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Pokémon’s 21st birthday is gonna get wild

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Pokémon Day, which commemorates the franchise’s birthday, is Feb. 27, and this year’s looks to be a big one. Pokémon is finally of drinking age this year, and The Pokémon Company is holding several events to honor the big 21. The whole list of Pokémon Day festivities is on the official Pokémon website, including things to buy and special items appearing in games like Pokémon Go. Here’s the round-up of how fans should spend Feb. 27: From Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. PT until March 6 at 1 p.m. PT, all wild Pikachu in Pokémon Go will be wearing appropriate party hats to show just how hard they’re celebrating the series’ 21st birthday. These special Pikachu will wear the party hats forever, apparently — because why ever stop partying? Pokémon TV, the online and mobile streaming platform where fans...

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All the Nintendo accounts you need for your Switch

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Nintendo has developed a bit of a reputation for sending console and handheld owners through the rigamarole of its online services. The company has juggled friend codes, a variety of IDs, friend codes again and, most recently, an account system that appears to be more akin to that of Nintendo’s competitors. But knowing which accounts are required for what remains inscrutable to Nintendo fans of all kinds. Now that the Switch is mere days away, it’s time to take stock of every ID, account and service that hopeful owners will need in order to get the most out of their consoles. Laying it all out there should make keeping track of what’s what slightly less terrifying ... even if only slightly. Nintendo Account The unified Nintendo Account system is the most important one to have as a...

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Breath of the Wild’s DLC plan shouldn’t shock Nintendo fans

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Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will have a $20 downloadable expansion pass, much to the dismay of many fans. While a season pass for a Zelda game may seem like a novel thing for Nintendo, the company has long dabbled in pricey premium content — and largely with success. Dating back to the Nintendo 3DS’ early days, Nintendo has released DLC in the form of level packs, costumes and characters for some of its most popular games. While these have often been made available for free, some of the company’s most popular games received some costly new content. Fire Emblem Awakening is an early example. Not only did Nintendo sell more playable characters, but new premium maps included exclusive story content. While these were tangential to the game’s main...

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Pokémon Sun and Moon’s latest giveaway is kind of a bust

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Pokémon trainers can swing by GameStop from now until March 5 to pick up a special item for Sun and Moon: a single silver bottle cap. But those already deep into the metagame likely have enough of these to spare, making this one of the more disappointing giveaways in some time. The bottle cap item is used for Hyper Training, a new feature that allows players to boost and maximize their Pokémon’s individual value stats, or IVs. Having a swath of bottle caps is useful for those who want to power up multiple members of their fighting team, and they’re not easy to find. Bottle caps — which come in both silver and the rarer gold varieties — are only obtainable through select means. That would seem to make the GameStop promotion a good deal. Typically, players must fish around or use the...

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Pokémon Sun and Moon’s third global mission sounds just as tough as the the last two

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Pokémon Sun and Moon’s third global mission is live, encouraging all trainers to head to the Global Trade Station by Feb. 14. The goal this time around is for players to trade a total of one million Pokémon between them, yet another lofty aim in the challenging global mission series. In order to win the grand prize of 2,000 Festival Coins, players need to access the online Game Sync feature and trade as many Pokémon as they can by Feb. 14. Anyone who participates will receive 200 Festival Coins, but if everyone hits the reach goal of two million trades by the event’s end, they’ll also win a Friend Ball. The pressure is on for this go-around. The previous two global missions were pretty much disasters, with a small percentage of players hitting their marks before the events’ end dates....

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Nintendo pledges to keep making games for Nintendo 3DS

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Nintendo’s new console-handheld hybrid, Nintendo Switch, won’t be a replacement for its current handheld platform, the Nintendo 3DS, company president Tatsumi Kimishima said in a recent investor briefing (PDF). Nintendo will continue to develop games for the 3DS family of systems, he said in response to continued speculation that the Switch will wholly replace the handhelds. That’s something Kimishima also said shortly after the Switch was unveiled in October. “Thanks to our software, the 3DS hardware is still growing. So that business still has momentum,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. “And certainly rather than being cannibalized by the Switch, we think the 3DS can continue in its own form.” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime reiterated that philosophy in a recent...

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Pokémon Sun and Moon’s incredible success means the 3DS’ future is bright

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Pokémon Sun and Moon are selling at a mind-boggling rate, and they’re on track to be the most popular games in the entire Nintendo 3DS library. With their staggering success — and a corresponding increase in 3DS hardware sales — it seems that reports of the handheld’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Nintendo launched Pokémon Sun and Moon worldwide on Nov. 18, the Friday before Thanksgiving. By the end of the month, sales in the Americas had topped 3.7 million units, making them Nintendo’s fastest-selling games ever in that region. The momentum only increased from that point forward: Nintendo announced today that it sold a whopping 14.69 million copies of Pokémon Sun and Moon by the end of 2016. The span between Nov. 18 and Dec. 31 is just 44 days long, which means that Nintendo was...

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Pokémon Sun and Moon to receive new Mega Stone distribution

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A promotion launching for Pokémon Sun and Moon next month will allow players to collect previously unobtainable Mega Stones, the Japanese Global Link site says. This will allow players to gather and use even more of these special battle items, which were introduced to the franchise with Pokémon X and Y. In order to receive these Mega Stones, players must participate in online competitions. The first of these campaigns will take place in late February, according to the Global Link. Those who take part will receive the Mega Stones for Mawile and Beedrill as a gift. More Mega Stones are due in the future, with no timeline or further details yet specified. All future giveaways will include Mega Stones not already available in Sun and Moon, however. Although Mega Evolutions and their...

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Pokémon Sun and Moon cheaters banned from online services

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Nearly 6,000 Pokémon Sun and Moon players have been banned from using the Global Link, the game’s main online feature. In an announcement on the Japanese Global Link page, The Pokémon Company confirmed that players with “illegal save data” have been barred from going online. 5,954 players have been caught cheating thus far. That typically means they’ve used hacks, modifications and other means to alter items and trainer info, or that they’ve used “illegal” Pokémon in online competitions or trades. It’s unclear which particular cheats are getting players in trouble with The Pokémon Company, however — and whether those who simply received hacked Pokémon unwittingly are now facing the consequences too. We’ve reached out for clarification on what gets players booted from the Global Link. T...

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Pokémon Bank’s Mew glitch ban cracked by Sun and Moon players

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A compatibility update for Pokémon Bank, the Nintendo 3DS storage app, finally made the software usable in Pokémon Sun and Moon this week. Just days after the update went live, however, users have already figured out a way to circumvent Pokémon Bank’s ban on one popular, hard-to-obtain legendary. Although Pokémon Bank users get a special item for Mew, one of the rarest Pokémon, it’s almost impossible to capture the monster through official methods. Instead, many who play the Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow have used a glitch to get Mew into their collections. A video explaining how that works is below. But Pokémon Bank won’t allow players to move over Mew obtained through this glitch into Sun and Moon — unless they use this extremely complex method, which is...

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