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5:30 PM on 12.08.2014

Europe gets Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire on Wii U this week

A new pinball game out of Nintendo sure would be delightful. The time is right (because the time is always right for well-made pinball spinoff games). I don't see that happening anytime soon, granted, but there's always Pok&e...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 12.04.2014

Nintendr: Tumblr loves Pokémon, Zelda, Animal Crossing, Smash

Ok, first: When you make the next billion dollar dating application "Nintendr" (or "Nintinder"), I want my royalties paid out weekly and top billing, branding-wise. In fact, let's call it "Steven Hansen's Nintendr" (or "Steve...

Steven Hansen

9:30 AM on 12.01.2014

Pokémon ORAS launch captures series record in UK

An abundance of water didn't stop Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire from scoring franchise record launch sales in the United Kingdom last week, according to GfK Chart-Track. The 3DS role-playing games wer...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 AM on 11.28.2014

Pokémon ORAS, amiibo, Smash Bros. out in Europe

Today is a good day, European Nintendo fans. Or maybe a not so great one for your wallet. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and the first dozen amiibo figures all arrive in Europe star...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are selling pretty well

Big surprise, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire a are selling lots and lots of copies. According to a Siliconera report, the role-playing games' worldwide sales eclipsed the 3 million ...

Kyle MacGregor



You won't have to leave home for this Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire shiny Beldum distribution photo
You won't have to leave home for this Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire shiny Beldum distribution
by Jordan Devore

Now through January 14, 2015, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire players can claim a free shiny Beldum via in-game internet distribution. No GameStop visit necessary!

The Pokémon comes with its Mega Stone so, eventually, you can have your own shiny Mega Metagross. The X on its face turns from yellow to blue during the Mega Evolution process for what I'm sure are highly scientific biological reasons and not because "damn that looks cool!"

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I gave away my best Pokémon photo
I gave away my best Pokémon
by Jordan Devore

For a couple months now, I've been thinking about getting rid of my Pokémon collection.

My favorite part of the series is catching 'em all and for years that motivation has fueled my interest in these games. I'm not into forming the ideal team, breeding Pokémon with perfect stats, or finding shinies. Just acquiring them -- all seven hundred of them -- one by one.

With Pokémon X, I finally did it. It took months of whittling down a giant list of absences in my Pokédex but thanks to in-depth online resources detailing locations and catch rates, an active community of online traders, and the ability to easily transfer old legendaries and stragglers from past titles, I did it. I earned a little crown in my National Pokédex signifying 100 percent completion. (Though, admittedly, I never bothered to get #719, Diancie. Whatever.)

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire release this Friday and I thought it would be fun to start over. To work my way back up. But rather than let my Pokémon X save file go to waste, I decided to use the Wonder Trade feature extensively. It matches two players at random for a blind online trade and while most people exchange total crap, there are kindhearted folks who take pleasure in handing out rarities. I'm far from innocent, but I've given back on occasion.

Now, originally, my plan was to give away every last one of my Pokémon via Wonder Trade (excluding restricted Pokémon obtained from distribution events). I mindlessly made it to around 80 trades before realizing this was a bad idea and started questioning my sanity.

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Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire photo
Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
by Brittany Vincent

For a franchise that’s continually berated for remaining the same over the years, Pokémon is wildly successful, having pushed forward on its own, full speed ahead. It hasn’t needed to change much to sweep the nation with each new release, though some of the series’ newest releases have received criticism due to lack of content. Pokémon X & Y hit the 3DS in 2013, enticing us with gorgeous new scenery, brand new monsters.

However, X & Y, although introducing the new Mega Evolution element, were otherwise lackluster when it came to post-Elite Four content and seemed a bit of a step back feature-wise. Game Freak is remedying the situation by releasing a Pokémon game that's been celebrated as having a plethora of features and is a perennial fan favorite. Oddly enough, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire feel like a much more complete experience than the original titles or X & Y.

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10:30 AM on 11.17.2014

Pokémon Omega Ruby short is all kinds of wonderful

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launch this Friday, November 21. Can't wait to catch 'em all over again? Well, maybe this lovely promotional short will help satiate you until then.

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 PM on 11.15.2014

Pikachu parades canceled due to Korean mobs

Several performers in Pikachu costumes took the streets of Seoul, South Korea today to celebrate the country's first Pokémon world champion. Then things went awry. Following Se Jun Park's victory at the 2014 Poké...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 11.13.2014

It's Deoxys vs. Rayquaza in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's new Delta Episode

Legendary Pokémon Deoxys is back in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire -- and he's battling Rayquaza in space! Today's trailer shows some of the new Delta Episode, a storyline centered around an asteroid headed toward the ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 11.11.2014

Nintendo channels Game Boy Color with translucent 2DS

Need something to match your Pokemon X and Y 3DS? Need something to play Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire? Want to relive 1998 without the Y2K scare and having to hear "My Heart Will Go On" until you're sure that ...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 11.07.2014

We'll have to StreetPass to catch Latios and Latias in the Pokémon remakes

In order to reach and catch Latios in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Latias in Pokémon Omega Ruby, we'll need an Eon Ticket. And to get one of those, well, it's kind of a pain in the ass. Here in the US, The Pok&eac...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 11.04.2014

This year's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature a Skylander

I don't think I've watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since I was 10, but if gathering around the TV (or the actual event in New York City) is your thing, this year it'll feature Pikachu and Eruptor, the Skylande...

Chris Carter

5:30 PM on 11.03.2014

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire ad probably isn't FAA compliant

Look, kid -- there's a lot of work that goes into flying somewhere. All your liquids have to be in a tiny bag, your seat needs to turn into a flotation device in the event of a water landing, and there has to be plenty of gi...

Brett Makedonski



GameStop is giving out Diancie for Pokémon X and Y photo
GameStop is giving out Diancie for Pokémon X and Y
by Jordan Devore

Shiny Gengar is no more (hope you got yours!) but another distribution event for Pokémon X and Y has taken its place. Today through November 16 at GameStop, you'll be able to score a free code for the Legendary Rock/Fairy-type Pokémon Diancie.

Once Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are released on November 21, you'll then be able to bring your Diancie to a Pokémon Center in either game to obtain the Diancite Mega Stone necessary for its Mega Evolution. What's the new form look like? Less ... chunky.

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