Ready for another competition on Pokémon Shuffle? Well, from now until April 13, you'll have a chance to compete for a high score on the special Blastoise Competitive Stage on Pokémon Shuffle.
The top 20,000 scoring players will receive a special Blastoisinite on April 13, after the competition concludes, which allows them to Mega Evolve their Blastoise in Pokémon Shuffle. However, you'll also need to pick it up by April 20 if you made it in the top 20,000, as you won't be able to claim it after that point.
From now until April 19th, Pokémon fans in the United Kingdom can visit participating GAME stores and ask to receive a special serial code granting the player a special Shiny Charizard holding the Charizardite Y. The serial code must be redeemed through Mystery Gift's "Get with Code" method. It can be received on X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
The Shiny Charizard comes at level 36 and also knows the event-exclusive move Hold Hands, which seems like an interesting choice of move for a powerful-looking Pokémon like Charizard. It has no effect in battle, though plays an animation when used in a Double or Triple Battle.
Not only that, but UK players visiting participating GAME stores can ask about the Primal Clash Collector's Album to go along with the Shiny Charizard serial code, which can be used to store Pokémon TCG cards. It looks pretty cool and, from the sounds of things, it's being given away for free. Sweet!
The 2015 International Challenge April has just been announced on Pokemon.com, which is a worldwide online Pokémon tournament where participants battle using Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire in order to gain Championship Points — a requirement in order to enter the Pokémon World Championships in Boston, Massachusetts this year.
Registration opens up on April 16th, and you'll need to have a tournament-legal team. This tournament utilizes the same rules as the official Pokémon tournaments, where you can bring in four to six Pokémon that were obtained in X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire (that have the blue pentagon symbol), excluding certain legendary Pokémon, such as Mewtwo or Deoxys. All battles are Double Battles with each player using four of their six Pokémon after being able to see the opponent's full team of six (of which, they, too, will only be able to use four).
The top 256 participants in each age division will receive Championship Points, though players need to ensure they have a proper Player ID and are opted into the Play! Pokémon program on the official Pokémon website before the tournament starts in order to be eligible for those points.
There is now a mandatory update for Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire available in the Nintendo eShop, which updates Pokémon X & Y to Ver. 1.4 and updates Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire to Ver. 1.3. The update must be downloaded and applied separately for each game.
The official description of what the update does is very vague, but it appears to fix several exploits in the game which allow users to create or modify Pokémon unofficially. If you notice anything else introduced in the update, please feel free to mention it in the comments section of this post.
In order to utilize any of the Nintendo Wi-Fi features of any of these games, including online trading, battles, and other online features, you must update to the newest version, otherwise these features will fail when you attempt to initiate them.
Pokémon Rumble World Footage is from 26:31 to 27:45
During today's Nintendo Direct stream, Nintendo brought forth another entry in the Pokémon Rumble series, Pokémon Rumble World. This Nintendo 3DS eShop game contains over 700 Pokémon to battle and collect in a new world. The Pokémon that can be obtained in this game range from the original Pokémon in Red and Blue all the way to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, with several Mega Evolutions being available.
This is another "freemium" title from the Pokémon series, meaning that it is 100% free to download and play, but may be enhanced with in-game purchases. To explore these various lands and locations you will use Poké Diamonds, which can be acquired via Street Pass, completing certain challenges or missions, or purchasing them with real-world money.
The game launches on April 8th worldwide on the Nintendo 3DS eShop and can be downloaded for free.
What are your thoughts on this game? Are you excited for a new chapter in the world of Toy Pokémon? Let us know in the comments section!
New information for Mewtwo's release in Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS & Wii U has been revealed! Club Nintendo members who purchased and registered both Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS & Wii U before March 31st will receive a free download code on April 15th! Mewtwo will be available to purchase individually for Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS for $3.99 and for Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U for $3.99 or both Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U for $4.99 on April 28th.
Mewtwo has new attacks and alternate costumes compared to his original Super Smash Bros. Melee counterpart. Mewtwo's final smash turns him into Mega Mewtwo Y! Oh, and fans of Mother, good news! Another psychic friend of ours, Lucas, has also been confirmed as DLC! This is not an April Fools joke!
UPDATE: Yes, this post was an April Fools Day joke. Hopefully you found it entertaining! Expect to see a separate editorial talking about how the ideas for Zero and Infinity aren't that "Farfetch'd" after all.
Though the Nintendo Direct stream that may announce new games doesn't go live for several hours, it looks as though there's an exciting new announcement that simply couldn't wait! That's right — Pokémon Zero and Pokémon Infinity!
The teaser above shows little about the games other than their logos and release date, which is set for October 2015 worldwide. Maybe we'll find out more in tonight's Nintendo Direct stream, which Nintendo assures us is not a joke, despite today being April Fool's Day, a day where fake news is often posted throughout the internet in a joking manner.
While news has been rather light lately, it appears that one rumor going around has proven to be true: Nintendo is holding a Nintendo Direct stream on April 1st to show and/or announce upcoming games for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Yes, it's on April Fools Day, a day where fake news and hoaxes run rampant, but rest assured, this Nintendo Direct is not a joke (besides, it would be on April 2nd in most of Europe and in Asia/Australia).
Though the contents of the Nintendo Direct are of course not yet known, there has been speculation lately of a new game in the Pokémon Rumble series, Pokémon Rumble World, which recently received a rating from the ratings board in Australia and has also had a domain registered in the US (the site is not yet operational). It's quite likely that there will be an announcement for Pokémon Rumble World in tomorrow's Nintendo Direct.
However, will the Pokémon announcements end there? Pokémon X and Y were announced in early January 2013 and the games were released in October 2013. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were announced in early May 2014 and were released in November 2014. If there are going to be new main-series Pokémon games announced for 2015, it would have to be rather soon, and it's likely to be early in any given month so it can be covered in magazines like CoroCoro without worry of it leaking early. An early April reveal would match that timeline perfectly.
What do you think will be announced in tomorrow's Nintendo Direct? Let the world know in the comments!
Here's a list of the dates and locations that have been announced:
May 1st, 2015
Aug. 22nd, 2015
May 29th, 2015
Toronto, ON, Canada
Aug. 28th, 2015
New York, NY
Jun. 6th, 2015
Montreal, QC, Canada
Aug. 30th, 2015
Jun. 12th, 2015
Sep. 11th, 2015
Jun. 13th, 2015
Sep. 12th, 2015
Jun. 14th, 2015
Sep. 15th, 2015
Jun. 19th, 2015
Sep. 17th, 2015
Jun. 20th, 2015
Mexico City, Mexico
Oct. 23rd, 2015
San Diego, CA
Jul. 9th, 2015
Oct. 25th, 2015
Los Angeles, CA
Jul. 11th, 2015
Nov. 20–21, 2015
San Jose, CA
Jul. 12th, 2015
Dec. 3rd, 2015
Jul. 18th, 2015
Dec. 4th, 2015
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jul. 22th, 2015
Jan. 24th, 2016
Jul. 25–26, 2015
Grand Rapids, MI
Feb. 5th, 2016
Aug. 20th, 2015
You can find out more specifics on all of these events, such as the venue they're being held at and what time they're taking place, by visiting Pokemon.com/Symphony, but the above list should at least give you a general idea of whether or not they're in your area.
Tickets for these events are said to go on sale starting Saturday, March 28th, but as mentioned on the above website, dedicated Pokémon fans can purchase tickets one day early, starting tomorrow, Friday, March 27th, by entering the presale code "MELOETTA" when prompted.
Does it end here? Not at all! The press release suggests that there will be more dates in the future, including a tour across Europe in Spring 2016, so that's fantastic news to hear!
Unsure as to whether or not Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions is something you'd like to go to? Well, I wrote a review of my time there, which you can read here on the site, and it was an awesome experience indeed. I definitely recommend it for any Pokémon fan out there!
The next Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion set, XY—Roaring Skies, is slated for an May 6th release date. Like its predecessors, XY—Roaring Skies features an archetype. The latest theme for the newest expansion are the Legendary Pokémon of the sky! Get busy playing or get busy flying.
XY—Roaring Skies introduces seven new Pokémon-EX cards, four new Mega Pokémon-EX cards, and nine new full-art Pokémon-EX cards, including: Mega Rayquaza-EX, Mega Latios-EX, Thundurus-EX, Hydreigon-EX, and more! Of course, using such powerful Mega Pokémon has a drawback, requiring the player to end their turn upon Mega Evolving an EX Pokémon, unless a specific Spirit Link card is used.
There are over 100 new cards to use in this new expansion, including 18 new Trainer cards featuring two full-art Trainer cards and one new Special Energy. There are also new Ancient Traits given to certain Pokémon, which act similar to abilities, but instead come from a pre-set pool of potential traits.
To go along with the 10 card booster packs, two new preconstructed theme decks — Aurora Blast and Storm Rider — will also be available upon XY—Roaring Skies' May 6th release. Aurora Blast features the Water-type Articuno and other Water/Fire types while Storm Rider features the Electric-type Zapdos as well as Grass/Lightning types.