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The Pokémon Company International has created a contest for players of the Nintendo 3DS program Pokémon Art Academy. The winners of the contest will receive a 100-card pack of custom-designed Pokémon Trading Card Game cards displaying their artwork. Contest Entry Period is from February 18th, 2015 until March 29th, 2015. Winners will be announced in April 2015 with the cards being distributed in Autumn 2015.

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Press Release - Pokémon Art Academy Competition to find winners whose illustrations will be made into one-off Pokémon Trading Card Game cards

The Pokémon Company International invites Pokémon fans and budding illustrators to enter an International Pokémon Art Academy Contest via Miiverse. Pokémon Art Academy is available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS systems and offers aspiring Pokémon artists 40 lessons in how to paint, sketch, and draw popular Pokémon.

Students of Pokémon Art Academy can pick up illustration skills that they can transfer onto real canvas, or they can share their digital masterpieces with the world. Now, would-be artists can enter a special competition via Miiverse which allows them to showcase their talents as graduates of the Pokémon Art Academy!

The competition will open on 18 February 2015 at 00:01 GMT and close on 29 March 2015 at 23:59 GMT and the winners will be announced in May 2015.

This competition is an exciting opportunity for would-be Pokémon artists from around the world, as the contest’s winners will have their masterpiece turned into their very own Pokémon Trading Card Game card!

Six talented winners will be selected by a jury comprising some of the creators of the much-loved Pokémon universe. Each winner will receive 100 cards featuring their winning image–meaning that they will be in possession of some TCG cards of their own making.*

There are two categories for budding Pokémon artists to enter: Dress-Up Pikachu and My Favourite Pokémon.

Dress-Up Pikachu

Inspired by the special Cosplay Pikachu, which can be discovered in the recently launched Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games, this category gives entrants the chance to play fashion designer and create their very own Pikachu outfit!

In the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games, Pikachu can dress up as Pikachu Belle; Pikachu Rock Star; Pikachu Pop Star; Pikachu, Ph.D.; and Pikachu Libre. Donning an array of new looks, Cosplay Pikachu can learn moves that ordinary Pikachu cannot learn in normal gameplay, and all have fun costumes that are sure to inspire the would-be costume designers who enter this category.

My Favourite Pokémon

This category gives entrants the chance to submit their own artistic impressions of a favourite Pokémon, which they can do using the Free Paint mode of Pokémon Art Academy. So, if Snorlax awakens an inner Leonardo da Vinci, or Rayquaza gets fans painting with flying colours, then this is their perfect category!

Details of how to enter can be found below, so all that remains is for Pokémon fans to grab a stylus and start discovering their inner artist with Pokémon Art Academy!

*The winners’ cards will not be made available for sale in regular Pokémon TCG products nor will they be eligible to take part in Play! Pokémon officially sanctioned organised play events.

Important Note on Regions

There will be three winners in each category across the participating countries. The following countries are included:

Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and Russia

The following country is excluded: Italy

How to Enter the Pokémon Art Academy Competition

· Create and save an image in Pokémon Art Academy using Free Paint mode.
· Select the “Share” option from Pokémon Art Academy’s main menu and connect to the Miiverse.
· Select the “Post to Competition” option and agree to the Terms of Use.
· Highlight the category you’d like to enter and then choose “Select Competition”. Only the first post you make will be recognised as your entry.
· Slide over the image and select it and then choose “Share Selected”.
· Enter a comment (if you would like to) and then select “Post”. The image will be posted to the Miiverse Community and entered into the competition.
· The only way to enter the competition directly is from the Pokémon Art Academy game, available exclusively for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS systems.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-art-academy/competition/

Nintendo of Canada has announced that a special screening of Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon will take place in Toronto for Canada's Pokémon Video Game Event and it is free for the first 650 people.

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Canada's Pokémon Video Game Event

Join Nintendo of Canada at Bloor HotDocs Cinema in Toronto on November 8th from 11:00am to 2:30pm to celebrate all things Pokémon! Whether you are a fan of the games or the movies, everyone is invited to bring their friends and family to Canada’s Pokémon Video Game Event.

A free download code for a Special Demo Version of the Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire games will be given to event guests!

Other activities on-site include photos with Pikachu, Pokémon-themed face painting, Pokémon Art Academy demo stations, and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo stations.

The first 650 guests will receive a free ticket to a showing of Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction that will play from 2:30pm - 4:00pm after the main event. Arrive early if you are keen to watch the special screening as tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.

When: November 8th – Main event: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Movie screening: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Where: Bloor HotDocs Cinema at 506 Bloor St W, Toronto

Source: http://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/whatsnew/detail/xU9UVur5oyumhkrOurHk8_rxDTfUluQI

A patch for Pokémon Art Academy is now available on the Nintendo Network by logging in and downloading it. Players can also use the QR code for their region to setup the download.

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V1.1 Patch Release Date: September 17th, 2014 (Europe and Japan)
Fixed a bug which caused the outline pen to be saved as black rather than as a colour actually used when saved to a JPEG on the SD card or uploaded to Miiverse.
(アウトラインペンのみを使って描いた作品をMiiverseへ投稿したり、SDカードに保存するためにJPEG画像に変換したとき、色の情報が正しく保持されず黒くなってしまう問題を修正しました。)
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Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/bpcj/update/index.html

Japanese players of Pokémon Art Academy (ポケモンアートアカデミー) can download a Gengar template from September 13th, 2014 until October 14th, 2014. Players can also participate in a special Pokémon Daisuki Club contest called Actually Scary? Pokémon (本当は怖い?ポケモン) between September 13th, 2014 and October 19th, 2014 where they can submit their Ghost Pokémon drawings onto Miiverse and selected drawings will be showcased on the official site.

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Source: http://www.pokemon.jp/special/kowapoke/artacademy/

Nintendo of Europe has announced that those that register a copy of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire or Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS in addition to registering a Nintendo 3DS or 2DS on Club Nintendo will receive a free download code for a game of their choice from a selection of games. One of the free games people can get is Pokémon Art Academy. Full details are listed in the press release.

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Expand your collection of top titles with the Nintendo 3DS Winter 2014 Bonus Game Promotion

11th September 2014 – With the winter season on its way, Nintendo has today announced a new promotion for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems, the Nintendo 3DS Winter 2014 Bonus Game Promotion, which is sure to appeal to users looking to expand their game collection in preparation for the colder months!

To take part in the Nintendo 3DS Winter 2014 Bonus Game Promotion, participants simply need to do both of the following:

  • Register a Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL system with Club Nintendo between 11th September 2014 and 12th January 2015 (23:59 local time); and…
  • Register a copy of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (releasing 3rd October ), Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (both releasing 28th November) with Club Nintendo between 3rd October 2014 and 12th January 2015 (23:59 local time), and fill out the software registration survey – a required action if the copy of the game is purchased at retail.

In return, participants can request a free download code to download one of the following games from Nintendo eShop:

  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Yoshi's New Island
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe
  • Mario Golf: World Tour
  • Mario Party: Island Tour
  • Pokémon Art Academy

The free download code can be requested via a user’s Club Nintendo account, with the download code request needing to be completed by 12th February 2015 (23:59 local time). The download code will expire on 12th March 2015 (23:59 local time), and therefore will need to be redeemed by this time. Please note that Club Nintendo members whose age is below the age rating of a game cannot request a download code for that game.

Source: http://www.nintendo.co.uk/News/2014/September/Expand-your-collection-of-top-titles-with-the-Nintendo-3DS-Winter-2014-Bonus-Game-Promotion-917410.html

Nintendo has revealed the release date for Pokémon Art Academy in North America. It will be released on October 24th, 2014.

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POKÉMON ART ACADEMY LAUNCHES FOR NINTENDO 3DS ON OCT. 24

Aug. 22, 2014 - This fall, Pokémon Art Academy will welcome students of all ages and skill levels to study the fun and fine art of drawing some of their favorite Pokémon. Starting Oct. 24, aspiring artists can hone their skills through a series of easy-to-follow lessons under the tutelage of esteemed Professor Andy in this new 2D art-instruction game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Drawing their way toward graduation – from the art basics of simple shapes and coloring, to exciting advanced techniques of shading and blending – players will wield a variety of tools, including markers, colored pencils, pastels and paints to illustrate popular Pokémon from all known regions. As they advance, players can unlock special lessons featuring Mega-Evolved Pokémon.

On the road to becoming Pokémon artists, players can showcase their 2D artwork in Miiverse galleries or save their creations to SD cards and print their limited-edition artwork to share with friends and family.

Pokémon Art Academy will be available Oct. 24 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. For more information about the game, visit http://artacademy.nintendo.com/pokemon.

Source: http://press.nintendo.com/articles.jsp?id=41916

The official Pokémon YouTube Channel has posted a clip called How to Draw Pikachu with Pokémon Character Art Director Ken Sugimori!. The 4 minute clip shows viewers how easy it is to draw Pikachu and is a way to promote the Pokémon Art Academy which was released in Europe today.

How to Draw Pikachu with Pokémon Character Art Director Ken Sugimori!


Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in6AIbBpcOw

The official Japanese Pokémon Art Academy website has revealed that players will be able to download two templates for use in Free Paint (フリーペイント) mode. Groudon will be available from June 19th, 2014 until June 25th, 2014, July 3rd, 2014 until July 9th, 2014 and the final distribution from July 17th, 2014 until July 23rd, 2014. Kyogre will be available from June 26th, 2014 to July 2nd, 2014, July 10th, 2014 until July 16th, 2014 and final distribution from July 24th, 2014 to July 30th, 2014.

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Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/bpcj/delivery/

The official Pokémon YouTube channel posted a Pokémon at E3 2014 video that features some of the highlights from E3 as well as The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara (石原恒和) appearance at the show.

Tsunekazu Ishihara at E3 2014



Nintendo Japan has posted two new trailers for Pokémon Art Academy that features Xerneas and Yveltal drawings.

Nintendo also posted the press package for the games and revealed the North American box art for the games. It will be released in North America in October, a few months after the European release of July 4th, 2014. Pictures from the press release have been added to the Imageboard.

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Learn to Draw Pokémon

In Pokémon Art Academy, players take on the role of a young aspiring artist who enrolls in the Pokémon Art Academy to learn how to draw Pokémon under the tutelage of Professor Andy. Through ever-evolving lessons, players are taught the basics of art, from simple shapes and coloring to more complex methods like shading and blending. Along the way they are introduced to various tools they will use to create their art.

Features

  • Players can learn to draw many of their favorite Pokémon from all known regions.
  • Bring Pokémon artwork to life using a variety of tools.
  • Create amazing pictures with step-by-step lessons.
  • Once drawings are complete, artists can share their Pokémon art
  • Post directly to Miiverse to show off their artwork.
  • Save art to an SD Card and print it out.
  • The game is fun and easy for all ages and skill levels.

Pokémon Art Academy - Xerneas Trailer


Pokémon Art Academy - Yveltal Trailer

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