Top Tuesday: Favorite Kingdoms In Super Mario Odyssey

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Hype from Super Mario Odyssey has gone down a little bit. I haven’t had a chance to go back to the game and find the rest of the moons, but I did want to talk about some of my favorite levels from the game.

5. Cap Kingdom

This kingdom isn’t very large and, especially in the beginning of the game, you don’t do too much here. Still, I think it’s a cool place. It’s unique as far as Mario games go and I enjoy the atmosphere.

4. Bowser’s Kingdom

Bowser levels are usually one of my favorites in Mario games. While I enjoyed this one, it didn’t make it too high on the list. It was certainly different and not at all what I expected. I missed the lava pits, but it was a cool level anyway. The music was excellent.

3. Snow Kingdom

This was a pretty level. I especially loved the many doors you could go through to get to smaller levels within the main level. Also, crushing the snow was the most satisfying thing ever.

2. Sand Kingdom

I’m not one for the desert levels, though this didn’t feel like a typical Mario desert. The Sand Kingdom is the second main kingdom and it’s so big that it’s almost overwhelming. But I felt like I was playing Breath of the Wild again because it was so open and there were so many things to do. Of course, the other kingdoms were big as well, but the Sand Kingdom felt the biggest and had the most stuff to do.

1. Mushroom Kingdom

Call me cliche, but I really enjoyed the throwback to Super Mario 64. The way they did the castle and the outside were awesome as well as the music and the various paintings that you could find and hop into.

What are your favorite kingdoms in Odyssey? Have you completed the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Levels In Super Mario 64

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With so much hype for Super Mario Odyssey, I’ve been thinking about Super Mario 64. The two games are similar, yet vastly different. I enjoy both games, but I do miss playing Super Mario 64.

 

Top Tuesday, Super Mario 64 Levels

5. Bob-omb Battlefield

I think this level is one of my favorites by default. It’s the first level of the game and can be considered the easiest, but I think it has a mixture of easy and hard. Flying with the wing cap can be difficult, yet getting the star behind Chain Chomp can take two seconds. Or an hour depending on how well you can get Mario to land that ground-pound.

4. Whomp’s Fortress

This is another level that’s well designed. I especially love this one though merely for the fact that it hands out a lot of coins. I love collecting coins.

3. Tick Tock Clock

This is a very well crafted level. It can be tricky with so many high places to jump up to, but I think it’s awesome that they have the cogs work at a certain speed depending on what time you jump into the clock to enter the level.

2. Lethal Lava Land

Um, there’s fire and a volcano. So it’s cool.

1. Big Boo’s Haunt

I always love the Boo mansions in any of the Mario games. They’re tricky with twists and turns and I just find the levels to overall be well designed because they’re supposed to be spooky and hard. While this particular level in Super Mario 64 isn’t that difficult, I still enjoy the design and the music.

What are some of your favorite levels? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Most Wanted Nintendo Switch Games

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I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about this before way back when the Nintendo Switch came out (it’s already been seven months… wow!), but I wanted to talk about some games that I hope will come to the console in the near future.

Top Tuesday: Most Wanted Games for the Nintendo Switch

4. Luigi’s Mansion

I would love to have a third Luigi’s Mansion game, but at this point, I wouldn’t even care if they remade the first one and maybe added a little to it. I love the Gamecube and, at the time, the graphics were awesome, but I would love to see Luigi on the TV with Switch graphics!

3. Animal Crossing

New Leaf came out for the 3DS in 2012. That’s a long time ago! Sure, they’ve come out with Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival since then, but… I want a new game. And now that I have the New 2DS XL, I wouldn’t care if they put it on there. Still, I would love to see it on the Switch, on my TV.

2. Pokemon

Give me something. Anything. I prefer a main game, but I’ll take any sort of Pokemon. And yes, I know there’s Pokken Tournament DX, but like I said I want a main game. And, I think that’s what they’re working on, but it’d be nice to have some updates on it.

1. Super Smash Brothers

I can’t believe that they haven’t officially announced this yet. I say officially because we all believe that’s what Reggie said in his blurred-beeped-out speech during the Nintendo World Championship. I’m down for a brand new Smash game or a deluxe version. Like all the other games, I just want to see it on the Switch.

What games are you hoping for? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Breath Of The Wild Shrines

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Kris and I finally got all 120 shrines in Breath of The Wild! This was no easy feat for us and now that we’ve seen all the puzzles, I thought I’d talk about my favorite ones.

 

5. Blessings

The Blessings were some of my favorite shrines mostly because they were usually hidden. I loved exploring the open world so it was so satisfying to come across a hidden shrine.

4. Twin Memories

This is two shrines, the Shee Vaneer Shrine in the Dueling Peaks tower region. All you have to do is visit both and remember what you see and put an orb inside certain holes. It’s like a memory game and I enjoyed that.

3. Bravery’s Grasp

This is the Ishto Sho Shrine in the Wastelands tower region. This one is all about timing and using the tools you have (Stasis) to solve the puzzle. I enjoyed the ones that needed good timing skills. It can be a lot of waiting, but they’re clever nonetheless.

2. A Major Test of Strength

I loved all the tests of strengths. The major ones the best because they were, of course, harder. I especially loved when we came across these shrines in the beginning of the game because it was hilarious watching Kris try to beat them.

1. Shrine Quests

Some of the shrine quests were blessings, but some had puzzles on the inside. My favorite part about these were that they were hidden by a riddle or just were not in plain sight at all. You really had to work to find them and it allowed you to explore parts of the land you hadn’t been to yet.

Did you find all 120 shrines? What were your favorite puzzles? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Donkey Kong Family Members

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Today I thought I’d talk about something a little random, something that most people probably haven’t thought about in a while.

 

Top tuesday: favorite Donkey Kong family members

Donkey Kong is obviously a great character and a favorite of mine, but I kept him off this list because he’s such an obvious choice for this list.

5. Funky Kong

According to the logic of little-kid-Rachel, Funky Kong was cool because one, his name was Funky. Two, he talked cool and had a surfboard with a plane.

4. Tiny Kong

I have to admit that Tiny Kong is a bit hard for me to remember. I didn’t play Donkey Kong 64 all that much but, like Dixie, I enjoyed being able to play as a girl. And, for some reason, I always felt close to her because she could shrink. And I’m short. That was, again, little-kid-Rachel logic way back when.

3. Cranky Kong

How can you not love him? I think my favorite part of Cranky Kong is the beginning of Donkey Kong Country before the game even starts when he throws a bomb at Donkey Kong for dancing. It’s one of my favorite opening sequences of all time.

2. Diddy Kong

I have to admit, I was surprised I didn’t put Diddy in the number one spot. He’s near and dear to my heart. Diddy is a wonderful character whether he’s by Donkey Kong’s side, starring in his own game, or beating people up in Smash Brothers. Still, there’s one thing that he can not do.

1. Dixie Kong

Yes, Diddy has his jetpack, but Dixie can fly. With her hair. Dixie was always a favorite of mine. I was pleased to see a playable girl in Diddy’s Kong Quest. She was a great addition and… well, her hair. She has nice hair.

Who are your favorite Donkey Kong family members? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Sidekick Characters

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I have to admit, I still have Pokemon on the brain, so it took me a little while to figure out what I wanted to talk about for today’s list.

It’s a tad on the random side, but it’s video game related, so… there you go.

5. Tails

Tails from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is a great character. He’s like a little brother to Sonic, but is a great friend who also knows what’s he’s doing. He’s smart, can think quickly, and can fly. He’s the kind of character that the hero would be lost without.

4. Diddy Kong

Diddy Kong is a character who isn’t mentioned that often. I think most people forget about him pretty easily because they’re more focused on Donkey Kong. Yes, he’s stronger, but Diddy was always faster and… I just always preferred him for some reason.

3. Luigi

Some people may not consider Luigi a sidekick, but that’s how he originally started. He was always there to help or cheer on his big brother Mario from the sidelines. He even has his own game where he saves Mario… you can’t get a better sidekick than that.

2. Navi

People rag on Navi from the Legend of Zelda series because she’s “annoying” or “bossy” or whatever. Still, I always enjoyed her and she stuck around poor little Link as an adult and a child, which is pretty special, especially since he wasn’t a typical Kokiri.

1. Fi

I didn’t plan on having two characters from the same series, but I had to put Navi on the list and Fi… well, Fi is pretty awesome too. She’s Link’s sidekick in Skyward Sword as she is his sword. She’s the Master Sword and the game Skyward Sword is considered the first in the Legend of Zelda timeline. Which means… well, the way I see it, Fi is in every single Zelda game aiding Link along the way. If that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is.

Who are your favorite sidekicks? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Legendary Pokemon

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It’s time for another quick top list.

Who’s your favorite legendary Pokemon?

5. Latios & Latias

Right away, I’m cheating. But Latios and Latias are a set, so I’d be crazy to just list one of them. Both Dragon- and Psychic-types from the Hoenn region and star in the Pokemon: Heroes movie, which is a great movie. I think that’s why I love these two so much.

4. Rayquaza

Also from the Hoenn region, Rayquaza is a Dragon- and Flying-type. I’ve never actually used him before, but he’s majestic and wonderful. And I really like his design.

3. Xerneas

Xerneas… a majestic Fairy-type from the Kalos region. He’s powerful and he too has a cool design. I love him as a Pokemon, but I mainly love the fact that his antlers look like they glow in the dark.

2. Solgaleo

A Psychic- and Steel-type from the Alola region, I absolutely love Solgaleo. He’s powerful, like most legendaries, but I especially love him because I love lions. No, they’re not my favorite animal, but I when I was younger and thought I’d be going to Professor Xavier’s X-Men Institute, I figured my powers would be to transform into a lion.

1. Entei

Going all the way back to Johto, where my journey officially began, Entei is my favorite out of the legendary trio. This is mainly because he’s a Fire-type, but also because I loved him in the movie, Spell of the Unown.

Who is your favorite Legendary Pokemon? Do you try to get your hands on all of them?

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