First Impressions: Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu 4 (実況パワフルプロ野球 4)!

In an attempt to try more games that have been sitting in my backlog for way too long, I looked through my Nintendo 64 games and decided to check out 実況パワフルプロ野球 4, which translates to Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu 4. It’s a baseball game I bought on accident because I thought it looked cute even though I didn’t know what the cartridge said until I looked it up when I got home. Ah well.

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So, Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu 4 is a surprisingly robust baseball game that I have NO CLUE how to play! Seriously, there were So. Many. Menus!

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I could barely figure out how to get started!

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It’s neat though, because there are a bunch of teams to choose from, and you can even choose what type of field you want to play on.

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Once I finally started playing, I realized the controls were pretty tricky. No matter how many times I tried, I couldn’t hit one pitch. I couldn’t figure it out! How embarrassing.

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I did slightly better when playing in the outfield, though I couldn’t figure out who I was throwing the ball to, which lead to me sucking at this game in every possible way.

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Conclusion

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I played for about 30 minutes before calling it quits. This is not a terrible game by any stretch- I just couldn’t really figure out how to play! I don’t know much Japanese (despite playing Japanese Animal Crossing games) and I don’t know much about baseball either, so that doesn’t help. The graphics are super cute though, and for a game released in 1997, the voice acting for the announcer is pretty awesome!

Book Review: Disgraced Fae by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook!

Back in April, I review Disgraced Fae by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook. This is the prequel to their Fae Prison Academy series- which follows the events of the Nocturnal Academy series. Here’s the blurb (which is the blurb for the boxset it is part of, not for the book itself- I couldn’t find it for some reason!):

Welcome to the Prison of Supernatural Magic where the punishment never fits the crime.

Behind these bars lurk the most dangerous and despicable creatures, and that’s just the guards.

Be sure to keep to the right side of the magical law because this jail is not somewhere you want to end up.

Join Mages, shifters, demons, witches and spies in this fantastical collection of magical prisoner books by USA Today and Amazon best selling authors.

Grab this set before they throw away the keys.

Scroll up to plan your escape now.

And the cover (which also is just for the boxset, not the book itself):

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Here’s the review I posted on Goodreads:

Note: This review is only for Disgraced Fae by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! 🙂

Disgraced Fae is a prequel to the Fae Prison Academy series, and it centers on Peony… a character I really detested in the Nocturnal Academy series! This was supposed to be her redemption story of sorts.

Peony is a summer fae who has powerful plant magic that impresses the vampires. This is what she wants, because she is a huge suck up who wants nothing more than to be in as high a standing as possible with the vampires. She is owned by a vampire who is the director of the Magical Museum of Plant Arts. After a project she completes goes missing, she gets into trouble and sent to a fae prison, which happens to be underneath Nocturnal Academy! Convenient, right? Because she was such a suck up at the actual school, she seems to think that she’ll get out of prison and back into her master’s good graces easily. She soon learns that this is NOT the case.

So was Peony redeemed in this story? For me, the answer is… not really. She’s still cold-hearted, selfish and manipulative, and any time she had thoughts that were less than selfish, I questioned her motives. We do get a bit of a backstory on her and learn that her mother was really hard on her, but still. The fact remains that I just do not like her character, so I wasn’t too invested on what happened to her. Luckily the Fae Prison Academy trilogy will center on Virgie, who is a much more dynamic and interesting character!

I gave Disgraced Fae 3/5 stars on Goodreads!

End Game Thoughts: Mario Tennis Aces!

Game Title: Mario Tennis Aces
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Hours Played: about 4

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About The Game

Mario Tennis Aces was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2018. It has some kind of whacked out plot, but who the fuck pays attention to that? I didn’t. I have the attention span of a mosquito. Something about an evil tennis racket maybe?

What I Liked

There are so many different characters to play as! It’s neat to see all different denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom on the roster. I also liked the different environments and the fact that there are several game modes to choose from.

What I Didn’t Like

The game’s impressive roster is also kind of its downfall- because there are so many different characters, each with their own special moves, it can get a little confusing. Also, the Reflection Room in Adventure Mode can kiss my ass.

Closing Thoughts

I considered this game beaten when I beat the easiest cup in Tournament Mode. I don’t really have the skills to advance much farther- but it’s fun to dip in and play a quick match now and then!

First Impressions: Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

It’s September already! Yay, let’s get this year over with! Haha. For all my US friends, today is Labor Day, so hopefully you are enjoying an extra day off from hell work like I am! Anyway, on to the post…

No, I did not just get Animal Crossing: New Horizons- as you probably remember from a previous post, I went out and purchased this game on launch day. I also haven’t done a First Impressions post since 2018, which I did not realize until I started typing this. So you may wonder, what is the point?! Well, I always thought First Impressions posts were kind of fun, and a good way to quickly summarize my first experience with a game! Animal Crossing: New Horizons happened to be one of the first games I started this year, so I figured why not start with this one! Here’s a little summary of my first 3 days with the game, and my initial thoughts!

Day 1

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I was so excited to finally start playing this game! I had been looking forward to it for a long time. I arrived on my deserted island (which I named Spartacus) with Katt the… cat and Tank the rhino. The little sequence you play before the game kicks over to real time was too cute- I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t played yet! The deserted island vibe was definitely there, and it was so cool to walk around and explore. There were a few places on the island that I couldn’t even access yet, which I thought was kind of neat and mysterious! Anyway, on Day 1 I learned about Nook Miles, and I learned how to craft! I immediately crafted some flimsy tools (which definitely live up to their name and break very easily). I caught several bugs and fish, and I found a place for Blathers’ tent!

Day 2

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I enjoyed more of the game’s leisurely pace, but I managed to earn enough Nook Miles to pay off my debt- now I’ll have a house instead of a tent! 🙂

Day 3

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My house was built- so cute! Of course, this means going into debt with Tom Nook as usual- 98,000 bells to be exact! Nook Miles were used to pay off my initial debt, but now they are used for other things! One of the first things I purchased with Nook Miles was a Tool Wheel. Super handy, though I wish this meant tools were removed from your inventory and put into the wheel instead of still taking up space in your inventory! Oh well.

Besides my tent being upgraded, Tank and Katt have houses too! Also, the museum has been built, and it is GORGEOUS! I overheard Tom Nook and Tommy talking about building a store, so Timmy asked me to gather some crafting materials for the job!

Conclusion

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Obviously, I loved this game from my first moments with it! I love the chill island vibe, and I love how you slowly build your island from the ground up. It’s such a sense of accomplishment every time a new shop is built or you upgrade your house. I am obviously several months into the game now- but I am far from being finished with everything. I have been taking my time with everything, and I don’t care if it takes me years to finish it. The journey is part of what is so fun about Animal Crossing games to me!!

P.S. I don’t know WHAT THE FUCK is up with this new WordPress editor, but it is aggravating the fuck out of me, and I just want to go back to what it was before! It is NOT user friendly at all!

Gaming Firsts!

As y’all are probably aware by now, when I start following someone’s blog, I make it a point to try to read all of their posts, past and present. The problem is, I am painfully slow at doing this and constantly playing catch up. With that being said, recently I stumbled upon a post written in 2015 by Cilla vs. Games about her gaming firsts, and I thought it would be a fun post to do! She had written this post in honor of National Video Games Day, which is cool. Anyway! Here are a few of my Gaming Firsts! 😉

The First Game I Remember Owning and Playing

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This honor goes to Tetris for the Nintendo Game Boy! I’ve written about this before, but the gist of it is… I saw an advertisement for the Game Boy on tv, told my mom I wanted one, and what do you know? On Christmas, I had my very own Game Boy, which came bundled with Tetris! I LOVED to play Tetris so much, and it remains one of my favorite puzzle games to this day.

The First Game I Spent More Than 100 Hours On

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Well, back in my day (haha, I’m old) there wasn’t a whole plethora of games and systems to choose from like there is now! I pretty much grew up playing my Game Boy and Super Nintendo only… unless I went to a friend’s house that had a different system! Because of that, I played some of the same games over and over, and I Loved. Every. Second! With that being said, I bet you I put over 100 hours into Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo. I’d beat the game, erase it, and start over constantly. I spent hours looking for every hidden bonus and memorizing every level. It was an obsession.

The First Game I Played Online

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I’ve never been a big online gamer- neither solo nor multiplayer. So I’m really trying to think of a game I played online, and the best I can come up with is some website I used to get onto with my husband (then boyfriend/fiance) back in like 2003 or 2004. It was a neat website with lots of different games you could play against people, but I can’t remember the name of the website. All I know is that our user name was FishPatty. Who knows what we were smoking when we came up with that name!

The First Game I Obtained The Platinum Trophy For

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LOL welll…. I don’t really go after achievements in games. Too much of a hassle in most cases, plus I’m just not that talented. Can I just answer this question with the first game I ever 100% completed?… Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for the Super Nintendo! I had everyone in my party with max stats, I found every hidden treasure box, I did every little sidequest… it remains one of my great gaming achievements to this day 😉

The First Game That I Played With Someone Else

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I played video games with my friends down the street a lot when we were growing up, but the first game I have explicit memories of playing was Kirby’s Dream Course for the Super Nintendo. My friend Jason and I would spend HOURS playing the two player courses and laughing our asses off at our misfortunes. Good times!

The First Game That I Purchased DLC For 

As a rule, I generally don’t purchase DLC because the whole concept of it annoys me to no end. With that being said, there are a few exceptions to that rule, such as if I think said DLC really adds a lot of value to the existing game and it is a decent price. I’m pretty sure the first (and one of the only) times I paid for DLC was when all the extra content was introduced for Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U. I think there were 8 new tracks, 6 new characters, a few new kart parts, and a bunch of new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy (so each new color could almost be considered a new character). It seemed like a lot of new stuff for like $11, so I bit the bullet and paid for it.

P.S. Sorry the picture above is so shitty, I couldn’t really find a good one for some reason? Plus, I’m lazy, so if I can’t find it right away, forget it!

The First Game That I Streamed

I have never streamed a game in my life- I’m not cool enough nor good enough for any of that mess.

So there you have it! A few of my gaming firsts. It was fun answering these questions!

Book Review: A Rebel Witch by Ashley McCleo!

Back in March, I reviewed the second book in the Spellcasters Spy Academy Series, called A Rebel Witch, by Ashley McCleo. Let’s get right to it!

Here’s the blurb:

The evil queen of demons is after me.

But as long as she remains in Hell, I’m safe.

I hope . . .

Now that I’m participating in the Spy Games—a dangerous competition between magical spy academies—I’ve increased the risk of the queen’s minions finding and dragging me to the depths of the underworld.

In fact, with each passing Spy Game event, it becomes more obvious exactly why the queen wants me.

Most of the time my studies, relationships, and the tournament keep the looming threat of abduction out my mind.

But when someone I love is taken by the demons, I must act.

And face the powerful queen of Hell head-on.

A Rebel Witch is a fantasy academy book that features a tournament of supernatural spies, heartwarming friendships, enduring love, and magic-fueled action.

The cover:

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And my review:

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review 🙂

A Rebel Witch is the second book in the Spellcasters Spy Academy series. In the Academy, year 2 is also known as Grind year- and the name fits, because students are often pushed to the limits physically, mentally, academically, etc.!

When Odie and her friends arrive back at the school at the start of the new term, they discover that security has been enhanced because both Odie and Eva (her best friend) have been demon touched… not to mention that the royals of Hell are after Odie and Alex (her boyfriend)!

Despite this, the night of the welcome back feast, the students learn that the first inaugural Spy Games will be held between the four spy schools in the USA! Two students from each of the upper classes will be selected to compete in the games, which are considered quite dangerous. Of course Odie wants to participate, because she still feels like she needs to prove herself.

Each round of the games is held at a different school, which makes things really interesting and exciting! Spellcasters is a school for witches, but the other schools are host to vampires, fae, and shifters- it’s really neat to see all the magical races come together to compete!

No spoilers here, but this book is SO exciting! There are many different things going on, but the story remains fast-paced and entertaining the entire time. I loved how all the different magical races interacted and cooperated with each other. I cannot wait to read about year 3 at Spellcasters!

I gave A Rebel Witch 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

Book Review: Savage Monarchs by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook!

Savage Monarchs is the final book in the Nocturnal Academy series by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook (though the story does not end here- the next series they wrote is a direct continuation of what happens after this book!). As always, I received an ARC of this book and am re-posting my review here as a courtesy to the authors! I originally reviewed this book back in February on Goodreads.

Here’s the blurb:

Escaping the academy was just the beginning.

I’ve made it out of Nocturnal Academy.

No longer do I exist to please the vamps. Now, as a member of the Winter Court, my job is to execute them. But maybe my new standing is no better than being a courtesan. Now I am to become an assassin for the King of the Winter Court. The rules of the game might’ve changed, but I’m still a pawn.

If the King of the Winter Court thinks that I’m going to turn into a mindless soldier after everything I’ve been through, he’s in for a rude awakening. I’m going to do this on my terms while keeping a wall around my heart at all times.

I will not be vulnerable again.

Life, however, has other ideas. Like throwing in a friend from my past and worse, Thorsten, a handsome jerk of a vampire who has messed with my mind and feelings one too many times.

I might’ve left Nocturnal Academy, but I’m far from safe.

Enter a magical world where a half-fae will fight for her voice to be heard!

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And my review!

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review 🙂

Savage Monarchs wastes no time jumping right back into the action of the previous books! It begins with the vampire Thorsten witnessing everyone freaking out over Onyx escaping the Academy. He doesn’t quite know where she went, but he is happy she escaped- and he hopes to see her again.

Meanwhile, we find out that Onyx has actually been spirited away by her father, who is King of the Winter Court. This confirms what Onyx suspected all along- she inherited ice magic from her father. She is pretty wary of her father, because she thinks he saved her so her could mold her powers to use for his own devices. Despite this, she wants to train and become a warrior princess for the Winter Court. Her goal throughout this novel is to find a way to kill Volthus, the vampire that “bought” her at the end of the last book.

I enjoyed this book, and I thought the ending was kind of sweet. I have to wonder, though, how this girl so quickly became a warrior. One minute, she’s at the Academy barely able to conjure any sort of magic; the next minute, she can fight and outsmart vampires (and fae) that are way older and more experienced? Anyway, this is still a pretty good story! Supposedly the next few books in the series will focus on other characters (neither of whom I’m very fond of), but hopefully we’ll see more of Onyx someday!

I gave Savage Monarch 4/5 stars on Goodreads!

End Game Thoughts: Yoshi’s Crafted World!

Whyyyy is this week over already?! My husband and I had the entire week off of work- my birthday is 7/26 and our anniversary is 7/29, so it’s something we do every year. Now, since we are still in the midst of a pandemic, we didn’t stay anywhere, but it was still nice to have a whole week off to relax and do whatever the fuck we wanted! I’m going to try not to cry yet- we still have the glorious weekend to do whatever, so I’ll try to enjoy that and not think about the misery I’m going to feel come Monday. Anyway, here’s an End Game Thoughts post!

Game Title: Yoshi’s Crafted World
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Hours Played: about 8

About The Game

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This adorable little gem of a game came out in  March 2019 for the Nintendo Switch. I started playing it January 5, 2020 and beat it February 16, 2020- my first game I beat in 2020, go me!

Anyway, Yoshi’s Crafted World begins with Kamek starting shit because Baby Bowser is a whiny little shit who wants these damn Dream Gems to make his dreams come true, or something. While trying to steal them, Kamek just ends up making a mess and the Gems go flying all over the damn place. All the Yoshis figure they better go get those Dream Gems before those bastards do, so off they go!

What I Liked

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This game is SO CUTE! It is an absolute joy to play. I love the graphics and how everything looks like it’s made out of paper/cardboard/crafted objects (though I do prefer Yoshi’s Woolly World in terms of style). The levels and the bosses are fun and unique to play, and there’s a lot of little extras to keep you coming back for more!

What I Didn’t Like

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I really don’t have any complaints about this game! It’s fun and enjoyable to play, and the final levels of the game are decently challenging. I guess the only thing I have to say here is that the music is just okay- I didn’t mind it, but I wish there was more variety with the tunes.

Closing Thoughts

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This game is wonderful and is a joy to play. I appreciate how much extra content there is besides “just” the levels- there are Poochy pups to find, souvenirs to gather, costumes to purchase, hide and seek to pay, the Hidden Hills levels to conquer… the amount of content is really nice and keeps you coming back after the credits roll!

Book Review: The Last Stitch Goes Through the Nose by Moses Norton!

Just like my last two book reviews, in January I reviewed a book called The Last Stitch Goes Through the Nose. This wasn’t a book from one of the authors who give me ARCs of their books, but rather, it is a book written by awesome fellow blogger Moses Norton aka The Well-Red Mage! I wanted to support his efforts, so I purchased his book and left him a review!

Here’s the blurb for the book:

Who is the Scissor-man? Nobody cares, nobody sees, except for one little boy. This debut literary fantasy novella takes a hard look at society and its outcasts through the eyes of youth.

In a world where death is ignored, a child named Orasi becomes fascinated with the Scissor-man, the homeless mortician and a man around whom local legends have been developed by well-meaning parents to frighten children into obedience. After he finds a black thread in the snow belonging to the Scissor-man, Orasi begins to unravel the myth and folklore surrounding this horrifying figure, and his journey of discovery brings him closer than ever to the father he barely knew. Orasi must fight against new feelings he has never confronted before, trying to make sense of the state of his family and the state of his village. But the world is a place that has already decided its rules. New feelings can be punished. His is just one beating heart among millions who are already dead, and Orasi may not like what he finds in the end…

The Last Stitch Goes Through The Nose tests its characters to see if they are still breathing, and it might reach out to see if you are, too. Not exactly social commentary and not exactly pure fantasy, The Last Stitch encourages you to do the forbidden: think and feel before it is too late. It is perfect for any reader who isn’t too grown up yet, or the reader who suspects they can still see through the eyes of a child.

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Here’s what I wrote for my review:

I have been keeping up with Moses Norton, aka The Well Red Mage, on his blog for a few years now; therefore I was happy to read his first novel, The Last Stitch Goes Through The Nose!

The main character in this story is a boy named Orasi. At the start of the tale, his mother keeps calling him away from the window. He doesn’t listen, because he wants a glimpse of the terrifying Scissor-Man.

The town of Reicbough, where Orasi lives, needs the Scissor-Man “only out of necessity.” You see, the Scissor-Man is a mortician and grave digger, and the people of Reicbough are very uncomfortable with the thought of death. They would prefer not to talk about it, not to think about it, and pretty much pretend death is not a natural part of life.

Orasi is a curious boy, however, and struggles with many emotions throughout this book- mainly sadness and frustration at the way people act and react to different situations. He begins to pity the Scissor-Man and the way people treat him.

The turn this story takes at the end is very depressing, and what happened was just so… unnecessary. It made people finally start to recognize death and remember those who have passed on, but it just goes to show how uncomfortable people can be with those things they don’t fully understand.

I really enjoyed this book, though it didn’t leave me with happy feelings when I was done reading it!

I gave The Last Stitch Goes Through the Nose 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

Book Review: The Fracture by Margo Ryerkerk!

In January of this year (just like my last book review, geez) I read and reviewed a short story by Margo Ryerkerk. It’s set in the Ardere series universe (which is now called the Dark Legacy series, but whatever) so yeah… on to my review!

Here’s the blurb:

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That guy has a totally smackable face, ugh. I don’t know why but he bugs me and doesn’t really look like the character he represents in the book! Anyway, here’s the review I posted on Goodreads:

This book begins with Gavin and Cooper training for their final exams at their high school. Gavin is showing promise as the best in his class, but all he wants is for he, his two best friends (Cooper and Dominic) and his girlfriend (Pia) to stick close together after graduation. Unfortunately, during this training, Dominic decides to go take a walk and is murdered. Gavin subsequently blames himself for some reason (as if Dominic needed a babysitter or something!) and develops a whiny, woe-is-me attitude.

Despite this, Gavin still ends up graduating as the top Dragoon in his class and has many great opportunities laid out before him. However, he can’t get over Dominic’s death, and he continues to pull away from everyone and everything. This ultimately costs him his relationship with Cooper and Pia, but sets the stage for the beginning of Fluidis Rising! This was a nice little backstory that I really enjoyed reading!

I gave The Fracture 4/5 stars on Goodreads!