Fun with Fusing Pokemon

When Hitmonchan is not Hitmonchan…


What’s better than two Pokemon? One Pokemon made by mashing the two together! We’ve explored the mad science that is Pokemon Fusion!

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Caption This! Nintendo Photo Challenge

We apologize. But not really.


#508 – Oh dear. We’ve done it… we’ve gathered the internet’s most awkward Nintendo screenshots and we’ve put horribly hilarious captions to them! See if you can top ours by leaving your own in the comments.

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Pokemon Card Showdown – TCG Battle!

The resolution’s not bad – your eyes are just not working properly today!


#503 – Simeon and Scott used to play Pokemon cards before they played much video games. Those were the… old days! And today we’re going to relive some of that fun, while Simeon uses a legacy Pokemon card deck and Scott challenges him with a brand new set of cards. Watch as they attach energy, play trainers, evolve, and kill each other by flipping coins.

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Pokemon TCG: Old Vs. New Cards

Basic Pokemon Charizard, I choose you! Quick, use Fire Spin for 1 colorless energy!


Simeon and Scott are fans of Nintendo and Pokemon from the golden age. They’re “gen 1ers” if ever there were any. So, naturally, this episode is based entirely on singing the praises of the first few expansions of Pokemon cards and bashing everything that’s come out in the last decade… NO, not really, but there’s a little bit of that. ;) Game Footage Credit: CGRundertow, TheJWittz

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Desert Island with One Video Game | NF + TBC

Thank goodness for unlimited electricity on desert islands.


We’ve all been asked some form of this question before: If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you take with you? This time, your only choices are video games, and you have unlimited power supply but no WiFi. Yes, the choice is tough. But Simeon and Scott thought this through and have come up with some of the strongest candidates. What game would you take? Comment below!

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The Nintendo Experience: Powerful Portables

Nintendo not only revolutionized the home console market, but time and time again, they’ve proven to be the best in the portable sector of gaming. We’ve already talked about several landmark portable titles for the Nintendo Experience: Pokemon Red and Blue and Pokemon GO. These games shaped the way we game on the go (pun intended), and reached far beyond the game to rock the shape of pop culture. These two games were not an isolated incident, and I would like to showcase two more games that are near and dear to my heart.

The first is one of the first games I ever owned personally: Game Boy Camera. To many, even those who loved it in its time, the Game Boy Camera is a joke. Compared to what we have at our disposal nowadays, it is. The resolution was bad, everything was in grayscale, the editor was primitive, the memory was limited to 30 photos, and, if you were looking for it to be a game, you would be sorely disappointed.

Something I will never forget, however, is reading my brother’s copy of “The Guinness Book of Records 1999” and seeing that this odd-looking Game Boy cart was currently the smallest digital camera in the world! I felt like a spy as a kid! It was a novelty, and there were enough menus in the game to navigate and not use (because I was never able to get my hands on a Game Boy Printer) to keep me occupied for a long time. Also, Miyamoto dancing!

If that’s not revolutionary enough to make it a must-play for Nintendo fans, I don’t know what is.

I think it’s time we talk about the real game-changer: Tetris. Tetris was a system seller, plain and simple. It got everyone who touched it into mobile gaming. It was accessible to people of all walks of life… unless you shun technology… I suppose. It’s simple, easy to pick up, and tough to put down. It is one of the best games ever. That is, until, Nintendo outdid themselves.

Here’s that 8-bit-“ish” art style that worked so well.

Tetris DS is the best game ever. I mean, Tetris was already the best, but they found a way to improve it. It had all of the puzzling proficiency of its previous iterations, but they made it streamlined. The multiplayer was great, the art style was perfect… What more could you ask for? I consider it the best version of the best game hands down, and I urge you: if you haven’t played it, pick it up. Like, right now. Why are you still reading? Oh, you already have it? Good.

Best of: Realistic Pokemon

Realistic Pokemon IRL video, anyone?


Oh, Fan Art. You never really disappoint, do you? There’s always something awesome, detailed, thoughtful, and mildly creepy. In this installment of the TBC show, we’re going to be taking a look at the very best Realistic Pokemon renditions, from artists that have taken the cute, adorable, and lovable anime-styled Pocket Monsters and converted them into truly horrifying, believable beasts that could be seen in the real world. Grab your favorite pillow and hold it tight for comfort, and when you’re ready, proceed…

Check out Realistic Pokemon Devianart

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Hidden Meanings in Nintendo Names

Good luck never thinking of Mexi-tots whenever you hear about the three legendary bird Pokemon.


Sneaky, tricksy Nintendo and their sneaky, tricksy localization Treehouse. We’ve identified a number of meanings that were hidden inside seemingly innocent names… names of Pokemon, names of Nintendo games, and more. Some of these you may have heard before, but we guarantee your mind will be blown at least once during the course of this video!

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What’s At the Nintendo NY Store?

Tickets to NY, please? This is somewhere we can conceivably hit up before our flight to Japan for Super Nintendo World…


It sounds like a dream: an entire multi-level store dedicated to our favorite brand, Nintendo. But it’s not a dream – it used to be the Pokemon Center, then it was Nintendo World, and now it’s Nintendo NY. And in case you were wondering, it’s based in New York. This magical retailer is run by Nintendo staff, and is decorated to the nines in Nintendo themed goodness! Baby teethers? Check. Games playable before they are released? Check. Guest appearances from famous Nintendo staff? Check. We need to visit this place.

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Dank Nintendo Memes

Sorry Karen – we still love you, but you already got your own entire video.


Memes, memes, a magical fruit. They make the Internet go round! Well, we’ve gathered the best of the best when it comes to the world of Nintendo. We’ve identified the funniest, the truest, and the in some cases the ugliest Nintendo memes to make you laugh. Don’t scour Google Images, don’t search Reddit – everything you need is right here. We’ve done the “work” for you. Sit back and relax some good old internet culture humor!

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What are Second Party Developers?

Ironically, some of the best Nintendo games were made by outside developers.


First party, that’s Nintendo. Third party, that’s everyone else – right? WRONG. There’s an inbetween status that developers can achieve by meeting certain requirements and penning certain deals with the hardware publisher. Tune in as Scott and Simeon investigate the topic, as well as discuss each and every major 2nd party that Nintendo has enlisted.

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Game Theme Hum-Down #3

This is probably our last time trying this game. We did way better our past two attempts!


We thought we were better at this game. It’s where you hum the tune to a Nintendo or 3rd-party game and try to get your buddy to guess the game. Well, we didn’t do so hot this time around but it might be even more entertaining to our viewers this way!

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What if Garfield and Pokemon had Babies?

Omagarf. It’s totally a thing now. Oh. My. GARF!


With all the hype circulating around Pokemon Go and Pokemon Sun & Moon, it is important that we stop and appreciate the smaller things… like Garfemon! Would you believe that an artist has been taking to Tumblr and updating his list of Garfield-Pokemon monster mashups every day? It’s unbelievable! These artistic creations combine the best of both the worlds of Pokemon and Garfield in ways you could never imagine. We’ve collected the best ones yet to show to you, and be sure to check out the rest at garfemon.tumblr.com!

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All Nintendo Console’s Final Games

Depper. Large. These are the words you must put in the title of your game if you want it to be a success in Japan.


Some games get the honor of singing the sweet swan song for their console as it passes into history. We’ve found each game that Nintendo and 3rd parties published last for every console – enjoy!

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Pokemon Generations 1 – 3 Impressions

……………………. UNGHHH.


The Pokemon Company is recreating iconic moments in the Pokemon series into animated shorts! We are here with our impressions of the first 3 installments of the new animated mini-series, Pokemon Generations!

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What is Picross 3D?

At least we don’t have to worry about being obsessed with yet another Picross 3D game.


Nintendo just released Picross 3D Round 2 to the 3DS eShop, and it’s time that we evaluate its merits! We also explain the many differences between 2D and 3D Picross titles. If you’re new to the series, or a veteran, you’re in good hands this episode!

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Crazy Amiibo Requests

Can we please just have amiibo chips in everything?


Can you ever have too many amiibo? NO! Especially if they are very unique, like the ones we are officially requesting Nintendo to produce. We will preorder promptly when they are announced!

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3DS September Nintendo Direct

Kinda left you with the “meh” aftertase of “bleh,” didn’t it?


Simeon is holding down the fort with his reactions on Nintendo’s newest announcements for the 3DS, covering Super Mario Maker, Poochy and Yoshi, Yokai Watch, and a whole lot more!

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The Nintendo Experience: Ōkami and Pokémon Red/Blue

When I introduced the Nintendo Experience, I said that it would include around 70 titles or so. I haven’t changed my mind as far as the number of games go, but Scott brought to my attention that if I were to keep my current pace, it would take me approximately 2 ½ forevers to finish, and that’s not counting any games that might be essential coming out between now and then. I figured it might be easier if I spent some of my blog posts to talk about the Nintendo Experience. I still plan on dedicating a few Crew Cuts to them, but I can cover several games per post, so I can actually someday finish this project.

The Nintendo Experience is a list of games that I believe sum up essential Nintendo adventures for any fan to play through.

It’s not a list of Nintendo’s “best games”, per se, but they showcase what makes Nintendo the best game company in the world. They don’t need to be first-party games, or even exclusive games, but they need to use the Nintendo hardware in a unique way if they’re not.

Case in point, the next game joining the Experience is Capcom’s Ōkami for Wii.
Okami

Ōkami was originally released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006 and was ported to the Wii in 2008. It’s a wonderful cell-shaded adventure that plays quite a bit like a Legend of Zelda game. But the gameplay isn’t the best part of the experience; that would go to the presentation. Graphically, the developers have re-created feudal Japan in the style of traditional Japanese paintings. The world is absolutely incredible, and you’ll find yourself running around fields and forests just taking in the prettiness of it all. The orchestral sound track matches the setting, and helps to transport the player into the world.

Okami 2

Next, the story is fantastic. Without giving very much away, you play as Amaterasu, a reincarnation of the sun god Shiranui. You set out on a quest to restore the nature of Nippon that has been thrown into ruin by the forces of evil by collecting different “Celestial Brush” techniques (more on that in a moment). The premise may sound odd, but believe me when I say that the story will suck you in and move you with every twist of the plot.

The thing that makes the Wii version of Ōkami unique and gives it a spot on the Nintendo Experience is the Celestial Brush. One of the key mechanics of the game entails the player stopping the action and using the Wiimote’s pointer to draw a shape on the screen to activate different powers. Need to cut a tree down that’s blocking your path? There’s a technique for that! Need a lily pad to help you walk on water? There’s a technique for that, too! Need a gust of wind to get rid of fowl-smelling air? You’re in luck! Just scrawl the shape where you need it and presto! Sometimes it takes a few tries to get the shape right, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be Bob-ing your enemies like a Ross.

If you like adventure games and haven’t played Ōkami yet, then pick up a copy and give it a shot. You won’t regret picking it up.

In honor of the recent release of Pokémon GO, another induction from the franchise into the Experience is Pokémon Red/Blue/Green along with their sequel, Yellow.

Pokemon

It’s hard to think of a world without Pokémon, and often times I forget where it all started. After these games were released, the TV show, trading card game, mangas, toys, and more were everywhere (just like GO is doing now).

Pokemon 2

Up to that point, RPGs usually had a pretty limited cast. You might be able to choose a few different combinations of characters for your party, but your choices were pretty limited. Then these games dropped and flipped the game on its head with 151 unique characters available to play as. As long as you could catch them, you could have whatever combination of six (or less) monsters you wanted. Sure the game was unbalanced, and sure, there were plenty of glitches, but the feeling you got when the professor gave you your first starter, or you traded a Pokémon with a friend, or got your first gym badge far outweighs all of the brokenness. If you haven’t played any of the games in the original trilogy, I highly suggest getting the port for your 3DS. It’s just $10! Give it a shot.

That’s it for the Nintendo Experience for now. Signing out!

NE1