Super Smash Bros.

Resort Life

Ugh, I miss it.  If you’re dying to see more of Vegas and/or Evo 2016 Finals, do I have a vlog for you!  This is my last vlog from Vegas and it has me seriously longing for Mandalay Bay.

 

Have you visited Las Vegas?  Where did you stay?

2014 Favorites

It’s that time!  With the year winding down, here is my very own Obligatory 2014 TV Favorites List.  Now, if you’ve been reading for a while, none of these should surprise you.  I thought it might be a fun thing to do year to year, so even though you’ve probably read a million of these, I’m giving you another.  I’ve got two categories for you; my favorite things, TV & video games.  Without further ado:

 

TV Shows

5. Orange is the New Black | Probably my most anticipated new season of the year, OITNB’s second season did not disappoint!

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LostGirlTVSeriesLogo4. Lost Girl | I stated watching this late last year, early 2014.  This show hit every note for me, and I recommend it for Buffy fans and similar.  It’s final season is just beginning, so jump on this train.

 

Ecran_Titre_d'American_Horror_Story3. American Horror Story | Coven straddled 2013 and 2014, and Freak Show will bleed into next year.  I’m just so onboard with this show and especially Jessica Lange.  I only hope she is as onboard as I am for the next season!

 

 

The_Walking_Dead_title_card2. The Walking Dead | I watched the first season years ago, and picked up again recently just in time for the mid-season finale.  I am constantly impressed with the emotional depths this show brings me to.

 

1. Orphan Black | Recommended to me in late 2013, I watched the first season of this show just in time for the second to begin.  You may have caught my Clone Club Catch-Ups, and expect to see more next year.  Tatiana Maslany’s masterful performance as almost all of the show’s main characters is always worth watching.

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Honorable Mention: Top Chef | Another show whose seasons straddle two years, I absolutely loved New Orleans and Boston might be my favorite season ever.  Stay tuned for more recaps!

 

Video Games

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03. Super Smash Bros. WiiU/3DS | Okay, this is two games.  I’ve played the 3DS version more because it’s portable, and I’ve had it longer.  This is my favorite installment of Super Smash since the original N64 version.  The novelty of this concept has not worn off!  Kirby smashing up Pikachu is still awesome.

02. Mario Kart 8 | I hate to say this, but I’m not really a Mario Kart girl.  Sure, I loved Super Mario Kart, but the N64 days had me with Diddy Kong Racing and don’t even get me started on Double Dash.  MK8, however, single-handedly justified purchasing a WiiU for me.  I am so impressed with this game.  I love the online component, and find the DLC exciting.  I keep on coming back for more!

01. Pokémon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby | Hoenn was always my favorite region so I was more excited than ever before for these amazing remakes.  I got through Alpha Sapphire fast; faster than X by far.  These games have even reignited my desire to complete an Unova adventure.  I’m so happy that more people will be introduced to this region and this story.  These games are fantastic and I can’t wait for what Pokémon has in store for us next!  I’d write more about how much I’m obsessed with these fantastic games, but I want to go wonder trade.

And there you have it!  What are your favorite shows and/or games from this year?

November or Nah?

Well, it’s December!  In this month’s edition of Photo Finish, we say goodbye to the month of November.  I admit, I was a bit off my instagrind this past month, but I’ll do better!

Here’s what I did capture:

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[1] Beautiful golden autumn in the South End for Stephanie Cmar’s last donut pop-up of the year. [2] Alex & Ani’s Providence Collection made a great addition to my enormous A&A collection.  The matching skeleton key earrings are on my Christmas list! [3] I attended my first little event as a blogger!  Did you read my post on Loretta’s Last Call? [4] I attended my second midnight release at Game Stop and this one was a big deal!  I picked up Super Smash Bros. for WiiU, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby! [5] I finally got my hair done!  Blonde for the holidays, please and thank you. [6] I decorated my Christmas tree early… again!  It’s full of dachshunds, obviously. [7] I play A LOT of Pokémon.  I redeemed my download codes for Gengar and Diancie on this exciting Saturday night pictured. [8] I spent Thanksgiving at my parents’ house.  I swear, my mom’s decorating could be in a magazine! [9] Leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast.  Yes.

 

Is everyone ready for the holiday season?

Follow along for more instagram adventures, and expect lots of sparkle this month on the blog!

Smash: Who’s Your Bro?

I actually attended my first midnight release to pick up Super Smash Bros. 3DS (which was a sociological experiment unlike any other) and despite a busy weekend, I’ve found time ample time to play and unlock a bunch of the new characters.  Super Smash 3DS is full of new characters anyway: 15– from Pokémon’s Greninja to Pac Man, from Animal Crossing’s Village to Wii Fit Trainer, whose graceful yet powerful fighting style fills me with a strange gamer-glee.  Aside from the 20-some odd characters you start off with, I’ve also unlocked Falco, Ness, Wario, Lucina, Dark Pit, Dr. Mario, R.O.B., Ganondorf, Game & Watch, and Bowser Jr. so far. (I know, I’m probably slow.)  With all of those options, do you know who I’m playing ever single fight with?

couldn't do it without you, buddy.

couldn’t do it without you, buddy.

Kirby.

From Super Smash 64 right through to 3DS, Kirby is my dude.  I’ve tried out other characters for sheer curiosity, but I’m always always always Kirby.  I just can’t play with anyone else.

What I want to know is: Who is your main man in Super Smash?  Who’s your go-to guy?  Has it switched at all in newer incarnations of this game?

What do you think of the new Super Smash so far?  Who have you unlocked?

Nicole Spends Money: video game pre-order list

I’m thinking I just need to sign over my next paycheck to Nintendo, because my Game Stop pre-order list is out of control.  I recently stopped in to pick my brother up a birthday present (a 3DS XL bundle, because I’m the best sister) and left with a long pre-order list!

Here’s what Nintendo is taking all of my money for:

  • Hyrule Warriors for WiiU – this Legend of Zelda game is available September 26, so it currently requires the least amount of patience… yay!
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – I’ve pre-ordered the 3DS version since it comes out before the WiiU version.  This one’s available in October!
  • Pokémon Alpha Sapphire version – I couldn’t be more excited about Hoenn remakes.  I literally could not be any more excited.  November literally cannot come soon enough.
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby version – obviously I pre-ordered both versions!  Did I mention I can’t wait?
  • Super Smash Bros. for WiiU – I haven’t technically pre-ordered this one yet, but I absolutely know I’ll be getting it.  This one’s not out until December, so I’ve got a ways to go.
  • Mario Kart 8 DLC pack 1 & pack 2 – I’ve already pre-ordered the combo pack of both sets of DLC.  I get one in November and one next May.  Pre-ordering also lets me use eight additional colored Yoshis and 8 additional colored Shy Guys!
actual receipt...

actual receipt…

What games are you eagerly awaiting?!