Very Early Impressions: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

How I bought It

It has been 5 days since Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It is taking too long, plus the import games have a certain markup percentage making them very pricey. Because of that, and since, I am still playing Ocarina of Time 3D (on cartridge), I decided to just by an eShop prepaid card and then buy Pokemon Alpha Sapphire digitally.

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Why Alpha Sapphire?

I am quite sure that I will be getting Treecko as my starter Pokemon, the same one I started with in Emerald before. No. Not Torchic. I have Blaziken on my Pokemon Y and it has this ability to increase its speed every turn. Which means, I might need Kyogre, a water Pokemon, to be in my team at least during the story run.

Wingull

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Wingull is currently part of my team, (I’m around 4 hours now and still not reaching the first gym!). He won’t be in my team forever but man, it’s really fast with a nice defense. I’m not really a Pokemon player that dabble on stats etc, but I always want my Pokemon to be at least fast.

As I said, he won’t be in my team for so long. Why? A Pelipper was in my team during my Black 2 run. I have the habit of not picking the same Pokemon to be part of my team again after every game. Treecko is an exception, as I have never finished Emerald back then. And Blaziken is…. also an exception.

Surprising Myself

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If you have been reading the Sun Rising blog, you might see that I actually did not write a lot about Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

I want to surprise myself. I had this Nintendo 3DS blog before and I wrote every freaking thing about Pokemon almost everyday up to the launch of Pokemon X and Y. But man, I got spoiled a lot of times on the story and the features, Maybe that’s the reason why I never liked that game a lot. Up to now, it is the only Pokemon series where I clocked in the least number of hours.

Sneak Mode and PokeNav

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So going back to Alpha Sapphire, As mentioned, I am just quite a few hours into the game and I was really impressed with all the things I’m seeing. From how it started by showing us the main character holding what seemed like a Nintendo handheld at the back of a truck, I knew that this game exist for nostalgia’s sake. But I never did finish Emerald so the nostalgia is not really there for me. Even so, all the other details are looking good so far.

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What was really interesting is the DexNav – In every route, the Pokenav will tell you if you have already captured all the Pokemon in that specific area. This feature has been existing in Generation V before.pokemon-oras-sneak

The other one is the sneak move. – The player is now allowed to move as in very slowly, as if you are sneaking. What’s the purpose of the sneak move? We normally had random encounters with Pokemon even in the past games. This time, some Pokemon may wag its tail on top of the grass. In order for it not to run away, you have to “sneak” to get close to it, battle, and then capture! It is actually quite a simple affair, but it gives quite a breathing room – “You have always run on the grass to encounter Pokemon, why not walk this time?” is probably what the Game Freak employees have thought about. :) Also, those Pokemon sticking their tail out have some rare moves so it’s really good if you can capture them!

I will probably be playing the game through out the weekend during my my rest times. Yeah, I don’t have enough time playing games like before, but I know for a fact that Alpha Sapphire will be keeping me company for most of December.

New Naruto the Last Movie Visuals Profiles Hinata and Naruto

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Shonen Jump magazine has a new image for Naruto the Last Movie. Pictured above, it’s the most moving yet.

Text on the image:

“Naruto and Hinata, whose feelings didn’t reach each other, their fates will now combine! A new visual arrives showing Naruto and Hinata following a road where they consider their future together.

Hinata has always been thinking of Naruto since they were children. When Naruto finally notices her feelings, Hinata is defeated by Toneri! Their feelings pass by each other as Naruto has a big realization that he himself is the cause of this loss. For the sake of the future he should protect, Naruto begins his final battle. What are Naruto’s thoughts as he looks at Hinata’s sad face?”

Source

Naurto – The Last Movie will open in December in Japan on December 6, 2014.

Japan Weekly Game Sales: Pokemon ORAS

Nintendo just announced that Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire already have a combined 3 million plus in sales. Half of that were from Japan, as evidenced by the weekly game sales provided by Media Create.

Actually, there’s nothing more interesting on the software side. Let’s take a look at hardware: All Nintendo 3DS systems got some sales boost and it’s all because of Pokemon.

Honestly, this just prove one important thing in Japan: Pokemon still sells well. Pundits and worrywarts (like me, probably) can say all we want about Yokai Watch and how big it is right now. However, maybe Pokemon will always be bigger? Or maybe both franchise can peacefully coincide? Maybe there’s no rivalry. Just plain sellers for the kids and adults alike.

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys.
New 1 Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire 1,327,671 New 3DS
New 2 Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (Double Pack) 90,497 New 3DS
New 3 Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires 38,123 New PS3
New 4 Assassin’s Creed Unity 36,400 New PS4
4 5 Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 28,728 2,173,073 3DS
2 6 Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 20,612 91,915 PS3
10 7 Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder 17,834 2,881,810 3DS
11 8 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 16,846 1,737,035 3DS
1 9 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Subtitled) 15,425 95,011 PS3
7 10 Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 13,817 41,843 WiiU
New 11 Taiko Drum Master: Extra Large Serving 11,769 New WiiU
New 12 Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires 11,725 New PS4
New 13 Sumikko Gurashi Koko Ga Ochitsukundesu 11,656 New 3DS
3 14 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Subtitled) 9,400 73,459 PS4
12 15 Mario Kart 8 8,752 721,884 WiiU
5 16 One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X 8,045 43,143 3DS
8 17 Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 6,859 33,543 PS4
6 18 Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax 5,798 40,469 PS3
New 19 Senjou no Enbukyoku 5,738 New PSV
9 20 Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax 5,692 31,299 PSV

Hardware:

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

New 3DS LL – 42,184 (38,457)
New 3DS – 26,791 (13,373)
PlayStation 4 – 12,430 (15,537)
3DS LL – 11,534 (9,172)
PlayStation Vita – 10,236 (19,301)
Wii U – 9,615 (14,002)
3DS – 8,144 (4,199)
PlayStation 3 – 4,324 (4,711)
Xbox One – 776 (2,245)
PlayStation Vita TV – 621 (675)
Xbox 360 – 100 (91)
PSP – 11 (25)

What do you think of this week’s sales?

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PSN Japan Celebrates the System’s 20th Anniversary With Discount Sale

PlayStation Japan is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the platform with a special holiday discount to a number of games on the PSN.

They did not just randomly picked up the games to be discounted. What PSN did is to discount games that have received a PlayStation Award in the past. Non-subscribers of PS Plus gets 10-30% discount while subscribers get 10-44% discount.

Participate Playstation titles:

Spelunker HD (PS3)
Wizardry Labyrinth of Lost Souls (PS3)
Dragon’s Crown
Biohazard 5: Alternative Edition
Monster Hunter Portable (PSP)
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online
Biohazard 6
Monster Hunter Portable 2G
Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airu Village (WHAT? THERE’S THIS KIND OF GAME??)
Shin Sengoku Musou 6 Special (Dynasy Warriors 7 Empires I think)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Special Edition
Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker (PSP)
Castlevania Harmoney of Despair
Elemental Monster Online
Bomberman Ultra
The 2nd Dissidia Final Fantasy Game that I never typed correctly
Final Fantasy Type-0 (the PSP game)
After Burner Climax
Crazy Taxi
Trash Panic
Tekken 5 Dark Ressurection
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle
One Piece Pirate Musou 2
One Piece Pirate Musou 2 (PS Vita)
Battlefield 1943
Grand Theft Auto V

The sale will run from Nov 26 to December 2, 2015

Coming out in Japan: Phantasy Star Nova

After an almost-a-year-silence and only resurfacing on the news last June, Phantasy Star Nova is finally coming out in Japan, and you can actually purchase here. :)

Here’s a trailer during the TGS:

Here’s a longer trailer

It will also have additional content, in the form of collaboration with these other game franchises:

  • Resonance of Fate (Dec 4)
  • Star Ocean IV (Dec 11)
  • Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth (Dec 18)
  • Valkyria Chronicles 3 (Dec 24)

If you have the money, you can also check out these Vita and Vita TV bundles. This is the PS Vita TV bundle:

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Phantasy Star Nova is coming to Japan’s PS Vita systems on November 27, 2014.

Don’t Forget. Persona Q Launching This Week!

Persona Q is launching this week in 3 regions. Atlus (the NA publisher) released its launch trailer:

In an earlier post, we reported about the 2 editions of the game. The Wild Cards Premium Edition will have tarot cards set #2, soundtrack CD, 3DS XL case, and an art book. You might want to check out the game with Play-Asia! :)

The game is set on the last day of the Yasogami High Culture festival. A ringing bell was heard by both the Persona 4 characters and the Persona 3 characters. Both parties are dragged to the future where the school is covered in Shadows. They will meet the characters Zen and Rei, who will be the key to all the mysteries surrounding them. You will experience a different story depending on if you choose to play the game with the Persona 3 hero or the Persona 4 hero.

Persona Q is coming out in the US on Nov 25 and on the 28th in Europe.

It’s a Big Release Week for Nintendo

Last week and this week are going to be crucial for Nintendo when it comes to games.

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The supposed 3DS system sellers, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire coming/now out in all regions. Europe’s release is a bit later, but coming nonetheless. I know I have a handful of readers and commenters (Thanks!) from Europe. What do you think about Pokemon releasing later in your region?

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Next up is Super Smash Bros for the Wii U. Looks like the game has now sold almost 500,000 units in the US alone. Take note that the number is for both digital and retail sales. I want to know the percentage of the people who bought the digital copy and the retail copy because I feel it is a “telling data” which, alongside eShop data, can probably inform Nintendo if digital is really something that they should keep pushing.

Persona-q

Persona Q is also coming to all regions, although that one has been out in Japan for some months now. Unfortunately, I cannot get this game yet because it is quite pricey in digital. I know it will be a great game and can satisfy the RPG in me, but I already have Pokemon and I don’t think I can play 2 RPGs at the same time with the amount of time I have.

With Black Friday coming, plus Cyber Monday plus the holiday season, PLUS THE GAMES THAT SO MANY PEOPLE THINK THE WII U AND 3DS DON’T HAVE ARE NOW IN, it will be interesting if the 2014 holidays will be good for Nintendo – unlike the past few years and more like 2006.

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