Game Ratings and Content Warnings

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Despite the backlog of games that we have, we’re always on the lookout for new (to us) and interesting games. One such game that we’ve recently found was a bit confusing with its rating…

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There’s a newer game available on the Nintendo Switch called Cinders, a visual novel that was originally published in 2012, then put on Steam in 2014. It’s a retelling of the popular Cinderella fairy tale, one that was rated M on the Nintendo eShop.

I’ve never heard of this game before. We enjoy point-and-click visual novel games, especially ones with multiple endings such as Cinders, but we generally are not interested in games rated M, mostly due to gore and sensitive topics. I’m interested in this game, but wasn’t able to find the reason as to why it’s rated M.

Since I started this post, apparently Nintendo corrected the rating of the game to T, which makes more sense to me.

Due to trying to figure out the game’s rating, I have spoiled a little bit of the story and possible choices for myself. It’s pretty much on par for whenever Rachel and I get our curiosities piqued by a game that’s rated higher than what we usually go for. Generally, our games are rated for everyone or teen, and we don’t have too many games rated higher than that.

It reminds me of a time that Rachel and I started watching a play through of Doki Doki Literature Club from one of our favorite YouTubers, ProJared. Like the game itself, the play through started out lighthearted enough, and Rachel and I figured that the game couldn’t be too bad. However, on the third or so episode of the play through series, ProJared took the time to reiterate that the game was supposed to have some strange, possibly disturbing themes — he was doing a blind play through, so he wasn’t positive what the exact themes would be — which prompted us to pause the video and spoil it for ourselves.

We’re glad we did, as the themes were disturbing and potentially triggering. While we’re not fond of too much gore when it comes to rated M games, we do our research to ensure that any other content wouldn’t bother us as well. It’s something that we want to be conscious of when we do games for reviews and on our Twitch channel.

I can admire horror games and psychological thrillers for their writing and setting the scene, if you will, but with how important mental health is nowadays, having the correct ratings and content warnings is a must.

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The Legend Of Zelda Dungeons Vs. Divine Beasts [Debate]

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There was some controversy regarding the Divine Beasts — and, I suppose, the shrines — in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild replacing the traditional dungeons. Many fans of the franchise miss the traditional dungeons and, I’ll admit, it was a bit jarring to me as well to have the Divine Beasts instead. I’m probably in the minority here when I say that I wouldn’t mind if Divine Beasts, or mini-dungeons, were featured in future Zelda games instead of the traditional dungeons.

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I did enjoy the Divine Beasts and the Shrines. It was a nice change of pace. However, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the dungeons or temples in the other Legend of Zelda games. There aren’t nearly as many dungeons in the games as there are shrines, but they’re all unique from one another and can take some time to complete. There’s a lot of exploring involved and once you get to the end, it’s satisfying.

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It can be satisfying to explore and complete the Divine Beasts as well. The Divine Beasts are, essentially, a big puzzle with a boss at the end. They’re the reward after exploring the main area of the over world and, unlike the traditional dungeons, you have more freedom of how to complete them. Traditional dungeons tend to have the obligatory dungeon item, no matter how awesome they are, while Divine Beasts give you more rein on how to defeat them.

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True, though while you have more freedom, they’re usually smaller. There are a lot of shrines and, after completing a bunch of them, you start to repeat some ways to go through them. You get a new item in each dungeon while you only have the Sheikah Slate to get through all the shrines. Also, each dungeon has an awesome boss at the end while the Divine Beasts had a different form of the same boss. Plus, there’s only four of them. In other Zelda games, there’s usually about seven give or take.

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I disagree that you “only” have the Sheikah Slate in order to help you get through the Divine Beasts and the shrines. You do also get plenty of different types of weapons — swords, clubs, axes, various arrows, the paraglider — to help you navigate the Divine Beasts and shrines, as well as the abilities compacted into the Sheikah Slate. It’s an extra challenge that the weapons and shields break as well. Having four Divine Beasts and over a hundred shrines, most with unique puzzles with multiple ways to solve them, makes up for the seven or so traditional dungeons.

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Fair enough, but because the weapons break so often it’s harder to hold onto your resources if you have trouble at a certain spot. Also, I like quality over quantity. I enjoyed going searching for the shrines and all, but again, I like the variety of the dungeons. The Divine Beasts were the same except they were different shapes. The puzzles are cool, but there are no stakes. There are no enemies to really get through or anything. You just wander around until you figure it out. There’s a lot more to do in the dungeons.

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Being able to have all sorts of different weapons, abilities, and ways to complete a Divine Beast — or shrine — gives you more replayability. The Divine Beasts did have some enemies, and the stakes were the Champion’s ability that you gained after defeating whatever Ganon-Blight was at the end of it as well as helping you against Calamity Ganon in the final match. Not only that, you can explore the Divine Beasts and the world in whatever order you want. It’s not linear like traditional dungeons, giving you more freedom and ways to explore and go through the story however you want.

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I see your points, but I still think the dungeons are better than the Divine Beasts, as clever as they were. I guess we’ll let the readers decide this one.

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Double Jump Bakes 8-Bit Heart Sugar Cookies

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We haven’t done any Double Jump Bakes posts in quite some time. In all honesty, the last time we did one of these kind of posts was back last summer with a Super Mario Star Cake and some coffee and tea inspired by Pokemon.

This month we’re back with a simple enough sugar cookie recipe. Like, really simple. Instead of making the cookies from scratch, we picked up a couple of pouches of mixes. And even then we had a few difficulties:

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After running out to the store again, we were able to make the cookies. We chose simple sugar cookies mainly to use one of our new cookie cutters. From Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies baking line is a cutter in the shape of an 8-bit heart. We got about a dozen sugar cookies out of the dough and we tried a couple of different decorating ideas.

We had some leftover cookie icing which… did not settle as well as we would have liked. Indeed, the heart I tried to outline looked like it was bleeding or that darkness was taking over it (is that what happens in the Kingdom Hearts series?). Eventually, we frosted a few and used red sprinkles.

They didn’t come out too bad, all things considered! At the very least, there aren’t too many cookies left since we baked them, so they must taste pretty good!

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Friday Favorites: Fire Emblem Three Houses Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The Nintendo Direct was just a couple of days ago and it showed off a bit of the newest Fire Emblem games that’s going to come out, Three Houses. As mentioned in Rachel’s and my joint reactions post, I’m still optimistic for the game if a little confused as to how the game was portrayed. Here is my wish list for the upcoming game.

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Voice Acting like Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is not my favorite Fire Emblem game. Compared to the others that I’ve played, it’s probably at the bottom of my list. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the graphics and music, and thought that the voice acting was phenomenal. If Three Houses has voice acting at all, I hope it does it half as well as Echoes did.

Some MC Customization

This is me being a little annoyed. I don’t need extensive customization for our MC. Rather, I would like to be able to play as the female MC with the male MC’s armor, or give her more professional and sensible clothes. Seriously, our character is supposed to be a professor (and, I presume, fighting in battles) — why is the female’s belly button showing? It’s like Astral Chain, where the male cop has protective pants and the female has… shorts and thigh highs. Wtf.

No Kids

I didn’t mind the matchmaking in Awakening and Fates. In fact, I enjoyed seeing how different characters paired up and interacted in different playthroughs, and support conversations are one of my favorite aspects of Fire Emblem games. The kid mechanic in Awakening made sense with the storyline, but Fates definitely didn’t need the kid characters. They felt forced in a trio of games that already had an influx of characters.

No Gender Restricted Pairings

If there is a marriage mechanic, I think it’s time to lose the gender restrictions. In previous Fire Emblem games, there have only been one gay option for either gender, and more representation is deserved. On a related note, if there is some sort of marriage mechanic, I sincerely hope there are no teacher and student relationships, for obvious reasons.

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Video Game Crushes

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday & Valentine’s Day!

I normally don’t really do anything for Valentine’s Day. It’s not too much of a fancy holiday for me. However, I thought I’d talk about some video game characters I just absolutely love.

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Fang (Animal Crossing)

It’s no secret that my biggest video game crush is Fang from Animal Crossing. I think he has one of the better personalities in that game even though he seems angry all the time. I don’t know what drew me to him originally, but he’s a wolf and I really enjoyed his design. For some reason, I developed a crush on him when I was younger.

Alfyn (Octopath Traveler)

Another character who I absolutely adorn is Alfyn from Octopath Traveler. He’s definitely high on the list. He’s a respectable character and is such a big brother of the entire group of characters even though he’s one of the younger ones. He has a great character design and his voice acting is amazing. Plus, he uses words like “shucks” and “egads.” Who can argue with that?

Luigi

I mean… I can’t not add Luigi to this list. He gets a lot of crap from people but he and I are a lot a like. We’re both afraid of ghosts and yet we’re oddly fascinated by them all the same. The Mario games don’t have much growth to them when it comes to their characters. Neither does Luigi’s Mansion, but the fact that Luigi’s Mansion even exists, says a lot about Luigi’s character development, in my opinion.

Honestly, I’m sure there are way more other video game characters that I have a crush on. I just can’t think of them at the top of my head at the moment. But the characters I listed are definitely my top three… and one of them is a wolf… at this point in my life, I don’t have high standards, guys.

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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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Watching Speedruns

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Instead of playing games myself, I’ve been chilling out and watching a lot of speedruns lately. I’ve always been interested in speedrunning and would love to try it myself, but… it’s complicated.

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I haven’t watched speedruns in a while. I go in spurts when watching them and I’m definitely in one now. So far, I’ve watched four speedruns – two of them were Paper Mario, the third was Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and the fourth was Luigi’s Mansion.

All of these were from Games Done Quick. They have a charity event twice a year, which I didn’t know about. I watched the two Paper Mario runs from 2016 and 2017 and the second Paper Mario game was from 2018.

They have a winter event called Awesome Games Done Quick in January and a summer event in June called Summer Games Done Quick. So, 2019’s winter event has already come and gone. I’m going through the games they played and already watched Luigi’s Mansion.

Voting for the games for the summer session will be opening at the end of the month and I’m excited to get more involved.

As I said, I’ve always enjoyed speedruns but have never been too into it to really know what’s going on and get involved. I’m hoping to do so for the summer event. I’d love to be on top of that news and follow some new Twitch streamers as well.

Paper Mario is one of my all-time favorite games and while it takes me about 24 hours to do a normal run, these guys beat the game in about 3-4 hours. Minimal glitches were used and some of them looked fairly “easy” though I know they’re not.

They explained things pretty well and honestly, I think I’d like to give some of those techniques a try. I’ve always liked to see how fast I can get through a game that I know like the back of my hand. I also like to go through the whole game and enjoy it. But I wouldn’t mind trying out one or two glitches just for the sake of trying it.

I don’t know why I enjoy speedruns so much. In all honesty, I had turned on the first Paper Mario speedrun because I had an itch to play it myself and I wanted to listen to the music. But, I had work to do, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone.

Now I’m going down a rabbit hole of speedruns. But it’s fine because it’s a lot of fun and the speedrunners are super talented.

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