so happy to have the Nintendo Switch & Breath of the Wild!  PaxEast 2017  ugh, I really miss this sandwich from Catalyst Cafe  Animal Crossing Amiibo friends  love this gorgeous Smashbox Golden Hour palette  Matt reminds me of Umino here  we did a bad job at not eating Japanese before Japan  but how can you resist this green tea mille crêpe?  at least I maintained balance with a ride at The Handle Bar in Harvard Sq.
and  …we’re in JAPAN NOW. Be sure to check in on the instagrams that didn’t make it here!
I consider myself a Mario Party enthusiast. That being said, my mastery of the game is limited to Mario Party 2 and Pagoda Peak exclusively in Mario Party 7. I own others and I’ve played others in the franchise, but these are the ones I keep on coming back to: MP2’s Horror Land & MP7’s Pagoda Peak.
I scooped up MP10 and played through each of the game boards this weekend. That’s all I’ve done so far, though! I’ve not gotten in on the amiibo action… yet. Neither of the amiibo I have are compatible– sorry Kirby and Pikachu!
Here is my assessment so far:
Each game board has a start to finish. All the players move together. You collect mini-stars along the way. (Question: being that there are no discernible larger stars in the game, why do we call these mini-stars?) The most mini-stars wins.
What works for me: The mini-boss and boss battles are the most fun! I’ve enjoyed these games immensely, and that’s where my mini-stars really get paid out. I actually do appreciate that different games have different mini-star payouts, too. Unlocking Bowser with the roll of the dice block is a cute feature too.
What doesn’t work for me: Luck and chance have always been an element in Mario Party, but skill could always prevail. Even winning every single mini-game may not help you in MP10. The fact that there isn’t a mini-game after every turn is really what bugs me. Mini-games pop up randomly, so it can honestly be hard to rack up starts, especially if you’re not lucky enough to be the front player when you go through a mini-star-granting gate.
Now for the game boards:
Mushroom Park | A classic, lush-green game board with features of an amusement park. Pretty straight-forward play.
Haunted Trail | Hooray for spooky! The spooky ones are always my favorite. Boo is honestly a lot less menacing than he was in Horror Land. I love the aesthetic of this board, so I can see myself playing again and again.
Whimsical Waters | An underwater game board with a few different areas and the Dragoneel who grants treasure chests to passers-by. Having played through them all, I think this is my favorite thus far.
Airship Central | This game board honestly made my anxious. The ships switch in and out as you play through so the probability of landing on unlucky spaces is high.
Chaos Castle | Talk about stressful! There were a ton of obstacles on this game board making play quite long. Each stage gets harder as you progress. Bowser basically destroyed me/my mini-star count.
I’m looking forward to playing some more of Mario Party 10. There’s very little progression in these games; you just kind of play to play which keeps it fun for me. I’m definitely hoping to try some amiibo features as well!
As I’ve been saying, I took a bit of time off around Christmas to have a nice, long vacation. I got to enjoy the holiday in upstate New York with my family and I got to come back home, play video games (stayed tuned for ORAS progress tomorrow!) and of course, shop! I wanted to share with some of the new things I brought home!
Top Row: Santa Baby
Mom & Dad got me this classic Omega timepiece for Christmas/my birthday, which is fast approaching! | My awesome parents also searched far & wide for this Martha Stewart dachshund pillow! I’m obsessed with dachshunds. | Martha Steward does me good every Christmas. You know you’re old when you’re psyched to unwrap mixing bowls!
Middle Row: Nicole Spends Money
Every relative is supporting my coffee habit this year. I’m swimming in Starbucks gift cards! | I picked up Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl at B&N last week. I guess this is officially my first read of 2015! | I gave in and started my Amiibo collection last week with the purchase of Pikachu & Kirby!
Bottom Row: Always Accessorize
My brother got me the Alex & Ani skeleton key earrings from the Providence Collection! I’d wanted these so badly! | When he ordered them for me, these Sacred Stud Anchors came up under “you may also like.” He thought I would also like and got them for me too! And I really do! | I bought myself a FitBit Flex on New Year’s Eve. It’s taken me a while to be able to fasten it on myself and to get it to track my sleep, but now that I’ve figured it out, I really like it!
Well, Wednesday sure brought wonderful news to me in the form of a Nintendo Direct. First Hoenn remakes (my favorite pokémon generation), now Majora’s Mask (my favorite Legend of Zelda game) 3DS?! Nintendo really loves me.
“Something is on the way,” says Satoru Iwata, “and it isn’t just the moon.”
You can watch Nintendo Direct here on Youtube, but here’s what you need to know:
Majora’s Mask 3D trailer. That’s the first few minutes of the Nintendo Direct, and it is completely epic. It’s set to come out spring 2015. My question: how soon can I preorder it?!
Codename: STEAM for 3DS, in which Abraham Lincoln is a character. Awesome? This game is also available spring 2015.
Mario Kart 8 DLC. I already bought the combo pack of this and got my Yoshis and Shy Guys– I’m just waiting on the courses, karts, and characters. The first bundle featuring Link and a Legend of Zelda course is available November 13. Ahh so close!
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse! Y’all know I love Kirby when it comes to Smash, but I don’t think I actually own any other Kirby games? Anyway, I’m loving the idea of this Wii U game. Clay Kirby sounds like an uncontrollable mess that I am so, so down for.
Amiibo, little figures you scan for content that I never thought I’d need… well, I might actually need some. They do stuff for Super Smash, Hyrule Warriors, and Mario Kart 8, which are all games that I already own or have payed to own.
Sonic Boom is coming out very soon. I will probably pick this one up. It’s really just Knuckles that looks bizarre. There’s a new panel in StreetPass themed for the occasion!
Mario and Luigi in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. I honestly had no idea what this part was about and it was a little unnerving.
PIKMIN! I absolutely love Pikmin 3, which is sadly my first foray into Pikmin. It’s nice to see that Nintendo is still doing stuff with Pikmin. Shigeru Miyamoto has made a few animated shorts with these buddies that are available for download in the e-shop for $5. I’m down!
Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U looks absolutely insane and this became a must-have for me. I haven’t played Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii, but I am really interested in hunting down a used copy of that as well. This one’s coming out next year, hopefully.
Splatoon for Wii U gets it first new trailer since its premiere at E3. This game looks like a cross between Tony Hawk Pro Skater’s Graffiti mode and Portal 2 to me. The single-player mode seems secondary to the online multiplayer, but this colorful game is stuck in my head. It’s set to come out in Q2 2015.
So, basically, I’m throwing all of my money at Nintendo, as usual. Anything from this month’s Nintendo Direct strike your fancy?