Friday Favorites: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tracks

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

While I’m not the best racer out there, I’m still having fun playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Rachel did a Top Tuesday of her favorite tracks a couple of weeks ago, and today I’ll be sharing mine.

Mute Citymaxresdefault

Holy sugar, the sheer speed of this course is amazing! It gets insane the higher the CC level you pick, and it’s just tons of fun trying to ram into the other racers. The music itself just keeps you pumped up throughout the race.

mario_kart_baby_parkBaby Park

Baby Park was originally in Double Dash, one of my favorite installments of the Mario Kart franchise. The course itself my look like a simple oval, but it showcases the pure chaos that is the Mario Kart series with everyone lapping or being lapped on the course. It’s always hysterical and crazy with all the items flying everywhere, so much so that it often gets difficult to tell what place you’re in until you cross the finish line.

mqdefaultCloudtop Cruise

This course brought a real sense of adventure, soaring among clouds and sky ships, dodging lightning bolts while trying to reach the speed boosts, and carefully maneuvering around the giant vine-like road. It always reminded me of the battleships from the original Mario games as well as the Rainbow Ride level of Super Mario 64.

Hyrule Circuitmario-kart-8-dlc-pack-1-trailer-01-1280x720

Being such a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda franchise, I was so excited to hear that Link and a track of his own would be joining the Mario Kart scene. While we never bought the DLC for the original Mario Kart 8 game, he’s quickly become one of my favorite racers in the Deluxe version, as has his track. The music, the backgrounds, the use of keese and deku babas in place of bats and pirahna plants, rupees instead of coins — the course is chock-full of indulgent Zelda references.

 

mount20wario-noscaleMount Wario

This track is just pure adventure and adrenaline rush. Immediately you start at the top of a snowy mountain and traverse through ice, woodlands, and downward hills. It combines speed and technique, allowing every racer to bring their best strategies to the course.

What are your favorite or least favorite tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

Connect with us:
Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

Advertisements

First Impressions of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Double Jump Kris MiiAnother week, another Monday. Rachel and I got our copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch, and we spent a good chunk of Sunday night just playing it.

We really enjoyed it, even though the courses that we played were just the same as Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U.

 

Everyone seems to be playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe this past weekend, unless you were one of those folks who already has Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U with all the DLC. Considering Rachel and I only have the bare bones of the Wii U version of the game, we didn’t mind splurging for the Switch version. We pre-ordered it on Amazon, it didn’t come on Friday, Amazon apologized for the delay and credited our account about ten bucks, and it got delivered Sunday.

We both played a few of the Grand Prix mode, just on 50cc to get warmed up (and, of course, to collect the trophies and everything) and to test the few different modes of controllers. We first each used one half of the Joy-Con, finding it to be not too bad of a way to drive the karts, before both of us used a pair of the Joy-Con.

Rachel seems to prefer the one half of the Joy-Con method while I didn’t mind the paired Joy-Con. We do plan on getting the wheel attachment to see how well they work as well, but for now, we’re okay with each having the Joy-Con.

We did seem to have a bit of an odd time with the motion control and the manual steering at first, but we eventually got the hang of it. We both had a great time picking out different characters and karts to race with, especially the ones that had been DLC like Link (who looks like he’s having the best time of his life during the races and jumps) and Isabelle (who is just downright adorable).

We’re eager to explore all of the DLC courses — hopefully we’ll be able to play again tonight!

Do you have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? What do you think of it?

Connect with us:
Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

Friday Favorites: Super Mario Games

Double Jump Kris MiiThere’s tons of hype going on for the Switch and the games slated to come out for the console, such as Super Mario Odyssey. While the Zelda and Pokemon franchises are more popular in our household, the Super Mario brothers are certainly up there as well, most likely due to the fact that it was Super Mario games that I have the most vivid memories of when I first started getting into gaming as a kid.

So, for this Friday Favorites, here’s a list of my personal favorite Super Mario games!

Super Mario Bros. 3

While I have vague memories of the first couple of Super Mario Bros. games, it was the third installment that I really remember as a kid. Rachel’s and my older sister actually used to play the game, helping to introduce me to gaming as a whole. While our older sister phased out of the gaming scene, I have fond memories of playing with her, especially during the two-player battle mode (which, in hindsight, probably paved the way to me loving the Super Smash Brothers series so much!).

Yoshi’s Island

Everyone knows how adorable the Yoshis are in the Super Mario games, so it was exciting to actually play as Yoshi during Yoshi’s Island. I always loved the art style of this game, finding the sketchy, drawing-like quality to the backgrounds and characters to be adorable. Having a team of Yoshis helping each other out to reunite the two Mario brothers was such a cute story line too!

Super Mario Maker

This game was an awesome concept and it’s utterly fascinating to be able to create your own Super Mario Bros. levels for others to try! Rachel and I had fun creating “impossible” levels for each other, haha!

Paper Mario

The Paper Mario line has a special place in our house, what with both Rachel and me being fond of the series. The first Paper Mario was my favorite out of the line, as its design was charming and the story line reminded me much of my favorite Super Mario game. Considering that Paper Mario was the spiritual successor of Super Mario RPG, it’s not much of a surprise.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

I may not even really need to explain this one… Super Mario RPG was the game that started me on the path to being a gamer. Watching my uncle play it (usually after I pestered him) then picking it up myself to finally conquering the final boss on my own brings me so many memories and nostalgia. Sure, the story line could be a little cliche, but the characters, the music, the writing, it was all amazing. It’s still one of my favorite games to replay!

What are some of your favorite Super Mario games?

Connect with us:
Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

Luigi’s Mansion 3?

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

There’s a lot of great games coming out for the Nintendo Switch, some games I hope to play to branch out a bit more than just constantly playing Mario or Zelda.

With that said, there’s still one game that I really hope to see on the Switch someday…

When Luigi’s Mansion came out in 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube, I was beyond excited. I absolutely love Luigi and I was happy that he was finally getting some spotlight. The idea of the haunted mansion intrigued me as well since the Boo House levels in a typical Mario game are among my favorite.

It’s a quick game, one I always wished they had expanded upon because I enjoyed it so much. Then they finally came out with Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon in 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS. 12 years later!

Dark Moon was a fantastic game, one that I plan on re-playing in the near future. I don’t want to wait another 12 years for the next Luigi’s Mansion game, especially since it’s already been four years.

I would love for Nintendo to make a third Luigi’s Mansion game for the Nintendo Switch. I think a lot could be updated and added with the Switch’s new features.

And the graphics? The graphics would be amazing.

I know there were rumors of a Luigi’s Mansion 3 going around back when the Switch was only known as the “NX.” It was a rumor that it’d be a launch title and there’s no sign of a Luigi’s Mansion 3 anywhere.

Miyamoto and Aonuma mentioned a possible “Paper Zelda” game to go along with Paper Mario in the interview below. If that’s true, then Luigi’s Mansion 3 shouldn’t be so far-fetched… Right?

Connect with us:
Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

Flashback Friday: Super Mario Kart

Double Jump Kris Mii Thank God it’s Friday! I hope everyone else’s weeks have gone well!

The Nintendo Switch will be released in a mere week, and one of the upcoming games that Nintendo has boasted for the console is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This month we’ll be looking at the game that began the go-kart racing franchise, Super Mario Kart.

supermariokart_box

Super Mario Kart was first released way back in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was the first in a string of related go-kart racing games, allowing the Super Mario franchise to touch other genres and gain even more popularity among gamers. It sold over nine million copies worldwide, cementing its spot as the third best selling SNES game ever.

The game allows players to select one of eight characters from the Super Mario franchise and race with said characters around themed courses. Item boxes grant characters power ups to gain advantage in the race and put their opponents momentarily out of commission. This basic premise has continued in the rest of the games in the series, albeit with new power ups and plenty of more characters and courses to choose from.

Super Mario Kart is credited with inventing the go-kart subgenre of video games, with other franchises following suit with their own racing games, including Sonic Drift from Sega, South Park Rally, and Diddy Kong Racing. The Mario Kart series itself has gained seven sequels along with a handful of arcade spin-offs over the last two and a half decades. The games have received mostly positive reception, and is one of the leading multiplayer gaming franchises.

The latest anticipated game in the series, at the time of this post, is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which has already caused some controversy despite not even being released yet. A revamp of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has added the DLC from its Wii U predecessor along with a battle mode for the Nintendo Switch console. Many longtime Mario Kart fans wonder if the price of the Deluxe game is worth it for the additions rather than a brand new Mario Kart game.

Despite the long road, Super Mario Kart has brought about a new gaming subgenre, allowing players to game as their favorite characters in a new light.

Connect with us:
Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

ThinkGeek: Gifts for Gamers

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

Guys, I found something really cool and I just had to share it with you all.

 

think-geek-gifts-for-gamers

I found this cool website called ThinkGeek. It has merchandise from various different things such as books, movies, and of course, video games.

They have a category for Pokemon, Minecraft, Mario, Zelda, and much more.

They sell a wide variety of items such as shirts and jackets, collectibles, cookie cutters, bags, jewelry, lamps, rugs, mugs, pc gaming accessories, and so much more!

I have yet to buy anything from the site (I said “yet”) so I have no idea how good quality it is, but it looks pretty good. The prices aren’t that bad, either, I have to admit.

Also, they have stuff on that website that I haven’t seen anywhere else, which is cool. It’s like a whole new world.

Definitely check it out if you get the chance. I plan on working on my wishlist in prep for my birthday… Which is about eight months away. But, it’s never too early to start.

Have you heard of ThinkGeek? Did you ever get anything from there? Let me know in the comments below!

Connect with us:
Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

Friday Favorites: Villains

Double Jump Kris MiiOh my goodness, it’s almost Christmas!

Despite the awesome feel-good, jolly, everything-is-wonderful kind of emotions that run rampant during this time of the year, let’s talk about some of our favorite video game villains. You know, those people that you love to hate (or hate to love).

Team Skull

Okay, so I’m not done with the story in Pokemon Moon, but so far the antagonistic team seems awesome. These dorks are hysterical, and I can’t wait to keep going to see what sort of antics they get up to!

Manfred von Karma

This dude was ridiculous. His cold attitude towards his adopted son, towards his victims, was horrible and his aim for perfection made me want to sock him across the jaw. The pressure he put on his children did not put him on my good list, but he was a shoe-in for a favorite villain.

Ganondorf

Although the Legend of Zelda series has a plethora of amazing characters, heroes and villains alike, Ganondorf was always intriguing. Unlike Link and Zelda, who are reincarnated in almost every game, there has been evidence that Ganondorf is one man forever looping in time for his quest for power. You have to admire his ambition and determination!

Smithy

The main villain behind all the catastrophe that had robbed the world of wishes in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Smithy was a machine-loving robot fanatic. You heard all about him throughout the entire adventure until you finally come face-to-face with him in the final two-part battle. The build-up to the scene and Smithy’s complete apathy to the heroes trying to talk him out of overrunning the world with machines really makes you dive into the fight with gusto to save the world. That, and the music during his battle is fantastic!

What are some of your favorite video game villains?