Friday Favorites: 2018 Holiday Releases

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The holidays are coming, with radio stations already playing Christmas songs and the scent of snow in the air. Mom is already asking us to fix up our Amazon wish lists, and she’s a little annoyed that we tend to pre-order our games nowadays, haha!

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Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee

This game is coming today! Rachel and I have been waiting for this game to come out since it was first teased. It’s a major nostalgic trip for me, seeing as Kanto was where I started my “Pokemon journey” a couple of decades ago. We’re hoping the co-op mode will be tons of fun!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Who isn’t waiting for this game? Admittedly, much of the surprise and speculation seems to have already been shown off and/or leaked onto the Internet, but I’m still looking forward to seeing how this game plays out. While I’m also not looking forward to shelling out extra cash for additional DLC characters, I am very curious as to who else is going to be on the roster.

Gris

Gris just looks to be one of the prettiest video games we may ever see. It’s boasted as being a platform game with no enemies or lives. Rather, your character explores the beautiful scenery and puzzles, being in tune with their emotions after going through a difficult experience in their life.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

We are not PlayStation girls. We grew up mainly with Nintendo consoles and, even now, we have an Xbox One that we turn on occasionally while our PlayStation 3 that was generously gifted to us from a friend has yet to be powered on, despite how long we’ve had it. Nevertheless, we did have the original PlayStation and the original Spyro trilogy. If memory serves me, we enjoyed being the little, sassy purple dragon, so I think it’ll be fun to play the games again!

What holiday releases are you looking forward to?

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WTF Friday: Nintendo November 2018 Direct

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Is this a new post category? I dunno. Definitely have a lot of thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct, many of which I’m not sure how to feel either way. Hence the general, “Wtf” feeling.

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So, there was a Nintendo Direct yesterday focused on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the last one before the game is finally released. I had to wait until I got home after work to see the direct, but Rachel did tell me the gist of it during my lunch break.

Honestly, while I wish I could watch the directs live with my sister instead of being at my day job, I am always highly entertained at Rachel’s animated reenactments (voices and acting included).

Rachel posted her thoughts on it right after the direct was over, but I have a few of my own. I didn’t think the direct was too bad… not the best, but it wasn’t too bad.

I believe the direct had many new, unexpected aspects to the game, aspects that made me raise an eyebrow and go, “Wtf?” Don’t get me wrong, I’m still optimistic about Ultimate, but I’m definitely interested in seeing how these new features will pan out.

Some new fighters were revealed — Ken, Incineroar, and… Piranha Plant (free for a limited time!).

Okay. They’re not bad. If we needed another brawler, I would have rather had Chun-Li from Street Fighter rather than Ken as another female fighter, but I won’t complain. Incineroar isn’t too bad, and I know Rachel is excited to see that Pokemon as a fighter. Piranha Plant was completely random but I think it’s a cute character… for a limited time.

Speaking of the characters, definitely not sure how I feel about the DLC. In today’s day and age of video games, DLC is normal, despite how much I am not a fan of it. I’d rather pay for the whole game at once rather than shelling out an extra thirty bucks or so for more content. On the other hand, Geno may be a DLC character, so of course we’re going to buy the fighters pass.

I totally went “Wtf?” at the adventure mode with the big bad force just Thanos-snapping all the fighters out of existence EXCEPT FOR KIRBY. I laughed at seeing the pink puffball avoid getting disintegrated (along with Rachel telling me, “Yeah, the whole chat was going, ‘RUN KIRBY RUN!’ and then cheering when he was shown to be alive.”). Kirby is to Smash Bros. Ultimate as Tony Stark is to Avengers 4, apparently.

Definitely went, “Wtf?” at seeing the evil clones (?) of the characters that we have to go save and hearing the theme song (it has lyrics!).

All in all, though, World of Light doesn’t look bad at all. It seems like a fun adventure mode, and I’m actually really excited to see all the different kind of video game characters that make cameos as spirits in the game! There were plenty of times that I was cooing over seeing characters that I completely forgot existed in the videos. I definitely found it amusing to see all the Pokemon — do you think they have every Pokemon in existence as spirits?

The online mode seems to have gotten a nice revamp from previous installments as well, and I like the measures Nintendo has taken to ensure that matches remain fair, both in rules and player strength. It’ll be great to actually test it out with some friends!

What did you think of the Nintendo Direct? Who do you think will be the five DLC characters?

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What About The Super Smash Bros. Gamecube Controller For The Nintendo Switch?

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Just like everyone else, I’ve been thinking about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate a lot. I can’t wait for the game to come out and I keep thinking about what Nintendo will have up their sleeves next… if there’s more to come to the game, that is.

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Come the end of 2018 Nintendo is releasing a brand new Gamecube controller along with an adapter to plug it into the Nintendo Switch. There are four ports so you can, of course, play Smash Bros. with four people on the Switch.

Now, maybe I’m overthinking things. Maybe this is just wishful thinking. But I was wondering… do you think Nintendo is going to somehow bring back Gamecube games to the Switch?

We already know there’s going to be some NES virtual console games on the Switch with the online membership. After creating the NES Classic and SNES Classic, I wonder if they’ll create more mini consoles for the rest or if Nintendo is planning on adding games from all – if not most – old consoles onto the Switch.

Yes, having a cool Smash controller is great and sure, you need the adapter to plug it into the Switch, but I wonder if Nintendo has more things planned with it. Did they really create all that just for the Smash game alone? As if the Smash game didn’t have enough going for it.

I love the Gamecube and I really miss it – especially since all our controllers broke so we can’t really go back to play any of the games until we buy new controllers for it. I think it would be great if Nintendo was planning to bring back some of the Gamecube games for the Switch either as ports or as the virtual console eventually.

I mean, we’re getting Luigi’s Mansion on the 3DS, why not get more on the Switch?

Do you think we’ll get to do or play more with the Gamecube controllers? Or am I overthinking things? Let me know in the comments! 

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Friday Favorites: Smash Direct

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The Super Smash Bros Direct this past Wednesday was filled to the brim with exciting information on the development of Smash Bros. Ultimate. While my greatest wish for the game hasn’t been granted yet, I’m still pretty damn pleased with what we have seen!

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Chrom

He’s finally in the lineup! Sure, he’s an echo character, but he still finally made it in the lineup! Awakening is one of my favorite Fire Emblem titles so, while I don’t believe we need another swordsman or Fire Emblem lord, it is a nice treat to see Chrom make an appearance other than be in Robin’s Final Smash (which actually begs the question… will Chrom still be part of Robin’s Final Smash? Or will Robin appear as Grima?).

Stages

The stage mechanics seemed to have gotten a nice overhaul, and all the effort looks as if it’ll pay off. All the stages having omega forms? Throwback stages to the original N64 installment? Stages morphing into others? Having the option to turn the hazards on and off? Yes, please!

Music

I don’t listen to the radio much these days. My coworkers and cousins talk about concerts and random country singers and I have no idea what they’re saying other than a vague recollection of, “Yes, I think I’ve heard of that guy before.” My Spotify playlists are made up of video game soundtracks and covers, so when I saw the music collection that is going to be in Smash Ultimate, I loved it! Not sure if I’ll ever have the courage to take the Switch with me for a portable player, but being able to have my own playlist filled with Nintendo tunes on in the background while I’m working will be great.

New Assists and Pokemon

It’s great to see Knuckles and Krystal there for assist trophy cameos! I would have loved to see them as echo characters, if not fighters in their own right, but I’ll take them as assist trophies. Abra looks like a deliciously fun Pokemon to unleash on the stage, and it wasn’t a surprise to see the Alolan legendaries. Seeing Mimikyu made us go, “Awww!” to “OH GOD!” very quickly, haha!

What were your favorite parts of the Smash direct? Anything you were hoping to see?

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What I’m Looking Forward To The Most In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

There was a lot of hype yesterday over the latest Nintendo Direct. I don’t know about you, but my heart was racing for a good chunk of the afternoon. Ultimate is going to be a great game.

There’s a lot of great things coming to the game, but here’s what I’m looking forward to the most.

Smashdown Mode & Tournament Mode

I was always a huge fan of the competition-like styles of gameplay. I remember putting Melee on in the background while I worked, the tournament mode with all computer characters and just watched them all duke it out.

In fact, I still do that now with the Wii U version of the game, but I create my own tournaments and just remember which characters I already used and such.

Having the tournament mode back made me so happy. I can’t wait to watch the computer players as I work or play with my friends and cousins and beat each other up.

I’m also excited for Smashdown Mode. I have just a handful of characters I use all the time. I always say I’ll try someone else and then never do. Also, my cousin uses the same character as me so when we play it’s usually just two clones fighting.

I’m looking forward to trying Smashdown Mode so we can fight over who gets to grab Zelda first and then it forces us to try out new characters.

Overall, I’m super excited for the game and I can’t wait to give it a try. There’s 3 months left and I feel like it’ll take forever to get here… then again, it’ll be here before we know it.

At least we have Super Mario Party and Pokemon to tie us over until then.

What are you looking forward to the most in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Let me know in the comments below!

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Our Thoughts During The Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Direct

For once, we were able to watch a Nintendo Direct live! We’ve been looking forward to know more about Super Smash Brothers Ultimate since it was first announced.

This is just a bulleted list of what our thoughts were as we were watching the Nintendo Direct. Keep in mind, this obviously contains spoilers. So, if you didn’t watch the Direct, do not read on.

Introduction

First, that intro was dope. They definitely couldn’t have done that better if they tried. Throwing Luigi into the new Dracula’s Castle stage was perfect. The introduction of Simon and his echo character, Richter, from Castlevania was well done.

We’ve never played Castlevania before, but do have a few games with the Nintendo NES and SNES mini, so we’ll have to try those games out soon.

New Characters

Simon and Ritcher look like amazing characters. Both seem so smooth and powerful and we’re eager to give them a try.

Chrom from Fire Emblem and Dark Samus were also announced as echo characters. We’re excited for Chrom and having another Samus thrown into the mix is great as well.

Lastly, they announced King K. Rool at the very end of the direct. This is a character we’ve hoped for – or at least thought would be cool to have – so we’re surprised he’s actually part of the roster now. We’re excited!

Stages

We have a feeling this game is going to take up a lot of space on the Switch, but that’s fine. We’re going to be able to revisit old stages from as far back as the original Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo 64. Not to mention brand new stages such as Dracula’s Castle announced in the beginning of the direct, which looks like an amazing stage.

Stage Perks

All the stages are available from the very beginning of the game and they’re all available for 8-player matches, which is amazing. We no longer have to limit ourselves to certain stages if we have more than 3 friends (rare, but it does happen).

The stages can also morph, which means you can play on two stages at once. You can pick which two stages you want and throughout the match, the stages with morph from one to the next adding a little more variety and challenge to the match.

Music

We’ve always wanted to have soundtracks to every video game we play. Though when games have the tracks listed in the settings that we can listen to, we never do. We can’t bring it with us. Well, now we can. We can bring over 800 gaming tracks with us as long as we have our Switch with us. And we’re excited about that.

Items & Assist Trophies

They’ve added quite a few new things in this department. They’ve added new Pokemon for the Pokeball item, two new swords, a bomb, and Rachel’s personally favorite – a banana. Why that hasn’t been a thing before, who knows?

The assist trophies all look great as well. Though, we’ll admit, we would have loved to have Knuckles as an echo character to Sonic, if not his own character. The moon from Majora’s Mask though is so clever and definitely should have been added long ago.

Modes & Such

They talked about the Classic mode as well as the Tournament mode. They’ve added a new Smashdown mode which eliminates characters after you’ve played as them. This allows you to try out different characters and, if you’re playing with others, allows you to rush over to certain characters before your friend does.

Overall

We were pleased with the direct overall. We’re looking forward to Super Smash Brothers Ultimate to come out now more than ever. We’re eager to test out the new characters, check out the awesome new modes, and play on the various stages.

What did you think of the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday and July!

Now that a new Super Smash Bros. has been announced I thought I’d revisit some of my favorite characters; especially since they’re all coming back.

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3. Zelda

Once Roy and Young Link were no longer playable, Zelda was my main character and she still is. I think her Link Between Worlds design looks great and I’m looking forward to giving her move set a try.

2. Roy

Roy was a go-to for me if Young Link wasn’t available for some reason or if I just needed to practice with someone else for a change. I’ve missed him and I’m can’t wait to test out his moves once more.

1. Young Link

Young Link was always my go-to character in the earlier Smash games. He was always my favorite and I played so well with him (even though I wasn’t even good at Smash at the time). I’m excited I’ll be able to play as him again.

Who are you looking forward to playing as? Let me know in the comments below!

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