Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

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The Pokemon Direct on Wednesday morning was only about 7 minutes long, but we have yet to see too many complaints about it. All things considered, I was pleased with what I saw of the Generation 8 Pokemon games. Pretty sure one of my favorite parts of it was the reveal that gyms would be returning!

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I have to admit, I was expecting generation eight reveals, but I was also thinking there would be other announcements. I’m certainly not complaining though! What they showed off of the Galar Region was amazing. The world looks beautiful and yes, I’m eager to collect badges again.

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The graphics definitely look gorgeous on the Switch, and the world itself looks so much more detailed than the Let’s Go titles. The character designs look fun — I was really amused at how large the male character’s backpack was! The starters themselves look cute. I’ll definitely be going with Grookey, since I usually go for the Grass-type starters anyway. Sobble looks adorable, though!

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All the main starters are adorable. I’m excited to have a bunny as the fire-type! I’m super curious as to what they’re final evolution and typing will be. I’m also looking forward to finding out more information about the legendary Pokemon. For the titles Sword and Shield, I don’t know what they’ll do. I have a feeling they’ll be wolf-like though, of course.

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Think the Scorbunny will end up being Fire and Fighting type? One of the things that Alola had in its favor was the secondary typing of the starters’ final evolutions. Ghost, Dark, and Fairy were great, but it would be interesting to have other, unique secondary types for the starters. The titles Sword and Shield are awesome and I’m hoping they have a fun story and plotline to go along with them. I’m totally up for canine-like legendaries!

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I don’t know, I feel like they’ve had so many Fire/Fighting Pokemon, especially for the starters. For some reason, Scorbunny looks like it could be Fire/Electric. Grookey maybe Grass/Ground and Sobble Water/Bug. I honestly would love to see opposite types together. I know it won’t happen with Sword & Shield (if at all) but I think it’d be cool to have starters that are Fire/Water, Water/Grass, Grass/Fire. But now I’m rambling – anyway, canine legendaries would be awesome. I wonder if it’ll be two versions of a similar Pokemon (kind of like Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres) or if they’ll somehow be different (like Solgaleo and Lunala). But both looked like they were wolves or something.

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Oh, I know, I’m joking. I’m convinced that Incineroar, with its design, was originally going to be Fire/Fighting, but so many people were sick of that typing that they changed it to Fire/Dark. Ground is starting to be a bit overused with the Grass starters, but there’s not many Water/Bug types. Going back to Sword and Shield, I wonder if the legendary Pokemon and the story itself will have some sort of medieval angle. I think the logos of the games remind me of crests from royal families or knights. Generation 5’s story played with a royal family angle, didn’t it?

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Ground is starting to get overused with Grass, I agree. But Grookey’s coloring reminds me of Grass/Ground. Grass/Rock would be cool too. A medieval angle would be cool. I mean, the story will more or less be the same as all the other Pokemon games, I think. I was surprised to see the Galar map. It’s long and seems like the journey will be fairly linear. Which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s definitely different than before.

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Grass/Rock would be interesting. I miss the Grass/Poison typing that Venusaur has, admittedly. Yes, I’m sure the story will involve some team or other trying to take over or change the world while using Pokemon, and the fate of the world will rest on the shoulders of our pre-teen protagonist. Still, I hope the lore of the region is well done. If the lore is well done enough, I would absolutely love it if the region got a third game. I wasn’t thrilled with the “sequels” of Black 2/White 2 and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon — we should have gotten a Gray and Eclipse for those regions, respectively. We also totally missed out on another game for the Kalos region. There should have been a Pokemon Z for Zygarde. I suppose those are a bit of a ways off, though. For now, I’m definitely looking forward to Sword and Shield.

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I totally agree. We should have had third installments for Unova, Kalos, and Alola. I understand they want to make more money, but I think they have plenty and the third volumes are what people seem to really enjoy. Here’s hoping to Pokemon Armor when the time comes! In the meantime, I can’t wait for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield… late 2019 most likely means November. It’ll be here before we know it.

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Friday Favorites: Nintendo 64 Games

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While we have yet to hear Nintendo say anything about creating a mini N64 Classic console — indeed, I believe the company has fairly recently stated that they have no plans for it — I’m still hoping for one some day. Here are some of my favorite N64 games from back in the day.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Fun fact: I never actually finished a playthrough of this game on the N64 cartridge. Instead, my first full playthrough was on the Wii’s Virtual Console. Nevertheless, this was my first foray into Hyrule as a kid, aside from watching my uncle play a bit of Link to the Past on the SNES. I remember using my uncle’s save file on Ocarina of Time back at my grandparents house, mainly due to him having Epona so I could ride her around Hyrule Field.

Pokemon Puzzle League

A casual puzzle game starring the mascots of one of my favorite franchises was brilliant. Aside from the actual puzzle challenges, I just adored the background music that played during the levels. Medleys taken from the anime and movie soundtracks just made my day.

Super Smash Bros.

We never owned this game, but our cousins on our father’s side of the family did. The only downside was that we didn’t see these cousins too often during the year, just for some birthdays and Christmas. For a while, though, I’d always try to finagle my way into playing some of their video games during family gatherings, and this was one of the top contenders. Super Mario Kart 64 was another favorite.

Paper Mario

Being a simple RPG with a unique aesthetic and considered the spiritual successor to my favorite SNES game, Paper Mario had to be included on this list. While I hear that many believe the sequel — The Thousand Year Door — to be the best in the Paper Mario series, the N64 installment is my favorite. The characters, colorful locations, the music, and the charming story all make this a great game.

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Double Jump Is 3-Years-Old!

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Happy belated birthday to Double Jump! Back on February 3rd, our little blog turned three years old! They grow so fast… It’s been quite a year, actually, with some changes and updates made to our blog and Double Jump as a whole.

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We might have thought Double Jump’s birthday was February 16th, which is why we never said anything on the actual birthday. Yeah, a lot has changed since the beginning of Double Jump. Not just with the blog, but we’ve branched out quite a bit between collabs, streaming, and more.

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By “we,” we mean Rachel, but at least she remembered around the time the blog’s birthday was. I vaguely remembered that it was in February and that’s about it. Considering the original intent of this blog when we started it three years ago was to branch out and maybe connect with others who also enjoyed gaming, I’m pretty proud of the connections we made due to collab posts and our Twitch channel.

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For sure. We’ve come a long way in these past three years. To “celebrate,” if you will, we’ve decided to do another gaming challenge! We chose for this challenge to be Pokemon based because… well, we love Pokemon, so why not? We’re not necessarily competing against each other or racing one another. We’ll be doing the same thing differently. If that makes any sense at all.

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We each used a randomizer to pick only three of the eighteen Pokemon types for us to raise for a play-through of one of the core games. My random types are Dark, Dragon, and Ground, which sounds like a decent balance of physical and special attacks. I’m excited to have Ground, as it’s one of my favorites, and Dark is right up there as well. Dragon may be interesting, as that is one of the rarer types.

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The random types I got were Electric, Normal, and Bug. That will certainly be an interesting team. I’ve raised electric and normal a ton but I’ve only ever raised a bug once. We then randomized which game we’ll each play. I got a Pokemon from the Unova region so I’ll be playing either Black, White, Black 2, or White 2. Most likely one of the sequels.

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My region is Hoenn, which I’m totally fine with. It’s been a while since I’ve played through those games, and I’ll probably pick one of the remakes to play rather than the original Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald trio. We’ve decided that Legendaries are off-limits — so no Latias or Latios for me — but we can train any Pokemon that has the types that we generated, whether it be the first or secondary type. So, Rachel, with Normal, you could have a much more varied team than I will. A lot of Flying-type Pokemon are also Normal-type, at the very least. Like Rachel mentioned, this challenge is more about the journey rather than a winner, so we’ll see how our teams and games go.

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It’ll certainly be interesting to see how our journey goes. I know it’s not a competition, but I’m curious who will get to the Champion first or how many Pokemon will faint. Unova isn’t my favorite, but I’m excited to go back there and explore it once again.

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New Pokemon Cards Are Here!

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The other day, Kris discovered a new Pokemon Trading Card Game pack called Team Up. This is the ninth expansion pack for the Sun & Moon TCG. This expansion has an emphasis on the Kanto region, though it has Pokemon from all over. Team Up packs may have special duo GX cards such as Pikachu-Zekrom-GX. Team Up was released on February 1, 2019 and we went out and bought some the following day.

Rachel has a huge collection of Pokemon cards while Kris has none. So, we went out and Rachel was eager to get the four booster packs of Team Up – Pikachu & Zekrom, Eevee & Snorlax, Gengar & Mimikyu, and Venusaur & Celebi. While Rachel didn’t get any of the team GX cards, she got some other great cards including an Incineroar GX.

Kris, on the other hand, bought two themed decks along with a mini binder that had a Team Up booster pack inside. With those 130 cards, she’s starting off her collection quite nicely with a mini binder that holds about 60 cards as well.

In the Team Pack expansion, there are about 196 cards in all – 181 plus 15 secret cards. (According to Bulbapedia, that its.) We’re determined to catch ’em all!

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Friday Favorites: Single-Player Games

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Today’s post goes along with our #GamingTogether posts that we put up on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, with the question regarding single-player games. With eSports and online play, single-player games tend to be pushed aside for multiplayer experiences, yet single-player games tend to have more flushed-out stories.

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Core Pokemon Games

While I admit that I was disappointed at the co-op mode in the Let’s Go duo, the core Pokemon games are tons of fun as a single-player. Exploring the vast regions and befriending Pokemon while crushing your enemies opponents in battle has always been one of my favorite pastimes.

Legend of Zelda series

While I have a blast playing with Rachel in Four Swords Adventures, the majority of the Legend of Zelda titles caters to single-players. I adore the stories, generally the same at their core, but always carrying surprises and twists based on the world that you’re controlling Link in. Breath of the Wild and Twilight Princess are a couple of my top games in this franchise.

The Sims

My favorite installments of the Sims games are Sims 3 with Sims 4 being a close second. Considering most video games are about saving the world or vanquishing some enemy, playing simulator games like the Sims that have the purpose of creating your own story and world is always refreshing.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Is anyone who’s been following this blog for a while surprised at this? I’ve sung the praises of Mario RPG for the SNES ever since Rachel and I started this blog. It’s always been my go-to game for a relaxing, nostalgic experience with great characters and game mechanics.

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Why I Have Two Copies Of Pokemon Black [Throwback Thursday]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Since Kris and I went through all the video games we own recently, I realized that I still have two copies of Pokemon Black for the Nintendo DS. I laughed at seeing the second copy and I decided to write a blog post about it.

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Of course, now I’m wondering if I’ve already shared this story. I’m sure I have at one point or another, but maybe it wasn’t through the blog.

I babysit a lot and the first family I ever babysat for had three kids. They were all avid gamers and their middle child was especially into gaming. As much as I love gaming, we often fought because he wasn’t allowed to be playing video games all the time. He had an hour a day and that was it because he was so addicted.

We had a lot of fun playing games together though – from Smash Brothers to Mario Kart and everything in between. Pokemon was another game we played together a lot. We’d trade Pokemon cards and I’d often bring my DS or 3DS so we could battle against each other or simple continue our journeys together.

Fast-forward seven or eight years later and I ducked out. They were a lovely family to work with but I needed to move on and so did they. Their oldest was going to be 17-years-old and their middle child was going into high school. Despite their disabilities, it was time for me to leave so they could have more independence.

It wasn’t until a year or two after I stopped babysitting for them, I realized I had two copies of Pokemon Black. I had assumed one was Kris’s so I gave one to her. But then she checked her bucket of DS games and had one in there. She turned on her game and sure enough, it was her profile. I turned on one of the games I had and it was my profile.

I turned on the third cartridge and guess who’s name was on the profile? Yep, the kid I used to babysit for.

I remember when he lost his game. He spent a while looking for it and I even spent a great deal helping him look for it. These kids lost everything too and their bedrooms were a mess, so I wasn’t surprised when he lost the small DS cartridge. We never found it.

Until I stumbled upon it in my own bucket of handheld games.

I have no idea how it made it home with me. I assume I saw the cartridge on the kitchen table or something and, thinking it was mine, I took it. Or maybe he had put it in my bag or DS thinking it was mine. Whoever thought it was mine though, never thought that maybe I had brought it home with me through those many weeks of us searching high and low for his game.

It’s been three or four years since I’ve stopped babysitting for them. I’ve forgotten about it here and there. I think, at this point, the game is mine. I don’t think I’ll get the chance to give it back to him and honestly, he’s probably long forgotten about it by now.

If I talk to him again in the near future, I’ll try to remember to tell him I have it. But I probably won’t remember I have it until I decide to play that game again or I go through my bucket again.

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Pokemon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages [Movie Review]

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There are almost two dozen Pokemon movies — including the upcoming live-action Detective Pikachu film — and, despite how much we enjoy the Pokemon franchise, Rachel and I have really only seen a handful of them. When we had a little downtime lately, we decided to stick one that we haven’t seen before on, and this time we chose Pokemon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages.

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It’s on Netflix so it was easy enough for us to watch, despite the few DVDs we have of other Pokemon movies we haven’t seen. I remember when this movie came out and it looked interesting to me, though we never got around to watching. I never knew much about Hoopa before watching this film and Hoopa is a pretty cool Pokemon! The movie itself was pretty good as well.

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I was disappointed by the lack of theme song in the beginning of the movie, since I always enjoyed those, but it was a minor detail. This movie dove right into the action, showing off Hoopa’s Unbound Form a century ago and all its power destroying a town in a bid to show off its strength. Considering Hoopa’s Unbound Form is a genie-like creature, it was captured in a bottle by a guy who had some power of Arceus, the legendary Pokemon that is said to have created the world.

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I honestly didn’t realize there was no theme song until Kris pointed it out. The action began from the first second and I was drawn in anyway. Hoopa is certainly an interesting Pokemon as I didn’t realize he’s a genie-like Pokemon. It was a really cool concept. The movie as a whole was great. It was action-packed and none of the characters were annoying. The brother and sister characters were awesome where I usually find the side characters to get on my nerves.

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It took place in the Kalos region, so Ash had Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie as companions. In all honesty, the companions didn’t do much, aside from Bonnie recruiting a random Hippopotas to help them near the climax of the movie. The movie would have done well with just Ash and the side characters — Meray and Baraz — helping Hoopa against its Unbound form. Speaking of Hoopa, the small form of it was adorable in the movie! The Unbound form was actually kind of creepy.

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Yeah, some of the “main characters” weren’t needed. Honestly, Pikachu didn’t even do much in this movie, which was off. The Unbound form was super creepy! He can teleport through his rings and just poke his head through and his eyes were red and evil and it was nightmare fuel for sure. Small Hoopa was so cute though and could, of course, speak English. What I loved most about this movie was that it was one giant Pokemon battle. They summoned a bunch of legendary Pokemon to help and it just felt epic.

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Lugia, Rayquaza, Latios and Latias, Palkia, Dialga, just to name a few legendary Pokemon that were involved in this battle. They battled all around the city, causing such destruction that Rachel and I weren’t strangers to saying, “Well, the people in that building are now dead.” Honestly, if more battles in the anime were that epic, I probably would continue watching the series.

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I still want to watch the anime anyway… I’ve gotten way too far behind in it. But anyway, the movie overall was great. I teared up once, but it never made it cry. It was actually just good feeling and a wholesome movie. It felt different from the rest of the Pokemon movies and I really liked it.

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