Wii U Haul

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Remember our New Discoveries post? Where we talked about realizing that we didn’t have as many Wii U games as we thought, and then listed a few new games that we would like to get and play? Well… Our wallets are lighter.

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We decided to splurge a little and treat ourselves. We got four games (one came with an Amiibo) for about $100. And we don’t need to tell you that that’s a steal. Nintendo games are in the $40-$60 range. So, four games and an Amiibo for $100? Yes, please.

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I believe we had gotten ones that we had mentioned on our New Discoveries post. One of the games I had chosen was Rodea the Sky Soldier…. mostly because it had a pretty cover. It seems to be set in cities and islands in the sky, and it boasts aerial combat, so it seems like we’ll be fighting in gorgeous locations while flying. I was sold.

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Plus, it’s something different that we wouldn’t normally play. I’m excited to try it out. One game I picked out was Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. We have Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii, but never got its sequel. I loved the classic Donkey Kong Country games that I was excited when they brought the games back in a new light. We haven’t beaten the first one, but I’m excited to try the next one.

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The Donkey Kong Country games starred in some of my earliest video game memories. We’ve heard good things about the newer games, as well. The second game I had picked out with Minecraft Storymode: The Complete Adventure. Rachel and I have recently started playing Minecraft ourselves on our computers, and this particular Wii U game was created with Telltale Series, the same folks who did Batman: The Telltale Series. I mainly got it out of curiosity with its familiar setting and game locations. It should be interesting.

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I think we’ll have a lot of fun with the Minecraft game. It’s new and fresh for us. My other pick was Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. This was a game I wanted when it first came out and just never got around to getting. It came with a Toad Amiibo, which was cool. In fact, I already beat the main story mode. It was short and sweet, but there are two other stories that I have yet to play through, so there’s more to the game than meets the eye.

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As cute as that game is, I think I would be a little miffed if the entirety of the game only took you about two hours to play, haha! We’ll be a bit busy with these new games for a while, not to mention our new Steam purchases…

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I was, that’s why I was glad it came with an Amiibo as well for the price. But I think the other parts of the game will keep me busy for a bit. Oh, yes. Then we splurged on Steam… Too bad we can’t just play games all day, huh?

What new games have you splurged on lately? Let us know in the comments below!

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Games I Have To Finish

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

With the Nintendo Switch coming out right around the corner, I’ve come to realize that I’ll be spending all my time playing new games.

Yet, there are so many other games that I’ve started, even reviewed on here, but have yet to complete them.

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1. Yoshi’s Woolly World

Kris and I have been playing this game together. We bought it with a love of Yoshi deep down in our hearts. And what’s better than a Yoshi? A plush Yoshi! This game was so much fun and adorable. However, once we posted our review of the game, we stopped playing to play some other games for review. It’s been a while and I would love to get back to it for some casual play.

2. Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones

Kris and I decided to “challenge” each other and picked out a game for the other play. A game we wouldn’t normally play. She chose Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones for me. I enjoyed the game and got about halfway through it (I think), but our deadline got the best of me and I have yet to complete it. I still plan to finish it in the near future. The game is hers, but it’s still mixed in with all my handheld games.

3. Mario Party Star Rush

This isn’t exactly a game you can “beat,” though I do want to do some more exploring of it. I also want to try my hand at the multiplayer mode because I think that would me much more fun than playing alone. I’ve played through all the boards and such, which is why I stopped playing. It was beginning to get repetitive and, in turn, boring. However, before I write my review of it, I want to play through as much of it as I can.

There are plenty of other games that I need to play through and beat, some that I haven’t played in a while (meaning, before we started this blog a year ago), but for now, these are the top three that I hope to finish soon.

Are there any games that you started and haven’t finished yet? Do you plan on beating them soon? Let me know in the comments below!

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Currently Playing: Paper Mario Color Splash

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I got some great new games for Christmas and I’ve started playing all of them so far. One of them being the latest Paper Mario game, one of my favorite game series.

 

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Paper Mario is one of my favorite game series. I absolutely loved the first game (and have played and beaten it multiple times) and the second game, The Thousand-Year Door is awesome, too.

The third game, Super Paper Mario, was good, even though it wasn’t as good as the first two. I wasn’t a fan of Sticker Star at all and have yet to play Paper Jam, even though that’s a crossover game and not 100% Paper Mario.

Each game has been going downhill a bit, so I was trying not to get my hopes up with Color Splash. Even seeing the trailers, I was skeptical because I knew it wasn’t going to be like the first two games.

However, I’ve been playing through the game bit by bit each day and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I have yet to touch Sticker Star again since I first got it and beat it (in only 20 hours, by the way), but I can see myself coming back to Color Splash and playing it again after I beat it for the first time.

The writing for the game is simply fabulous. It’s humorous and each of the characters are unique in their own way. And, a lot of them, have snarky, sarcastic attitudes. It’s entertaining, to say the least.

I love the gameplay, even though it’s different from the other games. And while I don’t like the battle mechanics, I can tolerate it.

I’ll be posting a review of this game in the near future, but I only have two of the six stars so far. One thing I noticed about this game is that it’s much longer than the other games in the series. But that’s not entirely a bad thing.

Have you played Paper Mario Color Splash yet? What were your initial thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

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Holiday Cheer

Double Jump Kris MiiChristmas is less than a week! Are you all ready for it?

Whether you are or not, be sure to spread goodwill and cheer to everyone! Keep the spirit alive and have a wonderful week!

With the holidays just around the corner, I thought I would spread a little cheer. Recently I read an article about a Best Buy store in New York spreading their own good karma with video games.

The store had a regular customer, a young teen who often stopped by after school to play video games on their display screens, most notably Super Smash Bros. Wii U. After seeing how often the teenager came into the store to play the demo, the Best Buy employees pooled their own money together to give the teen his own video game console, an “early Christmas present,” as one of the employees told the teen.

Not only did they gift the teen with a Wii U — a $300 value at their store — but they also got him his own copy of Super Smash Bros. Wii U, seeing as it was his favorite to play whenever he visited the store.

Considering the time of year and the less-than-ideal happenings around the world, I thought it would be nice to share this feel-good story of people doing something for others just because they can. Please feel free share your own feel-good stories!

 

Backwards Compatibility

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Rachel and I, although we’ve branched out a bit, are mainly Nintendo girls. I grew up with the SNES, after having watched our older sister dabble on the NES, and Rachel came along to join me with the Nintendo 64. Those old consoles and cartridges lasted years (and may still be kicking — Rachel, we should test them!), and when the GameCube, Wii, and Wii U came out… Well, we stuck by them. One of the best points was the backwards compatibility for the games between console generations. We didn’t have to abandon or rewire the old consoles in favor of new games.

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(We tried testing the old games the other night, but we were too lazy to set it all up, remember?) Anyway, Nintendo is great like that. This is definitely a reason we’ve stuck by them and their consoles for so long. Our Xbox 360 crapped out on us a few weeks ago and we’ve been hesitant on getting a new one. One, because the Xbox One S is a thing. Two, because not all the games are backwards compatible. It’s disappointing.

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I was extremely disappointed that there was no backwards compatibility for the Xbox systems. Naively, I thought that was a pretty standard feature of most consoles. Imagine my surprise when I learned that not only were the games not backwards compatible automatically, but they were only slowly incorporating the feature for select games. Now there’s a rumor that the NX may be a single-screen console/handheld, which means that it most likely won’t have backwards compatibility for Wii U games, which use two screens.

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It’s just not something you really think about. You assume because the technology is higher it can do just about anything. But it can’t. So we have all these Xbox 360 games sitting on our shelves and we may never be able to play them again. Or, we’d at least have to buy the game again, just for an updated console. As for the NX, that would suck. Although our Wii U is pretty good so I don’t think it would be that big of a deal for us.

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It’s such a waste with the games. We’re attempting to branch out with our gaming, but the console companies are making it a bit difficult. Perhaps if we are able to splurge down the line, we can get a nice used Xbox 360 for those games, but otherwise we’re probably going to see how the next generation, Scorpio, will be. We have had good luck with the Wii U, and the previous Nintendo generations, so I’m thankful for that.

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At this point in time, we’re just going to have to wait and see what the new consoles bring as we can get our hands on them. Only then will we be able to judge them.

What do you think about backwards compatibility for games?

Friday Favorites: Twilight Princess Side Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

As a few of you may have realized that I’m playing through the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U. It’s been a lot of fun so far, especially with all the quirky characters! That’s why this week my Friday Favorites is dedicated to my favorite side characters from Twilight Princess.

5. Queen Rutela

Besides the fact that I’m not partial to water levels and temples (seriously, the Zora architects who created the Lakebed Temple were assholes), I did like the Zora characters in Twilight Princess, especially Queen Rutela. Her design is amazing, and I like the fact that even in death she still cares deeply for her people and son.

4. Coro

Coro is the very chill guy that one meets near the beginning of the game close by the Faron Woods. He gifts Link with a free lantern to help promote his oil-selling business. I was always amused at this guy just relaxing in the middle of the woods, at the birds building nests in his hair, and at the fact that he thinks his older sister is scarier than Wolf-Link.

3. Renado

This dude is awesome. He’s a shaman who uses his knowledge to help out whoever needs it, he’s totally chill, and he had no problem stepping in to protect a bunch of children from another village when he was needed.

2. Telma

This amazing barmaid was always one of my favorites in the game. Aside from dishing out sass instead of taking any, Telma is progressive in her goals and has a kind nature, being part of the Resistance for Hyrule and helping out Ilia and the Zora Prince alike.

1. Malo

This kid (who apparently is only about five years old) has more business ambition that I’ve ever had in my life. Seriously, Malo is awesome with his dry humor, his shops, and the Malo Mart music is one of my favorite tunes from the game.

What are your favorite Twilight Princess side characters? Any that you particularly couldn’t stand?

Twilight Princess Playthrough

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

For the past couple of weeks, Kris and I have been playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Well… Kris is playing it. I’m watching. And laughing.

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Twilight Princess is a great game. Since we’re playing the HD version for the Wii U, it’s gorgeous.

We expected to do a review of the game last month, but the game has taken us longer to get through than expected. You know, between work schedules and other things, we haven’t been able to play the game as much. Then I went on vacation for a week.

We picked up where we left off when I got home.

Kris made it to the water temple, but only after about an hour or so after Kris died multiple times trying to escort Telma and Ilia to Kakariko Village.

I’ve never played through a Zelda game on my own, I’ve always watched Kris. I’ve tried a few times and never completed the games. Though I do plan to. Someday. At some point.

Then again, part of the reason I enjoy watching Kris play is because it’s funny, especially when she gets stuck.

Wrong or right, I’m her little sister. I’m supposed to laugh when she messes up. Especially in a video game.

There are plenty of parts of video games that we get stuck on and find it hilarious when it’s tough to get there. Are there any memorable scenes like that for you in certain video games?

Flashback Friday: Super Smash Bros.

Double Jump Kris Mii Happy Friday everyone, Kris here!

Goodness, it’s hot. What perfect weather to lounge by the pool, if you’re into swimming… or play video games in front of a blasting air conditioner!

 

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The first Super Smash Bros. game was released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64. I had never owned a cartridge of this amazing game, but I was enthralled with it when I was introduced to the game from my cousins and Blockbuster. It featured a total of 12 playable characters, four of which were unlockable.

Melee followed the Nintendo 64’s game for the GameCube in 2001, with Brawl for the Wii being released in 2008. The latest installment, Super Smash Bros. Wii U (along with a Nintendo 3DS port), came out in 2014. At the time of this post, there is a grand total of 58 playable characters for the Wii U installment, nearly five times more characters than the original Nintendo 64 game!

The Super Smash Bros. series brought about a different gameplay for fighting games. Rather than depleting an opponent’s HP bar, the main objective in Super Smash Bros. is to cause your opponent to fly off of the map. The more the opponent is hit, the higher the opponent’s damage percentage, and the simpler it is for said opponent to blast off again like Team Rocket.

Although skill and practice were needed to help win the matches, Super Smash Bros. also threw in many unique items and weapons to add even more chaos to the fights. If a Pokeball appeared, everyone stopped what they were doing to scramble to it in case it was a giant Snorlax come to wreck havoc on your enemies!

Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64 paved the way for a unique fighting game from Nintendo, allowing players to pit their favorite video game mascots against each other in battles of skill and luck. Along with Monopoly and Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. was a game that tested even the strongest of friendships.

Have you played the original Super Smash Bros.? How did you enjoy the game?

Single Player Mode

Double Jump Kris MiiHey everyone, Kristen here! I have quite a bit of time on my hands this week, so I was thinking about what kind of games I could play to pass the time…

Games have made tremendous stride in becoming great social activities, from multiplayer games in the living room to online games capable of allowing you to play with people from all over the globe.

Sometimes, though, it’s nice to be able to just a play a game by yourself.

Fire Emblem games are ones that I prefer to play by myself. They’re brilliant to talk about with others, and there’s a lovely fandom for the game, but if you’re just sitting next to the person playing the game, it’s not the most exciting. Rachel can testify to that!

Harvest Moon is another game that I prefer to play while hanging out alone. It’s so relaxing (usually), and I almost always get sleepy after a good virtual farming session.

Then there are games that are one-player games that should be multiplayer, like the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games. They’re utterly brilliant, and it’s so much fun trying to find clues and figure out how the crimes were committed with others. It’s not so much fun trying to cram together to stare over one Nintendo DS console to see the game.

What about you? What kind of games do you enjoy playing solo?

 

Games I Want To Play

Rachel Mii Double JumpYou know that thing called “time?” You know that thing called “money?”

Yeah, they get in the way of my video game playing sometimes.

It’s annoying.

Stardew Valley

This game is very similar to Harvest Moon in which you inherit a farm, grow crops, raise animals, and mingle with the townsfolk eventually marrying and having children. Harvest Moon isn’t something I normally play (I’m more of an Animal Crossing person), though it’s always been on my list.

Stardew Valley was created by one person and was put onto Steam in February 2016. It was picked up right away and seemed to instantly become popular. It’s about $15 on Steam and something I was to try, but I don’t have the money to be spending on a new game at the moment. I already have so many games to play that I already own.

But, it seems like Stardew Valley will be coming to the Wii U by the end of the year. Maybe I’ll get it for a Christmas present?

Pokemon GO

I think everyone is playing this game except me. I was super excited for it when I first heard this was going to be a thing.

But… on my cell phone? I would download the game in a heartbeat if this was on the e-shop for my 3DS.

While I will download it in the near future to try it out (because it’s Pokemon!), I just don’t have the time right now. I don’t want the game draining my cell phone battery and I don’t want to get addicted to it because I know that’s all I’ll do if I get the game.

Plus, I don’t want to find a Pokemon in the parking lot at my work and have to walk away from it because otherwise, I’ll be late.

I’m sure there are plenty of other games out there that I really want to try, but these games are the ones that popped into my head first. I mean, I can’t even walk into a Gamestop because I’ll feel guilty just browsing.

What are some games you want to play, but just can’t at the moment?