Mystery Blogger Award!

Awesome blogger Art of Redress nominated me for another blogging award, this time the Mystery Blogger Award! As far as what the Mystery Blogger Award is… I’m stealing a quote from a quote that was already stolen. Woo!

*The award was created by Okoto Enigma*

“Mystery Blogger Award”  is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

With that being said, here’s all the rules:

THE RULES:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer five questions from the nominator.
  • Nominate from 10 to 20 bloggers.
  • Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

So let’s get started! 🙂

Three facts about myself!

1. It’s taking me a long time to come up with three interesting facts. Seriously. I don’t know what my problem is, but I must be really boring or something, because I can’t think of anything interesting to say about myself.

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2. I love horror movies, but I don’t ever really get scared. I mean, I’ve been a bit unsettled at times, but I know everything is fake, so I don’t get worked up. In fact, a lot of time when the big scary demon/ monster/ psycho killer is revealed or is in action, it makes me laugh. Maybe there’s something wrong with me.

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3. I could live off of french fries and potato chips. I realize that’s not the healthiest of diets, but some days, I just don’t care 😉

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And now, here’s the five questions I was asked!

1. Do you follow a sports team? (I’m an Everton fan, though my interest has waned of late!)

I’m not big into sports, so I don’t follow a particular team or anything. I have to say that I really love watching gymnastics though! I’ve always harbored a secret desire to be a gymnast- I even took lessons when I was younger, until the trainer moved away and my mom wouldn’t drive me to their new location because it was too far away! If an adult gymnastics class ever opens up near me, I’m in- I’ll probably kill myself, but it would sure be fun to try!

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2. Do you have any tattoos? If not, what tattoo would you get? (I haven’t got any, though I’d love to get one…just not sure what to get)

I have 10 tattoos right now… I LOVE tattoos! I think they are so beautiful and a great form of expression. Surprisingly only one of my tats is video game related, but every single one of them is meaningful to me. I do have at least one other tattoo planned- a phoenix of some sort. I just keep putting it off, and now it’s almost time to swim, which means I won’t get it done until maybe the fall! (I like to get a tattoo when it’s cooler, that way it has more time to heal before I subject it to sun and water!)

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3. If you could share an apartment with any video game/film/TV character, who would it be and why? (I reckon Max Payne would be pretty quiet and there would always be painkillers available)

Hmmm… this is a tough one, as I don’t like sharing my space with people (excluding my husband of course)! I think almost any character would get on my nerves at some point. Yes, even Kirby- come on, he’d eat all my damn food and not feel bad about it! Maybe I’d go ahead and pick Snorlax. Yeah, he’s huge and eats a lot, but he would sleep most of the day away, and he’s super squishy and cuddly. I could live with that!

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4. What’s the saddest song you’ve ever heard? (Nutshell by Alice in Chains for me, especially the Unplugged version)

There’s a couple songs that could probably answer this question for me, but I’m going to go with “Ashes of Eden” by Breaking Benjamin. Not gonna lie, this song literally made me cry every time I heard it after my grandfather passed away last year. (only in my car, not ever actually in front of anybody GEEZ!) I normally don’t go all mushy, but something about this song brings out the sadness. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics:

Are you with me after all…
Why can’t I hear you?
Are you with me through it all…
Then why can’t I feel you?
Stay with me, don’t let me go…
Because there’s nothing left at all…
Stay with me, don’t let me go…
Until the Ashes of Eden fall.

If you feel like crying, go listen to that song.

5. What would the title of your autobiography be? (Mine would just be ‘Redression’ with a picture of me made from copies of Dynamite Dux)

Plot twist: my autobiography wouldn’t have a name. The cover of the book would be all black, just like my soul. And the inside would contain a bunch of random blurbs and pictures of animals. It wouldn’t make much sense, much like I don’t make sense in real life.

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So there you have it! Five random questions that were super fun to answer! 🙂 Oh and as for a link to my best post…. I dunno, you pick one and pretend I gave a link to it! Thanks again to Art of Redress for nominating me 😉 If anyone wants to answer these questions, please feel free!

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My Animal Crossing Collection Part 1: Games!

I thought it might be fun to share some pictures of my obsessive crazy collection of Animal Crossing stuff! I was originally going to make this one long post, but I figured it might be better to split it up into a couple different ones. Anyway, as many of you know, I have been a huge fan of Animal Crossing ever since it was announced for North American release back in late 2001/ early 2002, and since then I have amassed a humble collection of games and other crap that makes my little black heart happy! This first post will show all of my games, along with their respective game guides. I don’t have guides for Happy Home Designer or amiibo Festival, because they were only released in Japan and I don’t have the Japanese versions of these games. Enjoy!

**Games are listed in order of release date**

1. どうぶつの森 (Doubutsu no Mori)- Nintendo 64

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Doubutsu no Mori was released in Japan in April 2001. I finally acquired this game back in 2015 and it was one of my happiest days ever, because I was so thrilled to finally own the game that started one of my all time favorite series!

2. どうぶつの森+ (Doubutsu no Mori +)- Nintendo GameCube

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Doubutsu no Mori + was released in Japan December 2001. I originally held off on purchasing this game because I erroneously thought it was the same as the North American version of Animal Crossing. After realizing it was a different game, I bought it! Now if I can EVER find time to mod my extra GameCube to play Japanese games, I can actually play it! I’m happy just to own it, though.

3. Animal Crossing- Nintendo GameCube

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Animal Crossing was released in North America in September 2002, and was the first Animal Crossing game I ever played. And it was love at first sight! I spent countless hours befriending villagers, hunting down every last bug, fossil and fish, and decorating- and re-decorating!- my house. I also got many of my friends addicted to this game- sorry for that, guys! 😉

4. どうぶつの森 e+ (Doubutsu no Mori e+)- Nintendo GameCube

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Doubutsu no Mori e+ was released in Japan in June 2003. Like Doubutsu no Mori +, I thought this was pretty much the same thing as the North American version of Animal Crossing, maybe with a small update. After realizing there were some differences, I bought it, and now I’m just waiting to play it once I mod my extra GameCube!

5. Animal Crossing: Wild World- Nintendo DS

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Animal Crossing: Wild World was released in North America in November 2005. I was so excited for this game, I pre-ordered it, which is something I don’t do very often! I remember thinking how awesome it was to be able to play a portable Animal Crossing game. I was a little bummed that they took all the holidays away, but it is still a fantastic game!

6. Animal Crossing: City Folk- Nintendo Wii

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Animal Crossing: City Folk was released in North America in November 2008. I was super excited for this game because it took all the fun stuff Wild World had to offer and added the holidays back in, which was cool! However, I was slightly disappointed that City Folk seemed to be pretty much a port of Wild World- even the music was the same! Also, the grass wear irritated the shit out of me. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this game though!

7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf- Nintendo 3DS

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released in North America in June 2013. Aside from Animal Crossing on the GameCube, this is my favorite game in the series! I had so much fun with all the new features, and I really loved how the holidays were done. The inclusion of the island was awesome too!

8. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer- Nintendo 3DS

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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was released in North America in September 2015. This game really allowed for creative freedom as you got to design homes for all of the villagers! I thought it was neat that you could scan in amiibo cards to get whatever villager you wanted. Curiously, you could never design your own home 😦

9. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival- Nintendo 3DS

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Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival was released in North America in November 2015. I’ll be honest, there isn’t much to this game at all. It’s like a Mario Party- lite game: a board game without any of the mini games. It got crappy reviews, but I still like this game anyway. It’s kind of relaxing in a way, plus it does have other modes that you can unlock if you don’t want to play the board game part of it.

10. Animal Crossing: Wild World VC- Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console

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Animal Crossing: Wild World was re-released for the Wii U VC in North America in October 2016. I wasn’t aware of this for almost 2 months and I hurriedly downloaded it when I realized it was available! Yes, it’s the same game as the DS, but I don’t care. I was happy to start a new little village and re-experience the game all over again!

11. Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo- Nintendo 3DS

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo was released in North America in December 2016. A downloadable update was available from the eShop that added all the new features to your existing New Leaf game, but I wanted the physical copy of this game! It added a lot of cute features to New Leaf, including a campsite and daily goals.

12. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp- iPhone/ Android App

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was released in North America in November 2017. This fun little mobile game has kept me entertained with new events, new animals, and new items to craft! It can be a little repetitive at times, but I really appreciate how the developers try to keep things fresh. In fact, I play this game every morning before I have to leave for work- it calms me down and gets me prepared for the day.

So there you have it! All the games in my Animal Crossing collection. Here’s a couple shots of everything all together:

And yes, the Wii U gamepad represents Animal Crossing: Wild World VC, and my old iPod represents Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. I’m a weirdo, I know! 🙂

The Unique Blogger Award!

Back in January, Retro Redress (now known as Art of Redress!) nominated me for The Unique Blogger Award! I really appreciate it! 😉 There’s a couple questions to answer, so let’s get to it!

1. What is the one game that you just can’t beat? A game that you enjoy playing and have devoted lots of time to, but just can never get to the end?

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The game that comes to mind for me is Bust-A-Move for the SNES! I’ve had this game for a long time, and I’ve played the hell out of it. It’s probably one of my favorite puzzle games ever! Nevertheless, I cannot mark it as beaten, because I’ve always gotten stuck at level 99. There are 100 levels. I’m so damn close, but I just can’t beat level 99! I haven’t attempted to in several years, but I still get annoyed thinking about it.

2. What game do you think is underrated? A personal favorite that no-one appreciates?

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I’m gonna go with a silly choice here. Back in 2012, my husband and I got our first smart phones and we were pretty excited about it, because it was a huge upgrade from our regular phones! I immediately went on the App Store and searched around for games that would be fun to play. One of them was called Kitten Sanctuary. It is essentially a match-3 puzzle type game, but it was really relaxing and fun to play! If you beat the level, you saved a kitten (from… aliens I think, haha). There were no stupid microtransactions and even the later levels were challenging but fair… literally no one I talk to has ever heard of this game, but it was one of my favorites! 🙂

3. What is the gaming challenge you would most like to complete? Is there one specific mission or collectible you want to get? Is it a personal thing that you always wanted to do, just to say you did it?

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Listen, if I can beat a game and knock that number down on my backlog a little more, that’s challenge enough for me! 😉 I’m not one that needs to collect trophies or 100% every game. However, one thing I think would be neat for me to do is collect every piece of furniture in Animal Crossing for the GameCube. It’s a more attainable goal than in most of the other Animal Crossing games, since there is no DLC or region specific items to collect/ trade. I actually think I’m somewhat close to doing it, but I have to look back at my guide book and see! 🙂

So there you have it!! Thanks again for the award- I really appreciate it! 🙂 I have a couple other awards to get to as well, so hopefully I’ll be posting those soon!

How I Overcome Writer’s Block!

The Well-Red Mage loves to ask great questions every now and then, and I’ve answered a couple of them in previous blog entries! His 3rd question (he’s up to 6 now… one day I’ll answer them all!) was this: How do you overcome writer’s block?

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I’m by no means an expert on writing, but obviously I enjoy it. Writing is something I’ve done since I was a kid… I wrote my first story when I was 5 about a frog named Jimmy 🙂 I’ve got a whole collection of stories I’ve written since then, including many unfinished works. Plus I write blog entries of course 😉 But like everyone else, I occasionally have the dreaded “writer’s block.” So what do I do? My answer is actually pretty simple: I don’t write.

That may sound weird, but I am a firm believer in “you can’t go forcin’ something if it’s just not right.” (Thanks, Green Day!) I often solve my problems by not thinking about them. Sounds counterintuitive, but I feel like focusing on something else for a little while somehow provides me with my solution. So when I want to write but I’m having trouble, I put the pen/ keyboard away for a little while and do something else. Eventually inspiration will strike again! 🙂

First Impressions of Some New Games!

First of all… um, how is it possible that I haven’t posted in a month?! Have I really been that much of a slacker? It’s not my fault though, I swear. My thyroid has decided it really hates me and as a result I’ve been WAY more tired than usual (and that’s saying something, because I’m always freaking tired!). Seriously, even the most basic daily task is a challenge sometimes, never mind trying to compose a post that’s halfway intelligible. Trying to read posts also turned out to be a lot of work, so I’m way the fuck behind on everyone’s blogs. I still love you all and will catch up one day, don’t worry! 🙂 Ah well, that’s life.

Moving on… I did a post about all my Christmas goodies and a subsequent post about some goodies I bought with my Christmas money, and turns out, I have managed to try a few of those games out! My New Year’s Resolution of not waiting forever to try out new games is sort of panning out. I thought it would be fun to do a little mini first impression on each of the games I’ve tried… no screenshots, sorry, I’m lazy as shit. Here we go!

New Nintendo 2DS XL 

(As I mentioned previously that I have my 2DS XL for downloading SNES and Game Boy games. I don’t play any actual cartridges on this system, so that’s why the 2DS and 3DS are listed separately.)

Donkey Kong Country

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Have I ever mentioned that I love Donkey Kong Country?! 😉 I played this with the intention of just “checking it out” but I ended up getting to Kremroc Industries, Inc. The game looks and plays amazing!

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Kirby’s Blowout Blast

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I was bummed that this game was download-only, but of course I bought it! It is so fun and adorable! I love the simple mechanics, and I love how incredibly fat Kirby can get! I’m currently on Stage 3.

Mario Party: The Top 100

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I love Mario Party games, no matter how much they cheat! It’s like a guilty pleasure for me. This game is really fun- it does have a lot of great mini games included, and a few that made me cringe when I played them. I think I’m on World 4 of single player mode?

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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I LOVE this game so much! When I first saw it being released for the Switch, I figured I’d just skip past it, because I already have the excellent Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U. This was a Christmas gift, though, and I’m happy I received it! Nintendo took a great game and somehow made it even better. Plus, playing it in handheld mode is something I do quite often, and I love having this game portable! I’ve beaten all the cups on 50cc and most of the cups on 100cc.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

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Umm… yeah. This game. I LOVE Tetris, I enjoy Puyo- type games, and playing them both together is a fun challenge. So what’s my problem? The menus are a little odd, and the voices… oh my god the obnoxious VOICES that I CAN’T turn off! It kind of makes the whole experience irritating. Maybe I was just in a bad mood when I played it, but I think if I want Tetris, I’ll play one of my other Tetris games, and if I want Puyo, I’ll play Kirby’s Avalanche. At least I got a couple cute keychains when I bought the game!

Super Mario Odyssey

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I’m currently on the Metro Kingdom! I haven’t played this game as much as I should, but I really love it and it’s addicting. I find myself just wanting to play more and more to keep finding those Power Moons! Cappy is a pretty cool partner too. Oh, and the graphics are pretty incredible!

SNES Classic

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My husband and I tried several games on the SNES Classic, just to get our feet wet. We first played Contra III: The Alien Wars, which was interesting. I died fairly quickly because I was an idiot and was looking at the WRONG character! Then we played Donkey Kong Country, probably one of our favorite games to play together! We got to World 2: Monkey Mines. Lastly, we played Super Mario Kart together, in which we beat the Mushroom Cup on 50cc.

So there you have it! I’m also playing games that I’m trying to actually beat as well, which means I’m playing them for longer periods of time. Maybe I’ll detail that progress in another post (perhaps I should resurrect “My Gaming Month in Review” posts? 😉 )

P.S. I recently purchased The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Switch. 😉

(Sort of) Liebster Award… 2nd Attempt!

A little while ago, I wrote about how my friend The Shameful Narcissist posted some questions after receiving a Liebster Award, and she invited everyone to answer the questions! I happily answered them and after I completed the whole damn post, released I had answered the wrong set of questions! 😉 Here’s the post where I answered all the wrong ones. So now, I’m going to attempt to answer HER questions… let’s see if I can do it right this time! 😉

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1. When you read, do you visualize characters and settings? As in, do the words create images in your mind?

Most definitely! That’s what I love about reading. I have a pretty vivid imagination even as an adult, so I immediately take the words and form pictures in my mind. That’s probably why I get mad when I read a book and I’ve visualized characters and settings in a certain way, and then I see the movie version and it just doesn’t compare to what I see in my mind!

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Like SpongeBob, I have a big imagination! 😉

2. What’s your favorite kind of tea?

Well, I really love iced tea, especially lemon iced tea! I have a few different brands I like but Pure Leaf is amazing. I could drink that all day, every day and not get sick of it. I also love Arnold Palmers, which is a half iced tea/ half lemonade blend. I enjoy hot tea as well, especially Celestial Seasonings Sleepy Time Tea. I have to be careful with herbal teas though, because a lot of them make my heart race and that’s no fun.

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Iced tea. Yep.

3. What’s the best game you’ve played or watched this year so far?

2018 is still quite young, but I have tried out a few new games so far this year! This answer may come as a surprise, but so far the game I have loved the most that I first played this year would have to be Thumper for the PlayStation VR. To me, it is amazing and though it is perfectly playable without VR, I can’t imagine doing so. Being immersed in that game with your headphones on and that intimidating, anxiety- inducing music is just an incredible experience!

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Just looking at this image makes me want to play the game!

As far as games I’ve watched… I actually haven’t watched any this year so far! Weird, considering I do love watching people play games. I just haven’t had time to do so 😦

4. What’s the best book you’ve read this year so far?

Again, since 2018 is young, I haven’t read many books yet. Even so, I really have enjoyed Fluidus Rising and Mirror Sacrifice by the very talented Margo Ryerkerk! I did small reviews of both of these books here on my blog, so check them out if you’re interested! Her next book is supposed to come out soon, and I really can’t wait!

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Awesome series!

5. Do you prefer to watch a show one episode at a time or binge watch?

Most of the time, I prefer one at a time… makes the show last longer and gives me something to look forward to! However, there are a couple shows I just can’t do that with and I prefer to binge watch… Stranger Things, 12 Monkeys, etc.!

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So ready for this show to come back on, even though it’ll be the last season 😦

 

6. Do you prefer “people” names for pets or “non-people” names?

I don’t really care what other people do, but in general I like to name my pets “non-people” names. Naming your pets something fun and weird is part of the fun of owning an animal! 😉 Note that I do have a turtle named Bob, which is a “people” name… my aunt and uncle actually gave him to me as a Christmas present 20 years ago, and they called him Bob because he bobbed his head up and down in the water. The name just stuck for me, so I didn’t want to change it!

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My sweet old man, who is currently shedding :/

7. What would you change your eye color to if you could?

You know, I’m quite happy with the color of my eyes, so I wouldn’t necessarily change them! They are dark blue and they occasionally look gray… though if I’m wearing a blue shirt, they’ll look a little lighter 🙂

8. Do you tan or burn?

I am really pale so man, do I burn 😦 I often joke that if I just look at the sun, I’ll start burning, which is why I am a goth LOL. In reality, I do enjoy being in the sun, but I just make sure I wear a high SPF sunscreen and always reapply!

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My skin is almost this dramatic… seriously!

9. What’s your fictional/ fantasy job, as in, what would your job be if you lived in a fictional/ fantasy world?

Hmmm…. this is a tough one! So many cool choices! If I had to choose, I would say it’d be neat to be some sort of mercenary that goes after all the rotten assholes of the world… someone who takes them out and looks really cool doing it, then goes home and cuddles puppies afterwards!

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I typed in “cuddly mercenary” and this popped up.

10. What’s your favorite dystopian city?

I’m gonna go with an odd choice here and say New New York from the  TV show Futurama! It may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of “dystopian” but to me it still qualifies. It’s a dysfunctional, futuristic society that might still be all right to live in. Most other dystopian cities from novels and movies that I’m familiar with aren’t exactly fun places to be. In New New York, you never know what you’re gonna get! 😉

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Bender is such an asshole, I love him! 

11. How close is your blogger persona to your IRL one?

This is pretty much me! I try to write my blog posts in a very casual way, as if I were actually speaking to you in a real life conversation. What you see is what you get- I don’t see a point in it being any other way! After all, I’m not trying to impress anyone here 🙂

Well, there you have it! I successfully answered the correct questions from The Shameful Narcissist! It is always fun doing posts like this. I have a couple other blogging awards I need to get to as well, so hopefully I’ll get those published soon!

Christmas Money Goodies!

Along with the great gifts I received for Christmas, I also received some cash and gift cards, which is always great! That means I treated myself to several gaming related goodies. Did you really think I would spend that money on anything else? 😉 Fine… I did buy some photo bins for my 5 billion photos I have printed out… anyway! On to the goodies!

The day after Christmas, my husband and I ventured out to GameStop and Target and came home with several goodies!

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Quantum Break was my husband’s choice, but all the rest were mine hee hee 🙂 They were pretty good deals… Yo Kai Watch 2 was only $11 (Target had it in their clearance section), Summon Night 6 was I think $20, and The Walking Dead was free because GameStop was running a promotion! Sweet! And I’ve had my eye on that Goomba amiibo since it came out!

Side note: the back cover of Summon Night 6 is funny as hell, and the game cartridge has the cutest little character on it! I’m not familiar with this series, but did some research on it and seems like it’ll be fun.

Then the next day my husband ventured to a different Target and found THIS:

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An SNES Classic in the wild?! For a reasonable price?! I could hardly believe my eyes. I’m so happy to have one!

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In a subsequent trip to Target and Cybertron (a local video game store I’ve mentioned before in other posts) we bought this stuff:

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The Zelda case is awesome and holds my New 2DS XL perfectly, so I love it! I took a chance on Tengen for the Sega Genesis because I’ve never heard of it before, but it seems like a fun little puzzler.

I got myself a couple game guides off of Amazon:

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Along with some more Animal Crossing cards. Hey, I only needed to spend only 65 FUCKING CENTS to get free shipping, so I picked some AC cards to throw me over 😉

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Then I bought 2 games that made me very happy:

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New Kirby releases are always must- haves for me, and I love Mario Party games even though they are often infuriating!

Then just today, I bought these two games at Best Buy:

The Longest 5 Minutes definitely has an interesting premise: you actually start the game at the final boss, but you lose your memory and have to piece everything back together to figure out who you are and what you’re doing! I’ve been wanting Radiant Historia for a little while and I didn’t realize it was out, so I was happy to pick it up!

I also downloaded Kirby’s Blowout Blast on my 3DS, which is ridiculously cute and fun!

On my 2DS XL I wasted no time starting my SNES/ Game Boy collection, as I bought:

Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble
Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong Land 3
Pokemon Trading Card Game
Super Mario Kart

Horray for gift cards! 🙂 Now hopefully I can actually play all these games…