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!

My Gaming Month in Review: April 2020!

I didn’t get a whole lot of gaming time in the month of April, mostly because I have been too damn exhausted to do anything, even if it’s something fun! Story of my life these days for some stupid reason! Anywho, here’s what I accomplished in April 2020!

Console

Nintendo Wii

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I played a little bit of Animal Crossing: City Folk. I didn’t pay off anymore of my loan, but I sold some stuff and made a little more money. Hopefully I’ll be able to make another mortgage payment soon!

Nintendo Switch

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Of course I played some Animal Crossing: New Horizons! I still haven’t made a First Impressions post of this game, but I do plan on it. I did a lot in the month of April: participated in a couple events, had a few more residents move in, expanded my house, etc. If I ever get that First Impressions post done, I’ll write more details on my gameplay 😉

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I did manage to finish a game this month, believe it or not! I completed my gameplay of Mario Tennis Aces. I’ll write an End Game Thoughts post about it at some point, so stay tuned for more info 😉

Handheld

Nintendo Game Boy

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Still plugging away at Pokémon Blue! I explored the Safari Zone, which was a HUGE pain in the ass! Pokémon tend to break out of the Safari Balls and run WAY too easily. I’m not big on luck-based shit! I managed to nab a few new Pokémon anyway, but it wasn’t really that fun. I tweaked my team a bit, and I ended the month by gathering experience while exploring Route 16!

Mobile

iPhone

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Of course I played Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on my phone! The events in April were cute, but a little too pink for my tastes. Anyway, I ended the month at level 174 with 195/198 villagers invited to my camp! I decorated the upstairs of my cabin around Tom Nook this time, so here’s what I came up with:

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It was actually harder than I thought to make a theme around him for some reason! I ended up trying to mimic his store, with completely random items up for sale. And instead of working, he’s sleeping behind the cash register. I almost fall asleep at work every day, so I totally understand. 😉

My Gaming Month in Review: March 2020!

Hmm, April is more than halfway over and I’m just now writing about March’s game play… big slacker here! What else is new! Haha anyway, let’s jump right in and see what I was up to in March!

Console

Nintendo Wii

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I played a bit of Animal Crossing: City Folk this month- still trying to pay off my final mortgage in this game! The grass wear is starting to get to me… uggh! Anyway, I set the time back a bit so that I could participate in Festivale! During Festivale, you play games with your villagers to win candy, which you then trade in to Pavé for some sweet furniture. Even though I really suck at luck-based games, I still managed to win enough to get three pieces of furniture!

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I also did a lot of fishing and was able to make a mortgage payment. Only 380,000 bells to go!

Nintendo Switch

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So I’m sure a lot of you know that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released on March 20th! OF COURSE I had to get it on release day (which is something I rarely do for games) and I’ve been playing it ever since! I’m going to do a First Impressions post of this game (with my slow ass track record, expect this post sometime in July or August) so I won’t bog down this post too much. Let’s just say that I made some decent progress 🙂 Oh, and my island name is Spartacus- that’s a nod to my late grandfather, who probably would get a laugh out of the name!

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I played a little bit of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild this month as well. Instead of just randomly fucking around, I decided to work on the Locked Mementos quest so I could get my Sheikah Slate repaired! I went to the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab to speak to the Director. She wanted me to light her furnace before she could work on it… um, okay? Anywho, I did that weird task for her, then she repaired the Slate- now I can take pictures and complete the Hyrule Compendium! I also activated several side quests, though I didn’t try to complete any of them yet.

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For my Switch Sunday playthrough, I continued on with Mario Tennis Aces! I played Adventure Mode a bit more, and I finally beat The Reflection Room, which was a HUGE pain in the ass! I lost so many times, the game took pity on me and gave me unlimited power- only then was I able to beat it. It was stupid and annoying and I never want to play it again!

The next level was called Detour, and this was where I called it quits on Adventure Mode. I attempted to rally with Boo 300 times and for the life of me, I couldn’t do it. Boo is a cheating asshole!

Since I’d seen enough of Adventure Mode, I tried out Tournament Mode. I beat the Mushroom Cup. Hey, that’s progress!

Handheld

Nintendo Game Boy 

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I made a bit of progress in Pokémon Blue, go me! I explored Routes 14 and 15 and gained some experience, then entered Fuschia City. I’m playing this game on my Super Game Boy and the color palette makes my eyes bleed! Anyway, I took on the Gym Leader (Koga) and earned my 6th badge!

Mobile

iPhone

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I continued to play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp! Something I decided to do is dedicate the top floor of my cabin to a different NPC each month. Hey, I spent Leaf Tickets on them, they should be shown off! I’m just doing it in the order I purchased them, because I’m neurotic. Anyway, this month I set up a little concert setting for K.K. Slider!

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At the end of March… I don’t remember what my level was, because I’m a dummy and forgot to make note of it. Ugh! I was probably at like Level 168 with 187/191 animals invited to my campsite… something like that!

So that’s it for my March gaming adventures! See ya! 🙂

My Gaming Month In Review: February 2020!

Wow, two months in a row with this type of post… I’m on a roll! Ha. Anyway, let’s get right down to it… here’s the progress I made with my games in the month of February!

Console

Nintendo Wii

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I didn’t make too much progress in Animal Crossing: City Folk this time around. I did play on Groundhog Day and got my Resetti model. I also played on Valentine’s Day and got a letter and some chocolates from Harry, how sweet! Festivale was on the 24th, but I didn’t play… so I might need to rewind time so I can check it out 😉

Nintendo Switch

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I’m still having an absolute blast playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! I ended up wandering into Hateno Village, where I found and completed the Myahm Agana Shrine which… was a challenge. It was some weird tilty piece of shit labyrinth puzzle that wasn’t a lot of fun! Anyway, after some exploration, I decided to finally pay attention to the main quest and “Seek Out Impa.” Cool! Now I have two more main quests: Free the Divine Beasts (that will take me literally forever) and Locked Mementos (that’ll probably take forever too). I also completed the Ta’loh Naeg Shrine, which was a training exercise- the first one I’ve encountered. Because I’m an idiot, I broke a few of my weapons trying to chop the Guardian into pieces before I realized you have to follow the onscreen instructions. Uggh.

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I’m happy to say that I beat Yoshi’s Crafted World this month! Yay! I’ll do a more in-depth End Game Thoughts post a little later. Anyway, the final levels of the game were decently challenging. One level in particular, Be Afraid of the Dark (in Shadowville) featured a creepy clown looking character that chased you with an axe! Definitely did not see that coming! Anyway, I defeated Baby Bowser, recovered the final Dream Gem, and that was that! Such a fun game!

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After beating Yoshi, I decided to play Mario Tennis Aces as my next “Switch Sunday” game. There are a few different game play modes, which is interesting. I first played through all the tutorials and played a few of the characters in Free Play mode just to get a feel for the game. I then played a little bit of Adventure Mode. I beat Bask Ruins, so now I’m getting ready to play Piranha Plant Forest!

Handheld

Nintendo Game Boy

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I continued playing Pokémon Blue a bit. I explored Route 13, battling trainers and gaining experience. I think I’m starting to form a team that I’m going to keep until the end, but we shall see. I was also SO EXCITED to nab a Ditto!! He was kind of a bitch, but I got him in the end.

Mobile

Kindle Fire

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I’ve been playing a bit of Wordscapes here and there on my tablet when I have some downtime, and it’s a lot of fun- and a challenge too! I’m on Level 90, which isn’t too shabby… until I think of my aunt, who has completed over 20,000 (yes, I typed that correctly!) levels. I have a lot of catching up to do!

iPhone

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Of course, I’m still playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. I’m now at Level 165 and have 180/183 animals invited to my camp. So close! I just can’t seem to get that last map from Gulliver. Anywho, I played through the events for this month, though I didn’t get the final prize because I didn’t craft everything from the scavenger hunt in time. That’s okay! As sad as I was to see the snow melt, I’m ready for springtime!

That’s about it for February 2020. Thanks for reading!

My Gaming Month in Review: January 2020!

Hey everyone! Hope the new year has been treating you right so far! I’ve been a bit lame on the posting front lately, which isn’t how I planned for things to be. I’ve been struggling for awhile with chronic migraines (I’ve had them for years) and for some reason over the past few months, the intensity has really kicked up a notch, which makes it hard for me to do… well, anything really. I’ve fallen behind on blog postings, video game progress, housework, etc. Some days I can’t even look at the computer and something as simple as scrolling through a post will make me so dizzy I want to puke. I’m hoping my brain will stabilize itself soon because I’m fucking sick of it! 😉

Anyway! In the meantime, I’ll just do what I can do and that’s that! I decided to bring back an ongoing series I used to write awhile back (I tried to look for the last time I posted one, but the aforementioned dizziness reared its ugly head as I scrolled through my blog, so oh well)- My Gaming Month in Review! I love writing posts like this, but my problem was I would spend so much time trying to take screenshots and remember what I did in the game, I wouldn’t enjoy the actual game I was playing as much. Yikes!

So, this is going to be a similar post to my old ones, but I am just going to give a briefer summary, and I probably won’t include my own screenshots. Enjoy!

Console

Nintendo Wii

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I’m still working my way through Animal Crossing: City Folk, just trying to get my loan paid off. I try to play though any events during the month, so on New Year’s Day I played and got my fancy new 2020 shirt! It’s got a rat on it since this is the Year of the Rat, so I thought that was pretty cute! I also participated in the Dab Fishing Tourney that was being held, and surprisingly, I won! I still owe 484,000 Bells on my loan, but at least this is my final loan and I’ll be done!

Nintendo Switch

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I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild here and there over the last couple months, and I LOVE IT! I’m not nearly as far as most people. As a matter of fact, I’m not far in the game at all, because I am having a blast just exploring everything. My main goals right now are to complete as many shrines as I can so I can upgrade my health and stamina, and activate as many towers as I can so my map is complete. During my last session, I searched FOREVER trying to find the Dow Na’eh Shrine (it was behind a waterfall, ugh) and I managed to activate Hateno Tower. My main objective is Seek Out Impa, which is like… the first thing you’re supposed to do after getting off the Great Plateau. Oh well, I play how I want!

So I’ve started this thing I call “Switch Sunday” which is exactly what it sounds like… on Sunday, I try to play a Switch game! Yes, I’m already working my way though Zelda, but I wanted to choose another game to play as well, because I’m a glutton for punishment. Anyway, I decided to start playing Yoshi’s Crafted World, and that was an excellent choice! The game is so cute and relaxing, and puts me in a great mood when I play it. I also like how it’s not completely linear- after the first few levels, several branched pathways appear to let you choose which way you want to go. I think that’s pretty neat! I left on on Acorn Forest- Jumping to Victory, and I’ve recovered 3 Dream Gems so far (which means I’m more than halfway through the game at this point).

Handheld

Nintendo Game Boy

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Yes, I’m STILL playing Pokémon Blue. Things take me forever, remember?! I’m more than halfway though the game at this point though, so I have definitely made progress! In January, I beat the Saffron City Gym and got my 5th Gym Badge. While wandering Route 12 afterwards, I finally got a better fishing rod and caught Tentacruel (or was it Tentacool? Shit, I don’t remember), Goldeen and Krabby. Now I’m exploring what Route 13 has to offer!

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I also want to add that I’m still playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on my phone. I can’t help it, it’s part of my routine nearly every morning! Right now I’m at Level 162, and I’ve invited 177/183 animals to my campsite. I can’t get the last island containing those animals to pop up as part of Gulliver’s islands, dammit! I keep refreshing but no luck yet. I enjoy participating in the events, and I feel no pressure to complete them.

That’s it for gaming in January! Hopefully February will see me completing a couple of these games, but we’ll see how it goes. See ya!

End Game Thoughts: Puyo Puyo Tetris!

Game Title: Puyo Puyo Tetris
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Hours Played: around 2

About The Game

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Puyo Puyo Tetris is a game that came out for the Nintendo Switch in 2017. It was also released on several other platforms, but I played it on the Switch, so there ya go. This game combines two puzzle types- Puyo and Tetris. I’m a huge fan of Tetris, and I’ve played a Puyo-type game before (Kirby’s Avalanche) and had fun with it, so I thought why not? Plus, the game came with a couple cute keychains, and I’m a sucker for freebies!

What I Liked

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The main thing I liked about this game was the sheer number of modes that are available for you to play! Whether you prefer Puyo, Tetris, or strange combinations of both, there is something most everyone will enjoy. There’s even a story mode that’s totally whack and makes no sense, but who really buys a puzzle game for the story anyway?

What I Didn’t Like

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Playing Puyo Puyo is just okay- it’s not really my favorite thing to do. I much prefer Tetris, and fusing the two together is a bit awkward sometimes. I found myself gravitating toward one mode or the other instead of modes that combined the two play styles together. That’s not much of a gripe, just my personal preference.

However, one thing that really got on my nerves during this game- the characters’ annoying ass voices! Oh my lord. Every single one of them grated my eardrums, and there was no way to silence them. I often played with the volume turned way down because it annoyed me so much.

Closing Thoughts

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This game is fun, and it’s got so many different modes to try out. I tried all of them, and while some are better than others, there is definitely a good selection there. My favorite mode was one where the game would randomly switch back and forth between Tetris and Puyo. This is a good game to pick up and play for a few minutes at a time- or until your eardrums explode from the awful voices.

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!

 

End Game Thoughts: Super Mario Odyssey!

Game Title: Super Mario Odyssey
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Hours Played: approximately 10-12

About the Game

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Super Mario Odyssey was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017. In this game, like most Mario games, Princess Peach gets her dumb ass kidnapped by Bowser, and Mario has to go save her! This time, Bowser has the help of some annoying rabbit things called Broodals, and he plans to force Peach to marry him. Along the way, you meet a spirit trapped in a damn hat named Cappy. Cappy becomes your BFF and as an added bonus, you can use Cappy to possess shit! Wahoo! Anyway, you travel through many different kingdoms to try to stop the wedding; it turns out to be quite the adventure!

What I Liked

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Hmm, where do I begin?? First of all, the graphics in Super Mario Odyssey are AMAZING! Each time I traveled to a new Kingdom, I was in awe. I think my favorite kingdom is the Ruined Kingdom, because it is dark, gloomy, and has an amazing dragon battle! I also loved the bright, colorful Luncheon Kingdom- only in looks though, playing through it was quite annoying!

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I also enjoyed how the different Kingdoms have different objectives and are all so different from each other. Plus, there are so many Power Moons to collect- this gave me motivation to explore!

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I thought Cappy was a very creative character. At first, I wasn’t too sure about him, but the little guy grew on me. I tried to possess everything I could, and I had a lot of fun doing it! I especially liked taking control of the Cheep Cheeps in areas where I needed to swim around a lot. Oh, and possessing a piece of meat was definitely my most WTF moment in the game!

There are many other things I loved about the game: the characters, the music, etc. I could probably go on forever!

What I Didn’t Like

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Well, there isn’t much that I didn’t like about Super Mario Odyssey! There are things that annoyed me here and there (like the Luncheon Kingdom…. uggh) but that’s just me being nitpicky. There was nothing that really pissed me off or made me want to quit playing!

Closing Thoughts

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I loved this game! I thought it was so much fun, and there were so many times while playing that I had a smile on my face. Certain parts of it are more challenging than others, but Super Mario Odyssey has something for players of all skill levels to enjoy. Now I just need to go back and collect the hundreds of Power Moons I am still missing…

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!

My Gaming Month in Review: August 2018!

Despite my best efforts, I still suck at posting and being up to date on everyone’s blog posts! I just have not had the energy. However… after 7 1/2 years at my current job, I am embarking on a new career path starting this Tuesday! I am hoping with this new job I will be less stressed and have more energy to be able to get back to more of the things I enjoy doing. Some of those things include reading all of your posts as well as writing more of my own!

With that being said, here’s a short post detailing what I played in August. Unfortunately, I didn’t make a whole lot of progress in any of my games, so this isn’t going to be the most interesting post! Sorry.

Console

Nintendo Switch

I’ve gotten back into playing Super Mario Odyssey, which continues to delight and surprise me! I haven’t played a whole lot of it, but I’m enjoying every second of it. I completed the Metro Kingdom, which I enjoyed despite my reservations at first. I mean, realistic looking people in a Mario game really weirded me out at first!

Anyway, after the Metro Kingdom I ventured to the Seaside Kingdom, which I found beautiful! After getting rid of the weird ass octopus-boss-thing, it was even more fun to explore.

Edit: According to my strategy guide, the name of that thing is Brigadier Mollosque- Lanceur III, Dauphin of Bubblaine. Um WTF?!

Right now I’m chillin’ in Snow Kingdom (ha! An unintentional pun!) and I am just about to participate in the Bound Bowl Grand Prix, so I believe I’m almost ready to travel to the next kingdom!

Mobile

iPhone

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp had some fun changes this month. They updated the way the goals are laid out, and they are actually much more fun to complete. Each event has several goals to complete as well, and the prizes are pretty generous!

Speaking of events, there were 6 events this month! They were:

1. Redd’s Summer Festival- a gardening event *rolls eyes.* I played it very passively, and got a couple cool items.
2. Fishing Tourney #5. I always enjoy the fishing tourneys, even though they upped the goal requirements and I never get the gold trophy anymore. Oh well. The piranhas were fun to catch!
3. Flower Festival. This was a cute gardening event. I enjoyed planting the flowers and creating hybrids! I felt like there was actually a decent amount of time allotted for this event. which made it way less stressful.
4. Gyroidite Scavenger Hunt #4. This time around I hunted denim gyroidites, which were super cute! I didn’t care all that much for the actual prizes, but it was fun collecting them anyway.
5. Summertime Bug Catching. I enjoyed this little event, because some of the prizes included fortune cookies! I didn’t complete the last goal, though, because no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get a goliath beetle to show up for me. Fuck you, goliath beetle.
6. Brewster’s Sweet Harvest. Another gardening event that just started on 8/31, so it’s not done yet. I’m sure I’ll bitch… er, tell you how well I did next month!

Currently, I’m at Level 91 and have 107/ 109 animals invited to my campsite!

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I started playing Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery this month. I’ll admit, I avoided playing it at first because I wasn’t in the mood for bullshit energy meters and microtransactions. I have a couple friends that like it, though, and since I really love Harry Potter, I decided to give it a chance.

You start off as a young witch (or wizard, if you are a guy of course) who gets an acceptance letter into Hogwarts. (I’m in my 30s, but I’m still waiting for my letter dammit!). The story is set in a time when Harry Potter is a baby, so he’s not at Hogwarts. Your story is pretty similar to Harry’s, though: you make a good friend, you make an immediate enemy, people think you’re a freak because of something that happened in your life… etc. I have to say, I really do enjoy the story and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out as the in-game years progress.

The game is divided into Chapters, and each Chapter typically has a few story- related tasks as well as Lessons for you to complete. Everything you do requires energy, which is where it gets annoying. Also, most tasks have a time limit, so running out of energy is an issue. ALSO…. the game is very passive. You tap away on the screen, you trace a pattern… there really isn’t much to do.

And yet… I find myself enjoying the game. I enjoy the story, and when I run out of energy, I just put my phone down for a little while and do something else. I don’t even play it every day- I’ll just pick it up every few days or so and complete part of a chapter, then leave it alone for a bit.

Maybe I like this game because I’m not really in any big hurry to complete it. I’m sure people that play it religiously and want to beat it ASAP get pissed off at it, and I understand. For now, I’m just enjoying the slow journey. I’m on Year 1, Chapter 7, and I’ve completed all the story tasks. I’m just finishing up my Lessons 🙂

That’s it for my gaming in August. Not much progress, and sorry for the lack of screenshots! I just wasn’t up to the task. Like I said at the beginning of this post, things are changing for me, and hopefully everything will be headed in a more positive direction. Thanks for reading!