Namco Bandai has announced that Pokemon: Battle Nine will be coming to Japanese arcades Pokemon: Battle Nine sees players capturing iconic Pokemon on a grid based system. The games concept seems as though it will be a sure-fire success in Japan, but there’s no word as to whether Pokemon: Battle Nine will come to the west.
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The Pokémon Company International has launched its official 2014 Pokémon World Championships website (Pokemon.com/Worlds) for fans to keep up with all the action from the event. Taking place August 16-17 in Washington, DC, the event will be streamed live on the official site via the Twitch.tv/Pokémon Live Player, featuring a full day of select Pokémon TCG and video game matches on Saturday, August 16 and all three divisions, six matches total, of the final Pokémon TCG and video game matches on Sunday, August 17. A full event schedule is below. Pokémon TCG and video game players from more than 30 countries will be battling for scholarships, prizes, and the title of Pokémon World Champion.
2014 Pokémon World Championships Live Stream Schedule
Saturday, August 16
- 9:00 a.m. EST – Opening Ceremony
- 9:30 a.m. EST – 5:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon Video Game Streaming
- 5:00 p.m. EST – 9:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon TCG Streaming
Sunday, August 17
- 9:00 a.m. EST – TCG Masters top 4
- 10:00 a.m. EST – 3:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon TCG Finals (Junior, Senior, and Masters Divisions)
- 3:00 p.m. EST – 6:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon Video Game Finals (Junior, Senior, and Masters Divisions)
- 6:00 p.m. EST – Closing Ceremony
Nintendo has announced that it will have a variety of Pokemon themed events at this year’s Gamescom. Junichi Masuda will be at the event to give fans a special message regarding the Pokemon franchise. Last time Masuda gave a special message was at the Japan Expo where he revealed Honedge for Pokemon X & Y. Shigeki Morimoto will also be there to sign autographs. Eight players will be able to challenge him at 12PM and 3PM on August 14th. Nintendo will also be distributing a special Vivillion at Gamescom.
The latest edition of Japanese publication CoroCoro has revealed Metagross will have a Mega Evolution form in the forthcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS. Anime News Network says Elite Four Champion Daigo Mega Evolves his Metagross using a Mega Brooch. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is due for release on November 28th in Europe and November 21th in the United States.
Nintendo has revealed a lovely new Pokemon themed Nintendo 3DS XL that lucky gamers in Japan will be able to get their hands on. The special Nintendo 3DS XL will be awarded to ten lucky raffle winners who spend over ¥1,000 at Denny’s & Famil family restaurants from July 15th through to August 25th. Those who spend the specified amount will receive a raffle code printed on their receipt. Nintendo also says that an additional five units will be made available via an email campaign with the Japanese company, Apaman. The design is based on the Pokemon movie, Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.
The Pokemon Company has announced that the Pokemon National Championships will be streamed live on Twitch. The Pokemon National Championships are taking place this weekend (July 5-6) in Indianapolis. The company will be live streaming both the video game and TCG matches on Twitch and you’ll be able to watch it, here.
Nationals Stream Schedule:
Approximate Eastern Daylight Time
Saturday, July 5
- Noon to 5 p.m. : Pokémon Video Game
- 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. : Pokémon TCG
Sunday, July 6
- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. : Pokémon TCG
- 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. : Pokémon Video Game
The next expansion in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon TCG: XY—Furious Fists, will be available in retail stores nationwide on August 13, 2014. Pokémon TCG: XY—Furious Fists introduces Mega Lucario, Mega Heracross, and more to the Pokémon Trading Card Game with 110 new cards to play including 18 new Trainer Cards, Mega Lucario-EX, Hawlucha-EX, and Dragonite-EX.
You may remember that the Pokemon Company had begun sending out direct messages on Twitter to some of their followers asking them for their address so they could send them something special. Well, it turns out that those who provided their address were fortunate enough to get some free Pokemon toys and merchandise. As well as the gifts, the Pokemon Company also revealed that the PokemonCenter.com will be reopening on August 6th.
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The Pokémon Company International announced that iTunes is providing fans a one-stop destination, iTunes.com/Pokemon, for official Pokémon content. Animated episodes and specials, official Pokémon applications like the Pokémon TV app and Pokédex for iOS, and Pokémon video game music soundtracks from classic titles to the latest generation, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are all available for download now. Official Pokémon content at iTunes.com/Pokemon is available across Apple’s iOS devices.
To celebrate the launch of iTunes.com/Pokemon, episodes from the latest season of the TV series, Pokémon the Series: XY, and the four-part Pokémon Origins animated special are now available. The availability on iTunes continues a recent movement to give Pokémon fans more ways to enjoy their favorite Pokémon animation on demand, like episodes and specials on Pokemon.com.
Episodes of Pokémon the Series: XY are currently available on iTunes in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. In the United States, Canada, and Australia, new episodes of Pokémon the Series: XY will be added to iTunes.com/Pokemon on a weekly basis.
The Pokémon Company International and Princeton Entertainment announced today that the official Pokémon live orchestral concert series, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, will premiere at the famed Warner Theater in Washington, DC on Friday, August 15, 2014. The 2014 Pokémon World Championships will also be held in the nation’s capital that weekend, August 16–17, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The premiere performance in Washington, DC will be followed by a performance at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 19th. More dates, locations, and ticket information for the concert series will be announced soon and further details, including how to purchase tickets now to the Washington, DC and Philadelphia performances, can be found at PokemonSymphony.com.
Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will take audiences of all ages on a powerful musical retrospective through the popular video game franchise’s most memorable melodies. This exciting new concert tour reunites key creative producers from the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tour.
With more than 260 million video games sold since its debut in 1996, Pokémon continues to provide memorable entertainment around the world. Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions gives loyal fans and newcomers a chance to experience the evolution of the franchise through all-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals drawing from classic and recent Pokémon video games including:
- Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Yellow
- Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, Pokémon Crystal
- Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, Pokémon Emerald
- Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, Pokémon Platinum
- Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
- Pokémon X and Pokémon Y
“Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is going to be a spectacular showcase of the memorable music that has been a hallmark of the Pokémon franchise for nearly 20 years,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “The concert series serves as a thank-you to fans and an invitation to share our passion for Pokémon by reliving some of our fondest memories. We’re looking forward to seeing fans of all ages meeting up and enjoying this very special Pokémon orchestral event together.”