Those of you who are looking forward to Pokken Tournament may want to consider tuning into a NicoNico livestream that is happening on July 3rd. The event will be a chance for Bandai Namco to announce when the arcade machines will make their debut in Japan. The company is also expected to reveal new Pokemon who will be added to the lineup as well as giving us more information about the game. The livestream will also feature a tournament of guests using Gengar and various other Pokemon characters. Here’s the time it will begin.
- 12:00 BST, 13:00 CEST, 20:00 JST, 07:00 EDT and 04:00 PDT
The next expansion in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon TCG: XY—Ancient Origins, will hit retail stores nationwide on August 12. The expansion introduces 8 Pokémon-EX cards and 3 Mega Pokémon-EX cards including Mega Tyranitar-EX. Hoopa-EX will also make its grand entrance along with 11 new full-art Pokémon-EX cards including Shiny Primal Kyogre-EX, Shiny Primal Groudon-EX, and Shiny Mega Rayquaza-EX. The all-new expansion brings 90 new cards to the table, including 14 Trainer Cards.
The Japanese will soon be getting a new publication dedicated entirely to Pokemon which will be called Pokemon Life. The magazine is a joint venture between the Pokemon Company and Shogakukan. It will be geared towards those in their late teens and twenties and is best described as a lifestyle publication that features a number of things including extensive interviews, Pokemon games, and also the anime movies. Pokemon Life will also feature a number of illustrations and artwork created by the many Pokemon fans out there. The magazine will go on sale in Japan on July 30th, and as an incentive it will include posters and a Pikachu case.
The Pokémon Company International today announced the launch of Pokémon Jukebox, an Android app that lets users listen to music from their favorite Pokémon video games. The app can now be downloaded at no charge on Google Play at the following link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.pokemon.music&hl=en
In Pokémon Jukebox, fans encounter three new Pokémon songs each day which they can listen to at no charge. Songs are also available for users to buy through in-app purchase. The app contains numerous features, including playlist creation, looping, keyword song search, custom tagging, medleys, and more. Everyone from the most committed Pokémon enthusiast to the newest Pokémon Trainer will be coming back for more.
In the first month, Pokémon fans can enjoy over 200 Pokémon songs from the adventures in Pokémon Red, Blue, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, and SoulSilver. Additional songs are planned to be released from the Pokémon series titles, including Pokémon X and Pokémon Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire!
Pokémon Jukebox features include:
- Daily Songs: Access three unlocked songs from various Pokémon series titles each day for no charge.
- In-App Song Purchases: Purchase specific songs to make them playable at any time.
- Keyword Song Search: Search for songs with keywords and concept tags like “Battle,” “Opening,” “Route,” and others.
- Playable Sound Effects: Play preset sound effects along with the music using a built-in sound effects button.
- Loop Functionality: Enable an endless loop for songs, just like during normal gameplay, or set the number of loops for each song.
- Custom Tagging: Create original tags, such as “Intense Songs,” and connect them to any song.
- Mix Feature: Set whether songs fade out when they end or immediately jump to the next song without a break.
- Medleys: Purchasable medleys play several songs together in one long collection based on themes such as “Battles” or “Routes.”
- Playlist Creation: Create a playlist of songs to listen to, including shuffle and repeat functionality.
Pokémon Jukebox is not available for Apple devices, but Apple users can continue to purchase Pokémon songs from the iTunes store.
Amid an avalanche of Nintendo news, a major update for the wildly successful Pokémon Shuffle was announced.
This update detailed on Pokémon Shuffle’s official website brings the following new features and stages to the game:
Super Catch Power!
Now Pokémon are easier to catch than before with the new Super Catch Power feature. When you get a chance to catch an enemy Pokémon at the end of a stage, the Super Catch Power feature may be triggered. When it is, your ability to catch that Pokémon gets a huge boost! Perhaps this will be the extra help you need to catch that Pokémon you’ve never quite been able to get.
Improved Heart Usage
Up until now, each player had a stock of Hearts which included both the Hearts that automatically regenerate and those received in exchange for Jewels or for passing by other players. With this update, the Hearts that a player automatically regenerates will be stored separately from those received by other methods, allowing regenerating Hearts to always be used first.
Checking Out Pokémon
Before the update, it was possible to check your Pokémon’s current level and skill on the Pokémon List that can be accessed from the menu or on the list of Support Pokémon displayed before beginning a stage. This update also lets you see such info whenever you catch a new Pokémon.
Combo Numbers Shown Longer
Your combo record is displayed on screen for a slightly longer amount of time. This gives you more time to capture your achievements for posting to Miiverse.
Even More New Kinds of Event Stages!
New kinds of stages are on the way! Stay tuned for details on these mysterious stages. For now, take a peek at screen shots of the upcoming stages.
Nintendo has released a brand new New 3DS commercial! As you can see, the company is still pushing Pokemon OmegaRuby / Alpha Sapphire, Majora’s Mask, and Smash Bros as flagship titles for the handheld. Also worth noting is that they left out Xenoblade 3D, as it’s the only New 3DS exclusive retail game. And is it me, or does anyone else think that the absence of the regular-sized 3DS signifies anything?
The Pokemon Company has released a Japanese overview trailer for the latest in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series which is titled Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon. Those of us in the west will have to wait until later this year to get our hands on the game, while those in Japan will be able to purchase it on September 17th for the Nintendo 3DS. It is clearly going to be a long wait.