The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Fun on The Great Sea!

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD was one of the reasons why I decided to get a Wii U. I loved being in the water so playing an entire games dedicated to being on a boat and exploring a world full of islands sounded amazing!

There will be spoilers here!

Our Journey Begins

This game looks beautiful especially in HD. I loved the beautiful blue sea and the bright shining sun. I loved the small wooden village and meeting the characters like my grandma and my sister, Aryll.

I also loved this version of Link!  He had great facial expressions! He could look determined when he was sliding across walls or shocked when he fell in lava. The cartoony expressions made this my favorite Link so far!

Tetra

I also loved Tetra’s character! She was so confident and the leader of her own pirate ship full of incompetent pirates! They relied on Tetra to do everything for them.  It was nice that she decides to let Link board her boat so she can help Link get his sister back from the Helmaroc King. I also liked that she had a larger part to play in the story then just a leader of a pirate ship.

The King of Red Lions

What a great name for a boat who also has a larger role to play in the story! I loved the The King of Red Lions even though he was not always helpful. If I was drowning near him, he would just watch!

The music when I rode the boat was beautiful and perfect for sailing on The Great Sea! Using the Wind Waker to control the wind was fun and also made me have to think before exploring! I had to decide where I wanted to go first so I could change the wind in that direction.

Sailing around the sea was fun and there was always a helpful fish to record the islands! The Wii U GamePad screen also allowed me to always see the map so I could easily figure out where to go and where I wanted to go.

Favorite Dungeon: Dragon Roost Cavern

I enjoyed this dungeon because of the lava puzzles. It was also fun because I got the grappling hook so I had to swing across platforms.

I also loved the boss in this section. The boss is named Gohma and resembles a giant scorpion. To defeat him, I had to swing on the dragon Valoo’s tail so that a rock would fall and break his shell. Then, once the shell was broken, I had to hit his eye until he died. I enjoyed using the grappling hook to defeat the boss.

Least Favorite Dungeon: Wind Temple

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD has two escort dungeons. I did not like the escort dungeons and this was the one I liked the least. I had to help Makar through the temple. Makar is tiny and weak since he is a Korok.

As the temple name suggests, it involved wind. This is what made the dungeon very frustrating. I had to time the wind to get to platforms safely. I also had to make sure Makar flew across safely. Overall, I found the dungeon to be frustrating, but this did not taint my overall excited feelings toward this game

Favorite Boss: Helmaroc King

I loved fighting a giant flying bird. First, I had to crack his hard mask. So I needed to use a hammar to crack his hard mask. While I tried to do that, he would fly around and either try to use the wind to toss me into spikes or he would try to grab me. This required me to dodge effectively to make sure I avoided his attacks. I also needed to dodge when he pecked me because then he would get stuck and I could hit him. He was such a fun boss to fight and I loved his design!

Least Favorite Boss: Puppet Ganon

Puppet Ganon has three forms. All forms have a ball which you have to hit with a light arrow. The first was not hard when he is in pig form because I just had to cut his tail and hit it. The second got slightly harder because he was a spinning spider and I had to hit his tail when it landed near me. The third was the worst!

He turns into a worm. He then runs around frantically while I have to hit his tail which is hard to hit because he moves so fast. And, if I did hit it, he would go faster! I lost all of my fairies and half my hearts to him because he would hit me before I could hit his tail.

This part did frustrate me, but this was end game. This was a stage of the final boss so he had to be hard. I can understand why the difficulty ranked up here and in the final fight afterwards. Even though the final boss was frustrating, I did still enjoy the ending when I finally beat him!

Final Thoughts

I loved this game and it is one of my favorite games now! The soundtrack was great even just from the first thing you hear when you start up the game. I also loved the songs Link would play when he used his Wind Waker.

The story was fantastic. I loved exploring the sea and found it to be relaxing. I l also loved most of the dungeons except the two escort style dungeon. The boss designs in this game were fantastic, I loved fighting most of the bosses!

I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys The Legend of Zelda games or wants to play a game dedicated to exploring a world on the water!

What did you think of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD?

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Double Jump Baking a Mario Themed Cake

As many of you may know, we enjoy following Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies YouTube Channel. For fun, we went all the way to the beginning of her channel to see the stark differences between her latest videos and her very first upload, and it’s a bit of a trip to watch. The host’s first upload […]

via Double Jump Bakes — Super Mario Star Cake — Double Jump

I enjoyed this article by Double Jump. Reading about Double Jump making a cake together brought back happy memories of me baking with friends. As a kid, I loved using my Easy Bake Oven with my friends, although we left a mess everywhere afterwards! I also loved the times when I would make dinner and bake a strawberry cake with my friend from college.  Enjoy the article and maybe you’ll be inspired to make a cake like this!

The Silly Fun of Just Dance 2018

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(I wished I looked this professional when I dance in this game!)

I have always loved to dance and wanted an excuse to dance at my house. So when I found out that Just Dance 2018 was on the Nintendo Switch, I had to play it!

Gameplay

The game was easy to play. All I had to do was hold the Switch remote in my right hand and follow the dancers. The game is also super helpful because the dancer will usually be wearing a different colored glove to let you know how you should be moving the remote.

Dancing in this game is a good workout. It can get very involved and sometimes I  struggle with the dances because I am a slow learner when it comes to dancing.

Favorite Songs

 “Swish Swish”

I like how fun this dance is, it’s like a sassy basketball dance. Although, I cannot figure out the Backpack Kid Dance. I keep trying and I keep failing. It looks so simple, yet it is so complicated. Or I am just really bad at dancing.

“Another One Bites the Dust”

I love how the dancing mimics boxing because I sometimes like doing boxing for cardio at my gym. It is fun to pretend that I am boxing when I dance. It’s a fun dance for when I am stressed.

“Footloose”

This dance is so cute. The dancer starts off in his work clothes and then just goes nuts. The dance is so much fun because it requires quick movements. I cannot always keep up with the dancer but I enjoy running around while I try to keep up with him. It just makes me laugh because I know I must look ridiculous because I am not a professional dancer.

“John Wayne”

I love Lady Gaga! It is so much fun to dance to this song and pretend I am a cow girl. It’s a fun song when I just want to have a fun time!

Multiplayer

I have only done this once so far. My friend came over recently and I wanted to embarrass him as much as I embarrass myself so we played together. It is very fun to play with friends because it tracks your score and you have to beat each other. Here are some of the tracks we danced to.

 “In the Hall of the Mountain King”

Chaos when I play alone, even more chaos with friends. This song starts out innocent enough and looks so easy, but it goes faster and faster until you are scrambling to keep up. We were laughing at how the song sped up especially when it got to the end.

 “Dharma” Fight Version

I loved this. I unlocked it before my friend came over. Basically you and your friend are “fighting” like you are in a fighting game. Except you bounce on one leg while holding the other and just wave your hands around.

“Another One Bites the Dust” Stunt Version

We unlocked this while playing and we decided to try it. It involved jumping and this complicated jump kick. It was a very tricky dance, but it made my friend and I laugh. Especially, because I kept tripping over myself trying to time the jumps and kicks!

Final Thoughts

This game is really fun to play especially if you want to have a good time with friends. It is very fun to play this after a stressful day. It helps me laugh and relax!

Have you played any of the Just Dance games? Which one is your favorite?

 

Adventure Rules’ Comments on Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct

I never expected us to get so much quality information!

via Shattering Expectations: A Reaction to the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct (8.8.18) — Adventure Rules

This is an upcoming game that I am super excited about! Adventure Rules wrote a post about what he think of the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct Show. I am excited to play the single player mode of this game and also to play with my friends when they come over! I will not spoil the article so I recommend that you read it here if your are interested in the upcoming game!

My First Zelda Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

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Everyone talked about Zelda at college in my friend group. I did not grow up with the series, but I was interested. Why is there so much love for the series?

I decided I had to play one of the games. So I got a Nintendo 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

There will be minor spoilers for the game just so you know.

Starting the Game and Kokiri Forest

When I started the game, I decided to name my character something stupid because I thought it would be funny: I named him Balls.

As soon as I started the game, I was amazed by the 3D graphics and the beauty of the forest. I loved how cute the characters were although Navi could be annoying when she told me I was playing too long.

I liked the first dungeon inside the old tree. It was a simple way of introducing me to the game. I was terrified by the spiders because I do not like spiders especially when they have skulls on them and they are bigger than me! They are creepy enough tiny!

The first boss did not help things with the spiders. Her name was Queen Gohma. I had to fight her in the dark with her one glowing eye. It was scary being in the dark with a giant spider! But, I defeated her and beat my first dungeon.

Getting Out Into the World: Favorite Parts

Meeting Zelda

I had to sneak in to meet Zelda.  I had to move slowly past guards to get to her and it was fun being stealthy. Zelda was adorable, she was so nice to me. I also loved learning my first ocarina song: “Zelda’s Lullaby” after I met Zelda. I loved playing  the ocarina and learning all the songs for it.

Getting Epona

I was so excited to get Epona because I loved riding horses when I was a kid. I learned her song from Malon and then won a horse race as an adult. I then had to jump the horse over a fence to keep Epona. I loved riding her and that I could call her with my ocarina.

Gerudo Fortress

I loved this area because of the Gerudo women. I loved the design of the women and that they were fierce warriors. I got captured by them and had to sneak around them. I liked fighting with them because they would guard and fight with two swords and do backflips.

Favorite Temple: Forest Temple

I liked the Poes and having to find them and fight them. It was fun exploring the temple and looking for them. I also liked fighting Phantom Ganon. It was intense waiting for him to come out of the paintings and having to hit him before he attacks you. I remember being so jumpy the entire fight because I was so afraid he would hit me!

Favorite boss: Ganondorf

My favorite boss is Ganondorf. When the boss fight begins, he crumbles the castle so you cannot get close to him. He would fire balls of light at me and I would have to time my sword strike to hit the ball of light back at him to stun him. Then he was stunned, I would hit him with light arrows. I loved the environment that we were fighting in and how the combat required precise timing.

Final Thoughts

I loved this game! This game started my love of Zelda games. I loved the music in this game especially the ocarina. I also loved the story and the use of time travel. I think it is a great game!

What was your first Zelda game? What are some of your favorite memories from that game?

Livid Lightning’s Recurring Villain: Bowser

In honor of Bowser after his crushing Blogger Blitz Black Sheep defeat, here’s the re-post of my Bowser themed response to the Adventure Rules Charming and Open event!

via Charming and Open – My Recurring Villain — Livid Lightning

Livid Lightning recently posted about what would happen if Bowser was in her life. I wanted to share this because Bowser is part of a lot of gamer’s childhoods and I talked about one of my favorite childhood games in my last post. I did not grow up with Bowser, but, I really got to know Bowser in Super Mario Odyssey. He sounds like he would be fun to have around according to Livid Lightning’s thoughts about him. Make sure to read Livid Lightning’s post about him by clicking here!

The Emperor’s New Groove and Childhood Games

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I had the The Emperor’s New Groove game when I was a kid on my PC. I do not remember when I got it but I guess it must have been around when the movie came out. It was my favorite game as a kid, but I gave it away when I got a little older. I was so happy that I was able to replay it on my Vita.

The game is all about collecting Kuzco idols so you can reach the end of the level. The game is split up into little worlds that are split up into levels so it is not an open world game. The story follows the movie where Kuzco is turned into a llama by Yzma and Pacha decided to help Kuzco be a human again.

First World: Village

The game starts off with a tutorial. It introduced how to play the game and what the game was going to be like. The game immediately shows that it is funny and likes to break the fourth wall.

The game’s humor comes from Kuzco’s sass because he is sarcastic to everything that the game does. He will even sass the tutorial. The fourth wall is broken in different ways such as characters will tell you that this is a game or tell you how to use the camera and then comment that they do not know what a camera is.

It also introduced recurring characters. An example was a kid on a llama bike. You had to break his bike so he would give you an idol to progress through the level. All of the game’s main boss fights were with Yzma since she is the main villain.

First Favorite World: Catacombs

This was my favorite area as a kid and still as an adult because some parts of this area are roller coaster levels. I loved them as a kid because I could ride a roller coaster on my computer.

The roller coaster levels are actually tricky as an adult. They tend to go very fast and requires quick reflexes. Sometimes the game will reverse the controls so I have to control a fast roller coaster while the controls are reversed.

I struggled with the areas that were not roller coaster levels in this world. They were challenging because they involved platforming that was precise. I did not lose all of my lives, but I did decide not to 100% levels just because of how hard the platforming was.

Second Favorite World: River

This entire area is just a water level. You control Kuzco and Pacha who are tied to a log. I loved this area as a kid because it was fun to go down waterfalls and imagine myself on a water ride.

My favorite section of this area was a level where I raced the bike kid except for this time he was on a floatie. The level was fast paced and it was fun trying to beat the kid in a race.

Final Thoughts

This game was fun as a kid and it is still fun to play today. I love the soundtrack in this game. There were a lot of songs that I would just pause and listen to before I continued playing. I would describe the music as jazz because of the quick piano and the horns.

I also loved the humor in this game. My favorite character and funny part in this game was a man called Condorman. He believed he could fly. He was part of a puzzle where you had to aim him at a button so he would fly into the button. If you missed he would hit the wall, get dizzy, and climb back up while flapping his fake wings. He would make me laugh so hard as a kid and I still found him funny now. Clearly my humor has really developed as I grew older!

The boss fights with Yzma are simple, but they are still fun. My favorite boss fight was in the River world where you had to defend yourself against exploding balloon animals.

What was one of your favorite childhood games and what was your favorite part about that game?