Are You Excited For Pokemon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon?

Happy Thursday!

It’s no secret that Pokemon is one of my favorite game franchises of all time. So, with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon around the corner, I’m getting pretty excited.

 

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

When Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were announced, I wasn’t impressed. I mean, I was excited about another Pokemon game, but I didn’t get it.

Whatever happened to Pokemon Z for Pokemon X and Y? What about Stars for Sun and Moon?

I liked having the third game. I wanted Gray or Rainbow for Black and White and ended up with Black 2 and White 2. So, I assumed X and Y would have Z or X-Squared and Y-Squared. But we got nothing.

Now they’ve gone back to giving us two more “sequel” games just one year later since the first ones came out.

I’d complain, but it’s Pokemon. I know I’m going to get both games. I know I’m going to enjoy both games. And, as I said earlier, now I know it’s about a month away from being released, I’m beginning to get super excited all over again.

In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, we’re able to finally go through the Wormhole and explore Ultra Space. I didn’t realize this was a thing I wanted until I saw the latest trailer for it.

New Ultra Beasts are introduced and so are new areas in an alternate dimension. It seems as though we have to play a certain “mini-game” to get there as well, which is a pretty cool touch. Who doesn’t want to ride Lunala or Solgaleo and control them? Even if it is for that one moment.

The areas inside the Ultra Space look pretty as well. Why we’re disturbed the poor Ultra Beasts in their home territory, I have no idea. However, there does seem to be a new plotline with new rivals, The Ultra Recon Squad.

Maybe they’re not “bad guys,” but they sure look like it.

And then, of course, there are new Pokemon. You can’t go wrong with new Pokemon.

I’m sure there are other updates to the game. I’ve heard there’s a new Trial and people are spreading rumors about Pokemon possibly being able to follow you, but… we’ll see.

Are you excited for this updated/sequel Sun and Moon? Let me know in the comments below!

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Currently Playing: The Legend of Kusakari

Happy Thursday!

Remember a while ago I mentioned a game called The Legend of Kusakari? I believe that was over a year ago.

Well, after beating Miitopia I was in the mood to spend what little I had left on my Nintendo eShop gift card. This game was $4.99 and decided… why not?

The Legend of Kusakari is an unofficial spin-off of The Legend of Zelda. It came out in August 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS published by Nnooo and developed by Librage.

People make jokes about Link having his sword in the Zelda games and how he just cuts grass all the time to find rupees and such. The Legend of Kusakari is about a “gardener,” so to speak. While the heroes defeat the monsters in the world, it’s your job to make sure they do it on a fresh lawn so they don’t get tangled up in the long grass.

That’s it. You cut the grass trying to avoid enemies (and the heroes that are fighting them).

Each level is timed though so you have to maneuver your way around the level to cut every single piece of grass before time runs out. You also have health, so if you bump into an enemy… just be careful not to die.

I wasn’t sure about this game when I first heard about it, but it’s actually not bad. I’m enjoying it and I’m curious to see what happens at the end.

Have you tried this game yet? Let me know in the comments below!

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Miitopia Game Review

Miitopia game review

Title: Miitopia
Company: Nintendo
Console: 
Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: 
July 2017 
How we got the game:
We downloaded it onto our own Nintendo New 2DS XLs. 

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Holy crap, this game is adorable! Designed to let you create whatever characters you want from Nintendo Miis and thrust them into classic and not-so-classic RPG roles on a fun adventure, Miitopia was enjoyable to play every time we turned the game on.

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This was certainly an addicting game! From the moment I started playing, I knew I was going to fall in love and not want to turn the game off.

gameplay

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The gameplay for Miitopia is simple, with you as the player being fairly passive when it comes to the game unfolding. You read along with the story and the word bubble dialogue of the characters when they spoke, along with controlling your main character in battle. The battles were a turn-based, classic RPG style where you would pick to attack with a basic, physical move or with a magic or skill move based on your character’s class. You could also choose to run from the battles or eat a snack to help improve your characters hit points or magic/skill points.

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This is the definition of a casual game. There’s a world map where you bounce from area to area. In each area you watch your team wander through until a random encounter happens: they talk to each other, they find a treasure chest, enemies arrive, etc. New areas and levels arrive as you finish each one so that you may progress through the game.

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While it was casual, there was the challenge of being sure your team grew, both in levels for fights and with their friendship status with each other. One of the most unique aspects of Miitopia was the relationship growth among the characters, where their relationship status could help or hinder the fights. As their affection for each other grows, allies will help one another out more in fights, from praising, showing concern, attacking together, or even taking hits from enemies for one another.

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However, when traveling together for such a long time, one can get on another’s nerves. Not to mention that some attacks can annoy your teammates. For example, you can use your teammate as a human cannon or feed them spicy food so that they’ll breathe fire on an enemy. This attacks can annoy your teammates, thus putting them into a “fight.” Instead of their friendship growing, they need to make up with one another first. This is helped by putting them into the same room at the inn.

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Having characters room at the inn raises their affection for one another, which is helpful in making them hug it out whenever they’re arguing! The inn serves as the main save point in the game, and Miitopia is rife with them — after every level, there is an inn for your Miis to comfortably stay. It’s also at the inn where you can see if a character wants a new weapon or outfit. If you can afford it, it’s best to shell out the cash so they can raise their offensive and defensive stats for the battles ahead.

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At the inn, you can also play “games” like rock, paper, scissors to win 500g or spin a roulette wheel where you can win a new outfit or weapon, food or extra experience points, a travel ticket (that helps two of your Miis gain friendship faster), or an HP banana or MP candy. However, these games are only available if you have game tickets. Those tickets go fast, but you can find them pretty easily throughout the game. In addition, you can also feed your Miis at inn with whatever food you find from defeating monsters. Each food helps increase either attack, speed, defense, magic, etc. However, if they don’t like it, it won’t boost it as much.

graphics-music

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The graphics were charming, using the Nintendo Miis as the characters to populate the world. The locations and field areas were designed to fit the mood of wherever you were on the map, with colors and shapes falling into the background in favor of watching your Mii characters travel along the predetermined road. Everything about the game was pleasing to my eye.

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I’m glad they made a game surrounded by your Miis, other than Tomodachi Life, but you actually play in Miitopia. The graphics were adorable and your Miis could make all sorts of expressions. The backgrounds were pretty and certainly fit each area whether you were in a desert, a forest, space, or a snowy area.

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The backgrounds were engaging enough to complete the scene, but they didn’t take away any focus from the characters themselves. The music accompanying the areas and battles were fitting, completing the mood without disrupting anything from the storyline. The final boss song, especially, was utterly amazing!

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The music was amazing throughout the whole game. This is definitely a soundtrack I would buy and listen to all the time. When first turning on the game, before officially “starting” the game, the menu screen sings a different song depending on where you are in the game. It can be cheerful or somber or omenous. It was certainly an interesting feature!

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I wouldn’t mind just sitting there and listening to the menu screen for a while, in all honesty. It’s just adorable gibberish, but it’s amusing and catchy!
story

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In Miitopia you begin as a simple traveler. It’s not until you run into monsters with odd faces that you realize something is amiss. You run to the nearest town and there you meet the Dark Lord. He’s stealing faces from others and putting them onto monsters to terrorize Miitopia. With the help of a spirit guardian, you get a “job” where you choose to be a mage, cleric, thief, warrior, pop star, or chef and take on the task of saving Miitopia.

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Every so often, another party member will join your team in your quest to take on the Dark Lord. Throughout this quest, you will meet many other characters in the hubs of Miitopia, and helping them will help you with your ultimate goal of defeating the Dark Lord. The story itself is broken into three parts, each more challenging than the last for your Mii characters, even if the basic concept is the same — your main character is your first Mii, party members will join throughout the story, and together you will defeat enemies to rescue the faces and the land of Miitopia.

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The ending of the story is quite epic, I must say. I won’t say anything for the sake of spoilers, but it was certainly a fitting ending, especially for a Nintendo game. Each character gets their moment to shine and you find out the true meaning behind the Dark Lord, which is a bittersweet tale. But I loved it.

replay-value

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Even after I defeated the main story line, I wanted to dive right back into the game to keep playing. There were more options for quests for your party, as well as plenty of extra room to include even more party members, allowing you to try out as many classes and team combinations as you want. The only downside that I could find was that there are no extra save files that I saw. Other than that, it’s a game that I can see myself picking up to play here or there again to coo over my Miis completing quests and growing friendships with one another.

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This game was perfect. It wasn’t too long, but it wasn’t too short. It was satisfying to beat, yet I didn’t want it to end. However, it seems as though there are so many other things you can do in the game even after the main story. I’m looking forward to diving back into it to see what else I can do and what other characters I can make.

Miitopia gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

Have you played this game? What did you think? Let us know in the comments! 

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Friday Favorites: September Nintendo Direct News

Double Jump Kris MiiLast week, Nintendo had a direct that showcased over 40 different game titles for their 3DS family of systems and the Nintendo Switch. While Rachel and I briefly talked about what we had liked about the direct, today I’m going to go a little more in-depth with some of my favorite news.

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Project Octopath Traveler

Rachel and I downloaded the demo for this game a couple of days after the direct, finding the trailer that had been shown to boast awesome graphics and fantastic music. While we’re not very far into it just yet, we’re definitely excited by what we’ve been seeing! We can’t wait to meet the other characters when the full game comes out.

Fire Emblem Warriors

I made everyone else shush when this game came on. There wasn’t really anything new aside from Lyn being showcased (yay!), but I’m still looking forward to the game. One of the best aspects of Fire Emblem is the characters, in my opinion, so to see a bunch of fan favorites in a different styled game will definitely be interesting. That, and I’ve enjoyed Hyrule Warriors, so I’m hoping Fire Emblem Warriors will be fun to play as well.

Arena of Valor

While this game is available to download from Google Play (with Batman!), it’ll be interesting to have on the Switch. A multiplayer online battle game sounds fantastic, and I’ll probably be awful at it when it comes out, but it looks like too much fun to not try! Anyone have this game from Google Play already?

Nintendo 3DS Titles

Considering that Rachel and I recently got the new 2DS XL’s, it’s nice to hear all of the news for the 3DS family of systems, especially since there were rumors of the Switch being Nintendo’s flagship for both console and handheld games with its portability. Lady Layton, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the rerelease of Apollo Justice and the original Gold and Silver versions of Pokemon… There’s so much in the future to look forward to!

What are looking forward to the most from Nintendo’s latest direct?

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Monster Hunter Stories

Happy Thursday!

I know a lot of people are talking about the latest Monster Hunter game… Monster Hunter Stories.

I know nothing about this game or Monster Hunter in general, so let’s talk about it.

Monster Hunter is a game that I’ve always wanted to try out and play. However, other games always catch my attention. Therefore, Monster Hunter hasn’t been a huge priority for me.

Still, it’s in the back of my mind and definitely a series I want to try out.

But… where do I start?

The latest is Monster Hunter Stories, which just came out earlier this month on September 8th. After watching the trailer I realized this is a spin-off of the main series. (Like I said, I don’t know much about these games.)

I think it looks pretty good though. In a way, it reminds me of Pokemon. You grab an egg, hatch it, and then it joins your team.

Judging by the trailer, I think this game looks promising. The graphics are very well done and the music is good too. The game itself looks fun to play.

I feel like I want to give it a try, but then I have no idea what I’m doing. I feel like I should play some of the main games before this one.

What do you guys think? Where should I start?

Which Monster Hunter is your favorite? Have you tried Monster Hunter Stories yet? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Miitopia Adventures

Kris and Rachel have been having a grand time in their Miitopia adventures! For fun, we’d thought we’d share some of the screenshots that we’ve taken of our little miis’ journeys. These screenshots are mostly from the first part of the game with our first parties. Aside from each other, Rachel and Kris created the other party members to reflect some of our favorite original characters. Enjoy!

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Friday Favorites: Miitopia Jobs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday and September! Give a shout-out to Rachel since today is her birthday!

Aside from Pokemon, one of the main games Rachel and I have been playing through is Miitopia. We’re having tons of fun with this game, especially when it comes to the personalities and the jobs! Below are the jobs that I’ve had the most fun with so far in the game.

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Thief Kris and Mage Rachel, at your service!

Mage

Everyone loves magic, right? While initially a bit frail, after leveling up a bit, the mage becomes quite the powerhouse with their abilities. The Lightning and Explosion spells were some of my favorites!

Pop Star

One of the aspects of the Pop Star job that I liked the best was how gender-neutral it was. My first job change was to the Pop Star class, and I chose the male outfit rather than the female because I liked the hats much better than the giant bow. The skills were unique, with different melodies being used for different reasons, either to harm everyone or help heal a bit of magic to other members.

Cat

I was a little skeptical about this job (to be fair, I was skeptical about many of the “new” jobs), but I figured I would give it a shot when it came time to make more party members. And, holy crap, my cat character was a beast! He was definitely one of my strongest members to date! His adorable walking animation was awesome too, haha!

Thief

While this may not come as a surprise to many, the Thief job is one of my favorites. Seeing the gear, the daggers, and the awesome “sneak” walk during the adventure mode were some great aspects that were added to the job. The tricky skills and actions just made it better!

What are your favorite Miitopia jobs?

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