A post I tried to get done six months ago as a way to get caught up… only to sit in my drafts for another six months mostly done.
Video games and related purchases:
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) – $43.39 from Gamestop, including artbook
SimCity (PC) – $65.24 from Amazon, including $20 Amazon credit
Nintendo eShop credit (3DS) – $20.00 from Nintendo eShop
Fire Emblem: Awakening Scramble Pack (3DS) – $0 ($6.50 Nintendo eShop credit)
Fire Emblem: Awakening Golden Pack (3DS) – $0 ($6.00 Nintendo eShop credit)
Fire Emblem: Awakening Smash Pack (3DS) – $0 ($6.50 Nintendo eShop credit)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) – $32.34 from NewEgg ($39.99 – $10 coupon + tax)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) – $33.99 from Nintendo eShop ($34.99 – $1 eShop credit)
So, I’ve been slightly distracted. Video gaming has taken a backseat to real life, as has blogging and crocheting/knitting. Despite this, I did manage to make some purchases during what was probably the most exhausting period of my life.
I remember when I found out when Fire Emblem: Awakening was coming out, my first concern was not being able to get it due to the birth of my baby. (I really love Fire Emblem, okay???) It was unlikely to be an issue, since I was due after its release date. Kelvin assured me he would help me get the game if that did end up being an issue.
Then February came, and lo and behold, Ellie came early. And I did end up being in the hospital when the game was released. Kelvin did as promised and went to get the game… but the physical copy ended up being unofficially delayed! I was so miffed. I don’t know why I was miffed, considering I had ZERO time to play it. Gamestop eventually got it in a couple days after I left the hospital, and Kelvin picked it up for me as he promised. So I got to stare longingly at the case and artbook for the next couple months.
In March, I was itching to play a PC game. I think I was under the delusion that maybe things would get easier and I would have time to play. Facebook was abuzz with comments about SimCity, so I did an impulse buy. I guess this was before all the comments were about how obnoxious the online system was, because if I had known what a bitch it would be to get a game started, I would have never bought it. The day I got it (a couple days after launch), I attempted multiple times to play it, failed, and never bothered playing it again. $60 and precious time down the drain. Thanks EA.
Sometime in April or May, I could no longer just stare at the Fire Emblem case and eventually started playing it. I hadn’t followed the coverage on it very well, but it’s pretty much gone beyond all my expectations and easily surpassed all the previous Fire Emblem games (which had already set a high bar). I remember reading about fan service DLC for the Japanese one, and I was so excited when I found out it was released in the US! I was conflicted over buying the DLC because 1) I’m generally too cheap to pay for DLC and 2) I wasn’t even that far in Fire Emblem: Awakening, so buying DLC seemed dumb when I barely had time for the main game. But then I decided to screw it and buy it anyway. I put in $20 of credit for the eShop and bought the Scramble maps. The leftover credit sitting around made it too easy for me to buy a couple more DLC packs.
June came around, and I got an unexpected package from NewEgg. It’s my preorder for Animal Crossing: New Leaf! From back in… September 2012? When I preordered it, I had no idea when it would be released, and I completely forgot about it after the baby came. So what a pleasant surprise it was to have it show up on my doorstep!
However, there were a couple annoyances. First of all, because I was actively playing Fire Emblem when it arrived, and Animal Crossing is a game you play everyday, I had to keep switching between cartridges. I eventually got annoyed to the point where ate $35 to get a second, digital copy of Animal Crossing to not deal with cartridge-switching. In the end, I think the cost was worth it, but I should still try to trade it for the new Mario & Luigi game or something.
The other annoyance was, after rebuying Animal Crossing, I discovered that $34.99 was the actual retail price of the game. NewEgg never adjusted the price or alerted me of the price change, so it ended up being a $5 off deal versus a $10 off deal. The $5 difference might not seem like a big deal, but it’s enough to consider options that have faster shipping or other promos. (Not that it mattered in my case since I wasn’t following deals at the time… but that’s not the point.) What also irked me was when I emailed NewEgg, a company known for their customer service and fast response time to issues, about the difference, I never got a response. So… boo to them.
Games I beat:
I should have been able to beat Fire Emblem, but then I decided to forget about the main mission and start maximizing everybody’s friendship levels.
New thing I learned today: A troubadour is a writer and performer of songs and poetry between the 11th and 13th century.
Fire Emblem has troubadours, which I have never heard of.