There’s been plenty of buzz about the Switch Lite, and Rachel and I will share more of our thoughts on that later next week. In the meantime, considering the Lite is purely a handheld console, I dove back into my bucket of 3DS games to reminisce on some of my favorites.
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Awakening is one of the games at the top of my favorite “Fire Emblem Games” list. I enjoyed the characters and the more involved role the avatar took in the game. The child unit angle was interesting as well and, in my opinion, done much better than the Fates trio of games did. Ever since I’ve played Sacred Stones, Fire Emblem has been an enjoyable franchise, and Awakening has gotten quite a few play-throughs from me.
Kind of just rediscovered this game, but if you never played it, it’s a great little casual RPG starring your Mii and whatever other Miis you want. It’s a little silly, story-wise, but the creativity, music, and the art style of the backgrounds are brilliant.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
The Ace Attorney games are all great, but I really enjoyed coming back to the familiar characters when Spirit of Justice came out a few years ago. It gave some satisfying conclusions to some of the characters, despite Rachel and me being worried about it being one of the “final” Ace Attorney games with Phoenix and company. It probably is, if I’m being honest, but I’m hopeful for more.
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Most of the time, we’re focusing on new games that are coming out, trying to plan what we want to play and experience. Every once in a while, we go back to old favorites and I’ve recently been playing a game that I’ve never really been interested in before…
One of my favorite chill game franchises is Harvest Moon. In fact, I heard that another Harvest Moon game will be revealed at E3 next week, which is usually exciting for me. I’m looking forward to hearing more details about the game but… I realized I’m not as excited for it as I used to be for past Harvest Moon games.
In all honesty, my favorite Harvest Moon games tend to be the past ones. Newer Harvest Moon games — with their gimmicks and updated mechanics — tend to not impress me as much. My longest farm-run is on my More Friends of Mineral Town for the Game Boy Advance and probably A New Beginning for the 3DS. I prefer the ones with simpler stories, which is a bit ironic considering how invested I get in the stories of video games, that give me more freedom on growing my farm.
With that said, I haven’t picked up a Harvest Moon game in a while. However, lately I have been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
If you recall from one of the previous challenges Rachel and I have done, I had her play a Harvest Moon game while she wanted me to give the Animal Crossing franchise another chance. Neither of us really did too well on that challenge, both of us becoming bored with the other’s favorite franchise fairly quickly. However, lately Rachel and I watched a couple of our favorite YouTubers doing a quick Let’s Play with New Leaf, and I found myself asking Rachel questions about the game’s mechanics. Seeing a Let’s Play of what could be done in the game gave me the urge to give it one more try, and it’s something that I’ve been chilling out with lately at the end of the night.
If given the choice between the two franchises, I will would pick Harvest Moon over Animal Crossing, but I definitely have a newfound appreciation for Animal Crossing.
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Paper Mario is my favorite game. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is a fantastic game. Super Paper Mario was okay. Paper Mario: Sticker Star… it exists.
When Paper Mario: Sticker Star was released for the Nintendo 3DS on November 11, 2012, I tried not to get my hopes up too much for it. The first two games were great and the third game, for the Wii, was just okay for me. I was hoping Sticker Star would at least be on the same wavelength of Super Paper Mario. I also wondered how it would be on a handheld when the rest of the series was on home consoles.
Sticker Star, to say the least, disappointed me. It’s because of this game, I don’t get my hopes up for any good Paper Mario games that are announced (not that there’s been very many).
I played the game once and never looked back. I beat the game because I wanted to get through the whole thing just to say I did it. With that said, I haven’t picked up this game since late 2012 or early 2013. It’s been a long time and I don’t remember much of it other than it is frustrating.
The sticker concept was pretty good. I thought it was an interesting mechanic to add into the battle system, but it was executed poorly.
The biggest thing I remember about the game was the final battle with Bowser. Certain stickers are needed for the battle and need to be used at specific times during the battle. I tried and failed so many times, wasting lives and stickers. I eventually looked up a walkthrough online and followed that in order to beat the game.
That was my biggest problem – the final battle. It was so anticlimactic because I couldn’t figure it out myself and there was only the one way to get through it. For a Mario RPG game, I’d prefer to throw whatever punches I can, not rely on specific stickers that I may or may not have in my inventory before the battle begins.
I remember lying in bed during the final battle and Kris was lying in her bed playing through the game as well. I can’t remember if we beat it at the same time or not, but the two of us were frustrated together.
When I did beat the game, I didn’t have any sense of accomplishment. In fact, I felt like I wasted my time.
Aside from the battle mechanics and the final fight with Bowser, the game was just okay. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. Maybe someday I’ll try to play it again and relive those frustrating days.
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Title: Animal Crossing New Leaf Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development, Monolith Soft Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: November 8, 2012
How we got the game: I bought it when it came out many moons ago
If you know me, then you know Animal Crossing is one of my favorite games ever. I recently got into the mood to play Animal Crossing New Leaf again and realized the only Animal Crossing game I’ve reviewed on this site is Happy Home Designer. So, I visited my New Leaf town, which is apparently called, “Kalos.”
Like the Animal Crossing games before it, New Leaf isn’t too different in gameplay. You have your human villager move into a town inhabited by various animals. The goal is pay off the debt on your house, upgrade said house multiple times and paying off that debt, all the while decorating your house, collecting various items to boost the town and make friends with your many villagers.
The shops can upgrade depending on how much money, or bells, you spend there. There’s a general store, garden shop, clothing and shoe store, the post office, and more. Some of these shops don’t open until you meet certain other requirements in the game, though none of it is hard.
You’re also mistaken as the new mayor of the town so you can do some extra stuff – like created public works projects or put certain ordinances into effect. There are four ordinances – beautiful town, night town, early town, and bell boom town. Beautiful means no weeds will appear and your villagers will water and plant more flowers on their own (even if you stop playing your game for a while). Night owl and early bird are as it sounds – villagers and shops will either wake up and go to bed earlier for the early bird town or they’ll stay up later and wake up later in the night owl town. Bell boom makes everything more expensive, which in turn allows you to make money faster.
I personally have the night owl town on so I can go to my private island at night and collect the various beetles and sharks. I make anywhere between 100,000-200,000 bells per trip.
The public works projects are fun as well. Granted, the villagers don’t do much to help it out – it’s basically more money for your to put into the town yourself. Still, it adds more depth to the town. You can add a fountain, benches, and best of all, bridges. Each town layout is large and there’s only one bridge connecting the two halves over the river that splits them up. I personally picked a town map with a bridge on the right-hand-most side. Now I also have a bridge in the middle and on the left to make it even.
While I wish the villagers did more and had more of a variety when it comes to personalities (even though there are a decent amount of personality traits), I find them amusing all the same. I love each and every one of my villagers and will not let any of them leave until I get their picture. Then they can move on so I can collect more villagers.
New Leaf also has “Welcome Amiibo” which I haven’t used. There’s a campground where you can visit certain NPCs in a trailer and buy some of their stuff. You can also put an Amiibo in and they can become a villager in your town. New Leaf allows nine villagers in your town, but you can have ten if it’s from an Amiibo.
I haven’t tried this yet because all my Amiibos are still sealed. Someday, when I open them, I will add Boo into my town or something.
As always, the graphics in this game are great. On the 3DS (I play on the 2DS XL), they’re crisp and bright. The water rippling in the ocean and river are satisfying, the flowers sparkling when watered are great. Everything about this game is aesthetically pleasing to me and the various themes of furniture and such are too much though I’m determined to get it all.
The music is one of the best parts of this game, I think. There’s a new song every hour and it’s so relaxing and calm. I love playing this game whenever I’m stressed or having a rough week. It’s easy to get absorbed into this work and not feel better afterward.
There’s always something to do in this game even after you “beat it” and pay off all your debt. There are so many things to collect – furniture, clothes, bugs, fish, fossils – and the villagers especially are the most fun (and difficult) to collect. I’ll be going back to this game forever and forever.
Animal Crossing New Leaf gets… 5 out of 5 lives.
Have you played this game? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
Kris and I completed our Pokemon Trio-Type Challenge not too long ago. I ended up playing Pokemon White 2 and it’s been a while since I’ve played the Unova region that I decided to talk about my favorite Unova Pokemon.
Emboar is the final evolution form of Tepig, the fire starter for the Unova region. I always go for the fire starters and Emboar is a bulky guy. I love his design and his moves.
I don’t normally have normal type Pokemon on my team, but Audino is pretty sturdy. While its attack isn’t all that great, it has a great defense. I think Audino is a pretty Pokemon too and I like how it’s associated with the Pokemon Center.
I raised a Stoutland for the first time recently for our challenge and I loved every moment of it. Stoutland is a great companion and has awesome defense and attack. Plus, who doesn’t want a pupper on their team?
Zebstrika was the first electric type Pokemon I chose when White and Black first came out. He was on my team and he has a wonderful move set. I think he’s one of my favorite electric types of all time.
Unfezant is the final evolution of Pidove and is the “Pidgey” of the Unova region. I absolutely love this Pokemon though. The bird Pokemon, especially found in the beginning of the games, are always great. I enjoy Unfezant’s design and the move set overall is awesome.
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Title: Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Developer: Engine Software Publisher: Tulip Games
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Hidden Object
Release Date: April 3, 2014
How we got the game: I bought it on the Nintendo eShop on my 2DS XL.
Mystery Case Files is a series of hidden object games, Ravenhearst being the first in the series. I’ve had my eye on this game and particular series for a while now. When the games went on sale, I bought this one to try. The game were only $1 so I was going to buy a couple. I didn’t and I’m glad I only bought the one game.
Rumors have been spreading around about Ravenhearst Manor for years. When Emma Ravenhearst’s diary is discovered, you – the master detective – take it upon yourself to figure out the mystery behind the place. Unfortunately, some pages are missing so you must go through the mansion finding clues and searching for missing pages to put the story of Ravenhearst Manor together.
All in all, it’s not a bad idea for a story. A mysterious and haunted mansion is common for a mystery game and it certainly adds a creepy effect to it. However, with the lack of character interaction and not even really knowing yourself, the protagonist, the story becomes bland.
This game is just like it says it is. It’s an hidden object game. You go from room to room in the manor using your stylus to search for certain objects in a list. Each room is fairly large and you need to use your stylus to move the screen left, right, up and down, to get the whole picture. There are about 12 or so hidden objects in each room and some of the rooms can reset after you’ve completed it a first time. Once you have a certain amount of objects (typically about 40 or so) then you find a page of Emma’s diary.
The diary pages are torn and you need to fit them together like a puzzle. Now, I’m all for hard puzzles – I enjoy a jigsaw puzzle. However, the puzzles were one color with faint lines to show the picture. I understand it’s meant to make the pages look old, but it was so hard to see. The puzzle pieces needed to be rotated as well so it was such a pain to get the puzzles to fit together like they were supposed to. The puzzles themselves took much longer than they should have. I found myself brightening my 2DS screen and even then I needed to look so close at the screen just to see the picture.
That’s the whole gameplay. Except some rooms are “puzzles” and not hidden objects. These puzzle rooms are required as they typically hold a lock to get to the next floor of the mansion. None of these puzzles had any directions to them. I actually tapped mindlessly on my screen with my stylus until something happened. It was pretty stupid.
The graphics and music were what this game got right. For a hidden object game, the graphics were spot on. The hidden puzzles stumped me a few times with how well some of the objects were blended in together. I definitely had fun with the hidden object puzzles.
The music was pretty good too. They went with the creepy factor and the longer I played, I had to turn my volume off. Not because it got annoying, but because the longer I listened to it, the more it actually started to creep me out.
While the puzzles themselves wouldn’t be bad to play again, I don’t think I’ll be going back to this game. The hidden object part was the only fun part for me and I know there are other hidden object games out there that probably did it better. The story wasn’t good enough for me to come back to it either. I’m glad I gave the game a try, but I’m also glad I was able to get it on sale for a dollar. Maybe someday I’ll give the sequel and the rest of the series a try, but for now… I’m done.
Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst gets…3 out of 5 lives.
Have you played this game? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
If you know me, then you know there are three games I’m super excited for in 2019. They all come from Nintendo and they’re all games I’ve been wishing for since… well, forever. But at least since the Switch came out.
There was a rumor going around that there would be a Nintendo Direct on January 10, 2019. Usually those rumors ending up being true, but this time it wasn’t. Nintendo revealed a couple of release dates earlier in the month without a Direct. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn will be released on the Nintendo 3DS March 8, 2019 and Yoshi’s Crafted World will be released on the Nintendo Switch on March 29, 2019.
I’m looking forward to both of these titles, but there’s three games I absolutely can’t wait for.
Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch has finally been announced! We don’t know anything about the game yet other than it’ll be coming in 2019. Looking back at the other Animal Crossing games, they’ve been released in April, December, November, and June respectively. For some reason, I always thought the Animal Crossing games came out in April or summer time, but apparently that’s only been the original for the Gamecube and the latest main game, New Leaf for the 3DS.
With that said, I was originally thinking this game will come out in April. Now that two other titles are being released in March, I’ve decided to change it to sometime in the summer – either June or July.
We don’t know anything about the game and usually we know some things that will come long before the release date. However, I get the feeling Nintendo has been working on this for quite a while and just kept their mouth shut. The more we complained about there being “no Animal Crossing for the Switch,” I feel like Nintendo said, “Eh, make them wait a little longer before we tell them we’ve been working on it all along.”
I think we’ll have a couple Nintendo Directs between now and the summer and they’ll give a summer release date.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi’s Mansion for the Gamecube came out in September. Dark Moon came out in March. The original was ported to the 3DS this past October. So, that’s two releases in the fall and one in the spring.
Again, Nintendo has two games coming out in March and they haven’t revealed anything for Luigi’s Mansion 3, so I doubt it’ll make a surprise release in the spring. Nintendo did, however, seem to enjoy hyping up Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS around Halloween.
Nintendo releases a lot in the fall anyway, most likely in time for the holidays, so I’m thinking Luigi’s Mansion 3 will follow suit with the original post and have a release date in October in time for Halloween and for the very beginning of the holiday shopping season.
The main games almost always have a November release date. We’ve known about this game being in development for a while. We don’t know anything about the game yet, but I’m guessing their original aim was for November 2019.
Let’s just hope, right or wrong, none of these games get pushed back and delayed until 2020. I’m not sure I can wait that long.
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Title: Luigi’s Mansion Developer: Nintendo | Grezzo Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Action, Adventure
Release Date: October 12, 2018
How we got the game: I pre-ordered it
What can I say about Luigi’s Mansion? It’s one of my favorites and I was super excited to get an updated version.
This is a fairly simple game to play. Luigi moves around with the analog stick. In this version it gives you the choice of whether you want Luigi to move around freely or side-step. I have him move around freely because the side-stepping looks weird. However, when you’re sucking up ghosts or if you press the B button while walking, he sort of side-steps anyway. The X button is used as the A button would typically be used in any other game. The X button opens doors and will call for Mario if there’s nothing else around.
Capturing the ghosts is easy. Shine your flashlight on them and once they’re stunned, you can press the R button to use the Poltergust 3000 to suck up the ghosts as you move the analog stick in the opposite direction of where the ghost is trying to escape. It’s easy enough though some ghosts are harder than others.
The point of the game is to go through the entire mansion to find Mario as you rid it of all the ghosts at the same time. There are regular ghosts throughout the mansion along with mini-bosses and regular bosses.
This is a quick game to get through – especially if you’ve played it before. I know this game like the back of hand at this point. However, it’s a little easier on the 3DS because of the touch screen. The Gamecube obviously didn’t have that. If you had a key, the Gameboy Horror (in game) showed you where it was on the map. The touch screen for the 3DS is the map and shows where the key goes right away. There’s absolutely no getting lost in this version.
I thought the concept of Gooigi – the very green version of Luigi for the co-op mode – was weird at first. I liked how they added a co-op mode, though I haven’t had a chance to try that part out just yet. The way they added Gooigi into the game was impressive though and my respect for the slimed-version of Luigi went up.
The graphics, as always, were great. I really enjoyed them on the Gamecube and the updated graphics for the 3DS stayed true to the original graphics. The colors were just brighter and the details were a little more crisp. I thought they did a wonderful job and the game looks great.
I found myself humming along with the music again. I get Professor E. Gadd’s lab music stuck in my head from time to time. The first time Luigi went there, I sat on that screen for a while and just hummed along with the music. I don’t know why, but that’s always been a favorite tune of mine.
They did a great job with the sound effect. For the most part, everything sounds the same from the original Gamecube version. However, they updated a few things. For example, when Luigi calls for Mario, his voice echos. When you enter a dark room and haven’t defeated the ghosts yet, you can hear them cackling somewhere in the room. They’re small details, but I really liked them. I felt as though they added a lot to the game.
Luigi won a contest he didn’t enter. He won his own mansion. (Wouldn’t that be nice?) I mean, it’s haunted, but hey – take what you can get, right?
The only problem is, Luigi has no idea how these people got his information and Mario was dumb enough to fall for the scheme. Luigi heads to the mansion to see what it’s all about as well as find his brother, who ends up getting himself kidnapped.
Obviously this is the same story as the original game. The only thing that changed was Gooigi. I really liked how they introduced Gooigi. I’m not sure if some people would consider this a spoiler or not, so I won’t too much. They connected Dark Moon to this game though and I thought it was really clever how they did it. It put a smile on my face, at least.
It’s Luigi’s Mansion. I’ll be playing it again. No questions asked.
Luigi’s Mansion gets… 5 out of 5 lives.
Have you played this game? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
October is starting off really well! Super Mario Party was a great game – I’m so happy Nintendo finally listened to us! Now another great game comes out tomorrow, the original Luigi’s Mansion.
Luigi’s Mansion has always been a favorite of mine. I loved the first game and the second game was great as well. I remember when Nintendo announced back in March 2018 a port of the original Luigi’s Mansion game from the Gamecube coming over to the Nintendo 3DS. I was excited, even though I remember saying to Kris, “I’ll take it but I was really hoping for Luigi’s Mansion 3.”
I’ve talked about how I played and replayed Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube. I’ve also talked about how my cousin got Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon on her 3DS and we were racing to beat the game while away on vacation. There’s about 10 years between us, her being younger of course. She enjoyed Dark Moon and I’ve always wanted her to play the original Luigi’s Mansion.
While our Gamecube games still work (I assume) and we could technically play on the Wii, all of our Gamecube controllers broke. It’s never been a priority either.
Now my cousin will finally be able to play the original and see what she missed out when she was younger! Of course, my other cousins used to bring their Gamecube up on vacation when the Gamecube was still hot and we used to watch them play Luigi’s Mansion out on the porch. So she knew of it even before Dark Moon came out.
Not only do I get to watch her experience how Luigi’s Mansion began, I also get to play with her in the co-op mode! I still think it’s weird that they have a full-green Luigi instead of Toad being brave enough to join him, but I’ll take what I can get.
Will you be getting Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS? Are you as excited as I am for it tomorrow? Let me know in the comments below!
Another Nintendo direct has come and gone, and… We thought this one was pretty good!
The direct opened with Luigi hunting down ghosts again and we at first chalked it up to, “Oh, look, footage from the 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion.” The more we saw of it, though, the more we grew confused.
That room wasn’t in the first game. That’s a new item in the hallways. The little ghost dog was in the second Luigi’s mansion, not the first one.
With the reveal that the game was Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch, Rachel leaped up from the couch and teared up with joy! That was something that’s been on her wish list for a long while now, so to see the direct brilliantly open with it (and to assure us that, no, Luigi did not die in the previous Super Smash Bros Ultimate direct) was a treat!
Most of the other announcements and reveals were decent as well. I’m looking forward to the Final Fantasy games, a series that she’s barely had the chance to try considering most of them were on the Playstation family of consoles. Cities Skylines didn’t seem too bad either, with how much we love simulation games. I have played Sim City before, and the game looks pretty damn similar, so we’ll see how Skylines runs on the Switch. Game Freak’s Town seems like it looks pretty good, and Yoshi’s Crafted World looks adorable as well.
It was interesting, but not too surprising, to hear that New Super Mario Bros. U is being remastered into a deluxe version for the Switch. Those games are decent, in my opinion, and wasn’t something I was too hyped about, but we’ll probably get it to have a good time with our cousins and friends.
(Although, what the hell is Peachette? Why is Toadette able to transform into her? Why can’t Peach just be able to do the double jump and floaty thing, and Toadette have her own abilities that make her stand out as her own character? Why do we need to make her combine with Peach?)
We thought the ending of the direct was amazing. Isabelle is adorable and it’s fantastic to see such a fan favorite heading to Smash as her own character rather than as an echo fighter! To top it off, Tom Nook then appeared and we got a pretty little place card announcement stating that Animal Crossing was coming in 2019 for the Switch! I don’t play Animal Crossing, but it was the second time in the direct that Rachel cried tears of joy.
All in all, we figured it was a pretty successful direct.