We’ve showcased the music mixes that a YouTuber who goes by Luigi has created before on our blog with his Winter and Holidays video mix.
This time around, in honor of summer around these parts, we’re showing off his mix of Nintendo music from beach and tropical inspired levels. Ranging from Animal Crossing, Mario Kart tracks, and Pokemon Sun and Moon, to name a few, this mix is certainly relaxing for the warmer weather!
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!
So there’s this awesome thing called Loot Crate, a monthly subscription service where you get a box full of geeky items that range from t-shirts and socks to bobble heads and magnets to towels and comics. Each box contains four to six licensed items from multiple franchises all centered around the month’s theme. While they have the generic Loot Crate, they also offer Loot Anime, Loot Pets and, of course, Loot Gaming.
We’re excited to share what would be in our “Dream Crate.” This is a crate created by us that we would love to see in the future. We can add anything we want to it. Kris and I came up with a bunch of different themes. Since there’s two of us, we thought we’d talk about two of our ideas. The themes would be Justice and Sweet Treats.
With Justice, what comes to mind for us is our favorite heroes and all their awesome gadgets and costumes. I want to open up a Justice-themed Loot Crate box and have Link pop out! If I can’t have the guy, I’d love his hat, bracelets or necklaces of the medallions from Ocarina of Time, plushies of Sheik, Epona, and a cucco. A Batman mask and cape, replicas of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ weapons (or even a real-life Shellcycle!), a poster of the Pokemon champions and legendaries, and an art book or comic filled with pictures and lore of the Fire Emblem franchise are just a few other items that I would love to see from a Justice-themed Loot Crate.
There are so many different items that could go with Justice and I would definitely want all the ones you included. For me, I would love anything Ace Attorney. An “Objection!” decal sticker, Apollo Justice’s bracelet or Maya Fey’s Magatama necklace. I wouldn’t mind having Professor Layton’s hat either. I would especially want a mug just like prosecutor Godot. It could have him on it with a quote or something. I would treasure that always! I would love anything from Luigi’s mansion. A ghost plushie, a Poltergeist 3000 replica, a cute figurine of Luigi from the game, or a Dark Moon paper weight. I don’t really know what I’d use a paper weight for, but I’m sure it would look pretty! The mansion would be nice too, with all the money inside. I’m going to add onto your TMNT list (because I didn’t think of them) and I would definitely add socks and pillows. I wouldn’t mind having a pillow in the shape of a Donatello head and having a comfy pair of socks with their happy faces and pizza.
Ahh, the Phoenix Wright franchise is perfect for this crate! Godot’s coffee and Maya’s burgers would also work for our food-inspired Sweet Treats theme as well. Mugs, aprons, and oven mitts decorated with the characters and catchphrases like, “OBJECTION!” would definitely encourage me to cook more, haha! Recipes from different games would be cool, too, like Princess Peach’s (rather, Toadstool as she was known then) cake recipe from Super Mario 64. Bottles for red potions, LonLon milk, or chu jellies from the Legend of Zelda, or poffins recipes from Pokemon for either you or your dog would be other great additions!
Cookie cutters! Cookie cutters everywhere! Cookie cutters of everything from all the games! Seriously, though, I’d be a master baker. Recipes would be nice, but having a copy of Rosana Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies cookbook would be cool. I would love to have utensils and appliances based on games. A Gameboy fridge would be cool. It’s the right shape and they’re making smartphone fridges, so all the tools are right there! Speaking of Ace Attorney again, I’d love to have an apron from Tres Bien, a restaurant location from one of the games. And what about the Gourmet Shy Guy in Paper Mario? I’d love to have a pillow or plushie of him. Oh, and anything Yoshi. He gobbles everything up!
Kirby too! Remember his final Smash in the Smash Brothers game, where he gathers everyone into a giant pot? Let’s just have a plushie or figurine of him with his little chef hat and everything! A chef hat with Kirby on it would be awesome too! A book full of Harvest Moon recipes would be another item for my Sweet Treats list. To go along with cookie cutters, cake molds of characters like Link and Mario would be great! Oh, I could go on and on about all of these…
I could go on and on as well. Sadly, I know some of these items are unrealistic, but that is why it’s called a “Dream Crate.” This may or may not happen, but it’s always fun to dream about!
If you guys could have anything in a Loot Crate, what would they be? Let us know!
I can’t believe the end of the month is already here. It’s time for another Character Spotlight and I’ve chosen one of my all-time favorites!
Luigi was created as such so the Super Mario games could have a two-player option. They changed Mario’s color scheme, thus coming up with Luigi. He soon grew into his own character being deemed as Mario’s younger brother and developed a personality.
He first appeared in the 1983 game Mario Bros. for the NES by Nintendo. In that game, however, there were no differences between him and Mario, other than their colors. He didn’t begin to come into his own until Super Mario Bros. 2 which came out in 1988 for the NES. He was slightly taller than Mario and was able to jump higher as well.
Luigi was always one of my favorites because I felt as though he and I were alike. We’re both the younger sibling, we’re both “player two,” and we’re both afraid of our own shadows. I loved how he was always willing to help no matter how scared he was.
Luigi’s Mansion, which came out in 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube, is one of my favorite games ever. It’s a simple storyline and it’s a fairly quick and easy game to beat. But what I love most about it is the fact that Luigi is afraid of everything, but he still takes charge as the protagonist and fights to save his brother, who happens to always be the hero.
Luigi is an all-around great guy and he is one of my favorite Nintendo characters. I love playing him any chance I get.
I know Rachel posted last week about how our Nintendo 64 decided to retire when we had attempted to play Mario Party, but we were able to work around that last night…
One of Rachel’s and my favorite YouTubers BrutalMoose has a regular streaming schedule on Twitch (same username, if you wanted to check it out) where, every Friday, he plays Mario Party. It’s always Mario Party one through eight, randomly chosen with the computer characters’ skill levels also randomized, and it’s always a good time.
Aside from his Twitch streams, a few of our other favorite YouTubers have also played a bit of old-school Mario Party as well, which prompted Rachel and me to try to set up our old Nintendo 64 in the first place. That hadn’t worked out so well, as you may have read last week, but we did do a little research and realize that Mario Party 2 had been released on the Wii’s Virtual Console back in 2010.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I bought something off of the Wii’s Virtual Console. Nevertheless, about ten bucks later, we had Mario Party 2 up and running with me being Luigi and Rachel playing as Yoshi. Add in an Easy-skilled DK and a Hard-skilled Wario, and we were excited to play.
It was definitely a fun time, but it was hilarious to realize that, for the majority of the mini-games, we were groaning: “Oh, not this one!” “I sucked at this one!” “How do we do this again?!” “Goddammit, Wario…!”
If Rachel and I had RPG character-like stats, she would have a high Luck stat. She got fantastic dice rolls with the star space popping up close to her. I did well in the mini games and getting coins, but on the board itself, I wasn’t doing so hot. It came down to the point where it’d be okay if Rachel won instead of me — as long as Wario didn’t win, we were good (poor DK was sucking so bad that we didn’t worry about him, but we did end up feeling really sorry for him by the end of the game).
It’s a shame that the first and third Mario Party games aren’t also on any of the Virtual Consoles. Still, it was a really good time and an awesome trip down Memory Lane with the game.
How is everyone today? I’m thinking of breaking out a couple of Mario Kart games when I have the time this weekend. With that thought, here’s my list of favorite Mario Kart racers.
If I’m correct, Daisy first appeared in a Mario Kart game in the GameCube’s Double Dash. Rachel was always Yoshi while I chose Daisy, because she wasn’t as pink as Princess Peach. Every once in a while, I still go back and race with Daisy for old time’s sake.
Rosalina is the only character in the heavy weight class that I tend to play. She was more low-key than Daisy (along with a less annoying voice, let’s be honest here) and an adorable Luma always followed along. With her in the heavy weight class, she was the character I played when I wanted a little more power and handling rather than speed.
Despite me being a Player One, Luigi holds a special place in my heart. The second brother, the underdog, Luigi was always fun to bring into the spotlight once in a while. Plus, there was the death stare meme.
Yoshi’s adorable! Isn’t that enough of a reason?
1. Koopa Troopa
I have no idea why I started using Koopa Troopa. Perhaps it was because Rachel usually (read as always) plays Yoshi and me, also wanting to race around as an adorable little creature, chose Koopa. He’s of the lightest weight class and, if you know me by now, it generally means he’s built for speed rather than power. He looks pretty badass on the karts with the giant wheels too!
What are some of your favorite Mario Kart characters?