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  1. Welcome to the tenth 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. -------------------------------- Mew Playing through Pokémon Stadium and my copy of Red Version made me super nostalgic for a certain elusive Legendary Pokémon. Things were a lot simpler in the first generation of games. While Mew couldn't be obtained by using Strength on a truck near the S.S. Anne or by the other rumored “secret” ways, it could be yours through a series of glitches that exploited the game“s code like Missingno or similar, infamous phenomena. But this week“s Individual Values isn“t about glitches, exploits or cheat codes. I want to give back to GP“s Pokémon faithful who've been reading these since they went live before the release of Pokémon ORAS...and to bring in new readers, of course! Now that I“ve collected all 719 available Pokémon, been adamant about grabbing exclusive Event Pokémon when I can, and become more than a little obsessed with hunting Shiny Pokémon...I can typically get whatever I want if I try hard enough. For example: Did you know several Surfing Pikachus were distributed in Japan a little while ago? I traded Dream World Arceus I kept from my old copy of Black for one. So...I suppose it shouldn't shock anyone that I wanted to raise a Mew from the beginning again (the last distribution of Mew was done in 2010 via Wi-Fi around the release of HeartGold & SoulSilver), then got one. It raised the question: what do I do with my old Mew, that I“d personally raised up to Lv100, who is battle ready and smashed many a competitor when I used him in 5th Gen? That“s where you all come in! Since this week“s article is going live on the 19th anniversary of Pokémon (Red & Green Versions were released in Japan on February 27th, 1996!) I“m officially announcing the first giveaway of my Individual Values feature, in which I“ll offer up my old Mew, as well as a few shiny and Legendary Pokémon from my personal collection! Here“s my disclaimer: Every single Pokémon offered in this contest was obtained by legitimate means. I don“t use cheat devices, so you don“t have to worry about any Pokémon you receive from me being of the shady variety. Without further ado: FIRST PRIZE: One winner will receive my Mew! This FAL2010 Mew is one of the many distributed to trainers via Wi-Fi from October 15th through 30th 2010. He“s fully raised and EV trained to suit my battle style several years ago, so I hope he has a Nature, stats and moves that work for you! Of course, if you“d rather he had different moves...this Mew can still learn any TM, HM or Move Tutor move offered in all sixth generation games! SECOND PRIZE: One winner will receive three Pokémon I“ve selected as the “second prize” of sorts! The first Pokémon is an untouched WIN2013 Keldeo, an Event Pokémon that is (as of yet) unobtainable in Pokémon X, Y, OR or AS. He was distributed via Mystery Gift around the end of January 2013. The next two are Shiny Pokémon specifically caught by me in my copy of Pokémon Y: a Poliwhirl and Quiladin, respectively! The Poliwhirl has an Adamant nature, and the Quiladin has a Rash nature. THIRD PRIZE: Keeping my special shiny craze going: one winner will receive all three Shiny Legendary Beasts given to folks who went to Gamestop way back in the HeartGold & SoulSilver days. I“ve always liked this particular Legendary trio best, and I have a soft spot for their shiny variants. Can you guess which one of the three is my favorite? FOURTH PRIZE: The “Omega Ruby Exclusive” Pack: One last winner will receive every single (obtainable) Legendary Pokémon exclusive to the Omega Ruby version of the game—so this would definitely be ideal for someone with only Alpha Sapphire in his or her possession. Those Legendary Pokémon are: Ho-Oh, Groudon, Palkia, Tornadus and Reshiram, respectively. All of these Pokémon are untouched (to my knowledge), and all were personally caught by me in either Omega Ruby or during one of my previous Pokémon ventures (for example, Masters is the name I called my trainer in SoulSilver). So, what are the rules to participate? All you have to do is register on our forums and comment on this very article. Tell me what your favorite Pokémon of all time is! Start a conversation about how impossible it is to obtain Mew in this day and age! Theorize what Nintendo and the Pokémon Company may do to celebrate the franchise“s 20th anniversary next year! Tell me what you“d all like to see in future Individual Values articles! I want to hear it all. Four different winners will be randomly selected by me to receive each respective prize. Fans of JRPGs will certainly know what it“s like to leave their luck up to random number generators! Now then, to close us out, a bit of technical jargon: All who choose to participate in this contest must own at least one of the Pokémon games on Nintendo 3DS (Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire) and give me his or her Friend Code so that I may initiate the trade. I“ll need 1-5 Pokémon from you, depending on the prize you“ve won. My best piece of advice is to Fly to the first town in your game and catch a bunch of Fletchlings or Zigzagoons so I can give you your winnings in exchange for very little effort on your part! My giveaway is not officially endorsed by Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, Gamestop, or any other affiliated parties. Any questions can be directed at my via Twitter, but I think I“ve laid out everything pretty well!
  2. Welcome to the fifth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! Sorry for taking an unplanned hiatus throughout December! I'm back now. In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning. ---------------------------- Gotta Catch 'Em All? As of Wednesday, ladies and gentlemen, I am (once again) a Pokémon Master. And as I may have mentioned already, I take my compulsion to the next level by stocking one of every single available Pokémon species in my PC for inventory/future use. That“s right—I“m not just satisfied with filling my Pokédex. Over twenty-five boxes is what it takes to house Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard...all the way up to #719, Diancie. But I“m not saying this to brag. It“s not a tiny accomplishment, by any means. What I really want to see are more and more people able to accomplish this! The reward you get for completing your Pokédex is the Shiny Charm, an item that allows you to encounter Shiny Pokémon at an increased rate. Since I“m more than a little obsessed with that aspect of “the hunt”, I kind of want everyone, everywhere to reap the benefits! But is it possible for someone just starting out to “catch ”em all”, as it were? Here“s a little something: Have you noticed the popular slogan from the nineties has actually disappeared from the front of the boxes over time? Gotta catch ”em all! was a lot more conceivable when there were only 150, I guess. 719 (for the moment) is an obscene number. As I mentioned in my review, Pokémon ORAS features over twenty Legendary Pokémon, many of whom are not native to the Hoenn region at all. That“s because , assuming players possess X&Y and ORAS both. Here“s the long and short of it, though. Even if you had every game in Generation VI, there are still thirteen Pokémon that are beyond your reach. They are: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, and Diancie. But...man, all the aforementioned Pokémon took actually going somewhere or purchasing other games to obtain. Like Mew, for example—only three distributions of Mew ever happened in the United States, and the last one happened in 2010 via Wi-Fi. Why has Mew, the original “super-special legendary” from the Red, Blue and Yellow days...remained so elusive?! I still have Pokémon from my “newbie days” in 2006 that I absolutely need to complete my Pokédex, and—to this day—Mew is one of those. So….while completing one“s Pokédex is conceivable thanks to so many Pokémon being available in Generation VI...it“s not easy. You can“t do it without trading something like Diancie away for someone else“s Mew, or something like that. Or finding a Shiny Pokémon that somebody really wants. Etc, etc. Is that disheartening? Does the fact that “catching ”em all” between two carts is...theoretically impossible...turn some or most of you away from the series? Is 719 (again, for now...because #720 Hoopa and #721 Volcanion have yet to even be officially announced by the Pokémon company, despite the modern “cheating scene” finding out about them) too large or intimidating a number for you non-Pokémon fans, casual players, or other ilk that happen to be reading this right now? I“m genuinely curious how you feel about all this, so please do let me know below!
  3. Good news everyone! Or, perhaps not. Pokemon.com shared some details on how players can obtain the Eon Ticket, the key item necessary for obtaining Latios and Latias in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire...and it's made some fans cringe. Apparently "the only way you can get the Eon Ticket right now" is to StreetPass other Pokemon players. The way it works is this: Certain ORAS players will be given the Eon Ticket to share via StreetPass, and others in the area will have to obtain it from them. As most 3DS owners know, StreetPass in the US is hardly the same as it is in Japan. So an already lower StreetPass encounter rate combined with the chance possible Eon Ticket holders can't/won't enable StreetPass for the title, or simply don't carry their 3DSs around much, are the cause for the current groaning over this announcement. Thankfully "right now" seems to give disgruntled players some hope, as the possibility for other forms of distribution down the line seems possible. But with new gameplay elements that require Latios or Latias to experience perhaps this wasn't the best way to distribute the the legendary duo at launch. Source: Pokemon.com Tell me, how does this make you feel?
  4. It may not be anything close to the Limited Edition Steelbook versions of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire that were announced for the UK at the end of August, but Nintendo of America does have something to offer for fans that want to pick up both games. The “Dual Pack” announced this morning will be priced at $79.98 and will feature both games, as well as an in-game bonus. It will be available at Best Buy in-store or online, as well as Amazon.com. The bonus comes in the form of 100 Potions. Here“s the full Press Release: REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fans who want to pick up both the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games when they launch for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Nov. 21 now have access to a special offer. The Dual Pack launches on Nov. 21, exclusively at Best Buy retail stores, on BestBuy.com or on Amazon.com at a suggested retail price of $79.98. Separately, each game sells at a suggested retail price of $39.99. The Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Dual Pack includes both games, letting players experience both adventures (not to mention the ability to capture both Legendary Pokémon). In addition to both games, the Dual Pack includes a pair of in-game download codes that can be redeemed for 100 Potions each. Starting a new Pokémon game with 100 extra Potions is a treat for players who want to be well-stocked for their epic journey through the Hoenn region. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are reimagined versions of the original Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire games, which launched for the Game Boy Advance system in 2003. Not just simple remakes, both games offer updated graphics and new features like Soar, which allows players to travel on the back of Mega Latios or Mega Latias. Players can also decorate their personal Secret Bases and enter Pokémon into in-game Pokémon Contests. Fans may even learn the mysterious origins of Pokémon Mega Evolutions. Both Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will launch in stores and in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 21. People can also purchase the digital version of the game at Nintendo.com and have it sent directly to their Nintendo 3DS system. The Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version is also now available. Visit Nintendo.com to learn how to receive a download code. More information about how to obtain the Special Demo Version can be found here. My impressions of the Special Demo Version are here. And last but not least, don't forget: today's the day you can visit your local GameStop to receive a special code to obtain Diancie. Is anyone planning on picking up the Dual Pack? The price may not be reduced, but I guess 100 free Potions are good for someone, somewhere.
  5. Today, I bring news regarding the Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version that many fans in North America have been waiting for. The Pokémon Company International revealed both Mega Steelix and Mega Glalie today, and with that reveal came the following information. Those who download the Special Demo Version in the United States will be able to obtain Mega Glalie, and transfer it to the full game when it arrives on November 21st by way of Pokémon Link. (Japan actually got Mega Steelix!) There are a variety of ways to obtain the Special Demo Version of the game, including: obtaining a code through the Pokémon Trainer Club Newsletter, which you can access by allowing promotional emails to arrive from Nintendo via your Pokémon Global Link or Trainer Club Account. obtaining a code through select cinemas nationwide (more info soon!) from November 7th through 13th. via email, if you happen to be one of the lucky few selected that have a Nintendo Network ID and have allowed marketing emails from Nintendo (starting October 31st). obtaining a code with the purchase of Pokémon Art Academy (out October 24th) via the eShop (look for the code on your eShop receipt) obtaining a code with the purchase of any of the two Pokémon games coming to the Virtual Console in November. What“s that, Jonathan? Pokémon games on the Virtual Console?!? Indeed! Pokémon Puzzle Challenge is set to arrive in North America on November 6th ($4.99). And Pokémon Trading Card Game will be released on November 13th ($5.99). Source Source Are you excited to play the Pokémon ORAS Special Demo Version? Will you be waiting to play until you can experience the full game this November? Be sure to let us know!
  6. Chances are just about everyone under the sun has heard of Pokemon. Though it is more likely known for the cartoon show and the many Nintendo titles, Pokemon fans can also tell you about the Pokemon Trading Card Game. It was announced by the Pokemon Company International yesterday that the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online would be released on iPad devices in the United States today, making it more accessible to fans of the card game. Pokemon Trading Card Online is a free app though in-app purchases for gems, the currency trainers can use to purchase booster packs, are available. Booster packs are helpful in improving one's deck. Those who enjoy playing the Pokemon TCG Online on their computers can download the app for their iPads and iPad Minis today. Source: VentureBeat
  7. The release date for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is drawing near. In the mean time, you can visit your local GameStop in order to receive two special Pokémon for X and Y! A shiny Gengar holding a Gengarite Mega Stone will be the first Pokémon to be distributed. With the Gengarite Mega Stone, you'll be able to use a pretty shiny Mega Gengar in battle! The code card for this Pokémon will be available between October 13 and October 26. Immediately afterwards, a code card for Diancie will be available from October 27 until November 16. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will include the Diancite Mega Stone, so you will have to transfer your Diancie to those games if you wish to Mega Evolve it in battle. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be available for 3DS on November 21. Source: The Official Pokémon Website
  8. Gotta catch 'em all: http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/31/5566854/pokemon-google-maps-april-fools-2014
  9. Jordan Haygood

    Zorua and Zoroark

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Nintendo

  10. Pokemon Trozei is a puzzle game that's some 8 years old at this point, so the announcement of a sequel called Pokemon Battle Trozei in today's Nintendo Direct was a welcome surprise. This new puzzle game has players matching different Pokemon to clear them (in traditional "match three" gameplay) and catch them as well. Caught Pokemon can then be used in battles by players in order to help them and to grow in strength. Nintendo has confirmed that all 700+ Pokemon will be available in the game, and it will feature four player co-op play as well. Pokemon Battle Trozei is slated for release on March 20 for $7.99 on the 3DS eShop. You can check out a trailer for the game below. Source: /Press Release Are you interested in Pokemon Battle Trozei?
  11. Jordan Haygood

    Pokemon X/Y

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Nintendo, Game Freak

  12. Jason Clement

    If Websites Were Pokemon

    http://www.dorkly.com/comic/46403/if-websites-were-pokemon Thought this was pretty clever. The names Dorkly came up with fit the website pokemon to a "T" for the most part. The Gawcher/Evee parody is especially funny, though my favorite has to be Mashabull and Redditaur. Googull and Yahoot are pretty great as well. And if you haven't seen it yet, Ciel posted a link to a similar Pokemon-related Dorkly comic recently.
  13. Thanks to a group of Europeans stealing land from Native Americans once upon a time, people in the land of the free have a holiday where we give thanks for being able to consume very large amounts of food. This holiday is, of course, Thanksgiving. But as gamers, we have certain other reasons to be thankful. Whether a bad game got an overhaul and became good, a game was localized that we weren“t expecting to be, or a game is just sooooooooo good, there are plenty of games we can be thankful for. So let“s take a moment and give our thanks for 10 games that came out of 2013. Note: This list is in no particular order. They“re still numbered, though, because SHUT UP AND JUST GO WITH IT. #10 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Did you ever play Final Fantasy XIV when it was first released? Remember the disappointment? The anger? The murderous thoughts flowing through your mind? That wasn“t just me, was it…? Whether it was or not, there“s no question that many gamers were disappointed, and for many different reasons. So then Square Enix goes and listens to the angry letters and just sorta “rebirths†the game, breathing new life into it to create what is essentially the “A Realm Reborn†version. And guess what – the game is good now! So good, in fact, that I must give Squeenix my thanks. 14 of my thanks. ​ #9 Fire Emblem: Awakening A fact you may not be aware of, Fire Emblem: Awakening was almost the very last entry into the series. Prior to that game, sales were spiraling downward with each new entry. But all that changed when this 3DS title became a massive success in both Japan and the U.S. One could say Awakening was a big “awakening†for the franchise. …Okay, that was bad… But of course, the level of success this game was met with was met with for good reason – it kicks ass. If you think about it, this game kinda pulled a Final Fantasy, as it was almost the final game until it became more successful than expected. Though in Fire Emblem“s case, there were other entries before it, but that“s beside the point. And while we should all be thankful for this game being so good, I“m sure Nintendo themselves are very thankful for it saving their beloved franchise. ​ #8 Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Ever watched a Studio Ghibli film? You“ve sure been missing out if you haven“t. In fact, as a gamer who has been a big Ghibli fan since the days of Hayao Miyazaki“s Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, I“ve wanted to play a game made by the studio, in the same style as something they“d make, for a very long time. With Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, that dream finally became a reality. Obviously, Studio Ghibli didn“t create the game themselves, as Level-5 played a big part in its development, but still. It“s by no means a perfect game, but just the way it looks and feels gives me that Ghibli level of joy. And for that, I am truly thankful. ​ #7 EarthBound Sure, EarthBound actually came out for the SNES back in the 90s, but have you seen the price it goes for these days? You certainly can“t give anyone $100 and expect to walk away with the game, I“ll tell you that much. Well, maybe if they were old people selling it at a garage sale without doing any research, in which case BUY IT, BUY IT, BUY IT! Other than owning a legitimate copy, your only real option was always to, y“know, break the law. But in 2013, it finally happened. After gamers everywhere begged Nintendo for a re-release, whether through the Virtual Console on the Wii, Wii U, or 3DS, or just some collection thingy, the Big N finally gave it to us through the Wii U eShop. Thank you Nintendo. Now I can finally stop breaking the law. And for around $10, that ain“t bad. ​ #6 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies Remember the sequel to Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth? I wouldn“t be surprised if you don“t, seeing how Capcom refused to translate the game into English. And because of that, many gamers were wondering whether the 5th entry into the core series would suffer the same fate or not. Especially with Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney taking so freaking long. But alas, it happened. We were stuck with a digital-only release, keeping us English-speaking peoples from having a choice in the matter, but it happened. And not only was the game given a release that would allow to play it, but it ended up being a fantastic game in its own Wright right. Seriously, Capcom, I owe you one. Actually, I owe you about $30 plus tax. Which I paid. So I guess we“re even. Thanks anyway, though. ​ #5 Pokémon X/Y Pokémon was born way back in 1996. And ever since the first entries, whether you knew them as Pokémon Red and Green or Pokémon Red and Blue, the style of the following generations has largely remained the same, while receiving updates to accommodate the advancements in technology. And while the 5th generation, which included Pokémon Black and White, followed by Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, received a certain level of 3-dimensional upgrades, it wasn“t until the following generation that the series made its true transition into 3D. As far as 3-dimensional transitions go, Pokémon X and Y was seamless. The series was transformed while not taking away all we (the fans) had come to love from the series. It was time for an upgrade, and Game Freak, Inc. not only pulled it off brilliantly, but ended up creating quite possibly the greatest Pokémon generation to date. Thanks, guys, for making something so awesome. ​ #4 Tomb Raider There are times in a franchise“s life when its parents/guardians must make the decision to either keep it running the course it“s on or give it a reboot. And once Tomb Raider received its new guardians in the form of Crystal Dynamics, it seemed it was time for the latter option. And while some franchise reboots are…questionable (did you know Sonic “06 was intended to be one?), others manage to pull it off fairly well. In Tomb Raider“s case, we got a reboot that was actually a pretty fantastic game. No more was protagonist Lara Croft known as just some badass chick with some, uh, noticeable features; she was actually a deep, compelling character that the player could feel for (assuming they have emotions) in “Tomb Raider Reborn.†The game still has its flaws, but I still found the game to be quite a bit better than the original. Thank you for making a successful reboot, Mr. and Mrs. Dynamics. I appreciate that. ​ #3 Rocksmith 2014 Before you call me a cheater for throwing a 2014 game into a 2013 list, hear me out! Rocksmith 2014 was most definitely released this year; in October, in fact. The name of this game/educational tool/jam session? seems to fall in line with all those sports games that have the following year tacked onto the current year“s game title. But that“s not what“s important here. What IS important is the fact that Rocksmith 2014 is just plain awesome. It“s essentially the same thing as Rocksmith, but turned up to 11 (see what I did there?). Seriously, never have I had such an easy time attempting to learn guitar while also having a similar level of fun as when I play Guitar Hero or Rock Band. What Rocksmith helps me accomplish, Rocksmith 2014 does better. And for that, I am grateful. ​ #2 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Many a Zelda fan who was alive in the 90s will tell you that if they had to choose a favorite, they would choose A Link to the Past. Some will likely go with Ocarina of Time, but there“s no denying that A Link to the Past was a compelling game for a lot of people. So it“s exciting to see a sequel that takes place in the same world(s) (unlike the Oracle games and Link“s Awakening) and plays so similarly. And you know what? It might just be as good, too. Nintendo always has a knack for introducing new mechanics into a game, basing the game around that mechanic, and ending up with something truly magical. The whole Link drawing thing is actually really cool and adds an interesting level of challenge. There“s a lot more I could say about this game, but I“ll refrain from drawing out why I“m so thankful for this game. Just my saying it“s a sequel to A Link to the Past should be reason enough. ​ #1 Super Mario 3D World Back at E3, when Super Mario 3D World was first announced, many gamers were a bit disappointed by the way it looked. Unimpressed, a lot of people were asking Nintendo to just give us another Galaxy instead. But then more trailers were released, and people began giving their opinions a 180. And now that the game is out, we now know just how freaking fantastic this game is. Not only is Super Mario 3D World a really, really, really fun game for solo players, but when you play it with family and friends, the level of fun rises tenfold. Seriously, the sheer level of enjoyment I get from playing this game reminds me of why I got a Wii U in the first place. This game is bliss, Nintendo, and I am truly thankful for that. Do you agree with any of the games in this list? What games are you thankful for this year?
  14. Jordan Haygood

    Pokemon X and Y Box Art

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Game Freak, Nintendo

  15. http://www.gamesradar.com/pokemon-x-and-y-mega-stone-location-guide/ Lot of Pokemon fans here, so thought this could be beneficial for you guys.
  16. The mystery of the untitled Pikachu detective game seems to be unraveling a bit as Serebii has discovered that a trademark has been filed for "Great Pikachu Detective" by Nintendo in Japan. Of course, we don't know if it's the final name for the game just yet, but it's likely that might be the name in Japan. Oftentimes game titles end up being changed during localization according to region, so we'll have to wait and see what the game's name in English is; if it comes out here, that is.
  17. Does everybody remember that picture of a strange game with motion-capture and a creepy-looking Pikachu? Turns out it's a new detective game that's in the works, with Pikachu being your partner. The title was revealed by The Pokemon Company's CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara on an episode of Professional Shigoto no Ryuugi on the Japanese channel NHK. According to Serebii, a blue Pikachu that can talk is said to be the enemy in the game, and motion capture and facial recognition are supposed to figure into the game in a certain way. Of course, things may change along the road since the game is still early in development. For now, it's expected to have a two year development cycle, with an expected 2015 release. No word on which company is developing it just yet either. Image credit: Serebii.net What do you make of this game? Are you interested?
  18. Remember when it was revealed that Mewtwo would have another evolution in Pokémon X & Y? Suffice it to say, the reaction from fans was quite mixed indeed, with many being opposed to the look of the new Mewtwo evolution while others were more accepting of it. Well, buckle up and get ready for some more Pokémon-shattering news - according to new scans from CoroCoro magazine, there are actually two mega evolutions for Mewtwo, where each will be exclusive to one version or the other. The first mega evolution we saw is apparently known as Mega Mewtwo Y, which is, you guessed it, exclusive to Pokémon Y. Accordingly, the other is known as Mega Mewtwo X (and is exclusive to Pokémon X) and looks a lot more similar to the normal Mewtwo than the Y version does. Mega Mewtwo X is also reportedly a psychic/fighting-type and has the ability Steadfast. Both mega evolutions are achieved either by using the items Mewtwonite X or Mewtwonite Y. As for Mega Mewtwo X, you can catch a glimpse of him here from the CoroCoro scan on Serebii. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are slated for release on October 12 for $39.99 each through both the 3DS eShop and retail. Special thanks to Serebii.net for translating the news and sharing the scans What are your opinions on the two mega evolutions for Mewtwo? Which do you like more?
  19. Some of the Nintendo Direct news you may have been expecting, but it's doubtful you expected this: Pokemon X and Y will be adding am eighteenth Pokemon type to the roster: The Fairy type. The new Eevee evolution, Sylveon, is this new type, and it also looks as though some old Pokemon will be reclassed into this new type as well. Seeing as there haven't been any new class additions since Pokemon Gold and Silver, this is pretty big news that could affect the balance of the game in a big way. What do you think of this new type addition? Does it convince you to pick up X/Y come October 12th?
  20. Hey, Pokémon fans! It's an exciting day as Nintendo has shared some new details, features, and even Pokémon for the upcoming Pokémon X and Y versions. The new Pokémon species revealed are: Helioptile, a Normal/Electric type Fletchling, a Normal/Flying type Pancham, a Fighting type And Gogoat, a Grass type that seems to be rideable The trailer also shows off the gorgeous 3D graphics, as well as free movement (not grid-based anymore) and a moveable camera. Other features revealed on the official Pokémon website include customization of your player character's skin color, clothing, and accessories! You can see all of this in action in the trailer below. What do you think of the features in Pokémon X and Y so far?
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  23. Developer: Spike Chunsoft Publisher: Nintendo Platform: Nintendo 3DS Release Date: March 24, 2013 ESRB: E for Everyone Pokémon is one of the most popular gaming series in the world, and it also has a ton of spin-offs; the more popular of which include Pokémon Snap and the Pokémon Stadium games. Then there“s the slightly more recent Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series. These roguelikes offer a deeper look into the lives of Pokémon on top of their randomized dungeon-crawling gameplay. With Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, the spin-off series not only continues but also jumps into the world of 3D. How does it fare as a game and Pokémon title? As with every other Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, you play as a human that is turned into a Pokémon and brought to their world – a world where humans are myth. You“re brought into the Pokémon world for a specific reason, though that“s not revealed until later on in the game. In any case, most of what goes on in Gates to Infinity involves going out on adventures and helping build you and your partner“s “Paradise.†I“ll go into what Paradise is and how it works later. The story in Gates to Infinity is a lot more complex than what you“ll find in the main Pokémon games. It can even get pretty emotional and dark at times (one moment in particular shocked me quite a bit). Sure, it can be very predictable, especially if you“ve played a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game before. I really enjoyed Gates to Infinity“s story, though. It was very heartfelt and the ending almost made me cry. As for the gameplay, which is pretty vital for a dungeon-crawler, it“s addicting but could be a lot better. You go through randomized dungeons, battle enemies with a team of up to four Pokémon, recruit new teammates, and complete your objective. Some features from previous Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games have been changed or omitted, such as hunger. This added more challenge and strategizing, so some dedicated fans of the series may be disappointed at the removal. My biggest issue, however, was the AI of your partners. Most of the time, they are downright stupid. They“ll use certain attacks or support skills at the wrong time, and even wander off for no reason. Another thing that fans might be upset about is the lack of selection when you“re choosing your playable character, and the drop in the amount of recruitable Pokémon. In previous Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, you were able to choose from starters from every generation (and then some) and almost every currently known Pokémon at that time was recruitable. In the last Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, that was a whopping 491 recruitable Pokémon. In Gates to Infinity, you“re restricted to choosing from Unova“s starters as well as Axew and Pikachu, and the amount of recruitable Pokémon has plummeted to under 140. The reasons for this are unknown – it could be due to memory restraints or the immense effort it would take to render and animate every single Pokémon in 3D. The other parts of Gates to Infinity are more enjoyable. One of the biggest is the construction of Paradise. In it, you“re able to build shops, minigames, dojos, and berry and seed fields anywhere you please. Not only that, but you“re also able to choose from different environments for a plot of land and color your projects. Paradise adds a great deal of customization to the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, and I hope features like this are kept in future games. Companion Mode also offers a much-needed break from the main game. It allows you to take control of any one of your other Pokémon and complete requests. You“re also able to build in customize in Paradise in this mode. In any case, it“s a real treat to play as my favorite Pokémon, Archen! Then there“s the new Magnagate mode. This is where the 3DS“s AR functionality comes in. When the 3DS recognizes a round/circular object, a “Magnagate†opens. The dungeon, objective, and Pokémon team that results from this Magnagate is completely random, thus giving you an infinite number of adventures to explore. Enough of all that gameplay stuff! As mentioned previously, Gates to Infinity is the first Pokémon Mystery Dungeon title to be in 3D. You may miss the pixels of the previous games, but I think the bright, beautiful graphics of Gates to Infinity will satisfy you just as much. The animation is also impeccable and amazing. There are plenty of awe-inspiring moments in Gates to Infinity that will make your jaw drop. All of this comes together in a rather big package. Just completing the main storyline alone will take you a good 20-30 hours or so. On top of that, you have the construction and perfection of your Paradise, recruiting all the available Pokémon, the post-game story, mini-games, Magnagate mode, and DLC dungeons. I say that“s a rather hefty amount of content that“ll certainly keep you busy! For all Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity does right, it still isn't going to scratch the itch that most standard Pokémon games do. Its repetitive nature will put off many, and its removal of features from previous games will turn fans away. Then, of course, there are issues like the incompetent AI. Gates to Infinity has a lot to offer, though, and I think it deserves a fair chance. I spent a lot of time with it and loved it. So, give it a shot if you“re a hardcore Pokémon fan! You just might like it, too. Pros + Plenty of features that offer hours of gameplay + Beautiful graphics and animation Cons - Player character selection is limited and there are under 140 recruitable Pokémon - AI teammates are dumb as bricks Overall Score: 7.5 (out of 10) Good Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity probably won“t appeal to many fans of the series. If you really enjoy dungeon-crawlers, however, I definitely recommend giving this title a chance.