Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

While Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are still our go-to games to play at this time, we’re always keeping an eye out for something new, and Niantic seems to be working on their next project….

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Pokemon GO, developed by Niantic, was revolutionary when it first came out — if it worked for you. Our accounts were a little fickle, probably due to the fact that there weren’t too many others (like, no one) around where we lived that also played the game. Wild Pokemon seemed to spawn in proportion to how many people around were playing.

While Pokemon GO didn’t last too long on our phones, the idea of it was awesome. I remember the feel-good stories from last summer of people coming together to catch Pokemon, battle at the gyms, and just meeting fellow Pokemon fans. The game still seems to be doing well, despite some mixed reviews when it was first released, with the updates for Gen II and III Pokemon as well as Legendaries and raids.

Now Niantic’s next mobile AR project is Harry Potter. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will allow players to learn spells, explore their surroundings for wizard secrets and beasts to battle and protect, as well as team up with other players, of course. As someone who grew up reading the Harry Potter series and loving every minute of it, I’m definitely interested in this idea for a mobile game!

Honestly, I would love a proper, open-world RPG Harry Potter-inspired game on modern hardware (perhaps even VR?), but it’ll be interesting to see how a Harry Potter AR game will turn out. There weren’t any date or hints as to when the game could come out, but it’s something to keep an eye out for.

Are you interested in a Harry Potter AR game? What other franchises would you be interested in seeing in AR?

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Dream Harry Potter Game

Double Jump Kris MiiIf you’re a Harry Potter fan, guess what? It’s Harry’s birthday today!

Besides gaming, I’m also a big reader, and the Harry Potter series is a favorite of mine. There’s a television channel called Freeform that never needs a big excuse to run a Harry Potter movie marathon. It tends to play at our house whenever the marathon happens, usually in the background in the kitchen, and it’s the kind of series that makes my family feel warm and fuzzy inside, no matter what medium it’s in.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is massive. Everyone knows who Harry Potter is. The series spans across so many mediums — the books, the movies, toys and, yes, video games.

Most of the Harry Potter video games are the usual licensed games, the ones where you control the main character through the story, sometimes with glitches or weird controls. People eat them up enough, though, if only to get that taste of performing magic at Hogwarts.

With Virtual Reality becoming a main form of gaming on the market nowadays, I’m curious if franchises such as Harry Potter will ever reach that platform. The game would be massive, of course, even if it only allows the player to go through one year at Hogwarts. A Choose Your Own Adventure type of visual novel, if you will, it could start off with a small quiz (or choice) to allow the character to get sorted. Classes can be small mini games, allowing players to level up with their magic, with a larger plot looming in the background. There can be key main NPCs that your character interacts with, his or her or they’re choices affecting how well you maintain your relationship with the NPCs.

Perhaps we can’t all be Harry Potter, but I wouldn’t mind playing a character that joins Dumbledore’s Army and defends the Wizarding World against Death Eaters.

It’s just a thought. Whenever we do get a chance to purchase a decent Virtual Reality system, the Harry Potter world is definitely a place that I want to visit.

Do you enjoy Harry Potter? What kind of series or world do you think may adapt well to Virtual Reality? Anyone know if this will be an actual thing one day?

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Friday Favorites: Nintendo Land Rides

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy December, everyone!

If you haven’t heard yet, there are plans for Nintendo-themed parks in Universal Studios Hollywood, Orlando in Florida and Japan within the next few years. Being able to visit both the Harry Potter world and a Nintendo theme park in Universal Studios, FL? Yes, please! Below in no particular order are just a few ride and area ideas that I would love to see in a Nintendo park.

Merry-Go-Round

So, a merry-go-round isn’t the most exciting theme park ride, but I enjoy the leisurely pace that they set while also being able to take a good look around the park from whatever fake steed I’m on. But one based on Nintendo creatures? I’d love to sit atop Epona or a Loftwing or a Dodongo from the Legend of Zelda, or even Mario’s pal Yoshi. What about a Charizard or Rapidash from Pokemon?

Go Karts

Let’s have a ride based off of Mario Kart! Races, bumper cars, anything that can bring the unique and quirky go-kart designs from the Mario Kart games to life.

Shooting Games or Paintball

Is everyone familiar with Toy Story Mania from Disneyworld? You know, the ride where you’re sitting in a cart that whirls you over to different screens for you to shoot at various targets as quickly as you can to rack up your score? I want one based after Metroid Prime or one that lets you shoot targets (or pots!) like Link’s Crossbow Training.

Hub Area

I would just love to be able to wander around Hyrule Castle Town or Bowser’s Castle or Viridian City or stages from Super Smash Bros. or even a little Animal Crossing village. To be able to just be immersed in my favorite video game worlds in the same sense that Universal Studios The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be nothing short of amazing.

What are you hoping for, or looking forward to, in a Nintendo theme park?

Birthday Presents

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

My birthday was at the beginning of the month and even though I turned 23, you would probably think I’m much younger based on what I received for presents.

 

I got a cat and went away for a weekend, so I wasn’t expecting too much for my birthday, if anything at all. But my parents and sister did manage to buy me a few gifts and I have to say that they did pretty well.

One gift Kris got me was a Charizard Amiibo. We now have five Amiibos all together.

When the Amiibos were first announced, Kris and I didn’t know what to make of them. We didn’t understand them at first and didn’t get the point of them. But I do love collecting things. I knew that I would eventually start collecting them when I had the extra money to spend.

Our collection is slow-growing and all five Amiibos are still in their boxes. We’re not sure if we want to open them or not.

To help our collection, Kris and I decided that for each Christmas and birthday, we’ll buy each other one Amiibo. She got me Charizard because he’s one of my favorite Pokemon and I’m pretty good as him in Super Smash Bros.

I also got a Pikachu sweatshirt. You know, the one where you put on the hood and you have Pikachu ears? Someone was wearing it when we were at a diner during our mini-vacation and apparently my mom thought it would be funny to get me one.

It was funny and probably one of my favorite gifts. I look adorable in it, if I do say so myself. You wouldn’t think it, but that sweatshirt is probably the softest I own.

I got a few Harry Potter things and Ninja Turtles things as well. It was another good birthday and I can only hope to continue to do me in this next year.

Oh, and here’s my birthday cake:

Friday Favorites: Adaptations

Double Jump Kris MiiYay for Friday!

Rachel and I have been watching some throwback old-school movies and television shows lately, namely the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It got me thinking about some the video games based on the shows, and what other video games we had that were adapted from movies, books, and television. Adaptations are generally known as bad, considering they’re usually just used to milk the cash cow of the franchise, but there are some that can still be fun.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I have this game for the GameCube and it was as close to being able to go to Hogwarts myself as Pottermore is for fans in the present. It was amazing controlling Harry Potter around in the wizarding world, even if the controls were a bit weird.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up

Okay, so this is basically Super Smash Brothers with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters instead of the huge roster of Nintendo characters. Still, it was enjoyable for a ninja turtle nerd like myself. There are also plenty of adventure and arcade-style TMNT games out there, with a new one slated for this summer, that Rachel and I have enjoyed over the years.

Lego The Hobbit

Rachel and I are hysterical while we play this game. First off was the fact that we couldn’t figure out the controls. Secondly, the objectives weren’t as obvious to us as they may be to other players. Still, it was a lot of fun, both for the familiar, amazing story and characters, and just the fact that it was great running around as lego people.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

I personally haven’t played this one (yet), but Rachel has. I was always impressed with the graphics, storyline, and gameplay. It’s definitely on my list to play, and judging by Rachel’s opinion of the game, I’m sure it won’t disappoint!

What do you think of video game adaptations?