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Pokémon GO’s Water Festival Event Brings Out the Water Types

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Pokémon GO’s next seasonal event has begun. Although Spring just started, the Water Festival has more of a Summer vibe. It’s a simple event: you’ll find more water-type Pokémon. Specifically the update names Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their respective evolutions. Squirtle and Totodile are both Starter Pokémon from Gen 1 and 2, making them relatively rare, and their evolutions even more so. Magikarp’s evolution is the mighty Gyarados, which is normally very difficult to find and evolve.

In areas where water-type Pokémon are normally found (hint: near bodies of water) you’ll also find more Gen 2 Pokémon, including the rare Lapras. The Water Festival update also adds a new avatar item, the Magikarp Hat.

The Water Festival comes on the heels of a minor update. Last November, Pokémon GO added daily bonuses and 7-day streaks for PokéStops and capturing Pokémon every day. Niantic has increased the rewards for getting a full 7-day streak of collecting a PokéStop at least once a day. Now in addition to the bonus XP and Stardust, you’re rewarded with a random evolution item.

In related news, some Pokémon GO players are posting screenshots and videos of Shiny Pokémon. Shiny Pokémon were introduced in the second generation of Pokémon games. They are ultra-rare and come in an alternate color scheme. They are the Mt. Everest for Pokémon collectors. Neither Niantic nor The Pokémon Company have confirmed or announced the existence of shiny Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

So far only Shiny Magikarp and its evolution Shiny Gyarados have been found. The catch is that the Shiny Pokémon don’t show up as Shiny in the wild. Gotta Check ‘Em All!

The Pokémon GO Water Festival ends on March 29 at 1p Pacific/4p Eastern.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review: A New Frontier

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Available On: Switch, Wii U

I was incredibly fortunate to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time when it launched for the Nintendo 64 around Thanksgiving 1998. While most game developers were struggling to make the awkward transition into 3D graphics, Nintendo blew everyone away with a fully 3D Hyrule to explore and adventure in.

While Ocarina of Time could be considered the prototype for open-world adventures, the genre really didn’t take off until MMORPGs and RPGs like Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series embraced giant 3D worlds. These days nearly every big game is an open world adventure, and it’s become more of a rote expectation.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild redefines what it means to be an open-world adventure, creating a vast frontier of possibility. Ocarina of Time remains one of my all time favorite games, and I’m here to tell you that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best 3D Zelda game ever made.
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Nintendo Switch Launches Today Alongside The Legend of Zelda

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Nintendo has been releasing home gaming consoles since the 80s, and it always marks a uniquely special occasion within the industry. Today sees the release of the Nintendo Switch, the first home console that’s also completely portable.

The Nintendo Switch is selling at a retail price of $399. It comes with an HDMI cable, detachable Joy-Con controllers, portable screen, a dock for TV play, and a grip to combine the Joy-Con into a single controller. It’s being sold in two color options that change the Joy-Con: all gray, or one blue and one red. It does not include any games.

“Nintendo Switch makes it easy for anyone to enjoy their games in the living room and then quickly take them on the go,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. ‘This versatile system allows people to play in unexpected places. It’s the kind of twist in gaming that Nintendo is known for.”

Nintendo always pushes the envelope on their hardware, whether for better or for worse. Ultimately every gaming system boils down to its games.

Launching alongside the Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s biggest game in years, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This hotly anticipated entry in one of gaming’s most beloved and well-known series looks to redefine both open-world RPGs and its own storied franchise (read our hands-on preview). The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also launching for Wii U today. An Expansion Pass is available for $19.99.

Here are the big titles launching with the Nintendo Switch today, March 3:

  • 1-2 Switch
  • Just Dance 2017
  • Skylanders Imaginators
  • Snipperclips
  • Super Bomberman R

Coming later in the Spring and Summer are Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Has-Been Heroes, and Splatoon 2. This Fall should see the release of the first Mario game on Nintendo Switch with Super Mario Odyssey.