The Pokewalker [Throwback Thursday]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With some new information recently of Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, it’s gotten me excited for the games all over again. Especially for the Pokeball Plus.

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Honestly, I think the Pokeball Plus is what I’m looking forward to the most for the Let’s Go games. I love the idea of carrying my Pokemon around with me and being able to interact with them in some sort of way while they’re in the Pokeball.

It’s the closest thing I can get to having Pokemon be real, okay?

This brought me right back to the Pokewalker from Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Johto remakes for the Nintendo DS.

The Pokewalker was a flat Pokeball that you could clip onto your jeans. You could take one Pokemon for a “walk” at a time. It counted your steps which allowed your Pokemon to gain a level when they got put back into the game. You could also catch wild Pokemon and even find items to transfer over to your game.

That was definitely a feature I loved and missed when the next Pokemon games came out. I used to bring my Pokewalker with me to work. I kept it in my pocket and leveled up my Pokemon. On my break, I’d catch wild Pokemon and find items. It was nice to feel like I could still play video games even when I couldn’t. Plus, I enjoyed seeing how many steps I took during the day.

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the Pokeball Plus and carrying my Pokemon with me everywhere I go… which isn’t far, but the illusion is there.

Do you remember the Pokewalker? Did you use it a lot? Will you be getting the Pokeball Plus? Let me know in the comments below!

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Pokemon: Red & Blue Rock Violin Cover

It’s been a while since we’ve had a String Player Gamer video up on this channel! We’re still enjoying his work, and thought that one of his latest videos would be appropriate around this time.

With the hype for Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, this cover of the Red & Blue theme was perfect. Rachel and I are also suckers for violin music, so that was another point in this video’s favor. We hope you enjoy this rock violin cover of the Pokemon theme song!

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Challenges

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Did everyone see the newest Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee! trailer? We’re super excited for these games! Honestly, we tend to get excited for most Pokemon games. The core series are some of our favorite games, but we’re always interested in switching up our playthroughs rather than the standard “become the very best” story lines. Here is a list of some of the challenges we like to do.

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Nuzlocke

The Nuzlocke Challenges is a classic. The two most important rules are to only catch the first Pokemon you encounter in an area and to release any Pokemon that faints, for once it faints it is considered dead. A little morbid, perhaps, but it makes you think more about your choices. The next most popular rule is to nickname your Pokemon to help develop a stronger bond. The stronger your bond, the more it will hurt when your Pokemon dies.

One Pokemon Run

A one Pokemon run is exactly how it sounds. Pick a Pokemon and use only that Pokemon in battle. It will be a little difficult in the beginning, with the need to grind and obvious type differences, but it certainly is fun to demolish your opponents later in the game with your inevitably-overleveled Pokemon!

Type Specialist

Like many of the NPCs, this challenge is to focus on using just a type or two for your main team. With over a dozen different types Pokemon can be, there are plenty of combinations for different runs.

Color Run

A color run is when you plan your team of Pokemon around a color. Pokemon are categorized by color on Bulbapedia, and think of how pretty your team will look when they’re all coordinated by color!

Do you have a favorite Pokemon challenge?

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Will More Be Added To Pokemon Quest?

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I’ve been playing a lot of Pokemon Quest lately – I go in spurts with it and you’ve played the game, then you know you can only play for a little bit at a time. A message pops up once in a while that got me wondering about the future of the game.

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I’ve noticed this before but have never really thought about it. I was playing the game the other day and a message popped up on the loading screen saying something along the lines of, “Supposedly there are 17 or more types of Pokemon.”

Now, I got excited because I thought that was Nintendo’s way of hinting that they may be adding a new type of Pokemon to the next generation since there’s a new core game in the works for the Switch.

Then I realized that there are already “17 or more” types of Pokemon because there’s 18 total.

So I started thinking again.

Do you think Nintendo is ever going to add onto Pokemon Quest? The game only has 150 Pokemon, the Kanto region, the original Pokemon. So, there’s no dark type Pokemon or Fairy type. Dark was introduced in the Johto region and they’ve been slowly adding each generation of Pokemon to Pokemon Go, so why not do the same thing to Pokemon Quest?

Of course, Pokemon Quest is a pretty small game and there’s not much gameplay to it at all. So I don’t see how or why they would add the other 6 – or 7 – generations to it. I can’t imagine them adding DLC to a free game and adding sequels would be way too much.

It was just a random thought that occurred to me, though. I was curious as to why they said “17 or more types” rather than just saying there’s “18 types.” Then I realized not all the types are in the Kanto region, so there’s that.

Who knows what will happen though. In the meantime, I’m still going to try to beat the game.

What are your thoughts on this? Or am I overthinking things? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: How I Got My Pokemon Blue Game

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With the announcement of Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! it’s got me thinking about the original Kanto games that game out in the 90s.

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I didn’t officially start my Pokemon journey until Johto because I was pretty young with Red, Blue, and Yellow came out. The first time I played Kanto was when FireRed and LeafGreen came out, though I had played Yellow and Blue later in life.

I still don’t have Pokemon Red – it’s the last game I need in order to complete my full Pokemon games collection. However, the Gameboy Color games are pretty hard to come by these days.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue on a whim on day years ago. I was searching eBay (I have no idea why) and I noticed there was Pokemon Blue on auction for a dollar – and there was only 10 minutes left of the auction.

I immediately texted my friend, who I knew had an eBay buyers account, and she let me sign into it so I could give it a go.

Once I was on, I set up a bid and waited. I constantly refreshed the page, but I realized if people hadn’t bid on it yet, who would?

People who wait until others bid on it first because, apparently, people like to wait until the last possible minute to bid so they can get it. Clever, definitely.

Let me tell you – those 10 minutes were the most stressful of my life. I ended up in a bidding war with one other person. For 10 minutes, I upped my bid just just a little bit every few seconds as the other person wasn’t letting up.

I won, needless to say. I remember I refreshed the page when the timer ticked to zero and the other guy’s username was still the latest bid. I’m not sure how I won, but I somehow managed to get my latest bid in right before the end.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue for $8.00. That’s it.

And it still works.

Are there any games you’ve gotten in a special way? Let me know in the comments below!

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Double Jump Brews Komala Coffee & Roserade Tea

Welcome to another exciting installment of Double Jump Bakes! Except this time we’re brewing, not baking.

Previously we’ve decorated Pokemon sugar cookies and baked galaxy cupcakes in honor of Star Fox. We’re going back to our Pokemon roots this time with some Komala Coffee and Roserade Tea.

Both of these drinks are featured in the Pokemon Sun/Moon and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon games set in Alola. They’re specialized drinks that can be bought and enjoyed at the Pokemon Center Cafes. We discovered a talented and fun Tumblr blog dedicated to recreating video game food called Jammy Cooks, where two of his blog posts detail how to make the cream for the Komala Coffee and the syrup for Roserade Tea.

The cream and syrup were fairly simple to make. The main ingredient for the the cream was blueberry juice, while the syrup was mostly lemon and sugar with a bit of ginger.

We created the cream and syrup and let them chill overnight in the fridge to accompany our iced coffee and iced hibiscus tea for the next day.

While Jammy made his own hibiscus tea using dried hibiscus and the Pokemon move “Sunny Day,” we cheated a little and just used hibiscus tea bags.

Taste testing the drinks went fairly well — at least, Kris liked them, especially the tea syrup. She’s the tea drinker between the sisters and enjoys how sweet it was. The cream for the coffee wasn’t too bad either, with it also being a little sweet, but the blueberry taste wasn’t as evident in our mixture. Rachel, the coffee-lover, was lukewarm with the taste due to it being a sweeter cream than her normal cream.

Overall, the drinks were a success, despite them not being Rachel’s cup of… tea (yes, I went there). Kris enjoys the tea, and our mother didn’t find them that bad either, haha!

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Pokemon Quest [Game Review]

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Title: Pokemon Quest
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo Switch
Category: 
Strategy, Adventure
Release Date: 
May 29, 2018
How we got the game: 
We downloaded it for free on our Nintendo Switch

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Pokemon Quest was the first Pokemon game that was revealed during the recent Pokemon Press Conference from Nintendo. Considering it is a free-to-start game and Pokemon, we downloaded it after watching the conference.

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I immediately fell in love with the block graphics and the vivid look of the game. Obviously, I was excited the game was free as well.

gameplay

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Pokemon Quest tends to run on its own. The main aspect of the game is to have your team go out and battle wild Pokemon while exploring the island. Your team of blocky Pokemon run around an area and engage in battle with wild Pokemon automatically. You can tap to have your Pokemon do certain attacks, or you can let your team Auto-Battle.

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While you can play this game docked on the Switch, I personally find it easier to have in handheld mode and use the touchscreen. If you’re exploring and battling manually, there’s also a dodge button to make your Pokemon scatter in different directions. Unlike most Pokemon games, you can only have 3 Pokemon in your party at one time.

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When you’re not in a level, you’re at your little base camp with the Pokemon you’ve befriended. In your camp, you can decorate the area and cook up food made from random drops — like berries and apricorns — from the levels. Doing so will attract even more Pokemon to your camp, Pokemon you can then use in levels or to train up Pokemon already in your roster.

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In training, you can use Pokemon you’ve befriended to level up other Pokemon or to help teach them a new move. The downside to this is, whoever is “helping” to train someone else, will leave. They’ll get booted out of the camp and go back into the wild. This goes for learning new moves as well. I don’t care too much for that mechanic because I’d rather keep the Pokemon with me and it’s especially hard in the beginning when you don’t have that many Pokemon, so you don’t want to let any of them go. As for learning new moves, you don’t get to choose which moves they’re learning. It’s just a surprise – if it works.

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Another way to increase your Pokemon’s power (aside from your Pokemon running over another during training) is to collect Power Stones and Sturdy Stones during the levels, generally after you beat the boss of the area. Using those stones would increase your own Pokemon’s Attack or HP respectively. The combined Attack and HP of your team of Pokemon was your team’s strength. Each level would show you the combined strength of the wild Pokemon in the level, and you could compare the two to see if your team was strong enough to engage in battle in the area.

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While the stones are great, I found myself constantly getting stuck because my team was about 1,000 points behind what they should be at for the next area. It takes a lot of exploring and fainting to try to get them to level up and find more stones to make them stronger. I have a variety of Pokemon that I swap out and try different teams with, but they’re never quite strong enough. So it’s a lot of waiting.

graphics-music

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The graphics resemble Minecraft with its blocky like characters. It’s cute and a bit comical at times, especially with Pokemon like Voltorb being a cube rather than a sphere! The Pokemon characters bounce around in the camp area and have no problem destroying parts of the background in the campaign mode.

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The graphics are really well done and while I never would have imagined Pokemon looking like this, it certainly works. It’s doesn’t look out of character for the Pokemon games at all. The backgrounds and level are simply designed, but they’re pleasing to the eyes and the colors are fun and bright.

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The music is decent as well, with the tunes being cheery background noise when you have the game running on a level as your Pokemon demolish their enemies. The camp music is fun too, and the sounds effects were well done, especially with the attacks.

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The music is upbeat and catchy and I enjoy having the game on (even if it’s not doing anything) while I work. The sound effects can be goofy at times, especially when you’re training and one Pokemon gives the boot to the other Pokemon, but it works for a cute game like this.
story

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You arrive at Tumblecube Island ready to explore the unknown (not the Pokemon) and discover hidden treasure within it. Throughout you find and befriend Pokemon through your cooking and they’ll do the exploration part for you, defeating wild and enemy Pokemon in their path.

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That’s pretty much it. The deeper you venture into the island, the tougher the wild Pokemon become, but your own team grows to meet them in strength. Finding loot and treasure is the end goal of the game.

replay-value

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Pokemon Quest is a game that keeps running and is pleasant to have on in the background while you work. It’s not bad to keep going, unlocking Pokemon and fill up your Pokedex. In a way, it seems to be a more action-orientated Pokemon Ranch, if you will.

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That’s a good way to describe it. It’s certainly not a bad game, but I don’t like how you have to wait to pay again after a certain amount of time and I do wish you were able to do more with your Pokemon. Still, it’s a fun, refreshing game to play.

Pokemon Quest gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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