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  1. Welcome to the fifty-second 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. -------------------------------- Train Kept A Rollin' I figured the proverbial engine would ignite sometime in early February. But it seems the Pokémon 20th Anniversary train started rolling towards North America and Europe this week. While we don“t have a new main game in the series (yet), there are definitely things of note to discuss--as well a timely endeavor to consider. We may not be getting Japan“s same physical goodies, but North America is getting a New 3DS bundle that includes both Pokémon Red & Blue Versions, faceplates with artwork that honors them, and a bonus 3DS theme. You can take a closer look at the bundle, as well as a zillion exclusive plushies and products on the official Pokémon 20th Anniversary website. VIZ Media is releasing the first three Pokémon movies on Blu Ray this February, while all the rest are coming to iTunes and Google Play soon enough. The often alluded to from afar Pokémon X, Y & Z anime has been officially announced for North America as well as Pokémon the Series: XY&Z. It“ll air on Cartoon Network, on Saturdays starting in February. The Pokémon Trading Card Game is also getting an expansion dubbed Generations. I“m not nearly as familiar with the TCG as other aspects of the franchise, but do check the official site for more information on that! And now for the “timely endeavor” thing worth discussing. Remember when I talked about how it was theoretically impossible to “catch ”em all” because several Pokémon remained exclusive to Events? The big news that came out with The Pokémon Company“s big 20th Anniversary unveiling this week: every single Mythical Pokémon will be distributed either in stores or via the Nintendo Network this year. If you“re just getting into the series for the first time with either X&Y or ORAS, the missing 11 Pokémon from the 720 currently obtainable will be available throughout this year. Here“s the deal (as it pertains to North America, anyway): Mew will be available via GameStop from February 1st through February 24th. Celebi will be available via the Nintendo Network from March 1st through March 24th. Jirachi will be available in April, also via the Nintendo Network. Darkrai will be available via GameStop in May. Manaphy will be available in June via the Nintendo Network. Shaymin will be available in July, also via the Nintendo Network. Arceus comes to GameStop in August. Victini will be available in September, via the Nintendo Network. Keldeo comes in October via the Nintendo Network. Genesect will be available at GameStop in November. And finally, Meloetta will be available via the Nintendo Network in December. One more time: that“s Mew, Darkrai, Arceus, and Genesect via GameStop, and every other previously unavailable Mythical Pokémon just via Wi-Fi. During the franchise“s twentieth anniversary, it will actually be possible for newcomers and returning veterans to “catch ”em all” with minimal hassle. That“s pretty incredible, if you ask me. It gives you something to look forward to every month this year, starting in February! I“m a little disappointed we don“t get the “Mew in the original games” promotion that Japan got, like I discussed last week. But hey, maybe that“s coming too. Oh, and did I mention they“re putting together (and paying an obscene amount of money for) a freaking Super Bowl commercial? I have no idea how they“ll use this previously unprecedented ad-space. Maybe the long awaited new game will be announced in front of a television crowd that big? The Pokémon Twitter is hyping “Pokémon Day” as February 27th, 2016. There“s a hashtag where people are sharing their memories of the series with #Pokémon20, and no doubt plenty more announcements to come throughout the year. Last but not least...and perhaps reminding me that I“m overdue to discuss this game at length in a separate piece sometime down the line: three brand new playable Pokémon were confirmed for Pokkén Tournament. They are Braixen, Garchomp and (the standard, non-dark) Mewtwo. That game“s releasing in Japan before too much longer; maybe I“ll wait to do a comprehensive piece until then. At any rate, that“s a ton of stuff to check out. Seems like the “hype train” is officially in full effect. What piece of news from the big reveal are you most excited about?
  2. 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!
  3. 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!