Pikmin

Hey, Pikmin!

This may be late… and short… but it’s here!  Serious TGIF, friends.  I’ve been loving Hey, Pikmin! and desperately trying to soak up what’s left of summer.  I also do a couple out-of-character things in this vlog… see if you can spot them!  I hope you all have wonderful weekends!

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Bye July!

July’s end is always such a sad thing… man, does summer fly by!  Let’s revisit a couple of my favorite July moments.

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[1] Visiting the Mystic Aquarium! [2] Rhode Island adventures through Wickford [3] all of the hydrangeas [4] sunset walks by Boston harbor [5] Halibut Point State Park! [6] anticipating Rick & Morty’s return with Summer [7] this cool wall of plants [8] strolling through Amazon Books [9] Hey, Pikmin! …which I played all weekend.

What was your favorite thing about July?  Any great August plans?  Follow along on instagram to see what I get up to!

Nintendo Direct [11.5.14]

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."

“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?

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!