Nintendo September 2018 Direct

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Another Nintendo direct has come and gone, and… We thought this one was pretty good!

The direct opened with Luigi hunting down ghosts again and we at first chalked it up to, “Oh, look, footage from the 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion.” The more we saw of it, though, the more we grew confused.

That room wasn’t in the first game. That’s a new item in the hallways. The little ghost dog was in the second Luigi’s mansion, not the first one.

With the reveal that the game was Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch, Rachel leaped up from the couch and teared up with joy! That was something that’s been on her wish list for a long while now, so to see the direct brilliantly open with it (and to assure us that, no, Luigi did not die in the previous Super Smash Bros Ultimate direct) was a treat!

Most of the other announcements and reveals were decent as well. I’m looking forward to the Final Fantasy games, a series that she’s barely had the chance to try considering most of them were on the Playstation family of consoles. Cities Skylines didn’t seem too bad either, with how much we love simulation games. I have played Sim City before, and the game looks pretty damn similar, so we’ll see how Skylines runs on the Switch. Game Freak’s Town seems like it looks pretty good, and Yoshi’s Crafted World looks adorable as well.

It was interesting, but not too surprising, to hear that New Super Mario Bros. U is being remastered into a deluxe version for the Switch. Those games are decent, in my opinion, and wasn’t something I was too hyped about, but we’ll probably get it to have a good time with our cousins and friends.

(Although, what the hell is Peachette? Why is Toadette able to transform into her? Why can’t Peach just be able to do the double jump and floaty thing, and Toadette have her own abilities that make her stand out as her own character? Why do we need to make her combine with Peach?)

We thought the ending of the direct was amazing. Isabelle is adorable and it’s fantastic to see such a fan favorite heading to Smash as her own character rather than as an echo fighter! To top it off, Tom Nook then appeared and we got a pretty little place card announcement stating that Animal Crossing was coming in 2019 for the Switch! I don’t play Animal Crossing, but it was the second time in the direct that Rachel cried tears of joy.

All in all, we figured it was a pretty successful direct.

What did you think of Nintendo’s latest direct?

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Flashback Friday: Final Fantasy VII

Double Jump Kris MiiOne of the most acclaimed RPG series, Final Fantasy has amassed fifteen main games in thirty years. This Friday we’re talking about arguably one of the most popular in that series, Final Fantasy VII.

 

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Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997, at the end of January in Japan and at the beginning of September for North America. Europe did not see the game until November, marking it as the first Final Fantasy game to be released in that continent. Developed by Square (as Square Enix was known back then), development began in 1994 for the SNES, but was later moved to the PlayStation due to technical limitations on the SNES.

A fantasy and sci-fi RPG, Final Fantasy VII starred the character Cloud and his allies as they protected their world against the superhuman Sephiroth and a megacorporation that wished to use the planet’s life essence as an energy source. Final Fantasy VII has since received widespread commercial success, with the development staff being about 100 members and a budget of over $80 million to ensure the game’s success. It has been acclaimed as one of the greatest video games of all time, being released and remade quite a few times, for Steam, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

I remember ages ago when I borrowed this game from my uncle. (In fact, it’s still on our video game shelves… apparently I never returned it. Oops.) I never finished it, and I believe it’s due to a classmate spoiling a major plot point for me. I remember her mentioning not to bother leveling up a certain character since said character ends of dead.

I do, however, aim to play it again when I can. If I can dig my old PlayStation out and make that work, perhaps I’ll finish the game up on that old console. If not, perhaps I’ll splurge and buy it for Steam!

 

Have you ever played Final Fantasy VII, or any of the Final Fantasy games? What are your favorites?

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Friday Favorites: Wanted Smash Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiWith the Nintendo Switch slated for release in a couple of months, I was thinking of the games that would be available for the console. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game I’m anxiously awaiting, but I’m sure there will also be a new Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart, and a Super Smash Bros. for the Switch. Down below are a few characters that I hope will one day kick ass in a Super Smash Bros. title.

On a side note, where are the games with “sisters” in the title? Us girl gamers are here too!

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Chun-Li was the first female playable character in fighting game history, helping to drive the fact that, hey, female protagonists could fight, too. Considering that she was literally made for fighting games, I think it would be awesome to see her in the Smash franchise.

Tifa Lockhart, Final Fantasytifa

Hey, we have Cloud added to the abundance of sword-users in the series… Why not add another brawler? And a female one at that? Tifa Lockhart would have plenty of moves to add to the Smash franchise, helping to round out the roster of Pokemon and swordsman characters.


Professor Layton, Professor Layton Serieshershel_layton

Rachel and I were first introduced to Professor Layton when we tried out the Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright game for the 3DS. And, honestly, we were so impressed with how much Layton kicked ass in both the game and the cutscenes. This gentleman has demonstrated being proficient in hand-to-hand combat, perfect in defending himself against fellow Smashers.

new_geno_render_by_nibroc_rock-d9kkuzkGeno, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

This probably isn’t a surprise to many of you readers who have been around for a while. Geno is probably one of my favorite video game characters of all time, and if it wasn’t for the copyright issue surrounding him, his popularity probably would have already propelled him into the Smash franchise. With a unique character design and a wide array of special attacks from his game, Geno would be an amazing addition.

What characters would you love to see in a future Smash game?

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Nintendo Easter Eggs

Double Jump Kris MiiHi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday yesterday! Our family had a great time celebrating, especially because it was our nephew’s first Easter (not that he’ll remember it but it’s the thought that counts).

Today I figured I would do a post celebrating some famous “Easter Eggs” found in some of Nintendo’s video games. Feel free to share some of your own!

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In “Ocarina of Time” for the Legend of Zelda series, there are portraits of Mario, Bowser, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and Luigi. As Young Link, when you go into the castle courtyard, play around with the camera to take a peek inside the castle windows and you’ll spot the portraits. Bowser also makes an appearance at Lon Lon Ranch in the form of Malon’s broach!

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“Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars'” toughest boss fight is the hidden boss Culex. Although Culex has never appeared in an Final Fantasy game, he is considered as part of a crossover for that series, considering Final Fantasy is Square’s flagship series. The crystals that are his allies in battle, the way his overworld and battle sprites are animated, and the music itself are all allusions to the Final Fantasy series.

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In the Legend of Zelda game Majora’s Mask, there is a row of masks on the selection screen that allude to the characters in the Star Fox series. Whether it was a happy coincidence or an actual Easter Egg put in the computer by Nintendo, I’m not positive, but sharp-eyed Nintendo fans quickly picked this up!

What are some of your favorite video game Easter Eggs?