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Some things never change

Since 1996 Pokemon has been a staple for Game Boys everywhere. That being said, you would think that there would be a few more changes in the gameplay since then. Yes and no.

While I would never want the basic premises of battling, catching, and winning badges to be changed. There are a few things that would make pokemon trainers lives easier.

My first issue that I’ve had since the days of Red and Blue is the fact that each pokemon has only four moves. This doesn’t become a problem until you want to give you pokemon an HM such as CUT, SURF, or FLY. Moves that can be used outside of battle and are essential in helping you complete the game. With each pokemon limited to four moves, it can be tough to decide who gets the HM and which move you decide to forget to make room for it. My solution, an HM slot for each pokemon. A slot that can only be held by an HM and does not interfere with the other moves that pokemon has.

Another thing that never seems to change is the Safari Zone. What a primitive way to catch pokemon! Throw some bait or mud (rock in older versions), throw your safari ball, and hope for the best. Sure its a challenge but is there no better way to catch pokemon in the Safari Zone? I’m guessing not since the only change has been from throwing a rock to throwing mud.

Oh Pokemon how I will always love you but I think you could be so much better in the future.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in nintendo ds

 

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Pokemon!!

Ok call me a huge loser if you want but I bought the new Pokemon Soul Silver yesterday. I spent my Sunday kicking back catching some Pokemon and earning some badges. What a flash back to my childhood it was.

Gone are the days of ye olde Pokemon Red or Blue and having only 150 Pokemon to deal with. As of 2009 there are now almost 500 different Pokemon. So much for the “gotta catch’em all attitude”. More like “gotta catch a fraction of whats out there”.

Anyway this new generation of Pokemon brings us all the same fun as all the others. Travel from town to town catching new Pokemon, battling other trainers, and winning badges at the local Pokemon gyms.

A little something new was the Pokewalker that was bundled with the game. Using infrared signaling between your DS and your pokewalker you may take one Pokemon with you anywhere you walk. It’s basically a pedometer that allows you to gain XP for the Pokemon that you choose to take.  Interesting way to get the children off the couch.

If you have a DS and fond memories of the good old Pokemon series, go pick it up. I promise it will give you the warm fuzzies and make you play until your vision is blurred.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2010 in nintendo ds

 

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