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PSP Go as an Emulator

I recently obtained a PSP Go from my father, who hadn’t touched the thing in a long time. For those of you who don’t know what a PSP Go is, it’s a smaller PSP that is smaller and the screen flips up (like an older phone) to reveal the controls. It also does not have a UMD drive (which is the type of game disk that PSP’s use), so it is a digital only console, but has a 16gb internal memory for holding games.

31leh7cnpelI looked into it when I got given it and a lot of people have used it as an emulator and I decided to do the same. Now, I’m not gonna explain it too much because I am awful at explaining how to do things but there are a variety of YouTube videos and other things that can tell you how to do it with a PSP/PSP Go. Basically it involved updating to either 6.61 or 6.60 for the software and then getting custom firmware and then installing emulators and putting the ROM files in the folders for the emulators.

I have done it and have PS1, gameboy, gameboy colour and gameboy advance emulators on there and they work fantastically. I watched a couple YouTube videos on them and that managed to stop my confusion and I’ll admit it is a lot easier than I initially expected. I thought it was going to be so difficult to do and I was going to have to do so much but I didn’t. It was simple to do and I am really enjoying the outcome of this. I have my favourite (more relaxing) games on there which I can dip in and out of whenever I get the time and am in the mood for it and it’s really fun.

If you have been considering putting emulators on your PSP I definitely recommend doing it and if anyone has done it let me know what emulators you have on there 🙂

-Laura

Amiibo Cards – Are They Worth The Money?

If you are a fan of Nintendo, you’ll know about amiibos. For those who don’t know, they’re cards and figures that can connect to some Nintendo consoles (such as New 3DS and Wii U) via NFC (near field communication). They can add stuff into games such as Animal Crossing New Leaf, Happy Home Designer (both for 3DS) and Amiibo Festival (Wii U). The figures tend to go for roughly £10ish depending on where you get them, and the cards in the UK come in packs of 3 (1 special, 2 normal) for about £3.49 according to Amazon.
So for just over £1 per card, you’re getting an amiibo. A toy-to-life. But, is it worth it? Personally for me, I love the fauna-ecae38114593b4b3262704833282f7c174c4198025b0e4b637348cd0aa57f440Amiibo cards. As someone who loves collecting and used to collect Magic the Gathering and YuGiOh cards (as well as Vanguard), I love collecting little cards and the fact that these ones, although being more expensive, actually do something in games that I really love, it’s fantastic. I haven’t had the chance to play with them in New Leaf yet, but I have played around with Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival and they’ve been really fun.

In Happy Home Designer, you use the cards to phone up specific characters (special characters being ones you can’t design for in any other way) and then you can design their home for them. In Amiibo Festival, if you use an Amiibo Card when organising your town, that specific character can host your game, events can be made around them (such as with birthdays) and if you keep the card with you while you’re in the game, you can use them to roll the dice for you, increasing the chance of getting the specific desired number on the dice, as each character has a specific dice number on the card. Meaning in games, they can be very helpful.

In all, I think Amiibo cards are worth the money and are in general both adorable and fun. They are nice things to collect and can be great additions to certain games. So if you love collecting cards, are a fan of Nintendo, you’ll love these. It just depends on what you think of the price.

-Laura

Review – New 3DS XL Animal Crossing Pouch

So, in my review of the Mini Elite Transporter Case I mentioned that I wanted a case that’s slightly smaller so I can actually travel with it, and I came across this Animal Crossing pouch made for the New 3DS XL, but of course the new 3DS will fit in there. I saw it had 2 pockets on the inside originally for storing amiibo cards, but I guess you could put anything in there. I loved the design, it had good reviews and it is an official Nintendo product, so for £10.80, I bought it. I bought it on the 15th of April and it arrived on the 18th of April, so I’ve had it for some time and have had the opportunity to test it.

hori-animal-crossing-soft-pouch-1So, what are my thoughts? Well, it fits the New 3DS nicely and I’m able to put in a spare stylus. I use one of the bigger styluses you can get (like what came with the Dsi XL) because I just find it easier and more comfortable to hold. The two pockets fit amiibo cards but I’ve used them for game storage. The case also feels really nice and high quality and honestly, the pattern looks nicer in person than it did in the pictures. Only one side has the pattern that you can see on the picture, the other side is the plain colour. The pouch also has 2 zips which I found strange, as I’m not really sure why you’d need two for such a small case.

In all, I think it is really nice and high quality and perfect for any animal crossing fan, no matter which 3DS you have as it’ll comfortably fit both. It may seem a little pricey, but for an official Nintendo licenced product, I think it’s a good deal. The price does also keep changing on Amazon, but only by a matter of pence. I really do recommend this and it’ll definitely be the main case I use for a very long time!

-Laura

Video Game Consoles – what do I own & love?

Ever since I was little, I have honestly loved video games, but the company that has always stood out to me most has been Nintendo, because they have such a wide variety of games available for a wide variety of ages and there is always something for everyone. Of course I do have other companies that I love, like Xbox (Microsoft) and I do enjoy a bit of what Sony (PlayStation) put out, but that is mainly the handhelds.

So over my life I have owned a variety of consoles, and right now I have a total of 9. This includes both home and handheld consoles. For home ones, I own an Xbox One and a Wii U. I did used to own an Xbox 360 but I sold it. With handhelds, I have old and new ones, my older ones are things like the PSP, Gameboy Colour, DS Lite, Dsi XL & the Gameboy Advance SP, whereas with newer ones I have the New 3DS and the PS Vita.

 

With my Nintendo consoles, I really love Mario games and with the 3DS in particular I absolutely adore Animal Crossing New Leaf. With my 3DS I tend to stick with games you can dip in and out of whenever and much cuter games, but with my Vita, I kinda prefer fighting games. I love fighting games, like Mortal Kombat and Super Street Fighter, and I really wanna try out games like Injustice, and in general I wanna try some JRPGs with my PS Vita, as I’ve had recommendations for those by a friend.

My Xbox One and Wii U are two consoles I use for a variety of things other than gaming. I tend to just play games with my boyfriend on those, and the Wii U is a particular favourite as I love Mario Kart 8, but I tend to use them more for YouTube. I like watching videos on my TV and it’s just easier to watch when with my boyfriend as we don’t have to sit with the screen on our laps, making it easier when eating, or multitasking and playing on my 3DS!

If I have to pick a favourite console in both the home and handheld categories, I think I have the easy choice with the handheld category at least. For my favourite handheld, it has to be my 3DS, I play that thing so much and am slowly working on building up a good collection of games. With the home consoles though, I’m not too sure. I love both the Xbox One and Wii U equally, but I’d probably have to pick Wii U because I go on it more, and I have a huge love for Nintendo. I’d love to know what your favourite console is and even favourite games, so please let me know! 🙂

-Laura

Ps. this is not bragging, but a post about something I love

Review – Mini Elite Transport Case (Nintendo 3DS)

I am a huge fan of the New 3DS. I have the normal sized one with pink and white stripe cover plates and I use it a lot, mainly for Animal Crossing New Leaf and Happy Home Designer, and about a year ago I wanted something to put the 3DS in, but also carry around a lot of games and spare bits and pieces. So, when I saw the Mini Elite Transporter case for £7.99 on Amazon, I had to get it and try it out.

81tg4j6fiql-_sy445_The case as 3 sections. A little pocket at the front (which I store my AR cards in), the main pocket which has a pouch for the 3DS and has bits to put spare styluses in and enough room to put other bits and bobs in. The third section is very thin, and contains slots to put your games in. You can normally fit 12 games in it, but I’ve discovered you are able to put 2 games in each slot since the slot is elasticated. Meaning in total you can try to carry 24 games if you want to.

It is a bit of a bulky case however, and it doesn’t always fit in my handbag, which is why I’m now considering buying a thinner case for travelling, but still use this case for storing the games and accessories that I don’t want to take with me. I do love this case and it does feel very sturdy, and it is an official Nintendo product, so you’re getting high quality and value for your money. This case isn’t really that costly, for £7.99 you’re getting something that you can carry pretty much everything in for your 3DS. The only issue for UK people however is that we won’t be able to get our chargers in there, unless it’s a USB cable and a separate adapter plug that can fold in, but I assume Americans wouldn’t have the same issue we do.

As a whole, although this case isn’t perfect for me, as it is quite bulky and doesn’t fit in my bag, when my 3DS is in there, I feel like it is being protected and it’s nice to have somewhere to put all of my games and accessories. I think if you carry around a bigger bag, or even if you just carry this around, it’ll be great for you, and I do highly recommend it. It’s a great price and amazing quality and is more spacious on the inside than you may initially think. As much as I love it, I will probably only use it for storage purposes and I will most likely get a different case to put my 3DS in when travelling. If you have this case, please let me know what you think of it.

-Laura