The heroes and the villains switching places. It’s a fun little idea I had a while aback. I thought it would be interesting to see what things would be like if Ash and friends were the ones who had to steal from Team Rocket. My original idea went a little further in the concept and had the episode feature Team Rocket as the main characters attempting to help a random character of the week, while “Team Twerp” kept coming in and interrupting things. It would basically be your typical episode, but with the roles reversed. When it came time to write the episode, I decided that I should keep the focus on Ash and friends, or else it would be too difficult to justify them acting “evil.” By keeping the focus on Ash, Brock, and Brenda, I was able to better show their struggle to adapting to becoming thieves, and how bad they are simply because the only example they have to go off of is Team Rocket’s. Meanwhile, since it isn’t out of character for Jessie, James, and Meowth to do some good when it benefits them, they didn’t need quite as much focus as the twerps.
We have officially entered May, the month that will see the release of Detective Pikachu. In only a week and two days, this ground-breaking film will at long last be a reality. To celebrate, I made a second Detective Pikachu desktop background:
It’s all connected, the only question is how. Find out in Cosmic Quest’s upcoming Detective Pikachu special!
Also, as you may know, the lack of new episodes over the past month have been due to me writing The Team Rocket Movie. I wanted to officially state that in order to make this movie as enjoyable as possible, I am delaying its release. Instead of coming before the Detective Pikachu special, it will come some time after. Hopefully not too long. Trust me, the wait will be worth it.
Final Update: Added a total of four new non-Pokémon stages. This time it’s two Yu-Gi-Oh and two Smash Bros inspired stages. Unfortunately, my online free-trail is coming to an end, so this will be the last of my stages for the foreseeable future.
Update 3: No more Pokémon, but added a new miscellaneous stage.
Update 2: Added another Pokémon stage. I think this might be the last one.
Update: Added a new Pokémon stage. You don’t want to miss this one.
Remember a few months ago when I explained my vision for Tenno Region representation in Smash Bros? Well, thanks to the recent 3.0 update of Smash Brothers Ultimate and the inclusion of a rather robust Stage Builder mode, part of those visions have now become a reality. Back then, I described that the Tenno stage would be the Solar Peak Ruins. To recap, this is how I described it:
“This stage is set in Luna, Terra, and Sol’s Solar Peak Ruins, where Heliosol is found in Luna and Terra. The main floor of the stage is a raised altar above the rest of the ruins (the alter where you would encounter Heliosol). There are also two floating platforms, one over the drop-off on either side of the stage. Periodically, Heliosol will appear in the stage. It will randomly appear in its normal form or its Ascended Form. When in its standard form, it will stand in the background and randomly launch fiery attacks at the battlefield. But when it appears in its Ascended Form, it will join the battle as a boss. When it’s defeated, it will release a burst of fire and light that will cause damage to all fighters except the one who beat it. When Heliosol isn’t around, Sun-themed Pokémon such as Solrock, Solem, Volcarona, Heliolisk, Turcell, and Gigastar will appear at random in the background. They don’t do anything but stand around.”
Unfortunately, I couldn’t make a boss battle against Heliosol in its Ascended Form, but I can still have Heliosol Regular Form appear in the background, and attack with waves of fire that move back and forth across the stage.
If you want to play this stage for your self, search for it with this code: NFCMGNXB
But that’s not all, remember in the Team Rocket Q&A Session that Meowth wanted to be represented in Smash Bros? I decided to oblige with this next stage:
This stage is clearly based off of Team Rocket’s famous Meowth Balloon. The balloon gently bobs up and down as clouds pass by. A constant wind blows towards the right. Blast off with Team Rocket on this stage.
To play this Team Rocket stage, search for this code: GXDNC4X2
This next one is a personal favorite of mine:
It’s the Temporal Tower, from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky, the site of the fight to the finish against Primal Dialga. The two Time Gears can be stood on, and will spin.
The code for this stage is: JLCSFJX2
This is Pokémon Go in Smash Bros stage form. The background is an accurate recreation of what the map in Pokémon Go could look like, given the area your in. It includes three PokéStops, one open, one closed, and one closed and cooling down as well as a Team Mystic (the team I’m on) gym.
If you’re interested, here’s a quick list of some other stages I’ve made:
Battle inside of a Tetris board. Watch as a player drops an L-block into place, and activate a bomb block to clear the board.
A cannon-filled airship just like the ones originating in Super Mario Bros 3. Includes my custom-made self-firing cannon balls.
Designed to look like a Bowser fight from the original Super Mario Bros. You can even hit the “ax” to destroy the bridge and send your opponents plummeting into lava.
A zero-gravity battle arena that uses upward blowing wind to negate gravity. Can you avoid the asteroids as you fight your opponents in an entirely aerial battle?
A recreation of the first stage of Sonic Adventure 2. It’s set on a steep slope and features a giant truck that plows down the stage, and even leaps off a jump.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City
This stage takes place atop the Kaiba Corp blimp, where the finals of Battle City were held. Also, Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes White Jet will fly over.
A stage designed to look like the duel arena’s from season one. In it, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician (with designs inspired by the Tablet of Lost Memories) do battle.
The final boss of Super Smash Bros Brawl’s Subspace Emissary recreated as a stage. Tabuu floats in the background and attacks with various objects.
Moving on from the final boss of Brawl to the final boss of Ultimate, this stage recreates the true final battle of World of Light. Galeem and Dharkon float in the background and each attack with their own move.
And that’s it!
DISCLAIMER: I haven’t actually subscribed to Nintendo’s online service, and have uploaded these stages using a seven-day free trial. I do not know if these stages will still be available to play when my trial runs out in a week. Never mind, they’re still there!
Wow, the past 24 hours sure have been crazy. I never want to watch a bad movie again! Anyways, while Team Rocket may be kind of crazy, they were not lying about the Team Rocket Movie. No joke, The Team Rocket Movie is a real thing. It is currently being written and will be released soon. To be clear, this is not Cosmic Quest the Movie 3, but rather an original spin-off movie to accompany Cosmic Quest. Should be interesting.
Meowth: Can I get a drum roll please?
Jessie and James: It’s time for our main event! The Team Rocket Q&A Session!
Meowth: You guys have been posting questions all day, and now it’s our turn to answer them!
James: You’re about to get to know us on a whole new level!
Jessie: Let’s start things off with a question from BTH777. They ask, “Aside from the Team Rocket Movie, which Pokémon movie is your guys’s favorite?”
James: Just to be clear, this question was asked before either my Rocket Reviews episode or the Bossies aired. For reasons stated there, I think we can all agree that Mewtwo Strikes back is our favorite movie.
Meowth and Jessie: Agreed.
James: Next question! PokeMan96 asks, “How do you guys afford to make so many mechas?”
Meowth: You saw the post about us selling mechas? It’s
scams- I mean, it’s marketing strategies like that which keep us funded.
Jessie: Of course, any extra cash we have goes into my wardrobe shopping.
James: Leaving us with no money left over…
Meowth: Okay, a user who was later identified as MajorBrony95 asked tree questions at once.
James: Let’s take them one at a time.
Meowth: Agreed. First they ask, “We know James collects bottle caps as a hobby, but do Jessie or Meowth have any hobbies?”
Jessie: We bring you live to the special red carpet premiere event for the Team Rocket movie!
James: The red carpet has been rolled out, the paparazzi is ready, and the VIPs are just about to arrive.
Meowth: Look! Pulling in right now is our first VIP! It’s the Iron-Masked Marauder!
Jessie: Mr. Marauder-
Iron-Masked Marauder: Please, call me Iron-Masked.
Jessie: Of course, Iron-Masked, as a one of the first Team Rocket operatives besides The Boss himself to have a starring role in a movie, what are your thoughts on the The Team Rocket Movie.
Iron-Masked: As you well know, my brief stint in showbiz did me little good. When it was all over, I ended up arrested and worse off than I started. If this is the movie that will finally show to unstoppable force that is Team Rocket, then I’m ready for it.
Meowth: I couldn’t have said it better myself, thanks Iron-Masked, and enjoy the movie!
James: And pulling up now we have one of our co-stars! It’s the enigmatic Pierce!
Meowth: Hey there, buddy! How’s it going?
Pierce: Please don’t call me “buddy.”
Meowth: Fair enough. In the past, you’ve refused to make a statement on your thoughts about The Team Rocket Movie. Care to give us something now that you’re about to see it as a reality?
Pierce: I am not in this for the fame or fortune. I agreed to be in this movie as a way to bolster the name of Team Rocket.
Pierce: And, I’m afraid it will do just the opposite. *Walks away*
James: Hey, is it just me, or did that guy sound exactly the same as the Iron-Masked Marauder?
Meowth: Come to think of it, their voices are extremely similar. Strange…
Jessie: You know what’s even stranger? The next VIPs, or should I say VUPs, Very Unimportant Persons.
Cassidy: Hey, I heard that!
Butch: This is a nice gig you three got yourselves here.
James: *Scoffing* It’s the best gig, Bench.
Butch: Hey, that’s not my-!
Cassidy: In that case, we might just have to take over a website for ourselves some day.
Jessie: Don’t get any ideas, sister. We’re The Bosses number one cyber infiltration unit.
Cassidy: Whatever. Come on, Brent, let’s see how big of a disaster this movie turns out to be.
Butch: Not you too…
Meowth: Hey, look at the massive limo pulling up now!
James: Wow, it keeps going on and on!
Jessie: Such an opulent limo could only house one person!
Jessie, James, and Meowth: It’s The Boss!
James: Boss, how does it feel to know that Team Rocket’s best of the best finally has a starring role in a movie?
Giovanni: I suppose I am proud. After Mewtwo stole my spotlight in Mewtwo Strike Back, I never thought Team Rocket would get another real chance. But Pierce has made me proud.
Meowth: Thank you, thank you. You’re too-
Jessie, James, and Meowth: PIERCE!?!?
James: What do you mean by Pierce?
Giovanni: The question was how do I feel about my top operative starring in a movie, right? That’s Pierce.
Jessie, James, and Meowth: Right…
Jessie: Well, that’s it for tonight. The Team Rocket Movie won’t be shown publicly for a little while longer, but stay tuned for more information.
Meowth: And don’t forget to ask any questions you may have for our Team Rocket Q&A Session, coming soon.
James: This has been Team Rocket, reporting live outside the world-premiere of The Team Rocket Movie, thanks for watching.
Announcer: Welcome to the first annual Bossy Awards! Everyone give a round of applause for our hosts, Jessie, James, and Meowth!
Jessie: *Blows kisses* Thank you! Thank you! This is such an honor for all of you!
James: We are pleased to be hosting the first ever Bossy Award Show!
Meowth: A Bossy is an award of great honor bestowed upon Pokémon media to show excellence in its field. This is the trophy that all other covet.