Nintendo Platform RSS Feed | Nintendo RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Devil May Cry Director Wants to Work with Capcom Again Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:52:15 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

In a recent interview with the Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki PlayStation, renowned action game designer Hideki Kamiya voiced his genuine interest in once again working on series from his time at Capcom with Clover Studios. He specifically voiced his interest in creating a "true sequel" to Okami as well as remakes of both the original Viewtiful Joe and Devil May Cry

During his interview with Dengeki PlayStation, Kamiya stated:

I want to work on a Devil May Cry and Viewtiful Joe remake, or a true sequel for Okami. A cooperation with Dante (from Devil May Cry) and Bayonetta might also be fun. Dear Capcom, if it’s okay with someone like me, I will help anytime. Best regards. Everyone, bow down your heads together with me! 

When referring to a "true sequel" to Okami, Kamiya is likely referring to the second game in the series, Okamiden, which was a DS title developed by Capcom without his or Clover Studios' involvement. The Devil May Cry series has also gone without his involvement since the original on the PlayStation 2, and has been lying dormant for some time now.

Both Okami and Viewtiful Joe are franchises that received critical acclaim upon release, with both still discussed quite favorably today. 

Nothing is set in stone yet, as this statement was merely an open invitation to Capcom rather than an official statement of any of these new games being green-lit. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for further news on this topic as it develops!

Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:43:01 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Cyber Monday is almost upon us, and despite the fact that many Black Friday sales haven't even gone live yet, retailers are beginning to post their Cyber Monday deals. Many are adopting an Amazon-like strategy and will be hosting different deals throughout Cyber Week, but some sales are already available, just waiting for your hard-earned cash. This list of deals will be updated as more information becomes available, but here's what's on offer as of now:

Nintendo eShop

Following on from somewhat underwhelming Black Friday offerings, Nintendo published a list of Cyber Monday eShop deals valid until 11:59 am EST on December 11th. A good majority of them are for the 3DS, but Switch and Wii U owners aren't left out in the cold either.

Switch Games
  • I Am Setsuna: $23.99
  • 1-2 Switch: $39.99
  • Disgaea 5 Complete: $49.99
  • LEGO City: Undercover: $39.99
  • And more...
3DS Games
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove: $19.99
  • Bravely Default: $27.99
  • Star Fox 64 3D: $19.99
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney--Spirit of Justice: $14.99
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse: $29.99
  • Story of Seasons: $14.99
  • Mutant Mudds: $4.49
  • Blaster Master Zero: $6.99
  • And many more...
Wii U Games
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove: $19.99
  • Axiom Verge: $9.99
  • Bit Trip Presents...Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien: $3.74
  • Castlestorm: $4.99
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition: $7.49
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens: $9.99
  • And more...

Best Buy

Best Buy has multiple sales across different categories, including PCs, gaming accessories, and, of course, games themselves. They aren't as comprehensive or well categorized as the Black Friday sales, but here they are nonetheless:

PlayStation 4 Games

Best Buy has several new and popular older PS4 games on sale:

  • Nioh: $19.99
  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition: $29.99
  • The Last Guardian: $19.99
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End: $19.99
  • Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD: Final Chapter Prologue: $29.99
  • ARK: Survival Evolved: $49.99
  • And many more...
Xbox One Games

Xbox One fans don't get quite the selection, but there are still some good ones on offer:

  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition: $29.99
  • ARK: Survival Evolved: $49.99
  • Quantum Break: $29.99
  • And more...
PC Games

PC gamers don't get too much variety for now, unfortunately, but if you've yet to purchase Overwatch, this is a good chance to do it.

  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition: $29.99

There are a couple of good deals for those looking to get into VR as well.

  • Oculus Rift+Touch Virtual Reality Headset Bundle for Compatible Windows PCs: $399.00
  • HTC--Vive Virtual Reality System and Deluxe Audio Strap Package for Compatible Windows PCs: $599.00
  • And more...
Console Deals

From PS4 bundles to PSVR and discounts on consoles themselves, there are some decent offers here:

  • PlayStation 4 1TB Console, Black: $199.99
  • XBox One S 500GB Madden NFL '18 Bundle with 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray, White: $229.99
  • PlayStation VR: $199.99
  • XBox One S 1TB Assassin's Creed: Origins Bonus Bundle with 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray, White: $299.99
  • Any many more...


Just like last year, Target is offering 15% off of everything on the site. Specific deals are thin on the ground right now, but the retailer is offering a few between now and Cyber Monday itself, including this PlayStation 4 Gran Turismo Sport bundle for $300 (normally $400). As practically every other retailer is doing this year, Target will have deals throughout Cyber Week, so check back for more as they become available.


Check back soon as more deals and savings are posted!

Square Enix Discusses Future Switch Support and More in Its Latest Financial Report Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:08:44 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Square Enix recently posted the English translation of its 2nd quarter financial report, and there are some interesting takeaways. The company discussed a variety of topics, from the state of the MMO market to the relative failure of its smart device games during the quarter. However, Square Enix also provided details about its future plans for supporting the Switch, including previously mentioned plans for revitalizing older IPs for the platform.

Switch Support

Company President Yosuke Matsuda and CFO Kazuharu Watanabe praised the Switch for its sales performance and presence in the gaming industry. Citing the system as being perfect for their mid-size games, Matsuda and Watanabe said they plan on being "proactive in our development efforts" when asked how they would be approaching development for it in the future.

The company plans on allocating its resources to suit the particular strengths of each platform, with plans of bringing assets from the company's back catalog, new IP, and "rebooting past titles" to the system. Square Enix's repertoire consists of a wide variety of franchises, including SaGa, Xenogears, Star Ocean, and the Mana series, among some of the more well-known ones, but no indications were given of which IP might be remade.

New Releases

More announcements are on the way, though not in the near future. Most of Square Enix's profits came from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age this year, with noteworthy contributions from other existing assets such as Final Fantasy XIV.

One question asked of Matsuda and Watanabe related to the high production content balance compared to the previous year, when DQXI was already released. Matsuda and Watanabe responded by saying there would be several new titles announced between the start of 2018's third fiscal quarter and 2019's E3, with development already underway for these titles in Japan and overseas. Matsuda and Watanabe are quite confident in the quality and appeal of these titles as well, claiming Square Enix will realize substantial profits from them in the fiscal year they are released, rather than the following year, 2020.

Struggles and Opportunities

Square Enix did face some losses in this fiscal year as well, mostly in the smart device arena, which Matsuda and Watanabe claim was due to low quality and inadequate research. The company is also planning on expanding its digital offerings and existing content for big sellers like Dragon Quest X and Final Fantasy XIV to accommodate demand and take advantage of changes in digital market trends. One other way Matsuda and Watanabe said they plan on combating poor mobile sales is by continuing the practice of beta testing to ensure a final product is bug-free and actually fun to play before release as well as expanding into the mobile AR field.


What do you think about Square Enix's plans for the future? Let us know in the comments!

How to Get Red Star Rings in Sonic Forces (Stages 1-10) Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:31:42 -0500 Sarah Elliman

Red Star Rings were originally called Special Rings and were first introduced in Sonic Colors back in 2010. Originally, the rings enabled you to unlock special bonuses for the game; however, for Sonic Forces, the Red Star Rings have become hidden collectibles. There are five rings in each stage of the game, and we'll show you how to find them all.

Stage One: Green Hill Lost Valley

  • Ring One: The first ring is located near a totem pole that you will get to as you move through the level. When you get to this spot, use your homing attack while hitting jump repeatedly. This should defeat all enemies in the area, and you’ll be able to grab the ring floating in the air.
  • Ring Two: The next Red Star Ring is located below a platform with spikes on it, near where the floor breaks. This is a simple ring to collect, and the third one is close by.
  • Ring Three: The third ring is on a swinging platform located right next to the previous ring. You will be able to grab the platform by holding the right bumper and moving to the left. Once you are on the platform, you will be able to grab the ring, and the platform will take you back up to the top level.
  • Ring Four: Once you’re back on the top level, if you move to the right, you’ll find a ramp that you can jump off into a red air booster. Following this, you should be able to collect the fourth ring.
  • Ring Five: The final Red Star Ring is located on the right-hand path after the Wisp Capsule. You should be able to run alongside a sand waterfall to collect the final ring.

Stage Two: The Chemical Plant Spaceport

  • Ring One: As you progress through the level, you’ll find the first Red Star Ring near a group of enemies once you bounce off a bumper. After the enemies are defeated, you can bounce off a bumper to the right, then use your Wire Attack while pushing upwards to gain more upward momentum, and you’ll be able to grab the ring in the air.
  • Ring Two: The next ring will be located as you’re grinding across a rail collecting other ordinary rings. You will then land on a platform where you will find a capsule. Using your Burst ability, you can cause an explosion that will push you forwards. Keep using this ability until you’re all the way up, and you’ll be able to find the second ring on the upper level.
  • Ring Three: Once you’re able to get to the next area, you should see a checkpoint and a Red Star Ring next to a Wire Attack Point. This point will swing you across the gap, and you’ll be able to collect the third Red Star Ring.
  • Ring Four: One you’re up high on another platform, you can move to the right and either jump up or down. Going down will enable you to collect the fourth ring on a falling platform. Using your Burst ability, you’ll be able to jump back up before the platform falls and you lose a life.
  • Ring Five: Towards the end of the level, there will be a rainbow ring that can boost you into the air, enabling you to collect the final ring for that stage.

Stage Three: City Ghost Town

  • Ring One: This level will feel incredibly nostalgic, as you play as a more vintage Sonic throughout the level. Following the natural path of the level, you will be flung up onto the higher platforms. Right next to you should be a massive wall of rings. Continue going right and you will find the first ring on the archway.
  • Ring Two: This ring is found once you hit a checkpoint; you will pass through two loops and then be launched into the air, where you'll easily be able to grab this Red Star Ring.
  • Ring Three: At this point, you should have collected a large group of rings on a high platform. After this, you need to move to the right and use the bumper to jump across a gap. This is where you will be able to find the third Red Star Ring of this area.
  • Ring Four: If you jump down cautiously from the left edge of the platform where you got the last ring and continue to the right, you will eventually find multiple platforms with gaps in them. The one holding the fourth Red Star Ring is too high to reach. You have to drop down onto a spring that will enable you to collect it.
  • Ring Five: After this, you'll want to go past the column of rings and then jump down to the next gap. Keep going down until you get to the bottom, and when you reach a podium with a box and rings on it, make your way back up onto the level above the one you were previously on. You'll then want to boost, which should be enough to send you flying and get the final Red Star Ring.

Stage Four: Death Egg Prison Hall

  • Ring One: You’ll find this ring just slightly off a ramp from the path that you will natural drift towards through the level. You can launch off this ramp, which will then take you to a higher level where you can grab the first ring.
  • Ring Two: Past the next ramp there should be another Red Star Ring next to a set of bumpers.
  • Ring Three: Soon you should come to a wall where you will be accosted by a group of enemies. Once you defeat the enemies, you will have a lift drop. You need to grab it and launch upwards to be able to collect this ring, which should be located at the top.
  • Ring Four: This ring is in the next area of the game as you move across lifts. If you move to the right on one of the lifts and then jump onto a bumper, you should then be launched into the air. You then need to move to the right to jump off another bumper, where you will land on a new platform and find the fourth Red Star Ring.
  • Ring Five: The last ring is located towards the end of this stage and your final goal. You need to stay on the top path while dodging enemies who try to shoot you if you keep hitting boosters on the top platform. The Red Star Ring is on the center track, but you can only move to get it if you have been able to stay on the top level.

Stage Five: VS Zavok.

This is your first boss fight, and consequently, there are no Red Star Rings to collect in this area.

Stage Six: Death Egg Egg Gate

  • Ring One: You should instantly pick up the first Red Star Ring from following the path.
  • Ring Two: After coming out of the station in this level, you can take the middle path towards a rail. Further along you should see a bumper that should boost you up to another platform. There will be some enemies on this platform, and once defeated, you can grab the first ring for this stage.
  • Ring Three: After grabbing the first ring, you can move upward onto a floating platform. As you do this, there will be more enemies to defeat and another ring that you can grab.
  • Ring Four: At this point you should be dodging enemies that will be shooting lasers at Sonic across three different rails that you can jump between. If you’re looking to collect the Red Star Rings, it is better to stick to the left rail, as that will be where the ring is. The Red Star Ring is toward the end of the rails, so you’ll have some time to make your way over to the left rail.
  • Ring Five: After you have gotten through the rising boxes section, you’ll need to avoid a turret. Then as you progress through, you’ll be able to bounce off a spring to attack the enemies. If you are using your Homing Attack on the enemies, you can use this to jump and bounce off a metal rod, which will send you soaring to another platform. There should be three boxes on this platform; by using your Stomp Ability, you can break them and grab the last ring.

Stage Seven: Green Hill Arsenal Pyramid

  • Ring One: After a wide platform with many rings to collect, you will be launched onto another platform below. You will want to stop and walk backwards across this platform; this is where you will find the first Red Star Ring.
  • Ring Two: You will then be traveling along a path that will ultimately launch you into the air and through the top of the pyramid. As you are travelling downwards through the tunnel, the second Red Star Ring will be up for grabs in the middle.
  • Ring Three: Once you have finished free-falling, you will need to continue forward until you hit a bumper. If you go to the right, some enemies will span, travel back to your previous platform, and use the bumper to go to the left. The third Red Star Ring will be on the middle of the platform.
  • Ring Four: Continuing through this path, you’ll want to go forward, where you will end up on multiple rotating platforms. You will come across rails to grind and other platforms to jump across. When you reach a path with multiple enemies blocking different sections, the Red Star Ring will be towards the end and in the middle of the path.
  • Ring Five: Before launching across to the other platform, drop down onto the lower level and to the left of the bumper; the last Red Star Ring will be there.

Stage Eight: Mystic Jungle Luminous Forest

  • Ring One: When you see some flying enemies in this level, you can use your Homing Attack on them. You will then be able to jump on them one after the other and grab the Red Star Ring in the air.
  • Ring Two: At some point in the level, you will be able to jump over to a gap with multiple rails that you can grind on. If you stick to the middle ring, you will be able to run into a red ring booster that will allow you to grab this ring.

Stage Nine: Mystic Jungle VS Infinite.

This is the second boss battle of the game, and there are no Red Star Rings to be collected.

Stage Ten: Green Hill Green Hill

  • Ring One: You should hit a spring with a totem pole in the background; instead of landing on the top platform, drop down instead. Go to the left, where you will need to jump over some spikes, and the first Red Star Ring is hidden there.
  • Ring Two: You should hit a spring that will launch you into the air and place you on the top path of this section. You should come across a Speed Sneaker box, which you can then break. This will be followed by a Shield box over a gap, and you will find the Red Star Ring afterwards.
  • Ring Three: Continue left and you will eventually hit another checkpoint. After this, you will want to keep using springs to get yourself onto the top level. You will come across a bridge, and on the other side is a capsule that will launch you into the air, where you can grab the third ring.
  • Ring Four: Move forward, but let a falling platform drop you down to the middle level. Continue this path and you should hit a slope with enemies lined up on it. You can Boost through them while running and collect the fourth Red Star Ring at the end.
  • Ring Five: Then go to the right and make your way down to the lower platforms. Use the springs to get yourself back up to a falling platform; it is beneath some spikes. You’ll need to use your Boost ability very quickly and launch to the left. This way you’ll be able to collect the last ring.


Was this helpful for you? Are you able to find more Red Star Rings now? Let us know in the comments.

Super Sonic Rumored for Upcoming Sonic Forces DLC Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:57:17 -0500 spacechaser

Since its release at the beginning of the month, fans of Sonic Forces have been wondering when they'll be able to play as Super Sonic. Super Sonic is one of Sonic's transformations, activated when he harnesses the power of all seven Chaos Emeralds. In previous games, Sonic's Super transformation gave him superior speed and jumping abilities -- and even the power of flight. 

YouTube user PTKickass, who made the video above, discovered Super Sonic hidden within the game's files on PC, behind an unfortunate lock:

That's right: if you want to play as Super Sonic, you'll have to wait for the DLC. In a time where more and more games are hiding content behind paywalls and DLC, seeing that kind of strategy being implemented in such a beloved game series has left many fans annoyed at Sonic Team. 

What do you think: Is it okay to lock Super Sonic behind DLC? In general, do you like or dislike DLC?


Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Review: It's Actually Challenging Again! Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:02:57 -0500 Autumn Fish

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are the first proper mid-generation remakes to release since Platinum arrived in 2008. It may be a matter of contention whether mid-generation remakes devalue their originals or not, but we're here to look at the new installments without all that extra fuss.

These titles are remakes of Sun and Moon -- which released just last year -- and as such, the games are largely similar. We're not going to rehash everything that was amazing about the originals; for that, you can read our Pokemon Sun and Moon Review. Instead, we shall be reviewing what's changed and what was added in these games to see if they manage to surpass their predecessors.

Are the remakes actually good enough to warrant double-dipping, or should you stick with the original version you picked up last year? Let's dive in!

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Review

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon aren't trying to reinvent the wheel here. Rather, they amplify everything that's great about this generation and culminate in what may well be the most engaging Pokemon games I've ever had the privilege to experience.

There are a few contributing factors at play, the biggest of all being the subtle changes made to the main game and the new features that breathe renewed life into the experience.

What Changed?

A lot of things were tweaked since Sun and Moon, and even the most minute changes go a long way towards improving the games. For instance, the pacing has shifted, especially in the beginning. Not only do you receive your Starter Pokemon far earlier, but many story segments have also been given a new coat of paint.

The story itself is familiar, but ultimately not the same. There's a new organization of sorts in the mix called the Ultra Recon Squad, and a new threat to go with them. As such, there are a lot of changes to how things play out in the end. To keep this review spoiler-free, however, we won't get into them here.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Review Changes

In addition to the story changes, the overarching tone has visibly shifted. While kids will see a friendly adventure on an admittedly epic scale, those of us with a better understanding of language will notice some surprisingly dark undertones sprinkled everywhere. For the first time in several years, I feel like Pokemon is actually taking itself seriously again.

Remember how creepy Lavender Town in Kanto was? It flew over my head when I was younger, but looking back on it now gives me the chills. The same feeling has overcome me on multiple occasions in my playthrough, filling me with a sense of emotion that Pokemon hasn't evoked in me in a long time.

On top of that, the different teams and organizations found in Alola often come across as morally ambiguous. Your perception of the "clear bad guy" shifts a few times as the story progresses towards its climax. All in all, it has the effect of making it feel like the plot unfolds strangely realistically, given the setting.

Don't go thinking that's all that has changed, though. The island challenge, while similar, has seen several tweaks. For instance, there were seven proper Trials before, but now there are eight to overcome. On top of that, half of the trials have completely different Totem Pokemon than before, which really threw me off guard and offered a surprising challenge.

Speaking of challenge, I found the entire adventure to be rather trying. I didn't have any troubles on the first island, but the moment I stepped onto the second island, many of the Trials and strong trainers gave me and my team a run for our money. I never bothered to turn the EXP share off, and I found that my Pokemon consistently fell within three levels or so of each Totem Pokemon I encountered.

My team hasn't wiped as of yet, but we've come close several times, saved only by buffed stat-boosting items like X Defense or even RotoBoost, which I'll expand upon below. A lot of people I've talked to online, however, have reported wiping around the time they stepped on the second island, so it's clear that the game's difficulty has been revamped to offer players a rewarding experience. I'll never forget the moment I triumphed over the second Trial by the skin of my teeth after watching the Totem Pokemon one-shot nearly every member of my team.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Review Challenging Battles Better Pacing

A few other things have changed too, such as new Legendary and Ultra Beast locations, a revamped Rotom Dex, and the removal of Zygarde Cells. However, these changes are better explained by detailing the new features that affect them.

New Features

Alongside the expected handful of new Ultra Beasts and Pokemon Forms, there are a plethora of great new features absolutely packed into Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Totem Stickers replace the Zygarde Cells that plague the original games. Collecting the Totem Stickers offers, in my opinion, a far better reward than the Zygard Cells do. Instead of gradually building up only one Pokemon to full power with Zygarde Cells, you earn up to six Totem Pokemon by reaching certain milestones in your Sticker collection.

Mantine Surf is a new minigame that allows you to surf between Alola's islands on the back of a Mantine. It's a neat new way to travel from island to island and even nets you BP for scoring well on tricks. For the uninitiated, BP is a currency normally only available from competing in endgame battle organizations that can be spent on things like Mega Stones or teaching your Pokemon new tricks with the help of various new Move Tutors. In other words, BP is super valuable, and it's nice to see that Game Freak added a way to earn it out of battle.

The Rotom Dex has also received a sizable upgrade. In the originals, Rotom Dex was nothing but a navigational tool for me that occasionally commented on events. Now, Rotom Dex is your friend -- no, literally! Throughout your adventure, Rotom Dex will ask you questions and break the ice so you get to know each other. If you show them attention back, they become friendlier and friendlier with you until you eventually unlock the RotoLoto.

The RotoLoto is a lottery that rewards you with various buffs for being friendly with your Rotom Dex. You could get a buff that boosts all of your Pokemon's stats or something that helps you gain experience faster from battles. You could even get buffs that increase the encounter rate of rare Pokemon and improve the capture rate. Some buffs will even help you hatch eggs or befriend Pokemon quicker. There are a ton of RotoLoto powers, and every single one of them is worth the effort.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Review New Features Rotom Dex RotoLoto

Ultra Wormholes are a great new way to encounter and capture Legendaries and Ultra Beasts. Riding into Ultra Space will take you into many new dimensions, and a few of them even have interesting environments that add just a little more depth to the lore of the games. Even if you don't encounter Legendaries and Ultra Beasts beyond the Ultra Wormholes, you are bound to find something special out there.

The new installments are host to even more post-game content than the originals had. Appearing alongside the Battle Tree is the new Battle Agency -- a place where you fight trainers with rental Pokemon for BP. There's even a post-game segment where you fight off a new evil team threatening Alola. There's just so much to do before and after the credits roll that it honestly blows my mind.

Verdict: Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Are Absolutely Worth Double-Dipping

As a fan who's played every main series installment to date, I can safely say that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are the best Pokemon games I've ever experienced. The polished gameplay, exciting new story, darker tone, and challenging battles truly make this entry a must-play for all Pokemon fans.

If you've never played a Pokemon game before, this is a great place to start. If you're an old player thinking about returning for this generation, you won't regret making this mid-generation remake the first title you pick up. If you're a long-time fan on the fence about it since the originals came out only a year ago, trust me when I say that this installment is worth double-dipping for.

No matter which version you get, you're in for a seriously magical experience. Never has a Pokemon game sucked me in as hard or as quickly as these ones have.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are available now on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems for $40 each.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Guide: All Haircuts and Colors Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:25 -0500 Autumn Fish

In Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you can change your haircut at any Salon in Alola. Many of the hairstyles from the previous games have returned, but there are a few new ones that really spice up the mix.

What's annoying is that neither Ultra Sun nor Ultra Moon let you try out or even get a look at haircuts or colors before paying for the style. You're either stuck soft resetting for the hair you want or looking at a guide much like this one here.

Even at endgame, it's annoying to unnecessarily waste Poke Dollars just because you don't like the hair you picked -- especially when you throw bangs into the equation. So without further adieu, let's take a look at all of the hairstyles and colors found in these mid-generation remakes.

All Male Haircuts and Styles in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

The six male haircuts from the original games return, along with two brand new ones. Achieving your desired hairstyle is as simple as buying a Cut for 4,000 Poke Dollars or a Cut and Color for 5,000 at any Salon.

Medium and Layered Medium and Smooth Caesar Cut
Modern Quiff Short and Layered (New) Short and Tousled (New)
Braided Cornrows Long and Tousled (Unlocked After E4)


All Female Haircuts in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

The eight female haircuts from the original games return, alongside two brand new ones. Achieving your desired hairstyle starts with purchasing a Cut for 4,000 Poke Dollars or a Cut and Color for 5,000 at any Salon.

Chin-Length Bob Short and Bobbed Medium and Wavy
Long and Straight Long and Wavy Romantic Tuck
Braided Tails (New) Flipped-Out Bob (New) Cornrow Braided Bun
High Pigtails (Unlocked After E4)


Female hairstyles are a bit more customizable than male ones since they have the chance to pick what bangs they want with the majority of cuts. The only haircut that doesn't support bangs is the Cornrow Braided Bun. There are three bangs options to choose from:

Sideswept Straight None


The bangs look exactly the same on every hairstyle they go with, but the power to mix and match them with almost any haircut gives female characters a grand total of 28 unique styles to choose from.

All Hair Colors in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

The nine hair colors from the previous games all make a return, here. All you need to do to change your hair color is buy a Color for 2,000 Poke Dollars or a Cut and Color for 5,000 at any Salon.

Black Honey Blond Dark Brown
Ash Brown Caramel Blond Platinum Blond
Wine Red (Unlocked After E4) Pink Brown White (Unlocked After E4)


Now go out and find your perfect hairstyle with confidence! Be sure to check out our other Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon guides while you're around!

(Screenshots courtesy of Nintendo Insider, Samurai Gamers, and YouTuber Ran NG.)

All the MINECON Earth News You Need to Know Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:26:40 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

MINECON Earth has come and gone. But if you missed it, we've got you covered with all the Minecraft news and reveals from it! Among the announcements Mojang revealed are a brand-new set of water-themed features, new skins, and the results of the Mob voting contest.

The Update Aquatic

Chief among the reveals is the next major Minecraft update, The Update Aquatic. The update will give you a multitude of new items and features to craft the watery paradise of your dreams, including kelp and coral, dolphins, shipwrecks to explore, new water physics, and more. You'll also be getting a new weapon to aid you in your exploits: the Trident. It can be thrown or used in melee combat, but you'll be able to enchant it as well. Some of the enchantments featured are Loyalty, which brings the Trident back after you've thrown it as well as Slipstream Dash and Impaler, which Mojang are leaving unspoiled for now. No release date for the update has been given yet.


If you missed the MINECON Earth skins during the convention, they're still available for you on the Marketplace. Here is what's on offer:

  • Alex Globe
  • Alex Party
  • Cardboard Cosplayer
  • Creeper Cosplay
  • Creeper Pinata Cosplay
  • Sheep Cosplayer
  • Steve Cake
  • Steve Party

New Server Partners

At E3 this past summer, Mojang first presented The Hive, a new Minecraft server partner. The Hive is bringing a new mini-game called Death Run for players to enjoy soon. Death Run sees you race through obstacles and traps in an effort to reach the finish line first, likening it to a giant, deadly military training exercise. Mojang is also working with existing Java partner CubeCraft to implement support for Bedrock as well, including a new adventure map, Island Games. Other than "soon," these new partner features have no set rollout date yet either.

New Mob

In recent weeks, Mojang presented four potential new mobs to players, asking them to vote on which they wanted to see. The result was shown off at the convention, and Mob B: Monster of the Night Skies is the winner. You can check it out in the overview video below.


Free Goods

In honor of MINECON Earth, Mojang is giving away a heap of Marketplace items. MINECON Earth skins (see above); maps, including the Purple Parrot Palace, Truffletop Town, and Enderman's Forest; and Halloween skins for Mineplex Friends are all up for grabs.


There were a couple of smaller announcements made as well.

  • Mixer broadcasting allows native broadcasting from directly in the game on iOS and Android, starting November 21, 2017.
  • For Bedrock players, any Minecraft command can be changed to an interactive button on Mixer.
  • The Better Together update for the Nintendo Switch has been pushed back to 2018.
  • The Super Duper Graphics pack was also pushed to 2018.
  • Following the Adventure Time Mashup Pack, Mojang will be releasing a complete Adventure Time episode next summer.


Excited about the new updates and changes? Let us know in the comments!

FIFA 18: Failure to Finish Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:51:31 -0500 Point Blank Gaming (PBG)

You score a 30-yard screamer with your favorite footballer, sprint to the corner flag in your favorite stadium, and bask in the glory of your ravenous supporters. Dopamine floods your brain in a mad rush that only FIFA can provide.

It looks, feels, and sounds ... riveting.

Then, after a couple of losses and a dozen or so moments like this one, you come crashing back to reality. 

This will not be a re-litigation of FIFA's many known issues, nor is it a nostalgia-fueled cry for FIFAs of old, but rather an attempt to figure out the last piece of the puzzle for this stagnating franchise. As a die-hard fan of the game for the last seven years, logging hundreds of hours in Ultimate Team and thousands of head-to-head matches, it is clear to me how FIFA got to this point and what it will need going forward.

In the previous decade, the novelty of playing a virtual soccer game used to be exciting enough to warrant a purchase. Rapidly improving graphics and the introduction of online Head-to-Head further changed the game, allowing you to test your skills against real opponents at any time. Combined with the introduction of Ultimate Team, FIFA had found its successful gameplay loop for the modern era.

However, since the expansion of those key features in FIFA 2010, the franchise has faced a rocky road. You could argue that every odd-year FIFA since then has been entirely skippable; FIFA 11, FIFA 13, FIFA 15, and recently, FIFA 17, were seriously non-essential and often worse than their even-numbered counterparts. The 2010 and 2012 versions of FIFA are largely considered classics, FIFA 2014 was our first foray into next-gen, and 2016 couldn't have been worse after the abysmal FIFA 2015.

Despite these inconsistencies, the hook for the last seven years has been largely the same: Improve the graphics and strive for realism. Maybe that was not enough to warrant a new release every year, but it was enough to make each previous game feel strangely outdated.

That strange feeling has really been the primary driver since FIFA 10. How much better will the next game look? How realistic will it feel? And those answers have been satisfactory enough until now, where it seemed like each year FIFA was trying to improve or at least strive for the realistic soccer game we've always dreamed of. With FIFA 18, I am beginning to seriously question if that trajectory is over and if the dream is finally dead.

Not to say FIFA 18 isn't an impressive or enjoyable game. The graphics are pristine, leaps and bounds over its older predecessors. The atmosphere and rush of excitement have become more intense than any other FIFA thus far. But in the age of diminishing returns, I am afraid the series has settled into a groove that it is not looking to shake off.

For the first time, I question whether EA has finally given up, finally stopped dangling the carrot of authentic football we so desperately want to reach. With its counterpart PES still constantly striving for that carrot of realism, FIFA has doubled down on what it already has: slick presentation, relentless attacking football, and a penchant for its addicting modes and over-the-top style.

This new philosophy is ultimately bittersweet for us longtime fans. We can now expect FIFA 18 to be the norm going forward -- slightly improved graphics, tight gameplay, and an overwhelming emphasis on scoring goals and basking in the opulence of FIFA's presentation. On one hand, I am glad I know what to expect now after seven years of inconsistency. On the other hand, this regularity is bleeding the excitement out of future FIFA releases.

No longer are we going to anticipate next year's "big" thing or see any sort of huge departure from the current gameplay. Do not hold out hope for sweeping changes or a more realistic football simulation, one where defense actually matters. FIFA 18 is the new normal, for better or worse.

True, it is not necessarily a bad thing that FIFA has found its identity. Consistency becomes comfort food, and it is harder to disappoint when your fans know what to expect. But this comes at a cost to the industry and franchise alike. FIFA's yearly release is no longer an event, an exciting build-up to the next big thing, or a ubiquitous global celebration of the beautiful game in its virtual form. 

No, FIFA is now just a video game. Not a phenomenon. Not a reflection of your interests, or your love of the sport, or dreams of a brighter future for the genre. It is just a game, one that you either like or do not like, and for that, we mourn.

It is then unsurprising that "Games as a Service" is the future of FIFA and EA's other sports franchises. No longer will they spend a year trying to reinvent the wheel and strive for something greater. What's left is the husk of a franchise, drained of its spirit, and relegated to unending perpetuity.

We have the licenses, we have the market share, this is the game for now and forever.

Take it or leave it.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Guide: Ultra Wormholes and the New Shiny Hunting Method Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:57:13 -0500 Autumn Fish

In Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you have the rare chance to travel to other dimensions by utilizing Ultra Wormholes. You doubtlessly already know that you can use these Ultra Wormholes to find a slew of Legendaries and Ultra Beasts, but did you know they're also useful for catching rare Pokemon and even shinies?

That's right, Ultra Wormholes can quickly fill out your PC Boxes with valuable Pokemon if you know how to properly utilize them. In this guide, we'll touch on everything you need to know about Ultra Wormholes and how you can use them to find Shiny Pokemon.

Let's dive in!

Ultra Wormholes in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

After traveling through the Ultra Wormhole to reach Ultra Megalopolis during a story segment before the Pokemon League, you can ride Solgaleo or Lunala into the Ultra Wormhole at any time to explore Ultra Space. The Ultra Warp Ride plays out like a minigame.

In Ultra Space, you collect orange energy orbs to gain speed and avoid electrical energy orbs to prevent loss of momentum. If you lose too much speed, you may be sucked into an Ultra Wormhole that you didn't want to enter.

Traveling in Ultra Space is done with gyro controls by default. However, you may switch to Circle Pad controls by complaining to the Aether Foundation employee at Game Freak's office in Heahea City.

As a bonus, you may even choose whether you want to ride on Solgalea or Lunala by talking to Zossie or Soliera in Ultra Megalopolis. This is purely an aesthetic choice, however, since they both have the same hitbox.

In Ultra Space, there are five different colored Ultra Wormholes that lead to different types of Pokemon, Legendaries, and Ultra Beasts.

  • White Wormholes -- These always lead to an Ultra Beast. The rarer the Ultra Wormhole, the rarer the Ultra Beast. Note that Ultra Beasts can be captured multiple times.

  • Red Wormhole -- These lead to a cliffside. Rare bird Pokemon and various Legendaries are found here.

  • Yellow Wormhole -- These lead to a cave. Rare cave-dwelling Pokemon and various Legendaries are found here.

  • Green Wormhole -- These lead to a field. Rare field-dwelling Pokemon and various Legendaries are found here.

  • Blue Wormhole -- These lead to a waterfall. Rare water Pokemon and various Legendaries are found here.

Note that if you accidentally knock out any Legendary Pokemon, you'll have another opportunity to find them again. Once captured, however, you won't be able to encounter them again in that save.

As you travel deeper into Ultra Space, you become increasingly more likely to encounter rare types of Ultra Wormholes that lead to rarer Pokemon encounters.

Ultra Wormholes Explained Rarity Levels Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides

The rarer the Ultra Wormhole, the more likely you are to encounter a rare Pokemon. If you go through a colored rarity Level 4 Ultra Wormhole, you're guaranteed to find a Legendary Pokemon -- unless you've caught all of the ones found in that color wormhole and don't meet the requirements for any that may be left.

The further you travel in Ultra Space, the more likely you are to encounter rare Ultra Wormholes. Rarity Level 2, 3, and 4 Wormholes begin to appear more often in Ultra Space the further you go, while Rarity 1 Wormholes slowly peter out as you rack up the Light Years.

If you get really good at Ultra Warp Ride, you can use it to not only capture Legendary Pokemon but Shiny Pokemon as well.

How to find Shiny Pokemon by Exploring Ultra Wormholes in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Shiny Pokemon are surprisingly common beyond Ultra Wormholes. What's even better is if you save before initiating the encounter and it turns out to be shiny, you're free to soft reset for better IVs, natures, and abilities as it will always be shiny.

The rate of encountering Shiny Pokemon dramatically increases the further you travel in Ultra Space. It's also suspected that the rarity level of the Ultra Wormhole has an impact on whether the Pokemon turns out shiny or not as well.

It'll be easier to hunt for these shinies after you've captured all of the available Legendaries. However, if you wish to avoid the Legendaries for now and hunt for Shiny Pokemon, try to enter a Rarity Level 1 or 2 Ultra Wormhole after traveling several thousand Light Years through Ultra Space.


Once you get good at navigating around Ultra Wormholes, your PC boxes will be positively flooding with Legendary and Shiny Pokemon. While you're here, be sure to check out our other Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon guides.

Crypt of the Necrodancer Amplified: Tips for Playing as Tempo Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:31:45 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Tempo is one of the new playable characters in the Crypt of the Necrodancer DLC, "Crypt of the Necrodancer Amplified," which came out in early 2017. Tempo starts with a shovel, a blood dagger, a compass, and a torch. He jumps one space per beat like normal and has a permanent telepathy, so he can see all the enemies in the level right at the start. Although he can one-hit kill every enemy (armor still counts), what makes playing with him challenging is that Tempo can only make 16 moves before he dies to "Tempo's curse."

What is Tempo's Curse?

Unlike the other characters where you have an unlimited number of moves, Tempo starts each level with 16 moves. Besides the normal steps, opening a door, digging a dirt block, sliding across an ice tile, and missing a beat each count as one move. When Tempo runs out of moves, he dies. Fortunately, there are a few ways to replenish moves. Each action listed below brings Tempo back to 16 moves.

  • Killing an enemy
  • Eating food
  • Purchasing or picking up an item. This only counts once, so no item swapping!
  • Opening a chest
  • Taking the stairs and moving on the next level

Here are a few tips to playing as Tempo so you can get through each zone with ease!

Get to the Stairs as Fast as You Can

Because of the 16-move limit, you want to pay attention to the compass's arrow and head in the direction of the stairs. Getting stuck in a dead end means you can't find any enemies or items in time to replenish your moves before you die. There also isn't much point in backtracking or going to an adjacent room just to kill the enemies because you risk running out of moves before getting back to the stairs. Once you can take the stairs, then take them. It refreshes your moves nonetheless.

Avoid the Shop

It can be tempting to visit the shop if you pass it because Tempo accumulates gold much more quickly. Although he receives the same amount of gold from each enemy (depending on the multiplier), the levels are swamped with enemies to help the player get through each level. However, you will rarely have enough steps to go in the shop, make a purchase, and come back out with enough steps to get to an enemy to kill. Although the purchase does completely refill your number of available moves, it's unlikely you'll be able to make it out and to an enemy before the curse strikes.

Practice Each of the Zones with Another Character First

The game may vastly increase the number of enemies in each level to help you replenish your moves, but the enemies from all of the zones are included. So, for Zone 1, there are green slimes among golems, shove monsters, devils, blademasters and more. The mini bosses are zone specific, so no banshees in Zone 1, although each level now has two mini bosses that need to be killed before the stairs open up. If you're not familiar with the enemies found in each zone, or need to refresh your memory, then play through each of the zones first before making attempts with Tempo.

Have a Blood Weapon

Tempo starts with the blood dagger and can use any weapon he picks up. However, because you can't backtrack or go to the shop with Tempo, it's very difficult to pick up armor and healing items as you play. You have to hope the useful items are in the chests that are conveniently located along your path. If you come across another blood weapon, then pick it up! The new blood weapon will likely be one step above the blood dagger and is just about the only healing opportunity Tempo gets during the game. Most other weapons are useless because Tempo already one-shots every enemy.

Get Good at Throwing the Dagger

If your moves are counting down and you feel stuck, then throw the blood dagger (or blood spear if you've picked it up) as a last resort. If your weapon kills an enemy, then your moves are refilled. You're without a weapon until you can grab it, but hopefully the trick buys you enough time to grab the weapon and refill your moves again so you can continue your run.

If you haven't tried "Crypt of the Necrodancer Amplified" yet, then give the DLC and Tempo a try, especially if you're looking for a challenge. Some fans have remarked that playing as Tempo is not only difficult but also way more fun than playing through as Aria. Perhaps these tips will make the learning curve a bit easier to handle.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Guide: All 100 Totem Sticker Locations (with Screenshots) Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:48:21 -0500 Autumn Fish

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon got rid of the dreaded Zygarde Cells collectathon from the original games so that you no longer need to complete a lengthy fetch quest in order to access all of Zygarde's many forms. With this quality of life adjustment, there was room for another kind of collection quest.

This is where Totem Stickers come in. There are 100 of the shiny things scattered all about Alola, and collecting them offers up the rather enticing promise of your very own Totem Pokemon.

You read that right! After collecting a set number of Totem Stickers, you are rewarded with your very own Totem Pokemon to raise and bring into battle. The more Totem Stickers you collect, the more Totem Pokemon you can get.

So what kind of Totem Pokemon are we talking about here? And where the heck are all of those Totem Stickers? Let's jump in!

Totem Pokemon Rewards for Stickers in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

After meeting Samson Oak, he'll tell you to find Totem Stickers and show them to him after collecting 20. Once you do, he'll award you with a Totem Pokemon and ask you to find more Stickers. If you repeat this until you have all 100 Totem Stickers and show them to Samson Oak, he'll reward you with a total of six Totem Pokemon -- enough for a full team.

Which Totem Pokemon you receive depends on what version of the game you're playing:


Stickers Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
20 Gumshoos Alolan Raticate
40 Alolan Marowak Araquanid
50 Lurantis Salazzle
70 Vikavolt Togedemaru
80 Mimikyu Mimikyu
100 Ribombee Kommo-o


All 100 Totem Sticker Locations in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Totem Stickers are introduced to you by Ilima when you meet him upon arriving at the Pokemon Center in Hau'oli City. He'll show you the Totem Stickers he's sticking up around the island before giving you leave to start collecting them at your leisure.

From this moment, you'll soon find that these Totem Stickers are scattered absolutely everywhere, from really obvious places to deviously hidden ones. No matter how sharp and thorough you are, you're likely to still miss some. So without any further adieu, let's take a look at all 100 of Alola's Totem Stickers.

Melemele Island (17 Totem Stickers)
Location How to Find Screenshot
Hau'oli City Outside of the Pokemon Center. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hau'oli City Between the Hair Salon and Clothing Shop. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hau'oli City Outside of Ilima's House, by the front door. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hau'oli City Outside of Ilima's House, in the pool. Requires Fishing Rod. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hau'oli City Inside Ilima's House, in the 2F Bedroom. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hau'oli City Outside of City Hall, to the right of the entrance. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hau'oli City Inside City Hall, behind a bench on the left side. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hau'oli City Outside of the Malasada Shop, on the side of the building. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hau'oli City Outside of the Police Station, on the NW railing. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hau'oli City Outside of the Ferry Terminal, to the left of the entrance. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hau'oli City At the SE edge of the Pier. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Route 2 Outside of Guzma's House, on the porch. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Route 2 Inside Guzma's House, on the fridge. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Route 2 Outside of the Berry Fields House, on the side. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Route 2 Inside the Berry Fields House, behind the Delibirds. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Route 2 On the left side of the Pokemon Center near Ilima's Trial. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Iki Town Behind a rock by a house in the SW. Requires Tauros. Melemele Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide


Akala Island (33 Totem Stickers)
Location How to Find Screenshot
Heahea City On the wall at the Western Pier. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Heahea City Outside of the Tide Song Hotel, on the right. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Heahea City Outside of the Tide Song Hotel, on the left. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Heahea City On a table on 1F of the Tide Song Hotel. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Heahea City On a 3F balcony of the Tide Song Hotel, first room on the left. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Paniola Town On a wagon in the west side of town. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Paniola Town Inside Kiawe's house, by the stairs on 1F. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Paniola Town Inside Kiawe's house, in a room on 2F. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Paniola Ranch In a pond to the NW. Requires Fishing Rod. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Paniola Ranch On a fence to the SE. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Route 5 In a pond south of the Pokemon Center. Requires Fishing Rod. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Heahea City Outside of the Dimensional Research Lab, on the right. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Heahea City Outside of the Dimensional Research Lab, on the satellite. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Heahea City Inside the office building, in 2F Game Freak office. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Heahea City Inside the office building, on 3F by the stairs. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Heahea City Outside of the Surfboard Shop, on the porch. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Royal Avenue On the park bench in the south end of town. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Royal Avenue Behind the Thrifty Megamart. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Battle Royal Dome On the railing on 2F. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Battle Royal Dome Behind the left staircase on 1F. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Wela Volcano Park Under rocks behind the sign near the entrance. Requires Tauros. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Route 8 Outside of the Aether Base, on the side. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Route 8 To the right of the Fossil Restoration Center trailer. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Heahea City Inside the Dimensional Research Lab, behind Burnet's Desk. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Konikoni City Inside Olivia's Jewelry Shop, on 2F by the TV. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Konikoni City Inside the Restaurant, behind the counter on 1F. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Konikoni City On the Western Docks. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hano Resort At the Southern Pier. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hano Beach On the outer wall hidden under an umbrella. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hano Beach Play with Sandygast until it follows you and reveals the sticker. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hano Resort Inside the Lobby, behind the waterfall. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Hano Resort Inside the Lobby, in the water to the SW. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide
Konikoni City On the Lighthouse found through Diglett Tunnel. Requires Machamp. Akala Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide


Ula'ula Island (34 Totem Stickers)
Location How to Find Screenshot
Malie City Outside of the Ferry Terminal, to the right of the entrance. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Malie Garden On the right side of the building in the middle. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Malie City Ouside of the Clothing Shop, behind the sign. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Malie City Outside of the Kantonian Gym, on the right side. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Malie City Inside the Community Center, in a classroom. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Malie City Inside the Library, to the right of the staircase on 1F. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Malie City Inside the Library, on a post in a corner on 2F. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Malie Outer Cape On the left side of the Recycling Plant. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Mount Hokulani On the rails leading up to the Observatory. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Mount Hokulani On the right side of the Observatory. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Hokulani Observatory Behind the Reception Desk. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Hokulani Observatory In the left wing of the hallway. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Hokulani Observatory In the Observatory hidden behind a desk to the right. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Blush Mountain Outside of the Power Plant, behind a rock. Requires Tauros. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Blush Mountain Inside the Power Plant, to the right of the TV. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Route 13 Outside of the Motel, by the room entrance. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Route 13 On the side of a trailer. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Route 14 On a collapsed section of road to the north. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Route 14 In front of the abandoned Thrifty Megamart. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Route 15 On the porch outside of the Sufboard Shop. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Route 16 On the side of the Aether Base. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Ula'ula Meadow In a pond. Requires Fishing Rod. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Route 17 Outside of the Police Station, behind the sign. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Route 17 Inside the Police Station, on the computer tower. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Route 17 Behind some rocks outside of Po Town. Requires Tauros. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Po Town On the side of a building when sneaking into town. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Po Town Outside of the Pokemon Center, on the side. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Po Town Inside the Pokemon Center, beside the ruined Cafe. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Po Town Outside of the Shady House, to the right of the entrance. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Po Town 3 Stickers under rocks outside of the Shady House's side exit. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Po Town Inside the Shady House, behind a pile of furniture on 1F. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Po Town On the 2F balcony of the Shady House. Ula'ula Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides


Poni Island (16 Totem Stickers)
Location How to Find Screenshot
Seafolk Village Outside of the SE Whiscash Ship, on the porch. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Seafolk Village Inside the SE Whiscash Ship, on the right wall. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Seafolk Village Outside of the SW Huntail ship, to the left of the entrance. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Seafolk Village Inside the SW Huntail ship, on a crate. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Seafolk Village Inside the Eastern Gyarados ship. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Seafolk Village Inside the Western Wailord Restaurant, next to the Dewpider. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Seafolk Village On a crate in the NE part of town. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Poni Wilds Near the entrance to the Ancient Poni Path. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Ancient Poni Path On a SW wall near the entrance. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Ancient Poni Path On a barrel in the courtyard of Hapu's House. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Ancient Poni Path Inside Hapu's House, in the Kitchen. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Ancient Poni Path Inside Hapu's House, in the Bedroom. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Ancient Poni Path Outside of Hapu's House, behind the well. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Ancient Poni Path On a wall on the NE portion of the path. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Exeggutor Island Under rocks near the eastern side of the island. Requires Tauros. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides
Poni Gauntlet To the left of the entrance to the Battle Tree. Poni Island Totem Stickers Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guides


Which Totem Pokemon are you planning on adding to your party? Sound off in the comments below!

Be sure to check out the rest of our Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon guides while you're around.

Punch, Punch, Smash! A LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Review Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:04:14 -0500 Stephanie Tang

To say that the original LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game was a success is like describing the sinking of the Titanic as "hitting a rough patch." And to say that fans have been looking forward to a second game would be operating at a similar degree of understatement. 

The first LMSH game came out at a time when the movieverse was really beginning to pick up speed. Phase One was just wrapping up, Joss Whedon's The Avengers had just come out the year before to rave reviews, and people were high on the idea of getting more. General Marvel goodwill aside, the movies gave game makers an unbelievably rich vein of character and storyline material from which to draw. As another upside, they created an entirely new audience upon which to unleash all the charm and whimsy of LEGO

It's not a coincidence that every time you have a success, something of equal caliber is slated to follow it every few years later -- in games as in Hollywood and popular fiction. The idea is that if it works, why break it? 

And that kind of philosophy does hold true ... for a while.

LEGO games have had a fairly similar format for more than 10 years (if you go by the release of smash-hit LEGO Star Wars back in 2005 for reference), with a charming mix of boldly colored worlds, fun characters, simple puzzles, and the gleeful destruction of everything in sight. 

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 may be finally stretching that formula almost to the point of mediocrity. 

The Characters: Who Am I? Why Am I here?

It's a bit of a double-edged sword to push out a game with an enormous cast -- which LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 does, boasting over 200 characters in the base game alone, with more promised to follow in upcoming expansion packs.

At once, it's a selling point stuffing as many characters as you can think of into this game, and at the same time, something of a responsibility. 

People have favorites. Bringing them into the party is an unbelievably cool draw, especially if they're not exactly the canonical headliners in their particular universes. But if their entire purpose for being there is simply to be there, then it begins to feel they're there just to fill in space in the box.

Take Gamora for an early-game example: she's as feisty as a LEGO as she is in Guardians, her skillset feels fresh and a little different from her appearance in the first game, and she's still just as unlikely to put up with any of Drax's ridiculousness. But as far as the gameplay and the puzzling goes, she could honestly have been missing entirely and you would have never noticed.

Admittedly, she's a little more fun when you throw her into close-action combat and pit her against your friends in Multiplayer Battle Arena, but for the most part, you'd really only pull her out during questing or wandering around the open world if you really like her and/or you've got a little one playing co-op with you who just wants to someone to smash up boxes with while you're busy completing puzzles. 

(Little LEGO Thor waving around his little Mjolnir to fly is terribly precious -- and he's got some pretty techy skills to boot!)

Thankfully, you still have lots of characters who transcend general cookie-cutterness. These get at least a few catchy one-liners, have loads of personality, and/or are the ones with the special skills uniquely fitted to puzzle-solving (or just running and flying really fast).

The Gameplay: Ain't Afraid to Die

LMSH2 brings a few new updates to the table -- namely, an overhauled character customizer that allows you to pick and choose essentially every part of the minifig and also the abilities it can use (provided you unlock each of the customizations available during gameplay). But the meat and potatoes of the gameplay remains the same -- punch, punch, smash.

You need to solve little puzzles to progress the story, usually by punch, punch, smashing something enough for you to build back up in a new and different way. But you will also need to swap around between characters in order to use different special abilities to progress. 

It can be a little awkward to swap to the character that you want. You're quite likely at some point to swap between two characters a few times before finally moving over to the one you really want, plus you've got more than one button that can initiate a swap. This isn't exactly a new problem, but it can be an annoyance while you're swapping between characters and the one you've lost control of happens to have wandered off the objective in the meantime. 

Controls for the characters themselves are pretty intuitive and straightforward. All of the characters that can fly (or swing around on webs) can be controlled vertically using the right joystick, whereas movement and actions require the left joystick and the right button pad. On-screen directions advise you quite admirably if you need to initiate a puzzle sequence step; however, you'll have to remember that a long press of the same button will just make your character do something else (e.g. throw a bomb, boogy down to some cassette tape music, etc.).

(Note: While these on-screen instructions are self-explanatory on console, the port to PC on Steam appears to have a few instances where the instructions weren't translated perfectly. For example, in cases where a character might have to swivel the joystick in a certain direction, the Steam game wants you to duplicate with your control keys in the same manner, or it will ask you to "press the X button." This has no bearing on the rating for this review, but it's definitely something to remember for players looking to play on PC.)

It can, however, be a little difficult to aim your attacks -- you will definitely find yourself punching and kicking your fellow teammates (occasionally to pieces!) by accident when you're aiming to lay the smackdown on a boss or a breakable. 

Not that there are any consequences for doing this. Your friends will come back. And if you die, so will you. 

In the grand tradition of LEGO game gameplay, dying doesn't have consequences. Sure, you might drop a few studs, but you respawn almost immediately after, poised to pick them all back up again (and how difficult are studs to find in this game, anyhow?). 

And that's okay! It's an integral, frustration-free part of playing a game that is as ideal for kids as it is for adults -- particularly if you're playing as a parent-child tag team.

It certainly helps to mitigate some of the other frustrations of figuring out the puzzles -- not so much because the puzzles are so difficult to complete ... they're not. There is almost always a clear-cut solution as to what will unlock this door or that device ... it's just not always clear right away when all the pieces are already in place. 

(For example, this looks like it should ricochet Cap's shield in exactly the right place, but it refuses to complete the bounce even though it looks like the path is clear. You have to go poking around at the blocks on the right to make sure that it really is.)

You're aware it's probably an incredibly simple answer to the problem -- you're just not seeing it. (I admit the above caused me quite a bit of grumbly button-mashing myself to see if I was just pressing the square button the wrong way.)


Still loads of fun and well worth playing! If you're a completionist at heart and looking to 100% this game, you'll find a good 200 hours or more of playtime buried in all the side quests, replays with various characters, and hunts for red bricks. If you're playing with a friend, even better! Many of the chase scenes and co-op fight scenes were designed with similar power sets in mind so that no one's left sitting around watching if you can help it. 

This game draws from hundreds of different stories and makes cheerful, light-hearted fun of them all. It's taken a newer, non-linear approach to questing (appropriate for a time-traveling, time-twisting game), and the charm of LEGO-ness hasn't quite worn off ... but the gameplay, after so many iterations without a great deal of variation, is beginning to wear. 

(Note: For transparency, a review copy of this game was provided on PS4 from WB.)

Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Minecraft Fans Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:49:12 -0500 Kieran Desmond


Minecraft Dirt Block Lunch Bag 


Rating: 4.9 out of 5


Price: $20.28


Buy it: Amazon


This insulated Minecraft lunch bag is styled akin to a Dirt Block from the game and is a great gift for any fan, young or old.


There are two hook-and-loop closure tabs featured on the back side that allow the lunch bag to attach to any backpack configured with Gear Hangars, making it an ideal pairing with the Diamond backback from earlier in the list.




And that'll do it! Those are some of the best gifts to buy for a Minecraft fan this holiday season. I hope the recipient enjoys whatever you get for them, regardless of whether it came from this list or not. Happy Holidays!


Minecraft Creeper Mug 


Rating: 3.7 out of 5


Price: $11.50


Buy it: Amazon


Enjoy getting the ultimate revenge against the relentless Creepers -- by drinking a nice, hot drink from one of their heads. This creepy, green ceramic mug is officially licensed and created by JINX.


This is a perfect decorative piece for any Minecraft fan's desk or for use as an actual functioning mug. The creeper face is also printed on the opposite side of the mug, so you can never escape that terrifying gaze.


Minecraft Enchanted Bow & Arrow 


Rating: 4.3 out of 5


Price: $27.67


Buy it: Amazon


Take aim with this pixelated bow & arrow based on the Enchanted Bow from Minecraft. This isn't just a cool collectible to display -- the arrow can actually be loaded and fired up to about 20 feet.


You only get one arrow, though, so it might be best if you save it for a tough enemy or an annoying friend.


Minecraft Exploding Creeper


Rating: 3.7 out of 5


Price: $24.95


Buy it: Amazon


This Exploding Creeper toy is so simple yet so satisfying to use. Just one press of the button on the Creeper's head and it springs up, breaking into pieces. It's super easy to reassemble, making it great to keep on a shelf for a quick smile whenever you walk past or for a younger fan to continuously play with over and over again. 


This is the closest you'll get to a real exploding Creeper without losing everything in your inventory. 


Minecraft Wall Torch


Rating: 4.2 out of 5


Price: $24.99


Buy it: Amazon


This is an awesome, functional torch inspired by the torches in Minecraft that players heavily rely upon to light up dark areas and keep the monsters away.


This officially licensed torch can hang up on your wall or stand up on a table, just like in Minecraft. Wherever you decide to put it, it's sure to add a touch of style to the space.


You'll also feel safer at night knowing that no monsters will spawn in your bedroom.


Minecraft Diamond Backpack


Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Price: $19.99


Buy it: Amazon


This fully licensed Minecraft Diamond Backpack by JINX is the perfect school backpack for any young Minecraft fan. The subtle yet stylish design is inspired by Diamond Ore from the game, which is a very highly coveted and rare material.


This high-quality backpack features a ton of compartments and pockets to keep your things nice and organized, and most consider it to be very comfortable to wear and sturdy when stuffed full of heavy items.


Gameband for Minecraft


Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Price: $29.99


Buy it: Amazon


This nifty wristband isn't just a fashion statement -- it allows you to save your Minecraft Worlds and carry them around with you wherever you go. It's only compatible with the PC version, but it means that you can play your Minecraft Worlds on any PC, even if it doesn't have Minecraft installed.


Whenever you save your Worlds, the Gameband automatically backs up your save to the cloud. So if you lose or break it, all is not lost, as you can get a new one sent out to you fully loaded with all your data.


You can also fully customize the LED display using some clever built-in software. You can set it to just tell the time or display an elaborate animation that you have created. It's totally up to you.


Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two


Rating: 4.3 out of 5


Price: $29.99


Buy it: Amazon


Most Minecraft fans will already be aware of the fantastic Minecraft Story Mode: Season One Telltale game. But what they might not know is that Story Mode: Season Two has just been released.


Continuing the adventures of the bizarre but wonderful cast of characters, Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two should be at the top of every fan's list of games to play.


Minecraft Pig Xbox One Controller


Rating: 4.9 out of 5


Price: $70.88


Buy it: Amazon


Along with the Creeper controller, which can also be bought separately for around the same price, Microsoft also released this super-cute pink controller based on the pigs in Minecraft


Complete with a little curly tail on the back, this adorable controller is sure to put a smile on the face of any Minecraft fan.


Limited-Edition Minecraft Xbox One S Bundle


Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Price: $499.99


Buy it: Amazon


This is the creme de la creme of Minecraft gifts. It's not a cheap purchase, but it's a beautifully designed 1TB Xbox One S made to resemble a Dirt Block, complete with a Redstone circuitry design on the bottom of the console. 


If you have 500 bucks to spend on that huge Minecraft fan in your life, and they haven't upgraded from a standard Xbox One, this is guaranteed to make you their new favorite person. 


Here's what's included in the bundle:

  • Xbox One S with 1TB hard drive
  • \n
  • Creeper Gamepad
  • \n
  • Minecraft digital code
  • \n
  • Minecraft Redstone Pack bonus content digital code
  • \n
  • Xbox One S Vertical Stand
  • \n
  • 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial
  • \n
  • 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial
  • \n

The holiday season is upon us once again, wrapping up a sensational year of gaming. And what a year it’s been for Minecraft fans.


In February it was announced that Minecraft had sold over 121 million copies across all platforms. That makes Minecraft the best-selling PC game of all time and second only to Tetris in all-time sales across all platforms.


So to help you and that special blockhead in your life celebrate a great year in Minecraft, here are some awesome Minecraft-inspired gifts!

Best Gaming Deals for Black Friday 2017 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:10:49 -0500 ThatGamersAsylum

It's that time of year, folks, the time when Black Friday consumes the lives of every department store employee and post-Turkey Day consumer to the extent that they forget they have families. Coincidentally, this is also the time of year that we turn a blind eye to all of that because, "Ah, holidays! Must buy gifts for myself. Look at all these great deals!"

So in the spirit of the season, here are some of the best Black Friday deals coming our way this year.

Sony and PlayStation Store Black Friday Deals

These deals, running from November 19 November 27, are related to Sony products across all retailers, from Best Buy to Amazon and beyond. 

The 1TB standard slim PlayStation 4 will be on sale for $199.99 this year, alongside Dual Shock 4 controllers for $40 (that's compared to their normal $60 price tag).

For anyone interested in virtual reality gaming on the PlayStation 4, the PSVR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle will cost $299, while the PSVR Skyrim VR Bundle will retail for $350.

PSN will also have a special Black Friday sale. PlayStation Plus subscribers will get special, early access to these deals on November 17; everyone else will have access to them on November 21. The sale will end on November 28. 

The games that are currently on sale for the PlayStation Store Early Access Black Friday Sale: 

  • Call of Duty: WWII Digital Deluxe Edition -- $89.99
  • Destiny 2 -- $41.99
  • FIFA 18 -- $35.99
  • FIFA 18 Icon Edition -- $59.99
  • FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition -- $47.99
  • Madden NFL 18 Standard -- $29.99
  • Madden NFL GOAT Edition -- $39.99
  • NBA 2K18 -- $41.99
  • NBA 2K18 Legend Edition -- $59.99
  • NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold -- $119.99
  • NHL 18 Standard Edition -- $29.99
  • NHL 18 Young Stars Edition -- $39.99
  • NHL 18 Young Stars Deluxe Edition -- $49.99
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 -- $29.99
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 FC Barcelona Edition -- $34.99
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole -- $41.99
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole Gold Edition -- $62.99
  • Assassin's Creed: Origins Gold Edition -- $69.99
  • Assassin's Creed: Origins -- $41.99
  • Assassin's Creed: Origins Deluxe Edition -- $48.99
  • Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe Edition -- $74.99
  • Destiny 2 Expansion Pass Bundle -- $67.49
  • Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Deluxe Edition -- $89.99
  • Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Standard Edition -- $41.99
  • Overwatch Game of the Year Edition -- $29.99
  • Project Cars 2 -- $41.99
  • WWE 2K18 -- $35.99
  • WWE 2K18 Digital Deluxe Edition -- $53.99
  • Need for Speed: Payback Deluxe Edition -- $47.99
  • Need for Speed: Payback -- $35.99

Nintendo Black Friday Video Game Deals

Sadly, Nintendo's Black Friday Deals are largely underwhelming this year, but if you're looking for a 2DS or Nintendo Switch Black Friday deal, there are currently two options: 

  • The Legend of Zelda-themed 2DS with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D pre-loaded onto it for $79.99. Note: This is the standard 2DS, not the NEW 2DS. 

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer's Edition, which includes the original Nintendo Switch game, a 100-page explorer's guide, and a two-sided map, all for $59.99. Note: This release does not include any of Breath of the Wild's DLC.

Nintendo does have a handful of other deals that are available outside of the scope of Black Friday, which you can check out here

Microsoft Black Friday Deals

Microsoft has a few decent console offers for Black Friday 2017:

  • A $189 500GB Xbox One S, along with a free game of your choice and a free month of Game Pass.

  • An Xbox One X 500 GB bundle for $249, which is similar to the Xbox One S bundle above, except you get two free games.

    • The first free game can be one of the following: 
      • Assassin's Creed: Origins
      • Call of Duty: WWII
      • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War 
      • Forza 7 
      • FIFA 18
      • Destiny 2
      • Madden 18
      • NBA 2K18 
      • Overwatch: GotY Edition
      • Forza Horizon 3
      • Star Wars: Battlefront 2
      • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
      • South Park: The Fractured But Whole 
      • Just Dance 2018 
      • The Evil Within 2
      • WWE 2K18
      • NHL 18 
      • Need for Speed: Payback
      • Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
      • Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
    • The second free game can be one of the following:
      • The Crew 
      • Hasbro Family Fun Pack 
      • Just Dance 2016
      • The Division
      • Watch Dogs
  • The third console bundle Microsoft comes in at $369 and includes a 1TB Xbox One S Minecraft Edition console, which also features two free games (the same games from the above list). The special Xbox One S Minecraft Edition console also includes: 
    • Creeper Xbox Wireless Controller 
    • Minecraft digital code 
    • Minecraft Redstone Pack bonus content digital code 
    • Xbox One S Vertical Stand 
    • A one-month Xbox Game Pass trial

Gamestop Black Friday Deals

Gamestop has a ton of great Black Friday deals this year. All offers are valid November 23 through November 26. Doors open at 4 p.m. on November 23. Moreover, many of the publisher-specific deals above should also be available at Gamestop this Black Friday.

Note: The Gamestop Black Friday deals listed below are only some of the store's highlighted deals. There are over 12 pages in Gamestop's Black Friday Deals brochure

Buy 2, Get 1 Free

This deal usually extends past just Black Friday sales.

Gamer Gear Sales

A lot of gamer gear, such as shirts and smaller plushies, will be on sale for $10. Many of the larger items will also be discounted, but not as heavily. Here are just a few of the deals: 

  • FUNKO Mystery Box: $20
  • All TOMY Plush: $10
  • Large poseable Pokemon plush: $32.99
  • Buy 2, Get 1 Free Pokemon TCG Booster Packs: $3.99
  • Apple/Android mobile fans: $5.99
  • Assassin's Creed: Origins hidden blade replica: $20
  • Call of Duty: WWII Wings for Victory T-shirt: $10
  • Destiny 2 Cayde-6 snow globe: $13.99
  • Mario or Yoshi 24" plushie: $29.99
  • And much more
$40 Gamestop Black Friday Video Game Deals
  • Just Dance 2018 (including Nintendo Switch) 
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole 
  • Forza 7
  • Need for Speed: Payback
  • Guitar Hero Live Ultimate Party Pack 2 ( comes with two guitar controllers)
$30 Gamestop Black Friday Video Game Deals
  • Fallout 4 GotY
  • Overwatch GotY
  • Persona 5
  • Yakuza 0
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018.
 $27 Gamestop Black Friday Video Game Deals
  • NBA 2K18
  • Destiny 2 (only Thursday and Friday) 
  • Madden NFL 18
  • FIFA 18
$25 Gamestop Black Friday Video Game Deals
  • The Evil Within 2
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War
  • Injustice 2
  • The Witcher 3: Complete Edition
  • Nier: Automata
  • Tekken 7
  • And many more
$20 Gamestop Black Friday Video Game Deals
  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 Remaster Pack
  • Kingdom Hearts 2.8
  • Dishonored 2
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Uncharted 4 
  • Uncharted: Lost Legacy 
  • Prey
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Resident Evil 7
  • Outlast Trinity
  • Dying Light: The Following
  • LEGO Worlds
  • LEGO City Undercover (also on Switch)
$15 Gamestop Black Friday Video Game Deals
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection
$10 Gamestop Black Friday Video Game Deals
  • The Last of Us Remastered
Gamestop Black Friday Pokemon Deals

Pokemon Gen 6 games (X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire) are available for $20 apiece, or $40 for 3.

Toys-r-Us Black Friday Deals

Toy-r-Us will open their doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will have Black Friday deals running until closing time on Saturday, November 25. 

Note: Toys-r-Us has actually somewhat recently filed bankruptcy, so there is a good chance that a store near you might be closing, in which case, there might be some "going out of business" sales, soon. 

  • $30 for Ghost Recon Wildlands and Watch Dogs 2.

  • Grand Theft Auto V and Persona 5 are also available for $30, while Just Dance 2018, Forza 7, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole are available for $40. 

  • Toys-r-Us is also having a large sale on many of their board games, as most of them will cost anywhere between $5-15.

Shark Robot

While Shark Robot technically sells gaming related gear, they have some decent deals going on that may be worth your time to check out. 

  1. Site wide 15% discount when you use the code "BLACKFRIDAY17" at checkout. This runs from November 11 until the 17. 
  2. BOGO free when buying items from clearance. Supplies are limited. Most shirts in clearance cost only $5.
  3. Free Shipping on US orders over $60 and International Orders over $100.

Best Buy

As would be expected, Best Buy has a ton of tech and gaming related products on sale for Black Friday. There are over 20 pages of deals, so if you want to check them all out, you can here. However, below are the biggest gaming related deals. 

  • Same, basic console deals as mentioned elsewhere:
    • $189 Xbox One S 500GB
    • $199 PS4 1TB
  • PS4/Xbox One Controllers for $40 (Usually $60)
  • Turtle Beach Recon 150 Gaming Headset for $40 (Usually $70)
  • Nintendo Switch Pro-Controller for $20 (Usually $30)
  • Save Up to $50 on Turtle Beach Headsets
    • (Advert doesn't specify which headsets are discounted and by what amount)
  • Save up to 25% on Astro Gaming Headsets
    • (Advert doesn't specify which headsets are discounted and by what amount)
$40 Deals
  • Call of Duty World War II
$35 Deals
  • Assassin's Creed Origins
  • South Park Fractured But Whole
  • Forza 7
  • Need for Speed Payback
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 3
$30 Deals
  • Destiny 2
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Madden 18
  • NBA 2K 18
  • Fifa 18
  • WWE 2K 18
  • Just Dance 2018
  • Overwatch GotY Edition
  • Battlefield 1 Revolution
  • Persona 5
  • Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Edition
  • Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
$25 Deals
  • Nier: Automata
  • Tekken 7
  • Crash Bandicoot Remaster Collection
  • Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Wolfenstein 2
  • The Evil Within 2
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • Super Bomberman R (Switch)
  • Sonic Forces Bonus Edition (Switch)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
$20 Deals
  • Uncharted: Lost Legacy
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Disgaea 5 Complete Edition (Switch)
  • Rayman Legends Definitive Edition (Switch)
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, X, Y
  • Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
  • New Super Mari Bros. 2
  • Uncharted 4
  • Resident Evil 7
  • Injustice 2
  • And Many More
$15 Deals
  • Last of Us Remastered
  • Uncharted Collection (containing Uncharted 1-3)
  • For Honor
  • Mass Effect Andromeda
  • Halo 5
  • Mafia 3
  • Borderlands: Handsome Jack Collection (Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel plus all DLC for both titles)
  • DOOM
  • Gears of War 4
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Dishonored: Death of an Outsider
  • Bioshock: The Collection (Bioshock 1, 2, & Infinite + All DLC)
  • Titanfall 2
  • And Many More...



Walmart, like all of the other largest retailers, has extensive Black Friday sales running from Thanksgiving Thursday and on into the coming days. Walmart in particular will open their doors at 6pm on 11/23.

Walmart's website says you can buy online and pickup in store, but I am not exactly sure how this system works, so you will definitely want to look more into it prior to Black Friday.

  • Like Best Buy, PS4 and Xbox One Controllers will be on sale for $40
  • Switch Pro Controller will also be on sale for $17; $3 cheaper than Best Buy
  • Turtle Beach Recon 50P Gaming Headset Available for $25 
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special Edition (includes 100 page mini guide and 2 sided map) is on sale for $50 compared to $60 everywhere else
  • While Call of Duty World War 2 is $43 ($3 more expensive than most places) they also have a Call of Duty World War 2 + Infinite Warfare Special Edition Bundle, which is exclusive to Walmart, for $60

It should be noted, that the way that Walmart's advert and website are laid out, that some of the available games are not exactly clear. 

$30 Video Game Deals
  • Mario + Rabbids
  • NBA 2K 18
  • Assassin's Creed Origins
  • Fifa 18
  • Madden 18
  • Destiny 2
  • WWE 2K 18
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4 & Xbox One)
  • Uncharted Lost Legacy
  • Overwatch Game of the Year Edition
  • Battlefield 1
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Forza 7
  • Need for Speed: Payback
  • The Evil Within 2
  • Pokemon Sun and Moon
  • Super Mario Maker 3DS
  • And many more... 
$20 Video Game Deals
  • The Show 17
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Tekken 7
  • Edler Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Call of Duty Black Ops III
  • Just Dance 2018
  • Rayman Legends Definitive Edition (Switch)
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS3 & Xbox 360)
  • Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2
  • Knack 2
  • Minecraft Story Mode
  • Injustice 2
  • And Many More...
$12 Video Game Deals
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Titanfall 2
  • Dishonored 2
  • Deadpool
  • Mafia III
  • Just Cause 3
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • And More...
$9 Video Game Deals (Mostly Last Gen)
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fallout New Vegas Game of the Year 
  • Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
  • Fallout 3 Game of the Year


Target opens their doors at 6pm on Thursday, close at midnight, and reopens at 6am on Friday. Much like Walmart, Target also did a terrible job displaying which games will be on sale and at what price, so the below lists are incomplete. 

  • PS4 and Xbox One Controllers Discounted to $40 (usually $60)
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One and Turtle Beach Stealth 400 Gaming Headsets on sale for $45.
  • 50% Off Skylanders Imaginators and All Lego Dimensions Starter Packs 
$35 Video Game Sales
  • Assassin's Creed: Origins
  • Need For Speed: Payback
  • Sims 4
  • WWE 2K 18
  • NHL 18
  • And More...
$30 Video Game Sales
  • Madden 18
  • NBA 2K 18
  • Fifa 18
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
  • Just Dance 2018 (Switch)
  • Wolfenstein II
  • Destiny 2
  • The Evil Within 2
  • And More...
$25 Video Game Sales
  • Injustice 2
  • Just Dance 2018 (Wii)
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Crash Bandicoot HD Collection
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  • Kirby Planet Robobot
  • Yoshi's Wolly World
  • Super Smash Bros 3DS
  • Super Mario Maker 3DS
  • And More...
$15 Video Game Sales
  • For Honor
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Lego Worlds
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Resident Evil 7
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • And More...


If all of these deals have you excited, then stay tuned, because we will keep updating this Black Friday guide up until the big day.

Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Pokemon Fans Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:34:18 -0500 Allison M Reilly


First Partner Power Fleece


Rating: No reviews


Price: $39.95


Buy: Pokemon Center


The First Partner Power Fleece is for Pokemon fans of the current generation, Sun and Moon, as it features Decidueye, Incineroar, and Primarina from the Alola Region. It's a comfy blanket suitable for all genders that will keep Pokemon fans warm during the cold winter nights.


The fleece measures 50" x 60" and is made of 100 percent Polyester. It's machine washable and dryer friendly.


Hopefully, this gamer gift guide gave you a few ideas for the Pokemon fans in your life. It's best to have ideas now and to get started on the shopping early. Don't hesitate to pick anything from the list!


Galaxy Mew Tote Bag


Rating: 4/5 stars (44 reviews)


Price: $20 to $28, depending on size


Buy: Redbubble


Who couldn't use a good, new tote bag? A Pokemon fan who already has the Galaxy Mew Tote Bag, that's who. For those fans who don't, this tote bag would make a fantastic addition to their tote bag collection. For those fans who don't have this bag and don't have a tote bag collection? Well, they just need this particular tote bag.


The Galaxy Mew Tote Bag comes in three sizes: 13" x 13", 16" x 16", and 18" x 18". The design is printed on both sides and the bag is made out of  Polyester poplin fabric. The strap is 1 inch wide and is 14 inches in length.


Eeveelution Wallet


Rating: 4.5/5 stars (20 reviews)


Price: $15.99


Buy: Amazon


So, we may have already included the Eeveelution Stone Soaps for the Eeveelution Pokemon fan, but soaps aren't really for everyone. Nearly everyone uses a wallet. Also, the Eeveelution wallet will make an excellent gift for younger Pokemon fans who are just starting to handle their own money for the first time.


The wallet is a bi-fold wallet made of 100 percent vegan leather. It has five card slots and an additional windowed ID holder. It isn't machine washable.


The Unofficial Pokemon Go Tracker's Guide


Rating: 4.3/5 stars (7 reviews)


Price: $11.70


Buy: Amazon


For the Pokemon fan who enjoys traveling and playing Pokemon Go, the "Unofficial Pokemon Go Tracker's Guide" is an adventure guide describing notable sites around the world where players can catch Pokemon. The book does more than pointing out popular tourist spots like the Pyramids of Egypt and the Pentagon. It also showcases cool places that are home to gyms and rare Pokemon, like Area 51, famous mountain tops, and abandoned mental asylums.


It can seem like we've found all the hacks for catching rare and legendary Pokemon, but this book gives fans a new challenge and an interesting way to find new Pokemon.


Pokemon Eeveelution Stone Soap


Rating: 5/5 stars (2,446 reviews)


Price: $3.50 each


Buy: Etsy


Clearly, the Pokemon Eeveelution Stone Soap isn't for the Pokemon fan who needs a shower. Although the soap can be used for cleaning, it's best if the soaps are given to a Pokemon fan who loves Eeveelutions or wants the soaps for cosplay.


Each soap is made with a glycerin soap base and has a unique scent. Each one weighs about 2 oz. and is about the same size as a normal bar of soap.


Pokedex iPhone Case


Rating: 5/5 stars (195 reviews)


Price: $38.99


Buy: Etsy


For the high-tech, crafty, particular Pokemon fan, this unique Pokedex iPhone case is sure to please. Yes, it's not the only Pokedex iPhone case out there, but this one is the coolest because it has both the design and the functionality. Just have the giftee download a Pokedex app and it's good to go.


Note: the Etsy purchase is just for the raw 3D case. Sanding, painting and decorating are up to you or the giftee. When purchased, the case is made to fit any iPhone from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 7+.


Pokemon Winter Sweater


Rating: N/A


Price: On sale for $29.99, usually $49.99


Buy: ThinkGeek


Sure, the Pokemon winter sweater isn't the most "Pokemon" gift out there. But, if you know a Pokemon fan who needs an ugly holiday sweater, then you're set. The winter sweater is also a decent choice if you really don't have any other good ideas i.e. a new significant other or a Secret Santa in the office.


The sweater ranges in size from XS to 3X. The pattern is on both sides and features Pikachu, snowflakes and pine trees. The sweater is 55 percent cotton, 45 percent acrylic. If green isn't the right color, then check out the red winter sweater.


Pokemon Gym Badges


Rating: 4.7/5 stars (159 reviews)


Price: $11.98


Buy: Amazon


For the Pokemon fan who loves the anime or is dead set there are only 150 Pokemon, then these Pokemon Gym Badges are a good choice. The lapels each come with a gold trim and a butterfly pin attachment. They're an awesome collector's item as well as a nice detail to a Pokemon trainer cosplay.


If the Indigo League badges aren't enough, then consider the 58-piece set, which includes the gym badges from Generations one through six.


Koffing-Themed Coffee Mug


Rating: 5 stars (14 reviews)


Price: $15.99 (11oz); $18.99 (15oz)


Buy: Society6


Koffing isn't the most appetizing Pokemon around, but the pun is just too cute. You read the word "koffee" and you can hear it in Koffing's voice. This "Koffee Mug" is great for the Pokemon fan who loves coffee, who loves Koffing, and/or who just needs a new Pokemon-themed mug.


The mug is available in two sizes: 11 oz. or 15 oz. It's also dishwasher safe and microwave safe. Even if the Pokemon fan in your life only likes tea or hot cocoa, nearly every Pokemon fan will enjoy or find a use for this coffee mug.


Crocheted Gyarados Scarf


Rating: 5 stars (78 reviews)


Price: $30.00


Buy It: Etsy


The crocheted Gyarados scarf is the perfect gift for Pokemon fans young and old. It's approximately four feet long and is made entirely of yarn. With colder weather on the way, even Pokemon fans could use another scarf.


As the picture shows, you can get the traditionally colored, blue Gyarados scarf or the shiny variant, red Gyarados scarf. But wait there's more! If that wasn't already cool enough the scarf is customizable and custom-made upon ordering. So, if you'd like different colored eyes or a different colored Gyarados, then ask away.


It's that time of year again, where we make our lists and check them twice, so we don't forget to give anyone a present. And just about everyone has a Pokemon fan on their list, whether kids aged one to ninety-two, a friend, coworker, or significant other.


It may seem like there's plenty of time before Christmas, but since some of the items in this gamer gift guide are made-to-order or running low in stock, you won't want to wait until the last minute. Here are some of the best and most practical gifts for Pokemon fans!

Getting Started in Achievement Hunting Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:47:07 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Were you always one of those players who enjoyed hundred-percenting video games? Or, are you one of those players who can't help but collect every Unusual Gem in Skyrim or find every single Star Piece in Paper Mario? Then, you may be interested in achievement hunting; of course, that's assuming you're not already an avid achievement hunter. Here are some tips for achievement hunting that will definitely help if you're new and might provide some insight for pros.

Define Achievement Hunting for Yourself

Obviously, achievement hunting is collecting all the "cheevos" in various video games. But, what counts as a "cheevo?" In modern games, some achievements are counted during gameplay, such as completing a quest or completing a level without taking damage. Other achievements, such as hundred-percenting a game or beating the game a certain way can be harder to quantify or record. Some achievement hunters want to collect as many achievements as possible from as many games as possible. Some focus on speedrunning certain games and earning world record times. Others still want to accomplish specific feats, like The Mexican Runner beating all 714 NES games.

When deciding to become an achievement hunter, it's important to decide for yourself what achievements you want to hunt and what "achievement hunting" looks like for you. The definition of success is easily manipulated by outside pressures, and in this case, achievements and achievement hunting can be boxed into what the games, tracking sites, or even communities say they are or aren't. Therefore, when getting started in achievement hunting, you need to define success for yourself so you're not letting the rest of the world define it for you.

Get Used to Reading, Making, and Editing Lists

A big part of achievement hunting is the list of achievements you are hunting. It could be the games you want to hundred-percent, or what you need to do to hundred-percent a game, or the list of Steam achievements for a particular title. Whatever type of list you're working with, understand that reading, writing, and editing them is almost inescapable in achievement hunting.

For example, a quest I'm strongly considering embarking on is playing all of the games in the 2nd edition of "1001 Video Games to Play Before You Die." Fortunately for me, someone already took the time to put all the video games listed into an Excel sheet. I've downloaded the Excel sheet, but if I am going to take the time to play 1001 games, then I do need the list to have more information. So, I'm editing the list by adding columns to track which games I own, which games I've played, and how long I should anticipate taking to beat each game. Editing this lengthy list can be a quest in and of itself-- there are 1,001 titles after all-- but the task is necessary to ensure I complete the overall quest as well as each individual game. Google Sheets is a similar alternative to using Excel.

Besides Microsoft Excel, an excellent tool for creating lists is Airtable. Airtable is a free-to-use program that's similar to Excel but has much more functionality. For example, users can link to pictures and have them show up as a thumbnail within the cell. Airtable also allows users to create color-coded dropdown menus. So, if you wanted to create a list of your video game collection in Airtable, then you can create a color-coded menu of all the different consoles in your collection and give each console its own color.

Overall, lists are a core component of achievement hunting and going forward it's something you very likely will need or want to seriously consider becoming proficient in.

Think About Joining an Online Community

Achievement hunting is a marathon, not a sprint. It took more than three years for The Mexican Runner to beat all 714 NES games. It took Stallion83 about six years to reach 1,000,000 Gamerscore. Motivation can be hard to find at times. However, there are plenty of online communities and social networks where achievement hunters can find both motivation and camaraderie.

There is TrueAchievements for Xbox users, TrueTrophies for PlayStation users, and TrueSteamAchievements for Steam users. RetroAchievements is for older consoles like NES and Sega Genesis, but the only downside is players have to use the site's emulators in order to track achievements during gameplay. Two good sites for cross-platform achievement hunting are Exophase and MetaGamerScore.

The sites are nice if competition and rankings help you stay motivated; all of the sites show you in comparison to other players on the site. The sites track not only individual achievements, but also track total achievements and have separate rankings according to geography, a particular game, or based on specific features. TrueSteamAchievements even allows users on the site to have a blog on their profile, and there is a ranking for your number of blog followers.

It's Time to Start Achievement Hunting

Achievement hunting can seem overwhelming, especially after you've set up your goals, made your lists, and gotten a glimpse at how other players are fairing. But, you're probably farther along than you think! If you're thinking about taking achievement hunting seriously, then it's very likely you already have completed a few achievements on some of your favorite titles. So, you're not starting from scratch. Being an achievement hunter is a matter of getting started and playing some great (and some not so great) video games. Ultimately, though, you are fully in control, so remember to have fun. Now, get to it and start earning some cheevos!

Why Does Game Freak Keep Making Mid-Gen Expansions? Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:14:41 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon is one of the most recognizable franchises in gaming and pop culture. The series rocketed to fame almost instantly upon release in Japan and in the West, taking developers and consumers by surprise, and it's still going strong 20 years later. With all that success, one might be forgiven for thinking that Game Freak is tempted to abuse the franchise, and many often point to the mid-gen expansions like Pokemon Crystal and Pokemon Platinum as proof of that. These expansions don't always offer drastic changes to the formula, it's true. However, they serve several important purposes, from being a testing ground for developers to giving fans what they want, while offering the definitive version of that generation for newcomers as well.

In the Beginning...

The first three generations saw expansions that didn't add much in the way of content, but provided just enough to help encourage players to dip back into the franchise.

Of all the expansions, Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition is the easiest one to point at and say "cash grab." Its main purpose for existing was for the developers to tie the game franchise more closely with the anime series that was blossoming nicely at the time. Your first Pokemon had to be Pikachu, Jessie and James (and Meowth) took the place of a few key Team Rocket battles, and you could obtain all three starters over the course of the game. Otherwise, apart from being colorized, there wasn't much difference between it and its predecessors.

But Game Freak made it difficult to easily pass off the game by making it so good. It was the perfect way to capture new fans who had seen the show but not played the games, and the fanservice was moderate enough to keep from harming the overall package and just enough to make it worthwhile. The challenge of having to use Pikachu required players to develop new strategies, and it introduced an important mechanic that still plays a role in the series as well, the friendship mechanic. Despite not offering a whole lot of new content, Yellow is almost always at the top of the 3DS eShop sales list.

Pokemon Crystal was a bit more conservative, though it did introduce battle animations for sprites and the option to choose gender. It experimented with story additions and laid the foundations for the Battle Frontier later too. There wasn't quite as much to justify returning to Johto, yet fans hold it in high regard as the definitive Gen II experience. Like Yellow, it offers just enough to entice owners of the original two and makes for an even smoother entry for newcomers, even if it's a bit sparing as far as expansions go.

Changes Afoot

Pokemon Emerald was the true gem of the first three expansions, though. It was the first to add significant changes to the story and tweak the gameworld enough to make returning interesting, switching around some key character roles and adding a wealth of new features, including the fan-favorite Battle Frontier. The story changes were the most significant, though, combining the plots from Ruby and Sapphire and giving you an actual reason to catch all three of Hoenn's legendary Pokemon, while refining the overall experience.

Despite being widely criticized for not radically changing the series, these seemingly minor alterations fit in with the studio's vision for the series. For example, the developers wanted to add more unique challenges, but the Frontier was deemed too difficult for Ruby and Sapphire, so it was left out. Like the others, the level of investment on the player's part depends entirely on how much they enjoyed the originals, but also like the others, most fans consider Emerald the pinnacle of its generation.

Expanding the Expansions

From the 4th generation onward, the series brought with it a wide variety of changes as it gained a more secure footing in the industry. The expansions were no different, as Game Freak added a number of changes to entice players back for more.

Generation IV's expansion brought with it more significant changes. Pokemon Platinum followed Emerald's footsteps and revamped the story, giving both legendary Pokemon new roles and making them central to the plot. It wasn't a gripping plot like you'd expect from a Final Fantasy game, of course, but it went a long way in creating a more coherent world and giving concrete motivations to the villains therein. Here is where Game Freak started using expansions to fit their overall goals for the series as well. They improved and expanded the role of Wi-Fi, which served the dual purpose of making the games perfect for the competitive scene and making it easier for people to connect over their shared interest in the series.

Sinnoh itself was changed a fair bit, more so than in previous expansions, with aesthetic changes throughout, redesigned gyms and updated gym rosters, and, even more importantly, a streamlined battle system. Gone was the lag between actions and their effects from Diamond and Pearl, with everything functioning much more smoothly overall. The Battle Frontier was greatly expanded too, providing even more incentive to play after finishing the main campaign, along with the ability to face off against major figures again in tournaments. Little wonder, then, that Generation IV was the best-selling generation in the series.

New Territory

The series stumbled a bit with Generation V. Black and White divided some with its too-linear progression through Unova, unique design choices, and stilted storyline (ethics are good, but a series where you imprison innocent creatures and force them to fight isn't really the best platform for an ethical message). Black 2 and White 2 aimed to fix those issues and add even more. Game Freak's chief goal with these was twofold: to defy players' expectations by not making a Grey version and to expand the world of Unova in ways they didn't have a chance to for the previous entries, hence the choice for a direct sequel. Junichi Masuda, the games' director, said he wanted to create a world that had changed in the two years since the original games to help give players a sense of that progression and make it seem new again.

Unova received a completely new makeover, and the way players moved about it changed a good bit as well, along with alterations to gym rosters and the ability to create a varied lineup early on in the story. The story received a good bit of flak for returning to the old gangsters-versus-child line but managed to still add something unique to the plot with the divisions in Team Plasma. One of the biggest changes Masuda was excited about was Pokewood, since it gave players an opportunity to engage in something similar to a puzzle challenge the more they progressed with their films. None of it was the huge shakeup of the franchise many called for, but the developers listened to their fans and gave them what they wanted.

The Red-Headed Stepchild

Then there was Generation VI with Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Both received high praise in reviews and disappeared from shelves much faster than other installments for a variety of reasons, not least of which was the jump to full 3D models. They built on some of what made the Black and White sequels successful, but a cursory look through fan communities is enough to tell you that people wanted more. "Kalos was underdeveloped, the plot needed more to it, and the constant presence of the player's posse stole the thrill of adventure and exploration" is how the most common complaints usually go.

And it's true. For such a major milestone in the series in terms of presentation, the gameworld, and the sheer number of available Pokemon, there should have been follow-ups to help tie it all together in a definitive package. For example, as goofy as Team Flare is, and Y took the series' storytelling in a more serious direction. There's plenty of material for an expansion or alternate timeline to help make that story more potent. As intrusive as Shauna and the gang could be, expansions would have provided the chance to give them more of a real place in the game, either through battles or significance to the plot. But fans wanted remakes of Ruby and Sapphire. So that's what they got, with some minor tie-ins to X and Y, leaving Kalos a slightly odd, lonely addition to the Pokemon world.

Critical Reception

Critical reception of these expansions tends to be mixed. They always receive high scores, with the exception of a couple here and there for the Black and White sequels, but the primary complaint remains the same: there isn't anything new to make playing them worthwhile. Some argue that the expansions come too soon on the heels of the originals, as with Black 2 and White 2, not giving players enough time to really want to come back. Even those that rate highly will sometimes deride the expansions for not really adding anything drastic to the overall experience.

But these criticisms miss a few important points. After Gold and Silver, it was widely believed that the "Pokemon fad" was dead, making the development of Ruby and Sapphire a very stressful experience. Preserving what made the series successful to begin with became very important, to keep from alienating fans and creating a sharp divide between those who played older Pokemon games and newcomers. (And given what happened with what I call the Sonic Effect, where Sega strayed from the series' foundations with each new entry, that surely wasn't a bad decision.)

Game Freak used expansions as a way to add in extra ideas that might not have gone over well for the base installments -- either by adding too much content or straying from the core experience -- and it's a way for Game Freak to train newer members of the development team while veteran developers work on projects with higher stakes attached. Most importantly, though, it's a bit unfair to judge expansions for not radically altering the franchise when that isn't their goal to begin with. It's like complaining that vanilla ice cream isn't chocolate when it never tried to be anyway.

The New Kids on the Block

Fast forward to 2017, and there's another set of proper expansions contending for players' time and money: Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. After the major changes that were the original Sun and Moon, these seem set to be more in line with Black 2 and White 2, providing some alterations in world structure, different Pokemon, and a much meatier plot. Many fans complained about how restricted Alola seemed, and like with Kalos, it's not hard to see why.

Sun and Moon made big promises with story and the world itself, and despite the finished products being worthwhile themselves, they leave the player wanting more -- more to do with these new Pokemon, more to see and explore other than just another quest to catch some additional legendary Pokemon. Many of these complaints addressed problems Game Freak believed existed anyway but just didn't have the time to address.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are set to provide fans everything they wanted, but most think it's too much, too soon. Fan communities are echoing the critics of yesteryear and saying there isn't enough to justify purchasing new games only a year after Sun and Moon released. In all fairness, The Pokemon Company hasn't done much to help market the games either. Sun and Moon were almost over-marketed, being featured at the 2016 E3 show and with countless little info drops that practically spoiled the games anyway. It's a shame, really. The new entries are set to strike a perfect balance between the major changes of Sun and Moon and the more conservative alterations of the previous expansions, with a heaping helping of new content on top.

The Verdict

Even though they don't always add loads of new content, there's more than enough to draw fans back in, and the fact that the expansions are always as well made as the originals makes them worthy as standalone entries anyway. Yet it's easier for those who miss a generation to value the mid-gen expansions, since money isn't as much of a question and almost everyone recommends Emerald or Black 2 over their respective predecessors. In the end, however useful and practical they are, it's down to the individual consumer to make the choice.

What do you think about Game Freak's mid-gen expansions? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Let us know in the comments.

Gift Guide: Best Gamer Gifts Under $20 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:45:29 -0500 Kieran Desmond


Those were ten of the best gamer gifts to buy for under $20 this holiday, but they are by no means all of your options. So if something on this list seems like something the gamer in your life would enjoy, awesome! But if not, just keep looking. You're bound to find something that they'll love sooner or later. 


Make sure you take of advantage of Black Friday this November 24th, and don't forget about Cyber Monday a few days later. You never know what kind of deals you may find.


Lamicall Playstand


Price: $18.99


Buy it on: Amazon


There's no doubt about i t-- the Nintendo Switch is an amazing console. However, it's not without its flaws. In this case, I'm specifically referring to the built-in stand and its location in relation to the charging port.


The issue that arises is that when you want to play your Switch in tabletop mode, you can't charge it. This is a big problem in games such as Super Mario Odyssey, which encourages you to play in this mode.


This stand solves that problem and is a cut above most of the other stands on the market in terms of build quality, flexibility, and portability. A must-have for any Switch owner.


Retro Pong Tee


Price: $15.99


Buy it on: Amazon


Show off your love for video games history by wearing this T-shirt tribute to Pong, one of the grandfathers of gaming.


Released in 1972, the table tennis-inspired Pong is credited as being the first commercially successful video game, arguably kicking off the gaming world as we know it today. Never forget where it all started by picking one of these up this holiday season.


DreamGear Retro Machine


Price: $19.88


Buy it on: Amazon


This miniature throwback to the glory days of arcade cabinets is packed with 200 video games. There's nothing licensed on the Retro Machine, so it's mostly clones of popular games, but when you get games similar to classics like Galaga, Space Invaders, and Dig Dug, this mini-machine is nothing to balk at.


This is a great item to keep on your desk at work for some quick gaming when you get a break ... or when the boss isn't watching.


Donkey Kong-Themed Amiibo Display


Price: $19.99


Buy it on: Amazon


If you know someone who has a bunch of Amiibo characters just sitting on a shelf, they'll go bananas for this Donkey Kong-inspired Amiibo stand. Not only does does this stand tidy up and organize Amiibo, it's also just a really cool design.


The stand holds up to nine Amiibo figures and is super easy to assemble. This is a no-brainer gift for any self-respecting Amiibo collector.


Aloy Stubbins 6" Plush


Price: $12.99


Buy it on: Amazon


Pluck Aloy out of The Frozen Wilds and into the warm home of a Horizon: Zero Dawn fan this holiday season. She may not be able to fight giant robot dinosaurs, but she can bring a smile to the face of even the most stone-hearted gamer.


The adorable Stubbins Sony Plush line features other iconic Sony video game characters such as Uncharted's Nathan Drake, both of the titular characters of the Ratchet & Clank series, and many more. So if Aloy isn't the right character for your gift recipient, you should check out the rest of the Stubbins toy line.


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Ocarina Replica


Price: $13.99


Buy it: Amazon


If you thought that the ocarina from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was an instrument created for the game, then think again.This totally playable ocarina is a recreation of the titular wind instrument.


The ocarina is fairly easy to pick up-and-play, and it even comes with a songbook and finger chart to help you learn to play classic songs from The Legend of Zelda series.


Disclaimer: Be wary of causing storms, sudden shifts in time, or the random appearance of horses.


BlueFire Gaming Headset


Price: $19.99


Buy it on: Amazon


This headset is great for the price you pay. It's a given that it won't be the best headset you can buy, but if you're on a budget, it'll do the job.


With a removable microphone for when you just want to relax with a movie, a lightweight frame for more comfort during longer play sessions, and a nice seven-foot cord length, this BlueFire gaming headset is a great gift for any gamer.


Super Mario Odyssey Joy-Con Grip


Price: $19.99


Buy it on: Amazon


This Super Mario Odyssey-themed Joy-Con Grip is an awesome addition to any Switch owner’s collection. Released in conjunction with the game, this grip is the perfect accessory with which to embark on Mario's latest adventure.


Gameplay-wise, this Joy-Con Grip doesn’t add anything to the Switch experience, but let’s face it -- we all love owning stuff that has Mario’s face plastered over it.


BEBONCOOL Bluetooth Phone Gamepad


Price: $19.99


Buy it on: Amazon


Most gamers don't enjoy phone games because of the less traditional control method of using a touchscreen. It's not hard to see why, as touchscreen controls can be clunky and unpleasant when your fingers are covering half the screen.


With massively underrated phone peripherals such as this BEBONCOOL controller, you can change the way you play games on your phone forever. All it takes is a Bluetooth connection and some compatible games, and you're all set.


Pixel Pals - Mega Man Lighted Figure


Price: $14.99


Buy it on: Amazon


The Pixel Pals Lighted Figure Collection hosts many popular video game characters as well as popular characters from other mediums. But this Mega Man figure in particular really captures the essence of the classic Capcom character using awesome pixel art.


At 6 inches tall, this figure would look great on a desk to add a little fun to your workspace or on a shelf to instill some nostalgic personality into the room.


As the holiday season rapidly approaches, now is a better time than ever to start buying gifts for your friends and family. If you're looking for a budget gift for that gamer in your life, then you're in the right place.


Being a gamer doesn't mean enjoying just the games themselves; gamers also love collectibles associated with their favorite games as well as other aspects of gaming culture as a whole. So this list is video game-free, looking instead at some items the average gamer is less likely to buy for him or herself.


Whether you're on a budget or you're after some cool stocking-fillers, there's sure to be something on this list for any gamer to enjoy.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Guide: How to Obtain and Evolve Dusk Lycanroc Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:53:47 -0500 Autumn Fish

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are finally out! At long last, we get to embark on a reimagining of the original Alolan adventure. And if you're picking up the games near launch day, you get the chance to download a special type of Rockruff.

This Rockruff comes with a unique ability not found in any other of its kind: Own Tempo. This ability prevents the Pokemon from becoming confused. It's also the ability that allows Rockruff to evolve into the exclusive Dusk Form Lycanroc.

So the question stands, how exactly do you get your Own Tempo Rockruff and how can you evolve it into Dusk Lycanroc? Let's dive in!

How to Obtain an Own Tempo Rockruff in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

There are a couple of ways to get an Own Tempo Rockruff. If you bought the game near launch, it's as simple as downloading it through Mystery Gift. Before redeeming your Mystery Gift, however, I suggest you reach a point in the game where you have access to a Pokemon Center.

Once the Pokemon Center is unlocked, save the game and exit to the title menu. From here, click on the Mystery Gift option and select Receive Gift. Then simply connect to the internet to check for your gift and presto, the special Own Tempo Rockruff is right there waiting for you.

Once the Mystery Gift has been downloaded, continue your game and talk to the guy in the orange- and blue-striped shirt by the nurse's desk in the Pokemon Center. So long as you have a free spot in your party, he'll give you a Level 10 Own Tempo Rockruff holding a Focus Band.

If you missed your chance at the Mystery Gift, however, there's still a way to obtain an Own Tempo Rockruff. Those who did get the Mystery Gift can breed their Rockruff or Dusk Lycanroc and hatch more Own Tempo Rockruffs for others to use. You just need to trade with someone who has extras lying around.

Own Tempo Rockruff Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide   Dusk Form Lycanroc Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Guide

How to Evolve Rockruff into Dusk Lycanroc in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Once you have your Own Tempo Rockruff, don't expect it to evolve into a Dusk Form Lycanroc if you just level it up and evolve it willy-nilly. Just like Lycranroc's Midday and Midnight forms, the Dusk Form is only obtained if you evolve your Own Tempo Rockruff at a specific time of day.

In order to evolve an Own Tempo Rockruff into a Dusk Form Lycanroc, it must be leveled up to 25 or higher between the in-game times of 5:00 pm and 5:59 pm. This means that those playing Pokemon Ultra Sun must evolve it between 5:00 pm and 5:59 pm in the real world (according to the 3DS clock), while those playing Pokemon Ultra Moon must evolve it between 5:00 am and 5:59 am.

Remember that if it reaches level 25 and tries to evolve before this time frame, it will evolve into its Midday form instead. Likewise, if it were to evolve after that time frame, it would turn into its Midnight form.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where your Own Tempo Rockruff tries to evolve outside of the specified time frame, remember to mash B in order to stop the evolution. It may even be smart to consider slapping an Everstone on your Rockruff until you're ready to evolve it.

Are you planning on adding Dusk Lycanroc to your team? Sound off in the comments below!

And be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon guides coming your way.