I've had a rather intense few days in my homeland. This coincided with Mother's Day and got me thinking about mothers in gaming. I think I know the best mother in gaming, but I'm prepared for all of you to tell me I'm wrong.
One of the biggest secrets in the Pokémon games since 2013, has been Hoopa. A mystery that’s been as badly kept as the secret identity of the Flash. The mythical legendary has been locked away in the 3D game files of Pokémon X, Y, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby for ages now, with savvy players managing to hack the elusive creature out of the game. And it looks like Hoopa is finally getting ready to step out into the spotlight.
If you’ve been following my journey lately, you’d have read about my quest to catch all the Pokémon. Every single one of them, including event Pokémon. And I did it. I caught, traded and evolved over 700 of the little pocket monster bastards. And it was a gargantuan effort. Thanks to online sources, cool people and friends however, I managed to pull it off, and earn a neat little star in my Pokedex to boot! I felt like giving up plenty of times however. Or being cheap and just buying the Pokémon that I needed. Fortunately, I never did that, even though such an option does actually exist.
I'm still confused by Super Smash Bros. I know I like playing it, and it's a great little piece of gaming bliss for short, frantic play sessions. I also know I'm incredibly bad at it, and can't seem to get any better the more I play. Where I get confused is when it comes to content, because the entire package seems fairly light. But who cares when characters like Mewtwo are so close to launch?
Nintendo gets a lot of flak for not keeping up with the times. But when it comes to the free to play market, even they’ve dipped their toes into that potentially lucrative world. Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball and Steeldiver: Sub Wars are great examples of how to do freemium right. Pokémon Shuffle on the other hand, is a perfect example of how to not go ahead and apply the freemium formula to a mega-hit game franchise.
Some Amiibo are rare. Nintendo's contribution to the toys-to-life genre has been wildly successful, with people around the world buying tons of Mario, Link and Kirby figurines. Personally, I love my Samus so much that it's still in the box. But with perhaps the exception of the gold Amiibo, they aren't really valuable collector's items - and they just became even less so.
I’m almost done collecting Pokémon. Just a few dozen more of the pocket monster bastards to go, and I’ll have completed my Pokedex. I’ve detailed before how I’ve gone deep into the game, in order to fill my collection up with over 700 of the iconic monsters. I’ve made friends, surfed Reddit for kind souls and luck has certainly played a part. Or I could have just taken the easy route, and used a game exploit.
There are a lot of Pokémon out there in the regions of Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova and Kalos. Which is the biggest understatement ever uttered since the Apollo 13 space mission told Houston that they happened to have a problem. It’s gotten to a point now where capturing every single Pokémon in existence now means that you’re going to run out of storage space for the little critters in the game itself. Fortunately, that’s what Pokémon Bank is for, as it gives trainers some of that magical cloud stuff to help store their favourite captures. And if you’re a subscriber, you’ll be receiving some special Pokémon soon to add to your collection.
When we last left Darryn, he had ventured into the Viridian Woods, gotten hopelessly lost despite being told to walk in a straight line for five meters and was now on the verge of creating a new underground society where he would be king of the Metapods. All of the Kanto region would tremble before the immobile might of his new army! Hard fists, soft chins! The martial arts of passive resistance!
Pokkén Tournament, a Pokémon fighting game where battles have more than just four moves to choose from and infinite time, sounds like a ludicrous idea. Naturally, I must have it. Right now however, it looks like I’ll need to hop a flight on over to Japan to play the arcade brawler. A trip that will cost me many of thousands of Randelas and most likely financially hobble me for the rest of my life. But…Pokémon battling, guys. Pokémon battling.
Hoopa. It’s the name of a Pokémon that has been around since Pokémon X and Y, but has yet to be released. Unless you hacked the game that is. A legendary Pokémon, Hoopa is also linked to the recent influx of other legendary pocket monsters in the recent release of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. And it looks like Nintendo is finally unleashing their latest Pokémon officially.
Wonder Trading is a cool concept in Pokémon games. You get to trade any of your Pokémon, for a random one in return. In practice however, this most likely means that you’ll wind up with a low-level Zigzagoon. But what are the actual chances of this happening? One avid player has been keeping score on Wonder Trades, and surprisingly, the overall results paint a different picture.
By now, you’re more than aware of my obsession with Pokémon. But the less said about the Weedle tattoo on my lil’ Weedle, the better. Right now, I’m busy with a quest to complete the Pokedex. And I mean a total completion. Not only do I want to achieve a 100% rate before the year ends, I want to actually possess all of the Pokémon possible. Here’s how far I am right now.
I’m on a quest, to be the best, like no one ever was. Unfortunately, that involves being wonder-traded yet another f***ing Zigzagoon. But I digress. After six generations, the Pokémon games now feature very, very diverse wilderness areas. What was once an area populated by Tentacool and Magikarp now features Frillish, Remoraid and more f***ing Zigzagoon. I really, really hate that Pokémon. If you’re looking to catch ‘em all like I am, then here’s a handy guide on where to find your favourite pocket monsters.
Breeding. In human terms, it’s what happens when your parents decide to be naughty, with the repercussions being felt nine months later. In Pokémon terms, it’s a method of getting new critters, while starting from scratch with a potential contender that hopefully isn’t so inbred that it can’t stand straight in a battle. If you want to raise a true champ, you’re going to need to do some breeding. Here’s how you can play Gattaca with your Pokémon.