Friday Favorites: Weapon Triangles

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

A couple of Mondays ago, I wrote about the Rule of Three, a trope that exists in many stories, movies and video games alike. Many video games have aspects that come in threes that convey special attributes about the game, especially when it comes to combat. So today I’ll be sharing my favorite weapon triangles from various game franchises.

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Grass-Water-Fire

One of my first “weapon triangles,” this elemental concept was introduced to me through Pokemon Red and Blue. Bulbasaur’s Grass-type moves were strong against the Water-type Squirtle, whose own abilities were strong against Charmander’s fire attacks, which were strong against Bulbasaur.

Sword-Axe-Lance

One of the first parts of the prologues or introductions in a Fire Emblem game tends to be the weapons triangle. Namely, how the three basic weapons stack against each other in strength. Swords are quicker than axes, which are too close-combat orientated to be hurt by lances, which are long enough to stab before a sword. Or something like that. A few Fire Emblem games have another weapons triangle with the tomes. Dark magic is weak to light magic, which is weak to anima — or elemental — magic, which is weak to dark magic.

Power-Wisdom-Courage

Not a traditional rock-paper-scissors scenario, the Triforce from the Legend of Zelda franchise is a favorite “rule of three” for me. Almost every game in the franchise swirls around the relationship between Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf who hold Courage, Wisdom, and Power respectively. The relationship between these three fighting to protect and dominate the world has never failed to create an enjoyable story for me in these games.

What are your favorite weapon triangles in video games?

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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

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

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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