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Nintendo’s Miitomo App Launches Today

Miitomo Logo

With the launch of Miitomo today on the Apple and Android app stores, Nintendo has officially ventured into the mobile game market! Promising to release content exclusive to the mobile market, and not just re-release they’re games for smart devices, Nintendo and Miitomo are hoping to get loyal fans, 3DS, Wii U, and even PC and other console gamers on board with their type of games. Before you jump into the game, here’s some quick pointer to get you started in the right direction.

Have you set up your My Nintendo account? If you haven’t you’ll want to get that started first thing! If you already have a Nintendo ID (which you would have created if you own a 3DS or Wii or Wii U system), then you can link it to your account easily! If not, you can go through the initial and easy set up to create your account. You’ll want to do this, as having an account linked to your Miitomo game is the only way to earn and collect points.

After you download the app, you’ll need to create your Mii. this won’t be anything new to someone who has played a Wii, Wii U, or 3DS in the past: it’s essentially the same idea here! Play around with it and have some fun!

You’ll likely want to link some of your social media accounts to the Miitomo app. The game won’t publish anything without your say so (or at least it hasn’t yet), but by linking your accounts like Twitter and Facebook you can easily see which of your friends are also playing the game! Also, this action will give you lots of in game currency as well as My Nintendo points, which we’ll get to later!

What is Miitomo

When you’re in the Miitomo app and are listening to the answers your friends have give, be sure to favorite (heart) the answers you like, and leave comments! Doing so will reward you with points you can use later on your My Nintendo account. Also, it’s a fun way to interact with your friends! Speaking of answering questions, each time you’re asked to listen to a friends response, you then have a choice to hear a different response from a different friend, or to stop hearing about your buds. If you choose to stop, your Mii will ask you a question, which you can then answer for your posse of friends to hear later in their game!

Have you played Tomodachi Life on the 3DS? If you haven’t, and you are enjoying Miitomo, you might want to check it out. Both Miitomo and Tomodachi Life have a lot in common, but Tomodachi Life seems to be the more fleshed out game. If you’re liking the odd voices or the weird interactions you’ve been having with friends, you should definitely check out that game as well. Spoilers: it’s addictive!

My Nintendo System

Remember Club Nintendo? The service Nintendo provided which allowed you to enter codes from games you bought or downloaded into your Club Nintendo account to earn coins which could then be used for both physical or digital game-related rewards? My Nintendo is the replacement program for that, and it functions in nearly the same way. You’ll earn Gold points by purchasing or downloading Nintendo games across all platforms. By completing non-platform specific “Missions”, such as linking your Facebook account to My Nintendo, you’ll earn Platinum points. Gold points can be used to download actual games for your Nintendo consoles or coupons to purchase more games. Platinum points can be used to purchase other digital content like 3DS or Wii U themes, as well as some digital games. Presumably more content will be available each month.

Interestingly, you can perform special daily or weekly actions in the Miitomo game to earn Miitomo points. These points appear to be identical to Platinum points, but the method in which you unlock them is exclusive to actions you do in the Miitomo app. So if you’re liking lots of answers or making lots of friends you’ll unlock Miitomo points which you can use on the My Nintendo website later!

Nintendo’s offical My Nintendo terms state points expire after 6 months if they aren’t used, so make sure you check out the site and spend them eventually! If it’s anything like Club Nintendo, eventually there will be a game or goodie online you’ll want to spend your hard earned points on! Here’s hoping My Nintendo is just as good!

Miitomo Phone

Have you started playing Miitomo yet? So far I’ve been enjoying my time expanding my wardrobe and learning what my friends across the country have been up to over the weekend. And how some people have bizarre favorite foods. I am a huge Nintendo fan and am very excited about the future of the game company as well as their mobile endeavor. How do you feel about the Big N’s first mobile game? Let me know in the comments.

And add me to your game! We should all be friends!

Laters,
Jsick

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Posted by on 03/31/2016 in iOS, Randomness

 

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Sunday Roundup: 3/20/16

Pokken Tournament CoverPokken Tournament
Wii U
Release Date: March 18th, 2016
Purchased at: Amazon (Online – $50)

The only pickup this week is the mashup we never thought would happen: Pokken Tournament. I was able to spend a bit of time with it (and Laura’s playing it as I’m writing this article), but so far I’m impressed. I think something I never thought I’d say in my entire life is that the launch of the Pokemon fighting game has been markedly better than the launch of Capcom’s Street Fighter V. I mean, damn, that’s saying something! The unique fighting style in Pokken is fun, at least as of now, and I’m enjoying what the game has to offer in the variety of each character. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some streams up soon! Did anyone else pick up this Wii U exclusive this week?

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/20/2016 in Collecting, Wii U

 

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Worth Playing vol. 10: Mega Man Games

Mega Man Final Smash

A recent pickup of several Mega Man Star Force games has had me thinking about my favorite video game character recently. Mainly, why Super Smash Bros for Wii U, of all things, is arguably the best version of the character we’ve received in the better part of a decade. For a character so prominent in the 90s and early 2000s, it’s a shame we don’t see him around any more. And then I took a look at all the games he’s appeared in and suddenly I’m no longer questioning why we don’t have anymore Mega Man games. There were so many games with Mega Man in them, and many of them so drastically different from one another, we as gamers just couldn’t keep up. But don’t sweat, Blue Bomber fans, I am here to point you in the right direction! There are, believe it or not, several excellent Mega Man games outside of the Classic and X series for you to sink your time into! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/09/2016 in Randomness

 

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Skylanders: Superchargers Has a Lot to Offer if You’ve Got the Money

Skylanders Superchargers Logo

A well known fact around these parts is that I love me some Skylanders. Sure, they’re targeted for younger gamers, but the games and the toys have done nothing but capture my attention (and wallet) since they first came out back in 2011. What started out as a fun way to incorporate real world toys into a video game has become a genre all in itself. And, what’s better, each game has subsequently added more depth to the core gameplay, something I was honestly quite shocked to find in a game for kids. The prior entry, Trap Team, was by far the best game in the entire series, with tons to do, lots of cool new Skylanders to play, and a legitimately entertaining storyline and gameplay. The latest model, Superchargers, adds vehicles for the Skylanders to use in their quest to stop Kaos. While it’s not the strongest entry in the series, Superchargers represents the biggest departure from the series’ core gameplay to date. And the results…

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Posted by on 03/07/2016 in Wii U

 

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Sunday Roundup: 3/6/16

Mega Man Star Force Leo CartridgeMega Man Star Force: Leo
DS
Release Date: August 7th, 2007
Purchased at: GameStop (Sunnyvale, CA – $7)

Another random stop into GameStop after work, another sweet find! I believe the last time I was at the store someone had dropped off a boatload of quality DS games which I was more than happy to swoop in and call my own. I am pretty sure these Mega Man Star Force games were hers as well, because I remember the GameStop associate telling me they were in there. I passed then, but this time around there was a Buy 2 Get 1 Free on old DS and Wii games, so I went to town and essentially got a near-complete Star Force series!

Mega Man Star Force 2 Zenker X Ninja CartridgeMega Man Star Force 2: Zenker x Ninja
DS
Release Date: June 24th, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Sunnyvale, CA – $6)

The first game had three iterations; Leo, Pegasus, and Dragon. Not unlike the Pokemon franchise, these different version offered up exclusive stuff you could only get in that specific game, but largely offered the same gameplay otherwise. After the first game, there were only two versions released per entry.

Mega Man Star Force 2 Zenker X Saurian CartridgeMega Man Star Force 2: Zenker x Saurian
DS
Release Date: June 24th, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Sunnyvale, CA – FREE)

Seen as a sort of spiritual successor to the Mega Man Battle Network series, the Star Force series is actually set way in the future and doesn’t have any direct connections to its predecessor. Apparently this was done to not alienate new players by having a backstory set in, believe it or not, six prior Battle Network games! Despite this, the gameplay is largely the same, with grid-based combat decided by chips the player can use to battle enemies. RPG elements abound!

Mega Man Star Force 3 Black Ace CartridgeMega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace
DS
Release Date: June 30th, 2009
Purchased at: GameStop (Sunnyvale, CA – FREE)

The final chapter in the Star Force series! I haven’t played any of series but I hear this one is left off on a cliffhanger. I haven’t heard of anything else coming for this series, so if you ever find yourself looking for Star Force 4 you can probably keep hoping. Sadly, Capcom seems to have forgotten almost entirely about the Blue Bomber. Even if it is another one of these off-shoot games, at least we’d know the company still cares about him!

Mega Man Star Force 3 Red Joker CartridgeMega Man Star Force 3: Red Joker
DS
Release Date: June 30th, 2009
Purchased at: GameStop (Sunnyvale, CA – $3)

Back in 2001 I was pumped for the release of the Battle Network series. It was Mega Man but in RPG form, what wasn’t to like? And in most respects that original game was great… it just wasn’t the Mega Man I grew up with. Much the same here: this just doesn’t feel or look like Mega Man. It’s almost as if they attached the name just to make it sell better. Which is sad, because as its own world and series I might have been more interested.

Mega Man Zero Collection CartridgeMega Man Zero Collection
DS
Release Date: June 8th, 2010
Purchased at: GameStop (Sunnyvale, CA – $16)

Another series originally starting out on the Game Boy Advance, the Mega Man Zero games had their own storyline and characters (and gameplay style) separate from the core Mega Man X games. The biggest defining factor of these games (of which all four are collected on the DS cartridge) were playing as Zero instead of Mega Man exclusively (at least I think exclusively, I only played the first), and a hardcore difficulty curve. Nothing unbeatable, but it looked back to the original Mega Man games of yore. I really liked the first game, and it’s a shame there aren’t any more of these coming out, either!

Pop Cutie CartridgePop Cutie
DS
Release Date: September 30th, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Sunnyvale, CA – FREE)

Sometimes it’s the games you’ve never heard of which are the most fun to find! Pop Cutie is a fashion editor simulation game which has you creating the next big fashion line! Believe me, I wouldn’t be caught with this game if it didn’t have a great premise and a killer price tag. Usually it sells for much more than, well, FREE, online. Oh, and your clientele aren’t normal people: instead you sell to eccentric people who want all kinds of ridiculous things! It was a hit in Japan, and honestly it sounds like a pretty good time! And for free? Yeah…

Time Hollow CartridgeTime Hollow
DS
Release Date: September 23rd, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Sunnyvale, CA – $2)

Dude… Dude! When I saw this title on the bottom shelf I literally said outloud (though to myself), “Time Hollow, holy shit!” I’ve been looking for this game ever since I found out about it nearly five years ago. A visual novel in the same style as Virtue’s Last Reward or Hotel DuskTime Hollow lets you travel through time to solve the mysteries around you, your family, and the strange pen that’s letting you time travel in the first place. I think it’s been well received, but I feel like the real reason I’m happy to have it is because it’s been so damn long since I’ve wanted it, and this is the first and only time I’ve ever seen a copy!

The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD CoverThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Wii U
Release Date: March 4th, 2016
Purchased at: Amazon (Online – $58)

The only mainstream Zelda game I’ve never played came out this week on the Wii U. Annnnd I can’t play it right now, because our TV is broken! Ugh! Well, we do have a second TV, but Laura’s been playing through Mass Effect, so it’s kind of hard without another option. But I swear, I’m going to play this one and make sure I can say I have at least played it! Also fun fact, I now have the game on the Wii U, Wii, and the GameCube! Booyah!

Laters,
Jsick

 
 

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Why Nintendo Makes the Same Video Games Every Year and We Still Love Them

Nintendo Direct 3-3-16

Without question I consider myself a Nintendo fan. Compared to any other developer, I spend most of my time playing and/or getting excited for what I will soon be playing on my Nintendo Wii U or 3DS. Some experiences can only be on PS4 and what not like last year’s Fallout 4, but with Nintendo I have always felt they’ve done something special with their games… they’ve remained fun! Throughout the years and even during the short time I’ve been on this blog I’ve seen a handful of Marios, Zeldas, Pokemons, and many other Nintendo greats come and go. They’ve consistently been what I expect and then some, but nothing has been wholly “new” (with the exception of last year’s Splatoon.). After seeing Thursday’s Nintendo Direct, I’m excited for what the future holds: more of the same great faces Nintendo has always offered. But is that enough? Should Nintendo be focusing on something new rather than giving the fans more of the same? Hmm… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/05/2016 in News, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U

 

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Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is Exactly What I Want from a Fire Emblem Game

Fire Emblem Fates Birthright Art 1

The burning question after the release of Fire Emblem Fates was certainly which version to buy, Conquest or Birthright. Playing through the game’s first couple chapters it was clear to see the Nohr of the Conquest game were more in line with the “bad guy” mentality, and the Hoshido of Birthright were the “good guys”, but neither side was a paragon of either. You’ll have to play both games to fully understand and experience the entire story of Fire Emblem Fates. At first thought this seems like a gimmick for Nintendo to make more money of its loyal fanbase, but seeing how the game has played out so far from just one side of the tale, I’m aching to even get a glimpse of what would have occured had I chosen the other! And before you click to read any more, yes, the game is great and wholly worth your time! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/02/2016 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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