Mario Kart in Virtual Reality

Double Jump Kris MiiMario Kart is such a classic franchise, spanning from the Super Nintendo Entertainment all the way to the Switch port. The rosters have evolved from simply choosing between eight characters to deciding the driver, the kart, the wheels, the glider. Now there seems to be another way to play the game…

There is a virtual reality Mario Kart arcade game. My stomach is already doing barrel-rolls at the very idea of it, but despite any fears of nausea, a VR Mario Kart sounds like so much fun!

Presently, this game is only available in an arcade in Japan, but who knows if it’ll become available internationally at some point in the future. Having Nintendo dabble in virtual reality games just makes me excited to think of a Legend of Zelda or Pokemon VR game!

Also, that hammer item just looks like fun! Why don’t we have that in the latest version of Mario Kart?

What do you think of playing Mario Kart in Virtual Reality? What other franchises should go the VR route?

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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.

What do you think of the SNES Classic Edition? Let us know in the comments below!

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Nintendo E3 Spotlight Thoughts

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While we weren’t able to watch Nintendo’s Spotlight live due to obligations like day jobs, we did catch up with some streams and videos that had saved the spotlight for people like us. We knew it was only for about a half hour, but we still had high hopes for our favorite video game company. Nintendo mostly showed off trailers for some upcoming Switch games, which were nice, but a little underwhelming, to be honest.

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I had been looking forward to the press conference all day. After the 25 minutes were up, I found myself saying, “That was it?” A lot of the games they showcased were games we already knew about. I think I was expecting a lot more, especially since the Switch had recently come out. I was expecting a line up of games that they had up their sleeves, but that didn’t seem to be the case.

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Still, it was nice to see more close-ups of some of the upcoming games. In particular, I’m excited for Fire Emblem Warriors! I’m a little disappointed at the lack of diversity with the characters that were shown, I’ll admit, as the main characters seem to all be sword-wielders. With such a large cast of characters that the Fire Emblem franchise has at its disposal, I’m sure we’ll see more battle techniques even though I’ve heard that only characters from Shadow Dragon, Awakening, and Fates will be in the game. Which, again, is a little disappointing considering all the wonderful characters from other Fire Emblem worlds, but I suppose they had to draw the line somewhere.

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That does look like a good game. I’ll admit that I’m excited for a new Yoshi game. It looks adorable and the graphics look amazing. The music for it was chill too. I’m also happy that they mentioned how they are working on Pokemon “Stars” for the Switch. I wish they had more to say about it, but the confirmation was enough for me. The trailers were all well and good, but I felt the conference itself was a little dry. The Microsoft press conference put on a show, but Nintendo just had green screens and called it a day. And yes, it’s about the games, which I enjoy, but I like to be entertained as they talk as well.

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I believe Nintendo’s Spotlight was intended to be quick with a few trailers before they handed the microphone, so to speak, to Nintendo Treehouse to showcase demos and more behind-the-scenes looks at the upcoming games. Nintendo always liked to do more hands-on demonstrations rather than put on a stage show just for fans to watch. I’m sure there’s much more going on than we were able to see with just the Spotlight showing. Going to an E3 showing is definitely on our bucket list!

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Yeah, I know. But I think I was expecting more games, too. The Switch just came out with not that many games to show for it so I was expecting Nintendo to show off a bunch of stuff. I mean, what they did show was great and I’m looking forward to a lot. Nintendo will always and forever be my favorite. And I had a feeling that Luigi’s Mansion 3 wouldn’t be a thing, but they didn’t announce Animal Crossing. I wasn’t getting my hopes up for either one, but I hope they create one or both in the future!

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Yes, I’m sorry neither of those games on your wish list got announced. I personally didn’t really have any wish list for what I wanted to see at Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight. I knew that Fire Emblem Warriors was a thing and I was pretty content with Breath of the Wild, although I’m definitely looking forward to the DLC content (except for maybe the Tingle armor…). Metroid Prime may be a franchise that I’ll have to try again one day, and I’m looking forward to trying out Skyrim on the Switch, but there was nothing for me to really get up and cheer about. With that said, I’m totally content with the announcements and am looking forward to seeing more of Nintendo’s work.

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I’m excited for Breath of the Wild’s DLC as well as the Amiibo for it. Those look awesome! But, yeah, I agree. Nintendo does great work and I was happy with everything they announced. I’m looking forward to trying new games on the Switch that we wouldn’t typically play. Between Nintendo and all the other press conferences, I think the rest of 2017 is going to be a great year for gamers.

What did you think of Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight? Let us know in the comments below!

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Super Nintendo World

Double Jump Kris MiiIt seems to be officially summer where I’m from, and the heat is not my friend, haha! I much prefer to chill out in front of the air conditioner with a book or a nice video game.

Yet, with the summer inevitably comes talk of vacations, like popular theme parks. Within the next few years, Nintendo is setting up their own!

 

Last December, I had written up a post about the news of Nintendo creating theme parks for Universal Studios in Hollywood, Orlando, and Japan. By the sounds of it, Japan’s park is going to be underway soon enough for them to put out a trailer out about it. Check it out:

While the trailer itself is mostly animation, it does give a good idea as to what the layout of the park could look like.

Mario-focused areas seem to be the majority of the park, but I’m hoping there will be certain sections for other Nintendo franchises, especially Legend of Zelda and Pokemon. I’d love to wander around a Hyrule Field hub, perhaps find a Lon Lon Ranch area with pony rides. And, while I’m not the biggest fan of 3D games or movies, I can see a Pokemon Safari Zone game utilizing 3D for customers to “catch” Pokemon in first-person.

Either way, I’m totally excited for this project and to see how Super Nintendo World grows in the next few years!

Interested in Super Nintendo World? What kind of attractions are you hoping to see there?

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Friday Favorites: Nerdy Nummies

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

It’s June, and I hope everyone is having a great start to the summer months (well, if you live in an area where there is a summer). Summer brings thoughts of cookouts and all sorts of baking. A while ago, I had made a post about Rosanna Pansino and her fun YouTube channel dedicated to nerdy recipes. Here are a few of my favorites today!

Pokemon MooMoo Milkshakes

What’s better than a nice cold milkshake on a hot summer day? Not much, except for maybe a chocolate milkshake. Named after the iconic treat that was first featured in the second generation of Pokemon games, MooMoo milkshakes are a simple treat to make.

Hyrule Rupee Cookies

Cookies and milk go hand in hand, so why not have some delicious fruit-flavored sugar cookies to go with those milkshakes? Rosanna creates three different kinds of sugar cookies to match the various pieces of Hyrule currency from the Legend of Zelda franchise. These cookies look so cute, too!

Super Mario Question Block Surprise Cake

 

Surprise cakes look like so much fun, with all the candy or prizes spilling out when the cake is cut! While this cake may be a bit time-consuming to make, it’d be the perfect dessert for a fun video game night with friends!

Do you watch Nerdy Nummies? Any certain recipes or treats that remind you of your favorite games?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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?

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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?

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