For many centuries, people in England thought that Stonehenge was crafted by Merlin, the wizard in the King Arthur legends.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
This one is based on Cloud Strife's game Final Fantasy 7 by Square Enix after the first area of the game. It first came out with Cloud in Smash 4 and returns for Ultimate. At first it seems like a simple battlefield-like stage.
This one serves as a home stage for Ryu (and now Ken) since Smash 4. It's based on the original Street Fighter 2 stage of the same name.
This was one of my Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) Mr. B's during our time at Frankie's Fun Park. The Tomb Raider games have had their ups and downs, but this one is a light-gun version based on the games, more the newer ones than the classic games.
I saw this one from far away as it really stands out. Looks like a sun above the fields of tall grass. It's called Mawu Sun-Light by Annette Giaco.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
This one serves as Bayonetta's stage as the Umbra Clock Tower was in both of her games. I vaguely remember it sort of from the original one.
I wasn't too shocked when Hero was added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Dragon Quest is HUGE in Japan, even dwarfing Final Fantasy in popularity. The series used to be known as Dragon Warrior in the United States, but it eventually wasn't released in America due to poor demand. Now that's changed and Hero is in Smash Bros. Though it isn't just one, it's several heroes from the Dragon Quest games, but they all play the same.
I heard about Klaus in either November or October as Netflix suggested it to me before it came out. It is a Netflix Original movie and now that they're "at war" with Disney+, a good Christmas classic is something they need. I haven't seen many Christmas movies in the recent batch of years, so I really wanted to give this one a try.
My city has these light bulb artworks all over the city. This one was one of two in our city's little Spartanburg Art Park. It's called I Breathe by Denise Torrance.
Monday, December 9, 2019
Super Mario Maker was a stage in Smash 4 and it returns to Ultimate. It's based on Super Mario Maker on WiiU which was one I missed, but I did play its sequel Super Mario Maker 2 on the Nintendo Switch.
After Piranha Plant, Joker was the next DLC character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I heard the news first by words of text, and I thought they meant Joker...from Batman and I was very confused. No, Persona 5 has a lead hero known as Joker but his real name is Ren Amamiya. While Persona isn't owned by Sony, the Persona games have a long history on PlayStation. While some spinoff games have landed on Nintendo platforms (including Persona 5 spinoffs) the real Persona 5 isn't currently planned for Nintendo Switch.
Dragon Ball Super is a TV series Daisy and I have been getting close to finishing. While far from as good as Dragon Ball Z, it certainly is a better successor than Dragon Ball GT. Now that the Goku Black Saga is over, we're now into the last one, which is about the Tournament of Power.
While at Frankie's Fun Park I took my Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) Mr. B over to Mario Kart. He plays a lot of it on my Nintendo Switch, but this arcade version is a remake of one from before he was born.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
This was one of the first things my Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) wanted to do when I took him to Frankie's Fun Park in Greenville, SC. It's a pretty cool Virtual Reality game.
The Battle of Wavre was technically the final battle of Napoleonic Wars. They were fought between the Prussians and the French in what is now modern-day Belgium. While the French technically won the battle, the Prussians won the war as Napoleon had lost at the same time in Waterloo. The troops were prevented from getting to Waterloo and could have probably changed the outcome of the battle.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
We had a nice sunny day while at Frankie's Fun Park back in August, so it was good weather for mini-golf for my Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) that day.
Friday, December 6, 2019
I remember his incarnation in the game's prequel Curse of the Moon and I liked using his powers in that game. I didn't quite expect this alchemist/wizard guy to be more of an antagonist in Ritual of the Night.
This is my favorite thing at Frankie's Fun Park. This was the first time my Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) and I played laser tag together. Since it was just a few people playing, it was a battle royale. He came in second with 900 points. I was in first place with 2, 175.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Pac-Man's stage from Smash 4 comes back for Ultimate. It's based on the arcade game of the same name, which I don't think I've played. While graphically amazing for its time, now it looks like a middle schooler made it in MS Paint. But I do like that stupid charm.
Wily Castle is Mega Man's stage first appearing in Smash 4. A pretty perfect setting to base a stage of his games. It's where his nemesis Dr. Wily always meets him.
My Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters) Mr. B is only eleven (ten when I took him here) so he's not quite old enough for the "big" go-karts yet. Luckily for him, Frankie's Fun Park does have go-karts and track perfect for him.
I have passed by this mural for a few years now. It's painted on some barbershop but it's done to honor a "local legend" named JC Stroble who died a few years back. He was famous for working at a local restaurant called The Beacon and calling out orders for the hungry folks.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
I really liked Sonic's 2nd stage, as it wasn't in Brawl but it did show up in Smash 4. It's back for Smash Ultimate. It's based on a level in Sonic Lost World. Which is one I haven't played
Right before the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo gave us a look at the first DLC character which was... Piranha Plant from Mario. Which was a character NOBODY asked for, but ironically he is actually pretty good in the game.
Back in August, I took my Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) Mr. B to Frankie's Fun Park which is a pretty cool arcade/mini-amusement park. It's the next city over, so it wasn't exactly a short drive, as I would have taken him sooner than this previous summer if it was.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
This one was in Smash 4 in the WiiU version. It's not exactly my favorite from the Smash 4 era, but I do like it. It's mainly based on Wii Sports Resort but it did first appear in Wii Fit.
Ironically I chose Litten (his starting form in Pokemon Sun and Moon) during the 3DS game, but I wasn't too big on Incineroar here for a few reasons.
If you like carnival games, Carowinds is a good place because unlike small-town carnivals, they're actually pretty fair and kind of easy to win. Daisy wanted a stuffed animal...again so my idea was to get her one via a carnival game.
Monday, December 2, 2019
Now that Disney has the rights to The Simpsons, I've been re-watching it on Disney+. I alway forget the first episode was a Christmas special. Which was a little bold for a series just starting out.
Sidney Glass was a pretty notable minor villian for the short time he had on the series. I still remember him mostly well.
Daisy likes stuffed animals a lot and t-shirts almost as much. She always begs for them but I can't get them all. But she did get a Carowinds shirt. I don't really like the design too much, but Daisy sure did.
I often think Arcade1Up would do better if they had way more games on their machines, but I will admit this Teenage Mutnant Ninja Turtles one (which has two of the old Konami games) is pretty cool.