Nintendo announced today that Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata passed away recently on July 11th at 55-years-old. Iwata has been a member of the Nintendo team since the 1980s and became President in 2002 and CEO in 2013. He ushered in the age of the Nintendo Wii and DS, which dominated the market for many years.
He will always be remembered as an entertaining, supportive, and wonderful member, not only of Nintendo, but of the entire gaming world.
The August 2015 issue of CoroCoro has begun leaking, and contained inside is a teaser for the Pokémon Movie for 2016 (currently unnamed). It's extremely brief, showing three images reported to be included in the teaser trailer at the end of the Hoopa and the Clash of Ages movie to be released in Japan next week.
The Japanese text says "!? Is- Is this a new Pokémon?!", suggesting that whatever is shown on the screen may be a new Pokémon — or, perhaps a new form of an existing Pokémon, such as the legendary Pokémon Zygarde, which has yet to make an appearance in the anime series (including the movies) or the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Below is the same image after some image enhancements have been applied, which reveal the "new Pokémon" possesses claws, two large arms, and gigantic things on its back that run down along its sides. Click the image below to zoom in on it.
What if one of the greatest and most iconic video games of all time, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, was actually a Pokémon game? As Farfetch'd as it sounds, there are actually a few elements the game has in common with Pokémon if you look hard enough!
Our friends at Zelda Universe have released an excellent video that reimagines Ocarina of Time as if it were a Pokémon game, and I even take part in the video to narrate the epic tale with a Pokémon spin to it, joined by AderuMoro as well!
If you're a fan of either series, or, better yet, both of the series, you'll probably get a kick out of it! Even though it's not by any means to be taken overly seriously (they are indeed very different genres of video games!), it's also fun to think of the similarities between the two and imagine them shaking things up.
The 2015 Pokémon US National Championships may be over, but our coverage continues with interviews with its great commentators! One such interview took place on Day 3, the final day of the tournament, with VGC commentator and YouTuber ShadyPenguin! This was his first year as an official VGC commentator for the Pokémon US National Championships, but his knowledge and love of the game really showed. He also introduced some of the TCG matches throughout the tournament, although not commentating on the games themselves. We got a lot of insight into his thoughts and feelings on his first time commentating for the Pokémon US National Championships and some of his future plans as well.
Thanks again ShadyPenguin for taking the time to speak with us and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors on and off YouTube! Be sure to check out ShadyPenguin online with his fantastic Pokémon videos on his YouTube Channel!
Now that the US Pokémon National Championships are over, it's time to let loose the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon! That's right, the upcoming Circle of Legends tournament on the Pokémon Global Link is a royal rumble of legendary stature, not just allowing participants to use any and all released Legendary and Mythical Pokémon—including those from older games that were transferred via Poké Transporter—but it downright requires them, as each player can only use these Pokémon in their teams.
Registration for this event starts on July 16th and lasts until July 24th (both dates are at 00:00 UTC).
The important things to know about this tournament are:
Only Legendary and Mythical Pokémon are allowed on players teams. (No item restrictions.)
All battles will be Rotation Battles, with four Pokémon—out of each player's six Battle Box Pokémon—chosen to participate in the battle, during Team Preview.
All Pokémon are temporarily leveled up to level 100 for the fight, regardless of what their actual level is.
Competition period is from Friday, July 24th at 00:00 UTC until Sunday, July 26th at 23:59 UTC.
Limit of 10 battles per day.
Every player that participates and completes at least one battle, regardless of their ranking, will receive 1,000 Poké Miles.
Only Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are eligible to enter the tournament, but Pokémon traded or transferred from any game, including Black, White, Black 2, or White 2 via Poké Transporter, are allowed on players teams (they don't have to have the blue pentagon symbol).
Although the official Pokémon Shuffle website has yet to be updated for the new content (at the time of this post), update patch 1.2.6 is now available for download, and it brings a handful of new updates.
First and foremost, there is a Jirachi special stage, but it is available for an extremely limited time, ending on July 10th, so you need to take it on immediately.
There are a few new standard stages that have been added, a special new Tepig stage available until July 20th, and a new Daily Pokémon event — The Daily Pokémon (#4) — which has a different Pokémon available each weekday until July 18th, with Wynaut available on Mondays, Torkoal available on Tuesdays, and three other Pokémon available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays respectively.
Welcome to the newest Marriland video series — PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond! This video series will be hosted on both YouTube and here on Marriland.com, so you can watch it wherever you'd like! In this episode, Pikachu and his pals head on over to the Crag Area, where they run into the friendly Victini and then a certain Pokémon trapped inside of a cannon, who our heroes "cleverly" rescue.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond is a Pokémon game released for the Nintendo Wii back in 2012. This video series showcases Marriland's very first time playing through the game! Although it may work as a walkthrough, it's mostly meant to be entertaining, so keep that in mind.
On Friday, The Pokémon Company released two trailers showing two new fighters entering the Pokkén Tournament ranks.
First up is Charizard, a staple in the Pokémon games. From its trailer, it appears as Charizard will be an up close, slow bruiser that uses its powerful flames to bolster its impressive might. Charizard will also use its Mega Charizard X form, much akin to that of Gardevoir and Gengar.
Secondly is Weavile, a new face in terms of Pokémon in fighting games. Weavile's combat appears to be the typical sleight of hand and speedy attacks. As the trailer shows, it's also VERY fast on its feet, being able to weave its way through a "projectile spam" and hit the opponent without fail.
Finally, two new supports have also been announced. Jirachi and Whimsicott will be selectable to assist you in battle, though what they do or moves they use has yet to be unveiled.
What do you guys think? What's your opinion of the new fighters added? Let us know in the comments section!
Editor's Note: This post was originally intended for Friday, but due to coverage of the US Pokémon National Championships, it was pushed back until tonight. Sorry for the inconvenience!
The 2015 US Pokémon National Championships have finally concluded after an intense three-day Pokémon battling marathon. Three champions, each in separate age divisions, have been crowned US National Champions for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, while another three — again, in different age divisions — have been crowned US National Champions in the Pokémon Video Games.
Here's a look at the new champions of the biggest Pokémon National Championship of 2015:
All of these competitors fought hard to secure their titles as National Champions. The Masters Division Champions for both the Trading Card Game and Video Game are both former World Champions, yet this is their first time winning the US National Championships.
There were some very interesting surprises in many of the games shown on stream, including the rise of the surprise Wailord-EX deck that Jason Klaczynski narrowly managed to defeat, in addition to Ben Piercy's unorthodox team that featured, of all Pokémon, Nidoqueen.
This marks Day 3 of the US National Championships, which concludes the Pokémon US National Championships and pits the final few competitors against each other to see who will walk home as the new US National Champion. The Junior Division TCG champion has already been decided, as the finals for that division took place last night — congratulations to Evan Smith, the new Pokémon US Trading Card Game National Champion!
You'll find several excellent commentators and interviewers for both events, including big names such as TheJWittz, Justin Flynn, and Shadypenguinn. They've done a great job throughout the year at the Regional Championships in addition to last year's National and World Championships, so the stream team make for a great way to experience the fun and hype of Nationals from the comfort of your own home.
You can find out more about the US National Championships, including standings, pictures, and more, over at the official website. If you're tweeting about the event, remember to use the hashtag #PlayPokemon for a chance at having your tweet featured on their site! Take pictures, have fun, and Play Pokémon!