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App firm estimates that Pokemon Go cleared nearly one billion in revenue in 2016

We know Pokemon Go made a lot of money if it was leaping up on the mobile charts, but just how much? Research firm App Annie estimates that it cleared roughly $950 million in revenue in 2016. That's with the game launching in July, min...   read

 
 
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Super Mario Maker for 3DS tops Sun & Moon in weekly sales

Without any new releases or major events, the sales charts in Japan haven't moved much the past two weeks. The one interesting note is that Pokémon Sun & Moon have finally been dethroned in weekly sales by a game that isn't ...   read

 
 
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China still isn't lifting their ban on Pokemon Go because it's 'too dangerous'

From the start, we knew that Pokemon Go probably wouldn't release in China. The government is just too paranoid about it, and as we've seen in other regions, they don't want folks wandering around where they shouldn't be roaming. As of this...   read

 
 
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Again?! We all failed the second Pokemon Sun & Moon Global Mission

Failure is just as sour the second time around, and that's just what we did, folks -- fail. The first Pokemon Sun and Moon global event tasked players with catching a certain number of 'mons -- 100 million, in fact -- and we only manag...   read

 
 
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A GameStop description indicates there will be a Pokemon game on the Switch

For the entirety of its existence, Pokemon's main games have been on portable systems. Sure, some offshoots like Pokemon Snap and Pokemon Stadium were on home consoles, but this series' roots are in the likes of the Game Boy and t...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Snap (view)finds itself on Wii U tomorrow

After quite the time lapse, Pokemon Snap's finally getting some exposure again. Even though Nintendo's attention is aimed at the upcoming Switch, the 1999 Pokemon photography game is the focus of an eShop addition. Nintendo added an eShop p...   read

 
 
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Nintendo fan game community rises up, encourages sharing and updating following Pokemon Prism cancellation

When Nintendo sent word over to the creator of Pokemon Prism that he was to cease his efforts on his fan project immediately, that directive technically only applied to him. Although he can't share, facilitate, update, or even tal...   read

 
 
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It's not too late to nab the Mythical Pokemon Arceus

Arceus is one of those Pokémon I'd rather not think too hard about, if I'm being frank. Not because of its design, or its abilities, or whatever other criteria we might use to judge these creatures against each other. Nah. It's the l...   read

 
 
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15 of top 20 selling games in Japan are on handhelds

Media Create Sales is taking at least this week off due to the holidays, but thanks to Famitsu we can get an idea of Japanese game sales for this past week. You'll never guess what's at number one (hint: it starts with a P). The only new re...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go gets a quick off-screen cameo in Doctor Who

I love UK Christmas specials. They're usually high quality episodes on a production budget, and have the ability to be standalone films in a way built off of the success of an established TV series. If needed, they can also provide clo...   read

 
 


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Pokemon Go has holiday microtransactions in your microtransactions for a limited time

If you're still playing Pokemon Go and actually buying things (I haven't done the latter for months, as no one is around to actually use my lures), you now have a chance to buy more things, because Niantic is all about shoving in ...   read

 
 
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Let's hope the second Pokemon Sun and Moon mission goes smoother

The debut Global Mission in Pokémon Sun and Moon was a disaster. This limited-time challenge ran from November 29 to December 12 and asked players to collectively catch 100 million Pokémon. That's obviously a lot, but still ma...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Sun and Moon is getting a second guide

This was also sort of known roughly around launch, but given that the second Pokemon Sun and Moon guide was just dated, it's worth talking about. Just in time for the National Pokedex, this second edition will go through the entire Alo...   read

 
 
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Rumor: Pokemon Go may use virtual trains and buses to trade creatures

Pokémon GO was one of the biggest successes of the year, and even though it'll never get back to the heights of popularity it began with, it's still getting regular updates. Niantic has said for quite a while that it's been work...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go's holiday event is surprisingly worthwhile

Catch your Santa-hat Pikachu yet in Pokémon Go? There's still time! The odds are in your favor. Niantic is sweetening the pot with a few other incentives to play over the holidays. From the morning of December 25 through the afternoo...   read

 
 
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It's been 3,000 years, but the Pokemon Generations finale airs today

Pokemon Generations is an OVA series that's been running concurrent to the proper TV series since September, and it's about to air its final 18th episode today. In the teaser for the last episode you'll get a brief glimpse of AZ -...   read

 
 
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Destructoid's award for Best 3DS Game of 2016 goes to...

There was a lot of competition for the Best 3DS Game for 2016, including a handful of other JRPGs, but in a landslide victory (taking almost half the votes among nine entries), the award goes to Pokémon Sun and Moon. There was a ton ...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go's Apple Watch support is here at last

There were murmurs that Niantic had dropped its long-promised Apple Watch support for Pokémon Go, but just this week, the company confirmed that news on that front was "coming soon." Today, it has: you'll now be able to interact with...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Sun and Moon are still going strong, but are dethroned for now

Pokémon Sun & Moon has been one of the top two selling games every week since it's release nearly five weeks ago. It slid into second place only in weeks where Final Fantasy XV and Yakuza 6 released, but then overt...   read

 
 
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Fan project Pokemon Prism is dead, long live Pokemon Prism

This year hasn't been kind to Nintendo fan games. Project AM2R was killed, as was Uranium, which were both high profile re-imaginings of the Metroid and Pokemon universe respectively. Due to the latter's popularity there's a lot of pro...   read

 
 
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PSA: Don't forget to download this month's Pokemon, Meloetta

Just a reminder; the last Pokémon distribution for 2016 is set to end this Saturday, December 24. This month's Pokémon is Meloetta, and if you miss this opportunity you probably won't have another one for quite some time....   read

 
 
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Niantic denies rumors of Pokemon Go Apple Watch port cancellation

The saga of Pokemon Go on the Apple Watch has been messy. Earlier this year, Niantic showed off the Watch port during Apple's iPhone 7 keynote, eventually stating that it would be out before the end of the year. Well, they have two weeks le...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go was the most searched term on Google this year

Odds are, you know someone who has played Pokemon Go. I mean, you might not have partaken in the craze, but you probably caught a co-worker who doesn't know their Pichu from Pikachu playing it, trying to make sense of it all. Google backs u...   read

 
 
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Newest Pokemon Movie looks like a return to the series' Gen 1 roots

Just before the 20th anniversary of Pokémon comes to a close, The Pokémon Company left us with one last surprise: a teaser for the 20th animated movie titled Pokémon: I Choose You which will come to Japanese ...   read

 
 
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Final Fantasy XV sees 88% sales drop in second week, Yakuza 6 takes top spot

After its initial week's lukewarm 670,000, Final Fantasy XV sales are down to 79,792 in Japan for the week of December 5 - December 11, 2016, the game's second week. That 88% decrease drops it to number five on the software sales ranki...   read

 
 


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