I dunno about you but I'm fucking ready for some TRUMPETS!
Let's not mince words: I'm excited to hell for the Ruby/Sapphire remakes. Sapphire was my favorite generation despite the horrifying map padding by forcing you to surf and dive through 60% of the game, not to mention this puts you in constant exposure with wild encounters. But we have Gen III to thank for the introduction of abilities, natures, weather metagame, and the best terrorist organization ever, Team Magma/Aqua. Yeah, split the dimensions asunder Team Galactic? What a cliche supervillain plot. Team Magma and Aqua had more relatable evil aspirations by being discriminatory against an entire class of organisms, whether they were land based creatures or water based creatures. They then decide to either raise the continental land masses or flood the world in favor of their chose bias. Hardcore.
If you've missed it, there's definitely something... off, about Groudon and Kygore in their covers. Obviously, though, when you think about it, it can only be one thing: mega evolutions. And this snowballs into more possibilities. After all, as remakes, they won't expand the national dex. But mega evolutions don't count towards the dex number. For the purposes of organization and classification, mega evos are just powered up forms of their base forms. Finally, Mega Sceptile and Mega Swampert will join Mega Blaziken. They'll need serious advantages to even come close to how Mega Blaziken crushes brick walls and steel bars with its arms and legs.
The fun on the 3DS doesn't stop there (my god, how on Earth is the 3DS just doing ok with everything going on it?). I finished Kirby Triple Deluxe this part weekend and I have to say, this may be my favorite Kirby game yet (besides Superstar. Nothing surpassed Superstar). Dare I say it, this game actually got challenging at time later on in the levels. It was never crushingly difficult. It never even came close to Mario levels of challenge. They even brought back the Superstar amount of depth in each power with different directional combination attacks and moves. Fighter is a classic power and example with staple moves like machine gun punch, rising break (shoryuken!), and the divekick (now on Steam). Ninja is probably my favorite but Archer is so damn flexible. I'm still working on a blog draft but I wish Suplex came back from Superstar. Instead, we get Beetle, which has the spirit of Suplex but not the mechanics. Dammit, I don't want to get in close and do some grappling! I want to send myself hurtling towards my hapless foes so that I can grab them with some sticky fingers, ready for the most bone crunching pile driver ever!
And I'm still in the process of 100%'ing it too. With the secret modes you can unlock that I probably shouldn't spoil, there's still a lot of kick left in the damn game. It just won't die! Those lucky European's get Dreamland 2 for free, complete with animal friends. Makes me wish Dreamland 3 was available on eShop for 3DS so I can just get back together with my old buddy Nago and crack some skulls with some random ass powers like stone or spark.
Villains in all media, not just video games, can end up being a dime a dozen. Far too often, a villain's motives boil down to "I am a bad, and so I do bad things. Fear me." While this format has worked for countless stories, at this point in my life (the ripe old age of 20) I’ve become jaded and grumpy, finding myself rolling my eyes when I see yet another antagonist wreaking havoc with no background or reasoning presented as to why they’re being such a butthole.
What’s far more interesting to me is when a villain’s motives or actions come across as justified, perhaps leaving you rooting for them to defeat the protagonist [insert Elder God Tier villain meme here].
My favorite example of this would be Meruem from the Chimera Ant arc of Hunter x Hunter. While he doesn’t necessarily fit the exact mold I laid out above, he’s easily one of the most dynamic and curious villains I’ve ever come across. For the sake of not spoiling what is perhaps one of the most exciting, action-packed, and tear-inducing arcs in anime history, I won’t delve into the details of what makes Meruem so great. Instead I encourage anyone who hasn’t seen Hunter x Hunter to set aside some time and plow through the series. Really, it’s that good.
But hey, that’s just how I feel. I’m sure there are folks out there who prefer their villains to be simple. If I ever met one of these theoretical people I might have a panic attack, but I’ll deal with that should the time come. I’m sure after some deep breaths we would get along. Maybe we could even snuggle, should my husband allow such an event to transpire.
All said and done, we arrive at the topic of this month’s Bloggers Wanted: Villains that did nothing wrong. Due to communication errors, this entry in the hallowed halls of Bloggers Wanted is a tad late. Regardless, all you have to do is head over to the Community Blog section of the site, and whip up a Cblog about a villain who you feel was secretly the good guy all along.
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