Character Spotlight: Katrielle Layton

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Fairly recently, Kris and I had played through Lady Layton on the Switch. It wasn’t the best game but it did have some pretty great characters.

Character Spotlight: Katrielle Layton | Video Games | Gaming | Video Game Characters | Professor Layton | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.com

Katrielle Layton, most known as Kat, is a detective following in the footsteps of her father, Professor Hershel Layton. I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Professor Layton puzzle, detective games. Kat stars in her own detective game, Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy which originally was released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2017. She also stars in her own TV series, Kat’s Mystery Solving Files. There are about 50 episodes with cases taken from her game and brand new ones as well.

As I said earlier, Lady Layton isn’t a great game. In terms of solving crimes, it was a bit bland. However, the characters were strong and I absolutely loved Kat’s personality. She’s strong-willed, knows what she’s talking about, smart, funny, and doesn’t care what other people think. Plus, she’s constantly hungry and has a soft spot for chocolate. I found that to be a fun quirk about her.

In terms of Kat solving crime, I often found that she seemed to pull the answer out of her rear, but I think that was mostly because the game didn’t truly allow you to solve the crime yourself. Her answers always made sense so she was clearly the smartest in the room. Although, she could act like a know-it-all about it.

Overall, Kat’s not a bad character and I wouldn’t mind seeing her in other games. I’m curious to see the TV show about her as well. I’ll have to look that one up at some point.

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Character Spotlight: Tortimer

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I have to admit, there’s one character from Animal Crossing that I’ve been missing in New Horizons. Since he’s been long retired anyway, I thought it was appropriate for him to have a chance in the spotlight.

Character Spotlight: Tortimer | Animal Crossing | Video Games | Gaming | Nintendo | DoublexJump.com

Tortimer is a turtle from the Animal Crossing series. He has appeared as the mayor in the village you move into in all the Animal Crossing games, except for Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS. His first appearance was in Animal Crossing on the Nintendo Gamecube from 2001.

Aside from having the title as mayor and running the Acorn Festival as “Cornimer,” Tortimer didn’t do too much. He hung around the plaza or was inside an office. He didn’t wander the village at all and mostly kept to himself.

He retired in New Leaf, which is why he wasn’t in the game. He’s not in New Horizons either, though I would love to have him visit my island once a year or so, still in his retired get-up with a tropical drink in hand, thinking your island is a vacation spot.

He doesn’t have to do anything but wander around complaining he’s on the wrong island.

Overall, there’s not too much to say about good, old Tortimer. He didn’t do too much but he didn’t have to do much. He was always a favorite NPC of mine and I would love to see more of him.

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Character Spotlight: Timmy & Tommy

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Today is the last day of 2019. What better way to celebrate than talk about a couple of baby raccoons?

Character Spotlight: Timmy & Tommy | Animal Crossing | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Timmy and Tommy (don’t ask me which one is which) are twin brothers who first appeared in the very first Animal Crossing game, Animal Forest (2001) for the Nintendo 64. This game was only released in Japan, which is probably why I’ve never heard of it until now. They’ve appeared in all the other Animal Crossing games since. However, their full names weren’t revealed until the latest installment of the series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013).

No one truly knows where Timmy and Tommy came from. With their last name being Nook, the same as Tom Nook’s, it’s implied the twins are Tom Nook’s sons or nephews. I personally thought they were his sons, considering Tommy may be named after Tom Nook himself. Then again, he could be named after his “uncle.”

However, there are certain villagers with the jock or lazy personalities that will tell you a rumor of Tom Nook finding the twins on the street and raising them himself. So, they may not even be blood-related to the old raccoon. Who knew there was such backstory to a few characters in the Animal Crossing world?

The twins have more responsibility in each Animal Crossing game, the more they come out. They used to be in the background and now they’re running on the main store of the village on their own while Tom Nook does real estate.

I’ve always loved these two (even though they constantly follow you around in the store while you try to browse). They haven’t done much, but they’re cute and there’s no reason to dislike these characters (unlike Tom Nook who you could call a crook).

I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I’m not sure if they’ll have a “bigger” part than they normally have or not, but it’ll be cool to see them on the Nintendo Switch.

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Character Spotlight: Piranha Plant

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For this month, I decided to give some attention to a minor character who has finally gotten their chance in a spotlight in a popular game.

Character Spotlight: Piranha Plant | Video Games | Gaming | Video Game Characters | Nintendo | DoublexJump.com

Piranha Plant is a common enemy in the Mario franchise. Based off the Venus Flytraps in real, Piranha Plants are plants that will eat anything that comes near it, sometimes being able to spit fire.

This guy made his first appearance in Super Mario Bros. for the NES in 1985. Piranha Plants were traps laid by Bowser to slow Mario down from saving Princess Toadstool. Most often than not, they can been seen poking their heads in and out of pipes. However, in later games such as Super Mario 64, they’re planted in the ground unable to move. In Paper Mario, though, they’re able to move about the ground popping out like moles as they chase and attempt to catch Mario. As you can see, they’ve seemed to evolve over the years.

Piranha Plant has never been anything more than a common enemy in the Mario series. Petey Piranha is its own character, however, Piranha Plants in general have never gotten much of the spotlight. Common enemies such as Goombas, Boos, and Bom-ombs have also occurred in one way or another – Mario takes on these types of characters as partners in Paper Mario, King Bom-omb is a well known enemy as is King Boo.

Now Piranha Plant finally has a chance in the spotlight and can fight back as his own fighter in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. When Nintendo first announced Piranha Plant as a player fighter, I was confused and had my doubts at first. The more I thought about it, though, the more I really liked the idea. Piranha Plant doesn’t get talked about much and he does have a lot of skills despite being stuck inside a pot.

Good job, Piranha Plant. You finally have been able to show people what you’re made of!

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Character Spotlight: Blue Thieves

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I can’t believe January is already just about over. This month went by pretty fast and I had decided to do a character spotlight on these characters since the beginning of the month.

Character Spotlight: Blue Thieves | Spyro the Dragon | Spyro Reignited Trilogy | Video Games | Video Game Characters | Gaming | XBox One | Playstation | DoublexJump.com

The Blue Thieves are an enemy in the Spyro games. They first appeared in Spyro the Dragon (1998) and have most recently appeared in Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy (2018). These little guys are exactly what their name is. They wear blue robes that covers them from head to toe, not even revealing their face. It makes them look pretty creepy, but they’re voice counters that.

They’s also thieves (duh), stealing dragons eggs, gems, and other important items you need in the Spyro games. As Spyro, you chase them around certain areas of the levels and either ram into them or breathe fire on them to make them stop and drop whatever it is their holding.

I had forgotten about these characters until Kris started playing Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy. Their updated graphics are great and their voice is hilarious. Until Spyro starts chasing them, they taunt you by saying, “Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!” and then laughing. I find this absolutely hysterical and I love these characters.

They don’t do much, they’re bad guys, and they’re in most levels for just a few minutes (or until you catch them). But hearing them make fun of you from afar and laughing makes me laugh and I could listen to it all day.

The Blue Thieves are such small characters, but they definitely deserve to be in the spotlight some. They certainly made things interesting and gave you one more challenge throughout the Spyro games – even if they were fairly easy to catch most of the time.

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Character Spotlight: Waluigi

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It’s the last Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for another Character Spotlight! Today I’ll be talking about a Mario character who I’ve never really paid too much attention to.

Character Spotlight: Waluigi | Nintendo | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Waluigi first appeared in the Mario Tennis series for the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color way back in 2000/2001 respectively. He was created to serve as a bitter rival for Luigi since Mario had Wario as a rival. Wario and Walugi have sort of become the anti-super-Mario-bros, if you will.

I never really cared too much for the characters, to be honest. Kris and I used to play as Daisy and Yoshi in Mario Kart: Double Dash and Wario and Walugi, no matter what we did, they were always tailgating us and hassling us. So, we always had a vendetta against them.

I’ll admit though, Waluigi has grown on me a bit. I do feel bad that he hasn’t had his own game yet. He can’t even be an echo character to Wario in Super Smash Bros, at the very least.

However, Nintendo seems to always have something up their sleeve. Waluigi is so popular and people have been demanding he have his own game or more of a part in spin-offs for a long time. I’m sure – I hope – Nintendo will give him the spotlight soon enough.

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Character Spotlight: Luigi

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I can’t believe the end of the month is already here. It’s time for another Character Spotlight and I’ve chosen one of my all-time favorites!

 

Character Spotlight: Luigi

Luigi was created as such so the Super Mario games could have a two-player option. They changed Mario’s color scheme, thus coming up with Luigi. He soon grew into his own character being deemed as Mario’s younger brother and developed a personality.

He first appeared in the 1983 game Mario Bros. for the NES by Nintendo. In that game, however, there were no differences between him and Mario, other than their colors. He didn’t begin to come into his own until Super Mario Bros. 2 which came out in 1988 for the NES. He was slightly taller than Mario and was able to jump higher as well.

Luigi was always one of my favorites because I felt as though he and I were alike. We’re both the younger sibling, we’re both “player two,” and we’re both afraid of our own shadows. I loved how he was always willing to help no matter how scared he was.

Luigi’s Mansion, which came out in 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube, is one of my favorite games ever. It’s a simple storyline and it’s a fairly quick and easy game to beat. But what I love most about it is the fact that Luigi is afraid of everything, but he still takes charge as the protagonist and fights to save his brother, who happens to always be the hero.

Luigi is an all-around great guy and he is one of my favorite Nintendo characters. I love playing him any chance I get.

Character Spotlight: Fang

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I thought I would do a fun mini-feature on the blog called “Character Spotlight” where I showcase some of my favorite characters from video games.

 

Fang Animal Crossing
Via Animal Crossing Wikia

Everyone, meet Fang. If you’re an Animal Crossing lover, I’m sure you’ve met him plenty of times before.

I started playing Animal Crossing when it first came out on the Gamecube console. Fang was one of my villagers in the very first town I ever created. And I will never delete that town as long as he is there.

He’s got a bit of an attitude, but he can be semi-pleasant to your main character. I don’t know why, but his cranky personality made me love him all the more.

Despite him being a cartoon character in a video game, I thought to myself, “I can totally turn this guy around!”

Let’s keep in mind that I was 13 when this game came out in late 2002.

I visited him every day, talked to him all the time… I even wrote letters to him. Perhaps a few love letters here and there.

Anyway…

Out of all the Animal Crossing villagers there are out there and all the video game characters, Fang will always have a special place in my heart.

Who’s one of your favorite video game characters? Who is your favorite Animal Crossing villager?