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3:45 PM on 02.25.2015

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

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...

Brett Makedonski


8:00 AM on 02.23.2015

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

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?...

Darren Nakamura

12:00 PM on 02.21.2015

Pokémon's Slowpoke is a pretty relatable little guy

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.

Kyle MacGregor

4:30 PM on 02.20.2015

These old Pokémon ads and toys bring me back

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...

Jordan Devore



Very Quick Tips: Pokémon Shuffle photo
Very Quick Tips: Pokémon Shuffle
by Chris Carter

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.

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9:00 PM on 02.18.2015

Flex those muscles, Machamp

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.

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Pokémon Shuffle's microtransactions are even worse than I thought

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...

Chris Carter

6:30 AM on 02.16.2015

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

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...

Chris Carter

5:00 AM on 02.16.2015

Hey you, Haradachu!

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]

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 AM on 02.14.2015

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

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...

Jason Faulkner

9:35 PM on 02.12.2015

Pokkén strikes Japanese arcades this summer

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...

Kyle MacGregor





2:30 PM on 02.11.2015

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

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...

Jordan Devore



The Unova starter giveaway is live in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire photo
The Unova starter giveaway is live in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
by 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, and POKEMON503, respectively.

These Pokémon are packing hidden abilities (Contrary, Reckless, and Shell Armor), so it's worth setting aside a couple of minutes to nab them before leaving 'em inside a box, unloved.

When this distribution event was announced, I asked which of the three monsters was best, and things got weird. I expect that to happen in all Pokémon posts these days. Or all posts, really.

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2:00 PM on 02.09.2015

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

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...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 02.05.2015

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

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...

Steven Hansen



Pokémon: A poem for Gardevoir photo
Pokémon: A poem for Gardevoir
by Kyle MacGregor

You asked for this. I take no responsibility for my actions. None at all. Back, you goblins! Back!

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