US retailer Target is currently selling the Nintendo 2DS with Pokemon X pre-installed for the ultra cheap price of $99.99. If you’re not after a Nintendo 2DS then it should be noted that they are also giving away $40 gift cards with any Nintendo 3DS XL purchased.
Following weeks of Pokémon battles up and down the country, the countdown to the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 Grand Final is on. Hosting the Pokémon Battle Tournament 2014 Grand Final in London on Saturday 26th April 2014 is comedian, actor and Pokémon fan, Johnny Vegas. Having emerged triumphant in the regional heats, Pokémon Experts from all across the country will descend on The Music Room, London, to see who will be crowned champion – with four titles for the taking: Ultimate Pokémon Expert, Junior Expert, Ultimate Team and Ultimate Pokémon Expert.
Johnny Vegas, will be hosting the Grand Final and awarding some fantastic prizes to all the victors, including a trip of a lifetime to Tokyo and a range of exciting Nintendo goodies. Full terms and conditions including prizes can be found at www.nintendo.co.uk/pokemontournament.
As well as the final battles between competitors, there will be an area for guests to relax and try other try other games from the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, including Mario Kart 7, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure. There will also be a training centre for newcomers, where a Pokémon guru will be on hand to answer any Pokémon related questions and Pokémon Trading Card demonstrations will take place throughout the event.
Throughout the day, there will also be competitions for the best Pokémon Cosplay as well as mini competitions based around Streetpass with on the spot prizes up for grabs, so make sure you come prepared with your Nintendo 3DS console and your best costumes.
The four main titles up for grabs at the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 Grand Final are:
Ultimate Pokémon Expert - The winner of the prestigious “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title – a category open to those aged thirteen years or older – will earn themselves a week-long trip for two to Japan, the birthplace of Pokémon. They’ll be able to immerse themselves in the Pokémon world by visiting the Pokémon Center and also explore all of the sights of Tokyo. Recommended for seasoned Pokémon players the “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title will test your Pokémon skills to the limit. The first and second place winners in the Ultimate Pokémon Expert category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the official Play! Pokémon UK VGC event this spring.
Junior Expert – For the younger Pokémon Trainers (12 or under) there’s a chance to win a weekend trip for the whole family to Alton Towers theme park, including hotel stay, for whoever comes out victorious. The first and second place winners in the Junior Expert age category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the UK Pokémon Video Game Championships event this spring.
Ultimate Team - The “Ultimate Team” competition is exclusively for two family members (one aged 16 or older, and one 12 or under) who want to team up and take on other families in a four-player Double Battle. Successful teams will have the chance to win a £250 Nintendo UK Online Store voucher and a group trip for four to one of the world’s best gaming shows: EGX London 2014. This event takes place in Earls Court London, from 25th – 28th September and offers visitors the chance to play the biggest games before they are released.
Pokémon Apprentice – One new enthusiast will be claiming the “Pokémon Apprentice” title; meaning a complete newcomer to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will walk away with a mega bundle of Nintendo 3DS games, up to the value of £300.
Hosted by comedian and Pokémon fan Johnny Vegas, the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 Grand Final will be held at The Music Room, London, from 11.30am until 7pm, where four titles will be awarded to the nation’s best Pokémon players. There are also great prizes waiting for these champions, including a trip to Tokyo and Nintendo products, so the stakes are high for all Pokémon trainers involved.
Today’s Smash Bros Direct has revealed the new Master Ball item will allow players to summon various Pokemon onto the field. As always, Master Balls should only be used in the rarest of circumstances within the Pokemon games. So it stands to reason that the Master Ball will only allow you to summon rare and legendary Pokemon, with Arceus highlighted in the Direct.
In 2011 the world was introduced to Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott, plus the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom, when Pokémon Black Version andPokémon White Version launched for the Nintendo DS family of systems.
Now fans can revisit the sounds of the Unova region thanks to a beautifully remastered soundtrack from Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. The soundtrack contains music composed by Junichi Masuda, Shota Kageyama, Hitomi Satō, Gō Ichinose, Morikazu Aoki, Minako Adachi, and Satoshi Nohara, and is arranged by Shota Kageyama, Hitomi Satō, Gō Ichinose, and Minako Adachi.
The Pokémon Company has released other digitally remastered soundtracks under the Super Music Collection title over the past few months. So far, the collection includes soundtracks from:
The Pokémon Company International is looking for talented and knowledgeable Pokémon fans to lead live commentary at the 2014 Pokémon US National Championships and the Pokémon World Championships. Chosen commentators will be making an appearance on-screen at the events, which will be streamed live to thousands of Pokémon fans around the world, and will have their travel and hotel costs covered by The Pokémon Company International.
Auditions are open to US residents who are at least 18 years old and who can attend both the US National Championships, July 4-6 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the World Championships, August 15-17 in Washington, D.C.
To be considered, entrants must submit an audition video where they commentate solo or with a partner on a Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, or Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) match. The recorded video must then be posted to YouTube with the title “Play! Pokémon Commentary Audition: [YOUR NAME]“. Once the video is posted, entrants need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Email subject: Commentary Audition for [YOUR NAME]
TCG or Video Game:
Audition YouTube Link:
Pokémon event experience:
All submissions must be posted online with information sent no later than April 21, 2014. As this is an audition and not a contest, The Pokémon Company International does not guarantee that any one person will be chosen from submitted entries.
More than 30 countries around the globe are set to host Pokémon National Championships over the next few months. With thousands of players attending on six different continents, competitive Pokémon is being showcased on a international scale. These tournaments also provide Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video game players and Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) players with an opportunity to earn an invitation to the 11th annual Pokémon World Championships in Washington, D.C.
2014 Pokémon German National Championships: May 3–4, 2014, in Bochum, Germany
2014 Pokémon UK National Championships: May 24–25, 2014, in Manchester, England
2014 Pokémon Italian National Championships: May 31–June 1, 2014, in Milan, Italy
2014 Pokémon Canadian National Championships: June 28, 20414, in Kitchener, Ontario
2014 Pokémon US National Championships: July 4-6, 2014, in Indianapolis, Indiana
The 2014 Pokémon World Championships venue has been revealed and will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., August 16-17, 2014. The convention center will be decked out with one-of-a-kind Pokémon paraphernalia for the thousands of players, fans, and families in attendance.
Seiji Saihara, a thirty-two year-old, has been arrested for stealing a child’s limited edition Pokemon themed Nintendo 3DS XL console. Saihara took the special edition Nintendo 3DS XL games from the boy’s bicycle basket while the child was busy playing in the park.
April Fools’ Day jokes never get old, no matter your age. And in gaming circles the day has become a household staple for breaking humorous news stories which are just too good to be true. Last year, we had Satoru Iwata’s personal apology to fans on YouTube, as well as the idea that you would be able to graduate with Honours in a Pokémon Mastery Degree. So what’s 2014′s April Fools’ Day got in store for us this time? Here’s a few of the best Nintendo-related jokes roaming the internet so far.
1. Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge
Google’s started cranking out the April Fools jokes a day early with this video upload. The newest version of Google Maps, which is available to download now, allows you to travel across the world and search far and wide to become the very best; a Pokémon Master. All you need to do is press start on the app.
Our favourite critters have invaded our virtual planet on the streets, forests and even in the cold, harsh mountains, so grab your mobile device and start up Google Maps to find all your wildest dreams come true. Maybe you’ll even find a Pidgey, pecking at its feathers, just outside your home in the tall grass, or a Caterpie just lazing around in your garden near the flowerpots. Let’s hope Google’s next step is Geocaching: The Pokémon Master Edition.
2. Nintendo Launches the Virtual DS
Last week’s biggest technology news was, of course, Facebook acquiring Oculus Rift and its virtual reality headset for $2 billion. Though the implications of a virtual social network is quite terrifying, Nintendo has apparently jumped back into the virtual game and relaunched the Virtual Boy – a commercial failure – as the Virtual DS.
Nintendo’s “official” press release says the VDS will release next year at the incredible bargain bin price of $399.99, with its design an homage to the Virtual Boy. If that wasn’t enough of a headache for you, the VDS even plays most of the 3DS library of games in full-fledged 3D. Wow, this time you’ve truly outdone yourself, Nintendo.
3. Newcomer Nester Introduced To Super Smash Bros. Line-Up
While Sakurai works steadily on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, he’s managed to find some time to update the character roster on the game’s unofficial website. Please bear in mind this is totally legit, Brownie promise and all. So please put your hands together and cheer on Nintendo Power’s much-beloved mascot, Nester.
The ginger-haired teenager Nester – most famous in the early ’90s issues of Nintendo Power – is the newest fighter to the character line-up. Aside from the image above, you can see some more glorious screenshots at the website, here. Doesn’t he look fetching? We may yet see him as an assist trophy, sporting the reintroduction of the “Nesters”.
Let us know if you’ve seen any other awesome Nintendo jokes this April Fools in the comments below – we may even include them in a second feature tomorrow.
The newest addition to the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon TCG: XY—Flashfire expansion, will be available in retail stores nationwide on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Pokémon TCG: XY—Flashfire brings the fan-favorite Mega Charizard to the Pokémon Trading Card Game with two awesome Mega Charizard-EX cards.
Since its release, the Pokémon Trading Card Game has shipped over 20 billion cards across 74 countries, and the new expansion introduces over 100 new cards and 25 new Pokémon from the best-selling Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games. XY—Flashfire preconstructed theme decks and booster packs include an in-pack code card that unlocks virtual cards from the new expansion for play in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online at http://www.pokemon.com/tcgo.