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Pokémon Crystal Arrives on Nintendo 3DS eShop in January

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Nintendo has announced the belated arrival of Pokémon Crystal to the Nintendo eShop on January 26, 2018. It will be available for the Nintendo 3DS for $9.99.

Unlike the Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby 3D remakes, Crystal is the original 2001 Game Boy Color game, ported to 3DS. It was the third game of the second generation of Pokémon titles, Gold and Silver. Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver were released earlier this year on the Nintendo eShop.

There’s no good reason why Nintendo would delay releasing Crystal by several months after Gold and Silver other than the obvious: they wanted you to purchase Gold/Silver first. The third game in a generation is generally considered the definitive edition.

Like Gold and Silver’s re-release, Crystal will feature online trading and battling, as well as compatibility with the Pokémon Bank app. The app allows you to trade Pokémon between games and generations. For example, you can capture Pokémon in Crystal and import them into the newly released Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Pokémon Crystal was the first game in the series to let you choose to play as either a boy or a girl. The fancy animated sprites also required the more advanced Game Boy Color over the Game Boy.

Pokémon Crystal will be available on the Nintendo eShop on January 26, 2018.

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Travel Beyond the Wormholes in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon

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New details for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon continue to be teased out by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company in the weeks leading up to its November 17 launch.

Last year’s Pokémon Sun and Moon introduced expanded gameplay for riding Pokémon, as well as the new Ultra Beasts. Both features return in Ultra Sun and Moon. You’ll be able to ride on Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala into the Ultra Beasts’ wormhole to discover all new worlds.

One of the new worlds is called Ultra Megalopolis. It’s a darkened city that had its light stolen by Necrozma, a new Legendary Pokémon in Ultra Sun and Moon. A giant tower in the middle gives off the only light, with a mysterious someone or something at the top.

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Many different worlds are available, including the home worlds of the Ultra Beasts, though no more have been announced at this time.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduces a new inter-dimensional faction called Ultra Recon Squad. This group comes from one of the worlds beyond the Ultra Wormhole. The story and characters will be different depending on which version you play. Ultra Sun will feature Ultra Recon characters Dulse and Zossie. Ultra Moon will star Soliera and Phyco.

With treks into the wormhole it makes sense that we’ll be seeing new Ultra Beasts as well.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra MoonUB Burst is the Fireworks Pokémon. It’s a fairly unique Fire/Ghost type. Its signature move is to, ah, explode its head. It’s only found in Ultra Sun.

 

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra MoonUB Assembly is the Rampart Pokémon with a Rock/Steel typing. It looks like like a walking building, but apparently each of its stones is a separate life form. It’s unique to Ultra Moon.

 

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra MoonUB Adhesive is brought by the Ultra Recon Squad. It’s known as the Poison Pin Pokémon because it shoots poisonous needles out of its head. It’s a Poison Type, obviously. UB Adhesive will be available in both Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon launches November 17 on Nintendo 3DS.

 

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New Free Pokémon Playhouse App Designed for Preschoolers

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Hook ’em on ‘Catch ‘Em All’ while they’re young! Today the Pokémon Company revealed a new mobile app designed specifically for preschool age children (age 3-5). The app is called Pokémon Playhouse. It’s available now on iPhone, iPad, and Android as a free download – without any in-app purchases.

“The Pokémon brand truly is a property for all ages, and the ability to complete activities with cute new expression of recognizable Pokémon in Pokémon Playhouse offers our youngest fans the opportunity to explore the world of Pokémon in an environment made just for them,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company. “As the popularity of the Pokémon brand continues to grow, we’re thrilled to launch the first-ever Pokémon preschool expression with Pokémon Playhouse, offering parents an age-appropriate and entertaining experience for the littlest Trainers in their family.”

The game takes place in and around a playhouse for Pokémon. All activities are cute and calming, such as grooming your Pokémon and finding Pokémon constellations in the stars. There are no reading or math skills required. A human character narrates the activities, and there are some light puzzles and stories kids can engage in.

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The more you play with the Pokémon the stronger a bond you create. Completing activities and befriending Pokémon work toward hatching new eggs to add new Pokémon to your collection, such as Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and Snorlax. Over 50 Pokémon are available to hatch, play, and befriend.

The Pokémon Playhouse app is available now on iOS and Android. It’s free to download and play.

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Pokémon GO Fest and Solstice Event Celebrate One Year Anniversary

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We’re coming up to the one year anniversary of Pokémon GO, which has hit 750 million global downloads. Niantic will be celebrating with two events – one in-game and one in the real world.

The Solstice Event starts June 13. The in-game event will feature more Fire and Ice-type Pokémon as well as bigger XP bonuses for accurately thrown Poké Balls. The XP boosting Lucky Eggs will also be discounted in the in-game shop.

In preparation for an upcoming update that includes “collaborative group gameplay features,” Gyms will be temporarily disabled for a short period of time.

The real-world event is the Pokémon GO Fest, which will take place in Chicago, Illinois on July 22. Tickets will go on sale on June 19 at 10:00 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern. Actual details of the event should be announced before that time as well.

Japan is getting a “Pikachu Outbreak” event in August. European trainers are getting a Pokémon GO Event across the continent from June to September in partnership with a shopping center. Details and schedules for these events are still forthcoming.

Pokémon GO initially launched on July 6, 2016. It had a rocky launch full of server issues and bugs. Despite its near constant problems, Pokémon GO enjoyed a level of widespread mainstream success far beyond most video games. The combination of capturing Pokémon and an AR camera resonated with millions of people around the world.

In the year since Pokémon GO has provided updates and seasonal events. Earlier this year it finally added Gen 2 Pokémon. Some core features, such as trading, still aren’t available, however.

 

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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.