Hello Little Lights! I am still chasing that dream to be a VTuber content creator! So I decided to make a video about my favourite subject, Pokémon! Since I try to profile myself as a Seiso type character, which means it’s pure and wholesome! Okay I may have murdered a pokémon professor in the video because I did not get to nickname my sweet but I think I am still rather wholesome…compared to other VTubers.. I was kind of proud of this video.. It isn’t that great or flawless.. but I put a lot of work in it. Yet this was the video I got my first dislike on.
In this new video that I really wanted to make when coming up with my channel, I created the Pokémon Sweet version. It’s one of the earliest Rom Hacks I played on this channel , and despite its flaws is still one of the most unique and fun rom hacks that are out there! It is just so cute and totally me! The grass is pink! Well at least the low grass is! It is the pinkest pokémon game you’ll ever see! So of course I will replay this!
There have been some technical issues caused by me using a laptop. Which causes a slight lag between video layers so the lip sync isn’t that great! But luckily I think I might have found a solution for that in the next video! Which will be awesome! I just had so much fun making this video and I hope it shows! Like I said about my previous videos, this is really a dream that I now can begin to chase, so I would really appreciate it if you could interact with the video. The last video did not reach my goal of 10 likes, but it got me 2 new subscribers! So the goals for this video remain the same!
-Get 10 Likes on this video… maybe 11 because of the 1 dislike I have gotten. – Reach 25 followers.
I really would like to get this thing started a bit and interaction is a great way to help out with that. Of course if you have any pro-tips on how to make cuter Twin Drills in VRoid Studio I am all ears as well! I know it kind of looks like I am begging for likes.. and in a way I am.. but I really wish to chase these dreams.. and I consider you all friends that can help. My real life friends would not though…so I am not really expecting you to interact either, I am just asking you to consider. Check out the video to make up your mind!
So now that I have given this a bit of thought, I have a pretty good idea on what my next videos will be. My next video will be me doing a top 5. Most likely top 5 , Switch games coming out this year. I may change my mind about that though I am fickle.. but at least the concept of the video will be a non gameplay video. Which is more of a socialish video! A bit more edit friendly and that allows me to just talk a bit. It will be fun! These will usually have some angle of actuality! Like a Tweet that hit me very hard , or an event that took place. Stuff like that.
The fourth video “series” is not a let’s play but rather a review type discussion of a game. Usually from my past! It will cover a game I played in the past, that is special to me.. or that is quite bad or straight up strange ! Think Angry Video Game Nerd meets VTuber, with some room for childhood classics as well. The game I want to discuss first is Super Ghouls and Ghosts, since a sequel is finally coming out at the end of the month! It will be talking more about the game and less of a live reaction emulation. I am quite excited for this one! After those two are done we will start my “routine”
-A Retro-Style Game Playthrough (Let’s play) -A Pokémon Game Playthrough (Let’s Play) -A Top 5/Pinkie Talk – A Game “Review”
I am really determined to make my channel work so I am really excited to be making these videos! I have found new communities to interact with and I think this allows me to grow as a content-creator. YouTube is a harder platform to master though! It lacks the community WordPress has and guiding people to my videos is a lot more involved. So I apologise if these types of blog posts are obnoxious to you! I am just trying to get this thing started and grow my channel! I promise you that after I reached a few milestones I will bother you less with it! Video or text though it still is my content .. so if you are following me for me.. I hope you do not mind!
Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy my video! I will see you soon little lights! Thanks for being such awesome community members! Shine on and keep being the awesome you that I love! Oyasumi!
In January Indigo, who onTwitter goes by the name of John, despite not being his real name, became my highest Tier Patreon. As a “One Time Only” Reward, along with quite a few other rewards. Indigo got to be made into a Pokémon (as well as him getting a Pokémon Team which will come later) . This is the post to do that! A huge thank you to John for supporting my blog as much as he does and for being a Hero Coconut.
The Typing of John
Why do I use John, instead of Indigo?! Because he isn’t STAFF this time! He is in the spotlight! Determining a type for the man is a bit harder than it would be for Irina who got this done to her as a thank you for her amazing interpretation of my Blog Tag. John I can place in all of the following types: Normal, Dark, Ice, Fairy, Electric, Steel, Fighting and Ground. To a lesser extent I can even place him in Grass and Rock. There is an argument for ghosts as well albeit a flimsy one. John had a typical greeting of addressing me as a Fleshy mammal implicating he in fact is not a fleshy mammal, which makes ghosts quite eligible.. but also, rock ground and steel. However just because it is funny I do want to make this Pokémon rendition of him a bit of a mammal himself. So we will be going for a dual-type style Pokémon with at least one flesh component. John can be an incredible edgelord , thinking it is cool to find a half eaten deer in the forest and showing me a picture (albeit cleaned up). So Dark Type.. would be a great pick… however the Dark Type is called “Evil Type” in Japan… and that he is not! So no dark type for Johnmon!
Hailing from Finland would make him a great ice-type but I have already done the whole “she’s from Russia and Canada thus Ice-type hyuk hyuk” with Irina. What makes John, John however, is that he is quite a war aficionado! He loves old wars, he loves Warhammer and just anything that has to do with soldiers, mercaniers, vikings and all that stuff. That Warrior aspect I would like to include in his Pokémon. He is also a gun nut! Unfortunately Guns are a big no no in Pokémon. Remoraids original design was banned because it looked too much like a gun. Since these Pokémon have to be somewhat game viable let’s give him Guns..instead of guns! I mean big muscles! That way we can refer to them as guns and everyone knows we really do mean guns! Since John loves metal music, spikey things and bullets we will give him the Steel Typing and the Fighting Type. However John’s features will be his wide range. We will give him a custom ability. Which makes him less of a Pokémon if it just makes up everything.. .but here me out on this. He gets three reinterpretations of Dhelmise ability Metal Worker, which gives the Ghost Grass anchor also STAB boost Steel type moves. John has THREE variants of this ability. Edgelord, which will boost his dark type moves, Good-Guy, which will give Fairy Types a STAB Bonus and Electrician which will offer that same effect to electric type moves.
Finland has a wide variety of animals and I could easily see John being a bear. He is very huggable yet a fierce warrior as well. There aren’t even that many bears either! However John is prone to overdesign, so that means he would most likely not be a Basic Pokémon. He would most likely be either a Stage 1 or Stage 2 evolution. So rather than creating that completely from scratch we will use a pre-existing pokémon and I don’t feel Teddiursa would be a great form for John, nor do I feel Ursaring would need an evolution. Instead we would give an unused Pokémon some love! Luckily there is one finnish animal that is present in the pokémon games that is unloved and could use something special. That is the Reindeer Pokémon.. and I know Lapland might not be Finland.. but it is close enough for Pokémon! So Reindeer John it is. Well he evolves into more of an Elk.. but regardless! We will use Stantler as a Base. A regional variant with extra strong legs, and horns that look a bit more like clubs or something. It would be a Normal Fighting Type. The Male ones are the ones you would like to have, that upon leveling it up while holding a Metal Coat evolves into Scarvet.
Scarvet, like Stantler is a hybrid between all sorts of deers being close to a reindeer but not fully?! Who knows! His antlers have turned into Blades. and he has grown several spikes to defend himself with. Scarvet takes on more Centaur like features which can often be pretty fierce warriors themselves. This allows Scarvet to learn moves like elemental punches, but also feel as a bit of a cavalier knight and now he has “guns” . His signature move will be called Buckshot, which will take the element of his ability, so dark, fairy or electric. A non contact physical move that deals elemental damage based on its users ability. The ability a particular Scarvet has can be seen by the colour on his eyes. Yellow for Electric, Pink for Fairy and Black for Dark. Buckshot in the anime would show a hand making a finger into a gun and then the Pokémon Blinks and elemental energy suddenly hits it’s target in the colour of the eye. It’s bladed horns are most definitely not from space!
Other moves it will learn are moves such as Thunder Punch, Foul Play, Play Rough, Horn Leech, Mega Horn, Horn Drill , Bullet Punch, Close Combat , Head Charge and Skull Bash and a few special moves like bullet seed, charge beam and other quasi military names reminding of weapons. Support moves like No Retreat and Sword Dance seem like great options for this Pokémon. While I know No Retreat is current Falinks signature move in later Generations these type of moves usually are given to newer Pokémon as well PLUS it gives me a chance to put a picture of Falinks here.. so Scarvet and me both win!
Pokédex Entries for John
Now that we have the Pokémon let’s think a bit about what he does. For one let’s make him the mascotte of this region because.. why not! Where the original Stantler was more of a pacifist that felled foes with trickery, these Stantlers will be more like John. “When Stanler’s existence was threatened by the hunt, it decided to make a stance against hunters… the harsh way as a result Stantler in this region is much more aggressive”. Something in that nature. Scarvet’s Dex entry would read in a vein like this: “Hardened by the flames of war this Pokémon has embraced Steel as it’s weapon. His muscles are so big that people often refer to them as guns, this Pokémon is quite the warmachine”.The other generations dex entry might read “Scarvet is a Pokémon that was used a lot in the last Pokémon War. While this Pokémon is not always friendly to the fleshy mammals known as humans, It will always offer it’s aid in a battle it feels is justified” In game you could find out a few more rumors about Scarvet. Mostly rumors about it’s eyes, three trainers will have spotted a Scarvet with an indication on what (post end game) region they might appear in the wild.
“I spotted a Scarvet in the mountains at night, It stared at me with Pitch black eyes as the night around it only seemed to get darker, it was drinking water from the skull of an unfortunate creature”one might say! Another would tell you about their encounter with Scarvet. I was being attacked by (Evil Team) While I was fishing by the lake, A Scarvet saved me and stared at me with it’s Yellow Eyes for a moment. I could have sworn I heard the sound of thunder from it’s hooves as it ran away again”. The final one might be someone close to the main character, a rival, your mother or someone like that. “I was on an afternoon walk through the forest when I met a Scarvet, it walked around me for a bit sniffing the food in my bag, it was playing with some Ribombee , you could see the fun in it’s pink eyes, as it frolicked about ”. Other lore would include Scarvet protecting weaker or wounded Pokémon, Scarvet fighting evil team members and potentially dying like Cubone’s mother. Yet it would also be very cruel to whatever becomes its prey, parading with that.
I think it is pretty safe to say, it is rather easy to determine John’s Pokémon’s combat role. He will be a Speedy physical sweeper that can come in three variants so it is hard to predict which one is coming in competitive. Electric Dark and Fairy stab should give you some pretty huge typing cover as well so it will be a pace setter as a Pokémon. It can be a Pokémon that works great for both playthroughs as well as competitive. I imagine Scarvet performing better in Single Battles because the guessing aspect of it’s bonuses comes more into play there. You might be able to take a thunder punch from Edgelord Scarvet, but Electrician Scarvet will be able to finish the job. It could see some competitive play.
In playthroughs this Pokémon would be a perfect all rounder to fill up a last slot of your party. You just find/breed the one with the ability you want and add it to your team to gain perfection. Well unless you are like me and build your team with a Fairy, Fighting, Steel core. He is there to make things faint in the end and he is very well equipped to do this. Easy to play for everyone and functioning as a bit of a crutch to see how much more damage STAB will exactly mean for you. Scarvet is beginner friendly but also fun to experiment with for the more advanced players now that abilities of Pokémon can be swapped a bit more easily.
And that is just like John, he has a competitive edge to him, often playing LAN matches, he is versatile in what he does but he is fascinated by combat above all. He is a guy that will leap in front of you to save you from some nasty blows, just like Scarvet is a great lead Pokémon. Yet he is also the person to get you into a fight because he is either being a knight a little too much.. or he just wants to see what his new weapons do (in Role Play situations, not real life). He is friendly to everyone though maybe a bit intimidating if you’d meet him on the street after dark.. but if you get to know him better you will have one heck of friend that really would do so much for you and can surprise you even after years. So that is how John would be a Pokémon! Thank you for all your support to this blog! I really hope you like this post!
Hello again little lights! Did you know Moth’s love beer and bananas?! No that doesn’t have to do anything with today’s story I just wanted to say it! Wait does that mean I am drunk all the time?! I don’t want to rip off Irina! Maybe she is a moth… then again.. she could just be Russian. Lamp! Uhm! Anyway it is time to rewrite Anime. What If Ash was a girl was one of more popular SEO things.. so I decided to pick it up again, as I strive for being a Moth VTuber. Let’s take another look at this story from the eyes of a Moth VTuber.. from far above.. and a little more impatient.. so rather than a series we will cover the entire first season in a single episode.
From Ash to Ashley
Ash is a late 90’s anime character that functions a bit as a blank slate. He is the son of Delia and Ketchum and (unknown father) I am not even sure if he is a Ketchum or she started using her maiden name again. What we DO know about Ash father.. is that he is a Pokémon Trainer who to this day wanders the world to be a Pokémon Master. However since he never came up we can assume his achievements are.. nothing to write home about. Travelling without getting results. Thus Ash is almost a carbon copy of his father.. at least for season 1. In the late 90’s the boy character would be a copy of the father while the girl character is a copy of her mother.. with a twist here and there.. and so we can establish a good baseline for Ashley! Ashley would be a very different person than Ash.. as she would more likely be much more like Delia than the father. Which will result in some interesting changes in this journey. Delia having a more educative mind would mean Ashley would be a bit more studious and way less rebellious. Since the Ketchum household does not have a man of the house it would also mean professor Oak would probably have a much closer connection to Ashley! In the pictures we see him take care of Delia in her husband’s absence so with no man there that offer would extend to Ashley!
This will lead to Ashley being much more knowledgeable about Pokémon from the get go but also a lot less brash.. It will also lead to Ashley not having a Pikachu as her starter. As a result of her more girly upbringing she would have watched the study program her mom would recommend , rather than a battle show that makes Ash toss his Alarm clock to shreds. Ashley being like Delia much likely has all sorts of plushies around to grab instead.. plus Delia being closer to her daughter would make sure she would wake up in time.. as well as Ashley herself having set the Alarm way earlier…after packing plenty of underwear. Ashley would arrive at professor Oak on time, knowing a lot more about what it would take to become a Pokémon master.. researching like her mentor. Thus she would pick Bulbasaur as her starter.. naming it Flora.. because those who don’t nickname their Pokémon are terrible people! Like naming your dog, dog! Since she is more like Delia, she takes care of her stuff better. Naming her plushies and all that, which she will also do with her Pokémon.
Note: The Ashley Models are actually based on Episodes off Ash Crossdressing. He does this about four times in the entire series .. I simply recolored to match Delia more closely
Bye Bye Butterfree
Ashley would set off on her journey and like Ash encounter the spearow and pidges. However.. since Ashley has always been protected she lacks Ash bravery and boldness. Instead she sees a flying Pokémon and it is super effective against her Bulbasaur, she would not dare to fight. At one point she would just flee from an angry looking Spearow and run away screaming. This would lead her to meet up to Misty who gets her Tsundere mode activated because Ashley is scaring away the fish. The two begin to talk and Ashley calms down. Seeing a girl in a dress with all her underwear wrapped in plastic, rubber kitchen gloves and who knows what else in her backpack makes Misty be curious how this girl would be a trainer. She seems more like a Housewife. Hearing Misty talk about water Pokémon would interest Ashley however.. those are weak against her Flora, she could catch one of those. Misty teaches her how to fish and the two bond a bit. Misty has a bit of a youngest sister complex.. but this girl makes her feel like an older sister a bit. She decided to teach the girl her ways and travel together until she reaches Cerulean city.. with Ashley learning to catch a Pokémon and catching a Poliwag.. naming it Dewdrop.Misty reveals her Staryu earlier. Since no Pokémon are hurt the pair doesn’t go to the Pokécenter. Team Rockets raids the Pokémon Center and gets away. Since the pair of Misty and Ashley had no urgency they would arrive later, only seeing another successful rate by Team Rocket.
Passing through town Ashley would pick up a strange yellow stone, she has no idea what it is.. and it seems to have fallen from the sky. Something seems to be inside it, this will come into play later and assures we can keep Team Rocket an element in the story. They go to the police office to turn it in but Jenny refuses to take it.. it’s just a stone. Ashley calls up Oak and tells her she is in Viridian city like Ash did.. Professor Oak tells her it looks like amber. The next day Misty and Ashley travel into viridian forest and encounter Ash caterpie like usual.. but Ashley is a girly girl.. so she is scared of bugs! They run away and Caterpie feels a bit sad. No Caterpie means no food to distract Pidgeotto.. so no Pidgeotto either. Ashley does notice though there are a lot of flying Pokémon.. so in the Viridian forest she actually finds.. a Pikachu.. they are there and Ashley constantly has encountered so many flying types would want something to deal with that. Ashley’s Pokémon will be Gender swapped from the ones Ash will have, so all her Pokémon so far are female. She does manage to catch a Pikachu which she names Amber.. after that weird yellow stone. Ashley would tend to groom her Pokémon a bit.. dress them up, because as per Delia’s advise.. she carries WAAAAAY to much stuff. Rather than facing the Samurai in Viridian forest, here the pair will encounter Team Rocket for the first time. They want that stone back. Knowing they are Criminals Misty refuses.. even though Ashley wants to avoid conflict.. the pair get in a fight and using her new Pikachu , Ashley wins her first battle.. Less convincingly so though! Team Rocket then plans to get the Old Amber from Ashley for their boss.
Note: In Pokémon Games it is a semi tradition that female trainers have female Pokémon, this only came into play later.. but since Ashley nicknames Pokémon and grooms them it comes into play earlier. Also girly Pokémon were already shown in the series hence the decision
A Sweeter Brock
With a team like Poliwag and Flora you would think Ashley would not lose to Brock.. however since she was afraid to battle her pokémon had no battle experience causing her first loss. Flint helps her train up her Pokémon and discover some battle spirit along with Misty trying to help as a training partner. Misty already reveals her Starmie.. allowing Flora and Amber to train against it.. unlike Ash , Ashley DOES win her first gym badge legit on her second try.. Brock sees her growth and that same desire he had when with Ash would occur. He would join them on their journey.. trying to seduce Ashley a bit but Misty harshly puts him under control.. like she normally does. Traveling with two girls Brock’s demeanour would be a bit less Casanova and instead make the seduction a bit more subtle. Since Ashley is knowledgeable , Brock doesn’t need to be the exposition canon he is in the original, nor does he have to be the constant chef. He needs a bit of an alternate function so instead of cooking, he actually makes pastries.. making actual Jelly filled Donuts and of course still his Pokésnacks. He also functions a bit like a motivator for Ashley.. he often tries to defend the party but will often get taken down forcing Ashley to step in..so in a way he is like.. pastry chef Krillin.. in terms of roles.
During the next part for a while there won’t be any major changes in the story. The only difference is that in the fight between Ashley and Misty.. which in the original got interrupted by Team Rocket, is already over by the time they step in. Ashley knows Misty well and she already has more insight in her team and with Delia’s character evaluating abilities she easily outstratgesises the impatient Tsundere girl.. slowly we see Ashley come to enjoy battles more. Mostly though when she knows she can win! Team Rocket gets defeated as well like always. The Poké Tech university episode we will retcon as the introduction of levels in the anime was retconned anyway! Instead they encounter a school where they play Pokémon Card battles.. those cards had levels and just would be a sport of its own! Cross Promotion to sell other media seems like a good pokémon thing as well. Everything at the school got retconned later so might as well get some mileage out of it.
Next we get to the point where Ash caught his Starters.. however there is a problem. Squirtle and Bulbasaur in particular are redundant to Ashley’s team.. so instead all three of our heroes get one each. Brock catches the Bulbasaur using his Zubat, Misty catches the Squirtle as it’s a water Pokémon and Ashley gets the Charmander. Ashley is a lot more careful with her catches so she does not hit her catching limit as fast as Ash. However during the Gary encounter it is revealed she has a major crush on Gary.. who in return has no respect for her. During the first part she would not have met him. Ash saw Gary leaving and he was late and live far away. So Gary must have been kind of late as well.. thus not have an encounter with Ashley early on.. at least he would not have picked a starter yet. Because she was there a lot in his youth he keeps thinking of her like an annoying little cousin and being a total jerk like he normally would. “Smell you later” makes Ashley think he likes her perfume and she is in some heavy denial, looking up to Gary and his giant Krabby she goes looking for her own.. Tiny Krabby is caught but only after seeing Gary’s first.. Ashley, missing two Pokémon however still has room in her team so Krabby stays in the party.
A Better Trainer
The whole “No Thunderstone” event in the third gym doesn’t happen. Ashley would not use a Pikachu against Lieutenant Surge anyway, her electric attacks are not effective. Instead she is worried about this battle, and Brock offers to trade his Geodude for her Krabby, (since the trade on the SS Anne won’t happen because there is no Butterfree) she agrees but like Ash with his Butterfree decides to trade it back and face the gym with her very own Pokémon. She already got attached to Ruby. Here we see her take an Ash-like Strategy for the first time, making Poliwag hypnosis Surge Magnemite and having Charmander take it down afterwards. (Which is super effective, because Steel typing would be a thing even if it’s not discovered yet) The second fight is Bulbasaur versus Raichu and using Leech Seed, Ashley wins this battle. .realising that Surge quickly evolved Raichu will lack speed. She wins her third badge and Poliwag evolves into Poliwhirl. One major Retcon on the SS Anne event i would like to make is that James isn’t as cruel to his Magikarp.. it is later established that he is such a sweet guy to his pokémon even if they aren’t strong enough. He doesn’t buy the Magikarp at all because him having a Gyarados would kind of be overpowered. Instead he spends his money on trading cards and gets a “rare” card.. that is just a sticker taped over a Magikarp. The rest of this part happens as per usual.
Now events won’t change until the Sabrina gym, though Brock and Misty begin to comment on Ashley not catching a sixth Pokémon. Ashley however says she doesn’t want to send a Pokémon to someone else unless she absolutely needs to .. she won’t catch a Pokémon in vain and then have it not of use to her! Once again taking more after Delia. The Sabrina fight would see Ashley overwhelmed, however.. being the knowledgeable type and an understudy of Oak she knows that getting a Ghost is kind of useless.. after all the only ghost type here is weak to Psychic. Instead she discovers the laughing trick herself. She sends in Krabby and Sabrina chuckles at it’s size and Kadabra chuckles as well. Ashley will let Krabby make funny faces and foam beards and beat Sabrina with it! Brock remarks that Ashley has super sharp training instincts..(much like Ash does) but also has some serious knowledge and ghost type wasn’t good in her time! Also.. we are not making how often she dies into a meme! So no getting crushed to death my a chandelier!
Different but the Same
From here on out we see mostly small changes or seemingly small. Ashley does catch the Primeape like Ash does, the cap Primeape stole however is in her bag! Her father left the hat, and she keeps it with her a lucky charm of sorts. Which means Primeape can actually keep the hat this time around. The Erika Badge is where Ash crossdresses for the first time.. however there is no need now, this means no Rocket intervention in the fight , but Ashley struggles a bit more due to not having anything that is effective against the Grass trainer other than Charmander.. which she did nickname Fresa by the way. Krabby was named Ruby and Primeape she named Captain. Captain helps her a lot in this fight as it is neutral against the Celladon city Gym Leader, while most her pokémon are ineffective. She really wants a flying type.. and maybe a Rock type to face ice and bug pokémon better as well and of course flying.
Why did I mention the nicknames? Because he liked the cap so much or she in this case. Why do I bring these nicknames up now? Because this is the point where Ash gave away Primeape his second pokémon, Ashley however never had a Butterfree to give away… and she won’t give up Primeape either.. since she nicknames everything she is even more bonded to her Pokémon so she can’t give it up.. Also there aren’t that many fighting Pokemon and she would know! Rather than leaving Primeape at the P1 challenge right now she promises that once they win the Pokémon League they will do this together! Primeape wanting her to be part of that agrees. Captain stays! So will all her Pokémon.
Ashley catches Muk and like Ash finds it smelling nasty.. However after learning Koga is the next gym leader she keeps it on the team, Nicknaming it Amethyst, she sends Ruby to the professor for now.. but will be seen swapping Pokémon out a lot more than Ash so none of her Pokémon would feel neglected.. she would wear a little mask to interact with Muk though. Most other events would stay the same except for some Pokémon choices. Ashley instead of Tauros catches a Chansey which she names Fabergé in the Safari zone and an additional one to send to her mom to help her with household chores. Now that she is gone she wants to provide help for her mother! Much like Mr Mime did in the original.. but Ashley’s mind would go towards this a bit sooner. No insane amount of Tauros though. No Tauros what so ever instead when Ash fails to catch the Snorlax.. Ashley succeeds and she replaces the Muk slot with it. She names it Moon. Why does she catch an original owned pokémon?.. It’s not owned this time.. and now having a Bulbasaur , A Pikachu, A Poliwhirl, an Old Amber and a Snorlax you might see where I am going.. Ashley’s team will evolve towards being more of a team that resembles Manga Red’s .. because the two have a more strategic mindset and it is less starter heavy, making them seem less OP and her more like a real trainer.
Ashley’s Charmander evolves and it begins to disobey her. Unlike Ash this means she doesn’t keep it on her team, she has a stern talk to it.. taking a bit from Misty’s teachings and just sends it to Professor Oak telling it to come back once it listens to her or it won’t battle anymore. She then takes back the Krabby since the next battle will be Blaine. The Togepi thing happens like in the anime.. but Ashley feels really upset Togepi chose Misty feeling something is wrong with her. She finds solace in her own Pokémon strengthening their bond. Nothing changes until the Blaine fight.. on Cinnabar Island Ashley would revive the Old Amber into Aerodactyl.. to stop Team Rocket from ever bothering her again. She names the pokemon Marble. Marble replaces Flora for the next fight while asking Flora to talk to Fresa at Oak’s. With Ashley swapping Pokémon in and out the feeling arises that everyone is more a part of her team all of them come with her on the journey.
Like No One Ever Was
Ashley completely washes Blaine away and is beginning to win easier and easier, showing how much she has grown. After getting troubled by Jigglypuff again, Ashley actually catches it, setting a trap for it while wearing Earplugs. She is like her mother and wants to take care of it and the Jigglypuff clearly feels neglected. She can’t let that go so she goes out of the way for Jigglypuff to be included. She names it Sir Good Knight (as Jigglypuff Originally was a girl and all Pokémon get get swapped) and sets it to professor Oak for him to use it to tuck her Pokémon in. Up until the Viridian gym battle we see no changes and even here there are very little changes. Team Rocket Battles Ashley and they are defeated as per usual.. however.. here Team Rocket is defeated for good! As we see them blast off again leaving the badge.. they fall into the Police station of the Jenny where they robbed the Pokécenter first, they are put in jail and never return to the show again.
The Pokémon League starts the same, and most events that happen beforehand would take place in a very similar fashion.. again just with some minor battle variants. Gary would win and so would Ashley.. this time Ruby the Krabby evolves after ACTUALLY getting experience and it makes sense that it dominates the fight as Ashley actually trained it up pretty nicely! Ashley wins her second and third round without much trouble much like Ash and in the fourth round we see Gary get eliminated like he normally would. The bellsprout fight happens as per Usual except Ashley now Actually has a bond with Muk so it makes more sense.
Ashley asks Gary to cheer her on.. but he tells her he doesn’t have time to see losers lose, or something else Gary likes.. Ashley gives up her toxic crush on Gary but has trouble focusing on her battle with Ritchie. A mirror match, in teams happens in the fact that both use their Pikachu with Ritchie’s one coming on top. In the end due to a swapping error on Ashley’s behalf due to feeling so hurt by how cruel Gary was she sends off Fresa the disobedient Charmeleon having taken the wrong Pokéball from Oak wanting to get Captain or Snorlax or whomever. Charmeleon sees his master is heart broken and realises she will be more sad if she loses. She remembers being rescued by Ashley and how much she loved it .. realising how much a brat it had become Charmeleon evolves into Charizard and beats Richie’s Pokemon. Ashley moved to the final 8.
Captain, Moon, Flora, , Fresa, Amethyst and Marble would carry her into the final four! Ruby, Amber, Dewdrop Fabergé and even Sir Good Knight would carry her to the final. A parcel would be delivered to her.. from an unknown sender. A cap much like Captain has.. but girlier.. made to fit her sits in a parcel, with underneath it a Waterstone to evolve Dewdrop into Poliwrath. Did her father send this?! Is he somewhere in the audience?! As Ashley walks into the arena for one final match we skip forward in time leaving the ending ambiguous. Three friends are walking on a road that splits into four other roads.
Everyone holds and it seems like everyone is walking a different route. We don’t see dialogue… All we see is a close up of Togepi crying as Misty is strolling down a route by herself. We then hear footsteps catch up. Ashley joins her best friend telling that even though the journey may be over there are plenty of elements in the pokémon world left to uncover, she has heard that in some far away regions people do shows with their pokémon. She also has heard about a region called Johto so maybe she could try the gym leader challenge there.. maybe she’ll win …. before it is revealed if she will say “This Time” or “Again” All her Pokémon burst from their Pokeball to tackle hug her! Showing us she won’t just give them up.. A hand reaches out to pick her up and it’s Brock. “Whatever our next adventure will be… we will do it together” An ending card would reveal some next generation pokémon!
Hello once more little lights! It is time to continue my playthrough of a very special Pokémon game.. modded so instead of Pokémon it is all Magical Girls. We have had a great start so far and now are nearing the second gym with zero fatalities.. but a fair few close encounters! With our wonder guard Jigglypuff things are looking good for now.. but what about the rest of the team! Will we be able to defeat Brawly.. what team and moves will he have.. and what will he be called! Find out in today’s episode.. or read back on the other Nuzlocke posts at the bottom of this piece.. Basics and rules are explained in Part 1.The entire series can be found in the post Carousel at the end of this post!
We start the episode off with a Team Recap! Currently we have Sakura the Rhyhorn with the ability static, to paralyse her foes on contact. Currently she only has ground type moves which led her to be nearly killed by a Shadow Tag Zapdos.. a Flying Pokémon with an ability that prevents pokemon swapping out! Through the use of struggle she was saved and leveled to level 13. We have Usagi the (C)Raichu who is level 14 who can cry tears that causes effects if other Moe’s make physical contact with her. She only carries electric moves. We have got C.C. The Gardevoir who has the Huge Power ability and rolls with moves like Fake-Out, Psychic, Psycho-Boost and Mist Ball. Umara the Slowpoke has Keen Eye with some more basic moves like Water Gun and Bubble.. but she also rocks Luster Purge and reflects! Murmur the Porygon 2 has the ability poison point and can attack our foes with Vice Grip and Earthquake while she also is the cut user of the team and can prevent swapping Pokémon by the use of mean look! She is level 13. Our Ace is the Adorable Miku the Jigglypuff who with the Wonder Guard ability can only be hit by super effective moves (and thus fighting moves) She attacks with Crush Claw or Double Slap and can sing Supersonicly to confuse her foes. She also has the move Camouflage which can change her typing to get more mileage out of Wonder Guard …maybe!
Last time we were asked to deliver a letter to Steven Stone.. who hangs out in some strange cave in Dewford town and today’s adventure begins there.. with me strolling along the beach looking for hidden items, finding a Big Pearl AND a Big Mushroom! While it is nice to have some cash money Dewford town doesn’t actually have a Pokémart so for now they are useless.. it also means I can not purchase potions unless I travel back.. but then I would have to travel on the perverts ship again.. and an old man named Briney who has a very loving relation with a Moe Girl called Wingull.. so I decided to enter Granite cave. A hiker gives me the HM for Flash.. but without a HM slave to teach it .. this isn’t going on my main team! Time for our encounter.. with Umaru being on the hotseat of being kicked off the team things are exciting for her! She might become my flash user! That does turn out to be the case when I find out that my encounter is a Corphish (I love that Pokémon). I capture it and since it is male.. looks like a girl and has twin tails I decide to call it Souji after Souji Mitsuka. Umaru disappears in the PC for now.. but not before finding a second encounter.. Squirtle.. darn that would have been better.
Souji has the moves Rock Tomb and Pain Split for now.. and is level 8 so we will need to grind her up! Which is a cool way to discover what Pokémon I could have gotten. Umaru is quite happy to be in a PC with a Spearow I named Asuka. They have a little party with cheetos! In the cave I find Paras, Haunter, and Charmander as well as a Doduo.. I decide to forsake switch training and only use Souji to level up on Charmander and the Doduo. Souj almost gets killed by a Muk due to me using the speed up button a bit too much! I need to stop doing that. Switching into Usagi she kills the Muk and levels up to level 15 while Souji learns Payday at level 10.. Free money for me.. but not a great move. It does allow me to grind on the Squirtle and Luvdisc that I encounter later as well and at level 13.. Souji learns the water move Octazooka! So now he has a great move! These Pokemon are hitting me hard though so I decide to grind the entire party out until level 15. The need for this is immediately shown because I STRUGGLE here.. at one point Murmur gets poisoned with no more potions in my Inventory.. she would be killed for sure.. but apparently I failed to sell Morning sun! In a desperate attempt I teach it to Murmur and pray I encounter something before she dies of poison! It works. I heal her and barely make it to the Pokémon Center… I need to go back to get some potions!
The Search for Steven
I go back to Petalburg and Decide to level my weaker Pokémon in the grass there.. that other cave might just have level 8’s but suddenly Haunters and Dusclops started showing up left and right tearing my team to shreds. I pick up a couple of potions, a set of antidotes and some more Pokéballs… knowing fully well that Mr Briney is chasing the young girl around the table again! I can’t let this last too long! When everyone is level 14 I go back.. and will look for Steven. Things are going south fast.. as I descent further in the cave.. those Dusclops turn into wild Mewtwo encounters… who outspeeds Sakura so she can’t guarantee to run away. A hard fight later.. Sakura learned of the Earthquake.. and is on 2 hp! I am trapped in darkness.. am I really supposed to take Brawly down first?! Well.. I am lost in the dark now! Might as well try to avoid using Flash whatsoever! Umaru is still having her party after all.. The wild Mewtwo is part of the same route as Souji was.. being in a granite cave.. so I can’t even try to catch it.. unless it is shiny.. but I think shinies aren’t in this romhack! (shiny clause is a special rule that states you can capture shinu pokémon even if the encounter is not eligible to be captured)
The way towards Steven is a gruesome trial , while my Pokémon are powerful.. My team is extremely weak to grass and has no good counters for ghosts yet.. and what do you know this cave is filled with these sorts of Pokémon! It doesn’t help that I don’t remember this game very well.. but well on my way I at least encounter what Souji is going to evolve into.. for a brief moment I forgot Crawdaunt was dark type and I nearly got CC killed.. but luckily swapping into Miku is always the correct answer! Since I really do want experience on my Pokémon though I can’t constantly lead her. Every floor my HP is chipped of a bit more.. but I finally reach Steven. He gives me the move Uproar for delivering the letter.. which. .isn’t particularly useful to me! I want to exit the cave with an escape rope I bought but I realise I have not taken enough screenshots in the cave yet. I miss a few for my posts.. so I need to go back in and hope you don’t notice my Pokémon’s level… or read this line! While I do I encounter a Moltres.. Luckily C.C could one shot it with Psycho Boost. Well.. at least I found Steven.
Little Gym of Horrors
With everyone being at the abysmally low level of 15 .. it is time to face the gym leader. Note that the previous gym leader’s ace was this level as well so I assume that EVERYTHING here will at least be this level.. if we face Regi.. we might lose monsters here. Immediately I forget that Brawly’s Gym Puzzle in this game was darkness, I am more used to the “puzzle” in Oras and I get in a Double Battle Unprepared for what is to come! As Sakura and Usagi come out, the opponent’s send in Swampert and Ampharos.. . This can kill Usagi! I want to swap her out.. but Swampert has got the move Arena trap.. which basically means that Usagi is dead already! I need a miracle here! Round 1 I let Usagi use Stockpile to up her Defences.. the Ampharos Attacks her but the Swampert uses Water Sport … Bonemarang takes half of Swamperts Health… I am willing to lose Sakura here.. but Usagi is my Baby I need to keep her safe if possible! Round 2.. Usagi Stockpiles again.. the Swampert uses a thunderwave to Paralyse Usagi… thank Arceus! The Ampharos uses minimize. Sakura finishes Swampert off with a second Bonemerang. With the taste of vomit in my mouth from stress I let Sakura sweep here.. while I swap Usagi out for Miku .. just to be safe because of the minimises. This isn’t good I am way too attached to Usagi already! Looks like she won’t be the only one crying!
The next fight.. against a gym trainer which I make sure to battle Solo isn’t much easier.. the woman uses a Kyogre for crying out loud.. still leading Sakura I know I have to rely on Usagi to clutch this one! I need her to take a hit from a Legendary… she does so like a champ and did not even cry that much! The Kyogre lives a hit from Usagi though and brings her well into yellow health some tears flow.. but soon the tears are washed away by the blood of the slain enemy Kyogre.. The stress of it all is actually starting to get to me! This isn’t an easy gym! The enemies are slightly lower level than me.. but these are all such powerhouses! The Third Trainer uses a Seaking.. he stands no chance against my team..but Sakura needs to swap out again! This time I try to let Souji take advantage of Payday to rake up some extra coins .. I am going to need them! The final fight before the gym leader uses a Puppitar who has a sprite that has way too much work in it for a Puppitar! The Pupitar fight levels up C.C. and she learns Light Screen! I make room for it over Mistball! Praise be to Baby Mew, I have both the barriers now! This will allow me to live so much more! I just wish I had them on the same Pokémon!
I take a little breather before the Brawly fight before I move back in. Brawly tells me he would like the be called Bug Catcher Jill. I lead Miku as I am too scared to use anything else! His first Pokémon is a Houndour.. okay we can take that! It has the poison point ability and poisons Miku..so I am spending resources to keep her free of that status! Eventually Miku takes down the Houndour and she is up against a Wooper, who tries to put Jigglypuff to sleep.. how ironic. It is level 19 though.. I am 3 levels under! I might need to grind again already! The last Pokémon is a level 16 Lombre! Since no one is super effective against it I decided to let Miku sweep the gym! What do I get as a reward for being scared to death half of the time?! The Move .. Defence curl… Wow.. that sucks.. even for early gym standards!
The First Death
Before heading to Slateport I decide everyone needs to level up to level 18. I know the Gym in Mauville is a bit away.. but I am on the level of regular gym trainers right now .. if not a tiny bit over.. My team isn’t balanced enough yet to play around typings smartly and I do have a lot of unevolved Pokémon, only CC and Porygon 2 (in this Generation) are fully evolved. Well Usagi as well but she is my darling little baby! I don’t want to risk her! So a few levels on her won’t hurt! During grinding however.. something terrible happens! Sakura gets killed!…By A luvdisc! One of the weakest Pokémon in the game! It does outspeed Rhyhorn so Sakura failed to run from the Water Type which before I have only seen carry Water Pulse.. and my 2x it’s level Rhyhorn could survive one hit of that.. poorly but she could! I was grinding and most of my other Pokémon were damaged so I felt running was the safer route.. when Luvdisk used Waterspout! A move that deals more damage the more HP you have. Since Luvdisk was at full HP.. Sakura got washed away… I am sorry girl! You will be missed.. Asuka the Spearow joined the team for now.. which involved an awful lot of grinding! But I figured since I already had a Psychic Type and a Water type.. the Flying type would be better to deal with our weakness to grass.. though with Sakura gone.. the weakness was kind of fading already!
Usagi destroyed the Luvdisc and everyone caught up to the level of the Gym Leader we beat. Asuka learned Milk Drink which is one of the best recovery moves.. but other than that no real moves were learned. Jigglypuff learned Flail Over doubleslap. I told Flail is a bad move but if Miku gets poisoned I can let her take damage until she is really low health and use Flail with a high base power… yet low mortality rate (if I have staked out my opponents move) Wading through the mountain of Luvdisc corpses.. Sakura was buried looking out on the Gym.. she had saved her friend Usagi from the crazy Swampert before! The Gym where she pulled her weight hard but also was in danger a lot.. We all boarded the pevert’s ship again.. not even caring he was lewding his tiny girl again. We all felt empty and not just because we ran out of Power Points.. on the way to Slateport .. Usagi cried for the loss of her friend… and so did her trainer…..
Hello again little lights, I wanted to have some anime girls death battle a little more so I decided to continue playing my Moemon Emerald Extreme Randomiser Nuzlocke! You know that thing where I battle with Pokémon and if they faint they are considered dead! Last episode we got an amazing starter and some pretty sleek Pokémon to kit out our team! We are looking good! But can it help us?
Before the Gym Battle officially starts I decided to walk around a bit. I am not too familiar with Emerald as I haven’t played it in ages so I mozy around and talk to everyone, I encounter one of those weird.. enter the impossible to grasp passcode persons in the form of a sick girl! I search the web for an online generator to get this done and I speak “the funny word” to her father. The word is hsnBMqpgsTnBVcq. Wanda smiles and is healed by the word and I get a new wallpaper for my computer… so not worth this but hey I guess my death box now looks Kawaii as Fudge! Another guy thinks I would trade a Gengar for a Jumpluff.. I guess the people in this town are weirdo’s that is not a good trade for me if I would do that!
I end up finding a big pearl on route 105 and now have two options. I can face the gym with a team of 5 or I do my cave encounter and route 116 before.. as far as I am aware in Nuzlocke.. it is always wise to have more Pokémon! So I move into the grass of route 116 and my first encounter is a Gardevoir with Psycho Boost.. a super powerful move! I manage to catch it easily but I almost lose Murmur the Porygon 2 to her onslaught! I swap in Jigglypuff and the one named Miku can not be hit by anything that is not super effective so she is safe. I capture the Gardevoir and name her C.C. I might not like code Geass but it seems like a fitting name!
C.C. is proper Waifu Material so I decide to train her up a bit so she doesn’t die immediately in the gym battle.. A random trainer has a Suicune and gives her a lot of trouble! I want to swap her out but the opponent has Arena Trap and I fear for my life. Luckily Gardevoir breaks free and learns Mistball.. there was no need for her to learn that over Agility … but I found it funny that she has two legendary Signature moves so I did it anyway, sometimes you just have to have fun… plus Mistball looks cute as an attack on her! For some strange reason I do encounter Gengar in these fields so I decide to cheat a little.. I will catch it and trade it for the Jumpluff …just so I can have a Trophy waifu.. I won’t use her and I will burn resources on this ..but it is just for fun! I waste a lot of Pokéballs and Money but I end up with my first Trophy Wife Yellow The Jumpluff that I traded for a Gengar.. just because it is such a bad trade!
On my way to Rusturf tunnel I fight a few trainers with legendaries. Everyone except for Murmur the Porygon and Umaru the Slowpoke manage to reach level 11.. In the tunnel I failed to catch my encounter, which was an Elekid.. it isn’t that bad as I do prefer our own Usagi the (C)Raichu. I think the Gym Leaders ace is level 13 or so.. which we should be able to handle! But I have come to realise we have a bit of a grass weakness! I have no good counters for that and two members are weak against it, and grass also resists Usagi! The only good way to deal with it is sending in Miku the Immune Jigglypuff! So let’s hope that the gym leader does not have a Venusaur or a Meganium!
The Rustboro Gym
The Gym challenge begins.. I forgot to talk to the dude for a free fresh water and rush into the first battle with a Youngster.. sending out Umaru first against his Glalie..we should have this.. unfortunately Glalie has Tail Glow.. which boosts it’s stats greatly and it immediately freezes Umaru as well.. putting her on Red health. No Bueno! I already need to swap in Jigglypuff to survive this! Miku.. is immune to ice type moves and Glalie has no fighting type moves so it goes down fairly easily as we leave our first little girl corpse in the gym! Time for the second trainer, only one left after this ..before facing the leader! Let’s give Umara a chance to redeem herself. I slip up and trigger a double battle! after which the Hiker and a young boy send out a Chansey and a Nincada.. which isn’t good for the pair of Usagi and Umara.. both are special attackers.. and one is weak against Nincada.. we better take care of the bug first!.. Then I realise Nincada is a ground type, now that moves are random but based on the same type bias Usagi is in grave danger.. I need to swap her out and risk them doubling into Umaru.
Luckily Chansey doesn’t do anything and Nincada can barely damage her! Sakura the Rhyhorn comes out to replace Usagi.. as Chansey is weaker to physical attacks and Ground and Bug types can’t hurt Sakura a lot! The trainers send in a Smoochum and Poochyena next! The Smoochum is no problem but the Poochyena has Sacred Fire which burns Sakura and cuts her attack in half putting her out of the fight! I swap in Murmur.. but she also gets burned right away! Luckily Vicegrip still does decent damage and Umaru’s Water Gun finishes the pair off! It is time.. to face the gym leader! At least everyone is level 11 now so I do feel fairly confident!
Roxanne normally is a Rock Type Gym leader, which we would easily wash with Murmur and Umaru.. but she isn’t the same Roxanne as before.. she calls herself Bug Catcher Robin now.. for one and she leads off with a level 12 Gardevoir… which means Miku has to come and save the day already! If it has Psycho Booth as well it can pretty much kill everything else! Umaru levels up from this fight and so does Miku with Miku now learning Super Sonic. The next Pokémon Roxanne is about to use is a Mew.. which is a problem yet again…because Mew can learn ANYTHING and it has no real stat bias either. I am afraid it will have Focus Blast so I decide to swap in Rhyhorn which is one of my tankier Pokémon.. Sakura can also use Mud Slap to lower its accuracy if need be!
Mew looks absolutely adorable. I must have it! I must.. but I can’t because it belongs to a Gym Leader so she has to die! Sakura nearly gets one shot by a psybeam.. and barely manages to chip away at her health too..it looks like I am going to have to risk Miku here! Afraid of the Focus Blast I use Gardevoir instead as it can resist the Psychic attacks! I whittle away at Mew with Mistball until it goes down, the Gym leaders Ace is a Dunsparce.. I decided to swap in Murmur as she could use the XP the most, thinking the Gym leader’s ace is level 13..turns out it’s 15! It starts using Thunder and immediately puts Murmur in red health.. I decide to swap in USagi to counter this.. but she has False Swipe which puts Usagi on Yellow health..Dunsparce reveals her other moves to be Recover and Charge.. which means it can’t touch Miku.. but can Miku kill it fast enough before she struggles to her own death?
It turns out the answer is yes! Realising as a Gym Leader that Dunsparce can not touch me it keeps spamming Charge instead of Recover and Three Crush claws later I am the proud owner of a Stone Badge. She also grants me the teachable move Morning Sun… which is only a mildly decent healing move.. so I decide to sell it with the move Flail that I picked up earlier.. Flail deals more damage depending on how hurt you are. It is often used in novelty combat sets such as a Magikarp Sweep team (in which you set the game up so that Magikarp can kill a full team of Legendaries with just the move Flail). It isn’t very good for Nuzlockes though.. and Morning Sun being better in weather also feels too flimsy! I rather have some potions that I can more reliably use early game! After exiting the gym.. I see a robbery is going on! I ignore it for now and go heal my damaged team. Then it is time to rescue a Peeko!
I equip Sakura with a Quick Claw I managed to get my hands on and give Murmur a Hard Stone. The first item allows Pokémon to Strike first sometimes and Sakura is a slow girl! The second powers up Ground type moves.. so Murmur’s Earthquake now deals more damage. Time to hunt some criminal scum! Well it would be had I not been distracted with a few trainers hidden behind some cuttable bushes.. there are items on the ground.. and since they too are randomised Lucky Eggs (which double XP) or Master Balls can be everywhere. Murmur is forced to learn Cut.. since I don’t actually have an extra Pokémon to use as an HM slave.. and Immediately she gets into a fight with an Entei.. the Hard Stone pays off here as we easily Oneshot Entei with a powered up Earthquake! C.C. Nearly gets killed by a Dewgong but we end up safe and sound arriving at Rustuf tunnel once more where an eldery Sailor tells us that his 8 year old girl has been stolen by Team Aqua.. and if I could please get his Peeko back! I agree though I really hope Peeko’s overworld sprite remains a Wingull..in bird form.. as I enter the cave to fight a pirate!
Luckily Peeko indeed looks like a bird.. but we all know better in this world Pokémon are little girls.. but yay for Censorship and all! The Pirate prefers to go by the name of Rich Boy Bob, who has a Sharpedo.. which is kind of the Signature Pokémon for this team.. so that’s strange! Usagi punishes in the name of the Moen or something and I get Peeko back and some sort of supplies for a big corporation. I bring back the stuff that was stolen from them and as a reward they give me more work… and some kind of weird navigation that is also a phone.. you know that is KINDA the wrong way around! That’s right, even Moths can be Millenials. I guess now I have to head towards the second gym .. which means I have to go on a boat with that old guy.. that keeps little girls locked up in his balls.. and I am a 10 year old girl…. Thanks Devon Corp for sending me on this mission! I am sure this will not backfire at all!
I’m on a Boat.
I really have forgotten a lot about these games! Apparently I have to fight Brendan at the exit of town! Umaru nearly dies again.. she isn’t really pulling her weight here…so I might see if I can replace her with an Old Rod Encounter in a bit! She does manage to finish an Eevee!!!! Although barely.. and when Brendan sends out a Pidgeotto I send in Usagi to quickly finish this fight! He outlevels me though so Pidgeotto lives a hit and makes Usagi cry by hitting her again. She revenge kills him soon after with the power of her ability Effect Spore.. which ends up poisoning them. In my head cannon Effect Spore.. isn’t actually spores.. but tears. Usagi cries and her tears can inflict a status condition. Yes that works really well! Perhaps the spores are in her tears! On the way back through Petalburg Woods I decide to go the route that is locked behind some cut trees. I picked up a few new items including a Miracle Seeds that powers up grass moves, of which I currently have none.. but I also find an Amulet Coin.. which is a great item! It generates more money! I decided to put it on Usagi. I use her more often than I use Miku due to how hard she hits! I might switch it to Miku soon though.. I am not sure on who the item is better for now.
I arrive at Mister Briney’s house and he is Chasing the little girl that just happens to look like a bird on her sprite to make this all PG around the table! I talk to him and he stops playing around..calling Peeko his darling.. his filthy vagrant behaviour is something that should not be tolerated! At least as long as I keep him occupied, poor Peeko is safe! My chores that I got for helping a big company out is having to travel to two towns. Dewford to deliver a letter to mister Steven Stone, the Champion of the Pokémon League AND Travel to Slateport! Luckily in Dewford there is also the second gym! I am running out of space to type though so instead of pursuing this course of action I decided to pick up an old rod to fish for my Dewford Encounter.. I also got to go back to Petalburg to fish there.. but I will hold off for now! Except for Umaru my team is looking fairly strong! I decide to fish and what lives on the bottom of the sea?! Why a little girl of course! Nibbling on my rod is a brand new Spearow…maybe I will go grab that Petalburg encounter after all! I catch it though and name it Asuka!
I decide to hold off and challenge the two Fishermen on the beach instead to wrap this up! Fight one goes about as well as you expect! Sakura had to be swapped out against a Slowpoke as a droplet of Rain WILL kill her.. but Usagi once again comes to save the day! The second fight.. is a disaster.. Sakura faces off against a Zapdos.she can’t hit Zapdos and it is level 10! Sakura is level 12.. Meanwhile Zapdos has a headbutt and whittles away at Sakura.. I try to swap her out but Zapdos has Shadow Tag.. this looks like this might be it for Sakura.. but I refuse to let her go and I decide to keep my girl healthy with potions wasting them all! But it works! Sakura has low Power Points (number of uses) on her moves and thus she gets to use “struggle” fairly early! Finally being able to hit Zapdos.. who now is locked in Spark.. a high Power Point Move that can not hurt ground types! With about 25% Hp left, Sakura finishes off the Zapdos and Usagi deletes his two other Moe girls. Which includes a very skimpily dressed Octillery! Oh jeez Sakura I am so glad you are okay I thought I had lost you! Let’s use this moment to take a break! Next episode the battle against Brawly will happen and we get a few new encounters! Untill then.. don’t lewd the Moes.. they are Tomodachi!
Welcome back again little lights of my life! Today I will ramble more about gaming! Why?! Because as a Virtual Blogger it is now my task to have factually correct opinions! So to celebrate that I am right I really wanted to do a top 5. I wanted to do a top 5 Kaiju first.. but I realised.. I really have to know them a bit better. Mamma Mothra is considered the mother of monsters so .. maybe Godzilla is like my brother.. I might need to learn more about him before I think he is a bit basic.
So because I was listening to video game music while listening to this post .. how about I review video game music again! From the N64 this time! As I did SNES and NES in the past! Like with them, only one entry per franchise (uhm kind off) ..with an honourable mention in the same game (most of the time) .
<Disclaimer> All the Songs Are YouTube Videos, to hear them read this post on my actual website. <End Of Disclaimer>
Number 5: SS Anubis – Jet Force Gemini
Jet Force Gemini was a great game on the N64 that would have never really been on my radar. Shooting bugs with an anime girl, a guy in space armor and a dog wasn’t something I was particularly interested in at the time.. it looked “kiddy” yet did not play kiddy.. so I kinda found that dumb! So I decided to rent Star Wars Shadows of the Empire instead… man I really disliked that game! The shooting was so awful. I returned the game the same day as I took it out.. even though I rented it for a week.. I did not want Shadows to be my weekend! The Video Game Store Owner recommended me to Jet Force Gemini instead and since I wanted space Violence I reluctantly agreed. My mind was blown. This game was so much better! It also had really great music! Very different from what you expect such a cute looking game. The game played so smooth as well.. so I actually kept renting this until I finished it! …Which meant I would have been better off buying it.. .but oh well.
SS Anubis is a track that has a super foreboding tone, but also something big! It had this explorative.. spy movie like quality that also really worked well for alien stuff. Those were some strange times! It is very loopable.. and non intrusive and easy to put on a loop, by it’s own it might sound a bit boring for those who have never played the game.. but there was a way that these tracks were designed where ingame sound and audio blended together in such a nice cocktail that this always left an impression on me! A second favourite of mine is the fire planet Eschebone! I mean.. there are just so many pretty sources of light there and.. the music is absolutely bone chilling. There is a real sense of danger and evil there.. and even though the level absolutely sucks donkey kong.. with the last K being replaced with a D but it’s theme was amazing. Rare did an amazing job. I could have filled this list with just rare songs alone and it would still be a great list. They are on here a lot.. in fact….. the next entry might be Rare as well!
Honourable Mention: Eschebone
Number 4: Sloprano – Conker’s Bad Fur Day
I love platformer games, yet on Nintendo 64 that love was tested a bit. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Mario 64. It’s a great game don’t get me wrong but there were a lot of stars that aren’t fun to collect. I now.. and always will dislike a game that requires ultra specific , conditions such as entering a level at 12 o clock to stop all the moving parts, or figuring out some super vague secrets. Nowadays I do enjoy playing through it. .but then I was heavily leaning towards Team Rare. Donkey Kong 64 is a game I (as one of the few people) really liked (except for playing the Arcade games) and Banjo Kazooie, in my eyes blows Mario completely out of the water. So when a platformer was said to release with lot of potty humor, violence and Teddy Bears I was on board all the way! I had a lot of fun with the multiplayer but I had even more fun with the campaign.. especially the earlier parts.
Sending bees to a sunflower, so she gets ticklish enough to show her boobs to a horney and hungover king bee… and of course.. fighting a giant turd by the power of conjuring context sensitive toilet paper. I loved this game so much and in part it is because of the Opera Scene.. weirdly I am a sucker for Opera music in video games and this one is no different.. although a bit low brow! It’s a song sung by a baritone piece of poo that flings parts of his body at you and the entire opera is metaphors for the excrement. However the way how tempo in the song is used to ramp up difficulty and the comical and clever text pushed this towards some greater heights. While I would not say this track is “forgotten” I often see it passed over for the DK Rap, which I will cheat with and make my honorable mention here. Conker Had great music troughout the game, I very much love the main theme as well.. but since these are the two most iconic N64 songs with Vocals..both by Rare and the same type of game .. I think it is allowed.. and that way you can compare and agree with me that Sloprano is a more unique song!
Honourable Mention : DK Rap – Donkey Kong 64
Number 3: Gerudo Valley – The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time was my first experience with this absolutely amazing franchise, with either this or Windwaker being my favourite installment. The Minish Cap taking a close third. My little sister forced me to call the main character we know as Link Turban8 (Tulband8 in Dutch) or she would reset my game over and over.. so my first Journey with Turban8 was quite unique.. I had never played a game like this before and here it became clear that I was a true gamer and my sister was not. We had to play together but I picked up on the nuances of this game fairly quickly and in the end she abandoned playing this so Turban8 was strictly controlled by me. I loved the music of this game so much, the overworld theme, Zelda’s Lullaby, Saria’s song.. this game blew me away! Music was an actual theme in the game and I would often just try to match the songs that were playing in the background. I learned to do this pretty okay as well.. and I adapted to a new way of Video game thinking.. away from the SNES platformer mentality.
One song impressed me so much more than the others, and that was the song of Gerudo Valley! My oh my did I love that song. The temperament of that song, the punch it packed and the “Bandito” theme really made this an absolute bob! I would often return to Gerudo valley just to hear that amazing song. Song of Storms will be put forward as my honourable mention, it can’t hold a candle to Gerudo Valley for me though! I love this song SO much! I loved it so much it was in my dreams! I once dreamed I got married to a video game character and we had to dance on the music! I just soared like an eagle to Gerudo Valley! Even did the rose/flamenco thing! Hmmm….I watched a lot of cartoons back then! I wasn’t able to beat the game at that age, the temple of Shadow and Spirit proved too tricky for me.. but I kept coming back to this game and falling for the song over and over again. I was so happy it got to be a thing in Smash Bros as well! They also made an absolute amazing Mariachi version of this!
Number 2: Rainbow Road – Mario Kart 64
When I was just a little Pinkie, I had a little friend with a bowl cut, who always invited me to come play Mario Kart on SNES.. I always lost and did not think I would like the sequel.. I hated SNES Rainbow Road to the core! My friend always beat the living daylight out of me! So when I first got Mario Kart 64 I kind of was upset! I didn’t really like that game.. I always played it with my friend because they wanted to play it, not because I liked it.. but I quickly realised how good this game actually is! I loved how this game controlled.. I loved the new weapons and I could actually stay on track and .. since I was not friends with Bowlcut anymore.. I did not really lose to anybody.. except my sister .. but she would punch me if she lost, so I faked losing a lot. Regardless , whenever she was not there I would race the AI on harder cc’s and win! I had so much fun! Then I had to do Rainbow Road.. and it was AMAZING.
Rainbow Road 64 is my favourite Mario Kart Track and Track ever. It really felt like the end of a (short) journey and instead of being punished .. like in the last one you were rewarded with a gorgeous track..which almost took as long to complete as the entire rest of the game. Seeing those character depictions on the sky, the sense of actually driving on a Rainbow.. it did more to me than being just a great track.. and track.. I think my love for Rainbows came from that game.. before that I kinda felt they were overrated but I loved Rainbow Road 64 so much that I even made a Mario Kart Rainbow Road Dungeon in my Digimon campaign. It was super fun! During the game the track almost constantly played and no one was ever annoyed by this music looping. It hits all the right notes of grandeur, space and lightheartedness. This isn’t a final dreadful trial for you to overcome.. this is a reward.. your victory lap! That is to me what Rainbow Road should be. The track before that, should be the final trial. This game got that feeling right, and this track is a perfect accompaniment for it. Oh right.. honourable mention.. Koopa Troopa Beach I get.. cause Island vibes?! It isn’t even in the same ballpark though.. heck.. if Rainbow Road is Yankee stadium.. then Beach isn’t even in America.
“Honourable” Mention: Koopa Troopa Beach
Number 1: The Entire Soundtrack – Banjo-Kazooie
I know , I know, this sounds like yet another cheat.. but you can really take your pick here and pick from anything in this library of this game. Freezy Peaks, Gruntilda’s Lair, Spiral Mountain, the actual main theme, every single track is amazing.. but before we get into that let’s talk a bit about my history with this game. I was reluctant to pick this up as Mario 64 had been a bit of a mid-experience for me. When I say MID I mean that in the softest way possible. I had a great time, but I no where nearly loved this game as much as I loved Super Mario World. I did not love it as much as Super Mario Bros 3 either. It was somewhere around Mario 2 and 1 for me. However because of how much I loved World.. this felt like a disappointment.. I did not care too much about how impressive 3d was. I wanted a fun game I could play with my Sister, I wanted Yoshi, Especially Stompy.. my Yellow Yoshi (my sister claimed the blue one). Then Banjo came and I expected the same experience.. but I was blown away! This game.. was SOOO much better. I am sorry but it just really is. Mario 64 is a great game.. but Banjo… it’s the near perfect collectathon platformer. It is one of those 10/10 games for me.
The gameplay, the humor, the synergy and most of all the music. This music style is SO unique! I am not good with backoffice names.. especially when it comes to music.. or voice actors.. I don’t really care who voices a character as long as I like the voice. I love the voice acting in a Hat in Time .. yet I have no idea who did it.. I love the music in Blast Corps.. I have no idea who did it! When it comes to music I know two names. Nobuo Uematsu, who I still refer to as “that Final Fantasy Guy” and that there is Grant Kirkhope. All respect to Uematsu.. but he just makes amazing music.. Grant Kirkhope’s music is so unique and so is …Kirkhope, I’d almost call it a genre. I can recognise if a song is a Kirkhope and that style feels so catered to the iconic bear and bird. Even if it is used in other games it is as if you can taste that love for this franchise. Whenever I hear a Kirkhope song.. I imagine a Bear and a Bird jamming out to it. There is a love for the characters here.. a LOT of it. After this game .. this type of music and sound design became part of this type of game.. so it simply is just outstanding and I can not pick a favourite. It was the birth of something new.. and I’ll take it as a whole! If I ever would be a VTuber, I would very much would like an Kirkhope style intro! If he’d make one I’d begin streaming the next day!
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Fancy meeting you her lads and ladies, it is Steampunk month and Pokémon.. is not something you can immediately connect to that sort of thing. While there may be a steampunk Romhack out there that I am not familiar with.. I have found nothing of the sorts just set.. so I decided to create a concept of my own. Including a few new regional variants.. and if I decide to make Steampunk Pokémon from scratch this will be the game they will be featured in! So let’s take a look at my Steampunk game.
NOT a Mainline game
To determine how my game will look like I first needed to decide what type of game it would be! Would it be a mainline RPG adventure or would it be something of a spin off game. Like Pokémon Conquest or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. I have decided against creating an entire new mainline game! Why?! Because I would need a new region.. and we have a perfectly good region to create a Steampunk game. Galar already has a fair few Steampunk elements in it..it just got modernised. Steampunk games tend to have a more dystopian vibe as well. So I decided to combine the Galar region with the game series that already has this vibe..albeit in a more cyberpunk like setting. The Pokémon Colosseum series. In this series you get equipped with an artificial arm…. (that’s a big thing) and go capture Shadow Pokémon… by just making a few tweaks to the formula we can adapt this into a new game.
The artificial arm that is so important to this series is called the snag machine. Playing a character with a mechanical arm is very steampunk.. so it fits like a glove. A snag machine allows you to steal Pokémon from other trainers, which the main heroes need to steal so called Shadow Pokémon, a Pokémon that an evil organisation has tried to power up by closing their hearts and making them all about battles.. turning them into weapons. Again this is a trope that works pretty well in a Steampunk setting, but technology has come to far. So instead of being a sequel to Pokémon XD Gale of Darkness it will be a prequel to Pokémon Coliseum. But there is a problem.. in those early days the technology to make Shadow Pokémon did not exist. After all, Cipher did not exist yet. So we are going to need a new evil team.
The Evil Team
Like the Colosseum games, this game will be all about fighting the evil team and the big villains would be Team Tesla. What makes this organisation different from the others ..but remarkably close to team Cipher is that they HATE weak Pokémon. A weak Pokémon is a useless Pokémon in their eyes so if a Pokémon loses.. it is weak and they try to modify it it. Which leaves us with a counterpart to shadow Pokémon. This Pokémon Steampunk game will feature “Augmented” Pokémon. These are Pokémon that have been captured by Team Tesla for being weak and given augmentations. Like metal parts, exoskeletons, weapons and different things. However these Pokémon are too weak to just flat out remove it. You have to make sure these Pokémon can be strong enough to undo the augmentations. In more ways than one mirroring how Shadow pokemon work. They will get augmented secondary typing.. and all augmented pokémon moves are super effective against other pokémon.. and they work just like shadow pokémon work.. however instead of rampaging causing damage these devices overheat damaging the pokémon if you use augment attacks too much. You can cool them down by having them rest for a turn or vent steam.
Team Tesla would have also been the ones who “actually” discovered the snag technology, using it to steal Pokémon from trainers they have defeated. You in this game start off as a member of Team Tesla.
In a tutorial you are given a rental pokémon and forced to steal a Pokémon of a person. A young boy with two Eevee. You steal one of them and then are forced to hand it over to Team Tesla for augmentation. Let’s say the leader of the team is your father.. Thaddeus Tesla. You are his daughter (because the last two games you played a male) while Eevee is undergoing augmentations you get regrets and decide to rescue it. However it turns out your eevee is special and it evolved into a steel type eeveelution. A new Pokémon in the game. You find yourself overwhelmed but the young boy shows up again with a Flareon and helps you escape.
The boy tells you he saw you weren’t all that evil and knew you would do the right thing. He shows you how to properly catch normal Pokémon and allows you to keep the Eevee as he believes the bond you had with Eevee allowed it to achieve this special Eeveelution.. but in return you have to help him stop Team Tesla. He then introduces himself as Samuel Magnolia. What follows is a plot where Team Tesla.. who has their claws deep inside the Pokémon Foundation and the Galar government is trying to organise lots of tournaments.. to steal all the weak Pokémon and make them stronger. With these stronger Pokémon they wish to engage with the Kalos region in a new war.. so Pokémon and humanity will fight forever more and grow infinitely stronger. With their elites somewhat based on the four horsemen.. but of course being pokéfied. Your father of course represents War and is their leader, but there would also be an elite trying to infect creatures of a certain arena with the original form of Pokérus.. to cause pokémon to grow faster..but make them sick as well. One town would be ruled by a leader who creates food shortage in his village.. giving food only to the strongest and since death does not exist.. one leader.. who wishes everything to turn into ghost pokémon…because that is totally fine!
You will join Samuel Magnolia, in the resistance and fight against Team Tesla. Equipped with their own Snag device you can steal their augmented Pokémon and bring them to Pokémon technicians James and Thomas. James can use his machines to use steam to “sweat” off the parts the pokémon have put on them… because all those parts are just “glued” on of course. We have to make this child friendly..but they have to be strong enough to resist the heat.. or the moisture. So you have to train them up. With all the parts that fall off, Thomas will build you machines to progress through the game. A motor for your bike.. a Balloon so you for your bike so you can float across those mountains and more. It would be similar to how your bike got upgraded in XD Gale of Darkness.. or how you earn HM’s in the regular games. It would also force you to at least use Augmented Pokémon a bit. If that is too tedious we can always make the ones you need storywise already strong enough to proceed.
Besides from the steel type Eevee there would not be that much Pokémon.. but it will introduce a few “ancient” Galarian forms. All the pokémon found will serve the Double Battle Format that is iconic to this series. For example we would get a Galarian Drifblim (and Drifloon). While in the original Drifloon is a Balloon, Drifblim.. is still a Balloon.. so now we can actually make it a blimp! Since once again that is very iconic in Steampunk settings. So we would get a Flying Fire Type Pokémon that instead of an ability like Aftermath would get an ability like “Carry” which is an ability I just made up.. that makes its partner Immune to Ground type moves. This would already be great since the Steel Eevee is weak to ground.
I would also give Klink an Ancient Galarian Form, one that reveals this form might be the ancestor of current day Klink and Magnemite. Being a steel electric type it looks a bit more like old timey gears and rather than growing to a big one it becomes more gears as it evolves. Possibly I would add some clock elements to it as well, this way it can feasibly learn abilities like “me first” or give it an ability that can speed boost it’s partner pokémon by accelerating it in time… or the counterpart slowing down the opponent. More Pokémon would be steampunk ified that way.. with abilities that focus on helping an ally! To make the double format more prevalent in the world. Pokémon like Toxicity who resemble an electric guitarist would not be found in this game, neither would Ditto , Porygon and of course Metwo. For Legendaries, we would mostly stick to the Regi’s.. but there is a special spotlight for Volcanion and Magearna.
I will save coming up with more unique Pokémon for a later post, but the trouble with Steampunk is mostly type diversity it is a world where there will be plenty of Steel and Fire types which means ground Pokémon will be a big problem.. which is why I will make Ancient Galarian Ludicolo an Electric Ground type. Why?! Because it is a Pokémon Colosseum game.. in it you face a man named Mirror B.. who constantly shows up and uses his Ludicolo to battle you! It is quite annoying! Of Course Mirror B would make his return.. but well since games plays out in ancient times.. we get his ancestor! Mirror A! Ludicolo always had a tricky typing to deal with and this time it will not be different.. especially since it has drought. Back in these times.. the Wildlands had a junkyard settlement where Mirror A and his gang used to live.. they are the second evil team.. the one that is more played for jokes.. so this Ludicolo starts as a Lotad that Mirror A finds from his Lombre and Stunfisk. You beat his two Pokémon and they flee and all he is left with is an egg and he swears revenge on you!
<In this Section I will use art of the original Sword and Shield characters as.. making art is a tad to specific.. just apply steampunk (and potential gender) modifiers on these descendant characters >
Which brings me to the final part of this game set up for now.. as mechanically the game would almost be exactly like it’s older counterparts.. just with more modern Pokémon references it will still be a Pokémon Battle Double battle game with purification mechanics, tournaments and limited exploratory gameplay! This one is much more about battle tactics than the main series and would be quite a bit harder. The main character is a nameable female with orange hair. She would look a lot like Sonia from Pokémon Sword and Shield. You will play a slightly older trainer than in the main line games, around the age of 15/16. The young boy you encounter, Samuel Magnolia, is clearly an ancient ancestor of professor Magnolia we encounter in the Gen VIII games?! “But wait?! Pinkie you just said we looked like Sonia.. isn’t she the granddaughter of Professor Magnolia?!” That’s right.. and this game is gonna show you where that side of the genepool comes from.
Like I said this game is about double battles, but where it is different is that you will quite regularly battle alongside other members of the resistance. While you fight alone in tournaments, during a raid on a Tesla base you fight with partners. Every partner has a specific team preference. Samuel for example likes to use Grass and Fire pokémon and likes to set up the weather with Sunny Day. So if you bring Hail Pokémon.. your team work will suffer. Meanwhile other people might prefer the rain, or even the hail.. one might bring a Galarian Weezing that ignores abilities.. so it is up to you to balance your teams to fit your partners as well. So you can train up several Pokémon. The resistances members will resemble the gym leader families. For example one will be this almost alpine like.. large woman, who prefers to use Wooloo and other normal types along with grass types.. with her battle style relying on putting leech seed up and lower stats so you can focus on damage. She is connected to Milo. We also meet Marnie and Pierce’s ancestor who likes using the dark types.. whose battle strategy focuses on Confusion/Flinces and single target damage. Then there is Raihan’s ancestor.. a fellow resistance member who desperately wants to be the hero himself.. his strategy is to knock you out along with his opponents so he can say he did all the work.
Of course all would follow some steampunk archetypes as well. With Pierce and Marnie’s ancestor being the spy type, Raihan’s ancestor being a hotheaded aviator and Milo’s ancestor being a tradesperson. All having their own little quirk. Battling with Samuel a lot.. who battles using Eeveelutions.. Being a professor researching these strange events makes a little romance bloom.. that while only implied you can tell will have a good ending.. because you know how the Magnolia name descendants.. look a lot like that Tesla girl. I think it is a nice way to include a romance without including a romance.. and with everyone being both an archetype as well as an ancestor it can be quite neat to link everyone in this world to their modern day counterpart.. adding some fun to an already delightful format! Puzzles you would do reflect the characters as well. With the aviator you’ll infiltrate a skyfort having to deal with winds, with Samuel you’ll do sciency stuff, like align electric pokemon to power doors and with the Motostoke Spy you will find yourself sneaking past search lights and finding hidden entrances and such.
And that would be my blueprint for a Steampunk pokemon game. I’ll be honest… I would LOVE to play a game like that. It might be a bit hard to imagine if you haven’t played XD Gale of Darkness but there is so much that would work for a SteamPunk scenario. These wind puzzles, the sneak puzzles we have seen before in Pokémon games so making them an actual part of the plot could do so much. Forcing you to battle with a partner might not be something people look forward to but given how bringing extra tech by cleaning pokémon from their steampunky augmentations will allow you to power level.. it will give you a chance to learn some more advanced battle strategies. it could be so fun! So how would you do a steampunk Pokémon game? What Pokémon would you want to have an ancient Galarian form? Let me know and let’s talk Pokémon!
With a subpar laptop and a very big lack of competitive spirit .. PC gaming is oftenly not my thing! I use it for point and Click Adventures and I do enjoy some retro platformers on the medium but overall I must say I have always been more of a console and handheld girl! There is just something a bit more magical about these devices for me! They have a charm…but which ones are my favourites?! I see no way this can be taken the wrong way so here is my console top 5.
Console #5: Gamecube
The gamecube was a bit of an odd duck when it came out. It had less power than it’s rivals and it was so oddly shaped. With Luigi’s Mansion being the only “name worthy” Launch TItle Nintendo had to back it up. Sure there was a new Wave Racer and Doshin the Giant but it would take this machine a while to get some steam. Yet what we did not know was how good Eternal Darkness was, we did not know how good this machine would end up being. Yet the game-console that featured a miniature disc to play it’s game had very poor third party support. Almost all hits , with the exception of a very VERY few were all First Party titles. Super Smash Bros on the Gamecube is hailed as THE Best version of the game. The Wind Waker was amazing and many gamers have fond memories of Paper Mario and The Thousand year door. I am STILL waiting for a sequel to the amazing F-Zero GX! Mario Kart Double Dash was a bright pinnacle in the series and nowadays most of us know what a Pikmin is!
Yet no one really played the Gamecube ports of Call of Duty, Prince of Persia or Fifa. We had Super Mario Super Strikers instead! Resident Evil 4 , for a long time was a gamecube exclusive and it was amazing but if I had to think of a third party top 5.. I would struggle. So it was a very static console.. that did offer us some amazing and innovative experiences.. such like Four Swords adventures .. by linking our handhelds to our console! It had two very nice Pokémon titles as well in the form of Pokémon Colosseum and Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness.. in these days the XD is kind of unfortunate but back then we did not juste that emoji yet! It was all about that 🙂 on MSN! The worst thing about the console.. and this is a genuine pet peeve of mine was the fact that it was really hard to get controllers if you did not have the purple variant! I had to buy a black one back in the day because all the purple ones were sold out.. and I ended up with four different colours of controller.. I don’t like that clowney look! It as a console that had too many quirks but strictly based on its library it would easily be a few places higher.
Console #4: Playstation 2
The PlayStation 2 is the only PlayStation I ever liked. I prefered the N64’s soft but grey look over the edgy but more crisp graphics of the original PlayStation, I did not like Crash Bandicoot’s jumping into the depth of the platforms.. I lacked the feedback that Mario 64 gave me! Spyro I liked better.. but the collectables were a bit generic and lacked that level of satisfaction Mario’s one up sounds give you, or Donkey Kong’s soundtrack bestows upon you. I missed out on LSD-Dream Emulator and the amazing Bubsy 3D but overall I never missed the Playstation. PS2 However, I did it right for me! The controls felt more robust, I liked the graphics a lot better and it had better platforming heroes in the form of Jak and Daxter and Ratchet and Clank. While I do not dislike Spyro these had that flavour I was looking for. It also had the nicest controller and a very solid memory card. My gamecube ones kept breaking!
Playstation 2 had Final Fantasy X.. the last Final Fantasy game that I liked (excluding a realm Reborn) ..a game I have never finished.. not because I could not but because I refused. It also had the best Dragon Quest game off all time! In the form of the 8th installment. The cursed King. I really love that one! Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist of the Roses came out on that as well and I had way too much fun with that game.. even if it’s not all that good! There was this “ease” to Playstation 2 games, that kind of felt it was an evolution in some ways of Nintendo.. say if Nintendo was a Pikachu, PlayStation 2 was it’s Raichu.. everything worked just that slight bit better over there.. I do like Pikachu over Raichu most of the time in terms of design, cuteness and how Iconic it is .but Raichu just performs better. It became my defacto game for jRPGs and more mature platformers. I would play it until years after its expiration date.
Console #3: Xbox 360
When the next generation came along however I jumped off the PlayStation bandwagon. Xbox would get Oblivion Sooner, Xbox 360 got Kameo , elements of Power.. a collectable creature adventure Hybrid that really felt like a unique title and one I have always deeply enjoyed. This is the age where I did not really see a benefit in having a very specific console ..besides Nintendo for its titles.. because PlayStation and XBox became a bit more generic to me. If preferred Halo vastly over Killzone and since Microsoft now owned Rare .. I preferred that studio over Naughty Dog so I was pretty confident about my choice.. and while I never got my amazing platformers on the system I never regretted it and to this day it is the console I own most games on. With well over 80 games.. this kind of was my STEAM. Just.. a bit more space consuming and not holding it’s value as much.
I got the red ring of death but I neatly got it replaced so while maybe not as durable I really liked it better in almost every department. I like a white Console over a black one.. I like the flat surface so I can put more stuff on it.. over the weird rounded one of the PS3. I like the controller better and I certain as heck preferred Xbox live over Playstation online. I still feel the difference between a PS3and a Xbox 360 is almost neglectable but Xbox had more exclusive features I liked. Fable, Alan Wake, Halo, Gears of War. Back in the day I also emulated a lot of SNES because and the Xbox 360 Wired USB was by then the best you can get. I could combine both my gaming passions with this device! Plus it was very fun to annoy my friends in Soul Calibur by playing Yoda! Darth Vader wasn’t nearly as broken and not nearly as fun! I never liked Kingdom Hearts..which to me is the stand out reason to buy a PS3. So since I did not feel that compulsion the 360 became my mass gaming device! .. it did help that it had actual video games unlike the Nintendo Wii…which is mostly a pile of shovelware with a few impressive tech demo’s.
Console #2: Nintendo Switch
Number 1 and number 2 are miles apart in terms of favouritism from the rest. I genuinely think the Switch is one of the best consoles of all times, and the handheld to full on console format this device follows makes it unsurpassable. During the N64 era I considered.. should I get a playstation.. There are some cool license games on there. During the next generation I owned all the consoles save for the Dreamcast.. but PS2, Gamecube and the OG Xbox I all played. I always felt a call to the other consoles.. but not this generation. I have no pull yet towards the PS5 and the Series X..The Switch is all I need. It has the games I like more.. by factor a lot, it can be used as a handheld AND a console and it is more fun to play couch co-op. I do not care about the prettiest graphics, I do not care about the competitive online scene. I am here for the most complete and adorable singleplayer The Switch is a unique thing, with unique games and there is no real substitute. Spider-Man Miles Morales is just a very much shorter.. not even a full game.. version of that Other Spiderman game I own. I have A Call of Duty and I don’t like the 2000 extra mechanics they added in later on. Mario Odyssey though is a completely different game from Galaxy and I can play it in a different way. Pokémon might not be that different from previous generations yet the only real other way I get to play that is by playing clone games.
I like the menus on Switch , they are super easy.. I love that I can get Pink Joycons for it (even though I don’t have them because I just moved and they are super expensive) I love that I see it played everywhere around me and it’s not a “I am the biggest COD player” kind of culture. It’s .. “hey do you want to visit my island” .. “Hi do you want to trade this Pokémon”.. There is no T-bagging there not that drive to over-achieve. Sure I occasionally play Super Mario 35..but it’s more a “how long can I last” kind of thing rather than.. let’s humiliate my opponents. There is no flexing like “prestige” or golden Pokéballs if you win a lot in Pokémon online. Mario Party might kill friendships… which can be hilarious but it all feels so much less as measuring your online cyber fallus.. than I get from the other two. It does it’s own little thing and because of it is such a sexy little beast.
My favourite Console: SNES
Little video game consoles have actually shaped me as a person, but I do think the SNES had an amazing impact on me as an individual. Arguably the NES did as well but I was a much more passive participant in that one. I just got games for the NES from my parents and played them and sure Ducktales had a big impact and I fell in love with Mario 3, Megaman 2 made me me a better gamer and all that.. but it all was stuff that was handed to me. On the SNES I chose my games. I actively influenced what I wanted to play. I was much more busy with solving problems in Goof Troop, or finding a way to pass that Moose chase level in Micky Mania then I had ever been with beating Rocksteady in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.. the Arcade Game. Getting my SNES is the point where I start to remember my entire life.. my conscious memories.. it is also in the time I started to slowly lose friends and be bullied. So in a way this console became my safe haven.. my escape from my bad reality!
The games on the system are amazing. Genesis Does what Nintendon’t .. oh Bitcharizard please. The music on SNES was so more Vibrant.. the first Sonic game.. isn’t all that good meanwhile SNES had Super Mario World.. which was amazing. Star Fox showed us what was possible on a console and showed us we could move beyond 2d. Link to the Past is still one of the best Zelda games ever. Maybe it even IS the best Zelda game ever.. it’s a close one for me between that one and Ocarina. When we get Retro Games these days.. they are almost all modeled after what they would have been on SNES. I still love the heck out of that classic controller and holds the best RPGs that ever released. Final Fantasy VI (Or III) Chrono Trigger, Lufia II and Tales of Phantasia. It had some pretty sweet Sailor Moon games (though not available here) and other anime games. It had the Donkey Kong Games which to this day are some of my favourite games of all times.. and it let me feel pride for the first time in a long time. I might not be able to run properly.. I might suck a sports.. but I was the first in class to kill K.Rool! I just want a different direction. On the SNES I became a geek and laid the foundation for the weird amalgamation I am today and that makes it my favourite console! SNES Is part of my soul!.. The european version.. not the american version!
And those are my favourite game consoles! I would have liked to bring you a review of a game instead but my laptop crashed and I lost all my progress in Deponia as I had to restore my laptop to factory defaults being unable to complete it! So this had to make due instead! If you want to help me get a pc instead of a Laptop .. this is my newest Kofi Project so if you want to convince me of the power of such a thing.. please consider some Kofi support! Or just be a pal and leave your favourite console in the comments below!
Hello Island Guests! Normally I don’t really do “news” updates posts anymore! Yet last week a story happened in the world of Pokémon that is too fun not to tell! It might not be my most insightful post in the topic but with this post I will tell you how a fish beat Pokémon Sapphire. I might be wrong on some details because the stream was in Japanese and did not gather a huge audience. This information is a bit scarce or “google translatish ” So if you happen to be an expert on the subject.. let it be known that this is just an account from what I heard and experienced myself.
Pinkie?! How can a fish play Pokémon?
Well it all started in June when a YouTube channel named the Yutekimaru channel started streaming images of a fish swimming above what look like a strange sort of control scheme featuring several game boy advance button commands and what seemed to be Pokémon Sapphire. It turns out that this fish, which is called Maurice and his friends already had been swimming in this tank for over 700 hours beating the first two gyms. Now let it be known that the version of Sapphire being played here is modded. Because of the fact that this translates very poorly I have no idea what exactly has been changed with the mod, but I would assume it takes complicated tasks such as activating hm’s away from the fish and it would cut down a tree and surf even if it doesn’t have the right pokémon. Again.. I am not sure but that’s what I would do.
Because of how the stream only started SEVEN HUNDRED hours into the gameplay a few details were sketchy. And given that the stream itself lasted for 3185 hours still ..it is very hard to find a reference point on how something works exactly. It somehow managed to get a full team of 6 pokemon, beat all 8 gyms and even make its way through victory road and fight the elite four. All by random button inputs. It’s a lot like Twitch plays Pokémon.. just less chaos.. but also no sentient brain. It is completely random button inputs! But yes.. After many many hours of streaming the fish took down the champion.
That sounds kinda cruel to animals Pinkie?!
Actually it wasn’t that bad, the fish were allowed to go to sleep whenever they wanted, the keeper would swap them out if they looked tired or too confused, and several times during the stream he has made quality of life improvements for the fish based on crowd feedback. For example the tank he used has increased in size since the start of the game when people commented the tank/fish ration was kind of wonky. Evidence that emerged afterwards showed that Maurice and his friends were all doing really well and were quite happy little fish. People commenting would immediately have their comments validated and Maurice and friends were given proper treatment… the only one who was cruel to animals was Maurice!
You see Pokémon are animals too and Maurice hounded wild encounters down like it was nothing! It kept encountering so many new Pokémon that by the end he was nearly 20 levels stronger than Steven’s ace pokémon. It has hunted so many Pokémon that the Fish Squad encountered not ONE but THREE shinies! Let it be known that I have been playing Pokémon ever since I was twelve years old.. and for 21 years now ( I am still 21 by the way) and I have only encountered TWO shinies. (Not including Shiny boosted fan games) . The game Maurice played had NO increased shiny rates. So the chances of him encountering a shiny are 1 in 8195 or something close to that number
Meanwhile both shinies I have encountered so far in my life have been with boosted shiny rates. Counting all hours I have spent over all Pokémon games in my life, I think I would most likely have played over 3000 hours of Pokémon myself… well or something close to.Yet Maurice has more shiny luck then me! Reee! What is worse is .. A fish isn’t good at capturing a Pokémon. It is a miracle if he can catch anything.. so yeah when he faced the shinies.. he immediately killed them.. or even worse… he ran away. Shiny Zubat, Shiny Aron and Shiny Zigzagoon have all been passed that way… and to make it even more painful.. Shiny Crobat.. the evolution of Zubat is one of my favourite Pink shines ever.. and Shiny Aron is one of my favourite non Pink shines. ……
Wait Pinkie are you Salty at a fish?!
What… n-n-no! Baka! I would never.. it is just a dumb fish.. it just got dumb luck you know! Now drop it or I will wack you with an aquarium or something! Baka! … Now if you are familiar with Pokémon.. you may notice something about the encounters i described.. these are all early route Pokémon.. and yes that is right.. all of these were encountered within 200 hours from each other……….Now I know I put more hours into pokémon than that! With no shinies captured the squad moved further through the game. While the fish isn’t exactly setting any speed running records there is something that the aquatic creature did that NO ONE before has done in the game. That is right.. the fish accidentally discovered something NO one has ever managed to find in Pokemon Ruby or Sapphire.
Maurice and Pals discovered a stone duplication glitch.. that since seems to have been confirmed to be actually in the non modded version of the game as well…. Maurice.. is the first “person” in the world to discover a Stone Duplication glitch, in which a rock you roll around with strength instead of moving to the next tile stays in the tile it used to be in.. while creating a duplicate stone.. on the tile where it is going. This of course broke the puzzle and Maurice was stuck.. but it also caused the glitch to be acknowledged. So not only is Maurice the first fish that beat Sapphire.. it is also the first fish to find a “game breaking” glitch and will probably be marked as the one discovering the glitch… and it has encountered more shinies then me! How friggin unfair! Roughly around 2000 people followed it’s adventures near the end…so he even has more followers than me…
How can a Fish beat the Elite Four?!
Well it wasn’t easy! It took Maurice and friends roughly 16 attempts to have a winning run but the way Maurice beat the game is incredible…. he beat the game with a Water Type. Walrein was the victor! It chose Torchic as it’s starter so as far as I know there were little shenanigans on that front. There was also a Tentacruel and a Mightyena on the team.. and a Swellow I think so it wasn’t even that great of a team.. but by overleveling the first aquatic pokémofans managed to sneak on through! Maurice’s strategy was to spam Iceball , a move that repeats itself and gains in strength. Perfect for such a randomiser.. While it seems too powerful of a move for Maurice to put on this Pokémon himself.. he still managed to select the move and defeat all of Steven’s monsters in a perfect string. Right before that toxic ended the fish run… but yes a fish beat Pokémon with a water type. It feels so unreal to say.
Regardless of how much help the fish may have gotten, in the end it did manage to beat the game and do something quite unique. Depending on if the 3185 hour mark is full game time or steam time, accounts differ a bit on that, that total amount of hours made it so that Maurice and his three friends needed 10x as much time to beat the game as Twitch plays Pokémon.. which already was pure chaos. If you have seen ANYTHING about that game you know how much that game did NOT move forward. How much things did not pan out.. Well 4 fish are 10x slower than 35.000 people spamming in chat apparently. So the answer on how a fish beat Pokémon… Not Very Effectively.
Was it entertaining to watch?
No! It was quite horrible! I stumbled upon it once and I think I lasted twenty minutes before I got sub-dermal itches and stuff. You know it’s like seeing your grandma play the most recent Doom game. Stuff is happening but it hasn’t anything to do with the actual game and you can not help but to backseat the game a lot.. yet nothing changes.. You can yell … GO left! Left! All you want but that ain’t causing Maurice to stop swimming. He just keeps swimming, just keeps swimming.. and the entire Dory stick.. Maurice did! Is the stream worth the watch?! … No! Chat was nearly exclusively in Japanese so there were no interactions to be had, and the fish beat the game about 100x slower than normal. Imagine Watching all extended cuts of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit combined.. played at 80 times slow motion with the rest of the screen time filled with extra duplicates of non exciting scenes. A few polish people are watching it.. but they only speak polish and already seem drunk and have a lot of insider humor because some seem to have watched so much of this…
With that level of entertainment I can not recommend anyone in good faith to watch this. Even the summary news reports are kind of boring. Yet it is insane in the same vein.. it is completely random content and there is a market for that… not too big because Maurice did not even come close to the crowd that Twitch plays Pokémon drew. Most of the times the number of viewers were in the hundreds. Plenty of fish activists , plenty of very hardcore Pokémon fans that stared at four fish for to long. This is one of those events that is incredibly entertaining for me to know .. yet it’s also something I would for the life of me not spend any more time on than I already did. Imagine a magikarp.. as most of you know it has the move splash if you click it .. nothing happens. This game is the equivalent of a Magikarp using all his splashes and then struggling to make progression.. wiping out get his pp restored and starts splashing again .. for 3000 hours.
For those of you who want to know.. this finally Maurice is a Siamese Fighting Fish.. It is a very pretty fish. It’s a fish that costs you about €10 or $12. It is also known as a Betta Splendens.. and making a fish play Pokémon I guess is a pretty Beta thing to do. You aren’t getting a lot of tail with those bragging rights! Yet Maurice has been featured on several gaming websites over the world , so at least it got its fifteen minutes of fame. I am not sure if fifteen minutes of fame are worth 191.700 minutes of random streaming action.. but hey! If you in your live have never beaten Pokémon Sapphire .. or a main-line Pokémon game ever.. know you will have to live with the fact.. that a fish beat you to it!.. If you have never beaten Pokémon Leaf Green.. you have about 3000 hours to do so because Maurice and his friends are now playing that game! He chose Bulbasaur as his Starter.. the madlad.. but we are 35 hours in and he hasn’t left Pallet Town since!
Hello again my sweet island guests! Yes this will be my second post of the day! As we will do that now!.. Not always but I am for it! While I try to do an animini each day I will also try to keep up my regular content…with the option to more freely skip one of my bigger posts here and there! So strangely one to two posts a day is most likely going to be less work! Those hours saved I can invest in this Pokémon Fan Game I have been playing! Pokémon Rejuvenation.
Pokémon Rejuvenation is a HUUUGE pokémon fan game from the creators of Pokémon Reborn.. that Pokémon game with hookers, suicides, murders and pokémon being tossed into acid. While I loved the game for it’s dark tones, in hindsight Pokémon Reborn might have been a bit needlessly Edgy. Having a criminal team member cut a gym leader in half is fine and all.. but tossing her pokémon in the volcano and forcing her bisected upper half to watch her pokémon melt.. was a bit much. Seeing a gym leader lose it all after alianating his daughter is fine.. and then him commting suicide ..does bring awareness that these are actual humans sure… but having his corpse plummet into the room of his daughters best friend, who then goes catatonic and put into an Asylum where she recieves Electroshock therapy by electric pokemon torturting her… might be overdoing it a bit.
Rejuvenation gives us the pleasure of having a slightly more “contained” story. There still are deaths….but they are more so implied. The game brings some elements of magic to the story. People using the power of Arceus for themselves, people finding abilities through ancient spells to compete with pokémon a bit and people utilizing the more advanced technology and pokemon powers more into their everyday lives. Thus this game becomes more like a classical Pokémon story but made for an adult demographic. You play a main character that is significantly older than 10 years old as well and more in 16 year old to young adult range. In this game your mother gets kidnapped by a cult and the ship you are on gets sunk by the evil Team Xen. This attack seems to tie into you or your mother.. but you have no idea why! There is also a connection to a sacrificial and apocalyptic cult that sends people to Arceus..for this world is certainly doomed. A young girl is trapped to relive this cycle of being sacrificed over and over again…but maybe in your generation she fights back.
Like in Reborn you can choose your own prefix and He/Him, She/Her, They/Them , separately from your avatar. This is always nice, though only important characters will really address you as the correct gender. Most characters will address you Gender neutral… which is still better than the endless being called him of other fan games. The game also has another big advantage over it’s older brother and that is… EASY mode. Yes I know. .. that sounds like a babies way out but if you ever played Reborn and like me do not want to have to IV and EV train everything and carry 18 different teams and level them up.. this is a godsent.. and while the game indeed is easy compared to Reborn, next to the official Pokémon games easy mode still provides more than a challenge. With many special field types like in reborn affecting your attacks.. it still provides plenty of chances to be tactical for you and your enemies. With some confidence I can say that this is THE Pokémon Fan game for Adults…maybe next to Pokémon Fire Red Rocket Edition.
That is a lot of praise for me to give to a game I haven’t even completed yet. However after spending over 60 hours in the game, and probably over 70 by the time you read this, I have a fairly good impression what this game is about. one of its major strengths are it’s characters. During your journey you encounter a lot of trainers that seem to be based on the archetypal pokémon characters. For example there is one boy who really wants to be the very best.. like no one ever was… but he doesn’t really have the skill to back it up. As a result he gets into a lot of trouble and is disillusioned and somewhat bitter. We encounter him a few times and we have to make choices…at one point we face a Gymleader of a xenophobic town.. she staged a play to show that outsiders can be powerful and inspiring.. right before the battle we face and defeat him and get a choice whether or not to let him face the gym leader before us. However there is too much at stake.. an entire town might never trust outsiders if we let the boy go first. So we have to step on his dreams.
Then there is the poison gym leader called Venam. She is a brash girl living with her mother..but she is extremely loud and a bit Tsundere, we see how in a way she is similar to the character of Misty but instead of being an anime character we do get a lot of exposition on why she is the way she is. We get motivations that interest us in her as an adult. She tries to break free of her mold.. but that results in her mother kicking her out. She has to deal with things like an adult.. like how is she going to survive and pay for food. All of it contributes to her character. We also have a battle girl whose father works for the criminal team. We see her believes being shaken and see her go on a journey that fits someone who is on such a journey…much more than just doing the gym challenge she is doing her journey as a little soul search. Then there is you as the character. While you do not have THAT much development the way your journey across the gyms is being done is great. You are facing an evil organisation..of tremendous power.. you do not take the Pokémon Journey to be the champ.. no you use that journey as a measuring stick for your abilities. To see if you are good enough to face those who wronged you!
The game offers you a few moral choices which influence the world around you to an extent. Most of it is by experiencing the story but the game also offers you a subquest system. For example you have to deliver a love letter from one guy to another.. and include medicine.. However if you are like me and are too poor to do the quest at that time you end up seeing them becoming friends rather than lovers. A psychic girl who has powers akin to those of trainers in the main games.. can’t help but abuse her powers, they corrupt her to an extent.. not into a bad person.. but into a different one all the same. Each location you visit and all important people you encounter have logic behind them. A city close to the woods is built from Lumber, a city worshipping Giratina over Arceus has found themselves being the subject of religious persecution in the past.. however while the rest of the world grew up.. and grew past their old bosses these people never could. We really get a WORLD we treat trough.. not just a map! We even get Shadow Pokémon you can snag and purify! So it just about brings everything Pokémon ever offered in a single cohesive world as well.
This game uses the classical pokémon up to generation VII , so no Galar Pokémon… right now.. the game is still being updated so who knows they might arrive soon! Some Galar music already made it into the game. Much like Reborn the game introduces some new Mega Evolutions and their own variety for story events called Breach Pokémon. These are pokémon from a different Dimension that function like boss encounters throughout the game. Movesets of Pokémon have been slightly altered to be less “broken” and not give you access to anything overpowered early game. Sometimes enemies get their own signature moves. For the most part though they do remain the same. This does mean that to an extend you can use Serebii to help you build a team to encounter some obstacles. However that is not the way I like to play it.. because this game also has custom shinies. These are VERY well done shinies and almost all are unique and vibrant.. you’ll WANT to see a shiny and you can.. because shiny encounter rates are at almost 1/100.. compared to 1/8192. So I play this game using only shines.. I only hunt the first I find per route and then I have to move on.. easy mode allows me to play this way and I am having a blast discovering these new forms.
Trade evolutions have been fixed and as you go along pokémon get increasingly higher base stat totals. Which means that if you have a new shiny.. you’ll most likely want to put it on your team and some of your old one end up phasing out. With the exception of a few statics here and there ..(which are pokémon you can see in the overworld and can only encounter once) you slowly upgrade your team, your flying bug type vivillon gets traded in for the flying fire type Talonflame. Your Ambipom gets traded in for a Traveller and so on. You are constantly upgrading your team and even though this game features a lot of mandatory grinding the high shiny encounter rate and the fact that you are always upgrading keeps the game fun. With the difficulty on easy you can still use Pokémon you really like..as long as it isn’t Shuckle or Dunsparce ,yet you are very much encouraged to have a team larger than six. You swap out your pokémon, and to facilitate this there are pokémon switching stations everywhere! To help you train new team members or give you a more tactical advantage.
Grinding is made very doable by giving you access to a speed up mode, and high level wild encounters. In fact most wild encounters have higher levels than the trainers you encounter. The trainers however use more solid strategies. Each gym caps your level at a certain point after which in easy you can’t progress and on higher difficulties makes your Pokémon rebel against you…which you can undo by feeding them reverse candy. So you can not over-level either way.While it is pretty doable to level your main team with story content, if you need a specific pokemon or encounter an upgrade to your team you can grind those up within a few minutes. You get the Exp Share early and grass encounters give plenty of XP so the creatures in this world really fit and facilitate the game. Habitats also make sense if you know the pokémon. For example inside cities you will encounter doves, cats and trash eating pokemon, while the wooden cottage type of village has plenty of bugs. It does do better with this logic than the actual games so hey good on them! And if you don’t like hunting Pokémon.. there are a fair few achievements you can hunt to buy battle items for your Pokémon.
So this game provides a great and vibrant world,that feels much more like a living pokémon world than most officially produced worlds, with exception for stuff like Twilight Wings for example, and they offer the perfect biological diversity in that world to be exactly the game they want to be. This is Pokémon for adults. This is also reflected in just about everything else. The music is stellar, recomposed tracks from all the other games, but those rethreads are amazing and SO atmospheric. The controls are the standard RPG maker controls that are used for just about every other fan game I ever played, with a few extra conveniences such as a soft reset button and up to four registered items being assigned to the F-Keys. The game expects a certain type of player, someone who is passionate about pokémon and geekdom in general and it facilitates towards that rather than offering full on accesibility. Which is great… this is a fan game.. out on the internet for free.
My Graveler’s shiny pattern for example is based on Steven’s Universe, other shinies refer to some other products geeks will likely have seen or at least heard of. There is a museum in the game and the art on the walls are Gen I sprites of Pokémon. Dialogue has subtle references to movies , anime or other geeky matters without being too obnoxious and in your face. Everything this game does oozes that is is made for people like me. It takes a heavy pro LBGTQ stance with you encountering many gay or bisexual characters and it being made a non issue. We get no Big Gay Al, or a gay couple getting better treatment in the story than other characters.. they are just a part of the world. It all has a great atmosphere, almost as if you are at a convention.. as a geek you understand all these characters, either from a cosplayers perspective or deeper down.
The game manages to use technology in a much more sensible manner than the regular pokemon games. Spinny panels are a thing.. but they exist not as a puzzle in this world they exist as a security measure.. they send you over an electric surface that will paralyse you if you do not know the password to turn it off.. or an alarm tile.. will not just send a pokemon towards you..it will get you captured. Gameplay and atmosphere are interwoven in this game. A puzzle never is there just for the puzzle’s sake. If a pokemon traps you in their lair and you have to do a jump puzzle.. it’s not just doing a jump puzzle.. it’s the collapsed area of an old passage that said pokémon have turned into a place for them to play it’s layout exisits for a reason in game as well. Often the game answers these things right about as questions pop in your head, this game knows the kind of person you are and uses that to deliver a potent package.
The game isn’t perfect, there are a few minor issues such as the fact that during a puzzle with some followers you are able to trap yourself.. if you save it then and there you might have to restart the game. I also experienced slowdown during my shiny hunts if I was watching a youtube video alongside it.. so while it’s not a big issue.. this game really wants you to shiny hunt and not being able to have something to distract you can be tedious with longer encounter strings. The game doesn’t always play fair some bosses see, to use gen I like AI that chose moves based on your input. Gym Leaders often have custom moves that can at times be brokenly OP if you do not have an encounter. Yet these are all very minor issues.
One bigger issue I have though is the lack of a journal. Where regular games are mostly a track from A to B and then to C and so on… this game has a lot of “Did you hear that Venam was training with a new move” kind of hints. Oftenly these lines are only ushered once so if you come out from a battle with speed up on and you miss an important line of dialogue there is NO way to retrieve it and find out where you need to go next. This would be fine if you did not have to backtrack as much as you do. You do visit old cities on a regular basis and thus your next step can be anywhere around the HUGE world map. So it’s best to keep a little notepad lying around if you do not play regularly. Nothing would suck as bad as forgetting you have to speak to this person two towns back next time you play.. and then a week later you forget.
Another issue I did encounter more then once is that some NPC’s are placed in front of objects you need to interact with. I am not sure if this is a part of the puzzle because if you look REALLY well you can just barely make out a few strange pixels behind said character but it would be quite a stretch to call it noticable. There game has a forum where you can search or ask for answers but the player base isn’t THAT big, you could be stuck for a while. Some characters require materials like Shards as payment like the difficulty adjusting guy you can meet in the first town..however it’s not made very clear that he needs shards. He says he can give you a free difficulty change the first time.. so if you think Easy is to simple you can switch..but if you are like me and then realise that Normal is so much harder to a point it’s not as fun for me… you can not change it back until you obtain shards after the fifth gym. Luckily I had not saved since changing .. .but the game can be obnoxiously vague!
I still think the Rom Hack of Pokémon Rocket Edition is better for the hardcore pokémon fan, the little insights in the official story is much more appealing to everyone, this is much more a do your own thing kind of situation where they basically create a whole new alternative world with pokémon. I do very much enjoy that myself but it is a bit “novel”-like there is a lot to read and not a lot of reading you can skip either. Since these people talk like normal humans they will not neatly end with the line where to go next. They will say bye.. or thanks for helping out last… which will be the line on repeat so prepare to read!
The flaws it has though in no way hold a candle to the great atmosphere it has, the briljant way everything seems to be connected and the almost flawless pokémon/world design.. I mean Pokémon design as in.. who lives where. This is definitely a treat to play for both inexperienced as well as experienced trainers IF you at least manage to comprehend the typing chart a little bit. This game treats you like a gamer.. like someone who is capable of forming a strategy and using their obtained knowledge of pokemon in a meaningful manner. This is a pokémon game for me… and I can even play a girly trainer with pink hair! This is THE game for me! This is Pokémon for adults… playing it does feel rejuvenating.