One of my favorite genres of video games is RPGs, mainly due to the storytelling elements and the choices I get to make while exploring said story. Interactive storytelling is on the rise in other mediums rather than just video games.
Has anyone ever read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury? It’s about a “fireman,” whose job is not to prevent fires but to burn books. One of the mindless ways of entertainment that is described in the book are these parlor walls, giant televisions that span across entire walls. The main character’s wife in particular really enjoys the programs, particularly some family sitcom-like shows that the viewer “participates” in by reading from a script at designated moments in the show.
I was reminded by that detail of the book when I saw that YouTube debuted a trailer for “A Heist with Markiplier,” an apparent choose-your-own-adventure YouTube series that will start streaming this week. Markiplier has reportedly done other choose-your-own-adventure series on YouTube, and I know Netflix has series as well that use the viewer’s input to help determine the course of the story.
Interactive storytelling is popular in its own right, and one of the reasons why I adore video games, even in games where the plot is fairly linear. To see that method used outside of video games — and the book series’ that made it popular — is interesting, especially with television. A click of a button to make a choice and alter the outcome of the show is something that I believe will become more popular as time goes on. Nowadays, people want the interaction and to be part of their favorite universes.
Still, I find it odd regarding television shows, as there’s not much for the viewer to do other than clicking a few buttons and making a choice here or there. Case in point, Rachel and I did a short review on Minecraft Story Mode last year for Netflix. It… wasn’t that great, but it could have been due to the story aimed probably at younger viewers than ourselves. We found it a bit boring and redundant with the choices, even if we admit that was well-done for the medium.
With that said, I suppose one could say the same for the visual novel genre of video games, a genre which I generally enjoy. It’s also probably why I’ve been enjoying Dungeons & Dragons. It’s a wonder what other kinds of shows that both YouTube and Netflix — and, presumably, other streaming services — will imbue with interactive storytelling in the near future.
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I didn’t pay attention to that 24-hour live stream at all. Normally, I’d be all over that but, for some reason, it didn’t tickle my fancy. Also, having that on for 24 hours straight waiting for something to happen is a bit much for me. Normally, I’d have it on in the background as I worked, but I would have felt obligated to keep my eyes on that screen at all times.
Long story short, so many people were speculating Ponyta to have a Galar form and they were right. What they weren’t right about, however, is its type.
Galarian Ponyta is a majestic Pokemon at its finest. Yes, it’s a baby and that’s why I can’t wait to see what Rapidash looks like. Kris hopes Rapidash will be Psychic-Flying and sprout wings to be a pegasus. It’s not far off base – I mean, Ponyta is a literal unicorn here. There’s the horn on its forehead and cotton candy colors. (However, it’s classified as the “Unique Horn Pokemon.”)
And yeah, you read that right. Galarian Ponyta is not Fairy, despite its looks, but is Psychic. It reminds me of Espeon color-wise, so if it wasn’t going to be Fairy, then I’ll take Psychic instead. Although, again, Rapidash could have an added type as some evolutions do. It could end up being Psychic-Fairy. You never know.
According to the Pokedex, there is only a handful of Psychic-Flying Pokemon (the includes evolutions) and there’s only one Psychic-Fairy type. Though, that doesn’t mean anything for Galarian Ponyta. If there’s anything to be said about Pokemon types, it’s that they are never even.
I appreciate Galarian Ponyta’s design though. It’s adorable and magical looking. To be honest, my first thought was that they took a character from My Little Pony and gave it an upgrade. Or, Galarian Ponyta would be the all-magical being in the next My Little Pony movie or something.
I don’t raise Psychic Pokemon often on my team, but I would love to have Galarian Ponyta travel with me. I want to see its movement on the battlefield and also play with it in the Pokemon Camp.
I believe Galarian Ponyta is exclusive to Pokemon Shield like how Sirfetch’d is exclusive to Pokemon Sword. I can’t find where I saw that information though, so don’t quote me. I’m getting both versions anyway, so it doesn’t matter to me.
With the game releasing in about a month, including Galarian forms and evolutions, about 25 Pokemon have been officially been revealed. 20 of those are new to the Galar region. There’s no national dex and, without counting any of the Galar region Pokemon, there is 809 Pokemon total. Will they make it to 1,000 in the Galar region?
I’m not sure, but I hope so. I think they will because they tend to release more legendary Pokemon here and there even after the games come out. If not, I’ll look forward to generation nine after completing Sword and Shield.
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Did anyone watch that 24-hour livestream of the Galar Region to try to spot new Pokemon or information for the Sword and Shield Pokemon games? I did not.
So, recently there was that livestream of, I don’t know, a forest scene of the Galar Region that was set up to tease everyone regarding new Pokemon for the eighth generation. I didn’t watch any of it, admittedly, but I did see enough people on Twitter mentioning the few things of interest and then a lot of disinterest in supposedly the dead air that the livestream offered at times.
By the sounds of it, the best thing to come out of that livestream was the reveal of the Galarian Ponyta. With a mane looking as if it was made out of clouds and some of the biggest eyes I’ve ever seen on a Pokemon, it looks adorable!
Was it confirmed as a Galar form of Ponyta yet by Nintendo? Could this actually be an entirely new line of Pokemon?
(Seriously, do you all remember Bouffalant from Gen. V? How we were all sure it was part of a Taurus evolution line but they’re both stand-alone Pokemon? Yeah.)
There’s been plenty of speculation about the Pokemon’s typing as well. I’ve seen Fairy as a good contender, and due to the forest location, some are speculating Grass as well. The Pokemon’s eyes and fluffy mane first reminded me of the Vulpix line, admittedly, particularly their Alolan forms. It makes me think that this Pokemon may be Fairy and Ice type.
Flying may be a good contender, though, especially for an evolution. Imagine Galarian Rapidash sprouting wings to go with its cloud-like mane and tail, becoming a Pegasus Pokemon!
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Pokemon Sword & Shield are getting closer to being released. We have a little over two months left to go and they’re still talking about new mechanics and features of the game.
First off, these games are going to have 18 gyms. After Sun and Moon where there weren’t any gyms at all, I’m excited to get back into the gym battles. To make it even better, instead of having the eight gym badges and then moving onto the Elite Four and Champion, there will be 18 gyms to go through – one for every Pokemon type. Apparently, the gyms are split between the major leagues and the minor leagues and I don’t know if you need to go through them all in order to reach the Champion (assuming there is one) or if you can pick and choose. Me, personally, I’d love to battle them all and collect 18 badges (assuming there are badges).
I’m mainly excited about this because the types for the gyms and Elite Four have been so uneven over the years. I made a list of how many times each type is the main for a gym battle or Elite Four member or Champion and it’s crazy uneven. Champions and Elite Four members tend to favor Ice and Dragon types and, of course, even though Dark was introduced in Johto, it has never had itd own gym. Three different Elit Four members have mained in Dark, but there are no Dark gym badges. Fairy got its own gym when it was introduced in the Alola region, but that’s the only time it’s appeared.
I think it’ll be cool to have a gym battle for each type this time around.
People have been talking about this one a decent amount. There will be an auto-save feature in the game. While I think this is a good idea, I’m happy there will be an option to turn it off. Supposedly, “it’ll constantly save the game” and I like to save before gym battles or if I’m searching for a certain Pokemon. If I try to catch a legendary and miss it, I just reset my game and try again. If it saves after a battle and I missed catching a Pokemon, I’m going to be pretty sad about that.
Still, I do think it’s a good idea to have the option to auto-save, just in case.
In Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, there’s no EXP share. If you have Pokemon in your party, they automatically get EXP for every catch or battle. It seems as though that will be the case for Sword and Shield as well. I don’t really mind this, though I have turned the EXP share on and off in the past in case one or two of my Pokemon get a few levels ahead of everyone else. There’s no word on whether this will be able to get turned off or not but it’ll be there.
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Brain Age was a game that came out for the Nintendo DS in the US in 2006. A sequel came out for the Nintendo DS just a year later in 2007. There were two other since then, but I only have the first two. They were simple games with logic puzzles, Sudoku, math, and more. I had fun with them though. A new Brain Age title was just announced for Japan and it looks pretty cool.
While the trailer is in Japanese and the release date is set for December 2019 in Japan, who knows if it’ll come to the other regions or not. Although, I hope it does. The game looks pretty cool.
Watching the trailer, you can see that there are some similar games from the other Brain Age titles included in this Switch version. Such as math facts, quick number games, and more. There are a few differences though.
One difference is that a math fact game is shown in the trailer. Instead of writing the answer down with the stylus like in the first couple of games, you use your fingers to show the answer. The Joy-Con can see your hand and show how many fingers you’re holding up. This is also used in what looks like a Rock-Paper-Scissors game that’s also shown in the trailer.
Now, I have no idea how annoying that will be or how well it’ll work, but it’s certainly a cool concept and I love the idea of playing Rock-Paper-Scissors with the AI on my Switch.
The trailer is quick and obviously not in English, but it’s easy to see that they’re giving Brain Age a nice little upgrade from the previous games – new puzzles, new games, new mechanics. Of course, the release date says December 2019 in Japan, so… will it come here? I don’t know, but I kind of hope so.
Also… stylus. I have had my Switch for long enough that I really miss having a stylus when I play in handheld mode. The lady has one in the trailer, so I’m hoping that’s a new accessory coming soon for the Switch.
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With the coming holidays, there are a plethora of new video game releases that are on our radar. Most are new but some are remastered versions of older games that we had loved. Now there are rumors of another remake…
Pokemon is one of our favorite franchises, probably one of the first that truly got us into gaming on a regular basis. The Yellow, Red, and Blue trio were my first games for my Game Boy Color, and Rachel joined me in on the Pokemon adventure with Gold, Silver, and Crystal. The first generation of Pokemon has been remade a couple of times — with FireRed and LeafGreen, then most recently with the Let’s Go duo — and the second and third generation games have also been given makeovers.
There has always been clamor for the fourth generation of games — Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum in the Sinnoh region — to be remade as well. The fourth generation of Pokemon games was one of the most acclaimed with the Pokemon world, with it introducing the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to allow trainers from all over the world to communicate, as well as updating the graphics, battle and contest mechanics, and introducing the most Legendary Pokemon in a generation.
According to a recent rumor, the Sinnoh region may yet still be remade.
Granted, the rumor is due to a Pokemon merchandise online store noticing that a slew of Sinnoh merch is slated to come within the next year or so. Saturating the market with fourth generation Pokemon toys would help with marketing when it comes to remakes. Considering the next core Pokemon games are being released in November, a remake of the fourth generation could be the next Pokemon game on Nintendo’s to-do list. In all seriousness, Nintendo may not have to do any market ploy for the generation four remakes, not with how much fans have wanted these remakes for years.
With that said, while I’ve always enjoyed the remakes, my favorite Pokemon games were the third-tiers, which haven’t been a thing since the original Pokemon Platinum game back in 2009. We’ll get the remakes, whenever they get released, and we’ll probably enjoy them just as much as we enjoy the others.
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Generally my Friday posts aren’t for recent news, but I thought this was some good information to pass on to the blog. Anyone else participating in this?
Nintendo is hosting an online tournament for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe this coming Sunday, September 22nd. It’s open to all racers, regardless of skill level, and all vehicles and characters are welcome to be used. The races will be 150cc-level and racers will compete in a series of 24 races. The top eight racers will be awarded 2,500 gold points (or, rather, $25). And, despite not having picked up the game in a while and not being a regular online competitor, Rachel is planning on playing just for the fun of it. The tournament itself says it will be going from 1pm to 11pm EST and Nintendo revealed a simple way to enter by giving a number (2093-5045-4827) to input into the Search by Code field in Tournaments. I presume one does not need to play through the entire block and will only need to play long enough to compete in 24 races. There was one summer where Rachel and I, along with our cousins, played through all of the available courses and it took us only a couple of hours, if I remember correctly. To have to sit down and race for 10 hours for a tournament would be a little excessive. While it’s nice to have a tournament not catered to certain skill levels, I doubt beginners will be able to have good luck with the tournament. I wonder if it would be worth it to Nintendo to do more online tournaments for beginner, intermediate, and expert racers? With a growing library on the Switch — both for current and retro games — more online tournaments may become a thing. There are the big name games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon, and I wonder what other games Nintendo may use for tournaments. Fire Emblem battles with custom armies. Overcooked teams competing for high scores. Retro Super Mario Kart tournaments. There are plenty of possibilities for Nintendo to exploit, and I’m interested in seeing what kind of tournaments they’ll do next!
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I hope everyone had a good weekend! This is about some news that’s a couple of weeks old, but I cannot help but think about it. The Super Smash Bros. roster is so big already, I can’t imagine who else to put in!
The latest Nintendo Direct mentioned that even more DLC characters are going to join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate family. Considering all of the characters we have now, what other franchises and series do you want to see represented?
Granted, our favorite franchises are sufficiently represented, but it would be interesting to see more of a variety in them. We have plenty of Fire Emblem characters, but I’m curious if characters from Three Houses will show up. Having a Fire Emblem character that is not a sword-user would be amazing. Perhaps a Pokemon from the Galar region will show up for the latest generation. Maybe there will be an aspect of the second Breath of the Wild or the remake of Link’s Awakening in Ultimate.
I would totally be down for a joint Jigglypuff and Marion concert in Smash Ultimate.
With that said, I am presuming that the newest DLC characters will also be franchises that aren’t in Smash just yet. Rachel and I are first and foremost Nintendo fans, so characters from other series aren’t usually on our radars. Yet, I would love more female or unique animal characters on the roster. Shantae is fairly popular and it’d be fun to play as Spyro hovering around the stage.
Of course, I also can’t help but hope for Geno from Super Mario RPG!
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Fitness and RPGs combined are now a thing with the newly announced Ring Fit Adventure from Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. When Nintendo showed a teaser about a week ago, we assumed it was fitness related. Though we didn’t see the RPG elements coming. I think it’s a cool idea though. This may be a game I didn’t know I wanted.
I’m still a little puzzled about it, to be honest. While I’m intrigued by the idea — RPGs are right up my alley and I don’t mind doing a bit of exercise as well — I wonder how the development of the game went. I mean, someone at that meeting was like, “Alright, listen up… Exercise but as an adventure!” Still, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea.
Agreed. I was confused as well (plus the hosts of the video were way too happy about it) but as the video went on, I became more and more intrigued. The Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus were popular. However, exercise is a new year’s resolution that people keep for a week and then throw it out the window. It always fizzles out. I think, combining fitness with an adventure will add more incentive for people to keep going with the game. You’re working toward fitness goals and also leveling up your character. Because – let’s be real – we’re more inclined to want to level up our fictional characters than ourselves.
That’s true. The announcement said the release date is October 18, so I’m curious how that will affect the sales. I’m wondering why it is not closer to the holidays in time for those new year’s resolutions? Fitness Boxing, for example, was released this past January, and I don’t believe that did too badly in sales. And, absolutely, people are more invested in fictional characters, haha! Look at the Sims franchise. People are meticulous about giving their Sim characters the best life possible… Unless you’re the type to play for destruction, of course.
I was surprised at the release date as well. They have so much coming out for the rest of 2019. This wasn’t part of the Nintendo Direct either, so it makes me wonder what they were trying to accomplish. Not that it matters. People will get it whenever it comes out. I do wonder, since they are a business, if they’re trying to fit a certain quota by the end of the year and that’s why they’re cramming so much for the rest of the year. Not that I’m complaining, of course.
Granted, I feel as if a lot of games are coming out within the next couple of months rather than, say, December for the holidays. The last game for 2019 on my radar at the moment — and, honestly, I could be forgetting about some games that I may have originally been excited for — are Pokemon Sword and Shield for November. Mom is going to berate us for pre-ordering everything instead of waiting for Christmas, like usual, but many of Nintendo’s games seem to be coming out right before the major holiday months.
That’s true. The Switch Lite and Link’s Awakening are coming this month, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and now the Ring Fit Adventure is October. Pokemon is November. There are so many other games in between and beyond. As of right now, though, nothing “major” seems to be coming out in December. Which makes me wonder… does Nintendo have something up their sleeve for the coming months?
They very well could. Nintendo never seems to reveal all their cards at once, such as revealing the Ring Fit Adventure after a Nintendo Direct. Then again, they seem to be doing well with all the games coming out that they may ride right on through the holidays with everything they’ve announced so far. We’ll just have to wait and see!
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After an interestingly busy summer, we are totally ready to get back to blogging and gaming, and it was great being greeted with a Nintendo Direct right at the beginning of this month. There was a ton of stuff that was teased at this direct, giving us plenty of games and release dates. Some rumors were confirmed, while other announcements created new ones.
We weren’t able to watch the Direct live, but we watched it the moment it had ended. I knew a lot of stuff was coming between now and the end of 2019, but Nintendo just added so much more to the list. Overall, it was a good Direct. However, I really only cared about a handful of the games they announced.
I wrote down the majority of the games and their release dates that were shown, but I’ll admit that I was getting a bit burned out as the last few games were being shown. Still, we have a decent list to go through and add to our release dates calendar. I was happy for those who enjoy Overwatch to see it confirmed for the Nintendo Switch, and I’m interested in Tokyo Mirage Sessions for early next year.
I have to admit, I was surprised Overwatch is just now coming to the Switch. I had forgotten about that game, but still. It’s so popular as is the Switch. I was mainly interested in hearing more about Luigi’s Mansion 3, of course, and also learning a bit more about Animal Crossing New Horizons. The SNES Virtual Console was a nice surprise as well.
It was nice to see the SNES Virtual Console. Perhaps we’ll use the Online services more due to it! I’m interested in seeing what SNES games will be released through it down the line. As someone who is only newly interested in Animal Crossing, I did enjoy seeing the bits and pieces of New Horizons. Being able to place furniture outside is a much bigger plus than I thought it would be, and it’ll be fun being able to play together! Of course, what I enjoyed the most about the direct was the Pokemon Sword and Shield news. The new tea Pokemon is adorable, and the Pokemon camp seems to be fun!
We have barely used the online services though as we don’t recognize many games from the NES. I’m sure that’ll change with the SNES games. I too am looking forward to what else they release. And, maybe, a virtual console Nintendo 64 is in the future. As for Animal Crossing, yes, I’m looking forward to doing more with the village rather than just your own house or seeing what your neighbors are up to. Then, of course, there’s Pokemon. Two months and counting… I can’t wait! That Pokemon camp looks awesome.
And our Pokemon can play together! That’ll be too cute! Aside from the other various titles that piqued my interest — Assassin’s Creed, Trials of Mana, Dragon Quest, Little Town Hero, to name a few — the other piece of the direct that surprised me was hearing that even more DLC characters will be coming to Smash Ultimate after the current Fighter’s Pass is done. The next DLC character was announced, but Terry doesn’t mean much to us. While I’m happy for those who are excited for Terry, we have no idea who he is, so it’s fun to speculate who else will be coming to Smash.
Our Pokemon will be able to play together because we’ll each have our own Switch! As for the other games, again, nothing piqued my interest. I downloaded Super Kirby Clash because it was free and I’d love to play more Kirby games – he’s a cute fluff-ball. I wasn’t too surprised to hear they’re coming out with more DLC for Smash. I have a feeling this may be the last Smash game (at least for the next few years) and they’re trying to squeeze in as many characters as they can. My question now is… will they announce the new DLC characters as they have been? And how much will they cost?
I’m sure Sakurai would like this to be the last Smash game, haha! The only downside to getting more DLC Smash characters is cost, yes. Obviously, getting the Fighter’s Pass was the cheaper option to go, and we wanted to get all five extra characters, but honestly? We wouldn’t have minded skipping Terry and maybe Hero or so to save money and data. Still, it’ll be fun to see what other characters they’ll manage to squeeze into the game!
It would have made sense to save money on characters we don’t know, but… it’s Smash. And it’s me. Gotta collect ‘em all. I wonder if they’ll ready another set of five characters and do another Fighter’s Pass. Or if they’ll just release characters willy-nilly.
I know, I know, gotta get all the characters, haha! Still, I hope the next set of characters will be more recognizable to us. On the flip side, I suppose that means we just need to expand our gaming horizons even more!
I’m sure we’ll see some familiar faces eventually. Now that we have the SNES Virtual Console, we can definitely branch out with some of the older games as well. We’re going to be busy for quite a while with these new games!
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