Throwback Thursday: Pokemon Pearl

Happy Thursday, happy last day of Pokemon Month, and happy last day of August!

Wow, now that we got that out of the way…

 

Pokemon Pearl originally came out for the Nintendo DS on September 28, 2006. I can’t remember if I got the game for Christmas or if I bought it myself when it came out.

Whenever I got it, this was the very first Pokemon game I ever beat. I had played all the other Pokemon games before, but I never made it the Champion. This was because a new game would come out before I got the chance or I, for some reason, just wouldn’t make it that far.

Within a week or so, I had completed Pearl, defeating the Champion and all. Since then I’ve spent the most amount of time on that game than I have on any of my other Pokemon games.

I love all the games that came after Pearl, especially X/Y and Sun/Moon. And I know a lot of people didn’t care too much for Diamond/Pearl, but Pearl will always have a special place in my heart.

Which game was the first you completed? Let me know in the comments below!

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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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Throwback Thursday: Nintendo Gamecube

Happy Thursday!

Between E3 and watching other people on Twitch, I’ve been on a Gamecube kick as people have been playing the original Animal Crossing lately.

 

Throwback Thursday: Nintendo Gamecube

The Nintendo Gamecube was released in North America in November 2001. It’s hard to believe that the console will be 16-years-old this year, even though it was discontinued in 2007.

While I can’t remember how we got our Gamecube, I assume it was a Christmas present, I do remember opening our first game.

While I can’t remember what that game was… I do remember our reaction to the small discs.

We thought they were an amazing piece of technology. They were CDs, but small and adorable. After playing with bulky Nintendo 64 game cartridges, the small discs were really cool to us.

While the Gamecube wasn’t the best Nintendo console, I think it was one of my favorites. In fact, I think most of our video games are for the Gamecube.

Kris and I had a blast playing Mario Kart: Double Dash, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, various Zelda games (especially Four Swords Adventures), and of course various Mario Party games among a lot of others.

The Gamecube is something that will always be near and dear to my heart and I often find myself getting in the mood to play some of those old school games.

I find it amazing how much Nintendo has grown since the Gamecube and now we have the Switch. They’re pretty much the same size, but the Gamecube is bulkier and heavier. Still, there is that handle on the end… they tried to make it easy to carry around.

They were just 16 years too early.

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Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I haven’t done a throwback in a while and there’s a certain game that I’ve been thinking about a lot…

 

Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle originally came out in June 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube. 2001… that’s a long time ago.

Every once in a while, I think of this game. It’s not a great game by any means, but Kris and I absolutely loved playing it at the time it came out.

The game had two story modes, Hero and Dark. Both modes were the same story but through the different points of view of the hero characters, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, and the dark characters, Shadow, Eggman, and Rouge. It was fun to play as both the heroes and the villains in their own unique levels going along the same storyline.

Sonic and Shadow had speed levels while Tails and Eggman were in some sort of machine for their levels, and Knuckles and Rouge had treasure hunting levels searching for pieces of the broken Master Emerald.

Each character could find a Chao key in their levels that would allow them to go to Chao world. There you could hatch Chao, put them in Kindergarten, feed them and level them up, throw them in combat tournaments and races. Then you could have them make baby Chao together. It was a lot of fun and honestly, I think that was my favorite part of the whole game.

My other favorite part of the game was the 2-player where you competed against one another in races, battles, and treasure hunting. Kris and I would compete all the time and after we beat the game once, I think we mainly just played with our Chao (we each had about ten or so Chao on our accounts) and then competed against each other.

It was a lot of fun and I remember I recorded ourselves competing and put a few videos on Facebook.

I know the game isn’t too good. It was great when we were kids, but I would love to play this again just for the nostalgic purposes. The main reason I thought of writing about this game was mostly because of the music.

While playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I always start singing “City Escape” by Ted Poley whenever we’re racing on the Toad Harbor track. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle did have great music if nothing else.

Have you played Sonic Adventure 2 Battle? How much did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Gaming Buddy

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I haven’t done a “Throwback Thursday” in a while so I thought I’d do one. Except, this time, I won’t be talking about one specific game, but mainly about a friend I used to game with a lot.

 

Throwback Thursday: Gaming Buddy

I started babysitting for a boy my cousin went to school with back in 2009. It was my first babysitting gig and I had just started working in a preschool as I was newly 16-years-old. This boy was 7-years-old and had an older brother, 10, and a younger sister, 6. I babysat for them for seven years until they got old enough that they didn’t need me anymore.

As they years went by, I turned out to be more like a friend, or sister, to them to help drive them to and from appointments and such rather than make sure they didn’t burn the house down when no one was home.

The boys were very much into video games and when I had first met them, we were both excited when we found out we both played Pokemon. I think, at first, the parents thought it was odd that I was into video games, but they were happy that I had something in common with the kids.

All three kids are special ed., with ADD or Autism among other disabilities. So, for the 7-year-old, video games and the computer were an outlet for him. It was an outlet for all of them, but mainly him. Because they played it so much, they were only allowed a certain amount of screen time during the day, but I made the most of it.

We played Pokemon together, Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, and more, such as Magic: The Gathering and trading Pokemon cards. We watched Let’s Plays on YouTube and could talk for hours about a specific game willing each other to get this game and that one.

I just saw them last weekend for lunch since I’ll be feeding their guinea pigs and fish while they’re on vacation. He’ll be 15 in two weeks and even though we haven’t seen each other since September, not much has changed, but a lot has changed at the same time.

He’s huge, for one thing. Being about eight years older than him, I stand just under his shoulders. But the big thing was that he was excited to show me his new video game gadgets. He got a new mouse and mouse pad plus a new desktop computer for gaming.

We ended up talking quite a while about various game equipment and the like. It was refreshing to talk to him about that stuff again.

Even though we haven’t seen each other in quite a while, it was as though nothing has changed.

Do you have anyone you have gaming in common with like that? Did you ever get close to someone through gaming? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Mario Party

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

Since it’s a new year, I thought it would be appropriate to do a Throwback post.

…Remember last year? It was a week ago.

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But I’m not going to be talking about last year. I’m going to talk about one of my favorite game series, Mario Party.

I recently got Mario Party Star Rush and I’ve already played through the entire game in just under 10 hours. For a video game, that’s not a long time.

While I felt the game was better than Mario Party 10 (there will be a review for Star Rush at a later date), I definitely missed the replay value of the other Mario Party games. It wasn’t so much the gameplay that bothered me this time around. It was the replay value.

I could play Mario Party 1 through 8 over and over again for the rest of my life and never get bored. And I could highlight all of the games, but I won’t. I’ll just stick to the original and the latest (good) one.

Mario Party 1 was released in the US  for the Nintendo 64 in February 1999. While there wasn’t a large character roster, there are 8 boards to play on (two of those boards you have to buy with in-game coins and unlock). Each board has its own level of difficulty as well as certain quirks and features of the board making each one a totally different experience to play from the other boards in the game.

And the mini-games? Awesome. No matter what Mario Party game I play, I will always just sit down and play through the mini-games without bothering to play in party mode.

Its latest successor, in my opinion, would be Mario Party 8. I never played Mario Party 9 and you know my thoughts on Mario Party 10.

Mario Party 8 was released in the US for the Nintendo Wii in May 2007. This game was a big deal because it was the first Mario Party game with the new motion controls of the Wii. And, while some people found the controls and some of the games annoying, I didn’t mind it. I personally liked the motion controls… As long as it worked properly, of course.

Compared to Mario Party 1, there were more playable characters in Mario Party 8. However, there were only 6 boards to play on and they were pretty simple. Each one had it’s own characteristics, as usual, but some of them were too easy.

The mini-games were cool with the motion controls. There were definitely some games I loved more than others, but it was overall pretty cool.

With that being said, the old school Mario Party games were definitely better and more fun than the ones that are being released today.

And, of course, we all know that everyone’s favorite is Mario Party 2.

Which Mario Party is your favorite? Do you remember playing the older games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Game Night

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

We’re nearing the end of another week. Kris and I have been trying to play video games every Friday night since it’s hard to find the time to play. 

However, we recently got in touch with old friends and decided to get together at least once a month with them.

Throwback Thursday: Game Night

These friends that I’m talking about have been family friends since we young kids. Our mothers used to work together and are good friends still. We’ve lost touch over the years as we all went to college, got full-time jobs, and basically just moved on with our lives.

However, in high school, Kris used to have her group of friends over once in a while. We’d sit in the basement and play Super Smash Brothers or Mario Kart. It was a lot of fun.

Now, these friends aren’t really “hardcore” gamers, but they do enjoy the casual games once in a while.

We got together in September and played Mario Party 2. It was a blast (especially since one of our friends had no idea what he was doing). It was also great just to catch up with each other. We decided that we need to see each other more often (seriously, it’s been quite a few years since we’ve seen each other… aside from their grandmother’s wake eight months ago).

We thought it would be a great idea to get together at least once a month. Catch up, play a game or two, and just hang out and enjoy the company of old friends again.

Kris and I are getting together with them again tomorrow night. Who knows what game we’ll play this time, but it’ll be a lot of fun either way.

Do you have a special group of friends you like to play video games with whether they game a lot or not?