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Pokken Tournament

And that's why you don't mess with Blaziken


New Pokken Tournament trailer
Jul 16
// Jordan Devore
Oh my god, that poor Pikachu! Following word of Blaziken's upcoming arrival in Pokken Tournament in Japanese arcades, Bandai Namco has a trailer of the fiery bipedal chicken kicking the crap out of its fellow Pokémon. I feel bad for them, which has traditionally not been the case for any of the core series games.
Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

Blaziken joins the Pokken Tournament roster in August


Don't Google Image Search 'Blaziken'
Jul 15
// Jordan Devore
As we await the full lineup for Pokken Tournament, I can rest easy knowing that my boy Gengar is in. Gardevoir, too. The latest character announcement isn't so much a reveal as a reiteration. Long before we knew the Pok&eacut...
Pikaboy photo
Pikaboy

This custom 'Pikaboy' Game Boy Color is amazing


I want one
Jul 13
// Chris Carter
One of my favorite things to do at Destructoid is share passion projects from all the other gamers out there, and this "Pikaboy" is no exception. Although the project itself is a bit old in nature, eforie's creatio...
New Pokemon! photo
New Pokemon!

Brand new Pokemon teased for upcoming film


Who's that Pokemon!?
Jul 12
// Jed Whitaker
It's CliffyBee! But for real there is a leaked image from the upcoming CoroCoro magazine that shows a spooky silhouette of a brand new Pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon XY movie that is releasing in Japan n...
Mewtwo photo
Mewtwo

This might be our first look at the Mewtwo amiibo


Found at Comic-Con
Jul 09
// Chris Carter
We knew that every Smash Bros. character, DLC or not, would have an accompanying amiibo figure, but seeing it in the wild is something else entirely. Found at San Diego Comic-Con encased in glass by games writer Alan Lop...
Baby costume photo
Baby costume

I hope this adorable Magikarp baby never evolves


Just the cutest
Jul 06
// Jordan Devore
This baby's costumed antics put a huge smile on my face. I hope you have the same reaction. It's basically the inverse of that (also great) beefcake Magikarp from last month.
Cutie Patooties photo
Cutie Patooties

This live action Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon commercial brings the cuteness


Be my husband Pikachu
Jul 06
// Jed Whitaker
A new commercial has been released in Japan for the upcoming 3DS dungeon crawler Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon and it is super adorable. Seeing Pokémon characters wander around a spooky dungeon in rea...
Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

Pikachu gets clocked in Pokken Tournament opening cinematic


In Japanese arcades July 16
Jul 03
// Steven Hansen
It's wild that Lucario is hot enough shit to get a demeaning opening thwack on the god rat itself, Pikachu. I mean, Pikachu is granted a follow up upper cut and an unfinished electric attack, but it's still nice to see the y...
Pokken Tournament photo
It will hit Japanese arcades on July 16
Two new official videos have arrived for Pokken Tournament, which unveil two new fighters for the game -- Weavile and Charizard. The latter was always going to be an obvious choice, but I'm interested in seeing what Weavile ...

Pokemon Shuffle photo
Pokemon Shuffle

Pokemon Shuffle is (Rapi)dashing over to mobile devices


Can you Diglett?
Jun 29
// Brett Makedonski
You know the Beedrill by now: Popular games usually come to multiple platforms. It's especially true when those games are laden with microtransactions designed to wring Whiscash out of the player. It'd be Oddish if that ...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

Pokemon Jukebox on Android seems like a terrible investment


Totally 'free' to download
Jun 24
// Laura Kate Dale
Are you an Android gamer looking for an official Pokémon app that's free, cross device compatible and integrates with your existing apps in helpful ways? Well, don't go near Pokémon Jukebox if you know what's go...
Cosplay photo
Cosplay

This Magikarp cosplay brings back wonderful memories


Take that, Fifty Shades
Jun 11
// Joe Parlock
Oh. Oh now this is the sort of stuff I like to see, Sev Cosplay. It reminds me of an important time in my life… The last time I ventured to Hoenn was a journey I will never forget. It was a long, lazy summer full of f...
Pokemon Super Mystery photo
Pokemon Super Mystery

Get a closer look at Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon


Coming in the US in 2016
Jun 09
// Chris Carter
Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon was revealed during a recent Nintendo Direct event in Japan, and it is indeed a fully-fledged entry in the Mystery series, and not a free-to-play title. It's set to drop in Japan later...
Pokemon Shuffle photo
Pokemon Shuffle

Pokemon Shuffle is getting new stages, a Giratina event


Still not excited to come back
Jun 05
// Chris Carter
Pokemon Shuffle just got an update that makes it slightly less sleazy, but it's still predicated on spending currency to get more Hearts -- because of that strict limitation and low return rate for energy, I likely won't...
Jiggly photo
Jiggly

Jigglypuff punching Mario straight in the dick


Highbrow stuff
Jun 04
// Brett Makedonski
The Destructoid staff workshopped this headline together, as we usually do. We decided that it was straight to the point, kind of the way that Jigglypuff's arm-paddle thing is straight to the point ("the point" is Mario's dic...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon gameplay revealed


During today's surprise Japanese Direct
May 31
// Chris Carter
Nintendo had a surprise (for many of us at least) Japanese Direct this morning, and revealed a few more tidbits for some upcoming games. One such reveal was some gameplay for Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, which was unveiled...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

'To Be the Very Best' follows real Pokemon trainers


Team Rocket steals all their 3DSes
May 28
// Joe Parlock
I’ve never paid much attention to the confusing world of competitive Pokémon. EV training, natures, actually caring about a Pokémon's stats... it all confuses me. However, a documentary currently on Kickst...
Pokémon Shuffle photo
Pokémon Shuffle

New Pokemon Shuffle update makes the game slightly less sleazy


But it's not enough
May 27
// Chris Carter
One of the biggest problems with Pokemon Shuffle, beyond its exploitative item system, was the energy mechanic. In short, you could only play a scant five rounds at a time before you had to wait 30 minutes per round to rechar...
Pokemon Shuffle photo
Pokemon Shuffle

Pokemon Shuffle reaches 4m downloads, celebrate with Shaymin


Love that Shaymin
May 25
// Chris Carter
I've moved on from Pokemon Shuffle (Pokemon Rumble World is my jam now on 3DS), but it still continues to be supported by Nintendo in the form of the occasional special event. To celebrate four million downloads, they've...
Pokemon Mystery photo
Pokemon Mystery

Nintendo announces Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, launching this year


Winter 2015
May 21
// Chris Carter
Nintendo has revealed a new entry in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon franchise -- Super Mystery Dungeon. Not a whole lot is known at this time outside of the fact that it will feature more randomly generated layouts, an...
Mmmm Pikachu photo
Mmmm Pikachu

You can now eat fried Pikachu in South Korea


Mmmmmm delicious fictional rodent
May 20
// Kyle MacGregor
This one goes out to all the depraved kids that used to pull wings off houseflies, you know, the ones who took delight in burning ants with magnifying glasses and kicked puppies, too, probably. Or maybe just the ones that gna...
Pokémon Center photo
Pokémon Center

Cute ass Pokemon: This isn't news, but it should be


New Pokémon Center cute, I want to go
May 18
// Steven Hansen
BREAKING -- The Pokémon Company International (PKMn) is opening a new Pokémon Center facility in Hiroshima, Japan and its promotional art is just the cutest. Also, I miss my red Gyarados.
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#GamerGate

A Pokedex of game journalists that only lists negative traits?


Feelings-type vs. Ethics-type?
May 10
// Jonathan Holmes
Ethics is a major component of social justice, and in recent years, it has also become a hot button issue in the world of videogame journalism. It is with this in mind that a group of social justice warriors decided to come t...
Mewtwo photo
Mewtwo

You can now buy Mewtwo in Super Smash Bros. if you didn't use the promotion offer


$4.99 for both platforms
Apr 29
// Chris Carter
If you bought the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros., you were likely already enjoying the fruits of free Mewtwo DLC for a while now. But starting now, anyone can buy him for $4.99, which will net you the character o...
Celebi photo
Celebi

Pokemon Shuffle hits 3.5m downloads, enjoy a new Celebi event


1000 Coins
Apr 27
// Chris Carter
With Pokemon Shuffle as a free download on the 3DS with a huge IP behind it, why not give it a try? It appears as if 3.5 million people have done just that, as Nintendo has announced in-game that it has hit that very mileston...
Pokkén Tournament photo
Pokkén Tournament

Gengar licks the competition in Pokken Tournament


Ghost-types are the best types
Apr 26
// Ben Davis
Bandai Namco revealed Gengar as a new playable character for Pokkén Tournament at NicoNico Chokaigi 2015 yesterday. The grinning ghost Pokémon brings the roster up to seven characters, along with Pikachu, Lucar...
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Pokemon Omega Ruby

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire gets new patch, kicks you offline without it


Update, yo
Apr 23
// Chris Carter
Although Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold like gangbusters, as Pokemon games often do, I haven't seen a lot of buzz about it in my usual circle of Nintendo enthusiasts. Maybe it's because Generation 3 doesn't g...
Pokémon Shuffle photo
Pokémon Shuffle

Pokemon Shuffle keeps on shufflin', adds Safari event


You can still redeem that code too
Apr 20
// Chris Carter
When you're allowed to play it, Pokémon Shuffle is pretty fun. The new Safari event is a good excuse to boot it up as well -- then promptly turn the game back off after your hearts wear off in a minute or so. Whil...
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Smash Bros. movie

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


'PlayStation All-Stars who?' - says Sony
Apr 17
// Jed Whitaker
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...

Botched Pokemon tattoo becomes newest beloved internet meme

Apr 17 // Steven Hansen
[Vaughn Pinpin, 2012] But that out-there "blackface Charmander" design wasn't the result of a handful of pills and a Smirnoff Ice. It was a crudely drawn recreation of work done in artist Vaughn Pinpin's Tim Burton x PKMN Project collection, in which Pinpin drew Charmander, all its evolutions, and about 70 other pocket monsters in this style. We covered them almost three years ago. They're all on Pinpin's Tumblr. And while reddit was busy making fanart of this assumed addled original creation as fast as it designs amiibo mock ups, credit to the original artist fell by the wayside. Even the reddit top comment, "Looks like a Tim Burton Pokémon," links to an Imgur upload of the original Charmander drawing that points to the URL of a site that seems to aggregate and talk about art. The reply to that reply, the "full list" is a low quality, not-full collage featuring 25 of Pinpin's drawings. Finally, the third nested reply, after being edited, includes a link to Pinpin's Tumblr. One website actually posted Pinpin's original work under the impression that it was fan art of the tattoo, which is a bit like saying The Beatles sounds like Oasis. Lack of credit on an internet where it can feel as if things just materialize is a big issue today for people who create things. Artwork is passed around (sometimes watermarks maliciously removed, or added by outside parties), jokes are stolen, and people expect (and get) an endless influx of free stimuli. In this case, it went beyond fans giggling over a meme, as some folks started making and selling products -- necklackes, t-shirts -- with the tattoo's likeness. Pinpin responded to the situation on Twitter: "I'm cool with you guys getting tats of my dang Burton PKMNs, but try not to profit over it please. That's not entrepreneurship, that's theft." That was about as close to positive as Pinpin got about the situation, saying, "This just in: dumb kids did a dumb thing and everyone's laughing about it in the cesspool that is reddit. This is news!" before following up with, "I think I feel better about the whole situation now. But I don't think I can laugh with reddit. It's sort of like laughing with the school bully when the joke was punching me in the face." We all carry varying degrees of guilt for this sort of thing. I take shiba pictures and animal gifs for a public good. I tweeted out a still from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night last week without naming the film, director, actor, or cinematographer. While you enjoy the fun times with friends you have on the net, it's good to remember that some of the things you enjoy -- web comics that end up as images in comment threads, photo galleries that get linked to on Facebook -- come from people who worked hard to make them. Sometimes someone just took a picture of their dog at the right time. Still, crediting the source is always a good move.
Charmander tattoo photo
'My friend was drunk and on Xanax when he decided to tattoo a black face Charmander'
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 aga...


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