Friday Favorites: N64 Games I Wish I Played

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The Nintendo 64 was a highlight of my early gaming years, but thinking back on it… I didn’t play too many Nintendo 64 games. Rather, the GameCube is our largest collection of physical games. This week’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to the Nintendo 64 games I wish I had tried as a kid.

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Harvest Moon 64

I didn’t get into the Harvest Moon franchise until an old friend gifted me with Friends of Mineral Town for my birthday one year. I wonder how I would feel about the franchise had I started with Harvest Moon 64, a game that I’ve heard is a favorite in the community.

Star Fox 64

My first introduction to Fox McCloud was in Super Smash Bros. I had no idea who he was and, even then, I didn’t really think to look up any other N64 games that he could have been in. After Smash Bros., my first taste of Star Fox was Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube which, apparently, is a bit of a departure from the normal formula of a Star Fox game. It would have been great to give the N64 Star Fox a try!

Donkey Kong 64

Technically, I believe we have this game cartridge, although I’m fairly certain we “borrowed” it from family or a family friend and never returned it. I don’t remember playing much of this game, just a few levels here and there while at another’s house, but the idea of the game intrigued me. That, and the theme song was just so damn catchy.

Any Nintendo 64 games you wish you had gotten the chance to try? Are you amused like I am that these games all have 64 in the title? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Double Jump Bakes Galaxy Cupcakes [Star Fox]

We entered the kitchen once more! Instead of making chicken nuggets like the children we are, we decided to bake galaxy cupcakes for playing Star Fox and Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic.

The galaxy cupcake recipe we used was from Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies Cookbook, the same book we used for our Pokemon sugar cookies that clearly came out awesome.

The galaxy cupcakes, after watching the YouTube video, seemed easy enough to bake. “Easy enough.”

We forgot to take pictures while we were baking, but we do have a picture of the final product and what it was supposed to look like.

The cupcakes were easy to bake, we’ve baked cupcakes before. They tasted good, which is a plus. The frosting came out well. We bought food coloring gel, which is different food coloring than what we usually use. However, we got funky colors: electric pink, electric blue, electric purple, and a couple others but those are what we used.

We dyed the frosting, placed each color into their own piping bag and put them in a bigger bag together to allow the colors to swirl when we squeezed them out.

It didn’t come out as well as we thought it would and the colors were lighter than we had originally planned as well. It looks more “unicorn” than “galaxy” but we’ll take what we can get. It still looks cool and they tasted great.

Have you ever made a recipe based on a video game? What is your favorite kind of cookies? Let us know in the comments below!

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Character Spotlight: Fox McCloud

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Today’s Character Spotlight is a character who I don’t know very well. I’ve been talking about him and his games a lot this month though so… here it is. I know, I’m pretty original when coming up with my post ideas.

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Fox McCloud made his first appearance in Star Fox for the Nintendo SNES in 1993. He last appeared in Star Fox Zero for the Nintendo Wii U in 2016 and Star Fox 2 on the Nintendo SNES Classic in 2017. Being the protagonist, he’s been a busy guy starring in every Star Fox game as well as spinoffs such as the Super Smash Brothers series.

Fox was one of those characters I never paid too much attention to. The Star Fox games never really caught my interest, except Star Fox Adventures, but still, I never beat that game.

I do think Fox is a great, unique character. I enjoy his design and his background as well as what he stands for. His games just never caught my eye as much. Still, he’s fantastic in Super Smash Brothers. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more games with him fairly soon.

Have you played most of Fox’s games? Is he a favorite of yours? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Star Fox Adventures

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Kris and I have been exploring Star Fox and Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic. Star Fox 2 was never released so, of course, we’ve never played it. We’ve never played Star Fox though either, so it was the first game we decided to try out. And it brought back some memories. Different memories, but memories nonetheless.

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Star Fox Adventures was on the Nintendo Gamecube released on September 23, 2002. It’s an action-adventure game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo. It’s totally different from the typical Star Fox game where you’re in a ship shooting at things.

The story takes place eight years after the events of Star Fox 64. Krystal is searching for answers due to the destruction of her home planet. She gets herself into trouble and Fox investigates with the help of a dinosaur friend, Prince Tricky.

Kris and I never beat this game, but we did try to create our own version of it.

When we were kids, young and stupid, we took our parents’ video camera and tried to recreate the game as a movie. Kris was Fox and I was Tricky. We were so loud and obnoxious that our sister came out of her room to ask what we were doing.

Somehow, she ended up being our cameraman.

Needless to say, we didn’t get very far. I remember finding the tapes a few years ago while my mom was cleaning out her closet. The camera was in there as were the tapes and we watching some old vacation videos when our lovely movie came on one of the tapes.

I couldn’t say where they are now… I just hope I find them again someday. If I do, I hope they still work so I can watch.

Now I really want to give the game another go.

What are some SNES games you remember loving as a kid? Let me know in the comments below!

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Star Fox [Game Review]

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Title: Star Fox
Developer: Nintendo, Argonaut Software
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform:
Nintendo SNES
Category:
Rail shooter, shoot ’em up
Release Date:
February 21, 1993 (2017 on the SNES Classic)
How we got the game:
We bought the SNES Classic 

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The only experience we ever had with Star Fox, aside from the characters being featured in the Super Smash Bros. series, would be Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube. The GameCube game, apparently, derailed from the genre that the Star Fox series was known for, so we were excited to actually try out the original Star Fox game for the SNES.

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I enjoy the cast of characters Star Fox provides and was eager to give the original game a shot knowing it’s a typical shooting game.

gameplay

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Gameplay for Star Fox consists of flying an Arwing through the levels while shooting down opposing airships and grounded enemies. You can choose for the controls for the airship to be inverted, where up is down, and there are a few different options as to which button is the blaster, the brake, and the speed boost.

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While it’s pretty straightforward, it was something I couldn’t handle. I often passed the controller over to Kris and she ended up playing the game for the both of us. I wasn’t a fan of the controls and I was confused about where to go and who to shoot.

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I wasn’t too much of a fan of the controls either, but it was a bit fun just keeping the blaster button pressed and shooting everything that moved on the screen. I… may have knocked out teammates like Slippy once or twice… Whoops. I couldn’t aim to save my life (sometimes literally), especially in the first-person mode, but I wasn’t much better in third-person.

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Shooting was definitely the best part of the game (which is good since that’s basically all you do). But it was tricky because I often couldn’t tell my teammates from the enemies and then they’d yell at me… Oh, well.

graphics-music

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The SNES Classic does a wonderful job of preserving the original graphics and music of the older games. That said, it was a bit funny seeing old the pixels and polygons of Star Fox!

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It was certainly funny to see the older graphics. It was interesting to see the characters as just their heads in the intercoms rather than their full bodies throughout the entire game. The graphics are cool but you can’t tell much of what’s going on.

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The sound effects and music were great, especially when the characters were “talking.” To us, they sounded a little like Porky Pig from the Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny cartoons, haha! The music and sounds did their job, sounding just epic enough to motivate us to try to defeat the enemy with our Arwing.story

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Emporer Andross has declared war on our heroes. Once banished, he set up shop on Venom, the first planet in the Lylat system. He begins a war on Corneria and it’s up to Fox and his team to save everyone.

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That’s the simplicity of the story. Andross is the bad guy that needs to be defeated, and Star Fox is the team to do it. As long as, you know, the player can aim well enough to shoot the enemies out of space, haha!

replay-value

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The original Star Fox is a fun game for nostalgic purposes and a few different difficulty levels. Compared to FPS games nowadays, Star Fox is pretty simple, but it’s a nice change of pace to turn on once in a while.

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I’m not sure I can see myself going back to this game. I don’t have any emotional attachment to this game and, despite how simple it seemed, I had a hard time playing it. Still, it was great to try.

Star Fox gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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SNES Classic Edition

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We all know Nintendo is launching the SNES Classic Edition, right? Last I heard, it will be out September 29 this year, and pre-orders are not happening right now. If pre-orders had happened, they went so fast that I hadn’t noticed. The mini console will have 21 games on it along with two controllers with actually decently-lengthed cords. While I can remember the NES, it was the SNES console that I had really started playing and getting into games, so having the Classic Edition would be very nostalgic for me.

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This is definitely something I want. Since we weren’t able to get our hands on the NES Classic, I hope we’re able to get our hands on this one. I remember watching Kris play the SNES when I was younger and even playing a little bit of it myself. It was the beginning of our video game craze.

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I was actually a little iffy on wanting the console because, honestly, the games that we truly loved from that era we still have either in their original cartridges or on the Virtual Consoles on the Wii or Wii U. However, the game line-up doesn’t look too bad at all, with plenty of games that could be new for us, such as the two Star Fox games. The only Star Fox game we’ve ever played was Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube, so to see the original one and the never-before-released sequel to it is great.

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Even if we do have most of the games, it’d be great to try out some “new” ones for us. Not to mention, it would be nice just to have the games all in one spot. And, who doesn’t want another console to add to their collection?

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The SNES Classic Edition will be a perfect addition to our collection. It’s how we started this gaming journey, and how cute would it be next to our original SNES console? The most amazing thing about these classic editions is how excited everyone is for them. It just proves how timeless these games are and how many people have such fond memories of the old Nintendo games. Minus the scalpers, of course, who are only in the race for the money. Let’s hope there’s enough supply to go around this time…

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Well, they did say they were only making it for 2017, right? We’ll see what happens… maybe they’ll end up making some extra upon learning their lesson the first time.

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Flashback Friday: Star Fox Adventures

Double Jump Kris Mii Yay for the weekend!

I hope everyone’s week went well and that you have some fun things lined up for the weekend. Summer is quickly drawing to a close — you all ready for autumn?

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Star Fox Adventures was a game released for the Nintendo GameCube in September of 2002 for North America. It was developed by Rare — it was actually the last Nintendo game developed by Rare, and that fact hurt the game’s praise from critics and fans alike.

Despite that, the game was generally well received, earning an average of 3.5 to 4 stars in most reviews. Most positive reviews praised the game for its beautiful graphics and game play. The game play was a double-edged knife when it game to reviews for the game: one of the chief complaints was that it had strayed a bit from the usual Star Fox type game play style, which was a 3D scrolling shooter game.

Adventures is a direct sequel to Star Fox 64, and features the familiar heroes of the Lylat System like Fox McCloud with new characters, like Krystal the Fox and the dinosaur Prince Tricky. The game plays much like an action-adventure genre rather than the usual shooters in the franchise, with Adventures featuring several lands to explore and puzzles to solve.

Star Fox Adventures was the first Star Fox game that I had ever played, and I was introduced to Fox McCloud through Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64. I have yet to try one of the more traditional Star Fox games, but if they have the same lovable characters and similar heroic journey, then I’m looking forward to them!

Have you played Star Fox Adventures? What about the other Star Fox games? Did you enjoy them?

Lights, Camera, Action!

Double Jump Kris Mii It’s the start of a new week!

Last Wednesday, Rachel and I spoke about how game openings were becoming more and more like movie trailers. Word on the street now is that we’ll probably be seeing some actual movie trailers from Nintendo sooner than we think…

 

supermariobrosRemember the Super Mario Bros. movie? Released in 1993, it starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the famous Mario brothers along with a great supporting cast. It was rated PG and given only a 4 out of 10 on IMDB.

Now, over two decades later, we’re hearing rumors from Nintendo that they’re going to throw some of their beloved mascots back up on the big screen.

With the technology and amazing special effects teams we have nowadays, Nintendo just may be able to make some decent movies. Imagine a crossover live-action and CGI Mario adventure through the Mushroom Kingdom. How about the beautiful Hyrule and its deep story of the Hero of Time and Princess of Destiny besting the Gerudo King? Let’s explore Yoshi’s Island or have Fox McCloud give us a tour of the Lylat System. All those gorgeous cut-scenes in the Fire Emblem games? Let turn them into a movie!

I may be getting my hopes up too much. However, it’s a bit difficult to not hope for a Nintendo movie to get the same amount of care and effort that helped make other fantasy franchises like the Lord of the Rings or Star Trek so popular and magnificent.

What kind of Nintendo universes would you like to see on the big screen?

Nintendo Easter Eggs

Double Jump Kris MiiHi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday yesterday! Our family had a great time celebrating, especially because it was our nephew’s first Easter (not that he’ll remember it but it’s the thought that counts).

Today I figured I would do a post celebrating some famous “Easter Eggs” found in some of Nintendo’s video games. Feel free to share some of your own!

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In “Ocarina of Time” for the Legend of Zelda series, there are portraits of Mario, Bowser, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and Luigi. As Young Link, when you go into the castle courtyard, play around with the camera to take a peek inside the castle windows and you’ll spot the portraits. Bowser also makes an appearance at Lon Lon Ranch in the form of Malon’s broach!

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“Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars'” toughest boss fight is the hidden boss Culex. Although Culex has never appeared in an Final Fantasy game, he is considered as part of a crossover for that series, considering Final Fantasy is Square’s flagship series. The crystals that are his allies in battle, the way his overworld and battle sprites are animated, and the music itself are all allusions to the Final Fantasy series.

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In the Legend of Zelda game Majora’s Mask, there is a row of masks on the selection screen that allude to the characters in the Star Fox series. Whether it was a happy coincidence or an actual Easter Egg put in the computer by Nintendo, I’m not positive, but sharp-eyed Nintendo fans quickly picked this up!

What are some of your favorite video game Easter Eggs?

Top 5 Anticipated Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHi everyone! Kris here with a post that will hopefully help you get through the Monday of the week.

This year has a plethora of great games scheduled to come out! I’m sure you all have your own list of anticipated games, and I’d love for you to share them in the comments. For now, though, here are my top five anticipated games for 2016 (for the moment, anyway).

5. Fire Emblem Fates

Fire Emblem is one of my favorite franchises. The intricate characters, the classes, the support systems, the strategy you need in order to keep your units alive… There are so many brilliant aspects to the games all wrapped up in fantastic worlds with gorgeous settings and lore. Fire Emblem Fates seems to be no exception.

Although I’m not too thrilled with the idea of the separate paths with their own prices (and then there’s the third path to boot) — it just seems to be a way to milk the cash cow — I’ll definitely end up with the whole collection.

4. Yooka-Laylee

The spiritual successor of Nintendo 64’s Banjo-Kazooie, many fans have been keeping an eye on this game. Although I myself wasn’t too big of a fan of the Banjo-Kazooie games, I think Yooka-Laylee looks fantastic. The graphics are stunning, the characters are adorable, and I’m interested in seeing what Yooka and Laylee can do.

There’s no definite release date yet, but rumors have the release dated this October on every major platform. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

3. Star Fox Zero

I was introduced to the character Fox way back on the Nintendo 64 with the first installment of Super Smash Brothers. I had never played any of his games until Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube. While I have yet to beat that particular game, I did enjoy his character enough to start looking forward to Star Fox Zero.

Shooting games aren’t exactly my forte, but I’m definitely willing to try something new in regards to video games! At the very least, I’m sure it’ll be entertaining to Rachel to see how well I do shooting!

2. Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow

Yes, I know they’re not new at all, but the Pokemon Yellow, Blue, and Red versions helped define my childhood, and I am very much looking forward to playing the games again on the virtual console. The Yellow version was my first introduction to Pokemon and my love for it has yet to waver.

In all honesty, with how spoiled I am from the newer games, it’s a wonder how my reaction will be to the virtual console games. The music, the old graphics, the lack of running shoes, I’m sure I’ll be lost in nostalgia quick enough!

1. Zelda Wii U

I remember how mind-blown I was upon seeing that first sneak peek of the new world of Hyrule for the Zelda Wii U game. The graphics look utterly gorgeous in the video and I’m eager to explore the vast world that is promised to us.

Although the end of the video lies and says, “2015,” Nintendo has confirmed it for this year (maybe even on the new generation console NX). Hopefully the game won’t need to be delayed any longer. We’ll have the HD remake of Twilight Princess to tide us over for a while, but I’m not sure I can take another year of waiting for this new Zelda game!