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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Triforce Quartet — Super Smash Brothers Brawl Theme

Happy Saturday, everyone! We’re sharing some more music today. This time it’s a cover of the Super Smash Brothers Brawl theme by the Triforce Quartet.

While they only have about a dozen videos up on their YouTube channel, they are fairly active on their Twitter channel considering they’re busy performing in various venues and conventions, such as PAX West.

Rachel and I love hearing covers of our favorite video game music, especially when the covers include string instruments like violins and cellos! We hope you enjoy this cover like we do!

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New Switch Editions

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

With last week’s Nintendo Direct, a few new Switch editions were revealed. Both of them look great, but we’re not sure if we’d splurge even if we did have the money on them.

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There have been two new Switch editions that have been revealed, both having to do with a couple of the most anticipated Nintendo Switch games that are slated for released this year — the Pokemon Let’s Go duo and, of course, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Both of the Switch editions look great to Rachel and me, as we’re suckers for both franchises. With how popular the Nintendo Switch console itself has been and the two video game series, I wonder how many of the new editions Nintendo will sell.

On one hand, many people probably already have a Switch and they’re not too cheap (although, the Nintendo Switch may be one of the cheapest consoles on the market at the moment), especially with all the accessories. On the other hand, people are hyped for Let’s Go and Smash Bros Ultimate and, if people don’t have a Switch just yet, this may be the perfect time to get one.

Seeing the new editions also brought up a question that Rachel and I have been asking ourselves for a while — should we each have our own Switch? Nintendo, I’m sure, would prefer for everyone to have their own console for business reasons as well as to take advantage of the portability and playing games together on the go. Right now Rachel and I are good with sharing a Switch, considering we play together the majority of the time, but we’re both also conscious of the fact that we’d probably want to play our own Let’s Go games at the same time (yes, we’ll be able to play co-op, but we like our own adventures, too).

I suppose we’ll see.

What do you think of the new Switch editions? Are you planning on getting one?

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Nintendo September 2018 Direct

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Another Nintendo direct has come and gone, and… We thought this one was pretty good!

The direct opened with Luigi hunting down ghosts again and we at first chalked it up to, “Oh, look, footage from the 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion.” The more we saw of it, though, the more we grew confused.

That room wasn’t in the first game. That’s a new item in the hallways. The little ghost dog was in the second Luigi’s mansion, not the first one.

With the reveal that the game was Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch, Rachel leaped up from the couch and teared up with joy! That was something that’s been on her wish list for a long while now, so to see the direct brilliantly open with it (and to assure us that, no, Luigi did not die in the previous Super Smash Bros Ultimate direct) was a treat!

Most of the other announcements and reveals were decent as well. I’m looking forward to the Final Fantasy games, a series that she’s barely had the chance to try considering most of them were on the Playstation family of consoles. Cities Skylines didn’t seem too bad either, with how much we love simulation games. I have played Sim City before, and the game looks pretty damn similar, so we’ll see how Skylines runs on the Switch. Game Freak’s Town seems like it looks pretty good, and Yoshi’s Crafted World looks adorable as well.

It was interesting, but not too surprising, to hear that New Super Mario Bros. U is being remastered into a deluxe version for the Switch. Those games are decent, in my opinion, and wasn’t something I was too hyped about, but we’ll probably get it to have a good time with our cousins and friends.

(Although, what the hell is Peachette? Why is Toadette able to transform into her? Why can’t Peach just be able to do the double jump and floaty thing, and Toadette have her own abilities that make her stand out as her own character? Why do we need to make her combine with Peach?)

We thought the ending of the direct was amazing. Isabelle is adorable and it’s fantastic to see such a fan favorite heading to Smash as her own character rather than as an echo fighter! To top it off, Tom Nook then appeared and we got a pretty little place card announcement stating that Animal Crossing was coming in 2019 for the Switch! I don’t play Animal Crossing, but it was the second time in the direct that Rachel cried tears of joy.

All in all, we figured it was a pretty successful direct.

What did you think of Nintendo’s latest direct?

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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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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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Friday Favorites: Wanted Assist Trophies

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

Still riding the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hype train, this Friday is dedicated to the assist trophies that I am hoping will make an appearance in the game. While there is still a little time to hope for new characters that weren’t revealed at E3 (hey, they didn’t say Inkling and Ridley were the only new characters!), I figured it’d be a little safer to wonder about the new assist trophies.

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Breath of the Wild Champions

While I’d love to fight as the Champions themselves (don’t you dare tell me Urbosa and her lightning powers on the stage wouldn’t be awesome), having them be assist trophies would be a close second. Urbosa could cast lightning on the field, Daruk can create a temporary force field around the player who called him, Mipha can heal some of the player’s damage, and Revali could create strong gusts of wind on the field that could either help or hinder the players by shoving them around, staying true to Revali’s standoffish nature.

 

Goombas

A bit of a silly one, but I think it would be hilarious to just see a herd of Goombas go storming across the field, sweeping up anyone who happens to be in their way as they tumble off the stage. Hey, we’re going to be able to play as a Goomba in Super Mario Party, right? Bring this little guy back onto the Smash stages!

Lana

At the risk of over-saturating the assist trophies with Legend of Zelda characters, I think Lana from Hyrule Warriors would be an interesting assist trophy. She’s not a character that’s part of the main franchise line up, and she could attack with a random spell from her arsenal. Plus, she’s adorable.

New Pokemon

Alright, so this isn’t an assist trophy, but I figured it is close enough for this list. I presume there will be more Pokemon to discover in the pokeball item with the Alola generation of Pokemon appearing since the last Smash Bros. game. I’m hoping to see Decidueye, the final evolution of the Grass-starter Rowlet, rain arrows down on opponents with his Z-Move Sinister Arrow Raid. Mudsdale was another favorite new Pokemon of mine and can do an Earthquake or other devastating Ground-move. A Salazzle popping up and temporarily poisoning opponents, where their damage counter steadily rises, would be fun to see as well.

What is your assist trophy wish list?

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