Amiibo Bandwagon

Double Jump Kris Mii Hello, hello, everyone and happy Friday!

Today’s post is all about those fun little figurines that Nintendo is producing called Amiibo! Let me know what you think of them in the comments.

Amiibos are figurines of popular video game characters from Nintendo. They are able to be used in conjunction with some of Nintendo’s latest games, most notably Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U.

wp-1455926305505.jpgWhen the amiibos first came out my reaction was caught between, “Oh, they’re cute,” and “Wtf.” I didn’t understand the concept of them other than that they may have been created just as collectibles (which is something that plenty of people do with them) before realizing that they can be “leveled up” in games like Super Smash Brothers. It wasn’t something I was into at all — I would have much rather just play the games without worrying about what level my toy was at.

Then the green yarn Yoshi came out in celebration of Yoshi’s Woolly World.

Holy fudgesicle, that thing is adorable! I just saw it available when I was at Toys R Us for something — I can’t even remember what — and they were just sitting there. I bought one on impulse (they wouldn’t let me have two) and have found myself looking more and more at amiibos.

(Technically, our Classic Mario amiibo was the first one we had gotten with our Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle, which was pretty cool. But the Yoshi’s cute factor trumped it.)

After that, Rachel and I started thinking more about the amiibos. Rachel even gave me Sheik for my birthday, where it sits proudly on my desk. We still don’t use them in games — in fact, the few we have are still in their boxes and we’re not sure if we’ll ever open them — but we keep looking at them whenever we pass them by at our favorite video game stores.

Who will be next? Charizard and Greninja? Fox or Roy, maybe? Perhaps we’ll have an updated picture of all our amiibos later down the road!

Do you collect amiibos? Which ones are your favorite?

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Games

Double Jump Kris Mii Hello everyone! Kris here with a post to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise.

I can’t believe how far the series has come, and I’m eagerly awaiting to see what the future has in store for Pokemon fans!

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I remember a couple of decades ago when I first got the Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow versions for Easter gifts from my awesome parents (well, back then it was from the Easter Bunny, but still). I was the envy of my friends who were also Pokemon fans that year! Since the GameBoy Color versions of the popular journey games, I’ve never stopped playing Pokemon games. Here is a tribute to my top five favorite Pokemon games:

5. My Pokemon Ranch

Okay, so Pokemon Ranch is more of a sub-game than an actual game. Like Pokemon Box, Pokemon Ranch allows you to store up to 1000 Pokemon in it to watch and interact with your Pokemon as your Mii. The Pokemon themselves are in a chibi-style and are able to interact with each other as well, making Pokemon Ranch a relaxing, cute game to have on the television.

4. Pokemon Stadium/Battle Revolution

An oldie from the Nintendo 64 days, the Pokemon Stadium games were the first to give players a glimpse of battling with their favorite Pokemon in 3D, and Battle Revolution for the Wii was its descendant. It boasted all sorts of different battle mods and tournament cups that one could battle through either with rented Pokemon from the N64 game or with your own team from the GameBoy Color games. Rachel and I used to send each other out of the room as we created our own teams to surprise the other with when we battled. I would be amazed if one day Nintendo created a new Pokemon Stadium game with all 720 (or more) Pokemon!

3. Heart Gold/Soul Silver

The reboots of the Johto generation of games were amazingly well-done. Johto was always one of my favorite generations and regions of the games, and the updated graphics and animations were fantastic. One of my favorite aspects of the update was seeing your Pokemon follow you around outside of its pokeball, a feature that I wish was kept in the newer games.

2. Platinum

Platinum holds a special place in my heart. Although it is by far not the first Pokemon game that I had beaten the Pokemon Champion in, it is the one that I have not restarted fairly soon after doing so. The regional map is one of my favorites, with all the climate changes, different Pokemon, and the other updates from the Diamond and Pearl games. Platinum boasts one of my favorite teams that I had ever raised, and I won’t be restarting the game anytime soon!

1. X/Y

This probably isn’t a surprise from reading the previous entries of the list. Pokemon X and Y, being a couple of the newest additions to the world of Pokemon games, have some of the most updated graphics and animations. The region is full of beautiful landscapes and all sorts of different climates to find Pokemon in, along with the new features like Pokemon Amie, the new Pokemon type, the enhanced online play, and customizable trainer sprites. I’ve logged in a couple of hundred hours playing the game and raising all of my favorite species!

What are your favorite Pokemon games?

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Hey everyone and welcome to Double Jump, my sister’s and my personal little geeky corner of the blogging world. My name is Kristen.

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And I’m Rachel! Nice to meet you!

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Our goal for this blog is to discuss, rant, and rave about our favorite video games. We’ve each been playing games and writing for most of our lives, and thought this would be an appropriate way to share our love for gaming.

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Every Tuesday and Thursday you’ll get to hear from yours truly! Every Monday and Friday, you get to listen to Kris. Every Wednesday, we’ll get together and do a post together just like this one!

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