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The Pokémon Company has announced that Super Music Collections for Pokémon Sword and Shield + Expansion Pass, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and Pokémon Sword and Shield + The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero will each be released in Japan on Pokémon Day on February 27th, 2024. Pre-orders are now open on the Pokémon Center ONLINE website in Japan, while stocks last, and are limited to a maximum of 2 items per person.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be featured in the RTA in Japan Summer 2023 charity marathon, which is being held in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, from August 10th to August 15th, and includes a mix of online and on-location runs. This year's event will be raising money for Doctors Without Borders
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be receiving a minor update to fix an issue with three separate move descriptions. The three impacted moves, Dire Claw, Stone Axe, and Ceaseless Edge, are the signature moves of Sneasler, Kleavor, and Hisuian Samurott, who will be eligible for battle in the upcoming Regulation Set D, which comes into force on July 1st.
The official Twitter account for Pokemon Masters EX today tweeted a short teaser for the arrival of new Sync Pairs featuring characters from Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The brief video clip shows Lucas and Dawn looking at a Space-time distortion while a crack appearing above Pasio. No date has yet been provided on which characters will be appearing in these Sync Pairs, or when the new Sync Pairs will become available, however the Twitter account also promised that more information would be forthcoming on May 28th.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have taken out multiple awards at Famitsu Dengeki's Game Awards 2022, which were broadcast yesterday evening on Famitsu's official YouTube channel, with the game itself receiving the Best Scenario award, while fan fave Arven picked up an award for Best Character.
Between all the sales worldwide for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year's, the October-December quarter is a big one for any business dealing with consumer products, and Nintendo is once again no exception to that. While Nintendo's latest quarterly investor report has revealed the company has generated significantly less profit in 2022 compared to the performance of the previous year, the report also highlights several significant milestones set during this last quarter for the Nintendo Switch, and for the Pokémon Franchise.
It's a little over 3 weeks out from the broadcast of The Game Awards 2022, and the nominees for the event have finally been announced. Only one Pokémon title was nominated for an award this year, with Pokémon Legends: Arceus picking up a nomination for Best Role Playing. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the first Pokémon core series game to secure a Game Awards nomination since Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire in 2014.
Popular commercial video games see millions of people around the world immersed in wondrous landscapes, many filled with real geological features including volcanoes, mineral deposits, and dinosaurs. Even though these features can be overlooked by many players as simple video game tropes, if utilized in educational environments or scientific outreach events, video games have the potential to encourage and stimulate teaching of geoscientific concepts, both in the classroom or in their own time. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set in a fictional landscape, Hisui, that is directly based on the real-world island of Hokkaido, northern Japan. This paper demonstrates that a single commercial video game can be used to explore a variety of geological and geomorphological concepts including volcanology, economic geology, and hazard mitigation, with direct real-world examples to support the geoscientific understanding.
The official Japanese Pokémon website and the official Play! Pokémon Twitter account have announced a new distribution for Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Players can receive a Shiny Baneful Fox Mask, based on the one that Alec wears in the Pokémon: Hisuian Snow animated short, by selecting "Get via internet" from the Mystery Gift feature. This distribution will end in a little under one year's time, on June 1st, 2023, at 5am PDT.
The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo has announced that an update to Pokémon HOME version 2.0.0 will be available in the coming weeks. This update will allow recently released Pokémon titles, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus, to be mutually compatible to past games Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, and Pokémon GO.
After the madness of the holidays, the January-March quarter is typically much slower for consumer products, with things typically slowing down following any initial New Year's sales. But if Nintendo's taught us anything over the years, it's that it's not a typical company. Nintendo's latest quarterly investor briefing has revealed that their January-March quarter has seen a solid improvement over the previous year, with much of that improvement owing to the continued strong performance of the latest entries in the Pokémon franchise.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus has received an update to software Ver. 1.1.1. This update resolves a bug that prevents players from receiving the Shiny Charm. Players are advised to download the update before continuing playing.
Players of Pokémon Legends: Arceus can redeem 5 Grit Pebbles, 5 Rare Candies, and 5 Star Pieces using the code「THX4Y0URHELP」 as revealed by the official @poke_times Twitter account. These items can be used in your investigation. This distribution ends on April 1, 2022, at 08:59 a.m. JST.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus has received an update to software Ver. 1.1.0, "Daybreak". In addition to bugfixes, the Daybreak update adds additional content that will be available after viewing the game's end credits. In this update, Trainers will begin investigating mysterious mass outbreaks of Pokémon that are popping up all over the Hisui region. Players will also have a chance to battle powerful opponents, like Legendary Pokémon and wardens.
To celebrate the 26th anniversary of the release of Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Green Version in Japan, Trainers in the US and Canada can visit a participating GameStop store in their region to pick up a special code card that will let them add a Hisuian Growlithe to their team in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, as well as granting them 20 Feather Balls. No purchase is required to receive a code card, but the offer is only good while supplies last.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus has received an update to software Ver. 1.0.2. This update resolves a small selection of bugs present in Ver. 1.0.1. Players are advised to download the update before continuing playing.
Much rests upon the shoulders of Legends: Arceus. Though the series has continued to enjoy commercial success on the incredibly popular Nintendo Switch, critical reception in the past three years has, anecdotally, not quite kept pace. Sword and Shield gained some notoriety for cuts to the Pokédex and a Wild Area that was disappointing to some, and reactions to Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which quickly gained a reputation for being at least a little buggy, were similarly mixed. These titles weren’t loathed - far from it - but they fed into a personally-felt unease that the franchise’s halcyon days might have been on the Nintendo DS, with titles such as the original Diamond and Pearl, Heartgold and Soulsilver, and Black and White, two console eras ago. That’s why it comes as a significant personal relief that Legends: Arceus is good. Really good.
Between Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year's Eve, the October-December quarter is a big one for any business dealing with consumer products, and Nintendo is no exception to that. While Nintendo's latest quarterly investor briefing has revealed that their net sales over the holiday season in 2021 didn't quite match up to the performance of the previous year, several significant milestones have been set during this quarter for the Nintendo Switch, and for the Pokémon Franchise.
The official Taiwanese Pokémon Facebook page and KFC Taiwan have announced a special limited promotion to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the upcoming release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, beginning today. These special Pokémon KFC set meals are available for dine-in customers only in KFC outlets islandwide throughout Taiwan, and are not available for home delivery.