Pokémon Retrospective, Part 4: My Life As A Fan

From its very inception, Pokemon was designed for building a community. Satoshi Tajiri desired to convey his love for catching bugs to a new generation that grew up in a concrete-laden city. When he saw the Game Boy's link cable, he imagined creatures crawling across it. He wanted players to share the bugs they caught … Continue reading Pokémon Retrospective, Part 4: My Life As A Fan

Pokémon Retrospective, Part 3: Modern Poké-Problems

In 2012, I thought I'd outgrown Pokemon. I never bought a DS to play Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, and I didn't feel anything when I saw the remakes of Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver on store shelves. In fact, I felt like I'd outgrown video games in general. During this time I only casually played Super … Continue reading Pokémon Retrospective, Part 3: Modern Poké-Problems

Pokémon Retrospective, Part 2: Becoming Poké-Pals

Several weeks ago, our family cat passed away. Her official name was Isabel Allende (yes, we named her after the famous Latin American author), but we usually just called her Smudge. She was about 13 years old when she passed away. She went peacefully, and my family buried her near a lovely tree. We adopted … Continue reading Pokémon Retrospective, Part 2: Becoming Poké-Pals

Pokémon Retrospective, Part 1: Pokémon’s Magic Spell

Pokemon's 9th Generation is nearly upon us. With the franchise experiencing so much growth along with so much scrutiny, it's unclear what kind of legacy Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will leave behind once they come out in November. However, as we anticipate these new games, I want to look back at Pokemon's evolution throughout the … Continue reading Pokémon Retrospective, Part 1: Pokémon’s Magic Spell

I Finally Found My Lost Childhood Game Boy Consoles

On Christmas morning of 1999 I received a Game Boy Color (GBC) and a copy of Pokemon Yellow. Leading up to that fateful morning, I'd been watching other kids play Pokemon Red and Blue and listening to their conversations about the games. Pokemon was everywhere: on the playground, in the neighborhood, and in every kids' … Continue reading I Finally Found My Lost Childhood Game Boy Consoles

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is the Revival That Pokemon Needs

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is an Open World JRPG developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo. It was released in January 2021 as a Nintendo Switch Exclusive. MSRB is $60. Prelude: Not Ready for Love It's no secret that I named my blog Hookshot, Charge Beam, Revive after the three game series that impacted me … Continue reading Pokemon Legends: Arceus is the Revival That Pokemon Needs

Pokken Tournament Deluxe Review: Giving Fighting Games a Fighting Chance

Pokken Tournament Deluxe is a Pokemon fighting spinoff game developed by Bandai Namco and published by Nintendo. It originally released in arcades and Wii U in 2015. A port to Nintendo Switch was released in September 2017 with the combined content from both Wii U and arcade versions. MSRB is $60. I played the Nintendo … Continue reading Pokken Tournament Deluxe Review: Giving Fighting Games a Fighting Chance