Winter and Holidays Nintendo Music

There’s a YouTube channel that specializes in posting hour or so long videos of tunes from video games. Generally it’s more relaxing music, music that allows you to do your work with minimal distractions, which is what we tend to do when playing this YouTube channel on in the background.

The channel is run by someone who simply goes by the name Luigi. The compilations are something that he puts up mainly for fun rather than money, so there’s usually little to no ads to interrupt the hour-plus long videos of music.

This particular video of his encompasses winter themes from a plethora of Nintendo games, and is the most recent video that does so. He lists the tracks in the description of the video, if you’re interested. We hope you’re having a wonderful December and that this music keeps your mood festive!

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Holiday Haul

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy first Tuesday of 2017! I can’t believe another year has come and gone.

Last year, Kris and talked about what we hoped to get for Christmas and Santa did not disappoint.

 

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All of the gifts I received were either book/writing related, video game related, or Harry Potter related. Is it safe to say that my friends and family know me a little too well?

pikachu-socksRemember I was excited to get Charmander socks from that video game raffle basket? Well, I got more socks! I don’t think I’ve ever had so many socks in my life.

I now have nifty ankle socks of Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, and Psyduck. They’re actually pretty comfortable!

I also got a book called Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff which is based on a guy and girl and an MMORPG game. I’ve started reading it already and it’s pretty good!

I also got a couple of T-shirts. I got a Pikachu one, a PeanutButterGamer shirt, and a super cool Ace Attorney shirt. Two of the shirts were from The Yetee, very soft and comfy, and the other one was from the Pixel Empire, which was also pretty soft. I really like the fabric on them.

And, of course, I got some video games.

game-haulI got Pokemon Moon (I already have Pokemon Sun that I pre-ordered myself), Mario Party Star Rush, and Paper Mario Color Splash.

Kris got Pokemon Sun, Monster Hunter Generations, and Sonic Generations.

So, between the two of us we have a good haul of new games to play.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. I also hope you all had a great New Year. 2017 will be the year of games!

Did you get any new video games for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!

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Holiday Finds

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had some lovely holidays!

Rachel and I had a great time with our families, and spent plenty of time getting acquainted with some new video games.

 

Video games — or gift cards towards the Nintendo eShop, Steam, what-have-you — tend to be a standard gift for Rachel and me. We did fairly well this Christmas season, and we can’t wait to share our thoughts about the new games!

From our older sister and brother-in-law, we had each gotten the other version of Pokemon Sun and Moon. We’re definitely looking forward to being able to explore the Alola region with a new team!

Our grandparents gave Rachel Mario Party Star Rush for the Nintendo 3DS while I got Monster Hunters Generations for the same system. I have never played a Monster Hunter game, but Rachel and I heard and watched good things about the series from some of our favorite YouTubers. Here’s hoping I can figure it out!

Paper Mario Color Splash for the Wii U was another game that had been under the tree for Rachel, while Sonic Generations for the 3DS was wrapped up for me. It’d been awhile since I played a decent Sonic the Hedgehog game, so hopefully Sonic Generations won’t be bad at all. We had also received the newest expansion for the Sims 4, City Living.

I know Rachel already spent some of her Nintendo eShop gift cards on Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. I’m not too sure what I’m going to spend my gift cards on just yet… Any suggestions?

Holiday Wishlist

Holiday Wishlist for Gamers

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Christmas is right around the corner! Rachel’s and my family generally know that video games usually dominate our wishlists. Besides us each getting the other half of Pokemon Sun and Moon, there are a few more games that we’re asking from Santa.

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I would love Mario Party Star Rush and Paper Mario: Color Splash! Neither one of them look as good as the games before them, but Paper Mario is my favorite series and I love the Mario Party games. I want to give them both a try and judge how good (or bad) they are myself!

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My wishlist consists of games that I’ve probably already mentioned a few times on this blog, like Overwatch and Batman: The Telltale Series. There are plenty of contenders for the gaming PC and laptop that we have, and I would love to utilize our Steam account much more than we have been.

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I also asked for a Nintendo eShop gift card. I can’t wait to get my hands on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice! I have been waiting too long for that game.

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I’m asking for eShop gift cards as well, but I’m more interested in the older games, like how we just bought Legend of the Zelda: A Link to the Past. I think I’m hoping more for Steam cards as well. Death Road to Canada seems interesting after watching a Let’s Play of it — zombies aren’t really our thing, but this game made us laugh! It’d be awesome to see how far along we can get!

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Yes, I want to use Steam more! Death Road to Canada seems like a lot of fun. I also want to get the game guide for Pokemon Sun and Moon… I love collecting the guides and I can’t wait to take a peek inside what secrets it holds, even though I’ve played through most of the game.

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I’m good with any sort of gamer merchandise. Not that I need more, but I love sweatshirts and t-shirts that showcase Legend of Zelda or Pokemon. Basically, anything that we mentioned in our Dream Loot Crate post sounds good to me, haha!

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Wouldn’t that be awesome? I want to get all the merchandise! And Pokemon cards. One can never have too many Pokemon cards. I can’t wait for Christmas! If only just for you to see which Amiibo I got you!

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I hope that you like the one I got for you as well! It was very difficult not to go crazy buying all sorts of gamer gifts for you. Buying for and spoiling others is my favorite part of Christmas!

What games are you hoping to get this holiday season? Let us know in the comments! 

Holiday Cheer

Double Jump Kris MiiChristmas is less than a week! Are you all ready for it?

Whether you are or not, be sure to spread goodwill and cheer to everyone! Keep the spirit alive and have a wonderful week!

With the holidays just around the corner, I thought I would spread a little cheer. Recently I read an article about a Best Buy store in New York spreading their own good karma with video games.

The store had a regular customer, a young teen who often stopped by after school to play video games on their display screens, most notably Super Smash Bros. Wii U. After seeing how often the teenager came into the store to play the demo, the Best Buy employees pooled their own money together to give the teen his own video game console, an “early Christmas present,” as one of the employees told the teen.

Not only did they gift the teen with a Wii U — a $300 value at their store — but they also got him his own copy of Super Smash Bros. Wii U, seeing as it was his favorite to play whenever he visited the store.

Considering the time of year and the less-than-ideal happenings around the world, I thought it would be nice to share this feel-good story of people doing something for others just because they can. Please feel free share your own feel-good stories!

 

Looking Behind and Ahead

Double Jump Kris MiiShow of hands, who thought the weekend went by way too fast?

Despite how quickly the weekend has come and gone, I hope everyone had a good one and an awesome week ahead!

This past holiday weekend I spent my time finally playing Pokemon Moon. I’m definitely enjoying it so far, having gotten past my third trial, and I’m severely missing the time off of work that I had to continue binge-playing it. Rachel and I will go into more detail about the games themselves once we both complete them, but I just wanted to share my thoughts about the changes going on in the franchise that I grew up with.

Diving into the gaming world for me was like Alice falling into the rabbit hole. I was full of curiosity and totally enamored when I used to watch my father and my uncle play video games. It was a story that you controlled. The characters were puppets to the buttons and I was amazed that you could make someone on the television jump just by pressing A.

A couple of years later, I was good friends with a pair of twins who fully introduced me to the world of Pokemon through Pokemon Snap. That year Mom and Dad got me my first GameBoy Color, complete with a trio of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow games. For about twenty years, the handheld Pokemon games followed a formula that consisted of your character exploring a new world with new creatures to partner with in order to defeat the Gym Challenges, whatever evil team that was plaguing the region, and the Elite Four.

Pokemon Sun and Moon threw that formula out the window, and while I’m enjoying the games, I can’t help but feel as if I’m missing something. Perhaps it’s too early in the game for me to tell, or maybe I’m just feeling particularly nostalgic for the older games that I grew up with. It’ll be interesting to see if Zelda’s Breath of the Wild, with how it’s going to be shaking up the Legend of Zelda franchise, will affect me in the same way.

The NES mini recently came out to hit us older gamers in the gut with memories, while virtual reality is rising on the gaming scene. Now I understand when my dad, upon seeing the motion controls of Wii Bowling, started talking about the “good ol’ games” from the past, like the original Mario or Donkey Kong!