Monday, September 2, 2013

June, July, & August Brewed! Coffees Consumed & Games Played


Coffee Beans
As I mentioned last week, I took July off from posting and worked a bit behind-the-scenes on a few things, as well as had some fun finishing up the Beans' Star Wars May the 4th video from this year. If this is the first post you are seeing in a while, here are two posts from June and one from the end of August I want to highlight:
1) It's Official - Wii's U.S. Nintendo Channel, Forecast Channel, News Channel & more taken offline.
2) Dear Nintendo of America...
3) Ripstone "thrilled" about the Wii U price drop, and 2DS

While I didn't post anything in July and just a little at the end of August, I did find some time to play games during those months and of course, I was consuming lots of coffee, as usual. Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look at what games I have been playing and coffees I have been drinking during June, July, and August!

Coffees Consumed
In June and July, there was basically only one coffee we brewed up, and it was the Beaumont Coffee Classic Roast. I had mentioned in the "May Brewed!" post that this is the lowest priced coffee blend we have purchased, and we still find it enjoyable.


I did also consume a good number of the Keurig K-Cups in July, when I visited family and friends on a quick trip out of town. My mom has a Keurig Coffee maker, and lots of Keurig K-Cups that she keeps stored in a Keurig K-Cup Storage Drawer. I probably went through a 10-20 K-Cups on my trip, as well as having some regular coffee brewed as well.

In August, we brewed up two different coffee blends. The first blend was Maxwell House Gourmet Roast, followed by the Beaumont Coffee Classic Roast.

Games Played
Here's the "Instant Coffee" list of games I played in June, July, and August: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Mutant Mudds (PC), Trine 2: Director's Cut, Kirby Mass Attack, Kung Fu Rabbit, Super Metroid, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, F-Zero, Kirby's Adventure, Toki Tori 2, Donkey Kong, LEGO City Undercover, Super Mario World, and Pure Chess.

Instead of breaking down each individual game that was played over the last several months, I'll highlight and talk about a few of the ones I spent the most time with.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is my most played game on our Wii U, and will probably have the "most played" title for a long, long, long time to come. Why is it my most played Wii U game? Because of Black Ops II's online multiplayer, coupled with the fact it has Off-TV Play. Being able to have a show playing on Netflix, while playing matches in online multiplayer on the Wii U GamePad is how I have played the majority of my matches in the game.

Mutant Mudds Deluxe released for the Wii U eShop on June 13th and I was planning on buying it the day it released, but was fortunate enough to win a copy of the game! If you're wondering how I won a copy of the game, you can read about it and some of my thoughts on the game, HERE. If you have never seen any gameplay footage from Mutant Mudds Deluxe, the following video is of Bean 1 beating the first level using the GamePad's Off-TV Play feature.

Kung Fu Rabbit was our first Wii U eShop game to actually purchase, and not one we either won in a contest or received directly from the developer. A few things were pretty ironic in the month after it released in early May. One of our family members actually had just gotten two rabbits as pets, and we didn't know about it until late May. Then one day in late May/early June, my phone buzzed and it was one of our neighbors letting us know that there was a rabbit outside our house, and had been pretty much all day. I had known about Kung Fu Rabbit releasing, but didn't really look at it until the two rabbit incidents. When I saw it was only $5, I decided to purchase it and give it a try, thinking that Bean 1 might enjoy it as well. While we haven't beaten it yet, we have completed a good number of levels (I think two complete worlds), and Bean 1 is able to finish some of the levels on his own. If you haven't seen any footage or gameplay of how Kung Fu Rabbit plays (it's a platforming game), here's the eShop trailer for the game:

LEGO City Undercover was one of the gifts to me from Mrs. Coffee and the Beans this year for Father's Day. The opening cinematic I think is very well done, in typical LEGO game humor, and I have enjoyed riding and running around the city so far. While LEGO City Undercover doesn't have any local (or, online) multiplayer that Bean 1 and I can try, Bean 1 does enjoy driving (and crashing) vehicles around the city, and he is learning to follow the pathway points to the next mission objectives in the game. From my early impressions of the game, I think this is a great choice for parents with younger children that might be looking for a more kid friendly/family friendly open world game. It also has at least one coffee reference in i

Pure Chess is scheduled to be releasing later this year for the Wii U and 3DS, but you can currently get it on the PlayStaton 3 and PlayStation Vita, and as of last week you can now download the game for "FREE" on iPhone, iPad, and Android type devices. Mrs. Coffee has an eReader tablet device and I downloaded Pure Chess to it last week, and have really been enjoying it. If you enjoy chess, or have ever been interested in it, I would highly suggest downloading Pure Chess.

So, from June until now, I have had four new games added to our Wii U library: Kung Fu Rabbit, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, LEGO City Undercover, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate which isn't even opened yet. Mutant Mudds Deluxe was the most played over the last few months out of all of those, though I have enjoyed my time with the other two new Wii U games. As always, if you own a Wii U feel free to add me to your Wii U's friend list. My NNID is Coffees.

Questions
Have any of you purchased or had new games added to your video game library over the last several months, and if so, are you playing any of them on a regular basis?

Also, did any of you find yourself brewing up new coffee blends during the last few months, like I did with the Keurig K-Cups on my trip out of town?

14 comments:

  1. You got a well-deserved win in Chess, Coffee. Unlock the whole game so we can play again while you're playing another game!


    Aside from my reviewing duties, my game of the month is Final Fantasy XIV (when I can get in...). It's an amazing game.


    This coming month is going to be all about Atelier Meruru on Vita.


    And still playing Animal Crossing on 3DS, haha.

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  2. "You got a well-deserved win in Chess, Coffee. Unlock the whole game so we can play again while you're playing another game!"


    I had just started commenting on your recent interview piece, when I got two email notifications...of comments here, I'll be back there shortly. :)


    Thanks on the game front. I will say our game could have gone either way, SEVERAL times throughout. I'm debating on paying for the multi-game unlock, so then I can at least have a few games going on the mobile side until the Wii U version comes out. I am using Mrs. C's eReader quite a bit for it, so until the Wii U version and/or I get my own tablet/smartphone device, I'll be "borrowing" her device quite often. And I have been using it to show Bean 1 the basic moves already and letting him play against the Monkey AI, which is pretty hilarious to watch.


    I popped Animal Crossing back in our Wii randomly in August, to let Bean 1 play it. (He found the box for it.)
    I didn't play it long enough other than to show him how to fish, and then I left it in the Wii...the next morning Mrs. C saw it and fired it up! I thought it was pretty funny how she went back to it right away.


    On Final Fantasy XIV, it's just a series that I have never gotten into playing. Not sure why really, as Mrs. C has really enjoyed several of the games over the years.


    Thanks for the comment and feedback!

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  3. Today's coffee was a Vermont Maple from Biggby on my way into work.


    In terms of new games? I have had a handful of titles on the 3DS - a couple of bowling titles, Chain Blaster and Shin Megami Tensei IV.


    I finished up laying Madden 13 with my one buddy, and we started up Madden 25 last week, so that has been fun.


    I don't think I have added much new of late beyond that. I've been mostly trying to catch up on my backlog - and playing some pops-friendly games while my dad's been up visiting last weekend and the upcoming one (plants vs zombies, peggle and bejeweled come to mind)

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  4. If I ever travel north, I will have to remember the Biggby stations and look for them.


    "I finished up laying Madden 13 with my one buddy, and we started up Madden 25 last week, so that has been fun."


    Uh huh, I bet you're fumbling all over the field...or probably him, which is why YOU have been having fun. Right?


    On the bowling games, I'm still waiting for Wii U Bowling. Seriously. Nintendo's simple solution with it, would be including a Wii Remote with the game, like they were doing with certain Wii games. The Wii Zapper with Link's Crossbow Training, controller with Wii Play I think?


    Online bowling leagues/matches...


    I have dug out some of my games in my backlog, and one has moved closer to the system, but it is still wrapped up...so that doesn't really help.


    Did you and your dad by any chance already download (and get working) Pure Chess on the mobile side? I think you mentioned you were having issues with it?


    Thanks for the comment and feedback!

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  5. Good morning.


    So question - the Wii remotes work with the Wii U, right? (I have 4, which is why I ask). Does the Wii U come with any remotes other than the tablet controller? I am probably going to trade my Wii and one of my Xbox 360's in toward an Xbox One next spring, so I'm just trying to figure out my controller situation, since when you trade those in you need to provide one remote with the console.


    So yeah... Pure Chess just does not want to run on my iPhone 4. It just takes forever to load, and every button press is super, super slow. I have the download on there for now, and am hoping that it eventually gets optimized a bit better. Looking it up online, I see quite a few people struggle with it on the phone, but not the iPad. I do have a couple of iPads floating around my house, but I use them pretty irregularly (one's my wife's one's my daughter's) - so I suspect I'll just be sticking the ps3 version for now at least.

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  6. Wii Remotes do work with the Wii U, or at least games that support them and there is the whole Wii Mode which lets you play the Wii games on the Wii U.


    The regular Wii U Deluxe Set does not come with any other controllers, other than the GamePad. The ZombiU Deluxe Set, came with a GamePad and a Wii U Pro Controller, but I think that bundle is pretty much finished now.


    So yeah, I'm glad to see Nintendo selling a Wii U game with a WIi Remote (Plus). It gives me some hope that a Wii Sports U with the regular Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort controls will happen.


    On the Pure Chess front, it's interesting because I'm playing on a NOOK HD+, and not having any issues. I think they might have released a patch for it already, and hopefully they can figure out what the freeze up issues are and get it fixed quickly for those devices.

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  7. Was too long of a break coffee, glad you're back. Was Melitta as usual, though strangely enough we also had a number of k-cups via a Cuisinart Keurig machine (storage drawer as well of course) when visiting family out of town. Has been pretty crazy at work, several trips out of town, but I did rack up a good amount of gaming time and titles. Time-wise it was probably ACNL and LTTP. Also made a number of purchases.

    3DS:

    - Animal Crossing: New Leaf (new)
    - Super little Acorns 3D Turbo (new)
    - Steamworld Dig (new)
    - Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Ed.
    - Zelda: Link's Awakening
    - Gunman Clive
    - VVVVVV
    - Super Mario 3D Land
    - Mutant Mudds
    - GTA: Chinatown Wars


    PC/Steam:

    - Mark of the Ninja (new)
    - Portal
    - Super Meat Boy
    - The Walking Dead
    - Deadlight
    - Bit.Trip Runner
    - Puzzle Agent
    - Toki Tori
    - Bastion
    - Atom Zombie Smasher
    - To the Moon

    Wii:

    - Amazon Instant Video
    - Punch-Out!!
    - Super Mario Bros 3
    - Bonk's Adventure
    - Zelda: A Link to the Past
    - Tetris Party
    - Super Mario Bros 2
    - Goldeneye 007
    - Rayman Origins
    - Liight
    - Dungeon Explorer
    - Super Metroid

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  8. Oh no the AC addiction begins again...

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  9. Good list of games happening there!


    Were you playing GoldenEye online, or just the single player? I have been trying to clear up HDD space, and going through some of my older GoldenEye videos I had recorded. Kind of wondered if the online was still functioning in any decent manner.


    On the 3DS side, what do you think of SteamWorld Dig? I've heard lots of good stuff about it.

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  10. Was all local goldeneye. I think I waited for a match fot several minutes but no one was there.

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