Locations and dates were just revealed for Pokémon Winter Regional Championship tournaments in the US. And for the first time ever, the St. Louis Winter Regionals will be streamed live on Twitch on February 14th and 15th.
Regional champions will get a chance to compete in the U.S. National Championships, from which the top Trainers will go on to the 12th annual Pokémon World Championships culminating in Boston, MA, on August 21-23, 2015. Players of the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video game and TCG will compete for glory and a shot at part of $2 million in scholarship and prizes.
Additionally, it’s just been announced that subscribers to Pokémon Bank who access their account between February 27 and November 30, 2015, will receive special versions of the Johto region Pokémon Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr.
These Pokémon are the final Evolutions of the first partner Pokémon from Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version. Each is Level 50 and comes with a Hidden Ability that has not been accessible through normal gameplay.
To receive these three Pokémon, players need to use Pokémon Link in their copy of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire after they have accessed their Pokémon Bank using one of these games. Each Pokémon Bank account will be able to receive these three Pokémon only once.
The Pokémon Company International today announced the launch of the latest TCG expansion, Pokémon TCG: XY—Primal Clash. In conjunction with the release, The Pokémon Company International is hosting another clash of its own: a special Team Aqua vs. Team Magma sweepstakes where players can vote for their favorite organization and register for a chance to win a six-night vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii. Access the contest page here: www.pokemon.com/tcg
Starting today, Trainers can decide whether they want to support Team Magma’s expansion of land or Team Aqua’s plans to cover the world with water. By voting for their favorite team, fans will change the visual design of the site to reflect their team’s signature colors. Additionally, daily winners will be chosen to receive TCG products, plush, and wall graphics courtesy of the Pokémon Center (www.pokemoncenter.com). In a unique twist, Trainers can also receive extra entries into the grand prize drawing if they get their friends to register for the sweepstakes.
Upon conclusion of the sweepstakes, one participant will be randomly chosen to receive a six-night vacation for four to Honolulu, Hawaii. Prize pack includes airfare, hotel accommodations, car rental, spending allowance, and more!
In animation news, on February 7, Cartoon Network will host a special Pokémon animation marathon featuring Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, two special episodes featuring Mega Evolution, and three never-before-seen episodes from the TV series’ newest season. Fans can also tune into the Pokémon TV mobile app for all the latest Pokémon animation episodes.
The Pokemon Company has released Pokedex Shorts on Pokemon TV. The first two shorts available on the application teach about the Mega forms of Sceptile and Swampert, both of which can be seen in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Pokemon TV is a free app for mobile devices that allows users to watch a selection of Pokemon episodes for free. It also includes special features and trailers for upcoming Pokemon movie events.
Every wonder how Pokemon could be designed as iconic corporate logos? Well, you don’t need to wonder any more. Pictogram, who are the company behind the PlayStation’s 20th anniversary app, have taken it upon themselves to fully redesign Pokemon as corporate logos. There’s plenty more at the link so be sure to give them a look.
The Pokémon Company International has announced a special Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire distribution for Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott. The distribution timing and availability are as follows:
- Serperior – Available from Pokemon.com starting 1/22/2015 through 11/30/2015, via a special password.
- Emboar – Available from Pokemon.com starting 1/29/2015 through 11/30/2015, via special password.
- Samurott – Available from the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter starting 2/5/2015 through 11/30/2015, via special password.
Each Pokémon will come with a Hidden Ability, and players will need to update their copy of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire to the latest version of the game (v 1.2) in order to receive these Pokémon.
We know that Japan loves both the Pokemon franchise and the Yokai Watch 2 series. But just how much? Well, apparently they accounted for nearly half of Japan’ holiday sales. Media Create reports that Yokai Watch 2 has sold 2.447 million across all versions. The sales tracker also says that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold 2.591 million copies across two versions. However that’s only if the double pack was counted as two copies per one unit. Both Yokai Watch and Pokemon accounted for over 45 percent of total video game sales in the holiday season. That’s a great performance from Level 5 and the Pokemon Company.
The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo have announced Pokémon Shuffle, a new game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems that can be downloaded by players from Nintendo eShop at no cost.
In Pokémon Shuffle, players will put their puzzle-solving skills to the test as they battle wild Pokémon across a variety of stages. Match three or more Pokémon in the Puzzle Area to deal damage. The aim of the game is to reduce the wild Pokémon’s HP to zero within the number of moves available.
Clearing Pokémon efficiently is the key to success, and players will be able to take advantage of their own Pokémon’s type during gameplay. What’s more, players will also be able to raise the level of their Pokémon as they play, enabling them to deal even more damage. Some Pokémon can even Mega Evolve, just like those in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Mega-Evolved Pokémon are able to remove many wild Pokémon from the Puzzle Area at a time.
Pokémon Shuffle players start the game with five Hearts, and one is used for each stage played. When players run out of Hearts, they will wait for their Hearts to replenish in order to play again. Optionally, players will be able to keep playing immediately by using items earned in-game through regular gameplay or purchased at Nintendo eShop.
The Pokémon Company International also revealed Hoopa, a newly discovered Pokémon found in the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games. Hoopa is a rare Mythical Pokémon that cannot be found during normal gameplay. Categorized as a Mischief Pokémon, Hoopa is a Psychic- and Ghost-type Pokémon, recognizable by the golden rings that adorn its horns and body, which are said to have the power to bend dimensions and move objects across great distances.
A brand-new trailer featuring the Mythical Pokémon has been released on Pokemon.com and Pokémon’s official YouTube channel today. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire players should stay tuned to Pokemon.com and Pokémon social media channels for information on how to obtain Hoopa.