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Pokemon Journal: Filling Out the Party!

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Having beaten Roark, the first gym leader, it’s time to press onward. The next gym is located directly north in Eterna City. Of course, with this being an RPG, the direct path is off limits right now. There is a steep cliff I could climb if I had a bike. Unfortunately, bikes are sold IN Eterna City, so it looks like it’s the long way around for me. Back through the cave, through Route 203, all the way back to Jubilife city, and then head north to go the long way around to Eterna City.

Floaroma Town

Now that I have the first badge, Bidoof can use Rock Smash outside of battle to clear the way through Route 204. It was a peaceful little path leading right into Floaroma Town. If you can’t tell, the town name is a combination of the words “Flora” (Flowers) and “Aroma” (Smells). As such, the small town is covered in flowers. This is also were I was first introduced to Berries. I can’t wait to start farming berries. Then I’ll never have to buy potions again.

Valley Windworks

All is not well is this peaceful little town however. It appears the evil Team Galactic is causing trouble. East of town is The Valley Windworks, a wind powered power plant. Team Galactic has taken it over as well as held an employee hostage in order to harness the energy for themselves. Clearly this is a job for an unsupervised 10 year old. Not the police, never the police, actually I don’t think I’ve seen any police…

Mars

After beating up some of the grunts to get the key, it’s time to rescue the worker inside. The only way to do that is to defeat Mars, the Team Galactic Commander. I felt a little under leveled for this fight, and I didn’t think to heal before hand, so I had a little trouble with her, but in the end I won and saved the day!

Cheryl

With Team Galactic defeated, it’s time to continue on my journey to Eterna City. We’re almost there now, we just need to pass through the Eterna Forest first. There’s actually a pretty interesting story mechanic when you’re in the forest. At the entrance, a woman named Cheryl asks you to assist her through the forest. In reality, she is assisting you. The whole time she’s with you, all of your battles will be double battles. Even the wild encounters will have 2 Pokémon. On top of that, after every battle, she will heal your Pokémon back up to full health. The downside is that with her in the party, she might kill the wild Pokémon before you get a chance to catch them.

Eterna City

Either way, I finally made it to Eterna City. I’m so happy to finally make it to Eterna City because this is where you can get the Explorer Kit which lets you can play in the Underground. I remember when I briefly played years ago that this was my favorite part of the game. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a mini game where you run around in the underground tunnels digging up fossils and gems and even items out of the cave walls. This is also where you can set up your secret base and play games with your friends.

Pachirisu Drifloon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So after about an hour playing in the underground, it’s time to keep moving forward. I want to challenge the next gym leader, but my party isn’t ready for that. I’m also not too happy with the combination of Pokémon in my party at the moment. So before we go after the gym leader, let’s fill out the party to my liking. Heading all the way back through the Eterna Forest and back to the Valley Windworks, I caught the first two additions to my party. In the grass I caught I wonderful little Pachirisu. It’s this generation’s version of Pikachu, and is just cute as hell. Plus if I remember right, last year’s official Pokémon champion had one and it was a big deal for a long time. I also waited around until Friday so I could catch a Drifloon. I always love to have a ghost type in my party, they always end up being great additions.

Cherubi

I didn’t mention it before, but back in Floaroma you can buy honey to spread on special trees to attract Pokémon. This is very reminiscent of the trees in Gold and Silver that you could head butt to find Pokémon. Though I never really paid much attention to them. This time I’m making an exception because I want a Cherubi. I know most people seem to hate the food Pokémon, but I love them. Also I think they must be stronger than any other Pokémon. Think about it, if you are something that someone could ACCIDENTALLY EAT because they didn’t know you were a living creature, you’ve got to be doing something right just to still be alive.

Skull Fossil Cranidos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So let’s see, I have my water type starter Piplup, which has since evolved into Prinplup. I’ve got an electric type with Pachirisu. My ghost type Drifloon. And my grass type Cherubi. There’s also my HM slave Bidoof. Everyone hates him, but you know what, I once did a solo run with a Rattata (otherwise known as the Joey Challenge) and that Rattata was awesome, so maybe I’ll be surprised with Bidoof. That leaves one slot free, and I am lacking a tank character. So I’m going to incorporate my love for the underground, and head all the way back to Oreburgh City to revive my Skull Fossil into the once again living Cranidos.

Gardenia Forest Badge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So with my party filled out, and a little bit of level grinding behind me, it’s time to take on the second gym. The Eterna Gym is a grass type gym, so while I don’t have any fire types to make this really easy, Prinplup and Drifloon both have flying type attacks which are just as good. Before I get to fight the gym leader however, there’s a little bit of hide and seek with the junior trainers. Once I find and defeat the first junior trainer, they gave me a hint to where I could find the next and so on until I defeated them all. Only then could I fight Gardenia, the grass type gym leader. She actually gave quite a challenge, and I think I might have been a bit under leveled. But between Drifloon’s gust and Prinplup’s peck, I had nothing to worry about. Before long, I won and was awarded the Forest Badge as proof of my victory.

Galactic Eterna Building

With proof of my team’s growing power, it’s time to face off again against Team Galactic. They’ve apparently been stealing people’s Pokémon and now even the bike shop owner has gone missing ever since he went to talk to them. That’s unacceptable, I need a bike NOW!! Also I guess they shouldn’t be taking people’s Pokémon. That’s not nice. But that’s going to have to be a story for another day.

Thank you for following me on my adventure and you’ll just have to wait till next time to see how my battle with team galactic goes.

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Current Team:

Prinplup Drifloon Cranidos
Prinplup Drifloon Cranidos
Level: 22 Level: 23 Level: 20
Pachirisu Cherubi Bidoof
Pachirisu Cherubi Bidoof
Level: 20 Level: 17 Level: 14

Play Time: 10:03

Badges: 2

Pokédex: 40

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30 Minute: Quarth (Gameboy)

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a space shooter! It’s a block puzzle! It’s QUARTH!!

Quarth Full Cover

It’s the illegitamate love child of Space Invaders and Tetris and you’re sure to love it just the same!

So come read my latest 30 Minute Review: Quarth (Gameboy)

Pokemon Journal: An Adventure Begins!

Pokemon Diamond Logo

Hello everyone who has decided to follow me on this adventure!! If you’ve read my last post, then you’ll already know that I have a long, though rather distant relationship with the Pokémon series. I’ve purchased every game in the main series, as well as a few spin-off titles, but I’ve never actually played any of them since Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire on the GBA. In fact, I only first played Ruby to completion last year. For a series that shaped my gaming habits so much, I feel this is a great disservice. So, I’ve decided that this year I want to play all the main series games I’ve been neglecting. Well, at least 1 from each set since they’re the same basic game and story.

Since I’m playing these games legit on a DS / 3DS, I can’t really get the screenshots like I normally would for an article. I also don’t think an article would do the Pokémon series justice anyway. Instead, I plan to keep a journal of my adventures and update it maybe once a week. Not really sure yet, we’ll see how much I do in a week and adjust accordingly.

Diamond Cover

So let’s start this adventure with Pokémon Diamond! Originally released in North America on April 22, 2007, it kicked off Pokémon’s 4th generation, and made the transition over to the then new Nintendo DS. It introduced the northern Sinnoh region of the Pokémon world, which is roughly based on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. I’m actually kind of looking forward to some snowy areas and probably and ice cave at some point.

Turtwig Chimchar Piplup
Turtwig Chimchar Piplup

So, now comes the most important decision of any Pokémon game, picking a starter. Should it be the grass turtle Turtwig? The fire monkey Chimchar? Or the little penguin Piplup? as much as I want to take all of them, I’ve got to choose Piplup. I’ve always wanted a pet penguin. They just seem like they would be so much fun.

Professor Rowan

After acquiring my starter Pokémon, it’s time to leave my tiny home town of Twinleaf Town and head over to Sandgem town to talk to Professor Rowan, this games Pokémon Expert. He gave me my Pokedex and entrusted me with the job of gathering data on all the Pokémon in the region. Clearly a task best suited to an unsupervised 10 year old boy.

Jubilife City

I continued on my journey until I eventually reached Jubilife City, possibly the largest town I’ve encountered in a Pokémon game to NOT have a Pokémon Gym. What this town does have is the Pokémon Trainer’s School, the TV Station, the Pokétech Company, as well as the Global Trade Station. This city is just so full of life, it’s such a nice welcome into this new world of pokemon.

Pokétch Poketech - Clock

 

 

 

 

 

While exploring the town, I’m given a free Pokétech by the owner of the company. I love the idea of the Pokétech, just something simple and useful to put on the bottom screen while you’re playing mostly on the top screen. Apparently I can even get more apps for it after I beat some of the gyms.

Zubat

Speaking of gyms, the first one is to the east in Oreburgh City. Unfortunately, there’s a cave between Jubilife and Oreburgh, which means there’s going to be a lot of Zubats. There’s ALWAYS so many Zubats in all the caves. They tricked me this time, now there are Zubats OUTSIDE the cave too!! Thankfully the cave itself, named Oreburgh Gate, isn’t very long. It’s only a few screens across and is a near perfectly straight path. There was even a hiker who gave me the HM Skill Rock Smash. So yeah, best cave ever.

Oreburgh City

As the name suggests, Oreburgh City is a mining community. There’s also a Mining Museum in town which reminds me of the Pewter Museum of Science from the first gym town of the first generation games. The first Gym leader isn’t around at first, I have to go find him digging in the mine before I can fight him.

Onix

While I was looking for him in the mine, I happened across an Onix that annoyed me so much. I love Onix, and I wanted to catch it, but even weakened down into the red, that stupid Onix took about 20 Pokeballs before I finally caught him. Every single one I owned at the time in fact. I would have been so upset if I wasted all those Pokeballs and didn’t even catch it.

Roark Coal Badge

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first gym leader, Roark, uses Rock type Pokémon, so my water type Piplup made quick work of him. I’m so glad I picked Piplup as my starter. Now that I have my first Gym badge, I’m officially on my way to becoming a Pokémon master!!!

So, that’s all for now. But soon, I will be the Sinnoh Pokémon Champion!!!

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Current Pokémon Party:

Piplup Onix Abra
Piplip Onix Abra
Level: 14 Level: 9 Level: 5
Bidoof
Bidoof
Level: 10

Play Time: 3 :17

Pokedex Entries: 18

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Squirtle, I Choose You!!!

Looking back, the Pokémon series has been an important part of my life, shaping many of my major hobbies. The Pokémon anime was one of my first animes, back before I really knew what anime was. The card game kindled my joy of building collections, against my wallet’s wishes of course. Most of all, the Pokémon games shaped me into the gamer I am today, specifically Pokémon Red.

Pokemon Red

I still vividly remember my first ever experience with Pokémon. My dad was driving me, my older brother and his friends to a concert. One of my brother’s friends had Pokémon with him and let me play for a little while. I was instantly hooked. I didn’t fully understand it at the time, because until then I had only played games like Mario, or Sonic. Fast paced action games that didn’t rely on story, so this really threw me off. I remember I bought a strategy guide for the game to study up on all the different Pokémon. I didn’t own the game yet, I didn’t even own the system, but I wanted to know everything I could about them.

When I finally did get the game, it was a collection of firsts for me. The Gameboy Color, in addition to being my first Gameboy, was also my first system that was completely mine. Not like the NES or the Genesis which were shared with my older brother. Pokémon Red was also the first game that was officially MY game. It was also my first RPG, the beginning of what is now my favorite genre. And of course, it was my first ever Pokémon. I chose Squirtle, a decision I’ve never regretted.

That Squirtle was my favorite ever and was in my party for the whole game. Eventually he evolved into a Blastoise, and with training made it to level 100, becoming strong enough to solo the entire Elite 4. For a while, he was basically my best friend, walking with me as I explored not just the Pokémon world, but also opening my eyes to the larger world of gaming.

I have since bought every major release in the Pokémon series, but the first games will always be my favorite. I’ve restarted and replayed Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow several times each. Every time I’ve let all my Pokémon become lost in the void by saving over my old game, all except for one Pokémon, my original Blastoise. No matter what happened, I’ve always traded him to a different cartridge if I wanted to play that game over.

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I recently became very upset because I saw one of the many articles saying how the Pokémon internal batteries should all be dying soon and I’d lose my Blastoise forever. That was unacceptable to me, Blastoise is one of my oldest and best friends, and he can’t be gone. I had to do something to save him, and I did. It took me some time to figure out what to do, but I finally managed to save him. I bought a flash cart for the Gameboy. Loaded it up with Pokémon Yellow, traded my Blastoise over, then backed up the save file to the computer. Now my Blastoise is safe in the cloud. Even after the batteries die in the cartridge, my Blastoise will be with me forever, and I couldn’t be happier.

So, now that you’ve gone through this journey with me, let’s start up another. As I said before, I’ve purchased every one of the main series Pokémon games. What I haven’t done is play any of them since ruby and sapphire were originally released on the GBA. Other games just kept getting in the way and I never made time to play them. So that is basically my new year’s resolution this year, to play at least 1 game each from generations 4, 5, and 6. Since they’re DS / 3DS games, I don’t really have a way to get screen captures, so an article is kind of out of the question, plus my usually style I don’t think would do Pokémon justice anyway. Instead I’m planning to keep basically a Pokémon Journal, updating it maybe once a week with major events. I’ve never really kept a journal, so this will be fun.

If that sounds appealing, then I hope you’ll join me on my adventures, starting with Pokémon Diamond. If not, well, no one is forcing you. At least I hope no one is forcing you. You poor thing if someone is forcing you to read my articles. I’m so sorry.

30 Minute: Home Alone (NES)

Home Alone NES Full Cover

He’s home all alone on Christmas, and burglars are trying to get into the house. The police have been called, but they won’t arrive for another 20 minutes. So it’s up to you to help Kevin McCallister defend his home from Marv and Harry, the Wet Bandits, until the police arrive. Use every trap and tool you can to slow them down in Home Alone for the NES!!

Merry Christmas / P.C. Greetings

It’s December 25th, so for everyone who is celebrating today

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

And to everyone else

POLITICALLY CORRECT GREETING IMPLYING MY WISHES THAT YOU HAVE A HAPPY DAY, THOUGH THAT IS IN NO WAY A DIRECT ORDER. YOU ARE FREE TO HAVE AS GOOD OR AS BAD A DAY AS YOU WANT REGARDLESS OF MY WISHES!

A bit of a mouthful but I think that’s the right way to say it.

Greetings Loyal Followers!

Greetings Loyal Followers!

*Crickets*

Well, greetings to anyone who happens to read this. The year is coming to an end, and I think the site has come a long ways since I started back in May. Even so, I’m still trying new things that I think will improve the site. You might have noticed I’ve already made a few changes.

For starters, I’ve made a news feed, which is what you’re reading now. So, full success there.

I’m also in the process of breaking up the articles page. There’s now a master list which condenses all the articles to tables for easy searching. I’m also planning to start a new page at the start of the next year to keep the articles chronicled by year.

Finally, since I have comments disabled on the actual articles, I’m looking into making a contact form if anyone wants to write back to me. Not entirely sure what I want from that yet, but the thought is rattling around in my head.

As for the future of the site, I’m hoping to be a bit more consistent with my posts. Going forward, I want to be able to post an article every weekend. they won’t all be full articles, that’s still a bit out of reach at the moment, but I’ve finally built up my collection enough that I can put up a 30 minute review any week that doesn’t get a full review. Ideally, I should be able to do a full review every other week, but I don’t think I can hold myself to that just yet. Bottom line, SOMETHING will be posted every weekend going forward.

So with my new goals in place for the site, let’s look forward to an entertaining new year!

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