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Cblog Recaps of 08/07 and Striderisms

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I've always had a soft spot for the Mario and Luigi RPG series. I've missed a couple entries like Partners in Time but overall, I've played enough to know that the wit and personality have always consistently been a  starring factor of the games. Now we're on the precipice of Dream Team releasing and it really makes me want to replay one of the most recent and, in my opinion, best of the Mario and Luigi series: Bowser's Inside Story.

In BIS, everything reached their peak. Fawful helped bring the humor to an all time high with his zany, barely held together dialog. Mario and Luigi retained their intense, involving battle sequences. And Bowser's role was strong and another strength in the game's writing. Not to mention the creative use of the game's main hook of playing inside and out of Bowser's physical body, with some of the most enjoyable fights in the game involving M and L fighting inside Bower's body and Bowser himself fighting on the frontline.

Seriously, just thinking about both that game and Dream Team coming out makes me want to go out and buy the game again and replay it.

Some of the Bros. attacks in Dream Team look really cool and involving too. Not to mention the funny moves that use Dreamy Luigi. This is all before talking about the great music that the games have strangely always had without huge recognition.

It's pretty much a given that I'll enjoy Dream Team. I've learned to take Jim's reviews with a humongous jar of salt. He's far too removed from my views and tastes for me to take away anything unless the game he's reviewing is something I have absolutely no investment in. At this point, it feels like his reviews have become too high brow for me. Like, the issues he raises are things I just would not be worried about in a normal playthrough.

Scoot's move out of Harbor went smoothly. Though when he left, he left me a letter with a second portrait of him, which really got me. We must've been quite the best buds if he gave me two pics of him. Like he told me when he packed up, we'll always be linked by our muscle telepathy.

But now there's a vacant spot in Harbor and it really begs the question of who will move in next. Of course, at 9 villagers, I'm pretty sure a random one won't suddenly move it, so I won't have to worry about some weird townie like Pietro dropping in. I'm pretty sure the 10th and final villager can only move in through my choice of persuading villagers already moving out of other towns or campers stopping by in my campsite. I'd really like for Angus to move out, since I just don't like his design. I'd also like Tiffany and Bianca to move out since my girlfriend already has them. Here's a list of villagers I'd love to have, or at least the animal types I'd want.


Bluebear
There are larger grizzly types and there are adorable tiny, teddy bear style bears. Bluebear once visited but I did get her to move in but as the name implies, she's an adorable little blue bear! Gah!

Gruff
Gruff was my favorite neighbor from my OG Animal Crossing game. I've talked about him before and I'd love to have a classic character in my New Leaf town.


Stitches
He's a fucking stitched together teddy bear. Awesome.


Eugene
He's basically Fonzie as a koala bear. Who wouldn't want that?


Ken or Knox
Chickens, right? Well, Ken is a ninja. Get it? ChicKEN? He's a ninja! Who's a chicken. Meanwhile, Knox has some sweet headgear going on.


Clay
Clay once visited my town while I was a barista at The Roost. Not only is he a hamster, which is adorbs, but he seems to be a luchador, which multiplies it by a factor of 100.


Merengue
Her horn is a pie, your argument is invalid.


Static
Let me be honest: Static reminds me a Pokemon. That's the only reason I want him.

Also I had a date weekend with my girlfriend, saw Despicable Me 2, ate some good food, and we had a good, sexy time here are your recaps.

* - Check out rymdkapsel on your mobile device. I think it's an editor's choice on the app store

* - I really did enjoy my time in Saints Row 2 and miss it sometimes

* - It turns out the real monster was Man and he had access to MS paint

A - Bryson hopes for the best on GTAV's ambitious three character narrative

B - Steamtoid turns 6! Get it that pony for its birthday like it always wanted!

E - Garganroo waited out some wait before the DOTA2 tournies with a drawing and some context

T - Understand the history of Capcom and Street Fighter with their updating cycle with Vagrant Hige

R - There isn't all that much a look at symbolism in cmstrott's Mark of the Ninja review

T - Ni No Kunimpressions by Led Better

R - MacGregor wrote a thing about the Last of Us which is the last thing

F - He needs no book learning skills


~ StriderHoang

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