Top Tuesday: Favorite Pokemon Regions

Happy Tuesday!

It’s time for another top list and it’s pretty simple this week.

 

Top Tuesday: Favorite Pokemon Regions

While this was super hard to narrow down the seven regions into five and then try to put them in order, I came to this conclusion.

5. Alola

Alola is the latest region of the Pokemon world. I enjoyed it, I had a lot of fun, the islands were a cool aspect of it. Still, it’s not my favorite. It was different, which wasn’t a bad thing. But there were a lot of changes to the games and even though I liked those changes, things just weren’t the same. I miss the way everything else used to be. Though I loved being in that area, it’s not my number one region choice.

4. Kanto

The place that started it all. Normally I would have this be in the number one spot. It has a lot of fond memories and familiar towns, but this is a region I never really played through. When Kanto came out, I was too young to play the games myself. I watch Kris play and I watched the anime, but I never played them myself until years later. I love Kanto because it’s nostalgic.

3. Johto

Here is where it all began for me. When the Johto region came out, I was old enough to play the games myself and actually understand them. I played the games and when HeartGold and SoulSilver came out, I devoured through those ones as well.

2. Sinnoh

I know Sinnoh isn’t typically a fan favorite. I don’t understand why, but I’ve heard more people say they didn’t care for Sinnoh as much as the other regions. I think Barry was a big part of that, even though I quite enjoyed him as a character. But Pearl was the first game I ever completed. I also got the farthest on it with my Pokedex as well. It will always have a special place in my heart.

1. Kalos

The Kalos region was the closest region I had to Sinnoh. I completed X in two days and I’ve almost completed my Pokedex in full. (One of these days I’ll do it… I swear!) I enjoyed all the brand new animations and features of the game. Kalos was a fun place to visit.

What are your favorite regions? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tracks

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe just came out a few days ago and Kris and I have been playing it whenever we have a free moment.

We like to play in order, so we’ve just beaten the 50cc Grand Prix, which means we’ve played each track once. And here are my favorites…

Before I give you a list of my top five favorite tracks in the game, I want to say that these tracks are from Mario Kart 8 and the DLC. I didn’t include any rehashed tracks from previous Mario Kart games.

I also didn’t include any Rainbow Road tracks or Bowser’s Castle tracks because those ones are a given. They will always be one of the best tracks.

Anyway, here we go:

5. Toad Harbor

This is a simple track. One where you’re driving on the road avoiding buses and just going through the town. For some reason, it reminds me of the first level in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle where the song “City Escape” by Crush 40. I pretty much sang that song the entire race and it really pumped me up.

4. Animal Crossing

I love Animal Crossing and I’m glad they acknowledged the game, showing off some of the NPCs of the game and buildings. It was cool to explore the town in a different way. I also enjoy that the seasons change.

3. Hyrule Circuit

This one was probably a given. The coins turn to rupees, the item blocks make the sound effect like Link is opening a chest, and the music brings you right back to Hyrule. I thought this track was so well-done, especially the room where the Master Sword is showcased.

2. Electrodome

Funky colors, cool lights, and awesome music. That’s the way to go, I don’t care what anyone else says.

1. Twisted Mansion

I always find the ghost levels to be really cool in any Mario game and Mario Kart is no exception. After playing through this one I found myself wanting to play Luigi’s Mansion again. The music was fitting and the overall atmosphere was on point.

What are some of your favorite tracks from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Are you enjoying the game?

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Top Tuesday: Favorite 1-2 Switch Games

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I’ve been playing a lot of the Nintendo Switch lately. One .game that I find bizarre, but surprisingly have a good time playing, is 1-2 Switch.

I’ve only played the game with my sister and my cousin, but there have been a few games we’ve played over and over again.

Favorite 1-2 Switch Games

5. Soda Shake

Using only one Joy-Con, there’s not much to this game. You shake the Joy-Con and pass it along to the next player. This proceeds until one of you “pops” the champagne. Whoever is stuck holding it when it pops loses. This game is fun mainly due to the anticipation. The technology in the Joy-Cons is great because you can actually feel the bubbles fizzing the more you shake it. I’ve only ever won this game once, but I still have a lot of fun with it.

4. Safe Crack

When I was little, I wanted to be a spy or secret agent or the like. I’m not really sure why, but I was just into that spy stuff. Now that I’m older, I’ve realized I don’t have the stomach to deal with that stuff and I think I’m too small standing at 4-feet-10-inches, but I guess that’s why I write mystery novels. Anyway, Safe Crack is a simple, yet fun game. You turn the Joy-Con in your hand until you feel a slight tick of a vibration. When you feel that, you stop, and one of the three locks on the safe clicks open. Do this three times before your opponent and you’ve won by cracking your safe first. So far, I’ve never lost at this game and that makes me feel pretty cool.

3. Signal Flags

This game is just hilarious. Your Joy-Con is a “flag” and you need to raise it up, down, left, or right. When the woman directs you where to hold it, you listen to her. When the man directs you, you have to hold it in the opposite direction he says. It’s pretty fast-paced and you can easily get confused, especially when you’re staring at your opponent because their left is your right. My cousin kept royally messing this one up, which kept messing me up. We laughed hysterically the entire time.

2. Joy-Con Rotation

Gently pick up your Joy-Con and rotate it without tilting it and then gently put it back down. Whoever does the biggest rotation, out of three tries, wins. It sounds dumb, but it’s actually a lot of fun. This is another game I win at a lot (which could be why I love it so much, I’ll admit that). I played with my cousin and she just couldn’t do it. At all. It was hilarious and, if you haven’t noticed, most of my favorite games are the type that keeping laughing throughout.

1. Beach Flag

Holding the Joy-Con in one hand, you run in place really, really fast and when the Joy-Con vibrates, you hold it up in the air. I love the motion control games that require you to move. I find them to be a lot of fun. Plus, the replay of your character running to grab the flag is funny as well.

What 1-2 Switch games are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Aspects of the Nintendo Switch

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Kris and I finally own the Nintendo Switch! We wanted to so an unboxing post, but since the Switch has been out for a month now, there have been so many unboxing posts and videos that it’s a bit redundant at this point.

So, for today I decided to talk about my first initial thoughts about the Switch as we opened it. My favorite things about it, I guess you could say, before we started playing any games.

Top Tuesday: Favorite Things about the Nintendo Switch

1. The Joy-Con Size

I’ve heard a lot of people be skeptical about the size, especially if you have big hands. I was never worried because I’m petite. And even when it came out, most people with that worry found the size to actually be okay. Well, when I first picked up the Joy-Con, I immediately felt comfortable. It was as though Nintendo said, “Let’s make this console Rachel-size!”

2. The Joy-Con Variations

I know most people recommend the pro controller over the Joy-Con. The pro controllers are still sold-out no matter where we go, so the Joy-Con have to do for now. However, I like how we can use the Joy-Con three different ways off the bat. By themselves like Wii-motes, on the console itself like a 3DS, or attached to a mini controller-like thing mocking the pro controller.

3. The Home Menu

It mocks the menu on the 3DS and I think that’s so cool. Granted, the Wii and Wii U were like that, but this is a slight different set-up which I think is awesome. It’s slightly different and it’s simple.

4. Notifications

We got a bundle through Gamestop so our console came with Breath of the Wild, the game guide, Has Been Heroes, and the Snipperclips digital code. We downloaded Snipperclips onto the console and while it was downloading we decided to play Zelda. When the game finished downloading, a notification appeared in the top left corner. I thought it was cool that it told us instead of us having to occasional check the main menu all the time (because I can’t recall the Wii U ever doing that). I assume there will be certain achievements and unlocks for the console, which will be cool.

What do you love about the Nintendo Switch? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Kalos Pokemon

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We’ve come to the end of a six-month Pokemon journey going through all the games. This month is about Kalos before we discuss Sun and Moon in December.

Here are my top five favorite Kalos Pokemon.

Top Tuesday: Favorite Kalos Pokemon

 

5. Pancham/Pangoro

I cheated on this one because I couldn’t decide which evolution. Pancham is adorable, what else can I say? Pangoro looks like he could pound anything that crosses his path.

4. Noivern

I didn’t train Noivern until after I had beaten the main game, but I absolutely loved it. Noivern is strong, has wonderful moves, and has an awesome design.

3. Florges

Majestic. Florges is the queen of Pokemon.

2. Talonflame

Talonflame has an amazing move set and great stats. He has a very cool design and he’s always a great choice in battle.

1. Delphox

But of course, I had to add my fire starter. I think Delphox is my favorite fire starter since Charmander. I love the psychic combination and just like Florges, Delphox is pretty majestic.

Who are your top five Kalos Pokemon?

Top Tuesday: Unova Pokemon

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Today is another Top Tuesday. And, of course, since it’s the end of the month, it’s another Pokemon list.

 

Top Tuesday: Favorite Unova Pokemon

5. Watchog

Watchog isn’t the kind of Pokemon I would typically go for. Though I do think he has a cool design and he is pretty strong when you train him right. He definitely is an interesting addition to the Pokemon roster.

4. Beartic

I like having another bear Pokemon. I always liked the bear Pokemon and having a polar bear as an ice type was just perfect.

3. Emolga

A flying squirrel, what more could you ask for? And it’s electric. Adorable.

2. Audino

Audino is a tank. He’s super strong, has a cool move set, and is pretty cute. I also love encountering a wild one to get those extra experience points.

1. Emboar

Tepig is my go-to for the starter. When he evolves into Emboar, he’s a beast, especially with that Flame Charge. Plus, his design is amazing.

Top Tuesday: Sinnoh Pokemon

Rachel Mii Double JumpIt’s Tuesday again and I haven’t done a Top Tuesday all month… Wow!

Anyway, to keep up the pace with the other months, here’s another Pokemon-related Top Tuesday.

 

Top Tuesday: Sinnoh Pokemon

5. Garchomp

I don’t normally train dragon Pokemon, but Garchomp and his two previous evolutions are wonderful. I also love the names. They have the best names. 

4. Glaceon

Like dragon types, I don’t normally raise ice types. But I absolutely love Glaceon’s design and I’d be nuts if I didn’t put an Eevee-lution on this list somewhere.

3. Roserade

I always looked at Roserade to be pretty majestic. She’s cute, she looks pretty, and I’m sure she smells pretty too. Yet, she definitely packs a wallop.

2. Luxray

Luxray is a beast!

1. Infernape

I’m sure you guys all think I cheat because I’m pretty sure I’ve had the fire starter as my number one for all of these lists… But hey. They’re my favorite for a reason.

What are your favorite Pokemon from Sinnoh?