Accessory Reviews, Gaming, Video Games

Accessory Review: The Nintendo Switch Backpack

If you’re picking up the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch backpack is worth grabbing.

It’s worth picking up even if you’re not planning on getting the Switch.

It is that good.

Guys, I'm drooling...

At first glance it looks like an ordinary backpack. Simple. Elegant. Nicely padded for the shoulders.

Look at all the space!
For those that parent, it’s also big enough to double as a diaper / kids stuff bag.Β 

Not only does it have 4 zippers on the outside, it is completely built specifically for your console on the inside. What Nintendo system is complete without a sweet carrying case to show it off to all of your friends?

Just look at it!!
Just look at those joy-con pockets!

It is meant to not only keep your Nintendo Switch safe as you bring it everywhere with you, but also functions as a “carry almost anything else you can think of” bag. The Switch backpack console pouches have a felt lining to keep your items safe. It it even has a pocket for a pro controller.



The usefulness doesn’t stop there. Whenever we go on long car rides, or away for the weekend, we use it as our “tech bag”. With two sets of joy-cons, you have a couple extra pouches for chargers, tablets, phones, which all benefit from the nice felt lined pouches.



If you are not buying a Nintendo Switch, but know someone who is, get them a Switch backpack. They will always have a convenient way to bring their system over! πŸ˜‰



Love your Nintendo Switch Back Pack? Do you use it for other things then holding the Switch? Comment below and don’t forget to follow if you would like to see more posts on accessories I’m into!


Disclaimer: Nintendo doesn’t know who I am. All opinions on my blog are my own and I don’t get any monies no matter what you do.

I just love sharing the things I love! ✌

Console Reviews, Gaming, Video Games

10 reasons the Nintendo Switch is the console to buy this year

This holiday season, there are so many consoles and accessories to choose from. It seems the past few years, Nintendo hasn’t been a contender in the consoles wars. I am happy to announce this year, that Nintendo has out done themselves. Here are my 10 reasons a Switch needs to be in your life.

Look at how cute they are!

10. The Cartridges are back

As an avid gamer from the early 90s, cartridges exude nostalgia right away. The games come in these little cute cartridges! Yes, I know that the 3DS also use cartridges, but I don’t have one….yet.

9. Kid Friendly Games

Nintendo’s games tend to be more family friendly compared to their competitors. While the game library at the moment is small, the titles they are focusing on are games my kids can get into, while also having challenging enough elements to still be interesting for adults.

8. Decent Specs for a decent price

At $299.99, the Nintendo Switch is not going to break your bank compared to the other options out there this season. While the on board screen is 720p, with 1080p capability as a console. Not only does this put the Switch at a comparable resolution as the other consoles, but also blows the other handhelds on the market.

7. The controllers are great for little hands (or big ones)

Does anyone remember the N64 controller? What about the original Xbox and how fucking ginormous they were? Maybe you were excited for those controllers because you have freakishly huge hands.

Whatever your hand size, the Switch is for you! Choose whatever controller style! Motion controls? Ok! Not for you? Also ok! Do you want a console like controller? They have accessories for that, or you can get the Pro Controller.

Whatever your controller preference or hand size, whether you are 4 or 40, the Nintendo Switch has a mode for you. The colors are pretty sick, too.

6. No more fighting for the TV.

As the oldest of four siblings, ever since I can rememebr, we were fortunate enough to always have two TVs in the house. One I would designate for gaming, and one for the family.

As a parent without the extra income for such a luxury, we have tried multiple set ups while trying to stay kids friendly. Two little ones that need attention, make immersion almost impossible, adult content games unplayable and being locked away in a room somewhere is not an option.

With the versatility of the Switch, not only am I able to play titles that otherwise would be off limits, I can choose not to be a TV hog, and allow other people in my household use it.

5. It’s the ultimate parent gaming device.

For all reasons mentioned above. Period.

Dad playing Overwatch, B playing Mario Kart and, N being N..

4. Nostalgia / Nintendo Exclusives

This may sound cheesy, but I am excited about this new wave of nostalgic things from my childhood. It allows me to heal my Inner Child, share it with a new generation.

Bonus: Kids give me the excuse to spend money on all of it.

Introducing my four year old to Super Mario Odyssey has opened a new adventure for us as a family. His interest in the newest Mario games gave us the excuse to introduce him to all the old classics, which he also loves.

With the latest announcement of Megan Man 11 and Super Metriod’s upcoming release, the excitement I have bringing these titles to the next generation cannot be contained in this paragraph. Come on Mario Party!

So many memories!

3. Multiplayer / Party games.

I love party games. I love LAN parties too, but nothing beats 4 people squeezed around a small ass TV fighting for the road. (We played a lot of Crash Bandicoot CTR growing up).

Pick up a copy of Mario Kart, or Snipperclips, and never have a dull dinner again. Whip out that system and those joy cons, and relive the old time fun of huddling around a small screen.

I also highly suggest the Nintendo Switch backpack.

It’s so good, it deserves it’s own post.

2. Mobility.

My favorite thing about the Nintendo Switch is the mobility. While I am excited to see what Nintendo has in store for the 3DS, I am glad we chose to invest in the Switch. The ability to treat it as a hand held, while still choosing controller play style, makes this THE most versatile console on the market.

1. It is okay to be a Nintendo fan, again!

I don’t endorse peer pressure. πŸ˜’Wave that Nintendo flag high!😍 However, the past few years havent seen Nintendo as a valid participantk in the console wars, while holding the title for hand helds.

Nintendo has always been ahead of their time, helping to make video games a staple in every household. Something happened after the GameCube though, that brought them to the very bottom of the console wars. So much so, PC gamers took their place in the “console” debates.

Flashbacks of Sega Dreamcasts dance in my head. πŸ˜ͺπŸ’€

With all of the features, accessories, and games exclusive to the Switch, I highly recommend checking it out before spending twice as much money for the better version of the console you already own. 😏

Are you convinced yet?

Now that you know all my reasons for grabbing a Nintendo Switch this year, let me know if you plan on getting one this holiday season. We can be Nintendo friends!

Already playing? Tell me what you love about it!

Disclaimer: Nintendo doesn’t know who I am. All opinions on my blog are my own and I don’t get any monies no matter what you do.

I just love sharing things I love!


It’s been a while

Hello there! πŸ‘‹

How has everyone been?

I’ve been very busy, but life has finally slowed down a little. It seems I have seen the worst and best of humanity this year, and as it comes to a close, I have done a lot of reflecting.

We all have a story to tell, and this coming year, I am challenging myself to tell my story.

Skyrim on the Switch and Valor on the Wrists

In 2018 I want to be more attentive to others now that I have spent time building myself. Our family is journeying into our next step.

My initial plan for this blog was as a hobby to pass time while I was home with my son. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

If you are a blogger who blogs with young children, I envy you.

I barely had the brain competence to game after a long day of parenting, followed by a long night of parenting. Forget sharing things with people who are not bringing me food. 🍜

Now that my children are more self entertaining, and obsessed with anything Super Mario, the plan is to open up to new experiences and people, and figure out what makes us tick as a working gaming oiling family.

Here’s to 2018! πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠβœŒπŸ‘

My coat collar always does that. It hates me.


Response to Anita Sarkeesian Damsels in Distress: Part 2/2- Tropes vs. Women in Video games

This man is extremely smart, and gets into some very interesting studies about women and gaming, including a study on women gamer’s perception of themselves. I will say there are some not so children friendly scenes and language, so I would classify this video as NSFW, but I’m also kind of a prude. πŸ˜›

My Female Gaming Role Models

My Female Gaming Role Models: Rinoa Heartilly

Rinoa Heartilly as drawn by Ezrah
Rinoa Heartilly as drawn by Ezrah

Now, before you’re completely turned off because *insert prejudice against Rinoa here*, just hear me out. I know a lot of people didn’t like Rinoa, or Final Fantasy VIII for that matter, but I will tell you exactly why I have no idea… why. Ever since the opening scene of Final Fantasy VIII, I was in love. I remember getting home from the store, running into my bedroom with my sister, turning it on, and just being in sheer awe. I don’t know how many times mom called us to dinner. We couldn’t stop watching. “Hold on mom I have to save it!” I think this was my childhood catchphrase when Playstation came into the picture.

As I played through the game, I related to Rinoa more and more. From the first time I saw her until the end of the game, she spoke to me. She was my video game counterpart. My soul mate, if you will. I don’t know if you’ve ever had that one character that could have been you. More than any other character you ever encountered? Maybe it’s Lara, Quistis, Celeste, or Princess Peach. Whoever it happens to be, you understand what I’m trying to say. If not, I will do my best to explain.

The Dance

When I think of Rinoa, I think of persistence, free spirit, optimism. Her introduction was perfect. Walking up to Squall, telling him he will like her, dragging him onto the dance floor, and in record time, teaching him how to dance (I kid). This was the part of her that she wanted people to see, confidence.

We meet her again in the town of Timber. She is the princess of the resistance against the Galbadian army, and you find out her goal at the dance was to get to the headmaster. She wanted to hire SeeD forces to help liberate Timber. In her naive optimistic view, all they needed were some mercenaries to follow out their plans, and the rest would fall into place. Β Her narrow view of how the world works, and her passion to save it, are only the surface of her, and stem greatly from her military brat upbringing and rebellion against her father. In changing her last name, moving away, and offering no connection to the Galbadian Army until absolutely necessary, she shows her feelings for her father in a very realistic way. Having come from a military family myself, this drew me to her.

My father was, and still is, your typical retired military man. As a teenager, he would protect me from the dangers of the world the only way he really knew how, by not letting me in it. It wasn’t until college when I had moved out of the house, that I was truly able to become my own person and find out who I truly am. Looking back I realize now that he was only doing what every parent does the best they know how: Protect their child, however his tactics and methods were firmly rooted in his military upbringing. Even in the face of danger, her passion for her friends, what she believes is “right”, and her defiance against her father, fuel her to try and help them defeat the sorceress (how she doesn’t run into Quistis’ team is beyond me).

In her quest to help, she comes to a very scary realization. She is not as strong as she believes herself to be. When she was attacked alone, she didn’t have the confidence to handle what was being thrown at her. This may seem weak to some people, but I saw this as a very real side of anybody, and a lesson to be learned about people. She gave off a sense of confidence, because with others around her, she was confident. When left alone to her own devices, she didn’t have another person to be confident with, therefore, the confidence was not there. Many times in life, we are most ourselves when we are alone. The person we show to people is the outside layer that we would like to be, or how we would like to be seen. This being true of Rinoa, she seemed to believe this to be true of Squall as well.

Even when faced with a cold and unemotional Squall, knowing her own feelings for the world, she refuses to believe someone can be this person that he puts off. Squall has an amazing ability to keep people at a distance, and guard his emotions. Coming from an orphanage, this must have been common practice his whole life. The people he relied on as a child are no longer available to him as a young adult, and he sees this as a sign that everyone will eventually be left alone. Refusing to believe that is all Squall has to offer, Rinoa does her best to break through his barrier, finally succeeding when he realizes he may never hear her again. Things that he found annoying, he missed, and in true Squall style, decides that he, alone, can save her… maybe.Β 

Even though her absorption of sorceress powers was an accident, she embraces it with dignity, volunteering to be cast away in fear that Ultimecia may strike again. Knowing this will forever keep her alone, she looks to Squall, who initially accepts her decision, but then chooses to save her, vowing to forever be her Knight. In the end, as he is overwhelmed by the time compression, she is the one that finds him. She doesn’t think of a time period, or a place to return to. She thinks of him. As they have grown individually, and together, throughout their journey, as long as they have each other that is all that matters.

Rinoa, to me, has always been an inspiration to face your fears head on, but hope for the best outcome. There is always another side to the story, and things always will work out in the end. Be confident in yourself, no matter what, and do not be afraid to look for help if you need it. These are the things she has taught me.Β 

Whether you love her or hate her (or somewhere inbetween) let’s open the discussion! What did you think about Final Fantasy VII, or Rinoa specifically? Has she inspired you in any way? Good or bad?Β Who is your video game soul mate? Is there a character that has spoken to you?