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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Throwback Thursday: Nintendo Gamecube

Happy Thursday!

Between E3 and watching other people on Twitch, I’ve been on a Gamecube kick as people have been playing the original Animal Crossing lately.

 

Throwback Thursday: Nintendo Gamecube

The Nintendo Gamecube was released in North America in November 2001. It’s hard to believe that the console will be 16-years-old this year, even though it was discontinued in 2007.

While I can’t remember how we got our Gamecube, I assume it was a Christmas present, I do remember opening our first game.

While I can’t remember what that game was… I do remember our reaction to the small discs.

We thought they were an amazing piece of technology. They were CDs, but small and adorable. After playing with bulky Nintendo 64 game cartridges, the small discs were really cool to us.

While the Gamecube wasn’t the best Nintendo console, I think it was one of my favorites. In fact, I think most of our video games are for the Gamecube.

Kris and I had a blast playing Mario Kart: Double Dash, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, various Zelda games (especially Four Swords Adventures), and of course various Mario Party games among a lot of others.

The Gamecube is something that will always be near and dear to my heart and I often find myself getting in the mood to play some of those old school games.

I find it amazing how much Nintendo has grown since the Gamecube and now we have the Switch. They’re pretty much the same size, but the Gamecube is bulkier and heavier. Still, there is that handle on the end… they tried to make it easy to carry around.

They were just 16 years too early.

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Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I haven’t done a throwback in a while and there’s a certain game that I’ve been thinking about a lot…

 

Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle originally came out in June 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube. 2001… that’s a long time ago.

Every once in a while, I think of this game. It’s not a great game by any means, but Kris and I absolutely loved playing it at the time it came out.

The game had two story modes, Hero and Dark. Both modes were the same story but through the different points of view of the hero characters, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, and the dark characters, Shadow, Eggman, and Rouge. It was fun to play as both the heroes and the villains in their own unique levels going along the same storyline.

Sonic and Shadow had speed levels while Tails and Eggman were in some sort of machine for their levels, and Knuckles and Rouge had treasure hunting levels searching for pieces of the broken Master Emerald.

Each character could find a Chao key in their levels that would allow them to go to Chao world. There you could hatch Chao, put them in Kindergarten, feed them and level them up, throw them in combat tournaments and races. Then you could have them make baby Chao together. It was a lot of fun and honestly, I think that was my favorite part of the whole game.

My other favorite part of the game was the 2-player where you competed against one another in races, battles, and treasure hunting. Kris and I would compete all the time and after we beat the game once, I think we mainly just played with our Chao (we each had about ten or so Chao on our accounts) and then competed against each other.

It was a lot of fun and I remember I recorded ourselves competing and put a few videos on Facebook.

I know the game isn’t too good. It was great when we were kids, but I would love to play this again just for the nostalgic purposes. The main reason I thought of writing about this game was mostly because of the music.

While playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I always start singing “City Escape” by Ted Poley whenever we’re racing on the Toad Harbor track. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle did have great music if nothing else.

Have you played Sonic Adventure 2 Battle? How much did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Mario Kart Switch

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

When Kris and I talked about Nintendo Direct from last week, we touched upon Mario Kart 8 Deluxe briefly. And it got me thinking.

 

Mario Kart Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has some cool new features that 8 on the Wii U didn’t have. I believe there may be a few new characters as well as some new items. There’s also an improved Battle Mode.

Not to mention, the Deluxe version will include all the DLC that came out on Mario Kart 8. This doesn’t sound enticing to the people who have already bought all the DLC, but Kris and I, even though we said we would, never bought any of the DLC. So we’re getting something out of it.

We pre-ordered the game and I’m excited to get my hands on it, even though we’ve basically already played it.

While I’m happy with a deluxe version of the latest Mario Kart game, I think I still would have liked a new version of Mario Kart.

Mario Kart 9 or, perhaps, Mario Kart Switch?

Everyone remember Mario Kart: Double Dash for the Nintendo Gamecube from way back in late 2003? That was a great game!

Kris and I would most always be on a team, her being Daisy and me being Yoshi. She would drive while I tossed the items and hit people with my tongue. We had a lot of fun and had some great memories from that game.

The point of the Nintendo Switch is to “switch” things up, take it with you, and play with friends. I think a remake of a Mario Kart game where the main premise was to be on a team and “switch” drivers and item-throwers in the middle of a race would be a great idea for the new console.

With the technology in the Joy-Cons, I’m sure there are plenty of ways they could have improved the game with new tracks, karts, and characters.

Why remake a game that’s three-years-old when you can remake a game that’s based on teamwork that’s 14-years-old?

Like I said, I’m happy to be getting a new version of Mario Kart 8… but I still would love to see an updated version of an old classic Mario Kart game, Mario Kart: Double Dash.

Sign me on, Nintendo! I have too many great ideas to pass up.

What do you think of this idea? What are your thoughts on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Are you getting the game? Let me know in the comments below!

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