Nintendo announced it will launch the Pokemon Bank, a downloadable service for Pokemon X/Y, on the 3DS eShop starting December 27. The application helps players to manage their Pokemon inventories, storing up to 3000 of the critters and facilitating trades between players; players can also transfer Pokemon from the Black/White series using the Poke Transporter, a feature linked to the Bank.
The service will carry a $4.99 fee per year. Users who download the app by January 31 will get a free 30-day trial.
The steady drip of Pokemon X/Y information continues, with new details on starter and mega evolutions, new Pokemon, and the Pokemon Global Link. Of particular note are the following. Continue reading ‘More Pokemon X and Y Information’ »
Nintendo has released additional details for their upcoming license to print money, Pokemon X and Y. Namely, the game will feature a new form of evolution for Pokemon during battle. The tellingly named “Mega Evolution” will alter the Pokemon’s appearance, increase their stats, and may add new abilities or change their type, though this is only applicable during battle. For instance, Mega Ampharos gains the Dragon type in addition to its existing Electric type, while Mega Mawile gains the ability “Huge Power.”
Additionally, players can put their Pokemon through Super Training outside of combat. These training regimens take the form of minigames, controlled via the touch screen, which allow them to increase their base stats and underlying values. Conversely, Core Training sets up training bags for Pokemon to practice on, which they can do on their own or with the player’s guidance.
New Pokemon were also introduced: Dedenne, an Electric- and Fairy-type that emits radio waves from its antenna-shaped whiskers; Bunnelby, a Normal-type that somehow uses its large ears to dig and as weapons; and Skiddo, a Grass-type that evolves into Gogoat and can carry people on its back.
Nintendo has released more information about Pokemon X and Y, particularly about certain Legendary types and some of the new additions: Continue reading ‘More Pokemon X and Y Details: Legendary Types and New Pokemon’ »
To celebrate the upcoming release of Pokemon X and Y, Nintendo will be releasing special edition 3DS XLs: “Xerneas and Yveltal Blue” and “Premium Gold”, each to the tune of 22,800 yen. Naturally, they’ll come with the download version of the game included, along with a 4gig memory card and other standard pack-ins. These will be released alongside the game starting October 12, though no North American release has been confirmed.
Nintendo has announced that Pokemon X and Y will launch for the 3DS on October 12. Shortly afterward, Nintendo plans to use the proceeds gold-plate their corporate headquarters, render it spaceworthy, and relocate to the moon.
Well, that’s what I would do.
Further details have emerged about Pokemon X and Y. In particular, four new Pokemon have been confirmed: Continue reading ‘Nintendo Unveils New Pokemon X and Y Details’ »
Nintendo will be releasing the Pikachu Edition 3DS XL in North America on March 24. Priced at $199, the package includes a 4gig SD memory card and launches alongside Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. While the game is not included in the package, players who buy both and register their system between March 21 and April 30 get a redeem code for one of five 3DS titles: Super Mario 3D Land, Star Fox 64 3D, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, or Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!
The Wii U based Pokemon Rumble U, a downloadable entry in the Rumble spinoff series, will include Skylanders-style toy integration. Currently planned for Japan only, players will be able to buy figurines of various Pokemon and see them appear on screen.
The first set of figures will include Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Piplup, Victini, Torchic, Lucario, and one as-yet-unrevealed Pokemon. The game itself is priced at 1800 yen, with the toys running 200 yen apiece.
With Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity due out March 24, Nintendo has clarified a few points regarding the game’s DLC. For starters, content will encompass new dungeons, items, and Pokemon, all to be released on a regular basis following launch day. In an interesting twist, the first batch of content – the Poke Forest dungeon – will be free to download until April 30. Three other dungeons will be available at launch, with more content planned for April.
Also, Gates to Infinity will offer local multiplayer in the form of Companion Mode, allowing players to explore dungeons, collect items, and gain experience together. Said items and experience then carry over to the game’s single player (Hero Mode).
Pokemon X/Y will, as is customary, include a slew of new Pokemon to capture and force to fight to the death. While the exact amount was unspecified, a press release confirmed it would up the current count from 649 to over 700.
Nintendo has announced Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, which will at last bring the series into the third dimension on the 3DS. Via trailer, we have an idea of which starter Pokemon will be added, along with a worldwide release window of October.
Check said trailer for yourself over on YouTube. Yes, it still prints money.
In a first for the company, Nintendo has launched the 3DS-based Pokedex on iOS as a paid app. Currently limited to Japan, the app costs 170 yen and covers all creatures from the latest generation (Black & White). In-app purchases can expand the encyclopedia to cover previous monsters, separated into four packs at 500 yen apice.
As the title of the article says, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth will make use of the 3DS camera in an interesting fashion. Specifically, players can take pictures of household objects – cups, lamps, apparently anything with a round shape on it – which will open up portals in the game.
The game will release in Japan later this year. No US release has been announced.
Spinoff series Pokemon Mystery Dungeon will see another installment, this one bound for the 3ds under the subtitle Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth. Currently Japan-only, the Pokecentric dungeon crawler will use the system’s 3D and augmented reality functions; the latter involves scanning real-life objects to unlock areas in the game, though further details are still pending.
Magnagate shows up this Winter. A US release has not been announced.
With the freeware Pokedex 3D going offline October 1, Nintendo will release the Pokedex 3D Pro on the eShop starting November 8. Apart from covering some 640+ Pokemon, this new version will include a trivia-based challenge feature. The price in Japan has been set for ¥1,500, about $19 US; no actual US price has been announced just yet.
Yaaay, we’re back! And hopefully we’ll stay on time going forward, or at least we won’t lose power right when I’m about to start writing. Anyway, news time!
- Sony acquires streaming game service Gaikai for a cool $380 million. Speculation abounds as to how doomed modern consoles are (not very, for the moment).
- Vivendi plans to sell off its stake in Activision-Blizzard. Possibly a restructuring effort, or maybe they just see Call of Duty being the next Guitar Hero, with all that would imply.
- Zynga reveals “Zynga With Friends,” and exciting new games ending with -Ville that are totally not the same idea over and over. One’s even an “epic slot machine adventure” for extra irony.
- Yoichi Wada asserts Final Fantasy VII isn’t getting remade until they make a game that surpasses it. My take: better get a DeLorean, ’cause we’ll need the nineties again.
- Atlus announces and defends its decision to region-lock Persona 4 Arena. So that’s why the official forums melted down the other day.
- The EU rules that resale of digital games is legal, Pokemon Black and White 2 makes all of the money, Facebook suffers a sizable email fiasco, and more!
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