My Gaming Checklist

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

It’s hard to believe we’re already in April. With so many things closed down and not being able to leave the house much, gaming seems to be just about all you can do. (That is, if you choose to ignore work.)

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My favorite games

We all have our favorite genres and our go-to games after a long day or just need to escape reality for a bit. I’ll admit, I can’t pinpoint an exact genre that does this for me but I have a handful of games that are my favorite.

By favorite, I mean games that I will never get tired of playing. Games that I have played over and over again that I know by heart.

Pokemon

This, of course, is no secret. One of my favorite games is Pokemon. I’ve played all the spin-offs and mobile games and such, but there’s nothing quite like a main-stream Pokemon game. I could pick up Pokemon Silver, Pearl, X, Shield, or any of the other Pokemon games and have a great time with it. I could start my journey over, go shiny-hunting, grow my team to level 100 and then raise a new team, enter the Pokemon League over and over again, and so much more.

Whenever I run out of games to play or I’m in a slump, I find myself going back to a Pokemon game.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

Maybe I could have put this with Pokemon in general, but aside from the main games, I could play and replay the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games forever. I don’t know what it is about these games – the gameplay is simple, the story and the dialogue is young – but I love them just the same.

Luigi’s Mansion

One of my all-time favorite games. Luigi’s Mansion is a classic and I can’t get enough of it. Luigi has always been one of my favorites and I have a soft spot for ghosts and the like, so Luigi’s Mansion is a perfect series for me. Plus, the gameplay is simple and the games themselves are fairly short and sweet to get through.

Of course, I wouldn’t mind them being longer, but hey – I’ll take what I can get.

Animal Crossing

This is a game that happens in real-time. So, of course, this is something I’ll go back to now and again. Animal Crossing is one of my favorites, yes, but it’s not something I could play every single day of my life (though I wouldn’t mind trying). Still, it’s easy to get sucked into the Animal Crossing world and forget about reality – which, let’s be honest, is nice sometimes.

Paper Mario

Finally, my all-time favorite game – Paper Mario. I’ve played the Nintendo 64 game so many times and I can breeze right through it in about 24 hours. This game is quirky with fun music and awesome characters. Maybe that’s it, but I don’t know why I have such a love for this game. It could also be because it was the first game I completed myself.

What I need from Nintendo

Nintendo has given me all brand new versions of my favorite games in less than a year. Pokemon Sword and Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX (not a new game, but a remake of the first one so I’ll take it – it was fun to see the Gameboy Advance game on the Switch!), and finally, Animal Crossing New Horizons.

I said to Kris the other day, “All Nintendo needs to do now is give me a new Paper Mario game and I’ll be all set.” (That is, then I can start asking for more sequels for these games all over again.)

Ironically enough, the next day, a rumor appeared. Nintendo will be celebrating Mario’s 35th anniversary this year and a new Paper Mario game (going back to its original Nintendo 64 roots) may be in the works. There have been rumors about a new Paper Mario game before. I don’t know if I can believe this one or not.

I would love either Nintendo to remake the original Paper Mario onto the Switch (like what they did with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon) or create a brand new Paper Mario game that’s similar to the original Paper Mario. (Or Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door – that one was good too, though I still prefer the original over any of the sequels.)

Supposedly, with this rumor, Super Mario 64 may be coming to the Switch among others. We’ll see what happens, I suppose. I can’t wait to see what Nintendo has up their sleeve. I just need Paper Mario and then I’ll complete my Bingo card before I can start it again!

What are some of your favorite games you always want more? What do you think of the rumors for Mario’s 35th anniversary? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Flashback Friday: Super Mario World

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

I hope the first month of the year has been kind to you! Despite the roller-coasters of 2019, this month hasn’t been too bad and is making me optimistic for the rest of 2020!

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In celebration of my third decade on this earth, I went and found another game that will be turning 30 this year to celebrate today. I found it amusing that Super Mario World, a game that Rachel and I have recently started to play together on our SNES Classic, was also originally released in 1990.

Japan first saw Super Mario World in November 1990 while North America had to wait until August 1991 for the game, and poor Europe didn’t see it until April 1992. Super Mario World is hailed as the best SNES game of all time, having seen multiple ports since it was first released, including the Nintendo Switch via the Nintendo Switch SNES System app.

Despite me now being as old as this game, I have never played it through. Which probably makes sense, considering I didn’t know video games were a thing by the time it came out. I recall watching my older sister play it, and the other Super Mario games, occasionally, but it wasn’t a game I ever saw through to the end. By now I’ve seen a few playthroughs of it here and there, but it wasn’t until recently that Rachel and I — both eager to play something together without any pressure — turned the SNES Classic on and settled on Super Mario World to play it that I truly got a taste for the game.

And, while we’re horrible at it, we’ve been having a great time!

Super Mario World’s levels are simple-ish platformers and it is delightful for Rachel and I to be yelling at each other to watch out for that flying Koopa or laughing from failing to avoid a Thwomp because our instinct was to duck instead of running away.

So, here’s to a classic game that is still fun and new after all this time!

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Paper Mario’s Toad Town – MichelleHeafy, ThunderScott, 8BitBrigadier

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Paper Mario is one of our favorite Nintendo RPGs with its unique graphics, simple story, and charming characters. The soundtrack is one of our favorites to listen to, as well, and one of the most iconic tunes from the game is Toad Town.

A few years ago, a trio of talented musicians came together and created a cover of Toad Town. The YouTuber known as MichelleHeafy was on piano while 8BitBrigadier played the flute. ThunderScott was, well… everything else. I’ll admit, I was really amused to see him use the triangle in the cover!

All three of these musicians have their own channels dedicated to covers of beloved video game music. We hope you enjoy their Toad Town cover enough to visit some of their other videos!

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Our Thoughts On Super Mario Maker 2

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Super Mario Maker 2 is coming out at the end of next month! We enjoyed the original Super Mario Maker on the Wii U and the direct from last week showed off some great new features for the sequel.

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We didn’t play too much of the first Super Mario Maker game. I think I enjoyed it more than Kris did, but when we watched the Direct of this upcoming sequel, we both were impressed and are excited to play the game.

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While the idea of a story mode sounds a little silly with a game that’s so focused on creativity, I think I’m rather excited for it. I think it’s only single-player, but the idea of having being taught the different tools and aspects of the game through a “story” is great. With all the other new features, I feel that the story mode will help people feel less overwhelmed at all the options in the main mode.

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The story mode definitely seems odd, but I love the idea of it. I’m eager to play a Mario game from Nintendo that’s harder than the typical Mario platformer – even though it’s the same tools and elements. They’ve also added a lot more new tools as well, which I’m excited about. Although, that just means the levels people create are going to be that much crazier! But that makes it more fun.

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Some of the new tools are the snake blocks, auto-scroll settings, on/off switches, and even Cat Mario to go along with the other Super Mario 3D World inspired content. Not only that, the direct showed Super Mario 3D World in a section of the level aesthetics that had plenty of room for other games… I wonder if they’re going to add any other games that your levels can be based upon as DLC or something?

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I would love to see Paper Mario levels. That would be awesome. I’m most excited for the co-op part of the game though. I can’t wait for the two of us to create levels together and even go through some of the levels together as well. It will most likely be way harder, but it would be so much fun.

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It will be fantastic for us to play together like that, especially with all the latest platform Mario games being up to four-player co-op. I think the multiplayer in Super Mario Maker 2 makes perfect sense. We’re going to be ridiculous trying to create levels together, probably even playing through them, but it’ll be fun! Not only that, it sounds like the online play will be great as well! I’m certainly looking forward to online multiplayer.

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Online multiplayer is definitely another plus. I’m happy the game is coming out at the end of June. I’m eager to get my hands on a copy!

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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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Take My Star — Yungtown

Happy Wednesday, everyone! As you may have noticed, we’re really enjoying Super Mario Party on the Nintendo Switch and this month’s music reflects that.

We’ve showcased Yungtown on here before with Settle It in Smash. This time around we’re showing his Mario Party game rap “Take My Star.” It’s a catchy song, with Rachel and I occasionally bursting out into the chorus while playing Mario Party.

While Yungtown hasn’t uploaded on YouTube in a while, his music is enjoyable on that platform, iTunes,  and Spotify. He does stream on Twitch as well, if you wanted to check him out there. Either way, we hope you enjoy “Take My Star!”

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Friday Favorites: Super Mario Party Features

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Last Friday, Super Mario Party was released for the Switch, much to everyone’s excitement. Rachel and I streamed it last Friday night on our Twitch channel, having a great time exploring the game and being thrilled that it seemed to go back to its roots with a few of the better updated features from the more recent Mario Party games.

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Character Roster

Character rosters are usually a hit or miss for me. Fire Emblem Warriors, despite my love of the franchise’s characters, has too many sword users and Mario Kart 8 has too many clones — Pink Gold Peach, all the baby characters, the Koopalings — for example. Super Mario Party has a great character roster with a fantastic balance between the hero and villain characters. While I’m still on the fence with Bowser being on the roster, since I’m used to him being more an antagonist (as much as you can be an antagonist in a Mario Party game), I can’t deny it’s amusing seeing him marching around the board!

Special Character Die

Mario Party games are usually all about luck when it comes to going around the game boards with a bit of skill for the mini-games. With each character having their own special die, it brings a bit of strategy to going around the boards. The standard die allows you to move one to six spaces. Some characters have die that help you gain or lose some coins while giving you a chance to move more spaces than the standard die. There’s a risk with every die, but plenty of chances to get ahead if your plan pans out.

Allies

The allies is a feature that was first showed in Star Rush, which… wasn’t the best Mario Party game. I did enjoy the way the allies were featured in Super Mario Party, allowing you to use their specific character die as well as giving you an extra move or two. Some mini games also include your allies to give you a helping hand. It’s also just really amusing to watch a parade of Mario characters going around the board as your allies follow you!

Mini Games in between Turns

Having the mini games after every turn on the boards is back and it’s amazing! That feature is what defines the Mario Party series for me and I’m excited to see it back. That, and the mini games that we’ve played so far have all been pretty fun. I haven’t had a complaint about any of them yet!

What do you like best about Super Mario Party?

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Friday (Least) Favorites: Super Mario 64 Worlds

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Super Mario 64 is one of those classic favorites among Nintendo fans. While it’s not one of my favorite games, I do have a good time playing it with Rachel. However, there are definitely some courses in the game that I would not miss.

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Hazy Maze Cave

Does anyone like this world? I feel as if this is the least liked level in Super Mario 64 from what I’ve heard on the Internet. The graphics and music don’t tend to grab me as some of the other worlds do, and every section seems mish-mashed together rather than feeling like an entire world on its own like the other courses.

Dire, Dire Docks

Generally, I’m not a fan of water levels at all. I can appreciate them — like the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s Water Temple, despite how much of a pain it can be — but having to deal with air meters and swim controls were never my favorite part of video games. At least the water levels have some of the best music in Super Mario 64.

Wet-Dry World

The mechanic of the water level being dependent on where you enter the painting is probably the only interesting thing I find about this level. Other than that, I just find it… blah. Even the area with the house-like structures fails to impress me. Other levels definitely have better secrets and challenges than Wet-Dry World.

What are your least favorite courses from Super Mario 64?

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Double Jump Bakes — Super Mario Star Cake

As many of you may know, we enjoy following Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies YouTube Channel. For fun, we went all the way to the beginning of her channel to see the stark differences between her latest videos and her very first upload, and it’s a bit of a trip to watch. The host’s first upload was (seven) years ago, without all the production lights and camera crews, and it was fun to watch her demonstrate how to bake a Super Mario star cake.

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Nerdy Nummies’ first video

And cake is delicious, so we thought why not make one that pays homage to one of Nintendo’s most famous franchises?

We semi-cheated and went the boxed cake mix route rather than baking from scratch, mostly due to timing and schedule issues… And we wanted funfetti cake.

With the help of our star-shaped pan from Wiltons (#NotSponsored #CouldBeSponsored #SponsorUs), we got our funfetti cake all baked and let the cake cool off completely before frosting it with our bright yellow-dyed frosting. The eyes were made with some of the cookie icing that we had left over from decorating our Pokemon cookies. We let the cake chill a little bit longer to let the frosting and icing set before digging in.

We screwed up a bit on the frosting, finding that the black icing we were trying to do for the eyes had softened a little too much from the heat we’ve been having lately. The black icing started to run, so we tried to correct it with a little more yellow frosting. It didn’t work out quite as planned, so we left it at that, haha!

At least it still looks like a star and, most importantly, it was delicious!

Friday Favorites: Video Game Dads

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

Father’s Day is this weekend, so I thought I would use a post to celebrate some of the best video game dads. I hope everyone else is able to celebrate with their father or someone close to them this weekend!

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Rusl from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Rusl is the father of Colin, the shy child who finds his courage throughout the game, from Twilight Princess. Rusl is the character from Link’s hometown, the swordsman, seemingly the guard of the village that most likely helped Link hone his own sword skills. Besides being a father figure to the hero of the game, Rusl is also a critical member of the resistance, saving Link during the attack on Hyrule Castle.

“Dad” from Dream Daddy

Dream Daddy is a visual novel where you play as a customizable dad and were able to romance several other (mostly) single dads. While your choices were crucial to the ending of the game, the player’s “Dad-sona” had an awesome relationship with his daughter Amanda. The interactions with her ranged from goofy and casual to affection and, well, fatherly. Their relationship is probably one of my favorite aspects about the game.

Bowser from the Super Mario series

Okay, we all remember that Switch Parental Control video, right? The adorable one when Bowser was the Most Responsible Parent of the Year because he was being sure his son Bowser Jr. was playing games that were appropriate for his age? Bowser is also a father figure to all of the Koopalings as well, allowing them to help him with his work and always very encouraging while doing so. Not only that, his motivation for kidnapping Peach in Super Mario Sunshine was literally just so Bowser Jr. could have a mom. Cool motive, still kidnapping, but the thought was sweet.

What are your favorite video game dads?

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