What’s Next?

This is a “calm” time for me right now, in terms of video games.  There’s no HUGE title out there that I’m dying for, except for Pokémon Black and White 2, which doesn’t even come out until June…  and if I want to understand anything in the game, the North American version isn’t available until the fall.  So I’ve got some down time in terms of games right now, and I’m very happy about that!  I can play whichever games I need to catch up on, at my LEISURE, without the pressure of a big event that I need to be prepared for, or feeling obliged to complete a game before some new one comes out.  Ahh..

So here’s what’s on my plate.  I’m going to list my goals for some of my unfinished games, in hopes that by writing it down, it might actually become a to-do list that I can actually accomplish lol!

  • Kid Icarus: Uprising –  Earlier this week, I completed the story mode!  Hooray!  But I only completed it at level 3.  And there’s like a billion more weapons, powers, idols and achievements that I haven’t unlocked.  Not to mention all the AR cards I haven’t collected or scanned.  I’d like to at least be able to improve my skill and increase the difficulty level to hopefully level 5 or 6 someday?
  • Harvest Moon:  Tale of Two Towns – There is a TON of stuff I still have to accomplish in this game.  Sure, I reunited the two towns, opened the tunnel and all that.  But my character isn’t MARRIED yet (that’s like such a big deal in this game lol), I haven’t unlocked half of my farm’s features (such as a rice paddy, a seed maker or a flour mill), and there are lots of tasty dishes I haven’t cooked up yet!  There’s always plenty of work to do on a farm, I guess.
  • Pokémon SoulSilverSince I started this game late, I’m not even half way through at this point.  My goal here would be to beat the game, and unlock as many legendaries as possible.  I need the legendaries so that I’ll have spares to transfer over to the Gen V series games, such as B&W.  That way I can keep my fully completed Pokédex in HeartGold intact!
  • Mario Kart 7 – It’s somewhat embarrassing for me to admit this, considering how much I had dominated in MK Wii, but I never beat this game.  I still have to get gold on the Special Cup to unlock Metal Mario and stuff.  And I’ve never really used the racing community features in this game.  Not to mention all the ghost time trial StreetPass stuff that I’d like to finish!
  • Sonic Generations – I’m not huge into Sonic or anything, but this game is cute and I’ve barely dented it.  I’ll probably never beat this game but making progress always gives me a sense of satisfaction, so I’ll keep this one in my mini 3DS games case, should I feel inspired to play a few rounds.  This game, in general, is pretty tough and I didn’t have a SEGA growing up, so it’s all kinda alien to me.  It’d probably be easier if I knew the right path to take to complete each board lol!
  • Spirit Camera – I’m expecting to get this game for my birthday on Saturday.  Since it’s an AR game, I am kind of assuming it’s gonna be one of those “high on graphics, low on gameplay” kinda games.  I know the 3D and ghost-hunting aspects of the game will be AWESOMEEEE but not really sure if the game has anything to offer in terms of replay value.  My goal for this game is to just enjoy it, and hopefully beat it.
  • Pokémon Emerald – Might as well throw a GBA game into the mix.  I’ve gotten about half way through this game, and it’s really awesome for an older generation game.  You can really see how some ideas from Emerald were evolved into newer features in the modern games.  So I’d like to complete this game, and see which legendaries I can harvest from it.  YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY LEGENDARIES!!!  lol
  • Mario Party 9 – Now onto Wii games.  I’d like to unlock all the boards in this game, and hopefully beat the Solo mode.  But I don’t really play on my Wii that much so I have no idea when I’ll actually accomplish this!  😛
  • Kirby’s Return to Dreamland – This Wii game is so freaking awesome, it’s really a shame that I’m letting it collect dust on my shelf right now.  I’d love to complete the story mode in this game, and unlock as many parts of the spaceship as possible.  This game is a lot of fun, but even MORE fun if you take advantage of the co-op game play options, so maybe I’ll take it to JDubz’s house and we’ll try to beat the game together.
  • Super Paper Mario – I rented this game back in like 2008 when it first came out.  Then I got kind of lost in the game (the story line is VERY long and the worlds are huge and you can quickly get confused) and gave up and sent it back to GameFly.  Ever since Paper Mario 3D was announced, I’ve been itching to give this Wii version a second chance.  I even got the Nintendo Selects edition of this game for Christmas… but I still have yet to take it out of the plastic wrap.  So my goal in that game would be to start over and try to actually beat it this time!

Wow…  that list came out wayyyy longer than I thought.  I highly doubt I’ll be reaching every one of these goals by June 23rd, but hey no rush!  This is about relaxing and just doing my thing.

Do you have any goals for your video games?  Which games have you kind of overlooked lately?  Let me know your goals too!  🙂

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The PVGC Report

Yesterday was a long, exhausting, but awesome day!  JDubz and I took a road trip down to Philadelphia to participate in the Pokémon Video Game Championship Regional tournament.  I haven’t been to Philly since I was a kid, so I was also hoping to sneak in some sight-seeing while we were down there.

The registration for the Masters Division was set to start at 10 AM, so we woke up at the crack of dawn for our 2+ hour drive.  When we finally got to the convention center, I found my friends from the Pokémon DS NYC Meetup Group waiting in line to register, so we joined up with them.  They gave me a free t-shirt with the logo printed on it – the logo which I designed for them last year!  🙂

Once we were all registered, it became the waiting game.  We had to wait for the Junior and Senior Divisions to finish their tournaments before the Masters (aka old people lol) were able to compete.  We were supposed to start the Masters Division battles at noon, but once that time came around, there was an announcement that Masters wouldn’t be starting until 2pm.  While most people groaned and whined about all this waiting around, I was secretly happy – this meant I could squeeze in some tourism after all!

JDubz and I decided to head over to the Liberty Bell, which thankfully was less than 10 blocks away!  Here’s a picture of me with the bell, and you can see my Pokémon DS NYC shirt, as well as my new Ash Ketchum hat!

Glux & the Bell

Nevermind that I look like a zombie.  The lighting in there was just awful b/c it was so backlit.  You’d think they’d make the lighting a little better in an alcove containing a national landmark that people come to photograph all the time.  Or you’d think they’d at least turn the bell so that the cracked side would face the windows, so people could take better photos from that side of the room.  Oh well lol!

We also walked past Independence Hall, which is some kind of landmark… Sorry, I didn’t go inside and I don’t know what it is offhand.  Maybe that’s where they wrote the Declaration of Independence?  I dunno soo… here’s a photo!  lol

Independence Hall

We stopped by Dairy Queen on our walk back (we don’t have DQ’s in NY, so I was quite thrilled!) and by the time we arrived at the convention center, it was almost time to actually BATTLE!  The tournament was set up to have 7 rounds, with Swiss pairings.  This meant that even if you lost a match, it didn’t mean you were disqualified.  You could keep battling in each round, and only those with the best records overall would be given the prizes.  However, if you lose 3 battles or more… it was pretty much a sign that you weren’t going to win anything.

Inside the Tournament

Here’s a look at the room where the battling took place.  There were over 250 participants in the Masters Division, so it was pretty impressive how smoothly everything went, despite the waiting.  They posted two groups of people, matched them up and we battled away!  I was surprised at how FEW legendary Pokémon were in my opponents’ teams.  In fact, the only legends I battled were Zapdos and Cresselia.

OK time for the cold truth.  If you followed my tweets from yesterday, then you already know my record.  Basically, I performed terribly!  I am pretty weak in doubles battles, and since I’d done a huge overhaul of my team at the last minute, I wasn’t totally secure with my move set.  (I should have just kept my original team!  Dang it!)  My record for the day was 1-3.  That one win?  It was a win by default – my opponent didn’t show up, so they gave me a win for that round.

However, that’s not what I was disappointed in, really.  I knew I wasn’t going to be the top Pokémon battler.  But they were supposed to give us all a Shiny Shelmet trading card just for participating… but they ran out.  Luckily, I whined about it to some lady who was working the event, and she gave me a sheet of Pokémon stickers!  YES FOR SWAG!!

Golurk

Despite losing in an embarrassing fashion, having to wait around and not getting my shiny trading card, it was an awesome day.  I got to hang out with the Meetup group (we all wore the same shirt – it was so cute!), I got stickers, I picked up a card holder for my Kid Icarus AR cards, received over 65 StreetPass tags, we ate cheesesteaks after the tournament…  It was a great experience.  I only hope next year’s PVGC is a little closer to home – the drive home was over 3 hours and we were exhausted at the end of the day.

Did anyone else go to their regional tournament?  If you followed me on Twitter for updates on the tournament, how did I do?  What could I improve on?  I’m looking to improve my tweeting skills.  Should I have covered more general news about what everyone was doing?  Or did I do just fine?  Let me know, I’m curious!

So anyway… now I’m pretty much Black&White’d out, and I want to pick up one of the other games I’ve been neglecting.  Should I play SoulSilver, which I started last month?  Or what about Emerald, which I’m maybe half way through?  And let’s not forget about Kid Icarus and Harvest Moon, both games are awesome but I had to put them down to focus on Pokémon for this tournament.  Any suggestions on what I should play next?

AR Card Fun!

Yesterday I was so excited!  The April issue of Nintendo Power had arrived!  I quickly flipped through the pages, because I knew something special was going to be inside this issue.  And there it was!

KI: U AR Cards

An exclusive pack of Kid Icarus: Uprising AR cards, only for Nintendo Power subscribers!  WOW!  The 3 card pack contains Poseidon, Medusa (Battle), and God of Death Thanatos.  They are all very cool looking!  I managed to get a photo of all three of them while I was scanning away, so check them out!

AR Card Battle

Have you ever tried to battle your Kid Icarus AR Cards?  It’s actually pretty cool!  You align two cards up (arrows facing each other and touching) and a button appears on the touch screen, inviting you to watch a battle.  I say “watch” because you don’t get to participate in the battle, each card has it’s own stats and they take care of the battle automatically.

OMG WOULDN’T IT BE SO COOL IF POKEMON TCG WORKED LIKE THIS??  I think that would be awesome!

Anyway, I posted all my AR Battle photos on my Flickr page, feel free to check em out!

OH and before I forget.  Something sad happened to my 3DS last night.  Yesterday a special Mii was sent via SpotPass to everybody’s StreetPass Plaza.  The special Mii was none other than Reggie Fils-Aime, the CEO of NoA.  He had gold pants, his text was shown in a special gold text bubble, and he was a level 5 fighter in Find Mii!  Unfortunately, I was stupid and selected the option to add Reggie to my Mii Maker.  I didn’t realize that doing so would REMOVE Reggie from my StreetPass Plaza!  Now I can’t battle with him anymore.  This is very upsetting!!!  lol wah!

So yeah… if you get a special Mii, don’t send them to the Mii Maker or you lose them forever!  😦

Leaving PokéPark!

It was a short stay in PokéPark 2.  While the game was completely adorable, unfortunately it’s time to go.  Don’t worry Pikachu – I’ll always have your save file!

I’ve decided to trade in PokéPark 2 towards the purchase of Kid Icarus: Uprising at GameStop.  But don’t get me wrong, PokéPark 2 was a lot of fun!  The mini games were great (albeit repetitive) and the new battling aspect was a lot of fun.  I’ve got a ton of photos [memories!] that I’ve got posted on Flickr.  Feel free to look through them and comment!  🙂

Here are some of my favorite photos from the game:

Sometimes you had to befriend Pokémon by doing them favors, like carrying Ferroseed to a place he needed to go.  But mostly you had to either battle or chase the Pokémon to become friends, and honestly that does get kinda boring after a while.

I would definitely say that Wish Park was the coolest part about this game.  You’d go to this weird trippy area where all the Pokémon are possessed.  Each area of Wish Park had it’s own theme, and this Pagoda one was my favorite. 

Here’s another view of that area of Wish Park.  Here you can see Flareon all possessed and upset.  Wah!

This photo represents the only reason that I’m slightly hesitant to get rid of my game.  Hidden throughout the PokéPark are these shrines that have depictions of legendary Pokémon on them.  If you befriend the right amount of Pokémon, these legendaries come out of their shrines, and you can battle and become friends with them!  I’m pretty sure you can potentially become friends with Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, Zekrom and Reshiram.  But the qualifications to get them to appear is a pain in the butt and I’d never have finished it before Kid Icarus comes out.  So alas, I don’t have any cool photos of Pikachu with Reshiram.  But I can always rent this game and finish it up at a later date!

So that’s my overview of PokéPark 2.  All in all, it’s a great game for Poké-fanatics.  For hardcore gamers it’s not a great choice, as there’s not much action or challenge involved.  But it’s also a perfect game for kids.

In other Poké-News, today is the last day to register for the 2012 International Challenge, which is a WIFI Tournament hosted through the Pokémon Global Union.  The actual tournament starts tomorrow and runs until the 26th of March.  On the 27th, the PGL site is going down as they prepare for whatever changes and updates will need to happen when Pokémon Black & White 2 debut in Japan this coming June.  (I’m totally buying a Japanese copy of that new game when it comes out!)

If that’s not exciting enough, I also have a real-life tournament coming up this Saturday!  JDubz and I are going to attend an event called Pokémon Battle Through the Generations, which is being held at a local games store.  They are hosting a tournament where you can bring ANY of your old Pokémon games, all the way back through Red & Blue.  If there is an opponent who also has the game (and a connector cable!) you can battle and win money!  I don’t know what kind of turnout to expect, but I will of course document the event and share all the fun with you guys!  🙂

Getting Psyched About Kid Icarus!

Kid Icarus: Uprising

A brand new 3DS game is coming out next week – Kid Icarus: Uprising!  It’s release date is 3/23 and there are quite a few launch events going on in NYC for this game.  Unfortunately I probably won’t be able to go to these events (stupid work!).  Honestly, at first I wasn’t even going to get the game.

However, my mind has been COMPLETELY changed in the past week.  So much hype and details are being revealed that make me feel a lot better about this game.  Here’s my Gripe VS. Hype list:

  • Gripe 1 – Kid Icarus is lame!  He sucked in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, I hated using his character!
  • Hype 1 – Kid Icarus hasn’t been in a game (other than SSBB) since 1991.  It’s time to give him another chance.  He’s bad-ass, he flies, he’s got a huge arsenal of weapons!  What’s not to like?
  • Gripe 2 – Touch-screen controls??  I hate using the stylus to control my game.  Seriously.
  • Hype 2 – Kid Icarus: Uprising has fully customizable controls!  If you don’t want to use the touch-screen to aim, you don’t have to!  Click here for a Japanese video which explains this fact.  In Japanese.
  • Gripe 3 – What’s the big deal with all these AR cards?
  • Hype 3 – Kid Icarus: Uprising comes packaged with 6 randomly selected AR cards.  In addition, Club Nintendo has an offer to get 3 free exclusive AR cards for this game.  (North America only, sorry!  NoE has an option for these cards too, but I think you have to redeem stars for them.)  More AR cards are going to be available from Nintendo Power Magazine, the Nintendo World Store, and other upcoming events!  You can trade cards with friends too.  Cool!

So pretty much every problem I initially had with the game has been resolved.  I think I’m going to try and finish up PokePark 2 this week, and then trade it in for Kid Icarus: Uprising.  I’m sold on the game now – there aren’t that many 3DS games to be psyched about, but Kid Icarus is a promising option!  I need a good battling/action game (other than Ocarina of Time) in 3D, and I like how this game will use the other features of the 3DS, such as the AR cards and StreetPass.

What do you guys think about Kid Icarus: Uprising?  Are you going to get it?