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Jonathan Higgins posted a article in Individual ValuesWelcome to the ninetieth week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed last week's, check it out. Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday. Meloetta is being distributed via the Nintendo Network until December 24th. -------------------------------- Quick to Learn, Easy to Master It“s been a little bit! Let“s play catch-up, before I get to anything else today. With the distribution of Meloetta going live around a week ago, and Magearna“s QR code being out in the wild for most regions, there are officially 6th Gen or later variants of every single Mythical PokÃ©mon currently known. If you“ve been diligent in grabbing all of them, you can definitely catch all 721 PokÃ©mon in 6th Gen with just X or Y + Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire. The above notion is actually one of the things I“ve been thinking about since writing my review of PokÃ©mon Sun & Moon. I“ve been a â€œcard-carrying PokÃ©mon Masterâ€ since Diamond & Pearl. Game Freak has offered many forms of rewards and recognition for players who do the unthinkable, in this regard. Since Black & White, the Shiny Charm has been the ultimate â€œthingâ€ you can get for completing your National PokÃ©dex. Not many people had it, because grabbing 721 critters is just... an intimidating endeavor, to be sure. Do the thing, and the Professor who introduced you to Sinnoh, Unova, or Kalos is kind of in awe of you. When you complete your PokÃ©dex in Alola — a mere 300 strong, if we don“t include Magearna and maybe one other we don“t know about yet — you get your Shiny Charm and all the recognition that was formerly relegated to folks who caught everything, not just everything in a particular region. For the first time since Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald... they didn“t pass along a National PokÃ©dex in the first bits of the post-game. I know one is confirmed for Bank, but... I“m genuinely doubtful we“ll see it patched into Sun & Moon. Granted, plenty of Ohmori“s changes have been unprecedented so far... maybe I should â€œnever say never.â€ I think Game Freak recognizes that 802 is too high a number, though. Moving forward, I would not be surprised to see â€œ8th Genâ€ start off in a new place with only a limited number of creatures attainable, like Alola. It makes sense for your PokÃ©dex to ignore over half of the total roster, so that â€œcatching ”em allâ€ is actually doable. I“m living proof it can be done in just 100 hours — I had no help from ORAS or any games that came before it. But I“m so conflicted, if this is the new direction for PokÃ©mon. Is invalidating your most devoted, compulsive completionists in favor of making the Shiny Charm and other exclusive rewards more obtainable... really the answer? Here“s something else I“m thinking about. Data-miners (who are the reason we know no data for the National PokÃ©dex currently exists in Sun & Moon) recently uncovered walking and running animations for all currently known PokÃ©mon. You know... like HeartGold & SoulSilver had, because they let the leader of your team walk behind you, like Pikachu in Yellow Version. A painstaking amount of work has been put into something that was ultimately left on the cutting-room floor. Why would you put that amount of effort into something that would go unused? Unless PokÃ©mon Stars, the rumored â€œthird gameâ€ for the Nintendo Switch... a system that“s definitely more powerful than the entire Nintendo 3DS family... is where we“ll see this become reality. But hey, now I“m just putting on my Speculation Cap again. Anyway: if this feature was initially planned for Sun & Moon, I bet it had to be cut because the Old 3DS can“t handle the amount of power it would require. We“ll see if this juicy secret that data-miners uncovered makes itself known in future PokÃ©mon games. Fans have certainly been clamoring for it to come back! I still have a lot to say, in my post-Alolan honeymoon. I“ll see y“all next week, to talk about why so many things about 6th Gen, in terms of mechanics and accessibility, best the games that came after.
Jonathan Higgins posted a article in Individual ValuesWelcome to the eighty-eighth week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed last week's, check it out. Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday. Genesect is being distributed at GameStop until November 24th. Every single Mythical PokÃ©mon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all! -------------------------------- Feelings on Spoilers Since February 26th, when the game was first announced, there have been 22 short videos sharing information and gameplay footage of PokÃ©mon Sun & Moon released in North America alone. I did some rough math; all the game's videos on the PokÃ©mon YouTube channel add up to about 50 minutes total. That doesn“t even include the special E3 bit, which would double that to almost 2 hours of recorded pre-release gameplay. Told you that to ask you this: [For you all,] How much is too much, when it comes to â€œspoilingâ€ a PokÃ©mon game“s content? Everything I“ve discussed on Individual Values since the game“s announcement has kept in line with the information revealed in the trailers thus far. We“ve seen brand new critters, we understand that old critters can take on new appearances and typings in Alola, and there are a myriad of brand new features making their debut in Sun & Moon...from Z-Moves, to an indirect return to PokÃ©mon Snap. If you“ve never watched a single Sun & Moon trailer, though...and your first exposure to the game was playing the Special Demo Version when it released on the eShop last month...you got to see Riding PokÃ©mon, Z-Moves, and even the PokéFinder for yourself, organically...without a specially curated trailer. If you scour the demo enough, you“d even get to see things like Alolan Dugtrio for yourself...recognizing that familiar PokÃ©mon take on new forms in the game. With all that in mind--is it better to be in the dark? Would you rather see for yourself how much a paradigm shift the Sun & Moon games are shaping up to be, instead of being fed bits of information by an admittedly massive marketing machine? Are you completely indifferent, and you've already looked up the entire Alolan PokÃ©dex and more thanks to leaks? For the first time since February, I“m going to reveal a potential â€œspoilerâ€ about the post-game [??] of Sun & Moon...because the October 27th trailer did so. Skip to the next paragraph, if you're on "Media Blackout". I think knowing what the final evolutions of the Alolan starters are isn“t that big of a deal. And revealing new PokÃ©mon isn“t really harmful to the experience, since there are a good number of them. But: telling me that PokÃ©mon Trainer Red and Gary Oa--I mean Blue, are in the game and you get to fight them in a new place called the â€œBattle Treeâ€ that lets you face Champions from other regions...might be taking it a bit too far, in my opinion. It kind of makes me wonder: if Gold, Silver & Crystal Version had been new releases in this day and age, would we know about the Kanto region being included in the game prior to taking our first step there? How many potential spoilers like that one are marketable and would help a game get talked about on Social Media? Is it ever going to be possible to experience a PokÃ©mon game â€œlike it used to beâ€ anymore? Is knowing what starter you“ll choose plus the various bells and whistles a game has in advance...the most viable option for the modern and newly introduced PokÃ©mon fan? I have more questions than revelations this week, so I“m certainly interested to hear your thoughts regarding any of the questions I“ve asked. But by golly, let me state for the record: I am ecstatic about what Popplio, Rowlet and Litten will turn out to be. Ye ole fire-cat is probably my least favorite of the three, but it“s not Fire/Fighting, so it“s good enough for me!
Jonathan Higgins posted a article in Individual ValuesWelcome to the sixty-sixth week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday. Now is your chance to grab Darkrai at participating GameStop stores. The last day to do so is May 24th. Every single Mythical PokÃ©mon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all! And hey, if you're reading this on the day it's published, you can grab a Shiny Xerneas from the Nintendo Network with your copy of XY/ORAS. -------------------------------- Aloha, Alola! I had a PokÃ©mon Snap-related feature ready to go for this week, but then The PokÃ©mon Company decided to have E3 come a month early--likely because Zelda won“t share much of the stage in Los Angeles. For those of you who haven“t heard, or who want to hear it again--this is the part where I say Aloha to Alola, the newest region in the world of PokÃ©mon. We“ll get a chance to explore it for ourselves in PokÃ©mon Sun & Moon when they release on November 18th, 2016 in most parts of the world. I have many things to say about both new trailers--the English and Japanese ones, that is--which you can see below. Let“s get the big part out of the way. The new starter PokÃ©mon of the Alola region are Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio. Rowlet is a Grass Quill PokÃ©mon that can attack without making a sound--it“s an owl with a bowtie. Litten is a logical, but also passionate...Fire Cat that has Ember hairballs. And Popplio is a Sea Lion PokÃ©mon that can...snort out bubble attacks. Check out the official artwork of these new starters by clicking on their corresponding links there. I honestly haven“t been this wholly satisfied by the new set of PokÃ©mon starters since seeing Johto“s for the first time. All three seem to be brimming with personality, which both the official art and even the footage we see in the Japanese trailer seem to highlight. I“ll be very surprised if my fiancédoesn“t end up with Rowlet as her starter, but me? I genuinely can“t decide. This may be the first time in a very long while that I wait until release day to make my Big Decision. Okay, now for the other big part: The English trailer and box arts both reveal two brand new Legendary PokÃ©mon, which don“t have official names just yet. PokÃ©mon Sun boasts a white lion very similar in appearance to Entei, while PokÃ©mon Moon has a lunar bat whose closed wings form a complete circle that kind of reminds me of a clock. There“s a lot to love about both--they join the three starters, Magearna, and the two â€œwire-frame PokÃ©monâ€ as the first handful of brand new PokÃ©mon ushering in what is now unmistakably 7th Gen. Here“s an interesting thread about the subtle nods The PokÃ©mon Company has made to more than one generation of PokÃ©mon on specific hardware. Now then. There“s definitely talk of there being more to Alola than meets the eye...e.g. more than what the trailer has shown so far, which seems rather tiny in comparison to other regions. Here“s one school of thought that paints Alola as being several islands, like Hawaii itself. I, for one, think that the reason the trailer seems to have this obsession with showing just the southern parts of the region, hiding the rest behind mountains and clever camera angles, is because Alola is directly connected to Kalos, as discussed here. Only time will tell if one or both schools of thought are right, though. If 6th and 7th Gen are directly connected like Kanto and Johto, will it be a surprise revealed in the game, or will Game Freak heavily market it? It“s going to be interesting to watch this unfold. The Japanese trailer is so much more sentimental than the English one. It feels more like a natural extension of the that focuses on our own personal connections to the world of PokÃ©mon and the real one. Here“s some things of note: 1) The Japanese trailer is listed as â€œ#1â€, so this is probably a â€œreal life journeyâ€ that will continue a few more times until the game releases. And 2) There are a bunch more CoroCoro issues coming before the game“s release, and arguably no major PokÃ©mon presence at E3, so...information could come a few more times, just like it did today. I know there are people out there who play differently than I do--but I“d honestly prefer to know as little about these games as possible, going in. I hope they keep new information to a minimum! And hey, here“s one last thing. Could the more sentimental Japanese trailer be hiding allusions to the new games, like the Super Bowl ad did? That settles it. The first major bit of news for PokÃ©mon Sun & Moon is behind us. Have you decided which version you“re going to get based on its Legendary PokÃ©mon alone? Which starter are you the most excited about? Be sure to let us know!
Jonathan Higgins posted a article in Individual ValuesWelcome to the sixty-third week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday. Now is your chance to grab Jirachi via the Nintendo Network. No trip to GameStop necessary this time; just get your Mystery Gift via any Internet connection. Every single Mythical PokÃ©mon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all! -------------------------------- Over the past year I“ve put together this feature, I“ve only vaguely addressed what I look for in PokÃ©mon games. There“s a lot to be gleaned from my old Region Spotlight bits, I“m sure. But this week and next, I“m going to get down to the nitty-gritty. First and foremost, I“d like to discuss what my ideal Sun & Moon will be like, since those are games we know are coming. Next week, I“ll depart from what we know -- where I base my predictions, expectations, wants, etc off what little information is out there -- in favor of discussing what my ideal PokÃ©mon game would be like, no holds barred. Without further ado: Reach for the Sun (and Moon) Like I mentioned last week: there is so much more to PokÃ©mon than adding a hundred new creatures to the roster and distributing handfuls of them throughout the land. First and foremost--I want to state for the record that I would absolutely adore if there were only a few new additions to the overall total of PokÃ©mon. If they brought the number from 721 to 750 [possibly 752 or 755 to account for brand new Mythical PokÃ©mon, like always], plenty of people would be upset. But not this guy! There“s so much they can spend time refining if they don“t spend as much time coming up with new critters. Sure, give us a new Box Legendary (like Ho-Oh, Kyogre, and Palkia), a few brand new additions to each major type of environment in the game, and maybe a few extras. But there are plenty of folks out there who find 721 PokÃ©mon is already a little overwhelming. A Generation that dropped heavy creature design in favor of tightening plot, characters, settings, and even battle type would be cool with me. Let“s talk about the things I“d like to return before I take a look at the bigger picture here. First and foremost, like I mentioned in my review a long time ago: The DexNav is quite possibly the best thing to ever happen to the â€œPokÃ©mon catchingâ€ aspect of gameplay; I want and expect its return. I don“t mind if it takes a new form, since Hoenn is where the various â€œNavâ€ bits come from. But as long as its structure is still in place for Gen 7, I“m a happy Clamperl. Definitely want Horde battles to come back [possibly improved?], for my EV training ways. And here“s my â€œit“s a long shot, but you know [some of us] want itâ€: Make walking with your PokÃ©mon a â€œbig thingâ€ like it was in HeartGold and SoulSilver. I“d be the first time we saw that feature return in almost six years, and would make an excellent nod to the Big Anniversary Ideal that caters to and celebrates fans. You could even release a separate PokÃ©walker app on the 3DS, similar to PokÃ©mon Dream Radar to get folks active without necessarily cannibalizing PokÃ©mon GO! Moving on: I“m still wondering about the â€œflowersâ€ hint that a PokÃ©mon guy gave us a long time ago. This was prior to the announcement of the XY&Z anime, as well as Sun & Moon. If those games take place in a region directly connected to Kalos...I“m hoping we get a plot that“s centered around the resurrection of Team Flare, and borrows tons from Gold & Silver in how it“s connected, accounts for a passage of time, and maybe even features returning characters and a battle against â€œyourselfâ€ like Red, back then. If I“m really reaching, maybe it can feature three regions: Kalos, â€œNew Kalosâ€, and Hoenn [or a bunch more?]. Since it“s the Big 20th Anniversary Game, I“m not really counting anything out. I“m really curious about how transferring PokÃ©mon from Red, Blue and Yellow will work. It“s going to make a few PokÃ©mon gain some crazy traction if there“s no restrictions in place. The example I“ll keep mentioning: Machamp learns Fissure in RBY... and gains the No Guard ability in current day. That“s a One Hit KO Move with 100% accuracy. I think it would be enough of an alteration to the metagame if there were no restrictions in place when it came to transferring. It would let PokÃ©mon unable to learn certain moves gain them in a â€œtransfer onlyâ€ capacity, and whatnot. I“m sure there will be other battle mechanics added on that I can“t even imagine, but that“s a good enough starting point for me. And hey -- if you don“t want to give us the ability to have 750 potential PokÃ©mon walking behind us, Game Freak: what about flagging the starter Pikachu from Yellow to be Special and letting it follow behind us! I think that“d be a neat touch. Last but not least -- and this stresses more potential ties to Kalos: it“s time for a fully customizable trainer again, and the chance to make your narrative that much more personal. Give folks an even wider variety of presets to use, even more clothes to buy, and possibly some costumes that make you look like Red, Gold, Brendan, Lucas, or their lady counterparts. Let folks decide if they want a male or female rival for themselves... and let us name that rival, instead of giving preset names like May and Serena. I think that should cover most of the bases! It“ll be fun to look back on this when we know [much] more about Sun & Moon in the coming months. Next week will be a departure from the confines of Sun & Moon to describe my ideal PokÃ©mon experience from the ground up. In the meantime -- what do you want out of the games coming this holiday? Please do share!