From Chucklehuck Woods Back To Beanbean Castle: A Superstar Saga Review (Pt. 3)!

Hey guys, what’s good! We’ve returned with part 3 of our 7-part gaming review of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DX for the Nintendo 3DS. If you’ve played the original 2003 game for the Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP, then you already know what to expect; aside from the enhanced graphics in the form of Dream Team and Paper Jam. With all of that out of the way, let’s get started!

Nothin’ like brotherly love!

If you’ve taken care of everything that you need to in order to proceed to Chucklehuck Woods, then you’ll be just fine. If you don’t feel as confident in the Mario Bros. battle skills as you should at this point, then by all means fight some more baddies! Once you’ve done that head out from the Beanbean Castle until you see a sign that says “Chucklehuck Woods (head west)”. Head west until you see two guys at a gate; show them the rose you’ve gotten from Prince Peasley, and they will let you in automatically. Follow the path to the Chucklehuck Woods museum/building where the famous Chuckola Cola is made. Now you’ll encounter a maze full of barrels that might be familiar from the Sunken Ship level in Super Mario RPG (which was the game to kick off the Mario RPG genre to begin with).

After navigating your way through the maze Mario and Luigi…wait a sec, that’s NOT Luigi! Whoever he is, this Hamburglar-knockoff figure will zip past you into the next area, as the REAL Luigi appears. The bros. head into the next room and find the figure from before; only this time his name is Popple the Shadow Thief. Despite his 1930’s gangster mannerisms, he’s actually a bit of a pain in battle – which is what happens next after he tells the bros. that he’s looking for the Chucklehuck Reserve.

Popple calls out his ‘rookie’ who turns out to be…Bowser?! Well guys; after he was shot out of the giant cannon from Stardust Fields the koopa king lost his memory, so now you’ll have to fight him AND Popple. Hopefully the bros. are at least Level 12 or higher and have around 55+ HP and 20+ Bros. points. In battle Popple rams into you and takes items and sometimes your weapons; whereas Bowser just chucks hammers at you, and eventually fireballs. If you manage to beat them both, they’ll dash off in search of the Chucklehuck Reserve.

The woods are just outside the door, but before you go you’re gonna need to visit the two Beethoven-looking guys in red and green; cuz’ there’s a couple new skills you’re gonna need before heading out into the woods. After you learn them you’ll have to put your new skills to the test and get the red and green goblets in the next room. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to head off into the woods!

Battle your way enemy through enemy and rack up that EXP. Once you’ve done that you’ll come across a giant tree that wants you to look for three kinds of Chuckola Fruit; Red, White, and Purple. What, you thought I was gonna say blue? Har-har! XP

After you’ve gotten all three types for fruit, Popple and Rookie/Bowser dash past you in order to get the Chucklehuck Reserve. Hightail after them and enter into the cave up ahead where the reserve is located, but you’d better hit that save block first; cuz the bros. are in for another battle. If Mario and Luigi’s HP and Bros. points are at least 70 and 40 (or higher), then the next boss battle will be moderately easy. Head into the cave to meet Bubbles (NOT King Kai or Michael Jackson’s pet monkey, and not even the Powerpuff Girl from the early 2000’s) and he’ll explain why the Chuckola Cola is so special.

Both Popple and Rookie got their butts handed to them by the guy dressed as a potato, but you won’t have time to laugh or mock them; you’ve gotta deal with the Chuckola Reserve “Chuckolanator”. That shield is gonna be a problem, so crack that sucker first and hit him with your new Bros. Attack; the Knockback Bros. This fight may be kinda lengthy, but if you survive you’ll get a helluva EXP boost. After the fight Bubbles gets mad and the bros. fall into the depths of the cave below. Mario falls into the barrel filled with the Chuckola Reserve in it, and drinks it all. With Luigi on his own you’ll have to fight a couple baddies before meeting up with Mario; which you’ll find him floating in the river.

Luigi will then logroll his bro towards Beanbean Castle, and they’ll both plop in front of the gate. After a semi-comedic cutscene from the two guards Mario and Luigi are now in front of the Queen Bean. Luigi jumps on Mario’s stomach and back-washes the cola into the mouth of the Queen Bean; to which in turn she burps a belch worm that turned her into She-Hulk. The Queen Bean returns to her former self as the bros. are now excited to have her back.

That will end part 3 of our continuing review on this re-imagined classic, and as always guys and girls; continue to stay safe and look out for one another. 🙂

Here’s Watz Happenin’ Next Week!

What’s good anime fam! We’ve finally made it through yet another week in 2020, and knowing you guys we can’t wait for this year to be over. With the temps cooling down and Fall comin’ full speed ahead, we’re keeping our eyes out for the latest developments happening in the realm of anime and manga. Speaking of which; here’s Watz Happenin’ next week!

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Next Week: The Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DX Review Continues!

I know we kinda paused this series a few weeks ago, but we’ll be picking back up on it next week starting with part 3! This game is actually the remake of the 2003 original title from the Game Boy Advance; now on the Nintendo 3DS. If you’re a Super Mario fan, then you’re gonna love this!

Inuyasha’s Back…kind of…

Next Week: The Anticipated Return of “Manga of the Week”!

We’ve had so much fun doing this segment when we first brought it to the blog a couple years ago. Now we’re bringing it back; only this time we’ll be reviewing some awesome manga titles from our friends at Viz Media! If there are any titles that you think we should review or check out, let us know in the comments below!

We’re pretty sure ‘she’ is on your waifu list…

Next Week: D&A’s Top 5 Female Anime Characters With Ice Powers!

They may give you the cold shoulder, but these anime ladies are hot when it comes to using their skills! Next week we give you our Top 5 ladies who would melt Jack Frost’s heart, as well as put their haters – on ice!

Until next week ya’ll, stay safe and stay united! 😉

From Hoohoo Village to Beanbean Castle (via Chucklehuck Woods): A Superstar Saga Review! (Pt. 2)

Hey guys n’ gals! We’re back with part two of our lite gaming review from the 3DS remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Last we chat; we ended up at Hoohoo Village coming from Stardust Fields after Bowser’s Koopa Cruiser exploded thanks to Fawful. Now the bros. are in this new village wondering where they need to go next to search for Peach’s voice’s whereabouts – and where to find Cackletta and Fawful. Let’s dive in to part two and see what happens, shall we?

Part 2 – From Hoohoo Village to Beanbean Castle (via Chucklehuck Woods)

Now that you’re in Hoohoo village, it’s time to do some exploring. If you’ve been battling a lot in Stardust Fields, chances are; you’ve got a lotta coins! Find the item shop on the bridge that’s right next to the waterfall and stock up on mushrooms and syrups (trust me, you’ll need them later), then take the bros. to the pathway under the bridge where the shop was and you’ll run into…Fawful?! Yeah, the lil’ nerd who blasted Bowser’s ship with you on it to pieces! He’ll turn to the bros. and rant on about food metaphors before dropping what looks to be a statue of ‘The Thinker’, and then flies off to meet up with Cackletta.

Now you’re probably thinking ‘This prick just dropped this thing and blocked our path! Now what do we do?’ So head back up to where the item shop was and go inside the house next to it. I honestly got lost when I first played this game back in 2003, so just poke around until you find the house I’m talking about.

Once you do, you’ll find two hammer-headed bros. Mario and Luigi tell them that they need hammers to break the statue that Fawful dropped on their path, but the material that the hammer-headed bros. need…they no longer have. Now it looks like you’re screwed, but wait…wasn’t there a bridge leading to a path that will take you to the summit of Hoohoo Mountain? Yes, there is! Luckily, you don’t have to go back and forth from the village to Stardust Fields waiting for the bridge to be fixed like you did back in 03’. It’s already ready by the time you walk out of the hammer-headed bros. home. Now it’s time to kick enemy butt n’ level up!

If you can grind all the way to level 8 or higher with the bros. the mid-level boss fight that takes place in the middle of the summit will be a breeze. Then just keep using the new skills you’ve learned from the Starshade Bros. until you reach the mountain’s summit. From there you’ll meet a pterodactyl named Blababladon (I can’t pronounce his name for crap) who gets upset because you kicked a Hoohoo Stone by his foot. As Mario and Luigi explain what happened and how they got here, the egg that Blaby was sitting on starts hatching. Out of it came some ugly-looking dinosaur, which shot a Hoohoo Stone at Blaby – sending him into the clouds far away. Now it’s time for your second REAL boss battle!

Unload all of the bros. special Bros. Attacks on Dragohoho and keep the damage to a minimum, or don’t take any at all. Like I said before; if Mario and Luigi are both at level 8 or higher this fight should be a breeze. After beating the dragon it’ll shoot another Hoohoo Stone into the air, which lands in the house of a certain hammer-headed duo. The dragon then transforms into a prince (without you having to kiss it), as the prince known as Prince Peasley thanks you for saving him. Blaby returns and joins in on the convo as Peasley gives you a special rose needed to get into Beanbean Castle. After Peasley does that anime pretty boy thing where he flips his hear and a sparking background appears, Blaby takes you back down to the village where you meet the hammer-headed bros. and get those hammers.

Once you’ve got them; head to where Fawful dropped ol’ Thinker, and smash it to bits. At this moment you’re hiking down the mountain while using the new hammers you’ve gotten, sadly there are no monsters to fight in this area, but that might actually be a good thing. The area past the cave is a ‘one-way’ only section, so you’ll have to take the bros. through the cave. You’ll find two mining carts with an old man and his dog, so if you remember the minigame from 2003, the rules are the same now as they were then. Win the minigame by collecting ten gems or more, then continue from the cave and you’ll come out to the Beanbean Outskirts. If you run into any spiked enemies, just use the hammer.

You then descend onto the Beanbean Castle grounds where the whole place got hit by war. Actually from one of the people; it got hit by Cackletta and Fawful. If you need to stock up, hit the item shop before hitting the castle. You’ll run into two guards who may or may not know who the Mario Bros. are, but flash Prince Peasley’s rose in front of them and they’ll let you in. Once you’re inside look for the Throne Room and there you’ll find the ambassador of the Beanbean Kingdom. She asks if the bros. are who they say they are, and to prove it, she drops them into the castle’s sewers to ‘fix’ the castle’s plumbing. At this moment both Mario and Luigi should have about 40 health and 25 bros. points or more, so make sure you kill all the monsters and level up like crazy, cuz’ another boss battle is one the horizon.

After you make it to the final room and fix the final pipe, you see the ambassador again with her assistant known as Lady Lima (as in Lima beans). The bros. tell her that she sent them down to fix the pipes, when in reality all they did was disable the security system that protects the Beanstar. Upon that revelation the bros. race back up to the castle, but Cackletta and Fawful already have the star in their possession. Mario and Luigi get ready to fight Cackletta, but instead you fight a possessed Bean Queen. In this fight you’d better aim for the arms cuz’ you won’t be able to deal any damage as long as she has her crown on her head; plus you’ll take damage if you jump on her too. After the fight Lady Lima tells you that the queen was possessed by a belch worm that Cackletta forced her to eat.

Now the only way to return her back to normal is to venture out and find Chuckola Cola, which can only be found in Chuckehuck Woods. Peasley shows up during the whole ordeal and you’re given a special item needed to enter into the Chuckola Museum. So the hunt is on to head to Chucklehuck Woods to find the special cola needed to end the Bean Queen’s suffering, and thus ends part two of our walkthrough review!

Until next post, stay safe and stay united! 🙂

From The Mushroom to the Beanbean Kingdom: A Superstar Saga Review (Pt. 1)

What’s good anime fam! On our last post we said that we were thinking about doing a light experiment with video game walkthrough reviews. With that in mind we’ve managed to pick up a New Nintendo 3DS XL, along with a copy of the Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga remake featuring a new adventure game called Bowser’s Minions. Although we’re not hardcore gamers both of us have played a lot of great titles; some of which are now considered as national treasures, while others leave a lot to be desired. Superstar Saga DX on the other hand is an absolute classic re-imagined from its 2003 debut on the Game Boy Advance. It’s got better graphics, stronger enemies and bosses, and stays true to its original charm and charisma that made the original game so well loved.

If you happen to have a 3DS or the New 3DS (which are hard to come by because the rage is dead thanks to the Switch Lite being the new ‘it’ thing now), I recommend picking up a copy of this game! Now, it’s time for Part 1 of the walkthrough review…

Part 1 – From the Mushroom Kingdom to the Beanbean Kingdom

Peach’s Castle!

You’ve seen it in every Mario game since Mario 64, and it’s where and how every Mario adventure game starts and ends; at least in this spin-off from the original franchise. Princess Peach is greeted by the ambassador of the kingdom next door; the Beanbean Kingdom. Everything seems to be legit until Peach gets sprayed by a purple mist smokescreen, and then the ambassador reveals herself to be the powerful witch known as Cackletta; with the meaning and pun behind her name being re-enforced by her laugh. Her underling Fawful (which might mean ‘F’n awful’ depending on who you ask) uses some weird headgear device to ‘steal’ Peach’s voice. After doing so they take off as the sky resembles Cackletta; letting the gamer know that the adventure has begun.

Meanwhile at Mario and Luigi’s house one of the toads rushes inside and past Luigi doing laundry, to look for the older and well-known Mario bro. Upon finding him in his bath robe he runs out of the shower and into a wall. He mutters that Peach is in trouble and as if he heard the magic word(s) dashes from his house towards her castle. Upon arrival he finds the king of all koopas (who couldn’t have come at a worst time) making a scene while Peach is in distress.

Mario stops in his tracks, but Luigi runs right into Bowser who turns around and charges at Mario. In the original fight Mario had 10 health and 10 bros. points. In this fight Mario has 15 health, and 10 bros. points. Unlike the original where you only attack once with the Jump attack, you get to attack twice like you would in Bowser’s Inside Story; dealing 4 damage instead of 2. After dealing 12 damage the fight ends as Bowser says that now’s not the time to fight; which is ironic cuz’ HE’s the one who started it!

After a cinematic comedic moment where it appears Peach has blown up the castle with her “explosive language”, Mario is at the courtyard on a mission to retrieve Peaches voice by going to the Beanbean Kingdom and tracking down Cackletta. You’ll be doing a lot of favors for a few people before taking off so make sure you don’t forget to do them; cuz it’ll pay off later on. After a while Mario’s on his way to Bowser’s Koopa Cruiser with Luigi seeing him off…NOT! After Bowser gets upset that his minions didn’t show up on time, he spots Luigi and ask if he wants to join up with his minions. He tried to say “no” but the Koopa king ended up taking him anyway; in another hilarious cinematic sequence.

Its nightfall and you’re on Bowser’s flying ship, so after a little more dialogue you get to play as both Mario and Luigi; with Luigi having 17 health and 12 bros. points. If you’ve played the 2003 original game, then you probably already know how to control Mario and Luigi, but I’d still take advantage of speaking to a few of Bowser’s crew members only because you might get extra mushrooms for battle. Once you reach a certain part of the ship you’re going to need to get your picture taken before setting foot in the Beanbean Kingdom, so speak to the koopa behind the old-looking camera. Once you’ve done that keep going until you find a barrel, then smash that thing to trigger a response from another koopa crew member.

Although the bros tell the koopa that they’re looking for the deck, he wants to make sure they don’t slow Bowser down – and teaches them to fight as a pair. Like I’ve said before; if you’ve played the 03’ original, you’re good on this part. Throughout the room you’ll be smashing several goomba pairs in battle, and since both brothers have more than 10 health you should be fine. Once you reach the room before the deck another scene plays out where Luigi gets mistaken for cargo and taken to the deck.

At this point one of the koopa crew members tells Bowser that they’re approaching the border between the Mushroom and Beanbean kingdoms. With Luigi as the lookout; his eyes suddenly pop out of his head as an energy ball smashes the side of the ship, causing Mario and Bowser to look around. Suddenly they spotted the source of the attacks, as it came from exactly who they thought it was; Cackletta. She tells the bros and Bowser of her plan as she commands Fawful to deal with the trio; with the underling launching a blast at Bowser putting him out of commission (or at least out of the fight). Now it’s time for another boss battle!

Hopefully both Mario and Luigi are at level 2; having at least 20 health or more, and 15 bros. points or more. After smacking Fawful around for a couple turns, Bowser asks if you want to know how to dodge Fawful’s attacks. If you already know how (since you’ve played the 03’ version), you don’t have to do this. Just keep smacking him around some more until the fight ends. Once it does Fawful will split, but not before going ‘Rambo’ on the ship and scattering the bros, Bowser, and the rest of the crew across the border. Now the Mario bros. are in Stardust Fields on the mushroom side of the border, and with every border there’s border security. Luckily for the bros they know who they are due to their star power (no pun intended) and proceeded to ask them to prove that they’re truly the legendary jumpers they say they are. After winning the challenge a little fireworks anime plays on the wall; resembling the goal from the original Super Mario Bros. game.

Now that you’re across the border, you’ll be running to a few more enemies before finding the koopa king. Beat em’ down in battle and level up some more, and then you’ll find a large cannon with Bowser tail-up inside until Mario jumps on him to flip the cannon over. Before you’re able to get him out a big green cherub-looking monster named Tolstar drops in and recognizes Bowser and the bros. You are then told to give him 100 coins or he’ll tell the entire Beanbean kingdom how Bowser got stuck in the cannon. The bros give him the coins but realize the exchange rate is only between 5-10%; meaning the bros only gave Tolstar 10 beanbean coins. That means you got to find 100 beanbean coins or you can’t continue, so Tolstar opens another pathway leading deeper into Stardust Fields.

So this is all you have to do; fight more beanbean baddies, level up, gain new skills from the Starshade Bros. cuz’ trust me, you’ll need em’! After doing all of that and being around level 4 or higher (with both bros having between 30-39 health and 21-26 bros. points), you’ll meet back up with Tolstar and give him the 100 beanbean coins that he asked for. After doing that you’d think he’d be a man of his word, but c’mon! You knew right away that he was ‘that’ kind of guy! So Mario and Luigi end up battling him as a result of his lie.

If you wanna go all out (and you probably might want to against this guy cuz’ he deserves it) use bros. attack only. After giving him a good beating, Tolstar flops right in front of the cannon where Bowser is, but the battle made so much noise that one of the Starshade Bros. appears and lights the cannon that Bowser is stuck in. He tells Mario and Luigi to find Peach’s voice without him, and that it’s all up to them. After disappearing along with Tolstar, the bros continue on their journey. They now end up in Hoohoo Village where they’re confronted by three…um, solders who claim that they’ve done something to their prince. (Dude, we just got here and we’re already being detained?!)

Before things get any messier Tolstar appears with crutches and bandages from the beating the bros gave him earlier, and clears up everything. How about that? Guess there’s some good in him after all…

Well guys that will do it for Part 1 of my Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DX review/walkthrough. I know I’ve stated that I’ll be covering the entire game in just five parts, but because of how long this game is, we’ll be doing it in 7 parts. Part 2 will cover everything from Hoohoo Village to Beanbean Castle, so stay tuned for that!

Until next post, stay safe and stay gold! 😉

Next Week: A Superstar Saga Review!!

For those who may not have heard the news, we just picked up a New Nintendo 3DS XL! Yeah, we know we’re late to the party, but while looking for new things and segments to try out, many of our fans have been wondering if we’re ever going to do any gaming reviews on the blog. Although we’re mostly an anime/manga blog, we haven’t shied away from the idea of incorporating lite gaming reviews. So in response to demand, we’re bringing you guys a special five-part, five-post gaming review/walkthrough of the remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions! It will kick off next Monday and end next Friday, so if you love the Mario Bros. you don’t wanna miss this! 😉

Paper Mario: The Origami King: What We Know So Far…

It’s finally July, which means 2020 is half over! Life-wise things are still a little shaky at best in more ways than one, but as always we will continue to give you guys some much needed positive news as well as content; cuz’ that’s what we do! Speaking of which there are only 15 days left until the much anticipated Paper Mario: The Origami King game drops on the Switch, and fans are both excited (and scared) as to what this latest installment on the franchise will bring to the table! With that in mind we’ve decided to do a little digging of our own to see what we could be getting from this game, and what we might not wanna hold our breath for in what we think we might be expecting.

Seeing as though we’ve played the original Paper Mario on the N64, the coolest part about the game was not just the plot, but the battles! Since then the battles have become the core of the game’s excitement and success, and that success was amplified with the release of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. Many hardcore fans will tell you that T.T.Y.D. was the BEST installment of the series, and that every entry after that was trash. (Trust us, we’ve seen the burns in the Twitter comments.)

There’s been quite a lot of speculation with this title, as many fans are hoping that they bring back a few elements from T.T.Y.D. (like the ‘audience’ and partners). Just last week or last month to be exact, fans saw the full five minute trailer of the upcoming game; that explained a little more what the story and plot was going to be about, and what new gimmick they were going to try with the battle system. Yes, the battle system was the biggest issue among fans that had them worried that the game was going to end up like Sticker Star or Color Splash.

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Talk about putting a new ‘spin’ on things! XP

After watching the five minute video ourselves, we saw that the battle system is something totally different; as if they’ve put a new ‘spin’ on things! During battle players will have to line up enemies in a row in a ring-based arena before fighting them, and you’re given a short amount of time to make your moves. After you’ve made your moves you’ll be rewarded a power bonus for lining them up correctly, and can even deal more damage as a result. This new battle system has caught the eye of the fanbase as well as the fact that they brought back partners and the audience. So far, so good Nintendo! 🙂

All of the enemies will be origami versions of the usual enemies you face in Paper Mario games, but the biggest surprise from this latest installment is the fact that you have to battle against…tape, a pack of colored pencils, a rubber band man, and (maybe) a stapler. Has there ever been a Paper Mario game where you got to fight against office supplies? Well, this one does! They are a group of bosses called the Legion of Stationary, so yes, you will have to fight them in order to progress through the game. Paper Mario is known for its comedic story lines and moments, so its pretty neat they went all out for this one!

Though we’re not sure what they’ve done about the leveling system in terms of experience points, but we’ve heard that after defeating enemies you gain coins and confetti that you can trade in for powerful items and badges. Perhaps that might be the formula they’re going for this time, although we just hope that its executed properly and makes fans ‘feel’ that they’ve accomplished something. Overall everything we’ve seen and know about this game so far is pretty promising, but it’s not until you play it that you’ll be able to give the game a real evaluation.

That’s what we know so far about the upcoming Paper Mario: The Origami King game, and as always continue to stay safe, and stay united! 😉

D&A 411: Inuyasha Spin-Off, New Paper Mario Game, and Anime REvisited!

Happy Monday guys n’ gals! Hopefully you all are staying healthy during these interesting times of which we live in, as we will continue to bring you some awesome content while at home. One of the coolest things about the internet in terms of content, especially anime and gaming content, is that it never stops – even in a pandemic! A lot of awesome things have happened within the last few weeks or so, so we’ll be breaking down what’s going down right here on a little special filler post that we call D&A 411!

Inuyasha’s Coming Back – And Getting A Sequel!!

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Everything old becomes new again…

Earlier this month anime fans were greeted to a surprise no one expected. Next to Bleach returning with a brand new story arc, another old classic that played a part in every 90’s kid’s love of anime, is returning in a brand new way! Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is the title of the new series that focuses on the daughter of Inuyasha as well as the daughters of Sesshomaru, so it’s safe to assume the story takes place maybe 10 years after the final arc of Inuyasha. So may of us grew up watching the original series on Adult Swim/Toonami back in the day, so to see what happens next in the world of Inuyasha will be pretty exciting!

Paper Mario Is Coming To The Switch!

Nintendo pulled a fast one on us and dropped this trailer in the midst of the pandemic 64 days before its initial release. What does this mean for (Paper) Mario fans? Well, we finally get a Switch game to add to the Paper Mario franchise. So far the story centers around a new villain named King Olly, as he plans to ‘re-fold’ the world and turn all of its inhabitants into origami. Mario gets invited to a special festival held at Peach’s castle, only to find her brainwashed by Olly, as the castle gets transported to a mountain by five different colored streamers. Mario of course goes on a new adventure while taking out Olly’s flunkies through a new ring-based battle system that’s a remix of Thousand-Year Door (the audience). There’s still a lot to cover on this announcement, so let’s see what happens as we get closer to July 17th – when it comes out!

Anime REvisited Returns With Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt

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Anarchy at its finest! 😉

Ten years ago we were blessed with this ‘hot mess’ of a series that had us in stitches! Though many are clinging onto hope for a second season, we will be reviewing the whole first season of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Jamie Marchi and Monica Rial are the dynamic voice duo behind these two slutty angels, so get ready, cuz’ the b%#@%&s are back! (Woot-Woot!)

So there you have it! That’s our 411 for this post for now, but we’ll keep you updated on what’s happening with these developments later on. Until next post guys, stay safe out there, and stay nerdy! 😉

Sonic Battle (2003) Re-Review: Why There Should Be A Remake!

So in our last post (after the COVID-19 rant) we mentioned that we’ll be revisiting one of our earlier posts about why Sonic Battle should get a remake. Out of all of the games we’ve played up to now, Sonic Battle in particular was a bit different – unique in its own way. Although it’s full potential was yet to be unleashed on the Game Boy Advance, it pushed the envelope (and GBA’s graphical limits) in terms of what the game’s identity wanted to be. It wasn’t trying to be like Smash Bros. nor could you call it a traditional fighting game, in fact players felt like they could actually feel the ‘impact’ of slamming their opponents into a wall (or vise versa) and following up with a finishing blow.

The story and dialogue was actually pretty decent and humorous, and the finale – wow! (The feels are real once you get there.) Since next year marks the 30th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise as a whole, why don’t they remake this game instead of trying to do a sequel. If you remember games like Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, that game got a remake; graphical designs, music, the whole nine yards! Hopefully if SEGA decides to do this (and we hope they do) there are a few things they could change up for the remake of the game.

Improvement #1: Bigger Roster!

In the original 2003 game there were only 10 playable characters. There are so many new characters out here now, so why not triple the fighter roster to 30; adding new characters like Espio, E-123 Omega, Silver, Blaze, Metal Sonic, Shade the Echidna, The Deadly Six, Classic Sonic, Mighty the Armadillo, Dr. Eggman, Infinite, etc. More characters would really take the game to a whole new level, and even bring in the idea of more than one story arc – which is my next improvement.

Improvement #2: New Story Arc!

With the increase of the character roster, this means that they’ll have to add a new story arc to accommodate the new arrivals. I’d say do two different arcs; the Classic Arc which is basically the retelling of the original story arc of the 2003 game with the original 10 characters. (All battles and story dialogue intact.) The second could be like a Universal Crisis-type arc where Sonic and the rest of the characters (even the new ones) come together to fight an original final boss to save the world. (And we get a Super Sonic battle!) There’s a lot of potential that can be unleashed here, but it will be up to the developers if they want to make this happen.

Improvement #3: More Health (HP)!

I remember fighting as Knuckles during his campaign (which is one of the longest campaigns you’ll ever go through) and I had to fight the three guard robos at the hotel of Night Babylon. After six tries I finally beat them, which is why fighters need to have 2 bars of health instead of 1. They could have it where there’s a big number next to a smaller number; where the big number is your current number of health bars and the smaller number is your maximum. (Every fighter has 2/2 bars of health!) The color of the first bar is yellow while the second is a blood-orange color; meaning if you fall to 1/2 bars of health the second bar is blood-orange. Although it may slightly lengthen the duration of the battle, it’ll give players a little more enjoyment in slamming their foes around.

Improvement #4: Special Attack Upgrade System!

Since we can’t figure out how much damage character special attacks (like Shot, Power, and Set) do, why not have a system where once characters win their battles, they receive Ability Points based on their performance in battle. Yo get 10 for winning without getting hit, 5 for not getting KO’d, and 2 for not losing overall. During Story Mode all character’s special attacks are at LVL. 1, then when they ‘Max Out’ they’ll be at LVL. 5! In Battle Mode and other modes players should get to choose what level they want their character’s special attacks to be at, so they can max themselves out and give their foes a beatdown!

These are just some the the improvements that I recommend that the developers make if they want to make the Sonic Battle remake a real best-seller. Hopefully if it ever gets done, I’d make it for the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Switch. (The 3DS version would play like the 2003 original.) Oh yeah, one more improvement I’d make; High Resolution 2D sprites at 60 fps. If they wanna add cinematic cutscenes, be my guest.

That’s all I’ve got for this post, until next time, stay safe and stay nerdy! 😉

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot: Pre-Review!

In 1989 a series…no, a franchise came about that would become one of the most ground-breaking anime titles to ever be created or produced. This legendary franchise has been a part of our lives since the 90’s, and now future generations are getting the chance to experience the action, the adventure, and the epic awesomeness that is Dragon Ball Z. Old school fans have watched Son Goku grow up and take on the Red Ribbon Army in Dragon Ball, go Super Saiyan on Frieza in Dragon Ball Z, put Baby in a corner in Dragon Ball GT (see what I did there?) and fight against the gods in Dragon Ball Super.

Who knows what the next saga for Goku and the gang will entail, but right now, fans get the chance to relive the early days of Goku’s battles in the newest game (that’s out in stores now); Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot!

After careful examination, sources confirm that the game’s sagas will only go from the Saiyan Arc to the Majin Buu Arc. (Sorry Super fans T.T) Nevertheless there’s quite enough content, action, and gameplay to go around. Right off the bat a lot of fans are saying that the game as a whole is a giant mashup of the Legacy of Goku series from Game Boy Advance – which from our personal experiences in playing the games ourselves is not too far off. (Being that this game is an open world Action RPG with real-time combat that’s not turn-based, we can see why fans may be making these comparisons.) For those stepping into the world of Dragon Ball for the first time, and you find yourselves wanting to get your hands on this game, we believe you’re in for quite a treat – although the final decision about how you feel and experience the game is up to you.

Despite the fact that there aren’t any Super characters that you fight against or play as (as far as we know), the game does offer some pretty sweet ‘things’ that might make your overall experience awesome either epic and awesome, or leave a lot to be desired. No matter how you slice it, if you’ve been a Dragon Ball fan since day one (or you’re just starting on the path to becoming one), and you own a PS4, X-Box One, or even a PC, then you must absolutely pick up a copy of this game! (And we probably will too, hopefully!)

Sorry this post was a little late, but as always we’ve got more content coming your way. So from us to you, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

Game Review: Super Smash Bros. Brawl!

Happy Thursday night guys n’ gals, and welcome to the blog! This time around we’re bringing you yet another game review from one of our favorite Nintendo gaming consoles; the Nintendo Wii. Many of us remember the commercial of this awesome console with many games like Super Mario Galaxy, WarioWare, and many others. Tonight we’ll be reviewing one of our favorite installments of the Smash Bros. franchise; Super Smash Bros. Brawl!

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The Smash 3 Roster!

Remember back when the first Smash Bros. came out on the Nintendo 64 back in the late 90’s/Early 2000’s? We do! Now it’s 19 years later and we have Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with a roster of over 70 characters – and counting. (I wouldn’t mind one or two MK characters in there.) Super Smash Bros. Brawl was the third Smash game I’ve played, and I’ve had a blast playing it! Although I was disappointed that Dr. Mario didn’t make it to this installment, I eventually became a Bowser head; meaning that no matter what tier other Smashers thinks he’s on, he’s my number one choice to go to battle with.

They’ve brought back several of the options and specialized battles such as Stamina Battle, Super Sudden Death, and more! I was happy that they brought Break the Targets back in this installment, and as with the last two installments (including Smash 4 and 5), if you play though the Classic Mode you’ll find yourself facing the all-mighty Master Hand. The Final Smash was kind of new when I first played this game, but when I used it for the first time, it was pretty freakin’ cool!

I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve logged into this game, but if I had to put a figure on it, I’d say 745 Hours a year. The Subspace Emissary mode was pretty cool, as it kind of gave the game a bit of a plot and an original storyline. There’s nothing like grabbing your friends, picking your favorite Nintendo character, and then just betting the living (poop emoji) out of each other for laughs – because its just for fun! The cool part about having the Wii was the fact that it also plays Gamecube games, so you can play Smash Bros. Melee and Smash Bros. Brawl.

For that I give this game a 4.8 / 5!

If you still have a Wii, I’d pick this game up! You can pretty much find it online, or in the old school gamer bin at GameStop. If you’re hankering for Smash Ultimate, you can by a Nintendo Switch Lite and pick up a copy of the game. With the Lite however, you have to make sure that the game has ‘Handheld Mode’ compatibility. Other than that, you’re good to go! On that note that will do it for this game review from the awesome guys of D&A Anime Blog! Until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉