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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Friday Favorites: September Nintendo Direct News

Double Jump Kris MiiLast week, Nintendo had a direct that showcased over 40 different game titles for their 3DS family of systems and the Nintendo Switch. While Rachel and I briefly talked about what we had liked about the direct, today I’m going to go a little more in-depth with some of my favorite news.

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Project Octopath Traveler

Rachel and I downloaded the demo for this game a couple of days after the direct, finding the trailer that had been shown to boast awesome graphics and fantastic music. While we’re not very far into it just yet, we’re definitely excited by what we’ve been seeing! We can’t wait to meet the other characters when the full game comes out.

Fire Emblem Warriors

I made everyone else shush when this game came on. There wasn’t really anything new aside from Lyn being showcased (yay!), but I’m still looking forward to the game. One of the best aspects of Fire Emblem is the characters, in my opinion, so to see a bunch of fan favorites in a different styled game will definitely be interesting. That, and I’ve enjoyed Hyrule Warriors, so I’m hoping Fire Emblem Warriors will be fun to play as well.

Arena of Valor

While this game is available to download from Google Play (with Batman!), it’ll be interesting to have on the Switch. A multiplayer online battle game sounds fantastic, and I’ll probably be awful at it when it comes out, but it looks like too much fun to not try! Anyone have this game from Google Play already?

Nintendo 3DS Titles

Considering that Rachel and I recently got the new 2DS XL’s, it’s nice to hear all of the news for the 3DS family of systems, especially since there were rumors of the Switch being Nintendo’s flagship for both console and handheld games with its portability. Lady Layton, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the rerelease of Apollo Justice and the original Gold and Silver versions of Pokemon… There’s so much in the future to look forward to!

What are looking forward to the most from Nintendo’s latest direct?

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Monster Hunter Stories

Happy Thursday!

I know a lot of people are talking about the latest Monster Hunter game… Monster Hunter Stories.

I know nothing about this game or Monster Hunter in general, so let’s talk about it.

Monster Hunter is a game that I’ve always wanted to try out and play. However, other games always catch my attention. Therefore, Monster Hunter hasn’t been a huge priority for me.

Still, it’s in the back of my mind and definitely a series I want to try out.

But… where do I start?

The latest is Monster Hunter Stories, which just came out earlier this month on September 8th. After watching the trailer I realized this is a spin-off of the main series. (Like I said, I don’t know much about these games.)

I think it looks pretty good though. In a way, it reminds me of Pokemon. You grab an egg, hatch it, and then it joins your team.

Judging by the trailer, I think this game looks promising. The graphics are very well done and the music is good too. The game itself looks fun to play.

I feel like I want to give it a try, but then I have no idea what I’m doing. I feel like I should play some of the main games before this one.

What do you guys think? Where should I start?

Which Monster Hunter is your favorite? Have you tried Monster Hunter Stories yet? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Remember This? [The Kanto Pokedex]

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A long, long time ago, way back in the 90s, kids had the coolest toys. One of them, that popped into my head randomly, was the Kanto Pokedex from Pokemon.

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I wonder what happened to ours… I remember how excited I was at this toy. To me, it was one of the closest ways to become a Pokemon master like in the video games, haha! It let you look up the Pokemon’s information, create a favorites list, and make a “captured” list.

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Yes, I vaguely remember you and I going outside with our Pokedexes and pretending to go on a journey and “capture” invisible Pokemon. (Little did we know that years later we’d be able to do that on our phones!)

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Hey, our parents couldn’t complain that we were spending all our time inside playing video games! While it’d be amazing to have an upgraded Pokedex toy like this for all seven generations of Pokemon, it definitely would be redundant today with smartphones and Pokemon Go.

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I think they do have an updated Pokedex toy, though. I’m not sure what region it’s for. Still, seeing the picture of this toy makes me feel nostalgic. I wish I knew where the toy was, but I’m sure it’s long gone by now. But I would love to try to turn it on and see if it still works.

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Perhaps they’re in the attic somewhere with lots of the old figurines that we used to play with… It’d definitely be interesting to see what Pokemon we had saved on our favorites and captured lists. It’s probably full of the Eevee family, perhaps our go-to starters, and every other species we found cute.

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Yeah, probably. Either that or we had every single Pokemon on there that we could add because we wanted to “catch ’em all.” I’m definitely going to see if I can track down one of these toys though. I would love to try it out again.

Do you remember this toy? Did you have it or another version of the Pokedex? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Donkey Kong Family Members

Happy Tuesday!

Today I thought I’d talk about something a little random, something that most people probably haven’t thought about in a while.

 

Top tuesday: favorite Donkey Kong family members

Donkey Kong is obviously a great character and a favorite of mine, but I kept him off this list because he’s such an obvious choice for this list.

5. Funky Kong

According to the logic of little-kid-Rachel, Funky Kong was cool because one, his name was Funky. Two, he talked cool and had a surfboard with a plane.

4. Tiny Kong

I have to admit that Tiny Kong is a bit hard for me to remember. I didn’t play Donkey Kong 64 all that much but, like Dixie, I enjoyed being able to play as a girl. And, for some reason, I always felt close to her because she could shrink. And I’m short. That was, again, little-kid-Rachel logic way back when.

3. Cranky Kong

How can you not love him? I think my favorite part of Cranky Kong is the beginning of Donkey Kong Country before the game even starts when he throws a bomb at Donkey Kong for dancing. It’s one of my favorite opening sequences of all time.

2. Diddy Kong

I have to admit, I was surprised I didn’t put Diddy in the number one spot. He’s near and dear to my heart. Diddy is a wonderful character whether he’s by Donkey Kong’s side, starring in his own game, or beating people up in Smash Brothers. Still, there’s one thing that he can not do.

1. Dixie Kong

Yes, Diddy has his jetpack, but Dixie can fly. With her hair. Dixie was always a favorite of mine. I was pleased to see a playable girl in Diddy’s Kong Quest. She was a great addition and… well, her hair. She has nice hair.

Who are your favorite Donkey Kong family members? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Thoughts: Nintendo Direct

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We were definitely excited that we were both home to watch the Nintendo Direct live this time! While the few games that we had wanted to see were not showcased in the announcement, I don’t think Nintendo did too bad during their latest direct. Over 40 games were shown for both the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS families, ensuring that Nintendo fans will be busy during the next few months!

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Yes, that’s right. No Smash Brothers, Animal Crossing, or Luigi’s Mansion. I’m going to pretend that those games are going to be awesome because they’re working so hard on them. Still, I’m excited for what’s to come soon. I was certainly impressed with their latest Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games as well as Super Mario Odyssey. And yet, there were some surprises here and there as well.

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Considering how much Nintendo boasts about the Switch’s portable and multiplayer capabilities, I’m especially surprised that Super Smash Brothers — even a deluxe version like Mario Kart 8 — isn’t on their radar just yet. I think the biggest surprise to me was the Mario Party game coming to the 3DS. For nostalgia reasons, seeing that the game is going to have the top 100 minigames from the entire series sounds great! Here’s hoping that it’ll be true to the original games regarding party boards instead of the last couple of installments!

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I’m super excited for the Mario Party, however, I am worried that that’s all it’s going to be… mini-games. Like you said, for nostalgic reasons, it’s great, but I don’t know if there will be any other form of “gameplay.” They didn’t show anything else for it. Maybe Nintendo is finally hearing us all say we want the original games back. Maybe, after seeing what a success this will be, they’ll make Mario Party 11 just like Mario Party 2.

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I did read somewhere, perhaps My Nintendo News, that there was to be a board game play, but I may be making that up with wishful thinking. Other 3DS games I’m excited about are Lady Layton — I’d much rather have it for the 3DS rather than mobile — and the Alliance Alive and Radiant Historia, both from ATLUS. I’m itching for a new, good RPG to sink into.

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Oh, yes. I forgot about Lady Layton. I was super excited when I saw Apollo Justice, but then I realized that was just the first game… I thought it was going to be a new one. The other 3DS games look good as well. Now that we have the New 2DS XL, I’m excited to play some new games on it.
The Switch seems like it’s going to get some great games as well. I was happy to see that they’re adding more to Snipperclips. While that wasn’t our favorite game, it was still cute and enjoyable. I had wished for more levels and they’re giving it to us. I also think it’s cool that you can start in random shapes as well. That may make it easier or harder.

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It is nice that they’re creating some more levels for Snipperclips. The random shapes sounds entertaining, too! I’m definitely looking forward to Fire Emblem Warriors and was thrilled when they showed Lyn as playable (along with a couple of other characters that may have been shown in international versions of the trailer that us North Americans may not suppose to know about yet, shhh!). Having another female and another character from a game other than Fates and Awakening is great to me! Skyrim is another that I want to try, although I’d rather tame the dragons than kill them (someone who’s played Skyrim, let me know if that’s an option), and we’re definitely going to download the Octopath Traveler demo to check that out.

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Octopath looks great! I can’t wait to give that one a try. It will certainly be something different. Overall, I think Nintendo has a great lineup ahead and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

What did you think about the Direct? Which games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Friday Favorites: Fire Emblem Warriors Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiHow has everyone been this week?

With more and more information being shown for Fire Emblem Warriors lately, I’ve been thinking about what kind of characters I would like to see in the game. I’m aware that the game is focusing mostly on fan favorites from Fates and Awakening, it seems, but I can always hope, right?

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Shinon from Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn

I loved this grumpy, sarcastic sniper when I played through the game. His character development through Path of Radiance was also really interesting to me — not dealing well with his commander’s death, deflecting to the enemy, finding his way back to the right side while also trying to figure out himself — and his sniper skills weren’t bad at all.

Mae or Boey from Shadows of Valentia

Mae and Boey were both a couple of my favorites from Shadows of Valentia, and I think both of them would be interesting additions to Warriors. Their personalities and skills would fit right in, and I would love to see their reactions to some of the other characters in the Warriors world!

Tiki from Archanea/Awakening

I want to be able to stomp around as a dragon in Warriors! The Corrins may have that ability in the game, or perhaps gain it during the story mode, but I would still love the idea of being Tiki and changing into a dragon to destroy your enemies.

Matthew from The Blazing Blade

Rather, any thief/ninja character would be fine with me, but Matthew was always cool. In the Warriors game, I imagine thief characters would be some of the faster ones, with swift combos and, perhaps, one-hit kill special attacks. I would love to see thief mechanics in the Warriors game!

What are some of your Fire Emblem Warriors hopefuls?

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