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  • Blog Post: Three Ways Yo-Kai Watch Is Just Like Pokémon (And Three It Isn’t)

    Yo-kai Watch released yesterday and as we stated in our review , it’s a great Pokémon competitor. It doesn’t shy away from wearing its inspiration on its sleeve, but it does plenty of things to establish its own identity. Here are a few of the ways the two games overlap, as well as... More
  • Blog Post: Here Are Our Hopes And Fears For Pokémon Go

    This morning , Nintendo and Pokémon developer Game Freak announced a partnership with Niantic Labs to release a Pokémon game with aspirations beyond those of anything Pokémon has done in the mobile space so far. Pokémon Go is based loosely on the not widely known but successful... More
  • Blog Post: Take A Look At What Pokémon Go Partners Niantic Labs Have Done Before

    Earlier this morning, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company announced a new augmented-reality Pokémon game, Pokémon Go. The game is being developed with partner Niantic Labs, a company that has experience merging virtual and physical worlds. Their game Ingress explores similar territory... More
  • Blog Post: What’s Going On With Pokémon This Year?

    Every year since the release of Pokémon Platinum on Nintendo DS in 2009, Game Freak has released a core Pokémon game on a Nintendo handheld. Unless there are some surprise announcements in store, it looks like 2015 will break Game Freak’s pattern for the first time in six years. In... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – From The Makers Of Pokémon, Tembo The Badass Elephant

    Game Freak is best known for its Pokémon games, but it is capable of much more, and Tembo the Badass Elephant is a good example. Join myself, Tim Turi, and Andrew Reiner, as we take quite literally our first look at the latest non-Pokémon game from developer Game Freak. Tembo is a Rambo... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – The Free-To-Play Pokémon Shuffle

    The Pokémon Company has embraced the free-to-play model with Pokémon Shuffle on 3DS, and we decided to take a look and see if the match-three puzzler is unnecessarily restrictive. Jeff Cork, our resident match-three expert and genre super-fan, and I played the game for a few minutes. The... More
  • Blog Post: A Poképoem About The Reasons Trainers Pick Fights In Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    In the world of Pokémon, few have social anxiety, and even fewer know how to properly begin a conversation. As it turns out, the fear of strangers dissipates when everyone has the technology to command and train a small animal to fight for them. Simply walking around becomes an invitation to battle... More
  • Blog Post: Pokémon’s Developers On Virtual Console Absences, Twitch, And Super Smash Bros.

    We had a chance to speak with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori recently, and decided to ask them general questions about the Pokémon series. Masuda has been with the Pokémon series since Blue and Red and served as a director... More
  • Blog Post: Seen At Play Nintendo Tour 2014

    Nintendo recently announced a mobile tour of its video games and themed photo-ops traveling across the United States over the course of three months. The tour stopped by the Mall of America in Minnesota which isn't too far from Game Informer's offices, so I went and took a few photos. Mario Kart... More
  • Blog Post: Wish List – Pokémon Snap 2

    Since the series’ debut almost 20 years ago, Pokémon has cemented itself as a global phenomenon – so much so that Japan has made some fan-favorite Pocket Monsters mascots for its 2014 FIFA World Cup team . Known not only for their exploits dueling each other at the hands of their respective... More
  • Blog Post: 23 Of The Weirdest Pokémon

    The world of Pokémon is a strange land full of even stranger creatures, but some stand out among the others. Whether it’s because of their design, their name, or because they’re just unfathomably bizarre, some Pokémon just seem to have a little less creativity fueling their... More
  • Blog Post: An Interview With The Mind Behind Twitch Plays Pokémon

    In February , a stream appeared on Twitch where viewers and commenters had total control of a playthrough of Pokémon Red. By typing words like up, down, left, right, a, b, and start in the chat room, commenters submitted more than 122,000,000 commands to finally beat the game over the course of... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – What Games Could Twitch Play Next?

    The success of Twitch Plays Pokémon might turn out to be an isolated phenomenon, but if it does turn out there is a market for crowd-played games, what other titles could work? The popular one often recommended by the Internet, partly in jest, is Dark Souls. If we’re really thinking it through... More
  • Blog Post: Afterwords – Pokémon X & Y

    [This feature originally appeared abridged in Game Informer issue #250.] The latest core entry in the Pokémon franchise is the biggest step forward the series has taken in many years . It's a huge game with a newly realized 3D world and 3D Pokémon, and it's full of mystery in both... More
  • Blog Post: Our Favorite Video Game Fan Art Of 2013

    From time to time, we like to highlight the work of artists on Game Informer who create impressive or innovative art based on the video games we love. Here's a collection of some of our favorites from 2013. Pokémon There are a lot Pokémon fans in the world, and as it turns out, a lot... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo’s Missed Virtual Console Opportunities

    Nintendo has one of video games’ most impressive backlogs, but it is missing a lot of golden opportunities with its Virtual Console. Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 was Mario’s first 3D platforming adventure, and set a standard for the genre for years to come, but ahead... More
  • Blog Post: 12 Reasons Pokémon And Mega Man X Exist In The Same Universe

    The history of the Pokémon universe is mysterious. It’s full of magical creatures and wars that no one seems willing to explain in more detail. We may never know more about Pokémon’s history, but I have a pretty good guess about what will happen in its future, and it involves... More
  • Blog Post: Pokémon X & Y Beginner's Guide

    Pokémon X & Y is an excellent starting point for people who have never played a Pokémon game and players who haven’t touched the series in awhile. It’s also great for lifelong trainers, but they already know what they’re doing. This beginner's guide gives you a... More
  • Blog Post: The Worst Artificial Barriers In Video Games

    Even the most open-world experiences in video games must restrict the player in some way. If you could go everywhere right away, what would be the point of progressing? Sometimes a barrier makes sense, like a locked door in need of a key, or a wall too high to climb. More often though, you have to suspend... More
  • Blog Post: Pokémon Company International Plays X And Y Close To The Chest

    We just found out about Pokémon X and Y this morning, but Pokémon company international is already out and about answering questions… sort of. We asked J.C. Smith, the director of consumer marketing for the Pokémon company international, about the gameplay, the graphics, how... More
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