Favorite Pokemon

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It’s always fun making these templates. It’s so hard to decide and I had to put some Pokemon in different categories than I would have liked to. A Top10 list would probably look very different from this template. It was still a lot of fun, though, and it made me once again realize just how many good designs were introduced in Gen V and how few Pokemon were introduced in Gen VI. Still my favorite Gen either way. 😉

This is a mixture between Pokemon I simply like design-wise and those I actually like using. Therefore, there’re a lot of cute and adorable Pokemon on my template. And yes, I cheated about my favorite fairy type. I used the typing each Pokemon had when it was introduced in it’s original generation, but since the last row includes all Pokemon I used Gen VI standarts and chose Whimsicott – introduced as a pure grass type in Gen V, it gained the secondary fairy type in Gen VI.

And yes, due to lack of choice I had to choose Pokemon I don’t like in certain cases.

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SNES and 3DS – my favorite consoles

The SNES and the 3DS are my favorite video game systems of all time. And here’s why.

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A Link to the Past

The SNES was a huge part of my childhood, so nostalgia certainly plays a huge part in it. I can’t even tell you how many hours we siblings raced each other in Super Mario Kart and how often I failed to complete this one stage in Donkey Kong Country 2 where the green glibber of death raises – spoiler: every single time. It was much, much later when I first completed DKC2 and despite all of that, it’s one of my favorite games period.

We used to rent games in a video game store, back in the day when you still went and rented movies and games and loved this old grey box so much, we completely skipped the entire N64 era. It was on the Gamecube that I was first introduced to my favorite video game franchise: The Legend of Zelda. I have to admit I missed many classics of the early 3D-era, but I also played a lot of amazing classics from the 32bit-era. Hands down, the SNES arguably has one of the greatest libraries of any video game system and I think it’s a shame Europe never saw Chrono Trigger on SNES. I played it on DS later and it still rocks.

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Donkey Kong Country 2

This is one of the reasons I hold the SNES higher than the N64: a lot of games from that era still hold up exceptionally well today: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Yoshi’s Island, just to name a few. The system is full of cold classics you can just turn on today and they’re just as great.

This doesn’t mean the N64 doesn’t have games you can still enjoy today, but since 3D gaming was still new, developers had to work out a lot of stuff and every single game from that time looks ugly today. Replaying N64 games today, they don’t really feel all that special anymore compared to back then. It was such an exciting time to live in – even if you didn’t have the console (my friends had, though). Ocarina of Time is my absolute favorite game of all time and it’s still great today, but people playing it today for the first time don’t really get why we old fans are praising it so much. Go and play Chrono Tigger – you’ll know why it’s considered one of the greatest JRPGs ever made. The N64 was a pioneer, though. It was a time when gaming changed a lot and that’s why the early 3D-systems are so important.

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Ocarina of Time

Jump forward and I kind of lost my gaming drive along the way. I did play some Wii and some Gameboy Advance and also a bit on the DS, but not as much as I could have. I also borrowed my brothers PS2, but it’s all just some minor time kill. All these systems had great games, but I simply lost interest in gaming for a while. This is where the 3DS comes into play and if there’s one thing I regret, it’s that I bought it a few months too early. Not because of the games and everyone thought it would fail, but because I bought it for Ocarina of Time 3D in June and later that year they released an OoT special edition 3DS – and I really, REALLY wanted that, but couldn’t bring myself to buying a second system so early. Maybe I should have.

And boy was Ocarina of Time 3D a great game. The enhancements they did with the new system worked great. OoT 3D is the best version of OoT you can find. I just love this game to death and in that regard the 3DS delivered what I expected. With my favorite game back in my hands all fresh and new, my love for video games was triggered once again.

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Animal Crossing New Leaf

I admit I did have trouble finding decent games for the 3DS early in it’s life and ended up with some more obscure titles such as Rabbids 3D out of sheer lack of choices, but once the big games hit, man was it a great experience: Pokemon Gen VI, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Fire Emblem Awakening, Fantasy Life, Persona Q, Bravely Default, Animal Crossing New Leaf, Zelda OoT 3D and MM 3D, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – and the list goes on! I have 30+ games for my 3DS and yes, I ended up buying the Link between Worlds 3DS XL special edition. Did I regret it? No, because even though my original 3DS was still working, the bigger screen makes it so much better.

Once I have the money for it, I will buy The Legend of Legacy and Stellar Glow is also on my list. There’s Steam World Heist I still want to get and Bravely Second will find it’s way into my claws day 1, I promise! Bravely Default was my favorite game of that year and I can’t wait to play the sequel – of course I downloaded the demo. With Mighty No.9 and

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Bravely Default

Dragon Quest XI, there’s even more great games on the horizon. I do admit I will pass on  Fire Emblem Fates. FE Awakening was an amazing game, but I’m not that much of a tactical JRPG fan.

In the end, it was the 3DS that made me buy a Wii U. It’s a shame it didn’t take off the same way the 3DS did and it still struggles with content, because it’s a great console and the Gamepad makes gaming so much better in so many ways. The few games I have for that system are amazing, though: Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Rayman Legends, Bayonetta 1+2, Captain Toad (I’m not kidding, it’s surprisingly good!), Xenoblade Chronicles X, Smash Bros 4, Splatoon, MH3U, Mario Maker and even though Yarn Yoshi can’t really compete with the “three big” Platformers on the Wii U (Mario 3D World, DKC TF & Rayman), it’s still worth to play. Let alone the awesome Virtual Consoles games: Metroid Prime trilogy? Super Metroid? A Link to the Past? Count me in!

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Luigi’s Mansion 2

In the end, the SNES has a special place in my heart, because it introduced me into gaming and the 3DS has an equally special place in my heart, because it brought me back to gaming. And the games are just too damn great to resist. 😀 There are countless of rumors about Nintendos NX, but I would prefer if a handheld version would wait a little longer, so I can enjoy more new games on my beloved 3DS.

Team Rocket and Pikachu

I watched the Pokémon anime when I was a kid. That was around the time Red/Blue were a huge thing. Like, really, back in the days everyone played Pokémon. Everyone.

As for today, it’s been a long time ever since I watched the last episode, but I do play the new games when they arrive and read some discussions on the internet every now and then. One topic that stikes me again and again is Team Rocket with their crazy obsession to steal Pikachu.

I’ve read numerous times, that Team Rocket is stupid for going after such a common Pokémon. I agree they could’ve had some seriously rare Pokémon to deliver their boss from what I heared, but the thing is… Pikachu is not a common Pokémon. It’s not super-rare either, but it’s still relatively rare compared to others.

In Pokémon Red/Blue you can encounter it in Viridian Forest with an encounter rate of 5%. The only place where it actually is common, is the Power Plant with an encounter rate of 25%, but you need surf to get there and it’s is a completely optional place to go. Chances are, on your first unassisted play-through, you don’t even know it exists, let alone go there. Also, it makes sense that all the electric type Pokemon are common in this place, it even has Zapdos, it’s such an electric paradise.

Gold/Silver: route 2 during the day and in the morning 5%

Ruby/Sapphire: in 2 areas of the safari-zone, both times 5%

D/P: Trophy Garden 10%

Black/White: not in the game

X/Y: route 3 5%, Santalune Forest 6%

There certainly are much more rare Pokémon (Feebas Gen III & IV anyone?), but Pikachu is not that easy to get. The easiest are Gen I (when you know where the Power Plant is + surf) and Gen IV. So while Team Rocket could try and focus on more valuable Pokémon, Pikachu is not that much of a crazy idea as people often make it seem to be. Just because Ash is running around with one all the time and the TV-series throws us this particular Pikachu in our faces non-stop, doesn’t make it a common Pokémon.

Nintendo Direct November 2015

Ok, let’s make it short, so I can come to the point and of course when it comes to Nintendo, my main reason of concern is Zelda, because Zelda.

Now, what do I actually still remember? Pokken Tournament comming to Wii U and actually commung to the west as well. Awesome, I was waiting for that. I mean, you’re battling all the time in Pokemon anyway and the anime kind of shows how awesome dynamic fights can work with this franchise. Super hyped for this.

And speaking of Pokemon, yay for Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon. I know Gates to Infinity isn’t excatly the best entry in the franchise, but it was still reasonably fun and I’m looking forward to more Pokemon Mystery Dungeon. =)

With Fast Racing Neo looking that awesome, I highly doubt we’ll ever see a true F-Zero ever again. However, seeing two DLC F-Zero themed MK8 DLC stages, I was doubting they’re actually considering developing a full game. The two MK8 stages were compensatory fanservice.

Cloud comming to Smash. Well… ok. Some people are acting all surprised, but seriously, Nintendo and Square Enix have a very long and successfull relationship with each other. While Final Fanatsy is no longer relased on Nintendo consoles, other Square Enix franchises are, like Dragon Quest and Bravely Default (an excellent old school Final Fanatsy-esque JRPG). I don’t think it’s that weird to have a Square Enix Character on Smash and Cloud is arguably the most memorable one.

Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow for virtual console. And the internet goes “Boom!”. I’m still impressed how many people are so extreamly nostalgia driven for these games. Sure, it has a sweet spot in my heart as well, but some of the old battle/gameplay mechanics are so horrible, especially when you’re used to the new games. People can hate on the new games all they want, but the gameplay, battles and competitive play have improved a lot over the generations. I mean, you couldn’t breed, only very few moves were available back then, special attack and defense were combined in just one “special” ability, the classification in special and physical attacks was completely different, competitive play was nowhere near what ne know today and the entire game was crazy unbalanced with massively overpowered psychic and dragon type pokemon. And that’s just the tip of the ice berg. I love the Gen I games as well, but I don’t run around with pink nostalgia googles all the time when it comes to Pokémon.

More Xenoblade Chronices X stuff. I don’t care I need to save money, I need this game. And since I’m planning on buying the disc version, thanks for giving me a chance to reduce the loading times for free. Can’t wait to buy it, but might actually have to wait until christmas, so others can buy it for me. If I can wait this long. Either way, I’m getting this game.

Now, to the interesting part: Zelda. As soon as Zelda is mentioned I’m in, even though I have to admit, I have absolutely 0 interest in Tri Force Heroes, but it’s a spin off anyway. I also don’t really are about Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks on the Virtual Console, because they’re by far my least favorite Zelda games and I don’t plan on playing them again. Besides, even if I’d want to, I still have the physical DS games I can play on my 3DS, too. I seriously have no need for these games. If you missed out on them on the DS, I’d say go for it, but for me? Nope.

The big Zelda announcement was Twilight Princess HD, I guess? I’m honest, I was pretty impressed by the graphical improvements Star Fox Zero made between E3 and now (it actually starts looking like a game I’m interested in buying by now), but TPHD didn’t really impress me at all. Wind Waker HD looked noticably better, but from the first glance we got, TP HD didn’t really good that much better compared to its original release. Then again, Wind Waker has a much more timeless art style and aged better to begin with. As you can see, I’m not too hyped for this. TP is 9 years old, but it still feels rather recent to me, because there’s just one Zelda home console game that is even more recent and that is Skyward Sword. Also, I’m oversatuated with Zelda remakes. I’d rather have them spent more time on Zelda U and get this game out faster, than having another remake. They’re milking the franchise with rereleases and remakes way too much at the moment.

Which brings me to: minutes of Twilight Princess HD footage and I don’t give a damn.

13 seconds of Zelda U footage and I turned into a piece of happy jelly.

happy-jelloAs much as I’m oversatuated with remakes and rereleases, I’m dying to get my hands on Zelda U.The new footage didn’t even show anything new, we just saw a glimpse of Link on Epona. And yes, I know we don’t know the name of the horse yet, but it’s a red-brown-ish horse in a Zelda game ridden by Link, of course it’s Epona. It’s like questioning if the blonde princess with the pointy ears is called Zelda.

Either way, as underwhelming as TPHD was for me, seeing this beautiful game right after, made me want this so damn bad even more. Stop giving me all the remakes and spin-offs, just finish up this game. I don’t need TPHD, I don’t need Tri Force Heroes and I certainly don’t need the DS games on Virtual Console. I need Zelda U, that’s the only Zelda game I really want right now, because I know it’s going to be awesome. They still have it in them, A Link Between Worlds was fantastic, and what we’ve seen so far just looks so damn good.

Will I buy TPHD? Maybe. I’m not sure yet. I’ve never been a huge fan of TP, I like Wind Waker and Skyward Sword better, but it’s still a good game and maybe I can give it another chance. Next year is the franchises 30th anniversary after all, so I’m going to drown myself in Zelda anyway. My highlight, though, will be Zelda U. This game will overshine them all.

I just love Zelda.

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Digimon Adventure Tri

It’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

I’m so incredibly hyped for this anime!!! _portal__by_super_hedgehog-d4mxa94 It’s a new Digimon season! With the original DigiDestined! This is pure nostalgia for me, I was a 90s kid, I grew up on Pokemon and Digimon during the peak of the monster-craze, it was so awesome back then. The big question: Pokemon or Digimon. Well… game: Pokemon. Anime: Digimon. At least the first two seasons. I don’t really like it when they exchange the main characters and in Digimon 02 at least two old cast members were still active and the rest appeared once in a while, but the season after that…tumblr_lyarp10Oxj1r5nzlko5_r1_250

I know Digimon Tamers has a lot fans, but it was never my cup of tea. Call me old fashioned, I still like Digimon Adventure best. And it’s comming back! This April! Get your nostalgia googles out, it’s time to get some digital monsters covered in f*cking weapons beat the hell out of each other. Ok, I know it’s basically a “kids show”, but it’s ok. This time, it’s ok and I honestly don’t care.

tumblr_inline_nakwwkkhqx1rfqor4Besides, this is the chance to correct that messed up pairing end-game. All these years MattxSora was a sore thumb in my shipper heart, that was probably my first big “what the hell” moment in my shipping career. I mean, seriously, what the hell were they thinking? Not only did they butcher Sora from being a tomboy to a princess (another part they can correct) all of a sudden, because… reasons? Mimi is back, she was the original princess from the group, pair her off with Mr.Cool aka Matt and give the tomboy to the leader.

Let the Taiora ship sail once again!

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