End Game Thoughts: Doubutsu no Mori!

Something I thought would be fun to do is write a few thoughts down after I beat a game. Not a review, exactly, just what I liked and didn’t like about the game, how long it took me to beat, etc. No in-depth writing, just my rambling thoughts! I thought of this idea a few months back, and I’ve actually beaten a few games since then (go me!). The first game on my list is Doubutsu no Mori!

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Game Title: Doubutsu no Mori
Platform: Nintendo 64
Hours Played: approximately 20

About The Game

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Doubutsu no Mori is the first game in the Animal Crossing series. It was only released in Japan, so I played the game entirely in Japanese. It’s a life simulation game, and you live in a village populated entirely by animals. I considered the game beaten when I paid off my house- though it certainly is open-ended and can continue to be played and enjoyed for many years!

What I Liked

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Well, it’s Animal Crossing, so of course I loved it! I loved the simplicity of the day to day life in Doubutsu no Mori- chatting with villagers, decorating my house, fishing, digging up fossils… there is something so relaxing about it! I love how since the game was released in Japan, there are Japanese holidays I can take part in. It’s interesting to see some of the cultural differences!

What I Didn’t Like 

I was a little disappointed in the fact that dressers and other storage chests only hold one item each! Since the house is only one huge main floor, it makes it really hard to have a place to put extra items. Likewise, music players can only hold one song at a time. Also, you can only hold 50,000 bells at one time, which is more annoying than you might think. These are all little nitpicky things, though, and they don’t really detract from the game itself.

Closing Thoughts

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I love this game! I am excited that I finally paid off my house, but that doesn’t mean I’m done playing. Like all my other Animal Crossing towns, I will still play Doubutsu no Mori and check in on all my little villagers!

Another (Sort of) Liebster Award!

I’ve done this once before from my good blogging friend The Shameful Narcissist, but I figured… why not do it again? 😉 Back in May, she received a Liebster Award and invited anyone to answer her questions. I love doing this type of stuff, so I thought I’d jump on board! The link to her post is here, and please go check her out- she’s awesome, and I’ve learned A LOT about Final Fantasy from her! Without further ado, here are her questions!

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1.  What is your favorite musical instrument?

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I want to attend The School of Rock!

I love the guitar! I just love the way it sounds. I used to love playing the guitar, too, until my stupid hands decided they’d rather develop arthritis and carpal tunnel instead of letting me live out my rockstar dreams. Fuck you, hands!

2.  What video game world and/or locale would you live in?

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Looks spooky and fun… why not? 😉

I’ve chosen one of these before, but I’ll try to go with a different place this time. Hmm… I know! In the spirit of Halloween, I’d love to live in Luigi’s Mansion. It’d be full of spooky fun! I’d try to make friends with all the ghosts, especially that little ghost doggy, whose name currently escapes me.

3.  What holiday do you hate the most?

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So much pink! So much glitter!

Blasphemy! I love all holidays because most of them are a great excuse for my family to get together. But if there is one that I like a little less than the others, it would be Valentine’s Day. I’m not really a huge fan of pink stuff, hearts, and flowers everywhere. Ick!

4.  What’s your favorite type of pet?

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This isn’t my dragon, but just look HOW CUTE they are when they sleep!! ❤

Oh man… this is really hard for me to say! I’ve had many type of pets over the years, and I’ve loved them all for different reasons! Hmm… well, I just can’t pick. Right now I have a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, a fish, an axolotl, and 4 turtles, and I feel like I’d be choosing my favorite child lol. I will say that I LOVE having a bearded dragon, though. They are so fun and cuddly, despite their prehistoric appearance. ❤ Give reptiles a chance!

5.  What’s your phobia (if you feel like sharing it)?

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I refuse to look up a picture of a roach… so here’s a cute duck instead.

Oh god… roaches. Disgusting, creepy roaches. They are a mainstay where I live because of the humid environment, but man… if you ever want to see me completely lose my shit, have a roach crawl by me. I lose all dignity and I will scream, jump on top of tables, knock people over to get out of the way…. it’s pathetic. I realize it’s a bit of an irrational fear because it’s not like they bite or anything, but they are just so GROSS I can’t handle it. And when they fly? Forget it. I am almost having a fucking heart attack right now just thinking about one making a beeline for my face.

6.  What’s your preferred social media site?

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Ha!

I don’t really have one! I don’t really participate, haha. I don’t care what people are doing every second of the day, and I don’t care to share what I’m doing either! I guess the only social media site I’m part of is Pinterest, but I don’t go on there to be social…. and most of the people I “follow” I don’t know anyway!

7.  What book did you read as a child that now disappoints you as an adult?

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Wish I still had all these, even if they aren’t as good as I remember them!

I’ve been making it a habit to re-read some of my favorite childhood books every now and then. Some of my favorite series as a kid were The Baby-Sitters Club, Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Animorphs. I have to say, the past couple Fear Street books I’ve read were kind of lame-o. The plots are thin and the characters are a bit annoying… oh well. I’d still read them again anyway.

8.  What’s your favorite type of ice cream?

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Delish!

Coffee flavored! I don’t eat much ice cream anyway, but when I do, I mostly always buy coffee flavored. I used to get it when I was a kid because no one else in my house liked it, so I would have it all to myself *evil laugh*

9.  Roughly how many video games and/or books do you own?

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This room would be my happy place! 

A LOT of video games! Between my husband and I, we have over 1700 games! That number is inflated a bit by all the plug-and-play systems that have many games on them. Even without those, that would still put our total around like 1200 or so. Hey, I have no shame. It’s a hobby I enjoy, and it helps that I kept all of my games throughout the years, you know? As far as books, between physical copies, manga, and my Kindle, a few hundred maybe? It sucks because I did not hold on to many of the books I had when I was younger, which I am kicking myself in the ass for. I am downloading some of my childhood favorites on my Kindle though, so I’m slowly rebuilding my collection.

10.  Who is your favorite MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) character?

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Yay for Groot!

It’s kind of hard for me to say, honestly. I enjoy Marvel movies and such, but I’m not exactly an extreme fan of any one character. Maybe I’ll just say Groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies 😉

11.  What is your favorite cartoon?

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I love him.

SpongeBob Squarepants. Oh, how I love SpongeBob. The show is completely ridiculous, but I don’t care. It makes me laugh and it’s great to watch when you want to veg out and think about absolutely nothing! I also really like Family Guy.

Bonus Question:  Can you answer The Riddle of the Sphinx (no Googling!)?

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I feel like this is something I knew a long time ago, but it’s escaped my mind now 😉 Oops!

So there you have it! These questions are always fun to answer! 🙂

My Gaming Month in Review: September 2018!

Yeah, October is almost halfway over and I am just now posted this… sorry! I would really love to be back on a more consistent posting schedule. I just don’t have much energy lately 😦

Also, sorry if this post is a little boring because there aren’t any screenshots or anything. I did take some, but lack the motivation to edit and insert them. Ah well.

Console

Nintendo Switch

In Super Mario Odyssey, I finished up the Snow Kingdom- I had to participate in a race which was actually pretty fun. The way the little Shiverian I was controlling bounced around was slightly tricky, but I managed to win.

After saying goodbye to the Snow Kingdom, I headed to the Luncheon Kingdom, which was bright and colorful and full of food!

However, despite the kingdom’s whimsical look, this place was a death trap! I died more than once getting stuck in the purple… lava stuff? I don’t really know what it was. Anyway, at one point I possessed a piece of meat.

That was one of the weirdest things I’ve done in the game so far. I then finished off the Luncheon Kingdom by battling Cookatiel.

Next up was the Ruined Kingdom… I loved the look of this kingdom! So dark, gloomy and ominous. I fought a bad ass dragon, and I thought he was a lot of fun. Too bad there wasn’t more to do in this kingdom, though.

After the dragon, I headed to Bowser’s Kingdom. I loved the Japanese aesthetic! It was really cool. This kingdom was basically a gauntlet of stuff that wanted to kill me…. not to mention the horribly aggravating boss, Robobrood! I couldn’t wait to be done with that fucker.

Finally, I got to the Moon Kingdom. Because, you know, Bowser wanted to get married on the moon! The way the church bells rang was pretty eerie. I had to do some ass backwards stuff to get to the hill the church was on, but that’s okay. It was time to face Bowser, which was a fight similar to the fight in Cloud Kingdom. I managed to whip his butt after a few tries, but then shit started going down and crumbling all around me. So I did the natural thing to do… I possessed Bowser and started destroying everything to get us out of there! It was a fun and frantic way to end the game!

With that being said, I beat Super Mario Odyssey! One thing I love about this game (which I know many of you already know) is that the end game is so expansive- there are so many reasons to keep playing even after the credits roll! I spent quite awhile in Mushroom Kingdom afterwards, just wandering around and collecting Power Moons. Speaking of Power Moons, my current total is 161- so I have a LONG way to go!

Handheld

Nintendo 3DS

My husband bought me WarioWare Gold, and I started playing it right away! WarioWare is one of those series I’ve always loved since the first game came out on the Game Boy Advance! WarioWare Gold has many microgames from the past games in the series, as well as new ones!

There are a few different “leagues” of microgames, each with a different host character. My favorite has always been Ashley 😉

I’ve already played through all of the Mash League and the Twist League. I’m currently on the Touch League with 9-Volt! So far, I am in love with this game. The microgames are quick, weird, and fast- paced!

Mobile

iPhone

I am plugging away with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. One event in September was Brewster’s Sweet Harvest, which was a gardening event. I didn’t mind this event, actually, even though I don’t really care for gardening events. However, it seems like the catch rate was improved this time around, which really helped! Plus, you got sweet grape related furniture, and I really loved the look of it.

Another event going on this month was the Blitz Clam Scavenger Hunt. It’s basically just like the gyroid scavenger hunts, but with blitz clams, which are items from Splatoon. I’m not very familiar with the Splatoon games, so I can’t say much about them. Anyway, you collected the clams to craft Splatoon- related clothing with them, and they are kind of cool!

There was also Fishing Tourney #6 this month, which also featured Splatoon- themed prizes. Plus, you got to catch colorful squid and octopus (octopi?)!

Also, Jack’s Halloween Hunt (a gardening event) began! I LOVE HALLOWEEN SO MUCH! All the spooky prizes you can get from this event are amazing. However… it didn’t start out too promising. Barely any bats spawned on my flowers, dammit!

Um also… the spooky terrains are awesome but HELL NO I’m not spending like $30 to get all of it! Pisses me off. I want to earn these things by playing the game, not by spending money on them.

I’m currently at Level 95, and I have 111/ 113 animals invited to my camp!

I played a bit of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery this month as well. I still need to complete my classes to finish off Year 1, Chapter 7, but I got sidetracked by Hagrid’s Birthday Party preparations. I didn’t finish those either, oops!

Other

SNES Classic

I’ve decided to revisit a couple of my favorite games on the SNES Classic this month. First up is Donkey Kong Country, which remains one of my favorite games of all time. I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve played through and beaten this game, but I enjoy it every time! And the crazy jumps in Mine Cart Carnage (as well as the anxiety- inducing music) always make my hands sweaty no matter how many times I play it!

I am currently in World 2: Monkey Mines, Level 5: Millstone Mayhem.

I also played a bit of Super Mario Kart. While I am a huge Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fan, I at times miss the simplicity of the original. No blue shells, no real drifting… just good old- fashioned kart racing! I played through the 50cc Mushroom Cup, and I won the gold.

That’s all the gaming I did in September! See ya next time!