Favorite Gaming Couples

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air… or something like that. There are many couples in video games. Some that work, some that may not work. So, here are some of our favorite ones.

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Everyone has their own opinions about couples in any sort of media — video games, television shows, books, you name it. Some are canon because the creators said so, some are canon because the fans say so. For instance, Tumblr says that Link’s best match in Breath of the Wild is Prince Sidon. My favorite pairing with him is actually Zelda in Skyward Sword. Skyward Sword Zelda is not my favorite Zelda design, but I thought her relationship — whether you see it as romantic or platonic — with Link was really well done.

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I’ll definitely agree with that one. I love Link and Zelda in any game. Even though they’re technically different and they’re not actually always “together” I like that they always seem to find their way back to each other no matter what time they’re in. Sure, it’s destiny, but it always works. Maybe Wind Waker could be an exception though…

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I enjoyed Tetra’s character in Wind Waker, and was a little annoyed near the end how it literally poofed the character into a dress and forced her to stay behind when she could definitely have had a more active role right before the Ganondorf fight. That incarnation of Link and Zelda could have been the ultimate power couple. In Ocarina of Time, I like the idea of Link with Malon. The side quest with Epona and saving Lon Lon Ranch is optional in that game, and I like the idea of Link being an awesome enough person to help a childhood friend like that.

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Link could have gotten with Malon, yes. I could even see Link with Groose from Skyward Sword. They have a rocky start, but I think it could work. As for other games, I’d love to see Princess Peach and Luigi together. I think that would be interesting. I don’t know who Mario would get with, maybe Daisy, but I want Luigi to have his moment.

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Dude, Bowser should get a girlfriend. I mean, he’s Nintendo’s go-to good parenting example, so it’s not like he needs a wife, but I found myself rooting for him in Odyssey rather than Mario (although, I loved Peach’s reaction at the end of the story!). A video game couple that I root for is Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth. Seriously, their relationship — whatever they classify it as — is the definition of devotion. In the Ace Attorney fandom, I also loved Mia Fey and Prosecutor Godot, as sad as their story was.

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Oh, yes! I could pair the Ace Attorney characters with anyone. They all have such great dynamics with one another that I think everyone could work with anyone. I would like Godot for myself, though…

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Ah, yes, you two can enjoy all the coffee you want together! It’s always fun to pair up characters who’s dynamics mesh well together. It’s a great way to give more depth to the game’s story and to connect with other fans.

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Super Mario Odyssey Was A Movie First

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Okay, so Super Mario Odyssey wasn’t actually a movie before the game came out. However, Kris and I were watching a movie the other night and I couldn’t stop thinking about Odyssey.

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Has anyone seen Disney’s Meet The Robinson’s? It’s an animated film about a smart boy, Lewis, who loves math and science and inventing things. He winds up in the future to help out a family whose time machine was stolen by a man with a bowler hat.

There’s more to it, obviously, but I’m going to assume you saw it because… it’s Disney.

The hat possesses living things. In the movie, the first thing the hat possesses is a frog. Then the bad guy goes back in time and possesses a T-Rex. Later, the movie takes a dark twist and begins to possess people.

Ring a bell?

I hadn’t seen the movie in a long time, but the farther along it got the more I remembered what happened and who the characters were.

I remembered the part of the T-Rex first and joked with Kris about how the movie is Odyssey. Then, before that part, the hat possesses a frog and it made me realize the movie really is like Odyssey.

That’s about it. I don’t really have anything else “intelligent” to say about it since neither one are actually connected in any way, shape, or form.

I guess this just goes to show that my mind is constantly thinking about video games.

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Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness Review

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Title: Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness
Developer: Marvelous Interactive
Publisher: Natsume
Platform:
Nintendo DS
Category:
Simulation
Release Date:
August 2008
How I got the game:
I got it as a gift years ago.

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I’m usually a sucker for the Harvest Moon franchise — they’re my go-to relaxing games. The older games tend to have a basic story and simple goals, and I feel that the newer games are trying a bit too much in having overarching story lines and encompassing goals. Island of Happiness is one of those games that was in between, still simple enough to be relaxing but with a few gimmicks that, in my opinion, were not needed.

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Island of Happiness is similar to other games in the Harvest Moon franchise in that it’s premise is you, as the main character, starting a ranch from scratch. One of your main objectives is to raise crops and animals as best as you can while also befriending the villagers in the town. Wooing potential spouses and raising a family are also staple aspects of the Harvest Moon games, and Island of Happiness is no exception.

Harvest Moon games tend to give you free range when it comes to customizing your ranch, allowing you to grow whatever crops you want (in season, of course) and raise whatever combination of animals you wish. Want all chickens? Go for it. Want to have your field covered with tomato plants? You can do that. There’s no one telling you what to raise. Selling the crops and animal byproducts is the best way to earn money for your ranch, and some products are more profitable than others, so most take that into account. Products are also used in cooking dishes and gifts to friends and romantic interests as well.

With that said, Island of Happiness was on the Nintendo DS and, as such, Nintendo thought it would be best to utilize the touch screen as much as possible. It was more of an annoyance rather than feeling innovative. You move your character with the stylus on the touch screen while the D-Pad buttons was used to equip tools. This was rectified in the immediate sequel, Sunshine Islands.

Island of Happiness also had a more complicated method of growing your crops. In early Harvest Moon games, the best way to grow crops was to plant them in-season and water them once a day. Weather plays a part in helping crops grow and, unless there is a storm or blizzard, most days granted enough sunlight to help your ranch. Island of Happiness had some hidden mechanic where each type of crop needed a number of water and sun “points” in order to grow as quickly and strongly as possible. Later in the game, it is possible to build a Greenhouse to help control the weather. However, considering all of the possible crops that are in the game, trying to figure out and remember all the needed points was an unnecessary mechanic.

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The graphics of Island of Happiness took a little getting used to. When I first saw the 3D models, I wasn’t too sure of them. However, the graphics grew on me, with the areas of the island being vivid and fun to explore, and the villagers all being distinct (with the exception of the minor NPCs).

Music in the Harvest Moon series was always enjoyable to me, even if the tunes do tend to make me sleepy. They’re relaxing and calming as they play in the background while you farm or explore, being perfect in matching the mood of the genre and game play.
storyIsland of Happiness opens up with your character on a boat heading toward a new land. However, the boat gets caught in a bad storm, resulting in your character and a couple of others being shipwrecked on an island. Worry not, though — your fellow island refugees are a small family that has connections and experience with farming and shipping products.

Your character and the family, consisting of a brother and sister, their mother, and their grandfather, decide to stay on the island and work to make it habitable. You agree to be the rancher while the family runs a shipping business, helping to incite trade between your island and the mainland. Your goal is to really build up and clean the island to tempt other people to move in so the island can continue to flourish.

The more people that move in, the more relationships you can develop. Building up friendships can lead to new events and festivals, new areas to explore and, if you wish, romance that can lead to having a family.

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Island of Happiness, despite some of the gameplay mechanics, is one of my favorite Harvest Moon installments. Developing the island and luring new characters to move in is enough of a challenge so farming doesn’t become so routine. There’s always something to aim for, which is why this is one game that gets plenty of use.

Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness gets…
4-lives
4 out of 5 lives.

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Fight Or Flight Method In Video Games

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When it comes to playing video games together, Rachel and I tend to have different play styles… We like to compare them to our Player One or Player Two syndromes, but they can also be commonly compared to one’s Fight or Flight instinct. We’ve further proven this when we tried playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds together.

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When Kris and I play games together, I typically run and hide. In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures for the Gamecube, Kris would kill the enemies and then I would nab the force gems before she could get to them. We had to take turns playing PUBG because we only have one copy of the game, but I know Kris would end up carrying our team if we played together in a duo.

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Well, we’ll have to see about that. While I was eager enough to find a weapon and try my hand at earning some kills, it was Rachel that was able to loot faster with her wish to find decent hiding spots, haha! Rachel did tend to have the luck when it came to random drops during the few times we played. I wanted to explore the areas, yes, but I was concerned about enemy fire.

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I was concerned about enemy fire as well. I was lying in the grass for a while at some point. I heard a motorcycle and someone nearly ran me over because they didn’t see me. I didn’t know what direction they were coming from either. When they passed me I stood up to shoot them from behind, but I suddenly forgot the controls and froze in fear and panic. Most of the rounds I played, I made it in the top 20 or teens because I just sat and hid only moving when the blue was closing in.

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That motorcyclist completely missing you was hysterical, not going to lie. I didn’t do too badly in the ranks either, but Rachel definitely got farther than me. I at least got some hit points in, which I was proud of. The only game I can think of that we didn’t follow our usual M.O. for Fight or Flight was in Minecraft. When we played Minecraft together, Rachel was mining and bashing enemies while I was crafting and taking care of the base while trying to find wolves to tame.

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Yeah, you were actually proactive and attacked people when you spotted them. I panicked and hid like I would in real life. Minecraft is interesting that we switched our usual roles. Then again, Minecraft is more cartoony and the controls are easier and less to handle. You get a sword and hit people as opposed to finding various guns and bullets having to load, aim, shoot, and reload.

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It was interesting, yes. For the most part, we have our roles down pat and, even though our usual methods were switched in Minecraft, we almost always work well together. It’s probably why we always sabotage others when it comes to Mario Party games when we can’t actively be on a team together, haha!

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I guess it all depends on the game, mechanics, and the situation you’re put in! Either way, it’s fun.

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Friday Favorites: Mario Party Boards

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Despite having the Switch and Xbox One, Rachel and I have been turning our Wii back on to play Mario Party 2 on they system’s Virtual Console. After the disappointing Top 100 3DS game, going back to one of the best Mario Party games was natural. Playing Mario Party 2 and its boards reminded me of some of the best boards from the series as a whole.

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Space Land (Mario Party 2)

Space Land is one of my top choices in Mario Party 2. The space aesthetics are fun, and the Bowser junction in the middle of the board can really mess up the standings. Once the countdown in the middle reaches zero, Bowser launches his Coin Beam to steal every coin from whoever may be caught in the crossfire.

Yoshi’s Tropical Island (Mario Party)

Yoshi was always a favorite character from the Mario franchise, and we always enjoyed his board from the original Mario Party game. Going back and forth between two islands for the star, there was always the chance that someone could land on a Happening space and make Bowser and the star switch places.

Goomba’s Greedy Gala (Mario Party 4)

This casino-based board is all about chances and gambling (of course). Yes, it easily got frustrating if you were never able to go the way you wanted based on the roulette wheel in the middle of the board. It was fun, though, to let chance that much control over who could reach the star space.

King Boo’s Haunted Hideaway (Mario Party 8)

Mario Party 8 is not my favorite Mario Party game due to the motion controls — I was never thrilled with them. This board was always fun, though. The night scenery and the fact that the board changed every time you played or were looking for the next star was a cool concept.

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Another Mobile Game: Mario Kart Tour

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I was scrolling through the news and something interesting caught my eye. Nintendo has been working hard getting games on our smartphones and here’s the next big one.

 

Mario Kart Tour is going to be the next mobile app game. It’s going to be free to start and release in Fiscal Year 2018. That’s all we know so far.

I’ve added my two cents with the mobile games before, but I guess I’ll explain it again.

I don’t know how I feel about the mobile games.

I tried a few of them, but in the end, I wanted my handheld or home console. I didn’t get into Mario Run, Miitomo, or even Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

I want a brand new mainstream Animal Crossing game. Pocket Camp is cool and they did a great job with it, but I can’t sit there and play for hours.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was a great game and it’s amazing on the Switch. I still want a brand new Mario Kart game. I want more. I don’t know how I feel about Mario Kart being on mobile. It’s certainly not going to play the same. If they’re working on that, are they even thinking about a Mario Kart 9?

Mario Kart Tour is definitely something I’ll download and give a shot, but I’m not super excited about it.

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Super Mario RPG [Game Review]

Super Mario RPG

Title: Super Mario RPG
Developer: Nintendo, Square
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo SNES
Category: 
Role-playing
Release Date: 
Mario 9, 1996
How we got the game: 
We got it on the SNES Classic and also have it on the Wii virtual console, as well as the original SNES cartridge

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Prepare to just have me absolutely gushing about this game. It’s one of my absolute favorites and it will never get old!

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Super Mario RPG is an old classic. We were super excited when we found it was on the SNES Classic. We have the game on the Wii virtual console if we ever wanted to try playing it again, but it’s cool to play with the old controllers again.

gameplay

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Super Mario RPG features classic RPG elements in a Super Mario game. The story is linear with a large map to follow and explore, with battles following the typical RPG formula with attacks and party members.

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You, of course, play as Mario, as you go through your journey trying to save Toadstool and then the rest of the world. As you journey further you meet new people who join your party. You end up with five members total with three being able to battle at once.

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Battles allow all party members to gain experience, even those who aren’t actively battling. Members level up when they gain enough experience, increasing their HP, attack, defense, and special stats. The further you move along in the story, the stronger weapons and armor are available to you, along with accessories to ward off status ailments or increase stats as long as the character wears them.

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It’s easy to allow your team to work together in any given group of three since they all level up together whether they’re active in battle or not. Mallow and Toadstool were great at healing the other members of the team, so they weren’t used together much. Still, the team possibilities were pretty good.

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Toadstool and Mallow were both great with magic power, yes, but Mallow could also be geared toward more fighting with his magic while Toadstool had more healing capabilities. Mario was the classic, balanced-all-around character, and Bowser was the tank with his high defense. Geno had the highest attack power, but wasn’t so great with the defense stat. It’s always interesting trying to figure out which characters to use for which boss battles. I kind of wish that all five could be used in battles together, but I suppose that would be overkill.

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It’d be cool if it was like Pokemon and you were able to swap out characters if one died. Still, the system worked and we didn’t die too many times anyway.

graphics-music

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Even as a kid, I had always enjoyed this game’s graphics and music. The world was always vibrant, with each area having its own unique style, and the character models were great. Even though they were mere pixels, the character sprites had some surprisingly distinct and accurate facial expressions. Mario especially was wonderful, considering he was the silent protagonist!

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I agree each area was vivid and unique from other areas. The monsters as well as the inhabitants of the world had cool styles and were nothing like anything from Mario games today (aside from the toads, goombas, etc). Mario, as silent as he is, is a sassy fellow in this game. He tells a good amount of stories in this game and it’s always amusing.

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Yes, just seeing him and the other party members mime out parts of the story when explaining key points to NPCs was always great to see. There’s even a running joke in the game with the characters falling on their faces, similar to when we would “facepalm.” The music is fantastic as well, with each pieces matching the mood of the area we were in. It was composed and arranged by Yoko Shimomura, who notably worked on the Mario & Luigi series as well as composing tracks for Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U.

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The music, like most video games, are songs that just get stuck in your head. They’re fun to hum along with and upbeat. The battle music was fantastic as was the music for when a battle was won. Every time we won a battle, both Kris and I immediately started singing the song each and every time.
story

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Bowser is at it again! He has kidnapped Princess Toadstool and it’s up to Mario to save her. But that’s only the beginning of the story. Mario defeats Bowser pretty quickly but then his castle is taken over by Smithy. Mario teams up with two new friends, Mallow and Geno, as well as Bowser and Toadstool to defeat Smithy and save Star Road, thus saving the world.

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The storyline itself is a little cliche, but it works. Smithy, in his plot for domination over Mario’s world, destroys Star Road, the place where wishes on shooting stars were granted. With the Star Road destroyed and its Star Pieces scattered over Mario’s world, wishes are unable to come true anymore. Geno, a star spirit, has been tasked with finding the Star Pieces and repairing the Star Road. Mallow is a young “frog” who is searching for his true home, finding his place both in the world and with the team of heroes. Mario and Bowser form a truce for the first time and Toadstool, before she was known as Peach, proves how formidable she is on the front lines.

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…That about sums it up. You explained it much better than I ever could.

replay-value

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Yes, the story and gameplay are rather linear, and there’s not much of a variety in terms of switching out party members, but this game is one that I can replay over and over without getting bored. The graphics and music are wonderful, the writing is fantastic, and the characters are amazing. I can’t gush about this game enough!

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This is the definition of a classic. There’s nothing too special about it, but the overall game is just so much fun and upbeat. We’ll be playing this one again in due time again… and again.

Super Mario RPG gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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