Category Archives: Pokémon

Training the strongest Pikachu amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Pikachu was kind of ridiculous in Super Smash Bros. 4. Back then, its Figure Player couldn’t make any kind of tournament progress unless it spammed its custom down special, Thunder Burst. In regard to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that Pikachu can make better use of its full kit. The bad news is that Thunder Burst doesn’t exist anymore. Even so, Pikachu is much better off in Ultimate, and if you’re looking to train a good one, you’ve come to the right place!

Thanks to MiDe for contributing Pikachu’s training information! Feel free to check out their YouTube channel by following this link.

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Training the strongest Pokémon Trainer amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

When it comes to amiibo training, we get a lot of questions about Pokémon Trainer. And that’s understandable, because Pokémon Trainer is a complicated character. You’ve got the Super Smash Bros. 4 Charizard amiibo, which scans as Pokémon Trainer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Then you’ve got the Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Pokémon Trainer figures, and they also scan as Pokémon Trainer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Unfortunately, figurines of the individual Pokémon aren’t standalone characters: they’re still very much controlled by a trainer. In other words, a Squirtle amiibo can still play as Ivysaur and Charizard. Kind of a shame that all four figures are essentially the same, but it makes for an interesting character!

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Pokémon X & Y – Afterthoughts

This time last week, we talked all about Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum — my favorite Pokémon games! It’s only fitting, then, that today’s post discusses my second favorite entries: X and Y! I’m aware that this might be an unpopular opinion, but I’ve got … decent reasons.

On that note, it’s hard to tell where exactly the Pokémon community stands regarding and Y. Near the time of its release, fans were enamored with its new features and changes… but it didn’t take long for that hype to fizzle out. At the time of writing, it seems they’re held in poor regard. The games definitely have weak points, as we’ll soon discuss, but it’s no secret that they’re kind of polarizing. Nowhere near as polarizing as Sword and Shield, though.

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Pokémon Diamond & Pearl – Afterthoughts

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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Training the strongest Jigglypuff amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

By all accounts, Super Smash Bros. 4 wasn’t kind to Jigglypuff. Unlike every other fighter, it was never buffed or nerfed via game updates, and this eventually led to its labeling of “worst character in the game“. Things weren’t much better for its Figure Player, either: the amiibo Buff made shield breaks rather common, making Jigglypuff’s matchups against metagame titans Bowser and Little Mac nearly unwinnable. Luckily, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate showed the Balloon Pokémon a bit of compassion. It’s actually high tier now (albeit in a very specific format)!

Thanks to Penne and Nozomu for contributing Jigglypuff’s training information! Feel free to follow their work here and here, respectively!

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