I loved Pokemon Crystal so why not check out the remake of the Johto League, Soul Silver for the DS. I don't own the pokewalker so I won't be reviewing that, so I'll talk about what has changed since the Game Boy Color versions. Will I enjoy this more than the first Pokemon game I ever played?


The Plot

You are a new trainer setting out to explore the Johto and Kanto regions. This time with 2 rivals your neighbor and the rogue who stole one of the Professor's Pokemon.

Gameplay The display is now split into both the top and bottom screen the top screen is where the main game is and the bottom is menus and selecting options of Pokemon battles. You can use buttons or the touch screen to interact with the bottom screen, it is up to your preference.

The Pokemon battles work pretty much the same, except there is double battles now, and your Pokemon can now recover from status issues sometimes outside of the battle on their own. You can also travel with the Pokemon first in your party as long as you're not on a bike. I will also say that leveling up compared to the Game Boy Games does seem to be quicker, so there is less grinding.


My Review

I did enjoy this title about the same as Pokemon Crystal. I will say I'd recommend having Crystal or Soul Silver and not both and not playing them back to back as they are basically the same game. The use of the touch screen was efficient, the phone thing works better as well, as at least once per day you'll get someone to battle you for more exp. which helps when preparing for the Elite Four. As far as which game is better, I'd say this one is with better graphics, better menus, and option for touch or button use.


I was cautious about this title after my review of the first Super Mario Maker for the 3DS and I didn't care to be chained to my apartment on a portable console. I can forgive the online required content more for the sequel as the Switch is a hybrid of both home and portable console. With new features and a new system will this one be the hit I was hoping for with the original?


Gameplay Modes


Story Mode

The Toads were building Princess Peach a new castle but unfortunately it was destroyed it is up to Mario to raise the funds to build it back.

To get coins to build the castle you have to complete jobs (mario levels). There is over 100 levels and this mode doesn't require any online connection to play the levels as they were created by Nintendo not other players.


Course World

This is the most well known mode of Super Mario Maker as it is the mode where you play and create custom Mario levels. You can now search courses with keywords, theme, and even type of game play making it much easier to find the course you want. The 5 course types you can make and play are Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros U and Super Mario 3D World. You can also rate courses with a "like" or a "boo" and comment on the courses with stamps and text. You can also play with friends in course world with Network Play with up to 3 friends. There is also the return of the challenge mode in Endless Challenge.


My Review

I did enjoy this much more then the original. The story mode was fun and creative and I found a lot of puzzle based levels that got me addicted to Course World. Currently I'm playing a lot of endless challenge on easy(I love video games, but not the best at them) and got on the global rankings. I hope this title will get further updates like the recent Zelda one where you can play as Link. If you even remotely liked the 1st than get the sequel.




As we continue Favorites Month lets review my favorite Pokemon game growing up. My first Pokemon game may have been Pokemon Gold but when I got Crystal is when I truly loved Pokemon with animated sprites, day and night, breeding, and of course being able to be a girl.


The Plot

You are a new Pokemon trainer sent out on an errand by Prof. Elm unfortunately while you're out a red haired boy steals one of the remaining Pokemon in the lab. It is up to you to teach him that the way to raise Pokemon comes from love not brute strength, while you explore both Johto and Kanto Pokemon Gym Leagues.


Gameplay

Pokemon Crystal plays the same as the first entry X for menu, A to select and B to go back and of course the D-pad to move. This game also features a phone, so you can contact trainers, your mom, and the Professor. You can also breed Pokemon by having 2 of opposite sex or 1 with a Ditto. I personally think the biggest improvement in Gen 2 is the fact the item pack is divided into pockets and not all in 1 menu where you must scroll forever to find the one thing you want.

To complete the Pokedex(which, I never bother to fully do as it would take forever, and I don't have anyone to trade with) you will have to travel between both regions, check for Pokemon at different times of the day and night, trading and of course the bug catching competition. There is now nearly twice as many as the last time so your work is cut out for you.


My Review

While I enjoyed this, and the fact you can travel through both regions it still doesn't top Pokemon Let's Go Eevee for me. I do find I didn't have to grind as much as I did in Pokemon Yellow as there is plenty of trainers and extra things to do to level up. I managed to finish most of the game(up to Red, but I find I don't have time to level up my Pokemon enough to beat him and still review a book series I have planned), in about 45 hours of gameplay.

The Johto League was rich with things to do, but I found the Kanto Region besides collecting badges didn't have much to do. I feel the Kanto Region was largely added on as an afterthought to Johto. Despite the minor details, I still greatly enjoyed this blast from the past.

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