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!)
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
My most recent BookTube video is one my favorites because video games! The Nintendo Book Tag was created by Novels & Nonsense who is one of my absolute favorite BookTubers and I love how perfect all of the questions are. Feel free to do the tag if you so desire!
I love the idea of having a published Bucket List to reference when I’m planning future events and reflecting back on the past. Kristina Horner published a bucket list on her blog and it inspired me to type out my own so I can focus on making sure I accomplish as many of the things I want to do during my lifetime. I’ll be writing posts about the things I do and even flashing back to some things I’ve already experienced but were always a part of my list. What’s on your bucket list?
Visit Harry Potter World in Orlando Live in New York City
- Meet JK Rowling
- Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
- Tour Studio Ghibli
- Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand
Attend the Yule Ball
- Visit all of the Canadian locations in Scott Pilgrim
- Disneyland in Paris
- Disneyland in Tokyo
- Visit Club 33 at Disneyland
- Sakura Matsuri in Japan
Attend Sleep No More
- Wine tasting in Napa Valley
- Publish a novel
Own a pink KitchenAid mixer
- Drink champagne in front of the Eiffel Tower
- Cultivate and maintain a garden
Go to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade
- Learn to French braid hair
- The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff
- See the Chicago Bean
Go pumpkin picking See Shakespeare in the Park
- Go on a Jack the Ripper Tour in London
- Learn how to bake French macarons
See the Yayoi Kusama exhibit
- Go skiing
- Go to Coachella
- Go to The Louvre
Stroll through Central Park in the fall
- Complete NaNoWriMo
Sakura Matsuri in NYC
- Stay in the Library Hotel in NYC in the Fairy Tale room
- Tour NASA
- Ride a train across the country
- Stargaze on the Highline
- See Stonehenge
- Kiss Andrew atop the Eiffel Tower
Go apple picking
- See the Northern Lights
- Watch a sunset on a beach
- Go to all 50 states
- Climb a lighthouse
- Create a board game
- Fly in a private jet
Meet R.L. Stine
- See the Acropolis in Greece
- Stand on the Equator
- Visit The Globe Theater in London
Visit YouTube Studios
- Go strawberry picking
- Carve Andrew and I’s initials into a tree
- Attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
- Get married
Kiss Andrew in front of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center
- Visit NBC’s Rainbow Room and Observation Deck
- Attend a live taping of SNL
Attend a live recording of Welcome to Night Vale
- Tour Pixar
- Tour Nintendo
Meet George Lucas
- Tour Google
- Attend BlogHer
Drink at the Met’s rooftop bar
- Learn how to use photoshop
- Visit the Glow Worm Caves
See the Hollywood sign Attend a movie premiere with a red carpet Walk the Brooklyn Bridge Meet Michio Kaku Own a pair of Christian Louboutins Own a Chanel purse Style a fashion shoot Be styled for a fashion shoot by a celebrity stylist Attend an outdoor concert at Jones Beach Attend a farewell concert for a band I love Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany Be thanked in the acknowledgements of a published book Meet Neil Gaiman Meet Stan Lee Get a Sandman tattoo Fall in love Help out at a fashion show Get published
Be on a television show Be made fun of by Joel McHale on The Soup Have an IMDB page Speak on a panel at a convention Moderate a panel at a convention Live in Los Angeles
- Read all of the books I own
- Get a Harry Potter tattoo
Attend San Diego Comic Con Attend Star Wars Celebration Attend Book Expo America
- Walk and shop along the Champs-Élysées
- See a show at the Moulin Rouge
- See the Cirque de Soleil Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas
Drink gluhwein at Rolph’s during Christmas season
- Go to the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball in LA
- Buy a vintage typewriter
- Visit The Last Bookstore in LA
The Walking Dead Tour in Atlanta
- Visit Powell’s Bookstore in Portland
- Visit the Space Needle in Seattle
Attend an event in the Great Hall at Whimsic Alley
- Visit the castle in Scotland that Hogwarts was based on
- Go to Star Wars Weekends at Disney
- Meet Peter Jackson
- Go to a Renaissance Faire
- Attend the Holi Festival in NYC
Take a photo in front of the mirror fence at Storm King
1. Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman
2. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater
3. Nana Volume 10 by Ai Yazawa
4. Nana Volume 11 by Ai Yazawa
5. Nana Volume 12 by Ai Yazawa
6. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
7. Nana Volume 13 by Ai Yazawa
8. Nana Volume 14 by Ai Yazawa
9. Hawkeye Volume 3 by Matt Fraction
10. Teen Titans Earth One Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire
11. Nana Volume 15 by Ai Yazawa
12. My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors
13. Nana Volume 16 by Ai Yazawa
2. Twin Peaks
3. The Flash
5. Bob’s Burgers
1. Big Hero 6
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
9. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2. Adventure Time Munchkin
3. Luigi’s Mansion
4. Tsum Tsum
A few weeks ago, Andrew and I met Melissa, Kal and my roommate Taylor at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn for their new art show honoring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The show was named “Turtles in Time: Celebrating 30 Years of Turtle Power.” The event was different than their usual shows in several ways. For one, it was sponsored by Nickelodeon! As soon as we arrived, we were able to choose one toy from a big pile set up on the table near the entrance. Andrew and I both choose Kidrobot blind boxes. I got a foot soldier and Andrew was lucky enough to open Raphael. Another difference is that the Bottleneck usually serves wine at their shows, but for this event, they aptly opted for pizza instead. They had an old TMNT arcade game set up in the corner for attendees to play, there were several cosplayers, a display of Hikari Funko Turtles, and of course, the artwork was stunning. It was quite the full house so please excuse some of the wonky off-centered photos!
I am so so so excited to be writing my first 5 Fandom Friday post here on SuperSpaceChick! Megan and I were so happy that everyone was so receptive to our idea. It totally made our days, so thank you<3! We decided to kick off our blog baby with a post about our gateway fandoms. There are so many fandoms that are near and dear to my heart but it was very simple to pinpoint the top 5 from my childhood that molded me into the fan I am today. It was such an enjoyable writing experience to relive those old memories and really analyze my passions. What were your gateway fandoms? If you write your own post I would love to read it and share it here!
I’ve written extensively about how Harry Potter will always be my number one fandom. I’ve always felt an unbreakable connection to the characters in JK Rowling’s series because, besides the obvious fantastically crafted story, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Neville, and I basically grew up together. We were the same age throughout the series (my birthday being in July a mere week after Harry’s) until the delay between Order of the Phoenix and the Half Blood Prince. I will never forget browsing through my a book catalog (my dad worked at a publishing company for the majority of my life so our house has always been overflowing with books) for new books worthy of my next order when I came across Harry Potter. My ten year old self read the description and preordered this book about wizards, having no idea it would end up meaning more to me than anything else I would read for the rest of my life (thus far). Besides the constant guidance from my parents, JK Rowling’s series is responsible for teaching me lessons about what’s right and how making the right choice is almost never the easy choice. My favorite character is Luna Lovegood and I am a proud Ravenclaw. I’ve attended every midnight book release party at my local Borders (how I miss that shop!), and every midnight movie premiere, having made custom Harry Potter t-shirts with my group of friends for all of these events. I own multiple copies of the books and all of the films on Blu-ray and more Harry Potter clothing and accessories than anyone needs. I visit Harry Potter World in Orlando as often as I can afford and I would do just about anything to take the studio tour in London. I also fancy torturing people in my car by forcing them to listen to Wizard Rock.
When my brother and I were kids, my Dad took us to a local movie theater to see Star Wars: A New Hope. I remember sitting in the theater, popcorn in hand, and being completely blown away by the opening credits. I felt like I was actually in outer space. For a kid that loved looking at the night sky through a telescope, this was huge. As soon as the movie ended my brother and I both wanted to see more. Luckily, the theater also screened Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and my dad took us to see each of those as well. Since then all three of the original Star Wars films have become my go to comfort movies. I’ve spent more nights than I can count scrolling through my Netflix cue for 30-45 minutes before just throwing on Empire Strikes Back. I was always (and still am) fascinated by Leia. She’s an awesome Princess but she’s still a badass. And now that she’s a Disney Princess, she’s set the bar pretty high for future female characters!
After falling head over heels in love with the Harry Potter series, I was eager to read more fantasy genre novels. I happened upon Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series which I love with all of my heart and then promptly proceeded to read just about everything else he’s ever published. I could watch YouTube videos of Neil speaking about writing or storytelling for hours on end. The entire reason that I joined Twitter is because (in the least creepy way possible) Neil is on it and I could read updates from him more frequently. He is the first person that I followed. I’ve embarrassed myself in front of him in real life but luckily he was so delightful and British and could see how happy and nervous I was that he interrupted me and offered to give me a hug. My first and only tattoo is an ankh symbol because of the Sandman series and I’ve cosplayed the character Death who wears an ankh around her neck. I’ve seen Neil at book signings, conversational evenings, and one of my favorite and most obscure events, when he read A Christmas Carol in its entirety at the New York Public Library. Neil Gaiman + Christmas is a combination that’s almost too much for me to handle.
Super Nintendo was my gateway into video games. It’s still one of my favorite game systems to date despite the realistic graphics and special effects that go into modern games. Call me crazy but I would take a side scrolling 2D game over the confusing directional controls on my PS3 any day. I think this is also why the game system I use most often is my Nintendo 3DS. My favorite game on Super Nintendo was Donkey Kong Country 2 which I feel like I could still beat with my eyes closed. I recently replayed the second and third games with Andrew (who makes fun of me for insisting that I haven’t beaten the game until I obtain the highest percentage achievable) and it was still so much fun. Andrew is going to let me play Chrono Trigger on his system soon! Because my brother and I used to play with our best friends Lauren and Gina, we would often do a two player contest and have to rotate playing or have two people sit and watch since SNES is only made for two controllers. I remember how excited we were to get Nintendo64 and play games like Mario Kart and Mario Party where we could all participate simultaneously. What a treat!
My final gateway fandom is without a doubt, Pokémon. I collected those cards like you wouldn’t believe. I remember printing out images I found on AOL during the days of dial up internet and pimping out my binder with cutouts of Jigglypuff, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur. I had pages of holographic cards (the best cards, obviously) and my brother, Lauren, Gina and I would beg our moms to buy us a new pack of cards every week after our swimming lessons. I think it was this behavior that made me into the collector I am today. We would also collect McDonald’s toys (those were the unhealthiest weeks of our lives), Beanie Babies, Goosebumps cards, and so many other things I’m probably forgetting. I also loved watching the classic Pokémon TV show with Ash, Misty and Pikachu. I’m surprised it took me as long as it did to get into anime since I loved that series so much.
Honorable Mention: Disney
My Grandma and I would watch The Little Mermaid every single time I slept over her house. We would sing the songs (there are too many videos of me signing and thinking I sound like Ariel than I care to reveal), pretend forks were hair brushes, and then sing some more. I also loved watching Beauty and the Beast. Belle’s library is what I’ve always aspired to recreate in my future adult home.
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