E3 – Nintendo

Nintendo basically won E3 in my opinion, we saw some cool things from Bethesda, Sony and the rest but Nintendo just had the highlights of the event. They literally gave us everything we wanted from ports of some great games like Rocket League and Skyrim but we also got to see some new additions to the switch’s catalog such as Xenoblade Chronicles 2,  Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Super Mario Odyssey. Since I know nothing about Xenoblade Chronicles 2(Although it does look pretty awesome so maybe I need to hop on that train.) and since the other two have already been covered by Carter I’ve decided to go over the remaining games from what I thought was the best showcase of E3.

Pokemon

So they told us nothing besides the fact that there is a core RPG Pokemon game coming for the switch which is huge! Whereas we’ve had spin-offs like Pokemon Coliseum, Pokemon Snap  and Pikachu’s Pokepark we never had an actual core Pokemon on a home console cause they’ve always been Handhelds. Even though they didn’t show anything for it, the announcement is more than enough to get fans excited.

Metroid

Metroid Prime is widely considered to be an epic of a game series and I think that it’s a perfect time to bring Samus back with the push of strong female characters in modern media like Rey, Black Widow and Wonder Woman being so prominent. I still need to beat the first three but I’m excited to see what they can do with this series on the Switch.

So here we’re getting a return to the side scrolling roots of Metroid and I think it looks great. The gameplay looks polished and the graphics are updated to maintain the scale of the prime series and yet it still looks like classical Metroid.

Overall, I’m very excited for both of these games. Although the series never grabbed me like Legend Of Zelda or Mario did, this could definitely get me to become a Metroid fan.

Kirby

Look! Look upon this perfection and despair for Kirby is the bringer of oblivion! Seriously though, This looks fantastic from the bright graphics to the co-op platforming gameplay. I just can’t say enough good things about this game and I’m so ready for it!

Yoshi

Well apparently 2018 is the year of the adorable co-op platformers. Like Kirby Switch before it Yoshi Switch looks just stunning from a visual standpoint and I can’t wait to see what they can bring to the table with this one.

Legend Of Zelda

When I first heard DLC for a Zelda game, I was a little apprehensive due to my traditional thoughts of “How do you add to a Zelda game that’s the biggest they’ve ever done?” Well this is how you do it. More Trials, More Armor and more abilities in The Master Trials and then The Champions Ballad doesn’t show a whole lot but I’m sure we’ll more about that as we get closer to it. It does give a great visual of some different characters from the game so maybe we can play as them or something like that. Either way, more Legend Of Zelda is always a good thing. 

Fire Emblem

I just can’t wait for this game. I loved the Dynasty Warriors series and I loved Hyrule Warriors so this one just makes perfect sense. I’m a big of the series but I’ve only played 4 of the games and haven’t gotten around to Fire Emblem Fates yet so I didn’t know most of the characters shown here but I love Chrom and Marth and I’m hoping for additions of characters like Ricken, Kellam, Panne, Ike, Sothe, Soren, Lyn and Eirika.

The only disappointment to me is that with the game coming out so soon why don’t we see any gameplay here but that might just be me nitpicking. Bottom line is that I can’t wait to have this game.

Overall 

Like I said, Nintendo won E3. They won us over by showing us that there are great things on the horizon for us as gamers. I’ll be getting a switch as soon as I can now cause I’m definitely ready for the next year of games.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All(Part 1)

(Disclaimer: All rights to Pokemon and Pokemon Go go to Nintendo and Niantic. This was done purely out of fun and love for the fandom. Pokemon Go is great, check it out.)

This was it, today was the big day. I would travel out into the world, get my starter Pokemon and then start collecting every Pokemon I can find. Professor Willow has always been nice enough to me but he was still a little intimidating. I ran out of the house and saw that it was raining. My training would be a little delayed but luckily Professor Willow came to my house.

“I saw that it was raining and I knew you just couldn’t wait to get your Pokemon. Unfortunately, I only have one left.” He began, “See, when some of the other kids saw it was raining they thought it would be perfect to get a water or grass type, no one wanted the fire type on a day like today. So all I have is a Charmander right now but if you want to wait then I can get more.”

“That’s perfect! Charmander is who I wanted! Thanks Professor!”

“Anytime Vance, oh speaking of which I already know another Vance and would it be ok if I called you Vance81394 instead?”

“It’s a little bit odd Professor but then again you just handed me a creature that breathes fire so…Why should I start questioning you now?”

“Exactly! Have Fun!”

I quickly leveled up my Charmander as much as I could and he learned a few different moves. It was a great start and then I realized that the rain had stopped. It was time. I quickly ran to the park and saw that a bunch of my friends were new trainers too. Suddenly I was pushed out of the way by a group of people, I couldn’t see what they were doing at first until I stood back up. It was a poke-battle. Members of Team Valor and Team Mystic were each fighting as hard as they could. Vaporeon and Magmar fought for Valor while Pidgeot and Pinsir fought for mystic. It was great until I saw the way the trainers were acting, hurling hate speech and obscenities at each other. This isn’t what Pokemon is about. My friends came over and I had some Friends on Team Mystic and I had a lot of Friends on Valor and I had a few friends on Instinct. Luckily all of my friends agreed that Pokemon wasn’t about hating each other which made me feel better.

“Soon enough, you’ll have to choose too” My sister, Raven said.(Valor)

“Yeah but just go with who you like and who you think you can do well with.” Said Megan King.(Mystic)

“I chose because of where my friends were and my choice of the legendary birds.” Red Lanyard said from far away(Instinct)

I thought for a while on these choices but then I saw a wild Pidgey and a wild Ratata, and then another Pidgey and Ratata and another and another. It was an infestation, Pokeballs in hand, I began catching as many as i could to get better and to evolve them. I had Raticates and Pidgeots by the end of the day. I chased down Squirtles and Tentacruels, hunted for an elusive Gastly and tragically missed a Dratini. But I had fun and I got a good days worth of exercise in…but the day was not done. I still hadn’t chosen my team.

I looked at my pokedex and it asked me which team I wanted to be a part of and all of my friends were still very supportive of me. I chose Valor because I love Moltres, I believe in my pokemon and I just always prefer fire type pokemon. It’s why I chose Charmander. This was only Day 1 and I knew there would be many more from here on out. Until Next time…

-Vance