I return from my pilgrimage.

01-10-2017
Many of you have requested that I post something on the site from time to time so that you know I'm not dead (which is reasonable, I guess,) so I thought it might be fun to update you on a semi-site-related stop during my recent trip to Japan. (Yes, I was in Japan for 10 days! First time in Asia, it was pretty cool beans.)
 

So yeah, I stopped by the Tokyo Pokemon Center....at least I think it's THE Tokyo Pokemon Center, maybe there's more than one?


 
I'm not really much of a merchandise guy but it was pretty cool. I did end up picking up an overpriced Magikarp wallet that'll make a good white elephant gift or something someday. (Sadly I didn't take any pics of it and I cant fucking find it right now, worthless fucking fish.)
 


Also they have way more characters in Pokken than we do.

It's kind of a pain in the ass to upload photos here because of the way the blog is coded, so I've uploaded the rest to an imgur album:

CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE PHOTOS


Obviously I went to a lot of other places in Japan, but most of it isn't really relevant to the site so much. This isn't really a personal blog, afterall.

Anyway, I'm gonna try to make little blog posts like this every once in a while to tide folks over until the next comic. (I've been meaning to do a "making of Hard-Mode" post for the last fe wyears but I keep putting it off.) I'm still getting back in the swing of things (and over jetlag) but I'm hoping to get cracking on the next comic soon...until then thanks for checking in as always!

-Nuzlocke
10-07-2015
past ghosts
when will nuzlocke return from war
01-10-2017
Liverwurst
I dig this update thing. It's pretty cool, even if there's no hard mode update portion.
01-10-2017
MasterSango
Thank you for updating.
I'm always happy to hear from you and know that you are well!
01-10-2017
MasterSango
P.S. Loved the photo gallery!!!
01-10-2017
JayFenn
Omg thank you for updating!!! Seeing as you actually read these comments from time to time, can you please fix the protag of pkmn hardmode CAPTCHA?? Either that or just leave as is cause it's pretty much a running joke now. idk if you read the comments on the 2015 christmas episode but we literally tried everything to try and get it to work
01-10-2017
Anon
Yo, good to hear from you Nuz! I've always wanted to go to one of the Pokémon Centers, but living up in the furthest corner of the US makes that kind of tricky. Thanks for sharing! I'm surprised they only had the Gen I eeveelutions, too - There's this shitty kiosk at the Maine Mall that sells some Pokémon merch which I don't think is even official, and even it has the other eeveelutions (At least Leafeon and Glaceon I remember they have for sure). Still, I guess they sort of had Espeon with that Ditto plush, lol. I've seen them before, but I still think it's a clever idea.

Anyway, yeah, it's good to hear from you! Nice to know you're still alive during these yearly comic breaks ;p

As an aside to the people in the comments - So I've started up an in-character written log run of Sun... Sort of. If any of you follow my blog, you probably saw how I was ranting about my sd card crapping out and making me lose the save. Well, I'm such a petty bitch I'm actually using this as part of the story and switching to my copy of Moon so I can back up my save and edit the Pokémon I catch back to a mostly similar form to the ones I originally caught. Is that weird? Eh, whatever. I'm a petty asshole, I don't really care lol.

Anyway, I'm off now. They're running Katamari at AGDQ right now, and I'm not missing this. See ya :0
01-10-2017
Hell(o)
Bruh don't listen to @JayFenn keep the captcha broken.

Also, did they have any free pokemon for the DS or something?
01-10-2017
InvisibleGrape
Hope ya had fun on your vacation! Maybe it'll serve as some inspiration to keep drawing? as long as you're alive it's all good tho. Glad to see you back active!
01-10-2017
John
Nuz! It's so wonderful hearing from you. I've been a fan for years, and for some reason I obsessively check in on this site once a day during my daily webcomic rotation. I don't need new comics all the time; it's enough to just see you alive and well and living life. Take care, bro. We love you.
01-12-2017
Freezachu92
Cool pilgrimage to Japan, bro.
By the way, the ocean isn't actually blue. I'm pretty sure the water in there is clear, it just looks blue
because it's deep. Or maybe there's chlorine in there and
I'm wrong. hmm...
01-13-2017
Anon
So I just spent $380 and it was worth every penny
I can't wait to harass you all in the comments with shit that isn't even about pokemon this march
01-14-2017
Snowstar837
Thanks for the update! Those pictures were really neat, too; now I want to go haha. Good hearing from you!
01-17-2017
Lkhan
We also love half and tenth update episodes, if you have spare time.
01-17-2017
Lkhan
Really any sketches as well
01-17-2017
Lkhan
Really any sketches as well
01-18-2017
AKF
Thanks for the post, Nuz.

Please, keep doing these mini-entries on the blog (even with personal stuff if you feel like doing it). It's really good to come here and find something new to read.
01-20-2017
TriforceP
An overpriced, useless Magikarp found at a Pokemon center?
Tokyo is Route 4 confirmed
Moving on to being serious, I support the "confirm Nuzlocke is not dead" thing. Also, can't wait to see the "making of" post whenever you get around to it.
01-23-2017
Bob
Thanks for the update, Nuz!
01-25-2017
ash
Thank god! I thought you were dead. I almost cried with joy when I read this. LOLOLOLOL!!
01-26-2017
Rockenos
Super pleased to see an update! Small stuff like this is percect cus it allows us to be able to justify checking the site once a month or so instead of every six months or so haha
01-30-2017
Sun Wukong Gothschild
Hi Nuzlocke.

I am not usually a fan of casual conversation in public venues, however, I admit that I read your comic often, because I think it's a lot deeper than it appears.

Your latest comic moved me.

As far as I'm concerned, you're a fucking genius.

33°
02-02-2017
superfogg
I'm glad to hear some news of you, keep writing something occasionally, we don't ask for anything else (and an yearly update of white hard mode of course)
02-03-2017
Freezachu92@gmail.com
Guys, this is kind of random, but they're making a Captain Underpants movie
Just wanted to mention that
02-04-2017
oceanboy86
Not again, quit ruining excellent kids books with movie and merchandising.
Also nice email freeze.
02-06-2017
Noth
Hi Nuz, great to hear from you again man!

I absolutely love the in between updates. Your fans have showed to be able to survive with just a yearly update, but we would still love to hear some from you every now and then.

Also great pictures! Glad you enjoyed Japan that much.
AND WTF THOSE SOCKS
02-06-2017
Anon
On February 6, Mew gave birth to Mewtwo.
Happy birthday, you Sawyer-murdering, Ruby-manipulating prick :p
02-08-2017
Freezachu92
I just noticed that I put my email as my name, whoopsies.
Gosh, that actually made me laugh.
02-09-2017
The protagonist of Pokémon: Hard-Mode
Hey guys. What's shakin'?
02-12-2017
oceanboy86
@The protagonist
Not much, what's shakin' with you?
02-14-2017
GuyWithAnOpinion
@the protagonist
What's your name?
02-14-2017
The protagonist of Pokémom: Hard-Mode
My name will forever be a mystery...
Unless Nuz reveals it I guess.

Just chilling here in the remains of this comic. Pretty cool.
I'll probably need food though. Time to get a job am I right
02-14-2017
The protagonist of Pokémom: Hard-Mode
My name will forever be a mystery...
Unless Nuz reveals it I guess.

Just chilling here in the remains of this comic. Pretty cool.
I'll probably need food though. Time to get a job am I right
02-16-2017
Hell(o)
@the protagonist

Why is nuz so slow with updates? Couldn't you email him what happened on your adventure to him?
02-17-2017
Definetely the Protagonist of... Pokémom: Hard-Mode
I /could/, but then I'd need a soul for that. And for that soul I'd need a jimmy-jam job.

Also, I don't know what will happen in the story. Quick, someone make up a
story to end this comic so that I can do an MS Paint fan comic of it. Then
we'll call it a day/however-long-we've-been-waiting-for-Nuz.
02-17-2017
Whoosh, that ended up wrong.
This new post formats kind of weird. I'm going to have to
get used to it.
02-17-2017
Freezachu92
Hey guys, if you consume media you should check out
The YouTube channel: Every Frame A Painting. I really like it so far.
02-20-2017
GuyWithAnOpinion
Hey! Every Frame A Painting is not that bad!

I'd recommend Nakey Jakey. He's a funny hot boy.
02-27-2017
Angrynoob
Hey guys? How long does it take for Nuz to make these comics?

I'm new to the Pokémon Nuzlocke comic genre and have binged this series and another one by Chiakiro so far.
02-28-2017
Anon
Hahahaha oh man
Well, I'll tell you this: If you're hoping to see this one to the end like the rest of us, you're in for a hell of a wait. There's a reason the post before this was was titled "The yearly update" :p
That being said, if you're looking for Nuzlocke recs, let us know, and definitely head over to the forums linked at the top of the page and browse around there if you haven't already. There are some nice runs to be found if you know where to look.
02-28-2017
Hell(o)
@AngryNoob Whoo Boy! You're in for a hell of a wait! Nuz takes at least five months to make a panel. See this post? It's a miracle. Also, if you know who is the protagonist of this comic PLEASE tell us. But if you're sick of waiting (Unlike us. See: Adaptation) check out the forums! I recommend Hale's Emerald nuzlocke and Yami's runs. BTW, if you have enough time, go to pokecommunity, pick up a random hack, and post your run here!

-TheAmazingPencil
02-28-2017
Angrynoob
Thanks guys I will!
03-03-2017
Anon
Hey remember how I said I was gonna harass you all with Zelda in March?
I found a dog
He rolled over and barked at me and followed me around
It was cute
I sent a pic to my friend
Lemme know if you want to see it
03-03-2017
MasterSango
@Anon
I bought my boyfriend the Special Edition of BOTW.
And I have the Wolf Link Amiibo that I'm going to let him borrow so he can have a travel companion during his playthrough.

How are things on your end?
03-03-2017
Freezachu
I wanna see that pup.

I saw a turkey around here once. It was weird. Just standing in the middle of the street like it owned the place.
03-03-2017
Lionheart261
@Anon

I vote in favor of bearing witness to the cute dog. I am prepared to offer photos of my 2 adorable dogs in exchange, if deemed necessary.
03-03-2017
Anon
Jokes on you, I didn't find a pup...
I FOUND THREE AHAHAHAH
http://i.imgur.com/j9wyflO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/6bJvW3z.jpg
Not pictured: Wolf Link who I'm waiting for a little while to scan in cause I want to make sure he has a bunch of health so he survives and I've been putting off Twilight Princess HD for like a year because reasons :p

Besides the dogs my playthrough is going well! It's been surprisingly brutal when it comes to throwing enemies at you who pose a threat. Makes for a fun challenge! Anyway I'm chilling with the Zoras right now and I have a couple of horses. One of them is blue and very fast I love her the best.
...
Oh yeah also fuck Guardians. You assholes keep shooting me but I just want to climb a mountain to scream in peace can’t I have this one thing? Once I get those cool arrows you’re gonna be sorry cause I’m gonna climb up on those mountains and you’re gonna come after me but I’m just gonna kill you and climb on top of your ruined bodies to scream instead. That’s what you get.
03-04-2017
MasterSango
@Anon
For some reason, I thought you were talking about find a dog in real life. Those are some cute puppers! =3

@Freezachu
I live in an area where there is a system of creeks and small stands of trees. Usually the turkeys are a few miles down the road, but a month ago on the way to work this happened:
http://imgur.com/V4sP7Pm
Even got the shiny in the picture! =3
03-04-2017
Hell(o)
TFW the comments are as much alive as the forums.
03-04-2017
Hell(o)
TFW the comments are as much alive as the forums.
03-04-2017
Freezachu
I thought... you guys were talking about real life pups...
I'll take my turkey story and go now.
03-04-2017
Freezachu
@MasterSango
Woah, those turkeys are crazy. Never seen so many in one place.
03-04-2017
Anon
That moment when you confuse everyone by yelling about video games lmao
For what it's worth, I've seen turkeys around here as well. Whole flocks of wild ones hang out by the highway running past the mall sometimes. Gotta try and avoid hitting them. Kind of tricky when the ones here are aggressive little shits :p
03-05-2017
oceanboy86
@angrynoob
AHAHAHAHAH. Never. Didn't you notice any of the nuzlocke.com slow update jokes in the comic while binging?

@MasterSango
I would love to do some Breath of the Wild talk, I've been following it like forever though I'm holding off on getting a Switch to see how the battery health lasts. I'm not expecting great things regarding it.
I did witness the whole 12 days of Switchmas though.
Also, I rarely see turkeys where I live.

03-05-2017
Anon
I can't speak for anyone else's experiences, but with the default settings and connected to wifi, I sat out in my living room with the switch undocked and unplugged and spent the better part of the afternoon playing Breath of the Wild like that. By the time I went to my room to plug it in and catch up on today's Skyward Sword episode, it was down to around 40%. I probably could have stayed out there a while longer with it, really! Though of course I wasn't actively timing myself or anything, so ymmv. It definitely has been working for me, though.
03-14-2017
ThatQuickT
Well while we wait for another page soon, a sperg is uploading his own nuzlocke comic on /vp/

https://boards.4chan.org/vp/thread/32063163

Honestly reminds me of the nuzlockes first
03-18-2017
Hell(o)
Yeah I was there when the thread was still alive. If I remember 4chan correctly, linking to an archive instead of the original is better. Threads get deleted fast.
03-19-2017
What's up with bananimals
Oh my gooosh.
03-20-2017
SaxNinja
So, Game of Thrones?
04-01-2017
Ánonymous
Well, the site didn't go offline this year in April's Fools. I don't know if that's good -Nuz paid the site address lease early this year- or bad -he really forgot about us, even in this date.

Well, whatever.


And the "Pokémon Hard Mode protagonist name" captcha is still not working.
04-03-2017
MasterSango
Does anyone here besides me collect Amiibos?

I picked a bad time to suddenly get interested,
but I've managed to snag 10 of the 15 current Legend of Zelda amiibos
(and a Kirby for Prophet) before they disappeared off store shelves.
Waiting for supply-demand dynamic to stabilize before I resume the hunt for the last five, because online prices have spiraled out of control.

Kinda curious which amiibos other people have taken a shine to. For me, it was Wolf Link that started my Zelda collection.
04-03-2017
Anon
I'm not really actively collecting, but last Christmas I got my first bunch of Amiibo - The Inkling Boy (Purple), Girl (Orange), and Callie and Marie packs. My mother, confused by the guy's wording when shopping, also picked up the Cyrus, Reese, and KK Amiibo from the Animal Crossing set, so I got like seven Amiibo for Christmas. Oh, and I had the Wolf Link Amiibo from the Twilight Princess bundle because I wanted him in BotW (Which I still haven't done ahhhh) as well, so that brings the total up to eight.
I picked up the last Splatoon Amiibo I didn't have, the Inkling Squid (Orange) off of Amazon shortly after, so I now have a full set of Splatoon Amiibo, and then last week on the way home from a meeting I stopped by the mall and found out that Best Buy had gotten a shipment of Amiibo in while I was hanging around outside GameStop, so I went over to see what they had and ended up picking up the Archer and Rider Amiibo. I'd been hoping for a Guardian like the people who'd stopped by GameStop grabbed, but I guess they sold out beforehand. Still, the posable legs on that Guardian Amiibo, amirite?

Anyway, to make a long story short, I have:
-A complete set of Splatoon Amiibo, not including color variations (5)
-A set of Animal Crossing Amiibo (3)
-Wolf Link (1)
-Two of the BotW Amiibo (2)
For a total of 11.

Once I get a job I'm hoping to pick up the last of the BotW Amiibo and maybe go hunting for some of the other LoZ ones - Honestly, I don't even NEED Epona because I've found wild horses with stats that are better than hers, but shit, if I'm gonna have one companion from an older game, I ought to have them both. And god knows I want those classic outfits and weapons.
Like you, it seems I picked a hell of a time to start collecting Amiibo, lol.
04-03-2017
MasterSango
@Anon
A hell of a time indeed.
Good luck getting a Guardian, they are actually kinda cute and the legs are fun to pose, though I worry about their durability. Toys 'R Us is actually a really good place to look for amiibo, though the older ones are still rare as hell.

As for Animal Crossing, are you a fan as well?
I bought up a bunch of those Animal Crossing amiibo cards for the character art and also so I can scan them for drops in BOTW. My thinking is that if I can get enough food drops from amiibo, maybe I won't have to kill any animals.

My list is:
Wolf Link
SSB Zelda
SSB Ganondorf
8-bit Link
OOT Link
Bokoblin
Guardian
BOTW Zelda
Archer Link
Rider Link

Which means I'm missing:
SSB Link
SSB Sheik
SSB Toon Link
WW Link
WW Zelda

Also, heard that people have found unreleased images of the Fierce Deity clothing set in BOTW and stuff from Skyward Sword, so I'm wondering when those amiibos will be released.

The hardest amiibo for me to get so far was OOT Link, though I got lucky after a month of trying and had him shipped from Australia, because god dammit, I was bound and determined to make it rain meat from the sky and have a chance to swing around the Biggoron's Sword again.

I suspect that when they release a Smash game for the Switch that all the old Smash amiibos will get a re-release. At least that's what I hope.
04-03-2017
Anon
@MasterSango
Hah, well, if they lose any of their legs I can always say they had an unlucky run-in with my Link Amiibos ;p Sometimes I just chop their legs off and leave them to wallow in misery because they can't walk any more as revenge for them being assholes early-game. And I actually worked at Toys R Us during the Christmas season this past year - They were the only place in the area carrying the 3DS Amiibo Reader after the Amiibo Festival update, so I picked one up between shifts. They don't have the biggest variety of games themselves because GameStop outsells them here, but there's some pretty decent stuff if you look hard enough. I picked up a Riolu plushie and a copy of Pathfinder for like forty bucks once :0c

Haha, I am an Animal Crossing fan and also the worst goddamn mayor you have ever seen. I'll play for a week and then leave my towns to rot for months on end. To think I picked up a reader just to get these furry fucks in my town, lol. I've gotta start picking up packs of AC cards so I can recreate my old town.

Oh man, that's a pretty nice list :0c None of the stores around here seem to get any LoZ Smash Bros Amiibo in any more, which kind of sucks, but maybe someday I'll find some ;p Good luck with finding the remaining ones! I've seen SSB Link go for like seventh bucks online since the release of BotW. Everybody wants Epona, lol.

And oh man, yeah, I've seen those datamines. Honestly my reasons are dumb but I'm gonna save scum the fuck out of the Skyward Sword ones so I can get all the exclusives.
(Oh, you won't get on the wall in my house, eh Fi? The one I paid several thousand rupees to get? You won't get on my wall? Too bad. I got your original version. I bet I can put HER on my wall. She doesn't sass me. She doesn't KILL me.
...Except when she doesn't stop complaining that my batteries are low. Then she kills me. I mean I kill MYSELF, but she causes it so it still counts.)

Dude I feel bad. I know it's a classic but I'm a broke fuck so I still haven't gotten to play OoT because my first console was a GameCube and my first Zelda was Wind Waker. I mean I've seen playthrough obviously, but still. Once I get a consistent source of income I've gotta pick up OoT and MM 3D (Wanna commission me so I can play more Zelda? There's only so much to do once you 100% BotW, lol). Congrats on managing to get that one! My trickiest was the Inkling Squid. It wasn't too bad, but I couldn't find one anywhere so I had to ship one in from Japan. I would have gone for a green one so I'd have a unique color for each of them but shit, the green variation was like five bucks more and I'd already spent most of my money on a Switch and Zelda preorder :p

God, I hope they do a rerelease for the old Smash Amiibos after SSB Switch is announced. Literally none of the Zelda ones are available around here and it's a mess. The GameStop at the mall has like three Fire Emblem SSB Amiibos, a few Waddle Dees, and then the rest of their wall is just Waluigi.
...Seriously, there were like ten Waluigi when I went in there today. I almost bought one because I felt bad.
Nobody loves the strange purple man.

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