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GAME FREAK Game Designer Shigeru Ohmori was interviewed by IGN and he confirmed that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be the last main series Pokémon RPG games on the Nintendo 3DS. It was announced earlier in the year that a new Pokémon title was in development for the Nintendo Switch for release in 2018.

Below are Interview quotes:
"When we were making Pokemon X and Y, we really were trying to push the 3DS system to its absolute limits - which is what we thought we’d done. But when Sun and Moon came around, we completely redesigned the system, and actually ended up pushing the 3DS even further to what we thought was the most we could draw out of it."

"With Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon," explains Ohmori, "we’ve tried to eke that out more and really, really push the system to its absolute limits, and we’re now feeling that perhaps this is the maximum of what we can get out. So we’re really treating Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as the culmination of our work with the 3DS system."

Source: http://ca.ign.com/articles/2017/10/19/ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon-will-be-the-last-pokemon-rpgs-for-3ds

A new figure has been announced that is part of the Pokémon Figure Series. ARTFX J Serena with Fokko was revealed on February 14th, 2017 for pre-order in Japan. It is the third figure in the series with Red and Haruka already released. High resolution pictures of this figure have been added to an Imageboard thread.

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ARTFX J Serena with Fokko

Release Month: July 2017
Scale: 1/8
Product Size Serena: Total height of about 195 mm (including pedestal)
Product Size Fokko: Total height of about 55 mm
Price: 8,500 yen (excluding tax)
Product Material: PVC painted / ABS

YouTube - ARTFX J Serena with Fokko PV


Source: http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/product/product-0000002389/

The Pokémon Global Link for XY and ORAS will close in late October 2016 but will be upgraded to support Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Press Release - Closure of the Pokémon Global Link service for Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y

With the release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the Pokémon Global Link (PGL) will end its current Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y service. The PGL service will be updated to work with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.

After the current PGL service ends, you won't be able to link Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y with the PGL, or see data from these games reflected on the PGL. However, you will still be able to use the other non-PGL services via the Internet. Please see the following "Services" section for details.

We thank you very much for enjoying the current PGL since October 2013. We hope you'll have fun in the updated PGL! End date of the Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y PGL service Planned for late October, 2016

  • New registration of a game is still available until the current service ends. However, please note that the service that works with Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y will end, and you won't be able to use various features.
  • You can't transfer Poké Miles from the Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y version of the PGL to the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon version of the PGL.
  • If you use Game Sync, the message "The service has been discontinued. (Error Code: 090-0211)" will be displayed.
  • You can keep trading Pokémon at the Global Trade Station (GTS), but you won't be able to see your trading log on the PGL.
  • After the current service ends, you won't be able to participate in Random Matchup Rating Battles with Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y.
  • Even after the current service ends, you'll be able to keep enjoying the features of Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y using the Internet, such as Random Matchup Free Battles, the GTS, and Wonder Trades.

50% off in the PokéMileage Club during the Thanks Campaign!

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Source: http://www.pokemon-gl.com/oras/close_announcement/en/

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To promote the 19th Pocket Monsters movie Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna, between Saturday, July 9th, 2016 and Friday, July 15th, 2016, Jarvis' White Mega Gangar will be distributed at participating 7-Eleven store locations across Japan via the DS via 7-Spot app. A serial code can be obtained and players of Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire can use it to redeem Gangar from Saturday, July 9th, 2016 until Wednesday, August 31st, 2016.

Jarvis' White Mega Gangar Details

Jarvis is a cabinet minister of the Azoth Kingdom. He uses a White Mega Gangar. He plots to overthrow the kingdom with the power of Magearna's "Soul Heart".

Pokémon Info
ImageImage Level: 50
OT: ジャービス (Jarvis)
Held Item: Gengarite
Attack 1: Mean Look
Attack 2: Hypnosis
Attack 3: Psychic
Attack 4: Hyper Beam

Sources: http://7spot-info.jp/w-gengar/ and http://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2016/07/160701_cm02.html

Baokkie placed 720th in the recent Pokémon Elections 720 results. In an attempt to increase its popularity and its disappointing election results, Baokkie will be distributed to players of X, Y, Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire at all the Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores in Japan from Saturday June 25th, 2016 until Friday July 15th, 2016 via infrared communication from the shops staff. A Baokkie PR Business Card will also be given away as a present at the Pokémon Centers locations.

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Source: http://voice.pokemon.co.jp/stv/zenten/2016/06/post-8411.html

The official Pokémon website has announced a new Event Pokémon distribution for all participants that earned at least one Play! Point anytime during the 2016 season.

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A Special Mewtwo for Play! Pokémon Video Game Participants

All Pokémon players who earned at least one video game Play! Point during the 2016 season can get a Shiny Mewtwo later this summer.

As a big thank you and congratulations to everyone who has qualified by participating in a Play! Pokémon event, we'll be giving out an awesome Shiny Mewtwo! Anyone who has earned at least one video game Play! Point during the 2016 season and is opted into the Play! Pokémon program before July 10, 2016, will receive an email in late July containing a code for Shiny Mewtwo.

This is the first time players can get Mewtwo with its Hidden Ability, Unnerve, which prevents Mewtwo's opponent from eating a held Berry. Mewtwo is also holding the Mewtwonite Y Mega Stone, allowing it to Mega Evolve during battle.

The email will be sent to the address listed in your Pokémon Trainer Club account. Be sure that you are eligible to receive Pokémon Trainer Club emails in your PTC settings prior to July 10. Enter the code from the email in your Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y video game to receive Shiny Mewtwo. The code will expire on August 21, 2016, so don't forget to enter it into your game before then.

If you haven't had time to play in an event, several opportunities still remain, including the International Challenge June Online Competition.

Thanks again to all Pokémon video game players who participated in a Play! Pokémon event during the 2016 season.

Shiny Mewtwo Details

Level: 100
Ability: Unnerve
Item: Mewtwonite Y
Moves: Psystrike, Psychic, Recover and Aura Sphere

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/a-special-mewtwo-for-play-pokemon-video-game-participants/

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To promote the 19th Pocket Monsters movie Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna, between Friday June 17th, 2016 and Friday July 8th, 2016, the Prepare for a Fierce Fight! Black Mega Sirknight Campaign (熱戦にそなえろ! 黒いメガサーナイトキャンペーン) will take place at participating store locations across Japan.

As part of the campaign, an alternate-colored Sirknight will be distributed via a serial code distribution at: Apita-Piago, Aeon, Aeon Super Center retail stores, Ito-Yokado, EDION, Joshin Denki, Toys R Us, Bic Camera, Fuji, Heiwado, Yamada Denki, Yodobashi Camera, Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores. The code can be redeemed from Friday June 17th, 2016 until Wednesday August 31st, 2016.

Black Mega Sirknight Details

Chymia is the princess of Azoth Kingdom and she has a black Mega Sirknight as her partner.

Pokémon Info
Image Level: 50
Poké ball: Cherish Ball
Ability: Synchronize
Held Item: Gardevoirite
Attack 1: Dazzling Gleam
Attack 2: Moonblast
Attack 3: Stored Power
Attack 4: Calm Mind

How to receive the serial code

In order to receive this Sirknight, players of X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will need to get the serial code from a participating store. Each store is distributing the serial code differently. Most stores will be distributing the code on a card that can be obtained from a store clerk. Only one code per game will be distributed.

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Those wishing to obtain the code from 7-Eleven must bring their Nintendo 3DS to a participating DS via 7-Spot and obtain the code through the app by opening the campaign page and then touching the "Get! The Serial code" button. Write down the serial code on a piece of paper before proceeding to a different screen.

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Source: http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/black_sirnight/

The official Pokémon website has revealed that Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres will be distributed via Serial code in the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter.

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Look for a Trio of Legendary Pokémon in Your Inbox!

A chance to get Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres is arriving in the May Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter!

Be sure to check out the May Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter, where you'll find codes to get the Legendary Pokémon trio Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres for your game! Enter these unique codes to unlock all three Pokémon in your Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y game. These Pokémon are special in that each one has its Hidden Ability, marking the first time you can get these Pokémon with this trait!

If you're already a Pokémon Trainer Club member, you can make sure you're eligible to receive the newsletter on your Pokémon Trainer Club settings page. Also, it's a good idea to check that email from Pokemon.com won't go into your junk mail folder.

If you're not yet a Pokémon Trainer Club member, there's never been a better time to join! In addition to the special codes for Pokémon video games and the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, the newsletter will deliver exciting Pokémon news and information directly to your inbox. Plus, the Pokémon Trainer Club includes all kinds of other benefits, including a custom Trainer designer, access to the Pokémon Global Link, and more. And best of all, it's free! Sign up for the Pokémon Trainer Club today.

Be sure to sign up for the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter by April 22, 2016, to be eligible to receive codes to get Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres in May!

Also, don't miss the cinematic classic Pokémon the Movie 2000 on Pokémon TV featuring Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres for a limited time.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/look-for-a-trio-of-legendary-pokemon-in-your-inbox/

Get the Legendary Pokémon Trio Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres for Your Pokémon Video Game! - YouTube Trailer


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2vd1dfEbRA

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Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres will be distributed with their Hidden Abilities at participating UK Smyths Toys Superstores from 22 March.

London, United Kingdom: 16 March 2016— The Pokémon Company International has partnered with Smyths Toys to give fans the opportunity to obtain one of three special Pokémon.

For the first time ever, these three Legendary Pokémon, originally discovered in Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow, will be distributed with Hidden Abilities to owners of Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games.

Fans can request a code from staff in stores at Smyths Toys to receive one of either Articuno, Zapdos or Moltres, selected at random, from 22 March until 11 April.*

Alongside the special distribution, Smyths Toys Superstores will have the latest must-have Pokémon merchandise, including the upcoming Pokémon TCG: Red & Blue Collection—Charizard-EX, a wide selection of Pokémon toys from Tomy, TCG collector tins and the video games Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon and the upcoming package version of Pokémon Rumble World. There will also be copies of the highly anticipated Pokkén Tournament** available to purchase whilst stocks last.

To top it all off, there will be the opportunity for some fans to meet and greet Pikachu. The Pokémon will be making a guest appearance at key stores across the UK. Please visit www.SmythsToys.com for all dates and additional information.

Meet Pikachu!

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Don’t miss this special opportunity to say hello to Pikachu this Easter when the adorable yellow fellow can be discovered in several lucky stores! You can check out his schedule below so Why not drop by and meet one of the best loved Pokémon! *Pikachu will be taking regular breaks during this time.

Friday, March 25th, 2016 - Salford - 10am - 3pm
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 - Reading - 10am - 11.30am
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 - Slough - 2pm - 3.30pm
Saturday, April 9th, 2016 - Blackpool - 10am - 3pm

Sources: http://www.smythstoys.com/uk/ and https://twitter.com/SmythsToysUK/status/712238136051539968

From March 4th, 2016 until October 31, 2016, Pokémon Bank users that access their account can get Regirock, Regice, and Registeel.

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Regirock, Regice and Registeel available via Pokémon Bank

Players who access their Pokémon Bank between March 4 and October 31, 2016, will receive a Regirock, Regice, and Registeel that each possesses a Hidden Ability! These three Pokémon can be received using the Pokémon Link function in the Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire game that was used to access your Pokémon Bank. Note that Pokémon Bank requires an annual membership fee of $4.99.

You can get the Pokémon trio by selecting the Pokémon Link option from the menu screen of your Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire game. Once you've received the Pokémon in Pokémon Bank, select Pokémon Link and the three Pokémon will be sent to a Box in your game. The three Pokémon will be sent one at a time from Pokémon Bank. Note that you can receive these Pokémon only once per Pokémon Bank account, even if you have multiple copies of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

Each of the three Pokémon that you receive has a Hidden Ability, a trait they do not possess when found in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. This is your first chance to get these Pokémon with their Hidden Abilities, so don't miss this opportunity!

Regirock, Regice and Registeel Details

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Pokémon: Regirock
Ability: Sturdy
Moves: Explosion, Ice Punch, Stone Edge and Hammer Arm

With the Hidden Ability Sturdy, if Regirock has full HP and is hit with an attack that would normally knock it out, it will be able to endure the hit with 1 HP remaining. This is a great Ability for Regirock to have, being a Rock type with many weaknesses.
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Pokémon: Regice
Ability: Ice Body
Moves: Thunderbolt, Amnesia, Ice Beam and Hail

Regice's Hidden Ability Ice Body allows it to restore HP when the weather condition is hail. Regice is strong against opponents that attack it with special moves. By using Hail, it can recover HP throughout the battle while doing even more damage!
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Pokémon: Registeel
Ability: Light Metal
Moves: Iron Head, Rock Slide, Gravity and Iron Defense

Registeel's Hidden Ability Light Metal reduces its weight by half. This decreases the damage it will take from moves such as Low Kick and Grass Knot that are more powerful the heavier the target is. It is especially good for Low Kick, a Fighting-type move that is super effective against the Steel-type Registeel. Roll with those supereffective punches and strike back!

Sources: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/deposit-three-solid-pokemon-with-pokemon-bank/ and http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pokemonbank/present2/
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