Dusting off the ol’ 3DS

A couple announcements for the 3DS came out recently that made me start using mine again. The first is new games in the StreetPass Plaza, which I always love, and another about Animal Crossing.

First off, the new StreetPass games are fun! Quick descriptions:

  • Slot Car Rivals is where you race those little toy track cars. I guess they are called slot cars? Would make sense. This game is more fun than I ever had with the real life version.
  • Market Crashers is like theWolf of Wall Street with Miis. Not really, but the moral of the story is the same.
  • Feed Mii is a cooking sim where you make food for the adventures in Find Mii! I love that, and it is surprisingly complex for a StreetPass game.
  • Ninja Launcher is about launching your naked ninja body into kites for equipment to defeat adversaries from a demon army. Totally serious.
  • Mii Trek is about, um, meeting people and having them carry you into a maze-like jungle to appropriate cultural artifacts from an indigenous society…

So they get kinda weird after a while. But there is another neat feature in the update: the plaza gate line! It let’s you pass up to 100 people and let them in the plaza 10 at a time. Which while that sounds less enjoyable than inviting everyone into your plaza wonderland, but it does mean you don’t have to constantly empty your StreetPass queue during day trips.

Okay, about Animal Crossing. Clover loves Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I am ambivalent, but C really gets into it! And in the weirdest ways!

The other day e asked me to help clear out eir inventory, and I said to just drop it on the ground. Well, that wasn’t working, because there was not a space available in the town to place anything. There was stuff everywhere! But not trees or rocks. It was like locusts went through and used the raw materials to manufacture various items that would be useful to simple town living, and left them in a perfect grid across the land. Nanomachine cargo-cults!

Clover also loves designing clothing with the image editor, and moving around furniture in the houses. And then giggles after a hard hour’s work by going to the cafe and drinking coffee just like eir parent. I really enjoy watching C play it. So I was jazzed to hear that there will be a “Welcome amiibo” update to New Leaf!

It will introduce the use of amiibo cards to welcome new characters to your town (they come in their RVs!). This appeals to me, because I wanted to collect something with Clover, but the value that amiibo figures full in are really off-putting for me. I just want to collect and unlock stuff, not invest in “collectibles”.

Animal Crossing faceplates for new 3DS.

Of course to use the new update an RF reader is required, or the literally named, “New 3DS”. I’ve been thinking about getting a game system specifically for Clover (e is currently using Susan’s), and then I found this special addition 3DS that comes with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, with accompanying faceplates! I don’t know, I think that is exactly what I want Clover to want me to live vicariously through Clover with. Yeah, that is what I think.

Game Deconstruction: Monthly Humble Bundle September 2016

I’ve been wanting to start this for a while, and have a few moments to put this out there, so here it is: let’s choose a game to deconstruct!

My idea is to crowdvote a game to deconstruct, and then play it and share my thoughts on it in a series of posts until I feel I’ve gotten a decent grasp of it. And Humble Bundle just happens to send me a collection of games each month (I mean, for money), so let’s start there.

For September 2016 there are eight games:

  • The Banner Saga is brought to life in 2D glory with beautifully hand drawn combat sequences and animations.
  • The authority in WWE video games returns with WWE 2K16! (oh gawd please don’t pick this one…)
  • Sheltered is a post-apocalyptic disaster management game that gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘nuclear family’.
  • In the atmospheric adventure typing game Epistory, you play the muse, a fictional character in a fantasy origami world.
  • Town of Salem is a fresh innovation on the classic party games Mafia and Werewolf.
  • SOMA is a sci-fi horror game from Frictional Games, the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
  • The Uncertain is an episodic story-driven adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic world.
  • Spoolside – time furls and unfurls endlessly. get lost. a small experiment by the gloam collective.

You can watch trailers and read longer descriptions on the Humble Bundle Monthly page. Check them out, and then vote on which games you’d like to see deconstructed; I will choose one next week. ^_^

Edit: if you vote for WWE leave me a message in the comments as to why you chose it. If folks just want to see what it is about, that is more interesting than being trolled.