My Favorite Thing About Detective Pikachu

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I preordered Detective Pikachu for myself. (My mother was not happy since apparently, she was planning on getting it for me for Easter… oops.)

I’ve been taking my time with it because I want it to last. I know I’ve already talked about it and have a review coming soon, but I had something else I wanted to say.

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There are a lot of things I love about the game, but there’s something in particular that stood out to me about it. And I was really impressed since it’s not something you really see in the games… or necessarily in the anime for that matter.

The Pokemon actually seem to be scaled to size.

The 3D graphics are well done and there are no pixelated Pokemon anywhere. So, when you’re running, Pikachu is small running right behind you. That’s a given.

But what I’ve noticed is that they made sure the other Pokemon are somewhat true to their actual size (I say somewhat because I don’t necessarily know how big they’re all supposed to be).

Your character, Tim, meets Trevenent at one point. While they’re looking at each other, they’re eye level. According to the Pokedex, Trevenant is about 4’11”. Tim is, I believe, a teenager and most likely still growing. He’s probably around that height if not a little taller.

Alakazam also stands at 4’11” while Pikachu is 1’04”. At one point Pikachu picks up Alakazam’s spoon and it’s the same height as him. Looking at a picture of Alakazam, his hands are rather large so it makes sense the spoons may be about a foot. I was certainly impressed with that little factoid.

Also, a Joltik is 4-inches which means Pikachu is exactly a foot taller than it. I knew Joltik was small, but it hangs out on Pikachu’s shoulder at one point. Again, I was impressed with the size difference.

I know I always complain how the Pokemon are never as big or small as they’re supposed to be in the games or sometimes the anime. I complain that I want my Pokemon to follow behind me in the games and I knew they won’t be able to scale them to size.

I’m still impressed how they created all the Pokemon in Detective Pikachu though. I’ve been waiting for this game for so long and I’m realizing how worth the wait was.

Have you played Detective Pikachu yet? Is this something you’ve noticed and that you’re impressed by? Or is it just me? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Pokemon Channel

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m sure you guys all know I can talk about Pokemon forever if I had the chance… with Detective Pikachu out, I’ve been thinking a lot about Pokemon.

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Pokemon Channel was released on the Nintendo Gamecube in 2003. It’s been a long time.

It was one of those games where you couldn’t really do too much in it. Pikachu came to your house to visit, similar to Hey You, Pikachu!, and would hang out with you in your bedroom. When I say hang out, I mean watch TV.

I remember playing this game a lot because I loved the Shop ‘N’ Squirt channel, which was a shopping network hosted by Squirtle. You could buy stuff to decorate your bedroom and you could also purchase bus tickets to travel to different locations. Though I don’t remember doing much of that.

There was a news channel, an art channel, an exercise channel, and many more. My personal favorite was Quiz Wobbuffet which was an interactive Pokemon trivia game.

Each channel was interactive and I remember lying on the floor doing the workouts alongside Pikachu and Smoochum, who hosted the channel. I was an odd kid. I thought I was actually being healthy and exercising… but, hey it got me off the couch.

This is definitely a game I hold close to my heart even though you could argue of whether it was a “good” game or not. Now that I’m thinking about it, I think I want to try playing it again. I’m sure that’d be interesting.

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Character Spotlight: Pikachu

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

It’s kind of hard to believe another month had already come and gone. A new game was recently released, a game I’ve been waiting for a long time starring a fan favorite from Pokemon.

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Pikachu is #25 in the National Pokedex. He’s a fan favorite and loved by all. I wonder if he would get all the attention he does if he wasn’t chosen to be Ash’s main Pokemon in the anime. He originated in the Kanto region, the original region that started Pokemon way back when.

Pikachu’s latest appearance is, of course, Detective Pikachu. This is a game that was announced a couple years ago and I’ve been waiting ever so patiently for it ever since. Pikachu loves the spotlight and now he’s fighting crime.

He’s the type of character that, I’ll admit, I thought I would get sick of. If only because there’s a lot of hype about him and he gets a lot of attention by being Ash’s sidekick. He’s just so cute and loveable though. Not just in Pokemon either. He’s great in Super Smash Bros. and Pokken Tournament.

Pikachu is an iconic character not just in Pokemon but also for Nintendo and gaming itself.

Do you love Pikachu? Who’s your favorite Pokemon? Let me know in the comments below!

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Pokemon Ranger [Game Review]

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Title: Pokemon Ranger
Developer: HAL Laboratory, Creatures Inc.
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Platform: 
Nintendo DS
Category: 
Action, Role-Playing
Release Date: 
March 23, 2006
How I got the game: 
I bought it

 

 

 

Pokemon Ranger is a spin-off Pokemon game, the first in a trilogy of “Pokemon Ranger” games. It’s a Nintendo DS game I got long ago when it first came out. I had completed then, getting stuck on some after story gameplay, and never picked it up again. I thought it was about time I tried it again.

storyIn Pokemon, you’ve got your gym leaders, ace trainers, breeders, collectors, and more. In this game, we’re playing as a different type of person in the Pokemon world – a ranger. A Ranger is like a typical park ranger. They take care of their city and the areas around it and protect the Pokemon and people.

You’re a newbie ranger starting with your newly acquired partner Pokemon, Plusle. Plusle chose you, not the other way around. At first, you’re started off with small missions to get your feet wet. Then Professor Hastings, the union leader and creator of the Capture Styler and Super Styler, gets his Super Styler stolen by the Go-Rock Squad… while you’re escorting him. Yes, it’s kind of your fault.

Now you’re assigned a series of tasks and missions that get you closer to finding the Go-Rock Squad and making sure they don’t wreck havoc.

gameplay

Pokemon Ranger came out about two years after the Nintendo DS was released. Most of the games were stylus-based with the new touchscreen and this game was no different.

In this game, you play as the protagonist – a girl or a boy – and complete missions to further the plot of the story. You walk around using either the D-pad, joystick, or you can use your stylus on the screen and lead your character around. I personally liked the former.

To interact with people and objects, such as the podium to save the game, you pressed the A-button. To encounter wild Pokemon all you had to do was run into them… or let them run into you.

Battling while Pokemon is different than the typical mainstream Pokemon game. Using your stylus, you have to draw rings around the Pokemon in order to capture them. Some Pokemon take more rings than others. The Pokemon run around a lot and even attack breaking the ring – but if an attack lands on the ring your stylus is hurt. You have a certain amount of energy in your stylus, it grows the more you gain experience points by capturing Pokemon, but if it runs out of energy, it’s game over.

This wasn’t a bad mechanic at all, I enjoyed it. Of course, it has its flaws. The wild Pokemon are free to roam where ever. They’re not restricted to the bottom screen, which means they run off screen a lot. Then you need to wait for them to come back. Also, if they’re standing beside the edge of the screen and your stylus bumps into the edge, it counts as though you lifted your stylus off the screen and the capture has to begin all over again. I missed so many times because of that and it got pretty annoying.

Some Pokemon have field moves in which you can use them to help in your missions. For example, fire Pokemon can burn down logs to clear a path, electric Pokemon can recharge your stylus for you. Not all Pokemon have field moves, but they all have a special ability to help when capturing Pokemon. For example, water Pokemon can allow your stylus to create a bubble and contain the wild Pokemon while you try to catch it. Psychic Pokemon enter the battle field and levitate the wild Pokemon suspending it for a brief moment of time while you quickly draw rings around it.

Some missions had a set of puzzles you needed to solve whether you needed a Pokemon’s help or not. While the puzzles weren’t bad, they weren’t hard either. It is a Pokemon game, so I wasn’t expecting extreme stuff, but I played through the entire game in less than 10 hours.

graphics-music

The graphics are nicely done for a Nintendo DS game. It’s pixelated for sure, but your character isn’t a chibi like in the earlier Pokemon games. Plusle follows you around as does any other Pokemon you capture which is cute to see.

I enjoyed the setting of the game too. There were four main cities, each based on a season – summer, spring, winter, and fall – and while it doesn’t sound like much, the scenery was well done.

The music is just as well too. When I turned the game on I was instantly brought back into the gameplay as though I had never taken a hiatus from it. The sound effects are satisfying, especially when you catch a Pokemon.

replay-value

I can see myself playing this game again or even going back to it to do the post-game stuff. There are two other games in the Ranger series that I’d like to give a try. It’s not my favorite Pokemon game, but I thought it was an interesting concept and it was good enough.

POKEMON RANGER gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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Detective Pikachu Is Almost Here!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m a little out of my routine. I thought I had a post scheduled for today and I didn’t.

The only reason I noticed it was because I had decided to impulsively buy a couple video games.

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Detective Pikachu is being released next week! I was iffy on getting it only because I’m trying to save my money. But I haven’t bought any games in a while, so I thought… why not?

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a game in a while. Not since the last Pokemon game, I don’t think… Or Breath of the Wild.

I was torn to download it from the eShop because I would have gotten a free home theme but I ended up getting it through Amazon because I was able to get it $10 cheaper. See? I was being a little smart with my money.

After going to EGLX and seeing the Pokken Tournament show I had the urge to get that game as well. It was always on my list, but other games – like Breath of the Wild and Odyssey – ended up coming in first.

Pokken Tournament DX was on sale for $10 less. So I got it.

I saved $20! I spent $85… but I saved $20!

I’ll have fun though. That’s all that matters.

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Japan’s Pokemon Cafe

Double Jump Kris MiiI totally wanna go here!

I recently heard of a certain cafe that just recently opened in Japan, dedicated to a certain franchise… Pokemon!

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Japan tends to have some cool-themed cafes, and the latest one to join the craze is the Pokemon Cafe.

The pictures of the place look clean and fun, with plenty of Pikachu images adorning the cafe and menu. The menu itself looks adorable (and tasty!) that star mostly Pikachu, with a few Eevee, Mimikyu, Jigglypuff, and Gengar-themed items. Along with food, sweets, and drinks, there is also merchandise available, like coffee cups and plushies of a Pikachu dressed as a waiter or chef.

If I ever make it to Japan one day, you can bet that the Pokemon Cafe will be on my list of places to visit! Apparently, though, you can only get in with a reservation. Right now, they’re taking reservations until the beginning of April. I presume they do reservations on a monthly basis.

What do you think? Would you ever visit a Pokemon Cafe? What other games would make good themed cafes?

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Currently Playing: Pokemon Ranger

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Kris and I are currently on our way to Canada for EGLX! We’re both excited and I can’t wait to get off this plane…

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I’m going to a gaming expo, so of course, I’m bringing my 2DS XL. I started playing through Pokemon Ranger for Nintendo DS. It came out in March 2006, which makes it over 10 years old… Wow.

I’ve played this game once before but I never finished it. I got pretty far though. When I turned on my game I realized that I had 13 missions done. So, I think I was almost done with the game.

Still, it’s been a really long time since I’ve played and, for the sake of a review down the road, I started the game over.

The tutorial was a pain since I remembered how to play the game. Even if I didn’t, it was long.

I’m enjoying the game though. I’m a decent way through and I’m looking forward to actually beating the game this time.

Pokemon Ranger isn’t my favorite Pokemon spin-off series, but I still like it all the same. I’m happy to be playing it again especially since it was a game I had completely forgotten about.

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