UPDATE 01: The Beginning of Misfortune
After the “Welcome to the world of Pokemon” dream I’m willing to bet most of us can recite by heart we begin this game with Professor Rowan being kind of weird in a nature documentary.
Weird… or foreshadowing?
Spamigo barely gets to turn off the TV before best (i.e. only) friend Barry runs up the stairs.
I didn’t feel like changing the rival’s name.
“ Barry… We get like five channels out here.”
Spamgio pulled his newsboy cap down over his eyes as that seemed like the only way to express his embarrassment. “Barry that stuff only happens in shows- HEY!”
Honestly after playing a bit of Pokemon Masters I can’t see this line without thinking of them trying to build on it further in that game.
Screenshot included because it’s another reminder that I need to take my Wii down to the retro game store to see whether the Wii itself is bricked or just the power supply is. I have a good Wii library that I miss playing sometimes.
AND MOST OF IT IS GOING TO BE IMPOSSIBLE TO PORT FORWARD TO OTHER SYSTEMS AT LEAST HOW IT WAS INTENDED TO BE CONTROLLED.
It’s cute how this implies that anyone knows what Barry’s up to.
This is all you get to see of Contests in this thread.
“ Yeah why can’t I have a Pokemon again?”
Note the snow on the ground because Sinnoh is cold, you see. This is why Diamond and Pearl had almost no fire-types.
But then they added a bunch of snow on the ground in Platinum and also added more Fire-types so that the Fire-type Elite Four wasn’t actually embarrassing.
Ah yes the double tall text really conveys the impact.
They do a good job of drilling it in just how scatterbrained your rival is in this game.
It’s weird how they’re playing all coy about Barry’s dad when… he’s in the dang game. It’s not like he’s in the plot abyss that the protagonist’s dad is. Like probably he’s away being busy doing whatever Battle Frontier bigwigs do but he knows the player so…
I guess since we know the answer to this question (it’s his dad his dad is hyper and has almost the same animation) we should be playing a sitcom laugh track?
Oh yeah the reason he keeps saying he’s going to fine everyone 10 million Poke is that he wants to build his own Battle Tower to be the Tycoon of and have his dad challenge it. Thanks, Pokemon Masters!
Oh yeah, and if your soul has been exposed to the horrible truths of the world and you can only stomach Pokemon stories if they’re made so dark that they absorb all light and the mews of baby kittens… You probably aren’t going to enjoy my takes on things. I’m here for friendship adventures with Pokemon. Friendship may save the world.
At any rate, you go north and…
At least he ain’t run off yet.
“ Barry… you remember the grass thing, right?”
I’m posting this because I actually love Barry’s plan.
Rowan (spoilers for the literal next image) is supposed to yell from off screen but uh… I missed it. My text speed settings are a little funky. More on that later.
You know how it is, you just get done watching a show about something and BAM, there they are. I had to quit watching Mythbusters back in the day because I’d keep bumping into Jamie at the grocery store.
Rowan gets up to Final Fantasy level of ellipses and talks to himself a lot, but I guess you can do that when you have tenure or whatever Pokemon Professors get.
It’s a But Thou Must and I’m not going to say no to all of these to show the text. Pretty sure you have Bulbapedia and other sources for that.
I have other hidden text you’ve never seen to show you.
Funny how they frame this as the player answering first when the entire rest of this intro makes it feel like the player’s just been dragged along.
Barry’s idea to find Rowan, Barry’s plan to cross the grass, Barry’s dad is the one who’s the big famous Trainer…
And the player’s just there going along with it because they’re friends, apparently.
Kid’s got a heart at least.
“ What if… uh… we run into a madman plotting to destroy and remake the universe?”
“ Hmph. Well as the odds of that happening are astronomically low, you may endanger yourself to save the universe.”
He doesn’t even know what he’s doing here, he was just drawn by his Grumpy Old Man senses.
Like that one gag in Nadesico when someone wishes that someone would explain what’s going on and it cuts to Inez standing in a hallway in a different part of the ship looking around like she just heard someone call her name.
You heard me.
(did this really need to so many text boxes?)
(spoilers if you remember your encounter rates from another game… we do not get a hard to replace Pokemon)
As much as I might snark, I’m entirely down for friendship adventures.
“ Your birthday is eleven days before mine, dude.”
The starters were randomized to any three Pokemon that have two Evolution stages (more on this when we get the whole team). Interestingly, Platinum pulled up the correct description/category for Mareep and played the correct cry, but the sprite is apparently fixed.
I did not record what the other two options were. I believe one was Treecko. Either way there wasn’t anything that made me as excited as Mareep, so we’re going baa ram boom.
Maybe the real reason Barry goes second is to pick the one that beats yours.
Don’t be mean to Pokemon, check.
Dawn sounds like this whole assistant thing has turned out to be work instead of a way to have a chance encounter with a special someone.
Still seems stern and scary to me.
Alright so uh. Your rival always picks the Pokemon that’s next in the sequence to beat yours. It doesn’t matter what Pokemon is actually there, they get whatever’s supposed to have the type advantage on yours. But you may realize, Mareep was in the Water-type slot so he gets a Grass type. Grass is resistant to Electric. This will also grow up to be a Grass/Ground type which means Earthquake spam.
It didn’t hurt a whole lot.
Oh also, Withdraw?
Is all it uses. I don’t use Growl.
Static doesn’t help when Turtwig gets a crit, too.
I hope you weren’t expecting me to be amazing at Pokemon.
Okay now you’re just being over-dramatic, game.
Bet you didn’t know you could lose that battle. Bulbapedia doesn’t even know you can lose that battle. Their attempt to save every single thing a major NPC says doesn’t have the text if Barry wins.
I have brought you secret knowledge so where’s my damn Informative tag.
“ Yeah… see you later, dude.”