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Nintendo, Rick Mobile, & Bridal Squad

If you liked yesterday’s post, you’re in luck!  You can watch us shop the Nintendo x Uniqlo collection in real life!  Also, we see the Rick Mobile (from Rick & Morty) and I get my bridal squad together for something exciting…

Uniqlo x Nintendo

I’m having trouble finding the words for how perfect these Nintendo tees for Uniqlo are.  I mean, one of my favorite stores plus my absolute favorite game company… could anything be more made for me?

I have to give the credit to my fiancé for alerting me to this one.  Between the two of us, we could’ve easily bought this whole collection.  Here are my favorites!

Top Row: Pikachu Print (women); Boo print (women); Donkey Kong print (men), Animal Crossing print (kids)

Middle Row: Pikachu (men), Kirby (kids), Donkey Kong (men), Mario & Luigi pipe pocket (men)

Bottom Row: Super Mario Star (men), Pokéballs (kids), Legend of Zelda (men & women), There’s One Left Pikachu (men)

All the best tees are really the kids one, but I can try my luck at fitting in men, women, and kids!  To see them all, check out the Uniqlo site.  To see what we picked out, check out the vlog coming up tomorrow!

Which are your favorites?!

 

Vans x Nintendo

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Guys, my package from Vans arrived this week and I cannot wait to rock these kicks all weekend!  I may have already worn them to work this week.  Obviously, I’ve been scouting out the Vans x Nintendo collaboration for a while and I finally pulled the trigger when I spotted these Princess Peach sneakers in person.  Vans stores didn’t have my size, but I tried on another pair in store and ordered them online.  Now that they’re here, let me show you a few of my favorite things from this collection.

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Links for a New World [01]

Links for a New World is a feature in which I share a bunch of links to things around the web that are relevant to my interests.  It’s your weekend reading list!  The name comes from a musical… for no particular reason.

 

My pumpkin friend from last weekend's adventure!  Stay tuned for this post next week.

My pumpkin friend from last weekend’s adventure! Stay tuned for this post next week.

  • Who Said it: Chandler or Xander? – This Buzzfeed quiz is surprisingly difficult!  I don’t think there are two shows I’ve seen more times than Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Friends, and yet, I only got 11/15 of these correct on my first try.  How did you do?
  • The Carleton – I actually saw this clip on the news at work and nearly lost it.  I don’t watch Dancing with the Stars, but I do love The Fresh Prince of Bel Air!  I watched this whole dance and literally screeched when Alfonso busted out that move.
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Everything and the Kitchen Sink! – Grant Kirkhope made the excellent music for some of my favorite Nintendo 64 games including Goldeneye, Donkey Kong 64, and Banjo-Kazooie!  Here, he’s offering every song from the latter two basically for free.  You can name your price, download, and enjoy!
  • Daily Dachshund – We will likely not get away with any lists of links that do not include something dachshund-related.  My friend Julia sent me this link and I nearly lost it.  This pup knows how to relax!
  • 8-Bit Cinema’s Frozen – This is the first 8 Bit Cinema video I’ve seen, but I absolutely love the idea and will definitely be watching more.  Basically, this is what Frozen would look like if it were an old school video game.  The best part for me is the remixed music that pulls at the strings of my nostalgia!
  • Taylor Swift’s “Riptide” cover – Oh, T Swift, I can’t help but love you!  This cover of Vance Joy’s Riptide for BBC Radio 1 near brings tears to my eyes.  I would love to hear Taylor sing in the genre more often.
  • And finally, pumpkin! – Halloween is nearing, and if I had any outdoor space, I’d have a pumpkin bigger than that little baby in the bowl pictured.  If you want to be super creative when carving a big, orange, jack-o-lantern, try one of these pokémon silhouette patterns!  Seriously, someone try one.  I want to see!

Wii U Wednesday: Games!

When I brought my Wii U home, I brought 5 games along with it.  These games are: New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.

Because life gets busy, I’ve only played 3 of these games so far.  I wanted to leave a little fun for later, anyway!

The first game I tried out was New Super Mario Bros. U.  If you’ve read my other Wii U posts, you may have noticed I’ve been leaving off the “New” part of the title, perhaps out of stubborn refuses to recognize this as part of the title.  Since this was the first game I ever played for Wii U, I was expecting obstacles with the new gamepad.  It was, however, surprisingly comfortable to use and easy to master.  The thing that was difficult for me was that what shows on your TV screen also shows on your gamepad.  With my bad eyesight, I tended to keep my eyes on the gamepad instead of the screen farther away from me.  I can see how this would be a perk, because you can literally walk around and keep playing this!  I did think that it was an underutilization of the gamepad though.  You literally don’t need both screens.  Gameplay itself gives you a heavy dose of nostalgia.  There are some fun new features like the acorn power-up that gives you the ability to fly– not like Superman, but like Knuckles Sega’s in Sonic & Knuckles.

I also mentioned before that I was feeling a little ripped off by the fact that the two games that came with my deluxe set seemed like one game.  New Super Luigi U came on the same disc as New Super Mario Bros. U.  Admittedly, it took me a while to find how to access this other game.  When I did, I was again slightly disappointed that the intro was exactly the same.  It’s basically the same game minus Mario.  As promised, all the levels are different.  However, they’re kind of half levels?  Each time you start one, you get that hurry up! music indicating you have 100 seconds left.  This kind of made the levels easier to beat once you got used to it.  This music actually gives me anxiety so that was a bit obstacle to overcome.

The game I’ve played most, and obsessively at first, has been Pikmin 3.  I’ve never played either of the first two Pikmin, but I just knew this game was for me… and was I ever right!  I’m in love with the adorable little Pikmin army you command, but feel March of the Penguins sad when a couple guys get left behind or eaten in battle.  It’s so hard to watch those little guys get hurt!  All and all, I find the puzzle-solving quests for fruit super fun, and best of all, the game is on the TV screen while your gamepad becomes a map you must use to get around.  This is the first time I’ve had to use both, and it took a little practice to sync my eyes and hands up.  Once you’ve mastered it, the gamepad’s screen serves a real, important purpose and feels necessary, finally.  I’m super into Pikmin now, and would love to get my hands on the previous two GameCube incarnations!

So, based on my love of Pikmin, any recommendations for me?  It doesn’t have to be Wii U– I’ve still got Wind Waker HD and DK Country Tropical Freeze to test out!

I bought a Wii U

We all knew it was coming.  I even warned you.  After a particularly heinous week at work, bolstered by the sweetness of a tax return, I decided to treat myself and give into the Nintendo gods. I bought a Wii U.

I have never claimed to be a person of sound judgment.

I will proudly state that I am a Nintendo enthusiast.

Having officially made the decision a couple weeks back, I had been researching the best method of purchase.  Because I’m the kind of person who makes decisions based on which color I like, I knew I was going with the deluxe version, not the basic. The basic Wii U is white, 8 GB, and about $50 cheaper.  The deluxe version is black, 32 GB, and comes in a variety of bundles which include a game.

There is a Best Buy near where I work, and I happen to spy the Mario & Luigi Deluxe set.  It advertises 2 games included— Super Mario Bros. U and Super Luigi U.  Super Mario Bros. U is pretty much a given, right?  It’s like new Nintendo system 101.  I was additionally intrigued by Super Luigi U because I’ve been played Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon lately, which has kind of made me fall in love with Luigi!  At $299, this is the price of any deluxe set, and considering games run $40-$60 apiece, I thought two games sounded like a great deal.  To me, this put the system itself around $200, which I what I wanted to pay anyway.

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I went ahead and picked up this bundle and, because I’m clearly not about saving money, a bunch of games.  Why not go for broke?  I got:

  • Pikmin 3 — a game I’m super excited to play! I haven’t played any Pikmin titles before, but I’ve heard great things about this one, and from reading about them, it seems to be my type of game.
  • Wind Waker HD — because Zelda! I didn’t want to get the Wind Waker bundle because I already owned Hyrule Historia and I didn’t know what I’d need two copies for.  Buying this was a no brainer, though!
  • Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze — admittedly, I’m a little scared of this game.  I heard it was hard and I’m sure I’m going to suck. But I absolutely love DK and crew; I especially can’t wait to use Dixie again!  This might have been the game that pushed me over the edge to buy.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be having Wii U Wednesdays in which I’ll talk about my experience with this new system and games!

Oh, I also happen to be completely afraid of setting up electronics because I’m positive I’ll break them immediately.  I cried setting up my XBox 360.  No, I don’t know what is wrong with me.  Since I installed my TV and Roku in my room, I was pretty confident I could set up the Wii U tear free… but my friend was on standby incase I called him crying.  See how I did next week when I talk about bringing this baby home!