Pokémon - News

June2013

  • News Discover A New Type in Pokémon X & Y

    It's super effective!

    Pokémon fans, the type chart is about to get a shake up. During its E3 Nintendo Direct presentation, Satoru Iwata announced that Pokémon X & Y will feature a brand new type of Pokémon: Fairy. Super effective against Dragons, several existing Pokémon have been reclassified under the type. Jigglypuff, Marill, Gardevoir...

  • News Pokémon X & Y Gearing Up the Hype Train for Next Week

    Pokémon Smash Special to join E3 round table and CoroCoro info

    Pokémon X & Y will be a bit of a big deal when it arrives for a worldwide release this October. It's a new generation for the hugely popular franchise, and looks set to deliver a step-up in visuals and style to match the 3DS hardware. Since its reveal earlier this year there's...

May2013

  • Feature A Brief History of Pokémon - Part One

    Contracting Pokémania

    In the mid-nineties, an epidemic spread across the world. First discovered in Japan, it soon spread across the pacific, consuming vast areas of America. We were powerless to stop it. No cure was to be found. Before long, it broke America's shores and hit Europe with similarly devastating effect. The worst affected were...

  • Weirdness Pokémon Fusion Fan-Site Remixes Your Favourite 'Mon

    We like the Hypbat

    With Pokémon X & Y coming later this year, many fans of the franchise are no doubt enjoying every second of the buzz and hype. Part of that fun is learning about new evolutions or, when we're lucky, all new creatures, which makes fan-site Pokémon Fusion worth a look. It's the work of Alex Onsager, and he's currently working...

  • News Nintendo Hosting a Pokémon X & Y Developer Roundtable At E3

    Expect lots of new information

    Earlier today, Nintendo announced that a new Nintendo Direct broadcast will take place on 11th June, before the E3 Expo opens; the broadcast will focus on future Wii U releases. That isn't all that Nintendo has to offer, as it will also be holding a one-and-a-half-hour developer roundtable / Q&A on upcoming 3DS...

  • News Tecmo Koei Hints At A Pokémon Conquest Sequel

    "There was a lot of unfinished material for Pokémon Conquest"

    The Pokémon Company and Tecmo Koei recently collaborated to make a strategy RPG crossover called Pokémon Conquest that took the Nobunaga's Ambition style of gameplay and threw in a flurry of Pokémon to do the battling. Even though the 3DS had been out a while at the time of the...

  • Weirdness Theories on the Inside of a Poké Ball

    PETA would choose the "ideal environment theory"

    Video games are often silly, fantastical things, which is one of the reasons that we love them. Still, that silliness can sometimes be fun for theoretical nonsense, such as the real estate value of Hyrule Castle. The same group that came up with that theory has now asked that all-important question...

  • News Eevee 3DS XL Evolves For Pokémon Center 15th Anniversary

    One of the many Eeveelutions

    Last month we reported that posters hinted that Eevee would be featured in some way on a new 3DS XL design, but details were scarce on its appearance. And now we know it's official - an Eevee-themed 3DS XL is indeed making its way to Japan judging by a leaflet found in Pokémon Center stores, posted by Twitter user...

  • News Fresh Pokémon X And Y Details Emerge: New Pokémon, Cover Art, Gameplay Trailer Revealed

    Forthcoming 3DS adventure takes place in the Kalos Region

    Not excited enough about Pokémon X And Y yet? Well perhaps these fresh details regarding the upcoming 3DS title will get your juices flowing. The Pokémon Company International has delivered a large helping of fresh content, including information on the game's setting, new Pokémon and even...

  • News Four New Pokémon Make CoroCoro Appearance for Pokémon X & Y

    Basic character customisation also outlined

    Yesterday we reported that more details were incoming for Pokémon X & Y, particularly in an upcoming episode of Pokémon Smash on 19th May, in which Junichi Masuda will feature. We also suggested, courtesy of Serebii, that details were likely before then with the publication of the latest issue of...

  • News More Pokémon X & Y Details Expected in the Coming Week

    Pokémon Smash and CoroCoro gear up

    Pokémon X & Y, as would be expected of a new generation title in the famous franchise, is enjoying a particularly lengthy, teasing buildup ahead of its anticipated October release. The most recent snippet of information was a new Mewtwo Form that'll be gracing the title; as that reveal was a month ago, we can...

  • News Pokémon Tretta Lab Coming to the 3DS This Summer in Japan

    Includes a large Tretta Scanner

    Last year, Nintendo and Marvelous AQL joined forces to develop an arcade game for Japan, Pokémon Tretta. Players collect different Tretta - small discs that you scan into a machine - call out whichever Pokémon it features and send them off to battle; if you win, you get more Tretta. It has come to light that the...

  • News First Generation Pokémon Visualised By 151 Artists For Charity

    Welcome to the Rare Candy Pokémon Gallery

    It's amazing how people can interpret their own version of what lies in front of them. One particular music song can inspire a variety of covers, each musician adding their own characteristic and making it their own. Artists visualise a certain object, theme or feeling and try to explain what's on their...

  • News Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension Shows Now Available via Nintendo Zone in Europe

    Watch some cartoons while in the pub

    Nintendo Zone, the 3DS service that connects to thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots to deliver exclusive content, is included primarily to encourage us to take our portables on the road with us — it can't be accessed via a domestic internet connection. As part of the incentive the feature includes trailers or content...

  • News There's Still Plenty Of Interest In Older Pokémon Games

    People are still buying the previous titles

    This year Nintendo announced it would be bringing a brand new Pokémon title to the 3DS in the form of Pokémon X & Y. This new iteration breaks the mould set by previous games and incorporates full 3D environments instead of the conventional top-down view we're all used to. Of course, Pokémon Black...

April2013

  • News Poster Hints At An Eevee-Themed 3DS XL Set For Japan Next Month

    What? Eevee is evolving?

    At the start of the week, we reported that a new Pokémon-themed 3DS XL would be available in Japan in May to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pokémon Center stores. It was rumoured that the handheld would feature the 133rd Pokémon in the Pokédex, Eevee; and to add further speculation, wild posters have appeared...

  • News Pokémon Black & White 2 Owners Can Catch Deoxys In May

    From the comfort of your own Wi-Fi

    Legendary DNA Pokémon Deoxys will be made available to English language copies of Pokémon Black & White 2 from 8th May until the 31st May. Players will be able to snag Deoxys in all its Level 100 glory through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Once acquired, Nacrene City will be the place to alter Deoxys between...

  • News Pocket Pikachu Evolves to Smartwatch Form On Pebble

    Tetris, of course, is also available

    Were you ever playing with your Pocket Pikachu (aka Pokémon Pikachu) in the late ‘90s and thought, “Gee, I wish I was able to wear this on my wrist?” Well honestly, you probably could’ve found some way to attach a band to the thing. But now, thanks to 21st Century technology, you can wear a digitized...

  • News Details and Figurines Continue to Evolve for Pokémon Rumble U

    NFC toy sales are super effective!

    Pokémon Rumble U — actually translated as Pokémon Scramble U in Japan — arrives on the Wii U eShop in Nintendo's homeland on 24th April. The Pokémon Company and Nintendo will no doubt be hoping that as well as the game itself performing well, it'll get a lot of interest and sales of the accompanying NFC...

  • News CoroCoro Confirms New Mewtwo Form

    Also reveals more on Pokémon Rumble U

    Last week, what looked like a new form of Mewtwo was announced for Pokémon X & Y by the Japanese TV show Pokémon Smash. However, it wasn't exactly clear if it was in fact Mewtwo or a completely different 'mon altogether and a massive debate ensued. Thankfully the latest edition of CoroCoro has emerged in...

  • News The Pokémon Company Describes 2013 as a "Key Year" for the Franchise

    Big plans to take the series further

    The Pokémon franchise is, without a doubt, a vital part of Nintendo's success, especially in the handheld space, with a new generation 'mon release prompting hype and excitement that's only seen for select brands. It's big in both Japan and the West, and an iconic part of the gaming industry. It's not from...

  • News New Mewtwo Form Revealed For Pokémon X & Y

    The Pokémon Company shows off a new trailer featuring the latest 'mon

    Last week a teaser trailer was shown at the end of an episode of Pokémon Smash in Japan, which promised some more Pokémon X & Y news this weekend. Well after a long week of waiting, the show has now revealed a new Pokémon with a more than familiar look. The new 'mon bears...

March2013

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    Review Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

    Neverending story

    With the Pokémon series nearly ready to celebrate its 18th birthday next year, some of its many spin-offs have become enduring gaming traditions in their own right. The Mystery Dungeon games are a prime example, combining classic roguelike dungeon crawling with the endless appeal of playing as Pokémon, and as the series' first...

  • News Expect Some Fresh Pokémon X & Y Information Next Saturday

    Teaser trailer is quite mysterious

    According to the latest episode of Pokémon Smash in Japan, fans of the series of games should have their Pokéballs at the ready to catch some new Pokémon X & Y news next Saturday. A teaser trailer featuring series producer Junichi Masuda was shown at the episode's climax, which showed him holding a...

  • Video Pokémon Snap Gritty Reboot Spoofs Jurassic Park

    "Welcome to Pokémon Island!"

    The Gritty Reboot team — which did such a fantastic job on Harvest Moon earlier this month — are back with another Nintendo-related trailer, this time based on the N64 title Pokémon Snap. The clip boasts the same astonishingly high production values as it predecessor, and this time spoofs the Hollywood smash-hit...

  • News Pokémon Rumble U Trailer Shows NFC in Action

    Details of first set of figurines included

    Announced in Coro Coro magazine in February, Pokémon Scramble U, commonly being called Pokémon Rumble U in the West, arrives as a download-only Wii U title on 24th April for 1800 Yen, which at the time of writing equates to just over $18/€14/£12; it continues on from Pokémon Rumble on WiiWare and...

  • Rumour Pikachu 3DS XL Already In US Stores, March 24th Release Mooted

    Update - Nintendo confirms release date and price

    Nintendo has now confirmed that the Pikachu 3DS XL will be released on March 24th in North America. In will include a 4GB SD card — as is standard for the XL model — and will have a suggested retail price of $199.99. Original article Nintendo's recent TV commercial for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon:...

  • News Official Pokémon Facebook And Twitter Pages Tease Pikachu-Related Announcement For Tomorrow

    Let the Pikachu out of the bag already

    Earlier this week, Nintendo of America released a TV commercial promoting upcoming title Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity for the 3DS, but there was also a sneaky glimpse of the limited edition Pikachu 3DS XL in the advert. This got quite a few people excited, as the special edition handheld is...

  • News Special Edition Pikachu 3DS XL Shows Up In North American Commercial

    Nintendo, you tease

    Remember that awesome Pikachu 3DS XL that hit Japan all those months ago? It's long been rumoured that it could be heading stateside, and it would appear that we now have confirmation of that momentous event — from Nintendo itself, no less. The distinctive yellow system stars in the new TV commercial for

February2013

  • News Mythical Pokémon Meloetta Available at GameStop in March

    Music to our ears

    Pokémon fans in North America are to receive a special treat in March, as the mythical Meloetta will become available to download onto your Pokémon Black and White or Pokémon Black and White 2 cartridges at GameStop. Meloetta is a Normal Pokémon that can double up to become either a Psychic or a Fighting type during an actual...

  • News Catch Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity In Europe On May 17th

    3DS dungeon crawling ahoy

    Nintendo Europe has confirmed today that Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity will be hitting the region on May 17th. The latest in the Mystery Dungeon series, Gates to Infinity will feature randomly-generated levels and will allow players to use their 3DS console's camera to create Magnagates from real-world...

  • News New Pokémon Gets Caught In Some Footage

    Called Sylveon in English

    Earlier this week we brought you the news from CoroCoro magazine of a new Pokémon called Ninfia, along with a scanned image of it in all of its pink glory. Following that reveal, The Pokémon Company has stated that its English name is Sylveon, and reiterated that it'll be the eighth Eevee evolution; no other new details...

  • News Pokémon TV App Makes Its Way Onto iOS And Android Devices

    Streaming the latest episodes to your smartphones and tablets

    More Pokémon news follows Pokémon Scramble U and the revealing of Ninfia, as Pokémon TV has launched on iOS and Android devices. The app allows you to watch full episodes of the Pokémon TV show, as well as special features and trailers for the upcoming Pokémon movie releases. You...

  • News New Pokémon Revealed for X & Y, Say Hello To Ninfia

    A new Pokémon in the never-ending Pokédex

    We reported yesterday that Pokémon Smash and CoroCoro magazine had a treat in-store for Pokémon fans this week, and it so happens to come in the form of Ninfia — a brand new Pokémon, which also happens to be one of the many evolutions of Eevee. According to the magazine, the evolution method is a...

  • News Pokémon Scramble U Confirmed For Spring Arrival in Japan

    Download-only follow up to Pokémon Rumble

    When it comes to the Pokémon industry, it's about more than the main series releases, with a variety of off-shoots and alternatives regularly gracing our gaming machines. One series that made its début on WiiWare was Pokémon Rumble, which we rather liked for its boggling premise and simple fun, and that...

  • News New Information on Pokémon X & Y Coming Soon

    Soon? This week to be precise

    The latest episode of Japanese TV show Pokémon Smash has confirmed that new information regarding Pokémon X & Y for the 3DS will be making its way to our needy little ears during next week's episode, as well as being featured in this week's CoroCoro magazine. CoroCoro — a Japanese manga magazine published by...

  • News Local Multiplayer Confirmed For Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

    There'll also be some downloadable dungeons

    The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series is venturing onto the 3DS in March with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. Nintendo has announced some interesting news about the upcoming release, including the fact that for the first time ever, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon will have a multiplayer mode...

January2013

December2012

  • News Trailer Promises More Pokémon News In January

    More teasing from Game Freak

    Not so long ago Game Freak revealed that it would be working towards evolving the Pokémon world in 2013. Quite what this meant is unclear at the moment, but a new development may shine some light on it. At the end of a trailer for Pokémon Black & White Version 2 that has been running in Japan, a teaser pops up...

  • News Game Freak: The Pokémon World Will Be Evolving In 2013

    What? Pokémon is evolving!

    The year 2012 saw Pokémon Black and White Version 2 released to great fanfare across the globe and it appears Game Freak, the game's developer, already has plans for the series in 2013. In a New Year greetings card posted in Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream, the developer has reportedly told everyone it intends to work...

  • News Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Hitting North America March 24th

    New 3DS adventure set for early 2013 release

    Nintendo has confirmed that Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity will be coming to North American 3DS consoles on March 24th, 2013. The latest instalment in the popular Mystery Dungeon sub-series, Gates to Infinity will allow 3DS owners to use the console's camera to scan objects and access new...

November2012

  • News Pokémon Pokédex Is Coming To iOS Devices In Japan

    A smart move?

    Japan has had Pokédex 3D Pro available to download on the 3DS since July, and it seems the demand for Pokéknowledge knows no bounds in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Pokémon Company has announced today that it will be bringing a new Pokédex to iOS devices from November 16th. The base application, which costs 170 Yen, is similar...

October2012

  • News Pokémon Comic Gives You Even More Black & White 2

    Patience with those page turns, young Trainer

    Pokémon Black and White 2 has now been in Western stores for a couple of weeks, and we have little doubt that quite a few of you are still building super effective teams at this very moment. Many of you are undoubtedly veterans of the Pokémon scene and know the intricacies and tricks of the game, but...

  • Interview Braxton Burks - Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony

    Pokémon musical

    Clearly we're not the only ones that love orchestrated game music, as Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony has just been released to a positive response. The fan project reinterprets the 8-bit music of Pokémon Red / Blue in full orchestral form and has been cleared by Nintendo through Joypad Records, a company that specialises...

  • News Amazon Japan Releases Online Pokémon Store Into The Wild

    Time to waste some money

    Amazon Japan has opened a special online Pokémon Store today. Nintendo and developers Game Freak have partnered up to launch the awesome virtual store, which includes various items such as figures, plushes, Pokémon trainers and kitchen equipment. They even have a life-size Pikachu plush on sale for 3,800 Yen. There are...

  • News Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony Released into the Wild

    Catch it now

    A few months ago we brought news that Braxton "Skotein" Burks was working with Joypad Records on a collection of orchestrated Pokémon music, and now we're pleased to tell you that Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony has been completed and sent out into the world. The 35-track extravaganza covers the soundtrack of Pokémon Red /...

  • News Knock Yourself Out With This Exhaustive Pokémon Black And White 2 Infographic

    Everything you needed to know, and possibly more

    Nintendo UK has published a staggeringly comprehensive infographic for Pokémon Black and White 2. Rather than waste our time coming up with witty commentary, we thought we'd merely replicate the entire thing for you below. Enjoy.

  • News Pokémon Train Hitting The Rails This Holiday

    In Japan, obviously

    Sometimes the Western world just isn't enthusiastic enough about video games. Sure, gamers in Europe and North America in particular buy an enormous volume of video games on a yearly basis and pay plenty of cash for new consoles, but do we, in our various individual cultures, love gaming enough to have anything as awesome as this...

  • News Pokémon Video Game Autumn Regional Championship Details For North America

    Your journey to Victory Road begins this weekend

    It's just a little over a week since Pokémon Black & White 2 released across the US, and already the Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships will take place this weekend. That's right fellow trainers, the Championships begin in North America this Sunday, October 14th. The Autumn Regionals are...

  • Feature The New Dimensions of Pokémon

    Snap and Dream Radar change the perspective

    Trading cards and anime episodes aside, the Pokémon series is known for a long-lasting line of handheld RPGs. You've almost certainly played one or two of them — and we suspect that quite a few of you are already getting into Pokémon Black & White 2 — most likely followed by an obsessed state of...

  • News PETA Targets Pokémon Black & White 2 in Latest Campaign

    Opportunism or a fair moral case?

    Last year, with the arrival of Super Mario 3D Land, PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — launched a campaign against Mario, on the grounds that his Tanooki suit encouraged the wearing of furs. It was a widely criticised move, as it disregarded the sheer fantasy of obtaining the suit from a...

  • Feature The Bizarre History of Pokémon Technology

    Go Go Gadget Pokémon

    Ever since the Game Boy link cable connected rival trainers together in Pokémon Red and Blue, the famed monster-catching franchise has been fascinated with novel technology. Pick an eccentric doodad at random from Nintendo's library of experiments and you're certain to find a guinea Tepig tagging along to make sure it's safe...

  • News Pikachu 3DS XL Coming to Europe "Later This Year"

    White 3DS XL also on the way

    Do you remember when a Pikachu 3DS XL was released in Japan earlier this year, prompting long lines and pandemonium as it arrived? We may see similar scenes in Europe, to a lesser extent, as Nintendo of Europe boss Satoru Shibata has confirmed that the cutest 3DS XL around is coming to the region later this year...

September2012

  • News Pokémon Black and White 2 Designed for Dedicated Trainers

    "Let’s open up the complexity of Pokémon for people who want it."

    The Pokémon series is one of the most serious in gaming, with world championships and resources for Trainers that are reserved for the most dedicated and skilled. One trend with the most experienced players is to dig down into the games and understand the hidden stat values for...

  • News Pokémon Almost Brought a "Seizure Gun" to the World

    From the U.S. military, of course

    At times we mock video games, particularly those based around war, for their ludicrous ideas and unrealistic scenarios. There's nothing as strange as real life, however, as a report on wired.com has uncovered a U.S. military project from 1998, which was to develop an electromagnetic weapon that would induce seizures...

  • News Forza Motorsport Was Originally Inspired By Pokémon

    Gotta drive 'em all

    Nintendo is clearly an influential company in the realm of video gaming, but we're just beginning to see exactly how far-reaching its inflience has been. Last week, we reported that Sony's WipEout was inspired by Super Mario Kart, and today we've learned that Xbox 360 favourite Forza Motorsport can count Pokémon as its muse...

  • News Ever Wonder Why Pokémon Black And White 2 Isn't On The 3DS?

    It's all about the numbers, baby

    When you're trying to sell as many units as possible of your latest console, you might assume that its simply best practice to ensure that all your strongest games are released for that system. Common sense, right? Not quite. Take Pokémon Black And White 2, for example. It's coming out on the Nintendo DS and not...

  • News Mythical Pokémon Genesect to be Distributed to Black & White 2 Early Birds

    Worth it for the Techno Blast move

    Pokémaniacs all around the world now have only a month to wait until Pokémon Black & White 2 hits stores in North America and Europe, as well as some AR zapping fun with Pokémon Dream Radar on the same date. Nintendo is upping the ante further to encourage early adopters of the DS sequel, through a Wi-Fi...

August2012

  • News Pokémon Hits North American Cyber League Summer Showdown

    Over $5,000 in prize money up for grabs

    Pokémon Black and White has been added to the roster of games at this year's North American Cyber League Summer Showdown, due to take place on Saturday September 8th at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The tournament has a $10 admission fee (to cover the cost of hiring the venue), with an...

  • News Pikachu 3DS XL Pre-Orders Prompt Long Lines in Japan

    Pika-queue

    A little over a week ago we told you about the yellow Pikachu 3DS XL/LL coming to Japan, with the only way to buy one being to pre-order from Pokémon Center stores. As reported by Andriasang, those pre-orders have now opened and attracted plenty of interest. Japanese website Inside Games visited the Tokyo Pokemon Center at 10am for the...

  • News Pick Up Keldeo For Free in Pokémon Giveaway

    Off to the shops with you

    Pokémon Black and White 2 is getting ever closer, and we can expect the hype machine to continue kicking into gear. One tactic seems to be to remind you that you should really still be playing the original Pokémon Black and White, and one way to get you back into the action is to run a legendary 'mon giveaway. Between...

  • Hands On Learn With Pokemon: Typing Adventure

    Gotta type 'em all

    On Saturday, Nintendo Life was lucky enough to get a sneaky preview of Nintendo and Genius Sonority's most bizarre upcoming release, Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure. The version we demoed was the Japanese version, Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS, complete with the Japanese Bluetooth keyboard add-on. The aim of Pokémon...

  • News Yellow Pikachu Nintendo 3DS XL Coming to Japan

    Gotta catch 'em all

    Lucky Japanese gamers will soon be able to grab themselves a Pikachu themed Nintendo 3DS XL, which we think looks rather snazzy. The "Pokémon Center Original Nintendo 3DS XL Pikachu Yellow" will be released on 15th September, but only to customers who have preordered from one of the Pokémon Center stores in Sapporo, Tohoku,...

  • News Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure Taps Into Action on 21st September

    European typing woes solved

    So you can't type very well, a state of affairs entirely intolerable in the modern day and age, and it's something that has to be resolved promptly. You're also a big fan of Pokémon, and just wish there was a way to improve your typing and indulge your favourite hobby all at once. Well, the dream is a reality, as Learn...

  • News Pokémon World Championships Results Are In

    All hail Trainer Rizzo

    After worldwide heats and the occasional unpleasant controversy, the Pokémon World Championships finals have taken place in Hawaii, with a new group of champions securing a prestigious trophy and scholarship prizes. With over 30 countries represented, it was undoubtedly a hard-fought contest, with six division champions...

  • News Catch Pokédex 3D Pro in North America on 8th November

    Update: New trailer and Black & White 2 features released

    Ahead of its October release, Nintendo has release more details about Pokémon Black and White 2, and also confirmed the release date of the accompanying 3DS eShop app, Pokédex 3D Pro. The new paid Pokédex arrives in North America on 8th November, promising detailed information on more than...

July2012

  • News Catch a Special Porygon in Pokémon Black and White

    You know you want to

    Recently we told you all about the updates and improvements to Pokémon Global Link, such as a new Global Trade Station or the Icy Cave area, for just two examples. Now, courtesy of our friends at Eurogamer.net, you can get yourself a special version of one of the original 'mon. The special creature that you can claim is...

  • News Pokémon Orchestra is Suitably Epic

    Gotta compose 'em all

    The Pokémon franchise has always been home to some quality music, but one fan has taken it to another level. Over the last couple of years Braxton "Skotein" Burks has been putting together orchestral versions of some of the series' best loved tunes to super effect. Burks is currently working with Joypad Records to release a...

  • News Enter the Pokémon World Tournament in Black & White 2

    Pokémon Black & White 2 comes with a few new features to boost it over its predecessor, with Nintendo recently talking more about the Pokémon World Tournament mode. Here you'll be able to take on gym leaders and champions from past games — Lance and Volkner both return — while using moves and battle tactics from Black and White 2. If...

  • News What's Cuter Than Pikachu? A Crochet Pikachu, Of Course

    But you knew that

    Everything's cuter when it's knitted: take this Sonic Sackboy, for instance. Could it make Pokémon mascot Pikachu any cuter, though? Yes, as it turns out, it could. Serial knitster MaDonna — she of Game Boy gloves infamy — spun a yarn Pikachu from her own pattern. We don't know much about knitting, but we're willing to bet...

June2012

  • News Pokémon Black and White 2 Hits the West in October

    7th for North America, 12th for Europe

    DS owners will be able to return to Unova in October when Pokémon Black and White 2 launches in the West. The sequel lands in North America on 7th October and follows in Europe just five days later on 12th October. As well as new Formes of legendary Pokémon, there are several new features in this sequel. At...

  • News Pokémon Conquest Reaches Europe on 27th July

    To arms!

    Monster mash Pokémon Conquest is already available in Japan, North America and Australia, but European fans can get in on the tactical action in a month when the game hits on 27th July. The combination of Pokémon and Nobunaga's Ambition favours a more strategic flavour of battle, teaming up monsters with Japanese warlords to unite the...

  • News Pokémon Black & White 2 Sells 1.6m in Two Days

    Still big in Japan

    Pokémon Black & White 2 landed in Japan on Saturday 23rd June and racked up an astonishing 1,618,621 sales across the country in its first weekend. It's the fastest-selling game of the year, the first 2012 game on any platform to pass 1m sales and the third fastest-selling DS game of all time. It's a big drop-off in sales...

  • News What? The Pokémon Global Link Website is Evolving!

    Hum the music

    Popular Pokémon destination Pokémon Global Link has just received a new lick of paint and brand new features, ahead of the release of Pokémon Black & White 2 later this year. The site now includes a Global Trade Station for observing Pokémon trades and new statistics for you to pore over, such as which country is home to the...

  • News A Very Short Pokémon Black & White 2 Teaser Trailer

    Blink and yo- oh it's already finished

    Are you ready for 20-something seconds of gameplay from Pokémon Black & White 2? Let's do this. Nintendo put out the most teasing of teaser trailers during its Nintendo Direct conference, but now you can watch it at your leisure to pick out the new gym leaders and areas that make up the sequel. The...

  • News Pokémon Typing Adventure Announced for DS

    Gotta type 'em all?

    Satoru Shibata's European Nintendo Direct broadcast had a few moments of charm and Nintendo quirkiness, none more so than the announcement of Pokémon Typing Adventure for DS, which arrives in September. It's Pokémon played by typing, just what we all expected. It will come bundled with a rather sleek wireless keyboard —...

May2012

  • News Nintendo Shares More on Pokémon Conquest

    Gotta get a perfect link

    Pokémon Conquest is set to hit North American stores on 18th June, rebranding Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition for those of us that don't fully appreciate the cross-over. As a spin-off developed by TECMO KOEI GAMES it's not enjoying the same attention as Pokémon Black and White 2, for example, but it may have enough to...

  • News Two Pokémon Apps Bound for eShop in the West

    Go pro

    Nintendo's confirmed that we'll see two pieces of Pokémon software hit the eShop this autumn. Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro will come to Europe and North America later this year, just ahead of the release of Pokémon Black & White 2 for DS. Dream Radar is a Face Raiders-like experience that sees you catch Pokémon in the real...

  • News Make Your Own Movies in Pokémon Black and White 2

    Frame and focus

    Pokémon Black & White 2 land later this year with all the gotta-catch-'em-all action you could want, but if you fancy taking a break from animal slavery you can always try your hand at animal acting with the game's new "Pokéwood" mode. The addition lets you create miniature movies using your Pokémon, picking dialogue...

  • News Pokémon Conquest Details Revealed by Nintendo

    Lots of kingdoms to conquer

    Pokémon Conquest, a translated version of Japanese title Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition, is getting ever closer for gamers in North America. With the 18th June release date approaching, Nintendo has started to release details about the title and what 'mon fans can expect. With 17 kingdoms to conquer, and these being...

April2012

  • News 3DS Gets Pokémon Black & White 2 AR Apps

    Gotta snap 'em all

    Pokémon Black & White 2 is coming to DS, but 3DS owners who want to beef up their experience can do so with the release of two new eShop applications. One is a follow-up to Pokédex 3D, updated with the new moves and information from Black and White 2. In Japan at least, the original Pokédex 3D will be removed from sale,...

  • News First Pokémon Black & White 2 Footage Revealed

    Unova drill

    Japanese show Pokémon Smash led with the first gameplay footage of Pokémon Black & White 2 this past weekend, showing the newly frosty Unova in motion. In the trailer below you can see new areas, trainers, gym leaders and much more. It's pretty exciting. Pokémon Black & White 2 is due out in Japan in June, and we'll get it a...

  • News New Trainers and Town in Pokémon Black & White 2

    All change

    Worried that Pokémon Black & White 2 is just a rehash of the original? New details from Coro Coro comics should put your mind to rest. The Japanese magazine has revealed B&W2 will feature new playable trainers, a new town and new gym leaders. Set two years after Pokémon Black and White, it's still set in Unova (Isshu in Japan)...

  • News Australia Rates Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition

    That's right

    No, not Pokémon Conquest — the Australian Board of Classification (who we love) has rated Nintendo's feudal Pokémon crossover under its original Japanese title Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition. The rating appeared earlier today and seems to guarantee a PAL territories release for the next Pok

  • News Let the Pokémon Conquest Trailers Begin

    Strategise open

    Yesterday's announcement of Pokémon Conquest — that's the English name for Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition — for North America now brings with it a brace of trailers. The first is the opening movie you can expect to watch on your DS come 18th June, while the other is an introduction to the gameplay mash-up of grid-based strategy,...

  • News Pokémon Conquest Heading to DS in June

    Japanese feudal warlords, anyone?

    Nintendo of America has revealed Pokémon Conquest is coming to the continent on 18th June. The translated version of Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition will arrive on Nintendo DS this summer, bringing a different form of strategy to the table. Update: Nintendo of Europe has responded to our email, saying: We have...

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  • News More Black and White Kyurem Details Revealed

    Just our type

    Pokémon Black & White 2's legendary Black Kyurem and White Kyurem are Dragon/Ice type Pokémon, new cases spotted on Amazon Japan have confirmed. Black Kyurem stands 3.3 metres tall, while White Kyurem is a little taller at 3.6m. Both weigh 325kg — about the same as a robotic lawn mower. We expect to learn more about Pokémon...

  • News These PokéPark Trailers are Too Silly Not to Share

    Music maestro

    The only thing better than a Pokémon theme tune? Three Pokémon theme tunes, of course. Nintendo UK's hit the jackpot with this trio of tunes to celebrate the upcoming European release of PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond this Friday. The videos even have lyrics so you can happily sing along to tunes of unbelievable heroism from the...

  • News UK PokéPark Treasure Hunt Set for Saturday

    Toys 'r' you

    PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond launches in Europe this week, and Nintendo UK is kicking off the party with a treasure hunt this Saturday. The Toys 'R' Us store at Brents Cross will host the expedition on 24th March, starting at 10am. Be one of the first 25 people to find toys of the game's four playable Pokémon — that's Oshawott, Tepig,...

  • News Pokémon Black and White 2 Box Art Revealed

    Let battle commence

    It's safe to say that the announcement of Pokémon Black and White 2 caused a stir in late February, with many fans of the series having strong opinions on a direct sequel being released on DS. Now that the dust has settled and the reality of these new titles has sunk in, it's time to take a look at the recently released Japanese...

  • News Pokémon Champion Stripped of Title After Hotel Incident

    Update: Puig tells his side

    After the unsavoury hotel incident at the Pokémon Video Game Championships this past weekend, it seems Masters champion Rubén Puig Lecegui has had his title taken off him. Puig was allegedly involved in the incident that threatened to overshadow the tournament, and although he emerged victorious in his division the...

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