Coming to a Close

Hey everyone! We just wanted to thank you for joining us on our first Pokemon Month! As it comes to a close, we did want to leave you with one last fun video that we found.

While this is an ad for the trading card game, we really enjoyed the dance-off between Team Skull and Team Pikachu!

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Friday Favorites: Starter Pokemon

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

One of the most important decisions you make as a character at the beginning of a main Pokemon game is your starter Pokemon. Your first partner helps to determine the rest of your team and how difficult the beginning of your journey will be. While I tend to always pick the Grass-type starters for at least one of the games in a generation, there are definitely a few exceptions I’ll make.

Pikachu

Pokemon Yellow was my first Pokemon game, and eight-year-old me was delighted to be able to have Pikachu as my first partner. Watching Pikachu slowly start to trust me more while also being able to collect the rest of the Kanto starters like Ash did in the anime was really special to me.

Cyndaquil

I’m in the minority in that I honestly don’t pick the Fire-type starters at all. However, I always found Johto’s Cyndaquil to be a fun partner. The evolution line’s designs were both simple and functional in showing the Pokemon’s powers, and I was able to get a taste as to why Fire-types are one of Rachel’s favorites.

Rowlett

The Alola starter Pokemon were all great designs, in my opinion, but the little owl was utterly adorable. Combining two of my favorites types into one — Grass and Flying — only to later gain the rarer pairing of Grass and Ghost, Rowlett’s line certainly did not disappoint on my journey through the newest region.

Froakie

I loved all three of the starter Pokemon in the Kalos region. Having the final three evolutions be based off traditional RPG classes — Chesnaught the Warrior, Delphox the Mage, and Greninja the Ninja — touched my inner nerd. Of course I naturally gravitated toward the ninja-like final evolution, and I wasn’t disappointed when choosing Froakie for my second Kalos run-through.

Treecko

The Treecko line was always one of my favorites. There’s no real rhyme or reason — I believe I just preferred the design of the Pokemon in the line, as well as finding Ash’s Treecko’s “tough guy” persona in the few episodes of the Hoenn anime I watched. The Treecko I’ve raised always had great Speed stats, something that was doubled with its Hidden Ability.

What are some of your favorite Starter Pokemon?

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Birthday Presents

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

My birthday was at the beginning of the month and even though I turned 23, you would probably think I’m much younger based on what I received for presents.

 

I got a cat and went away for a weekend, so I wasn’t expecting too much for my birthday, if anything at all. But my parents and sister did manage to buy me a few gifts and I have to say that they did pretty well.

One gift Kris got me was a Charizard Amiibo. We now have five Amiibos all together.

When the Amiibos were first announced, Kris and I didn’t know what to make of them. We didn’t understand them at first and didn’t get the point of them. But I do love collecting things. I knew that I would eventually start collecting them when I had the extra money to spend.

Our collection is slow-growing and all five Amiibos are still in their boxes. We’re not sure if we want to open them or not.

To help our collection, Kris and I decided that for each Christmas and birthday, we’ll buy each other one Amiibo. She got me Charizard because he’s one of my favorite Pokemon and I’m pretty good as him in Super Smash Bros.

I also got a Pikachu sweatshirt. You know, the one where you put on the hood and you have Pikachu ears? Someone was wearing it when we were at a diner during our mini-vacation and apparently my mom thought it would be funny to get me one.

It was funny and probably one of my favorite gifts. I look adorable in it, if I do say so myself. You wouldn’t think it, but that sweatshirt is probably the softest I own.

I got a few Harry Potter things and Ninja Turtles things as well. It was another good birthday and I can only hope to continue to do me in this next year.

Oh, and here’s my birthday cake:

Friday Favorites: Pokemon Games

Double Jump Kris Mii Hello everyone! Kris here with a post to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise.

I can’t believe how far the series has come, and I’m eagerly awaiting to see what the future has in store for Pokemon fans!

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I remember a couple of decades ago when I first got the Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow versions for Easter gifts from my awesome parents (well, back then it was from the Easter Bunny, but still). I was the envy of my friends who were also Pokemon fans that year! Since the GameBoy Color versions of the popular journey games, I’ve never stopped playing Pokemon games. Here is a tribute to my top five favorite Pokemon games:

5. My Pokemon Ranch

Okay, so Pokemon Ranch is more of a sub-game than an actual game. Like Pokemon Box, Pokemon Ranch allows you to store up to 1000 Pokemon in it to watch and interact with your Pokemon as your Mii. The Pokemon themselves are in a chibi-style and are able to interact with each other as well, making Pokemon Ranch a relaxing, cute game to have on the television.

4. Pokemon Stadium/Battle Revolution

An oldie from the Nintendo 64 days, the Pokemon Stadium games were the first to give players a glimpse of battling with their favorite Pokemon in 3D, and Battle Revolution for the Wii was its descendant. It boasted all sorts of different battle mods and tournament cups that one could battle through either with rented Pokemon from the N64 game or with your own team from the GameBoy Color games. Rachel and I used to send each other out of the room as we created our own teams to surprise the other with when we battled. I would be amazed if one day Nintendo created a new Pokemon Stadium game with all 720 (or more) Pokemon!

3. Heart Gold/Soul Silver

The reboots of the Johto generation of games were amazingly well-done. Johto was always one of my favorite generations and regions of the games, and the updated graphics and animations were fantastic. One of my favorite aspects of the update was seeing your Pokemon follow you around outside of its pokeball, a feature that I wish was kept in the newer games.

2. Platinum

Platinum holds a special place in my heart. Although it is by far not the first Pokemon game that I had beaten the Pokemon Champion in, it is the one that I have not restarted fairly soon after doing so. The regional map is one of my favorites, with all the climate changes, different Pokemon, and the other updates from the Diamond and Pearl games. Platinum boasts one of my favorite teams that I had ever raised, and I won’t be restarting the game anytime soon!

1. X/Y

This probably isn’t a surprise from reading the previous entries of the list. Pokemon X and Y, being a couple of the newest additions to the world of Pokemon games, have some of the most updated graphics and animations. The region is full of beautiful landscapes and all sorts of different climates to find Pokemon in, along with the new features like Pokemon Amie, the new Pokemon type, the enhanced online play, and customizable trainer sprites. I’ve logged in a couple of hundred hours playing the game and raising all of my favorite species!

What are your favorite Pokemon games?