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Feb 21

Pokémon Day - February 27th, 2017

The Pokémon Company International has announced the Pokémon Day 2017 festivities for the United States. It should be an exciting day for all fans of the franchise. It was also revealed that a new line of Pokémon Gallery Figures will be heading exclusively to the United States Pokémon Center website on Pokémon Day. A special Pikachu will also be appearing in Pokémon Go wearing a party hat to celebrate Pokémon Day.

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Celebrate Pokémon Day on February 27

Pokémon Day is February 27, commemorating the launch of the very first Pokémon games in Japan way back in 1996. To celebrate the milestone, several events and promotions are planned, leading up through the big day! The fun starts at the #PokemonDay social hub, where we will be updating a gallery of your Pokémon photo memories. Use the hashtag #PokemonDay to share your best Pokémon moments.

  • Pikachu is ready to lead the Pokémon Day celebration in Pokémon GO. From February 26 at 1:00 p.m. PST to March 6 at 1:00 p.m. PST, any Pikachu you encounter in the wild will be wearing a festive party hat! The Pikachu you catch during that time will keep its party hat forever, so be sure to look for this special Pikachu during its short time in the wild.
  • Pokémon Day marks the debut of the new Gallery Figures collection in the Pokémon Center. The first set includes awesome figures of Eevee, Mew, Magikarp, and Pikachu—each performing its signature attack. These figures were designed specifically for the Pokémon Center, so this is the first time anyone will be able to get their hands on them.
  • Starting on Pokémon Day, revisit some of the best big-screen moments of Ash and his friends with a movie marathon on Pokémon TV. For a limited time, watch the original classic Pokémon: The First Movie, as well as Pokémon 4Ever and Pokémon—Zoroark: Master of Illusions in their entirety. Remember that you can watch Pokémon TV here on Pokemon.com and on the Pokémon TV mobile apps. But these movies will be available for only a limited time, so don't miss them!
  • The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is starting its Pokémon Day festivities early, with extra Trainer Tokens available on the Bonus Wheel for the entire week leading up to Pokémon Day. Then, be sure to log in to your game on Pokémon Day for an extra-special Daily Bonus. Remember that you can play the Pokémon TCG Online on your computer, iPad, or Android tablet. Battle today and through Pokémon Day for bigger rewards!
  • Don't forget that right now you can head to your local participating GameStop store to get a Bottle Cap for your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon video game. This item lets you boost the individual strength of one of your Pokémon's stats via Hyper Training, making the Pokémon even more ready for your next big battle! Bottle Cap codes will be available at GameStop until March 5.
  • Pikachu lends its brilliant features to the new Pikachu Yellow Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL. This limited-edition New Nintendo 3DS XL is launching just a couple of days before Pokémon Day, and it's sure to be popular, so check it out while you can. Visit the product page on Nintendo.com for more details.
  • If you're looking for even more Pokémon animation fun for your Pokémon Day celebrations, you can find Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel on the iTunes Store, Google Play, and Amazon Video on February 27. Plus, check out a special Pokémon the Series: Gold & Silver TV episode bundle featuring Ash's adventures throughout the Johto region. With this collection of episodes and the latest Pokémon movie, you'll be ready to host the perfect Pokémon Day party!
  • Pokémon Day is a good reminder that big promotions are going on in Pokémon Shuffle, too. The popular Nintendo 3DS game is celebrating two years of challenging fans with puzzle fun. Take a look at the in-game notifications to get more details on these upcoming opportunities.
  • Head to Twitch.tv/Pokemon for an all-day celebration of Pokémon competitions, showing many of the most memorable matches from the Pokémon TCG, video games, and Pokkén Tournament from the past several years. See your favorite players from around the globe as we broadcast epic Championship battles, including some from recent Pokémon World Championships.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/celebrate-pokemon-day-on-february-27/

Pikachu Parties in Pokémon GO!

Keep your eye out for a special Pikachu wearing a party hat to celebrate Pokémon Day! Pikachu is ready to lead the Pokémon Day celebration in Pokémon GO. From February 26 at 1:00 p.m. PST to March 6 at 1:00 p.m. PST, any Pikachu you encounter in the wild will be wearing a festive party hat! The Pikachu you catch during that time will keep its party hat forever, so be sure to look for this special Pikachu during its short time in the wild.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pikachu-parties-in-pokemon-go/

Put Your Favorite Pokémon on Display

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The new Gallery Figures collection launches in the Pokémon Center on Pokémon Day.

Pokémon fans will definitely want to take a look at the new Gallery Figures collection coming to the Pokémon Center on Pokémon Day, February 27. These high-quality figures were created for the Pokémon Center in the United States, meaning this is the first time they have ever been available anywhere in the world.

The first four Gallery Figures depict some well-known Pokémon as they perform an attack: Mew using Psychic, Eevee using Swift, Magikarp using Splash, and Pikachu using its iconic Thunderbolt attack. Each figure is mounted on the same size base, making it easy to put them on display. Plus, this is only the first set of Gallery Figures planned for launch in the Pokémon Center—check back throughout the year for details on upcoming collectibles.

Check out the Pokémon Gallery Figures collection on February 27 in the Pokémon Center!

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/put-your-favorite-pokemon-on-display/

Article edited on 2017-02-21 04:15:59 by Sunain
Feb 17

Pokémon GO updated to version 0.57.2 for Android and 1.27.2 for iOS

Posted by Sunain | February 17th 2017 at 03:45 AM EST
Tags: Press Release, Android, Apple iOS, Patches, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Niantic has posted the patch notes for Pokémon GO which has been updated to version 0.57.2 for Android and 1.27.2 for iOS.

Pokémon GO updated to version 0.57.2 for Android and 1.27.2 for iOS

Trainers, Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.57.2 for Android and 1.27.2 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

  • Over 80 additional Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region can be caught.
  • Gender-specific variations of select Pokémon can be caught.
  • Added new encounter mechanics.
  • Added Poké Ball and Berry selection carousels to the encounter screen.
  • Added two new Berries.
  • Added new avatar outfit and accessory options.
  • Added new night-mode map and encounter music.
  • Added bonus Candies for catching Evolved Pokémon.
  • Implemented Apple Watch connection stability improvement.
  • Various bug fixes.
  • Minor text fixes.

Source: http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/ver-update-021617
Feb 15

Johto Pokémon coming to Pokémon Go / Trading, Real-world Events and PvP Battling Later in 2017

Posted by Sunain | February 15th 2017 at 10:54 AM EST
Tags: Interview, Press Release, YouTube, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Niantic has announced numerous updates are coming to Pokémon Go in 2017 starting with Johto Pokémon coming to the game later this week. In an interview with Niantic CEO John Hanke, Waypoint confirmed that Trading, Real-world Events and PvP Battling will hopefully be added to the game later in 2017.

YouTube - Johto Pokémon coming to Pokémon Go


Our World Is Expanding—Over 80 More Pokémon and New Features Are Coming!

Trainers, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, and many more Pokémon are nearly here! Starting later this week, you’ll have the opportunity to catch more than 80 Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games. We’ve also implemented some new features to enhance your Pokémon GO experience.

Additional Pokémon: More than 80 Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, as well as Pokémon with gender-specific variations, will start rolling out in Pokémon GO.

New Evolutions: There are now more opportunities to evolve your Pokémon in Pokémon GO than ever before. Some Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will soon be able to evolve—into Pokémon that inhabit the Johto region! Be on the lookout for new Evolution items at PokéStops, which you’ll need to evolve some Pokémon.

New Encounter Gameplay: When you encounter Pokémon in the wild, don’t be surprised if they react in new ways as you’re trying to catch them. You’ll also notice the addition of new item carousels that allow you to select Berries and Poké Balls directly from the encounter screen. Hone your skills and catch those elusive Pokémon!

New Berries: Pokémon enjoy eating Berries, and you’ll have the opportunity to get two new Berries by spinning the Photo Disc at PokéStops—Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries! Giving a Pokémon a Nanab Berry will slow its movements, making it easier to catch. The Pinap Berry doubles the amount of Candy you’ll receive if your next catch attempt succeeds.

New Avatars and an Expanded Wardrobe: Now you’ll be able to give your avatar a complete upgrade! Customize your look with a whole new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items.

Be sure to use the hashtag #PokemonGO on Twitter to share your experiences as you explore your local neighborhoods with family and friends. We can’t wait to see the Pokémon you catch!

Sources: http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/johto-pokemon and https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/day-one-success-and-server-distress-discussing-pokemon-go-with-niantics-john-hanke

Press Release - DISCOVER AND CATCH OVER 80 MORE POKÉMON AROUND THE WORLD IN POKÉMON GO

Game Update Welcomes Pokémon Originally Discovered in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver Video Games and Introduces Updated Encounter Gameplay, Evolution Options, New Berries and Expanded Avatar Items

San Francisco—Feb. 15, 2017—Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company International announced an additional 80 Pokémon will begin to appear in Pokémon GO later this week. These include Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, including Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. Trainers will encounter these Pokémon “in the wild” as they embark on adventures and explore their neighborhoods and cities to catch Pokémon. In addition to Pokémon that will appear in the game for the first time, the latest update introduces new gameplay mechanics for Trainers to master, including new encounter gameplay, new Evolution items, two new Berries, and expanded outfit and accessory options for their Trainer avatars.

“Today is a momentous occasion for Pokémon GO as we welcome more Pokémon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for the passionate global community of Trainers playing the game,” said John Hanke, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Niantic, Inc. “Pokémon GO is a live experience which we’ll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come.”

“With Pokémon GO, The Pokémon Company endeavored to create a compelling game based on the concept of encountering and catching Pokémon in the real world,” said J.C. Smith, Senior Director, Consumer Marketing, The Pokémon Company International. “The amazing response to Pokémon GO by millions of existing and new Pokémon fans around the world is remarkable. We’re thrilled to keep the adventure going by welcoming these Pokémon to this engaging new way of experiencing the fun of the Pokémon brand.”

With the latest Pokémon GO game update, new Pokémon evolution options will give players the ability to use new Evolution items to evolve their Pokémon into ones that were originally discovered in the Johto region. While catching Pokémon, Trainers can use two new Berries—the Nanab Berry, which slows a Pokémon’s movements, and the Pinap Berry, which doubles the amount of Candy received if the next catch attempt succeeds. Trainers will also be able to customize their avatar’s appearance with a new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items. Additional items will be available for purchase from the in-game Pokémon GO shop.

Article edited on 2017-02-15 08:41:06 by Sunain
Feb 02

Pokémon TCG: Sun and Moon Expansion Promos at Toys R Us

Posted by Sunain | February 2nd 2017 at 03:06 PM EST
Tags: TCG, Press Release, Toys R Us
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The official Pokémon website has announced that participating Toys R Us stores will be giving away a Cosmog foil promo card and a Sun and Moon TCG Expansion collector's album in store on February 4th, 2017 between 12 and 2pm. The event is open to kids ages 6-up and adult collectors while supplies last.

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The Sun & Moon Expansion Shines Bright at Toys“R”Us

Celebrate the launch of the new Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion at a Toys“R”Us special event.

On February 4, you're invited to your local participating Toys“R”Us store to help kick off the launch of the new Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sun & Moon expansion. Look forward to cool giveaways, including a foil promo card featuring the new Pokémon Cosmog and a Sun & Moon collector's album to store your cards. You can also take part in an in-store Pokémon coloring activity.

The Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion is the first of the Sun & Moon Series, featuring amazing new Pokémon from the Alola region and new Trainer cards to collect and battle with. Get more details on the Sun & Moon expansion.

Sources: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/the-sun-moon-expansion-shines-bright-at-toysrus/ and http://www.toysrus.com/shop/?categoryId=4311963

Article edited on 2017-02-02 03:16:44 by Sunain
Feb 02

Exceptional Growth for the Pokémon Trading Card Game in Germany throughout 2016

Posted by Sunain | February 2nd 2017 at 02:49 PM EST
Tags: TCG, Press Release, The Pokémon Company International
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The Pokémon Company International announced that it has achieved exceptional sales figures at retail in Germany throughout 2016 for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Last week they also announced that there was record breaking sales in the UK.

THE POKÉMON COMPANY INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES EXCEPTIONAL GROWTH FOR POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME SALES IN GERMANY

London, UK—1 February 2017—The Pokémon Company International announced today that it has achieved exceptional sales figures at retail in Germany throughout 2016 as reported by the NPD Group.

According to figures recorded by the NPD Group Toys retail tracking service, the Pokémon property recorded a phenomenal 88% increase in sales throughout 2016 against market growth of 5% in the whole German market and a 109% growth in total sales compared to 2015.

Also, in the Christmas week, Pokémon Trading Card Game sales were 190.6% up on the previous year and accounted for 70% of the total market.

Simon Benton, vice president of TCG Sales—Europe for The Pokémon Company International, said: “These fantastic sales figures in Germany follow the recent announcement of record-breaking sales in the UK and are testament to Pokémon’s huge appeal across Europe and the rest of the world. As new expansions are introduced to tie in with our new Nintendo 3DS games Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, we are confident that this success will continue.”

The global phenomenon of Pokémon was first launched in Japan in 1996 as a role-playing game for Nintendo’s Game Boy system and reached the United States and Europe in 1998–99. The first generation of Pokémon games introduced the original 151 Pokémon. Today the Pokémon universe includes more than 800 Pokémon that players can catch, trade and battle against their opponents in the quest to become the best Pokémon Trainer.

Pokémon has since grown into one of the most popular entertainment properties in the world. It is one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, with more than 279 million video games sold worldwide. In addition, 21.5 billion TCG cards have been shipped to 74 countries in 11 languages, and over 450,000 players take part in Play! Pokémon events every year. There are also more than 900 episodes of the animated TV series, now starting its 20th season.

Article edited on 2017-02-02 02:49:53 by Sunain
Jan 30

Pokémon TCG: Sun and Moon midnight openings at GAME

Posted by Sunain | January 30th 2017 at 10:48 PM EST
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GAME in the United Kingdom has announced a Pikachu card giveaway, Bottle Cap download codes and Snorlax T-shirts to those that attend the midnight opening of the release of Pokémon TCG: Sun and Moon TCG expansion on February 3rd, 2017. Details of the Pikachu SM4 Promo card has been added to our TCG dex.

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Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon midnight openings at GAME

Pikachu card giveaway, Bottle Cap download codes and Snorlax T-shirts all await attending fans

London, UK, 30 January 2017—Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon, the latest expansion to the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) franchise, will be available in the UK from 3 February. Interested players will receive a warm welcome not only to the tropical Alola region - based on the incredibly popular Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games - but also at a number of GAME stores in the UK.

Participating outlets in Liverpool, Hinckley, Brentwood and Plymouth will host midnight openings, with the added bonus of a special Pokémon TCG card featuring Pikachu being available for the first 250 fans through the door.

A giveaway code, containing a downloadable Bottle Cap, will also be available at all stores’ point of purchase for owners of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games. These items allow a player to increase a single stat of a Lv. 100 Pokémon as part of Hyper Training. Wireless broadband internet access is required to access the Bottle Cap, and players will need to trade the item with Mr. Hyper, who can be found in-game.

Midnight opening attendees will additionally have the chance to purchase a unique Snorlax T-shirt, ensuring they look the part as they commence their adventures with Rowlet, Litten and Popplio.

All-in-all, it’s a great opportunity for Pokémon TCG fans to discover dozens of never-before-seen Pokémon, including the Legendary Solgaleo-GX and Lunala-GX, Alola forms of some familiar favourites, and new ways to battle with a powerful new kind of Pokémon: each Pokémon-GX brings an attack so devastating that a player can use only one of them per game! Just a few highlights of what promises to be an exciting start to this all-new series of Pokémon TCG expansions.

Article edited on 2017-01-30 11:12:54 by Sunain
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