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Pokémon GO Reveals Details on PvP Trainer Battles

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After teasing the upcoming PvP update earlier this week, Niantic has revealed a few more important details on how Trainer Battles will work in Pokémon GO.

Trainers will be able to battle each other via one trainer scanning a QR Code of another. Trainers can be complete strangers, but if you’ve reached a certain level of friendship via gifting (Ultra and Best), you can challenge each other from any distance.

Both trainers must compete within the same Battle League, which was previously announced as three separate leagues divided by max CP per Pokémon. Great League is 1,500, Ultra is 2,500, and Master has no upper limit.

Trainers will battle each other using a team of three Pokémon. Like the Gym and Raid battles, combat is in real time and plays out quickly. Trainers will be able to execute regular attacks and charged attacks. Trainers can also use a Protect Shield to avoid critical damage if they use it at the right time, though you’ll only have a limited number of shields to use. Stardust and Candy can be used before a fight to unlock another charged attack.

Although Trainer Battles are designed for PvP, you will be able to battle your respective team leader, Spark, Candela, or Blanche, once per day as a training exercise. You can earn rewards such as Stardust. Regular Trainer Battles will net rewards for both the winner and loser, including a chance at highly-coveted evolution stones.

Trainer Battles are coming later this month for Pokémon GO.

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Pokémon GO Teases PvP Trainer Battles, Coming Soon

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Over the last several days the official Pokémon GO twitter account has been teasing the next most requested feature for the game: Player versus Player. Trainer battles are still teased as “coming soon,” but we finally got some official screenshots and a few choice details on how they’ll work.

Three new Battle Leagues will be available for PvP Trainer battles: Great, Ultra, and Master, named after the PokéBalls. Each Battle League restricts which Pokémon you can use to a maximum CP amount. For the Great League the max CP per Pokémon is 1,500. Ultra League is 2,500 and Master really takes the wheels off with no max CP limit at all.

You’ll want to start organizing and preparing your team to get just under the values of those leagues. A Battle League team is made up of three Pokémon.

“When designing Trainer Battles, we wanted to create an experience that everyone can enjoy and ensure that different kinds of Pokémon can show their strengths,” states the official Pokémon GO twitter account. “With Leagues in Trainer Battles, we hope to create a system that’s accessible to many Trainers.”

That’s all the information we know so far on Battle Leagues. We don’t yet know how Trainers will be able to start these battles or what rewards will be offered.

Pokémon GO recently added the Adventure Sync. The Adventure Sync lets you sync the game’s walking speed with your smartphone, allowing you to hatch eggs and find Buddy candy without opening the app. Adventure Sync is enabled in the Settings menu.

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Nintendo Switch Becomes Best Selling Nintendo Console in History

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As we predicted in our Holiday Gift Guide, the Switch is the hottest gaming product this holiday season. Nintendo has officially confirmed that the Switch became the best selling console in Nintendo’s history over the five day Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales weekend (Nov. 22-26) in the U.S.

Thanks to online stat-tracker tool Adobe Analytics, Nintendo has announced that the Switch was the top-selling video game product, and one of the most purchased items online during the sale period, beating out even the Wii motion control craze from a decade ago.

In total sale-savvy shoppers spent over $250 million on Nintendo products, including consoles, games, and accessories.

This year’s sales for Nintendo were a huge increase compared to last year, to the tune of 115%. First party Nintendo games sold a million units, an increase of 78% over last year. The big new sellers included Super Mario Party, which surpassed one million units since its launch in October, becoming the fastest-selling Mario Party game and the fifth Switch game to reach the million-seller tier.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! also sold very well, reaching over 1.5 million units sold combined. (read our review).

Nintendo’s mini classic consoles also sold well again this year. The Super NES Classic Edition reached 2.5 million units, with its older brother NES Classic Edition reaching 2 million units.

Nintendo helped lead the way on a record-setting Cyber Monday, which saw consumers spend $7.9 billion in online shopping, making it the single biggest shopping day in U.S. history.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime had previously told Yahoo Finance that the holiday sales season is critical, making up about 60% of the company’s yearly revenue.

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Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! Review

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Pokémon GO’s incredible popularity on mobile phones introduced a whole new audience to the already stalwart Pokémon franchise. The Pokémon Company has leveraged that popularity for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!.

On the surface the Let’s Go games are glossy, 3D remakes of the first generation of Pokémon (Red/Blue/Yellow) with the much simpler Pokéball throwing mechanics borrowed from Pokémon GO. Despite its relative simplicity compared to recent mainline games like Sun and Moon, Let’s Go includes several brilliant new features that make journeying through Kanto again rewarding and memorable.

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Pokémon Reveals Meltan’s Evolution: Melmetal

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The surprising new Mythical Pokémon addition, Meltan, was announced last month in Pokémon GO. It turns out Meltan can also be evolved into a much bigger, more powerful form called Melmetal. The catch is that it can only evolve in Pokémon GO.

In order to evolve a captured Meltan, you’ll need to catch a whole lot of them, or select one as your Buddy Pokémon to generate candy. Evolving Meltan requires 400 Meltan Candies. Trading with friends as well as sending Meltan to the upcoming Switch games Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! will also earn candy.

Melmetal remains a Steel type Pokémon, though its weight is increased by 100x. Its body hardens and it grows powerful arms it can use to swiftly punch opponents.

Melmetal can learn a unique Steel-type move called Double Iron Bash. Double Iron Bash deals a significant amount of damage and has a chance to cause the target to flinch and miss their turn.

Once evolved, Melmetal can be transferred to Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! on Switch.

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Earning candy should be slightly easier with the upcoming Adventure Sync update. Adventure Sync is a new feature coming soon to Pokémon GO. It records walking distance even when Pokémon GO isn’t running. This lets you earn candy via the Buddy Pokémon as well as hatch eggs must faster. Adventure Sync can connect to both Apple Health on iOS and Google Fit on Android.

Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! are coming to Switch November 16.