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Pokémon Played Baseball And It Was Insane

For the first time in 18 years, the Pokémon anime featured baseball—er, “Pokébase.” That, and some truly bonkers animation. The last time a Pokémon anime featured baseball, it wasn’t nearly as bananas. This time, though… Pokémon Sun Moon airs every Thursday in Japan at 6:55pm. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Whoa, Your Pokémon Can Die In The New Magikarp Game

Magikarp Jump, a game about raising Pokémon’s most useless monster, is out today for iOS and Android. It is just as much a game about training Magikarp as it is a game about losing your Magikarp in horrible ways. I have been playing the game for about two hours, and I am terrified about making the wrong choice and letting my beautiful boy Magikarp die. The game is low-key vicious, though it might not seem that way at first. Like many Pokémon games, Magikarp Jump begins by introducing you to an older guide. This time, it’s not a professor, but rather an old Magikarp trainer who becomes the mayor of a small town obsessed with Magikarp: I’m guessing that all those inexplicable trainers with six Magikarp in the main games hail from this place. Advertisement Advertisement Anyway, instead of picking a starter as you would in the main games, you have to pick one of three rods: Depending on which rod you pick, you will get a Magikarp with random stats and patterns. It’s a small touch, but the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Normally, A Competitive Pokémon Match Between These Top Players Wouldn't Happen

There are many ways to play competitive Pokémon, and each format has its own group of top players. These groups usually don’t cross paths, but YouTubers created an online league to remedy that. Last weekend, two elite trainers from the singles community took on their “doubles” counterparts in a clash of the titans. Joey “pokéaimMD” and “Lord Emvee” both have a respectable list of tournament wins and moments at the top of online ladders as singles players. Meanwhile, Wolfe Glick and Markus Stadter are both world-class doubles players who compete in the official tournament series, the Pokémon Video Game Championship. The former is the 2016 world champion while the latter finished third. Both pairs also happen to be best friends who joined the Multi-Battle League to stake their claim in a lesser-played competitive format. (Disclosure: I am an analyst for this league, meaning I participate in round-table discussions of the league and weekly match previews.) Unlike singles, players fight with two Pokémon on the field at a time in a multi-battle. Yet, unlike the doubles format, each side splits control of their team among two trainers. This forces players to, among other things, come to agreements on team-building and in-game…

News

You can now buy a $258,000 Pokemon watch

Ultra high-end Swiss watch maker Romain Jerome have revealed two new Pokemon watches that retail for a stunning $258,000 apiece. The watches feature all that fancy Swiss watch design and mechanics that watches in that price range are known for, and they sport Pokemon design faces.One design features Pikachu, while the other features a collage of various Pokemon characters. So that when you’re out playing Pokemon Go, now people actually have a reason to rob you.Here’s what the $258,000 Pokemon watches look like:Source (thanks for the tip, Chris!) READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Pokemon GO Developer Niantic Teases “This Summer Will Be Legendary”

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Pokémon Sun and Moon Mod Is A Hardcore Overhaul 

Pokémon Nova Sun and Umbra Moon is a mechanical rework of last year’s big Pokémon releases meant to give fans a challenging Pokémon experience. Battles in this mod are tougher thanks to a combination of high levels, a more intense difficulty curve, and an AI that uses actual competitive strategies. Here’s the trailer: Created by Dio Vento, Nova Sun and Umbra Moon introduces a staggering number of tweaks, including: Shops have better items NPCs have more Pokémon with items, improved movesets, if not a full 6 monster team. “Every trainer in the game has been edited, and the level curve expects use of the Experience Share,” Vento writes. A perfect Ditto is readily available to the player for breeding Eggs hatch faster Wider variety of wild Pokémon, all of which can hold items / are not locked to versions or time of day Easier methods to evolve Totems use new strategies, and are beefed up Areas are optimized for EV training More random encounters that can SOS Some of these adjustments may sound like they would make the game easier, but it seems that they are included to allow the player to beef up and READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Designer Pokémon Watch Costs $258,000, Is Ugly

Image Source: RJ-Romain Jerome Luxury Swiss watchmakers RJ-Romain Jerome have made meticulous, fascinating watches since 2004. Now, they’re collaborating with Pokémon. The results aren’t so pretty. Advertisement If you want quickly understand what kind of watches RJ-Romain Jerome makes and who those watches are for, let this sentence wash over you: In 2012, they made a watch that contained materials from the Titanic. Their Pokémon collaboration is perfectly normal by comparison, even though it costs $258,000. The problem is it’s ugly. It’s really ugly. It looks like a bad marketing campaign threw up on someone’s wrist. The website boasts amazing technical features that are genuinely impressive—laser engraving, a tourbillon bridge shaped like a lightning bolt, a Pikachu shaped oscillating weight. If you’re hella into watches, that may justify the price tag to you. But it turns out that cramming every single well known Pokémon onto a small circle is a unholy mess of colors and patterns that kinda makes me dizzy. Maybe they wanted to make sure the customer gets their favorite Pokémon on the face of the watch, but it kind of looks like the cute monsters suffocating and trying to READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Build-a-Bear Workshop Catches Squirtle as Its Newest Pokemon Plush

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Pokemon GO’s Adventure Week Event Kicking Off May 18

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Now This Looks Like A Pocket Monster

Here’s a Squirtle cushion that’s about as phallic as they come. Advertisement This incarnation of the popular Water type was apparently spotted in Indonesia. I’ve seen Squirtle cushions before, but I’ve never quite seen one that looks like this! It looks even worse when isolated: See? No, this is worse. Much worse. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Games

Nintendo purges Pokemon Sun & Moon reveal trailers from YouTube

Things are heating up shortly before E3, with rumors that Pokemon Stars will be announced for the Nintendo Switch at the event. To add fuel to that fire, someone noticed that both Nintendo of America and Japan have completely removed the Pokemon Direct from February of last year that showcased Sun & Moon. Nintendo UK still has it up.There’s some speculation that the removal of these trailers is to prep for the upcoming announcement of a Pokemon game for Nintendo Switch, which is speculated to be called Pokemon Stars. Some people believe that Nintendo is trying to avoid confusion with the announcement, since Sun and Moon are 3DS products, while Stars would be a Switch product.This is all highly speculative at this point and nothing has been confirmed at this time, but we’re betting we’ll see something soon and before E3. What do you think?Nintendo eShop Card – $20 READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Beating Pokémon Ruby with Magikarp Took Nearly Six Years

[Image: Leomon] Back in 2011, a live-streamer named Leomon began playing with a Shiny of the most useless Pocket Monster. Almost six years later, the trainer has finally become a champion with that fish. Advertisement After the stream, Leomon posted on Twitter that it didn’t matter if you had a strong or a weak Pokémon, that if you were really a skilled trainer, you should try your best to win with the one you like. Leomon likes Magikarp, it seems. In the recap clip below, you can see the last thirty minutes (this was originally streamed on NicoNico on May 5, where it racked up 475,000 views). Leomon’s victory inspired other Twitter users to send congratulations as well as fan art from those who have been following this quest over the past five and a half years. Thanks, Roy! Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Pokemon GO Partnering with The Knight Foundation for Community Events in North America

Pokemon GO is prepping for summer with a new partnership with the Knight Foundation to encourage players to explore their city through community events. …Read More The post Pokemon GO Partnering with The Knight Foundation for Community Events in North America by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Rapidly Deflating Pikachu Rushed To Safety By Small Horde Of Suited Men

GIF Tragedy struck in mid-dance number during the Pokemon World Festival in Incheon, South Korea earlier this week, as the lead Pikachu sprung a leak during “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” Fortunately an elite squad of suited men was standing by. Advertisement The incident occurs at the 1:00 mark in the video below, posted by YouTube user Green Lime and shared via The Verge. As the Pikachu slowly melts in front of a horrified (amused) crowd, the suits leap into action, led by a man in a long-sleeve t-shirt. The reasons behind the Pikachu’s deflation are unclear, but I strongly suspect it has something to do with “Uptown Funk.” The suited men attempted to rehabilitate the injured pocket monster and return him to the wild at around 4:35. But as the song ended, so did the hopes of the saggiest little Pikachu. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!