Thursday, 14 December 2017

Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique 3 - Styling Star

I've been looking forward to playing the new Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique 3 for Nintendo 3DS, as I really enjoyed playing Style Boutique 2 but dreaded writing this post because I can't figure out how to take better screenshots of the game, now that Miiverse has been removed (it allowed me to save screen captures for both the main and touch screens in their album). The few pictures I came up with really doesn't do the game justice.

The good news is that you can trial the game yourself by downloading a free demo from Nintendo eShop, and that you can see better pictures from the official website here.

I haven't managed to go far enough in the game to experience all the new features, but I still want to share my experience so far, and what I think about the game. It is safe to say that I will be playing more of it though, and it's definitely a great game for those who likes to play dress ups.

Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique 3 - Styling Star (RRP £34.99, pegi 3) is a single player Nintendo 3DS game. Player play as a young fashionista who just took over her uncle's boutique. You will be dressing up customers to suit their different styles and requests, maintaining the boutique, as well as dressing up stars (including MewTuber!) in the making.

Character Creation and Apartment:
Like in the previous games in the series, players start with creating their own character. You can change the brow shape, hair, nails and makeup in the game later on as well.

The clothing style you choose at the beginning will give you access to accessories and items (such as nail polish and makeup, as well as clothes) from the style in the initial stage that you can use to dress your character up with.

You can now change the layout of your apartment!

Tutorial Stage and Story:
Players will then take over the boutique and spend the first few game days (they are very short but will get longer as the game proceeds) to get familiar with dressing up customers and learning the game features.

Although I love the game play, I found that the tutorial is a bit stretched and the story develops much slower than in Style Boutique 2. You'll be dressing up quite a few customers before the story unfolds and you finally realise that there is a story instead of just dressing up different customers; that you have other jobs as well to make your life much more interesting. You'll also learn that the quiet town won't stay quiet forever, and you can actually shop for things to decorate your home and shop.

Once things started rolling, the game is much more fun and interesting to play. I have been dressing a couple of rising stars already for their debute album and performance, which gave me a good amount of money to spend on (money is definitely more important in this game than in Style Boutique 2). New shops started opening, and I'm now trying to attract the nail and hair salon owners to open shop in our town (it's about time that I can finally change my hair style to match my clothes!).

I haven't encountered men fashion yet, which will be very interesting as I can definitely do with exploring new styles so I can dress my own real life doll (my son!).

Game Features Old and New:
Nintendo has given some original game features a new look and added more to Style Boutique 3. For example, instead of featuring customers' silhouettes on the touch screen, showing you where they are standing in the shop, and placing a star next to them to indicate if they are special customers (story related), they are now showing customers' profile instead (and no indication if it's a story related customer), and you can scroll left or right to select the next customer.

I like it that they don't show who the special customers are, so that you can find it out yourself, but I do prefer the previous way of showing your customer choices as it shows where they stand in the shop, which allows me to relate to being a shop owner looking at my shop more.

New feature wise, you now have an option to tell the customer that you will stock up on clothes that fit their request instead of saying sorry and sending them away! It's definitely more professional and it gives you an opportunity to go shopping for the perfect outfit that will definitely sell too.

The only problem is that it's harder for me to stay on top of my cash flow! I might have stocked up on clothes, leaving me little cash to help dress the customer (especially the high end clothes!), or after dressing a customer up with new clothes, I couldn't stock up on clothes that the shop is seriously lacking.

One thing for sure is that after playing the game, you'll gain some great finance management skills!

Clothes and Design your Own:
Clothes wise there are a lot of new styles that fits the current trend, although I still find myself going back to the clothes that I loved from Style Boutique 2.

Like previous games in the series, you'll be able to design your own items at the shop. I love this updated feature in Style Boutique 3, with more things you can design, and I love how my shop's paper bag looks!

Menu and Achievements:
Characters can keep up to date with their smartphone (aka menu), and you can now access "MewTube" as well to check out what the top Mewtubers are doing (who you'll be styling too).

At the end of each game day, you will see an overview of what you have done each day. I think Stylist points and rank is new, as well as earning titles (achievements), although I'm not sure what they really do.

Other things I've mentioned before on our Christmas Gifts Guide are:

  • Over 20,000 items for you to match, with lots that are new to Style Boutique 3
  • You can unlock special items using amiibo characters
  • Dress celebrities in the making and by chosing their styles, you can unlock the different songs they will perform on stage, which you can use in your shop too. 
  • The 15 pop songs included in the game are original and specifically written and recorded for the game!

As mentioned before, I haven't gone far in the game, but the more I play the more I like it. It was just at the beginning things were going a bit slow and repetitive. I'm now looking forward to unlock all the features and shops in town, see what the men fashion is all about as well as completing the story line.

It's a great game if you love playing dress up, and it's also a great way for you to pair up a lovely outfit that you might just be able to replicate in real life!

Definitely a game for the fashionistas!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Num Noms Collector's Case

As a fan of Num Noms, our Num Noms Scented Collectibles collection has gotten so out of hand that we had to use a large storage box to store them all. It's not ideal as we can't display them, and have to dig through them to find our favourites to play with.

If you have the same problem as us, then here is a competition you shouldn't miss! Num Noms UK are looking for the biggest Num Noms collector in the country, and will be offering the winner and runner ups big bundle of prizes!

Simply post a picture of your collection on Facebook, tagging Num Noms UK, or email it to by Monday 11th December, 2017 (yes it's this coming Monday!). Good luck!

Our problem is solved for now as Num Noms has kindly sent Abby the latest Num Noms Collector's Case, where she can display majority of her favourite Num Noms in the case! They even personalised it for her with her name! Together with a Num Noms magazine and a couple of mystery packs, we have one really happy girl, and it's not even Christmas yet. Thank you Num Noms!

Num Noms Collector's Case (RRP £19.99, suitable for age 3 years +) comes with:

  • The case (has a handle so can be carried around)
  • 6 label tabs
  • A sheet of sticker labels (some named and plenty of plain ones you can write on)
  • An exclusive Num from Num Noms Lights Series 2 - Princess CC Gummy Bear Num
  • An exclusive Nom from Num Noms series 4 - Razz-Blue Meringue Gloss-Up Nom

The carry case can store over 50 Num Noms (with the Num Noms stacked). We are still working out how to showcase our Num Noms the way we wanted it, but so far it's looking like this:

We love the cute Num face on one side of the case, and the clear view of the contents on the other side. We also love the cute little touches such as the iconic Num Noms spoon handle and the little bite mark in the corner of one ear! You can smell the yummy scent through it too!

We also received more personalised stickers from Num Noms for Abby to use, thank you! Now she can put her name on all the other playsets and possibly more collector's cases in the future!

And we love the additional gifts from Num Noms too! We found a special edition Glitter Polish-It Nom - Lemony, in one of the mystery pack! Yay! We absolutely love the scent and the pretty glitters! It's going to be perfect for Christmas!

Now we just need to find the special edition Shimmer Polish-It Nom - Bubble!

The magazine is as cute and packed with cute and yummy smelling gifts as usual! We really love this issue, and Clay even attempted to make the Num Noms Craft stand on his own, although he made it with normal paper. I wish he asked me for a box!

2 weeks until Christmas and we are certainly going to have new Num Noms to join our collection! What have you bought for this Christmas?

Friday, 1 December 2017

Disney Pixar Cars 3 1:16 RC Ultimate Jackson Storm

Have you seen Disney Pixar Cars 3 yet? We thought it was a bit sad, but it has a brilliant ending. Just because a part of your journey has come to an end, doesn't mean you can't go on through doing something else!

We were given an opportunity to review one of Simba Smoby's Disney Pixar Cars 3 1:16 Remote Control Ultimate range, which comes with remote controllable Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramierez. Although we dislike Jackson Storm in the show, we must admit that he looks really sleek, which Clay absolutely loves!

The remote control cars has several exciting features, and we were most intrigued by the smoking and drifting, especially the smoke. How did they make it possible?!

Disney Pixar Cars 3 RC Ultimate Jackson Storm in box and contents

Disney Pixar Cars 3 RC Ultimate Jackson Storm close up of Jackson Storm and remote control

Disney Pixar Cars 3 1:16 RC Ultimate Jackson Storm (RRP £59.99, suitable for age 5 years +) comes with 1:16 scale Jackson Storm (requires 5 x AA batteries) and a remote control (requires 3 x AA batteries).

The car has the following functions:

  • 2,4GHz Remote Control
  • On/ Off button on the bottom of the cars
  • Light and Sound
  • Rev and Turbo
  • Drifting
  • Reverse Parking
  • Donut turns (360 degree turns)
  • Brake
  • Smoke

You can see some of the features demonstrated by Abby in the following video:

The only thing we didn't film was the brake feature where Jackson Storm will stop instantly no matter how fast it was going, with the sound of a sharp brake and smoke coming out from both sides of the car.

Disney Pixar Cars 3 RC Ultimate Jackson Storm steam water container

The smoke feature is very realistic, created by steam coming out from both ends of the car! Apparently there is a water container hidden underneath Jackson Storm, which we can fill with water, that creates the smoke effect. When you touch the "smoke", it felt a bit misty, but doesn't affect the car's performance at all. It's a very clever and cool feature and we are very well impressed!

Having said that, our favourite feature is the Donut spin (see video above) because it looks so awesome! It spins for 3 rounds as well for us to take in the full impact!

I think for Disney Pixar Cars 3 fans, this is the Christmas present to get for them! I bet they will be extremely impressed with it as we are!