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Individual Values: A Pokemon Feature - Week 51: Starting Off


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the fifty-first week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! Sorry for the unplanned two week hiatus. Let's just say the holidays were busier than expected! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday.

 

 

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Starting Off

 

 

Just a little over a month from now, Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow will release on the 3DS Virtual Console. And around the summertime, Pokkén Tournament will hit the Wii U in the West. Pokémon GO! will get here eventually, too, probably around the same time Nintendo“s big push to mobile begins with Miitomo. Super Mystery Dungeon is still fresh on people“s minds, and I know a handful of people who still play Shuffle, Rumble World, and [Pokemon] Picross regularly. There are plenty of games out in the wild, and nostalgic winds are howling. But the announcement everyone“s been waiting for, the next mainline game... hasn“t happened yet.

 

Fun fact: It was today in 2013 that X&Y were first announced to the world in a special Nintendo Direct. I feel like an announcement...and possibly the first Nintendo Direct of 2016...aren“t far off. Here“s why:

 

 

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The Nintendo 2DS has released in both North America and PAL territories, but not Japan -- until now. As seen above, a very 90s variant of the system is coming to our friends across the pond. There are physical versions of the old games, exclusive themes, and a New 3DS Faceplate that features Ken Sugimori“s original designs...

 

Japan is getting all kinds of goodies that might not make it across the pond.

 

Here“s the kicker, though. Alongside the announcement of the 2DS systems, a Mew Event was confirmed for Japan... for both the Virtual Console games and the sixth generation. Purchasing one of the Game Boy games nets you a code that unlocks Mew in the game you just bought, as well as another code that can be entered through Mystery Gift to grab it in your copy of X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire.

 

 

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There“s no way that promotion will stay exclusive to Japan -- it“s too good. The West hasn“t seen Mew since it was distributed as a Wi-Fi Gift in 2010, after all.

 

While we may not get all the physical goodies that our friends in Japan can purchase, I“m extremely confident the same Mew stuff will happen here. The Pokémon Company have been oddly silent about this, though. We got confirmation of Volcanion, even though it“s likely months away from actually being distributed here. Why not confirm Mew as well?

 

However, it's possible that all this information and more (like the big announcement we“ve been waiting for) is going to be confirmed in some sort of Pokémon-related broadcast coming prior to the games“ Virtual Console release. I guess we“ll see! Just wanted to start this year off on a Mew-related note, since it's definitely one of my favorite “Mythical” Pokémon. I hope the promotion here is identical to Japan“s; it will be great if Mew gets in more people“s hands again.

 

Are you looking forward to playing the original Game Boy games? Still playing any of the releases from last year? Be sure to let us know!

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