Never Ending Backlog

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Those of us who love to play video games not only have thin wallets, but also tend to have a ton of games on the back burner. With so many fantastic developers and publishers, dozens of video games can be released monthly and it can be difficult to keep up with all of them. Joining Rachel and me in venting about our giant backlog of games is our good friend Justin over at TWOTALL4UFOOL, a fellow gaming and tech site as well as one of the hosts of the Game N’ Watch Podcast. Justin, thanks so much for joining us!

My pleasure. Thanks for having me.

Kris and I have been meaning to go through our video games and organize them. There are a lot we haven’t played yet, some of them we’ve had for a few years. These are games old and new. One that especially comes to mind is Has Been Heroes. It came as a bundle when we got our Nintendo Switch back in April 2017. We still haven’t had a chance to play it even though we’ve been close to starting it quite a few times.

That poor game, yes. Another Switch game that has been stuck on the back burner, surprisingly, is Octopath Traveler. It’s still fairly new, but with how much we enjoyed the game when it first came out, I feel bad that we haven’t finished the stories just yet. Justin, wasn’t the oldest game on your backlog list? Or is there a game you’ve been anxious to play but just haven’t gotten the chance yet?

For me I’m stuck right now on Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4. So everything I’ve been playing before that is either on the back burner or I haven’t opened up. God of War is on the back burner. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is also on the back burner. Mario Is Missing…. I mean Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is on the back burner. Sometimes I tend to start games and just not finish them. But right now in terms of games that haven’t even been taken out of the plastic are Octopath Traveler, and believe it or not a PS3 game. Assassin’s Creed Rogue. It’s pretty old now. But I really wanted to play that game but I got in around the time I got my PS4. Kind of bad timing but I hope to get to it soon. Too bad the PS4 doesn’t have backwards compatibility. LOL!

Wow, you’ve got a lot. I can’t believe you haven’t played Dark Moon . Though I can’t say anything because my backlog is just has big. It’s partly why I’ve been reviewing Nintendo DS games lately. I’ve been trying to catch up with games I’ve never played – even though I’ve had them for years – or games I started a long time ago and just never finished. We too had a couple of PS3 games that haven’t been opened… in fact, we haven’t even turned on our PS3. The backwards compatibility is the same problem we have with our Xbox One. All our 360 games that we haven’t touched can’t be played now.

Glad we’re not the only one with PS3 games on our backlog! Backwards compatibility was always something I appreciated from Nintendo and, despite how awesome the Switch is, I’ll admit that I was disappointed when I first heard the Switch would not have backwards compatibility. Now there are a quite a few Wii U games that were ported to the Switch, which is great, but I’m not willing to spend money to buy a second copy of them just to play on the Switch. New consoles don’t seem to help our backlogs, haha!

So will you two be picking up New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe? I know that this month is going to be a nightmare and just add to my backlog. There are so many fantastic games coming out. Super Mario Party, WWE 2K19, Red Dead Redemption II, Mega Man 11. The list goes on and on.

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I would personally love to pick up New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. I love those games and they haven’t come out with them in a while. However, it probably won’t be the first thing we pick up. October and beyond is going to be rough – on the backlog and on the wallet. I’m waiting for Super Mario Party and Luigi’s Mansion 3DS for this month. There are a few others I’d love to try but know I won’t get to right away.

I’m not too excited about New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, I’ll admit. Those games are fun with company, but they don’t hit any of my top video game lists. Super Mario Party is what I’m mostly looking forward to this month. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey seems interesting too. It’s a series I’ve wanted to try, and we do have a few titles that were on our backlog for our Xbox 360. We never got a chance to try the games before our 360 got the red ring of death. I have to double check and see if any of the titles are backwards compatible now. If they are, our backlog list will grow!

Those Assassins Creed games on the last gen consoles are amazing. You should definitely check them out. Sorry about the red ring of death by the way. I have a road map of games I would like to buy from now to end of the year. They include Mega Man 11, WWE 2K19, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I feel bad I will be playing more games before I even get to Octopath Traveler. Smh.

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As mentioned, Octopath Traveler is a game that we’ve started and reviewed but we haven’t had a chance to finish the game. There are so many we own and want to play, let alone the games coming out in the next few months. Octopath is definitely one I want to get back to soon though. I also have a few older games on my backlog that I want to try to work my way through. Games such as my DS and 3DS as well as the NE and SNES Classics.

That’s the same problem I’m having with God of War right now. I’m more than half way through Spider-Man so I hope to get back on it soon. If WWE 2K19 doesn’t take up too much of my time. Too bad playing video games isn’t my day job. LOL!

I remember you talking about God of War when it was first coming out. I’m sorry you haven’t gotten the chance to get back to it! There’s just so many games and so little time to play them all. I love how we talked about a lot of games not only on our backlog but games that will probably end up on our backlogs because of future games coming out, haha! Thank you again, Justin, for joining us on this post! Please go and visit Justin’s blog and be sure to give his podcast a listen! You can also find him on Twitter and Twitch!

Thank you two sistas for having me. It’s good to know I’m not the only gamer out there with a full backlog of games they’re trying to get through.

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It was our pleasure! We’ll definitely have to have you back again.

How many games are on your backlog? Don’t forget to give Justin’s blog come love!

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We Have an Xbox One

We have a very generous brother-in-law who decided to randomly gift us with a refurbished Xbox One. Not even for Christmas, either. Honestly, we think he just really wants someone else, aside from his friends, to play certain games like Rocket League and Sea of Thieves with, so his solution was to buy them for us, haha! We’re not complaining, though!

Our Xbox 360 crapped out on us a while ago. At the time, we didn’t know whether to buy another 360 or upgrade to the One because of the backwards compatibility. Then the Nintendo Switch was announced. Us being Nintendo girls, we decided that was a priority for us over an Xbox. Now, to our surprise, we have a first generation Xbox One.

We still have about a dozen Xbox 360 games and, sadly, only a few of them are compatible with the Xbox One. It’s something that we’re not too thrilled about with the Xbox family, not after we’ve been spoiled with the two to three Nintendo consoles before the Switch that did have the backwards compatibility. Now the decision to get an Xbox One or another 360 has been made for us!

I think part of me still wants to get another 360 mostly so I can say we own one and to collect them. But I’m happy we can say we own an Xbox One now. A few games that we were going to play through Steam we can now get for our Xbox. We’re eager to try Player Unknown Battlegrounds, Rocket League, and I may or may not try Hello Neighbor.

It’d definitely be nice for the games that can crossplay for whenever we want to play together. We’d rather have the same game for multiple platforms so we can play together when games don’t have simple options for Player One and Player Two.

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Now all we really need to do is make a list and start building a library of Xbox games. We’ll have to see what’s out there!

What games should we get for our Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below!

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L.A. Noire

Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s amazing that the Nintendo Switch came out just this year and already there’s over 500 games in the works right now that can be played on the console either through physical cartridges or digital downloads via the Nintendo eShop.

A game that’s gotten quite a few people excited is the anticipated detective game L.A. Noire.


L.A. Noire for the Switch will be out in North America tomorrow, the 14th. It’s an action and adventure game that places the player in the role of a hardened detective that solves murders. It’s rated M for Mature, a rating that Nintendo generally doesn’t deal with considering family-friendly the company is.

While any new game for the Switch is exciting, I’m unsure about this one. Rachel and I have the XBox 360 version of the game and… we didn’t get too far. We honestly bought it because, at the time, we were itching for a new detective-like series after having gotten hooked on the Ace Attorney franchise. L.A. Noire was definitely grittier than Ace Attorney, and we missed the epic music and characters from the latter series. Considering we didn’t use the XBox 360 too often, we also probably weren’t used to the controls either.

However, that was a couple of years ago. Perhaps this time around, if we have a little extra money to splurge, we’ll try picking up L.A. Noire again for our shiny Switch.

What about you? Is L.A. Noire something you’re interested in? Did you ever play an earlier version of the game?

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For the Love of Batman

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday!

It’s such a shame how quickly the weekend goes by, isn’t it? So many games to play, so little time… 

Can I fangirl for a moment over Batman?

I was introduced to the world of superheroes by my uncle (the same uncle who, incidentally, had introduced me to video games) with Batman: The Animated Series and a few of the older comic books. Batman himself is one of the most popular characters by DC, so it’s no surprise that there’s over 30 video games (and counting!) on various consoles starring the Dark Knight himself.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve played a Batman-centric video game. In fact, the last one I played was probably Lego Batman for the Wii with Rachel. Rachel has played and enjoyed Arkham Asylum and Arkham City for our XBox 360, and she wanted me to try them out, but the XBox 360 decided to stop working.

(On that note, if anyone has any advice or would like to share their opinions regarding whether or not Rachel and I should try buying another XBox 360, the XBox One, or just wait for the next generation. We have a slew of XBox 360 games, with not too many backwards compatible with the XBox One. It’s a dilemma.)

Now there’s Batman: The Telltale Series, the game that is being released in intervals as episodes. The first episode was released last month while the second episode is coming out tomorrow. Although the major platforms for the game are the Playstations 3 and 4, and the XBox 360 and One, it’s also available for PC.

Having a graphic novel-type adventure while playing as Bruce Wayne and his persona Batman (or vice versa, if you’re on the side of Bruce Wayne being Batman’s alter ego) sounds amazing to me. Compelling story lines and characters are so important to me in gaming, and this game looks as if it could deliver both.

I’m going to hunt around a bit for reviews before giving it a go, but I was curious if anyone out there has tried it out already? Any other thoughts and opinions on Batman: The Telltale Series?

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?

Game Galore

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey, it’s Rachel!

A couple weeks ago Kris and I talked about Impulse Buys.

Well, now that GameStop has the Pokemon code to add a new legendary Pokemon to your latest, we’ve been going into the store more so than usual.

I love GameStop, but I don’t go there too often because I know that I’ll end up buying new stuff. Stuff that I don’t necessarily need at the moment.

It’s May and this month for Pokemon 20, they’re giving away Darkai codes for your AlphaSapphire, OmegaRuby, X, and Y games. Most people go to GameStop, get the code, and put it in their game. They then trade the legendary from game to game to fill up their Pokedex.

Nope. Not me.

There are four games, I need four codes. I like to have every single Pokemon in every single game, not just a symbol on the Pokedex.

So Kris and I went to two GameStops last weekend. But of course, we always feel bad going there to grab a free code and then leaving. So we bought two new games, one at each stop.

We bought Assassin’s Creed: The America’s Collection. Neither one of us has ever played an Assassin’s Creed’s game. Kris wanted to give it a try and we didn’t know where to start so we just grabbed a random one. Sounds logical, right?

We also bought Batman: Arkham Origins. We have the first two games. I beat the first one and got halfway through the second one. Now I have to start playing it again so I can play the third game.

We’re going to new other GameStop locations this weekend to get the other two codes. Maybe we’ll end up buying more games… I wonder what we’ll get?