Top Tuesday: Favorite Odd Bosses In Super Mario RPG

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Super Mario RPG is a favorite game of ours. I always enjoy watching Kris play, humming along to the music, and commentating on the wacky-looking enemies in the game.

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Bowyer

Bowyer is the first boss you encounter in the game. He has an interesting character design as he looks like a bow. His main attack is, of course, shooting arrows. He has a funny accent and certainly sticks out in the forest with a bright red, yellow, and green design. His body has stripes and his hair is wild and spiked and he’s got a nice pair of red, crazy eyes going on. I’ve always enjoyed his design because he’s an enemy who looks like a weapon. Which is odd and cool at the same time.

Valentina

What can I say about Valentina? She’s a pain in the butt, mean, and materialistic. Her head looks like Arnold from Hey, Arnold! and has big boobs. She’s also got a bird on top of her head – whether it’s still alive or not, I have no idea. I believe she’s a “human” trying to look like a bird because “Mallow” is apparently Dodo who is, well, a dodo bird.

Booster

Who doesn’t love Booster? He kidnapped Princess Toadstool and wants to marry her but he honestly has no clue what he’s doing. He has dolls of Mario and Toadstool and himself, which is… totally bizarre. He cries when he can’t find his Mario doll. He’s a funny guy though and I’ve always enjoyed his part of the game. His castle is a great level to get through and the music alone makes it all worthwhile. Plus, he reminds me of Wario a bit in looks.

Bundt

Bundt is a cake. Yes, a cake that’s alive. In fact, he was created to be Booster and Toadstool’s wedding cake. As soon as Mario and gang crash the wedding, you battle the two chefs but it turns out Bundt is the true boss. Having a wedding cake as the main boss is a cool concept and, while he’s personified a bit, he still looks like a regular cake which makes it all the cooler.

Belome

I don’t even know what Belome is. A cat? A dog? A frog? He’s encountered in the sewers and looks poisonous. He’s bright yellow with red squiggly designs all over him. He’s got four horns on the top of his head and four eyes which is pretty daunting. Not to mention he’s got a long tongue that he easily scoops up and eats your party members. Yeah… Belome is probably one of the weirder bosses in this game. But, like all the other bosses and enemies, he’s pretty cool. The design choices in Super Mario RPG are top notch.

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E3 2019: Nintendo

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Nintendo’s Direct for E3 2019 has come and gone. Yes, they’re still showing off games at the Treehouse, but all has been revealed and we’re, of course, happy about what Nintendo had to offer. For starters, they’ve announced the next two DLC fighters for Smash Ultimate, which isn’t what I was expecting at all. I mean, I was hoping for one, but two was certainly a surprise.

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Seeing two DLC fighters was a surprise, but I think they did it right. Showing off the Hero character from Dragon’s Quest first was smart, considering the game itself was already seen at Square Enix’s E3 show. I don’t believe the Hero was a popular guess for a DLC fighter, so it was a surprise all around. Of course, showing off Banjo-Kazooie at the very end made everyone go wild!

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For sure. If they announced Banjo-Kazooie first, they wouldn’t have been able to top that for the entire show… except maybe the ending, but we’ll get to that in a minute. I think having The Hero will be interesting, but I can’t imagine him being too much different than the sword fighters we already have, even though they showed off some cool moves from him. Banjo-Kazooie, I imagine, will mimic Duck Hunt in some ways, but there are only the two characters like that so it should be fine. Also, I really enjoyed how they announced Banjo-Kazooie with DK, Diddy, and K. Rool all hanging out together.

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Seeing K. Rool hanging out with Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong was probably one of my favorite parts of that reveal, haha! Not only was the throwback to K. Rool’s announcement great, but just to see the supposed enemies napping together was amusing. I do have the same thoughts about the Hero, too, about him being yet another swordsman. It was one of the first things I said upon seeing him. Granted, neither of us have played the Dragon Quest series, so there may be some other surprises in store regarding his move set.

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Totally. After announcing The Hero for Smash Ultimate coming this summer, they announced Dragon Quest for September and showed off a nice chunk of Luigi’s Mansion 3 showing off some new mechanics. Whether I’ll like those changes or not will be decided when I get to try them out, but what I love most about it is the setting. The first two games are set in a mansion and are fast games because the mansions are large, but the game is quick enough. Luigi is in a hotel this time and it looks much larger than the two mansions so I’m hoping the game will have longer gameplay. Not to mention, he’s rescuing not just Mario but also Peach and two Toads.

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The game looks great, even coming from someone who only played the first game as a challenge issued by her sister. Luigi’s Mansion 3 seems to have some co-op play mechanics as well, so I wouldn’t mind giving it a try together. We also got more of a look at Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which seems like it’ll have a time-jump between the school part of the game and a larger war that the three main characters — and the teacher avatar — will be engulfed in. I’m definitely intrigued by that!

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Yes, Fire Emblem: Three looks like it’ll be great. We didn’t get a set release date for Luigi’s Mansion 3, though they did say 2019, but Fire Emblem: Three House will be out this July, which is exciting. In fact, Nintendo has just about all of their games coming out within the next few months. Cadence of Hyrule and Super Mario Maker 2 come out this month, a couple of games are coming out in July and August, and they have a ton of games coming out in September with another couple for November. Which leads me to believe that Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be set for another Halloween release because they clearly need something for October.

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October or maybe even a holiday release to go with Pokemon Sword and Shield. Either way, it was thrilling to see so many actual release dates, especially when I feel that many of the other developers didn’t have as many solid dates for the games they showed off. Of course, we screamed in excitement at the very end of the direct, at Nintendo’s “one more surprise.” Seeing a confirmed sequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was insane! Upon seeing the first few seconds of the clip, we at first thought maybe it would be more DLC, which would have been great as well, but an entire sequel just blew our minds. I’m not expecting it for another three years or so, but seeing that it’s happening is wonderful.

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Pokemon will be coming November 15, so who really knows. I’m sure they’re trying to spread out their big releases a bit. Especially since they showed off a bit of Animal Crossing and shared the title, New Horizons, with us. I love that name and it’s so fitting for an Animal Crossing game! However, that’s been delayed until March 2020, which is fine with me because I want them to make it the best it can be and honestly, there are plenty of games to keep me busy in the meantime. Unfortunately, the Breath of the Wild sequel will not be part of that, but I’m super excited to have that to look forward to in the coming years!

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Despite Nintendo giving us a direct rather than a show like many of the other developers, I think I was most impressed with Nintendo this year. Granted, we’re big Nintendo fangirls anyway, so we may be a bit biased. Yet, plenty of their games we’re interested in playing and their game news flowed really well as the direct went along. And, while we missed seeing Reggie in the direct, Doug Bowser’s entrance was definitely pleasing to us. We think he’ll do just fine!

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Friday Favorites: AR Games Wish List

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Aside from virtual reality, AR games are becoming much bigger with the likes of Pokemon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and even Minecraft Earth. If AR games were able to merge with virtual reality — games where you bring yourself to a franchise’s world — they would be perfect to me. Yet, even if all we’re really able to do is bring elements of video game worlds into our reality, I’m down to try out more AR games. Here are some franchises I would love to see touched upon in our world.

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The Legend of Zelda

I wouldn’t mind seeing a deku baba or a keese flying around in AR as long as it meant I could also see bits and pieces of Hyrule in our world through my phone. AR puzzles can give way to little rewards — hearts for replenishing health, rupees for in-game items, etc. — and players can take on big bosses together, similar to the raids in Pokemon GO. Players can have an inventory of weapons, with a sword probably being the most popular, but are able to switch them out through the menu. Little fairies, like Navi and Tatl, can be a constant companion to help navigate Hyrule. There can be an overarching story to find pieces of the Triforce, a race against Ganondorf, with teams of players — perhaps categorizing them into Hyrule’s races — working together or, perhaps, against one another. I just really want to explore Hyrule in my everyday life, okay?

Superheroes

Whether this ties into Marvel or DC or is a more original twist to the genre, I wouldn’t mind having a superhero AR game. I used to love playing the MMORPG City of Heroes when it was still around, and bringing back just a semblance of that would be great. Players can select simplified superpowers when they create their character and gain experience points to level up as they defeat AR monsters or bad guys. As players level up, their powers become stronger, such as a level 1 player’s fire ball evolving into a steadier fire blast at level 5 or so. NPC superhero characters can be mentors to the players, giving them solo or team missions to protect the AR world. Perhaps players can even create their own superhero “teams” with friend codes, and teams can participate in leader boards, gaining points depending on how many missions they fulfill or baddies they defeat.

Mystery Series

Being an AR detective could be interesting. Players can be detectives, with the game using your location to give you hints towards clues, such as claiming that a clue is within so many steps. These clues can be brought to a base, similar to Pokestops in Pokemon GO, and players can work together to figure out the clues and how they point to the NPC culprit, or however the case decides to end. Tie the game to a franchise with NPC mentors like Phoenix Wright, Professor Layton, or Sherlock Holmes. Give the game a friend list that are your fellow contacts and detectives in the AR world, being able to share clues and notes while collaborating on cases.

Super Mario Maker

I believe Mario already exists in AR, even if it’s just a demo, yet I haven’t heard too much more on it. Seeing the gameplay video of Minecraft Earth got me thinking about what Super Mario Maker would look like in AR. Minecraft Earth allows you to build structures to play around in, and I think it would be interesting to be able to build Super Mario “levels” in AR as well. Being able to see question mark blocks and little koopas dashing around in AR could be fun. Every once in a while, Bowser and the Koopalings could be causing havoc somewhere like a raid, and players can help defeat them by using koopa shells, fire flowers, or other power-up items in the Mario world.

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Animal Crossing Switch Wish List

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

E3 is right around the corner and I’m super excited to see what Nintendo has to offer this year! Like many, I’m sure, I’m eager to learn more about Animal Crossing for the Switch. I mean, I hope they talk about it.

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The Big Ideas

I had a list of three or four things that I wanted to see in Animal Crossing Switch. As I wrote them down (because I knew I’d forget them before getting the chance to write this post), I kept coming up with more and more ideas. The list has grown to nine now, so I’ll talk in depth about the ones I really want.

Outside/Yards

I have a kiddie pool in my back room in Animal Crossing New Leaf. It makes no sense to have a kiddie pool in the house – especially if you can’t even use it. A rubber duck is just floating around in it forever alone and, honestly, that’s quite sad. I want to be able to have an actual garden in my yard, not plant flowers randomly about town. I want to have a lawn mower or a shed (more inventory space!), lawn chairs, or something. I want the house to be unique from all the others, inside and out.

Interactive Villagers/Friendship Levels

There are a few different personality types the villagers have. However, they don’t really different from each other that much. I’d like to see more of those personalities, if not new personalities. Give the villagers more things to do and say. When they invite you over, have coffee or something. When they come over, let’s sit and watch TV together. They just roam around mindlessly.

Having friendship levels would be cool too. I mean, it might make more work for an Animal Crossing game, but people are always trying to move in new villagers or get the pictures of their current villagers. Having a friendship level would be a great indicator of that. Plus, the villagers can have friendships with each other and you can settle disputes and such.

More Villagers & Bigger Villages

There are a lot of villagers and only ten can live in your village at a time. Give us bigger towns with more room to build public works projects and allow 15-20 villagers to live in our town. Plus, I was watching a playthrough of New Leaf and they were saying how they would love to see the villagers have different styled houses depending on their personality, such as a mansion or a shack or whatever. That would be so cool.

Different Biomes

Most of the stuff on this list is a long shot, I know. This is probably the weirdest request from me to Nintendo, but… I would love different biomes. Think Zootopia or we could just have multiple towns to travel to and take care of. We could visit the Tundra, Rain Forest, Desert, and more. Animals who live in those areas in real life are most likely to appear in their respective biomes. They have the camping ground so I think they could add two or three biomes off to the side for your town. It’ll be a surprise what you get. Maybe you could add more biomes down the road after you meet certain requirements in the game. I know there are different seasons, but I’m sure there are different bugs and fish that would appear only in the desert and stuff… we could catch Blathers a scorpion!

Honorable Mentions

  • More inventory space – let us have our pocket space plus a backpack that has even more room.
  • More than one save file – yes, this already exists but for the same town. I want to have multiples towns on one game.
  • Interactive decor – some are interactive, but not all. Seriously, if my character has a coffee pot, I want to turn it on and actually drink the coffee.
  • Fishing net – I believe this is in Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. A fishing net can catch eight fish at once. Wouldn’t that make life easier? (But then, yeah, we would definitely need the more inventory space.)
  • Send letters to friends – whether they’ve visited your town before or you have their Switch friend code, we should be able to communicate and send gifts to friends.
  • Pokemon Crossing

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Nintendo E3 2019 Predictions & Wish List

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E3 is right around the corner and I’m upset that I have to work during the events. Granted, if I was able to justify taking a couple of days off of my day job for E3, I’d mainly be interested in what Nintendo has to say. The other developers would be fun to listen to, but Nintendo is the company we know best.

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Nintendo is, as you’re probably well aware, our favorite company. We love their consoles and games and while we dapple in others, Nintendo is what we know best. Their games are what we look forward to the most – Mario, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda. It’s all great. With that said, what games are you hoping to see more about, Kris?

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Well, I’ve heard that Nintendo is focusing on software and games rather than hardware, so we won’t be hearing anything about the newer Switches that may be coming. As for games, I’m looking forward to a bit more information on Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I’m excited because it’s Fire Emblem, but I’m iffy on the idea of the school-like setting. What about you?

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Nintendo likes surprises though. I wonder if they’ll mention something about the newer Switches just to have some sort of cliff-hanger. I’m excited that you’re getting a new Fire Emblem game. When they first announced it, it reminded me a lot of Harry Potter and Hogwarts. It should be interesting. I mostly want to know more about Animal Crossing for the Switch and Luigi’s Mansion 3. I imagine Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be similar to the first two games but with new ghost types and such. There’s a lot of cool new things I’d like to see in Animal Crossing Switch, so I hope they make the game bigger and better.

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I keep forgetting about Luigi’s Mansion 3. I hope we get some news for that for you! I think there would be a riot if there wasn’t anything for Animal Crossing. Considering even I’ve been playing more Animal Crossing New Leaf lately, I do hope there will be some improvements in the game, especially when it comes to the online capabilities. One such thing we were talking about lately was having yards with our homes. It’d make more sense to decorate our yards with grills and scarecrows rather than keep those kinds of decorations indoors!

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Yes, exactly! Plus, we know they’re capable of much more from Happy Home Designer. Though, I guess, that’s a post for another day. I also want to know who the next DLC fighter will be for Smash Ultimate. I hope they give a hint or announce who it will be.

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I… know very little about Happy Home Designer, so I’ll take your word for it, haha! The next DLC Smash fighter won’t be available until next February, right? A hint or reveal wouldn’t be a bad thing to see during E3. I’d also like a little bit more about Super Mario Maker 2. There was that rumor about the online play not being available for friends, which sounds ridiculous, so if Nintendo could clarify and hopefully strike that rumor down, that would be great. We have plenty of blogging and gamer friends that I would love to play Super Mario Maker 2 with!

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All five DLC fighters will be available by February 2020. So, the other four are coming within the next few months. Revealing the character and/or giving us a release date for the second fighter would be great. I doubt they’ll say much on Super Mario Maker 2 since they had that Direct not too long ago and the release is right around the corner. However, it would be nice if they debunked those rumors.

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Oh, that’s coming up quick, then! I’m excited to see who the rest of the fighters are, and a small part of me is still hoping for Geno. I keep forgetting that we’re in June at this point and Super Mario Maker 2 will be released at the end of this month. Still, some clarification regarding the online business would be great. Considering there is a Pokemon direct today as well as the press conference last week, I wonder if there will be anything extra for Pokemon during E3?

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As much as I would love to see more Pokemon, despite the Direct, I would love to see more Pokemon stuff at E3. Of course, I’m not getting my hopes up for that. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing what Nintendo has up their sleeve at E3. They always have great surprises and impress.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Talents In Octopath Traveler

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Octopath Traveler is one of those games that I will think about here and there and get a sudden urge to play again. I have the soundtrack in my car and when the CDs cycled through and one of the battle themes began to play, I itched to play this game again. Most things in the game – the various stories and skills – are similar. However, the talents are unique for each character giving the game eight different talents to pick and choose when forming your party.

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Study Foe

This is Cyrus’s talent. He’s the scholar of the group and what a wonderful man he is. When you enter a battle with enemies they have small square boxes underneath them that reveal what they’re weak to in order to break their shield get their defense down. The only way to reveal their weaknesses is by trial and error and just throwing whatever you have at them and see if the shield breaks. Cyrus, however, when entering battle automatically uses “study foe” which allows him to reveal one weakness from every enemy. It’s a lot more helpful than you’d think and when he’s not in yourp party, you miss that talent.

Eye For Money

If you know me then you know I love collecting money and treasure in games. Tressa, the merchant of the group, has the eye for money talent which allows her to find money lying around. That’s pretty much it. When you enter a new area, the text will appear at the top right corner of the screen saying how much money Tressa “spotted” from “an unfortunate soul.” Naturally, we get the money and keep it. It’s a great way to make extra cash, especially since you need to buy healing grapes and weapons.

Pick Lock

Therion is the thief of the group and also the character we chose to start our journey with. Being a thief, he has the pick lock talent which allows him to get into certain treasure chests that no one else can. Honestly, since we started off with him and had him in our party the entire game, I didn’t realize this was his talent (Kris was playing). There are purple chests scattered about that only Therion can open but I thought they were just extra special because they were purple and shiny. Not having Therion in my party would be awful if I came across a purple chest. It would bother me so much if I couldn’t get the treasure inside.

Capture

H’aanit is the hunter of the crew and she has her special companion, Linde the snow leopard. Linda also knows two moves that H’aanit can ask her to use in battle. In addition. H’aanit can capture enemies throughout their travel. She can only capture one at a time and have so many trained at once, but she can hold onto them for a while and use them in battle as needed. This is great because it gives H’aanit a wider range of weapons and attacks that she wouldn’t normally have herself.

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Newfound Appreciation

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Most of the time, we’re focusing on new games that are coming out, trying to plan what we want to play and experience. Every once in a while, we go back to old favorites and I’ve recently been playing a game that I’ve never really been interested in before…

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One of my favorite chill game franchises is Harvest Moon. In fact, I heard that another Harvest Moon game will be revealed at E3 next week, which is usually exciting for me. I’m looking forward to hearing more details about the game but… I realized I’m not as excited for it as I used to be for past Harvest Moon games.

In all honesty, my favorite Harvest Moon games tend to be the past ones. Newer Harvest Moon games — with their gimmicks and updated mechanics — tend to not impress me as much. My longest farm-run is on my More Friends of Mineral Town for the Game Boy Advance and probably A New Beginning for the 3DS. I prefer the ones with simpler stories, which is a bit ironic considering how invested I get in the stories of video games, that give me more freedom on growing my farm.

With that said, I haven’t picked up a Harvest Moon game in a while. However, lately I have been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

If you recall from one of the previous challenges Rachel and I have done, I had her play a Harvest Moon game while she wanted me to give the Animal Crossing franchise another chance. Neither of us really did too well on that challenge, both of us becoming bored with the other’s favorite franchise fairly quickly. However, lately Rachel and I watched a couple of our favorite YouTubers doing a quick Let’s Play with New Leaf, and I found myself asking Rachel questions about the game’s mechanics. Seeing a Let’s Play of what could be done in the game gave me the urge to give it one more try, and it’s something that I’ve been chilling out with lately at the end of the night.

If given the choice between the two franchises, I will would pick Harvest Moon over Animal Crossing, but I definitely have a newfound appreciation for Animal Crossing.

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