Gaming Post 36: Pokémon Crystal Version

A long time ago, the Random Number Generator chose Pokémon Crystal Version to be the next game I would write an article about on this website. It has been several years since then, in part because I wasn’t truly finished playing the game at that time. My quest in that game has recently ended, which has in a sense, potentially opened the floodgates for me to continue writing articles here.


I bought a copy of Pokémon Crystal when it came out. I may have purchased it on its American release date, but I can’t be sure. My memory of anything that happened in my life before I was 10 years old is fuzzy.

What I do know is that by the time I started Pokémon Crystal, I had already beaten Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. Having played both of them, I knew that they were basically the same game with a different cartridge color, title screen, and creature spawns. My hope was that Pokémon Crystal would be something new and exciting, but it turned out that it too was basically the same game as Gold and Silver.


The cartridge of Pokémon Crystal is very pretty, but aside from that, I didn’t experience Crystal as a different game from Gold and Silver up to the point when I gave up. Crystal was the first main series Pokémon game to let you choose between being a boy or girl, but since I was a boy and a coward, I chose to play as a boy despite the fact that playing as a girl would be the biggest possible gameplay difference Crystal could offer. Also, since it was my third time playing a game set in Johto, I went ahead and chose my third favorite Johto starter, having already chosen Cyndaquil in Gold and Totodile in Silver.

Chikorita is my third favorite Johto starter.

I’m not entirely sure why, but I became bored enough of the game to stop playing once I arrived in Ecruteak City. It’s true that the Pokémon sprites were a bit more animated in Crystal, but I had essentially played Pokémon Gold to death by that point, so to me, it felt like there was very little reason to carry on.

I eventually beat the story of Pokémon Crystal in 2014 when I recorded a video project called The Crystal Quest, a sequel to a different video project called The Yellow Quest. In The Crystal Quest, I catch 99 of the Generation 2 Pokémon legitimately in regular Pokéballs and Park Balls, and then I catch Celebi in a Pokéball by cheating the event only “GS Ball” item into the game and then not saving after.

To be fair, I did have a GS Ball in real life.

Here’s a playlist of The Crystal Quest if you ever want to see it.

When I played Crystal all the way through for this video project, I was 21, so I noticed things I maybe wouldn’t have noticed when I was younger. It’s stated in the game that the legendary beasts, Entei, Raikou, and Suicune were the reincarnations of Pokémon who perished in the burning of the western pagoda, The Brass Tower. This is said to have been caused by a lightning bolt 150 years ago at the time that the games take place. A popular theory was that the three Pokémon who perished were a Flareon, Jolteon and Vaporeon. Lending stock to this theory was the fact that in Pokémon Crystal, the story of this event is told to you by three monks who each have a Noctowl followed by one of those three Eeveelutions. This theory is seemingly contradicted in what happens to be my favorite episode of “Pokémon Generations” as seen below.

The three Pokémon that become the legendary beasts appear to be something close in shape to the Pokémon Houndour, or a regular dog. That said, it’s pretty clear that “Pokémon Generations” isn’t 100% canonical.

This is probably a regular dog.

What I love about this episode is that it takes place in the past of Johto, which looks a lot like the past of Japan. This implies that the Pokémon world had the same basic history as Earth, with us sharing the same passing fashions and architecture styles.

People from that episode dressed in a different fashion to the more modern era fashion of the main series’ present day.

I should note that the Galar region contains architecture in the ancient Roman style, namely the Hero’s Bath in Circhester. This, along with the name of the nearby “Hotel Ionia” implies that Galar itself was in part settled by the PokéRomans just like how England was settled by the real Romans in actual history. If there’s ever a Pokémon game set in a region based on Italy, I expect to see some ruins there that look the same as the ones in Circhester.

The Hero’s Bath (Circhester, Galar)

In 2018, a modified version of Pokémon Crystal was released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Unlike the original Pokémon Crystal, this one had a legitimate way to obtain the GS Ball and fight or capture Celebi without needing a real life event to take place. This was the first time since the original Crystal version that shiny Celebi could be legitimately obtainable and sent to the most current game. Because of this, many people attempted to encounter one, despite the odds of one appearing being 1/8192 each time you put the GS Ball in its pedestal.


Before Crystal came out on the Virtual Console, I had never purposefully tried to encounter a shiny Pokémon and succeeded. That said, Shiny Pokémon had a way of finding me. I did start successfully hunting shiny Pokémon whenever I participated in Pokémon GO Community Days, but the odds of a Pokémon being shiny in that game, especially during a Community Day, is much higher than it is in the regular mainline series, so I wouldn’t really consider that to be the same thing as shiny hunting.


I had purchased a Japanese 3DS and European 2DS for multiple purposes. One of those purposes was to catch every form of Vivillon that I previously had to trade with other people for. That took maybe a few hours. After that, I wanted to use those systems along with my other two functioning 3DSes to hunt shiny Celebi with four games at a time.

I had four Crystals just like in the Final Fantasy.

Hunting Celebi with 4 games at a time would change the chance of encountering a shiny from 1/8192 per reset to 1-(8191/8192)^4 or about 1/2048 per reset. Even with that advantage I wasn’t motivated to actually do the hunt until recently, when it occurred to me that looking for the non event-boosted Gigantimax Pokémon in Sword and Shield without cheating would be more of a hassle than finding shiny Celebi.

Gigantimax spawns are unfair. Mr. Krabs is in there.

I got my array of game systems ready, and started hunting after work one night. I decided to multitask and so I started to rewatch Full Metal Alchemist on my phone. I almost got to the end of the second episode when my plans for watching anime were foiled.

I didn’t count the number of resets I did, but by my calculation, the hunt had to be less than 15 hours total, with me taking maybe 40 seconds or more per reset. Shiny Celebi arrived too soon I think. I shouldn’t be complaining though. I realized that I can finally write this article with its true ending, now that my adventure in Crystal is over. It seems to me like it’s finally time to consult the Random Number Generator once again.

Thanks for reading!


Gaming Post 35: Pokémon Silver Version

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


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”.


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.


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.

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.



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.

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.


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.



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.

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

Thanks for reading!

Gaming Post 33: Animal Crossing (GameCube)

The random number generator chose Animal Crossing! Yay!

Animal Crossing is a weird sort of game. Its premise is that you are a human who moves into a town inhabited by cartoon animals. There isn’t an explicit goal to the game except to have fun living in the town. What makes the game special is the use of the GameCube’s internal calendar to make things happen in your town based on the passage of actual days in real life.

For example, Animal Crossing games have different things happen in different seasons.

Animal Crossing is one of the games I played a lot of when I was in Middle School. I couldn’t tell you for sure how I originally heard about it, but my friend Jonah was the first to play it, and he was also the first among the people I knew who had a Nintendo GameCube. He doesn’t remember much about that time, but I do.


I started playing Animal Crossing as one of the villagers in my friend Jonah’s town. That’s when I learned to like the game. Jonah says it was one of the only GameCube games he had at the time, which might explain why we played it so much.


I often sold oranges to the store, but I liked using the shovel much better. Each day I played, I’d dig up any fossils and Gyroids I found and donate the fossils to the local museum after getting them identified via mail. If the museum already had the type of fossil, I’d sell it to the store for some good money.


I always saved the Gyroids I found instead of selling them, because I was hoping to possibly complete a collection of every Gyroid. I knew which ones existed because I had Jonah’s guide to the game that listed every item. I’m not sure if the internet would have been able to help me back then, but I wasn’t obsessed enough with the project to bring it to completion.


One interesting thing about Animal Crossing was its inclusion of certain NES games that your character can put in his/her house and play. It was cool because it offered the player a substantial reward for finding a virtual object in the game.

Villager’s first game was also his first crossover game with Little Mac.

Another game Jonah had around this time was Super Mario Sunshine. Unfortunately, as both Animal Crossing and Super Mario Sunshine are single player endeavors on the one GameCube and TV we had, only one of us could play at a time. Funnily enough, when I was really into Animal Crossing, Jonah mostly wanted to play Super Mario Sunshine, and when I finally wanted to focus on Sunshine Jonah was back into Animal Crossing. This sort of thing can happen with obsessive personalities like my own.


Animal Crossing allows one town to be stored per memory card. The great thing about having a game like this on a disc is that you are only limited in the quantity of towns by the number of memory cards you have, as opposed to games like Pokémon that only allow one file to be saved per game cartridge.

Sometimes, I just don’t know where to stop.

When I finally got a GameCube on Christmas of 2002, I borrowed Jonah’s copy of Animal Crossing, because he was completely done caring about the game. I then proceeded to build towns on different memory cards to help my overall progress, but my strategy wasn’t refined enough to work as effectively as it could have. I did know that an Orange sold in a town that started with oranges fetches 100 bells while its selling price in a town without oranges is 500 bells, so I used my GameCube’s second memory card slot to move between towns, bringing my town’s fruit to sell in the other towns and picking foreign fruit and bringing it back to sell it in my own town, but I could have easily replaced the fruit trees growing in my own town with foreign fruit trees which would have made paying off my loans a lot faster, but I was too afraid of messing up my town by chopping down existing trees because I didn’t have a clear idea concerning why some trees grew and others did not. I was also more focused on the immediate results of selling the fruit rather than the investment of planting it. At that age, my brain had a lot more development to undergo before I could really be good at video games.


I traveled so much between my 5 towns that at one point I actually had 2 of the same animal villager (Fang) in one of my towns. I didn’t take a picture of it because it happened a long time ago before I started taking pictures of interesting things. Although I lack solid evidence I’m pretty sure it did happen.

What caught my imagination about Animal Crossing was its customizability. In this picture from my old town, you can see that I made shirts themed on Mario Wario Waluigi and the Pokémon Kyogre. You can see that even back then, I was a big fan of rain, both in the game and out.

I wasn’t against changing the date in the game to suit my purposes. I remember summer days when I would change the date to make it rain in the game, often when it was also raining in real life, and just go fishing on the beach. I would try to catch Coelacanths (which appear only when it is raining), Barred Knifejaws and Red Snappers, fetching 15,000, 5,000 and 3,000 bells respectively. All 3 of those species appear in the ocean, but if you catch a Sea Bass, put it back! It’s a waste of inventory space!


I paid at least one considerable loan by selling fish to the raccoon. One weird thing about these games is that you can catch frogs the same way you catch fish, but there can also be frogs living in your town.

One day my friend showed me how he had been cheating in Animal Crossing. He had an Action Replay and was able to use it to create any item he wanted in the game as well as obtain infinite money. He had me visit his town and wanted me to participate in a makeshift lottery game that he had set up, the prize being money he had created using the cheating device. I was annoyed because to me it seemed that the point of Animal Crossing was to work to make money. By accepting the cheated money, it would be the same as if I was cheating, so I refused. What puzzled me, however, was why my cheating friend bothered to play Animal Crossing at all given that he was cheating. This is when I started to consider the actual game of Animal Crossing to be somewhat stupid. I was in middle school, which is when a lot of people judge some of their old hobbies more harshly than they should.


I stopped playing for a very long time, assuming in my little mind that I had finished upgrading my house and paying off my debt. My opinion of Animal Crossing changed and changed back as I matured. I played the DS sequel quite a lot, but I stopped playing that too after a few months. It inspired this riddle.

What is forgotten and full of weeds? Your Town in Animal Crossing!

Having read the Iwata Asks about Animal Crossing: City Folk, I played a bit of it after its price dropped to $20, but I couldn’t really get into it maybe because I knew I didn’t finish paying off my debt in the DS Animal Crossing.


It wasn’t until I mistakenly added Animal Crossing to my list of beaten games (thinking that I had paid off my debt to Tom Nook) that I rekindled my interest in going back to finish the other Animal Crossing games that I had started. I consider an Animal Crossing game to be beaten if 1: You fully upgrade your house and pay off your debt to Tom Nook, 2: You do everything else you want to do in the game. It’s pretty open ended, but you’d be a fool to attempt to really 100% an Animal Crossing game, unless you really feel passionately about it. It’s a game that can take over your life because you typically have to play it every day if you don’t want to miss out on things in the stores and stuff like that.

An example of someone’s life being taken over by Animal Crossing New Leaf

I eventually found the memory card for my old Animal Crossing town, and I decided to visit it. My friend Cameron brought over his disc since mine (probably Jonah’s) wasn’t working. It was then when I discovered that I hadn’t really finished upgrading my house and paying off my loan, so I got straight to work continuing my game where I left off, possibly a decade before. I wonder if there are other games on my list that I haven’t technically beaten. If it could happen once, it could have happened again. I suppose the only games I’m not 100% sure that I beat are Pokémon Red and Blue, but I think I made a point of completing both of them before I got Crystal Version.

Gotta bring in the bells!
Gotta bring in the bells!

When I found out about my miscalculation, I had been on a roll in the other Animal Crossing games, finally perfecting my technique for planting the maximum number of foreign fruit trees in a single town and destroying every other tree. I believe there was at least one Apple Tree growing in town, so the first thing I did was buy as many axes as I could from the catalog (which can only be done prior to the DS version) and as they arrived, I chopped down every tree besides the apple trees. I also expanded the orchard of apple trees, using every grown apple as a seed for the next tree.

I also planted money trees whenever I could. To plant a money tree, you need to find a spot on the ground that has magical light shining from it. You have to bury a bag of bells in the golden spot, but it can be risky. If the tree is planted in a bad spot, it might not grow to replace the money it took to plant it. If it does grow and a bag of 30,000 bells was planted, the profit is 60,000 bells.

“Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees.” At Least That’s What They Say, But What About That Money Tree I Saw The Other Day?

I continued the expansion of my apple orchard until my Microsoft Excel sheet indicated that It would take more effort to plant more apple trees than to just wait a few days and sell every apple that grows in that time to finish paying off the debt.

In the end, Nook gave me a golden statue, and thus I beat Animal Crossing for GameCube.

Along the way, I actually did succeed in finishing the fossil collection at the museum. That is something I felt pretty good about since it was one of my favorite parts of Animal Crossing.





And here’s my Animal Crossing house, Assassin’s Creed Logo included. I simply call this image “AC”.
This monstrosity can be found upstairs, made from some of the extra fossils I didn't sell.
This monstrosity can be found upstairs, made from some of the extra fossils I didn’t sell.
Apparently electronics can get wet in this game without malfunctioning.
Apparently electronics can get wet in this game without malfunctioning.
This is my basement. I like this room.
This is my basement. I like this room.
 The 2015 portion of my gameplay was performed using this Super Smash Bros. GameCube controller. After all, Villager is a Smash character now.

The 2015 portion of my gameplay was performed using this Super Smash Bros. GameCube controller. After all, Villager is a Smash character now.

The passage of time in Animal Crossing makes the town feel like a living breathing place set in a virtual reality even though it’s really just a computer program. That’s why it can be interesting to come back after years have gone by, even only for a visit.

Animal Crossing

Is your town full of weeds?

– Zelgerath (@Zelgerath)

Thanks for reading!

Gaming Post 32: Game and Wario (Game & Wario)

At times this website looks like it’s inactive, but one thing you should know about me is that I almost always finish what I start. While I do intend on finishing my writing about the video games I have completed, I don’t follow a set schedule, so there may be months at a time when I don’t post an update. But you knew that already! When I last left off, the Random Number Generator was showing an unusual preference for Wario games. It chose a Wario game that I finished recently. I finished the game because I had been writing so much about Wario on this site, so maybe the Random Number Generator’s tendency towards Wario games isn’t so strange after all. At some point though, I’ll be out of Wario games to write about.

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Game and Wario seems to be WarioWare’s representation on the Nintendo Wii U gaming system. It’s not a proper WarioWare game though. Instead of consisting of hundreds of Microgames that the player plays through in rapid succession, it’s a handful of minigames, each one creatively taking advantage of the Wii U’s unique features.


In fact, what I found out about this game is that a few of the minigames featured in this game started out as simple demos for the Wii U system back at the E3 conference when the Wii U was announced. They demonstrated the unique gameplay potential of the interplay between having the Gamepad controller and a TV screen working together. Apparently, those minigames from E3 were going to be included with every Wii U but then they decided to turn them into a Wario game and give us NintendoLand instead.

I should go back and play more of this. It was good.

Each minigame is its own experience, so I’ll quickly run through them and my thoughts about each one.


Noses are a recurring theme in Wario games.

Arrow is the first game you play in the story. Essentially it’s a game about fighting an onslaught of enemies with arrows controlled in part by the touchscreen and also via the tilt sensors in the Gamepad. I remember it’s a bit hard to control, and it wasn’t my favorite minigame, but I got through all the difficulty levels after clearing it the first time.



Shutter is an interesting game about taking photos. The top screen shows a confusing “Where’s Waldo-esque” environment with targets hiding there who you are told to photograph. The Gamepad works as your camera, which you aim at different parts of the TV to see a zoomed in window of the environment. You have to pay attention to both screens to find your target and take a photo of them. You get various amounts of points based on things like the size of the subject in the frame and if they are facing the camera or not, which reminds me of the photo scoring system in an older game I played called Pokémon Snap.

How’s the size? How’s the pose? Wonderful!

There are a few level scenarios for this game with different premises but the same sort of gameplay where you need to pay attention to both screens to do well. I liked it.



Ski is a funny game where you play as Jimmy T and ski down a mountain using tilt controls. The bottom screen shows the elements important to the gameplay while the top screen is more cinematic. I liked this game too, but there wasn’t much to it.


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Patchwork is oddly my favorite of the minigames in Game and Wario. It is a simple puzzle game where you fit pieces together to make a picture of an object. To pass the game for the first time, you only need to complete 1 puzzle, but then there are many more of them available to solve if you want to. As soon as I got to this minigame, I just focused on completing all the extra puzzles. The game is controlled with the touch screen of the Gamepad where you simply drag and drop segments of the puzzle onto outlines that perfectly match the pieces. The same visual is displayed on both the TV and the Gamepad, so people sitting on the couch could help identify possible solutions. It became more of a group activity when I played it among my friends.

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I felt that the music for Patchwork has a peculiar quality that brings about the feeling of nostalgia. I think it’s weird that I would be feeling nostalgia for a song I never heard before, but that’s what happened.

I think this song from Pokémon Gold and Silver has a similar quality, but then again, I have heard the song before, so it makes sense that it would feel nostalgic.

Nostalgia is weird, but good.



Kung Fu is a game about jumping. It uses the tilt controls of the Gamepad and a few buttons. The TV shows an area full of cliffs that you must traverse, but the distance between platforms from the TV’s perspective can be ambiguous, while the Gamepad’s view is straight down so that you can make precise landings. The objective is to find all 3 scrolls per level and there’s a few levels. It was pretty good but didn’t take too long to finish.



Gamer is the coolest minigame in Game and Wario. It’s even featured as a stage in Super Smash Brothers 4 Wii U. The premise is that the character 9-Volt is supposed to go to bed, but he wants to play the original WarioWare for the Game Boy Advanced instead of going to sleep. The only problem is that his mom 5-Volt is creeping around making sure that 9-Volt is asleep, so he has to pause his game and pretend he’s sleeping when his mom sneaks up on him. The bottom screen is exactly the game 9-Volt is playing, but the top screen is his surroundings, which you have to pay attention to or else he might get caught in the act of playing video games after his bedtime. This game is very reminiscent of real life. I remember when I was 8 and I was excited about getting to the next town (Vermilion City) in Pokémon Yellow. I secretly played a bit longer than I was supposed to and saved once I got to the new city and heard its music. Similarly, I think that at one point I was playing this Gamer minigame at 1 AM, so in a way, I was both avoiding 9-Volts Mom, and trying not to wake up my real parents, so it was pretty suspenseful.

We heard you like games, so we put a game in your game so you can game while you game.

In later modes of Gamer, 16-Volt can play the game during the daytime. You can focus on just playing the Microgame, but even in the relative safety of daylight, paranoia can still set in.

5-Volt is scary.



Design is an interesting but not very fun minigame. You are supposed to be designing a robot, so using the touch screen you are given certain tasks to draw lines of specific lengths, draw corners with specific angles, and draw perfect circles with specific diameters. It’s pretty hard, but if you put your mind to it, there are ways to make educated guesses.




Ashley is a minigame in which you must escape a book by flying around on a magic broom. You control the angle of her broom using the Gamepad’s tilt controls, and there’s also buttons that let you fly in a loop. You might also shoot at things although I can’t completely remember. Once you complete the 3 stages, you’re done.

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Taxi is an interesting minigame. The premise is that you are driving around using the gamepad picking up and dropping off passengers, and then aliens attack. The cool part is that the Gamepad shows a first person perspective of the taxi driver while the TV shows a view of the entire game world with things happening as the taxi is driving through it.



There are 3 stages, and they all end with some time based objective to add suspense. I liked this minigame a lot because of the differentiated perspectives given to the player. I feel like differentiated perspective like this is something games could use more than they already do for the sake of more completely immersing players into the game world and making games feel different from movies.


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Pirate is the last minigame before the credits of the game’s main story. In it you use tilt controls to block projectiles being shot at you by captain Wario. It’s a pretty fun rhythm game fit to be the final boss of Game and Wario if you’re only playing through the story once. Of course I like playing WarioWare games well beyond the end credits, so I wasn’t done until I essentially completed all of the extra challenges in each of the minigames.


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Bowling is interesting in Game and Wario. To play, you hold the Gamepad sideways and throw the ball by grabbing and sliding it using the touch screen. After you throw it, you can magically influence the direction the ball’s path by using the Gamepad’s tilt controls as the ball approaches the pins. The goal of the game is to always get strikes, and because the pins have weird sizes based on the characters in the game, the strategy for each pin setup is different. It quickly turns from a regular bowling game to one heavily reliant on trick shots. There are a few rounds of this, and strikes get pretty difficult to perform by the end. I’d say this is probably the hardest minigame in Game and Wario.


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Bird as displayed on the TV screen

Bird is the final single player minigame in Game and Wario. The main character is a bird with a diagonal tongue that often makes appearances in WarioWare games, usually as an arcade style minigame that you unlock near or at the very end of the game. This game is particularly interesting this time in how it might get people to think more like game designers.

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The same moment in Bird displayed on the Gamepad

The game itself isn’t that interesting, but what is is that the top screen and the bottom screen display the same thing using very different graphical styles. The TV screen shows the game in high definition graphics while the Gamepad shows the game in the style of old Game and Watch games. Both screens are equally valid. You can play the game using either one of the screens and completely ignore the other one. The difference is that while the TV’s view of the game is pretty, the Gamepad’s view shows us the bare bones of how the game works. It demonstrates how a game can have exactly the same gameplay but different graphics, which offers evidence in support of the opinion that for video games, graphics don’t matter as much as the gameplay.



There are a few Multiplayer minigames which I played briefly. The first of which was Disco. Disco uses the Gamepad touchscreen and is pretty similar to guitar hero. One player makes a sequence of notes to the beat and the other player has to match it, then the roles are reversed. Whoever screws up the least wins. I’m pretty good at it.



Fruit is a game most similar to multiplayer Assassin’s Creed. There is one thief with the Gamepad and one or more detectives watching the TV. The thief chooses his appearance and walks out into a crowd of people. Then you’re supposed to blend in with the crowd so that the detectives don’t know which one you are, but you also have to steal fruit while you are walking around. It’s intense, and I’m not very good at it as the thief or even as a detective. It’s a creative minigame though, so I like it.



Islands is a game most similar to Bocce. The idea is to throw creatures called Fronks onto and island trying to land them on areas worth the most amount of points, but like Bocce, your guys can be knocked away by the actions of other guys, losing you points. It has a few scenarios, each one more dangerous than the last, but I’m terrible at all of them except for the first one.



Sketch is essentially a digital version of Pictionary. The person with the Gamepad has a prompt and has to draw a picture of an object or concept or something without writing words or saying anything and the other people in the room can guess what it is, since the drawing appears on the TV without the prompt. If someone guesses correctly, you tap a button on the screen and it gives you a new prompt. This was by far the best multiplayer minigame in Game and Wario in my opinion. I like Pictionary.

There are collectible doodads in this game that you can win from a chicken machine, but I didn’t get them all. The ones I got though were pretty funny. I like the doodads because they offer tiny experiences that could never be justifiably sold in any way except to be hidden in a larger game.

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One doodad of many; I think this one was a bubble blowing simulator.

And that’s pretty much all there is to Game and Wario. It doesn’t have very good reviews, but I’d argue that it has its value and if you can find it for $10 or less, it might be worth playing.


More articles to come! Thanks for reading! =)

-Zelgerath (@Zelgerath)

Gaming Post 28: Pokémon Platinum Version

The random number generator has determined that the next gaming article I should write should be about what was probably the most important video game in my online career. That game was Pokémon Platinum Version, and I recorded an entire live action adventure when I originally played it in Spring of 2009.


I’m not sure if my words can do justice in describing what the release of Pokémon Platinum meant to me and what my friends and I did following its release, but I will try. To make a long story short, I had decided to start over catching all 493 Pokémon that existed back then without trading with anything besides game files that I created after the release of Platinum. The main reason I did this was to ensure that, when I would eventually complete the Pokédex, none of my Pokémon would have been created due to cheating. Since people are technically able to create cheated Pokémon or clone previously legitimate ones (thus making both the copy and the original cheated), and they can also trade those Pokémon to people who don’t know that they are cheated, who can (without even knowing) offer a cheated Pokémon to you or a Pokémon who is descended from the cheated Pokémon via breeding, the internet is not a safe place to obtain Pokémon when you want to maintain 100% legitimacy.


Not only did I reset my adventure for the sake of legitimacy, but also for the sake of honor. I wanted to prove that I could catch all of the Pokémon by myself and become a Pokémon Master.

Trainer Zelgerath, @Zelgerath on Twitter

To see the full details of my endeavor, please watch the embedded video. It’s pretty long, but it took several months of work to create. It all started on March 22, 2009. There were a few surprises here and there along the way, but I don’t want to spoil them, so here’s the video in its entirety. Enjoy!

After catching every Pokémon available in the Sinnoh Region, there were only a few left I needed to catch, and as Summer vacation had just started, I went on a continuation of the quest to obtain all the Pokémon that at that time had to come from older games. I called it The Platinum MasterQuest, and it can be viewed below. Again, it’s long, but several months of work went into it, and I honestly think it’s worth a view if you liked the video above.

The video ends just before Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver’s release, with only Celebi missing from my Pokédex, but that’s a story to be concluded in another article on! =)

Celebi’s empty space bothered me for years.

One thing I really liked about the game Pokémon Platinum itself was its inclusion of an alternate dimension called The Distortion World. It was only featured for a short amount of time during the story, but I thought it was pretty neat.

Here’s a silly Assassin’s Creed and Pokémon Platinum crossover picture I made. Pokémon Platinum features The Distortion World, the home of Giratina, where the laws of physics don’t apply.

Thanks for Reading/Watching! I Appreciate it! =D

















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.


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.

Here's Dave and Bryan...
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 14: Pokémon Yellow Version

Excellent! The random number generator has decided that I should write about one of the most important games from my childhood.


I would consider Pokémon Yellow to be my first video game. It’s true that I played computer games before I got Yellow, some of which are even on my list of beaten games (See JumpStart 3rd Grade), but Yellow was the first game I ever owned for a console, and back then there was a bigger distinction between computer games and video games than there is now.


I was a big fan of Pokémon before I even owned any of the games. I watched kids trading Pokémon cards on the bus before they were banned, I watched my friend play Blue Version on the bus every day, I saw the movies in theaters when they came out, and I watched the TV show if it happened to be on. The only reason I didn’t own any Pokémon games was that my parents were resistant to letting me get into video games. One day, however, when I was almost 8 years old, my Mom asked me if I wanted to get a GameBoy Color, and I was totally on board with that. I did the math, and though I’m not 100% on it, I’m pretty sure it was August of the year 2000, and I’m guessing that Toys R Us was having a sale. My mom decided to get me a GameBoy so that I would make friends easier with people who had the same interests as mine (it worked).


When I went into the store, I chose the lime green GameBoy Color, and though I had intended to decide between Pokémon Red or Blue, when I got there, I noticed that a third Pokémon game had come out staring Pikachu. I knew that it was the game for me, and so I named my character ASH and the rest is history.


I was super excited to have a Pokémon game of my own, and also to be able to obtain badges faster than the real Ash did (I previously noticed that his progress was so slow, and it was bothering me).  However, try as I might, I wasn’t very smart back then and after getting to Vermillion City I lost Pikachu in the PC System, either because I didn’t know what Deposit meant or I accidentally released him. I didn’t think to turn my game off to return to the last save and I didn’t want to wait for Jonah’s advice the next day, so I started a new game with a vengeance. After all, even I knew that two badges wasn’t a lot to lose.


The second time I got to the Battle with Brock, I somehow had a lot of trouble trying to beat him. I determined that this was because Pikachu only knew electric type moves and they don’t affect ground type Pokémon like Geodude or Onix. To address this, when my Dad had to go on an errand, I stayed in the car and trained my Pikachu in the patch of grass south of Pewter City for about an hour. It only took an hour to teach Pikachu the move Slam, and in the process, Pikachu got to level 20. That one hour of training made the rest of the game a breeze. I don’t exactly remember my pace, but I think that I remember watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade three months later while making my way through Victory Road for the first time. The next year, a Pikachu balloon would be added to the parade, but I know where Pikachu was during the 2000 parade. He was helping me beat the game.


So eventually I did beat the game. It must have been hard work, but I don’t really remember. I know I eventually got Pikachu to Level 100 and that it felt like a pretty big deal. Having recently done the math (considering the US release dates of the games and movies), it may be that I actually bought Pokémon Gold Version before finishing Pokémon Yellow, but that fact must have previously been erased from my memory (The passage of time is strange when you’re young). I wasn’t quite good enough to catch all the Pokémon back then, but that would eventually change.


In August of 2009, I returned to Yellow Version, and brought along a recording device. Some time this year I’ll be posting my abridged playthrough of filling my Pokédex in Yellow with all 151 Pokémon. I also added a feature for people who own Pokédex 3D Pro for the 3DS. Here’s the playlist of The Yellow Quest!

Thanks for Reading! =)

Gaming Post 13: Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

Ok! So the random number generator has chosen for me to write about a pretty recent game, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS. The truth is that I actually covered my experience with this game fairly extensively in a recent video from my PKMNBlogger2 YouTube channel. It’s a pretty long video, so I’ll briefly summarize it, and you can watch it if you want to. The video also covers Omega Ruby, but I’ll stick to writing about Alpha Sapphire here, and I’ll write about the Omega Ruby portion of my quest later when the random number generator eventually chooses Omega Ruby.


When a pair of two Pokémon games come out, usually a person decides to focus more on one of them than the other. Alpha Sapphire was my main game of the recent 2014 remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions. One of my favorite Pokémon of all time is Kyogre, and between the original Ruby and Sapphire, Sapphire was my main game, so deciding that Alpha Sapphire would be my main game between the two remakes was an easy choice to make.


Just as I had done in my original Sapphire Version, I chose Treecko as my starter Pokémon. I first chose Treecko because I thought it looked cool, but by complete accident my strongest Pokémon ended up being a random Linoone, and Grovyle ended up falling behind and being deposited into the PC storage system.


While I think that remakes of Pokémon games are pretty cool, this time I had a specific mission to accomplish. You see, from time to time, I make Pokémon related videos on my YouTube channel, Ever since Pokémon Platinum Version came out, I’ve been documenting the process of my capturing one of every species of Pokémon. Though no actual new Pokémon were introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, new Mega Evolutions of existing Pokémon were. My objective was to beat the story of Alpha Sapphire, obtain every Mega Stone, and capture every Legendary Pokémon in the game.


The thing about Alpha Sapphire that impressed me the most was the addition of something called the Delta Episode, not only for its added story but for making the Pokémon Deoxys (which was previously an “event only” Pokémon) available for anyone to capture forever. The implication of this is that the Event Pokémon of old could easily become “available anytime” Pokémon with further releases in the series. This is great because the exclusivity of Event Pokémon is seriously annoying.


The end of the video has some of my theories involving what the next Pokémon game might be. If you want to skip to that part, it’s at 1:20:42.

(Quick link to 1:20:42,

Enjoy! =)

Thank You for Reading And/Or Watching! =D

Gaming Post 9: Pokémon Emerald Version

Okay so, the random number generator wants me to write about the Pokémon game, Pokémon Emerald Version for the Game Boy Advanced (GBA).


I remember importing this game from Japan before it came out in America. I played a little bit of it, as it wasn’t much different from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, but I didn’t play any significant amount of it.

Woah! Woah! Wait! That's what a Japanese Emerald looks like?! I guess mine was fake. It was gray. That's eBay for you...
Woah! Woah! Wait! That’s what a Japanese Emerald looks like?! I guess mine was fake. It was gray. That’s eBay for you…

I kept it in my clarinet case, and eventually I let Chris try to play through the game. I don’t remember if he succeeded or not, but Emerald Version eventually came out in America.


Emerald mixed up the stories of Ruby and Sapphire a bit, and added something called the Battle Frontier. I was impressed, by the additions, but not in a lasting way, because I was quickly done with Emerald after I beat the main story (I wasn’t interested in the Battle Frontier). I have to assume I bought it the day it came out, but I don’t remember. At the time, I was completely focused on completing the Pokédex of 386 Pokémon. Thinking that I had a legitimate Deoxys, I wanted badly to capture Mew and Celebi to complete the collection.



I knew that there was an event programmed into Emerald that would allow the player to capture Mew on Faraway Island, and this was my main reason to be excited about Emerald. However, we were never given a legitimate method for unlocking the Faraway Island event in America. The game is good compared to the original Ruby and Sapphire, but I never truly appreciated it, because I was so focused on trying to capture all of the Pokémon.

That said, I did appreciate how cool the cartridge looked. We lost a good thing when they decided that Nintendo DS cartridges would only come in gray and black.


Well, this post has been kind of a downer. Remember, it gets better. The Pokémon Series continues to evolve, and the games themselves generally get better and better, even if they’re not surrounded by shiny plastic.

Until next time, Thanks for reading! =)