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Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection on DS games to shut down

General News — 19 May, 2014

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection logo Just realized I forgot to post this a few weeks ago :/

Nintendo has announced that as of May 20th 2014 (tomorrow!) the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, as used by the Nintendo DS, will no longer be active. This means that all Wi-Fi services from the DS games will no longer work. The online battling, trading and game sync features of these Pokémon games are affected:

  • Pokémon Diamond, Pearl & Platinum
  • Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver
  • Pokémon Black & White
  • Pokémon Black 2 & White 2
  • Pokémon Battle Revolution
  • Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia & Guardian Signs
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness & Explorers of Sky
  • Pokémon Conquest

If you have any Pokémon in the GTS you should take them out before tomorrow.

Note that this does not affect trading and battling over local wireless/infrared. Nor does it prevent migration of Pokémon from one generation to another via Pal Park (gen 3-4), Poké Transfer (gen 4-5) or Poké Transporter (gen 5-6).


New games announced: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire!

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 11 May, 2014

Nintendo have announced a new pair of games for 3DS, to be released November 2014. They are remakes of the third-generation games Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire which were released in 2003.

These games are titled Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. The box art, which can be seen below, features Groudon and Kyogre like the original games, however they look a little different - note the symbols for the Greek letters Omega (Ω) and Alpha (α) highlighted in their designs. This is a strong hint that the two Pokémon will gain a new form or Mega Evolution (of course this is not yet confirmed).

Pokemon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire box art

An announcement trailer (see below) was posted by Nintendo, and then earlier today Japanese show Pokémon Get*TV previewed a tiny snippet of footage, showing the awakenings of Groudon and Kyogre.


Google Maps adds ability to capture Pokémon

General News — 01 April, 2014

Pokédex for Google Maps The Google Maps app for iOS and Android has added a new feature that allows you to hone your Pokémon-capturing abilities. At Google, they value employees who are risk-taking and detail-oriented, have deep technical knowledge, and can navigate through tall grass to capture wild creatures.

To become a Pokémon Master, simply load up the app (note: it's not available on the website), tap Search then Press Start. The game begins at the CERN scientific research center and many Pokémon can be found nearby, but there are Pokémon all over the world from Tokyo to Paris to New York.

Check out the video below, then go out there and catch them all!


Pokémon Bank delayed due to high demand

General News — 27 December, 2013

Pokemon Bank logo Pokémon Bank, the new service that will let you store Pokémon online and move them between games, has been delayed. It was released Christmas Day in Japan and immediately saw huge demand, making the service overloaded.

The apps have now been removed from the Japanese eShop and have been delayed elsewhere (America, Europe and Australia). Anyone who downloaded the apps already can use the service. The trial period will be extended to accommodate this. There is no ETA on when the apps will be available again.

Update Jan 22: Pokemon Bank has been launched in Japan. Nintendo are carefully monitoring the load. Update Feb 4: Pokemon Bank has launched in Europe and Australia! No word on American release yet. Update Feb 5: Pokemon Bank has launched in America!


Celebi distribution for Pokémon Bank users

Pokemon X & Y — 18 December, 2013

Celebi The online Pokémon storage service, Pokémon Bank, is launching on Decmeber 27th. In the latest Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that anyone using the service before September 30th 2014 will be eligible to receive the mythical Pokémon Celebi!

A 30-day free trial pass is also available for Pokémon Bank until January 31st 2014. The annual fee has also been confirmed for the various locations:

  • $4.99 in the United States
  • £4.49 in the United Kingdom
  • €4,99 in Europe
  • $6.50 in Australia

New Pokémon and potential Mega Evolutions discovered in X&Y

Pokemon X & Y — 01 November, 2013

Several new Pokémon and forms have been discovered by 3DS hacker Smealum. These are unconfirmed rumours at this point, but look very likely. Three new Pokémon appear to be event legendary Pokémon:

#719 Diancie - Rock/Fairy type
#720 Volcanion - Fire/Water type
#721 Hoopa - Psychic/Ghost type

There were also possible Latias and Latios Mega Evolutions leaked, as well as Fairy-type Arceus. To avoid further spoilers, images are on the full news post below.


Major glitch discovered in Pokemon X&Y - don't save outside in Lumiose City!

Pokemon X & Y — 19 October, 2013

UPDATE: Nintendo have released a patch for this now, which can be downloaded from the eShop. If your game glitched, downloading the patch will allow you to continue without resetting.

A major bug has been found in Pokemon X&Y. If you save your game at certain places in Lumiose City and reload the game (i.e. turn your 3DS off and come back to the game later) then you will be stuck! This only happens in the outside areas, on the circular boulevards surrounding the city. Saving the game inside buildings such as Pokemon Centers works fine.

Nintendo have acknowledged the issue and are working on a fix, which will be made available via the eShop as soon as possible. If you have already experienced the issue you can wait for the update, otherwise you will need to restart your game. Nintendo have released this map showing you where NOT to save:

Lumiose City map

Mega Tyranitar and Mega Aggron revealed by CoroCoro

Pokemon X & Y — 10 October, 2013

October's CoroCoro has been released and confirms Mega Evolutions for Tyranitar and Aggron. Mega Tyranitar stays Rock/Dark type and keeps its Sand Stream ability. Mega Aggron on the other hand loses its Rock typing to become pure Steel type. It also has the ability of Filter (which reduces damage from supereffective attacks).

Mega Tyranitar, Mega Aggron

The magazine also confirms Mega Gengar which was revealed by leaks (Ghost/Poison; Shadow Tag ability) and Mega Kangaskhan which was revealed at the Pokemon World Championships in August.

In other news, Pokemon X and Y are only a day away! We've been keeping the site updated with all the latest information such as Pokemon, moves and abilities. Check out the links below if you don't mind spoilers:

X/Y main page
Full Kalos Pokedex
New X/Y attacks


Swirlix and Spritzee evolutions revealed

Pokemon X & Y — 02 October, 2013

Two new Pokemon have surfaced in a Japanese pamphlet, and were later confirmed officially by Nintendo. They are evolutions of Swirlix and Spritzee, and remain pure Fairy type. They are known as Slurpuff and Aromatisse respectively.

Slurpuff and Aromatisse

Pokemon Origins reveals second Charizard Mega-Evolution

Pokemon X & Y — 02 October, 2013

The Pokemon Origins anime special has just finished airing in Japan and revealed a big surprise - there are two Mega-Evolutions of Charizard! The first one that was already revealed is Mega Charizard Y, while the new one revealed in Mega Charizard X. It is dark gray (similar to a shiny Charizard) and has blue flames. It is Fire/Dragon type and has a new ability Tough Claws which increases the power of contact moves (which are the majority of Physical moves).

Mega Charizard X
Red and Mega Charizard X in the anime special

Also of note is that some people have managed to get their hands on copies of Pokemon X&Y from certain stores in Canada, breaking the official sale date. Various information is coming in so we'll keep the site updated as we go. A few notable points:

  • There are many Pokemon from previous generations mixed in with new ones.
  • The first gym is Bug and you receive the Bug Badge for beating the gym leader Viola.
  • After defeating the gym you receive TM83 Infestation which is a Bug type trapping move (like Fire Spin).
  • There is a Skate Park you can play in using your Rollerskates.
  • The Exp Share item now works like Exp All from Generation 1 - it is a key item and when it's switched on all Pokemon in your party will earn EXP regardless of whether they participated in a battle.
  • A sleeping Snorlax blocks your path in one area, just like in the first generation.
  • Espurr is a pre-evolution of Meowstic.
  • Fletchinder is a middle-evo of the Fletchling line. It goes Fletchling, Fletchinder, Talonflame.
  • In battle, status ailments show their full name, e.g. POISONED.
  • Vivillon has multiple patterns, one of which is dark in colour and called Polar Pattern.

Honedge evolution revealed: Doublade

Pokemon X & Y — 25 September, 2013

Doublade The official Pokemon Facebook page has revealed a new Pokemon - Doublade, an evolved form of Honedge.

It takes the form of two crossed swords, like a coat of arms. The ribbons also change from blue to pink.

Doublade is 2'7'' tall and 9.9 lbs, and has the ability No Guard.


Roundup of minor X&Y features

Pokemon X & Y — 20 September, 2013

Various gaming websites are starting to post reviews and first impressions of Pokémon X&Y. Here are some interesting new snippets we have learned. We'll keep this updated as more comes in.

  • Supposedly X&Y include all Pokemon from all previous games, though it's not clear if that means available in X&Y itself or just tradeable like every other game.
  • As noted yesterday, no Kalos Pokémon will get a Mega Evolution.
  • Pokémon earn EXP even when you capture a Pokémon.
  • Masuda stated that the reason stereoscopic 3D is not used in the overworld was to allow them to add much more detail to the overworld and enhance the beauty aspect of the games.
  • Pokémon now make more natural sounds instead of the current computerised sounds.
  • The story gets going much quicker than in previous games.
  • Each of the starter Pokémon has a STAB move from the outset (i.e. Ember for Fennekin, Water Gun for Froakie).
  • You can run with the B button from the very beginning of the game.
  • You are gifted the Rollerskates before the first gym.
  • You can learn new tricks for skating if you defeat Rollerskating trainers.
  • PokéCenters now contain changing rooms to allow customising your character's outfits.
  • Café culture permeates the many cities and towns of Kalos.
  • Masuda stated they do not plan to release any balance patches to the games (e.g. to change the type chart or certain moves).