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Final Fantasy XV will have an all male party

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In a recent interview with 4gamer it was said that Final Fantasy XV will have an all male playable cast. This is so it can feel more like a road trip movie according to Hajime Tabata the games director. This had apparently been the plan since way back when the game was announced as Versus 13.  This bothers me a lot because I feel like Final Fantasy has had one factor that keep it very strong and that is having at the very least badass female characters. Some times they aren’t good characters (Cough Lighting) but every Final Fantasy (non spin off) at least had the option of having a lady in it. The road trip sub genre has never really been super empowering to women but it baffles me to think why a women couldn’t be included. If a women is on a road trip would she nag the jpop band to much? Is it that after paying for the jiggle engine in lighting returns they said they could never go back to not having one if a women was playable? Maybe they think the reason people hate Final Fantasy 13 is because women? Maybe it was when they were making this to release at the same time as 13 they thought it was ok because it was a spin off? I’m not sure but regardless of the reason for a main final fantasy game to not have a female playable is pretty inexcusable.  I’m sure someone will stupidly comment that Final Fantasy X-2 was all females because this is totally the same thing.  This is really furthering the trend at Square to write poor female characters or exclude them. Bravely Default 2 seems to only have one playable women (At this current moment), Lighting is a joke,  and now this. Time will tell but to me this is another blaring red flag at Square Enix.  

Smash Bros Wii U potential features

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With the Japanese release of Smash Bros 3ds out the focus can slightly shift to what the Wii U may bring to the table. I really wonder what could get us to buy a 60 dollar game after buying a 40 dollar game and owning it for months. Character roster is to stay the same and while it is very possible the Wii U 3ds cross compatibility new characters thing is true until we know we have to assume they are selling the Wii U on features. The competitive seen is likely to get behind the Wii U version regardless of the 3ds’s competitive or not competitive potential.  However, the casual audience that made Smash bros 3ds sell over a million copies on it’s first weekend in Japan  may already be bored with Smash or find 3ds enough to fill the desire to play. Hell I may very well feel the same after completing all the content in the 3ds version. We can assume that all the features outside of Smash Run will be in the Wii U version and we know harder challenges await us in the Wii U version thanks to a pic of the day. Sakurai has stated he is going back to funny pics of the day so we may not really see much new but I’m going to go all out with my ideas.

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Event Mode: Returning the Event Battles from previous games would make a lot of sense. It’s a fun way to throw in themed battles, add gameplay, and do little work. I really enjoyed doing event battles and maybe it can come in improved. Id love for custom event battles that can be uploaded for friends or to miiverse could be really cool.

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Stage Builder: The stage builder in brawl was crappy but the idea of a stage builder is awesome. Making Stages with the inclusion of Miiverse and a larger game could be great. They just need more assets from the games the characters come from. It’s also a thing when I first got brawl that I wanted to mess with. 

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Adventure Mode: They aren’t brining in Smash Run so they need a mode to be similar to it. A full adventure mode with bosses, fun battles, and more enemies then smash run could be great. Maybe even trying to throw in character or franchise based battles. Adventure mode was my most played mode in Melee so id love to see it make a return since we can’t have Smash Run or Subspace in this one. Id love for the Adventure mode to allow for Co-op so I can play with my girlfriend, family, and friends without having to kick each others ass. 

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Break the Targets:  The return of character based break the target challenges could add to the game to a small degree. It for sure won’t snag new fans but it will ring nice nostalgia bells for us prior Smash Bros fans.   

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Boss Mode: The player with the gamepad gets to play as the stage boss while up to 4 other players get to battle against the over powered boss. Maybe Ridley won’t be a competitive character but this could allow for a really cool way to still play these giant badass characters. We have seen this in the Wii U game Tank Tank Tank so it’s very much a possible thing. 

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Boss Battle Mode: If we do get enough boss characters a boss battle mode like in Brawl would be great. I loved getting with one of my brothers and smashing all the bosses in a row. Adding these Co-op features opens it up to more players. 

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Better Mii Customization: I really doubt this happens but editing Mii characters is really bad in Smash 3ds. If they could throw in the extra mile like you could do through items in Tomadachi Life then it would make me a lot more interested in Miis.  Getting to do colored hairs, actual separation of bottoms and shorts, and maybe mess with the appearance of the weapon. 

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Master Hand Mode: You play as the master hand setting up enemies and taking control of them to challenge your friends. I love the idea of a make your own adventure mode where one player gets to be more or less the dungeon master creating the challenges for the heroes to fight.  Maybe the master hand could posses the monsters and get these super small move sets and when they get a character drop become able to take full control. 

More Alt costumes/characters: This is once again unlikely but not totally out of the picture. We have seen the same alts pop up in the Wii U as the 3ds but it sucks that Bowser Jr gets 7 alts but Ness couldn’t get a Lucas alt. Olimair has a Britanny color but only an Alph outfit. We have so much potential for alts and id really like to see them happen. I mean Impa for Sheik, Dry Bones bowser, Evil peach, so much potential all around. 

Unexpected feature: This is kind of a copout but something surprising would be great. Smash Run was a surprise and now it’s one of the features I want to mess with the most. Sakurai is great at surprising us so id love to see a feature I just wouldn’t expect. 

Devil Survivor 2 Break Record lives

The not as loved sequel to my favorite game of all time Devil Survivor’s polished version lives. It was given a new trailer and the release date for Japan of  January 29, 2015. Lets do a quick reminder since this game hasn’t had new news in forever. The game features full voice acting, new animation, a new after scenario, and the ability to select difficulty.  The new trailer showed off an odd looking style for everything that I guess they are doing to like mildly animate everything? I’m really not a fan of how this looks and the static images at least looked like really good static images. The Japanese voice acting seemed solid enough but I’m dying to hear if it will also sound good in English like overclocked did. This game should be launching in North America some time 2015 and the EU when ever Atlus wants it. 

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Final Fantasy 3ds news wrap up

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With TGS among us we have lots of game news coming. Square has lots of Final Fantasy to show off and we actually get Final Fantasy stuff so it doesn’t crush my soul to think about it. First off they are making a 3D classic kind of thing for Final Fantasy 1 to release on the Eshop. This marks the 1,000,000 time they are getting people to pay for Final Fantasy 1. However, most people won’t be paying for it because it comes free with the first printing of Final Fantasy Explores (In Japan).

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Speaking of Final Fantasy Explores they have uploaded tons of videos showing off things of explores. The really exciting news though is that the game is getting a demo with online play attached. It lets you play through the first few stages locally or online with friends. I’m super excited for that because it shows confidence in the product to throw the start of a game out say “Here’s the game uncensored for the first bit, my games so good you will want to buy the full version.”  I love that and can’t wait to give that a spin. They also showed off more Trance transformation’s. Terra, Lighting, and Squall now join cloud as people you can become in this state. It’s also now confirmed you keep the weapon you were using in trance state meaning it doesn’t change up your play style really but instead just gives the buffs. In addition to that Beastmaster class was added to the game to pile on to the already pretty large list of classes. 

Smash Bros Sales week three announced.

I totally forgot the 3ds Spin off Pokemon games were even a thing when I did my speculation but both of them are on sale now. I’m pretty tempted to pick up Battle Trozei but I’m debating picking up some indie stuff instead. It’s a bit odd that metroid is the only title they were putting on sale for the sale on the metroid section but hey it’s something. I thought we would get a game for Mii Fighters but apparently getting fit is what this is all about. 

Hyrule Warriors new Patch and DLC info

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One of my major complaints about Hyrule Warriors pre release was that three of the revealed characters weren’t playable but now we will have the three as additional playable characters. I won’t say their names to avoid spoilers but if you seen a small amount of coverage you would know who I am talking about. It also allows for enemy intros to be turned on and off. That is all in the free patch with no confirmed date but likely coming to Japan on September 30th. The fact that the first patch is coming for us day one world wide I imagine it won’t be long after Japan that we get this patch. I’m going to cover the DLC different then other news people and give you a bit of speculation and thoughts on each DLC pack 

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The “Back Door” Hyrule Warriors Pack: This pack boasts a weapon, two costumes,  a scenario, and an adventure map for about 12 bucks (Japanese price). This is very likely a story mode for the baddies we are getting in the free patch, two costumes, an adventure map for the baddies to roam, and an extra weapon is likely something evil tying into gannondorf (but it could be anyone). Id guess the two costumes are also evil themed likely giving one to make Cia less Dead or Alive. The other maybe a possessed Zelda from Twilight Princess but this one isn’t themed so it could be a whole load of things.  It’s a little lame that they are giving us the characters for free and likely having us buy the only useful thing to do with them since the reason the characters are free is because they were coded already.  This pack is set for release on October 16th in Japan. 

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Twilight Princess Pack: This pack is once again 12 dollars (Converted from yen) but this time it’s a new character, adventure map, weapon, and two new costumes. Having to take a guess at who from Twilight Princess would be added assuming that is the plan for the pack sticks to it’s namesake. Ashei is the character that sticks out to me but we got Agitha already so anyone is possible. The costumes could be grown Midna for Midna along with a weapon she could use as the weapon. The other costume being something for Agitha that references some character.  At face level this is the very worst pack to me because we already have Agitha and Midna so why of all series does twilight princess need another new character?  Anyway if you are interested japans getting the DLC late November.  

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Majora’s Mask pack: A pack that is likely to give people what they were asking for in the game the majora’s mask dlc is once again 12 bucks in Japan. This pack comes with two character, three costumes, and an adventure map. Skull Kid is the obvious inclusion for this pack with the second character being just slightly harder to pick. Happy Mask Salesmen would be my vote but I think Tingle is the second guy. It was his first appearance and he is one of the bigger Zelda characters. For the three costumes id say Fierce Deity Link  is the most obvious. Out of left field I think we could get a tetra outfit for Sheik or Zelda. Last guess Poe Collector outfit for Wizrobe. This pack is set for release January 2015 so we likely won’t know for sure for a while. 

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Ganon Pack: The final pack comes with two game modes launching at 5 dollars (for japan). Maybe by the time this is out they would have figured out how to make online work and added an online co-op mode for adventure maps and an online vs mode. It’s named after Ganon so maybe one is like a super omega hard mode or something but Hero Mode already is kinda hard for a level 99 character. The Dynasty warriors series has gone on for a long time so it’s very possible any of their previous modes make a reappearance as well. Japan won’t be getting this until February 2015 but I assume they won’t want to go out with a whimper. 

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That’s not all like the Mario Kart 8 DLC you can pre-order all of it (no bundle price announced) and get Shadow Link instantly as a costume for Link. That is coming on September 30th for them, with is just 4 days after our launch. I imagine that like Mario Kart 8 we will get a pretty solid bundle price likely landing at about 30 dollars for everything. That’s still a lot of money to me but that’s about the price it need to be more me to consider it and it seems like a reasonable enough discount for getting all the content. Crazy thought, we might get that female Link as a free patch some time between the release as well since it caught so much steam.  I’ll report more news as it comes to us. 

Update: Looks like I was 10 dollars short on my prediction. Everything together for the season pass will be 20 dollars. Now while this is a solid price making the game go from 60 to 80 dollars at launch is a hard sale. If the season pass price keeps then if I get this game as present i’ll likely pay 20 bucks to get the extra content.  

 

Nintendo Advice Corner: Mr. World Wide part 2

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It’s your boy, a bit pull and i’m here to tell Nintendo about how being world wide could help them. Much like me, Mr. Worldwide Nintendo needs to be releasing their games world wide. I’ve wrote about this before but with the recent Japanese release of Smash Bros and Hyrule Warriors I think it’s worth mentioning. Now this might have some points that actually are less pro consumer then I’d like but they are points to be made. So the dog from the pits is going to talk about how releasing games world wide on the same day will make more paper. 

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So Hyrule Warriors released in Japan before anywhere else with let out the information that there wasn’t any secret characters and in fact three of the characters in the game aren’t playable. This took me from hype as hell to not buying the game. The internet exists and even if Nintendo could stomp out all videos of all their games forever they couldn’t stop text based spoilers from releasing. The game just didn’t seem like it has the meat I like in my warriors games in terms of characters so I’m just going to borrow the game. The lack of online co-op also effected it but I was still on the train until I found that out. If the game came out world wide I would have bought it day one, no fear and id likely still have massively enjoyed my time with the title.  The same thing happened with Persona Q maybe if it came out world wide I would have ignored the 10 dollar price bump since the on cartridge DLC wouldn’t have been announced.  However, now with the release being so close to smash 3ds release and knowing the smaller amount of content id rather wait a week get a game worth 20 less dollars that i’ll likely play for years to come. 

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Speaking of Smash Bros while the game being out in Japan doesn’t effect my purchase it does let me down as a consumer. I wish I could have held back from the leaked information, I don’t have a month of resistance in me for a game I want this bad that has no plot. If it was story driven sure id be able to avoid but after the leaks it only adds to the what the hell. The worst part is the game most be done in english as well. When they streamed on the Tree House live thing it looked like it was totally done. Some times companies are just shelving games world  for some odd company reason.  Maybe to make a quarter better or to avoid cannibalizing their own game.  Yet I don’t think Smash releasing a few weeks before Hyrule Warriors would hurt Hyrule Warriors more then it coming out the week after.

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  Companies can be so odd about how releases work like how Kirby Triple Deluxe a game that already had some English in it took months and months to release world wide. People are still waiting for this digital release of Shin Megami Tensei 4 in Japan. These releases make that feeling of happiness towards a company to go way down. When Pokemon X and Y released globally it felt amazing to know that my good friends across the sea were opening the game on the same day, that we could all play through the game together. We lose that instant sense of community when months have gone and people have already gotten over the game. 

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If the plan for a game for a game is to release it world wide then why not work on making the world wide thing come out at the same time. This isn’t a pre internet age. I can hop on google docs, grab a friend from Scotland and edit a script for a game together.  Maybe this is more expensive of a process to do but really how much more work could it be to be translating as things are finalized. It’s not like censorship is very common in modern games from country to country anymore and when it’s done it’s normally rather simple stuff.  If they could do it with Pokemon X and Y everyone can do it. Pick up your english voice actors on the same day you pick up your Japanese ones. Call up the Spanish and French translators while it’s being translated in english. It will be more work at one moment but the overall sense of community better. 

I’m writing this in the year 2014, when I was born world wide releases were impossible without just selfing a version but now we can make this happen. World Wide game releases are the future, games don’t need to have these month to year wait to release. Companies simply extend the amount of time fans have to wait letting more and more give up on the title. It reduces hype and hurts the sense of community that the gamers feel. It’s possible to make games release world wide so we should make it happen. Come on companies if you have the resources, are publishing yourself over seas,  then why not release the game world wide?  Anyway my bulls just fell in a pit, i’m out, dalah. 

Smash Bros Demo Impressions

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I’ve played the demo for several hours now, playing multiplayer and single player so I can give pretty strong impressions on what is going on with the demo.  I’ll talk about each character we could play and my personal first impressions with them.  My over all feelings on the game is that it’s a lot harder to control without a C stick and everything. None of these characters are really characters that were on my list to main and i’m not massively competitive so take my opinions on them with a grain of salt. 

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Mega Man: I think Mega Man’s specials are really bad outside of the rush coil. Megan’s Smash attacks all feel pretty strong and it’s really interesting to have a character focused on range battle. I think people who want to main him will end up being very good if they can master this new style of fighting in smash. I do wish that some of his moves worked differently like charging the buster just by holding the A button would do wonders for him.  

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Villager:  Villager is an odd duck but their is charm to the villagers moves. I really love the almost accidental murder power of the villager. This character is solid but it feels like villager is meant for battles with items on. I really enjoy playing the character when items are on because the pocket trick is much more effective but the whole pocket concept is maybe the most appealing this about villager. I think in a match up where projectal game is important Villager will always have advantage. 

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Pikachu: Pikachu is nerfed a lot. I feel like PIkachu just sucked really bad. I use to love playing as Pikachu but in this demo he is the one I touched the least. It could just be the stage but Pikachu just doesn’t feel good. 

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Link: Link feels a lot better then he was in previous titles. His Down A seems a bit nerfed but other wise everything feels stronger. I actually went back to play Link several times and I figured id be playing Link the least. I hope more characters feel better like Link because id love to give more characters a chance. 

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Mario: I hate that he still has the flud but other wise Mario still feels like Mario. Just a balanced character that does it’s balanced things. Maybe playing more Mario in more match ups will make me feel different but Mario just feels a bit vanilla. 

Tradition isn’t a good thing.

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The answer to many times when someone asks “Why is this like this” is “That’s Tradition.” Tradition is looked at very fondly with most likely comes from that “I don’t respect his views but I respect that he sticks to his guns” attitude.  That mentality that tells us being adaptive is a bad feature and being stoically bad is good. Now i’m speaking of tradition in the terms of Video games because a lot of problems I have from a lot of games is tradition. Be it excusing bugs in a companies games because they always have it, excepting games that are hollow clones of the previous, or a whole slew of other things gamers allow tradition to be an excuse. Series have a core, things that it needs to be to be the next numbered entry but outside of that I think things can be altered.

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Example A, Smash Brothers is a series covered with odd things because of tradition. Gannondorf will be returning as a clone for the new smash game, people for the most part wanted to see him changed, yet nope falcon punching his way back into the new game. The reason he is the game, tradition says this is how he plays in Smash Bros. I’d love to see Toon Link not be a clone of link, id love to see princess peach have a move set that takes more from super princess peach, id love to see all sorts of characters revamped but once that moveset is locked in it seems it’s a done deal. We rarely see changes to special moves and Mario’s are still pretty hated so that could be a reason but Mario’s change is disliked because the move was bad. Jigglypuff still being in Smash Bros is another example of tradition, Jigglypuff isn’t nearly as important as many other Pokemon in the series yet it get’s playable status because she was playable in the first game. Now the new smash is doing a ton to break the mold but these little things do bug me. 

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Pokemon is a series that uses tradition to make more money. Pokemon is the elder that profits from tradition in the village. I love Pokemon but so many of it’s moves are just ways to make a bit more money. Having two versions is something that totally is not needed anymore but they know many people buy both version for nostalgia, to have the complete set of Pokemon, to experience the slight differences. Then them selling both versions works even better because another tradition, only one game save. Pokemon makes you feel attached to the team you have developed over the course of the game. So just straight up deleting your game save to play the game again is hard. Maybe you upload to Pokebox but oh that doesn’t take your items. So the choices are to buy the other version as a playthough version while the main version is the home base and competitive version. Event legendaries is another tradition that really just serves Pokemon and not the fans. When these events go to gamestop, toys R us, and these other stores they limit the amount of consumers who can access. Putting it online also limits the people who can access because not everyone has internet or internet that can work with a 3ds. Then we have the tradition of a fire, water, grass core for starters when we could try something new. What about What about Psychic, Fighting, Ghost or something new.  We have seen the Pokemon company break the tradition of having a 3rd version of a Pokemon game. However, they still don’t include real move tutors until the follow up they do make. 

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Some times we want to keep old things but the reason a lot of things advance is because they are better. Companies can’t make a Mute City if they can’t move forward. We have the tradition of Region locking that’s holding us back, we have so many traditions that just feel safe rather then needed. A tradition that’s needed can still exist but we don’t need characters to just be clones, we don’t need to spend extra money, we don’t need to wait months for a game we can import. Tradition sucks, games don’t need tradition. 

Features id love to see in pokken tournament

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So Pokken fighters will likely just start with an arcade mode since it’s an arcade game but when it launches on Wii U it has so much potential for modes. Here are the modes I would love to see in the game that I don’t think are obvious inclusions. 

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Little Cup: How awesome would be it be play as the cute little Not fully evolved Pokemon. Id love a clash between Elkid and Riolu. I think having a mode like this could cross the appeal of the title to audiences that might prefer cute things over “badass” things. All the Pokemon could just be resized clone characters making them just extra modeling time and it would be a really cute extra feature. 

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Rotation Battle: Fighting games have had tag systems in the past, one of the most notable for their tag system is Marvel Vs Capcom and I think a system like that could really do well for Pokemon. It would add another fun layer of meta game thinking in team picks, and it makes battles feel more like a Pokemon battle. 

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Mega Tournament: Mega Pokemon are awesome. I imagine mega’s will be an awakened form like in the Naruto games. So with that in consideration I think it would be really cool to have a mode where you are just always in awakened form. It could make for some crazy high damage battles feature some of the coolest Pokemon in existence. 

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Double Battle:  I love when games fighting games give me a two player option. It could be a tag system like Street Fighter X Tekken or it could be like power stones or something where multiple Pokemon are on the field at the same time but this time in teams. 

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Struggle Off: A mode with no special moves could be fun, I don’t totally want this or anything but I think it be a fun mode. 

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Contest: A mode where it’s all about how stylish you were in the fight instead of actually winning the fight. It would end the “cheap” tactics and promote being creative with combos and game play. 

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Ubers: I don’t think this is remotely possible but a mode where a bunch of giant legendary Pokemon fight would be amazing. Id love to have godzilla scale battles in the Pokemon world.

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