Music worthy to the holy Arceusness!

November 30, 2010

Sorry for the whole months absence. Studying non-pokéstuff takes up so much time…

Meanwhile I have been watching and off course listening to a lot of music from the Pokémon games on Youtube and coincidences wanted it that I stumbled upon one of the most amazing recording-piano-playing-on-video-to-publish-it-on-youtube piano playing I’ve ever seen or more correctly ever heard!

I praise you, Kylelandry, for making this video for all Pokéfans to enjoy!
I praise your for playing such a masterpiece of amazing pieces of Pokémon game music that I’m sure it makes both Nintendo and Game Freak proud and Sony and Microsoft green with envy when they realize that they have very few games with a soundtrack that can last for ages!



Creepy Pokémon Phenomena

October 30, 2010

I have saved this especially for Halloween!

One thing can be said about Ghost Pokémon. They may not be the creepiest of monsters, but they do give the games that creepy touch!

Already in the very first games, there are strong elements of horror. Lavender Town, the very home town of Ghost Pokémon, as it holds the Pokémon Tower – the graveyard for Pokémon. Though a very small town, Lavender Town have a bad reputation.

Item 1: An Internet hype tells that in the original Japanese Pokémon games, Red and Green, it is said that the town music made kids freak out. Those that especially was between 7 and 12 years old and used earphones was often more likely to get influenced. The music were said to cause nosebleeds, irritability, insomnia and addiction to the game and in about 70% of the cases ended in suicide.

In almost all cases, despite the games being played further and play time recorded to the limit, the game hadn’t progressed longer than to… Lavender Town!

In the newer editions of the games, also known as Red and Blue Versions, the 3 notes that were being said to cause the trauma, had been removed.

Item 2: In Lavender Town as in some other towns, both previous and later in the game, you will have an encounter with your rival aka Blue/Gary. After a battle with him, he’ll ask you whether or not you know how it is if any of your Pokémon died and then leave.

The strange thing is that when you battled him last on S.S. Anne he had a Raticate which is not in his team when you battle him in Pokémon Tower. Has he buried his Raticate in Pokémon Tower?

It does not even end there. In the anime S.S. Anne sank to the bottom of the sea, and Internet speculates that it happens in the game story as well – it is a fact that you can’t return to S.S. Anne once the main tasks there are done and you leave the ship. The conspiracy tells, than his Raticate got seriously injured in your battle on S.S. Anne, but it was so crowded and confusing in the luxury liner that he didn’t make it back to a Pokémon Center in time so his Raticate passed  away…

So after the death of Raticate, Blue swears to revenge his lost friend and decides to aim for Pokémon championship at the Pokémon League. But even here Red defeats him, and all he gets is scolding from Professor Oak – his own grandfather.

Now who is the real bad guy here…? I’m just asking…

Happy Halloween everyone!

Do you remember this one?

October 16, 2010

On my walk along Memory Lane, I stumbled upon this city. It got me back to the Game Boy days when I played my Silver and Crystal versions.

Okey, enough with that! What I really mean is just to present the Game Boy tune of Cherrygrove City and Mahogany Town.

Nostalgic huh?

And here’s the amazing remake for the DS games!

Which reminds me; the Mew Event have started and will run until October 30th! Be sure to get it while it lasts!

We’re still in the 4th gen! Remember?

October 13, 2010

Okey, so I’ll try to be short as the NEXT EVENT will be!

The new generation games, Pokémon Black and White versions, were released last month in Japan!!! So a lot of new information have been revealed of the two games and all the new Pokémon as well! I’m not going to present all the Pokémon here at one time, but rather take a handfull of them and comment about all the new ‘mons in an overview.

That will be next time. This time however I’m going to salute Nintendo and Game Freak for not forgetting that we’re still in the 4th generation of Pokémon games in America and Europe!

The reason for my salutation is that there is a new Event for the beloved Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver versions that will be starting at October 15th!!!

This time it’s Mew that will be put on display in Nintendo’s cyber shelves waiting for you to download it to the HeartGold or SoulSilver cartridge!

It’s MEW!! Why in the great wide world are Nintendo and Game Freak suddenly in a good mood giving us a Mew for free?! Did the Black/White sale jump through the roof in Japan? Was perhaps the HeartGold/SoulsSilver sale overall a great success?

Probably and probably! But I actually have the real answer: The reason for the Mew-giveaway is because they are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of the original Pokémon Gold and Silver versions.

Can you believe it? Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version are celebrating their 10 years and what better way to celebrate than to give away a Mew for the brilliant remakes?

Be quick, though, as the Event will only last until October 30th! That’s only 16 days!!

Happy 10th anniversary Pokémon Gold and Silver versions!

I can only crave…

October 8, 2010

It’s time for another Pokémon to Blog About! Continuing after Mew, I present the even more rare Celebi!

Celebi, the Timetravel Pokémon, is the last Pokémon in the Johto Pokédex and the 2nd gen version of Mew.

Celebi is said to travel back in time an lay an egg deep in a forest and then disappear into the future again. Will this mean that Celebi gives birth to itself forever in a perpetuous circle. Very mind-boggling and kind of… impossible.

I believe Pokéfans who has played the RPGs for years agrees with me when I say that Celebi is perhaps the rarest Pokémon to receive in any possible way ever! It has never been available within the the American or European version of any RPG games.

In Japan, players could get a Celebi event for the old Gold and Silver versions in Pokémon occasions around the country, which was obtainable via the Key Item “GS-Ball” and later for Ruby and Sapphire within a special disc along with Pokémon Colosseum for Nintendo GameCube, if I’m not mistaken (I have not verified the last one thoroughly).

None, zilch nada!

Nintendo has been extremely stingy with letting any gamers of the European versions of any game have any Celebi legally. Maybe… just “maybe” Nintendo will be kind to us with HeartGold and SoulSilver, finally honour us with the Celebi-event. It is for a fact that Celebi WILL unlock a story of some sort within those two games.

So there is a hope… but a narrowly puny one…

Anyways, if there is something else that is important… or at least interesting to say about Celebi, it’s that Celebi is considered the weakest of the all-100-stat legendaries. This is mostly because of it’s poor type combination, being Grass/Psychic.

It’s an exotic combo of types, but have, oh, so many weaknesses; Fire, Ice, Dark, Ghost, Poison,Flying and double weakness to Bug (which means four times normal damage STAB not accounted for).

Poor type combo aside, I would consider the chance of ever getting that Celebi legally more poorly than the Pokémon itself. Being about as impossible to get as few, Celebi has had its cameos in various games also in European versions of those games: In Pokémon Colosseum, although unobtainable,

Come on Nintendo and Game Freak! Please let me have the chance of getting a Celebi in my lifetime!

When I think about it…

September 16, 2010

Some time ago, I made a bad-list for the next generation Pokémon gameget s and I promised I would make another list to make up for it – a pro-list!

There has been some months since Pokémon Black and White versions was revealed, so a lot of new stuff about the games has been revealed as well. If you assume for one instance that I simply detest these games, I hope these points will get you on other thoughts.

Be aware that the following is full of *spoilers*, so if you really don’t want to know about the games until you have (one of) them in your hands. (What are you doing on the Internet then?! Shoo!)

1. Not all the new Pokémon are that bad.

There are some cool ones in there as well! For example this swan Pokémon currently known under the name Swana, looks very nice.

There is also a new Pokémon, currently under the name Shikijika, which has a cool added effect… However I will tell more of it further down on the list (because it makes up for a reason to ge the new games). Anyways, there are many cool Pokémons already revealed and definetly more to come!

Also there are some new cool type-combos, like Dragon/Ice,  and there is actually a Pokémon that is pure Flying type!!!

2. Clearer differences between the versions.

If we look at the version-difference history, we see that the difference is mostly what kind of Pokémon that can be caught.  However, in Black and White, the versions will be more significally different from each other: There is a certain city that will be hi-tech in the Black version, but sort of ancient-like in the White version.

It's more than the cover that is different between these games.

This is what is known so far about the version differences (and that there will be some version exclusive Pokémon as always).

3. The wi-fi system in B/W is supposedly better.

The wi-fi function was introduced in the 4th generation, giving it an addition that lifted up the concept to a new level; now the world’s greatest trainer could really could be decided. (Well probably not, because there is too many Pokémon players out there  to find the best one).

In the 5th generation, the wi-fi features are more accessible both as how to reach the features within the game and reach other trainers for battle better that the previous generation.

The wi-fi features includes Global Link (battle, trade, etc.), a new feature called Dream World which supposedly have some wi-fi features, like special Pokémon. If supported with the upcoming 3DS, Pokémon Black & White will probably be even easier to get online with.

4. Cooler additional features!

Perhaps these games go a little longer than the previous ones. The last two generations have introduced weather effects on-location. With this I mean different routes with heavy rain, sandstorm, fog or wintery hail. However, in the newest game yet to come, there are actually a season cycle!! Each season last for a month before going over to the next season. This is where Shikijika come in the picture as it is a Pokémon that changes its look according to the season.

And there is also a feature called ‘Pokémon Musical’ that seems to replace the Pokémon Contests we know back from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald and Diamond/Pearl/Platinum.

The new generation brings us Pokéfans tons of new stuff to be happy about! I can’t even get half of it on the list! And now recently more of the games are revealed and it seems that all Pokémon have been revealed as well!!

I was afraid that Black and White versions was going to be a major dissapointment, but it seems that I, once again, have been proven wrong, fortunately.

Until I have one of the version in my hands, it remains to be verified, though.

I think I’m going to be busy from now on checking news about the new forthcoming games, so be sure to check this blog for further details!

When I’m away…

September 2, 2010

Hey all you Pokéfans out there! I’m still here. It’s almost been a month since last time, and that is mostly because I’ve started on a University! Gamers aren’t slackers, that’s for sure!!

There is news about the new generation of Pokémon games all the time and soon enough I’m going to post that pro-list on the B/W-games.

For now I’ll post a nice trailer for you! It is in Japanese though.

Later on I’ll comment the trailer in this blog so follow closely!

Amazing! 8D

More HeartGold/SoulSilver music

August 7, 2010

It has been too long since the last time I posted some of the amazing music from HeartGold and SoulSilver!

This time I want to follow the last music post, where it was the New Bark Town music.

First up is the theme from the good ol’ GameBoy, back in the Gold/Silver/Crystal-days.

Next is the awesome makeover to the DS games

Sigh… oh, and I found this version as well! From the anime! It was actually very good.

I wonder if the HG/SS version of the tune is inspired by this… 😉

Perhaps not…

August 1, 2010

A lot can be said about the new Pokémon games coming next year, both on the good side and the not so good side. I’ve mentioned before that I might restrain from buying the newest versions awaiting. That’s why I’m going to make this blog entry about the con list on buying Black/White. I might even try to con the cons.

1. The graphics haven’t improved much.

I fact it looks more jagged than before and hasn’t improved much since the 3rd generation. Back in the Ruby/Sapphire days, the jump from Game Boy Color to Game Boy Advance was significant. I still remember playing Sapphire for the first time. The graphics left me in awe that lingered for several weeks. The graphic enhancement on D/P left me a little in awe too, but did not even get close to the R/S makeover.

2. It’s the same old you-know-whats.

It seems like Black and White will not distance themselves from the previous games when it comes to the storyline. You are still a male or a female newbie trainer starting from a small quiet town with the opportunity of choosing between three different Pokémon. The Pokémon are Grass, Fire and a Water type Pokémon and you go fight eight different gyms, bla bla…

3. Pokémon pattern

And it’s not just the starters; just compare Rattata/Raticate with Sentret/Furret, Zigzagoon/Linoone and Bidoof/Bibarel. They’re all Normal type, available in the first routes of their respective games and are quite common, evolve early and the evolution is located about midways in the game. And these aren’t the exception; just look at Pidgey/Pidgeotto/Pidgeot and Starly/Staravia/Staraptor and many more…

Oh, yeah. There it is! This is one of the new Pokémon named Mamepato in Japanese. I’m not sure, but I believe you think like I do, that this is the first evolution of the Normal/Flying family in Black and White.

Game Freak: Enough of these! Why not just re-use them instead of wasting time of making a new gen Pokémon only for this purpose? I mean, you’ve already made them.

Game Freak should really look at what Genius Sonority did, when they made Pokémon Colosseum; they did something a little out of the ordinary by having different starters (Espeon and Umbreon), standardize double battles and “stealing” other trainer’s Pokémon.

With this I don’t mean that Game Freak should do exactly as Genius Sonority, but rather learn from them and start thinking a little outside the box so they can make something different.

4. The design of the new Pokémon doesn’t look that good, to be honest. I really hate to say this, but they look like digimon (no offense against them, though).

It somehow seems that the Pokémakers have run dry of ideas to make new Pokémon… properly. Perhaps it’s just that I’m the traditional this way and like the very first Pokémon better. Any newcomers to the games might just like the new Pokémon for what I know. And not all of them are that bad, and there are still more Pokémon to be published.

And if you think this list really made the new Pokémon games suck, I can assure you that there will be a pro list opposing this post!

The Nintendo Events keeps on rollin’ in!

July 29, 2010

Oh, yes! Another Nintendo Event is arriving for the Pokémon games!

This time it is an Event exclusively for HeartGold and SoulSilver – the Enigma Stone Event! The Event begins at July 31st and will last until August 27th. That’s about a whole month of time for you to download the Enigma Stone!

The Enigma Stone is a Key Item to be taken to Pewter Museum, where it will be analysed by a man. It turns out that the Enigma Stone is a fossilization of the Soul Dew, belonging to the Lati@s [a term of saying Latias and Latios at the same time]. After that… no I’m not going to say it all, but you’ve already found out that it’s about the Lati@s. At least you should have.

Yes, the Enigma Stone activates the Lati@s, but not both in each versions.

Latias, the red one for all the n00bs out there, will be able for SoulSilver and Latios, the blue one, for HeartGold.

The Lati@s were actually the first Legendaries with gender differences, Latias is female and Latios is male. They cannot breed and that is for two good reasons. Firstly, they are Legendaries, which are known for the symbol of being unbreedable. Secondly, they are actually siblings, so… ewww! Let’s not go there…!

Lati@s were first introduced in Ruby and Sapphire Versions, where they were the running Pokémon of the games. As to HG/SS, they were exclusive in the different versions; Latias in Sapphire and Latios in Ruby.

Unlike in Ruby and Sapphire where they are roaming around in Hoenn, they are battled directly, without fleeing, on HeartGold and SoulSilver. So get out there and take it nice and easy when catching them.

And don’t forget to save before the battle!