Gaming Is For Everyone

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

Some people think of video games and also think of “lazy” in the same sentence. We know that’s not the case. Video games are actually a lot more important that most people seem to think.

 

I read recently on My Nintendo News that a 5th grader from Japan sent fan mail to Nintendo. Nintendo responded with a personal letter instead of just an automated letter or not responding at all.

This young boy is blind. In the letter, he stated that he would love to play video games just like everyone else, but can’t. So, he plays the Rhythm Heaven games because all he has to do is listen to them. He wrote to Nintendo willing them to make another Rhythm Heaven game so he could continue to play video games with his friends.

Nintendo responded, with a letter written in Braille, that they forwarded his letter to the developers because they want everyone to play and enjoy games.

I thought this was great. Being a special education teacher I know how important video games can be to children with disabilities.

There’s something about video games that helps kids (and adults) get through their day.

Kids with Autism are especially drawn to video games. There are a number of reasons why:

  • Some games have a predictable playthrough and are repetitive
  • There’s no face to face social interaction
  • They can control their environment
  • It’s an escape and stress reliever from the real world
  • They’re fun

My cousin has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism, and he used to memorize games like the back of his hand. He would remember how to unlock everything from every game he played. Of course, his father played a lot of video games so his love for gaming stemmed from that, regardless of his disability.

I used to babysit for a boy, also with Asperger’s, and whenever he was home, he was playing video games. It was actually kind of a problem, but that was his outlet.

A lot of my students, though they’re preschoolers, play games such as Mario. They mimic the coin and jumping sounds, they try to run fast like Mario, and one of my students held up a book and starting spinning it like a wheel saying, “Drive the controller!” She used to be non-verbal and her current speech is scattered, so I was surprised when she did that because, of course, my first thought was Mario Kart. And she started doing that shortly after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe came out.

With all that said, I think it was wonderful that Nintendo took the time to respond to that young boy. They probably have no idea what an impact their work has on such children.

And I think it’s awesome that everyone, no matter what, can get involved in gaming.

How does this make you feel? Do you know anyone with impairments who are drawn to video games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tracks

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While I’m not the best racer out there, I’m still having fun playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Rachel did a Top Tuesday of her favorite tracks a couple of weeks ago, and today I’ll be sharing mine.

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Holy sugar, the sheer speed of this course is amazing! It gets insane the higher the CC level you pick, and it’s just tons of fun trying to ram into the other racers. The music itself just keeps you pumped up throughout the race.

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Baby Park was originally in Double Dash, one of my favorite installments of the Mario Kart franchise. The course itself my look like a simple oval, but it showcases the pure chaos that is the Mario Kart series with everyone lapping or being lapped on the course. It’s always hysterical and crazy with all the items flying everywhere, so much so that it often gets difficult to tell what place you’re in until you cross the finish line.

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This course brought a real sense of adventure, soaring among clouds and sky ships, dodging lightning bolts while trying to reach the speed boosts, and carefully maneuvering around the giant vine-like road. It always reminded me of the battleships from the original Mario games as well as the Rainbow Ride level of Super Mario 64.

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Being such a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda franchise, I was so excited to hear that Link and a track of his own would be joining the Mario Kart scene. While we never bought the DLC for the original Mario Kart 8 game, he’s quickly become one of my favorite racers in the Deluxe version, as has his track. The music, the backgrounds, the use of keese and deku babas in place of bats and pirahna plants, rupees instead of coins — the course is chock-full of indulgent Zelda references.

 

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This track is just pure adventure and adrenaline rush. Immediately you start at the top of a snowy mountain and traverse through ice, woodlands, and downward hills. It combines speed and technique, allowing every racer to bring their best strategies to the course.

What are your favorite or least favorite tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

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Mario Kart Switch

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

When Kris and I talked about Nintendo Direct from last week, we touched upon Mario Kart 8 Deluxe briefly. And it got me thinking.

 

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has some cool new features that 8 on the Wii U didn’t have. I believe there may be a few new characters as well as some new items. There’s also an improved Battle Mode.

Not to mention, the Deluxe version will include all the DLC that came out on Mario Kart 8. This doesn’t sound enticing to the people who have already bought all the DLC, but Kris and I, even though we said we would, never bought any of the DLC. So we’re getting something out of it.

We pre-ordered the game and I’m excited to get my hands on it, even though we’ve basically already played it.

While I’m happy with a deluxe version of the latest Mario Kart game, I think I still would have liked a new version of Mario Kart.

Mario Kart 9 or, perhaps, Mario Kart Switch?

Everyone remember Mario Kart: Double Dash for the Nintendo Gamecube from way back in late 2003? That was a great game!

Kris and I would most always be on a team, her being Daisy and me being Yoshi. She would drive while I tossed the items and hit people with my tongue. We had a lot of fun and had some great memories from that game.

The point of the Nintendo Switch is to “switch” things up, take it with you, and play with friends. I think a remake of a Mario Kart game where the main premise was to be on a team and “switch” drivers and item-throwers in the middle of a race would be a great idea for the new console.

With the technology in the Joy-Cons, I’m sure there are plenty of ways they could have improved the game with new tracks, karts, and characters.

Why remake a game that’s three-years-old when you can remake a game that’s based on teamwork that’s 14-years-old?

Like I said, I’m happy to be getting a new version of Mario Kart 8… but I still would love to see an updated version of an old classic Mario Kart game, Mario Kart: Double Dash.

Sign me on, Nintendo! I have too many great ideas to pass up.

What do you think of this idea? What are your thoughts on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Are you getting the game? Let me know in the comments below!

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Save and Continue?

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I’ve seen many a play-through on YouTube of games. And most often than not, they never save their game for fear of the footage getting corrupted. They want to be able to go back and try it again.

I’m here to say that I don’t know how people can do that.

When I play a game, I can’t begin to count how many times I save, if I can. It always bothers me when a game only allows you save at certain points in the game. Then again, if I can save whenever I want, I abuse that power.

Take Paper Mario, for example. You only come across save blocks in certain parts of the game. Because you can’t save that often, every time I see one, I immediately stop what I’m doing and go hit that block.

I’ll save, then go into the Toad House to heal, maybe buy a few items, and then save again. Because I’m that paranoid.

Then you’ve got Pokemon. I can save whenever I want, but I’m not really in any “dire” situations through most of the game. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t save right before a gym battle. Or, sometimes, right before a wild Pokemon encounter.

Then you’ve got a game like Ace Attorney. Kris and I are working our way through Spirit of Justice, and the other night I can’t begin to explain how many times we saved.

We were both tired, and I’ll admit that neither one of us was doing well at solving anything the game threw at us. Because of that, we were unsure of every move we made. So we saved the game probably every 2-3 minutes. Even on a good day, when we’re sure of ourselves, we still save right before answering because we’re afraid we’re going to get a penalty. We have five chances, but we like to be perfect… Edgeworth taught us that way back when.

And don’t even get me started on saving and then wondering, “Did it go through? I better save again just to be sure…”

Do you constantly save as I do? Or do you like to live dangerously and chance it? Let me know in the comments below!

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11 Things to do When You Don’t have the Nintendo Switch

Considering we don’t have the Nintendo Switch just yet, we’re trying to figure out ways to keep ourselves occupied until we are able to get one. Here’s a silly little list we complied as a way to cope. If you’re in the same boat as us, let us know what you’re doing to pass the time until you can get a Switch console in the comments below!

1. Wallow in self-pity.

2. Do a puzzle, preferably one of your favorite video game franchise.

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3. Create an Amazon wishlist of all the Switch games you’re going to get once you have the console.

4. Count your money and don’t let go.

5. Cry.

super-mario-bros-movie-poster6. Watch old video game TV shows (Mario Bros or Legend of Zelda) or movies (Super Mario Bros or Professor Layton).

7. Constantly refresh the Amazon and Gamestop homepages.

8. Buy some Switch accessories that you’ll need for when you get the console.

9. Play games you already have and forgot about already.

10. Go for a walk (the sun can’t hurt that badly, right?).

11. Buck up and realize it’s just a video game console — you’ll get one eventually!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Characters

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

Have you gotten your Nintendo Switch? We haven’t…

With that said, I decided to talk about my favorite Mario characters because… Well, why not?

Kris and I watched the Super Mario Bros movie with Bob Hoskins the other night (it’s such a bad movie, but we love it anyway!) and I think that’s what got Mario stuck in my head.

It’s hard to narrow down just five characters from the Super Mario world, but these were the first five that I thought of. I figured they must be my favorite if I thought of them first.

5. Chain Chomp

Chain Chomp always had a soft spot in my heart. He’s the “dog” in the Mario world and who doesn’t love to have a dog? Sure, Chain Chomp can eat you, but I’m sure he would make a lovely pet.

4. Bowser

In games such as Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, or Mario Party, I never play as Bowser. I don’t know why I just don’t. But Bowser is such a great character. I love his personality, especially in the Paper Mario games. He’s witty and funny and I enjoy that he actually joins Mario in some games. He’s not bad, he just makes the wrong choices.

3. Boo

I’m afraid of ghosts, but I love Boo. I don’t know what it is about Boo, but he’s adorable and his voice is funny. I’ve always enjoyed the Boo houses in any Mario game and especially love Luigi’s Mansion. I’m drawn to those kinds of games for whatever reason.

2. Luigi

Who doesn’t love Luigi more than Mario? No offense, Mario. Luigi is my spirit animal. He’s afraid of the world, but is strangely drawn to ghosts for whatever reason.

1. Yoshi

Do I really have to explain this one?

Who are your favorite Mario characters? Let me know in the comments below!

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“Falcon PUNCH!”

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We gush a lot on this blog about characters that we love and admire from our favorite video game franchises. Yet, a rite of passage for a gamer is rage-quitting a game over a level, a bad game mechanic, or an awful character. So, Rachel, if there was a character you could punch in the face, who would it be?

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Winston Payne. I love to hate the default prosecutor from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series. His voice alone is enough to make me cringe (though it makes me laugh and I love to mimic it) and his hair bothers me. He’s a great character, but he’s the type that you love to hate.

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His name, along with his brother’s Gaspen Payne, is fantastic, though! There’s not too many characters that I would actually like to punch, but there is one from the Zelda franchise that annoys and, frankly, creeps me out a bit… Tingle. Sure, he helpfully sells you maps in Majora’s Mask, but he’s not the kind of character that I want to regularly interact with.

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I forgot about Gaspen, actually… Tingle is a good one. I never really liked him, no matter how helpful he was. He was always annoying to me. You know who else I would love to punch in the face? Wario. I know there are so many people who like him, and I don’t mind him, but he’s just the type of character that could use a good smack in the face.

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Yeah, Wario definitely was never my favorite either. Sometimes I think he’s the kind of character that people love to hate, even if some of them aren’t villains. In fact, there are villain characters that I enjoy beating to save the day — like Ganondorf, antagonist teams from Pokemon games, Bowser — but none that I particularly want to punch. Except Lusamine from Pokemon Sun and Moon. That crazy woman just needed a beat down.

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Lusamine is crazy, I agree. I feel like there are a lot of video game characters out there that are kind of crazy in that sense. Like Ghirahim from Skyward Sword, for example. Except I love that guy. I don’t want to punch him in the face.

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Why would you want to punch someone who dances so fabulously? Most of these characters that we have mentioned aren’t the actual villains of the games, and I find it interesting that video game characters have enough depth to make us want to punch them in the face despite that they aren’t the designated villains.

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I actually like most of the villains, though… Except Ganondorf. He’s weird. Either way, you like who you like and sometimes you just love to hate people.

Are there any gaming characters that you hate or love to hate? Let us know in the comments below!

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