Pokemon New and Old

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I hear a lot that when a person who grew up as a child in the 90’s see Pokemon from post 151 Pokemon or called generation one the Pokemon in the first games red and blue. They often say the Pokemon from the games after designs are stupid. In a way I can understand that  after all Vanillish is a Pokemon that design is literally a ice cream cone or Garbodor which is supposed to looks like a bag of garbage. However I think these people forget a lot of generation one Pokemon can be said to look stupid looking. For example Muk is a Pokemon that is described in the pokedex as being covered with filthy vile sludge. Not so different than being a pile of garbage in my opinion.  Vanillish might be just an ice cream cone, but Magnemite is literally just a magnet. Geode is a rock with arms. And lets not get started on Lickitung. If people saw a lot of the newer Pokemon too I think they be impressed and not just one glance on a poorly designed Pokemon. Lycanroc is a cool Pokemon that depending on which game you get Sun or Moon has a midnight form which makes it look like a werewolf. Generation IV has Infernape a Pokemon in which if you watch the anime is Ash pokemon and crazy powerful.The new games too are really great if you play them. Ever since Pokemon X and Y you can feed and interact with the Pokemon. It helps disperse the idea that Pokemon are just slaves to their trainers. Pokemon Black and White addresses that the  Pokemon are not slaves with the enemy group Team Plasma trying to free them only for the game to say Pokemon like to fight and be with their trainers. But if you don’t like the new games that’s ok those are just my opinion and everyone’s free to have their own.Image result for pokemon mukFile:583Vanillish.png Image result for pokemon werewolf

Detective Pikachu

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On May 9th a movie will come out a movie that to me has suppressed my hype for any movie this year or any movie that has ever been released this movie is called Detective Pikachu. This movie has me so hyped because I am a Pokemon fan. Pokemon is actually the only video game series I have ever played which I guess It’s why I like it so much. Other than that the movie looks like it was made by fans of the series or the people did their research. You can tell this by one of the trailers mentions Arceus with Detective Pikachu saying “Sweet mother of Arceus”. See Arceus in the fandom is often called the god of pokemon and is from the Pearl and Diamond games which non pokemon fans will probably not know. Most people who watched Pokemon as a child in the 90’s remember the first games Red and blue which has the original 151 pokemon. This shows there not just trying to please the crowd of adults from the 90’s who played or watched Pokemon as kids but the fans who love all  the games the new and the old.The movie I think will also be fun to watch because many non pokemon fans will watch it because the very popular actor who played Deadpool Ryan Reynolds will be the voice of Pikachu. Fun fact is many people wanted Danny Devito to voice Pikachu I don’t know why but nevertheless I prefer Ryan Reynolds because he brings A star celebrity talent with it.

By Anna P.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Review

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After 4 years Super Smash Bros Ultimate makes it’s debut on Nintendo Switch and it lives up to the name ultimate. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a fighting game in which characters from several different Nintendo franchises duke it out in a fighting game battle royale. With this being the fifth entry in the franchise Nintendo pulled out all the stops to make this the best Smash Bros game ever.

This time around the roster is a massive 74 fighters and Nintendo definitely delivered the goods when comes to the characters in the game. The game also boasts a massive 108 stages making it once again the largest stage selection in the series. With the game having 74 fighters in it’s roster Nintendo brought back every character that’s ever been in a Smash game ever, including characters that haven’t been in a Smash game since Melee.

There are also 10 new fighters this time around as well. They include fighters like Simon Belmont, The Inklings, Ridley, King K Rool, Isabelle, and Inciniroar. There are also echo fighters this time around as well. These are variants of previously existing fighters which include Richter Belmont who is an echo fighter of Simon Belmont, Daisy who is an echo fighter of Princess Peach and many more echo fighters as well.

Another new edition to Super Smash Bros ultimate are spirits; these take the place of trophies from the previous smash games. These are spirits of various Nintendo characters that you can equip to the fighter of your choice, these can be various things like an attack boost or having a specific item equipped  There are 4 different kinds of spirits: Attack spirits, Shield spirits, Grab spirits, and Neutral spirits. Super Smash Bros Ultimate uses a rock, paper, scissors type system with its spirits such as attack spirits are good against grab spirits, shield spirits are good against attack spirits, and grab spirits are good against shield spirits. Equipping the right kind of spirits into battle adds a lot of depth and strategy into the game. There are primary spirits and support spirits you equip to the character of your choice. Primary spirits have an amount of power that when leveled up increase your fighters stats. Depending on the type of primary spirit you have equipped it gives 1-3 support spirits slots. Support spirits are spirits that can only be equipped if you have a primary spirit equipped. Depending on the type of primary spirit that you have equipped will give a certain number of support spirits slots. Each support spirit has a cost and each one uses up a support spirit slot. Support spirits not only power up your fighter but also can give a specific bonus when starting the fight, such as zap floor immunity or having a home run bat equipped.

Classic mode once again returns and in my opinion it is the best it’s been in the series. It’s short and sweet, there’s unique boss battles and each fighter’s path is different and unique for each fighter in all classic mode and it is great in this game. All star mode also returns in this game but it’s not as good as it was in previous smash games, it’s basically a mob smash from the previous smash games. The fighting once again is fast paced and a chaotic like it’s been in previous Smash games. This time around you can not only air dodge but there is a critical smash if you land a critical hit on your opponent there will be a flash to indicate it. Once again 8 player smash returns.

There are 103 stages in the game but sadly there are only 4 new stages in this game. Just about all the previous stages get a big graphical upgrade being presented in HD. The only exception being the stages form the Super Smash Bros 64, those stages retain their original looks. New to Smash Ultimate this time around are  stamina battles. These play like a traditional fighting game where you deplete your opponent’s health bar or in this case percentage meter to 0. Vs mode now has a lot more options than before when creating your own custom Vs match. You can now modify rules set in the game for Smash/Custom Smash, Squad Strike and Smash Tourney. Custom Balance allows you to modify a fighter’s power so that way they’re not too overpowered. You can choose whether or not to seperate echo fighters or mii fighters.

Graphics are in full HD and to the date the best this series has ever looked being bright and colorful and cartoony at the same time. Assist trophies once again return and they’re better than ever. Not only is there more than there has been in the past, but now you can Ko assist trophies as well. Final Smashes once again make a return and they’re once again better than ever. They’re not only more flashier than before, but they also get right to the point this time around. No more having the final smashes be some powerup, now they feel like a finishing move in a fighting game.

Online play also returns this time with more options than ever. Up to 4 players can battle it out against each other online, players can also set up a private room together where you can voice chat with your friends via Nintendo Voice Chat app. For ranking system this time around we have the global smash power. This online ranking system ranks all players scores on a numerical scale with the number based on how many players that person outranks. There’s also a special mode in the game just for the top players called Elite Smash mode. You now have a preferred rules option for how you want to play multiplayers whether it’s locally or online. You can set the rules for how you want to play and who you want to play with as well.

There’s also a spectator mode where you can watch other players battle it out online. It’s a great way to pick up gameplay tips. All in all Super Smash Bros Ultimate is great and it improves over everything the previous games did and adds a lot of new stuff as well. It also adds a lot of new stuff into the game to make it feel unique and brand new at the same time. While there are a few game modes that I feel are missing, all in all I feel Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the best Super Smash Bros game to date. My final score for Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a 5 out of 5. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

 

Nathan B

 

Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us(Preview)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us. This movie is a direct sequel to the 2017 film Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! The story setting in this movie takes place in Fura City during the Fura City’s “Wind Festival.”

 

The cast of characters in this movie are Ash Ketchum (main hero), Pikachu (Ash’s pokemon partner/best friend), Risa (a highschooler/rookie trainer), Eevee (Risa’s pokemon partner) Rick (Risa’s little brother), Toren (a timid, pokemon researcher), Chansey (Toren’s pokemon partner) Callahan (a braggart), Sudowoodo (Callahan’s pokemon partner) Harriet (an eccentric, old lady), Margo (a mysterious girl) and Oliver (Margo’s father).

 

The Legendary Pokemon that are featured in this movie are Lugia (Johto region)(Psychic/Flying type) and Zeraora (Alola region)(Electric type).

 

In conclusion, I believe that this movie is a remake/remastered version of the 2nd pokemon film The Power of One and that it will be the most popular pokemon movie thus far.

 

Detective Pikachu(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the Nintendo 3DS game Detective Pikachu.

In this game, you play as both a highly intelligent Pikachu who is not only skilled in detective work but also capable of human speech as well as Tim Goodman (Pikachu’s new human friend).

In this game, Detective Pikachu and Tim Goodman work to solve the disappearance of Tim Goodman’s Father as well as the various mysteries surrounding Ryme City.

The cast of support characters are Emilia Christie (a GNN news reporter), Meiko Okamoto (Emilia’s camera woman), Roger Clifford (GNN Producer), Ethan Graham (GNN president), Mimikyu (GNN News Network’s mascot), Brad McMaster (Ryme City’s police lieutenant)(partner Pokemon: Manectric), Mike Baker (Head of the Baker Detective Agency/former associate of Tim Goodman’s father)(partner Pokemon: Accelgor), Frank Holiday (Ryme City’s police Inspector), Amanda Blackstone (Assistant at the Baker Detective Agency)(partner Pokemon: Fletchling) and Pablo Millan (owner of the Hi-Hat Cafe)(partner Pokemon: Ludicolo).

In conclusion, I believe this Pokemon game will showcase Pikachu in a highly intelligent Sherlock Holmes fashion comprised of both looks and behavior. (“Elementary-my dear trainer-Elementary.”)

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