Week: End Game: On 10.12.2013

What will the staff be playing this weekend? (Hint: lots of Pokémon!)

By Nintendojo Staff. Posted 10/12/2013 12:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Kyle England

I did! I did it! I DID IT! I am a full fledged Pokémon Master! I completed the National Pokédex in Pokémon White Version, like I set out do! Here is my diploma in all its glory:

Okay, so I didn’t finish my Living Pokédex yet, but I still plan to do it! I have the living dex of every single Pokémon from Gen I to Gen IV! My completion of Gen V was a rushed affair, as I was trying to get my diploma before October 12 at all costs. This really is a huge accomplishment for me. I was so happy when I finally caught all the Pokémon that I reverted back to small child watching Ash’s adventures on television. Ever since the phrase “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” was plastered onto the boxes of Pokémon Red & Blue, I’ve dreamed of this day. I’ve played every generation of Pokémon as it’s come out, but I’ve never been able to buckle down and do this until now. It’s a crowning achievement I say.

Right, so what am I playing this weekend? That’s a bit obvious isn’t it? Pokémon Y on 3DS! Hopefully everyone will be playing those games! I even talked about some of my impressions of the new mechanics in my brand new podcast. Now, I might have seemed a little skeptical of the new meta-game changes, but I’m looking forward to them! Really! I can’t wait to interact with all my favorite friends in 3D as well! Feraligatr is getting a belly rub first chance I have…

Still, the question remains… should I import my entire Pokédex to Gen VI? Or should I just send up certain Pokémon? I guess I’ll cross that bridge in December. Until then, to Kalos I go!

Sam Stewart

I haven’t made much of a dent in my gaming back long since last weekend. My friend’s wedding took up most of my weekend but I still managed to find a little time for Grand Theft Auto V. As a result, I didn’t actually get to start The Wind Waker HD until Monday, and I spent most of this week playing as much of that as possible. Turns out its still really good! I’ve still got a long ways to go in both of those games, and I’m about to add Pokémon Y to the list on Saturday.

I’ve been a Pokémon fan all my life, but it still usually takes me right up until the release of a new game to get interested. Reading all of the positive reviews over the last week has caused my excitement to reach its maximum. I can’t wait to jump in and immerse myself in the new world on release day (But really I just want my free Torchic!).

As for Mario & Luigi and Tales of Xillia (looks at a calendar)… uh… hmm… I’ll get back to you on that…

Andy Hoover

Something tells me that this round table isn’t going to have much in the way of variety.

I too will be picking up Pokémon Y and it will undoubtedly consume the bulk of my time. However, I still plan on taking an occasional break to continue Wind Waker HD. And that’s really it; I’m all GTA’d out at the moment and even though I have what is effectively an insurmountable back log at this point, Nintendo’s latest offerings are just calling to me much more loudly than anything else at the moment.

Anthony Vigna

I’m sorry to disappoint you Andrew, but I am not planning on picking up Pokémon X or Pokémon Y! Instead, I’ll be the hipster cool kid on the staff and play Pokémon Trading Card Game on Game Boy Color instead. Maybe I’ll play them when they become retro so that they are deemed cool enough in my mind! All joking aside, there isn’t much that I find compelling about the new entries of Pokémon. The addition of 3D worlds and Mega Evolutions has not enticed me at all as new additions to the series. I’m sure that they are fantastic games, but I think I have had my fill on the series’ main entries for the time being.

However, Pokémon spin-offs are a completely different story for me, and it shows with my unhealthy obsession with Pokémon TCG. The game focuses on much more than the card game itself, giving the players a role-playing experience within a whole new world to explore. The game also plays a lot like core Pokémon titles, having the same aspects of collecting monsters, trading them, and battling them against other trainers. This, coupled with the rules of the card game, helps Pokémon TCG seem both familiar and fresh in its gameplay. This is exactly the kind of variety I need after growing tired of the traditional Pokémon formula.

With less than two weeks until Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies launches on Nintendo 3DS, I am continuing to psych myself up by playing older titles in the series. This time, I am exploring Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All, which is considered the weakest entry in the original trilogy. While I tend to agree with anyone that expresses that sentiment, as the unfunny clown in the circus case has left me with some mental scars, I would argue that the last case is the best in the series. Not only does it bring together the plot of the first game nicely, but it also presents the player with some tough choices that are not in any other entry in the series. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t played it, but people that have played Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All will know exactly what I am talking about.

Other than that, I am continuing to have regular rounds with 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure. While I am already on the last world, there is still much left for me to do in the game. I love how the game has hidden switches that are required to be hit if the player wants to reach 100 percent and unlock everything, as they are all put in creative places that require a lot of thought to access them. When I finally finish everything, maybe I’ll move onto another 3D classic!

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