If you’ve been playing the generation 6 Pokemon games, you’ve probably come across a pretty useless legendary Pokemon called Zygarde. Found in Terminus Cave and seemingly far weaker than the other main legendaries of the Kalos region, it’s long baffled players who’ve wondered what exactly it’s purpose was.
But now, it seems we have an answer! What’s more, we also have an answer to the question of who those ‘new’ Pokemon shown in a recent trailer are! You know, these ones:
So what’s the story here?
Well to put it simply, both the small green Pokemon and the large dragon like creature are both Zygarde. Yes, really.
This is because Zygarde has multiple formes with different levels of power. So the small green blob is called Zygarde Core, and acts as the mind of the new formes. It also has a flat version called Zygarde Cell, which is presumably what you get when the core has no additional forme set up and is set to fight on its own.
Above: Zygarde Core and Zygarde Cell
The one we’ve seen in the games, is called Zygarde 50% forme. Basically, it’s Zygarde at 50% of its power, which explains why it’s fairly weak compared to other legendaries like Xerneas and Yveltal.
There’s also a dog like forme, which is called Zygarde 10%. This is (as you can probably guess), Zygarde when at 10% of its power.
Finally, there’s the scary looking dragon/mech type monster we saw in earlier magazine scans, which is called Zygarde Perfect Forme. This is Zygarde when at 100% of its power, and is very, very dangerous looking indeed:
So how powerful is this thing?
Well look at it this way. Zygarde 50% forme (it’s base one), has a base stats total of 600. That’s on par with pseudo legendaries like Tyranitar and Metagross. You know, at FIFTY PERCENT of its power.
If it’s stats somehow sync up with its description, you’re gonna have a Pokemon with about a 1200 base stat total. That would be bloody scary given that Mega Mewtwo X and Y, as well as Mega Rayquaza, have a total of only 780. Either way, it’s said to exceed both Xerneas and Yveltal in terms of power, so it’s most definitely gonna hit the 700-800 mark for base stats.
So those are the new formes for Zygarde in the Pokemon series. This raises a few questions:
How are the formes switched between? Can it be done mid battle? How usable are the early formes in battle?
When are they introduced? Pokemon Z? Pokemon X2 and Y2? Some other time?
But what do you think about Zygarde’s new formes in the Pokemon series?
And Wind Waker based locations, like Dragon Roost Isle and the Forsaken Fortress. Here are some of the new pics, taken from the official website for the game:
Above: A hammer item is in the game, and stuns enemies around the character.
Above: The Helmaroc King from The Wind Waker is now a boss.
Above: Pictures of the King of Red Lions, Tetra and Link attacking hordes of enemies with special move. I’m guessing the last is the Hurricane Spin, though god knows what the others are.
Above: More gameplay. Note the Wind Waker and Spirit Tracks style Miniblins.
Above: Dragon Roost Isle and the Forsaken Fortress are now levels.
Either way, the game’s Wind Waker and DS game inspired content looks good. We especially like the use of the Helmaroc King as a boss, since he was awesome in the original game and will be just as great in this one.
Same with the use of Forsaken Fortress as a location, since that was one of our favourite places in the entirety of the Wind Waker.
You’ll also find a live stream of the game being held at 8PM PT or 11PM ET, which should be cool. Perhaps we’ll see another character announced, given recent comments about the King, Tetra and Toon Link not being the only Wind Waker representatives…
Well, it’s finally here! Shigeru Miyamoto has answered everyone’s Mario related questions as part of a video promo for Super Mario Maker, including such things as whether SMB 3 was a play or who Bowser Jr’s mother is in the series! Here’s the video, from Nintendo’s Youtube channel:
It’s pretty self explanatory (and hilarious) in its own right, but we’ll post a summary of each point regardless, along with some of our personal thoughts on each answer given by Miyamoto:
Is Mario named after former Nintendo of America warehouse landlord Mario Segale?
*Shigeru Miyamoto nods*
Well, that confirms that then. Not like anyone was really doubting the story, but it’s now triple confirmed.
Is the Mario shown on the original Super Mario Bros packaging about to lose a life?
No apparently. Of course, you should keep in mind two things here:
1. He’s in front of the blocks, not underneath them. The lava is probably in the background.
Above: The US box art. Mario is in front of the wall, nor falling to his doom.
2. Super Mario Bros 1 had different box art in Japan.
Above: Super Mario Bros 1’s Japanese box art.
Either way, Mario is not about to lose a life on either box.
Would you let Dr Mario operate on you?
*Shigeru Miyamoto makes ‘Oh hell no’ motion*
Above: You can see the fear in his face… Or maybe the arm motions.
Does anyone not agree with him here? Dr Mario does not look like he has a genuine medical license.
Above: Not a real doctor. Don’t trust him with your personal health.
Was Super Mario Bros 3 all just a performance?
In case you’re wondering, this stems from an observation made years ago that the game opens with a curtain rising and various parts of the levels seem to be hung from the walls or ceiling rather than being ‘real’ places. You can find it here:
But regardless of its origin, it’s true. Miyamoto nods and confirms Super Mario Bros 3 was all just a play.
When Bob-ombs Perish, do they turn into Boos?
No apparently. Whether this means bob-ombs don’t die, they simply become a different type of ghost or that boos are just another species… is never really elaborated on.
Do you know who Bowser Jr’s mother is?
*Shigeru Miyamoto nods and points to himself*
Above: The moment that left many Mario fans utterly horrified.
Okay, we DID NOT need that horrible mental image. Worse yet, we bet anything that somewhere, some desperate fan fic writer is working on some sort of Miyamoto X Bowser relationship fic. That’s something that none of us here at Gaming Reinvented look forward to reading.
Above: Bowser + Miyamoto = Bowser Jr?
Then again… at least it’s not fan art. Pictures of Miyamoto and Bowser being intimate is not exactly something anyone has ever wanted to see.
Does Mario break blocks with his first?
Yes again, according to Mr Miyamoto. He even makes the same pose as Mario!
Above: Miyamoto goes to break an imaginary brick block
Are any of your courses featured in Super Mario Maker?
And finally, Shigeru Miyamoto says that no, he has no courses featured in Super Mario Maker.
Weird? Yes to some degree. You’d think the guy behind Mario and much of the series in general would have made some of the courses featured on the disc by default. But no, apparently there are no courses by Miyamoto featured there.
Ah well, he’ll supposedly be making some courses with the tool later on, so that’s something to look forward to.
So that’s the Mario myths answered apparently. Not sure where exactly the myths came from (did Nintendo put out a call for questions on Twitter or something), but Mr Miyamoto has answered them none the less.
What did you think of Miyamoto’s question answering? Did you really want to know that Mr Miyamoto was apparently Bowser Jr’s mother?
Take this with a pinch of salt, since no sites are specifically named in the original Tweets or messages about it, but it seems an interesting set of allegations have been made about corruption and the review copies some video game sites receive.
What kind of corruption? Well, how about flogging the things on eBay before the game’s release date? Or companies trying to sabotage smaller sites by convincing PR firms to delay or ‘run out’ of review copies to stop them getting early information. Either way, here’s the full set of corruption allegations, by someone called Chihiro Onitsuka on Twitter:
#1 Review code/disk/hardware given only to sites with x number of monthly hits, standard is 300k, higher for hardware.
Well, every site I use is probably blacklisted then. As is this site, though we arguably blacklisted ourselves back we were a 3DS specific site. We pretty much told every Youtube network and gaming company (Nintendo included) that we weren’t interested in ‘agreements’ or deals and that they should sod off.
#4 Larger sites prioritized on review code / availability, often given ahead of smaller sites by as much as 2 weeks, allowing them to scoop.
Wonder where all those early copies of games on torrent sites come from? Reviewers on large gaming sites apparently. Wonder what Nintendo would think of this? Especially if Super Mario Maker somehow ends up on a torrent tracker…
So those are the allegations. Are they true? Probably. In fact, someone at a certain subreddit confirmed many of them in a comment on the article: