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Marshadow is a New Fighting/Ghost Type Coming to Pokémon

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The Pokémon Company have revealed the newest addition to the 700+ Pokémon roster. Marshadow is known as the Gloomdweller Pokémon, and is the very first with the unique dual typing of Fighting and Ghost. Marshadow’s moves and abilities have been teased out, but there are no details on when or how Marshadow will be added yet.

Known as the Gloomdweller Pokémon, the Mythical Pokémon Marshadow conceals itself in the shadows. It never appears before humans, so its very existence is the stuff of myth. Marshadow sinks into the shadows of others, and is able to copy their movements and power. Marshadow is a very cautious Pokémon. It sinks into shadows and observes what is going on around it in such a way that no one else will notice it. This may be the reason why is so rarely seen.

Marshadow has the Technician Ability, which powers up any moves of 60 or less a solid 50%.

pokemonMarshadow has several unique qualities, including an exclusive move, a unique Z-Move, and a special visual effect that turns its body partially green when attacking with full power.

The exclusive move is Spectral Thief. It allows Marshadow to steal any stat boosts from its opponent and then attack.

Marshadow’s signature Z-Move is Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike. The special Z-Move has a unique animation where Marshadow attacks from its trainer’s shadow with a barrage of ghostly punches.

To unleash the Z-Move Marshadow must have Spectral Thief learned and hold the Marshadium Z-Crystal. As a post-launch addition that Z-Crystal cannot be obtained in-game. It will most likely be attached to Marshadow similar to how Munchlax came with Snorlium Z when Pokémon Sun and Moon launched.

Details on how and when to obtain Marshadow have not yet been announced. Based on previous post-launch Pokémon it will most likely be a limited time download code obtained either online or through GameStop.

 

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Massive Pokémon GO Update Revamping Gyms, Adding Co-op Raids

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The single biggest update is coming soon to Pokémon GO. The upcoming patch will revamp how Gyms and Gym battles work as well as adding a new cooperative Raid Battle feature.

Gyms will soon feature six permanent slots that can be filled with its controlling team’s Pokémon. Each Pokémon must be unique – no more stacking Dragonites and Snorlaxes! Opposing teams will have to battle them in the order in which they were assigned.

A new motivation system will be integrated with Gyms. Pokémon will lose motivation over time while in a Gym, especially if they lose a battle. As they lose motivation their Combat Power will decrease, making it easier to assault bulky Gyms after awhile. Gym owners can raise their Pokémon’s motivation by giving them berries, giving berries a much more important use. If a Pokémon’s motivation bar is completely drained, it will leave the Gym and return to its Trainer after its next loss.

Gyms will also provide items the same way PokéStops do. New Gym Badges can be leveled up by gathering Gym items every day as well as giving Gym Pokémon berries.

Raid Battles are an entirely new feature. A Raid Boss will take over a Gym, kicking out the current Pokémon. The Raid Boss initially appears as a giant egg with a countdown timer, signaling that a powerful boss will soon appear. Up to 20 trainers will work together to defeat the Raid Boss within a five-minute time limit, and the chance to catch a powerful Pokémon.

You’ll need a Raid Pass to join the fight. You can earn one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time. More will be available for purchase in the in-game shop.

New items are being added as rewards for winning Raid Battles. Rare Candy works like a wild candy, letting you use it on any Pokémon. Golden Razz Berries increase the chance of catching a wild Pokémon as well as fully replenishing a Gym-assigned Pokémon’s motivation bar. Two new Technical Machine items let you teach Pokémon new moves.

The Gym portion of the update is being rolled out soon, which will temporarily disable all Gyms during the transition. Then the Raid Battle feature will be added over the next few weeks, beginning with a beta for select players.

 

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ARMS Is Out Today For Nintendo Switch

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One of the more anticipated new titles for the Nintendo Switch, ARMS is out today in stores and Nintendo eShop for $59.99.

“With ARMS, we are delivering a new and exciting type of game that takes advantage of everything Nintendo Switch can do,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The launch of ARMS kicks off a summer of competitive gaming for Nintendo Switch, with fun multiplayer games Splatoon 2 and Pokkén Tournament DX also launching over the next few months.”

ARMS is a fighting game that uses the motion-control of the Switch’s unique handheld Joy-Con controller. Each Joy-Con represents one of the fighter’s extendable arms. Ten fighters are available, and each fighter can equip different kinds of arms that change their movement, attacks, and abilities.

Multiple local and online modes are available. Team Fight tethers two fighters together versus another team of two. V-Ball and Hoops let you play modified versions of volleyball and basketball respectively. Party Match lets up to 20 players join a lobby for a variety of game modes. Ranked Matches track your wins and losses.

Nintendo promises continued post-launch support, adding more fighters, stages, and arms as free updates.

During E3 this week Nintendo livestreamed an ARMS Open Invitational. The tournament ran on June 14 and pitted four expert competitive gamers with select E3 attendees. The final round pitted the last person standing against the game’s producer, Kosuke Yabuki. You can watch the First Round, the Semifinals, and the Grand Finals.

A new Neon Yellow Joy-Con is also launching today. It’s inspired by the game’s bright colors. It’s retailing for $79.99. The Joy-Con can be freely mixed and matched with other Joy-Con colors.

ARMS has been rated E for Everyone with Cartoon Violence.

 

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Final Nominees Announced for Young Game Designers Awards

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The sixth annual Young Game Designers Awards are taking place July 8 in London. The award ceremony and initiative is hosted and created by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Its goal is to inspire and motivate young people aged 10-18 throughout England to compete and create video game prototypes.

“Each year I’m truly inspired by the amazing games that we see and the talent, creativity and enthusiasm that all our entrants show,” said Nick Button-Brown, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee. “I never fail to be humbled by how much better their work is than what I could do at their age. The entrants to this competition will help to define the future of the games industry, and I for one look forward to seeing what they come up with and playing their games. The awards ceremony in July is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate with all the winners and finalists.”

The categories are divided into Game Concept and Game Making, and each of those is separated by two age groups, 10-14 and 15-18. You can see a full list of this year’s finalists and games here.

There’s also the YGD Mentor Award, which is awarded to an educator of young game designers. The Mentor Award will be announced along with the winners of the YGD Awards.

Last year’s winner of the Game Making Award (15-18) was Daniel Smith. His game, Spectrum, has since been picked up by a publisher and is set to release in 2018.

The YGD Hero Award goes to an industry professional or development team for its support to young game designers. This year’s YGD Hero Award is Unity Technologies.

“We are very grateful to BAFTA for this recognition,” said Jessica Lindl, Global Head of Education at Unity. “At Unity, we believe every young person should have the opportunity to learn how to become a creator, and not just a consumer, of technology. That’s why we invest so deeply in building a powerful and flexible engine that makes young people’s dreams a reality.”