Lessons in Family from Fire Emblem Fates

Lessons in Family from Fire Emblem Fates

Before the dust even settled on Nintendo’s grand Switch presentation, the Fire Emblem hype train crashed into the station like Prince Hector’s axe. We got hit with announcements of four new games: Fire Emblem Warriors (Dynasty Warriors gameplay in a Fire Emblem setting) for Switch, Fire Emblem Heroes for mobile, Fire Emblem Gaiden: Shadows of Valentia for 3DS, and an unnamed main series game slated for Nintendo Switch. Since Heroes dropped last week, I have a relevant excuse to discuss four of my favorite characters: the Royal Family of Nohr…

Announcement: The Birth of Mewtwo: Lost Creation Radio Drama

Announcement: The Birth of Mewtwo: Lost Creation Radio Drama

The Christmas season is over, and it’s time to look forward to the coming new year. I have several projects in the works for the website in 2017, and I’m excited to finally reveal one! Read on to learn about Theditor and I’s new collaboration: The Birth of Mewtwo: Lost Creation. The Birth of Mewtwo In 1998, the Pokémon anime made the leap from television sets to the big screen with Mewtwo Strikes Back. To promote the then-upcoming film, a five-part radio drama entitled The Birth of Mewtwo was produced to…

What Pokémon Means to Me

What Pokémon Means to Me

It’s time: Pokémon Sun and Moon release today. I’m clearing my weekend schedule to kick back and enjoy a new generation of monsters, battles, and adventures. This will be my fourth post about the twenty-year-old series, and I snuck in tiny references to it in almost every other piece. Pokémon is, without a doubt, one of the most important things in my life. Surreal to think I followed this franchise for seventeen years, ever since I discovered these crazy creatures on the back of a Lunchables box in the summer of 1999. The…

Pokémon GO: Catch Some Self Improvement

Pokémon GO: Catch Some Self Improvement

Pokémon GO has lit the Internet on fire. In a news week with the FBI declining to recommend indictment for Hilary Clinton and horrific police shootings, a video game involving searching for fictional monsters on cell phones still manages to be a dominant topic. Nintendo’s stock jumped 10% after release. Thousands of statuses and tweets about the game flood the social networks. Incredible stories are already popping up, like a player that found a dead body while playing. Pokémon GO meetups worldwide are in the making. In a year or…

Icons of Motivation: Linkle (Legend of Zelda)

Icons of Motivation: Linkle (Legend of Zelda)

Me being the characteristically Slowpoke gamer that I am, I sat out the initial Wii U release of the Legend of Zelda/Dynasty Warriors sorta-crossover Hyrule Warriors. I finally joined the battle in June when I needed entertainment for a plane ride to Alaska for my bestie’s wedding. DLC is planned through the end of the year though so I say it’s still relevant to discuss. The frenetic hack ‘n’ slash gameplay plus delectably gratuitous Zelda fanservice of Hyrule Warriors hooked me instantly, but early on, something else caught my eye: a crossbow-toting farm girl who…

Pokémon Creator Satoshi Tajiri and a Childhood Passion-turned-Billion Dollar Franchise

Pokémon Creator Satoshi Tajiri and a Childhood Passion-turned-Billion Dollar Franchise

On this day, twenty years ago, two glitchy JRPGs were released to a handheld system on its last leg, and spawned one of the most successful gaming and entertainment franchises ever. Yes, it’s another Pokémon post.  I can’t help it, Red, Blue, and Yellow have been released on virtual console and Sun and Moon versions will rise this holiday season. Today’s subject is the creator of the franchise, Satoshi Tajiri. Series Producer Junichi Masuda and Designer Ken Sugimori are arguably the most prominent staff members of Game Freak in the public…

Icons of Motivation: Ash Ketchum

Icons of Motivation: Ash Ketchum

It’s a grand week. Saturday the 27th marks twenty colorful years with the Pokémon franchise. Of course, you probably already knew that. Nintendo and Game Freak have made plenty of noise to celebrate this milestone, including a Super Bowl spot, re-releases of the Generation I games on 3DS virtual console, the mobile augmented reality adventure Pokémon Go, and a mysterious announcement planned for Friday. Millions of dollars were spent for airtime for an advertisement that announced nothing. For the first Icons of Motivation, I’ve chosen the human face of the…