WTF Friday: Nintendo November 2018 Direct

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Is this a new post category? I dunno. Definitely have a lot of thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct, many of which I’m not sure how to feel either way. Hence the general, “Wtf” feeling.

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So, there was a Nintendo Direct yesterday focused on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the last one before the game is finally released. I had to wait until I got home after work to see the direct, but Rachel did tell me the gist of it during my lunch break.

Honestly, while I wish I could watch the directs live with my sister instead of being at my day job, I am always highly entertained at Rachel’s animated reenactments (voices and acting included).

Rachel posted her thoughts on it right after the direct was over, but I have a few of my own. I didn’t think the direct was too bad… not the best, but it wasn’t too bad.

I believe the direct had many new, unexpected aspects to the game, aspects that made me raise an eyebrow and go, “Wtf?” Don’t get me wrong, I’m still optimistic about Ultimate, but I’m definitely interested in seeing how these new features will pan out.

Some new fighters were revealed — Ken, Incineroar, and… Piranha Plant (free for a limited time!).

Okay. They’re not bad. If we needed another brawler, I would have rather had Chun-Li from Street Fighter rather than Ken as another female fighter, but I won’t complain. Incineroar isn’t too bad, and I know Rachel is excited to see that Pokemon as a fighter. Piranha Plant was completely random but I think it’s a cute character… for a limited time.

Speaking of the characters, definitely not sure how I feel about the DLC. In today’s day and age of video games, DLC is normal, despite how much I am not a fan of it. I’d rather pay for the whole game at once rather than shelling out an extra thirty bucks or so for more content. On the other hand, Geno may be a DLC character, so of course we’re going to buy the fighters pass.

I totally went “Wtf?” at the adventure mode with the big bad force just Thanos-snapping all the fighters out of existence EXCEPT FOR KIRBY. I laughed at seeing the pink puffball avoid getting disintegrated (along with Rachel telling me, “Yeah, the whole chat was going, ‘RUN KIRBY RUN!’ and then cheering when he was shown to be alive.”). Kirby is to Smash Bros. Ultimate as Tony Stark is to Avengers 4, apparently.

Definitely went, “Wtf?” at seeing the evil clones (?) of the characters that we have to go save and hearing the theme song (it has lyrics!).

All in all, though, World of Light doesn’t look bad at all. It seems like a fun adventure mode, and I’m actually really excited to see all the different kind of video game characters that make cameos as spirits in the game! There were plenty of times that I was cooing over seeing characters that I completely forgot existed in the videos. I definitely found it amusing to see all the Pokemon — do you think they have every Pokemon in existence as spirits?

The online mode seems to have gotten a nice revamp from previous installments as well, and I like the measures Nintendo has taken to ensure that matches remain fair, both in rules and player strength. It’ll be great to actually test it out with some friends!

What did you think of the Nintendo Direct? Who do you think will be the five DLC characters?

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Nintendo Direct – November 1, 2018

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday & first day of November!

We’re kicking off the month in a fine way with a brand new Nintendo Direct and more information on Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.

After a night of trick or treating, we’re in for a real treat! (Sorry, but not really.)

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is coming out for the Nintendo Switch on December 7th, 2018. There’s so much hype about it and we’re all super excited. I want the months to take their time, but I can’t wait for the game to come out.

Honestly, when Nintendo had a Smash direct not too long ago, I thought that would be it until the game game out. Sure, we’d have a few leaks here and there, but they showed so much of the game and its features that I honestly didn’t think Nintendo would have anything new to add.

Well, I was wrong. They added a lot. But honestly, I feel kind of indifferent about the whole thing. I was really hyped in the past Directs and now? I just feel like, “Okay. That’s a thing.”

Don’t get me wrong – I’m still really looking forward to the game and I know it’ll be a ton of fun. Nintendo just, as usual, threw in some curve balls.

Needless to say, but – if you have not watched the Direct, this post will contain spoilers. Read on at your own risk.

Three new fighters were added giving us a total of 75. Two of those fighters opened up the Direct – Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon Sun & Moon. Ken looks great, but I have to admit I didn’t know how much I needed Incineroar as a playable character until now.

First two minutes of the Direct and I was super excited. Then my excitement waned for the rest of the show.

The roster will start small like the original Nintendo 64 game, which I like. It will allow me to play as different characters, ones I wouldn’t normally start with. Plus, it’ll be a fun journey to unlock everyone else.

Each character is getting their own Amiibo as well, so I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.

However, instead of collecting trophies in the game (let’s be real – the Amiibo are the trophies to collect except it’s real money), there’s something else to collect from pretty much every single game known to man.

This is the mode that was blurred out in the previous Smash Direct that Nintendo said they weren’t revealing yet. It’s called Spirits. There are Spirit characters which you can collect by fighting certain characters. They can latch onto your fighters and give them special power-ups.

That’s the basic gist of it. There’s a whole lot more to it, but I won’t go into it just now. To be honest, the whole thing was kind of confusing to me. I’m looking forward to trying it out. I do think it’s a cool idea and I love having the ability to find more characters. I mean, Polterpup was one of the spirits. Characters you forgot existed are spirits. You can’t go wrong with that. Each has their own class based on their powers – novice, advanced, ace, and legend. They also have certain strengths that have an advantage over others strengths.

(I love how I said I wouldn’t go into too much detail and then I did.)

Nintendo paid a lot of attention to the online mode. You can battle wireless locally or online. There are a ton of online modes such as elite battles, smash tags, a short messaging system, spectator mode, co-op online, battle arena, and more. The online battles are matched depending on your rank, location, and preferred rules so matches are fair and even.

This is, of course, a way to get people to buy their new online service as well as the app. They’ll be coming out with a special Smash Ultimate app in 2019 called Smash World. There will be more details on that at a later time.

Next, they announced more assist trophies. Isaac from Golden Sun, Black Knight from Fire Emblem, Thwomp from Super Mario Bros, Spring Man from ARMS, Wily Capsule from Mega Man, Flies and Hand from Mario Paint, Tiki from Fire Emblem, Vince from Art Academy, Guile from Street Fighter, and Akira from Virtua Fighter. This gives us a total of 59 assist trophies.

Nintendo then went onto to explain others modes and features such as the help section and options. Century Smash and All-Star mode are back, which is exciting. Those are good ones. You can also replay your battle data and create videos out of them. There will also be challenges to gain rewards as well as a record of your stats.

As mentioned before, you can gain gamer tags by online battles. You can then trade those tags for gold because there is now a shop mode in Smash where you can use your gold to buy music tracks and the like. Yeah. So that’s a thing.

Next, they added new outfits for the Mii fighters. I never play as the Mii fighters and don’t really care too much for them. However, I did enjoy the new costumes. There’s Yiga Clan, Splatoon 2, Ribbon Girl, Chibi Robo, Ray MKlll, and Toy-Con.

Here’s where the Direct got really interesting… they announced DLC. There will be five packs of DLC, each one containing a brand new character never in Smash before (obviously because they’re all already there), a brand new stage, and a brand new music track. Each pack will be about $5.99, which means you’re paying $2 for each giving you a grand total of $30. Or you could buy all five packs for $25 and save $5. They’re not announcing what’s inside the packs though. You just have to take a chance at the mysterious characters.

I have to admit, I’m disappointed by this. $25-$30 for five extra characters, five extra stages, and five music tracks doesn’t seem that bad. But the game is already $60 which means we’ll be paying about $90 for this game alone.

Am I still going to buy it? Probably. But that’s how Nintendo sucks you in. I’ll buy it because I know it’ll be good, but I really wish this could just be a gift from Nintendo.

They are giving us some sort of gift, however, but only if you pre-order the game. This is where the third character comes in. Piranha Plant is joining the fight. Random, right? I think it’s cool and I’m looking forward to playing as him. Although, he won’t be fully developed for another few months until after the game is released, which I find kind of odd.

Finally, Nintendo ended the Direct with a bang. They announced a new adventure mode. They asked, “where did the spirit characters come from?” They showed the intro to the adventure mode (Nintendo has certainly been going on a killing spree with their characters lately…) and it looks great. I’m certainly looking forward to that and checking out what caused the adventure mode. There were Master Hands everywhere and it was completely creepy and awesome. The adventure mode is called World of Light. So, we’ll see how that is.

That was the basics of the Direct. It wasn’t as hyped as I thought it would be and I wasn’t as excited for the new announcements as I had hoped. Still, I’m looking forward to getting the game and trying it all out. I’m sure it’ll be great and a lot of fun regardless.

Did you watch the Direct? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Games I Play Over And Over

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I was pretty excited from the latest Nintendo Direct. There were a lot of games that I’m looking forward to but some that I know I’ll play over and over again just like I have with the games before it.

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3. Luigi’s Mansion

This is a favorite of mine and one that I’ve played a few times. This is a game where I feel like I need to be in the mood to play it, but I always get excited for it and into it. Now that Luigi’s Mansion 3 has finally been announced, I can’t wait to play a brand new spin on the series. Plus, I can’t wait to get a hold of the original game for the 3DS and play with a friend… as weird as green Luigi may seem.

2. Animal Crossing

It’s no secret how much I love Animal Crossing. I definitely go in spurts with that game but I’ve gone back to it time and time again. While the real time can be annoying if you haven’t played in a year, I love being able to just pick back up where I left off. Or, wipe our my town and start from scratch… though I don’t like doing that. I’m sure I’ll be playing the new game over and over for a long time.

1. Pokemon

While this wasn’t talked about much at the recent Direct, I’m still super excited for the Let’s Go games and also the new core game that will be out next year. Though we still don’t know anything about that game yet. Either way, I know I’ll be trying my hardest to complete my Pokedexes and catch them all.

Now all I need is a new Paper Mario game and I’ll be good to go.

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Nintendo September 2018 Direct

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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.

What did you think of Nintendo’s latest direct?

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New Activity Books For Mario, Zelda, And Splatoon!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Nintendo has announced new activity children’s books that have been released by the publishing company, Random House.

I have a good amount of coloring books. I’ll admit I don’t color as often as I’d like and I should probably do it more so that I’m not so frazzled all the time. So, when I saw this I figured I’d have to get them at some point or another.

There are a good amount of activity books featuring Mario and friends, the Legend of Zelda, and Splatoon. You can find the collection here at Random House.

They look great and, if you go on the website, you can take a peek inside the books. Random House is a great company as is Nintendo so these books actually look like high quality coloring books with various activities such as mazes and stickers.

They’re fairly cheap too being only around $10 – through Amazon, anyway. These might be something I’ll invest in soon enough.

I’ve never gotten into Splatoon, but I definitely want Mario and Zelda… along with Pokemon and Animal Crossing should they ever make those.

Speaking of Animal Crossing, don’t forget there’s a Nintendo Direct tonight! It’s 3pm PDT, 6pm EST. I’m looking forward to it and while I’m not trying to get my hopes up… I’m totally getting my hopes up for Animal Crossing Switch.

We’ll see what happens though.

Will you be checking out the activity books? What are you hoping for in the Nintendo Direct tonight? Let me know in the comments! 

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New Date For Latest Nintendo Direct [Rumor]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I personally think it’s been a long week and it’s barely started. Still, I’ve been keeping my eye out for a new Direct date and we might have one.

We were supposed to have a Nintendo Direct a few days ago about upcoming Switch and 3DS games. I was looking forward to it when mother nature had other plans for poor Japan.

An earthquake hit and I’m hoping everyone on that side of the world is safe and the mess wasn’t too big. Still, it was enough for Nintendo to delay the direct – which I think was respectful of them.

I’ve been checking back here and there to see if a new date has been added and there’s a rumor going around that it might be September 13th, a Thursday.

I feel like, a lot of time, when it comes to rumors, they end up coming true. So I’m hoping September 13th is true because then that means it’s only two days away and I can finally get my Animal Crossing Switch.

Yes, I said it.

Are you looking forward to the Direct? What do you think they’ll announce?

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Friday Favorites: Smash Direct

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The Super Smash Bros Direct this past Wednesday was filled to the brim with exciting information on the development of Smash Bros. Ultimate. While my greatest wish for the game hasn’t been granted yet, I’m still pretty damn pleased with what we have seen!

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Chrom

He’s finally in the lineup! Sure, he’s an echo character, but he still finally made it in the lineup! Awakening is one of my favorite Fire Emblem titles so, while I don’t believe we need another swordsman or Fire Emblem lord, it is a nice treat to see Chrom make an appearance other than be in Robin’s Final Smash (which actually begs the question… will Chrom still be part of Robin’s Final Smash? Or will Robin appear as Grima?).

Stages

The stage mechanics seemed to have gotten a nice overhaul, and all the effort looks as if it’ll pay off. All the stages having omega forms? Throwback stages to the original N64 installment? Stages morphing into others? Having the option to turn the hazards on and off? Yes, please!

Music

I don’t listen to the radio much these days. My coworkers and cousins talk about concerts and random country singers and I have no idea what they’re saying other than a vague recollection of, “Yes, I think I’ve heard of that guy before.” My Spotify playlists are made up of video game soundtracks and covers, so when I saw the music collection that is going to be in Smash Ultimate, I loved it! Not sure if I’ll ever have the courage to take the Switch with me for a portable player, but being able to have my own playlist filled with Nintendo tunes on in the background while I’m working will be great.

New Assists and Pokemon

It’s great to see Knuckles and Krystal there for assist trophy cameos! I would have loved to see them as echo characters, if not fighters in their own right, but I’ll take them as assist trophies. Abra looks like a deliciously fun Pokemon to unleash on the stage, and it wasn’t a surprise to see the Alolan legendaries. Seeing Mimikyu made us go, “Awww!” to “OH GOD!” very quickly, haha!

What were your favorite parts of the Smash direct? Anything you were hoping to see?

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