Video Game Tutors

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Everyone knows that practice is the best way to get good at something, be it playing the piano, writing, drawing, or even playing video games. Recently, I realized that there are some folks who are taking an extra step when it comes to developing the skills needed to play well at certain games.

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So, this is a thing.

Apparently there are parents out there who are paying for Fortnite tutors for their children to help said children get better at the game. Some of these tutors are getting paid up to $35 bucks an hour, which is awesome for them.

But I never thought I would see the day where I would find an article detailing that some parents pay tutors to teach their kids video games. Back in my day, tutors were paid to help with math or give singing lessons. Video games back then were merely a hobby and we should figure out what we want to do with our lives because it wasn’t going to involve playing video games all day.

Apparently, my life’s career could have involved playing video games all day. With the rapid growth of technology in my lifetime, it has become more apparent how viable the video game industry is on the world, and if I had just stuck to playing Super Smash Bros. Melee during my free time, I could now be a competitive player on the eSports scene.

In fact, eSports is one of the main reasons as to why parents are willing to shell out the cash for tutors, with parents hoping that perhaps their child will one day go pro on the Fortnite scene. College scholarships are another reason, while other parents are just hoping that they can get a piece of Fortnite’s $100 million prize pool. Yet another parent just wanted to help ease the pressure of being good at the game for her child.

Don’t get me wrong, video games have been proven to help improve reflexes, hand-eye coordination, one’s ability to focus and multitask, and has become one of the more social activities — despite past allegations of playing alone in a basement — of today’s day and age. If you’re awesome at the games and can make money helping others learn and enjoy video games as well, why not?

What do you think of video game tutors? Would you be a willing tutor, or would you have been interested in getting a tutor when you were younger?

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More 2DS XL Designs

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Yesterday Kris and I were talking about some cool 2DS XL designs that Nintendo came out with and some we wanted to see. It was shortly after that, Nintendo announced some new designs coming out for Japan.

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There are three new designs. One is based off Animal Crossing New Leaf, which is something I wanted to see. It’s a simple enough design, with the franchise’s name engraved on it with some known features from the games as well as the leaf in the middle. I like it and think it looks nice.

The next design is based off Mario Kart 7. It looks similar to the original designs that game out – the white and orange or the black and blue. This one is simply black and red. It looks really nice, but I’m surprised they didn’t have anything more on it to show that it’s a Mario Kart 7 design. Of course, I assume the game is included with the handheld, but I was still expecting a little more. It still looks great though.

The third design is for Minecraft, the handheld cover resembling a creeper. Aside from the Link’s Hyrule shield and the pokeball designs, I think this is my favorite. The design looks so complex and really resembles a creeper right in your face. I love it.

As always, if I was rich, all of these would be in my pre-order cart, despite them being in Japan.

What do you think of these new designs? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Digital Age

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy July, everyone!

Recent news about game stores and physical games have made me come to a realization, one that I’m a bit bemused by…

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Fairly recently, I read a couple of stories about how GameStop is in buyout talks and physical copies of Fortnite are being sold for hundreds of dollars, and it made me realize something…

I’m old.

Not really, but considering how fast technology has grown during my lifetime, it makes me feel a little old. For example, I know that the “save” symbol in Microsoft Word is based off of a floppy disk. My cousins, who are about half of my age, have never seen a floppy disk nor do they even use Word anymore — it’s all Google Docs, which I have yet to fully figure out.

I have lived during the release of every Nintendo video game console with the exception of the original NES. I have seen Blockbuster at the height of its business as well as when they closed their doors for good. Guys, I’m as old as the World Wide WebAnd now nearly everything is at our fingertips — video games, groceries, clothes, these can all be bought at the click of a button and be delivered to your house if not able to be downloaded right away. I’m totally guilty with that too. I download games way more often lately than I do buy physical games, and if I do get a physical game, it’s probably ordered from Amazon.

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On a side note, Whose Line is it Anyway? was a fantastic show.

It’s amazing how many strides video games have made during my lifetime, from the NES’s blocky cartridges that only supported two players at most to being able to play with multiple people around the world while online to even virtual reality. These innovations are being programmed rapid-fire and, while feeling old is still there, I’m also excited to see how much farther programming and coding can leap while I’m alive.

Are you “old” like me? What are your favorite advancements in the digital age?

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The Return of the NES Classic

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Memorial Day! I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!

We had a pretty chill weekend, with Rachel and me going out of town with a friend. Filled with movies, books, and video games, we had a good time. We went to a place that Rachel and I have been going with the family for ages, a nice house in the mountains filled with nostalgia. Nostalgia is what I thought I would feel when thinking of the NES Classic, but now that we have a second chance to get one, I’m not so sure about it…

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The NES Classic (along with the SNES Classic) is supposed to return to stores in about a month, on June 29th. When I first heard about the news that the NES Classic was going to be a thing, I thought it was a great idea. Plenty of gamers love their old favorites and the nostalgia that was sure to come with the mini version of the console made it popular.

Too popular, if there was such a thing. Scalpers overtook the stock NES Classic and the consoles were out of stock within minutes of hitting Amazon or store shelves, only to be resold on eBay for thrice the original price. Rachel and I were disappointed, of course. I remember having the NES as a kid (and, honestly, we still have our original one packed away), but I myself never played too many of the games. I played mainly on the SNES when we had gotten that. Rachel herself wasn’t born when the NES came out, so it would have been great to see her get to experience some of the NES games.

With that said, though… I don’t really remember the games of the NES. Our disappointment didn’t last too long considering we never had too much of a tie with the original NES as kids. I imagine the nostalgia would be much stronger with gamers who had grown up with it.

Seeing the news that the NES Classic would be returning, I found myself finding it nice but… I’m not really as interested as I was back when it was first announced. If we get an NES Classic, it’ll be cool, but it’s not something that’s on my wish list anymore. I just hope that scalpers don’t ruin this batch for those who truly want the NES Classic and hadn’t gotten the chance to get them before!

Are you planning on trying to get the NES Classic this time around? If you already have it, what do you think of it?

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New Level Designs Are Coming For The Legend Of Zelda [Gaming News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

So I was scrolling through My Nintendo News yesterday and I came across something interesting. Something I’d totally apply for if I had the skills or knew the JApanese language…

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Apparently, Nintendo has put out an add for a new level designer for the next Legend of Zelda game.

I know different people work on the different games, but this surprised me. I don’t know why because each Zelda game is different and people can only come up with so many new ideas.

Most Zelda games have dungeons. Link runs around, goes through all the dungeons, defeats all the bosses, and so one and so forth. Breath of the Wild was so vastly different (pun intended) than the rest of the franchise. It really makes me wonder how different – or similar – the next Zelda game will be from Breath of the Wild and the many games before it.

The article says this new level designer will create new events, dungeons, and fields. This makes me believe the new game may have a mind of its own, similar to Breath of the Wild. I wonder if there will be new dungeons with their own bosses or many trials scattered about with bosses – big and small – around the world.

Or maybe there will be both? I honestly wouldn’t mind having a mixture of the two. I loved the trials but I did miss the dungeons.

Only time will tell, I guess. I’m looking forward to the new game… whenever that may be.

Have you seen the article? What do you think the new Zelda game will be like? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Animal Crossing Overhaul! [Gaming News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I have found some exciting news! That may or may not be that exciting… especially if it’s not true…

But we can still get our hopes up, right?

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There’s a rumor going around that Nintendo is revamping the Animal Crossing website.

There are placeholders on certain pages on their official Animal Crossing website, such as the news page. People are wondering if this means Nintendo is preparing to reveal something big.

A new game, maybe?

And when I say a new game, I mean a new main game? I want another New Leaf.

I’m sure they’re working on something new because so many people want it and it’s about time a new Animal Crossing game is made. Plus, Nintendo is very good at keeping secrets… Super Smash Bros. for the Switch being a prime example.

Keep your fingers crossed something is announced fairly soon.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you hope they’ll announce a new Animal Crossing game soon? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Best Nintendo Direct Ever

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

It’s weird to get back into the swing of things after a weekend away at EGLX. Something excited happened over the weekend though and that would be the latest Nintendo Direct.

Nintendo put on a Direct on Friday, March 8, 2018. I always get excited about the Directs and, like most people, I get my hopes up for certain games and features. Then the Direct happens and nothing I wanted was announced.

I have to say, however, this Direct was the best one so far.

I was hoping for my usual:

  • A brand new mainstream Animal Crossing game
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • A brand new mainstream Pokemon game
  • Super Smash Brothers
  • A new (good) Paper Mario
  • A new (good) Mario Party
  • Virtual Console features
  • YouTube, Twitch, and Netflix

Did we get all that? No, of course not. But I was still super excited for what they announced this Direct. It was filled with fist-pumping and excitement rather than disappointment.

My favorite highlights for the Nintendo 3DS:

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

I still haven’t played this game or any of the Mario & Luigi games. I still hope to though. It seems this game as the same as the last with some newly added features. I’ll be getting it at some point to finally play.

Detective Pikachu

We all knew about this one, but I can’t wait for it to come out. This isn’t a mainstream Pokemon game, but I’ll take any new Pokemon game at this time. Plus, we know they’re working on something else anyway.

Luigi’s Mansion remake

It’s not Luigi’s Mansion 3, but at least Nintendo hears us when we all say we love Luigi’s Mansion. While I love the Gamecube graphics (sue me) I look forward to playing this old classic on the 3DS. I’m still keeping my hopes up for a third game though… maybe they’re working on one for the Switch and this, in a way, is like a teaser.

My favorite highlights for the Nintendo Switch:

Octopath Traveler

We finally got a release date! I’ve played the demo and have been eagerly awaiting more information about this game. They added two new characters and it’ll be out July 2018.

Captain Toad

I loved this game for the Wii U. However, it was too short for me. I wanted more. This seems like a remake with a few extra levels built in. I’ll be getting it. I just hope there’s a good amount of new features added.

Undertale

I’ve never played Undertale, though I’ve seen play-throughs and have heard great things. Kris just downloaded it from Steam and have started playing through it herself. I’ll be getting a copy of this for the Switch though. I’d love to see it on the big screen.

Last, but not least:

Mario Tennis Aces

I was never much into the Mario sports games. I have a couple of them but never really played them that often. This game looks good though. I’m excited to give it a try.

Super Smash Brothers

I don’t think I need to explain this one. People are wondering if it’s a port, remake, or a brain new game. I believe it’s a brand new game with it’s “working title” and also new added characters (such as Splatoon) and Link’s silhouette looks like BOTW Link. It’s a new one, people. We’re excited.

Did you watch the Direct? Did you love it as much as I did? What are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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