Friday Favorites: 3DS Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

There’s been plenty of buzz about the Switch Lite, and Rachel and I will share more of our thoughts on that later next week. In the meantime, considering the Lite is purely a handheld console, I dove back into my bucket of 3DS games to reminisce on some of my favorites.

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Fire Emblem: Awakening

Awakening is one of the games at the top of my favorite “Fire Emblem Games” list. I enjoyed the characters and the more involved role the avatar took in the game. The child unit angle was interesting as well and, in my opinion, done much better than the Fates trio of games did. Ever since I’ve played Sacred Stones, Fire Emblem has been an enjoyable franchise, and Awakening has gotten quite a few play-throughs from me.

Miitopia

Kind of just rediscovered this game, but if you never played it, it’s a great little casual RPG starring your Mii and whatever other Miis you want. It’s a little silly, story-wise, but the creativity, music, and the art style of the backgrounds are brilliant.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

The Ace Attorney games are all great, but I really enjoyed coming back to the familiar characters when Spirit of Justice came out a few years ago. It gave some satisfying conclusions to some of the characters, despite Rachel and me being worried about it being one of the “final” Ace Attorney games with Phoenix and company. It probably is, if I’m being honest, but I’m hopeful for more.

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Dr. Mario World [Mobile Game Review]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Dr. Mario World surprised us all when it came out a day early than it was supposed to! I’m glad it did too because it gave me a nice chunk of time to give it the attention it deserves.

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I have to admit, Dr. Mario World isn’t at all what I expected it to be. I played Dr. Mario for the first time just a few months ago and it resembled Tetris. Dr. Mario World is the opposite where the concept is still the same but you’re working your way up instead of having the capsules dropdown – not to mention you have full control over the capsules. There are also so many different power-ups that can be on the board plus different doctors and assistants to help you out. But we’ll get to all that in a minute.

The first things I noticed about the game was the graphics and music. The graphics are so vivid and crisp. My iPad is four-years-old and the game is so bright. It looks clean and fresh which is the way a brand new game should look. On the other hand, I’m amazed mobile graphics look this good. The music was another fun part. The hub world is catchy and the levels are a throwback to the original music. There are bonus levels where the music is different, but I think that’s my favorite music, in all honesty. Overall, the aesthetics of the game are super fun.

After a quick “story” of the virus taking over the Mushroom Kingdom, you play as Dr. Mario in various levels to rid of all the viruses. The levels are set up in a hub world similar to Candy Crush so that you just keep on moving when you bet a level or you can go back and replay levels. There are also different areas. For example, when you complete the first twenty levels, you head to a new area where levels 21 through 40 are. Plus, some bonuses on the way.

But, I’m getting off topic for now.

You start as Dr. Mario and, in the first few levels, Toad gives you a quick rundown on how to play. The viruses are scattered about the board and a purple liquid fills up allowing you to place the capsules on the board. The capsules are on the bottom of the screen. They show you two at a time, though you can’t swap them out (at least, I haven’t figured out how to if you can). It just shows you which capsule to expect next so you can strategize. You can tap the capsules to go either vertical or horizontal depending on how you need them to fit on the board. Connect three of the same color together – whether it’s two blue capsules and one blue virus or two red viruses and one red capsule – and the virus will disappear.

The cool thing about this is that, in addition to turning the capsules around, you can place them anywhere on the board. As long as you drag it with your finger, you have full control over the capsules. Even if a capsule pops and half is still left, you can grab the half and move it where ever you think it would be best. However, it is in the purple ooze so you can’t move a capsule downward if you’ve already brought it up. Also, if you try to move it on top of a virus, it’ll float up until it hits the ceiling or a block or something else blocking its way. So, you need to think about where you want them to go carefully. I’ve forgotten that a few times in my panic to complete the level.

Of course, I say I panic and I don’t know why because these levels aren’t timed – which is great! The level tells you how many viruses you need to get rid of and gives you a certain amount of capsules. This makes it so you can take your time but I sometimes forget that. Of course, there are bonus levels that are extra challenges. Those are timed and difficult for me to bet because I panic too much and am terrible at video games.

You don’t get into the levels without help though. You can play as Dr. Mario, Dr. Princess Peach, or Dr. Bowser. There are other doctors to be unlocked as well. Each doctor has their own special skill as well. For example, I love Dr. Bowser – he wears a lab coat and has a spikey stethoscope! (Take that, tie at E3!) He has the skill when his meter is filled, to get rid of two rows. He just sets it on fire and there you go.

The doctors can equip assistants as well to help you out. You can have one or two assistants with you throughout the levels and change them as you want.

So many different things can happen in the levels as well – there are different goals to reach. For example, you can either get rid of all the viruses or collect all the coins that are hidden within the blocks.

In addition, there are a lot of obstacles in the game. For example, sometimes the viruses will be frozen and you’ll have to get three in a row just to thaw them and then get three in a row to actually pop them. There are different colored shells so that when you activate them by getting three of the same color in a row (shell, virus, or capsule – as long as it’s touching the shell) then the shell will move back and forth and get rid of the row it sits on. There are bombs that will blow up everything around it when activated and more.

This game plays like most mobile games though. There are microtransactions. So, if you want a pass or try a level again without re-doing the whole thing, you need diamonds which costs real life money. Also, you have to wait. No, you don’t need to wait real time for your farm to grow, but you only have a certain amount of hearts. Five hearts, to be exact. It costs one heart to play a level and in order to get that heart back, you need to wait about 30 minutes. Sometimes, a heart will be given to you for completing a level which is nice. Or you can receive hearts from friends.

That’s another great feature of this game. You can have friends. Not only can you see where they are on the map and send one heart a day to them, but you can actually play with them. You can versus your friends in a duel of sorts which is a lot of fun. If you don’t have any friends currently online, you can versus other players who are currently on and looking for a challenge.

I’m sure there’s so much more to the game that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’m looking forward to playing more, for sure! Nintendo did a great job with this one.

Dr. Mario World gets a rating of…

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Overall, Dr. Mario World is an aesthetically pleasing game with fun characters options and a twist on the original gameplay. It’s free to play, other than the optional microtransactions, so it’s definitely worth a try.

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First Thoughts On Some New Pokemon For Pokemon Sword & Shield

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I was a little late to the party, but I noticed some new Pokemon for Sword and Shield were flittering around the Internet the other day. All pictures of the Pokemon were taken from Serebii.net, which has more information on the Pokemon.

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Yamper

Yamper | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comI’m pleased to see there’s another puppy Pokemon through into the ever-growing Pokedex. The puppy Pokemon have always been adorable and they’ve done a nice job making sure the puppy Pokemon are various types. We’ve got fire, dark, normal, and now electric. (Though I guess you can say we technically already had that, but whatever.)

Yamper is an electrically charged pup who doesn’t know what to do with all its electricity, so he runs around rampant and is constantly energized. I find that utterly adorable and I can’t want to see this Pokemon in action both in the game and in the anime.

I always try to get an electric type Pokemon on my team the first time I play and Yamper will definitely be one I catch. I’m looking forward to seeing what its evolutions will be – assuming he has them, but I think he’ll have one or two.

Alcremie

Alcremie | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comThe cream Pokemon, Alcremie. Before I knew anything about it, not even its name, I immediately thought of strawberry shortcake. I assume that’s where the designer was going with this design. I think this Pokemon is absolutely adorable and, it being a fairy type, I know it’s going to be obnoxiously strong. I was iffy on fairy types when they were first introduced but the type has grown on me and I’m eager to see what Alcremie will be able to do.

I remember past “food” Pokemon were crapped on because no one liked Pokemon being made from inanimate objects – even though some of those Pokemon were absolutely the best. Everyone seems to adore Alcremie though, so… I guess we won’t hear complaints about that, huh? At least, not about this particular Pokemon.

Rolycoly

Rolycoly | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comOur new rock type is known as the coal Pokemon, Rolycoly. It reminds me of Roggenrola and I’m pleased to see one of its abilities is not sturdy. (Because, really, sturdy is only a good ability if the Pokemon is on your side.) He looks like a puff cloud though only… not fluffy. I feel like he would be able to float and hover around, though the Pokedex says it rolls around with ease.

Coal drops from Rolycoly’s body and people in the Galar region use it to heat up their homes. I always enjoy it when a Pokemon has an every-day function like that in addition to their battling. I wonder if he’ll get the chance to learn any fire moves?

Duraludon

Duraludon | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comThe alloy Pokemon, a steel and dragon type – Duraludon. This guy, even though he only weighs about 88-lbs, is going to be a beast. Although, according to his Pokedex entry, he seems as though he’s a gentle soul (despite battling with Tyranitar a lot). I love the look of him though. He’s so shiny and his arms, which is used to crush rock, are a cool design. I’m eager to see this guy in battle… on my side, of course.

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Reunion in Mineral Town

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

If you follow us on Twitter or Tumblr, fairly recently, I made little posts just celebrating my excitement at the fact that there will be remakes of a couple of my favorite games from the Harvest Moon series.

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I’ve been playing Stardew Valley recently, mostly because it reminds me of the simpler, older Harvest Moon games from when I was younger. While some of the more recent Harvest Moon games aren’t too bad, I do feel that some of them are somewhat gimmicky and have moved away from the charming gameplay that was just, “Build up your farm however you want, make friends, maybe get married and have a kid,” that the original games had.

My first Harvest Moon experience was Friends of Mineral Town for the Gameboy Advance and the idea of designing my own farm and taking care of the ranch animals was addictive and satisfying. I became more hooked on the series when More Friends of Mineral Town became a thing because, hey, I was able to play as a girl. Now, there are reports of a remake of Friends/More Friends of Mineral Town for the Switch coming out later this fall!

Rather, the fall date is for Japan, but it has been confirmed that the game will come out in North America as well. I am very excited and I’m hoping that maybe Rachel would like this one better than Light of Hope.

The only concern I have for it is that I’ve become accustomed to Stardew Valley’s lack of regard for gender when it comes to marriage. I don’t marry in these kind of games often at all, but the freedom is nice. Hopefully this is one of the updated mechanics that I’m sure this remake will have!

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Would You Rather: Phoenix Wright Edition

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It’s been quite a while since we’ve done a “Would You Rather” post here, and this time we’re focusing on one of our favorite series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Our streams of the first game have been on a small hiatus, so this is us letting you know we haven’t forgotten about it, haha! Starting right off the bat, Rachel, would you rather be a character in the games from the original trilogy when Phoenix was the defense attorney or arrive during the Apollo Justice trilogy when Phoenix was… well, in the process of picking himself back up?

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I would want to be a character from the original trilogy. Miles, Gumshoe, Maya, Pearl, and other characters are there consistently while some of them aren’t really there in the later games. Kris, would you rather be the judge or the prosecutor against Phoenix?

krismii
I’d rather be the prosecutor. I would hope I’d be the type to, you know, want the truth to come out rather than always want a guilty verdict. Would you rather be able to somehow communicate with spirits or have a handy little gadget, like a magatama or Athena’s mood matrix?

rachmii
Hm… Medium, magatama, or mood matrix. Lots of Ms there. I think I’d rather be a spirit medium. Despite my fear of ghosts, it would be awesome to communicate with the dead and talk to old friends again. Would you rather be Phoenix’s assistant or Gumshoe’s assistant?

krismii
My first instinct was totally Gumshoe’s assistant, haha! Phoenix is awesome, but Gumshoe is a giant teddy bear who works with Missile the dog and the prosecutors enough. Yeah, I think I’d go and hang out with Gumshoe. Would you rather help out Phoenix during the witch trials in the Professor Layton crossover game or help and stay with Apollo in Khura’in after Spirits of Justice?

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Wow, both of those are kind of creepy. Witches for one and the other is about dead people and monsters. I think I’d have to go with the Witch Trials though. Layton is there and I’d love to get to know him as well. If I’m with Phoenix at that point then I must know Apollo already. Final question, would you rather always get a guilty verdict or cheat to win the trial? Like, forging evidence or withholding it or something along those lines.

krismii
Hmm… Well, granted, I probably wouldn’t be in business for too long if I always get a guilty verdict, to be honest, but I would not want to cheat to win a trial. I suppose I’ll go with the guilty verdict and hope that the prosecutor just always knows what they’re doing. Maybe I’ve just always been picking the wrong clients!

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Maybe you put your faith in the wrong people, that’s true! Anyway, this was fun. I love a good round of Would You Rather, especially with a series such as Ace Attorney. We’ll have to do another round soon.

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Friday Favorites: Stardew Valley NPCs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Despite having it on Steam, I’ve bought Stardew Valley on the Nintendo Switch, just to give the game another try on a portable console. I’ve been loving it lately, so much so that I’m using it as an incentive to get this post done in a somewhat timely manner. Being in the middle of my first winter, I’ve started paying more attention to the villagers now that I’ve gotten the hang of farming. Here are my favorite NPCs.

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Demetrius

Aside from Demetrius being a science guy, I enjoy the little backstory with their family. Looking at the bookshelf in Demetrius’s and Robin’s bedroom reveals books regarding becoming a step-parent, and it’s not often that one sees video games or other media with blended families. I enjoyed his excitement over science things and, honestly, if Demetrius had been a marriage candidate, I’d probably go after him.

Evelyn

The resident old lady of the town is awesome. She first introduces herself to us and tells us to call her Granny, which I would totally be cool with. I’ve always had a soft spot for the elderly characters in these kind of video games, finding that some of them have the most interesting backstories.

Sandy

I just met Sandy recently but I already love her. I wish it was more feasible to be able to visit her more often, but I tend to get involved so much with  my farm and Pelican Town that I kind of forget about the desert area of the game. Still, Sandy is a fun character and I really enjoy her design.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 Cover Art

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m anticipating the arrival of Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch. The official box art was revealed yesterday and it’s made me more excited than ever to play the game.

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I came across the official cover art of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the Internet yesterday and I was impressed immediately – though not surprised. The graphics for the Nintendo Switch have really come a long way compared to previous consoles and games. So, the fact that they added as much detail to the cover art as possible is not a surprise to me at all.

The flat, yet the 3D effect of the title looks like gummies to me that I could eat. Or those slime stickers that you can easily peel off the paper and stick to your windows. No matter what it looks like to you, it looks good. Gooigi, at the top, looks just like the title. Just less sticky and gooier, I guess.

I remember when Super Mario Odyssey came out and so many people were impressed by Mario’s hair and the slick effects on Bowser. Now, it’s Luigi’s turn for the spotlight. What stands out of the most to me is his hat. You can clearly see the thread lines in the “L” the fabric of his hat overall. Of course, Luigi’s hat is his trademark in a way, similar to how Mario’s hat is his own. Having the main feature and details in Luigi’s hat was a great choice.

On the other hand, I feel like the rest of Luigi looks like clay. Especially his mustache, eyebrows, and the sweatdrop on the side of his face. It doesn’t look bad, though. I think it looks cool.

Overall, the cover art looks great and I’m excited more than ever to play the game. The end of 2019 can’t come soon enough. (And yet, I hope the summer lasts a long time.)

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