originals\ Nov 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Nintendo Badge Arcade: Tips for the Savvy Collector - Part 2

Collecting this week's Tomodachi Life, Mario Kart 8, and Majora's Mask 3D badges

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Last week’s extended period of Pokémon badges meant a loop of unchanging, stock greetings from Nintendo Badge Arcade’s otherwise jovial host. But now we’ve returned to a groove where his personality (and thus, the game’s personality) is re-emerging.

This week, we move further away from the 8-bit palooza that was the first two weeks of Badge Arcade’s release window, with current 3DS and Wii U titles taking center stage. The most surprising discovery? That food items from Tomodachi Life are oddly alluring. Who knew! While we await badges from Kirby: Triple Deluxe and the hero's retro adventures, these badges can serve as creative additions to your developing Kirby scenes. But who says your Home Menu needs to be all cheery? With several Badge Catchers based on Majora’s Mask 3D making their debut, there are a number of resources for darker customizations, with The Moon badge being especially irresistible for such a purpose.

Following up last week's guide for anyone hesitant to stretch out their neck, here’s a collection of tips to guide you through this week's varied batch of new and returning goodies.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Theme: Museum Exhibits

Count: 6

Badges: Yellow Perch, Koi, Appraised Fossil, Blathers, Fossil, Horned Dynastid

Nintendo Badge Arcade Animal Crossing Museum

What to Try

Make Blathers your first priority so that other items will be easier to remove. On your first move, try using the claw to grab both Blathers and the Appraised Fossil at once, aiming for Blathers’ right eyebrow as the place to stop.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Theme: Nookling Junction 1

Count: 11

Badges: Timmy, Bell Coin x2, Large Bell Bag x2, Medium Bell Bag x2, Small Bell Bag x3, Tommy

Nintendo Badge Arcade Animal Crossing Nookling Junction 1

What to Try

Focus on the Bell Bag badges that will clear a path to Tommy – your best bet would be to try retrieving the two Bell Bags (1 Small, 1 Large) that are to the left of the first Large Bell Bag from the right. If you position the claw just so, you’ll be able to knock over the Large Bell Bag along with the Bell Coin, which are both at the edge of the slope. If they don’t knock Timmy into the slot, the badges you pull from your first play will. Remember that if you’re going for completion, you don’t need to collect all the Bell Bags – only one of each denomination.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Theme: Nookling Junction 2

Count: 6

Badges: Carpet, Fishing Rod, Flowers, Lolly, Alfonso, Tommy

Nintendo Badge Arcade Animal Crossing Nookling Junction 2

What to Try

It’s risky, but if you try nabbing all three characters at once, it’s possible that the brief lift will be enough to send Lolly down to the lower plane, thus knocking some of the shop items into the slot. But in general, focus on one character at a time so that should they fall, the items below are susceptible to falling into the slot.

What to Avoid

Because of the curved slope in the left quadrant, it’s a pain to get the three characters. Aiming for two at a time is not a wise strategy, as they’ll always slip out sideways and flip-flop in the area you tried taking them from.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Theme: Launcher Icons 1

Count: 4

Badges: Cyrus (Settings), Rover (Download Play), Isabelle (Activity Log), Blathers (3DS Camera)

Nintendo Badge Arcade Animal Crossing Launcher Icons 1

What to Try

This Catcher isn’t conducive to combos, so you’re better off being precise in terms of centering the claw over the icons you actually want. That being said, it’s possible that Cyrus’ wrench will provide enough weight for the badge to fall in if he’s tipped over while trying to grab Rover.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Theme: Launcher Icons 2

Count: 4

Badges: Reese (Mii Maker), Tom Nook (eShop), K.K. Slider (3DS Music), Digby (StreetPass Mii Plaza)

Nintendo Badge Arcade Animal Crossing Launcher Icons 2

What to Try

Unlike the former Catcher, you can try grabbing two in one go here to save you some plays. You’ll have a better chance of success if you were to try lifting Tom Nook and Reese first, than if you were to do the same with the other pair.

Tomodachi Life

Theme: Fruits

Count: 13

Badges: Tangerine x3, Cherry x2, Apple x3, Strawberry x2, Orange x3

Nintendo Badge Arcade Tomodachi Life Fruits

What to Try

The key here is to use the first turn to clear an opening to the bottom layer, which can be accomplished by moving the Hammer Crane until the circular part is a smidge beyond the stack of oranges. As the Crane lowers, it will rub against the top-most orange. From there, you can get your sights on the bottom orange as your landing point for the next move. If you time your moves right, you might be able to complete the set in two turns.

Tomodachi Life

Theme: Exotic Cuisine

Count: 6

Badges: Meal 1 x2, Meal 2 x2, Meal 3 x3

Nintendo Badge Arcade Tomodachi Life Exotic Cuisine

What to Try

Aim for the item on the top layer that’s closest to the left, and try to center the crane so that as the right pincer tries to grab hold of the item, it will also push the badge on the right. Thereafter, go for the badge on the bottom layer that’s two from the left, so as to accomplish the same effect where the items on the right get pushed by the right pincer. Keep in mind that if you’re going for completion, there are only three badges that you need to focus on, and all three are situated closest to the slot.

Tomodachi Life

Theme: Fast Food

Count: 5

Badges: French Fries x2, Cola x2, Cheeseburger

Nintendo Badge Arcade Tomodachi Life Fast Food

What to Try

It’s possible to get all five badges into the slot with only one play. Try to line up the Hammer Crane with the gap between the two cola drinks. Right before it reaches the gap, the circular part of the crane will touch the right cola, and the resulting effect will likely have the badge bounce off the edge of the screen and return to the center, where other badges can be knocked out of place.

BOXBOY

Theme: Superhero Qbby

Count: 11

Badges: Outline x3, Outlined Block x2, Black Block x2, White Rectangle, Jagged Block (Left), Jagged Block (Middle), Jagged Block (Right), Superhero Qbby

Nintendo Badge Arcade BOXBOY Superhero Qbby

What to Try

Focus on the left side of the screen – namely, getting the jagged squares to fall through the slot. Don’t aim for the sole Black Square on the top layer; instead, aim the claw for the middle of Superhero Qbby and the Outline badge next to it, where the right pincer will fit into the small gap without rubbing against the Black Block.

BOXBOY

Theme: Ponytail Qbby

Count: 11

Badges: Door, Circular Hinge x2, Black Block x3, Grey Bar x4, Crane, Ponytail Qbby

Nintendo Badge Arcade BOXBOY Ponytail Qbby

What to Try

Shoot for the Crane badge and Ponytail Qbby at the same time as you position the claw, so that as it descends to retrieve the Crane, others badges will fall down to the lower plane and form a pile. Use the Door to send it flying down the ramp on the right, knocking any remaining badges loose.

Mario Kart 8

Theme: Baby Racers

Count: 7

Badges: Pylon, Baby Rosalina (Kart), Baby Daisy (Kart), Baby Peach (Kart), Baby Luigi (Kart), Baby Mario (Kart), Cow

Nintendo Badge Arcade Mario Kart 8 Babies

What to Try

Since everything is to snug, there aren’t any major chain reactions to be afforded here (pulling Baby Daisy out, for example, won’t do much so don’t bother). However, trying to lift both Baby Luigi and Baby Mario, may just nudge some of the other racers out of place and into more favourable positions. Rather than situating the claw between the two, focus on Baby Luigi by aligning the right pincer against its back and the left pincer hanging out, which will touch the top of Baby Mario’s hat as it descends.

What to Avoid

Despite any inclinations you may have to remove Baby Rosalina and the Pylon, your energy is better spent extracting the individual babies as your interest level permits. Also, trying to grab the cow by the horns will be a futile exercise, and you’re better off waiting until it’s been jostled from its original position before going after it.

Mario Kart 8

Theme: Metal Racers

Count: 6

Badges: Metal Mario (Bike), Pink Gold Peach (Bike), Freezie, Starman, Music Note 1, Music Note 2

Nintendo Badge Arcade Mario Kart 8 Metal Racers

What to Try

Truth be told, this is one of the easiest Catchers so far. All it takes is one move. Without bringing the claw out too far, the trick is to use the left pincer to latch onto the front part of Pink Gold Peach’s hair. The claw won’t be able to get a secure hold; instead, it will continue dragging until the entire block of six badges falls into the slot on the right. Easy!

What to Avoid

Following the above steps, you’re guaranteed to get them all in one shot. Don’t risk following the same strategy but with the music note as the catalyst.

Mario Kart 8

Theme: Star Racers

Count: 5

Badges: Bowser (Kart), Donkey Kong (Bike), Luigi (Kart), Mario (Kart), Lakitu

Nintendo Badge Arcade Mario Kart 8 Star Racers

What to Try

While working from left to right and one character at a time is a good idea, you might want to take Bowser out first so he doesn’t stop any rolling badges in their tracks due to his weight.

What to Avoid

Since Mario and Luigi are situated at the edges of their respective cliffs, you may consider the idea of having Lakitu knock them over on his way over to the open slot, but at best you’ll only nudge Mario a tad. Going all the way to the screen’s left edge (without bouncing off the wall) will only get you Lakitu, and that’s it. Also don’t try picking up both Mario and Luigi or DK and Bowser at the same time (even if they’re right up against the edge), as you’ll end up with neither.

Mario Kart 8

Theme: Launcher Icons 1

Count: 4

Badges: Toad Crew Member 1 (Activity Log), Toad Crew Member 2 (Download Play), Toad Crew Member 3 (Settings), Lakitu (3DS Camera)

Nintendo Badge Arcade Mario Kart 8 Launcher Icons 1

What to Avoid

Stopping the claw at the letters “N” and “E” in “New” will only result in Lakitu getting removed from play, so don’t think that pulling him out first will cause a chain reaction that will send the three Toads into the slot. Like other Catchers that feature software-launching badges, your best bet is to pick and choose which badges you plan to use and go after each one individually.

Mario Kart 8

Theme: Launcher Icons 2

Count: 4

Badges: Toad Crew Member 1 (Mii Maker), Lakitu (eShop), Toad Crew Member 2 (3DS Music), Toad Crew Member 3 (StreetPass Mii Plaza)

Nintendo Badge Arcade Mario Kart 8 Launcher Icons 2

What to Avoid

Don’t go for the Toad with the StreetPass Mii Plaza icon, as the way its neighbouring Toad is positioned, there’s a good changes it will block the hole rather than falling straight through. For that reason, you may be best served by taking the Toad with the 3DS Music icon out of play first, although there’s no distinct notch for the claw to hook onto. Also don’t bother trying to take both Lakitu and the Toad with the Mii Maker icon at the same time, as they’ll both just slip out from the claw’s grasp.

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