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Trainer finds perfect modern way to play old Pokemon GBA and DS games

Published: 24/Sep/2020 17:37

by Paul Cot


Despite being more than 15 years old, a common pastime for trainers is to play through some of the old Pokemon games. There is now a modern way to do so, which makes playing through these classics even more enjoyable!

They are some of the most iconic games for a reason. The likes of Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green on the GBA and, of course, Pokemon Diamond/Pearl on the DS are still revered to this day.

Not everyone has a Nintendo Gameboy Advance or DS to hand, however. Besides, in 2020 there is a serious debate as to whether these are even the best way to play the games.

Galaxy devices

A lot of you will remember the ‘better’ version of the GBA, the Gameboy Advance SP. There is actually a phone that is the spitting image of it – the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip in action playing Pokemon Emerald.

The design of it makes it the perfect device to play GBA games on. That’s unless having actual buttons is a big deal to you. Alternatively, you can just plug in a controller but this is obviously different to the original Gameboy experience.

Given its design it would also be great to play Nintendo DS games on. However, there is another device that is garnering Pokemon trainer’s attention – the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2.

It allows you to split the DS screen perfectly but given the length of each side of the fold, it will stretch the image a lot. However, this seems to work for the low pixel count these old Nintendo handhelds provide, though.

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Who else wants to play some Nintendo DS Pokemon games again?!

Unfortunately, these phones will remain a pipedream for a lot of players as they are very expensive. The Galaxy Z Flip released in early 2020 and still costs in excess of $1,000. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Fold 2 is even more expensive having released in September of 2020, it retails for more than $2,000!

ROMs are a legal grey area

There is uncertainty regarding the legality of playing ROMs. Over the years as technology has evolved, they have become increasingly popular.

It is generally thought that if you own the actual game itself, then you have a legal right to download the game’s ROM. However, this may be a misconception.

Emulators are legal but ROMs aren’t, at least according to this source. They claim as long as you “dump” the game from the cartridge itself to your computer then it is above board.

To avoid breaking the law, we recommend you do your own research into this area before downloading Pokemon (or any other) game ROMs.


How to catch Dragonite easily in Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra

Published: 29/Oct/2020 22:56

by Brent Koepp


One of the most popular Pokemon of all time, Dragonite, can now be caught in Sword & Shield. The lovable orange dragon was added to the RPG in its second DLC, The Crown Tundra. Here is how you can catch the majestic beast fast. 

In a first for the franchise, Game Freak opted out of a third game for its eighth generation release, Sword & Shield, in favor of an Expansion Pass. And on October 22, the Nintendo Switch title got its second DLC, The Crown Tundra.

The massive update brought a host of past gen favorites to Galar, including the beloved ‘mon Dragonite. The majestic beast has an incredibly low spawn rate, however a new method will have you catching it in literally no time at all.

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Dragonite can now be caught in Sword & Shield.

How to catch Dragonite quickly in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Introduced in 1996, Dragonite has been one of the most beloved Pokemon for decades. According to its Pokedex entry, the creature is “kindhearted, and if it spots a drowning person or Pokémon, Dragonite simply must help them.”

While not a Legendary, the character is a fan favorite. Unfortunately for Sword & Shield owners, it also has one of the lowest spawn rates in the Crown Tundra DLC, with its lower evolutions having a 5% chance of showing up.

Thankfully, a method has been discovered that forces the monster to spawn. We will cover the steps below on how to find the Dragon-type, and it’ll have you adding it to your team in the quickest way possible.

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Dragonite can easily be found at Ballimere Lake near the Dyna Tree.

Steps to quickly catching Dragonite

  • Step 1: Hit the Home button on your Switch, and go to System Settings. Next, scroll down to the very bottom and click System. Go to Date and Time and set Synchronize Clock via Internet to OFF. Lastly, set your date to September 3, 2020.
  • Step 2: Fast travel to the Dyna Tree location. If step 1 was performed correctly, it should be thunderstorm weather. After spawning in front of the tree, immediately take a right, then a second right looping backwards. Cut across the grass and take the ramp down to the lower level.
  • Step 3: Due to the thunder, Dragonite will spawn in this location. You will see the lovable orange dragon walking around the overworld. Save your game first, then run into it and engage in a battle.
  • Step 4: We recommend using a Pokemon with False Swipe, or a sleep move. Using an Ultra Ball or higher will increase your odds. Should you accidentally knock it out or run out of items, reload your save and the monster will be in the exact same spot.
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Dragonite walks around the overworld only during thunderstorms.

Dragonite in Pokemon Max Raid dens

Another method to securing Dragonite is through Max Raid dens. According to popular Pokemon outlet Serebii, there are five raid dens that the monster shows up in.

Based on tests we ran though, the weather method at Ballimere Lake is infinitely faster. However, those that want to catch the character this way can do so at the locations below.

  • Giant’s Bed
  • Path to the Peak
  • Frigid Sea
  • Three-Point Pass
  • Ballimere Lake
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The Dragon can also be found in Raid dens.

There are two other methods to get the orange Dragon, and that is either capturing its lower evolution Dratini in Dynamax Adventures, or finding it at Ballimere Lake at a 5% spawn rate. However the thunderstorm method is almost instant.

The Crown Tundra has given Sword & Shield players hours of new gameplay with the host of Legendaries and new monsters they can catch. Thankfully, Dragonite is fairly easy to secure.