Project Octopath Traveler

Demos were never something that we regularly downloaded to play on Nintendo’s systems. Rather, we were usually content to experience the game as a whole whenever it eventually came out. With the Switch, however, we’ve been finding ourselves trying out demos more often, and the most recent demo was Project Octopath Traveler.

A working title, Project Octopath Traveler centers on eight heroes in an RPG developed by Square Enix. The trailer that the Nintendo Direct this month had presented had intrigued us enough to download the demo that was available, and we have yet to be disappointed.

We were enthralled immediately by the opening music, finding it comparable to The Lord of the Rings, and the graphics were charming, almost like they are 3D pixels. The mechanics were easy to pick up on, especially battling, and we’re looking forward to when the entire game comes out.

Are you playing the demo for Project Octopath Traveler? What do you think of it so far?

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Achievement Unlocked

Happy Tuesday!

Did you know that the Nintendo Switch has been out for six months now? Despite knowing that, I feel like I’ve had the Switch for a lot longer.

In its sudden old age, they may be adding a cool update.

This may be old news, but I just found out about it yesterday.

Apparently, there was a leak on a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread by an indie developer who is putting their game, Lichtspeer, onto the Nintendo Switch.

They said, and I quote:

“Nintendo doesn’t have an official support for Achievements and Leaderboards, like Sony or Microsoft but we know that they’re working on it.”

Yes, please.

I always loved the achievements on consoles. It was one of my favorite things about the XBox. There’s just something about it that makes you feel so accomplished.

Every time you get a notification that you earned something in the game or you did something so many times, it warms my heart. I feel good, feel accomplished, and feel as though I’m making progress in the game.

This is why I love it when games tell you the percentage you’re on in the game at the title screen. I like to see if I’m 57% through the game. Halfway, that’s amazing! Or, if I’m 33% through a game I really enjoy, I’m happy that I still have a while left to go.

I also love to see how many hours I’ve logged into a game. I don’t know why, but the more hours I put into a game, the more accomplished I feel. No, I don’t feel like I’m “wasting my time,” I feel like I’m putting a lot of hard work and effort into a game I really enjoy.

I don’t know if this is considered a “leak” or a “rumor.” I don’t even know if this is old news or new news. Still, it excites me.

I would love for Nintendo to add such a feature. It would make gaming a whole lot more competitive (for me) and would be so much fun, not to mention satisfying to keep up with.

Do you think Nintendo will add this feature? Do you want it to happen? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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A New Toy [Nintendo 2DS]

Nintendo 2DS XL

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We both have the original Nintendo 3DS (2011). They both work fantastic, despite them being six years old. Nintendo has decided to let go of the original 3DS since they’ve come out with many other versions since then. We both knew we’d have to get a new handheld at some point and were thinking of upgrading to a 3DS XL. Then Nintendo announced the 2DS XL.

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While our Nintendo 3DS systems still work, their battery life definitely isn’t what they used to be. It was no problem, of course, and they both still have plenty of room for game storage. However, we figured that the 2DS XL would be nice upgrades, new handhelds with bigger screens and without the 3DS slide that we honestly never used from the 3DS systems. We’re both enjoying our 2DS systems, with Miitopia being the first game on them!

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I’m definitely enjoying the new system. I felt like it was Christmas (after we went to two GameStops so we could each get a system). Yes, there’s only Miitopia on the system, but the handheld itself is great. I enjoy the bigger screen and I think it’s cool that the game cartridge gets shielded and locked at the bottom. It won’t fall out and it won’t get ruined. It’s right next to the teeny-tiny SD card and the stylus. I’ll admit that I have a hard time getting the stylus back in. However, I tend to use my fingers anyway.

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I nearly forgot our quest to get the two systems… We went to our favorite GameStop at the mall, and the employee mentioned how they only had one system. Rachel immediately told me, “I’ll fight you,” and the employee rolled with it, stating that he’d “put the system in the middle so [we] could duke it out.” To prevent us from ruining the store, though, he kindly offered to call the nearest GameStop to see if they had another system to hold for us, which they did. The bigger screen is my favorite aspect of the 2DS XL. Going back to the 3DS is strange because the screen looks so much smaller!

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You would have beaten me anyway… With that being said, we both ended up with the black and blue 2DS. Both of us liked that color better than the white and orange, but to differentiate it a bit, I would have gone for the white and orange. (I’m most likely going to put Pokemon stickers on it anyway.) But both stores only had the black and blue left, which was fine by us. And yeah, we’ve both been playing Gameboy Advance games so while playing Miitopia so I’m going back and forth between the 2DS XL and my original DS. Not 3DS, just a regular old Nintendo DS.

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I would have loved a black and red color scheme, but the black and blue is pretty. Considering my original Nintendo DS’s top screen is coming apart at the seams, I’ve been using my GameBoy Advance SP for my game. It’s itty-bitty compared to the 2DS XL! It’s amazing seeing the growth and change in technology when it comes to the handheld systems. Now we have the Switch to add to that lineup, with many wondering what Nintendo’s plans are for the future of their handhelds…

Do you have a 2DS system? What do you think of Nintendo’s line of handheld consoles? Let us know in the comments below!

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1-2 Switch Party

1-2 Switch Team Battle Mode

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A couple of weekends ago, we had our three cousins over for a sleepover while our aunt and uncle had a wedding to go to out of town. They have three boys, the twins are 14 and their little brother is 10. They love video games like us (in fact, this uncle is the one who got us into video games many years ago). They don’t have the Nintendo Switch and we thought we’d spend the weekend playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The youngest wanted to try 1-2 Switch, despite the four of us groaning. But guess what? We ended up spending the weekend playing 1-2 Switch. And we actually had a pretty good time.

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Remember our initial review of 1-2 Switch? Those points still stand, but at least the game got some good use during that weekend! It’s a ridiculous game that still isn’t worth the price it has, but it was definitely amusing watching and playing with the boys. I honestly didn’t play too much, still not interested in the game at all aside from a couple of the mini-games, but hearing the boys laughing due to how much fun they were having while playing (and, to be honest, mocking) the game was awesome.

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We ended up playing the Team Battle mode, which was something we hadn’t tried before. It was just the two of us playing so we didn’t see reason to try to team. The three boys and I played 2-v-2 and it was actually more exciting than I thought it would be. It’s like a board game and you play one of the minigames to decide to who goes first. Whoever wins, spins the wheel. They move the number of spaces the wheel lands on (1-5). Each space is a game. You play it and whoever wins, gets to spin next. Whoever makes it to the goal first, wins.

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The wheel also has a space to switch to the other team, so even if your team wins and does get to spin the wheel, it may allow the other team to move around the board instead. The board also doesn’t let you repeat minigames, so they don’t become tedious. I played with the boys during the first Team Battle mode, and Rachel was what we had deemed the Wild Card, allowing us to hand off the joy-con to her during a minigame if we believed she could do better than us with it, haha! How many Team Battles did you end up doing with them later that night, Rachel?

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Oh, geez… I don’t even know. The mode was quick with the games being so short and the board itself wasn’t that big (especially if you spin big numbers and skip games you’ve already played). We played a lot of rounds, maybe about 10. And that’s not an exaggeration. It was fun, though. I especially loved watching them play. The game is good when you’re watching others look like idiots. Still, as much fun as we had, there were so many times my team would win the most games, but the other team happened to make it to the goal first. In that case, they won. I think it would have made more sense to win the most games.

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I think it’s one of those games where it’s a risk either way. Kind of like Monopoly or even Mario Kart, where you could be in first the majority of the time, but luck will push you out of the way for someone else. I’m definitely glad the game got some good use of it, though… At the very least, we have an idea of what we can get for the boys whenever they happen to get their own Switch!

Has anyone else actually play 1-2 Switch’s Team Battle mode? Did you get a better appreciation for the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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Video Game Bundles

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy September!

As kids, Rachel and I tended to wait until Christmas or our birthdays for new video games and consoles but, as adults, we squirrel away some money for these kind of occasions. Getting a new game here or there isn’t bad, but when they’re hard to find consoles or such, bundles look more appealing…

Usually when a shiny new game or console comes out, plenty of stores offer some sort of bundle to include the game or console with other trinkets. Generally speaking, these trinkets usually aren’t anything that we’d be interested in — such as little posters or figurines that, while look cool, would do nothing more than collect dust.

Case in point were the bundles that ThinkGeek were offering with the SNES Classic console. The SNES Classic itself is only about $80… I’m not convinced that the extra toys that come with the console even out the high price of the bundles. Is it really another eighty bucks for a mushroom plush, a mug, and a calendar? Most of the bundles looked nice, especially the Zelda-themed chess set, but I’m more interested in the console itself rather than the add-ons.

Of course, there are bundles that I wouldn’t mind getting. I’m honestly considering the Fire Emblem Warriors bundle that Nintendo is offering. Along with the Switch version of the game, you get a duel-sided poster, art cards, and 3 CDs of the game music. The art cards and poster look nice, but what I’m really interested in is the music. Video game soundtracks are my favorite kind of music, enough so that I don’t know anything on the radio nowadays.

The Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon bundle doesn’t seem too bad either. It comes with art cards and a code to get 200 pokeballs along with a version of each game. Rachel and I were considering it so each of us would get a game out of the deal and she could keep the art cards.

Price-wise, both bundles are about eighty dollars (which seems to be the magic number of this post). It’s about twenty bucks more than what the game would be by itself, but music comes along with it! It’s also the price of both Pokemon games put together, so that doesn’t seem too bad either.

It’s a shame gaming is such an expensive hobby, isn’t it?

Do you take advantage of video game bundles? What do you think of them?

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Thoughts on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Thoughts on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

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When Nintendo announced Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, we were… disappointed, for lack of a better word. Shortly before this year’s E3 press conference, the Pokemon Direct announced a deluxe version of Pokken Tournament for the Switch, virtual console versions of Pokemon Gold and Silver, confirmed there will be a Pokemon game for the Switch, and then added Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon into the mix. But what happened to the third-tier games? And we just got Sun and Moon, what can they possibly update already?

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There seem to be a lot of aesthetic changes in the Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon trailer, from the main trainer designs themselves, to the few peeks of the islands we see. Instead of a sequel, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are being hailed as remakes of the original Sun and Moon games. Perhaps Nintendo is adding more content that they hadn’t been able to add to the original Alolan duo of games? I admit, I was looking forward to perhaps a third-tier game and was a bit surprised at hearing that the next games would be the Ultra versions of Sun and Moon.

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I’m looking forward to the new games, whether they’re similar or not. It’s Pokemon, so of course, I’m going to buy both games. Still, I just thought it was strange that they’re remaking games that came out a year ago. With new forms of the Pokemon, the legendaries especially, I’m curious to see what kind of changes they made to the story.

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Release dates between the main core games have always been about a year and a half to two years, actually, but I am a little suspicious about a remake version just a year after the original came out. Again, perhaps there were more new mechanics that they wished to include but hadn’t been able to until the Ultra games. While the brighter environments in the Ultra games look nice, I’m not thrilled with the character designs. They’re cute, and maybe I’m just old, but I do hope that the characters have a few more facial expressions this time around. Despite how customizable their clothes and hair were in the original games, but faces were nearly always stuck in that goofy smile.

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Right, but the fact that they announced the remarks just a few months after the originals came out, makes me wonder just how long they’ve had these games ready. And I forgot that we had stone faces… I hope they fixed that as well. We don’t see too much of our character in the reveal trailer though, so who knows?

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Yes, the reveal trailer didn’t show too much of your character aside from the updated design, along with a few moves made by some Alolan Pokemon, and the legendaries’ updated looks, of course. I’m curious if Lillie, Hau, and Gladion will make another appearance. In the original games, the main character had just moved to the Alola region — is it the same case in the Ultra games? Will the main character already know the supporting characters from the original games, if the supporting characters are in the Ultra games as well?

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Well, that’s the thing. We don’t know anything about the story this time around. They showed off new designs and that’s about it. YouTuber GameExplain has some thoughts and I have to say that I agree with him. Feel free to watch his video and then let us know your thoughts.

What do you think of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? Are you excited for the games? Let us know in the comments below!

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Check Out This Cool Joy-Con Design!

Happy Tuesday and happy August!

I was scrolling through My Nintendo News yesterday and came across something cool. And it’s Pokemon related, so what more could you want?

 

If Joy-Con weren’t so expensive, I’d collect them all. I want all the different colors and I have design ideas that don’t even exist, but I would love them too.

Even if they made slip covers, like what they didn’t for the Wii’s remotes, I’d buy those.

Well, this fan decided they didn’t want to wait for Nintendo to create something awesome, so they did it themselves.

His name is Bostian. I’d link to his page, but the link was broken on the original article, so feel free to try to Google him. He created Pokeball Joy-Con and I would love to get my hands on it.

I think it looks fantastic and Nintendo should definitely be taking notes.

The solid colors for the Joy-Con are cool and pretty, but I would love to see more awesome designs like this.

What do you think of this design? What other design ideas do you have? Let me know in the comments below!

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