Flashback Friday: Wii Fit

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone, the last of 2018!

With the end of the year comes time for new year’s resolutions! One of the most common resolution for people is getting fit, getting healthier, all that fun stuff, myself included. With that said, this month’s flashback is dedicated to Wii Fit.

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The Wii Fit came out a little over ten years ago, back in May 2008 for North America, a month after Europe, while Japan had gotten the game in December 2007 (perhaps also in time for new year’s resolutions?). Reviews were generally positive, with the biggest criticism for the game being how some of the workouts were lacking in intensity.

Wii Fit included a balance board to help measure a player’s progress in the cardio, strength training, and yoga activities while keeping track of the player’s weight, height, and center of balance. Wii Fit has been praised for its use in nursing homes, for physical rehabilitation, and health clubs around the world, particularly for its help in improving posture and movement in the elderly.

I remember Rachel and I having fun with the Wii Fit. Rachel’s Mii avatar was so skinny due to her being rather small, and the Wii Fit had a difficult time trying to figure out a fitness plan since burning calories wasn’t exactly something she needed to do. On the flip side, one of our younger cousins cheated at the game. During one of the jogging levels, instead of keeping the wii-mote in her hand and pumping it as she jogged in place, she sat down on the couch and shook it. The Wii Fit was very proud of her jogging score!

Still, it was a fun way to get us all moving and seeing the Miis in all the random activities was amusing. We still have our Wii Fit board chilling in our den. I’m definitely interested in the Fitness Boxing game for the Switch, which seems to be a spiritual successor to the Wii Fit game with an emphasis on boxing!

Have you played Wii Fit? What did you think of it?

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I Barely Have Any Nintendo Wii Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Don’t ask as to why I’m talking about the Nintendo Wii so much lately, but after listing my favorite games I’ve played on the console, I’ve realized something interesting.

Kris and I play video games a lot. I’ll admit we didn’t play nearly as much as we do now that we have this blog. It was always a hobby we wished we were able to do more often, but work/school/life/whatever would always have to take priority.

In fact, part of the reason as to why we started Double Jump was because we wanted a valid excuse to play video games for a long time each day. (That’s not the only reason, of course, but you get what I mean.)

When I was looking at our collection of Wii games to make a list of my favorite ones, I realized we only have 28 games. A couple of them, I’ll admit, we haven’t even played yet. Once the Wii U came out we sort of dropped the Wii and rarely went back.

There are some games on our Wii console but most of it is virtual console so I wouldn’t count them as Wii games.

I know there are a lot of people out there who didn’t care too much for the Wii. Then there are people who hate the Wii U and realize the Wii wasn’t that bad. Some people hate motion controls, others love it. I never really minded the motion controls and thought the Wii was great… until they came out with the newer consoles, but I never thought the Wii was bad.

It surprised me to see we don’t have many games for the console and I kind of want to go to the game store and buy a bunch of Wii games now. I want to expand our Wii collection and also try out some new games as well.

Then again, if I did that, I probably still wouldn’t play them because the Switch has been taking priority over everything… maybe someday.

Do you have a big collection of Wii games? Is there a console you didn’t give much attention to? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Nintendo Wii Games I Own

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday and happy April!

I don’t know where you are in the world but it’s still pretty chilly here and I’m not happy about it… all the more reason to stay inside and play games.

Favorite Wii Games I Own | Nintendo | Video Games | DoublexJump.com

4. Wii Fit

This is kind of a weird one to put on the list, I know. But I remember having so much fun with this game. It’s the only time I’ve ever done yoga or strength training of any kind and I actually enjoyed myself. If only I kept up with it… Still, I remember playing the hula-hoop game and just dominating it.

3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Do I really need to say anything about this? It’s Smash.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

I hear mixed reviews about Skyward Sword. The motion controls weren’t great, no, but I thought the game was fantastic. The soundtrack was wonderful, the character designs were adorable (I’m looking at you, Pipit), and the overall plot, character development, and area layouts were great.

1. Mario Kart Wii

Similar to Smash, this is Mario Kart. I don’t think I have to explain this one. It’s just great.

What are some of your favorite Nintendo Wii games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Mario Kart Wii Was A Top Seller On Amazon Just Last Month [News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

The weekend is almost here, but there’s a blizzard today so there’s a snow day for everyone in my family. My cousins got a Switch for Christmas and they’re eager to try out the online features for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with Kris and I.

Mario Kart Wii made it on the top sellers list on Amazon in December 2017 | Mario Kart Wii | Nintendo | video games | DoubleJump.com

I found it funny that I was scouring some gaming blogs and on My Nintendo News there was a quick article about Mario Kart Wii.

Mario Kart Wii was my favorite Mario Kart game ever. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is right up there with it, but the Wii version will always and forever have a special place in my heart.

Apparently, Mario Kart Wii was number 82 on the top 100 list of best sellers in the video game category on Amazon. This was just last month, December 2017.

Mario Kart Wii was originally released in April 2008. That’s nearly 10 years ago!

According to the article on My Nintendo News, some people are speculating that parents bought that version mistaking it for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch. I know a few people who got the Nintendo Switch for Christmas this year and I’m sure there are plenty more people and kids who got it that I don’t know of.

Could you imagine though? Getting a brand new console that takes itty-bitty cartridges the size of a pillow mint and get a game that contains a CD disc? What would be worse was if they didn’t own a Nintendo Wii either.

If it really is because people mixed up the two games, I guess I could understand. I know a lot of people who are completely clueless when it comes to games and consoles. When you buy on Amazon there’s no salesperson to tell you otherwise. You just point, click, and buy.

Then again, maybe some people are just discovering old Mario Kart routes again… I know I am with Super Mario Kart on the SNES Classic.

I haven’t turned on my Nintendo Wii in a long time though.

What do you think about this? Did some people buy the wrong game or are some people finding a love for their Wii again? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Mario Party

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

Since it’s a new year, I thought it would be appropriate to do a Throwback post.

…Remember last year? It was a week ago.

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But I’m not going to be talking about last year. I’m going to talk about one of my favorite game series, Mario Party.

I recently got Mario Party Star Rush and I’ve already played through the entire game in just under 10 hours. For a video game, that’s not a long time.

While I felt the game was better than Mario Party 10 (there will be a review for Star Rush at a later date), I definitely missed the replay value of the other Mario Party games. It wasn’t so much the gameplay that bothered me this time around. It was the replay value.

I could play Mario Party 1 through 8 over and over again for the rest of my life and never get bored. And I could highlight all of the games, but I won’t. I’ll just stick to the original and the latest (good) one.

Mario Party 1 was released in the US  for the Nintendo 64 in February 1999. While there wasn’t a large character roster, there are 8 boards to play on (two of those boards you have to buy with in-game coins and unlock). Each board has its own level of difficulty as well as certain quirks and features of the board making each one a totally different experience to play from the other boards in the game.

And the mini-games? Awesome. No matter what Mario Party game I play, I will always just sit down and play through the mini-games without bothering to play in party mode.

Its latest successor, in my opinion, would be Mario Party 8. I never played Mario Party 9 and you know my thoughts on Mario Party 10.

Mario Party 8 was released in the US for the Nintendo Wii in May 2007. This game was a big deal because it was the first Mario Party game with the new motion controls of the Wii. And, while some people found the controls and some of the games annoying, I didn’t mind it. I personally liked the motion controls… As long as it worked properly, of course.

Compared to Mario Party 1, there were more playable characters in Mario Party 8. However, there were only 6 boards to play on and they were pretty simple. Each one had it’s own characteristics, as usual, but some of them were too easy.

The mini-games were cool with the motion controls. There were definitely some games I loved more than others, but it was overall pretty cool.

With that being said, the old school Mario Party games were definitely better and more fun than the ones that are being released today.

And, of course, we all know that everyone’s favorite is Mario Party 2.

Which Mario Party is your favorite? Do you remember playing the older games? Let me know in the comments below!

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How Ace Attorney Influenced Me

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey everyone!

Today I thought I would give you a little background not just on my love of video games, but how a certain video games series influenced me in real life.

 

When I was young I always wanted to be a spy or detective. I had a ton of spy gear and police-type toys such as glasses that I could see out the back of my head, invisible ink pens, walkie-talkies, spy books, and anything else you can imagine.

I don’t really know where that love came from. It might have been the Hank the Cowdog book series I used to read.

Yet, I never did become a detective. As I got older I realized that would be kind of scary. I chased after a couple of other dreams such as teaching, writing, and blogging.

I always played video games since before I could remember. Kris had always played them so I grew up watching her play them and then soon began to play them myself.

A couple years ago, Kris and I discovered Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney one night on our Wii’s virtual console. We had just gotten the Wii and were looking for games to download. We thought it was so cool we could download old school games onto a modern console!

We had never heard of Ace Attorney before. We read the description and when we realized it was detective-like game, we thought we would give it a shot. Who doesn’t like a good mystery to solve?

We fell head over heels for the entire Ace Attorney series. We not only fell in love with the mysteries and game play, but the characters themselves. As a writer myself, I really admired the writers for this video game series.

So much so that I ended up creating my own mystery novel series. The first book is in the editing stages that I hope to start querying by the end of 2016.

I’ve been writing stories and books since I was 10-years-old. I never saw myself writing a mystery novel, let alone ideas for an entire mystery series.

But I guess that’s the impact certain video games can have on you.

What video game has inspired you?