Crystal Dreams

January 15, 2017

On getting to try the Nintendo Switch!

So, Mark and I were able to check out the Nintendo Switch this afternoon (Saturday afternoon incase I end up not publishing this until Sunday :P) and while we didn’t really record too much (The one requirement is we needed to try and record hands in the shot which wasn’t always easy–especially if we were both playing), I still have a lot to talk about and a good amount of pictures too.

We managed to get there over an hour early, but a good amount of the line had already been formed. We were at least close to the front. It had started to snow quite a bit so I’m glad they let us in a bit early just to wait somewhere warm. Upon getting up the stairs, we were greeted by a really awesome Link statue:

First stop for us was right to Breath of the Wild. We couldn’t afford to go to E3 last year (though, even if we could I think it still would have been our first stop) so my husband has been dying to play it for so many reasons so of course I let him go for it.

There was a line throughout the entire event so I’m glad we got into the first group of people who were able to play.

Right next to it was Snipperclips so that was the next game we ended up playing. It really is so much fun and I wish we were able to play more before the demo ended.

I look forward to playing it in March–it’s definitely going to be a game we get pretty quickly if not at launch.

We then headed back towards the entrance to play Super Bomberman R. Having never played the classic Bomberman, I was so incredibly surprised I actually managed to win most of the rounds. I don’t think the other people we played against were too happy about it though. It really was a lot of fun though and while I think I still prefer the kind of battlefields the N64 version had, I definitely want to pick this game up soon at some point.

There were a few display set-ups showing the Switch as well:

This is really the only time we got to see the Joy-cons connected to the Grip though. We never actually got to play with it like that in the games we tried.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was next up and just, before I get into it, I want to just talk about the various set-ups they had. When they did something like this for the Wii U, it was mostly very sleek–everything was white and blue and it was generally smaller, but this place was so much bigger and just had all kinds of cool things set up.

I loved these so so so much. I kind of wish the Diner was actually serving special Mario-themed things just because it felt so authentic that I felt like it should have been, but it was just such a good display. Getting back onto the topic of Mario Kart 8, it’s SO nice to have a proper battle mode again. I was absolutely terrible at Bomb Rush because my aim continues to suck, but I still had fun. The game also easily runs a lot smoother. That said, I don’t personally feel it’s enough for me to want to rebuy the game and have to unlock everything again. I also just want to point out while I actually was okay with just using one Joy-con for Snipperclips, I actually found it pretty painful after a while in Mario Kart.

Next up was Street Fighter and before I get into the game itself, I just… want to talk about this a bit. So, most of the time my husband and I played together. I generally do not enjoy playing against people I don’t know for a lot of reasons unless I am also playing with someone I do know. Regardless, this guy wanted to play with someone so I ended up going up against him and just… do not assume and be a condescending jerk like this guy was. I picked Chun-Li and her color immediately and then he kept telling me how to choose my character and what button did what as if I’ve never played Street Fighter before, let alone a fighting game. I didn’t ask nor do I believe anything I said even came off that way. I’m pretty sure I even said I played the game before when the Nintendo Rep asked and the guy was already there at this point.

The reason the game didn’t continue? Because he actually hadn’t hit submit on his color not realizing the option was there. He just assumed that me, this girl in a cute sweater dress with a pink bag had no idea what I was doing and that it was my fault. And his response when he realized? “oops, it was me”. No apologies. No anything. So let me just say it was incredibly relieving to end up winning the match overall.

I did lose the first round (though, it was very close–it was down to one more hit on both sides), but won the next two even if the third it seemed he really wanted to be cheap with the projectiles. I don’t think he was happy that he was beaten by a girl who he essentially acted like she had never seen a game in her life. Just don’t act like this. If someone asks for help, that’s one thing, but don’t make all these assumptions and be a pompous jerk about it.

We then headed over to the other section and tried out Sonic Mania. I’ve mentioned before that Sonic is super important to me and while I love the 3D games more than the 2D ones, Sonic Mania was still really enjoyable. I played Tails so I mostly did nothing, but it was still pretty fun regardless.

Splatoon 2 was up next and I was super nervous as the gyro controls were on. We used pro-controllers, but I just do not do well with gyroscopes. Despite that, our first match I actually did the best with the most ink… well, inked, 8 kills, and 0 deaths. I did pretty well the second time too and both times our team won. I’m not sure how I feel on the new Roller special (the Super Jump Smash), but I still had fun. I’m definitely more interested in the story mode if anything, but I will probably pick this up in the Summer.

We decided to play Fast RMX next and I actually have never played an F-Zero Game so this was pretty new for me. My husband managed to get first place in our first race while I got third, but in our second race I got first and he got third. It was a really fun time and I think I actually had more fun with it than I did with Mario Kart. I think Mario Kart just had me permanently down due to the customization-stat things which I didn’t feel were in effect as much with Fast RMX.

The final game we played was ARMS. It’s pretty fun and I won each of the matches we did. I still don’t know if it’s my kind of game though. I feel like if someone asked, I’d play, but it’s not something I’d really pick up for myself to play as I’m just not super big into fighting games (even if I’m not that bad at them). It’s definitely a neat game though and I think it has a lot of potential so I’ll probably at least keep an eye on it.

When we left, we were given a cookie and a pin. Even though it wasn’t as much as the goodie bag we got at the Wii U event, it was still a nice surprise.

The cookie was very tasty.

Overall thoughts: The Switch is really fun. I found the controllers easy to hold and lightweight, the games enjoyable, and just generally had a good time. All the Nintendo reps were great and time flew by even when we were just relaxing a bit. I would say the only negatives I can think of are my hand cramping a bit during Mario Kart and the Street Fighter issue I mentioned above (which has nothing against the game or system which were both fine). It was a great event and I’m so happy I got the opportunity to go. I’m so excited for March.

January 13, 2017

On the Nintendo Switch

As per usual with these, I will mostly be talking about things that caught my own attention and my opinions on that versus reporting everything :) If you haven’t watched the presentation yet, I highly recommend doing so. I already made sure to preorder the Nintendo Switch myself (though, I am still hoping the colored Joy-con version will go up… There is also a chance that I may just preorder at Nintendo NYC) along with a few games and am anxiously awaiting some accessories and Amiibo to go up…. But let me go ahead and get into my opinions here.

One of the nice things with the presentation is it immediately came out with the price point and release date–$300 and March 3rd, 2017. The price is a bit more than I expected (I was thinking closer to $250), but after all the features in the controllers, I can see how it tips over to that. The date, however, threw me off completely. I was expecting late March, MAYBE mid-March at the earliest so the fact that the system is only about a month and a half away is practically mind-blowing to me. And wow will I need to finish Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World fast :P

After some information on the system and the massive amount of features in the Joy-con controllers…

…we were thrown right into games starting with 1-2-Switch which kind of reminds me of what Wii Sports and Nintendo Land were for the Wii and Wii U. However, as far as I can tell, the game doesn’t seem to actually come with the Nintendo Switch and is its own game. I may have tried it if it came with the system, but for now I’ll probably hold off on it.

Next up was ARMS which is a brand new IP. It’s a fighting game with essentially elastic arms. While I’m not personally too interested in it, I think the art style is fairly interesting and it’s really colorful. I really like Ribbon Girl’s Design:

We then got Splatoon 2. While a lot of people were thinking the game would be a port with added features, I’m kind of excited to see how much more is in it due to it being an actual full game. If you follow my tweets or have read some of my other posts here, you’ll know I slowly started to just… stop having much fun with Splatoon due to:
-Stats being tied to customization.
-Match-making issues.
-The awful local multiplayer.
-Not being able to still get experience if playing in a full room of friends.
-The experience changes past level 20 which no longer gave you any credit based on how well you did personally.

Despite that, I am very interested in the story of this game for many reasons. For one, Splatoon 2 takes place 2 years after the original game. I mean, this is apparently Inkopolis Square:

And yes, I said that right–Inkopolis Square is not only the new popular area to hang out, but is two stations over from Inkopolis Plaza. There were also various new characters such as Mini-Judd:

And while I ended up no longer really playing the game, I still had a lot of interest in the characters and lore behind Splatoon so knowing this game takes place two years later, the new characters, and, for whatever reason, Marie being alone…

I just have so many questions I am looking forward to learning the answer to. I really hope Callie, and the Squid Sisters in general, are okay.

I still want to know if we can play the normal multiplayer locally without having to be on different systems though… That is the one thing I’m really interested on.

Mario’s new game came up next and I AM SO EXCITED FOR IT!! Out of everything new we heard about during the press conference, Super Mario Odyssey is easily the game I am most hyped about.

It’s not going to be out until Holiday 2017, but well, at least that means I’ll have a large amount of time to finish Zelda :P

The game was mentioned to be similar to Nintendo 64 which is my all-time favorite Mario game (though, my favorite 2D Mario is Super Mario World) and as someone who just generally prefers full 3D Mario games… I can’t help but be excited. It just looks great and New Donk City reminds me a lot of Station Square from Sonic Adventure which is one of my favorite Sonic games. I can’t wait to see more of this game.

The next game to get my attention was Xenoblade 2. I don’t really have much interest in Xenoblade, but it actually looks really pretty and I can’t help but be intrigued by it this time around.

Of course, this wasn’t the only game to catch my interest–Project Octopath Traveler (which I am assuming isn’t going to be its final title). The art style is incredibly pretty and I can’t help but want to know more about the game:

Finally, the last game to be shown is the one everyone wanted to know the date for most of all–The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you have not seen the trailer yet, do yourself a favor and watch it right now:

It is absolutely breathtaking. It’s beautiful and cinematic and makes me so excited for this game and is one of the few launch titles for the Switch. There’s also voice acting which, while I know some people were apprehensive about, I think has been done really well. You can also hear the Japanese voices over here. For the most part, I feel like they picked fairly similar voices between the two. The only one that stands out as kind of off to me in comparison is Zelda’s… she almost sounds too deep? Or something? I’m not really sure, but I just don’t really find it fitting and I can’t place it. Every other voice sounds fine to me though. I’m very curious if Link will actually talk too.

Also, the Master Edition of the game is amazing and I need it:

I unfortunately missed the pre-order which breaks my hopes and dreams, but hopefully it’ll pop back up on Amazon or I can catch it at Nintendo NYC T~T I’m really looking forward to making a video series of the game (and the Master Edition looks like it’d be so fun to unbox…). It’s hard not to be hyped for it, honestly.

Breath of the Wild will be one of the few games for the Nintendo Switch’s launch and while I am a bit concerned with there not being too many at launch, I’m pretty sure this was going to be the game I jumped right into anyway so maybe that’s for the best…

With that, the conference was over, but information was not and there were some things that were not shown during the Press Conference.

For one, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! As expected, it’s mostly a port, but includes all the DLC and several new additions. Best of all though, it comes with a much proper Battle Mode:

The courses look really fun, honestly. And besides King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. joining the roster, we also have Inklings!

And yes, that is a Splatoon course. There will be new karts as well. While I think all the new additions look great, I’m not sure if it’s enough for me personally to want to essentially repurchase the game on the Switch. Part of why I ended up no longer playing on the Wii U was getting frustrated due to stats and appearance being tied together and my favorite combo not fitting my playstyle. I doubt that will have changed so I’ll likely hold off in the meantime, but maybe I’ll grab it down the line. It’s not out until April 28th so I have time to think about it.

Finally, I want to bring up some of the accessories and the Parental Controls. For the Parental Controls, just watch the video on the Nintendo Switch homepage. It is adorable and done wonderfully and just A+ Nintendo.

Bowser tries so hard to be a good dad.

As for the accessories, a lot of people are complaining about the prices. $80 for the L&R Joy-cons and well, what did you expect? Most controllers are about the price of a game now. The Pro-controller is only about $10 more and those are only $20 more and considering just HOW much they can do compared to most other game controllers, I am not surprised at all. I think the initial sticker shock can happen, but it’s completely understandable considering just how much is in them, despite their size.

We also got to see two more Breath of the Wild Amiibo–I’m mostly excited for the Zelda one:

I’m still mixed on her design in the game, but in the Amiibo and official artwork, it really does look quite nice:

Also, I totally want a Zora Amiibo based off some of the official Zora artwork too:

The final thing, which I didn’t bring up earlier, is just concern over Online services. Online services will be free until the Fall when they will cost a monthly fee. We don’t know what the price is just yet and I hope we get more information before the system comes out. While you do get a free game each month apparently (similar to how Playstation Plus works), as someone who still has her SNES and NES and all her games, I don’t have much interest in Virtual console or downloading games so it’s still not enough to really sell me it. It’s not enough to stop me from getting the Switch either though so we’ll see.

I also really want to know more on if we’ll need to have more than one console to play together or not because while local multiplayer and online multiplayer was confirmed, it seemed more for two consoles versus on the same system.

Overall though, despite some concerns with certain things, I’m so incredibly hyped for the Nintendo Switch and I can’t wait to play it on Saturday and watch the Treehouse Live presentation later. But yes, those were my thoughts! And now I have… about 5 hours of sleep I can get before Treehouse Live starts :P At the moment, no promises for writing up any thoughts after the Treehouse Live presentation (I’ll probably keep most short thoughts on my twitter), but definitely expect some photos and ramblings on Saturday after we get to try out the Nintendo Switch <3 And some videos too! Edit: So, as I expected, I really don't have enough to say about Treehouse Live's presentation, though it was longer than I expected! As mentioned, most of my thoughts can be seen on my twitter, but I wanted to talk about two launch games specifically that I got more excited about playing after seeing them on Treehouse Live (and both are coincidentally ones I did not mention in this article before):
1. Snipperclips. Snipperclips is a bit odd, especially just from screenshots.

But it’s a really cute puzzle game that requires more thinking than you expect and you can work with a friend and I am pretty excited for it now. It’s a $20 game that will be on the eShop at launch so hopefully I can pick it up at some point between all the Zelda playing.

2. Super Bomberman R. I have a very softspot for Bomberman, but I’ve actually only played the Nintendo 64 version. I have fond memories of the story mode and also reining terror on the various battle stages. I’ve never actually played the classic versions of it though. I was first put off by what we had seen, but after getting to watch much more of it, I figured it might be fun–especially when playing with someone. These were my favorite Bombers:

I’ll probably use the Pink one, though, I adore Aqua’s skirt and ribbon.

I don’t know if I will get Super Bomberman R right away (as it is, the amount we’ll need to save before March 3rd is pretty crazy), but we’ll see. I’m sure I’ll get it eventually though.

January 12, 2017

On Game of the Year, Nintendo Switch, and Other Ramblings

One of the things I had been asked recently was what my game of the year was last year. I didn’t really mention anything at all, but thinking about it, I don’t know if I had one. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy any games this year, but it means there wasn’t really anything that really stood out to me for me to be like “Oh, yeah, that is definitely my game of the year”.

In general, I felt most games I played this year went under one of the following:
-Beta/Early Access/Alpha – I feel like so many games are doing the “hey, pay to actually test out our game” which is something I’ve always had mixed feelings on. Beta Testing is an actual job and requires so much time to properly do. I think this is a good way to help fund a game, but at the same time just don’t really know how to feel about it. I suppose most people who do pay don’t actually do much beta testing though so… Regardless, it’s hard to really rate a game no matter how much fun I’m having before I know how much may change in the future. I also generally don’t want to put too much time into something if my saved data could be reset.
-Came out last year for everywhere but here. – Not too many games go under it this year, but one big one is Style Savvy: Fashion Forward which also goes under the next section…
-It’s a Sequel. But better. Or a very nice update. – I really enjoyed Fashion Forward–it did a great job improving on the last 3DS game in the series, Trendsetters, but it also removed several things I really enjoyed and still suffered a bit on pacing due to how certain things in the game worked. I think in general, unless they want Style Savvy to be a game with tons of waiting, it is a game that works better without a real time clock. The reason it didn’t work in Trendsetters is because the month never changed/there was no real progress beyond a day/night cycle so even though it may be a “new day”, you could end up with the same wardrobe the entire time you played no matter how much you played because it’s still only items you’d find in November.

Disney Magical World 2 is great in a lot of ways, but so much of it is really the same from the first game so it almost feels like it’s just an overhaul with some new things.

And then we have Animal Crossing: New Leaf which while it really energized me again and even helped lessen the problems with the moving mechanic (7-10 days is a huge improvement over 5 days notice), it still didn’t fix the core of the problem. I’m not sure if they could be fixed with a patch, but at least it feels like some kind of attempt was there.

I don’t really care for the Campsite’s placing, but I still really enjoy it and everything added. Having so many great new items (though, the names switching between New Leaf and Happy Home Designer is incredibly confusing) gave me a lot of ideas of what to do with my rooms. Right now though, I’m debating on just setting my date back and forgetting about ever catching up. There doesn’t seem to be anything special for hitting your anniversary once more and I’d really like to re-upload my Dream Suite, honestly. With the proper flowers. All watered (which takes hours).
-Adoptable Sites, Visual Novels, and Dress-up games. Popping in and out of them mostly…
-Mobile Games – Unfortunately, with the weather being the way it is lately, I’ve been a sick mess and it’s been hard to find many things I can play in short bursts and keep my attention to. It sucks as there’s a lot more I’d like to play and just can’t.

I would say the ones I played the most were Miitomo and Pokemon GO. I also had fun with Abyssrium, Neko Atsume, and Spoon Pets and then tried out various other games randomly.
-Online Games. Overwatch mostly which while I enjoy when I play, is mixed because people can be jerks. Star Stable Online is also interesting, but… very strange. And it’s kind of lonely to play by myself.

The only games I can think of that I played a lot that do not fall under those are:
1. Pokemon Sun and Moon and well, it’s still a Pokemon game. While there is a lot I loved and enjoyed while playing Moon, a lot of its mechanics were also killing the game for me a lot. I’ve never had a Pokemon game where my favorite feature was ruined for me and I just felt so lost. The last time I felt as discouraged as this with a Pokemon Game was shortly before the Elite 4 in B/W. I don’t even recall why specifically.

2. ABZU – ABZU would probably be the closest to me for the year. I loved every moment of the game and it surpassed so much of what I expected. It was like a more relaxing Endless Ocean for me (speaking of which, please make a third game, Nintendo). Diving is something I personally can’t do, but am generally really curious about and just think looks like such a great experience. I loved the colors and all the fish and getting to look around and the places you could explore… I just wish there was a more concrete story to it.

And that’s the thing, most games didn’t really make me think OMGBESTGAMEEVER. It’s like I enjoyed it, but it just didn’t leave an everlasting effect on me and I can’t think of anything this year that really did. As mentioned, ABZU would easily be the closest to what I’d call my Game of the Year. And many games that people adored (such as Fire Emblem Fates) were just… not interesting to me at all. I feel it was kind of a weird year for games.

That said, I’m really hyped up for a lot of games this year already and with the Switch presentation tonight (22 hours to go!), I am incredibly excited to see what they bring. I wasn’t really interested in the trailer at all (the split controller looks too small to me which… says a lot considering I have tiny hands) as I just… don’t usually care to play anything out and about so the console being able to be brought is mostly just me feeling like it’ll be easier to pack places, so for the system itself, nothing really impressed me. I don’t care about specs and it’s really about the games and what else the system may have that will catch my attention. I LOVE the Mii Plaza. StreetPass Mii Plaza will always be one of my favorite things on the 3DS. I wholeheartedly enjoyed the channels like Check Mii Out and the voting thing on the Wii and stuff like that I’d love to see back on the Switch.

I’m doing my best to stay hopeful for it and I’m excited either way. I won’t be going to see it at the Nintendo Store though–I’d rather just watch from home, but I am looking forward to trying it on Saturday :) We’ll be taking pictures and recording so I look forward to writing stuff up and uploading some footage of it all! While I did have the opportunity to go the 13th, I chose the 14th so we can have a better idea to prepare after the late conference, enjoy the Treehouse Live stuff, and get a better idea of what we want to do.

I’m really hoping to get a lot more done this year. I just… didn’t feel like I did much of anything. Either in writing, videos… just getting things done. And maybe it’s because I just didn’t feel like I had a lot to do, but hopefully I can do a better job this year and find more time to stream as well.

January 1, 2017

DMW2 & AC:HHD – New Years Items & The Latest Challenge!

Happy New Year everyone! Hopefully 2017 will be a good year <3 To start the year off, there are some special Disney Magical World 2 items only available today!
Mickey and Minnie Daruma’s available from respective favor’s of showing them the Japanese themed outfits :) You can get the recipes for those from the Fortune Teller!

Not to mention it being the first of the month, there is also a brand new Happy Home Designer Challenge! This time, the theme is “An Adventure Begins”. I’ll be honest–I don’t know how much longer I’ll be doing the challenges. Having all the items from it now, I’d rather just find time to do more villager houses. Plus, working with these items just isn’t very fun–especially inside the houses. This time, I felt happier with the outside a bit, but I just couldn’t really make the inside work how I wanted it to:

Rating Address: 0506-5715-772

There’s a lot I want to do still so I’m just trying to figure out the best way to approach each one/best order to do so. Less than 2 weeks until the Switch news though so that’s really exciting! <3

December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays! – Random News & some DMW2

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season right now! Things have been quiet around here for a lot of reasons and while I’d rather not go into them fully, I will say there is a lot I had expected for this year and pretty much had anything I hoped to do or looked forward to doing get shot down. It sucks, a lot, and unfortunately as the year as gone on that feeling has gotten a lot worse. Christmas is generally my favorite time of the year and anyone who knows me well can easily tell you I haven’t been into the season as much this year.

That said, all the kind messages people have sent, surprise gifts on steam (Thank you so much to Carpet for Castle of Illusion months ago which I really hope to play soon/possibly even stream it and the only reason I haven’t is due to the above and Thank you very much to 7Cubed for Unbox–I can’t really put into words how much that caught me off guard and just meant to me because I just… didn’t expect it at all and it means a lot to me to just feel like I’m being thought about sometimes. A Thank you to two other friends of ours too for Slime Rancher and a Visual Novel. I really want to play/stream all of these games and hope to once I feel like I can really put my mood aside and fully enjoy them), random pieces of art people surprised me with (which you can see some of below), and just in general being kind.

I often feel so easily forgotten and especially so since my birthday this year so to every single one of you who commented here, on Youtube, on Facebook, and/or Twitter and just say Hi or make me feel like I’m not talking into the void, I appreciate it so much.

My general rules for doing things are:
1. Only do it if it’s something I truly want/hope to do. While I’m not necessarily against requests, I don’t believe in doing something just for views.
2. Don’t force any of it. If people want to like my videos, want to subscribe/follow, want to link to it… That’s great, I appreciate it, but I feel asking ruins the point and makes it less special. It’s never something I want to pressure people into doing.

Regardless, there is a lot to look forward to next year. Various games, the Nintendo Switch (and I am incredibly excited to actually go to one of the events in January), and hopefully a lot more things to accomplish.

Moving back towards the holidays, I’ve been trying to make sure I take care of things in various games, such as Disney Magical World 2’s cute mini event. From the 15th until the 24th, you can randomly run into Santa (with the 24th being the last day). I had been trying for ages, but he only finally showed up for me today:

Similarly, today and tomorrow you can be invited to Minnie’s Holiday party when she has a hangout favor:

Both events give you some exclusive items so be sure to do them. The next event should be either New Years Eve or New Years Day and I am really looking forward to it.

I’m looking forward to playing Style Savvy tomorrow for a small little conversation event, but it won’t be too much. As for other Christmas events in games, most of it has recently been in mobile games. I’ve been having a lot of fun with Pokemon GO’s and finally got enough Holiday Pikachu to get a Holiday Raichu:

I was really worried as I had only managed to get one Holiday Pikachu so far, but managed to get super lucky these last two days. I still need a normal Raichu though, but Pikachu just aren’t that popular around here. Maybe I can catch enough Holiday ones however…

I have yet to get any of the Johto Pokemon from eggs, but considering the rate increase over the holidays, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed.

Meanwhile, I also did Abyssrium’s Christmas event which is really cool. I love the fish designs.

Miitomo ended up having tons of Holiday-themed Miitomo Drops and even sent out a new holiday Miifoto:

And finally, Super Mario Run has some Christmas items which I really love and actually got me to borrow my father’s iPad for. Here’s hoping connecting with my MyNintendo account will let me keep all my stuff when it finally comes to Android or I’m going to be very sad…

In general, there is a lot I like about Super Mario Run. I think the price point is great as someone who does have a tendency to spend money for those kinds of things and it’s much cheaper than a full game honestly? Like it has a lot of content in it. And there are definitely games I’ve gotten a Lifetime membership to due to feeling like I was purchasing a full games. $10 is like nothing.

That said, two things about Super Mario Run really bug me:
1. The fact that all 5 coins need to be gotten in one go. I always have trouble with one especially and when I get it and then somehow miss on the last one, it sucks and suddenly I have to do it all over.
2. Toad Rally. Toad Rally is cute in itself, but it sucks that this is the only way to get Toads and that you can lose them. There’s no way to protect your Toads. There is no other way to earn Toads. If this game had micro-transactions, man do I wish it was for Toads because I am just suffering so much and really not enjoying Toad Rally at all. Losing sucks enough without losing most of your toads and it just is super discouraging. I really want to get the Holiday items before they’re gone, but I’m struggling to even want to bother when I could easily lose my progress.

I did, however, get the Tree and Poinsettias so far so just the Snowglobe left! I just… don’t know if I will manage to do it.

Anyway, if you’d like to add me to Super Mario Run, feel free! My friend code thingy is: 6412-4469-3496 :)

December 2, 2016

December brings a lot of updates and things to say!

I actually meant to write this yesterday, but unfortunately didn’t get the chance to. However, maybe that was for the best as I have even more things to add to this today. As I mentioned in my entry yesterday, the first of a month tends to bring a lot of things, but December is especially busy due to bringing in the Holidays and Winter-related events.

To start, Disney Magical World 2 officially has their Winter stuff happening. While the Christmas/Holiday related items started selling last month, all the Winter clothing, furniture items, and recipes only came into stock yesterday. They will be available until Winter is over in the game. Santa should be visiting mid-way through the month as well so that should be something to look forward too! While I think I may have gotten most of, if not the entire, set, I am still working on getting a lot of the clothing.

What I really like with Disney Magical World 2 though is that seasonal stuff is always first priority–it always felt so random in the first game. Some of the items DO cost medals though–normal medals, not the holiday ones so hopefully you have still be stocking those up! Regardless, while checking in for new store items, I at least made all the new recipes:

Meanwhile, in Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, besides new DLC, I could finally get two of the colors I was still missing!:

This allowed me to get Winter Green and Snow White. Unfortunately, the last color I need is unavailable until Spring…

There are also brand new Holiday-based Modeling jobs which get you some nice Christmas items (Like a Christmas Tree!):

I made a really nice Christmas room with the items I received:

Though, I may try and make some room for the lovely make-up set you can get starting this month as well:

Next up, a brief Animal Crossing: New Leaf update! If you have the Japanese game, you should be getting the White Festive Tree in the mail!

Hopefully other regions will see it soon. I am very thankful I was able to get one from a friend though :D I’m guessing the 2017 Cake will be given out in a similar way.

Over to what I’ve mostly been playing recently… Pokemon Moon! I finally completed my Living Dex (and Alolan Dex in general)!

While I think the Stamp being whichever legendary your version has is neat, I kind of wish it featured both. Maybe when the National Dex is added (if there even will be one).

I also made sure to get all the forms as well:

And Magearna will be available to get here in just a few days!

My next goal is to finish with the Photofinder. I’m about halfway there to getting the final rank. I’m not sure if I will bother with the Battle Tree though :/ I still can’t stand those. I also will hopefully have another Youtube video up involving Z-Moves later today. It will be one of the last few videos for Pokemon Moon and while I am debating on doing it after the last Z-Crystal is given out (as there are event-based ones), I might still do this now and just show those with the appropriate event.

Speaking of Youtube though, I’m actually less than 100 subscribers away from 4,000! While I already tweeted about this on Twitter, I just wanted to say once again, a big thank you! And this is also why I wanted to bring up something with my channel now and get opinions before putting anything in place. As most people know, if you watch my videos, I currently do not have any video ads. This is because I personally have a lot of issues with video ads–that said, many people I know don’t mind them.

Money has been especially tight this year due to pretty much everything going wrong and suddenly not having any stable line of income. This will, obviously, help out with that as right now, I’ve been restricting a lot of things in regards to this. Thus, I’ve made a poll–would you mind if I had ads in my videos?

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Feel free to vote no if that is your preference! I genuinely wish I didn’t have to ask this, honestly :( I’ll be putting this on Twitter as well.

Moving to a happier subject, MyNintendo actually received a big update and your Mii can now do all sorts of new actions. Below are just a few of my favorites.

There are so many different variants and even a new secret mission:
So be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet :)

Finally, even though weekly updates have stopped, I am still actively playing Pokemon GO! There just… isn’t much to say when I don’t have many Pokemon left. I did, however, after constantly catching things all week, FINALLY get a Ditto:
I’m so happy ;~; <3 And while I don't have much to say about The Game Awards, I really enjoyed the new Breath of the Wild footage! Especially this part: newzeldayay
Cute little horse and doggy <3 I am really looking forward to the game.

December 1, 2016

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – Challenge #15

So, it’s the first of the month which means a new Happy Home Designer challenge today! I.. do feel the challenges are getting more awkward, but I’m going to do my best to do each one as long as it’s different. Expect two more entries later today as well for some other games (though, you might have an idea of what to expect if you follow my twitter) :)

But yes, for Challenge #15, our theme is… “An attack of the snack.” where our only clue on what they’re going for is a giant Ant trying to eat Tom Nook. There aren’t any big items, so I’m guessing both Killer food and bugs attacking food would work.

I miss when I really felt like I did a good job. Despite trying hard, I just don’t feel like it’s ever coming out right. This is more like some Ants having a Dessert party if anything… But yes, the rating address: 0003-5702-009

November 24, 2016

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Changes and Things

So, most of my hopes with catching up in Animal Crossing have been on hold with Pokemon Moon’s release. While I have had a lot of mixed feelings on the games, I still have a lot I want to finish with Moon before I get back to Animal Crossing. I don’t know entirely when I will finish (maybe sometime in December), but until then, here’s some things that have happened recently.

One of the main things is thanks to so many people letting me catalog stuff, my catalog is once again complete! I don’t know if I will add all the new items into my checklist on here just yet (especially as so many of the new items don’t actually show up or are incredibly glitchy such as the Sanrio Clocks and TVs–I have some in my catalog and not others despite using the items and clearly having picked them up), but I’m happy to be finished with it.

While I haven’t succeeded too much in the moving my date along to catch it back up, I’m currently in October and have been doing various changes along the way to some of the rooms in the house. One of the nice things though is I did get to briefly see my Hydrangeas in bloom:

They’re the Bush that is planted the most around town, but don’t stick around very long.

Going to some of the changes around town, well…

I love the new models in this update. I just wish I could place patterns in rooms like I could in HHD so I could actually place Kapp’n on the River as it just doesn’t look as nice as it could.

I then had the very hard decision between Hot Chocolate or Tea:

I did go with the Tea Cup, but I love Hot Chocolate too.

And I got two of my favorite items from HHD:

The Fancy Tea Set and Cheese :D I love that Cheese plate. That is one nice selection of cheese.

The Decoy Duck also made a return:

And I got the Desert Island Good-luck Charm!

The room that got the biggest update was the trophy room:

I really wish I didn’t have to remove as many items as I did though. The item limit breaks my heart :/

Also, while I’m using the Gold Tea Set for now, I am debating on maybe using the Pink one:

I’d use both, but the item limit is also painful in the Kitchen so bleh.

Finally, thanks to Ruu, I was able to visit Filly!

I ordered a few things I wanted to actually have for rooms versus just catalogging :3 Everything IS translated, so hopefully we may see her in the future… but I wouldn’t be surprised if the items are removed again like what they did in Happy Home Designer….

And sadly, I hate to end on this kind of note, but just incase anything else like this happens…. Ignoring that I don’t go on Club Tortimer much anymore (or the island in general–after all that badge grinding, I’ve long been done with it), I will usually be wearing either my usual pink dress + a Detective Hat OR the Crown I usually wear (for when I forget to switch it or am just planning to check store items and not play anything). If not my pink dress, the only other thing I tend to wear is a Pink Wet Suit.

Similarly, this is my ID and I have all gold badges.

If the IDs don’t match up, that’s a quick clear indicator.

Finally, incase of Dream Suite issues. My town can not be found searching for Pink Sea. If any towns come up by searching Pink Sea, it isn’t mine. This is because when I started playing ACNL, my touchscreen was actually broken and I had to use a weird ‘a’ to name it Pink Sea. Thus, searching normally will not get it to show up (Your best bet is searching for Seamstry if you really want a quick search versus entering the Dream address). I do recommend using my dream address though as the last time things like this happened, Seamstry’s name was copied for a Villager too :/

On Pokemon Moon (and Sun)

This isn’t really a review and is mostly just going to be me rambling about what I liked and disliked in no particular order. Keep in mind that there will be spoilers for the plot so if you haven’t beaten the Elite 4/seen any of the Postgame, I wouldn’t recommend reading yet unless you don’t care about spoilers.

The newest games are so weird for me because there is a lot of stuff that I really like and a lot of things that are just… really frustrating to me. I think Alola is great and is a really expansive region. It’s nice feeling like I’m exploring so many different things while in the game place. I also like that there aren’t tons of new Pokemon. I know some people are upset that there’s only about 80, but we have over 800 Pokemon at this point. I’d honestly rather see more new regions and/or exploring multiple regions versus more and more new Pokemon. That isn’t to say I don’t like any new Pokemon–I really adore my team in this gen and it was nice to have a starter I liked again as I didn’t care too much for any of the ones in Kalos.

That said, while so much was put into the world of Alola, a lot of the buildings kind of were shafted in a way. I was so excited about the hotels for example, but you can’t do anything in them like you could in Kalos. I also feel this game would’ve been perfect for an upgraded version of a Secret Base or even just doing stuff in your room (instead of just permanent boxes being in your house).

Not to mention a lot of buildings have doors that essentially look painted on. You can’t enter or interact with them (Not even a “locked” dialogue) and they pretty much look fake compared to a door that you can.

The world itself still feels more vibrant with Pokemon cries while walking around and people passing you by (unless you’re talking to someone and then everyone else stops), but there’s just those points in buildings that feel kind of empty.

Going onto exclusives, while I’ve always understood Pokemon exclusives (though, am not particularly fond of them), two exclusives in the game are just… incredibly frustrating to me: The time and Colors. There is no reason Moon is 12 hours ahead. There’s no plot thing. It just is. And it constantly throws me off. The day still changes over at midnight. At noon, it is still the same day despite technically being midnight in the game. It’s just… weird and awkward and frustrating. I boot it up in the morning being all “Oh, I can catch this now” except I can’t because it’s night in my game. It’s just… weird. It’s one thing if I set it that way, but it’s just such an unnecessary game function and I haven’t found any enjoyment in it.

Similarly, color exclusivity is just… stupid. The customization in this game is such a mix because there are things they do great like all the head accessories and the ability to not choose hats (though, an option to wear both the accessories and hats like in X/Y would’ve been neat), but there are actually not that many things to choose from. Most of it is just adding a lot of colors which kind of gets a bit shafted when there’s 5 colors exclusive to each game. While there is a dye system, it’s much more convoluted than it need to be and I’ll get to it more when I talk about Festival Plaza. I also find it ironic that pink is exclusive to Sun when most girls I know actually got Moon.

I was surprised there are no dresses and there’s really only 3 types of tops (Short sleeves, tank, or slightly fancy short sleeves), a few different types of bottoms, and a few different types of shoes. They definitely tried to keep it very Summer-focused, but considering the rain storms and the snowy mountain where the Elite Four is, I would’ve liked to see some “warmer” things too (Quotations are things like tights, short boots, and 3-4 to long sleeves aren’t necessarily all warmer).

I also wish there were some choices with the PokeRider outfits if they had to exist. The novelty of those outfits (and the music for the PokeRides…) ran out to me so fast–especially considering nobody else riding around wears them. It’s kind of like my issue with Mario Kart where you have all the characters in their outfits but “Oops safety for you”and suddenly your Mii is in an ugly helmet and poofy suit rather than getting to wear something like the other characters.

This is especially ridiculous for Machamp. And even Lapras is pretty silly considering you have probably surfed on one for ages. And in X/Y, the attire wasn’t even needed when riding Pokemon. It’s just a bit of a weird choice and I’d rather see my character than wonder how she even fit her hair in the helmet and still have it look that way.

SPEAKING OF HAIR…. how is there no ponytail. This is a tropical region. Why can we not use a ponytail??


Speaking of which, end-game customization is dumb. Most people want to wear what they like for most of the game–not just the bit of post-game after.

But yes, I would’ve loved to put the hair I’m using in a ponytail :( It’d have been so cute… And I adored my ponytail from X/Y–with the bang options in this game, it would’ve been perfect. It’s just… so disappointing. There’s varied hairstyles, but mostly all down with the few upstyles just very short besides the pigtails.

One of the things that is actually killing me this game though is working on my Pokedex which is just… incredibly odd for me. I’ve gotten myself a living dex since I played Pokemon Blue which was my first Pokemon game. I used the Gameboy Printer and printed out my certificates. It was such a big deal to me. This is the first generation where I don’t have the motivation to do it and it’s really baffling to me. Thinking about it, I realized this comes down to two things–the removal of DexNav (which, they brought Pokemon Amie back in some way, I do feel DexNav could’ve returned even better) and just how overly complicated getting Pokemon gets in this game.

DexNav was so perfect for people like me who enjoyed catching things before moving on. But this game introduces so many different ways to really change up a Pokemon’s habitat that it just becomes frustrating–especially without that. Some Pokemon will ONLY show up in certain piles of grass on a route. Some will only be available through an SoS call which is one of the most frustrating features in the game and should have stayed exclusive to Totem Pokemon. Nearly every Pokemon being able to do it just makes the Totem Pokemon less interesting. And then making it so some SoS Pokemon will only be in certain weather too? It just isn’t fun. It’s an extra grind and when I find a shiny before I find the evolution of a Pokemon….

That’s just even more ridiculous.

Part of me still wants to try and work on my Pokedex, but I just feel so discouraged over it and don’t have the motivation despite spending hours writing up a list of what I need. Something about how it all works in this game is just making me not enjoy it. New elements are fun, but these changes just aren’t.

Festival Plaza is where I’ve been spending a lot of time, but I’ve hit a point where I just need so much FP (Festival Points) and the grinding gets tiring. Type Matchups is easily the best Mission to do, especially if lots of others are on, but it’s still something that just gets very repetitive. One of the nice things about Join Avenue was that you could actually purchase things with PokeDollars. I also feel like you were asked and requested for things more often than in the Festival Plaza.

I’ve managed to get most of what I wanted already so I have PokeDollars sitting here now with nothing to really do with them. I wish I could exchange them for more Festival Points so I could get some of the higher ranked buildings and buy more things. I mentioned the dye option before so more or less, there’s two ways you can get the exclusive colors–by ordering them from people or by using berries with the highest ranking Dye Shop (5 Stars). Ignoring how silly it is that you can’t have the normal color even if you have that Team’s shop at the highest rank (A 5 Star Team Pink will have Light, Pastel, and Dark Pink, but not the regular Pink), it’s just once again making things more complicated. At the moment, I have two Teams in my plaza–both Red and Pink so I could get the most pink shades. This means I have no Fortune Teller booth because you don’t really have much booth room.

Ordering would be more convenient if you could pick what you wanted, but not only do you just need to hope it’s the one item they mention that day, there is no guarantee they will let you order it.

The games are pretty and the cutscenes are lovely and the story is super interesting (even if it got dark at times and I genuinely thought they were going to kill someone) and I want to know so much more about it and the stuff that happened before you moved to Alola (You at least get some backstory on Lillie and Gladion’s Dad which gives some idea of what caused it, but there is still so much I want to know–maybe even find their dad. Heck, going to Kanto to help them would’ve been cool too), but with my favorite aspects of Pokemon games feeling so frustrating, I’m having a hard time to still have fun with it.

To end on a more positive note though, I love this flute:

I want this flute in real life. (And for the record, yes, I do know how to play the flute as well as the Piano)

Some other things I really do adore:
-Thank god for no HMs. I’d love to see in future games that your own Pokemon could be registered as a PokeRide thing–just a quick button to surf/fly on whoever even if they are in a Box. Especially if Poke Pelago is back by then.
-I LOVE TRIALS SO MUCH. I have mixed feelings on the totem battles (due to lag issues and just not a fan of battling), but I love so many different ways to essentially earn a badge. I would love to see more things like this return where you do puzzles and other challenges versus just battling.
-The stamp book is adorable.

November 11, 2016

Disney Magical World 2 – Christmas is here!

I mean, technically it’s actually a month and a half away, but despite that Disney Magical World 2 now has up their Christmas Decorations!

Now, if you’re new here, you may not realize something very important: I love Christmas. A lot of people are more about Halloween. I do not care much about Halloween. Christmas is my thing.

I love cute fancy Christmas dresses, baking fresh cookies, decorating the tree, drinking a warm drink (Hot Chocolate, Apple Cider, Tea…) in front of a fireplace. Ignoring that I do not currently have a fireplace in my home (which is a crime and is a requirement when we eventually have the funds to get our own place) and I can not keep a Christmas tree up 24/7 (which I am totally doing once I can), Christmas is just the season that keeps me feeling warm and fuzzy inside. I love the snow, I love singing Christmas songs, I love looking at the Christmas lights. Christmas is just an incredibly important time of year for me so even if DMW2 has it pretty early, seeing all the decorations up is super exciting.

Between ACNL and Pokemon Moon (ONE WEEK TO GO!), I’m a bit nervous about managing to keep up with it to get enough medals and catch everything. I’m going to do my best though. At the very least, I got to make all the new dishes:

And even threw a Christmas Party (Now if only it featured one of my favorite Disney Christmas songs):

I’ll be doing my best to earn everything else too :D

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