Pokemon Trio-Type Challenge

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Last month, Rachel and I decided to put a new twist on our Pokemon games. Generally, both of us go on our journeys in the core series with well-rounded teams — Rachel usually has an idea as to which types and Pokemon she wants, while I just go and collect Pokemon of different types that I think are pretty cool. For this challenge, we were each randomly assigned a trio of types that we could use, as well as a random region to go through.

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Kris had to only have Pokemon that had the types Ground, Dark, and Dragon on her team. I was only allowed Normal, Electric, and Bug on my team. We also randomly generated which region we’d be in. Kris got a Hoenn Pokemon from the generator so she played Alpha Sapphire. I got a Unova Pokemon so I played White 2. It was… actually harder than we thought it would be.

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While I’ve trained my fair share of Ground and Dark type Pokemon, Dragon was a type I wasn’t too experienced in and it was a bit difficult to find Pokemon that fit those three typings. I played by the rule that if at least one of a Pokemon’s types matched one of my three, then I could use it, such as Numel being Fire and Ground type. I also caught a Swablu due to its evolution being part Dragon. My Nincada, on the other hand, will never evolve as it’ll lose its Ground typing if it becomes a Ninjask.

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I played a little differently than Kris. I wanted all my Pokemon to exclusively be Bug, Electric, or Normal. So, my party consisted of Stoutland, Audino, Karrablast, Shelmet, Galvantula, and Tynamo. So I had at least two Normal, two Bug, and two Electric. I look at the game guide and made up my team before I started playing to make sure it was doable. The thing was, I went through the first five gyms with just Stoutland and Audino because the other four weren’t available to catch until later. At that point, the grinding to get the other four caught up in levels was a pain.

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My way of playing was just to go through the adventure naturally and only catch those that had at least one of my typings (with the occasional Zigzagoon when I needed HM help). The first three gyms I only had Mightyena and Nincada, and I was able to catch Numel, Swablu, Cacnea, and Trapinch later. Grinding was definitely annoying, and I found myself with fainted Pokemon much more often in trainer battles than I ever have before due to the type weaknesses. You have to keep your team a little over leveled to account for their type weaknesses, which slows down the game play a bit.

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Yes, my Pokemon fainted a lot more than I usually let them too. As for HMs, I actually didn’t need to use any until after the fifth gym. It was surf – that Audino can learn – and strength – that Stoutland can learn. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to actually beat our games within our challenge timeline. I breezed right through the game up until right before the sixth gym where I needed to grind a lot. Though I plan on continuing to play this file and play at my own pace. I want this team to go through the Elite Four!

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Oh, yes, I’m planning on continuing this file as well. We’re just about ready to face the fifth gym leader, so we’ll see how that goes! Aside from the grinding, it’s a fun challenge to try. Out of my team, Mightyena and Nincada are the only Pokemon I’ve trained before. The others are all brand-new to me, so giving them a chance in battle is definitely interesting. I wouldn’t mind trying a challenge like this again!

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I agree, this challenge has allowed me to branch out with new Pokemon. I rarely have Normal or Bug Pokemon on my team. I would definitely try this challenge as well too. We’ll have to remember this idea for another time… Maybe even for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield down the line!

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#GamingTogether — February 2019 Questions

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#GamingTogether has been our little hashtag game on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr during the weekdays. Considering we haven’t done a little compilation like this in a couple of months, we decided to do another. These questions were from February 2019.

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Here are some of our rapid fire answers from last month. Feel free to join in the game on social media!

1: Do you prefer characters with higher speed or attack power?

Kris: Higher speed, all the way. I love thief and ninja-like characters with their evasive maneuvers. Can’t hit a character that’s too fast!

Rachel: I agree, I prefer higher speed. Any damage is damage, especially if it’s done first.

2: What’s your favorite elemental magic in a game?

Kris: I’m finding myself leaning more towards lightning, if that’s an option, lately. Otherwise, wind or dark.

Rachel: Fire for sure. I’m sure you all knew that though.

3: Do you typically buy ports of older games?

Kris: Depends on the game, really. If it’s a game I remember loving, I’ll probably buy it for nostalgia.

Rachel: Yeah, it depends on the game. But honestly, I think I’d lean more towards yes. I always says I won’t buy ports and then I do.

4: What’s your favorite multi-player game?

Kris: I’d probably go with a Smash Bros. title or Super Mario Party, actually. Super Mario Party is something that is casual enough for friends that typically don’t play games join us for a round or two, while the Smash Bros. franchise is just classic.

Rachel: Super Smash Brothers, most likely. I don’t play it as often as I should, but it’s great fun with more people.

5: How do you feel about spoilers in game announcements?

Kris: Not great, admittedly. I like learning enough information about a game to help me figure out if I want to buy it or not, but spoilers turn me off. Case in point is the Pokemon franchise. I’m sincerely hoping Nintendo keeps some surprises about generation 8 and the new Galar region under wraps before the games are released. I do not want to already know the characters, the map, and all the new Pokemon before turning the game on.

Rachel: I can tolerate it, but could do without it. For the Galar region in Pokemon, for example, I like seeing the starters and the map. It makes me curious about the final evolutions and legendary Pokemon… but not curious enough that I want it leaked. I’d like to be surprised when my Pokemon evolve while I play the game.

Did you get a chance to answer these questions? If not, what are your responses? Let us know in the comments below!

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Nintendo Switch 2-Year Anniversary

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Hello everyone, and happy 2nd birthday to the Nintendo Switch! We really want to do something special to celebrate such a wonderful console, and we finally figured out what it is.

On Saturday, April 6th, we will be having a six-hour stream on Twitch to celebrate our personal anniversary of getting our hands on the Nintendo Switch console — with how popular the Nintendo Switch was when it first came out, it was common to hear it being sold out. We were a little bummed for a while, but we eventually got the Switch through a bundle offered from GameStop.

So, if you want to see the collection of Switch games we have amassed over the past two years, and just want to hang out and talk about video games and life, come join us at our Twitch channel on Saturday, April 6th, from 9am to 3pm EST! We may do a bit of Super Mario Party, some Smash Ultimate, maybe a little Mario Kart, and we have plenty of awesome indie games to show off!

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Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

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The Pokemon Direct on Wednesday morning was only about 7 minutes long, but we have yet to see too many complaints about it. All things considered, I was pleased with what I saw of the Generation 8 Pokemon games. Pretty sure one of my favorite parts of it was the reveal that gyms would be returning!

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I have to admit, I was expecting generation eight reveals, but I was also thinking there would be other announcements. I’m certainly not complaining though! What they showed off of the Galar Region was amazing. The world looks beautiful and yes, I’m eager to collect badges again.

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The graphics definitely look gorgeous on the Switch, and the world itself looks so much more detailed than the Let’s Go titles. The character designs look fun — I was really amused at how large the male character’s backpack was! The starters themselves look cute. I’ll definitely be going with Grookey, since I usually go for the Grass-type starters anyway. Sobble looks adorable, though!

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All the main starters are adorable. I’m excited to have a bunny as the fire-type! I’m super curious as to what they’re final evolution and typing will be. I’m also looking forward to finding out more information about the legendary Pokemon. For the titles Sword and Shield, I don’t know what they’ll do. I have a feeling they’ll be wolf-like though, of course.

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Think the Scorbunny will end up being Fire and Fighting type? One of the things that Alola had in its favor was the secondary typing of the starters’ final evolutions. Ghost, Dark, and Fairy were great, but it would be interesting to have other, unique secondary types for the starters. The titles Sword and Shield are awesome and I’m hoping they have a fun story and plotline to go along with them. I’m totally up for canine-like legendaries!

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I don’t know, I feel like they’ve had so many Fire/Fighting Pokemon, especially for the starters. For some reason, Scorbunny looks like it could be Fire/Electric. Grookey maybe Grass/Ground and Sobble Water/Bug. I honestly would love to see opposite types together. I know it won’t happen with Sword & Shield (if at all) but I think it’d be cool to have starters that are Fire/Water, Water/Grass, Grass/Fire. But now I’m rambling – anyway, canine legendaries would be awesome. I wonder if it’ll be two versions of a similar Pokemon (kind of like Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres) or if they’ll somehow be different (like Solgaleo and Lunala). But both looked like they were wolves or something.

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Oh, I know, I’m joking. I’m convinced that Incineroar, with its design, was originally going to be Fire/Fighting, but so many people were sick of that typing that they changed it to Fire/Dark. Ground is starting to be a bit overused with the Grass starters, but there’s not many Water/Bug types. Going back to Sword and Shield, I wonder if the legendary Pokemon and the story itself will have some sort of medieval angle. I think the logos of the games remind me of crests from royal families or knights. Generation 5’s story played with a royal family angle, didn’t it?

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Ground is starting to get overused with Grass, I agree. But Grookey’s coloring reminds me of Grass/Ground. Grass/Rock would be cool too. A medieval angle would be cool. I mean, the story will more or less be the same as all the other Pokemon games, I think. I was surprised to see the Galar map. It’s long and seems like the journey will be fairly linear. Which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s definitely different than before.

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Grass/Rock would be interesting. I miss the Grass/Poison typing that Venusaur has, admittedly. Yes, I’m sure the story will involve some team or other trying to take over or change the world while using Pokemon, and the fate of the world will rest on the shoulders of our pre-teen protagonist. Still, I hope the lore of the region is well done. If the lore is well done enough, I would absolutely love it if the region got a third game. I wasn’t thrilled with the “sequels” of Black 2/White 2 and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon — we should have gotten a Gray and Eclipse for those regions, respectively. We also totally missed out on another game for the Kalos region. There should have been a Pokemon Z for Zygarde. I suppose those are a bit of a ways off, though. For now, I’m definitely looking forward to Sword and Shield.

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I totally agree. We should have had third installments for Unova, Kalos, and Alola. I understand they want to make more money, but I think they have plenty and the third volumes are what people seem to really enjoy. Here’s hoping to Pokemon Armor when the time comes! In the meantime, I can’t wait for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield… late 2019 most likely means November. It’ll be here before we know it.

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Goodbye and Thank You, Reggie

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Last week, it was announced that Reggie Fils-Aime was retiring as President of Nintendo of America. He held that title for 13 out of the 15 years he’s worked for Nintendo and, in April, he will pass along that title to Doug Bowser.

As longtime Nintendo fans, Reggie’s name was always familiar to us here at Double Jump. We enjoyed seeing him announce new games and features for Nintendo consoles and the company as a whole, as well as the good-natured memes that popped up with him. His speaking manner was always calm and proud whenever he was talking about Nintendo and its accomplishments. He wasn’t just the president of a company, he was a lifelong fan who lived the dream of loving his job and sharing the sheer joy of playing games with millions of others.

So, here’s to you, Reggie. Thanks so much for sharing your love of creativity, community, and, most importantly, gaming. Best of luck with your retirement!

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Who Are the DLC Fighters for Smash Ultimate?

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Ever since it was announced that there would be DLC fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there have been a plethora of speculation over who the new Smashers would be. Joker was revealed as the first DLC character, but who are the others? Speculating over this with us today is Justin from TWOTALL4UFOOL, and we are pleased and delighted he was able to join us again. Thank you for joining us, Justin!

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Sistas! Thanks once again for inviting your boy 2TALL on. I wish they would just announce the characters already.

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Always great to have you. I too wish they would just announce the characters though I don’t mind a little room for speculation. Nintendo can’t please everyone but they try their best. I’m sure they’re looking at people’s ideas and tucking them away for the future. There are a few characters I would love to have as fighters in Smash, but one I thought of the other night was Birdo from the Super Mario series. I don’t know why, but I think she would be a good fit, especially to be an echo fighter for Yoshi. I know they have a ton of Mario characters on there already, but I think Birdo would be a cool addition.

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While I really enjoy the aspect of unlocking characters — I can remember how much fun it was to figure out and be surprised by the unlockable characters in Melee, for example — I am not so pleased with DLC as a whole. Having the characters announced already would allow us to pick and choose which characters to add to our games, perhaps saving a little money in the process. Honestly, I’m sure we’d get all the characters anyway just to complete the game, but the idea of saving money would be nice. As for DLC character I would like, I still stand by Geno from Mario RPG, even though he’s already in the World of Light as a spirit.

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My first pick for one of the characters would have to be Crash Bandicoot. I believe one of Activision’s franchises will be represented and i think he’s perfect. You already have Sonic so why not him.

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Geno would be a great addition to the game. And you bring up a good point that people would save money and not get the DLC if certain characters were announced. Crash Bandicoot would be an interesting fighter too. What kinds of moves would he have, do you think? My other vote, however, is Professor Layton. He’s kick butt in Layton Vs. Phoenix and I’d love to play him in Smash.

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Birdo, Crash Bandicoot, and Layton would be awesome additions! I’d also like to see another female or two. I was a little disappointed that the other Street Fighter rep was not Chun-Li. Tifa Lockhart from the Final Fantasy series would be great to see, too. To add an IP that is not in Smash just yet, what about a Kingdom Hearts character? I haven’t really played those games, not yet, but Sora would be interesting… Or Mickey, haha!

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Geno I feel is a great choice. Birdo I feel should’ve been added as an echo fighter for Yoshi. I feel Crash would definitely have that spin move he does. I personally don’t think they will add a Kingdom Hearts character but you never know. Do you think any 3rd party villains could be added?

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Having a Kingdom Hearts character would be fun. I wouldn’t might playing as Sora with the Keyblade. As for Mickey… I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing a Disney Smash as its own game! Adding more villains is a great idea too… I feel like there aren’t that many in the game at this point.

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My next character I feel they should add. Dr. Eggman/Robotnik! I feel he would be a great villain to add.

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More villains would be interesting… I was about to say Dr. Eggman for Sonic and I’m sure Mega Man has some good villain characters that would be good for Smash. Imagine Sephiroth to opposite Cloud! To add another IP into Smash, what about Spyro the Dragon? I’ve also seen a lot of speculation of Minecraft somehow being represented in Smash… Not sure how that would work?

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Spyro falls under Activision. So I feel that between Spyro and Crash it would be Crash that would get in.

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Dr. Eggman would be a lot of fun to play as! I would love to see Spyro too. As for Minecraft… I don’t think I care too much to play as Steve or someone. We already have the Mii Fighters. I could see Minecraft zombies being an assist trophy or something though.

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Yeah I could see see Minecraft zombies being added in as assist trophies.

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If third-parties didn’t matter as much so both Crash and Spyro could be in the game, I still feel like Spyro would be fun. Gliding around and breathing fireballs, but being small enough for some speed would be great. Going back to Minecraft, Steve does seem to be one of the more popular guesses. By popular, I mean lots of people are guessing that Steve will be there rather than people actually being excited to play as him. Imagine Creepers and Endermen being assist trophies!

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Imagine playing as a Creeper! I’d love to sneak up behind people and just blow up. But I guess we’ll know soon enough what the other characters will be. It’ll be a fun surprise anyway. I’m looking forward to trying out Joker, even though we’ve never played Persona 5. I’m sure he’ll be great and so will the other characters.

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I feel if third-parties were no big deal there would be no problem letting this duo in the game. Banjo-Kazooie. That would be amazing. I also feel Nickelodeon would put in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to if that were the case. LOL!

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I would LOVE the Ninja Turtles in the game! They had their own version of Smash back on the Wii, so why not put them officially in the Smash franchise? On that note, we’ve done a lot of speculating on this post and, as Rachel said, it’ll be interesting to see how all the characters officially mesh together. I think the last DLC isn’t being released until next year, which is a bit annoying to wait for… I wonder if they’ll add characters from brand new IPs, like Astral Chain that was shown in the Direct or a character from the new Fire Emblem: Three Houses game… Guess we’ll have to find out! Thank you again, Justin, for joining us! We’ll put his links up so everyone can go and check him out!

With the DLC for Smash Ultimate getting closer and closer, who do you want in Smash? Don’t forget to give Justin’s blog and his Game N’ Watch Podcast podcast some love!

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Ocarina of Time Title Screen — Smooth McGroove

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This month’s featured music video is from a talented man who goes by the name Smooth McGroove. We actually never miss an upload from this guy, but I don’t think we’ve ever showcased him on our blog before, which is being rectified today.

Smoothie has been created acappella music videos of video game tunes since the end of 2012. While he did go on a hiatus for a little while, he has been making more music lately. He did remake one of his very first videos recently, which is the title theme to Ocarina of Time.

Rachel and I really enjoy his works (as well as his cat’s cameo in nearly every video!), and we hope you do as well!

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