Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I haven’t done a throwback in a while and there’s a certain game that I’ve been thinking about a lot…


Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle originally came out in June 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube. 2001… that’s a long time ago.

Every once in a while, I think of this game. It’s not a great game by any means, but Kris and I absolutely loved playing it at the time it came out.

The game had two story modes, Hero and Dark. Both modes were the same story but through the different points of view of the hero characters, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, and the dark characters, Shadow, Eggman, and Rouge. It was fun to play as both the heroes and the villains in their own unique levels going along the same storyline.

Sonic and Shadow had speed levels while Tails and Eggman were in some sort of machine for their levels, and Knuckles and Rouge had treasure hunting levels searching for pieces of the broken Master Emerald.

Each character could find a Chao key in their levels that would allow them to go to Chao world. There you could hatch Chao, put them in Kindergarten, feed them and level them up, throw them in combat tournaments and races. Then you could have them make baby Chao together. It was a lot of fun and honestly, I think that was my favorite part of the whole game.

My other favorite part of the game was the 2-player where you competed against one another in races, battles, and treasure hunting. Kris and I would compete all the time and after we beat the game once, I think we mainly just played with our Chao (we each had about ten or so Chao on our accounts) and then competed against each other.

It was a lot of fun and I remember I recorded ourselves competing and put a few videos on Facebook.

I know the game isn’t too good. It was great when we were kids, but I would love to play this again just for the nostalgic purposes. The main reason I thought of writing about this game was mostly because of the music.

While playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I always start singing “City Escape” by Ted Poley whenever we’re racing on the Toad Harbor track. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle did have great music if nothing else.

Have you played Sonic Adventure 2 Battle? How much did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Holiday Finds

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had some lovely holidays!

Rachel and I had a great time with our families, and spent plenty of time getting acquainted with some new video games.


Video games — or gift cards towards the Nintendo eShop, Steam, what-have-you — tend to be a standard gift for Rachel and me. We did fairly well this Christmas season, and we can’t wait to share our thoughts about the new games!

From our older sister and brother-in-law, we had each gotten the other version of Pokemon Sun and Moon. We’re definitely looking forward to being able to explore the Alola region with a new team!

Our grandparents gave Rachel Mario Party Star Rush for the Nintendo 3DS while I got Monster Hunters Generations for the same system. I have never played a Monster Hunter game, but Rachel and I heard and watched good things about the series from some of our favorite YouTubers. Here’s hoping I can figure it out!

Paper Mario Color Splash¬†for the Wii U was another game that had been under the tree for Rachel, while Sonic Generations for the 3DS was wrapped up for me. It’d been awhile since I played a decent Sonic the Hedgehog game, so hopefully Sonic Generations won’t be bad at all. We had also received the newest expansion for the Sims 4, City Living.

I know Rachel already spent some of her Nintendo eShop gift cards on Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. I’m not too sure what I’m going to spend my gift cards on just yet… Any suggestions?

Video Game Raffle Basket

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

Kris and I are pretty active at our church and this past weekend we had our annual Holly Fair.

We always run the raffle table with our grandmother.

We dropped a few baskets off at our church a couple days before the fair and noticed that there wasn’t a big selection. So, when we went Christmas shopping with our other sister, we stopped at Gamestop.

If we recall, there has never been a video game basket at our church before. It was something different and Kris seemed to be in the mood for spending money. Yet, she had no idea what to get people for Christmas, so why not buy things for a raffle basket?

While Kris paid for everything, I suggested items for her to buy for the basket–and for myself (though she didn’t fall for that one).

She ended up buying a Sonic the Hedgehog Amiibo, Charmander socks, a deck of Mario Uno cards, a Yoshi doll, a small Pikachu keychain, a Hidden Block with a surprised figurine in it, and a Gamestop gift card.

It was a nice basket and I really, really wanted it. If nothing else, just for the socks.

Except, the Gamestop worker rang in the Hidden Block, but forgot to put it in the bag… We didn’t notice it wasn’t there until we had gotten home. It was cheap, so there was no point in going back to the store.

I put 13 raffle tickets in the basket. 12 were mine, 1 I had found on the ground that no one had filled out.

Yes, I basically just stole a ticket from someone who had bought it themselves, but you know what? When it comes to raffles, it’s every person for themselves.

I didn’t win. Some lady I don’t even know won. She wasn’t there when we pulled the tickets, so if she doesn’t claim it in a week or so, I’m taking it.

I still have a chance!

But probably not.

I also put 12 tickets in a basket that had seven different kinds of bags of chips. I didn’t win that, either.

I never win at raffles.

Have you ever splurged at a gaming store, whether the items were for you or not?

Friday Favorites: Amiibo Wishes

Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s Friday!

Nintendo unveiled a set of four brand-new The Legend of Zelda themed amiibos, and I think they’re looking pretty cool, especially the Ocarina of Time Link!. In all honesty, Rachel and I don’t do much with the amiibos (we only have a handful of them), but we figured we would try buying each other a new one for our birthdays to slowly grow our little collection. Below is a list of amiibos that I would like one day, whether they be real or imaginary at this point in time.

On that note, yesterday was Rachel’s birthday, if you wanted to show her a little extra love! ūüôā

5. Dixie Kong

We need to celebrate more female characters, and Dixie was a star in her own right. With her unique abilities in the Donkey Kong franchise, I believe she should get her own amiibo.

4. Knuckles

Knuckles was always a great character in the Sonic the Hedgehog games, and I would love an old-school looking Knuckles (none of that Sonic Boom nonsense) amiibo.

3. Professor Layton

Rachel and I were introduced to Professor Layton when we gave the crossover Ace Attorney and Professor Layton game a go. His gentleman demeanor, smarts, and ability to kick ass definitely made him a favorite!

2. Grovyle

With all the Pokemon amiibos out there, I would selfishly like one of my favorite, Grovyle.

1. Geno

Considering this character isn’t owned by Nintendo and that he hasn’t resurfaced in any other game other than Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (aside from a brief cameo in a Mario & Luigi game), having an amiibo with Geno is extremely unlikely. But, hey, he was one of my first favorite video game characters. I would love any kind of merchandise with him!

What are your favorite amiibos? Any characters you hope will be made into amiibos in the future?

Co-op and Versus

During multiplayer games, how do you prefer to set up the teams with your friends and family? Do you prefer co-op modes or everyone-fends-for-themselves kind of games? When Rachel and I play, we tend to stick together to demolish the opposition. For example, in the Mario Party games (when they allowed it), Rachel and I like doing the Tag Team mode, where whenever the mini-game is 2 versus 2, we always were paired up.

I think it definitely depends on who you’re playing with and what game you’re playing. If you’re playing with a group of friends, I think it’s a lot more fun to be against each other. When it’s just you and me, sticking together through Mario Party is fine. Especially since you usually win the mini-games anyway. On the other hand… Remember when we used to play Sonic Adventure 2 Battle together?

Yes, I agree that it depends on the people. We make a pretty good team, but it is always fun risking a friendship or two when it comes to competitive games. Oh, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle was awesome going against you! You almost always won the racing courses while I tended to do better with finding the emeralds! The shooting events were just the pair of us mashing buttons. Those were good times! We always seem to be on a team in the Mario Kart games, too.

Ah, yes. Mario Kart Double Dash was good times! You always drove and I threw the items and beat people up with my Yoshi tongue if they got too close. You have to be careful who you’re playing with though. I know I can get a little too competitive sometimes.

It wasn’t just Double Dash that we made a good team. Even during the team races of other Mario Kart installments, we did pretty well. On the flipside, you were the better driver and I played back-up from second or third (or sometimes even further back) place. Super Smash Brothers is a good franchise to show off our competitive sides! It’s fun to beat each other up once in a while in the form of video games!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Oh, that’s right! Mario Kart Wii had the team option. I forgot about that. Yeah, I’m a beast at Mario Kart Wii! Smash is a good way to show off your competitive side, but I’m not that great at it so I just get mad.

But it’s all in good fun. I think you and I are so used to working on a team together that co-op tends to be our go-to option when we play video games with that option. I can definitely think of a few friends that I wouldn’t mind at all going all-out against in versus modes, but I like that I usually have you in my corner. I think it’s because I know your skills and you know mine — can’t let you go on the enemy team and give away my secrets, haha!

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This is true! It’s a lot more fun to go against your friends. Plus, most of our friends don’t play video games so it’s usually easier to win. Because let’s be honest, it’s fun to rub it in their faces. Even if it is all about having fun. But making fun of your friends is fun too. Okay, I’ll stop talking now.

Which do you prefer? Would you rather have your friends as your teammates? Or your enemies?

Friday Favorites: GameBoy Advance Games

Double Jump Kris MiiYay for Friday!

I hope everyone’s week went well! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite old games, ones that were for the GameBoy Advance system. That handheld console turned 15 years old this year!

5. Harvest Moon: (More) Friends of Mineral Town

This was my first foray into the Harvest Moon franchise, and I adored it. A friend gave me FoMT for Christmas, explaining that it was “much better than it sounded.” He and I had similar video game tastes, so I was happy with his recommendation (even if I was a little skeptical about the farming angle at first). Since then, I’ve played quite a few, but I tend to stick to the older ones for nostalgic purposes.

4. Sonic Battle

Before atrocities like Sonic Boom were a thought, there were some Sonic the Hedgehog games that I definitely enjoyed, and Sonic Battle was at the top of the list. With familiar characters and a new, adorable robot character, the levels consisted of duking it out with one another while the robot learned different fighting styles. As the robot Emerl, you could customize your moves however you wanted after mimicking the others. All sorts of customization could be had, and it had decent replay value for that feature alone.

3. The Legend of Zelda: the Minish Cap

Of course there’s a Zelda game on this list. There’s always a Zelda game on my favorites lists! This game was tons of fun, and Ezlo was amusing as a partner character. I have never actually fully beaten the game, unfortunately — I’ve been stuck on the final boss battle for years! Perhaps its high time to pick it up again…

2. Fire Emblem

The original Fire Emblem game, the first one brought over to North America, definitely earned a spot on this list. Although it wasn’t my first Fire Emblem game (that honor goes to Sacred Stones), it’s one of my favorite installments. I haven’t had the chance to finish it yet, though, considering the copy I have had never had a working save function. My parents were amazing enough to find a cartridge of the game, and I had gotten through Lyn’s story by always keeping my GameBoy Advance on the charger, but it’s been awhile since I was able to try again. I now have it on the Virtual Console, so it’s a game I need to get back to.

1. Pokemon Emerald

Why didn’t Emerald get a remake? It had been my favorite of the three Hoenn games, especially with the Battle Tents scattered throughout the region and the Rayquaza tie-in with the legendaries. Hoenn is home to some of my all-time favorite Pokemon, like Grovyle, Mightyena, Gardevoir, and Ninjask, and Emerald was a brilliant game to raise them in.

What are some of your favorite GameBoy Advance games?

Friday Favorites: Tracks with Lyrics

Double Jump Kris Mii Hello, hello! Kris here on a lovely Friday!

This Friday Favorites post is dedicated to some of my favorite tracks from video games with lyrics. Soundtracks from video games are some of my favorite tunes to listen to in general, but there are always a few lyrical tracks that get stuck in your head (for better or for worst).

Donkey Kong 64

This song is just hysterical. The animation for the characters is spot on and the tune will definitely be stuck with you for a while!

Simple and Clean

This beautiful tune, along with the opening animation, is just gorgeous. I still have the old burned CD that my friend gave me about ten years ago in high school with the original English version, a remixed version, and then both of those versions in Japanese.

City Escape

Sonic Adventure 2: Battle was not the best Sonic game, we all know this. However, it did have some damn catchy music, especially City Escape!

Azura’s Song

Fire Emblem: Fates brought along a new character, a dancer named Azura in the English version. She sings this particular song throughout the games, and I found myself using her in battle more often than I thought I would because of this song.

What are you favorite video game songs?