Super Mario Symphony

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Kris and I recently had the chance to see Symphony of the Goddesses, a Legend of Zelda symphony. It was absolutely amazing and we can’t wait until they come around again. There’s also a Pokemon symphony as well that we hope to see someday. While we keep our eye out for that one, we recently found out that the producer of Symphony of the Goddesses, Jason Michael Paul, has proposed a Super Mario symphony tour. He’s not sure if it will get approved, but we hope it is!

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We found the article through Gamnesia, where Paul was quoted speaking of his hope to have a Super Mario Symphony. Considering how serious Nintendo is about proposals such as this, I suppose we’re very lucky to have the Legend of Zelda symphony! While I’d rather be in Hyrule than the Mushroom Kingdom, the music is one of my favorite aspects of the Mario games. I would adore hearing old tunes, such as music from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, from a full orchestra. Star Hill, Forest Maze, the Smithy boss fight… All epic music that would be amazing to hear from an orchestra!

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Anything live with a full orchestra is amazing, let’s be real here… Mario music is awesome, but Paper Mario? Paper Mario is the best. I get those songs stuck in my head all the time and I would love to hear that live!

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Paper Mario does have some great tunes, yes. And then Super Mario Odyssey? The music was my favorite part of the game! They’d have so much material at their disposal for a symphony. The article mentioned that Paul also was thinking of a Super Smash Symphony, but even he admitted that it would be a bit too much. He’s thinking of doing Elder Scrolls, and I’m thinking I would love a Fire Emblem Symphony.

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Odyssey would be great. Even just hearing the old school Mario music would be so nostalgic. I would love a Smash symphony as well as Fire Emblem. I’m not too familiar with Elder Scrolls, but music in video games tend not to disappoint. If anything, I would love a Nintendo symphony where they have mixed music from all sorts of games and series.

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A concert with mixed music sounds similar to what a Super Smash Symphony would be. There are a few artists on Spotify — Braxton Burks, Eric Buchholz, String Player Gamer — who have put out some fantastic orchestral tracks for Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, and Super Smash Bros., to name a few franchises, but it would be even better to see and hear the music live on stage!

What other symphonies would you like to see? Do you hope they add a Mario one? Let us know in the comments below!

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Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker — Great Sea Cover

Why, yes, it’s another Legend of Zelda music cover! The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, has some of the most impressive music to go with its cel-shaded graphic style. Longtime Zelda fans were able to pick out strings of familiar music in the game’s locations from previous Zelda games, smiling at the nostalgia-inducing melodies.

While most Legend of Zelda games have a song for Hyrule Fields or another similar “hub” area, the Wind Waker had the Great Sea. Some folks found the sailing from island to island to be a bit tedious, but the music still invoked that same sense of adventure as the previous Hyrule Field melodies have done.

Josiah Everhart is a YouTuber who mixes his songwriting talents with his love of video games. He has a plethora of video game covers, along with some brilliant original work, and one of our favorites is his cover of the Great Sea. The cover includes guitars, some guest drum work, and the lyrics that Josiah wrote and sings himself. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

3DS/2DS Designs

Double Jump Kris MiiDue to the Nintendo Switch being out with such fantastic games, we’ve neglected our 3DS and 2DS family of consoles lately. Looking up some news about the handheld consoles, it’s a little surprising to see all of the new editions and covers for them.

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Nintendo Everything just recently revealed that Target is taking pre-orders for a new Legend of Zelda 2DS Edition. A cheery green-and-yellow combination definitely reminds me of the colors of Link’s homeland, even if I prefer darker shades to represent Link.

Seeing the new edition takes me back to all of the other editions of the 3DS and 2DS consoles. There were several Pokemon-themed 3DS covers, along with other Legend of Zelda decals and, of course, the Super Mario Bros. There was also the beautiful Galaxy-themed 3DS that I was, honestly, once upon a time considering getting.

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Of course, there wasn’t a reason as to why I would need to buy a special edition 3DS other than the cool designs. They’re extra ways to show off your love of the fandom and Nintendo’s products but, practically and financially, they weren’t needed.

Perhaps one day if I have money to burn, I’ll splurge on an extra console. For right now, though, I’m content with the basic designs that I have for my 3DS and 2DS systems. After all, they both play games well, and that’s the most important part of the systems, right?

Has there been a certain 3DS design that made you want to get an extra console? Can you think of a future design that you would like to see?

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Breath Of The Wild Gushing

Breath of the Wild Game Review

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This is more of an informal review because everyone and their dog has already reviewed Breath of the Wild. And, while we’ve done a lot of praising for the game because it is phenomenal, we haven’t yet gushed about the ending of the story. Considering we just recently beat it, we can finally do just that!

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We took our time getting to the end of the main story because there was just so much to do in the game. We wanted to complete and beat everything, not just Ganon. The open world was amazing, but it made me feel like we had no attention span at all. We’d be doing one thing and then get distracted by something shiny and new on the way there. It was easy to get off track. Our to-do list kept growing and it was great.

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After finding the memories and unlocking the key elements of the story, we needed to find and complete all the shrines before going after Calamity Ganon. We’re not those kind of speed-runners who were able to rush to the final boss of the story immediately after waking up from the Shrine of Resurrection! Considering I can be a bit reckless at times with exploring, I needed to gather all of the stamina and hearts I could from the spirit orbs.

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Though… I do want to try barging into the castle right away next time we play. I think that would be interesting. But yeah, we wanted to get everything. The memories, all the orbs from the 120 shrines, and I also wanted to collect all the clothes, upgrade all the clothes, and complete all the side quests and such. It got to the point where we were so eager to just battle Ganon, that we just did it.

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We have about 20 side quests left to do, along with finding and upgrading the rest of the clothes. Hyrule Castle was amazing to explore, though! I adored all the areas that we could barge into, from the Library to Zelda’s Room to the Lockup area. All of the attention to detail just gave me so many feelings of nostalgia, excitement, and adventure!

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Yes! The castle was definitely my favorite part. We didn’t get to explore it all though. We somehow found ourselves outside the room where Ganon was waiting and ended up just going for it. So we have to finish exploring the castle among getting and upgrading the clothes and finishing the side quests. Other than that, we’ve done all we can in the game. What was your favorite part, Kris?

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Oh, yes, there’s definitely more to see in the castle! We seemed to stick more to the west side while climbing up to where Calamity Ganon was waiting. Wait, I have to pick a favorite part of the whole game? The final boss battle — with the Champions cut scene and Zelda finally appearing — was amazing, even if it did take only about twenty minutes to complete. I spent much more time wandering around and getting lost in the Divine Beasts. I just adored the open world and all the nods to previous games in the Zelda franchise. Taming a horse and wandering around while it took the lead while I enjoyed the scenery was fantastic. What about you?

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The final battle and the cutscene before it was fantastic! It really made you feel something for the characters and the whole atmosphere of the game. It was epic. I certainly loved tracking down all the memories. I loved piecing the story together and it was fun to explore the world. It was like a big scavenger hunt. I also loved hunting down all the shrines as well. At the beginning of the game, they seem to be all over the place, but towards the end we really had to keep our eye out for them and solve puzzles to find the hidden ones.

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It was really satisfying to see the end of the story after finding all of the memories and speaking to those who remembered what had happened 100 years ago. Rachel and I sat Link outside of the castle and rewatched the memories in order to get a really good feel as to the events that lead up to that moment. It was breathtaking to see the Champions all band together one last time to help defeat Calamity Ganon! Now we need to beat the game in Hard Mode!

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We need to “beat” the game by getting one divine beast, two divine beasts, three, and none as well. Apparently there are alternate endings. We must get them all! The game is “over,” but there’s still so much to do!

Breath of the Wild gets…
10 out of 5 lives.

Soooo, what did you think? Were you satisfied with the ending of the story? Let us know in the comments! 

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Friday Favorites: BotW Side Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Legend of Zelda series has always had memorable characters, and Breath of the Wild was no exception. I feel as if every character, no matter how minor their roles, in Breath of the Wild had their own lives outside of just being there to assist Link. Each character had their own name and routine, some of which may have deviated if they were part of a side or shrine quest. This week, I’m celebrating some of the more memorable ones, in my opinion.

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Hestu

This giant Korok is so damn entertaining with his dances and maracas! Whenever he helpfully expands your weapon, bow, or shield stashes, you can’t skip his song and dance! That, and he has an amusing quote if you start talking to him when Link is wearing nothing but his underwear.

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Speaking of amusing quotes, Bolson is full of them. Having a character furnish a house for Link was an interesting idea, allowing you a place to call “home,” and Bolson was always up for the job. He was even greatly supportive of one of his former employees getting married!

Hudson

Hudson was Bolson’s former employee, and his long side quest was completely satisfying to finish. Going around the world to find others that shared his vision (and complied with the name rules) to help build a town from the ground up with a plethora of different races was awesome to see! The wedding at the end of the side quest was beautiful.

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The Rito race is one of my favorites in the Legend of Zelda games, even if they haven’t been featured in many — actually, besides Breath of the Wild, I believe they’re only in the Wind Waker, so it was great seeing them again! Kass was a traveling musician and it was always fun to hear his music drifting through the air whenever he happened to be nearby. He helped with quite a few shrine quests and proving to be knowledgeable about the world, crediting his late teacher for many of the tidbits. I have a headcanon that his late teacher was someone like Kaepora Gaebora, the wise (and talkative) old owl from Ocarina of Time!

Who are some of your favorite side characters in Breath of the Wild?

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The End

Double Jump Kris MiiWe’re still playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! Yes, we still haven’t beaten the main story. Don’t make fun.

Honestly, we’ve been running around Hyrule like headless chickens, still in awe of the open world and the people and creatures we encounter. So much so that we’re a little anxious about finishing the story…

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The final test…

Ever have those games where you’re so invested in the story that you cannot wait to get to the ending, to see how it all unfolds before the credits roll? Then there are games where there’s too much to do, too much to see, too many side quests and secrets that you’re all too happy to complete because the world is just that amazing?

Then there are games that are a bundle of both, like Breath of the Wild. Rachel and I have clocked about 140 hours into the game and we feel like there’s still so much to do. We’ve recently found and completed all 120 shrines, maxed out our stamina wheels and gotten as many hearts as we can. At the moment, we’re ready to go barging into Hyrule Castle to confront and defeat Calamity Ganon…

But there’s still so much else we can do in the world. There’s more clothes and accessories to collect, more side quests to do, upgrades to be done… I feel as if we’re just stalling on the last part of the story. I want to complete the story, to see how it ends and to finally save Hyrule, but the idea of doing so seems bittersweet. The world is so gorgeous that there must be secrets that we’ve yet to uncover.

Then again, we do have a bit of DLC tucked away for the next journey through Hyrule…

Do you have games like that — ones that you simultaneous do and do not want to end? What are they?

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Of Video Games and Comics

Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s always amazing to me how much reach a video game franchise has in other mediums, such as movies, music, and visual art. This post is dedicated to some new buys that celebrate some of our favorite franchises in the art form of comics!

Rachel and I tend to go to Barnes and Noble on Saturdays to supposedly work on our writing, but the past few times we went there, we’d get our Frappuccinos from the cafe and then wander around, inevitably finding a book or two or dozen to buy.

Last time we went with the explicit plan to buy comics.

Growing up, I’ve always loved comics, and one franchise that my uncle had gotten me into was the Archie Comics. They’ve been rebooted a couple of times and I’ve gotten the first couple of volumes of the newest reboot to enjoy. Rachel wanted to try them and quickly finished the two volumes as well, so we figured we’d pick up the third volume and whatever other comics that happened to catch our eye. We found ourselves in the graphic novel and manga section, suddenly remembering that many of our favorite video game franchises had manga adaptations as well.

So, I grabbed a basket, and we went to town:

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a couple of the Pokemon Adventure manga, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and the Four Swords volume of The Legend of Zelda — I’d say Rachel and I made out pretty well.

What do you think of our new buys? Have you read any of them?

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