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#508 Do not play Pokemon Shuffle

I talked about Pokemon Shuffle on last Friday’s blog post,but I am returning back to writing about this game after spending an entire weekend playing Pokemon Shuffle and then waiting to play Pokemon Shuffle over and over again. The 3DS exclusive Pokemon Shuffle game is one of the few Free to Play games on the handheld’s market and it is nothing short than an evil game packaged inside of a Skinner’s Box.

The game makes the unholy F2P gameplay gating mechanic, limiting your play sessions to five turns before having to wait a half hour to earn back on more attempt. You take that and then you add the Random Number Generator factor when you want to catch the pokemon of the stage, to add to your collection and you get the worst example B. F. Skinner’s experiment.

I suspect that the game devs behind this game purposely skewed some of the catch percentages on the Pokemon needed to progress in the harder levels.

I suspect that the game devs behind this game purposely skewed some of the catch percentages on the Pokemon needed to progress in the harder levels. which is nothing less than evil

The game is filled with freemium upselling suggestions and microtransaction reminders. The game suckers you in with rewards, in the form of Freemium currency and in-game coins in the style of “the first one’s free” and for opting-in the program that sends your play session data to Nintendo, in what I assume to be for future data mining purposes.

But all that being said…

Pokemon Shuffle is  a great game. It is fun collecting and building your Pokemon collection and using your Pokemon’s type advantage to wipe the floor against the latest challenge.

The game also gets major points for having fun and interesting mechanics in a potentially simple match three game, some Pokemon stages limiting the number of Pokemon you can bring in while other stages freezes a handful of your block every few turns. Pokemon Shuffle also adds the Mega Evolution twist with bringing a Pokemon into a stage, and once you matched enough of that one Pokemon it unlocks it’s almost overpowered abilities of clearing an entire column or row.

The game also has a truly difficult expert mode, that made me sweat and focus more on the game than any other point while playing the story campaign. On top of that Pokemon Shuffle has free post-launch support in the form of special promotional legendary Pokemon stages. I would gladly grind through those stages over and over again, if it was not for the fact that I am limited to five attempts per play session.

I can not recommend this game to anyone in fear that they get as hooked on the game as I am, which would send the wrong type of data to both Nintendo and Pokemon company on how to build a good Free to Play game. Instead of a Pokemon Shuffle going free to play I would rather have the game include an in store item that unlocked the entire game with no Free to Play gimmicks. More importantly I can not wait for Puzzle and Dragons Z to be released soon, because from what I have seen Puzzle and Dragons Z is all of Pokemon Shuffle, move type advantage and all, with none of the constant upselling.


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#429 The 3DS Time Capsule

The next installment of Super Smash Bros. is right around the corner, while I have been patiently waiting to buy my Wii U edition of the game I have been killing time and getting more excited for Nintendo’s newest brawl by playing some of the original titles of some of the fighters in the rosters on my 3DS. Blame it on the fact that I am a history fanatic that enjoys a good origin story, and where some of these original, now iconic, tunes that I hear over and over again in the brawl soundtracks WITHOUT resorting to emulation or romhacks.

I have mentioned before I already own a copy of the NES port of Super Mario Bros (Be MOP #380) and Metroid (Be MOP #406) and through one way or another I also picked up 3D Classics: Kid Icarus. It seems that Nintendo was thinking the same thing because I received an email about their discounted Wii U and 3DS games starring the stars of Brawl and with that I picked up a copy of Mega Man II.

 

 Who says Nintendo doesn't know their player base and have an on point marketing team

Who says Nintendo doesn’t know their player base and have an on point marketing team

With the the released replenishing of the Featured Games offers and my surplus of Club Nintendo rewards coins I also picked up the Legend of Zelda on the 3DS for myself and the first Super Mario Bros for my younger brother.

Because that what bigger brothers do.

Because that what bigger brothers do.

While I am still clicking through Tomodachi Life, waiting for the right moment to open up Bravely Default, these proper 8 bit games have been holding me off the itch for buying another action platform game. All of these games are challenging, way tougher than I anticipated, as I mentioned at the origin point at the start of this blog post, I get to see and hear all the original tunes and experience the first boss fights that all future installments of Mario and Zelda games base themselves off of and for the cherry on top, I also get to see, first hand, the inspiration of the levels and bosses in Shovel Knight.


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#421 Enjoying the Palate Cleanser Games

This weekend I finally sat down and plowed through the last few dungeons of Zelda: A Link between Worlds. I do not want to talk too much about it but I will say that the games is the closest thing to an open world version of Binding of Isaac, and I can see what all the game’s praises were well deserved.

Which is not surprising since A Link between two Worlds is a sequel to a Link to the Past which was the template and blueprint for what Binding of Isaac was suppose to be.

Which is not surprising since A Link between two Worlds is a sequel to a Link to the Past which was the template and blueprint for what Binding of Isaac was suppose to be.

 

After such a rich game like Zelda it is always nice to decompress with a game that cleanses the palate between moving on to the next rich game, which is exactly the reason why I started playing Tomodachi Life right after saving Hyrule.

Even though I just started playing Tomodachi Life my first impressions is that it is a life simulation mixed with a point and click adventure game with all of the adventure removed.The Miis with have a problem they want you to address, like being hungry or showing interest in another resident and immediately after that a prompt will appear on screen pointing you to exactly want you need to do.

Do you know what? Even if there is no challenge to the game I am still having fun, importing my Miis of family members and famous people, filling out their personality to the best mirror the real life version, and seeing them all interact with each other can be a great way to relax. Best of all Tomodachi has dual screen screenshot support!

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That's right Reggie is a resident in my island

That’s right Reggie is a resident on my island

 

It is exactly like what Kirby Triple Deluxe did for me too, the cute art direction, the bright music, and simple and easy platform levels are exactly what the doctor ordered after playing up the point in Shovel Knight were I was properly rage quitting out of the game (at the second the last stage of the game) with those unforgiving obstetrical that constantly knocked me down bottomless pits of death.

I have a feeling that Tomodachi Life is one of those never ending games, so I will not be finishing it or completing the game but playing it just enough for it to get to that level of wackiness advertised in the reveal video then getting bored and moving on to the crème de la crème: Bravery Default.

 

been saving this one for last

been saving this one for last. Been meaning to pick up a Final Fantasy-like game for the 3DS for a while now


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#409 Doubling the gaming library on my 3 Dual Screen device

This past weekend, as I mentioned in last week’s blog post I indulged with the ‘buy one 3DS game and get one free’ sale currently held by Best Buy, or in my case a local Toys ‘R Us, or  any other store that offers a price match guarantee, and I went out bought four new 3DS games for my collection.

I justified the price to myself later by saying I would have spent that much anyways if they were 50% off on Steam.

I justified the hefty purchase to myself later by saying I would have spent that much anyways if they were 50% off on Steam.

 

All of these games were games I wanted for the in one way or another but I never found the incentive to go out and get them until now.

Zelda A Link Between Two worlds, and all the praise and Game of the Year awards it received, was the major reason for participating this promotion. Currently there is a void in my gaming schedule for another well crafted top down dungeon exploration to play before the release of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth hits the shelves.

Bravely Default was bought because, through word of mouth from other gamers, I was told that this was the closest thing to a Final Fantasy game without the Final Fantasy name and baggage that comes with it.

Kirby Triple Deluxe is the game that I am currently playing through as of right now it is serving as a palate cleanser. Only to be played after getting frustrated from the countless attempted trying to complete the later levels the more intense platforming games.

Only three levels in but even if the game difficulty spikes towards the end the game's aesthetics is so sweet and adorable that I do not think I can even get frustrated.

Only three levels in but even if the game difficulty spikes towards the end the game’s aesthetics are so sweet and adorable that I do not think I can even get frustrated.

 

Lastly Tomodachi Life, a life simulation game that got a spike of bad publicity, while never showing interest in previous life sim games like Animal Crossing and The Sims this game got me interested on the product from all the wackiness that was crammed into the initial English reveal trailer of the game in the April Nintendo Direct.

 

it takes some serious courage for someone at Nintendo to suggest to poking fun at one of Nintendo's worst products

it takes some serious courage for someone at Nintendo to suggest to poking fun at one of Nintendo’s worst products (and then include the Nintendo executives into the skit) 

 

As a result I have not only doubled my current AAA current 3DS library (ignoring the remastered original NES ports of Metroid, Kid Icarus, and Super Mario Bros. 3) but I now have a backlog on my handheld something that I never had before. When I own previous versions of Nintendo’s Handhelds, a lack of personal funds getting a new game for the Game boy color/advanced or DS was far and few between, and following the code of the big brother gaming code, I will be passing down every 3DS game that I complete to my younger brother who is currently in my shoes with regards to disposable income.

Thank you again Nintendo for continuing to make your games cartage's DRM free and with multiple save files especially considering that with the integration of Streetpass in this generation you could easily enforce it.

Thank you again Nintendo for continuing to make your games cartridge’s DRM free and with multiple save files especially considering that with the integration of Streetpass in this generation you could easily enforce it. 


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#406 Adding some much needed games to my 3DS library

I have noticed that over the past few weeks I have been neglecting my 3DS lately, between my regularly scheduled Twitch PC streams and my weekend play time dedicated to getting through the HD remake of Zelda Wind Waker on the Wii U. The last 3DS game I bought, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, was described as ‘meh’ at best.

My 3DS gaming drought has been so bad I have been resorted to replaying my old copy of Pokemon White to unlock the ability to transfer all of my Pokemon from my GameBoy Advance games to the PokeBank. Recently I have been looking for an opportunity to get some new/more games onto my handheld and thankfully Nintendo just happened to finished their 2013-2014 year long Club Nintendo session, and with all of my recent purchases I got the option to choose my pick of a free Nintendo game the gold status rewards tier.

Filling out all those surveys have really paid off

Filling out all those surveys have really paid off

 

Last year was a big year for me and for my Nintendo collection with my purchase of my 3DS, Pokemon Y, Super Mario 3D Land, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, my Wii U console, Mario Kart 8, and my beloved Super Mario 3D world I have gathered some nice Nintendo coins just sitting collecting digital dust. I have been waiting for a chance to redeem them with this yearly thank you of Nintendo to seems like the best time to use those coins to download some free games. This past weekend I chose up Metroid for the 3DS as my prize of the Gold membership reward, I used my Nintendo loyalty reward coins to pick up the 3DS port of the classic Kid Icarus and the first Paper Mario game for the Wii U just for the sake of nostalgia.

While I was downloading classic 8 bit NES games I also decided to buy Shovel Knight for the 3DS, I almost have to buy it for a Nintendo platform if I wanted to pay respects to the old ways of Action Platformers. In all of my research for figuring out which platform to buy Shovel Knight on (Be MOP #403) nobody told me that the 3DS port of a third-party indie game company -that was funded on Kickstarter- actually kept 3D feature/gimmick in mind when programming the game.

These are some pretty big shoes to fill Might No. 9 hope you are up to the challenge to one up them

That’s pretty much an Insta-buy for the 3DS right there

 

Between all of those recently downloaded games to my virtual library,  Best Buy’s current Buy one get one Free sale on 3DS games, and my next paycheck coming in this Friday, it looks like my 3DS is going to get some much-needed attention.

Oh goodness

Run my little paycheck RUN!

 

 


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#394 The Tale of Nozell’s Feebas

A few lazy Sundays ago I helped my younger brother transfer his Pokemon roster from his Pokemon Black to his Pokemon X cartage by way of my Pokemon Bank account.

 

because that is what big brothers, with credit cards, do for younger brothers

because that is what big brothers, with credit cards, do for younger brothers without credit cards

 

The deal we made was that he was allowed to transfer all of his favorites to his newest version of Pokemon, I was then I am allowed to scavenge any and all leftovers from his PC boxes before he restarted his game file. After my brother finished moving I was given free range on all the other Pokemons. Among the pickings I found some original Hoenn Pokemons from the Game Boy Advance games and out of the originals generation 3 Pokemons was a Feebas that was transferred from my Pokemon Emerald Save file, which is currently MIA. But finding that one fish reminded me of a story that I want to share with all of you.

 

yup this story is a long time comming

yup this story is a long time coming

 

For all of those who did not play through Hoenn region, the Feebas Pokemon was the Generation III version of magikarp, an ugly Pokemon that could only evolve with max beauty points from winning enough beauty pokemon contests. While it was a cool idea, and evolved into a pretty amazing Pokemon the catch was it could only be caught if you fished in one of six squares on route 119, the location of the squares are different for each save file and just for good measure those six squares would be randomized with every Elite Four victory.

Just look at all that water in this one zone

If you wanted to catch a Feebas, you had your work cut out for you

 

At the time I was trying  to complete the Hoenn Regional Pokedex (and I succeeded) with help and friendly competition with my two other brothers who were playing their games at the same time. When it came to trying to add a Feebas to my collection, neither I, my brother, or any of my friends have never caught a Feebas because it was so difficult to find. So I did what any aspiring Pokemon Master would do, I spent hours fishing at each square title on route 119 until I found one of my lucky squares in my game. After the excited screams and fist pumps I imminently started farming that one area for that one fish Pokemon. I was soon known to be the only kid in my family and in my school to have access to the this fabled Feebas, as a result I gain a monopoly on that one Pokemon (until people started breeding the Feebases I gave them).Looking back on the this story with a few classes of Biology under my belt I realized how cool this story because one person in my hometown was responsible for the entire population of one Pokemon and many of those Feebases were the spawn of the first Feebas I caught.

I have forgotten about this story for years but now it finally paid off because, my brother kept one of my original Feebases from my Emerald save and transferred it to his Pokemon Black and gave it to me as a gift for allowing him to transfer his other Pokemons. Now one of my pokemon, that is reaching ten years old, which was the result of hard work, determination and just a little bit of luck has come full circle and has come back into my possession, taking up permanent resident in the Pokemon Bank cloud servers just waiting to be transferred back to the Generation 3DS remake to come back to it’s updated world.

 


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#388 Getting Hyped for the Gen 3DS remake

Nintendo has announced the Hoenn remake (which will now be known as the Gen 3DS) a few weeks ago but I have not paid it much notice. Sure I brought my yearly subscription to the PokeBank (Be MOP #380) but not much besides that. It was not until more information was started to get leaked and I started talking to my old friends and brothers who played the original generation 3 game was when I really started to get hyped for the remake.

Two facts about myself before we continue: The Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald games were the last Pokemon games that I was completely on board with during the launch, my interest in the series dropped in the next generation of games (Diamond and Pearl) , it spiked a bit in Pokemon Black and White, and it only fully recovered in this most recent games. I always played bought the D/P and B/W games and played through them but I never tried to do any of the side quests after defeating the Elite Four. Secondly, Game Freak knows how to cram content into Pokemon games -and then leave them out in future games- but I already had that rant (Be MOP #319)

This generation has a special place in my heart because while all Pokemon games sucks (compared to the next gen) This one introduced Pokemon passives which helped sculpt the complex and competitive world of professional Pokemon battles

This generation has a special place in my heart because while all Pokemon games sucks (compared to the next-gen(Be MOP #69)) This one introduced Pokemon passives which helped sculpt the complex and competitive world of professional Pokemon battles

With out further ado, in no particular order I would like to list the generation 3 features I am excited to see return to the remake:

Secret Bases: This was one of the features that was sadly dropped in later installments of the Pokemon game, but it was a way to add a bit more customization to your game file with ability to carve out your own little clubhouse/living space in the world and decorate it however you want. What made this feature amazing was when you mixed records with another player through the link cables you were able get a copy of their secret base on your save file, not only that but enter their secret base on your file, see how they decorated their base and even battle their Pokemon team during the time they mixed records with you. This feature, if still kept in the remake, can only be improved with the implementation of WiFi, Friend Codes, and Street pass.

Contests: A new feature that was added for this game which was just a regular Pokemon match but instead of battling other wild pokémons and trainers you try to impress the judges/crowds with your best moves while sabotaging the other contestants. While it was not a major selling point for me but it was an extra bit of endgame content which is a nice addition to have when you eventually get burned out after trying, and failing, to complete the regional or national pokedex. What is best thing is that even through it was dropped in the future game the Pokemon contests needs to return in the remake because a particular Hoenn Pokemon need this game play feature in order to evolve.

The Stakes: This was the first Pokemon game that placed the fate of the world in your hands, and while it was impressive in the 16 bit representation of the world I can not wait to see the same scenes again reenacted in the latest XY game engine. We already saw the in-game cut scene with the Nintendo ORAS sneak peek, which can be found HERE

Hopefully we can actually see some environmental changes to the world besides it just constantly raining or shining too much. But I'm not getting my hopes up in that department

Hopefully we can actually see some environmental changes to the world besides it just constantly raining or shining too much. But I’m not getting my hopes up in that department

 

 

And lastly, Those blasted trumpets: The Gameboy was the first time Pokemon could hold and use MP3 files of actual instruments rather than just chiptunes. That and because of the world was designed, about half of the routes are oceans or rivers and needed to be traveled by surfing and the sea/surfing score became one of the predominant meme for that generation, besides mudkips. I can not wait to hear that sea/surfing theme played with an updated score and knowing Nintendo I would willing to bet that one of the employees will sneak a fourth wall breaking comment about the trumpets.

I do not usually get hyped for future games -too many titles have burned me one too many times times- but this how I get hyped for Nintendo games by talking about the best possible features. That and I get to talk about a fishing story that is ten years in the making. That particular story is for another time.

this one's a good story about hard work and monopoly/ and tracing an entire population of pokemon back to one owner.

this one’s a good story about hard work, monopoly, and tracing an entire population of Pokémon back to one owner.

 


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