Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 5 RPG Mini-Games We Need on Tabletop for Board Game Night https://www.gameskinny.com/s9wtn/5-rpg-mini-games-we-need-on-tabletop-for-board-game-night https://www.gameskinny.com/s9wtn/5-rpg-mini-games-we-need-on-tabletop-for-board-game-night Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:53:27 -0500 StraightEdge434

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1. Tetra Master (Final Fantasy IX)
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Very similar to Triple Triad, but with a new twist: cards that are adjescent or diagonal to opponent cards, are able to attack them! That means that this time around, cards have HP, ATK, and DEF to support them. How does that effect your potential game board night? Well, let's just say that there will need to be a bit more strategy. Just think of this game as a buffed (or more strategic if you prefer) version of Triple Triad. 

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Again, two deck of cards and a 3x3 board should do it, for a duel between two players.

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What other mini-games would you like to see become tabletop games? They don't necessarily have to be from RPGs...any game genre will do! Feel free to share in the comments!

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2. Triple Triad (Final Fantasy VIII)
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This card game is very similar to Tic-Tac-Toe. However, here, players place cards on a 3x3 game board, and if two cards are next to each other, their stats are compared (that is if one card is yours, and the other one is your opponent's). If the card with higher stats wins, it "takes over" the weaker card. The winner is determined based on how many of their cards remain on the board at the end (rules in a nutshell).

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Needless to say, the potential is there for a fun card game. Two decks, a simple 3x3 grid, and of course, two players. Strategy and placing the right cards will be key to victory. 

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3. Command Board (Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep)
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Monopoly, with style! This is what Command Board is essentially. Since its similar to Monopoly, you basically have to spend cash to buy colored blocks, and eventually improve them. Needless to say, the more of the same color you own, the more "land" you have, and thus, the more money you earn.

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There is a reason why we think it's close to Monopoly -- the goal is very much similar, if not the same! Turn it into an actual board game (which can be done), and you'll have quite an experience the next time it's board game night!

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4. Voltorb Flip (Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver)
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Did you ever play Minesweeper? You know, click on the tiles to uncover them, and making sure that you do not uncover a bomb? Voltorb Flip is very similar to that, except that it also incorporates some aspects of Sodoku. The whole point is to flip all the cards, making sure to avoid those that have Voltorb on the other side.

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This can easily be a mini-game if done with cards. Have a bunch of cards (those that have Voltorb on them and those that have numbers on them), shuffle them, lay them out, and have either yourself or another play try and figure it out. What'll make it even more fun is if you add more cards into the mix, making the potential board game more fun and challenging!

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5. Chocobo Races (Final Fantasy VII)
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This can make for a quite unique board game if modeled after Hot Wheels. Just use your imagination for a moment. The Chocobos can be the cars, and the race track can come with the board game itself. Best part is, the race track can be completely customize-able! That way, it's a new race experience every time!

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Simple, and to the point. Having up to six players, and the Chocobos being "charged" up on a ramp before the race, this will certainly prove to be a fun, worthwhile board game night experience! 

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Mini-games, can spice up your journeys in video games. Tired of questing or traveling across the lands, and just want to take a break at the local tavern, casino, or any other entertainment landmark? That can be done!

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Gwent from Witcher 3, is on its way to becoming an actual tabletop game (well technically, it already is if you pre-ordered the DLCs in the past. It's going to become a standalone game like Hearthstone) . What other RPG mini-games deserve that treatment and would make fun games to play on board game night? The following list talks about some mini-games that have the potential to become great tabletop games.

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5 Modern JRPGs That Will Convert Any Western RPG Player https://www.gameskinny.com/zynf1/5-modern-jrpgs-that-will-convert-any-western-rpg-player https://www.gameskinny.com/zynf1/5-modern-jrpgs-that-will-convert-any-western-rpg-player Mon, 07 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 Pablo Seara

Role-playing games are one of the most revered and prolific genres in the industry. Most of us play and like at least one RPG. There are also many types of subgenre and division, one of them being Western and Japanese games. Each of them has certain characteristics; Japanese games tend to focus on the story and characters, with turn-based combat at its core, while Western games are usually more open and active, offering big worlds to explore and very customizable characters.

However, there are some exceptions, as usual. Some JRPGs are influenced by Western culture, creating a fine mixture between traditional Japanese elements, and more innovative tropes that come from the West. In this list, you will find five modern Japanese role-playing games that will convince any Western RPG player to come to the dark side.

Bloodborne

Bloodborne is one of the best PS4 exclusives and arguably the best JRPG on the console. This excellent action role-playing game delivers an amazing experience based on the elements that made Dark Souls a legendary franchise, but with a faster pace, making it more suitable for western RPG players.

The player takes control of a hunter, dedicated to exterminate the beasts that populate the Gothic city of Yharnam. Bloodborne take places in a Victorian era inspired world, with special attention to visual details, creating a haunting atmosphere. Its incredible enemy design, specially of the bosses, original gameplay and amazing soundtrack, make this title a must-play for any PS4 owner.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Wii U is a console with many good games, and one of them is this grand JRPG with hundreds of hours of content, Xenoblade Chronicles X. It tells the futuristic story of mankind's survival in planet Mirra, after two warring alien races destroy the Earth. The open world and overall gameplay are an evolution of Xenoblade Chronicles, another master piece for a Nintendo system.

The title has many different systems implemented, adding an enormous depth to the game. However, western RPG players shouldn't be afraid: its expansive world can be enjoyed without getting really into these systems, as they act only as elements for more hardcore gamers. Cool features like the ability to use mechas to bring down gigantic monsters can -- and will -- attract many of us.

The World Ends With You

This stylish JRPG for Nintendo DS gets into this list for its story regarding alternate dimensions and time distortions, interesting characters and an attractive combat system, which takes inspiration from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, but without including cards and with a faster pace.

The World Ends With You displays a great fictional version of Shibuya district in Tokyo, one of the crowdest places on Earth. Western RPG players might find it interesting for being a great representation of Japanese youth culture and a good way to learn more from this peculiar country. It is also available for Android and iOs devices, which makes it accessible to almost everyone.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, the enhanced version of Dragon's Dogma, is probably one of the most Western-influenced JRPGs out there. Developed by Capcom, it takes elements from Resident Evil and Devil May Cry to propose a mixture between exploration, hack n' slash and role-playing game set in a fictional Medieval universe.

However, it is undoubtedly a RPG, with classic characteristics like class selection, leveling system, strategy options, etc. Players can create a customizable avatar and explore an open world with the company of three more characters, controlled by an artificial intelligence. Dragon's Dogma also includes new, original mechanics, like a "pawn" system or the ability to grab or cling to enemies.

Pokémon Heart Gold & Soul Silver

Finally, I cannot end this list with non other than Pokémon, the franchise that introduced million of players to their first JRPG. Pokémon has sustainably delivered great games since the days of Red & Blue, becoming one of the most successful franchises of all time. Choosing just one title above the others might prove hard, but I firmly believe that Heart Gold & Soul Silver are the best Pokémon games out there, although I can recommend most of them.

As of why should Western RPG lovers play Pokémon, the answer is clear; it is the perfect gateway into JRPGs. They are lovable, addictive and simple, yet they have all the characteristics of a solid role-playing game. They can even become really deep for those who want to create the perfect team. If you have never tried any Pokémon game, you owe this to yourself.

What do you think about these games? Did you wish to see another one on the list? Leave your comment!

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Top 10 Most Underrated Pokémon From Generation 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/g9es2/top-10-most-underrated-pokemon-from-generation-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/g9es2/top-10-most-underrated-pokemon-from-generation-2 Sun, 05 Feb 2017 11:09:50 -0500 Angelina Bonilla

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Gold and Silver gave us a lot of interesting Pokémon from a design perspective, taking Gen 1's ordinary Pokémon and making them in many ways extraordinary.

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It’s hard to imagine the Pokémon world without these additions, but it’s always important that while admiring greats like Umbreon, Skarmory or Typhlosion, that you take a second to remember the slightly odder additions to the Pokémon roster -- especially as their numbers grow beyond anything any of us could have ever anticipated.

What was your favorite Generation 2 Pokemon? Who did you think was underrated? Tell us in the comments below!

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1. Mantine

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Prior to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Mantine had one of the highest special defense stats of any water type Pokémon in the game, only equal to that of Kyogre (a legendary Pokémon). Yet alas, times change and with the addition of new Pokémon, Mantine gets thrown by the wayside. 

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Not all is lost for the majestic mantaray though; in Generation 7, it saw a boost to its already plentiful stats, giving it more HP and more speed, which means we may see a resurgence of Mantines in the future.

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That said, Mantine boasts a diabolically high special defense of 140. With its excellent typing, the only thing that can really stop it is electric types, which can be taken care of as long as Mantine has a Substitute out. Mantine does what it does best when it has the moveset to back it up, which means having Toxic, Substitute or even Protect can help this special defense wall protect itself from other threats. It also has access to not only Scald but Air Slash thanks to its Water/Flying typing, which gives it a chance to slowly whittle down its competition while hiding behind its walls.

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Mantine is a majestic creature which hasn’t been used to its utmost potential, and one can only hope it’s soon seen for the star that it is, especially with the boosts in stats.

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2. Stantler

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Stantler appears to be another example of a Johto Pokémon that should have been part Psychic, but was once again relegated to being a Normal type. It’s a frail Pokémon and is a pain to level, but it has an insane amount of move coverage thanks to its passable special attack and attack stats, which gives it a certain amount of versatility.

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Stantler is used as a wall breaker more often than not, and moves like Double Edge and Sucker Punch fall right in its area of expertise. This can also be replaced with moves like Signal Beam or Energy Ball, which provides some unique type coverage. While not a Pokémon that can devastate another team by any means, Stantler can be an unexpected wild card if put in the hands of a competent trainer.

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3. Lanturn

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Of all the Pokémon introduced in the Johto region, Lanturn was always one of the more interesting ones. It looked as though it was one part beluga whale and one part angler fish, which was a cool design by itself. The fact that it was Water/Electric -- a typing we hadn’t seen up until this point -- made it even better. Unfortunately, it still fell to the wayside because despite these innovations, in later generations it became outclassed by other Pokémon despite having a strong start.

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That’s not to say Lanturn is useless in battle -- far from it. Thanks to its unique type combination, Volt Absorb ability, and its diverse move pool, Lanturn is quite an asset indeed. It can be played as an attacker or in a support role, and can learn Scald, which provides a nasty burn to its foes.

With its type coverage you could put an Electric move like Volt Switch (or even Thunderbolt if you want to be risky) to decimate its foes. In more supportive roles it can also provide paralysis in the form of Thunder Wave which unless healed, can cripple an opponent. Lanturn is a Pokémon that just hasn’t seen the love it deserves despite its versatility.

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4. Ursaring

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This bear doesn’t play with fire, but it does play with devastating attacks. Ursaring is one of those Pokémon that’s harder to find, but once you find one, it'll be a strong asset to your team. Its boasts the same type coverage as many Normal types but this one has the stats to back it up, being a high physical attacker and having decently high HP.

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With its ability Quick Feet, Ursaring can make up for its lackluster speed and utterly destroy walls with its sizable attack power and Façade. In addition, it can learn Crunch to deal with those pesky Ghost-types that are immune to it. Then there are moves like Close Combat, Yawn, Earthquake and countless others that make it arguably one of the most diverse wall breakers in moveset alone. You’ll find no better bear for your buck than Ursaring.

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5. Bellossom

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Another day, another Oddish evolution that’s sadly forgotten by Pokémon fans everywhere. It’s a creative design at least, putting some pep in the step of the Pokémon Gloom by giving it a Sun Stone; plus its stats are decent, so you could use it on a single player run.

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Bellosom is another Grass-type with the capabilities of being a sufficient wall breaker, but unfortunately gets outclassed in every way by nearly every other Grass type. It’s best to play with Bellosom on a Sunny Day team in order to blast through those walls with its powerful Solar Beam. Balancing this out with a Fire Hidden Power, as well as a move like Toxic can give this tiny flora dancer just what she needs to succeed.

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6. Granbull

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A purple Bulldog isn’t the strangest design that Game Freak has ever created, but their decision to call it the “The Fairy” Pokémon was. This isn’t what you’d think of when you think of a Fairy, yet Granbull has become one of the physical powerhouses of the Fairy type that can use “Play Rough” to its fullest potential. Despite this, not too many people will give it a chance.

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It can go with a defensive or an offensive move set and it has access to great moves like Fire Punch and Close Combat for type coverage. Not only that but it’s a bulky attacker, meaning that even if it gets hit with a potentially devastating move, Granbull may not go down in one hit; especially if you fill its strong jaws with Leftovers or a Choice Band. Granbull is a great out of the box choice for a Fairy type and it's worth giving it a chance.

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7. Noctowl

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Noctowl, poor Noctowl. Out of all of the first route bird Pokémon, Noctowl is the most disappointing. It’s a bulky Flying-type with more special defense and special attack stats than one might expect from a Pokémon of its type. It's got a moveset to match. It learns moves like Hypnosis and Psychic that fill up spots normally reserved for Wing Attack or similar in Flying types. Sadly, it doesn’t have the typing to back it up.

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Sure, there’s Xatu later on, which fills the role of a Flying/Psychic, but what about poor Noctowl? It just gets left behind in the dust. That’s not to say Noctowl can’t be useful in battle despite all of this, though. It has access to moves like Night Shade and Psychic, which most flying types don’t have. Having Noctowl on your team is all about adjusting what role you’d normally think a Pokémon like that may play and playing to its strengths.

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8. Miltank

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Miltank is a bulky, self-healing form of Tauros that demolished inexperienced trainers back when Gold and Silver first came out. The amount of HP and defense it had made it a dangerous threat for first time trainers, which has made it become one of the most hated Pokémon in the series.

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That said, when on your team, Miltank is a monster and is an excellent ally to have. Just let her have her signature move Milk Drink, with a Body Slam and Toxic, that’ll stall out almost any trainer for quite a while. 

Sure she doesn’t have much in the way of Special Defense, but if you build a team around that or prepare for that beforehand with status ailments from Toxic, Body Slam or even Thunder Wave, Miltank is a welcome addition to any team.

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9. Quagsire

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Quagsire has the exact same problems that Meganium has, except instead of being a starter and barely used anymore, it’s an early route Pokémon and is actually used a fair amount. It just doesn’t have the same loving fan base the Meganium line has because it’s less of a fondly remembered Pokémon and more of a dopey looking goober.

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That said, unlike the rest of the Pokémon on this list, Quagsire is in OU tier. Why? Because of the hidden ability Unaware, which means that no matter how much an opponent uses Swords Dance or other moves of its kind that buff stats, Quagsire won’t be affected by it. Couple this with Rest, Scald and Toxic and you have an effective staller on your hands.

While it’s still fairly underappreciated, it’s nice to see it gaining some attention in recent years for the durable fighter that it is.

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10. Meganium

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If you ask someone who their least favorite starter is, there’s a strong chance that it’ll be Chikorita. Unlike other third-stage evolutions for the starter Pokémon, Meganium looks the most… friendly. It doesn’t look like a fighter, it looks like a friend. While Pokémon are meant to be friends, most people want their starter to be a powerhouse to take them through til the end, and to them, Meganium doesn’t fit that bill.

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If only they knew the power that resided within this pure Grass starter. With full access to both Light Screen and Reflect -- as well as Synthesis -- Meganium becomes a tanky monster. Having trouble with the Whitney fight? Send out your Bayleef and tank through those Rollouts like they’re nothing. While its typing doesn’t help it in the case of weaknesses, if you can work around it, you have a solid Pokémon on your team that can take you to the end of your journey. 

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The Johto Region -- or Generation 2 as some like to call it -- had quite a bit to live up to after the first Pokémon games. Following the popularity of Gen 1, Game Freak tried to make lightning strike with this second group of Pokémon, and in many ways they did. The games became more balanced and there were 100 new Pokémon added to the roster, most of which are still fan favorites to this day.

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However, with that many Pokémon being added, quite a few fell by the wayside, not even receiving a Mega Evolution or an Alolan Form. This doesn’t mean they’re bad Pokémon, but like the Kanto and Hoenn lists, this is just to give some appreciation to Pokémon who are just less loved.

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Pokemon needs fixing and here's how to do it https://www.gameskinny.com/c8kvl/pokemon-needs-fixing-and-heres-how-to-do-it https://www.gameskinny.com/c8kvl/pokemon-needs-fixing-and-heres-how-to-do-it Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:25:15 -0500 Andrew Whitehead

By the time Nintendo finally re-releases the original Pokémon games Red and Blue on the 3DS early next year, it will have been over 20 years since their initial release. Time flies. But when you stop and think about it, Pokémon at its core has remained virtually unchanged in those two decades.

That doesn’t quite mean Pokémon has remained exactly the same, either. Over the years, a lot of extra layers have been added to each new installment. But now it’s starting to look less like a franchise staying true to its roots and more like a series in dire need of a culling and an update.

So before we all jump back into the familiar monochromatic land of Kanto (and pick Bulbasaur because he’s the best starter) let’s look at what needs to be improved before the next big, inevitable generational shift.

Stop adding Pokémon

Which Pokémon you think make up the best of the franchise largely depends on when you started playing and what you consider the peak of the series. But a line was crossed when a garbage bag (that evolved into a larger garbage bag) and an ice-cream cone became Pokémon. Seriously...Trubbish?

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It’s true that some of the original 150 are as bad as any of the more recent misfires -- like Voltorb who is basically just a Pokéball with eyes, or the pile of goo that is Grimer who evolves into a bigger pile of goo called Muk -- but the original Red and Blue games should be thought of as Game Freak’s first album. It was a time for experimenting and breaking new ground, long before Pokémon became a billion-dollar business.

It’s clear that by the time Game Freak’s sophomore release Gold and Silver burst out the door, they knew exactly what they were doing. There was a logic to the designs of the Pokémon, and their placement within the world began to feel cohesive and natural. But as the games have continued to expand and change there have been diminishing returns on not only the design of the Pokémon, but their reasons for existing.

Right now, there are 721 little pocket monsters that range from truly inspired to ridiculously pointless. Of course, not all Pokémon need to be battle-hardened creatures; there’s always been room for the quirky and interesting within the series, like Smeargle or Shedinja. But would anyone care if the next game didn’t introduce a huge new crop of Pokémon to catch and train?

It’s hard to not feel for Game Freak -- after all, coming up with new Pokémon and making them balanced and engaging must be a nightmare. But it also feels a bit pointless when they have so many already being underused. Adding a new legendary or two to push the story forward and act as a carrot on a stick for returning players makes sense, but when there’s so much else to work on for the next game I seriously question the value of adding another horde of creatures. Spend the time and resources elsewhere, because I don’t think many fans are crying out for the new equivalent of Luvdisc or Lopunny.

Get rid of HMs

Customizing your Pokémon and growing your team is arguably the biggest strength of the series. My reliable Furret from Pokémon Gold wouldn’t have won any tournaments, but man did that little guy ever save me during a few close calls early on in my journey.

 

But at some point, it became clear he wasn’t going to be my lead fighter, and I’d gotten to the point where I needed access to Hidden Machine moves to progress the story. Sadly, my once trusty partner became little more than an HM slave, and was eventually tossed aside when I couldn’t be bothered to work with him anymore.

If you’ve ever played Pokémon, you’ll no doubt have a few bad memories of the dreaded Hidden Machine (HM) moves. Their inclusion made sense though -- they help block off areas of the game until you’ve both collected the HM and the gym badge required to use it. But somewhere along the way, HMs became more of a burden than clever way to guide the player.

Waterfall. Whirlpool. Rock Smash. Does anybody actually like using these moves during battle? I mean, I’ll defend Fly and Surf to the death, but seriously I cannot remember a time when I’ve thought “I can’t wait to teach this little guy Rock Climb!” HMs are a necessity that strip your Pokémon of their personality and make them tools rather than partners.

The solution is an easy one. As I mentioned before, HMs require a corresponding gym badge to work outside of battle, but what if that gym badge was all you needed? Say you find your path blocked by river. Why not make it so that any Water-type Pokémon can get you across, whether it knows Surf or not, provided you have the right badge. Same goes with Cut -- I mean does a Pokémon like Scyther really need a HM to know how to cut a bush? Its arms are literally blades!

Keep HMs in the game by all means, but just make it so they can be easily replaced after being taught to a Pokémon and aren’t required for progression. They’re a relic from a bygone era, and it’s time to move on.

Open world

As large as the worlds of each Pokémon game have been getting with new installments, they’ve always been fairly linear in their layout, usually winding the player in a circle back to their home town before sending them off on a new path. Even moves like Fly that allow you to go between areas you’ve previously visited don’t open the world up so much as speed up return journeys.

Nintendo should take a page out of their own book and open the world of Pokémon up a little bit like they did with the brilliant The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Imagine if your home town was in the centre of the map and you could move off in any direction and challenge any gym leader or take on a bunch of side quests and find new Pokémon. Exploring the world in a more organic fashion instead of sticking to a closed path would change the whole feel of the game without killing too many sacred cows.

Obviously there’d still be blocked off areas, and locking movement over rivers or through bushes could still be done if need be, but why should everyone’s Pokémon journey be so rigid? Why not let us choose our own path?

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The most obvious problem is the gyms which are spaced out logically to let you level up in between then and take on the gym leader at just the right time. But simply adjusting gyms to suit whatever your current Pokémon levels and play time are could change the whole feel of the next game. You’d always be in that sweet spot of exploring new areas, experimenting with new Pokémon and taking on challenges that suit your skill level.

Breeding revamp

Back in the mid-90s, a friend of mine and I sat down early one Saturday morning with our Game Boys, our copies of Red and Blue and a link cable. We then began the painful process of collecting all the starter Pokémon. I’d choose a starter, get to the point where I could trade with him, send the Pokémon to my friend’s game and then restart and do it all again. Long story short, both us eventually had a Squirtle, Charmander and a Bulbasaur, resulting in us both collecting all 150 Pokémon. To this day I count it among my most shameful/proudest video game achievements.

Now I have a Pokémon storage box filled with Charmanders, Squirtles and Bulbasaurs. I’ve been breeding in an effort to find one with the right Individual Value. But they have no value; I didn’t do much more than get on my bike and ride up and down a long stretch of road to create them. And frankly I’d trade any of them for some low level junk just to fill out my Pokédex.

Breeding needs to changed. It’s a tricky formula to mess with, because if it becomes a chore it won’t be worth doing, but adding a little complexity would make it feel more rewarding. The Nature stat of Pokémon could be used to determine if they’d actually want to breed with each other. Or simply make the production of eggs and their hatching happen in real-time so that common Pokémon like Rattata could take an hour, while rarer species like Feebas could take half a day or more.

It’s not about complicating a simple system, it’s about returning the balance to a series that’s gone from relying on trading and making fair deals with friends to Pokémon eggs farmers flooding the market with easy to reproduce junk. Oh, and seriously stop letting Ditto breed with any Pokémon. It’s ridiculously easy. But I fear with the online Pokémon Bank, the horse may have bolted on this one, still it is a shame that once highly coveted monsters have become so commonplace.

Knowing what to keep

The truth is that while there are a few things that need to be changed to improve Pokémon, there’s a whole lot more that should stay. The battle system may have gotten a bit bloated with the double and triple battles, but the core one-on-one fights still feel like the perfect blend of strategy, improvisation, and luck.

A lot of the side activities like the fashion shows and Poffin cooking haven’t really done much for me, but I’m sure they have their fans, so I don’t see why they should be eliminated. Even the rigid grid-based design of the world doesn’t need to be reworked -- because again, as the age-old saying goes, "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it."

The truth is, Nintendo is probably pretty reluctant to shake things up with Pokémon, as it’s remained a solid franchise for two decades. But their willingness to evolve much-loved properties like The Legend of Zelda with Hyrule Warriors, or give gamers the reins with Super Mario Maker, proves that the big N has been taking a few more risks lately.

Like a nagging mother, I’m only saying all this stuff because I care. I still like Pokémon, but I want to see it grow into the series I always knew it could be. So here’s hoping the lightly updated Pokémon Red and Blue on the Nintendo 3DS, complete with trading over Wi-Fi, is their tip of the cap to the Pokémon of old and that the future of the series brings back the magic a nostalgia-riddled fan like myself so desperately wants.

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15 Awesome Pokemon cosplays https://www.gameskinny.com/new56/15-awesome-pokemon-cosplays https://www.gameskinny.com/new56/15-awesome-pokemon-cosplays Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:30:02 -0400 SwordandSorcery

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Fairy Beautiful (Gym Leader Valerie) by TashaLeeArtistry

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Photography by Robert Velasco
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This Valerie cosplay by TashaLeeArtistry is another great example of a fictional Pokémon character come to life. The wing-like sleeves are almost perfect!

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Calem by KyoudaiCosband

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Photography by Trisha
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This Calem cosplay is so spot on, that if I did not know any better I would say that Pokémon characters have started climbing out of the game cartridge and into the real world. One can certainly dream...but, admittedly, we should be careful what we wish for.

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Champion Iris by DeLore Cosplay

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While Champion Iris may look a bit childish and even goofy in her fancy Champion outfit, DeLore Cosplay manages to take this character and make her look mature and beautiful.

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Cynthia by Jamberrii

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Photography by Nudelsieb
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This interpretation of Cynthia from generation IV is as accurate as they come. The hair, ornaments and clothing, even the expression on Jamberrii's face seem especially fitting.

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Team Aqua Salute by ClumsyClueless

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Though I would definitely be afraid if Team Aqua were real (I am not sure how they cannot see that creating more ocean might just kill people and Pokémon or leave them stranded and homeless), this cosplay is faithful to the original Ruby and Sapphire versions of the Team's grunts. The cosplayer even chose an excellent location to shoot the picture!

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Bellossom by Yû Cosplay

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If this cosplay does not evoke thoughts of Bellossom, the sun-summoning, dancing Pokémon evolution of Gloom, then I do not know what will. The dress is accurately reminiscent of leaves, and though Bellossom does not appear to have hair, the green wig fits with the interpretation.

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Gold (and Silver) from Pokemon by slightlysalted and GunBlazeEx

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Though I am not sure Gold and Silver are still named "Gold and Silver" in the HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes of the original gen II games, this cosplay is extremely faithful to the new versions of these characters, and even references the Pokémon Adventures manga, given the Pokémon he is holding is a Totodile.

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Legendary Birds by karebare89, Chibi_Mony, and chikade

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Those wings are pure awesome. Not only did they probably take hours to make, they are also so fitting for the three birds of Pokémon legend.

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Vaporeon Gijinka Cosplay by usagiyuu

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This Vaporeon Gijinka cosplay is pretty minimalist, but it works well. The cosplayer, usagiyuu, tries to imitate the appearance of a tail with the end of the dress, and I think it is appropriate given that this is a humanoid version.

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Shiny Gyarados by CosmosFox Cosplay

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I know, I know, there is already a Gyarados cosplay in here. But this was such a strikingly different take on the Pokémon from what I originally chose to showcase. The cosplay is so beautiful I almost forget what a foul temper Gyarados has...

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Samurai Gyarados by starryeyedq

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This take on Gyarados is something I have not seen elsewhere in Pokémon cosplay. I do not think I could have imagined Gyarados as a samurai before this, but starryeyedq pulls off the samurai look brilliantly.

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Fury Cutter (Scyther) by TerminaCosplay

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Photography by VordigonPhotography
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This cosplay is pretty incredible! The wings on the costume look surprisingly realistic, and the scythe weapons are detailed. 

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VICTREEBEL, LET-ME-GO by Nefzinha
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Photography by Remy
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Comparison image, James and Victreebel, by Orne-Phantom
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This might not be directly from a Pokémon game, but this is so perfect that I just had to include it. This started a bit of a running gag in the Pokémon Anime that James' grass-type Pokémon would always bite or attack him when coming out of the Pokéball, to comedic effect, but presumably as a form of affection. Obviously some of us still cannot get over it.

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Team Rocket Grunt Cosplay by pokey93

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The addition of the exclamation points over the cosplayers' heads makes this cosplay pretty amusing, and more true to the games given that is the way a Team Rocket grunt will initially respond to your presence most of the time. Just do not make eye contact...

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Zubat by TwinklebatCosplay

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Photography by Maboroshi
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Did you seriously think you would get away without being ambushed by a Zubat? Wild Zubat jokes aside, this Gijinka (in short, an animal in human form, or anthropomorphized) cosplay captures Zubat excellently.

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Pokémon fans range from young children to full fledged adults, and among them are cosplayers of all kinds who visit conventions in their incredible costumes.

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Here are a few awesome Pokémon cosplays worth taking a look at:

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Which Pokemon game is the best? https://www.gameskinny.com/ba372/which-pokemon-game-is-the-best https://www.gameskinny.com/ba372/which-pokemon-game-is-the-best Wed, 13 May 2015 17:00:10 -0400 Alex Crissey

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My verdict: FireRed and LeafGreen are the best Pokemon games

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I came very close to picking X&Y. They're great, modern versions of a game that keeps on going, and if I had to recommend one to someone new to the series, it would be that pair. 

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But there are a few too many flaws in those games for them to be the best. No one plays Pokemon games for the difficulty, but there should at least be some challenge. FireRed and LeafGreen offer that, plus the classic story, Pokemon, and scenes. They're not my personal favorites--that would be Gold and Silver, which are amazing, but a little archaic to be considered the very best, like no one ever was... except FireRed and LeafGreen. These are the games that blend the classic story with modern mechanics, and they're the best the series has to offer.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
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Why they're the best:

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Ruby and Sapphire were already great games; bring in 3D graphics and X&Y mechanics and they become even better. That means you get the great music, region, and evil team story, but with 3D battling, diagonal running, and all the advancements that have been made since 2003. Plus, they add an excellent postgame story centered around Rayquaza.

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Why they're not:

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First of all, these names keep making less and less sense. Second of all, they're great games, but like HeartGold and SoulSilver, it's not clear that we really need these remakes. And they're really easy. Sense a trend here? The games keep getting easier and easier; you'll have to try hard to lose even once in these games. The games also inexplicably leave out certain X&Y innovations, such as the customizable characters. They offer online play now, but when that's gone, we'll be left with just a shinier version of a game that was already great.

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And the winner is...

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Pokemon X&Y
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Why they're the best:

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This is the game where Pokemon, for the first time, took a giant step forward instead of a gradual one. This game introduced THREE DEE graphics, diagonal running (finally!), roller blading, customizable characters, and mega evolution. The gyms are great, the region is beautiful, and it's great to see all the old favorites (and some new ones) in 3D. The games also boast fantastic online play. This is the Pokemon series' Ocarina of Time or Metroid Prime; the game that made a bold, fantastic transition into the next dimension.

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Why they're not:

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Great as these games are, there are a couple of things that hold them back. First of all, they're incredibly easy, even more so than Black and White. That goes double if you use the experience share. The Elite 4 still has four Pokemon apiece and remains a cakewalk. All in all, it feels more like a kid's game than any preceding it, difficulty-wise.

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Pokemon Black 2 & White 2
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Why they're the best:

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The first direct sequels in the series' history re-explore the Unova region several years into the future, which hearkens back to the second half of Gold and Silver and is interesting to revisit. The game also brings back the Pokemon of generations past, something the originals were sorely lacking. And for those looking for a challenge, these games offer the series' only challenge mode, which ramps up the entire game's difficulty.

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Why they're not:

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Can a direct sequel really be the best Pokemon game ever? The idea works better as the second half of a game, such as Gold and Silver, than it does as a standalone game. Plus, they bring back many of the flaws of the original Black and White, such as pixellated Pokemon and easy Elite 4. These games are basically a glorified third version for Black and White a la Crystal or Yellow, which is an interesting idea, but doesn't make for the best Pokemon game ever. 

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Pokemon Black and White
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Why they're the best:

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This is when Pokemon really started to go for impressive visuals. The seasons change in this one, the gyms are memorable, and there are huge bridges everywhere. It has the makings of a good story line (albeit with a somewhat underwhelming resolution), and solid post game content.

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Why they're not:

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Full disclosure: this is my least favorite pair of Pokemon games. That basically comes down to two things for me: the lack of the old Pokemon, and how incredibly easy this game is. One constant as the series has evolved is that the games have gotten better looking, but the Pokemon designs have gotten worse and worse. By excluding the old favorites, not only do they leave out plenty of people's favorite Pokemon, but they give a bigger stage to their worst designs yet. And the game is really easy. Like too easy. The levels are low, the TMs are reusable, and the Elite 4 is a total cakewalk with only four Pokemon apiece.

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Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
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Why they're the best:

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Just take everything I wrote about Gold and Silver and put it here, basically. But you can also add the fact that these remakes updated those great games to the modern age, getting rid of such annoyances as the lack of running shoes, the inability to tell how powerful moves are, and the cumbersome PC system.

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Why they're not:

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Unlike Red and Blue, which had enough flaws to warrant a need for remakes, Gold and Silver didn't really need the treatment. As long as you're fine with 8-bit graphics, they're fine on their own, which makes these remakes feel a bit inessential, which is never a word used to describe the best game in a series. Also, the names of these remakes just keep getting dumber.

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Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum
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Why they're the best:

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These games seem to be gaining a reputation as sort of the middle child of the Pokemon series: overlooked and unremembered. That's largely undeserved, as these are great games, particularly Platinum. The games feature the memorable Sinnoh region, a solid degree of difficulty, good music (always an important Pokemon feature), and are improved by Platinum, which increased the battle speed and added the Distortion World, one of the coolest areas ever to appear in a Pokemon game.

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Why they're not:

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The new Pokemon aren't great, and there's serious Pokemon overload at this point, particularly legendary Pokemon. Seriously, if this many Pokemon are considered legendary, doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose? But the thing about these games is that there's nothing really wrong with them, but there's also nothing that really stands out to make them the best in the series. They're great games, but they don't have that "it" factor that a game like Super Metroid has, when you just know it's the best a series has to offer.

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Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen
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Why it's the best:

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There's not much wrong with the first remakes in the Pokemon series; they basically took the story, Pokemon, region, and characters from the original Red and Blue and updated them with Ruby and Sapphire mechanics and graphics. That means the original 151 are back, including the best starters in the series; the great music, towns, and leaders all return, but you don't have to deal with nagging issues like psychic-type dominance or the 20-item limit. Plus, the remakes introduced new post game content featuring many of the Pokemon from Gold and Silver, increasing playability and replay value.

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Why it's not:

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Basically, the one thing FireRed and LeafGreen don't have going for them is that they're not in 3D, they don't feature diagonal running or impressive visuals of the newer games. Other than that, this is pretty much a perfect Pokemon experience.

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Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald
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Why it's the best:

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Ruby and Sapphire were the series' first jump into the next generation, and it shows with a host of improvements: the region is great, the game is less reliant on archaic structures like the PC boxes, and the game actually gives you details on the moves, which somehow had never happened before. These games have a solid degree of difficulty and probably the best story climax of any of these games.

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Why they're not:

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This game offers plenty that's new, but it surprisingly scrapped a lot of the innovations of Gold and Silver. There's no night and day system, no second region to visit, no PokeGear. This is also the first time the series started to suffer from a bit of Pokemon overload; it didn't help that many of the new Pokemon were basically carbon copies of the originals (looking in your direction, Beautifly) or pointless filler Pokemon (hello, Luvdisc!).

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Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal
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Why they're the best:

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Now here's where it gets interesting. These are the longest games in the series, providing 16 badges to acquire instead of 8 as you revisit the region from the original Red and Blue, something that hasn't been done in a Pokemon game since. The night and day scheme, the situational events such as the bug-catching contest, and a series-best final battle are all aspects of these games that haven't been matched since.

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Why it's not:

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There's still no running, no indication of how powerful moves are, and 8-bit graphics. Having two regions means the levels in the early game are significantly lower than any other. It simply can't match the 3D spectacle (and gameplay improvements) of the newer games, at least not entirely.

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Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow
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Let's start, of course, with the very first games in the series.

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Why they're the best:

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These are the very first games in the series, the genesis of it all. These are the games that gave us the original 151 Pokemon (which remain, to this day, the best set of Pokemon created yet), as well as the formula which each game has followed: eight badges, gym leaders who work with a certain type, rivals; literally everything about the series can be traced back here.

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But it's not all nostalgia making this argument (though it mostly is). These were the games when catching them all was actually something every player could do, rather than an insane task that will occupy hundreds of hours as you hunt down Pokemon that were only released as "special events." The original towns and leaders are still the best; the degree of difficulty is just right here; and the music and charm of these games are second to none.

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Why they're not:

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Let's be honest: no one who didn't play these games back in the '90s can really appreciate them now. There have just been too many improvements. The 20-item bag, lack of running, lack of an on-screen bar telling you far until the next level are all annoying lapses now that we know they could exist. There are fewer moves, and no indication in the game as to how powerful each move is, which limits strategy. Also, catching 'em all would be fun, but do you know anyone with a Game Boy and a link cable? I didn't think so.

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It basically boils down to this: these games are historically important, setting the foundation off of which every subsequent Pokemon game has built. But, the fact that they built that foundation means that they have also been bettered by each new Pokemon game that has come along.

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It's incredible, but the Pokemon series has been around for nearly 20 years now. There have been six generations, ten sets of main series games, as well as countless spin-offs, cards, toys, and anime episodes.
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But of all these games, which is the best? Which Pokemon game delivers the essential experience? Let's take them one by one, weigh the pros and cons, and decide.

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Top Pokemon Recreations in Minecraft https://www.gameskinny.com/5k3q8/top-pokemon-recreations-in-minecraft https://www.gameskinny.com/5k3q8/top-pokemon-recreations-in-minecraft Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:52:54 -0400 Kate Reynolds

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This last video from Youtube user MineCreat pays homage to Red, the original Pokemon trainer and Ash Ketchum's predecessor. While you play as Red in Pokemon Red and Blue, in the second generation games Pokemon Silver and Gold you had the opportunity to face Red in battle. 

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If you complete the game, level your Pokemon up so they're all around level 80, and then wind your way through Mt. Silver, you'll find Red. He'll meet you with a Blastoise, Charizard, Espeon, Pikachu and Lapras. Just looking at this image makes me feel like I need to go EV train and level grind. 

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Maybe legendary Pokemon like Zekrom could fit into Poke balls mroe easily if they were created as large as this Master Ball was. It looks like it's potentially big enough for house all the original 151...kinda like a Pokemon Ark. 

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It's easy to forgot how awe-inspiring legendary Pokemon are if you don't see them outside the video games very often. This recreation of Zekrom, a legendary from Pokemon Black and White look absolutely majestic as it flies below the blocky clouds, and truly reminds me just how little starter Pokemon are in comparison. 

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But really, how does something that big fit into a Poke ball? 

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You can't have Kyogre without Groudon, although honestly if both Pokemon are awake and wandering around some cataclysmic event is going down. Youtube user Pangamma created both in 3D, going so far as to hollow out both structures for ease of use. 

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 He's also shared his schematics here, so you too can go forth and create your own Groudon in Minecraft. I wouldn't though. After replaying Pokemon Sapphire recently, I'm totally afraid that Groudon might be behind our current global warming. 

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With Pokemon Alpha Sapphire coming out soon, it just wouldn't be right now to include the image of the legendary Kyogre who plays a large part in Alpha Sapphire's narrative. 

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I like this re-creation all the more for it's complete lack of continuity. There's Superman, Megaman, and Kyogre all within the same image. Who would win that fight? 

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Source. 

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I really enjoy the people who think a bit outside the box with their Pokemon recreations, and Youtube user joaoguerreiro makes the list by re-creating a location that won't be found within Pokemon games. 

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Instead, joaoguerreiro has re-created the Pokemon Stadium  2 from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. While I prefer the level in Super Smash Bros. Melee where an Electrode might pop out and kill an enemy for you, I don't think it would be quite as majestic looking as this. 

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The previous picture was cute in its humorous attempt, but this complete recreation of a screen from Pokemon Red or Blue really takes the cake... for those of us old enough to remember the initial release of the first Pokemon games. 

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Thought I never unlocked Mew when I played Pokemon as a child, this image sums up all the hopes and dreams of 10-year-old me. I probably would have sold my brother into slavery if it meant adding Mew to my Pokedex. Just don't tell that to my brother. 

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This scene titled "Not Very Effective" by deviantART user Hinagoth-chan makes the list because of the unique sense of humor added to the milieu. Hinagoth-chan wasn't satisfied with just recreating Charmander and Bulbasaur in Minecraft, he had to go one step further and pit them against each other in combat. 

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Clearly, it's not quite working out for poor Bulbasuar, who's at a dreadful type advantage against Charmander's fire-type. I might have colored Bulbasuar in lighter colors, but it makes the list because it made me chuckle. 

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It took QueenMercury anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours to create her 2D Pokemon, so imagine how long it took YouTube team The Block Bending 5 to create three dimensional Pokemon. 

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It's true, the 3D versions don't look quite as classic as the 2D models, but man, I really enjoyed that 3D Zapdos...and Arcanine....and Lucario. So I basically loved all of them. 

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Recreating entire continents is no biggie compared to Reddit user QueenMercury recreating every single one of the original 151 Pokemon. Every. Single. One. 

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While recreating Pokemon in Minecraft can easily be done with a script like SpriteCraft(given the pixelated nature of Pokemon sprites) QueenMercury created each of these images only using the Minecraft creator mode. 

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For anyone wondering, the hardest Pokemon to recreate this way according to QueenMercury was Articuno, Gyrados, or Butterfree while Ditto (of course) was the easiest. 

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Plenty of people have re-created Pokemon in Minecraft, but Youtube user Mediocre Jake creates entire continents from Pokemon. His most recent recreation was the entire continent of Johto, which is featured in the second generation games Pokemon Gold and Siler, and their remakes Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver

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The creation took MediocreJake around 210 hours to plan and create, which is nearly nine entire days. NINE ENTIRE DAYS. I just feel so.... mediocre myself now. Well done sir, hope your Hoenn recreation comes out before Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire comes out. 

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I'll be showing you amazing pixelated Pokemon any minute now, but first I wanted to showcase this fascinating Minecraft mod, PixelmonThis amazing mod allows you to catch Pokemon while playing Minecraft. If that doesn't sound amazing to you, consider how vast the world of Minecraft is. Consider also, that with this mod you can play Pokemon in first person. 

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The best thing about the mod is that you can control the spawns of the Pokemon - meaning that you never have to spend 3 hours looking for a Feebas ever again... as soon as the devs add Feebas to the game. You can find a list of available Pokemon for this mod here, and the team appears to be adding new Pokemon on a regular basis. 

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Am I slightly biased towards anything that allows me to play Pokemon in new settings? Absolutely! This mod combines two of my favorite franchises, and I can't get enough. 

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10 Pokemon Gifs That Prove Slowbro Deserved a Mega Evolution https://www.gameskinny.com/0cxar/10-pokemon-gifs-that-prove-slowbro-deserved-a-mega-evolution https://www.gameskinny.com/0cxar/10-pokemon-gifs-that-prove-slowbro-deserved-a-mega-evolution Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:34:41 -0400 Kate Reynolds

You may have recently heard that Slowbro is getting a Mega Evolution in the upcoming games Pokemony Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Everyone's excited about this...except for maybe Slowbro. 

If you're a regular Pokemon fan, you'll know that the Slowpoke family dates back to the original 151 Pokemon, but really got its 15 minutes of fame when Slowpoke became the first Pokemon with an official music video.  

The music video featured smooth reggae with weird images. 

What else would you expect from a Slowpoke video? 

Prior to the video, Slowpoke also played a major role in Pokemon (Heart)Gold and (Soul)Silver as damsels in distress. Team Rocket was getting up to no good in Azalea Town, so our plucky young hero had to step in and teach those Rockets a thing or two. 

They're slow enough that even Team Rocket - one of the most inept group of villains ever - were able to catch a buttload and cut off their tails.

However, if Slowpokes were so lame, why would Ash, Misty, and Brock dress up in Slowpoke costumes? Answer me that!

Honestly Ash, Brock and Misty are a trio of utter goofballs, so their donning of Slowpoke costumes might not be an accurate reflection on the awesomeness of the Slowpoke family. 

It's kinda hard to convince people of the Slowpoke wow factor when the only time Slowpokes move with speed is when they're dodging evolution. 

You see, Slowpoke evolve when Shellders bite their tails. Which is still one of the strangest reasons for Pokemon evolution I know. Why would Slowpoke run away from this evolution? They're afraid of their potential power.

All Slowpokes know, deep down, that their transformation from Slowpoke to Slowbro will make all the other Pokemon stop laughing at them. That's why Slowbro is always smiling. 

Not only that, but Slowbro is the perfect combination of silly yet powerful. Slowbro's motto is "Let people think I'm dumb so I can confuse, paraylze, and lull them to sleep before I make them faint."

You can see this strategy demonstrated below by Professor Westwood V's Slowbro, which evolved in the Pokemon Anime Episode called "The Evolution Solution". 

 See? This Slowbro does the whole Groot dancing motion before landing a right hook in your Pokemon's face.

KABAM!

Honestly, this GIF is the only one I needed to show you to prove my point. Sure we see lots of different Pokemon take on Team Rocket, but rarely do we get to see a Pokemon punch Jesse, James, and Meowth in the face. 

Plus, slowbro can cook! They're a very well-rounded Pokemon species that is useful around the house (or making you money) and fighting. 

 Judging from this GIF, Slowbro probably isn't the best at emotional support. You'd probably better visit a Chansey or Audino if you want to be mollycoddled by a Pokemon. 

Still, Slowbro could probably cheer you up any day by busting a move like this: 

With his smooth moves, goofy demeanor, and power punches, there's no denying that we needed more Slowbro in the upcoming games...in a mega way. 

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What is the Best Pokemon Game? Pokemon Games Ranked Best to Worst https://www.gameskinny.com/uiq4i/what-is-the-best-pokemon-game-pokemon-games-ranked-best-to-worst https://www.gameskinny.com/uiq4i/what-is-the-best-pokemon-game-pokemon-games-ranked-best-to-worst Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:32:34 -0400 poliwagg

Pokémon is one of the best-selling games of all time. The franchise takes the number one spot in best-selling game for Gameboy/Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advanced, and Nintendo 3DS.

I've been a Pokémon fan since as far back as I can remember. Along with books, games were an escape from day-to-day reality; which as a kid, can sometimes be daunting. Between curfew, always having to go with my parents EVERYWHERE (oil changes were the worst), and school, there are always certain things kids turn to for "escape". For me it was anime, novels, and Pokémon. Pokémon hold its own category because it was so massively important to me. The show, the cards, the video games. To this day I collect plushies and figures. I have played every Pokémon game to date, and would like to rank the handheld games from best to worst.

Please keep in mind that this is an opinion piece and it does not represent the official thoughts of GameSkinny. 

#1. Pokémon Gold & Silver/Crystal

RATINGS
IGN: 10/9

GAMESPOT: 8.8/ 8.4

COPIES SOLD: 23 Million


As I have mentioned, this is a personal ranking, and the reason for Generation 2 being my favorite go beyond just the game. The first time I played Gold and Silver, I really enjoyed the new types, 16 gyms, story, legendaries, etc. But when my father brought home Crystal one day, I could not contain myself. I didn't care that it was roughly the same game because I could play as a girl. Pokémon adventures were for girls too! I was only 8 years old. In fact, I had played every Pokémon game from Red, Yellow, and Silver that same year. I had also felt embarrassed to tell my friends who were girls that I loved Pokémon so much, especially since you could never play as a girl. But now, that had changed. 

G/S/C brought two new types: Dark and Steel, the chance to go back to Kanto and complete the 8 badges after the Johto League, and 100 new Pokémon. They were the first Pokémon games to incorporate day and night. The new legendary Pokémon, Ho-oh and Lugia, had captivating stories behind them, as did Suicune in Crystal. All around, these games were perfect. Game sales wise, this game (Gold and Silver) sold 23 million copies worldwide. Crystal sold less, with 3.85 million.

In 2009, Gold and Silver remakes were released with updated graphics, an adorable feature where the first Pokémon in your party followed out around (Yes, even Wailord), and a Pokéwalker. The Pokéwalker allowed you to transfer one Pokémon to the device, and carry it around on your belt or pants. It had a pedometer, and with each step, the Pokémon inside would gain experience. You could also catch Pokémon and collect items, then transfer them to your game. Pokémon Heartgold and Soulsilver sold 12.72 million copies, staying in the top 10 best selling games for Nintendo DS. 

#2. Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire/Emerald

RATINGS 
IGN: 9.5/8

GAMESPOT: 8.1/ 7.5 

COPIES SOLD: 16.22 million/6.32 million


These games are pretty much tied with my #1 choice. Ranking is difficult...

I was 10 years old when Ruby and Sapphire released, and I literally replayed the story about 5 times. How could I not? It's the best-selling GBA game for a reason. The graphics improved miles past the previous generation, the digital scenery is wonderful, you have a dad. With 135 new Pokémon, new types of Pokéballs, Pokémon Contests, secret bases, and, in Pokémon Emerald, the introduction of Battle Frontier, Pokémon R/S/E revolutionized the Pokémon games. Pokémon Emerald went even further, with a wireless adapter that, finally, took Pokémon battling and trading to a new technological level. The story involved two criminal organizations, one that wanted to flood the world, and the other that wanted to cover it in land. Pretty ridiculous. But Pokémon battles within deserts, volcanos, and oceans are unforgettable. Taking the cable car up the Mt. Chimney and diving were two of my favorite things.

Remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire were announced this year, titled Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. To see this amazing game in 3D graphics is beyond exciting. R/S/E brought so many fun features to the table. They are easily one of the best generations and I cannot wait for the remakes.

#3. Pokémon Red & Blue/Yellow

RATINGS
IGN:10/10

GAMESPOT: 8.8/8.9

COPIES SOLD: 23.64 million 

As the games that begun a whole era, sold 23.64 million copies worldwide, and made so many people fall in love with Pokémon, Pokémon R/B/Y are probably the top game for some. If I could, I would put the first 3 in my ranking as #1. Alas, that is impossible.

Pokémon Red and Blue changed the gaming world. Pocket Monsters coming to life, travelling the world at 10 years old, and being oh, so patient in doing so (referring to the walking speed). Oh the years without running shoes. Despite the flaws, which are easily pointed out now over 16 years later, Pokémon R/B/Y was the perfect game. It was such a satisfying adventure, to travel Kanto kicking butt and catching Poke's. Pokémon Yellow only made it better with an adorable Pikachu following you and trainers that were oh so eager to give up their really rare starter Pokémon. Yeah it's cliche, but my team was Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Pidgey, and Caterpie immediately (You'd be proud, Ash). 

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen only improved the adventure. Updated PC, bag space, and the ability to run! The wonders 8 years can do to walking speed. Plus the début of wireless trading and battling, detailed Pokémon sprite designs, and more of your favorite rival "smelling ya later." This game is nostalgia painted beautifully. The remakes sold 11.82 million copies worldwide, becoming the 2nd best-selling GBA game after Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. In fact, Pokémon dominated the GBA charts, taking spots #1,#2, and #3 (with Emerald). 

#4. Pokémon X & Y

RATINGS
IGN: 9

GAMESPOT: 8

COPIES SOLD: 12.26 million

I almost put this game lower on the list because I found that it tried to avoid some of the fundamental things that make a Pokémon game what it is: grinding. I also found it terribly easy. I know, I know, I'm older now, it should be easier, but when you beat the Elite Four + Champion with only a Lapras, there is a problem. 

Regardless, Pokémon X and Y were thoroughly enjoyable. Finally Pokémon surpasses the 3D graphics of Pokémon Stadium. Although the graphic jump from game to game is always giant, from Black and White 2 to this, the jump was massive. Full 3D characters, Pokémon, and cities; Pokémon with facial expressions, and an attractive Professor! This game had it all. Pokemon-Amie, Mega Evolutions, Character designs, movie-making, facilitated trading, Wonder-trading, a new Dragon-slaying Fairy Type, Super-training, the list goes on.

With Mega evolution as the big reveal, Pokémon X and Y has become the turning point for new Pokémon games. There are still so many Pokémon to be Mega-Evolved and so much time. This is the best-selling Nintendo 3DS game to date, and well deserved. The new game mechanics are very well-done, the story is heartfelt, and the there are hundreds of things to do even after beating the game.

#5. Pokémon Black 2 & White 2

RATINGS
IGN: 9.6

GAMESPOT: 6.5 

COPIES SOLD: 7.81 million

These sequels definitely were an improvement over their predecessors. It could be because of my age, but it was very satisfying to see familiar Pokémon. I also enjoyed the idea of a sequel, rather than just a 3rd game with slightly new and improved features, like all the previous games had done. 

Bit by bit, Pokémon is adding new things to get used to. This game introduced DNA splicers and allowed the mascot Pokémon, Kyurem, to "absofuse" with either Reshiram or Zekrom, creating Black Kyurem or White Kyurem. The Dream World feature was also cool. But overall the game didn't keep me as entertained as earlier ones. Even though I enjoyed it more than Black and White, it felt strange given that Team Plasma kept with their same "free the Pokemon" argument after what was uncovered in the prequels.

#6. Pokémon Diamond & Pearl/Platinum

RATINGS
IGN: 8.5/ 8.8

GAMESPOT: 8.5/ 8

COPIES SOLD: 17.63 million/ 7.06 million

As the first Nintendo DS Pokémon games, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl sold 17.63 million copies worldwide. The story tackles the creation of time and space, and features 107 new Pokémon to catch and love.

Some of my fondest memories of this game are making Poffins to feed my Pokémon and the contests which, although did not surpass Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald contests, were still pretty cute. I liked accessorizing my Pokémon and making them dance. Also, the Elite Four Champion, Cynthia, is probably my favorite champion after Blue. It's nice to see Champions using all types of Pokémon; it makes it more challenging. The Pokétch was another cool feature. It came loaded with useful "apps" like a calculator, dowsing machine, a Pokémon daycare tracker, move tester, and more.

Despite this, I thought the new Pokémon designs were bland. Platinum brought a whole new world to the game, the Distortion World, but it was a letdown after the amount it was advertised. Don't get me wrong, these games were good, really good, but they did not best their predecessors. 

#7. Pokémon Black & White

RATINGS
IGN: 9

GAMESPOT: 7.5

COPIES SOLD: 15.58 million

Being last on the list does not mean these games were bad, it just means I didn't enjoy them as much as the ones above. Ratings and sales-wise, they did great. The story introduced a new ethical question that Pokémon games had never addressed before: Is it wrong to use Pokémon to battle? The main antagonist, N, spends the game telling you that Pokémon should be free, and simultaneously, battling you with Pokémon. Unfortunately they miss the chance to make the questioning of Pokémon battling an important theme, which would have been great.

What happened to me while playing this game was that I was overwhelmed with the new Pokémon. The game didn't give you anything familiar until you beat it. They treated you like Ash, new region, new Pokémon, go. Perhaps if I was younger, I would have enjoyed it. But the fact that there were 151 new Pokémon, without any old ones included, made the game less nostalgic and less enjoyable. Plus I found a lot of the new Pokémon to appear quickly drawn and less likeable. 

 

So that's it! That's my ranking. Feel free to argue/agree in the comments, or let me know if I missed anything. For all Pokémon news keep up with GameSkinny.com.

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Are We Growing Out of Pokemon? Or Has The Franchise Been Bled Dry? https://www.gameskinny.com/d3bzy/are-we-growing-out-of-pokemon-or-has-the-franchise-been-bled-dry https://www.gameskinny.com/d3bzy/are-we-growing-out-of-pokemon-or-has-the-franchise-been-bled-dry Wed, 07 May 2014 06:53:01 -0400 Kate Reynolds

In today's news, Nintendo has released their financial numbers for the past fiscal year, as well as announced the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Are these two items related? I'd like to think so. 

The WiiU hasn't been doing well - which shouldn't surprise anybody, even Nintendo. In their latest financial report, Nintendo announced an operating loss of $457 million dollars.

Along with this information comes a list of which games are selling best on the various Nintendo consoles. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y top the list of 3DS games, with over 12.6 millions units sold. On the DS list, Pokémon Diamond/Pearl, Pokémon Black/White and Pokémon Heartgold/Soul Silver making the top ten list with 17.63 million, 15.58 million, and 12.72 million units sold respectively.

Considering the amount of financial success Nintendo has had with its Pokémon franchise, Nintendo's announcement of a Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire remake coming right at the heels of their huge fiscal losses makes sense. They need another best-seller and another Pokémon games seems to be a no-brainer for that criteria. 

That said, the rapidity with which Nintendo has been throwing out Pokémon games in the last five years is overwhelming. Not only is it overwhelming to attempt to catch the ridiculous amount of Pokémon added with each generation, the new Pokémon themselves are often, in a word, ridiculous.

Everyone remembers Vanillish, a Pokémon resembling an ice cream cone; and Garbodor, a Pokémon made out of garbage, from Pokémon Black/White, simply because they were silly and perhaps a clear indication that creative juices were running low with the games creators. 

In Pokémon X/Y, we get even more ridiculous Pokémon such as a sword imbued with a spirit (Honedge), and a tree-stump imbued with the spirit of a child who died in the forest (Phantump).

In fact, there is an entire video devoted to the weird/creepy Pokémon  in Pokémon X/Y.

Is it safe to say that Pokémon has gotten a little over the top? I think so. While Pokémon X andwere unique additions to the Pokémon franchise (for once), it's clear that the Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon Omega Ruby may just be cash-grabs for Nintendo in their bid to stay relevant and not lose another $457 million. 

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Which Pokemon May Be Switched to Fairy Type in Pokemon X and Y? https://www.gameskinny.com/12803/which-pokemon-may-be-switched-to-fairy-type-in-pokemon-x-and-y https://www.gameskinny.com/12803/which-pokemon-may-be-switched-to-fairy-type-in-pokemon-x-and-y Fri, 26 Apr 2013 01:27:52 -0400 Ashley Shankle

With the new Fairy Pokemon type being revealed, one has to wonder what older Pokemon will either be changed to Fairy type or will have it added to their base type. Below are a few Pokemon I feel would fit the type, and why.

Do note that I am using information from the games' Pokedex entries and not referencing the anime. What happens in the anime and movies doesn't necessarily pertain to the attributes of Pokemon in-game (See: Ash's Pikachu being so imba).

Most of the Pokemon below first made their appearance within the first three generations of games. Later games in the series cut down on the more fantasy or supernatural Pokedex entries, and some that could potentially be Fairy Pokemon already have two types. Celebi is included in this list despite currently being of two types, which I explain below.

All images and Pokedex information have been taken from Pokemon Database. I am no Pokemon expert nor do I have any special information that you don't. This is simple speculation, and it's certainly less confusing than whatever's going on with Mewtwo.

Cleffa, Clefairy, and Clefable

These three are perhaps the most fitting of the new Fairy type. Even if you ignore their names, their species is specifically listed as "Fairy Pokemon" and the Pokedex entries between them mention at least one of these peace-colored bundles of cute have been seen bounce-walking on water, appearing to be flying, collecting moonlight with their wings, and riding on shooting stars.

Igglybuff, Jifflypuff, and Wigglytuff

Though their Pokedex entries don't mention much in the way of being mystical creatures, these three also seem to be prime candidates for the Fairy type. Igglybuff with its marshmallow body, Jigglypuff with its amazing vocal abilities, and Wigglytuff's legendary softness may point to these Pokemon having some Fairy in them. [Edit: Jigglypuff has been confirmed!]

Vulpix and Ninetails

These two are not the most obvious Pokemon to be prime Fairy type candidates, and Vulpix may not be one at all. However, since Ninetails evolves from Vulpix I have paired them together. Ninetails is very explicitly described as a supernatural, magical creature in his Pokedex entries. He is based off the Japanese nine-tailed fox of legend.

Happiny, Chansey, and Blissey

 

Though none of these Pokemon have what may be described as "magical powers" in the Pokedex, Chansey and Blissey's eggs both have healing properties. Blissey is also capable of sensing a person's sadness from "however far they may be".

Mime Jr. and Mr. Mime

The evidence that these two could possibly be Fairy Pokemon is fairly slim, but you have to wonder how a whole species of Pokemon is capable of looking and acting like humans. Though there are certainly other Pokemon that look humanoid, no other can imitate humans so well. What's more is Mr. Mime is capable of creating invisible walls, though whether this is by mind trickery or being able to vibrate its fingertips varies from one series entry to another.

Togepi, Togetic, and Togekiss

Perhaps the second most obvious line of Pokemon to be Fairy types, just a tiny bit behind Clefable and friends. All three of these Pokemon are said to bring good luck and happiness, with Togetic even being a Happiness species Pokemon. Togekiss only makes himself known in peaceful regions, spreading kindness wherever he goes.

Celebi

Celebi holds the power to travel time, and will only make itself known in peaceful times. He also seems to be able to positively affect the growth of plantlife, and has an affinity for lush forests. The only thing that holds this little legendary from being a sure Fairy type is the fact that it already has two types. Would Grass be replaced for Fairy?

Snubbull and Granbull

It's easy to forget these two, but they are both already considered to be of the Fairy species. Their Pokedex entries do not point to that being the case, however.

Luvdisc

Whether you find this Luvdisc to be useless or not, she certainly does have the makings of a Fairy type Pokemon. Luvdisc is reportedly capable of bringing eternal love to those who find it, and it is of the unique Rendezvous species.

Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf

These three are said to hatch from the same egg, and to have given humans the birth of knowledge, emotion, and willpower respectively. This on its own is enough to validate these powerful Pokemon to be Fairy types, but their power may just be too much to justify as such for the time being.

Audino

Audino is notable because of its hyper-sensitive hearing, which is strong enough to serve as a sort of radar around the Pokemon's immediate area. This in itself isn't proving, but Audino's ability to use its feelers to tell how a person is feeling or whether an egg is close to hatching or not may point to this Hearing Pokemon getting an injection of Fairy type. Its look certainly does fit the part. [Thanks to commenter pierce_2648 for the reminder!]

Cresselia

Cresselia is one of the few Pokemon that almost certainly look like they fit into the Fairy type. Aside from the aurora on her back and her looks, Cresselia's feathers are said to bring anyone holding one pleasant dreams. This Pokemon's connection with the moon may also be telling, as her feathers and head shape are meant to represent a crescent moon. [Thanks to commenter zapdos_2612 for picking this up!]

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, there are some other currently available Pokemon that may end of being Fairy types, but the evidence to back those up is even thinner than that you read here.

Confirmed Fairy Pokemon

A few Fairy types have been confirmed recently on the North American Pokemon website. This list will be updated as more information comes to light.

Gardevoir
Marill
Jigglypuff

Are there any you feel are particularly prime to become Fairy Pokemon? Feel like any of the above don't fit? Leave a comment below!

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Happy Birthday, Pokemon - You're 17 Today! https://www.gameskinny.com/aotz4/happy-birthday-pokemon-you-re-17-today https://www.gameskinny.com/aotz4/happy-birthday-pokemon-you-re-17-today Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:55:07 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Today marks the day that Pokemon Green and Red were first released in Japan. Here we are seventeen years later, with Pokemon X and Y coming out later this year and Ash Ketchum still honing his trainer skills in the anime. Even if the games didn't make their way over here until 1998 (15 years ago), it's hard to believe that so much time has passed.

Happy birthday, Pokemon!

  • The entirety of the Pokemon franchise encompasses over 60 games, over 750 anime episodes, and over 230 manga chapters spanning several artists.
  • From the original 150/1 Pokemon, there are now 649 Pokemon in total. That number is only going to go up.
  • Despite the anime starting 16 years ago, Ash Ketchum is still 10 years old. I guess time really does fly when you're having fun.

Ash might not have a birthday in sight, but the series as a whole celebrates its 17th anniversary today.

Everyone has their own Pokemon story.

I remember the first time I saw a Pokemon game. I was in 7th grade and Red and Blue had just come out. The kids that had a Game Boy Color would sneak them into school to play during breaks, and my best friend was one of them. After a week of watching him play when our teachers weren't looking, I asked to borrow his game for a night.

Six months later, I owned my own Game Boy Color and a copy of Red that I stole from a local Hollywood Video that didn't have the good sense to not keep their GBC games behind the counter. (Don't judge, kids are stupid.)

Once Pokemon Gold and Silver game out, I was consuming the games, anime, manga, fan magazines, fansites, and the 2.B.A. Master album. My best friend and I adored Team Rocket.

Pokemon was a really big deal back then. It's big now, but between generations 1 and 2 it was a global phenomenon. There wasn't any escaping it. Every kid wanted more Pokemon stuff, and no adult could get away from it.

Stores were packed with merchandise, and even the knock-offs would get grabbed up by those desperate for more. If you didn't see it at the time, you wouldn't refer to it as desperation -- but the public's appetite for Pokemon was absolutely insatiable.We haven't had a phenomenon so big since.

We look back now having been obsessed with Pokemon in our childhoods and having it remain a prominent franchise in gaming through the years. It's hard to imagine a life without the series, even if you've put up your trainer's cap and Pokedex.

After all these years of bouncing between loving and being so-so on the series, I have to say thank you to Game Freak and to the Pokemon franchise. You've had an immeasurable impact on gaming culture, and on my life. Thank you, and keep it up.

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