Thoughts: Nintendo Direct

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We were definitely excited that we were both home to watch the Nintendo Direct live this time! While the few games that we had wanted to see were not showcased in the announcement, I don’t think Nintendo did too bad during their latest direct. Over 40 games were shown for both the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS families, ensuring that Nintendo fans will be busy during the next few months!

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Yes, that’s right. No Smash Brothers, Animal Crossing, or Luigi’s Mansion. I’m going to pretend that those games are going to be awesome because they’re working so hard on them. Still, I’m excited for what’s to come soon. I was certainly impressed with their latest Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games as well as Super Mario Odyssey. And yet, there were some surprises here and there as well.

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Considering how much Nintendo boasts about the Switch’s portable and multiplayer capabilities, I’m especially surprised that Super Smash Brothers — even a deluxe version like Mario Kart 8 — isn’t on their radar just yet. I think the biggest surprise to me was the Mario Party game coming to the 3DS. For nostalgia reasons, seeing that the game is going to have the top 100 minigames from the entire series sounds great! Here’s hoping that it’ll be true to the original games regarding party boards instead of the last couple of installments!

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I’m super excited for the Mario Party, however, I am worried that that’s all it’s going to be… mini-games. Like you said, for nostalgic reasons, it’s great, but I don’t know if there will be any other form of “gameplay.” They didn’t show anything else for it. Maybe Nintendo is finally hearing us all say we want the original games back. Maybe, after seeing what a success this will be, they’ll make Mario Party 11 just like Mario Party 2.

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I did read somewhere, perhaps My Nintendo News, that there was to be a board game play, but I may be making that up with wishful thinking. Other 3DS games I’m excited about are Lady Layton — I’d much rather have it for the 3DS rather than mobile — and the Alliance Alive and Radiant Historia, both from ATLUS. I’m itching for a new, good RPG to sink into.

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Oh, yes. I forgot about Lady Layton. I was super excited when I saw Apollo Justice, but then I realized that was just the first game… I thought it was going to be a new one. The other 3DS games look good as well. Now that we have the New 2DS XL, I’m excited to play some new games on it.
The Switch seems like it’s going to get some great games as well. I was happy to see that they’re adding more to Snipperclips. While that wasn’t our favorite game, it was still cute and enjoyable. I had wished for more levels and they’re giving it to us. I also think it’s cool that you can start in random shapes as well. That may make it easier or harder.

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It is nice that they’re creating some more levels for Snipperclips. The random shapes sounds entertaining, too! I’m definitely looking forward to Fire Emblem Warriors and was thrilled when they showed Lyn as playable (along with a couple of other characters that may have been shown in international versions of the trailer that us North Americans may not suppose to know about yet, shhh!). Having another female and another character from a game other than Fates and Awakening is great to me! Skyrim is another that I want to try, although I’d rather tame the dragons than kill them (someone who’s played Skyrim, let me know if that’s an option), and we’re definitely going to download the Octopath Traveler demo to check that out.

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Octopath looks great! I can’t wait to give that one a try. It will certainly be something different. Overall, I think Nintendo has a great lineup ahead and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

What did you think about the Direct? Which games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Flashback Friday: Yoshi’s Story

Double Jump Kris MiiYoshi is one of the most adorable characters in the Super Mario franchise, and with good reason. Ever since Yoshi’s first appearance in Super Mario World in 1990, the character has appeared in nearly 60 games!

This month’s Flashback Friday post is dedicated to one of those games, Yoshi’s Story.

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Yoshi’s Story was released for the Nintendo 64 in December 1997 in Japan and March 1998 in North America. A side-scroller platform, the game was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console ten years later and the Wii U’s virtual console almost ten years after that. Yoshi’s Story is actually the last main platform game starring the titular character until Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U in 2015.

While it’s considered almost a sequel to the SNES’s Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Yoshi’s Story is more puzzle-orientated with a cuter style in both graphics and music. It’s levels appear as a pop-up storybook, images resembling materials that one would use to make a scrapbook, such as fabric, cardboard, and paper.

The game had two modes, Story and Trial. Trial Mode enabled players to pick a course to go through as often as they wanted, but they were not unlocked until the player beat the course in Story Mode. Getting a high score was the main objective of each level, with the level ending when the Yoshi ate 30 pieces of fruit to complete the border around the screen. Considering the story of the game involved the Yoshis journeying across their island in search of Baby Bowser, who stole the Super Happy Tree. By eating the fruit, the Yoshis can stave off gloominess while trying to save their island.

Before each level loaded, a Lucky Fruit was chosen at random, which earns more points than any of the other fruit. Players could also get bonus points for eating the favorite fruit of whichever color Yoshi they happened to pick or for eating the same piece of fruit multiple times in a row. Players can go through each level as quickly as possible by eating every fruit they come across, but they can unlock secrets of the courses by biding their time and exploring every nook and cranny of the level.

Yoshi’s story got mixed to positive reviews, averaging only about 60% to 70% by most critics. It was, however, the second most downloaded title on the Wii U’s virtual console during the week of its release. With that said, the virtual console version received similar, if not worse, reviews than its Nintendo 64 counterpart.

I remember this game from ages ago. Rachel and I never owned it ourselves, but instead borrowed it from time to time from our aunt. We didn’t do too much in the Story Mode, being young enough to find it rather confusing, and amused ourselves with picking and choosing courses in the Trial Mode. We were always fans of Yoshi and had lots of fun with the game, its art style, and especially the music.

And, don’t lie, you all got the theme song stuck in your heads as much as we did:

Have you ever played Yoshi’s Story? What did you think of it?

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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.

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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.

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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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