Crystal Dreams

August 11, 2017

Some kind of update (And Miitopia things)

It’s really been a while, hasn’t it? I wish I had a reason why or some kind of explanation to give, but I… don’t. I really don’t. The short version, is I haven’t felt up to playing much of anything or even doing much of anything and if I don’t have any motivation to do anything, I don’t really have anything to write about, do I?

But, I did promise to put up some pictures from Miitopia after what happened–if you don’t really watch my videos and just read here for the accompanying game log, the short version is my computer crashed shortly after finishing and over 3 hours footage got lost with only about 45 minutes I was able to salvage no matter what I did. I tried every single option I usually did, I tried new things, I STILL have the useless full files to keep trying, but when it comes down to it, I can’t find any way to save it and it sucks. I didn’t even take tons of screenshots because I figured I’d take more after only to lose everything.

And considering I played the whole first part of the game after the demo with rescuing the Princess’ face, I’m just… so frustrated and defeated. I haven’t even picked the game back up since. In fact, I haven’t really played much of anything.

The list of games where I have stuff I want to do and just haven’t been doing so has definitely gotten bigger:
-Splatoon 2 – Finish story mode
-Breath of the Wild – Finish Korok hunting. Still haven’t even tried the DLC despite having bought it.
-Fire Emblem Echoes – Still at the start of Chapter 3.
-Happy Home Designer – Still have houses to finish
-Disney Magical World 2 – Need to do all the parties for 100%
-Fire Emblem: Heroes – Haven’t played much at all since the first Tempest Trials. Characters I want and maps to do, but…
-Abyssrium – Struggling with their Anniversary event because the grind is ridiculous.
-Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles – Haven’t played since the first time. Still want to finish a lot of things.
-Star Stable Online – Want to catch up on the story mode.
-Miitopia – Want to finish the game.
-EverOasis – Want to finish the game.
-Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns – Want to get all towns to S rank and have a kid.
-Goetia – Want to finish the story.
-Lady Layton – Finish the story and all puzzles.

And that’s just off the top of my head. I’m sure there’s more :/

Lately, the only thing I’ve been doing is a silly project for a set of mangas I have in French–I’ve been slowly translating them into English with the little French I know because:
A. I want to read them
B. There isn’t really a second reason

It’s been an… interesting project and it’s improved my French a lot, but I genuinely haven’t had been feeling up to doing anything else and even as I approach the end of that, I’m struggling to stay motivated for that too.

I do want to say thank you to all the positive messages I’ve gotten on Twitter, Ask.fm, facebook, and other places though. They’ve really been a nice ray of light for me and I don’t really have words t say how much it means a lot. All the birthday wishes last month were a huge surprise too.

I even hit 5,000 subscribers on Youtube which is pretty cool, though, also makes me feel worse I haven’t uploaded anything in about 2 weeks. And I don’t know when I will. It’s kind of hard to upload something when there isn’t anything to upload.

Literally the only things I’ve played recently are things my husband dragged me on for. And even then, I wasn’t really having fun. I was just playing because he forced me to. And even if I don’t talk or anything, I feel like it’s pretty easy to to tell if I am or not (I mean, just look at how Fates went by the end of it–I was so frustrated with that game).

But yes… back to Miitopia which is probably the main reason anyone is clicking this entry, these are some of the pictures I took which likely didn’t make it into the video:

I wish the gifts actually appeared in the room.


Also, these were likely in the video but I’m including them anyway:

I describe a lot of things like this.


Yes, I made myself the Princess. I am always the Princess in my world XP NOW IF THE PRINCESS WASN’T STUCK BEING BLONDE… ;~;


There was only one appropriate Prince option.

And then this is where we finished off:

I took like 50ish pictures total, but it really doesn’t make up for nearly 3 hours of lost footage :/

I’d like to say I hope to get another video up soon, but I genuinely don’t know. I haven’t even gotten my Mega Audino collection site updated and I have 4 things to add there as well… Along with a big update I want to do to the custom section.

I’m hoping to TRY and do that along with finish this translation project by Wednesday and if I have time, maybe force myself to play something (likely Miitopia). Why Wednesday? Because Thursday, unless something changes at the last second, we’ll (my husband and I) likely be flying to Disneyland to meet up with some friends and things. Oh, and Pokemon Worlds is happening but knowing me, it’s less for that. Unless there’s Mega Audino being amazing again, but my hopes are low. On the bright side, maybe we’ll actually be able to take a look this year. If we feel like it.

We’ll see though. This is mainly just to say “hey, I’m alive even if I don’t feel like I’m doing anything worthwhile” with some Miitopia photos as promised and stuff… but hopefully I’ll have more to say soon…

June 20, 2017

In which I talk about Layton’s Mystery Journey & World Puzzles

Or, more specifically, Layton World. Recently, a special site has gone up for people to work together globally to solve puzzles.

It definitely has a few kinks to come out, but as someone who loves mysteries and puzzles (and I especially enjoyed the Gravity Falls Cipher Hunt that happened last year), I was so excited to see this.


Accurate representation of me and my love of mysteries and puzzles

Besides just having fun solving puzzles, you can actually unlock items that can be sent to the game.

I’m really hoping to be able to collect them all!

The puzzles are supposed to be spread out in a period of three months so essentially until around when we’d get the 3DS game I suppose. At this point, I think I may need to just get both versions of the game. I don’t think I’ll regret it though.

For now, I took the time to set up a Tumblr for all my Professor Layton World Puzzle Solving because it’s fun to write it out and take it slow sometimes, especially when I have to wait two days for my next puzzle XP

But yes, clearly I’m excited and I really hope lots of people will join in too <3

June 13, 2017

E3 2017 Thoughts – Day 4 (Nintendo)

Nintendo

We’re at the final press conference of the week–Nintendo’s! As always, I’m pretty excited, even if it’s relatively short. While I do like Treehouse Live, I hope at least all the announcements are shown in the show and Treehouse Live is reserved for more gameplay elements.

So after a live trailer and some stuff with Xenoblade, a new Kirby game was shown and it looks pretty cool. It actually reminds me a lot of Kirby 64 and I like that you seem to be able to hire like… enemies as allies and stuff.

I’m very excited about a core Pokemon RPG coming to the Switch even if it’s over a year out as well, but I wish they showed something–even just some concept art similar to when they first announced Sun and Moon. Still great to know it’s coming though! I really have high hopes for it for a lot of reasons.

The upcoming Yoshi game also looks cute and it’s nice to see the Woolly World vibe going into other kinds of materials and things.

Breath of the Wild stuff also looks exciting. I’m so excited for the second DLC pack too–it sounds great. ALSO AMIIBO OF ALL THE HEROES:

I need them all.

As for Rocket League, I do already have it on PC and I’m excited that there will be Cross-play, but if I get it will depend on what the special exclusives will be.

Finally, Super Mario Odyssey looks AMAZING. Every single bit of the trailer was perfect, the music, the graphics, the worlds… I’m SO excited for that game and I can’t believe it’ll be out this October.

Seriously though, if you haven’t watched the trailer you need to:

I want a Modern Sonic Adventure in this kind of place.

Even though Nintendo’s showcase was short and thus, I didn’t really have too much to say, this was amazing to me. Just done so well. I do wish we could’ve heard about more games (I know there was mention of 3DS stuff, but we didn’t see anything so I’m guessing that’ll be during the Treehouse.) But wow, I’m just… so happy regardless. Time to watch lots of Treehouse Live now :) If there’s anything in Treehouse Live that I feel the need to talk about, I’ll probably add it to this! Otherwise, my twitter is always good to check too.

Edit: The Bridal Amiibo are so good and I need them all and I’m so excited for the set.

Meanwhile, Nintendo’s booths continue to impress me and I just love the theme song for this game.

June 12, 2017

E3 2017 Thoughts – Day 3 (PC Gaming Show, Ubisoft, and Sony)

PC Gaming Show

So, as I mentioned yesterday, I would be talking more about Ooblets today!

I was so excited to see a new trailer that not only showed a bit more of the customization aspects (with a clothing store and getting your hair done), but also more areas and even two new Ooblets, Glanter and Snurfler. I just genuinely can’t wait for the game? It looks so cute and charming and it’s really going to be a game I can see myself doing both updates here and videos like with Animal Crossing.

I can’t wait until it comes out next year. Dooziedug and Petula are probably my two favorite Ooblets right now, but they’re all incredibly cute.

I will say though that I’m not sure what exactly is with the PC Gaming Show, but it always comes off a bit boring. When it shows Game Trailers, great, but things like random commercials and long spiels are just often kind of awkward. Despite that though, I was happy to finally see another game capture my attention–Tunic.

The trailer mostly walked through some combat and a few level designs, but it’s really pretty and I love the isometric style of it. Unfortunately, they didn’t really say much about the game–I’m not sure if maybe they would have if sound didn’t cut out, but oh well. The game is actually about two years old now having originally been called the Secret Legend. It’s nice to see it back and looking forward to playing it in 2018 :)

Oddly enough, even though I know Sea of Thieves will be on PC and it’s how I plan to play the game, I wasn’t expecting to see it on the PC Gaming Show and was excited to see it pop up. The Mixer stream was… glitchy, sadly, so I was excited to see more of it today. I signed up for the Insiders Programme so fingers crossed <3 Ylands was up next and definitely looks pretty interesting to me. There was a lot I really liked about it and since you can make your own kinds of things and visit others' creations, I feel like it'd give me a lot to do similar to how much I played LittleBigPlanet.
My only worry is about the Survival part. I don’t care much for Survival games and just don’t really enjoy them. I prefer things a bit more easygoing. Regardless, if it can be turned off (which, the site barely mentions the feature at all so maybe??), I feel like I’d enjoy the game a lot. I hope you can customize the player character too, though.

The PC gaming conference was definitely longer than I expected it to be, but I’m glad I found a few things that interested me during it.

Ubisoft

Ubisoft’s up next and I’ll be honest–I’m happy they didn’t go to a celebrity host this year. I haven’t enjoyed the hosting of their press conference these last few years now and the jokes were just… never funny. That said, it is Ubisoft so even without a celebrity host, I’m still expecting things to be kind of crazy.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was first up and even though it was essentially leaked already, I still have no clue how to feel about it. The Rabbid in Peach’s outfit is cute. Also Miyamoto bringing out the lifesized weapon was kind of cool too:

I’m still going to wait to see actual gameplay of it to decide, but I don’t really think it’s a game I am going to want to play just from the promotional material and information alone. At the very least, the world DOES look quite nice:

But I’m not too into the combat itself so I feel like it may be a game I’d rather watch than play myself. I mean, it does look fun and silly, but I just don’t think I’d enjoy that kind of combat system. I do like the cute little bunny-robot thing that moves them when in combat, though.

Similarly, Skull & Bones got my attention from the graphics, but considering the main gameplay sounds like hardcore PVP which is like… one of my least favorite kinds of gameplay, I’ll most likely end up passing on it.

It was then time for the annual Ubisoft concert to go with Just Dance and it was probably one of the most eclectic group this time. I liked the Panda though.

The Panda was cool.

So, the first game I wasn’t expecting that I got interested in was Starlink: Battle for Atlas which features ships that you essentially can own and customize in real life and play with in the game and yes, please. My husband will probably talk more about it, but we’re likely getting it for the Nintendo Switch–especially due to the neat Joy-con Add-on. In the meantime, I really like this ship:

Fingers crossed for a light pink one.

Also fingers crossed for more Imagine games, but considering it’s been four years since the last ones, my hopes and dreams are already crushed there. More Imagine Detective games would have been nice (SPEAKING OF DETECTIVE GAMES, I STILL WANT DETECTIVE PIKACHU. I will continue this discussion tomorrow with Nintendo). Going back to things that were actually being shown during Ubisoft’s press conference, Beyond Good & Evil 2 looks quite interesting. I never played the first game, but I still find myself intrigued by it.

Surprisingly, I feel like Ubisoft actually did pretty well? Between the hype from Miyamoto showing up, mostly focusing on the games and when they were talking about them, actually keeping it interesting… Like sure, there was the one weird concert part for the latest Just Dance title, but besides being expected, it was actually shorter than usual? And still kind of worked? I definitely didn’t like everything (I still don’t see the appeal in South Park at all for example) and heck, I may not even get any of the games shown (Maybe one??), but it was still really enjoyable and I feel like it’s been a long time since I felt that way from a conference.

Sony

So, I didn’t expect much from the pre-show, but this locket for the special Undertale physical edition is beautiful and also a music box and I need it:

Moving on, I just really hope Sony fixes their issues because there have been so many audio issues and we haven’t had any stream buffer this much. It’s a little better on Twitch’s stream for it, but even their audio is kind of messed up. But well, at least we have sound now.

I don’t have much to say about Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, but it seems less like a Versus and more like an Alliance. Still looks kind of interesting though. They then got into their VR section which is frustrating because I’m just… not a fan of VR and Moss looks so cute and interesting, but I just would not play that as a VR game and I wish it could be a normal PS4 game.

Like I would probably buy this at launch/preorder it if it was a normal PS4 game? But nope, VR only :/

Detroit Become Human still looks quite interesting and this was a completely different trailer compared to the first we’ve seen. Still no release date though… I’m not sure if I’d personally play it, but I think it’s a game I’d really enjoy watching.

We then got to see more of the upcoming Spiderman game which just… genuinely does look really good. Another game that I’d be watching over playing myself though. The conference was definitely a bit shorter than I expected, honestly. I guess because they showed a decent amount during the pre-show, but still. All the technical issues were terrible, though. I still want to know who this character is though
Edit: She has been found–apparently from Valkyria Revolution which came out in Japan a while back. It does look interesting! Also I want her dress in real life.

I think Ubisoft, surprisingly, was my favorite for today. Tomorrow is Nintendo’s and the start of Nintendo Treehouse Live so I’m looking forward ot it!

E3 2017 Thoughts – Day 2 (Microsoft & Bethesda)

Microsoft

So, Microsoft started with their “new” console today, or well, upgraded one as Xbox One X. Which is just… genuinely not a great name? I think if anything, especially after the Wii U, people would realize maybe more unique names would be good. The big deal? It’s faster and has 4K resolution.

Except… for me, neither of those are big deals. Ignoring that I don’t even have a 4K TV screen, I’m one of those people who really just stop noticing the differences at this point and so, a bigger resolution is meaningless for me. I also can’t care too much about it being faster as I just… don’t mind waiting much. As it is, we’ve only gotten two games on Xbox One–Sunset Overdrive and Rise of the Tomb Raider, which if it wasn’t for the fact that it came out several months for Xbox One first, we probably would’ve gotten it on PS4 like the first one. We beat the games once and that was it though, so…

I’d also like to point out that the fact that this is now their smallest system has ruined the point of the Xbox S so umm….. Moving past the system, Forza is pretty weird for me as it’s a game I keep meaning to get and everytime something comes up.

That said, I think part of it is that they focus on the graphics and areas and not so much the actual mechanics and things you can actually do in the game, besides, well, race. Also all Racing games need Beetles. Or at least a lovely Horse Carriage.

After many games I didn’t care about (STOP THE ZOMBIES AND POST APOCALYPTIC ADVENTURES. IT’S OVERDONE AND SO ANNOYING) a brief comment on Minecraft that I really can’t expand on, and a few other random tweets that also don’t really get expanded on

…We got more information on Sea of Thieves which I genuinely do think looks really nice? Plus I love riddles.

It kind of reminds me of Endless Ocean and I want to explore and collect stuff with friends and sail around and it just looks really fun. I just hope people can play together using the same console.

Regardless, this is the first game of the night where it’s one I’d likely get at launch, though, more likely for the PC than the Xbox One. Sad to see it was pushed back to 2018 though, but still looking forward to it and hope we get a more concrete date for it soon.

Next up was a new game which I was very surprised to see. It actually looks really cut and reminds me of the 3D Mario Platformers and Sonic Adventure and I actually really want to play it?

LOOK AT THOSE CUTE GHOSTS AND CARVNIVAL GAMES. So, Super Lucky’s Tale is on my list. And this one I will likely actually play on my Xbox One and also another “must get at launch” title for me.

We then had an Indie trailer and I really wish they spent more time on them? There’s more I’m definitely curious about, but I will take this moment to talk about Ooblets which I am very excited for and plan to get for PC and already have it wishlisted on steam. The game is inspired by some of my own favorite titles–Harvest Moon, Pokemon, and Animal Crossing. You get to plant, grow, and collect Ooblets along with having a customizeable house and character.

There are no words for how excited I am for it–it’s not coming out until 2018, but that in no way dims the excitement. It’s supposed to be shown during the PC Gaming Show tomorrow as well with a surprise so I’ll be sure to talk about it more then :)

Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks very pretty. I never played Ori and the Blind Forest, though, it was on my list… but I heard it was quite sad and well, this game definitely looks like it’ll go that direction too. I really appreciated the live piano playing though. I love pianos.

And that pretty much sums up my Microsoft thoughts! I actually had a lot more to say than I expected and even have multiple games I’m excited for so I’m pretty satisfied, honestly. Bethesda is up later tonight and while I’m not expecting too much, it should still be fun! For now, I’m totally watching the Sea of Thieves co-stream though :P

Bethesda

I’m going to say right now that it’s very likely I will have nothing to say, if anything. I really haven’t played Bethesda games–in fact, the only one I’ve played was a tiny bit of Elder Scrolls Online with my husband. But who knows, maybe there could be a surprise tonight and I do like the Amusement Park theme.

While there were parts of Elder Scrolls Online we had fun, I think the general thing was it just felt kind of a soul-less game with most of the story lacking. While the new area does look nice, I just don’t think it’s enough to get me back into it when I’ve already missed enough (But at least the Bear ended up surviving). In the meantime, please look at this adorable Mudcrab I screencapped from the Creation Club part because it’s the only thing I’ve liked so far:

Amiibo support in Skyrim for Switch is definitely interesting though. While I’m still not too interested in Skyrim, I’m curious if other Amiibo could end up being able to be used for the Switch as well.

I’m guessing we’ll hear more during Nintendo’s on Tuesday if so.

The finisher for Bethesda was… very weird. From the shorts at the beginning, I kind of liked Liesel though? Peggy’s outfit was cute and Liesel was pretty cool, though, clearly needed more training.

And yep, I was more interested in that random weird short on the TV than the game itself so as expected, this was pretty short. But it was longer than I expected it to get so that’s something! I’d have brought up the cute little animated Chameleon that was completely out of place, but the commentary at the end ruined that for me SO….

But yes, tomorrow is the PC Gaming Show, Ubisoft, and Sony :) Looking forward to it!

June 10, 2017

E3 2017 Thoughts – Day 1 (EA)

Okay, so I’m essentially doing this based on the conferences. So, Day 1 is EA, Day 2 will be Microsoft and Bethesda, Day 3 will be PC Gaming Show, Ubisoft, and Sony, with Day 4’s being Nintendo’s. Any additional thoughts (such as things from random streams, announcements off presentations, or in the case of Nintendo, something during Treehouse Live), will likely be edited into the appropriate entry.

You can also find some quick thoughts over on my twitter. If you’re new here and/or to my Twitter, the important thing to note is I will only talk about things I have thoughts on so this isn’t a full summary of everything that was shown.

EA

When it comes down to it, I wasn’t really expecting to have much to say about EA’s stuff, and well, that expectation holds pretty true here.

In fact, I didn’t even care for anything until about 20-30 minutes here and it was just that a classic beetle will be in the upcoming Need for Speed game, Need for Speed: Payback.

Unfortunately, this Need for Speed isn’t really catching my attention. I used to really love the Need for Speed games and generally like games with a huge story focus, but for whatever reason, it hasn’t worked for me with the Need for Speed series. Payback especially makes me feel like it’s more of a Fast and the Furious game than a Need for Speed game and it just doesn’t work for me. I think I just enjoyed Need for Speed more when it was a bit more casual and just a fun racing title. The games used to be must haves for me, but now they’ve become “maybe I’ll get it eventually” and that makes me sad. It does look interesting, but it’s just not really what I look to the series for. As mentioned, maybe I’ll still get it eventually, but we’ll see…

Next up was A Way Out which I actually think looks pretty interesting. It’s essentially a Co-op prisonbreak game with tons of different ways to handle situations between two friends.

That said, while I think it looks really interesting, I don’t really know if I’d personally enjoy playing it myself. I will likely keep an eye out on it though.

I’ve never cared too much for the Battlefront games so even the Star Wars ones have never really caught my attention. Thinking about it, the only Star Wars game I really enjoyed was SWTOR before it kind of went downhill when it introduced its Cash Shop program. I did think Star Wars 1313 was interesting though, before it was cancelled anyway. That said, I’m sure my husband will be getting Star Wars Battlefront II if it really has improved so I’ll get to try it :P

And that’s it for Day 1! :) Tomorrow will feature any thoughts I have on Microsoft’s and Bethesda’s Press Conferences <3

June 6, 2017

Just some Pokemon Direct thoughts

I originally was just going to keep it to my small thoughts on Twitter, but I got a few questions about it so I wanted to write something in… more detail and after thinking about it, I guess I have a bit more to say.

I’ll start with Pokken Tournament DX just because I won’t have much to say about it. So it’s Pokken. With the added Arcade characters. And a few more things. And on the Switch. And well, I just don’t really care. I tried really hard to get into Pokken, but in the end just got… bored. Unless some of my favorite Pokemon end up on the roster (or heck, an Audino who’d Mega Evolve), I don’t think it’d ever really reel me in enough to care. I’m not surprised to see a bigger version brought to the Switch, but when it comes down to it, I think I’d rather see a new Pokemon Stadium title which had a side mode being what Pokken Tournament is along with other minigames. I think, in general, fighting games just aren’t as interesting to me anymore.

While I wasn’t pleased with the announcement, especially considering the slow build up on how the Nintendo Switch exists and having a game and it just being Pokken (even though I didn’t expect a main title on Switch yet, I just… constantly forget Pokken exists and it’s like the one thing I would’ve have wanted to see–I don’t even care for the Pokemon Ranger series and I would have taken that) was disappointing and that moment of suspense, despite how small it was, ended up being a big let-down for me. I did really like the trailer they played though and that was probably the highlight of the Pokken part of the Direct for me.

But I did feel it was a bit long. As someone who also really loved all the Pokemon Sun and Moon Shorts leading up to the game, I really wished they had just put the longer up after and had a shorter one to discuss other things. Whether it be more about Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, stuff about updates for mobile games, about WHERE THE HECK IS DEETCTIVE PIKACHU BECAUSE I WANT THAT GAME SO BADLY AND IT ENDED ON A CLIFFHANGER… ahem, or even other side games.

More than half of the 8 minutes was dedicated to just Pokken stuff though and that was really disappointing. There wasn’t really enough content for that to be it. I just hope maybe we’ll see more stuff on Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon at E3 as well. Unfortunately, they only confirmed hearing about Pokken for that too thus far :/

Before I get into my thoughts on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, I want to briefly address the Switch rumor that accidentally broke out. I’ll admit, I generally don’t look at the Press Releases right away (I like to focus on everything shown first before really going through that) so just from the trailer alone, I didn’t even know there was any confusion. Ignoring people who had made the rumors for ages now, part of the incident was due to an accidental mention on the Press Release which got fixed about 90 minutes later:

We would like to address rumours based on a clerical error on the Pokémon press site; Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon are coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS family of systems and are not due for release on Nintendo Switch. This listing on the Pokémon press site was made in error and is not indicative of future plans. Please refer to the Pokémon Direct for the full details of the game.

While I do think, before the Direct hit anyway, there were plenty of reasons to believe a game could be on the Switch, there was nothing that hinted to that during the Direct itself. Pokken Tournament on the Switch and the clear 3DS cartridges for Pokken Tournament guy’s nephews was shown in a clear divide and even when the logos showed up at the end, it was with just 3DS mentioned under them. To me, there was no point where it wasn’t the 3DS and while I think a Switch version still could have been cool, I’m not surprised. And considering this is an “Alternative Story” to Pokemon Sun and Moon, it makes sense they’d use the system they already have assets and things built for.

I think what I question the most right now is what “Alternative Story” really means. Is it a sequel? Is it a completely different plot/timeline (Sort of what they did with ORAS versus the original Gen 3 games)? They really didn’t expand on it. At most, we’ve seen what looks like some new totem Pokemon, some new areas:

(This just makes me really want Pokemon stuff in Animal Crossing though)

And things like this where it looks like Solgaleo and Lunala get fused with Necrozma.

And I wasn’t too fond of that in B2/W2 with Kyurem so not fond to see it back.

But in general, it does look like new areas and content, but without more information first, I’m not going to get my hopes too high just yet.

I am hoping for a sequel though. Find out what happened with Lillie and her mom, see the island grow, etc.

At the very least, it’s clear there’s some changes. Besides the new clothing, the room has gotten a make-over with the Nintendo Switch, painted walls, an autograph instead of the Pikachu plush, and even new curtains.

Of course, who knows, it could be a new protagonist rather than just a continuation of our own Story. It could be a separate timeline thing. I just really want to know exactly what it is, at this point, before I get any hopes too hyped up.

I also hope maybe I’ll get to have a Ponytail this time because it was silly not to have one on a Tropical Island. It DOES look like at least one new hairstyle plus new clothes so fingers crossed on a customization update overall. And no colors locked by which game you have because that sucked. :/ Also just… really want something like the Dex Nav back as that made Pokemon collecting so much more fun.

But yes, fingers crossed we hear more about the games soon. If only to expand upon the “Alternative Story”.

June 4, 2017

Disney Magical World 2: Summer & Tropical Items!

So, I actually haven’t really been checking Disney Magical World 2 too much figuring we would’ve seen anything until the Spring Festival/Easter ends in the game (June 23rd), but to my surprise, a lot of the Summer Stuff started showing up on the first of this month.

There’s general Summer items, Tropical items, and items for the next event–the Summer Festival.

The best thing for me about the Summer Festival is that it uses the normal Friendship Medals so it’s nice being able to spend some more.

While I have yet to see any items show up at the Cart outside of Scrooge’s Store (and I’m pretty sure there are special items to be sold there too), the recipes are already available at the Fortune Tent. As per usual, there’s 6 available for each of the two themes (Summer Festival & Tropical).





Once the decorations change up and I have more furniture, I’ll try and do a fun video showing off the new decorations and items and things :) While that may be a bit off, Donald’s birthday is in 5 days now (June 9th) and will have a special favor available for a special item from his set!

As always, my Twitter is a good place to see some quick DMW2 updates as well <3

May 25, 2017

Top 20 things I want to see in the next Animal Crossing

So, with E3 only a few weeks away, Animal Crossing is a game a lot of people are hoping for. It’s been over 4 and a half years since it came out in Japan (and will be over 4 years since those outside of Japan received the game once E3 hits). That’s definitely a good amount of time for a new AC. For reference, the first AC came out in the US in 2002 (In Japan, it came out in 2001 with the E+ version coming out two years later in 2003). Wild World then came out 2-3 years later in 2005 and is one of the closer relates dates we’ve had between the US and Japan with just about 2 weeks inbetween releases. City Folk, with the closest release dates (in fact, the US got it 4 days earlier than Japan) came out in 2008–3 more years. We then had New Leaf 4-5 years later. I’m still not sure why we had over a half a year delay between New Leaf coming out in Japan in November 2012 and coming out everywhere else June 2013, but I hope that whatever new Animal Crossing is coming, the release dates will be very close if not a Worldwide release.

There’s been so many rumors right now about the chance of an upcoming Animal Crossing, including a possible leak from a magazine (though, I won’t personally take it as proof until a more trustworthy source happens), but one thing that really stands out to me is the Mobile App constantly being pushed back. We were told it would connect with the actual Animal Crossing game, but if it keeps getting pushed back, maybe it’s because they want it to come out with the next game? Which makes me feel like a Fall release or an early Spring release next year for Animal Crossing for the Switch is quite likely. That said, we did receive a fairly awesome update to New Leaf just last year which makes me think there could still be another year off (despite 4-5 years already being around the same amount of time it was between the last main AC games). Of course, Happy Home Designer has also been said to not be getting any new content with the final Happy Home Challenge that happened this month and there is still only so much that extra content in New Leaf can really do.

Regardless of when it could happen, I do feel we have a good chance of hearing SOMETHING this E3 even if it may be another year or two off.

Moving onto the point of this article though, I wanted to talk about things I hope to see in the next Animal Crossing the most at this point. This is in no particular order, but just things I hope to see return and/or change up from New Leaf and other AC games.

1. No item limits in the houses and outside. While they’ve thankfully increased it since City Folk’s and Wild World’s terrible 20 item limit to 48, that still can end up being rather small if you use a lot of wall items or counters/dressers/desks. Similarly, you were restricted to about 30 Public Works (and bridges, which are quite helpful, counted against this) and with so many Public Works and places to place them, it wasn’t fun. As long as there is space, I feel like people should be able to place them. Similarly, no limits on patterns (or at least maybe make it memory based instead)–way too often do I have to make more characters specifically for patterns or have to give up on clothes and things due to trying to make my town nice. It’d be nice to just have everything I want if I have enough memory on my system.

2. Being able to decide where a villager’s house can go. One of the nice things with New Leaf is you got to place your own home with Tom Nook. It’d be nice, especially if you’re still the mayor, that when someone new comes in, he’ll be outside waiting for you and ask if you’d like to pick a place for whatever new villager is moving in to put their house. If you say yes, you get into a similar mode when placing your own house, but if you say no, Tom Nook places it himself (so randomly).

3. Being able to vary on villager numbers. With how New Leaf works, you’ll get villagers pretty often up until you have 8. After that, you will get one soon for 9 and then it will vary with you only being able to get a 10th from outside means (Campsite, Friends, StreetPass, etc.). When you have 9 or 10, there is a chance someone will move while you will never have less than 8. I think it’d be neat if people could choose to maybe cap it at 3 villagers (the lowest it’s been possible to have) or up to 15 (which was how many the original had). Personally, I’d probably cap my own town at 12 if I had this choice.

4. Being able to prevent a villager from leaving. And I don’t mean just the “I want to move” prompts you can convince to stay–I mean literally being able to set something so the villager will never even ask to leave. They will always be there. It can be triggered on and off if you change your mind, but this would be nice for those who may want to just be able to play without having to worry about their favorite villagers leaving because they haven’t played for a while.

5. Being able to have multiple ordinances set at a time, but prices rising for each extra one (So it’s 20K for one, 40K for the second, etc.).

6. Be able to experience other culture events in your own town despite what region you may be playing. It’s just a good chance to experience other cultures. And in general, I want to see so many older events come back too. I also want to see items that have become Region Exclusives to find a way back.

7. Be able to transfer things from your New Leaf file. Whether it be your entire town, just patterns, just your character (Similar to Wild World’s transfer to City Folk), or some combination of the above, I think it’d be a nice feature. I’d like at least patterns because wow would I hate to remake all of them, but heck, I’d be happy transferring my town and being able to make it bigger and better too.

8. Similarly, be able to edit patterns even if you didn’t make them. Mostly because this even effects your other villagers in your town from ones you made yourself. Suddenly they can’t edit them and I’ve had some patterns slightly off for ages, but forgot to save on my main character and just… am not up to remaking it for that one purpose. It’s annoying and frustrating. One day maybe I’ll get around to it, but it just seems unnecessary and there wasn’t really a need to make QR codes Edit locked (or heck, at least make it a choice that people can pick if they want it to be or not).

9. Bring back the Dream Suite. It’s so much fun seeing people’s towns.

10. A bigger map. New Leaf has one of the smallest maps thus far so…

11. Being able to place things outside besides just Public Works. And being able to place both these and Public Works on the beach.

12. Speaking of Public Works, more ways to unlock them. Villagers can prompt you for so many things and even lessening the chances made it still pretty un-fun to do. Thus, two options (though, even both could work): Being able to pay bells to unlock a random (or maybe specific) Public Work and/or If you see a Public Work in a Friend’s town or through Dream Suite, being able to request it directly (which may require bells as well possibly).

13. I want a Gyroid in front of my house again. I miss it.

14. Ceiling items. I loved them so much in Happy Home Designer and really want to see them as part of a main game.

15. Being able to have the option to use HHD decorating both for interiors and exteriors. You don’t have to decorate that way (there’s still something fun about doing the classic way), but it comes in handy a lot. Heck, it’d be cool if we could do this to move everything around as needed–maybe placed a house slightly off? Just move it over slightly.

17. Be able to have Patterns under public works.

18. Be able to place things inbetween squares. It was really nice to properly center things and have stuff slightly off and just kind of… slide between them.

19. Being able to choose door designs for your house’s interior.

20. I want Villagers to be able to sing one night at Club K.K. The Concert Hall in HHD is still a beautiful thing.

I’m going to cut it off there because this already has gotten pretty long, but I just hope the people working on the game will look over some of the best things from each and just make things more fun. I will give one last bonus one though for those who made it this far:

Get rid of the Jellyfish being annoying in the Ocean and let us catch them again. I loved having a “pet” in my house for one, but they also are just… frustrating and don’t really have a set trigger like the bees do.

May 21, 2017

Short Opinion Piece: Thank you, Jeff Kaplan

So, I don’t normally do quick short entries, but this makes me so happy to see and stuff for so many reasons.

I’ll say something even more controversial. I wish we would’ve never added any cosmetic items to Competitive. I think the people playing Competitive should only be there because they really care about playing in Competitive mode, and they want to rise through the tiers – that’s who I think belongs in Competitive.

I don’t think we should overly incentivize players because of cosmetic rewards into the system any more than we already have to the point where if we could do the Men In Black thing and make everybody forget and we would come out with Overwatch again and literally wouldn’t add any cosmetic rewards to the system, so it’s tricky because we get asked the question a lot.

Now, that doesn’t mean that all the cool stuff that we have ideas for couldn’t be given out to players in other ways, so it’s not like we’re just not going to make it, like “Haha we’re taking out football and game over” – it’s more that I would love to give it out in a way where it doesn’t encourage players to be in Competitive mode who don’t want to be there. I think it really takes a really special mindset to be in Competitive, and I think a lot of the problems that we see are players who really don’t want to, or belong there, spending more time than they should there.

—Quoted from part of the many interviews recently that Jeff Kaplan did. This was specifically quoted r/Overwatch.

And just. This is something I’ve been saying for so long with most things and it’s why stuff like this absolutely kills me. Whether it be Pokemon’s various “end-game” stuff that locks BP and Ribbons behind forcing you to use certain Pokemon with certain move sets to having to grind in Overwatch for a golden weapon and/or Spray/Icon (Season 4’s are my favorites thus far…).

Most people who do those modes are doing it specifically for that. The rewards are bonuses. And the only people it ends up effecting are often the people who don’t want to be playing those modes in the first place.

I wish they could change it, but it’s obviously too late now. But ugh, just seeing someone say it gives me hope maybe this could stop happening in the future. It’s just nice to know someone gets it.

I don’t know if I’ll ever, personally, manage to get a Gold Weapon for Mercy. Competitive just gets too toxic for me to feel comfortable in and even if I often do well, I never end up having fun. And if you’re not having fun, what’s the point?

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