A one-of-a-kind Nintendo 3DS XL was given to the winner of a recent Pokemon Dragon King Tournament in Japan. The special edition system is emblazoned with Mega Charizard X artwork and features the winner’s name on its exterior. The mega-evolved Pokemon, which made its debut in Pokemon X and Y, is the result when a standard Charizard holds a Charizardite X item. In 2013, Charizard-themed 3DS XL handhelds were offered to members of the Pokemon Daisuki Club in Japan.
Today a digitally remastered soundtrack from the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl video games was launched on iTunes by The Pokémon Company International. Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection features beautifully re-orchestrated music originally composed by Junichi Masuda, Gō Ichinose, and Morikazu Aoki.
When it launched in Europe and the US in 2007, Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl took Pokémon fans on an adventure across the Sinnoh region and introduced the world to the popular Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup, plus more than 100 new Pokémon for Trainers to discover.
The Pokémon Company have been releasing other digitally remastered soundtracks under the Super Music Collection over the past months. So far, the collection includes soundtracks from:
- Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
- Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2
Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection can be found here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pokemon-diamond-pokemon-pearl/id840159297
With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games completed last month, the next big sporting event settles on the World Cup due to take place in Brazil this June. To celebrate the football frenzy this summer, sports brand Adidas and The Pokemon Company have joined forces to show support for Japan’s team.
In the adorable picture above, Pikachu and friends are shown in a group huddle and gleefully sport Japan’s blue shirts. It’s not yet known whether Pokemon will have a spin-off football game to coincide with the World Cup, but potential merchandise is sure to be a hit.
Twitch Plays Pokemon – the live stream that famously took the internet by storm in the last two weeks – has begun playing Pokemon Crystal. Yesterday, the creator informed fans and followers of the stream that a new adventure was about to begin after defeating the Elite Four and Blue in Pokemon Red. But who knows what events lie in store this time – will a shiny Pokemon be defeated, or will the chosen starter Totodile be doomed to the same fate as poor Charmeleon and released by accident? Let’s hope not. You can catch all the latest action in the stream, here.
The viral gaming fest of Twitch Plays Pokemon has finally come to a close after sixteen days of dedicated gaming. However, it doesn’t look as though the event has finished completely. When the game had been beaten a screen popped up informing players that a new adventure begins soon. Just over a day remains until the new challenge is revealed.
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The Pokémon Company International and Netflix are excited to announce that Pokémon animation, including the classic first season of the television series, Pokémon: Indigo League, the fan-favorite Pokémon: Black & White season, and two feature length Pokémon movies, are coming to Netflix on Saturday, March 1st.
The fan-favorite Pokémon: Black & White season introduced a new region, new rivals, new challenges, and all-new Pokémon. Ash may have Pikachu by his side, but he will need plenty of new Pokémon on his team if he wants to challenge Unova’s expert Gym Leaders. Pokémon: Black & White will be available in all Netflix territories. The first season of Pokémon animation, Pokémon: Indigo League, will also be available in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The classic season introduces viewers to the world of Pokémon through Ash and his partner Pikachu as Ash strives to become a Pokémon Master.
Pokémon fans in all Netflix territories can also catch Ash, Pikachu, and their friends in the dual movies Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom. When Ash and his friends enter a battle competition in Eindoak Town, they meet the Mythical Pokémon Victini, who becomes their newest friend. But disaster strikes when the misguided wanderer Damon seizes Victini for his own plans! Can Ash prove himself a hero and earn the help of the Legendary Reshiram—or Zekrom—to rescue Victini and save Eindoak Town? Two legends…and two versions of the story.
Calling all Pokémon players! The search for the best Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video game experts in the country is now on – as the Nintendo Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 is announced. As well as a quest to find some of the best Pokémon Trainers, Nintendo is also on the hunt for any new Pokémon players who want to test their skills and battle with their ultimate Pokémon teams. Great prizes for winners include a trip to Tokyo and Nintendo products. Four players will also receive fast track entry to take part in the UK Pokémon Video Game Championship series, organised by The Pokémon Company International, taking place in May.
The qualifying events kicking off on 1st March at selected GAME stores and shopping centres across Great Britain, will then lead to a Grand Final taking place in London in April. The two top placing Trainers from the ‘Ultimate Pokémon Expert’ and ‘Junior Expert’ age categories at the Grand Final will then be offered fast track entry to the Pokémon UK Video Game Championships event this coming Spring, meaning they skip straight to the second round.
Qualifying regional events will start at the Birmingham Bullring and at GAME Brighton on 1st March. Pokémon fans of all experience levels can battle, enjoy StreetPass with other attendees and prove their prowess on Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, available now on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
If you think you have the skills to take on some of the best Trainers from across Great Britain, or simply want to have a go to try to win one of the exciting prize packages, then register to enter at www.nintendo.co.uk/pokemontournament. Do you have what it takes?
The four titles up for grabs include:
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 - Younger Pokémon Trainers (12 or under) itching to compete can enter the “Junior Expert” category. In this competition, a weekend trip for the whole family to Alton Towers theme park with hotel stay is up for grabs, 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 - New enthusiasts can enter the “Pokémon Apprentice” title; where complete newcomers to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y can battle it out to receive a mega bundle of Nintendo 3DS games up to the value of £300.
The winners of each category will be crowned at the Nintendo Grand Final in London on 26th April.
Whether you’re young or old, novice or expert, the Pokémon X & Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 is calling on you to show you’ve got what it takes to win the title.
The Pokémon Company International revealed a newly discovered Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games, Rock- and Fairy-type Pokémon, Diancie! Diancie is an extremely rare Mythical Pokémon, a special Pokémon that cannot be found during normal gameplay. Known to boast the greatest beauty in all the world, Diancie’s body glitters pink, captivating the hearts of many. During battle, Diancie can produce a great volume of diamonds instantaneously by compressing air between its hands. It uses these diamonds to attack enemies and protect itself.
Details on how Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players can get Diancie will be shared at a later date. In the meantime, a brand-new trailer featuring the Mythical Pokémon in action is available.
Today, The Pokémon Company International released a digitally remastered soundtrack from the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games, Pokémon Ruby & Pokémon Sapphire: Super Music Collection.
Released in North America in March 2003, Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire were set in the island region of Hoenn, based on a real-world location, with the composers—Junichi Masuda, Gō Ichinose, and Morikazu Aoki—taking much of their inspiration from the Japanese island of Kyushu. Over ten years after the games’ original launch, the soundtrack releasing today includes beautifully adapted and orchestrated versions of their music.
Fans looking to complete their collections can look forward to more from the Pokémon musical archives with upcoming Super Music Collections from:
- Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl
- Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
- Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2
Today’s launch follows other digitally remastered soundtracks in the Super Music Collection series. These have included Pokémon X & Pokémon Y, Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen, and most recently, Pokémon HeartGold &Pokémon SoulSilver.
Pokémon Ruby & Pokémon Sapphire: Super Music Collection can now be downloaded on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pokemon-ruby-pokemon-sapphire/id820996217
Nintendo of America have revealed that Pokémon Battle Trozei will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The company says an action puzzle game that will feature all known Pokemon and will include 4-player co-op play. The game launches March 20th in the US.