Flashback Friday: Goof Troop

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone! I hope everyone’s May was good! This year is going by so quickly.

This month’s Flashback Friday is celebrating a game that Rachel used to ask me to play with her when we were both much younger. It wasn’t a game that held my attention too long, with me preferring Ocarina of Time or Super Mario RPG. However, we did have a good time with Goof Troop when we did play the game!

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Goof Troop was released in North America in July 1993 by Capcom on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was based off of the cartoon of the same name that aired around that time. An action-adventure game, it was capable of being multiplayer with one player controlling Goofy while the second player controlled his son Max. Goofy is slower than Max but can deal more damage.

The story is fairly simple, if a bit silly, but on par with the cartoon that the game is based on. While on a fishing trip, Goofy and Max witness their friends Pete and PJ get kidnapped by pirates. Figuring they should go and save them, Goofy and Max go through five areas on Spoonerville Island until they confront the pirates and free Pete and PJ. The game itself got average reviews, but it was agreed by most critics that the game was fun, even if it wasn’t very long or involved.

Rachel and I had fun with the game, mostly due to the game’s puzzles that were made for two players. In fact, the game’s few criticisms came from the single-player mode, when it was tedious from trying to complete puzzles that were meant to have more than one person solving them.

Of course, Rachel and I also had great fun sabotaging each other against the pirate enemies instead of working together! We were reminded of this game due to one of our favorite YouTubers making a video on it. If you’d like, check out Jirard the Completionist’s video of it:

Did you ever play Goof Troop? What did you think of it?

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Of Kingdom Hearts

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday!

We’re actually in Disneyworld right now! Being around Mickey Mouse and his friends reminded me of the popular video game franchise Kingdom Hearts, an ambitious crossover of Disney characters published by Square Enix.

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I’ve only ever touched upon the Kingdom Hearts games when I was much younger. Having never owned the games myself, I was only able to play a bit of the first one whenever we visited our aunt and uncle a couple of towns over from where we lived (coincidentally, this is the same uncle that introduced me to video games and superheroes). If I had the chance, I would start up the game, usually create a new file and enjoy the main theme song, and give the game another try.

The farthest I’ve gotten was, perhaps, to Tarzan’s world, but I vaguely remember Aladdin’s world as well. I honestly cannot remember if Aladdin’s world was from watching my uncle or a friend play, or if there was a time that I had been able to borrow the game to play myself.

I always liked the idea of Kingdom Hearts, finding the narrative to be unique with exploring the Disney worlds to be a fun thought, even with the story line being a tad dark. And, while I don’t completely understand the line of sequels (why is there a game called “2.8 Final Chapter Prologue”? Why is there a Kingdom Hearts II when Chain of Memories is the direct sequel to the first game?), it is a franchise I would like to try.

What do you think of Kingdom Hearts? Have you ever played the games?

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Super Mario Odyssey Was A Movie First

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Okay, so Super Mario Odyssey wasn’t actually a movie before the game came out. However, Kris and I were watching a movie the other night and I couldn’t stop thinking about Odyssey.

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Has anyone seen Disney’s Meet The Robinson’s? It’s an animated film about a smart boy, Lewis, who loves math and science and inventing things. He winds up in the future to help out a family whose time machine was stolen by a man with a bowler hat.

There’s more to it, obviously, but I’m going to assume you saw it because… it’s Disney.

The hat possesses living things. In the movie, the first thing the hat possesses is a frog. Then the bad guy goes back in time and possesses a T-Rex. Later, the movie takes a dark twist and begins to possess people.

Ring a bell?

I hadn’t seen the movie in a long time, but the farther along it got the more I remembered what happened and who the characters were.

I remembered the part of the T-Rex first and joked with Kris about how the movie is Odyssey. Then, before that part, the hat possesses a frog and it made me realize the movie really is like Odyssey.

That’s about it. I don’t really have anything else “intelligent” to say about it since neither one are actually connected in any way, shape, or form.

I guess this just goes to show that my mind is constantly thinking about video games.

Have you watched Meet The Robinson’s? Am I making any sense? Let me know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: SNES Classic Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiWith the news of the SNES Classic coming out in a couple of months, people have been scrutinizing the list of games the console will be loaded with. While I have no complaints about the game list, there are a few that I wish made an appearance on the console.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time

This classic arcade beat-em-up game was a favorite of Rachel’s and mine back when we were kids. It was perfect as a co-op game and quick enough to play within a couple of hours. Hearing the old school Ninja Turtles’ voices were great too!

Disney’s The Lion King

Disney had a few licensed games with Nintendo, like Aladdin and the Jungle Book, and The Lion King was one of the best. With the fun music and scenes from the movie, it worked well with the original SNES console. The game was short and sweet, making it a great game to play during an afternoon.

Tiny Toons Adventures: Buster Busts Loose

This was definitely a guilty pleasure game, a game filled with the ridiculousness that came with the Looney Toons. Tiny Toons was a spin-off of the Looney Toons for a younger generation, filled with characters that were the “students” of the original Looney Toons. I honestly don’t remember much of the plot of Buster Busts Loose, but I remember the fun, colorful scenes and high-energy music!

Goof Troop

This particular game I never really wanted to play as a kid. In fact, it was one of Rachel’s favorite games and, while it was never my first choice to play, I do remember having fun with Rachel while playing it. She was Max and I was Goofy and she had a penchant for throwing barrels at my character instead of actually trying to solve the puzzles!

What video games would you have liked to see on the SNES Classic console?

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Old PC Games (Part One)

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We talk a lot about Nintendo games and consoles on this blog. It’s what we grew up with, and they are still our favorites even as we dabble in other video game publishers. Nevertheless, we love trying out new games and turned to PCWORLD games. Instead of playing something new, we walked down memory lane.

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When we couldn’t get on the Internet because our mom was talking on the phone way back in the 90s, we had to turn to PC games for entertainment. A lot of the games we used to play were Disney related. We had Storybook adventure games of 101 Dalmations, Winnie the Pooh, and The Lion King.

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Does anyone else remember those games? Disney was (and still is, I’ll be honest) a huge part of our childhood, so being able to play through the stories and activities with the characters was tons of fun for us.

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I don’t remember too much from the actual games themselves. I remember 101 Dalmations the most, I think. I vaguely remember Pongo waking up Roger and you had to play a memory game opening different doors to match the dogs to their owners. You know, like in the beginning of the movie when Pongo watches people walk their dogs down the street and they all look alike.

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Speaking of 101 Dalmatians, we also had one that was based off of the live-action film, where you took control of Lucky and Whizzer (or Patches) and had to escape the De Vil Manor. That was an awesome game, I used to play it all the time! The Lion King was more focused on activities, like memory games and coloring.

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I remember that version of 101 Dalmations, too. Was that the same game (supposedly) as the video game in the live action movie of 101 Dalmations? I remember coloring in The Lion King. That’s about it, though.

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Near the end of Escape from De Vil Manor, there was the mine cart game that was based off of the video game at the end of the live-action film. It was a nice tie-in. The Toy Story game was also a favorite, especially with the awesome voice actors from the film!

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I remember the mine cart game and I loved that part of the game! I have to say though, I don’t remember too much of the Toy Story game.

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The first half of the Toy Story game was basically you trying to help Woody sabotage Buzz Lightyear, haha! The second half was them trying to get home. Basically, the movie itself. It was always entertaining to our younger selves, especially with our favorite characters.

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It’s fun to rememeber them! Unfortunately, we don’t have the games anymore. But it will be nice if we can find them later down the road and give them another try. I’m sure that would be funny!

Have you ever played these PC games? What other PC games have you played?

Friday Favorites: NES Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

Did you all hear about the mini NES that Nintendo is going to roll out in November? We still have the original console but, considering that the original NES came out five years before I was a thought in my parents’ minds, we don’t have too many of those games and my memories of playing said games are a bit fuzzy. However, there were a few that I definitely remembered.

4. Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Blowout

I’m going to wager a guess that we had a Bugs Bunny game mostly because my uncle and Rachel’s and my older sister loved the character. This game was rather simplistic, just running around as Bugs with a giant hammer while attempting to get to his 50th birthday party. I enjoyed playing the game mostly because of the character (and the hammer).

3. Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Disney had quite a few video games with Nintendo. Besides The Lion King for the SNES, we also had The Little Mermaid for the NES. Generally I’m not one for water levels in video games (we can probably blame Ocarina of Time’s Water Temple for that), but I remember enjoying swimming around as Ariel in the game

2. Adventure Island II

I don’t know how or when we had gotten this game. It’s about a guy in prehistoric times who quests through treacherous islands in order to rescue his girlfriend, as far as I recall. Nonetheless, I remember booting up this game often enough, mostly due to the fact that, as the protagonist, you had little dinosaur helpers after you rescued them. Flying with a pterodactyl was pretty neat!

1. Super Mario Bros. 3

Seriously, what else could take the number one spot? That’s right, probably the Legend of Zelda, but alas, we never had the originals for the NES. Therefore, Mario tops this list with his game that has been the third best-selling NES game of all time. Being able to play as Mario or Luigi, it was one of the classic side-scrolling platform games that centered on rescuing Princess Toadstool (way before her nickname Peach became her more familiar moniker) and the leaders of the seven kingdoms from Bowser and his koopalings.

What was your favorite NES game? Or are you too young to remember much of that console?

“Nimona” Review

krismii  Happy almost June, everyone! Kris here with my monthly book review. Enjoy!

“Nimona” is a graphic novel by Noelle Stevenson. She’s written for Marvel, DC, and Disney’s Wander Over Yonder, and has been nominated and won a few awards for her work. You can find more information for her at her website here.

Nimona is a bestselling comic from HarperCollins, and details the story of the titular character, a young shapeshifter who shows up at a villain’s doorstep and proclaims herself to be his new sidekick. Lord Ballister Blackheart takes her in and shows himself to have his own moral code versus Nimona’s prone to destructiveness. Together, they go against the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.

The champion of the Institution is Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, who follows the orders of presumably the king and the Director, a shady figure who only cares for the kingdom’s well-being. Goldenloin and Blackheart definitely have history together, and throughout the story it appears that the pair’s life choices could have been different had a certain incident not sparked the current rivalry. Nimona’s appearance in their lives quite literally involves explosions and forces all the characters to realize why they do what they do.

Rather than video games, this graphic novel is about superheroes and morals, showing the story with witty dialogue, cute illustrations, and quirky characters. It was a fairly quick read, a page-turner with the comic style, and proves that life is not all black and white, not all good and evil.

I definitely recommend this read if you’re into heroics, tough choices, and are a fan of endings where everything is not quite what it seems. If you want a sample of the comic, you can read the first few chapters on the creator’s website!