PlayStation Classic

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

I’m amused at all the “classic” editions of consoles popping up. Miniature versions of the original consoles, these classic ones are more Rachel’s and my size!  

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So. The PlayStation Classic. It’s coming out December 3rd for about 100 bucks with 20 games, two wired controllers and an HDMI cable to connect the console to the television. It does not include a USB AC adapter to, you know, power the console on.

(Which I really don’t understand? Nintendo’s NES Classic also didn’t include an AC adapter, which baffled my mind. Granted, we have the SNES Classic’s adapter, but still. Did Nintendo assume everyone would already have that? Does Sony assume everyone would have that? I’m not even sure if the SNES Classic’s adapter would work with the PlayStation Classic–and I’ll stop ranting about this.)

 

We actually had an original PlayStation when we were younger — and still do, actually, it’s chilling in a storage box with a few other decades-old consoles — but it wasn’t a console we used too often.

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I completely forgot we even HAD the Final Fantasy games VIII and IX before I dug all these out for a picture! I have no memory of them.

Our collection of PlayStation games wasn’t that extensive. I’m certain the games we mostly played were the Spyro trilogy (and Peter Pan: Return to Neverland… I seem to remember that one). Taking a look at the list of 20 games that will be on the PlayStation Classic, there’s not much there for us. While there are plenty of titles I recognize — rather, I’ve recognized the titles of their sequels or spiritual successors — the only game on the Classic that I’ve actually tried playing before would be Final Fantasy VII.

We’re pretty certain this is a classic console that we’ll skip. I wonder, how much nostalgic does it have for people who regularly played the original?

Are you interested in the PlayStation Classic? Is it worth it to you?

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Multi-Platform Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Being a gamer is an expensive hobby. It doesn’t help that, sometimes, awesome games are available in multiple platforms, either as updated versions or just ported to a system that may be better suited for it.

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Do you have any games on multiple platforms?

We have Stardew Valley, Death Road to Canada, and Undertale on the PC through Steam, but all three of those games are available for the Nintendo Switch as well. Fortnite is available on all consoles of the current generation (and all of them can now play together, finally). PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is also another game that crosses platforms.

Then there are ports of games — such as the Legend of Zelda: Windwaker and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — that get updated for the next generation console.

Assuming you enjoyed the original game, are you the type to buy games for multiple platforms, if you have them? Or the updated ports when they are released?

We have gotten Death Road to Canada for the Nintendo Switch when it came out, mostly to make it easier to play with friends. However, we’ve been toying with getting Undertale and Stardew Valley for the Switch as well, especially since the Switch makes it a little easier to take those kind of games on the go. To be honest, if Undertale came to the Switch before PC, we probably would have just gotten it for the Switch. Stardew Valley is in the same boat, but the PC version does have the co-op mode…

With that said, there are so many other games that we wish to play and buy that are already stretching our wallets thin. I suppose if a game we own is ported to another platform, we’d prefer if it was substantially updated to make it worth buying again.

Any games that you’ve bought multiple times for different platforms?

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New Switch Editions

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

With last week’s Nintendo Direct, a few new Switch editions were revealed. Both of them look great, but we’re not sure if we’d splurge even if we did have the money on them.

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There have been two new Switch editions that have been revealed, both having to do with a couple of the most anticipated Nintendo Switch games that are slated for released this year — the Pokemon Let’s Go duo and, of course, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Both of the Switch editions look great to Rachel and me, as we’re suckers for both franchises. With how popular the Nintendo Switch console itself has been and the two video game series, I wonder how many of the new editions Nintendo will sell.

On one hand, many people probably already have a Switch and they’re not too cheap (although, the Nintendo Switch may be one of the cheapest consoles on the market at the moment), especially with all the accessories. On the other hand, people are hyped for Let’s Go and Smash Bros Ultimate and, if people don’t have a Switch just yet, this may be the perfect time to get one.

Seeing the new editions also brought up a question that Rachel and I have been asking ourselves for a while — should we each have our own Switch? Nintendo, I’m sure, would prefer for everyone to have their own console for business reasons as well as to take advantage of the portability and playing games together on the go. Right now Rachel and I are good with sharing a Switch, considering we play together the majority of the time, but we’re both also conscious of the fact that we’d probably want to play our own Let’s Go games at the same time (yes, we’ll be able to play co-op, but we like our own adventures, too).

I suppose we’ll see.

What do you think of the new Switch editions? Are you planning on getting one?

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Monday Memories: Game Boy Advance

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

The Nintendo Switch and the 2DS XL are our current go-to consoles when it comes to playing games lately. Recently, however, I found my old Game Boy Advance during a cleaning spree, and I remember how much I used the old handheld…

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The Game Boy Advance was released in 2001 and I loved using mine over my Game Boy Color. The landscape screen for the games made it seem like the screen was so much bigger and I remember having the little worm light adapter hovering over the screen to make it brighter. The backward compatibility for Game Boy Color games was an added bonus.

I went through so many pairs of AA batteries when playing my Game Boy Advance, wearing it down while playing favorites like the Pokemon series, particularly Emerald, Sonic the Hedgehog games, Harvest Moon, and Fire Emblem. It was with the Game Boy Advance that I started my love affair with the Harvest Moon and Fire Emblem franchises.

Besides being home to some of my favorite old games, the Game Boy Advance was used quite often when Rachel and I were playing The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures for the GameCube. With the link cable to hook up the Advance to the console, Rachel and I had some awesome adventures playing a co-op Legend of Zelda. More often than not, I was diving forward to meet the enemies while Rachel was trailing along, picking up all the treasure I would leave behind. It was a good system.

The wireless adapter that came with Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen was also a treat, granting us a Union Room that allowed easy trading and battling. Granted, Rachel and I tended to be the only ones in said Union Room, but it was definitely easier than the link cables we had for the Game Boy Colors when it came to trading and showing off our teams to one another.

I found my old Game Boy Advance buried in one of my old desk drawers, with the cover to the batteries being gone and the batteries themselves all corroded. For the heck of it, I cleaned out the dead batteries and tried putting fresh ones in, but to no avail. The poor console was officially dead. Still, it was nice finding it, especially since I thought it got caught in the basement flood years ago (pretty sure that’s what happened to my Game Boy Color!).

Did you have a Game Boy Advance? What was your favorite older handheld console?

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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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Nintendo Switch’s Durability

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy June, everyone!

Summer is right around the corner (I think… it’s been very rainy over here lately), and with that is usually more time to spend playing video games. With the Switch, it’s easy enough to play outside too!

I recently read an article about a YouTube channel whose whole premise is to take expensive gadgets and tech toys and drop them from enormous heights. It’s both exhilarating and frightening for a tech geek like myself.

One of the latest videos tested the durability of the Nintendo Switch. Considering how difficult it was to get the console when it first came out, it baffles the mind to think that someone out there has an extra console (and the money) to test this out.

Amazing, isn’t it? R.I.P. the poor left Joy-Con, but other than that piece, everything still seems to be in tact. So, if a Nintendo Switch can survive a 1000 foot drop onto concrete, then accidentally dropping it onto the kitchen floor shouldn’t be bad, right?

Would you be willing to test drop some of your favorite gadgets? Know anyone crazy enough who would? What do you think of the Switch’s durability?

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Of the Original 3DS

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday — everyone ready for another week?

We had a pretty good weekend, spending most of Saturday just relaxing and playing video games during the rainy day. While we’ve been playing most games on our Switch nowadays, there’s still plenty of games that we’re playing on our 3DS systems.

In a recent My Nintendo News post, there was talk about Nintendo no longer offering factory repairs for the original Nintendo 3DS systems. The Nintendo 3DS originally was released about six years ago, while the 3DS XL came out in 2012.

Rachel and I both have the original 3DS systems, and we’ve never ventured out to get any of the updated versions of the system, not even the 2DS. We’ve never felt the need to, considering our original 3DS systems have always worked well. The only modification, if you will, that we needed to get for the systems was to get bigger SD cards, which I was able to install myself without a problem.

Still, with this update from My Nintendo News, I started wondering if Rachel and I should invest in updated portable systems from Nintendo. I’ve also heard that Nintendo will be coming out with a newer version of the 2DS at some point in the future. Considering neither of us uses the 3DS feature on our systems, the 2DS may be a good investment. Anyone want to share their thoughts?

Do you have an original 3DS system? Is it still working well for you, or do you have a more updated system?

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Rumors of a Mini Nintendo SNES

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone! I… just really want to keep playing video games right now instead of thinking about my day job, haha!

One of the more recent rumors that has popped up in video game news is about Nintendo producing a Mini SNES for the holidays this year. I’m honestly not as excited about the news as I thought I would have been…

So, everyone knows that Nintendo had severely underestimated consumer demand for the Mini NES, ending up with scalpers making the price skyrocket if you were lucky enough to find one for sale. Recently it was revealed that Nintendo is discontinuing the production of the Mini NES.

I wasn’t as disappointed as I thought I would be at that kind of news. The Mini NES would have been a nice addition to our video game collection, of course, but when we weren’t able to get one right away and saw what scalpers were doing to the little consoles’ prices, we thought better of it. We still have our original NES and the few games that I vaguely remember our older sister playing once in a while. It would have been great for nostalgic purposes, and it was a little disappointing to see Nintendo discontinue them rather than produce more to meet the demand, but we’ve moved on from the news.

Then the rumors of a Mini SNES system came to be. The SNES was the console that I first grew up with, and I have tons of fond memories about the games I’ve played on it. Yet, when I heard that there’s a good chance Nintendo will be producing the Mini SNES, I was fairly indifferent about the news.

I still have my original SNES console along with the games I played. Any of my old favorites that I truly enjoyed playing were downloaded on the Wii’s and Wii U’s Virtual Console. And, while I hope Nintendo would have learned their lesson from the mini NES, will there even be enough of the mini consoles to go around?

Of course, I would love to have a cute compact console filled with some of my favorite games from that era — Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, the original Donkey Kong Country trio, Yoshi’s Island, Turtles in Time — but many of them have had their own remakes or, as previously stated, are available on the Virtual Consoles. So, assuming there will be enough stock of the console, should I splurge on the Mini NES?

I suppose we shall see!

What do you think about a Mini SNES being produced? If you could create the perfect game list for the Mini SNES, what games would be on it?

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Regency Gaming

Double Jump Kris MiiWhile doing a little research for this post, I realized that there is apparently a site dedicated to gambling games also called Regency Gaming. This post is not about that particular store. On that note, I hope everyone has a great start to their week!

Ever hear of Regency Gaming?

Rachel and I took a little weekend trip just to get away one last time for the summer with our parents, and part of where we went included some outlet stores. In this vast mall, Rachel and I wandered around, bought a couple of new puzzles to add to our collection (four new Thomas Kincade Disney-inspired puzzles and a map of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth), and came upon a gaming store called Regency Gaming.

I have never been socked with so much nostalgia in my life.

The store wasn’t brightly lit or anything — rather, it was decorated in grays and muted hues, showcasing the video game memorabilia that adorned their walls, shelves, and cases. There were a couple of times as I was gazing at the SNES consoles and the NES games for sale that I asked Rachel, “Are you old enough to remember these?”

Most of her responses were, “Barely.”

It was a nice walk down memory lane, and if I had the money, I may have bought a few things just for nostalgic’s sake.

Of course, the store had a few newer products as well, such as chargers, gaming headphones, games from the most recent consoles, but the history of gaming was the main point of the place, and it was glorious.

Top Tuesday: Favorite Consoles

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey, everyone!

It’s Tuesday again. I have another Top Tuesday for you all.

Remember when I talked about updated consoles last week? Well, I thought I would share my favorite ones.

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5. Xbox 360

As you’ll be able to tell from this list, I’m a Nintendo chick. However, I do love the Xbox 360. I never had an Xbox and I don’t have the Xbox One (yet). I’m sure when I do, the Xbox One may chump the 360, but I really can’t say.

The Xbox 360 is fun to play and easy to navigate. Even though I love Nintendo, it’s refreshing to play the 360 because it’s different from the Nintendo consoles, as it should be. The controllers are easy and comfortable, reminding me of the controllers when I little, not like the Wii remote and the Wii U gamepad today.

There’s a lot to do on the 360, even if is discontinued.

4. Nintendo Wii

I was amazed when the Wii first came out. The controller was unique and I was impressed by it. I thought the “new technology” was pretty cool. To have motion sensors was all the rage. I sound like a dork, but whatever.

Most of the games for the Wii were pretty good, too. I especially loved the virtual console on the Wii shop and the many different apps they had. My personal favorite was the voting channel. I probably played that more than anything else.

3. Nintendo Gamecube

An oldie, but a goodie. Kris and I must have a thousand Gamecube games. We used to play the Gamecube all the time. There weren’t too many games that we disliked on that console. We mostly played Mario Kart: Double Dash. We always teamed up together and had a grand old time.

Plus, the discs were so small and adorable.

2. Nintendo Wii U

The newest home console from Nintendo (although not for long). Of course it made the list. It’s updated, the games are amazing, it’s more or less the same as the number one console on this list, and the Wii remotes are compatible with it. Aside from the gamepad, we didn’t have to buy new controllers. Which was nice.

I’m still unsure about the gamepad… I do like it, but I think it’s weird at the same time. It was fun to try, but I kind of hope they don’t have a gamepad-like controller for the next home console.

1. Nintendo 3DS

I play my 3DS all the time. I download games from the EShop, I ask for EShop gift cards, I have a ton of 3DS cartridges, I bring my 3DS along with me to Nintendo Zones and GameStops and the like for the StreetPass, I can change the background of the main menu… What is there not to like about the 3DS?

What are some of you all time favorite consoles?