KiiGX 2015 – Part 1: Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer & The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes

Adam and Kii once again head to EGX to check out some upcoming video games!

Wonderfully, EGX for some reason let myself and Adam back in this year! The show has moved to the NEC in Birmingham which I feel is a much better venue. There’s a lot more space, it’s easily accessible by train and the layout without an upper level means you won’t forget to go to an area.

So, after getting off the train and going on a merry adventure to find the hall we gave the show a good walk around to figure out where everything is. I obviously gravitated towards Nintendo and got my hands on a couple of Wii-U and 3DS games.

 

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
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So here it is. My perfect Animal Crossing game. I spent so long simply building rooms to get points in Animal Crossing: A New Leaf that it was almost obsessive. Now they’ve built a game that’s exactly that. You work for the Happy Homes Association and build homes for your clients which you also then decorate to their specific needs. Having looked at Adam’s screen whilst we were demoing this, apparently the perfect home has a dessert cart, a luchadore mask thrown on the floor and a photo of the client’s daughter. He clearly has a future in interior design.

As I’ve come to expect from the series, the game is adorable and charming with increasing levels of obsessive collecting. It even has Amiibo cards which is another thing you can collect even when not playing the game! Finally, Nintendo are adding even more things for me to fill my real house with to benefit my virtual one!

 

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes
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Triforce Heroes is a three-player co-op game for 3DS, similar in design to Wind Waker/Phantom Hourglass. Minus the fact that this game relies on you having TWO friends, I had a really good time playing it! At the beginning of the levels there are three items, one per ‘Link’, in our play through these were two gust jars and a bomb sack. As you probably noticed not all the Links will have the same item so you need to work together to use the right items at the correct point in the puzzle. This can create some ‘Portal 2’ style friendship enders as one of us immediately blew another off a platform and to our doom.

wpid-20150924_135901.jpgAn interesting mechanic that Triforce Heroes has is stacking where the Links can jump on each other’s shoulders to essentially be three times the height. This, again, becomes part of the puzzles where different levels of switch need to be hit and then you can also throw the other Links off the platform to their doom.

It’s a simple game but it’s really fun. The co-op is interesting though I’m unsure how well the mechanics translate to single player unless you switch between Links. Well worth a play, especially if you have two friends who are willing to put that relationship to the test with you.

~Kii x

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