The latest games in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are out in the US and Japan. In the three days since they’ve been available at retail, they’ve sold a combined total of over 3 million copies. That’s despite essentially being remakes of older games.
In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new Pokémon game out right now in the US of A and this Friday for everyone else. Also, I can see you hiding under the bed, and I need you to crawl out and listen to what I have to say. This stuff is important to me dammit! I’ve played a lot of Pokémon games over the years. Hell, I’ve probably played all of them. But over the next year, I’m going to attempt to do something which I’ve never done before. I’m going to…catch ‘em all!
Sometimes, you can’t just rely on a Pokémon's natural development tree in order to train up a massive badass. Sometimes, your Zigzagoon which you’ve cunningly named Ziggy Stardust, needs a little performance enhancer. Like most athletes who avoid urine tests, the latest Pokémon games are full Teaching Machines. And here’s where you can find them.
Amiibo is essentially Nintendo’s answer to the likes of Skylanders and Disney Infinity, allowing fans to not only purchase awesome collectibles, but also make use of them across various titles (to a certain extent). Arguably the best use of Amiibo is in Super Smash Bros, where the figurine imparts a digital avatar to the game to brawl, all with it’s own unique stats and such. How good could that AI be though? Pretty damn good apparently, because somebody entered an Amiibo figurine into a tournament, and it placed third.
Mega Evolution isn’t just a feature in Pokémon that can win a match when used correctly: it’s a kickass upgrade for your pocket monsters, a temporary lead forward in power and good looks. Of course, to use that feature, you need to get your Pokémon stoned. And I’m not talking about the Cape Town/Jehovah variety. Here’s where you can find all those precious stones. Man.
Welcome young trainer, to the world of Pokémon! I’m sure that you have many questions to ask, such as “Which is the best starter?”, “Are the Legendary Pokémon real?” and “Why are my Pokeballs oozing blood?”. But before I can answer any of those questions without incriminating myself any further, we need to take a look at the review scores for the latest Pokémon game, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
I think we’ve got to a point now where legendary Pokémon are about as rare as aggressive Jozi drivers on the highway. There are a ton of legendaries after six generations of PokémonPokemon, but hell, they’re still worth pursuing thanks to their insane stats and growth rates. The latest Pokemon remakes feature their own fair share of ultra-rare Pokémon, and that includes a certain hyper-evolved space strand of DNA. Yes, Pokémon is weird like that.
I’m pretty much too excited to be spending way too much time in Pokémon yet again. My favouritest generation, re-imagined for the Nintendo 3DS. You’ve heard me mention this before, no doubt. Well tough sh*t, because today will be no different and I will tie you down and make you listen to my love for digital pocket monsters. While the core gameplay has remained the same, the visuals of Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are something else entirely. See for yourself after the jump.
Everyone has their favourite Pokémon generation. Their favourite land to explore, battle and train in. Last year’s Pokémon X and Y was a pretty massive hit, and even with the release of the upcoming Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, you can bet that some folks will want to stay in the Kalos region. Which is all fine and dandy, but you won’t be taking your latest mega-evolved Pokémon with you to that region.
Beyond all the enthusiasm, there’s a generally good question revolving around the Pokémon remakes of Sapphire and Ruby. Why replay the game? The only thing that’s different, are the visuals right? And this was quite possibly true. For a short while. But according to the latest rumours, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby won’t be your standard remake. They’ll be throwing a ton of new content back into the series as well, with Mega Evolutions being the tip of the ice-type berg apparently.
Because regular evolution is for chumps. And chumpettes. Am I right?
I’ve still got no idea how Mega-Evolution is going to be explained in the upcoming Pokémon remakes, because dammit people, chronological gaps in the past are pretty important to me. On the other hand, shurrup, because now this also means that I get to take Pokémon which are already OPed, and give them some extra power that is legend…dary.
That is, the trading card game version of that popular battle monster franchise. Vague headlines, hooooooooooooo!
Do you want to be the best? The very best, like no one ever was? To catch ‘em all, without needing to drop several hundred bucks in the process? In an age long past, such an option was available to gamers. It was known as “the demo”, a slice of a game that gave players a chance to experience what was in store. Fore free. And now, the new Pokémon remakes are getting into that try it before you buy it idea.
Pokkén Tournament is not exactly the game that I was expecting to be announced last week. Sure, it’s Pokémon meets Tekken, but at the same time, it’s Pokémon meets Tekken. That was a surprising move to say the least. And even the people behind the game were surprised.