Hello Kenton: Day 2

Day 2 in Kenton was kinda of a big day. After paying the down payment my house was built.! So I go out to start my first full day as Mayor of Kenton…. and promptly…

Fell into to a pitfall seed. UGH.

So after I picked myself up and dust myself off I started working on connecting the rest of the town with the temporary path. Hey reader do you have a favorite texture you like to use for garden like paths? Let me know.

I finished blocking out most of the town to stop animals from moving in where ever they pleased. I got very lucky this morning with the animal that moved in today. I’ll let you all meet them tomorrow when we go check in on their move.

Flora and I had a late night chat on my way to drop off my last haul of re-tail.

Day 2 of my time in Kenton was a lot of getting things ready for the adventures in town planning a head. Tomorrow you’ll get to see the style of house I’ve picked.. and who the new villagers is.

Mayor Spencer

Hello Kenton! : Final Animal Crossing New Leaf Town


Hi friends! As Animal Crossing for Switch is coming to us this year. I thought it would be fun to give a big send off to the game that has been eating thru hundred hours of my life these last 4 years. Animal Crossing New Leaf is the first AC game that hooked me. I have been obsessed I have had 2 copies of the game. So the other day I decided to blow up my second town. It wasn’t very impressive. I kinda just let the town develop organically much like my first town, but i didn’t like the mix of animals. I already had an organic unplanned town in my first town. So yesterday I demolished my old town and began the process of planning Kenton.

Kenton, is the neighborhood I lived in Portland. I just moved to Northern California so I thought it would be fitting to give this swan song town the same name.

So first thing is first. I had to reset for about 20-30 minutes to get a town layout that I thought I could work with. But I really Like that Map. I like how easy it is going to be to create paths and little neighborhoods of villagers.

I like that my house is off by its self. No one is gonna build there house right in front of me… I get to see and hear the waterfall. It’s pretty great.

So after I had my house plot picked, Isabelle and I did the tree ceremony. I really dig the town tree. I love it in spring with it’s pink leaves.

So before getting to work on setting up paths and laying out the town, I visited Teddy and played some piano. Then I went over and met Flora. I would say don’t get too attached to any of the villager. I am gonna be using amiibo cards to fill it with all my dream team of villagers. I did some fishing, and tree shaking and fossils digging before doing the rest of my errands.

I ran over to the Museum to drop off some fossils. Man I wish being mayor was easy enough that I could take a nap in the afternoon.

Next it was to Tom Nooks office and dropping down my 10,000 down payment on my house! Who wants to live a tent longer than they have to.

Then I set out to start setting down paths. I went from re-tail over the bridge and linked the Town Hall.

Took a moment to just taking the beauty and quiet of Kenton at night, before calling it a night and going to bed.

See you tomorrow
Mayor Spencer.

Rune Factory 5: The Mythical Game Reappears

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JRPG fans have had their fair share of long delays between beloved franchises’ games. Final Fantasy fans spent a decade hoping and wishing for the release 2016’s Final Fantasy XV. Same for Kingdom Hearts fans, who just finished a 13-year wait when Kingdom Hearts 3 finally was released earlier this year. Part of loving games with complicated long stories is waiting for the long and rocky development cycles to be completed. But what if the game you long for was last actively talked about 7 years before. Before Studio closures and IP takeovers. Before a rebuilt team made another style game, and the game’s producer went off to make his own subsidiary studio. That’s the story of Rune Factory 5. Appearing out of nowhere, when the fandom had long ago abandoned hope that this game would ever arrive.

This resurrection story is why I’d argue that Rune Factory 5 announcement is the biggest news to come from February’s Nintendo Direct. Nintendo can predictably be counted on to re-master and re-imagine old games for new consoles (especially Zelda games). Rune Factory 5 was necromancy pure and simple. The added bonus of getting a fully realized and remastered Rune Factory 4 is the cherry on top of this delicious and unexpected sundae. I’ll admit that even when RF4 Special was announced, the last thing I thought was that it was a confirmation of Rune Factory 5’s existence. I felt it — like so many remastered games before it — was a test balloon.

Let’s go back to a time to before Stardew Valley took over the farm simulation genre and brought mainstream attention to the small cozy genre. Rune Factory 4 was released in Japan for 3DS in 2012. The game was beloved and sold well enough in its first few weeks that longtime series producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto felt confident to let the series fans know that Rune Factory 5 had been greenlit. Fans were thrilled. This excitement, however, would be short-lived. A few short weeks after the North American launch of Rune Factory 4, Neverland, the studio who owned the IP and made the game, filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations. Marvelous, the series publisher, picked up the IP and the team that made Rune Factory. Because of this, fans were admittedly shocked when the European Release of Rune Factory 4 was abruptly canceled. The region locked nature of the 3DS meant thousands of fans were stranded, with no way to play without buying a whole new North American or Japanese 3DS.

Speculation of the series return flared up a few months later when the Rune Factory team teased they had a new game coming out. That game would not be the mythical Rune Factory 5. Instead, it was Lords of Magna: Maiden Heaven. The team wanted to stretch their legs, and instead of the dungeon crawling farming game we’ve come to love them for, they gave us a strategy and inn management game. Around this time, the team was also able to score a moral victory when Rune Factory 4 caught on in the west, leading to all physical copies of the game to be sold out for a period.

Shortly after Lords of Magna’s announcement. XSEED, the localization company that has brought many Marvelous titles to the west, announced there would be an eShop exclusive version of Rune Factory 4 headed to Europe. A few months later, at the end of 2014, the XSEED team delivered Rune Factory 4 to Europe — well over a year after the North American release.

This would be the last big news the Rune Factory fandom would have until February 2019. 2015 would see Hashimoto and XSEED bring Story of Seasons (the re-branded name of Harvest Moon) to North America after a successful Japanese launch in 2013, and Rune Factory fans would hold their breath and speculate that 2016 would be their year. Many Rune Factory fans I know (myself included) thought that Rune Factory 4 would be the series swan song when the logical time of Rune Factory 5 was filled with yet another Story of Seasons game.

It’s now been four years of speculation, hope, and not understanding how a game that sold so well could be left this way. This isn’t a case where a series slowly sold less than the game before it: Rune Factory 4 topped 200,000 copies sold in Japan. And that was before Stardew Valley came and gave us a simplified easy to digest version of Rune Factory’s formula. I hope that Stardew’s success and the rise of Otomes on iOS give Rune Factory 4 Special and Rune Factory 5 a broader base of fans who love farming, romance, and raising monsters. Rune Factory 4 Special is coming out on Nintendo Switch in Japan on July 25th, 2019. It’s North American and European release is still slated as later in 2019. Rune Factory 5 is rumored to be coming to Japan as soon as 2020. Check back here for updates on Rune Factory 4 Special and 5.

Hello and Nintendo Direct Predictions.

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Welcome to Ms Nintendique 64, I’m Mayor Spencer. I am excited to finally launch a place where I can and hopefully you can talk about animal crossing and other cute and whimsical games. There will be all kinds of new about the upcoming Animal Crossing game for switch, video tutorials of cute crafts and maybe even some streaming of the new game or pocket camp. Be sure to catch up with me on Instagram
Or on twitter for daily updates on my towns, and my camp.

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So I am launching this blog a day early I had planed to do a big wrap up of the Valentines Day Event in ACPC but there is a big tasty Nintendo Direct this afternoon (in like 45 minutes, we fly by the seat of our pants in this town) So Let’s make some last minute predictions.

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1) Fire Emblem:Three House gets a Late Spring release

I think we are very close to the release of Fire Emblem: Three Houses I think people think this is a summer game but I wouldn’t be surprised if we got it in April or May. I am so excited to see what this game is gonna be, is it 3 games? Is it one game I loved the dueling family and the interwoven story telling of Fire Emblem:Fates. I played Birthright/Conquest/Revelation so quickly. So I am ready for hours and hours of Fire Emblem story and romancing.

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2) FFVII is released during the direct. T

There is a commercial floating around the internet where a man is playing FFVII on an airplane but that game is not out… so I think we see it drop in a get hyped moment

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3) Pikmin collection.

I think we see a port of pikmin 2 AND 3. We’ve been hearing that pikmin 4 is on it’s way and I think opening up this franchise to people who have missed it would be awesome. I’ve never played it but my boyfriend was obsessed with 3 when he got his wiiU.

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4) Animal Crossing September release date

I know I and all of the AC community wants a new Animal Crossing today. I think that they will likely launch the game in the same slot they put the spin off Happy Home Designer.

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5) Mario 3d World or Windwaker port.
I think we are gonna get most if not all of the Wii U greatest hits on the switch. It would be rad if we got one of these. I would be more stoked for a Windwaker

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6) Style Savvy for Switch announced.

OK Ok I know this is a long shot but a girl can freaking dream right?

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7) Story of Seasons for switch shown and announced.
This was a game that was teased at the beginning of the switch’s life. Also all of these games are on sale in the Japanese 3ds e-shop so let’s hope that points to one of them

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8) Hopefully some VN/Otomes translations announced

Unlikely we will hear any news until the anime conventions this spring and summer but again A GIRL CAN DREAM.

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9. Super Mario Maker Port

I hope that this game gets announced. I’m not sure what a sequel would look like so I think a port is more likely… maybe give us a more modern 3d art style.

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10. 2d Zelda for holiday

Seriously if there isn’t a 2d zelda game I want an update on WTF the 2d Zelda team has been up to since 2015 Triforce Heroes. Breath Of The Wild is my favorite video game but I really really miss 2d Zelda. Give it to us!!!!!