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Nobunaga Ambition X Pokemon para Nintendo DS en la Jump Festa!!
App de Pokemon #findelmundo
Free Pokedex 3D application releasing to eShop next week.
The Pokedex starts you off with 16 Pokemans, allowing you to add more (from the Black/White group) via QR Codes, random data exchange with friends, and SpotPass. As any good Pokedex would, it displays info about the creatures and allows you to view them in 3D. And most importantly, it lets you take AR pictures with Pokemon. Yay!
See also: More Pokemon posts
[Via Nintendo World Report]
New trailer for Super Smash Land, the Game Boy-style demake for Super Smash Bros. The developer behind this fan project, Dan Fornace, has posted a new PC demo that doubles the number of playable fighters to… four.
Along with Mario and Kirby, you can now play as or fight against Pikachu and Link. The release also adds two arenas (Saffron City, and a “mysterious unlockable stage”, custom controls, an Arcade Mode, and team matches. You can download the demo at Piki Geek.
See also: More demakes
[Thanks, Mike D.!]
Click the image for a high res version of the Unova map. It’s already been confirmed that Pokemon Black and White is set in a fictionalized version of New York City. And it’s well known that all previous Pokemon games have been set in fictionalized versions of real Japanese locations.
It’s not just that the map geographically matches up to a real world location, but usually towns are inspired by their real life counterparts. For example, Celadon City in Pokemon Red (the city with the department store) lines up with Shinjuku, the commercial center of Tokyo. Vermilion City (where you get on the S.S. Anne) lined up with Yokohama the largest seaport in Japan, and the power plant lines up with a real power plant, and so on.
Lets take another look at Unova. The city at the tip of the central peninsula is an in-game location called Hiun City, which is based on the financial district of New York City. It’s connected via the Sky Arrow Bridge, which is based on the Brooklyn Bridge, to Shippou City, a city composed of colorfully painted century-old warehouses that have been renovated and turned into fancy apartments. ie, Brooklyn. The Pokeball-shaped park at the top is the High Link forest, and lines up with Central Park. Below that is Raimon City, which lines up with Midtown. In Raimon City, there are flashy neon lights and a campy facility where you can participate in Pokemon Musicals, as well as a the Battle Subway, which is based on Grand Central terminal.
By now you should be pretty convinced that each location is, in fact, inspired by a real location in New York City. Okay? Now look at the barren wasteland between Raimon City (midtown) and Hiun City (downtown). That’s Ground Zero.
If you look at the high-res version of the map, you can see fallen buildings and rubble in that area. It’s called route 4 in the game. In this video of someone playing through, you can see that it’s clearly a construction site. Archeologists and construction workers trainers can be battled, and there is construction equipment all over the place. This is, unmistakably, a representation of Ground Zero in a Pokemon game.
It’s hard to say what this means. The game’s not out in English yet and I haven’t played it. Apparently the region is called “Isshu” in Japan because it sounds like a Japanese word that means something like ‘unity’, and the English name, ‘Unova’, has a similar connotation. Apparently the Pokemon directors were inspired by the diversity of the citizens of New York City and are trying to convey that in the location.
It’s also the first Pokemon game to prominently feature African American characters, with two African American gym leaders. One of those gym leaders, Iris, is Ash’s traveling companion in the anime. Iris wears a dashiki and when she first appears in the anime she’s swinging on a vine from the tree tops, and then Ash thinks she’s a Pokemon and tries to catch her. (The storyline of the games, by the way, revolves around Team Plasma trying to free Pokemon from human slavery.)
Anyway, feel free to draw your own conclusions. All I’m saying is that Japanese media doesn’t have the best track record for handling race relations or tragic historical events in the most politically correct way and the fact that a Pokemon game is apparently making some kind of commentary on 9-11 and/or slavery in America is just sort of mind boggling.Edit: In the anime, it’s explicitly stated that the damaged caused to Route 4 isn’t from a terrorist attack, but from a meteor. The government has control of that meteorite and one of the main storylines is about Team Rocket trying to steal it from the government to use it’s energy to take over Unova.
I have stuff to say about this, but I’m just gonna reblog it.