Journey to Pokemon Home

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

I finally got Pokemon Home and gave it a whirl over this weekend. My first main experiment was to see how many Pokemon from some of my old favorite teams could go to the Galar region!

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Right before the weekend, I finally got Pokemon Home. It’s been out for about three weeks now — February 11 —  and I honestly kind of kept forgetting about it until recently. The successor to Pokemon Bank, Home is both a mobile and Nintendo Switch app for Pokemon storage. While there is a basic, free plan for Home, there are so many more options and storage for your Pokemon with the paid plan. Considering the paid plan is only 15 or so bucks a year, it’s not too bad. If you’re an avid Pokemon collector, it’s well worth it.

When I turned on Pokemon Home, I gave it a test run to see how it works and was greeted with this dude:

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I’ll admit, I was a bit startled.

After doing all the updates that were necessary for my original 3DS, I booted up Pokemon Bank to see if I even still had Pokemon in there. I had about half a box of legendary Pokemon that I received throughout special events during past years, so I figured they would be the first residents for Home.

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This little guy popped up once and then I never saw him again. I wonder how well this would have gone if Nintendo gave this job to the Pokeball Guy from Sword/Shield…

The process was simple enough, although it was interesting trying to juggle both my 3DS and my Switch Lite on my desk. During the move from Bank to Home, you need to input a Moving Key and have a limited amount of time to do so. Once the key is accepted, it takes a few good minutes for the Pokemon to move from Bank to Home, a progress during which you cannot use the software. It was nice to see the Pokemon in Home, and once you connect your Sword/Shield game to Home, the software allows you to easily move the Pokemon from Home to the boxes in Sword/Shield.

If Sword/Shield allows the Pokemon, that is. Conveniently, Home has icons that indicate whether or not a Pokemon can move from Home to Sword/Shield. Hopefully, there will eventually be DLC or a patch that allows more Pokemon in Sword/Shield, but for now it’ll be interesting to see which Pokemon from my past teams will be able to join my Rillaboom and company in Galar.

So I grabbed my Y version and got to work.

As a bit of background, my Y version is probably my Pokemon game with the most time sunk into it. I have a little over 210 hours on my Y version — first started on December 25, 2013 and I entered the Hall of Fame for the first time a mere three days later — compared to the almost 80 hours on my Sword version. While I don’t have my Y Pokedex complete, I have spent the majority of those hours collecting my favorite Pokemon to recreate my preferred teams from generations 1 through 5 to go alongside my generation 6 team from Kalos:

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Here are all my babies! 

Including my main Kalos team on the right, all these Pokemon were raised up to level 100 with the help of a plethora of Elite Four runs as well as challenges from the Battle Chateau.

It’s a bit bittersweet to think about, actually. Pokemon Bank, which came out in 2014 for the Americas, was first used to allow me to gather all of these Pokemon for the then-current Pokemon game so I could have all my favorites together. Now, Pokemon Bank will help me move all of these guys to Pokemon Home where we’ll see just how many of them I can bring to Galar.

Considering how much of a soft spot I have for my Y version, I was honestly considering breeding and hatching eggs of these guys to then move into Home. However, I realized that it’s been literally a year and a half since I last turned on Y. Case in point was a poor Eevee that was apparently stuck in an egg since July 2018. Instead, I spent a little time to get said eggs, but decided that the baby-versions of my favorites will remain behind in Y while the adults will travel to Home.

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SO. MANY. EGGS. Featuring Brady the Shiny Butterfree, who had been my first encounter/capture in Y as a little Caterpie.

If and when I decide to return to Pokemon Y, I’ll have a grand time hatching and raising my favorite Pokemon again, which is one of the best parts of these games.

With all the eggs created, it was time to actually move my teams to Pokemon Bank then to Home. I decided to just move my teams from generations 1 through 5 first; I haven’t quite figured out if I will leave my original Kalos team in Y and create eggs of them for Home and Galar, or if I will eventually also move my original Kalos team over as well. My Alola team will be for another time and day.

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Quite a difference between this screenshot and the previous cell phone pic of them all in Y, huh?

It didn’t take long at all for a box of 30 Pokemon to move from Pokemon Bank to Home. In fact, I’m sure it took a few minutes longer for Bank to actually just load up on my 3DS. It was rather exciting to see most of my favorites with updated sprites in Home!

Now the big test was to see just how many of them could be moved into Sword. I’ll be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the results:

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It was disheartening to see all of the glaring, red, “do not transport” symbols amid all of my favorites, particularly with the starter Pokemon (I want my Grovyle!). After separating the Pokemon that could go to Sword from the ones who are staying in Home, 13 out of 30 — almost half — of my trained Pokemon can visit Galar. Yet, the only true new Pokemon that can join me is my Venusaur (unless you count the pink Gastrodon, since I’ve only seen the blue version of the Pokemon in Sword); considering my Galar pokedex is complete, I have all the other Pokemon in my box already, albeit not as trained as the ones from Y.

Not only are the majority of my teams unable to come to Galar, some of the ones who can join me don’t have all of their moves available. The Pokemon with an exclamation point beside them indicate that at least one of their moves cannot be used in Sword/Shield, which I didn’t even think about but in hindsight wasn’t surprising. I expected the moves that weren’t available in Sword/Shield to just disappear from my Pokemon’s move pools, but apparently you need to do that yourself, if you read the moves’ descriptions:

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I never realized “Return” wasn’t in Sword/Shield until this happened, to be honest. “Flash,” “Hidden Power,” and “Flame Burst” were the other moves, in case anyone was curious.

I was initially hesitant to do this move with my teams generations 1 through 5 because I was afraid most of my favorite Pokemon would be forced to retire, so to speak, in Pokemon Home. I can’t move the rest of my teams back to Bank to bring them back in Y. All those Pokemon that I spent over 200 hours raising for battles are now stuck in Home.

To be honest, it’s okay that these Pokemon are retired. It was a startling realization that I hadn’t visited my Y game in well over a year, and at least I now have my favorites with me on my Switch Lite. With that said, Nintendo, I would love a feature in Pokemon Home reminiscent of My Pokemon Ranch — give me a mode where I can see all of my Pokemon milling about together, maybe even give me the ability to pat them or give them little treats here and there, please!

This move from Y to Bank to Home to Sword answered some questions, but also brought up new ones. Do I need to wait until the expansion pass in June for the pokedex to fully expand to bring over more of my teams? Or, considering this is a mere 30 Pokemon out of almost-900, are my particular favorites unlucky enough to be left out of the additional 200 Pokemon that are joining the Galar region? I know the Alolan starter Pokemon are invited to Galar — are the majority of the 200 additional Pokemon from Alola as well? Perhaps we’ll see when I decide to go through my Pokemon from my Moon games along with other Pokemon from Kalos.

In the meantime, I’ll be back in Pokemon Sword where I will be hard at work leveling up my Sword team to level 100 to match some of their veteran teammates.

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Flashback Friday: Wii Sports

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

February is pretty much done. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind of a month with all sorts of life stuff happening to disrupt our regular routines. We’re looking forward to the next month and seeing what it brings!

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Wii Sports was bundled along with the Wii console way back in 2006, being a collection of sports-orientated games to show off the capabilities of the Wii remotes (this is totally what 1-2 Switch should have been for the Switch console instead of an extra 60 bucks, but I digress). With the main characters of the games being your own personal Miis, it was a good move on Nintendo’s part, especially since it is the bestselling single-platform game of all time.

(I’m not sure how much of that is due to the game being bundled with the console but, hey, it’s also available on its own and it’s an impressive feat nonetheless.)

Wii Sports itself has been acclaimed for its role in bonding experiences between family members as well as being used regularly for physical therapy, particularly in elderly gamers. With the motion-controls of the Wii remotes and the fact that you need to be up and moving for Wii Sports, the game has been credited to paving the way for gamers to be more physical. Since then, we’ve seen more motion-controls being used in games to virtual reality to augmented reality on mobile to encourage people to walk more.

I remember when we first got the Wii and Wii Sports. Our console was set up in the cellar and connected to the house’s largest television (which is basically my father’s TV — hi, Dad!). The games were fun, with Rachel tending to win because she’s better at the sports games — I remember not being able to play the baseball one for the life of me. I did really well with the boxing, though!

My favorite part of this game, though? We were able to rope both Mom and Dad into playing with us once in a while. Despite Dad being able to win fairly easily in real bowling, it was hilarious to see him trying to figure out the mechanics of the game so he could beat Rachel. With all her practice, Rachel knew the precise angle to toss the bowling ball down the aisle to ensure strikes every time.

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Throwback Thursday: Catwoman (Game Boy Color)

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It’s time for another throwback and for some reason, I decided to talk about a game I haven’t thought about in ages.

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I have Catwoman for the Game Boy Color. Why? I don’t know. This game released in 1999 and was developed by KEMCO. It’s a game that exists and I don’t really know why.

Catwoman is a side-scrolling platform-type game. I’m trying to remember but it’s hard and there’s very little information on this game – surprise, surprise.

Part of the reason I don’t remember this game that well is, despite my being young when I played it, is the fact that I never made it out of the first level. According to the game’s Wikipedia page, which is pretty bare-bones, this game has nine stages. That’s it. I couldn’t get past the first. Maybe this is because I was young and couldn’t play games well or maybe it’s because the game is just as ridiculous as I remember it being.

All I remember from the game is that you play as Catwoman, of course, and you’re in this museum-type place. I never knew where I was. I just walked back and forth, jumping, clawing at bad guys and whipping them all trying to find the way out and onto the next level – or whatever it was I was supposed to do.

According to Wiki, this game has a story. Catwoman was hired to steal a weapon of some sort by an evil organization and then she decides to keep it for herself. Now, these evil guys are out to get her.

So… that was something I didn’t know when I played the game. The first level must be in a museum or something because she’s going to steal the weapon… or maybe she has it and is trying to escape. I have no idea since I never made it that far.

I think about this game once in a while. I still have it and my Game Boy Color still works. Maybe I’ll pick it up again sometime soon and see if I can actually get back the first level. That would be interesting.

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Character Spotlight: Kirby

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Kirby is a beloved pink ball of fluff well known by everyone. Yet, I feel like he doesn’t get enough time in the spotlight.

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Kirby first appeared in his own game, Kirby’s Dream Land for the Game Boy in 1992. He has appeared in 33 titles within his own series, the latest being Super Kirby Clash for the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Kirby has also appeared in other games such as Super Smash Brothers.

My first Kirby game was Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land for the Game Boy Advance. I can’t recall if I ever beat the game or not. I no longer have it though because I let the kid I used to babysit at the time borrow it. He turns 18 in a couple of months and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will never see that game ever again.

As much as I enjoy Kirby and his kinds of games, I don’t play them that often. Kirby was always one of those series that “got away” and took a back seat to Pokemon and Mario. I’ve played a small handful of Kirby games here and there though I haven’t made a dent in the 33 altogether… I didn’t realize there were 33 until writing this post.

I don’t know what Kirby is but he’s adorable in his own right and he’s got cool powers. It’s a bit scary how he eats people and spits them back out and absorbs a few their powers or weapons… I wonder if he’s related to Yoshi in any way. Maybe Kirby is a long-lost dinosaur no one has ever heard of.

Kirby is a franchise that I’m hoping to play more of in the future. However, with 33 games… where do I start?

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My Thoughts on Cindered Shadows

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

While I really didn’t need an excuse to get back into playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the Cindered Shadows DLC was a great reason to turn the game on again. And, honestly, I wouldn’t mind more DLC like this for the game!

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The Cindered Shadows DLC came out for Fire Emblem: Three Houses about a week and a half ago. Being only 7 chapters long, it took me between 8 and 9 hours to complete, especially when one considers that Cindered Shadows is mostly battles with a touch of exploration here and there. In fact, Cindered Shadows reminded me much of the earlier Fire Emblem games, where it would mostly be battles with bits of story in between fights.

I enjoyed the battles in Cindered Shadows, each battle offering a new challenge and seeing me use the Divine Pulse to edit my moves more times than I have in the regular routes I’ve played. I did miss the more involved aspects of the exploration parts, though. No support conversations or skill increases were a bit odd, as the character growth is one of my favorite parts of Fire Emblem games.

I was also intrigued by some things in the Abyss that really didn’t play much of a part in Cindered Shadows. Who was that mysterious woman by the pagan altar? What was up with the empty wayseer’s room? Are they the same person? Once I spend enough renown in the Abyss during the main story, I presume these questions will be answered, and it gives me more incentive to continue the main story to try to figure out the answers.

The four Abyssian characters are lots of fun, although I was confused as to Constance’s split personality with the sun and Hapi’s random sighing ability. They were interesting, brought a little more flavor to the characters, but I did not find them necessary. I also did find Balthus to seem very similar to Raphael from the Golden Deer house, especially if one considers that Balthus was originally from the Alliance territory as well. Still, he was a great big brother figure to the other characters, and I loved his war monk class. A brawler and a healer? Yes, please!

I really liked all four of the character classes from Abyss, actually. Yuri, I think, was the character I utilized the least in battle despite his high avoidance rate, but his personality was delightful. His past was interesting, especially since I’ve heard he has a couple of connections with the characters from the main story and I’m looking forward to unlocking his support conversations with everyone.

Speaking of pasts, it was nice to also learn more about Byleth. Her mother finally has a name! She’s no longer just the catalyst for Byleth’s mysterious past! While the main bad guy of the Cindered Shadows DLC was fairly obvious from the beginning, as was the plot, it was still a fun a side story.

Originally, I was hoping Cindered Shadows would be more of a full-fledged route rather than just a side story when I first heard of it. I was selfishly hoping that Cindered Shadows would involve a Golden Ending, one where all of the characters no matter what house could stay alive, especially since the three house leaders were with Byleth as a team when exploring the Abyss. I liked the interactions between them all and wished there were supports between the house leaders for you to unlock during that time.

I just want all the characters to be happy at the end, dammit.

With that said, I did enjoy the DLC overall. The new mechanics and aspects it brought to the main game are fun to explore and discover, and it brought along just the right amount of new characters without it getting overwhelming.

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Friday Favorites: Bug-Type Pokemon

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Bug-type Pokemon are few and far in between on my teams throughout the eight generations of the series. However, the Galar region did reignite my interest in this type!

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Ninjask

When I discovered Ninjask in the third Pokemon generation, I pretty much added it to my team because it was classified as the “ninja Pokemon.” It’s high speed stat quickly made it one of my favorites on the team, and I’ve always found it interesting how unique it’s evolution method was to receive Shedinja.

Joltik

Who doesn’t love this adorable, tiny Pokemon? It’s evolution can definitely be scary, but a Joltik is a cute addition to your team, not to mention the electric moves it can learn to bolster your team’s special moves.

Araquanid

Dewpider, the pre-evolution, was adorable and despite how I would probably avoid Araquanid Pokemon at all costs if I ever encountered one in real life, my Araquanid in my Moon game was a fantastic teammate. Its bug typing negated some of the weaknesses of a typical water type Pokemon, and vice-versa, making the Pokemon fairly versatile.

Orbeetle

A little Blipbug was one of my first encounters in Pokemon Sword and it became one of my best team members, especially when it fully evolved into Orbeetle. The dual psychic and bug type Pokemon, Orbeetle was one of my strongest battlers during the endgame.

Frosmoth

This Pokemon is so pretty! It’s one of my favorite designed Pokemon from the Galar region, and its pre-evolution Snom has developed quite the fan following. Frosmoth is a late addition to the Sword and Shield games, but it was fun and challenging raising one at that point.

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Top Tuesday: Most Creative Bosses In Cuphead

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Kris and I have Cuphead. We played it and didn’t beat it. We were terrible at it and didn’t get far. Someday we will go back to it and defeat the devil. Until then, I’m going to stick to watching others play the game. While I haven’t gone up against most of the bosses, there are some I absolutely love for how creative they are.

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Hilda Berg

Hilda Berg is an interesting one. Her final phase is the moon which I love considering her attacks are based on the Zodiac signs and other sky-like happenings. I haven’t fought this boss myself but watching others do it, it seems difficult and annoying. Not in a bad way, of course. It just seems hard. I like the theme and her style though.

Grim Matchstick

He’s a cute little dragon! Well, I guess he’s not actually little… and his third phase is actually kind of creepy since he gets three heads instead of one. But hey, any dragon boss is an awesome boss. His attacks are fun too. He shoots fireballs. You can’t go wrong with fireballs even if they are aimed at you.

Cala Maria

I love the design of this boss. She’s a mermaid in the ocean, but she’s a big mermaid and pokes her head of the water and yells at you and throws fish at you. I think it’s a creative way to show off a “siren” because we all know mermaids are not like The Little Mermaid. They’re actually quite mean. But then to also mix her with Medusa for her final two stages is extra cool. I thought it was clever how they combined the two.

Phantom Express

It’s no secret I like ghosts. I like that kind of creepy stuff. I don’t know anything about trains but it was a cool setting nonetheless to have the train come alive. I don’t have much to say about this particular boss other than that I think it’s pretty cool.

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Harry Potter D&D

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Playing Dungeons & Dragons has opened up a new world for me. I’m always excited to play with our group and am routinely disappointed when the time comes for a session to end. Thankfully, Rachel and I have a couple of friends who indulged us in giving D&D a try with a Harry Potter-flavored campaign.

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Last year, I spoke of the time that I took on the role of Dungeon Master for the first time. That was a quick one-shot with Rachel while we showed a friend the basics of Dungeons & Dragons so we could gauge her interest. Our friend was willing to try more D&D with a Harry Potter twist so it was a setting that she had more familiarity with. Ignoring the fact that one-shot was nearly eight months ago, we finally started that Harry Potter D&D game with our couple of friends during our latest game night.

It was a giant learning curve for me. While Rachel and I have been part of a traditional D&D group for a year or so now, the idea of creating a homebrew campaign was both exciting and nerve-wracking for me. I honestly spent most of my prep time modifying a regular character sheet to give it more Harry Potter-relevant skills, such as Flight, Charms, and Potions. Along with that, I made a “How to Create Your Character” kind of packet, detailing different aspects of the character sheet and how to roll for their stats and such. Of course, both friends were like, “That’s a lot of reading,” and Rachel and I walked them through creating the characters, haha!

I wasn’t sure if our friends would be interested in starting the story after doing the character creation sheets, but our second friend was totally into it. He peppered us with questions, asking if there was a way for him to be a White Mage like in the Final Fantasy series, and while our Harry Potter campaign just has the characters as simple wizard students, I told him I’d bring along the Player’s Handbook so he can get a better idea as to what other kinds of classes and races are in a traditional D&D game. With his enthusiasm, and the hard work and laughs we had from them just creating their characters, we dived into the story.

Being set in the Harry Potter universe, I figured the easiest way to modify the world was to have everyone’s characters be a new student in Hogwarts. All three characters went shopping for some school supplies with the limited beginning money I gave each of them, giving them an extra point in relevant skills if they decided to splurge and get better items than the standard supplies. The characters met each other on the train to the school, with the players learning to ham it up as they role-played. Each character is in a different Hogwarts house, including the NPC I play, so we have a good quartet. I was a little extra in the fact that I created different class schedules for each house, being sure each house had a couple of classes with another house a few times a week so the characters can interact more with each other.

Other than that prep, I wasn’t as prepared with the story as I would have liked to be, but it all worked out well. I have a plotline for the characters to figure out, but I wasn’t quite sure how the classes and earning spells would work. While playing, Rachel and our friends helped me figure out, even if they didn’t realize it. They went right along with me making up the world and story on the spot, and it’s turning into a bit of a competition already in regards to the House Points that students can earn and lose!

We’re all excited for the next time we continue the game. In the meantime, I’m going to create a more solid list of spells, charms, and potions for them to learn for next time. I now understand why so many Dungeon Masters keep tables of random loot handy for games!

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Fanart Friday: Applin Valentine

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

Also, happy valentine’s day! I hope your day is filled with good vibes and even better chocolate. Who else is looking forward to chocolate being on sale tomorrow?

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“There’s a rumor that if you give the one you like an Applin, you’ll be together forever!”

Applin is one of the cutest designed Pokemon of the Galar region, in my opinion. The fact that there is a little rumor about it bringing couples together is just adorable. I figured, being Valentine’s Day, it would be the perfect subject for today’s post.

This little guy was created in Clip Art Studio, mostly with the different types of paint brushes available. It was fun to see how the digital paint moved, with the program trying to keep its consistency in regards to the amount of paint and the way the brush behaved. I definitely enjoyed playing around with the highlights and shadows of the Pokemon.

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Happy 4th Birthday, Double Jump!

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Happy birthday to our humble blog! Double Jump is officially four years old! A toddler in human years, but probably a teenager or so when it comes to things that live on the Internet. Thank you to everyone who has been hanging around with us during these past few years. We greatly appreciate the support, love, and friendship!

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Yay! Double Jump’s birthday was officially on February 3, but better late than never. It’s been a fun and interesting four years. It’s been busy too. Double Jump has grown in ways we never would have imagined.

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Aside from our blog continually growing with followers and readers, we also reached Twitch Affiliate status last year. Literally a year ago, to be exact. Having that support has been amazing!

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It’s been a fast four years. It seems to have gone by in a blink of an eye but we’ve kept ourselves busy and we’ve played a lot of games. We played a decent amount of PC games, 3DS games, and, of course, Switch games. My favorite PC games were two we discovered after Double Jump was born – Death Road to Canada and Game Dev Tycoon.

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Those were both excellent games. Death Road is hysterical when you play with the right people! Game Dev Tycoon is one of my favorites as well. I definitely have a special place in my heart for Arcade Spirits, of course, with its story and take on platonic and romantic relationships, and Deltarune was so much fun! It also had some of the best music. For 3DS, my favorite games both had to do with puzzles and solving mysteries — Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask and Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice.

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I still have yet to play Arcade Spirits or Deltarune, but I know you thoroughly enjoyed both of them. As for the 3DS, you can’t go wrong with Layton and Phoenix Wright. Both of those franchises and individual games are a must-play. Although, my personal favorites for the 3DS were Animal Crossing New Leaf and Miitopia. Miitopia has easily become an overall game favorite of mine.

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New Leaf wasn’t bad, despite Animal Crossing not being my usual thing, and Miitopia was wonderfully ridiculous and fun! For the Nintendo Switch, to absolutely no one’s surprise, I’m going to have to pick the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Fire Emblem: Three Houses as my top favorites. The new Pokemon games come in a close second, but the Zelda and Fire Emblem franchises truly have a couple of gems with these two.

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All great games, of course. My favorites for the Switch were Gris, The Lion’s Song, and Cattails was an interesting surprise. All the Nintendo games are awesome, of course, but those are some games I never thought I’d pick up if I didn’t have to share it on a blog. We hope all of you have enjoyed our content and reviews over the last four years. More is definitely coming!

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