Paper Mario’s Toad Town – MichelleHeafy, ThunderScott, 8BitBrigadier

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Paper Mario is one of our favorite Nintendo RPGs with its unique graphics, simple story, and charming characters. The soundtrack is one of our favorites to listen to, as well, and one of the most iconic tunes from the game is Toad Town.

A few years ago, a trio of talented musicians came together and created a cover of Toad Town. The YouTuber known as MichelleHeafy was on piano while 8BitBrigadier played the flute. ThunderScott was, well… everything else. I’ll admit, I was really amused to see him use the triangle in the cover!

All three of these musicians have their own channels dedicated to covers of beloved video game music. We hope you enjoy their Toad Town cover enough to visit some of their other videos!

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Throwback Thursday: Getting Through Paper Mario Sticker Star

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Paper Mario is my favorite game. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is a fantastic game. Super Paper Mario was okay. Paper Mario: Sticker Star… it exists.

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When Paper Mario: Sticker Star was released for the Nintendo 3DS on November 11, 2012, I tried not to get my hopes up too much for it. The first two games were great and the third game, for the Wii, was just okay for me. I was hoping Sticker Star would at least be on the same wavelength of Super Paper Mario. I also wondered how it would be on a handheld when the rest of the series was on home consoles.

Sticker Star, to say the least, disappointed me. It’s because of this game, I don’t get my hopes up for any good Paper Mario games that are announced (not that there’s been very many).

I played the game once and never looked back. I beat the game because I wanted to get through the whole thing just to say I did it. With that said, I haven’t picked up this game since late 2012 or early 2013. It’s been a long time and I don’t remember much of it other than it is frustrating.

The sticker concept was pretty good. I thought it was an interesting mechanic to add into the battle system, but it was executed poorly.

The biggest thing I remember about the game was the final battle with Bowser. Certain stickers are needed for the battle and need to be used at specific times during the battle. I tried and failed so many times, wasting lives and stickers. I eventually looked up a walkthrough online and followed that in order to beat the game.

That was my biggest problem – the final battle. It was so anticlimactic because I couldn’t figure it out myself and there was only the one way to get through it. For a Mario RPG game, I’d prefer to throw whatever punches I can, not rely on specific stickers that I may or may not have in my inventory before the battle begins.

I remember lying in bed during the final battle and Kris was lying in her bed playing through the game as well. I can’t remember if we beat it at the same time or not, but the two of us were frustrated together.

When I did beat the game, I didn’t have any sense of accomplishment. In fact, I felt like I wasted my time.

Aside from the battle mechanics and the final fight with Bowser, the game was just okay. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. Maybe someday I’ll try to play it again and relive those frustrating days.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Games To Binge Play

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

While there aren’t enough hours in the day and there’s always something that needs to get done – work, cleaning, socializing, what have you – there are definitely some games I would love to sit and play all day long.

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Paper Mario

Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64, my all-time favorite game. This is a game I could sit down and play for hours on end. The love the overall aesthetics, especially the music. I could hum along with that music any time in any situation. It just makes me happy. Paper Mario, unfortunately, does have an end to it though. I’ve played it so many times that I practically know the game by heart. The last time I played it took me about 24 hours to get through the main story. If I could do that in one sitting, I totally would.

Pokemon

I feel like I don’t really need to explain this one. The main story doesn’t typically take too long, but the collecting? Oh, yeah. I need to catch ’em all and it’s so easy for me to get sucked into the Pokemon world and play for hours at a time. I remember, when X and Y came out, I beat the main story in two days. I got the game for Christmas and spent Christmas evening and the following day playing all day long.

The Sims

Time in The Sims goes by super fast. I feel like one hour in The Sims is about a minute – maybe two – in real time. It’s so easy to spend a lifetime in The Sims and know you’re not wasting too much time in real life… until you look at a real clock and realize the sun had set already. If I could spend a day or two just living as my sim, I totally would.

Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing is a tricky game to play all day long. With its real-time mechanics, the shops have an open and closing time and the villagers do sleep. So, there’s only so much I can do in a day, but if I could, I would play that all day long as well.

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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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Friday Favorites: Nintendo 64 Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

While we have yet to hear Nintendo say anything about creating a mini N64 Classic console — indeed, I believe the company has fairly recently stated that they have no plans for it — I’m still hoping for one some day. Here are some of my favorite N64 games from back in the day.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Fun fact: I never actually finished a playthrough of this game on the N64 cartridge. Instead, my first full playthrough was on the Wii’s Virtual Console. Nevertheless, this was my first foray into Hyrule as a kid, aside from watching my uncle play a bit of Link to the Past on the SNES. I remember using my uncle’s save file on Ocarina of Time back at my grandparents house, mainly due to him having Epona so I could ride her around Hyrule Field.

Pokemon Puzzle League

A casual puzzle game starring the mascots of one of my favorite franchises was brilliant. Aside from the actual puzzle challenges, I just adored the background music that played during the levels. Medleys taken from the anime and movie soundtracks just made my day.

Super Smash Bros.

We never owned this game, but our cousins on our father’s side of the family did. The only downside was that we didn’t see these cousins too often during the year, just for some birthdays and Christmas. For a while, though, I’d always try to finagle my way into playing some of their video games during family gatherings, and this was one of the top contenders. Super Mario Kart 64 was another favorite.

Paper Mario

Being a simple RPG with a unique aesthetic and considered the spiritual successor to my favorite SNES game, Paper Mario had to be included on this list. While I hear that many believe the sequel — The Thousand Year Door — to be the best in the Paper Mario series, the N64 installment is my favorite. The characters, colorful locations, the music, and the charming story all make this a great game.

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Top Tuesday: Games I Play Over And Over

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I was pretty excited from the latest Nintendo Direct. There were a lot of games that I’m looking forward to but some that I know I’ll play over and over again just like I have with the games before it.

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3. Luigi’s Mansion

This is a favorite of mine and one that I’ve played a few times. This is a game where I feel like I need to be in the mood to play it, but I always get excited for it and into it. Now that Luigi’s Mansion 3 has finally been announced, I can’t wait to play a brand new spin on the series. Plus, I can’t wait to get a hold of the original game for the 3DS and play with a friend… as weird as green Luigi may seem.

2. Animal Crossing

It’s no secret how much I love Animal Crossing. I definitely go in spurts with that game but I’ve gone back to it time and time again. While the real time can be annoying if you haven’t played in a year, I love being able to just pick back up where I left off. Or, wipe our my town and start from scratch… though I don’t like doing that. I’m sure I’ll be playing the new game over and over for a long time.

1. Pokemon

While this wasn’t talked about much at the recent Direct, I’m still super excited for the Let’s Go games and also the new core game that will be out next year. Though we still don’t know anything about that game yet. Either way, I know I’ll be trying my hardest to complete my Pokedexes and catch them all.

Now all I need is a new Paper Mario game and I’ll be good to go.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Bosses In Paper Mario

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I was thinking of Paper Mario the other day. Why? No idea. But I thought I’d talk about some of my favorite boss battles from the game.

For the sake of everything, I’m not including Bowser because… well, he’s in everything.

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3. Lava Piranha

I’ll be honest, there’s nothing too special about this boss fight other than Kolorado busting in every now and then. The Lava Piranha is found on Mt. Lavalava and is kind of a creepy looking dude, but completely awesome at the same time. Plus, fire.

2. Crystal King

This weird guy is found at the Crystal Palace – not to be mistaken for the breakfast buffet in Disney with Winnie the Pooh and friends. He’s the last major boss you fight before heading to battle Bowser. His move set is cool with illusions and the like. I’ve always liked the music and sound effects for him too. I mean, the music all around is good for the whole game, but this one always stood out to me.

1. Koopa Bros.

The very first major boss fight of the game in Koopa Bros. Fortress. These guys are hilarious. They really add a lightheartedness to the game (as if it wasn’t already). Bonus points, they remind me of the Ninja Turtles.

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Friday Favorites: Fire Levels

Double Jump Kris MiiHey, it’s June!

A little while ago, I did a Friday Favorites dedicated to video game levels that reminded me of or were set in winter. To celebrate the coming warmer months, this time around my Friday Favorites post is dedicated to summery or hot levels.

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Cinnabar Island from Pokemon

In the Kanto region of Pokemon, the seventh gym badge is one you earn from the Fire-type gym on Cinnabar Island. The island is tiny, but I remember from the original Pokemon Yellow the red palette of the pixels, the abandoned mansion filled with lore and Fire-type Pokemon, the riddles from the gym… I can’t wait to see what it looks like in the Let’s Go titles!

Mt. Lavalava from Paper Mario

Let’s be real, the original Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64 was the best title in that series. Mt. Lavalava, the volcano dungeon that you explore after meeting all the Yoshis, was not only a fun area to traverse, but you also had Kolorado hanging out with you. Kolorado was an archaeologist only following you for treasure, but his hilarious dialogue and mannerisms make him one of my favorite NPCs to date.

Barrel Volcano from Super Mario RPG

My favorite aspect of Barrel Volcano is the music, if I’m being honest. Super Mario RPG had fantastic level designs to begin with, and Barrel Volcano is no exception. Challenging bosses — both mini and the main bosses — were found here along with an amusing shopkeeper doing business in the middle of the volcano. The Axem Rangers, spoofs of the Power Rangers, were also some of my favorite bosses in this game.

Dodongo’s Cavern from Ocarina of Time

Dodongo’s Cavern was probably one of my first “fire levels” in my gaming history. Ocarina of Time, being one of the first games that I’ve played on my own, was an amazing experience and I remember being in awe at the idea of exploring the cavern. That, and the bombs that you received around the same time was awesome!

What are your favorite fire-based or summer levels in video games?

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Character Spotlight: Bowser

Happy Tuesday and Happy Halloween!

It’s time for another Character Spotlight, a character we all know and love.

 

Bowser, originally known as King Koopa, is everyone’s beloved villain from the Mario Bros. franchise. He originally appeared in the Super Mario Bros. game for the NES in 1985. He’s an old man… his most recent appearance has been in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions for the Nintendo 3DS in 2017.

He has been in countless games from main Mario games to side Mario games such as the Mario Party series, various Mario Sports games, and the Paper Mario series. Not to mention he’s included in Super Smash Brothers and has made cameo appearances in games such as The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and the Skylanders series as well as the movie, Wreck-It Ralph.

Bowser is one popular Koopa!

Bowser is one of my favorite villains because he’s not always a villain. He has a fun personality. There are some games where he’s a pain and straight up mean – Mario Party 10… – but there are other games such as Paper Mario where he has bad intentions, but he has such a great personality and funny comic relief that he doesn’t seem like a bad guy.

Then there are games such as Super Mario RPG where he actually joins Mario in a fight against a separate villain. I think my favorite versions of Bowser is from Super Mario RPG and the Paper Mario series.

Also, I love Bowser’s design. Koopas are cute, but Bowser is just a beast.

What are your thoughts on Bowser? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Save and Continue?

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I’ve seen many a play-through on YouTube of games. And most often than not, they never save their game for fear of the footage getting corrupted. They want to be able to go back and try it again.

I’m here to say that I don’t know how people can do that.

When I play a game, I can’t begin to count how many times I save, if I can. It always bothers me when a game only allows you save at certain points in the game. Then again, if I can save whenever I want, I abuse that power.

Take Paper Mario, for example. You only come across save blocks in certain parts of the game. Because you can’t save that often, every time I see one, I immediately stop what I’m doing and go hit that block.

I’ll save, then go into the Toad House to heal, maybe buy a few items, and then save again. Because I’m that paranoid.

Then you’ve got Pokemon. I can save whenever I want, but I’m not really in any “dire” situations through most of the game. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t save right before a gym battle. Or, sometimes, right before a wild Pokemon encounter.

Then you’ve got a game like Ace Attorney. Kris and I are working our way through Spirit of Justice, and the other night I can’t begin to explain how many times we saved.

We were both tired, and I’ll admit that neither one of us was doing well at solving anything the game threw at us. Because of that, we were unsure of every move we made. So we saved the game probably every 2-3 minutes. Even on a good day, when we’re sure of ourselves, we still save right before answering because we’re afraid we’re going to get a penalty. We have five chances, but we like to be perfect… Edgeworth taught us that way back when.

And don’t even get me started on saving and then wondering, “Did it go through? I better save again just to be sure…”

Do you constantly save as I do? Or do you like to live dangerously and chance it? Let me know in the comments below!

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