Gaming In Nicer Weather

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

Gamers have a certain “stereotype” that they stay in the basement all day, lights off, TV on, their eyes bloodshot from staring at their games all day and all night long. That’s obviously not the case, but let’s be honest – we all joke around about how we hate going outside and talking to people in real life.

Summer is my favorite season. I love being outside breathing in the fresh air. I lounge out by my pool, go swimming, take walks with the dog, or sit on my deck reading a book. I feel better finally being able to sit outside rather than sitting at my desk or on my couch or bed day in and day out.

I feel like I’m doing something extra, even though I’m really not. Still, the sun feels good after being holed up in the house during a dark winter.

The main downside to this is that it’s hard to play video games outside.

I could bring my 3DS outside, but sometimes it’s hard to see the screen with the bright sunlight and sometimes it gets too hot depending on how warm it is and how long I’m playing. I get nervous when my 3DS starts feeling extremely warm and stop playing when it does so.

I can’t bring the Wii U gamepad outside because… we’ll, the console is more than three feet away from my deck outside. So that’s a no.

Now, I can bring the Nintendo Switch outside. It works wonders far away as Kris and I took it for a car ride one time. I can easily prop it up on the table on the deck and play some Breath of the Wild or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The only downside to this (right now) is that the games are pretty limited on the Switch. If I want to play Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, I can’t play that on the Switch. If I want to play Pokemon, I can’t play that on the Switch.

Still, I’m looking forward to sitting outside and playing some Switch games as they come out.

Then again, I wonder how much I’ll actually get done this summer? Will I play more games or read more books?

Only time will tell, I guess.

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Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I haven’t done a throwback in a while and there’s a certain game that I’ve been thinking about a lot…


Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle originally came out in June 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube. 2001… that’s a long time ago.

Every once in a while, I think of this game. It’s not a great game by any means, but Kris and I absolutely loved playing it at the time it came out.

The game had two story modes, Hero and Dark. Both modes were the same story but through the different points of view of the hero characters, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, and the dark characters, Shadow, Eggman, and Rouge. It was fun to play as both the heroes and the villains in their own unique levels going along the same storyline.

Sonic and Shadow had speed levels while Tails and Eggman were in some sort of machine for their levels, and Knuckles and Rouge had treasure hunting levels searching for pieces of the broken Master Emerald.

Each character could find a Chao key in their levels that would allow them to go to Chao world. There you could hatch Chao, put them in Kindergarten, feed them and level them up, throw them in combat tournaments and races. Then you could have them make baby Chao together. It was a lot of fun and honestly, I think that was my favorite part of the whole game.

My other favorite part of the game was the 2-player where you competed against one another in races, battles, and treasure hunting. Kris and I would compete all the time and after we beat the game once, I think we mainly just played with our Chao (we each had about ten or so Chao on our accounts) and then competed against each other.

It was a lot of fun and I remember I recorded ourselves competing and put a few videos on Facebook.

I know the game isn’t too good. It was great when we were kids, but I would love to play this again just for the nostalgic purposes. The main reason I thought of writing about this game was mostly because of the music.

While playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I always start singing “City Escape” by Ted Poley whenever we’re racing on the Toad Harbor track. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle did have great music if nothing else.

Have you played Sonic Adventure 2 Battle? How much did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Mobile Madness

Nintendo Mobile Games

There’s been so much hype about the Nintendo Switch, Breath of the Wild, and up and coming games. Switch aside, Nintendo has been working on other projects. Specifically, on-the-go games for our cell phones. And there’s a lot now: Miitomo, Fire Emblem Heroes, Super Mario Run, Pokemon Duel… They’re talking about an Animal Crossing game and now, they’re talking a Legend of Zelda app.

I personally play Fire Emblem Heroes all the time. With Fire Emblem being one of my favorite franchises, being able to play a quick round of the game during the slower times of my day. A Legend of Zelda mobile game sounds intriguing, but I am curious as to how the app will run. Zelda games can be rather epic, so who knows how much data or how story-heavy the mobile game will be. Rachel, I’m sure you’re excited for Animal Crossing later this year, right?

I too am intrigued by the Zelda app. I’m curious to see what they’ll do with it. I am excited for the Animal Crossing, but again, I’m curious about how they’ll go about it. I never imagined big Nintendo games would ever be on mobile. I have a few of the games downloaded on my iPad, but I haven’t been playing them as much as I would like to. Now that these other games are coming out, I want to give them a good try.

Honestly, I was thinking of investing in an iPad if only for the mobile games. I like the idea of having Nintendo games with me wherever I go, but I don’t want my phone to carry the brunt of them, both for our data’s and the battery’s sake. To me, I think Animal Crossing may be more mobile ready, if you will, with the real-time aspect and the casual atmosphere. Zelda is more of an adventure franchise, so I’m not sure how they’ll pull that off. Unless they do something similar to Super Mario Run and focus on one of Link’s skills, like a target game with his bow and arrows.

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I think you should get an iPad anyway… It helps a lot with work like blogging. Still, I know what you mean. I don’t download any games on my phone due to the battery and data. Animal Crossing will most likely work well on the mobile, but Zelda, like you said, may be hard. They already have Link’s Crossbow Training for the Wii, though.

I know they have the Crossbow Training, but a tapping game to take out enemies and targets for a high score, perhaps against others on a leader board, would be a simple premise for a Zelda mobile game. Considering how large the fanbase is for the Zelda games, it may do well just for having Link’s and Zelda’s faces on the game.

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That wouldn’t be a bad idea. It would definitely be a nice starting point for people who don’t typically play Zelda or people who just want to give it a try. Still, I’m looking forward to it coming out. I can’t wait to give it a try.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Kart Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

It’s no secret that Kris and I have been playing a lot of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. I remember I didn’t play Mario Kart 8 as often when it came out because I still loved Mario Kart Wii. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a great game and I forgot how wonderful 8 was until now.

So, here are my favorite Mario Kart games!

Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Kart Games

5. Super Mario Kart

Since this game came out for the SNES, I’ll admit that I don’t remember it as much as I think I should. Still, it’s one of my favorites because it was, of course, the first one. I remember playing this game with Kris at our grandparents’ house. I wasn’t great at the game because I was so young, but I still enjoyed it all the same.

4. Mario Kart 7

I wasn’t sure how I liked a Mario Kart game on the handheld because I was so used to it being on the big screen with a console. Plus, it was harder to play with friends. It’s still one of my favorites though because I enjoyed the game a lot and I used to bring my 3DS to babysit and the kids and I would play together.

3. Mario Kart Double Dash

I have fond memories of this game. Kris and I played this together all the time. She’d be Daisy, I’d be Yoshi. She’d drive, and I’d throw all the items. We made a great team. And the fact that Nintendo made a Kart racing game with such a mechanic is awesome. I hope they bring that back a different racing mode or something someday.

2. Mario Kart Wii

Like I stated in my intro, Mario Kart Wii has always been my favorite. I loved the physical steering of the remote, the courses were unique and awesome, and Rainbow Road was just fantastic. Plus, I rarely lose at that game, so that’s definitely a plus. This one will always have a special place in my heart.

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Sorry, Mario Kart Wii… The updated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has beaten you. Between the various kart, wheel, and paraglider combinations, updated courses (including the DLC), various courses, and (my favorite) 200cc mode, I felt 8 Deluxe had to take over the number one spot. I feel like I’m cheating on the Wii version, but… what can I say? Technology, especially for the Nintendo Switch, just keeps getting better and better.

What’s you favorite Mario Kart game? Let me know in the comments below!

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I’m A Detective! [The Sims 4]

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I haven’t played The Sims 4 in a long time and I got back into it last weekend. Thanks to work I haven’t been playing as much as I’d like, but I still got pretty far in my “career.”

Usually, when I play The Sims I create myself and sometimes Kris. I tend to use a lot of cheats and build a ginormous house for us with the most expensive gadgets you can buy in the game. Then we live our virtual lives.

This time, I decided to not use any cheats. I created just myself, bought a premade house and I’m working to move on up in the world. I plan on adding additions to the house and expanding it rather than making one large mansion and using the money cheat so I can buy it right away.

I always give my Sim the creativity trait and have her be a writer for a career because that’s what I am in real life. However, I do write mystery novels and when I was a kid I wanted to be a detective when I grew up (I think I actually wanted to be a secret agent or spy).

With the Get To Work expansion pack, three new careers were added on, one of them being a detective. Since I always claimed to be a writer, I never played any of those other career choices. I decided, this time, I was going to be a detective.

And it is so much fun!

I go to work with my Sim every day where she goes on patrol to engage with the community and cite people for littering or fighting. You can also solve crimes, of course.

You investigate a crime scene, taking evidence, dusting for fingerprints, talking to witnesses, and taking photos. Then you go back to the police station, process the evidence in the lab and deduce clues using the crime map. When you get enough clues, you can go out and arrest someone.

The interrogation part is my favorite. Once you arrest someone you go back to the station where you can play good cop or bad cop and ask questions about the crime. The suspect’s mood changes throughout the conversation. They can seem friendly, calm, nervous, frustrated, anything. The meter fills up as you ask the right questions and when it’s filled up you’ll know if they’re guilty or innocent.

Then you can fingerprint them, pat them down, take a mugshot, and lock them up. It’s a lot of fun!

It’s not as in-depth as I make it sound to be, but it’s still fun and allows you to work towards something in the game rather than focusing on upgrading your skills and trying to make friends.

The first suspect I arrested was innocent and the chief yelled at my sim. She didn’t seem fazed by it though. She laughed and then her mood changed to “happy.”

What bothered my sim was when she had to pat someone down. She got “uncomfortable” because she was “up close and personal” to a criminal. Still, she got over it in time.

It gave me a new appreciation for The Sims 4 and I can’t wait to give the other careers a try!

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Nintendo Switch Wish List

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

While I still hope that they’ll announce a Luigi’s Mansion and Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch, I was exploring the Nintendo eShop the other day and added a few games to my wishlist.

1. I Am Setsuna
2. Yooka-Laylee
4. Snake Pass
5. Graceful Explosion Machine
6. Puyo Puyo Tetris
8. The Binding of Issac: Afterbirth

I absolutely loved the Wii U, but I’ll admit that I didn’t buy as many games as I wanted for it. This was because they were expensive and I certainly love my Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon. I tended to stick with those main games.

With the Switch, I want to try to broaden my horizons a bit. I want to try games I normally wouldn’t. The money is still a pain, of course, but this is partly why I wanted to start a blog about video games.

Hopefully, I’ll get some of these games soon and you’ll see reviews about them in the future.

What games are you looking to buy for the Switch? Do you have any of these games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nintendo Switch Portability

Nintendo Switch Portability

One of Nintendo Switch’s most boasted aspects is its portability. The small size, the clear screen, the joy-cons very satisfyingly clicking into place on the sides… The Switch is supposed to be the best of both home consoles and handheld gaming. That aside, we’ve been using it as a home console, enjoying the games projected up on the television as we both play.

There’s not a lot of games on the Switch, that we have so far, that we would play it on the small screen ourselves. So, one day Kris and I had to find our library because it moved to a new location. I decided to take the Switch with us out of curiosity to see how it would play on the move, away from home. While Kris drove, I played a level of Snipperclips by myself and then explored Breath of the Wild a little bit. It was smooth as though the Switch had never left the house’s Wi-Fi. Plus, the volume was loud and clear.

For a while, we had the radio off and were just listening to the sounds of Breath of the Wild (and, of course, Rachel asking me all sorts of questions, such as what button does which action). When we were younger, Rachel and I had no qualms about bringing the GameCube or Wii on vacation with us. Nintendo always seemed to have thought about portability with their gaming systems, with the GameCube’s handle and the Wii’s slim design. I feel that they took it a step further with the Switch.

That was our biggest excitement when we found out the Switch was designed as such. Not only can we bring it on vacation with us with no hassle, but we can even play it in the car for the three-hour ride!

Rather, Rachel can while I pray I don’t get too carsick while playing, haha! We had heard that it has a much better portability than the Wii U’s Gamepad, which had been advertised as having a similar power. However, through actual use, the Gamepad’s portability only worked if it was a couple of feet away from the Wii U console itself. We’re thrilled to find that the Switch has no such problems.

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I find it amazing how updated the technology is in just 3-4 years. We could barely leave our game room with the gamepad because it was “too far.” I’m excited to take the Switch with us on vacation this summer and really use it for what it was made for.

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