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 – ARMS, SNES Classic, & amiibo Podcast

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! If you’re celebrating any summer holidays like the 4th of July or Canada Day, hope you’re having a wonderful time! We had a vacation last week during a big time of transition, so this weekly roundup will cover the last couple of weeks, which brought us a brand new Nintendo IP, the revelation of the awaited SNES Classic, and a surprise podcast appearance where I talk about the joys of those lovely figurines, amiibo!

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

Pandas at Play Video Announcements

Our YouTube channel is continuing to grow, and we owe it all to our wonderful subscribers and viewers. We will be making some changes and updates to our schedule following our new transitions. But we think they’ll be for the better!

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Weekly Panda Roundup – My Birthday Celebration at a Pac-Man Restaurant

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend! We just had another out-of-town weekend, but we had a lot of fun! We’ve been very busy lately and missed out on a Weekly Panda Roundup as a result. But I also have a pretty good reason: I was celebrating my birthday last week! I have more on that soon, but first, let’s round ‘em up!

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Video Roundup – Pandas at Play

My wife and I, the Pandas at Play, are 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! We hope to keep making fun, quality videos and trying new things on our channel! So stay tuned to see what’s on the horizon for us!

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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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We can’t stress enough how grateful we are for your support for our YouTube channel! Seriously, thank you all! It warms our hearts every time you share our videos and leave such awesome comments!

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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!

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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!

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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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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Racetrack

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 – 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!