I doubted the validity of the Golf game, but apparently, it’s a real thing. There is a hidden game on the Switch’s home menu that is only accessible on July 11, the anniversary of Satoru Iwata’s passing. It’s an emulated game of the original Golf from the NES, the game that Iwata programmed by himself back in the day.
This switchbrew page has details on how to access it. Basically, it can only be accessed on when Nintendo’s time servers are July 11. The joy-con controllers have to be detached, and you have to do this motion while on the home menu:
And the game should unlock. I’ll have to try it once July 11 rolls around again.
It’s a touching tribute to Iwata, that his legacy is literally embedded into the DNA of the Switch. We miss you, Iwata!
They charge for shipping on preorders, no matter how much it is.
No release day delivery.
Their used games is a total roll of the dice where often times you end up the loser.
Their PowerUp Rewards membership program is centered around trade-ins and used games.
Now, after all that, I’d hate to say it, but still use GameStop as a last resort if I can’t find a limited edition release or something. But like I said, it’s a last resort. But honestly, if I decided to stop shopping at GameStop altogether, I’d probably be better off for it.
And what sparked this post was the fact that my Metroid amiibo 2-pack pre-order finally shipped out today. It was released Friday. So yeah, I’ll have to wait a couple of more days but compared to how convenient Amazon Prime and Best Buy GCU is, it’s a really painful experience to have to fire up GameStop’s website in order to buy something.
Amazon Prime and Best Buy GCU offers 20% discount for pre-orders on new games. That alone makes it such a better deal over anything that GameStop offers, it’s like why would you even consider it.
GCU is only $30 bucks for two years. I’d probably make that back in pre-orders for games
Finally got around to starting this game. So far so good. The gameplay is nearly identical to X/Y with a few minor differences. I’ve noticed that there’s a heavy emphasis on berries which doesn’t appeal to me at all. My friend mentioned in passing during a late night conversation how he’s been berry obsessed and I didn’t quite understand what he meant. But now that I’m a couple of hours into OR I can totally see what he means. And as much as I like collecting things, the berries are nothing but a nuisance. Other than berries, the sheer number of trainer battles you’re forced to partake in seems to have grown exponentially between X/Y and OR/AS. Kind of annoying.
I imported all my Pokémon I collected from X/Y and all of the downloadable ones since the beginning of the year. I have about 3-4 boxes worth, about 100 or so give or take, but I only have the Hoenn region Pokédex and it says I only have 41. I guess I get the Kalos and/or National Pokédex once I complete the game or something. So for now, I’ll have to use the Hoenn Pokédex numbers to track my progress:
Pokémon count: 41/210
Shiny count: 1/210
My only shiny so far is a shiny Rayquazza from a giveaway sometime last year. Nothing in game yet, but I’m not quite ready to go shiny hunting. Not yet.
Something I miss from X/Y that didn’t make it into OR/AS is the ability to dress your character. It sounds rather silly, especially for a 40-year old man since it’s essentially playing dress-up with an electronic version of a doll, but I think the appeal for me was being able to collect the different outfits. I am a collector by nature: Transformers, sneakers, LEGO, and whatever piqued my interested; I always end up amassing a small hoard of stuff. I’m trying to change my ways though and getting rid of stuff slowly. I think this is why the Pokémon games appeal to me so much: it allows me to satisfy that part of the brain that hungers for collecting things without it taking up too much time or money or space. And as if collecting little pocket monsters wasn’t enough, I really got into collecting pieces of clothing for my character in Pokémon X. Berries: nothing. Hats and skirts: sign me up!
In Omega Ruby there is a different aspect of collecting and customizing for your character though and it’s your “Secret Base”, a sort of headquarters or bachelor/bachelorette pad. I just ran into the guy that introduces my character to the feature. I’m not completely sold on it yet, but I doubt it’ll be as fun as playing dress-up, even for this 40-year old man.
When I saw Japan get these shinies I was envious because they look awesome and since X/Y was my first foray into Pokémon, they have a special place in my heart. Nintendo sent out a tweetannouncing their availability and I cannot wait to get them into my game. These guys look AWESOME!
May 2–8: Zygarde
May 11–17: Shiny Xerneas
May 20–26: Shiny Yveltal
Why Zygarde was never made shiny is beyond me though but I don’t care. And this explains why I was able to get him the other day.
The month is May now and Darkrai is this month’s mythical Pokémon distribution, but that’s only available through a scratch card you pick up from GameStop stores. I started up my game late last night and went to receive a gift over the internet anyway for shits and giggles and color me surprised to get a free Zygarde legendary. I didn’t see anything mentioned on Serebii or Bulbanews at the time so it was a nice surprise. And he’s available for OR/AS and X/Y.