The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds [Game Review]

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Title: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development, Monolith Soft
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform:
Nintendo 3DS
Category:
Action, Adventure
Release Date:
November 22, 2013
How we got the game:
I bought it

 

 

 

I’ve seen just about every Legend of Zelda game played by Kris. I always watch her and I love the games, though I’ve never played one myself before. I’ve had this game for a while and I thought it’d be cool to finally play it. I was especially pleased to be halfway through the game and then this version was Zelda was announced for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.

gameplay

The game play is pretty straight forward. Link can run, swing his sword, use his shield, use various items, and transform into the walls with the appropriate buttons.

For the first part of the game you go through three different dungeons in Hyrule to collect the Triforce pendants. They’re marked on the map respectively and you need to go back to your house to “rent” items such as the hammer, bow and arrows, bombs, and so on from Ravio. You can rent the items for a flat fee but if you game over, Ravio takes his items back and you need to pay him again the next time you play.

For the second part of the game, you need to save the Seven Sages in Lorule. The dungeons and enemies are harder in Lorule, but it’s still easy enough.

graphics-music

This is a 3DS game and I enjoy the graphics very much. The characters are almost chibi-like as they’re small on the screen yet 3D. I feel like Link bounces around the screen with his hat flapping in the air. Despite the plot of the game, the graphics have an overall good-feel to it. The colors are bright in Hyrule and dark in Lorule, but still pretty vivid. The whole thing is easy on the eyes and aesthetically pleasing.

The music, of course, is my favorite part. My favorite video game soundtracks to listen to are from The Legend of Zelda. The exploration music is epic, the battle music is tense, and the in-between music is soothing. They’re all tunes I often get stuck in my head.
storyLike every other Zelda game, you play as Link who has to save Hyrule from some sort of evil being. In this one, Link is a blacksmith’s apprentice who delivers a sword to a guard at Hyrule castle only to run into Yuga, the antagonist, who transforms a descendant of the Seven Sages into a painting. His goal is to capture Zelda and all the descendants of the Seven Sages to resurrect Ganon. It’s up to Link, as always, to save the day.

After Link’s first battle with Yuga, he transforms Link into a painting in the wall. Of course, a special pendant given to you by Zelda earlier allows you to transform in and out of the walls willingly. Due to that power, Link is able to shift between Hyrule and Lorule – a different dimension parallel to Hyrule – to rescue the Seven Sages descendants.

replay-value

This is a semi-linear, straight forward game. The outcome is always going to be the same no matter how many times you play it, but it’s a classic that’s always fun to go back to. I’m sure, someday, I’ll be trying to decide what to play and come across this game and pick it back up again.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Friday Favorites: Harvest Moon NPCs

Double Jump Kris MiiTime for another weekend!

Per Rachel’s and my last debate — Harvest Moon vs Animal Crossing — this Friday is dedicated to my favorite NPC characters of the franchise, minus the characters that are eligible to marry.

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Felicia from Island of Happiness/Sunshine Islands

Felicia is one of the “moms” of the setting in these games. She has a sweet disposition, helps with the shipping so you can turn a profit and, in the case of Island of Happiness, treats you like family almost immediately due to being shipwrecked together. Being one of the first available NPCs, and with such a kind nature, helps ease you into the game.

Hana from A New Beginning

Hana is the little old lady who runs the General Store in A New Beginning. She’s adorable and is quick to become friends with you. If you find and talk with her on rainy or stormy days, her dialogue is cute as she mildly scolds you for being out in the rain just to check on her.

Bo from Animal Parade

Bo is the quieter of the two carpenter apprentices, and his chill personality is one reason why I like the NPC. The other reason is that I find it funny how exasperated he can become — going so far as to even apologize for — the antics of Luke, the other carpenter apprentice!

Gotz from Friends of Mineral Town/More Friends of Mineral Town

The carpenter from the Mineral Games, Gotz is a bit gruff, but softens up once you befriend him. Like many of the other Mineral Town characters, he has a deeper backstory, one that I enjoy learning about whenever I play these games, as sad as it is.

 

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Detective Pikachu [Game Review]

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Title: Detective Pikachu
Developer: Creatures
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Platform: 
Nintendo 3DS
Category: 
Adventure
Release Date: 
March 23, 2018
How we got the game: 
I preordered it

 

 

 

Detective Pikachu was a long awaited game for me. I first saw it announced on Serebii a few years ago and prayed that it wouldn’t be released only in Japan. I preordered it and when it arrived at my house I played it immediately.

storyYou play as Tim, a human, who arrives to Ryme City in an attempt to find out what happened to his father, a detective who had disappeared while on a case. You meet up with Pikachu, your father’s partner. Pikachu can talk and you’re the only one who can understand him.

Pikachu wants to find out what happened to his partner as well. He was in the accident with him and lost his memory. Pikachu wants to piece back his memories and find Harry, your dad. Together, you investigate, solving crimes involving Pokemon going awry in the meantime.

gameplay

This game reminds me a lot of the Ace Attorney games, minus the courtroom. There’s a lot of investigating involved, of course, as you solve smaller crimes to find answers to the bigger one – your missing Dad.

You control Tim with the analog stick making him run around with Pikachu far behind you since he only has one speed – slow. Using the A-button you can click on various people, Pokemon, and objects in the scene to find clues and gather testimony.

Once you’ve gathered enough, Pikachu will grab your attention and tell you to piece everything together. From there, your case notes will open up and ask certain questions, asking you to drag the pieces of evidence into fill-in-the-blank spots to solve the puzzle.

It’s not just gathering evidence and piecing it together. There are moments in the game when you have to tap the A-button repeatedly or press the button when the circle gets to a certain point on the screen. This is usually to help Pikachu or yourself avoid trouble due to a Pokemon or something. It’s simple, but it adds a little more to the game.

There are hints, even though the game is pretty easy to deduce yourself as you go along. You can check your case notes and evidence list whenever you want to remind yourself of things or look things up.

There are a lot of cutscenes. I enjoy them because I absolutely love how they portrayed Pikachu, but they’re long. The cutscene beginning chapter three actually seemed to be the longest. I normally don’t mind, but there is a point when you want to just play the game.

Speaking of, the game is broken up into chapters. Again, it reminded me a lot of Ace Attorney because I’d think I was done with the case and then something else would happen and I’d be playing the same chapter for another hour or so. The cases were a decent length being a couple hours long to play through.

graphics-music

I enjoyed the graphics so much. It’s typical 3D graphics that you would expect from the latest Nintendo 3DS games. It was crisp and bright but easy on the eyes. My favorite thing about it was that the Pokemon were scaled to size as best they could be. They really made an effort to make Detective Pikachu as realistic as possible… despite Pikachu talking. I think they did a great job.

The music was catchy as well. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a detective game. The sound effects were just as pleasing. Some of the Pokemon sounds didn’t seem to match up with what I thought they would sound like – or what they sounded like in the main series game. I won’t complain about though, it was still pretty well done.

replay-value

This is a fairly long game and despite it being a detective game, I’d say it’s pretty casual. Even though I’ll know all the answers (that’s the downside of replaying mystery games) I can see myself picking this one back up whenever I get in the mood.

Detective Pikachu gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Character Spotlight: Detective Pikachu

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Yeah, yeah… I know you’re all probably sick of me talking about Detective Pikachu, but I can’t help it. I love this game. Sue me.

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Detective Pikachu is a special kind of Pikachu who can talk and has skills of a sleuth. While the species Pikachu made its first appearance in 1996, Detective Pikachu is brand new to us making an appearance in March 2018. (Unless you’re in Japan in which case you’ve known Detective Pikachu for an extra two years.)

While I had to get used to his voice, Detective Pikachu is an awesome character. He’s a little corny at times, being part of the Pokemon franchise, but he’s witty, sarcastic, and hilarious.

Plus, he loves coffee. Anyone who loves coffee as much as I do is okay in my book.

I’ve taken such a liking to him and, while it is still weird that he talks, I’m hoping they come out with a Detective Pikachu 2. At the very least, we’ll see him on the big screen.

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Throwback Thursday: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

It’s the end of the month which means it’s time for another TBT. This time I’m talking about Ace Attorney, a game I mention often. Though I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned the first time I played.

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The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy was originally released for the Nintendo DS, though Kris and I had no idea the games existed.

We were upstairs in our bedroom, long before we had an office/game room (our office is our older sister’s old bedroom that we transformed when she moved out). We wanted a new game to play and were scrolling through the games on the Wii shop channel. Yeah, the Wii U didn’t even exist yet.

In fact, we were sitting on our bedroom floor staring at our small box TV that had a built-in DVD and VCR player. I wish I could remember what year this was…

Anyway, we were scrolling and came across the Ace Attorney games. I love mystery and detective stuff and it seemed to intrigue Kris enough. We saw there were three games and downloaded Trials and Tribulations, not realizing the three were a trilogy and we just so happened to buy the final game.

I remember playing the first case together. Then the second and third. Then the finale with Dahlia… if you’ve played, you know who I’m talking about.

We played at night, in the dark, which was a mistake, but we enjoyed ourselves so much anyway.

The cases were so intriguing and well thought out. The characters were amazing. The dialogue was witty and the animations were fun to look at.

Once we finished that game and realized it was the third, we bought and downloaded the first two games immediately. We told our older sister about it, Lisa, and she was interested in it as well. Now, this was long after she stopped playing video games with us so Kris and I were excited we had found a game Lisa wanted to play with us.

We moved the Wii down to the basement where the TV was bigger and there was more room to play. After school and work (and while our dad was still at work because the basement is his man cave), the three of us would go downstairs and play the game for as long as we could.

We played through the whole trilogy together. It was awesome and so much fun.

Of course, Lisa never played the rest of the games with us, such as Miles Edgeworth, Apollo Justice, or any of the handheld games. It was hard enough for Kris and I to stare at the small screen together and play the games. Lisa wasn’t interested in staring at a tiny screen and told us if the games ever came onto the shop channel again, she’d play with us.

Of course, they never did.

Lisa was never one for anime either because the animation always annoyed her. Still, maybe she’d be interested in watching the show with us sometime soon.

Do you remember the first time you’ve played a game? Do you have certain fond memories of Ace Attorney or something else? Let me know in the comments below!

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My Favorite Thing About Detective Pikachu

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I preordered Detective Pikachu for myself. (My mother was not happy since apparently, she was planning on getting it for me for Easter… oops.)

I’ve been taking my time with it because I want it to last. I know I’ve already talked about it and have a review coming soon, but I had something else I wanted to say.

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There are a lot of things I love about the game, but there’s something in particular that stood out to me about it. And I was really impressed since it’s not something you really see in the games… or necessarily in the anime for that matter.

The Pokemon actually seem to be scaled to size.

The 3D graphics are well done and there are no pixelated Pokemon anywhere. So, when you’re running, Pikachu is small running right behind you. That’s a given.

But what I’ve noticed is that they made sure the other Pokemon are somewhat true to their actual size (I say somewhat because I don’t necessarily know how big they’re all supposed to be).

Your character, Tim, meets Trevenent at one point. While they’re looking at each other, they’re eye level. According to the Pokedex, Trevenant is about 4’11”. Tim is, I believe, a teenager and most likely still growing. He’s probably around that height if not a little taller.

Alakazam also stands at 4’11” while Pikachu is 1’04”. At one point Pikachu picks up Alakazam’s spoon and it’s the same height as him. Looking at a picture of Alakazam, his hands are rather large so it makes sense the spoons may be about a foot. I was certainly impressed with that little factoid.

Also, a Joltik is 4-inches which means Pikachu is exactly a foot taller than it. I knew Joltik was small, but it hangs out on Pikachu’s shoulder at one point. Again, I was impressed with the size difference.

I know I always complain how the Pokemon are never as big or small as they’re supposed to be in the games or sometimes the anime. I complain that I want my Pokemon to follow behind me in the games and I knew they won’t be able to scale them to size.

I’m still impressed how they created all the Pokemon in Detective Pikachu though. I’ve been waiting for this game for so long and I’m realizing how worth the wait was.

Have you played Detective Pikachu yet? Is this something you’ve noticed and that you’re impressed by? Or is it just me? Let me know in the comments below!

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Detective Pikachu Is Almost Here!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m a little out of my routine. I thought I had a post scheduled for today and I didn’t.

The only reason I noticed it was because I had decided to impulsively buy a couple video games.

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Detective Pikachu is being released next week! I was iffy on getting it only because I’m trying to save my money. But I haven’t bought any games in a while, so I thought… why not?

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a game in a while. Not since the last Pokemon game, I don’t think… Or Breath of the Wild.

I was torn to download it from the eShop because I would have gotten a free home theme but I ended up getting it through Amazon because I was able to get it $10 cheaper. See? I was being a little smart with my money.

After going to EGLX and seeing the Pokken Tournament show I had the urge to get that game as well. It was always on my list, but other games – like Breath of the Wild and Odyssey – ended up coming in first.

Pokken Tournament DX was on sale for $10 less. So I got it.

I saved $20! I spent $85… but I saved $20!

I’ll have fun though. That’s all that matters.

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