First Impressions: Skyrim

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

We don’t tend to play Rated M games, generally because we’ve grown up with Nintendo and their brand of family friendly games. Yet, when Skyrim was released for the Nintendo Switch, I got interested in the game mostly due to the dragons. I’m finally giving it a shot.

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I have no idea what I’m doing in Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch.

I mean, I follow along with the main quests and the little side quests I’ve picked up. The map is helpful in giving me a marker on where to go, otherwise I’d probably end up somewhere on the other side of the world, picking up an infinite number of side quests along the way.

On that note, I’m really enjoying the open world and the people populating it. The voice acting isn’t too bad and some of the more key characters have some personality, which is nice. Traveling and exploring is fun, even if I do randomly get attacked by wolves here and there. Luckily my flailing combat skills have kept me alive for most of the game. In fact, the first time I died was from a dragon, which sounds more epic than dying from a random wolf or bandit.

Speaking of bandits, I found a horse that was just chilling beside a dead bandit that I assume was once its rider. Logically, I looted the body and stole the horse to ride back to town on. The horse then decided to peace out after we arrived at the town, turning and walking back out. I followed it just to see where it would end up, wondering if the AI was loyal enough to return to the body of the dead bandit, but it went to the river and kind of glitched while it was standing near the water.

In regards to the dragons, I’m disappointed that we’re killing them. Do we ever get to tame or befriend them? The first appearance of a dragon in a game saves you from getting beheaded, and I was like, “Yes, this dragon is now my friend,” and then I had to run away without getting crushed from the debris the dragon was knocking around.

I want to soar around the skies and burn my enemies with a dragon rather than kill the flying lizards. I don’t know if that’s a thing that ever happens in Skyrim, but I would love it if it does!

Have you played Skyrim, either on the Nintendo Switch or on another platform? What do you think of the game?

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Double Jump is on Twitch!

That’s right, Double Jump is officially on Twitch! Yay!

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We’ve actually streamed for the past couple of weeks now, getting into a small routine while figuring out technical difficulties, but we’re learning and want to share us playing awesome (and sometimes not so awesome) games with you all!

You can find us at Twitch.tv/xDoubleJump! Please give us a follow if you’d like to see what kind of shenanigans we get up to and because, hey, we want to talk more with you guys too. We’re planning on streaming at least three times a week, trying to swing a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule — Kris on Mondays, Rachel on Wednesdays, and both of us on Fridays. We’re on the east coast of the US (EST), so Mondays and Fridays will probably be sometime during the evenings while Wednesdays will most likely be in the mornings.

(Also, it’s Rachel’s birthday today, so give her some extra love!)

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Regions

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Recently, we found out that Twitch will be marathoning all of the Pokemon seasons and movies. Considering I used to watch the show when I was in elementary school twenty or so years ago, I’ve only seen a handful of the seasons before losing time and interest. I may use this 10-month marathon as an excuse to revisit the anime.

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Kalos

Kalos was a breath of fresh air after Unova, which is probably my least favorite region. Kalos went back to Pokemon’s nature roots, filling the region with forests and smaller towns with plenty of secrets to find and explore. While the story wasn’t anything special, in my opinion, I did find the little friendship circle that your character has with the other beginning trainers to be adorable.

Kanto

Kanto will always have a special place in my heart because it was where my love of Pokemon began. The layout and adventure around the region was a treat, with something new around every corner when I first played Pokemon Yellow. I’m ridiculously excited for the Let’s Go titles, looking forward to seeing how well they updated the Kanto region.

Hoenn

Hoenn probably has some of my favorite Pokemon to date, and the layout of the region isn’t bad at all. While I’m not thrilled with most water levels in games, the Dive mechanic was interesting, as was using it to head toward the last gym in the game. The mountain and story was also a favorite of mine, especially in Emerald.

Johto

Johto was fantastic in that it was a successful sequel, if you will, to the Kanto region. Both the games and the anime were awesome with their new Pokemon and adventures. Instead of being saturated with new mechanics, the Johto games simply had a new region to explore, a new story with the legendary Pokemon, and a couple of new types to help balance the roster. The Johto anime theme songs were also some of the best.

What are your favorite Pokemon Regions?

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N64 Classic Wish List

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Rumors abound that Nintendo will be giving us the N64 Classic at some point in the future. Everyone and their mother has a wish list detailing what games they would like to see on a classic version of the N64 console, and Rachel and I are no exception. Frankly, I think a couple of the obvious games would be the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, despite those having been remade for the Nintendo 3DS family.

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If this turns into a real thing, I really want the Mario Party 1, 2, and 3. I would hope, after hearing so many complaints from the latest Mario Party games, especially Top 100, Nintendo would listen and add the original 3 Mario Party games onto the tiny console.

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At least one of those has to be on there! I believe Mario Party 2 is the most popular, but Mario Party being the original probably has a better shot at being on there if Nintendo could only pick one. I’d love to see Pokemon Stadium, either one if not both, on the Classic console. Those games were so much fun!

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I would prefer both Pokemon Stadiums. While they’re at it, they can add a brand new one as well. Pokemon Snap would certainly be great to revisit as well. People would go nuts for that, I think.

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I wonder if the Poke Finder in the Rotom Dex in Sun and Moon was supposed to be a little nod to Pokemon Snap? People would love it if Snap made a comeback in the N64 Classic! The original Smash Bros., Super Mario 64, and Harvest Moon 64 would be great additions, if not shoe-ins, as well.

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I would love to play the original Smash game again. That’d be so much fun, especially with the new one coming out. Also, I’m sure this is a given for me, but I’d love to have Paper Mario on there. We have it on the Wii from the virtual console, but it’d be fun to play it on the Nintendo64 again… even if it shrunk.

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Yoshi’s Story would be adorable to see again, and Mario Kart 64 would be fun to revisit. I’m sure fans of Star Fox 64 would welcome it, as well as Donkey Kong 64. There are quite a few games with “64” in the title, aren’t there?

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I was just going to say, there are a lot of “64” games. I’d love to play Donkey Kong 64 again and even play Banjo Kazooie, which is a game I’ve never tried myself. Overall, the Nintendo64 was a classic and had so many great games. I really do hope they bring it back.

What N64 games would you like to see on an N64 Classic console? Let us know in the comments below!

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Game Within a Game

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! Is everyone ready for the summer?

Here on the east coast in North America, we’ve been getting… interesting weather. Nothing too fancy, just the temperatures going up and down like a roller coaster lately instead of the warmer weather that so many people like about the summer. Summer also generally means vacations and breaks from everyday life. Some video games do something similar where they put a “game within a game.”

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Beetle Mania from Super Mario RPG

There are plenty of video games out there with little mini games or “games within the game” to help break up the monotony of the story line or actions of the main game. Some mini games have relevance to the original game at hand — such as Final Fantasy’s VII chocobo racing — but others are there just as Easter Eggs or for fun.

One such game is Beetle Mania in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. For five hundred coins after the Marrymore section of the game, Mario can buy a Game Boy from a Toad child at the Mushroom Kingdom Inn. The game is simple enough in which you control a little beetle at the bottom of the screen and shoot little stars at falling red koopa shells. The koopa shells explode for points and, if they are near other koopa shells, may start a chain reaction for higher points.

Beetle Mania has absolutely no relevance to the plot of Super Mario RPG, but it’s a fun break from chasing after Star Pieces.

The original Animal Crossing also had a bunch of classic NES games that you could decorate your house with and play, such as Balloon Fighter and Donkey Kong Jr. Math. New Leaf also included a couple of new games, such as one based off of Panel de Pon titled Puzzle League. Likewise, the popular Stardew Valley also has a couple of arcade games that one can play while hanging out in the Saloon.

What other “games within a game” can you think of? Any favorites?

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Moms

Double Jump Kris MiiThank God it’s Friday!

Mother’s Day is this weekend, everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful mother figure to celebrate it with! When playing video games, mothers of the protagonists tend to… be nonexistent. If mothers existed at all, they tend to be part of the protagonist’s tragic backstory by being dead. In the Pokemon core series games, though, your mother is always present. This Friday, this is my personal ranking of the Mom character from the Pokemon games.

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7. Mom from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

The Pokemon Mom from Hoenn really doesn’t do much. Aside from giving the player the Running Shoes, like the majority of other Pokemon Moms before it became an automatic mechanic, and revealing that the protagonist’s father is a gym leader, she hangs out at home. Where she doesn’t even have her own room. Which isn’t even in the same town as her husband’s gym. Why did she move you guys to Littleroot Town again?

6. Mom from Black/White/Black 2/White 2

I’ll admit, the fifth generation of the Pokemon games are the ones that I’ve played the least. Unova did not capture my attention as well as the other regions had. The Mom from Unova likewise did not seem memorable, except for the Running Shoes, although I do know she had a bit more of backstory than some of the other Pokemon Moms. I found it a little interesting that she had been a receptionist working with Nurse Joy in the Unova sequels. Sure, she gave you the Xtransceiver, but I never remembered it existed until the story made it ring automatically from the NPCs.

5. Mom from Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Despite being the latest Pokemon Mom, the Alola Mom doesn’t even have a name nor the productivity to even fully unpack after moving to the island region. She has a nice personality and her backstory with being a Meowth trainer gives her a little depth, but it’s not much at all. With all the new aspects of the Alola region, Mom seems fairly forgettable, which may have been done on purpose. She seems to serve no other purpose other than to be the token adult figure that brought the protagonist to the region.

4. Grace from X/Y

Considering that the Kalos region didn’t have sequels or a third-tier game, we didn’t really get a chance to really meet Grace, the mother from X and Y. I enjoyed finding out that she was a Rhydon rider, and I would have loved to see a side game where there was a race, perhaps with Grace being a fellow competitor. Grace has a lot of missed potential, and I’m sorry that she wasn’t a bigger part of the protagonist’s story.

3. Mom from Red/Blue/Yellow/LeafGreen/FireRed

The original Pokemon Mom, the Mom in Kanto definitely stands out just for being the first. She doesn’t do much other than remain at home and quietly support you, healing your Pokemon if you ask. Still, she was one of the first introductions to the Pokemon core series, which have become such a staple to my video game collection.

2. Johanna from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

The Sinnoh Mom has a name. This is the first Pokemon Mom to get her own moniker, and she has a much more active lifestyle than just chilling at home while you’re off on an adventure. She actively participates in Pokemon Contests, which I always thought was a nice touch. I’m a sucker for minor or side characters having their own lives that don’t revolve around the protagonist.

1. Mom from Gold/Silver/Crystal and Heartgold/Soulsilver

While all the Pokemon Moms are supportive of your character, I feel as if Johto Mom is one of the most useful. When I was younger, I wasn’t thrilled with her taking some of my money, but in later play throughs, I found it definitely helpful. It kept me from spending all my money on decorations on my own — if Mom bought them, it was fine, haha! That, and with Crystal being one of my favorite games, it was nice to finally have a mom character to support my female protagonist.

Which Pokemon Mom is most memorable to you? What are your favorite video game mothers?

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Friday Favorites: Wii U Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

With the Switch out, not many folks are talking about the Wii U. The Switch seems to be everything that the Wii U tried to be, with all the game ports and the gamepad screen. Truth be told, our Wii U is usually used for Netflix and YouTube nowadays, but there are still some games that we enjoy turning on from time to time.

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Hyrule Warriors

If there are Legend of Zelda characters in the game, I’m going to buy it. This game was tons of fun, playing as multiple characters from the Legend of Zelda franchise, most that you would never get a chance to play as otherwise, and just slashing through hoards of enemies with a wide variety of weapons and magic. Character- and weapon-wise, Hyrule Warriors is much more diverse than Fire Emblem Warriors, even if it didn’t have as much options when it came to directing allies in the battles themselves.

Super Mario Maker

How could you not get excited about this game? The announcement that you could create your own Super Mario levels to share with the world was astounding. The sheer creativity and the simplicity of making your own levels was amazing.

Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

I’m a sucker for Legend of Zelda games, but Wind Waker was one that I was skeptical about. When it came out for the GameCube, I was in the camp of players that was a bit confused about the different art style. I didn’t mind it, but when Twilight Princess came out, I abandoned Wind Waker in favor of Link being able to turn into a wolf. When Wind Waker HD came out, I was more than ready to give it another try, and I enjoyed it on the Wii U.

What are your favorite Wii U games?

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