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First Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Trailer Features Starters And Legendaries

While we don't have too much information yet about the North American release of Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, gamers in Japan now know when to expect the title. A new trailer showing off the game's features also announces a September 17 release date in that territory.

Right now, the title is scheduled for North American release sometime this Winter. With that window, we may just see something similar to the video below at E3 next week.

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The video shows off a number of starters from across Pokémon generations, as well as legendary Pokémon like Kyogre and Rayquaza. For more on Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, check out our review of the most recent title in the series. You can also read up on a different Mystery Dungeon mashup, Etrian Mystery Dungeon.

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Pokémon Shuffle Update Adds New Content

Nintendo's free-to-play match-three 3DS puzzler gets an update that will make pokémon easier to catch among other changes. Here's the list of what to expect.

  • The new Super Catch Power consumable can be used to greatly increase the odds that you will successfully catch a pokémon at the end of a level. 
  • The special Victini's stage will appear every Saturday and Sunday for a limited time and grant extra experience points.
  • Heart usage has changed so that automatically regenerating hearts will be used first instead of ones earned through other methods.
  • Players will be able to look at a pokémon's stats immediately upon catching them.
  • Combo records are shown onscreen for a longer span of time.

Nintendo also promises that more new event stages are coming soon.

For the complete details, head over to Nintendo's official site.  

To see the game in action, watch our episode of Test Chamber.

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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Explores Winter 2015 Release

 

Nintendo has announced another first-party title coming to its family of handhelds this year. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor (Pokémon Mystery Dungeon), which has sold over 13 million copies.

The title features a wide variety of Pokémon, as players explore randomly generated dungeons. You can read more about the series in our review of the original.

And if it’s more Mystery Dungeon you’re after right now, Atlus recently released Etrian Mystery Dungeon. We have a review of that, too.

 

Our Take
While we didn’t love the first Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, there’s hope that lessons were learned. I suspect we’ll get a chance to see it at E3 to know for sure.

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Artist Gives Pokémon Kyogre, Tentacruel, Omastar, And Others Realistic Makeovers

The latest creation from realistic Pokémon artist RJ Palmer tackles the gigantic Kyogre, among other seafaring Pokémon.

Kyogre, the imposing whale creature you see above, appeared on the cover of Pokémon Sapphire and the recent remake, Alpha Sapphire, in its Mega Evolved form. The piece also includes realistic renditions of Tentacruel, Jellicent, Frillish, Sharpedo, and Omastar, who is the ultimate evolved form of Omanyte, who is born from the helix fossil. The helix fossil rose to prominence recently with the TwitchPlaysPokemon phenomenon.

For more impressive work from Palmer click the links to see Kyurem, Raikou, Abomasnow, and Mr. Mime, Gyarados and Rayquaza, Lugia and Tyrantrum, Giratina, Feraligatr, and Meganium. RJ Palmer has been creating these impressive realistic Pokémon for quite some time. You can see more of his collection on his blog, as well as his DeviantArt page. He's also collected most of his work into a coffee table book which you can buy here.

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Trailer Released For New Pokémon Hoopa Unbound

Yesterday, The Pokémon Company announced Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, and it has paired yesterday’s announcement with a look at Hoopa’s in-game variant. 

Though there are currently no details about when or how players can get their hands on Hoopa Unbound, curious parties can at least catch a glimpse of the new Pokémon in action via a new trailer, which you can see below.

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Dedicated trainers can check out Hoopa Unbound’s stats below:

  • Category: Djinn Pokémon
  • Type: Psychic/Dark
  • Height: 21’04” [6.5 m]
  • Weight: 1,080.3 lbs. [490.0 kg]
  • Ability: Magician

New information on how to obtain Hoopa Unbound is likely tied to the release of the upcoming film, which also does not have a release date at this time.

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Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions Concert Tour Announces 30 New Tour Dates

The Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions concert series is getting a fresh set of dates in North America and Australia.

Originally confined to a handful of dates in the United States, the tour is now expanding to include dates in Canada, Mexico, and Australia. The United States side of the tour will also be getting new tour dates, extending the concert series’ run into early February 2016. Following its final leg in North America, the tour is headed to Europe.

The Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions shows pair series music with visuals of memorable moments from the games, and feature content from each generation. Check out the trailer below to get a glimpse of what one of the concerts has to offer. 

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Fans looking for tickets to the shows can find them on the official Pokémon website, with sales opening on March 27 for those who use the promo code MELOETTA and March 28 for the general public. Check out the tour dates below:

  • Baltimore, MD 5/1/2015      Joseph Meyerhoff Hall
  • New York, NY 6/6/2015      Theater at Madison Square Garden
  • Cincinnati, OH 6/12/2015      Riverbend Music Center
  • Cleveland, OH 6/13/2015      Blossom Music Center
  • Buffalo, NY 6/14/2015      Shea’s Performing Arts Center
  • Milwaukee, WI 6/19/2015      Riverside Theater
  • Chicago, IL 6/20/2015      Chicago Theatre
  • San Diego, CA 7/9/2015      Copley Symphony Hall
  • Los Angeles, CA 7/11/2015      The Greek Theatre
  • San Jose, CA 7/12/2015      City National Civic
  • Vienna, VA 7/18/2015      Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
  • Vancouver, BC 7/22/2015      The Orpheum
  • Houston, TX 7/25-26/2015  Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
  • Holmdel, NJ 8/20/2015      PNC Bank Arts Center
  • Boston, MA 8/22/2015      Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
  • Toronto, ON 8/28/2015      Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Montreal, QC 8/30/2015      Place Des Arts
  • Detroit, MI 9/11/2015      Fox Theatre
  • Indianapolis, IN 9/12/2015      Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
  • Seattle, WA 9/15/2015      Benaroya Hall
  • Portland, OR 9/17/2015      Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
  • Mexico City, MX  10/23/2015  Auditorio Nacional
  • Monterrey, MX 10/25/2015  Monterrey Arena
  • Clearwater, FL 12/3/2015      Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • Orlando, FL 12/4/2015      Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Pittsburgh, PA 1/24/2016      Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
  • Grand Rapids, MI 2/5/2016      DeVos Performance Hall

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Sega And Pokémon Devs Team Up To Create Tembo The Badass Elephant

Sega and Game Freak, best known for their Pokémon franchise, have teamed up to bring the side-scrolling action platformer Tembo The Badass Elephant, coming this summer for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It will be released as a digital download on each platform. The game has players racing through levels as a Rambo-styled elephant, creating as much rampage and destruction as possible. 

Shell City is being attacked by PHANTOM, a force led by a mysterious, masked commander. Tembo is called in by the National Army to help crush and stomp the enemy, whilst eating peanuts along the way. 

Just how badass is this elephant? Check out the humorous and cartoon-like game in the trailer below.

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Get A Free Latios Or Latias In Pokémon Omega Ruby Or Alpha Sapphire Today

Depending on what version of the recent Pokémon you played, either Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire, you got either a Latios or Latias during the storyline. Now's your chance to get the other one.

By booting up Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire today and going to Mystery Gift, Receive Gift, and then Get With Code and entering 2015LATIOSLATIAS (or POKEMON380381 if you’re in Europe) you will get a special ticket. You can pick up the ticket at any Pokémon Center, and then take it to your father, the gym leader in Petalburg Gym, and he will place you on a ferry to go to an island where you can battle and capture whichever Legendary Pokémon you don't already have.

If you're playing Omega Ruby, it will be Latias. If you're playing Alpha Sapphire, it will be Latios.

For our review of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, head here.

[Source: Serebii, Kotaku]

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Test Chamber – The Free-To-Play Pokémon Shuffle

The Pokémon Company has embraced the free-to-play model with Pokémon Shuffle on 3DS, and we decided to take a look and see if the match-three puzzler is unnecessarily restrictive.

Jeff Cork, our resident match-three expert and genre super-fan, and I played the game for a few minutes. The gameplay is basically the same as Pokémon Battle Trozei, but there is a limit to how many rounds you can play consecutively. Similar to Candy Crush, if you run out of attempts you can either wait for more, or you can purchase jewels with real money to keep playing. Unlike Candy Crush however, every attempt – success or failure – costs you one of your lives. Even if you're successfully battling and catching Pokémon, you will hit the same wall as someone who is playing poorly.

You can check out some of the gameplay (and see how much the jewels cost) in the video below.

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Artist Gives Pokémon Kyurem, Raikou, Abomasnow, Mr. Mime And Others Realistic Makeovers

Realistic Pokémon artist RJ Palmer latest piece imagines Kyurem, Raikou, Piloswine, Abomasnow, Delibird, Sawsbuck, Mr. Mime, Chingling, and Froslass in the real world.

You can check out the new pieces from Palmer above and below, which features possibly the most terrifying take on Mr. Mime I've ever seen.

For more impressive work from Palmer click the links to see Gyarados and Rayquaza, Lugia and Tyrantrum, Giratina, Feraligatr, and Meganium. RJ Palmer has been creating these impressive realistic Pokémon for quite some time. You can see more of his collection on his blog, as well as his DeviantArt page. He's also collected most of his work into a coffee table book which you can buy here.

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