Would You Rather: Gamecube Edition

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It’s time for another rousing edition of “Would You Rather!” This time around, our questions are focusing on one of our favorite eras of Nintendo gaming, the GameCube. To kick things off, Rachel, would you rather have a GameCube with a memory card that only has room for your top three GameCube games or a memory card that has ten random games?

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Right off the bat we’re starting off with a fairly difficult question… I think I would rather have ten random games. I honestly played a ton of Gamecube games and while I do have a top three list of my favorites, I enjoyed the console as a whole and wouldn’t mind playing a nice variety of them. Kris, would you rather have the Gamecube be the last console Nintendo ever made or have them never had made the Gamecube in the first place?

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Oh, shit. What an unfair question! I think… I would rather the GameCube not exist. I love the GameCube’s library, but I think I would definitely miss games from the later consoles more. Alright, if you could only have one of the following two series that started on the GameCube, which would it be — Animal Crossing or Luigi’s Mansion?

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Hm… that’s a tough one. I think I would have to go with Animal Crossing. I like story-based games but there’s more to do in Animal Crossing. I mean, the game would last longer for me. Kris, out of all the multiplayer games we have for the Gamecube and have played together, would you rather have only multiplayer games (Four Swords Adventures, Mario Party, etc.) and no single player (Twilight Princess, Starfox Adventures, etc.) or vice versa?

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Considering the fun we’ve had with multiplayer games on the GameCube, I would choose those. The single player games were great but the ones I really cared about — such as the Legend of Zelda titles — do get ported later, so I’ll cut my losses with those, haha! Rachel, would you rather have to play future Nintendo games using the GameCube controllers or have the GameCube controllers not exist (such as still using N64 controllers or the Wii controllers for the GameCube console)?

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Ah, that’s an easy one. I would prefer to use the Gamecube controllers for everything. I have baby hands so, aside from the Joy-Con, the Gamecube controllers seem the most “fitting” for me. The Wii controllers weren’t too bad, but definitely were an interesting shape. Last question Kris, would you rather do without the memory cards and have the games save right onto the disc or console or have to use those memory cards and keep buying more for all the Nintendo consoles?

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Hmm, I don’t mind the memory cards. Sure, they’re kind of annoying to keep track of, but they do save space, both physically and digitally when it comes to save files for games. That was a fun “Would You Rather,” and I like that we had more technical questions rather than focusing on just the games, haha!

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Monday Memories: Video Game Nights

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

It’s a holiday where we are, and we’re hunkered down at home due to snow blanketing the ground outside. It was the perfect weekend to just relax at home with some hot chocolate and good video games.

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When I first started gaming, I mainly played single-player games. Granted, I think back in the early 90s, when many consoles only came with two controllers, many of the games I picked up were only single-player. Aside from that reason, it was also because I was the main gamer in my family. I grew up watching my uncle play, but we didn’t play as much together when I started playing myself (mainly because, ya know, we lived in different houses and he was an adult with things like a job and taxes and probably some sort of social life that I never saw). There was some games I was able to rope my father into playing once in a while, and I remember watching my older sister play Super Mario Bros. occasionally but, until Rachel came along and was old enough to comprehend video games, I was on my own.

Thank God for Rachel, because if she didn’t get interested in video games, I don’t know if I would have continued playing. I adored the stories and the characters that I saved the world with when playing games, but it kind of sucked coming back to the real world and having no one to talk to about how you slayed the final boss with an epic sword attack to the head.

The majority of my friends weren’t into video games, or at least not as much as I was. The only console one friend owned was a Nintendo 64 and she only had Majora’s Mask and Goldeneye, and I’m pretty sure she only had the latter because of her love of the James Bond franchise. The former helped her understand some of my gushing of the Legend of Zelda series. Another friend shared my love of Pokemon for a while in elementary and middle school. A third friend was into video games almost as much as me, but it wasn’t something we spoke about too often. Video games wasn’t much of a topic among my friends, and I kept it as my own little hobby.

Until the Nintendo GameCube came out.

It was 2001 and I was eleven. Rachel and I probably got the GameCube for Christmas that year, and one of its first homes was in the kitchen porch, hooked up to the house’s smallest television. The GameCube library was one of my favorites from Nintendo, with one definite notable favorite: Super Smash Bros. Melee. It was because of this game that “video game nights” became a staple in my friend group throughout middle school and high school.

Everyone would show up at our house and take over the basement where the GameCube would temporarily be located and hooked up to the big screen television (thanks, Dad, for giving up your “room!”), and we’d all proceed to kick each other’s asses in Super Smash Bros. Melee and, when it came out, Mario Kart Double Dash. Pizza and chocolate were our diets for the night, and Mom loved the fact that we were all staying put at home instead of getting into trouble elsewhere. Even later, when the Wii came out, that console’s Smash Bros. and Mario Kart had a lot of hours put into them, even as we were all growing a little older.

I haven’t played video games with any of them since we left high school.

But remember that friend who only had the N64 with Goldeneye and Majora’s Mask? A couple of Christmases ago, she bought her husband a refurbished Wii with the sole purpose of getting Super Smash Bros. because of those video game nights at my house so many years ago, because of those memories.

I definitely miss those times, but video game technology has grown so much since I first became a gamer. While I may not be playing locally with old school friends any longer, thanks to the wonders of the Internet and game consoles these days, I am able to play with new friends in entirely different countries and that’s pretty damn awesome. Video games have become so much more than a hobby — it’s been the common thread between many wonderful friendships, both old and new, throughout the years.

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Luigi’s Mansion For The Nintendo 3DS Is Out Tomorrow!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

October is starting off really well! Super Mario Party was a great game – I’m so happy Nintendo finally listened to us! Now another great game comes out tomorrow, the original Luigi’s Mansion.

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Luigi’s Mansion has always been a favorite of mine. I loved the first game and the second game was great as well. I remember when Nintendo announced back in March 2018 a port of the original Luigi’s Mansion game from the Gamecube coming over to the Nintendo 3DS. I was excited, even though I remember saying to Kris, “I’ll take it but I was really hoping for Luigi’s Mansion 3.”

I’ve talked about how I played and replayed Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube. I’ve also talked about how my cousin got Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon on her 3DS and we were racing to beat the game while away on vacation. There’s about 10 years between us, her being younger of course. She enjoyed Dark Moon and I’ve always wanted her to play the original Luigi’s Mansion.

While our Gamecube games still work (I assume) and we could technically play on the Wii, all of our Gamecube controllers broke. It’s never been a priority either.

Now my cousin will finally be able to play the original and see what she missed out when she was younger! Of course, my other cousins used to bring their Gamecube up on vacation when the Gamecube was still hot and we used to watch them play Luigi’s Mansion out on the porch. So she knew of it even before Dark Moon came out.

Not only do I get to watch her experience how Luigi’s Mansion began, I also get to play with her in the co-op mode! I still think it’s weird that they have a full-green Luigi instead of Toad being brave enough to join him, but I’ll take what I can get.

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Throwback Thursday: My First Time Playing Luigi’s Mansion

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With the announcement of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the Nintendo Switch as well as the new co-op mode for the original Luigi’s Mansion remake, I got to thinking back to the first time I played Luigi’s Mansion.

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Luigi has always been one of my favorites (no offense, Mario), so when I heard Nintendo was making a game just for Luigi, I was stoked. I assume I got the Gamecube game for Christmas or something shortly after it came out. But I never finished it.

I got to the first boss, Baby Chauncey, and once I beat him, I stopped playing. I got stuck.

Yep. I got stuck in Luigi’s Mansion.

I had no idea where to go after that even though the same lays it out for you and it’s fairly obvious. I think I caught a few more ghosts but couldn’t find where to go after that. I don’t think I had a key or a certain item I needed. I’m pretty sure I missed a step somewhere and never realized it.

It was quite a while later when I decided to finally go back and play the game. I believe it was when Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon was announced. I had wanted to get and play the game so bad but I realized I never even beat the first one.

I remember sitting in the basement with the large screen TV playing the game. I got spooked by the ghosts, especially being in the basement, because I’m a child, but I did it. I played through the whole game. I also remember thinking to myself, “How did I get stuck on this game?” So, yeah, I don’t know what I did the first time I tried playing it. I screwed up somewhere.

I’m glad I went back to it and beat it though. Then I got Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon. I played through that, got stuck on the final boss, and then stopped playing it for about a year or so. It was when my cousin, who’s about nine years younger than me, got to the final boss on her copy of the game. My competitiveness came out and I didn’t want her to beat the game before me. We spent a week away on summer vacation each playing our games. I beat the game before her, but it still took her a lot less tries to beat it than it took me.

I’m a good gamer, that’s all there is to it.

We’ll see how Luigi’s Mansion 3 is for the Switch!

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Throwback Thursday: Pokemon Channel

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m sure you guys all know I can talk about Pokemon forever if I had the chance… with Detective Pikachu out, I’ve been thinking a lot about Pokemon.

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Pokemon Channel was released on the Nintendo Gamecube in 2003. It’s been a long time.

It was one of those games where you couldn’t really do too much in it. Pikachu came to your house to visit, similar to Hey You, Pikachu!, and would hang out with you in your bedroom. When I say hang out, I mean watch TV.

I remember playing this game a lot because I loved the Shop ‘N’ Squirt channel, which was a shopping network hosted by Squirtle. You could buy stuff to decorate your bedroom and you could also purchase bus tickets to travel to different locations. Though I don’t remember doing much of that.

There was a news channel, an art channel, an exercise channel, and many more. My personal favorite was Quiz Wobbuffet which was an interactive Pokemon trivia game.

Each channel was interactive and I remember lying on the floor doing the workouts alongside Pikachu and Smoochum, who hosted the channel. I was an odd kid. I thought I was actually being healthy and exercising… but, hey it got me off the couch.

This is definitely a game I hold close to my heart even though you could argue of whether it was a “good” game or not. Now that I’m thinking about it, I think I want to try playing it again. I’m sure that’d be interesting.

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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.

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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.

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