If you’re a Pokemon fan, even in the slightest, you’ve probably already been aware of the new mobile, augmented reality game, Pokemon Go, since its announcement over the past year until now. After a recent, brief period of beta testing across different areas in the world, the game was officially released to the general public on July 6th, with compatibility for both Android and iPhone users alike.
Yesterday, it was announced that Pokemon Bank users will exclusively be receiving a reward event where all three of the fully-evolved Johto Starter Pokemon — Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr are to be distributed. Those who access their Pokemon Bank account between February 27th and November 30th, 2015 will be given these Pokemon.
You can receive this trio through Pokemon Link on your copy of Pokemon X, Pokemon Y, Pokemon Omega Ruby, or Pokemon Alpha Sapphire; whichever game uses Pokemon Bank to qualify for the event.
Keep in mind that you can only receive these three Pokemon on each Pokemon Bank account once.
This event is great due to the fact that Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr have their Hidden Abilities. Here’s the breakdown of what those Hidden Abilities are and what they can do for you in your battles:
Meganium (Leaf Guard): Protects the Pokemon from status conditions involving harsh sunlight. Since Sunny Day is one of the moves this event Meganium knows, this hidden ability gives it an even bigger advantage.
Typhlosion (Flash Fire): Powers up fire-type moves by 50% and prevents this Pokemon from taking damage from fire-type moves. This event Typhlosion has three fire-type moves in its move-set which can be very useful thanks to this hidden ability.
Feraligatr (Sheer Force): Eliminates the additional effects of this Pokemon’s attacks, but in exchange, they will do an additional 30% in damage instead. This event Feraligatr knows Ice Punch, Crunch, and Waterfall — all moves with additional effects. As a result, Sheer Force omits those additional effects for boosted damage instead.
Until next time,
Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct revealed the New 3DS’ release here in America, next month. However there is an upsetting catch to this news. Nintendo America has made the decision to exclusively release the New 3DS XL only with “nothing to announce at this time” for the regular sized variation.
In a statement to Polygon, Nintendo America believes that the “New Nintendo 3DS XL makes the most sense for our market. Nintendo makes different systems at different price points for a whole range of consumers, and New Nintendo 3DS XL simply expands those choices even further.”
I disagree with this. I don’t think the decision makers over at Nintendo are approaching this from a practical perspective when they say that the XL variation “expands those choices even further.”
The regular New 3DS personalizes the ownership of every individual’s console with a variety of cover-plates to choose from, thus making the limited edition 3DS’s of the past practically obsolete in a sense — aesthetically speaking, at least.
The XL is a great option for some people, but not everyone. Its bigger screen size is not “expanding choices” for everyone, Nintendo. From a personal perspective, I was planning on retiring my limited-edition Pikachu 3DS XL as a novelty item to use the regular New 3DS as my main playing console, but it looks like that’s not happening; not from the US, that is.
The idea of cover-plates is superb and gives character to each individual’s handheld. The bigger screen, and well, bigger handheld, is not favored by all. The regular New 3DS pretty much perfects the flaws of the basic 3DS that people didn’t appreciate, as well as refines the look of the console, giving it a minimalist touch in craftsmanship, but also yielding the option of personalizing the handheld to the owner’s desire. The regular sized New 3DS has a bigger screen than the original 3DS, is slightly larger, and more powerful — it’s a more mobile version of the XL variation that Nintendo America is attempting to exclusively market.
It seems that Japan’s market success with the XL versus the regular New 3DS is giving Nintendo America this impression that the XL will also do well in America. I can understand this perspective since Nintendo isn’t doing so well, market-wise, considering their financial losses last year. You never know, though. It’s all about how they choose to market things. Maybe folks in America appreciate a more-mobile and improved 3DS?
What do you think about this? Which one were you planning on getting?
Until next time,
On Wednesday, The Pokemon Company officially revealed one of the most highly anticipated Generation 6 Pokemon, Hoopa. Since Hoopa was revealed to be featured in the upcoming Pokemon movie last Saturday, it makes sense that The Pokemon Company found it an appropriate time to finally settle the buzz about when Hoopa will become relevant. It’s exciting to see its recognition. I remember theorizing a ton before ORAS was released about how the legendary Pokemon that appeared in Hoenn was based on its ability to transport things like land, objects, Pokemon, etc. It makes sense considering the rings that you have to “reach” into when meeting the legendary, in either Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire.
What I’m really anticipating to see is Hoopa’s other form. I have a feeling that it will be featured in the upcoming movie due to the title that was given to the movie, “The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa”. Since Hoopa’s form has been considered already by many fans to be based on a Djinn, everything starts to make sense with the title given to the upcoming movie. Recall this analysis I posted a couple of posts back:
What do you think about Hoopa? Leave a comment below, if you’d like, and check out where you can catch me in the links bar on the right!
Until next time,
Hello, my readers. It’s been quite a while (I should really stop taking these random breaks from blogging, I hate having to say this). While it seemed as if I’ve neglected my blogging emphasis and habits, I have been quite busy, but definitely haven’t forgotten about everything I write for you. With this in mind, I have consistently taken the time to map out how I want to continue this blog and I’ve come to the following conclusion.
Recalling the information that was datamined from the ORAS demo, it was revealed by ProjectPokemon, a while back, that Hoopa was going to be receiving a new form known as Hoopa-H or the Hyperspace form. Yesterday, dataminers leaked a screenshot of Hoopa’s “Hyperspace” form, in battle. I’m beginning to get extremely curious to knowing exactly what Game Freak plans to do with this form — if it’s going to play a role in ORAS or not, or if it is going to be in the X/Y sequel(s).
Believe it or not, Nexon is bringing the Sword Art Online crossover event from JMS to GMS. How insane is that? I don’t know about you, but SAO is one of my favorites. I’m kind of interested to see where Nexon takes this crossover event. Read on for the update highlights.