Top Tuesday: Favorite Video Game Genres

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday & happy February!

I don’t know why, but I was taking a look at the video games I’ve played throughout the years and wondered which genres of games I played the most of. Which, in turn, made me wonder which genres are my favorites. It’s not exactly something I’ve really thought about before… there are just certain games I gravitate more so than others.

Looking at a list of video game genres to pin-point my favorites, I realized there’s not a lot of “genres” but a lot of “subgenres.” So, I’ve narrowed it down to just three to talk about.

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Sports

No, I don’t typically care for the sporty games where you play on a soccer team or basketball or anything of that sort. I mean I enjoy racing games and I’m good at them too. I loved Diddy Kong Racing back in the day and I absolutely love Mario Kart. That will always be a game I go back to. I’m not really sure why I enjoy racing games so much. I like the flow of them and I don’t have to think as much, if that makes sense. Especially with Mario Kart, I enjoyed sitting back and turning the controller this way and that like a steering wheel and just cruise along the race track. It’s casual and yet it can be totally tense at times. Plus, it’s great to play with friends. Oh, any Wii Sports. I was in love with that game.

RPG

This one is no secret. I love a good role-playing game – Octopath Traveler and Pokemon are just a couple examples. It’s funny though, because there aren’t too many RPGs that I’ve really played. I’ve watched Kris play a ton, but I’ve never actually played a lot of them myself. Which I find interesting, especially since the main one I play is Pokemon and that doesn’t seem to be your “typical” RPG. But, they’re always fun to go back to and there’s always plenty of things to do in the game which is one of the reasons I love them.

Simulation

I don’t want to rate any of these genres, but I think Simulation might be up there on being my all-time favorite. I can suck hours and hours into The Sims, Animal Crossing, and have found an appreciation for tycoon-type games, especially the business ones. These games are so relaxing and, if I’m to be brutally honest, I love being able to live a different life.It would be totally cool to write, edit, and publish a book in 30 hours like my Sim does.

Honorable Mentions

You can’t go wrong with action games. Fighting like Super Smash Brothers or platformers like any Super Mario game. I love adventure like The Legend of Zelda. I also enjoy strategy games to a certain point. I never really got into Fire Emblem, but I enjoyed what I played of them. Then again, I loved Pokemon Conquest. Go figure that one. I’ve also had a soft spot for party games and dance games.

Unless it’s horror or rated M, I’ll most likely try just about anything. But there will always be my certain favorites.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Worlds In New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

We’ve been playing a lot of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe lately. Even though it’s a port and I’ve probably talked about this before, I thought I’d go over some of my favorite worlds from the game.

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Layer Cake Desert

I have to admit, desert areas were never my favorite kind of levels. However, seeing the various desert areas on the Switch is really great. I enjoyed the graphics and the vividness of the scorching sun on the land.

Sparkling Waters

Same as the desert levels, I’m not a fan of water levels. I always hating the swimming mechanics in games. I was never able to control them well. Mix in the fish and other water enemies and I lose quite a bit of lives. However, water levels are always one of the most beautiful areas in the game. Especially when it’s on the Switch and the colors are as bright as a game such as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The waters truly are sparkling and the waves and bubbles are so cool to look at and watch.

Frosted Glacier

Ice levels have always been pretty, there’s no doubt about that. However, with this particular area in the latest Switch game, Frosted Glacier really stands up and takes the crown. Even though this list is in no particular order, I think I have to say this is my absolutely favorite. I loved the way the night starry skies glistened in the back ground and the shimmering ice on the ground added a certain flair to the level. Overall, it was just really well done.

Honestly, I could put every world on this list. But, if I’m going to narrow it down and just focus on the levels that I absolutely love to look at the most, these three worlds definitely take it.

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Favorite Board Games Growing Up [Top Tuesday]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Since we’ve started doing more board game reviews, I decided to talk about some oldies that I used to love growing up.

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5. Scrabble

For being a writer, I was never good at this game. I wasn’t great at trying to make words out of only seven random letters and placing them strategically on the board to score the most points. In fact, I remember my mother always helping me even though we were playing against each other. She didn’t let me win all the time, but I think she definitely did some of the time. Still, it’s a great game and a lot of fun.

4. LIFE

I always enjoyed playing the game of LIFE because I was a stupid child and believed that would be how my life would actually end up. I was honestly confused the outcome would change each time I played. It was fun to imagine though and choose different life paths. I still play this game to this day with the kids I babysit. It’s a popular one.

3. Sorry!

I believe this is my mom’s favorite game and, if I’m honest, I haven’t played it in a really long time. This was a fantastic (and frustrating at times) game. Bringing all four of your pegs to “home” and having the ability to send people backwards is fun. It’s one I need to go back to soon.

2. Clue

We’ve talked about this a few times. Clue is a favorite of mine and my cousins. We play it a lot – the board game and the DVD game. I love a good mystery and a game where you need to think and figure things out. It’s harder with the more people you play with, but it’s great all around.

1. Monopoly

Monopoly has always been a favorite of mine. I have a lot of different versions – Nintendo, I Love Lucy, Snoopy, and a few others. I’m terrible at math, but I’ve always loved it. Maybe it’s because you’re collecting things and I’m a sucker for that. Either way, this is my top favorite game – even if it takes hours to play.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Modes In Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate has been out for a little while now and I’m still having a blast with it. I feel like there’s always something to do in that game.

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3. Adventure

This technically counts as a mode, right? The adventure is a lot of fun in this one. I enjoy the story and I think it’s a lot of fun to go through different “areas” and “levels” to collect spirits by battling fighters in their strength range and then saving the actual fighters from their… doom, I guess you could say.

2. Tourney

This has always been a favorite mode of mine. I always loved pinning myself up against a variety of CPU players or real life friends. I also really enjoy watching the computer players duke it out against each other as well so I’ve always watched their battles instead of skipping them while waiting for my turn.

1. Smashdown

This is a new mode for Smash Ultimate and I think it’s a great way to battle friends and to also try out some characters you wouldn’t normally play as. I always gravitate toward the same handful of characters so this is a lot of fun to have no choice but to try new characters, especially if someone chooses your preferred character first.

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Top Tuesday: Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Characters I’m Looking Forward To

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is so close and yet so far. I’m looking forward to trying out some of the new characters they’ve introduced.

With that said, this list will be only new characters to the game. There are some oldies I’m looking forward to playing as again, but I’ll only be talking about brand new characters to the game.

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5. Zelda

Right off the bat, I’m cheating on my own list. But at least she’s at number five. Zelda has pretty much always been part of the roster, but this is a different Zelda. I assume some of her moves are a little different from the last few Smash games so I’m definitely looking forward to try out this version of Zelda.

4. King K. Rool

I’m not one for the “heavy” characters too much. I did play as Charizard a lot in the previous game, but I’ve always liked the medium or speedy characters. King K. Rool is a great addition to the roster though and I imagine his moves are going to be awesome and powerful.

3. Piranha Plant

By far this is the oddest addition, but I love it. Piranha Plant came out of left field and he’s a bad guy in so many Mario games that I can totally see him having plenty of moves to be in a Smash game. I can’t wait to try him out.

2. Isabelle

I’ll admit, I never cared too much for Villager as a character. He had some interesting moves and was fun to play as, but he wasn’t a go-to of mine. Isabelle is iconic in the Animal Crossing world – well, in video games in general – and I can’t wait to test her out and check out her fighting moves.

1. Incineroar

He’s my main in Pokemon and I can’t wait to main him in Smash. He’s an awesome character and his introduction to the game was great. I’m looking forward to using his fire moves and beating the crap out of everyone else.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Features In Pokemon Let’s Go! Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

A couple weeks ago, Nintendo announced two new Pokemon games for the Nintendo Switch titled Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee.

Both games look fantastic and I can’t wait to play them. From the trailer and what they’ve told us thus far about the games, here’s what I’m looking forward to the most.

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3. Co-op Mode

I can’t express how much Kris and I have wanted to play a mainstream Pokemon game together side by side on the same cartridge. While it doesn’t seem like we’ll be able to link up the two games together, it’ll be great to see our characters side by side battling together.

2. Exploring the Kanto region again

When Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow came out, I wasn’t old enough to really play the games and understand them. I mean, I could barely read. So, my Pokemon journey started in the Johto region. As I got older, I played Pokemon Blue and Yellow (I still don’t have my own copy of Red… sad day). I enjoyed them. Then FireRed and LeafGreen came out for the Gameboy Advance. It was great to revisit the original region. Now we’ll be able to explore the region in all its 3D, vivid glory. And I can’t wait.

1. Interacting with your Pokemon

It’s great to have a Pokemon out and following you around (or chilling on your shoulder) but it’s another thing to have that Pokemon out as well as a second Pokemon. While I would love the opportunity to play with all my Pokemon rather than just Pikachu or Eevee, but I’ll take what I can get. The graphics are so realistic and it’s awesome to have two Pokemon out by your side at all times and to interact with both of them at different levels.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Legend Of Zelda Graphics

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Since it’s Zelda Month and I’ve mostly been twiddling my thumbs waiting for the Pokemon games to come out, I decided to talk about the various Zelda games and one thing they all have: graphics (duh).

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5. Ocarina of Time/Majora’s Mask & A Link Between Worlds

I’m already cheating on my own list, I know. Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask are similar in style and I couldn’t choose between them and A Link Between Worlds. The Nintendo 64 games are iconic and while you wouldn’t think the graphics are that great, they were certainly up to par in their own time and have aged well. The 3DS game is similar – 3D, but smaller, crisper, and brighter. I enjoy it all.

4. Twilight Princess

Obviously, I really enjoy the bright graphics and Twilight Princess is not bright at all. However, all the characters look so realistic and have facial expressions and everything. The darker turn was a nice touch for the series and I thought the graphics were beautiful.

3. Wind Waker

Okay, now back to bright. As bright as can be. Wind Waker is cartoon-like which took everyone by surprise when the game was announced. I found the graphics to be delightful. It was a risk and it worked out well. I’ll admit, I was nervous that by changing the graphics, they were going to change the way the game was played. It was different, but more or less the same as any other Zelda game. The games can be dark and the vivid graphics were a nice touch

2. Breath of the Wild

How more realistic can you get? Breath of the Wild is a gorgeous game! It’s not just the characters, but the environment around them are beautifully crafted and well done. You can see every blade of grass blowing in the wind and the animation of Link eating is adorable. Nintendo has really out-done themselves with this one. And yet, there’s one more game I decided to put in the number one spot.

1. Skyward Sword

I absolutely love Skyward Sword. The motion controls can be annoying, yes, but this is a great game and it’s an awesome “prequel.” The graphics for Breath of the Wild are much better than this (way better), but I love how Skyward Sword looks. I enjoyed the uniforms of the school and how that all started. Pipit is a hunk and I wish he were in more Zelda games in his cute yellow uniform. But oh, there’s Link. Link looks awesome as well. I loved the whole atmosphere of Skyward Sword and the graphics were amazing at the time for the game.

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