Amiibo Cards for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Oh boy, Nintendo did get it right: Combine a cute franchise with a collector’s motivation and prepare yourself for the onslaught of money. That said, here is what I’m looking for as well as what I have to offer:

On offer, US cards:
004 Sable
008 Timmy
009 Digby
020 Curt
024 Kyle
028 Jambette
036 Alli
052 Poppy
065 Midge
072 Lionel

On offer, EU cards:
004 Sable
006 Resetti (4x)
007 Joan
008 Timmy (2x)
009 Digby
013 Saharah (2x)
015 Tortimer
017 Lottie
018 Bob
019 Fauna
025 Al
045 Octavian
054 Deena
061 Tutu
065 Midge
088 Clay

By the way, the only difference between EU and US cards is the addition of two more names on the EU ones.

This is what I’m looking for:
001 Isabelle
005 Kapp’n
010 Pascal
011 Harriet
014 Luna
016 Lyle
023 Cheri
026 Renée
029 Rasher
030 Tiffany
033 Bill
034 Kiki
037 Kabuki
039 Jitters
042 Marcie
043 Puck
044 Shari
048 Sterling
050 Punchy
053 Limberg
056 Bangle
058 Monique
060 Samson
062 T-Bone
063 Mint
064 Pudge
067 Flurry
069 Bella
070 Biff
071 Yuka
074 Cobb
076 Jeremiah
077 Cherry
079 Truffles
081 Eunice
082 Goose
083 Annalisa
085 Pancetti
090 Axel
091 Muffy
092 Henry
095 Peanut
096 Cole
099 Molly

Anyone wanna trade?


Hiatus ends now!

As @katgonegamer so wonderfully started a new blog over there, I can’t help but comment on her first post.
See, I might write about games here more often than not, but I don’t consider myself a gamer. It’s not that playing video games does not incorporate quite a number of my free hours (I’m looking at you here, Monster Hunter 4 ultimate!), but that my interests aren’t limited to video games. I enjoy reading comics as well. (Yeah, I know this is the geeky way.) I read literature. (I teach English, so that is pretty obvious.), and I also have an active interest in history (Being a history teacher this is again obvious.) Then I like to program (Captain Obvious to the rescue–I teach ICT as well.)

As I’ve just realized, I haven’t been playing video games for a rather long time. I fondly remember the games I played in my youth: Summer Games, Summer Games II, Winter Games, Roland’s Rat Race, Ultima V, Bards Tale II, Space Taxi and quite a lot more. All of these I played on the C=64. I switched to a PC shortly before going to university and played a bit of Doom and Heretic. LaterI enjoyed Age of Empires and Age of Kings as well as Starcraft. Then my interest in games dwindled away for a long time and was only reawakened when my firstborn got a Nintendo 3DS XL for Christmas. Quite a long hiatus.

That said, I have been playing on my Nintendo 3DS for well over a year and can’t imagine ever giving it up again.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (AKA #mh4u)

If you have a look here, you will notice that I was excited about two new titles for the Nintendo 3DS family. One of them was Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate which was released on 13/2/2015.

I’ve already sunk ten+ hours into the game (and I’m still at HR1, I’m probably getting old) so I think I’m able to give you my two cents about it.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

 Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is my first step into the series. I’ve only played the corresponing demo (and got completely thrashed by the second monster) and liked it.

There are some really nice things about the game. First of all, even if it is damned hard to actually solve the real solo quests, there are beginners quests teaching you how to use the individual weapons. In them you get a short introduction to whatever weapon you have selected and then the chance to use your recently acquired knowledge to take out a Great Jaggi in an arena. This way, you quickly find out which weapon(s) are to your liking. Or which weapons you should avoid at all costs. Like great swords for example. Cool to block, lots of damage but rather slow and therefore hard to use against quick monsters (Hint: they’re all quick!)

The second thing I really like is exploring the world. To solve the quests you have to explore the surroundings, collect herbs, find bugs and then combine what you have found for potions. Apart from standard quests (Here, kill this beast! Here, find X and kill Y!) there are exploration missions where you enter uncharted territory to find (and of course slay) new monsters. Makes a nice difference, because you don’t know which monsters you will encounter.

Third and last: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate lets you hunt together via local multiplayer or the Internet. Just collect 3 other hunters and go for a guild hall quest. Trust me, it is fun to tackle a big one together. (It also is fun to fail together, if the big one was simply too big.)


New Nintendo #3DS Titles announced!

Well, I’ve just seen the first Nintendo Direct of 2015 and I have to say that I’m impressed of what will be coming for the 3DS!

There will be loads of good titles, but here is my personal need-to-get-one:

Fire Emblem: ?

There is no definite title yet, but what you can see in the trailer is simply awesome. I really can’t wait for this title to be released. Fire Emblem: Awakening was totally cool and loaded up with DLC content. From what we can see in the video, this will be a worthy update to the series!

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Also intersting to see was the new Monster Hunter Ultimate 4. Looks like I might get that one, too. There will be a demo out to give it a test run, but so far I’ve not managed to get a download code for it. :(

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.I would never have believed this, but you can make a role-playing-game with two iconic humorous characters: Mario &Luigi!

OK, it is not completely a role-playing-game. There still is plenty of jumping and searching for stuff and even the fights (while being turn based) are full of action. Simply because you not only select your attack but also have to do it. The same goes for blocking your opponent’s attacks. Better keep your eyes open (so that you know which of the two brothers is going to be attacked) and your finger in check. When you are too slow or too quick to block, the block will fail.

But what really makes the cookies crumble are the items you can acquire along your journey through Luigi’s dreams. Whereas more standard games have different swords, staffs or wands ready for you, the Dream Team Bros. offers old boots, weak boots, so-so boots, etc. to give just one example. The designers have given their best and made sure that you have trouble concentrating because of the sheer amount of giggles and squees you emit while playing the title.


The top ten, being my most played games in 2014

One really nice thing about the Nintendo 3DS is the activity log. It lets you find out how many hours you actually spend playing. (It also counts your steps, but really, who would be interested in that?) So, without further ado, here is my list of the top 10 most played games in 2014:

10. Luigi’s Mansion 2

Luigi's Mansion 2
Luigi’s Mansion 2

This one is a no brainer. I have always liked this brother more and the game itself is simply adorable. The only downside is the use of automatic saves. I really hate it when you just can’t save when you want to and have to finish a level to save your progress.
It has a cool multiplayer part, too!

9. Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart DS

Even if I have by now upgraded to Mario Kart 7, this one ended up quite often in my 3DS. Rightfully so, simply because of it’s multiplayer options (and because my daughter has a cartridge, too, and often asks me for a race.)

8. LEGO The Hobbit

LEGO The Hobbit
LEGO The Hobbit

Combine LEGO and J.R.R. Tolkien? Yes, of course!

7. LEGO Lord Of The Rings

LEGO The Lord Of The Rings
LEGO The Lord Of The Rings

See #8!

6. LEGO Batman 2

LEGO Batman 2
LEGO Batman 2

LEGO and DC Comics? Batman? Count me in! I’m such a sucker for the LEGO games. They have a great innocent humour as well as great gameplay and design (Ok, all but one: LEGO Marvel totally sucks!).

5. Shin Megami Tensai IV

Shin Megami Tensai IV
Shin Megami Tensai IV

This one was only released as a download from the eShop. We also got it later than the rest of the world. Well, better late than never, because it is a fine role playing game and one of the hardest I’ve ever played as well. Definitely not for the casual gamer.

4. Fire Emblem: Awakening

Fire Emblem: Awakening
Fire Emblem: Awakening

I bought this one thinking it was a role playing game. Turned out that it was more of a strategy game set in a fantasy world. Still, it is a great game which is highly playable even for non-hardcore-strategists because of its two difficulty settings.

3. Bravely Default

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy

See here.

2. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

You probably can’t believe it, but this was my first ever Pokemon game. That said, I really enjoy playing it. The difficulty is about right, there is tons of stuff to do (Collecting Pokemon is slightly addictive, to say the least!) even if I have neither interest in breeding the critters or taking part in any tournaments. I’m definitely giving Pokemon X a try, too,  in the not so near future!

1. Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life
Fantasy Life

See here.
Simply a great game with a maniac supporting community!

SpillPass works rather nicely!

In a previous post I wrote about giving SpillPass a try. Well, on New Years Eve I got a chance to replace my Raspberry Pi (B model) with a Raspberry Pi (B+ model). The B+ model is now used as a media centre and performs this job quite nicely.

With the old B model I gave SpillPass a try. I downloaded the image, dd’ed it to a spare 8GB SD card and booted up the Pi. It went up quite nicely, apart from the fact that it would choke on the first two USB wifi cards I tried to use. (Both the Edimax EW-7811UN as well as the Netgear G54 do not work with SpillPass.) The one card that did the trick was the Netgear WNA1100. (This, by the way, is the only card that will work with the Lego Mindstorms EV3 brick. You might wish to keep that in mind, too.)

Raspberry Pi B with Netgear WNA1100
Raspberry Pi B with Netgear WNA1100


A few minutes later I got the Eon-ticket for Pokemon Alpha Sapphire!
Yay me! 😉

Nintendo Zone/Streetpass

One really cool thing about the Nintendo 3DS is Streetpass. It’s an exchange of game items, avatars and more with other 3DS users playing the same games. Your game console just needs to have wifi turned on and be in sleep mode for the magic to happen. Ideally you pass a lot of other owners and collect lots of goddies that way.

In truth, however, things look a bit different. On my commute as well as at my job, I’m the only 3DS owner. If I were in a rural area, this would be extremely devastating as I had no chance of collecting certain game items. (Hello, Eon-ticket in Pokemon ORAS!)

Nintendo Zone

Enter the option to use the Nintendo Zone in certain McDonalds fast food joints. But checking those frequently is both not a good choice for your wallet and neither for your health.

Some smart people have found a solution for both problems: Homezone. In short, you create your own Nintendo Zone right at home and welcome Streetpass visitors this way. You can use your computer to do this, or, even better, use a spare Raspberry Pi for it: SpillPass!

In totally unrelated news, I just ordered a second Raspberry Pi.