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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

Wii U and Miis not included
(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.

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

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?

R2-KT CW Pink Maquette_ (1)
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!

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!

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

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:
Blizzard’s Nether Faerie Dragon Plush and Whimsyshire Treasure Goblin Plush are just really cute.

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.

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

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

catbug CC 2014
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.

July 25, 2014

Excitement for Upcoming Things

So firstly, I want to talk about the new video that Nintendo uploaded showcasing the opening for Fantasy Life!

I get more excited everytime I see things for it. The video shows all the different jobs you can be. I’m leaning towards either Wizard or Tailor first–possibly Wizard so I can at least be able to defend myself while getting stuff for tailoring. That said, if I can play with my friends a lot, I may do Tailoring first so I can quickly get a cute dress (hopefully in pink).

Besides that, there was a new trailer for Hyrule Warriors showing off lots of new footage!:

Originally, I was still undecided about the game (though, I love Zelda’s dress), but this managed to make me a lot more interested and even pretty excited. I think Lana is pretty cool (and I do that dadadadada thing too) and I’m excited to see Princess Ruto in as well. I’m hoping because she and Darunia are in, there’s a good chance Saria will be as well. I have no idea who I will play as though right now and I’ll be even more indecisive if Saria is in…but I still want her in :P Ruto’s solo trailer alone makes me really excited to see what they could do with Saria:

(And Ruto’s attacks and stuff look really awesome)

Finally, Sakurai mentioned some neat stuff on Miiverse that makes me even more excited for Smash Bros–the StreetPass feature and the fact that the Tomodachi Life stage will read your data and you could actually see your Miis! So cool T~T

Onto non-Nintendo games… Destiny! I had gotten to play the Beta on the PS4 before having to leave for work. I wish I took a picture of her beforehand, but oh well. Moving on, the game is pretty fun and the story felt interesting. That said, I don’t know if I will pick the game up yet. Ignoring my worries that I may have not picked the best hair for my character due to not being able to rotate in character creation, the biggest thing behind my decision is the lack of a way to play with someone on the same console locally. I don’t care if it’s Split Screen or one screen where the two of you need to stick together. I just want the option. And I haven’t really heard a good reason for it not to be there (Nobody has to be forced to use split screen and I don’t feel it’d ruin the immersion). I played Halo’s entire campaign with a friend of mine and I was really looking forward to playing Destiny with my fiancé–but we don’t have that option unless we get another PS4 and copy of the game. And that just isn’t going to happen. If they ever do add Split-Screen, I may pick it up, but until then… I don’t know yet. If I do grab it, I’d like to pre-order the Limited Edition version, but for now I’m just not sure.

July 21, 2014

Tomodachi Life: The Happenings

So, I’m currently in Disney World again (this time for work though) and thus, I was pretty excited to get more StreetPasses! I got 9 total for Tomodachi Life today which let me get some new clothes (and a few new colors of others–I only got one double)… but still no camper! :( I want the least two treasures I need, game!

Despite that, I decided to update with some of the other happenings on Pink Sea Island.

Firstly, love continues to blossom! Dave proposed to Jade and they got married:

Kuki attempted to propose to Wally:

Sadly, I failed :( I hope she wants to try again soon! (Or Wally will want to)

Similarly, Carlos tried to set up K.K. Slider and Isabelle, but they decided to just be friends for now:

The other Zero had a baby with Ciel:

Neil set up Link and Zelda:

Zero and Jennifer had their 3rd child, Jasmine:

While Brock and Setsuna had their first child, Bryson:

And I continue to notice new things with each new child:

Meanwhile, Shinichi and Marinna headed to Japan for another vacation:

On non-love news, William finally made it off Pink Sea Island, now on the SpotPass Relay Island:

I wish I managed to record the video since it was actually a bit different, but no time. Ironically, I got the letter before he actually went away on the boat. I was very confused.

We also get a letter from Piper:

And I even got another Ranking Board unlocked!

Just one left now. I guess it had to do with campers considering I can’t seem to get any T__T

I was reminded just how accurate the game can be sometimes:

And I finally saw someone fishing:

I really wish I could give Miis more than 8 items…

I also got a few items I still needed including the Lady Jetsetter interior–I don’t think I like it more than the Girls’ Room interior overall (Lady Jetsetter feels too fashion-focused to me versus a full Lady traveling theme), but I hope that pink coat in the background is in the game to actually wear:

Plus continued hanging out on the Tower:

We had some interesting news:

And because of today’s Tomodachi Life Daily Challenge with getting these two pictures:

I played around with the camera some more and also took these:

Finally, two new Miis have moved into the apartment!

Due to the fact that they were randomly made like Teddy Bear, I may put their QRs up on the QR page. Haven’t decided yet!

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 19, 2014

On Club Nintendo 2014 Rewards

I’ve seen the subject get brought up many times since the rewards became available and have heard lots of debates on them. The most common argument being “You should be grateful” versus “This is a rip-off”. I think both are a bit over the top. I think it’s right to be upset/disappointed while still being grateful and while also not necessarily feeling you’ve been “ripped off” (you can’t really be ripped off from a free gift afterall).

Now, I’m going to be honest, I don’t like downloading games. I’ve seen incredibly bad memory problems due to data getting full with no warning and then suddenly the last several things you’ve done reset again. and again. and again.

As someone who isn’t fond of replaying games, this is kind of maddening. While I know it’s not something that happens often, I’ve had it happen to me enough times where I just am not comfortable downloading games. If I have a choice between picking to get a game physically or digitally, I will always pick the former. Because of this, I have never liked Club Nintendo’s digital rewards.

I signed up for “Club Nintendo” back in 2003 when it wasn’t even Club Nintendo. It was just all “hey, register your game!” and I immediately would hop online to do so. I remember getting so excited when I ended up receiving a Wiimote Flashlight keychain for registering Brain Age. When Club Nintendo officially became a thing, I was so excited. I still enjoy registering games–I don’t think I ever won’t (unless Nintendo no longer lets me), but the physical rewards were always a nice bonus and seeing them dwindle as digital rewards started to pop up stinks.

I mean, we’ve had significantly less items than Japan has had and the items across each region’s Club Nintendo program varies. I wish I understood why though. Europe has gotten several things Japan has gotten, but the US has not and it’s something I don’t really understand. I think the physical rewards being equal across the board could help a lot. I remember a golden Mario Statue Japan had and a golden Link on Epona statue Europe had and both were really cool. Not to mention the Mario Kart 7 trophies Europe received as well. And that doesn’t even go into all the soundtracks and other neat things.

I mean, right now Japan can get a cute Yoshi Plushie while the US store has barely anything in it and hasn’t gotten anything new in ages. And I mean, we’ve gotten some neat limited stuff (Like the Luigi Statue and Kirby Coin–both which I sadly missed :/ The latter I was just barely short and the former I didn’t have time to grab it before it was gone) that could’ve worked great as a Platinum or Gold Reward.

The main issue with the Digital Rewards is we get these Coins to spend on rewards (and to hit Gold and Platinum) from buying games. I’ve seen a lot of people mention that they already have all of those games. I still have all my old systems so I can play my old games because I never sold them so I’ve downloaded very few things from the Virtual Console. While there’s two games I want that I haven’t gotten yet (Game & Wario and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D), I’d rather not download them and I have enough I’m playing right now and really looking forward to that I just don’t have the time and I don’t want to pick up games just to have them sit there. I’m a very proactive person with video games and when I get a new game, I will play it straight until it’s done. That’s how I am. Right now, I’m preparing for Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney’s release at the end of August and anxiously looking forward to that while worrying like crazy about October’s and November’s calendar of games.

Regardless, it feels kind of silly to get games which will give points due to getting so many points.

I love the Mario Hat we got in 2009. I love the Statue we got in 2010. I thought the Badge set was really cool even if it wasn’t my favorite thing. I wasn’t too big on 2012′s or 2013′s, but I got the Playing Cards and Three-Poster set and was still grateful.

And that’s the thing–it’s not that I’m not grateful. I can feel disappointed and still be grateful. It’s just that I don’t know what to do with it and with a program that seemed to put so much into physical items (or at least it felt like that was kind of the point of it), to see a sudden overhaul into just Digital (on a program where you get points due to getting games) seems really silly. I mean, even just the little card thing whenever I received something from Club Nintendo always made me super excited and I would easily pick a Post Card worth 25 cents over any downloadable game just because it’d have much more meaning to me.

July 18, 2014

Birthday Stream

So, today is my birthday and for fun, I decided to stream games (+ Nintendogs) that have special Birthday wishing moments. I’m not sure if there’s more 3DS games out of what I have that do (and I couldn’t find a good list) so I just did which I knew about:

Some screenshot highlights (Though, you’ll have to go to Pink Sea for the Animal Crossing: New Leaf ones and Jen’s Magic Castle for the Disney Magical World ones)…


There’s a special rendition of the Pokemon Center theme which is really nice. While the opening Happy Birthday only happens the first time you enter (such pretty confetti), the special music and cake above Nurse Joy will play all day. Plus, people can wish you a happy birthday/Congrats instead of a “Nice!” on your birthday:

:D I even got a Happy Birthday medal on the Global link for it.

Tomodachi Life

This was really cute. I got to look around and have everyone sing Happy Birthday to me and pull a noise maker and it was just awesome. I also got a cute Birthday Cake (I seriously need to go to a Cake shop the next time I’m in Japan. Such cute cakes.) which I gave to my Mii. Afterall, it’s her birthday too :P

I think my celebration was cooler though.

Such an awesome Birthday Cake:

I hope it’s not anyone’s favorite/dislike though. You can’t buy it and it’ll be a long time before I’d have enough birthday cakes then…

Style Savvy: Trendsetters

I’ve actually done Style Savvy before, but I had fun taking pictures again this year. More or less, most of the special NPCs show up and say Happy Birthday and then give you a Kimono and some accessories.

I didn’t take any pictures of Fire Emblem: Awakening, but it’s just the various characters telling you Happy Birthday on the bottom screen (and your character getting some boosts) so…

July 16, 2014

Tomodachi Life: New SpotPass Item! And other random happenings.

Today, the Food Mart uniform is available through SpotPass!

It’s available for the rest of July, comes in Orange, Black, Pink, and Blue and costs $40 each.

I also finally got a Top Hat in stock:

About time XP I immediately bought 2. With that, I have officially updated the QR codes–Luigi, Professor Layton, and Mamoru (who will be updated once again when I get new colors) now have hats and Subaru’s outfit has been changed up.

As for other things, I gave Zero the Space Room:

Though, I still want to get it for a few more Miis at some point. It’s so pretty.

We also received letters from Celeste:

(You can also watch the video of Celeste’s first letter and Piper’s trip back home)

Meanwhile, Mikayla asked Logan out again…

This time, he accepted!

And Mako proposed to Luigi:

Other random photos:

Presenting the Eiffel Tower

It’s nice seeing so many people in the amusement park.

The News will never not be weird in some way :P

I’m still not sure what exactly is happening here. I think Haruka is trying to stop Trent from touching the Dragonfly? Maybe?

Finally, I’ve been participating in the Tomodachi Life Photo a Day Challenge that the Nintendo Twitter put up! I’ve been posting each day to Twitter and will have a post featuring all 30 once it’s over. Here is today’s challenge as a sneak peek if you don’t watch my Twitter–whether the widget on the sidebar or otherwise:

Day 6: Weirdest Dialogue

July 13, 2014

Tomodachi Life: Celeste stops back home + Love is in the Air

So, I knew you’d get letters occasionally from travelers which I had been anticipating impatiently, but to my surprise… well…

I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I saw my Mii pop up:

We haven’t had any new babies born sadly so I had no idea what it could be about. But yes, Celeste apparently came home to visit!

She then went on to talk about her trip and even give a gift!

It even showed up all fancy on the bottom screen with where it was from:

Celeste then was getting ready to continue traveling and I had the choice to give her a snack or let her take a nap (or just say good bye).

I chose to give her a snack which she enjoyed quite a bit:

She got ready to go again, but I convinced her to take a nap too which she enjoyed:

That is one of my personal dreams too–of course, I lack the magical ability to automatically know a language upon crossing the border and thus, need to work hard so I don’t feel like an idiot (Despite going to various countries in Europe and to Japan twice and having an amazing time in each, I do think it’d be better if I knew much more than just random words and phrases before making a third trip T__T …and also being a bit more confident to actually SAY them)

With that, Celeste headed back off for her dream to explore the world:

As for what happens when eating a special food (or at least this Creme Brulee), my Mii brought her hands together shaking excitedly before extending her arms out and excitedly saying how she really liked it and giving a quote about dessert:

And got quite a bit of Happiness which caused her to “level” again.

Besides Celeste’s sudden appearance, love has been blooming in Pink Sea Island. Jade went and set up Clive and Marie:

Excited by her successful work, Jade decided to confess to Dave:

He accepted:

With a friend confessing her feelings, Emi decided to confess to Z:

It also went well <3

Yay for love :D Let's hope more marriage and children will come soon too!

Edit: And it seems the travels are continuing too!:

July 11, 2014

Tomodachi Life: Finally StreetPass

So, I managed to find some time to go to Nintendo World tonight which meant… StreetPasses! For Tomodachi Life! FINALLY. Unfortunately, I only got 5 and not one had a kid that could camp out in my town. I was hoping there’d be more kids around (or more StreetPasses in general), but since we got there a bit late, I’m guessing most people were either:
A. Already full
or B. Cleaning it out (and thus, not getting more)
Which meant not much of a chance to get some. However, the 5 compared to the amount I did get for the plaza was still a bit disheartening. I also had hoped to get the dress I had been dreaming of for so long along with some other items I really liked, but due to lack of time and general shyness, I didn’t get to ask nor even try getting some things from some of the 3DS’ loaded with the game for people to try.

That said, the event was still nice. They were playing various games from Tomodachi Life and I got to say Hi to several people I haven’t seen in a while (Work scheduling at similar times and week nights are just hard–it was a lot easier when the Nintendo events were on Sunday’s or Saturday morning).

As for the StreetPasses I got… well:

Some notes:
-Celeste and Piper managed to go off to see new islands, but I guess the other three didn’t have the campsite so poor William is still waiting.
-I love how your package just jumps into the box-cube sailor’s arms and how the package they drop off just wheels off. So cute.
-The guestbook has cute pages like this:

But yes, in the end I was still a bit down–I think I got myself over-hyped with expecting just lots of StreetPasses and things and I’ve been to enough to know that nobody checks as obsessively as I tend to. :P Despite that, something did end up cheering me up…:

The outfit I wanted most of all in the game T~T (I don’t expect anything to top it) So happy!

I then immediately put my Mii in it:

Yeeeees. Now to just get a tiara/crown!

Of course, if you want more Tomodachi Life, the Nintendo Minute today spoke about the game!:

Finally, while not related to Tomodachi Life… since I was at the Nintendo Store, I picked up this adorable Swirlix plushie:

I hope Slurpuff comes out soon!

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!

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