Nintendo announced that the long-awaited Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes are finally being made. They're slated to hit the Switch late 2021 and continue the long-standing tradition of Pokemon remakes by the company (cue the speculation on Black/White remakes). Named Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the games are set to satisfy the needs of many gamers. I'm a part of the legion of fans that are stoked for this, especially since this was one of my favorite Pokemon generations. Here's why I'm excited for this.
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl had one of the deepest postgames in the entire series. You had additional routes that you could explore, the Battle Tower, various legendary pokemon (including Giratina), and other pokemon that you could battle and level up. This generation also had a detailed story line that left you on the edge of your seat. Compared to Sword and Shield's basic story, this is a breath of fresh air.
As for the legendary pokemon, there was a myriad of options that you could choose. Whether you wanted Heatran or Regigigas or Cresselia, your options were boundless. These pokemon were especially helpful at the Battle Tower, which was a solid challenge.
The news of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes dropping made the Twitter waves today, stoking the imagination of many fans. For one, I'm definitely excited about this and am looking forward to getting these games. One of my favorite generations, this was my go-to series in high school. I can't wait to relive those memories and play the series once again.
We have arrived to another spring training session, which means baseball is around the corner. No more freezing winters (Texans can breathe a sigh of relief after the latest debacle) and hot summer days to accompany the beautiful game. We can now relax and enjoy memorable days at the ballpark... er, or at home. Here's what you should watch for this season.
The Atlanta Falcons stumbled to a 4-12 record, faltering to the bottom of the NFC South. They're in a tight spot right now. What must they do to escape their hole?
The Houston Texans stumbled to a 4-12 record after being a competitive team for so long. It appears that change is on the horizon for this ball club. What should the Texans do to ensure a better future?
A major part of college basketball's storied history revolves around the schools that made the sports great. Think of the 1990's Dallas Cowboys for the NFL or the New York Yankees for MLB. These academies have won countless titles over the years and have legendary traditions and tales that go with them. However, things are a little different this time around.
This season has seen the big schools take a dramatic hit in the polls. Michigan State, Duke, North Carolina, and Kentucky are all unranked and are in danger of missing the tournament. If you think it's because of the new NET ranking system, think again. For starters, the Duke Blue Devils are sitting at 10-8 overall and 8-6 in their conference. They suffered losses at the hands of Notre Dame, Miami, and Michigan State, muddying their bubble picture. North Carolina has a more respectable record at 14-7. But they also suffered losses to North Carolina State and Georgia Tech.
As for the other schools, they haven't had an easy time, either. Michigan State currently sits at 11-9 and 10th in the Big Ten, residing outside the bubble. Tom Izzo's Spartans lost to the likes of Northwestern and had their best win be against Rutgers. Ouch. MSU has a bit of a case, but they'll have to do damage against the Big Ten's better squads, including Ohio State, Illinois, and Michigan. Kentucky's fall from grace has been more noteworthy, standing at 8-13. They've suffered devastating losses to the likes of Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Auburn, and Georgia. This underperforming squad has taken the worst hit, starting the year at 1-6 before entering SEC play.
Even Kansas hasn't been safe from the madness. While their 17-7 record would be great for other schools, the Jayhawks aren't used to being at that point. In fact, they fell out of the AP poll for the first time in over 231 weeks this year. While Kansas hasn't suffered the embarrassing defeats the other bluebloods have, their performance has been underwhelming as well.
Is this madness due to a bizarre year marred by the coronavirus? Or are there cracks in the system? Perhaps there's something beneath the surface that's causing greater friction. Maybe it's just the teams not being prepared enough for the upcoming season. Who knows? In any case, it's certainly not the year of the bluebloods.
Here's a little story for you. Scummy owner Dean Spanos was adamant about a couple of things. One was that he'd get a taxpayer-funded stadium in San Diego (i.e., through a hotel tax). The other being that he'd make the Chargers an L.A. team despite only being in Los Angeles for only one season (their first). When the city of San Diego didn't budge on his threats, he 'bolt'-ed and left. Low and behold, a flock of opposing fans invade their Carson-based stadium for the first couple seasons, making for a bizarre situation.
The funny thing is that Los Angeles doesn't give a shit about the Chargers. Their two main teams are the Rams and the Raiders, both of whom left in the mid-1990s due to bad ownership. Only the Rams came back and Los Angeles still doesn't care about the Bolts being there. The City of Angels is not Chargertown. In fact, they'll probably relocate again in the next decade or two in a place like San Antonio or London. That, coupled with their mediocre history, is why you should avoid the Los Angeles (*cough* *San Diego*) Chargers.
Welcome to another edition of Nostalgia Game Review, where I showcase video games from the past and see if they hold up. This edition looks at Metroid Fusion, a classic Metroidvania game.
An action-adventure game for the Game Boy Advance, Metroid Fusion was initially released on November 18, 2002. This game could linked up with Metroid Prime of the Nintendo Gamecube to unlock more content for Prime. It was rereleased on the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U and was published and developed by Nintendo. Metroid Fusion received several awards, including Handheld Game of the Year at the 2002 Interactive Achievement Awards and the Best Game Boy Advance Adventure Game from IGN.
It takes Samus Aran on an adventure to investigate a space station plagued by virion-infested organisms known as X parasites. The X has infected Samus's central nervous system, leaving her in serious danger. Fortunately, she's cured by a vaccine made from baby Metroid cells adopted on SR388. She's accompanied by her new gunship's computer, who she names "Adam" after her former commanding officer, Adam Malkovich.
Playing Metroid Fusion for the first time, I learned this game ramps up in difficulty as you progress through the story. This makes for a thrilling challenge, prompting the player to up their game. This is especially true during the boss fights, which require tact and skill. However, Metroid Fusion isn't difficult right from the get-go. The game walks you through every step and holds your hand long enough for you to learn how everything works.
There are a couple of problems with Metroid Fusion. For one, this game may prove too difficult for newcomers to tackle. That might prompt them to be turned off from Metroid altogether. Another issue is that the save points don't give you full health after you lose a life. This can be troubling if you're stuck in a tough spot.
That shouldn't deter you from playing Metroid Fusion. It's still a solid game that has a compelling story and intense gameplay. Metroid Fusion is a solid Metroidvania to check out and is worth your time if you're an experienced gamer.
The team that was supposed to go 0-16 last year went 2-14, instead. What must the Jets do to get out of their funk?
After going 1-15 last season, the Jaguars are blessed with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft. What should they do to get on the right path?
Let the great Houston exodus begin! The Texans have agreed to mutually part ways with star linebacker J.J. Watt, prompting an array of rumblings on the rumor mill. You know what that means. It's time to speculate where the All-Pro defensive star will head to next! Where is the megastar destined for?
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