Top Tuesday: Favorite Pokemon Regions

Happy Tuesday!

It’s time for another top list and it’s pretty simple this week.

 

Top Tuesday: Favorite Pokemon Regions

While this was super hard to narrow down the seven regions into five and then try to put them in order, I came to this conclusion.

5. Alola

Alola is the latest region of the Pokemon world. I enjoyed it, I had a lot of fun, the islands were a cool aspect of it. Still, it’s not my favorite. It was different, which wasn’t a bad thing. But there were a lot of changes to the games and even though I liked those changes, things just weren’t the same. I miss the way everything else used to be. Though I loved being in that area, it’s not my number one region choice.

4. Kanto

The place that started it all. Normally I would have this be in the number one spot. It has a lot of fond memories and familiar towns, but this is a region I never really played through. When Kanto came out, I was too young to play the games myself. I watch Kris play and I watched the anime, but I never played them myself until years later. I love Kanto because it’s nostalgic.

3. Johto

Here is where it all began for me. When the Johto region came out, I was old enough to play the games myself and actually understand them. I played the games and when HeartGold and SoulSilver came out, I devoured through those ones as well.

2. Sinnoh

I know Sinnoh isn’t typically a fan favorite. I don’t understand why, but I’ve heard more people say they didn’t care for Sinnoh as much as the other regions. I think Barry was a big part of that, even though I quite enjoyed him as a character. But Pearl was the first game I ever completed. I also got the farthest on it with my Pokedex as well. It will always have a special place in my heart.

1. Kalos

The Kalos region was the closest region I had to Sinnoh. I completed X in two days and I’ve almost completed my Pokedex in full. (One of these days I’ll do it… I swear!) I enjoyed all the brand new animations and features of the game. Kalos was a fun place to visit.

What are your favorite regions? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Gamecube Games

Happy Tuesday!

A few weeks ago I talked about my favorite 3DS games, so I thought I’d talk about another console I love.

 

5. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

This is a terrible game, Kris and I had so much fun playing it together. My favorite part was the Chao garden more so than the actual game, but it was still a lot of fun back then.

4. Mario Party 4

This is another game that wasn’t too great. It was my favorite Mario Party for a while, mostly because of the 2V2 mini-games that Kris and I dominated the CPU characters at. It’s not the best Mario Party now, but it’s still a good game.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

This is another game Kris and I played a lot together. I usually watch her play Zelda games, but I often played this one with her. She would battle while I picked up the force gems afterward. We had a lot of fun.

2. Animal Crossing

The original Animal Crossing games was one of the best. I never 100% the game, but I did completely pay off my debt and I felt as though that was a huge accomplishment. Now if only it were that easy in real life.

1. Luigi’s Mansion

Luigi is one of my favorite characters. I was so excited when I found out that there was going to be a game for him. A haunted mansion was involved too, which was really cool and different for a Mario-type game. It’s not just my favorite Gamecube game, but one of my all-time favorite games.

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

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Party Star Rush Modes

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Since I just recently “finished” Mario Party Star Rush, I thought I’d talk about the modes I enjoyed playing!

 

Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Party Star Rush Modes5. Rhythm Recital

This game is exactly what it sounds like. You choose a character, pick an instrument, pick a song, and then you play the song in a Guitar Hero type way. Except, each note is just a tap on the touch screen and it’s super easy.

I enjoy this game because I like listening to the various Mario songs from the different games and I’ve always liked the musical type games. The only thing about it is the notes can be fickle sometimes. It’ll rank you as “great” instead of “perfect.” I’ve gotten a “B” on all songs, except one, even if I have 20-something “greats,” and over 100 “perfects” with no “okays” or “misses.” When they say perfect, they really mean perfect…

4. Challenge Tower

I find this game to be a little out of place. I feel like it would have worked well as a mini-game for the main mode. You choose a character and climb a tower. Each floor you get to will light up a different color.

Blue means it’s safe, yellow means there’s an Amp nearby, red means there’s two, and purple means it’s surrounded by Amps. You hit an Amp, you fail. The point is to get to the top without hitting any Amps. It’s an interesting puzzle challenge. I managed to beat the 30-floor tower, but I have yet to beat the 50-floor tower.

3. Mario Shuffle

When I first played this game, I didn’t enjoy it. After playing a second and third time I started to appreciate it a little more as I realized there was a strategy for it.

You play as three characters your three opponents are at the opposite end. You want all three of your characters to make it to the other side before the opposing team. You roll two dice blocks at once, allowing two of your characters to move at a time. If you roll doubles, all three of your characters can move.

There are certain spaces that make you go back or move extra. The halfway spot is a pitfall that makes you go back to the beginning. If you land on the same space as your opponent, you send them back to their start and vice versa. If you pass by them on their spot, you knock them over and they skip their next turn and vice versa.

It’s definitely an interesting, quick game.

2. Coinathlon

This is a fun race game. You get put on a board with an opponent and whoever makes it three laps around the board wins. There are no dice blocks involved, you move by the amount the coins you collect. You play three coin games, rotating the three if you don’t make three laps by the end of the playing all three games.

Collect as many coins as you and move along the board ahead of your opponent. I found these games to be a lot more fun than the mini games in the main mode. Plus, they were more intense because your character moves as you play so you’re actually racing your opponent.

1. Boo’s Block Party

I can’t stop playing this mode. It’s kind of like Bejeweled where you have to get at least three in a row. Each block has four sides, numbered one through four. Get the same number at least three in a row and they disappear. Boo blocks will build up to try to get in your way because if the blocks build up too much, you lose.

It’s challenging and I often play the endless mode. There is a versus mode and I’ll admit, I can easily beat the normal CPU, but I have yet to beat them on hard. I don’t want to imagine how difficult they’d be on very hard or master.

Have you played Star Rush? What were some of your favorite modes? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Thursday: Upcoming XBox Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I know it’s not Tuesday and I just did a Top Tuesday two days ago, but I thought I’d continue the fun with Xbox games I’m looking forward to from E3. So, here’s a Top Thursday… Which doesn’t have the same ring as Top Tuesday, but oh well.

Favorite Upcoming XBox Games

5. Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin’s Creed is a series Kris and I have been wanting to try. We bought a couple of the games but have yet to play them. The trailer for Origins looked so good and I’m excited to try it.

4. Super Lucky’s Tale

This game reminded me a lot of Nintendo. It was cartoony, had an adorable fox, and just looked like the kind of game I would play and enjoy.

3. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

I have no idea what this game is about. But they had a cool trailer, the graphics were really pretty, and I like the music that went along with it. I’m intrigued.

2. Deep Rock Galactic

Dwarves are good. And I like mining for treasure. I also enjoy battling enemies along the way. This seems like a different game and I’m willing to try it out.

1. The Darwin Project

I watched the Microsoft press conference through a YouTuber’s stream of the conference. When this game came was announced, he said it reminded him of The Hunger Games and I have to agree. It seems like a cross between that and Player Unknowns Battlegrounds. It looks cool and I want to give it a shot.

Now, all I need is to get another XBox…

Which XBox games are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Upcoming Nintendo Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

To continue the E3 hype, I’ve decided to list the Nintendo games that I’m looking forward to the most.

 

Upcoming Nintendo Games

5. Kirby

I don’t play Kirby games often, but Kirby is a character that has always had a special place in my heart. While I have to catch up on the latest games, I was pleased to see that there’s another new game coming to the Kirby series. I’m sure it’ll be awesome on the Switch.

4. Pokken Tournament DX

I wasn’t sure if I should count this or not, especially since a version of this game is already out, but I’ve never played it. I wanted to, but it wasn’t high on my list of games to play right away. Now that they’re updating it, adding new characters, and the fact that it’ll be on the Switch, I’m looking forward to getting it.

3. Mario Odyssey

Who is not looking forward to this game? It’s Mario and it seems similar to Super Mario 64 and Mario Sunshine. I’m not sure how I feel about Mario’s hat. I mean, it’s weird. But it’s something different and I’m looking forward to trying it out.

2. Yoshi

This game looks very similar to Yoshi’s Woolly World, but I do love the Yoshi games. I’m very much excited that they’re coming out with another game for Yoshi because he is one of my favorite characters and is utterly adorable.

1. Pokemon Switch

I can’t say too much about this one since we only got a confirmation that it will be a thing eventually, but… Pokemon.

Which Nintendo games are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Nintendo 3DS Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

I’ll be doing a Nintendo 3DS game review for my next solo review so I thought I would talk about some of my favorite 3DS games.

This list is not in any particular order since it was hard to pick and choose my favorites, to begin with – there are so many! So, they’re in alphabetical order.

Top Favorite Nintendo 3DS Games

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

I’m in love with the Animal Crossing series. I started playing the game when the original came out for the Gamecube way back in April 2001. Since then, I’ve collected all the Animal Crossing games falling in love with each installment more and more. New Leaf is definitely one of the best in the whole series.

Elliot Quest

Kris and I got a review copy of this game from Miketendo64. It was a game neither one of us had ever heard of, but we were both pleased. It had an intriguing storyline and the gameplay was a lot of fun.

James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes

This was one of the first games I got for my 3DS. I got two of the same game (I believe it was Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon) for Christmas, so I went to the game store to exchange one copy for a new 3DS game. At the time, there wasn’t much out for the 3DS so I picked up James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes. It’s a mystery puzzle game and while it was short, I remember enjoying it. It’s a game I should play again soon.

Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Speaking of games I have to play again soon, A Link Between Worlds is one of them. I love Zelda and this game didn’t disappoint. Kris usually plays them and I watch, but I played this one myself and had a lot of fun with it.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Like Animal Crossing, the Luigi’s Mansion series in one of my favorites. I can only hope there will be a third game for the Nintendo Switch. Dark Moon was more complex than the first game. It took me a long time to defeat the final boss because it was super hard and you were timed which just made me panic. Still, it was enjoyable.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

You can’t go wrong with a Phoenix Wright game. I loved Dual Destinies, but Spirit of Justice had most of the older characters in it as well as new ones. Everyone was brought back together again. It was an awesome storyline, as usual, and I hope they continue making these games. It had a great ending but seemed like a series ending.

Pokemon Sun/Moon

I didn’t realize how many Pokemon games came out for the 3DS until I was looking at a master list of the games. It was hard to pick and choose which Pokemon games I enjoyed the most, but I had to go with the main series game. Sun and Moon were awesome, even though I was skeptical about them at first. They weren’t afraid to break away from old traditions and it worked.

Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon

I also had to pick a non-main series game for Pokemon. I love the Mystery Dungeon games. It’s fun being a Pokemon and having multiple Pokemon following you around in various areas that change each time you enter them. Super Mystery Dungeon was a great addition to the Mystery Dungeon games.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

What could be better than Layton and Wright getting together? This game was my first introduction to Professor Layton. Kris and I wanted to try out his series but decided to start with this game as it gave us the best of both worlds. Needless to say, I fell in love.

Tomodachi Life

Such a simple game, yet so much fun. While I haven’t played it in a while, I have a gazillion people living in my Tomodachi town. Everyone’s getting married, having babies, and then those babies get married and have more babies. The games are fun and their life problems are pretty funny. I especially enjoy the concert hall and making up songs for them to sing because their voices are just hilarious.

What are some of your favorite Nintendo 3DS games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Kart Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

It’s no secret that Kris and I have been playing a lot of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. I remember I didn’t play Mario Kart 8 as often when it came out because I still loved Mario Kart Wii. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a great game and I forgot how wonderful 8 was until now.

So, here are my favorite Mario Kart games!

Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Kart Games

5. Super Mario Kart

Since this game came out for the SNES, I’ll admit that I don’t remember it as much as I think I should. Still, it’s one of my favorites because it was, of course, the first one. I remember playing this game with Kris at our grandparents’ house. I wasn’t great at the game because I was so young, but I still enjoyed it all the same.

4. Mario Kart 7

I wasn’t sure how I liked a Mario Kart game on the handheld because I was so used to it being on the big screen with a console. Plus, it was harder to play with friends. It’s still one of my favorites though because I enjoyed the game a lot and I used to bring my 3DS to babysit and the kids and I would play together.

3. Mario Kart Double Dash

I have fond memories of this game. Kris and I played this together all the time. She’d be Daisy, I’d be Yoshi. She’d drive, and I’d throw all the items. We made a great team. And the fact that Nintendo made a Kart racing game with such a mechanic is awesome. I hope they bring that back a different racing mode or something someday.

2. Mario Kart Wii

Like I stated in my intro, Mario Kart Wii has always been my favorite. I loved the physical steering of the remote, the courses were unique and awesome, and Rainbow Road was just fantastic. Plus, I rarely lose at that game, so that’s definitely a plus. This one will always have a special place in my heart.

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Sorry, Mario Kart Wii… The updated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has beaten you. Between the various kart, wheel, and paraglider combinations, updated courses (including the DLC), various courses, and (my favorite) 200cc mode, I felt 8 Deluxe had to take over the number one spot. I feel like I’m cheating on the Wii version, but… what can I say? Technology, especially for the Nintendo Switch, just keeps getting better and better.

What’s you favorite Mario Kart game? Let me know in the comments below!

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