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Feature: A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 1 - 1996 to 1999

A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 1 - 1996 to 1999

The start of something beautiful

As we build up to the 20th anniversary of Pokémon in February 2016 and look hotly ahead towards brand new things such as the green blob Pokémon, we're going to take you back on a monthly journey through each of the generations of Pokémon, starting with the first Generation. The build-up to launch: It all began...

News: Flowers Will Apparently Factor In The Future Of The Pokémon Series 

Flowers Will Apparently Factor In The Future Of The Pokémon Series 

Cryptic conundrums

Flowers are great. Not only do they make our gardens look presentable, they're perfect for smoothing over stormy relationships with loved ones. In fact, they're so versatile they may be integral to the future of the Pokémon series, according to The Pokémon Company International's Director of Consumer Marketing J.C. Smith...

Talking Point: Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a Wii U Saviour, But It Can Provide a Welcome Boost

Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a Wii U Saviour, But It Can Provide a Welcome Boost

Giving early 2016 a focal point

Ever since its announcement for the Japanese arcade scene Pokkén Tournament has been closely followed by Pokémon and fighting game fans. Unofficial efforts have often pitched 'mon against each other in crude efforts, but the flashy Bandai Namco-developed release caused quite an online buzz. Of course, its status...

Poll: Is Pokkén Tournament The Wii U Release You've Been Waiting For?

Is Pokkén Tournament The Wii U Release You've Been Waiting For?

Wish fulfilment

Just this week came an announcement that fulfilled a much cited demand from some Wii U owners - Pokkén Tournament is coming to Wii U. Its early 2016 arrival is both expected and a surprise, with plenty of logic in porting a major Japanese arcade release to a global console audience, but likewise there'd been a fear that Nintendo and...

Weirdness: Dancing Electric Rodents Infest The Japanese Coastal Town Of Yokohama

Dancing Electric Rodents Infest The Japanese Coastal Town Of Yokohama

Pika-pi, Pikachu!!

Japan appears to be absolutely obsessed with the cute, cuddly and electric Pokémon, Pikachu. To celebrate the nation’s cultural obsession with the adorable pocket monster, for a second year in a row now, Nintendo has infested the coastal Japanese town of Yokohama with dancing Pikachu. These giant-sized Pikachu are actually a...

Video: PBS Game/Show Gets Into Questions of Ecology for Pokémon's Growing Pokédex

PBS Game/Show Gets Into Questions of Ecology for Pokémon's Growing Pokédex

Because why not?

it probably wasn't intended when launched, but the Pokémon franchise has evolved - you can praise that sharp wit in the comments - into a sprawling IP with over 700 'mon in its Pokédex. It's got levels of complexity that, to the uninitiated, can seem downright intimidating. A common refrain with each new generation is to question...

News: Watch Pikachu Dance, Dance, Dance in This New 3DS HOME Theme

Watch Pikachu Dance, Dance, Dance in This New 3DS HOME Theme

Busting some moves

Pikachu is kind of a big deal, we know - as the main mascot and spokesthing for Pokémon, the little yellow critter's cuteness is appreciated by millions of fans around the world. So when Nintendo, The Pokémon Company or Game Freak are spreading the gospel of 'mon, this is one character that appears regularly. Now, in a follow...

Weirdness: Female UFC Champ Was A Huge Pokémon Fan, Doesn't Like Zelda: Majora's Mask All That Much

Female UFC Champ Was A Huge Pokémon Fan, Doesn't Like Zelda: Majora's Mask All That Much

"I was constantly freaking out about the time"

Olympic medal-winning martial artist Ronda Rousey is one of the most famous female athletes on the face of the planet right now. She's the current (and first) UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion and has also forged out a successful acting career, having starred in the likes of Furious 7 and The...

News: London To Get Overrun By a Horde of Pikachu in 'Summer in the City' Event

London To Get Overrun By a Horde of Pikachu in 'Summer in the City' Event

Prepare yourself for the Pikachu invasion

The Pokémon Company International will be making a splash at this year's 'Summer in the City' at the ExCeL London on Saturday 15th August, by attending with a horde of five Pikachu who will wander around the event for you to grab a selfie - if you are so inclined. Summer in the City is an annual event...

News: Shiny Rayquaza Distribution Event For Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Launches In North America

Shiny Rayquaza Distribution Event For Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Launches In North America

Serial code giveaway for Australia & New Zealand, UK details also inside

Update: In the United Kingdom, players can obtain Shiny Rayquaza and Pikachu at Smyths Toys Superstores starting on 24th August, with the promotion lasting four weeks. Original post: If you’re a fan of the legendary serpentine pocket monster, Rayquaza, and happen to live in...

Weirdness: Get on Down and Dance, Dance, Dance With Pikachu

Get on Down and Dance, Dance, Dance With Pikachu

Step aside, left shark

Pokémon is weird; sure, it makes sense in some ways, but it's also conceptually bonkers. That doesn't harm its popularity, of course, and as a series with a heavy focus on attracting more children to buy into the brand its marketing - especially in Japan - can be delightful in its quirkiness. We think these Pikachu videos...

Video: Kids React to Pokémon Snap In Rather Interesting Ways

Kids React to Pokémon Snap In Rather Interesting Ways

Where's that darn Z button?

It's oddly fascinating when young gamers get given a retro game to play, which helps to partly explain the huge success of the REACT channel. Yes, it covers people of all ages reacting to all manner of things, but when you hand a kid a retro controller the results can be - in their way - educational. The latest episode...

News: Take a Look at the New 'Green Blob' Pokémon

Take a Look at the New 'Green Blob' Pokémon

Plenty of Pokémon Shuffle information, too

Earlier in the summer talk emerged of a new Pokémon that was revealed as part of a teaser during the new 'mon movie that's out now in Japan. We only had some sketches to go on, but 'green blob' seemed to sum up its form nicely. Serebii has dug up an image this weekend, though, which gives us a look at...

News: Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates Spotted in the Wild

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates Spotted in the Wild

Heading to Japan on 17th September

In the absence of a main-series entry this year, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is the IP's main release on the 3DS. Though it's due by the end of the year in North America and early next year in Europe, its arrival in Japan is much closer - it hits the country on 17th September. It's now been confirmed that some...