Hello all! Before we start, I’d like to ask you to please leave feedback about the images I upload with my posts. Specifically, can you see them? I’ve had some problems with viewing them as well, so let me know if they’re not showing up and I’ll try to find a solution! But I’m going to go ahead and continue the game for now.
[EDIT 12/12/16: The problem with images has been fixed! Probably!!]
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RIGHT! Last time, we entered our PC info; met Professor Kukui, a Rockruff, and a Flying-type that might be a Pikpek; and watched a mysteeeeerious cutscene involving a young lady and some bad guys. NOW IT’S TIME FOR
MOM! She looks nice! And hey, a Meowth! I guess our mom’s a cat person.
Mom’s still waiting on us to unpack some boxes. Off goes Meowth.
Our room! Come on, Leah, do you have to be a Pikachu fan? Also, that globe shows Africa on it, I think.
IT’S US! Good lord, we actually look like a ten-year-old.
I’m gonna walk around my room for a bit. Tell you if I see something interesting.
Ooh! I saved, finally! I’ve been at this for an hour and seven minutes.
Wh – oh. Ohhhh. That’s what felt off. The D-pad isn’t working. Well, that’s…all right, I guess? I usually use it when I’m playing anything, but I guess the circle pad is good too. I’ll check and see if there’s an option to change that, though. (there’s not)
Observations: my dad gave me a book of Adventure Rules, Kanto and Alola are apparently both on the globe, there’s a Ditto toy in the corner, I can’t check the trash can, I can’t sit on the rolling chair (D:), and there’s a moving box that has a little ‘a’ next to it when I approach. Also, Meowth says hi. Time to get going!
YEEEEES, I AAAAM, I’VE BEEN WAITING EIGHT MONTHS FOR THIS
Oh, hold on, there’s an actual yes/no option here. YES MOM WHAT DID I JUST SAY
Hey, it’s the doorbell! Gonna explore as per usual before I answer it – and darnit, I have to get used to the D-pad not working.
OR, WELL, NEVER MIND, maybe he’ll come in before I have a chance to explore anything.
…He’ll never have a shirt on, will he? Yeah, I thought not.
HE CALLED ME COUSIN AGAIN AND THE FACT THAT I MIGHT BE RELATED TO HIM IS INCREDIBLY EXCITING
Oh! So I must actually be from Kanto. That explains why I only have gen 1 plushies in my room.
…Kukui just called my mom ‘mom,’ which is incredibly weird, but more importantly, we’re getting some exposition!
That’s pretty cool! Wonder if we’ll battle him later.
STARTERS. YES PLEASE. (I’m choosing Kahuna because a) that sounds like kakuna why and b) I would like to know about this strange island and how I’m going to get there, please.)
Oh, Kahunas are like veterans! That’s cool!!! Also, Iki Town is possibly the name of where I live?
That’s the end of that…I’m legit excited to see the starters, so I’m gonna not waste any more time (well, maybe a little to poke around the kitchen) and grab my stuff from my room like Mom said.
…Is that a Big Mushroom, or
Maybe I’ll poke around Mom’s room a little too.
This is truly the most relatable game.
All decked out and ready to go in my suspiciously May-like hat!
I’M RUNNING AROUND OUTSIDE MY HOUSE!!! WHY IS MY MOM LETTING ME DO THIS AT NIGHT? WHY DO WE HAVE A GARAGE, DO WE HAVE A CAR?? I’M TOO EXCITED FOR QUESTIONS!
Does that mean what I think it means.
O-oh…leaving me to walk is fine too. There’s that kid from the intro. Hello. Where are your parents.
He’s giving me the B-Button speech – I did notice I was capable of running before. R.I.P. running shoes.
I see the entrance to Route 1! Sadly, it’s blocked off by a ledge.
We missed you too, big guy.
So there’s one of those Flying-type Pikpek(?)s over there in the distance, the reddish/whitish smudgey thing? And it appears to be glowing?? (I still love these graphics by the way.)
I mean, I won’t lie.
What…are those?? A sideways Stunfisk and a Tyrogue/Togetic combo?
Oh, well, thanks for answering that! Yungoos. Interesting name.
Aaaand we’re already in IKI TOWN! I’d normally cut the liveblog there, but I REALLY WANT to get my starter, so.
WOAH OKAY. Two things – Melemele Island? I thought he said we were on ‘Kahuna’ Island? Second, Tapu Koko! That sounds so odd! I wonder if it’s two names, or a title, or the name of a single Pokemon…
Now everybody who was supposed to ‘meet us’ isn’t here. That’s ominous.
More namedrops! Mahalo Trail, and Tapu Koko is definitely a single name, which I don’t think we’ve seen for a Pokemon yet. (Mr. Mime, I guess? Mime Jr.? Huh.) Oh, and ‘island kahuna’ is a title, not a place, except ‘Island Kahuna’ was capitalized when it first appeared, so don’t blame me ;~~;
I’ve just run around and talked to all the townspeople, and there are plenty of Rockruff around. Seriously, they’re so cute. I’m guessing they’re Normal-type to be evolved into Rock-type…maybe we’ll get finally a Rock-type that’s cute and fluffy! Or maybe Rockruff will pull a Stoutland and turn all big and non-cute.
I’ve come up the stairs, catching my first glimpse of the tikis this game seems to abound in, and…
It’s the cutscene girl! She’s talking to the Blinky Thing in her bag!
Well, she’s moving on, so so are we, I guess. According to an NPC, the guy we’re looking for is named Kahuna Hala.
Um…no?? Because it’s night out???
Here we go, on our way to the Ruins of Conflict!! I love the transition thing at the bottom, by the way. And this music…!!
Okay so, I was walking into the middle of these to make a joke about them all watching me, and then a question mark popped up and it cut over to the cutscene girl and I jumped, good gosh that jumpscared me. Well played, Tapu Koko.
Anyways, yeah yeah cutscene girl is hiding Blinky Thing. Let’s catch up with her. It’s neat how, when you walk up the stairs, the character model leans forward like it’s putting in the extra effort.
And being attacked by Spearow. Of course Spearow, of all things. Ah well. Let’s go save this little bundle of galaxy fluff.
Who are you, of course, we already know what’s WRONG.
So is it just a nickname?
Cutscene Girl owns up to being too afraid to rescue it…I mean come on, they’re just Spearow! It’s not like they could drive you off a cliff and nearly kill your first Pokemon!
Wh – oh my gosh. I’m nearly tripping over this bridge. Is this a lesson on how to sneak with the Circle-Pad? It’d be a pretty roundabout way of teaching if it was, but just in case I’m gonna go…real…slow.
Oh nevermind I can’t sneak in this game.
…YOOOO WHAT JUST HAPPENED
I almost couldn’t screenshot it all! There’s Leah, huddled over Nebby to protect it – which I REALLY like, by the way, since this protag’s already showing more personality than most other Pokemon PCs. Then Nebby starts to glow, and –
Some kind of SUPERTHING shoots out of nowhere to save us when the bridge breaks! It looks like a Rotom possessing a Gallade. Pretty nice!
And after stunning us to bits (heh, because electricity) it blasts off. I love the look on Leah’s face – and how she’s still clutching Nebby. Pew indeed. That was AWESOME.
Okay, well, Cutscene Girl has experience with Nebby’s power, which we saw in the opening cutscene, and it’s apparently quite draining.
WAIT, A SPARKLY STONE??? Could it be….NEBBYNITE? If that even IS your real name!
And the cutscene girl’s music kicks up! I’m gonna go with ‘Who are you’ again…I was picturing the kahuna as an old man.
…No, as neat as that stone is, you can’t just DODGE THE QUESTION like that, lady.
Well, she tells us that Nebby is a secret, herds it back into the back, and asks us to escort her back to town. I mean, that’s asking a lot of me, but okay.
WE HAVE A NAME.
So Lillie h – wait. LILLIE. LILLIE AND LEAH. I named my character an L name too! We’ve got Lillie and Leah!! I don’t know if I should be okay with this!!!!!!!
Sigh. Anyways, suddenly kahuna in yellow.
Hala confirms that the electric Gallade guy was almost certainly Tapu Koko. And…Lillie tells the truth about it? Huh, odd. I guess Kukui and Kahuna Hala are in the know about Nebby too.
Okay I’m looking at the screen. I’m looking at the screen. I’m looking at the oH MY GOD IT’S SO CUTE
I THOUGHT THE OWL WAS THE WATER TYPE
I THOUGHT THE SEAL WAS THE FIRE-TYPE OH MY GOD I WAS SO WRONG
POPPLIO IS THE SEAL AND IT HAS A STUPID CLOWN NOSE AHHHHHHH
WE GOT ROWLET, LITTEN, AND POPPLIO, PEOPLE
Okay, hnnnnnnnng all of these are adorable and I don’t want to be predictable, but I think I’m gonna have to go with Rowlet with this. I was thinking about getting Litten so I could get a Grass-type later on (because I friggin love the Grass-type), but I love owls and I love birds and I love Grass-types and oH MY GOD???? I JUST REALIZED THAT I ALWAYS FIGURED NOCTOWL WAS MY SPIRIT POKEMON BECAUSE IT’S AN OWL AND IT HAD STATS THAT WOULD BE SIMILAR TO MY STATS, BUT NOW WE HAVE ANOTHER OWL WHO IS ALSO A GRASS-TYPE???? AHHHHHH
Another reason is that my friend kinda coordinated it so that me, him, and one other guy (a hungry…guy ;D) would have the full type trio, because Friend One was getting the Water-type and Friend Two was getting the Fire-type. I see now that I have fallen entirely into his trap. And yet I must choose Rowlet
COME TO ME, MY SWEET OWL POLLEN PUFF. I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER AS LONG AS YOU DON’T EVOLVE INTO SOMETHING HORRIBLY DESIGNED OR A GRASS/FLYING TYPE.
PLEASE CHOOSE ME, ROWLET. I TAKE BACK WHAT I SAID ABOUT GRASS/FLYING, I’LL LOVE YOU ANYWAYS EVEN AS I STOCK MY TEAM FULL OF ICE COUNTERS
c h o o s e m e
L O V E M E
And the scripted cinematic went off without a hitch!
I’ve NEVER gotten a girl starter for a plain old playthrough before! Once, when I was going to box the starter anyways for a run using my own Pokemon, but never as my whole entire in-game starter pokemon. Did they change the gender ratios? I’d check Bulbapedia, but I’d get spoiled in a heartbeat. …No, screw it, I’m gonna risk it.
87.5/12.5, in the males’ favor. I truly did just get REALLY. REALLY. LUCKY.
Welp! Let’s nickname her, shall we?
Her name is Tulip and I’ll call her Tules for short and your argument is invalid.
….Lillie, there are people right behind you.
POKEDEX GET! And a trainer Passport, too.
And now that I’m able to save, THAT is where we’ll be stopping for the night! I’m thrilled, guys, honestly. Nebby actually blew me away with its design – ever since gen 5, many designs have been just a touch too overdetailed to me, the kind that made me blink and squint for a bit before I got used to them. But Nebby is adorable and gorgeous! The legendary is cool too, and the starters…oh man, I had been avoiding them since the second they’ve been released. The only one I had even the vaguest idea of was Rowlet, and even then I thought it was blue and way less cute! And I was positive Litten was actually a seal, so the fact that it wasn’t was so cool! Seriously, if any diehard Pokemon fans out there want to feel what it’s like to see the starters with fresh eyes like a little kid would, stay away from game info at all costs. It’s aggravating at times, sure, but so far it is so fun and rewarding.
And I’m pretty pleased with Tulip, too. 😀 May we have many adventures in the future!
Have a good night, all, and I hope you can see the images this time. See ya!