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Pokemon Bank Johto Starters Event

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,

Waru

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Nintendo America Says ‘No’ to the Regular New 3DS?

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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.”

3DS Coverplates

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.

New 3DS Differences

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,

Waru

GMS – v.154: Sword Art Online Update Highlights

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.

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Invited To Beta Test ArcheAge!

[ArcheAge officially launches for the public on September 16th, 2014.]

If you haven’t been keeping up with some of the upcoming MMOs, you should be informed of ArcheAge! According to Trion (the comapny of ArcheAge), ArcheAge is the “ultimate fantasy sandbox” MMORPG. I haven’t seen such a confident claim in a really long time, and it got me quite excited since I love the idea of sandbox games in general. I decided to keep up with their development, and they have made some incredible progress! Most recently, I got an invite from Trion to beta test ArcheAge. This will be their third beta testing session which will begin tomorrow (08/14/2014) until the 18th.

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GMS – v.152: Mark of Honor, Hieizan Temple Update Highlights

Nexon America has announced GMS’ next update which has to do with a series of older patches, the Mark of Honor content. This time, they have brought a theme dungeon where players can “go back in time” into the Sengoku Era where they can experience game play as Hayato and Kanna and fight a variety of different monsters. This patch brings two major updates as well. Firstly is the new region of Kritias, a “mysterious” kingdom next to Leafre. Kritias will entail a variety of events that feature equipment, chairs, and skins. Jett, the GMS exclusive class, will be going through some MAJOR revamps including their skills and their storyline. Kudos to you folks who kept faith in Jett, for the time has now come. Read on to read the actual update highlights as well as a few words from me.

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GMS – Rising Heroes (Part 2): Tower of Oz! + Update About My Blog

As most of you might already know, the first part of GMS’ Rising Heroes update features the apparent sixth Hero of the Hero line of classes (Mercedes, Aran, and so on) — Shade. This is was an obviously predictable update since it’s part of the storyline and was in KMS as well! Aside from this big release (for those of you who love playing different classes), the second patch of the Rising Heroes update will feature a new theme dungeon to MapleStory called the Tower of Oz. Read on to get the update highlights from Nexon’s site as well as some feedback from me plus a few updates on what has been going on with me. It’s been a really, really long time!

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GMS v144 – RED: Zero Update Notes

The update notes for Zero’s patch to GMS is here! This will be the 2nd patch as part of the RED update (v144) to MapleStory. This patch will feature a brand new, unique class called Zero which is essentially two characters played side by side. More details on what this class is like are on the post below this one. Read the rest of this post to check out the full update notes for the Zero patch (v144).

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