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Pokémon Rumble World photo
Pokémon Rumble World

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


Pokédiamonds for human dollars
Apr 01
// Jed Whitaker
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...
YADON photo
YADON

800 Slowpokes escape secret Japanese research lab


Mother of God
Apr 01
// Kyle MacGregor
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]
Pokémon Shuffle photo
Pokémon Shuffle

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


Runs until April 13
Mar 30
// Chris Carter
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...
Mewtwo DLC for SSB4 photo
Mewtwo DLC for SSB4

Sakurai: Mewtwo DLC done, almost time for release


Sakurai's wild ride continues
Mar 21
// Jed Whitaker
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...
Pokémon Shuffle photo
Pokémon Shuffle

Pokémon Shuffle limiting Mega Lucario to a contest


Only 20,000 served
Mar 17
// Chris Carter
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 ...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

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


2015LATIOSLATIAS
Mar 01
// Chris Carter
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...
Pokémon photo
Pokémon

Pokémaniacs! Gold/Silver starters now on Pokémon Bank


Whatcha gonna do, brother?
Feb 27
// 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 anniver...
Pokémon video series photo
Pokémon video series

Pokédex Animated starts things off right with Cubone


'Bone is the loneliest Pokémon
Feb 26
// Ben Davis
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...
Pokémon Shuffle photo
Pokémon Shuffle

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


That didn't take long
Feb 25
// Brett Makedonski
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...
Game News Haikus photo
Game News Haikus

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


Zen distilled stories
Feb 23
// Darren Nakamura
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?...
Slowpoke: A short film photo
Slowpoke: A short film

Pokémon's Slowpoke is a pretty relatable little guy


A short film
Feb 21
// Kyle MacGregor
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.
Pokémon throwback photo
Pokémon throwback

These old Pokémon ads and toys bring me back


My childhood, summarized
Feb 20
// Jordan Devore
I went down an Internet wormhole last night when I really, truly should've just gone to bed. It began with this Imgur album of old Pokémon ads, but as someone who grew up alongside Pokémania, it couldn't end the...

Very Quick Tips: Pokémon Shuffle

Feb 19 // Chris Carter
General tips: Do not feel compelled to spend money. The game will always be there if you decide to wait and come back. There are multiple mechanics meant to entice you to spend cash on the spot, like the Great Ball and the "just five more turns for one Jewel" prompt after a failed level. Resist, and know that any stage is doable with a lucky combo. If you're going to spend money and can't help yourself, buy Jewels and cash them out immediately for Hearts if you want to play a long session. Don't be tempted by Coins -- you do not need them unless you really want a specific Pokémon and have tested whether or not the catch percentage is high. As a general rule you are only going to want to spend Coins on the time extender (Moves +5), priced at 800c. Since you get 100 Coins per win, the way the game is paced is that you'll do five or six manageable levels before getting to a tougher encounter -- perhaps something that limits you to only three turns, or a foe with tons of health. On that note... If you encounter a really tough stage, give it "two tries" before you spend any Coins, Gems, or further Hearts on it. What I mean by that is within two attempts, you should be able to assess the situation and decide the best course of action. Are you close to beating it? Buy the 800 Coin turn extender for that session. Do you need more firepower? Go catch some Pokémon in previous stages and return. There's no need to waste five Hearts brute-forcing a tough level. When you match, try to look for combos, but if you aren't that advanced yet just look for "swap matches." What I mean by that is look around at the space where the piece you are swapping starts and try to see any potential matches. That way when you switch the piece, it will create two matches in one turn. Mega Evolutions are a huge deal in this game. They can clear out entire lines and eliminate obstacles like steel or wooden blocks in an instant. For stages where enemies have powers, try to get your Mega Pokémon buffed up at the start. Enemies generally throw out their nastiest powers later in the round, and if you're ready early, you'll have a defense. Speaking of Mega Evolutions, at first it can be confusing as to which Pokémon actually triggers it. It's always the first in line in your party, but you may not always remember that. Unless there's a weakness involved, always use the same Pokémon to differentiate the icon. I personally always have Mega Sableye out, because I remember his creepy gem-eyed face. "Check in" daily by hitting the button at the bottom left of the screen. You'll get a small currency bonus.
Pokémon Shuffle tips photo
Or, how to not get screwed as badly by microtransactions
Pokémon Shuffle has an under-handed microtransaction system that heavily relies on making you wait to play, unless you pay. But for some of you, casually picking up five games per day will be enough, and there is some fun to be had when you wade through all the nonsense. Here are some tips to help you stay free.

Pokkén Tournament photo
Pokkén Tournament

Flex those muscles, Machamp


Did it for the headline
Feb 18
// Jordan Devore
This is vaguely the same footage of Pokkén Tournament we've seen over the past couple weeks, but it's a direct capture of the game, so what the hell. Good recap of the current roster, though do note that the voice over and text are in Japanese. Long way to go before this'll get localized. What's going on with Pikachu (starting at 1:25)? That expression is Kirby-in-the-USA angry.
Pokemon Shuffle photo
Pokemon Shuffle

Pokémon Shuffle's microtransactions are even worse than I thought


Initial impressions
Feb 17
// Chris Carter
I just obtained my review copy for the upcoming 3DS match-three puzzler Pokémon Shuffle, and man, is it rough to get on-board with this microtransaction scheme. If you want the full rundown of what to expect you c...
Pokémon Shuffle photo
Pokémon Shuffle

Details revealed for microtransaction-laden Pokémon Shuffle, and they're pretty disgusting


Energy is generally a bad way to F2P
Feb 16
// Chris Carter
Pokémon Shuffle is a thing, and it's set to arrive on the 3DS this week in Japan as a spiritual successor to the puzzler Pokémon Trozei. It's also free-to-play. Details have arisen from the official Japane...
Pokkén photo
Pokkén

Hey you, Haradachu!


#ICYMI
Feb 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada in a Pikachu onesie, everyone. The world's a wonderful place.  稼働時期は2015年夏頃!AC「ポッ拳 POKKEN TOURNAMENT」ステージイベントをレポート [Gamer]
Pokémon speedrun photo
Pokémon speedrun

This guy caught 'em all in Pokémon Red and Blue quicker than you'll ever hope to


This is definitely an impressive speedrun
Feb 14
// Jason Faulkner
Back in Pokémon's heyday, it was difficult enough to catch 'em all with legitimate friends, additional cartridges, and link cables, let alone do it in record time. One talented 21-year-old speedrunner from Ohio who go...
Pokkén Tournament photo
Pokkén Tournament

Pokken strikes Japanese arcades this summer


Love that outfit, Harada
Feb 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Pokkén Tournament launches in arcades across Japan this summer, Bandai Namco revealed today at the Japan Amusement Expo in Chiba. The studio is showcasing the fighter this weekend at the event, giving attendees an...
Pokkén Tournament photo
Pokkén Tournament

Off-screen Pokkén Tournament footage has Gardevoir-on-Gardevoir action


Give the people what they want
Feb 11
// Jordan Devore
As a man of simple tastes, my big takeaway from Pokkén Tournament's location test in Japanese arcades was Pikachu wearing shorts, but, I get it: game mechanics are important too. This off-screen video from seadraDS ha...
Free Pokémon photo
Free Pokémon

The Unova starter giveaway is live in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire


Codes are valid until November 30, 2015
Feb 10
// Jordan Devore
The codes for Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are now all redeemable. Just head into the Mystery Gift option and choose "receive via code," then type in POKEMON497, POKEMON500, ...
Pokeplate photo
Pokeplate

This Pokémon plate belongs in a museum (and is now in one)


Willow pixel
Feb 09
// Steven Hansen
Very dang good artist (and current Firewatch art director) Olly Moss, whose work we routinely enjoy, made these pixel art Willow plates a while back. These classically-inspired works are now on display at the Victoria and Alb...
Pokémon visual novel photo
Pokémon visual novel

Twitch Dates Pokémon: A visual novel based on Twitch Plays canon


Yep
Feb 05
// Steven Hansen
Twitch Plays Pokémon spawned a lot of "memes" and some nice fan art. Twitch Dates Pokémon is a visual novel set in that universe. And it's non-erotic! "Family-friendly," in fact. Good. I like my Poké...

Pokemon: A poem for Gardevoir

Feb 05 // Kyle MacGregor
Poém photo
A tribute to Destructoid's favorite Pocket Monster
You asked for this. I take no responsibility for my actions. None at all. Back, you goblins! Back!

Pokemon giveaway photo
Pokemon giveaway

Hidden ability Meganium, Typhlosion, Feraligatr coming to Pokemon Bank


Snag 'em for free later this month
Feb 05
// Steven Hansen
If you access the Pokemon Bank between February 27 and November 30, you'll be given special, level 50 versions of the Heart Gold and Soul Silver starters, Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr.  Nintendo br...
Pokkén Tournament photo
Pokkén Tournament

Pokkén arcade controller resembles Wii U GamePad


Suspicious, very suspicious
Feb 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Well, maybe not exactly. It's certainly no fightstick, but it's also wider than your standard controller. Even still, the setups at the Pokkén Tournament location tests are giving me serious Wii U vibes. They may ...
Pokkén Tournament photo
Pokkén Tournament

Pokkén looks hot: Shorts-wearing Pikachu and red Lucario


Location test underway in Japanese arcades
Jan 30
// Jordan Devore
Now that Bandai Namco has begun testing Pokkén Tournament in Japanese arcades, the photos are flooding in -- and they're scrumptious. The Pokémon fighting game offers alternate colors for its combatants, includi...
Amewtwo photo
Amewtwo

Custom Mewtwo amiibo even has its own box


Custom amiibo scene strikes again
Jan 28
// Steven Hansen
Reddit's Tomcat1994 has gone the extra mile with this custom Mewtwo amiibo, giving the man-made pocket monster a man-made box, too. Check the whole gallery here. The custom amiibo scene is definitely the neatest part of ...
Pokkén Tournament photo
Pokkén Tournament

Pokkén screens show off Gardevoir, other Pokémon


Destructoid's favorite Pocket Monster finally gets her due
Jan 27
// Kyle MacGregor
Pokkén Tournament is on its way to Japanese arcades later this month, so Namco has seen fit to bless us with pretty pictures of Gardevoir. Also, Pokémon other than Gardevoir for some reason. 「ポ...
Pokkén Tournament  photo
Pokkén Tournament

The return of news on Dtoid's YouTube channel? Let's start with Pokkén Tournament


Do you want news in video form? Pog form?
Jan 24
// Jonathan Holmes
Today was a pretty huge day for Destructoid. One of the founding fathers of the website returned to the fold and swiftly kicked NBA2K15 in the nuts. We reviewed the New 3DS with lukewarm appreciation, tempered with the ...

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