Pokemon: Red & Blue Rock Violin Cover

It’s been a while since we’ve had a String Player Gamer video up on this channel! We’re still enjoying his work, and thought that one of his latest videos would be appropriate around this time.

With the hype for Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, this cover of the Red & Blue theme was perfect. Rachel and I are also suckers for violin music, so that was another point in this video’s favor. We hope you enjoy this rock violin cover of the Pokemon theme song!

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Beach Nintendo Music

We’ve showcased the music mixes that a YouTuber who goes by Luigi has created before on our blog with his Winter and Holidays video mix.

This time around, in honor of summer around these parts, we’re showing off his mix of Nintendo music from beach and tropical inspired levels. Ranging from Animal Crossing, Mario Kart tracks, and Pokemon Sun and Moon, to name a few, this mix is certainly relaxing for the warmer weather!

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Super Mario RPG Barrel Volcano — Crazy Group Trio

Crazy Group Trio was discovered via Spotify when the music streaming service recommended the artist due to the covers and remixes of video game music that the artist creates. Super Mario RPG covers were included, something that was exciting to us!

Crazy Group Trio’s YouTube channel is fairly active, with music being uploaded a couple of times a week. The music ranges from several games, including Final Fantasy, Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Banjo-Kazooie. The piano arrangements give familiar video game music a fun, new twist.

Below is the YouTube video that shows off the piano arrangement for Barrel Volcano from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Flashback Friday: Goof Troop

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone! I hope everyone’s May was good! This year is going by so quickly.

This month’s Flashback Friday is celebrating a game that Rachel used to ask me to play with her when we were both much younger. It wasn’t a game that held my attention too long, with me preferring Ocarina of Time or Super Mario RPG. However, we did have a good time with Goof Troop when we did play the game!

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Goof Troop was released in North America in July 1993 by Capcom on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was based off of the cartoon of the same name that aired around that time. An action-adventure game, it was capable of being multiplayer with one player controlling Goofy while the second player controlled his son Max. Goofy is slower than Max but can deal more damage.

The story is fairly simple, if a bit silly, but on par with the cartoon that the game is based on. While on a fishing trip, Goofy and Max witness their friends Pete and PJ get kidnapped by pirates. Figuring they should go and save them, Goofy and Max go through five areas on Spoonerville Island until they confront the pirates and free Pete and PJ. The game itself got average reviews, but it was agreed by most critics that the game was fun, even if it wasn’t very long or involved.

Rachel and I had fun with the game, mostly due to the game’s puzzles that were made for two players. In fact, the game’s few criticisms came from the single-player mode, when it was tedious from trying to complete puzzles that were meant to have more than one person solving them.

Of course, Rachel and I also had great fun sabotaging each other against the pirate enemies instead of working together! We were reminded of this game due to one of our favorite YouTubers making a video on it. If you’d like, check out Jirard the Completionist’s video of it:

Did you ever play Goof Troop? What did you think of it?

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Of Nintendo Labo

Double Jump Kris MiiThe start of another week, and April is nearly over. On the plus side, it’s finally almost resembling spring where I am!

We’re still getting back into the swing of things after being on vacation last week. One of the items on our to-do list was to take stock of our games and try to get back into a relaxing routine of gaming… Naturally, I went on Amazon to see what I could buy.

Last week I wrote up a post about Kingdom Hearts and got quite a few positive responses saying, “Yes, get it!” So, hey, I had a gift card to Amazon and decided may as well spend it on one of the games to try to get into that series.

nintendo-laboAlong with Kingdom Hearts, though, I was also looking up Nintendo Labo. I’ll admit, upon first seeing the advertisements for these cardboard accessories to a Switch game, I was skeptical. It all seemed cute, perhaps more for kids (although, the robot looks pretty cool), and wasn’t exactly something I was gearing up to get. Seventy dollars for a variety kit of cardboard was a little steep to me.

Yet, it came up on Amazon and I was like, “You know what? Into the cart it goes!”

So we’ll be getting the Nintendo Labo variety kit in a couple of days. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have gotten it if Rachel and I hadn’t watched Mr. Panda’s YouTube video where Alex and Tiffa unbox the variety kit and give a little insight to the product. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s right here for you to enjoy:

Rachel and I are excited to try it out for ourselves and to let you know what we think of the kit as well!

What do you think of Nintendo Labo? Do you have one or both of the kits?

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Hero of Our Time – NateWantsToBattle

So, Spotify’s Daily Mix playlists are fairly spot-on. Lately, they’ve been creating two mixes for me based on video game music (apparently I listen to enough to warrant the need for two mixes). Due to listening to the likes of Big Bad Bosses, Spotify eventually threw “Hero of Our Time” at me by NateWantsToBattle, or Nathan Sharp, one of the members of Big Bad Bosses.

I fell in love with the energetic beat and the, “Go, hero, you can do it!” message of the song. The song itself is part of an album of original songs that Nate published dedicated to the Legend of Zelda series. He also has albums of Pokemon songs, as well as covers of hit songs and albums of his original work.

We hope you enjoy this song, as well as Nate’s other work if you choose to go and take a listen!

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Canada’s EGLX 2018

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Alright, where to begin?

This past weekend we had jetted off to Canada for their Enthusiastic Gaming Live Expo, or EGLX. It set our nerves on fire, as neither one of us have ever gotten the chance to go to a video game expo before, let alone fly out of the country!

Our main reason for going, aside from video games (duh), was due to the majority of our favorite YouTubers being guests at the expo. We figured that this kind of opportunity wouldn’t present itself very often, so we braved through whatever anxiety we had when it came to airplanes, hotels, passports, and whatever general adulting we needed to do to travel to a different country and went.

It was one of the best things we’ve ever done.

We had gotten a weekend pass to fully enjoy the experience. The place was packed, especially on Saturday. In the middle of the hall was a giant stage with four sides, each with a jumbo television to broadcast the tournaments and shows, such as Super Smash Bros, Halo, and Hearthstone. A screen for speedruns of games was set up in the back, rows of computers took up a side of the room for Rocket League and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and the other side of the room was filled with booths for artists and indie game developers. Right down the middle were old arcade cabinets and televisions set up with games from Nintendo 64, the GameCube, and the NES.

We spent a lot of our time in the retro gaming area, having tons of fun with the old games like Mario Kart 64 and Double Dash. The artist alley was also a great time, and we’ll be showing off all the cool merchandise that we got from there.

Hidden Block and Normal Boots are the YouTubers who headlined the main shows on Saturday, with the two groups of friends going against each other then pro player Allister Singh in Pokken Tournament DX. The two groups then played a hilarious Family Feud-style game using answers from a survey that had been put out to fans a couple of weeks before the expo.

Hidden Block and Normal Boots each had a Q & A panel throughout the weekend, and we went to both of them, enjoying the banter between the guys as they listened to and answered questions from fans. They were all delights, and very nice whenever we got the chance to speak or see them. We didn’t talk to many of them for long, not with how many other fans they had, but we did get a couple of pictures with a few of them.

Then, of course, there was the hotel and the room service that we got used to over the weekend, haha! It was an utterly fantastic weekend, a trip that we certainly wouldn’t mind taking again.

Have you ever been to a gaming expo? Which ones would you like to go to?

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