Joined 02/23/2012


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So, I was having a cool conversation with a sales associate at GameStop today, and it made me think more about this post that I'm creating. She mentioned that she was playing Final Fantasy XV: A Realm Reborn. I asked if she played FFXI, to which she replied, "no." Therefore, I have a few questions for you, my fellow Cheerful Ghosts.

Have you played FFXIV? If so, what are your thoughts about the game? Also, have you played FFXI? If so, what are your thoughts on that game and both games? I played XI, but not XV. I wasn't very successful with XI and I believe it's because I'm so used to being a solo gamer and apparently the game is primarily for parties, groups of people playing together. I did end up meeting a stranger, who was very helpful to me, which I thought was awesome. Apparently, the game just wasn't made for the solo gamer in mind. I do have all or most of the DLC. In fact, I won a free copy of Wings of the Goddess from a FFXI wiki, but I never played it or most of the DLC.

Therefore, my next question is if any of you have thought about playing FFXI again. This thought came into my mind some time ago. I can certainly afford the play the game again, if it still has a monthly fee. I'm not sure if it has gone free-to-play and it might be interesting to find out if it has or if it will some time in the future. I assume the servers are still running and it's still playable.

So, what are your thoughts on this subject?

*Note* Corrected mistake found via the comments.
It looks like someone created Midgar (from FFVII) in Midgar in two years. The map is downloadable. This is one of those Minecraft projects that just makes you say, "whoa."
The Wii U stands out among the new generation consoles for many reasons such as the usage of a touch screen game pad and it's probably not as powerful. However, the Wii U can do what neither the XBox One nor the PS4 can do, backwards compatibility. Sure, eventually you can purchase games from older PS generations once they get that cloud service available, but the Wii U is the only console which will play the games you already paid for.

I don't know why it took me so long to realize, but last night I found out about the Wii Transfer Tool, for free on Nintendo's eStore. My son wanted to play Pokemon Rumble, which I had downloaded for him on the Wii some time ago. While he was in the Wii menu on the Wii U, I noticed the Wii Transfer Tool. To use this program you need to download and install it. You'll also need a 512mb SD card. Luckily, I still have the one that I got for my Wii.

Simply use the tool on your Wii U to prepare the SD card, then hook up your old Wii, stick in the SD card, and run the program. It will transfer all of your saved data including games, channels, Miis, etc. to the card. Once that's done, put the card back in your Wii U and run the tool and it will copy everything form the card to the system memory. The transfer went more quickly than I expected.

One other great part of using this tool is that it transfers your Wii points as well. I had 800 Wii points on the Wii, but now that's available on my Wii U. After using the tool, I was also able to re-download (for free), the games I had purchased on the Wii. I don't know why I didn't think of using this tool before I put my Wii away, but luckily it was nearby in the Wii U box and was easy enough to get set back up to use the tool.

One side note, the Wii and Wii U use different power adapters. They both also use different video connections, so it's quite easy to hook both consoles up to your TV (if you have multiple inputs). Both consoles use the same sensor bar and Wii-motes, so switching between the two was very easy.

My son is now able to play Pokemon Rumble using the Wii U. I have not yet tried to play a Wii or Gamecube game on the Wii U, but I'm sure they will work just fine.

Azurephile gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Azurephile gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Recommendation and new features
  • Recommended +1

  • Wii U version coming

  • amiibo functionality

  • Classic video characters

  • Challenges

  • Demo available
Super Smash Bros. on the 3DS is actually more fun than I thought it would be. There are so many different game modes and ways to play the game. Players can play the game and it's various modes solo or with other players online or locally via wireless networking. It seems the only mode that's missing is the kind-of-like story mode that was on the Wii version, which I'm sure will be on the Wii U version. There are many new characters, stages, and items to unlock.

Wii U version and amiibos: The game will get even more fun once the Wii U version is out because both versions can apparently interact with each other. Also, Nintendo is releasing it's new amiibo figures with the launch of the Wii U version of the game. These figures can be placed on the Wii U game pad. They store information about the character and collect stats, level up, etc. The new 3DS LL will apparently also have a spot on it for use with the amiibo figures, but other versions of the 3DS are going to be able to use them with a new accessory. Unfortunately, it seems that we won't see that accessory until some time next year.

Graphically, one of the things I first noticed about the 3DS version of the game is that characters have an outline. I found out, by watching some videos on Nintendo's channel or eShop, that this was created to help the characters stand out from the background and therefore easier to see. However, the outline can be adjusted (made thinner) or removed in the game's settings.

Classic video game characters: This new generation of the game is historical. It is the first game to include famous video game original characters such as Mario, Pac Man, and Sonic the Hedgehog. You won't find another game on any other console that has these original video game pioneers. The 3DS version of the game is also the very first hand held Smash Bros. game.

The game's characters can also be customized with various pieces of equipment and items found along with their various moves. Note that characters in this new generation of the game have more moves than in previous versions. Characters can also be created based upon a Mii character. These characters can be a brawler, sword fighter, or gunner.

Challenges: I have not yet unlocked everything, but I've managed to unlock some things. Right now, one of my favorite features is a Challenges menu item, which tells you a challenge that's required to unlock that block. Completing challenges unlocks other items as well. I already finished the first panel of challenges and am on the second one now. Some challenges include playing Smash as a certain character or on a certain stage a certain amount of times. There is also a golden hammer that can be used to unlock a block instead of completing the challenge. I've found this helpful because some challenges aren't as easy to complete, such as the StreetSmash challenges.

Recommendation and demo:I think if you have a 3DS or 2DS and are a fan of the game series, you should pick up a copy of this version. There is also a free demo on Nintendo's eStore that you can download and play a limited amount of times. I look forward to playing the game more, completing challenges, and being able to use the new amiibo figures. I had pre-ordered the game, mostly because my son was enjoying the demo. I was more interested in the Wii U version, which comes out next month. However, I decided to get myself a copy of the game as well, which makes sense since my son and I each have our own 3DS and I wanted to have my own game file. I also reserved a copy of the Wii U version and two amiibo figures.

For more information about the game please see the official website ( For more information about amiibo see the official website as well (

Azurephile gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Azurephile gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Quick review

  • Recommended (one of my most favorite Wii U games) +1

  • Many Zelda elements

  • DLC

  • Kind of short story mode on normal difficulty

  • amiibo functionality
At E3 this year, only months ago, Nintendo showed off some new games to look forward to. When it comes to E3, I pretty much always watch the Nintendo press conference and more videos about whatever they are showing off, ignoring everything else. This year's E3 wasn't really that different from other years, meaning that Nintendo got me really excited again. One of the new games they showed off was Hyrule Warriors, a combination of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors. I've never played a Dynasty Warriors game, but consider myself a fan of the Zelda series.

Zelda elements and DLC: Initially, I thought the videos for Hyrule Warriors looked very exciting. There are so many playable characters, stages, and elements from various Zelda games. The game is action-packed and even has DLC. I believe I have all the currently available DLC, which includes many various character costumes and more. At least one DLC is available for a $20 purchase, while some of the other DLC is available for those that pre-ordered the game and also after registering the game at Club Nintendo. It also seems that Epona is or will be available as a weapon via DLC.

While I've had a lot of fun with the game, perhaps the only disappointment I've come across is that it didn't take me very long to beat the main part of the game (Legend Mode) on normal difficulty. I wish the game was much longer, but then again there are plenty of extra modes and things to unlock (like new characters, weapons, etc.). I'm currently working on capturing all the Gold Skulltula. They appear in Legend Mode on normal difficulty only after defeating 1,000 enemies. However, there are more which can only be obtained in hard difficulty and with various conditions, such as a certain character with a certain weapon. I have not yet explored the other game modes (Free Mode, Adventure Mode, etc.).

amiibo: There is also amiibo functionality. Any amiibo will give you something, but Legend of Zelda amiibos give you better things. Check out this link to find out what amiibos will give you what items:

I've really thoroughly enjoyed this game, which makes me think that I should look into other Dynasty Warriors games. Anyway, I highly recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of the Legend of Zelda. For more information, please see the official site:Β

Hyrule Warriors is definitely one of my most favorite games on the Wii U. I haven’t checked out the 3DS version though.
Well, I finally installed a mod. Lately, I've been watching Paul Soares Jr.'s "Man vs. Minecraft" series ( I've made it to Season 2 and found out that he's using the MoCreatures mod. So, I decided to check it out. The main reason I have neglected mods for Minecraft so far is that it looked too complicated to get them installed. I saw some saying something about editing files within some of the java files and it just looked too complicated. However, getting MoCreatures installed wasn't that difficult. I first had to download a few files. The mod itself and one of the other files are in .zip format and the only thing needed for their installation was to put them in a mods directory in the .minecraft folder, that was easy. Another file was a .jar file, but installation was easy just by double-clicking on the file in the directory. This mod isn't for the latest version of Minecraft, instead the latest version of the mod is for Minecraft 1.7.2, so I had to get my launcher to install that version of the game so I could get the mod running.

The mod itself is pretty self-explanatory, it adds more creatures to the game such as all kinds of birds, bears, wolves, werewolves, snakes, sharks, and more. I believe that this mod is the reason that Mojang included some of the newer animals in the game such as horses and rabbits. Anyway, if you're interested in the mod, check out

Are there any mods for Minecraft that you like?

Hyrule Warriors is coming out for the Wii U in 2 days and I'm wondering if any of you are planning to pick it up. For some reason I'm not sure if I will or not. I'm not sure why I'm on the fence about it. Maybe if I watch some more gameplay videos, I'll be more for it. Have any of you gotten a Wii U since we last talked about it during E3? Are any of you planning on getting the game?

Also, for those of you who own a 3DS, the demo for Super Smash Bros. is now available. You can only play as Link, Pikachu, Mario, Megaman, and Villager (from Animal Crossing). I played it at least once with each character. My son has been playing it a lot lately. The full game comes out on 10/3/14 and I'm thinking about getting it really for my son since he seems to be really enjoying the demo. I'm more interested in the Wii U version. As I played the demo I thought about how I dislike that I'm pretty much button-mashing when playing it, which makes me not want the game. Unfortunately, there isn't a demo for it on the Wii U, but that may change in the coming months. What are your thoughts? Are you going to pick it up?
New features
  • New blocks

  • New animals

  • Ocean monuments

  • Improved performance
On 9/2/14, Minecraft was updated to version 1.8. This update is called the "Bountiful Update." It contains many new features and improvements. For a detailed description of the new update, please see the wiki ( In the meantime, there are a few changes that I wish to report.

New blocks: Four of the new blocks that have been added to the game include andesite, diorite, granite, and slime blocks. The first three, in that list, are new rocks which can be crafted into "polished" versions. Andesite and diorite look similar to gravel and cobblestone, while granite looks almost like dirt. All three are very abundant and easy to find. So far, I have used all three polished versions to create a house in my new world. I have not yet had any experience with slime blocks, but I know that you can bounce on them. One of my favorite YouTubers has a video regarding this new update, which I recommend watching (

New animals: Sheep now drop mutton, which can be cooked as another food source. This update also introduces bunnies. They are adorable and come in a variety of colors and designs. They can be bred with a variety of items, but only carrots will make them follow you. They also drop meat, which can also be used as a food source. There is also a slight chance for a "killer bunny" to appear. This bunny has red horizontal eyes, while the tame ones have eyes that are vertical. This "killer bunny" is clearly a nod to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The end of the following video gives the best strategy for when encountering this new "killer bunny" ( (Hint: Run away!)

Ocean monuments: There are now also ocean monuments which are underwater and apparently filled with water. I have not yet found one, so I can't quite report on it. I know that these monuments contain guardians, which are a new mob. There are also new blocks within these monuments including prismarine and sponges. For more information visit the wiki (

Improved performance: Finally, I think the most important part of this update is that the game's performance has been greatly improved! When I got my new PC many months ago and played Minecraft, I was impressed by how far I could see, but still disappointed in how long it took chunks to load. Since I've been playing with this new update, I have not had any issue whatsoever with chunks loading. The only chunk loading I noticed was initially when I spawned in my new world, but that's it! Previously, while walking around, I had to wait for chunks to load, I no longer have to wait at all! There is also a new option in the video settings, "use VBO." This feature apparently gives about a 10% increase in performance when set to "on," by reassigning some of the processing from your RAM and CPU to the GPU. For a little more information about this setting please see the following link (

Now seems to be a great time to get back into Minecraft, if you've been away from it for a while. There is still much that I have not covered, so I recommend checking out the wiki for the full release notes.