Dear Professor Yew, I really wanted the Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure game for my Wii for Xmas, but mum tells me they couldn’t find one in the shops. I saw a thing about it on TV and it looks really good – a bit like a cross between a Spyro game and the Pokémon Trading Figure Game! Do you think I should get it with my Christmas money?
Arthur Conners, age 13, Truro
Yes, Arthur, I think what they’ve done with the new Spyro game is really clever. The toy versions of Spyro and all his pals, when sat on the special Portal of Power, transform the toy into the game. The clever bit is that the toys work with any version… DS, 3DS, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, PC and they remember any upgrades and weapons they have picked up when you take the toy off again! Definitely worth getting – let me know what you think of the game!
Dear Professor Yew,
I got a 3DS for Christmas – yay! It came with the free Pokédex 3D, but I can’t work out how to get more Pokémon in my viewer at once. Can you help?
Olivia Graham, age 9, Durham
Hi Olivia, yes the Pokédex 3D is a bit special – we’ll have a feature all about it next issue! Getting more Pokémon in your AR Viewer is all about collecting stickers. You do this by bringing Pokémon into the game through the Spot Pass where they download over Wi-Fi, or by transferring from friends. Each new Pokémon earns you a sticker, and viewing a Pokémon in AR earns a photo sticker. Here’s a list of what you need to collect – tick them off as you go!
9 Pokémon in AR Viewer…Collect 70 stickers
10 Pokémon in AR Viewer…Collect 200 stickers
11 Pokémon in AR Viewer…Collect 250 stickers
12 Pokémon in AR Viewer…Collect 328 stickers
Use a photo as a backdrop..Collect 50 stickers
Note button for cries…Collect 30 stickers
Slider scale to change size…Collect 100 stickers
Stopwatch feature…Collect 150 stickers
Dear Professor Yew,
I just love my Pokémon White game my nan bought me along with a copy of your brilliant magazine… I can’t stop playing it. It’s the first Pokémon game I have ever played and it has got me hooked! I can now see just why the world has loved Pokémon so much. What I would like to ask you is, what is the point of the Pokémon Musical? I love battling with the gang of Pokémon I have built up, but dressing them up in funny hats to dance seems an odd thing to include in the game!
Adam Braithwaite, age 7, Preston
Hi Adam, many thanks for taking the time to write to me, and glad to see that Pokémon has another fan! The Pokémon Musical is meant to be just a bit of fun. There have been Pokémon Contests in the games since Ruby & Sapphire versions, although these did include a bit of battling for good measure. The general idea is to dress up your Pokémon in a way to complement the music being played. You do this by collecting items as you go through your adventure – there’s a man in Opelucid City who will give you five items a day – and putting them into your Goods Case. Then when it’s musical time you can pick from the stuff you’ve got to give your favourite Pokémon a snazzy look! It’s all about impressing the audience by choosing the right item for the right musical, then doing a little dance! If they like you they will throw more items onto the stage to pick up. You’ll also get new items when it’s your birthday! Have fun and let me know how you get on.
Dear Professor Yew,
I love playing on my Nintendo DS, but I have to admit that I am not very good at most games. My brother bought me an Action Replay thing and said that this would help me to get on in my games, but my friend at school said that this was hacking and I shouldn’t do it. What do you think? My favourite games at the moment are Pokémon Black and Bakugan: Rise Of The Resistance. Thanks!
Ben Poulton, age 8, Chester
The first thing, Ben, is to not worry. You’re not going to do any damage to your Nintendo DS by using an Action Replay. Your friend is right, it is a type of hacking, but not the nasty kind you hear about on the TV news! Action Replay is a plug-in device by Datel – they have been making them since I was a little boy myself! All it does is give you the chance of entering special codes to change things about your games. It could be infinite lives, or extra money, or crazy things like instantly catching Legendary Pokémon or walking through walls! While I always believe you should try to play your games in the proper way first and foremost, there’s nothing wrong with having a bit of extra fun with your DS games with these codes. Datel has a Code Junkies team that are making new codes every day, and you can enter these into your Action Replay by hand, or download them from their website.
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