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Best Buy offers buy one, get one free on Pokemon, Zelda, more

Those looking to catch ‘em all might want to head down to and/or log on to Best Buy this week, as the store’s current promotions include a buy one, get one free deal on select Nintendo 3DS games, including Pokemon X / Y. Of course, if you’re less…
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Pikachu Cosplays In Latest Pokémon Alpha Sapphire And Omega Ruby Trailer

The Pokémon Company and Nintendo

have released a new trailer today for the
upcoming Omega and Alpha remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. The trailer is accompanied
by a pack of screens showcasing the game's updated visuals.

One of the biggest new bits of information is the Mega Evolution for Metagross. As with other Mega Evolutions, Metagross gains a
new attack and increased stats. See Mega Metagross in action in the trailer below.

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The trailer also depicts some of the gym
leaders you will be facing as well as some cute Pikachu cosplays you can see
in-game. In addition, you will be able to create a secret
base
which allows other players to come visit and fight in. The feature
essentially lets you create your own gym complete with traps and mazes.

While not in the trailer, more information for Mega Diancie was also announced. When Mega, Diancie will receive boosts to Speed, Attack, Special Attack while taking a reduction in Defense and Special Defense.

You will be able to re-experience Hoenn with all
these new features and more when Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire release on
November 21.

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Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to receive nifty Secret Base feature

The Pokémon Company has recently revealed that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will allow players to build their very own Secret Bases. Gamers can set up mazes and traps for other players when they visit their creations, and even create battle rules; basically, it’s going to be like having your very own gym!

A gym as big as a New York apartment, but a gym nonetheless!

A gym as big as a New York apartment, but a gym nonetheless!

Players can share their bases with other trainers via StreetPass, or create a QR Code to make visiting easier. Trainers can invite friends back to their own bases as Secret Pals, in an effort to prove who spent the most crazy hours building intricate mazes to baffle visitors. Secret Pals have special abilities, like sharing new Decorations, making a Pokémon Egg hatch faster, and raising the level of a select Pokémon by one. The more pals you have, the more special skills you’ll get, so get sociable!

All of the people behind the main character are about to fall down trap doors

All of the people behind the main character are about to fall down trap doors

Lastly, gamers can capture flags while visiting Secret Bases, which improves the skills of Secret Pals. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will be launching November 21st; anyone picking them up now that they know Secret Bases are indeed a thing that is happening?


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Become secret pals by visiting bases in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remakes

Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance entries in the Pokemon series, Ruby and Sapphire, marked the introduction of “secret bases,” in which players would annex a space of the game’s worlds, decorating them as they saw fit. Secret bases are returning in the…
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The Art Of Pokémon Red/Blue Shows The Sketches That Started It All

The Pokémania craze kicked off in the late ‘90s in the states thanks to Pokémon Red and Blue, the Pokémon anime and, of course, the trading card game. Part of the charm behind Pokémon, perhaps captured best in the trading cards, has always been the artistry and imagination put into the design of each Pocket Monster.

In the newest installment in his “The Art Of” series, Youtuber Olivier Laclair takes us through a vignette of the art of Pokémon Red and Blue, guiding us through Red’s (or Blue’s) humble beginnings in Pallet Town as he sets off on his journey to become the world’s greatest Pokémon master. The classic opening sequence between Gengar and Nidorino features an overlay of its concept stills, showing the arrows drawn to choreograph the scuffle, with the top and bottom of the frame scribbled in to illustrate the same widescreen effect present in the game.

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Also present are sketches of Red visiting the Pokémon Center and Item Shop in Pewter City, as well as artwork of a battle Red’s Slowbro against another trainer’s Gastly that exudes a profound sense of scale. Plus, the video dances along to an orchestral version of the S.S. Anne theme, making the viewing experience all that much more pleasant.

For more on Leclair’s work, check out his The Art Of Journey video.

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Get Free Fancy Pattern Vivillon In Pokémon X and Y

Nintendo is offering this limited edition Fancy Pattern Vivillon as a free download for all Pokémon X and Y owners. Personally, I think that Vivillon is being modest; I think he's more than fancy.

Pokémon X and Y owners have made over 100 million trades through the Global Trade Station, and Game Freak wants to add this exclusive new critter to your Pokébank as a thank you. In order to access this new version of Vivillon, select Mystery Gift from the game's main menu, and then select Receive Gift to begin the download. Next proceed to have fun. You won't encounter this Pokémon in the wild, so hurry up and get online and get this bonus while it lasts.

 

[Source: Pokemon.com via Destructiod]

 

Our Take
This is a really sweet idea, and I can't wait to get home and download by new Pokémon. I haven't touched my copy of Pokémon X in a long time, but this might be just the thing to motivate me to play it some more. I hope Nintendo keeps doing promotions like this in the future.

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Pokemon had a baby with Attack on Titan and it’s awful

Some things we never wanted to see. Some things we never knew we never wanted to see – and Pokemon mashed up with Attack on Titan is one of those things. Ugh.

Today’s dose of nightmare fuel comes from zsparky on DeviantArt, as spotted by Tiny…
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Catch this fancy bug in Pokemon X/Y

Fancy Pattern Vivillon is now available for Pokemon X and Y players to obtain for free, The Pokemon Company announced. The pretty bug can be downloaded through the Mystery Gift option in the game by connecting a 3DS to the Nintendo NT, then choosing…
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Pokemon Center online store opens in August

American Poke-fans can indulge themselves through a new online Pokemon Center, which is slated for a grand opening on August 6. Like the Poke-Centers dotted across the world, this is a store and not an infirmary for sick and wounded Pokemon. You can…
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Official Pokémon Channel Launches On iTunes With Animated Episodes

Get all of your favorite Pokémon related digital content in one place. The Pokémon Company is launching an iTunes station that sounds like the perfect complement to every Pokefan’s Pokédex. Sounds Pokédoke to us.

Fans who visit iTunes.com/Pokemon will be able to download animated series episodes and specials, as well as official Pokémon applications such as the Pokémon TV app and Pokédex, and Pokémon soundtracks for all of their iOS devices. Along with the launch of the site, episodes from the latest season of Pokémon the Series: XY, and the four-part Pokémon Origins animated special are now available on iTunes, and The Pokémon Company will continue to update the site with new episodes of the show every week.

 

Our Take
This is handy, but not extremely exciting. We already had access to most of this content through other places, such as the official Pokémon site, but some Pokémon fans might find it handy to get their Pokémon fix through this dedicated iTunes site instead.

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