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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Our Thoughts During The Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Direct

For once, we were able to watch a Nintendo Direct live! We’ve been looking forward to know more about Super Smash Brothers Ultimate since it was first announced.

This is just a bulleted list of what our thoughts were as we were watching the Nintendo Direct. Keep in mind, this obviously contains spoilers. So, if you didn’t watch the Direct, do not read on.

Introduction

First, that intro was dope. They definitely couldn’t have done that better if they tried. Throwing Luigi into the new Dracula’s Castle stage was perfect. The introduction of Simon and his echo character, Richter, from Castlevania was well done.

We’ve never played Castlevania before, but do have a few games with the Nintendo NES and SNES mini, so we’ll have to try those games out soon.

New Characters

Simon and Ritcher look like amazing characters. Both seem so smooth and powerful and we’re eager to give them a try.

Chrom from Fire Emblem and Dark Samus were also announced as echo characters. We’re excited for Chrom and having another Samus thrown into the mix is great as well.

Lastly, they announced King K. Rool at the very end of the direct. This is a character we’ve hoped for – or at least thought would be cool to have – so we’re surprised he’s actually part of the roster now. We’re excited!

Stages

We have a feeling this game is going to take up a lot of space on the Switch, but that’s fine. We’re going to be able to revisit old stages from as far back as the original Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo 64. Not to mention brand new stages such as Dracula’s Castle announced in the beginning of the direct, which looks like an amazing stage.

Stage Perks

All the stages are available from the very beginning of the game and they’re all available for 8-player matches, which is amazing. We no longer have to limit ourselves to certain stages if we have more than 3 friends (rare, but it does happen).

The stages can also morph, which means you can play on two stages at once. You can pick which two stages you want and throughout the match, the stages with morph from one to the next adding a little more variety and challenge to the match.

Music

We’ve always wanted to have soundtracks to every video game we play. Though when games have the tracks listed in the settings that we can listen to, we never do. We can’t bring it with us. Well, now we can. We can bring over 800 gaming tracks with us as long as we have our Switch with us. And we’re excited about that.

Items & Assist Trophies

They’ve added quite a few new things in this department. They’ve added new Pokemon for the Pokeball item, two new swords, a bomb, and Rachel’s personally favorite – a banana. Why that hasn’t been a thing before, who knows?

The assist trophies all look great as well. Though, we’ll admit, we would have loved to have Knuckles as an echo character to Sonic, if not his own character. The moon from Majora’s Mask though is so clever and definitely should have been added long ago.

Modes & Such

They talked about the Classic mode as well as the Tournament mode. They’ve added a new Smashdown mode which eliminates characters after you’ve played as them. This allows you to try out different characters and, if you’re playing with others, allows you to rush over to certain characters before your friend does.

Overall

We were pleased with the direct overall. We’re looking forward to Super Smash Brothers Ultimate to come out now more than ever. We’re eager to test out the new characters, check out the awesome new modes, and play on the various stages.

What did you think of the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Best Nintendo Direct Ever

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

It’s weird to get back into the swing of things after a weekend away at EGLX. Something excited happened over the weekend though and that would be the latest Nintendo Direct.

Nintendo put on a Direct on Friday, March 8, 2018. I always get excited about the Directs and, like most people, I get my hopes up for certain games and features. Then the Direct happens and nothing I wanted was announced.

I have to say, however, this Direct was the best one so far.

I was hoping for my usual:

  • A brand new mainstream Animal Crossing game
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • A brand new mainstream Pokemon game
  • Super Smash Brothers
  • A new (good) Paper Mario
  • A new (good) Mario Party
  • Virtual Console features
  • YouTube, Twitch, and Netflix

Did we get all that? No, of course not. But I was still super excited for what they announced this Direct. It was filled with fist-pumping and excitement rather than disappointment.

My favorite highlights for the Nintendo 3DS:

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

I still haven’t played this game or any of the Mario & Luigi games. I still hope to though. It seems this game as the same as the last with some newly added features. I’ll be getting it at some point to finally play.

Detective Pikachu

We all knew about this one, but I can’t wait for it to come out. This isn’t a mainstream Pokemon game, but I’ll take any new Pokemon game at this time. Plus, we know they’re working on something else anyway.

Luigi’s Mansion remake

It’s not Luigi’s Mansion 3, but at least Nintendo hears us when we all say we love Luigi’s Mansion. While I love the Gamecube graphics (sue me) I look forward to playing this old classic on the 3DS. I’m still keeping my hopes up for a third game though… maybe they’re working on one for the Switch and this, in a way, is like a teaser.

My favorite highlights for the Nintendo Switch:

Octopath Traveler

We finally got a release date! I’ve played the demo and have been eagerly awaiting more information about this game. They added two new characters and it’ll be out July 2018.

Captain Toad

I loved this game for the Wii U. However, it was too short for me. I wanted more. This seems like a remake with a few extra levels built in. I’ll be getting it. I just hope there’s a good amount of new features added.

Undertale

I’ve never played Undertale, though I’ve seen play-throughs and have heard great things. Kris just downloaded it from Steam and have started playing through it herself. I’ll be getting a copy of this for the Switch though. I’d love to see it on the big screen.

Last, but not least:

Mario Tennis Aces

I was never much into the Mario sports games. I have a couple of them but never really played them that often. This game looks good though. I’m excited to give it a try.

Super Smash Brothers

I don’t think I need to explain this one. People are wondering if it’s a port, remake, or a brain new game. I believe it’s a brand new game with it’s “working title” and also new added characters (such as Splatoon) and Link’s silhouette looks like BOTW Link. It’s a new one, people. We’re excited.

Did you watch the Direct? Did you love it as much as I did? What are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nintendo Direct On January 11 [Rumor]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday and Happy 2018!

With a new year comes a lot of new things. I feel like most people came into the new year with hope and positivity and I hope it stays that way.

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Word on the internet is that there will be a Nintendo Direct on Thursday, January 11th. This direct may showcase some up and coming games for the year for the Switch and 3DS.

Of course, this date is just a rumor but I get the feeling it’s most likely true. It’ll be happening sometime this month at the very least.

What am I hoping for? Well, I’m still hoping for some certain games that I’ve talked about plenty of times before.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Switch

Please? Anyone? Please.

Super Smash Brothers for the Switch

I’m eager to play this game on the Switch. I don’t care if it’s a deluxe version or a brand new version (though brand new would be preferable). I just want to duke it out with my favorite characters on Switch with my friends and pretty graphics.

Animal Crossing for the Switch and/or 3DS

I want another main Animal Crossing game. I want another New Left but bigger and better.

Pokemon

I know they’re coming out with something for the Switch. I’m hoping they shed some more light on what that will be about.

Mario Party for the Switch

A real Mario Party. A good one.

That’s all I really want. I mean, I’m sure I’m forgetting a few games, but I’ll keep it simple for now.

I don’t think those games are too much to ask for… right?

What games are you hoping they announce at the Nintendo Direct? Are they any special games you’re looking forward to in 2018? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to chat with you.

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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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Thoughts: Nintendo Direct

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We were definitely excited that we were both home to watch the Nintendo Direct live this time! While the few games that we had wanted to see were not showcased in the announcement, I don’t think Nintendo did too bad during their latest direct. Over 40 games were shown for both the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS families, ensuring that Nintendo fans will be busy during the next few months!

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Yes, that’s right. No Smash Brothers, Animal Crossing, or Luigi’s Mansion. I’m going to pretend that those games are going to be awesome because they’re working so hard on them. Still, I’m excited for what’s to come soon. I was certainly impressed with their latest Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games as well as Super Mario Odyssey. And yet, there were some surprises here and there as well.

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Considering how much Nintendo boasts about the Switch’s portable and multiplayer capabilities, I’m especially surprised that Super Smash Brothers — even a deluxe version like Mario Kart 8 — isn’t on their radar just yet. I think the biggest surprise to me was the Mario Party game coming to the 3DS. For nostalgia reasons, seeing that the game is going to have the top 100 minigames from the entire series sounds great! Here’s hoping that it’ll be true to the original games regarding party boards instead of the last couple of installments!

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I’m super excited for the Mario Party, however, I am worried that that’s all it’s going to be… mini-games. Like you said, for nostalgic reasons, it’s great, but I don’t know if there will be any other form of “gameplay.” They didn’t show anything else for it. Maybe Nintendo is finally hearing us all say we want the original games back. Maybe, after seeing what a success this will be, they’ll make Mario Party 11 just like Mario Party 2.

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I did read somewhere, perhaps My Nintendo News, that there was to be a board game play, but I may be making that up with wishful thinking. Other 3DS games I’m excited about are Lady Layton — I’d much rather have it for the 3DS rather than mobile — and the Alliance Alive and Radiant Historia, both from ATLUS. I’m itching for a new, good RPG to sink into.

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Oh, yes. I forgot about Lady Layton. I was super excited when I saw Apollo Justice, but then I realized that was just the first game… I thought it was going to be a new one. The other 3DS games look good as well. Now that we have the New 2DS XL, I’m excited to play some new games on it.
The Switch seems like it’s going to get some great games as well. I was happy to see that they’re adding more to Snipperclips. While that wasn’t our favorite game, it was still cute and enjoyable. I had wished for more levels and they’re giving it to us. I also think it’s cool that you can start in random shapes as well. That may make it easier or harder.

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It is nice that they’re creating some more levels for Snipperclips. The random shapes sounds entertaining, too! I’m definitely looking forward to Fire Emblem Warriors and was thrilled when they showed Lyn as playable (along with a couple of other characters that may have been shown in international versions of the trailer that us North Americans may not suppose to know about yet, shhh!). Having another female and another character from a game other than Fates and Awakening is great to me! Skyrim is another that I want to try, although I’d rather tame the dragons than kill them (someone who’s played Skyrim, let me know if that’s an option), and we’re definitely going to download the Octopath Traveler demo to check that out.

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Octopath looks great! I can’t wait to give that one a try. It will certainly be something different. Overall, I think Nintendo has a great lineup ahead and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

What did you think about the Direct? Which games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Nintendo Direct Thoughts: Pokemon

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Due to work, we weren’t able to watch the Nintendo Direct live, but we watched it right away when we got home. After seeing some spoilers on the Internet, we kind of knew what to expect. We were excited, yet iffy about what was about to come. During the direct, they announced three big news about Pokemon. One being Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Pokemon Gold and Silver coming to the virtual console for the Nintendo 3DS, and Pokken Tournament DX coming to the Nintendo Switch.

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Although all three of the games will be released this year, I was a little underwhelmed, to say the least. We had expected some news about Pokemon Stars, or a third-tier game for Sun and Moon, for the Nintendo Switch as rumors from earlier in the year had led us to expect. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sound great, but I do greatly miss the third-tier games, like Yellow, Crystal, and Emerald. Sequel duos haven’t been my favorite installments in the main games. From a business standpoint, I understand that they’ll get more money from the two games rather than the one third-tier game, of course. That, and Kalos got the short end of the stick. Where’re their sequels or third-tier games?

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I definitely wasn’t expecting Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Again, I was expecting Stars. Apparently, there’s a new storyline, which will be good, but I’m confused as to why they have different forms… again. What happened to Mega Evolution? They didn’t do much with that and they introduced Z-Moves, and that seems as though it will get overshadowed by the Ultra forms because, I assume, the forms will be stronger in some way. Also, since Sun and Moon just came out less than a year ago, it doesn’t seem right for them to be coming out with two more games that are pretty much the same.

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Right, it’s almost exactly a year since the original Sun and Moon. While I enjoyed Sun and Moon, I feel as if those installments were a bit more gimmicky than the previous games. Z-Moves weren’t impressive to me, especially after I had just started getting used to Mega Evolutions, and while the regional form of older Pokemon was interesting, I always viewed the new Pokemon of the generation to be the “regional” Pokemon of the land. I was more excited about the news of Gold and Silver’s Virtual Console release until they didn’t mention Crystal at all. While I started playing Pokemon with Yellow, Red, and Blue, it was Crystal that really pulled me into the franchise. You could play as a girl! The Pokemon sprites were animated! There were even more colors! The storyline was more developed! I’m hoping Crystal will come along down the road.

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Of course, I’ll still be getting Ultra Sun an Ultra Moon and I’m sure I’ll enjoy them both. But, in the moment, I would have rathered a third-tier game like the olden days.
I’m excited for Gold and Silver to come to the VC. It’ll add to my collection since I downloaded Red, Blue, and Yellow. Plus, while I played those games, I was pretty young. I didn’t actually beat those games until HeartGold and SoulSilver. So, it’ll be fun to play the old school way. And I do hope they release Crystal at some point as well. I understand they included Yellow since it was a “special Pikachu” edition so it was a big deal, but… if you’re going to have some of the games, why not all of them?

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I think it would be more money for the company if they released Crystal with Gold and Silver. Speaking of which, it seems they will do just that with the port of the Wii U game Pokken Tournament for the Switch, Pokken Tournament DX. When the Wii U game was announced, I was indifferent to the idea of the game. A fighter arcade-like game, it seems to be Smash Bros. but with only Pokemon characters. I would be more interested in the game if it was closer to the original Pokemon Stadium games for the Nintendo 64. Still, if we end up getting it, I’ll try it out.

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Like the DLC for Mario Kart 8, I’m glad we didn’t buy Pokken Tournament for the Wii U. I wanted to get the game and try it out, but just never did for whatever reason. Now we can buy an improved version of the game for the Switch.
All in all, I’m not as excited for the announcements as I thought I would be. I think I got my hopes up for things that didn’t happen, but I’m still looking forward to all the games. I’ll be getting them all and I’m sure Ill enjoy them all just the same.

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