New Game Radar: Little Friends Dogs and Cats

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

The Nintendo Switch is still going strong, considering its second birthday just passed! Games are constantly coming out for it, and I’ve recently heard of a new game coming out this spring that is a spiritual successor to a game I used to adore.

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Over a year ago, I did a Flashback Friday for Nintendogs for the Nintendo 3DS. It was a simulation game where one could adopt and take care of up to three, I believe, puppies (or cats, if you had that version). They were absolutely adorable and, with how much I love animals, I was smitten. Granted, there wasn’t much of a goal in the game, other than perhaps using the voice controls to teach your dog tricks and play with the agility and Frisbee competitions, but it was a chill and sweet game.

Now, there seems to be a spiritual successor in the works and slated for a spring release on the Nintendo Switch. Little Friends: Dogs and Cats sounds pretty damn close to what Nintendogs was — you adopt up to three animals, be they a mixture of species or all one species, and care for them. Judging by the trailer, you can dress them up, take them on walks, maybe even decorate your house a little bit with furniture and toys catered to the animals.

Unlike Nintendogs, which had several versions of the game with plenty of different breeds to choose from, Little Friends only has half a dozen breeds of dogs to choose from and only three breeds of kittens. Still, for a virtual pet game, it looks charming. If you’re a sucker for baby animals like me, it’ll probably be a decent game to stick on whenever you want a few minutes to relax.

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Nintendo Switch 2-Year Anniversary

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Hello everyone, and happy 2nd birthday to the Nintendo Switch! We really want to do something special to celebrate such a wonderful console, and we finally figured out what it is.

On Saturday, April 6th, we will be having a six-hour stream on Twitch to celebrate our personal anniversary of getting our hands on the Nintendo Switch console — with how popular the Nintendo Switch was when it first came out, it was common to hear it being sold out. We were a little bummed for a while, but we eventually got the Switch through a bundle offered from GameStop.

So, if you want to see the collection of Switch games we have amassed over the past two years, and just want to hang out and talk about video games and life, come join us at our Twitch channel on Saturday, April 6th, from 9am to 3pm EST! We may do a bit of Super Mario Party, some Smash Ultimate, maybe a little Mario Kart, and we have plenty of awesome indie games to show off!

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Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

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The Pokemon Direct on Wednesday morning was only about 7 minutes long, but we have yet to see too many complaints about it. All things considered, I was pleased with what I saw of the Generation 8 Pokemon games. Pretty sure one of my favorite parts of it was the reveal that gyms would be returning!

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I have to admit, I was expecting generation eight reveals, but I was also thinking there would be other announcements. I’m certainly not complaining though! What they showed off of the Galar Region was amazing. The world looks beautiful and yes, I’m eager to collect badges again.

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The graphics definitely look gorgeous on the Switch, and the world itself looks so much more detailed than the Let’s Go titles. The character designs look fun — I was really amused at how large the male character’s backpack was! The starters themselves look cute. I’ll definitely be going with Grookey, since I usually go for the Grass-type starters anyway. Sobble looks adorable, though!

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All the main starters are adorable. I’m excited to have a bunny as the fire-type! I’m super curious as to what they’re final evolution and typing will be. I’m also looking forward to finding out more information about the legendary Pokemon. For the titles Sword and Shield, I don’t know what they’ll do. I have a feeling they’ll be wolf-like though, of course.

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Think the Scorbunny will end up being Fire and Fighting type? One of the things that Alola had in its favor was the secondary typing of the starters’ final evolutions. Ghost, Dark, and Fairy were great, but it would be interesting to have other, unique secondary types for the starters. The titles Sword and Shield are awesome and I’m hoping they have a fun story and plotline to go along with them. I’m totally up for canine-like legendaries!

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I don’t know, I feel like they’ve had so many Fire/Fighting Pokemon, especially for the starters. For some reason, Scorbunny looks like it could be Fire/Electric. Grookey maybe Grass/Ground and Sobble Water/Bug. I honestly would love to see opposite types together. I know it won’t happen with Sword & Shield (if at all) but I think it’d be cool to have starters that are Fire/Water, Water/Grass, Grass/Fire. But now I’m rambling – anyway, canine legendaries would be awesome. I wonder if it’ll be two versions of a similar Pokemon (kind of like Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres) or if they’ll somehow be different (like Solgaleo and Lunala). But both looked like they were wolves or something.

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Oh, I know, I’m joking. I’m convinced that Incineroar, with its design, was originally going to be Fire/Fighting, but so many people were sick of that typing that they changed it to Fire/Dark. Ground is starting to be a bit overused with the Grass starters, but there’s not many Water/Bug types. Going back to Sword and Shield, I wonder if the legendary Pokemon and the story itself will have some sort of medieval angle. I think the logos of the games remind me of crests from royal families or knights. Generation 5’s story played with a royal family angle, didn’t it?

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Ground is starting to get overused with Grass, I agree. But Grookey’s coloring reminds me of Grass/Ground. Grass/Rock would be cool too. A medieval angle would be cool. I mean, the story will more or less be the same as all the other Pokemon games, I think. I was surprised to see the Galar map. It’s long and seems like the journey will be fairly linear. Which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s definitely different than before.

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Grass/Rock would be interesting. I miss the Grass/Poison typing that Venusaur has, admittedly. Yes, I’m sure the story will involve some team or other trying to take over or change the world while using Pokemon, and the fate of the world will rest on the shoulders of our pre-teen protagonist. Still, I hope the lore of the region is well done. If the lore is well done enough, I would absolutely love it if the region got a third game. I wasn’t thrilled with the “sequels” of Black 2/White 2 and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon — we should have gotten a Gray and Eclipse for those regions, respectively. We also totally missed out on another game for the Kalos region. There should have been a Pokemon Z for Zygarde. I suppose those are a bit of a ways off, though. For now, I’m definitely looking forward to Sword and Shield.

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I totally agree. We should have had third installments for Unova, Kalos, and Alola. I understand they want to make more money, but I think they have plenty and the third volumes are what people seem to really enjoy. Here’s hoping to Pokemon Armor when the time comes! In the meantime, I can’t wait for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield… late 2019 most likely means November. It’ll be here before we know it.

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Wargroove [Video Game Review]

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Title: Wargroove
Developer: Chucklefish
Publisher: Chucklefish
Platform:
Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4
Category:
Turn-based tactics
Release Date:
February 1, 2019 (Playstation 4 sometime later in 2019)
How we got the game:
Downloaded on Nintendo Switch

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Wargroove seemed to be right up my alley when I first heard about it. Being a turn-based tactics game reminded me of the Fire Emblem franchise, and the developer is one of the guys who helped create Stardew Valley. I was looking forward to playing the game and my sister was generous enough to pay for it for my birthday!

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Wargroove is a turn-based tactics game, with you controlling an army against an opposing army in each mission. There are several types of units to control, each with their own weaknesses and strengths, amid the map’s terrain. Each mission gives you a goal to complete in order to advance and decent freedom to strategize how you want to win.

Each mission starts you with the commander of the army — usually one of the main characters of the story — and a handful of other soldiers, be they swordsmen, spearmen, knights, or battle pups (my personal favorite), as a few examples. Each map provides several villages to capture, helping to fund your army so you can recruit more soldiers each turn at the barracks.

Shaping your own army for each map guarantees that no two play throughs are alike. Want to flood the map with knights? Go for it. Are rangers with their bows and arrows more your speed? Use them to attack everyone from a distance. Aside from the ground units, there are also sea and air units to command. Of course, you’ll want to mindful of the units’ weaknesses against other types of units, as well as how each unit can perform critical hits. Using strategic placement of your units so they can deal greater damage to the enemy is all part of the game’s challenge.

Each commander that you unlock and play as has his or her own special ability called a “groove.” The commanders’ grooves are activated when their groove meters are filled while fighting. These grooves can change up the battle in a variety of ways, such as healing nearby allies, allowing allies to move again, or even manipulating the map itself.

Single-player modes include campaign, arcade, and puzzle. Campaign mode allows you to follow the game’s story, while arcade challenges you to pick a commander and fight against five other commanders in a series of battles on randomly generated maps. Puzzle mode gives players just one turn in order to complete the objective of the map. Wargroove also offers local and online multiplayer, as well as the ability to create your own maps to share with others.

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The art of this game is a stylized 16-bit, merging retro and modern, with an anime-like opening. It’s bright and colorful, and the scenes and maps shifted to match the mood of the story. It’s definitely a charming look for a tactical game.

The music of the game is great as well, with the sound effects and small voice clips being spot on in a game about war and battles. The music matches the mood of the scenes just as the art does. My favorite sound effect is when a unit of ground recruits goes charging at the enemy with that little cheer!

storyThe main story mode of Wargroove involves the young queen of Cherrystone fighting to reclaim her kingdom after the death of her father and subsequently retreating further into the continent for allies.

The undead legion of Felheim overwhelms Cherrystone’s army by sheer numbers, causing Queen Mercia and her followers to seek help from the Heavensong Empire. While traveling to Heavensong, clashes between Cherrystone and the empire, as well as the Floran Tribe, happen but Mercia eventually receives the aid she was seeking.

As Mercia returns to Cherrystone to face the Felheim Legion, one of the Felheim commanders reveals that she had orchestrated the war in order to conquer the world herself by unlocking an ancient weapon called the Requiem. With the Requiem unsealed, Mercia and her allies seek to stop the guardian of Requiem as well as Mercia’s dark doppelganger in order to seal the Requieum once more and bring peace back to the continent.

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Wargroove was a fun throwback to the retro turn-based tactic games, giving a fresh take on the genre. The several modes — both single player and multiplayer — give their own challenges and allow you to strategize differently with each play through, giving this game plenty of replay value. Aside from this, the developers are working on post-game content as well, which may make you want to pick up the game again after a first run through.

Wargroove gets…
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4 out of 5 lives.

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Who Are the DLC Fighters for Smash Ultimate?

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Ever since it was announced that there would be DLC fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there have been a plethora of speculation over who the new Smashers would be. Joker was revealed as the first DLC character, but who are the others? Speculating over this with us today is Justin from TWOTALL4UFOOL, and we are pleased and delighted he was able to join us again. Thank you for joining us, Justin!

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Sistas! Thanks once again for inviting your boy 2TALL on. I wish they would just announce the characters already.

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Always great to have you. I too wish they would just announce the characters though I don’t mind a little room for speculation. Nintendo can’t please everyone but they try their best. I’m sure they’re looking at people’s ideas and tucking them away for the future. There are a few characters I would love to have as fighters in Smash, but one I thought of the other night was Birdo from the Super Mario series. I don’t know why, but I think she would be a good fit, especially to be an echo fighter for Yoshi. I know they have a ton of Mario characters on there already, but I think Birdo would be a cool addition.

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While I really enjoy the aspect of unlocking characters — I can remember how much fun it was to figure out and be surprised by the unlockable characters in Melee, for example — I am not so pleased with DLC as a whole. Having the characters announced already would allow us to pick and choose which characters to add to our games, perhaps saving a little money in the process. Honestly, I’m sure we’d get all the characters anyway just to complete the game, but the idea of saving money would be nice. As for DLC character I would like, I still stand by Geno from Mario RPG, even though he’s already in the World of Light as a spirit.

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My first pick for one of the characters would have to be Crash Bandicoot. I believe one of Activision’s franchises will be represented and i think he’s perfect. You already have Sonic so why not him.

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Geno would be a great addition to the game. And you bring up a good point that people would save money and not get the DLC if certain characters were announced. Crash Bandicoot would be an interesting fighter too. What kinds of moves would he have, do you think? My other vote, however, is Professor Layton. He’s kick butt in Layton Vs. Phoenix and I’d love to play him in Smash.

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Birdo, Crash Bandicoot, and Layton would be awesome additions! I’d also like to see another female or two. I was a little disappointed that the other Street Fighter rep was not Chun-Li. Tifa Lockhart from the Final Fantasy series would be great to see, too. To add an IP that is not in Smash just yet, what about a Kingdom Hearts character? I haven’t really played those games, not yet, but Sora would be interesting… Or Mickey, haha!

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Geno I feel is a great choice. Birdo I feel should’ve been added as an echo fighter for Yoshi. I feel Crash would definitely have that spin move he does. I personally don’t think they will add a Kingdom Hearts character but you never know. Do you think any 3rd party villains could be added?

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Having a Kingdom Hearts character would be fun. I wouldn’t might playing as Sora with the Keyblade. As for Mickey… I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing a Disney Smash as its own game! Adding more villains is a great idea too… I feel like there aren’t that many in the game at this point.

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My next character I feel they should add. Dr. Eggman/Robotnik! I feel he would be a great villain to add.

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More villains would be interesting… I was about to say Dr. Eggman for Sonic and I’m sure Mega Man has some good villain characters that would be good for Smash. Imagine Sephiroth to opposite Cloud! To add another IP into Smash, what about Spyro the Dragon? I’ve also seen a lot of speculation of Minecraft somehow being represented in Smash… Not sure how that would work?

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Spyro falls under Activision. So I feel that between Spyro and Crash it would be Crash that would get in.

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Dr. Eggman would be a lot of fun to play as! I would love to see Spyro too. As for Minecraft… I don’t think I care too much to play as Steve or someone. We already have the Mii Fighters. I could see Minecraft zombies being an assist trophy or something though.

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Yeah I could see see Minecraft zombies being added in as assist trophies.

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If third-parties didn’t matter as much so both Crash and Spyro could be in the game, I still feel like Spyro would be fun. Gliding around and breathing fireballs, but being small enough for some speed would be great. Going back to Minecraft, Steve does seem to be one of the more popular guesses. By popular, I mean lots of people are guessing that Steve will be there rather than people actually being excited to play as him. Imagine Creepers and Endermen being assist trophies!

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Imagine playing as a Creeper! I’d love to sneak up behind people and just blow up. But I guess we’ll know soon enough what the other characters will be. It’ll be a fun surprise anyway. I’m looking forward to trying out Joker, even though we’ve never played Persona 5. I’m sure he’ll be great and so will the other characters.

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I feel if third-parties were no big deal there would be no problem letting this duo in the game. Banjo-Kazooie. That would be amazing. I also feel Nickelodeon would put in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to if that were the case. LOL!

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I would LOVE the Ninja Turtles in the game! They had their own version of Smash back on the Wii, so why not put them officially in the Smash franchise? On that note, we’ve done a lot of speculating on this post and, as Rachel said, it’ll be interesting to see how all the characters officially mesh together. I think the last DLC isn’t being released until next year, which is a bit annoying to wait for… I wonder if they’ll add characters from brand new IPs, like Astral Chain that was shown in the Direct or a character from the new Fire Emblem: Three Houses game… Guess we’ll have to find out! Thank you again, Justin, for joining us! We’ll put his links up so everyone can go and check him out!

With the DLC for Smash Ultimate getting closer and closer, who do you want in Smash? Don’t forget to give Justin’s blog and his Game N’ Watch Podcast podcast some love!

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Game Ratings and Content Warnings

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Despite the backlog of games that we have, we’re always on the lookout for new (to us) and interesting games. One such game that we’ve recently found was a bit confusing with its rating…

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There’s a newer game available on the Nintendo Switch called Cinders, a visual novel that was originally published in 2012, then put on Steam in 2014. It’s a retelling of the popular Cinderella fairy tale, one that was rated M on the Nintendo eShop.

I’ve never heard of this game before. We enjoy point-and-click visual novel games, especially ones with multiple endings such as Cinders, but we generally are not interested in games rated M, mostly due to gore and sensitive topics. I’m interested in this game, but wasn’t able to find the reason as to why it’s rated M.

Since I started this post, apparently Nintendo corrected the rating of the game to T, which makes more sense to me.

Due to trying to figure out the game’s rating, I have spoiled a little bit of the story and possible choices for myself. It’s pretty much on par for whenever Rachel and I get our curiosities piqued by a game that’s rated higher than what we usually go for. Generally, our games are rated for everyone or teen, and we don’t have too many games rated higher than that.

It reminds me of a time that Rachel and I started watching a play through of Doki Doki Literature Club from one of our favorite YouTubers, ProJared. Like the game itself, the play through started out lighthearted enough, and Rachel and I figured that the game couldn’t be too bad. However, on the third or so episode of the play through series, ProJared took the time to reiterate that the game was supposed to have some strange, possibly disturbing themes — he was doing a blind play through, so he wasn’t positive what the exact themes would be — which prompted us to pause the video and spoil it for ourselves.

We’re glad we did, as the themes were disturbing and potentially triggering. While we’re not fond of too much gore when it comes to rated M games, we do our research to ensure that any other content wouldn’t bother us as well. It’s something that we want to be conscious of when we do games for reviews and on our Twitch channel.

I can admire horror games and psychological thrillers for their writing and setting the scene, if you will, but with how important mental health is nowadays, having the correct ratings and content warnings is a must.

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Friday Favorites: Fire Emblem Three Houses Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The Nintendo Direct was just a couple of days ago and it showed off a bit of the newest Fire Emblem games that’s going to come out, Three Houses. As mentioned in Rachel’s and my joint reactions post, I’m still optimistic for the game if a little confused as to how the game was portrayed. Here is my wish list for the upcoming game.

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Voice Acting like Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is not my favorite Fire Emblem game. Compared to the others that I’ve played, it’s probably at the bottom of my list. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the graphics and music, and thought that the voice acting was phenomenal. If Three Houses has voice acting at all, I hope it does it half as well as Echoes did.

Some MC Customization

This is me being a little annoyed. I don’t need extensive customization for our MC. Rather, I would like to be able to play as the female MC with the male MC’s armor, or give her more professional and sensible clothes. Seriously, our character is supposed to be a professor (and, I presume, fighting in battles) — why is the female’s belly button showing? It’s like Astral Chain, where the male cop has protective pants and the female has… shorts and thigh highs. Wtf.

No Kids

I didn’t mind the matchmaking in Awakening and Fates. In fact, I enjoyed seeing how different characters paired up and interacted in different playthroughs, and support conversations are one of my favorite aspects of Fire Emblem games. The kid mechanic in Awakening made sense with the storyline, but Fates definitely didn’t need the kid characters. They felt forced in a trio of games that already had an influx of characters.

No Gender Restricted Pairings

If there is a marriage mechanic, I think it’s time to lose the gender restrictions. In previous Fire Emblem games, there have only been one gay option for either gender, and more representation is deserved. On a related note, if there is some sort of marriage mechanic, I sincerely hope there are no teacher and student relationships, for obvious reasons.

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