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Pokémon Scarlet Definitely Used to Be Called Pokémon Orange

Today, Game Freak gave us another look at the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and unveiled a brand new limited edition of the OLED Switch. I think it looks really cool, but one thing about it bothers me. It’s definitely violet, but the Pokémon are more orange than scarlet, aren’t they?…

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In space, one astronaut faces the Earth, which has a bunch of images of orange characters and symbols from Pokémon Scarlet on it. He says "wait, they're all orange?" Behind him is a second astronaut, who holds a pistol to the first astronaut's head. The second astronaut says, "always have been."

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I Am Already Fatigued By Regional Pokemon Variants

On some level, the idea of new Pokemon generations is inherently untenable. Every few years, they introduce a brand new region, new gyms, new characters, and of course another set of Pokemon that numbers in the dozens upon dozens. That’s a big workload when developers space the games out a lot,…

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I Want the MINI x Pokemon Car That’s Apparently Never Coming Out

Look, I’m gay, and as has been historically established, gays can’t drive. But you know what gays can do? Like Pokemon. So when there was a weird unveiling of what seemed at a glance like a Pokemon car at Gamescom Opening Night Live, I wasn’t like, tempted to spend a ton…

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I Want the MINI x Pokemon Car That's Apparently Never Coming Out

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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Reveal Cyclizar, New Moves, & Ghost Tera Types

In the lead-up to November’s big launch, Nintendo and Game Freak showed off motorcycle-like ‘mon, Cyclizar, and new moves accompanying Pokemon Scarlet & Violet this fall. The latest gameplay trailer debuts a few ways you’ll trick other trainers with the competitive Pokemon kit shake-up, plus another look at Terastallizing. Perhaps…

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Legendaries may have seen a new reveal with Cyclizar

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Pokemon World Championships Pays Tribute to a Classic 2014 Pachirisu Play

The Pokemon World Championships are taking place in London right now, and during the opening ceremony, The Pokemon Company paid tribute to one of the most iconic moments in competitive Pokemon history: when a player won the 2014 competitive tournament all thanks to a Pachirisu. In 2014, Korean competitor Se-jun…

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Pokemon World Championship Pays Tribute to a Classic 2014 Pachirisu Play

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Pokemon Journeys Hints at a Bittersweet Conclusion for Cynthia

Cynthia, one of the Pokemon series’ all-time greats, is part of a the World Coronation Series story arc currently going on in the Pokemon Journeys anime. While she’s been a recurring character in the games, having been primarily featured in Pokemon Diamond & Pearl and their remakes where she was the champion of the…

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Pokemon Journeys Hints at a Bittersweet Conclusion for Cynthia

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What Were the ‘Endless Possibilities’ for Eevee if Not a New Evolution?

Earlier this week, Pokemon fans were convinced we were going to learn about a new Eevee evolution either during this week’s Pokemon Presents showcase, or in the new episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime titled “The Possibilities are Endless for Chloe and Eevee,” which aired in Japan today, August 5. No such Pokemon…

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What Were the 'Endless Possibilities' for Eevee if Not a New Evolution?

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Why I’m So Excited for Tera Types in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

In today’s Pokémon Presents showcase, Game Freak shared a ton of new information about Scarlet & Violet, this Fall’s newest entries in the Pokémon series. We saw new Pokémon, new multiplayer mechanics, and Terastallizing Pokémon, a new battling mechanic that allows Pokémon to temporarily change their type to new Tera…

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ICYMI: Pokemon Presents Spotlights Scarlet & Violet’s Paldea Region

The Pokemon Company held a new Pokemon Presents showcase this morning, and while Pokemon Scarlet & Violet were the headliner, the company also gave updates on other projects like Pokemon Go, Pokemon Masters EX, and Pokemon Unite. The Pokemon World Championships is taking place in London this month, and will include Pokemon Go and Pokemon Unite competitions…

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ICYMI: Pokemon Presents Unveils the Secrets of Scarlet & Violet's Paldea Region

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Ash’s Original Voice Actor Returns to Pokemon for Deep Dive Audiobook

It’s been 17 years since Veronica Taylor portrayed Ash Ketchum, the protagonist of the Pokemon anime, and yet, for a lot of older fans, her performance is still pretty ingrained in their minds. That’s not a diss against Sarah Natochenny, who took on the English role in 2005, but when you grow…

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Original Ash Voice Actor Returns to Pokemon for Deep Dive Audiobook

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A Fan Is Building Every Pokemon Region in One Minecraft Map

Every Pokemon fan fantasizes about a game that contains every region for players to freely travel between, and while Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s co-op mode is making the dream of going on a Pokemon journey with your friends a reality, its open world isn’t expansive enough to take you to old regions like Kanto and Sinnoh.…

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A Fan Is Building Every Pokemon Region in One Minecraft Map

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I Miss You, Transparent Technology: An Investigation into the Y2K Clear Craze

I’m five years old, a young creature, in a daze while watching reality TV on a chunky cathode-ray tube in the living room with my family, when a sudden knock frees us from Jeff Probst’s thrall. Our neighbor bears a frustrated grin as she looms in our doorway, accompanied by…

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Pokemon Fossil Museum Gets Virtual Tour For Everyone Outside Japan

During the pandemic I went on a virtual date with a guy through a digital museum tour. It was just as Animal Crossing: New Horizons had come out and while we were playing the game I made a passing comment about going to a real museum when shit calmed down. Then the…

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Pokemon Fossil Museum Gets Virtual Tour For Everyone Outside Japan

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A sober look at videogames and mental health

We want to believe games are a panacea for all ills, from loneliness to weight problems. But what do we know about the actual pros and cons of interactive media?

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Wobbuffet Doesn’t Care if You Live or Die

On this week’s episode of Channel F (the Fanbyte Video Game Game Show!), special guest Eric Silver joins Steven and Fūnk-é for more of merritt’s maniacal machinations, and by “maniacal machinations” we of course mean fun games and friendly banter. Eric is the head of content over at Multitude Productions and…

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Everything We Know About Online Co-Op in Pokemon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet

In the latest trailer for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, Game Freak reveals the upcoming titles will include exploration-focused online multiplayer co-op for up to four players. Although the series is all about friendship and connections, this is the first time we’re seeing a full-fledged open-world co-op mode in a Pokemon…

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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Co-Op

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Cutting the Link-Cable: How the 3DS eShop Shutdown Could Change Pokemon Trading Forever

The looming shutdowns of the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U online shops hang over Nintendo as we barrel toward their projected March 2023 date. But while the company doubles down on taking a wrecking ball to two of its systems’ libraries, one of its biggest franchises faces something even bigger…

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Was No One Gonna Tell Me About this Statue of Pikachu Cosplaying Palkia?

Pikachu cosplaying different Pokemon, characters, and even uniforms associated with certain professions isn’t new. It’s the basis of plenty of merchandise The Pokemon Company has put out over the years. Even as I write this,  I have a plush of Pikachu dressed as a member of the devious Team Skull,…

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Was No One Gonna Tell Me About this Statue of Pikachu Cosplaying Palkia?

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A 14-Minute Pokemon Presents is Happening on Sunday

The Pokemon Company has announced it will be holding a Pokemon Presents presentation on Sunday, February 27. The 14-minute presentation coincides with Pokemon Day, the franchise’s annual anniversary celebration. It will air on Pokemon’s YouTube channel at 6 a.m. Pacific/9 p.m. Eastern. 2月27日(日)23時から、「Pokémon Presents」がポケモン公式YouTubeチャンネルでプレミア公開で放送決定!約14分の映像で、最新情報をお届けするよ。https://t.co/6wivV7wmhF #ポケモンプレゼンツ #PokemonDay pic.twitter.com/ZzbkNZ5ndH — ポケモン公式ツイッター (@Pokemon_cojp) February…

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Where Should the Next Pokemon Legends Game Take Place?

My favorite thing about Pokemon Legends: Arceus is how, unlike most of the mainline entries, it leverages Pokemon’s lore to make an effective story-driven game. It delves into the history of the Sinnoh region (called Hisui during the game’s timeline) by severing itself from the competitive sport that’s usually crucial…

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