Gaming Post 35: Pokémon Silver Version

The random number generator chose Pokémon Silver Version. That’s interesting.

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Pokémon Silver Version was a Game Boy Color game that came out in October of the year 2000. It was one of the two video games that introduced players to the second generation of Pokémon (the group of 100 Pokémon that were revealed to players after the first 151). Silver Version’s mascot is the legendary Pokémon Lugia, who had been introduced to audiences earlier that year in the second Pokémon Movie, “Pokémon the Movie 2000”.

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When Pokemon Gold and Silver came out, I didn’t get Silver right away, but I did get Gold Version the first day it came out. I chose Gold instead of Silver because I preferred Ho-oh over Lugia. To me, Ho-oh seemed like a Pokémon that was even newer than Lugia, and that is what made me decide to get Gold first.

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I eventually received Silver as a Christmas present, seemingly on Christmas of 2001, but it possibly could have been 2000. My memories of that time in my life are a bit fuzzy. The only evidence against me having gotten it for Christmas of 2001 (that I can think of) is that Pokémon Crystal was already out at that point, and Silver was considered to be inferior to Crystal. I can’t say for certain whether or not I got Crystal on its release date, but if I really did get Silver for Christmas of 2001, it seems that Pokémon Crystal might have been received on another occasion some time after its release date.

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Thinking about this feels like a time paradox.

I was about 9 back then, and looking back at it, I seemed to be more focused on playing through the story rather than playing beyond the end. I got all 16 Badges in the game and beat Trainer Red like I had done in Gold Version, but in Silver, that’s where I stopped. My starter Pokémon was Totodile because I had already chosen Cyndaquil in Gold, and because Chikorita was in my opinion the lamest of the three.

 

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In those days, I had a guide which I attempted to use with my friend Jonah to complete the Pokédex, but it was a fruitless endeavor. There was no known way to get Mew or Celebi without cheating, and I wasn’t goal-oriented enough to capture the other 249 that were possible to catch. My first real attempt at catching em all would have to wait until Generation 3.

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I lost this guide some time in the past 15 years.

I remember reading that Pokémon Silver Version was considered by the Scholastic Book of World Records to be the most sold video game. I don’t think it was true though, even at the time it was printed. Maybe it was the most sold game during a specific year, but I’m not sure. Even so, if it was true that more copies of Silver were sold than Gold, it seems to indicate that people favored Lugia over Ho-oh at that time, even though the metal Gold is usually considered to be more valuable and thus better than Silver. The reason for Lugia’s popularity might be its design, but it seems to me that people were starting to prefer Pokémon that they were familiar with over those that were perceived to be new. Lugia had its movie, and although Ho-oh did appear in the first episode of Pokémon on TV, I know I never saw that episode until years later, so to many, it was completely new. The sentiment of preferring the familiar would drive some people who had previously liked Pokémon to dislike the newer Pokémon simply based on the fact that they were new and not of the original 151.

 

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As for me, I liked the shiny cartridges.

Pokémon Silver Version was good, but it was pretty much the same exact game as Gold. It was because I had already beaten Gold and Silver that I later found Pokémon Crystal to be not worth finishing until I finally did in 2014, but that’s a story for another time.

 

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Technically, I have still not played through the remake of Pokémon Silver that came out in 2010. I played Heart Gold but it was my brother who played Soul Silver. I’ll be sure to think of an excuse to play through Soul Silver one day.

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In Soul Silver, the HM background color is Silver! Not Gold! It’s Different!

I played Pokémon Silver again in the year 2014. I won’t tell you why, but you may be able to guess. Until the time is right, I’m leaving it as a sloppily kept secret. By the way, here’s a trailer for The Yellow Quest!

 

And here’s a link to the playlist

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Gaming Post 34: Xenoblade Chronicles (3DS)

The random number generator has chosen a very good game for me to write about, but it’s a very long game that some people may intend to play eventually, so I’ll try not to spoil too much about the story.

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The game I’m going to be writing about this time is Xenoblade Chronicles 3D for the New Nintendo 3DS. It was originally released for the Nintendo Wii. If you’re scrolling through Zelgerath.com, everything after this paragraph is concealed behind a “Continue reading” tag, but if you’ve clicked straight into this article, there is no such protection from minor spoilers.

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“NO SAIL ZELDA WIND WAKER CHALLENGE”

Hello readers! My friends convinced me to start working on recording Let’sPlays this year and so we have recently started up doing a challenge that has been on my quest list for some time.

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The challenge is to play through The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker without using a sail at any point and with only using the warp song the minimum possible amount of times and still finish the game. My friend Bryan will play through the land content and I’ll do all the ocean content. We’ll also be in a room full of commentators. We’ll commentate throughout the whole thing.

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Here’s Dave and Bryan…
Cam and Dave...
Cam and Dave…
Harlan and Nick...
Harlan and Nick…
And me, Zelgerath.
And me, Zelgerath.

People used to say that the Wind Waker overworld was too big and empty, but I didn’t mind very much, which is why I came up with this plan. Keep in mind that the Wii U version that we’re using has an increased speed both in sailing and cruising and there is also slightly less sailing to do in the game, but the original plan was for us to play through the GameCube version. I just couldn’t get my recording method working in time, but this should be good I think.

EDIT: We have completed the entire quest. You can watch them all in the following playlist if you want, although I must warn you not to give it your full attention as it gets arguably pretty boring at times.

The audio mix for the first 8 Episodes was a little rough, but we steadily improved as we went on. The playlist continues into the remainder of the series with better audio.

Our next Let’sPlay will be the obscure title, “Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure” For the Nintendo DS, imported from Europe.

I hope you enjoyed if you decided to watch. We’ll keep at it!

Gaming Post 25: LarryBoy and the Bad Apple

A while back, the random number generator told me to write about one of the games that I’ve beaten, however, I’ve been procrastinating about it for some time now (of course while also playing lots of new games). The game was LarryBoy and the Bad Apple on the PlayStation 2. To explain why I played this particular game, I’ll need to explain what VeggieTales is and why it was so cool when it first came out.

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Nowadays, lots of our entertainment comprises of 3D rendered content, whether that’s monoscopic or stereoscopic 3D videogames, films, or television shows. It was not so prevalent when I was born though. There are plenty of full length 3D animated films available today, but the very first one was Toy Story which came out in 1995. Every film in this category came out in the past 20 years, which in the grand scheme of things is not a very long time. Before the first Toy Story movie came out, there was a “straight to VHS tape” series that was fully rendered in 3D. This series was VeggieTales, whose first episode came out in 1993, when I was 1. It must have been the coolest thing around.

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At the time, there had never ever ever ever ever been a show like VeggieTales. They even say so in the theme song!

VeggieTales was really great. I think I discovered it when I was about 4, when VeggieTales was 3 years into its run and there were only 5 episodes of the show. I think one of my cousins showed it to me after discovering it himself when he went to college. At the time, 3D animation was very exciting no matter what age you were because it was so new and fun. I’m sure many of us don’t even notice it today when we see it, because it’s become such a staple of entertainment in our society. It’s a technology that no longer seems new.

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VeggieTales episodes often feature moral dilemmas, sometimes through the retelling of Bible stories but also through original stories. There is always some humor to be found in the episodes, even though the plots of some of them can be slow for older viewers. I kept up with the series until about 2001 when I was 9, but the show seems to have continued at a steady pace.

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My favorite character was LarryBoy, the alter ego of Larry the Cucumber. Of the episodes that I watched, LarryBoy was in three of them, and was featured heavily in the two of them that took place in the fictional city of Bumblyburg. LarryBoy is a superhero similar to Batman, but he’s also a vegetable like most of the characters in VeggieTales.

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Sometimes characters can be fruits. After all, Bob the Tomato has seeds and is thus technically a fruit.

Years after I stopped following VeggieTales, I was going through a shelf of old PS2 games at a GameStop store, and I found a game called “LarryBoy and the Bad Apple”. The game is based on LarryBoy’s third adventure of the same name. I hadn’t seen the episode, so I figured that playing the game would be an approximation of watching the episode, but with added interactivity. That’s when I decided that I would play through the game.

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It was a pretty fun experience simply because I grew up watching LarryBoy and had sort of thought that a game about him would be cool. The gameplay was especially good in the segments of the game in which LarryBoy has to fly through the air. As a whole, the game mostly consists of puzzles and platforming. There are cutscenes taken directly from the VeggieTales episode that the game is based on.

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LarryBoy isn’t completely based on Batman. They went ahead and threw in a reference to Spider-Man too.

The main villain is an Apple who personifies temptation. This is especially interesting because as VeggieTales is limited to a cast of vegetables and fruit, casting the villain as an apple that tempts people cleverly draws a parallel between the villain in this story and the Apple of Eden that tempted Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis. In that way, this was both an original story and biblical. The thematic use of apples to represent temptation and evil is quite old and prevalent throughout literature and other media.

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The main villain is called The Bad Apple. She is an apple who tempts people. LarryBoy’s temptation is eating too much chocolate.
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A witch tells Snow White that eating this apple will grant her a wish. Snow White gives into her temptation and eats it, but it is poisoned.
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The future that the forbidden fruit foretells… I shall change the dream into reality. -Death Note Intro Song English Translation
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The Piece of Eden is temptation given form. -Al Mualim talking about the mechanical device called the Apple of Eden (Assassin’s Creed)

The villain, so called “The Bad Apple”, goes around tempting people to neglect their responsibilities to do other things they’d like to do instead, getting the mayor to vainly obsess over her appearance and a cook to watch an entire science fiction TV series. LarryBoy breaks people free from their temptations by completing levels, each one given the theme of the person’s temptation. Ironically, one of the people in the game who the Bad Apple has tempted is someone who wants to play video games all day. What’s ironic about this is that in order to make this character pay attention to their real responsibilities, you have to beat a level of this real life video game. The moral of that chapter is to not play videogames all day, and yet this is exactly what I did to finish this game.

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Am I subject to temptation? Absolutely. Do I give in to my temptation? Oh yes, definitely. That’s how I beat so many games.

And so with that, I’ve finished another article on Zelgerath.com. Maybe I can get back in the swing of things. As always, Thanks for Reading! =)

Gaming Post 19: New Super Luigi U

The random number generator has chosen for me to write about the Downloadable Content (DLC) for New Super Mario Bros. U called New Super Luigi U. This was the first DLC that I counted on my list as a full game, as it really felt like a full game. The truth of the matter is that although it started as DLC, it was released again on its own disc without the regular content of New Super Mario Bros. U. This happens to be one of the 26 games set within the Mario Universe that I beat within a year.

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New Super Luigi U is a New Super Mario Bros. game with a few twists thrown in. It’s for the Wii U gaming system and includes the usual features of the New Super Mario Bros. series. Basically, you can only save whenever you want after you beat the story, and the objective for completing the game 100% is collecting all of the Star Coins. As usual, there are 3 in each stage and you keep the star coins you obtain within the stage only if you make it safely to the flag at the end.

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There are as many stages in New Super Luigi U as there are in New Super Mario Bros. U, because the over world is exactly the same. The stages, however, are more difficult, and yet shorter. Though the stages are full of death traps, you are only given 100 seconds on the timer to make it to the end of the course. There are no check points, and it might even be impossible to obtain all 3 star coins in one go for certain stages. I cannot confirm if this is actually true or not, because there are some truly super players out there. It’s possible to play the game as a character called Nabbit, who is immune to enemies, but because that makes the game too easy, I only played as Luigi. I know that I’m a hypocrite because I use Restore Points in some virtual console games and yet think playing as Nabbit is cheap.

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I might have downloaded this DLC before my copy of New Super Mario Bros. U arrived in the mail, but I didn’t try the game out until I got stuck in a level in Mario U. Like always, the trick to working on New Super Mario Bros. games is to find your way to the end of the story so that you can save your progress more frequently.

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This time, even moving through the campaign was something of a trial. Luigi can save after every beaten Tower and Castle, so the idea was to beat a tower or castle before using up all of Luigi’s lives. I got as far as the tower in Soda Jungle before I really got stuck and tried my luck again with Mario U.

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Eventually, Luigi U was the last New Super Mario Bros. game left for me to 100%, and so I took a pretty significant shortcut so that I could get quickly to the end of the story. The inflatable pink baby Yoshi was very helpful in clearing many of the stages in this game.

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The infinite lives trick takes a bit of skill to perform in Luigi U. This video shows someone who is very good at performing it. Even though I never got as many as 99 lives in the level per attempt, I still made a profit of lives.

Towards the end of my completion of this game, I spent a lot of time listening to audio books from the Sherlock Holmes series. I’m a big fan of the BBC’s modern adaptation of the stories, so I’ve been listening to the originals now and then ever since.

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I was super stoked to finally complete New Super Luigi U, but the sense of accomplishment I had, while still strong even today, also gave way to a sort of emptiness. When I first heard of it, I thought the New Super Mario Bros series wouldn’t be fun because it was two dimensional, but after I had beaten the 3D Mario games, I looked to New Super Mario Bros to tide me over until the next 3D Mario game. What happened after my completion of New Super Mario Bros is that I had to find something else to fill the gap it had been filling before. I would fill that gap with the Paper Mario series, but that’s another story.

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Gaming Post 12: Wario, Master of Disguise

The random number generator wants me to write about Wario: Master of Disguise. It happens to be one of the 26 games set in the Mario universe that I beat during my “Year of Mario”.

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This is a strange game on my list. Essentially it’s Wario Land combined with the touchscreen gimmick of the Nintendo DS era. The premise is that Wario, while trying to think of a way to get rich, sees a show about master thieves, so he creates a machine that will allow him to enter the TV Program. Once there, he decides to introduce himself as a master thief called “The Purple Wind”, because he’s silent but deadly.

Wario is pretty great.
Wario is pretty great.

So, he steals a magical wand and uses various “disguises” to make his way through the 10 levels in the game. Among those disguises are the default thief disguise which allows Wario to jump pretty high, the dragon disguise that lets him shoot fire, the electric disguise which lets him shoot electricity, a space suit that lets him shoot lasers, a “genius” disguise that lets him punch objects sideways with an invention involving a boxing glove, an artist disguise that lets him spawn blocks to achieve various tasks, a pirate disguise that lets him float in water, and a demon disguise that lets him fly around.

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The levels are pretty good, but the touch controls can be more difficult than they should be. I definitely had to make use of video guides for some of the bosses in the game and moments when I wasn’t sure where to go. In my opinion, I would skip this game unless you’re a big fan of Wario. I happen to be, so I ended up liking the game, but I’m aware that Wario is a very polarizing figure.

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