Throwback Thursday: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

February went by so fast… which is getting kind of old because I feel like I say that every month, but oh well.

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Nickelodeon is remaking the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles again. While I didn’t watch all the seasons of what Nickelodeon currently turned the show into, I still enjoyed the first season. I don’t think they did a bad job with it.

Now they’re remaking it again and I’m mad. They’ve ruined it. But that’s another story for another day…

It got me thinking about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the Nintendo Gamecube. It was an action, beat ’em up game released in October 2003 by Konami and Bandai Namco Partners. It was based off the 2003 TV show of the Ninja Turtles.

I haven’t played it in a while, but if I recall correctly, it wasn’t that great. But I loved it all the same. I never beat the game because there was one level I just couldn’t get past. I barely played by myself, but Kris played with me and an old friend of mine used to play with me. She wasn’t into video games but loved the Ninja Turtles. We tried hard to beat it but never did.

The game is broken up into areas and each area has a couple levels. We couldn’t save the game unless we beat an area. That’s why the game was never beaten because the level we couldn’t get past was the final level of an area. It got old redoing the same levels over and over again after a while.

I forgot about this game and I really want to play it again. Of course, Kris and I just discovered that only one out of our five Gamecube controllers work. So we can’t play together unless we track down a well working used Gamecube controller somewhere.

Someday though. Someday I will definitely turn this game back one and beat it.

Have you played this game? Have you played any TMNT games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Star Fox Adventures

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Kris and I have been exploring Star Fox and Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic. Star Fox 2 was never released so, of course, we’ve never played it. We’ve never played Star Fox though either, so it was the first game we decided to try out. And it brought back some memories. Different memories, but memories nonetheless.

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Star Fox Adventures was on the Nintendo Gamecube released on September 23, 2002. It’s an action-adventure game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo. It’s totally different from the typical Star Fox game where you’re in a ship shooting at things.

The story takes place eight years after the events of Star Fox 64. Krystal is searching for answers due to the destruction of her home planet. She gets herself into trouble and Fox investigates with the help of a dinosaur friend, Prince Tricky.

Kris and I never beat this game, but we did try to create our own version of it.

When we were kids, young and stupid, we took our parents’ video camera and tried to recreate the game as a movie. Kris was Fox and I was Tricky. We were so loud and obnoxious that our sister came out of her room to ask what we were doing.

Somehow, she ended up being our cameraman.

Needless to say, we didn’t get very far. I remember finding the tapes a few years ago while my mom was cleaning out her closet. The camera was in there as were the tapes and we watching some old vacation videos when our lovely movie came on one of the tapes.

I couldn’t say where they are now… I just hope I find them again someday. If I do, I hope they still work so I can watch.

Now I really want to give the game another go.

What are some SNES games you remember loving as a kid? Let me know in the comments below!

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Currently Playing: Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I played and reviewed a lot of games in 2017. Most of them were from the Nintendo Switch, the latest craze in gaming. While I’ll still be playing my share of Switch games, I wanted to look back at some games I haven’t played in a while.

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Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo Gamecube was one of my favorite games ever. I loved playing as the “sidekick” who finally gets his moment to shine. I enjoyed playing as the younger brother being a younger sister myself and always being “player two.”

I was excited when Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon came out for the Nintendo 3DS on March 20, 2013. I bought it, I played it, I didn’t beat it.

I mean, I did eventually. The final boss was difficult for me. It was a pain and it was timed and I panicked and no matter how many times I tried I just could not defeat the final boss.

It wasn’t until my cousin, who is now 13 – you do the math – got the game and brought it with her when we went on vacation about three or four years ago. I had brought my game as well to play with her.

I warned her about the final boss and how difficult it could be and such, but she had breezed right through the entire game like it was nothing!

That was my motivation to beat the game. My competitiveness came out.

I ended up beating the game that week while on vacation, but that was after countless tris. While I beat it before my cousin, she too finished the game that week. The boss took her a couple of tries, but she ultimately defeated it in fewer tries than me.

I was getting in the mood to play Luigi’s Mansion again. I made Kris play Luigi’s Mansion for the Gamecube during our challenge in 2016 and realized it’s been a while since I’ve picked up Dark Moon.

I’ve been enjoying myself while playing it. While the story isn’t as strong as the first game, it still brings back a lot of memories.

I’m happy to be playing as Luigi again. Let’s see how long it takes me to defeat the boss this time.

Have you played Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon? Is it one of those games you loved or hated? Let me know in the comments below!

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Flashback Friday – Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean

Double Jump Kris MiiI hope everyone who celebrates it had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And if you don’t celebrate it… Well, I hope you had a fantastic meal and good times with family nonetheless! Today’s Flashback Friday is for a GameCube game that I really don’t hear many people talk about, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean.

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Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean was released in 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube, and is a role-playing puzzle game. It starred a world made up of islands in the sky thanks to an evil, malicious god sucking the oceans dry before he was sealed away. In time, the people of the world grew wings, and it is a one-winged, cranky young man named Kalas that becomes the protagonist of the story. The game also features a Guardian Spirit character who is, essentially, the player — there are times when Kalas speaks to the Guardian Spirit to make decisions and, if the Spirit has a good relationship with Kalas, the Spirit can help strengthen Kalas’s attacks. The game itself received mostly positive reviews, and had a bit of a cult following when it first came out.

The battle system consists of using cards called magnus. The cards house a variety of attacks catered to the characters, as well as having uses outside of battle to heal the party or interact with NPCs to complete quests. The deck of cards in battle is shuffled, creating random hands that the player must use for each character in order to win the fights. It was quite the challenge to create a strategy with a random set of cards!

The story itself is a giant adventure. Kalas has one natural wing and one mechanical wing, making him a rather selfish protagonist who feels sorry for himself. With a couple of companions, he accidentally releases one of the End Magnus, the set of special cards that had sealed away the evil god. The End Magnus is stolen by a hostile kingdom that wishes to use the god’s power as their own, and Kalas and company are thrown into a journey to save the world.

We bought this game purely for the aesthetics. While we never completed the game’s story, it was always one that I enjoyed because of the gorgeous graphics. The battle system was a little odd to get used to, but the music and imagery kept me enraptured while I played. In 2006, a prequel simply titled Baten Kaitos Origins was released, and I believe we made even less progress in that game. Perhaps its time to dust off the old GameCube and give these games another whirl…

Have you ever played Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean?

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Throwback Thursday: Animal Crossing

Happy Thursday!

It’s hard to believe that September is just about over. The other day a lot of people were talking a lot about Animal Crossing. Out of coincidence, I had chosen Tom Nook as my Character Spotlight this month.

I decided to talk a little more about the original Gamecube game.

The first Animal Crossing game came out for the Nintendo Gamecube in April 2001. Kris had gotten the game for her birthday. A family friend knew that she loved video games and that she loved animals, so… Animal Crossing!

While Kris enjoyed the game, she didn’t fall in love with it like I did.

I had watched her play the game when she first turned it on. While it can be boring to watch someone play Animal Crossing – decorating your house, running errands for the other villagers, fishing, etc. – I thought the game was pretty cool.

I was pleased to know that you could add four players to the same village. So, I created my own character and joined her village. WolfsTown, I believe it was called.

I never 100-percent completed the game. I never caught all the bugs or fish or nabbed all the fossils or collected all the furniture and clothes, but I did officially pay off my debt. In a sense, I “beat” the game and there is a golden statue of my character near the train station in the village.

The original Animal Crossing will always be one of my favorite games. It was casual, fun, and relaxing. I’ve enjoyed every other Animal Crossing game since then.

And I hope there will be more soon.

Which is your favorite Animal Crossing game? Do you remember the original game? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Throwback Thursday: Zelda Four Swords Adventures

Happy Thursday!

There are many games Kris and I used to play together as kids and we’d have a blast. One particular game that stands out in my mind, that we haven’t played in ages, is The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.

Four Swords Adventures was released in 2004 for the Nintendo Gamecube. Instead of one Link, there’s four and you can play multiplayer. Kris and I would play this game together all the time.

Kris was often the one to charge straight into battle while I enjoyed cleaning up the force gems they left behind.

We spent many hours on that game sharing a lot of laughs and a lot of lives lost. Seriously, I can’t express how many times a bad guy had killed me or we accidentally picked each other up and threw the other off a cliff. Or, a bad guy killed Kris and I’d have to take over… which never lasted long.

It was a great game and I’m hoping she and I can play it again sometime soon. We had to hook up our Gameboy Advance SPs to the game and I don’t even know if we still have the equipment to get it back up and running again.

Still, I’m determined to try.

Did you ever play this game? What fond memories do you have? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Gamecube Games

Happy Tuesday!

A few weeks ago I talked about my favorite 3DS games, so I thought I’d talk about another console I love.

 

5. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

This is a terrible game, Kris and I had so much fun playing it together. My favorite part was the Chao garden more so than the actual game, but it was still a lot of fun back then.

4. Mario Party 4

This is another game that wasn’t too great. It was my favorite Mario Party for a while, mostly because of the 2V2 mini-games that Kris and I dominated the CPU characters at. It’s not the best Mario Party now, but it’s still a good game.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

This is another game Kris and I played a lot together. I usually watch her play Zelda games, but I often played this one with her. She would battle while I picked up the force gems afterward. We had a lot of fun.

2. Animal Crossing

The original Animal Crossing games was one of the best. I never 100% the game, but I did completely pay off my debt and I felt as though that was a huge accomplishment. Now if only it were that easy in real life.

1. Luigi’s Mansion

Luigi is one of my favorite characters. I was so excited when I found out that there was going to be a game for him. A haunted mansion was involved too, which was really cool and different for a Mario-type game. It’s not just my favorite Gamecube game, but one of my all-time favorite games.

What are some of your favorite Gamecube games? Let me know in the comments below!

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