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#464 The Magic of Strategy Guides

It has been about two weeks since Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire hit the US shelves, and since then I have played through most of the game before I realized that I forgot that I did not buy the official strategy guide for the game. Not that I need it, I know the hoenn story, dungeons, and basic world layout like the back of my hand even though the remake of the game is more handholding than the original.

But buying a player guide is an old Nozell-Pokemon tradition, whenever my brothers and I would receive a new Pokemon game we would also get the strategy to go with the game, a trend that dates all the way back to the classic Red and Blue game, continued with every new installment to the main series.

This was not my original R/B guide, but an amazing Goodwill find.

This was not my original R/B guide, but an amazing Goodwill find.

Even when it got to the point when I started buying my own Pokemon games and game devices I still set aside some of money for the strategy guide, partly for tradition, and partly because I wanted all the extra, hidden and postgame content Game Freak added that I know I missed on my first play through.

There is something more added, nostalgically magical, when playing with a strategy guide on your lap or by your side than compared to sitting next to a computer with a webpage opened to an online walk through. In my experience strategy guides only really works with consoles and handhelds, when you have a lap available, and I was quick to learn with my time with World of Warcraft, an MMO with frequent hot-fixes and content patches does not translate well to the non-updatable media of paper and ink and with Steam and Steam community overlay feature, with a catalog of player created guides, added to most of the games on steam’s catalog, has almost completely killed PC games guides.

Having a strategy guide has always been an vital part of my Pokemon experience, seeing those dungeon maps, the tips on beating the various gym leaders and elite four members and the stats of almost all the Pokemon and Items  is just needed for me to get the full Pokemon experience. . Also there is something to be said about the way the guidebook is designed is beautiful, the way the book lays out the data, it is like a wonderful grown-up picture book, something to read and re-read on a lazy weekend day, while your 3DS is charging up.

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“read and re-read on a lazy weekend day, while your 3DS is charging up.” I am speaking from experience. 


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#444 Almost Completing my Ultimate Pokemon Quest

Yesterday was a big day for me, if you followed me on Twitter you know that I went on the exciting trip to buy ANOTHER Pokemon game. Not just any Pokemon game. this particular plays vital role towards completing one of my greatest Pokemon quest of all time. My long running quest is to try to transfer my Classic Generation 3 team through the various editions of Pokemon games to my eventual copy of my Pokemon Generation 3DS remake.

So close

So close…also just like ten years ago, Omega Ruby is the superior choice.

During the spring time I did some spring cleaning and I found a handful of old Pokemon games, including the original Pokemon Red/Blue along with my copy of FireRed and my younger brother’s Emerald game (Be MOP #371)

He did not give me his Emerald, I saw that it has a few lv 100 Rayquaza's and then phoned him up telling him I was adopting his game wether he liked it or not, and luckily he was cool with it.

He did not give me his Emerald, I saw that it has a few lv 100 Rayquaza’s and then phoned him up telling him I was adopting his game whether he liked it or not, and luckily he was cool with it.

If the past few blog posts has revealed anything I been on a major Nintendo Games kick, and the catalyst of that gaming streak is my second playthrough of Pokemon White, my old game file that had the unlocked the ability to transfer Pokemon from older games, was deleted just before I rediscovered old my Gameboy Advanced games.

After a bit of research I found out that Pokemon White/Black, although does have the power to accept Pokemon from Generation 4 and send off Pokemons to the PokeBank, it does not have the GBA transfer feature that I desperately need to send my FireRed team to the New Hoenn.

Since I reaching toward the end point of the story campaign in my Pokemon White file I decided to go shop around, to see if I could obtain a second hand copy of a Generation 4 Pokemon game, whether it be Diamond, Pearl, Heart Gold or Soul Silver. Luckily I was able to find what I need at the first stop after a bit of chit-chatting I was able to walk out with a used copy of the cheapest version of their Generation 4 game, Pokemon Pearl, in one hand and a code for my very own Shiny Gengar in the other. From my past experience with second hand copy of Pokemon games I was hoping for a fully completely save file, with the unlocked transfer feature, a nearly completed Pokedex, possibly a few extra legendaries.

After returning home I boot up the cartridge to be greeted with a game with less than 44 minutes on the file. So now I have one more new game to add to my backlog, BUT I now have all the pieces I need.

I have two DS systems with GBA compatibility, my 3DS, my PokeBank pass, and at least one edition of every Pokemon from generation three onward. After such a long wait I will soon be able to finally, finally transfer my 10 year old Pokemon, and any Pokemon from that point forward to the newest 3D(S) world, and with the creation of the PokeBank there is nearly no limit on the number of old Pokemons I can transfer to the next generation.

I am just hope I am able to play do everything I want to do with this project before Pokemon OR/AS becomes obsolete.

I am just hope I am able to play do everything I want to do with this project before Pokemon OR/AS becomes obsolete.


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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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#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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