Weekly Panda Roundup – Snipperclips Finale & Why I Love Anime Conventions

Welcome to another Weekly Panda Roundup! How was your weekend? Ours was busy, but fun! Crystal Dragon and I spent another weekend out of town for an anime convention! After many weeks of teasing a post about why we go to cons, I’m happy to finally share the reason below. We also have some videos to share, including the Grand Finale of our Snipperclips playthrough! We have a special thank you message for everyone who’s supported us in this series, and some news for the future of our channel.

So without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!

What’s Next for Pandas at Play – Special Announcements & Thanks

Our YouTube Channel, Pandas at Play, will be going through some changes, but we’re still going to strive to bring you quality Nintendo focused videos with our fun, quirky selves! With our Snipperclips playthrough reaching its finale this week, we wanted to share some words of gratitude and announcements for what’s to come.

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Weekly Panda Roundup – E3 Impressions of Every Conference

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend! Once again, ours was busy, thanks to a lot of big events lately — the biggest of which was my wonderful wife, Crystal Dragon’s birthday! Be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday! Of course, E3 was also last week, and we recorded a couple of videos to celebrate the exciting games conference. Plus, I have more impressions to share about each big press conference.

So without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!

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Video Roundup – Pandas at Play

Our YouTube channel is continuing to grow, and we owe it all to our wonderful subscribers and viewers. Thank you so much to all that helped us reach our milestone of 100 subscriptions! It means the world to us that you would watch, subscribe, like, comment, and share our content!

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Weekly Panda Roundup – 100 YouTube Subs Celebration!

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We had quite a fun, busy weekend at a large anime convention! I have some pictures to share, and have already shared some on my Twitter @MrPanda2002. But I’ll go more in-depth into those conventions we love to attend in upcoming roundups. For now, my wife and I have a special milestone to celebrate!

So without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!

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A huge THANK YOU from our plushies and us!

100 Subscriptions Celebration! THANK YOU!

We have exciting news about our YouTube Channel! We recently hit 100 subscribers, which we were certainly not expecting so soon! This is super crazy for us, and we’re so floored to reach this milestone! We’re incredibly thankful for all of you who have watched, subscribed, liked, shared, and commented on our videos! I still can’t believe how wonderful and kind you all have been through our journey. We hope you know how huge every one of your contributions have been. Your love and support go such a long way, and we can’t thank you enough for your kind words and encouragement!

Upon reaching this milestone, we now have our own personal URL – https://www.youtube.com/mrpanda2002 – I nearly had to hold back tears upon seeing the custom link to our channel. This means so much to me, and I’m grateful to have an identifiable URL that is distinctly ours in the vast land of YouTube.

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Weekly Panda Roundup – (S)NES Classic

Hi everyone! Welcome to the third edition of Weekly Panda Roundup! My wife and I had another exciting weekend, mostly due to a big comic convention that we attended. I’ll have more to share about that in the next few weeks, but first I have a story.

Behind the SNES Classic Video

Our latest video, a wish list of 30 games we’d like for the rumored SNES Classic Edition, wasn’t actually the planned video for this week. I originally had another video ready to go, until something went wrong with the audio, making the video nearly unwatchable. I salvaged what I could but no longer felt that it was worth uploading. I was devastated, but I was determined to get something up for our subscribers.

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That night, we channeled all that energy into making something bigger and better, and I actually had to learn some new editing skills to put the video together. And after many long hours of writing, recording, and editing, I’m so pleased about the final product! It’s truly a video that has risen from the ashes of something that could have been. And although I’m still a little bummed about the other video, I’m so glad that this new video has been received well. Thank you for your insightful comments and awesome ideas for the system! Be sure to check out the fun video that we poured our hearts into below!

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

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SNES Classic Top 30 Wish List

I sincerely hope you enjoy this video where Crystal Dragon and I discuss which 30 games we’d like to see on a hypothetical SNES Classic, why we think they’d be good fits for the mini console, and the likelihood that they could appear. The SNES has such a huge legacy, and there were many games we could have chosen. Please be sure to let us know what you want to see from our list as well as what you would like to see on your hypothetical SNES Classic! Enjoy!

Pandas at Play – Snipperclips Co-Op Part 4 – It’s-a-BE-AUT-I-FUL!

Part 4 our co-op playthrough of Snipperclips is up! In this episode, we start the second world, Retro Reboot, and make some of the most BE-AUT-I-FUL shapes. End sarcasm. Find out what ridiculous figures we cut each other up into in the video below! 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

Snake Pass – 2 Players with Separated Joy-Cons

Due to the aforementioned issue with the broken video, I apologize that we couldn’t upload the second part of our Snake Pass playthrough of us holding separate Joy-Con controllers. Though I had considered putting it up the day before or after the Snipperclips video, we ultimately decided to keep it consistently on Saturdays. It’ll also allow us to put the best content we can out there! So please look forward to that next Saturday!

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Until then, you can find the playlist with the first episode here – http://bit.ly/2pezKUq

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NES Classic!

Closely related to the rumored SNES Classic, we finally got our hands on the real deal, the NES Classic! After months of repeatedly missing out on this rare 30-game compilation and the news that Nintendo was discontinuing the system, I believed it was all over.

And I was fine with that. It’s a 30-game collection on a fun miniature console, yes, but I played most of those games or could get them on Virtual Console. Besides, I had never even seen the NES Classic on shelves. The closest I ever got to one was being right behind another lucky individual who brought his NES Classic home. At least I hope he did as opposed to what else he could do with the system… Then came word of Best Buy’s reported final shipment, and we were determined to line up early for this.

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It wasn’t our first time lining up for something. After all, just at this past convention, we did a lot of that for autographs. Not to mention, we’ve had to line up for amiibo multiple times to fulfill our extensive collection. Even then, we weren’t always successful in these endeavors. Recently, I even had a nightmare story about the horrors that happened during the Wal-Mart midnight Nintendo Switch launch!

Arriving early on the morning of the final shipment, we got one out of only seven mini consoles in a line of 20+ people! Though I wish there were more stock for all the people waiting, I was so ecstatic once I held it in my hands! After nearly missing out on this system forever and a horrible Switch launch experience, it felt so good to have a launch go well…even though this is technically a release of a system that’s been out since November. Hmm, there are so many things wrong with this NES Classic situation. If the SNES Classic actually happens, I can only hope Nintendo learns from this. Oh well, one thing at time, I guess. 🙂

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I’ll be sure to write more about my acquisition in the next few weeks!

Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading this issue Weekly Panda Roundup! On Thursday, I’ll be posting a new video review! And for the next roundup, I’ll be writing a special feature about those comic conventions we’ve been attending! See you next time!

How was your weekend? Have you ever lined up for a console, amiibo, or any other product? Were you able to get the NES Classic, anytime between launch and now? What would you like on the rumored SNES Classic? Let me know what you think about NES Classic, the unconfirmed SNES Classic, or any of our videos in the comments section below! Thank you for reading! Have a great week!

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!