November 6, 2010

Review – PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 9:56 am

PokePark Wii: Pikachus Adventure
Caught between the release of HeartGold & SoulSilver this year and the waiting game for the new Black & White editions next year, Pikachu and the gang have opted to get away from rigorous training and stat grinding for some relaxation on the Wii via the PokéPark. It’s a vacation easily labeled and largely written-off as kid friendly, a description that earnestly sounds a bit ridiculous given the number of children I’ve watched swarm handheld stations at events for the more portable offerings the house that Pikachu built is known for.

Perhaps we could label this release more free-range, with players turning the WiiMote sideways to take direct control of Pikachu, exploring the zones that comprise the PokéPark and grasping at another opportunity to touch the franchise by different means.

The priority of the PokéPark isn’t to catch them all, rather to meet them all, and if possible to become friends with them all. Certainly that touchy-feely angle sounds more childlike, but the label is more properly grounded in the simplistic design and approach, from the controls to the specific objectives on Pikachu’s todo list.


May 28, 2010

New Shades of Pokémon, in 2011

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 1:38 pm

I’m just catching up with Nintendo’s buzz about confirmation that Pokémon Black Version & Pokémon White Version are heading to North American DS owners, along with a bit of art for new legendary Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom.

When the games were originally announced for Japan there were plenty of people expressing surprise that the new titles would be hitting the DS rather than the platform we’re only a little over two weeks away from seeing – though that probably had more to do with disappointment rather than surprise.

Based on the title of this post you can probably conclude that I’m more surprised that the date for their arrival is a year from now, in Spring 2011, but I suppose we don’t have to worry about overdosing that way. All I know is that this is still a far cry from the Pokémon MMO I want.

While I ponder that, you can catch Reshiram and Zekrom after the break, along with a trailer for PokéPark Wii: Pikachu‘s Adventure – the minigame filled Wii title recieved a European release date of July 9, 2010 yesterday.


March 15, 2010

Breakfast With Pikachu

Filed under: Features — Tags: , , , , , , , — Christina Wilson @ 8:17 am

On Sunday morning Jamie and I made the trek to Wizard World at Exhibition Place in Toronto to catch our very own Pikachu. We arrived early enough to be blasted by children’s music and a wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man, which was admittedly overwhelming given our still half sleeping state.

As the bright colors and screaming children within Wizard World roused us from sleep, we saw an area filled with kids wearing Pikachu hats and spotted a giant shuffling Pikachu being led through the crowd for photo ops and suspected we’d found the right place.


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