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.
At its core, Pokémon is all about trading. It’s about swapping Pokémon in much the same manner that car keys are swapped at certain kinds of parties, except you’re happy when you wake up the next morning with a strange virus such as the Pokérus. To make that concept work, the various games have always had some form of trading, with Wonder Trading being a favourite amongst fans. It’s also a completely broken system.
Every Pokémon fan has their favourite generation. Whether you’re keeping it old school with the original 151 Pokémon from Red and Blue era, or experiencing the world of battle monsters and collecting in 2013’s Pokémon X and Y, there’s a generation for every taste. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is one such generation, a remake of the third era games in the series, Ruby and Sapphire. And it’s pretty much my favourite Pokémon game ever made.
Look, I get you. You’re attached to that Magikarp you caught, and one day, Splash will be an effective attack. But sometimes, you need a little extra muscle. You need some power that can warp reality, create new continents and drown the world in too much water. What you need, is a legendary Pokémon. Well buddy, I got ya covered.
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.