Posted in Gaming, Wii U

Earthbound: Tessie, Zombies and UFOs

It’s been a while since I’ve played Earthbound on my Wii U. One of my May goals was to make progress in the game this month, and I did some of that today. Back in December, I got the team out of Twoson by hitching a ride with the Runaway Five.

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Once I got to the city of Threed, however, I found it locked down under a zombie infestation. I kept hearing that there’s a path hidden behind the graveyard, so I did a little snooping and leveling with my team.

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After a creepy run-in with some zombies that stared into my soul rather than eating me, I saw this strange woman walk into the hotel. Following her (which I knew was a bad idea) got me ambushed by a bunch of zombies in a hotel room. We woke up in an underground cell of some sort, unable to get out.

Well, Paula used her whatever-power to send a message to someone we’d never met before. But someone she’d knew could help us. This happened to be a kid named Jeff, who was in a private school in a place named Winters.

Jeff didn’t pause a moment before gathering up stuff and breaking out of the school in response. He befriended a bubble-gum chewing monkey, and the path led him through a wintery forest, down to a pond. The shore was littered with people who were watching for the legendary Tessie – a Loch Ness Monster spin off.

Of course, Tessie is real. Jeff and the monkey catch a ride south.

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Tessie happens to drop Jeff off next to Stonehenge. He then continues south, where he has the privileged of passing through the dungeon created by none other than Brick Road, who wants to become “the first combination of human and dungeon in history.”

Beyond that, Jeff discovers the lab of his father, Dr. Andonuts, who allows him to take the flying Sky Runner… which looks mysteriously a lot like a UFO.

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Jeff hones in on the sound of Paula’s call, which takes him to where the team is locked under the graveyard in Threed.

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Sadly, Jeff does crash-land the Sky Runner, so we’re unable to use it after that point. However, he succeeds in breaking us out of the jail.

So now it’s zombie butt-kicking time (I hope)!

Posted in Gaming, Health & Fitness, Wii U

Wellness: Starting Wii Fit U

wiifituBack when the original Wii Fit was all the rage, it convinced me to purchase the Wii. It was tough to get your hands on one, so I ended up picking one up second hand. It worked just fine, I bought a brand new Wii Fit with the board and everything, and really did enjoy it, despite all of the original game’s quirks. What I loved most was the Yoga poses, and I tried to get about 15 mins of Yoga in as much as I could day to day.

Eventually, my usage dwindled off, of course. And then the Wii Fit Plus came out, fixing a lot of the issues players had with the original game (like no workout routines). It also used the same balance board and imported all my data from the original Wii Fit game, so that made me happy.

Wellness Goals

I will be the first to say that I haven’t been keeping up with my wellness goals as much as I’d like to. I have been doing my best to prevent myself from wandering out to fast food lunches lately, trying to drink more water, and tried to implement a little more greenery in my diet. But I haven’t been active like I should be. Somehow, I’ve still lost two pounds since January. I’ll take it.

The past few weeks, I’ve been dealing with consistent aches and pains through my hips and lower back. Kinda like when you sleep on something the wrong way… except this is all the time. Because I haven’t been super active, I  considered what I could do to increase flexibility and work out the aches and pains in my muscles. Something that was gentle.

Then I thought about the yoga I used to do on the Wii Fit, and decided to check out the newest version of Wii Fit, for the Wii U. I discovered the game still used the original balance board, and mine is in great working order still, so I purchased the game by itself without the board or meter. Right now, though, the cost for Wii Fit U on Amazon is a really good deal considering I payed around $70 – $80 for the original years ago.

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So my game came in yesterday, and I sat down with it for the first time this morning. I was happy that it still recognized my Wii Fit Plus data, which was moved over from my old Wii when I upgraded to the Wii U. So all my old records, some from over 5 years ago, are still there on the new game. Yay!

I also liked how they implemented the Mii Verse through something called Gyms. You can join a gym (I joined Beginners) and see other people’s Miis and their goals, and give them props for reaching their accomplishments.

The only thing I played with was the routines, where I quickly set myself up a short yoga routine. Everything worked pretty much like I remembered, and it felt pretty good to do some of my old favorite yoga poses. While there was nothing intense about it, for someone like me, holding yoga poses helps to stretch problem areas, work on balance and strengthen endurance in some muscles. I felt a little better afterwards, and will certainly keep trying to work it into my day from here on out.

Sure, it’s not a hardcore workout, but it’s the start of forming a gentle habit that could lead to more rigorous activity in the future. Given the aches I’m  having, I think this is a good, gradual way to work activity into my schedule.

Posted in Gaming, Geek Stuff, Wii U

Disc Drive Space: The Final Frontier

spaceI’ve been obsessed with disc drive space lately, and data drives of all shapes and sizes. It started with the PNY micro SD card that I bought during an Amazon lightning sale in December, which successfully tempted me to purchase my new Shield 1-K tablet. I’m being totally honest – while I had some temptation to pick up a new tablet, it wasn’t until the micro SD went on sale that I took the plunge. Go figure.

And then, Syn gifted me a new SSD drive for my PC, which I haven’t yet installed. But it did get me obsessively cleaning up my hard drive for the move. So I’ve been moving tons of files to my RAWR disc – which is my affectionate name for my external backup hard drive.

Well, the micro SD card I bought for my tablet kept mysteriously coming unseated and totally disappearing. Once it even said it was corrupted and I needed to reformat it. But every time, reseating it fixed the issue.

A bit nervous about this – I heard about the fraud cards passing around Amazon – I did a full out memory test on the SD card using the H2testw program someone on Amazon suggested. It tested fine, so I was curious, and decided to pick up a second, smaller SD card – a SanDisk this time. That way, I can test to see if it’s my tablet randomly unseating the SD card, or if maybe it just didn’t like the brand.

In the meantime, I decided to use the PNY card as a backup to the RAWR disc. So it has become the official Mini RAWR. I also purchased a holder for my SD cards because I’m starting to amass them.

That Wii U

nintendo_wii_u_blackOn the other hand, I realized that even though I have no other large game except Splatoon installed directly on my Wii U drive, that I had less than half the drive of open space. Heck, the Yoshi save file was eating up 3 GB and Mario Kart wasn’t much better at 2 GB. My Wii U drive space was disappearing fast.

I’ve been kicking around the idea of an external hard drive for it for a while. Since still I had gifted cash for the EShop that I wanted to use (still eyeing Minecraft…), I knew I’d need more space if I was going to download more games. But I held off because I was under the impression I needed to get a self-powered USB drive.

After a bit of research, I found that wasn’t true. If you pick up a portable USB drive, you just must use a Y cable and attach the drive to both of the Wii U’s USB slots in order to properly power it. So, I bought a 1TB WD My Passport and the needed Y cable, which both came in yesterday. I hooked them up, transferred a bulk of my data, and it’s working like a charm. Very happy to have 1TB space on my Wii U! 😀

Realization

That’s when I struck me… I have three flip-folders of old CDs and DVDs taking up space on a corner shelf in my bedroom. Many of them are backups from years ago. Some of them are music. Some are anime discs, back before Crunchyroll existed (heh). Why the heck do I have all of these on disc taking up space when I could transfer them over to SD or an external hard drive?

And to go even further than that, I have boxes and boxes of old VHS tapes taking up space in my other closet. So what can I do about that? Chances are, I’m never going to break out my old VCR for anything… can I transfer them to digital and save space? I’ve learned the answer is yes. And it’s not even that difficult or expensive!

Now I just need another WD My Passport to hold the rest of my converted stuff! XD

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2015 Holiday Recap

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Welcome to my first official non-microblog post on this blog! I know it’s a little late to be looking back on the holidays of 2015, but I was away from blogging for most of that time, so there’s a lot to catch up with!

I spent the holiday out of town alternating between my sister’s house and Syn’s house. All in all, I brought back some pretty awesome loot from both locations in terms of games and geeky things. I didn’t buy much of anything from this year’s Steam Winter Sale, however – just the TyranoBuilder Visual Novel software for upcoming projects.

Aside from that, it’s been a heavily Nintendo holiday (something I wouldn’t have expected only a year ago). I got:

  • Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS (my sister)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3D World Wii U (Syn)
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer (Al)
  • $40 worth of Wii U eShop currency (Syn)

I’m still up in the air about what I’m going to use that on. I do have an eShop wishlist, but I’m tempted to pick up Minecraft for the Wii U. Yes, I’m one of the few gamers who has never played Minecraft in any form.

I also came away with a lot of great books, music, plushies, joke gifts, toys and fun things. I have to say I was totally spoiled this year.

I was surprised how my Wii U was the star of the show for us – favorites were Mario Kart 8 with my sister and Yoshi’s Wooly World with Syn. It’s been a while since most of us played console games, and now that we’re a bit older, we really can feel the motor-coordination difference. For example, as much as we all wanted to play Smash Bros. Wii U, it was pretty clear to us that without a lot of practice, it wasn’t going to be as easy as we remembered it. In my case, the large Wii U controller was a hindrance. In Syn’s case, her hands just hurt after hammering at the fighting game. Sadly, it didn’t get a lot of play time, and I’m starting to reconsider it’s spot in my library.

Go laugh. Truth is, we’re getting older. So we settled on playing Yoshi on mellow mode, which was quite enjoyable. 😛