Pokemon a Go-Go


OMG Pokemon are real! Yo, check out this photo! It’s Proof! So many exclamation points! Okay, so no this isn’t another one of my April Fools posts. This years isn’t as fun as my previous ones. My favorite is probably the What’s Up Scott? post. I also really enjoyed this one: I’m All In with Chris Hayes, in which I claimed to be future guest on “All In with Chris Hayes.” I’m actually a fan of Hayes, since his first show on MSNBC “Up with Chris Hayes,” which was a weekend two-hour show. And who could forget my post that was all about me: The Greatest Story Ever Told? Well, not everyone is excited about April Fools day, so why not have a more serious post? A Pokemon post.


I was a fan of Pokemon from the beginning, when the first games came out for Gameboy. Really addicting gameplay. I recently finished Pokemon Yellow on the 3DS virtual console, oh the memories. There were 150 pokemon back then, though Mew was one of those hard to find pokemon bonus pokemon. You had to go to a special event to get one. I checked my old Pokemon Blue and Yellow games from back then and sure enough I have all 150 official pokemon on both games. My brother had Pokemon Red, so I didn’t have to worry about collecting all of them. It would be sweet if I could transfer those pokemon into the Pokemon bank, but alas I can’t. At least the guys I got for the virtual console version can be transferred to the new Pokemon games. I started playing Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and I really miss having Pikachu following me around. Just imagine what it would be like if you could have one of those yellow guys following you around!


Pokemon Go is a different type of pokemon game, which is kind of like what Safari Zone was in the original Pokemon games. In Go, you simply catch pokemon in the wild with pokeballs and maybe use some berries if you want an easier time catching them. Pokemon Go doesn’t require you to battle wild Pokemon to catch them, as is the traditional method for the regular games. However, you can battle in gyms. In Go, the fights happen in real-time, as opposed to menu-battle in the traditional games. There’s also a limit to moves, namely just two moves in Pokemon Go where there are 4 in the regular games.


The best thing about Pokemon Go is that it motivates me to go walking for a half hour at least, every day. I get to catch some pokemon, hit a few pokestops to restock on items, and work on my streaks for that sweet bonus xp at the end of the week. Today I snapped quite a bit of photos, the ones included in this post, so I’ll leave you with one more. A happy bulbasaur.



Nintendo Possibly Adding Update to Old Wii U

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I’m not a freelance writer anymore, but while I was working for that tech blog last year I managed to make some really interesting contacts in the tech industry. Well, one of those contacts just let me in on a tasty little secret! I’ll let you in on it in a second.

The Nintendo Switch is looking to be Nintendo’s most successful video game console to date. It’s a 2-in-1 system allowing users to play console-quality games on a mobile system. Sony tried to do this with the PS Vita and PS4, to some varying success. However, the Nintendo Switch does not require the purchase of an extra console.

Even thought the Switch has only been out for about a month, Nintendo is allegedly coming up with something new for Wii U owners. usually a video game console lasts from about 5-8 years, but as technology improves, the lifespan of video game consoles is shrinking. Just look at how quickly PCs become obsolete.

According to one of my sources, Nintendo is working on a new upgrade for Wii U fans. supposedly, this new upgrade will allow the Wii U controller to be completely portable. Users will now be able to carry that big bulky controller around with them. No longer will the Wii U controller be chained to the console.

Sure the Wii U controller is not as portable as the Switch nor is it as light. However, just imagine all of the games you can play on Wii U where ever you want. Laugh at all those people who paid $500 plus for that hard to find Switch.

It may seem like a crazy idea, and Nintendo sure has had their share of crazy ideas, but it could turn out to be a great move by the video game company. The Nintendo Switch may continue to be in short supply for the rest of the year. With the Wii U upgrade, possibly coming out soon, you wont have to wait for the Switch to be in stock.

I think this new upgrade sounds awesome. I’m still not clear on the details, though. Is it a software upgrade? Do you have to buy some new kind of hardware to make it work? Better than Switch? Why not just come out with a Nintendo Switch U? More questions? What? Hopefully, we will find out soon. Possibly more information to follow in the coming weeks…