Free Pokemon App Now Available In Japan On Android Devices, Later For iOS

The Pokemon Company has released a free Pokemon app for mobile devices today in Japan. Currently available on Android, though later will hit the iOS play store too, the Pokemon app lets users download a number of themed wallpapers and icons to stylize their smartphone – similar to the 3DS home menu themes. According to translations, the Pokemon Style app will feature a range of free backgrounds, including a sleeping Pikachu, as well as premium wallpapers for approximately 200 Yen.

New Pokemon-themed wallpapers will be available on a fortnightly basis each Thursday, with backgrounds based on various Pokemon, merchandise and so on. Japanese fans can purchase a number of Eevee themes, along with Hoenn starter Pokemon and X and Y legendaries Xerneas or Yveltal for 50 per cent off until February 25. Hopefully we’ll see a similar app launch for western audiences soon. You can check out the app on the play store, here.

Pokemon ORAS & X or Y Owners Can Now Grab Legendary Pokemon Darkrai From Game UK

Pokemon fans in the UK can now grab the legendary and shadow-like Pokemon Darkrai from specialist retailer GAME. Available for a limited time only while download codes last, 3DS users who own either Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Omega Ruby and Pokemon X or Y will be able to receive the awesome dark-type legendary. Known for its ability to confuse its enemies with moves such as Phantom Force, Darkrai holds a special one-of-a-kind Enigma Berry that cannot be found during normal gameplay.

In order to grab your special download code, just head to one of the participating GAME stores across the UK, asking for your free code at the till. All codes will be redeemable in-game until May 5, 2015. However, if you are looking to secure one for your Pokedex, and missed out on the Pokemon last time, make sure you move quickly as stock is limited. Here’s how you can claim Darkrai with your download code:

Select MYSTERY GIFT on the main menu, and then RECEIVE GIFT. Select YES to confirm.

Select GET WITH CODE, and then select YES to confirm.

Enter your code.

Resume the game, make sure you have an empty space in your party, and speak to the delivery girl in any Pokémon Center to receive Darkrai!

Be sure to save your game!

It’s The Twitch Plays Pokemon Anniversary And They’re Playing Pokemon Red

Wow, I can’t believe it, but it has been a year since Twitch Plays Pokemon happened. To commemorate the event Twitch has started a play through of Pokemon Red. The video game streaming site says that over 10,000 people are playing right now, so be sure to check it out.

For the Anniversary Red Run, Democracy will be enabled using area-based timers. In other words, in certain suspect areas where we may need democracy, streamer has set it so that democracy will automatically enable itself once we have been in that area for over 24 hours total. If the area in question is left, the timer will stop, and anarchy will be re-instated.

“TPP Version” is a custom romhack of Red Version which will be used for our Anniversary Red Run. It is designed so that we can feasibly achieve the main goal of this run-completing the Pokedex. The run will end when we view the Diploma, followed by one as of now unknown surprise.

Thanks, Edmund

 

Pokemon Art Academy Competition To Award Promotional Pokemon TCG Cards

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo invite Pokémon fans and budding illustrators to enter an international Pokémon Art Academy Competition using the Pokémon Art Academy game available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The competition opens on February 18, 2015, and closes on March 29, 2015, and the winners will be announced in May 2015.  The entries will be accepted via Miiverse, accessible via the Nintendo 3DS.  This is an exciting opportunity for would-be Pokémon artists from around the world, as the competition’s winners will have their masterpiece turned into their very own Pokémon TCG card!

The game offers aspiring Pokémon artists 40 lessons in how to paint, sketch, and draw popular Pokémon. Students of Pokémon Art Academy can pick up illustration skills that they can transfer onto real canvas, or they can share their digital masterpieces with the world. Now, would-be artists can enter a special competition via Miiverse which allows them to showcase their talents as graduates of the Pokémon Art Academy!

Six talented winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of some of the creators of the much-loved Pokémon universe. Each winner will receive 100 cards featuring his or her winning image–meaning that they will be in possession of some TCG cards of their own making.

There are two categories for budding Pokémon artists to enter: Dress-Up Pikachu and Your Favorite Pokémon.

Dress-Up Pikachu

Inspired by the special Cosplay Pikachu, which can be discovered in the recently launched Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games, this category gives entrants the chance to play fashion designer and create their very own Pikachu outfit!

In the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games, Pikachu can dress up as Pikachu Belle; Pikachu Rock Star; Pikachu Pop Star; Pikachu, Ph.D.; and Pikachu Libre. Donning an array of new looks, Cosplay Pikachu can learn moves that ordinary Pikachu cannot learn in normal gameplay, and all have fun costumes that are sure to inspire the would-be costume designers who enter this category.

Your Favorite Pokémon

This category gives entrants the chance to submit their own artistic impressions of a favorite Pokémon, which they can do using the Free Paint mode ofPokémon Art Academy. So, if Snorlax awakens an inner Leonardo da Vinci, or Rayquaza gets fans painting with flying colours, then this is their perfect category

Details of how to enter can be found below, so all that remains is for Pokémon fans to grab a stylus and start discovering their inner artist with Pokémon Art Academy!

The winners’ cards will not be made available for sale in regular Pokémon TCG products nor will they be eligible to take part in Play! Pokémon officially sanctioned organized play events.\

How to Enter the Pokémon Art Academy Competition

  • Create and save an image in Pokémon Art Academy using Free Paint mode.
  • Select the “Share” option from Pokémon Art Academy’s main menu and connect to Miiverse.
  • Select the “Post to Competition” option and select “I Agree” if you agree to the Official Rules.
  • Highlight the category you’d like to enter (Dress-Up Pikachu or Your Favorite Pokémon) and then choose “Select Competition”. Only the first post you make will be recognised as your entry.
  • Slide over the image and select it and then choose “Share Selected”.
  • Enter a title to accompany your artwork in the comment field and then select “Post”. The image will be posted to Miiverse and entered into the competition.
  • The only way to enter the competition directly is from the Pokémon Art Academy game, available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Pokemon Shuffle Hits Nintendo 3DS eShop Next Week?

Several reports are claiming that Pokemon Shuffle will make its debut next week in North America. The news was apparently revealed in an official newsletter that supposedly says the puzzle title will be available in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on Wednesday, February 18th. Pokemon Shuffle was announced during the first Nintendo Direct presentation of the year. The game has players matching three or more Pokemon in the Puzzle Area to deal damage as they battle wild Pokemon across a variety of stages.

The Road To The Pokemon World Championships Is Underway

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.

Pokemon Sweepstakes And Animation Marathon Announced

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.