I’ve developed a new addiction, or perhaps merely a new obsession: Pokemon. Â Specifically, Pokemon Pearl on Nintendo DS. Â This is probably not news to the geeks out there, but it’s good!
Mrs Froosh and the Kiddo have been playing the Diamond and Pearl versions for some time, but Mrs Froosh recently abandoned her Pearl copy and released it to me (yes, I’m the last in the family pecking order 😛 ).
And I’m in deep now.
I’ve always avoided the Pokemon games on the presumption that they are too childish. Â While that may be true for some of the older versions (Can’t know, never played them), and the marketing is heavily geared towards the pre-teens, the Diamond/Pearl versions are incredibly complex with many engaging mini-games. Â I’m a big fan of the FInal Fantasy games series, but I think I have a new favourite game… Â Pokemon is likely to keep me going for hundreds and hundreds of hours.
One of the features I’m looking forward to using more effectively and widely are the ‘collaborative play’ experiences. Â At present, 8 y.o. Kiddo is the only challenger I have, and he’s mopping the floor with me. Â His Pokemon are bigger, faster, stronger, and vastly more experienced than mine, and yet we can still have an exciting and engaging play experience. Â The mini-games offer local wireless interaction options at every turn and I’d love to see how well it works in a much larger group. Â Internet-based ‘Wi-Fi Connect’ options are a much more limited offering: only trades, voice-chat, or battles with integrated voice-chat. Â The latter works surprisingly well, far exceeding my expectations. Â I’m really looking forward to finding more Pokemon geeks to interact with this way!
With that in mind, I offer up my Pokemon Pearl Friend Code. Â Add me to your Pal Pad and e-mail me your Friend Code and we’ll see what comes of it. Â I’d love to see how I fare against new opponents – the gloating my my son is getting a bit much! 😀
Pokemon Pearl Friend Code: “Froosh”
Update [18-08-2008]: I bought a new DS Lite, and so my friend code has changed. It is now: 0817-5963-3131