all my children

Finally! After months of grinding through Fire Emblem Fates Conquest, I finally have all of the second generation characters in my army! Recruiting the last one cost me one of my best Profiteers (a character I recruited in castle raids) but it was worth it. Now I can finally grind for all Support Conversations and try beating the game.

I’ve got a lot of other 3DS games waiting, plus Doom on the Switch so I can’t wait to finally beat FEF Conquest!

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hard to resist

I was worried about this before I bought the Switch – being so excited about playing games on Nintendo’s latest console and ending up ignoring my 3DS backlog, but that’s exactly what’s happening now. Outside of our Mario Kart 8 and Overcooked sessions, I’m supposed to use my free time to get some progress on my 3DS backlog, which has grown over time: Fire Emblem Fates (Conquest and Revelations), Super Mario 3D Land, Tank Troopers, Fire Emblem Warriors, Fire Emblem Echoes… 

But no, in the last couple of days, I’ve been playing Doom and NBA 2K18. I’ve been trying to get used to the mechanics of both games, telling myself that it’s prep for when I actually do decide to start playing them for real. But Doom is just so immersive, and my ego can’t accept how I keep losing to NBA 2K18’s AI, so I’m ending up playing longer than I planned on.

It doesn’t help that I’m currently stuck grinding for Support Conversations in Conquest and not making any real progress; grind fatigue is one that can cause me to stop playing certain games (I never finished Tales of Symphonia and X-Men Legends 2 because of this). Gotta rein my desire to play the Switch and refocus on my 3DS backlog.

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master chefs

I thought we’d spend most of our time playing Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime and only bought a copy of Overcooked as a quicker co-op alternative but my fiancee and I ended up liking the latter a whole lot more. And its not just like – we were also really good at the game too. Today, we just finished the game, getting 3 star rankings on all the main campaign’s stages on two player mode – that’s 90 total stars.

Thankfully, the Switch version of Overcooked comes with additional content that was offered as paid DLC on other platforms so we still have quite a few stages to play. I didn’t think Overcooked would be this addicting but it is, and co-op playtime with my fiancee is seriously eating up my free time.

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nba 2komplicated

I had regretted getting a copy of NBA 2K18 for the Nintendo Switch the moment that I realized that I could have gotten Mario Kart 8 Deluxe instead. I actually wanted Breath of the Wild but the store where I bought my Switch bundle was out of stock; they had Mario Kart 8 Deluxe but had none in their display shelves so I forgot about it. It was too late when I realized my mistake; I had already opened the plastic wrap and tested the game. I figured that NBA 2K18 would be a good game to play with other mainstream gamers so I just got over it.

I’ve been playing the game every now and then and I still regret the purchase; I haven’t played a hardcore NBA game extensively since NBA Live 2003 and I’m having problems learning all the mechanics of NBA 2K18 right now, maybe because it’s been a long time since I was deep into this.

I think I’ll be able to figure this out eventually, with lots of practice. But that’s the problem – do I really want to spend the time required to become good in this game? I can’t even successfully perform a driving layup right now, can’t even get open shots. The game has evolved into something that’s really hard for newcomers to get into. I could be wrong; I could be just too dumb for this game. I don’t know…

This should have been Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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space love

I know our Nintendo Switch is new but I couldn’t help buy games for it – out of the three titles that I bought we’ve only played Puyo Puyo Tetris. Its a good two player game for me and my fiancee but its a VS game. So I went ahead and got a digital copy of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, a co-op shooter for one to four players.

I also picked up an 8bitdo F30 controller. It costs half as much as a Switch Pro Controller and has most of the needed functionalities. It works great with the Switch – a single JoyCon is a decent enough controller but should be a last resort; getting the F30 means we now have two full controllers for playing.

It looks like we’ll be spending a lot of time on Lovers; damn the Switch is a really good console for family play.

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