I hope you’ve got your mushrooms ready, because the Harvest Festival starts tomorrow in AC:NL! All November long, mushrooms have been sprouting up at the bases of fruit trees, and some of them are actually hidden pieces from the Mush Series. I’ve been trying to collect the Mush Series all month, and the only thing I’m missing is the Mush End Table. Does anyone have a spare they’d like to sell or trade? I keep getting Mush Lamps while mushroom hunting, so if you need a Mush Lamp be sure to comment and let me know!
While some of these mushrooms might earn you a pretty penny (or bell, I guess?), try to hold off on selling them all. Your townies might request a mushroom for their holiday meals that they’ll be cooking for the Harvest Festival! Be prepared to give away plenty of fish, fruit and mushrooms to appease the townies, it’s the only way to collect all of the exclusive items for the Harvest Festival.
The big tree in the Jubilife Town Plaza has lost all but two leaves! Don’t the AC:NL towns look so cool in the autumn season? I love how the grass is gradually changing color… can’t wait for it to turn to snow! It won’t be long now… and then the REAL fun begins! Get ready for Snow Papa, Snow Mama and the rest of the family to take over your AC:NL waking life… But for now, I wish everyone a fun Harvest Festival, as well as a wonderful real life Thanksgiving and/or Thanksgivukkah!
In other “mushroom news,” Super Mario 3D World was released last week on the Nintendo Wii U system. I haven’t had a chance (or the money) to pick it up yet, but I did play a demo at New York Comic Con. If anyone out there would like to submit a guest blogger review for SM3DW, please comment or email me and we’ll make it happen!
Hi there fitness freaks! This month Nintendo released a gift to everyone who played Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus for the original Wii. If you have a Wii U and an existing Balance Board in your house, you can try Wii Fit U for FREE for 30 days by downloading the free trial on the Nintendo eShop!! After the trial period, all you have to do is purchase a Fit Meter for $20 to unlock unlimited use of the game. As someone who’s been playing Wii Fit Plus since 2010, I jumped on this deal as soon as it became available on November 1st.
Wii Fit U is the latest installment in Nintendo’s amazing efforts to make a fitness game that actually gets you results. Using the newest features of the Wii U GamePad, and the innovative technology of the already awesome Balance Board, you can get real feedback on form and balance from your virtual trainer. Something I especially love is the new Mirror Mode feature, which allows you to use the GamePad’s camera to actually see yourself on the TV (or you can play completely on the GamePad if you wish!) and compare your form to the trainer.
On top of new features like that, Wii Fit U includes lots of fun, new balance games, and improvements to already popular Aerobic activities. You can now do “Free Boxing” and punch to the beat while watching TV! There are lots of new ways to personalize your workout too. And if you are an early adopter of the Wii Fit franchise, you can transfer your old save files and data from the original Wii for a fast start!
Another cool feature is the way that Wii Fit U integrates the Miiverse. You can sign up for a Wii Fit U Gym Community on Miiverse, and this will post your activities to your friends! I set up a Gym Community for StreetPass Long Island, but everyone is welcome to join! As of now, I’m kind of pathetically alone in this Gym so PLEASE won’t someone join my Gym Community?
Another cool way that Wii Fit U gives you feedback on your progress are all of the analytics that the game provides. If you’d played the older Wii Fit games, you’re already familiar with the charts that measure your weight and BMI. But Wii Fit U adds new levels of feedback, such as telling you how much time you’ve spent working on different parts of your body, allowing you to tailor your workout to sculpt targeted areas!
Now I must go into detail about the super Wii Fit Meter. This is not your average, everyday pedometer. Sure, yes, it measures the number of steps you take per day. On top of that, since it’s synced with your Wii Fit U game, it knows your BMI and can calculate how many calories are being burned. The Wii Fit Meter also includes an altimeter, which measures if you are climbing stairs or a hill and takes this into account with your burned calorie count. On the Wii Fit Meter, you can view many charts and see what time of day you were being active… and lots of other cool stuff!
OK yes, the Wii Fit Meter is quite reminiscent of the old Pokewalker from Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver. I kinda want to figure out if it’s possible to swap the faceplates. While you can’t carry a Pokemon around with you on the Fit Meter, you can see your Mii winking away at you while you run. It’s much more advanced and I am really impressed with the information it obtains and transmits to your Wii Fit U game. You can sync your steps and calories burned, so Wii Fit U will account for every single calorie you burn, whether you are playing the game on Wii U or doing a run around your neighborhood.
So please, join me in playing Wii Fit U! If you have a weight loss goal, this game can help you reach it, and I’m speaking from experience! And if you are currently playing this latest fitness game, please join my Gym Community! Once again, the Community Code is 7008-8617-8850! If you’ve never played a Wii Fit game before, fear not! Full game, Fit Meter and Balance Board bundles will be available for the holiday season. Check Nintendo.com for more info!
ACK! Has it really been almost a month since my last post? Ooh that means exactly one month ago today, JDubz proposed! Awww…
Anyway, clearly I’ve been keeping busy since my last post. It’s probably a bit too late to go into a whole Comic Con post, since it’s kind of old news now. (I’m sorry!! “Being Engaged = Wedding Planning” plus “Pokemon = Yes”… so my free time is kind of used up these days! lol) But if you’re interested, you can see my photos from Comic Con on the StreetPass Long Island Fan Page. If you weren’t able to attend NYCC and see our StreetPass Panel, you can view it in it’s entirety on YouTube:
So what’s life like after New York Comic Con? Well, like most Nintendo fans, I’m completely engrossed in Pokemon X and Y! Of course, I still set aside time to play ACNL (Update: Chops is finally moving out! My plans to expand my back yard will finally come to fruition! I must add a new public work in my back yard ASAP before another townie tries to move in directly behind my house…) but I’ve been playing a lot of Pokemon as well. Here’s why!
Why Pokemon X&Y Are Awesome:
- Super Training! ST is by far one of the best new features to the Pokemon series. In all previous generations, having a well trained team with perfect stats was something only the hardest of the hardcore competitors could achieve, via a painstaking EV training regimen. Now in Gen 6 we have SUPER TRAINING, a super easy and fairly quick method for gaining perfect stats (as per your Pokemon’s nature) starting right at Level 1! All you have to do is play some simple mini games to increase your EV’s, and this really levels out the playing field for the PVGC and other competitive Pokemon battles. Everyone has the chance to improve their Pokemon via ST! (Note: Perfect IV’s, however, are still somewhat difficult to muster up. Luckily, there is a cool post-game facility to help with the IV situation. I don’t want to post spoilers about that just yet. But the question is, how soon is too soon to post spoilers? What do you guys think? Comment if you think I should post whatever spoilers I want! lol)
- PSS! The latest in player communication is the PSS (or Player Search System) which connects you to fellow Pokemon players in new ways. If your WIFI is turned off, you can view anyone who is playing on local wireless and interact with them in many ways, such as Trading, Battling, Voice Chat and even viewing one another’s Trainer Video (yep, that’s another new feature in X&Y – edit an EPK for yourself lol!). For those who have turned on their WIFI, you see even more! Anyone who is online from your friends list will appear on the PSS, as well as anyone you might have randomly traded or battled against. On top of that, you will also see a constantly updating string of random people who happen to be online at the same time as you. So even if you have NO friends on your list (how sad) you can still find people to trade and battle!
- Wonder Trade! One of my personal favorite changes to the latest Pokemon Generation is the addition of Wonder Trade. As someone who spends a lot of time breeding, I end up with lots of “unwanted” (or “spare” Pokemon, to be nice lol) Pokemon that I don’t know what to do with. Trying to trade away a batch of Weedles on the GTS can be time consuming, and really… who is going to want to accept your trade? Rather than releasing your spare Pokemon (which essentially kind of “kills” your Pokemon, since that code is never seen again!!), you can now do a Wonder Trade! Wonder Trades are awesome because you can trade any Pokemon for some mystery Pokemon that is sent to you via someone else also looking to do a Wonder Trade. People have gotten some really great Pokemon via Wonder Trade, such as starters, legendaries, Pokemon infected with Pokerus, region-specific formes, and shinies! Give it a try and see what you might get! (Note: There has been some buzz on the internet of a glitch involving Wonder Trade, where in rare cases players PC Boxes were infected with a “Bad Egg” that corrupts game files. Please rest assured that this is an extremely rare glitch that is getting blown out of proportion because of sites like GameFAQs, where people freak out over the smallest of things. The chances of you getting stuck w/a Bad Egg are less than 1%.)
- The New PGL! The Pokemon Global Link was very popular in Gen. 5, and it has a new look for Gen. 6! I really like it so far. With the new PGL, you can sync your game at any time (no more drawn out process of putting a Pokemon to “sleep” at the Dream World) and then when you visit your profile on the PGL you can see an activity stream, much like a Facebook profile, of what you’ve accomplished! On top of ‘status updates’ such as, “Bianca just beat the 5th Gym!”, your PGL profile will also show your in-game photos, as well as any medals you might have earned.
- Battle Chateau! This is my personal favorite new addition to Pokemon X&Y. The Battle Chateau is kind of like the Battle Stadiums from Gen. 5, only at the Battle Chateau you have a rank and the higher your rank, the tougher your opponents will be! On top of that, your rank also affects how much money you earn per battle. Since this is a Chateau (meaning Castle in French) you can expect the payouts to be higher than a regular battle. Add onto that the ranking factor and put an Amulet Coin on your Pokemon and you’re looking at a LOT of money per battle!
- Mega Evolutions!!! Last but not least, this new feature in Pokemon X&Y is a huge hit! Lots of Pokemon now have a new evolution… a MEGA Evolution! With the use of a special Mega Band, your trainer character can control when these Pokemon achieve their Mega Evolution. Going Mega changes the Pokemon’s stats and makes them a powerhouse in their own way. Did I mention that Mega Evolutions have a new look, and they look really bad ass?? Mega Evolutions are one of the coolest new features in Pokemon X&Y, so check it out!
If you haven’t started playing Pokemon X&Y yet, what are you waiting for? This Generation is a great place to start, for those of you who haven’t played a Pokemon game since Gen. 1, and adds lots of cool features for the seasoned Pokemon veteran. There is literally something for everyone. I didn’t even cover all of the new features such as the Berry Farm or the Battle Restaurants in Lumiose City. Don’t forget the awesome Pokemon Amie mini game, which allows you to pet and interact with your Pokemon in a Nintendogs kind of way. It’s REALLY cute. There’s so many new things to try out in Pokemon X&Y, so don’t waste another minute! Get it now!
Friday, October 11, 2013 was a night I will NEVER forget! It was the night of the Pokemon X&Y Launch Party in NYC, and also the day before the “Nintendo Communities: StreetPass, Pokemon and Beyond!” panel at New York Comic Con.
The Pokemon X&Y Launch Event was looking to be like an out of control party. People had been lining up for days in front of the Nintendo World Store to attend the event and be some of the first people to buy the newest generation of Pokemon games. Unfortunately, I had arrived late with JDubz and a group of friends, and we were placed wayyyyy back in the line, which was by that time wrapped around 49th Street towards 5th Ave. (Nintendo World Store is on 48th Street – the line was literally wrapping around the entire block!) I was feeling upset because I wasn’t sure if we were ever going to get into the Event, which was set up with a large stage, a DJ booth, demo stations, inflatable Pokemon Starters, and so much more.
Eventually, JDubz and I heard word that since we were panelists for the upcoming Nintendo panel the following day, that we would be given VIP bracelets and would finally be able to get into the event! Hooray! We made it into the staging area and started collecting the cool swag they were giving out, such as paper hats for the different starters, a Pokeball cartridge holder, art cards from the games, as well as posters. (I heard that other people got X&Y Dog Tags and pins… no idea where those were being given out lol!)
After a few minutes checking out the pandemonium of the event – there were hundreds of people in the area! – I was approached by a Pokemon staff member, asking if I wanted to join a costume contest. Since I was in my Pikachu cosplay outfit, I figured why not and headed backstage. The staff members kept adding more cosplayers, but made me stand at the end of the line for some reason. I didn’t read too much into it.
When it was my turn to go up and show off my costume, the hostess was acting kind of weird and so was the Pikachu mascot. We were dancing around and suddenly the hostess declared that Pikachu had something to say and that she needed a translator. Of course, I tried to volunteer, since I too was Pikachu that day, but they ignored me. Suddenly, JDubz appeared on the opposite side of the stage, offering to translate. Pushing past Pikachu, JDubz said, “Debbie [Gluxbox] I choose you!” Then he dropped to one knee, and produced a custom-made Pokeball with a diamond ring inside, and said, “Will you marry me?”
It was an incredible moment. Hundreds of people were cheering and screaming. I pulled JDubz up and gave him a big kiss. And then I grabbed the mic from the hostess to confirm, “Yes! I SAY YES!!!” JDubz began whispering in my ear that he had been working with Nintendo of America and The Pokemon Company for the past nine months to orchestrate this proposal. There are no words to properly express how I was feeling. Flabbergasted? Overwhelmed with joy? Incredible??? A combination of those and every other emotion. I was crying tears of joy and feeling on top of the world. This was such a romantic, sweet and unique proposal and I never saw it coming!
If all of this wasn’t cool enough, we were amazed when we started seeing people sharing articles on Facebook and Twitter posts about JDubz’s proposal before we’d even announced it to our families. Websites like Kotaku and Nintendo Enthusiast were covering the story, and we even got a personal “Congratulations” from Nintendo of America’s Twitter page! There are several videos of the proposal on both Vine and YouTube, so I’ll post a few links here in the blog. If you see any photos or videos that I haven’t shared here in this blog, then that means I haven’t seen it yet! Please send me any photos/videos from JDubz’s proposal to email@example.com! Thanks to everyone who sent their well-wishes to us, we couldn’t be happier!
I promise I will write another blog about NYCC and the StreetPass Panel very soon. Just let me enjoy Cloud Nine for a few more days please! :D
Time sure flies when I’m having fun and being busy as heck! There are so many awesome games out right now and I barely have time to play any of them. I actually just quit one of my jobs… OK, I didn’t actually quit so I could play more games, but hopefully it will be a happy consequence. I’m toying with the idea of working for GameStop, but I hear a lot of horror stories about that job, and the pay isn’t that great. So I haven’t decided. Hopefully I can just make ends meet doing my graphic design and social media job. We’ll see! Anyway…
I’ve made some progress in the different story modes that I have currently in Disney Infinity. I’ve only actually played the generic Playset that comes with the Disney Infinity Starter Pack, which includes “Pirates”, “Monsters University” and “The Incredibles.” Honestly, I haven’t played too much of Monsters U. Not sure if I just need to see the movie to “get it” a little better, or if the rival college hijinks just isn’t doing it for me, or if the other story modes are just more appealing, but Monsters U is definitely the game I’ve been neglecting the most. Incredibles, on the other hand, is a really fun action/adventure game and while I haven’t played too much of the story mode yet, I’m looking forward to delving into it more. Pirates, as I mentioned in my last post, is my personal favorite and I’m almost done with the main story in that game. I just love navigating on a pirate ship and attacking other boats! Plus the ship customization is REALLY cool, I can make my ship look like it’s a shipwreck, or made out of bones, or look like a British Royal ship… so many options! That’s why this game is so amazing!
Recently, JDubz and I celebrated our two year anniversary together. He got me a TON of new figures and sets as a gift! Here’s the full collection. I haven’t even opened most of it yet. The only figures I bought for myself were the “Cars 2″ Playset and I won the “Violet” figurine at E3.
Yep, I’ve got hours and hours of DI Playtime ahead of me!! I got that Limited Edition “Lightning McQueen” silver car at Toys R Us, which seems to be the place to go for DI accessories. For some reason, Toys R Us is getting a lot of exclusive items for the Disney Infinity lineup! And I’m not just talking about these figurines, there are also exclusive Power Disc “gold packs” that TRU is selling. Just this past week was I able to retrieve both the “Tron” and “Mike’s Car” power discs, which are rare TRU exclusives. They have translucent red plastic instead of clear, and feature holographic images instead of the regular ones you find on normal power discs. These power discs are fun to collect, but I have assembled quite a collection of duplicates and spares as well. Here’s my current spare power discs. Do I have something you need? Comment or email me to request a trade! One power disc I have yet to find is “Elephant Abu”, so please let me know if you have an extra you want to trade!
Pokémon Rumble U
As if Disney Infinity wasn’t taking up enough of my spare time, there is also the newest (and last game of Gen. 5) Pokémon game, the third installment in the Pokémon Rumble series. This latest game, Pokémon Rumble U, is a Wii U eShop exclusive. Not only does this game blow you away with it’s HD graphics and all 649 Pokémon, but the game takes on a new form with the addition of the Pokémon NFC Figures. Pokémon NFC figures are only available at GameStop, and they are little mini Pokémon toys that look exactly like the ones in the game. But what you can DO with them is what makes Rumble U so much more fun – the NFC Figures can be “scanned” into the game via the Wii U GamePad, and then you can customize your NFC figures by upgrading their power and changing their moves! I really love this new feature, even if it does make the game a bit more expensive. You really feel like you are a part of the game since you can touch and feel your Pokémon toys and make them your own. Here’s some of my Pokémon NFC collection:
I have to say, I do have a couple of complaints with the new Pokémon Rumble U game. My main issue is that this latest game has gotten rid of the different “areas” that, in previous games, your toy character could walk around in and preview what the different boards will be. Now it’s just a linear list of stages. Another change, which I don’t mind quite so much, is that all of the stages are now “Battle Royale” style. In the older titles, there were lots of boards that you just walk through and fight Pokémon, and each area had a boss battle in the arena. In Rumble U, every stage is a Battle Royale in an arena, and every stage has a boss at the end. I personally like this change, but plenty of other Pokémon fans had issues with it, so I wanted to mention it. Another problem is that the toys that you collect in-game cannot be upgraded, customized with moves, or even organized. The game itself shows all of your collected toys as a huge army that is simply organized by power level. There is no search function, so if you’re looking for Oshawott and you don’t have him saved as a favorite, it might take a long time to find him out of a sea of hundreds of Pokémon!
Despite these few shortcomings, I am enjoying Rumble U immensely! I usually play it at JDubz’s house, since I can bring over my NFC figures and play on his system by scanning them in. It’s also just fun to have a collection of little Pokémon toys that I carry around with me everywhere. :3
When I’m in the mood to get my RPG on, I turn to EarthBound. This game is hilarious and has the zaniest enemies to battle! I’ve been making good progress, and I’m currently “stuck” on a notoriously tough boss, named Master Belch. The only reason I’m stuck is because I think I need to be leveled up a bit more, and I need to use my Fly Honey. Plus Jeff needs to get his rocket launchers! Yeah I just need to be more prepared when I go into battle against Master Belch! He stinks!
Animal Crossing: Wasabi Village
Of course, when I’m not home playing my Wii U, I’m playing ACNL. I still carry both my regular 3DS XL with Jubilife City, as well as my JP 3DS with Wasabi Village… but unfortunately Wasabi often is the neglected town. I usually only sign in to Wasabi when there’s a Japanese holiday, or if I need to check turnip prices, or feel inclined to splurge at GracieGrace. Last week there was a JP Holiday (we get it in the US too, but on a different date) called Weeding Day! This is Leif’s only holiday… you know him, the little weird looking guy from the Garden Store! Unfortunately I hadn’t “prepared” Wasabi well enough for this holiday. Leif tells you that if you can pull 30(!!!) weeds in town on this day, then he’ll give you a special prize. I tried, and I counted only 26 weeds that I was able to pull up. So I didn’t get whatever the special prize was, but I did get this snazzy Flower Screen!
The only other updates coming out of Wasabi is the sad news that King (aka Elvis in the US version) slipped away during the night and moved out. He was kind enough to send Neko a signed photo, but it’s just not the same! I feel awful for neglecting my Japanese town and in turn, losing one of my favorite townies. I don’t have any vacant resident spots in Jubilife, so I think he’s gone for good. :( Cue the depressing Elvis classic:
Are you lonesome tonight,
Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?
Does your memory stray to a brighter summer day
When I kissed you and called you sweetheart?
Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?
Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?
Animal Crossing: Jubilife City
Jubilife, on the other hand, is bustling and busy as ever, with exciting fall holidays coming up on the horizon, such as Halloween and the Harvest Festival. Earlier this month we celebrated Labor Day, which consisted of Isabelle handing out picnic baskets, and a funny face cutout standee was displayed.
Gracie made her first official appearance in Jubilife City, and I was subject to the first of four Fashion Checks that will allow Gracie to add her store to the Shopping District, which ultimately will mean that I’ll get the Department Store upgrade. My first Fashion Check was for a “modern” style, so of course I played it safe and wore as many items from the Gracie fashion set that I could get my hands on!
I passed the test and received a Sweets Bookcase. I really hope to get all of my Fashion Checks done during this season, because the Sweets series is my favorite, and I can’t afford to pay full price for it right now! Gracie gives you a free item from whichever the current season series is, which is why I hope to finish my evaluations during the fall! Wish me luck!
My favorite news about Jubilife is the fact that I’ve caught the elusive Petaltail Dragonfly! This wily bugger is one tough insect to catch. It’s only available from August to October, from 5pm-7pm daily. I’d been looking for it in Jubilife for the past month with no luck. So I figured I’d try to hunt for it in Wasabi instead, and I caught it quickly and easily on a rock!
I was so excited! Hooray for me!!
Just a head’s up, there’s a holiday coming up on 9/19 called the Autumn Moon Festival. While this festival occurs in every region’s version of ACNL, every region has a different special item that can only be obtained from that country. So I am going to open the gates of Wasabi Village from 9pm – 11pm on Thursday night so people can come and get the JP exclusive Autumn Moon item, the “Dango.” Feel free to join in! I made a Facebook Event for this, so hopefully you can join me! See you then! :D
Disney Infinity was finally released last weekend! I had tried the game at E3, and I’ve been itching to get my hands on it ever since. I picked up the Starter Pack, which includes the game, the Disney Infinity Base, and three figures (Capt. Jack Sparrow, Sulley and Mr. Incredible). My preorder with GameStop entitled me to a free figure, so I also picked up Davy Jones. I also had a figure that I won at E3, which is Violet (the daughter of Mr. Incredible) and I also picked up the Cars Playset AND a Mater figure… so I’m pretty stocked up right now! I only need a few more figures to complete the first Wave of toys available for this game.
I have to start by saying that I am extremely impressed with the figures. These Disney Infinity figures are really high quality, they look great and are quite detailed. Honestly, I would probably pay $15 for these figures to just sit on my shelf, yet they are worth so much more. Each figure unlocks more content for their particular game. So even when I finish playing Monsters University with Sulley, I’ll still have to pick up Mike and Randy, because they add more objectives and missions to the game.
On top of all this are the Power Discs, which can be bought for $4.99, and Toys R Us (among other places) are doing lots of great sales right now to help everyone collect as much as they can afford. There are 30 Power Discs in the first Wave, with 20 more due out in Wave 2, and another 15 in Wave 3. Not sure when those next Waves will be, but hopefully holiday season will be the next! That’s what I’m assuming anyway. The Power Discs are fun to collect because they feature different Disney characters, they add more power to your characters in Playset mode, and unlock new toys and options in Toy Box mode. Phew that’s a lot to take in, and I haven’t even talked about the game itself yet!
When I first started up my game, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d played the demo at E3, but it was at a specific part of the game. In my previous experiences with Disney games, I sometimes end up disappointed. The controls tend to be confusing or cumbersome, and the explanatory text on screen is usually so small that you need a microscope to read it. (I experienced both of these issues while attempting to play Disney’s Epic Mickey game.) Luckily, these issues are nonexistent in Disney Infinity!
Right when you start your game for the first time, there is a tutorial/introduction. You go over the basic controls while “creating” and exploring the Toy Box area. Disney characters greet you and guide you along as you learn to jump and climb. Did I mention that the HD graphics are INSANE?? They look fantastic, and you can play either on the TV or the Wii U Game Pad.
Once the Introduction is complete, you are free to do whatever you’d like in Disney Infinity. You can play around in Toy Box, where you can build and create your own world. The Toy Box can be fully customized, and there are also pre-made Toy Boxes that can be downloaded as well. If you crave a bit of structure, you can try some of the Toy Box Challenges, which further explore the different controls and features within the game. Also in the Toy Box is the Hall of Fame. Each playable character has a statue in the Hall of Fame, and the statues change as you progress in the Playsets. (I don’t want to give too much away here so I’ll stop at that.)
If the Toy Box wasn’t enough, there is Playset mode, which are entirely separate games that you can play. Each Playset takes place in the setting of the movie that the character is from, for example, the Pirates Playset takes place in the Carribean! You can sail the high seas, firing cannons at enemy pirates from your customizable ship, or fight Davy Jones’ minions on land. Treasure is hiding everywhere, and it’s up to you to find and collect it! Each Playset also has collectibles scattered all across the world, and the collectibles unlock new Toys that you can use in the Toy Box! I don’t want to give too much away about the storylines for the Playsets, so I’ll stop there. I might go into more detail after I beat one of the Playset story modes.
I’ve only had the game for a few days, but I’m already really impressed with the amount of content available for Disney Infinity. I also just read that there is going to be a PC version of the game, as well as an iPad version coming out soon! So far the only complaint I can think of for this game is that I haven’t been able to save a screenshot to the Miiverse. But who has time to play around with that when there are pirates to fight, monsters to scare and super villains to battle??
Just a word to the wise, this game is best for people who have their own dispensable income, as the Starter Pack retails for about $75 and the figures are $15 each at some stores. If you can afford the habit, this is a fabulous game and I highly recommend it!!
On August 15th, Mayor Neko was very excited. It was time for the Obon Festival!
A special WIFI Meet Up Event was organized by StreetPass Long Island to invite American players to visit the Japanese town of Wasabi, so that they could partake in the unique festivities of this Japan-exclusive holiday!
Mayor Gluxie of Jubilife City came by to find out the details of this event [in English].
Isabelle was more than happy to explain what the Obon Festival was all about!
Isabelle was handing out free gifts. There were two options that were handed out, either the Eggplant Cow or the Cucumber Horse.
She must have seen me giving her a weird look, so she explained that it’s more of a “kids thing” to play with an Eggplant Cow…
Mayor Neko opened the gates of Wasabi to visitors. At first we had a bit of a connection issue, due to so many people trying to enter the town at once!
Isabelle and Mayor Neko kept their spirits up despite the disconnection frustrations by dancing together at the Town Plaza!
Here’s a shot of the Face-Cutout Standee that was provided by Isabelle for the Obon Festival. You can see an Eggplant Cow and Cucumber Horse!
Ultimately visitors were only able to enter one at a time, to ensure we wouldn’t get more disconnects. Sorry for the confusion!
Wasabi was even visited by royalty! Even a King needs an Eggplant Cow!
Guests enjoyed posing in the Face-Cutout Standee. It was so cute!
For future Japanese events, it seems likely that the “one at a time” rule will have to be used, only to keep things a little more regulated. Everyone is just too excited and tries to enter the town at the same time, causing the internet to derp and disconnections happen continuously. We will be sure to post this as a warning for all future Japanese events. (And there are plenty of them, so if you missed this event, be sure to “like” StreetPass Long Island so you can stay informed of all ACNL JP Events!)
Most ACNL players by now have unlocked their Dream Suites and can visit cool towns, like the Official Nintendo Dream Towns for each region. Heck, you can visit MY two towns too if you want! I’ll post my Dream Codes in the sidebar. (Mental Note: Don’t forget to do that.) In fact, in my group StreetPass Long Island, we have a Dream Code Directory where everyone can post their codes. Dream Codes are cool because you can visit a new town without having to coordinate with the person who owns the town, you can go at any hour, and you can take home new patterns!
But have you ever visited the Japanese Horror Town?? (2600-0218-7298)
Honestly I wasn’t expecting much. Maybe some blood splatters, vampires, spider webs, etc. How silly of me. This entire town tells a story and it is CREEEEEEPY! If you’d like to experience it for yourself, I recommend that you stop reading this entry because it is all spoilers. If you don’t care about spoilers, check out the story of the Japanese Horror Town. (Mind you, I don’t read Japanese so I don’t know what the town is actually called or what the character’s names are, so I’m going to be taking some liberties here.)
Now, turn down the lights and grab your teddy bear cuz I am going to tell you the story of Horror Town, Santa Girl and Dolly.
What was the scariest thing about Horror Town? Obviously it was the fact that I couldn’t find Wendell!! I couldn’t take any of these creepy custom patterns home with me. How horrifying!!!
Even if you read all this, I still recommend that you visit Horror Town for yourself, if you haven’t already. Definitely the creepiest town I’ve ever seen!!!
OK, OK I know it’s August. But last week it was July, and in the Japanese ACNL town of Wasabi, Mayor Neko was busy hosting a Christmas in July Party!
To make the town as festive as possible despite the heat wave, Mayor Neko went to work decorating Wasabi the old fashioned way. First she assembled her Santa suit, complete with Santa beard and boots! Then Mayor Neko spent an afternoon placing custom snow pattern tiles all over the town, to fake the appearance of snow. It was still obviously summer, but much more festive looking!
For those who want to copy this snow pattern, you can find the QR code for the pattern here!
Mayor Neko recruited Mayor JDubz to help with the wrapping of presents and dropping them all over the Gate area for the guests of the party! Many of the gifts were either festive themed or Nintendo themed!
In addition to the presents and the snow, a custom designed photo cutout standee was set up to be a Santa Photo-Op! Here are the QR codes if you want to have Santa in your town…
Finally the time had come, and lots of friends came by to celebrate! Thanks to everyone who joined in and participated! Below you will find a photolog of the guests and fun stuff we did. :)