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Pokémon Go Beta Gameplay Surfaces Online

An Australian beta tester has uploaded a video displaying gameplay from the upcoming augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go is being developed by the Pokémon Company in collaboration with Niantic Inc., a company that has specialized in other augmented reality games such as Ingress. The free-to-play Pokémon Go uses your phone's GPS to transform real-life surroundings into a virtual world full of Pokémon through your iOS or Android screen. The video below gives a glimpse into character creation followed by gym battles, collecting Pokémon, and more.

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For more on Pokémon Go, read our in-depth preview and our feature about our expectations. The mobile game is slated for a release later this year for iOS and Android.

[Source: YouTube via GameSpot]

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Pokémon Go Beta Gameplay Surfaces Online

An Australian beta tester has uploaded a video displaying gameplay from the upcoming augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go is being developed by the Pokémon Company in collaboration with Niantic Inc., a company that has specialized in other augmented reality games such as Ingress. The free-to-play Pokémon Go uses your phone's GPS to transform real-life surroundings into a virtual world full of Pokémon through your iOS or Android screen. The video below gives a glimpse into character creation followed by gym battles, collecting Pokémon, and more.

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For more on Pokémon Go, read our in-depth preview and our feature about our expectations. The mobile game is slated for a release later this year for iOS and Android.

[Source: YouTube via GameSpot]

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More Than 1.5 Million Copies Of Original Pokémon Games Sold On 3DS

Nintendo’s no dummy when it comes to re-releasing classic games. And when it comes to Pokémon you can never have just one.

Recently, Nintendo re-released Pokémon Red, Blue/Green, and Yellow via the 3DS virtual console. It seems fans were eager to return to Pikachu’s yesteryear.

In a briefing following the release of fiscal year 2016 financials, Nintendo revealed that the trio of games are selling quite well for titles that are 20 years old. More than 1.5 million copies have been sold.

More than 50 percent of these were sold in the Americas. Japanese gamers bought many of their copies as codes from retail.

[Source: Nintendo]

 

Our Take
While gamers love to lament the re-release of classic games on new systems, the digital era gives us a chance at preservation. Sure, that comes with a cost (in this case, $ 9.99). But for games with battery-powered saves or that are simply difficult to find, like Xenoblade Chronicles, this is a practice that should be encouraged. And given how many copies have been sold, encouraging them you are.

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Splatoon, Mario Kart 8, And Pokémon Were Nintendo’s Best Selling Games Last Quarter

Along with the full-year financial report released yesterday, Nintendo has updated its list of ten best-selling software titles. The past three months saw very little shifting in the ranks, though the Wii U and 3DS lists tell very different stories.

With the exception of the last two spots switching, everything remains in order on the Wii U side of things. Nine of the ten games saw increases in attach rates, with only Nintendo Land dipping a bit (because it is no longer packed in).

Because of the lack of third-party support and a general slow release schedule, Wii U gamers are picking up the fewer stand-out games in larger numbers. Mario Kart is typically one of Nintendo's best sellers, but by comparison, the Mario Kart Wii attach rate was only 36 percent (behind only Wii Sports in sales). Wii Party, in the number 10 slot for that system's rankings, only had an attach rate of nine percent.

With few titles coming between now and the NX launch, chances are we'll see the existing roster continue to flourish, with little movement in most of the list. Here's the current roster, updated March 31, 2016, with variances from last quarter

  1. Mario Kart 8 (Last ranking: 1)
    7.5 million (+260,000)
    58.6 percent attach (+1.1 percent)
  2. New Super Mario Bros. U (Last ranking: 2)
    5.19 million (+110,000)
    40.55 percent attach (+.25 percent)
  3. Nintendo Land (Last ranking: 3)
    5.07 million (+50,000)
    39.61 percent attach (-.19 percent)
  4. Super Mario 3D World (Last ranking: 4)
    4.82 million (+190,000)
    37.66 percent attach (+.96 percent)
  5. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Last ranking: 5)
    4.8 million (+190,000)
    37.5 percent attach (+.9 percent)
  6. Splatoon (Last ranking: 6)
    4.27 million (+210,000)
    33.36 percent (+1.16 percent)
  7. Super Mario Maker (Last ranking: 7)
    3.52 million (+180,000)
    27.5 percent (+1 percent) 
  8. New Super Luigi U (Last ranking: 8)
    2.49 million (+70,000)
    19.45 percent (+.25 percent)
  9. Mario Party 10 (Last ranking: 10)
    1.76 million (+110,000)
    13.75 percent (+.65 percent)
  10. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Last ranking: 9)
    1.72 million (+30,000)
    13.44 percent attach (+.04 percent)

3DS software also saw little juggling in the ranks. Nintendogs + Cats was booted from the number 10 spot, with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D swooping back onto the list.

Attach rates shifted very little, with the largest pickup coming from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which sold more copies than X and Y at the top of the list. The four Pokémon games combined for the biggest lift with Mario trailing right behind with Mario Kart 7 and New Super Mario Bros. 2.

We'll continue to update as the year goes on to see how the news of NX's March release impacts software and hardware acquisition. 

  1. Pokémon X & Y (Last ranking: 1)
    14.7 million (+240,000)
    24.97 percent attach (-.03 percent)
  2. Mario Kart 7 (Last ranking: 2)
    13.26 million (+230,000)
    22.53 percent attach (+.03 percent)
  3. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Last ranking: 3)
    11.84 million (+380,000)
    20.11 percent attach (+.31 percent)
  4. Super Mario 3D Land (Last ranking: 4)
    10.73 million (+100,000)
    18.23 percent (-.07 percent)
  5. New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Last Ranking: 5)
    10.25 million (+210,000)
    17.41 percent (+.11 percent)
  6. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Last Ranking: 6)
    10 million (+140,000)
    16.99 percent (-.01 percent)
  7. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (Last Ranking: 7)
    8.12 million (+200,000)
    13.79 percent (+.09 percent)
  8. Tomodachi Life (Last Ranking: 8)
    4.98 million (+90,000)
    8.46 percent (+.06 percent)
  9. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Last Ranking: 9)
    4.82 million (+70,000)
    8.19 percent (+-.01 percent)
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (New Entry)
    4.04 million
    6.86 percent

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New Video Game Hall of Fame finalists include Final Fantasy, Pokemon, and Minecraft

The Strong Museum of Play has announced the 2016 finalists for its World Video Game Hall of Fame, and the slate once again represents some of the most popular and influential games yet released. …


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People Used To Marry Pokémon And Other Localization Oddities Lost To Time

Everything you think you know about Pokémon is wrong. You were lied to as a child.

If many of these little details had not been edited out of the Pokémon show and games when they were translated for the U.S., we might look at the series a little differently. Dorkly shows us what we missed. Thankfully, we're still excited for Pokémon Go. Hey, is this about Pokémon? Guess, I should also mention this version of Ash's room that has been recreated in Unreal Engine 4.

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Pokkén Tournament Review – The Passable Pokémon Fighter

Pokémon’s track record for offshoots is muddy. The core games are beloved, but venturing outside of the RPG genre rarely goes well for Pokémon. Pokkén does little to inspire hope for the franchise to successfully branch off in new directions, but does offer some depth during its well-paced matches. For those who want more than the small amount of Pokémon action combat seen in Super Smash Bros. over the years, it can be found here.

Pokkén shares its developer with the Tekken series and its title openly expresses those roots, but the combat is split evenly between 2D-style Tekken combat and open-field 3D phases that have more in common with games like Power Stone and the Naruto fighting games. Flashy powerful moves do more to decide the progress of battle than the volley of small attacks and combos making matches quick and violent. The constant phase-switching (which activates in response to certain moves) is confusing, since it changes how you control your fighter. Despite the focus on the phases, they don’t add to the experience. I coped with them more than I enjoyed them.

Combat (in either phase) is built on counters, grabs, and unleashing powerful Synergy Burst attacks. At the higher levels, it borrows subtly from Pokémon’s rock-paper-scissors combat, with the assorted counters and certain offensive maneuvers overpowering one another – as long as you know what to look for and how to offer the immediate response. You can execute combos, but I found more success in focusing on countering and following up with grabs. The combos are generally easy to pull off, however, and look flashy. I enjoy the focus on power moves over smaller combos, as it makes comebacks frequent and rewarding, especially when a single Synergy Burst can halve an opponent’s health bar.

Pokkén’s roster contains 16 fighters with an additional 30 support Pokémon available to briefly lend a hand during fights. Many favorites are missing, like most of the classic fully evolved starters. It would have been absurd to not include Pikachu, but it’s disappointing that he takes up two slots with his normal and Libre versions. Plenty of unlocks are available for your two-dimensional anime avatar, as well as phrases and titles you can add to your character card to take online, but I found what I liked in terms of customization early and didn’t feel compelled to expand my options lending little value to the unlocks.

Online multiplayer is serviceable, without recurring slowdown in either its Ranked or Friendly modes. Curiously, no option exists to simply wait for an opponent. Instead, you are thrown into a low-level CPU fight if an opponent is not found in 10 seconds. It’s not a bad thing to get in a little practice before a real match, but being forced into CPU battles is annoying when you’re in the mood for some actual human competition.

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The single-player campaign has players working their way up rankings of assorted Pokémon leagues while pursuing the mysterious Shadow Mewtwo. The content of the story isn’t compelling, but the campaign is serviceable as a motivator to keep fighting and level up your partner. Its biggest issue is it doesn’t feel like a Pokémon story. References to Pokémon staples, like Pokéballs, are non-existent. It’s a Pokémon game with a story that chooses to acknowledge little to no part of its establishing universe.

The core combat is entertaining with a surprising amount of depth, but my interest waned after unlocking all the fighters and playing a few local matches. For Pokémon fans, it’s a hard recommendation for its self-imposed separation from the grand Pokémon universe. For the person in the middle of the Pokémon and fighting game Venn diagram, however, enough depth exists to encourage heated, practiced competition to earn it a spot next to Super Smash Bros. on the shelf.

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Pokémon Creative Design Director Passes Away In Freak Accident

Eric Medalle, creative design director of Pokémon Company International, tragically passed away this past Sunday, March 13, during a windstorm in Seattle.

Medalle, 42, leaves behind his two young daughters, Isa (aged 6) and Nico (nearly 2). During the storm, a massive evergreen tree snapped and fell onto his BMW while he was in the driver's seat, according to The Seattle Times. A passerby was able to help a toddler girl out of the crushed vehicle. She escaped with minor injuries.

Medalle has worked at Pokémon since 2003, and his work has encompassed an assortment of the franchise's titles, including Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Black, and Pokémon White, among others.

A YouCaring page has since been created by family and friends, to raise money for a college fund for his two children. All of us here at Game Informer extend our condolences to Medelle's family, friends, and co-workers.

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Adorable New Pokémon Collectibles Coming To KFC Japan

Anyone up for fried Torchic? Rocket News 24 has learned that Pokémon Company and Kentucky Fried Chicken are teaming up to bring Pokémon-themed meals and collectibles to fast-food goers in Japan beginning March 17.

The straw figures of Froakie, Chespin, Pikachu, Pancham, Sylveon, and Fennekin can be obtained with any drink for an additional $ 1.67 (190 yen). KFC is also offering a board game in which players throw a ball at Pokémon to catch them.

Given how often Pokémon has been associated with American fast food establishments since the games first launched in 1998, there's a chance we may see this promotion come stateside. Kentucky Fried Chicken was the first U.S. restaurant to latch onto Pokemon, offering collectible stuffed animals (including a Zubat) in 1998. In the years that followed, Burger King and McDonald's offered Pokemon toys four different times, and Wendy's and Subway joined in the fun once.

[via Rocket News 24 and Destructoid]

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Three More Legendary Pokémon Are Now Available In Pokémon Bank

Nintendo has given Pokémon trainers a few more reasons to use the Pokémon Bank today with the addition of Registeel, Regice, and Regirock. The trio of Legendary Pokémon will be available for transfer from the bank between now and October 31.

You can receive them one at a time by accessing the Pokémon Bank (assuming you have a subscription) in Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire. Each of the three will have a new Hidden Ability attached to them that wasn't available by catching them in the wild.

The Pokémon Bank is an application and a service for the 3DS that allows you to deposit, store, and manage Pokémon in private boxes on the Internet, and a subscription costs $ 4.99 a year. If you don't have a Pokémon Bank, you can still get the mythical Celebi for free as a Mystery Gift via download this month.

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