I figure I've posted enough material in the Video Games convo to start a Liveblog of this cool game!
"Hey, Ace," some of you might be asking, "How did you get your mitts on this game?"
Well, I was lucky and had it reserved at the local Comics Connection after I found enough translatory material to play through it (it helps that I am a longstanding vet of Pokemon training since I can extrapolate a lot
of statistical information. Yes, I'm a Tactical Nerd type trainer, I rely on my knowledge of skills and stat-crunching to sharpen my natural aptitude to battling.)
Anyway, the poor girl I'll be advising on her trip through Johto and Kanto is a promising lass named Mari(bel, character limits in Japan are harsh!)
, to match my Platinum Trainer named Renko
. They are great penpals, and Renko's exploits in Sinnoh have made Mari want to train and become as good. Liberties will be taken with the (Japanese and therefore rather impossible for me to read at the moment) dialogue for my own amusement.
I've already played until a certain point past the first badge, and subsequent posts won't be as long. Anyway, here we goooooooooooo~
Oak: Hello, Pokemon professor here. I need a new, impressionable kid to help me with my research, since my assistants are too busy helping me with my new Radio Show!
(New Bark, late might)
Mari: I want to be an awesome trainer like my penpal Renko!
Mum: All right, dearie. Before you go, take this (pokegear
), since it's dangerous outside!
Mari: Sweet! Does it have an MP3
Mum: Sorry, Mari, you'll need to save up for that kind of expensive luxury.
Hibiki (Male player-trainer avatar
npc): Marill, give me back my Rage Candybar! (Notices Mari step out of her house) Oh, hi Mari, the Prof has a job for you!
Mari: Only if it doesn't involve another stupid Spinarak tree-colony.
(Hibiki chases his marill across town. Shaking her head, Mari steps into the lab to find out what sort of thankless job the prof wants her to help him with this time)
Elm: Mari! Just who I wanted to see - Mr Pokemon called me about an amazing
discovery, and I need you to help me pick it up!
Mari: Why can't you send Hibiki or go yourself?
Elm: because Hibiki isn't as reliable as you, and I'm still
limping from when you kicked me in the shin after the whole Spinarak colony business
. Also, (opens scientific-looking (expensive)
tower cabinet), I'll give you one of these
Pokemon as payment and apology for that last job.
Mari: Fair enough. (Picks Totodile) I love crocodiles! I'm going to call him Gnaw. Isn't he a beauty?
Elm: By the way, your lead pokemon can follow you outside its ball now.
Mari: Sweet! C'mon Gnaw, let's go help the professor!
(Outside the lab)
Mari: hey, creepy-looking redhead! What're you doing behind Elm's lab?
Creepy-looking redhead: None of your business, Ironing Board
Mari: Ouch! Fine then, redheaded stepchild! Come on, Gnaw, it's not worth sharpening your teeth on this loser.
(Cherrygrove, about 11pm-ish)
Mari: Starting my journey this late at night may not have been such a great idea, all those owls
hounding us like that. At least you're here to help me keep them away, Gnaw.
(Gnaw spits out a few feathers and grins)
Cheerful Old Man: What's a lass like you doing out this late? (Notices Gnaw) And with a pokemon, too! You must be a dedicated trainer!
Mari: I actually just started an hour ago.
Cheerful old man: Really? Then you must know the essential parts of a town for trainers! This, this and this (points
) are the Pokemon Center, the Pokemart, and the route to Violet City! Come with me!
Mari: (whispering to Gnaw) If he tries to touch me in a bad way, you may eat him, Gnaw.
Cheerful Old Man: This (points) is the shore! You'll need the Surf HM to cross it, unless you can swim. Aaaaand this... (points to old house
) is my home! Here, take these (Running Shoes), travelling at walking pace takes forever!
Mari: Nice, my old shoes are just too stiff for long-distance.
Cheerful Old Man: Oh yes, take this Map Card
for your pokegear!
Mari: Awesome! Thanks for the help, old man!
Fat guy: Here, take this Apricorn case! You can collect Apricorns for various uses!
Mari: Those round fruit? what are they good for?
Fat guy: There's some craftsmen around who can use them to make custom pokeballs the old-fashioned way. Those things are stronger than the factory-made ones!
Mari: Oh, I thought they'd make good eating, but custom pokeballs are good too. (I wonder if Renko uses special pokeballs like these?
) Argh, I wish I could read my e-mail out here!
Fat guy: You could use the terminals at any Pokemon Center, you know.
(Further along Route 30, after Midnight...)
Mari: Why're you guys out here at this time of the night? Make way on the road, people need to pass!
Youngster #1: We're having a battle!
Youngster #2: Rattata, give it one in the face with Tail Whip!
Mari: I hope this isn't some kind of fig-
Youngster #2: Do not talk about Fight Club!
Mari: I hate you brats. C'mon Gnaw, let's use this side-path instead.
(At Mr Pokemon's House, after a long and painful journey)
Mari: Finally! I swear I've never seen that many angry Rattata before.
Mr. Pokemon: Ah, Elm told me to expect you! Dear Arceus, you look so worn out! What happened on the way here?
Mari: How can you rest easy, knowing that there's a veritable swarm of angry rats in the woods outside your house?
Mr. Pokemon: I have a hungry Growlithe who loves rats with a light secret sauce. You look like you could use a snack.
Mari: Nothing with secret sauce, thanks.
(One light snack later)
Mr Pokemon: Oh yes, here's the thing I need you to help me bring to Elm, it's a Pokemon egg.
Mari: Oh that? I know about it, my penpal Renko's been breeding her Electabuzzes lately.
Oak: (looks up from newspaper) Fascinating! You know Renko?
Mari: She's my pen-pal! Wait, who are you-oh yeah, I remember Renko writing about you, you're that awesome researcher Professor Oak!
Oak: You look as reliable as your friend. Want to contribute to my Pokedex project?
Mari: Only if there's no danger of being eaten by Rattata.
Oak: Hahaha. Girl, I believe your Totodile-
Mari: His name is Gnaw, and I'm Mari.
Oak: Okay, Mari and Gnaw, I believe you can get as good as Renko has become. Here, take this Pokedex! it'll update your Trainer's Card.
Mari: Awesome! I can't wait to write to Renko about this!
(Cherrygrove Pokemon Center)
Mari: ...So, the good professor has asked me to help him with the Pokedex project, and has given me a 'dex to help him. I hope you have advice for me, Renko, because I want to follow in your footsteps and become an awesome trainer. With hugs, your penpal Mari.
(Sends mail) Gnaw, I wonder if Renko's doing anything now?
Creepy Redheaded Stepchild: I don't know why you chose such a weakling. I, Bato, am going to prove that you suck, you ironing board
Mari: Gnaw, eat his legs
(A creepy redheaded stepchild was seen being chased out of town by a scarily cheerful Totodile, a terrified Chikorita in tow.)
Mari: I'm back, profes- HUH?
Copper: You're under arrest for stealing Professor Elm's pokemon, criminal scum!
Hibiki and Elm: No, officer, she's helping us with a big job! Besides, I already said the thief took my Chikorita
, not my Totodile!
Copper: Oh. Sorry, miss.
Mari: it must have been that stupid redhead Bato from just now.
Copper: Bato, huh? I'll report this to my superiors. (leaves)
Elm: Anyway, What was the-OH SWEET DIALGA WHAT IS THAT
Mari: Don't tell me you've never seen an Egg before, I heard about stuff like this from my friend Renko over in Sinnoh.
Elm: Oh. Er. Hahaha, it's just that we've never actually had an opportunity to study Pokemon Eggs in a lab like this before. (takes egg) Thanks for helping me.
Mari: By the way, the famous researcher Oak was at Mr Pokemon's place, and he asked me to help with the Pokedex Project.
Elm: Really? That's incredibly good news!
I'll have Hibiki pass you some pokeballs to start you off with. I expect Renko's told you about those already, right?
Mari: Of course she has! I asked her for more info on the awesome specialty balls too.
Elm: I'm afraid all I have on hand are ordinary Pokeballs.
Mum: Welcome back Mari! Are you a full-fledged trainer yet?
Mari: Hi mum. Say hi to my mother, Gnaw. Don't bite her, please.
(Gnaw smiles, waves his arms, and tries to wag his short tail)
Mum: Oh, what a sweet little Totodile!
Mari: I'm going to bed first, Mum. I'll continue my great journey tomorrow.
Mum: All right, Mari dear. Good night!
Next time: Mari(bel) heads for Violet City and the first badge!
Mari's crew: Totodile (neutral nature) named Gnaw.
edited 12th Oct '09 7:46:19 AM by AceOfScarabs