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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 26: All's Quiet For Now!


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the twenty-sixth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning.

 

 

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All's Quiet...For Now!

 

I think Yo-Kai Watch is the reason we didn“t see much Pokémon presence at E3 this year, and why we probably won“t hear anything about new games (outside of Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon) until after its intended Holiday release.

 

Given the recent news that Disney“s grabbing the Yo-Kai Watch anime and Hasbro“s got its toys... I“d say Nintendo and Level-5 are out to market this title big time; they don“t want any “megaton” Pokémon announcements cannibalizing sales. After seeing Yo-Kai Watch take up some screen-time during the Digital Event, while Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon“s new trailer had to wait until after... well, I think Pokémon news in the west is going to slow to a crawl.

 

There are still some smaller things happening, though. Mere weeks after I mention both of my Dragonites being competitively obsolete because they don“t have their Hidden Ability, Multiscale — Nintendo have partnered with GameStop to...give away Multiscale Dragonites from now until July 12th.

 

Haha.

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Hoopa will soon be available in Japan. If you“re lucky enough to obtain it from a friend prior to the U.S. release, you can head into any PokéMart to grab the necessary item to make Hoopa transform into Hoopa Unbound. It comes with Nasty Plot, Psychic and Astonish, as well as its signature move Hyperspace Hole. There“s no word on Hoopa“s release outside of Japan just yet, but I“ll keep you updated.

 

And last but not least, I“ll update you on the new Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon bits from the new trailer and

during E3 last week. First and foremost, we have confirmation that the Personality Testa series staple that skipped Gates to Infinity — makes its triumphant return in this game. The Pokémon you become will be determined by how you answer the questions the game asks you.

 

We also get our first glimpse of the game“s story. Something is turning Legendary Pokémon into stone, and it threatens to overtake the entire planet. It sounds eerily similar to Explorers of Sky“s plot concerning the planet“s paralysis... but hey, I“ll take it! We even see from the game“s box art that Mega Evolutions are confirmed for the game. It“s going to be interesting to see what news comes from Japan; its release there is much closer than ours.

 

 

Beyond those noteworthy bits, and the continued support of the free-to-start spin-off titles Pokémon Shuffle and Pokémon Rumble World, I think things will remain pretty quiet on the Pokémon front until the holiday season, at least. But don“t worry! I still have a few things planned for Individual Values going forward. And, as always, I welcome your comments and feedback below.

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