Top Tuesday: Favorite Sidekick Characters

Happy Tuesday!

I have to admit, I still have Pokemon on the brain, so it took me a little while to figure out what I wanted to talk about for today’s list.

It’s a tad on the random side, but it’s video game related, so… there you go.

5. Tails

Tails from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is a great character. He’s like a little brother to Sonic, but is a great friend who also knows what’s he’s doing. He’s smart, can think quickly, and can fly. He’s the kind of character that the hero would be lost without.

4. Diddy Kong

Diddy Kong is a character who isn’t mentioned that often. I think most people forget about him pretty easily because they’re more focused on Donkey Kong. Yes, he’s stronger, but Diddy was always faster and… I just always preferred him for some reason.

3. Luigi

Some people may not consider Luigi a sidekick, but that’s how he originally started. He was always there to help or cheer on his big brother Mario from the sidelines. He even has his own game where he saves Mario… you can’t get a better sidekick than that.

2. Navi

People rag on Navi from the Legend of Zelda series because she’s “annoying” or “bossy” or whatever. Still, I always enjoyed her and she stuck around poor little Link as an adult and a child, which is pretty special, especially since he wasn’t a typical Kokiri.

1. Fi

I didn’t plan on having two characters from the same series, but I had to put Navi on the list and Fi… well, Fi is pretty awesome too. She’s Link’s sidekick in Skyward Sword as she is his sword. She’s the Master Sword and the game Skyward Sword is considered the first in the Legend of Zelda timeline. Which means… well, the way I see it, Fi is in every single Zelda game aiding Link along the way. If that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is.

Who are your favorite sidekicks? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Character Spotlight: Tails

Happy Tuesday!

Another month has come and gone. I’ve decided to talk about a character who I haven’t really thought about in a long time.

 

Character Spotlight: Tails

Tails is a character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. His true name is Miles Prower, but his nickname comes from his two tails. He first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in 1992. Since then, he’s appeared in plethora Sonic games, usually being a playable character.

Tails can fly with his twin tails and he’s also the brains of the group. He’s also the youngest and, in my opinion, the cutest.

I love the big brother, little brother relationship Sonic and Tails has. They make a good team, especially with Knuckles around as well.

I know the Sonic games have gone downhill, but I do enjoy the characters from the games. I feel like the main trio are great protagonists. Tails adds a lot to the group, too.

Do you love Tails? Who’s your favorite Sonic character? Let me know in the comments below!

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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! 🙂

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

krismii
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.

rachmii
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?

krismii
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.

rachmii
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.

krismii
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.

krismii
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!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
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?