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Nintendo has announced that Pokémon Snap will be available on the Nintendo Switch Online Service + Expansion Pack on June 24th, 2022. The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is a paid membership service that allows members to play a library of Nintendo 64 games.

Catching Pokémon™ is a snap! Travel to Pokémon Island and meet Professor Oak to begin a safari to take the best possible photographs of over 60 different Pokémon. The Pokémon Snap™game, originally released for the Nintendo 64 system, will be available on 6/24 for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members.

YouTube Clip - Pokémon Snap™ - Nintendo 64 - Nintendo Switch Online


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFCl1egmhRw

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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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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Nintendo of Japan and Nintendo of America have revealed new My Nintendo Platinum Rewards items to celebrate the release of Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus on January 28th, 2022. The Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus Cable Holders have been added to the Platinum Rewards for 400 Platinum Points each. High resolution pictures of these rewards have been added to an Imageboard thread.

Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus Cable Holders - Pikachu Mask and Eievui Mask

This is a great way to organize cables that tend to get cluttered. If you have saved data for either Pokémon Let's Go! Pikachu or Let's Go! Eievui, you can receive Pikachu and Eievui's masks in Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus. The cable holder can be exchanged for 400 Platinum Points.

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Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus Cable Holder Galaxy Gang / Monster Ball

This cable holder features the symbol of the Galaxy Gang from Pokémon Legends Arceus and the Monster Ball from the Hisui Region. The cable holder can be exchanged for 400 Platinum Points.

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Digital Rewards

Check out these two wallpapers inspired by the Pokémon™ Legends: Arceus game. You can redeem 50 My Nintendo Platinum Points to receive this wallpaper.

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Sources: https://my.nintendo.com/news/e6a604760c26abfa and https://topics.nintendo.co.jp/article/a46c20ed-a27b-4ea8-9fa4-d8be493e0406

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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 Hisui Region

The stage for the adventure is the Hisui 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 Hisui 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 Hisui 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 Hisui 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 Hisui Form Pokémon

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

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Newly Discovered Pokémon

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Hisui Form Pokémon

Three groups active in the Hisui Region

In addition to the Ginga Gang, to which the protagonist belongs, there are two other groups in the Hisui 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
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