Friday Favorites: Pokemon Gym Puzzles

Double Jump Kris MiiHow was everyone’s week?

I’ve been playing more Pokemon lately, finding the series to be rather relaxing after a week of work. I prefer the regions with gym challenges rather than Alola, both for the challenging battles and the puzzles that some gyms had in order to reach the leader. This week is all about my favorite Pokemon Gym puzzles!

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Mahogany Gym (Johto)

Mahogany Gym is the Ice-type gym in the second generation of the Pokemon games. It has one of those classic ice-sliding puzzles where one misstep can mess you up. While the original Gold/Silver/Crystal trio had just one room of this puzzle, the HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes had three.

Vermilion Gym (Kanto)

Lt. Surge’s Electric-type gym was a fun puzzle in which there are two switches hidden in trash cans that the player needs to press in order to open up the electric doors that the gym leader is behind. While the switches are always adjacent, if you guess the second one incorrectly, the switches reset.

Fuchsia Gym (Kanto)

This Poison-type gym used invisible walls that you had to walk around in order to reach the gym leader. As a kid playing the original first generation games, I was a little frustrated with this gym until I realized that you could very faintly make out where the walls are. Nevertheless, it was a good challenge.

Mistralton Gym (Unova)

In Black and White, this gym uses freaking cannons to blast the player around the room. Your character is supposed to be, what, a young teen? I feel as if this gym would get sued for human injuries. In Black 2 and White 2, there are giant fans that blow the player around, and I’m not sure they’re much better. While not particularly challenging, this is probably one of the gym designs that I found the most amusing while playing!

What are your favorite Pokemon Gym puzzles? Or did you prefer the gyms that were straightforward and led you immediately to the gym leader?

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Friday Favorites: Johto Pokemon

Double Jump Kris MiiThank God it’s Friday!

Pokemon Crystal came out on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, and I’m having so much fun with it! It’s a fun nostalgic trip for me, and I’m having a great time training up some of my favorite second generation Pokemon.

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Ampharos

The Mareep family was always a favorite of mine, and I am missing them in Pokemon Crystal (since, for some reason, they’re only available by trading with Gold or Silver). Ampharos is one of my top electric-types, and its Mega Evolution gives it such fabulous hair, haha!

Crobat

Poison and Flying are two of my favorite types of Pokemon, and Crobat is the best of both worlds. It blows my mind that it’s literally about a foot taller than me in height, but its size doesn’t hinder its speed at all!

Quagsire

Quagsire, with its dual typing of Water and Ground, can be such a powerhouse. Despite how common and versatile they are, I tend not to train Water types, but I don’t think twice about snagging the Wooper line. I think Quagsire is adorable, too, with its dopey looks.

Steelix

The second generation of Pokemon brought about two new types, namely Steel and Dark. Despite that, there really weren’t too many Steel type Pokemon, especially ones that weren’t new evolutions of an already existing line. Steelix, though, I loved seeing. Onix was a favorite from the first generation and I loved the design of his evolution. That, and Jasmine’s Steelix definitely kicked my ass the first time I tried fighting them, so I appreciated the challenge!

Umbreon

Likewise, Dark also became one of my favorite types after this generation, and I adored Umbreon. While I enjoy all of the Eevee evolutions, Umbreon’s design was always one of my favorites, especially its Shiny form. It’s stats may not be the best, but it was always fun to raise.

What are your favorite generation two Pokemon? Did you download Crystal?

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Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

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There are twenty Pokemon movies. Isn’t it crazy how one franchise has spawned that many movies, about the same number of anime seasons, and dozens of video games? Pokemon is a franchise that Rachel and I love, but we’re more the types to play the games rather than watch the movies or television show. With that said, we’ve realized how many movies we’ve missed and sat down to watch the nineteenth Pokemon film, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

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Each time a new movie comes out I always say I’m going to watch it and then never do. I was excited to see this movie on Netflix since it’s one of the more recent ones. For a Pokemon movie, it’s as corny as it can get, but it was one of the more enjoyable ones.

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Yeah, this movie wasn’t too bad at all. It was definitely created with Mega Evolutions in mind, as one of the main plot points was how trainers should have a strong bond with their Pokemon for them to unleash their power instead of forcing the Pokemon to Mega Evolve. It showcased nearly every available Mega Evolution throughout the movie, as well.

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Mega Evolution is definitely something cool and I of course didn’t mind seeing it showcased as a main point in a movie. It was great “bad guy fodder.” Volcanion is trying to protect Magearna and other Pokemon from humans and, while we don’t know his backstory, he made a great hero. Then Ash of course has to come along and help – well, annoy Volcanion. Even though he’s a Pokemon he could speak and he was so sarcastic it was awesome.

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Volcanion was like my spirit animal in this movie, haha! Volcanion was literally stuck with Ash, as a couple of bands linked the two together, throughout half of the movie and it amused us greatly. A counselor for a nearby kingdom wished to have Magearna, who is best friends with Volcanion, in order to control the mechanized kingdom. Ash and friends butt in do their best to help Volcanion. Seeing the mechanized kingdom was a treat! I really enjoyed the animation when it showcased the castle and flying fortress.

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The animation was always great. What I especially loved about the movie was that Ash’s Pokemon did the majority of the work. A few times his whole team just stormed in and took care of everything even if Ash wasn’t even there. They were the true heroes and I felt warm and fuzzy seeing the Pokemon step up like that. Yes, it’s a cartoon, but it still made me feel good. The writing was on point too. The dialogue was funny and the overall plot made sense and made for a great Pokemon movie.

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The battles were always the best part of the Pokemon movies and anime! The music was well done, too, especially the opening credits with the battle going on in the background. Team Rocket was pretty good in this movie too — they’re probably some of my favorite characters, and I would love to see a movie focused on them. They try to be evil, but they just fail at it, haha!

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Team Rocket was impressive in this movie, I agree. They need their own movie or show. Overall, this was a fun movie to watch and I’m sure I’ll be watching it again sometime.

Have you seen this movie? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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Flashback Friday: Pokemon Crystal

Double Jump Kris MiiThe first month of the year is almost over! How are you all doing with your resolutions? Keeping up with them, or were they more of a week-long thing?

I’m hoping to keep up more with gaming news, perhaps venturing out further with more online games to try to reach out to more players and friends. Still, there’s something to be said about the older games, such as Pokemon Crystal.

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Hey, Pokemon Crystal was released on the 3DS Virtual Console today!

While I started playing Pokemon from the first generation games, it was the second generation where I really started to comprehend the story, the game mechanics, and the characters. I started understanding the types strengths and weaknesses and actually strategizing the battles rather than just tossing my over-leveled Pikachu at everyone, which had been my go-to plan in Pokemon Yellow.

Pokemon Crystal originally came out in North American in July 2001, and it received good reviews, even if the reviews were lower than what Gold and Silver had received. The most criticism Crystal had gained was how it was too similar to Gold and Silver, with critics claiming there weren’t any notably new aspects to the game to make it a “must buy.”

Crystal did, however, update plenty of aesthetic changes, such as updated graphics, animating Pokemon sprites at the beginning of battles, and the ability to play as a girl. The story line surrounding Suicune was more involved as well, along with other changes to the wild Pokemon that are available for the protagonist to catch.

I’m very excited to be going back to Johto with the Crystal version. It’s the Pokemon game that I have the most fond memories of, and it’ll be interesting to dive back into the old-school Pokemon games!

Have you ever played Pokemon Crystal? Are you downloading the Virtual Console version?

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Detective Pikachu

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

A special announcement was made a few days ago and, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited!

Detective Pikachu is finally a thing after so many years of Nintendo casting it a few side-glances here and there.

This game for the 3DS will be releasing in late March 2018 and I couldn’t be more excited. I love Pokemon and I love mysteries and detective stories, so I am all for this.

The trailer below makes the game look pretty dramatic and, for a Pokemon game, I believe it will be. We’ll see how well it works.

As for Pikachu’s voice… I’m going to have to get used to it. Pikachu has always had such a high-pitched tone that the voice just doesn’t seem to match his body. Who knows, though? Maybe it’ll wok the more I play the game.

Detective Pikachu is already available for pre-order at Gamestop. I haven’t grabbed a copy yet, but I’m sure I will.

Are you looking forward to Detective Pikachu? Let me know in the comments below!

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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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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

A very merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone out there! It’s been a fantastic year for us here at Double Jump, and we hope you all have a wonderful time with family and friends!

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