PokéNews (March 13): Detective Pikachu / Pokémon Shuffle / Pokémon Duel
Today’s Pokémon news: various tidbits for Detective Pikachu, but also…
- Pokémon Shuffle
- Pokémon Duel
- Pokémon distribution
- Pokémon Sun and Moon – Anime
- New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition
- Pokémon no Uchi Atsumaru?!
Last week, following the Nintendo Direct presentation where it was briefly showcased, Detective Pikachu became available for pre-purchase on the Nintendo eShop in Europe and North America. If you pre-purchase it, you will be able to start downloading it right away, and then be able to play from midnight in your region (9PM PT in the United States).
Also, as expected, the Detective Pikachu Nintendo 3DS Theme is available for all players who buy the game before April 22nd (pre-orders are included, obviously).
Want to try the game before it’s out? Well, if you have a Japanese Nintendo 3DS, you can do so thanks to the demo released on Friday. It allows you to play through the first part of the game, and then transfer your progress to the full game once it’s available. It requires 1 765 blocks / 220MB of free space on your SD Card. Unfortunately, it’s not clear if/when the demo will be released outside Japan.
Finally, here’s various videos for the game:
Detective Pikachu (3DS) comes out on March 23rd worldwide.
Today, some returning content went live for Pokémon Shuffle:
- the Ultra Challenge featuring Arceus is back until March 20th;
- the Great Challenge stage featuring Alolan Muk is also back until March 20th;
- the Great Challenge stage featuring Regice is also back until March 20th;
- the Great Challenge stage featuring Kyogre is also back until March 20th;
- the Great Challenge stage featuring Drifloon is also back until March 20th;
- the Great Challenge stage featuring Drifblim is also back until March 20th;
- the latest set of Daily Pokémon includes Seviper, Wynaut, Torkoal, Zangoose, and Luvdisc. It’s available until March 20th;
- the One Chance Per Day stage is for Jellicent (Female), and is available until March 20th;
- the Competitive Stage featuring Mega Steelix is back until March 20th;
- a Pokémon Safari featuring Shellder, Krabby, Goldeen, Aipon, Seaking, Cloyster, Kingler, Ambipom, Shiny Magikarp, and Shiny Gyarados is back until March 27th.
Tomorrow, yet another Software update for Pokémon Duel will be released. It will bring the game to Ver. 5.0.11, and will mostly provide bug fixes. Here’s the list of issues to be fixed:
- Homeward Lights (Ability): fixes abnormalities when activated, causing the game to freeze;
- Black Core: fixes issues preventing it from evolving when triggered;
- Steel Energy (Plate): fixes issue causing damage not to be properly calculated;
- Metal Sphere (Plate): fixes issue causing damage not to be properly calculated.
You can find more details about the various Software updates for Pokémon Duel on this page!
Last week, another Pokémon distribution was announced for Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in Japan. It will allow players to get Shaymin from Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores across Japan, from April 25th to June 30th. This distribution is part of the celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of the Pokémon Center stores.
Also, a quick note about the Hidden Ability Alolan Starters that you can currently get via Pokémon Bank: you have until October 31st to get them! Here’s pictures for those Pokémon:
Pokémon Sun and Moon – Anime
Last week, it was announced that the Pokémon Sun and Moon: Ultra Adventures series (the continuation of the Pokémon Sun and Moon anime series, that is not separate from the main series in Japan) would debut on March 24th on Disney XD, in the United States. That debut will be followed by 8 episodes, airing the following week. In the United Kingdom, the series will debut in March on CiTV.
Here’s a trailer:
And here’s the preview for the next episode of the anome series, airing on Thursday in Japan:
New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition
Here’s a short video clip for the New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition, showing its textured nose and cheeks:
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 12, 2018
Pokémon no Uchi Atsumaru?!
Here’s the preview for the next episode of Pokémon no Uchi Atsumaru?!, airing this Sunday in Japan: