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The Nintendo Switch

Hey everyone! I hope the spring has treated you well. I’m looking forward to summer this year to play with the Switch! First let me tell you my about my difficulty obtaining it.

I ordered the Switch Zelda/Mariokart bundle online from GameStop’s website last month. Then it never arrived! I wasn’t charged luckily, but I received mixed answers from GameStop’s support email about the status of my order. I had to call the customer service line and was recommended to order again. I realized whenever I have ordered things from their website I always have some sort of problem. So I went into the store to order and asked if I could pick it up in store. Technically it’s still an online order, but I hoped it would be different this way. Luckily this time it worked out, but I did have to settle for another bundle. The MarioKart game arrived early and then the console along with accessories arrived separately on the listed release date.

Next problem- There were no codes in the box for the downloadable games that were promised. Luckily this was easy to solve. I called customer service and they were able to give me the codes over the phone. I now can download Snipper Clips and Has Been Heroes. I’m glad I can just enjoy it now!

I have been enjoying the Nintendo Switch. It was worth all the trouble. The set up was quick, easy, and there was no giant system update. I love the small controllers! They are so light and it’s easy to change the orientation between using one or both. The MarioKart courses are absolutely beautiful and I like the music. I haven’t played a MarioKart game in a long time so I’m impressed with the drifting and the creative race tracks. I have also been using the small steering wheels for the game. I haven’t had any issue with the LR wheel buttons like I’ve seen in other articles online. The pro controller is comfortable, but I might not use it until Splatoon comes out. Some other games I’m interested in are Zelda and I am Setsuna.  I pre-ordered Splatoon 2 and Skyrim. Then news came out the other day that the Japanese Monster Hunter XX will be available on the Switch (Japan only). I am hoping that this will also release in the U.S. and other countries.

Has anyone else had this sort of trouble ordering the Switch? I hope you guys don’t have to go through that!

Mini-Mini Con 2017

-A Mini Review of a Mini Con-

Mini-Mini Con is a free to attend convention in San Antonio. This year it was great. It truly felt like a convention rather than just a promotional event for San-Japan. They had panels, gaming area, meet-ups, events, and a cosplay contest.

I checked out the artist alley with my friends first. There were booths along the first and second floor that were well spread out. Some booths were from organizations such as the local library and college clubs selling baked goods. We found a karaoke room as well as musicians performing on the mall’s stage. There were video game tournaments going on as well as some free to play games.

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A friend and I were excited about the Ita bag meet-up. Just some weeks before we decided we wanted to make a bag to decorate. Ita bags are usually small backpacks or purses adorned with buttons, key chains, and other items that can be displayed. The bags usually have a transparent plastic covering to protect the items. The meet up was hosted by two friendly ladies with many bags of their own. A bunch of people went and it was fun to see all the cute and crazy bags!

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One of them is running @itabagcentral on Instagram and they will have some online projects involving ita bags in the future.

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It was also free comic book day. Luckily the mall’s comic store, Gotham News Stand, was open and had a table with free comic issues laid out. By the time we reached the store however they were starting to run low on comics. I picked up a copy of I Hate Image since I like the series.

The dealer’s room had something for everyone. It was set up on the second floor in large room where a store might have been. Figures, plushies, retro video games, manga, DVDs, and posters were abound.

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There were so many lovely cosplayers! I was so happy to see Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon cosplays.

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Here is a slideshow of some of the other cosplays

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Pax South 2017 (Part 2)

Well after the Nintendo Switch I debated going back, but I didn’t really feel like doing the weird line again. So instead I tried a few indie games and this is the one the liked most.

The Painter’s Apprentice

This side-scrolling action game is inspired by art. The character uses his paint brush to fight enemies and advance in the game. You pick up paint tubes for more colors and can switch between colors. Only when you wield the same color as the monster you can defeat it. The backgrounds are inspired by different movements in art. I feel that aspect can be pushed a lot more, but I am happy there is interest in art history here. We will see though since it isn’t released yet.

Next up I played two games at the Trion booth!

I tried out an mmo called Trove.

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Pax South 2017 (part 1)

Pax South was a lot of fun this year. Pax is a video game convention. It was the first time I went solo to a convention. I met up with my friend here and there, but we had different agendas. It was also the first time I carried a journal with me to keep a captain’s log of my experience. Pax South is a three day event, but I’ve found two days are more than enough for me.

Pax South Day 1

The day started out with me getting into the wrong line for the expo hall. Good grief! I was kicking myself mentally and quickly made it to where I should have been. I love Fridays because it has a smaller crowd compared to the weekend. So this is the day for trying as many things as I could.

I headed first to the Nintendo Switch booth. The lines were confusing because one wrapped around the booth and others didn’t even have much space. They had to keep the line short so a person held an end cap sign at the end of the line. When I found the line to play Splatoon 2 I was turned away because they didn’t have room for people to line up. Ugh! So I walked around. I checked out some vendors and picked up a Team Skull scarf right away. I loved it so much! I think they are my favorite Pokemon villains of all time.

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The first game I played was Dauntless

I fought the monster featured in the video using a sword. It was awkward playing it at first (I don’t really play action-oriented games on the PC), but then it was quite fun! It grabbed my attention with a bright color palette and I heard it was similar to the Monster Hunter series. The characters are more cartoon-like than Monster Hunter. The monsters also seem to have rage modes (attack and speed increases for temporary amount of time plus different attacks). What I really loved was the fact there are no separate areas where the game had to load in order for you to explore the map. When you see the monster run away you can chase it in a way that feels quite natural. I enjoyed it although I’m not sure if I will be able to play it since my laptop isn’t anything special. I will keep an eye on this game though. I would like to get into an mmo type game again. At the moment you can sign up on the website and maybe get into the beta phase when it comes out.

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