Flashback Friday: Wii Fit

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone, the last of 2018!

With the end of the year comes time for new year’s resolutions! One of the most common resolution for people is getting fit, getting healthier, all that fun stuff, myself included. With that said, this month’s flashback is dedicated to Wii Fit.


The Wii Fit came out a little over ten years ago, back in May 2008 for North America, a month after Europe, while Japan had gotten the game in December 2007 (perhaps also in time for new year’s resolutions?). Reviews were generally positive, with the biggest criticism for the game being how some of the workouts were lacking in intensity.

Wii Fit included a balance board to help measure a player’s progress in the cardio, strength training, and yoga activities while keeping track of the player’s weight, height, and center of balance. Wii Fit has been praised for its use in nursing homes, for physical rehabilitation, and health clubs around the world, particularly for its help in improving posture and movement in the elderly.

I remember Rachel and I having fun with the Wii Fit. Rachel’s Mii avatar was so skinny due to her being rather small, and the Wii Fit had a difficult time trying to figure out a fitness plan since burning calories wasn’t exactly something she needed to do. On the flip side, one of our younger cousins cheated at the game. During one of the jogging levels, instead of keeping the wii-mote in her hand and pumping it as she jogged in place, she sat down on the couch and shook it. The Wii Fit was very proud of her jogging score!

Still, it was a fun way to get us all moving and seeing the Miis in all the random activities was amusing. We still have our Wii Fit board chilling in our den. I’m definitely interested in the Fitness Boxing game for the Switch, which seems to be a spiritual successor to the Wii Fit game with an emphasis on boxing!

Have you played Wii Fit? What did you think of it?

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Party Time

Double Jump Kris MiiI know Rachel posted last week about how our Nintendo 64 decided to retire when we had attempted to play Mario Party, but we were able to work around that last night…


One of Rachel’s and my favorite YouTubers BrutalMoose has a regular streaming schedule on Twitch (same username, if you wanted to check it out) where, every Friday, he plays Mario Party. It’s always Mario Party one through eight, randomly chosen with the computer characters’ skill levels also randomized, and it’s always a good time.

Aside from his Twitch streams, a few of our other favorite YouTubers have also played a bit of old-school Mario Party as well, which prompted Rachel and me to try to set up our old Nintendo 64 in the first place. That hadn’t worked out so well, as you may have read last week, but we did do a little research and realize that Mario Party 2 had been released on the Wii’s Virtual Console back in 2010.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I bought something off of the Wii’s Virtual Console. Nevertheless, about ten bucks later, we had Mario Party 2 up and running with me being Luigi and Rachel playing as Yoshi. Add in an Easy-skilled DK and a Hard-skilled Wario, and we were excited to play.

It was definitely a fun time, but it was hilarious to realize that, for the majority of the mini-games, we were groaning: “Oh, not this one!” “I sucked at this one!” “How do we do this again?!” “Goddammit, Wario…!”

If Rachel and I had RPG character-like stats, she would have a high Luck stat. She got fantastic dice rolls with the star space popping up close to her. I did well in the mini games and getting coins, but on the board itself, I wasn’t doing so hot. It came down to the point where it’d be okay if Rachel won instead of me — as long as Wario didn’t win, we were good (poor DK was sucking so bad that we didn’t worry about him, but we did end up feeling really sorry for him by the end of the game).

It’s a shame that the first and third Mario Party games aren’t also on any of the Virtual Consoles. Still, it was a really good time and an awesome trip down Memory Lane with the game.

Impulse Buys: Super Mario All-Stars

Double Jump Kris MiiAnd it’s Monday again. I have a busy week leading to a crazy weekend, so here’s to any sort of downtime I can find! I hope everyone else is doing well!

Rachel and I took a trip to GameStop the other day to pick up a couple of Arceus distribution card for the Legendary Pokemon giveaways for the 20th anniversary. Considering we feel bad just going in there to ask for a free Pokemon code, we tend to look around for a bit and more often than not buy something.

Rachel picked out a puzzle of the Johto region. I picked out Super Mario All-Stars for the Wii.

I remember having this particular game on the Super Nintendo, and I know exactly where the old cartridge is right now. It had four of the original Super Mario games, including Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels. It hit me with a lot of nostalgia, and I can’t wait to relax with the games and see how much I remember of them from when I was a kid.

God, I probably sound really old. But, hey, the original SNES game came out in 1993, and I wasn’t able to hold a controller until a few years later!

What about the rest of you? Ever had an impulse buy or have that one video game that just smacks you with nostalgia?


Top Tuesday: Favorite Consoles

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey, everyone!

It’s Tuesday again. I have another Top Tuesday for you all.

Remember when I talked about updated consoles last week? Well, I thought I would share my favorite ones.

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5. Xbox 360

As you’ll be able to tell from this list, I’m a Nintendo chick. However, I do love the Xbox 360. I never had an Xbox and I don’t have the Xbox One (yet). I’m sure when I do, the Xbox One may chump the 360, but I really can’t say.

The Xbox 360 is fun to play and easy to navigate. Even though I love Nintendo, it’s refreshing to play the 360 because it’s different from the Nintendo consoles, as it should be. The controllers are easy and comfortable, reminding me of the controllers when I little, not like the Wii remote and the Wii U gamepad today.

There’s a lot to do on the 360, even if is discontinued.

4. Nintendo Wii

I was amazed when the Wii first came out. The controller was unique and I was impressed by it. I thought the “new technology” was pretty cool. To have motion sensors was all the rage. I sound like a dork, but whatever.

Most of the games for the Wii were pretty good, too. I especially loved the virtual console on the Wii shop and the many different apps they had. My personal favorite was the voting channel. I probably played that more than anything else.

3. Nintendo Gamecube

An oldie, but a goodie. Kris and I must have a thousand Gamecube games. We used to play the Gamecube all the time. There weren’t too many games that we disliked on that console. We mostly played Mario Kart: Double Dash. We always teamed up together and had a grand old time.

Plus, the discs were so small and adorable.

2. Nintendo Wii U

The newest home console from Nintendo (although not for long). Of course it made the list. It’s updated, the games are amazing, it’s more or less the same as the number one console on this list, and the Wii remotes are compatible with it. Aside from the gamepad, we didn’t have to buy new controllers. Which was nice.

I’m still unsure about the gamepad… I do like it, but I think it’s weird at the same time. It was fun to try, but I kind of hope they don’t have a gamepad-like controller for the next home console.

1. Nintendo 3DS

I play my 3DS all the time. I download games from the EShop, I ask for EShop gift cards, I have a ton of 3DS cartridges, I bring my 3DS along with me to Nintendo Zones and GameStops and the like for the StreetPass, I can change the background of the main menu… What is there not to like about the 3DS?

What are some of you all time favorite consoles?

Updated Consoles

Rachel Mii Double JumpHello, guys!

I don’t know about any of you, but Kris and I have a lot of video game consoles. I mean, you have to if you want a grand variety of games, right?

Of course, the consoles get old eventually. And then what?

The Xbox 360 was developed by Microsoft being released in November 2005. That’s almost 11 years ago. That’s a long time, right?

Well, the Xbox 360 was officially discontinued on April 20, 2016. While Xbox Live is still being supported on the 360, the console has run its course.

I got the 360 a few years ago (maybe in 2011 or 2012?) for my birthday. It’s the original Xbox 360, preowned. Yet it never gave me any trouble.

I tend to play more Wii games than Xbox, but I do have my fair share of Xbox games. I played it off and on throughout the years.

Now, being ten/ten-in-a-half years old, my Xbox has finally decided that it’s going to retire. Of course, I had no say in the matter. The other day Kris and I went to turn it on and it just decided not to. We tried to figure out why, looked up ways to fix it, but in the end… it’s old.

We’ve been thinking of upgrading to the Xbox One for a while, but haven’t. The 360 was working fine and we really didn’t feel like spending the money. Of course now it looks like we may upgrade sooner than we thought.

It’s funny because we’ve had the Wii since it came out and it still works just fine. We don’t use it too much anymore as we use the Wii U now, but it’s still plugged in and there if we ever need it.

Speaking of the Wii U, Kris and I had the original Wii U. It came out November 2012 and we got it for Christmas that year. However, it didn’t have much space on it.

Before we knew it, we had run out of space, it being only 8GB.

A few months ago we traded it in and got a 32GB Wii U, the Mario Maker bundle. We didn’t think we were going to need a new console until the newest Nintendo console was released (meaning the NX).

It stunk replacing a perfectly good console just because it wasn’t able to handle the amount of games we wanted to play… I mean, that’s what the console is for, right? To play a lot of games?

The NX is supposedly being released in March 2017. It’s not near the holidays so Kris and I can’t ask for it for Christmas, like we usually do. Kris’s birthday will have already passed and mine won’t be for another six months. Usually we ask for new consoles as gifts, but we won’t be able to for the NX.

Seeing how the consoles are always updated and upgraded, I wonder if will be worth the wait? Maybe instead of splurging and buying the Nintendo NX when it comes out, I should wait for my birthday or Christmas. Maybe in those few months they’ll come out with another NX that will have more space on it. Maybe some possible glitches will be fixed by then.

Who knows?

Home consoles can last a lifetime. At the same time, they seem to need to be updated a lot. How do you feel about that? How’s your luck been with your consoles?

First Games I Completed Myself

Rachel Mii Double JumpHi everyone!

When it comes to playing video games, we all have to start somewhere. As for me, I watched Kris play all the time. I typically didn’t play the games myself.

However, I did eventually branch out and play some games myself. Here are some games that I completed myself… and that was a big accomplishment for me.

Animal Crossing

The original Animal Crossing game for the Gamecube. Kris got it as a birthday gift. The person who gave it to her thought, “Kris loves video games. Kris loves animals. Animal Crossing… perfect!”

She liked the game, but it wasn’t her favorite. She didn’t get into it enough to play all the way through. I did. And I’ve been playing the Animal Crossing games ever since.

Animal Crossing is a very easy game. You create a town, fish, catch bugs, becomes friends with your animal neighbors, and overall try to keep everyone happy. The main point of the game is to make money so you can pay back your house debt. There are side quests such as collecting all the fossils, fish, and bugs, for the museum as well as collecting all the furniture and such for you home and make it the best that you can.

If you’re talking like that, I didn’t 100% the game. But I did go as far as I could when it came to upgrading my house. I no longer have anymore debt. When that happens… well, nothing too special happens. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed at what I got when I was finally debt-free for the rest of my life.

Either way, I count it as a win. It was the first game I completed myself.

Luigi’s Mansion

The idea of ghosts freaks me out. I totally believe ghosts exist and that scares me. Even if they are friendly ghosts, it’s still freaky to me.

Yet I love Luigi with all my heart, more so than I love Mario, so when a game came out for the Gamecube that revolved around Luigi, I was excited.

Luigi “wins” a contest (a non-existent contest) and gets a free mansion. A haunted mansion. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Of course, the tables have turned and Mario is kidnapped by these ghosts. Luigi has to go and save his older brother, the savior of Mushroom Kingdom. Luigi goes through the entire mansion sucking up ghosts with his vacuum clearing the haunted mansion of the many different kinds of ghosts that appear.

It’s a simple, but wonderful game that I could play over and over again. I was excited when they came out with Dark Moon for the 3DS and I eagerly await a third installment for this series.

I’ve completed Paper Mario myself, which I’m sure you all know by now. That one was for the Nintendo64, but I didn’t complete it myself until I bought it on the WiiWare on my Wii.

And of course, I’ve completed various Pokemon games myself. Though I thought those games were too obvious to list.

What were some of the first games that you completed yourself?

I Have a Confession

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey, it’s Rachel.

Yesterday Kris and I talked about the wonderful lore of The Legend of Zelda games.

I thought now was as good a time as any to confess something about me and the Zelda games.

The Legend of Zelda is one of my all-time favorite video game series.

I can list my top 5 favorite Zelda games to you. I know absolutely everything (or mostly everything) there is to know about Zelda. Skyward Sword is on my top video games list.

Here’s the thing: if you know me then you know that I have Second Player Syndrome. With that being said…

Confession Time:

I have never played any of the Legend of Zelda games on my own.

True story. I’ve started playing Majora’s Mask for the 3DS, A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS, Oracle of Seasons/Ages for the Gameboy Color, and I’ve even played bits and pieces of Skyward Sword for the Wii.

I never got very far in any of them, though. Not because I didn’t enjoy the games, but just because I get busy and forget to go back to it.

I’ve seen all of this games played from start to finish. This is where my Second Player Syndrome comes in… I’ve watched Kris play all of these games.

I grew up watching her play video games and to this day I still love watching her instead of playing the games myself.

Someday (soon) I hope to play through and actually beat all the Zelda games. But as of right now, I only know what I know because I take the backseat when Kris plays.

Top Tuesday: Mario Games

Hey everyone!Rachel Mii Double Jump

For this Top Tuesday’s post, I’ll be talking about my favorite Mario games.

Mario is probably one of the most beloved game franchises of all time and I, like most of you, have grown up playing Mario games.

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5. Super Mario RPG

I have to admit that I’ve never actually played this game myself. Suffering from Second Player Syndrome, I always watched Kris play it. Though I do love the game.

The old school graphics, the fun and upbeat music, new unique characters, and interesting villains is why this game is one of the best.

4. New Super Mario Bros.

I used to always play the old school Super Mario Bros. games with my sisters when we were younger. The original games are obviously awesome, but I love the remakes just as much.

The controls can be slippery sometimes as the characters tend to slide around a lot, but I think that makes it much more fun. I don’t know about you guys, but we can never keep our footing making the game that much more difficult. Plus, you can pick up your teammates and throw them off the edge just to piss them off.

3. Mario Kart Wii

Who doesn’t love a great kart racing game? Mario Kart has been around for a long, long time and I have to say that Mario Kart Wii is one of the best.

The controls are fun and the courses are pretty and unique. I always seem to do better at the harder courses than the easier ones, my favorites being Rainbow Road and Wario’s Gold Mine. This is a great game for me to play with my friends because I win most of the time and… Well, who doesn’t love winning?

When it comes to any Mario Kart game, it’s not about fun. It’s about winning.

2. Super Mario 64

I have a love-hate relationship with this game. But I must love it more than I hate it because it made number two on this list.

The different level possibilities is probably my favorite part of this game. The old school graphics are refreshing to see and the story line is easy and simple. Mario is a pain to control sometimes and he doesn’t always cooperate, but that makes the game that much more fun and challenging at the same time.

Either that, or I just really can’t play the game.

1. Paper Mario

If you’ve read my Top Tuesday post about my overall favorite video games, then I’m sure you could have guessed that this would be my top Mario game.

From the first time I played this game, I fell in love. The characters are witty and funny, the music is catchy, and the graphics are great–you know, for it to be “paper” and originally on the Nintendo 64.

The story is just like any other Mario game where Peach is kidnapped. But I love how we can play as Peach, even if she doesn’t do much, and Twink was a fun addition to the cast. The different worlds are unique and fun to play as well as trying to figure out how to get to each world.

Paper Mario definitely takes the cake!

What’s your favorite Mario game?