Pokémon Generations: Relive the Pokémon Games in Brand New Animated Shorts

The Pokémon franchise is 20 years old this year! Not only do we have Pokémon GO, new main-series games on the way in Sun and Moon, an update to the Pokémon anime to go along with them, and rereleases of the originals on 3DS, but now we’ve got one more way to celebrate with Pokémon Generations.

The new animated shorts from The Pokémon Company are separate from the existing Pokémon anime and focus on highlighting specific elements of the game series. The first episode, above, follows a Pikachu caught in Viridian Forest through a series of scenes that represent each generation of Pokémon games—without the trademark voice, which is a bit jarring—but Generations doesn’t stop there. They’ll be releasing a new episode every week to close out Pokémon‘s 20th year:

Pokémon Generations revisits each generation of the Pokémon video game series to shed new light on some timeless moments. From the earliest days in the Kanto region to the splendor of the Kalos region, go behind the scenes and witness Pokémon history with new eyes! These bite-sized adventures, about 3 to 5 minutes long, will be released every week through December 23, 2016.”


Episode 2 mashes together X/Y character Detective Looker and generation one Team Rocket boss Giovanni in a detective story, absent any antics from our usual Pokémon protagonists. As the weeks go on, it should be fun to see what other alternate types of Pokémon stories we get. I’m still waiting for the untold story of the NPC who follows you from gym to gym to cheer you on, AKA Red’s dad.

(via Polygon, featured image via The Pokémon Company)

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Everything you need to know for Halloween at Disneyland, Knott’s Scary Farm 2016

The Hitchhiking ghosts, shadow men, ghouls, and villains will scare guests from atop floats along Main Street, U.S.A. in a new parade at Disneyland.


At Knott’s Berry Farm, a new virtual-reality attraction will place visitors in the middle of a horror movie.

Halloween season for theme parks kicks off this week.

RELATED: Here are all the big Halloween attractions in Southern California for 2016

Starting Thursday and select nights up to Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm will transform into it’s very scary alter ego, Knott’s Scary Farm, where more than 1,000 costumed monsters await.

Beginning Friday and not far away, Disneyland will host a family friendly Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Here’s a guide on what’s new, where to buy discount tickets, what to wear, and tips to get the most out of your visit:


What’s new? The Frightfully Fun parade: This cavalcade will feature floats of the three hitchhiking ghosts, Jack and Sally from the “Nightmare Before Christmas,” Dr. Facilier and his shadow men, and Disney’s other famous villains such as the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Ville.

What’s returning? Jack-o’-lanterns decorated across Disneyland, the Cadaver Dans, and the Ghost Galaxy overlay of Space Mountain. The Halloween Screams firework show and Haunted Mansion Holiday are also back. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” overlay of the Haunted Mansion has a new gingerbread house decoration and a full-size Sally model.

What to wear? Disney prohibits visitors ages 14 and older from wearing masks or certain costumes. Children under 13 can wear costumes and masks so long as they don’t entirely cover the face. For those 14 and older, guests are allowed to don face and body makeup, themed shirts, blouses and sweatshirts.

Cost: $79 to $89 (separate from the regular day pass).

Parking: $18 at the Mickey and Friends structure and Toy Story Lot.

Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 6 to 11 p.m; Fridays and Saturdays: 7 p.m. to midnight.

Discounts: Annual passholders receive $7 off the $79 tickets with advance purchase.

Tips: Disney gives guests small bags but you might want to bring your own. There are several trick-or-treat stops, and employees are generous with handing out candy and health treats.

More: disneyland.com



What’s new? FearVR: 5150. For a $10 to $15 extra charge, visitors can get sucked into a horror experience that culminates with them getting strapped into a dingy brown wheelchair and donning a virtual-reality headset, where they will feel like they are in the middle of a horror movie. Other additions: a redesigned Special Ops: Infected, a new scare zone featuring the Headless Horseman, and two haunted mazes – the Red Barn and Shadow Lands.

What’s returning? The fog is back where 1,000 costumed monsters throughout different areas of the park will unexpectedly jump out to scare guests. Elvira will headline her own show, “Elvira’s Danse Macabre.” The Tooth Fairy, Paranormal Inc. and other haunted mazes are back as well.

Cost: $72 at the door (separate from the regular day pass).

Parking: $20. All-season parking is $65.

What to wear? Visitors are not allowed to wear costumes.

Hours: Thursdays, Sundays and Halloween Night: 7 pm to 1 a.m.; select Fridays and Saturdays: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Discounts: Tickets on Knotts.comare $40 to $52, depending on the night. Passholders receive an additional $5 off. Purchase a special cup at Subway to save up to $34. Visitors can also get tickets ranging from $35-47 by going to visitbuenapark.com and clicking the coupon titled “Killer Knott’s Scary Farm Deals.”

It’s Not a Game, But Nintendo’s Mario Is at Last on Steam

It’s been a great month for unexpected Nintendo news. First there was Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto showing off an official Mario game for iOS at Apple’s iPhone event, and now we have The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 popping up on the Steam digital distribution platform. But hold up before you rush off to download it! That’s not the Super Mario Bros. 3, seller of 17 million copies and lauded as one of the greatest video games of all time. Instead, it’s a 26-episode series based on it that aired in the latter months of 1990.


And now 13 of those episodes are available for streaming on Steam for $17.81 or $1.99 each, amounting to what appears to count as Mario‘s first appearance on the platform. Cinedigm, itself a major digital distributor, is responsible for the release. To give you a taste of what’s in store, here’s a YouTube version of “Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas,” one of the episodes included in the Steam package.

I remember liking it at the time, but of course I also remember loving Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby” and M.C. Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” earlier that same year. So my judgement may be a little suspect in this regard. Oh, and at least one of those episodes has covers of two songs by Milli Vanilli.

So it’s not the legendary game. But it’s a fun romp anyway, taking Princess Toadstool and everyone’s favorite two plumbers to real-world locations from London and Venice to Los Angeles and Cape Canaveral. There’s even a bit of continuity between episodes, which was hard to find in 1989′s Super Mario Bros. Super Show.


One thing it lacks, though, is Lou Albano shuffling around in crimson overalls and commanding us to “Do the Mario!” Kids have it so much worse these days.

Watch: First trailer for Universal’s Despicable Me spin-off Minions

Universal Pictures Ireland has sent us over the trailer for their forthcoming Minions, a spin-off of their excellent series Despicable Me. Want to know the origin of your favorite and cutest villain sidekicks? Well now you can!


The film is an origin story and sees a trio of Minions in 1960’s London working for the world’s first-ever female super-villain.

Sandra Bullock will voice Scarlet Overkill, the villain of the film, with Jon Hamm voicing her husband, inventor Herb Overkill.

Minions is out in Ireland on June 26th.


The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minions kind…from annihilation.

Pokemon Go will now let you walk the world with Pikachu

The new Buddy feature lets you take any of your favorite Pokemon out of their Pokeball and walk around in-game with your trainer avatar.

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Do you want that Ash Ketchum lifestyle of always having Pikachu by your side? Pokemon Go is letting you have just that.

On Friday, game developer Niantic said a new Buddy feature will let players select their favorite Pokemon to walk alongside them within the game.

“Unique in-game rewards and experiences” will unlock once your creature is walking with you, Niantic said, including earning Candy for going on the journey together (as opposed to trading Pokemon away forever to get Candy).


Players will also be able to change their Buddy Pokemon at any time, so you can give both your Snorlax and Psyduck a walk whenever you want.

This official announcement comes two days after players reportedly mined the game’s code, uncovering details about the feature. It is also the latest feature to be added since the “Appraise” option was added in August, allowing a player’s team leader to offer advice about the creatures they have caught.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts this week at Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the popular separately ticketed seasonal event, returns to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park on 29 select nights starting September 2 through October 31.

New 'Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular' Show during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Magic Kingdom Park will host the slightly spooky after-hours party from 7 p.m. – midnight on select nights between this Friday and Halloween night. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party features Disney characters donning Halloween costumes, while partygoers navigate treat trails collecting candy throughout a Magic Kingdom themed out for the season. Partygoers can dress up in Halloween costumes and ride their favorite Magic Kingdom attractions.
Entertainment features the twice-nightly “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” and “HalloWishes,” a green and orange fireworks spectacle complete with Disney villains, caps the evening festivities. Returning for a second year, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show brings together Disney Villains and the mischievous Sanderson sisters three times each party night.

Party dates for 2016 are: September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29 & 30 and October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 & 31. Guests may visit Disneyworld.com/Halloween for party dates and prices, or call 407-W-DISNEY.

Guests also can purchase tickets to a special dessert party taking place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party. Here, guests have access to a buffet of sweet treats and specialty non-alcoholic beverages, and will receive preferred viewing for the 8:30 p.m. performance of Mickey’s “Boo-too-You” Halloween Parade, as well as preferred viewing for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular. For dates, prices and to make reservations for the dessert party, guests may call (407) 939-5262.

Mickey and Minnie decked out for "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party"

Party guests can also make dining reservations at some table-service restaurants in the park, including Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table and Crystal Palace. To reserve a table during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, guests may call (407) WDW-DINE or visit DisneyWorld.com/Dining.

For a peek at the tricks and treats in store at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, watch our full video of last year’s Hocus Pocus show: