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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 87: Crossovers and Oddities


Jonathan Higgins

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

 

Volcanion is being distributed at GameStop until this coming Monday,October 31st. Every single Mythical Pokémon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all!

 

 

 

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Crossovers and Oddities

 

 

Just as a disclaimer: I’m sitting down to write this prior to the October 27th reveal. If anything earth-shattering happens, I suppose I’ll get to it next week! As you’re reading this, I’m either in the air or on the ground in Nashville, attending a friend’s wedding. Anyway, I digress:

 

Have you all heard of the Costume Pikachu line of plushies? This one is probably the most well-known of the bunch. But... we’ve seen Pikachu dress up as other Pokémon, in raincoats or graduation caps, and more. Its “cosplay” is so popular in Japan that there’s even a Monthly Pikachu/Pikachu Pair subscription service in Japan, where you get a new costumed plush each month. I’m not that dedicated, but... I will admit I may have a problem.

 

Told you that to tell you this:

 

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Alas, the artwork you see isn’t a spin-off game or mini-game in Pokémon Sun & Moon (yet?), but rather a special Costume Pikachu line celebrating both Pokémon and Mario. I’ve paired it with the original Famicom art for Super Mario Bros. so you can see how outstanding of a tribute it really is. Take a look at the official site to make grabby hands at all the available merchandise to import, if that’s your thing.

 

This line begs the question though. You know, the one I asked way back in IV 20: Why haven’t The Pokémon Company created a platforming game starring Pikachu and others? This special Costume Pikachu certainly seems like a logical first step.

 

 


 

 

There are a handful of interviews out there about Sun & Moon, like these from Game Informer and USGamer. They’re great reads, and there’s plenty of info to glean from them. You can learn why the Alolan Forms we’ve seen are all of Kanto Pokémon in particular, why Soaring won’t be returning in Pokémon Sun & Moon, and even figure out if there’s going to be something special associated with transferring Pokémon from the eShop releases of Red/Blue/Yellow/Green to Sun & Moon.

There’s also this bit I picked up from Twitter. To save you a click: It seems HMs will still be present in Sun & Moon, despite the existence and overall purpose of Poké Ride. To reaffirm a bit: the ability to Fly using Charizard, Rock Smash using Tauros, Surf using Lapras, etc — that’s all to negate the need of catching a Bidoof or a Pidgey and putting them on your team with the explicit purpose of making all four moves they learn HMs. I think they could have been more straightforward with what Poké Ride is philosophically made to do by doing away with the concept of HMs entirely, in favor of making field moves like Cut into TMs. But I guess I can properly address this criticism when I get the final game in my hands.

 

Just a few small tidbits this week! Don’t forget: this weekend is your last chance to nab Volcanion at GameStop; it's bound to not be available again for a while. Next month, you’ll need to return there in order to grab Genesect — again, that’s from November 1st through 24th. We’re getting closer and closer to the release of Sun & Moon! I’ll see you guys next week to discuss today’s news and more.

 

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But, seriously, I never knew I needed a Pikachu dressed as Luigi until I saw one.

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