Character Spotlight: Kirby

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Kirby is a beloved pink ball of fluff well known by everyone. Yet, I feel like he doesn’t get enough time in the spotlight.

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Kirby first appeared in his own game, Kirby’s Dream Land for the Game Boy in 1992. He has appeared in 33 titles within his own series, the latest being Super Kirby Clash for the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Kirby has also appeared in other games such as Super Smash Brothers.

My first Kirby game was Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land for the Game Boy Advance. I can’t recall if I ever beat the game or not. I no longer have it though because I let the kid I used to babysit at the time borrow it. He turns 18 in a couple of months and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will never see that game ever again.

As much as I enjoy Kirby and his kinds of games, I don’t play them that often. Kirby was always one of those series that “got away” and took a back seat to Pokemon and Mario. I’ve played a small handful of Kirby games here and there though I haven’t made a dent in the 33 altogether… I didn’t realize there were 33 until writing this post.

I don’t know what Kirby is but he’s adorable in his own right and he’s got cool powers. It’s a bit scary how he eats people and spits them back out and absorbs a few their powers or weapons… I wonder if he’s related to Yoshi in any way. Maybe Kirby is a long-lost dinosaur no one has ever heard of.

Kirby is a franchise that I’m hoping to play more of in the future. However, with 33 games… where do I start?

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Character Spotlight: Hop (Pokemon Sword/Shield)

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Guess what? It’s the first Character Spotlight of 2020! Exciting, yes? Maybe. We’re talking about Hop from Pokemon Sword and Shield – a character some people love and some people hate.

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Hop is a delightful character from the latest Pokemon games, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. He is your friend and rival who grew up in the same town as you. He’s from the Galar region living with his unnamed mother. His older brother is Leon, the current Champion of the Galar region. Hop feels like he has some pretty big shoes to fill but he’s eager to head out into the world and begin his Pokemon journey alongside his friend, you.

I absolutely loved Hop’s storyline throughout the game. In most Pokemon games, all the “good” characters want to be the very best while the “bad guys” want to take over the world and steal other people’s Pokemon and the like.

Sword and Shield aren’t like that. While the story may be lacking, the characters are not flat and it’s awesome. It’s such a nice change of pace. Hop is a prime example of this.

Hop begins his journey ready to take on the world and, of course, become the next Champion following in his brother’s footsteps. He takes you on as a rival since you’re friends, ultimately have the same objective, and you guys just happen to be starting out at the same time.

Throughout the game, Hop loses faith in himself. He loses to you in battle, he loses to other big NPC characters, and it takes a toll. It’s a gradual toll throughout the game and is paced nicely. I felt for him even though I loved every moment I kicked his butt in battle.

While his dialogue felt flat at times, he actually helps you out at the end and plays a big role in the plot. I was glad he had his chance in the spotlight even though I beat in him and his brother. The Champion title is no longer in the family, boys!

Overall, Hop is a well-rounded character. He’s encouraging to you and had his own hopes and dreams. Character development is shown throughout the game and is done nicely. I love this kid and can’t wait to see him in the anime (whenever I get the chance to watch it).

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Character Spotlight: Timmy & Tommy

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Today is the last day of 2019. What better way to celebrate than talk about a couple of baby raccoons?

Character Spotlight: Timmy & Tommy | Animal Crossing | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Timmy and Tommy (don’t ask me which one is which) are twin brothers who first appeared in the very first Animal Crossing game, Animal Forest (2001) for the Nintendo 64. This game was only released in Japan, which is probably why I’ve never heard of it until now. They’ve appeared in all the other Animal Crossing games since. However, their full names weren’t revealed until the latest installment of the series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013).

No one truly knows where Timmy and Tommy came from. With their last name being Nook, the same as Tom Nook’s, it’s implied the twins are Tom Nook’s sons or nephews. I personally thought they were his sons, considering Tommy may be named after Tom Nook himself. Then again, he could be named after his “uncle.”

However, there are certain villagers with the jock or lazy personalities that will tell you a rumor of Tom Nook finding the twins on the street and raising them himself. So, they may not even be blood-related to the old raccoon. Who knew there was such backstory to a few characters in the Animal Crossing world?

The twins have more responsibility in each Animal Crossing game, the more they come out. They used to be in the background and now they’re running on the main store of the village on their own while Tom Nook does real estate.

I’ve always loved these two (even though they constantly follow you around in the store while you try to browse). They haven’t done much, but they’re cute and there’s no reason to dislike these characters (unlike Tom Nook who you could call a crook).

I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I’m not sure if they’ll have a “bigger” part than they normally have or not, but it’ll be cool to see them on the Nintendo Switch.

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Character Spotlight: Medli

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We’re nearing the end of Zelda Month for another year and I just had to talk about one of my favorite sidekicks from the series… Medli from Wind Waker.

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Medli is a young Rito who makes her first appearance in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. This is the only main Zelda title she appears in though she pops up in other side games such as a few Super Smash Brothers titles, Animal Crossing New Leaf, and Hyrule Warriors.

Medli is a sweet character and she does much more than any other side character does in the Legend of Zelda games. Medli is a sage and she helps Links along the way in two different dungeons throughout the game.

There are a lot of reasons to love Medli but most of all, I love her design. She has a great personality as well, don’t get me wrong. And I already mentioned how helpful she is to Link and what an asset she in throughout the game. However, she’s adorable and one of the best looking characters from the Zelda series, in my opinion.

She’s a Rito, so she’s obviously going to have the features of one. The beak is a prime example and she has wings. However, unlike the Rito where their arms and wings go hand and hand, Medli has actual arms and you only see her wings when she’s flying, which is an interesting touch. I also love her hair and the fact that it’s longer than she is.

I wish Medli made more of an appearance in other Zelda games. Of course, with the timeline and various reincarnations, I understand why she isn’t. It’d be cool to see her in a new light though.

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Character Spotlight: Professor Egad

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I couldn’t do a Character Spotlight close to Halloween when Luigi’s Mansion 3 is around the corner without showcasing a special character from the series.

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Professor Elvin Gadd, known as Professor Egad, first appeared in Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2001. He was an unplayable side character who helped Luigi find his way through the mansion to defeat King Boo and save Mario. Professor Egad is an inventor who created the Poultergiest 3000 that Luigi uses in the game. Professor Egad had the knowledge and tools to turn the ghosts back into portraits and to reverse Mario from being into a portrait and back to his human self.

Professor Egad shows up again in Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon with upgraded, new and improved, inventions to help Luigi find his way through yet another mansion. The same goes for Luigi’s Mansion 3.

He created F.L.U.D.D. that Mario uses in Super Mario Sunshine, though the professor doesn’t make an appearance himself. There are a few other Mario games he appears in as well with his inventions.

While Professor Egad tends to show up in random places with wacky inventions and he doesn’t do too much (other than when he’s in the Luigi’s Mansion series), he’s certainly made a name for himself and everyone seems to know who he is.

I’ll admit, when I first played Luigi’s Mansion back in the day, I thought he was a bizarre character and I didn’t care for him too much. I did enjoy his speech and the theme song of his bunker though. Over time, this character has grown on me. He’s iconic with the various tools and machines that pop up in Mario games and if he himself makes a cameo, people instantly know who he is and where he came from.

I love Professor Egad. He’s a loveable dope, in my opinion. He’s definitely grown on me and I always enjoy seeing him pop up somewhere. I would totally play a game where he is a protagonist.

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Character Spotlight: Professor Layton

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Professor Layton is a stand-up guy and he’s a character I instantly fell in love with. I enjoy puzzle games (even if I’m not that great at them) but the Professor Layton games are ten-times better because the puzzles and the characters really make it what it is. 

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Professor Hershel Layton, or just known as Professor Layton or simply Professor, is an archaeology professor known for his puzzle-solving skills. He’s a fine gentleman, keeps his cool at all costs, and is such a fun character to follow along and play as.

He first appeared in his own game, Professor Layton and the Curious Village for the Nintendo DS in 2007. Since then, he’s starred in his own series for a handful of games after that even having a cross-over game with the famous Phoenix Wright putting his court and investigative skills together with Layton’s investigative and puzzle-solving skills. It’s a great game, if you haven’t tried it.

In fact, that was the game that first introduced me to Professor Layton. Kris and I were curious about the Professor Layton games since we had such a love for Phoenix Wright. We were unsure if we’d enjoy it, so when the cross-over came out, we decided to start with that. We instantly fell in love with Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke. Thus, we bought a few Professor Layton games and really enjoy them.

Professor Layton even stars in his own anime movie, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, which came to North America in 2011. Kris and I watched the DVD a while ago and we really enjoyed the movie, hoping more movies (or a TV show) will come in the future.

Layton is a well-rounded character. He has a fun personality, the games are great, and he works well with the beloved Phoenix Wright. There’s nothing not to love about this guy.

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Character Spotlight: Pipit

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We’re already at the end of July, so this month we’re talking about Pipit from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword… why? Because he’s adorable, that’s why.

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Pipit is a character in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which came out for the Nintendo Wii in November 2011. He’s a graduate from the Knight Academy, which was the school Link was currently attending before he goes on his latest (or, I guess, first) journey to aid Princess Zelda. Pipit doesn’t do too much in the game. In fact, he really only has a couple of lines at the beginning of the game and that’s it.

You can talk to him here and there, of course. He typically stands in the same spot depending on the time of day in-game, as NPCs tend to do. I immediately enjoyed his character because he’s always smiling and I love his design. Sure, he’s in the same clothes as Link – just yellow – but he’s got cute freckles and his voice is on point. Even though he only says a single whenever Link starts to talk to him, he’s got my vote.

Also, Pipit stands with his arms folded and lean in close to Link and his face is just adorable. I totally don’t have a gaming crush on him. Look up fanart of Pipit and Link being shipped at your own risk. I remember, when this game came out, that was all over Deviant Art.

Anyway, that’s Pipit. He’s only appeared in the one game and he really didn’t have anything to do, but for some reason, he’s a character that I remember well. I’ve always loved him as a character even though he’s not playable and, again, doesn’t do much.

Sometimes, though, the NPCs in the background need a little spotlight and Pipit is one of those who are deserving of it. There are quite a few other NPCs that I love from Skyward Sword, but I’ll talk about them at another time.

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Character Spotlight: Alfyn Greengrass

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We’re already at the end of June, so here we are with another character spotlight.

Character Spotlight: Alfyn Greengrass | Octopath Traveler | Nintendo | Square Enix | Nintendo Switch | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Alfyn Greengrass is a 21-year-old apothecary in Octopath Traveler. He’s one of the eight main characters you can choose to play as and he is a great asset to your team. He’s a perky guy and seems to have everyone’s best interest at heart. Oddly enough, this is, more or less, what he struggles with throughout his main story.

The moment I heart Alfyn’s voice, I immediately loved his character. He’s adorable and an all-around good guy. While his particular storyline was pretty predictable for me, I loved going through his backstory and having him in battle.

In battle, Alfyn seems to have the most smart-ass comments to the enemies throughout whether he’s attacking or healing someone. It’s great and definitely adds a little more humor to the story. His attacks are also just really well done and can be pretty strong. If I remember correctly, he wasn’t our strongest physically or magically, but he pulled his own weight in battle nonetheless. I’d love to play the game again with him as our chosen character just to see how strong he’d get by the end.

Overall, Alfyn was a great character. He had a fun personality, great moves in battle, and an interesting story. He’s easily one of my favorites from Octopath Traveler.

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Character Spotlight: Baby Peach

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It’s time for another character spotlight and Baby Peach was on my radar. I don’t know why since she’s a devil child, but hey. Here we go.

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The infant counterpart of Princess Peach, Baby Peach is but a minor character. Baby Mario and Baby Luigi are a thing, so Baby Peach and Baby Daisy have made appearances. I don’t have much opinion on Baby Peach because, despite her being in a few games such as Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and Yoshi’s Island DS, I really only know her well through the Mario Kart series.

Mario Kart Wii, specifically.

Baby Peach, no matter what difficulty level or race speed or whatever, she was always in every single race I played and she was always tailgating me. The NPC had it out to get me. Why? I have no idea. The moment I turned on the game and unlocked her character (if she could be unlocked, I honestly don’t remember how that game worked), she was always trying to beat me.

I don’t know why Baby Peach specifically, especially since I was always Yoshi. I imagine there’s probably a better rival for Yoshi than Baby Peach, right?

Still, to this day, I can’t stand her. For that reason only. She will always be the devil to me.

The good news is, I always beat her.

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Character Spotlight: N

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After playing Pokemon White 2 again recently, I remembered N is a character in the Pokemon world. He’s a pretty good character so I thought I’d talk about him this month.

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Natural Harmonia Gropius, also known as N, is a character in the Pokemon games Black, White, Black 2, and White 2. He was the “leader” of Team Plasma, the bad guy group for the Unova region. N is the Mowgli of the Pokemon world. He was abandoned as a child and was raised by Pokemon. Of course, Ghetsis came along and claimed to be his father.

I always felt like N was a good character. He didn’t grow up with a human family and was brought up on biased views. We’re supposed to see him as a “bad guy” but even in-game, N is just doing what he was told to do. He’s not exactly bad, though he seems to enjoy a good challenge.

Then again, in the Pokemon world, who wouldn’t like a good challenge?

Unfortunately, I didn’t watch the anime during the Unova region, but apparently, he joins Ash and company a bit on their journey here and there.

Overall, I think N is a complex character. He has the ability to hear what the Pokemon is saying and he has interesting views, despite the way he was brought up. He doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s side and just goes with the flow of things.

I’ve always liked him. I never understood his name, though. While writing this post I discovered his real name and… now I understand why he goes by N.

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