You may have heard early last week that a new Eevee themed Nintendo 3DS console is rumoured to be coming to Japan. Well, a NeoGaf member has spotted a promotional poster at the Pokemon Centre near Minato-ku today that states that a special edition Eevee Nintendo 3DS console will be revealed on May 15th.
Nintendo has announced that Pokemon Black & White 2 players can pick up the mythical Pokemon Deoxys next month. Pokemon Black & White 2 owners can add Deoxys to their collection through a special character distribution via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service on May 8th. Pokemon Trading Card Game players can also grab the Deoxys-EX card in the new Pokemon TCG: Black & White—Plasma Freeze expansion at stores the same day.
The official Pokémon site has revealed today that an additional seven figures will be released on May 25, a month after Pokémon Rumble U’s launch in Japan. The news comes after information, published by Japanese magazine CoroCoro, would feature special passwords to obtain Pokémon, as well as the return of Shiny versions. The second set will feature Eevee, Mewtwo, Croagunk, Zoroark, Litwick and Genesect, plus one other additional but secret figure.
The official site has also revealed that Japanese fans will be able to use IC cards – their version of a train pass – to unlock random one-use Pokémon, which are placed on the Wii U GamePad, to help in a difficult situation. At the beginning of the game, your choice of starters are between Pikachu, Tepig, Snivy and Oshawott – fans will also be pleased to hear you can find a host of legendaries throughout the game. Make sure you check out the GamePad’s NFC in action, if you haven’t already done so.
More details for Pokemon Rumble U have emerged from Japanese publication, CoroCoro magazine. The game, which is the first title to make use of the Wii U near field communication feature, will feature special passwords to obtain Pokemon. The game will also allow you to make use of coins to set names of various Pokemon toys. The publication also confirms that Shiny Pokemon will be making a return, with the Garchomp being distributed as one.
The Pokemon Company has revealed to MCV that the next twelve months will be among the biggest in Pokemon history. The Pokemon Company is planning to launch a number of new Pokemon related titles, a new TV series, events, a film and new toys throughout 2013. the Pokemon Company will then release the long-awaited Pokemon X and Pokemon Y for the Nintendo 3DS, which is the first ever worldwide release of a major Pokemon game.
“Undoubtedly 2013 is a key year for us to grow and usher in a new era for Pokémon with Pokémon X and Pokémon Y and the introduction of new characters as the launch platform.”
“We believe these games will appeal to all generations both veterans and newcomers to Pokémon.”
- The Pokémon Company International’s marketing director Anthony Cornish
During today’s “Pokémon Smash” episode, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y director Junichi Masuda confirmed that a newly discovered Pokémon that bears a resemblance to the Legendary Mewtwo exists. The name of the new Pokémon wasn’t shared during the episode, and, interestingly, Masuda didn’t confirm whether it is related to Mewtwo. As seen in the image above, it appears as though Mewtwo’s tail is on top of the new Pokémon’s head. What do you think of the new Pokémon’s look? Is it a form of Mewtwo? Let us know in the comments section below.
Update: The Pokémon Company released a video of the newly discovered Pokémon in action.
After last year’s Google Maps NES cartridge had us scrambling to play the ‘Quest’ game, April Fool’s Day has become more than an 8-bit joke for the gaming industry – from console mergers to fake releases, the internet has had it all. But can 2013 top its predecessor years by pulling the wool over our eyes, or have we finally ‘cottoned’ on? Here’s our Top 5 April Fool’s Nintendo Pranks for this year.
1. The Nintendo/EA Merger
Circulating rumours of a possible merger between EA and Nintendo were quite a shocker this year – apparently, they’d been in cahoots for quite some time with EA, who were attempting to buy out Nintendo between May and June. It was even corroborated by GameFAQs website, asking members through a daily poll if they thought the merger was a good idea. Of course, when the last poll option says, “not funny guys, I forgot what today was, and you [just] about gave me a heart attack”, we are almost certain this is false information.
2. WayForward’s New and Original Game
It’s no wonder a game called Cat Girl Without Salad is a meal best served to a fool, as it satisfies every players’ whim, need and appetite. Promising to feature every genre in the gaming catalogue – from puzzler, platformer, shooter, RPG and even visual novel – WayForward says it’s a cut above the rest. Plus it’s even available on each and every console! The company, who brought us Duck Tales Remastered, tweeted earlier today: “We can finally spill the beans on the latest WayForward original! Head over to the blog for all the juicy details!!!” Blimey, they’ve clearly put a lot of effort into that. Look out for it on the Nintendo 3DS, DS, Wii and Wii U.
3. BA Hons in Pokémon Mastery
Let’s be honest, this isn’t the first time ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses have been offered at universities across the world, but this next one would definitely be the icing on the cake. The official Pokémon Twitter page for North America announced today (and so did we *wink*) that starting from September 2013, students could take up a degree in Pokémon Mastery. But who knows, maybe in the future this could be more than just avid fan speculation.
4. The Luigi CodeSince 2013 has been dubbed ‘the year of Luigi’ it’s high time he gets his own ‘code’ to project onto various virtual consoles to be released this year. By all accounts, you’ll be able to transform Dr. Mario into a green-skin aptly named ‘Dr. Luigi’, and he’ll also get a suit on Super Metroid – cool, huh? The ‘Luigi code’ will be very similar to that Konami code that’s been kicking about for years, apparently. We think it will do well.
5. Satoru Iwata’s Apology on YouTube
This fan-made video has been making quite a spectacle on YouTube today. The video, which sees Satoru Iwata address the audience about recent Wii U sales and other such problems, is certainly an entertaining joke – even if it is a satirical one at Nintendo Direct’s expense. Luckily for Iwata, the maker of the video has noted an apology, detailing that it really is just an April Fool’s joke.
Let us know if you’ve seen any other April Fool’s Nintendo jokes this year in the comments below.
The Pokémon Company has announced, via Twitter, that you will soon be able to get a degree in Pokémon Mastery. Starting fall 2013, Pokémon courses will be offered in colleges and universities across the world. Students pursuing a degree in Pokémon Mastery will need to complete a number of courses, including the ones in the course schedule above: Human and Pokémon Dynamics, Pokémon Habitats by Region, Theory and Ethics of Pokémon Evolution, Pokémon Abilities and Development, and Pokémon Origins and History. Click here for more information.
UK Pokémon fans will be pleased to get their hands on the long-awaited legendary poké Meloetta after it hit US store GameStop earlier this month. Nintendo Magazine announced the 648th Pokemon will be available from now until April 19 via a special event held in participating GAME stores only. Fans can take either their Pokémon Black/White or Black/White 2 game card along with a 3DS or DS into the store where they will receive the green-haired beauty via Mystery Gift.
The mythical normal Pokémon has a rare ability enabling it to change forme using its melodic move ‘Relic Song’. With its two unique formes – Aria (Normal/Psychic) and Pirouette (Normal/Fighting) – Meloetta is the first Pokémon, so far, to change its forme while in battle. But if that’s not enough, from March 28 you can pick up the Meloetta Musical for the theatre in Nimbassa City and a new Meloetta-themed C-Gear skin for Black and White 2.
Nintendo Japan has released the first trailer of Pokemon Rumble U for the Wii U. The game will be launching in Japan as a downloadable title on April 24th for $19. Just like the Skylanders franchise, you will be able to purchase Pokemon figures that will be available to buy for $2 each. To use the Pokemon all you will need to do is position them near the Wii U GamePad and the character will appear in the game. There will be seven figures available in total, including Bulbasaur, Lucario, Pikachu, Piplup, Torchic, Victini. The seventh Pokemon is remaining a secret for the time being. The figures will be available to purchase in toy vending machines in Japan, which means you will not know exactly which Pokemon figure you’re going to get.