This was Bowser's first real appearance since the first game (since the Lost Levels was more or less deja vu) and thankfully, it evolved his boss battle instead of that sprint for the axe.
Friday, November 30, 2018
I've been a fan of the Mario Tennis sub-series since the N64 version, though it was predated by a really obscure version for the ill-fated Virtual Boy system. I certainly missed the WiiU sequel Ultra Smash but I heard it failed to really evolve the series. Since I no longer have a WiiU, I guess I'll never know for sure. So how did the Nintendo Switch incarnation hold up after a good hiatus since my days with Power Tennis on the Nintendo Gamecube?
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Saw this vending machine of cupcakes while at the mall before Thanksgiving. First time I've seen cupcakes, though I've heard of vending machines having them. Wasn't in the mood for a cupcake, so I didn't get one to try.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Lemmy Koopa is the next to last on the list of Koopalings to fight during Super Mario Bros. 3. Much different from his reptile siblings, he walks on a bouncy ball while sending out others for Mario to dodge.
Typically non-American spellings of the word color are spelled colour with the extra "u". Which is taken from the Old French colour, but the Old French word was derived from the Latin word color.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
I have been waiting for years for the release of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night since I love the Metroidvania (open world Castlevania games) games. However I was shocked to see this prequel game come out before the real game. It's an 8-Bit game that plays a lot like the classic 2D Castlevania games.
Your main character is Zangetsu. He uses a katana, which would remind many of Alucard's main weapon in Symphony of the Night.
But like Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, you can switch characters on the fly. The 2nd member of the team (ironically the star of the upcoming Ritual of the Night) is Miriam. Her main weapon is a whip, much like the Belmont clan of the Castlevania games.
I like it so far, it's fun but not terrible tough so far. Luckily the game moves much faster and easier to use the NES Castlevanias which were mainly held back due to the lack of power on the NES system.
Monday, November 26, 2018
I came across this water fountain I had never seen before while walking near the parking garage down Magnolia Street in downtown Spartanburg. I thought this was pretty cool.
The Mummy is a film series I remember watching only a few years ago. I think this 2017 film motivated me to the see the old Brendan Fraser ones. They were good, but not great films. This new Mummy film was to create a new "universe" by copying the Marvel Cinematic Universe but Universal wanted to create a universe (called the Dark Universe) using characters out of their classic monsters line. The Mummy was set to the best first of many...more on that later.
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Wendy Koopa is the third boss of the game, and the first to pose a real challenge, in my opinion.
You have to worry about the bouncing rings, which can mess you up when you're trying to focus on Wendy. The trick is to take her down quickly before the boss battle is filled with those blasted rings. A good and challenging fight for the NES Mario days.
You then save your third king...wait a minute. He looks like Mario!
My city has these light bulb art pieces all over the city. This one was right near the Children's Museum downtown as I was walking down the sidewalk. This one is painted like a children's storybook, though I always found jesters to be rather creepy.
While debated by historians between whether he was atheist or agnostic, Winston Churchill was a great skeptic and rejected mainstream religion especially Christianity.
Friday, November 23, 2018
Morton Koopa is the 2nd main boss of Super Mario Bros. 3. Though he's not much different than his brother Larry Koopa. You still have to dodge the magic from the wand which is slightly faster this time around.
Saw these Chewbaccas as Walmart and I was reminded of the Star Wars Holiday Special which was notorious for being so awful that it only aired once and George Lucas pretended it didn't exist. In the special it focuses on Chewbacca and his family and the celebration of "Life Day" on his home planet. Funny enough, pretty much all the original actors made it for the Star Wars Christmas special.
Until the early 20th century, the United States (like many countries) had "open borders" to immigration. It wasn't until the late 20th century that "illegal immigration" became a major political issue.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Larry Koopa is the first of Bowser's "children" in Super Mario Bros. 3, which is the first real Mario Bros game (Doki Doki Panic dressed as Super Mario Bros. 2 doesn't count) to feature bosses that weren't all Bowser impostors plus the real deal.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
One of the reasons I go into Petco now and then is to look at the clownfish. They had many this time of a different variety. I've seen black clownfish but this looked like the regular kind just with far too much white spots.
While I didn't get into the Harry Potter movie series until it was almost over, I did like the series A LOT. My wife Daisy really could not stand it being over, and kept wanting a sequel to be made. I never thought they would, but they have made a prequel series which takes place many decades before Harry Potter was born. I really liked the first movie, so watching this new one was certainly something we didn't hesitate to do.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
A character I didn't expect, Mareth is the daughter of Allanon through his previous romance with Pyria Elessedil. Pyria was a sister of King Eventine (making Mareth a closely related cousin of Amberle) which makes Mareth technically a princess of the elves.
Most movies based on video games are usually pretty darn awful. TV shows fare better but not many exist outside of the children's cartoon genre. Castlevania was much different, it was drawn and produced a lot like a Japanese anime and it was pretty darn dark and didn't really hold much back in the realm of vampires and monsters. I have been a fan of the video game series, so I checked season one out. It had promised but it was way too short for its own good. Finally Netflix delivered on a season two that is the real deal.
Monday, November 19, 2018
The original Pacific Rim was one of my favorite films from 2013. Any movie that takes five years to produce a sequel, typically seems a little odd. What's even odder is that its star Charlie Hunnam is not in this movie, period. Apparently he couldn't do the sequel due to his work on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (horrible movie by the way) not giving him enough time to shoot Pacific Rim 2. So they made a new character casted by Star Wars' John Boyega (Finn in the Star Wars movies) for the new hero of the film.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Since the author of the books made it no secret that he was making his own Lord of the Rings story, Allanon is obviously based on Gandalf. I hear the show version is quite a bit different from the books. He's certainly more youthful and muscular than Gandalf in either version of Lord of the Rings. Like the book series, Allanon had been present to see almost everything important to the story.
For since forever, the only IHOP in town was on the westside near our Target. But I was amazed to see a new one near our side of town come out of nowhere. It's also managed by a different company, as I had not liked the way the folks were running the original IHOP in Spartanburg.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Amberele starts off as the "main" character in the Shannara Chronicles more than any other character in my opinion, though the only other character to contest that would be Wil Ohmsford. She is a princess of the elves (her grandfather is King) but she wants to become one of the Chosen, a group of elves sworn to protect a tree, or something like that. She has to win a contest which she barely manages to do.