‘Pokémon GO’ Celebrates Pokémon Day With Pikachu

It may not be as big as some of the other holidays in Pokémon GO, but the app has a little celebration in store to commemorate Pokémon Day, marking the 21st anniversary of the franchise writ large. They’ve given Pikachus found out in the wild a little party hat, available until March 6. Any Pikachus caught during the event will keep their hats forever, but you won’t be able to find new ones once it’s over. A blog post from developer Niantic does not specify whether or not your Pikachu will keep the hat as it evolves to a Raichu:

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We’ve teamed up with our friends at The Pokémon Company International for their annual celebration of all things Pokémon, and we have a special treat for you this Pokémon Day! From February 26 at 1:00 P.M. PST to March 6 at 1:00 P.M. PST, special Pikachu appearing all over the world will be celebrating Pokémon Day by wearing festive party hats. These special Pikachu will keep their party hats forever, but they can only be found during this limited-time celebration, so make sure to keep an eye out for them as you explore!

Pikachu, as the case would seem in the Pokémon GO mythos, is the only Pokémon capable of wearing hats — our little friend also donned a Santa cap for Christmas. Pokémon GO introduced some new customization options for trainers recently, but I’d love to see Niantic push this forward for other Pokémon as well. We know that they’re doing this sort of thing for special events, and I can’t help but think there isn’t some money in the prospect of putting some hats on more of the little creatures. Sunglasses on Squirtle alone could probably send the app back to top of the charts.

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Pokémon GO recently got a big shot in the arm with the release of 80 new Pokémon from the second generation of games, as well a few new gameplay features to give longtime players new ways to interact with the extra content. It sent the game back up to the top of the app charts for a little while, though it’s moved back down a few spots since.

Here’s What Happens When You Evolve Santa Pikachu In ‘Pokémon GO’

While we all sit around and wait for Niantic to announce some sort of real holiday/Christmas event for Pokémon GO, all we can really do is take advantage of the one truly “festive” thing they’ve added to the game so far, Santa Hat Pikachu.

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In Niantic’s December update, they added seven new Gen 2 baby Pokémon, but also sprinkled a bunch of Santa Hat-wearing Pikachus around the map to mark the season.

It isn’t just that existing Pikachus have been transformed, there really are a ton more of them out there, so if you haven’t caught a Pikachu to date, now is your chance, and also to stock up on Pikachu candy for upgrades and evolutions.

Interestingly, Niantic has embedded one more holiday badge of honor in this concept. Normally, when you evolve Pikachu, it just turns into Raichu:

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But this time around, Niantic has made sure that if you decide to evolve your Santa Hat Pikachu, you won’t be disappointed. As you can see, your new Raichu will actually get to keep his hat, and Niantic has promised that both Pikachu and Raichu will still have their hats long after this event is over.

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).

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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.

‘Pokémon GO’ Tricks & Tips: How To Find, Catch Pikachu And Raichu

As the “Pokémon GO” phenomenon continue sweeping the globe, many still do not have a Pikachu in their Pokédex. Now, this guide will explain how to catch Pikachu as a starter Pokémon in the augmented reality game.

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Pikachu can immediately be found toward at the start of the game. Upon creating an account, the Professor will request trainers to catch their first Pokémon: Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle.

To have a Pikachu starter, you simply need to ignore these three starting Pokémon at least four-five times, according to IGN. Continue doing so until the Electric-type Pikachu will show up on your mobile screen, ready for you to catch.

If you missed your chance to get a Pikachu starter, there are a couple of different approaches to track it down. Usually, Pikachu is spawned in areas that are generally considered as industrial, VG 24/7 reported. It is said that players can search for these electric-types of creatures in power plants, factories, and schools, among others.

The use of incense and lures can also boost the odds of catching Pikachu. Nonetheless, it is worth noting that Pokémon trainers should have a couple of Poke Balls prepared since it may take a couple of attempts to successfully catch the electric-type creature.

Pokémon trainers can also breed a Pikachu using an egg instead of catching one in the wild. According to the Pokemon Database, it takes around 11 egg cycles or around 2800 steps to incubate the electric mouse Pokemon. It is said that Pikachu’s red circles on its cheeks are pockets that store electricity.

Although Pikachu does not actually have a set level for evolving into its final form. The electric mouse Pokémon usually evolves into Raichu when exposed to a Thunder Stone.

Raichu, which is usually found in woodlands and forests, is weak to Ground and resistant to Electric, Flying, and Steel. Raichu’s abilities include Static and Surge Surfer.

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In battle, when a Pokémon with Static ability is hit by a move that makes contact, there is a 30 percent risk that the attacking Pokémon will get to be deadened, while the Surge Surfer ability apparently doubles the speed of Raichu when the front line is under the impacts of Electric Terrain.

What’s more, Raichu also has a hidden ability – Lighting Rod. The said ability contains all single -target Electric-type moves to focus on a Pokemon with 100 percent accuracy. It is most helpful in double/triple battles.

Stay tuned for more “Pokémon GO” tips, tricks, news, and updates here.

Pokemon Go Glitch Lets You Hold on to Gyms Indefinitely

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All you need is an egg, and you’ll be able to hold on to Pokemon Go gyms until Niantic releases a fix.

Pokemon Go has seen its fair share of exploits and things that weren’t supposed to happen, and now there seems to be a new glitch that could help players hold on to gyms until Niantic releases a patch to fix it.

Players compete over gyms by tapping on their opponent’s Pokemon. Once a gym is cleared out, players can put one of their own creatures into it, making the gym their own. However, when a player puts an egg in the gym, they can hold on to the gym without worry: enemy players can’t attempt a gym takeover against an egg. You can see for yourself in the video below (via Eurogamer).

Eggs are normally used for hatching new Pokemon by walking certain distances. Because they have no stats, they can’t participate in battles, meaning players can sit on a gym indefinitely. This also means these players can take advantage of the Pokecoin system, which grants owners in-game currency every day they’re in control of the gym.

Niantic is likely to fix this glitch, as this exploit has the potential to render a core part of the game broken. We’ve contacted Niantic for comment and will update this article as we receive more information.

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“Pokemon Go” Guide :Where To Find Pikachu, Gyarados, Snorlax and More

Pokemon GO” players are looking everywhere to find their favorite Pokemon. Here is a “Pokemon GO” guide that will help players find rare Pokemon like Pikachu, Gyarados, Snorlax and more.

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Pokemon GO” is all about gathering items like PokeBalls and catching Pokemon. There are some maps that can help players find rare Pokemon in “Pokemon GO.” Players are using Gotta Catch ‘Em All, Pokecrew, Pokefind, etc to find the rare Pokemon. Some players have reported that these maps are helpful to find them. There is a list of places where chances of finding rare Pokemon are high.

Pikachu

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Those who have caught or found Pikachu, they probably did so near parks or near railway tracks. The Verge contributor, Tom Warren, reported that he found Pikachu in Haven Green Park by the Ealing Broadway station, London. Warren also added a photo that shows three Pikachu in Haven Green Park. One of the readers commented that he caught Pikachu while he was travelling to his office by train.

However, it is not guaranteed that the players will definitely find Pikachu at or near these places. It could just increase your chances to find one.

Gyarados

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Gyarados is one of the most rare Pokemon. There is no specific place to find Gyarados. However, players can obtain Gyarados by evolving Magikarp. It is not an easy task. The player will have to collect 400 Magikarp Candy. The good news is that Magikarp is everywhere. While hunting for Gyarados, players can increase the chances of evolving Magikarp Candy. So, don’t miss it.

Snorlax

Snorlax is among the most rare Pokemon as it does not have any specific habitat. It falls under the ‘Mythical’ category. The players who have caught Snorlax found it in random areas. The players need a bit of luck to find this Snorlax.

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Magnemite can be found near power plants or industrial areas. It falls under the “Epic” category and is an Electric/Steel type Pokemon. Some players have also found Magnemite during thunderstorms. However, it is advised not to look for it in dangerous storms as it is not sure that the players will find Magnemite in those conditions.

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How to play Pokémon Go: From Pokéstops to Gyms, Lures and eggs

Pokémon Go is available now – here’s how to get started and what to expect

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Pokémon Go is now officially out in more than 30 countries. Here’s how to get started on your real-world Pokémon journey.

The mobile game, which lets you catch Pokémon in augmented reality as you explore the world around you, has begun rolling out to Google Play and the App Store in certain countries.

In preparation for your own Pokémon journey, WIRED has tips on what to expect from the game and how to play.

First Steps
Despite shifting to phones from handheld games consoles, Pokémon Go feels very familiar if you’ve ever played a core series game before. You’ll meet the newest Pokémon Professor, Professor Willow, who’ll guide you on your way and explain the world of Pokémon.

First though, you’ll name and customise your character. You can choose male or female avatars, and choose their skin tone and some other basic aesthetic features. You’ll also pick out an outfit – there are essentially three complete costumes, but the parts can be mixed and matched to create a more individual look. You’ll level up as a Pokémon Trainer as you progress, which makes more Pokémon available for capture and allows you to take on gym battles.

Be warned: once you’ve customised your avatar, you cannot change your selections so choose wisely.

The actual gameplay tutorial is fairly brief. Willow gives you a Pokéball and sends you off to catch your first Pokémon – one of the original starter trio from the original Pokémon Red and Blue, Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle – and introduces you to the basic mechanics. This is also your first chance to check out the augmented reality feature of the game, which places your target Pokémon into your surroundings, using your phone’s camera. Flick a Pokéball in their direction and they’re yours, but future captures won’t be so easy.

How to get Pikachu as a starter
The team at Polygon has discovered a way to bypass the original trio and select Pikachu as a starter in Pokémon Go instead.

Instead of selecting Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle, walk away from the trio to make them disappear. If you are able to repeat this four times, they return with Pikachu. However, as Polygon explained, this can be difficult. Polygon’s full instructions can be found here.

YouTube channel Game Informer has also released a video tutorial on how to achieve this.

Catch ‘em All
The method of catching Pokémon is probably the biggest difference between Pokémon Go and the core games. While you’ll still encounter them in the wild, you won’t actually battle them or whittle their health down. Instead, successful capture is determined by the Pokémon’s level, the type of Pokéball used, and even your throwing technique. If you’re playing with AR switched on, you’ll also want to centre the critter in the screen as best you can, and keep your phone steady for improved results. AR isn’t mandatory though – if you play without, you’ll simply have an entirely digital encounter.

The Pokémon you encounter will depend on where you are in the real world. Walk along a canal or river, and you’ll encounter more water-types; a park might yield more grass-types. Quite where you’ll meet some of the more exotic types, such as psychic, we haven’t quite figured out yet.

Evolving your Pokémon
Fans of the show will know that certain characters can be evolved either once or twice. Charmander, for example, can evolve into Charmeleon and then into Charizard and with each evolution, their moves and special moves evolve too.

To evolve your characters in Pokémon Go, you’ll need to collect Candies and Stardust. Every capture you make increases your Stardust, but you need to catch the same character multiple times to get character-specific Candies. For example, each time you catch Charmander you’ll get three Charmander candies and you need 50 to evolve into Charmeleon.

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You can’t use candies from one character to evolve another. You can also get more Candies by transferring individual Pokémon back to Professor Willow, but this only produces one candy per transfer.

Below each Pokémon on their respective information page is a Stardust gauge, the number of Candies you have as well as their special moves. In addition to using Stardust to evolve your Pokémon, it can also be used to boost a character’s combat points (CP).

Keep in mind that rarer Pokémon – particularly starters – will be much harder to evolve purely on the basis of scarcity.

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Ultimately, a Pokémon’s CP gives it its strength, but you also need to consider its health points (HP) and the points next to their special moves. CP can be boosted using Stardust, but the move points are harder to change to it’s better to have more accurate or powerful moves and then a higher CP than transfer Pokémon based purely on lower CP. When you power up a Pokémon, this also increases the character’s HP.

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How to use a Pokéstop
Pokémon Go uses landmarks in your vicinity to create Pokéstops and Pokémon Gyms, and everything from national monuments to local curiosities can be a discovery in the game.

Walk along the street, and a nearby plaque or historical object can serve as a Pokéstop. These appear as cubes until you are close enough to use them. Once close enough, the cube becomes a circle and selecting it shows you landmark that is plotted by this Pokéstop.

This image becomes a spinning marker. Spin the marker until its blue colour becomes a light purple and it releases Pokéballs. As you move through the levels, you can also collect Potions, Revive tokens, Lure modules, Razz Berries and Great Balls among other gifts.

How to use and battle at Gyms
Gyms are different to Pokéstops. Although they’re placed in the real world like Pokéstops, they can’t be challenged until you reach Pokémon Trainer level five. At this point you will also be asked to pick a team – Team Mystic, Team Valor and Team Instinct – which are blue, red and yellow respectively. Gyms offer the only form of Pokémon battles in the game, pitting you against a rival’s team. There aren’t any moves to select either – victory is determined by your Pokémon’s Combat Power (CP), while fights themselves involve tapping to attack and swiping to dodge.

The majority of Gyms will have already been claimed by a team and you can determine which team currently occupies that Gym because they are colour-coded, either red, blue or yellow. If the Gym is white, it means it isn’t currently occupied or is between owners.

You don’t have to battle against rival teams, however. You can battle at friendly Gyms with people on the same team colour. This will help boost the ‘prestige’ of your team’s Gym. Battling at rival Gyms lowers its prestige until its weak enough to be taken over.

Once your team owns a Gym, you have the option to leave a Pokemon behind at your team’s gym to aid in its defence. This will remove it from your Pokédex and place it in the line-up at the Gym until it is defeated. The longer you are in the Gym, the better your endurance and you will be rewarded with PokéCoins to increase your strength.

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Using incense and Lures
Players can either buy incense or collect them from Pokéstops. The same applies for Lures. Incense can be placed around you to attract Pokémon to your vicinty and lasts 30 minutes. This will move as you move and only you can see it.

Lures can be placed around nearby Pokéstops, for example. Lures appear as glittering purple and blue markers and any player can see them.

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Revive, Potions and Razz Berries
As you level up, catching Pokémon will be trickier. It may take a couple of attempts, especially if the Pokémon’s Combat Points (CP) are particularly high. You can increase your chances by feeding them Razz Berries.

After a battle in the gym, your Pokémons’ Health Points (HP) will drop. Click on damaged Pokémons and use either a Revive token or a Potion to boost their health.

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Revive is a medicine that can revive fainted Pokémon. It also restores half of a fainted Pokémon’s maximum HP.

A Potion is a spray-type medicine for treating wounds. It restores the HP of one Pokémon by 20 points.

Eggs and catching rare Pokémon

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Certain Pokéstops release eggs. These eggs contain a number of rare Pokémons but they need to be incubated. Every player gets an incubator that can be used infinite times. You can also collect or buy additional incubators.

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When you collect an egg, they sit in a separate tab in the Pokémon menu. Under each egg is a distance – 2km, 5km or 10km. This is how long you need to walk for these eggs to hatch. However, the walking ‘timer’ only begins when the egg is in an incubator and kilometres only count if the app is open as you walk.

This can be a big drain on battery. To combat this problem, Niantic has included a battery saving mode in the settings menu – select it and the screen will black out when the phone is being held by a player’s side or in their pockets.

If you put your phone onto Vibrate or Loud mode, you can also hold the phone by your side (with the app open) and be notified when a Pokémon appears in your vicinity. This will spare you from constantly looking at your phone and put you less at risk of muggers, for example.

There are also companies who will do the legwork, literally, for you. Fantastic Services, for example, is currently offering a service in which someone will walk the 10km needed to hatch certain eggs for you. They will also collect eggs, Pokéballs and other goodies from Pokéstops along the way for a fee. This does mean handing your phone over to a stranger, though, which may not be preferable.

Learn more about hatching eggs with WIRED’s guide

Count the PokéPennies
Pokémon Go is free-to-play, but it does include microtransactions. Virtual Pokécoins are sold at the following rates:

100 – £0.79
550 – £3.99
1200 – £7.99
2500 – £14.99
5200 – £29.99
14,500 – £79.99

Coins are then spent on items, including extra Pokéballs that you’ll need to actually catch Pokémon you encounter, support items such as incense to attract rarer creatures, eggs that hatch into new Pokémon, and upgrades for both your item backpack and Pokémon storage. Although you get proportionally more coins the more real-world money you spend, just shy of £80 is a lot to ask for the highest tier package.

However, the game isn’t a complete cash-grab. Like most free-to-play titles, Pokémon Go can provide everything you need without parting with cash – it just requires a bit of patience. Every Pokéstop you reach provides free items when you activate it, and although the selection is entirely random, it’s the easiest and cheapest way to restock your supplies.

Power Through
Or: remember to bring a back up battery. Between GPS location tracking, an active screen, and generating augmented reality creatures to capture, Pokémon Go is a power-hog. While the beta was absolutely monstrous in this regard – we went through a full charge in roughly three hours – the final version is only somewhat improved, with gamers in New Zealand and the US still reporting significant battery drainage after only short periods of play. Niantic is aware of the issue, saying “we are working on a solution”.

In the meantime, the only real option for a lengthy play session is to carry a power bank for your device. Depending on the form factor, it could prove fiddly to hold both, but it’s currently the best way to avoid your phone dying while you try to catch a Rattata. Failing that, the nation’s coffee shops can soon expect Pokémon battles of a different sort as players start dropping in to recharge over a latte. Just don’t forget your charger.

Wear Sunscreen
Not just good life advice – Pokémon Go is is intrinsically an outdoor, active game, and that means you’ll be exposed to the elements while you hunt down the Pokémon in the world around you.

Obviously, many players will be playing Pokémon Go in small bursts inbetween their daily routines, but for anyone planning to dedicate a chunk of time to playing, they should factor in some basic preparations that don’t quite apply when you’re battling the Elite Four in Pokémon games on your 3DS. You’ll be walking a lot, and while that’s good for health reasons – you’ll rapidly hit 10 to 12k steps on the hunt – you’ll want comfortable shoes to do so. You’ll also want actual sunscreen on hot days (we got slightly burnt ourselves) and appropriate weather protection otherwise.

Also, be considerate of people around you, and pay attention to where you are. While the game is already a hit, not everyone will appreciate you stopping suddenly in the street to visit a Pokéstop or take on a Gym Battle. Like Ingress, Niantic’s other GPS-enabled explorathon game, part of Pokémon Go‘s charm is in discovering the hidden cultural artifacts around you. To really enjoy the game, stop for a minute and appreciate where it’s taken you, before ploughing ahead on filling your Pokédex.

With Pokémon Go, Nintendo Seeks to Salvage Lost Opportunity

A Pokémon character on a street in London during a game of Pokémon Go. The augmented-reality game came about because Nintendo has gone years without a hit and was forced to find partners.

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HONG KONG — A video game featuring combative little critters called Pokémon hits mobile devices, and millions of fans are hooked. Players around the world search for rare and valuable Pokémon and connect with each other to do battle.

Today? That was 18 years ago.

Nintendo, the Japanese video game company that helped start the current Pokémon Go craze, first shook up the industry in 1998, when the original version of Pokémon became a surprise hit in America. That version, played on its Game Boy portable game device, presaged the current era of smartphone games, a world where titles like Candy Crush and Clash of Clans command billion-dollar price tags.

Nintendo — which took an early lead in mobile gaming and then proceeded to blow it — offers a lesson in how corporate cultures can make or break a company, especially those that are pioneers in a field. Nintendo’s drive has helped the Kyoto-based company produce some of the world’s most beloved games and play a major role in creating the modern global video game industry.

Yet that same stubbornness and perfectionism led to missed opportunities. It skipped smartphones and app stores and dismissed partnering with other companies with potentially better ideas. If Nintendo is easily likened to Apple for its autocratic insistence on groundbreaking innovation, it is also like Xerox in that it has failed to take advantage of ideas as valuable as the mouse.

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Pokémon Go, this month’s gaming phenomenon, came about only because Nintendo has gone years without a hit and was forced to find partners. In this case it teamed up with Niantic Inc., an American start-up that was once part of Google and provides the technology that puts Pikachu and its bestial friends in the real world.

“It’s quite a big change,” said Serkan Toto, a game industry consultant in Tokyo. If Niantic had pitched Pokémon Go two years earlier, he said, “Nintendo wouldn’t have just said no, they wouldn’t even have listened.”

A Nintendo spokesman declined to comment.

Nintendo has shown before that it can adapt. It got its start making playing cards in 1889. By the 1970s it was designing video games, leading to the release of the Donkey Kong video game machine in 1981.

Many of its ideas offered a glimpse into the future of video games. In 1983, it added a modem port to the home video game console that would eventually become the popular Nintendo Entertainment System, decades ahead of a time when Xbox and PlayStation gamers connect with one another around the world.

“They were pushing the envelope so much earlier than anyone realizes,” said Jeff Ryan, author of the book “Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America.”

Nintendo was still riding high on the success of its video game consoles in 1998 when it released the first Pokémon hand-held video game in America. Based on the childhood bug collecting passion of its creator, Satoshi Tajiri, it let players seek out and collect Pokémon, then train them into powerful warriors.

Nintendo assumed Pokémon would not catch on in America: “It was role-playing, with minimal graphics, battles that ended with one fighter ‘fainting’ instead of dying, and an obsessive compulsive goal of finding 150 critters wandering in the woods,” Mr. Ryan wrote.

But it also had cutting-edge innovations. Players could connect their Game Boys with a cable to battle each other, foreshadowing today’s connected mobile games. It was also an early example of what the gaming industry would come to call casual games: Games that can be put down and picked up again whenever the user likes.

Many games of the era had an end, like a big villain to defeat, that players could race to if they focused on the game for hours or days. Even after collecting all the Pokémon and defeating increasingly powerful opponents, a player could keep playing and battling friends.

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The game sold more than 200 million copies, according to Nintendo, and spawned a cartoon television show and a lucrative line of Pokémon trading cards.

Smartphones seemed like a natural fit for Pokémon when they emerged more than a decade later. The Pokémon Company, which owns the Pokémon characters and is partially owned by Nintendo, released a free app game to promote the trading cards in 2011. But Nintendo said it would not sell games on any app stores.

Changes in the game industry made that increasingly difficult. A growing number of gamers were casual gamers who did not have all day to sit in front of a console in their homes. While Nintendo’s Wii console, with its motion controller, was a hit, its successor, the Wii U, was a disappointment.

Nintendo was at a crossroads in other ways. In 2013, its longtime president, Hiroshi Yamauchi, died. Last year, Satoru Iwata, a former Nintendo chief executive and a game designer who supported the Pokémon Go project, also died.

Pokémon Go demonstrates that Nintendo’s stable of characters — which also includes the mustachioed plumber Mario, a princess named Zelda, and her savior, Link — can form the basis for others to develop lucrative mobile games. But that would turn Nintendo into a different kind of company — one, Mr. Ryan says, that is content to hit singles and doubles rather than swing for the fences.

“It would make them a ton of money and it would secure their reputation for 100 years,” he said. “But it would also not make them Nintendo anymore.”

Pikachu-themed Pokkén Tournament controller announced, duke it out with the electric mascot

To help Pokémon Pikachu trainers across the globe leap into the rough and tough action of Pokkén Tournament, HORI released the Pro Pad controller. Now that players have gotten the chance to break in the arcade-like gamepad, a new design has been announced. The company is releasing a special edition Pikachu version of the fight pad because who doesn’t love Pikachu?

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Based off of the series mascot itself, the new controller’s design is particularly interesting. Instead of using the same encompassing yellow and blue pattern from the Pikachu themed Nintendo 64 controller, HORI’s fight pad takes on Pikachu’s actual color scheme. It is dominantly yellow, but it also features borders of brown, black and red. Most importantly, the controller still features the same button layout as HORI’s original Pro Pad for those who want to step away from the Nintendo Wii U’s traditional Pro controller layout.

Unfortunately, there is no word regarding the controller’s release outside of Japan. It is compatible with Wii U consoles from anywhere in the world for those who are willing to import to get their hands on another Pokémon-themed collector’s edition peripheral. HORI’s Pikachu Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad is set to launch in Japan sometime in June.

Build-A-Bear Pikachu Images And Details Released

Build-A-Bear Workshop has released new images and details for the Pikachu Build-A-Bear.

Pikachu will be available at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in North America, Europe and Australia, and online at BuildABear.com in late December. Beginning today, fans can pre-order the exclusive Pikachu offerings at buildabear.com/pokemon. The pre-order options will be available while supplies last, or until the product is released.

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Those interested in owning their own Pikachu will two options to choose from:

The online-only package will include a pre-stuffed Pikachu plush; an online-only sound chip; a Poké Ball hoodie; an online-only Charizard costume; and a Build-A-Bear Workshop-branded Pokémon TCG card. After completing a pre-order purchase for the online package, guests will receive an email confirmation of their order and a secondary email message once the product ships. Guests will not be charged until the order ships.
The make-your-own Pikachu plush—that comes with a Build-A-Bear Workshop-branded Pokémon TCG card as a gift with purchase—will only be sold in stores following the pre-sale. (A Poké Ball hoodie will also be sold separately at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores only once the product is in stores.) After completing a pre-order for the in-store plush, guests will receive an e-gift card via email and then a secondary email message when their pre-ordered Pikachu plush is ready for pick up at their designated Build-A-Bear Workshop store. After receiving the pick-up notice email, guests can present a printed copy of their e-gift card or show the e-gift card to a Build-A-Bear Workshop associate on their mobile device or smartphone to receive their make-your-own Pikachu plush that will be stuffed and stitched in store.