Make sure to swing by your local GameStop between now and June 5th for a free Lycanroc Pokémon. We did. 🙂
Woke up the boy this morning.
“Hey Bulblasaur, it’s time to get up.”
“Venusaur, I choose yo….”
“No. That is not how this works.”
“You’re a Pokémon, you can’t summon other Pokémon. You have to do what I say. You have to fight when I say.”
>Insert random combat move yelled by child here<
“Oh look, you are back in your Pokéball. It’s time for breakfast. Get up.”
>this went on a bit more<
Got me thinking about how Pokémon are slaves to their Trainer’s whims. With no free will to make their own way in the world. That is as deep as I get for this Tuesday. Go forth and catch’em all!
The Nintendo Switch Super Bowl Commercial came out yesterday. Showcasing the new console’s strength, playing games with others. This is Nintendo bringing back the feels from the playground Pokémon games of youth as well as the Wii era. Cooperative play at its finest.
I can’t wait to:
- Wake up and play Zelda in bed. My wife won’t mind…
- Punch my kid in the living room. Virtually, of course.
- Live out my western quick draw fantasies.
- Force neighborhood children to watch me and my son play a two player game of Mario Kart. Seriously, who needs more players crowding up the home TV.
- Discover new/rich friends who each have their own Nintendo Switch.
Will you be making the Switch?
A giant Snorlax blocked the Route 7 bridge. Wyatt wasn’t sure what to do.
He searched for other routes to take. Distracted himself by catching the odd Pokémon. Yet, the Snorlax slept on.
What Wyatt didn’t know is that the game had given him a context clue. The mystical Poké Flute would solve everything. The sleeping Snorlax’s reign of terror was about to end.
Wyatt came to me frustrated. So we pulled up a walkthrough and figured out where he was in Pokémon X. Sitting on my lap, the boy and I discovered that we needed to backtrack to the Parfum Palace. The owner was missing a Furfrou, which happened to be lost in a maze out back. After finding the Furfrou, we were lent the Poké Flute of power.
We dashed back to Route 7, some ninja dude jammed out, and the Snorlax woke up. The Pokémon journey was saved!
What I love about sharing Pokémon with Wyatt is that it is a series he can play on his own. When he comes to a place where he needs help, we can sit down, engage, and devise a way forward. Together.
(As a side note: All my random Pokémon knowledge is finally being put to use. Super funny when I know what the evolved form of whatever-it-is is.)
I think it’s funny that this trailer broke the video game world this week. If only Nintendo would give us a date and confirmed North American release.
I want to be the very best, like no one ever was. Even though I was 17 when Pokémon Red released, I have always been somewhat of a novice trainer. Following the series evolution across platforms, I have dabbled in different generations. Never completing:
- Pokémon Red
- Pokémon Yellow
- Pokémon Pearl
- Pokémon Platinum
- OR Pokémon Y
Pokémon just isn’t an obsessive thing for me. What does draw me are the solid game mechanics, relaxed world, and creature battling.
Pokémon Y represents the most time I have spent with the series. Clocking in at over 20 hours, I thought I was almost done with the campaign. Nope. A walkthrough confirmed that I am but halfway on my journey. Never going to be number one at that pace. Ash, I’ve failed!
As a dad, Pokémon has taken on a new meaning. It is a series that I can share with Wyatt. A series that encourages reading, fun gameplay, and quality time spent. Nintendo has indeed created a monster.
This year, The Pokémon Company is celebrating Pokémon’s 20th anniversary. The Super Bowl ad above is but the cusp of this tidal wave. Throughout the year, Nintendo and GameStop are offering one rare creature download a month. Take a look:
- Celebi: March 1 – 24 (Nintendo Network)
- Jirachi: April 1 – 24 (Nintendo Network)
- Darkrai: May 1 – 24 (GameStop)
- Manaphy: June 1 – 24 (Nintendo Network)
- Shaymin: July 1 – 24 (Nintendo Network)
- Arceus: August 1 – 24 (GameStop)
- Victini: September 1 – 24 (Nintendo Network)
- Keldeo: October 1 – 24 (Nintendo Network)
- Genesect: November 1 – 24 (GameStop)
- Meloetta: December 1 – 24 (Nintendo Network)
We’ll see if Wyatt and I can keep up with the pocket monster collecting. I’m still waiting for him to be ready for his own handheld console and copy of the game. We just aren’t there yet… but soon.