E3 2019: Microsoft & Ubisoft

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

E3 always tends to happen at the optimal time when Kris and I aren’t home to watch. So, we’ve been watching the conferences after the fact late at night. I’m really looking forward to Nintendo this afternoon, but we won’t be able to watch that until later either… so let’s talk about some that have already happened.

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EA & The Sims

Kris touched upon this on her post yesterday but I wanted to add that I too am pleased with what’s coming to The Sims. I’ve been streaming it a lot lately and am looking forward to living on an island and playing with dolphins! …And possibly becoming a mermaid.

Microsoft

Microsoft put on a pretty show. The crowd was hyped and they showcased some great games. Of course, I’m not interested in the shooty-bloody-violence games. However, I was intrigued by Ori & The Will of the Wisps – I still have to play the first one though. Minecraft Dungeons looks like a lot of fun. I’ll admit, I thought it was an update to the original game and I was iffy on it. But since it’s its own thing, it looks pretty cool.

Way To the Woods (the deer game) and Spiritfarer both looked really cute. I’m sure Spiritfarer will be a tear-jerker and Way To the Woods might be as well since I’m not entirely sure of that game’s full story yet. Still, they both look like a lot of fun to try.

Flight Simulator looks cool as well. I’m terrible at plane games, but Flight Simulator looks pretty and I’m willing to give it a try. Hopefully, the controls will be much better than the other plane games I’ve tried. Phantasy Star Online 2 looks great as well. I’ve never played that game before – not sure if I’ve even heard of it before because I live under a rock – but it looks like a lot of fun.

I have the Xbox One but don’t have too many games for it. I had a decent amount for my 360 but barely any of them were backwards compatible and my 360 got the red ring of death and is no longer with us, RIP. In addition to that, I’m first and foremost a Nintendo girl, as you all know. I’m always looking for new games to broaden my horizons and try something new. I think 2020 (since that’s when all these games release) will do that for me.

Finally, of course, there’s Scarlet. Their next console. They talked a whole lot of tech that I didn’t understand, but holiday 2020? I was impressed it’ll be here so soon. It seems like so far away but it’ll be here before we know it and I can’t wait to learn more about it.

Because, really, my Xbox One has to update every other time I turn it on and it takes about a half hour… Scarlet better not have to do that.

Ubisoft

Entertainment wise, Ubisoft never seems to disappoint. Remember when they announced the latest Just Dance game last year? Yeah, that was weird. I appreciate the way they announced it this year. The video and message they had before the dance were nice and the dance was fun to watch as well.

They also opened with an orchestra of Assassin’s Creed, which was fabulous. An orchestra always gets my attention and it’s beautiful. They’re going on tour and I’m sure that will be a lovely show.

I have to admit, I didn’t care too much for the majority of Ubisoft’s games. Yes, they put on a good show, but only two games caught my attention – Roller Champions which is out now and Gods and Monsters coming early 2020.

Gods and Monsters looks epic and something totally up my ally while Roller Champions is something totally different than what I normally play. While it reminds me a lot of Rocket League, I’d love to give it a try.

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Goodbye and Thank You, Reggie

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Last week, it was announced that Reggie Fils-Aime was retiring as President of Nintendo of America. He held that title for 13 out of the 15 years he’s worked for Nintendo and, in April, he will pass along that title to Doug Bowser.

As longtime Nintendo fans, Reggie’s name was always familiar to us here at Double Jump. We enjoyed seeing him announce new games and features for Nintendo consoles and the company as a whole, as well as the good-natured memes that popped up with him. His speaking manner was always calm and proud whenever he was talking about Nintendo and its accomplishments. He wasn’t just the president of a company, he was a lifelong fan who lived the dream of loving his job and sharing the sheer joy of playing games with millions of others.

So, here’s to you, Reggie. Thanks so much for sharing your love of creativity, community, and, most importantly, gaming. Best of luck with your retirement!

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Nintendo Direct: February 2019

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When it was announced that there would be a Nintendo Direct today, with a focus on Fire Emblem Three Houses, I was excited! Considering the Direct overall, I thought it was well done! We got excited at seeing the opening sequence showing off Super Mario Maker 2, which I’m sure will do fantastic on the Switch with its portability, touch screen, and the online mode.

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When it comes to any Nintendo Direct, sometimes I’m sure impressed and other times not so much. That’s mostly because of my taste in games though. One thing that I will say though is that, no matter what, the Directs always start off strong and end strong. The moment Mario died to the Spiny, I immediately knew we were finally getting Super Mario Maker 2. I was super excited! I enjoyed Super Mario Maker on the Wii U and I’m sure the sequel will be even more popular with the new items and just being on the Switch.

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We then rolled into an announcement for the new update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, mostly for Joker and reminding us that we should probably get the Fighter’s Pass for the DLC characters… Still haven’t done that yet, whoops. I was also interested in seeing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. I’ve never played a Marvel Ultimate Alliance game before, but this one looks pretty good and there’s both local and online multiplayer modes.

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Yeah, totally forgot about the Fighter’s Pass. Definitely something to add to the to do list. Anyway, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order definitely looks nice! I’m willing to give that one a try. Another headline was announcing BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! which is a game Kris and I have never played. However, now that we can play co-op, I’ll consider giving it a try. I was personally excited for Treasure Tracker. I never got the same for the Switch because I have it on the Wii U. Since more courses will be added as well as co-op, I’m thinking of getting it for the Switch now. Though, I’ll admit, I really just want a sequel.

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I found it interesting that Assassin’s Creed III will be coming to the Switch. It’s a franchise I was always interested in playing, and we even had a few titles for our Xbox 360 but didn’t get a chance to play them before we got the red ring of death for the console. I may be picking this up to finally play the franchise. It was also fun to see that Deltarune will be making its way to Switch as well as a promise for more chapters for the game! Considering that I’ve enjoyed both Undertale and Deltarune, this was great to see!

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Another game I’m fairly excited for is Tetris 99. I’m getting tired of battle royales, but this is putting a fun twist on it. I love a good game of Tetris so this is one I’ll definitely be picking up. We’re getting so many brand new titles as well as games we all know and love… I absolutely can’t believe they’re bringing Link’s Awakening to the Switch in a remastered version. Link and his surroundings look like toys, but it looks great. I’m looking forward to that one!

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Oh my goodness, it was so exciting to see a Legend of Zelda title! Link’s Awakening is, admittedly, a Zelda title that I have never gotten a chance to finish, so it’s awesome to see it remastered on the Switch! Seeing the first few seconds of the remastered opening was great! Of course, I was personally looking forward to seeing the Fire Emblem information, and I wasn’t disappointed. I was a little confused, admittedly, because seeing that your character is a professor in a school with three houses kind of reminded me of Hogwarts, but I’m optimistic. The characters and art look great, and I’m looking forward to hearing just a little more about the story.

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Fire Emblem looks great, I agree. I was confused as well, but I also don’t know the game as well as you do. Overall, the Drirect was great. There was no more information on Luigi’s Mansion 3 or Animal Crossing, but at least I know they’re coming. We were surprised with the release dates as well – it’s going to be a busy summer for gamers!

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Unorthodox Controllers

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

I love the idea of custom set-ups for computers and video game consoles. Some people are creative enough to have really unique set-ups for the way they play video games…

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One of the most exciting announcements for fans of the Super Smash Bros. franchise was that Nintendo would be making a GameCube controller adapter for the Nintendo Switch so those really into the competitive scene can play Ultimate with their favorite controller.

Then there’s this guy who rigged up a bunch of bananas to use as the controller.

Fittingly, he was playing as Donkey Kong and explained, in layman’s terms, that he connected the bananas into a tool — called Makey Makey — that turns basically anything into a keyboard input. In this case, tapping the bananas were the keys. That was then hooked up to an input converter so the keyboard actions could mimic Nintendo Switch keys enabling the game would recognize the actions.

This streamer’s name is Louis and he’s pretty known for using unorthodox controllers. Taking a glance at his past Twitch broadcasts and YouTube videos, he’s also rigged up Donkey Konga controllers for Smash Ultimate, a dance pad for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5, and a Guitar Hero controller for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

I’ve always been a sucker for this kind of tech stuff and I’m actually interested enough in Makey Makey to look into it more. Who knows, maybe we’ll make avocados into controllers for something one day!

Have you ever used unorthodox controllers for a game?

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Cool Tech: All-in-One PC SmartDesk

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

How many of you are PC gamers? What kind of set-up do you have for your monitors and computers for your games? Considering how dependent everyone nowadays on their computers, I’m sure everyone has a dream set-up for their tech station.

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One of my coworkers at the office has a standing desk. You know, those desks where you hit a button and it rises up or down depending on the level you’d like? It’s supposed to be much better for your health (and back) to stand while working on your computer instead of sitting at the desk for six to eight hours a day. A standing desk is something that is on Rachel’s and my wish lists.

And then I found this article about a certain All-in-One PC called the Cemtrex SmartDesk that is built into a standing desk.

And it has three monitors. Not just one, but three touchscreen monitors that also have some sort of sensor that allows you to scroll between documents and the like with a wave of your hand like Star Trek. There’s also a built-in scanner right on the desktop, which is nifty.

Aside from the hefty price — which is about $4500.00 — I do balk at the idea of the keyboard also being built into the desk. Like, it seems like it’s flush with the desk surface and I can imagine not having a raised keyboard may be a little interesting to get used to. The other major potential issue is something that the article writer had pointed out — if part of the all-in-one PC breaks, would the parts be interchangeable enough to fix individually, or would one need to send out the entire desk and three monitors back to the manufacturer to fix or get a new one?

Either way, this computer desk looks insane and I would totally want one for gaming, writing, and art. And, of course, to pretend I’m in Star Trek.

Would you be interested in an all-in-one PC like this?

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The Game Awards 2018

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First of all, congratulations to all of the games and teams that were nominated and won awards in The Game Awards this past Thursday! We watched most of it live Thursday night then finished it up Friday morning. It was a good show, even if we weren’t as enthusiastic about it as we were last year, mainly due to the two of the three biggest games — God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man — all being exclusive on the Playstation 4. We don’t have the Playstation 4. While Red Dead Redemption 2 is also on the Xbox One as well as PS4, it wasn’t something that piqued our interest, despite how much it won in the awards.

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The overall show was pretty great. I enjoyed the orchestra and all the performers. I also enjoyed a good amount of the world premieres. However, I’ll admit, a lot of them are rated M or too intense for me to actually play. Still, the presentation of it all was well done.

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The orchestra was fantastic! Aside from the musical performances, I also enjoyed the Gaming Icon sequence as well as the Global Gaming Citizens profiles. Those three stories were wonderful and definitely deserved to be shared.

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Yes, for sure! It’s always great to hear about people making such a difference and it’s a wonder we haven’t heard about them before. But the diversity was also great. Gaming truly is for everyone.

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I just kind of wish there had been more diversity in the nominations for all the categories. I’ve only heard good things about Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, and Spider-Man, and I have nothing against them, but I feel as if there were plenty of more games that deserved some sort of recognition. I also wonder what time frame the Game Awards uses for their nominations, as Smash Bros. Ultimate surely would have been in at least the Fighting game or Multiplayer categories if The Game Awards happened later this month or even in January.

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I agree. I wasn’t as excited about it this year because I felt as though there was no variety to the games. The same games were nominated for various categories. Even though I don’t know much about Red Dead Redemption 2, I’m happy they won three awards. I’m sure they surely deserve it. I just wish other games had more of a shot as well for the categories.

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By the sounds of it, we didn’t watch the Game Awards for the games itself. We watched it mainly for the orchestra, the Global Gaming Citizens and Gaming Icon profile, and so we knew what people were talking about on Twitter. Still, it was a good show and many of the speeches were heartfelt and nice to hear.

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Right, the show itself was good and the presentations were nice to see along with the profiles and music. I do hope there’s more of a variety in the game choices for next year though. I’m a biased Nintendo girl, but I hope to see more from them next year as well.

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Gotta Catch Pikachu [Gaming News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

So, the Let’s Go Pokemon games come out this Friday on November 16. I can’t wait to give them a go. I’ve been waiting for these games for a while.

In the meantime, you can get a bunch of Pikachu in your Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon games.

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Between now and November 30, 2018, we’re able to get five different Pikachu for Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. These Pikachu are wearing Ash’s hat from Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and Alola respectively.

A while ago, a similar promotion was done where you could pick one Pikachu wearing Ash’s hat from Kanto through Alola. I don’t know why Kanto and Johto aren’t available in this promotion, but I wonder if they’re saving those two particular Pikachu for a different promotion… the Let’s Go games, perhaps?

Still, it’s five free, unique Pikachu for two of your Pokemon games. They vary in level, stats, and attacks. I plan on getting them all.

You can find the original post about this promotion and the codes to get the Pikachu here.

Are you planning on getting all the Pikachu? Or just some or none at all? Let me know in the comments below!

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Google’s Project Stream

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

While every gamer has their favorite console, PC games and services that help to stream the games to computers have always been a contender in the “console wars” as well.

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Google is joining the streaming field with a little thing called Project Stream. It aims to be able to successfully run any game on any laptop or PC. It’s in beta mode at the moment and only runs Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, but if it works like it promises, it could be yet another platform to play games.

Has anyone tried out Google’s Project Stream? I’ll admit that I haven’t. The writer of the article that I saw about it found it favorable, though. It’ll definitely be an interesting option when it comes to playing video games. We have Steam to help keep our PC games all together, but just going onto our browser to play a game may be the simpler way to go.

How would this change the home console scene? If we could just stream games from our laptop browsers, would home consoles become obsolete? Not only that, but more and more games are coming to mobile. In fact, Microsoft is starting a project as well that will bring AAA games to mobile, helping to broaden where and when players play their games.

It’s a wonder how browser streams will effect the home consoles.

Have you tried Google’s Project Stream? What do you think of browser streams for video games?

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Luigi’s Mansion For The Nintendo 3DS Is Out Tomorrow!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

October is starting off really well! Super Mario Party was a great game – I’m so happy Nintendo finally listened to us! Now another great game comes out tomorrow, the original Luigi’s Mansion.

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Luigi’s Mansion has always been a favorite of mine. I loved the first game and the second game was great as well. I remember when Nintendo announced back in March 2018 a port of the original Luigi’s Mansion game from the Gamecube coming over to the Nintendo 3DS. I was excited, even though I remember saying to Kris, “I’ll take it but I was really hoping for Luigi’s Mansion 3.”

I’ve talked about how I played and replayed Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube. I’ve also talked about how my cousin got Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon on her 3DS and we were racing to beat the game while away on vacation. There’s about 10 years between us, her being younger of course. She enjoyed Dark Moon and I’ve always wanted her to play the original Luigi’s Mansion.

While our Gamecube games still work (I assume) and we could technically play on the Wii, all of our Gamecube controllers broke. It’s never been a priority either.

Now my cousin will finally be able to play the original and see what she missed out when she was younger! Of course, my other cousins used to bring their Gamecube up on vacation when the Gamecube was still hot and we used to watch them play Luigi’s Mansion out on the porch. So she knew of it even before Dark Moon came out.

Not only do I get to watch her experience how Luigi’s Mansion began, I also get to play with her in the co-op mode! I still think it’s weird that they have a full-green Luigi instead of Toad being brave enough to join him, but I’ll take what I can get.

Will you be getting Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS? Are you as excited as I am for it tomorrow? Let me know in the comments below!

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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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