Throwback Thursday: Old School Pokemon Board Books

Happy Thursday!

A couple of weeks ago, I was cleaning out the garage with my dad. There were quite a few bins filled with old children’s books from when my sisters and I were younger. I opened one up to see if the books would be good enough for my nephew and I came across a book that I couldn’t part with.

Pokemon Tales

Pokemon Tales was a series of small board books. They were quick and easy reads for kids about, of course, Pokemon. I had a couple of them, but certainly not all of them.

Of course, now that I remember they exist, I want to try to get all the books again.

There are a ton of them, but I only had a handful of the books. However, I only found one of them in the garage. I don’t know if the others are hidden in there somewhere or if they were donated somehow long ago. Still, I brought the one book inside the house and it’s on my bookshelf now.

Come Out, Squirtlewas the second book in the Pokemon Tales books. It was about Squirtle hiding in his shell all day long because he thought the world was scary. Charmander and another Pokemon (I can’t remember who) try to get him to come out and reassure him that everything is going to be okay.

I remember it started to rain and Charmander and the other Pokemon run for shelter and Squirtle was just like, “See? Good thing I’m in my shell!” When the rain stops, they come back and try again to get Squirtle to come out. It’s not until they see something cool that coaxes Squirtle out. They see a rainbow and Squirtle is happy he came out of his shell.

It’s simple and cute and I remember resonating with the story a lot because I was afraid of my shadow. I still am at times.

I wish I was able to find the other ones I had. I also had Pikachu’s DayLapras Makes a FriendWhere’s Clefairy’s Voice?Meet Mew, and I’m Not Pikachu! I may have had a couple more, but those are the ones I remember the most.

I remember bringing Pikachu’s Day to my first-grade class and my teacher read it aloud to the class. That’s probably the only thing I remember from first-grade.

I Googled the books because I couldn’t remember all the titles. There were a lot more than I thought and they also had books based on the Johto Pokemon, which I didn’t even know existed. Now I want to get them more than ever.

Still, it’s nice to take a trip down memory lane.

Do you remember these books? Did you have any of these as a kid? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Animal Crossing

Happy Thursday!

It’s hard to believe that September is just about over. The other day a lot of people were talking a lot about Animal Crossing. Out of coincidence, I had chosen Tom Nook as my Character Spotlight this month.

I decided to talk a little more about the original Gamecube game.

The first Animal Crossing game came out for the Nintendo Gamecube in April 2001. Kris had gotten the game for her birthday. A family friend knew that she loved video games and that she loved animals, so… Animal Crossing!

While Kris enjoyed the game, she didn’t fall in love with it like I did.

I had watched her play the game when she first turned it on. While it can be boring to watch someone play Animal Crossing – decorating your house, running errands for the other villagers, fishing, etc. – I thought the game was pretty cool.

I was pleased to know that you could add four players to the same village. So, I created my own character and joined her village. WolfsTown, I believe it was called.

I never 100-percent completed the game. I never caught all the bugs or fish or nabbed all the fossils or collected all the furniture and clothes, but I did officially pay off my debt. In a sense, I “beat” the game and there is a golden statue of my character near the train station in the village.

The original Animal Crossing will always be one of my favorite games. It was casual, fun, and relaxing. I’ve enjoyed every other Animal Crossing game since then.

And I hope there will be more soon.

Which is your favorite Animal Crossing game? Do you remember the original game? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Throwback Thursday: Pokemon Pearl

Happy Thursday, happy last day of Pokemon Month, and happy last day of August!

Wow, now that we got that out of the way…


Pokemon Pearl originally came out for the Nintendo DS on September 28, 2006. I can’t remember if I got the game for Christmas or if I bought it myself when it came out.

Whenever I got it, this was the very first Pokemon game I ever beat. I had played all the other Pokemon games before, but I never made it the Champion. This was because a new game would come out before I got the chance or I, for some reason, just wouldn’t make it that far.

Within a week or so, I had completed Pearl, defeating the Champion and all. Since then I’ve spent the most amount of time on that game than I have on any of my other Pokemon games.

I love all the games that came after Pearl, especially X/Y and Sun/Moon. And I know a lot of people didn’t care too much for Diamond/Pearl, but Pearl will always have a special place in my heart.

Which game was the first you completed? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Zelda Four Swords Adventures

Happy Thursday!

There are many games Kris and I used to play together as kids and we’d have a blast. One particular game that stands out in my mind, that we haven’t played in ages, is The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.

Four Swords Adventures was released in 2004 for the Nintendo Gamecube. Instead of one Link, there’s four and you can play multiplayer. Kris and I would play this game together all the time.

Kris was often the one to charge straight into battle while I enjoyed cleaning up the force gems they left behind.

We spent many hours on that game sharing a lot of laughs and a lot of lives lost. Seriously, I can’t express how many times a bad guy had killed me or we accidentally picked each other up and threw the other off a cliff. Or, a bad guy killed Kris and I’d have to take over… which never lasted long.

It was a great game and I’m hoping she and I can play it again sometime soon. We had to hook up our Gameboy Advance SPs to the game and I don’t even know if we still have the equipment to get it back up and running again.

Still, I’m determined to try.

Did you ever play this game? What fond memories do you have? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Nintendo Gamecube

Happy Thursday!

Between E3 and watching other people on Twitch, I’ve been on a Gamecube kick as people have been playing the original Animal Crossing lately.


Throwback Thursday: Nintendo Gamecube

The Nintendo Gamecube was released in North America in November 2001. It’s hard to believe that the console will be 16-years-old this year, even though it was discontinued in 2007.

While I can’t remember how we got our Gamecube, I assume it was a Christmas present, I do remember opening our first game.

While I can’t remember what that game was… I do remember our reaction to the small discs.

We thought they were an amazing piece of technology. They were CDs, but small and adorable. After playing with bulky Nintendo 64 game cartridges, the small discs were really cool to us.

While the Gamecube wasn’t the best Nintendo console, I think it was one of my favorites. In fact, I think most of our video games are for the Gamecube.

Kris and I had a blast playing Mario Kart: Double Dash, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, various Zelda games (especially Four Swords Adventures), and of course various Mario Party games among a lot of others.

The Gamecube is something that will always be near and dear to my heart and I often find myself getting in the mood to play some of those old school games.

I find it amazing how much Nintendo has grown since the Gamecube and now we have the Switch. They’re pretty much the same size, but the Gamecube is bulkier and heavier. Still, there is that handle on the end… they tried to make it easy to carry around.

They were just 16 years too early.

What was your favorite Gamecube game? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I haven’t done a throwback in a while and there’s a certain game that I’ve been thinking about a lot…


Throwback Thursday: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle originally came out in June 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube. 2001… that’s a long time ago.

Every once in a while, I think of this game. It’s not a great game by any means, but Kris and I absolutely loved playing it at the time it came out.

The game had two story modes, Hero and Dark. Both modes were the same story but through the different points of view of the hero characters, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, and the dark characters, Shadow, Eggman, and Rouge. It was fun to play as both the heroes and the villains in their own unique levels going along the same storyline.

Sonic and Shadow had speed levels while Tails and Eggman were in some sort of machine for their levels, and Knuckles and Rouge had treasure hunting levels searching for pieces of the broken Master Emerald.

Each character could find a Chao key in their levels that would allow them to go to Chao world. There you could hatch Chao, put them in Kindergarten, feed them and level them up, throw them in combat tournaments and races. Then you could have them make baby Chao together. It was a lot of fun and honestly, I think that was my favorite part of the whole game.

My other favorite part of the game was the 2-player where you competed against one another in races, battles, and treasure hunting. Kris and I would compete all the time and after we beat the game once, I think we mainly just played with our Chao (we each had about ten or so Chao on our accounts) and then competed against each other.

It was a lot of fun and I remember I recorded ourselves competing and put a few videos on Facebook.

I know the game isn’t too good. It was great when we were kids, but I would love to play this again just for the nostalgic purposes. The main reason I thought of writing about this game was mostly because of the music.

While playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I always start singing “City Escape” by Ted Poley whenever we’re racing on the Toad Harbor track. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle did have great music if nothing else.

Have you played Sonic Adventure 2 Battle? How much did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Gaming Buddy

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I haven’t done a “Throwback Thursday” in a while so I thought I’d do one. Except, this time, I won’t be talking about one specific game, but mainly about a friend I used to game with a lot.


Throwback Thursday: Gaming Buddy

I started babysitting for a boy my cousin went to school with back in 2009. It was my first babysitting gig and I had just started working in a preschool as I was newly 16-years-old. This boy was 7-years-old and had an older brother, 10, and a younger sister, 6. I babysat for them for seven years until they got old enough that they didn’t need me anymore.

As they years went by, I turned out to be more like a friend, or sister, to them to help drive them to and from appointments and such rather than make sure they didn’t burn the house down when no one was home.

The boys were very much into video games and when I had first met them, we were both excited when we found out we both played Pokemon. I think, at first, the parents thought it was odd that I was into video games, but they were happy that I had something in common with the kids.

All three kids are special ed., with ADD or Autism among other disabilities. So, for the 7-year-old, video games and the computer were an outlet for him. It was an outlet for all of them, but mainly him. Because they played it so much, they were only allowed a certain amount of screen time during the day, but I made the most of it.

We played Pokemon together, Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, and more, such as Magic: The Gathering and trading Pokemon cards. We watched Let’s Plays on YouTube and could talk for hours about a specific game willing each other to get this game and that one.

I just saw them last weekend for lunch since I’ll be feeding their guinea pigs and fish while they’re on vacation. He’ll be 15 in two weeks and even though we haven’t seen each other since September, not much has changed, but a lot has changed at the same time.

He’s huge, for one thing. Being about eight years older than him, I stand just under his shoulders. But the big thing was that he was excited to show me his new video game gadgets. He got a new mouse and mouse pad plus a new desktop computer for gaming.

We ended up talking quite a while about various game equipment and the like. It was refreshing to talk to him about that stuff again.

Even though we haven’t seen each other in quite a while, it was as though nothing has changed.

Do you have anyone you have gaming in common with like that? Did you ever get close to someone through gaming? Let me know in the comments below!

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