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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?!

 

Wii U Wednesday: E-Shop, or How I Learned to Love the Gamepad

I’ve frequented the Nintendo e-shop on my 3DS, but I prefer a physical game. I got a digital copy of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons thanks to preordering A Link Between Worlds. The other digital game I have is Four Swords Anniversary Edition, which undoubtedly was another fortunate free download for the Zelda fan.

I got an email a week or so ago notifying me that my Club Nintendo rewards points were about to expire. (Um, what? What good are they if they expire? This is the same reaction I had to finding out my plastic Charlie card, my subway pass I’ve had for the past 8 years, was about to expire.) I had to pick a reward in order to use up the points instead of losing them.

My pick came out of the Wii U e-shop. I selected my ultimate nostalgia game from my Super NES days: Super Mario World!  I was so pleased that it was in its original form with no edited text.

The DS remake said "crazed Iggy Koopa," but the SNES version differs.

The DS remake said “crazed Iggy Koopa,” but the SNES version differs.

is it weird that I always thought these were teeth, not clouds?

is it weird that I always thought these were teeth, not clouds?

Not only did I now have an old favorite that I could play on my newest system, but I found a whole new appreciation for the game pad. I complained about Super Mario Bros. Wii U having the same thing on screen and on the game pad, but there is a definite advantage to this: I can play exclusively on the game pad! I’ve played with the TV off, in another room, walking around, and while streaming Netflix on the screen. It’s like a giant game boy, and I freakin’ love it. It’s been a huge game changer for me, and I hope to make more use of the retro game selection in Wii U’s e-shop soon!  I’m hoping Super Mario Kart makes an appearance for Wii U as well.

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!

Yoshi’s New Island

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Yoshi’s New Island was released on March 14th.  I picked up a copy after work that evening, and played for a little while before going out to enjoy my Friday night.  On Tuesday, March 18th, I battled Bowser and beat Yoshi’s New Island!

First of all, let me shamefully admit that I don’t always beat games.  Unless it’s pokémon, I don’t typically have the time or attention span to play through.  I love video games, but I’m a 25-year-old with a full-time job and lots of TV to watch!

Second of all, this game is a joy to play, and truly, rather easy.  If I can do it, surely you can!

Gameplay:
Gameplay is definitely similar to Yoshi’s Island. I  hate the idea of Baby Mario and that first time I heard him cry out in Yoshi’s New Island, I decided to play the game without volume.  Yoshi is the star, though, and Yoshi’s cool.

The new addition is the giant Shy Guys who Yoshi swallows to create giant eggs.  The first time I saw one of the jumbo Shy Guys I was a bit alarmed, but they’re actually pretty harmless and this was a fun part of the game!

Yoshis:
As I mentioned before, I’m a sucker for colored Yoshis!  There are 8 different colored Yoshis in this game: classic green, pink, light blue, yellow, blue, purple, red, and orange.  Yoshi is able to transform into a helicopter, submarine, mine cart, bobsled, jackhammer, and hot air balloon.  These transformations came as kind of mini-games throughout the levels.  I enjoyed hot air balloon, mine cart, and bobsled.  Jackhammer and submarine were harder and I actually can’t remember helicopter… did I ever play it?

There’s also a new Super Yoshi mode, where grabbing a star basically turns Yoshi into Sonic the Hedgehog.  It’s not like Sonic, though, in that when Sonic gets dashing he’s able to fly through any obstacle.  Super Yoshi is harder to maneuver.

Bosses:
A boss battle occurred every 4 levels.  I actually loved them!  They were classic in nature: three hits to defeat while avoiding a barrage of attacks.  The attacks never really escalated so once you found the pattern you were all set.  The final level’s boss is Baby Bowser, who the hardest fight of the game, in my opinion.  After defeating him, you play the final boss: Bowser.  The Bowser battle was actually really easy and super fun.

Have you beat the game yet?
What did you think of Yoshi’s New Island?

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