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#BlogapieGamer | My Amiibo Shelf

I vowed to show my friend the awesome power of amiibo. There was no better way to do so other than showing her my humble amiibo collection. There are about twenty eight amiibo pictured, and my collection has grown ever since (and growing). Amiibo are prefect collectibles to line my gaming shelves, and they are useful in the games I play. I just can’t wait to add more to the group.

–Walapie Gamer


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Disgaea 5 Complete (Nintendo Switch) FINAL ENTRY | GAME JOURNAL

ENTRY #6


PLAY TIME: 50h 00m

WEBSITE: www.nintendo.com/games/detail/disgaea-5-complete-switch

IT ALL ENDS HERE

Well, everyone, our Disgaea 5 Complete Game Journal has come to an end.

I was able play another nine hours or so of this meaty tactical role playing game and came out the victor.

That is correct. I beat Disgaea 5 Complete *party time* Yay!!!

Killia, Seraphina, Zeroken, Red Magnus, Usalia, and Christo finally confronted Void Dark in an epic end battle. It was glorious.

FINAL TEAM

By the end of the game, however, I was only really using Killia and sometimes Seraphina from the core six main characters. I’m curious as to what everyone else out there used in their first playthrough (comment here or on my Twitter to let me know).

My go-to team mainly consisted of “generic” characters. These are characters one can obtain by talking to The Recruiter shop. They’re generic characters because they are not the main characters of the story such as Killia, Seraphina, and company.

MY MVP

Essentially, my party consisted of generic classes such as the Maid, a Thief, and a Sage. I used the Thief to toss my Sage and Maid into enemy quarters while my Sage blasted away foes with her powerful spells (for your information, my Land Decimator still sucked in the latter portion of the campaign). My Maid, though, was the most valuable person to me the entire game.

Her ability to use two items in one turn, or to attack and then use an item in a single turn, allowed me to win battles quickly while leveling her up. Yes, Thigh Highs–the auto-generated name of my awesome Maid class–won almost every battle for me.

THE RIGHT SET-SUP

I used her tactically to my advantage. Before battle, I equipped her with an ability that made objects thrown by her do more damage. In battle, I would toss her towards a group of enemies with my Thief then use the Maid to toss “Throwing Knives” and “Medal” items at enemies for massive damage. Rinse and repeat my way through the final chapters of the game.

It did not hurt that Thigh Highs was also hundreds of experience levels stronger than the rest of my team and the enemies I encountered. She topped out at about Level 530 while Void Dark’s stage supplied me with foes around Level 100. Let’s just say I was beating Void Dark’s cronies with relative ease with a smile across my face.

DISGAEA 5 COMPLETE IS A BUCKET LIST GAME

I had so much was fun playing this game from the very start to the closing credits. I enjoyed the anime tropes, cliche character story progression, humor, and hilarious character moments and interactions. Seraphina–the richest demon around–accepted being poor and grew as a person because of it. Red Magnus talks like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And everything in between.

COMES TO AN END

But all good things must come to an end. Well, really, I will come back to Disgaea 5 Complete often to continue on with post-game content such as completing the downloadable content and trying to level up my team to the elusive Level 9999.

There are also more character classes for me to unlock as well as the Item and Chara Worlds to explore. Hundreds of hours of play time awaits.

THANK YOU!

So, thank you all for reading my Disgaea 5 Game Journal every week until its conclusion. If you haven’t already decided to get the game, what are you waiting for? Go out and buy it. Go. I’ll wait.

Thanks for reading!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

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Why Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a Bucket List Game

THE DILEMMA

I was not even going to buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch. No plans whatsoever.

I already had my fill of Nintendo kart goodness when I purchased Mario Kart 8, along with the two content packs, on the Wii U years ago. Fun was had with my spouse and playing solo through the games dozens of courses and cups. But with that said, I did not sink too much time into it. Life happens and new games are released.

Fast forward to the present with the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and my lack of excitement. Nothing really changed. I took a gamble, and I am here to say it was a gamble well made.

THE BASICS

Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing game with single and multiplayer configurations. The game asks the players to choose a character, a customizable kart, and a race track to play on. The game, then, tasks the player with completing the race as close to first place as possible by avoiding items, dangers, other players, hazards, and without falling off the track. This has been the formula for Mario Kart for ages, and it is a fun one.

MY FAVORITE MARIO KART

I have played all of the home console and handheld Mario Karts  up until this point. The very first game on the Super Nintendo in the 1990s was a blast to play with my brothers and it was my favorite iteration of the beloved series until Mario Kart DS released. I still cannot put my finger on it, but the DS version hit all of the right notes for me. I love the graphics, game play, course selection, and side content. It had everything I wanted in a Mario Kart game including online. I remember playing against random opponents and doing modestly well. It was a lot of fun times for me that I did not think were possible to replicate. Turns out, I was right.

PLAYING MARIO KART AGAIN AND AGAIN

I did not play much of Mario Kart Wii or Mario Kart 7. Those were games that fell victim to my college days in which there was not enough time for anything besides studies. But I was ready when Mario Kart 8 released. I was able to put in a bit of effort with part 8 on the Wii U along with my spouse, and I was blown away by the games presentation.

It had some of the best music and sound in any game I have ever seen. The inclusion of non-Mario, Nintendo characters such as Link and the Animal Crossing villagers also were a fun sight to see. But the game did not hook me like the DS version did, and I moved on from the karting affairs.

As the Deluxe version approached, I contemplated purchasing it: Who would I play it with? How much would I play it? Would I get bored with it?

TURNING POINT

Even running a Nintendo themed YouTube channel was not enough for me to consider purchasing a game I already owned and played. But then my spouse’s sister came along and watched me play a session of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and commented on wanting to play Mario Kart. I told her one was releasing in the matter of weeks.

And since I really do enjoy local multiplayer, I decided to snag Mario Kart when my funds allowed it. I had a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in my possession by the end of its launch month and people to play it with.

SO MUCH FUN

I am glad to say there was never a moment of regret in purchasing what I consider to be one of the greatest kart games of all time. In fact, I was excited as I watched videos of the new features added to the Deluxe version. I became so excited about the concept of Smart Steering, something new to this version of the game. It keeps players from falling off the track if turned on. The possibilities of this mechanic clicked in my head the moment I realized my spouse would have a much better time playing with me if she had Smart Steering available.

A SMART NEW GAME

I immediately gathered my spouse to play cooperatively through the main Grand Prix mode: One Cup, four courses. I told her about Smart Steering, helped her turn it on, and proceeded to get beat by her race after race. I was happy for her and enjoyed myself at the same time. I think we had even more fun playing Deluxe than standard 8 thanks to my spouse being able to place above tenth in all of her races. I don’t think my spouse placed anything lower than third or fourth in any course in Deluxe thanks to her skills and Smart Steering.

It was a blast that validated my purchase on the spot. This one simple addition just made Mario Kart 8 Deluxe worth it for anyone that has a family member or friend that has varied skill levels from oneself but wanted to play Mario Kart at the same time. Now, two or more players of differing skill levels can play at the same time. It really is amazing.

I then had a Mario Kart game night with my spouse and her sister and all three of us had a blast. We did not want to stop playing. We ultimately did, but it did not stop my itch from growing. I had to play online mode.

ONLINE ADDICTION

Online play is smooth and fun and local co op is a blast to play. Every. Single. Time. It is a game I cannot stop thinking about playing by myself or with a friend or stranger. It is a game I am glad I did not avoid.

I was addicted the moment I began my first online game of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Really. I played a good hour or more a night for a good ten days straight. I was quickly teleported back to my college days of playing Mario Kart DS online deep into the night. It is good to see that Deluxe core kart mechanics, a tried and true formula of casual competitive fun, underlines every game mode and feature—online and offline.

Deluxe is so much fun, it is very easy to lose track of hours by saying “just one more race”.

WHY MARIO KART 8 DELUXE IS A BUCKET LIST GAME

I was not going to buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and I would have been a fool. Deluxe takes the ultimate Mario Kart game—one that was finely crafted with gorgeous graphics and a memorable soundtrack—and adds groundbreaking new features for the franchise such as Smart Steering and puts it on a console which features only serve to enhances the kart racing experience.

Whether you were on the fence about this game like I was or not, do not worry: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a Bucket List worthy game I highly recommend.

–Walapie Gamer


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Disgaea 5 Complete (Nintendo Switch) Entry #6 | GAME JOURNAL

ENTRY #6


PLAY TIME: 41h 57m

WEBSITE: www.nintendo.com/games/detail/disgaea-5-complete-switch

Get ready for seven episodes in one!

I played another thirteen or so hours this past week, mainly blowing through the main story with my overpowered characters I leveled. Read all about my leveling tricks in my last game journal. Not much grinding this week, but a lot of story.

Onward!

MAJORITA IS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY EVIL

Shortly after the child Usalia joined our team, we found out that the evil necromancer Majorita had taken over Usalia’s world, enslaved her people, and killed the little bunny girl’s parents.

On top of that, Majorita reanimated Usalia’s parents and made them fight their daughter. Ouch. Overkill. Usalia refused to battle her parents which gave Majorita the upper hand. Luckily for the group, Bloodis (Lord Void Dark’s second in command) appeared and dismissed Majorita from her duties.

Bloodis brought Killia to his knees, and it looked like the group would be killed. But out of nowhere, Zeroken appeared! He used his ninja abilities to teleport the group back to their base before Bloodis could do even more damage to Killia and the team.

The team regrouped and went after Bloodis to end the demon general with vengeance. Additionally, Zeroken revealed that Bloodis was none other than the legendary Overlord Goldion–Zeroken’s mentor–brainwashed by Void Dark.

ULTIMATE FIGHTING TECHNIQUE

Killia also revealed that he was Goldion’s apprentice, and the only way to free Goldion was by performing an ultimate fighting technique.

But his knowledge of the skill was lacking and he needed Zeroken to perform the technique alongside him. After another battle with Bloodis, the duo tried to perform the move but failed.

That was when Zeroken told everyone the truth: He was not really Goldion’s apprentice. And that was why he could not perform the skill when he was needed to do so.

THE TALE OF ZEROKEN

Zeroken was really an ex-soldier from Void Dark’s army who defected after having a chance meeting with Goldion. He bandaged Goldion back to health and was taught how to fight in return by the legendary fighter. Shortly after, Void Dark brainwashed Goldion into becoming the demon general Bloodis.

Killia told Zeroken that the young ninja had the ability to free Goldion because he had a good heart. Zeroken just needed to learn how to purify his heart before trying the technique. The team found Bloodis and had yet another battle. Finally, the duo used the final technique and seemingly vanquished Bloodis.

But then Lord Void Dark appeared and put Killia in his place.

Bloodis regrouped and it was evident the final technique did not work. The group decided to return to their base after Killia sustained injuries in his battle against Void Dark.

WHAT’S UP WITH KILLIA?

Killia finally revealed all.

He told the team how Goldion saved him from himself by teaching him how to have a pure heart, that Void Dark was actually Goldion’s son, and Lieze (Goldion’s daughter and Void’s sister) was the closest family Killia ever had. He did not let them know, however, that Lieze’s death was what fueled him with revenge for Void Dark.

Meanwhile, Void Dark gained the ultimate ability to absorb energy. He quickly used his new skill to send energy spears across the multiple Netherworlds to suck each world’s energy.

One spear landed on Scorching Flame, Red Magnus’ home world.

The team explored Scorching Flame and found that Red Magnus’ allies were still alive but felt abandoned by Red Magnus. After much thought, Red Magnus realized his guilt for leaving his allies and apologized.

Red Magnus and company were able to save Scorching Flame and destroyed Void Dark’s  energy spear.

***

TO TOTO BUNNY

The team then headed to Toto Bunny, Usalia’s home world, to battle Majorita and stop an energy spear from destroying the world. Usalia dug deep and the team helped her defeat Majorita, but the necromancer jumped up and poisoned Usalia before retreating.

Back at the home base, Christo healed Usalia to health with angelic flair. This made Seraphina question whether Christo was really an angel in disguise.

Christo skirted around the topic.

VENGEANCE IS OURS

The group traveled after Majorita but found Bloodis instead. The team fought the demon general once more, but Bloodis defended himself against Killia and Zeroken’s ultimate technique. Afterwards, Bloodis fell back due to having something more important to attend to.

Instead, Majorita was just around the corner. Usalia’s un-dead parent’s protected Usalia before she enacted revenge on Majorita, finally defeating her.

At the same time, it was revealed that Christo was in-fact an angel on a mission to clear all suspicion that he was a spy. The angels, however, had already started a plan to nuke the Netherworlds, destroy Void Dark, and kill all demons.

Christo, though, kept all of this information to himself and eventually sided with his demon allies because he now considered them family.

INTO THE FUTURE

Christo must now try and defeat Void Dark to clear his name and stop the angels from nuking the Netherworld. What a challenge indeed!

Chapters 5 through 11 were highly entertaining and full of character revelations. What can we expect next episode? Only time will tell.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, DEMON OVERLORDS

Thanks for reading, and see you next time!

–Walapie Gamer


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Disgaea 5 Complete (Nintendo Switch) Entry #5 | GAME JOURNAL

ENTRY #5


PLAY TIME: 26h 00m

WEBSITE: www.nintendo.com/games/detail/disgaea-5-complete-switch

So, everyone went curry crazy during Episode 4: Yellow, rabbit, and Curry.

It all started when an intruder was spotted in our Netherworld base and Killia’s curry went missing.

The intruder was more of an afterthought while everyone’s undying love for Killia’s curry came out into the open. The Prinny were especially mad.

A WILD PRINNY APPEARS

After a bit of searching, I was able to find a suspicious looking yellow Prinny hanging out at a computer in the lobby. The Yellow Prinny ran away upon approach, but I would not let that curry stealing thief get away.

I gathered Killia and the rest and traveled through the Netherworlds to chase after the Yellow Prinny but not before “The Other Killia” made Killia feel bad.

After that uncomfortable exchange, we traveled to a new Netherworld called Demunshroom.

MUSHROOM POWER

Get it? Demun; demon; because everyone is a demon in this game? Yeah.

Puns aside, the levels inside Demunshroom all contained the same battle gimmick: Randomly sprouting giant mushrooms that could be thrown at enemies and cause status ailments.

I never used this tactic as my team was strong enough to defeat foes by themselves. I did, however, destroy plenty of giant mushrooms with glee.

Any who, I chased after the Yellow Prinny from stage to stage until I reached the last level of Episode 4 . . .

. . . and here is where I did my usual thing and began an epic grind-fest. Yay!

GRINDING AWAY FOR THAT SAGE PAYDAY

I heard there was a character class in Disgaea 5 that was awesome and overpowered: The magic using Sage class with her decimating abilities.

Rumors of this class spread across the internet, and by rumors I mean I found tons of videos and articles detailing it from the PlayStation 4 release years ago.

A friend of mine told me I would not unlock it until late in the game.

I took that as a challenge.

After work one fine Friday, I played Disgaea 5 for nearly five hours to do what I thought was possible: To level up my Sage—Jinx is her name—from level 50 to level 150 and gain the powerful Land Decimator attack. And I knew just the way to do so.

HOW I LEVELD-UP LIKE A PRO

In my last Game Journal, I outlined an approach I took to increase the levels of my team members from 20 to their 50s. It involved going to Stage 2-1 to utilize the stage’s 50% experience boost along with increasing experience earned via the Cheat Shop. This is the same set-up I used once more to propel my Sage from a scrub to a somebody.

I also unlocked and equipped an ability to Jinx that gave her an additional 10% experience boost. No we are talking!

THE UNOPENED SODA TRICK

With everything in place, I went to the Item Shop and purchased hundreds of Unopened Sodas. This is a trick I learned online. If I remember correctly, a character gains one level with every eight items that are used. The Unopened Soda item is recommended because it is inexpensive and supplies two uses.

Once used, the item becomes an Opened Soda in the inventory that can be consumed an additional time. The idea is to use an Unopened soda, end the turn, use an Opened Soda, end the turn, and repeat until eight items are used by a single character. Level up. Easy as that.

But, there is more! All of the experience boosts I pooled together made it possible to level-up faster and required less Soda usage. I only had to use about two or three Sodas per level gained instead. This allowed me to increase Jinx’s levels really fast.

It also helped that my Maid class, Thigh Highs, had learned an ability that allowed her to give Jinx a second action every turn which meant my Sage was leveling up every other turn. Bingo, I got it.

Challenge passed and completed. Within an hour or so, my Sage was level 150 with the mighty Land Decimator attack in her possession. Just look at it . . .

SAD DECIMATOR

I quickly found out that the attack was weak and needed a lot of tweaking by applying the correct equipment and abilities to make it truly strong. This will be something I will research, and talk to my friend about, in the coming days.

I might not have the strength of the Land Decimator in my possession, yet, but I now know how to strengthen the rest of my team relatively fast. This is a good thing since I would like to get all of them closer to Jinx’s level. I’ll probably do a bit of level grinding as soon as I am done typing this journal entry. I can’t wait!

My Sage had reached level 150 and with that I returned to the final level of Episode 4.

YELLOW PRINNY EXPLAINS IT ALL

The Yellow Prinny was cornered but quickly explained what it was up to.

Its master, a demon Overlord, had transformed into a gigantic bunny creature and the Yellow Prinny stole the curry because curry was the only thing that could turn its master back into human form. Killia and the rest helped the Yellow Prinny to kill the opposing monsters nearby before subduing the crazed Overlord.

The Yellow Prinny screwed up the curry delivery, but luckily, Killia had one last plate hiding in his back pocket.

The Overlord Usalia gobbled up the food and returned back into the humanoid form she was meant to be then joined us on our quest to stop Lord Void Dark.

I also opened up a new shop called the Curry Shop. Who would have thought, right? I haven’t tinkered with it yet and I wonder what it does. Got to find out.

Success! Another fine Episode came to a close with great humor and funny character interactions.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, DEMON OVERLORDS

The game is as fun as ever and it continues to be so as new items, levels, characters, shops, and skills are unlocked.

Thanks for reading, and see you next time!

–Walapie Gamer


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Amiibo Hunter | The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Bokoblin

Amiibo Hunter | The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Bokoblin

Bokoblin Officially Hunted!

A wild Bokoblin appeared. On Amazon.

Well, I did see one in the wild at my local Target. Exactly one, to be exact. No more no less. It was hanging out with a gang of unsold Animal Crossing amiibo, waiting to be plucked by a true Zelda fan or amiibo collector. Luckily, I am both.

I even picked up the Bokoblin and carried it around with me, but I ultimately put it back in the name of being financial responsible. That is life, but I vowed to buy this little gremlin-goblin as soon as I could.

Flash forward three months later and over 200 hours played in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I wanted to snag this amiibo bad. Taking a trip to Target, Walmart, and Best Buy all ended with me being empty handed. But then, what happened to appear at a decent price on Amazon? This–

Yup. My very own Bokoblin amiibo at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (M.S.R.P.), too.

Just look at it.

LOOK AT IT!

Scary.

Even scarier? The price on Amazon jumped about fifty percent days after I bought mine. Geez. That was a close call.

Check out the rest of the pics from this amiibo pictorial on my Flickr page.

Thanks for reading and see you next time!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

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Disgaea 5 Complete (Nintendo Switch) Entry #4 | GAME JOURNAL

ENTRY #4


PLAY TIME: 20h 05m

WEBSITE: www.nintendo.com/games/detail/disgaea-5-complete-switch

Welcome to another entry in my Disgaea 5 Complete gamethrough blog!

It is where I, Walapie Gamer, take you through my chronicles of playing Disgaea 5 Complete for the Nintendo Switch.

Disgaea 5 consumed my life this past week.

I was able to clock in over ten hours, and I want to do more. An interesting character appeared. His name? Gale Force Overlord Zeroken, to be precise. He’s a ninja type who constantly tries hard to show how awesome and worthy he is but ultimately fails at doing so. Very entertaining.

I enjoyed watching him interact with Killia who he has seemingly deemed his rival. While Zeroken is being introduced and doing Zeroken things, Red Magnus continued to be his big, clueless self. Don’t ever change, Red.

Moving on from the Prinny-Knife-Gun party and onto my next stop: The Poison world, Poisondise.

These demons are too cute. I could not wait to battle . . . oh, what? Zeroken?! Again? I should have expected this since the episode was named after him. Let’s see what he’s up to.

I laughed out loud at Seraphina’s response. The party was not having any of Zeroken’s overproduced and theatrical antics.

Zeroken quickly told us his motivation. But he decided not to give us the reason behind said motivation. The party agreed to let him fight alongside us as long as he didn’t get in the way. Killia, like always, didn’t even care. As long as he found Lord Void Dark, Killia was fine with Zeroken either way.

I was particularly glad the overzealous ninja was there to fight alongside us. I opened up the Cheat Shop earlier which allowed me to alter enemy strength among other things. I had increased enemy levels and had forgotten to lower them before stepping into battle. Silly me. I decided to try and beat the stage without having to exit the fight just to lower the enemy difficulty. Laziness won out, yet I was also up for the challenge.

With Zeroken at my side, I thought it was possible.

The battles in Poisondise, however, made it even more daunting due to the purple poison that surrounded us from all sides.

With careful, tactical play, I managed to snag a victory in the land of poison. I found out crossing the poison was much easier when I stacked all of my characters on top of each other to form a Tower. Then, I would toss the Tower onto safe land on the other side of the poison where the enemies were. It was easy goings–battling baddies–after that. I even unlocked a few monsters for myself by completing quests. Yup!

I unlocked an Undead as well as a Sludge monster to add to my party. I have yet to add either to my group, but I am glad the option to recruit monsters exists.

Before moving the story forward, I decided to do heavy level grinding on stage 2-1. It is a level with few enemies that and a 50% increase in experience. On top of this boost, the Cheat Shop allowed me to alter values until I had an additional 50% experience boost. I had to momentarily lower the amount of money and skill points I earned to do this but it was worth it.

Why grind levels? All of my characters were beginning to have level gaps before grinding and I always like to close that gap as much as I can. Additionally, their levels were also in the late teens to mid twenties, and I felt like they were not as powerful as I wanted them to be. Especially in Poisondise in which being poisoned meant taking damage every turn. Higher levels meant more health points which meant surviving longer in the poisonous demon world. My goal was to lower the gap in levels between party members and increase survival in Poisondise. And I completed both objectives.

All of my characters are now overpowered for the story portion, and all sit within the level forty to fifty plus range. I don’t feel god-like yet, but I am getting there.

I enjoy being challenged so whenever I want to be tested, I simply raise enemy strength at the Cheat Shop and my level fifty characters feel like level one characters in comparison. And since I can do this without penalty or cost–at any time–I always have the exact gaming experience I want. Thank you, Disgaea.

Eight to ten hours passed due to grinding levels for fun. Then, the Item World was introduced to me. A dream come true. I have a feeling I’ll be writing plenty more about this place in a future journal. It is an infinite world inside of each item in my inventory, full of power-ups and creatures. The deeper I went, the more powerful the item became as it leveled up. Yeah. Even items can gain levels; I can see myself grinding important items in the late game for hours on end.

Somebody take this game away from me . . . too late.

My introduction with the Item World was fairly quick. I was tasked at leveling up a Gate Key to Level 10. Then, I would be bale to open the Dimension Gate in order to get to the next area. This did not take long. Before I knew it, a Prinny was congratulating me on making the Gate Key strong enough to unlock the portal.

Of course, the Gate Key led us to a short fight with monsters and a new Overlord. Hedler, a giant moth Overlord of Poisondise, was easy to enough to defeat. Well, maybe that’s because I was in a hurry to leave the poison world so I lowered the enemy difficulty back to normal. The normal difficulty baddies did not stand a chance to my overpowered group.

And with that, I said goodbye to Poisondise and Episode 3.

Whatever happens, I will be sure to update you here of my ongoing adventures.

Thanks for reading, and I will see you next time.

Happy gaming, everyone!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

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Why the Nintendo Switch is a Bucket List Console

MY NINTENDO SWITCH

I have been purchasing Nintendo consoles at launch since 2001.

That has been sixteen years of standing in line and pre-ordering just to get my hands on the newest Nintendo hardware. After careful consideration due to being slightly burned by being an early adopter for the Wii U, I continued my tradition and procured a Nintendo Switch at launch.

Would I be filled with regrets?

More importantly, would there be games to play on my shiny, new $300 device?

Not only did I have not have any regrets, but I was filled with glee having snagged a Nintendo Switch at launch. And I am happy to report that it is a bonafide Bucket List console straight from Nintendo.


 

Happiness Cubed

Before I gush and delve into the reasons why I appreciate the Switch so much, let me take you back to 2001.

My friend’s brother and I decided to buy Nintendo’s upcoming home console, the GameCube, on day one. It was a glorious purple lunchbox of a device I have consistently called my favorite console of all time. And I am sticking to it (although the Switch is coming close to dethroning it).

We went to our local Kmart (a department store that was super popular before the rise of Walmart) to procure one. We stood in line about an hour before the store opened to snag a launch unit. And if my memory is correct, that would have been about 5 or 6am. Oh, we were dedicated gamers back then indeed.

When the doors parted at opening time, we made a mad dash to the electronics department—my friend’s brother actually bumped into me but I would not be knocked off course. I grabbed the GameCube (and a free blow-up chair with the GameCube logo on it) and headed home.

Fun times ahead and the start of my nearly two decade Nintendo home console launch-athon.

Wii, Wii, Wii, All the Way Home

In 2006, I vowed to get a Wii at launch and thought I would have an easy time doing so. After all, I was a die-hard Nintendo fan. I was one of the few who stood in line for the GameCube, Nintendo’s worst selling console at that time. Alas, the Wii had permeated popular culture before its arrival and everyone wanted one. My dreams and hopes were squashed.

It did not help that I worked the day of its release, too.

I threw my hands up in failure, but luckily, my mother did not. She told me to get ready before work, drove me to the local mall, and made me follow her as we searched electronic store after electronic store until we lucked out and found a female employee standing in front of the outer entrance to Sears. I remember thinking the search would be for naught, but then I noticed two white tickets in the employee’s hand. I asked for one; my mom looked at me and asked if we should grab the last ticket for my older brother. I said sure since my brother was supposed to meet us soon. The girl hesitated and handed the final ticket to my mother.

Success!

I was able to procure the Wii at launch after all. Even with a lot stacked against me. I had a blast over the next six years playing Nintendo’s motion controlled revolution machine.

The Wii U Acquisition

By the launch of the Wii U in 2012, I had developed a sixth sense: A console hype radar. I began to understand whether a Nintendo product would be sought after with a gut instinct. And the Wii U did not seem to have the same kind of excitement the Wii did. Or even the GameCube, looking back.

It was the easiest console for me to acquire and required little effort. I was able to walk into GameStop and plop money down for a pre-order oh so causally. Come launch day, I walked into the store and was handed my Wii U.

No fuss. Actually, no one else was in line to get one.

More so, no one seemed to know about the Wii U’s existence. I truly mean that. The employee in the electronic department at Best Buy did not even know what it was.

The Wii U launch was anti climatic (and that is an understatement). But I snagged a launch edition because I was, am, and always will be a Nintendo fan through thick and thin. The Wii U would turn out to be Nintendo’s worst selling console ever, casting doubt on Nintendo’s next hardware, doubt in the mind of Nintendo fans everywhere, as well as doubt in my mind.

Nintendo Switches Focus

As 2017 came around, it was starting to become clear that the Nintendo Switch would be more like the Wii and less like the Wii U in terms of demand. My tummy rumbled; it was my sixth sense telling me Nintendo was going to have a hit on their hands. And I needed to pre-order to secure one.

I stayed up later than usual and bounced from website to website right after the official Nintendo Switch presentation had ended in January. I stumbled upon a live show from one of my favorite podcasts, Radio Free Nintendo. My attention piqued when the host mentioned Nintendo Switch pre-orders had gone up on Walmart’s web site. I quickly pre-ordered a unit with a huge smile on my face, albeit with a little apprehension.

But it turned out being a greater deal than I had anticipated.

I did not have to pay for shipping because I shipped it to store, my tax was waived, and I got a free $20 gift card because it was not delivered on launch day as scheduled but during the following week. The following Monday after work, I sped to Walmart and picked up my shiny new Switch.

My Opinion Switched

The Nintendo Switch was everything the Wii U wanted to be: Sleek, modern, sophisticated with solid weight when held.

It was as if the Wii U GamePad had shrunk, lost weight, and put on a new set of clothes. The Switch’s high quality, higher resolution screen stood out as quality and the two separate Joy-Con controllers felt immediately comfortable in my hands. The unit felt like a solid, modern electronic device, something its predecessor lacked. Turning the Switch on only cemented this feeling of mine.

The Switch’s minimal and clean user interface loaded quickly, a far cry from what I was used to with the Wii U’s interface. With the Nintendo Switch, I checked my profile, altered settings, checked the eShop, and then jumped into a game all within seconds. Furthermore, the Sleep and Wake functions made playing games a snap. The Switch took the chore-like nature out of the game playing equation. I really appreciate the effort by everyone at Nintendo for making this device so quick and intuitive to use.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

AN IMAGE I TOOK WITH THE SWITCH CAPTURE BUTTON

What’s More . . .

The central feature of the Switch, the ability to switch the device from a handheld to a console, makes game playing more convenient than ever before. It is really eye opening to no longer have my play sessions dependent upon one form factor, something I felt with many games in the past.

I hated going through the cumbersome steps to get my Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate save file from 3DS to Wii U and back. I wish I could play my copy of Pokemon Moon on the television when at home. And it would have been cool to take my Wii U version of Darksiders 2 around with me as I have done with Breath of the Wild.

The Switch changed all of this: There is only one save file; only one game is needed; and both go everywhere the Switch goes. I could finally play how I wanted without having to buy two copies of a game–one handheld and one console version–and worry about how to transfer my save file without corrupting it. I have played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at home, then in a waiting room, and then continued playing the same game and file back at home on the big screen. Simple, painless, and capable.

The Nintendo Switch Versatility

Even more, there was a level of versatility the Switch instantly provided that I have never experienced in my near thirty years of collecting and playing games. I could finally play how I wanted and that included controller methods, too.

The main unit and Joy-Con combined felt similar to holding a modern Wii U GamePad or portable device. I used this comfortable play style whenever I wanted to scan amiibo for Breath of the Wild items.

When I brought my Switch to a friend’s house to play Zelda, I removed the Joy-Con from the unit and attached them to the included grip controller to better replicate a more traditional control method.

But whenever I felt lazy, I kept one Joy-Con in each hand and laid back. Wii Remote and Nunchuck style. All of these methods can be used in Zelda. Additionally, most games thus far support multiple play styles if not all of the ones I mentioned above. I am grateful to be able to play with the control style that fits my mood rather than being limited to a single way.

The Games Are Here

The Switch is an awesome all-in-one device but it would mean nothing without games. Luckily, the games are here.

I love the lineup that the Switch has as it seems to target people who love games for what they ultimately are: Fun, interactive media. That is why I have been having a blast playing Zelda for over 200 hours, Super Bomberman R with friends and family, Fast RMX solo, King of Fighters ’98 for the first time, Puyo Puyo Tetris competitively, Graceful Explosion Man, Snipperclips with my spouse, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe locally and online, and my very first Disgaea game. And that is just a small slice of the Switch’s stellar lineup it has amassed in three months.

I still have to get many quality digital games such as Square Enix’s RPG I am Setsuna, a charming retro inspired collecting game called Snake Pass, a frantic action game called Mr. Shifty, the return of an arcade basketball type game titled NBA Playgrounds, as well as many other SNK retro games, along with heavy hitters that are sure to come in the following weeks (ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Sonic Mania–I am looking at all of you).

I am really overwhelmed, in a good way, at the amount of quality games that have been made available in such a short time frame.

THANKS FOR READING!

Nintendo Switch. No Regrets.

I have been accruing Nintendo hardware at launch since 2001.

And although I felt a bit burned by getting a Wii U at launch, I am glad I ultimately did not let that get in the way of getting the Switch at launch.

I have had many memories so far with my spouse, her sister, our friends, online with strangers, and by myself in the last three months just playing games for the sake of fun. Zelda has been epic, Mario Kart has been a blast to play online, and delving into the King of Fighters series for the first time has been thrilling.

The Nintendo Switch is a solid hardware selection for anyone looking to reinvigorate their love of gaming, to fit into a busy life schedule, or to become a gamer’s primary console of choice.

It is a Bucket List console for sure, and I highly recommend procuring one when/if you can.

–Walapie Gamer


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Disgaea 5 Complete (Nintendo Switch) Entry #2 | GAME JOURNAL

ENTRY #2


PLAY TIME: 4h 50m

WEBSITE: www.nintendo.com/games/detail/disgaea-5-complete-switch

Welcome to the second entry in my Disgaea 5 Complete gamethrough blog!

I have played an additional 3 or so hours since my last entry and have successfully completed Episode 1 of the game.

Episode 1 was comprised of five levels (if I remember correctly), the right amount of story content, and a few more systems introduced that affected gameplay. Along with some zany anime inspired characters.

Out of the five levels, I completed the first stage over 40 times. Yes. Over 40. If don’t like to grind, no worries. It was not necessary at all for me to replay the first stage, but it was the fastest and easiest way to gain levels, experience, and money within the first five hours of the game. If I wanted to, I could just happily continue onward, but I’m the type of gamer that loves to squeeze every bit of potential gain from a game when I play. Uh . . . I guess I want to say–to put it succinctly–I love grinding 🙂

I also used the first stage to complete quests from the Quest Shop. Quests are constantly replenished, thus I fell into an addicting and fun loop of accepting quests, replaying stage 1, and clearing quests until I had to pry myself from the game because life obligations needed to be attended to. Boo hoo. Life *sigh*

But the few hours I got to play, I really enjoyed not only grinding it out but watching the characters interact. Seraphina still thinks she is the center of every man’s universe and Killia began to show a new side of himself. Very literally.

Also, the ridiculously muscled Red Magnus showed up. He’s okay. Seraphina doesn’t really like him and Killia draws a crude picture of him worthy of a first grader. What I like the most is Red Magnus’ ridiculous interactions with our previously mentioned duo.

As far as new role playing game systems that affect game play, I am thoroughly enjoying the Quest Shop as I mentioned above. Quests provided me with plenty of items, loot, and money plus they helped me get better familiarized with the controls. I’ve also unlocked a Skills Shop to further customize my character’s abilities and a nifty place called an Innocent Shop.

Innocents are characters that live inside items and strengthen them when equipped to them. When I completed a quest, I sometimes received an item with an Innocent equipped to it. The shop allowed me to rip the Innocent from the item and place it on any other item. This was pretty neat, being able to strengthen each of my characters just the way I wanted. So, if I wanted to gather all of my Hit Point raising Innocents and put them on a single armor and give it to a specific character, I could do that. The customization in this game is mind blowing in a good way.

I can’t wait to see what else is added now that I am the start of Episode 2. Oh. The evil folk are cooking up a plan . . .

I’ma smash those baddies when I get the chance. Until then, I’ll probably continue grinding to be as strong as I can because that is really fun for me. I’ve been looking up as many tutorial videos that I can to help which only makes me want to play some more. Hmmm . . . I think I hear the game calling to me as I type.

Oh, Serpahina. Will you ever learn?

Thanks for reading, and I will see you next time.

Happy gaming, everyone!

–Walapie Gamer


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