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Nintendo has announced that the Version 1.3.0 update is available for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl as of March 15th, 2022.

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On March 15th, 2022, a new software update for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

Complete these steps

  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
  2. Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  3. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

Ver. 1.3.0 (Released March 15, 2022

  • Added an event related to Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
    • If a user on a Nintendo Switch system has save data from Pokémon Legends: Arceus that meets set requirements, that player can take part in a special event to meet the Mythical Pokémon Arceus when playing the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl games.
    • Further details can be found here.
  • Added a network-trading feature at GWS.
    • It is now possible to trade Pokémon online at the GWS in Jubilife City.
    • Note: A Nintendo Switch Online membership (paid service) is required to trade Pokémon online.
  • Some issues have been fixed for more pleasant gameplay.

Source: https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/57058

Nintendo has announced that the Version 1.2.0 update is available for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl as of February 21st, 2022.

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On February 21, 2022, a new software update for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

Complete these steps

  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
  2. Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  3. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

Ver. 1.2.0 (Released February 21, 2022)

  • Union Room functions have been expanded.
    • The maximum number of players you can play with via local or internet communication in Union Rooms has been increased to eight. Also, by selecting Greeting or Capsule Decorations, you can show each other your Trainer Cards or Capsule Decorations.
  • Additional Colosseum battle feature has been added.
    • Enter the Colosseum on the 2nd floor of a Pokémon Center to battle with other players using custom rulesets.
    • In the Colosseum, you can set rules, such as the number of Pokémon to send into battle as well as their levels, and play Single Battles, Double Battles, or Multi Battles via local or internet communication.
  • Pokémon Trading and Battles
    • Some Pokémon acquired via unintended methods or illicit modification now cannot be used in Link Trades or Link Battles.
  • Fixed some issues for more pleasant gameplay.

Source: https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/57058

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The official Pokémon UNITE website has announced the details of the 2022 Pokémon UNITE Championship Series which begins in February 2022. Pokémon UNITE players from around the world can compete to earn an invitation to the 2022 World Championships that are scheduled to take place in London, England.

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2022 Pokémon UNITE Championship Series

Pokémon UNITE players around the world can compete to earn an invitation to the 2022 World Championships in London, England!

The Pokémon UNITE Championship Series features qualifying events every month beginning in February in each Regional Zone and will include over $1,000,000 USD in prizes, including $500,000 at the World Championships.

Competition Format

Players will form teams and compete 5-on-5 using Pokémon UNITE’s tournament mode. Open qualifying events will be held each month with no entry cost from February through June. Players will be able to participate using the Nintendo Switch, iOS, or Android version of Pokémon UNITE.

Qualifying for the 2022 Pokémon UNITE World Championships

There will be seven Regional Zones supported for the first season of the Pokémon UNITE Championship Series: North America, South America, Europe, Oceania, Japan, South Korea, and Asia-Pacific (APAC). Pokémon UNITE events will be open only to players in the Masters Division—players born in 2005 or earlier (players from some regions/countries must be 18).

A series of qualifying tournaments in each Regional Zone will be held each month, and players will earn Championship Points (CP) based on their team’s finishing place in that month’s tournament. CP will be retained by individual players to allow for team changes as the season progresses. The teams with the most CP will qualify for the Regional Championships, from which the top teams will qualify for the Pokémon World Championships.

Each month’s tournament will feature an Open Qualifier round, such as the February Cup, in which teams will compete in a double-elimination format. The top 16 teams will advance to the Monthly Finals event played two to three weeks after the Open Qualifier. Monthly Finals will be broadcast in most regions. In April, players will also be able to compete in the Aeos Cup, a special tournament that awards prizes and more CP than the monthly tournaments. The top four teams from each Regional Zone’s March Monthly Finals and the 12 teams that advance out of the Aeos Cup Last Chance Qualifier will play in a group round-robin stage before advancing to a double-elimination final event.

Regional Championships

The top eight teams in CP in each Regional Zone before June 2022 will earn a spot in the Regional Championships. They will be joined by the top four teams from the previous month’s tournament and 12 teams that earn a spot through the Open Qualifier. The Regional Championships will then determine which teams qualify for the 2022 Pokémon UNITE World Championships. The Regional Championships will begin with a round-robin format with teams split into four groups, then use a double-elimination format in the finals to determine the winner from the top performing teams.

In addition to determining who earns a direct spot in the Regional Championships, CP will be used to seed monthly qualifying events (except in February, which will be seeded randomly).

See the full Pokémon UNITE Championship Series rules for the complete Championship Point reward tables.

World Championship Qualifying Teams

Teams (as shown below) will earn an invitation and receive a travel award to the 2022 World Championships in London. Teams that qualify for the World Championships from the Regional Championships must maintain the same five-player roster as was used to earn their invitation.

Regional Zone Number of Teams
North America 2
South America 1
Europe 2
Oceania 1
Japan 2
South Korea 2
Asia-Pacific 2

Some countries/regions may require players to be at least 18. Regional Zone configurations, including number of zones, regions/countries, and number of teams qualifying from each zone, are subject to change as additional areas are evaluated.

Qualifying for Monthly Finals, the Aeos Cup, and Regional Championships

Throughout the season, the top four teams from the previous Monthly Finals qualifier event, including the Aeos Cup, will automatically be placed in the Monthly Finals for the current month and will not need to compete in that month’s Open Qualifier. Teams will need to keep four of the five players on their roster to maintain top four status, and any roster replacements must not include a player who has already competed in the current month’s Open Qualifier.

Teams qualifying for the Monthly Finals, Aeos Cup, or Regional Championships from that month’s Open Qualifier must maintain all five players on their roster.

Event Invites from Open Qualifier Invites from Previous Months’ Top 4 Invites from Championship Points Total
February Finals 16 0 0 16
March Finals 12 4 0 16
Aeos Cup 12 4 0 16
May Finals 12 4 0 16
Regional Championships 12 4 8 24

2022 Pokémon UNITE Championship Series Tournament Schedule

Each market will have the tournament schedule below based on their local time zone. Start times for each tournament will be provided closer to the tournament date as part of the registration details.

Event Type Format Date
February Cup Open Qualifier Double Elimination February 19-20, 2022
February Finals Monthly Finals Double Elimination February 26, 2022
March Cup Open Qualifier Double Elimination March 12 – 13, 2022
March Finals Monthly Finals Double Elimination March 26, 2022
Aeos Cup LCQ Open Qualifier Double Elimination April 9 – 10, 2022
Aeos Cup Aeos Cup (Japan & Korea) Round Robin > Double Elimination April 23 – 24, 2022
Aeos Cup Aeos Cup (NA, SA, EU, OC, APAC) Round Robin > Double Elimination April 30 – May 1, 2022
May Cup Open Qualifier Double Elimination May 14 – 15, 2022
May Finals Monthly Finals Double Elimination May 28, 2022
Regional Championships LCQ Open Qualifier Double Elimination June 4 – 5, 2022
Regional Championships Regional Championships Round Robin > Double Elimination Jun 18 – 19, 2022

Schedule, start times, and format are subject to change.

Prizes

Players will earn Championship Points for their placement in each month’s events. In addition, the Aeos Cup, Regional Championships, and World Championships will feature the prizes below. See the rules for more details on Championship Points.

Aeos Cup (per Regional Zone)

Rank Total Allocation Individual Allocation
1 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
2 $5,000.00 $1,000.00
3 $4,000.00 $800.00
4 $2,000.00 $400.00
5 $1,250.00 $250.00
5 $1,250.00 $250.00
7 $750.00 $150.00
7 $750.00 $150.00
Total $25,000.00 -

Regional Championships (per Regional Zone)

Rank Total Allocation Individual Allocation
1 $20,000.00 $4,000.00
2 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
3 $8,000.00 $1,600.00
4 $4,000.00 $800.00
5 $2,500.00 $500.00
5 $2,500.00 $500.00
7 $1,500.00 $300.00
7 $1,500.00 $300.00
Total $50,000.00 -

World Championships

Rank Total Allocation Individual Allocation
1 $100,000.00 $20,000.00
2 $75,000.00 $15,000.00
3 $65,000.00 $13,000.00
4 $60,000.00 $12,000.00
5 $45,000.00 $9,000.00
5 $45,000.00 $9,000.00
7 $25,000.00 $5,000.00
7 $25,000.00 $5,000.00
9 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
9 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
9 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
9 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
13 $5,000.00 $1,000.00
13 $5,000.00 $1,000.00
13 $5,000.00 $1,000.00
13 $5,000.00 $1,000.00
Total $500,000.00 -

Tournament Registration

Each Pokémon UNITE Championship Series event will have open registration on Battlefy. Players are restricted to playing in the Regional Zone in which they are a full-time resident, and teams must be formed only with players from the same Regional Zone.

7 Regional Zones*

Asia-Pacific (APAC) Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand
Europe Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Japan -
South America Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay
North America Canada, United States of America (including Puerto Rico)
Oceania Australia, New Zealand
South Korea -

*Subject to change. Additional regions are being evaluated and may be added later.

Stay tuned for details on qualifying for the 2022 World Championships for residents of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.

Source: https://unite.pokemon.com/en-us/championship/

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Nintendo has announced that a patch for Pokémon Legends: Arceus is now available bringing the games version to 1.0.2 and it can be updated by connecting your Nintendo Switch to the Internet. The update fixes some problems for a better gaming experience.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus - Ver. 1.0.2

On February 8th, 2022, a new software update for Pokémon Legends: Arceus became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

Ver. 1.0.2 (Released February 8, 2022)
  • Fixed an issue where, while offline, the screen could freeze after trying to pick up a lost satchel by throwing out a ball that contains a Pokémon.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes made it difficult to catch Cherrim.
  • Fixed an issue where a certain event would not occur during a particular Mission, preventing the scenario from proceeding as intended.
  • Fixed an issue where players could obtain certain Pokémon twice instead of once only as intended, prohibiting the player from obtaining other certain Pokémon. The relevant Pokémon will appear for players who were unable to catch those certain Pokémon due to this issue.

Complete these steps
  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
  2. From the HOME Menu, select the icon for the software you wish to update without starting the game or application.
  3. Press the + or - Button on your controller, then select Software Update followed by Via the Internet.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

Source: https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/57648/kw/arceus

Nintendo announced their Nine Months Financial Results Briefing for the Fiscal Year Ending March 2022 and revealed that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl (released in November 2021) got off to a good start, selling a combined 13.97 million units, 3.79 million copies in Japan and 10.18 million copies worldwide.

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Consolidated Operating Results
During the nine months ended December 31, 2021, in the Nintendo Switch business, Nintendo Switch – OLED Model launched in October and got off to a good start. Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite also sustained sales momentum following the launch of Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, and all three models sold well while maintaining a good sales balance. Last fiscal year, the March 2020 release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons was a major driver of hardware sales, so compared to the same period of last year, the unit sales declined for hardware resulting in 18.95 million units (a decrease of 21.4% year-on-year). Looking at software, among titles released this fiscal year, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl started out strong, with sales of 13.97 million units, Mario Party Superstars sold 5.43 million units, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD sold 3.85 million units respectively.

Consolidated Financial Forecast
For Nintendo Switch, we will continue to convey the appeal of the three models and work to further expand the install base. Regarding software, Pokémon Legends: Arceus was released in January, and we plan to follow that up with the release of Kirby and the Forgotten Land in March. There is also a robust variety of appealing titles from other software publishers scheduled for release, and we will work to strengthen sales through the combination of existing popular titles and a continuous stream of attractive new titles.

Source: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2022/220203e.pdf

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Overall, sell-through of first-party software during the period between October and December 2021 was the highest for a quarter since the launch of Nintendo Switch. The Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games, released in November 2021, had a global sell-through of more than 11.7 million units in the first seven weeks, and sales are growing.

Source: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2022/220203_4e.pdf

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Sales Info for Japan

Pokémon Legends: Arceus, released on January 28th, 2022, is an action role-playing game and the latest entry in the Pokémon series, in which players capture many Pokémon and complete your Pokédex while roaming in a version of the world of Pokémon from long, long ago. The game shares such features with other entries in the Pokémon series, but also introduces new action elements that add different aspects to gameplay.

Famitsu also revealed that Pokémon Legends: Arceus sold 1,424,657 copies in Japan for the 3 day sales period of January 28th, 2022 to January 30th, 2022 which includes download cards but excludes direct eshop download versions.

This makes Pokémon Legends: Arceus the second fastest selling Nintendo Switch game in Japan behind Animal Crossing and ahead of the combined sales of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl.

1: Animal Crossing (March 20, 2020): 1,881,000 units
2: Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus (January 28, 2022): 1,425,000 units
3: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl (November 19, 2021): 1,396,000 units

Source: https://www.famitsu.com/news/202202/03250131.html

Top Selling Title Sales Units - As of December 31, 2021

Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield - 23.90 million pcs.
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/ Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! - 14.33 million pcs.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Pokémon Shining Pearl - 13.97 million pcs.

Source: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/software/index.html

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Nintendo has announced that a patch for Pokémon Legends: Arceus is now available bringing the games version to 1.0.1 and it can be updated by connecting your Nintendo Switch to the Internet. The update fixes some problems for a better gaming experience.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus - Ver. 1.0.1

On January 26th, 2022, a new software update for Pokémon Legends: Arceus became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

Complete these steps
  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
  2. From the HOME Menu, select the icon for the software you wish to update without starting the game or application.
  3. Press the + or - Button on your controller, then select Software Update followed by Via the Internet.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

Source: https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/57648/kw/arceus

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OVERLAP has announced that they will publish the Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus Official Guidebook [Complete Edition] on April 16th, 2022 in Japan for 1650 yen. The book also comes with a serial code to receive 50 Nuggets in-game.

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Product Description:

A convenient and affordable book that also includes a Pokémon Zukan that shows you all the Pokémon in the Hisui Region!

The main missions and sub-missions are explained in an easy-to-understand chart style with lots of visuals! Even if you're not good at action, you'll always be able to complete them with detailed strategy information! It also includes detailed setting information for the characters in Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus and plenty of reading material to help you enjoy the game more deeply!

Even though it's a large volume, it's full of tricks that allow you to quickly access the information you want to know! It's truly what you'd call a "complete edition," with a wealth of content!

Product Details:

Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus Official Guidebook [Complete Edition]
Pokémon LEGENDS アルセウス 公式ガイドブック【完全版】
Published and released by: OVERLAP
Written by: Shusuke Motomiya (元宮秀介) & Oneup
Price: 1650 yen (tax included)
ISBN: 978-4-8240-0151-1 C0076

Source: https://over-lap.co.jp/book/la/

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Nintendo has announced the Tetris 99 - 28th Maximus Cup - Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus. If you complete the requirements of getting at least 100 points, you will get a special event theme, so be sure to participate in this event. It takes place from January 21st, 2022 until January 25th, 2022.

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Sources: https://topics.nintendo.co.jp/article/5b4add11-5bdd-446a-af42-0c2936a7f818 and https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/1479482971287695360

YouTube Clip - Tetris® 99 - 28th MAXIMUS CUP Gameplay Trailer - Nintendo Switch


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QxP7-w8tCU

Pokémon Café ReMix was released today on the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store and on the Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Café ReMix is an update to the Pokémon Café game. More details about the big changes to Pokémon Café Mix are available in our previous news article announcement.

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Pokémon Café Mix is opening its doors as Pokémon Café ReMix!

Welcome to your very own Pokémon café! Pokémon Café ReMix is a refreshing puzzle game you play alongside Pokémon in which you mix, link, and blast away icons and gimmicks! The customers and café staff are all Pokémon! As the owner of the café, you will work with Pokémon to serve customers by preparing drinks and dishes through simple puzzles in which you mix around icons.

■ Refreshing puzzles!
Complete fun cooking puzzle in which you mix around icons and link them together! As the owner of the café, you’ll take on puzzles with the help of your staff Pokémon. Utilize each Pokémon’s specialty and uniqueness and aim for three-star offerings!

■ A wide cast of Pokémon appears! You can even enjoy switching their outfits!
Pokémon you befriend will join your staff and help you out at the café. Liven up your café by dressing up your staff Pokémon! As you raise your staff Pokémon’s levels, they’ll be able to wear different colored outfits. Special outfits for certain Pokémon will regularly be released as well! Recruit all sorts of Pokémon, raise their levels, and create your very own café!

Now's your chance to become a café owner, work together with Pokémon, and create a Pokémon café that's unique to you!

Sources: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.pokemon.pokemoncafemix, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1496738228, https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/pokemon-cafe-mix-switch/

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The December 2021 issue of Nintendo DREAM, on sale on October 21st, 2021, features "Kirby Discovery" and "Splatoon 3" on the cover! The special supplement is an extra-large poster featuring "Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl", "Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus", "Hyrule Warriors", and "Buddy Mission BOND", with both sides featuring various titles.

These posters are available at bookstores, mass merchandisers, large supermarkets, and anime stores nationwide.

Magazine Details

Magazine Title: NINTENDO DREAM December 2021 vol.331
ニンテンドードリーム 21年 12月号 vol.331
Release date: October 21st, 2021
Magazine code: 07113
Available at: Bookstores, electronics mass merchandisers (Yodobashi Camera, Bic Camera, etc.), game-related book stores (TSUTAYA, etc.), anime stores (Animate, etc.), large supermarkets (Aeon, Ito-Yokado, etc.) *Not available at convenience stores (Seven Net pickup is available)

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Poster

This poster features the two main characters and their four Pokémon in a large visual against a map of the Sinnoh Region.

Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus Poster

This atmospheric design depicts the adventures of the two main characters and their three Pokémon against the backdrop of a scroll of the Hisui Region.

Source: https://www.ndw.jp/nd2112-331/M
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