Hyped for the Super Nintendo Classic Console

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I was recently able to pre-order the Super Nintendo Classic Console this past Friday (fingers crossed that it won’t be canceled).

I’m sure by now, most of you will know that Nintendo announced that they were releasing a retro Super Nintendo console which is a throwback to the original that was released in the early 90s. With the same idea as the NES console re-release, this version will be smaller and will be pre-loaded with some of the console’s most popular releases. Some examples are Super Mario World, Super Metroid, and Contra III Alien Wars.

Like most Nintendo products, pre-orders are a must. The original NES console re-release was plagued with availability issues; it was and still is a very rare commodity in the wild. I highly suggest everyone to visit Best Buy, Target, Amazon etc and sign up for email notifications. Have your credit card information ready and be ready to make a quick purchase when it becomes available. Utilize twitter and every tool available for you to ensure you have the best chances of finding a pre-order. Nowinstock.net is also a very great tool: you can set email and text notifications for various “rare” products.

I grew up on the Super Nintendo, and many of my fondest memories stem from that console. The Super Nintendo was my first console and I’m very excited to own one again. Check out the pictures for the retail box art and included games!

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Pokemon Sun and Moon Promotional Giveaway at Target

This Saturday (November 19th, 2016), trainers can pick up a Promotional Pokemon tcg card featuring Pikachu. They can also pick up a poster featuring Sun and Moon art. The card is pretty usable in my opinion due to Pikachu having 70 hp, which is higher than typical starting basic Pokemon. Its first attack, Thunder Wave, is also pretty decent as it can cause paralysis. Plus it has pretty nice art and sports the franchise mascot, Pikachu. The poster also has superb art, hopefully we will see it on other tcg and video game accessories. They will also have a display of some sort that you can take pictures with. This time it’ll be of the starters from the new Sun and Moon games. If it is anything like the past, it’ll be a cardboard cut out.

If you’re in the area, make sure to check out the giveaway. It is limited to one per person, so take a friend or relative!

Here is the official link on the Pokemon website for reference: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-sun-and-pokemon-moon-blast-off-at-target/

Today’s Sun and Moon Trailer was… Awesome.

Before you continue on, please watch the trailer here. Spoilers will commence afterwards. You have been warned!

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The newest trailer that was released today showcased the final evolutions of the starter Pokemon. These were previously leaked via concept art, so I personally wasn’t too surprised. Originally, I thought that only the grass starter looked interesting. However, after seeing the official art and in game animations, I can say that the fire Pokemon has grown on me. The water Pokemon, while being generally unique, just isn’t as cool as previous water starters to me.

Decidueye, the grass Pokemon, is of the Grass/Ghost type. It is basically an owl archer that rocks a grass hoodie. How cool is that design?! Its signature attack prevents opponents from fleeing.

Incineroar, the fire Pokemon, is of the Fire/Dark type. It looks to be a sort of humanoid cat wrestler. I am trouble figuring out why this one is actually a dark type. Sure it has the visual ques, but why? It almost seems like it was supposed to be a fighting type. The design, although looking better in use vs original concept art, reminds me too much of previous Fire/Fighting starters. It actually reminds me a lot of Embroar’s design and color scheme. Its signature attack ignores opponent stat boosts.

Primarina, the water Pokemon, is of the Water/Fairy type. It seems to be a mermaid/diva. The water line did not at all interest me this generation. The designs of the base form and 1st evolution remind me of the various seal Pokemon that have released before. Being a Fairy type is interesting though, since it was a new type that was released in the X/Y generation for balancing issues. Its signature attack heals burn statuses (that seems very niche to me).

Although starter Pokemon are notorious for not being “playable” in high levels of competitive play, I am interested to see which of the three would be the best choice when considering this year’s VGC tournaments. The format dictates that you may only use Pokemon found in the Aloha Pokedex, so there is a good chance that one of these could be utilized. I am most likely going to use Decidueye, which is the first grass starter to interest me in a very long time. We will have to see if its signature attack synergies with its stat pool or move set.

I just wanted to also talk about the parts of the trailer. Island guardians look pretty cool! I guess they are either legendary or pseudo legendaries. One was shown summoning a giant body made of light, with the island guardian becoming the head. Z moves do not seem to look as funny when done by the female trainer. Being able to visit the construction site of the Pokemon League causes me to believe that it won’t be in the actual game; it’s still great that they included that part as a throwback to older titles. The battle theme that has been heard through most if not all of the trailers also sounds great; I can’t see myself getting tired of it anytime soon.

And seeing Red and Blue was fantastic. I guess this game is set in the future, as both trainers look like they are in their mid 20s or older. Red sadly does not look as epic as he did on Mt. Silver, but I’ll take what I can get.

I seriously can’t wait for Pokemon Sun and Moon!

Nintendo Switch Console Reveal

Nintendo finally announced more details about their new main console this morning via YouTube. They released a live action trailer showcasing the different features of the new console. The console seems to be an evolution of one of the main ideas behind the Wii U: having the utility of a tablet-like device to be used as a screen.

Customers will be able to dock their device at home and play on their tv; they will also be able to undock the tablet part of the console and play on the go, much like the 3DS handheld side of Nintendo’s gaming console line up. The default controller can be taken apart and reattached to either side of the tablet; which makes it resemble other portable consoles like the Sony Vita. Apparently the controllers can also be used unattached to the tablet, allowing the user to prop up the tablet at a distance and use the controllers like wii motes.

The trailer also shows situations where players can play with local multiplayer, either on the same device or on multiple tablets. The trailer showcases multiple players playing Mario Kart on a single device, NBA 2K17 on two devices, and Splatoon with 8 players playing in a tournament setting! The games shown were Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Skyrim, Mario Kart, NBA 2K17, Mario (it looks like a new title in the main line of games), and Splatoon. The ports of older wii u titles sporting what looks to be new additions to game play.

Overall, I’m excited. I can’t wait for it to release, but I really hope that the Nintendo Switch delivers on what it promises.

Check out my impressions video here!

Pokemon Video Game Championship Series 2017 Season News

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New rules for this year’s VGC format was released today via the Pokemon website. Rules state that all battles will be played with Pokemon Sun or Moon. It will be Double Battles and Alola regional Pokemon only. Z-Crystals (one time powerful moves) and Mega Stones are not allowed. These rules, as well as the Pokemon game play trailer released today, confirm that Mega forms are back in the game. This contradicts my initial assumption that Z Cystals would have replaced Mega Pokemon introduced in Pokemon X and Y, as I stated in episode 2 of my Podcast.

Some legendaries and mythical Pokemon will be banned, including Solgaleo, Lunala ( the game mascots), and Magearna. Hopefully the legendaries that will be allowed  won’t be roamers, and will have 3 of the 6 Iv’s maxed already (like the event pokemon in X/Y and AS/OR). That will help immensely in soft resetting to get the right competitive forms. There is a 10 minute player time system, which I believe is a timer associated per player, and not an overall 10 minute clock a la fighting games like Smash Bros. (It has been awhile since I played WiFi battles so I’ll have to check). In whole, some sort of time limit is always welcomed to reduce slow play.

I’m definitely excited for these changes, and will be actually trying to compete this season. Luckily a regional for both TCG and VGC will be happening relatively close by, and hopefully I’ll be able to place in the top percentage. High hopes and a long road ahead, but I’m sure it’ll be fun.

Do any of you have plans to participate in this year’s TCG or VGC season?

Check out the official link for more information.

 

 

Pokemon Generations Anime Announcement

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This morning, the official Pokemon YouTube account uploaded a trailer for an anime miniseries titled Pokemon Generations.

From September 16th to December 23rd, 2016 there will be 3 to 5 minute episode released every week.

Based on the trailer and the video description, this series will most likely showcase various events seen in the games. An example seen in the trailer is the battle between Green/Blue/Gary and Lance of the Kanto Elite Four. The art style is very reminiscent of the Pokemon Origins Anime mini series that aired in 2013 to promote the release of Pokemon X and Y.

… Which is a very good thing.

Pokemon Origins was a different take on the original adventure set in Pokemon Red/Green/Blue. The anime was more “mature” than the mainstream series with Ash. Red mirrored his namesake in the games, with a robust team and was shown to be a very competent trainer. The music, locales, and many parts of the anime closely resembled the original games (save for one part, but that was to help promote Pokemon X and Y). I highly suggest you guys and girls check out Pokemon Origins, especially if you started playing in the mid 90s.

HYPE. 

Here is the Generations Trailer link from the official Pokemon YouTube account: Pokémon Generations Trailer

Japanese Pokemon Sun and Moon Commercial Finally “Localized”

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I just saw this on the official Pokemon YouTube channel : Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon—Train On #01

I was shown this Japanese ad earlier this year by one of my friends. This is literally the definition of a GOOD Pokemon commercial. Production value is there for sure; acting, music, and real locations all contribute to the ad’s emotional effect. I think this really embraces what it means to play Pokemon; creating bonds between players despite any potential cultural barriers. It also reminds me of some old ads from the 90s.

This commercial is so much better than the cut and dry gameplay trailers that they have in North America (all Western regions?). Although gameplay trailers are great for just information download (for example Get a Special Munchlax for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon!) Its great to see this earlier commercial air for North America/Western regions. Thanks Pokemon Company/Nintendo!