First Impressions: The Adventure of Link

Video Games | Double Jump | Nintendo | Legend of Zelda | Link | Writing

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While we wanted to do a review of The Adventure of Link for the NES for our Zelda Month, time escaped us with the holidays and such. Despite that, we were able to play a bit of the game and… it wasn’t too bad, in all honesty, especially with the controls. We’ve heard that The Adventure of Link was a bit awkward compared to the other games in the Legend of Zelda franchise, and I can agree.

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It wasn’t a bad game at all. It was awkward in the sense that we had no idea where to go on the map and Link himself looked a little odd. He looked like he had no pants. Still, I enjoyed the little bits we played… I say little bits because we’re terrible at the game.

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Being an NES game, the only buttons are used for Link’s sword and jumping, which amused me because I forgot there was a game before Breath of the Wild where Link had the ability to jump. The graphics were definitely interesting but I’m not sure I could go back to a Legend of Zelda game that’s a 2D side-scroller. I missed the story and the maps.

rachmii
Yeah, aside from the game play, there’s not much to the game at all. You’re thrown into this world where you wander around aimlessly until you find places to go and dungeons to beat. We didn’t get past the first dungeon though… I lost count of how many times we gamed over.

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Hey, I was proud that we got to some of the more difficult enemies in the first dungeon! Practicing our sword swings and jumping around like frogs to move forward was pretty fun. I think my favorite part of playing, though, was when you were trying to see one of the healing ladies and she shut the door on your face, Rachel.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
I know, right? That lady told me to follow her so she could heal me and then she shut the door before I made it into the house. Then she left and I had to talk to her again to get her to heal me. Overall, the game was fun. I do hope to get back to it eventually and actually beat it. Or, you know, get halfway through it or something. With the lesser of technology back then I assumed the older games would be “easier” than they are now… they’re not.

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It’s funny what the scale of difficulty is between games back then and now, isn’t it? Now, most games are equipped with tutorials and a little bit of hand-holding to get through the story and game itself. Back then, games gave you a couple of action buttons and threw you into the pixelated world. But, yes, it was fun to actually try it out.

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Overall, it was a fun game to try out. Like I said, I’d love to give it a try again sometime and see just how far we can really go.

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Would You Rather: Mini Console Edition

Would You Rather | Video Games | Nintendo | SNES | NES | Classic Consoles | Mini Consoles

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Hello everyone! With the second release of the NES Classic at the end of June — along with the fact that it outsold the Playstation 4 and Xbox One with its resurgence — we decided that mini Nintendo consoles would be the topic of our latest round of “Would You Rather?” With us for this go-round is our good friend Jett from In Third Person.

Thanks for joining us, Jett! To welcome you, I’ll start off with asking if you would rather have a mini console, doesn’t matter which one, that has every game from its library on it or if you would rather be able to choose your top ten games from the library for a customizable mini console.

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Thank you Kris & Rachel for having me! I’m an avid reader of your site and I also love this modern wave of mini consoles, so this is great all-around! Between those two choices, I would have to go with the mini console that has every game from its library. Yes, it would be full of crappy games that I would never play. Yes, it would be a pain to navigate from game-to-game if the console didn’t allow for segmenting the list by favorites. But it would also have all of the games I would want, plus a few rare titles that I would never have access to if I tried to track them down in the aftermarket. I would grin and bear the poor user experience for a mini console with my favourite games, all of the rarities, and filler that I might play for a laugh.

Question for you, Rachel. Would you rather have the existing SNES Classic that has 21 games, or a Sega Genesis equivalent with 30 of the best games in that library? If not, what number of Genesis games would tip the scale?

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Ah, that’s an easy one. We’ve never had the Sega Genesis before so I don’t really know what I’m missing and have no attachment to those games. With that said, I’d rather just have the SNES Classic. It’s familiar and honestly, a lot of those games are pretty new to me since I wasn’t even born yet when the SNES was first released in 1991.

Kris, if Nintendo were allowed to make only one more mini console, would you rather have a Nintendo 64 Classic or Gamecube Classic?

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That’s a tough one. Those two were great consoles with fantastic games. I think I would go with the Nintendo 64 Classic. While we do have all of our old consoles and games, it’s easier to set up and keep playing our GameCube rather than our older Nintendo 64. Best to keep a bit of history with the Nintendo 64 Classic.

Speaking of older games, Jett, would you prefer to have Nintendo’s Virtual Console back or a mini version of any — Nintendo or otherwise — console?

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One of the biggest benefits to the current mini console formatting is that it’s a great value proposition. We get dozens of games for a fraction of the cost of buying them separately. Where they falter is in their game selection. None of these consoles at this point are built with expandability in mind, which ultimately limits their value. Even if it costs more in the end, I would prefer a Virtual Console style infrastructure that would allow players to expand and customize their game library well beyond what’s possible within the current mini console price range.

Rachel, let’s revisit the idea of the Nintendo 64 Classic. The N64 controller is often criticized for its unusual form factor, as well as its flimsy analog stick that quickly grinds into dust, making them less precise over time. If/when Nintendo releases the Nintendo 64 Classic, would you rather it come with the original controller with all of its faults? Or a modified one that addresses the issues relating to form factor and/or durability?

rachmii
I think I’d want the classic N64 controller. That controller was always hard for me because I have small hands and, let’s be real, how do you hold it? But if they came out with a mini console, the controller would be mini. Plus, I believe it would be better made because there’s a lot more technology and knowledge now. I assume – I would hope – Nintendo would fix those issues with the mini controller.

Kris, if Nintendo had the ability to add updates to the NES and SNES classic consoles, would you rather have them update them with better experiences such as more games, customization for the home screen, and more always working to make them better (and never work on another mini console) – or would you rather leave them alone once they’re out and work on the next mini console?

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I think I would want them to update the NES and SNES classics. Those games are the hardest to come by, unless you were able to completely preserve your original console and games, and I imagine that a Virtual Console-like aspect will come with the online subscription service. I’m hoping that more popular games from the N64 and GameCube era will be available with that.

Jett, would you rather enjoy the classic consoles as they are, in all their old-school glory, or be able to equip the classic consoles with online capabilities so you can play with Internet friends rather than just local co-op?

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With the consoles already seeing adjustments for modern times, such as the units being mini, the controller ports not being the same, and with HDMI out instead of RF or AV, the mini consoles already stray from their original forms quite a bit. On top of that, we got NES controllers that were authentic in cable length, and those are awful to use in modern times. As such, I’m all for adding online play to those classic games if possible. It’ll greatly extend the lifespan of the console and its games to be able to play with friends at any time, even if the magic of playing together in the same room is lost. Even then, just invite them over!

Rachel, if Nintendo were to release a Game Boy Classic, would you want it to look and function like the original Game Boy in its iconic gray casing and green screen? Or would you want it to look and function like the newer Game Boy Color with its slimmer form-factor and colored screen?

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I’d love to have the Game Boy. I only have the Game Boy Color and I do love it and still try to use it sometimes. However, I’d love to see what the Game Boy would have been like. Though maybe they could just keep it the same size rather than making a mini version… it’s kind of already on the small side.Kris, speaking of the handhelds, they’re already pretty small with Nintendo creating XL versions. Would you rather have Nintendo create classics of the handhelds such as the Gameboy Advance, SP, and DS, or have them keep coming out with new handhelds, despite the Switch?

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I think I would rather Nintendo come out with new handhelds. I use the Switch docked most of the time, and I believe the games for the Advance, SP, and DS aged better than the older consoles. Most of them you can still use with backwards compatibility and many of the favorites are available on the eShop as well. This was a great round of “Would You Rather?” and it brought up some great ideas for the development of the mini consoles. Nintendo, take note! We’re going to wrap it up here, and we want to give another shout out and thank you to Jett for joining us on this post!

miijett
Thank you for having me! It’s been a pleasure chatting about mini consoles. Fingers crossed that the rumored Nintendo 64 Classic is true and coming soon!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
It was a pleasure having you here, Jett. I hope to see a Nintendo 64 Classic in the future as well. Thanks for joining us!

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The Return of the NES Classic

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Memorial Day! I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!

We had a pretty chill weekend, with Rachel and me going out of town with a friend. Filled with movies, books, and video games, we had a good time. We went to a place that Rachel and I have been going with the family for ages, a nice house in the mountains filled with nostalgia. Nostalgia is what I thought I would feel when thinking of the NES Classic, but now that we have a second chance to get one, I’m not so sure about it…

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The NES Classic (along with the SNES Classic) is supposed to return to stores in about a month, on June 29th. When I first heard about the news that the NES Classic was going to be a thing, I thought it was a great idea. Plenty of gamers love their old favorites and the nostalgia that was sure to come with the mini version of the console made it popular.

Too popular, if there was such a thing. Scalpers overtook the stock NES Classic and the consoles were out of stock within minutes of hitting Amazon or store shelves, only to be resold on eBay for thrice the original price. Rachel and I were disappointed, of course. I remember having the NES as a kid (and, honestly, we still have our original one packed away), but I myself never played too many of the games. I played mainly on the SNES when we had gotten that. Rachel herself wasn’t born when the NES came out, so it would have been great to see her get to experience some of the NES games.

With that said, though… I don’t really remember the games of the NES. Our disappointment didn’t last too long considering we never had too much of a tie with the original NES as kids. I imagine the nostalgia would be much stronger with gamers who had grown up with it.

Seeing the news that the NES Classic would be returning, I found myself finding it nice but… I’m not really as interested as I was back when it was first announced. If we get an NES Classic, it’ll be cool, but it’s not something that’s on my wish list anymore. I just hope that scalpers don’t ruin this batch for those who truly want the NES Classic and hadn’t gotten the chance to get them before!

Are you planning on trying to get the NES Classic this time around? If you already have it, what do you think of it?

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Is The NES Mini Already A Thing Of The Past?

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I wasn’t too sure of what to talk about today, but then I came across an interesting article about something that I had completely forgotten about until now.

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Nintendo released the NES Classic Mini, a miniature version of the original NES that was released in America way back in 1985. That’s over 30 years ago. And while we’ve been able to get our hands on those old, nostalgic games through the Wii and Wii U virtual console, Nintendo had the bright idea to create the NES Mini with 30 original titles already included in the system. The best part? It was only $60.

As soon as the NES Mini was announced, it sold out so fast that I didn’t even have enough time to type Amazon’s URL into my search bar. I was disappointed, but there would be more.

…Right?

The harder I looked for it, the more I started to believe that it was all a dream. A mini version of a classic console with 30 games included into the system for only $60? I must have made it up myself.

I eventually stopped searching, forgetting about it until I came across an interesting article on My Nintendo News.

Rumor: The NES Mini Production Will End

The NES Mini was only released less than six months ago in November 2016. They didn’t make very many to begin with and now they may end production on it?

Is this because this was a special treat and they want us to go back to the virtual console, especially now that the Wii U is no more? Or maybe they don’t want it to overshadow the Nintendo Switch?

Or, with it being just a rumor, maybe this is a plot to get people to rush out and buy it if they didn’t already.

I don’t think Nintendo would do that, but I’ll admit that’s exactly what I did. When I found it that this may be my last chance to get my hands on the console, I went straight to Amazon.

And I was immediately disappointed.

Sure, the NES Mini is in stock now, but they raised the price to about $158.

Now the questions is: is it worth it?

Well, that’s up to you.

The price is a little scary, but I would love to have that mini console on display along with my other consoles. On the other hands, I’ve been putting money aside in a jar for the Switch. That alone will make my wallet cry.

With that being said, as much as I want the NES Mini, I’m not entirely sure I’ll get it.

A few days after I wrote this post, I noticed that My Nintendo News posted another mini article in regards to the rumor. They debunked it, saying it wasn’t true… Then again, it was Nintendo UK that responded.

Do you think they’ll ever end production on the NES Mini? Will you buy one now just in case, despite the price? Let me know in the comments below!

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Thoughts On The Nintendo NES Mini

First Thoughts on the NES Mini

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Has everyone seen the NES Mini? The original NES had been released in 1985, over thirty years ago! Besides being adorable, this revamped retro console comes pre-loaded with 30 NES games. While the original had over 700 games, the 30 games from the Mini seems to be some of the biggest titles, such as the original Super Mario Bros. and the first two Legend of Zelda games.

rachmii
I think I want this just because it looks so adorable. But to be serious, it would be so cool to play those old games on the “original” console rather than downloading them on the virtual console and using an updated controller. The NES Mini comes out on November 11 and is pretty cheap being only about $60. You can’t go wrong with that.

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It’s literally two bucks per game. I remember some of the games from when I was a kid, but I mostly just missed that era. The Super Nintendo was the console that I really started gaming on. But it’d be fantastic to be able to play the original classics, to play the games that started some of our favorite franchises.

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It will definitely be a fun throwback to play those kinds of games again. We can try the old games that we never played before either and see how we enjoy them. We know and love Samus from Super Smash Brothers, but we’ve never played a Metroid game before.

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I had attempted a Metroid game once years ago… I don’t remember much about it other than the fact that it was a first-person shooter and I didn’t know what I was doing. Pretty sure I had rented it from Blockbuster and didn’t try it again after the first time I had turned it on. The original would definitely be great to try, just like Donkey Kong and Kirby as well!

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Kirby is a lot of fun. We don’t play those games as much, but they’re always on my wishlist. It will be great to give the original a try. I don’t know if we’ll be getting the NES Mini right when it comes out, despite the cheap price, but I feel like we’ll definitely get it soon enough.

What are your thoughts on the Nintendo NES Mini? Let us know in the comments!