Pokemon The Movie: The Power of Us Tickets

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There’s yet another Pokemon movie coming out in the next couple of months.

(How many movies is this? Twenty-one? Twenty-two if you count the live-action Detective Pikachu, but I digress.)

Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us is actually the sequel to the latest I Choose You movie, and continues Ash and Pikachu’s journey in the rebooted film series. We enjoyed I Choose You for the most part (despite a few dark and sad turns) and The Power of Us seems like it’ll stay on par for the animation and, hopefully, the music and story as well. The movie originally aired in Japan at the end of this past July and reception seemed to be positive, so hopefully the dub will do just as well.

Tickets for The Power of Us are actually available for the US when it comes to select theaters for a couple of dates at the end of November and December 1. We’re contemplating seeing how close by these select theaters are to us and if we want to spring to see a Pokemon movie in the theaters again. We missed seeing I Choose You in theaters, so maybe we’ll see if we can catch — pun certainly intended — this one on the big screen.

What about you? Interested in seeing Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us?

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Meltan

The world was in a tizzy the past couple of days due to a glitched Pokemon that was found in Pokemon Go. A funky-looking Ditto with a nut on its head had players running around to capture it, only for it to transform back into a regular Ditto. Considering we haven’t played Pokemon Go since the first summer the game was introduced, we’ve been on the sidelines watching as all this unfolded.

Yesterday, the new Pokemon was officially revealed. Called Meltan, the Steel type mythical Pokemon will be available for the two Let’s Go! titles with a connection to Pokemon Go. It’s assumed that Meltan is the special Pokemon that was hinted for the Switch duo in the first Let’s Go! trailers as it demonstrated the connection they had with the mobile title.

We think the Pokemon is adorable! Having a “glitched” or “leaked” Pokemon in Pokemon Go for players to discover is definitely an interesting gimmick. We’re definitely going to keep an eye out for news about this Pokemon.

Which now begs the question… Should we give playing Pokemon Go a second chance?

What do you think of Meltan? If you play Pokemon Go, have you caught one?

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Building our Pokemon Mega Construx Collection

Despite our love of video games, sometimes you just need a break from staring at the screen. About a year ago, Rachel and I discovered Pokemon Mega Construx at our local GameStop and we’ve enjoyed building them whenever we each have a couple of hours to kill. Gyarados had been our first masterpiece, and we’ve built a few more since then.

Last night, we started building Blastoise and Charizard, two Construx kits that Rachel had gotten for her birthday earlier this month.

Blastoise had almost 100 pieces more than Charizard, so Rachel was also going to build Wartortle — which we’ve had for a few months at this point — when Charizard was finished, but we didn’t have the time to break open the Wartortle box (don’t worry, Wartortle, we will build you one day!).

We both really enjoy these puzzles and Lego-like building kits, so with Twitch’s Pokemon anime marathon playing in the background, we got to work. Initially, I think we started building like a race, but that didn’t last too long, especially since I needed Rachel’s help in finding certain pieces among my pile of blocks and Rachel needed my help in snapping some pieces together.

With the Construx, the pieces all come in several bags, and Rachel was smart to keep the pieces all in piles according to the bags. I just dumped them all out together, because that’s how organized I am. Luckily our cat Chase didn’t appear to try to “help,” since he tends to pounce on the puzzle pieces.

We’re definitely looking forward to growing our collection!

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Have you built any Construx? Do you enjoy puzzles or building kits like these?

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Favorite Stories In The Pokemon Games

Favorite Stories in Pokemon Games | Nintendo | Gaming | Video Games | DoublexJump.com

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Pokemon games are all about catching them all, but the core games of the series tend to have some sort of plot line. Generally, these plot lines involve all of the adults being incompetent enough to rely on a ten-year-old new trainer, especially in the face of some of the most powerful Pokemon, such as the Legendaries.

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It really makes you wonder how the adults survived, huh? Then again, I guess they see themselves as “retired” and the pre-teens need to learn how to survive in the world. I guess it makes sense in some way… still, there are always various groups of “baddies” that are trying to steal Pokemon or destroy the world for some reason.

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Obviously, the games wouldn’t be that great if our character was just on the sidelines watching the “adults” take care of everything. As kids, it was a thrill to play the role of hero. Now, though, I play the game and demand to know why everyone thought it was a good idea to let these babies save the world on their own. Even the “baddies” are always astonished at seeing a kid beat them in a Pokemon battle. The kid is lucky that the bad guys are honest enough to accept defeat that way.

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Well, if they didn’t accept defeat then the kid’s Pokemon would just kill the bad guys. Simple. And let’s be real – we all win because we save the game right before the battle just in case.

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Haha! Bringing the topic back to the stories, though, which one do you think was the better scenario? Team Rocket trying to take over Kanto? Team Rocket’s return in Johto? Team Aqua versus Team Magma in Hoenn? Team Galactic trying to… what, make a new universe? Team Plasma trying to… free all Pokemon while battling with them? Team Flare trying to destroy the world to make it beautiful again? Team Skull weren’t even the main “bad guys” for the Alola region, they were just there for comic relief while the president of the Aether Foundation goes bat-shit crazy…

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Honestly, I think I have to go with the Alola region. I feel like the story was the most fleshed out and then even more so in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (even though it was more or less the same). I really loved Team Skull. If anything, they were just kind of a side quest or distraction from the main issues of the world. It was more in depth than the other Pokemon games, in my opinion. However, I miss Team Rocket.

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I feel as if many of the Alolan characters had fleshed out personalities (except for our character always smiling like a dork). I think I definitely preferred the plot lines from Kanto and Johto the most, especially Yellow and Crystal. Team Rocket was great, and the idea of going against Legendary Pokemon was still so new at that point. It was a treat to go and search for Mewtwo or track down the three beasts throughout the Johto region. Now there are Legendary Pokemon everywhere, especially with giveaways and such, that the stories revolving around them in newer games just doesn’t seem as special to me.

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That’s fair and I totally agree with that. Kanto and Johto were fantastic with Team Rocket. Character development and such though, I definitely have to go with Alola. Then again, all the stories in Pokemon are great in their own way.

Out of all the Pokemon main games, which story is your favorite to play in? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Regions

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Recently, we found out that Twitch will be marathoning all of the Pokemon seasons and movies. Considering I used to watch the show when I was in elementary school twenty or so years ago, I’ve only seen a handful of the seasons before losing time and interest. I may use this 10-month marathon as an excuse to revisit the anime.

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Kalos

Kalos was a breath of fresh air after Unova, which is probably my least favorite region. Kalos went back to Pokemon’s nature roots, filling the region with forests and smaller towns with plenty of secrets to find and explore. While the story wasn’t anything special, in my opinion, I did find the little friendship circle that your character has with the other beginning trainers to be adorable.

Kanto

Kanto will always have a special place in my heart because it was where my love of Pokemon began. The layout and adventure around the region was a treat, with something new around every corner when I first played Pokemon Yellow. I’m ridiculously excited for the Let’s Go titles, looking forward to seeing how well they updated the Kanto region.

Hoenn

Hoenn probably has some of my favorite Pokemon to date, and the layout of the region isn’t bad at all. While I’m not thrilled with most water levels in games, the Dive mechanic was interesting, as was using it to head toward the last gym in the game. The mountain and story was also a favorite of mine, especially in Emerald.

Johto

Johto was fantastic in that it was a successful sequel, if you will, to the Kanto region. Both the games and the anime were awesome with their new Pokemon and adventures. Instead of being saturated with new mechanics, the Johto games simply had a new region to explore, a new story with the legendary Pokemon, and a couple of new types to help balance the roster. The Johto anime theme songs were also some of the best.

What are your favorite Pokemon Regions?

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Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire [Game Review]

Game Review: Pokemon Pinball Ruby and Sapphire | Nintendo | Game Boy Advance | Pokemon | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Title: Pokemon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire
Developer: Jupiter Corporation
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Platform:
Game Boy Advance
Category:
Pinball
Release Date:
August 25, 2003
How we got the game:
I bought it

 

 

 

It’s no secret Pokemon is one of my favorite gaming series of all time. This is a game I’ve had since childhood and come back to play once in a while. It’s a classic.

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The game pinball is but a simple one. You whack the ball around using the flippers at the bottom and the ball rolls here and there bouncing into bumpers and running over certain things for points. The higher the points, the better you do. Pokemon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire is just like that, but of course, it adds a twist.

There are two boards to choose from – Ruby and Sapphire. Each plays the same but has version exclusive Pokemon along with different bonus stages. I find this to be great since I could spend hours on one board getting as much Pokemon as I can only to pick the next board when I lose and it’s like I’m playing a different game, even though I’m trying to accomplish the same goal.

Each board acts like a normal pinball machine where you try to rack up as many points as possible. There are various modes you can activate if your pokeball hits a certain area enough times. For example, you can hatch a Pokemon if you hit Cyndaquil three times on the Ruby board. The Pokemon will wander around the board and if you can get your pokeball to hit it a couple of times, you’ve got it.

Catch ‘Em Mode works the same way. You’re timed and have to reveal the Pokemon by hitting the bumpers in the back three times and then you need to hit the actual Pokemon three times. When you want to evolve a Pokemon, you need to grab three experience points throughout the board within the time limit. I find this one the most challenging.

Once you’ve captured three Pokemon you can move onto a bonus stage featuring Pokemon like Kecleon, Dusknoir, and more. You can challenge Kyogre and Groudon and, once you catch them, you can challenge Rayquaza.

Just like most pinball games, you have three balls to start with. You can use Latios and Latias to save your ball for a certain amount of time if it gets past your flippers and if it gets stuck on the sides, you can charge Pikachu and Pichu up to shock the ball back out. You can easily spend hours on the same game racking your points way, way up. Which is good, because there are a lot of Pokemon to catch.

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The graphics in this game are certainly nostalgic. I played my Game Boy Advance on my Nintendo DS and it still worked really well. The graphics were bright enough and the pixelated images brought back a lot of memories.

The music is a delight. It’s relaxing as you play the game but when certain events happen – such as catch ’em mode, hatching a Pokemon, or simple going into the Poke Mart – the music amps up or has a certain jingle that fits perfectly with what’s going on. The music for the bonus stages are epic and tense as well. I stress easily even in the most casual of games and the music is spot-on for those stages.

The sound effects were great too. I found it pleasing whenever I stopped the ball from going down the pit. Having the ball bounce off the bumpers or getting sucked up into something was satisfying as well. Overall, they did a great job with the sound.

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I will always go back to this game. There’s a lot of Pokemon to collect, evolve, and hatch as well as so many places to visit. Even after you collect everything, the gameplay overall is just fun. It’s a great game to play, leave, and then pick back up again after a while. This was the first time I played the game in years and I enjoyed it just as much as I did then.

Pokemon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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Favorite Types Of Merch To Collect [Top Tuesday]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I bought more Pokemon cards the other day. And I want more. I always want more. I love collecting things, especially things I don’t really use and that has to do with video games. Thus, this Top Tuesday post.

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3. Figurines/Stuffed Animals

I love stuffed animals. I had a nice collection of figurines too. I have so much and no place to put them all that I haven’t gotten any in a while. However, someday, when I have money, I’m buying every single Pokemon figurine and stuffed animal there is. Also, Mario, Zelda, Sonic… anything and everything.

2. Game Guides

I’ve talked about this before, a long time ago. I love getting game guides. They’re pretty, they’re helpful, and they’re just something extra to have along with the games. The problem is, I barely have enough room on my bookshelves for my books let alone game guides.

1. Pokemon Cards

Someday I will show off my Pokemon card collection. It’s ever-growing and I try to keep it as organized as I can. I’m currently re-organizing them by region and it’s taking a while. Do I play the game? No. But I’m going to keep collecting them. I’d like to start collecting other cards such as Magic: The Gathering… and actually learn how to play that. Someday.

What’s some merch you love to get? Let me know in the comments below!

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