Breath of the Wild Love

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In between a few other games, we’ve been really focusing on finishing the story of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch. At this point, we’ve freed all the Divine Beasts and Champions, and are kind of just wandering around and exploring while trying to find more shrines and complete more side quests. We’re still in love with the game!

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I don’t understand how most people beat the story so quickly. There’s so much to do and we want to do it all before we officially beat the game! Well… we probably won’t get to everything, but it’s nice to try.

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Definitely! We’re currently just running around with the Sheikah Sensor tracking treasure chests. Not only are those things all over the place, but it’s bringing us to nooks and crannies that we hadn’t visited yet. The exploration in this open world is amazing, and one of my favorite aspects about it is the nods to other Zelda games. The Temple of Time, the remains of Hyrule Castle Town, Arbiter’s Grounds in the desert, a child telling stories of people who used to live in the sky… It’s endless.

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It really amazes me how they created this map and everything it holds.We found another shrine just last night that looked like it was decent ways away, but it ended up being much farther than we anticipated. The overall world is just beautiful (despite half of it being destroyed).

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The nature of the world is just gorgeous. Speaking of the world, I adore how every NPC has a name. We’ve seen NPCs get into trouble, fight monsters on their own, plead with you not to jump if you’re standing on the edge of a bridge, and seem to have their own agendas outside of being static characters for the hero to interact with. That kind of touch really enriches the story for me.

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I agree. Each and every character has a purpose. Though I have to say, my favorite part of the game is the memories. I loved going on a scavenger hunt in such a big map to explore new areas all while piecing together the story.

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The memories were a lot of fun! Piecing together the story of what happened 100 years ago while Link was sleeping, then connecting the memories to events in the present day was a fantastic way to keep us engaged in the story while gallivanting off to every corner of the map.

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I developed lots of feelings for all the main characters; Zelda and all the Champions. The story is actually quite sad, but it’s engaging and they didn’t a fantastic job.

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Nintendo Wii U Versus The Switch

Nintendo Wii U VS the Switch

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The Nintendo Switch had a lot of pressure put on it, considering how poorly in sales the Wii U did. The Switch itself is going strong, partly due to all of the games — both first-party and third-party — that are scheduled to appear on the console, something that the Wii U did not have. Yet, a handful of the Switch’s best selling games are Wii U ports.

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I think the Switch is mainly what the Wii U didn’t–and couldn’t–do. For example, they put so much hype into the gamepad so you could play the game “on the go.” Yet, it only lasts about three feet. Now we have the Switch, where you can literally take it anywhere. And not only that but play it anywhere with friends or yourself as a handheld.

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The Switch definitely has the portability that the Wii U failed with. With the ported Wii U games, Nintendo does seem to be hyping up the Switch to be the better Wii U. Along with the updated version of Mario Kart 8 on the Switch and Pokken Tournament coming to the console in a couple of months, the Switch has games promised throughout the rest of the year and beyond, a far cry from the scheduled list of games that the Wii U had gotten.

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When the Switch was announced, we wanted to play through a few of our Wii U games because we knew we would be focusing on the Switch. When we went through our games, we realized that we really didn’t have a lot of Wii U games. Yet, we use our Wii U all the time. However, at this point, we mostly use it for Netflix and YouTube.

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Yes, YouTube seems to be the Wii U’s greatest workout, haha! Honestly, we’ve even used the original Wii’s Virtual Console more than the Wii U. We still have a few Wii U games that we haven’t tried just yet, due to us being focused on the Switch. Still, the Wii U had some great games, and I’m curious as to what else Nintendo may port over to the Switch. I’d be surprised if there were no plans to bring over the Super Smash Bros. franchise onto the new console.

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Yes, we still have quite a few Wii U games to play through. But the bottom line is, Kris, which console is your favorite?

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I’m quite enjoying the Switch, but it could also be because it’s still new and shiny for us. I’m loving Breath of the Wild and the extra content of Mario Kart 8, and the Joy-Con are fun, easy to use controllers for the games. The major downside of the console, however, is the price. Not just for the main console itself, which wasn’t too bad, but for all the accessories. What about you?

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As of right now, I’d have to say the Switch. Mainly for the same reasons you just said. But, while the Wii U got a lot of backlash and I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of it, I absolutely love the Wii U. Not just because of Netflix and YouTube, but I found the overall console to be great and they had a lot of good games for it as well. It reminded me of the 3DS, which I love. Even with the Switch, I’m sure we’ll be playing our Wii U for a long time to come.

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Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass DLC

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still a fantastic game and, with the end of last month, the game’s first expansion pass DLC was released. It brought plenty of fresh content to a game that already has so much to do and explore!

 

bfsexyjThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been out for only four months and it continues to make headlines as one of the best games in the Legend of Zelda franchise. Much of that credit is due to the enormous open world that players can explore, allowing them to play out the story in any order they wish (should they even want to play out the story because that’s an option too).

Rachel and I have yet to actually beat the story, but we’re getting there! When we had pre-ordered our Switch bundle a few months ago, not only was the Breath of the Wild included but so was the first DLC pass ready to be downloaded when June 30th rolled around. The Expansion Pass DLC includes the Trial of the Sword, Hero’s Path Mode, and Master Mode, along with the Travel Medallion, more armor, and the Korok Mask hidden throughout the world.

While we haven’t downloaded the DLC just yet, I think I’m looking forward to the Trial of the Sword challenge the most. It seems like an awesome challenge and to strengthen the Master Sword even further is just sweet. The Hero’s Path Mode will also be helpful to us. Rachel and I tend to just make a beeline to whatever Tower or Shrine we see in our line of sight, so exploration can be a second thought. Using the Hero’s Path Mode to see where we’ve been and, more importantly, where we haven’t been sounds so useful.

For those of you who do have the DLC on their Breath of the Wild games, I hope you’re enjoying it!

What do you think of the expansion pass DLC? What’s your favorite part of the pass?

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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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Snipperclips Game Review

Snipperclips Game Review

Title: Snipperclips
Company: Nintendo 
Console: 
Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 
March 3, 2017
How we got the game: 
We bought it

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Snipperclips was an adorable launch title for the Nintendo Switch, starring two characters that shared paper- and scissor-like qualities. While it can be a one-player game, the charm of Snipperclips is when you get multiple people playing together either as a team or competitively to solve the puzzles.

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It’s a fun, quirky game that I can definitely see playing with friends, which is mainly the point. The puzzles were simple but could be difficult at times. It was fun while it lasted.

gameplay

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Snipperclips is a puzzle game, full of levels designed to make the players think and work together in order to successfully solve them. Each player is armed with a Joy-Con held horizontally to control one of the little characters. The characters can cut each other into various shapes and sizes in order to find the best look to solve the puzzle.

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The controls were good, though there were a lot of buttons to remember. We often snipped each other when we meant to jump and so on. You could jump, crouch, stand on your tip-toes, snip, and reform yourself once or all the way. Using the joystick to move was a little fickle sometimes as well. You had to be precise but one little centimeter of moving the stick, your character would run sometimes.

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The puzzles were varied, with some needing the characters to cut out certain shapes, either out of themselves or from part of the level’s background, having to reunite frogs, catch fish, or carefully transport bird eggs to nests, and aiding this female character that Rachel named Linda with collecting hearts and jewels, as a few examples.

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I enjoyed some puzzles more than others. I liked cutting ourselves to match the different shapes, but I could have done without the bird egg levels. Linda was pretty good as well as the frogs, fish, and catching fireflies. For those ones, you had to really think outside of the box to cut yourself or around yourself to make the level work. I enjoyed just making myself into different shapes.

graphics-music

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The graphics are one of the best aspects of this game! The characters are downright adorable with their animations, particularly with their facial expressions. They giggle when snipping at each other, cheer and sigh in relief when a puzzle is solved successfully, and even look exasperated at the television screen once in a while if a puzzle is taking too long to solve.

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The characters definitely give this game personality. If you’re going to have a game that’s 100% puzzles with no storyline, you have to make it interesting somehow. The picture was clear and crisp with the Switch’s graphics, but the animation was cartoony which was refreshing to have over most 3D games now.

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The music went very well with the graphics, I think. The music wasn’t too invasive while you were trying to concentrate on the puzzles, and the sound effects and the voices of the characters were spot-on. It kept you engaged without breaking your concentration.

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The music was relaxing even though we frustratingly yelled at each other a couple of times. Despite how hard it can get, the game is light-hearted and supposed to be pretty simple (as simple as puzzle games go).

replay-value

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While Snipperclips is fun to play with friends, once you finish up the puzzles… There’s not much else to do. It’s a charming game, but short — it only took Rachel and myself a couple of sittings to finish the levels of the main mode. We may return to the game only if we miss the cute characters and want to play something mindless since we’ve already solved the puzzles.

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We have yet to try out Party Mode where you each play as multiple characters at once. We may return to that for an added challenge at some point. I would also love to play with friends because I’m sure having four people play at once is difficult, but fun. Still, each level didn’t take too long and there were only 15 levels for three areas. I do wish there were more.

Snipperclips gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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Friday Favorites: Switch Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

I know most people share their video game wish lists before E3, but I figured I would share mine now since Nintendo’s Spotlight just gave us a lot of little bites of some of their planned projects rather than giving us more to chew on. Here’s what I wish for the Switch’s future come next year!

Super Smash Bros.

With the deluxe editions of Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament making their way to the Switch, I’m wondering why Nintendo hasn’t hinted at doing a Smash Bros. installment, or even a port of Brawl for the Switch yet. The Smash franchise is a big project, I know, but even a deluxe port with the DLC from Brawl like they did with Mario Kart 8 would have been fine with me. I’m sure this is in the back of Nintendo’s mind right now, but a little hint would have been nice.

Virtual Console

This is the big one. Everyone has been hounding Nintendo about the Virtual Console, and even Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aime said, “Certainly, we recognize there’s an appetite for all of our great legacy content.” Some sort of time frame, even if it needs to be revised down the line, would have been great for those of us just waiting for the Virtual Console library to come to the Nintendo Switch. Here’s hoping we’ll hear more about it in 2018!

Ace Attorney and Professor Layton

Although these two franchises usually make their homes on the handheld devices, considering the Switch can be portable, I wouldn’t mind these detective games making their way to the console in the future. The Joy-Con and their technology would be perfect for the point-and-click puzzle games, and I would love to see the animated cut scenes on my television. (That, and Rachel and I like to play them together, and it gets a little cramped hunched over the same 3DS, haha!)

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Remake

This is actually something Rachel had mentioned the other night. We both adore the Legend of Zelda franchise, and Four Swords Adventures for the GameCube had been the perfect multiplayer experience for the series. Being able to easily split the Joy-Con between multiple players instead of dealing with setting up the wires for GameBoy Advances would be great for the game. That, and after seeing remakes of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on the 3DS, and then HD versions of WindWaker and Twilight Princess, I think seeing another older Zelda game remade wouldn’t be a bad idea.

What do you hope for the Switch’s future? Did Nintendo’s Spotlight answer any of your wishes?

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Not Much From Nintendo

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

We’re in the final home stretch for E3 2017. You heard our thoughts on Nintendo’s Spotlight, and you’ll be hearing our thoughts on everything else later.

But I wanted to talk a little bit more about what Nintendo is doing… And what they’re not doing.

As you all know, I wanted a third Luigi’s Mansion game along with a new Animal Crossing. It wasn’t a prediction, it was just a wishlist. Still, I wasn’t getting my hopes up for either one of them. I figured if one was going to get announced, it would be Animal Crossing.

With the Switch still new and so much hype about it, everyone wants Animal Crossing on the Switch. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder how I’ll like it on the Switch.

Animal Crossing originally came out for the Gamecube in 2002. I fell in love with the game and even 100% paid off my debt. I didn’t collect everything by any means, but I did “beat” the game. And there was Fang. I love Fang.

Animal Crossing: Wild World came out for the Nintendo DS in 2005 and, for some reason, I didn’t get as into it as I did for the original game.

When Animal Crossing: City Folk came out for the Nintendo Wii in 2008, I felt the same way. Though I think what did it for me was that I wasn’t a huge fan of the motion controls.

Then Animal Crossing: New Leaf came out for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. And I fell in love all over again.

I loved the first game, didn’t care too much for Wild World because I wasn’t a fan of it being on the handheld. Then City Folk came out and I realized it was better on the handheld. With New Leaf, I love it as it is.

With that said, I’m not sure how I would feel about a new Animal Crossing on the Switch. It’d be nice to see it on the big screen, but I do like to carry it around with me. Good thing the Switch is portable, but still, I don’t know how it would all work.

Then there’s the game itself. What else can they do to Animal Crossing? They added so much to New Leaf to make it “new and improved” from the other games. You’re the mayor, can update your town, you have your own private island, and you can go deep sea diving. So, what else is there for an Animal Crossing game?

It’s like the Paper Mario games. They had something good, felt the need to improve, and those changes haven’t been great.

They keep trying to change Pokemon and add new things after 20 years. I enjoyed the changes in Sun and Moon, but I don’t know what to expect from Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Then again, Pokemon is a different topic for a different day.

And yes, I know I’m speculating on games that we’re even talked about. But Animal Crossing is so popular that I do believe there will be another game at some point in the future, even if it’s five years away. And it makes me wonder if Nintendo is already thinking about it, but just don’t have enough to say anything yet, similar to them just simply confirming a core RPG Pokemon game for the Switch.

With all that said, I am happy with what Nintendo announced the other day. I think the games up and coming this year are great and I’m looking forward to them. However, since they didn’t talk about much, I can’t help but wonder what else they have up their sleeve.

Still, I’m not getting my hopes up. But I’m still curious. I’d love to be a fly on the wall at Nintendo Headquarters.

Lots of speculation here, but do you think they have more planned than what they let on? Let me know in the comments below!

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