I’ve decided to take a break from Pokémon, because somehow I’ve been chipping away at it for six weeks and still have a long way to go. The second half of the game thus far has proven to be reeeeeally boring, given that it’s designed almost entirely to coast along on nostalgia for Red/Blue that I simply don’t possess. I figure I have at least a year before Black/White makes it way to the U.S., so that’s plenty of time to work through it one boring little piece at a time. At this point, I’m mostly just determined to complete it so that I can say I did it. The most noble motivation of them all.
To cleanse my palate, I decided to ask for suggestions from the Talking Time kids. Then a few minutes later I remembered, oh dang! I still haven’t played the English translation of Mother 3 yet! And that seems like a grand and glorious thing to do.
I guess if you hate the Mother series you probably shouldn’t read the site for a couple of weeks, since I imagine I’ll be talking about it a fair amount.
In the meantime, I’m going to pretend that this decision is entirely by design, and that I’m tackling the game in honor of Mother’s Day and that this isn’t just another of my life’s random stupid coincidences. Likewise, the fact that I’m abandoning my mission to battle pokeyman creatures in order to battle Pokey-man’s creatures.
For the record, I’m playing this fan-crafted translation on an Afterburner-modified original model Game Boy Advance. I thought about using a DS Lite, but there’s a certain poetic symmetry in using a system hacked to shore up Nintendo’s design deficiencies in order to play a game left stranded overseas by Nintendo’s U.S. release scheduling deficiencies.