Game Within a Game

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! Is everyone ready for the summer?

Here on the east coast in North America, we’ve been getting… interesting weather. Nothing too fancy, just the temperatures going up and down like a roller coaster lately instead of the warmer weather that so many people like about the summer. Summer also generally means vacations and breaks from everyday life. Some video games do something similar where they put a “game within a game.”

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Beetle Mania from Super Mario RPG

There are plenty of video games out there with little mini games or “games within the game” to help break up the monotony of the story line or actions of the main game. Some mini games have relevance to the original game at hand — such as Final Fantasy’s VII chocobo racing — but others are there just as Easter Eggs or for fun.

One such game is Beetle Mania in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. For five hundred coins after the Marrymore section of the game, Mario can buy a Game Boy from a Toad child at the Mushroom Kingdom Inn. The game is simple enough in which you control a little beetle at the bottom of the screen and shoot little stars at falling red koopa shells. The koopa shells explode for points and, if they are near other koopa shells, may start a chain reaction for higher points.

Beetle Mania has absolutely no relevance to the plot of Super Mario RPG, but it’s a fun break from chasing after Star Pieces.

The original Animal Crossing also had a bunch of classic NES games that you could decorate your house with and play, such as Balloon Fighter and Donkey Kong Jr. Math. New Leaf also included a couple of new games, such as one based off of Panel de Pon titled Puzzle League. Likewise, the popular Stardew Valley also has a couple of arcade games that one can play while hanging out in the Saloon.

What other “games within a game” can you think of? Any favorites?

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Character Spotlight: Mr. Resetti

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

We’ve come to the end of another month. It’s the last Tuesday, which means it’s time for another character spotlight.

Character Spotlight: Mr. Resetti | Animal Crossing | Nintendo | DoublexJump.com

Mr. Resetti, or also known as just Resetti, is a mole character in the Animal Crossing series. He’s not a playable character or even a villager. He’s just an NPC who will yell at you if you turn off your game without saving.

In the original Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Gamecube, Resetti goes on and on and on yelling at you for not saving your game. You can’t do anything about it, either. You can’t play the game until he’s done and trust me, it takes a while.

In the latest Animal Crossing game, New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS, apparently he asks why you didn’t save. The length of his lecture will vary depending on the answer you choose. I’ve never done this because I’ve never wanted to cross paths with him again.

Still, I do like Resetti. He was an interesting addition to the game and also a great motive to people to save their game… unless, of course, you think it’s funny so you don’t save on purpose just to see him.

Do you enjoy Resetti’s company? Let me know in the comments below!

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Harvest Moon Vs. Animal Crossing [Debate]

Debate: Harvest Moon Vs Animal Crossing | Nintendo | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

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Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing are both wonderful franchises that we find relaxing with life simulation-like goals to improve our towns, relationships with others, and our protagonist’s life in general. Harvest Moon is my preferred franchise. While the main point is to work hard and improve a farm from a sad, desolate piece of land, you set your own other goals and live as you like.

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Meanwhile, I’m a bigger fan of Animal Crossing. While you don’t have a farm to take care of, you can work on your house. Decorating it, expanding upon it, and even bettering the shops and museum in your village. Plus, you meet a plethora of animal characters, building relationships with them, and overall living life.

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I feel as if the main difference between the franchises is that Animal Crossing focuses more on the house while Harvest Moon focuses on the farm. Bettering your farm allows you to raise whatever crops and adorable animals you want, selling the produce to earn money to invest further into your farm and the main village itself. Bettering your house in Animal Crossing allows you to… pay back your debts to a raccoon.

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Bettering your house allows you to become an interior designer, duh. While the farming is cool and all, I like being able to collect various styles of furniture, objects, and other collectible items to fill my home with. I can mail items to villagers in my town and they can send me items back. It’s a win-win. Plus, there are new items in the shops every day and there are bugs and fish to collect to sell and put into a museum.

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Hey, plenty of the Harvest Moon games allow you to better your house as well. It’s usually a requirement, actually, to build a bigger house if you want to get married and have children. Some games have the ability to change the wallpaper and flooring, to decorate your house as you see fit. It’s limited, of course, but when you’re busy getting rich off your farm, it’s something that takes a backseat. If you like collecting, try finding every item you can forage, growing every crop you can, and completing the little produce checklist.

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In Animal Crossing, I can get rich easily off of fishing. I can collect fish, bugs, paintings, and so much more. I get my fill, sure enough. And yeah, you can marry and have children in Harvest Moon, but it’s pretty slim pickings. While you don’t get married in Animal Crossing, there are over 300 villagers to meet, become friends, and collect their pictures. Trying to meet all the villagers and getting them all to move in your town adds a lot of replayability.

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Don’t you have to kick out villagers from your town in order to get new ones to move in? What kind of neighbor are you to do that? Besides, over 300 villagers would be annoying to keep up with. The Harvest Moon games have fun casts to grow relationships with. If you want replayability, try shaping your farm differently during each play through. Harvest Moon games allow you to pass time more quickly than Animal Crossing as well. If you want to go to the next day in Harvest Moon, you just save and sleep in your bed. Animal Crossing makes you a slave to its real-time mechanics, especially when it comes to the shops.

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While some people kick their villagers out, I wait until the villagers move out on their own. And yes, the real-time can get a bit annoying, but most people just change the clock on the handheld or console. Plus, in New Leaf, they added ordinances where you can make your town an early bird or night owl allowing the shops and villagers to wake up and go to sleep either earlier or later, respectively. This was great for me since I typically play in the evening and was able to keep the shops open until well after I actually go to bed in real life. But I guess we’ll let everyone else decide.

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Animal Crossing Wishlist

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

There have been a lot of rumors going about a possible new Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has been doing a great job keeping quiet, but I’m sure there’s something brewing. (There better be, anyway.)

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My two favorite Animal Crossing games are the first and original Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Gamecube and the latest game, Animal Crossing New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS.

The original was great and New Leaf added so much without bogging it down with too much. If we get a new game for the Switch, we’ll have the ability to play it on the big screen and on the small screen taking it with us. There’s a lot of possibilities they can do with the new game.

Here’s what I would love to see.

Bring back favors

In the original Animal Crossing game for the Gamecube, you were able to talk to them and ask if there was anything you could do for them. This involved returning a borrowed item, getting a borrowed item back, delivering something, whatever. I enjoyed it because it was a great way to interact with the villagers and they rewarded you so it was a great way to get new stuff and build your catalog.

Keep the island, but add just a pinch more to it

I love the island in New Leaf. The diving feature is cool and I love being able to get all sorts of new fruit, bugs, and sea creatures. I would love to see a little more added to it though. Maybe you can run into a villager here and there. Or who says that island is exclusive to your town? Maybe you can run into villagers you don’t have similar to City Folk.

Be able to interact with shopkeepers (outside of the shops)

Tom Nook, Blathers, Isabelle, and company… where do they all go when the shops close? I would love to be able to visit their houses and interact with them after shop hours. I think definitely think that’d be cool to see what kinds of houses they’d live in. I mean, Blathers pretty much lives at the museum, but still.

Add a fishing net like in Pocket Camp

I didn’t play much of Pocket Camp, but I did see a few trailers and commercials and I saw they had a fishing net where you could catch up to 8 (I think) fish at once. Yes, please! I love using the plain old fishing rod, but having the ability to leave a net in the water for a bit is a great idea.

More pocket space

Although, if we can catch up to 8 fish at once, they better give us more pocket space. Or, what would be cool, is if they add a backpack icon to the menu. So you have the 15 pocket spots and then you can click on the backpack for an additional 20 spots or so. This is smart thinking, Nintendo. Listen to me.

Send letters to friends and possibly visit their towns without online features

If you and your friend exchange friend codes on the Switch and both have a town in Animal Crossing, you should be able to send letters to each other. Maybe it doesn’t unlock until you visit each other’s towns, but you should be able to do that. I also want to be able to pop in on my friend’s town with or without online features. I don’t know if offline is realistic, but it’d be cool anyway.

I’m pretty sure there were other things I wanted to add to this wishlist. I can’t think of them at the top of my head though and I think six is good enough for now. I may add more in a later post if I think of them.

Can you tell I’m eager to get a new game?

Are you looking forward to a new Animal Crossing game? What features do you hope they add or bring back? Let me know in the comments below!

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Animal Crossing Overhaul! [Gaming News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I have found some exciting news! That may or may not be that exciting… especially if it’s not true…

But we can still get our hopes up, right?

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There’s a rumor going around that Nintendo is revamping the Animal Crossing website.

There are placeholders on certain pages on their official Animal Crossing website, such as the news page. People are wondering if this means Nintendo is preparing to reveal something big.

A new game, maybe?

And when I say a new game, I mean a new main game? I want another New Leaf.

I’m sure they’re working on something new because so many people want it and it’s about time a new Animal Crossing game is made. Plus, Nintendo is very good at keeping secrets… Super Smash Bros. for the Switch being a prime example.

Keep your fingers crossed something is announced fairly soon.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you hope they’ll announce a new Animal Crossing game soon? Let me know in the comments below!

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Character Spotlight: Isabelle

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Today’s Character Spotlight is a character I think we all know and love from a franchise most of us love dearly.

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Isabelle is a fan favorite though she’s not in too many games. She’s a dog who first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS originally released on November 8, 2012. Since then she’s appeared in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS originally released on July 30, 2015, as well as DLC for Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Wii U in 2014 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch in 2017. That’s it.

Isabelle assists the player in New Leaf as they take on their role as mayor. She’s friendly and respectful though she doesn’t like confrontation and can be absentminded at times. She’s sweet and always has the town’s best interest at heart.

I’m glad Isabelle isn’t a typical villager who can move out of town. I enjoy having her around even though I wish she was able to do more, like a villager.

Overall, she’s a great character and was a nice addition to the Animal Crossing games.

Is Isabelle a favorite of yours? Which other characters from Animal Crossing do you like? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Things To Do In Animal Crossing

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I’ve got Animal Crossing on the brain lately since I played Happy Home Designer. I started playing New Leaf again and it’s been a while. I’ve rediscovered so many things I love about that game.

Favorite Things To Do In Animal Crossing | Nintendo | DoublexJump.com

Kapp’n

Going to the tropical island is one of my favorite things to do. Most people may skip the boat scene, but I always listen to it. I love reading what Kapp’n has to say mostly because it’s usually funny. I also just love the way his voice sounds. The character speak has always amused me, but Kapp’n voice is my favorite, hands down.

The Island

I can’t explain how many times I’ve gone to the island and spent hours there at one time just searching for and catching sharks. They sell so well and you pay off your debt, no matter how big, in about a day. The music is fun and it’s just relaxing and casual.

Writing Letters

I’ve heard people say they hate writing letters in Animal Crossing. It’s annoying and people will write down something random and send it because the characters aren’t actually reading it. However, I write actual letters and I love sending them. Is it annoying? Yes. But I do it because I love to get mail and the only mail I get in real life are bills.

Collecting Things

This should come as no surprise. I love to collect things no matter what it is. In Animal Crossing you’re trying to get all the bugs, fish, paintings, and fossils. Then there are the many kinds of furniture you can get along with the clothes. Even the villagers are collectibles. Though I don’t like “forcing” the villagers to move away… because then I feel bad.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Animal Crossing? Let me know in the comments below!

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