ported to the Switch from the Wii U. The latest to get the treatment is Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. Do you think the Definitive Edition is worth it?

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I’ve been seeing Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition for the Switch all over the place considering the game just came out this past Friday. The original Hyrule Warriors came out about four years ago for the Wii U and, considering all of the improved Wii U ports the Switch has been getting during this past year, it’s not too surprising that Hyrule Warriors got the same Switch treatment.

I enjoyed Fire Emblem Warriors when it came out for the Switch and I liked Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U. I’ve been on the fence about getting HW: Definitive Edition, however. I have both the Wii U and the 3DS version of the game already, so I’m not certain if I want to drop another sixty bucks for the Definitive Edition.

On one hand, I understand that the Definitive Edition includes the downloadable content that the standard, if you will, editions had. With that said, I hadn’t paid much attention to what the DLC for Hyrule Warriors had been. Does the extra content make the Definitive Edition worth it? How much have I missed when it comes to the DLC for Hyrule Warriors?

When it came to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it wasn’t a difficult decision to buy the Switch version despite us having the Wii U edition of the game. We knew what the DLC was and figured it was worth it for the Switch version. At that time, we were eager to get games for the new console anyway, and a Mario Kart game seemed like a no-brainer. However, I don’t feel the same way when it comes to HW: Definitive Edition.

On the other hand, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Definitive Edition of the game from reviews and first impressions I’ve seen around, despite it only being out for a few days. Will the port be better than the Wii U original? Again? That brings up the bigger questions as to why so many Wii U games are being ported to the Switch and why they are so much more successful than when they were on the Wii U.

The simpler question for today, though, is do I splurge and get the Definitive Edition of Hyrule Warriors?

 

Are you playing Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition? What do you think of it?

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Breath of the Wild Zelda Mod

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Legend of Zelda franchise is famous for its trio of characters that are routinely reincarnated in every installment — Ganon, Link, and Zelda. Princess Zelda has been the titular character for nearly every installment of the franchise, being present in at least name if not in person. This post is about a special Breath of the Wild mod that has been created by talented coders that place Zelda as the main hero of the story rather than a passive role.

 

While Link is the hero of the series, Princess (or Queen, depending on the game) Zelda is arguably the most important character. She is the driving force behind both Link’s and Ganon’s actions, with her power being Link’s strength and Ganon’s weakness simultaneously. Zelda plays a more passive role in some games while other games portray her as more active, such as Ocarina of Time when she dons her Sheik disguise or Skyward Sword as she goes on her own journey to discover the power of the goddess blood running through her veins.

With Breath of the Wild, Zelda is sealed away with Calamity Ganon, using the last of her powers to keep him contained until Link can appear to slay him. A couple of modders — WilianZilv and Skriller, and later Ainz — got the idea to mod the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild in order to be able to play as Zelda in Link’s usual role. The team has since grown to be more than 20 people, a team that was dedicated to enhancing the mod — giving Zelda appropriate dialogue, music changes, new outfits — rather than just allowing players to switch character models. The mod, and all of its enhancements, were made with a Wii U copy of the game, and the modders have a discord channel to discuss updates and future features of the mod.

Various videos on YouTube have shown this mod in action. Seeing this mod begs the question: would you play a Legend of Zelda game as the titular character herself? Link is a huge part of the franchise, but I think it would be interesting to play as Princess Zelda — or Sheik or Tetra or another of her aliases — and fully explore her potential with her magic abilities. She was always a favorite when she showed up in the Super Smash Bros. franchise!

Are you interested in trying this mod? What do you think of a Zelda-lead game?

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New Level Designs Are Coming For The Legend Of Zelda [Gaming News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

So I was scrolling through My Nintendo News yesterday and I came across something interesting. Something I’d totally apply for if I had the skills or knew the JApanese language…

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Apparently, Nintendo has put out an add for a new level designer for the next Legend of Zelda game.

I know different people work on the different games, but this surprised me. I don’t know why because each Zelda game is different and people can only come up with so many new ideas.

Most Zelda games have dungeons. Link runs around, goes through all the dungeons, defeats all the bosses, and so one and so forth. Breath of the Wild was so vastly different (pun intended) than the rest of the franchise. It really makes me wonder how different – or similar – the next Zelda game will be from Breath of the Wild and the many games before it.

The article says this new level designer will create new events, dungeons, and fields. This makes me believe the new game may have a mind of its own, similar to Breath of the Wild. I wonder if there will be new dungeons with their own bosses or many trials scattered about with bosses – big and small – around the world.

Or maybe there will be both? I honestly wouldn’t mind having a mixture of the two. I loved the trials but I did miss the dungeons.

Only time will tell, I guess. I’m looking forward to the new game… whenever that may be.

Have you seen the article? What do you think the new Zelda game will be like? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Hero of Our Time – NateWantsToBattle

So, Spotify’s Daily Mix playlists are fairly spot-on. Lately, they’ve been creating two mixes for me based on video game music (apparently I listen to enough to warrant the need for two mixes). Due to listening to the likes of Big Bad Bosses, Spotify eventually threw “Hero of Our Time” at me by NateWantsToBattle, or Nathan Sharp, one of the members of Big Bad Bosses.

I fell in love with the energetic beat and the, “Go, hero, you can do it!” message of the song. The song itself is part of an album of original songs that Nate published dedicated to the Legend of Zelda series. He also has albums of Pokemon songs, as well as covers of hit songs and albums of his original work.

We hope you enjoy this song, as well as Nate’s other work if you choose to go and take a listen!

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Friday Favorites: Wii U Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

With the Switch out, not many folks are talking about the Wii U. The Switch seems to be everything that the Wii U tried to be, with all the game ports and the gamepad screen. Truth be told, our Wii U is usually used for Netflix and YouTube nowadays, but there are still some games that we enjoy turning on from time to time.

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Hyrule Warriors

If there are Legend of Zelda characters in the game, I’m going to buy it. This game was tons of fun, playing as multiple characters from the Legend of Zelda franchise, most that you would never get a chance to play as otherwise, and just slashing through hoards of enemies with a wide variety of weapons and magic. Character- and weapon-wise, Hyrule Warriors is much more diverse than Fire Emblem Warriors, even if it didn’t have as much options when it came to directing allies in the battles themselves.

Super Mario Maker

How could you not get excited about this game? The announcement that you could create your own Super Mario levels to share with the world was astounding. The sheer creativity and the simplicity of making your own levels was amazing.

Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

I’m a sucker for Legend of Zelda games, but Wind Waker was one that I was skeptical about. When it came out for the GameCube, I was in the camp of players that was a bit confused about the different art style. I didn’t mind it, but when Twilight Princess came out, I abandoned Wind Waker in favor of Link being able to turn into a wolf. When Wind Waker HD came out, I was more than ready to give it another try, and I enjoyed it on the Wii U.

What are your favorite Wii U games?

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Character Spotlight: Zelda

Happy Tuesday!

It’s the day after Christmas so I’m not doing anything but relaxing and playing any video games Santa got me.

For the final Character Spotlight of the year, I wanted to talk about Zelda. She’s been through a lot in 2017, so I think she deserves it.

Princess Zelda appeared in The Legend of Zelda for the NES in 1987 and most recently appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch in 2017. She’s been in an array of Legend of Zelda titles in between (of course, as the titles suggest) including spin-0ff games such as Hyrule Warriors and non-canon appearances such as the Super Smash Brothers series.

Zelda is one of my all-time favorite characters. Even though the games are mainly about Link (in a way) Zelda is more than a damsel in distress. She does what she can to protect Hyrule and rule her kingdom with an iron fist (against enemies, not her people).

When she’s able to fight, she really fights and it seems as though she always has a plan up her sleeve.

There are too many games in my radar at the moment, but I plan on playing the Champions’ Ballad DLC for Breath of the Wild soon. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Zelda in that.

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Favorite Games Played In 2017

Happy Thursday!

Yes, I’m doing a “Top” list on a Thursday… The end of the year is just about upon us, so here are my top ten favorite games I’ve played in 2017.

 

As of this post, I have played and reviewed a total of 27 games in 2017. A lot of them came out in the year 2017, some came out in 2016, and some before. It was hard to narrow down my favorites and it was even harder to put them in an “order.”

So, here you go. My top ten favorite games played in 2017:

10. Earth Atlantis

We got a free review key from the developers through Miketendo64 on the Nintendo Switch. If I had seen this game myself, I probably wouldn’t have bothered to pick it up. While it was a tedious game, it was fun and cool to play. You’re in a submarine, gaining power-ups to destroy robotic sea monsters. It’s all one map and new monsters appear after you defeat a couple. There’s a ton of bosses, but you have to defeat them all to beat the game.

9. Tallowmere

This was another game we got from the developers through Miketendo. Similar to Earth Atlantis, it’s a game that doesn’t seem to have an “ending.” You go through multiple random generated dungeon rooms defeating enemies, getting gold, freeing merchants, and finding new weapons and armor. It’s a fun, edgy game to see how far you can make it.

8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Such a simple, but fun game. For the Wii U, you play as Captain Toad going through multiple small stages to find green stars. You go back and forth between playing as Toad or Toadette as each is captured by a giant bird. The puzzles are simple, but I found myself dying a couple of times. It was a great low-key, casual game.

7. Paper Mario: Color Splash

I still miss the original Paper Mario game for the Nintendo 64, but Color Splash for the Wii U actually wasn’t that bad. I still had my problems with it and it certainly wasn’t like the original, but it was a better game than Sticker Star. Maybe Nintendo is catching on and they’ll make the series better again.

6. Super Mario Odyssey

While the main story was short, this was a great game. I really enjoyed exploring the new world of Mario. While the power moons were easy to come by, there are still so many hidden that I need to dig deep for. This game is filled with secrets and I feel as though there’s always something to explore. The music is catchy and it controls great. Odyssey was a great game this year.

5. Miitopia

I spent so long on this game and I was addicted to it for a while. This game was so much fun to add your own Mii along with friends and family to become a “mage” or other class and go on an adventure. The game was silly, but it was a lot of fun.

4. Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice

I love the Ace Attorney series as a whole and Spirit of Justice was an amazing installment. It brought back old characters and the cases were amazing.

3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

I had so much fun with this game with my sister and my cousins. I didn’t play Mario Kart 8 that much, but I played the deluxe version a lot. I enjoyed the new courses and certain the battle modes, which isn’t a mode I typically played before.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I mean… this had to go on this list. I can’t express enough how amazed I am at this game. The music, graphics, story, the open world… Nintendo really outdid themselves.

1. Pokemon Ultra Sun

Pokemon is my favorite gaming series. While Ultra Sun isn’t that much different from Sun, I did enjoy the small changes they made here and there. I have to admit if I had a choice between the two, I’d choose Ultra Sun over Sun. Even though it’s only been a year since Sun, it was nice to dive into another Pokemon game.

What were some of your favorites from 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

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