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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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8:00 AM on 10.27.2014

Nintendo offering small incentive for buying both Pokemon Omega and Alpha at Best Buy

When November 21 hits and Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire arrive, Best Buy will carry an exclusive double pack. It will include both games in one giant box, ringing in at $79.98 -- basically the price of both games...

Chris Carter







Nintendo doesn't always let you buy the things that you want photo
Nintendo doesn't always let you buy the things that you want
by Jonathan Holmes

Nintendo recently announced that classic Pokémon character and fan favorite Mewtwo will be in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS, but only for those who buy both games. Immediately, fans wondered if this meant that one or both games would get additional DLC characters. Maybe the 3DS would get exclusive DLC characters like Chorus Kids, Roy, Chibi Robo, or Lucas, and the Wii U would get Ice Climbers, Snake, the Advance Wars trio, or someone from Fatal Frame

Of course, that discussion led to people upset at the idea that they'd be "forced" to buy the 3DS version if they wanted to play as Lucas, or the Wii U version if they wanted the Ice Climbers. This was just an extension of the anger that swelled when people were told that they'll have to get both versions of the game to have Mewtwo. Others rationalized that Nintendo would have to sell Mewtwo separately at one point or another. I mean, they'd have to, right? If the fans want it, and are willing to pay for it, then surely they'd give them that opportunity. 

Maybe not. Nintendo has a long history of distributing both physical and digital products in extremely limited quantities. They know the only reason anyone cares about event Pokémon is that not everyone can get them. This is just one example of their long history of creating fictional economies, driven by the allure of "Super Exclusives" that are unobtainable for most, but exciting for all. At least in theory. 

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Review: Pokémon Art Academy photo
Review: Pokémon Art Academy
by Brittany Vincent

Educational games that impart knowledge while remaining entertaining are certified rarities. Too often you're left with staggering amounts of informative material and meager side portions of "game" that contribute to a rather lopsided product.

Pokémon Art Academy is an interesting blend of both, with useful tips and tricks, drawing instruction, and helpful guidance for fledgling artists or those who simply want to learn how to draw their favorite Pocket Monsters. It's just like the learn-to-draw books you could pick up at the store, but with real-time feedback.

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3:30 PM on 10.22.2014

Slowpoke: A short story

It was morning. Slowpoke's eyes casually fluttered open, as bit by bit the creature came to the realization it had survived another night. Costively, Slowpoke began mulling over what to do with its day. This went on for some ...

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 AM on 10.22.2014

Camp Pokemon is the closest you'll get to Pokemon Snap for now

If you have younger kids who enjoy Pokemon, you might want to hide your iPad. The Pokemon Company has released a new app that rewards kids with pins for doing certain activities, all involving those lovable Pocket Monsters. ...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Don't overplay the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo

Do you have your code for the special demo of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire? There are a handful of ways to acquire one before the games' full release on November 21. Those who missed getting a code via email s...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge coming to 3DS next month

I love Pokémon Puzzle Challenge.  I am glad that it is coming to the 3DS Virtual Console. I think I will pay $5 for it despite still having a cartridge. I probably won't bother with the code for the Special Demo Version of Ruby and Sapphire it comes with, but that's fine. It is a lovely little game. I think I will go play it right now. 

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Catch Mega Pokemon early in the Alpha Sapphire Special Demo

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will let you get a head start on your adventures with a Special Demo Version. Details on how to get it are here. You may want to. It lets you transfer items as well as Pokemon, ...

Steven Hansen

5:30 PM on 10.18.2014

Pokémon fighting game coming to arcades first for 'the challenge'

The announcement of Pokkén Tournament came as a surprise to most of us. We knew some sort of Pokémon fighter was coming, but the news that Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada was in charge was an awe...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 10.17.2014

Don't expect a new Pokemon Stadium soon

Growing up, Pokemon Stadium was always a source of contention. Some fans loved the idea of seeing their Pokemon in the tournament based setting, battling it out on the big screen. Others said "what's the point, you can j...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Bandai Namco is making Pokkén Tournament with older fans in mind

I get the sinking feeling it'll be a good long while before we get our hands on Pokkén Tournament, Bandai Namco's Pokémon fighting game for arcades (and probably Wii U). Until then, here's another quote about th...

Jordan Devore