Friday, December 27, 2013

Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter Postponed

Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter, which were supposed to be released today, have been postponed due to server overload cause by Japanese players trying to download theirs on Dec 25th. Server issues were further increased by the sheer number of people trying to set up Nintendo IDs and Wii U/3DS systems they got for Christmas. Regardless, this seems like a drastic oversight by Nintendo. If anything, the Christmas season and the release of highly anticipated DLC would have had them up their server capacity.

It is important to note that Nintendo wasn't the only company that had issues. Xbox Live, the Playstation Network, and Steam all had problems. Nintendo, however, seems to be the company having to most trouble getting everything back up and running. As for when we will be getting Bank in the states, Nintendo still hasn't given a solid date. Currently the date is "to be decided."

We'll give more information as we received it. If you want to weigh in, reply below or on our Facebook page.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

In the wake of X and Y: TKO's Longest Hiatus Ever!

By: FossilJockeyMG

The time sure does fly! We've been so busy with our individual Pokémon X and Y games that Team KO has been on one of the longest hiatus's we've ever had! It's crazy! However, if you follow us on Facebook, you'd know we're still alive and kicking! Anyway, a lot has happened since getting our games. The general consensus on our Facebook page is that these games are simply amazing! In fact, if your someone who is looking forward to potentially getting these games for Christmas, see what some of our members have had to say:

 "Honestly, I give the game an Immediate 5. Though Pokemon hasn't tried to change up their game plan when it comes to making a Pokemon game, they don't really need to. Pokemon X and Y are great examples of a series that needed a serious upgrade to challenge some of the other leading gaming companies and they did just that. I'm not a huge person on graphics as long as the game has a good story line but looking at this game and its past games, they have really come a long way. My favorite parts would have to include: Great storyline that keeps you interested, new Pokemon, Music, and characters. Probably the only thing that I dont like in this game is the release pokemon system [meaning he'd prefer to release more than one pokémon at a time]." -Josh P.

 Alex N. enjoys that "they incorporated a great way for you to interact with other people from around the world. Also giving you a way to train your own team at an efficient and managable speed."

Also, one of our yearly Athens Regional Players Patrice L. says, "Score: 5, The main plot of the game was a bit "eh" IMO (Trainer AZ was pretty bland, and meeting Xernas was rushed a bit), but the new mechanics of the game made it very enjoyable. I love watching the 3D model animations. The shinies this gen are really good. Pokemon Amie is fun and it makes bonding wth your EV trained pokemon more uh...special? I LOVE the trainer customization. The music is superb (the OST is available to download so get it!) Gamefreak went above and beyond this gen. Im excited to see what they have in store for us in the future." 

All and all, everyone we have talked to have really enjoyed this game, with the only complaint being the post game. I have personally heard some people complain some about the lack of post-game story. This doesn't seem to detract too much from the overall enjoyment, however, as many players refocus from story to team building during the post game. Not only that, there are a few post games quests (the Looker Missions) which are entertaining. If you have any opinions of X and Y, we'd love to hear them!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Statesboro Ga League News: X & Y Prerelease Video Game Tournament Rules


For those of you who have already RSVP'd for the event, you know the rules... however, if you haven't, here is the info!
To celebrate the release of the new Pokemon X and Pokemon Y video games, we will be holding a Pre-Release Video Game Tournament and Pizza Party!
PRIZES: 
First Prize is a $40 gift card to GameStop to go towards the purchase of X or Y. Granted there is enough of the Junior/Senior players - there will be a gift card for each age group. 
There will be other prizes to win as well. :) 
Tournament Fee is $8. The tournament fee will cover the cost of your entry into the tournament as well as your food. We will also be serving soft drinks. 
RULES: 
The tournament is Black and White Pokemon ONLY in a Single Battle Format. This means you can only use Pokemon with a Pokedex Number of 494 to 649. Each pokémon must be holding a different item. No offensive nicknames or nicknaming a pokémon as a different species (ie: you can't have a Haxorus named Magikarp). 
FOR JUNIORS/SENIORS - There are NO exclusions of what Pokemon you can use as long as has the Pokedex Number 494 through 649. Juniors and Seniors are ALLOWED to use the Legendary Pokemon from Black, White, Black 2, White 2. 
FOR MASTERS ONLY - NONE of the following: 
494- Victini643- Reshiram, 644- Zekrom, 646- Kyurem, 647-Keldeo, 648- Meloetta, 649- Genesect
If you haven't already RSVP'd for the event... DO IT NOW! :)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Events Galore for 2013 and 2014!


Many of you may have already been to Gamestop this past week, but if you haven't you may want to take yourself there soon! As of August 19th Gamestop began with a suite of pokémon events that will last all the way to October. Three of these events will be for Pokémon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2. From now until Oct 20th Gamestop will be giving away shiny forms of the dimensional trio: Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina! Dialga is already available. Dialga can be downloaded to your game via Mystery Gift, is a Lv 100, and knows the moves Draco Meteor, Dragon Pulse, Roar of Time, and Aura Sphere. This event is set to end on Sept 8th. For those of you unfamiliar with Mystery Gift, it is basically a free distribution of downloadable content. Therefore, if you have more than one copy of of a fifth gen game (like if you have Black and Black 2) you can download one to each game!

Palkia will be given away from Sept 9th to Sept 29th and Giratina will be given away from Sept 30th to Oct 20th. This means Giratina will still be given out AFTER Pokémon X and Y have come out, but keep in mind you will not be able to download Giratina to X and Y. X and Y will, however, likely feature a means of uploading pokémon from Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 up to your new X and Y game.

In addtion to these events, X and Y will be getting its own event! If you have been following us on Facebook or Twitter you would know that the day X and Y comes out you will be able to download a special Torchic via wifi hotspot. This Torchic is a Lv 10, and comes holding the rare Blazikenite. Blazikenite is a mega stone that allows Blaziken to become Mega Blaziken! Blazikenite is NOT available in game, apparently, so don't let this one go! If you miss out on downloading this Torchic you will not be able to have a Mega Blaziken! We'll keep you updated on any other events that will be coming stateside. If your not in the states, don't worry! You'll likely be getting these events as well. For example, European players can get their Shiny Trio from participating GAME locations. Just check with your local game franchise for dates.

A little bit of mystery here, but I wonder why we are getting the shiny Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. The last time we got a shiny trio right before a new game it was the Shiny Entei, Raikou, and Suicune for Heartgold and Soulsilver. By uploading these shinies to Black and White you could unlock a special event with Zoroark. Is it possible that these new shinies will also get us a special event in X and Y? Only time will tell!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mega Evolutions: New Game Changer?

By: Matt G. (FossilJockeyMG)


This past week we received some quite surprising news in the "forme" of mega evolution. Mega evolution, a new type of evolution, allows trainers to upgrade their Pokémon in battle to a new mode. Unlike standard evolution, this is more like the forme changing we've seen in Pokémon like Zen Mode Darmanitan. Mega evolution only occurs in battle and requires a new class of item, a Mega Stone. Mega Stones are species specific with Lucario needing Lucarionite and Blaziken needing Blazikenite. So far the only officially released Mega evolutions are for Lucario, Blaziken, Mewtwo, Mawile, Ampharos, Absol, and Kangaskhan.

Since their release, there has been a lot of discussion related to how they will affect gameplay. Many people are worried that they will increase the power creep we've seen over the generations (for example there are more high stat Pokémon in gen 5 than in gen 1). From here on out, I will be expressing my opinion.

These new Mega evolutions bother me a little, but less with their stats or anything competitive. I just don't like the "Mega" prefix. It makes me think a little about how digimon name their creatures, however I do realize that many Japanese games/anime use prefixes for powered up modes. I don't think it pulls away from creativity, but I do wish they had chosen a different prefix. Now, it is possible that they aren't actually "named" Mega in play. For example, making Giratina change to Origin Forme Giratina doesn't change it's name. It's still just Giratina. The community just knows it's Origin Forme Giratina.

On a more competitive stance, I'm not going to say that the Megas won't be incredibly overpowered. There's no way to know. However, hopefully stats won't increase too dramatically. Maybe they will just shuffle stats around. I do see potential here though. As there has been the power creep slowly making the standard of competitive play higher, Megas could bring older Pokémon into the competitive play environment. For example, Kangaskhan is good, but it is commonly passed over for stronger Pokémon. Now with it's Mega evolution, it gets a new ability, Parental Bond, that allows it to attack twice. This could truly be a great way to get old favorites like Charizard, Aerodactyl, Parasect, etc back into the game with new stat allotments, new or different abilities, and changes to typing.

Now like I said, the Megas may be too overpowered, like some legendaries. The good thing is Megas require a Mega Stone item. That means there is a trade off. You'll never face a Choice Scarf Mega Mewtwo for example. Additionally, if they are too OP, tournament organizers can ban the Mega Stones for that tournament. Also, Nintendo has already said you can only have one Mega in a battle at a time, so no double or triple battle Mega spamming.

Personally, at the moment, I don't see that many negatives to this new play mechanic. It's just a matter of how they are implemented. I look forward to seeing what other Pokémon get Mega evolutions.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Patterns

Animal Crossing has been around a while, and is a very fun game to play. What is one of the coolest aspects is that there are several Nintendo themed items which come from various other Nintendo franchises. Oddly enough, Pokémon is not featured in the game.
Modern Furniture matches up great with Black and
White themed patterns!

Well, Team KO is here to fix that! We have been working to make Pokémon themed patterns. Using these patterns, you can Pokémon up your town. These include artwork for your walls, tee shirts, furniture patterns, and cosplay outfits.

These patterns are being posted to the Team KO Facebook Page and more will be added routinely. If you develop any pokémon patterns you would like to share, just post them to the Team KO page. Also, if you want to visit the Team KO Animal Crossing town (Rustboro), just go to the Dream Suite and use the following address: 5300-2213-5601. By going to the Team KO town, you can download whatever patterns are currently being developed to be made into QR codes. Just look for Wendell the Walrus to download them.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fairy Type Confirmed and New Pokémon Released!

If you've been under a rock since yesterday you may have missed that Nintendo presented us with some new information yesterday during their Nintendo Direct stream. The Fairy-type has been confirmed to exist and be Super-effective against Dragon! Take that "meta-game"! More information has surfaced about Pokémon X and Y including the release date: October 12th. If you missed the stream, you can watch it below.


If you watched the stream you may have noticed two new pokémon. The Bug/Flying butterfly Vivillon and the Flying/Dragon type bat-esque pokémon Noivern. Artwork for these pokémon can be seen below. Noivern gets a new Normal move called Boomburst. I assume, based on it's speaker like ears, that Boomburst is a sound based move. Maybe Exploud can get it too?


These were not the only pokémon released, however. At a later conference Nintendo announced 3 more pokémon! The Fire/Flying type Talonflame (it obviously evolves from Fletchling), the Water type shrimp Clauncher, and the Water/Poison seaweed like pokémon Skrelp. It would seem the inspiration for Talonflame is a falcon, clauncher is a shrimp or other crustacean, and Skrelp is based on seaweed or one of the many seahorses species that hide in kelp by mimicking it's appearance.


In addition to new pokémon new gameplay aspects were also announced. Trainers can now compete in Sky Battles which are only for Flying and Levitating pokémon; Horde Battles which are similar to the wild double battles for Black and White, but now are small packs of 5 pokémon. This seems to take some inspiration from the anime as we have been seeing packs and gangs of pokémon for quite some time (Squirtle Squad anyone?). 

A method for better getting along with your pokémon called Pokémon-amie (mon amie means "friend" in french.. specifically female friend but whatever). Basically, it's Nintendogs but with Pokémon. You can pet and interact with your pokémon to make it like you better. Apparently, this will also make it so your pokémon may perform better in battle as well... increasing critical hit chances and such. I'm sure the smogonites are going to hate this! :) Seems I need to become a pokémon-amie with my Super Luck Absol!

Earlier today, CoroCoro scans also leaked to give us MORE pokémon. There is a new Fire type lion cub pokémon, a tiny fairy pokémon, and Vivillon's unevolved forms. We also are shown several new characters including the new Bug type Gym Leader (the blonde girl with the camera). The three kids in the last scan are friends who apparently start their journey when you do.




So, whatare your opinions of these developments? As always, we love to hear from everyone! We also have a Facebook Page if you want to go there and discuss this with other Team KO members!

OH YEA! More trailers! Enjoy!








Wednesday, May 1, 2013

All Region Tour 2013

While chatting with some people group members on Facebook, we discussed the idea of having an "All Region Tour" in preparation for Pokémon X and Y's release in October. Some have even opted to make it hardcore by playing a Nuzlocke Challenge. For those who don't know, a Nuzlocke is a challenge where you can only capture the first Pokémon you encounter on a route. Additionally, if any Pokémon is KO'd, it must be released at the next opportunity. I am not playing a Nuzlocke personally. Anyway, here is the schedule:

May (Kanto) : FireRed or LeafGreen
June (Johto): HeartGold or SoulSilver
July (Hoenn): Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald
August (Sinnoh): Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum
September (Unova): Black or White

You COULD play Red/Blue for Kanto and Gold/Silver/Crystal, however if your battery is dry you can't save those games. Also, you cannot send anything cool you come across up to X and Y. So long as you have the right systems something from FireRed could potentially be sent up to X and Y. Do keep in mind, you can't use Pokémon from one region in the next one, so no trading until you beat 'em all!

I just started FireRed with my Bulbasaur (named KickGrass). Good luck and have fun folks!

Monday, April 15, 2013

An Interview with Zander B: GA Regional Senior Division Finalist


Today I will be recapping an interview with Zander Bennett. Zander is one of our newest writers, and even more importantly, a finalist from the 2013 GA TCG Regional Competition (Senior Division)! Zander is a member of the Johnson City Chapter of Team Knockout and he, along with many other Team KO members, traveled to Athens, Ga this past weekend to compete.


Matt G: How did you get into Pokemon and how long have you been playing?

Zander: I'm relatively new to the video games, I've been playing since 4th generation. When it comes to the TCG, I've only been playing the correct way since Dragons Exalted, August I believe. I've been collecting since about 2004, where my friends and I would stack up all of our "good cards", which were basically rares, holo rares, and ex's, and battle, without using any energies or trainers.
Garbotoxin will DESTROY ability based decks
if they aren't prepared with a Tool Scrapper!

Matt G: What do you specialize in, TCG or VG, and what do you like most about it?


Zander: I specialize in the TCG instead of the VG because I just can't get myself to EV train. So much time and effort, but it is so worth it in the end. But in all honesty, I believe the TCG requires a lot of strategy, sure you don't have to get perfect stats, but everything can change super quickly in the TCG, and you have to be able to react to it extremely fast. For example, Scramble Switch from Plasma Storm is an extreme game changer, being able to bust out a new attacker so easily, and totally put your opponent in a state of "What am I supposed to do now?", and then try and be able to recover from it, it's crazy stuff, but lots of fun.

Matt G:What deck are you currently playing and why?


Zander: During the past regionals I played none other then Garbodor. Yes, I knew that Big Basics had won so much at States, and that it might possibly show up a lot in Seniors. I decided that it would be a risk worth taking as I had only played my Garbodor deck twice before the tournament, but Blastoise, RayEelz, Darkrai, and PlasmaKlang are so dependent on their abilities, 4 decks beats one. If Big Basics was dominating, I made sure to bring my own PlasmaKlang just in case. But since it wasn't, I thought Garbodor was a safe play.

Matt G.: What decks do you least like to face and why?


Zander: This is really difficult. Just kidding, easily it's Big Basics. Garbodor is Big Basics, just covering up some worse matchups. Everything else I mentioned Garbodor is good against. Against Big Basics, all of your Garbodor line and your tools become mostly worthless, only being useful to get rid of Bouffalant's Bouffer. As said above, I had only played the deck twice, so I didn't get to test against Big Basics, but I knew that it wouldn't be pretty. Shoutout to Darkrai/Lasers, that deck has kept me out of Top Cut so many times, I was scared to play it.

Matt G: What is your most recent tournament experience?


Zander: Spring Regionals in Athens, Georgia. Went to Top 4. This was a huge shocker, as I've said many times now, I've only played Garbodor twice before that day, and this was my fourth tournament. Ever.

Matt G.:If you have any advice for players considering to play in a premier tournament (Battle Roads, Cities, Regionals, etc) what advice would you give them?


Zander: As cliche as it sounds, go have fun. If you go just to get points, you obviously aren't having fun. If you go excited for your battles, and cheering on your opponents when they have good plays, and wishing them luck, trust me, you will have a great time. Strategically, I would say watch for your opponent playing supporters. If they choose to Skyla instead of an N which you saw them reveal  they are going to do a set up turn, and 99% of the time, play the N the next turn. So ,when it's your turn, give yourself a set up turn because they are going to N your hand away anyway. Lastly, if you are going to go just to get points and win, follow this 2 step plan: 1)Don't lose. 2)Win. It's that simple.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ga Pokemon Regionals

Team KO is rocking GA Regionals! You can follow my progress at labs.pokegym.net/stadium. Just click the Ga Regional link and enter 112700!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Possible New Mewtwo Forme?

The Internet has been buzzing about this potentially new Mewtwo Forme. The picture was apparently leaked earlier in the week and is just now making it to major Pokemon sites like Serebii and Pokebeach.

Personally, it doesn't seem real to me. The main thing that bothers me is the tail that now is growing out of the back of Mewtwo's head. It also seems odd how we would be potentially be getting this new Forme in Pokemon X and Y. Normally, formes are reserved for games that come out later in a generation because Nintendo can't add new Pokemon within a single gen, but they can add formes. For example, Rotom and Giratina formes in Platinum and most recently the Kyurem Formes and Therian formes in Black 2/White 2.

Does that make it impossible that this Forme is real? No... but it would seem unlikely. Personally, if it is real, I'll keep my Mewtwo in its regular Forme. There is going to be an event Mewtwo released with the next movie, so if it does have something to with X and Y... either a new Forme or ingame event... I'm sure we'll know soon.

*UPDATE: This has been confirmed to be a new Mega evolution: MegaMewtwo. See Pokemon.com for details!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sylveon: Where Does It Go From Here?

With the dust not seeming to settle around the release of the newest Eevee evolution, it obvious people are very excited about the release of X and Y. Now the biggest debate is what Sylveon's type is. I believe it's likely Normal or Flying, and I can totally see Bug too. Some are suggesting a new type. I doubt it.

But what is the biggest repercussion of this reveal? This is what I think are the biggest Sylveon side effects.

1) Unlike BW, we will have evolutions of older Pokemon. UPDATE: Um.. Just 1...

2) There will likely be at least one other Eevee evolution as they have never come alone before. UPDATE: Nope... :/

3) If there IS a new type, the battle system is going to get way more complicated, which I believe to be needless (Light Type is POINTLESS!) UPDATE: I've since became okay with Fairy.. mainly because it's not Light.

What do you think?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Keldeo Distribution for Black 2 and White 2

Currently there is a Keldeo distribution live via Nintendo WFC. This download is available anywhere where you can connect your DS to a Wifi Connection. This distribution is only for Black 2 and White 2 (the last one was BW only). The distribution will end Feb 12, so make sure you get it while you can!

As a side note, if you take Keldeo and the other Swords of Justice (Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion) to Pledge Grove behind Alder's House in Floccesy you can teach it Secret Sword. Once Keldeo learns Secret Sword in BW2 it was change into its Resolute Forme.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pokemon X and Y Announced! A First Look at the 6th Gen!

It was announced at 6am EST via Nintendo Direct that the next additions to the Pokemon Universe will be two brand new main series games: Pokemon X and Pokemon Y! These two new games are the first games of the 6th generation! The announcement was followed by a trailer (pictures and video to be posted later today) showcasing the new starter and legendary Pokemon, as well as 3D cell shaded graphics instead of pixels, a first for a main series game! Also as a first, these games will be released worldwide in October 2013.

As with any new game, there is a ton of speculation as to what the new games hold. We already have the English names of the starters: Chespin (Grass), Fennekin (fire), and Froakie (water), but what else's does the game hold? Only time will tell! Post what you hope to see in the game in our comments section!