End Game Thoughts: Dr. Mario!

Game Title: Dr. Mario
Platform: NES Classic
Hours Played: pssh… try like 20 minutes

About The Game

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Dr. Mario was originally released in 1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. I played it on the NES Classic, which was released in 2016.

What is Dr. Mario about? Fuck if I know. I hate this game. He throws different colored pills at shitty little viruses to make them go bye bye. It was fun for about 5 seconds.

What I Liked

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Mario is there. Mario is cool.

What I Didn’t Like

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THIS GAME. FUCK. I like puzzle games a lot, I really do. I thought I liked this game. It just really started to get on my last nerve because it just isn’t FUN to me. I made it to Level 7 before I got a game over. I beat my high score, so I consider the game “beaten” even though I know I will NEVER EVER go back and try to clear more levels.

Oh, and the fucking awful music will invade my brain until the end of time.

Closing Thoughts

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No.

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I realize I’m probably in the minority because most people seem to really like this game, but it just didn’t click me for some reason! And I tend to stay away from things that piss me off, and this game pisses me off so… *shrugs*. Don’t take my really awful mini review as the last word though- try this game out for yourself and see if you like it! 🙂

Creative Pin Board!

Every once and awhile, I like to do creative stuff. Problem is, I kind of suck when it comes to artsy fartsy things! My creativity lies more in my words, and even that’s a bit of a stretch sometimes. Sure, I have a degree in Computer Graphics and Design, but I consider myself retired from that field. Anyhow, I saw a YouTube video from Cinnamoniboni. She posts all sorts of fun videos, many of them gaming related! In one video, she painted a corkboard to put all of her little pins on them, and I thought it was such a cute idea! The video is below if you want to check it out.

Now, I don’t have a ton of pins or anything like that, but I have a few that I’ve been wanting to put somewhere- I just never knew how to display them. After watching the video, I thought I would try it out, since it didn’t seem overly complicated!

I started with a standard corkboard that you can find at just about any office supply store. I got mine at Office Max. I forgot to get a picture of it in its unpainted state, but here’s what the wrapper looks like, in case anyone actually gives a shit:

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I decided to paint the whole board black. I wanted a dark background with little dots of color! Hey, I said I wasn’t artsy. I can only do simple things!

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Originally, I was just going to have yellow dots of color…

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But then I decided some silver would look nice…

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And some blue…

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And finally, some red! Looks like a party!!

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After giving the board time to dry, I added a few of my favorite pins to display. I have some Mario pins, Harvest Moon pins, and a Kirby pin too! My favorite pin on the board is the Pokémon Mimikyu, the little pin near the center of the board. I do have other pins, but I didn’t want to clutter up the board too much, so I may just rotate the ones I choose to display.

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This was a fun project, and it wasn’t that difficult to do. If it was, I would’ve tossed it and pretended it didn’t happen haha! I like doing creative things like this, so maybe in the future I’ll have more to show! 😉

End Game Thoughts: Kirby Star Allies!

Game Title: Kirby Star Allies
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Hours Played: approximately 12

About The Game

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Kirby Star Allies was released in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. As you all probably know by now, I love Kirby, so of course I couldn’t wait to play this game!

Some weird shit is going down up in space, and Kirby needs some friends to help him set things right! (A+ for that amazing description of the story line!). In addition to inhaling everything in his path and stealing copying his enemy’s abilities, Kirby can also have up to 3 friends with him that can help defeat enemies, solve puzzles, etc.

What I Liked

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There is so much to love about this game! First of all, it’s ADORABLE! I love the character designs and the level designs. The music is pretty good too, though at this point and time I can’t tell you any tunes that are really standing out to me. Maybe I shouldn’t be writing this when I have a headache and I’m super tired… anyway!

I love how besides all the helpers/copy abilities, there are also Dream Friends in this game. You can play alongside King Dedede, Meta Knight, Rick/Kine/Coo, and a bunch of other bad asses from past games. My favorite is… um, Gooey.

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I give the developers credit for putting so much content into this game as well! Aside from the main story mode, there are 2 sub-games to play (Chop Champs and Star Slam Heroes) which provide a fun, if brief distraction from the main game. There’s also The Ultimate Choice, which is basically like a boss rush mode. There’s Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! mode, which I love! You basically play through an abbreviated version of the Story Mode, but you can play as any of the helpers or Dream Friends instead of Kirby, which gives you a lot of replay value!

The last mode was actually released as FREE (yes, free) DLC, and it’s called Heroes in Another Dimension. This is the only mode I haven’t fully played through, but it’s pretty enjoyable.

Seriously, there is a lot to do in this game. I think my file is sitting at 87% complete right now, and I love the fact that I’ve played through most of the modes several times and still have plenty left to do!

What I Didn’t Like

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The fact that the final boss in the story mode had like 5 different phases and wouldn’t fucking die already! He was cool though, so I can’t complain much. All kidding aside, I don’t really have any complaints about this game.

Closing Thoughts

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This game brought me a lot of happiness during my play through! It was like the best elements of all the past Kirby games were thrown into this one. I also really want to mention that it seems like a lot of love was put into Kirby Star Allies. From the characters to the music to the menu design to the varied levels, it’s apparent that the developers put a lot of care and effort into what they were doing. That’s something I really appreciate!