Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee-Bringing Families Closer Together

This new game has done what I thought not possible.

I am a huge gamer and was in third grade when Pokemon took over the world. I loved the cards, the show, and especially the games…that is…red, blue and yellow. I lost interest in the games a little after Silver and Gold came out, because like a dumb kid, I was like “How dare they expand upon something I love and insult my nostalgia!?!?!”

But a few years ago I picked up where I left off, reentering the games with HeartGold/ SoulSilver and now have every mainline Pokemon game except the Sun and Moon ones. And I now love the series more than I ever did as a child.

Then Pokemon Go comes out, and I had no interest at all in playing it. But my wife, who despises everything about video games and yells out me regularly for my hobby, has been playing Go nonstop since it came out and absolutely loves it.

I appreciated the game for bringing her into something I have more or less loved my whole life. Suddenly, she became just as knowledgeable as me, if not more so, on the franchise.

So naturally, I tried to get her to play the mainline games, which she will never ever do and gets mad every time I ask. At the same time, she always asks me to play Pokemon Go, which I still have no interest in doing either. This frustrates my wife, as she claims “You have a thousand video games, yet you won’t play the one I actually do!”

Enter Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee. Eevee happens to be my wife’s favorite Pokemon, and here comes this game that let’s you have one walk around with you.

When I first saw the trailer, I thought it looked very good, was a smart business decision and pretty fun looking. I had no interest in it for myself, but I wondered what my wife would think, and so I showed her the trailer, and she loved it.

I just recently got it for her birthday and it has changed our lives (slight dramatization there). Here we are, playing co-op in a remade game that I cherished as a kid (and still do, really) with my wife in control. I don’t always play with her, cuz I find it kind of boring being the second player, but I find it so much more fascinating to watch her travel through Viridian Forest, battle Brock and all that, sharing the same experiences I had 20 years ago, but now with better graphics and different gameplay. It reminds me of my first time playing the first Pokemon games as I watch her play through it for the first time.  What’s more is she loves it. She actually likes it better than Pokemon Go, which I would have never thought possible.

It is truly baffling to me that when I go to bed, she goes and turns on my Switch and plays Pokemon for hours. Thanks to this new rendition of Pokemon, our similar interest, but on branching paths, have been joined and we can actually enjoy one of our greatest passions together, and for that, Nintendo, I thank you.

My Nintendo Account: First Impressions

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The new My Nintendo account, replacement of the old Club Nintendo rewards program has at last been launched. I’d like to talk about the differences between the new and old, and see if this is an improvement or not.

Right away I must say I am rather disappointed by My Nintendo. The whole thing is a nonsensical mess. You can receive three types of points. The first being platinum points, which can be used for a 15% discount off select games designated by the site.You can get platinum points by completing missions, though the only ones I’ve seen so far are just linking my Nintendo network ID to My Nintendo Account and logging onto Miiverse or visiting the eShop.

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Gold points, which for some reason, are better than platinum, thus reversing what Club Nintendo’s points used to be…and well…every single other type of awards in the history of medals and trophies. These are obtained by actually purchasing games. What aggravates me, is only games purchased off the eShop are eligible. That’s right. With Club Nintendo,  physical copies of all first party games, and even some others provided buyers with a code you could enter to get points. Not anymore. It’s all digital only now, and its bull poop.

The amount of points you get varies on the amount of money you spend on eShop. For example, one mission is spend $40.00-$49.99 for 50 points, the next would be $50.00-$59.99 for 60 points.

And what can you do with these points? You get a 30% discount off some bigger games, like Splatoon, or even some free virtual console games. The good news about these rewards is that they don’t require too many points to obtain them, but the issue here is that you likely are going to be buying all the big Nintendo games off eShop just to get all the points anyway. I, for one, already have literally every single game available for free or discount on the site except for two of them, which I would have already if I actually wanted them. So unless you plan on buying a ton a cheap indie games, which I do often enough if they go on a good sale, you will not likely ever get to use these gold points on anything you really would want to. There are no fun physical rewards to be seen either, another thing Club Nintendo did better.

The third and final type of points are the Miitomo points, obtained for doing things on Nintendo’s first ever mobile app (game?) that launched alongside My Nintendo.There are a bunch of missions related to Miitomo for account members to complete, and a few rewards that I am not sure what they do, due to the fact that I do not own Miitomo, though it is a free app, so if I wanted points that badly, I suppose I could always download it. But obviously, the rewards are usable in the game. You can also combine Miitomo points and platinum points to get the platinum rewards as well, so maybe it is worth spending time on the free app…you know… if I didn’t already own all the games that are discounted via spending earned points. And you can also use platinum points on Miitomo rewards too. So they are basically the same.

Each type of point comes with its own bank and keeps track of them separately for you, which is nice.

My Nintendo feels like it is just a tool to help push Miitomo, with enough junk on it to keep people interested, however so slightly. Does it compare to Club Nintendo? Not even close, this new rewards program falls way short. But I guess it is nice that they do this at all, and I must say it is really quite easy to get platinum points, and by the sound of the Miitomo missions, they seem pretty easy to.

To be fair, the site is brand new, so I am hoping more and more missions and rewards become available as time goes on, and then maybe, just maybe, My Nintendo will become a worthy successor of the missed but not forgotten Club Nintendo.