Currently Playing: The Legend of Kusakari

Happy Thursday!

Remember a while ago I mentioned a game called The Legend of Kusakari? I believe that was over a year ago.

Well, after beating Miitopia I was in the mood to spend what little I had left on my Nintendo eShop gift card. This game was $4.99 and decided… why not?

The Legend of Kusakari is an unofficial spin-off of The Legend of Zelda. It came out in August 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS published by Nnooo and developed by Librage.

People make jokes about Link having his sword in the Zelda games and how he just cuts grass all the time to find rupees and such. The Legend of Kusakari is about a “gardener,” so to speak. While the heroes defeat the monsters in the world, it’s your job to make sure they do it on a fresh lawn so they don’t get tangled up in the long grass.

That’s it. You cut the grass trying to avoid enemies (and the heroes that are fighting them).

Each level is timed though so you have to maneuver your way around the level to cut every single piece of grass before time runs out. You also have health, so if you bump into an enemy… just be careful not to die.

I wasn’t sure about this game when I first heard about it, but it’s actually not bad. I’m enjoying it and I’m curious to see what happens at the end.

Have you tried this game yet? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Breath Of The Wild Shrines

Happy Tuesday!

Kris and I finally got all 120 shrines in Breath of The Wild! This was no easy feat for us and now that we’ve seen all the puzzles, I thought I’d talk about my favorite ones.

 

5. Blessings

The Blessings were some of my favorite shrines mostly because they were usually hidden. I loved exploring the open world so it was so satisfying to come across a hidden shrine.

4. Twin Memories

This is two shrines, the Shee Vaneer Shrine in the Dueling Peaks tower region. All you have to do is visit both and remember what you see and put an orb inside certain holes. It’s like a memory game and I enjoyed that.

3. Bravery’s Grasp

This is the Ishto Sho Shrine in the Wastelands tower region. This one is all about timing and using the tools you have (Stasis) to solve the puzzle. I enjoyed the ones that needed good timing skills. It can be a lot of waiting, but they’re clever nonetheless.

2. A Major Test of Strength

I loved all the tests of strengths. The major ones the best because they were, of course, harder. I especially loved when we came across these shrines in the beginning of the game because it was hilarious watching Kris try to beat them.

1. Shrine Quests

Some of the shrine quests were blessings, but some had puzzles on the inside. My favorite part about these were that they were hidden by a riddle or just were not in plain sight at all. You really had to work to find them and it allowed you to explore parts of the land you hadn’t been to yet.

Did you find all 120 shrines? What were your favorite puzzles? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Sidekick Characters

Happy Tuesday!

I have to admit, I still have Pokemon on the brain, so it took me a little while to figure out what I wanted to talk about for today’s list.

It’s a tad on the random side, but it’s video game related, so… there you go.

5. Tails

Tails from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is a great character. He’s like a little brother to Sonic, but is a great friend who also knows what’s he’s doing. He’s smart, can think quickly, and can fly. He’s the kind of character that the hero would be lost without.

4. Diddy Kong

Diddy Kong is a character who isn’t mentioned that often. I think most people forget about him pretty easily because they’re more focused on Donkey Kong. Yes, he’s stronger, but Diddy was always faster and… I just always preferred him for some reason.

3. Luigi

Some people may not consider Luigi a sidekick, but that’s how he originally started. He was always there to help or cheer on his big brother Mario from the sidelines. He even has his own game where he saves Mario… you can’t get a better sidekick than that.

2. Navi

People rag on Navi from the Legend of Zelda series because she’s “annoying” or “bossy” or whatever. Still, I always enjoyed her and she stuck around poor little Link as an adult and a child, which is pretty special, especially since he wasn’t a typical Kokiri.

1. Fi

I didn’t plan on having two characters from the same series, but I had to put Navi on the list and Fi… well, Fi is pretty awesome too. She’s Link’s sidekick in Skyward Sword as she is his sword. She’s the Master Sword and the game Skyward Sword is considered the first in the Legend of Zelda timeline. Which means… well, the way I see it, Fi is in every single Zelda game aiding Link along the way. If that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is.

Who are your favorite sidekicks? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Throwback Thursday: Zelda Four Swords Adventures

Happy Thursday!

There are many games Kris and I used to play together as kids and we’d have a blast. One particular game that stands out in my mind, that we haven’t played in ages, is The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.

Four Swords Adventures was released in 2004 for the Nintendo Gamecube. Instead of one Link, there’s four and you can play multiplayer. Kris and I would play this game together all the time.

Kris was often the one to charge straight into battle while I enjoyed cleaning up the force gems they left behind.

We spent many hours on that game sharing a lot of laughs and a lot of lives lost. Seriously, I can’t express how many times a bad guy had killed me or we accidentally picked each other up and threw the other off a cliff. Or, a bad guy killed Kris and I’d have to take over… which never lasted long.

It was a great game and I’m hoping she and I can play it again sometime soon. We had to hook up our Gameboy Advance SPs to the game and I don’t even know if we still have the equipment to get it back up and running again.

Still, I’m determined to try.

Did you ever play this game? What fond memories do you have? Let me know in the comments below!

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How To Make Breath Of The Wild More Challenging

How To Make Breath of the Wild More Challenging

Not that Breath of the Wild needs to be more challenging with how open the world is and the amount of monsters roaming the land, but if you were looking for a way to up the difficulty of the game on your own, here are a few suggestions from us:

  • No cooking — forget about saving yourself at the last minute with a heart-filling recipe. Sleeping at inns are the only way to heal up!
  • No paraglider or teleporting — travel everywhere either by foot or by horse.
  • Don’t use the Spirit Orbs — keep the default amount of hearts and stamina.
  • Only use tree branches as weapons (or weapons with stats 15 and under).
  • Wear Link’s original clothes and only use elixirs in super hot weather and the like.
  • No bonuses from amiibos.
  • Switch up your usual controller settings — try using the Joy-Con instead of the Pro Controller, for example.
  • Don’t do the side quests or use the rewards that are earned.
  • Just go straight to Ganon (because apparently that’s possible).

Have you tried any of these ways? Do you have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

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Breath of the Wild Makes Me Feel…

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I can’t believe another week is coming to a close… We’ve been working our way through Breath of the Wild and I’ve come to realize a thing or two about it.

 

Breath of the Wild Makes Me Feel...

Games give us feels. Whether it’s the graphics, the music, or overall atmosphere, we often get that “good feeling” in the pit of our stomach when we play games, especially new ones.

When I first saw the trailer for Breath of the Wild, I’ll admit that I teared up a bit. I couldn’t believe how simple and atmospheric the music sounded and the graphics were just… breathtaking, to say the least. They’re so realistic and it amazes me that such technology exists.

Kris has been doing the majority of the playthrough because I always watch her play Zelda games. I’ll play on my own some other time, but I love to take it all in from the backseat (and laugh when she dies).

Our second day of playing the game, Link was hunting boars in the forest. It was daytime in the game, the grass was glowing in the sunlight and swaying in the wind. Birds were chirping in the background along with the soft, soothing music of the meadow. Flowers were blooming and the whole scene looked so peaceful, calm, and warm.

I had the sudden urge to go outside and soak up the sun. I had a strong desire for summer to officially come and get the chill out of the air. I wanted to go out, explore some woods, and just breath in the fresh air.

Granted, I’m not a social person in real life and even though I’m a gamer and joke about how the sun “burns,” I absolutely enjoy the outdoors. In the summer, I’m always taking my work outside with me whether it’s to read by the pool or get some blogging done on my deck. I love to take my dog for a walk, let my turtle roam around in the grass, and just listen to the birds and lawnmowers (yes, I love the sound of lawnmowers).

Despite my already loving the outdoors, I can’t wait for the warmer weather now more than ever.

The only downside to this is that I know my neighborhood isn’t as beautiful as the scenery in the game.

How do video games make you feel? Are you loving the open world in Breath of the Wild? Let me know in the comments below!

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First Impressions: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild: First thoughts

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A month after the game comes out, Rachel and I finally played Breath of the Wild! We have the Nintendo Switch version, since we finally got one of those as well, and we have yet to be disappointed. We’re total Zelda geeks and we’ve been anticipating this game since it was first announced several years ago.

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We were beside ourselves when we first turned on the game. I think mainly because we were both still in shock that a Nintendo Switch had joined the collection of our other Nintendo consoles. We turned on the game, the voice started speaking to us, we heard the music, saw the graphics, and both of us were in dead silence. We couldn’t believe the technology that was before us.

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I was tearing up from how pretty the game was! My disbelief at having the joy-con in my hands probably didn’t help either, haha! Obviously we’ve seen images and a few gameplay trailers here and there of the game, but we still were not prepared for the voice acting and gorgeous graphics showcased on our television.

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Then the gameplay began. It’s really hard to stay on task in such a huge world. What a beautiful open world they created, too! Most often than not, we’re doing one task and then get distracted by something shiny and end up somewhere else. Before we know it, we’re way off the map.

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Oh, thank goodness for that map! Despite the fact that I died by accidentally falling off the Sheikah Tower when first learning how to use the scope and map, it’s really a lifesaver. We’re so easily distracted from the main quest, but you could really just spend hours exploring the land, not doing anything to further the story, and still have a fantastic time out in the world.

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I’ve been keeping a tally on how many times she dies in the game. And don’t worry, I’ll add the total to our review when we post it. Anyway, I can’t wait to see more of the game. We haven’t made it too far yet, but I can’t wait to see some actual bosses and really get to the heart of the story.

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While seeing the bosses will be amazing, I’m sure, I’m looking forward to learning more about the characters. We’ve seen images of plenty of different races all over the Internet, like the Gerudo and Rito, and I cannot wait to meet them! To me, the characters are the best part of any video game story. We just recently met Impa, and I was thrilled to see her!

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I also can’t wait to see Zelda. I can’t wait to just beat the game so we can see everything, but I want to take it nice and slow and take it all in.

How much are you in love with Breath of the Wild? Let us know in the comments below!

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