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Pokémon’s original legendary birds return with new abilities in May giveaway

Pokémon players will be treated to never-before-seen versions of Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres as part of May’s Pokémon giveaway.

Pokémon’s legendary birds are as old as the IP itself, so their new abilities are the main allure of the May giveaway. For the first time, Articuno will have Snow Cloak, Zapdos will have Static, and Moltres will Flame Body.

As was the case with Jirachi, April’s Pokémon giveaway, legendary redemption codes will be sent via the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter, so you’ll need to be a club member if you want to pick up some free legendaries. The download codes will work with Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon X & Y on Nintendo 3DS, New 3DS and 2DS.

To celebrate the return of Pokémon’s iconic birds, the Pokémon Company is currently streaming Pokémon The Movie: 2000, in which Lugia and the gang are pivotal characters, for free on Pokémon.com.

Source: The Pokémon Company

Via: Polygon

This Machochu figure is the best thing we saw on the internet this week

While The Pokémon Company creates ridiculous Pokémon like the 'Trash Heap' called Garbodor and a 'Key Ring' named Pokémon named Klefki, Pokémon fans are making the Pokémon we not only need, but the ones we deserve.

Machochu, the mashup of Pikachu and Machoke, has been steadily gaining a fanbase overseas. With growing fame and utter neglect from The Pokémon Company, there was only one answer — to create an action figure for the beast of a Pokémon.

Netizen Meetissai took it upon themselves to craft the glorious amalgamation of Pikachu and Machoke. Check out the process behind making this creation here, fair warning the site is in Japanese.

The Pokémon Company has yet to allow Machochu to join the ranks of Pokémon, but as they run out of ideas and allow more trash inspired Pokémon into the generations they will cave in.

They have to, there's no way to deny Machochu. Look at those rippingly back muscles. 

[Rocket News]

Live-action Pokemon movie rights in studio bidding war

The Pokemon Company, the Japanese company that manages rights to the Pokemon franchise, has been looking for a studio to create a "big-budget live-action" Pokemon movie for a while now. Apparently, this is something that a number of companies are interested in – which has caused something of a bidding war between studios.

According to reports from THR, Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment are the top two contenders in the "top-secret auction" for film rights to the Pokemon franchise. Sony is also interested in the film, but they aren't fighting as viciously as the leading two. 

Historically, Warner Bros. was the top contender for the film rights, as they had collaborated with The Pokemon Company to release Pokemon: The First Movie in 1999 and its two sequels. Legendary has been aggressively pursuing the rights and it appears to have paid off. According to a source, Legendary has potentially won the rights to release a live-action Pokemon movie.

Unfortunately, Legendary has its own problems when it comes to the film – specifically with the company that owns them, Wanda:

"There have been long simmering political tensions between Beijing and Tokyo, which most recently peaked with Japan’s criticism of China’s territorial ambitions in the South China Sea. Those pressures have also led to a cultural strain between the two countries in which China effectively banned Japanese films for three years, which was only recently broken."

Whether a live-action Pokemon will see the light of day or not remains unclear, until then there's one person that said it best. 

Remember that Dragon Ball movie? Yeah, I do.

New 8 minute footage of Pokemon Go Beta Gameplay leaked

Nothing hides from the internet forever. Footage from the ongoing Pokemon GO Beta has leaked per a YouTube Account called GAME Previews. The video shows the character creation screen as well as some basic gameplay and suffice it to say, the game is definitely a WIP progress considering the rough state of some of the assets being used.

Regardless, Pokemon GO's potential remains exciting for series fans and this inside look at the game is enough to give any trainer the chills.

This isn't the first time footage has leaked from Pokemon GO's Beta, but Developer Niantic has been adamant that any leakers will be banned from the Beta. I hope it was worth it for the guys at GAME Previews.

Source: [NeoGAF]

Pokemon Sun and Moon's Legendaries may have just been leaked

It would seem that Game Freak, developers of the Pokemon games, have just filed for two new trademarks for what could possibly be the names of the respective Legendary pokemon in the upcoming 'Pokemon: Sun' and 'Pokemon: Moon'.

The two names in question read as "Solgaleo" and "Lunaala". These names clearly have connections to the latest titles with their root words 'Sol' and 'Luna' literally translating to 'sun' and 'moon'. Its not uncommon for leaked trademarks for past pokemon games to actually pan out to be true. With the official reveal of the games' content rumored to come next month, its certainly possible this is real and these are the storyline representatives we can expect.

In addition to these two trademarks, GameFreak also filed a trademark for 'Gigareki.'

The only cause for concern in all this is that the names were registered through a private Japanese intellectual property lawyer, Yusuki Inui. Traditionally, Pokemon trademarks properties under the known titles Nintendo, Game Freak, or The Pokemon Company. This may not mean much in the way of confirming or denying anything, but its likely this won't negate the validity of the reveal in any way.

Pokemon Sun and Moon are expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2016.

[NeoGaf]

Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow on 3DS have been downloaded over 1.5 million times

Today, Nintendo outlined their financial results for the past fiscal year which ended back in March and there are a few nuggets of data that stand out from the pack. First of all, Nintendo's net profits are down 60%, from ¥41.8 billion last year to ¥16.5 billion this year. As it turns out, that is less than what Sony pulled in on PSN sales alone. Ouch.

But there is one ray of light that Nintendo can hang their hat on. The re-releases of Pokemon, Red, Blue and Yellow on Nintendo 3DS have been very profitable ventures, resulting in a grand total of over 1.5 million downloads. And according to Nintendo, more than half of those downloads came from the US.

"We believe that we have successfully created a chance to appeal to the nostalgia of consumers who played these titles when they first came out" said Nintendo.

Now, this means that Gold, Silver and Crystal have to be in play for the future, right?

Source: [nintendo.co.jp]

Pokemon Co-Master launches on Android in Japan

The highly-anticipated Pokemon Co-Master mobile game has officially launched in Japan, available on the Google Play Store. 

Pokemon Co-Master is a strategy game whereby players are required to collect and do battle with a variety of different Pokemon. If you haven't seen the game before, check out the official trailer above.

When playing the game your Pokemon's next move is decided by a spinning-roulette, making things a little tricky and take away that control-factor usual Pokemon games have – giving it a rather fresh feel, some would say. 

The game itself is a collaboration between both The Pokemon Company and HEROZ. The game is seemingly a continuation of the popular idea that Pokemon can be brought to life through figures, with many gamers likening it to the upcoming Pokemon GO title.

But is this game set for an overseas release? Only time will tell. 

In the meantime, though, you can check out some gameplay by clicking the video below: 

[Pokemon-Co-Master.jp]

New Mythical Pokemon available to download for free today

For long time fans of Pokemon, 2016 is a great year. Not only are we getting brand new core entries in the series with Pokemon Sun and Moon, but each month we get a new (and free) legendary Pokemon to download, so that we don't have to waste our time hoping to sucker someone into a one-sided trade on the GTS. 

This month's new mythical Pokemon is Gen 3's Jirachi. Jirachi is known as the Wish Maker Pokemon, who is known to make any wish come true, provided it's written on one of the notes attached to its adorable head.

Frankly, most trainers have been wishing just to own a Jirachi more than anything. Jirachi is compatible with Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, so you must own at least one of those to get the download. Or if you have all four, you can get four Jirachis (which is way better than one).

Don't forget that this weekend, we are anticipating the unveiling of footage for Pokemon Sun and Moon so stay tuned, trainers. 

Source: [Nintendo Life]

Popular legendary Pokemon, Darkrai, being given away at GameStop

Last month, trainers all over the world were able to download the mythical Pokemon Jirachi, completely free via the game's Receive a Gift download feature. This month, you'll have to put forth a little more effort for your free legendary, as the only way to get Darkrai will be stop by your local participating GameStop and ask for a code. I know, hard work right?

Darkrai is known as the Pitch-Black Pokemon who is known to intrude into people’s dreams causing nightmares. Darkrai comes at level 100 with Ominous Wind, Nightmare, Feint Attack, and its signature Dark Void attack along with the Ability, Bad Dreams, which damages sleeping Pokemon on each turn. This is important because the move Dark Void also happens to put opponents to sleep, so the move works perfectly in tandem with the Bad Dreams ability. Because of this, Darkrai is a very popular choice for competitive online battlers.

The giveaway is only running for a limited time, starting today, May 1st and running until May 24th. Given Darkrai's popularity, it would be a good idea to get down to GameStop ASAP before the codes are all gone.

Pokemon Trading Card Game Online is being ported to Android

Android users are probably used to waiting a little longer for some things, but when it comes to Pokemon's Online Trading Card Game, the word "waiting" doesn't even suffice.

Pokemon Trading Card Game Online was released on iPad platform at the tail-end of 2014, a move that left many Android users wondering when, or even if, the game was going to be available for them to play. 

However, now they do have the answer they've been looking for. The Pokemon Company has launched a beta test for their Pokemon Trading Card Game Online, for Android tablets. 

So, it looks like those using Android won't have to wait much longer before they can catch'em all. In the meantime, check out our Top 5 most Underrated Pokemon, because you never know, it could make for some good scouting before you get the game!

Also if you would like to check out the beta on the Google Play Store, you can do so by clicking here.

[GooglePlay]