Just a quick Pokemon update. I'm slowly but methodically building a proper team now. No more I-guess-these-Pokemon-are-strong-lets-dump-them-together teams. Like, I'm filling actual positions like lead, mega, staller, late sweeper, etc.
And you know what brought this on? I've lost to Charizard and his mega evolutions twice. A third loss from another mega evolution, Mega Mawile. All because my teams weren't prepared to play off each other's strengths and chisel into my enemy's weaknesses.
Here's something: Charizard evolves into Mega Charizard Y. He brings Drought in and his speed is pretty good. Without a proper check, he's just sweeping the team. This time around, when his ball starts rolling, I'll bring in Klefki after a sacrifice and cripple it with paralysis. Then Barbaracle comes in to Shell Smash and hope for the best. But really, I'm planning a Sticky Web team where a Galvantula lays it down on a suicide run and two to three Pokemon on my team run hopefully unopposed against slowed opponents like Bisharp or Mega Blastoise. Or maybe later I'll raise that Espeon with Magic Bounce to be an anti-lead: a Pokemon meant specifically to counter whatever leads come its way thanks to its ability to bounce whatever set ups it tosses back at it. You want Stealth Rocks so bad? Why not keep it over on your side?
No, the real story this week is the return of the blue defense attorney himself, Phoenix Wright in Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. It's the sequel I've been hoping for. Apollo returns still fresh Ace Attorney 4, but Wright also returns as a more mature defense attorney ready to come back to a rapidly changing world of law. Plus, Athena Cykes is an appreciated nostalgic image for fans of Maya Fey.
The stories and characters seem more mature. Phoenix will still freak out out the surreal surprises but overall, he's completely adopted a persona as mentor to Apollo and Athena. Apollo is still fresh out of 4 and keeps that classic fish out of water character we're all used to. Athena on the other hand is like what would happen if Maya Feye was like her sister in being a defense attorney with an extra bit of uncontrollable outburst and energy. Detective Fullbright is a new take on the classic Gumshoe position. While Gumshoe was a lovable but bumbling fop, Fullbright dives headfirst into his work, proclaiming mantras of justice and righteousness all the way. Meanwhile, I loved Edgeworth and Godot a lot but feel Simon Blackquill is a worthy number 3 to the list of Ace Attorney prosecutors. Sorry Franchizka Von Karma. You're just violent.
The localization team made a miracle in having Simon Blackquill make sense in the west. America knows what a samurai is but not a ronin per se. Blackquill talks in an old fashion manner that a samurai would say but his dark demeanor and the fact that he's still in shackles as a convict give him a cool edge that makes him distinct like so many other prosecutors. Edgeworth is regal and dignified, Godot is smooth and noir-ish, and Blackquill sharp and dark.
Or he's a massive weeaboo.
I've only finished two cases so far and they were exhaustive. Even the first case, while lacking investigative phases, had two court sessions to push through. And they put an extra special touch on panning out on the criminals' freak out.
Keep in mind that Dual Destinies is digital only on the 3DS eShop. They need to know that we love Ace Attorney so be sure to download it if you have any inkling as an AA fan.