Lost Sphear (Switch) Review

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Memories are powerful – they allow you to recall details from the past and actively shape your future. In the role-playing game Lost Sphear, Square Enix and Tokyo RPG Factory present a supernatural take on the influence of memories. Using a game design heavily inspired by the 1995 classic Chrono Trigger, Lost Sphear evokes nostalgia for the golden age of Super Nintendo RPGs, but it also introduces mechanics that build upon those fondly remembered games. Most importantly, it improves upon issues that were present in the developer’s previous title, I Am Setsuna.

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Weekly Panda Roundup – I Am Setsuna, Snake Pass, and Mario at Target & McDonald’s

Hi everyone and Happy May Day! Welcome to another edition of Weekly Panda Roundup! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I had a fun one filled with games and random game-related excursions. I have some fun videos and news to share this week, so read and enjoy!

And without further ado, it’s time to round ‘em up!

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We can’t stress enough how grateful we are for your support for our YouTube channel!

I value every comment you all leave. And this week, I wanted to shout out two special people who have made me smile this week! A huge thank you to kmerrill8276 for leaving such encouraging comments on every one of our videos! Your comment of how enjoyable our playthroughs on our last Snipperclips video meant so much to me and really made my day in ways you probably can’t even imagine!

And another special shout-out to LightningEllen, who not only has left such kind and wonderful comments, but also went out of her way to make her very first YouTube comments on our videos! Gosh, I don’t know if you realize how much that means to me, but thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Seriously, thank you all! It warms our hearts every time you share our videos and leave such awesome comments!

I Am Setsuna Video Review

I have not one, not two, but three videos to share this week! First, I uploaded my second ever video review, following my first one of Breath of the Wild. This time, I looked at the Switch version of Square Enix’s I Am Setsuna, an RPG throwback to ‘90s classics like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy. Square Enix established the company Tokyo RPG Factory to make nostalgic adventures like this one, but how is it? Find out in my video review, and please let me know what you think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake Pass Co-Op – Playing with Separate Joy-Cons

We’re very excited to share the second part of our special playthrough of Snake Pass for Switch. We’re playing through the entire game, each holding a separate Joy-Con for a unique co-op experience. Crystal Dragon is in charge of steering and coiling the snake, and I help it move forward and upward. Attempting to coordinate our controls made us laugh so hard, despite all the frustrating deaths. In fact, this episode features a death montage as we attempt to get a particularly tough collectible. This is worth watching just to see our ridiculously silly faces, because yes, we now have a facecam! This was a very fun experiment that we want to continue, so please enjoy! And let us know if you’d like to see a 100% playthrough (at the cost of our sanity)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find the full playlist starting with the first episode here – http://bit.ly/2pezKUq

Snipperclips Co-Op Part 5 – Bad Hair Day

Part 5 our co-op playthrough of Snipperclips is up! We hope you’ll enjoy as we continue snipping and clipping through the 8-bit world, Retro Reboot. In this episode, we do normal people things like freeing caged birds, replacing racecar tires, and controlling a princess with a joystick, assuming her troublesome hair allows it! As always, you can start with this video or from the first episode here.

 

 

 

 

 

You can find the full playlist starting at Part 1 – Stabby Sticks here: http://bit.ly/2nFmc5v

What I’ve Been Playing

As a lead-in to talking about recent Mario promotions around town, I wanted to share that I am indeed playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! You’ll see more about that soon, but I wanted to extend an invitation to play together! My Nintendo Switch friend code is SW-3611-4684-6706. Please feel free to add me and we can race or try out the improved Battle Mode together online! We can also play other games online if you wish! 🙂

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Add me on the Switch!

Mario Kart at Target

Something special happened to me on my grocery shopping trip to Target last week. What began as an errand to get food became a real Mario adventure.  I had known that this promotion was happening, but entering Target surprised me nonetheless.

 

 

That entrance was epic. I also took pictures of my special Peach-themed Kart and the Mario and Luigi heads right outside the store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mario at McDonald’s

My journey didn’t stop at Target, as even McDonald’s had a piece of Mario to share. Their new Happy Meal toys are Mario-themed, and I just had to check them out. My first Happy Meal, which I unashamedly bought, had the toy I most desired: Luigi stuck in a pipe!

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Luigi: Help me… Marioooooooo!

We eventually made a return trip to McDonald’s after a tip from the wonderful ladies at DoubleJump that we can just buy the toys without the meal. We, again without shame, asked specifically to purchase Mario and Yoshi and were surprised to find some extras!

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This really did make me Happy!

Mario Marketing

Needless to say, I’m always happy to see Nintendo make a big presence through cross-promotional materials and advertisement. I’m somewhat used to Happy Meal and Kid’s Meal toys after collecting Mario/Pokemon toys as a child (and later an adult), so McDonald’s promotion was bound to happen. But what Nintendo did at Target stores is beyond cool. It made me extremely happy just to go grocery shopping, and I can only imagine how kids must have felt going into the store and being greeted by Mario

I hope Nintendo continues to promote its characters in unlikely venues like Target. Their properties are some of the companies’ greatest strengths, and reaching out more to kids who go to these establishments with their parents is a smart move. Everything about the Target promotion leads people towards MK8 Deluxe in the electronics section, which is effective marketing.

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In fact, I find Nintendo’s marketing in general to have improved with the Switch launch. They’ve produced relevant and exciting trailers for their newest system. The Switch itself is easy to understand, unlike the Wii U, but I have to admit that I’ve seen more Switch advertisements on TV and movie theaters than I ever did for the Wii U. Perhaps that can be attributed to the company’s recent success with both the system and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling extremely well. For a simple but great upgrade to a 2014 kart-racer to be the fastest-selling Mario Kart in history says something about how Nintendo is doing lately.

On a final note, I’m glad Nintendo went with Target to promote Mario as opposed to another certain store which shall not be named…

Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading this issue of Weekly Panda Roundup! On Thursday, I’ll be posting something special for one of my newest acquisitions! Although this particular round-up was going to be about the anime and comic conventions I went to, I ended up changing the subject for some special Mario-related news. But don’t worry, I will be posting more about conventions soon after I attend a particularly big one in a few weeks. So until then, see you next time!

How was your weekend? What games are you playing? Have you been able to check out some of Nintendo’s latest Mario promotions? Let me know what you think of our videos and share your thoughts in the comments section below! Thank you for reading! Have a great week!

I Am Setsuna (Switch) Review

Winter is Coming

If you’re a fan of old-school Super Nintendo RPGs, then I Am Setsuna may have caught your eye at least once. RPG juggernaut Square Enix formed the studio Tokyo RPG Factory, specifically to develop throwbacks to that era, and I Am Setsuna is its debut project. While there are clear comparisons to the time-travel classic Chrono Trigger, this game manages to stand out from its inspirations, but not necessarily in the best way.

Here is my video review for your viewing pleasure!

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