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Return to Pokemon Platinum

Pokemon Diamond first showed up about two years ago.

It came with my daughter’s Nintendo DS Lite back on St. Valentine’s Day of 2008, all of which was part of the plan to keep her busy on the plane for our trip to Maui that year.

And it was a huge hit.  Big enough that I ended up with a DS Lite of my own for my birthday that year along with a copy of Pokemon Diamond.

That immersed us in the Pokemon subculture and we have been Pokemon fans ever since.  We formed our own little Pokemon gyms at home, finished the main storyline of the game, and kept on in the seeming eternal struggle to finish up the national pokedex along with all of the other end game achievements.  We go to all the download events and generally still play Diamond on a regular basis.

The popularity of Pokemon Diamond at home lead, of course, to other Pokemon games.  There was Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, which is sort of NetHack meets Pokemon.  It was a decent game, but the promised WiFi play proved to be so limited that it was a joke, which soured me on the game. (My daughter still plays it.)

My daughter also picked up Pokemon Ranger, which didn’t appeal to me so much, but which she seemed to quite enjoy.

We even picked up some of the GameBoy Advance games like Pokemon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald because those need to be available to have a prayer of completing the national pokedex.

On the Wii there was Pokemon Battle Revolution, which got a lot a play time from us.  We spent more than a few weekends battling each other or strangers over the Nintendo WiFi connection.

And there was Pokemon Ranch, which was more of a video toy than a game, but which helped drive the national pokedex effort by setting goals and occasionally coughing up a needed Pokemon.

We even got Pokemon Snap from the WiiWare shop, which is a rail shooter of sorts, only you take pictures of Pokemon rather than shoot them… regardless of how much you would rather be shooting them some days.

But nothing ever really supplanted Pokemon Diamond.  Our travel gear always included our DS Lites, our Pokemon Diamond cartridges, and the Prima guide to the national pokedex to help us continue our hunt.

We had hope for Pokemon Platinum though.  Being a classic Pokemon game, we thought that when it came out, we’d give up on Diamond and start playing that instead.

But we never quite made that transition.

Pokemon Platinum is one of those odd games in the Pokemon niche.  The pattern of game release usually has a pair of games (Diamond/Pearl or Ruby/Sapphire) which each have Pokemon exclusive to one or other of the pair, followed up by a re-work of the game (Platinum or Emerald) which keeps the same basic storyline and only adds features and access to more Pokemon.

So when it arrived, Pokemon Platinum fell flat.

We got through the first couple of gym badges, then went back to Diamond where we were having fun battling and catching those remaining Pokemon.

So when we were packing for our recent trip to Maui, I was sorting through which DS games to bring along.  Our Diamond cartridges went into the case, naturally.  So did a few other games.  And, which a couple of slots left, I decided to throw in our Platinum cartridges as well.


It turned out to be a good idea.  On the plane my daughter and I, with five hours to kill, started getting back into the game.  We moved along, collecting up a gym badge each while getting our bearings.

And once on the ground in Maui, when we had some time to play, we began to work out our strategy to get through Platinum.

With each gym badge you are able to control Pokemon that are traded to you of a higher and higher levels.  This meant that, with our Pokemon Diamond cartridges along for the ride as well and two DSs on hand, we started upgrading our Pokemon with each new gym badge by trading back and forth from Diamond to Platinum.  This accelerated our progress considerably.

Sure, you can use ugly words like “cheating,” but the game allows it and you are limited to a given level cap with each gym badge.

We both now sit at 6 gym badges and our goal is to finish off the base game by defeating the Elite Four and the Sinnoh League champion before Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver come out.  However, we would really like to finish it before the special Pichu download event ends on February 14th.

So this weekend might see some serious Pokemon action at our house.  We’re stuck in the Distortion World area, which is something that wasn’t in Diamond.  Once we find our way through that though, we should be good.

PokeWorld

We’re back from a few days on Maui. I now have something that most of you probably do not at the moment: Sunburn.

Not a common thing most places in February.

We had a great time. We stayed at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, which I recommend. Here is a view from our room:

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We saw a lot of things on Maui. Lots of sand, lots of sun, lots of hula dancing (usually the Hukilau,) lots of whales, and lots of Nintendo DSs. Of course, the whales were the most fun.

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As usual, once you have something, in our case a brand new Nintendo DS Lite, you start to notice other people who have the same thing.

So I saw a lot of kids running around with DSs.

And every single one of them seemed to be playing Pokemon.

That was certainly the most popular game on our own DS. As I mentioned in a past post, I grabbed three games for the DS when I bought it, Pokemon Diamond, LEGO Star Wars, and MarioParty DS. My daughter and I played an hour or so of Star Wars and a few minutes of MarioParty, but she did not want to put down Pokemon.

I actually learned quite a bit about Pokemon myself, a lot of which came from having to read things to my daughter, who is in kindergarten and not quite up to reading most of the text herself. The game has a lot more depth than I had previously credited it.

Not that I want my own DS now… not yet. But I can see why people enjoy it so much.

I will have to give Pokemon Battle Revolution on the Wii another look. It certainly lacked depth on its own, but it might be interesting combined with the DS.

But now I have to get myself up to San Francisco and GDC. And it is raining and Darren‘s cell phone isn’t answering. bleh.

Pokemon – Battle Revolution

Once we were happy.

It was the summer, we were young(er), and we roamed a far, far away galaxy.

First we played LEGO Star Wars – The Original Trilogy and then LEGO Star Wars – The Complete Saga.

Every Saturday morning we would get up and play for hours.

Other games showed up in the mail, via GameFly, but were generally sent back rather soon.

Until that day.

The day that Pokemon – Battle Revolution showed up.

The game that ruined our Saturday mornings!

The main thing wrong with Pokemon – Battle Revolution is that it is a single player game.

There are some modes where you can play against somebody who has a Nintendo DS. But if you are sitting at home and do not have a DS, it is pretty much single player.

Or so it seems to me. I have tried to figure out a way to play two player and have failed.

The second problem with Pokemon – Battle Revolution is that my daughter absolutely loves Pokemon. At least the Pokemon cartoon on TV.

So Bulbasaur and Chimchar muscled out Yoda and Darth Vader for the Saturday morning gaming spot.

And I was reduced to reading text on the screen too complicated for my daughter to understand yet, which turned out to be pretty minimal after a short time. She gets things from context very quickly.

Still, despite my disappointment, Pokemon – Battle Revolution isn’t a bad game. It is accessible. Even somebody like me, whose main knowledge about Pokemon is “Pikachu is the cute one” can get in and play without too much effort.

And it is even fun, for a little while.

Then it starts to feel repetitive. Very repetitive.

The game should be called Pokemon – Battle Repetition.

The essence of the whole game… of all Pokemon games I understand… is Pokemon battling other Pokemon.

And so the game, which takes place on the island of Poketopia, is made up of a series of arena where you take your Pokemon to fight.

The arenas have different rules. Some times it is a one on one fight, other times two on two. We hit one arena where you and your computer opponent get a random pick of Pokemon from both of your cards, so you might get to fight with a different set of Pokemon under your control.

But in the end, each Pokemon has four skills that are generally effective or not versus any given opposing Pokemon. I quickly learned what combo was best for each Pokemon and only ever lost when I ran up against an opposing Pokemon that was completely resistant to all of my attacks.

Boring!

But not to my daughter.

So weeks went by with Pokemon as the lead our Wii popularity contest while I waited for a hero to come save me.

Like Nixon, I needed a plumber.