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Nintendo Schedules Pokémon Direct on Friday

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo has scheduled a Nintendo Direct for this Friday. The direct is called “Pokémon Direct” and is set for one day before Pokémon Day, which sees the Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow.

Expect to see information about those VC titles, Pokémon GO, and Pokkén Tournament. The Pokémon Direct presentation is scheduled to start at 10:00am ET.

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Packaged Version of Pokémon Rumble World on the Way

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Jason Nason

Pokémon Rumble World, the free-to-start game for the Nintendo 3DS, is coming to stores in April. The game will be sold in a packaged retail version starting April 29th, 2016. Originally released as a downloadable game on Nintendo eShop in April 2015, the retail boxed version will include all accessible content in the world of Toy Pokémon.

In the packaged version, you’ll obtain 3,000 Poké Diamonds and a Poké Diamond Digger at the in-game shop right after the tutorial ends. The Poké Diamond Digger will give you 40 Poké Diamonds every day.

Additionally, you’ll be able to pick up Pokémon VIP Cards in the in-game shop. The Balloon VIP card lets you inflate any hot-air balloon for just one Poké Diamond. The Timing Stop VIP Card lets you use the Timing Stop to pick which stage you’d like to visit for only one Poké Diamond, too. (You’ll need to get the Timing Stop before acquiring the Timing Stop VIP Card.)Read More


New Mythical Pokémon will appear in next Film

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Jason Nason

The Pokémon Company released information about a new mythical Pokémon which will be featured in the next feature film. The newly discovered Mythical Pokémon Magearna will appear in the next Pokémon movie, expected for release later this year. Known as the Artificial Pokémon, Magearna has a metallic body and was created by humans 500 years ago.

In this latest Pokémon full-length feature film, a mysterious force binds Ash to the Mythical Pokémon Volcanion when it falls from the sky. Volcanion can’t get away, and Ash is dragged along as it continues on its mission. They arrive in a city of cogs and gears, where a corrupt minister has stolen the ultimate invention: the Artificial Pokémon Magearna, created 500 years ago. The minister plans to use Magearna’s mysterious power to take control of the mechanical kingdom. Can Ash and Volcanion work together to rescue Magearna? One of the greatest battles in Pokémon history is about to unfold!Read More


Gotta Catch ’em All at the Next Global Splatoon Spatfest

Posted on February 13, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo has announced the theme for the next Splatoon Splatfest, and it’s being kept close to home. The next Splatfest theme is none other than Pokémon!

Head to the Inkopolis Plaza and select which game is your favorite: Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue! This Splatfest will begin on February 19 at 10:00 PM PT and will run until February 20 at 10:00 PM PT.

This Splatfest will also happen simultaneously around the world. Like any other Splatfest, however, players you get matched with will be from your region, and the results will also be tallied by each region.

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Pokkén Tournament launches for Wii U on March 18th

Posted on January 15, 2016 by Jason Nason

The wait is almost over. Nintendo announced today that Pokkén Tournament, the upcoming game that lets players battle as prized Pokémon in fighting arenas, will launch exclusively for Wii U on March 18 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Pokkén Tournament brings high-definition game play and over-the-top action to never-before-seen battles between some of the most recognizable Pokémon characters.

People that buy the first production run version of the game will also receive a special Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card, which can be tapped to the Wii U GamePad controller to unlock the Shadow Mewtwo playable character in the game.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Pokémon!

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Kyle Scarboro

Want to feel old? This year marks the 20th anniversary of Pokémon. It is crazy how quickly twenty years have passed since Pikachu captured the hearts of so many children. (It does not look like he plans to give back your hearts anytime soon.)

After twenty years, the Pokémon franchise is stronger than ever. Still releasing games, trading cards, new anime series, manga, and more. What do you do when you have such a huge fan base after so many years? You give back to the ones who made you into what you are today!

#Pokemon20 is just the tip of the iceberg. The company is reaching out to their fans and urging and encouraging to share your favorite moments on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Tumblr, etc., and for every moment captured, yours might be chosen to get something special. What that special something is is a mystery. If you would like to take a trip down memory lane or see other’s photos posted, then click here for more.

You may be wondering if that is all they have to offer? Heck no!

Nintendo knows what you want and they are sparing no one!

On February 27th, Nintendo is releasing a special 3DS bundle! (Venusaur gets no love) Which includes a pre-installed copy of Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, & Pokémon Yellow. It also includes a special Pokémon menu theme.


What is that? You want more? You are not satisfied yet? Okay, how about this..

Throughout 2016, you will be getting one of these lovely legendary Pokémon every month. Mew will be distributed from February 1st through February 24th at Gamespot, Celebi will run from March 1st through March 24th on the Nintendo Network, Jirachi in April on the Nintendo Network, Darkrai in May at Gamestop, Manaphy in June via Nintendo Network, Shaymin in July via Nintendo Network, Arceus in August via Gamestop, Victini in September via Nintendo Network, Keldeo in October via Nintendo Network, Genesect in November at Gamespot in the US, and Meloetta in December via Nintendo Network. European details will be revealed soon.

Finally, Nintendo will be releasing a new expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card Game called Generations in February. It is a throwback to the original 151 and the main stars of the series. If you are a true fan of the OG, then there is no better time than now to jump in the TCG.



“Please Understand”: Nintendo is failing Pokemon fans abroad

Posted on January 4, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Am I mad?  Probably? Why you ask? Because I was told that if I wrote an article about something I was mad about it would get published on this site. Now if you ask why I would ever feel an urge to have anything published on this site the only compelling answer anyone could possibly give is that they are a twisted person. Anyways, I’m Szko and I’ll be your rage columnist this evening.

So what am I mad about? I’m mad about all the god damn Pokémon events Japan gets that other countries do not. I’ve been a Pokémon fan ever since I was a little kid playing Red and Blue, approximately a year or two before Gold and Silver came out. I have played every Pokémon game and own a living pokédex of every Pokémon aside from some event Pokémon. As a matter of principle I refuse to use a hack device. This is because the  Pokémon events distributed over the internet are few and far between, and do not even compare to the slate of events Japan gets.  For someone like me getting those legendary pokes like mew would be a great thing because I could fill out this pokédex, fulfill the goal of catching them all, and even play with some of my favorite legends from the movies and TV show.

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Japan To Get A Real Life Pokemon Gym Next Month

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

The Pokemon Company will be bringing the series’ popular gyms into the real world with the establishment of a real life Pokémon Gym in Osaka, Japan starting on November 19th. This education experience aimed at children will allow them to learn Pokémon training tips, collect in-game rewards for participating. Visitors to the Gym can even have a conversation with a Pokémon, although I am not quite sure how that would work!

There are some really cool images of the exhibit over at Inside Games, who first reported on the new exhibit. These images include a very large life-like Charizard. All of the text in the source article is in Japanese, so be prepared for that!

This Pokemon Gym is quite different from the ones in any of the main series titles, such as 2013’s Pokemon X & Y. There are no trainers to battle and as far as I can tell no badges to collect. Trainers looking for an experience closer to the journeys featured in the games might want to consider either Nintendo’s Pokemon Leagues or Official Tournaments.  Leagues allow trainers to complete Gym Challenges by meeting up weekly with other trainers in their area. Official Tournaments are of course reserved for larger events like New York Comic Con.



Pokemon GO is getting a huge amount of funding from big names

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Google, Nintendo, and the Pokemon Company are reportedly pouring money on to Niantic Labs, the developer of Pokemon GO.  Pokemon go the recently announced AR pokemon game made by the company that made Ingress was launched to incredible fanfare in early September of this year. Initial reports said the PR demo video was too good to be true, but reports coming out of the company now cite Google, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company as each pouring at least 10 million dollars each in to the games development. Initial worries that the game was not to be a core property and that it would suffer a quality drop because it was a mobile game, seem to have been silenced by this avalanche of money.

The CEO of Niantic, John Hanke, spoke briefly about where the newly acquired funds would be headed.

“The Pokémon Company, Google and Nintendo are incredible investors and strategic partners to help build the next chapter for Niantic. We will be using this capital to continue the development of Pokémon GO, to evolve and grow Ingress and its thriving global community, and to build out our real-world gaming platform.”

We still know very little about how the new game might work, but Ninite has experience developing AR games in the past, and I for one trust them to not take this IP and damage it. To see what we do know about the game already check out the video below.

Source: Pokemon


Latest Pokemon Game Merges Monsters and The Real World

Posted on September 10, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Are you to catch your favorite Pocket Monster with a brand new alternate reality game that blends several hundred monsters and the real world? Nintendo is bringing its monstrous creature collecting franchise, Pokemon ,to Android and iOS in 2016 the company announced yesterday.

Using your phone’s built in camera and GPS Pokemon Go will enable players to search their neighbourhood for virtual monsters and allow them to capture and trade them between your friends. The game will have in-app purchases Nintendo confirmed in their press release but did not touch upon whether or not the app will be free-to-play. 

The absolutely excellent debut trailer showcases Pokemon Trainers from all around the world catching monsters using their phones. It brings to mind questions like “will Nintendo have region specific Pokemon exclusive to certain real world countries?”. The trailer ends with an example of a public event with dozens of trainers gathering together to battle MewTwo in Times Square!

Pokemon Go will be available on the IOS App Store and Android Playstore sometime in 2016. Hopefully more details will be available soon! 

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Nintendo Europe and GAME Launch Charizard Promotion

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

The Pokemon Company announced today that they will be running a promotion with UK retailer GAME to give owners of Pokemon X & Y, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire the chance to snag a shiny Charizard along with a collector’s edition TCG card case.

Both of these items will be available free of charge from April 3rd until an unspecified date. 

If you’ve gotta catch em all then this might be the perfect promotion for you!


Do you want to Become a Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustrator?

Posted on February 16, 2015 by Jason Nason

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo have announced a new contest for Pokémon fans. The companies are inviting Pokémon fans and budding illustrators to enter an international Pokémon Art Academy Competition using the Pokémon Art Academy game. The game is of course available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

The competition opens on Wednesday and closes on March 29th, with winners being announced in May.

Entries for the competition are being be accepted via Miiverse, through the Nintendo 3DS. The winning entries will have their artistic creation turned into their very own Pokémon trading card game card.

There will be six winners selected by a panel of judges comprised of some of the creators of the Pokémon universe. Each winner will receive a whopping 100 cards featuring his or her winning image.

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Free-to-Play Pokémon Shuffle Set to Release Soon

Posted on February 15, 2015 by Jason Nason

Back in January during a Nintendo Direct, Nintendo annouced a new free-to-play game for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is Pokémon Shuffle.

Pokémon Shuffle is a download-only game and the game appears to follow the free-to-play model of many mobile games, and will seemingly have micro-transactions, from what is said in the game description.

“You’ll be able to enjoy virtually all the features of Pokémon Shuffle without paying any money,” states the release. “There is a limit to how many stages you can play through without taking a break. This number will be replenished with time, but you can also purchase items in the game’s shop that will enable you to continue playing immediately, if you choose.”

This seems to fit with every free-to-play game I’ve played on mobile and some on Facebook. Play until your meter runs low or you’re out of moves. Then you have to come back later once it’s recharged or spend real money to play again now.

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Crystal Red and Blue 2DS Sytems Coming to North America

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Jason Nason

The crystal red and blue Nintendo 2DS systems are coming to North America.

After being unveiled as coming to the UK a few months back, Nintendo comfirmed on Tuesday that the systems will be launched in North America alongside Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, which are set to be released on this month.

With a durable design and lower price point, Nintendo promoted the 2DS as a great first-time system for kids or anyone new to portable gaming.

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