Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer · Nintendo

HHD: Cranston’s Rice Field

Instead of playing New Leaf, I decided to play Happy Home Designer! It’s been a while, so I thought it was about time to design some more houses.

One of the options I had was an underwater fantasy land.

The other option I had was to create a studio, but I wasn’t too keen on either. I had a little wander to see if there was another option.

I did have another choice – a rice paddy! I chose this one.

I decided to place this house on one of the biggest plots available.

Once I got to the plot, I was reminded of my task.

Inside, I created a living area based on a kitchen. I used mainly natural looking furniture, including a tatami bed and bamboo bench!

Outside, I did the only natural thing – filled the yard with crops! I also used a few of the new pieces I unlocked, including a tractor.

When I finished the design, I went to visit a few of the other animals I’ve designed for. I ended up in Diana’s house!

I took a few photos her house, as it’s definitely one of my favourite designs.

I made sure to take a few photos in there and post them on my Tumblr – it needed updating!

Thanks for reading!

Breath of the Wild · Nintendo

Breath of the Wild #8

Warning: My BOTW posts may include spoilers. I will warn readers again for big spoilers that are part of the main story, but proceed with caution!

I haven’t been heading towards another Divine Beast for a while, instead I’ve been building Tarrey Town! If you want to avoid spoilers for Tarrey Town, I’d skip this post.

When I first arrived in Tarrey Town, Hudson asked me to fetch someone with a lot of physical strength. I carried on the conversation, and he asked for a Goron person with a name ending in Son. In fact, this happened with all of the people I fetched – everyone here has a name ending in Son!

I was heading up to the main City, with my brother watching me play. He quickly hinted that I should stay in another part, so I talked to the people in the Southern Mine. There I found Greyson and his son! They agreed to my plan, and headed off towards Tarrey Town.

Back in Tarrey Town, Greyson’s son is now running a little store!

The next task for me was to look for someone with good tailoring skills. He then pointed me in the direction of Gerudo Town, which is basically the complete other end of the map! I was still determined, though, and I headed off on foot.

On my way, I found a horse and a shrine. I then headed down to a brand new stable to register my horse!

I left my new horse on the outskirts of the desert before wandering over to Gerudo Town. I was then again given a tip by my brother that, I was in the wrong place once again! I headed to Kara Kara Bazaar and found the person I was looking for.

I headed back to Tarrey Town and he asked me for someone from Rito Village, which was again, in another part of the map.

On my way there, I headed past Hyrule Castle. Near there, I found another memory! It’s been a while since I last found one, so it was kind of cool to come across something new.

In Rito, I found someone to help – Fyson. I sent him on his way to Tarrey Town.

Back in Tarrey Town, Hudson sent me out again. This time, he wanted a Priest from the Zora region!

But that wasn’t enough for Hudson to marry the woman I fetched from Kara Kara Bazaar. He didn’t want to celebrate alone, and asked me to fetch his friends from Hateno Village.

On the way back to Tarrey Town for what felt like the 100th time, I went to enhance my first piece of armor – a climber’s bandanna.

I then headed back to join in with the ceremony. They said ‘I do’ under the promise that they will name their child a name ending in ‘son’. Of course.

Hudson gave me a big gift for helping build Tarrey Town – 3 diamonds. Honestly, I would have been happy to do this for free. It’s actually been one of my favourite parts of the game so far!

Before saving my game, I took my newest horse (Peanut) to my home in Hateno Village. Thanks for reading!

Nintendo · Outings & Events

ARMS Testpunch Thoughts

Hi guys! As you may know, this weekend marks the first ARMS global testpunch. Similar to the Splatoon testfire, this little demo is meant to give us a demo into the online features of the game.

ARMS Global Testpunch times

If you’ve missed the latest ones, don’t worry! There will be more next weekend. I really wanted to blog about this one, because it does seem like a big part in the Nintendo Switch’s life, but there doesn’t seem like much to say.

ARMS is a fighting game meant to utilize the motion controls on the console. The idea is to KO (knock-out) your opponent.

So, did I play this weekend? Yes. For like 10 minutes, and 3 fights. As you may have already gathered, I’m just not interested in this one. So dis-interested that in fact, I’m not even very motivated to write this post.

I wanted to try out the testpunch to maybe improve my outlook on this game, but it failed. To me, it seems boring. Too easy, and too little. The maps seem small and you can’t really ‘explore’ them as you’re 1-1 fighting. I don’t know enough about the characters to say much about them, but nothing really appealed to me.

As for controls, they seemed confusing. This game should be simple, but the controls took that away for me. I did the tutorial a couple of times, but I still couldn’t get to grips with it at all.

Did I like anything about this? Actually, yes. I presume the type of match you join is random, and I ended up in this kind of volleyball type-thing at one point and I actually kind of enjoyed it. A little slow, and I still wouldn’t pay this kind of money…but it was more enjoyable than just 1-1.

Overall? I don’t know how such a boring, repetitive game can be so confusing at the same time. I might try this again next weekend, but it’s still not appealing to me at the moment.

Breath of the Wild · Nintendo

Why I Don’t Fast-Travel in Breath of the Wild

As I’m sure you all know, I’m a big Breath of the Wild fan and I play almost daily. One of the best things for me is definitely the expansive world, and the fact it includes many different places to explore.

When I started playing, my initial goal was to find all of the towers and complete the map of Hyrule. As it happened, I ended up avoiding using horses for this. Why? Because if you’re not using paths, horses are practically impossible to ride. They can’t ride over as much as a stone, and you have to be on a completely smooth, flat area to ride effectively.

I wanted to climb over mountains and climb towers. A horse was no use.

But I soon hit another snag – I hate fast-traveling. There are two main reasons for this.

1. I’m missing everything on the way! If I walk, I can explore shrines, memories and much more. Fast-travel means I skip all of that.

2. Is it just me…or does it feel slightly like cheating?

I’m not saying I never use fast-travel. I do. But when I can, I try and skip it. For a long time, I used my feet (or Link’s feet) to get everywhere. I climbed most of the map, and it’s only now that I’m starting to see the positive side of using a horse.

At the moment in the game, I’m building Tarrey Town. That means collecting infinite bundles of wood and traveling from the far east of the map to Goron City, Gerudo Town and Rito Village.

I haven’t used fast-travel at all, but I have been using horses. Why?

It’s simply faster and easier. It’s faster to use paths as I’m heading to specific towns that all have pretty-direct paths to. It’s easier because I don’t have to keep climbing over mountains and swimming across lakes.

And another bonus? On a fast horse, galloping, it’s pretty hard for monsters to catch me. I’ve trotted through Bokoblin camps, trampled over Lizalfos’ and dodged Guardians.

Yet even on a horse, I’ve already come across another memory and a few shrines!

What do you think? Do you use fast-travel or still love seeing the world, like me?

Animal Crossing: New Leaf · Nintendo

ACNL: Beautiful Bugs

Hi guys, and welcome back to the stories of Acorn!

Today, Bunnie asked to come over to my house, for dinner. I said yes, but I didn’t promise to cook her anything 😛

Even when we were inside, she kept asking for dinner! She also asked me to take her to another room (twice) when she hadn’t even crossed onto the carpet?

Julian asked to move out, but I refused. He’s one of my favourite villagers in Acorn at the moment.

I talked to everyone I bumped into, which happened to include Chevre. She asked me to catch her a spider, and I did try 😛 Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one.

I came across a time capsule, which turned out to be Rudy’s. Inside the time capsule, Rudy found a letter and a lively knit shirt. She then rewarded me with….a lively knit shirt, seemingly without realising it’s the same thing she just received.

I checked the notice board, only to realise I’ve missed all of the winter fishing tourneys. Oops.

I re-coloured one of my Halloween dresses to a summery theme once again! You can find a similar version (the colours may not be exactly the same) on Jeff’s QR code page.

I had a bit of money from selling fossils and other random items, and with it I managed to pay off my home loan!

I headed straight to Tom Nook and asked him to expand my back room. I’ll be able to fit more bookshelves in there then 😉

Thanks for reading! I’ll see you Tuesday.

Breath of the Wild · Nintendo

Breath of the Wild #7

Warning: My BOTW posts may include spoilers. I will warn readers again for big spoilers that are part of the main story, but proceed with caution!

I spent a few days deliberating whether to travel to the desert or volcano Divine Beast. Yesterday, I finally decided on the volcano Divine Beast – Vah Rudania! If you want to avoid spoilers for this beast, I would skip this post.

I started by going to the head of Goron City. He told me where I needed to go to complete the next part of the task.

On the way to the beast, I had to rescue a Goron who helped me on my way!

The head of Goron City gave me a fireproof elixir as a thank you.

While I was in Goron City, I recalled another memory.


I then headed back up the volcano to beat this thing!

On my way, I encountered a lot of these evil floating things. I had a Goron with me to help attack the Divine Beast as we found canons on our way, but it was also hard to keep dodging and destroying these!

I finally found my way up to the Beast, and started my own journey to beat it.

Once inside, it’s pitch black. You actually have to travel through a few rooms to find the map terminal, but it’s not too hard!

I activated the map, and found out about this Beast’s special feature. You can rotate this one 90 degrees.

A few parts of the Divine Beast then opened, to allow light inside!

The first terminal involved shooting a light through a keyhole with the nearby blue flame. I then had to block the flames behind with a magnesis block, rotate the Beast to create a gap and finally get to the terminal!

The second terminal meant shooting a fire arrow (or a normal arrow might do, in this heat), to break the wood across these doors. The terminal is pretty easy to get to from there!

The third terminal meant rotating the Beast while in the main room and gliding to the terminal at just the right moment.

The last terminal was a little tricky – as it also involved timing things just right. I climbed to the top of the Beast after rotating it, and then jumped on top while rotating it back.

I then unleashed Fireblight Ganon! Maybe I’m getting better at this, but I actually found this one quite easy. I had enough arrows to shoot fire arrows a number of times, followed by a few hits. I only had to eat a few spicy peppers and without a shield, I think I did okay!

I received another heart container, which brings me up to 9.

After taking over this Divine Beast, we now have another laser pointing at the castle! One to go!

I also received Daruk’s Protection. When you’re holding this protective shield, no attacks can hurt you!

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back soon with more stories from New Leaf.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf · Nintendo

ACNL: Butterflies For Dinner

Hi guys! I’ve managed to play both Breath of the Wild and New Leaf today, but we’re going to be talking about my New Leaf adventures!

Bunnie must have only wanted a light dinner, because she wanted a butterfly! It’s a bit late for dinner…but time does fly 😛

Sheldon was missing hanging out with egg, and me. Maybe I’ll cook him dinner so we can all hang out.

I went to the museum to have the few fossils I found examined, and while I was there I updated my dream town. It might be a little rainy in your dreams, but oh well 😛 In a way, I think my forest-like town suits the rain!

I also popped into the Happy Home Showcase, where I had a few people to catch up with!

I must have not checked this for a while, because I found Amy in the top corner! Hi Amy 🙂

I went to the cafe, and Julian told me he liked Brewster’s coffee so much, he cried a the taste. That was enough to make me sit down for a cup 😛

I chose Blue Mountain beans, but Brewster got mad at me when I tried to let it cool. Apparently, neither me or Julian are refined!

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back soon with another post.