301 posts tagged pokemon
Pokemon XY's implied transgender trainer ⊟
The English translation here isn’t as suggestive as her Japanese text, which reads, “I was a Karate King just half a year ago; the power of medical science is awesome, wouldn’t you say?” Note that “Karate Kings”, or “Black Belts” as they’re known in the West, are a male-specific character type in the Pokemon series, their female counterparts going by “Battle Girls.”
Hurray for more diversity in Nintendo games! We have a podcast episode coming up that talks about this trainer and Japan’s approach to queer characters — please look forward to it! (Or ignore it if these conversations grind your gears. Whatever makes you happy!)
Pokemon x(y) Persona ⊟
If Nintendo made Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei happen, they could find a way to turn this into a real thing. It’s no weirder than the Pokemon Conquest crossover with Nobunaga’s Ambition! The mock-up is from Hilda, via Hatsuu.
Pokemon origami paper ⊟
On one hand, origami paper with Pokemon faces printed on it is kinda cheating. On the other hand, cute! This set is available at J-List for $3.50.
eShop down worldwide during Pokemon Financial Crisis ⊟
The Japanese launch of Pokemon Bank, combined with about a billion new NNID activations worldwide from people who got 3DSes and Wii Us over Xmas, have waylaid the poor eShop. I have some extra time to deliberate over what to do with this gift card, I guess!
The network outage is temporary, but Pokemon Bank has been taken off the eShop in Japan, and its release date in North America and Europe has been moved from tomorrow to “TBD.” The free trial will resume when the software is available.
Don’t worry too much about this crisis. We’ll bail out the Pokemon Bank somehow, because it’s too big to fail.
Pokemon Bank vid⊟
Just under the wire! You can stash your Pokemon in Nintendo’s paid service starting Dec. 27. Whoops! We knew the date. In my haste, I failed to notice that. Sorry everybody! Enjoy the video! I’ll be drowning in shame.
Players who download Pokémon Bank and its linked application, Poké Transporter, between December 27, 2013 and January 31, 2014 will receive a complimentary trial pass within the application, which will let them experience Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter at no charge for 30 days. After this time period, the Pokémon Bank service will cost $4.99 per year.
I guess it’s Pokemon news day!
Pokemon XY patch fixes online battle cheating ⊟
Yay, you’ll no longer cry about losing online matches in Pokemon XY due to opponents using the Battle Analyzer tool. Haven’t heard about Battle Analyzer? Well, we kind of avoided giving it mentioning the tool here until Nintendo fixed it, but it’s a program that allowed players to scout their opponent’s party and see what attacks they’ve chosen before picking their own moves.
It’s a serious enough issue that Nintendo suspended ranked battles for a while, and released this 1.2 patch just a couple weeks later. This update also fixes bugs with Pokemon not learning new moves after evolving through Wonder Trade, and with Trainer PR Videos not unlocking in Lumiose City.
You can grab the patch now on the eShop. Shout outs to Rachel for the pics!
Damnit, Snorunt ⊟
This Bit Bazaar: Winter Market holiday card comes from Kris Mukai, who makes awesome stuff on the reg, so follow her Tumblr. I want so much in this illustration: the sweater, the socks, the cookies, the hot chocolate, the Pokemon best bud.
You’ll be able to buy this along with other holiday cards from Attract Mode and Bento Miso this Saturday in Toronto — RSVP here!
Pokemon X/Y 2DS bundles for the US ⊟
Good news: they’re $149!
Bad news: the red 2DS/Pokemon X bundle is a Target exclusive, and the blue 2DS/Pokemon Y bundle is a Toys R Us exclusive.
Both will be in stores December 6. If you’re shopping for a kid who wants to play Pokemon, this is the cheapest way to do it that doesn’t involve pretending you don’t understand the difference between a 3DS and a Game Boy.
Love this Pikachu bento box ⊟
It might be hard to avoid the Pokeball bento if you’re planning to buy a Poke-themed bento container (easier now since J-List is out of stock), but this three-tiered Pikachu set makes a pretty strong argument. It’s just so sweet, and a bit more practical.
Fun fact: I ordered a bunch of bento stuff earlier in the year, thinking I’d take it on as a hobby and produce beautiful, compact lunches for my wife’s workday. Then the reality of having baby twins happened and postponed that plan for a while…
Kari Fry’s Field Guide to Kanto ⊟
Wow! Fangamer just debuted this beautiful paperback/hardcover book by Kari Fry, with detailed illustrations of all 151 original Pokemon, with detailed information. It’s like an Audubon guide to notional creatures, and I love it.
It’s also part of Fangamer’s “Sleep In Sale" just like everything else, offering free shipping on everything and bonuses with $50 and $100 orders.
Pokemon: The Holiday Sweater ⊟
Punk Guy Jacques spotted ⊟
Just riding the train, oblivious to the fact that he is a character from Pokémon. Credit to Nico and his friend for this serendipitous photo.