ARMS Global Test Punch

ARMS Global Testpunch

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Show of arms (sorry), who tried out the ARMS global test punch? In our area, our demo was scheduled for 8 PM last night and we played for the whole hour. When the game was first announced, I’ll admit I didn’t have any worries. It looked like a fun game, like Super Smash Brothers 5.0. I was excited for it to come out and now that I’ve tried it, even for just an hour, June 16th can’t come fast enough.

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I was a bit more skeptical of the game. I was curious as to where the idea came from, thinking it was a little silly and odd. Nevertheless, it looked interesting to try out, and the global test punch seemed to be the perfect way to do it. As soon as the game was ready to go in our timezone, Rachel and I fought with the joy-con straps, and quickly selected the first character that held our attention for more than a few seconds. For me, that was Ninjara.

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I chose Ribbon Girl mainly because I liked her hair. I enjoyed the three different arms that I could choose for her as well, my favorite being the spark punches (I forget what they’re actually called). We had fun when the screen showed us the “basics” of the game, but I’ll admit it overwhelmed me a bit. There’s a lot of controls to remember. You get the hang of it the more you play, but it’s a lot harder than it looks. Mostly I just flailed my arms around.

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That’s true, I had to duck away once or twice from Rachel’s flailing, haha! Ninjara was fun to use — I love ninja characters and his Chakram and Buff punches were lots of fun. After getting used to the controls, I utilized his vanishing act often. The controls themselves did take a bit used to, especially since I tended to back up my character while trying to rear back for a punch.

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It was just hard to remember which controls did what. During the test punch, we participated in various fights online. Sometimes Kris and I were teamed up and other times one one of us would go at a time. The lobby was smooth and you could see what everyone else was doing and who was going next. It was a great online system and I can see myself playing online a lot when the game releases. Aside from the fights, there was volleyball which I wasn’t too much of a fan of.

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The online lobby was great! It allowed you time for a breather in between matches, while also giving you the options to switch characters and do a few warm ups while waiting for your next round. I definitely preferred the fighting matches to the volleyball as well. As odd as it may sound, I ended up being much more coordinated in the chaotic fighting matches than I was trying to spike an explosive volleyball!

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I’m sure we’ll get better with the volleyball with practice. But it makes me wonder what other types of games there will be? I thought it was just fighting, but I doubt they added just volleyball and that’s it. Once our hour had ended, we spent the rest of the night playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online with Mr. Panda. Overall, it was a great night!

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Gaming In Nicer Weather

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

Gamers have a certain “stereotype” that they stay in the basement all day, lights off, TV on, their eyes bloodshot from staring at their games all day and all night long. That’s obviously not the case, but let’s be honest – we all joke around about how we hate going outside and talking to people in real life.

Summer is my favorite season. I love being outside breathing in the fresh air. I lounge out by my pool, go swimming, take walks with the dog, or sit on my deck reading a book. I feel better finally being able to sit outside rather than sitting at my desk or on my couch or bed day in and day out.

I feel like I’m doing something extra, even though I’m really not. Still, the sun feels good after being holed up in the house during a dark winter.

The main downside to this is that it’s hard to play video games outside.

I could bring my 3DS outside, but sometimes it’s hard to see the screen with the bright sunlight and sometimes it gets too hot depending on how warm it is and how long I’m playing. I get nervous when my 3DS starts feeling extremely warm and stop playing when it does so.

I can’t bring the Wii U gamepad outside because… we’ll, the console is more than three feet away from my deck outside. So that’s a no.

Now, I can bring the Nintendo Switch outside. It works wonders far away as Kris and I took it for a car ride one time. I can easily prop it up on the table on the deck and play some Breath of the Wild or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The only downside to this (right now) is that the games are pretty limited on the Switch. If I want to play Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, I can’t play that on the Switch. If I want to play Pokemon, I can’t play that on the Switch.

Still, I’m looking forward to sitting outside and playing some Switch games as they come out.

Then again, I wonder how much I’ll actually get done this summer? Will I play more games or read more books?

Only time will tell, I guess.

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Friday Favorites: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tracks

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

While I’m not the best racer out there, I’m still having fun playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Rachel did a Top Tuesday of her favorite tracks a couple of weeks ago, and today I’ll be sharing mine.

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Holy sugar, the sheer speed of this course is amazing! It gets insane the higher the CC level you pick, and it’s just tons of fun trying to ram into the other racers. The music itself just keeps you pumped up throughout the race.

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Baby Park was originally in Double Dash, one of my favorite installments of the Mario Kart franchise. The course itself my look like a simple oval, but it showcases the pure chaos that is the Mario Kart series with everyone lapping or being lapped on the course. It’s always hysterical and crazy with all the items flying everywhere, so much so that it often gets difficult to tell what place you’re in until you cross the finish line.

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This course brought a real sense of adventure, soaring among clouds and sky ships, dodging lightning bolts while trying to reach the speed boosts, and carefully maneuvering around the giant vine-like road. It always reminded me of the battleships from the original Mario games as well as the Rainbow Ride level of Super Mario 64.

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Being such a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda franchise, I was so excited to hear that Link and a track of his own would be joining the Mario Kart scene. While we never bought the DLC for the original Mario Kart 8 game, he’s quickly become one of my favorite racers in the Deluxe version, as has his track. The music, the backgrounds, the use of keese and deku babas in place of bats and pirahna plants, rupees instead of coins — the course is chock-full of indulgent Zelda references.

 

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This track is just pure adventure and adrenaline rush. Immediately you start at the top of a snowy mountain and traverse through ice, woodlands, and downward hills. It combines speed and technique, allowing every racer to bring their best strategies to the course.

What are your favorite or least favorite tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

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Pick Your Racer

Pick Your Racer | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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How’s everyone enjoying Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Have you picked your favorite racer yet? Rachel and I have been spending tons of time on that game, having forgotten how much fun Mario Kart has been since we last dabbled with the Wii U version. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has all the DLC and unlocked characters that we had never gotten in the Wii U version, so it’s been fun testing out all the racers. We did, however, notice that since there are so many characters, we’re finding that we miss the simpler list of characters.

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In Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8, I had a personal vendetta against Baby Peach. I don’t know why, but every time she was in a race with me she would always be tailgating me throwing the worst items she could. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there’s not much of that. The character roster is so big that we’ve noticed that most of the computer players aren’t even from the Mario universe. Or, they’re Metal Mario, Gold Peach, or Cat Peach… Still, we miss seeing the original Mario, Peach, Luigi, and Bowser running around.

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Yes, we’ve noticed that there’s more “copycat” characters, if you will, in Mario Kart 8. Characters like Legend of Zelda’s Link or Animal Crossing’s Isabelle are unique additions, but having three different Marios or all seven Koopalings is a bit excessive in our opinions. They’re interesting aesthetics-wise, but Rachel and I miss seeing the original characters racing around with our characters. Out of the plethora of Grand Prix we’ve done, we’ve seen the original Mario in one, maybe two, of those Grand Prix.

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It’s definitely cool that they’ve added characters from other games, very similar to Smash Brothers. But it’s still Mario Kart and I personally think it would have been cool if they added a Goomba. I mean, if King Boo can drive without legs I think a Goomba could make it work without arms. Kamek also would have been a cool addition as well.

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The additional characters from games other than Super Mario have made many people wonder if this will be the last Mario Kart… A better name for future installments may be Nintendo Kart or something along those lines. If we do want to stick to Super Mario characters, why not re-add Birdo to the roster? Or perhaps Diddy Kong to replace one of the half a dozen baby characters for more variety? Professor E. Gadd, known mostly from Luigi’s Mansion but mentioned in many others, would have been a unique addition.

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Oh, I would love to have Professor E. Gadd there! I’m sticking with my “villains” though. I wouldn’t mind having Thwomp or King Bomb-omb or Wiggler. These are pretty far-fetched, I know, but I think they’d be cool either way. Or Nabbit. He’s a bit weird, but he’d be someone different.

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It’s strange that some of your favorites in this racing game seems to be the villains, like King Boo. I miss seeing you being Yoshi all the time, haha! I don’t know what it means when you’ve gone to being the cute, innocent character to one that’s always seen as a villain. As for me, I’m all for having Link in the game. He’s my main when I used to be little Koopa or Rosalina. They’re all different characters, and I wish the entire roster was just as unique.

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I’ve always liked Boo in general. I always got excited at the boo mansions in the games. Luigi is another favorite of mine and I think that’s why I love Luigi’s Mansion so much. I still, of course, have a soft spot for Yoshi, and he is one of my favorites. I decided to Switch (this joke will get old, but I don’t care) it up a bit. I was Luigi for one or two races, but I was drawn to King Boo. I love his laugh and the way his “tail” wags. Which, is similar to Yoshi, if you think about it.

What other characters do you think they should add? Who’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Items

Double Jump Kris MiiYay for another Friday!

Considering I complained about the items in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that I find problematic, I figured today I would share the items that I love getting in that item box roulette.

Piranha Plant

I find it so amusing to have your character’s kart just have a giant pot sticking out the front of it and this man-eating plant helps tug you along while taking bites out of your opponents.

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Who doesn’t like explosions? I think this is a great item as long as you don’t accidentally blow up yourself. I love dropping it behind my kart to get rid of tailgaters.

Red Shells

Alright, this one is a bit of a cop-out, but how can you not love the red shells? They’re little homing devices that go directly to attack the opponent in front of you. While you can defend yourself against them, they are one of the most useful items in a race.

Mushrooms

I love the classic mushrooms! A decent little speed boost to pull in front of an opponent right before they cross the finish line, or to use during a mushroom shortcut on a course — I find them great to use in almost any situation (looking at you, Rainbow Road).

What do you think of the Mario Kart items? Which are your faves?

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Yellow Joy-Con

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

In Japan, Nintendo has showcased the Yellow Joy-Con. This is something that was announced a little while ago, but now it’s a thing and it’s here in the flesh.

 

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When the Nintendo Switch was first announced, it had the gray Joy-Con. Cool, it matches the console and usually, the first editions are either black or white.

Then they showed the red and blue Joy-Con. My OCD acted up a bit because I thought to myself, why didn’t they have a set of blue and a set of red?

Then they decided to sell the Joy-Con either together or the left and right separately. So, if I want, I can go out and buy a right blue Joy-Con and a left red one. Then I’ll have three sets and just pretend the blue and red were always together.

I won’t, of course. I mean, not unless one happens to break. Which hopefully will never happen… but anyway…

I do like collecting things so if I ever win the lottery maybe I’ll buy the extra red and blue ones. But now they have yellow and while I don’t need a third set of Joy-Cons… I kind of want to get the yellow.

I want all the colors. Give me all the colors.

It’s bright, it’s looks good on the black console, and I can call our Switch a bumblebee.

The Joy-Con are so expensive so I won’t be getting the yellow set. However, this makes me wonder what other colors and designs they’ll make for the Joy-Con.

They created character-based remotes for the Wii as well as cool cover designs for the Wii U gamepad and the 3DS. If they’ve created a yellow Joy-Con, what other designs do they have in store?

Will they make a Zelda themed Joy-Con? Maybe Pokemon or Mario? Will they create a galaxy theme to go with the 3DS design?

The possibilities are endless and they’re all present. It just goes to show that Nintendo is constantly thinking of better ways to improve the console that everyone always loves to pieces.

And while the color of the Joy-Con seems like such a small thing, it’s just one more thing to add to your Switch that makes it yours and makes it a tad unique to everyone else’s console.

What do you think of the new color? Will you get it or are you hoping they’ll come out with another cool design? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nintendo Switch Wish List

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

While I still hope that they’ll announce a Luigi’s Mansion and Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch, I was exploring the Nintendo eShop the other day and added a few games to my wishlist.

1. I Am Setsuna
2. Yooka-Laylee
3. ARMS
4. Snake Pass
5. Graceful Explosion Machine
6. Puyo Puyo Tetris
7. KAMIKO
8. The Binding of Issac: Afterbirth

I absolutely loved the Wii U, but I’ll admit that I didn’t buy as many games as I wanted for it. This was because they were expensive and I certainly love my Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon. I tended to stick with those main games.

With the Switch, I want to try to broaden my horizons a bit. I want to try games I normally wouldn’t. The money is still a pain, of course, but this is partly why I wanted to start a blog about video games.

Hopefully, I’ll get some of these games soon and you’ll see reviews about them in the future.

What games are you looking to buy for the Switch? Do you have any of these games? Let me know in the comments below!

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