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Credit given to Brawl In The Family

Credit given to Brawl In The Family

For as long as I’ve known, Nintendo and its many fun games have been a huge part of my life. From receiving my very first system when I was a little kid for Christmas (the SNES – had to share it with my big brother) to the endless tournaments and Smash Brothers battles with my friends after college, Nintendo had shaped my childhood and has given me the best friends I could ever ask for.

To say that I was sad to hear that Satoru Iwata had passed away this weekend is an understatement. I’ll admit, though – I don’t know a lot about the behind-the-scenes of Nintendo; I just play the games. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not appreciative of all the hard work, creativity, and ingenuity that Nintendo and its many wonderful people possess. I learned, though, that many of the games I grew up with were thanks, in one way or another, to Iwata-san. Hearing that the person who had his hands in many different games I love had died shook me, my husband, and my many gaming friends.

Last night, I started thinking about all the games that Iwata-san touched and the memories I have because of those games. Here are some of my favorite games/memories:

Not sure who the artist is, but this is an amazing work of art. Totally teared up seeing this!

Not sure who the artist is, but this is an amazing work of art. Totally teared up seeing this!

EarthBound (SNES) – I remember seeing this nifty game in Best Buy a loooong time ago – back when it was in a huge box, came with a player’s guide, and was only $5. It looked so neat that my mom decided to buy one copy for me and one for my two cousins to play. I mean, c’mon, you could walk around all these different towns on this big quest with your friends (whom you could name!!), eat take-out pizza, and fight quirky baddies. What’s not to love? I fell hard in love with that game, even as a kid, and it’s still one of my top favorites, hands down. From Onett to Magicant and everything in between, there isn’t anything about this game that I don’t love. In fact, I wind up pulling out the ol’ SNES copy and playing it once a year or so.

Kirby (several platforms) – I know Iwata-san didn’t create Kirby, but he sure was a backer of him and helped create several games featuring the adorable pink puffball, including Kirby’s Dreamland. My personal favorite was and probably still is Kirby Super Star. I just had so much fun jumping around, flying, turning into other cute little characters after you would eat different baddies, and kicking King Dedede’s big ol’ booty! Kirby is simply adorable, and I’m so glad that these games were made!

Again, I don't know who the artist is, but I love this work of art!Pokémon (Game Boy and DS/3DS, etc.) – Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a Pokéfanatic, and I have been for many years. Heck, I used to get totally made fun of for it back in junior high when it first came out (okay, and high school, too). I will say – and this makes me kind of a pathetic Pokéfanatic – I don’t know all the “new” Pokémon, but I still know quite a few and have many favorites (Jolteon, Arcanine, Raichu, and Houndoom top the list for me!). In fact, my husband and I like Pokémon so much that we wound up buying Heart Gold and Soul Silver for each other as wedding presents (he got Heart Gold, by the way :P).

Mario Kart Double Dash (GC) – You want to hear something lame? DO YOU?! HUH!?!? Well, here it is! There was at least a summer if not an entire year that I would play through Double Dash at least once a day back when I was in college. I’d sit down on my bed, turn on my GameCube, throw on some Genesis, and race, race, race! Needless to say, I totally p’wned everyone that dared to challenge me at the game. >=) Who is my go-to duo, you ask? Baby Mario/Luigi and Paratroopa. 😉

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GC) – I am a HUGE Zelda fan, but I think my favorite one has to be Twilight Princess. It was an absolutely excellent game with lots of great challenges, boss fights, character development, and so much more. I mean, I loved the game so much that I named my adorable little beagle Midna, after all! 🙂 Weirdly enough, back in college when I was first playing this game, I started becoming more and more curious about wolves because of Wolf Link. That was the start of my current wolf obsession (which has taken on a life of its own as I volunteer and sometimes write about the Endangered Wolf Center!).

I'm currently obsessed with this game, and this drawing makes me feel all the feels. If you know who created this, please let me know, and I'd be happy to give credit where credit is due.

I’m currently obsessed with this game, and this drawing makes me feel all the feels.

Super Smash Brothers franchise – Oh, my gosh. So many great memories. SO MANY. From beating everyone up with the hammer to Bowser-ciding (or Kirby-ciding) people and constantly shocking opponents with Pikachu’s electrical shocks, this game has been a source of great laughter for my friends and me. One time, my friends and I frustrated our typically jovial and benign friend Aaron so much at Smash that he took off his shoe and chucked it across the room on campus, which subsequently (and accidentally) hit the plug and shut the game off. Needless to say, he was absolutely horrified, and we were stunned (at first) and then started laughing ourselves silly. We still will never let him live it down. >=)

There are so many other games that I love – these are just the ones I could think of off the bat. I’m not too sure what’s in store for the future of Nintendo, but I’m sure things will be okay, and I’m definitely grateful to have so many fantastic games be made and released. From everything I’ve read, it sounded like Iwata-san was dedicated to making games that would bring joy to people’s lives, and I really think that he has succeeded. If you’re still stunned by the news and aren’t sure what to do, try not to be too sad. I really doubt he would want to see us gamers like that. Instead, pick up a few of your favorite games, old or new, and pop them in the system for old time’s sakes. Play a game that totally delights you and makes you happy, no matter how crappy your day might be. Heck, have a friendly little tournament and invite your closest buddies over to play! I don’t personally know, but I like to think that Iwata-san would want it this way.

This happened this morning - a rainbow over Nintendo's headquarters in Kyoto. It's like Iwata-san has his very own Rainbow Road taking him up to Heaven! I bet he has plenty of red shells and bananas with him. :)

This happened this morning – a rainbow over Nintendo’s headquarters in Kyoto. It’s like Iwata-san has his very own Rainbow Road taking him up to Heaven! I bet he has plenty of red shells and bananas with him. 🙂

So once again, thank you so much, Iwata-san, for all of your hard work and dedication. These games have given me some fantastic moments in my life – they’ve helped me escape from some of my problems, even if for a few minutes, and they’ve helped me find the most wonderful friends that any girl could ask for. I hope that your spirit is at rest and that you are enjoying Heaven.

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"You don't say!"

“You don’t say!”

I found a horrifying yet hilarious and awesome thing this morning. Someone made a mod of Majora’s Mask and added Nicolas Cage’s face on everyone and everything! The mod is called “The Legend of Cage: Beneath the Mask.”

As if Majora’s Mask weren’t frightening enough, right?

This is only a SNIPPET of the madness!

This is only a SNIPPET of the madness!

You can see segments of the mod on the video here! Check it out for a good laugh (or to scare your friends silly)! I dare you to not crack a smile! I kind of wound up guffawing about this all morning long. Heehee!

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Admit it - you were terrified of these as a kid!

Admit it – you were terrified of these as a kid!

I saw this artwork yesterday and thought it was hilarious, awesome, and very, very well done. I hope you like it, too!

Credit goes solely to HeartStrings XIII for this great work of art. Check it out here!

Also, I’m sorry for being totally obsessed with Zelda at the moment. I promise to talk about other things very, very soon!

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Look at this guy. No, LOOK at him! It is the thing of nightmares! D:

Look at this guy. No, LOOK at him! It is the thing of nightmares! D:

I love The Legend of Zelda. But man, sometimes those games can be a bit frustrating! Such an example is that of what lies in Majora’s Mask, the celebrated “sequel” to Ocarina of Time.

I’ll admit, this is my first time playing through the game. My husband convinced me to give it a go, and so I did once I finished one of my many play-throughs of Ocarina of Time.

Everything was mostly fine until I got into the Stone Temple and decided to take on the boss for the first time with one fairy, no extra magic resources, and …well, on the final afternoon.

Sword (and guidebook) in hand, I readied myself to face Twinmold, a pair of gigantic insects that lurk in the temple’s sandy room. I put on my newly acquired Giant Mask and rose to kick butt!

Well…. needless to say, my butt was handed to me. I couldn’t stop getting hit. I kept going outside of the arena, having to start all over again. I tried to smash the pillars to the side to get magic only to either not have magic show up at all or to have the boss sneak up behind me and cause me to fall for a few seconds, the perfect amount of time for a distant magic potion to blip out of existence before I could reach it.

I am ashamed to say that I fought the good fight thrice and failed each time (I’m normally really good at Zelda games). My heart thumped wildly in my chest, and my palms sweat and shook as I tried to beat the boss with no fairy and with only 3 “hours” of the  final night left.

I STILL lost.

Angry that I wasted so much time fruitlessly fighting that stupid boss, I saved my rupees, played the Song of Time, and called it a night.

Last night, I decided that it was time for a well-deserved rematch. I decided before I went back in there to kick butt that I would spend time grabbing the Romani Mask, saving, and grabbing some Chateau Milk, which would give me unlimited magic for 200 rupees. With the milk and 2 fairies in tow, I headed back to face my nemesis.

Well…. let’s just say that this time was MUCH easier than before! I immediately got to work and restored my magic permanently when it was out, slashing and hacking away at the two insects’ tails and heads until they undulated in the sand no more! YESSSSSSSS!!!!!

Now it’s on to the Moon, the final destination. I’ve been told that taking the time to get all the mask in order to get the Fierce Deity Mask is very much worth it, so I may very well spend my time doing that. Until then, stay tuned for additional updates! I might even provide a comprehensive list of neat things about the game when I finish it. And then… well, I think it’ll be on to play through Twilight Princess again! 😀 See ya soon! ^_^

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Oh, man, ain't it the truth! v_v

Oh, man, ain’t it the truth! v_v

I promised you guys a week or so ago that I’d keep you updated with my revisiting one of my most favorite Legend of Zelda games, and well, I’m keeping my promise!

I wound up beating the game again a week or so ago in a few sittings. Here are my favorite moments from the second half of my Zelda adventures.

The gleaming red eyes, that frightening stance... OH, THE HORROR!

The gleaming red eyes, that frightening stance… OH, THE HORROR!

Dark Link – I have to say, the Water Temple used to frustrate me and slightly unnerve me as a kid. Once I figured out where all the keys were hidden (did anyone else forget the key in the basement of the tower in the middle?), it was much more enjoyable. One facet that used to scare the pants off me back in the day was being locked in a seemingly vacant room in the 3rd floor, surrounded by ankle-deep water, one tree in the middle. Little did I know the first time that I would have to face my dark side!

Dark Link really used to creep me out. At first he appears to be nothing but a shadow, but as time progresses, he appears much darker, and his red eyes grow more eerie as they glare at you, calculating and imitating your every move. Here’s the sad part – I totally wasted 2 fairies on this creep, mostly because I was an idiot and forgot to grab Din’s Fire before traversing out into the big bad world.

Frantic for something, ANYTHING that would stop him in his tracks, I abandoned my shield and sword and grabbed the Megaton Hammer and swung away. Yeah, he stabbed me a lot, but I wound up kicking his keister to kingdom come. >=)

Dead HandThat Creepy Well in Kakariko Village – Seeing Kakariko Village in flames for the first time many years ago had shocked and confused me. This time, though, it was just a solemn reminder that I had to get my young butt down to the ominous well to find the Lens of Truth.

UGH.

I really hate the well with a great passion. I cannot stand going down there, as stupid as it seems. It’s dank, it’s creepy, and it’s full of hidden holes, skeletons, and flying skulls. I can’t tell you how many times I fell down the holes to the basement as a kid. Instead of going around and finding all the different treasures in the well, I decided to just get down to business. I lowered the water level, dropped down to the small entrance I was supposed to enter, and intrepidly opened the door to the boss. After popping the ghostly Dead Hand in the face about 10 times, I finally got the Lens of Truth and scurried on out of the well to face the haunting Shadow Temple.

The Eeriness of the Shadow Temple – I don’t have fond memories as a kid of the Shadow Temple. The very first time I ventured into the Shadow Temple, it was a dark, tempestuous Friday night. My mom had gone to get groceries that afternoon and was still out, so it was just my dad and me at home, though because my dad was alllll the way on the other side of the house watching CNN, it felt as if I was all alone in my dark room playing through this temple for the first time with the savage storms raging around the house.

Returning to the Shadow Temple really wasn’t a big deal to me. I enjoy it much more compared to the well, but to me it still maintained its creepiness. Creeping around in a crypt as a kid unnerved me to no end as the creepy music flooded my ears (I used to blare Genesis when I was younger so I wouldn’t have to listen to the game’s music), but anymore I just thought, “Meh, whatever. I can handle this.” And voila, I did. Onto the next temple!

Sneaking Around and Taking Gerudo Valley by Storm – Ah, Gerudo Valley. This area would’ve been more enjoyable if I came prepared! I was a fool and forgot to stock up on enough arrows, so I frequently found myself running out of arrows. I even went as far as to stun two Gerudo women with my hookshot so I could run and break a jar near them, hoping there would be arrows. And wouldn’t you know it, as soon as I grabbed the arrows, TWEEEEEEEET!!! They caught me. After I grabbed enough arrows, though, domination was a cinch. Oh, yeah!

TwinrovaTwinrova and Iron Knuckle – The Spirit Temple is pretty cool, really. It’s apparently my husband’s favorite temple in the game (mine is the Forest Temple), too. Minus some foolish setbacks (*ahem* the lack of arrows and bombs), the temple was a breeze to get through. I wound up throwing bomb after bomb after bomb (and maybe a bombchu or so) at the Iron Knuckle every time I had to face it, which my husband thought was pretty innovative. >=D Eventually the Iron Knuckles died, and I was left to face Twinrova! Easy peasy, lemon squeezie. Just set phasers to fry (or freeze), and BOOM! They were long gone, left to bicker about which was younger and how heartless the other is as they drifted away from “Sufjan.”

Spanking Ganondorf for the Last Time – Veni, vidi, vici, fools. I stormed the castle, kicked the baddies’ butts, and entered Ganondorf’s room, ready to fight.

"Aren't I sophisticated playing this creepy organ?!"

“Aren’t I sophisticated playing this creepy organ?!”

And he was just… playing the organ. Dude, what the heck? Get off your butt and fight me!

Well, okay, eventually he did after a flouting speech about how I can’t handle the Triforce of Courage and how he demands me to hand it over, blah blah blah. But whatever, I shot him up with my Light Arrows and stabbed him over and over with my Master Sword.

But it wasn’t over! I had to escape his crumbling tower in less than 3 minutes. My husband, who had never beat the game, was panicking a bit (he doesn’t like timed challenges – they stress him out), but I got out of there with over a minute to spare, the princess in tow.

Then came the final battle against Ganon. I remember this fight being so tough as a kid, but it was super simple. Just roll through the legs, stab at his tail, and wait for him to fall for the last time before stabbing him in between the eyes for the last time.

Then BOOM! I beat the game. Again. For the 200th time, it seems.

Now I’m playing Majora’s Mask for the first time, and well… it’s very …. different. I can update you guys about what I think about Majora’s Mask in a while, I guess. Right now I have a killer cold, so I’ve been kinda out of it, so we’ll see! Until then, see ya soon!

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This game totally rules!

This game totally rules!

Sometimes I get in a weird mode in which I want to dig out an older video game system and play some older games. A few months ago, I had dug out my SNES and played games such as EarthBound, Yoshi’s Island, Donkey Kong Country 1-3, Kirby Superstar, and lots more! (I even played a Tetris Attack tournament against some friends and whipped ’em!) Well, lately I’ve had the urge to play N64 games. I’ve already replayed through Mario 64 (obtaining 120 stars, of course!) and Yoshi’s Story, then I took a break.

A few nights ago, I decided to get started on Ocarina of Time again, especially since my husband wants me to play Majora’s Mask afterward (I never was interested in that game when I was a kid – don’t judge!). So off I went!

I created my file, naming my hero SUFJAN after my favorite musician (I’ve never called him Link – booooorrrriiinnng!), and I blew through the “kid part” in maybe 2 hours or so. Emerald Stone? Check. Ruby Stone? Check. Sapphire Stone? Not a problem.

Now I’m 7 years older from coming out of the Temple of Time, and I’m ready to kick some butt!

Last night, I conquered two temples – the Forest Temple and the Fire Temple. Here are some of my favorite moments from those two temples!

1. Fighting the Poe Sisters in the Forest Temple – I’ve always loved the Forest Temple in OoT; it’s probably my favorite temple. I love the music, the setting, pretty much everything! The best part is encountering the 4 Poe Sisters and defeating them, which turns them back into the colored flame that they stole in the center of the temple. The blue one, Beth, is my favorite… mostly because I like the color blue. 😉

Sorry, Ganon, you're so not cool!(Also, I don't know who made this, but that person is totally awesome! Kudos!)

Sorry, Ganon, you’re so not cool!
(Also, I don’t know who made this, but that person is totally awesome! Kudos!)

2. Showing Phantom Ganon Who’s Boss – This guy was only the prelude to my OoT nightmares when I was 10. I would constantly see him take off that fake face of his in my nightmares and see him barreling toward me with that jousting stick of his.  This time, it was time to whomp him! He proved to be no challenge this time, and I defeated him in record time! Unfortunately, I got so excited that I had initially forgotten to take the stupid heart container before I exited so I had to go aaaaaalll the way back to get it!

3. Hearing the Chanting in the Background Music in the Fire Temple – Long ago when I first rented this game, I got to this temple and heard the beautiful, haunting chanting in the background music. Since then, though, every copy of OoT that I’ve encountered, both the copy I bought and the ones I had rented had a crappy alternative to the chanting. I have no idea why, but there it was! I had been in desperate search for a copy of OoT that had the “proper” background music for the Fire Temple. (Edit: I just did a bit of digging and found that the reason the original was removed was because it was used in other games and Nintendo didn’t create it. All I knew when I was 10 was that the chanting sounded beautiful and I loved hearing it.)

Anyway, I played my husband’s copy of the game, which I assume was an earlier copy since it was gold, and after all those years of missing it, I FINALLY got to hear the chanting again! Sad as it seems, it made my night. 🙂

4. Figuring Out a Better Strategy to Defeat the Flare Dancers – Remember those flare dancers? The ugly little black thingies with a red strip of hair that would morph into a fiery dancer and throw flames at you? Yeah, they’re annoying to defeat, aren’t they? Well, instead of chasing after them in a circle or running the opposite direction, I decided to just try to keep getting in front of them so they’d stop and try to flee… and then I released my fury upon them! It cut down the time I needed to defeat them! 😉

Seriously. Those are some killer locks, son!

Seriously. Those are some killer locks, son!

5. Volvagia and Its Flaming Hair – Ah, Volvagia. You were kinda scary when I was a kid. That dragon has some serious locks, though. Sure, they may be fiery and it might singe your skin if it so much as grazes you, but geez! They must be the envy of dragons everywhere. Well, unfortunately for Volvagia, I had totally slain him last night, all the while thinking of Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” (I couldn’t help it!).

I’m hoping to maybe play some more sometime during the weekend, though I have a lot going on with the holiday season and New Year’s, so we’ll see! When I get back to it and get to more temples, I’ll fill you in on the highlights! Until then, keep on gamin’! ^_^

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