Challenge Complete: Animal Crossing New Leaf

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Going to change it up a little this week in that I’m doing a post in response to the challenge that Rachel and I gave each other way back in October. Did any of you forget about that? I promise we didn’t!

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Way back at the beginning of October, Rachel and I challenged each other to play a game from the other’s favorite laid-back franchise. I challenged Rachel to play a Harvest Moon game — Light of Hope for the Nintendo Switch — and she challenged me to play Animal Crossing New Leaf for the 3DS. My goal was to pay off my debt enough to get the biggest house expansion as well as have my villagers like me, have a great town, and a high mayor rating.

And I failed.

What I did accomplish was get a 100% mayor rating (although it’s probably gone down by this point considering I haven’t visited my town in a month), make some villager friends, and paid off enough debt to expand the first floor of my house. I didn’t get the side rooms, but the front room is bigger.

I didn’t do too badly, in my opinion, but I obviously did not meet all of the requirements to complete the challenge, and I have no real excuse for not doing so. We had chosen October to do these challenges because we figured we would have enough time to do them before the decidedly busier months of November and December. Instead, New Leaf became a chore rather than something I wanted to do. Being competitive didn’t make me want to pick up the game.

It was nice meeting and seeing the villagers and Isabelle. The characters are adorable and they made me chuckle with their animations and the way they talk. When I did play the game, it was relaxing. I especially enjoyed the music while running around bug-hunting and fishing!

Yet, I was bored with the overall premise of the game. Sure, it was cute, but there wasn’t anything to keep me sustained. While my Harvest Moon games tend not to have huge stories to follow either, I’m able to create my own and, for the most part, figure out how to accomplish my goals myself.

It was interesting to actually make more of an effort in an Animal Crossing game but, when the Switch version comes out, I’ll probably leave that game to Rachel.

What do you think of Animal Crossing New Leaf? How would you have done with this challenge?

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Animal Crossing Movie [Review]

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So, about a week or so before the latest Nintendo Direct where Animal Crossing was announced for the Switch, Kris found through Pinterest that there’s an Animal Crossing movie. I wanted to watch it right away. So, naturally, I found the anime on YouTube.

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Rachel is definitely the bigger Animal Crossing fan out of the two of us. I’ve barely played the games. As soon as I saw that pin that mentioned the Animal Crossing movie, I knew Rachel would be interested in it, and she was wicked excited to hear about it. The “movie” on YouTube was about 45 minutes long, so we figured it was a short thing and stuck it on. I wasn’t too sure what kind of plot would be developed on a 45-minute movie based on such an open-ended game.

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It turned out, even though the video stated it was the full movie, it actually wasn’t. It ended in the middle and we ended up finding a different YouTube video that summed up the entire movie in about four minutes. Still, from the 45 minutes we saw, it wasn’t too bad.

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It was rather cute, but I was sitting there for about half of it wondering when something resembling a plot was going to happen. The beginning showcased the excited new resident of Animal Village meeting her new neighbors while working for Tom Nook by making deliveries, and there were random segments of various villagers doing random activities, like the jock monkey jogging everywhere or the penguin fishing all day. The plot seemed to start building up about finding your dream and following it with a touch of aliens thrown in.

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from it. Animal Crossing doesn’t have a huge story line for the games so I couldn’t imagine what they could do for a movie. The villagers were interesting enough though. And yes, the plot turned out to be mainly Margie the elephant had a dream of becoming a fashion designer and the movie turned into following your dreams and reaching for the stars, which was nice.

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While reaching for the stars, you may find aliens, which is apparently what happened in the 4-minute movie explanation video we saw. We’re not quite sure what exactly happened, but we’re guessing the bottled messages the protagonist kept finding about planting pine trees for a winter festival had something to do with it. All in all, the half of the movie that we did see wasn’t too bad, with little hints of the games thrown into it. Hearing familiar music and jingles was nice, and we giggled when K.K. Slider’s singing not only had the English dub but also the game’s pixel-y rhythm.

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Yeah, hearing the game music in the background was great. It really threw me back into the game. I’ll admit, I could have done without some of the voice acting. A lot of it was high-pitched. Then again, it’s anime, so I’m not knocking it. Overall, it wasn’t a bad movie and I wouldn’t mind having more down the road.

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The movie was entertaining enough, especially while watching it together. It wouldn’t be something that I would watch on my own, but we were able to laugh at the characters’ antics together. It was enough for us to be interested in seeing the rest of the movie and, perhaps, one day we will.

Have you heard of this movie? Have you seen it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Games I Play Over And Over

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I was pretty excited from the latest Nintendo Direct. There were a lot of games that I’m looking forward to but some that I know I’ll play over and over again just like I have with the games before it.

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3. Luigi’s Mansion

This is a favorite of mine and one that I’ve played a few times. This is a game where I feel like I need to be in the mood to play it, but I always get excited for it and into it. Now that Luigi’s Mansion 3 has finally been announced, I can’t wait to play a brand new spin on the series. Plus, I can’t wait to get a hold of the original game for the 3DS and play with a friend… as weird as green Luigi may seem.

2. Animal Crossing

It’s no secret how much I love Animal Crossing. I definitely go in spurts with that game but I’ve gone back to it time and time again. While the real time can be annoying if you haven’t played in a year, I love being able to just pick back up where I left off. Or, wipe our my town and start from scratch… though I don’t like doing that. I’m sure I’ll be playing the new game over and over for a long time.

1. Pokemon

While this wasn’t talked about much at the recent Direct, I’m still super excited for the Let’s Go games and also the new core game that will be out next year. Though we still don’t know anything about that game yet. Either way, I know I’ll be trying my hardest to complete my Pokedexes and catch them all.

Now all I need is a new Paper Mario game and I’ll be good to go.

What are some games you play over and over again? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nintendo September 2018 Direct

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Another Nintendo direct has come and gone, and… We thought this one was pretty good!

The direct opened with Luigi hunting down ghosts again and we at first chalked it up to, “Oh, look, footage from the 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion.” The more we saw of it, though, the more we grew confused.

That room wasn’t in the first game. That’s a new item in the hallways. The little ghost dog was in the second Luigi’s mansion, not the first one.

With the reveal that the game was Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch, Rachel leaped up from the couch and teared up with joy! That was something that’s been on her wish list for a long while now, so to see the direct brilliantly open with it (and to assure us that, no, Luigi did not die in the previous Super Smash Bros Ultimate direct) was a treat!

Most of the other announcements and reveals were decent as well. I’m looking forward to the Final Fantasy games, a series that she’s barely had the chance to try considering most of them were on the Playstation family of consoles. Cities Skylines didn’t seem too bad either, with how much we love simulation games. I have played Sim City before, and the game looks pretty damn similar, so we’ll see how Skylines runs on the Switch. Game Freak’s Town seems like it looks pretty good, and Yoshi’s Crafted World looks adorable as well.

It was interesting, but not too surprising, to hear that New Super Mario Bros. U is being remastered into a deluxe version for the Switch. Those games are decent, in my opinion, and wasn’t something I was too hyped about, but we’ll probably get it to have a good time with our cousins and friends.

(Although, what the hell is Peachette? Why is Toadette able to transform into her? Why can’t Peach just be able to do the double jump and floaty thing, and Toadette have her own abilities that make her stand out as her own character? Why do we need to make her combine with Peach?)

We thought the ending of the direct was amazing. Isabelle is adorable and it’s fantastic to see such a fan favorite heading to Smash as her own character rather than as an echo fighter! To top it off, Tom Nook then appeared and we got a pretty little place card announcement stating that Animal Crossing was coming in 2019 for the Switch! I don’t play Animal Crossing, but it was the second time in the direct that Rachel cried tears of joy.

All in all, we figured it was a pretty successful direct.

What did you think of Nintendo’s latest direct?

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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.

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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]

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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.

Which side are you on? Let us know in the comments below!

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