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A Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Retrospective

The recent announcement of Pokémon Unite… didn’t go so well. The Pokémon Company announced a broadcast for June 24, 2020 a week in advance. As you might expect, fans went crazy speculating the broadcast’s contents. A Let’s Go-styled game set in the Johto region was a common guess… but what everybody really wanted was the announcement of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes! Of course, we didn’t get them (yet), and in hindsight, it would’ve been too soon. Especially considering that, at the time of writing, Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC pack remains unavailable.

The desire for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes is real, though,  and now’s as good a time as ever to talk about what made the originals so special. Pokémon Pearl was the first video game I ever owned, and it holds a special place in my heart to this very day. Today, we’re going to look at everything. Its presentation, soundtrack, Pokémon inclusions… everything. This game is special to me for a reason, and I’m going to do my best to outline what makes these entries so unique.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s hidden gem

I’m not going to sugar-coat it: 2020 has been a disappointing year for everybody, to say the least. As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected jobs and schools around the globe. The world is in a state most of us has never seen before. To those of you who have been affected by quarantine – in terms of work or education – you have our sympathy, and I hope things can get back to normal sooner rather than later.

Serious matters aside, COVID-19 has changed the Super Smash Bros. scene, too. Enthusiasm for the game and its content has arguably hit an all-time low, and this is attributed to its poor online service. Players have complained about shaky connections, unbearable lag, and even matchmaking issues. Given these issues, then, it’s no surprise that Ultimate’s morale has decreased.

Luckily, there’s another way to play the game that many players probably haven’t even considered! Of course, regular readers know exactly what we’re about to segue into. Many Smash players have at least one or two amiibo figures, and many more don’t even know there’s a complex metagame behind them! Things change when characters are controlled by an AI. So what, then, makes amiibo training so special? That’s what we’re here to talk about today!

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Ranking sub-games in Brain Age for Nintendo Switch

Brain Age was released on the Nintendo Switch in January of this year. Wait, you haven’t heard of it? That’s because it hasn’t been released in North America yet, and at the time of writing, we have no word on a potential release. I’m a huge Brain Age fan – I played Concentration Training to death and back – so naturally, I created a European Nintendo account specifically to download and play Brain Age.

After about thirty hours and extensive experience with everything it has to offer, I’ve formed a rather solid opinion on it: it’s good. Just good. It certainly has problems, but it’s an enjoyable experience, so today, I’m going to rank all of its sub-games and discuss its features. Think of this as a review but without the strict format. Please note that I’m not going to cover the multiplayer games, as they are the one part of Brain Age I wasn’t able to try out. Continue reading Ranking sub-games in Brain Age for Nintendo Switch

The ethics of time travel in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

As avid Animal Crossing fans probably know, time travel has been incorporated in each main series title since the original on the Nintendo GameCube. Its premise is rather simple: by changing the system’s time and date, players can skip ahead to speed up their town development, move out villagers, or access certain holidays or events in advance.

The release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch has once again created something of a split within the community: those who time travel and those who don’t. As somebody who has played the game both ways, I have an important question to answer today: is time traveling worth it in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

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First Impressions: Pokémon Sword & Shield Nintendo Direct

Yesterday morning, the Pokémon Sword and Shield-centric Nintendo Direct was made available to Pokémon fans around the world. A treasure trove of information was revealed regarding the upcoming titles, including its worldwide release date of November 15. The presentation also revealed new features and several brand-new Pokémon, and today, we’re going to break down each individual reveal. If you’d prefer to watch the Nintendo Direct yourself, you can do so here. Otherwise, let’s get right into it!

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