Thoughts on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Thoughts on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

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When Nintendo announced Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, we were… disappointed, for lack of a better word. Shortly before this year’s E3 press conference, the Pokemon Direct announced a deluxe version of Pokken Tournament for the Switch, virtual console versions of Pokemon Gold and Silver, confirmed there will be a Pokemon game for the Switch, and then added Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon into the mix. But what happened to the third-tier games? And we just got Sun and Moon, what can they possibly update already?

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There seem to be a lot of aesthetic changes in the Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon trailer, from the main trainer designs themselves, to the few peeks of the islands we see. Instead of a sequel, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are being hailed as remakes of the original Sun and Moon games. Perhaps Nintendo is adding more content that they hadn’t been able to add to the original Alolan duo of games? I admit, I was looking forward to perhaps a third-tier game and was a bit surprised at hearing that the next games would be the Ultra versions of Sun and Moon.

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I’m looking forward to the new games, whether they’re similar or not. It’s Pokemon, so of course, I’m going to buy both games. Still, I just thought it was strange that they’re remaking games that came out a year ago. With new forms of the Pokemon, the legendaries especially, I’m curious to see what kind of changes they made to the story.

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Release dates between the main core games have always been about a year and a half to two years, actually, but I am a little suspicious about a remake version just a year after the original came out. Again, perhaps there were more new mechanics that they wished to include but hadn’t been able to until the Ultra games. While the brighter environments in the Ultra games look nice, I’m not thrilled with the character designs. They’re cute, and maybe I’m just old, but I do hope that the characters have a few more facial expressions this time around. Despite how customizable their clothes and hair were in the original games, but faces were nearly always stuck in that goofy smile.

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Right, but the fact that they announced the remarks just a few months after the originals came out, makes me wonder just how long they’ve had these games ready. And I forgot that we had stone faces… I hope they fixed that as well. We don’t see too much of our character in the reveal trailer though, so who knows?

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Yes, the reveal trailer didn’t show too much of your character aside from the updated design, along with a few moves made by some Alolan Pokemon, and the legendaries’ updated looks, of course. I’m curious if Lillie, Hau, and Gladion will make another appearance. In the original games, the main character had just moved to the Alola region — is it the same case in the Ultra games? Will the main character already know the supporting characters from the original games, if the supporting characters are in the Ultra games as well?

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Well, that’s the thing. We don’t know anything about the story this time around. They showed off new designs and that’s about it. YouTuber GameExplain has some thoughts and I have to say that I agree with him. Feel free to watch his video and then let us know your thoughts.

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Trailer Thoughts: Ever Oasis

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Ever Oasis is a game for the Nintendo 3DS that was recently released on June 23, 2017. I had seen the trailer before the release date through Twitter. Some people were talking about it and lots of them were excited about the game. The title is intriguing and the graphics are pretty and cute. Still, when I saw the trailer, it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be and I thought to myself, “is this a game I would actually buy and enjoy playing?”

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Honestly, seeing the game trailer, I fell in love with the music and the graphics. I’m not quite sure what’s going on with the plot or genre — is it an adventure game? mostly puzzles? an RPG? — but it looks and sounds wonderful!

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I agree. However, I’m not sure how I feel about being chief and adding shops and stuff. I love Animal Crossing, including Happy Home Designer, so it doesn’t seem like it would be much different. But when does the plot truly begin? Once you have your oasis established?

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I’ve no idea. I was definitely more intrigued with the game trailer than the intro trailer with the narration voice over. The game trailer looks as if you’re on an adventure to save the oasis, while the intro made it sound similar to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. You have a new town, you can spruce it up how you want it, and just make sure everyone is happy. I would be more interested in this game if the mayor aspect of it were just a bonus or side quest while the majority of the game was an adventure to save the world.

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I would prefer the adventure part too. Still, maybe the chief part isn’t a huge aspect. Seeing as the official game trailer doesn’t include that part, I wonder if they took it out for some reason (if they can even do that)? I think I’d be interested in giving this game a try. I’m just a little confused at its presence.

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Yes, the official game trailer didn’t mention it at all. It’s very possible they edited the game and the trailer footage to better showcase the game after all that time. I imagine being mayor of the oasis is still part of the game, but being a protector may be a bigger aspect of the game than it initially was. It’s definitely a game we’ll keep an eye out for. Check out the game trailer below and let us know what you think:

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First Thoughts: The Girl And The Robot

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The Girl and The Robot originally came out for Steam in 2009. It was recently released for the Nintendo Wii U on May 25, 2017. We got a free digital review code from Miketendo64. Thanks, guys!

With all that being said, we’re about halfway through the game. Yet, we’re still not quite sure how we feel about it.

The game is certainly adorable, but there’s hasn’t been a storyline thus far. We’ve been getting bits and pieces here and there about what might be going on, but it’s all just guessing. But, in a way, that makes the game more intriguing. We don’t know what going on, but we’re speculating and want to play more in order to find out.

Actually, it’s kind of similar to Elliot Quest in that sense.

The main downside of the game are the controls. They’re very “clunky” and stiff. It’s hard to control the characters and the camera alike. Kris mentioned that the controls feel like a robot. Which, if that was the case, is a clever way of doing things, but it makes the gameplay frustrating, especially when you’re in a battle.

We wonder if the controls would have been easier on Steam rather than the Wii U gamepad. Still, we’re making progress and overall, we’re enjoying the game.

We can’t wait to share our review on Miketendo with everyone.

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Nintendo Direct Thoughts: Pokemon

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Due to work, we weren’t able to watch the Nintendo Direct live, but we watched it right away when we got home. After seeing some spoilers on the Internet, we kind of knew what to expect. We were excited, yet iffy about what was about to come. During the direct, they announced three big news about Pokemon. One being Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Pokemon Gold and Silver coming to the virtual console for the Nintendo 3DS, and Pokken Tournament DX coming to the Nintendo Switch.

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Although all three of the games will be released this year, I was a little underwhelmed, to say the least. We had expected some news about Pokemon Stars, or a third-tier game for Sun and Moon, for the Nintendo Switch as rumors from earlier in the year had led us to expect. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sound great, but I do greatly miss the third-tier games, like Yellow, Crystal, and Emerald. Sequel duos haven’t been my favorite installments in the main games. From a business standpoint, I understand that they’ll get more money from the two games rather than the one third-tier game, of course. That, and Kalos got the short end of the stick. Where’re their sequels or third-tier games?

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I definitely wasn’t expecting Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Again, I was expecting Stars. Apparently, there’s a new storyline, which will be good, but I’m confused as to why they have different forms… again. What happened to Mega Evolution? They didn’t do much with that and they introduced Z-Moves, and that seems as though it will get overshadowed by the Ultra forms because, I assume, the forms will be stronger in some way. Also, since Sun and Moon just came out less than a year ago, it doesn’t seem right for them to be coming out with two more games that are pretty much the same.

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Right, it’s almost exactly a year since the original Sun and Moon. While I enjoyed Sun and Moon, I feel as if those installments were a bit more gimmicky than the previous games. Z-Moves weren’t impressive to me, especially after I had just started getting used to Mega Evolutions, and while the regional form of older Pokemon was interesting, I always viewed the new Pokemon of the generation to be the “regional” Pokemon of the land. I was more excited about the news of Gold and Silver’s Virtual Console release until they didn’t mention Crystal at all. While I started playing Pokemon with Yellow, Red, and Blue, it was Crystal that really pulled me into the franchise. You could play as a girl! The Pokemon sprites were animated! There were even more colors! The storyline was more developed! I’m hoping Crystal will come along down the road.

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Of course, I’ll still be getting Ultra Sun an Ultra Moon and I’m sure I’ll enjoy them both. But, in the moment, I would have rathered a third-tier game like the olden days.
I’m excited for Gold and Silver to come to the VC. It’ll add to my collection since I downloaded Red, Blue, and Yellow. Plus, while I played those games, I was pretty young. I didn’t actually beat those games until HeartGold and SoulSilver. So, it’ll be fun to play the old school way. And I do hope they release Crystal at some point as well. I understand they included Yellow since it was a “special Pikachu” edition so it was a big deal, but… if you’re going to have some of the games, why not all of them?

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I think it would be more money for the company if they released Crystal with Gold and Silver. Speaking of which, it seems they will do just that with the port of the Wii U game Pokken Tournament for the Switch, Pokken Tournament DX. When the Wii U game was announced, I was indifferent to the idea of the game. A fighter arcade-like game, it seems to be Smash Bros. but with only Pokemon characters. I would be more interested in the game if it was closer to the original Pokemon Stadium games for the Nintendo 64. Still, if we end up getting it, I’ll try it out.

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Like the DLC for Mario Kart 8, I’m glad we didn’t buy Pokken Tournament for the Wii U. I wanted to get the game and try it out, but just never did for whatever reason. Now we can buy an improved version of the game for the Switch.
All in all, I’m not as excited for the announcements as I thought I would be. I think I got my hopes up for things that didn’t happen, but I’m still looking forward to all the games. I’ll be getting them all and I’m sure Ill enjoy them all just the same.

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Of Battle Modes

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe brought battle modes with it, and for the first time since probably the original Mario Kart on the SNES, we gave the Battle Mode a thorough try. Honestly, we weren’t disappointed!

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There are five different battle modes, we tried each and every one of them, and had a blast while doing so. We went in order, first playing Balloon Battle. I wasn’t very good at that one, yet I believe it’s the simplest of all the modes. Each character starts with five balloons and you try to pop as many balloons from your opponents as you can. If you lose all five of your balloons, you’ll be brought back with three more balloons, but it takes three off of your “kill” list so you have to be careful.

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The Balloon Battle was the original battle mode when the battle mode was first introduced to the franchise. I’ll admit, the Balloon Battle was probably my least favorite out of the other more inventive battle modes. The next mode was Renegade Roundup, where the racers were split up into teams for a high-speed game of cops and robbers. One side had Pirahna Plants to aid them as cops, racing around to catch the “outlaws” on the other team to lock them up. Those dodging the law needed to not only avoid getting caught by a Pirahna Plant but to also keep an eye out and free any teammates that had gotten locked up. If the cops caught all the outlaws, the cops won, but if there was an outlaw still free when time runs out, then the outlaws won the battle. This mode was probably my favorite with the high-speed antics and extra tension that came with trying not to get caught!

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Next was Bob-omb Blast, which was similar to the Balloon Battle. Each item block contained a bob-omb and the more item blocks you got, the more bob-ombs you got. Though the maximum was only 10, sometimes that was all you needed. Each character has balloons and you have to try to blow people up. It was fun to drop bob-ombs everywhere, though I did find it be difficult at times, especially depending on the track we were playing on. Still, it was a lot of fun.

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I had tons of fun tossing the bob-ombs everywhere! The next mode Rachel did really well at, considering it was Coin Runners where the main objective is to collect as many coins as possible. Rachel loves treasure hunting games! This mode’s premise is simple, with racers doing their best to collect the coins that appear on the map while also attacking others to make said others lose their coins.

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I just kept cruising along collecting coins and no one really even touched me because I was keeping to myself. The final battle mode was Shine Thief, which was another fun one. A Shine stands in the middle of the track and you have to get to it before anyone else. You or your team have to collectively hold onto it for 30 seconds in order to win. People try to throw things and crash into you in order to get their hands on the Shine. It’s a fun game of keepaway.

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The battle modes were definitely a lot of fun! My favorites in order were Renegade Roundup, Bob-omb Blast, Shine Thief, Coin Runner, and then Balloon Battle. I tend to prefer the ones that have a bit of a fight to them, ones that can get chaotic with everyone dashing around.

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I loved, in order, Renegade Roundup, Shine Thief, Coin Runner, Bob-omb Blast, then Balloon Battle. I love a good chase whether it’s keepaway or running from the law, but certainly when it gets chaotic. Overall, the battle modes were a lot of fun and I’m sure we’ll be playing them just as much as we play the regular kart races.

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ARMS Global Test Punch

ARMS Global Testpunch

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Show of arms (sorry), who tried out the ARMS global test punch? In our area, our demo was scheduled for 8 PM last night and we played for the whole hour. When the game was first announced, I’ll admit I didn’t have any worries. It looked like a fun game, like Super Smash Brothers 5.0. I was excited for it to come out and now that I’ve tried it, even for just an hour, June 16th can’t come fast enough.

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I was a bit more skeptical of the game. I was curious as to where the idea came from, thinking it was a little silly and odd. Nevertheless, it looked interesting to try out, and the global test punch seemed to be the perfect way to do it. As soon as the game was ready to go in our timezone, Rachel and I fought with the joy-con straps, and quickly selected the first character that held our attention for more than a few seconds. For me, that was Ninjara.

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I chose Ribbon Girl mainly because I liked her hair. I enjoyed the three different arms that I could choose for her as well, my favorite being the spark punches (I forget what they’re actually called). We had fun when the screen showed us the “basics” of the game, but I’ll admit it overwhelmed me a bit. There’s a lot of controls to remember. You get the hang of it the more you play, but it’s a lot harder than it looks. Mostly I just flailed my arms around.

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That’s true, I had to duck away once or twice from Rachel’s flailing, haha! Ninjara was fun to use — I love ninja characters and his Chakram and Buff punches were lots of fun. After getting used to the controls, I utilized his vanishing act often. The controls themselves did take a bit used to, especially since I tended to back up my character while trying to rear back for a punch.

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It was just hard to remember which controls did what. During the test punch, we participated in various fights online. Sometimes Kris and I were teamed up and other times one one of us would go at a time. The lobby was smooth and you could see what everyone else was doing and who was going next. It was a great online system and I can see myself playing online a lot when the game releases. Aside from the fights, there was volleyball which I wasn’t too much of a fan of.

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The online lobby was great! It allowed you time for a breather in between matches, while also giving you the options to switch characters and do a few warm ups while waiting for your next round. I definitely preferred the fighting matches to the volleyball as well. As odd as it may sound, I ended up being much more coordinated in the chaotic fighting matches than I was trying to spike an explosive volleyball!

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I’m sure we’ll get better with the volleyball with practice. But it makes me wonder what other types of games there will be? I thought it was just fighting, but I doubt they added just volleyball and that’s it. Once our hour had ended, we spent the rest of the night playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online with Mr. Panda. Overall, it was a great night!

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First Impressions: Fire Emblem Echoes

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The weather around where I am is supposed to be cloudy and a bit rainy all week, and I’m totally fine with that. It gives me more of an excuse to spend my downtime inside playing new video games!

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My copy of Fire Emblem Echoes arrived Friday evening and I didn’t get a chance to open the game until Saturday afternoon. It taunted me from atop my desk until I was able to start it up.

I’ve really enjoyed the past couple of Fire Emblem games, most notably Awakening and Fates was close behind it, so I was eager to try out Echoes. I know it’s a remake of a Japan-only Fire Emblem game from way back when but, other than that, I didn’t know too much about the plot.

I’ve reached about the end of the first act, and I’m really enjoying the characters! Gray so far seems to be my favorite, but the little entourage around Alm are all entertaining. The voice acting so far is phenomenal, and I was pleasantly surprised that the game has full voice acting rather than the partial acting that Awakening and Fates had.

The beginning cut scenes and story was cute, if a bit corny enough to make me chuckle at the drama. The male-fighter going off to find the more passive female main character is a little frustratingly cliche, as is the first two to three “missions” revolving around rescuing female characters, but the story isn’t too bad.

I was a little bummed when it came time to reclass a few members of my army. Some classes are back to being gender-locked after Fates had seemed to lift them, so I couldn’t have a male Pegasus Knight or Cleric or even a female Archer at the beginning. Being a remake of an older Fire Emblem game, Rachel pointed out that perhaps the gender-locked classes were kept in from the original game. It made some sense, but with the upgrades the game has had in the meantime, I’m disappointed that this aspect couldn’t be tweaked.

Overall, I’m enjoying this new Fire Emblem game and I can’t wait to keep going!

Are you playing Fire Emblem Echoes? Keeping spoilers to yourself, what do you think of it so far?

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