Original or Definitive Edition

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Nintendo Switch has been wildly successful in its year and a half out in the world. We are definitely impressed with ours, enjoying both the games and the multiple ways we can play.

Speaking of the games, though, many games have been ported to the Switch from the Wii U. The latest to get the treatment is Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. Do you think the Definitive Edition is worth it?

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I’ve been seeing Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition for the Switch all over the place considering the game just came out this past Friday. The original Hyrule Warriors came out about four years ago for the Wii U and, considering all of the improved Wii U ports the Switch has been getting during this past year, it’s not too surprising that Hyrule Warriors got the same Switch treatment.

I enjoyed Fire Emblem Warriors when it came out for the Switch and I liked Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U. I’ve been on the fence about getting HW: Definitive Edition, however. I have both the Wii U and the 3DS version of the game already, so I’m not certain if I want to drop another sixty bucks for the Definitive Edition.

On one hand, I understand that the Definitive Edition includes the downloadable content that the standard, if you will, editions had. With that said, I hadn’t paid much attention to what the DLC for Hyrule Warriors had been. Does the extra content make the Definitive Edition worth it? How much have I missed when it comes to the DLC for Hyrule Warriors?

When it came to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it wasn’t a difficult decision to buy the Switch version despite us having the Wii U edition of the game. We knew what the DLC was and figured it was worth it for the Switch version. At that time, we were eager to get games for the new console anyway, and a Mario Kart game seemed like a no-brainer. However, I don’t feel the same way when it comes to HW: Definitive Edition.

On the other hand, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Definitive Edition of the game from reviews and first impressions I’ve seen around, despite it only being out for a few days. Will the port be better than the Wii U original? Again? That brings up the bigger questions as to why so many Wii U games are being ported to the Switch and why they are so much more successful than when they were on the Wii U.

The simpler question for today, though, is do I splurge and get the Definitive Edition of Hyrule Warriors?

 

Are you playing Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition? What do you think of it?

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Breath of the Wild Zelda Mod

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Legend of Zelda franchise is famous for its trio of characters that are routinely reincarnated in every installment — Ganon, Link, and Zelda. Princess Zelda has been the titular character for nearly every installment of the franchise, being present in at least name if not in person. This post is about a special Breath of the Wild mod that has been created by talented coders that place Zelda as the main hero of the story rather than a passive role.

 

While Link is the hero of the series, Princess (or Queen, depending on the game) Zelda is arguably the most important character. She is the driving force behind both Link’s and Ganon’s actions, with her power being Link’s strength and Ganon’s weakness simultaneously. Zelda plays a more passive role in some games while other games portray her as more active, such as Ocarina of Time when she dons her Sheik disguise or Skyward Sword as she goes on her own journey to discover the power of the goddess blood running through her veins.

With Breath of the Wild, Zelda is sealed away with Calamity Ganon, using the last of her powers to keep him contained until Link can appear to slay him. A couple of modders — WilianZilv and Skriller, and later Ainz — got the idea to mod the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild in order to be able to play as Zelda in Link’s usual role. The team has since grown to be more than 20 people, a team that was dedicated to enhancing the mod — giving Zelda appropriate dialogue, music changes, new outfits — rather than just allowing players to switch character models. The mod, and all of its enhancements, were made with a Wii U copy of the game, and the modders have a discord channel to discuss updates and future features of the mod.

Various videos on YouTube have shown this mod in action. Seeing this mod begs the question: would you play a Legend of Zelda game as the titular character herself? Link is a huge part of the franchise, but I think it would be interesting to play as Princess Zelda — or Sheik or Tetra or another of her aliases — and fully explore her potential with her magic abilities. She was always a favorite when she showed up in the Super Smash Bros. franchise!

Are you interested in trying this mod? What do you think of a Zelda-lead game?

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Friday Favorites: Wii U Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

With the Switch out, not many folks are talking about the Wii U. The Switch seems to be everything that the Wii U tried to be, with all the game ports and the gamepad screen. Truth be told, our Wii U is usually used for Netflix and YouTube nowadays, but there are still some games that we enjoy turning on from time to time.

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Hyrule Warriors

If there are Legend of Zelda characters in the game, I’m going to buy it. This game was tons of fun, playing as multiple characters from the Legend of Zelda franchise, most that you would never get a chance to play as otherwise, and just slashing through hoards of enemies with a wide variety of weapons and magic. Character- and weapon-wise, Hyrule Warriors is much more diverse than Fire Emblem Warriors, even if it didn’t have as much options when it came to directing allies in the battles themselves.

Super Mario Maker

How could you not get excited about this game? The announcement that you could create your own Super Mario levels to share with the world was astounding. The sheer creativity and the simplicity of making your own levels was amazing.

Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

I’m a sucker for Legend of Zelda games, but Wind Waker was one that I was skeptical about. When it came out for the GameCube, I was in the camp of players that was a bit confused about the different art style. I didn’t mind it, but when Twilight Princess came out, I abandoned Wind Waker in favor of Link being able to turn into a wolf. When Wind Waker HD came out, I was more than ready to give it another try, and I enjoyed it on the Wii U.

What are your favorite Wii U games?

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Nintendo Wii U Versus The Switch

Nintendo Wii U VS the Switch

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The Nintendo Switch had a lot of pressure put on it, considering how poorly in sales the Wii U did. The Switch itself is going strong, partly due to all of the games — both first-party and third-party — that are scheduled to appear on the console, something that the Wii U did not have. Yet, a handful of the Switch’s best selling games are Wii U ports.

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I think the Switch is mainly what the Wii U didn’t–and couldn’t–do. For example, they put so much hype into the gamepad so you could play the game “on the go.” Yet, it only lasts about three feet. Now we have the Switch, where you can literally take it anywhere. And not only that but play it anywhere with friends or yourself as a handheld.

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The Switch definitely has the portability that the Wii U failed with. With the ported Wii U games, Nintendo does seem to be hyping up the Switch to be the better Wii U. Along with the updated version of Mario Kart 8 on the Switch and Pokken Tournament coming to the console in a couple of months, the Switch has games promised throughout the rest of the year and beyond, a far cry from the scheduled list of games that the Wii U had gotten.

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When the Switch was announced, we wanted to play through a few of our Wii U games because we knew we would be focusing on the Switch. When we went through our games, we realized that we really didn’t have a lot of Wii U games. Yet, we use our Wii U all the time. However, at this point, we mostly use it for Netflix and YouTube.

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Yes, YouTube seems to be the Wii U’s greatest workout, haha! Honestly, we’ve even used the original Wii’s Virtual Console more than the Wii U. We still have a few Wii U games that we haven’t tried just yet, due to us being focused on the Switch. Still, the Wii U had some great games, and I’m curious as to what else Nintendo may port over to the Switch. I’d be surprised if there were no plans to bring over the Super Smash Bros. franchise onto the new console.

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Yes, we still have quite a few Wii U games to play through. But the bottom line is, Kris, which console is your favorite?

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I’m quite enjoying the Switch, but it could also be because it’s still new and shiny for us. I’m loving Breath of the Wild and the extra content of Mario Kart 8, and the Joy-Con are fun, easy to use controllers for the games. The major downside of the console, however, is the price. Not just for the main console itself, which wasn’t too bad, but for all the accessories. What about you?

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As of right now, I’d have to say the Switch. Mainly for the same reasons you just said. But, while the Wii U got a lot of backlash and I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of it, I absolutely love the Wii U. Not just because of Netflix and YouTube, but I found the overall console to be great and they had a lot of good games for it as well. It reminded me of the 3DS, which I love. Even with the Switch, I’m sure we’ll be playing our Wii U for a long time to come.

Which console do you think is better? Let us know in the comments below!

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First Thoughts: The Girl And The Robot

The Girl and the Robot

The Girl and The Robot originally came out for Steam in 2009. It was recently released for the Nintendo Wii U on May 25, 2017. We got a free digital review code from Miketendo64. Thanks, guys!

With all that being said, we’re about halfway through the game. Yet, we’re still not quite sure how we feel about it.

The game is certainly adorable, but there’s hasn’t been a storyline thus far. We’ve been getting bits and pieces here and there about what might be going on, but it’s all just guessing. But, in a way, that makes the game more intriguing. We don’t know what going on, but we’re speculating and want to play more in order to find out.

Actually, it’s kind of similar to Elliot Quest in that sense.

The main downside of the game are the controls. They’re very “clunky” and stiff. It’s hard to control the characters and the camera alike. Kris mentioned that the controls feel like a robot. Which, if that was the case, is a clever way of doing things, but it makes the gameplay frustrating, especially when you’re in a battle.

We wonder if the controls would have been easier on Steam rather than the Wii U gamepad. Still, we’re making progress and overall, we’re enjoying the game.

We can’t wait to share our review on Miketendo with everyone.

Have you played this game? What did you think of it?

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Mario Kart Switch

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

When Kris and I talked about Nintendo Direct from last week, we touched upon Mario Kart 8 Deluxe briefly. And it got me thinking.

 

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has some cool new features that 8 on the Wii U didn’t have. I believe there may be a few new characters as well as some new items. There’s also an improved Battle Mode.

Not to mention, the Deluxe version will include all the DLC that came out on Mario Kart 8. This doesn’t sound enticing to the people who have already bought all the DLC, but Kris and I, even though we said we would, never bought any of the DLC. So we’re getting something out of it.

We pre-ordered the game and I’m excited to get my hands on it, even though we’ve basically already played it.

While I’m happy with a deluxe version of the latest Mario Kart game, I think I still would have liked a new version of Mario Kart.

Mario Kart 9 or, perhaps, Mario Kart Switch?

Everyone remember Mario Kart: Double Dash for the Nintendo Gamecube from way back in late 2003? That was a great game!

Kris and I would most always be on a team, her being Daisy and me being Yoshi. She would drive while I tossed the items and hit people with my tongue. We had a lot of fun and had some great memories from that game.

The point of the Nintendo Switch is to “switch” things up, take it with you, and play with friends. I think a remake of a Mario Kart game where the main premise was to be on a team and “switch” drivers and item-throwers in the middle of a race would be a great idea for the new console.

With the technology in the Joy-Cons, I’m sure there are plenty of ways they could have improved the game with new tracks, karts, and characters.

Why remake a game that’s three-years-old when you can remake a game that’s based on teamwork that’s 14-years-old?

Like I said, I’m happy to be getting a new version of Mario Kart 8… but I still would love to see an updated version of an old classic Mario Kart game, Mario Kart: Double Dash.

Sign me on, Nintendo! I have too many great ideas to pass up.

What do you think of this idea? What are your thoughts on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Are you getting the game? Let me know in the comments below!

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Game Review

Title: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Company: Nintendo 
Console: 
Wii U
Release Date: 
November 13, 2014
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I bought itgameplayCaptain Toad is an easy game to maneuver around. You go from one puzzle to the other through the pages of a book being able to go through one puzzle at a some. Sometimes, two or three puzzles would pop up, but you’d still have to beat all the puzzles in front of you in order to unlock the next one.

Some puzzles were locked through the diamonds that you collect throughout the puzzles. Each stage has three diamonds that you should collect. If you don’t, you’ll have to go back when you don’t have enough to unlock the puzzle in front of you.

Every once in a while, a gold card would appear that allows you to play a coin mini-game giving you a chance to collect an abundance of extra lives with each 100 coins you collect. Sometimes a blue card would appear and you’d be thrown into a maze with a mummy Toad chasing you. You just have to survive as long as you can collecting coins and extra lives along the way. I never got that far because I would start panicking.

The game was simple to control, as this is but a simple game. Toad and Toadette can’t jump, so you must rely on the camera angles to show you where to go next and to figure out how to get from one ledge to the next. If you want to kill an enemy, you have to either pick up a turnip from the ground and chuck it at them or drop down from a ledge above and squish them.

Each level has an abundance of coins, three diamonds, and a certain task to complete that you don’t know about until after you’ve gone through the level once. Sometimes it’s to find the hidden gold mushroom, other times it’s to kill all the enemies (or not kill any enemies at all), not take any damage, etc. If you collect all these things, you’ll “100%” the level.

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Being on the Wii U, the graphics for this game are pretty top-notch. Most stages are vivid and shiny while some others are dark being a ghost house or just set in the night. Everything looks real from collecting coins or showing the rain drops hit the screen looking like a window. The depth-perception of this game is crazy. Sometimes it was on my side, sometimes it was not.

As for the music, it was enjoyable and catchy. I often found myself humming along. However, I didn’t feel as though there was a wide range of music. There are a lot of levels and they’re pretty short, so the music doesn’t last too long. There were some stages that I think they recycled the same song. Which is fine, but I’ll admit I wanted more.

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The puzzles are broken up into three sections, three books. I like to think the books are Toad’s and Toadette’s journals of their adventures, though I don’t particularly know if that’s canon or not.

Each puzzle is a new page of the book, the first book you play as Toad trying to find Toadette as she and a star are snatched up by the main antagonist of the game, Wingo. In the second book, you play as Toadette trying to find Toad as he was taken by Wingo. It’s the same story, but from a different point of view with different puzzles. In the third book, you alternate every few puzzles playing as both Toad and Toadette as they try to find each other. In the end, you play as Toad in order to defeat Wingo for the third and final time.

The ending was my favorite. After the credits roll, a special ending sequence appears tying the game to Super Mario Bros. 3D World. Bonus puzzles appear and I haven’t played them yet, but I assume they’re more puzzles based off of the Super Mario Bros. 3D World game.

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This game is short and sweet. I beat the first book of puzzles within two hours and I’ll admit I was disappointed when the credits started rolling. I thought that was it. When the second book appeared, and then the third, plus the bonus, I felt a little better. But I still want more.

Even if you 100% the level, finding all the diamonds and secrets of each puzzle, there’s not much else to do. However, I would still come back and play every once in a while. It’s a simple, relaxing, game.

Plus, it’s utterly adorable and just makes you feel good.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

Have you played this game? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below! 

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