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Posts posted by Glen-i

  1. I cannot be the only one who's getting constantly annoyed by Mario characters being 8-bit while the Sonic ones are 16-bit?

    I mean, yeah, 8-bit Peach is constantly hilarious in how dodgy she looks, but it's jarring when she's with a Sonic character.

    Sega showing their bias there.

    Watch Yoshi be the Mario World version and make the whole thing even less consistent!

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  2. 10 hours ago, Tim B said:

    The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening won best Switch game at Gamescon. Is a remake of a 26-year-old game really better overall than brand new games like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokémon Sword and Shield? Seems somebody thinks so.

    If I remember correctly, it also won IGN’s Switch game of E3 this year.

    Definitely a nostalgia factor there. Makes a difference from Pokémon being judged by nostalgia, I guess.

    I'm sure Link's Awakening will be great, but unless it's radically different in a way Nintendo are keeping secret, I doubt it'll be my Game of the Year purely because it's a remake.

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  3. 5 hours ago, Jonnas said:

    I finally took a second crack at that challenge, and I just... did it. Didn't need to lower the difficulty or anything, I just used that Isaac setup and tore through that gauntlet (with only one retry due to a hand slip). It was weird, because I was way more tired than last time, but this time I felt like I was playing much better, and even got the last boss on my first try. An odd zen moment if there ever was one.

    Ah yes, I call that the "Diddy Run", when you think you're gonna have serious trouble, only to nail it with little difficulty.

    Named after my first 9.9 attempt with Diddy, a character I struggle to play well with, only to finish each round in less than 30 seconds. Except for the boss, where I only got hit once. Still don't know how I did it.

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  4. 13 minutes ago, Sméagol said:

    In G1 he was the base Pokémon though. You could say Pichu is a devolution instead.

    Or people could just stop living in the past.

    Pichu's way cuter than Pikachu anyway, less annoying voice too. (Although that may just be N-E having the habit of uncontrollably taunting whenever they play as Pikachu in Smash.)

  5. 3 minutes ago, RedShell said:

    So I tuned into this after seeing you lot chatting about it, didn’t really get what was going on in the battle but glad I stuck around for that interview, absolutely hilarious! :laughing::laughing::laughing:

    All you need to know is "Cute Pokémon no-one uses wins Tournament, trainer says he's super happy but no-one seems to have told his face"

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  6. 12 minutes ago, GenericAperson said:

    I don't know how hard getting a Litten with Intimidate is though considering that the usual ability for Litten is Blaze and Intimidate is the Hidden Ability.

    Impossible to get by yourself now. It was a Poké Bank event Pokemon.

    If you know someone with one, you can get them to breed one for you.
    And before you ask, I don't have one. Didn't have a subscription at the time. If anyone has one and can hit me up, I'd appreciate it.

    12 minutes ago, Ike said:

    The need an equivalent for special attack, imo.

    Noooooooo! Don't need more double stat drops on switch in.

    ENCORE!? Holy crap! Togedemaru might have swung the tide in Ko's favour!


    DOUBLE EDIT: Amazing play by Ko there! He pulled off the fabled "Pikachu knock-off championship win"
    Togedemaru better be in Sword/Shield, otherwise people are gonna be disappointed.

  7. 2 minutes ago, GenericAperson said:

    Really hoping that once the Legendaries are banned for competitive play next year then VGC will become a bit more interesting to watch and allow many of the new Pokemon to actually have a fighting chance in the meta. Most of the new Gen 7 Pokemon that weren't legendaries were never considered because they all had low base speed.

    The opening few years of a Pokémon generation are my favourite for competitive battles precisely because legendaries are banned. A lot more Pokémon are viable when legendaries aren't everywhere.

    Sun and Moons low base speed meant Pokémon like Pheromosa dominated because of its high speed. Ironically, that was the main reason Alolan Marowak rose through the ranks because it was a hard counter for it. I really like Marowak, so it felt great to finally use it in serious matches and not be laughed out of the room..

    The seniors both share two Pokémon (Incineroar and Tapu Fini), but it should still be a good match.

  8. Tuned back in to the Junior Finals. These two kids are way better than I'll ever be and that's awesome. Digging Pi Wu's impromptu Rayquaza scarf. The two teams are completely different too, so that's gonna be interesting.

    Something that I always respect with Pokémon World is that competitors are referred to by their actual name. I can't take a lot of competitive players seriously because they use their dumb online username.

    Also, damn, that special Champion Blue remix specially used in these finals is totally banging every year!


  9. 1 hour ago, GenericAperson said:

    Once when I was playing on Pokemon Online (the fan server before Pokemon Showdown existed) as part of a tournament on another forum and I had a Gengar on my team. I decided to teach it Thunderbolt and because of that I was able to one hit KO my opponent's Tornadus and they got extremely salty over it because "you don't teach Gengar Thunderbolt".

    Who are the finalists for VGC btw? My current interest in Pokemon has been closer to the card game than the video games so I haven't been following VGC. Though, I have heard of this epic one hour game in the TCG between one of the finalists and a Pidgeotto control deck that went on for so long that they didn't have time for any other games to be played after the initial game. :laughing:

    That's the problem with Smogon, the Pokémon setups they have are absolutely perfect... for fighting other Smogon setups.

    With a little bit of imagination and a bit of tweaking, it's quite easy to blindside a Smogon built team with a move they never saw coming. Do that often enough and they lose all momentum and give you an easy win.

    Which is why I suggest that Smogon be used as a base to build on and not be taken as gospel. That site certainly knows a few things, but they're too narrow-minded.

    I haven't been able to watch the VGC's today because I've been playing Smash and Mario Party at the community centre so I have no idea how it's going, sorry.

  10. 3 hours ago, Ike said:

    I caught a bit of a battle where they had Kyorge and Air Lock Raquaza out at the same time on the same team. Is there a reason for that I'm missing? Does Air Lock not make thunder 100% accurate in rain?

    Air lock nullifies any and all effects of weather, so it is a bit strange to have both out at once if they're on the same team. Rayquaza is a good counter to Groudon/Kyogre though.

    Air lock is always in effect when Rayquaza is present in a battle. So if a Groudon switches in, then the weather change won't do anything. So I think it's more of a way to bring some calm to a battle in an attempt to maintain control.

    I might be wrong, but most competitive players don't teach Kyogre Thunder, with the weather being so volatile in this gen, it's far too risky to go for it. They normally go with Ice Beam, Origin Pulse and two support moves. If they replaced Ice Beam with Thunder, they run the risk of being utterly walled by Groudon with Harsh Sunlight.

    My Kyogre knows Thunder though. Precisely because no-one expects it and it can really punch a hole with good prediction.

    In a similar vein, my Groudon knows Thunder Punch because it almost always catches a Kyogre switch completely by surprise and is endlessly funny. Kyogre hasn't got the defense and speed to cope with my Speedy Groudon setup.

  11. This year's World Championships has been really varied. Some proper surprise Pokémon showing up in this Incineroar and Gen 3 legendary populated meta.

    Stuff like Breloom, Shedinja, Venusaur and Umbreon are holding their own quite well.

    Proper upset with a former World Champion getting knocked out by a Groudon with Dragon Claw of all moves. Who teaches Groudon Dragon Claw!? It's such a "me" kind of moveset.

    With that said, if Intimidate got nerfed, I would be over the moon. Intimidate dictates the entire doubles meta and I'm getting kinda sick of it.