Apr28

Pokémon UNITE announces new Pokébuki Battle Pass, alongside update to Version 1.5.1.2, and the beginning of Ranked Match Season 4

Battle Pass 7 has gone live in Pokemon UNITE together with the update to Version 1.5.1.2 and the start of Ranked Match Season 4. Following on from the western theater theme in the previous UNITE in the Spotlight Battle Pass, this latest Battle Pass is named for the traditional Japanese Kabuki theater. The update includes a variety new player character accessories based around traditional and period Japanese clothing. Also featured are new unlockable Pokémon Holowear for Blastoise, Charizard, Eldegoss, and Trevenant. The Pokébuki Battle Pass will run through to June 12th at 7 pm (CDT).
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Apr28

Pokémon Masters EX updates to version 2.20.0 - Forty Million Downloads celebration rallies, Sygna Suit Morty Poké Fair Scout now available

A new version of Pokémon Masters EX, Version 2.20.0, is now available for download. This new version brings with it several new features and quality of life changes, which were previewed earlier this week in the monthly letter to players from the game's producers. Also launching together with this update are a collection of rallies and events in celebration of Pokémon Masters EX hitting Forty Million downloads, along with a Poké Fair Scout featuring Morty in his new Sygna Suit, in a sync pair with a Shiny Ho-Oh.
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Apr27

Several events have begun in Pokémon Café ReMix to celebrate the Golden Week in Japan

To celebrate Golden Week in Japan, several events have now begun in Pokémon Café ReMix. Golden Week is the name given in Japan to the week from April 29th to May 6th, where four different public holidays, Shōwa Day (昭和の日, Shōwa no Hi), Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日, Kenpō Kinenbi), Greenery Day (みどりの日, Midori no Hi), and Children's Day (子供の日, Kodomo no Hi), occur in rapid succession.
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Apr27

Pokémon: Hisuian Snow, a three-episode animated series produced in collaboration with Wit Studio, will premiere on May 18th

The online animated series set in the Hisui region that was teased during the Pokémon Presents livestream on Pokémon Day 2022 has now been fully revealed. The new three-episode series animated series, titled, "Pokémon: Hisuian Snow", is slated to premiere on May 18, 2022, exclusively on the official Pokémon YouTube channel and Pokémon TV. The series is being produced by The Pokémon Company International in collaboration with WIT STUDIO, who previously worked on 2018's Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us in collaboration with OLM. Wit Studio is best known for producing the first three seasons of Attack on Titan, and has most recently been working on the incredibly popular Ranking of Kings, and this season's Spy × Family.
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Apr27

A Mega Update to Mega Evolution in Pokémon GO is now live in Australia and New Zealand; to be made available globally in near future

Niantic has made some updates to Mega Evolution in Pokémon GO that will make it easier and more rewarding than ever before. These changes are now live in Australia and New Zealand, and will be available globally soon. Mega Evolution is a special kind of Evolution that was first introduced in the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games. It temporarily changes a Pokémon's appearance and increases its strength. In Pokémon GO, Trainers use Mega Energy to Mega Evolve their Pokémon. Not all Pokémon who are able to Mega Evolve in other Pokémon titles are currently eligible to Mega Evolve in Pokémon GO.
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Apr25

Alolan Geodude to be featured in Pokémon GO's May 2022 Community Day event

Niantic has announced that the Rock Pokémon, Alolan Geodude will be the featured Pokémon for May 2022's Pokémon GO Community Day. During this event, Alolan Geodude will be appearing more frequently in the wild, with its Shiny variant also being available. The event will be held on May 21st, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time. Note that this event will only involve Alolan Geodude and its evolution, and will not involve Kantonian Geodude.
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Apr22

Receive Marc0fier0's Dracovish in Pokémon Sword and Shield with code「EU1C2022G1FT」

A limited-time distribution of Dracovish was announced for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield during the 2022 Pokémon Europe International Championships Pokémon VGC Day 1 livestream. This Dracovish is based on the Dracovish used by Marc0fier0 to win the 2020 Pokémon Oceania International Championships. Players can redeem Dracovish using the code「EU1C2022G1FT」. This code can only be redeemed until April 25th, 2022.
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Apr21

Catch the 2022 Pokémon Europe International Championships this weekend on Twitch to receive a code for Marc0fier0's Dracovish

The Pokémon Company International has announced the livestream commentators for the 2022 Pokémon Europe International Championships held this weekend from April 22th - 24th. The event will be broadcast live on the official Twitch accounts of The Pokémon Company International. Some of the world's best Pokémon Trainers will be competing in tournaments including the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games, Pokkén Tournament DX, and for the first time on Pokémon GO.
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Apr19

Twitch (still) plays Pokémon: When spectators become archivists

With Twitch Plays Pokémon slated to feature in the upcoming Catch a Million to Conquer Kids’ Cancer charity event in support of St. Baldrick's Foundation, we thought now might be a good time to share some recent research relating to the Twitch Plays Pokémon phenomenon. This article article from our Open Access series comes from Argyrios "Aris" Emmanouloudis, who completed his PhD on online communities and video game fandom at the University of Amsterdam, and until recently was the Games Programme Coordinator at SAE Institute Amsterdam. This short paper, which presents a case study on the Twitch Plays Pokémon community, was originally presented at FanLIS 2021, an interdisciplinary academic conference which brings together researchers from fandom, fan studies, and library and information science.
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