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A Nintendo Switch Lite

I had a whole post brewing in the back of my head for this week about the Nintendo Switch.

That was largely driven by my daughter, who got one for Christmas.  She, like myself, had been somewhat blasé on the console.  But when Nintendo announced Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the device, she changed her mind.  Leaving aside Pokemon, Animal Crossing was probably her favorite title on the DS series.

So she asked for a Switch Lite, the more portable variation of the Switch Console, and found one under the Christmas tree back in December.

However, Animal Crossing: New Horizons wasn’t out yet.  It is still two weeks away even as this post goes live.  So, to give her something to do I threw in a copy of Pokemon Shield, the latest of the core Pokemon RPG titles, which launched back in November.

The core RPG line continues

She has quite enjoyed the game and has told me that it is a solid title within the framework of the core RPG series. (I think the fact that her boyfriend also got a copy and that he had never played a Pokemon title before helped with her enjoyment.)  She finished the main story and I have been bugging her to crank out 500 words for me about it to post here, because I haven’t played it.

But her response has been such that I was going to write up a post committing to the idea and would buy a Switch Lite myself if Nintendo announced that the next core RPG title ended up being a remake of Pokemon Diamond & Pearl.  I was hoping for that on the DS line, it being the oldest titles yet to be remade, and I was deeply disappointed when Nintendo and GameFreak abandoned the 3DS before they got there.

And then my wife and daughter got me a Switch Lite for my birthday this past weekend and of course I had to go buy a copy of Pokemon Sword to have something to play on it.

My new Switch Lite

Also pictured, a Kirkland Mister Meeseeks keychain and a vintage MAD Magazine from 1969, both from my daughter.

So now I am all-in with Pokemon on the Switch I guess.

The hardware is nice.  The unit is light, though it does not feel as solid as any of the DS/3DS units we have owned.  I sort of miss the second screen and the built-in stylus of the old hardware as well.  But the screen on the Switch Lite is very good, though it isn’t big enough to keep me from having to wear my reading glasses when I use it.  And it is a touch screen and works with a couple of the third party styluses that I keep around for pecking out anything of length on my iPhone as my big hands and sausage-like fingers are not ideal for precision clicking.  So I have that going for me.

Possibly best of all, the Switch has a button on the front, recessed to you don’t click it by accident, that allows you to take screen shots.  Pokemon Sword screen shots mean Pokemon Sword posts… at least once I get an SD card for the Switch.  So expect that.

And, finally, there is Pokemon Home, the Switch platform replacement for Pokemon Bank.  I have a bunch of Pokemon in Pokemon Bank, including a large collection of legendaries.  All of those can make a one-way journey to Pokemon Home, from which they can be accessed in Pokemon Sword & Shield.  So I am going to have to work on getting Pokemon copied over.  Pokemon Bank is/was a subscription servers (though it was only $5.00 a year), but they’ve given lapsed returning users like myself a five day free access period.  We’ll see what I can get copied over.

I have Pokemon that came from earlier generations (I played Pokemon Emerald and Pokemon FireRed & LeafGreen on the DS Lite, as it had a GameBoy Advance cartridge slot) that have gone through a variety of copy and transfer processes just to get to Pokemon Bank.  Nintendo is pretty conscientious about that, even if it is sometimes like jumping through hoops. (There is even a rumor of Pokemon Go connectivity.)  So I am not going to leave anybody behind if I do not have to.

On the DS/3DS front, as expected, all of the back end services have been shut down.  I am not sure how Nintendo can still sell Pokemon games on the 3DS platform now that a lot of the promised functionality has been cut off, but whatever.  Time to abandon that ship I guess.

So there we are.  On to the Pokemon trail yet again.  I still want the remake of Pokemon Diamond & Pearl.  But I can bide my time until then.

Pokemon Global Link Has Launched!

Pokemon.com has announced earlier this week that the Pokemon Global Link would launch on April 13th.


Previously delayed by the tragic earthquake in Japan, the new Pokemon Global Link is now live and accessible.

The Pokemon Global Link has two key pieces.  The first is the Pokemon Dream World.


The Dream World is an online play area and is analogous to the Pokewalker environment that was part of Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Once you have followed the instructions on creating an account, you can connect to the Global Link, put one of your Pokemon to sleep (no, not that kind of put to sleep), and they will be transferred to the Dream World, which is accessed via your computer web browser.

My Herdier in the Dream World

In the Dream World you get an island to play on and a house to decorate.  You can link your island to the islands of your friends so you can visit each other.  There are things you can do to earn or grow berries, the Dream World currency,  to buy things to decorate your house.

And the catalog of decor seems pretty substantial already.

Bigger than the Sears Catalog

You can also transfer things back to Pokemon Black and White, so I am sure there will be some items that will be exclusive to the Dream World.  This is where you go to bring back the Pokemon you may have won playing BreakOut.

My daughter, once she gets her homework done, is eager to explore the Dream World.

The other, and probably more popular aspect of Pokemon Global Link is Global Battle Union.


This is Pokemon battle central.  You can battle your friends or take on random opponents.  You can track your battle statistics.  There are world-wide rankings to be achieved and regular Pokemon League seasons, akin to what goes on in the Pokemon Trading Card Game competitive world. (The TCG actually has its own online aspect now as well.)

This will be the place to be linked if you want to hone your battle skills for the upcoming Pokemon Video Game Championship Series.

All of this, of course, requires you have access to a wireless internet connection and that your Nintendo DS is configured correctly to connect to the internet via that wireless access point.  See the instruction booklet that came with your game for directions on connecting to the internet.

Play Breakout, Win Pokemon on Global Link

Well, you can win ONE Pokemon.  But it is a special one.

Plus it is an annoying one to get otherwise, and all you have to do clear four levels of Breakout to do it.

While Pokemon Black and White launched earlier this month, one of the add-on services to the game, the Pokemon Global Link, is not yet live.

The Pokemon Global Link is the key online component of Pokemon Black and White that includes features like the Dream World, where you can interact with other players, the tracking service where you can see how your friends are doing in the game, the Global Battle Union, and other features.  You can read all about it here.

However, it is not live yet.

It is supposed to go live this Wednesday, March 30th.   However the earthquake in Japan has pushed that date back.

The Current Global Link Web Page

Other aspects of the launch are still going on it seems.

To use access all of the features of the Global Link when it goes live, you will need to create an account at the Pokemon Trainer’s Club.

The Pokemon Trainer’s Club has been around for a while now.  It is an online social site with an obvious Pokemon theme.  You can dress up your avatar and play flash games.

And they have just added a new flash game.  It is, as the title of this post indicates, a version of Breakout.  If you clear all four levels of the game, you get the option to take a Pokemon that is offered you.  If you do not like the Pokemon, you can say no and try for another.

Let's Play Pokemon Breakout

The Pokemon on offer are all evolutions of the Pokemon Eevee, some of which are quite a challenge to get.

If you win and select a Pokemon, that is the only one you will be able to take.  But once the Pokemon Global Link goes live and you log in, you will be able to bring that Pokemon with you back into your copy of Black or White, if I read things right.

So far I have been offered the Jolteon evolution of Eevee, but I am holding out for a Glaceon.