The massive success of the Pokémon franchise has been recognised once again by NPD, with The Pokémon Company International receiving multiple awards last month at Spielwarenmesse, the Nuremberg International Toy Fair. In addition to winning Global Top Toy Property of the Year, Pokémon also won the Europe’s Top Gaining Property Total Toys and Europe’s Top Gaining Property Games & Puzzles awards.
As expected, the Pokémon Company has confirmed that a Pokémon Presents video will premiere on the official Pokémon YouTube channel this Pokémon Day, February 27th, at 6:00am (PST) / 2:00pm GMT / 11:00pm JST. The video will be approximately 20 minutes in length, which is 6 minutes longer than the presentation in 2022. The media alert states that "Fans can look forward to around 20 minutes of Pokémon news and join in the conversation online with #PokemonDay.", however it stops short of giving any specifics about what kinds of announcements we can expect.
In what will presumably get someone fired for exceedingly poor preparation, Pokémon's official Japanese language TikTok account posted, and then swiftly deleted, a short video featuring Pikachu dancing around a Lucario to the tune of a profanity-laden parody of the classic children's song If you're happy and you know it.
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.
As announced back in February of this year, the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops are progressively closing down new sales, with users unable to purchase new games from March 27th, 2023. Today, firmware updates were released for both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, removing the ability for players to add funds to their Nintendo eShop account via Wii U and 3DS using Nintendo eShop cards. The ability to add funds using a credit card was removed back in March of this year.
The Pokémon Company International today has put out an open casting call for a new unscripted Pokémon series currently in development. The series will focus on fans of the Pokémon Trading Card Game around Los Angeles, California, including players of all skill levels, as well as collectors and enthusiasts.
On February 25, the final member of TV Tokyo's new Pokémon variety show, "Pokémon to doko iku?!" (Where do we go with Pokémon?!), or PokéDoko, was revealed. Popular actress, model, and variety entertainer, and new Pokémon fan Hikaru Takahashi (髙橋ひかる) will join the crew of PokéDoko as a "PokéRookie". PokéDoko will be airing on TV Tokyo every Sunday at 8:00am JST, starting April 3rd.
The official Japanese language Twitter account for The Pokémon Company has confirmed that a Pokémon Presents video will premiere on the official Pokémon YouTube channel this Pokémon Day, February 27th, at 11pm JST (6am PST). The video will be approximately 14 minutes in length. The tweet states the video will deliver "the latest information", however it stops short of giving any specifics about what kinds of announcements we can expect.
To commemorate the Japanese holiday of "Ninja Day", which is held on February 22, three new Poké Lids were installed this week in Shiga Prefecture. Poké Lids are manhole covers that are installed in different locations across Japan, where "manhole-spotting" is a hobby held by some. These Poké Lids were originally designed covers help drive tourism, both local and foreign, to these areas, and also act as PokéStops for the Pokémon GO mobile game.
The Pokémon franchise has taken out top honours at The Toy Foundation’s 2022 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards, beating out other household names such as Barbie, Blue's Clues, and Masters of the Universe to take home the title of License of the Year, which recognises a brand's broad success in product development and merchandising.
Universal Studios Japan and The Pokémon Company have today jointly announced the formation of a new, long-term creative partnership for theme park experiences. While no specific dates were given, the partnership is promised to deliver its first new theme park experiences at Universal Studios Japan starting from some time in 2022.
The launch of an official Pokémon LINE account for Taiwan has been announced via a post on the official Pokémon Taiwan Facebook account. Trainers who add the new @pokemon_tw account will be able to receive news and products update for Taiwan pushed to their device via LINE.
Every year, a substantial amount of academic research is published about, or with some connection to, the Pokémon franchise and/or fandom. While occasionally some of this research breaks through to the fandom and/or to mainstream news, much of this research sadly goes underreported, and unread by the wider community of Pokémon fans. We here at Bulbagarden think it's about time that changed. Our second featured article for this series uses made-up Pokémon names to explore the sensitivity of Brazilian Portuguese speakers to sound symbolic associations. As you may be aware, Nintendo recently released a game in Brazilian Portuguese for the very first time, leading to a growing fan movement to encourage Nintendo to release more games in Brazilian Portuguese. It's our hope that, in featuring this work, we might be able to help that cause by keeping the issue alive in the linguistics community.
Figures published in the Japanese government's Official Gazette reveal The Pokémon Company has attained record sales and profits over the 2020 Japanese financial year (1 March 2020 - 28 February 2021).
Every year, a substantial amount of academic research is published about, or with some connection to, the Pokémon franchise and/or fandom. While occasionally some of this research breaks through to the fandom and/or to mainstream news, much of this research sadly goes underreported, and unread by the wider community of Pokémon fans. We here at Bulbagarden think it's about time that changed. Our first featured article comes from a multinational team of researchers, whose study takes an extensive look at how climate change will impact the existence of suitable habitat for Kangaskhan. Dr. Dan L. Warren, the lead author of the study, noted the primary reason for choosing to use a Pokémon character in their research was to engage a broader audience with the issues conservation scientists regularly need to think about. We think that's a wonderful idea, and it's why we've chosen this article specifically to be our first featured article with this project.
In an emotional thread posted to Twitter earlier today, Chaka Cumberbatch-Tinsley, social media manager, Rowlet fan, rollerskater, and cosplayer extraordinaire, announced that she would be leaving Pokémon after roughly 4 years and 3 months with the company.
A team of researchers working under Professor Michael Bonkowski at the University of Colone's Institute of Zoology have discovered a previously undescribed bacteria in amoebae which they have dubbed "Pokemonas". The name references the intracellular livestyle of the bacteria within ball-shaped Thecofilosea amoebae, likening it to Pokémon being caught and living within their Poké Balls.
In a special collaboration between The Pokémon Company and The National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, a new tourist exhibit called the Pokémon Kaseki Hakubutsukan (ポケモン化石博物館) will be going on its own special Pokémon journey around Japanese museums for the next two years. The exhibit is designed to create an exciting and fun learning environment for children to learn about paleontology. Guided by Excavation Pikachu and Dr. Kaseki, a new Pokémon Professor created specifically for this exhibit, visitors will be given the opportunity to compare and contrast the fossils of real-life Dinosaurs and extinct plants with Fossil Pokémon.
For the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which devastated the Tohoku region prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima, Niantic has this week launched a new program in a similar vein to the Local Business Recovery Initiative the company launched last October to assist businesses and communities who had been hit hard by COVID.
I’ve enjoyed every main series Pokémon game I’ve played, but if I had to choose, Pokémon Black & White[ would be my absolute favorites. I also love the Pokémon introduced in Generation V. I think every single design fits perfectly and each one is special. A lot of my favorite Pokémon come from Gen V: Haxorus, Krookodile, Vanilluxe, Klinklang, Galvantula… and my favorite starter of all. The one people mocked when it was first unveiled: the Water-type, Oshawott.