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This Fan Creation Of Steve Irwin As An Aussie Pokemon Trainer Is Wholesome And Perfect

Fittingly, Trainer Steve's Pokemon of choice is Totodile and Krokorok.

For all the real-world influences that have gone into the creation of each Pokemon region, lack of Australia-inspired worlds and areas has been a bit surprising.

Since this is obviously a travesty, Twitter user VivinkArt decided to remedy that by making some cheeky logos of what a hypothetical Pokemon Australia game would look like.

But the best was saved for last as they also drew up the perfect champion for Pokemon Australia: the one and only Steve Irwin.

Trainer Irwin’s messy hair and trademark khaki outfit are completely on point, as was the choice to have Totodile and Krokorok, two crocodile Pokemon, as his chosen creatures.

VivinkArt wasn’t done there as they also drew up sprites of Trainer Irwin in the style of those old-school Pokemon games.

These Trainer Irwin drawings dropped a couple of weeks after what would’ve been Steve’s 57th birthday and sort of became an unexpected wholesome tribute to the beloved wildlife conservationist.

As much as we want a much-long overdue Pokemon Australia game, it won’t be happening anytime soon as the next games in the series, Pokemon Sword and Shield, will be set in the UK-inspired region of Galar.

But hey, if Nintendo were to make a Pokemon Australia or something – and it’ll happen one day considering how the games continue to sell like crazy – they’ll already have some ideas on how to pay tribute to Steve thanks to VivinkArt’s great work.

There's A Gang Of New Pokemon In The Latest Detective Pikachu Trailer And Mewtwo Looks, Well, Weird

Snubble looks absolutely adorable though/Angry naked man springs to mind after seeing Mewtwo in this.

Hold onto your deerstalkers budding Pokemon trainers and wannabe detectives everywhere because a new Detective Pikachu trailer has dropped and it is filled with several new creatures we haven’t seen yet.

With only a few months left to go before the film drops on May 10, the marketing team are really pulling out the stops to ensure fans that Detective Pikachu will be the Pokemon-filled live-action adventure we’ve all been waiting for since Pokemon first came onto the scene in 1996.

Without revealing everything, some of the highlights include the first glimpse of Ludicolo, whose trademark exasperated face is perfectly rendered by CGI:

He didn’t see anything shocking, he just looks like that all the time.

There was a cameo from Snubbull, who looks characteristically grumpy and absolutely adorable:

Awww, I just wanna pinch his cheeks (and hope to Ho-oh I don’t get bitten)

Don’t blink or you’ll miss the super-angry Aipom:

Don’t feed the monkey.

And the creme de la creme of all Pokemon appearances, one that we wished for but didn’t expect to happen – MEWTWO!

And boy he looks… weird?

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… I actually have no idea what it is.

Yikes. This version of Mewtwo is up there on the “looks strange” scale just behind the creepy realistic Lickitung we saw a few weeks ago.

It kinda looks like the Mewtwo we all know and love, but it also looks like an angry naked man floating in the sky.

Ugh, it’s going to take some effort to wipe that image out of my head.  But hey, maybe it’s just me. (It probably is.)

One thing’s for sure, Ryan Reynolds is killing it as Detective Pikachu and he deserves all the gym badges in the world for his performance.

Take a gander at the trailer (and all the new creatures) here and make up your own minds on whether Mewtwo does or doesn’t look super weird.

Believe The Hype Because The New Pokemon And Super Smash Bros. Are About To Make Your Christmas

Gotta smash em' all.

Nintendo are bringing out the big guns this Christmas holidays . There’s a new Pokemon game in the form of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Let’s Go, Eevee!, which will come out on November 16, followed by the mother of all pop-culture battle royales Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which will drop on December 7. In the lead-up to the games’ release however, both are in an interesting spot.

Ever since Pokemon Let’s Go was unveiled a few months ago, it has been received somewhat divisively amongst the hardcore Pokemon “traditionalists” and the new Pokemon Go crowd.

As for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it is the first in the series to be released on the Nintendo Switch and the first Super Smash Bros. game in four years so there’s pressure for it to live up to some pretty lofty expectations.

Having played both games at PAX Australia 2018, I can confidently tell you all that you should all give into the hype because they’re good. Damned good even.

Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Let’s Go, Eevee!

A good portion of the fandom were all up in arms over Let’s Go’s abandonment of the tried-and-true Pokemon formula of “roaming around in the grass and beating up on wild creatures for the EXP” in favour of the simple ball throwing mechanics of Pokemon Go, and they’re definitely not going to change their mind any time soon.

However, that doesn’t make Let’s Go a “bad” experience at all. Quite the opposite actually.

The simplified Pokemon capturing and trainer battling mechanics, the bare-bones levelling system, and the ability to actually see wild creatures roaming around on the map makes Let’s Go into a surprisingly relaxing experience.

There’s none of that anxiety you get when you’re roaming through tall grass and creatures just randomly attack you left and right, nor is there any of the stress involved with trying to figure out what’s the best way to level up your party of Pokemon.

It’s like Nintendo has managed to squeeze a relaxing spa day into the form of a Pokemon game and it is just delightful. The “traditionalist” fans will certainly throw pitchforks at this, but they’re only going to miss out on a pleasant new way to play a Pokemon game.

 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The sheer amount of content being stuffed into this game is just staggering. 103 stages, 74 playable characters (so far), and 800 plus music tracks. But the big question is whether it still captures that “Super Smash Bros.” spirit.

And the answer is a resounding yes.

During my hands-on, I got to sample Final Fantasy VII‘s Cloud Strife and The Legend of Zelda‘s Link (admission: I have a thing for swords) and I immediately got the same competitive feeling I got when I played the original Super Smash Bros. and Melee.

Despite knowing nothing on how each character worked, it didn’t take long to pick up on all the combos and moves. The action is chaotic and frantic, yet polished so well that I was able to keep tabs on what was going on at almost all times instead of wandering off the edge like a headless chicken. I certainly didn’t come out victorious, but I did emerge from the wreckage wanting more of that Super Smash Bros. fix.

As for the stages, graphics, and sounds, everything was just a visual and auditory treat. But you don’t play a Super Smash Bros. game for the graphics. You play it for the rush you get after smacking Yoshi in the face with a Pokeball or curb-stomping an irritating Captain Falcon with a mallet.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate delivers that rush in spades and then some.

Whether it’s throwing virtual Pokeballs at creatures (or your Pokeball Joy-Con controller at the TV by accident because you foolishly didn’t use the wrist strap) or sucking down every enemy in your vicinity as Kirby, all you need to know is that you’ll get your money’s worth with Pokemon Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

And on that note, better get saving said money right now for the Christmas holidays.

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