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One of you best come get your Pikachu


A wholesome rat for families
Feb 02
// Steven Hansen
Who did this? I'm driving my friend home and there's just piles of trash in front of her house, and look at this shit, which one of y'all left your bean bag chair sized Pikachu all dirty on the street like that? Come collect ...
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Pokemon

Pokemon's Mew anniversary event kicks off today


Worldwide
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
In case you haven't heard, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company are running a 20th anniversary celebration, complete with mythical 'mon events. This month is Mew, which you can acquire by way of a serial code distribution. In the...
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Strangely lenient towards cock fighting
I am very pleased to announce that this week is 100% bodily fluid-free. There’s no wee, no poo, no nothing. It’s been a totally wholesome, family-friendly week in gaming news! The most NSFW thing you'll find is th...

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Danny DeVitochu 2016

More evidence that Danny DeVito needs to be the voice of Detective Pikachu


Humans are filthy, dirty filthy
Jan 29
// Jed Whitaker
Some saint created the above trailer showing off what the English release of Great Detective Pikachu could be like if Nintendo takes notice of the petition to cast Hollywood sweetheart Danny DeVito in the starring role....
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Detective Pikachu

You've got the right stuff, Detective Pikachu


This freakin' game
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
I've been following Great Detective Pikachu for years, and what a journey it has been. There was a time when we just had a scant few seconds of nightmarish facial-capture footage to go on for the 3DS game and even then, in it...
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DeVitochu

Fans petition Nintendo to get Danny DeVito to voice Detective Pikachu


I signed it, so should you
Jan 28
// Jed Whitaker
Sairith Aramor has started a petition to get Nintendo of America to hire Hollywood superstar Danny DeVito to voice the English localization of the recently announced Detective Pikachu.  "There are a number of us tha...
Detective Pikachu photo
Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu appears to be set in Boston


Pikachu would probably get wrecked
Jan 28
// Laura Kate Dale
Detective Pikachu is a weird thing that will soon exist. Pikachu the Pokémon travels around the human world, speaking our languages and solving our crimes. It's an unexpected turn for the franchise for sure. Perhaps weirder still, it seems that Pikachu is walking around the streets of Boston.
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Super Mystery Dungeon

Watch a posh kid get turned into a Pokemon in this Super Mystery Dungeon trailer


This kid sure does love his apples...
Jan 28
// Joe Parlock
While Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon has been out for the 3DS in Japan and the States for months now, it isn’t being released here in Blighty until February 19. I think it’s some weird punishment for us get...
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EVO 2016

EVO 2016's lineup includes Street Fighter V and Pokken


Vegas, baby
Jan 26
// Zack Furniss
In the middle of a Twitch stream for Redbull's eSports channel, the Evolution Championship Series (call it EVO if you want to make friends) co-founder Joey Cuellar announced the lineup for this year's event. Here's what the f...

Nintendo 3DS's spring is an oasis of JRPGs

Jan 26 // Steven Hansen
Project X Zone 2 is full Japanese gaming fan service with appearances by the likes of anyone from Street Fighter's Ryu to Devil May Cry's Dante and Vergil to Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki to SPace Channel 5's Ulala. It's coming to 3DS February 16. Bravely Second: End Layer hits Europe on February 26 and the states on April 15. There are 12 new jobs in this old school JRPG from Square Enix, including Catmancer, a class that trains cats to use enemies' skills (like the past game's Vampire). Another involves throwing cake at people. It also tried to "take the pain out of the grinding" with a "let it ride" system where random battles will flow into one another so you don't have to run back and forth to trigger another. The caveat is that if you finally lose, there goes all the accumulated experience from those battles. It also "might be longer than Bravely Default." Plus, here are some actual lines of dialogue from Bravely Second: End Layer. Note: "Ba'als" is pronounced "balls." Like balls. "She studies Ba'als." "Ba'al buster Magnolia Arch is on the job." "A new Ba'al is headed this way and it's my job to bust it." "It's...it's huge [referring to a Ba'al]." "I'm Magnolia Arch and it's time to bust some Ba'als." The localization team went Ba'als to the wall with this joke. Oh, hey, Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow -- yes, the originals -- are coming to the 3DS eShop on February 27? Time to find out how well that game is actually balanced 20 years later. Also to argue over which version's sprites were best. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past are also coming to 3DS in 2016, with Dragon Quest VII coming first. It won't have random battles, instead getting treats like Dragon Quest VIII with enemies on a world map and other additions.
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Six within a month
Fire Emblem Fates is just a few weeks away (February 19) and I'll finally have a reason to re-glue my face to my 3DS and play nosy match-maker. But the two versions of Fates are just, uh, two of the JRPGs (and adjacent genres...

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Pokken

The Pokken Tournament controller's limitations have been confirmed


Based on UK listings
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
When the beans first spilled for the Pokken Tournament controller, things didn't look good for prospective buyers. Apparently it not only can't be used by player one, but it also will not work with other games. It is now...
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Detective Pikachu

That Detective Pikachu game has been revealed for 3DS


'Birth of a New Partnership'
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
We knew some sort of Detective Pikachu game was coming at some point, but now we have final confirmation. It's called Birth of a New Partnership, and it's due for a February 3, 2016 release date on the 3DS eShop in Japan, at ...
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Pokemon Shuffle

Use this code for 3,000 coins in Pokemon Shuffle


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Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
You can never have enough coins in Pokemon Shuffle, particularly if you're playing on mobile and are trying to catch 'em all, which I foolishly am. There's no escaping this fate, but I've come to accept that. After spending I...
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Pokemon

You can watch Pokemon's Super Bowl commercial now


Commercials? Everyone loves those!
Jan 25
// Chris Carter
The Pokémon Company International is airing its "first ever" Super Bowl commercial for Pokémon this February 7 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. It's shot in Rio de Janiero, and although there wi...
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Pokemon

The upcoming Pokemon Virtual Console re-releases won't have restore points


No save state
Jan 19
// Chris Carter
More information has come to light regarding the new Pokemon Generation 1 re-releases, particularly as it pertains to save state functionality and connectivity. For starters, players will not have the option for "restore...
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Never a dull moment in gaming!
Keeping up with gaming news can be bloody hard.  In gaming terms, a week is an eternity, so here we are with this handy-dandy breakdown of the past week’s most important, interesting, or downright bizarre gaming ne...

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Pokemon timeline

This 20th anniversary Pokemon timeline sure is nostalgic


2.B.A Master
Jan 15
// Jordan Devore
"1999. Pikachu becomes a star." I'm scrolling through this official timeline celebrating two decades of Pokémon, and it's all coming back. Ken Sugimori's iconic artwork on the game boxes and trading cards. The opening ...
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When your hunger is Pokken at you
Just last night we heard about Chandelure joining the cast of fighters in Pokkén Tournament, which immediately increases my interest in the title. Sure, it makes sense for Lucario and Machamp to be fighters in the game...

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Pokken Tournament

Another new fighter revealed for Pokken Tournament, and it's a hot one


Can(dle) you guess who it is?
Jan 14
// Ben Davis
Earlier this week we found out about three new Pokkén Tournament fighters joining the roster: Garchomp, Braixen, and non-shadow Mewtwo. However, none of them matched the clue Bandai Namco gave earlier this month, teasi...
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Pokken Tournament

Three new Pokemon confirmed for Pokken Tournament


Still no sign of Vanilluxe
Jan 13
// Joe Parlock
Last week we reported that Nintendo and Bandai Namco were teasing a new Pokémon being announced for Pokkén Tournament on January 15. Before that announcement, Serebii.net spotted Japanese magazine CoroCoro ...
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Pokemon

Pokemon gets a special 3DS bundle for its 20th anniversary


With both Red and Blue
Jan 12
// Brett Makedonski
February 27 marks the 20-year anniversary of the release of Pokémon Red and Blue in Japan. In those 20 years, the lovable game about pocket monsters has grown into a marketing mammoth. Like an earlier An...
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Pokken Tournament

A new Pokken Tournament character is being teased, and will be announced next week


Who's that Pokemon?!
Jan 08
// Joe Parlock
Nintendo and Bandai Namco have teased that they will be announcing a new playable character for Pokkén Tournament on January 15. Apparently, the Pokémon will have the character ラ (“ra”) in it...
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PS4 hack

Pokemon on PlayStation? With hacks, anything is possible!


PlayStation 4 hacked, what next?
Jan 04
// Steven Hansen
Hacking group "Fail0verflow" -- the same group that hacked the PS3 five years ago -- has taken advantage of an exploit in the PlayStation 4 to start messing about under its knickers, which is to say I myself know little abou...
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Pokemon

Don't worry, those classic Pokemon 3DS releases will take up practically no space


11MB
Dec 28
// Chris Carter
While Japan might be getting a badass 2DS set with all of the original Pokemon releases, the west is still on track to acquire Red, Yellow, and Blue sometime early next year. Thankfully, Serebii has uncovered that the Vi...
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Pokemon

Nintendo 2DS finally coming to Japan bundled with the original Pokemon games


Celebrating Pokemon's 20th anniversary
Dec 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Two years after its western release, the Nintendo 2DS is finally coming to Japan. The handheld will be available in four semi-transparent colors (red, green, blue, and yellow), all of which come matched with one of the origin...
Pokken photo
Pokken

The official Pokken Tournament controller is coming west


Rad
Dec 25
// Chris Carter
[Update: Amazon has more pictures of the controller up, including the western packaging, which you can view in the gallery below.] Well, this is a nice thing to wake up to. For its Japanese release, Bandai Namco is providing ...
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Pikachu

Kick off Christmas Eve with a picture of a meatless Pikachu


Build-A-Monstrosity
Dec 24
// Chris Carter
Although Build-A-Bear noted that Pikachu would arrive in "late December," (or possibly not in time for Christmas), local stores are now stocked with him this week. It's $28 for the full rat, and you get a trading card with it...
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Pokken

Japan is getting a special Pokken Tournament controller for Wii U


Uhhhh
Dec 15
// Chris Carter
When I played Pokken Tournament over in Japan, the first thing I noticed was the controller. It has a distinctive look and feel to it, and although it's not the most comfortable thing in the world, it works. To celebrate...
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New Pokemon

This new Pokemon is a fire and water type


#721, Volcanion
Dec 14
// Jordan Devore
We got our first glimpse of Volcanion so long ago, via a leak, that today's official announcement from Nintendo initially felt brand new to me. The latest Mythical Pokémon is a fire/water type -- the first of its kind ...

Experience Points .28: Pokemon Red/Blue

Dec 12 // Ben Davis
The Big Six Every trainer has their own method of choosing a team in Pokémon. Some players choose only the most powerful Pokémon, such as legendaries and whatnot. Others choose Pokémon based on stats and abilities, in order to maximize their fighting potential. Some people might even just go with whoever they find first, without swapping them out for something different. Or maybe they want to try using only certain types, such as having an all Water team like Misty. I always chose to use my favorite Pokémon, regardless of strength or stats. Sometimes I'd even keep them from evolving, because I simply preferred how they look unevolved. Cubone was always a staple in my teams, since he's my favorite one. Marowak is cool too, but he loses some of Cubone's charm in my opinion, so I never let my Cubones evolve. Other common choices for my Red and Blue teams included Haunter, Scyther, Cloyster, Weepinbell, Omastar, and Mr. Mime (it's true, I like Mr. Mime!), among others. I never used legendaries, and I usually dropped my starter Pokémon at the earliest opportunity. I'm probably kind of weird in that regard. My teams may not have been the most powerful, but they got me through the main games easily enough, and I loved seeing them all in the Hall of Fame. Battling other players was another story, however. I was terrible at fighting my friends' Pokémon. I even entered a tournament once, and lost in the first round. But at least I went down with a team I cared about! Bringing the legends down a peg I may not use legendary Pokémon on my teams, but I do enjoy hunting them down and catching them... only to let them sit in the PC forever, remaining completely useless to the world now that they're in my possession. You thought you were hot shit, Mewtwo? Think again! Ahem... as I was saying, coming across a legendary Pokémon in the wild was always thrilling. Finding Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos just chilling in their respective locations got me really excited, and I knew I'd be in for a difficult fight. It's almost impossible to catch them until they're at the very last sliver of health and also asleep, and trying to get them to that state without killing them or being killed by them in the process can be quite tense. And then I'd just start chucking Pokéballs at them. Like hundreds of Pokéballs, because I never wanted to use my one Master Ball. Sometimes I'd go through my entire stock of Ultra Balls, Great Balls, and regular balls before finally capturing a legendary Pokémon. I always thought it was funny when I'd catch one in a regular Pokéball, because then they don't even get to enjoy the luxury of living inside of a nicer ball. They're doomed to live in the cheapest home, stuck in the PC forever, like they deserve. I'm such a jerk. All Pokémon go to Heaven My favorite Pokémon actually gets his own little storyline in Red and Blue, so of course it was one of my favorite moments in the game. In Lavender Town, the player comes across the Pokémon Tower, which is essentially a seven-story graveyard for deceased Pokémon where trainers come to pay their respects. It's also home to wild ghost Pokémon, as well as wandering Cubones. While exploring the town and the tower, the player will hear about a Cubone whose mother was killed by Team Rocket while she was trying to protect her child. A man named Mr. Fuji apparently went to the tower to stop Team Rocket and help the Cubone, but hasn't been seen since. Towards the top of the tower, the player will suddenly be stopped among the gravestones with a creepy warning: “Be gone... intruders...” A battle with a ghost ensues, which turns out to be Marowak, the Cubone's deceased mother. She cannot be captured, even with a Master Ball (she's DEAD, you heartless trainer!), but defeating her in battle will ease her spirit and allow her to pass on to the afterlife. Afterwards, Mr. Fuji can be found at the top of the tower, and he's happy to hear that Marowak's spirit has been calmed. I always assumed that the Cubone in question was whichever Cubone I ended up catching, since I made it my mission to catch one as soon as possible. That way he would have friends to cheer him up and help him cope with his mother's passing. Poor little guy... Did I mention how much I like shorts? One of my favorite things about the Pokémon games are all the weird comments that the random trainers make whenever they're encountered. They usually manage to bring up something completely unexpected and off topic, giving the player unnecessary information about their lives without being asked. We just met, and you're bragging to me about how cool your boyfriend is? He sounds great, but maybe introduce yourself first before diving right into your personal life. The most memorable line comes from a Youngster outside of Pewter City. He walks up to the player and the first thing he thinks to say is, “Hi! I like shorts! They're comfy and easy to wear!” …Ummm, that's cool, I guess. It's always a good idea to start a conversation with a stranger by talking about your pants, right? This kid is so fired up about shorts, it's like we're suddenly in some kind of clothing commercial. And now I can't stop staring at this kid's pants... maybe it was really a clever distraction strategy all along! In the zone I was always a big fan of the Safari Zone. It had lots of cool Pokémon to catch and I didn't even have to fight them. Just throw down some bait and toss some Safari Balls and hope for the best! I spent a ton of time there trying to catch all the rare Pokémon the park had to offer, like Scyther, Pinsir, Tauros, Chansey, Kangaskhan, and Dratini, and picking out the best hunting spots to find each of them. I always made it a point to catch Scyther before I left (or Pinsir, depending on the game), since he was one of my favorites. Plus, chucking rocks at Pokémon felt pretty good sometimes. Especially if they were being obnoxious and refused to be captured. Don't want to be my Pokémon, Tauros? Maybe some rocks to the face will change your mind! Sometimes I threw rocks at them just because they were appearing too often and annoying me, like all those Nidorans when all I wanted was a Scyther. Too bad there aren't any Zubats in the Safari Zone. It sure would feel nice to throw some rocks at those guys! The truck Pokémon Red and Blue were rife with rumors of secret things players could find. While not actually a part of the game per se, some of the rumors still have significant value when I think about the time I spent with the game as a naive youngster. I remember trying desperately to access Bill's “secret garden,” a hidden area located behind Bill's house which supposedly housed many rare wild Pokémon. It was somewhat believable because there appeared to be a path leading offscreen right behind his house, even though there was no visible way to access it. I also remember trying to pull of a specific sequence of events in order to discover a leaked Pokémon named “Pikablu,” which actually turned out to be Marill. Both of these rumors were false, of course. But the biggest rumor of all involved the truck near the S.S. Anne where Mew was supposedly hiding. This rumor was particularly convincing because of how tricky it was to access the area, and because of how weird it was that the truck even existed in the first place. In order to find the truck, players have to faint on the S.S. Anne after obtaining HM01 from the captain by losing a battle before leaving the ship. This will bypass the short cutscene of the ship leaving port, meaning players could go back at any time to visit the ship again. Later, return to the S.S. Anne after teaching a Pokémon to use Surf, and surf off the boardwalk right before entering the ship. The player will be able to freely surf around the harbor, which contains nothing except for one very conspicuous truck, which strangely doesn't appear anywhere else in the game. According to the rumor, the truck could be pushed aside by having a Pokémon use Strength, similar to moving a boulder. And in the space where the truck used to be, it was possible to encounter the legendary Mew, which at the time was impossible to obtain without going to an official Pokémon event. The rumor was false, but that didn't stop me from trying everything I could possibly think of to move that truck. It had to be there for a reason, right? Why would there be some random truck in a hard-to-reach area for no reason at all? There must be something! Unfortunately, the only thing to ever come out of that truck was severe disappointment. Glitch in the system However, there were some rumors that actually turned out to be true. I heard talk of a secret Pokémon named Missingno, who could be found under special circumstances by surfing along the coast of Cinnabar Island. So of course, I had to check it out for myself! Missingno did, in fact, exist. After completing a sequence of events involving the old man in Viridian City and surfing along the coast of Cinnabar, I finally encountered the fabled creature... which turned out to be a weird mess of random pixels. It was a glitch. The glitch Pokémon, whose name is short for “Missing Number,” could actually be caught, raised, and used in battle. It could even be used for item duplication, meaning it was possible to get infinite Rare Candies by simply encountering Missingno. But being a glitch, it also corrupted some of the game data, so finding and catching one was rather risky. I still did it anyway just to see what would happen, and while it did interfere with some stuff, like scrambling sprites and messing with the Hall of Fame data, nothing particularly bad seemed to happen. Maybe I just got lucky. Regardless, Missingno is still one of the coolest video game glitches ever. Past Experience Points Level 1: .01 - .20 .21: Katamari Damacy.22: Tomb Raider.23: Mother 3.24: Deadly Premonition.25: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.26: Dark Souls.27: GoldenEye 007
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Welcome to the world of Pokemon!
Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...


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