Double Jump Is 3-Years-Old!

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Happy belated birthday to Double Jump! Back on February 3rd, our little blog turned three years old! They grow so fast… It’s been quite a year, actually, with some changes and updates made to our blog and Double Jump as a whole.

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We might have thought Double Jump’s birthday was February 16th, which is why we never said anything on the actual birthday. Yeah, a lot has changed since the beginning of Double Jump. Not just with the blog, but we’ve branched out quite a bit between collabs, streaming, and more.

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By “we,” we mean Rachel, but at least she remembered around the time the blog’s birthday was. I vaguely remembered that it was in February and that’s about it. Considering the original intent of this blog when we started it three years ago was to branch out and maybe connect with others who also enjoyed gaming, I’m pretty proud of the connections we made due to collab posts and our Twitch channel.

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For sure. We’ve come a long way in these past three years. To “celebrate,” if you will, we’ve decided to do another gaming challenge! We chose for this challenge to be Pokemon based because… well, we love Pokemon, so why not? We’re not necessarily competing against each other or racing one another. We’ll be doing the same thing differently. If that makes any sense at all.

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We each used a randomizer to pick only three of the eighteen Pokemon types for us to raise for a play-through of one of the core games. My random types are Dark, Dragon, and Ground, which sounds like a decent balance of physical and special attacks. I’m excited to have Ground, as it’s one of my favorites, and Dark is right up there as well. Dragon may be interesting, as that is one of the rarer types.

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The random types I got were Electric, Normal, and Bug. That will certainly be an interesting team. I’ve raised electric and normal a ton but I’ve only ever raised a bug once. We then randomized which game we’ll each play. I got a Pokemon from the Unova region so I’ll be playing either Black, White, Black 2, or White 2. Most likely one of the sequels.

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My region is Hoenn, which I’m totally fine with. It’s been a while since I’ve played through those games, and I’ll probably pick one of the remakes to play rather than the original Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald trio. We’ve decided that Legendaries are off-limits — so no Latias or Latios for me — but we can train any Pokemon that has the types that we generated, whether it be the first or secondary type. So, Rachel, with Normal, you could have a much more varied team than I will. A lot of Flying-type Pokemon are also Normal-type, at the very least. Like Rachel mentioned, this challenge is more about the journey rather than a winner, so we’ll see how our teams and games go.

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It’ll certainly be interesting to see how our journey goes. I know it’s not a competition, but I’m curious who will get to the Champion first or how many Pokemon will faint. Unova isn’t my favorite, but I’m excited to go back there and explore it once again.

Thanks for three years with us! Let us know what you think of our Pokemon challenge in the comments below. If you enjoyed this post, please share it around.

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Where Did The “Double Jump” Come From?

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Happy anniversary to us! Double Jump is officially two-years-old. We first created a post on this blog on February 2, 2016. Kris and I were already avid bloggers with our own writing blogs here on WordPress. We both love gaming so much and decided, why not start a video game blog together? We wanted a clever enough name that had to do with gaming but also showing how this blog is run by two people. Thus, Double Jump was born. We were thinking the other day, though… where did the double jump mechanic originate from?

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After doing some research, we found out about this old game called Dragon Buster. It was a 1984 arcade platformer that is credited with being the first video game to feature the double jump mechanic. We don’t really know too much about the game, except that it was a side-scroller with action RPG elements and a bit of hack-and-slash combat. It was later ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System, and it would have been really interesting if it had been on the NES Classic!

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Not that it would have mattered because we still don’t have the NES Classic… Dragon Buster was released in 2009 for the Wii virtual console, but only in Japan. So… no dice for us. This is, of course, a game we’ve never heard of before but it’s interesting to learn about. It was developed by Namco who has also developed Pac-Man, a series we all know and love. The box art for Dragon Buster is pretty cool because it looks so old. You can tell it’s from the 80s.

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Perhaps there’s a way we can emulate the game somehow… It’ll definitely be something interesting to look into. In the meantime, though, thank you all for your support for these past two years! We’re looking forward to sharing many more good times and fun memories in the name of gaming with you all!

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We’ll definitely look into that. Maybe by the time we figure it out we can play it for our third year anniversary. It’s hard to believe two years have already come and gone and we’re looking forward to many more years with this blog. We have a lot more plans and new features for the blog (and beyond) that will hopefully come to fruition in 2018. We’re looking forward to it and we hope you are too! Thanks for joining us!

Thanks for sticking with us! We hope you’ll continue to do so throughout 2018!

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Flashback Friday: Super Mario RPG

Double Jump Kris Mii Hey everyone, Kris here!

Going along with the majority of posts for the rest of this week, today I’m raving about my favorite Mario game, a classic from the past – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

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Super Mario RPG was a game originally released in 1996 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. In 2008, it was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console. I didn’t hesitate to download it.

Super Mario RPG was probably the game that first got me hooked to video games. My younger self was always bothering my very patient uncle to play the game for my entertainment until I eventually tried to play it on my own. Since then, it cemented my love of video games, and Super Mario RPG is the game that I’ve replayed and completed the most to this date.

This game was the first to give Mario a taste of a role-playing game and was responsible for the famous spiritual successor Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series. It granted the player a vast world to explore and a unique party of characters. Bowser and Princess Toadstool (now known simply as Peach — this is how old the game is!) join Mario, along with two new characters, Mallow and Geno. Geno, especially, rose to a famed popularity, enough so he’s a favorite contender for the Super Smash Brothers franchise despite being owned by Square Enix rather than Nintendo.

Although the story line is a bit cheesy, especially to some older players, Super Mario RPG is a timeless game that continues to be enjoyable no matter how many times it’s played through.

Amiibo Bandwagon

Double Jump Kris Mii Hello, hello, everyone and happy Friday!

Today’s post is all about those fun little figurines that Nintendo is producing called Amiibo! Let me know what you think of them in the comments.

Amiibos are figurines of popular video game characters from Nintendo. They are able to be used in conjunction with some of Nintendo’s latest games, most notably Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U.

wp-1455926305505.jpgWhen the amiibos first came out my reaction was caught between, “Oh, they’re cute,” and “Wtf.” I didn’t understand the concept of them other than that they may have been created just as collectibles (which is something that plenty of people do with them) before realizing that they can be “leveled up” in games like Super Smash Brothers. It wasn’t something I was into at all — I would have much rather just play the games without worrying about what level my toy was at.

Then the green yarn Yoshi came out in celebration of Yoshi’s Woolly World.

Holy fudgesicle, that thing is adorable! I just saw it available when I was at Toys R Us for something — I can’t even remember what — and they were just sitting there. I bought one on impulse (they wouldn’t let me have two) and have found myself looking more and more at amiibos.

(Technically, our Classic Mario amiibo was the first one we had gotten with our Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle, which was pretty cool. But the Yoshi’s cute factor trumped it.)

After that, Rachel and I started thinking more about the amiibos. Rachel even gave me Sheik for my birthday, where it sits proudly on my desk. We still don’t use them in games — in fact, the few we have are still in their boxes and we’re not sure if we’ll ever open them — but we keep looking at them whenever we pass them by at our favorite video game stores.

Who will be next? Charizard and Greninja? Fox or Roy, maybe? Perhaps we’ll have an updated picture of all our amiibos later down the road!

Do you collect amiibos? Which ones are your favorite?

Player One Syndrome

Double Jump Kris Mii Happy Monday, everyone! Kris here today, and I’m going to describe a common ailment that plagues many gamers, such as myself, in the world:

Player One Syndrome.
Player One Syndrome affects many a-gamer. It’s what happens when one is too used to being first player when playing video games. Some of the tell-tale signs of having Player One Syndrome include:

  • You’re used to always picking the levels of the games you play with others.
  • Exploring is second-nature to you — you always want to see what the whole game world has to offer.
  • Treasure and money sometimes can be a problem for you, usually because you are too busy exploring to remember to earn said money.
  • When it comes to gaining experience in a game, yours is probably among the highest.
  • You never run from a fight. In fact, you usually charge right in and are one of the most skilled when it comes to video game battles.
  • You seem to be protective in nature. During boss fights, you’re on the front lines to shield your teammates.
  • You’re generally very knowledgeable about the tips and tricks of the video game worlds.
  • Sometimes you seem to forget that there are others on your team, and you may be baffled when someone else questions your strategies.

Player One Syndrome does not seem to have a cure, but it’s fortunately not a very serious ailment. Those who are affected should continue to have fun playing video games and not worry at all.

Do you have Player One Syndrome? Or perhaps Player Two Syndrome?

“Ready Player One” Review

krismii Hello everyone! Kris here with a review of a novel that allows readers to dive into a virtual reality world. I hope you enjoy it!

“For a bunch of hairless apes, we’ve actually managed to invent some pretty incredible things.” – Ernest Cline (Ready Player One)

“Ready Player One” Review

This post may contain spoilers for the book.

Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” is catered to video gamers and comic book geeks, and it’s fantastic!

“Ready Player One” plays in a future version of our world, one that is bleak except for the virtual utopia OASIS. It is OASIS that allows the main character, teenage Wade Watts, to enjoy his life as he prefers the virtual world with its puzzles and various lands to reality. The novel is rife with pop culture references for readers of this time, implementing them into the adventure and romance plot flawlessly.

Although the novel started out slowly as us readers got acquainted with Cline’s world and Wade was arrogant in his skills, it was a fun read with the core plot revolving around a competition for control of OASIS. We are soon immersed in the wonder of the virtual reality and Wade’s skills, both of the gaming and social variety, are constantly challenged. Friendships are tested and strengthened, and a strong sense of community rises both in OASIS and the real world that so many try to escape on a normal basis.

With rich, fantasy settings, a wonderful and diverse cast of characters, and a healthy dose of geekiness, “Ready Player One” is more than worthy of a read.

“Ready Player One” gets a 4 out of 5 stars.

Choose Your Character

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Hey everyone and welcome to Double Jump, my sister’s and my personal little geeky corner of the blogging world. My name is Kristen.

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And I’m Rachel! Nice to meet you!

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Our goal for this blog is to discuss, rant, and rave about our favorite video games. We’ve each been playing games and writing for most of our lives, and thought this would be an appropriate way to share our love for gaming.

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Every Tuesday and Thursday you’ll get to hear from yours truly! Every Monday and Friday, you get to listen to Kris. Every Wednesday, we’ll get together and do a post together just like this one!

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Our posts will range from reviews, debates, favorites lists, and other general articles that strike our fancy about video games. Please note that these are our opinions, and we would love to hear opinions from other gamers!

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Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so feel free to agree or disagree with us just as long as you’re pleasant about it.

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Although it can be a bit difficult on the Internet, we do our best to support mutual respect between everyone sharing this space of the blogging world with us. On that note, we hope you’re looking forward to seeing what we put out! See you next week!

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We can’t wait to share our love of video games with you! Kris will be back on Monday with something exciting. Have a great week, everyone!