Playing Fairune Collection On The Nintendo Switch

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’ve received a review copy of the Fairune Collection on the Nintendo Switch, courtesy of Pure Nintendo. It was a fun, quick game and I wrote a review for it for Pure Nintendo, but here are some quick thoughts on it.

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Fairune is an RPG that was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS. Though, I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of the games before now. I’m a fan of RPGs and was excited to give this game a try.

Fairune Collection for the Nintendo Switch contains Fairune, Fairune 2, a prequel game, and an unlockable spin-off game. I was surprised that they released all the games in one pack for less for $10, but when I started playing I realized that it was a good price for the four games.

They’re very short and honestly, I wouldn’t classify them as RPGs. There’s no battle mechanics at all – you get a sword and literally step on the enemies squishing them into the ground in the over world. It’s certainly not what I expected, but it wasn’t bad either. I actually didn’t mind it.

The majority of the game play is collecting certain items and solving puzzles to progress. Despite the puzzles, they’re pretty straightforward so this is a casual, semi-mindless game.

Again, it’s not at all what I expected and the games are super quick to get through (the first game took me a total of 2.5 hours) but they’re relaxing. I can’t see myself playing through the games again, but the first time around is a treat.

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Playing Death Road To Canada On The Nintendo Switch

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Death Road to Canada is a game Kris and I discovered through YouTube and bought on Steam. It’s a fun game and we’ve played it a couple of times, but now that it’s on the Nintendo Switch, we had the chance to play with friends.

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We’ve been doing better getting together with a couple of gaming friends who, due to life, we don’t normally see often. We’ve been trying to get together once a month for a game night and, so far, we’ve been doing pretty well at it.

This time we played Death Road to Canada on the Nintendo Switch. It was hard since the game only allows for 2-players at a time and there’s 4 of us. Plus, you can have 4 people in your party in the game but for some reason, it only allows for 2 human players.

And there’s no online or local co-op. So, we had three Switches set up, my friend and I on his Switch and Kris and our other friend on our Switch.

It worked well enough, but I’ll admit we didn’t play for more than 2 hours. We found ourselves getting distracted by each other’s games and trying to watch the other team play.

Next time, I think we’ll just pass the controllers around and mix and match teams of 2 and see who can make it the farthest.

It was fun to play with someone other than Kris, though. Kris and I play games together all the time and we know each other’s tricks and gaming routines. It was fun to play with our friends and see how they would handle certain situations.

I’m looking forward to playing the game with them again, but I do hope in the future, the game allows for 4 players or online co-op. That would be ideal.

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Original or Definitive Edition

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Nintendo Switch has been wildly successful in its year and a half out in the world. We are definitely impressed with ours, enjoying both the games and the multiple ways we can play.

Speaking of the games, though, many games have been ported to the Switch from the Wii U. The latest to get the treatment is Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. Do you think the Definitive Edition is worth it?

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I’ve been seeing Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition for the Switch all over the place considering the game just came out this past Friday. The original Hyrule Warriors came out about four years ago for the Wii U and, considering all of the improved Wii U ports the Switch has been getting during this past year, it’s not too surprising that Hyrule Warriors got the same Switch treatment.

I enjoyed Fire Emblem Warriors when it came out for the Switch and I liked Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U. I’ve been on the fence about getting HW: Definitive Edition, however. I have both the Wii U and the 3DS version of the game already, so I’m not certain if I want to drop another sixty bucks for the Definitive Edition.

On one hand, I understand that the Definitive Edition includes the downloadable content that the standard, if you will, editions had. With that said, I hadn’t paid much attention to what the DLC for Hyrule Warriors had been. Does the extra content make the Definitive Edition worth it? How much have I missed when it comes to the DLC for Hyrule Warriors?

When it came to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it wasn’t a difficult decision to buy the Switch version despite us having the Wii U edition of the game. We knew what the DLC was and figured it was worth it for the Switch version. At that time, we were eager to get games for the new console anyway, and a Mario Kart game seemed like a no-brainer. However, I don’t feel the same way when it comes to HW: Definitive Edition.

On the other hand, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Definitive Edition of the game from reviews and first impressions I’ve seen around, despite it only being out for a few days. Will the port be better than the Wii U original? Again? That brings up the bigger questions as to why so many Wii U games are being ported to the Switch and why they are so much more successful than when they were on the Wii U.

The simpler question for today, though, is do I splurge and get the Definitive Edition of Hyrule Warriors?

 

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Lumo [Game Review]

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Title: Lumo
Developer: Triple Eh? and Spiral House
Publisher: Rising Star Games
Platform: 
Nintendo Switch
Category: 
Adventure, Platformer
Release Date: 
November 20, 2017
How we got the game: 
I got a physical copy as a gift

 

 

 

When I first heard of Lumo, I thought it looked so cool. I was excited for another puzzle game and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

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Lumo is a short and sweet game. You play as a little wizard guy going room to room figuring out puzzles, collecting items, or sometimes just running through the room to get to the next.

You run with the analog stick and jump with A. Halfway through the game, you get a light staff and press B to illuminate the room. Lighting up the room allows you to see hidden platforms. You can also push certain boxes though you just need to walk into them.

There was no camera control and no depth-perception. Each room is set up in a similar way to Captain Toad except you can’t move the camera around to look at different angles. You only get the one angle and if you’re behind something – good luck. You have to make that jump blind. I got stuck quite a bit because I wasn’t able to get a better look at what I was trying to do.

The puzzles aren’t too complicated either. There were only two that tripped me up, but for the most part, the puzzles were easy or they were just time-based. The time-based ones were annoying because it went so slow and waiting was just annoying. And if you messed up, you respawned by the door and had to start all over again.

There are two modes of the game, I chose the adventure mode where it saved automatically when entering a new room and you have unlimited lives. I died a lot, so that was very helpful.

There are collectibles in the game such as rubber ducks, which were nearly impossible to get, cassette tapes, coins, and one other thing that I never found out what it was. I barely collected any of them. There was no point to collecting any of them and, as far as I know, you don’t get anything for collecting them. It didn’t add much to the game at all.

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I enjoyed the graphics of this game. The 3D picture looked good and the different designs on each floor (dungeon-like, ice, etc.). In the beginning, you get to choose whether you’re a boy or a girl. The gender honestly doesn’t matter as you can’t tell while the blue chose your robe color.

The music was calming and soothing. While I liked it, I’ll admit it got a little old. The music was more or less the same throughout the entire game. The game is short, but I still would have liked a little variety.

The special effects were pretty good. I found the noise of my character running as well as the illumination sounds to be pleasing.
storyI have no idea what the story is, to be honest. I started off as a girl in an arcade. I couldn’t interact with anything or anyone other than a broken computer. The computer sucked me in, I went through the various puzzles, met some ghosts, defeated them, collected all four chips, then got out of the game. Then my character ran off and the credits rolled.

So, long story short, I guess I was trying to get myself out of the game. I don’t know how collecting the chips fixed it though and I don’t know why it was broken in the first place or why I was even sucked in.

The ghosts? No clue. Halfway through the game, I ran into a ghost. He split into four mini ghosts and then at some points I “battled” them in a Pac-Man style giant maze room. That was the end of the ghosts, but they were never explained why they were there or what they were doing.

My guess is maybe the ghosts resembled a “virus” in the computer, but it’s not clear at all.

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I don’t think I’ll be picking up this game again. The puzzles were so easy and the camera were awful. It wasn’t a bad a game, but with barely any story, I wasn’t as into it as I had hoped.

Lumo gets…
2 out of 5 lives.

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Nintendo’s Online Service [Gaming News]

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Nintendo recently announced more information on their online service that will be available in September, which… honestly, isn’t too far away at this point. (Seriously, where is this year going?) It detailed the pricing, what exactly we’ll get with it, and the news that the virtual console is not coming to the Switch anytime soon.

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Nintendo revealed a little more details about the service. First, is online gameplay. This is something we already have with certain games such as Splatoon 2, ARMS, or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. However, come September, when the online services are released, we’ll no longer be able to play online unless we become a member. I mean, it’s $20 a year, so I’m certainly not complaining about that.

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The price isn’t too bad, no. Twenty dollars is for the individual membership, while around thirty-five dollars is a family membership. I imagine the family membership will include all accounts on a Switch while the individual membership will be per account. Either way, the price isn’t bad at all, but it will be odd to lose the freedom of playing online after being so used to it being free at this point.

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It is weird. This isn’t something I ever imagined Nintendo doing, especially since the console itself as well as the games are so expensive. People are still going to buy it though, of course. They’ll also be releasing 20 NES games at launch of the service with more games to be added “regularly.” I’m not sure how often “regularly” is going to be, but I think it’s pretty cool they’re doing that anyway. At the same time, I wonder if they’ll release SNES games, Nintendo64 games, and so on… in which case, that’s kind of like the virtual console and also… maybe no Nintendo64 classic mini?

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I’m curious if the 20 NES games at launch will be switched out with the games that will be added “regularly,” or if they’ll be there for good. In which case, yes, that could be why the virtual console isn’t being planned at this point and time. It does seem cheap for the old games, if that’s what is going to happen, especially with the new cloud back-up that will be available with the service. Would you think a virtual console with the old games may be more profitable than the twenty to thirty-five dollar subscription service?

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Well, I also heard as a rumor that it’s just a trial for the games. The $20 a year is like renting the games and then after a certain amount of time, Nintendo will take the games away and you’ll have to buy them if you want to keep them. I’m not sure if that’s true or not.

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I think I vaguely remember that, and it may be what I mean when I was wondering if they’ll “switch” old games out every once in a while. What you just said would make more sense for Nintendo in a business sense, and may be the replacement for the virtual console. Not quite sure how I feel about it. On one hand, if we’re just “renting” an old game for a while, we won’t have to pay any extra to try it out, so I suppose that’s a nice perk with the paid subscription. I believe what I really want out of this subscription is to eventually have an actual chat system rather than a smartphone app.

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Yeah… I’m not too keen on having the app either. I barely have any storage left on my phone to begin with and I don’t want the battery to be wasted so quick. I mean, maybe it’ll be pretty cool once we try it, but for now, I’d rather have headsets or Discord.

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I remember Discord was interested in being the main chat service for Nintendo, but as far as I know, nothing is going on between the two companies. Perhaps one day Nintendo will have a better option than the smartphone app, especially to go with the online service that people are going to pay for. I think they’ll eventually need to have a better chat service. I suppose we’ll see, but for now, I’m interested in seeing how well the online service as it is will work.

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Nintendo Says There Will Be No Virtual Console For The Nintendo Switch [Gaming News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I have some sad news to share with you all… though maybe I’m the only one who’s sad about it. Either way, here we go.

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According to a recent article on My Nintendo News, there will be no virtual console coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Why? It doesn’t say. Nintendo “currently” has no plans. So, I guess you could look at it and say they may make the plans down the road. Still, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t get my hopes up.

The thing is, the Switch is a home console and a handheld. It would be so easy for them to put old home console games on there as well as handheld games since the Switch is the best of both worlds. I mean, the 3DS is still a thing so maybe they would just put DS game on, but still.

I was just thinking about the virtual console the other day so it’s ironic I found this article now. I was wondering when they would add it and also realized they most likely wouldn’t add the NES or SNES games now that they have the classic versions. I think Nintendo would rather people buy those, as scarce as they are.

To look on the bright side, maybe they’re planning mini classic versions for other consoles such as the Nintendo64? I don’t know, we’ll see.

Also, Nintendo has released more information about the online features for the Switch. Apparently, there will be 20 NES games on there and more will come over time.

So… Maybe Nintendo really will add the virtual console, but it will come with the online features? I don’t really know what they’re planning. I do hope to see the virtual console at some point, but the online features don’t seem to be too bad.

I’m looking forward to what Nintendo comes up with next.

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Animal Crossing Wishlist

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

There have been a lot of rumors going about a possible new Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has been doing a great job keeping quiet, but I’m sure there’s something brewing. (There better be, anyway.)

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My two favorite Animal Crossing games are the first and original Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Gamecube and the latest game, Animal Crossing New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS.

The original was great and New Leaf added so much without bogging it down with too much. If we get a new game for the Switch, we’ll have the ability to play it on the big screen and on the small screen taking it with us. There’s a lot of possibilities they can do with the new game.

Here’s what I would love to see.

Bring back favors

In the original Animal Crossing game for the Gamecube, you were able to talk to them and ask if there was anything you could do for them. This involved returning a borrowed item, getting a borrowed item back, delivering something, whatever. I enjoyed it because it was a great way to interact with the villagers and they rewarded you so it was a great way to get new stuff and build your catalog.

Keep the island, but add just a pinch more to it

I love the island in New Leaf. The diving feature is cool and I love being able to get all sorts of new fruit, bugs, and sea creatures. I would love to see a little more added to it though. Maybe you can run into a villager here and there. Or who says that island is exclusive to your town? Maybe you can run into villagers you don’t have similar to City Folk.

Be able to interact with shopkeepers (outside of the shops)

Tom Nook, Blathers, Isabelle, and company… where do they all go when the shops close? I would love to be able to visit their houses and interact with them after shop hours. I think definitely think that’d be cool to see what kinds of houses they’d live in. I mean, Blathers pretty much lives at the museum, but still.

Add a fishing net like in Pocket Camp

I didn’t play much of Pocket Camp, but I did see a few trailers and commercials and I saw they had a fishing net where you could catch up to 8 (I think) fish at once. Yes, please! I love using the plain old fishing rod, but having the ability to leave a net in the water for a bit is a great idea.

More pocket space

Although, if we can catch up to 8 fish at once, they better give us more pocket space. Or, what would be cool, is if they add a backpack icon to the menu. So you have the 15 pocket spots and then you can click on the backpack for an additional 20 spots or so. This is smart thinking, Nintendo. Listen to me.

Send letters to friends and possibly visit their towns without online features

If you and your friend exchange friend codes on the Switch and both have a town in Animal Crossing, you should be able to send letters to each other. Maybe it doesn’t unlock until you visit each other’s towns, but you should be able to do that. I also want to be able to pop in on my friend’s town with or without online features. I don’t know if offline is realistic, but it’d be cool anyway.

I’m pretty sure there were other things I wanted to add to this wishlist. I can’t think of them at the top of my head though and I think six is good enough for now. I may add more in a later post if I think of them.

Can you tell I’m eager to get a new game?

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