Summer Games

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So, how’s everyone enjoying Super Mario Maker 2? We honestly forgot to pre-order it and have yet to buy it. We were both looking forward to the game so much, aside from the hiccup regarding online play with friends, that it’s a little surprising how it slipped our minds. Of course, this past month has been busy for both of us, but still.

Honestly, it hasn’t slipped my mind so much. However, both of us have been pet-sitting for different families that we actually haven’t seen each other for two weeks. It’s kind of strange that we haven’t been able to play games together lately.

It is strange. Both of us have fallen onto more familiar, portable games such as Miitopia and Stardew Valley instead. However, Super Mario Maker 2 isn’t the only game we were looking forward to and haven’t snagged yet. We were going to get Little Friends last month on the Switch and coo over virtual pets — probably with our real pets sitting right next to us — but it wasn’t something we took the time to download.

That’s a game I keep forgetting about, honestly. We definitely need to start keeping a list of games we want and their release dates.

We keep meaning to get a magnetic whiteboard calendar or something to keep track of all of this, but we ironically keep forgetting to get a calendar. Another game I keep thinking about is the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mobile game. I want to give it a shot despite my low expectations for it, but it’s also a game where you go outside and it’s too hot out for me, haha!

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Like Pokemon Go, I don’t want to get the Harry Potter game on my phone due to storage and battery life. Though I definitely do want to give it a try. Soon, I’ll download it and give it a shot. Also, there’s Lady Layton. The game came out for the 3DS, we own it, and never got the chance to play it. Now, we recently found out that it’s coming to the Switch in November 2019.

Yes, I just heard about Lady Layton today and I lamented over the fact that it’s coming out for the Switch. I’m looking forward to playing one of those addictive games on the big screen, considering Rachel and I tend to hunch over our 3DS handhelds while playing together. Summer used to be all about playing video games and relaxing during our vacations, so here’s hoping we’ll get some time to try some new games!

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The summer is just beginning! So, I’m sure we’ll get the chance to play a lot of games – old and new – together.

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Friday Favorites: Beaches in Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

Being June, it’s supposed to be warmer, the perfect weather for a day at the beach. Considering where I am is kind of lackluster at the moment, with the weather ranging from the fifties to the eighties in Fahrenheit degrees rather than being consistent “summer” temperature, I’m going to visit some in-game beaches and pretend I’m there.

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Lurelin Village from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild boasts a gorgeous open world for you to explore while on your quest to save Hyrule from Calamity Ganon. One of my favorite places to go was Lurelin Village, a small town near the southern end of Hyrule with plenty of spots to watch the ocean water reflect the sunset. It also had a pretty decent shrine puzzle that was fun to figure out!

Harvest Moon Beaches

The Harvest Moon games that I’ve played tended to have nice beach areas. Back when More Friends of Mineral Town was the main installment I played, I always enjoyed the shift in the music and the ocean sound effects whenever I visited the beach. I’ve been playing Light of Hope on the Switch recently and I’m enjoying that beach area as well. It’s great to dig up shells for easy cash!

Seaside Town from Super Mario RPG

Not exactly a “beach,” per se, but Seaside Town was the place right next to the ocean, right before you dove underwater to confront a pirate on a sunken ship for a Star Piece. The town is first filled with impostors who spout out ridiculous lines and reveal themselves to be a challenging boss after you resurface from the pirate ship.  The music is also one of my favorite tunes from the game, too!

Slateport City from the Pokemon Gen. 3

The Hoenn region of the Pokemon games is one of my favorites generation-wise with the Pokemon and locations. The beach at Slateport City was great when I first encountered it, finding the soda pop shop a cute idea and enjoying the battles on the beach. Running around and leaving footprints in the sand always amused me as well.

What are your favorite beaches in video games?

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Gaming In Nicer Weather

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

Gamers have a certain “stereotype” that they stay in the basement all day, lights off, TV on, their eyes bloodshot from staring at their games all day and all night long. That’s obviously not the case, but let’s be honest – we all joke around about how we hate going outside and talking to people in real life.

Summer is my favorite season. I love being outside breathing in the fresh air. I lounge out by my pool, go swimming, take walks with the dog, or sit on my deck reading a book. I feel better finally being able to sit outside rather than sitting at my desk or on my couch or bed day in and day out.

I feel like I’m doing something extra, even though I’m really not. Still, the sun feels good after being holed up in the house during a dark winter.

The main downside to this is that it’s hard to play video games outside.

I could bring my 3DS outside, but sometimes it’s hard to see the screen with the bright sunlight and sometimes it gets too hot depending on how warm it is and how long I’m playing. I get nervous when my 3DS starts feeling extremely warm and stop playing when it does so.

I can’t bring the Wii U gamepad outside because… we’ll, the console is more than three feet away from my deck outside. So that’s a no.

Now, I can bring the Nintendo Switch outside. It works wonders far away as Kris and I took it for a car ride one time. I can easily prop it up on the table on the deck and play some Breath of the Wild or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The only downside to this (right now) is that the games are pretty limited on the Switch. If I want to play Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, I can’t play that on the Switch. If I want to play Pokemon, I can’t play that on the Switch.

Still, I’m looking forward to sitting outside and playing some Switch games as they come out.

Then again, I wonder how much I’ll actually get done this summer? Will I play more games or read more books?

Only time will tell, I guess.

Do you enjoy sitting outside and playing games? Let me know in the comments below!

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