First Impressions: 101 in 1 Explosive Megamix!

Like I wrote yesterday, I tried out a game from my backlog last week called 101 in 1 Explosive Megamix for the Nintendo DS. Now, I bought this game for like $1.99 at GameStop, so I got it cheap. Thank the lord I got it cheap, because if I would’ve paid $20 for this game… ugh!

Anyway, I bought this game because I do love game compilations, if they are done well. Clubhouse Games for the DS is still one of my favorite games, and I spent hours upon hours playing it. But this game…. nah, it’s not quite in the same league.

First of all, when I tried to start this game, my DS wouldn’t even read it! I tried several times, but it never worked. It even caused my screen to freeze up, which isn’t a very promising sign. I cleaned the contacts of the game cartridge with some alcohol (and was transported back to the NES/ SNES days!) and luckily, that seemed to solve my problem.

Because this was a used game, there was already save data on it. I briefly checked it out, but whoever owned this game didn’t really get that far, so I just deleted it and started my own file.

There are only a handful of games available to you at the start, and the rest you have to unlock with coins you earn by playing games. Oh, the games. That’s the main point of this thing, right? Too bad most of the games I played were cheap, boring, and uninspired!

Take Basketball for example. You’re supposed to flick the ball with your stylus from the bottom screen up to the hoop in the top screen. Good luck with that! The game seemed sluggish and unresponsive, and if you missed, the ball would just bounce around lamely for about 5 seconds before you could shoot again. After a minute, the game was over.

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What about Tornado Hockey? That sounds fun! Well, NO, it’s not! It’s a rip off of air hockey that has absolutely NOTHING to do with tornadoes. I don’t get it. Anyway, when the game first started, the puck was bouncing back and forth between my paddle and the CPU’s paddle. I just stared at it for like 10 seconds, but nothing happened. When I moved, the CPU moved, and for one crazy second I thought I was actually just playing against myself. Moving on…

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Circus and Soccer both shared a similar premise: your shit can’t touch the ground, or it’s game over. For Circus, it was hoops, and for Soccer, it was- surprise!- a soccer ball. Again, with sluggish touchscreen response, these games were pretty much no fun at all.

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Card Castle just flat out pissed me off. The whole point is to draw a triangle to build cards on top of each other. But once I got to this point:

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the game flat out REFUSED to recognize any more drawing that I did. I drew perfect triangles, shitty triangles, I scribbled all over the screen… nothing. Talk about frustrating!

They weren’t all bad games, though. I really enjoyed Sushi, where pieces of sushi rolled across the top screen and you had to spear as many of them as you could before time ran out. Darts was also fun and fairly accurate, which was surprising.

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The last game available for me to play was Aquarium and wow… this game made no sense at all. Just read these instructions:

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So, I’m leading a smiley face around fish, eating bubbles and cheese? What the fuck where these people smoking when they came up with this idea? Hey, I realize a lot of games don’t make sense, so I’ll try anything. It probably would have even been funny if it was executed properly. Too bad the smiley face is hard to control and it pops after about 2 seconds.

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Conclusion:

Despite my criticisms, this isn’t the WORST game I’ve ever played. There were a couple good games hidden among a bunch of mediocre-to-highly-annoying games, but there are many more to be unlocked. I just don’t know if I will ever get around to unlocking them all, but I’m sure there are bound to be a few more good ones in there. It’s a shame, really, because the graphics aren’t all that bad and the menu interface is kind of cute. Part of me wants to keep playing it, but I have much better games to attend to right now. Oh yeah, and the music makes my ears bleed. If you ever play this game, turn that shit off!

Weeds, Weeds Everywhere!

I decided to check up on Booland, my little town in Animal Crossing: Wild World today. I had one main goal in mind: finally pull all the weeds!

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I hate it when the weeds get out of hand…

The first thing I did when I started the game was sell off all the items I had in my inventory, since my pockets were full.

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I must’ve played when Nookington’s was closed last time!

I wandered around town for awhile, just pulling weeds, shaking trees, and digging stuff up! I made sure to chat with my villagers, too.

I also met my newest villager, Alice! She moved in close to where Octavian was. I still miss Octavian, but Alice seems sweet enough.

I went through about half my town before I saved and quit for awhile. Later on, I resumed my game. Since it was dark outside, there were fireflies out. So pretty!

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I love fireflies!

I finished walking around town and got all my weeds pulled. Now my town is beautiful again! 🙂 I also gave Antonio some medicine because he wasn’t feeling well.

Lastly, since it’s Saturday night, I stopped by the café to listen to K.K. Slider. He played K.K. Lament for me.

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The song isn’t bad,though this is one of the rare instances where I like his actual performance better than the aircheck you put in your radio at home. After that, I ended my game for the night!

Bright Nights in Animal Crossing: Wild World!

Bright Nights is a week-long event that takes place the second week of February in Animal Crossing: Wild World. During this time, the villagers will have their houses cheerfully decorated with holiday lights, and it’s up to you to decide who has the best lights!

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Let’s judge some holiday lights!

I waited until the last day of the event to play. I chatted with Tortimer about the event, and he had some insight, as always.

I then walked around to everyone’s house to check out their lights. Playing this event kind of got me in the mood for Christmas all over again! Check out everyone’s houses below.

In the end, two houses really stood out to me. Besides decorating the front of their houses like everyone else, Robin decorated her roof, while Kabuki decorated the side of his house.

I decided to pick Kabuki as the winner. They all looked great though! I don’t think he gets any sort of recognition for winning though, besides maybe a post on the bulletin board.

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That’s it for Bright Nights in Animal Crossing: Wild World. Good night!

Yay Day in Animal Crossing: Wild World!

Ok, I really suck. I don’t know how I managed to totally screw up my January calendar of events for Animal Crossing… I must have been sleeping when I made it or something! I thought Yay Day was today, but it was last Sunday! So, time traveling I went…

Yay Day is a simple little holiday in Wild World where the whole point is to give compliments to your fellow villagers. They will give you compliments as well! It’s a very sweet idea, but sometimes it can backfire, as you will soon read…

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Yay!

The main way a conversation will go is like this: The villager gives you a compliment…

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And you’re so cute!!

They then ask you for a compliment. which you type in…

And they thank you for it and become very flattered! Well, sometimes. Sometimes they don’t understand what you are saying for whatever reason, but they are happy anyway.

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I said to Elmer what I said to Stitches. Stitches understood, he didn’t. Oh well!

Sometimes, crabby villagers like Kabuki will compliment you…

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Um, thanks, gonad!

Then they will subsequently ruin it by acting like a jerk! I love you anyway, Kabuki.

The worst thing, though, is when they absolutely hate your compliment! Why is that even a thing? Shouldn’t they be grateful?! Just look at what Antonio said to me:

After Antonio’s shit, I was in no mood to give out anymore compliments. I ran into Pate and gave her a silly compliment that she actually ending up loving. Phew, there is some redemption for this holiday!

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Whew, I was worried…

Besides participating in Yay Day, I took a moment to say hello to my newest villager, Kitt the kangaroo. She is very cute!

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I also tried to talk Twiggy out of moving. Hopefully she listens!

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Don’t go, Twiggy!

That’s it for Yay Day in Animal Crossing: Wild World. Bye for now!

Fishing Tourney in Animal Crossing: Wild World!

Today was the fishing tourney in Animal Crossing: Wild World. Any kind of fish is accepted, which actually can make things a little tricky! As with the New Leaf tourney yesterday, I fished later in the day in the hopes that it would improve my chances of winning.

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Let’s do this!

When I started up the game, I checked my mail really quick. I was sad to see that there was a letter from Gladys saying that she had moved! Boo! She was one of my favorite villagers, and I’ve had her in my town for a long time. 😦

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Why did you leave me, Gladys? 

After being bummed out by her letter, I headed over to Tortimer at the town hall to chat with him and see what the competition was like.

A sea bass is the biggest entry? Awesome! Sea bass are fairly common (okay, sometimes TOO common) and they are relatively big fish, so I thought that wouldn’t be too hard to catch. Sure enough, the first fish I reeled in was a sea bass!

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Off to a good start!

I kept fishing for awhile, catching a few more sea bass and some other smaller fish to sell off. When I turned the first sea bass in to Tortimer, he told me the record was now held by Stitches for catching a red snapper! WTF man!

Luckily, the next sea bass I had in my pocket was way bigger. Ha! I was back in the lead, and with only about 5 minutes to go, I thought I had it in the bag.

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Beat that, Stitches!

I decided to stroll along the beach and see if I could catch at least one more fish. If you beat your own record, you get an extra prize from Tortimer! I did end up catching one, but when I turned it in…

You have got to be kidding me!! With two minutes left in the competition, someone beat me! Ugh! Talk about a rip off. I tried to see if I could hurry up and catch something else, but when I got to the beach, the clock chimed 6 p.m. and I was officially out of time. I tried to take a pic of the ending comment for the fishing tourney, but I was too late, so I ended up with this:

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Well, that’s… artistic.

Haha! Anyway, normally the next day you get a letter in the mail if you’ve won the tourney, plus it is posted on the bulletin board. This time, I know I didn’t win squat. Oh well. I’ve still got the fishing tourney in City Folk to write about, so stay tuned for that! Bye!

No More Debt!

Today, I finally did it… I finally paid off my house in Animal Crossing: Wild World! I needed about 90,000 Bells to finish my payment, so I spent some time yesterday and today fishing and digging up a few fossils until I reached my goal.

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Yay!

Pelly seemed surprised by my accomplishment.

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Oh my goodness! Did you think I never would be able to do it? Bitch!

Meanwhile, my character couldn’t wait to go outside and shout the good news to the rooftops!

I then went to Tom Nook, who told me he could no longer expand my house.

I feel SO HAPPY that I finally paid my house off, but I also feel kinda sad. Paying off your mortgage is one of the main goals to attain in any Animal Crossing game- and *I* consider the game beaten after doing so. So, to finally be done after all these years is somewhat bittersweet! That doesn’t mean I will abandon my town, however! I still have my goal of playing all the holidays in every Animal Crossing game, so my town will not be forgotten.

With all that being said, it is time to pick a new game from my backlog to play and beat! I decided to look through my PlayStation 2 games, and I picked an odd one: Neopets: The Darkest Faerie! More on that in my next blog entry. Good night!

Stitches vs. Kabuki/ Tubbs Strikes Again!

Since I have been feeling like shit the past few days (thanks, bronchitis!) I haven’t felt like doing a whole lot. Today, I passed my time by playing quite a bit of Animal Crossing: Wild World. I’m inching closer and closer to paying off my house, so I worked hard towards that goal today! I did a lot of fishing… and I saw this screen A LOT:

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Ugh, trash!

Normally it’s common to catch one or two junk items while fishing, but today I caught 13. Yes, THIRTEEN! Count them!

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This has got to be some kind of record!

What the hell man! That was pretty aggravating. Nevertheless, I still managed to catch several valuable fish.

I also met my new neighbor, Antonio the anteater. He seems pretty lively and fun!

While roaming around town, Stitches pinged me and asked if I have ever received anyone’s picture. I told him yes, and he immediately told me it better not have been Kabuki that gave me one! He quickly gave me his picture, since I’m, ya know, his bestest friend!

Yay! I’ve been wanting his pic for awhile and I was very happy to receive it.

I also spied two snowballs close to each other, so I decided to take my chances and make a snowman. As usual, the results were not what I had hoped for.

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Getting real tired of your shit, snowman!

Later in the day, Stitches pinged me again and asked what I thought of Kabuki. I told him I thought he was nice, and he got extremely jealous! Is there some kind of rivalry between those two that I don’t know about?!

When I was done playing for the day, I went to the post office and pay off more of my mortgage. Only 90,000 bells until my house is FINALLY paid off! I can’t wait! I hope to pay it off in the next day or two.

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The end is in sight!

Besides playing Wild World, I also checked up on my kitties in Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector. I put out some new goodies and food, and soon the yard was hoppin’ with kitties!

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Looks like they are having fun!

Later, Tubbs came and ate all the food out of the bowl. Save some for someone else!

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Come on, Tubbs!

He’s cute and all, but it sucks when he comes and eats almost a whole bowl of food that you purchased! Freeloader!

That’s all for tonight. Bye!

Animal Crossing Always Remembers…

One of the things that is sweet (but sometimes a little creepy) about all of the Animal Crossing games is how the villagers never forget people who live in or have visited your town. I was playing Animal Crossing: Wild World earlier, when this dialogue popped up regarding a constellation in the sky:

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Talk about a blast from the past!

I thought that was really neat! Many years ago, when this game first came out, my best friend and I got together with our games and played a local multiplayer session (this means that no WiFi is necessary to play). You see, the only way to get Nookington’s (the biggest store) in this version is to have someone from another town visit your current store and buy something! So we took turns visiting each other and buying goods. We apparently shared constellations as well, but this is the first time in a very long time any of my villagers has even mentioned Crissy as the designer of that constellation! I wonder if she even plays this game anymore 😉 I will have to ask her the next time I talk to her!

That’s it for tonight everyone. Later!

La-Di-Day in Animal Crossing: Wild World!

Today is La-Di-Day in Animal Crossing: Wild World. The whole point of this special event is for villagers to sing to you in the hopes that their song will be chosen as the next town tune! I hadn’t changed the town tune in awhile, so I was ready for something new!

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Time for the villagers to sing their hearts out!

I wanted to give everyone a chance to show me what they could come up with, so I spent some time talking to everyone and listening to their songs!

While talking to my villagers, some of them had some pretty funny things to say to me today. Take Kabuki for example:

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I’m pretty sure Kabuki is my spirit guide. I love his cynicism! 

Or Stitches, who is so damn adorable I could just eat him up!

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Cute overload!

Pate even complimented me, though I’m not sure why. Can she SEE what I’m wearing right now? I don’t think “hot” is really the look I’m going for.

Anyway, in the end there could only be one winner. I thought Kabuki’s song was the best, so I went back to him to tell him he had won. But when I spoke to him, I realized that he was singing me a different town tune! Oops! Apparently, I had forgotten that if you tell an animal “That won’t do” after they sing you a song, they sing you something else the next time you talk to them. No matter. I still gave Kabuki my vote!

That’s it for La-Di-Day in Animal Crossing: Wild World. See ya next time!

New Year’s Day in Animal Crossing: Wild World!

New Year’s Day, along with New Year’s Eve, are pretty much the only real world holidays Animal Crossing: Wild World includes in-game. This was in an effort to make the game appeal to any culture, anywhere in the world. In lieu of real holidays, Wild World has several of its own unique holidays that you will see me writing about at later dates.

The first thing I noticed when I exited my house was that my hybrid flowers were wilted again. Dammit! I can’t seem to keep these suckers lookin’ good.

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Why do they not stay pretty?!

I checked my mailbox and discovered that several of my favorite villagers had sent me sweet letters to ring in the new year.

I was heading over to the town hall when I ran into Kabuki. Wow, I’m always nice to him- what does he mean by what he says?!

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I thought we were friends!

 

When I reached town hall, I spoke to Tortimer, who gave me a fortune that I actually hope applies to my real life!

Before I headed for home, I checked the bulletin board. I know this will surprise everyone, but Tom Nook took the New Year as an opportunity to advertise, just like in the other games!

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Dear friends, my ass! You just want our money!

That’s it for New Year’s Day in Animal Crossing: Wild World. Next up will be a blog post about New Year’s Day in Animal Crossing: City Folk. Bye!