Friday Favorites: Super Mario 64 Worlds

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Last week, I talked about my least favorite worlds from Super Mario 64. While the game is not my favorite from the Nintendo 64 era, there is no denying how much it defined the face of video games!

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Cool, Cool Mountain

I enjoy snowy worlds. I think they’re generally really pretty to stare at and get lost in, and they tend to have some awesome music. Cool, Cool Mountain had a decent area to explore as well as a fun sliding race with the penguin. It was always amusing to have Mario leap off part of the level to land stuck face-down into the snow on a lower part!

Tick Tock Clock

Aside from having a fun title, Tick Tock Clock was a good challenge. The different stars were interesting to get and having the level’s speed correspond with what “time” was on the clock when you entered the world was a nice mechanic. The look and graphics of the level was a lot of fun, too.

Rainbow Ride

I really enjoy sky worlds and flying around — one of my favorite parts of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was soaring around on the Loftwing birds — and Rainbow Ride was no exception. Sure, the flying carpets were a little slow and could be annoying, but they were challenging and did great in showcasing the level.

What are your favorite courses from Super Mario 64?

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Friday (Least) Favorites: Super Mario 64 Worlds

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Super Mario 64 is one of those classic favorites among Nintendo fans. While it’s not one of my favorite games, I do have a good time playing it with Rachel. However, there are definitely some courses in the game that I would not miss.

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Hazy Maze Cave

Does anyone like this world? I feel as if this is the least liked level in Super Mario 64 from what I’ve heard on the Internet. The graphics and music don’t tend to grab me as some of the other worlds do, and every section seems mish-mashed together rather than feeling like an entire world on its own like the other courses.

Dire, Dire Docks

Generally, I’m not a fan of water levels at all. I can appreciate them — like the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s Water Temple, despite how much of a pain it can be — but having to deal with air meters and swim controls were never my favorite part of video games. At least the water levels have some of the best music in Super Mario 64.

Wet-Dry World

The mechanic of the water level being dependent on where you enter the painting is probably the only interesting thing I find about this level. Other than that, I just find it… blah. Even the area with the house-like structures fails to impress me. Other levels definitely have better secrets and challenges than Wet-Dry World.

What are your least favorite courses from Super Mario 64?

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Dive into Another World: MMORPGs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday and new year, everyone! Here’s hoping that everyone is planning great things for 2017, both for personal and gaming goals!

Rachel and I have been hard at work trying to improve this blog, to figure out bigger and better ways to connect to fellow gamers and writers. Because, honestly, isn’t that the point of gaming? Socializing and excitedly freaking out with your fellow nerds?

(Real talk, I’ve never understood where that old stereotype of gamers hanging out in the basement of their parents’ house alone came from.)

This year I would love to try my hand at more MMORPGs. Although they’re not required to enjoy the games, Rachel and I are comparing prices and reviews of microphones and headphones for such games so we can, you know, possibly communicate with other gamers (outside of the game’s chat system, of course).

I’m not entirely sure where to start. I used to play City of Heroes when it had been around, having tons of fun flying around, kicking butt, and teaming up with other players when I could. Back then, I was like Batman, working better alone if only due to my computer being just barely able to run the game. It wouldn’t have been fair to join a team of fellow superheroes only for my system to lag during an important battle.

Rachel and I were thinking of Lord of the Rings Online, figuring that it was a familiar enough franchise for us to dive into and play with each other. Star Trek Online is another world I would love to join. I would love to try perhaps World of Warcraft down the line, that kind of fantasy world being right up my alley. Overwatch is still on my list to play, too.

What about you out there — any MMORPGs that you enjoy playing? Any recommendations, for games or equipment?

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Friday Favorites: What’s Your Favorite Escape?

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone! I hope everyone has had a lovely Veterans Day, and that the rest of the weekend continues to be nice!

This year has certainly been… interesting, to say the least. There have been plenty of disasters, with some saying the latest is the presidential election, but there have been plenty of happy things too.

One thing that I love about video games grants us is the ability to escape reality for a little while. Want to save the world from a king who had been touched by the goddesses? Want to travel across the land to be the very best? Want to travel through pipes and ride dinosaurs to thwart a giant turtle? You can do all that and more in video games, and it’s glorious.

With that said, I definitely have favorite games to escape reality, with the notable ones from this year being the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Minecraft on the PC, Fire Emblem Fates, and plenty of others. Most of my favorite escape games tend to give me the power of the main character and help save countries, people, the world, something that I’m still trying to figure out how to do for our world.

While there are still plenty of games on my to-play list, I was curious as to everyone else’s favorite escape games. What lands do you travel to when reality becomes just a bit overwhelming?

 

Friday Favorites: Worlds to Live

Double Jump Kris MiiI love Fridays!

Everyone has had those fantasies where you live in a beloved video game world rather than reality. This week’s Friday Favorites list is to celebrate those certain worlds that I would love to at least visit.

Hyrule

No matter the reincarnation, Hyrule is always a beautiful place (you know, before and/or after the Ganondorf of that time takes over). The castle town always seems bustling, Kakariko Village is rich in history, and whatever quaint little hometown that Link comes from seems charming. Not to mention all the different races to get to know!

Mushroom Kingdom

Okay, so you probably have to deal with some sort of destruction caused by Bowser every week, but other than that, the Mushroom Kingdom doesn’t seem to be a bad place to live. The Toads are a friendly group of folks, the Mario brothers are always there to lend a hand, Yoshis are adorable, and Princess Peach seems like a benevolent ruler.

Harvest Moon

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to live in a Harvest Moon game? Quaint villages, working on a ranch of your own, plenty of (usually) friendly people to surround yourself with — it sounds perfect to me!

Pokemon

Seriously, who hasn’t wanted to be a Pokemon master? Having a group of superpowered creatures to travel throughout the lands with sounds amazing (as long as, you know, the world doesn’t play by the Nuzlocke rules).

What kind of video game worlds would you like to visit?