Thoughts on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Thoughts on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

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When Nintendo announced Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, we were… disappointed, for lack of a better word. Shortly before this year’s E3 press conference, the Pokemon Direct announced a deluxe version of Pokken Tournament for the Switch, virtual console versions of Pokemon Gold and Silver, confirmed there will be a Pokemon game for the Switch, and then added Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon into the mix. But what happened to the third-tier games? And we just got Sun and Moon, what can they possibly update already?

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There seem to be a lot of aesthetic changes in the Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon trailer, from the main trainer designs themselves, to the few peeks of the islands we see. Instead of a sequel, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are being hailed as remakes of the original Sun and Moon games. Perhaps Nintendo is adding more content that they hadn’t been able to add to the original Alolan duo of games? I admit, I was looking forward to perhaps a third-tier game and was a bit surprised at hearing that the next games would be the Ultra versions of Sun and Moon.

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I’m looking forward to the new games, whether they’re similar or not. It’s Pokemon, so of course, I’m going to buy both games. Still, I just thought it was strange that they’re remaking games that came out a year ago. With new forms of the Pokemon, the legendaries especially, I’m curious to see what kind of changes they made to the story.

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Release dates between the main core games have always been about a year and a half to two years, actually, but I am a little suspicious about a remake version just a year after the original came out. Again, perhaps there were more new mechanics that they wished to include but hadn’t been able to until the Ultra games. While the brighter environments in the Ultra games look nice, I’m not thrilled with the character designs. They’re cute, and maybe I’m just old, but I do hope that the characters have a few more facial expressions this time around. Despite how customizable their clothes and hair were in the original games, but faces were nearly always stuck in that goofy smile.

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Right, but the fact that they announced the remarks just a few months after the originals came out, makes me wonder just how long they’ve had these games ready. And I forgot that we had stone faces… I hope they fixed that as well. We don’t see too much of our character in the reveal trailer though, so who knows?

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Yes, the reveal trailer didn’t show too much of your character aside from the updated design, along with a few moves made by some Alolan Pokemon, and the legendaries’ updated looks, of course. I’m curious if Lillie, Hau, and Gladion will make another appearance. In the original games, the main character had just moved to the Alola region — is it the same case in the Ultra games? Will the main character already know the supporting characters from the original games, if the supporting characters are in the Ultra games as well?

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Well, that’s the thing. We don’t know anything about the story this time around. They showed off new designs and that’s about it. YouTuber GameExplain has some thoughts and I have to say that I agree with him. Feel free to watch his video and then let us know your thoughts.

What do you think of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? Are you excited for the games? Let us know in the comments below!

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Trailer Thoughts: Ever Oasis

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Ever Oasis is a game for the Nintendo 3DS that was recently released on June 23, 2017. I had seen the trailer before the release date through Twitter. Some people were talking about it and lots of them were excited about the game. The title is intriguing and the graphics are pretty and cute. Still, when I saw the trailer, it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be and I thought to myself, “is this a game I would actually buy and enjoy playing?”

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Honestly, seeing the game trailer, I fell in love with the music and the graphics. I’m not quite sure what’s going on with the plot or genre — is it an adventure game? mostly puzzles? an RPG? — but it looks and sounds wonderful!

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I agree. However, I’m not sure how I feel about being chief and adding shops and stuff. I love Animal Crossing, including Happy Home Designer, so it doesn’t seem like it would be much different. But when does the plot truly begin? Once you have your oasis established?

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I’ve no idea. I was definitely more intrigued with the game trailer than the intro trailer with the narration voice over. The game trailer looks as if you’re on an adventure to save the oasis, while the intro made it sound similar to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. You have a new town, you can spruce it up how you want it, and just make sure everyone is happy. I would be more interested in this game if the mayor aspect of it were just a bonus or side quest while the majority of the game was an adventure to save the world.

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I would prefer the adventure part too. Still, maybe the chief part isn’t a huge aspect. Seeing as the official game trailer doesn’t include that part, I wonder if they took it out for some reason (if they can even do that)? I think I’d be interested in giving this game a try. I’m just a little confused at its presence.

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Yes, the official game trailer didn’t mention it at all. It’s very possible they edited the game and the trailer footage to better showcase the game after all that time. I imagine being mayor of the oasis is still part of the game, but being a protector may be a bigger aspect of the game than it initially was. It’s definitely a game we’ll keep an eye out for. Check out the game trailer below and let us know what you think:

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Why I Love Digital Downloads

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been playing a lot of Nintendo 3DS games lately and it got me thinking about just what I have on my 3DS.

Why I Love Digital Downloads

When the virtual console became a thing, I was impressed. I was excited. I wanted to play older games on my newer consoles. I mean, when we tried hooking up our Nintendo 64 a few months ago, the games were all messed up. Simply because they’re old, but I still miss playing them.

It wasn’t too long after that that downloading digital versions of games became a thing. I didn’t care too much for that.

Like books, I prefer the physical copies of video games. I like having the cover art and the small cartridge. I have a small bucket where I keep all my handheld games.

Then a few games, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies, for example, came out only as digital versions. I was disappointed because, as I said, I like having the cartridge.

It wasn’t until I started exploring more of the eShop and started downloading more digital games that I’ve begun to appreciate them more.

There are two reasons for this:

1. When I take my 3DS anyway, I have a plethora of games at my fingertips.

I always take my 3DS on vacation with me, along with a Ziploc bag of games. I still bring extra games, of course, but it’s nice to know that I have a good amount of games either way. I can take my pick if I’m playing in the car and the extra games are in my bag in the trunk.

2. This is the most important reason and what made me think of this post:

I was lying in bed the other night, wanted to play a different game, but I didn’t want to get up.

There you go, the secret’s out.

I have a ton of games to keep me occupied late at night when I’m too tired to move, but not tired enough to actually stop playing my games and go to sleep.

Sounds crazy, I know, but I’m sure I’m not the only one.

What’s crazy is that you should all see my eShop wishlist…

Do you prefer digital or physical games? Let me know in the comments! 

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Mario Party Star Rush Game Review

Mario Party Star Rush Game Review

Title: Mario Party Star Rush
Company: Nintendo 
Console: 
Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: 
November 2016
How we got the game: 
I got it as a gift

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The Main Game

I’d like to say that this game plays like the other Mario Party games, but it doesn’t. You and your opponents all move during the same turn, but not in a car. You have free reign to move where ever you want. And when I say that, I really mean it. The boards aren’t linear at all so you can run in little circles if you so choose.

That’s the main mode of the game, called Toad Scramble. You don’t choose your own character, everyone is a different-colored Toad. Along the board, there are hidden block spots. Land on one of those and you’ll get an item. The items aren’t that great, so I always wish for a mushroom (which adds 3 to your roll), a gold mushroom (which adds 5 to your roll), or a double dice block. You can grab coins where they appear and coin balloons. When popped, a mini game happens. The overall idea is to make it to the boss space, which holds a star. You collectively battle a boss and whoever gets the most points gets the star. This happens three times, the third and final boss holding two stars.

Ally Characters

During the game, ally characters appear to help you out. These characters include Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Waluigi, most typical characters you can play in Mario Party. Each ally has its own unique dice block and a certain skill. For example, if you have Yoshi on your team and you stand next to an apple, he’ll eat it and coins will appear.

The allys appear randomly on the board and you have to race your opponents to get to them. You’re allowed to have four allys with you and trust me, it helps. They’re CPUs, but they’re on your team. So, during the boss battles, you have five characters adding to your points. Plus, they roll a dice block with you. Your dice block goes up to six and while they have unique blocks, if you’re not playing as them, they’ll roll a block that goes up to two. So, you can roll a six and if you have four partners and they each get a two, you’ll end up moving 14 spaces.

Coins

Coins are super important, like in all Mario Party games, but I find them more important in this game. At the end of each game, they tally your coins. You get a star for each ten coins you have. So, if you end the game with 56 coins, you get five extra stars.

Coins are hard to come by though. The game is pretty cheap when it comes to handing out coins. Sometimes they’re scattered along the board and you just have to get there before your opponents do. Even then, it’s only one coin. Balloons will sometimes appear. That holds a small handful of coins and brings on a mini game. If you get first in a mini game, you get 5 coins. Second place will award you 3 coins, third will get you 2 coins, and fourth place will give you only 1 coin. If you land on the boss space, you’ll be rewarded with five coins.

The Boards

There are five “worlds,” but the first one is called World 0, which is mainly for practice and learning the tools of the game. So, there’s really only four playable Worlds.

Each World has three levels of the same board. World 1 has a beach theme, World 2 has a Haunted Boo House theme, World 3 has a cake theme, and World 4 is a Bowser Castle theme. So, yeah… four worlds, four boards. The third level of each board isn’t that hard and the game still doesn’t take long to play.

So, in this department, the game kind of failed for me. I was hoping for more variety in boards and for them to be a little harder. Sure, they each had some good qualities to them, but it wasn’t anything major and it really didn’t make the game any more difficult.

Boss Battles

There are ten bosses total. They’re all pretty straight forward and simple. Bowser is one of the bosses, but he only appears when you’re playing the Bowser Castle board. So, if you’re playing any other board there are only nine bosses.

They hold the stars you need to get. The first two bosses each have one star and the final boss has two stars. Get the most points in these battles and you’ll get the star. It’s simple enough, but it’s pretty one-sided.

If you have a ton of ally characters, you’re almost guaranteed a win. If you reach the space first and your opponents are far away, they have to rapidly mash the “A” button to reach the space, so you get a head start on the battle. If you get the last hit on the boss, then you get an extra 3 points, which often makes or breaks who wins.

I like some battles more than others. For example, battling Mega Goomba and Mega Blooper are kind of random. You’re not directly battling the bosses. You’re stealing apples from Goomba and you’re playing music with Blooper. Whereas when you encounter Mega Boo you have to bring flashlights to him in order to hit him and for Mega Monty Mole, it’s a big whack-a-mole game. Those are fun.

Still, the bosses can get repetitive depending on how much you play and, like I said before, they can be one-sided and you know who will win the battle before it even starts.

Mini Games

This game only has 53 mini games total. The includes the boss battles, the Bowser games, and the coin games from the Coinathlon mode. I think the amount of mini games you can play for the main mode, Toad Scramble, is 26. It’s not much at all.

The games that are available aren’t that great, either. No mini games compare to Mario Party 2 or any of the older Mario Party games, but I felt as though they could have at least added more.

The Other Modes

I have to say that I had more fun with the other modes than the regular party mode. I didn’t enjoy Toad Scramble as much as I should have. There are six other modes: Coinathlon, Mario Shuffle, Balloon Bash, Rhythm Recital, Challenge Tower, and Boo’s Block Party. Some are pretty out of place for the Mario Party game (like Rhythm Recital, Challenge Tower, and Boo’s Block Party). However, I had more fun with those modes than the others.

My Overall Thoughts

Toad Scramble was one-sided and little boring at times. It was an interesting concept, but I think they could have done better with it. I unlocked the master difficulty setting for the CPUs, which is the hardest setting for them, and I still dominated them. It was too easy, especially with the ally characters and the final hit on the boss battles.

Sometimes you don’t get all the stars, but you get most of the bonus stars as well as have a lot of coins at the end. You still end up winning. I think I only lost one or two times and I played a lot of this game to get my points up. (The more points you have, you level up and unlock things such as new characters. There wasn’t even much to that though… I’m on level 11 about to get to level 12 and the unlockable is the staff credits.)

This game is worth playing, if only for the other modes.

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The graphics in this game are great. They’re 3D, going along with the 3DS and modern times. The characters run smoothly and they each have their own facial expressions, though it’s not very varied. Still, it’s a Mario Party game, so they really only need to happy to win, sad to lose, or neutral.

I played multiplayer with Kris to try it out and that ran smoothly as well. I wanted to show her a lot since she doesn’t have the game, but through the download play on the 3DS we were limited to three modes: Toad Scramble, Balloon Bash, and Coinathlon. I only enjoy Coinathlon, but we had fun either way (I think she had fun). Still, it ran nicely through the Wi-Fi so I can’t complain about that.

The music was good, as always. I always enjoy Mario Party music. Especially through the Rhythm Recital mode and even Bloopers boss battle. I was always bopping my head to that music.

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Now that I’ve made it as far as I can go in this game, I’m not sure how much I’ll go back to play. I can’t see myself getting “in the mood” to play this game. If I want to play Mario Party, I’m going to play one of the older games. If I do ever go back to this game, it won’t be to play the main mode. I’ll be playing Boo’s Block Party or trying to beat the Challenge Tower.

Mario Party Star Rush gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Party Star Rush Modes

Happy Tuesday!

Since I just recently “finished” Mario Party Star Rush, I thought I’d talk about the modes I enjoyed playing!

 

Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Party Star Rush Modes5. Rhythm Recital

This game is exactly what it sounds like. You choose a character, pick an instrument, pick a song, and then you play the song in a Guitar Hero type way. Except, each note is just a tap on the touch screen and it’s super easy.

I enjoy this game because I like listening to the various Mario songs from the different games and I’ve always liked the musical type games. The only thing about it is the notes can be fickle sometimes. It’ll rank you as “great” instead of “perfect.” I’ve gotten a “B” on all songs, except one, even if I have 20-something “greats,” and over 100 “perfects” with no “okays” or “misses.” When they say perfect, they really mean perfect…

4. Challenge Tower

I find this game to be a little out of place. I feel like it would have worked well as a mini-game for the main mode. You choose a character and climb a tower. Each floor you get to will light up a different color.

Blue means it’s safe, yellow means there’s an Amp nearby, red means there’s two, and purple means it’s surrounded by Amps. You hit an Amp, you fail. The point is to get to the top without hitting any Amps. It’s an interesting puzzle challenge. I managed to beat the 30-floor tower, but I have yet to beat the 50-floor tower.

3. Mario Shuffle

When I first played this game, I didn’t enjoy it. After playing a second and third time I started to appreciate it a little more as I realized there was a strategy for it.

You play as three characters your three opponents are at the opposite end. You want all three of your characters to make it to the other side before the opposing team. You roll two dice blocks at once, allowing two of your characters to move at a time. If you roll doubles, all three of your characters can move.

There are certain spaces that make you go back or move extra. The halfway spot is a pitfall that makes you go back to the beginning. If you land on the same space as your opponent, you send them back to their start and vice versa. If you pass by them on their spot, you knock them over and they skip their next turn and vice versa.

It’s definitely an interesting, quick game.

2. Coinathlon

This is a fun race game. You get put on a board with an opponent and whoever makes it three laps around the board wins. There are no dice blocks involved, you move by the amount the coins you collect. You play three coin games, rotating the three if you don’t make three laps by the end of the playing all three games.

Collect as many coins as you and move along the board ahead of your opponent. I found these games to be a lot more fun than the mini games in the main mode. Plus, they were more intense because your character moves as you play so you’re actually racing your opponent.

1. Boo’s Block Party

I can’t stop playing this mode. It’s kind of like Bejeweled where you have to get at least three in a row. Each block has four sides, numbered one through four. Get the same number at least three in a row and they disappear. Boo blocks will build up to try to get in your way because if the blocks build up too much, you lose.

It’s challenging and I often play the endless mode. There is a versus mode and I’ll admit, I can easily beat the normal CPU, but I have yet to beat them on hard. I don’t want to imagine how difficult they’d be on very hard or master.

Have you played Star Rush? What were some of your favorite modes? Let me know in the comments below!

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Not Much From Nintendo

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

We’re in the final home stretch for E3 2017. You heard our thoughts on Nintendo’s Spotlight, and you’ll be hearing our thoughts on everything else later.

But I wanted to talk a little bit more about what Nintendo is doing… And what they’re not doing.

As you all know, I wanted a third Luigi’s Mansion game along with a new Animal Crossing. It wasn’t a prediction, it was just a wishlist. Still, I wasn’t getting my hopes up for either one of them. I figured if one was going to get announced, it would be Animal Crossing.

With the Switch still new and so much hype about it, everyone wants Animal Crossing on the Switch. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder how I’ll like it on the Switch.

Animal Crossing originally came out for the Gamecube in 2002. I fell in love with the game and even 100% paid off my debt. I didn’t collect everything by any means, but I did “beat” the game. And there was Fang. I love Fang.

Animal Crossing: Wild World came out for the Nintendo DS in 2005 and, for some reason, I didn’t get as into it as I did for the original game.

When Animal Crossing: City Folk came out for the Nintendo Wii in 2008, I felt the same way. Though I think what did it for me was that I wasn’t a huge fan of the motion controls.

Then Animal Crossing: New Leaf came out for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. And I fell in love all over again.

I loved the first game, didn’t care too much for Wild World because I wasn’t a fan of it being on the handheld. Then City Folk came out and I realized it was better on the handheld. With New Leaf, I love it as it is.

With that said, I’m not sure how I would feel about a new Animal Crossing on the Switch. It’d be nice to see it on the big screen, but I do like to carry it around with me. Good thing the Switch is portable, but still, I don’t know how it would all work.

Then there’s the game itself. What else can they do to Animal Crossing? They added so much to New Leaf to make it “new and improved” from the other games. You’re the mayor, can update your town, you have your own private island, and you can go deep sea diving. So, what else is there for an Animal Crossing game?

It’s like the Paper Mario games. They had something good, felt the need to improve, and those changes haven’t been great.

They keep trying to change Pokemon and add new things after 20 years. I enjoyed the changes in Sun and Moon, but I don’t know what to expect from Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Then again, Pokemon is a different topic for a different day.

And yes, I know I’m speculating on games that we’re even talked about. But Animal Crossing is so popular that I do believe there will be another game at some point in the future, even if it’s five years away. And it makes me wonder if Nintendo is already thinking about it, but just don’t have enough to say anything yet, similar to them just simply confirming a core RPG Pokemon game for the Switch.

With all that said, I am happy with what Nintendo announced the other day. I think the games up and coming this year are great and I’m looking forward to them. However, since they didn’t talk about much, I can’t help but wonder what else they have up their sleeve.

Still, I’m not getting my hopes up. But I’m still curious. I’d love to be a fly on the wall at Nintendo Headquarters.

Lots of speculation here, but do you think they have more planned than what they let on? Let me know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Fire Emblem Echoes Characters

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One of the games that I’ve been playing through recently is the newest Fire Emblem game to hit the Nintendo 3DS is Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. I’m really enjoying it, finding it rather refreshing after having the trio games of Fates. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite characters that I’ve encountered in the game.

mathilda_echoes_portrait5. Mathilda

Most Fire Emblem games tend to have female characters that are devoted to their loves or badass warriors on the battlefield. Mathilda is the best combination of both. She’s not shy about how strong she is as a knight, and her supports with her fiance are both adorable and amusing.

4. Graygray_echoes_portrait

From the first time this kid opened his mouth, I knew he was going to be a favorite. He seems totally laid-back, but his devotion to his friends on the battlefield and during the war itself won me over. That and he can be deliciously sarcastic.

mae_portrait3. Mae

Mae is a practical, always ready to fight for her side kind of character, and I love it. She’s unapologetic with her words and actions, and I love her interactions with the other characters. I really enjoy her voice acting as well, finding that her performance is one of my favorites.

2. Leonleon_echoes_portrait

Archers and Snipers are one of my favorite classes in Fire Emblem games, so I tend to have a soft spot for characters that favor bows and arrows as weapons. Leon’s skills and personality definitely made him a favorite early on, as well as the fact that he gives the game a little more diversity in terms of sexuality. It’s obvious his preference is for men, and it wasn’t played off as a joke in the game. It’s serious and taken in stride by the other characters, including the man who is the object of Leon’s affections. I think it’s a nice touch to have more canon sexual diversity in the games.

saber_portrait_echoes1. Saber

Here’s this random guy who takes payment in the form of a dagger from a young woman to escort herself and her friends across the sea to a temple. Instead of ducking out of the adventure as soon as Celica and friends reach Mila’s Temple, Saber sticks around for the rest of the war. He’s a little bit of the “mercenary with a heart of gold” cliche, in that he probably figured out that these kids would end up getting themselves killed if he didn’t continue to give them a helping hand. I find it amusing and endearing that there wasn’t too much talk of him staying past his original contract. That, and he’s fantastic on the battlefield, especially when you promote him to Dread Fighter!

What are some of your favorite characters from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia?

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