Go, Pokémon Go!

Six score and six years ago, the founding father of gaming brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in frivolity and dedicated to the proposition that all gamers are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great console war, testing whether that nation can long endure. A war that may harbor the destruction of all mankind; a war that might be ongoing for generations to come. A war that began in this country. Let’s travel across time, shall we? Nintendo was founded by our father, the late Fusajiri Yamauchi, in the late 1880’s as nothing more than a company that was manufacturing trading cards – Hanafuda – to Japan’s youth. Yamauchi then passed the company to his son-in law who in turn passed the company to his grandson, Hiroshi Yamauchi, in 1949. Hiroshi had to leave one of Japan’s most prestigious colleges in order to assume the position. As a result, he was often looked down upon at the company, due both to his juvenile demeanor and retired education.

Soon after, he asserted his authority by dismissing several employees who questioned him, including those who had served under his predecessors. After several alterations of the company’s name, it was finally decided that to diversify the company, it was time for stock to go public. Several new ventures were in place, including instant rice, taxi cabs, and love hotels. It wasn’t until he noticed Gunpei Yokai, one of the engineers of Nintendo, fiddling about with a extendable claw, that Hiroshi explored the future of his corporation. He ordered Yokai to develop the claw into “Ultra Hand,” a children’s toy that was a major success, and led Hiroshi to the toy making industry. Over the years, the company developed products and consoles that lit the fuse on the gaming dynamite stick, which led to this current war. Nintendo assisted a future competitor with a peripheral that was designed for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System that had transformed into the Sony PlayStation. Nintendo also had influenced Microsoft, who would later enter the war with Xbox. Now, in this age, the war might be coming to an end.

Imagine a world free of democracy and full of adventure, where anything is practically limitless; one can travel by air, land and sea (as well as thwart criminal syndicates) using a creature of illusion of mystery that has many moves as its disposal. Although it may seem as a world fabricated, it’s not. It’s not fantasy to the youth that dedicate their time, night and day, to maintain these wondrous creatures. The creatures don’t need walks or to be fed regularly. The world in which the creatures live is an integral cause of the war, and their owners, the warriors. These caring, loving creatures are a digital companion in a digital world. You see, long before a franchise would copyright use of “Digital World,” there stood the World of Pokémon, and it remains one of the greatest allies in the gaming conglomerate. In retrospect, the only problem is with video games is that we, as power-hungry – yet compassionate – individuals, need real adventure… real pets… real AIR. We can’t make this dream world a reality, or can we?

From the creator of Ingress, and our very own Nintendo, comes the answer to the age-old question: are Pokémon real? Introducing Pokémon GO, a concept that might possibly bring an end to the war indefinitely. Currently being developed by such legends as Tsunekazu Ishihara, Junichi Masuda, Shigeru Miyamoto, John Hanke, and the great, late Satoru Iwata…Pokémon GO will revolutionize gaming as we know it. Using a smartphone with GPS location settings and Bluetooth, you can capture Pokémon in the real world. No more cords, no more itchy trigger finger(s), no more of the following exchange: “Mom/Dad, can I go watch TV/play video games? No, honey, go play outside.” This is Nintendo’s and Niantic’s response for gamers and their parents who wish for a more active lifestyle, due to their common refusal to breathe in the outdoors. On Thursdays (or Saturdays in the United States), after watching the brand-new Pokémon episode, go ahead and embark on your own journey to become the very best that no one ever was!

Worried about your low negative cash flow? No problem. This application/game, on the market for Android and iOS devices, is absolutely priceless, as will be the memories you gain from using it. Unless, you are a TRUE, hardcore Pokémon Master. Then you’d want to spring for the ultimate in Pokémon accessories and the one thing any aspiring Pokémon Master doesn’t leave home without – a Poké Ball! Pokémon GO Plus, reminiscent of the Pokéwalker, is the reason that you need Bluetooth and was designed to enhance the game and provide the ultimate combination of fashion and authenticity to even the most weathered role-playing gamers and cosplayers. It is a device that has the shape of a Google Maps pin (think: the challenge) that comes in the form of either a wristwatch or an actual clip-on which actually notifies you via vibration and multi-colored LED illumination of any related event. The location of a Pokémon is measured in “meters”, which equate to real-time paces. When you manage to get a Pokémon in range, you have to battle it – and in the case of Pokémon caught by fishing, reel it in with a virtual rod – and to capture, you click the button on your Pokémon GO Plus – which, as the animé denotes, is the process of preparing for capture by enlarging the Ball. You can also trade and train Pokémon (as in the game, the level and HP are displayed alongside the Pokémon). If you are (or have in your care) a child without access to a smartphone, no worries. Simply pair the Pokémon GO Plus to your smartphone and give the accessory to the child. It’s a fun way to explore and bond with friends and the entire family.

Now for some speculation. The release date is in early 2016, yes, but will it be closer to the anniversary dates, such as February 27th (RGB) or April 1st (animé)? Will Pokémon appear in their respective locations? Imagine a Chansey found at a hospital (Pokémon Center), near one of the nurses. Or a Growlithe at a police station, near one of the officers. Lurking in the shadows might reveal a Ghost-type, such as Haunter. Purchases akin to the videogame are available, but at what cost? A potion might be $2.00, but Full Restores and Elixirs might set you back a pretty penny.  Name entry is available (in the trailer, a Pikachu – who else? – belonging to one of the people in the throng of crowds – lands a devastating blow to Mewtwo to enable capture), but will the name be restricted to a certain amount of alpha-numeric characters? Take note, if you will, of the time limit. To exhibit urgency, will it only be displayed with certain Pokémon, such as Legendaries? At the end of the battle, the display reads that Mewtwo was caught by everybody. Does the capture apply to those who participated in the battle, or anyone in the general vicinity who just happened to click their Ball? Will Pokémon from regions other than Kanto appear domestically or will we really have to “travel across the land, searching far and wide?” Will mobile Pokémon, if followed around the screen, be available for capture (we all remember “Dig Those Diglett!“, and the near-endless drone of “Diglett-dig, Diglett-dig, Trio, Trio, Trio”)? Is Pokémon GO to communicate with Pokémon X and Y/Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire via Wireless Connection? Which brings me to the most important question on everybody’s mind: where will we be gifted our Starter Pokémon? Only Nintendo and Niantic hold the answer to our questions.

As with most games in the series, Pokémon GO should have an interesting storyline, fueled by player response and suggestion, which would make for a worthwhile investment of time. There could also be tournaments, where players can recharge their Pokémon, if not near a Pokémon Center, and strategize and communicate with other players in the general vicinity. It is, after all, proof that some games are never meant to age. Happy twentieth anniversary, Pocket Monsters. Your journey has just begun, as we can only hope that it’s a white tomorrow. Fellow Trainers, Gym Leaders, Champions, and Masters, remember: gotta catch ’em all!

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Midnight on Saturday

Only one night until the release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. One night before we see what Nintendo and GAME FREAK revealed to us at the beginning of the year. Those of you who were absent, cannot recall what transpired, or just want to view it again; here it is: the Nintendo Direct that enveloped our world in anticipation.

Just for added enjoyment, here is September 4th’s Nintendo Direct, also regarding Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

Before we go any further, I would like to express my gratitude to Nintendo, GAME FREAK, Creatures inc, TV TOKYO, and Cartoon Network. These companies helped propel the Pokémon franchise into the golden hearts and the silver souls of yesterday’s Trainers (children), today’s Champions (adolescents), and the Masters of tomorrow (youthful adults). On behalf of the Japanese and American audiences and gamers, thank you.

Now, some of you have wondered what the file (block) size is for the games are. For $39.99, you can download either game from the Nintendo eShop onto your Nintendo 3DS. If you plan on getting more bang for your buck, here’s the bang: the game, if completely (100%) downloaded, will comprise… 1.7 GB on your SD card, an estimated 14000 “blocks” of space on your console. If you get the game digitally, however, you might consider upgrading your SD card to an 8 GB or 32 GB, due to the fact that the file size alone will render your 2 GB, pre-packaged, SD card non-practical, unless you perform the steps that I will divulge, along with my summary of the games, in a later post, in order to keep your current SD card free of debt and yourself free of doubt and worry. To buy, or not to buy? That is the question.

Flashbacks

Last Wednesday, September 4th, a 19-minute Pokémon Direct was broadcast in Japan and the United States, focusing on Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. These games are in full 3D, and, as such, are only compatible with the Nintendo 3DS, and the upcoming Nintendo 2DS (which, coincidentally, is to be released on the same day as the games; the Nintendo 2DS is the combination of a Nintendo 3DS and a Nintendo DSi, with a much larger screen, but is the opposite of “handheld gaming”: the console is not foldable, making it utterly impractical for convenient, portable gaming). It turns out that, not only does the player character have the option of discovering Pokémon from generations past throughout the region, but three specific Pokémon are available right off the bat. Along with Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie, Professor Sycamore presents Poké Balls with Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, the same partner Pokémon from Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version, which were released in September 1998, exactly fifteen years ago. Now, these classic Pokémon have something to offer that may change the way you treat any Pokémon: Mega Evolution. Mega Evolution requires you to have two items that are obtained as the storyline progresses – the Mega Stone and Mega Ring – which enables the selected Pokémon, in their third-stage evolution, to surpass that stage and change its power and appearance only while in battle. There’s a catch, though; in order for a Mega Evolution to be set in motion, both the player and the Pokémon need to be holding the Mega Ring and Mega Stone, respectively. Only one Mega Stone may be put on a Pokémon, so choose wisely, young Trainer.

Also, two new features have been revealed for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y: Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter. Looking for a way to store your Pokémon, but your methods are out-dated and won’t let you store Pokémon from generations 5 and 6? Look no further, Pokémon Master in the making! Introducing Pokémon Bank, a state-of-the-art application for Nintendo 3DS which allows you to store Pokémon online through Nintendo’s servers! This tool enables the player to upload their Pokémon from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y to an online storage server. Created and monitored by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, this server grants the Trainer (or Master) access to not only thirty slots per box, but also one-hundred boxes (not counting in-game boxes, about 10), making a grand total of… 3,300 Pokémon per account!! Also, the server automatically denies maliciously-created Pokémon from entering; any glitch Pokémon or “altered” Pokémon will be rejected. Pokémon Bank will have an annual fee of 500¥, which is about $5.00 per year. It is to be released in mid to late October as a paid and a trial application… but, wait, there’s more! You will get a second application for free, when you download Pokémon Bank. Poké Transporter allows players to transfer their Pokémon from the previous generation (Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, and Pokémon White Version 2) to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. If you were to store every species of Pokémon (currently 649) in Pokémon Bank – with the amount of known species expanding by 150 or more each generation – it would take you fifteen more generations (Generation XIX, 19) to fill up every single box of Pokémon Bank.

In other news, the sixteenth Pokémon movie, 神速のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒, released in Japan three months ago, stars two of the most Legendary Pokémon: Mewtwo and Genesect. Both were created in a laboratory, both were the experiment of a villainous team, and both were revived by fossils. Mewtwo was revived by a Mew fossil and genetically by and for Team Rocket. Genesect was revived by an unknown, yet prehistoric fossil, and technologically enhanced by and for Team Plasma. Both vie for the title of “most powerful Pokémon.” The movie has recently been dubbed into the English language, with a title of “Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened,” and is set to air, along with a preview of “Pokémon XY: The Series” (the sixteenth season of Pokémon), on Cartoon Network, on Saturday, October 19th. Fourteen years ago, Mewtwo had a starring role in “Pokémon: The First Movie”; are you ready to see his third animated movie appearance?

X and Y: 6th generation is here!

Turns out that the Pokémon Company announcement was not limited to Japan. Broadcast worldwide, Nintendo Direct let the Pokéfans local and abroad know that a new generation is nigh, the sixth. These games introduce, along with new Pokémon, a new dimension; they were designed specifically for the Nintendo 3DS system. Ergo, they will not play on a Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi. Hopefully, this generation will stay true to the standards, re-introducing and/or upgrading concepts discovered in old games and truely recalling memories lost in time. What better motivation for buying a Nintendo 3DS than to purchase an item that will fill voids in the hearts of many? It also seems that the Pokémon Company has gained a bevy of new-found creativity, due to the fact that the upcoming versions are named “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y”, not named after a color on the rainbow.

Further information on the new Pokémon, including the Starters (Chespin, a Grass-type; Fennekin, a Fire-type; and Froakie, a Water-type) and Legendaries (Xerneas and Yveltal), was announced in a video on the Official Pokémon YouTube Channel. Also, these games will be available for purchase worldwide in October, making them not only the first-ever 3D games, but the first games to stray from the traditional localization factor. Concerning the retail price, I imagine that $34.99 will be the price, due to the last three pairs of games being available for the same amount. You can find out more about the games at http://www.pokemon.com/pokemonxy/en-us.

Happy New Year!!!

Many of you might have noticed that the blog hasn’t been updated in two months. I left the blog without a trace, but my absence wasn’t a total loss. For two months, I’ve been scouring the Internet for information regarding possible 2013 additions to the Pokémon franchise. And, with my return comes great news. On January 8, the Pokémon Company will make an official announcement in Japan. Most likely, this announcement will consist of some (or all) of the following:

1) The sixteenth Pokémon movie’s first full-length trailer and/or premiere date, featuring Genesect [#649]

2) More information regarding Pokémon Best Wishes: Episode N

3) The anime getting a new schedule change, in which the time and channel will accompany recent events

4) New games for recent and upcoming consoles (Pokémon Black 3, White 3, and the R/S remakes are the games most, not only expected, but contributed, by fans. Pokémon in 3D, anyone??)

5) New system/console (perhaps a dedicated Pokémon console which houses all the games from R/B/G/Y to B2/W2? It also could come with one-use upgrade discs or packs (“offline” Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection) which download content for each of the games as the content is released to the physical games. The packs, in time, may even bring entire games akin to availability of a new and unreleased one…)

At this time, all of us at “Yardnoms’s Pokémon news” would like to welcome you to 2013. I’d like to thank you all for being so supportive of this blog, otherwise known as the “Internet’s best-kept secret…” I would like this blog to eventually be known across the ends of the Earth, or, to lower the scale, about 15% of all web viewers. That is my New Years’ Resolution of 2013: to become known.

N’s anime appearance

Next week, heads will turn a la Linda Blair. It seems that the then-unknown, well-spoken former King of Team Plasma (N) will make a third visit to the Unova Region. However, it won’t be in the games that he makes his return (as far as anyone knows). Nor will it be in the trading card game. The anime has no mention of Team Plasma’s leader or Team Plasma, though Giovanni mentioned them in two episodes that have not been aired and have been indefinitely postponed due to the Great Tohoku Earthquake in Japan, “Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma” Parts 1 and 2. However, N will make his first appearance, in an upcoming episode, tentatively titled, “ポケットモンスターベストウイッシュ シーズン2 エピソードN” [Pocket Monsters Best Wishes Season 2 – Episode N]. Next week’s episode may also mark a new chapter (milestone) in the characters’ journey, or the anime program itself.

Think N would make an excellent rival for Ash?

ポケットモンスターベストウイッシュ シーズン2 エピソードN and/or the milestone episode will air on TV Tokyo next Thursday, December 06, at 7:00 PM Japanese Standard Time. If you live in America and you would like to watch it, you’d have to get up pretty early on Thursday. How early, you say? Well…

If you live in the Eastern Time Zone – 5:00 AM

If you live in the Pacific Time Zone – 4:00 AM

If you live in the Mountain or Arizona Time Zone – 3:00 AM

If you live in the Atlantic Time Zone – 2:00 AM

If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, it would be the regular rising time of 6:00 AM/7:00 AM.

Quick to bed, early to rise

The spirit of Pokémon will never depart from my mind, body, and soul. It is far too extreme to think a series (Japanese or American) will ever surpass the Pokémon franchise, in terms of revenue or fellowship. If one does garner enough loyalty to surpass the only franchise I have been known to love, respect, and cherish throughout my existence, however, I will be looking through saddened eyes for the rest of time. That is, until Pokémon makes a comeback, effectively ensuring one of the few top spots among the world’s role-paying gamers, only rivaled by Mario. My gaming life-style is uncanny, to say the least. I own at least half of the English-dubbed Indigo League episodes on VHS and DVD, the first two movies (and Mewtwo Returns) on VHS, and the third, sixth, ninth, tenth, and fourteenth (both White and Black) movies on DVD. I have strategy guides for Pokémon Gold and Silver, their Gen. IV remakes, and Pokémon Stadium (which I don’t even physically own). I possess Pokémon Red Version, Blue Version (Japanese), Yellow Version (Japanese), Silver Version (American and Japanese), Crystal Version, Pearl Version, Platinum Version, HeartGold Version, Black Version, and White Version 2. I play the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games on my phone. In fact, if I were to be quizzed on Pokémon by Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori, Junichi Masuda and Kunihiko Yuyama… I would get 98% of the answers correct. What follows is my rendition of an autobiography of the greatest Pokémon master of all time. Enjoy!

Alexwald16 started his Pokémon journey at the age of seven years, only a few years younger than most in training. New Bark Town is where he grew up, and, subsequently, where he obtained his first Pokémon, Chikorita. Times were as tough as the challenges back then, but, eight gym badges later, he finally confronted the Elite Four, and the Pokémon League Champion. After he had defeated the Champion, his pseudo-rival gave up and traded titles with alexwald16. Defeating his pseudo-rival was difficult indeed, but there was an ultimate test, beyond the Championship and capturing all one hundred fifty-one Pokémon… one challenge he had awaited his whole journey for. Atop the highest mountain in the region, his real rival waited for alexwald16’s arrival. Once he climbed the mountain, alexwald16 was face-to-face with his rival, the most powerful Pokémon trainer who ever lived, Red. No words were exchanged. The ultimate battle had begun. Now, twelve years later, with forty badges and five Championships to his name, alexwald16 travels each region as the greatest Pokémon master, searching far and wide, for he is the very best that no one ever was. He has captured six hundred forty-six Pokémon out of the six hundred and forty-nine he has seen.