Pokemon Masters [First Thoughts]

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Pokemon Masters was released at the end of August and we finally got a chance to open the app up and give it a try. At first glance, it wasn’t bad, with decent graphics, some partial voice-acting — even if, so far, some of the characters are a little too cutesy — and a simple way to do battles. We have only done the first couple of chapters, mainly the introduction, but it’s something we’re willing to keep playing to get a real feel of the story.

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I had been looking forward to this one for quite a while. I even pre-ordered it at the app store and then Kris and I decided to try it together. Needless to say, we’ve been busy and finally got the chance to check it out just the other day. I’m enjoying it though and have a feeling I’ll easily get addicted to it.

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We are just in the beginning stages of this “free to start” game, so I’m hoping down the line it won’t become one of those games that have wait times or the need to spend money to advance the story. I’d rather the game’s microtransactions be optional, much like Fire Emblem Heroes. Speaking of Fire Emblem Heroes, the star rating for each of the sync pairs of trainers and Pokemon remind me of that game. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of pairs I’ll be able to pull into the game, with the use of the gems.

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I don’t think microtransactions will be a problem and don’t think we’ll have to “wait” much at all. The game seems pretty straight forward. You do need gems to buy more sync pairs, but you get more pairs through the main story anyway. You basically just need to be smart with your gems, especially since you get daily rewards as gems when you log in and also receive gems when you complete certain chapters.

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Right, the beginning seems pretty generous with the gems, and I hope that it doesn’t taper off the further we go into the story. It’s a classic gimmick, giving us plenty of gems and pairs in the beginning to get us hooked on the game before backing off and having us wonder if we should spend twenty bucks on more gems to move forward. While I understand we’re right at the beginning of the game, I am a little disappointed that there’s not more variety to the pairs we’ve encountered so far. I was hoping to pick and choose pairs, for us to not be completely neck-and-neck for where we are in the story. Like, instead of getting Whitney automatically when trying out the scout mode maybe we could have had a choice to scout out one of three pairs or something.

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I actually don’t mind having the pairs be random when you scout. Of course, there are events and I thought I was going to get a certain pair, but it turned out that it’s still random. There’s just a chance I’d get that pair. As I said, I like it random though. I don’t mind the surprise and trying to work with a team with randomized types. What I do wish is that I could have picked my own partner. I love Pikachu and totally don’t mind having him as a partner, but I would love to have Charmander or Psyduck or Mimikyu or something. Pikachu can be cliche at this point and I would have loved it if they gave us a choice of five Pokemon or something. Or, you know, let us choose between all the starters, Pikachu, and Eevee or whatever.

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Random pairs as we scout are great, as it gives you more variety. I was speaking mainly of the beginning of the game where the app seems to throw a bunch of scripted pairs at the player. Starting with Brock and Misty is fine, but I did believe that, perhaps, we would have been able to choose between the pair, then maybe choose between Rosa and, for example, Barry to try to round out the first team. I would have also liked to choose my Pokemon partner, despite how adorable Pikachu is. Despite the small tutorial on one of the items that you can use promoting the evolution of the Pokemon on your team, I highly doubt that the game will allow you evolve Pikachu into Raichu down the road.

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Ah, I see what you mean. Though, again, I don’t think I mind that too much. It would be cool to pick who to start with, but I already swapped them out anyway. You don’t have them for too long before you encounter more pairs. Also, that’s true about the evolution. I don’t know if I would want to evolve Pikachu if they even give the option. We’ll just have to see what happens. I enjoy the battle part of the game though. I think the story is pretty cool, especially with the masked villains, though it’s definitely lacking. The “story” part of the chapters are two-seconds long. I much prefer the battles, which is fine considering that’s a huge part of the game anyway.

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I think I would want to evolve Pikachu just to have something different, in all honesty. In every instance that your character is gifted a Pikachu in the games, you are not allowed to evolve it, so having a Raichu instead of Pikachu would be interesting. I enjoy the battling as well, finding the quick pace of the battles fun, and I imagine they’ll become more challenging down the road. I do wonder how the story part of the game will evolve — pun intended — down the line and I hope it’ll be something deeper than these first few introductory parts.

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I like the triple battle format and even the way it works. It took me a minute to get used to it (mostly because I don’t read the directions), but I enjoy how the system works. Instead of PP, the Pokemon’s moves cost one or two charges. There’s a beam at the bottom of the screen and you use that to attack. For example, Pikachu’s Thunderbolt costs 2. If you have two full bars, you can use it. If you have one, you can’t. The good news is, it charges fairly quickly. Though, there were some moments when my Pokemon stared at their opponents for a bit while I waited for the bar to fully recharge.

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The triple battle is fun, yes, although there was at one point during a couple of my battles, the little tip or tutorial bubble stayed on my phone’s screen. It nearly blocked one of the opponent’s Pokemon, which was annoying. I presume it was a small hiccup. The interface for the battles isn’t bad at all, though, and it’ll be fun for the Pokemon to learn more moves. The quick-time strategy between opponents and your Pokemon’s moves is challenging. It’ll be interesting when Rachel and I get the chance to become friends in the game and will be able to try out co-op mode!

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There is an auto option for the battle though, which I tried out. That was pretty cool, though surprisingly, they didn’t automatically attack the Pokemon who had the type disadvantage. I was against three Pokemon weak to grass and instead of using Snivy, the auto-battle had Piplup spam bubble beam. I still won, but it was interesting to watch. Either way, I’m having fun with the game I too am looking forward to testing out co-op mode!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Bosses In Octopath Traveler

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The boss battles in Octopath Traveler were amazing. Even while you get further into the game, they become somewhat repetitive, they were all still fun to battle and the strategy was strong. This post may contain spoilers for the game, so read at your own risk. Then again, the game has been out for a while, so… anyway.

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One thing I love about all the bosses in the entire game is the fact that they’re huge when you get into a battle with them. They’re prominent and made out to be such a big cool. I thought that the imagery was so cool. This is something all the bosses share, so I’m saying it now and getting it out of the way instead of repeating myself for each boss.

Helgenish

Helgenish is the sleaziest boss in the entire game, in my opinion. He is the chapter one final boss for Primrose’s story. I hated him as a character, but he was one who was supposed to be hated and I enjoyed hating him. I thought he was a great first boss for Primrose’s story as she broke free from her current life and headed for adventure. It was so fun to watch Kris play this boss battle and see Primrose get the final blow.

Vanessa

I loved Vanessa. Well, I mean, she was another one I loved to hate. I figured out her motive long before it was revealed and the battle began. She was a rival apothecary in chapter two from Alfyn’s story. She seemed better than him but it turned out she was making people sick and just happened to have the only cure. It was nice to have a female enemy since the majority of the bosses were male or monsters. Vanessa had a really cool design and, I’ll admit, I would have loved to play as her in the game. She was a cool character, despite her evil intentions.

Yvon

Ah, this creepy guy from chapter three in Cyrus’s story. This dude was doing some weird stuff with other people’s blood and vampire were involved or thought to be involved… honestly, my memory is a bit fuzzy because it’s been a while since we’re playing this chapter. Still, this guy used blood to make some sort of potion and turned himself into a monster. Thus, Cyrus battling him. The story behind this chapter and the actual boss battle was pretty cool. It was creepy and twisted and it was an interesting addition to the game considering the other stories. It was by far the weirdest out of them all.

Redeye

Redeye is a mysterious monster in chapter four from H’aanit’s story. Like all the chapter four bosses, Redeye was the driving force of H’aanit’s story, though we didn’t know exactly what it was until we saw it. I loved the idea of Redeye (a monster who turned people to stone and was just creating chaos) and the design of Redeye was totally creepy. It looked almost human that had gotten turned into a monster and was slowly turning more and more into the monster the longer they were stuck like that. Unfortunately, there was no cool story behind Redeye or how it came to be or where it came from, but the design was still pretty cool.

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More Smash Ultimate DLC Characters

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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!

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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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Ring Fit Adventure (First Thoughts)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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Nintendo Direct Thoughts (September 4, 2019)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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Gaming Funk

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I know I keep repeating myself, but… it’s been such a long summer. I’m finally getting back into my normal routine and that includes getting excited about video games again.

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I went into some sort of a “gaming funk,” if you will, over the past few months. I wasn’t into any games at all. I was looking forward to certain games – more on that in a minute – but I just felt like I had “no games to play.”

You know, despite the rows and rows of games I have on my shelves in addition to all the digital downloads I have on various home consoles and handhelds.

Anyway, I barely touched the Nintendo Switch, which was weird for me. Then Fire Emblem: Three Houses released and Kris was super excited for that. She was playing it all the time and I even let her take the Switch with her when she went dog-sitting for a week. Needless to say, even if I wanted to play a game, Kris had already booked the console for herself for the next few weeks.

I don’t say this as a complaint or saying that she “hogs” the Switch at all, but it didn’t help my gaming funk. In fact, it gave me all the morning reason not to play anything or start something new.

There are a lot of games coming to the Nintendo Switch within the next couple of months. I’ve been looking forward to Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokemon Sword & Shield, and Animal Crossing New Horizons for quite some time.

My birthday came and went and my sister and parents pre-ordered Link’s Awakening and Luigi’s Mansion 3 for me. With my birthday money, I pre-ordered myself the Nintendo Switch Lite. I’m going to be getting birthday presents for months!

Now that I know I’m getting those two games but also getting my own Switch, I have been super excited and itching to play games. Now the problem is… I have to wait for these games (and the console) to release.

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Friday Favorites: Three Houses Students

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The Golden Deer are my children. I will admit that I have yet to try out game files with the other houses since I am so invested in the Golden Deer and their stories. However, I love exploring the monastery during free days to talk to everyone, regardless of house. Excluding the house leaders — because Claude would probably win by a landslide, and I feel I cannot properly invest in Edelgard and Dimitri without playing their routes — here is a list of some of my favorite Three Houses students so far.

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Ashe

This kid is adorable. Despite him not starting off in my house, I got invested in his background and story due to one of the earlier chapters before the time-skip. He was the first student I invited to join me on a mission and the first I recruited into Golden Deer after figuring out the logistics of it. His gentle and amusing supports with other students, like Marianne and Caspar, were fun to read and listen to, and I’m enjoying his perseverance despite his background.

Caspar

I just laugh out loud from this kid. His zeal for justice is admirable but the fact that he’s willing to throw down with whoever is in his way or causing trouble amuses the hell out of me. I loved his second support conversation with Hilda, him trying to avoid a fight before deciding, “Nope,” and diving in. That, and he’s a pretty decent unit if you train him enough.

Lysithea

Admittedly, at first I was a touch annoyed at how her attitude was always on the defensive side with everyone “treating her like a child.” However, reading some of her supports with other characters opened her up in ways I was not expecting, and I admire her tenacity for bettering herself with whatever time she has left in the world. She’s also a beast with her magic in battles!

Ignatz

Archers have always been some of my favorite units (hence, Claude and one of the main reasons why I picked Golden Deer) and Ignatz was such a shy deer dear that he soon became one of my favorites. His hobby of art and his friendship with the others in Golden Deer make me feel warm and fuzzy, and I’m proud of how more confident he is after the time-skip. He’s also a kick-ass assassin in my army.

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