Too Many Style Options

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a thing now and will be here soon enough. There are four different color options or designs to choose from. I had my go-to color, blue, but then I noticed they’re coming out with a Pokemon design. So… now which one do I get?

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I’ve always been a fan of different color and style options when it comes to consoles and the controllers. The majority of my handhelds are the color blue because that’s my favorite color. My Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance are pink though. My DS and 3DS are decorated with stickers because I wanted to add a little extra to the solid color. They’re Pokemon stickers, of course, in case you were wondering.

With the Nintendo Switch, we grabbed whatever console we could since they sold out so quickly. We ended up with the gray Joy-Con and bought the red and blue separately so we had two sets. Then, they came out with red and blue on the opposite sides so you could have a red pair and blue pair. There’s green and pink, which I call the watermelon Joy-Con, and neon yellow. Not to mention there are various skins from Nintendo and people who just happen to be incredibly talented with that stuff. I want it all. Seriously, if I ever get rich, I’m buying different colored Joy-Con.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is being offered in four colors – gray, blue, and yellow. I want the blue to match my other handhelds and it’s my favorite color. Kris wants gray. Then I found out there’s a Pokemon Sword and Shield design. So, we need that one as well. But then that leaves out poor yellow, so we might as well buy that one too. We totally need five different versions of the Switch and a million Joy-Con, right?

I love collecting things, that’s no secret, but it never really bothered me too much until I got older. There are different colors of the Gamecube. We have the purple style, though it wasn’t until much later that I discovered the other colors. I see people on Instagram with so many different variations of the Nintendo 64 that I didn’t know existed. I want them all. I want a display case and showcase all of Nintendo’s handiwork. That would be awesome.

Of course, I’ll be talking about this more in-depth with a certain someone in the near future, but it was something on my mind that I needed to talk about sooner rather than later.

I know I’ll get the blue version of the Nintendo Switch Lite. But I would love to collect different colors and styles. Nintendo needs to stop making things so pretty.

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Stardew Valley [Game Review]

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Title: Stardew Valley
Developer: ConcernedApe
Publisher: Chucklefish, ConcernedApe
Platform: Steam, Mobile, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch
Category: Simulation, Role-playing

Release Date: Originally February 26, 2016

How we got the game: Bought it on Steam and Nintendo Switch

Pssst…. There may be story or gameplay spoilers in this review! You’ve been warned!

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Stardew Valley is the game that I wish the Harvest Moon series was. With the main focus on just building the farm of your dreams and forging relationships with the people in the town, it takes away all of the gimmicks that the more recent Harvest Moon games have become known for. This particular review focuses more on the Nintendo Switch version of the game.

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Gameplay for Stardew Valley is pretty simple and intuitive. With the main objective being to spruce up your farmland so it, you know, actually grows stuff, you spend your time doing various tasks that will help you better not only your farm but also the community of Pelican Town.

As your character, you clear out your farmland using various tools, such as an axe and pickax to break up lumber and stone. The hoe and watering can come in handy for planting and growing crops, and there are specific tools like the shears and milker if you have any animals on your farm. When not on your farm, you can forage for items around the forest, town, and the mines, which is also a handy place to gather ore, gems, and other material to improve your farm. Fishing is a leisurely activity that can still net you some in-game money as well as some staple cooking ingredients.

Another core mechanic is developing your relationships with the people in Pelican Town. There are plenty of friends to make in town, either by talking to them daily, giving them gifts, and random events. There are even marriage candidates, regardless of gender, that you can woo and, if you’d like, have a child with down the line.

While the game is pretty open-ended, giving the player tons of choice in what they want to do, there is a Community Center. The Community Center stars off rather rundown, but that can be restored by completing tasks called bundles. Completing these bundles will grant you rewards, such as opening up new areas for your character to go or special tools and makers to make life on the farm a little easier. Or you can buy a Joja Membership and get it turned into a warehouse.

A unique aspect of this game is the combat system. It’s simplistic, considering the game is mainly a farming simulator, but when exploring the mines, there are monsters and enemies to vanquish. These monsters drop loot and material, and you can usually find stronger weapons while exploring or buy items from the Adventurer’s Guild.

With the latest updates of the game, you can also farm together with friends in online co-op mode. Build a cottage or three on your farm for your friends to live, and you can all build up the farm together. Your friends can also get married to the local bachelors and bachelorettes… and you, if you want.

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The graphics of this game are well done, going the pixel style route. The characters all look unique, easily distinguishable from each other, and they even have little animations — shocked faces, laughter, eating — that are fun to watch depending on their dialogue.

I absolutely adore the music in this game. Each tune is charming and pixel-perfect, and I find myself streaming the soundtrack on Spotify when not playing the game. The main winter theme is probably my favorite!
Story | Video Game Reviews | Video Games | Gaming | Blogging | DoublexJump.comTired of the uninspiring city life as an office drone, the main character inherits their grandfather’s old farm in Pelican Town, a small town filled with all sorts of interesting characters just living their lives in the valley. The farm itself is dilapidated at first, but with hard work and perseverance, the main character focuses on restoring it to its former glory while carving out a life for themselves. The story is directed by the player.

While at the start of your third year on the farm, you get evaluated on your accomplishments, there is no true end point to Stardew Valley. Even if, at that time, you do not like your evaluation, you can trigger another evaluation to earn more points at any time with version 1.1 of the game.

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With five different farm plots to choose from, twelve eligable marriage candidates regardless of your character’s gender, a plethora of items to farm, forage, and ship, and literally any way you wish to grow your farm, you will not be bored with Stardew Valley. Not only is it tons of fun to play on your own, you can also play co-op with up to four people tending to the same farm.

Stardew Valley gets…
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5 out of 5 lives.

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Switch Lite Thoughts

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Nintendo announced the Switch Lite a week ago, sending the Internet into a frenzy. Granted, we were sure that a “Switch mini” was going to be announced at some point, so seeing the Lite wasn’t too much of a surprise, despite the sudden drop of the news. Upon first glance, I personally got excited at the idea of the Lite, mainly because I found the colors to pretty and… It’s Nintendo. We always buy Nintendo consoles.

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As always, we’re excited about this new addition in the Nintendo Switch family tree, but we also have a few concerns as well. The colors are pretty (we definitely need to get them all) and the design is great – of course, it’s similar to the Switch, just smaller and the Joy-Con don’t detach. I’m excited we’re getting a new mini version of the Switch for two reasons. 1, I enjoy handhelds more than home consoles and 2, we can finally play games together at the same time. For example, we’ll be able to explore the Galar region at the same time.

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We’ve always considered buying a second Switch — which we would have, if money was no object — so we could play other games together, but at this point, we both have an account on the original Switch and about one hundred games, so we always balked at having to “start over” with a second Switch. It would have been nice to have when the Let’s Go Pokemon duo came out, but we made do with taking turns with the Switch whenever we wanted to play our accounts.

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Yes, we’re good sharers (surprisingly). Still, we were planning on saving up and buying a second Switch down the road, but with so many rumors of a “mini” version coming out, we held off. Thankfully, we did. Of course, we’ll probably each get a Switch Lite anyway because… well, why not? They’re pretty and will most likely replace the 3DS/2DS. It actually amazes me at how many people are saying they’re not going to buy the Lite. Because, essentially, it’s the same thing as the Switch and they most likely don’t want to play the same game simultaneously with their sibling.

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Nintendo has stated that support for the 3DS family would not stop, but… I dunno, it certainly seems like the Switch Lite will be the new star of Nintendo’s handheld line. I understand people not wishing to buy the Switch Lite. The original Switch is portable in its own right and, while the Lite boasts a bit more power than the original Switch’s handheld mode, it may not be enough of a difference to warrant people to buy one at $200. It’ll be a good investment for us, even if we just get one because we’ll have more opportunities to play together, even if we need to purchase some games a second time.

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I understand that as well. I do think people who say they’re not going to get it, will end up getting it anyway though. I can’t imagine the Switch Lite not doing well. Also, buying games a second time isn’t really a big deal to us… how many copies of Pokemon do we have? We both have some of the same Zelda games and Mario games as well. On the other hand, how are the profiles and accounts going to work? To my understanding, if I have saved gameplay on our Switch, I can transfer the data to the Switch Lite. Then will all my data on the Switch be erased or just copied? I enjoy handhelds more, but what if there’s a day I just want to lounge on the couch with the game on the big screen? Also, there are games that we’ve played together on your account. So, I suppose I need to play for a few minutes on my account, save, and then the data will transfer over and I’ll have the game on my Lite?

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I actually asked those kinds of questions on our Twitter when the Lite was first announced, getting some discussions going regarding them. Jett, actually, did a lot of research for us, haha! If I understand correctly before the Switch Lite existed, you could have the same account on multiple Switch consoles so you can play with your data on either one, but the first Switch would be your “primary” Switch. I’m guessing it will be similar with the Lite. I was concerned about the family online membership we have between our two accounts, but if the accounts can stretch between consoles, then the online membership should go with them. Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America, has said the same regarding the Switch Lite, but no actual details about the transfers.

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Yes, I remember. But I’m still concerned about it either way. Losing saved game data is no laughing matter. I’m sure they’ll give us more news on that soon enough. I know the handheld will be here in September, but I have a feeling they’ll do a Direct or something in August giving us a tad more info about it. My other concern – well, I guess maybe it’s more of a nit-pick – is the screen. I love handhelds and I adore my DS family plus the Advance SP because they snap shut and I can fit them in my pocket. I’m not going to be able to fit the Switch Lite in my pocket and the screen is going to be out in the open. Of course, the screen on my Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance was the same way, but I feel like they weren’t as fragile back then. Maybe I’m wrong and I just didn’t have the concern back then because 1, I was younger and 2, I didn’t think to have an open or shut handheld was possible. I’m sure there will be plenty of accessories, like a travel case, to go along with the Nintendo Switch Lite (more money, of course), but it’s still something I think about. I don’t want to scratch up my screen or crack it if I drop it.

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Those are completely valid concerns. We’re careful with our hardware anyway, but knowing how sturdy the Switch Lite will be remains to be seen. Remember the issue with the original Switch consoles’ screens getting scratched when they were returned to the dock? Thankfully that hasn’t happened to ours, but I do wonder how scratch-resistant the Switch Lite screens will be. Of course, as you stated, there will most likely be accessories for us to buy, similar to cell phones these days — you need a cover as well as screen protectors for cell phones, no matter how durable the companies may boast them to be.

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Right, all we can do is wait for more information from Nintendo or just buy it and see for ourselves. Because really, no matter what, we’re going to buy it anyway. It’s Nintendo.

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First Thoughts On Some New Pokemon For Pokemon Sword & Shield

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I was a little late to the party, but I noticed some new Pokemon for Sword and Shield were flittering around the Internet the other day. All pictures of the Pokemon were taken from Serebii.net, which has more information on the Pokemon.

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Yamper

Yamper | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comI’m pleased to see there’s another puppy Pokemon through into the ever-growing Pokedex. The puppy Pokemon have always been adorable and they’ve done a nice job making sure the puppy Pokemon are various types. We’ve got fire, dark, normal, and now electric. (Though I guess you can say we technically already had that, but whatever.)

Yamper is an electrically charged pup who doesn’t know what to do with all its electricity, so he runs around rampant and is constantly energized. I find that utterly adorable and I can’t want to see this Pokemon in action both in the game and in the anime.

I always try to get an electric type Pokemon on my team the first time I play and Yamper will definitely be one I catch. I’m looking forward to seeing what its evolutions will be – assuming he has them, but I think he’ll have one or two.

Alcremie

Alcremie | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comThe cream Pokemon, Alcremie. Before I knew anything about it, not even its name, I immediately thought of strawberry shortcake. I assume that’s where the designer was going with this design. I think this Pokemon is absolutely adorable and, it being a fairy type, I know it’s going to be obnoxiously strong. I was iffy on fairy types when they were first introduced but the type has grown on me and I’m eager to see what Alcremie will be able to do.

I remember past “food” Pokemon were crapped on because no one liked Pokemon being made from inanimate objects – even though some of those Pokemon were absolutely the best. Everyone seems to adore Alcremie though, so… I guess we won’t hear complaints about that, huh? At least, not about this particular Pokemon.

Rolycoly

Rolycoly | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comOur new rock type is known as the coal Pokemon, Rolycoly. It reminds me of Roggenrola and I’m pleased to see one of its abilities is not sturdy. (Because, really, sturdy is only a good ability if the Pokemon is on your side.) He looks like a puff cloud though only… not fluffy. I feel like he would be able to float and hover around, though the Pokedex says it rolls around with ease.

Coal drops from Rolycoly’s body and people in the Galar region use it to heat up their homes. I always enjoy it when a Pokemon has an every-day function like that in addition to their battling. I wonder if he’ll get the chance to learn any fire moves?

Duraludon

Duraludon | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comThe alloy Pokemon, a steel and dragon type – Duraludon. This guy, even though he only weighs about 88-lbs, is going to be a beast. Although, according to his Pokedex entry, he seems as though he’s a gentle soul (despite battling with Tyranitar a lot). I love the look of him though. He’s so shiny and his arms, which is used to crush rock, are a cool design. I’m eager to see this guy in battle… on my side, of course.

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Friday Favorites: Stardew Valley NPCs

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Despite having it on Steam, I’ve bought Stardew Valley on the Nintendo Switch, just to give the game another try on a portable console. I’ve been loving it lately, so much so that I’m using it as an incentive to get this post done in a somewhat timely manner. Being in the middle of my first winter, I’ve started paying more attention to the villagers now that I’ve gotten the hang of farming. Here are my favorite NPCs.

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Demetrius

Aside from Demetrius being a science guy, I enjoy the little backstory with their family. Looking at the bookshelf in Demetrius’s and Robin’s bedroom reveals books regarding becoming a step-parent, and it’s not often that one sees video games or other media with blended families. I enjoyed his excitement over science things and, honestly, if Demetrius had been a marriage candidate, I’d probably go after him.

Evelyn

The resident old lady of the town is awesome. She first introduces herself to us and tells us to call her Granny, which I would totally be cool with. I’ve always had a soft spot for the elderly characters in these kind of video games, finding that some of them have the most interesting backstories.

Sandy

I just met Sandy recently but I already love her. I wish it was more feasible to be able to visit her more often, but I tend to get involved so much with  my farm and Pelican Town that I kind of forget about the desert area of the game. Still, Sandy is a fun character and I really enjoy her design.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 Cover Art

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m anticipating the arrival of Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch. The official box art was revealed yesterday and it’s made me more excited than ever to play the game.

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I came across the official cover art of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the Internet yesterday and I was impressed immediately – though not surprised. The graphics for the Nintendo Switch have really come a long way compared to previous consoles and games. So, the fact that they added as much detail to the cover art as possible is not a surprise to me at all.

The flat, yet the 3D effect of the title looks like gummies to me that I could eat. Or those slime stickers that you can easily peel off the paper and stick to your windows. No matter what it looks like to you, it looks good. Gooigi, at the top, looks just like the title. Just less sticky and gooier, I guess.

I remember when Super Mario Odyssey came out and so many people were impressed by Mario’s hair and the slick effects on Bowser. Now, it’s Luigi’s turn for the spotlight. What stands out of the most to me is his hat. You can clearly see the thread lines in the “L” the fabric of his hat overall. Of course, Luigi’s hat is his trademark in a way, similar to how Mario’s hat is his own. Having the main feature and details in Luigi’s hat was a great choice.

On the other hand, I feel like the rest of Luigi looks like clay. Especially his mustache, eyebrows, and the sweatdrop on the side of his face. It doesn’t look bad, though. I think it looks cool.

Overall, the cover art looks great and I’m excited more than ever to play the game. The end of 2019 can’t come soon enough. (And yet, I hope the summer lasts a long time.)

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Our Thoughts On Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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One of our first debates was Harvest Moon versus Animal Crossing as a couple of our favorite franchises, and we’ve even challenged each other to play games in each of the series to give them another try. Recently, I did get a new appreciation for New Leaf, even if my interest is waning a bit with it now. With that, I found myself a little more intrigued than I expected myself to be at the Animal Crossing: New Horizons news at E3 this year.

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I’ve wanted an Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch for so long now. As soon as they announced it, I was instantly excited. We finally got more news on it at E3 this year and they showed off an interesting trailer. It showcased some of the new mechanics of the game that, honestly, had me tilting my head.

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It did give us a few new mechanics that Rachel and I had been talking about recently for the games, such as having lawns to decorate instead of just decorating inside the houses. Having customizable characters is a plus as well. Something that I was interested in was the farming mechanic. I started laughing, marveling at how Animal Crossing is adopting some Harvest Moon aspects.

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Having a yard to call your own is great, I agree. As well as customizing your character. However, I wonder if they’ll still allow for a random option? I always enjoyed being surprised at how good or derpy I’d look. The farming mechanic is what made me tilt my head. As you all know by now, Harvest Moon is not my favorite game. I always preferred Animal Crossing because I found it be more chill and less “work.” You can make your own tools and, I assume, have to gather materials to make said tools. The farming itself seems fun, that I never minded too much. Although, with the real-time mechanic of the game, I have a feeling crops are going to die a lot.

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It’d be nice if there was still a random option at the beginning for your looks, but I do enjoy the idea of customization. I like the different skin tones that are available! See, I always felt that Animal Crossing wasn’t as goal-orientated as Harvest Moon, which I disliked. Having played New Leaf a bit more, I do see the goals you can make but I feel that it’s more “work” and time restrictive than most Harvest Moon installments are. I’m hoping the farming mechanic will be akin to the earlier Harvest Moon games, in that you plant them, water them once a day, and there you go. Of course, I presume the farming — and even some of the tools — will be optional, so you can have your game be as chill as you want.

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I find it funny how I think Harvest Moon is more “work” and you think Animal Crossing is more “work.” Maybe farming and such will be optional, I don’t know. I’m all for new mechanics and ways on improving the gameplay, but seeing something so similar to Harvest Moon made me stop and think for a moment.

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Isn’t it strange? I still believe you should give an earlier Harvest Moon game a try, perhaps More Friends of Mineral Town, as opposed to the Light of Hope that I had you try before. You may enjoy the simplicity of that more. I do hope you’ll still be excited for and enjoy Animal Crossing: New Horizons, considering it’s been one of your favorite franchises for years.

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I’m still excited for New Horizons and I’m intrigued by the changes. I know it’ll be a great game regardless. I’m curious how it’ll turn out though. The release can’t come soon enough.

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