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Future Confirms An Official Pokémon Magazine For The UK

Posted by Andy Green

There'll be 13 issues a year

This is going to be a big year for Pokémon, with the series making the big leap over to the 3DS in October with Pokémon X & Y. The new iteration is set to be a complete overhaul of what we're used to, with it evolving into a fully 3D environment rather than the fixed overhead viewpoint.

In order to help people keep up with the news, Future Publishing, which already publishes a large range of magazines for multiple games consoles, is teaming up with The Pokémon Company to launch an Official Pokémon Magazine in the UK this month.

Heather Dalgleish from The Pokémon Company International said she was delighted about the collaboration with Future:

Their extensive reach in the market ensures that the Official Pokémon Magazine can be enjoyed by Pokémon fans across the United Kingdom.

Future's Lee Nutter shared his delight, saying he was excited about being given the opportunity to publish an official magazine that will solely focus on the Pokémon brand:

Pokémon has never been bigger and more relevant than it is today and the magazine will serve as the voice for its UK audience.

The Official Pokémon Magazine will be released on a four-weekly basis, providing 13 issues in a year. There'll be a free Pokémon-themed gift in each issue, which will certainly be a nice little incentive to pick up a copy.

Will any of you UK-based Pokémaniacs out there be delving into this magazine when it launches later in the month? Let us know what you think of it in the comments section below.

[via gamesindustry.biz]

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User Comments (27)

Xilef

#1

Xilef said:

Hope you guys get a bether magazine then we have in Sweden. It used to be awesome, but nowadays...

Beta

#2

Beta said:

I would've gotten it if it wasn't so expensive to import things here ~_~

Lin1876

#3

Lin1876 said:

They shut Nintendo Gamer for this!? I have to question whether or not they can fill 13 issues a year just on Pokemon, but I've been wrong before...

TenTen

#4

TenTen said:

I reckon I'll just stick with Official Nintendo Magazine, I doubt there'll be enough worthwhile content to fill 100 pages. I could be wrong, though.

Dpullam

#6

Dpullam said:

A pokemon dedicated magazine sounds cool to me. I've just recently turned into a fan of the pokemon games.

hydeks

#7

hydeks said:

sure, close down the good magazines in NA and give UK yet another magazine, thanks -_- I miss Nintendo Power and Official Playstation Mag already :(

TenTen

#9

TenTen said:

@Rizsparky
Most likely stores like WH Smiths.
Or you could subscribe. I think it was £3 or £4 for a 4 issue subscription

C-Olimar

#11

C-Olimar said:

I wish they made the magazine shorter and cheaper than ONM. How will they will find enough content to fill 1300+ pages/year? If they halved the size and the price, it would be a more viable magazine.

EDIT: It is in fact 50p cheaper than onm, at £4/issue.

RaylaxStaff

#13

Raylax said:

There was a Pokémon Official Magazine operated by the old Nintendo Official Magazine (which closed down and publishing handed over to Future for the current Official Nintendo Magazine), which lasted about 2 issues before shutting down. I remember it being quite good, but obviously never captured the necessary sales (we already have the unofficial Pokémon World magazine it had to compete with) to stay solvent. Still, Pokémon remains surprisingly popular in the UK, so I'll be interested to see how this does.

Bass_X0

#14

Bass_X0 said:

They shut Nintendo Gamer for this!?

They were publishing both NGamer and Official Nintendo Magazine so they were in competition with each other and they could only afford to keep one active.

MadJay1664

#16

MadJay1664 said:

Is official Nintendo mag any good? I'm guessing its just full of what we see on Nintendo life

10bwalker99

#17

10bwalker99 said:

Stick with Nintendo magazine, no room for a Pokemon mag anymore. There was before Black and White.

Squiggle55

#18

Squiggle55 said:

Seriously? Nothing against Pokemon, it's great, but this is supposed to be a better business decision than Nintendo Power?

AlexSora89

#20

AlexSora89 said:

Here in Italy we just have the Official Nintendo Magazine, but it only used to have a "thirteenth issue" (January, February, etc. to December, and then an extra issue for Christmas) - nowadays, the magazine sticks with a monthly format. I hope that "cut" isn't a harbinger of things to come, that's for sure!

Also, the magazine featured two of my drawings in its mail section. One was a Steamboat Willie-esque (see the Inkblot Cartoon Style article on Tv Tropes) take on Super Mario 3D Land, the other was a homage to The Expendables' film poster, featuring the staff's Miis as the protagonists and Dry Bowser as the skeletal logo. No, really.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/InkblotCartoonStyle

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scansione0006_TvTropes_PhantomDusclops_1471.JPG

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/I_Recensori_Colori_NRU_923.JPG

[EDIT: If you click one of the latter two links, make sure to confirm the URL again, should you ever get "Referral denied" or anything like that. The pics will show up just fine afterwards.]

Cirno

#23

Cirno said:

Considering how crappy Pokemon World is, I'm not holding my breath for this.

Banker-Style

#24

Banker-Style said:

There's only so much Pokemon info you can fit in a magazine a month,I just can't see this'll be a massive success.

Henmii

#26

Henmii said:

Is there still a market for magazines?! And they just stopped with Nintendo power and N-gamer?!

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