live-stream. The new Pokemon project – which we reported on last week – was teased to fans of the franchise as a “shocking” announcement.
President of the Pokemon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara has announced Pokken Tournament on today’s NicoNico
Co-developed by Tekken’s producer Katsuhiro Harada and Bandai Namco, the new fighting game will be available in Japanese arcades by 2015. According to the information shown on the stream, the game is only confirmed for arcades so far. However, a Wii U version is still possible given Bandai Namco’s pattern for releasing on arcade format first.
We’ll update the post as new information appears from the stream. If you missed the new Pokken Tournament trailer showing Lucario and Machamp locked in a field battle, you can catch it in all its glory above. Plus, you can take a gander at the game’s official Japanese website, here. Let us know what you think of the announced game in the comments below.
This fall, Pokémon Art Academy will welcome students of all ages and skill levels to study the fun and fine art of drawing some of their favorite Pokémon. Starting Oct. 24, aspiring artists can hone their skills through a series of easy-to-follow lessons under the tutelage of esteemed Professor Andy in this new 2D art-instruction game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Drawing their way toward graduation – from the art basics of simple shapes and coloring, to exciting advanced techniques of shading and blending – players will wield a variety of tools, including markers, colored pencils, pastels and paints to illustrate popular Pokémon from all known regions. As they advance, players can unlock special lessons featuring Mega-Evolved Pokémon.
On the road to becoming Pokémon artists, players can showcase their 2D artwork in Miiverse galleries or save their creations to SD cards and print their limited-edition artwork to share with friends and family. Pokémon Art Academy will be available Oct. 24 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
You’ll soon be able to get your hands on a special Pokemon version of Monopoly. The Pokemon Kanto Edition Monopoly set is due for release on August 30th and is available to purchase from GameStop for the reasonable price of $44.99. Will you be purchasing?
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The 2014 Pokémon World Championships is in the books and six Pokémon TCG and video game players are now Pokémon World Champions. The 11th annual invite-only tournament was more than winning or losing; it’s an event that showcases the incredibly strong and passionate Pokémon community. A look back video which played during yesterday’s Closing Ceremony perfectly exemplifies the passion and bond Pokémon players, fans, and supporters have.
A Pokémon fan project was stopped in its tracks due to copyright infringement after Nintendo and Pokémon International caught wind of its success. Designer Claudia Ng had recently bought a 3D printer, where one of her first projects was to design an adorable Pokémon-themed planter for her friend. It wasn’t until she shared her Bulbasaur design online that she realised the success, placing it on Shapeways – a specially designed website for selling 3D printed projects.
Due to its popularity, the Pokémon International Company contacted Shapeways with a cease and desist, saying it infringed upon the Pokémon Trademark copyrights. Though there’s no official merchandise like this, Claudia Ng says she’s now in contact with the Pokémon Company, but whether we’ll see the planters in affiliation with the company in the future is currently unknown. Claudia Ng said the following to Polygon:
“Shapeways got a cease and desist from Pokémon International for infringement. They received this [last] Friday, and Shapeways took it down within the last hour. They are asking for all the money associated with this model and Shapeways will not be printing or shipping any order for the past few days.
“I thought that this would fall under the boundaries of derivative and transformative work. I’m also not a lawyer, and I guess that is the least defined of rules and regulation.
“It’s not that surprising. I just expected that they would go after people with more infringing designs. Although I admit that it was inspired by my personal favorite starter Pokemon. It’s generic-ness has been adored by people who are not Pokémon fans. Most commonly recognized as a Fat Cat. I’ve also had requests to do other animals and creatures.”
The Pokemon Company has revealed just how successful the universally adored Pokemon franchise is with gamers. Some of you may be aware of the facts provided by the Pokemon Company published below, but here they are just in case you didn’t know.
- The Pokémon video game franchise has sold more than 260 million games worldwide
- The Pokémon trading card game has shipped more than 21.5 billion cards to 74 countries in 10 languages
- There are more than 800 episodes in the Pokémon animated series — it is now in its 17th season
- There have been 17 full-length Pokémon feature films
- The most recently-released Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y(which launched worldwide on Oct. 12, 2013) sold nearly 12 million copies globally in their first four months
Bloomberg is reporting that Nintendo’s shares rose 4% after news that the Pokemon Company is bringing the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online to Apple’s popular iPad. News of Mario Kart 8 selling over one million units in the United States also helped the share price rise. Nintendo’s share price has plummeted more than 80 percent since the end of 2007.
“We have been here many times before in regards to Nintendo’s tentative plans to introduce some of its characters for smart devices,” Amir Anvarzadeh, a manager of Japanese equity sales at BGC Partners Inc. in Singapore, said by e-mail. “This latest Pokemon cards plan which is already out on PCs is hardly a change in its direction.”