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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.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.