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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Working On New Entry In “Globally Popular” RPG Series

Game Freak, developers of the Pokémon series since its inception in the 1990s, are hard at work on a new secret project for "console." Nothing has been officially announced, but the buzz is that it could be a new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch, or possibly a port of Pokémon: Sun and Moon or another legacy title for Nintendo's portable/home console hybrid.

A new job listing on Indeed Japan is adding fuel to the speculative fire; the company is looking to hire people who can create character models on machines comparable to Wii U and PlayStation Vita for a new entry in an RPG series which is "popular on a global scale." No Pokémon title has been announced for Nintendo Switch, but if this job listing pans out the way we think it could, then perhaps an announcement is just around the corner.

The most recent mainline Pokémon title, Sun and Moon, released in 2016 to critical acclaim and record-setting sales figures.

[Source: Gamespot]

 

Our Take:
A new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch is not a guarantee, but it seems like the logical next step; traditionally, the core entries in the monster-collecting series have only ever released on Nintendo's handheld systems, and Switch's key selling point is that it's a half-handheld, half-console hybrid. A new Pokémon game would be a natural fit on the new hardware, and Nintendo needs as many ringers in their corner as they can get. Time will tell if this secret project is, indeed, a new Pokémon game or something else, but all signs are telling us that it won't be long before we set out to "catch 'em all" on Switch.

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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Working On New Entry In “Globally Popular” RPG Series

Game Freak, developers of the Pokémon series since its inception in the 1990s, are hard at work on a new secret project for "console." Nothing has been officially announced, but the buzz is that it could be a new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch, or possibly a port of Pokémon: Sun and Moon or another legacy title for Nintendo's portable/home console hybrid.

A new job listing on Indeed Japan is adding fuel to the speculative fire; the company is looking to hire people who can create character models on machines comparable to Wii U and PlayStation Vita for a new entry in an RPG series which is "popular on a global scale." No Pokémon title has been announced for Nintendo Switch, but if this job listing pans out the way we think it could, then perhaps an announcement is just around the corner.

The most recent mainline Pokémon title, Sun and Moon, released in 2016 to critical acclaim and record-setting sales figures.

[Source: Gamespot]

 

Our Take:
A new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch is not a guarantee, but it seems like the logical next step; traditionally, the core entries in the monster-collecting series have only ever released on Nintendo's handheld systems, and Switch's key selling point is that it's a half-handheld, half-console hybrid. A new Pokémon game would be a natural fit on the new hardware, and Nintendo needs as many ringers in their corner as they can get. Time will tell if this secret project is, indeed, a new Pokémon game or something else, but all signs are telling us that it won't be long before we set out to "catch 'em all" on Switch.

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Trading Still A Work In Progress For Pokémon Go

Niantic still wants to add trading to Pokémon Go, but still hasn't settled on an idea that works. At this year's Game Developers Conference, Niantic's senior product manager Tatsuo Nomura told Polygon “We’re still trying to come up with an answer [to trading] that makes
sense so it doesn’t kill the game. If we fail this, we can
easily kill the game.”

The ability to trade Pokémon was one of Niantic's initial selling points for Pokémon Go, appearing in the launch trailer as a key feature. Since the launch of the game last summer, players have saved their Pokémon with hopes of being able to exchange them with other players – potentially to add a rare or region-exclusive critter to their Pokédex. It sounds like we'll have to wait a bit longer for that functionality to be added to the game.

Nomura seems confident that the trading function won't be handled through the internet, meaning someone in the United States can't trade with people in Australia or Japan. "You shouldn’t be able to exchange your Pokémon with someone who is 100
miles away from you. The person needs to be in your proximity," he said.

[Source: Polygon]

 

Our Take
Not having features from the launch trailer this late in the game's life cycle is a bit baffling, but Niantic is correct, trading could kill the game if players can freely trade and fill out their Pokédexes. Many players have theorized that Niantic would tie trading to a rare item (like the crown) which would greatly limit the number of Pokémon that can be traded. That solution would work, but not many people would be able to take advantage of it. Now we just need some clarity on what's happening with the legendary Pokémon.

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Pokémon Go Passes 650 Million Download Milestone

Although the game has had its ups and downs, It doesn't look like Pokémon Go is going anywhere soon. As reported by Polygon, developer Niantic announced today that the mobile game has passed 650 million downloads. This news came during Google Developer Day at the 2017 Game Developers Conference. 

Some other interesting tidbits reported include the fact that players have now walked more than 8.7 billion kilometers (5.4 billion miles) while playing the game.

Today also happens to be Pokemon Day, and is the 21st anniversary of the franchise. In honor of the occasion, Pokemon Go players can catch a special birthday-themed Pikachu for a limited time. If you're interested in seeing what all the fuss is about or just want a refresher about how to best play the game, you can check out our handy guide.

[Source: Polygon

 

Our Take
While the number is undoubtedly impressive, 650 million downloads shows minimal growth from the 500 million touted a few months after release. Still, if Niantic continues to support the game like it has recently,  by adding in more Pokemon and expanding the gameplay variety, Pokémon Go could continue to be going strong for a good while.

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A Look At The New Premium Pokémon Gallery Figures

February 27 has been anointed by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company as "Pokémon Day" to celebrate the anniversary of the series' launch in Japan. Outside of in-game events, like Pokémon Go adding a party hat to all wild Pikachus for a week, The Pokémon Company has released a new premium line of figures called Gallery Figures.

The first four figures announced in the Gallery line are some of the most well-known creatures from the original 151 performing their signature moves. The Pikachu figure depicts the electric mouse Pokémon performing a thunderbolt, while Mew is using its psychic attack. The other two figures in the inaugural line show Magikarp using its splash attack and Eevee attacking with swift.

The company sent us one of each figure to check out for ourselves. Each character features a high level of detail and cool move effects surrounding them. However, those move effects (particularly the ones surrounding Pikachu and Mew) are quite fragile, so these are definitely more for display than play. The figures range from 3 inches to 4.5 inches tall, with Pikachu standing much taller than any of the other characters thanks to its tail and electrical arcs. You can see all of the figures and their packaging below. The figures are currently available on PokémonCenter.com and retail for $ 16.99.

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Olympic Runner Usain Bolt Stars In Japanese Pokémon Commercial

What if Olympic athlete Usain Bolt was in the world of Pokémon? He'd probably be on Team Skull. 

Beyond that basic premise, there's not much to explain when it comes to this Japanese Pokémon commercial – but that doesn't mean it won't put a smile on your face.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

If you want to watch more Pokémon videos, check out the in-depth discussions on Sun & Moon in our Game Club

[Source: YouTube via NeoGAF]

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Celebrate Pokémon Day With Some Pokémon Go Hats Or Whatever

Next week is Pokémon Day, wherein people get together and… talk about Pokémon? Play Pokémon? Draw pictures of Pokémon cakes? Regardless of your family's Pokémon Day traditions, there's a special Pokémon Go treat in the works that's bound to make the day even more special: a hat.

From February 26 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific through the same time on March 6, Pokémon Go players will be able to capture special versions of Pikachu wearing party hats. These hats will be fused onto their adorable heads for time immemorial, but you have to capture the critters during that fleeting window of time.

Happy hunting, and, of course, have a happy Pokémon Day!!!!!

 

Our Take
I can't wait. 

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Celebrate Pokémon Day With Some Pokémon Go Hats Or Whatever

Next week is Pokémon Day, wherein people get together and… talk about Pokémon? Play Pokémon? Draw pictures of Pokémon cakes? Regardless of your family's Pokémon Day traditions, there's a special Pokémon Go treat in the works that's bound to make the day even more special: a hat.

From February 26 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific through the same time on March 6, Pokémon Go players will be able to capture special versions of Pikachu wearing party hats. These hats will be fused onto their adorable heads for time immemorial, but you have to capture the critters during that fleeting window of time.

Happy hunting, and, of course, have a happy Pokémon Day!!!!!

 

Our Take
I can't wait. 

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Your 2017 Guide To Pokémon Go Eggs, Evolution Items, And More

Pokémon Go captured the world when it launched in summer 2016.
Beyond the excitement of traveling to new locations to catch monsters and meet
like-minded trainers, one of the things that made Niantic's collaboration with
The Pokémon Company so interesting was the mystery that surrounded nearly every
element about the game.

The mystery was thrilling at first, but after a while, being
in the dark wore on users of the app, and they decided to do something about
it. Players scoured their local areas, data-mined the app, and started
crowd-sourced sites on where to find the best monsters and how to be the most
efficient trainers they could be.

Each time a new major update hits, the sense of mystery in
Pokémon Go is reinvigorated. However, thanks to the methods discovered and
created by players in the original release, light is shed on each successive
update quicker than ever before.

Check out the latest information on Pokémon Go below, and if
you have anything you think would be helpful to add, let us know in the
comments section.

People Still Play
Pokémon Go?

Yes. Lots. As recently as February 22, 2017, it was the
top-grossing app in the iOS App Store. Alright, now that we have that out of
the way…

Well, I've never
played it. How do I start and what should I focus on at first?

Well, all you need to do is download it on the iOS App Store
or the Google Play store. It's a free app with optional microtransactions. Once
you're in, you'll be asked to choose a starter Pokémon. You can choose between
Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, or do a secret trick to get Pikachu as your
starter
.

Once you're up and running, simply walk around
and start catching things that you encounter and spinning the disks of each
PokéStop you stumble upon to earn items. Each new monster brings you one step
closer to filling up your Pokédex, which is for many, the ultimate goal of the
game. Each time you catch a Pokémon, you earn candies, which can be used to
evolve some Pokémon or, when combined with stardust, power them up. I'd
recommend holding off on powering up any Pokémon until you get to a higher
level, as each time you level up your profile, you are able to catch more
powerful monsters. Until then, just save up your candies not used for evolution
and stockpile any stardust – you'll love having an abundance of stardust later
on when your monsters are ready to take on gyms. For more on gym battles, head
here

Where Can I Find A
Specific Pokémon?

Due to the nature of Pokémon Go's spawns, there is
unfortunately no reliable way to tell you to go to a specific spot to always
catch a specific Pokémon. However, many monsters do "nest" in the game, meaning
that if you go to a particular spot while their nest is located there, you're
likely to catch several of that monster.

Nests are not mentioned in Pokémon Go itself, but you can
find out what nests are around you (and even search on specific species of
Pokémon) using The Silph Road's Nest Atlas tool. This tool features reliable
crowd-sourced information from Pokémon Go players all over the world who report
the nests they encounter.

If you find an accessible nest of a creature
that you need, it's not a good idea to wait. Nests migrate approximately every
two weeks, which means many of the nests near you will be replaced by another
creature. The silver lining is that the Weedle nest next to your house could
very well become a Kabuto nest for a couple of weeks. 

What Pokémon Are
Region-Exclusive?

Just like in the mainline Pokémon games, some monsters can
only be found in certain regions. Check out the full list of known regional
exclusives below.

  • Tauros – North America
  • Farfetch'd – Asia
  • Mr. Mime – Europe
  • Kangaskhan – Australia
  • Heracross – Central and South America, Southern
    Florida and Texas
  • Corsola – Tropical Regions (Appears to be within
    30 degrees of the equator)

[Source:
Reddit]

What Do I Get From
Eggs?

If you can't find a particular Pokémon, sometimes the best
way to find it is to leave it up to the roulette that is hatching eggs. You get
eggs from PokéStops and can hold up to nine at a time. In order to hatch eggs,
you must equip an incubator and walk the distance required for the type of egg
it is.

Each trainer is provided one incubator that can be used an
infinite amount of time. Additional incubators can be earned through leveling
up (though that becomes much rarer at higher levels), but the easiest way to
get more incubators is to buy them for 150 Pokécoins each in Pokémon Go's
in-app shop. Unfortunately, every incubator earned or purchased outside of the
original one can only be used to hatch three eggs.

A popular strategy is to use limited-use incubators on 5km
and 10km eggs, while only using the unlimited-use incubator every trainer has
on the multitude of 2km eggs you're sure to encounter. This will ensure you
don't burn through your premium incubators on eggs that not only hatch quickly,
but are also less likely to yield anything good. In addition, the higher the
egg distance, the more candy you'll receive for the Pokémon that hatches.

These eggs look different based on how far you must walk to
hatch them. 2km eggs are colored with green spots, 5km eggs feature yellow
spots, while 10km eggs have blue spots. While it might sound like you'd only
want 2km eggs so that you can burn through them and gather as many Pokémon as
quickly as possible, the higher the distance required by the egg, the better
the pool of Pokémon is that can hatch from it.

You cannot acquire regional exclusive Pokémon from eggs not
found in those regions, and stats have shown that if you visit the same PokéStops
every day, you'll likely hatch the same handful of Pokémon each time. In
addition, only the most basic form of that Pokémon's evolution chain is able to
be hatched, meaning you'll never find a Charizard or Dragonite in your eggs,
but rather those Pokémon's pre-evolution forms, Charmander and Dratini.

To see what species of Pokémon come from each egg type,
check out the most recent list below.

2km Eggs

  • Bulbasaur
  • Caterpie
  • Ekans
  • Zubat
  • Diglett
  • Bellsprout
  • Gastly
  • Goldeen
  • Igglybuff
  • Chikorita
  • Pichu
  • Togepi
  • Charmander
  • Weedle
  • Nidoran (M)
  • Oddish
  • Abra
  • Geodude
  • Krabby
  • Magikarp
  • Aipom
  • Cyndaquil
  • Remoraid
  • Squirtle
  • Spearow
  • Nidoran (F)
  • Venonat
  • Machop
  • Slowpoke
  • Exeggcute
  • Cleffa
  • Misdreavus
  • Totodile
  • Slugma

5km Eggs

  • Sandshrew
  • Meowth
  • Growlithe
  • Ponyta
  • Seel
  • Onix
  • Cubone
  • Rhyhorn
  • Staryu
  • Eevee
  • Kabuto
  • Yanma
  • Magby
  • Shuckle
  • Tyrogue
  • Dunsparce
  • Vulpix
  • Psyduck
  • Poliwag
  • Magnemite
  • Grimer
  • Drowzee
  • Lickitung
  • Tangela
  • Scyther
  • Porygon
  • Elekid
  • Girafarig
  • Phanpy
  • Smoochum
  • Wobbuffet
  • Regional Exclusives
  • Paras
  • Mankey
  • Tentacool
  • Doduo
  • Shellder
  • Voltorb
  • Koffing
  • Horsea
  • Pinsir
  • Omanyte
  • Sneasel
  • Natu
  • Qwilfish
  • Stantler
  • Wooper

10km Eggs

  • Chansey
  • Aerodactyl
  • Dratini
  • Miltank
  • Mantine
  • Pineco
  • Sudowoodo
  • Lapras
  • Snorlax
  • Gligar
  • Larvitar
  • Mareep
  • Skarmory

[Source: Pokémon Go Hub]

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Your 2017 Guide To Pokémon Go Eggs, Evolution Items, And More

Pokémon Go captured the world when it launched in summer 2016.
Beyond the excitement of traveling to new locations to catch monsters and meet
like-minded trainers, one of the things that made Niantic's collaboration with
The Pokémon Company so interesting was the mystery that surrounded nearly every
element about the game.

The mystery was thrilling at first, but after a while, being
in the dark wore on users of the app, and they decided to do something about
it. Players scoured their local areas, data-mined the app, and started
crowd-sourced sites on where to find the best monsters and how to be the most
efficient trainers they could be.

Each time a new major update hits, the sense of mystery in
Pokémon Go is reinvigorated. However, thanks to the methods discovered and
created by players in the original release, light is shed on each successive
update quicker than ever before.

Check out the latest information on Pokémon Go below, and if
you have anything you think would be helpful to add, let us know in the
comments section.

People Still Play
Pokémon Go?

Yes. Lots. As recently as February 22, 2017, it was the
top-grossing app in the iOS App Store. Alright, now that we have that out of
the way…

Well, I've never
played it. How do I start and what should I focus on at first?

Well, all you need to do is download it on the iOS App Store
or the Google Play store. It's a free app with optional microtransactions. Once
you're in, you'll be asked to choose a starter Pokémon. You can choose between
Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, or do a secret trick to get Pikachu as your
starter
.

Once you're up and running, simply walk around
and start catching things that you encounter and spinning the disks of each
PokéStop you stumble upon to earn items. Each new monster brings you one step
closer to filling up your Pokédex, which is for many, the ultimate goal of the
game. Each time you catch a Pokémon, you earn candies, which can be used to
evolve some Pokémon or, when combined with stardust, power them up. I'd
recommend holding off on powering up any Pokémon until you get to a higher
level, as each time you level up your profile, you are able to catch more
powerful monsters. Until then, just save up your candies not used for evolution
and stockpile any stardust – you'll love having an abundance of stardust later
on when your monsters are ready to take on gyms. For more on gym battles, head
here

Where Can I Find A
Specific Pokémon?

Due to the nature of Pokémon Go's spawns, there is
unfortunately no reliable way to tell you to go to a specific spot to always
catch a specific Pokémon. However, many monsters do "nest" in the game, meaning
that if you go to a particular spot while their nest is located there, you're
likely to catch several of that monster.

Nests are not mentioned in Pokémon Go itself, but you can
find out what nests are around you (and even search on specific species of
Pokémon) using The Silph Road's Nest Atlas tool. This tool features reliable
crowd-sourced information from Pokémon Go players all over the world who report
the nests they encounter.

If you find an accessible nest of a creature
that you need, it's not a good idea to wait. Nests migrate approximately every
two weeks, which means many of the nests near you will be replaced by another
creature. The silver lining is that the Weedle nest next to your house could
very well become a Kabuto nest for a couple of weeks. 

What Pokémon Are
Region-Exclusive?

Just like in the mainline Pokémon games, some monsters can
only be found in certain regions. Check out the full list of known regional
exclusives below.

  • Tauros – North America
  • Farfetch'd – Asia
  • Mr. Mime – Europe
  • Kangaskhan – Australia
  • Heracross – Central and South America, Southern
    Florida and Texas
  • Corsola – Tropical Regions (Appears to be within
    30 degrees of the equator)

[Source:
Reddit]

What Do I Get From
Eggs?

If you can't find a particular Pokémon, sometimes the best
way to find it is to leave it up to the roulette that is hatching eggs. You get
eggs from PokéStops and can hold up to nine at a time. In order to hatch eggs,
you must equip an incubator and walk the distance required for the type of egg
it is.

Each trainer is provided one incubator that can be used an
infinite amount of time. Additional incubators can be earned through leveling
up (though that becomes much rarer at higher levels), but the easiest way to
get more incubators is to buy them for 150 Pokécoins each in Pokémon Go's
in-app shop. Unfortunately, every incubator earned or purchased outside of the
original one can only be used to hatch three eggs.

A popular strategy is to use limited-use incubators on 5km
and 10km eggs, while only using the unlimited-use incubator every trainer has
on the multitude of 2km eggs you're sure to encounter. This will ensure you
don't burn through your premium incubators on eggs that not only hatch quickly,
but are also less likely to yield anything good. In addition, the higher the
egg distance, the more candy you'll receive for the Pokémon that hatches.

These eggs look different based on how far you must walk to
hatch them. 2km eggs are colored with green spots, 5km eggs feature yellow
spots, while 10km eggs have blue spots. While it might sound like you'd only
want 2km eggs so that you can burn through them and gather as many Pokémon as
quickly as possible, the higher the distance required by the egg, the better
the pool of Pokémon is that can hatch from it.

You cannot acquire regional exclusive Pokémon from eggs not
found in those regions, and stats have shown that if you visit the same PokéStops
every day, you'll likely hatch the same handful of Pokémon each time. In
addition, only the most basic form of that Pokémon's evolution chain is able to
be hatched, meaning you'll never find a Charizard or Dragonite in your eggs,
but rather those Pokémon's pre-evolution forms, Charmander and Dratini.

To see what species of Pokémon come from each egg type,
check out the most recent list below.

2km Eggs

  • Bulbasaur
  • Caterpie
  • Ekans
  • Zubat
  • Diglett
  • Bellsprout
  • Gastly
  • Goldeen
  • Igglybuff
  • Chikorita
  • Pichu
  • Togepi
  • Charmander
  • Weedle
  • Nidoran (M)
  • Oddish
  • Abra
  • Geodude
  • Krabby
  • Magikarp
  • Aipom
  • Cyndaquil
  • Remoraid
  • Squirtle
  • Spearow
  • Nidoran (F)
  • Venonat
  • Machop
  • Slowpoke
  • Exeggcute
  • Cleffa
  • Misdreavus
  • Totodile
  • Slugma

5km Eggs

  • Sandshrew
  • Meowth
  • Growlithe
  • Ponyta
  • Seel
  • Onix
  • Cubone
  • Rhyhorn
  • Staryu
  • Eevee
  • Kabuto
  • Yanma
  • Magby
  • Shuckle
  • Tyrogue
  • Dunsparce
  • Vulpix
  • Psyduck
  • Poliwag
  • Magnemite
  • Grimer
  • Drowzee
  • Lickitung
  • Tangela
  • Scyther
  • Porygon
  • Elekid
  • Girafarig
  • Phanpy
  • Smoochum
  • Wobbuffet
  • Regional Exclusives
  • Paras
  • Mankey
  • Tentacool
  • Doduo
  • Shellder
  • Voltorb
  • Koffing
  • Horsea
  • Pinsir
  • Omanyte
  • Sneasel
  • Natu
  • Qwilfish
  • Stantler
  • Wooper

10km Eggs

  • Chansey
  • Aerodactyl
  • Dratini
  • Miltank
  • Mantine
  • Pineco
  • Sudowoodo
  • Lapras
  • Snorlax
  • Gligar
  • Larvitar
  • Mareep
  • Skarmory

[Source: Pokémon Go Hub]

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