Friday Favorites: N64 Games I Wish I Played

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The Nintendo 64 was a highlight of my early gaming years, but thinking back on it… I didn’t play too many Nintendo 64 games. Rather, the GameCube is our largest collection of physical games. This week’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to the Nintendo 64 games I wish I had tried as a kid.

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Harvest Moon 64

I didn’t get into the Harvest Moon franchise until an old friend gifted me with Friends of Mineral Town for my birthday one year. I wonder how I would feel about the franchise had I started with Harvest Moon 64, a game that I’ve heard is a favorite in the community.

Star Fox 64

My first introduction to Fox McCloud was in Super Smash Bros. I had no idea who he was and, even then, I didn’t really think to look up any other N64 games that he could have been in. After Smash Bros., my first taste of Star Fox was Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube which, apparently, is a bit of a departure from the normal formula of a Star Fox game. It would have been great to give the N64 Star Fox a try!

Donkey Kong 64

Technically, I believe we have this game cartridge, although I’m fairly certain we “borrowed” it from family or a family friend and never returned it. I don’t remember playing much of this game, just a few levels here and there while at another’s house, but the idea of the game intrigued me. That, and the theme song was just so damn catchy.

Any Nintendo 64 games you wish you had gotten the chance to try? Are you amused like I am that these games all have 64 in the title? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Friday Favorites: Unopened Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

So, last week I wrote up a post of games from 2018 that I want to finish this year, and I’m going a step further with this week’s post. When we were cataloging our games, we’ve realized that a couple of games are still wrapped up. It’d be nice if, at some point this year, we opened them to give them a try!

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Nintendo Labo

We still have the original variety kit box hanging out in our den, still unopened. It’s become great friends with the floor plant. It was definitely a novelty when it first came out in the middle of April last year, and maybe Rachel and I will actually open it this year and try to put some of the cardboard things together.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

I haven’t heard anything bad about this game at all, but it has yet to be opened, waiting patiently until we give it a try. Not only that, but we don’t even have it for the Nintendo Switch… We have the Wii U version still unopened.

Rodea The Sky Soldier

Like Tropical Freeze, this is a Wii U game that we had gotten on a little spending spree before getting our Nintendo Switch. We had never heard of it before, but the cover art looked pretty and it seems like you can fly with the main character, so I was sold. Aaannnnd then the game sat on the shelves right next to Tropical Freeze, still looking pretty in the shrinkwrap.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix

Out of this list, this particular game is the most likely to be unwrapped and played this year. I was always interested in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, but we’ve never had the consoles for the games. We’ve had a Playstation 3 from our brother-in-law for years, a hand-me-down most likely after he got the Playstation 4, and we have very little games for it. I got the Kingdom Hearts game not only as an excuse to turn the PS3 on at some point, but also due to Kingdom Hearts 3 coming out this month. Considering the series’s story is so convoluted, figured I may as well start at the beginning!

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Donkey Kong And The Legend Of The Crystal Coconut [Movie Review]

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So about twenty years ago, there was a certain cartoon that was based off of the Donkey Kong video game franchise. It was originally a Canadian/French cartoon that was later released in the United States. It’s amusing to me that this cartoon came out around the same time as the Pokemon franchise and comparing how the two have aged over time.

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I didn’t realize it came out around the same time as Pokemon. Or I, at least, didn’t make that connection. The movie is 3D cartoon, similar to Pixar’s style. It’s based off of Donkey Kong Country with similar music, font styles, and characters. I had completely forgotten about the movie until Kris mentioned it. Even then, while the beginning was vaguely familiar to me, I barely remembered the movie at all.

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The animation is a treat to see, considering it was computer animated with motion capture to try to get it as close to the video game style as possible. The Legend of the Crystal Coconut was one of the many video releases of episodes of the show packaged together. I remember renting this particular “feature-length film” from Blockbuster every once in a while as a kid before I tended to just stick to renting video games.

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It was a musical too. Donkey Kong sang and he actually has the best voice out of all the characters. Seriously, I’d buy DK’s CD if he ever came out with one. The songs and the movie itself was kind of ridiculous, but it had good lines and was pretty funny at times.

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Each episode of the cartoon had at least two songs, I believe. It made us burst into giggles when the first song started up, especially since the animation didn’t exactly allow the smoothest dance moves for the characters. Actually, the pirate villains had the best song and dance combos!

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Oh, right. DK had the best singing voice, but he was certainly the worst dancer. The entire thing was them, King K. Rool, and the pirates all trying to get the Crystal Coconut for themselves. It was an hour and a half of keep-away. It was hilarious though and honestly, I don’t think we ever found out the “legend” of the Crystal Coconut, which was what DK was originally trying to figure out.

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Considering it was just a collection of four episodes of the cartoon series, I imagine more of the Crystal Coconut’s lore was uncovered in the other thirty-six or so episode of the series. Since this was just a collection, the timeline of the four episodes was a bit off — in the third episode, or part, of the movie, there was a flashback to an incident that didn’t happen until the fourth episode on the movie! Nevertheless, we were very amused by this cartoon and we had a great time revisiting it.

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Yes, that’s true. It was a great movie and certainly fun to revisit! I’m sure we’ll sit down to watch it again at some point too.

Have you ever seen this movie? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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Flashback Friday: Nintendo Cereal

Double Jump Kris MiiWe’re doing things a little differently for this month’s Flashback Friday. In honor of the Super Mario cereal, I did a bit of research on some older cereal that had been made in honor of Nintendo and their work.

I wasn’t disappointed at what I found!

Did you know that there’s a Cereal Graveyard Wiki?

Aside from being fascinated by the dedication some people have to discontinued cereals, I found it interesting how there have been other Nintendo-branded cereals to grace supermarket shelves before the Super Mario cereal (not that the Super Mario cereal is being sold near us — darn it, Kellog’s, where’s our marshmallow one-ups and hidden blocks?).

donkykongThe first cereal I had found was simply called Donkey Kong. There really isn’t much information on it, other than the cereal pieces were barrel-shaped to correspond with the original Donkey Kong arcade game. This particular cereal was introduced in 1982, after Donkey Kong became more popular than Pac-Man (which, in turn, led to Pac-Man cereal in 1983), and was discontinued in 1989.

During the Donkey Kong cereal’s lifetime, there was another cereal called the Nintendo Cereal System. It had two cereals in the one box, one that represented the Super Mario series and the other representing the Legend of Zelda franchise. The cereal lasted from only from 1986 to 1989.

These cereal boxes have since become memorabilia for collectors, with them being sold on eBay for a couple of hundred dollars each. In 2010, the Nintendo Cereal System box was sold for $200!

Pretty sure my favorite thing about finding out these cereals were some of the commercials that I found for them on YouTube. Below is the commercial for Donkey Kong Jr. Cereal that came out in 1983:

Anyone remember these cereals? Any other Nintendo or video game related snacks that you remember?

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Donkey Kong Family Members

Happy Tuesday!

Today I thought I’d talk about something a little random, something that most people probably haven’t thought about in a while.

 

Top tuesday: favorite Donkey Kong family members

Donkey Kong is obviously a great character and a favorite of mine, but I kept him off this list because he’s such an obvious choice for this list.

5. Funky Kong

According to the logic of little-kid-Rachel, Funky Kong was cool because one, his name was Funky. Two, he talked cool and had a surfboard with a plane.

4. Tiny Kong

I have to admit that Tiny Kong is a bit hard for me to remember. I didn’t play Donkey Kong 64 all that much but, like Dixie, I enjoyed being able to play as a girl. And, for some reason, I always felt close to her because she could shrink. And I’m short. That was, again, little-kid-Rachel logic way back when.

3. Cranky Kong

How can you not love him? I think my favorite part of Cranky Kong is the beginning of Donkey Kong Country before the game even starts when he throws a bomb at Donkey Kong for dancing. It’s one of my favorite opening sequences of all time.

2. Diddy Kong

I have to admit, I was surprised I didn’t put Diddy in the number one spot. He’s near and dear to my heart. Diddy is a wonderful character whether he’s by Donkey Kong’s side, starring in his own game, or beating people up in Smash Brothers. Still, there’s one thing that he can not do.

1. Dixie Kong

Yes, Diddy has his jetpack, but Dixie can fly. With her hair. Dixie was always a favorite of mine. I was pleased to see a playable girl in Diddy’s Kong Quest. She was a great addition and… well, her hair. She has nice hair.

Who are your favorite Donkey Kong family members? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Character Spotlight: Diddy Kong

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

Another month has come and gone. With so much Switch and new game hype, I’ve decided to talk about an old school character.

 

Character Spotlight: Diddy Kong

Diddy Kong first appeared in Donkey Kong Country for Nintendo’s SNES in 1994. He’s known as Donkey Kong’s nephew (since he was originally a remake of DK’s son). Since then, he’s appeared in various Donkey Kong games, such as Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (1995) in which he is the prominent character with his girlfriend, Dixie Kong. He starred in his own spin-off game, Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo 64 in 1997. From there, he’s been a character in various Mario games such as Mario Kart, various Mario sports games, and even in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

I always loved Diddy Kong. He’s a cute character and I loved that Donkey Kong had some sort of a counterpart. While he’s so similar to Donkey Kong, he has different features such as he’s weaker, but faster.

I think Diddy Kong was a great addition because it added some more variety to the characters. Mario had Luigi, Peach eventually had Daisy, Wario had Waluigi, Bowser had Bowser Jr., and so on. DK has Diddy Kong.

I’ll admit that I’ve never really played Diddy Kong. I always have my certain go-to characters, but I do remember playing Diddy Kong’s Racing when I was a kid. Maybe that’s a game I’ll have to pick up again soon.

What do you think of Diddy Kong? Let me know in the comments below!

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Looking Behind and Ahead

Double Jump Kris MiiShow of hands, who thought the weekend went by way too fast?

Despite how quickly the weekend has come and gone, I hope everyone had a good one and an awesome week ahead!

This past holiday weekend I spent my time finally playing Pokemon Moon. I’m definitely enjoying it so far, having gotten past my third trial, and I’m severely missing the time off of work that I had to continue binge-playing it. Rachel and I will go into more detail about the games themselves once we both complete them, but I just wanted to share my thoughts about the changes going on in the franchise that I grew up with.

Diving into the gaming world for me was like Alice falling into the rabbit hole. I was full of curiosity and totally enamored when I used to watch my father and my uncle play video games. It was a story that you controlled. The characters were puppets to the buttons and I was amazed that you could make someone on the television jump just by pressing A.

A couple of years later, I was good friends with a pair of twins who fully introduced me to the world of Pokemon through Pokemon Snap. That year Mom and Dad got me my first GameBoy Color, complete with a trio of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow games. For about twenty years, the handheld Pokemon games followed a formula that consisted of your character exploring a new world with new creatures to partner with in order to defeat the Gym Challenges, whatever evil team that was plaguing the region, and the Elite Four.

Pokemon Sun and Moon threw that formula out the window, and while I’m enjoying the games, I can’t help but feel as if I’m missing something. Perhaps it’s too early in the game for me to tell, or maybe I’m just feeling particularly nostalgic for the older games that I grew up with. It’ll be interesting to see if Zelda’s Breath of the Wild, with how it’s going to be shaking up the Legend of Zelda franchise, will affect me in the same way.

The NES mini recently came out to hit us older gamers in the gut with memories, while virtual reality is rising on the gaming scene. Now I understand when my dad, upon seeing the motion controls of Wii Bowling, started talking about the “good ol’ games” from the past, like the original Mario or Donkey Kong!

 

Party Time

Double Jump Kris MiiI know Rachel posted last week about how our Nintendo 64 decided to retire when we had attempted to play Mario Party, but we were able to work around that last night…

 

One of Rachel’s and my favorite YouTubers BrutalMoose has a regular streaming schedule on Twitch (same username, if you wanted to check it out) where, every Friday, he plays Mario Party. It’s always Mario Party one through eight, randomly chosen with the computer characters’ skill levels also randomized, and it’s always a good time.

Aside from his Twitch streams, a few of our other favorite YouTubers have also played a bit of old-school Mario Party as well, which prompted Rachel and me to try to set up our old Nintendo 64 in the first place. That hadn’t worked out so well, as you may have read last week, but we did do a little research and realize that Mario Party 2 had been released on the Wii’s Virtual Console back in 2010.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I bought something off of the Wii’s Virtual Console. Nevertheless, about ten bucks later, we had Mario Party 2 up and running with me being Luigi and Rachel playing as Yoshi. Add in an Easy-skilled DK and a Hard-skilled Wario, and we were excited to play.

It was definitely a fun time, but it was hilarious to realize that, for the majority of the mini-games, we were groaning: “Oh, not this one!” “I sucked at this one!” “How do we do this again?!” “Goddammit, Wario…!”

If Rachel and I had RPG character-like stats, she would have a high Luck stat. She got fantastic dice rolls with the star space popping up close to her. I did well in the mini games and getting coins, but on the board itself, I wasn’t doing so hot. It came down to the point where it’d be okay if Rachel won instead of me — as long as Wario didn’t win, we were good (poor DK was sucking so bad that we didn’t worry about him, but we did end up feeling really sorry for him by the end of the game).

It’s a shame that the first and third Mario Party games aren’t also on any of the Virtual Consoles. Still, it was a really good time and an awesome trip down Memory Lane with the game.