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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Training the strongest Zero Suit Samus amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Bayonetta, Sheik, and Zero Suit Samus. These three characters have something in common: they’re not very good — at least when it comes to AI. In the context of our amiibo tier list, Bayonetta and Sheik aren’t rising anytime soon. But Zero Suit Samus has risen and has the potential to rise even further! She’s been quite underrepresented until recently, so now’s as good a time as ever to start training her!

Thanks to forenmagra for contributing Zero Suit Samus’s training information! Feel free to read their notes document for more character-specific strategies.

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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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Summer updates announced for Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Nintendo (via the Animal Crossing Twitter account) has announced a pair of free updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The first of these updates launches worldwide on July 3, and brings back swimming and diving from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Sea creatures make their return as well, and can be donated to the museum. It seems they’ll be donated to and combined with the existing fish section.

The second update launches in August, though no concrete information is available on it yet. It was presented with a fireworks background, though, which implies they’ll be making a return soon, too. Check out the full announcement video via the link below.


 

Recapping the 6/22/20 Smash Bros. Direct

The Arms fighter direct has come and passed, and there is a surprising amount of information to unpack! The fighter has been revealed to be Min Min, one of the most popular choices I’ve seen since the teaser, and I think a lot of people are happy about this. If you don’t really have any interest in the fighter, there is still one important takeaway from this: Spirits no longer prevent fighters from being included. This means that a lot of fan favorites are back on the board going into the final 5 DLC fighters, and absolutely all expectations are shattered! Continue reading Recapping the 6/22/20 Smash Bros. Direct