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!

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.