Saturday, September 18, 2010

Boo, No Classics

Today, the Japanese are rejoicing over the release of the new games Pokémon Black and Pokémon White. However, I've noticed quite a few things that shatter traditions from third and fourth generations into a million pieces. First and foremost, the new Pokédex consists of entirely new Pokémon, not a single classic from generations one through four. However, these 156 new Pokémon now brings the final total number of species up to 649! Another thing that breaks tradition is two less HMs, being replaced with three additional TMs, making a game-breaking record of 101 machine moves. Also, it seems that the Gym Leader's rosters as well as those of Elite Four seem to be cutting back, Gym Leaders having only three Pokémon and the Elite Four having... four. Although all the gyms have some kind of puzzle-solving stuff on the inside, there still must be a good reason why the top trainers of the new region are not coming at the player with an army. But what's interesting to note is that the Gym Leaders are more variant than in previous games. The first Gym Leader will vary depending on your starter Pokémon, naturally using the special type yours is weak against a la rival style. The eighth Gym Leader will vary depending on the version and it turns out the one in Pokémon White is the same girl who is to accompany Ash on his travels in the new region! It'll be interesting to see where the anime turns from there, especially if Ash still has the goal of collecting eight badges and participating in the region's League tournament. Based on previous outcomes in previous leagues in previous seasons, I bet he'll lose again. Ha, ha! So although tradition is somewhat no longer tradition, there's still much to look forward to, especially since Famitsu has proven to give the games a perfect score.

...I still want Pokémon Black...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Out of Material

Lately, it has been made public, or announced, that more Phineas and Ferb songs have been made as demos before their final versions are released in future episodes, including "Rollercoaster: The Musical" and the TV movie. Fortunately, there is also proof to back it up, so we're expecting this material to appear at some point. The problem is, Disney Channel and Disney XD are not running a hot schedule, as many months this year have gone without airing any new episodes whatsoever, so Season 2 is slowing to a crawl, with only Disney Channel airing "Wizard of Odd" later this month. I mean, what's the deal? The show's popular enough, so what happened? I sincerely hope Spongebob didn't do a number on it or Phineas referencing Spongebob and Patrick's uselessness was taken as an offense.

Seriously, some people have no sense of humor, but they have no right to defend Spongebob from anything, even getting flushed down the toilet along with his pride and popularity.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sweet Dreams

Today is the day that the North American version of Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep is finally released! Now gamers will get to experience the beginning of the saga in English! I, however, must sit this one out due to lacking a PSP, so I will wait around and view English cutscenes once YouTube or other video sources have them available. Go, Kingdom Hearts fans! Get this game already! That is, if you have a PSP...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

At the End of the War

In the latest Presidential Address to the nation, President Obama officially declared the war in Iraq over after the last of the combat troops were withdrawn. Of course, not every American has returned, but the combat ops have come to an end after nearly a decade of seemingly ceaseless fighting. Well, the President did promise us an end to this war that he opposed back when he was a senator, a war that former President Bush should not have gotten us involved in. On a good note, Obama also never mentioned the term "victory", but simply said the mission was over. Saying the word "victory" is a mistake former President Bush would certainly make, or already made for that matter. I say, "Well spoken, Mr. President" in regards to his nationwide speech. And anyone who dares to oppose me can just... eh, I'm not gonna say it.

So well done, President Obama! You have my support all the way!