Throwback Thursday: Mii Channel

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

The Nintendo Wii and Wii U are sort of old news at this point and I know they’re not favorite consoles for most people. However, I still enjoyed my time with them. One of those reasons was because of the Mii Channel on the Wii.

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The Wii, which originally came out in November 2006, added a new thing to the Nintendo world – Miis. Kris and I use our own Mii all the time on this blog if you haven’t yet noticed. Miis weren’t exactly a revolutionary thing. They were simply Nintendo’s way of creating avatars for their console and games.

However, I great up in the 90s so when the Internet became a thing, I played Dollz. A quick Google search will show you what Dollz was, I’m not going to explain it here. But it was a lot of fun and those Dollz were often used as my profile picture or to create characters in various role-playing websites I was part of.

Needless to say, when the Mii channel was introduced, I was in love with it.

I created myself. Kris created herself. I made my mom, dad, and my other sister, Lisa. My cousins created Miis for themselves. We had a decent amount.

Now, at this point in time, I preferred to watch Kris play games rather than me play them myself. There were a few games I played such as Pokemon Ranch, Pokemon Rumble, and Paper Mario when we downloaded it from the virtual console. For the most part, though, I played the Mii Channel. Usually, when I waited for Kris to get home from work or finish her homework, I’d be playing that.

But what was there to do on the Mii Channel? Create Miis. That’s it.

Needless to say, I had a lot of Miis. You can imagine how disappointed I was when the console capped me at 100 Miis. Yes, the Mii Channel could only hold 100 Miis. And yes, I had created 100 Miis.

I can’t remember who I had created. I don’t know 100 people, that’s for sure. All I remember, aside from making my family and probably a friend or two, was that I made the Ninja Turtles. I had Raph, Donnie, Leo, Mikey, Splinter, Casey, and April. The turtles even joined me, Kris, and Lisa as ranchers in Pokemon Ranch.

I had a lot of fun with it and spent many hours using the Mii Channel when the Miis couldn’t even really do anything. They were still fun to make though. It was like a game itself to me.

Someday, the next time I turn on the Wii, I’m going to have to go onto the channel and see them all. That would be a real blast from the past.

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Character Spotlight: Pipit

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

We’re already at the end of July, so this month we’re talking about Pipit from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword… why? Because he’s adorable, that’s why.

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Pipit is a character in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which came out for the Nintendo Wii in November 2011. He’s a graduate from the Knight Academy, which was the school Link was currently attending before he goes on his latest (or, I guess, first) journey to aid Princess Zelda. Pipit doesn’t do too much in the game. In fact, he really only has a couple of lines at the beginning of the game and that’s it.

You can talk to him here and there, of course. He typically stands in the same spot depending on the time of day in-game, as NPCs tend to do. I immediately enjoyed his character because he’s always smiling and I love his design. Sure, he’s in the same clothes as Link – just yellow – but he’s got cute freckles and his voice is on point. Even though he only says a single whenever Link starts to talk to him, he’s got my vote.

Also, Pipit stands with his arms folded and lean in close to Link and his face is just adorable. I totally don’t have a gaming crush on him. Look up fanart of Pipit and Link being shipped at your own risk. I remember, when this game came out, that was all over Deviant Art.

Anyway, that’s Pipit. He’s only appeared in the one game and he really didn’t have anything to do, but for some reason, he’s a character that I remember well. I’ve always loved him as a character even though he’s not playable and, again, doesn’t do much.

Sometimes, though, the NPCs in the background need a little spotlight and Pipit is one of those who are deserving of it. There are quite a few other NPCs that I love from Skyward Sword, but I’ll talk about them at another time.

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Throwback Thursday: Wii Sports

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Ah, the good old Nintendo Wii… everyone’s favorite console. Honestly, I thought it was a good console. I enjoyed it a lot and definitely got plenty of use out of it. Sure, the motion controls could be a pain at times, but I thought it was overall pretty great.

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The Wii Sports was a game that came with the Nintendo Wii when it was originally released in November 2006. A long, long time ago. I loved Wii Sports. There was a lot you could do with it – bowling, tennis, and baseball were my favorites.

I always bowled with my family and friends in the game and would sometimes play tennis with them, though everyone favored the bowling. I think it was because you only had to get up when it was your turn. Also, when playing tennis, I got way too into it and would swing my Wii-mote like a real racket and move across the room like it was the actual court. I also socked Kris in the face many-a-time.

The baseball I always enjoyed playing myself. I don’t know why, but I would end up playing it in my bedroom with the TV on mute and my music playing. I’m pretty sure I still had a boombox and was listening to CDs at that moment in time.

What made it all the better was that I went Mii-crazy on the Wii and filled up the entire Mii channel. Yep, I had 100 Miis. I created family, friends, and way too many fictional characters. The Ninja Turtles were there, of course. I often had them on my team and played as everyone batting and pitching. It was so much fun.

See? Who needs real-life friends when you can play baseball with the Ninja Turtles?

Overall, it was a really fun game. I never really got into the boxing or the golf in the game, mostly because I was terrible at them, but all five of the sports that were in the game were pretty good. The motion controls were responsive as well, despite it being such an old game. It was one of those games – like 1-2 Switch (even though no one likes that game) that really showed off what the Wii-motes could really do.

Wii Sports also had challenges. You could try to hit as many baseballs as you could without missing any, knock down 100 bowling pins, and more. There was a decent amount of content in the game to keep you busy and have fun. I definitely played the crap out of that game. Now that I’m writing this post, I want to go turn it on and see if I still have what it takes to beat the “Pro” NPCs in tennis.

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R.I.P. Wii Shop Channel

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Honestly, there are probably a couple of blog posts out on the Internet with this title with the news that had surfaced last week. It definitely seems appropriate.

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Last week, it was announced that the Wii Shop Channel was taken offline, and I was oddly sad about it. Granted, we haven’t turned on our Wii in quite some time — pretty sure the last time we actually played a game on it was Mario Party 2 a few years ago with some old friends — but it was the earliest version of the Virtual Console. The games we found on there were tons of fun, ones that made us feel nostalgic and ones that were brand new to us.

Aside from Mario Party 2, Rachel and I downloaded our favorites from previous consoles immediately, Paper Mario and Super Mario RPG respectively. It was great to return to those games, as well as Ocarina of Time from the Legend of Zelda series. Majora’s Mask was also a title we downloaded with the idea that I would officially give it a try… I did, getting as far as the second dungeon, but ultimately not being interested enough in it for the long run.

Pokemon Puzzle League and Donkey Kong Country were also two great older games that we added on there, enjoying playing them again considering our Nintendo 64 and SNES weren’t in the best shape just from being loved too much as we were growing up.

From the Wii Shop Channel, we also discovered the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney original trilogy, cementing us as lifelong fans of the series. Not only did the Wii Shop Channel introduce us to such a fantastic series, we also used to play them with our older sister. Considering the last time she had played video games with us like that was way back with the original Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong games, it was fantastic to spend more time with her trying to figure out how to piece together evidence to prove who killed whom in Ace Attorney.

It was definitely a shame to hear that the Wii Shop Channel was closed, especially since it doesn’t sound like we’ll be getting a replacement Virtual Console — aside from the Wii U’s at the moment — any time soon.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?