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#PokémonTalk – List Of Games (Released GameBoy Versions)

Over the years the Pokémon world was developed with new ideas and elements which derived from the first concepts presented in the first game ever released. I presented the first generation games in a previous article but now I am going to present in detail – the first part of the long list that comprise the Pokémon affiliated titles.

The Pokémon world is the main planet where humans and Pokémon live. The Pokémon world looks and acts like the real world in terms of geography. Each have land-forms, oceans of water and temperatures to support life, meaning that the Pokémon world is about the same size and same distance from the sun as the real world. Humans and nature in the Pokémon world are linked to each other, as many towns are built around the natural environment. The Pokémon world is split into several regions, Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and Alola among them. These regions are large land-forms much like continents in the real world, that support a large political region. Off these regions are islands that are not part of any region. These islands are grouped together to create one small region like the Orange Islands and the Sevii Islands. Though there are many similarities between them, there are some major differences between the regions, such as what Pokémon are located there and what legends there are waiting to be uncovered.

The natural environment in the Pokémon world is much similar to the real Earth’s environment. Areas with a high density of trees make up forests, landscapes that receive very little precipitation create deserts, while loose broken-up particles of rock make large coastal beaches attracting people and Pokémon alike. The Hoenn and the Sinnoh regions boast many dramatic environments ranging from rain-forests to deserts. The Pokémon world is mainly green and lush, based on factors such as plant structures including trees, shrubs, and grasses. Grass is usually uncontrolled and makes tall grass patches that form prime habitats for wild Pokémon – as seen from the first Pokémon game.

Konachan.com - 205077 all_male blastoise charizard clouds group hat hibiki lapras male pikachu pokemon red_eyes serain short_hair shorts typhlosion venusaur wristwearBased on this world more than 120 titles were released for the public as official games – and we can add numerous titles to this list because mods and fan-creations also launched during the ongoing development of new generation of games.

Pokémon Red Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター 赤 Pocket Monsters: Red) and Pokémon Green Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター 緑 Pocket Monsters: Green) were the first Pokémon games ever released to the public, in Japan on February 27, 1996. Much as would become standard, Red and Green were later joined by a solitary version, Pokémon Blue, which slightly improved upon their features, and eventually Pokémon Yellow, a second solitary version based on the anime – which allows you to play with Pikachu from the very beginning and not searching for it in the Viridian forest to capture.

Red and Green introduced the gameplay concepts that went on to provide the standard for games in the core series and later provided part of the basis for the first international games in the series, Pokémon Red and Blue Versions, which use the obtainable Pokémon from Red and Green and the engine and script from the Japanese Pokémon Blue Version.

In 1999, the sequels to these games, Pokémon Gold and Silver were released with the Game Boy Color in mind but remaining playable on the original Game Boy like Red and Green. In 2004, the remakes of these games were released for the Game Boy Advance as Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

The FireRed version I plan to play these upcoming weeks since I want to play a Pokemon game similar to the first released but with improved graphics. I used to play it a couple of years back on my tablet and on my phone but I want to make some videos for Youtube so I will use an emulator on my laptop.

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Each game contains pre-recorded data on 151 different species of Pokémon, including Mew, a Pokémon even Nintendo was not aware of initially. However, not all Pokémon are available to the player, regardless of version; trades must occur between players in order to complete their Pokédex without the use of cheats or glitches. In addition, Mew is not normally obtainable in either game; the only legitimate way to obtain Mew is through a Nintendo sponsored event.

Red and Green begin the Pokémon series in the region of Kanto, where players play the role of Red (standard name which can be changed at the beginning of the game), a ten-year-old boy who has just started his journey as a Pokémon Trainer from Pallet Town, on the same day as his Blue, who is Red’s rival and the grandson of the local authority on Pokémon, Professor Oak. Oak lets the two boys choose a starter Pokémon, a choice of the Grass-type Bulbasaur, the Fire-type Charmander, or the Water-type Squirtle (and with the player’s rival choosing the Pokémon that has a type advantage over the player’s Pokémon). Oak also gives them a Pokédex and asks them to catch all the Pokémon in the region.

You can battle, catch and transfer creatures in order to complete your collection. A good strategy of obtaining all the available Pokemon is by battling and evolving them. But this requires hours of searching the same zones for wild Pokemon and then traveling back to a Pokemon center to heal the owed ones. You can purchase potions for various effects but since you can gain monetary items only by confronting other trainers – you can’t get enough money to continually purchase life potions.

Pokémon Blue Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター 青 Pocket Monsters: Blue) is the third core series Pokémon game for Game Boy, released in Japan on October 15, 1996 exclusively to subscribers of CoroCoro Comic and on October 10, 1999 to general retail as a minor revision of Pokémon Red and Green Versions, which were released earlier that year. It was thus the first solitary version in the core series Pokémon games. On November 12, 2015, a Nintendo Direct announced that Blue will be released in Japan on February 27, 2016, the Pokémon 20th Anniversary, for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.

Various fixes in the game include a graphics and sound upgrade, as well as the removal of several known glitches that had been found in the original pair. Outside of Japan, its graphics, game engine, and script formed the basis of Pokémon Red and Blue, while the wild Pokémon and game-exclusive Pokémon lists were changed to match Red and Green.

Blue did not introduce any new Pokémon and so, the 151 present in Red and Green are the only ones obtainable. Like Red and Green, some Pokémon are missing from Blue and must be traded from another game to complete the Pokédex or evolved from less powerful forms.

Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version were the first Pokémon games to be released outside of Japan, becoming available in North America on September 28, 1998, in Australia and New Zealand on October 23, 1998 and in Europe on October 5, 1999. In North America, the pair closely followed the debut of the anime’s English dub, which began airing on September 8, 1998 and within a year, Pokémon was well known as a popular Nintendo franchise.

On November 12, 2015, a Nintendo Direct announced that the Red and Blue games will be released in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on February 27, 2016, the Pokémon 20th Anniversary, for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Unlike later generations, Red and Blue were not the same as their corresponding Japanese releases Pokémon Red and Green. Besides Pokémon distribution, the aspects of Red and Blue such as graphics, script, and sprite designs are instead based on Pokémon Blue.

Despite being released towards the end of Game Boy’s lifespan, they quickly became the best-selling non-bundled games released for the Game Boy as well as being the best-selling role-playing games of all time.

Illustrating the original Pokémon gameplay concepts, the player begins his game in Pallet Town, a small town in the Kanto region, on the same day as his former best friend and now rival. Professor Oak calls the player to his laboratory, and allows the player to choose from the three Kanto starter Pokémon: the Grass-type Bulbasaur, the Fire-type Charmander, or the Water-type Squirtle. After the rival displays jealously, he chooses the starter that has a type advantage against the player’s chosen starter and challenges the player to a preliminary battle. Afterwards, the player leaves for his journey across the region, challenging 8 Gym Leaders and other Trainers until he reaches the ultimate goal: the Pokémon League at the Indigo Plateau.

Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ピカチュウ Pocket Monsters: Pikachu), often known as Pokémon Yellow Version, is the third Pokémon game for Game Boy released worldwide, as a solitary version of Pokémon Red and Blue Versions. In Japan, the game was the fourth Pokémon game released, as a second solitary version of Pocket Monsters Red & Green. Unlike other games, Pokemon Yellow was inspired by the anime.

Similar to Red and Blue, Yellow arrived towards the end of the Game Boy’s lifespan. It managed, though, to receive the title of second best-selling non-bundled game for its console, losing only to its predecessors. On November 12, 2015, a Nintendo Direct announced that Yellow will be released in Japan, North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on February 27, 2016, the Pokémon 20th Anniversary, for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.

Generation VII games heavily inspired by Pokémon Yellow, titled Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, are slated to be released worldwide for Nintendo Switch in November 2018, two months after Yellow’s 20th anniversary in Japan.

I’ve played a few hours each of the original Pokemon games – Red, Green, Blue and Yellow – managing to capture and level up some of the Pokemon. As examples – in Pokemon: Red I chose Charmander and used it to help other captured creatures when their heath points were low. In Pokemon: Yellow – I went with the option of raising Pikachu and Rattata as primary battling creatures. I didn’t like the Green version that much because the translations were horrible and I played Blue only for a couple of hours. As I was saying – I want to start playing the FireRed version sometime the upcoming week and write an article regarding the walk-through, along with some videos I will upload on Youtube.

Also regarding the soundtrack used in the games and which I absolutely adore – all the versions except Yellow have the same soundtrack, the Yellow version has three extra tracks.

Game Boy: Entire Pokémon Sounds Collection CD (Japanese: ゲームボーイ「ポケモン」のサウンドがまるごと入って、遊べるCD) is the official soundtrack release for Pokémon Red, Green and Blue.

It was released exclusively in Japan on November 1, 1997 as an album. It has not been released in digital format on the iTunes Store unlike the other soundtracks, including in Japan. It is also the only core series game soundtrack so far to not be announced for an international release.

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You can listen the tracks on Khinsider’s Pokemon Sound Collection page and you can find out more about the music on Video Game Music Database page.

 

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Vectorial Factor: The Elfen Lied Hyperbole

It is like a tradition now – to re-watch Elfen Lied every summer – to engage in the story of my favorite anime – a story filled with tragedy and also darkness. I remember the first time I saw the anime – home – in the afternoons – and I was captivated by the rich set of elements that put together the plot. And after completing it I was left with this sense of sadness – which I experienced each time I finished the series.

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Elfen Lied – which refers to a German poem translated as the “Song of the Elves” – was originally a manga series created by Lynn Okamoto. It presents the story of a species of super-humans called Diclonius – which are extremely violent by nature and enjoy tearing apart everything that they can reach. From the very beginning we witness the destructive powers of the Diclonius – as the main character – Lucy – escapes the facility she was kept in. The Diclonius possess a number of invisible arms called vectors, which varies from one individual to another.

The Diclonius also can be differentiated from humans by the set of horns they present from birth – and as they reach the age of three – they become killing machines lacking consciousness.

On the other hand – we see another fragment of existence – in which we see the Diclonius kept in laboratories and studied through various experiments. Through various violent tactics – the humans wanted to examine their capacities, boundaries and their way of thinking.

The themes in the series range from the double personality cliché and social identity to torture, regret, family life, perception of the past and present. The series follows the psychological evolution of the characters, which are deeply marked by their past (sadly otherwise). It is like a group of individuals which are rejected by the society end up living together and making the best of their remaining days- while still battling this rejection.

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The predominant genres in Elfen Lied are drama, horror, psychology and some elements of comedy. The evolution of the characters is marked by their way of thinking, the way they perceive reality. The drama of the existence of these individuals is explained episode with episode. From orphans, people with mental disabilities, unconscious assassins, all these characters can be found during the 13 episodes. Elfen Lied involves themes of social alienation, identity, prejudice, human conditions, revenge, abuse, jealousy and regret. The series also has graphic violence.

List of Episodes

01 – “A Chance Encounter ~ Begegnung (lit. Meeting)
“Kaikō” (BEGEGNUNG 邂逅)

02 – “Annihilation ~ Vernichtung (lit. Annihilation)
“Sōtō” (VERNICHTUNG 掃討)

03 – “Deep Feelings ~ Im Innersten (lit. At Heart)
“Kyōri” (IM INNERSTEN 胸裡)

04 – “Attack ~ Aufeinandertreffen (lit. Encounter)
“Shokugeki” (AUFEINANDERTREFFEN 触撃)

05 – “Receipt ~ Empfang (lit. Reception)
“Rakushō” (EMPFANG 落掌)

06 – “Innermost Feelings ~ Herzenswärme (lit. Heart Warmth)
“Chūjō” (HERZENSWAERME 衷情)

07 – “Confrontation ~ Zufällige Begegnung (lit. Coincidental Meeting)
“Saikai” (ZUFAELLIGE BEGEGNUNG 際会)

08 – “The Beginning ~ Beginn (lit. Beginning)
“Kōshi” (BEGINN 嚆矢)

09 – “Reminiscence ~ Schöne Erinnerung (lit. Beautiful Memory)
“Tsuioku” (SCHOENEERINNERUNG 追憶)

10 – “Infant ~ Säugling (lit. Infant)
“Eiji” (SAEUGLING 嬰児)

11 – “Complication ~ Vermischung (lit. Intermixing)
“Sakusō” (VERMISCHUNG 錯綜)

12 – “Quagmire ~ Taumeln (lit. Tumble)
“Deinei” (TAUMELN 泥濘)

13 – “No Return ~ Erleuchtung (lit. Illumination)
“Fugen” (ERLEUCHTUNG 不還)

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“In the Passing Rain, Or, How Can a Girl Have Reached Such Feelings? ~ Regenschauer (lit. Rain shower)”
“Tōriame ni te arui wa, shōjo wa ikani shi te sono shinjō ni itatta ka?” (通り雨にて 或いは、少女はいかにしてその心情に至ったか?)

Rock Paper Scissors Manga Review

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Yet another Adventure/Romance/SchoolLife/Supernatural manga presenting battles between the students for obtaining the glory of the student council.

In a world of floating cities, somewhere in the future – students enrolled at the Masumasu Academy present a certain type of power – which is called Fiction – which allows them – by invoking names of famous scientists/musicians/writers and other historical figures – to gain certain abilities – like mastering the elements, build paradoxes as stopping time and so on.

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The rules are simple – you can use these powers only in a race between two members of opposite councils. Fiction allows you to transform, to change appearance and this can be used as a weapon against the opponent.

There are 6 chapters released – easy to read – the artwork can be defined as fine. The plot however is not that intriguing – still it is a fun read. The author is Kimura Shinichi known for Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? and the artwork was done by Makutsu.

 

Pokemon TCG [Useful Links]

So this morning I woke up thinking about the good old Pokemon Trading Cards I used to collect when I was younger. There was Pokemon on TV, it was summer and me and all my friends were collecting these cards and these coins and even figurines.

MewtwoBaseSet10There were croissants with Pokemon stickers, chewing gum, sodas, envelopes with cards and Pikachu-shaped erasers – all these having something Pokemon-themed attached. But what I enjoyed most were the Trading Cards. Too bad I don’t have any of them anymore – only the base set which I printed myself at my job. Aaaaand – because I kinda obsessed with Pokemon – and I am not the only one out there [despite my age] I wanted to give you some useful links which can help you find info and images of the Pokemon Trading Card Packs.

And I am writing this post while listening to a Pokemon Podcast from The National Dex.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game (Japanese: ポケモンカードゲーム, Pokémon Card Game), often abbreviated as Pokémon TCG or just TCG, is a tabletop game that involves collecting, trading and playing with Pokémon themed playing cards. It has its own set of rules but uses many motifs and ideas derived from the video games. There are Pokémon cards for every species of Pokémon, as well as Trainer cards featuring characters, items and other themes of the franchise (each with a different use) and Energy cards to power various actions. The artwork for the cards is provided by numerous artists.

The Pokémon TCG is a popular and steady aspect of the Pokémon franchise and is played and enjoyed by many fans. 23.6 billion Pokémon Trading Card Game cards have been produced worldwide in 12 languages, and being sold in 74 countries and regions.[1] The game is part of the Play! Pokémon organized play along with the video game series and is also used in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

PokePlayer is maybe the best looking database on Pokemon TC

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Bulbapedia has some very well organized pages on the trading card decks

Pokemon Trading Cards – Bulbapedia

PokeGym is a forum filled with information and images and also scans of the TC

Trading Card Sets

pkmn cards [dot] com

TCG Set Listing

Other Links:

TCG Player

Pokellector

Pokebeach

Serebii

Pokemon Archive

Nekojiru-sou [Conceptual Review]

As an anime fan, I dwell into shows that are purely amazing. Genres like psychological, horror, thriller, dementia and drama are my favorites [as stated many, many times before]. And here I am watching Nekojiru-sou, on a Monday at job :)) [because why not].

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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 21, 2001
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Duration: 32 min.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

 

This title embarks you into a world of surreal tenderness, depictions of imagination and strange facts.

 

[SPOILERS AHEAD!]

 

We assist to a death scene from almost the very beginning. It is told ritualistically, using a process of three steps. The soul of the poor cat leaves her body after three blinkings, and the forth times she sees death coming for her.

 

Her brother, after seeing his sister leaving with death, he tries to save her soul from death, and rips apart that aura of her substantiality, making his sister – a shell of her former self. He gains one part of her soul. Death leaves with the other part.

 

The story-telling process is a complex one.

 

There are humans depicted as elements in an absurd existence, strange characters, like the cloud-bird in the circus, which is used as a metaphor for cruelty towards animals in a circus. We have God who cuts a female into pieces and puts her together using a spell – which is an epithet for religious expression. Then comes the Noe’s Ark scene, in which humanity brought doom upon themselves – as the official story tells – and not that the nature’s wrath was beyond control in a moment of this planet’s history.

 

Elements like this are detailing the course of the story written here.

 

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Strange things begin to happen after the waters evaporate. We have elements of voodoo – in which one characters is sewing up parts of corpses to create a sort of community from dead “things”, excessive violence, graphic depictions of gross and unussual behavior.

 

The tones used are pale, almost rotting, creating a perfect ambiance and an atmosphere for this ilogical and irrational tale of unreason.

 

One scene in particular was a favorite of mine. I would call it terror-punk subgenre [if that even exists], in which a man with bdsm inclinations is trying to kill our protagonists, but ends up chopped-up by our beloved cute friends. The OVA is produced in such a manner in which the cuteness is very well fusioned with the acts of brutality and tragedies of the story.

 

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Another thing that is very pleasant and demads gratitude is the imagination of the author, used professionally in creating situations and characters out-of-this world. Like the water-elephant or the abstract art used in the backgrouds with a note of H. P. Lovecraft phenomena.

 

The paradox of time, stopping it, fastforwarding it, elements of the Darwinist theory, mechanisms of life, the evolution of life, historical moments, and the traditional japanese lifestyle – all in one creation.

 

 I recommend the title for its originality. Score 5/5.