Throwback Thursday: Mario Party 4

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m a huge fan of the Mario Party series – well, most of them, anyway. Way back in the day, my all-time favorite Mario Party game was number 4. It’s not anymore, but it still holds a special place in my heart.

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Mario Party 4 was originally released on October 21, 2002, for the Nintendo Gamecube. Kris and I played this one to death. We absolutely loved it.

Every time we played, we played on a team. It was always us versus two hard CPU. We’d always crush them, but it would be close and we’d have a blast every game.

Then we’d play just the mini-games because there were two that were our absolute favorites: Team Treasure Trek and Dungeon Duos. The first game was a maze – one needed to find the chest and the other needed to find the key and meet up somewhere to win. Dungeon Duos was an obstacle course inside a dungeon, cave-like place.

It was always a good time and when we recently got our Gamecube back up and running, we decided to play a round of Mario Party 4. You know, for old time’s sake.

However, the game is so easy. Even the CPUs on the hardest setting was dumb. The mini-games were still fun, but the gameplay with the CPUs on the boards wasn’t. It was definitely a lot harder when we were kids… or maybe we just weren’t as good as we thought. Still, we won each time.

It was fun to go back to it again though. I’m sure we’ll play through the game on stream sometime. I want to give it a shot again even though it was way easier than I remembered it.

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Flashback Friday: Super Mario All-Stars

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Can you believe we’re already near the end of January? The first month of 2019 has flown right by us! Any old or leftover games from 2018 that you’re still trying to finish up?

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Super Mario All-Stars was released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1993 and is a compiled collection of the Super Mario games that were available on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It includes Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, which actually wasn’t released outside of Japan aside from this compilation. While I was a bit too young to remember much of the NES, I have clear memories of All-Stars, enough so when we spotted the 2010 Wii port of the game at a GameStop, we nabbed it.

I mostly remember our older sister playing through some of the levels on the original Super Mario Bros. games and trying my hand at it occasionally when I was able to hold the controller. I wasn’t that great at the games then and, even with the Wii port, I’m still not great with them now. The Mario Bros. games have never been my favorites to play, but I can definitely recognize them as the classics that they are. Growing up as a Nintendo girl, I respect the influence the games have had on the gaming community and culture as a whole.

My fondest memories of these games, aside from their influence, is actually playing with my sisters. Being player two to my older sister and then player one to Rachel was always a good time, even if the games themselves were never beaten.

Have you played Super Mario All-Stars, or the individual games in the compilation? What did you think of them?

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Worlds In New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

We’ve been playing a lot of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe lately. Even though it’s a port and I’ve probably talked about this before, I thought I’d go over some of my favorite worlds from the game.

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Layer Cake Desert

I have to admit, desert areas were never my favorite kind of levels. However, seeing the various desert areas on the Switch is really great. I enjoyed the graphics and the vividness of the scorching sun on the land.

Sparkling Waters

Same as the desert levels, I’m not a fan of water levels. I always hating the swimming mechanics in games. I was never able to control them well. Mix in the fish and other water enemies and I lose quite a bit of lives. However, water levels are always one of the most beautiful areas in the game. Especially when it’s on the Switch and the colors are as bright as a game such as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The waters truly are sparkling and the waves and bubbles are so cool to look at and watch.

Frosted Glacier

Ice levels have always been pretty, there’s no doubt about that. However, with this particular area in the latest Switch game, Frosted Glacier really stands up and takes the crown. Even though this list is in no particular order, I think I have to say this is my absolutely favorite. I loved the way the night starry skies glistened in the back ground and the shimmering ice on the ground added a certain flair to the level. Overall, it was just really well done.

Honestly, I could put every world on this list. But, if I’m going to narrow it down and just focus on the levels that I absolutely love to look at the most, these three worlds definitely take it.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe [Video Game Review]

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Title: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo Switch
Category:
Action, Adventure, Multiplayer, Platform
Release Date: 
January 11, 2019
How we got the game: 
We pre-ordered it on the Nintendo eShop

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Considering we never reviewed the Wii U version of this game, we thought we’d use the Deluxe version as a good excuse to give our thoughts on it. After all, not too much is different between the two games.

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I enjoy these kinds of games and there are so many. We have the Wii U version, but it’s always great to see it as a new light on the Nintendo Switch.

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The New Super Mario Bros. titles pay homage to the original Super Mario Bros. titles on the NES and SNES consoles, where you have about eight worlds filled with levels to bust through on your way to the castle to save the princess. Along the way, there are some Toad/mushroom houses that allow you to pick up a couple of extra items or one-ups.

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Each world has it’s own atmosphere where it be plains, water, ice, desert, what have you. When it comes to these kinds of Mario platformers, you know what kind of areas you’re going to get. However, the levels themselves in each area vary and with each new level, they get harder and harder.

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The main objective in each level is to reach the end where the flagpole is within the time frame. Each level has its own hazards as you make your way through in terms of platforming, enemies, and even your friends if you’re playing with multiple people. The levels hand out plenty of power-ups as well to try to help you along, most of them being influenced by the level itself.

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Most of the levels are fairly short, each one having a checkpoint halfway through. Almost every level has some sort of secret or pipe to go down to go to a separate part of the level. Each level also has three big coins to collect so, if you’re a completionist, you can always aim to collect those as you go through the game.

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Then, of course, there were some levels where we were running out of time because we were goofing off or too busy chasing runaway Yoshis. Controlling the characters are simple enough, as the only buttons that truly matter are jumping, running, and using your power-up, should there be a button trigger to use the abilities. The levels are able to be completed without power-ups, but they help get through the level quicker.

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You can hold onto to some items as well and use one or two before entering a level. This is something we always forgot and there are limited spaces. Often time, we’d be carrying as many items as we could and would have to throw away some when we got new ones at the Toad Houses. That was something we should have utilized better.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe includes the port of the Wii U game as well as the New Super Luigi U DLC for that game, including Nabbit as a playable character. Playing as Nabbit is basically playing the game in super easy mode or if you want to speedrun through the levels. While he cannot use power-ups, he is impervious to enemy attacks, and playing him adds an extra 100 seconds to the level clock.

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Nabbit is great for younger kids or people just learning how to pick up the controller. You can also play as Toadette, which is harder than playing as Nabbit, but still makes the levels easier. Toadette has a special crown where she can turn into Peach. Peach floats and is able to save herself from time to time. For example, she can bounce on lava. However, she can only do so once.

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The graphics of the game on the Switch look great, even though the game isn’t different at all from the Wii U version nor from the previous 3D Mario games. Nothing in particular stands out, graphics-wise, but the picture is still clean and crisp.

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The picture is wonderful. I absolutely love the ice and water levels. The water looks awesome and the ice is so shiny. The background have always been nice as well. The game as a whole is vivid and appealing to the eye.

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The music is also well done, giving way to the familiar Mario tunes as you make your way through the levels. Voice clips give the characters a bit of depth, such as the Koopalings’ laughter or the main characters asking for help out of their bubbles while returning to the level after losing a life. My favorite thing about the music is the enemies in the background dancing along!

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The music is fun, as always. I’m always humming along. And yeah, the enemies dancing or singing along with the music is an awesome touch. I love how Nintendo actually felt the need to code that in.
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As with most Super Mario games, the story for this platformer revolves around Bowser showing up at Princess Peach’s castle, taking over while kidnapping her, and Mario and friends racing through the multiple levels and worlds to rescue her.

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The beginning sequence was funny, in my opinion. I enjoyed how everyone prepared to help Peach, when Bowser went after them instead and threw them all out of the castle. Bowser’s children then station themselves in their own world and it’s off to Mario and friends go to save the world, once again!

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has decent replay value. There are a few secrets in the levels and special coins to collect, not to mention the multiplayer aspect of the game. The true replay value of this game comes with having people to play with.

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This game is fun, but not as fun alone. It’s for four-players, so if you have a lot of friends, there’s a lot of replay value. No two play-throughs will be alike either, depending on who you play with – also who you play as. Overall, it’s a fun game and I’m glad we got it.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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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.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Characters

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

Have you gotten your Nintendo Switch? We haven’t…

With that said, I decided to talk about my favorite Mario characters because… Well, why not?

Kris and I watched the Super Mario Bros movie with Bob Hoskins the other night (it’s such a bad movie, but we love it anyway!) and I think that’s what got Mario stuck in my head.

It’s hard to narrow down just five characters from the Super Mario world, but these were the first five that I thought of. I figured they must be my favorite if I thought of them first.

5. Chain Chomp

Chain Chomp always had a soft spot in my heart. He’s the “dog” in the Mario world and who doesn’t love to have a dog? Sure, Chain Chomp can eat you, but I’m sure he would make a lovely pet.

4. Bowser

In games such as Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, or Mario Party, I never play as Bowser. I don’t know why I just don’t. But Bowser is such a great character. I love his personality, especially in the Paper Mario games. He’s witty and funny and I enjoy that he actually joins Mario in some games. He’s not bad, he just makes the wrong choices.

3. Boo

I’m afraid of ghosts, but I love Boo. I don’t know what it is about Boo, but he’s adorable and his voice is funny. I’ve always enjoyed the Boo houses in any Mario game and especially love Luigi’s Mansion. I’m drawn to those kinds of games for whatever reason.

2. Luigi

Who doesn’t love Luigi more than Mario? No offense, Mario. Luigi is my spirit animal. He’s afraid of the world, but is strangely drawn to ghosts for whatever reason.

1. Yoshi

Do I really have to explain this one?

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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?