Final Animal Crossing Goodies!

As everyone probably knows by now, I love Animal Crossing. A LOT. So much so that I have every version of the game, even the ones that were only released in Japan. (This excludes the Chinese iQue version, which I’ve explained before). Anyways! When I purchased Doubutsu no Mori+ and Doubutsu no Mori e+ a little while ago, I thought I had pretty much completed my collection…

But still, something was nagging at me. First off, my copy of Doubutsu no Mori e+ was missing the e-Reader cards it came with, which is to be expected since it was a used game. Second, I love game guides… and I had no game guides for these games. Soooo what do you think I did? 😉

I bugged my husband to order them off of eBay, of course! Haha! I found both game guides for around $18 (suprisingly, as they seem to be really expensive for some reason) and a pack of unopened Doubutsu no Mori e+ cards for $7!

Here’s a look at the package the cards came in, along with a little fold-out booklet that tells you how to use them in-game:

And here are the cards I got!

It’s so neat to have these. I have some English version Animal Crossing e-Reader cards and those are extremely hard to come by, so getting Japanese version cards is extra special! 🙂

By the way, on the back of every card you can find more information about the villager, a code you can give to Tanukichi, and a code you can swipe with your e-Reader!

Here’s a couple pictures of the Doubutsu no Mori+ guide book:

And the Doubutsu no Mori e+ guide book:

So there you have it! Now I finally have pretty much everything I’ve ever wanted that is Animal Crossing related! Maybe at some point I’ll do a post showcasing my whole collection so everyone can see how completely nuts I am, haha!

P.S. I am SO EXCITED about the mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp! My phone doesn’t have a ton of memory but I will literally delete everything off of it if I have to so I can play! 😉

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Pokémon GO Progress: September 2017!

September wasn’t the most fruitful month in Pokémon GO for me- I guess maybe I just didn’t play as much? I still made a little bit of progress, so here it is!

First of all, I didn’t catch ANY new Pokémon! Boo! I still have many Gen 1 and Gen 2 Pokémon to collect, but they are all ones I either am working on evolving or they are ones that just do not ever pop up for me. I think I’m ready for Gen 3 to be released into the wild!

I did evolve a few Pokémon this month, though. I evolved Slowpoke into Slowbro…

Wooper into Quagsire…

Skiploom into Jumpluff…

Nidorino into Nidoking…

and Nidorina into Nidoqueen!

I hatched one egg this month, which contained a Hoppip.

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As far as Raids go, I participated in three of them against Exeggutor, Magikarp, and Bayleef. I did all of these raids with Michael, and in the case of Exeggutor, we got some help from a random person as well!

I participated in 3 Gym Battles this month. I took down one blue gym and two yellow gyms, one with Michael’s help 🙂 The blue gym I took down was strange because it was full of almost nothing but baby Pokemon, so I almost felt bad taking it down. Almost.

I also put both Espeon and Snorlax in friendly gyms so they would earn me some coins!

I earned 4 medals this month, which is pretty cool. They were: Feed 100 berries in Gyms, Register 100 Kanto region Pokémon, Win 10 Raids, and Catch 200 grass-type Pokémon.

I caught a glimpse of Raikou, but I had no chance of taking him down.

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Lastly, I went through several buddies this month, including Skiploom…

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Nidorino…

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Charmander…

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and Polliwag! I decided to make Polliwag my buddy because I really want him to evolve into a Politoed 🙂

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That’s it for my adventures in Pokémon GO during September! See ya!

My Gaming Month in Review: September 2017!

It’s officially fall, October is here, Halloween is right around the corner… this is one of my favorite times of year! We don’t really have much of a “fall” where I live, but I live vicariously through my Animal Crossing towns! Wow, I just realized how sad that sounded… ha! Anyway, here’s a look at the games I played in September!

I continued playing Doubutsu no Mori for the N64 so I could pay off more of my debt! The rainy season continued… nearly every time I played, it was raining!

However, on September 30th, it was a nice, sunny day with lots of bugs jumping around. It was as if summer was saying goodbye!

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I was eager to make more money to pay off more of my mortgage, but when I went to Nook’s, I discovered the lottery was happening! I forgot that on the last day of the month, there is a lottery and you can’t sell anything. Dammit! I couldn’t even play, because I didn’t have any tickets. 😦

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I still made a small payment towards my mortgage anyway. I now owe 213,000 Bells!

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In Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for the Wii, Owen sent me a love letter!

He still seems a little pushy, haha.

I entered the Harvest Festival vegetable contest, but apparently I had no idea what I was doing, because I got last place! Ugh!

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Finally, Fall turned into Winter! Winter is so beautiful… and I love when the snow falls! I also love the music that plays during this season. It’s like a mix between Animal Crossing and the Sims! 🙂

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However… why the fuck do giant rocks randomly appear in my field sometimes?!

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I had enough money and materials to upgrade my house, woo hoo! I was surprised the change was immediate. I figured I’d at least have to wait a day!

Finally, I got Renee’s wish! Three people down, seven more to go!

I decided it was time to get another animal, so I bought a foal and named it Rodeo. How cute!

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I also met the snowman, who is totally awesome! He gives you presents every morning if you give him a nose, haha! I gave him a carrot to use as a nose, which was just what he wanted!

The first present I got from the snowman was a perfect potato. This is just what I needed to make Humphrey the Hippo a veggie pizza so his ass would go back to the circus. Whew!

Lastly, Owen said he wanted to talk to me. He asked me to be his girlfriend, so now it’s official! 🙂

As of the end of September, I was on Year 1, Winter, Day 8.

Oh, and, um, it said my pet snake and I were practically twins. Thanks?

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I wanted to get into the Halloween mood, so I decided to play a game I’ve had on my iPad for awhile called Haunted Halloween Escape.

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This game is exactly what it sounds like- you have to escape from a haunted room. The graphics are a bit blurry and not that great.

Some parts of the game are silly- like, why is this ghost blocking the desk?

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Don’t get me started on this cheesy vampire.

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I found the recipe to escape… and discovered I kind of suck at puzzle solving.

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When I escaped, Dracula was at the door, but after I gave him some candy, he went away. No, I’m not kidding.

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Maybe I shouldn’t have played this game before bed, but I felt like it was more irritating than anything. The graphics weren’t great, some of the puzzles weren’t even clear, and there were also a few misspellings that were kind of silly. A decent game to waste a half hour on, I suppose, but not one I’ll be playing again.

I did make a small amount of progress on Juice Cubes for the iPhone, stopping on Level 36. It forces you to wait at this point until you collect “map pieces” which is kind of lame. But since summer is over, my time playing this game is over for now! 🙂

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I made a little bit of progress in The Legendary Starfy this month too. I played a level in which you had to swim through bubbles, and surprisingly it was kind of fun!

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Overall, though, I feel like I just want to get through these levels as quickly as possible. I don’t really care about finding any extras, I just want this game done.

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I beat the boss of Sogwood Forest and got the 5th shard, go me!

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Another stage, another annoying gameplay mechanic… you have to spin/ step on a button to make the water rise, and it really sucks!

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As of the end of September, I was on Stage 5-2 Glitzem Grotto: Rickety Ride.

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Lastly, this month I checked in on all my little friends in Tomodachi Life! Since my cousin recently had a baby, I decided to add him into the mix. Welcome, Cameron! 🙂

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The first food I fed him- a cheeseburger- turned out to be his super all time favorite food!

Meanwhile, Don dreamed that he was a skeleton keychain dangling off of a backpack. Wow.

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So, that about wraps it up for my gaming month in review. See ya next time!

 

Why I Love… Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday!

Since October is the spookiest month of the year (and I love Halloween!) I decided it was only fair that I choose something spooky for my Why I Love feature! Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday may seem like a really odd choice, but read on for why this game stands out to me! 🙂

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Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday was released for the SNES in 1995. I was 9 years old, and was really good friends with a boy in my class (who eventually became my first boyfriend, though we were super young and perhaps being boyfriend and girlfriend had a much more innocent meaning!). We both LOVED video games and would always play them together, frequently trading our SNES games back and forth. We would even sit on the phone together and play the same game at the same time to see who would get further, and we would discuss the levels we were on!

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This part was cool, and the music was even better!

One game that he had that sparked my interest was Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday. I can’t recall how I first learned about it from him, but I know I watched him play it and I thought it was so neat! I had to get my own copy. That game became one of the games we frequently played together and/or talked about!

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The premise of the entire game.

One reason why I love this game is because it has a spooky theme! The whole game is, after all, based on the crazy dreams Porky Pig is having. Each level is unique and has some really weird enemies and levels. There are some truly creepy features in this game!

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This guy used to creep me out!

 

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WTF? Tweety is that you?

 

Also, the weather changes whenever you play, which is a unique feature I haven’t seen utilized in a ton of games. For instance, one time you play it may be sunny, the next time snowing, the next time raining. You never know what you are going to get! That always fascinated me as a kid, and I couldn’t figure out how they did that. 😉

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The music in this game is pretty good too! It is sufficiently creepy and somewhat panicky sounding at times. There is one level whose music always stood out to me, and that was the music of Stage 2- Dry Gulch Town. It just had a certain weirdness to it. It was soft and almost forbidding while managing to sound somewhat cheery. It’s hard to describe, but I like it!

 I realize the platforming has been criticized for being too easy. But as a 9 year old kid, this game kept me interested and kept me playing the levels over and over until I finally beat the game. 22 years later, I still think about this game and think about the creepiness of the levels and characters! Now that Halloween is coming, maybe it’s time I dust off Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday and have some good, creepy fun!

P.S. I should mention, the 3rd level is just shit. It used to take me forever to figure out where to go.

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