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7:30 PM on 04.17.2015

Sony wants to make Smash Bros. and other Nintendo IPs into movies

Leaked e-mails have revealed that Sony Pictures wants to make movies based on various videogame series including many Nintendo properties such as Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, and odd...

Jed Whitaker



Botched Pokémon tattoo becomes newest beloved internet meme photo
Botched Pokémon tattoo becomes newest beloved internet meme
by Steven Hansen

If there's one thing my grandfather fought for in World War II, it was the right to monetize memes. Of course, he was in the Italian army, the side that rightfully lost the war, because all your grandfathers were fighting against meme monetization. Oh how far America has fallen.

Let's rewind. This thread hit reddit recently. "My friend was drunk and on Xanax when he decided to tattoo a black face Charmander with no experience or artistic ability. The flame saves it." It has Pokémon, failed tattoos, illicit substances, and is written in reddit's subdermal codified style. It was a sure thing.

Like Twitch Plays Pokémon or a million other forgotten memes festering in the world's collective "funny pics" computer folders, waiting to come back and end us like an Akira-esque abomination, reddit had fun with it.

And, hey, fun? Big fan. Love to have it.

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7:30 AM on 04.14.2015

Game News Haikus: EarthBound, The Last of Us, Mortal Kombat X, and more

I wrote a thing about The Last of Us last week, and despite the use of measured language, there were accusations of extreme opinions on either side. Come on, people. That is not very zen. Find your nirvana. In this series, w...

Darren Nakamura

9:00 AM on 04.13.2015

Pokémon movie Hoopa and the Clash of Ages to air on Cartoon Network

Like anyone had any doubt -- Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages will be localized, and will air on Cartoon Network at some point this year. The announcement comes by way of an English trailer for the ...

Chris Carter




Review: Pokémon Rumble World photo
Review: Pokémon Rumble World
by Chris Carter

Nintendo has been dipping its toes in the water of DLC and free-to-play with mixed results. Although it has done a great job creating worthwhile add-ons that don't feel like rushed day-one cash grabs, the whole amiibo situation has caused a lot of problems, mostly due to rare figures that sell out in seconds, locking out content behind impossible-to-obtain toys.

Free-to-play worked out great for Nintendo with Rusty's Real Deal Baseball and Steel Diver: Sub Wars, but Pokémon Shuffle was far too stingy with the ability to let people play the game. While Pokémon Rumble World essentially distills into a mindless hack and slash, it also hosts a fair free-to-play scheme.

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5:37 PM on 04.01.2015

Pokémon Rumble World free-to-play for 3DS April 8

Pokémon Rumble World is the next installment in the Rumble series and features over 700 Pokémon. Unlike the arena based combat in Pokémon Rumble U,  Pokémon Rumble World is more...

Jed Whitaker

7:00 AM on 04.01.2015

800 Slowpokes escape secret Japanese research lab

At least 800 Slowpokes escaped a secret research facility in Japan's Kagawa Prefecture today, The Udon Journal reports. Officials are asking the public to help researchers capture the creatures as soon as possible. Please be sure to tweet any sightings using the hashtag #sanukiyadon. Beware, 800 Slowpoke on the loose [Kagawa Prefecture Tourism, @UdonkenKanko via Famitsu]

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 AM on 03.30.2015

Pokémon Shuffle adds Rayquaza event, remember to use the special code

Pokémon Shuffle is adding a new Rayquaza event, which will operate just like the Kyogre battle that was recently added. All you have to do is complete a match to get a Jewel, and a chance to catch the legendary Po...

Chris Carter

3:45 PM on 03.21.2015

Sakurai: Mewtwo DLC done, almost time for release

Masahiro Sakurai, better known as the director of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS / Wii U, has said that "With regard to (Mewtwo), the character is coming along just fine. In fact, it's pretty much done...basically it's almost time...

Jed Whitaker

10:30 AM on 03.17.2015

Pokémon Shuffle limiting Mega Lucario to a contest

Pokémon Shuffle is a pain to get through without constantly playing the waiting game, but if you're keen, Nintendo has been running occasional events to net special Pokémon. The newest promotion is a contest to ...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 03.01.2015

Reminder: tonight is your last night to get your free Latios or Latias in Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire

You can grab a free Latios or Latias (whatever your version doesn't have) in Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire right now. The catch? You have to do it right now before the promotion ends sometime tonight. All you...

Chris Carter







Pokémaniacs! Gold/Silver starters now on Pokémon Bank photo
Pokémaniacs! Gold/Silver starters now on Pokémon Bank
by Jed Whitaker

Great news for all you Pokémaniacs out there: you can now receive Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr along with their Hidden Abilities from the Pokémon Bank, brother.

This comes just after the one year anniversary of the Pokémon Bank, meaning your subscription probably just ran out. Unlike the currently sold-out golden Mario amiibo, these will be available through the end of November this year. 

Pokémon News [Pokémon]

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7:30 PM on 02.26.2015

Pokédex Animated starts things off right with Cubone

YouTuber Versiris began a new series of videos introducing Pokémon through adorably animated Pokédex entries, narrated by a GLaDOS-like voice. The first entry features my personal favorite Pokémon, Cubon...

Ben Davis

3:45 PM on 02.25.2015

There's already a workaround to skirt Pokémon Shuffle's microtransactions

Pokémon Shuffle isn't Nintendo's initial foray into the seedy underworld of free-to-play with microtransactions. Rusty's Real Deal Baseball did it first, but Shuffle is the first example that drew ire fr...

Brett Makedonski

8:00 AM on 02.23.2015

Game News Haikus: The Order: 1886, Pokémon Shuffle, and more

The first episode of Game News Haikus went over pretty well with people who watched it. If you're one of those people, thanks for taking the time. If you're not, maybe watch that one and the new one and every future episode?...

Darren Nakamura

12:00 PM on 02.21.2015

Pokémon's Slowpoke is a pretty relatable little guy

Have you ever woken up after an evening of questionable decisions and wrestled with what to do with the day? I have. Have you ever laid in bed, rays of sunlight torturing you through the shutters, wondering why that woman at the bar last night told you she accidentally killed a baby goat with a penicillin overdose? Yeah, me too. This is Slowpoke's daily struggle. Poor little guy.

Kyle MacGregor