Friday Favorites: April 2019 Nintendo Switch Releases

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

This year so far has been fantastic for games, especially those coming out to the Nintendo Switch. April itself has plenty of games to offer and, while my wallet itself isn’t thrilled, it’s great to see all these games coming out!

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

This series is near and dear to our hearts, and we’re thrilled to be able to play the original three games again (for, like, the fifth or so time) on the Nintendo Switch! The music, characters, beautiful story arcs, and a hint of demon possession make these games quite addicting.

Nintendo Labo VR Kit

I’ll be honest, we still have yet to open the original Nintendo Labo. The boxes are still hanging out in our den. I am intrigued by the idea of the VR kits, however, especially with Breath of the Wild.

Cuphead

This is a game that Rachel and I were always interested in trying — despite being positive that we’d be horrendous at it — and we kept meaning to get the game on the Xbox, but we kept getting distracted by other games and life. Now that it’s on the Switch, one of our favorite consoles to date, we’ll actually give it a shot.

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Death Road To Canada [Video Game Review]

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Title: Death Road To Canada
Developer: Rocketcat Games / Madgarden
Publisher: Ukiyo Publishing
Platform:
Nintendo Switch
Category:
Action, Adventure
Release Date: 
May 8, 2018
How we got the game: 
I bought it on the Nintendo Switch eShop

 

 

 

Death Road To Canada is a game that will always hold a special place in my heart. Kris and I reviewed this game when it was on Steam back in 2017. We got it for the Switch shortly after it was released for the console. I played it again recently and thought of doing an updated review for it.

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In Death Road To Canada, you can create whoever you want. I tend to make myself and go on the journey with Kris. We can create other people or run into NPCs the game has already created. The point is to make it to Canada during the zombie apocalypse. Each character has a personality trait and skill trait. Depending on what they have, they may have an advantage in something. All characters have skills, though only some are revealed off the bat. You need to do something pertaining to that skill in order for it to reveal itself as really good, good, neutral, bad, or very bad.

What I love about this game is that no two playthroughs are alike. The story, even though you have 11 days left to arrive in Canada, is random. Anything can happen. You can run into anyone or anything. What you find is a crapshoot as well. You can have a run where you have great weapons but find barely any medical supplies. You may run out of gas super fast depending on your car and you may be starving most of the run.

The game is sassy and witty which makes it all the more fun. This game is fun to play when you’re by yourself or if you have a few friends with you. Which I love most about the Nintendo Switch version is that there’s four-player local co-op whereas on PC it was only two-player.

In Death Road To Canada, you head to various places like pet stores, grocery stores, trading camps, and more. Each place you look for food, weapons, gas, and medical supplies. You can also find other people and help them out or use them as bait in case you get in a jam. All the while you’re fighting zombies, which can be fast or slow depending on the time of day and their current temperament.

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For a zombie game, the music is fun and upbeat. You can tell the game doesn’t take itself seriously and that’s part of the fun. The graphics are charming. They’re not realistic at all, which is what I like best about it – otherwise, I probably wouldn’t give this game a shot. Zombie games aren’t my cup of coffee, but everything about the aesthetics of this game is awesome.

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There’s never a dull moment in this game. As I said before, no two play-throughs are alike. There’s always room to play more as you encounter different scenarios and use various characters with different traits. I still have yet to beat the game, though I’ve seen it done before. After you win so many times, you can unlock a hard mode. You also earn Zombo Points while playing, which allows you to unlock new traits, characters, and game modes. The ways to play this game are endless.

Death Road To Canada gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Unova Pokemon

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Kris and I completed our Pokemon Trio-Type Challenge not too long ago. I ended up playing Pokemon White 2 and it’s been a while since I’ve played the Unova region that I decided to talk about my favorite Unova Pokemon.

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Emboar

Emboar is the final evolution form of Tepig, the fire starter for the Unova region. I always go for the fire starters and Emboar is a bulky guy. I love his design and his moves.

Audino

I don’t normally have normal type Pokemon on my team, but Audino is pretty sturdy. While its attack isn’t all that great, it has a great defense. I think Audino is a pretty Pokemon too and I like how it’s associated with the Pokemon Center.

Stoutland

I raised a Stoutland for the first time recently for our challenge and I loved every moment of it. Stoutland is a great companion and has awesome defense and attack. Plus, who doesn’t want a pupper on their team?

Zebstrika

Zebstrika was the first electric type Pokemon I chose when White and Black first came out. He was on my team and he has a wonderful move set. I think he’s one of my favorite electric types of all time.

Unfezant

Unfezant is the final evolution of Pidove and is the “Pidgey” of the Unova region. I absolutely love this Pokemon though. The bird Pokemon, especially found in the beginning of the games, are always great. I enjoy Unfezant’s design and the move set overall is awesome.

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I Need More Paper Mario

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

It’s been quite the weekend. Kris and I did a six-hour live stream showing off some of our favorite Nintendo Switch stream. We were totally dead afterward. It was a lot of fun though and I can’t wait to do it again sometime!

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While it was fun to play some games we haven’t in a long time, it got me thinking about how we’ve been in sort of a “gaming slump” lately. Keeping up with game reviews this year have been tough. Which is weird since there are a ton of great games coming soon or recently came out. Still, Kris and I have been more interested in playing games we started and never finished. Or maybe we’ve played them over and over again but had an itch to play them yet again.

I don’t know why – though I’ll blame Jett – I’ve been having a craving for Paper Mario.

I wanted to replay the beloved game for a while now, but there are so many other games on my list that are new, so I’ve decided to do those first.

I have Paper Mario on the Nintendo Wii. It’s been quite a while since I’ve turned that console on so who knows how well it would even work (though it should work just fine). I could play The Thousand-Year Door on the Gamecube. It’s been way longer since I’ve played that one and I don’t remember it by heart like I do with the original Nintendo 64 Paper Mario.

I definitely want to play through the whole series again. Maybe I’ll do so on stream if I can get all the games to work. But I honestly want a new Paper Mario.

The last Paper Mario game we got was Color Splash for the Nintendo Wii U. I would love a brand new Paper Mario game for the Nintendo Switch. You know, one that’s like the original game and Thousand-Year Door. Granted, I was pleased with Color Splash, though it’s not my favorite.

Having a Paper Mario game on the Switch – whether they port the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube ones to the Switch or make a brand new one – would make me extremely happy. Actually, they can just do all of that. Port the first two games and give me a brand new Paper Mario similar to the first two games.

I don’t like be like, “I need this” or “I want this.”

But…

I need this. I want this. Please and thank you, Nintendo.

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Yoshi’s Crafted World [Video Game Review]

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Title: Yoshi’s Crafted World
Developer: Good-Feel
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo Switch 
Category: 
Action, Platformer
Release Date: 
March 29, 2019
How we got the game: 
We pre-ordered the game on Amazon

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Yoshi’s Crafted World stars the adorable Yoshis in yet another adventure. A successor to Yoshi’s Woolly World, Crafted World is just as enjoyable and creative when it comes to the levels and the Yoshis’ abilities.

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In fact, I think Yoshi’s Crafted World is more creative than Yoshi’s Woolly World. They definitely did a great job with this sequel.

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Similar to previous Yoshi games, Yoshi is controlled smoothly with the Joy-Con’s analog stick, is able to jump and hover for a few extra seconds, and eat almost any enemy to create eggs, which are then used as projectiles. The controls are intuitive, although we did take a moment or two to get used to being able to throw eggs at the background and foreground of the levels.

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Throwing eggs are easy enough, though you’re only allowed to have six eggs trailing behind you at a time. It definitely gets easy to run out of eggs if you keep missing your target or just wildly shoot your eggs around. There are a lot of things to interact with in each level – both in front of Yoshi, in the background and the foreground. This game really utilizes every nook and cranny of the levels.

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Another hindrance to throwing eggs is that we always seem to get in each other’s way… That may just be us, though, as I’m sure other people playing may have smoother teamwork. Speaking of teamwork, if you’re playing with two players, you can have one Yoshi ride the other to keep from being separated and to gain stronger attacks. Poochy appears in levels every so often (as well as Poochy pups!) to give the Yoshis a hand, and Poochy just bowls over nearly every obstacle!

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I like being able to ride on top of your fellow player, but it happens accidentally so much and yeah, you get in each other’s way. Poochy is OP, but I love having him appear in various levels! However, we do tend to miss a lot when we have Poochy because we like to plow through the level.

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It was rather easy to go through the level, but Poochy is a good doggie, so I will not blame him. Even with Poochy, there were plenty of little tricks and puzzles in the side-scrolling levels that made us pause to figure out. Overall, the gameplay and mechanics weren’t anything new to the Yoshi franchise, but it was charming nonetheless.

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The game as a whole is well one and a lot of fun to play. There’s a lot to explore and each button pretty much has a function leaving no room for anything more.

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The graphics of this game are absolutely adorable. I mean, Yoshi is one of the cutest characters in the Mushroom Kingdom anyway, and the creativity that was poured into this game to design the levels is fantastic. It was fun to see all the “materials” that was used to create the levels and worlds that we explored.

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Yoshi looks so soft and cuddly and I just want to snuggle with him! There’s always something to look at in every level, which was well crafted (no pun intended). Nintendo did a great job showing off what the Nintendo Switch could do pertaining to the graphics and “realism” of it.

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The music was just as delightful, staying soft and usually cheery in the background while we played, and the sound effects were spot-on, especially the voices of the Yoshis. We were definitely cooing over every noise the Yoshis made whenever we first heard them!

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Every time a Yoshi speaks, I need to stop talking and everything I’m doing just to listen. The voices are adorable and as is the music. This game is so chill overall.
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The Yoshis’ Sundream Stone has the ability to make anyone’s wildest dreams come true, making it tempting to the likes of Kamek and Baby Bowser. One day, when the baddies try to steal the Sundream Stone, the gems go flying across the world. It is up to the Yoshis to recover the gems before Kamek and Baby Bowser can.

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All the Yoshi are hanging around the stone when Kamek and Baby Bowser have to ruin their fun. Yoshi and friends do a wonderful job jumping right into action to get the gems back. The story itself is cute for a Yoshi game and the dialogue, from Kamek and Baby Bowser, are entertaining.

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While this game is fun to play, there aren’t too many collectibles or reason to go back and play the levels. There are costumes for the Yoshis to buy with the coins you accrue, as well as “scavenger hunt” challenges to entice you to replay the levels, but they’re not too difficult. Being only for one to two players does cut down on some of the replayability as well. Even though the game is wonderful with just two players, it could have been fun with being able to play with more friends.

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I agree. I don’t know how often we’ll go back to this game. There’s definitely the “completionist” factor to collect all the flowers, red coins, etc. However, we’re just aiming to beat the game. And yes, I wish it were more than two players. Our friends and cousins were disappointed to see only two could play at a time.

Yoshi’s Crafted World gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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Ace Attorney Is Here!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I had no idea this day was coming until about two days ago. And boy, did it get me excited.

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The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series has a special place in my heart. A random purchase turned into something so much more than that. Not only did Kris and I enjoy the games and we had so much playing together, but we got our oldest sister into the series as well even though she stopped playing video games a long time ago.

We have a lot of great memories with the original trilogy and have wished the games after that came to home consoles so we could play together on the big screen with our sister again. Kris and I don’t mind huddling over the 3DS together, despite how uncomfortable it gets, but it’s hard to do that with three people. Needless to say, our sister didn’t get a chance to finish the series. She only played the original trilogy.

While I’ve been waiting for a brand new Ace Attorney game for a long time (Duel Destinies came out in 2013!) I’m excited to see the original trilogy on the big screen again.

Kris and I got the games on the Wii Ware way back in the day (when we had a blocky TV in our bedroom with the Gamecube and Wii hooked up). We had no idea the games originally came out for the DS. We also have no idea they had an order to them – we just thought there were three games total so we ended up buying the third games, Trials and Tribulations, first and played through it. We beat it and then realized it was the third game in a trilogy.

The trilogy came out for the 3DS years later and I, of course, got it. I had an itch to play it again and while I never finished it (mostly because it was more fun with Kris but also I knew the outcomes of each case despite forgetting how to get there).

Now the trilogy is coming out yet again for the Nintendo Switch. I have it on the Wii and my 3DS… do I really need it for the Switch? Um, yes. Yes, I do.

I haven’t played the games in so long – the cases are fun and tricky, the story is amazing, and the characters are so loveable!

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy comes out on the Nintendo Switch today for $30. That’s $10 per game which is a steal. I got it and I can’t wait to start playing relive those cases again!

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Diagonal Hype

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Most controllers have both the D-Pad and analog stick. The analog stick wasn’t always there in the Nintendo line up of consoles, but it soon became a thing.

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Granted, historically, the D-Pad was the go-to controls for moving your character based on the limitations of the games themselves. Once a character was able to move in a diagonal direction, analog sticks became the norm. Remember how excited Pokemon fans were to see their characters run diagonally in X and Y as opposed to just the four regular directions with the D-Pad?

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Yes, I remember when the 3DS came out, a big thing was that your character could move in circles… on roller skates. I have to say though, I think I prefer the D-pad. I don’t mind walking diagonally, but I feel like I have more control over my characters with the D-Pad.

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Analog sticks can sometimes make your character feel a little slippery, I’ll agree with that. Mario in Super Mario 64 was a bit notorious for that. Still, I prefer the wide range of movement that analog sticks enable characters. I find it funny that Nintendo used analog sticks in their controllers since the Nintendo 64 but they skipped it for the Wii controls. It was most likely due to the motion control that they were going for, but it’s still an interesting choice in my opinion.

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I forgot the Wii didn’t have the analog stick… motion controls aside, I wonder if that’s a reason as to why people complained about Wii games? Or part of it, I mean. I like having the option of the stick or pad, for sure. I go back and forth with using them both and am comfortable with both.

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I think some of the motion controls, while good in theory, weren’t everyone’s favorite aspect about the Wii. You remember how ridiculous I looked while playing Skyward Sword, haha! Looking at the Nintendo Switch, the Joy-Con do not have a D-Pad, opting to just have the analog stick, but the D-Pad is included on the Pro Controller. I find that an interesting design choice considering the majority of Nintendo Switch games are designed to be used with the Joy-Con and its analog sticks.

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There are Joy-Con with the D-Pad included it in though. So, it’s something that people definitely missed. Overall, I’ll take either or. But I do think I would choose the D-Pad over the analog stick if given the option.

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True, but a majority of those seem to be custom made with, I imagine, the D-Pad functioning the same as the quartet of A, B, X, and Y buttons instead of giving the character movement. Of course, I’m not positive, so if anyone out there knows more, I’d be interested to hear it!

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