Weekly Panda Roundup – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Snipperclips, and Free Comics

Hi everyone! Mr. Panda here with a new edition of Weekly Panda Roundup! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I’ve got some great videos and stories to share, so please enjoy your stay as we round ‘em up!

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Top 10 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tracks

In our latest video (and also my 50th post here on WordPress, yay!), my wife Crystal Dragon and I ranked our Top 10 favorite tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. There are so many great ones, and it was hard to choose. But we think you’ll enjoy the 10 amazing ones we picked out. Please let us know what your favorite tracks are too! We’d love to know what you think!

Snipperclips Co-Op Part 6 – Sleeping with the Fishes

Part 6 our co-op playthrough of Snipperclips is up! In this episode, we continue the second world, Retro Reboot! In this episode of our co-op playthrough of Snipperclips, we solve more puzzles hook, line, and sinker, while making bad jokes! It’s probably why we ended up sleeping with the fishes. Check out the fun below! As always, you can start with this video or from the first episode here.

Please be sure to check it out! CrystalDragon did an excellent job helping me edit this one, so be sure to show her your support. She truly is wonderful!

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

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

Unfortunately, we hit a snag with some of the videos or the series, and we weren’t able to upload an episode of our Snake Pass series, in which we play together while holding separate Joy-Cons. As it turns out, using a webcam and recording Snake Pass was deemed too ridiculous for our computer to handle. While we are figuring things out, we are going to be changing the schedule for our Snake Pass series to every other Saturday. Please understand.

Until then, please enjoy our latest episode, where we struggle to coordinate our shared controls to the point where we were able to include a death montage! You can see our hilarious faces on camera, so enjoy!

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

What I’ve Been Playing

I’m still playing through Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! I was finally able to unlock Gold Mario by getting the gold in every cup at 200cc. And let me tell you, it’s quite hard! If you thought 150cc was fast, 200cc is ridiculously lightning-quick, and braking is a MUST. That’s not even mentioning the cruelty of items and the crazy computer players constantly ganging up on me with blue and red shells. Is it worth it to get the Gold? The character of Gold Mario is a fun novelty, but don’t lose your mind over it! He’s only a palette swap!

Take that Pink Gold Peach!

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!

Add me for fun Switch multiplayer! SW-3611-4684-6706

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day was this past weekend! As the name suggests, you can walk into comic book shops and pick up free comic books. The idea is to get customers into their local shops, and shops have been packed the last few years I’ve gone.

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Our Free Comic Book Day haul!

This was our haul this year. Neither of us are actually huge into comic books, but we love several things, represented here. First of all, as you may already know, we’re huge fans of anime and manga (Japanese comics). And as Nintendo fans, we’re obviously fans of The Legend of Zelda. Naturally, when we saw the free sampler for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga, we had to snatch it! I own the original Ocarina of Time manga and am glad to see the series is still going strong with Twilight Princess. Our highlights so far are Midna’s wonderful manga form and Link’s handsome boy look. Plus, he talks in the manga!

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Ok, Link looks really cute here…

Then, there’s Attack on Titan, whose mainstream popularity has exceeded what we could have expected from modern anime nowadays. This particular anthology collects western artists’ fan comics based on the franchise, and it’s interesting to see a different take. For instance, the stories deal more with life circumstances or personal stories as opposed to the high-stakes Titan fights from the original. Besides that, we also like Avatar (James Cameron’s giant smurf version, though we also enjoy The Last Airbender) and The Simpsons. In fact, I’ve recently been introducing old seasons of The Simpsons to my wife who had never seen it! It’s such a rush laughing out loud to all the classics!

We’re also fans of Marvel, although we aren’t very familiar with the comics. We, like many of the moviegoing public, are fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films like The Avengers, Captain America, and most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (pictured below). I’m not a big movie person at all, unless it’s an anime movie. But I will sit through and actually enjoy Marvel movies. I know they’re all practically the same movie, but I feel comfortable watching their trademark blend of action and quippy comedy. I also like the idea of having a serial timeline between different movies. It makes it more epic when they come together for the group Avengers films.

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Had a fun time watching this last weekend! What did you think?

Though we only have a casual fandom to Marvel’s actual comics, we want to try getting into them sometime, especially since we already watch the movies and play board games dedicated to those classic heroes. The comic we got for FCBD, Secret Empire, features a juicy storyline about Captain America and his possibly suspicious allegiances. Color us intrigued. Assuming they don’t adapt any of these storylines to the separate film universe, we’d love to get more into western superhero comics in general. If you are into Marvel or DC, let us know what you think are good, recent storylines to get into!

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Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading this issue Weekly Panda Roundup! On Thursday, I’ll be posting my latest video review! And look forward to the latest hilarious episode of our co-op Snake Pass Separate Joy-Cons playthrough on Saturday! Until then, see you next time!

How was your weekend? What games are you playing? What did you think of the videos? What are your favorite and least favorite tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? What are your favorite comics, manga, or superhero movies? Thanks for reading and watching!

Weekly Panda Roundup – Snake Pass and Zelda Escape Game – Defenders of the Triforce

Hi everyone! Welcome to the second edition of Weekly Panda Roundup! Happy Belated Easter! My wife and I had a jampacked weekend with family and friends, including our first road trip with the Switch and a very special experience. We got to participate in Defenders of the Triforce, the premiere “Real Escape Game” based on The Legend of Zelda. I have some spoiler-free impressions about the event.

Let’s start with this week’s uploaded videos, starting with a very special video that where we experience co-op in a unique way! Without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!

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Snake Pass – 2 Players with Separated Joy-Cons

Our first video is very special! We played Snake Pass for Switch together, each holding a separate Joy-Con for a unique co-op experience. Crystal Dragon was in charge of steering the snake, and I pushed its gas pedal. Attempting to coordinate our controls made us laugh so hard, despite all the frustrating deaths. This is worth watching just to see our ridiculously silly faces, because yes, we now have a facecam! It’s definitely odd for us to see our faces on the YouTubes, and we hope it looks good! This was a very fun experiment that we want to continue, so please enjoy!

Currently, my plan is to upload them on Saturdays, but I may move it to an earlier day of the week, so be on the lookout. Either way, the playlist can be found here – http://bit.ly/2pezKUq

Pandas at Play – Snipperclips

Part 3 of our playthrough of Snipperclips is up! If you haven’t watched the first episode, you can start with this one or catch the first part here. In one of our oddest episodes yet, we destroy tons of Easter eggs, contemplate bird parenthood, and give birth to the Owl Rangers! GO GO OWL RANGERS!

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

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Defenders of the Triforce – Zelda Escape Game Impressions

Note: There are no spoilers for any clues or solutions. These are impressions of the event itself.

This past weekend, my wife, some of our very close friends, and I participated in Scrap Entertainment’s Real Escape Game based on Zelda – Defenders of the Triforce (http://scrapzelda.com/). It was our first time being in an escape game, although we’d always wanted to try one ever since playing through the excellent Zero Escape trilogy. If you’ve ever played an escape room, the concept is very similar. Instead of being locked in a room, you and your team of six sit at a table in a large banquet hall.

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The premise is that you have one hour (which Zelda informs you in a humorous video) to retrieve the Master Sword to defeat Ganon. And what an hour of puzzles it is! Though you start out solving brain teasers together at the table, the game requires you to physically explore the hall to reach locations based on Ocarina of Time – for instance, Zora’s Domain and Kokiri Forest. In each station, cosplaying actors guide you inside the areas, provided you have access. As you get more clues, props, and additional puzzles, you are tasked with putting all the pieces together in mind-benders that test all kinds of intelligence, including thinking outside the box.

Our group was one of the 13 out of 32 that successfully obtained the Master Sword! It didn’t come easy, but I was so proud of our team’s excellent camaraderie as we moved from puzzle to puzzle. This escape game values teamwork and the different strengths each member may have. It’s a thrill traveling with your team and making huge revelations that others may have missed.

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After the hour was up, the emcee went over the answers with the group, resulting in laughter and sighs. Afterwards, we took photobooth pictures with fun Zelda props. Finally, we all got to play in a special Switch lounge, where we could try out Breath of the Wild, Snipperclips, and 1-2 Switch. Of course, I tried out 1-2 Switch, playing the notorious milking game and “copy dance,” which actually ended up being fun, especially in an energetic setting.

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Overall, I had a blast in the Defenders of the Triforce. It was one of the most unique and fun experiences that I was so thankful to have finally had. I had qualms going in, thinking that it wouldn’t be as good as a traditional escape room and that having 31 other teams would be distracting. The game does an excellent job putting clues all over the place, preventing it from being a strict paper-and-pencil ordeal. And even though the tables are bunched up next to each other, we were so focused on our own puzzles that we did not overhear other teams (and vice versa). The cosplay actors and props were pretty good, and the OoT domains looked decent with colored curtains surrounding them. However, I wish there was more of an effort to pretty up the banquet hall. The setting literally consisted of round tables in a warehouse-looking joint.

Obviously, I wouldn’t be able to do this game again, but I’d love to try other Real Escape Games. They advertised ones based on Final Fantasy XIV and Attack on Titan, and I’d jump on any of those opportunities. Currently, the Defenders of the Triforce game is reaching its end. Chances are, you either went or didn’t at this point. That said, I hope that if they do a second round of cities, that anyone who wants to try it out gets the chance. It’s an awesome experience to share with friends – and they don’t even have to like Zelda to solve the puzzles or enjoy themselves! I highly recommend the Defenders of the Triforce and eagerly anticipate anything else Scrap Entertainment puts out!

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Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading this issue Weekly Panda Roundup! On Thursday, I’ll hopefully be posting a special video that our subscribers will appreciate! Thanks again for your support! See you next time!

How was your weekend? Did you have a great Easter if you celebrated it? What did you think of the videos? Have you ever done the Zelda Escape Game or any other kind of “Escape Room” experience, and what did you think? What kind of themed escape games would you like to try? Let me know in the comments section below! Have a great week!