My Gaming Week in Review (8/28- 9/03)!

Console

Nintendo Wii

Last week, I dusted off my Wii Fit board and started playing Wii Fit Plus! Despite the fact that it had been a LONG time since I’ve played, I jumped right back in. I played for a couple days, trying out all the different activities to just get a feel for them once again.

This week, I played twice. I like to do a Body Test every time I play, just to see what my Wii Fit Age is. On Tuesday, it was 32- only 2 years above my actual age, so not bad!

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Despite this fact, the game felt it necessary to antagonize me a bit…

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Anyway, I decided to focus on Yoga…

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And despite my “poor balance” I managed to snag a high score on one of the exercises!

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I played again on Thursday, took another body test, and was happy to see that this time my Wii Fit Age was 29! Suck it, Wii Fit!

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I focused on Strength Training this time…

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And the game found it necessary to antagonize me again!

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Oddly enough, my right ankle was hurting me that day, so maybe there was some truth to that statement. Whatever! Then I did a plank and I cracked up…

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Those that know me would definitely not describe me as a body builder! Haha! Anyway, I am enjoying the fact that I have gotten back into this game. It has exercises that are easy enough for me to do without feeling like I am going to die, so hopefully I can stick with it for awhile! 🙂

Nintendo Wii U

I decided to show my Wii U some love this week and play Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. Despite this being a slower-paced game, I still enjoy it. I’m months behind, so I picked the March 2016 board and started playing!

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Goldie was the host of the game, and she looked adorable as usual!

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Right off the bat, I lost money on almost every space I landed on. Ugh!

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Lots of special characters came to visit, including Katie, Katrina, Phineas, Shrunk and Red.

Shamrock Day was the 17th, but nothing really special happened. 😦

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There was a Fishing Tourney on the 19th. I caught a bluegill, which got me 3rd place.

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I laughed at one of the computer characters, who had an unfortunate incident:

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The 27th was Bunny Day! Zipper T. Bunny showed up and told us to look for eggs. I earned 11 Happy Points for finding 11 eggs.

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In the end, I got 3rd place. Oh well, I never seem to win when I play this game!

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Handheld

Nintendo Game Boy

I made a little bit of progress in Pokémon Blue this week! First of all, my Butterfree learned Poison Powder, yay!

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Finally, I leveled up all of my Pokémon to Level 15, so I was ready to challenge Brock in the Pewter City Gym.

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When I arrived at the Gym, some chump dared to challenge me while I was trying to find Brock. I made quick work of his Diglett and Sandshrew. In between fighting his two Pokémon, Squirtle leveled up!

After the battle, my Squirtle evolved into Wartortle! Hell yeah!

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I proceeded to Brock, who didn’t seem like that bad of a guy. I kicked his butt anyway! He had a Geodude and an Onyx, and I made quick work of them both.

Wartortle grew to level 17, too! I then received the Boulder Badge for my troubles.

Honestly, I think I may have leveled up a bit TOO much before that battle. My Squirtle/ Wartortle had A LOT of power. Oh well. On to the next Gym!

Nintendo 3DS

I took some time to pay a visit to my little look-alikes in Tomodachi Life, which I haven’t done in forever! It was pretty late when I played, so a lot of them were asleep. My look-alike (not surprisingly) was still awake and was playing with a puppy!

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I decided to give her a makeover and change up her interior design. She seemed pretty pleased with it!

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Marge seemed pretty… thrilled to see me…

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While Frankie was too hungry to think about anything else! I gave him some barbeque, which he loved.

Cheryl complained about her hair…

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And I fed Diana something she totally hated! (Can’t remember exactly what it was though, haha!)

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Ryu learned to rock & roll…

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While Lee and Tové both wondered the same thing!

I discovered that although I had made her awhile ago, I had NEVER stopped in to say hello to Judy! Oops! I felt bad, so I fed her, gave her a new outfit, and changed her interior. Hope we are friends now!

I also realized that I had never spoken to David, but that’s not that big of a deal- I made him the last time I played, and turned the system off before speaking to him.

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I then created Jenn, who seems to be quite the happy camper, despite the scowl on her face!

Before I turned the game off, I noticed someone was on top of the tower. I zoomed in and witnessed Carolyn doing something incredibly bizarre. She was leaning backwards, staring at the sky. Occasionally she would wave emphatically! Was she staring at aliens? Is she just nuts? We will probably never find out!

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Mobile

iPhone

As I wrote about in my last entry, I tried out- and quickly deleted- the monstrosity known as I Am Bread. Uggh! Moving on…

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I had quite a productive week in Pokémon GO! In one trip,  I managed to catch a Krabby, an Eevee, and a Staryu!

 

I then hit Level 5 and caught an Oddish! I really like his little smile 😉

An egg I had been incubating hatched, but it was only a Rattata!

I then caught an Exeggcute!

After all that, it was time to choose my team. I listened as each team told me why I should join them.

In the end, I chose team Valor! I love the phoenix logo.

My next trip, I quickly caught a Bellsprout. I was heading through downtown in my city- there are a shit-ton of Pokéstops around here! Lucky me!

Next, I earned a medal for catching 10 Flying-type Pokémon. I was then thrilled to catch a Raticate! He was a little asshole too, he broke out of like 5 Pokéballs before I nabbed him! After catching him, I earned another medal, this time for catching 30 Pokémon.

Next, an Abra popped up, followed by a Nidoran! After catching those two, I leveled up, then earned yet another medal!

Overall, I would say it was a very successful week for Pokémon GO. I am still only playing it casually, and I am really enjoying it. I haven’t been to any Gyms yet to train, but hopefully I will soon!

So as you can see, I was able to enjoy several games this week, even if I didn’t play any of them for long periods of time. I am super happy when I get to relax and enjoy gaming, so it was a good week for me! 🙂

First Impressions: Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival!

Even though I got Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival almost 2 months ago, I didn’t play it until today! I was too busy trying to pay off my house in Wild World, plus with the busy holiday season, I just wasn’t really in the mood to try out a new game. I’m still feeling like crap, so I figured today was just as good a day as any to check it out!

Now, I know this game has gotten a lot of flack. For example, IGN calls the game “adorable, but often boring.” (read their review here). In fact, most reviews have been negative. That doesn’t really deter me from playing the game, however. As I’ve said before, I give pretty much any game a fair chance and I could care less what kind of rating it gets.

Anyway! Upon starting the game, I was greeted with a couple cheerful screens.

I had to tap my Amiibo character to begin. Sweet Goldie appeared and announced that we would be playing a board game that would take about 1 hour and 15 minutes if played with 4 characters. Damn! That seems like a bit of a commitment. There’s an option to play a truncated version of the game, but I went all in. I wanted to play this game out in its entirety!

Next up, Goldie explained some of the rules and regulations.

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I have a feeling I’ll be landing on a lot of those purple spaces!

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the calendar month you were playing in actually matches up to the real time calendar instead of some generic “January” model. That’s a neat touch!

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January 2016, hmm? Very cool!

With all the explanations out of the way, it was time to begin the game! My first space I landed on was a positive space that earned me some bells.

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Wow, maybe I won’t suck so bad after all!

Throughout the month, different characters from the Animal Crossing world will appear. There’s Joan, who will sell you turnips every Sunday…

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You better be sellin’ your turnips cheap, lady! I don’t like to gamble!

You’ll notice in the screenshot below that each space has a number on it. This is the value of the turnips for that space. When you are finished with your move, you’ll be given the option to sell your turnips. Prices fluctuate often, so don’t be surprised if you get screwed and have to sell for a loss! If you don’t sell your turnips by Saturday, the game will automatically force you to sell them for the price of whatever space you land on.

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Hopefully I can sell my turnips for a profit!

There’s also Crazy Redd, trying to sell you cards that can alter game play slightly…

And Katrina, who tells your fortune. When I landed on her, I drew a card that allowed me to collect money every time someone rolled a 5. Sweet!

Phineas also appears, giving Bells to a random person selected on his roulette wheel.

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You are not my “favorite old gramps” you jerk!

Katie shows up to trade cards with you. If you have no cards, she will play a game with you and you can possibly win one from her!

Dr. Shrunk will also show up and do… something. I’m not really sure what, because neither I nor the computer characters landed on one of his spaces!

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What’s your point?

One thing that was cute was the fact that there was a fishing tourney on January 16th- this happens to correspond to the date of the fishing tourney in Animal Crossing: Wild World! Somehow, I managed to land on the space that nabbed me the biggest fish.

When the month was over, all the Bells you collect are turned into Happy Points, and the player that has the most Happy Points wins the game. Ugh! I was off by only a few points!

To me, this game is like a mix between Mario Party, Life, and Payday. Overall, I do think this game is cute. Yes, the game play is a bit slow. I wish there was some way to speed through the computer character’s turns. I wish there was more interactivity- I don’t want to just read about what went on during that “day” in the character’s turn, I want to actually participate in it! This is more of a passive experience than anything. There are a few mini-games to play, but I haven’t come across any of those yet.

Once I completed this round, I found out that I unlocked all of the other months and could choose which month I wanted to play. That’s pretty neat, and I’ll be interested to see what events happen during each month.

This game is perfect if you’re feeling how I’m feeling today- sick, tired, and just wanting to relax. If you want a game that’s engaging and fast-paced, this is not it. It’s still worth a look if you are an Animal Crossing fan, though!

 

Unboxing Of Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival Bundle!

Today I got a nice surprise in the mail: the Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival bundle that I pre-ordered! Now, I was hesitant about this game when it was first announced. It was my understanding that Amiibos were necessary to play this game… and while I think Amiibos are cute, and I do have a few, I do not want to spend $50-$60 on a game and then have to spend $12.99 on a bunch of little collectible characters to play it! I’d rather just spend the money once and be done with it.

However…then the bundle was revealed. For around $60, I could get the game, two Amiibo figurines, and three Amiibo cards! That seemed like a pretty good deal to me. Whether I get any more Animal Crossing Amiibos or Amiibo cards remains to be seen. I like to collect, but not to the point of hoarding, hahaha!!!

Anyway! I pre-ordered my game off of Amazon and waited (im)patiently for it to arrive. Here it is:

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Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival Bundle before I opened it!

The box is so cute, I almost didn’t want to open it! Of course, I wanted to get to the good stuff, so I opened it anyway. Everything was neatly packed inside. I want to note that the Amiibos do not come in their own separate packaging, so people who want them for collector’s purposes need to be aware of that.

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Game case for Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival.

The Amiibos and the Amiibo cards you get are a nice addition for any Animal Crossing fan. You get Isabelle and Digby as your starter Amiibos, and the cards are Goldie, Rosie, and Stitches. OMG Stitches! He is one of my favorite characters in the Animal Crossing universe so that was a very pleasant surprise.

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Look at the goodies you get with the bundle!

As for the gameplay itself, I have not had a chance to check it out. From what I understand, it is a Mario Party-esque game, but without the focus being to collect stars/ play a bunch of mini games/ whatever. Rather, the focus seems to be on more passive experiences such as meeting different characters, buying and selling turnips, and experiencing different events depending on what month you choose to play.

I know this is not Animal Crossing in the traditional sense, but to me, that’s kind of the beauty of it. I’m pretty open to any game, and will give it a fair chance. It might be a good game to play after work or before bed just to relax and unwind. You never know!