Pokemon Kart

Happy Thursday!

Welcome to another day of Pokemon Month! We have so many Pokemon games out there and a good amount of them are spin-offs. But I would love to see a Pokemon crossover of a certain game.

 

Pokemon Kart

Like Pokemon, Mario is a huge gaming franchise. Mario Kart is one of the most well known and best spin-offs. After playing so much Mario Kart 8 Deluxe lately, and since they’ve added characters from other games (Link, Splatoon, etc.), I’ve decided I want a Pokemon edition.

I would love for them to add Pokemon characters, whether it’s Pokemon themselves or a generic boy and girl trainer.

Or, I would love to see a Mario Kart edition of Pokemon.

All the characters would be different Pokemon. Just like in Mario Kart: Double Dash, each Pokemon could have their own unique item. Or, to make it less difficult, each type can have a unique item.

Other than having unique items for each Pokemon or type, I’m not too sure what kind of other items they could do. Different Pokeballs could be the equivalent to the different shells. They could just bonk people on the head, I guess.

The courses, on the other hand, could be various towns from the different regions.

The races don’t even need karts or bikes. There can be flying races, water races, etc.

I think this kind of game would be cool and could have a lot of potential.

Is it realistic? No. Would it be very hard to create? Yes.

But still, a girl can dream.

What do you think? Would you play Pokemon Kart? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Switch’s First Vacation

Each year we go on vacation by a lake with our family. We both bring up plenty of video games to kick back and relax with.

When we were younger we would always bring our Nintendo 64 or the Nintendo Gamecube along with us. As we got older, and our father would tell us not to pack the whole house, we settled on bringing our Nintendo 3DSes and that’s it.

But now we have the Switch. It’s small, portable, and we bought a nifty little Zelda carrying case for it. It’s only big enough to carry the screen, four Joy-Con, and it came with two little packs that hold four games each, but it was enough. Rachel packed that while Kris packed the dock and the wires.

We share a cottage with our cousins and they don’t have a Switch so we wanted to be able to hook it up to the TV there.

It was a fun-filled week. Kris played Pokemon Moon and Y while Rachel worked her way through a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game. We played a lot of board games and, of course, the Switch.

Most of our nights ended with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Our 15- and 13-year-old cousins would play with us and we had a blast with the battle modes, namely Renegade Roundup, Shine Thief, and Bom-omb Blast. We were loud and laughing the whole time. Our Uncle, their father, played with us a few times as well.

We’re sad the week is over, but in a strange way, we’re ready to get back to “reality.” We’re looking forward to playing some more Breath of the Wild and hopefully defeating Ganon soon!

Where have you taken your Switch? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mario Kart in Virtual Reality

Double Jump Kris MiiMario Kart is such a classic franchise, spanning from the Super Nintendo Entertainment all the way to the Switch port. The rosters have evolved from simply choosing between eight characters to deciding the driver, the kart, the wheels, the glider. Now there seems to be another way to play the game…

There is a virtual reality Mario Kart arcade game. My stomach is already doing barrel-rolls at the very idea of it, but despite any fears of nausea, a VR Mario Kart sounds like so much fun!

Presently, this game is only available in an arcade in Japan, but who knows if it’ll become available internationally at some point in the future. Having Nintendo dabble in virtual reality games just makes me excited to think of a Legend of Zelda or Pokemon VR game!

Also, that hammer item just looks like fun! Why don’t we have that in the latest version of Mario Kart?

What do you think of playing Mario Kart in Virtual Reality? What other franchises should go the VR route?

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Of Battle Modes

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe brought battle modes with it, and for the first time since probably the original Mario Kart on the SNES, we gave the Battle Mode a thorough try. Honestly, we weren’t disappointed!

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There are five different battle modes, we tried each and every one of them, and had a blast while doing so. We went in order, first playing Balloon Battle. I wasn’t very good at that one, yet I believe it’s the simplest of all the modes. Each character starts with five balloons and you try to pop as many balloons from your opponents as you can. If you lose all five of your balloons, you’ll be brought back with three more balloons, but it takes three off of your “kill” list so you have to be careful.

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The Balloon Battle was the original battle mode when the battle mode was first introduced to the franchise. I’ll admit, the Balloon Battle was probably my least favorite out of the other more inventive battle modes. The next mode was Renegade Roundup, where the racers were split up into teams for a high-speed game of cops and robbers. One side had Pirahna Plants to aid them as cops, racing around to catch the “outlaws” on the other team to lock them up. Those dodging the law needed to not only avoid getting caught by a Pirahna Plant but to also keep an eye out and free any teammates that had gotten locked up. If the cops caught all the outlaws, the cops won, but if there was an outlaw still free when time runs out, then the outlaws won the battle. This mode was probably my favorite with the high-speed antics and extra tension that came with trying not to get caught!

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Next was Bob-omb Blast, which was similar to the Balloon Battle. Each item block contained a bob-omb and the more item blocks you got, the more bob-ombs you got. Though the maximum was only 10, sometimes that was all you needed. Each character has balloons and you have to try to blow people up. It was fun to drop bob-ombs everywhere, though I did find it be difficult at times, especially depending on the track we were playing on. Still, it was a lot of fun.

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I had tons of fun tossing the bob-ombs everywhere! The next mode Rachel did really well at, considering it was Coin Runners where the main objective is to collect as many coins as possible. Rachel loves treasure hunting games! This mode’s premise is simple, with racers doing their best to collect the coins that appear on the map while also attacking others to make said others lose their coins.

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I just kept cruising along collecting coins and no one really even touched me because I was keeping to myself. The final battle mode was Shine Thief, which was another fun one. A Shine stands in the middle of the track and you have to get to it before anyone else. You or your team have to collectively hold onto it for 30 seconds in order to win. People try to throw things and crash into you in order to get their hands on the Shine. It’s a fun game of keepaway.

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The battle modes were definitely a lot of fun! My favorites in order were Renegade Roundup, Bob-omb Blast, Shine Thief, Coin Runner, and then Balloon Battle. I tend to prefer the ones that have a bit of a fight to them, ones that can get chaotic with everyone dashing around.

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I loved, in order, Renegade Roundup, Shine Thief, Coin Runner, Bob-omb Blast, then Balloon Battle. I love a good chase whether it’s keepaway or running from the law, but certainly when it gets chaotic. Overall, the battle modes were a lot of fun and I’m sure we’ll be playing them just as much as we play the regular kart races.

What do you think of the battle modes? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Mario Kart Wii

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday and Happy June!

I can’t believe another month has come and gone… time flies and between that and our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review yesterday, I started thinking back on some other Mario Kart games.

 

Throwback Thursday: Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii was my favorite Mario Kart game. I have to say that 8 Deluxe is my new favorite, but I will always have fond memories of the Wii version.

It was the first Mario Kart game with the tilt motion controls and I absolutely loved using the steering wheel. I was much better at using the motion controls than I was using the regular joy-stick controls. I was better than Kris too, which was even more fun.

Mario Kart Wii came out in April 2008. That was the year Kris graduated from high school and she had a large group of friends. I remember she would have the group over from time to time and they would hang out in the basement, play video games, gossip, whatever. Me, being the little sister, usually tagged along with them, and they gladly let me.

Mario Kart was always a big game for them to play. I used to love watching them go head to head in tournaments with one another even though they weren’t big “gamers” it was still all good fun for everyone.

I remember laughing hysterically watching them all play because there were certain people who were good at it and certain others who were not.

Of course, everyone went to off to college, moved to other places, and some are even married now. Still, we keep in touch with a few of them and our closest ones have a Nintendo Switch of their own. I can’t wait to challenge them in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

That’s one thing I love most about Nintendo and video games. It brings people together and we all genuinely have a good time.

Do you have any fond memories of old Mario Kart games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Game Review

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Title: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Company: Nintendo
Console: 
Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 
April 2017
How we got the game: 
We pre-ordered it

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a souped-up version of the original Mario Kart 8 that had been released for the Wii U in 2014. The Deluxe version included all of the original DLC that had been available for an extra cost for the Wii U version, along with the Battle Mode.

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At first, we were iffy on getting the game because while it would look nice on the Switch, we had the game for the Wii U. Then we found out it included all the DLC, which we never bought, so we decided to go for it. And we weren’t disappointed.

gameplay

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Like the previous Mario Kart games, the gameplay of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes the player controlling his/her/their character of choice while driving around recklessly on extremely dangerous tracks with items that make said dangerous tracks even more dangerous. It’s tons of fun and so satisfying to speed by or pelt your opponents in order to climb the ranks!

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You can play using the Joy-Con as one controller (or the pro-controller) or you can play using one Joy-Con on its side like a steering wheel using the tilt motion controls. I prefer the motion controls while Kris prefers to move using the regular controls. In addition to that, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also has smart steering. You can turn that on and your kart or bike will keep you on the road. This is more for younger kids playing the game, but we had ours on for a while because we had no idea what it was or how to turn it off. It’s a cool feature, but I do enjoy the challenge and getting frustrated when I fall off a track.

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For the most part, we had the smart steering off since we’ve been around the tracks before. Surely we knew what we were doing, right? Of course, for the 200cc races, the smart steering helped a bit, but it’s so much fun to do without! The 200cc speed is insane!

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We definitely had the most fun doing the 200cc races, I think. I enjoyed having the smart steering on because it gave me a shot, but I liked the challenge of trying to steer and brake myself. Once we finished all the races, we tried our hand at the battle modes. The battle modes were never something we typically played, but we tried them out anyway.

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The battle modes were a lot of fun! Instead of competing in races, you’re going against each other in set rules, such as popping your opponents’ balloons, collecting the most coins, or seeing how many other racers you can blow up with Bob-ombs. Runaway Renagades was like Cops and Robbers, with one side being the police and the other “dodging the law,” and Shine Thief was a game of keepaway with a Shine Sprite from the Super Mario Sunshine game.

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All modes were a lot of fun and we enjoyed ourselves more than we thought. We actually ended up getting a little more competetive than we thought. Then again, that’s what Mario Kart does to you…

graphics-music

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With the game being on the Nintendo Switch, the graphics are wonderful. There hasn’t been an instance in playing Switch games where the graphics haven’t been well done, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been no exception. Despite the fast pace the races move, the graphics are always smooth and it’s a delight to see the characters’ expressions so clearly.

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As stated earlier, we didn’t but the Wii U DLC for this game. So, a lot of the tracks are new for us. For example, we were amazed by Hyrule Circuit because the graphics were so well done. It was cool that there were rupees instead of coins and the layout of the track is awesome. Not to mention the music brings you right back to Hyrule.

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Hyrule Circuit is one of my favorite tracks! It was also awesome to play as Link — the poor guy deserves a break from adventuring to join a go-kart race! I greatly enjoyed the music for all the tracks, to be honest. The majority of them were fun and fast-paced to match the races.

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For most of the tracks, I find myself humming along with the music. I blink and before I know it, the race is over. Though sometimes, I’ll admit, that I get distracted by trying to sing along with the music and dancing so I end up steering my character right off the edge of the track or get behind a tree or something.

replay-value

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With all the different modes, race courses, characters and karts, and online capabilities, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has tons of replay value. Not only do Rachel and I have each other as gaming buddies, but the online mode allows us to play with friends around the world, and it’s pretty damn amazing.

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This is also a great game to get a group of friends together and compete against one another in real life. Ruining friendships is fun when you’re playing a Mario game. It’s also fun to play alone too. The challenge of going against the CPUs are fun as well as trying to train before you play against your friends.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Kart Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

It’s no secret that Kris and I have been playing a lot of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. I remember I didn’t play Mario Kart 8 as often when it came out because I still loved Mario Kart Wii. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a great game and I forgot how wonderful 8 was until now.

So, here are my favorite Mario Kart games!

Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Kart Games

5. Super Mario Kart

Since this game came out for the SNES, I’ll admit that I don’t remember it as much as I think I should. Still, it’s one of my favorites because it was, of course, the first one. I remember playing this game with Kris at our grandparents’ house. I wasn’t great at the game because I was so young, but I still enjoyed it all the same.

4. Mario Kart 7

I wasn’t sure how I liked a Mario Kart game on the handheld because I was so used to it being on the big screen with a console. Plus, it was harder to play with friends. It’s still one of my favorites though because I enjoyed the game a lot and I used to bring my 3DS to babysit and the kids and I would play together.

3. Mario Kart Double Dash

I have fond memories of this game. Kris and I played this together all the time. She’d be Daisy, I’d be Yoshi. She’d drive, and I’d throw all the items. We made a great team. And the fact that Nintendo made a Kart racing game with such a mechanic is awesome. I hope they bring that back a different racing mode or something someday.

2. Mario Kart Wii

Like I stated in my intro, Mario Kart Wii has always been my favorite. I loved the physical steering of the remote, the courses were unique and awesome, and Rainbow Road was just fantastic. Plus, I rarely lose at that game, so that’s definitely a plus. This one will always have a special place in my heart.

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Sorry, Mario Kart Wii… The updated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has beaten you. Between the various kart, wheel, and paraglider combinations, updated courses (including the DLC), various courses, and (my favorite) 200cc mode, I felt 8 Deluxe had to take over the number one spot. I feel like I’m cheating on the Wii version, but… what can I say? Technology, especially for the Nintendo Switch, just keeps getting better and better.

What’s you favorite Mario Kart game? Let me know in the comments below!

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