Friday Favorites: Schools in Video Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Where we’re from, school just started for the kids yesterday. I don’t miss going to school at all, mostly because schools in video games seem to be a lot better than schools in real life!

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Themis Legal Academy in Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

We’re absolute suckers for the Ace Attorney series and Dual Destinies was no exception. In Turnabout Academy, Phoenix Wright and his assistants are invited to Themis Legal Academy to give a lecture on law, only for teacher to turn up dead. A law school that has Phoenix Wright as a guest speaker sounds awesome to me! I could do without the murders, of course but, hey, that’s what the kids are learning about, right?

Knight Academy in Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Who doesn’t want to be a knight? Especially one in a place where you get your own special animal companion in the form of a giant bird? With Link as your classmate? I totally wouldn’t mind going to Skyward Sword’s Knight Academy, especially when you get to fly around the skies. My only wish for that game was that the sky had more areas to explore.

Asagao Academy

Asagao Academy is the setting for a visual novel/dating sim with the popular YouTube groups Normal Boots and Hidden Block. We greatly enjoyed the writing, graphics, and music of the game, and the school setting seemed to be a lot of fun. Not only was there a tournament hosted in the city for video games, most of the hints of schoolwork were also game related.

Honorable Mentions

Most of the Pokemon core games had some sort of school in one of the first cities or areas, giving a refresher on basic aspects of the game, such as status inflictions and held items. Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series is also a great school, but I have had a difficult time finding a game that truly captures that magic.

What are your favorite schools from video games?

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Throwback Thursday: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

It’s the end of the month which means it’s time for another TBT. This time I’m talking about Ace Attorney, a game I mention often. Though I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned the first time I played.

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The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy was originally released for the Nintendo DS, though Kris and I had no idea the games existed.

We were upstairs in our bedroom, long before we had an office/game room (our office is our older sister’s old bedroom that we transformed when she moved out). We wanted a new game to play and were scrolling through the games on the Wii shop channel. Yeah, the Wii U didn’t even exist yet.

In fact, we were sitting on our bedroom floor staring at our small box TV that had a built-in DVD and VCR player. I wish I could remember what year this was…

Anyway, we were scrolling and came across the Ace Attorney games. I love mystery and detective stuff and it seemed to intrigue Kris enough. We saw there were three games and downloaded Trials and Tribulations, not realizing the three were a trilogy and we just so happened to buy the final game.

I remember playing the first case together. Then the second and third. Then the finale with Dahlia… if you’ve played, you know who I’m talking about.

We played at night, in the dark, which was a mistake, but we enjoyed ourselves so much anyway.

The cases were so intriguing and well thought out. The characters were amazing. The dialogue was witty and the animations were fun to look at.

Once we finished that game and realized it was the third, we bought and downloaded the first two games immediately. We told our older sister about it, Lisa, and she was interested in it as well. Now, this was long after she stopped playing video games with us so Kris and I were excited we had found a game Lisa wanted to play with us.

We moved the Wii down to the basement where the TV was bigger and there was more room to play. After school and work (and while our dad was still at work because the basement is his man cave), the three of us would go downstairs and play the game for as long as we could.

We played through the whole trilogy together. It was awesome and so much fun.

Of course, Lisa never played the rest of the games with us, such as Miles Edgeworth, Apollo Justice, or any of the handheld games. It was hard enough for Kris and I to stare at the small screen together and play the games. Lisa wasn’t interested in staring at a tiny screen and told us if the games ever came onto the shop channel again, she’d play with us.

Of course, they never did.

Lisa was never one for anime either because the animation always annoyed her. Still, maybe she’d be interested in watching the show with us sometime soon.

Do you remember the first time you’ve played a game? Do you have certain fond memories of Ace Attorney or something else? Let me know in the comments below!

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Ace Attorney Anime [Episodes 1-4]

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Ace Attorney is one of our favorite video game franchises, with the original trilogy being some of the best games. And, while neither Rachel nor I were ever really into anime except for Pokemon, we were both interested in hearing that Ace Attorney got its own anime series.

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It’s been a long time coming, but we finally got a chance to sit down and watch it. Of course, we were going to get Crunchyroll when I noticed the website sells DVDs of Ace Attorney. I checked on Amazon, it was cheaper, and BAM! Impulse buy. We got it just in time too because the season one, volume 2 DVD set comes out in less than a month.

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Anime is definitely more dramatic or over exaggerated, if you will, than the American cartoons that I grew up watching, and Ace Attorney wasn’t an exception. It was great, of course, and we’re really enjoying it so far. We’ve watched the first four episodes which mirror the first two cases from the original game.

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We’ve played through the games a couple of times, so, for the most part, we remember what happens in each case. There are a couple of times we forget something here and there, but watching the anime we knew how everything was going to play out. Since each episode is only about 20-30 minutes long, the cases go by pretty quick. A few hours of gameplay is squished into 2 or 3 parts of 20-minute episodes. But it’s enjoyable all the same.

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Seeing the game scenes and characters come to life is so much fun. Phoenix and Maya tend to act as we always pictured they would, and we’re enjoying all the voice actors so far — the English voice actors, of course. It’ll be interesting to re-watch the episodes in Japanese to hear how the characters sound.

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Yeah, watching it in Japanese is something I want to try. Maya’s voice sounds a little young for her age, but it’s easy to get used to. Detective Gumshoe is more serious than he is in the games, but I enjoy his character all the same. And then there’s Edgeworth… his voice actor and animations are all sexy. I love it.

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I was actually really impressed with Redd White from the Turnabout Sisters case. His voice and mannerisms were spot-on, with his narcissism and arrogance. I do hope that the later episodes will show more of the scenery outside of the courtroom. While the trial portion of the episodes are fun, I would like to see a little more exploration.

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We’re starting to see a little bit more investigation as the episodes go on. That’s how they did it in the games too, which is pretty cool. I’m sure as the cases get longer we’ll start to see more. I love the show, but I would also love to see a movie. I know they do have a movie in Japan, but even if it’s anime, that would be amazing.

Have you ever seen the Ace Attorney anime? Let us know in the comments below!

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Crossover Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday to everyone, and happy Easter to those who celebrated it! Here’s hoping we all don’t get sick from chocolate!

I wonder how an egg-delivering rabbit became the symbol of the holiday. Wouldn’t a chicken make more sense?

aiw_master-1-960x540A couple of weeks ago there was a meme going around on Twitter regarding the newest Avengers movie coming out, with the movie claiming to be the “most ambitious crossover event” in history. The Internet had a field day tweeting out pictures of what they believed to be even bigger crossover events than Marvel’s upcoming movie.

That episode of Full House with Steve Urkel from Family Matters. Space Jam with Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Bill Nye the Science Guy appearing on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

Video games were, of course, also mentioned.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympics? Check. Kingdom Hearts? Duh. X-Men versus Street Fighter, or Marvel versus Capcom? C’mon, Marvel, you got characters in those. And do we even need to say Super Smash Bros.?

One of my favorite crossover games, if you will, is Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: tumblr_nbn6flz7yj1qzp9weo2_r1_1280Ace Attorney. It was Rachel’s and my first taste of the Professor Layton games, and including that kind of game play with Ace Attorney was perfect. Having the familiar characters work alongside ones from a franchise we’ve never played was a great introduction to the Layton games.

I’ve also enjoyed the Dynasty Warriors crossovers, Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors. They’re both such fun hack-and-slash games! Pokken Tournament, blending Pokemon with Bandai Namco’s Tekken series, is a great example as well. The fighting genre seems to lend itself well to crossovers among video games, but it’s always fun to see cameos and playable characters from other franchises visiting games outside their norm, isn’t it?

What do you think of crossover games? Do you have any favorites? Any that you believe didn’t work as well as they could have?

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Our Favorite Ace Attorney Is Coming Back!

Happy Tuesday!

2017 has been a great year for gaming, especially fans of Nintendo and the Switch. And I just found out that it’s only going to get better.

 

According to Kotaku UK, Pheonix Wright will be making a comeback in 2018!

Capcom has confirmed that there will be three new Ace Attorney games coming out next year. Two may come between April 2018 and October 2018. Those two games will be compilations of previous Ace Attorney games. The first one being the first three games and the other being games four through six.

Of course, the first Ace Attorney trilogy is on the Nintendo 3DS, but these games will now be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

When Kris and I first discovered this series, we bought Trials and Tribulations (the third and final game of the first main trilogy… not realizing it was a trilogy). It was through the Wii Ware and we bought and played through all three games.

Then they kept coming out on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS between Miles Edgeworth and Apollo Justice. We kept buying and playing them.

I don’t know if we’ll get these games for the Switch, but it will be nice to play them on the big screen again. I’m eager to see how the Switch will make the games appear.

The best part of this news, however, is that the third game will be brand new. It’s going to be another Phoenix Wright game with Phoenix as the main playable protagonist and five brand new cases to start off with. It’s going to be the beginning of a new mainline Ace Attorney game… which, I assume (hope) that means there will be more new games to come after this one. Maybe this will be another trilogy? I hope so.

I was worried after playing through Spirit of Justice only because they brought a lot of old characters back and wrapped up a few loose ends. While they didn’t tie every knot, it really did seem as though it may be the last game. I’m glad that won’t be the case.

I love my Pokemon, Mario, and Zelda, but I am super excited that Phoenix will be making his way to the Nintendo Switch! I can’t wait to play as him again. I can only imagine what new adventures (and troubles) he’ll get into this time.

Are you excited about this new game? Let me know in the comments below!

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Of Video Games and Comics

Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s always amazing to me how much reach a video game franchise has in other mediums, such as movies, music, and visual art. This post is dedicated to some new buys that celebrate some of our favorite franchises in the art form of comics!

Rachel and I tend to go to Barnes and Noble on Saturdays to supposedly work on our writing, but the past few times we went there, we’d get our Frappuccinos from the cafe and then wander around, inevitably finding a book or two or dozen to buy.

Last time we went with the explicit plan to buy comics.

Growing up, I’ve always loved comics, and one franchise that my uncle had gotten me into was the Archie Comics. They’ve been rebooted a couple of times and I’ve gotten the first couple of volumes of the newest reboot to enjoy. Rachel wanted to try them and quickly finished the two volumes as well, so we figured we’d pick up the third volume and whatever other comics that happened to catch our eye. We found ourselves in the graphic novel and manga section, suddenly remembering that many of our favorite video game franchises had manga adaptations as well.

So, I grabbed a basket, and we went to town:

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a couple of the Pokemon Adventure manga, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and the Four Swords volume of The Legend of Zelda — I’d say Rachel and I made out pretty well.

What do you think of our new buys? Have you read any of them?

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Localization Woes

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Being a video gamer in the west, we tend to get major releases a little while after Japan. However, there are plenty of games that disappointingly have never made it over to us from Japan. A couple of these games that we would really like to play are a few of the Ace Attorney spin-off games, Miles Edgeworth Investigations 2 and Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken (which, for the sake of this post, we can call Ace Attorney with Sherlock Holmes).

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Ace Attorney is a huge favorite of ours. We’ve enjoyed and loved every single game we’ve played in that series. We get excited to hear about a new game and then are immediately disappointed when it doesn’t come to us. I have thought about, on my occasions, attempting to learn Japanese just for the sake of playing video games that don’t make it to us.

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Learning Japanese probably would be fun, and I’m sure there are fan translations for the games out on the wide spaces of the Internet. I know petitions have been made to bring both games here to the west. It’s a shame that Investigations 2 at the very least didn’t make it over here, what with the first game and the other Ace Attorney games doing well. The one with Sherlock Holmes has copyright issues for here in the west, so that’s a bit of a legal mess.

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I know legal stuff gets in the way, but it’s still bothersome. Also, I know money is a huge thing. It costs a lot to bring it over, but with them being so popular, you’d think that they’d make the money right back. Then again, I don’t know anything about business.

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I assume with the clamoring for the games, they would be able to make the money back, legal issues aside. Seeing an ancestor of Phoenix Wright team up with Sherlock Holmes would be amazing! I’d love to look up the game play, but if there’s that tiny shred of hope that we’ll get it here in the west, I don’t want to spoil it for myself.

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Another game that I really hope will come to us is Detective Pikachu. I was so excited when that was first announced. It was just the other day I looked it up to see if any release dates were added. Apparently, it was released in Japan in February 2016, but for the US, the date says “TBD.” I know that means “to be determined,” but they can always determine not to bring it here… and I hope that’s not the case. (No pun intended!)

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Detective Pikachu sounded ridiculous, in a good way, to me. It’s a unique twist on side Pokemon games, and I was looking forward to seeing how it would play out. Detective and puzzle games are awesome to us, as evident by our love of Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton, so combining that aspect with Pokemon is a great idea to us. Hopefully Detective Pikachu will eventually make its way over to us as well.

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I hope it makes it to us! I love mystery games and adding Pokemon to it is perfect for me. I’m sure there are plenty of other games out there that haven’t been released here… Ace Attorney and Detective Pikachu are the only ones I can think of as of right now, though. I hope they come to us soon.

Any special games you wish were localized in the US, or where you are? Let us know in the comments below!

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