Confession: I Don’t Like Z-Moves

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy New Year, everyone! May 2018 treat you even better than 2017 did!

We’re going to dive right into my perhaps controversial thoughts regarding a major feature of the latest generation of Pokemon games.

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The Pokemon franchise has always been a favorite of mine ever since I got my first GameBoy Color and the trio of the first generation games twenty years ago. It’s been an amazing ride seeing how the series has evolved, with the creatures, the stories, and the technology of the games. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed seeing the improvement, but there are sometimes new aspects of the latest games that make me scratch my head in confusion.

In the case of the Alola games, I don’t know why the Z-Moves exist.

The graphics for the Z-Moves are great for the handheld systems, but… I don’t understand why they are needed. Perhaps Nintendo had wanted to do epic graphics for every move but, due to time and technology constraints, could only do so for one to two moves per type? The little dances done for the Z-Moves were cute the first couple of times I’ve seen them, but I’m more interested in getting back to the battle rather than watching my character look a little silly for a minute or two.

Power-wise, it makes sense that a Z-Move can only be used once per battle. If that’s the case, then, what’s the point? I generally forget to use the Z-Moves because I tend to try to strategize my Pokemon’s attacks rather than use one all-powerful move as a cop-out. That, or I try to “save” my Z-Move for when I need it but it doesn’t work out that way. At the very least, with Mega Evolutions from the Kalos region, you were able to keep a Pokemon in their Mega form for the duration of the battle.

Speaking of Mega Evolutions, what happened to those? Nintendo had introduced them in the previous generation only to drop them in favor of Z-Moves. I would rather explore the world searching for Mega Evolution stones for my team than collecting Z-Crystals as makeshift gym badges from trials. I wonder if Z-Crystals were partly created to try to ease the players into the idea that gym battles were not part of Gen. 7, a little token that had more of a role — however small it was — in battles instead of a pixelated gym badge.

This is all just my opinion. Perhaps disliking one of the major new features of the latest Pokemon games is a sign that I’m starting to get old, haha!

What do you think of Sun and Moon’s Z-Moves? Are there any other new features that you like or dislike about the newer Pokemon games?

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Character Spotlight: Gladion [Pokemon]

Happy Tuesday!

I can’t believe November has come and gone already… This month (the whole year) has flown by.

With the release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, I thought I’d talk about one of my favorite characters from the Alola region.

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Gladion was first introduced in November 2016 when Pokemon Sun and Moon was released for the Nintendo 3DS. He was a member of the rival team, Team Skull. His sister is Lillie, who happens to be a good friend of yours.

However, Gladion has different motives than Team Skull. One of the reasons I love Gladion is because he’s kind of an anti-hero in a way. He’s a double agent trying to do what’s best for Alola on the inside. He doesn’t agree with what his mother is trying to do, so he’s subtly rebelling.

He’s a good character and I think he was well rounded throughout the game. His character development was on point throughout the game and even though you’re meant to dislike him in the beginning, I always liked him. His character was intriguing to me and I had wished he was one of our friends from the very beginning.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Pokemon Sun and Moon had the best character development for all of their characters. I absolutely loved each character and Gladion is by far one of my favorites.

Do you like Gladion? Who’s your favorite character from Alola? Let me know in the comments below!

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Are You Excited For Pokemon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon?

Happy Thursday!

It’s no secret that Pokemon is one of my favorite game franchises of all time. So, with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon around the corner, I’m getting pretty excited.

 

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

When Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were announced, I wasn’t impressed. I mean, I was excited about another Pokemon game, but I didn’t get it.

Whatever happened to Pokemon Z for Pokemon X and Y? What about Stars for Sun and Moon?

I liked having the third game. I wanted Gray or Rainbow for Black and White and ended up with Black 2 and White 2. So, I assumed X and Y would have Z or X-Squared and Y-Squared. But we got nothing.

Now they’ve gone back to giving us two more “sequel” games just one year later since the first ones came out.

I’d complain, but it’s Pokemon. I know I’m going to get both games. I know I’m going to enjoy both games. And, as I said earlier, now I know it’s about a month away from being released, I’m beginning to get super excited all over again.

In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, we’re able to finally go through the Wormhole and explore Ultra Space. I didn’t realize this was a thing I wanted until I saw the latest trailer for it.

New Ultra Beasts are introduced and so are new areas in an alternate dimension. It seems as though we have to play a certain “mini-game” to get there as well, which is a pretty cool touch. Who doesn’t want to ride Lunala or Solgaleo and control them? Even if it is for that one moment.

The areas inside the Ultra Space look pretty as well. Why we’re disturbed the poor Ultra Beasts in their home territory, I have no idea. However, there does seem to be a new plotline with new rivals, The Ultra Recon Squad.

Maybe they’re not “bad guys,” but they sure look like it.

And then, of course, there are new Pokemon. You can’t go wrong with new Pokemon.

I’m sure there are other updates to the game. I’ve heard there’s a new Trial and people are spreading rumors about Pokemon possibly being able to follow you, but… we’ll see.

Are you excited for this updated/sequel Sun and Moon? Let me know in the comments below!

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Thoughts on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Thoughts on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

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When Nintendo announced Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, we were… disappointed, for lack of a better word. Shortly before this year’s E3 press conference, the Pokemon Direct announced a deluxe version of Pokken Tournament for the Switch, virtual console versions of Pokemon Gold and Silver, confirmed there will be a Pokemon game for the Switch, and then added Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon into the mix. But what happened to the third-tier games? And we just got Sun and Moon, what can they possibly update already?

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There seem to be a lot of aesthetic changes in the Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon trailer, from the main trainer designs themselves, to the few peeks of the islands we see. Instead of a sequel, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are being hailed as remakes of the original Sun and Moon games. Perhaps Nintendo is adding more content that they hadn’t been able to add to the original Alolan duo of games? I admit, I was looking forward to perhaps a third-tier game and was a bit surprised at hearing that the next games would be the Ultra versions of Sun and Moon.

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I’m looking forward to the new games, whether they’re similar or not. It’s Pokemon, so of course, I’m going to buy both games. Still, I just thought it was strange that they’re remaking games that came out a year ago. With new forms of the Pokemon, the legendaries especially, I’m curious to see what kind of changes they made to the story.

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Release dates between the main core games have always been about a year and a half to two years, actually, but I am a little suspicious about a remake version just a year after the original came out. Again, perhaps there were more new mechanics that they wished to include but hadn’t been able to until the Ultra games. While the brighter environments in the Ultra games look nice, I’m not thrilled with the character designs. They’re cute, and maybe I’m just old, but I do hope that the characters have a few more facial expressions this time around. Despite how customizable their clothes and hair were in the original games, but faces were nearly always stuck in that goofy smile.

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Right, but the fact that they announced the remarks just a few months after the originals came out, makes me wonder just how long they’ve had these games ready. And I forgot that we had stone faces… I hope they fixed that as well. We don’t see too much of our character in the reveal trailer though, so who knows?

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Yes, the reveal trailer didn’t show too much of your character aside from the updated design, along with a few moves made by some Alolan Pokemon, and the legendaries’ updated looks, of course. I’m curious if Lillie, Hau, and Gladion will make another appearance. In the original games, the main character had just moved to the Alola region — is it the same case in the Ultra games? Will the main character already know the supporting characters from the original games, if the supporting characters are in the Ultra games as well?

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Well, that’s the thing. We don’t know anything about the story this time around. They showed off new designs and that’s about it. YouTuber GameExplain has some thoughts and I have to say that I agree with him. Feel free to watch his video and then let us know your thoughts.

What do you think of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? Are you excited for the games? Let us know in the comments below!

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New Pokemon Forms

Double Jump Kris MiiThe majority of Pokemon change forms as they grow, evolving into usually stronger creatures. It’s one of the main components to the games, enabling players to create all sorts of strategies for their adventure to play out.

While evolution usually happens when a Pokemon levels up, there are different criteria for some species, such as Lycanroc, whose form depends on the time of day…

Lycanroc was one of the first Alolan Pokemon to be revealed to the public and, within the games, its pre-evolved form Rockruff is one of the first wild Pokemon the player encounters when starting their journey in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. With Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon coming out in November, more information regarding the new forms of the Alolan Pokemon is starting to slowly make its way onto the Internet.

Where Lycanroc is concerned, there will be a new form to go along with its Midday and Midnight appearance: Dusk Lycanroc.

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It’s a decent design, in my opinion. As Rachel pointed out, “It looks like a sunset!” Caught between the Midday and Midnight forms, the Dusk Lycanroc looks as if it’ll fit right in.

Yet, I wonder how many Pokemon are going to get new forms for the games. Most likely due to its werewolf motif, Lycanroc was one of — if not the only — Pokemon with an alternate form based on the time of day in the seventh generation to go with the day and night aspect of the games. Will other Pokemon get more forms for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon?

With Mega Evolution, then Z-Moves, Alolan variations of first generation Pokemon, now Ultra forms for the Sun and Moon legendaries, I’m curious as to how all of this will play out.

What do you think of Dusk Lycanroc? Are you hoping for other Pokemon to get different forms? Or do you think these are too many forms and variations to keep track of?

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Friday Favorites: Unexpected Endings

Double Jump Kris MiiThis post will contain spoilers on the endings of some games, but said games have already been out for a while now. The oldest game on this list was published in 1998, for example.

This particular Friday I’m sharing a few games that have surprised me, either by giving me deep thoughts or freaking me out, in some way or another with their endings.

Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Okay, so we all know the ending of the game was going to be Zelda and Link teaming up to kick Ganondorf’s ass, and the final battles are always amazing. What I found unexpected about Windwaker’s final battle was the nature of the last attack. Windwaker’s graphics were a cute, cartoon-y style, so to see little Link leap up and embed the Master Sword directly through Ganondorf’s eyes was startling, to say the least. There was no blood or gore, of course, but in a game that has monsters disappear in a puff of smoke after a few smacks, such a violent end to Ganondorf was unexpected.

Pokemon Sun and Moon: Professor Kukui as the Champion

With Sun and Moon revitalizing the formula for the Pokemon games, it wasn’t even certain that there would be the traditional Champion at the end of the game to battle. When we did go through the new Pokemon League, seeing Professor Kukui at the end was a surprise to me. Never before in a Pokemon game have we battled the professors, except for Professor Sycamore in X and Y to obtain a Kanto starter. There’s a glitch in the original Pokemon games’ code to let the player battle Professor Oak, but having the professor as one of the final tests in a game was new to Sun and Moon. I had expected Hau, Gladion, or another story-centered character to be the Champion that we would battle. Having Lillian be the Champion would have been an interesting twist as well!

Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations

The Ace Attorney games are rife with tricks and red herrings, making them some of the most suspenseful games I’ve ever played. When Rachel and I put our heads together during the last, tense courtroom level, we can generally figure out how to nail the final culprit, yet Trials and Tribulations continued to keep us guessing as we puzzled out the answer little by little (and a lot of saving and restarting). The game had characters that could channel spirits, so not all the suspects were even alive! Once we realized who had been the real mastermind behind every connected case of that game, we were shocked.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Yes, another Zelda game that I felt fitting for this list. At the end of Ocarina of Time, not only is Sheik revealed to be Zelda all along, but she sends Link back to the past to live out the time he had lost. Considering all of the harrowing dangers Link had put himself through to protect Hyrule, I was surprised when I first finished the game to see that he wouldn’t even stay in the peaceful timeline, to help rebuild the land he saved. Now I find the ending bittersweet, especially since he returned to the body of young boy with the memories and nightmares of a young man without his constant fairy companion to boot.

What video games have your favorite endings? Any that particularly moved or frustrated you?

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Who’s That Pokemon?

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Happy Tuesday!

I have some exciting news. Well, I think it’s exciting… even though most people already knew about it and if you didn’t, you probably know about it now.

 

Marshadow: A new Pokemon

A new mythical Pokemon has been revealed for the Alolan region. Apparently this Pokemon was leaked through the demo of the Pokemon Sun and Moon games, but… honestly, I have never heard of the Pokemon before.

It’s called Marshadow and, according to Serebii, is a fighting/ghost type. I think it’s adorable and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

Marshadow was revealed in a short 16-second video on My Nintendo News. Apparently, this Pokemon isn’t available in game for Sun and Moon, but there is a way to get it. That way, however, has yet to be revealed. In other news, the whole point of showing off Marshadow was to tease everyone.

Marshadow will apparently have a role in the upcoming Pokemon movie, I Choose You (trailer below). The movie is remake/retelling of the Indigo League, however the latest Pokemon, including Marshadow, are in the movie. In other words, it’s an updated retelling.

I haven’t been keeping up with the Pokemon anime or movies, but this one looks pretty good.

Are you excited for another new Pokemon and movie? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments below!

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