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Received my copy of Disgaea 5 Complete for the Nintendo Switch today. Yay!

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My copy of Darksiders: Warmastered for Wii U was delayed. Boo!

Public Service Announcement: Stock Up on Wii Nunchuks!

Hello, everyone! Walapie Gamer, the Nintendo Archiver, here with a Public Service Announcement.

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I recommend stocking up on Nintendo Wii product especially the awesome Nunchuk accessory.  Oh. Why, you ask? With the Nintendo Switch out in the marketplace, and some inside of homes across the globe, new copies of older products will surely be hard to come by.

I’M ALL SET!

For those who want a brand new Nunchuk–or two or three, as you can see from my personal collection from the image above–I suggest checking the links below.

BEST BUY

Best Buy is selling these goodies for $11.99. Wow! What a steal. In fact, this is how I purchased my trio of brand new ‘chuks. They’re on clearance so snag them while the deal lasts.

AMAZON

Amazon has plenty hovering around (above and below) the $15.00 range. The lowest price I saw today was $12.92!!! Wow, again! Just check out the many third party sellers if you do not see one from Amazon directly. Still a good deal for a product with a suggested retail price of $19.99.

NINTENDO STORE

But if you do not mind a refurbished Nunchuk, you can purchase one straight from the source from the online Nintendo Store. $10.00 is the asking price in the colors red or white.

Act as fast as you can if you can afford to do so. All dollars are U.S. and all links are for North American purposes. This is the internet so search around to find Wii Nunchuk deals in your part of the planet. One thing is for sure: New Wii games and accessories will surely be harder to come by as the years continue to pass.

Well, that will be it for this Public Service Announcement. I hope you have fun chucking in the coming days, months, and years with your brand new Wii Nunchuks.

This is Walpaie Gamer, the Nintendo Archiver, signing out.

HAPPY GAMING. EVERYONE!


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Nintendo amiibo Hunting for Super Mario Series Wario

The Beauty of Wario

Amiibo are Nintendo’s physical figurines that interact with digital games for Nintendo’s various gaming hardware while also looking good on shelves. I’ve maintained a selective approach to obtaining these figurines. But because Wario is one of my favorite video game characters, it was only fitting I’d hunt for his amiibo.

Wario in All of His Glory

Just look at his mustache, round belly, and awesome grape-mustard color design. Wario doesn’t care if he’s essentially an evil imperfect clone of Mario turned upside down. He’s too busy having fun loving himself.

Wario In Time-Out

And now he sits next to all of my other amiibo, happy as can be. As long as he is not in “time-out” for bad behavior.

Fun fact: My spouse found this amiibo on sale during her trip to Hawaii! I’m proud of her.

But the same can not be said about GameStop’s eye for details. Wario is definitely not Waluigi. Because we all know Wario’s gonna win. 😉

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Hands-On With GameWill’s Steering Wheel for the Nintendo Switch

BEHOLD THE GAMEWILL STEERING WHEEL FOR NINTENDO SWITCH.

To accompany my purchase of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, I had to obtain a set of steering wheels for my Joy-Con controllers. And I did just that and found a perfect set on Amazon.com. GameWill’s Steering Wheel For Nintendo Switch is a set of two steering wheel shells for the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons.

SWITCH STEERING WHEEL (RIGHT) COMPARED TO WII WHEEL (LEFT) ADD-ON.

This controller shell is for those who want to play Nintendo Switch racing games, or Mario Kart 8: Deluxe specifically, in a fashion that mimics using the Joy-Con controllers as a steering wheel via motion controls.

FRONT OF BOX.

The controllers are matte black with a glossy finish underneath where the Joy-Con is seated and inside the plus and minus markers.

BACKSIDE OF BOX.

Both myself and my spouse agree that the steering wheel controller shell is comfortable to hold for small to average/large hands.

SL/SR BUTTONS.

There are two large buttons that activate the SL and SR when pressed allowing the use of the SL/SR buttons with ease and comfort.

I feel very comfortable with my purchase of these steering wheel shells. The quality is great, the controllers feel sturdy, the Joy-Cons stay inside even during the most heated race, and the price is just right for a set of two. My spouse really enjoys playing the game with motion controls so these really worked for her.

At the time of my purchase, GameWill’s Steering Wheel for Nintendo Switch can be purchased for $12.99 (U.S. dollars).

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I purchased this product for my own benefit; this is a non-sponsored article. This controller shell simply rocks and meets my needs. And I hope you enjoy them, too.

Why The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a Bucket List Game


The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.


I have always been a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda series, but for some reason, I originally was not that excited to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Perhaps it is because I only completed one 3D Zelda game (that being the Wind Waker) along with my undying love for the 2D entries. But as the game’s launch approached, my desire changed from apathetic to desire-filled. Having played it for over one hundred hours, I can say with confidence that not only is Breath of the Wild a bucket list game but it is now one of my favorite Zelda games. It is very, very, good.

ZELDA FEVER RISES-

But before we move on, let us go back in time to the week before the Nintendo Switch (Nintendo’s hybrid console, handheld device) launched. My spouse ordered a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild expecting to receive it the same day as the console itself. But to both of our surprise, a shiny new copy of the latest Zelda adventure showed up on her doorstep seven full days before we even had the console to play it on. I ogled the cover and held the new Switch cartridge in my hand for the first time with glee before placing it on a coffee table careful not to scratch or scuff the exterior. There it would remain atop the table, next to tons of paper work and puzzle books, for the next week. Wanting to be played.

At this point, my spouse and I really wanted to play it. My Zelda enthusiasm was at full force now that we had the game in our possession. A friend gave me her copy of Game Informer magazine that had Breath of the Wild as a cover story. I offered to look at it with my spouse but she declined, not wanting to spoil or ruin the experience which I thought was a good idea as well. The next seven days could have been slow, waiting for the Switch console to launch, but real life events surely made the time fly by. Real life events that will forever be intertwined with my memories of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

THE DIAGNOSIS OF ADVENTURE-

A month before the game released, my spouse was diagnosed with cancer. Our days were filled with appointments, rehabilitation, taking medicine every few hours, cooking healthy foods, and sleep. Time passed very fast. By the time Zelda released and we finally had the Nintendo Switch in on hands, my spouse was ready to delve into a giant adventure to take her mind off of matters. And I was, too.

I will never forget the first moments of the game, waking up as the main character—Link—inside a darkened cave only to step outside into a vast world of green with mountains and structures as far as the eye could see. It was the start of an adventure that would take two months to complete with over one hundred hours (and counting) of play time. And that is without collecting all there is to collect and completing all of the puzzle rooms called Shrines.

So if my spouse and I spent so much time playing the game without completing everything, what were we doing? Adventuring! This world is huge and allows the traversal through water, up mountains, through vast plains, into enemy lairs, across deserts and much more. If we were not running from a huge mini-boss or the many Bokoblins throughout the lands, we were cooking food we could use to heal us later. Or perhaps we were completing a side quest and helping the man from Kakariko Village collect his chickens. We stopped to help those in need and adventured to everything we saw far off in the distance.

IF YOU CAN SEE IT, YOU CAN EXPLORE IT-

Is that an aircraft in the shape of a bird? We have to get there. Is that something climbing on the volcano? We have to visit it. What is that shining light coming from the mountain in the distance? Let us find out. This game is full of exploration; furthermore, the detail crafted into the anime inspired graphical presentation (along with the minimalistic sound design) only made the exploration more enjoyable to watch, hear, and experience.

The experiences did not end there and the game allowed us the freedom to tackle the open game world any way we saw fit. We decided to explore the world of Hyrule, opening up the map by visiting grand towers that loomed in the distance. Afterwards, and dozens of hours later, we explored the beautiful painting-esque world for specific locations the game asked us to find. And finally, we decided to complete the four main quests in the game before tackling the final boss. Of course, we found treasure chests, hidden secrets, and chased after many shooting stars along the way. But our adventure was distinctly ours and we will always remember it.

YOUR NEWEST BUCKET LIST GAME-

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was not a game I was anticipating. But it was a game I, and my spouse, needed in a tough time in our life. It is a grandiose experience worth spending hundreds of hours exploring. And I cannot wait to explore hundreds of hours more in the world of Hyrule, a Bucket List game for sure. Actually . . . I think I will play some more right now.

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Why Animal Crossing: New Leaf Is A Bucket List Game


ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.


Animal Crossing is one of those series that has enthusiastic players prioritizing the game over real life. So do not be surprised if you miss a real life meeting because you are preoccupied with the in-game meeting you have with a pink pig on Friday afternoon. Welcome to Animal Crossing, yet another worthy Bucket List game!

WHAT IS ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF?

It is the Nintendo 3DS portable entry in the long running life simulation franchise (titled Animal Crossing) from Nintendo. You control a cartoon-like version of yourself who is the mayor of a town filled with walking, talking animal villagers.

The game revolves around interacting with your animal neighbors, befriending them while also running errands and collecting a ton of collectibles. You can fish, catch bugs, collect fruit, decorate your home, change your wardrobe, build town projects, set town ordinances, go deep sea diving, accumulate wealth, and much more as the game progresses. The free “Welcome amiibo” update released in late 2016 added a substantial amount of content and improvements as well.

A LOT OF GAME, A LOT OF FUN!

A day in the life of Animal Crossing can be fun and addicting. Since the game is real-time (meaning that whatever time and season it is in real life it is also the same in the game), the player is tasked with making the best of the day ahead. Stores do not open until a certain time in the morning so perhaps collecting the daily dinosaur fossils that can be found throughout town beneath ground will fill your time. And do not forget to donate the fossils to the museum if you are looking to complete your town’s museum showcase.

Perhaps you find fun in socializing. Talking to your villagers can be addicting, too. So much so, you might find yourself planning your entire day around meeting an animal in New Leaf (like my spouse has done so many times before). All of the animals in the game have different personalities and can be comedic, or odd, or simply fun to interact with: I have a Wolf that really enjoys coming over to my place a little too much and can often be spotted hanging behind houses; an orange Toad that likes to workout; and a rainbow colored sheep that I think is a French clown—the awesome oddball collection of animals goes on and on.

BUSY WORK IS THE NEW FUN!

Your animal neighbors can easily entertain you for hours through conversation and chatter alone; when they start asking you to collect things for them and run errands, that is when I suggest you cancel all other social engagements for your day. This is my spouse’s favorite series so it is not uncommon for her to play the game for up to six hours in a row. Because there is so much to do!

Maybe you like fishing. There is always a fish lurking on the beach or in the rivers that run through the town. How about catching bugs? Try hitting the rocks around town and you might just catch a centipede or pill bug. Is your town looking a little thin? Try planting more trees and flowers in the way that looks best to you. Fruit trees will drop fruit for you to sell and flowers will help improve the overall beauty and satisfaction rating of your town. There is truly something fun and addicting in this game for every type of player.

PLAY HOW YOU WANT

You can play the game however you like. I play with a daily routine in mind and it takes me about a half hour just to do that. If I want to explore the tropical island to the south for fish and insects that are worth a lot of cash, I need an extra hour or so. The good thing is that you can save at anytime; there is no time limits, no enemies, and no one telling you what to do.

You can play New Leaf anywhere–since it is a portable game–and spend a minute playing while you wait in a line or play for hours when the mood hits you. Each day I play, I figure out what I want to do and I scale my play style to the amount of time I have allotted. For anyone looking for a pick up and play game or a deep dive hearty meal, this game caters to most play styles.

WELCOME AMIIBO

Fans and new players alike will also surely find joy in the features New Leaf and the Welcome amiibo update adds to the core Animal Crossing game. There are more fruit, fish, furniture, and insects to collect than ever before—completionists, this is your Mount Everest so prepare to have the time of your lives collecting the thousands of items in this game.

If you own the Nintendo figurines called amiibo, you can use them to summon villagers to a campsite near your town, buy items that they brought with them, and even ask them to live in your village. New Leaf also makes it much easier for players to keep the villagers they like from leaving town and this iteration also improves on the ability to accrue wealth and items. Chores may be the main focus of the Animal Crossing series but playing the game is far from a chore. The Welcome amiibo update makes sure of that.

YOUR NEW BUCKET LIST GAME

So, welcome to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the game that keeps playing even when you are asleep. You will bond with your animal villagers, fall in love with the DJ dog that plays music every Saturday night, love some animal neighbors while despising others, and create a village that you will call home.

New Leaf truly improves on the core Animal Crossing concept in every way. This is the third game in the series I have put hundreds of hours into and it is as fresh and fun as it was nearly fifteen years ago when I played the first localized entry.

For anyone looking for a good time, hop on a train or the bus and travel to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a Bucket List game, today.

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Why Solitaire Is A Bucket List Game (Part 4)


SOLITAIRE is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.

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LINK TO PART 2

LINK TO PART 3

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MORE FUN WITH SOLITAIRE:

Solitaire (also known as Patience or Klondike) is a game my mother taught me at a young age and it has stuck with me ever since. It is one of my strongest, positive bonding moments with her, sitting side by side, her helping me figure out what to do next.


WINNING SOLITAIRE:

Using my logical brain, I have analyzed hundreds of turns but only beat the game a handful of times. Because my winning percentage is quite low, it is such a rush whenever I do win. Often times, the card I was looking for would be stuck, buried in one of the piles I had no access to.

Which meant the game ended there. But that only encouraged me to play a second game and a third. That is not a problem when the game is such a fun, easy to set-up game.

Give it a try and you will most likely find yourself focused on the game, free from thoughts of your daily life. This game has always been a great, healthy form of relaxation and escapism . . .

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Why Solitaire Is A Bucket List Game (Part 3)


SOLITAIRE is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.

LINK TO PART 1

LINK TO PART 2

The following information comes from Backlog and Bucket List Gaming ISSUE 2:


ALL ABOUT SOLITAIRE:

I would look at every third card in the remaining deck and just hope I get something I needed. Sometimes, I would get just the right card while other times I would get that pesky second and third Queen or Jack that I just could not use.


FUN WITH SOLITAIRE:

But even then, the game tested my brain by having me analyze the playing field each and every turn.

As an adult who loves logic and strategy games, looking back some twenty plus years after learning how to play Solitaire, I think that is why I was originally drawn-in . . .

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Why Solitaire Is A Bucket List Game (Part 2)


SOLITAIRE is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.

LINK TO PART 1

The following information comes from Backlog and Bucket List Gaming ISSUE 2:


SUPER ENGAGING SOLITAIRE:

The game itself is engaging as well, matching cards of alternating colors and by suit order to eventually have all cards out on the table. Then it is time to move all of the cards onto four piles placed aside by suit type and order starting from Ace to King.


FUN WITH SOLITAIRE:

It’s a simple game, but remembering the suit order was the part my child self needed the most help with.

 Once I understood the King-Queen-Jack hierarchy, the rest was smooth sailing . . .

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Why Solitaire Is A Bucket List Game (Part 1)


SOLITAIRE is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.

The following information comes from Backlog and Bucket List Gaming ISSUE 2:


ALL ABOUT SOLITAIRE:

Solitaire (also known as Patience or Klondike) is a game my mother taught me at a young age and it has stuck with me ever since. It is one of my strongest, positive bonding moments with her, sitting side by side, her helping me figure out what to do next.


FUN WITH SOLITAIRE:

Starting the game was easy enough; it was always a fun, simple joy that still resonates with me today.

I would grab my mom’s deck and stack cards to set up the game—one card must be placed face up then six face down in six separate piles next to it, then another card is placed face up on the second pile and five face down on the remaining five piles.

I repeated this until all seven piles had face up cards with the remaining deck in my hands. For some reason, setting up Solitaire is such a calming and fun experience . . .

COME BACK NEXT WEEK FOR PART 2.

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