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Nintendo Japan has released 3 TV commercials and an Introductory Video for the Nintendo Switch game Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus, which will be released on January 28th, 2022. This title offers a different world from the previous Pokémon series. The game is almost ready for release, so let's review the information that's been annouced so far. Press release pictures have been added to the Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus Imageboard thread.

YouTube Clip - Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus TVCM1


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNI8Bdle_1g

YouTube Clip - Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus TVCM2


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUT6sgUfBZs

YouTube Clip - Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus TVCM3


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

YouTube Clip - Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus Introductory Video


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=430N__0EzI8

The stage for the adventure is the Jade Region

The stage for the adventure is the Jade Region (ヒスイ地方), with its harsh natural environment.

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The story takes place in a time long ago, when there was no such thing as a Pokémon Trainer, and the region is eventually called the Sinnoh Region, the setting for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

The protagonist's goal is to create the first Pokémon Zukan for the region.

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In the Jade Region, where the ecology of Pokémon has yet to be revealed, the protagonist becomes a member of the Ginga Gang, which operates in Kotobukimura (コトブキムラ), and goes everywhere to investigate Pokémon.

Different from the previous Pokémon series! - Freedom in a large field

One of the features of this title is that it offers the most freedom to explore in any Pokémon game. As you run through the fields of nature, you will investigate the Pokémon living in the Jade Region.

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Also, by riding Pokémon, you can travel not only on land, but also on water and in the sky, expanding the scope of your adventures even farther.

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Aim to catch

In order to catch Pokémon, you need to aim well and hit it with the monster ball.

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Some Pokémon even run away when they see humans...

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It's noticed him...!

When you try to catch such a Pokémon, hide in the grass and approach it gently to make it easier to catch.

Start a battle by throwing a ball containing your Pokémon

You can also start a Pokémon battle by throwing a ball containing your Pokémon near a wild Pokémon.

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If you throw it... it will start a battle!

The key to getting the most out of battles is to make the best use of Quick Work (早業), which makes it easier for you to act quickly while being less powerful, and Hard Work (力業), which makes it easier for you to act slowly while being more powerful.

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Attacked by wild Pokémon!

In the Jade Region, there are Pokémon that will attack if they see a human. If you are attacked, the main character will also take damage, and if you continue to take damage, your eyes will go black and you will have to return to the Base Camp, the base of your investigation...

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It is one thing to try to capture them while making full use of actions and battles, but it is also important to run away from the area when it is dangerous to continue the investigation.

Newly Discovered Pokémon and Jade Form Pokémon

In the Jade Region, there are newly discovered Pokémon that you haven't seen yet, as well as Pokémon with a Jade form that is different from the forms seen in other regions.

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Newly Discovered Pokémon

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Jade Form Pokémon

Three groups active in the Jade Region

In addition to the Ginga Gang, to which the protagonist belongs, there are two other groups in the Jade Region: the Kongo Gang (コンゴウ団) and the Shinju Gang (シンジュ団). The Kongo Gang and the Shinju Gang are both groups that have been around for a long time, but they often clash due to their different ways of thinking, with the Ginga Gang taking a neutral position.

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In addition, Kotobukimura also has a group of merchants who support the investigation of the main character.

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How do these people get involved in the hero's adventures? Please look forward to the new story.

Source: https://topics.nintendo.co.jp/article/5b4add11-5bdd-446a-af42-0c2936a7f818

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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

The Nintendo Official Store on Shoppe Mall in Singapore is offering a folding fan as an purchase bonus to those that pre-order Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Other participating stores such as GameXtreme are also distributing this gift in East Asia.

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Early Purchase Bonus for "Pokémon Legends: Arceus" revealed!

Players who purchase "Pokémon Legends: Arceus" will receive a folding fan as an purchase bonus!

The folding fan has a large illustration of Arceus, the mythical Pokémon that is key to the adventure in the Hisui region. On the left are Pikachu with Rowlet, Oshawott, and Cyndaquil, the First Partner Pokémon in the Hisui region! It makes a cool room decor too! Get this memorable item that resembles the Hisui adventure!

※ Photographs are for illustrative purposes only. The actual product may differ in color and design, depending on the color reproduction on your computer or mobile device.
※ Quantity of products is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. In the event the item is out of stock, we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Source: https://sg.portal-pokemon.com/topics/game/211126150000_early_purchase_bonus_for_pokemon_legends_arceus_revealed.html

Nintendo has announced that an update will be available for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl on November 11th, 2021, and should allow players to update their game to Version 1.1.0 on launch day, November 19th, 2021. The patch requires approximately 3GB of space.

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Introducing additional fun features that you can enjoy with update data

The Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games will be released on Friday, November 19, 2021! Download the update data available on the release date and enjoy your game!

▼ First, please check whether the update data has been downloaded or not:
If you download update data, the version of your software will be updated. Press the + Button or - Button while the cursor is over the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or the Pokémon Shining Pearl icon on the HOME Menu of your Nintendo Switch system. The version information is displayed under the title as shown on the screen. If you see Ver. 1.1.0 there, the update data has been downloaded.

Note: Please check here for more details about the update. Please check here to learn how to update the software.

▼ The content of the update data:
  • Includes communication features for the Grand Underground, Super Contest Shows, Union Room and Mystery Gift

You can play with one other player in the Grand Underground, Super Contest Shows , and the Union Room through the Nintendo Switch system’s local communication or internet connection.

If you connect to the internet and use the Mystery Gift feature, you can receive early-purchase bonuses, such as a Manaphy Egg and the Platinum Style outfit. These bonuses will be available until Monday, February 21, 2022. Please make sure to receive them!

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  • Facilities you can visit after entering the Hall of Fame

You’ll be able to visit Ramanas Park after challenging the Pokémon League and becoming the Champion in the Sinnoh region. You can face the astounding power of Legendary Pokémon here! You can visit other additional places as well, so please check them out.

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▼About scheduled future updates:
On the day of the release, interactions using local and internet communication in the Union Room will be limited to two players. However, future updates are planned to increase the maximum number of players, as well as add greeting and Capsule Decoration functions. Additionally, future updates will enable Link Trades at the Global Wonder Station (GWS) facility in Jubilife City, as well as Link Battles via the Colosseum function in Pokémon Centers.

Source: https://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/2021/pokemon-brilliant-diamond-and-pokemon-shining-pearl-feature-update/

How to Update Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl

In this article, you'll learn how to update Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl.

Important: Approximately 3GB of memory must be available on your Nintendo Switch system’s memory or on your microSD card to download the update data. Please see this page for details about checking memory and managing data.

Note
  • This update must be applied in order to use the game’s Internet features.
  • Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
  • The update will download and install automatically if the system is connected to the internet and the Auto-Update Software setting is enabled. If there is not enough system memory or microSD card storage to download the update, you will first need to expand or free up memory space and then follow the steps below.
  • All players must be using the same version of the software to participate in Local Wireless Communication.

Complete these steps

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

Ver. 1.1.0 (Releasing November 11, 2021)

  • Communication functions added for the Grand Underground, Super Contest Shows, Union Room, and Mystery Gift
    • You’ll be able to enjoy local and internet communication functions of game features like the Grand Underground, Super Contest Shows, and the Union Room. You’ll also be able to receive gifts via Mystery Gift.
  • Post–Hall of Fame elements added
    • Some game elements you’ll be able to enjoy after entering the Hall of Fame, such as Ramanas Park, will be implemented.
    • Note: If you have game data that reflects that you have already entered the Hall of Fame, you can play these elements immediately after updating the software.
  • Some in-game movies and animation added
    • Certain animated scenes and movies, including the opening movie that plays when the software is opened and the ending movie, will be implemented.
    • Note: An opening movie has been added that plays when the software is opened. You can see it by closing the game and re-opening it with existing save data.
    • Note: An ending movie has been added. Even if you have already reflected entering the Hall of Fame on your save data, you can see the ending by entering the Hall of Fame again.
  • Some issues have also been fixed for more pleasant gameplay.

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

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Nintendo announced their Consolidated Results for the Six Months Ended September 30, 2020 and 2021 and the report indicated that sales of Nintendo Switch titles released this fiscal year all exhibited strong growth.

Nintendo Consolidated Results for the Six Months Ended September 30, 2020 and 2021

During the six months ended September 30, 2021, sales of Nintendo Switch titles released this fiscal year all exhibited strong growth. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD sold 3.60 million units, New Pokémon Snap sold 2.19 million units, and Mario Golf: Super Rush sold 1.94 million units.

The Nintendo Switch family of systems welcomed a new member in October with the release of Nintendo Switch – OLED Model equipped with a vibrant OLED display, giving consumers another model option to choose from to better suit their preferences and lifestyles. We aim to convey the appeal of the hardware trio of Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model to further expand sales. As for software, Metroid Dread and Mario Party Superstars were both released in October, and upcoming releases include Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl (November), Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (December) and Pokémon Legends: Arceus (January).

Top Selling Titles Sales Units - As of September 30, 2021

Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield - 22.64 million pcs.
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! - 13.83 million pcs.
New Pokémon Snap - 2.19 million pcs. (excluding Japan)

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

Two smartphone rings featuring Piplup and the Galaxy Gang "G" logo mark have been added to the My Nintendo Store. They were previously available only on the Japanese My Nintendo Store. Also, a November Calendar featuring Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl's Grand Underground is also available for 50 Platinum points.

Upcoming Pokémon theme rewards

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We are bringing two Pokémon theme rewards! Get a grip on your phone with the stylish ring, inspired by adorable Piplup and the logo of Team Galactic. You can use it to hold your phone, or rotate the ring so you can use it as a kickstand. These Pokémon Piplup and Team Galactic - Phone Ring Holder rewards are coming soon.

November Calendar: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl - Grand Underground

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Get ready for the big adventure next month! The Underground from Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games has been powered up for these games, and is now called the Grand Underground. Visit the official site to learn more! You can redeem your My Nintendo Platinum Points for this November calendar inspired by the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games. The wallpaper can be downloaded in twelve different resolutions.

Platinum Points: 50 (Note: On December 6th, 2021, My Nintendo made this wallpaper available for 0 Platinum Points)
Available sizes:
Landscape format:
3840x2160・ 2560x1440・1920x1080・1366x768・1280x1024
Portrait format:
1440x2560・1242x2208・1125x2436・1080x1920・750x1334・720x1280・640x1136

Source: https://my.nintendo.com/news/04f68637ae32972b

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MaxGames in Japan will release Nintendo Switch accessories on November 19th, 2021 to coincide with the release of the latest title in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl. The products are officially licensed by Nintendo Japan. Pictures from the press release have been added to an Imageboard thread.

Nintendo Switch/Switch Lite Smart Port EVA - Pokémon of the Sinnoh Region

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The leather-like surface has a simple engraving that resembles a monster ball. On the inside, however, the silhouettes of Dialga, Palkia, and other Pokémon from the Sinnoh region, that appear in the latest Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games, are printed all over.

This chic and cool pouch is a must-have for anyone with a fondness for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

Product Details (Regular Switch Version):

Suggested retail price: 3,300 yen (tax included)
Product size: Main unit: approx. W130 x D45 x H265mm
Package: approx. W145×D50×H303mm
Product Material: Body: PU, EVA, Polyester
Zipper: Zinc Alloy / Nylon
Set includes: Smart Pouch EVA x 1
Release date: November 19th, 2021 (scheduled)
Product Number/JAN: HACP-09SIP/4969123261070

Product Details (Lite Version):

Suggested retail price: 3,080 yen (tax included)
Product size: Main unit: approx. W120 x D45 x H235mm
Package: approx. W130 x D50 x H285mm
Product Material: Body: PU, EVA, Polyester
Zipper: Zinc Alloy / Nylon
Set includes: Smart Pouch EVA x 1
Release Date: November 19, 2021 (scheduled)
Product Number/JAN: HROP-05SIP/4969123261094

Nintendo Switch Card Case Card Pocket 24 Dialga/Palkia

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This card case has Dialga and Palkia on the front and they are the Pokémon that appear in the latest Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games. The book-style card case holds up to 24 game cards, six on each side with four sides total. Its compact size makes it easy to carry around.

Product Details:

Suggested retail price: 1,430 yen (tax included)
Product size: Main unit: approx. W92 x D26 x H85mm
Package: approx. W120 x D33 x H165mm
Product material: Body: PP, PET
Contents: Card pocket 24 x 1
Release date: November 19, 2021 (scheduled)
Model number/JAN: HACF-02DIPA/4969123261087

Sources: https://www.maxgames.co.jp/?cat=20, https://www.maxgames.co.jp/?p=8712, https://www.maxgames.co.jp/?p=8682, https://www.maxgames.co.jp/?p=8682

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Two smartphone rings featuring Pochama and the Galaxy Gang "G" logo mark have been added to the Japanese My Nintendo Store. Both items cost 500 Platinum points each. A separate shipping and packing fee of 550 yen (tax included) is required. If the total amount of items ordered together (excluding download software) is 5500 yen (tax included) or more, the shipping fee for this item will be free. Up to 3 Platinum Point Exchange Goods can be ordered per order. High resolution images of these items have been added to an Imageboard thread.

Source: https://store-jp.nintendo.com/feature_PP_210819.html

Nintendo announced their Financial Results Explanatory Material 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year Ending March 2022 on August 5th, 2021 and the report indicated that software sales released during this fiscal year got off to a strong start with New Pokémon Snap selling 2.07 million units outside of Japan.

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Consolidated Operating Results

During the first quarter (April through June 2021) of this fiscal year, sales got off to a strong start for Nintendo Switch, with sales volume of New Pokémon Snap, released in April, reaching 2.07 million units.

For Nintendo Switch, upcoming releases include The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (July), WarioWare: Get It Together! (September), Metroid Dread (October), Mario Party Superstars (October), and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl (November).

Top Selling Titles Sales Units - As of June 30, 2021

Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield - 21.85 million pcs.
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! - 13.57 million pcs.
New Pokémon Snap - 2.07 million million pcs. (Excluding Japan)
Sources: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/software/index.html

Nintendo has finally announced a long rumoured new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) which brings the versatility of the Nintendo Switch experience with a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen, a wide adjustable stand, and more. The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) releases on October 8th, 2021 for an MSRP of $349.99 USD. Pictures from the press release have been added to an Imageboard thread.

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Press Release - Nintendo Switch (OLED model)

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) has a similar overall size to the Nintendo Switch system, but with a larger, vibrant 7-inch OLED screen with vivid colors and crisp contrast. Nintendo Switch (OLED model) also features a wide adjustable stand for tabletop mode, a new dock with a wired LAN port, 64GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio for handheld and tabletop play. Just like Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) allows players to play on the TV and share the detachable Joy-Con controllers for right-out-of-the-box multiplayer fun. And just like both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, with Nintendo Switch (OLED model), the system can be taken on the go to enjoy its play-anywhere versatility. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will also be available.

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Nintendo Switch (OLED model) launches on Oct. 8, the same day as the Metroid Dread game, the next entry in the 2D Metroid saga that kicked off with the original Metroid on NES. With the vibrant OLED screen and enhanced audio, embarking on the latest adventure of intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran in Metroid Dread while playing in handheld or tabletop mode will feel even more immersive.

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“The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is a great option for players who want to experience the new vibrant screen when playing in handheld and tabletop mode,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “With the addition of this new model to the Nintendo Switch family of systems, people have an additional choice of a system that best fits the gaming experience they desire – whether it’s Nintendo Switch (OLED model), Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite.”

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will let players experience enhancements in all three play modes:

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TV mode: Set the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) system into the dock to play Nintendo Switch games on the TV. By using the built-in wired LAN port, players can enjoy another way to connect online in TV mode.

Tabletop mode: Flip the stand on the back of the system and use the system’s screen to play multiplayer games using two Joy-Con controllers right out of the box. A wide adjustable stand makes for a solid and sturdy foundation. It allows players to freely tilt the system and adjust the viewing angle, so it makes it easier to see the screen.

Handheld mode: Players can bring the system wherever they go in handheld mode and play local* or online** multiplayer with friends. The system’s 7-inch OLED screen provides vivid color and crisp contrast.

When the system launches, it will come in two color options:

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Nintendo Switch (OLED model) white set, which features white Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a white dock.
Nintendo Switch (OLED model) neon red/neon blue set, which features neon red and neon blue Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a black dock.

All previously released Joy-Con for Nintendo Switch are compatible with this new model. Additionally, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is compatible with the full library of Nintendo Switch games.***

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) - Technical Specs

Size: 4 inches high, 9.5 inches long, and 0.55 inches deep (with Joy-Con attached)
*The depth from the tip of the analog sticks to the tip of the ZL/ZR buttons is 1.12 inches
Weight: Approximately .71 lbs (Approximately .93 lbs with Joy-Con controllers attached)
Screen: Multi-touch capacitive touch screen / 7.0 inch OLED screen / 1280x720
CPU/GPU: NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor
Storage: 64 GB - Users can easily expand storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards up to 2TB (sold separately).
Wireless: Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant) / Bluetooth 4.1
Video output: Up to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode. Up to 720p via built-in screen in Tabletop mode and Handheld modes
Audio output: Compatible with 5.1ch Linear PCM output. Output via HDMI connector in TV mode
Speakers: Stereo
Buttons: Power button / Volume button
USB connector: USB Type-C - Used for charging or for connecting to the Nintendo Switch dock.
Headphone/mic jack: 3.5mm 4-pole stereo (CTIA standard)
Game card slot: Nintendo Switch game cards
microSD card slot: Compatible with microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC memory cards *Once the microSDXC card is inserted, a system update will be necessary. An internet connection is required to perform this system update.
Sensor: Accelerometer, gyroscope, and brightness sensor
Operating environment: 41-95 degrees F / 20-80% humidity
Internal battery: Lithium-ion battery / 4310mAh
Battery life: Approximately 4.5 - 9 hours.
The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 5.5 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Charging time: Approximately 3 hours. *When charging while the hardware is in sleep mode

Source: https://www.nintendo.com/switch/oled-model/

YouTube Clip - Nintendo Switch (OLED model) - Announcement Trailer


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mHq6Y7JSmg
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