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Post #1
28 Jan 2020 03:08 PM
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It's getting harder and harder as a fansite to promote or justify The Pokémon Company and Nintendo with these predatory prices for Pokémon games. These games are targeted for kids to play but pricing is really hurting the franchise and I don't want to support a franchise that actively exploits children through excessive monetary and capitalistic methods. That's not saying they shouldn't make a profit, they are a business, but unfortunately they are taking cues from the gaming industry as a whole which are pulling these tactics.

HOME should not be this expensive especially after paying AAA prices for SwSh. I thought $5 for Bank back in the day was overpriced...

Now you effectively need 3 separate subscriptions for SwSh.

1. Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play SwSh online.
2. Pokémon HOME subscription to store and effectively trade.
3. Pokémon Bank subscription to get your old Pokémon off your older games.

This is kind of expanding upon my post about the SwSh DLC pricing as well and we are now realizing why Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were released as incomplete games, to sell features that should have been in the game.

It honestly feels like a scam. That's how I feel about this as a life long Pokémon fan.

This post was last edited 28 Jan 2020 03:29 PM by Sunain
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Post #2
15 Jan 2020 10:39 AM
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Pokémon fans can begin to watch a new seven-episode limited animated series, “Pokémon: Twilight Wings,” on the official Pokémon YouTube channel today. Presented by The Pokémon Company International, the series takes place in the newly explorable Galar region in the Pokémon world. The first episode, “Letter,” introduces characters living in the Galar region, where Pokémon battles have developed into a cultural sensation. A new episode, each approximately five minutes in length, will be introduced every month until the series concludes this summer.

John is a young boy who’s been hospital-bound from an early age. Ever since he saw his first Pokémon battle on TV, he’s been a big fan of Champion Leon—and he’s dreamed of watching one of Leon’s matches in a stadium. Could a visit from Chairman Rose pave the way for his dreams to come true?

Director: Shingo Yamashita (山下清悟)
Screenplay: Sou Kinoshita (木下爽)
Screenplay Supervision: Taku Kishimoto (岸本卓)
Character Design: Shin Ogasawara (小笠原真)
Color Design: Izumi Hirose (広瀬いづみ)
Art Directors: Yusuke Takeda / Takamasa Masuki (竹田悠介/益城貴昌)
3DCG: Masato Takahashi (高橋将人)
Director of Photography: Katsuto Ogawa (小川克人)
Sound Director: Masafumi Mima (三間雅文)
Animation Production: Studio Colorido

John: Aoi Yuuki (悠木碧)
Tommy: Kei Shindou (真堂圭)
Chairman Rose: Kazuhiro Yamaji (山路和弘)
Olive: Ayumi Nagao (長尾歩)
Taxi Driver: Seirou Ogino (荻野 晴朗)
TV Commentator / Armorgaw / Lizardon: Kiyotaka Furushima (古島清孝)
Reader /Kairiky: Masa'aki Ihara (伊原正明)
Nurse: Yuuna Ogata (緒方佑奈)
Children: Mariko Nagai (永井真理子), Misaki Ikeda (池田海咲), Nozomi Mikajiri (三日尻望), Ai Ishikawa (石川藍), Maiko Nomura (野村麻衣子)
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Post #3
09 Jan 2020 12:37 PM
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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were released as incomplete games. There wasn't a lack of criticism at their release from not including the entire National Dex, to cutting Pokémon and moves, to poor quality animation and the high price of the games. Now, less than 2 months after release, The Pokémon Company has announced an Expansion Pass for the games as DLC and have the audacity to charge people $30 USD for the privileged of getting the content that should have been in the games in the first place.

This is a symptom of the entire gaming industry not just Game Freak and The Pokémon Company though. They know people will pay for the content regardless, so they do it. Here in Canada, the MSRP of the games is $80 CND plus tax which brings it to $90.40. The dual pack is $180CND. The games are more expensive than any of the previous Pokémon games and that's not even taking into consideration the price of the Switch console which ranges from $279 to $399 depending on the version. These games are targeted at children and families, but as the price of entry into these games keep going up, the target audience keeps getting shutout because of the price. I don't know many kids (or parents) that can afford to keep paying these prices. The more gamers keep paying these prices, the more companies will keep doing it, so the cycle never ends. Until there is some kind of regulation through government intervention into these business practices, it will continue.

I have always been a proponent of Physical game releases. Digital releases while convenient, it just doesn't have the same appeal or sense of ownership that physical releases have. It's too easy for the companies to just keep releasing overpriced digital content rather than make a quality product and that's where we've arrived in the Pokémon franchise now. This DLC content should have been included in the original SwSh releases because let's face it, for an $80, supposedly AAA game, they amount of gameplay in SwSh is by far lacking even when comparing it to previous Pokémon games!

If this DLC was a fair price or a free upgrade, I don't think I'd be as annoyed and disappointed in a franchise I've supported for over 2 decades now. This release is also a symptom of stockholder greed, excessive capitalism, and a gaming community that is willing to accept whatever a company releases as gospel. The Pokémon Company can do better and should do better!

Oh by the way, get your bucks out for Pokémon Home too! Keep milking the cash cow!
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Post #4
03 Jan 2020 10:53 AM
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CITV aired this episode a day before Disney XD on January 3rd, 2020. It aired on Disney XD in the United States on January 4th, 2020.
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Post #5
03 Nov 2019 05:55 PM
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The Miyazaki era of PM music is now over and we have indexed all his work to the end of SM. Special thanks goes to TheMaskedMeowth for his dedicated and hard work finishing off the SM music indexing.

Unreleased tracks: https://www.pocketmonsters.net/cd/view/375
SM146: https://www.pocketmonsters.net/episodes/viewep/2378/Music

It maybe awhile till we start the new series music indexing as we need to get the official SS game OST to know the music and tracks to base the anime variants from.

This post was last edited 03 Nov 2019 05:56 PM by Sunain
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