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A month ago or so The Completionist put out a video ranking every Super Mario Power Up. If you haven’t seen his video, make sure to watch it here! Now I am not that ambitious, nor have I played every Super Mario game. Thus, I am not qualified to speak on every power up. With that in mind, I will be writing about my five favorite power ups. This isn’t the five most iconic or powerful power ups. It’s MY favorite. As a result, you might disagree with my picks. That’s fine. Leave your five favorite in the comments below.
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#5 Super Leaf (Super Mario 3D Land)
Tanooki Mario kicks off the list. Admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of the 2D side scroller Mario games. 3D Land marked a change for me. This was the first game I got for my 3DS. Naturally, I played this game out and got pretty addicted to it. The takooni suit definitely played a role. It checks a lot of boxes for me. It granted an additional point of health, which, to be fair, most Mario power ups do as well. It gave Mario an additional attack with his tail. It helped exploration, but not to the same extent the other power ups on the list do. It gave Mario the ability to sort of flutter. This eased his fall allowing more precise landing. Not quite as game breaking as other power ups, but certainly welcomed!
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#4 Ice Flower (Super Mario Galaxy)
The Ice Flower in the 3D games was a welcomed addition. It truly added a layer of complexity to your standard world traversing and platforming. This is in thanks to how it granted Mario the ability to interact with water. he was now able to run across water surfaces as well as wall jump off waterfalls. Yes, these seem pretty simple and straightforward compared to the dynamic of something like Cappy. Nonetheless, it gave Super Mario Galaxy some welcomed layers, making the exploration of it’s galaxy all the more fun.
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#3 Super Star (Super Mario Bros.)
The original Super Mario Bros did give us plenty of iconic power ups from the Mushroom to the Flower Fire. Most of these power ups were insanely powerful in the original game. However, most, if not all, of those OG power ups have been power crept. The classic super star is no exception. Plenty of the newer games give insane invincibility effects such as the Leaf and Bell. Still, I am giving the Super Star the nod for being so darn iconic. After all, the Super Star would go to become the games measuring stick for progress in most of the 3D adventures. As in Super Mario 64, the more stars you had, the more doors you could unlock. With all these factors in play, I believe it is worthy of the number 3 spot.
#2 Cloud Flower (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Truthfully, this is arguably one of my favorite power ups in any game. This power up is so perfect for a 3D Platformer. If you are unfamiliar with the Cloud Flower, here’s how it works. When Mario gains the power of the clouds, he is able to create 3 cloud based platforms. If you thought I gushed about the Ice Flower, that was nothing compared to the Cloud Flower. I absolutely loved the way Mario was able to create a revolutionary power up while keeping it within the Mario charm. This powerful ability feels balanced by only allowing Mario to create 3 platforms, yet this still grants a lot dynamics to exploring the levels. Now you will want to start seeing where you can now go. I just think this power up is extremely interesting. Whenever Mario returns to more traditional power ups, this is one I definitely hope makes a return.
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#1 Super Bell (Super Mario 3D World)
Cat Mario was a true game changer. In my opinion it did everything you want a power up to do. It makes you better. It grants an extra hit to Mario’s health. Which, in a Mario game is huge. It also makes you more powerful by granting Mario a new attack. With this ability he can lunge his newly gained claws towards enemies. And finally, it mixes up exploration. Now, Mario has the ability to climb walls. This grants Mario access to new locations, higher areas and short cuts. It was a tight race between Cloud Flower and Super Bell for me. However, I feel like Cat Mario just providers a wider dynamic change for the game. Where Cloud Flower really only aids in exploration, Super Bell does that as well as makes Mario actually stronger. It’s for that reason I give the slight nod to Super Bell.
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So, there you have it. Those are my favorite power ups. Which ones are yours? Let me know down below!
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Hey guys! It’s been a minute since I’ve done an update to Games I’ve Played Recently, so let’s talk about a few games I’ve played recently.
Archvale- For those of you who don’t know, I am a big achievement junkie. Archvale helped reinvigorate that. As I got all 40 achievements and claimed that juicy 1000 Gamerscore, surprisingly only the 2nd game I’ve got 1000 G for (Borderlands 1 being the first). Anyway, back to the game. This is a top down, tile based action RPG. It plays enough like Zelda that Zelda fans will feel familiar with the gameplay. There’s dungeons with epic boss fights, heart containers to find, and similar combat. However, I would call it Zelda adjacent. Much like Forager or even maybe Stardew Valley are. Progression isn’t based on finding a new item, but more so improving your Armor, your damage output and your dodging skills. So the game will feel different enough, that if you are a Zelda fan looking for something a little different, this could be what you are looking for. There’s also a badge system very akin to Paper Mario that will help each playthrough feel unique. The story wasnt much to write home about, the gameplay was solid enough. I give it an 8 out of 10. *This game is included in Gamepass as of the writing of the blog, April 2nd, 2022*
Pupperazzi- That is not a typo. This is a game where you go around a handful of stages and take pictures of dogs. It is as awesome as it sounds. You can dress the dogs up in playful outfits, play with the pups using a variety of toys, and capture the dogs in just all around wacky poses and scenarios (such as dogs riding bikes, dogs being life guards, and dogs having picnics to name a few). The game gives you plenty of missions that require you to catch a dog doing something specific (like getting a close up of Tony Bark doing his signature trick on his skateboard). This game is not polished by any means, however I truly adore this game. I’m willingly to over look the flaws because they do not ruin the game by any means. So to me, this is a hidden gem. I give it a 9.5 out of 10. Not an April Fools, I just really enjoy how chaotic the dogs are! *This game is included in Gamepass as of the writing of the blog, April 2nd, 2022*
Donut County- Donut County is another wacky, charming game. Admittedly, I have a sweet spot for games like this. The writing helps the characters be more memorable. Which is impressive considering you play a hole. This game plays very similar to Katamari. You start off as a small hole. The more you consume, the bigger you grow. The camera does a good job of highlighting your size. In the early phases of a level, the camera is zoomed in and really boxes you in. As you grow, the camera panes out. This is used twofold. Obviously, the more it swings out, the easier it is to traverse the levels. But it also makes all the larger objects have a shrinking effect, as the hole now dwarves even the biggest rocks and tallest buildings. I’m currently, fighting the final boss, but this game is very enjoyable. It will only take a few hours to beat and 100%. Good for an afternoon. *This game is included in Gamepass as of the writing of the blog, April 2nd, 2022*
So, that’s all I have prepared for today. We have a baby shower to attend, so I can’t go over everything. I’ll try to write about Halo, Madden 22, and Kirby in a future post. Anyway, thanks for reading and have a great day!
I wrote this April 2nd but due to being busy with the baby, I didn’t notice it never published.
Hey guys. We’re back with the next round of FREE VIDEO GAMES!
Watch the Youtube that accompanies this video: GET 5 FREE VIDEO GAMES RIGHT NOW!! (Youtube Video!)
We will be checking out Amazon Prime and Epic Games for today’s write up.
Over at Games with Prime we’ve got some pretty cool looking games.
Double Kick Heroes is the game that interest me the fewest out of today’s platter. It is a rhythm based zombie shooter of sorts. Rhythm games really aren’t my thing. Neither are shooters. However, killing zombies to heavy metal tunes seems epic.
Ashwalkers is next. The initial summary did not sell me on it. However, watching the video Amazon Prime provided did make it sound really neat. The game plays like a survival walking simulator game. The art style is cold and seems to be primarily black and white. So visually, it is stunning tp say the least.
Following that is As Far as the Eye. This is another simulator game where you control the wind. From my understanding this is a game similar to the Sims or other games of that nature. It has some resource management built into it. You are helping guide the Pupils, the main tribe found inside the game. If you poorly handle their supply or get blindsided from the environment, such as water, your little tribes will die. Normally I wouldn’t play games like these. However, they are Jessica’s taste. As a result, we might stream some of it later.
Finally for Amazon Prime is Golazo! Soccer League.
Another game I was not sold on at the start. One thing that helps this game is the fact it is an arcade style soccer simulator. This just means it is a wacky, over-the-top version of the traditional soccer format. Another game I would normally pass on but the thought of playing two players with Jessica means we might snag this one while it is free.
So, all in all, I give Amazon’s selection a B-. It’s probably more fun if you’re into some niche genre’s or have some friends to play with.
Now on to Epic Games.
Epic Games is offering Windbound free this week.
Windbound combines two of my favorite things. Moana and Zelda. The art style has received praise from many different critics. However, those same critics have ripped apart the shallow feel of exploration and the tedious nature of the tasks and resource gathering elements of the game. Leaving Windbound to receive mixed reviews. Still, the game looks like a good time considering it is free. Don’t miss your chance to add an interesting adventure to your collection!
I’ve never played this game so I tried to include plenty of photos showcasing different aspects of the game. As it seems it is broken into two phases. The boating aspect and the land aspect.
There you have. 5 free games to start February off right! Thank you guys for reading! Have a great day!
Guys, we will be going over some free and discounted games you can grab this January. We will start with Humble Bundle! Feel free to watch the Youtube video I made over this subject if you prefer a video format!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5deETYWDnVw
Brain Tickler Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/brain-tickler-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_1_layout_type_threes_tile_index_3_c_brainticklerbundle_bundle
Games included: $1 tier: Heal. $9.51 tier: Lumines Remastered, white True: learn() Chief Technology Officer Edition. $10 tier: Mars Horizon, The Significer Director’s Cut, Retro Machina. If you order any tier, you will also get the tiers below that tier. Meaning if you get the $10, you get all games included. This bundle has 5 days left at the time of writing
PC Building Simulator: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/pc-building-simulator-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_1_layout_type_threes_tile_index_1_c_pcbuildingsimulatorbundle_bundle
Here’s a bundle where the $1 tier unlocks the base game PC Building Simulator. Each ascending bundle ($5.80 and $15) unlocks various DLC for the base game. If you’re into PC Building Simulator I recommend checking this one out. This bundle has 5 days remaning at the time of writing.
Surviving Mars Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/surviving-mars-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_1_layout_type_threes_tile_index_2_c_survivingmarsbundle_bundle
This bundle works the exact same way as PC Building Simulator. The $1 tier is the base game. The $9.15 and $10 tier unlock a multitude of DLC options. This bundle still has 7 days remaining at the time of writing.
The Indie Houses Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/indie-houses-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_2_layout_type_threes_tile_index_1_c_indiehousesbundle_bundle
Games included: $1 tier: Super Mutant Alien Assault, The Count Lucanor. $6.95 tier: We Should Talk, Desert Child, Hiveswap Friendsim, Elden: Path of the Forgotten, Western Press. $9 tier: Jack Axe, Mosaic, Beasts of Maravilla Island, GONNER 2, Etherborn. This bundle has 7 days remaining at the time writing
Now let’s move over to Free Games with Amazon Prime!
Games Included: Two Point Hospital, In Other Waters, Paper Beast – Folded Edition, Abandon Ship, WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered
I have not played any games from this selection but I’ve already claimed Two Point Hospital, WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered as they are the ones that have jumped out to me.
Lastly, for today anyway, is Epic Games
Their free game of the week is Daemon X Machina. This game is published by XSEED which gets my attention. It doesn’t really look like my style of game, but it is hard to argue with free. Seems like a very solid giveaway game!
Well, there’s you some free or heavily discounted games! I hope you guys grab some good ones. My top 5 games I’m excited for from this list would be (in no order): Jack Axe, Beast of Maravilla Island, Etherborn, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy, and Daemon X Machina.
Next week Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is free on EpicGames!
Thanks for reading! Have a great day!
Hey guys, if you’ve been on the fence about picking up one of the hottest and latest Nintendo Switch exclusives, now might be the best time. I looked and looked for it to be on sale during Black Friday. Honestly, I didn’t see any good deals. Now that Shin Megami Tensei V is marked down $20 off at most major retailers, this creates a perfect buying opportunity for Nintendo Switch collectors and RPG enthusiasts alike.
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Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shin-Megami-Tensei-Standard-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B09HYJ8YLW/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1XNQT8LV42ZVM&keywords=shin+megami+tensei+v&qid=1639325133&sprefix=shin+me%2Caps%2C173&sr=8-1
I’m sure the game is worth the full asking price considering it is the next in a long running JRPG series, The Shin Megami Tensei franchise. A critically acclaimed series developed by the prestigious Atlus studios. Still, every bit of savings helps this close to the holidays.
Let me know if you guys end up picking up the game.
Hey guys! Epic games has 2 free games this week. Rogue Company Epic Pack and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure! This deal is available over at Epic Games.
Meanwhile, tech channel JayzTwoCents is teaming up with NZXT to offer 2 winners a NZXT Streaming Plus Build and a microphone!
Check that video out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w97bjcRwWDU
Both of these deals don’t have much longer to go so get them now while you can.
These deals are almost over so be quick if you are interested. Thanks for reading and have a great day!
Hey guys. Admittedly this video was recorded a month or two ago. But I added a new Gamecube game to the collection, Zoocube.
I planned to do a breakdown of what this meant for the collection but I’ve gotten games for the Gamecube since this video. So maybe in another video.
Here’s the video: https://youtu.be/om1WA0AQ3wM
Thank you guys for reading and have a great day! What games are you guys currently collecting or going for? Let me know in the comments below!
Check out Humble Bundle for some awesome discounted video games! (Get Borderlands, Bioshock. Soul Calibur VI, Sonic Mania and many more!)
Hey guys. I’ve been at work all day so I’m having to do this post from my phone. So sorry if it isn’t as in depth as my other humble bundle post. Feel free to watch my video I posted on the topic here: https://youtu.be/eR1CpU56lOw
First up is the Aspyr Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/aspyr-25th-anniversary?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_2_layout_type_threes_tile_index_2_c_aspyr25thanniversary_bundle.
This Bundle is highlighted by Borderlands Handsome Jack Collection and Bioshock Infinite.
Next up is the Fighters Bundle:
This Bundle has a lot of good fighting games from Soul Calibur to Mortal Kombat XL.
Lastly, is the Sonic 30th Anniversary bundle:
So there you go. 3 awesome game bundles and 2 more I didn’t even spotlight so make sure you head over to Humble Bundle and check out these sweet bundles.
Thanks for reading and have a great day guys!
Start November Off With Free Video Games! (Free and Discounted Games Vis Steam, Amazon Games and Epic Games)
November is upon us. Let’s look at some sweet game deals! (Some are free).
For $5.99 you get a sweet adorable fun looking 3D platformer. If you enjoy New Super Lucky Tales or Mario 3D World/Land, this looks like it would be up your alley. You take control of a Speebot and try your best to navigate through a variety of levels.
Rgoue Heroes Ruins of Tasos
Free via Amazon Games, Rogue Heroes looks to be a mix of Zelda 4 Swords/Link to the Past with contemporary games of this nature (like The Swords of Ditto), this game looks to be a blast for all you rogue-like dungeon crawling fans. It has a single player and multiplayer campaign. So grab a buddy, a sword and a bow and get to questing!
Tomb Raider Franchise
Maybe the best deal on here, the old school Tomb Raider games start at less than a dollar! All the PS1 and PC classics are found at around .97 or .98 cents! That is insane value! The Tomb Raider reboot is discounted all the way down to $2.24. Rise of the Tomb Raider is just $5.99. The latest title Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is confusing but seems to be going for 13.05. There’s a Tomb Raider bundle chalk full of goodies for a little over $40 dollars. This deal is found over on Steam.
BAFL – Brakes are For Losers
Brakes are For Losers admittedly isn’t really up my alley. However, I have a wife who I like to torment with stressful looking games. So this game has Wes and Jess Try Out Thursday written all over. This game is a top-down arcade racer where all players share one screen and try to cause as much chaos as possible!
The last game we will talk about today is Darq. Darq looks like a modern day Tim Schafer adventure game. The game is promisingly dark and designed around puzzles and exploration in a 2D/3D space. You wander from room to room completing task in a manor that looks like its out of a halloween special. I can’t say this game really appeals to me, but the vibe definitely has Jessica’s name on it. To make it even better, this game is free thanks to Epic Games. Worth noting, it is free until tomorrow at 11am. So if you want this one, act quick!
So there you have it. De Blob 1 and 2 are also on sale if that interest you. Let me know which of these games catches your eyes! What are some games you plan to get this month?
Thanks for reading and have a great day!