Crystal Dreams

August 19, 2014

More excitement for Fantasy Life

So, a new trailer was put out showing some of the multiplayer features!:

I actually didn’t know you could be able to play with more than one other person–not to mention the chat system which just makes me more excited (and does seem to be the Link version of the game).

I can’t wait until we get it T~T It’s going to be so much fun playing with my fiancé and friends <3 Definitely one of the games I’m most excited for this year!

I wonder how many people it will be total–I’d guess 4, but it’d be nice if it was even more than that.

Virtual Worlds and Flash Games

When I don’t really feel like necessarily playing a console game, Virtual Worlds are probably one of my favorite kinds of games as they tend to feature the two things I love most:
-Customization
-Collecting
In general, if your game has at least those two things, I may be tempted to check it out. Virtual Worlds often get a reputation for being “just for kids”, but I think that’s a poor generalization (and is also part of why some do not get moderated properly) and people should try them more often. That said, there’s a lot of bad Virtual Worlds that are not much more than Flash Games, but there’s also good ones too… Unfortunately, most have closed, but I want to talk about those a bit first.

Wiglington and Wenks was a really cute site–it was both a bit educational and involved traveling around the World to collect and discover things (based off a book series). The site ended due to lack of funds which is disappointing as I think it probably could’ve gotten somewhere if it was sponsored a bit more.

Disney Virtual Kingdom is a game I didn’t get to play very much, but was kind of similar (different avatars and games, but it was the same “Go around the Kingdom approach”) to Disney’s Magic Kingdom game over on Japan’s Disney website (which is the game that Disney Magical World is based off of). I don’t think I’ll ever understand why Disney closed it (it’s not the first of Disney’s many virtual worlds they have closed either).

Some of their other virtual worlds that closed by Disney are Pirates of the Caribbean Online (I played briefly, but didn’t stick to) and Pixie Hollow which I actually enjoyed quite a bit. The main issue with Pixie Hollow was the fact that you needed to spend -a lot- of time on the site for things. There were many limited time badges (Some that required earning thousands of little gatherables that you’d also be competing with many others for) and high score badges among other things and most of the quests were member’s only. I think Virtual Worlds really need to find a good balance when it comes to member stuff and most really didn’t. Pixie Hollow at least let you gift friends which was a cute feature–especially as one shop actually required you to give one to friends which kind of helped encourage sharing (or just brightening someone’s day with a random gift).

That said, the site was still pretty popular even when it closed–the reason being given to put more time in Club Penguin (which I honestly feel hasn’t been as great since Disney has gotten it unfortunately–I love Disney a lot, but I know they aren’t perfect.

Club Penguin is another game I’ve played for quite a while and still check into every so often:
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Unfortunately, my favorite things to do in the game were the missions to earn all kinds of neat awards and things like so:
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And those missions really don’t exist anymore which kind of stinks. There’s still events (most of which have items limited to Members only :/), but it’s not really the same.

Despite being Virtual Worlds, most of the games are more like Solo Adventures. You can see others playing, but interaction is incredibly limited (due to, again, generally being aimed at younger kids). Some games may have gifting, but most of the time it’s just you earning everything which has good and bad points.

Not to mention many have incorporated the “make real life merchandise for codes in the game” tactic which isn’t necessarily bad (it’s not like it doesn’t work–I have a ridiculous amount of Neopets merchandise… Of course, most of the online stuff I no longer have (including the special limited t-shirts T__T) due to having been hacked when I was younger :/), but I find it’s rare I’ll want the items that are for the items I’d like in the game which makes me feel bad for the kids who probably do want the real life equivalent too.

One of the nice things Club Penguin did with that is you could buy nearly any item and just get a general code which let you pick what item you wanted. This meant you could buy a plushie or figure you really liked versus needing to get that specific one for an item. Not to mention this meant you could continue getting certain items until they changed the online stock versus things like Webkinz where it would be the plushie you got and many have been discontinued (you do not want to know how many Webkinz I have from the brief time I played) or just some games where the items just aren’t really around anymore even though the site is (Poptropica has this problem with many things, but we’ll get to that).

The main problem with Webkinz is that your account could become inactive/be gone if you didn’t register another pet fast enough which was one of the biggest reasons I stopped playing. I don’t know if it’s still like that, but I know that any site that makes you keep buying things to even stay playing isn’t really one I wanted to be apart of. I really hope that isn’t still the case as I’d have liked to check into Webkinz every so often, but that was a big reason as to why I didn’t. Webkinz is also probably the inspiration for getting a special item with the Plushie you bought that Build a Bearville did as well. Similarly, a game that has a membership structure on top of a game where you need to literally keep buying stuff for it is a bit disheartening.

PetPet Park was Neopets’ mini flash game. It’s cute and something I still have fun checking in, but also went really focused on lots of limited things and member’s only stuff. Member’s features can add onto things, but when they restrict so much of a game (Kind of like how you could only do one world of Toontown) it feels kind of forced/like there isn’t any other option. I did make my Petpet look pretty cute though:
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Going back towards Club Penguin for a bit, one of the big things is so many items are member’s only. They’ve made more that aren’t restricted to members, but with so many items being limited time and can only be purchased by member’s… well… It doesn’t help that their special events tend to feature NPCs wandering around that will give a special background if you click of them. Of course, the servers fill up fast and usually people are crowding around and/or dressing up as said NPC which can make it feel kind of frustrating.

And now, onto Poptropica! If you’ve read my Twitter, you’ll know I’ve started playing a bit again. Unfortunately, finding other people who still play to talk to has become a lot harder than I expected. You can’t really chat with anyone while playing Poptropica which makes friend making kind of hard. Regardless, Poptropica is an adventure game where nearly everything is controlled with your mouse. This also means it’s not the most easily controlled game :P

The game tends to feature many limited time games and items which wouldn’t be too bad if this didn’t also mean you could easily miss out on a lot (Items I am saddest about: Puppy Pal (from a Barbie Ad), Woodstock Follower, and the Nessie hat). The Puppy Pal is not on that list, but is from a Barbie Ad (with like the perfect hair too–I wonder if you could colorize from the NPC :( ) that actually opened a few months after I stopped playing. I AM STILL KICKING MYSELF AS AN FYI.

That said, one of the things with Poptropica is it can actually get pretty challenging (which may be in part due to the controls). You can’t trade or gift items in the game, but you can “Costumize” most things which essentially is a feature that lets you copy an item someone else is wearing. You don’t own the item, but you can save it to switch to it whenever which is pretty neat. Most of the outfit I wear is actually Costumized versus what I own:

One of the neat things is you can actually colorize your skin and hair to be nearly any color. Unfortunately, not all items will pick up said color (like the Barbie wig T__T Though, whether that’s because it’s stuck blonde or because I’ve constumized it from a player versus the NPC, I don’t know and I can’t really find anyone who would’ve been around then and still plays to ask/experiment). I think it’d be nice if you could colorize clothes as well (so many nice tops and skirts that are in colors I don’t care for), but there’s a lot of options in general which isn’t too bad.

Membership in Poptropica is an interesting thing due to the fact that it’s pretty cheap and you really get a lot out of it. For one, all items are free… which actually can be a bit frustrating in a way. I have over 2,000 credits just sitting there doing nothing because I already bought everything I wanted as a member. Member items stick around even when not a member (which is awesome), but I wish I felt a point to the credits as a member. There’s a LOT of exclusive items for Members including Bonus quests on the newer islands–some of which are quite hard (I AM LOOKING AT YOU, WIMPY BOARDWALK. I WILL CONQUER YOU). The reward is usually just an item which is nice as it doesn’t really take away from not doing it–that said, it cuts off a part of the story which isn’t as nice.

I think it’d be nice to see some of the older items back for credits (regardless of membership–maybe cheaper for members) just because then maybe Members would actually have something to spend them on. Right now, it just feels if you’re a Member, credits are worthless and then there’s kind of wondering what’s really the point in that sense–especially if you stick around as a member. My Poptropican may be pretty cute (see picture above), but I will always be sad she will probably never look like this:

(please ignore my terrible editing skills)

Anyway, to finish off the Virtual Worlds talk, I’m going to end with Imagine Town. Imagine Town was based off Ubisoft’s Imagine series and was run by them. The staff was friendly, the events were fun, and it just finally had it’s grand opening in North America (it had been opened in France for quite a while–many users, myself included, were very excited for those items to come over) before suddenly closing. It had collecting, quests, and various other things. The only big issues I can think of are a few people’s behaviors and inventory limits (always a bad idea in a game where you collect things–people aren’t going to spend as much if they don’t get to get the items the buy because inventory limits! This is an issue in Build a Bearville as well). Besides that, it was a neat game and I really wanted to see where it was headed so it makes me sad it was closed so soon. Even the Lifetime membership was a great price (I bought one) and while they refunded me, I really wish the game was still going.

My character:
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and room:

Before it closed :/

As for Flash games, I don’t just mean adorable games like this (I love that song so much to this day), but also the kind of games on Facebook. In general, the only thing I used my facebook for was games and most of those games no longer exist now. Pet Society and Restaurant City (the latter to a less extent, but maybe because it was closed first) both went downhill after EA bought them (way too money hungry with the prices) and never really recovered from that and thus, closed. They were two of my favorites.

Treasure Madness is probably one of the first facebook games I really liked–you go around adventuring and collecting treasure for a museum. Unfortunately, it also got a bit too into the money hungry areas with the very limited time maps that you could really only finish if you paid or gave up doing anything else. Similarly, while all Facebook games have the “hey, friends, yay!” features, there is a difference between being able to help friends and being forced to rely on a friend to continue and whenever a game does the latter, it’s really frustrating.

Fanglies by Playdom was another cute game, but was given a very short life despite how much was money focused and how much they probably ended up earning from various people (which of course was not refunded–I get that people get what you pay for, but when you close a game that fast, it’d be nice to be considerate of those who tried to support you in the first place :/

Neopets also did a cute game with Treasure Keepers which was a collaboration between Neopets and the original founders [of Neopets]. It makes me sad that it closed so quickly as there really hasn’t been many other games like it. More or less, you went around a board game (kind of similar to how you’d do Treasure Madness–going around a map and clicking) and you would earn items for quests and that you can sell for money. You could also collect these items and display them (though, they really needed a proper “not for sale” feature). It was a cute game that let you both collect, customize your shop, and also play games and I just wish it was around more. I really enjoyed it, even if some of the items that cost real money were pretty overpriced (especially when, again, sudden closure).

I’d like to say maybe I’ll see another game I’ll enjoy in the future, but at this point I think I’ve just given up on those kinds of flash games altogether and I’ll just stick to the cute bunny hopping one.

August 18, 2014

Tomodachi Life: An Update

Even though I’m still playing and having fun each day, I have been spreading updates out so they are a little more packed versus various small entries (though, if you prefer the smaller entries, let me know? I also do random posts on Twitter). I had planned to write something up a couple of days ago to coincide with the New SpotPass item:

…But with various personal things just being a mess, I didn’t get to. Thus, consider this the belated planned update–I’m also hoping to continue work on the main Tomodachi Life page as its stats are really outdated. I think the only thing up to date is QRs and that’s because I upload them immediately :P But yes, nobody is here to watch me completely babble so onto said update:

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August 12, 2014

Mega Audino!

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Now, before you go “This isn’t on the Pokemon ORAS site!” as at the time of this, it’s not, it IS up on the website for Korea as is a Mega Slowbro, but that is not what this post is about! (Nor is it about how I didn’t think anything would surpass Mega Diancie or be up there with it)

I love Mega Audino’s design. It is beautiful. I think the colors go together much better than normal Audino (who I do like. I used one in my Gen 5 team and I adore her–definitely one of my favorite Pokemon of Gen 5) and it’s just super cute. Mega Audino reminds me of a White Mage or a Snow Bunny or an Angel or ALL OF THOSE THINGS. Mega-evolving also adds Fairy to Audino’s normal typing and has the Healer ability.

The only thing I dislike about this is that I actually wish this was a new Pokemon. Either a true evolution for Audino or maybe a bit smaller and a pre-evolution. I’m just absolutely in love with this design and I wish it was used for something more than just a temporary evolution. I would’ve loved to collect merchandise of it and make it my new favorite Pokemon and I just know there won’t be much (if anything) of it because it’s just a Mega Evolution and that makes me sad as it’s just a beautiful design and I feel they could’ve done so much more with it.

That said, I’m looking forward to seeing the shiny version of it, but something tells me it won’t beat out my love for the normal version. I’ll be looking forward to mega-evolving my Audino from Gen 5, even if I know the entire time I’ll be wishing it was permanent.

Special bonus: Mikayla, being the awesome person that she is, went and translated the page for me! Here are some highlights (with me plugging in some of the English names of things):
Classification: Hearing Pokemon
Type: Normal/Fairy
Height: 1.5 m
Weight: 32.0 kg
Ability: Healer
Releases healing vibrations that defeats enmity. Healing vibrations are potent to make anyone serene/tranquil. Anyone who comes in contact with the second antennae falls into deep slumber.

* The characteristics of pre-mega evolution are “Healer” or “Regenerator”, but after the mega evolution it’s characteristic becomes ‘healing heart’ and the fairy type is added to it’s types. Defense and Special Defense are strengthened enabling it act as an excellent support during double battles.

Thank you again, Mikayla! <3

Edit: Mega Audino is now officially up on the US website and has a lovely trailer due to being announced at Gamescom:

August 11, 2014

More Brownie Baking fun~

Brownies are probably the recipe I’ve cooked the most different kinds of. I can’t necessarily say why–I would guess I’m looking for the perfect brownie, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you what makes the perfect brownie as when it comes down to it, I just really like brownies.

Brownies are probably my favorite dessert and are often the one I choose when going out to eat (Especially if said place tends to have home-made whipped cream on their brownie sundaes). Despite that, I rarely have whipped cream on my brownies at home–I don’t know if I would have whipped cream on them more often if I made whipped cream more often, but I usually just enjoy the brownie as is.

As for the brownies I made yesterday evening, I once again did the half nut, half no nuts method as it makes my entire family happy (My father and sister preferring nuts while my mother and my fiancé prefer no nuts) and since I enjoy both, it’s a win-win.
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I enjoy the chocolate-y goodness of the no nuts, but also like the nuts as I feel it gives a nice break when a brownie could be too rich. I may really enjoy chocolate, but I still prefer something light to really heavy.

I have a feeling I’ll make these brownies again, but whether that is the next time I feel like brownies or experimenting more, we’ll have to see!

    Ingredients

  • 1 cup Butter (or 2 Sticks), softened or melted - Personally I went somewhere inbetween–some melted, but mostly softened!
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups White Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup of Walnuts (Optional) – Feel free to use up to 1 cup of nuts or even a different kind of nut if you’d like!
    Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 Pan/Baking Tray.
  2. Combine the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Once blended, beat in one egg at a time until everything is combined.
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a bowl. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture until blended.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and, if you have chosen to include nuts, your chosen nuts.
  5. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until an inserted toothpick comes out mostly* clean (Should be 35-40 minutes). Remove and let cool.

*Since there’s chocolate chips in them, they will still be a bit gooey. Make sure to check if it’s the brownie itself or the chocolate chips before putting it back in as you don’t want to overcook them!

While most people recommend cooling on a Wire Rack, I actually don’t have a Wire Rack so I cut it vertically (six cuts) and let it cool that way before cutting it horizontally as well.

So much to say about Pokemon + Pokemon Center Delivery

In general, I tend to always have certain goals in Pokemon:
1. Have all the customization stuff I like
2. Complete my Pokedex
3. Get all the Certificates and other trinkets
4. Get every ribbon I can on each of my main party (So this excludes the special event ribbons and Champion Ribbons (plus the ribbons from past games since I try to make my party in each game just who you can get in that generation and they are all from Gen 6) because those are things I can never get…. though, those facts really bother my OCPD)

For XY, I have only 2 completely done. I have most of one done (all the clothes), but am currently stuck because of decorations. As far as I’ve been able to check, nobody knows for sure what all the decorations are. Most just list “that they have found” and I haven’t really seen ones with pictures of everything either. As someone who loves these kind of things, this is really annoying. Two of the items I know I want that I haven’t seen are the Substitute Doll and the Pikachu Hot Air Balloon. But the entire way to get them is pretty random which means not only do I know if I will ever get them, there’s no real control on even getting what I know I want (and who knows what else I could want!). This is why I really am not fond of random/luck-based systems. I had really enjoyed the Movies in B/W2 to an extent because of how it worked like a puzzle, but the fact that there was still a large system of randomness in there (versus if it was the right choice, it would always go through rather than a chance to fail) made it quite frustrating at points.

This is my Pokemon Amie at the moment:

It’s cute, but I’m not still super happy about it quite yet either. I think I have all the backgrounds at least now? But I also have over 10 of several items and some even more than 20.

Going off of Serebii, these are just some of the items I know I’m missing (* by the ones I’m pretty sure I want):
Pink Seashell Cushion *
Rising Smoke Cushion
Frozen Cushion
Red Target Cushion
Blue Circle Cushion
Withered Leaf Cushion
Fallen Leaf Cushion
Ghostly Pumpkin Cushion
Dragon Hill Cushion
Cross-Top Screw Cushion
Slot-Top Screw Cushion
Black Rock Cushion
Cream Ring Cushion *
Shock Cushion
Stump Cushion
Soft Ground Cushion
Hard Ground Cushion
Yellow Yarn Cushion
Purple Gem Cushion
Iron Ore Cushion
Iron Cushion
Water Heart Object *
Fighting Heart Object
Rock Heart Object
Dragon Heart Object
Fairy Heart Object *
Decorative Treat Object *
Light Bulb Object *
Substitute Cushion *
Deadly Poison
Mysterious Cactus *
Mystery Crystal *
Honey Object *
Sparkling Mineral Object *
Crown Object *

And there could still be more (considering I even noticed some I had gotten that were not there) :/

As for #3 (and this also ties into #4)… While I did complete my Pokedex, I have not managed to earn any of the trophies/statues for completing the Battle Maison and thus, will most likely not earn those Ribbons either (You get one for beating any on normal and another for beating any on Super) and it infuriates me to no end because I can’t say enough how much I hate the Battle Frontier–and when I say Battle Frontier, I mean all iterations of it so this includes the Pokemon World Tournament, the Pokemon Battle Subway, and the Pokemon Battle Maison. Essentially every Battle Tower and it’s other versions. It’s not that I don’t care so much for the different themes–it’s that it is essentially forcing Competitive Battling into the game and I don’t care to competitive battle at all.

For me, it’s against how I like to play Pokemon. I like to go with a team of Pokemon I meet and stick with them. These Pokemon that got me through the game. Not breed them over and over to get “perfect versions” of them. Not only do I rarely use the breeding feature (another OCPD thing partially), but as the idea of going on this journey with these Pokemon you become friends with, the idea of turning them into breeding machines feels really messed up to me. And so, I have no interest in it.

And while I can prepare my Pokemon either by leveling quite a bit or preparing their attacks so the team of 6 can do anything, I can’t do that in those modes because they are full of perfect IV/EV Pokemon (something that, again, I don’t care for) and legendaries and just… computer characters tend to cheat to begin with and this is like them at their cheating ultimate. I rarely have luck on my side in games, I often get screwed over by the RNG, and this just isn’t fun for me. I probably wouldn’t care if I could keep my Pokemon at 100 (even if it’d be overkill) or like how the mandatory first visit to the Pokemon World Tournament where your Pokemon kept their levels even if it was much higher than the competition.

And people will go “well, it’s optional”, but when you’re completionist it’s really really really not. It’s not that I don’t want to work for it–it’s that it’s something that goes for only one way of playing the game and not everyone who enjoys Pokemon likes to play that way. I don’t battle online because this is something that has become the “norm” and I’m just not okay with it. I like my team.

I don’t care if they aren’t the super most awesome team ever. I went through the game with them and I had a fun journey through XY with them and I had fun. And then it’s like hitting a giant brick wall that tells me “They’re not good enough”. They became champions of the region and you’re going to tell me they aren’t good enough? That sucks. That really really really sucks. It’s one thing to play other ways to complete things–it’s another point where a game tells you “oh hey, this is a journey with these new friends to explore the world of Pokemon!” then when you get to the end “Time to toss them to the curb because they suck!”.

And no, I can’t just “make better versions”–this is my team. I do not want to replace them. And if I ever started a Pokemon game with breeding this perfect team, it would just be completely against why I play and enjoy Pokemon. That day I’d ever do that is the day I’d no longer play the game. I don’t have anything against people who do it–some of my best friends do it. I have fun watching some of the tournaments. Just don’t force people like me who enjoy playing and just knowing type advantages and other things and don’t care about all these inner stats and numbers behind the screen.

Let us go on a journey and make friends–not train the ultimate knock out machines. And I try so hard with what I can do–I even suffered through the EV games and I can’t aim worth crud:

But it’ll never be complete due to a mode I can’t do because of how it works. And I hate that it was created. Whether that mode was there or not, there’d still be competitive Pokemon. And maybe there could be an option to put at equal level (for those who want the competitive mode) or to keep a player’s Pokemon as is. Just something so those who want to complete the game but not be SUPERHARDCORECOMPETITIVE can still finish it. Because right now, unless they do the latter, they can’t. And that has literally been such a motivation breaker for me each and every game. I mean, can I possibly get extremely lucky? SURE. MAYBE! But it’s highly unlikely and as it is, I hear more often than not that my team isn’t good enough. :(

If the Battle Frontier stayed like the Tower in Crystal (no actual ingame reward) or was just BP for special Battle items and didn’t have ribbons or trophies or other cool customizeable stuff (besides changing the color of the Trainer ID–I don’t mind that at all.), I wouldn’t care. It’s just those few things where it’s like the only thing left to finish. It’d be like if there was another badge you can get. That just sucks, optional or not.

Moving onto ORAS announcements, more information on the contests were announced. I’m pretty excited about Cosplay Pikachu–though, I still wish there were other colors of the outfits or you can mix and match parts. I adore the Belle outfit, but have mixed feelings on the hat and don’t care much for the color–similarly, I really like the colors and sparkles and bow of the Cute outfit, but don’t like how un-modest it is. This would be the most awesome thing ever:
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But it won’t happen (and yes, I know I don’t edit well, shhh).

Speaking of un-modesty, I REALLY hope this isn’t the only contest outfit:
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While yay pink, I just… I don’t like how much the outfit shows. I 100% prefer Dawn’s contest outfit (pink dress) or even wouldn’t mind seeing Rosa’s Princess dress from the movie as a contest outfit:
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Not to mention there are more Pikachu than that so it’d be odd to just have one that only matches one each… I also hope since outfits are being mentioned (Plus Brendan’s new skin color), Customized Trainers really will return. I think it’ll be incredibly stupid if they don’t… I mean, just in Secret Bases alone it’d be really awesome and I’d love to see more outfits, but it still hasn’t been announced yet and Pokemon tends to have a trend of removing neat things through the games (Pokemon following you, Secret Bases in the first place, Seasons, etc.) while leaving stuff like the Battle Frontier :| (Which hopefully since it’s Ruby and Sapphire remakes, may actually not be featured! But it probably will. And have special furniture and ribbons. Because of course -_-)

I just hope I’ll be able to get my Pokemon’s appearance stats high enough (with PokeBlocks that raise all stats) to get the ribbons on each of my party for ORAS. I always have hated how you have to switch attacks around for Contests versus Battling more often than not if you want to do more than one… Hopefully the TMs being able to be used more than once will stick around and make that less painful at least.

Finally, to end this in a more happy tone (though, there are some happy things strewn about above), I received my most recent order from PokemonCenter.com today!:
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Special Delivery Pikachu (SO happy I got one before it sold out!) – It’s so cute. Really soft–you can’t remove anything (unless you pull/snip a few threads) and the little brown package also has a pokeball on it like the Pokeball on the bag and hat.

The Grand Opening Pin which looks much better in person (not that you can really tell with my horrible lighting…)
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The Postcard set! The enevelopes are just plain white (as are the insides of each card), but there’s one of each sticker (and enough for each card) plus on the back of each card is one of the same designs as the stickers:
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Close-up of the Stickers + one of the Postcard Backs:
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The Notebook – It’s the same size as the Pikachu notebook, but I think the Pikachu one is nicer. The artwork is still lovely though:
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The page artwork:
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I still really want to get this and possibly a few shirts so I’m sure I’ll make another order eventually… I just hope the Grand Opening Notecube doesn’t sell out T~T (also debating on the Binder as it looks nice, but I really have no use for it right now…)

August 9, 2014

Tomodachi Life: Photo a Day Challenge Wrap up

So, from July 11th to today, August 9th, the official Nintendo of America twitter put out a tweet about a Tomodachi Life Photo a Day Challenge. I actually really enjoy these and loved when I did the Animal Crossing one so of course I had to do this one too.

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July 11th, 2014 – Day 1 – Your QR Code:

This QR is pretty outdated now but…

July 12th, 2014 – Day 2 – Your best friends:

Can’t really get closer than the guy I’ll be marrying :P Plus a Puppy! :D

July 13th, 2014 – Day 3 – Celebs on the Island

BTR is probably the closest I have to RL ones despite basing it off the show’s versions of the characters… Otherwise, going by ingame/inshow universe (while the above still fits), there’s really quite a few so I picked some random ones for a group photo.

July 14th, 2014 – Day 4 – Fashion Statement

Pink [Princess-y] dresses forever.

July 15th, 2014 – Day 5 – Craziest Dream

This was hard to decide, but in the end, I think the Worship one is the Craziest. The one where a face pops off one of the Miis into space is a close runner-up though.

July 16th, 2014 – Day 6 – Weirdest Dialogue

(In which there’s so many, I just picked the weirdest that had happened today)

July 17th, 2014 – Day 7 – Best Cafe Chat Session

July 18th, 2014 – Day 8 – Baby Photo

July 19th, 2014 – Day 9 – Miis on the Beach

July 20th, 2014 – Day 10 – AR Photo

July 21st, 2014 – Day 11 – Disposable Camera Photo

July 22nd, 2014 – Day 12 – Favorite Newsflash

(Tied with the Teddy Bear + Whale saving ones)

July 23rd, 2014 – Day 13 – Best Import Wear

July 24th, 2014 – Day 14 – Judgement Bay

July 25th, 2014 – Day 15 – Quirky Questions


Since there’s 3 rounds per game, I decided to do 3 games and pick a favorite round from each (plus I included the action they do when done)

July 26th, 2014 – Day 16 – Favorite Interior

I CAN NOT DECIDE BETWEEN THESE. Special mentions to all the other interiors with cute plushies and/or animals.

July 27th, 2014 – Day 17 – Photo of All Island Residents

July 28th, 2014 – Day 18 – Best Concert Moment

In which nobody should be surprised by now because I love this performance so much. Plus a bonus screenshot from the solo version!

July 29th, 2014 – Day 19 – Favorite Photo Studio background

July 30th, 2014 – Day 20 – Splurge Rankings

July 31st, 2014 – Day 21 – Best Market Sale

August 1st, 2014 – Day 22 – Kaleidoscope

August 2nd, 2014 – Day 23 – Magic Trick

August 3rd, 2014 – Day 24 – Hair Color

Normal and dyed!

August 4th, 2014 – Day 25 – Favorite Hat

A hair accessory and a more traditional hat!

August 5th, 2014 – Day 26 – Best Costume – The outfit my Mii usually wears is technically a costume and my favorite outfit in the game, but I figured I’d include an actual full costume as well.

Honorable mentions are the Bear Costume and the Princess Costume (the latter which I still haven’t unlocked T__T)

August 6th, 2014 – Day 27 – Favorite Pawn Shop Item

August 7th, 2014 – Day 28 – BBQ Photo

August 8th, 2014 – Day 29 – Favorite Food


My Mii really likes Pear and Grilled Cheese for some reason. Don’t care much for Pears personally, but Grilled Cheese is something I do enjoy–just not one of my favorites. Here’s what I’d probably expect as my top favorites (essentially any two from these) due to how much I love them in real life:



With a bonus for this super pretty cake:

August 9th, 2014 – Day 30 – Travel Photos



Note: I received the game early from Nintendo. Thank you, Nintendo! :D If you are interested in Tomodachi Life, you may want to look into picking it up!

August 1, 2014

Tomodachi Life: New SpotPass DLC and Monthly Interior!

So, it’s the first of the month which means we have a new SpotPass DLC!:

The Vacay Swimsuit. It’s the Swimsuit that appears in the cutscenes that show when 2 Miis break up. It looks different when equipped on males:

Plus, since it’s August there’s a new interior!: Tropical beach



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(Cute little Crab, Beach Ball, Tropical Drinks, and everything else is though!)

Note: I received the game early from Nintendo. Thank you, Nintendo! :D If you are interested in Tomodachi Life, you may want to look into picking it up!

July 31, 2014

Tomodachi Life: I still take too many pictures

So, while I may be looking forward to lots of things, I’m still having a lot of fun with Tomodachi Life and various things have happened.

For one, Neveah grew up and has been sent off to explore the world:

As did Jasmine and Bryson:

Jasmine and Bryson were on the port first:

They managed to go off quickly though while Neveah is still waiting for someone to come by.

Some fun pictures of Jasmine before she went off (her hair changed a lot):

And we received letters from those who have already traveled away:

Bryson didn’t take long to send letters too though:




More Miis also got together:



And new babies were born:

Sarah takes after her mom a lot:

Meanwhile, some are starting to get to known eachother:

We also had some more interesting news:




And other random moments:





Plus I got completely ahead of myself with the Photo Booth again due to the Tomodachi Life Challenge to pick my favorite background:














But yes, it’s still been pretty eventful on Pink Sea Island :P Hoping proposals happen soon! More babies should be born any day now too. I also streamed Tomodachi Life a bit inbetween some Animal Crossing playthrough which you can watch on Youtube!

Note: I received the game early from Nintendo. Thank you, Nintendo! :D If you are interested in Tomodachi Life, you may want to look into picking it up!

July 29, 2014

Some chatter about SDCC Exclusives

So, San Diego ComicCon finished up a couple of days ago and I had been looking through the Exclusives list on the official SDCC website (I know it’s not complete–I sadly can’t find a complete list on one site :( If I do find one, I’ll edit! ) and decided to list some of my favorites which I will probably eventually try to get off Ebay when I have the money (Along with all the lovely AnimeExpo and Otakon stuff from their Sailor Moon days T___T). I’ve only been to SDCC once (About 4 years ago) and I had a lot of fun. I’d love to go back, but between tickets (to even get them) and travel expenses, it’s unlikely.

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Factory Entertainment Inc.’s Archer Pink Dolphin Puppet – An adorable Pink Dolphin and for Charity!

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Fat Rabbit Farm’s Ninja Turtle Babee v2 – Michelangelo was always my favorite and Babee the Fat Rabbit is adorable, so how could I not love this cute plushie?

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Gentle Giant Ltd. / 3D Systems’s R2-KT SDCC 2014 Ex. Maquette – R2-D2 is adorable and this lovely pink KT model is just as cute. Plus also for charity! Yay for charity!

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Toynami’s Hello Kitty x Street Fighter – Chun-Li Vinyl Coin Bank – While I don’t care too much for Vinyl Coin Banks (I think the coin slot always looks odd), I still really love the design. Chun-Li is my favorite Streetfighter Character and I also like Hello Kitty so!

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Upperdeck’s Hello Kitty SDCC Exclusive – I…really like collecting these kinds of things.

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USAopoly’s Soft Kitty Limited Edition Monopoly Token – LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS.

Honorable Mentions: I don’t watch these shows/play these games/read these books/comics, but I still really like/would totally have bought all of the following:
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Blizzard’s Nether Faerie Dragon Plush and Whimsyshire Treasure Goblin Plush are just really cute.

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Entertainment Earth’s Game of Thrones’ Dragon Egg Set. I really love rocks and find Fabergé eggs really pretty so I just think these are really beautifully done.

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Jim Balent’s BroadSword Comics School Bites Poppits – They are just really cute.

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Thinkgeek’s Bee and Puppycat Inflatable Sword – It’s a pink inflatable sword. I don’t think I need to say more.

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UCC Distributing Inc.’s Bravest Warriors 6″ Catbug Plush – I don’t care for the show, but Catbug is super adorable. I’d watch a Catbug just being cute show.


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