BookTube: Pokemon Go Book Tag

Judging by my Pokemon addiction, it was only a matter of time until I found a book tag to go along with it!  I have to say that my interest has been tapering off a bit lately because I’ve caught *most* of what’s out there and I get bored seeing the same things over and over again.  I think my interest will be renewed when the game is updated with trading or the addition of my Sylveon<3 But as you’ll see in my video, I’m pretty excited about my Gengar!  Thanks again to Aentee of Read at Midnight for creating such a wonderful tag and amazing graphics to go along with it!

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TeamSilverSpace Channel Announcement! (GameTube?)

Anyone who knows Andrew and I knows that books are my thing and video games are his thing.  He’s been wanting to start a video game channel on YouTube for quite some time now but everything got a bit sidetracked since we were crazy busy planning our wedding.  I had gotten Andrew the game capture equipment he needed for Christmas last year so that just shows you how long this has been in the works!  I’m so excited to be part of Andrew’s channel and it’s really fun to be able to collaborate with him on something that I know he loves.

I definitely consider myself more of a casual gamer. I love the old games from my childhood (which is why we’re starting with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Quest as our first Let’s Play series), Pokemon (in all of its iterations) and anything I can play on my 3DS.  I’m definitely going to be going out of my comfort zone as we continue on with new games because my gaming skills seem to have peaked during the N64 days.  I’m horrible at first person shooters and other games that require me to control where I’m looking and walking simultaneously.  I feel like people are going to watch our channel and think I’m great at gaming and then the second we debut a newer game, everyone will see just how awful I really am lol!  Either way, it’s fun to spend some quality time with Andrew and record our conversations.  I’ve always wanted to make more time to play video games so I’m excited that we now have a reason to do so!

I’m glad we waited to start the channel too because Andrew worked really hard on all of the channel art and it completely paid off. I’m heed over heels in love with his design! He made me into a magical girl Pokemon trainer<3  And he animated the opening sequence.  Andrew’s brother and my brother-in-law Joe also created the music for us! (Fun fact: Joe did the credits music in my YouTube videos too!)

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Anyway, here are the first few episodes of our Let’s Plays! I hope you enjoy and if there are any games you want us to play, let us know in the comments and we’ll keep a running list for future episodes!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Pokémon Cookbook

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing the Official Pokémon Cookbook which is finally coming to the United States!  It’s been available in Japan for a while but VIZ Media will be printing in English soon.  The cookbook is *supposed* to be aimed at kids so obviously I’m super excited for it.  All of the foods in the cookbook are made to look like Pokémon and I’m especially excited to make some Poke Ball Sushi Rolls.  The cookbook comes out on December 6th (I’ve already pre-ordered my copy!) so it’s the perfect holiday gift for the gamer in your life<3

Pokemon Cookbook

Fun & easy recipes inspired by favorite Pokémon characters!

Create delicious dishes that look like your favorite Pokémon characters – from desserts to pizza – with more than 35 easy, fun recipes. Make a Pokéball sushi roll, Pikachu ramen or mashed Meowth potatoes for your next party, weekend activity or powered-up lunchbox. (via Amazon)

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Wish List Worthy: Kirby Amiibos

Since Nintendo debuted it’s very first offerings in their Amiibo line, Andrew and I have been avid collectors of just about every single figure.  This was especially eye opening while moving but we now have the cutest decor for our gaming area.  At the latest Nintendo Direct, a new line of Kirby Amiibos were announced and you can bet we’ll be all over getting them on release day.  We already have Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight in our collection BUT the new Kirby is sitting on a star so good job Nintendo, you’ve tricked me into buying another one.  Kirby and Waddle Dee are the two that we’re set on acquiring.  I really love the packaging for this collection!  They’ll be compatible with Kirby: Planet Robobot which is coming to 3DS on June 10th.  Are you planning on picking any up / what’s your current Amiibo status?

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6 on 6: March | Pink

This is the second month that I’m participating in 6 on 6 (the first time was back in October) which is a monthly photo challenge created by Scruffy Little Nerf Herder.  The goal is to take 6 geeky themed photos to be posted on the 6th of the month and all of them should prominently feature a certain color.  As Pink was assigned to March, I knew it would be the perfect time to post my second set of photos.

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Tea & Games Chat: Luigi’s Mansion

One of my goals for the Fall season was to beat Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for Nintendo 3DS and I’m so happy to say that I was able to check it off my to do list!  I started playing it last year but I suppose I got distracted by other books and tv shows so I let it fall to the wayside.  I really want to beat all of the games I have (there’s no reason I should be buying them without actually playing them) so I feel like this was a great start!

Overall, I enjoyed playing the game although if you ask Andrew LINK who saw / heard me playing, he might say otherwise.  I get really competitive when I play games and to be honest, my personal enjoyment comes more from winning than it does from learning about the story of the game.  I’m not sure if anyone else is the same way?  There were many times during Luigi’s Mansion that I was tempted to throw my pearlized pink 3DS across the room and cross my arms and sulk.  I’m kind of a child about games.  I thought it would be fun to recap the 5 most frustrating moments I faced while playing.

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In Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario is nowhere to be found so it’s up to Luigi to recover pieces of the shattered Dark Moon to give to Professor E. Gadd so he can help get the ghosts in Evershade Valley under control.  As Luigi explores the mansions, he uses his Poltergust 5000 (which looks like a jetpack but operates like a vacuum) to capture hostile ghosts who are inerfering with his mission and trying to escape to wreak havoc on the rest of the world.  Luigi is also equipped with a Darklight Device which allows him to uncover invisible objects and extract objects from paintings.  There are 5 haunted mansions Luigi has to explore and he recovers a piece of the Dark Moon after defeating each mansion’s boss.  Luckily, there are golden bones hidden throughout each level which really come in handy if Luigi loses all of his health.  It allows him to continue playing from the point he’s at instead of starting the mission over at the beginning.  There’s also a map on the bottom screen which shows the player which rooms they need to go into and which doors are unlocked.

Ghosts do tend to pop out of anywhere and everywhere so it’s fitting that Luigi is the playable character because he looks as terrified as I felt for the entire game. My favorite ghost is the Polterpup who often interferes by burying things Luigi needs or running away with them but you can tell that it’s not malicious and he just wants to play!  In order to beat ghosts, Luigi has to first power up his flashbulb to stun the ghost in question and then use his Poltergust to suck them up until they’re out of health.  There’s even a power bar that allows you to charge up and once the bar is full, you can hit A and the ghost will go out with a big zap.  Throughout the latter half of the game, you’ll rescue Toad assistants for the Professor and they’re one of the biggest nuciances of the game because while they’re not always visibly terrified, they’ll just stop moving if they’re scared and you’ll have to go back and carry them against their will in order to clear the level.

5 Most Frustrating Moments

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1) Three Sisters Ghosts – I hate these ghosts. They circle around you in a garden cemetary holding mirrors which cause your flashulb to be ineffective.  You have to wait until they get bored of looking at themselves and turn their mirror away before you can start your attack.  It’s so hard to make a dent in any of their health because as soon as your Poltergust 5000 latches on to one, another sister will come after you. I had to play this challenge multiple times before advancing.

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2) The Never Ending Staircase – Prior to challenging the boss in the Tree Topping mansion, Luigi is trapped in a seemingly never ending room of staircases and it took me a total of 50 minutes just to get to the top.  It’s not hard by any means, it’s just incredibly time consuming.  Luigi is given a never ending series of three staircases and if he chooses the wrong one, the staircase folds so the stairs are flat and he is sent back to the beginning of the room.  If he picks the correct one, he can advance on to the second set of staircases and so on.  The torches of the staircases you’ve cleared will remain lit so if you make a mistake further on, you’ll know which staircase to run through, which again, is not difficult, it just takes a really long time to re-run up every single staircase multiple times.

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3) The Clock Tower Boss – This is a really cool concept for a boss but also really frustrating! Luigi is basically standing on a clock and when the clock strikes one, one enemy comes out.  Once the first enemy is beaten, the clock hands move to two and two enemies appear.  Each little battle gets incrementally more challenging and later on, the clock hands are enflamed so if you run into them you’ll lose health.  You only have a certain timeframe to beat each plague of enemies and if you go over the alotted time, the attacks will begin again from 1:00.  You are able to use your Poltergust to manipulate time which comes in handy but you also have to be careful not to blow it in the wrong direction.

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4) The Ice Boss – Apparently I’m really bad at aiming my with my 3DS screen, (the same way that I struggle with Wii-motes, le sigh) so I had to play this level numerous times as well.  Luigi is given control over a bomb thrower which he must aim at an ice monster type thing directly below him as he’s billowing toward it.  The ice over the monsters face is covered in segments of ice and it rotates continuously.  As you shatter more pieces of ice, the target moves further away making it increasinly more difficult to predict a direct hit.  If you take too much time, the ice reforms.  If the ice reforms twice, the bomb thrower will overheat and you’ll have to start the mission over.

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5) Paranormal Chaos at the Trecherous Mansion – This battle is aptly named because it is literal all caps CHAOS.  There are multiple ghosts haunting every single room in the mansion you have to be sure to keep an eye on your map because once a room starts flashing yellow, the danger is increasing.  If the room turns to red, the mission ends and you’ll need to start over.  The level is also different every single time you play it so you’re not necessarily following any kind of pattern.  You just have to clear the highest risk areas first.  All of the ghosts in each room are super-powered so their health meters are almost off the charts.  It’s helpful if you can grab more than one ghost at a time otherwise you’ll be interrupted by one attacking you while you’re trying to handle a different one.  Once all the rooms are cleared and you’re like HOORAY I DID THIS! You go back up to the rooftop, only to find a giant portal spewing more ghosts than you’ve battled in the whole game combined.  It’s no bueno.  Good luck and God speed.

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So despite how traumatizing it has been to relive some of those experiences, I feel accomplished for beating the game.  I’ve always liked Luigi more than Mario so that’s part of the reason that it initially appealed to me.  I also suggest checking it out in October because GHOSTS!

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Super Mario Maker at Nintendo & the Hunt for Amiibos

I always count myself lucky that I happen to live and work right near Nintendo World which is the only Nintendo Store in the United States.   On Friday morning before work I was planning on stopping there to try and grab the new Amiibos and a copy of the new game Super Mario Maker which is INCREDIBLY cool.  The game is for Wii U and it allows you to design your own Mario levels! Unfortunately, the line at the store spanned an entire NYC avenue and there was no chance I would be able to wait there and make it to work on time.  Since I did have my heart set on seeing how the store was decorated to promote the game, I went back during lunch when I knew it would be less chaotic.  I picked up a copy that Andrew and I have not yet had time to test out but we’ll probably give it a go sometime next week.  The window display is one of the best I’ve ever seen and the inside of the store looked amazing as well!  I already have a photo of myself coming out of a warp pipe from E3 a few years ago, but I’m tempted to go back and take photos with this one and the adorable mushroom!

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And as for those Amiibos, I carried out Plan B which was to run to the Best Buy a couple of blocks over and I waited on a VERY short line where I was able to get 2 / 4 Amiibos (Ganondorf and Zero Suit Samus) that my heart desired.  Some guy cut me in line and got the last 8-bit Mario Amiibo and to say I was upset is a gross understatement.  But anyway, Andrew was able to order one online from GameStop when it appeared later in the day!  We also have Dr. Mario en route from Target.com and the last figure I want to add to our collection from this wave is Bowser Jr.

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5 Fandom Friday: Fandoms That Need a Broadway Adaptation

This weeks topic is actually 5 Broadway roles I would love to play but since I severely lack an acting gene I decided to spin the topic to 5 movies, tv shows, books, etc that I would love to see get a Broadway adaptation.  I’ve already had the pleasure of seeing A Very Potter Musical (and I couldn’t have asked for anything better), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (which was supremely entertaining for all the wrong reasons) and the recent off-Broadway Heathers: The Musical.  Each are things that I never imagined seeing on stage and as a musical no less so if those work, there are definitely some others that should be in the works!

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1) The Legend of Zelda – The score is very well known anyway so why not adapt it into a musical?!  Who wouldn’t love seeing Link try to save Zelda on stage? I know I would!  It might be best to do something involving Majora’s Mask because that costume would look outstanding in all its vibrancy.

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2) Lord of the Rings – Again, a story with a well known score.  The heroes journey to Mordor would translate on stage well.  Hobbits love singing anyway and a second breakfast number would be a total crowd pleaser.  And they should absolutely acquire the rights to “They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard.”

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3) Star Wars – I feel like I keep choosing things that already have awesome music but I can’t help that they’re so perfect!  Star Wars has been done in almost every medium imaginable so I don’t see why they haven’t graced Broadway yet.  Unless they have and I just wasn’t around for it!

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4) The Nightmare Before Christmas – It goes without saying that I love anything involving Christmas so The Nightmare Before Christmas is an obvious choice for me.  They wouldn’t even have to write new songs because the tracks in the film are so darn perfect!

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5) Mean Girls – There are SO many Mean Girls catchphrases that hold up to this day and are frequently quoted by almost everyone I know.  I could just picture ‘stop trying to make fetch happen’ being a singing and dancing number, as well as ‘four for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco.’

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Art Gallery: Super Mario Galaxy – Rosalina

The second and long awaited installment in my Art Gallery series is finally here and I chose to post some of my favorite pieces of Rosalina who is my favorite Nintendo Princess from the Super Mario world.  Rosalina first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy but she was not a playable character.  She’s always seen with the Lumas (the adorable stars) and she spent all of her time in the Comet Observatory.  Maybe I’m drawn to her since she’s also really into space!  It’s probably a combination of that, her wisdom and her keen fashion sense (seriously, I’m DYING to cosplay her).  For a while, I wouldn’t play as anyone other than her when Andrew and I would have Super Smash Bros. nights on his Wii U!

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Fall To Do List <3

I’m so excited for Fall. Like SO excited.  I decided to put together a list of things I want to make sure I do so I can fully enjoy the season and I just got Photoshop(!!!) so I used this opportunity to test it out!  Yay learning!  What activities are you looking forward to this Fall?  Or do you wish Summer would last a little longer?

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