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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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.

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Throwback Thursday: Shrek Super Party

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday and end of May!

It’s time for another Throwback and whereas I’ve been getting together with old friends and having more game nights with them, I was reminded of a certain game we used to play.

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A long, long time ago, I was sleeping over my friend’s house. We were in the basement and were playing video games. I can’t remember if we were playing the Playstation or the Gamecube, but we were playing Shrek’s Super Party.

It was a terrible game. But it was in the middle of the night, we were overtired, and therefore everything was hilarious. The game itself was pretty funny because it was an awful game, but 3AM makes everything funnier.

I’ll be honest, I don’t remember too much of the game. I believe she played as Fiona and I was Donkey and we played the mini-games instead of the main part of the game. I remember the game “Chick Magnet” the best.

As your character, you collected eggs from the chicks inside a farm. Whoever had the most won. We played this game on a loop because watching the baby chicks chase our big-headed characters was hilarious for some reason.

It’s funny to me how a game so bad – that much I remember – can give me such fond memories. We had played the game once more after that sleepover and as we played it, I remember we asked ourselves, “Why did we stay up all night playing this one game…?”

Obviously, I wouldn’t try to track it down and buy it now. But the memories are good.

Do you remember Shrek Super Party? Have you ever played it before? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

It’s the end of the month which means it’s time for another TBT. This time I’m talking about Ace Attorney, a game I mention often. Though I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned the first time I played.

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The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy was originally released for the Nintendo DS, though Kris and I had no idea the games existed.

We were upstairs in our bedroom, long before we had an office/game room (our office is our older sister’s old bedroom that we transformed when she moved out). We wanted a new game to play and were scrolling through the games on the Wii shop channel. Yeah, the Wii U didn’t even exist yet.

In fact, we were sitting on our bedroom floor staring at our small box TV that had a built-in DVD and VCR player. I wish I could remember what year this was…

Anyway, we were scrolling and came across the Ace Attorney games. I love mystery and detective stuff and it seemed to intrigue Kris enough. We saw there were three games and downloaded Trials and Tribulations, not realizing the three were a trilogy and we just so happened to buy the final game.

I remember playing the first case together. Then the second and third. Then the finale with Dahlia… if you’ve played, you know who I’m talking about.

We played at night, in the dark, which was a mistake, but we enjoyed ourselves so much anyway.

The cases were so intriguing and well thought out. The characters were amazing. The dialogue was witty and the animations were fun to look at.

Once we finished that game and realized it was the third, we bought and downloaded the first two games immediately. We told our older sister about it, Lisa, and she was interested in it as well. Now, this was long after she stopped playing video games with us so Kris and I were excited we had found a game Lisa wanted to play with us.

We moved the Wii down to the basement where the TV was bigger and there was more room to play. After school and work (and while our dad was still at work because the basement is his man cave), the three of us would go downstairs and play the game for as long as we could.

We played through the whole trilogy together. It was awesome and so much fun.

Of course, Lisa never played the rest of the games with us, such as Miles Edgeworth, Apollo Justice, or any of the handheld games. It was hard enough for Kris and I to stare at the small screen together and play the games. Lisa wasn’t interested in staring at a tiny screen and told us if the games ever came onto the shop channel again, she’d play with us.

Of course, they never did.

Lisa was never one for anime either because the animation always annoyed her. Still, maybe she’d be interested in watching the show with us sometime soon.

Do you remember the first time you’ve played a game? Do you have certain fond memories of Ace Attorney or something else? 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.

Have you played Pokemon Channel? What do you remember from it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Star Fox Adventures

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Kris and I have been exploring Star Fox and Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic. Star Fox 2 was never released so, of course, we’ve never played it. We’ve never played Star Fox though either, so it was the first game we decided to try out. And it brought back some memories. Different memories, but memories nonetheless.

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Star Fox Adventures was on the Nintendo Gamecube released on September 23, 2002. It’s an action-adventure game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo. It’s totally different from the typical Star Fox game where you’re in a ship shooting at things.

The story takes place eight years after the events of Star Fox 64. Krystal is searching for answers due to the destruction of her home planet. She gets herself into trouble and Fox investigates with the help of a dinosaur friend, Prince Tricky.

Kris and I never beat this game, but we did try to create our own version of it.

When we were kids, young and stupid, we took our parents’ video camera and tried to recreate the game as a movie. Kris was Fox and I was Tricky. We were so loud and obnoxious that our sister came out of her room to ask what we were doing.

Somehow, she ended up being our cameraman.

Needless to say, we didn’t get very far. I remember finding the tapes a few years ago while my mom was cleaning out her closet. The camera was in there as were the tapes and we watching some old vacation videos when our lovely movie came on one of the tapes.

I couldn’t say where they are now… I just hope I find them again someday. If I do, I hope they still work so I can watch.

Now I really want to give the game another go.

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Throwback Thursday: Super Mario 64

Happy Thursday!

It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means a Throwback post.

I know, I know… I’ve been talking a lot about Super Mario 64. But I just can’t help myself.

Super Mario 64 TBT

Super Mario 64 was one of the first games that I remember playing. It came out for the Nintendo 64 in 1996. I was only 3-years-old at the time. Not yet big enough to hold that controller in my hand.

Still, as I grew older, I remember watching both of my sisters play it along with my dad at times.

When I did start playing the game, I wasn’t very good at it. I mean, I’m still not that great at it. I can tell you where all the stars are, but it’s hard for me to get Mario to get the stars. Mario was pretty hard to control in that game. He slid all over the place and sometimes just didn’t want to jump correctly.

This game holds a special place in my heart as it was the first 3D Mario game and it was a great game.

I especially love it because it was the very first game Kris and I reviewed on this blog. I couldn’t tell you why we chose Super Mario 64 to be the first game, but we ended up doing a full 120-star run. That was the first time I had gotten every star in the game.

This is a fun game to enjoy and get angry with at the same time. Like I said, I always have trouble controlling Mario. It’s frustrating, but it’s funny at the same time.

After playing through Super Mario Odyssey, I kind of want to go back to Super Mario 64 and play through it again. But I still have so many moons to find in Odyssey…

Is Super Mario 64 one of your favorite games? Which 3D Mario game is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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