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Nov 16

Pokémon Animation Studio is now open at KidZania London

Posted by Sunain | November 16th 2015 at 03:37 AM EST
Tags: Press Release, The Pokémon Company International
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As announced in June of 2015, the Pokémon Animation Studio is now open at KidZania London. Press release pictures have been added to an Imageboard thread.



Budding young directors and producers can now head to KidZania London to hone their skills at Europe’s first Pokémon stop-motion animation studio London, UK—9 November, 2015. The Pokémon Company International, in partnership with global entertainment phenomenon KidZania, is happy to announce that the Pokémon Animation Studio at KidZania London is now open at Westfield London.

The Pokémon Animation Studio is the first of its kind in Europe. The creative activity has been designed especially for kids and will last around 20 minutes. Visitors will be asked to complete a short film using stop-motion animation techniques.

The young animators will be split up into pairs, one director and one producer, who will be assigned their own studio booth. Each booth is equipped with the latest stop-motion animation software, and children will have the remainder of the session to create the ending of the short film using the TOMY Pokémon figures and props provided. At the end of the session, their masterpieces will be displayed on a screen outside the establishment for parents to see their work—and of course, every child will be rewarded with kidZos, the KidZania currency, for completing the task!

An experience like no other, KidZania London is the UK’s first educational entertainment experience. It’s a real-life introduction to the world of work, representing experiential learning at its very best. Children begin to understand and learn for themselves the diversity and function of businesses, the nature of work, and its overall contribution to well-being and prosperity in our world today.

KidZania, which has welcomed over 42 million visitors worldwide, is a global phenomenon and one of the world’s fastest-growing educational entertainment brands, with 20 locations across five continents including places such as Mexico, Dubai, Tokyo, and Istanbul.
Nov 12

Nintendo Direct - November 12th, 2015 / Pokémon Picross / Pokkén Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card

On November 12th, 2015, Nintendo broadcasted their first Nintendo Direct since the death of former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. A lot of new Pokémon game information was revealed. Images from the press kit have been added to an Imageboard thread.

Nintendo Direct - November 12th, 2015

Latest Nintendo Direct Announces Pokémon Games—Including the Games That Started It All—Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version for Virtual Console

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon launch date and limited edition Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card revealed for Pokkén Tournament

The Pokémon Company International announced several new games today during the latest Nintendo Direct. The new games include Pokémon Picross and the relaunch of Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version on the Virtual Console for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon and Pokkén Tournament were also featured in the presentation.

Nintendo 3DS

Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version: On February 27, 2016, the games that started it all, Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version, will be relaunched on the Virtual Console for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. This time there is no need for a Game Boy link cable as fans can battle and trade just like they did in 1999, but now via wireless communication on Nintendo 3DS.


Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon: The latest installment of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series that has sold more than 13 million units worldwide is launching for Nintendo 3DS on February 19. With turn-based battles and ever-changing dungeons, players can encounter every single known Pokémon in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon—all 720 of them!

picross logo

Pokémon Picross: The popular Picross series meets the world of Pokémon when Pokémon Picross launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS in early December. Pokémon Picross will be downloadable at no charge and will have over 300 stages plus an advanced mode. After solving number puzzles to complete pictures of Pokémon, fans will be able to add them to their collection in the game.

Wii U

Pokkén Tournament: Developed in collaboration with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., producers of TEKKEN®, one of the most successful fighting-game franchises in history, Pokkén Tournament brings Pokémon to life in a way never seen before where Pokémon move in direct response to the player’s actions while battling. Fans who purchase a first-run version of the game at retail will receive a limited-edition Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card that immediately unlocks the character in the game after tapping it to the Wii U GamePad. Pokkén Tournament launches for Wii U in spring 2016.


Nintendo Direct - November 12th, 2015 Video

Article edited on 2015-11-16 04:29:47 by Sunain
Nov 04

Trickster Zoroark Event Distribution for ORAS / XY BREAKthrough

Posted by Sunain | November 4th 2015 at 07:36 PM EST
Tags: TCG, Press Release, YouTube, Event Pokémon, Nintendo Network
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The official Pokémon YouTube channel updated with a video showcasing the reveal of a Trickster Zoroark Event Distribution for players of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire via the Nintendo Network. Become a master of illusions with this crafty Zoroark! Use this Pokémon to confuse your opponents with moves common to other popular competitive Pokémon. Zoroark will be available via the Nintendo Network from November 4th, 2015 until November 20th, 2015. Details of this Zoroark have been added to our Event Database.


Get a Trickster Zoroark for Your Pokémon Game! Video

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r6UtzGMmYk

Pokémon BREAKthrough with New Evolution!

BREAK Evolution now available in the newest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion, XY—BREAKthrough and Level 50 Zoroark distribution at GAME from November 6

London, United Kingdom — November 4, 2015 — The Pokémon Company International welcomes its latest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion to the franchise as well as a new BREAK Evolution game mechanic, in Pokémon TCG: XY—BREAKthrough, now available in UK stores.

Pokémon TCG: XY—BREAKthrough introduces the new BREAK Evolution game mechanic which features an HP boost and a new attack or Ability when a Pokémon evolves, and also retains its existing attacks. Pokémon BREAK cards are distinctive with a landscape design, unique foil pattern, and uniquely rendered art. Six new Pokémon BREAK cards are available in the expansion including Chesnaught BREAK and Zoroark BREAK.

Alongside the launch of Pokémon TCG: XY—BREAKthrough, the crafty Pokémon Zoroark will be available as a Level 50 special character distribution, only at GAME, in the UK during a promotional period starting Friday, November 6 and ending Thursday, November 26. Taking Zoroark’s Illusion Ability to the next level, Zoroark will leave opponents mystified with moves common to other popular competitive Pokémon. Zoroark maintains the subterfuge as the Pokémon itself comes in an Ultra Ball instead of a Cherish Ball.

The Level 50 Zoroark can be obtained for free from the serial code printed on receipts in GAME stores, no purchase necessary. Players can then redeem and utilise Zoroark’s Sucker Punch, Sludge Bomb, Flamethrower, and Dark Pulse moves in Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, in addition to the Pokémon X or Pokémon Y video games . *

Zoroark is also featured as the star Pokémon on an exciting blister pack containing three Pokémon TCG boosters and special Zoroark pin. This package can be found only at GAME in the United Kingdom during this promotional period and will be available at other retailers subsequently.

Pokémon TCG: XY—BREAKthrough brings eight new Pokémon-EX including four new Mega Evolution Pokémon, plus 20 Trainer cards, complete with two full-art rare Ultra Trainer cards. Also, two new theme decks with 60 new cards, including one foil card, as well booster packs with 10 new cards in each pack, will provide the ability to increase the size and strength of your deck.

Pokémon TCG: XY—BREAKthrough theme decks and booster packs each include one in-pack code card that unlocks a virtual deck or 10 virtual cards from the XY—BREAKthrough expansion in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online at www.pokemon.co.uk/tcgo . The Pokémon TCG Online is also now available on iPad via the App Store.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) is a collectible and competitive trading card game. In the competitive Pokémon TCG, each player constructs a deck of 60 cards and uses it to battle against other players in fast-paced, strategy-oriented play. Since the debut of the Pokémon TCG in 1996, more than 21.5 billion cards have been shipped to 74 countries around the world.

* There is no purchase necessary to collect the special gift, but players do need to have a copy of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, as well as a system in the Nintendo 3DS family to obtain Zoroark in their game .

Article edited on 2015-11-06 12:10:17 by Sunain
Oct 21

Paris Games Week - Shiny Rayquaza

Posted by Sunain | October 21st 2015 at 03:54 PM EDT
Tags: Press Release, Nintendo, Event Pokémon, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire
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Nintendo France has announced that a Shiny Rayquaza will be distributed to players of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire at the Paris Games Week 2015 which takes place from October 28th, 2015 until November 1st, 2015. This Rayquaza will be the same as the one already distributed throughout the world. It will be available in Hall 1 A 002 at the Nintendo stand, pavilions 1 and 2 at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, France.


Paris Games Week 2015

Grand rassemblement de joueurs Nintendo en vue, participez aux 5 jours de tournois gratuits sur le stand Nintendo de la Paris Games Week-porte de Versailles

RDV à partir du 28 octobre sur le stand Nintendo pour participer aux tournois. Splatoon, Super Smash Bros., Pokémon Rubis Oméga et Pokémon Saphir Alpha et Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Outre les nombreuses versions jouables, Nintendo propose aux joueurs de se retrouver sur des tournois gratuits : qualifications quotidiennes ou finales nationales, demandez le programme de ce stand à l’ambiance bouillante.

15 Octobre, 2015 - Nintendo sera encore une fois présent au salon Paris Games Week qui se tiendra du 28 octobre au 1er novembre au Parc des expositions Paris Expo – Porte de Versailles. Cette année encore les joueurs de tous horizons se donneront rendez-vous sur le stand Nintendo de 10H à 19H* pour tenter de remporter les tournois quotidiens gratuits et ouverts à tous. Alors n’oubliez pas de vous munir de vos consoles Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS ou New Nintendo 3DS et de vos jeux pour participer aux différents tournois.

Le tournoi Pokémon Rubis Omega et Pokémon Saphir Alpha :
Les Pokédex ont eu le temps de se remplir, les entraineurs ont pu affiner leur stratégie et c’est tant mieux : le niveau sera plus qu’élevé durant la Paris Games Week. Tous les dresseurs de France et d’ailleurs sont attendus pour les tournois quotidiens Pokémon Rubis Omega et Pokémon Saphir Alpha. Pour ces tournois, il est nécessaire de venir avec sa Nintendo 3DS et son exemplaire du jeu. Les gagnants pourront repartir avec une console Wii U Edition Limitée Mario Kart 8 + Splatoon

Source: http://www.nintendo.fr/News/-venements/2015/Paris-Games-Week-2015-1060440.html

Article edited on 2015-10-21 07:04:43 by Sunain
Oct 21

Pikachu Build-A-Bear available in 2016

Posted by Sunain | October 21st 2015 at 01:07 AM EDT
Tags: Press Release, Plushies, The Pokémon Company International
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The Pokémon Company International announced that they have officially partnered with Build-A-Bear to sell an exclusive Pikachu plushie in 2016 and it will be available in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. Those that order this Pikachu plushie will receive a special promo TCG card.

The Pikachu Build-A-Bear allows people to customize their plushie with a Poké Ball Hoodie, a Pikachu sound chip and if it is ordered online, a special Charizard costume is available.

Press Release - Pokémon Announces Partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop

Make-Your-Own Pikachu Available in 2016 - BELLEVUE, Wash. - October 20, 2015 - The Pokémon Company International announced today it has partnered with Build-A-Bear Workshop, the interactive destination where guests can create personalized furry friends, to release an exclusive stuffed Pikachu in early 2016. For the first time, fans will be able to engage with this iconic Pokémon in Build-A-Bear Workshop’s signature experience.

Pikachu will be available at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores throughout North America, Europe and Australia and online at www.BuildABear.com. All fans who purchase a Pikachu will receive a unique Build-A-Bear Workshop-branded Pokémon TCG card as a gift with purchase. In addition to the unique interactive store experience, guests can customize their Pikachu with a Poké Ball hoodie. If fans choose to purchase their pre-stuffed Pikachu online, it will include a sound chip, the Poké Ball hoodie and a Charizard costume.

“Pokémon and Build-A-Bear Workshop both create memorable experiences for fans of all ages,” said Monika Salazar, director of Licensing at The Pokémon Company International. “We are delighted to partner with a brand like Build-A-Bear Workshop that represents fun and friendship.”

With more than 275 million Pokémon video games sold to date, 21.5 billion Pokémon Trading Card Game cards shipped globally, and more than 800 episodes in its animation library, the Pokémon brand is stronger than ever. With a newly expanded licensing team, The Pokémon Company International has been reaching audiences beyond its traditional demographics by collaborating with new partners, introducing new product lines and strengthening its fashion and home, toy and game, and clothing and apparel lines.

About Build-A-Bear

Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear has approximately 400 stores worldwide where guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the seventh year in a row in 2015. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted a total revenue of $392.4 million in fiscal 2014. For more information, visit the Investor Relations section of buildabear.com.

Article edited on 2015-10-21 02:45:34 by Sunain
Oct 16

Niantic Raises $20M From Google, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo

Posted by Sunain | October 16th 2015 at 04:00 PM EDT
Tags: Press Release, Nintendo, Pokémon GO, Niantic, The Pokémon Company
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Niantic announced on October 15th, 2015 that they received a $20 Million dollars in a round of Series A funding with investments from The Pokémon Company, Google and Nintendo.

Niantic Inc. Raises $20 Million in Financing from The Pokémon Company, Google and Nintendo

Back in August, we announced Niantic would spin out from Google to become an independent company. Today, we are thrilled to disclose that our mission will be backed by global giants in the game, entertainment and technology sectors.

The Pokémon Company, Google and Nintendo are investing up to $30 million in Niantic, Inc., which includes an initial $20 million upfront and an additional $10 million in financing conditioned upon the company achieving certain milestones. We will be using this capital to continue the development of Pokémon GO, to evolve and grow Ingress and its thriving global community, and to build out our real-world gaming platform.

It was quite an honor to be on stage in Tokyo last month with legendary games and entertainment heroes Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, Tsunekazu Ishihara of The Pokémon Company, and Junichi Masuda of GAME FREAK to tell the world about Pokémon GO. We are all incredibly excited about the opportunity to create a product true to the spirit of the original Pokémon games while extending gameplay out into the real world. Because it is a mobile game, players all around the world will be able to immerse themselves in the Pokémon universe on devices they already have in their hands.

Here are some words from our esteemed investors:

Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO, The Pokémon Company:
“Pokémon’s strategic investment in Niantic paves the way for a social mobile experience the world has never seen before,” said Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company. “The Pokémon Company is committed to partnering with companies like Niantic that share the same spirit of community and innovation.”

Don Harrison, VP of Corporate Development, Google:
“Niantic has shown the great potential of mixing geolocation technology, dynamic storytelling, and innovative game design, and we’re excited to continue supporting the team on their journey.”

It’s exciting to finally be able to share some of our big updates. We are hard at work in our new San Francisco and satellite offices preparing for a series of massive, global Ingress events this Fall, readying Pokémon GO for launch next year, and extending our platform to support a variety of experiences that support our core values of exercise, discovery, and fun.

John Hanke
Founder & CEO, Niantic, Inc.

Source: http://www.nianticlabs.com/blog/

Article edited on 2015-10-17 12:10:35 by Sunain

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