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Here’s How Successful The Pokemon Franchise Is

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

Thanks, Khalid

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Nintendo Shares Rose 4 Percent After Pokemon Trading Card Game On iPad Announcement

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.”

Thanks, Retrogaminglord

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New Pokemon Project To Be Revealed August 26 On NicoNico Livestream

A new Pokemon project will be announced live on a NicoNico stream next Tuesday, August 26. According to translations from Serebii, the stream will provide a “shocking announcement”, but unfortunately there are no real clues as to whether eager Pokemon fans are looking at a game, manga, or new film.

The NicoNico stream – which is running in co-ordination with Famitsu magazine – will feature CEO and president of the Pokemon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara, along with two special guests and Pokemon voice actors  Nobuhiko Okamoto and Aoi Yuuki. The announcement stream will be hosted by fashion model Ayana Tsubaki and Famitsu’s Bunbun Maru.

Though the announcement is unlikely to be a main series game, speculation among fans have pointed towards the rumoured Wii U title, Pokken Fighters. Trademarks were filed in Europe for both Pokken Fighters and Pokken Tournament back in May, so there’s certainly prior evidence pointing in its direction.

For those interested, you can take a peek at the teaser site revealing the announcement, here. And on August 26, 10PM JST / 2PM BST / 9AM EDT and 6AM PDT in US, you can catch the NicoNico stream, here. What do you think this exciting or “shocking” new announcement could be? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Pokemon Company Explains How It Retains The Pokemon Franchise’s Popularity

The Pokemon Company has explained how it attempts to retain the popularity of the Pokemon franchise, which is almost 20 years old. J.C. Smith, the director of consumer marketing for the firm, says that the beloved series constantly aims to cater toward players of all ages. According to Smith, Pokemon games are designed to be easily-accessible to newcomers – in addition to containing multiple elements that longtime fans will understand and appreciate.

“We do have to find that balance as marketers, because we want kids that are just coming into it to realize it’s established but it’s not exclusive,” said Smith in an interview. “You don’t have to have been playing for 25 years to understand what’s going on. You can get in and the game will explain itself to you, then you can get into the depth that everyone’s talking about. So that’s very important for us to be able to have that accessibility. But then there’s things like we did here, with the Mega Slowbro reveal. We want something to play to the audience that’s more into the franchise and has been playing it for years and knows these characters intimately, and has their favorites that they want to see in Mega form. So we find that balance the fun part.”

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Six Pokemon Trainers Crowned World Champions At 2014 Pokemon World Championships

The 2014 Pokémon World Championships drew to a close this weekend in Washington, DC. Players from more than 30 countries competed in Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) matches and video game battles playing Pokémon X or Pokémon Y. The road to the World Championships was a challenging one, with players qualifying through a yearlong series of regional and national tournaments. After two days of intense battles that saw the world’s best Pokémon TCG and video game players competing at the highest level, six players across two disciplines and three age divisions were crowned Pokémon World Champions.

More than 3,000 players, fans, and supporters attended the event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center while over 800,000 Pokémon fans watched the action from home via the official live stream at Pokemon.com/Worlds and Twitch.tv/Pokemon.  A rebroadcast of the 2014 Pokémon World Championships will air on both sites beginning Monday, August 18.

The 2014 Pokémon TCG and Video Game World Champions are:

  • 2014 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Haruto Kobayashi from Japan.
  • 2014 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Kota Yamamoto from Japan.
  • 2014 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Trent Orndorff from the United States.
  • 2014 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Nikolai Zielinski from the United States.
  • 2014 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Andrew Estrada from Canada.
  • 2014 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Se Jun Park from South Korea.

Winners of this year’s invitation-only tournament earned the title of Pokémon World Champion, collected scholarship money, won an invitation and Travel Award to the 2015 Pokémon World Championships, and received a special Pokémon World Championships trophy featuring Pikachu. The Pokémon Company International has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships since it began running tournaments a decade ago.

“The Pokémon World Championships is a celebration of the global Pokémon community and embodies the Pokémon spirit of fun, friendship, and mutual respect,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “We extend well-earned congratulations to our new Pokémon World Champions. They will travel home as heroes and will inspire others to strive for greatness.”

2014 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)

  • World Champion: Haruto Kobayashi (Japan)
  • Second Place: Takashi Oguni (Japan)

2014 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)

  • World Champion: Kota Yamamoto (Japan)
  • Second Place: London Swan (United States)

2014 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1998–2001)

  • World Champion: Trent Orndorff (United States)
  • Second Place: Alex Croton (United States)

2014 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1998–2001)

  1. World Champion: Nikolai Zielinski (United States)
  2. Second Place: Mark McQuillan (United Kingdom)

2014 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)

  • World Champion: Andrew Estrada (Canada)
  • Second Place: Igor Costa (Portugal)

2014 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)

  • World Champion: Se Jun Park (South Korea)
  • Second Place: Jeudy Azzarelli (United States)

 

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Mega Slowbro Trailer Revealed At The 2014 Pokemon World Championships

The Pokémon Company International today showed a game trailer of the Mega-Evolved form of Slowbro, first revealed at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, DC by Mr. Junichi Masuda, video game director at GAME FREAK. The gameplay trailer features Mega Slowbro in battle.

Slowbro is a Water- and Psychic-type Pokémon and one of two evolved forms of Slowpoke, the other being Slowking. When Slowbro Mega Evolves into Mega Slowbro, its energy gathers in the Shellder clamped onto its tail. As a result, the hardness of its shell is boosted, making its armor incredibly strong. In battle, Mega Slowbro balances on its tail, wearing Shellder as an impenetrable armor over its body.

Mega Slowbro has the Shell Armor Ability, meaning opponents can never land a critical hit, making Mega Slowbro a defensive threat in battle. Its Defense and Sp. Attack also increase, making it a great teammate for long battles requiring high endurance.

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Pokemon Company Confirms That The Pokemon Trading Card Game Online Is Coming To iPad

The Pokemon Company and Nintendo have confirmed that the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online will be coming to the iPad sometime later this year. There’s plenty of speculation as to why the Pokemon Company have decided to bring the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online to the iPad with some suspecting that it may include in-game transactions to bring in a further stream of revenue.

“Yes, we can confirm that is the Pokémon TCG Online iPad app, and it’s coming later this year.”

Thanks, gamertimeus