Holy geez guys, I’m so sorry. Lot’s of things happened to me in the past couple of weeks that all prevented me from writing anything. First, my laptop fired its own motherboard to a crisp, forcing me to get a new computer to write anything. Then, when I finally got a new computer, shortly after setting it all up, my stomach suddenly decided it didn’t want to hold anything anymore, and I spent the next couple of days dealing with a vicious stomach bug. And now, finally healed up and using a brand spanking new gaming desktop, I’m back and better than ever.
Anyway! Welcome to “This Week in Pokemon History”. This issue is going to be pretty big, since I have an entire month to detail from five different years. And since I finally have my situation under control, let’s get right into it and take a pleasant trip down memory lane for the month of May.
May 12th – On this day in Pokemon history, new information about the upcoming newest installment of the Pokemon main series, Black and White, was first leaked. This leak, courtesy of CoroCoro, revealed the player avatars for the Fifth Generation and more. Alongside the trainers, the region itself was revealed, named the Isshin Region at the time, but we now know it as Unova. But the biggest news of that leak was the reveal of the starter Pokemon of the Fifth Generation: Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott. The leak also detailed Zoroark’s Illusion ability and showcased the fully animated sprite battle images that the games would be using for the first time in Pokemon history. A lot of other firsts would follow with Black and White, and it makes it all the more memorable.
Nothing of importance happened in May of 2011. Shame
May 12– Exactly two years after the CoroCoro leak I just mentioned, CoroCoroe did it again, this time with Black 2 and White 2. A lot of information was revealed about Black 2 and White 2, such as the Weather Trio’s new “Incarnation Formes”, which gave birth to the nightmare that is Landorus – T. It also confirmed that Black and White’s main rival Cherren would return as the new Normal Type Gym leader and that a new Poison Type gym led by Roxie. The Pokemon World Tournament was also revealed, showcasing the fact that players could challenge gym leaders and elite four members from other regions. This was turning into the sequel that every Pokemon trainer had been dreaming of since Gold and Silver.
May 11 – I’m starting to see a theme with May. One year after the leaks for Black 2 and White 2, CoroCoro did it once again with Pokemon X and Y. The magazine revealed the new trainers for the Kalos region as well as four new Pokemon. These Pokemon were Helioptile, Gogoat, Pancham, and Fletchling. And with the reveal of the new trainers, the first hints of the possibility of trainer customization began stirring.
May 14 – Three days after this leak, an official video detailing the leak was uploaded, along with the first official map of the new Kalos region was revealed, which confirmed that Kalos was based off of France. The trailer itself also confirmed that certain Pokemon could be ridden in certain areas, such as Gogoat in Lumiose City. We would have to wait until Sun and Moon for fully fledged Pokemon Mounts though, but baby steps people.
May 7 – Seemingly as a complete surprise for most of us at PUCL, unless you’re Thatch and you predicted it, two new Pokemon games were officially revealed ahead of any possible leaks. These would b remakes of Ruby and Sapphire, renamed as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which most of us know as ORAS. In the coming days, more details would be revealed about the potential of the new remakes, including the now incredibly broken Primal Reversions of Groudon and Kyogre. Sadly, we’d have to wait several months for anything new with ORAS, but we weren’t disappointed when it happened.
May 31 – Just before the end of the month, one last game was revealed for May. This game was Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon. The first trailer showcased the playable Pokemon that the player could play as and have as their partner in the game. Each starter from Generations One to Six, including Pikachu and Riolu. Having played SMD, I have to say that it was one of the best in the Mystery Dungeon series.
And that is it for “This Week in Pokemon History”. Its good to be back at writing for PUCL, and hopefully nothing like this happens again. As for my next article, it will be another Du-rant that I had hinted at before, so stay tuned for that. So I’ll see you in the next article!