NEWS from Episode 038

POKEMON NEWS

  • Pokemon Go News

    • Those attending the Gamer Developer Conference in San Francisco next month will have the opportunity to see Pokemon Go up close and personal. It’s been confirmed that Niantic CEO, John Hanke, will be conducting a session called  Gotta 'Em All: Pokemon GO and Real World Gaming. This will be the very first time the public will have the opportunity to see how game works, as well as, hear about how the company has developed the title.
       

  • Pokemon 20 Celebration
    http://www.pokemon20.com

    • The newly remodeled Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Center  New York, is holding a special Pokémon celebration on February 27th 2016.
       

  • Pokemon Center - Japan is re-opened on Feb 16th at PokemonCenter-Online.com. The Japan Pokemon Center website has been shut down since September of  2006
     

  • Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon is finally available in Europe on the eshop and in retail locations.
     

  • Pokemon Ranger will be released on the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe. This will be the first release of this game on the Virtual Console globally. The game will be available for download on February 25th.
     

  • Pokken Tournament & Amiibo News

    • Details have been added to the official North American Nintendo website that suggest all current amiibo will be able to be used in Pokken Tournament to unlock in-game items. No word yet on what these items may be or if they are unique to specific amiibo.

    • New Pokken support characters were revealed: Cubone & Diglett, Magneton & Quagsire and Espeon & Umbreon

      • Cubone uses Bonemerang which is a quick long range attack that hits multiple times and brings opponents to you.

        Diglett uses Dig which makes it easy to land combos when the opponent has been hit.

        Magneton uses Tri Attack which aims upward. It lowers opponents' Speed & Attack and is good against jumping opponents.

        Quagsire uses Mud Bomb. It is effective on players on the ground and damages even if guarded against.

        Espeon uses Morning Sun which removes status conditions as well as healing Hit Points. The less time on the clock, the more it raises.

        Finally, Umbreon uses Snarl which sucks up the opponent's Resonance Gauge and prevents them being able to land critical hits

    • The WiiU exclusive feature - The Ferrum League was announced.
      Beating stages adds more support Pokemon and battle areas. There are four ranks to this league: Green League, Blue League, Red League & Chroma League. It takes place in the Ferrum region. In this region, Resonance Stones link people and their Pokémon. In this game, players can customize their player character's gender, skin colour, hair and so forth.

    • New modes have also been revealed:

      • Practice Mode is where you get to test your skills with no time limit or health.

      • Free Training allows you to train freely.

      • Combo Dojo will teach you various combos for the Pokémon.

      • My Town mode where you can alter your character's appearance and clothing by spending the in-game currency, PokéGold
         

  • The Pokken Tournament Early Access Competition on February 27th 11am - 5:30pm at select GameStop locations. The winner of the finals will receive a Wii U, thePokkén Tournament game, and a travel award to Columbus, Ohio, to battle in the 2016 Pokémon US National Championships!
    [Event Details]
     

  • Pokemon Winter Regionals

  • Doswell, VA

    • Mega Kang, Smeargle, Talon, Mega Mence, Xern, P Don Regional

    • Initial Meta Safety: IMS

    • Covering Collinsville, Anaheim, Clackamas and Kissimmee next episode.  

  • Both VGC and TCG were  live streamed on Feb 20th and 21st from the St. Louis Regional. For the first time each format was streamed and commentated separately.

    • Twitch.tv/Pokemon
      Twitch.tv/PokemonVGC
      Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG

    • For TCG expect to see: Joshua Wittenkeller, Kyle Sucevich, Josue Rojano, Kenny Wisdom, and Kyle Sabelhaus

    • For VGC expect to see: Scott Glaza, Evan Latt, Duy Ha, Jonathan Indovino, and Ray Rizzo

    • If you missed it head over to Twitch and watch the full past broadcasts.
       

  • NEW POKEMON!

    • The first image of the new “man-made Pokemon” was leaked via CoroCoro on Feb 10th.

    • The Pokemon know as “Magiana” in Japan is set to star alongside Volcanion in the latest Pokemon movie -- Volcanion and the Contriving Magiana (japan title translation).

    • The text in CoroCoro suggests that Magiana was made over 500 years ago and that Volcanion is chasing after Magiana to discover its secret.

    • On February 15th we learned the English name of this new Pokemon - Magearna!

    • According to Serebii, the latest movie summary is…
      As Ash and his friends journeyed onward, a huge Pokémon suddenly fell from the sky in front of them! Appearing from the cloud of dust whirled up from the impact of the fall was the mythical Pokémon Volcanion! It turns out that Volcanion, who lives in the secluded "Navel Plateau" together with Pokémon that have been injured by humans actually has an intense hate for all humans.

      Volcanion completely ignores Ash and his friends, and attempts to hurry away, but for some reason Ash ends up getting pulled along with it. Volcanion makes a run for it, and Ash gets pulled along. Incredibly, without either of them noticing, the two ended up linked together by a strange chain! Even though they want to get loose from this chain, it proves impossible. With no other choice, Volcanion started running off towards "Azoth Kingdom" while pulling Ash along with it, constantly fighting with him on the way.

      Meanwhile, Cabinet Minister Jarvis from Azoth Kingdom, a city of super-machinery where gigantic cogwheels are constantly rotating, has obtained the ultimate invention he has been searching for for so many years. It was the artificial Pokémon Magearna, which was born in the kingdom 500 years ago but since went missing, as well as the unknown power called the "Soul Heart" said to reside inside Magearna.

      As Jarvis plots to use this power to rule the kingdom, Volcanion was attempting to retrieve Magearna, who got abducted from the Navel Plateau! "Ain't no way I'll ever forgive the humans!"

      Will Volcanion and Ash manage to work together and save Magearna while linked together? And what is the true power the "Soul Heart" hides? It's time for the hottest battle in Pokémon history to begin!
       

  • Pokemon Direct
    A Pokemon Direct is to be held on Friday, Feb 26th at 7am PST. The Pokemon direct is rumored to only last 5 minutes and the contents of the broadcast unknown.
     

NINTENDO NEWS

  • SPLATOON
    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, a Pokemon Red vs. Blue Splatfest was held in Japan, Europe and the US from Feb 20 to the 21st. Participants sported in-game T-shirts which showed Charizard, Venusaur or Blastoise depending on which side the selected. The results were: Blue wins in Japan, US and Europe
     

  • Super Mario Maker
    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, three new costumes have been added to Super Mario Maker via event courses. These costumes are based on the Pokémon Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. You can repeat the stage three times in order to get the three costumes. These costumes include special sound effects for the Pokémon.
    Video footage: https://youtu.be/H7u_ppJtoJo

  • You can now register for your Nintendo Account and Pre-Register for “Miitomo”, Nintendo's social media app! Miitomo is said to be launching sometime in sometime in March.

    • Pre-Register for Miitomo and earn My Nintendo Platinum Points these points will expire 6 months after the launch of My Nintendo. This offer is only good while Miitomo is available for pre-registration, so jump in it!
      https://miitomo.com/en/