It looks like Pokemon might be featured in some way, shape or form during today’s Nintendo Direct. This is based on a tweet by Pokemon producer Junichi Masuda of Game Freak, who is reminding fans to watch the upcoming presentation, which airs on November 12 at 2 p.m. PT and November 13 at 7 a.m. in Japan. A Wii U version of Minecraft could also be among the announcements that come out of the broadcast.
The Pokémon Company International, in partnership with global entertainment phenomenon KidZania, is happy to announce that the Pokémon Animation Studio at KidZania London is now open at Westfield London.
The Pokémon Animation Studio is the first of its kind in Europe. The creative activity has been designed especially for kids and will last around 20 minutes. Visitors will be asked to complete a short film using stop-motion animation techniques.
The young animators will be split up into pairs, one director and one producer, who will be assigned their own studio booth. Each booth is equipped with the latest stop-motion animation software, and children will have the remainder of the session to create the ending of the short film using the TOMY Pokémon figures and props provided. At the end of the session, their masterpieces will be displayed on a screen outside the establishment for parents to see their work—and of course, every child will be rewarded with kidZos, the KidZania currency, for completing the task!
An experience like no other, KidZania London is the UK’s first educational entertainment experience. It’s a real-life introduction to the world of work, representing experiential learning at its very best. Children begin to understand and learn for themselves the diversity and function of businesses, the nature of work, and its overall contribution to well-being and prosperity in our world today.
KidZania, which has welcomed over 42 million visitors worldwide, is a global phenomenon and one of the world’s fastest-growing educational entertainment brands, with 20 locations across five continents including places such as Mexico, Dubai, Tokyo, and Istanbul.
To celebrate today’s official launch of Pokémon TCG: XY—BREAKthrough, the newest expansion to the Pokémon Trading Card Game franchise, the crafty Pokémon, Trickster Zoroark, will be available for download on the Nintendo Network from November 4th to the 20th. Fans will need to have a copy of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, and a system from the Nintendo 3DS family.
Pokémon TCG: XY—BREAKthrough theme decks and booster packs include one code card that unlocks 10 virtual cards from the TCG: XY—BREAKthrough expansion in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. Updated with improved graphics and animations, added functionality, and new music. The Pokémon TCG Online is available on iPad via the App Store.
Pokémon TCG: XY—BREAKthrough introduces the new BREAK Evolution game mechanic which features an HP boost and a new attack or ability when a Pokémon evolves, but is also able to keep its existing attacks. Pokémon BREAK cards are distinctive with a landscape design, unique foil pattern, and uniquely rendered art. There are six new Pokémon BREAK available in the expansion including Chesnaught BREAK and Zoroark BREAK.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players can get themselves a Zoroark with practically no effort. The Dark-type Pokemon is currently available in North America as the latest Mystery Gift via Nintendo Network on Nintendo 3DS. To acquire the gift, select the Mystery Gift option in Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire, then click Receive Gift and hit Get Via Internet – it’s that simple. The Zoroark on offer is equipped with moves commonly used by popular competitive Pokemon, such as the powerful Poison-type move Sludge Bomb.
The Pokémon Company International and McDonald’s USA announced today that one of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises has partnered with the world’s leading food service provider to kick off the latest Happy Meal promotion. The Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Happy Meal will be available at participating McDonald’s locations in the US and Canada from Friday, November 27 to Wednesday, December 23.
The Happy Meal will include one of eight Pokémon figures from the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphirevideo games: Pikachu, Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, Lugia, Rayquaza, Mega Latios, Wobbuffet, and the newly discovered Mythical Pokémon Hoopa. In addition to the toy, plus one of 12 Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) cards, fans in the United States will also be able to receive the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa for their Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games by bringing their game and Nintendo 3DS family system to participating McDonald’s locations and connecting to Nintendo Zone.
“The Pokémon Happy Meal is something our fans have enjoyed year after year,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “Receiving Hoopa while visiting McDonald’s makes this year’s program extra special.”
The Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Happy Meal promotion will be supported by McDonald’s through a fully integrated marketing campaign that includes television advertising, in-store POP, and online activities at HappyMeal.com. Fans who purchase a Pokémon Happy Meal can also unlock games and content via the McPlay app available on the App Store and Google Play.
With more than 275 million Pokémon video games sold to date, 21.5 billion Pokémon Trading Card Game cards shipped globally, and more than 800 episodes in its animation library, the Pokémon brand has been delighting fans of all ages for almost 20 years and is stronger than ever. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire were the top-selling video games in 2014 across all platforms (VGChartz.com, September 2015), and they place fifth among the top-selling games in the world for the Nintendo 3DS, with more than 10.2 million units sold worldwide (Nintendo, through June 2015).
No, you read that headline correctly. According to Siliconera, Japanese company Sanoyas Interaction has announced that they will be opening “Pokémon EXPO Gym,” a hands on entertainment/education facility to provide advice and tips on playing Pokémon. According to the website, various programs include “Charizard’s Battle Colosseum” and “Gardevoir’s Control Score,” that will train you and reward with special Pokémon for X, Y, Alpha Saphire, and Omega Ruby.
Not only that, fans who pre-order their member’s card on October 31st. Following that, a “Pokémon EXPO Gym Gear” app is launching for smartphones showing stats and rankings in the gym. The Pokémon EXPO Gym is set to open November 19, 2015 is Osaka, Japan.
The Pokémon Company will be collaborating with the Build-A-Bear Workshop to allow you stuff and dress up your very own Pikachu plushie.
It won’t happen until next year, but the plushie will be available in the Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and online in North America, Europe, and Australia. Pikachu can be dressed up in a Poké Ball Hoodie and if you order online you will also have the option of a Charizard Costume. Pikachu will also come complete with his very own sound chip, and you’ll receive a special promo Pokémon Trading Card with your purchase.