Friday Favorites: 3DS Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

There’s been plenty of buzz about the Switch Lite, and Rachel and I will share more of our thoughts on that later next week. In the meantime, considering the Lite is purely a handheld console, I dove back into my bucket of 3DS games to reminisce on some of my favorites.

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Fire Emblem: Awakening

Awakening is one of the games at the top of my favorite “Fire Emblem Games” list. I enjoyed the characters and the more involved role the avatar took in the game. The child unit angle was interesting as well and, in my opinion, done much better than the Fates trio of games did. Ever since I’ve played Sacred Stones, Fire Emblem has been an enjoyable franchise, and Awakening has gotten quite a few play-throughs from me.

Miitopia

Kind of just rediscovered this game, but if you never played it, it’s a great little casual RPG starring your Mii and whatever other Miis you want. It’s a little silly, story-wise, but the creativity, music, and the art style of the backgrounds are brilliant.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

The Ace Attorney games are all great, but I really enjoyed coming back to the familiar characters when Spirit of Justice came out a few years ago. It gave some satisfying conclusions to some of the characters, despite Rachel and me being worried about it being one of the “final” Ace Attorney games with Phoenix and company. It probably is, if I’m being honest, but I’m hopeful for more.

What are some of your favorite 3DS games? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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3DS/2DS Designs

Double Jump Kris MiiDue to the Nintendo Switch being out with such fantastic games, we’ve neglected our 3DS and 2DS family of consoles lately. Looking up some news about the handheld consoles, it’s a little surprising to see all of the new editions and covers for them.

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Nintendo Everything just recently revealed that Target is taking pre-orders for a new Legend of Zelda 2DS Edition. A cheery green-and-yellow combination definitely reminds me of the colors of Link’s homeland, even if I prefer darker shades to represent Link.

Seeing the new edition takes me back to all of the other editions of the 3DS and 2DS consoles. There were several Pokemon-themed 3DS covers, along with other Legend of Zelda decals and, of course, the Super Mario Bros. There was also the beautiful Galaxy-themed 3DS that I was, honestly, once upon a time considering getting.

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Of course, there wasn’t a reason as to why I would need to buy a special edition 3DS other than the cool designs. They’re extra ways to show off your love of the fandom and Nintendo’s products but, practically and financially, they weren’t needed.

Perhaps one day if I have money to burn, I’ll splurge on an extra console. For right now, though, I’m content with the basic designs that I have for my 3DS and 2DS systems. After all, they both play games well, and that’s the most important part of the systems, right?

Has there been a certain 3DS design that made you want to get an extra console? Can you think of a future design that you would like to see?

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Thoughts: Nintendo Direct

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We were definitely excited that we were both home to watch the Nintendo Direct live this time! While the few games that we had wanted to see were not showcased in the announcement, I don’t think Nintendo did too bad during their latest direct. Over 40 games were shown for both the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS families, ensuring that Nintendo fans will be busy during the next few months!

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Yes, that’s right. No Smash Brothers, Animal Crossing, or Luigi’s Mansion. I’m going to pretend that those games are going to be awesome because they’re working so hard on them. Still, I’m excited for what’s to come soon. I was certainly impressed with their latest Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games as well as Super Mario Odyssey. And yet, there were some surprises here and there as well.

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Considering how much Nintendo boasts about the Switch’s portable and multiplayer capabilities, I’m especially surprised that Super Smash Brothers — even a deluxe version like Mario Kart 8 — isn’t on their radar just yet. I think the biggest surprise to me was the Mario Party game coming to the 3DS. For nostalgia reasons, seeing that the game is going to have the top 100 minigames from the entire series sounds great! Here’s hoping that it’ll be true to the original games regarding party boards instead of the last couple of installments!

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I’m super excited for the Mario Party, however, I am worried that that’s all it’s going to be… mini-games. Like you said, for nostalgic reasons, it’s great, but I don’t know if there will be any other form of “gameplay.” They didn’t show anything else for it. Maybe Nintendo is finally hearing us all say we want the original games back. Maybe, after seeing what a success this will be, they’ll make Mario Party 11 just like Mario Party 2.

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I did read somewhere, perhaps My Nintendo News, that there was to be a board game play, but I may be making that up with wishful thinking. Other 3DS games I’m excited about are Lady Layton — I’d much rather have it for the 3DS rather than mobile — and the Alliance Alive and Radiant Historia, both from ATLUS. I’m itching for a new, good RPG to sink into.

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Oh, yes. I forgot about Lady Layton. I was super excited when I saw Apollo Justice, but then I realized that was just the first game… I thought it was going to be a new one. The other 3DS games look good as well. Now that we have the New 2DS XL, I’m excited to play some new games on it.
The Switch seems like it’s going to get some great games as well. I was happy to see that they’re adding more to Snipperclips. While that wasn’t our favorite game, it was still cute and enjoyable. I had wished for more levels and they’re giving it to us. I also think it’s cool that you can start in random shapes as well. That may make it easier or harder.

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It is nice that they’re creating some more levels for Snipperclips. The random shapes sounds entertaining, too! I’m definitely looking forward to Fire Emblem Warriors and was thrilled when they showed Lyn as playable (along with a couple of other characters that may have been shown in international versions of the trailer that us North Americans may not suppose to know about yet, shhh!). Having another female and another character from a game other than Fates and Awakening is great to me! Skyrim is another that I want to try, although I’d rather tame the dragons than kill them (someone who’s played Skyrim, let me know if that’s an option), and we’re definitely going to download the Octopath Traveler demo to check that out.

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Octopath looks great! I can’t wait to give that one a try. It will certainly be something different. Overall, I think Nintendo has a great lineup ahead and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

What did you think about the Direct? Which games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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A New Toy [Nintendo 2DS]

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We both have the original Nintendo 3DS (2011). They both work fantastic, despite them being six years old. Nintendo has decided to let go of the original 3DS since they’ve come out with many other versions since then. We both knew we’d have to get a new handheld at some point and were thinking of upgrading to a 3DS XL. Then Nintendo announced the 2DS XL.

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While our Nintendo 3DS systems still work, their battery life definitely isn’t what they used to be. It was no problem, of course, and they both still have plenty of room for game storage. However, we figured that the 2DS XL would be nice upgrades, new handhelds with bigger screens and without the 3DS slide that we honestly never used from the 3DS systems. We’re both enjoying our 2DS systems, with Miitopia being the first game on them!

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I’m definitely enjoying the new system. I felt like it was Christmas (after we went to two GameStops so we could each get a system). Yes, there’s only Miitopia on the system, but the handheld itself is great. I enjoy the bigger screen and I think it’s cool that the game cartridge gets shielded and locked at the bottom. It won’t fall out and it won’t get ruined. It’s right next to the teeny-tiny SD card and the stylus. I’ll admit that I have a hard time getting the stylus back in. However, I tend to use my fingers anyway.

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I nearly forgot our quest to get the two systems… We went to our favorite GameStop at the mall, and the employee mentioned how they only had one system. Rachel immediately told me, “I’ll fight you,” and the employee rolled with it, stating that he’d “put the system in the middle so [we] could duke it out.” To prevent us from ruining the store, though, he kindly offered to call the nearest GameStop to see if they had another system to hold for us, which they did. The bigger screen is my favorite aspect of the 2DS XL. Going back to the 3DS is strange because the screen looks so much smaller!

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You would have beaten me anyway… With that being said, we both ended up with the black and blue 2DS. Both of us liked that color better than the white and orange, but to differentiate it a bit, I would have gone for the white and orange. (I’m most likely going to put Pokemon stickers on it anyway.) But both stores only had the black and blue left, which was fine by us. And yeah, we’ve both been playing Gameboy Advance games so while playing Miitopia so I’m going back and forth between the 2DS XL and my original DS. Not 3DS, just a regular old Nintendo DS.

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I would have loved a black and red color scheme, but the black and blue is pretty. Considering my original Nintendo DS’s top screen is coming apart at the seams, I’ve been using my GameBoy Advance SP for my game. It’s itty-bitty compared to the 2DS XL! It’s amazing seeing the growth and change in technology when it comes to the handheld systems. Now we have the Switch to add to that lineup, with many wondering what Nintendo’s plans are for the future of their handhelds…

Do you have a 2DS system? What do you think of Nintendo’s line of handheld consoles? Let us know in the comments below!

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Games I Have To Finish

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

With the Nintendo Switch coming out right around the corner, I’ve come to realize that I’ll be spending all my time playing new games.

Yet, there are so many other games that I’ve started, even reviewed on here, but have yet to complete them.

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1. Yoshi’s Woolly World

Kris and I have been playing this game together. We bought it with a love of Yoshi deep down in our hearts. And what’s better than a Yoshi? A plush Yoshi! This game was so much fun and adorable. However, once we posted our review of the game, we stopped playing to play some other games for review. It’s been a while and I would love to get back to it for some casual play.

2. Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones

Kris and I decided to “challenge” each other and picked out a game for the other play. A game we wouldn’t normally play. She chose Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones for me. I enjoyed the game and got about halfway through it (I think), but our deadline got the best of me and I have yet to complete it. I still plan to finish it in the near future. The game is hers, but it’s still mixed in with all my handheld games.

3. Mario Party Star Rush

This isn’t exactly a game you can “beat,” though I do want to do some more exploring of it. I also want to try my hand at the multiplayer mode because I think that would me much more fun than playing alone. I’ve played through all the boards and such, which is why I stopped playing. It was beginning to get repetitive and, in turn, boring. However, before I write my review of it, I want to play through as much of it as I can.

There are plenty of other games that I need to play through and beat, some that I haven’t played in a while (meaning, before we started this blog a year ago), but for now, these are the top three that I hope to finish soon.

Are there any games that you started and haven’t finished yet? Do you plan on beating them soon? Let me know in the comments below!

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Shiny Pokemon Galore

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy December! This year went by quickly…

Today, in the spirit of Pokemon Sun and Moon, I’m going to tell you all a story about a certain someone wanting shiny Pokemon because they’re rare and really cool.

This story is about me… if you couldn’t tell.

When Pokemon Sapphire came out way back in 2002 for Nintendo’s Gameboy Advance, I played it as soon as I got my hands on a copy.

I remember I was at my Uncle’s house when I started the game. Back in the old days, an NPC had to teach you how to catch Pokemon before you could get any Pokeballs. Yet, you had to play through some of the story before any of that could happen.

I was on the first route of the game, it was just me and my Torchic, when I ran across a Poochyena. It sparkled and had a funky color and me, being only nine-years-old at the time, had no idea what that meant. I asked Kris and she gasped saying I had run into a shiny Pokemon.

“They’re rare and unique, catch it!” she had told me.

I slumped down in my chair disappointed. Well, I would have caught it if I had Pokeballs in the game, but I wasn’t at that point yet. I was stuck.

I stared at that battle screen for a long time before I finally realized I was wasting my gameplay time and my battery. I defeated the shiny Poochyena with a heavy heart and forced myself to move on.

I never forgot that time, especially when Pokemon Alpha Sapphire came out in 2014, 12 years later, for Nintendo’s 3DS. I remember saying to Kris, “Remember that time…?” Well, guess what?

The. Exact. Same. Thing. Happened.

Torchic and I ran into a shiny Poochyena on the same route around the same time in the game with no Pokeballs. I was pretty upset, to say the least. I wasn’t as heart-broken as I was when I was a kid and I defeated the Poochyena right away instead of staring at it for an hour, but I was still disappointed.

The encounter rate of shiny Pokemon differs from game to game. I’m not entirely sure what it was for Sapphire and Alpha Sapphire, but the chances increased in X and Y and supposedly the chances in Sun and Moon are about one in every 4,000 or so.

Shiny Pokemon Carbink So, you could imagine my excitement when I accidentally came across a shiny Carbink this past weekend.

I had the volume off and wasn’t paying attention to the opening battle sequence since my Dad had the TV on, so I almost defeated it. If it didn’t call for help, I never would have known.

When its help came, I noticed the color difference. I assumed it was a gender thing because some Pokemon have those slight differences. Then I noticed Carbink doesn’t have a gender. So, I looked up its shiny form on Serebii and then proceeded to freak out.

I had to hand my game over to Kris because both Carbink had made two of my Pokemon faint already. I didn’t have anything strong enough against it. My sister was able to defeat its help and capture the shiny one with a nest ball.

I have three shiny Pokemon in my X game, but those all came from a hunt. Carbink is my very first captured shiny that I didn’t try to get.

Shiny Pokemon Diglett Now, the odds are about one in 4,000, so when I came across a shiny Diglett about an hour later, I nearly leaped out of my seat.

Okay, I did leap out of my seat.

I was able to easily tell Diglett was shiny because he was bright red as opposed to his subtle tan. I caught him no problem and then did another happy dance.

I still want a shiny Poochyena, but I think those two random encounters definitely makes up for Sapphire and Alpha Sapphire’s prank.

Have you ever encountered shiny Pokemon by accident or do you always hunt for them? How do you feel when you find a shiny? Let me know in the comments below!

No Demo For Me

Double Jump Kris MiiThe alternate title to this post is “Why I did NOT Play Sun & Moon’s Demo.” I’m sure many of you downloaded and played the demo, and I hope you all had an awesome time doing so! I’m sure the demo was great, but there was something holding me back…

Spoilers abound for the newest Pokemon installments, Sun and Moon, due to come out November 18, less than a month now. Last week, the demo for the games was available and, of course, many people tried them out.

I was not one of them.

Honestly, with all the information popping up on the Internet regarding the newest games, one doesn’t need to play the demo. Just wait an hour or two after the demo’s release, and everything will be revealed by those who just can’t wait to share their findings.

(One of which was, apparently, the accidental full Pokedex of the game, which includes the now meme-famous Alolan Dugtrio. You know what I’m talking about.)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m always excited about new Pokemon games. The franchise is one of my favorites. Pokemon was one of the reasons as to why I got my first GameBoy Color, bringing me even further into the wonderful world of gaming. Alola looks just as intriguing as its predecessors.

However, I do miss the surprise element.

I remember how exciting it was to fully explore new regions and discover new Pokemon back during the second and third generations of the games. Kalos was great as well, but it wasn’t long before we realized that all the new generation six Pokemon had been revealed before the game itself was out. It was a bit disappointing to know that there were no new creatures to discover for ourselves.

Little tidbits and snack-sized bites of information from the new games are fine and dandy, but I would like it if they were used more sparingly. I understand giving us news about the game is to keep us excited, but it has the opposite effect on me. Sun and Moon will firmly keep their places at the top of my gaming wishlist, but I wouldn’t mind being able to play through the game without all of this knowledge.

Give me back the exploration and discovery that made me love the creatures of this franchise.

More Than a Hobby

Double Jump Kris MiiHere we are, the last week of September. It’s certainly gone by fast, hasn’t it?

Ever had a quarter-life (or, for those of you who may be a smidgen older) or mid-life crisis? Ever get that nagging feeling that maybe you’re not doing what you need to do in order to get your life on the right track? Both Rachel and I have gone (and, at times, still are going) through that.  

As a kid, video games were just a hobby, a fun thing to spend our time on. I remember quite clearly spending my mornings before elementary school in the basement with Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars on the television, going back and forth between eating breakfast and jumping on Goombas and Koopas.

Back then, I never thought that my passion for video games would grow so much.

Video games were what got me started with drawing, sketches of Sheik and my favorite Pokemon teams dominating my old sketchbooks. Video game fanfiction gave me the never-ending itch to write. Video game soundtracks helped me appreciate the intricacies of different types and genres of music, like symphonies and a cappella.

I started playing games when I was probably about four or five. Twenty years later, I’m blogging with my sister about what I love about these games, about how they can be improved, about virtual reality and 3D graphics and character development and story lines…

It’s a bit odd to think about, in all honesty. Growing up, video games were just a hobby. I figured my future job would have something to do with computers. Animals and criminal justice were up there on the list as well, but something with computers always dominated my mind, and really only because I wasn’t too thrilled at the idea of desk job with other people around (go figure). There was barely an inkling of a thought to connect my love of computers with video gaming.

It was just a hobby, after all.

Now, it’s not just a hobby, they’re not just games. Writing, drawing, programming… all of my interests had pointed to the video game industry.

Well, better late than never in figuring it out, right?

Binge Playing Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday! The weekend is almost here!

Have you ever gotten so into a game that you just couldn’t put it down? You just had to play it all day and all night until it was completed?

 

I’ve always just played video games for a few hours at a time, or only do a couple of levels depending on how long or short they were. Every once in a while, however, you come across a great game that you just get so into you and you can’t seem to power it off to go take a shower.

If I’m remembering correctly, the fastest game I’ve ever beaten was Pokemon X. I got it for Christmas in 2013, as it was released for the Nintendo 3DS in October 2013.

Kris and I were very excited to start playing it as there was so much hype for the games. And rightfully so, may I add.

Once our family left that afternoon, we both made ourselves a cup of coffee (for me) and tea (for Kris), got into our pajamas and sat on the couch in our office and just played the game straight through.

I believe it was around midnight when we decided to stop playing.

Every year, Kris and I always spend December 26th in our pajamas playing the new video games we got for Christmas. But, that year, Kris was still working in retail and she, unfortunately, had to work on the 26th.

We both woke up super early and continued our games. I continued playing all day even while Kris was at work. I beat the game that night, completing it in just a little over 24 hours. Kris beat the game the following morning.

It always great when you have the opportunity to just sit down and play video games for hours on end. It’s something I would like to set aside time for now and again, but life does keep me pretty busy.

I haven’t binge played a game like that in a while, though I do hope that Pokemon Sun and Moon have the same effect for me. I also hope that the new Ace Attorney game has the same effect for me.

There are so many good games coming out (or are already out and I just haven’t gotten them yet) that I wish I could buy with money I don’t have and play it all day long with my free time that I also don’t have.

Oh, well. If the game is good, I’ll find the time for it.

What games have you played through in just about one sitting? Let me know in the comments! 

Monster Manor

Rachel Mii Double JumpAnother week is just about over!

I was excited when I found out about the Mii Plaza update. I haven’t played the Mii games in a while. But, because of the update, I started playing them and got slightly addicted to Monster Manor.

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The point of this game is collect room pieces from the various Miis that you meet through Streetpass. You fit the pieces together to create hallways and, if you fit pieces of the same color together, you’ll create rooms.

The halls may be empty, but may have a ghost which you need to fight. The rooms can also have ghosts or chests. The chests are where you get various items such as weapons, boosters, or healing items.

The more pieces you put down, you’ll eventually find stairs. Then you can make your way up to the next floor.

I haven’t played the game in a while so when I picked it back up again I was only on floor 10 out of… 30, I think?

What I didn’t know is that there are bosses. I assume the bosses appear every ten floors.

So, I encountered my first boss. It took me seven tries to beat him. The first boss!

I kept hiring investigators with my play coins to keep trying. Once you lose all of your HP, even if you have other Streetpass Miis behind you, you lose. You have to stop the game. It’s kind of a waste.

I had a good amount of Miis to back me up, but I died and had to keep using my play coins to try to get the boss. Seven times. I couldn’t believe it. I was so frustrated.

But I got it! I beat it! Now I just have to do that again for another 20 floors…

Do you play the Streetpass games? Which one is your favorite?